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John Cage (1912-1992) Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950) see American Fantasies

Charles CAMILLERI (b. 1931) Knights of Malta: Ballet Suite; Concertino No. 4 “Summer Nights in Malta”; Four Legends; Overture Classique; Intermezzo from “Il-Weghda”; Malta Suite Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Brian Schembri rec. 1998 DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24126 [76:45][HC]

No earthshaking masterpieces … instead a bunch of attractive and enjoyable miniatures ... see Full Review

André CAPLET (1878-1925) Conte Fantastique see DEBUSSY

Mary Ellen CHILDS (b. 1957) Dream House (2004) [65:13] Ethel (string quartet), Neverwas (sound collage) rec. 2006 INNOVA 672 [65:13] [MSJ]

If this keeps up, modern classical could become relevant to more than the few ... see Full Review

Jean COULTHARD (1908-2000) Day-Dream (World Premiere Recording) (1970) see American Fantasies

Robert CRAWFORD (b. 1925) Sonata Breve; Piano Quintet; Sonata No. 2; Six Bagatelles; A Saltire Sonata Nicholas Ashton (piano); Edinburgh Quartet rec. 2007 DELPHIAN DCD34055 [64:44][RB] 

Provocative music advocated with professional enthusiasm ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin DALE (1885-1943) Music for Viola Roger Chase (viola); Michiko Otaki (piano) rec. 2007 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7204 [67:43][MC]

Outstandingly performed and recorded … richly rewarding scores that deserve to be heard ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Two Arabesques, Children’s Corner, Images Books 1 and 2, Clair de Lune, L’Isle Joyeuse Simon Trpčeski rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 5002722 [62:27] [TH]

A marvellous all-round effort ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Chute de la Maison Usher André CAPLET (1878-1925) Conte Fantastique Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Etude pour le Palais hanté Monte-Carlo PO/Georges Prętre. rec. 1983 EMI CLASSICS 47921 [60:02] [OW]

For those with an enquiring mind, this is pretty much an essential purchase ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer, Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Four Sea Interludes Pierre MERCURE (1927-1966) Kaléidoscope Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2007 ATMA CLASSIQUE SACD2 2549 [63:28] [TP]

The most exciting thing about this, and the thing that makes it worth hearing, is Mercure's Kaléidoscope ... see Full Review

David DEL TREDICI (b. 1937) Final Alice Barbara Hendricks, Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1980 DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 9955 [59:07] [DM]

All credit to the Decca for doing this proud and to Eloquence for returning it to the catalogue ... see Full Review

Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Orchestral Works: Vol. 1 Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Rumon Gamba rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10464 [63:25][JFL]

My ears have been opened. d’Indy catapulted to the forefront of French symphonic writing ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L'Elisir d'amore The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet/Nicola Rescigno rec. 1981 DECCA 0743226 [132:00][GF] 

A great deal to admire visually as well as musically and for Blegen’s Adina and Bruscantini’s Dulcamara it is worth getting ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Imelda de’ Lambertazzi Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Mark Elder rec. 2007 OPERA RARA ORC36 [62.02 + 59.58][RJF]

A worthy addition to Opera Rara’s unequalled Donizetti catalogue ... see Full Review

Dimitris DRAGATAKIS (1914-2001) Complete Piano Works Lorenda Ramou rec. 2007 NAXOS GREEK CLASSICS 8.570789 [68:39] [DM]

Piano lovers really ought to sample this disc. Early pieces very engaging; later works, well worth hearing ... see Full Review

Guillaume DUFAY (1397–1474) Mass for St. James the Greater Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 1997 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55272 [66.53] [RH]

One of those discs to be played to people who remain unconvinced about music from this period ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) The Dvořák Cycle – Volume 2: Biblical Songs; Te Deum; Violin Concerto Prague Symphony Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek rec. 1993 ARTHAUS MUSIK 102137 [81:00][LW]

Recommended to anyone who loves Dvořák … visually rather special ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff op. 68 (1913) [33:19] Enigma Variations op. 36 (1899) [29:46] Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 (1930) [5:41] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis rec. 4-5 January 1974. ADD LYRITA SRCD.301 [68:46] [RB]

