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Guillaume de MACHAUT (c.1300-1377) Lay de la fonteinne; Lay de consolation The Medieval Ensemble of London/Peter Davies, Timothy Davies rec. 1982 L'OISEAU-LYRE 478 0026 [48:51][MS] 

An entertaining and uplifting disc … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1811) Symphony 10  Wiener Philharmoniker/Daniel Harding rec. live 2007  DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7347 [78.00] [SV]

A triumph, and one not to be missed ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 6 Tonhalle O, Zurich/David Zinman rec. 2007 RCA RED SEAL 88697 364652 [23:15 + 57:49] [DM]

Starts well but goes awry ... see Full Review

Jules MASSENET (1842–1912) Werther Badische Staatskapelle/Daniel Carlberg rec. 2007 ARTHAUS 101317 [140:00][GF]

Like a visit to a doll’s house ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pacific Northwest Ballet, BBC Concert O/Stewart Kershaw  rec. 1999 OPUS ARTE OABD7003D [94:00] [JWe]

Get a Blu-ray player and buy this ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Chamber Works Matthew Schellhorn (piano); Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra rec. 2008 SIGNUM SIGCD126 [66:38][AOz]

Messiaen’s pure and sincere vision ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-92) La Nativité du Seigneur (1935) [62:55] Le Banquet Céleste (1928) [6:55] Apparition de l’Église Éternelle (1932) [10:00] Jennifer Bate (organs of Beauvais Cathedral and Sainte Trinité) rec. St Pierre de Beauvais Cathedral, August 1980 (Nativité and Apparition) and Sainte Trinité, Paris, no date – 1987?) (Banquet).  DDD. REGIS RRC1086 [71:50] [BW]

An excellent and timely reminder of the power of Messiaen’s music ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, Couleurs de la cité céleste, Hymne pour grand orchestre Radio France PO/Myung-Whun Chung DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777944 [68:14] [AOz]

Extremely bright and vivid, muscular and strident ... see Full Review

Ernest John MOERAN (1894-1950) Sinfonietta Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Jour d'été à la montagne Lord BERNERS (1883-1950) The Triumph of Neptune Royal PO, BBC SO/Thomas Beecham rec. 1946-51 SOMM BEECHAM24 [77:02] [RB]

Historical sound but vivid performances bursting with character ... see Full Review

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Vespro della Beata Vergine La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. 2007 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72311 [53:43 + 32:22][MS]

Scaled down, placid, serene, delightful, immediate and colourful ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos Nos. 10 & 27; Rondo in A minor Artur Schnabel (piano); London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli & Adrian Boult rec. 1934-46 NAXOS 8.111294 [65:13][JW]

A safe bet purchase ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni Salzburg Festival Orchestra and Chorus/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1953 MUSIC & ARTS CD1129 [3 CDs: 59.13 + 57:23 + 62.41] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Karl Böhm rec. 1957 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6011 [3 CDs: 75:37 + 79:03 + 20:46][RMo]

Comparison between these two sets is illuminating ... see Full Review

Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrations compiled by Leonard Slatkin Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No. 1 Peng Peng (piano); Chorus and Orchestra of the Nashville Symphony/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570716 [57:14][AS] 

An interesting collection ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) Live in Rome - Celebrating Palestrina’s 400th Anniversary The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips GIMELL GIMDP 903 [81:34 + 51:20][BW] 

The CD is excellent, the DVD even better ... see Full Review

Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b.1933) Works for Cellos and Orchestra Concerto Grosso 1 Largo, Sonata Ivan Monighetti, Arto Noras, Rafał Kwiatkowski (cellos) Warsaw Ntl PO/Antoni Wit rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570509 [74:08] [BW]

An attractive addition to Naxos’s repertoire of Penderecki ... see Full Review

Peter PHILIPS (1560/1-1628) The English Exile Colin Booth (harpsichord) rec. 1999 Soundboard sbcd992 [65:25] [BW]

Insightful performances, well recorded ... see Full Review

Ignaz Joseph PLEYEL (1757-1831) Clarinet Concertos 1 & 2, Sinfonia Concertante for two clarinets Dieter Klocker, Sandra Arnold (clarinets) Sudwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim/Sebastian Tewinkel rec. 2007 CPO 777 241-2 [68:22] [RB]

Most listeners will succumb immediately ... see Full Review

Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Scythian Suite, Suite from ‘The Steel Dance’, Alexander Nevsky Linda Finnie (mezzo) Scottish National O & Ch/Neeme Järvi rec. 1987/8 CHANDOS CHAN10482X [73:45] [TH]

Intelligent couplings, budget price and well over 70 minutes ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tandem Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata for 2 violins Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Sonatine for 2 violins Eugène YSAŸE (1858 - 1931) Sonata for 2 violins Frédéric Angleraux, Raphaël Oleg (violins) rec. 1999 No label/number [58:05] [MC]

Beautifully produced and performed … A tremendous success ... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme (Highlights) Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, Bavarian Radio Ch & O/Bertrand de Billy rec. live, 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7474 [54.44] [RJF]

A marketing job and rather short measure ... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Il Tabarro etc. Tito Gobbi (baritone); Rome Opera House Chorus & Orchestra/Tullio Serafin rec. 1955 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111307 [73.25][RH]

For dramatic truth this can hardly be bettered ... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Puccini Romance Arias and duets Antoniette Halloran (soprano) Rosario La Spina (tenor) Queensland O/Stephen Mould rec. 2007 ABC CLASSICS 476 6404 [65:47] [GF]

Hardly an issue that shakes the hegemony in the Puccini stakes ... see Full Review

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Man is for the Woman Made see SCHUBERT

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Corydon Singers/Matthew Best rec. 1993/4 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55318 [77:39] [IL]

Intensely moving performance of great Russian sacred music ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet see DEBUSSY

Laura ROSSI The Battle of the Somme (2008) Philharmonia O/Nic Raine rec. 2008 VIRTUOSA RECORDS VRCD001 [67:27] [GD]

Considerable appeal to the classical music collector ... see Full Review



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