No messing about for my July choices!
In reverse order:
Third – Benjamin Zander’s Beethoven 9, interesting as a literal reproduction of what Beethoven notated (but he may have been moved to change his mind!)...
Second – A feather in the cap for First Hand Records, a trio of rare Violin Sonatas by Soviet-era composers, played superbly by Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova...
First – No doubt about pole position for July, Handel’s Acis and Galatea given a quite wonderful outing under Christian Curnyn, a real tonic (and so too is Bavouzet’s Haydn!).
The Classical Source
***As a postscript, just to clarify how Classical Source uses stars for its reviews. Since April 2016 a star-rating is mandatory for anything generally available (a recording, a book...) and when there is a run of performances (an opera, a ballet...). Stars are not required for a concert unless a reviewer is of the opinion that something is exceptional (five stars) or quite the opposite (one); either is rare ... ultimately it is the words that matter.***