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Luigi CHERUBINI (1760–1842) Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn, Symphony Marilyn Schmiege (soprano); Martyn Hill (tenor); Paolo Barbacini (tenor) Cappella Coloniensis/Gabriele Ferro rec. 1981 PHOENIX EDITION 175 [50:56] [MC]

I was impressed with this version of the Symphony ... see Full Review

Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Requiem Stuttgart Staats Ch & O/Gabriel Ferro rec. live 1997 BAUER STUDIOS ACD6027 [50:49] [ST]

A good addition to the limited Cherubini discography ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Alexis Weissenberg (piano) Paris Conservatoire O/Stanislaw Skrowaczewski rec. 1967 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218472 [76:28] [SV]

As if the man had no poetry in his soul ... see Full Review

Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) tr. from 1974 recording, Jeremy FILSELL (b.1964) Scherzo symphonique see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Guirne CREITH (1907-1996) Violin Concerto Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999) Concerto Lirico Richard ARNELL (b.1917) Violin Concerto Lorraine McAslan (violin); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates rec. 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7221 [63:42][RB] 

McAslan triumphs again in these unknown violin concertos ... see Full Review

George CRUMB (b. 1929) American Songbooks II & IV Barbara Ann Martin (soprano); Orchestra 2001/James Freeman rec. 2005-6 BRIDGE 9275A/B [36.58 + 45.29][WH]

Crumb completists will want this ... see Full Review

Jean Baptiste Charles DANCLA (1817-1907) Petite École de la mélodie see Petite École

Raymond DEANE (b. 1953) Ripieno, Violin Concerto,Samara Christine Pryn (violin) RTÉ Ntl SO/Gerhard Markson rec. 2005/9 RTÉ CD274 [65:00] [HC]

The best possible introduction to Deane’s music ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Jeux – počme dansé [19:22]
Préludes – arranged for orchestra by Colin MATTHEWS (b. 1946) Colin MATTHEWS Postlude: Monsieur Croche [3:46] Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder
rec. 2007/8 DDD HALLE CD HLL 7518 [73:35] [BBr]

Racy little things, full of fun ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Violin Sonata No. 3 see ELGAR

Stephen DODGSON (b.1924) String Quartets 3 & 4, Guitar Quintet Tippett Qt, Craig Ogden (guitar)  rec. 2007  DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7214 [74:58] [JW]

A modern British string quartet classic ... see Full Review

Felix DRAESEKE (1835-1913) Piano Concerto in E flat see JADASSOHN

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trio see SCHUBERT

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Sonatina in G Major etc. see Richard STRAUSS

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No.1; Falstaff London Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar rec. 1930-2 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111256 [79:35][DC]

Become a time-traveller, hear some classic recordings at their best ever ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Sonata in E minor [23:44] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Violin Sonata No. 3 [15:38] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Violin Sonata No. 2 [24:31] Buckhard Hofmann (violin); Alan Newcombe (piano) rec. Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, April 2003 (Elgar), September 2003 (Delius), December 2004 (Ireland). DDD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 6884 [63:53] [EM]

I must confess myself rather disappointed ... see Full Review

George ENESCU (1881-1955) String Octet (orch. Lawrence Foster) Violin Sonata 3 Monte Carlo PO/Lawrence Foster Valeriy Sokolov (violin); Svetlana Kosenlo (piano) rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5193122 [65:01]  [JW]

Good performances and the air of novelty ... see Full Review

Georges ENESCU (1881–1955) Violin Sonata 3 see Europa

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) For Christian Wolff California EAR Unit: Dorothy Stone (flute); Vicki Ray (piano, celesta) rec. 2005 BRIDGE 9279 A/C [3 CDs: 177:13][KM]

A long work from Feldman’s late period, a must for Feldman fans ... see Full Review

Josef Bohuslav FOERSTER (1859-1951) Symphonies 3 & 4 Osnabrück SO/Hermann Bäumer rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG6321492-2 [78:57] [RB]

Long-breathed satisfying symphonies carrying the bohemian sunlight ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Keyboard Music from Manuscript Sources Martha Folts (harpsichord) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570717 [73:03] [GPu]

Deserves the highest praise … see Full Review

Sylvestro GANASSI (1492-1557) Io amai sempre Venise 1540 Pierre Boragno (recorder); Marianne Muller (viola da gamba); Massimo Moscardo (lute); Francois Saint-Yves (organ) rec. 2008 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT081002 [66.09] [GH]

Some cool Venetian home with the lapping waves below the window ... see Full Review

