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WEDNESDAY September 30th

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 1 (1872) [16:53] L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 2 (arr. Guiraud) - Menuet (1872) [4:40] L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 2 (arr. Guiraud) - Farandole (1872) [3:16] Symphony in C major (1855) [29:07] Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Alain Lombard rec. Strasbourg, 1974-5 WARNER APEX 2564-62082-2 [54:36]

Even at budget price, you can do better ... see Full Review 

Howard Blake - a survey of his music on CD [RB]

An urgently communicative and accessible creative voice ... see Full Review

Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736) Sonate a Violoncello solo col basso L’aura soave: Marco Frezzato (cello); Francesco Saverio Pedrini (organ); Leonardo Morini (harpsichord); Diego Cantalupi (theorbo) rec. 21-24 January 2000, Sala del Podestà, Soresina, Cremona. DDD TACTUS TC 670302 [68:36] [GPu]

A chance to enjoy some of Caldara’s rare instrumental music … see Full Review 

Devoted to Debussy Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Piano Music Roberta Rust (piano) rec. July 2006, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, DDD CENTAUR CRC 2867 [71:18] [BBr]

The programme is attractive … see Full Review

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 (Organ Symphony) (1886) [37:17] Le Rouet d’Omphale, op.31 (1869) [8:50] Danse macabre op.40 (1874) [7:20] Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España - rhapsody for orchestra (1883) [6:48] Joyeuse Marche 1888) [3:59] Pierre Segon (organ) L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland; October 1952 (Saint-Saëns opp. 31, 40; Chabrier); May 1962 (Saint-Saëns op.78). ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0082 [64:43]  [RMay]

A perfectly worthwhile and enjoyable release ... see Full Review 

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) on the ALBION label - A triumphant contribution [RB]
Invaluable to the legion of RVW enthusiasts - do not miss Folksongs of the Four Seasons ... see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Juditha Triumphans, RV644 (Oratorio) (1716)
Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo) - Juditha; Sara Macliver (soprano) - Abra; Fiona Campbell (mezzo) - Vagaus; David Walker (counter-tenor) - Holofernes; Renée Martin (mezzo) - Ozias; Cantillation; Pinchgut Opera; Orchestra of the Antipodes/Attilio Cremonesi rec. live, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia, 5, 8-10 December 2007. DDD. Texts and translations included. ABC CLASSICS 476 6957 [59:51 + 58:02] [BW]

Despite fierce competition, this has a great deal going for it. ... see Full Review 

Shura Cherkassky Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Andante and Rondo Capriccioso Op.14 (1824) [6:17] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in A major D959 (1828) [35:21] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval (1834) [25:10] Der Kontrabandiste arr. Carl Tausig [2:12] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Cradle Song in A flat minor Op.16 No.1 arr Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) [4:13] Shura Cherkassky (piano) rec. November 1970, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4254-2 [76:50] [JW]

The old conjuror in gorgeous form ... see Full Review 

Pearl Fishers Duet - World-Famous Operatic Duets by BELLINI; BIZET; DONIZETTI; PUCCINI; VERDI Various singers and orchestras Full listing at end of review rec. 1955-1992. ADD/DDD; Booklet English; sung texts not enclosed DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2614 [79.48] [MMB]

This compilation delighted me ... see Full Review

Sacred Hearts, Secret Music ANONYMOUS Cantabant sancti canticum novum [1:31] Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (1525-1594) Surge illuminare Ierusalem (Motettorum liber tertius, 1575) [2:33] ANONYMOUS Beata Agnes in medio flammarum [1:27] Amo Christum, in cuius thalamum introivi [3:09] Agnes, beatæ Virginis [2:48] PALESTRINA Missa Veni Sponsa Christi (Missarum liber nonus, 1599) [21:58] ANONYMOUS Sequenza in onore Sant’Agnese [1:29] Cipriano da RORE (1515-1565) Magnificat sexti toni (1554) [8:21] ANONYMOUS Stans beata Agnes in medio flammarum [1:03] PALESTRINAAlma redemptoris mater [4:55] Lamentations for Holy Saturday (Book 3, Lectiones I-III) (1560s?) [26:02] da RORE Regina cæli lætare (1551) [3:46] Musica Secreta; Celestial Sirens/Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras rec. St Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK, 27-29 April 2009. DDD. Texts and translations included. DIVINE ART DDA25077 [79:31]

Very good but with reservations about the lack of male voices ... see Full Review

 

TUESDAY September 29th

John Luther ADAMS (b. 1953) the place we began COLD BLUE CB0032 [38:19][CC]

As hypnotic as it is different ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 Maxim Fedotov (violin); Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557793 [60:24][SV]

Quite a good way to get to know these scores ... see Full Review

Steven R. GERBER (b.1948) Diverse Chamber Works Various artists rec. 2002 NAXOS 8.559618 [64:39][NB] 

Diverse modern chamber works splendidly performed ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Lo speziale Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Budapest/György Lehel rec. 1978 HUNGAROTON HCD11926 [72:03][GF]

