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John CAGE (1912-1992) Seven; Quartets I-VIII Orchester Jakobsplatz München/Daniel Grossman rec. 2007 NEOS 10720  [60:48][DC] 

A very welcome addition to the catalogue ... see Full Review

John CARMICHAEL (b. 1930) Solo Flights: Piano Music Antony Gray (piano) rec. 2006 ABC CLASSICS 4756191 [76.56][RB]

Impossible not to enjoy and be stimulated by this approachable yet freshly imagined music ... see Full Review

Yves CASTAGNET (b.1964) Messe: Salve Regina pour chœur, soli et deux orgues see Salve Regina

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855–1899) Poème de l’amour et de la mer Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) Mélodies Jean-François Lapointe  (baritone); Louise-Andrée Baril (piano) rec. 2006 ANALEKTA AN29924 [71:14][GF]

Be prepared for a Wagnerian hero on top of the smooth baryton-martin ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata No. 2 etc. Vladimir Horowitz (piano) rec. 1949-57 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111282 [76:31][JW]

Uneven, perplexing, sometimes simply unconvincing, nevertheless magnificent ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2006 CELESTIAL HARMONIES 142602 [58:17 + 65:55][JW]

Performances that fail to engage ... see Full Review

Jonathan COLE (b.1970) Testament (2005 ) [11:03]* Ben FOSKETT (b.1977) Violin Concerto (2004) [32:44]* Luke BEDFORD (b.1978) Or Voit Tout En Aventure (2006) [16:21]* Clio Gould (violin); Claire Booth (soprano) London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen rec. 2004/5/6. DDD *world premiere recording LONDON SINFONIETTA: JERWOOD SERIES SINF CD-1-2007 [42:36] [AOz]

A thrilling air of spontaneity … vivid music-making ... see Full Review

Craig COREY (b.1948) Sanctuary see STRAVINSKY

François COUPERIN (1668-1733)
Première Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint* [15:29] Seconde Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint** [12:04]Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint*/** [11:08] Michel-Richard DE LALANDE (1657-1726) Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint* [16:05] Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Vendredy Saint** [13:05] Emma Kirkby* (soprano); Agnès Mellon** (soprano) Charles Medlam (viola da gamba); Terence Charlston (organ) rec. September 2005, St Martin's, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. DDD BIS CD-1575 [69:12] [JV]

Captivating performances … recommended, despite reservations about style ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Complete Piano Works - Volume 3 Includes Suite bergamesque, Children's Corner Jean-Efflam Bavouzet rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10467 [71:54] [DM]

More convincing in the later works, less so in the earlier ones ... see Full Review

Maurice DELA (1919-1978) Petite Suite Maritime see Petite Suite Maritime

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Orchestral Works Vol. 1 Jour dété à la montagne, La Forêt enchantée, Souvenirs Iceland SO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10464 [63:25] [DM]

A sonic and musical treat. Not to be missed ... see Full Review

Ernö von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Violin Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 27 (1915) [40:41] Violin Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 43 (1949) [30:43] Michael Ludwig (violin) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. 20-21 August 2007, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow. NAXOS 8.570833 [71:24] [KS]

What a treat to discover such stirring music so ably executed ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) La Figlia del Reggimento Maria Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Marrucino di Chieti/Marzio Conti. rec. 2004 NAXOS 8.660161-62 [65:32 + 36:26][CC] 

Worth having but I hope no-one holds this as the only Figlia in their collection ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) La Fille du Régiment The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Bruno Campanella rec. 2007 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190029 [132:00][RJF]

Dessay’s memorable performance as Marie will define her career ... see Full Review

John DOWLAND (1562-1626) Lute Songs & Ayres: Elizabeth and Essex Songs Kristine Hurst (soprano); Ben Cohen (lute) CENTAUR CRC2866 [55:24][JV]

Interesting concept and notes but the performances leave no lasting impression ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hugues DUFOURT (b. 1943) Le Cyprès blanc; Surgir Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/Pierre-André Valade rec. 2004-6 TIMPANI 1C1112 [61:01][HC] 

Truly magnificent. Vital and assured readings of exacting scores ... see Full Review

Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Friendship's Garland - a Suite of Five Miniatures op. 97 see From Hafiz to Firewing (and Beyond)

Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) Mélodies see CHAUSSON

Henri DUTILLEUX (b. 1916) Oboe Sonata see From Hafiz to Firewing (and Beyond)

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto Gerhard Taschner (violin) Berlin PO/Lovro von Matacic, NWDR SO/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt rec. live 1942/55 TAHRA TAH641 [65:05] [JW]

Good performances alive with historical frisson ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto see BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827) Violin Concerto Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto Guila Bustabo (violin); Concertgebouw Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg & NWDR Symphony Orchestra/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt rec. 1943 & 1955 TAHRA TAH640 [78:29][JW]