A Falstaff that is special and an Enigma that isn’t ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto Nikolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Cello Concerto Jamie Walton (cello); Philharmonia Orchestra/Alexander Briger rec. 2006 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD116 [54:56][DRD]

Signs of great promise here and I’m looking forward to his next recording ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) In the South, Sea Pictures, Enigma Variations Gladys Ripley (contralto); London Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra/George Weldon rec. 1953-4 SOMM SOMMCD073 [78:11][RB]

Fine idiosyncratic Elgar from five decades ago in honest transfers ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Part Songs Cambridge University Chamber Choir/Christopher Robinson rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570541 [75:42][TH] 

Many miniature treasures here, all sung with a disarming simplicity and freshness ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Songs Amanda Roocroft (soprano); Konrad Jarnot (baritone); Reinild Mees (piano) rec. 2007 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA27507 [64.11][RH]

Essential listening for anyone interested in English song and Elgar ... see Full Review

Armando Jose FERNANDES (1906-1983) Violin Concerto Luis de FREITAS BRANCO (1890-1955) Symphony No. 2 Alexandre da Costa (violin); Extremadura Symphony Orchestra/Jesus Amigo rec. 2007 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22578 [73:45][RB]

Well recorded and polished. The Fernandes is given a glowing performance ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Song Cycles CD 1 Before and After Summer, Till Earth Outwears , I said to Love John Carol Case (baritone) Robert Tear (tenor) Howard Ferguson (piano) CD 2 A Young Man’s Exhortation, Earth and Air and Rain Neil Jenkins (tenor) John Carol Case (baritone) Howard Ferguson (piano) rec.1967/1970 2 discs for the price of 1 First issued on two Lyrita Recorded Edition LPs: SRCS 38 and SRCS 51 LYRITA SRCD.282 [62:41 + 56:30][JQ]

Indispensable for all Finzi admirers and equally self-recommending to all lovers of English song ... see Full Review

Luboš FISER (1935-1999) Amoroso [1:55] see BODOROVA

Nicolas FLAGELLO (1928-1994) Missa Sinfonica Arnold ROSNER (b. 1945) Symphony No. 5 National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/John McLaughlin Williams rec. 2006 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559347 [74:45][JW]

Strong, communicative, tender, agile and exciting … played with roistering power and drama ... see Full Review

Josef Bohuslav FOERSTER (1859-1951) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra/Hermann Bäumer rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 63214912 [74:16][RB]

Stirring and placid music ... see Full Review

Julian FONTANA (1810-1869) Chopin’s Disciples: Vol. V Premiere Fantaisie Brilliante sur les motifs de Somnambula de Bellini, Op 14, A la Mazurka in G, Caprice Op. 1 No. 1, La Havanne, Douze Rêveries (Etudes-Preludes) en deux suites Op. 8, Elegie Op. 7, Trois Mazurkas Op. 21, Souvenirs de l’Ile de Cuba Deux Fantaisies Op. 12, Ballade Op. 17 Hubert Rutkowski (piano) rec.2007 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0160 [80:51] [DB]

A wonderful release of some woefully under-appreciated music … see Full Review

John Herbert FOULDS (1880-1939) A World Requiem Jeanne-Michčle Charbonnet, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Stuart Skelton, Gerald Finley, Trinity Boys Ch; Crouch End Festival Ch; Philharmonia Ch; BBC SO & Ch/Leon Botstein rec. 2007  CHANDOS CHSA5058(2) [45:08 + 44:50] [RB]

Foulds’ music touching off the deepest of emotional wellsprings ... see Full Review

Luis de FREITAS BRANCO (1890-1955) Symphony No. 2 see FERNANDES

Violin concertos by Peter Racine FRICKER (1920-1990) David MORGAN (1933-1988) & Don BANKS (1923-1980) Yfrah Neaman, Erich Gruenberg (violin) Royal PO/Norman Del Mar, Vernon Handley rec. 1973/6 LYRITA SRCD.276 [76:26] [JF]

