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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (1734) Malin Hartelius (soprano)/Kristina Hammarström (alto)/Jörg Dürmüller (tenor)/Detlef Roth (bass)/Capella Amsterdam/Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. 24-30 September, 15 October 2006, Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC76607 [JQ]

Displays understanding and affection for the music … a consistently satisfying and invigorating account of this wonderful music. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) 2 & 3-part Inventions, Partita 2 Janine Jansen (violin); Maxim Rysanov (viola); Torleif Thedeén (cello) rec. 2007 DECCA 4759081 [DC]

Gorgeous, through and through ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Violin Concerto, Baal Shem, Suite Hébraïque Zina Schiff, Royal Scottish Ntl O/José Serebrier rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.557757 [TH]

Bloch’s major works for violin and orchestra in thrilling performances and demonstration sound ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas 1-4 Steven Osborne, BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2006/7 HYPERION CDA67461/2 [DC]

If this were a desert island choice, it would be Osborne I would want to have. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ Volume 2 Garth EDMUNSON (1900-1971), John IRELAND (1879-1962), Joseph KROMOLICKI (1882-1961), Oreste RAVANELLO (1871-1938) Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Guy WEITZ (1883-1970) Jane Parker-Smith (organ) rec. 2007. DDD AVIE AV2144 [CB]

Full marks for innovative programming, wonderful playing, a superb recording and excellent presentation. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Terezín/Theresienstadt Songs and chamber works Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776546 [SA]

An absolute must for anyone interested in sampling music by those whose lives were cruelly cut short by a monstrous ideology ... see Full Review



BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto; Academic Festival Orchestra; Tragic Overture; Rhapsody for alto Arthur Grumiaux (violin); Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Eduard van Beinum rec. 1958 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 4429788 [TP]

With an hour and a quarter of excellent music-making, intelligently coupled and priced at the bottom of the market, how can you possibly pass this up? ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879–1957) Chants d’Auvergne, Triptyque, Chants de France Véronique Gens (soprano) Lille-Région Nord Ntl O/Serge Baudo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570338 [HC]

Véronique Gens sings beautifully throughout and shows a fine understanding … perfectly at ease ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gabriel’s Greeting - Medieval English Christmas Music Sinfonye rec. 1993 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55151 [BW]

Another excellent Helios reissue – a Christmas recording with a difference which won’t break the bank, so it should also inspire you to purchase Sinfonye’s other CDs ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Songs of Love and Death Hedwig Fassbender (mezzo), Hilko Dumno (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570297 [GF]

The best Strauss recital I have heard for many a moon ... see Full Review

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