Zsolt GÁRDONYI (b.1946) Grand Chśur (1979) see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Porgy and Bess - opera in 3 acts (1934-5) Libretto: DuBose Heyward; Lyrics: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Based on the play ‘Porgy’ by DuBose and Katherine K Heyward  Willard White – Porgy; Cynthia Haymon – Bess; Harolyn Blackwell - Clara; Damon Evans – Sporting Life; Bruce Hubbard – Jake; Cynthia Clarey – Serena; Marietta Simpson – Maria; Gregg Baker – Crown Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 8-19 February 1988, Abbey Road, London/ DVD rec. 1992, Shepperton Studios,  EMI CLASSICS   50999 2 34430 2 [3 CDs: 57.59 + 72.26 + 59.09; DVD: 184:00] [TH]

A modern classic … some DVD provisos … see Full Review

Mauro GIULIANI (1784-1849) Duo Concertant, Six Variations, Gran Duetto Concertante for violin and guitar Kim Sjřgren (violin); Lars Hannibal (guitar) rec. 1988 OUR RECORDINGS 8.226904 [51:17] [ZT]

Average music played well above average ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b.1937) Waiting for the Barbarians (2005) Richard Salter, Eugene Perry, Openchor des Theaters Erfurt, Erfurt PO/Dennis Russell Davies  rec. 2005 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0039 [72:10 + 61:32] [BBr]

I’ve heard it all before ... see Full Review

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Symphonies Nos 1-8, The Kremlin, symphonic picture, op.30 USSR Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. venue not specified, 1989-1990 THE ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN SYMPHONY MUSIC SVET 21-26/18 [6 CDs: 69:45 + 47:58 + 51:54 + 72:53 + 68:10 + 45:30] [RM]

Invariably idiomatic, stylish and accomplished ... see Full Review

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) The Seasons etc. Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture etc. Anatoly LIADOV (1855-1914) Baba-Yaga etc. L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1954-1966 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4800038 [79:31 + 76:52][JS] 

Full of good and perhaps unexpected things ... see Full Review

Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture etc. see GLAZUNOV

Pelle GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN (b. 1932) Plateaux pour piano et orchestre (2005) [37:59] For Piano (1992) [21:53] Juho Pohjonen (piano) Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Ed Spanjaard rec.2007/8 . DDD DACAPO SACD 6.220533 [59:52]  
Pelle GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN (b. 1932) Concerto Grosso for string quartet and symphonic ensemble (1990/2006) [29:45] Moving Still - H.C. Andersen 200 - for baritone and string quartet (2004) [27:02] Last Ground for string quartet and ocean (2006) [10:05] Paul Hillier (baritone) Kronos Quartet (Hank Dutt (viola); David Harrington (violin); John Sherba (violin); Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)) Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2007 DACAPO SACD 6.220548 [66:57]

Crystalline extremes and gruff laconic attack ... see Full Review

Friedrich GULDA (1930-2000) Prelude und Fuge see BACH

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Concertos for two Lire Organizzate Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller–Brühl rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570481 [73:31][BBr] 

A disk well worth having ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Missa Cellensis Lydia Teuscher (soprano); Marianne Beate Kielland (alto); Markus Schäfer (tenor); Harry van der Kamp (bass) Anima Eterna/Jos van Immerseel rec. live, 2008 CARUS 83.247 [67:51] [JS]

Presentation and recording are up to the same high standards as the performance ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonata 44 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonatas 2 & 8, Légende, Visions fugitives Sviatoslav Richter (piano) rec. live, 1961 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4245-2 [75:37] [JW]

Exerts a strong pull on the collector’s wallet ... see Full Review

Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Concertos Cologne CO/Helmut Müller-Brühl rec. 2000-07 NAXOS 8.506019 [6 CDs: 7:12:48] [ST]

Invest with confidence ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets - Vol. 2 Amsterdam String Qt rec. 2008 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA28209 [68:30]  [DC]

Beautiful, refined, poised and perfect – but would Haydn have liked it? ... see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732–1809) Stabat Mater, Libera Me, Symphony 44, Violin & harpsichord concerto Chorale Philippe Caillard, Les Solistes de Paris/Henri-Claude Fantapie rec. 1964/78 DIVINE ART DDA21212 [74.05 + 46.11] [RH]

Too many problems ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Songs Elly Ameling (soprano); Jörg Demus (fortepiano) rec. 1980 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93768 [3 CDs: 54:47 + 42:24 + 45:33] [GF]

One can’t expect these songs to be better performed ... see Full Review

Paul HINDEMITH (1890–1963) Das Marienleben Elisabeth Meyer–Topsře (soprano), Per Salo (piano) rec. 2008 DANACORD DACOCD670 [71:05][BBr]

