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Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu; German Opera/Alberto Veronesi
'L'amico Fritz comes over as not merely charming but profound in this live account' 

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Bach
The Brandenburg Concertos
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
'A refreshing new look at the Brandenburg Concertos likely to give lasting pleasure'

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Mahler Symphony No. 8 San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas 'One of the most consistently satisfying and stimulating Mahler Eighths'

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Arias from 18th-Century Napoli Pergolesi, Porpora, Vinci, Hasse Simone Kermes (soprano), Le Musiche Nove/Claudio Osele ‘Kermes shows herself a fearless risk-taker of uncommon artistic range’

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Verdi: Requiem Accademia Di Santa Cecilia Chorus & Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 'This Requiem is firmly founded on the altogether excellent singing of Pappano's Italian chorus'

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Bach: Two-Part Inventions and Sinfonias Andrea Bacchetti (piano) 'The music's magnificence is a revelation – Andrea Bacchetti endows every note with life'

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Haydn: The Seasons Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt 'Harnoncourt combines vivid characterisation with a loving focus on Haydn's melodic phrases'

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Shostakovich: The Nose Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus/Valery Gergiev ‘Shostakovich was never so obviously the youthful genius as in this brilliant operatic jape’

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Bridge: Piano Quintet Goldner String Quartet, Piers Lane (piano) 'Powerful, committed performances that illuminate Frank Bridge's multi-faceted mastery'

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Dowland: Lute Music Vol. 4

Nigel North (lute)

'Nigel North's insights are sovereign, his spontaneity underpinned by seasoned scholarship'

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