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John CAGE (1912-1992) Two3, Inlets, Two4 Tamami Tono (shō) Christina Fong (violins) Glenn Freeman (conch shells) rec. 2004 OGREOGRESS 34479370557 [2:38:00] [DC]

Vast tracts of ‘zen’ music ... see Full Review

Eve CASTOR (b. 1969) Pleins et Delices: Oeuvres de musiques de chambre Various artists rec. 1996 QUANTUM QM6981 [60:21][CR]

An individual style which fuses modernism with melody ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Nocturnes Ewa Bukojemska (piano) rec. 1995 DUX 0619/0620 [64:12 + 74:17] [ST]

A fine set if you’re starting off your exploration of the Nocturnes ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Twelve Études, Op. 10; Four Ballades Hugues DUFOURT (b. 1943) La ligne gravissant la chute - Hommage ŕ Chopin Nima Sarkechik (piano) rec. 2008 ZIG ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT080401 [74:10][MC] 

Displaying considerable potential Sarkechik impresses in this programme ... see Full Review

Jonathan COLE (b. 1970) Testament Ben FOSKETT (b. 1977) Violin Concerto Luke BEDFORD (b. 1978) Or Voit Tout En Aventure London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen rec. 2004-6 LONDON SINFONIETTA LABEL SINF CD1-2007 66036-2 [51:46][CR]

The perfect place to start for exploring new repertoire ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) The Tender Land Suite, Piano Concerto, Old American Songs Vols 1 & 2 Benjamin Pasternack (piano) St. Charles Singers, Elgin SO/ Robert Hanson rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559297 [63:42] [TH]

A very desirable Copland selection ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs various orchestras rec. 1985-89 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066342 [76:31] [ST]

A really successful disc and a good introduction to Copland’s work ... see Full Review

Peter CORNELIUS (1824–1874) Der Barbier von Bagdad WDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Cologne/Ferdinand Leitner rec. 1974 PROFIL EDITION GÜNTER HÄNSSLER PH08037 [56:07 + 45:32][GF]

Rather amusing. The music definitely deserves a better fate than oblivion ... see Full Review

Laurence CRANE (b. 1961) Solo Piano Pieces Includes Three Preludes, Blue Blue Blue (1986) [7:03] Kierkegaards, Derridas, James Duke son of John Duke, Three Pieces for James Clapperton Michael Finnissy rec. 2004/5 METIER MSV28506 [80:00] [BBr]

Crane’s art is too important and too beautiful to miss ... see Full Review

Mythical Dances George CRUMB (b.1929) Makrokosmos IV – Celestial Mechanics Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le Sacre du printemps Belli Piano Duo rec. 2006 WERGO WER68072 [58:06] [DC]

Not very wonderful ... see Full Review

Marc-André DALBAVIE (b. 1961) Flute Concerto Michael JARRELL (b. 1958) … un temps de silence … Matthias PINTSCHER (b. 1971) Transir Emmanuel Pahud (flute) Radio France PO rec. 2006/7 EMI CLASSICS 5012262 [54:59] [HC]

Contemporary music with considerable appeal ... see Full Review

Louis François DAUPRAT (1781-1868) Grand Sextet, Grand Trios Richard Burdick (natural horn) rec. 2007 I CHING MUSIC CD 19 [75:46] [DC]

Off the beaten path repertoire, and a unique sound ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Prélude ŕ l’aprčs-midi d’un faune; La Mer; Jeux; Suite: Children’s Corner Orchestre National de Lyon/Jun Märkl rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570759 [73:06][BBr]

Very serviceable and atmospheric readings ... see Full Review

Erno von DohnÁnyi (1877-1960) Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Michael Ludwig (violin); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570833 [71:24][WK]

Outstanding music … hits all the required emotional stops ... see Full Review

Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959) Siren Song Siren Ensemble/Henk Guittart rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10472 [77.37][RH]

Fast paced and illuminating - keeps us entertained and wanting more ... see Full Review

Hugues DUFOURT (b. 1943) La ligne gravissant la chute - Hommage ŕ Chopin see CHOPIN

Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) Goetz de Berlichingen, Ouverture après Goethe (1883) [13:27] Le Roi Lear, Ouverture après Shakespeare (1883) [22:17] Symphony in C minor (1896) [42:05] Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Fabrice Ballon rec. no details given. DDD STERLING CDS 1074-2 [78:18] [WK]