Uncontrollable wobble has taken the place of subtle vibrato ... see Full Review

Josef HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) The Piano Music - Volume 1 Panagiotis Trochopoulos (piano) rec. 2008. DDD CAMEO CLASSICS CC9035CD[73:21] [RB]

You should take to this music if you appreciate the piano music of York Bowen, Medtner and Rachmaninov ... see full review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Visions of the East Ode to the Temple of Sound (1965) [11:57] Symphony No.10 'Vahaken' (1959) [18:55] Floating World (Ukiyo) (1964) [12:37] Meditation on Zeami (1963) [14:31] Frost Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami/Chung Park rec. Gusman Hall, University of Florida, Coral Gables, Florida. November 2006. DDD world premiere recordings: Ode, Vahaken, Zeami first complete recording: Floating World CENTAUR CRC 2954 [58:00] [RB]

Grown from cult status to approach the mainstream ... see Full Review

Christopher HOWELL (b. 1953) Cypresses - 20 Pieces for Piano Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 5-6 June 2008, Studio L’Eremo, Lessona, Italy. DDD
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I congratulate the versatile Christopher Howell for composing and performing these accessible and appealing piano miniatures. [MC]
Emotional even sentimental  melodic writing - accessible yet with fibre [RB]... see Full Review

Vincent D’INDY (1851-1931) Sonata in E major Op. 63 (1906) [41:33] Počme des Montagnes (1881) [23:21] Diane Andersen (piano) rec. Sound Recording Center, Ghent (no date). DDD Text by Fernand LeClerq CLASSIC TALENT DOM 2911 128 [64:51]

Rare D’Indy piano music in near-perfect performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Concerto Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Phantasm William WALTON (1902-1983) Sinfonia Concertante Kathryn Stott (piano) Royal PO/Vernon Handley rec. 1989 DUTTON CDLX7223 [70:01] [RB]

An old friend returns wearing new clothes ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Clarinet Trio, Fantasy Sonata,The Holy Boy, Sextet Robert Plane (clarinet); Sophie Rahman (piano); Alice Neary (cello); David Pyatt (French horn) Maggini Qt rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570550 [66:25] [JF]

A must for all Ireland enthusiasts ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Violin Sonata No. 2 see ELGAR

Salomon JADASSOHN (1831-1902) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Felix DRAESEKE (1835-1913) Piano Concerto in E flat Markus Becker (piano); Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Michael Sanderling rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67636 [69:59][JW] 

Another valuable reclamation ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928) Orchestral Suites from the Operas - Vol. 1 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Peter Breiner rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570555 [70:20][DC]

New Janáček Suites – definitely worth considering ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928) Violin Sonata see Europa

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928) Violin Sonata see LUTOSŁAWSKI

Marinus de JONG (1891 – 1984) Flemish Rhapsody see Flemish Rhapsodies

Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) String Quartets 1-3, Deux Sérénades Quatuor Gong rec. 2002/7 PAVANE ADW7483 & 7524 [69:24 + 61:15] [HC]

Committed readings of these beautiful but long neglected works ... see Full Review

JOSQUIN des Prés (c.1440-1521) Missa Malheur me bat, Missa Fortuna desperata The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. 2009 GIMELL CDGIM042 [75:27] [MS]

Josquin at his most communicative ... see Full Review

Reinhard KEISER (1674-1739) Fredegunda Munich Neue Hofkapelle/Christoph Hammer rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.660231-32 [77:35 + 64:34][GF]

Lively and engaged, accomplished singing – especially from Pavlíkova ... see Full Review

Nicolaus ŕ KEMPIS (c.1600-1676) Symphonić Celine Scheen (soprano); Dirk Snellings (tenor); Stephan Van Dyck (bass) Ensemble Clematis/Stéphanie de Failly rec. 2003 MUSICA FICTA MF8001 [66:02] [MS]

A new vitality - enjoyable, tuneful and uplifting ... see Full Review

Paul von KLENAU (1883-1946) String Quartets Nos 1-3 Sjaelland String Quartet rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226075 [70:11][RB] 

Quartets lyrical and dissonant ... see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Violin Music Oscar Shumsky (violin) Milton Kaye (piano) (CDs 1-2); William Wolfram (piano) (CDs 3-4)  rec. 1980s NIMBUS NI2529/32 [4 CDs: 77:00 + 71:46 + 50:30 + 50:18] [JW]

Memorable performances ... see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice Op.6 see Essentials

