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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, op.120 (1822-23) [49:01] 12 Variations in A major on the Russian Dance from Paul Wranitzky’s Ballet Das Waldmädchen.WoO 71 (1796) [10:55] Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) rec. 29 July-2 August 2006, Potton Hall, Suffolk, England DECCA 475 8401 [59.59][DC]

I have the feeling Beethoven would have liked it ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1839) [25:46]; Scherzos: No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 20 (1831-32) [10:54]; No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31 (1837) [9:47]; No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 (1839) [7:14]; No. 4 in E, Op. 54 (1842) [11:08] Simon Trpčeski (piano). rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 26-29 July 2006. DDD EMI CLASSICS 3 75586 2 [65:00][CC]

This stunning disc runs high on my list of Discs of the Year .. This is a must-hear experience. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No.1, Op.55 (1908) [51:57] Sonata for Organ, Op.26 (transcr. for orchestra by Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)) (1895) [26:05] BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, 22-23 May 2006 CHANDOS CHSA 5049 [78:12][DC]

A wonderful thing to have on your shelf or in your pocket. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hans GÁL (1890-1987) The Complete String Quartets String Quartets, Vol. 1 Quartet No.1 in F minor, Op. 16 (1916) [27:29]Quartet No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 99 (1970) [28:12]Improvisation, Variations and Finale on a theme by Mozart, Op. 60b (1934) [15:58] The Edinburgh Quartet: (Charles Mutter (violin); Philip Burrin (violin); Michael Beeston (viola); Mark Bailey (cello)) rec. 24-26 November 2003, Broughton St Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. DDD MERIDIAN CDE 84530 [71:39] Hans GÁL (1890-1987) The Complete String Quartets String Quartets, Vol. 2 Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1929) [26:26]Quartet No. 3 in B minor, Op. 95 (1969) [28:34]5 Intermezzi, Op. 10 (1914) [17:05] The Edinburgh Quartet: (Charles Mutter (violin); Philip Burrin (violin); Michael Beeston (viola); Mark Bailey (cello)) rec. 1-4 September, 2004, Broughton St Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. DDD MERIDIAN CDE 84531 [72:11] 2CD set in slipcase: MERIDIAN CDE84557 [MC]

These are satisfying and accessible string quartets from Hans Gál that always have something to say. Lovers of rare chamber music will be in their element with this splendid set. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Olav Trygvason, opera fragment, Op. 50 (Text: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [34:10] 1. Scene 1 [7:46]; 2. Scene 2 [14:59]; 3. Scene 3 [11:22] 4. Foran Sydens Kloster (At the Cloister Gate) Op. 20 (Text: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [10:15] Six Songs with Orchestra [29:03] 5. I. Solveigs Sang (Solveig’s Song), Op. 23 No. 19 (Henrik Ibsen) [5:27] 6. II. Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig’s Cradle Song), Op. 23 No. 26 (Henrik Ibsen) [4:00] 7. III. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), Op. 39 No. 1 (Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [4:58] 8. IV. En Svane (A Swan), Op. 25 No. 2 (Henrik Ibsen) [2:21] 9. V. Våren (The Last Spring), Op. 33 No. 2 (A. O. Vinje) [8:17] 10. VI. Henrik Wergeland Op. 58 No. 3 (John Paulsen) [3:30] 11. Ved Rondane (In the Hills), Op. 33 No. 9 (A. O. Vinje) (arr. Johan Halvorsen) [3:03] Solveig Kringelborn (soprano) (1, 4), Ingebjørg Kosmo (mezzo) (2, 4), Trond Halstein Moe (baritone) (1, 2), Marita Solberg (soprano) (5–11) Bergen Philharmonic Choir (1–3), Kor Vest (Bergen Vocal Ensemble) (1–3), Voci Nobili (4); Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Kristian Ruud rec. Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway, November 2005 (1–4), June 2004 (5–11) BIS SACD-1531 [77:38][AOz]