Two rare and fascinating overtures but there are better versions of the Symphony ... see Full Review

Paul DUKAS (1865–1935) Ariane et Barbe-Bleue Deborah Polaski, Slovak Philharmonic Ch, Wien RSO/Bertrand de Billy rec. live 2006 OEHMS CLASSICS OC915 [69:42 + 46:33] [GF]

Live performances being rare this CD is a worthy substitute ... see Full Review

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) Organ Works - Volume 9 Ben van Oosten (organ) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG31612912 [67:24] [BW]

Very well performed and recorded but not Dupré’s best music ... see Full Review

Henri DUTILLEUX (b. 1916) Le Loup – fragments symphoniques, Tout un monde lointain, L’Arbre des songes, Métaboles, The Shadows of Time, Symphony No. 2 ‘Le Double’ Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Radio France PO/Myung-Whun Chung Capitole de Toulouse Ntl O/Michel Plasson, Paris O/Serge Baudo, Société des Concerts du Conservatoire O/Georges Prętre rec. 1961-2001 EMI CLASSICS 2068792 [69:07 + 71:16] [LW]

Two of the greatest concerto recordings and more ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) Symphonic Variations, Symphony 9 Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop rec. live 2007 NAXOS 8.570714 [64:44] [BW]

Even if you already have a favourite New World, get this new one ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies 7-9,American Suite Royal Liverpool PO/Libor Pešek rec. 1987 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5220392 [75:12 + 67:12] [JW]

Pleasant but variably convincing, not optimally recorded ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Sonata Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata 3 Charlie Siem (violin) Andrei Korobeinikov (piano) rec. 2007  CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72293 [57:36] [JW]

Very delicate and refined – reflection at the expense of lyricism ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Wand of Youth Suites 1 & 2, Nursery Suite Dream Children Ulster O/Bryden Thomson rec. 1976/82 CHANDOS CHAN10422X [73:17] [BW]

Childhood-related but mature and attractive music, well performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Songs Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo); Neil Mackie (tenor); Cristopher Maltman (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 1999 SOMM SOMMCD220 [65:07] [EM]

A good selection of some charming Elgar songs ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Cello Sonatas 1 & 2, Elegie, Papillon, Berceuse, Romance, Sicilienne, Aprčs un reve, Serenade Maria Kliegel (cello) Nina Tichman (piano) rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557889 [63:06] [JW]

Refined … a good recital though not comprehensively good ... see Full Review

Giuseppe FERLENDIS (1755-c.1810) Oboe Concertos and Trios Diego Dini Ciacci (oboe); Francesco Dainese (flute); Flavio Baruzzi (bassoon); Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento/Diego Dini Cacci rec. 2005 CPO 7773682 [70:33][GPu]

Very attractive concertos, pleasant chamber music … enjoyable listening … see Full Review

Ben FOSKETT (b. 1977) Violin Concerto see COLE

Grant FOSTER (b. 1945) Celebration Overture, Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Ballade for Piano and Violin, Four Voyages Mira Yevtich (piano); Maria Safaryanc (violin) Novaya Rossia State O/Alexander Anissimov rec. 2007 BEL AIR MUSIC BAM2041 [65:23] [WK]

Lacking intellectually and formally but lots of heart and well written. ... see Full Review

Umberto GIORDANO (1867–1948) Marcella Bratislava Chamber Choir; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia,/Manlio Benzi rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS573 [64:18][GF]

Highly attractive music unperformed for far too long ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) The Concerto Project, Vol. II Piano Concerto 2, Harpsichord Concerto Paul Barnes (piano) R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flute) Jillon Stoppels Dupree (harpsichord) Northwest CO/Ralf Gothóni rec. 2005 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0030 [58:53] [BB]

World premiere recordings of two keyboard concertos by Glass ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961) An Introduction Joyful Company of Singers; BBC Philharmonic; City of London Sinfonia; Royal Northern College of Music Wind O rec. 1994-2000 CHANDOS CHAN2029 [77:11] [BW]

The favourites plus less well known pieces, excellently performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata 3 see ELGAR

Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Missa Sancta et immaculata etc Westminster Cathedral Choir/James O’Donnell rec. Westminster Cathedral, London, 1-14 March 1997. DDD. Booklet with texts and translations. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55313 [64:53] [BW]