A worthy representation of early Haydn ... see Full Review

Dominique PHINOT (c.1510-1561) Missa Si bona suscepimus etc. Claudin de SERMISY (1490-1562) Si bona suscepimus Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67696 [74.13][GH] 

Another significant musical discovery by a leading choral group ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Trio Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Trio No. 2 Icicle Creek Piano Trio rec. 2008 CON BRIO RECORDINGS CBR28453 [68:13][JW] 

A less high calorific approach ... congenial performances ... see Full Review

Johan Helmich ROMAN (1694-1758) Twelve Flute Sonatas Verena Fischer (transverse flute); Klaus-Dieter Brandt (cello); Léon Berben (harpsichord) rec. 2007-8 NAXOS 8.570492-93 [75:11 + 70:42][JV] 

These first-rate sonatas by Roman with close to ideal interpreters ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons John Corigliano (violin); Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Guido Cantelli rec. 1955 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC176 [44:26][JW]

For admirers of Vivaldian string saturation, Cantelli style ... see Full Review

Amour Fou Music by Peter LUDWIG Tango a Trois rec. 2008 FARAO F100208 [53:59][CR] 

Enjoyment and real flair ... see Full Review

Medíterranea - Music by Guiraut RIQUIER, Ghirardello da FIRENZE, ANONYMOUS and Beatriz de DIA Alla Francesca En Trio rec. 2007 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090402 [63:14][GPu]

Full of beautiful things beautifully performed ... see Full Review

 

MONDAY September 28th

Pierre BARTHOLOMÉE (b. 1937) Requiem Laudantes Consort; Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles/Guy Janssens rec. 2007 CYPRES CYP1655 [59:01][HC]

A splendid performance and recording of a thought-provoking Requiem … see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) The Key Masterpieces Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schønwandt rec. Denmark, 1992-2004 DACAPO PERSPECTIVES 8.226101-02 [72:06 + 76:25][RB] 

Ambitious and wonderfully engaging ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concertos for Two and Three Pianos etc. Derek Han, Wu Han, Peter Asimov (pianos); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Massimo Quarta rec. 2008 RPO SP018 [64:24][ST] 

Will satisfy anyone who wants to get to know these marvellous works ... see Full Review

Thea MUSGRAVE (b. 1928) Turbulent Landscapes etc. Various artists rec. 1998-2007 NMC D153 [69.01][GH] 

Superb music wonderfully performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schønwandt rec. 1999 NAXOS 8.570739 [75:03][LW]

An especially fine Fourth … see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 Yevgeny Kissin (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2645362 [61:48][DM]

Below par recording, uninspired playing ... see Full Review

Paul WHITTY (b. 1970) Thirty–nine pages Darragh Morgan (violin); Mary Dullea (piano) rec. 2007 METIER RECORDS MSV28509 [62:04][BBr]

Give the music time to get inside you … see Full Review

Alpenglühen … und doch alles andere als still Music by Wolfram SCHURIG (b.1967), Wolfgang SUPPAN (b. 1966), Karlheinz ESSL (b.1960), Christof DIENZ (b.1968) and Bernhard GANDER (b.1969) Ensemble Intégrales rec. 2007 COL LEGNO WWE1CD20280 [63:11][CR]

Constantly impressive and technically assured ... see Full Review

A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar: Music by Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999), Georges BIZET (1838-1875), Salvador BACARISSE (1898-1963), Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891-1982) and Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Rolando Saad (guitar); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Fuat Mansurov rec. 2007 RPO SP015 [74:19][ST] 

A disappointment ... see Full Review

Cziffra in Tokyo Music by Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1856) and Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Georges Cziffra (piano) rec. 1964 MEDICI MASTERS MM033-2 [79:51][CC] 

Jaw-dropping technical prowess ... see Full Review

 

FRIDAY September 25th

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias, Recitatives and Overtures Sandrine Piau (soprano) Sara Mingardo (contralto) Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini rec. 2008 NAÏVE OP 30483 [72:28] [J-PJ]

Very enjoyable and desirable ... see Full Review

Steve LAW (b. 1973) Piano Music - Volume 1 Piano Sonata, Preludes, Waltz for Laura, Theme for an American Movie Steve Law (piano) STEVE LAW SL01 [77:21] [RB]

Melody, subtle shifting impressionism and a bluesy syncopated sway ... see Full Review 

Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b.1933) Music for Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia O/Krzysztof Penderecki rec. 2008 DUX 0678 [62:54] [DC]

Penderecki’s “best of the most gorgeous bits from ...” ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Symphonies 1 & 2 Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio di Torino/Marzio Conti rec. 2005/6 CHANDOS CHAN10546 [61:57] [DJB]

The best non-mainstream works I have heard in a long while ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Nose Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone) Alexei Tanovitski (bass) Tatiana Kravtsova (soprano) Mariinsky Theatre Ch & O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2008 MARIINSKY MAR0501 [50:41 + 50:56] [DM]

