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Monday September 26th

145 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH Cantatas - Vol. 44 Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Robin Blaze (alto), Gerd Türk (tenor), Peter Kooy (bass) Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki rec. 2008 BIS [JV] Admirers of Bach Collegium Japan's Bach cantata project will not hesitate to add this disc to their collection, but sceptics won't change their mind. 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Cello Sonatas, Mozart & Handel Variations Ludwig Hoelscher (cello) Elly Ney (piano) rec. 1957 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] I applaud the return of these performances to the catalogue in this way in unproblematic transfers.

Francesco CILEA Adriana Lecouvreur Micaela Carosi (soprano) Marcelo Álvarez (tenor) Ch & O Teatro Regio Torino/Renato Palumbo rec. live, 2009 DYNAMIC [GF] Deserves to be heard for Alvarez but the Levine is more melodious and fascinating. 

Lucien DUROSOIR Le Balcon, Idylle, Piano Trio, Trilogie Ensemble Sequenza 9.3; Diotima Qt, Aquilon Qnt, Trio Hoboken rec. 2005/10 ALPHA [Byz] Alpha continue their almost single-handed, entirely justified attempt to bring Durosoir’s brilliant music to long overdue public attention. 

Alessandro GRANDI Vespro della Beata Vergine Deborah York (soprano) Daniel Taylor (alto) Ed Lyon (tenor) Peter Harvey (bass) Gachinger-Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart/Matthew Halls rec. live, 2010 CARUS [RH] This disc charmed me far more than I could have imagined.

Nico MUHLY Seeing is Believing, Motion, By All Means, Step Team Thomas Gould (electric violin) Aurora O/Nicholas Collon rec. 2010 DECCA [DC] Very fine, but to what exactly are we connecting? 

American String Project: Live 2010 - 10 Year Anniversary Album rec. 2009/10 MSR CLASSICS [JW] A certain lumbering quality inherent but fine playing, bold and confident.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kaleidoscope Maria Forsström (contralto) Andreas Edlund (harpsichord) Matti Hirvonen (piano) rec. 2010/1 MUSICA REDIVIVA [GF] A varied and fascinating and superbly executed disc. 

Romantic Wind Serenades Antonin DVOŘÁK Serenade Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY Overture Wilhelm Emilius HARTMANN Serenade Consortium Classicum rec. 1991/2 MDG [JS] A programme of thoroughly enjoyable music. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH That’s Entertainment - A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical Kim Criswell, Matthew Ford, Seth MacFarlane, Curtis Stigers, Maida Vale Singers, The John Wilson O/John Wilson rec. 2011 EMI CLASSICS   [IL] Fans of those spectacular MGM musicals shouldn’t hesitate.

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