Music, singing, recording and presentation are all of the highest quality ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Operatic Duets Patrizia Ciofi (soprano); Joyce Di Donato (mezzo) Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis (harpsichord) rec. 2003 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5181792 [73:35][JW]

Superb. A sequence of ravishing duets. Greatly to be welcomed ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Te Deum in D major ‘Dettingen’ HWV 283 (1743) [38:04] Organ Concerto No. 14 in A major HWV 296a (1739?) [17:15] Zadok the Priest HWV 258 (1727) [5:11] Neal Davies (bass) (Te Deum) Richard Marlow (organ) (Concerto) The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Academy of Ancient Music/Stephen Layton rec. 29 June-1 July 2007, Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge HYPERION CDA67678 [60:33] [LW]

Superb … all the commitment and excitement imaginable ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Italian Solo Cantatas Crudel tiranno Amor, Ah! Che troppo ineguali, Tra le fiamme Adele Stolte (soprano) Händel-Festspielorchester, Halle/Thomas Sanderling. rec. 1970 BERLIN CLASSICS 0013972BC [51:16] [BW]

Too many reservations for a recommendation ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ariodante, HWV33 (1734) Ann Murray, Joan Rodgers, Bavarian State Opera Ch & O/Ivor Bolton rec. 2000 FARAO CLASSICS B108030 [3 CDs: 63:27 + 63.33 + 53:09] [BW]

Not for the outright authenticists, but otherwise a strong contender ... see Full Review

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 2 see THOMSON

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) Concerto funčbre see SCHUBERT

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies 22 & 49, Divertimenti Sinfonia Classica/Gernot Süssmuth rec. 2007 LANDOR RECORDS LAN282 [72:56] [TB]

A secure understanding of style, modern instruments and tempi that always sound right ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies 94, 95, 97, 99 & 101 English CO/Jeffrey Tate rec. 1988-91 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218552 [70:54 + 57:02] [MSJ]

Nothing less than first-class … charming, masterful ... see Full Review

Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Jahreszeiten RIAS Kammerchor; The Chamber of Orchestra of Europe/Sir Roger Norrington rec. 1991 HÄNSSLER PH07076 [65:37 + 65:36][ST] 

A fine addition to the catalogue, if a little nondescript ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies Volume 9: Nos 70, 73 & 75 Heidelberger Sinfoniker/Thomas Fey rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.517 [61:31] [MG]

The most vibrant Haydn performances I’ve heard for a long time … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Les sept derničres paroles de notre Rédempteur sur la Croix - Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (“The Seven Last Words”) (String Quartet version) Klenke Quartett rec. 2006 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016312BC [74.17][JFL] 

A broader flow with flexible tone ... see Full Review

Ferdinand HÉROLD (1791-1833) La fille mal gardée Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuńez Royal Opera House O/Anthony Twiner rec. live 2005 OPUS ARTE OA0992D [112:00] [RM]

A delightful production … considerable charm and appeal ... see Full Review

Peter HOMANS A Prague Spring Dinosaur Annex rec. 1995-2007 MMC 2168 [49:50] [CR]

Contemporary-sounding with dissonances and atmospheric gestures ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles IVES (1874-1954) Orchestral Sets 1-3 Malmö Chamber Ch & SO/James B Sinclair rec. 2006-07 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559353 [63:36] [SH]

A great moment in the history of recorded music ... see Full Review

Nicholas JACKSON (b. 1934) Choral Works The Rodolfus Choir/Ralph Allwood rec. 2006-7 NAXOS 8.570959 [75:50][RH]

Attractive, richly textured, accessible yet with piquant harmonies ... see Full Review

Michael JARRELL (b. 1958) … un temps de silence … see DALBAVIE

Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Violin Concerto No. 2 see BRAHMS

JOSQUIN (Des Pres) (c.1440–1521) Missa Sine Nomine, Missa Ad fugam The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips GIMELL CDGIM039 [68.50] [RH]

Admirers of Josquin will be getting near perfection of execution ... see Full Review

Vítěslava KAPRÁLOVÁ (1915-1940) Chamber Music Virginia Eskin (piano); Stephanie Chase (violin) rec. 2007 KOCH INTERNATIONAL KICCD7742 [64:42] [JW]