Rodolphe KREUTZER (1766 – 1831) Violin Concerto No. 9 in E minor (1802) [22:27] Violin Concerto No. 13 in D (1803) [24:49] Variations on the aria from La Molinera: ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’  [7:56] Song of the peasant of the Canigou, Montagnas Regaladas [8:41] Saskia Lethiec (violin) Ensemble Instrumental du Conservatoire de Versailles Orquestra do Norte, Porto/Jose Ferreira Lobo rec. details not given. DDD TALENT DOM 2911 126 [60:04]

Very interesting and enjoyable … some fine fiddling ... see Full Review

Rodolphe KREUTZER (1766–1831) 40 Études ou Caprices pour violon Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) rec. 2003 CPO 999901-2 [56:25 + 47:11][BBr] 

An interesting and stimulating recording which cannot be ignored ... see Full Review

Arno LANDMANN (1887-1966) Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op.29 see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3

David LANG (b.1957) Pierced etc. Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559615 [51:03][BBr] 

Will have you on the edge of your seat ... see Full Review

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) The Sixteen Symphonies, Drapa, Sphinx, Hvidbjerg-Drapa, Danmarks Radio, Res Absurda!? Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 1998–2008 DACAPO 6.200001 [7 SACDs: 60:30 + 65:43 + 57:31 + 56:54 + 53:35 + 63:41 + 61:43][RB]

Provocatively challenging … the romantic spirit unquenched ... see Full Review

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Drapa (On the Death of Edvard Grieg),
Sphinx - tone painting for orchestra, Hvidbjerg-Drapa for choir, organ and orchestra, Danmarks Radio (Radio Denmark) fanfares for orchestra, Res absůrda!? for choir and orchestra, Symphony No. 15 Sostormen (Storm at Sea), Symphony No. 16 Syndflod af Sol (Sun Deluge) Danish National Choir; Danish National Vocal Ensemble Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2007-8 DACAPO 6.220519 [61.43]

Fascinating music in which the romantic spirit speaks anew ... see Full Review

Lars-Erik LARSSON (1908-1986) Senhöstblad, String Quartets 1-3 Stenhammar Qt rec. 2008 DAPHNE 1035 [72:11] [RB]

A lyrical parabola from warm-hearted to cool but always singing ... see Full Review

Jón LEIFS (1899-1968) Edda Part 1: The Creation of the World Schola Cantorum/Hörđur Áskelsson Iceland SO/Hermann Bäumer rec. 2006 BIS BIS-SACD-1350 [75:39] [RB]

The rocks and earth sing ... see Full Review

Franciszek LESSEL (1780-1838) Three Grand Duetts for two German Flutes Op. 1 (1802): Duetto 1 [18:16]; Duetto 2 [13:53]; Duetto 3 [16:20] Elżbieta Gajawska, Hanna Turonek (flutes)rec. 21-23 December 2007, Studio Laski, Poland ACTE PRÉALABLE APO178 [48:32]   [JS]

Sheer inventiveness and charm ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles LEVENS (1689 - 1764) Te Deum [41:24] Deus noster refugium [25:54] Sophie Landy, Sophie Pattey (soprano), Vincent Ličvre-Picard (haute-contre); Sébastien Obrecht (tenor); Sébastien Brohier, Marduk Serrano (baritone); Marcos Loureiro de Sŕ (bass) Members of l'Ensemble baroque Orfeo and the Groupe Vocal Arpčge, Les Passions/Michel Laplénierec. 8-11 November 2007, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Bordeaux, France. DDD ÉDITIONS HORTUS 060 [67:29] [JV]

Levens had a great sense of drama and text expression ... see Full Review

Anatoly LIADOV (1855-1914) Baba-Yaga etc. see GLAZUNOV

Franz LISZT (1811-1886), tr. Jean GUILLOU (b.1930) Symphonic Poem: Orpheus see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3

Pietro LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Concerto da chiesa in C, Op.4 No.11 see The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto

Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Complete Works - Volume 1 - The Chamber Music Lutosławki Quartet Wroc ław; Marcin Markowitz (violin); Elzbieta Zawadzka (piano); Artur Rozmyslowicz (viola); Krzysztof Jakowicz (violin); Jakub Jakowicz (violin); Jan Krysztof Broja (piano) rec. 11 November, 1 December 2007, Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw. DDD CDACCORD ACD 144-2 [73.14] [GH]

These performance are terrific and very committed ... see Full Review

Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Recitativo e arioso, Subito, Partita Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Myths Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928) Violin Sonata Ariadne Daskalakis (violin) Miri Yampolsky (piano) rec. 2003 NAXOS 8.570987 [57:36] [DC]

High quality product and a fine recital ... see Full Review


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