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Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Three Occasions for Orchestra; Violin Concerto; Concerto for Orchestra Ole Böhn (violin); London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen rec. 1991 EMI CLASSICS 2066292 [63:13][TB]

An enterprising programme in excellent sound ... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Music for Piano - Volume 4 Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 2006 DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24134 [76.09][DHJ]

Music that simply demands to be heard ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Annerose Schmidt (piano); Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur rec. 1984-5 BERLIN CLASSICS 0014272BC [69:43][RM]

Interesting and enjoyable … a slightly different perspective ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Music Mindru Katz (piano) rec. early 1970s CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD132 [73:48][JW]

Penetrating musicianship ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano recital Alicja Fiderkiewicz (piano) rec. 2008  DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24129 [67:04][JW]

Impulsive engagement; a little too much for some but still eloquent ... see Full Review

Franz CLEMENT (1780-1842) Violin Concerto Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Rachel Barton Pine (violin); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. 2007 CEDILLE CDR 90000106 [40:49 + 44:21][JW]

A very fine archaeological reclamation and well worth your time ... see Full Review

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) The Complete Piano Sonatas – 2 Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67717 [66:26 + 71:27][MS]

Unjustly neglected works of beauty played with more than mere 'expertise' ... see Full Review

Arnold COOKE (1906-2005) Symphony No. 3 in D (1967) see BRIAN

Carson COOMAN (b.1982) Chamber Music Donna Amato (piano); Ukraniana Quartet; LAGO Flute Quartet ZIMBEL RECORDS ZR117 [38:55][CR]

An interesting introduction to this composer’s works ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man, Clarinet Concerto, Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Appalachian Spring David Shifrin (clarinet) Saint Louis SO/Leonard Slatkin CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2282762 [79:13] [GP-J]

A truly outstanding issue packed with great things ... see Full Review

Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) La Folia - Chamber works The Purcell Quartet rec. 1986 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55240 [57.02][GH] 

Compelling, meltingly beautiful, foot-tappingly happy ... see Full Review

François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Messe des Paroisses; Messe des Couvents Ensemble Vox Cantoris/Jean-Christophe Candau rec. 2007 SYRIUS SVR141416 [58:29 + 50:14][MS]

Persuasive and better than competent … well worth exploring ... see Full Review

Laurence CRANE (b. 1961) Solo Piano Pieces 1985-1999 Michael Finnissy (piano) rec. 2004-5 METIER MSV28506 [80:00][DC]

Gorgeous, but maybe not in a single sitting ... see Full Review

Mikalojus ČIURLIONIS (1875-1911) Symphonic poem - The Sea (1907) [29:20] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer (1905) [24:48] Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936)Fantasy for orchestra - The Sea (1889) [19:09] The State Academic Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. venues not stated, 1971-1993 SVETLANOV ARCHIVE SV SEA 005 [73:13] [RM]

A dramatic sweep and character that is rather appealing ... see Full Review

Andrzej CWOJDZIŇSKI (b. 1928)Symphony No. 1 (1995) [25:00] ɚ Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969) Polish Caprice for violin solo (1949) [2:34]* Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b. 1933) Cadenza for violin solo (1984) [5:48]* Kazimierz ROZBICKI (b. 1932) Fading Raptures [11:06] ɚ Agata Szymczewska (violin) * Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra/Ruben Silva ɚ rec. Koszalin Philharmonic, 11-12 September 2006 (ɚ); Polish Radio Studio 09 February 2006 (*) ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0174 [44:28] [DB]

A portrait of the artistic life of a Polish city. … see Full Review

Brett DEAN (b.1961) Viola Concerto; Twelve Angry Men; Intimate Decisions; Komarov’s Fall Brett Dean (viola) Sydney Symphony/Simone Young & Hugh Wolf rec. 1997-2007 BIS BISCD1696 [61:25][DC]

Serious stuff, but seriously good as well ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer Svetlanov see Ciurlionis

Tan DUN (b. 1957) The First Emperor The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children’s Chorus/Tan Dun rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 215129 [176:30][ST]

Don’t be scared: I’m confident you’ll enjoy it ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) Symphonic Variations; Symphony No.9 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570714 [64:44][JQ]

Miss Alsop’s partnership with her new orchestra is launched auspiciously ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Stabat Mater Prague Symphonic Choir; Prague Symphony Orchestra/Libor Pešek rec. 1993 ARTHAUS MUSIC 102143 [90:00][CC] 

A fragile masterpiece that can disintegrate in the wrong hands. Such is the case here ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto in E minor op.85 (1920) [27:29] Priaulx RAINIER (1903-1986) Cello Concerto (1964) [19:57] Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Cello Sonata in G minor op.60 (1946) [26:00] Jacqueline du Pré (cello) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent (Elgar); Norman Del Mar (Rainier) Iris du Pré (Rubbra) rec. Royal Albert Hall London, 3 September 1964 (stereo) (Elgar, Rainier); Cheltenham Festival, 6 July 1962 (mono) (Rubbra). ADD. BBC LEGENDS BBCL42442 [73:42] [RB]