An excellent recording which gives a lot of insight into Grieg’s music ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music, Vol. 25 Verdi Concert Paraphrases and Transcriptions Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434 (1859) [7:38] Aida: Danza sacra e duetto final, S436 (1871-79) [11:38] Il Trovatore: Miserere, S433 (1859) [8:39] I Lombardi: Salve Maria de Jerusalem, S431 (1848) [6:48] Don Carlos: Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435 (1867-68) [7:07] Reminiscences de Boccanegra, S438 (1882) [11:17] Ernani: Paraphrase de concert, S432 (1849) [8:49] Alexandre Dossin (piano) rec. 9-12 August 2005, Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, King City, Ontario, Canada. DDD NAXOS 8.557904 [61:56][MC]

Naxos enter the winner’s enclosure yet again with this assured recital of highly attractive repertoire. Eminently enjoyable ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Cosi fan Tutte - Dramma giocosa in two acts, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (1789) Fiordiligi (soprano) – Miah Persson; Dorabella (mezzo) – Anke Vondung; Ferrando (tenor) – Topi Lehtipuu; Guglielmo (baritone) – Luca Pisaroni; Despina (soprano) – Ainhoa Garmendia; Don Alfonso (bass-baritone) – Nicolas Riveno Glyndebourne Chorus Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Ivan Fischer Directed for the stage by Nicholas Hytner Directed for TV by Francesca Kemp rec. Glyndebourne Festival Theatre, 19 May 2006 OPUS ARTE OA0970D [2 DVDs: 210:00] [TH]

If you’re in the market for stimulating theatre that will survive trends and fads, this has to be on your shortlist ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La donna del lago - opera in two acts (1819) Giacomo, James V, King of Scotland, under the name of Uberto - Kenneth Tarver (ten); Elena - Carmen Giannattasio (sop); Douglas d'Angus, Elena’s father - Robert Gleadow (bass); Rodrigo di Dhu, rebel leader - Gregory Kunde (ten); Malcolm Groeme - Patricia Bardon (mezzo); Serano, Douglas’s retainer - Mark Wilde (ten) Albina, Elena’s confident -Francesca Sassu (mez) Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus/Maurizio Benini rec. live, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18 August 2006, Edinburgh International Festival OPERA RARA ORC 34 [3CDs: 39.31 + 56.40 + 63.30][RJF]

Sets the gold standard for recorded performances of Rossini’s opera seria composed for Naples. This cast on DVD, in the Pesaro production, would be manna from heaven in the dreams of Rossini enthusiasts ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957) Songs 1. Svarta rosor, Op. 36, No. 1 (Ivar Hellman) [1:49] 2. Säv, säv, suda, Op. 36, No. 4 (Ivar Hellman) [2:32] 3. Demanten på marssnön, Op. 36, No. 6 (Ivar Hellman) [2:21] 4. På verandan vid havet, Op. 38, No. 2 [3:28] 5. Under strandens granar, Op. 13, No. 1 (Jussi Jalas) [4:45] 6. Våren flyktar hastigt, Op. 13, No. 4 [1.40] 7. Kom nu hit, död, Op. 60, No. 1 [2:35] 8. Var det en dröm? Op. 37, No. 4 (Jussi Jalas) [2:04] 9. Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte, Op. 37, No. 5 (Ernst Pingoud) [2:57] 10. Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op. 50, No. 3 (Simon Parmet) [2:51] 11. Die stille Stadt, Op. 50, No. 5 (Leif Segerstam) [2:52] 12. Aus banger Brust, Op. 50, No. 4 (Leif Segerstam) [2:21] 13. Koskenlaskijan morsiamet, Op. 33 [9:06] 14. Lastu lainehilla, Op. 17, No. 7 (Ernst Pingoud) [1:13] 15. Illalle, Op. 17, No. 6 (Jussi Jalas) [1:27] 16. Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Jussi Jalas) [1:15] 17. Kaiutar, Op. 72, No. 4 (Jussi Jalas) [2:58] 18. Laulu ristilukista, Op. 27, No. 4 [4:09] (arranger in parenthesis) Jorma Hynninen (baritone) Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam rec. Tampere Hall, March 1994 ONDINE ODE 823-2 [53:49][GF]

