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135 Years of Czech Composers Works by Smetana, Dvorak, Fibich, Novacek, Schulhoff, Janacek, Martinu & Suk Yvonne Smeulers (violin) Sander Sittig (piano) QUINTONE Q07001/2 [49:49 + 57:46] [Byz]

Smeulers is persuasive, lyrical and thoughtful throughout.

American Music for Mandolin and Guitar Daniel Ahlert (mandolin) Birgit Schwab (guitar) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559686 [62:08] [JWh]

Fine musicianship but lacks musical contrast.

An Englishman in Italy: British Piano Music inspired by Italy Christopher Howell (piano) with Ermanno de Stefani (piano II) rec. 2012. DDD SHEVA COLLECTION SH056 [76:43 + 70:04] [JF]

A special - and exciting – recording project.

Angelic Voices Peter Davey, Robin Blaze, Dara Carroll, Andrew Wicks, Michael Criswell, Andrew Brough, Christopher Smith, Timothy Angel and Robert Fowkes (boy trebles) rec. 1964-1989 REGIS RRC1379 [78.24] [MM-B]

Exceptionally well sung.

Arias for Guadagni Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67924 [78.03] [RH]

Finely performed and a fascinating and illuminating programme. 

Daniel Barenboim & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra WARNER CLASSICS 2564 663163 [6 CDs: 401:25] [DM]

Average or below average performances that don’t stack up financially or musically.

Baroque Masterpieces for Harpsichord Works by Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, Greene & Arne Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord) REGIS RRC1332 [73:18] [PB-W]

Overall an excellent compilation. 

Mauro Bertoli (piano) From Mozart to Khachaturian [62:44] Piano Works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Granados, Ginastera [66:56] Rhapsody in Blue and Other Piano Works [65:46] rec. 2011 Self-published [Byz]

The technique and panache to dazzle and the poetry to move heart and soul.

British Flute Concertos Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959) The Magic Flute Dances William ALWYN (1905-1985) Flute concerto Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Flute Sonata Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Flute Concerto Emily Beynon (flute) BBC Ntl O Wales/Bramwell Tovey rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN10718 [77:32] [JW]

Pure pleasure. 

British Music for Piano Duo Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Serenade for Strings Frank BURY (1910-1944) Prelude and Fugue Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Elegy (In Memoriam William Morris) Gustav HOLST The Planets Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow (piano) rec. 1996, DIVINE ART DDV24154 [74:29] [JF]

I thoroughly enjoyed both versions of the Holst and the Bury and Bainton are attractive bonuses.

Darknesse Visible Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Gaspard de la nuit (1908) [23:29] Thomas ADÈS (b.1971) Darknesse Visible (1992) [7:42] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite bergamasque (1890) [16:52] Ronald STEVENSON (b.1928) Fantasy on Peter Grimes (1971) [8:59] RAVEL La Valse (1919-20) [12:02] Inon Barnatan (piano) rec. 2010, AVIE AV2256 [69:27] [CH]

Anyone who can give a performance of “La Valse” like this one is, at least potentially, a great pianist.

Death in Venice: A Dance of Death by John Neumeier A film for television directed by Thomas Grimm, Hamburg Ballett rec. 2004 ARTHAUS 101622 [123:00 (Ballet) + 59:00 (Bonus)] [JLZ]

Neumeier’s Death in Venice demonstrates the choreographer’s mastery.

Dedications ... A Life in Music Keith Harvey (cello) Linn Hendry, Peter Pettinger, Meralyn Knight (piano) CELLO CLASSICS CC1027 [77:25 + 76:18] [JW]

Admirable qualities both musical and human.

Encore! Encore! Peter Fisher (violin) Peter Hewitt (piano) rec. 2009 LITMUS LIT106-2 [75:56] [JW]

Not a big sound … avoids the heavy-boned Russian approach. He is a good stylist, paying great attention to shifts … finger position changes are invariably acutely judged. 

RECORDING OF THE MONT Fantasia Yuja Wang (piano) rec. 2011 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0052 [68.56] [DMcC]

An extremely accomplished artist.

Final Cut Film music for four guitars Aquarelle Guitar Qt rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN10723 [61:15] [SA]

I’m not too sure who this disc is aimed at but I’m afraid it wasn’t much of a hit with me. 

Forever to Remember The Poetry of Yaakov BARZILAI (b.1933) set to music by: Sharon FARBER (b.1968) Eugene LEVITAS (b.1972) Aharon HARLAP (b.1941), Stella LERNER (b.1955) Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (soprano), Hagai Yodan (piano) Orit Orbach (clarinet), Evgenia Epshtein (violin), Raz Kohn (cello)*, Felix Nemirovsky (cello)**, Dudu Carmel (oboe)*** ROMEO RECORDS 7287 [78:53] [SA]

The music here is of real quality.

Il vero Orfeo Sonatas for viola da gamba by and inspired by Arcangelo Corelli Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba) Patrick Sepec (baroque violoncello) Eduardo Egüez (theorbo) Dick Börner (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2010 ACCENT ACC24233 [58:29] [DC]

Good to be taken in one luxuriant sitting.

Italian Oboe Concertos Works by Sammartini, Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Pilotti & Aguilar Diego Dini Ciacci (oboe, conductor) Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto rec. 2009 CPO 777 715-2 [57:54] [Byz]

Uncomplicated, relatively unadventurous, melody-driven and highly cantabile. 

Neeme Järvi Highlights from a remarkable 30-year recording career CHANDOS CHAN241-44 [77:23 +77:14] [RB]

A generously timed, idiosyncratic and intrinsically satisfying sampler of Järvi's work for Chandos. 

The Lost Art of Jacob Lateiner Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptus Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 1, 18 & 32 Alban BERG (1885-1935) Piano Sonata 1 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes, Mazurkas, Polonaise Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a theme of Paganini Jacob Lateiner (piano) rec. 1964/77 PARNASSUS PACD 96051-52 [72:54 + 76:18] [JW]

A pianist of dramatic flair and imagination. 

Love Raise Your Voice Christine Howlett (soprano) Patrick Wood Uribe (violin) Holly Chatham (piano) rec. 2010/11 MSR CLASSICS MS1384 [49.51] [GH]

This new and rare repertoire is well worth investigating. 

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