Volatile tinder and flinty passion ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1957 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie Fantastique The Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1947 ARCHIPEL ARPCD0403 [74:34 + 73:21][JQ]

Examples of a much-loved maestro at work in pieces that were in his blood ... see Full Review

Ralph EVANS (b. 1953) String Quartet No.1 (1995) see Four American Quartets

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) The Late Piano Works Vol.1 Triadic Memories Steffen Schleiermacher (piano) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG6131521-2 [80:46] [DC]

Gorgeous, but not definitive ... see Full Review

Jacob GADE (1879–1963) Jalousie – Suites, Tangos and Waltzes Odense Symphony Orchestra/Matthias Aeschbacher rec. 1998 DACAPO 6.220509 [66:42][GF]

Attractive light music, expertly orchestrated and lovingly performed ... see Full Review

John GARDNER (b. 1917) Overture: Midsummer Ale; Piano Concerto No.1; Symphony No.1 Peter Donohoe (piano); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570406 [71:54][JQ]

Music that is well worth investigating ... see Full Review

Philip GATES (b. 1963) A Garland for Gatsby – eighteen pieces for solo piano (2007) [33:08] Piano Quintet (1997) [16:45] The Lake Isle for oboe and piano (1994) [8:16] Andrew Knights (oboe); Carducci Quartet; Philip Gates (piano) rec. May, September, November 2007, St John’s Church, New Alresford. DDD world premiere recordings MELODIST 3130CD [56:51] [RB]

Music that is attractive and engages the listener directly ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Symphonie; Les Chants de la mer; Concert en fa Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/Marc Soustrot rec. 2008 TIMPANI 1C1135 [70:16][RB]

The heartland of French late-romantic nationalism ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) String Quartet No.2 see Four American Quartets


Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936)Fantasy for orchestra - The Sea see Ciulrlionis

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice; Alceste (excerpts) Orfeo – Kathleen Ferrier (contralto); Alceste – Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) rec. 1947 & 1956 ALTO ALC1034 [76.12][RH]

Ferrier brings real passion, classical purity and strength of line ... see Full Revie

Nicolas GOMBERT (c.1495–c.1560) Tribulatio et angustia: four- and five-part motets The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice rec. 2006 HYPERION CDA67614 [66:05][BW] 

Credit squeeze or no, very worthy of your attention ... see Full Review

Johann Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Partitas, Chaconne Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570459 [58:32] [GPu]

Might have changed the course of musical history if he hadn’t turned Leipzig down … see Full Review

Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b.1931) In tempus praesens Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concertos BWV 1041-2 Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin); London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev & Trondheim Soloists rec. 2007-8 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777450 [63:48][JW]

Powerfully engaged, choleric, volatile, tangible and eloquently controlled ... see Full Review

Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerti Grossi Op.6 Arte dei Suonatori/Martin Gester rec. 2007 BIS BISSACD1705/06 [3 CDs: 62:32 + 72:03 + 29:04][DC]

As they say in the trade; ‘a winner!’ ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Music for Two Trumpets and Organ see BACH

George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759)  Messiah (excerpts) Solitenvereinigung und Rundfunkchor Berlin (choir); Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin/Helmut Koch rec. 1975 BERLIN CLASSICS 0014302BC  [62:04][AS]

For those who wish for thick orchestral sound and big-boned choruses ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Orlando Orchestra "La Scintilla" of the Zurich Opera/William Christie rec. 2007 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101309  [2 DVDs: 155:00][JFL]

Good on the ears, a feast for the eyes, true to Handel ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Semele Junge Kantorei; Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra/Joachim Carlos Martini rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570431-33 [3 CDs: 60:14 + 51:39 + 69:29][BW] 

Far from ideal, even at the price ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies Nos. 25, 42 & 65 Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä/Patrick Gallois rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570761 [67:21][TP] 

An enjoyable disc ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Horn Concerto No.1; Harpsichord Concerto in D; Double Concerto in F; Trumpet Concerto Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller–Brühl rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570482 [72:52][BBr] 

Spritely performances of real winners ... see Full Review

Hans Werner HENZE (b. 1926) Adagio, Fuge und Mänadentanz; Nachtstücke und Arien; Symphony No.8 Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/Markus Stenz rec. 2004-6 PHOENIX EDITION 113 [73:50][HC]

Superb performances opulently recorded ... see Full Revie

Bernard HERRMANN (1911–1975)Echoes for String Quartet (1965) see Four American Quartets

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Fanfare for the New Atlantis; Concerto No. 2 for Guitar; Symphony No. 63 Javier Calderón (guitar); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stewart Robinson rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559336 [59:29][MC]

A fine example of the variety and quality of Hovhaness’s scores ... see Full Review

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hansel and Gretel The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children’s Chorus/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2063089 [120:45][ST]  

