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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert ALDRIDGE (b. 1954) Elmer Gantry Soloists, Milwaukee SO/William Boggs rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.669032-33 [69:24 + 72:14] [GF]

Totally captivating.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Transcriptions Martin Schmeding (organ) rec. 2011 ARS PRODUKTION ARS 38109 [75:19] [DC]

Superb release in every regard. An all-round organ hit release. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Complete Symphonies Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Philippe Herreweghe rec. 2004-09 PENTATONE PTC 5186 312 [5 discs: 5:36.49] [ST]

Combines the best of the old with the best of the new amid a wonderful clarity of the sound. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet Aaron Jay KERNIS (b. 1960) String Quartet Jasper Qt rec. 2011 SONO LUMINUS DSL-92142 [71:12] [BR]

The Jasper Quartet gives off joyous energy like sparks. Don’t miss this album.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Luis de BRICEÑO (fl early 17th C) El Fenix de Paris Le Poème Harmonique/Vincent Dumestre rec. 2011 ALPHA 182 [71:08] [JV]

One of the most original and exciting discs I have heard recently.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Lachrymae Anthony Marwood (violin), Lawrence Power (viola) BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67801 [64:18] [MG]

Distinctive soloists matched by sensitively weighted, varying orchestral presence.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Waltzes and Impromptus Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2-3 June, 2010, DDD NIMBUS NI 6184 [70:28] [RMo]

This goes straight to the top of my list of favourite Chopin CDs.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1906-1975) Complete Orchestral Works for track listing see end of review Orchestre National de Lyon/Jun Märkl rec. 2007-2011 NAXOS 8.509002 [9 CDs: 9:08.49] [PCG]

Important for its completeness but it has other claims to our attention as well.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton EBERL (1765-1807) Trio, Potpourri en Trio, Grand Sextet Trio Van Hengel; Alida Schat (violin) Vappu Helasvuo (viola) Bart Aerbeydt (horn) rec. 2009/10 RAMEE RAM1103 [69:15] [Byz]

This really is excellent music: as deep as it is broad, brimming with vigour, poetry, harmony and brilliance.

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.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Choral Works The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton Simon Bland and Jeremy Cole (organ) 2011, DDD Original texts and English translations included HYPERION CDA67914 [64:09][JQ]

A most distinguished release of glorious music by Herbert Howells, superbly performed.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909) Piano Concerto 1, La canzone dei ricordi Gesualdo Coggi (piano) Silvia Pasini (mezzo) Roma SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec.2007/8 NAXOS 8.570931 [67:53] [CH]

On this showing La Vecchia was born to conduct Martucci. A masterly, even great, vocal performance from Silvia Pasini.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH NEIDHART (c.1185-c.1240) A Minnesinger and his 'Vale of Tears' : Songs and Interludes Ensemble Leones rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572449 [64:39] [Byz]

Peerless musicianship.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francis POTT (b. 1957) In The Heart Of Things Grace Davidson (soprano) Commotio/Matthew Berry rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572739 [66.58] [PCG]

A most beautiful disc of some absolutely beautiful music.

RECORDING OF THe MONTH Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Le festin de l’araignée, Pâdmavatî suites Royal Scottish Ntl O/Stéphane Denève rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572243 [54:42] [BR]

As sad as it is that this Naxos series had to end, the final volume is just as glorious as the first four.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann SCHELLE (1648 - 1701) Sacred Music The King's Consort/Robert King rec. 2000, Texts and translations included HYPERION HELIOS CDH55373 [78:54] [JV]

If you didn’t get this recording when first released this is your chance to make up for lost time. Don't miss it.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 1-3 Netherlands Radio PO & Ch/Mark Wigglesworth rec. 2006/10 BIS-SACD-1603 [81:13] [DM]

A triumph for all concerned.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Seven Preludes, Viola Sonata, Five Pieces from The Gadfly Lawrence Power (viola); Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA 67865 [57.05] [PCG]

Absolutely essential for the Viola Sonata but the Gadfly pieces make a superb additional cause for heartfelt recommendation.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rake’s Progress Miah Persson (soprano) Topi Lehtipuu (tenor) Matthew Rose (baritone) Glyndebourne Ch, London PO/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2010 OPUS ARTE OA1062D [140:00 (opera) + 19:00 (extras)] [WH]

A brilliant performance of an opera like no other, in a classic Glyndebourne production.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Der Tag des Gerichts, Die Donnerode, Der Herr ist König Barbara Schlick, Harry van der Kamp Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert/Hermann Max rec. 1990/92 CAPRICCIO C5098 [70:45 + 65:30] [JV]

This set is a must for every Telemann fan. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH From the Old World to the New Songs by Loeffler, Brahms, Bridge & Copland Karina Lucas (mezzo) Rebecca Jones (viola) Simon Lane (piano) rec. 2009 SONIMAGE SON11101 [76:05] [SA]

A true partnership of equals.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH A Musical Journey - Norway Featuring music of Edvard Grieg NAXOS 2.110274 [55.57] [RJF]

A winner for all lovers of Grieg’s music, and his captivating country, alongside spectacular photography. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH A Musical Odyssey in St Petersburg Renée Fleming (soprano) Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) Ivari Ulja, Olga Kern (piano) State Hermitage O/Constantine Orbelian rec. 2009 DECCA 074 3383 [91:00 + 23:00 (bonus)] [RJF]

A must for every lover of fine singing in wonderful venues in a magnificent city. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Orlando Furioso Madrigals on the poem by Ludovico Ariosto La Compagnia del Madrigale/Giuseppe Maletto rec. 2009/10 ARCANA A363 [69:49]  [JV]

The repertoire on this disc is of supreme quality, and so are the performances. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Songs of the Baltic Sea National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2010 DELPHIAN DCD34052 [76:59] [JQ]

A disc that confirms and enhances the National Youth Choir’s reputation for excellence and enterprise.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH A Song of Farewell Music of Mourning and Consolation Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh 2009 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD281 [75:56] [JQ]

A disc of great distinction.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sublime Discourses The Complete Instrumental Music of John Milton and Martin Peerson Fretwork; Michael Chance (alto) Sophie Yates (virginals) rec. 2009/10 REGENT RECORDS REGCD341 [61:34] [JV]

This disc should receive the full attention of all who are interested in the music of the English renaissance.



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