Hynninen’s singing is on such a high level, vocally and interpretatively, that it is hard to believe that anyone could challenge him ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) The Complete Songs – Vol. 2 Die Nacht Op.10 No.3 (1885) [3:08] Geduld Op.10 No.5 (1885) [4:36] Mein Herz ist stumm Op.19 No.6 (1888) [3:13] All: mein Gedanken Op.21 No.1 (1889) [1:08] Du meines Herzens Krönelein Op.21 No.2 (1889) [2:21] Ach Lieb, ich muß nun scheiden Op.21 No.3 (1889) [1:53] O wärst du mein! Op.26 No.2 (1891) [2:47] Ruhe, meine Seele! Op.27 No.1 (1894) [3:37] Traum durch die Dämmerung Op.29 No.1 (1895) [2:46] Schlagende Herzen Op.29 No.2 (1895) [2:35] Nachtgang Op.29 No.3 (1895) [3:02] Blauer Sommer Op.31 No.1 (1895) [2:16] Weißer Jasmin Op.31 No.3 (1895) [2:29] Das Rosenband Op.36 No.1 (1897-8) [3:06] Waldseligkeit Op.49 No.1 (1901) [3:02] In goldener Fülle Op.49 No.2 (1901) [2:25] Wiegenliedchen Op.49 No.3 (1901) [2:05] Wer lieben will, muß leiden Op.49 No.7 (1901) [2:36] Ach, was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen Op.49 No.8  (1901) [2:21] Blindenklage Op.56 No.2 (1906) [5:01] Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op.67 (1918) [8:06] 1.Wie erkenn’ ich mein Treulieb?   [2:46] 2.Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt Valentinstag   [1:26] 3.Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß   [3:43] Anne Schwanewilms (soprano); Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, 22-24 August 2006. DDD HYPERION CDA67588 [66:27][JQ]

This fine CD is a worthy successor to Volume One in the series and an essential purchase for all lovers of Strauss lieder ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arleen Augér (soprano) Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) 1. Widmung, Op. 25, No. 1 [2:29] 2. Röselein, Röselein!, Op. 89, No. 6 [2:44] 3. Er ist’s, Op. 79, No. 24 [1:29] 4. Des Sennen Abschied, Op. 79, No. 23 [1:46] 5. Mignon (“Kennst du das Land”), Op. 79, No. 29 [4:07] 6. Singet nicht in Trauertönen, Op. 98a, No. 7 [2:16] Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) 7. Frühlingsglaube, D686 [3:25] 8. Der Schmetterling, D633 [1:27] 9. Nacht und Träume, D827 [4:05] 10. Ariette: Liebe schwärmt auf allen Wegen, D239, No. 6 (From the unfinished Singspiel “Claudine von Villa Bella”)[1:23] 11. Erster Verlust, D226 [2:01] 12. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 [3:58] Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874–1951) Vier Lieder, Op. 2 13. No. 4: Waldsonne [3:48] 14. No. 1: Erwartung [3:53] 15. No. 2: Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm [3:55] 16. No. 3: Erhebung [1:13] Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) 17. Das Rosenband, Op. 36, No. 1 [3:08] 18. Mohnblumen, Op. 10, No. 7 [1:28] 19. Die Zeitlose, Op. 10, No. 7 [2:12] 20. Efeu, Op. 22, No. 3 [3:52] 21. Freundliche Vision, Op. 48, No. 1 [2:58] 22. Herr Lenz, Op. 37, No. 5 [1:20] Encores Franz SCHUBERT 23. Heidenröslein, D257 [2:14] Lee HOIBY (b. 1926) 24. The Serpent [4:17] Arleen Augér (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano) rec. live, BBC Studios, Pebble Mill, Birmingham, 2 January 1987 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4214-2 [66:01][GF]