A contrasting, valuable, excellently presented brace of performances ... see Full Review

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Stabat Mater Alexandra Coku (soprano); Renata Pokupic (alto); Pavol Breslik (tenor); Markus Butter (bass); Brigitte Engerer (piano); Accentus/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2007 NAÏVE V5091 [60:00] [JS]

A performance described generously as intimate, or more crudely as weak ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff – Symphonic Study, Op.68 (1913) [33:19] Enigma – Variations on an original Theme, Op.36 (1899) [29:46] Pomp and Circumstance March No.5 in C, Op.39 (1930) [5:41] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis rec. Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, 4-5 January 1974. ADD. LYRITA SRCD.301 [68:46] [BW]

Just has the edge over Davis’s own excellent re-makes .... see Full Review

Edward "Duke" ELLINGTON (1899-1974) Black, Brown and Beige (1943) orch. Maurice Peress [18:04] Three Black Kings (1973) orch. Luther Henderson [19:11] New World A-Comin’ (1943 revised 1960 revised by Maurice Peress c.1983) [13:47] Harlem – for Jazz Band and Orchestra [15:23] Frank Wess (alto saxophone); Richard Chamberlain (trombone); Jimmy Heath (tenor and soprano saxophones); Roland Hanna (piano); Stephen Hart (clarinet); John Faddis (trumpet); Bill Easley (clarinet); Ron Carter (bass); Butch Miles (drums) American Composers Orchestra/Maurice Peress rec. 1989
NIMBUS NI 2511 [66:44] [JW]

Symphonic Ellington strides confidently ... see Full Review

Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El amor brujo – Suite; Noches en los jardines de España; Excerpts from La vida breve: & El sombrero de tres picos Tomás BRETÓN (1850-1923) Escenas Andaluzas Orchestra National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Gran Orquesta Sinfónica/Ataúlfo Argenta rec. 1955-7 MEDICI ARTS MM025-2 [78:14][CH]

Argenta was pretty well ideal in this repertoire, and could inspire an orchestra ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Dies natalis etc. James Gilchrist (tenor); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570417 [66:40][MC]

Pleasingly performed and well recorded a worthwhile addition to the discography ... see Full Review

Nicholas FLAGELLO (1928-1994) Missa Sinfonica Arnold ROSNER (b. 1945) Symphony 5 ‘Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina National RSO Ukraine/John McLaughlin Williams rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.559347 [74:45] [WK]

Stirring performances of neo-romantic symphonies - a must for all twentieth century tonalists ... see Full Review

Ben FOSKETT (b.1977) Violin Concerto (2004) see COLE

César FRANCK (1822–1890) Violin Sonata Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Violin Sonata Sergey Khachatryan (violin); Lusine Khachatryan (piano) rec. 2007 NAÏVE V5122 [60:13][BBr]

An odd coupling, to be sure, but one which works ... see Full Review

Igor Alexandrovich FROLOV (b.1937) Works and arrangements for violin and piano Nicolas Koeckert (violin) Rudolf Joachim Koeckert (violin) Kristina Miller (piano) rec. 2005/6 NAXOS 8.570583 [62:28] [RM]

Charismatic performers who share their enjoyment with the listeners ... see Full Review

Herman GALYNIN (1922-1966) Piano Music - Volume 1: Sonata Triad (1939-41) [15:52]; Suite (1945) [11:26]; Four Preludes (c. 1939) [7:16]; Waltz (c. 1939) [1:25]; Dance (c. 1939) [1:45]; Spanish Fantasy (c. 1939) [4:44]; The Tamer Tamed (1944) [8:00] Olga Solovieva (piano) rec. Moscow Theatre and Concert Centre, 19 October, 2 November 2006. DDD first recordings TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0076 [53:25] [RB]

Deeply indebted to Shostakovich yet redeemed by an irrepressible personality ... see Full Review

James Macdonald GAYFER (1916-1997) Suite for Woodwind Quintet see Petite Suite Maritime

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Piano Concerto see LEIMER

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Philip GLASS (b. 1937) The Concerto Project - Volume II Piano Concerto No. 2 “After Lewis And Clark”, Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra Paul Barnes (piano), R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flute) Jillon Stoppels Dupree (harpsichord) Northwest CO/Ralf Gothóni rec. 2005 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0030 [58:53] [DJB]

Hypnotic in the best Glass tradition, also moving, thrilling and great fun! … see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Of Beauty & Light Various artists rec. 1987-2006 NAXOS 8.503202 [3 CDs: 70:09 + 67:07 + 51:46][RB]

