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Album: Strauss, Salome – Bullock et al (CHANDOS)

Sung in Tom Hammond's English translation, Richard Strauss's setting of Oscar Wilde's play comes over with authority, due to Susan Bullock's perfect traversal of the heroine's innocence-to-depravity arc and conductor Charles Mackerras's placing of the score as refined voluptuousness with some kicks along the way.

The Philharmonia plays at the top of its game, with standouts from Sally Burgess's matter-of-fact Herodias, John Graham-Hall's tightly wound Herod and John Wegner's fervent John the Baptist.

Pick of the Album: Mackerras's glamorous 'Dance of the Seven Veils'