One of the most satisfying song recitals I have heard for a long time. This disc will, I am sure, figure high on my list of favourite recordings of 2007. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Long Day Closes - English Romantic Partsongs Robert Pearsall (1795-1856) Lay a Garland on her Hearse [2:51]; Who shall have my Lady Fair? [1:46] Joseph Barnby (1838-1896) Sweet and Low [2:43] Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) O Sing unto my roundelay [3:29] Thomas F. Walmisley (1783-1866) Music, all powerful [5:48] George Macfarren (1813-1887) When daisies pied [2:14] Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) Summer is gone [3:20] Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) Echoes [2:16] The long day closes [4:27] Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Heraclitus [2:27]; The Blue Bird [3:02] Charles Wood (1866-1926) Full fathom five [1:28] Edward Elgar (1857-1934) As torrents in summer [2:19]; My love dwelt in a Northern Land [4:38]; Go, song of mine [4:53] Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) My soul, there is a country [3:31]; O love they wrong thee much [2:40]; You gentle nymphs [1:23]; Love is a sickness [1:42]; Music, when soft voices die [2:46]; My delight and thy delight [2:21] Canzonetta Chamber Choir/Jeffrey Wynn Davies rec. Manchester University Department of Music, 4-5 February 1995. DDD SOMM SOMMCD 204 [66:06] [JF]

Memorable and finely judged performances of these beautiful and accomplished minor works of art ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Road to Paradise In Ora Mortis Nostrae Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-85) Miserere nostri [3:24] The Pilgrim’s Journey Chant Jacet granum – Clanat pastor [5:37] Robert PARSONS (c.1535-1571/ 2) Ave maria [5:01] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Hymn to the Virgin [3 :53] Media Vita In Morte Sumus William BYRD (c.1540-1623) Christe qui lux es et dies [3:40] John SHEPPARD (c.1515-1558) Media vita in morte sumus [19:16] Requiem Aeternam Richard Rodney BENNETT (b. 1936) A Good-Night (1998) [2:33] John TAVERNER (b. 1944) Song for Athene (1993) [6:28] John SHEPPARD In pace in idipsum [4:27] A Vision Of Paradise Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Nunc dimittis (1915) [3:12] William H. HARRIS (1883-1973) Bring us, O Lord God [4:15] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Take him, Earth, for cherishing (1963) [9:37] Chant In paradisum Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh rec. July 2006, The Parish Church of S. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6605 [74:11][DC]

Makes you feel as if you have died and gone to heaven ... see Full Review



BARGAINS OF THE MONTH


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio No.1 in E flat Op.1/1 [32:45] Piano Trio No.5 in D Op.70/1 ‘Ghost’ [30:57] Piano Trio No.4 in B flat Op.11 [21:46] Piano Trio No.7 in B flat Op.97 ‘Archduke’ [39:23] Chung Trio (Myung-Whun Chung (piano); Kyung-Wha Chung (violin); Myung-Wha Chung (cello)) rec. Théâtre Impérial, Compiègne, Oise, France, 19-21 November 1991 and American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, 3-5 December 1992. DDD EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 3 81751 2 [63:51 + 61:09][BW]

The only reason not to buy this excellent and inexpensive set would be a wish to have all the Piano Trios … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) 62 Lieder 18 Goethe-Lieder (1888/9) [52:54]; Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme (1877-82) [14:24]; Die Zigeunerin (1887) [3:05]; 3 Mörike-Lieder (1888) 12:26]; Spanisches Liederbuch songs (1890) [5:14]; Sechs alte Weisen (1890) [12:23]; Italienisches Liederbuch songs (1890) [39:40]; Sonne der Schlummerlosen (1896) [2:42]; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); Gerald Moore (piano) rec. London, 1956-62. 2007 digital remasters. ADD. detailed track-listing below EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 00946 3 80040 2 8 [71:11 + 80:13][AOz]

