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RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The RIAS Bach Cantatas Project RIAS CO & Ch/Karl Ristenpart rec. 1949-52 AUDITE 21.415 [9 CDs: 631:06] [JQ]

One of the most important Bach issues for many years. A major addition to the discography of Bach’s cantatas. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Motets Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec.2011. DDD German texts, English & French translations included SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG 716 [72:27] [JQ]

A superb, fresh new recording of the Bach motets.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) War Requiem Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Sabina Cvilak, Eltham College Ch, London SO & Ch/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2011 LSO LIVE LSO0719 [46:35 + 37:13] [DM]

I can’t emphasise more strongly how compelling this newcomer is, and how important that anyone who knows and loves the War Requiem should hear it. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637/1639?-1707) Opera Omnia XV- Chamber Music 3 Catherine Manson (violin) Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba) Mike Fentross (lute) Ton Koopman (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2010/11 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72254 [73:27] [MS]

Profoundly pleasing. Another outstanding contribution to the repertoire.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637/1639 - 1707) Opera Omnia XVI: Vocal Works 6 - Membra Jesu nostri Siri Karoline Thornhill, Dorothee Wohlgemuth (soprano) Patrick van Goethem (alto); Jörg Dürmüller (tenor); Klaus Martens (bass) Amsterdam Baroque O/Ton Koopman (organ) rec. 2011 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72255 [55:43] [MS]

Another excellent issue in this series. Truly joyful and played with profound gusto and sympathy.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Images France Ntl O/Daniele Gatti rec. 2011 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 974002 [68:42] [DMC]

No matter how many versions you have of this repertoire, do add this to your shelves. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Orchestral Works Women of the RSNO Chorus (Nocturnes) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stéphane Denève rec. 2011/2012 CHANDOS CHSA 5102(2) [78:04 + 68:22] [ST]

An outstanding release and a praiseworthy contribution to Debussy anniversary year. Invest with confidence.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Orchestral music transcribed for two pianos - Vol. 1 Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi (pianos) rec. 2011. SOMM SOMMCD0112 [68:04] [IL]

A splendid recording. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Aleksandr GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Raymonda Olesia Novikova, Friedemann Vogel, Mick Zeni, Ballet & O Teatro alla Scala/Michail Jurowski rec. 2011 ARTHAUS 101630 [154:00] [I&GL]

A lavish production; a feast for the eye; with awesome dancing from the principals. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) String Quartet 1, Two Elegiac Melodies, Holberg Suite Australian CO/Richard Tognetti rec. 2010 BIS BISSACD1877 [63:30] [DC]

A disc to covet.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphonies 6 & 7; Lumen in Christo Seattle Chorale, Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1989-94 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559704 [60:19] [DM]

Works of distinction and delight, winningly played. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel JACKSON (b.1962) Sacred Choral Works - Volume II: Beyond the Stars Choir St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh/Duncan Ferguson, Nicholas Wearne (organ) rec. 2011 DELPHIAN DCD34106 [68:38] [JQ]

A splendid disc that further enhances the reputation of Gabriel Jackson. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fernando LOPES-GRAÇA (1908-1993) Suite Rústica 1, December Poem, Festival March, Symphony Royal Scottish Ntl O/Álvaro Cassuto rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572892 [66:30] [HC] 

A superb selection of some of Lopes-Graça's finest works.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Domenico MAZZOCCHI (1592-1665) La Catena d'Adone, Favola boschereccia Scherzi Musicali/Nicolas Achten rec. 2010 ALPHA 184 [57:56 + 74:13]  [JV]

If you like 17th-century operas, don't miss this one. A jewel. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Apollo et Hyacinthus Sophie Bevan (soprano) Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor) The Orchestra of Classical Opera/Ian Page rec. 2011 LINN CKD398 [76:38] [JS]

I cannot imagine a better start to Linn’s intended series of recordings of Mozart’s operas by Classical Opera. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Bei dir allein! Camilla Tilling (soprano) Paul Rivinius (piano) rec. 2010 BIS-SACD-1844 [61:40] [GF]

A superb Schubert recital in every respect.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Sonata Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello Sonata Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonata Jamie Walton (cello) Daniel Grimwood (piano) rec. 2011 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD274 [67:26] [WH]

Magnificent performances of three fine twentieth-century cello sonatas.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies 2 & 5 Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2011 BIS BIS-SACD-1986 [78:04] [WH]

Superb performances - these go straight to the top of my list.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Richard STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) Lieder Daniel Behle (tenor), Oliver Schnyder (piano) rec. 2010/11 CAPRICCIO C5110 [57:48] [GF]

Marvellously gifted Lieder singing. 

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

An extremely accomplished artist.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Music for a Time of War Charles IVES (1874-1954) The Unanswered Question John ADAMS (b. 1947) The Wound-Dresser Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Sinfonia da Requiem Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony 4 Sanford Sylvan (baritone) Oregon Symphony/Carlos Kalmar rec. 2011 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186 393 [78:04] [JQ]

An uncommonly interesting programme, excellently performed and recorded. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Summertime Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2000 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD008 [74:35]  [Byz]

A gorgeous, unmissable disc for all seasons. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Le triomphe de l'amour Arias by Rameau, Lully, Rebel & Charpentier Sandrine Piau (soprano) Les Paladins/Jérôme Corréas rec. 2011 NAÏVE OP 30532 [60:57] [JV]

A superior disc which displays the features of French opera in full glory. 



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