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WEDNESDAY December 31st

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Christmas Oratorio Elly Ameling, Dame Janet Baker, Robert Tear, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge ASMF/Sir Philip Ledger rec. 1976 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 2176252 [77:46 + 76:38] [JQ]

A performance that will give much pleasure ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pacific Northwest Ballet, BBC Concert O/Stewart Kershaw  rec. 1999 OPUS ARTE OABD7003D [94:00] [JWe]

Get a Blu-ray player and buy this ... see Full Review

A Piano Christmas in the 1920s Andrei Kmita, Elsie Holt, Adam Carroll, Herbert Clair & Edgar Fairchild, Fritz Kreisler, John Tasker Howard, Pietro Yon, Leslie Loth (pianos) rec. 1920s LYRICHORD LYRCD6012 [61:53] [JW]

An enjoyable and unabashed collection ... see Full Review


TUESDAY December 30th

Corellisante Arcangelo CORELLI (1653 - 1713) Sonatas for 2 violins Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1682-1767) Sonate Corellisante for 2 violins Rebel rec. 2003 DORIAN DSL-90703 [68:08]

Passionate performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Acis and Galatea Susan Hamilton, Nicholas Mulroy, Dunedin Consort and Players/John Butt rec. 2008 LINN CKD319 [41:19 + 53:59] [BW]

Already a strong contender for the 2009 Recording of the Year ... see Full Review

Peter PHILIPS (1560/1-1628) The English Exile Colin Booth (harpsichord) rec. 1999 Soundboard sbcd992 [65:25] [BW]

Insightful performances, well recorded ... see Full Review

MONDAY December 29th

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Trois Chorales, Trois Pièces, Pastoral, Final Colin Walsh (organ) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD7324 [79:50] [MC]

Impresses from start to finish - a very fine recital ... see Full Review

Padre Antonio SOLER (1729-1793) Piano Sonatas Marie-Luise Hinrichs (piano) rec. 2006 CPO 777 200-2 [61:45] [TP]

An attractive disc ... see Full Review

Tombeau pour Mr de Ste Colombe et autres portraits Works by Sainte Colombe, Marais, Forqueray, Rameau, Denis & Ennemond Gautier Ensemble Spirale, Violaine Cochard (harpsichord))/Marianne Muller rec. 2007 ZIGZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT080302 [69:09] [JV]

A fine collection of musical portraits in passionate and gestural performances ... see Full Review

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