This isn’t just another recording. It’s a piece of history, and exquisitely beautiful. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Castle of Fair Welcome: Courtly songs of the later 15th century Robert MORTON (c.1430-c.1479) Le souvenir de vous me tue bcdf [3:15] Johannes REGIS (c.1425-c.1496) Puisque ma damme/Je m’en voy abcdf [3:06] ANON Las je ne puis nullement durer h [1:48] Robert MORTON Que pourroit plus bdg [5:20] John BEDYNGHAM (d.1459/60) Myn hertis lust hi [1:36] Gilles BINCHOIS (c.1400-1460) Dueil angoisseux bcef [8:12] Guillaume DUFAY (c.1400-1474) Ne je ne dors bdf [4:52] ANON En amours n’a si non bien b [2:14] Johannes VINCENET de BRUECQUET (d.before1480) La pena sin ser sabida bdef [2:24] ANON Mi ut re ut (Venise) i [4:03] Robert MORTON Plus j’ay le monde regardé acd [3:26] Walter FRYE (d.1475) So ys emprinted hi [1:56] ? CHARLES THE BOLD, Duke of Burgundy (1433-1477) Ma dame, trop vous mesprenés acf [1:36] ENRIQUE (d.1488) Pues serviçio vos desplaze bcef [1:59] Gothic Voices (Gill Ross (soprano)a; Margaret Philpot (contralto)b; Rogers Covey- Crump (tenor)c; Mark Ainsley (tenor)d; Leigh Nixon (tenor)e; Peter Harvey (baritone); Patrick Ardagh-Walter (bass)g)/Christopher Page (medieval harp); with Christopher Wilson (lute)i rec. St Jude’s Church, Golders Green, London, 16-17 October 1985. DDD. Booklet with notes in English and French, texts and translations HYPERION HELIOS CDH55274 [47:04][BW]

Another excellent reissue, strongly recommended … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Garden of Zephirus - Courtly songs of the early fifteenth century Guillaume DUFAY (c.1400-1474) J’atendray tant qu’i1 vous playra rondeau b,c,e [2:22] ANONYMOUS N’a pas long temps que trouvay Zephirus chanson c,g [1:52] Anthonello Da CASERTA Amour m’a le cuer mis en tel martire ballade stanza b,c,f [3:44] BRIQUET Ma seul amour et ma belle maistresse rondeau b,d [3:28] Francesco LANDINI Nessun ponga sperança ballata c,d,f [4:05] Guillaume DUFAY Mon cuer me fait tous dis penser rondeau a,b,c,e [6:05] Gacien REYNEAU Va t’en, mon cuer, avent mes yeux rondeau a,c,d [3:28] Matheus De SANCTO JOHANNE Fortune, faulce, parverse rondeau a,b,c,d [4:23] Francus De INSULA Amours n’ont cure de tristresse rondeau b,c,f [5:35] (Bartholomeus?) BROLLO Qui le sien vuelt bien maintenir ballade b,c,f [3 :28] Francesco LANDINI Giunta vaga biltà ballata b,g [3:21] ANONYMOUS Je la remire, la belle rondeau b,c,f [2:35] Guillaume DUFAY Adieu ces bons vins de Lannoys: rondeau b,c,f [3:57] Gothic Voices (Gill Ross (soprano) a; Margaret Philpot (contralto) b; Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) c; Andrew King (tenor) d; John Mark Ainsley (tenor) e; Leigh Nixon (tenor) f with Imogen Barford (medieval harp) g/Christopher Page (director) rec. St Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London, 28-29 June 1984, DDD. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55289 [49:35][BW]

Go out and buy this CD – and the other Gothic Voices reissues on Helios … see Full Review


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