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Monday December 6th

Franz Ignaz BECK (1734-1809)
L’isle déserte
Ana Maria Labin (soprano), Samantha Gaul (soprano), La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider rec. 2019
CPO 555 336-2
[55:39] [DC]

Much more than just a historical rarity.

Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941)
Miniatures
Various performers rec. 2019-2021
CALLIOPE CAL2189
[76:27] [SG]

Music that combines impressionism, mellifluous lyricism and graceful refinement.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Arrangements for Piano Duet Vol. 6
Eckerle Piano Duo rec. 2019
NAXOS
8.572882 [60:26] [JWe]

Wonderful playing here, shedding new light on the original versions of these works.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Der Rosenkavalier
Dame Kiri te Kanawa (soprano), Aage Haugland (bass), Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1985
OPUS ARTE OA1341D DVD
[197 mins] [PCG]

Sir Georg and Dame Kiri make this archival video essential viewing.

Adriatic Voyage
Seventeenth-century music from Venice to Dalmatia
The Marian Consort/Rory McCleery, The Illyria Consort/Bojan Čičič rec. 2020
DELPHIAN DCD34260
[58:26] [DJB]

Fine performances by all concerned, but a lack of variety in the music itself left me rather cold.

Ivry Gitlis (violin)
In memoriam "inédits et introuvables"
rec. 1937-2010
RHINE CLASSICS RH-019
[9 CDs: 661:19] [JW]

A compendious and valuable Gitlis box, and a fitting memorial and retrospective.

Gregorian Chant: World-Famous Recordings
Choir of the Carmelite Priory, London; Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice and Saint-Maur, Clervaux rec. 1959/61
ALTO ALC1436
[77:10] [MS]

Two monastic choirs perform two collections of plainchant in quite different styles.

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