Dear friends of classical music,

It is spring and the month of May brings a rich crop of new reviews. Classical Music, Choir & Organ, Opera Now and International Piano have had a new issue out this month. It-Fs reassuring to see how record labels still release lots of great recordings. 

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The book reviews in Classical Music are always of particular interest. This month we saw the release of a magnificent book about Charles Mackerras. 

Also in Choir & Organ many new reviews were published this month. On the choir front, Elgar-Fs epic King Olaf caught my eye and ears.

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Opera Now informs you about another neglected opera, Les Martyrs by Donizetti, again done proud by the opera connoisseurs of Opera Rara.

With its versatility and vast repertoire, the piano remains the king of instruments. With anticipation I read the review of the fourth volume of Sorabji-Fs Etudes in the latest issue of International Piano. This album, a BIS-production, was awarded an International Piano Choice.

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In King Olaf, as in so much of Elgar-Fs music, one cannot but marvel at the largely self-taught composers instinct for, and skill at orchestration.-A
 Mark Elder conducts with fervour, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays superbly and the cast is excellent.
Ulln is a superb interpreter of this difficult and often intensely beautiful sound world.
I-Fm off now to listen to more music. Maybe Ill continue my musical journey with the enigmatic Sorabji.
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Happy reading and listening!


Johan Plochaet
agoraclassica.com
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