One of the most exciting releases to have formed part of the Lyrita re-release programme ... see Full Review

The Birth of the Cello Domenico Gabrielli (1651 or 1659-1690) Ricercari see Antonii

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Porgy and Bess – A Symphonic Picture Ferde GROFÉ (1892-1972) Grand Canyon Suite; Mississippi Suite Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Antal Doráti; Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Howard Hanson rec. 1958-1982 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4429496 [73:18][TP]

Having Doráti's Gershwin and Grofé record back in circulation is cause for rejoicing ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue, Songbook, Piano Concerto Peter Donohoe (piano) London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham SO/Simon Rattle. rec. 1986-90 EMI ENCORE 5089952 [67:02] [OW]

A fantastic bargain … all-round exceptional performances, beautifully recorded. ... see Full Review

Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Transcriptions for Wind Orchestra Ivan Hovorun (piano) Royal Northern College of Music Wind O/Clark Rundell rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10455 [60:51] [RB]

Rare transcriptions of great interest to Graingerians and the windband community ... see Full Review

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Piano Music - Volume 10 Includes Melodias, Marchas militares, En la aldea Poema (In the Village – Poem) Douglas Riva rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570325 [69:38] [DM]

An essential purchase for all pianophiles ... see Full Review

Alessandro GRANDI (1580-1630) Motetti a cinque voci (1614) [Bonus tracks of works featured in 'Fallen'] Lodovico AGOSTINI (1534-1590) Veni sponsa Christi* [03:03] St CATHARINE of Bologna (1413-1463) Salve Regina vergin gloriosa* [02:17] Josquin DESPREZ (1450/55-1521) Missa L'homme armé 6. toni: Agnus Dei III* [04:04] Giaches DE WERT (1535-1596) Vox in Rama audita est [03:04] plainchant Regnum mundi et omnem ornatum* [01:52] Josquin DESPREZ Ave Maria … virgo serena [05:23] Musica Secreta, Celestial Sirens*/Laurie Stras, Deborah Roberts rec.2007 DDD DIVINE ART DDA 25062 [79:56] [JV]

The qualities of Grandi’s music are severely underexposed here ... see Full Review

Ferde GROFÉ (1892-1972) Grand Canyon Suite; Mississippi Suite see GERSHWIN

Eero HÄMEENNIEMI (b. 1951) Symphony 3, Viola Concerto Tommi Aalto (viola) Finnish RSO/Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu rec. 1999/2004 ALBA ABCD214 [43:24] [RB]

Dramatic rewards borne of expressive compulsion and integrity ... see Full Review

Peter Michael HAMEL (b. 1947) Vom Klang des Lebens (Of the Sound of Life) Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2006  CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13256-2 [60:17] [JW]

Loose-limbed lyricism and intellectual concentration in vital and engaging music ... see Full Review

Georg Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Water Music, Solomon: Overture & Sinfonia Les Violons du Roy/Bernard Labadie rec. 2007 ATMA ACD2 2569 [60:04] [KS]

Everything old is new again in this fresh and vibrant trip down the river! ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Six Sonatas for recorder and harpsichord Il Vero Modo (Sven Schwannberger, treble recorder and voice-flute*; Thomas Leininger, harpsichord) rec. 2007 THOROFON CTH2540 [64:59] [BW]

Accomplished performances – both scholarly and enjoyable – of some attractive minor Handel ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Joshua (1748) Achsah, Angel - Miriam Allan (Soprano); Othniel - David Allsopp (Countertenor); Joshua - Mark LeBrocq (Tenor); Caleb - James Rutherford (Bass) Maulbronner Kammerchor; Hannoversche Hofkapelle/Jürgen Budday K&K VERLAGSANSTALT KuK07 LC11277 [72:25+60:17] [BW]

Very decent performances and recording, but outshone by the King’s Consort on Hyperion ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day Mitglieder des Chores des Landestheaters Halle, der Halleschen Chorsolisten und des Collegiums vocale Handel-Festspielorchester Halle/Christian Kluttig rec. 1982 BERLIN CLASSICS 0013992BC [48.08][RH]