Gergiev sets new standards for this work ... see Full Review

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007) Zyklus, Spiral I & II, Pole, Japan, Wach, Tierkreis, In Freundschaft Harald Bojé, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Caskel, Markus Stockhausen, Margareta Hurholz rec. 1971-92 EMI CLASSICS 6955982 [66:30 + 75:08]

There is always hope! ... see Full Review 

László WEINER (1916-1944) Chamber Music With Viola Duo, Sonata, String Trio, Concerto for Piano, Flute, Viola Dirk Hegemann (viola) Stuttgart & Saarbrücken RSO/Julian Kuerti rec. 2007 HUNGAROTON HCD32607 [68:28] [NB]

Well performed and recorded music by composer still finding his own musical path ... see Full Review

David Martinez (guitar) Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas Giulio REGONDI (1822-1872) Introduction et Caprice J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Prelude, Fugue and Allegro Dionisio AGUADO (1784-1849) Andante and Rondo 3 Regino SAINZ de la MAZA Danzas Cervantinas Paco de LUCIA (b. 1947) Tarantas Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra & Lagrima rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557808 [68:19] [ZT]

A relatively unrecognized and undiscovered treasure ... see Full Review

Remembrance Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Kol Nidre Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Halil Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Baal Shem Eric ZEISL (1905-1959) Requiem Ebraico Stephen Bronk (speaker); Sharon Bezaly (flute); Vadim Gluzman (violin); Gabriella Pace (soprano); Luisa Francesconi (mezzo); Rodrigo Esteves (baritone) São Paulo SO & Ch/John Neschling rec. 2007 BIS BISCD1650 [63:04] [NB]

Demonstration quality … superb performances of rare but valuable repertoire ... see Full Review

The Russian Double Bass Works by Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Koussevitsky, Glière, Glinka & Shostakovich Leon Bosch (double-bass) Sung-Suk Kang (piano) rec. 2009 MERIDIAN CDE84564 [64:18] [JW]

Bosch is in the grand line of bass virtuosi ... see Full Review 

 

THURSDAY September 24th

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Complete Music for Two Guitars - Volume 2 The Well-Tempered Guitars Brasil Guitar Duo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570779 [54:16] [NB]

Refinement and beauty … technical sophistication and musical taste. ... see Full Review 

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 - 1957) Violin Concerto, Overture to a Drama, Much Ado About Nothing Philippe Quint (violin) Mineria SO/Carlos Miguel Prieto rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570791 [53:40] [GF]

Quint’s thin tone is at odds with the romantic warmth of the music … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann KRIEGER (1651-1735) Geistliche Arien und weltliche Lieder aus Neue musicalische Ergätzlichkeit Philipp Friedrich BUCHNER (1614 - 1669) Sonaten Jan Kobow (tenor), Julia von Landsberg (soprano) United Continuo Ensemble rec. 2006 CPO 777 433-2 [71:01] [GF]

My baroque discovery of the year… see Full Review 

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Paulus Susan Gritton (soprano); Jean Rigby (mezzo); Barry Banks (tenor); Peter Coleman-Wright (bass); BBC National Ch & O Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2000 CHANDOS CHAN 10516(2)X [64:23 + 50:50] [JS]

Solid if somewhat uncharismatic ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) The Mozart Wind Collection Clarinet Concerto, Horn Concerto 4, Divertimento, Flute Concerto 1, Oboe Concerto, Bassoon Michael Whight (clarinet); Martin Owen (horn); Andrew Nicholson (flute); John Anderson (oboe); Daniel Jemison (bassoon) Royal PO/Nicholas Cleobury rec. 2005 ROYAL PHILHARMONIC RPO SP 005 [61.59 + 60.02] [SP]

Generally good ... see Full Review

John MUSTO (b. 1954) Songs Amy Burton (soprano); Patrick Mason (baritone); John Musto, Michael Barrett (piano) rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9286 [58:29] [WH]

A fascinating synthesis of American music and poetry, beautifully performed … see Full Review 

Piet SWERTS (b. 1960) Heilige Seelenlust Ann De Renais (soprano); Jan Caals (tenor) Lemmens Institute Ch & O/Edmond Saveniers rec. live, 2008 PHAEDRA 92059 [72:39] [HC]

A most welcome addition to Piet Swerts’ discography … see Full Review 

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Violin sonatas 1 & 2, Variaciones clásicas, Euterpe, El poema de una sanluqueña Eva León (violin); Jordi Masó (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570402 [61:55] [JW]

Panache and passion - you won’t be disappointed ... see Full Review 

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Mystical Songs - Choral Music of Vaughan Williams Trinity College Ch, Melbourne U/Michael Leighton Jones rec. 2007 ABC CLASSICS ABC 476 6906 [77:14] [JQ]

I’m sorry that I can’t give a warmer welcome to this disc ... see Full Review

Mortuus est Philippus Rex: Music for the life and death of the Spanish King Westminster Cathedral Ch/James O’Donnell rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55248 [65:54] [BW]

A relaxing and spiritual experience ... see Full Review

 


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