BBC Music Magazine - - Reviews -

Sum­mer is tan­ta­lis­ingly close, but we’ve plenty of warmth and colour this month to keep you go­ing. You can’t get much more colour­ful than Of­fen­bach, who cel­e­brates a big birthday next month.

His mu­sic ap­pears in two sec­tion choices: a stun­ning se­lec­tion of songs and arias and a record­ing of his Cello Con­certo – an in­stru­ment he knew only too well. An­other fiery vir­tu­oso­turned-com­poser is Eugène Ysaÿe, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this month’s Record­ing of the Month by Alina Ibrag­i­mova and Cé­dric Tiberghien. There’s lots more to dis­cover, in­clud­ing a new the­o­rbo con­certo and works by Welsh com­poser Grace Wil­liams. Fi­nally, don’t miss a dou­ble help­ing of Han­del, whose Ju­das Mac­cabaeus or­a­to­rio and recorder sonatas get the thumbs up. Michael Beek Re­views Editor

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