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RECORDING OF THE MONTH William BYRD (1539/40-1623) Second Service & Consort Anthems The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford/Bill Ives. rec. 2006 HARMONIA MUNDI USA HMU907440 [71:05][MG]

This CD excels in many ways; most of all in the revelation that this is music of feeling ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Sylvia Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle, Royal Ballet O (Royal Opera House)/Graham Bond rec. 2005 OPUS ARTE OA0986D [IL]

A beautiful production of this charming ballet with a wonderfully melodic score by Delibes ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata 1 JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Humoresques Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sospiri, Violin Sonata Isabelle van Keulen (violin) Ronald Brautigam (piano) rec. 2006 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72171  [MC]

Grieg, Elgar and Sibelius given the finest interpretative service ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen, Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2005 HARMONIA MUNDI HMD990 9008.09 [BW]

Probably the best DVD version and one of the best in any format ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wild about Liszt Franz LISZT (1811-1896) Recitals: Liszt the Poet, Liszt the Transcriber, Liszt the Virtuoso; TV appearances, Audio tracks Earl Wild (piano) IVORY CLASSICS 77777 [JW]

Wild’s playing is cut from legendary cloth ... astonishing accuracy, bravura and poetry ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concertos for two and three pianos Alexei Lubimov, Ronald Brautigam, Manfred Huss (fortepianos) Haydn Sinfonietta Wien/Manfred Huss rec. 2006 BIS SACD1618 [MM-B]

A delight from begin to end ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Don Giovanni RIAS Kammerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester/René Jacobs rec. 2006 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901964-66 [3 CDs: 60:39 + 52:31 + 57:36][GF]

Wholly engrossing - this eternal masterpiece with swathes of cobweb blown away ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano concerto (documentary & performance) Martha Argerich, Gewandhaus O Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly rec. live 2006 EUROARTS 2056068 [MM-B]

A great recording of an equally great performance ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Complete Solo Piano Works Maria Lettberg rec. 2004-2007 CAPRICCIO 49586 [DC]

Very high quality indeed, in every regard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Graham WHETTAM (1927-2007) String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4; Oboe Quartet No. 2 Jenny-Lee Keetley (oboe); Carducci Quartet rec. 2007 CARDUCCI CLASSICS CSQ5847 [63:55][RB]

A gripping voice in the annals of British music - mysteriously ignored ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonas Kaufmann - Romantic Arias Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Marco Armiliato rec. 2007 DECCA 4759966 [65:09][GF]

Judging from this debut recital Kaufmann is well equipped to be among the world’s lead tenors – and he will stay there. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Quijotes Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El retablo de Maese Pedro Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Don Quichotte à Dulcinée Jesus GURIDI (1886-1961) Una aventura de Don Quijote Carlos Alvarez (baritone); Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid/Jose Ramon Encinar rec. 2005 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4763094 [55:38][IB]

A distinguished and enjoyable disc. Enterprise, imagination not restricted to the independents ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Premieres and Encores Henry Hugo PIERSON (1815-1873) Macbeth Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Fantasy Overture. Cortèges David MORGAN (1933-1988) Contrasts Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Concert Overture: Helter Skelter Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Serenade for Strings Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Comedy Overture: Beckus the Dandipratt rec. 1976-1978, LYRITA SRCD.318 [79.22] [JF]

Attractive and interesting … ‘must have’ CD ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Symphonic Brass Black Dyke Band/Nicholas Childs rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570726 [77:07][MC]

I can see significant interest and many converts to brass band music being generated by this disc from the Black Dyke Band ... see Full Review

 


BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Guillaume DUFAY (c.1397-1474) Music for Saint Anthony of Padua Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55271 [BW]

Superlative performances, well recorded, of attractive music: another excellent Helios reissue ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Symphonies - Volume 32 Nos 9-12 Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557771 [GF]

There is an energy and rhythmic vitality here that is completely irresistible ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) Complete Flute Chamber Works Fenwick Smith (flute), John Gibbons (harpsichord) rec. 2003-5 NAXOS 8.557440-41 [CR]

Some of the finest playing I have heard ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concertos 1-4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Preludes, Opp.23 & 32 Agustin Anievas, New PO/Moshe Atzmon, Aldo Ceccato, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos rec. 1967-73 EMI CLASSICS 5008712 [MC]

The splendid playing of Agustin Anievas admirably serves the music of Rachmaninov ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Music for the Lion-Hearted King - Music to mark the 800th anniversary of the Coronation of King Richard I of England in Westminster Abbey, 3 September 1189 Gothic Voices rec. 1988 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55292 [60:13][BW]

Yet another highly attractive reissue from Hyperion – perhaps the best yet of these Gothic Voices CDs ... see Full Review



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