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Tuesday May 8th 2012

Johannes ECCARD (1553-1611) Fröhlich will ich singen: Sacred and Secular Songs Staats-und Domchor Berlin/Lautten Compagney Berlin/Kai-Uwe Jirka rec. 2011 CARUS 83.449 [58:10] [JW]

Affirmatory and amusing, sacred and secular.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931) The Lyre of Orpheus, The Canticle of the Sun Gidon Kremer (violin) Marta Sudraba (cello) Kremerata Baltica Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) Andrei Pushkarev, Rihards Zalupe (percussion) Rostislav Krimer (celesta) Riga Chamber Ch/Mãris Sirmaisrec. 2006-2010 ECM NEW SERIES 2256 [69.07] [GH]

No praise can be too high.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) The Sound of Weimar: The Authentic Sound of Liszt’s Orchestral Works Vol 2 Les Préludes, Orpheus, Ce qu’on entend sur la Montagne NEW CLASSICAL ADVENTURE NCA60246 [56:34] Vol 3 Hunnenschlacht, Hungaria, Mazeppa Orch Wien Akademie/Martin Haselböck rec. 2011 NEW CLASSICAL ADVENTURE NCA60250 [58:07] [BW]

Liszt as he would have sounded in Weimar in the 1850s is an attractive proposition but there are less expensive rival recordings.

Jeffrey RYAN (b. 1962) The linearity of light, Equilateral, Symphony 1 "Fugitive colours" Gryphon Trio Vancouver SO/Bramwell Tovey rec. 2008-2010 NAXOS CANADIAN CLASSICS 8.572765 [69:13] [PG]

Playing and recording superlative … one hopes that future issues will prove more revelatory.

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Cello Concerto, Rondo for cello and orchestra, Ballata and Ballabile, Irish Rhapsody 3 Gemma Rosefield (cello) BBC Scottish SO/Andrew Manze rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67859 [70:08] [RB]

Originally conceived and executed … smoothly fervent.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) An Alpine Symphony Royal Flemish Phil/Edo de Waart rec. 2010 RFP LIVE RFP001 [51:58] [GD]

 Edo de Waart makes the most of the climaxes but also injects momentum and drive.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Flute Concertos Barthold Kuijken (flute) La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor/violoncello de spalla) rec. 2010 ACCENT ACC 24241 [66:12] [CR]


Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Concertante Works for Clarinet and Horn Clarinet Concertino, Clarinet Concertos 1 & 2, Horn Concertino Stephen Stirling(horn) City of London Sinf/Michael Collins (clarinet) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10702 [67:29] [MC]

Impressive performances. A fine release.

Heaven in Ordinarie - Choral and Organ Music by Philip WILBY (b. 1949) The Exon Singers/Matthew Owens Jeffrey Makinson (organ) rec. 2009 REGENT REGCD338 [64:03] [JQ]

A disc of fine music by Philip Wilby and it’s hard to imagine it receiving better performances.

The Juilliard Quartet plays Bartók, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern Juilliard Quartet rec. 1949-1952 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES-6040 [6 CDs: 60:03 + 38:17 + 58:58 + 70:42 + 60:17 + 59:18] [JW]

A significant monument in performance history.

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