An attractive enough performance but you’ll be missing out on the extra special touch that other singers bring to this music ... see Full Review

Donald Harris (b.1931) Fantasy for Violin and Piano (1955) see American Fantasies

Lou HARRISON (1917-2003) Suite for Symphonic Strings Chinary UNG (b. 1942) Inner Voices Colin MCPHEE (1900-1964) Tabuh-Tabuhan American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1994 PHOENIX PHCD171 [68:18]

Pacific ethnic voices mediate Californian mysticism ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sigmund von HAUSEGGER (1872-1948) Natursymphonie WDR Rundfunkchor Köln; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Ari Rasilainen rec. 2005 CPO 7772372 [56:37][RB]

A full-blown philosophical symphony alive in grandeur and Mahlerian magnificence ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Concertos 3, 4, 9 & 11 Sebastian Knauer, Cologne CO/Helmut Müller-Brühl. rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570485 [77:59] [TP]

Unfailingly pleasing … a head-clearing, smile-inducing disc ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Divertimenti for winds ‘Feldparthien’ Haydn Ensemble Berlin rec. 1999 CAMPANELLA MUSIC C130069 [64:02][DM]

A most engaging collection, guaranteed to gladden the hearts of all who hear it ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Bartolozzi Piano Trios Trio Viennarte rec. 2000 CAMPANELLA MUSICA C130106 [50:12] [BW]

Anyone looking for a single disc of Haydn’s piano trios could do much worse than this well-performed recording ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Music Includes Piano Sonatas 19, 50, 58 & 59 Ragna Schirmer (piano) rec. 2007 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016302BC [65:43 + 70:43] [DC]

Performances which make you feel glad to be alive ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Trios The Queen's Chamber Trio LYRICHORD LEMS8061 [55:39] [JV]

A most disappointing and unsatisfying recording - the interpretation is boring and the harpsichord is the wrong instrument in these late trios .. see Full Review

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Horn Concerto Op.65 (1969) [13:05] Humphrey SEARLE (1915-1982) Aubade for Horn and Strings Op.28 (1955) [7:07] Don BANKS (1923-1980) Horn Concerto (1965) [20:16] Nicholas MAW (b. 1935) Sonata for Strings and Two Horns (1967) [22:04] Barry Tuckwell (horn) (Hoddinott; Banks; Searle) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis (Hoddinott) New Philharmonia Orchestra/Norman Del Mar (Banks; Searle) Alan Civil; Ian Harper (horns); English Chamber Orchestra/Norman Del Mar (Maw) rec.1971/73/74. ADD LYRITA SRCD.335 [62.44] [BBr]

All these men know exactly how to set the wild echoes flying! ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Piano Quartet in A minor Op. 21 (1916) [27:59] Fantasy String Quartet Op. 25 (1917) [13:06] Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet, two violins, viola and cello Op. 31 (1919) [12:12] Richards Piano Quartet (Bernard Roberts (piano); Nona Liddell (violin); Jean Stewart (viola); Bernard Richards (cello)); Thea King (clarinet) rec. 1973 ADD LYRITA SRCD.292 [53.20] [JQ]

Another reissue from Lyrita that’s as welcome and self-recommending as it is important. ... see Full Review

Mikhail IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1859-1935) Mtzyri; Symphony No. 1; Armenian Rhapsody on National Themes; Caucasian War March Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Gary Brain rec. 1998 CONIFER CLASSICS-BMG 75605513172 [58:27][RB]

A vibrant selection of pictorial-impressionist exotica ... see Full Review

Daniel KESSNER (b.1946) Circling (1981-82) [14.37]; Frank CAMPO (b.1927) Fantasy (2003) [6:31]; Daniel HOSKEN Clarinet, Interrupted (2002) [12:33]; Liviu MARINESCU Homage Collage (2005) [11:58]; Gary SCHOCKER (b.1959) Dear Diary (1995) [7:38] William TOUTANT (b.1948) Sonatina (2002) [9:38] Julia Heinen (clarinet); Shari Raynor (piano) rec. 23-25 May 2005, Recital Hall, California State University, Northridge. DDD CENTAUR CRC 2861 [62:47] [CR]

