Friday 16 December 2011

Recent CD reviews

Iestyn Davies fine disc of cantatas by Porpora is reviewed here.
A fine disc of civilised entertainment which wears its learning and musicality lightly.

Choral music by Dame Ethel Smyth's friend and teacher Heinrich von Herzogenberg is reviewed here.
Nothing here remotely approaches the vividness or intensity which Herzogenberg’s great contemporaries could achieve in this repertoire.

My review of a selection of Mad Scenes and Arias from Joan Sutherland's early recitals is here.
Showcases the talents of the young Sutherland.

A selection of Rossini operas from the Rossini Festival in Pesaro is reviewed here.
Not perfect but lively and involving and certainly worth the low price. 

And my review of a disc based around music for Vespers by contemporaries of Monteverdi is here.
All reviews are on MusicWeb International.
Subtle charm, intelligence, commitment and clever programming. 

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