A dark, yet satisfying version of the story ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Piano Music Alan Rowlands (piano) rec.1959 -1963 LYRITA REAM.3112 [3 CDs: 69:41 + 76:27 + 78:35]
John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Works - Volume 3
John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570461 [73:12]
John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Piano Music of John Ireland - Volume 1

Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. 2007 SOMM CD 074 [69:20] [JW]

Rowlands a cornerstone, Lenehan volatile, Bebbington more conventional. ... see Full Review

Amando Ivančić OSPPE (1727-before 1762) Musica Claromontana Vol. 29 La Tempesta/Jakub Burzynski rec. 2007 DUX DUX0355 [73:56] Amando Ivančić OSPPE (1727-before 1762) Musica Claromontana Vol. 28 La Tempesta/Jakub Burzynski rec. 2007 DUX DUX0358 [66:14][JV] 

Interesting music by the unknown Osppe but performances of variable quality ... see Full Review

Paul JUON (1872-1940) Piano Quartets Oliver Triendl (piano); Daniel Gaede (violin); Hariolf Schlichtig (viola); Peter Bruns (cello) rec. 2006 CPO 7772782 [62.09][GH]

Accessible music which all music-lovers can take to heart ... see Full Review

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Symphonic Poems Vol. 1 Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Antoni Wit rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570452 [70:41][RM]

A bargain price excuse to explore Karłowicz’s music ... see Full Review

Uuno KLAMI (1900-61) Whirls (Pyörteitä) Act I (1957-58, orch. Kalevi Aho, 1988) Violin Concerto, Op.32 (1940-43/1954)* [28:44] Suomenlinna, alkusoitto, Op.30 (1940/1944) [12:33] *Jennifer Koh (violin) Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskā
rec. 28-29 March 1996 (Whirls), 25-26 March 1996 (concerto), 13 December 1993 (Suomenlinna), Ristinkirkko, Lahti, Finland BIS-CD-696 [72:59]

Well worth investigating. ... see Full Review

Brian KNOWLES (b.1946) Poetry Serenade Brighton Festival Youth Choir; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/James Morgan rec. 2007-8 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD138 [57:27][GPu]

Traditional settings of some fine English poems … see Full Review

Ernst KRENEK (1900-1991) Sinfonie No.1, op.7 (1900) see SCHREKER

Friedrich KUHLAU (1786–1832) Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas Jenö Jandó (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570709 [59:07][BBr] A stroll in the company of Mr Kuhlau is an hour well spent ... see Full Review

A Laurel for Landini Francesco LANDINI (c.1325-1397) Anonymous (Fourteenth Century) Niccolò da PERUGIA (fl. c. 1350-1400) Oswald von WOLKENSTEIN (c. 1376-1445) Andrew Lawrence-King (mediaeval harp) Gothic Voices rec. 25-27 February, 2008, St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England. DDD AVIE AV2151 [64:27]

Gothic Voices at their perceptive, communicative best ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William LAWES (1602-1645) The Harp Consorts Maxine Eilander (harp); Les Voix Humaines rec. 2002-6 ATMA ACD22372 [76:26][KS] 

Elegant music-making … A delight for music-lovers of all stripes ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) A Faust Symphony; Two Episodes from Lenau’s Faust; Hunnenschlacht Alberic MAGNARD (1865-1914) Symphony No. 3 L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1959-68 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4429992 [79:23 + 68:42][IL]

A bargain not to be missed ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music - Vol. 29 Music for Two Pianos: Two Piano Transcriptions by Liszt of his Symphonic Poems Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admony (pianos) rec. 2007  NAXOS 8.570736 [65:49][MC]

Impeccably prepared the duo perform these challenging scores marvellously ... see Full Review

Frederick LOEWE (1901–1988) My Fair Lady etc. Julie Andrews – Eliza Doolittle; Rex Harrison – Henry Higgins rec. 1955-6 NAXOS 8.120876 [72:07][GF]

A necessary purchase for every lover of this immortal musical comedy ... see Full Review

Paul LOVATT-COOPER (b. 1959?) Walking with Heroes etc. Black Dyke Band/Nicholas J. Childs rec. 2008 DOYEN DOYCD245 [63:22][CT]

Black Dyke brilliantly showcases the music of one of brass band’s rising stars ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pavel LUKASZEWSKI (b. 1968) Choral Music The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67639 [66:22][JQ]

An outstanding introduction to a significant voice in contemporary choral music ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) Psyché Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus/Paul O'Dette rec. 2007 CPO 7773672 [3 CDs: 50:06 + 57:28 + 66:08][MS]

Splendid and approachable … interesting and unusual ... see Full Review

Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Orchestral Music Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra & Polish Chamber Orchestra/Witold Lutosławski rec. 1976-7 EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 2153182 [3 CDs: 78:39 + 77:32 + 72:04][DC]

Great stuff ... see Full Review


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