A well put together disc, with versatile performers and interesting, well-written repertoire ... see Full Review

Leon Kirchner (b. 1919) For Solo Violin (World Premiere Recording) (1985) see American Fantasies

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Háry János Suite, Summer Evening, Peacock Variations Hungarian RSO/Adam Fischer rec. 2007 BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTRE RECORDS BMC141 [68:48] [TH]

Overall, a welcome addition to the Kodály stable ... see Full Review

Viktor Stepanovych KOSENKO (1896-1938) Piano Music - vol. 1 Eleven Etudes in the Form of Old Dances op. 19 (1927-29) Natalya Shkoda (piano)
rec. 2005. DDD first Western recording TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0036 [69:01] [RB]

Serious minded music-making despatched with total and eloquent identification ... see Full Review

Cyrillus KREEK (1889-1962) Requiem, Musica Sacra Estonian National Opera Ch & SO/Arvo Volmer rec. 2005 ALBA ABCD229 [61:31] [RB]

An enduringly pleasing example of Scandinavian choral-orchestral writing ... see Full Review

Karol KURPIŃSKI (1785-1857) Fantaisie pour quatuor à cordes in C [11:03] Dumanie nad mogila Wandy in b minor for violin and piano [3:36] Franciszek LESSEL (1780-1838)Fantaisie en quatuor in C [11:18] Adagio et Polonaise in D Op. 9 [9:05] String Quartet No. 1 in A [4:49] Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in E, Op. 5 [18:22] Pawel Perliński (piano) Kwartet Wilanów rec. Studio S2, Warsaw and Studio Nagrań, Laski, April 2000, April 1999, March 2005. ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0143[58:36] [DB]

Particularly for fans of Haydn and Hummel. Pleasant new-found repertoire. … see Full Review

Sigurd LIE (18711904) Symphony in A minor; Concerto Piece; Wartburg Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra/Terje Boye Hansen rec. 2004 2L 27 [48:04][RB]

Well worth seeking out for a taste for fresh nineteenth century Scandinavian romantic nationalism ... see Full Review

Christian Lindberg – The Total Musician Trombonist, Composer and Conductor - An extensive portrayal of the multi-faceted Christian Lindberg including complete performances of Jan Sandström’s Motorbike Concerto; Berio’s Sequenza V, John Cage’s Solo for Sliding Trombone and Mauricio Kagel’s Atem. BIS DVD-1678 [93:39] [CT]

An absorbing and extensive portrait in film of Christian Lindberg as trombonist, composer and conductor ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mayerling arr. John Lanchbery The Royal Ballet; The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Barry Wordsworth rec. 1994 OPUS ARTE OAR3101D [127:00][IL]

Provocative and brilliant ... see Full Review

Joseph LIVINGSTONE (b. 1962) The Futility Room: Uncreate [7:53]; The Aloner School [8:21]; Upon the Ground [4:27]; 1321 [3:40]; The Moon Gardener [3:48]; The Futility Room [0:51]; In The Decline [3:20]; The Damage Letters [6:21]; [2:04]; The Romance Languages [3:30]; Verloren [9:03]. Dave Rotheroe (live drums) [1, 8] rec. Summer 2006, The Futility Room, Liverpool, England. DDD CENTAUR CRC 2842 [51:36] [CR]

Imaginative writing and an interesting way into electronic music for the uninitiated classical music fan ... see Full Review

Jon LORD (b. 1941) Boom of the Tingling Strings, Disguises – Suite for Strings Nelson Goerner (piano) Odense SO/Paul Mann rec. 2006 EMI CLASSICS 3905282 [72:14] [PG]

Definitely an album worth exploring ... see Full Review

Zdeňek LUKÁŠ (1928-2007) Concerto Grosso op. 36 (1964) [9:31] Dies Natalis for violin and strings op. 348 (2005) [8:36] see Bodorova


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