The performances of this too-little known music are terrifically engaging ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Garth Knox – Amore Garth KNOX (b.1956) Malor me bat (2004) [9:16] Marin MARAIS (1656-1685) Les Folies d’Espagne (1685) (arr. Garth KNOX, Agnès VESTERMAN) [10:35] Roland MOSER (b.1943) Manners of Speaking (2006): Poem [3:49] Anecdote [2:45] Tobias HUME (c.1569-1645) A Pavin (1605) (arr. Garth Knox) [6:45] Attilio ARIOSTI (1666-1729) Prima Lezione (1720): Allegro [4:16] Largo [4:12] Andante [2:09] Anonymous Celtic Dance (arr. Garth Knox) [1:36] I Once Loved a Lass/ Jig (arr Garth Knox) [2:35] Klaus HUBER (b.1924) ... Plainte ... pour Luigi Nono (1990) [5:15] Garth Knox (viola d’amore), Agnès Vesterman (cello) rec. September 2006, Propstei St. Gerold, Austria ECM 1925 - 4766369 [54:06] [GPu]

Outstanding … high musicality and ravishing sounds … see Full Review

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792) Ballet Music Includes Fiskarena Swedish CO/Petter Sundkvist rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557498 [69:39] [DW]

Important in appreciation of Kraus to have this illuminating disc … see Full Review

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792) Violin Concerto, Olympie, Azire Takako Nishizaki (violin) New Zealand SO/Uwe Grodd rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570334 [58:36] [DW]

Slight disappointment in no way diminishes my hunger for further Kraus … see Full Review

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792) Amphitryon Chantal Santon (soprano) Georg Poplutz (tenor) Bonner Kammerchor, l’arte del mondo/Werner Ehrhardt rec. live 2007  PHOENIX EDITION PHCD111 [77:49] [DC]

A grand Gustavian entertainment ... see Full Review

Bernhard LANG (b. 1957) I hate Mozart Klangforum Wien Vokalensemble NOVA/Johannes Kalitzke rec. 2006 COL LEGNO WWE20277  [64:15 + 62:00] plus [126:15][RH]

A lively and rather off-the-wall little gem ... see Full Review

André LAPORTE (b. 1931) Symphonic and Vocal Works Various artists rec. 1968-2001 FUGA LIBERA FUG523 [4 CDs: 64:53 + 60:03 + 62:11 + 54:00][HC]

The best possible Laporte survey ... see Full Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Die Lustige Witwe Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Künstlerleben, Rosen aus dem Süden, Die Zigeunerbaron” Overture, Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Kaiser-Walzer, Die Fledermaus” Overture, An der schönen blauen Donau Dame Felicity Lott, Thomas Hampson, Glyndebourne Ch, London PO/Franz Welser-Möst rec. 1990/3 EMI CLASSICS 5209742 [74:09 + 65:28] [JS]

Such an enjoyable performance … well worth adding to your collection ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music Vol. 28 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Symphony 9 (transc. two pianos by Liszt) Leon McCawley and Ashley Wass (two pianos) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570466 [61:04] [BBr]

Very exciting and satisfying. An absolute must ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music Vol. 29: Transcriptions for two pianos Les Préludes, Orpheus, Mazeppa, Die Ideale Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admony (pianos) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570736 [65:49] [RM]

Mainly of interest to those completing their Naxos/Liszt collection ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Lieder Ruth Ziesak (soprano); Gerold Huber (piano) rec. 2007 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016282BC [74:02][MC] 

I was highly delighted with these assured performances ... see Full Review

Jon LORD (b. 1941) Durham Concerto (2007) (Part I, Morning, I. The Cathedral at Dawn [11:31]; Part I, Morning, II. Durham Awakes [8:28]; Part II, Afternoon, I. The Road from Lindisfarne [7:18]; Part II, Afternoon, II. From Prebends Bridge [8:31]; Part III, Evening, I. Rags & Galas [8:25]; Part III, Evening, II. Durham Nocturne [12:11]) Matthew Barley (cello); Jon Lord (Hammond organ); Ruth Palmer (violin); Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Mischa Damev rec. 2007. DDD Avie AV2145 [56:24] [BW]

Forget any prejudices you may have about ‘crossover’ music and enjoy ... see Full Review

 


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