Glass’s hypno-rhythmic writing in full spate ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Orphée et Eurydice Chorus & Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera/Ivor Bolton FARAO CLASSICS D108045 [104:00][GF]

As good a DVD version as any I know of ... see Full Review

Alexander GOEHR (b. 1932) Little Symphony op. 15 (1963) [28:04] String Quartet No. 2 op. 23 (1967) [23:01] Piano Trio op. 20 (1966) [19:49] London Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar; Allegri Quartet; Orion Trio. rec. 15 August 1964 (Little Symphony); no details for other items. ADD First issued on LP: Philips SAL 3497 (Little Symphony); Argo ZRG 748. original recordings made in association with British Council. LYRITA SRCD.264 [71:03] [RB]

High production values, commendable cultural commitment and inspiration. ... see Full Review

Francois Joseph GOSSEC (1734-1829) Trois Grandes Symphonies; Sabinus - Suites de ballets Les Agrémens/Guy Van Waas rec. 2006-7 RICERCAR RIC263 [57:58][RB] 

Surprises and imaginative coups aplenty in these Mozartean symphonies ... see Full Review

Peder GRAM (1881-1956) Orchestral Works - vol. 2 Danish Philharmonic Orchestra/Matthias Aeschbacher rec.2007 DACAPO 8.224718 [64:58][BBr]

Well written, tuneful and easily approachable ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) At the Matching Game see BULL

Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907) The Complete Songs - Volume 7 Monica Groop (mezzo); Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2007 BIS BISCD1757 [68:38] [GF]

A must for Grieg collectors but a lot of interest for non-specialists as well ... see Full Review

Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912–2000) Piano music Martin Jones (piano) rec. 5-6 December 2005; 24-25 April 2006, Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth. DDD NIMBUS NI 5818-20 [3 CDs: 75:43 + 65:00 + 72:40] [BBr]

Simple delight in well-crafted, unpretentious music-making ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Sir Colin Davis rec. 1984 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 4800120 [73:27 + 77:12][DC]

Still good as a staple for any collection ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Operatic Duets Patrizia Ciofi (soprano); Joyce Di Donato (mezzo); Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2003 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5181792 [73:35][GF]

A superb disc with baroque opera duets! ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Ariodante Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2007 DYNAMIC 33559 2 DVDs [157:00][RM]

A very very good DVD of a great Handel opera ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Hercules HWV 60 (1745) [3:09:49] Liselotte Kühn - First Oechalian (soprano); Gerlinde Sämann - Iöle (soprano); Franz Vitzthum - Lichas (counter-tenor); Nicola Wemyss - Dejanira (mezzo); Knut Schoch - Hyllus (tenor); Peter Kooij - Hercules (bass); Franz Schneider - First Trachinian (bass) Junge Kantorei Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra/Joachim Carlos Martini rec. live, 4 June 2006, Kloster Eberbach, Rheingau, Germany. DDD NAXOS 8.557960-62 [3 CDs: 61:03 + 64:30 + 64:16 est.] [MS]

A crystalline, uplifting and extrovert conception ... see Full Review

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 2 Romantic see Virgil Thomson

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonathan HARVEY (b. 1939) Tranquil Abiding, Body Mandala, Timepieces, White as Jasmine, … towards a Pure Land Anu Komsi (soprano) BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov rec. 2007 NMC D141 [79:59] [TH]

You should have this disc of music by one of the UK’s finest elder statesmen ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 39; Symphony No. 45 Isang YUN (1917-1995) Chamber Symphony I Münchener Kammerorchester/ Alexander Liebreich rec. 2007 ECM 2029 [69:56][DC] 

A genuinely substantial and fascinating programme of expertly performed music ... see Full Review

String Quartets by Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809), Luigi BOCCHERINI (1745-1805) & Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quartetto Italiano rec. 1953-6 TAHRA TAH647-8 [63:21 + 58:42] [JW]

Fine sounding transfers cap a singularly pleasurable disc ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, Saarbrücken RSO/Enoch zu Guttenberg rec. 1998 FARAO CLASSICS B108025 [38:00 + 65:06] [DC]

A sleeper, and worth waking ... see Full Review

Jacques HÉTU (b.1938) Quatre Miniatures pour trio d'anches (1967)Quintette pour instruments à vent op. 13 (1967) see Petite Suite Maritime

Johan Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Grand Concerto W23 for Bassoon and Orchestra in F major see RECORDING OF THE MONTH Karen Geoghegan plays Bassoon Concertos

Jacques IBERT (1890–1962) Includes Divertissement, Symphonie marine, Louisville Concerto, Flute Concerto, Ouverture de fête, Escales, Tropismes pour des amours imaginaires, Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte City of Birmingham SO/Louis Frémaux; Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Tonhalle O Zürich/David Zinman; Orchestre National de l’ORTF/Jean Martinon;  José Van Dam (baritone), Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon/Kent Nagano rec. 1973-2002 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 5176392 [75:32 + 68:17] [HC]

