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Revelatory and awe-inspiring

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Outstanding performances

burns with a steady, beckoning light

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Cello Suites Pieter Wispelwey rec. 2012 EVIL PENGUIN RECORDS EPRC012 [57:19 + 76:22] [DC]

Adds to our understanding and appreciation of some truly great music. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Piano Sonatas - Volume 1 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. 2008-11 CHANDOS CHAN 10720(3) [3 CDs: 213:46] [MG]

A significant achievement in its clean directness of utterance.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  David BRIGGS (b. 1962) Messe pour Notre-Dame Ch Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton, David Briggs (organ) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67808 [72:34] [JQ]

An entente cordiale between the English choral tradition with that of French church music, spectacularly recorded. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912–1990) Sappho Gulbenkian O/Jennifer Condon rec. 2012 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0154-55 [61:21 + 66:48] [JS]

An important discovery in a very individual style with the emphasis on texture and tone, melody and heterophony.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Violin Sonata Lionel SAINSBURY (b. 1958) Soliloquy Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Sonata Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin) Matthew Rickard (piano) rec. 2012 EM RECORDS EMR CD011[68:31] [JQ]

An important disc which unveils Ivor Gurney’s Violin Sonata to a worldwide audience.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Finest Arias for Base Voice Christopher Purves (bass) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67842 [70:54] [BW]

Worthy of comparison with the great Handel basses of the past.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Otto NICOLAI (1810 - 1849) Psalms Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius rec. 2009-11 CARUS 83.299 [50:30] [JV]

Adventurous programming, superb singing: need I say more?

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Cantatas Vol. 2 Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert/Hermann Max rec. 2006 CPO 777 261-2 [51:51] [JV]

This is a disc to treasure. It shows Telemann and the performers at their very best.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphonies 5 & 8 Hallé O/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2011 HALLÉ HLL CD 7533 [68:21] [JQ]

A splendid disc that maintains the high standards of the recordings by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un giorno di regno Guido Loconsolo (baritone) Andrea Porta (buffa bass) Anna Caterina Antonacci (mezzo) Ch & O Teatro Reggio, Parma/Donato Renzetti rec. 2010 C MAJOR 720304 [119:00 +10:00 (bonus)] [RJF]

A joy to watch and to hear. An absolute must for all Verdi lovers. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Attila Giovanni Battista Parodi (bass) Sebastián Catana (baritone) Ch & O Teatro Regio, Parma/Andrea Battistoni rec. 2010 C MAJOR 721704 [118:00 + 10:00] [RJF]

Imaginatively staged, well-sung, vibrantly and idiomatically conducted. A thrilling winner in this series.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl Maria von WEBER (1786 - 1826) Violin sonatas, Piano quartet - Isabelle Faust (violin) Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano) Boris Faust (viola) Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello) rec. 2011 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902108 [70:11][MS]

Music as full of substance as it is energy and nuance performed with style and sensitivity on period instruments.



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