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Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet CD review formidable playing

Chicago SO/Muti(SCO Resound)Prokofiev conducted extracts from his then unstaged Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony during his final visit to the city in 1937, an event commemorated by this new recording on the orchestras own label, conducted by it

Strauss: Intermezzo CD review darker than ever before

Schneider/Fassbaender/Eiche/Munich Radio Orchestra/Schirmer(CPO, 2CDs)The German CPO label has distinguished itself during the Strauss anniversary, first with its new recording of Josephslegende, and now with this fine performance of Intermezzo, the compo

Wagner: Tannhäuser CD review fabled 1961 radio broadcast showcases glorious singing

Taken from a 1961 radio broadcast, this famous performance, long familiar on the bootleg circuit, finally gets a commercial release as part of Orfeo's series devoted to the Bayreuth festivals archives.

Rigoletto review a startlingly physical slant on Verdis tragic jester

There is powerful chemistry between Simon Keenlyside and Aleksandra Kurzak, though the operas dramatic and musical climaxes are not always in sympathy.

Anna Nicole review a scabrous tale of sex, money and ambition

Richard Joness revival is well done, but time has not been kind to this operatic life of the model and actor Anna Nicole Smith.

Spohr: Die Letzten Dinge CD review fine singing from the Salzburg Bach Choir

Matthews/Goeldner/Ovenden/Foster-Williams/Salzburg Bach Choir and Mozarteum Orchestra/Bolton(Oehms)The 19th century regarded Louis Spohr (1784-1859) as one of its great composers, and Die Letzten Dinge (1826) was popular and influential in its time. The t

Boris Tchaikovsky: Piano Quintet; The War Suite CD review a remarkable work

Solovieva/Anisimov/Vanbrugh Quartet(Naxos)No relation of his famous namesake, Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) was a younger contemporary of Shostakovich, who much admired his chamber music. Tchaikovskys 1962 Piano Quintet is in many ways a remarkable work:

Jommelli: Tirsi (Soprano Cantatas) CD review gleaming tone

Arias Fernández/Stile Galante/Aresi(Pan Classics)This year marks the tercentenary of the birth of Neapolitan composer Niccolò Jommelli, best known for a series of operas that make such fearsome demands on their performers that their outings are few and

Brahms: Romanzen aus L Tiecks Magelone CD review emotionally detailed

Maltman/Johnson(Hyperion)Forming volume five of Hyperions Brahms edition, Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnsons recording of the Magelone Romances is also this once-rare works second outing on disc this year and, as with its predecessor from Daniel Beh

Strauss: Josephslegende CD review beautifully performed rarity

Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score.