Un petit maître whose music is refreshingly unpretentious and attractive ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Songs Roderick Williams (baritone); Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570467 [65:32][JF]

Some of the best interpretations of Ireland’s songs I have ever heard ... see Full Review

Charles IVES (1874-1954) A Concord Symphony (orch. Henry Brant) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2000 INNOVA 414 [51:40][KM]

An essential addition to any Ives collection ... see Full Review

Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Piano Sonata see MOERAN

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Piano Concerto 3, Rhapsody for piano and orchestra on the theme of the song School Years, Poem of Struggle for orchestra and chorus Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Piano Concerto Hsin-Ni Liu (piano) Gnesin Academy Chorus, Russian PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2005/6 NAXOS 8.557794 [54:09] [RB]

Simple catchy exuberance and patriotic aggression ... see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Sonata, Violin Concerto Paul Waltman (violin) Bengt Forsberg (piano) Swedish RSO/David Björkman rec. 2006/7 DAPHNE 1032 [63:52] [RB]

Compulsive for the Sonata but a poetic rather than chromium reading of the Concerto ... see Full Review

Michel-Richard DE LALANDE (1657-1726) Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint* [16:05] Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Vendredy Saint** see Couperin

Constant LAMBERT (1905-1951) Suite from 'Merchant Seamen'; Suite from 'Anna Karenina' Lord BERNERS (1883-1950) From 'Champagne Charlie'; Suite from 'Nicholas Nickleby'; Suite from 'The Halfway House' BBC Concert Orchestra/Rumon Gamba rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10459 [79:35][RB]

A generous selection of largely unknown film music done with conviction and style ... see Full Review

Constant LAMBERT (1905-1951) Suites from Merchant Seamen and Anna Karenina Lord BERNERS (1883-1950) Suites from Champagne Charlie, Nicholas Nickleby, The Halfway House Joyful Company of Singers, BBC Concert O/Rumon Gamba rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10459 [79:35] [IL]

One of the best albums in the Chandos Film Music series ... see Full Review

Olivier LATRY (b.1962) Salve Regina pour orgue et voix see Salve Regina

Benjamin LEES (b.1924) Piano Music: 1945-2005 Toccata (1947) [2:16] Ornamental Etudes 1-6 (1957) [16:19] Three Preludes (1962) [9:27] Sonata Breve (1956) [12:57] Odyssey: Nos. 1-3 (1971, 1986, 2005) [30:39] Mirian Conti (piano) rec. 6-8 November 2006, Estudios Cosentino, Buenios Aires, Argentina. DDD TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0069 [71:39] [RB]

A dark and fantastic imagination engaged ... see Full Review

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929–1988) Orchestral Works - Volume 1 Symphony for Strings, Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra and Timpani, Concerto for String Orchestra John Scott (organ) BBC Ntl O of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10461 [74:34] [HC]

Strongly expressive, moving and often gripping ... see Full Review

Kurt LEIMER (1920-1974) Piano Concerto 4 George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Concerto Kurt Leimer (piano) Skyline SO/Günter Neidlinger (Gershwin) Symphony of the Air/Leopold Stokowski (Leimer) rec. 1959-72 COLOSSEUM CLASSICS COL9202.2 [67:25] [JW]

Leimer’s early death robbed the world of a most versatile composer and executant ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music - Volume 28 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN/Franz LISZT Symphony 9 (transc. two pianos) Leon McCawley, Ashley Wass (pianos) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570466 [61:04] [MC]

A winning release of a seminal work of the Romantic repertoire in its guise as a two piano transcription. ... see Full Review

Jon LORD (b. 1941) Boom of the Tingling Strings; Disguises Nelson Goerner, (piano); Odense Symfoniorkester/Paul Mann rec. 2006 EMI CLASSICS 3905282 [72:14][KS]

Wonderful surprises from an unusual source. A rock star with a quill of gold ... see Full Review

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632–1687) Thésée Yulia van Doren, Suzie LeBlanc, Amanda Forsythe, Ellen Hargis, Laura Pudwell, Teresa Wakim (sopranos); Mireille Lebel (mezzo); Howard Crook, Marc Molomot, Aaron Sheehan (tenors); Aaron Engebreth (baritone); Harry van der Kamp, Olivier Laquerre, Marek Rzepka (bass) Boston Early Music Festival O & Ch/Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs rec. 2006 CPO 777240-2 [3 CDs: 66:04 + 48:22 + 58:52] [JV]

A masterpiece given a masterful performance by a cast without weak links ... see Full Review


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