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Monkey (WU CH’ENG EN) Read by Kenneth Williams rec. ADD NIMBUS NI5888 MP3 [14:00:00] [EM] Special price
NOTE: This set cannot be played on a normal CD player. You will need one of the following: a computer; a portable MP3 device (like an iPod, but not limited to iPods); a DVD player; the latest generation of in-car disc players.

Beautiful, uplifting, gripping … a master story-teller ... see Full Review

Oistrakh, Artist of the People? A film by Bruno Monsaingeon wWith Igor Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvenski and Gidon Kremer Produced in 1994 MEDICI ARTS DVD 3073178 [c.75:00] [RMay]

Adds to our appreciation of Oistrakh’s technique and art ... see Full Review

Petite École de la mélodie Jean Baptiste Charles DANCLA (1817-1907) Petite École de la mélodie Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Violin Sonata 1 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Méditation Guido Rimonda (violin) Cristina Canziani (piano) rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10510 [57:20] [JW]

Played with apposite sensitivity ... see Full Review

Pigs Could Fly New London Children’s Choir/Ronald Corp Alexander Wells (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572113 [66:07] [BBr]

For dipping into, as opposed to general listening ... see Full Review

Pirates of the Baroque Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1703-1777) Tambourin Giovanni Paolo SIMONETTI (Winfried MICHEL) (b. 1948) Sonata in C minor, LA Burrasca Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751)/Remo GIAZOTTO (1910 - 1998) Adagio Francois COUPERIN (1668-1733) arr. Howard BEACH Suite: 'Pirates of the Baroque'  Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto Grosso in D minor, RV 565 Tomaso VITALI (1663-1745) Chaconne Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Senti lo Mare Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto Grosso in G major, 'La Tempesta di Mare' RV 433 Red Priest (Piers Adams (recorders); Julia Bishop (violin); Angela East (cello); Howard Beach (harpsichord)) rec. 2006, RPR RP004 [65.02] [RH]

Exciting and invigorating ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Eva Podleś (contralto) Songs by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Szymanowski Garrick Ohlsson (piano) rec. live, 2008 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0027 [78:47] [GF]

One of the finest and most captivating song recitals for a long time ... see Full Review

Priest on the Run Red Priest (Piers Adams (recorders); Julia Bishop (violin); Angela East (bass strings); Julian Rhodes (harpsichord)) rec. Forde Abbey Somerset, March 1998 RED PRIEST RECORDS RP001 [63.09] [RH]

The suspicion of an adolescent desire to shock ... see Full Review

The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto: 1690-1740. Volume Three: The Golden Age Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings and continuo in F, RV 569 [12:25] Pietro LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Concerto da chiesa in C, Op.4 No.11 [10:16] Concerto for 4 violins, strings and continuo in F, Op.4 No.12 [11:18] Giovanni Battista Sammartini (1700/1-1775) Concerto à più stromenti, for 2 violins, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, strings and continuo in E flat, J 73 [13:08] Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in B flat, D 117b [18:35] Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, strings and continuo in D, RV 562a [13:06] Adrian Chandler (violin, director), La Serenissima rec. 13-16 February 2008 The Wathen Hall, St. Paul’s School, London AVIE AV 2154 [79:35] [GPu]

A CD of fine music well played, worth hearing and having … the last of an excellent trilogy … see Full Review

Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3 Bedřich WIEDERMANN (1883-1951) Impetuoso [6:14] Arno LANDMANN (1887-1966) Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op.29 (p.1979) [15:36] Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Evening Song [7:11] C. Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Fantasia and Fugue in G, Op.188 (1882/1913) [10:29] Franz LISZT (1811-1886), tr. Jean GUILLOU (b.1930) Symphonic Poem: Orpheus (1853-4)[12:45] Zsolt GÁRDONYI (b.1946) Grand Chœur (1979) [6:02] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Deuxième Fantaisie, Op.101 [11:19] Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) tr. from 1974 recording, Jeremy FILSELL (b.1964) Scherzo symphonique (1974) [6:47] Jane Parker-Smith (organ) rec. Church of St Gudula in Rhede, Germany, 15-19 September 2008.  DDD. AVIE AV2165 [77:04] [BW]

Strongly recommended alongside the earlier volumes ... see Full Review

Matti Salminen - Elämäni lauluja (A Finnish Songbook) Matti Salminen (bass); Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds rec. 2008 ONDINE ODE11352 [58:27][GF]

Riches aplenty ... see Full Review

Silvia Tro Santafé - Spanish Heroines Silvia Tro Santafé (mezzo); Orfeón Pamplonés Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra/Julian Reynolds rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD152 [55:18][GF]

A thrilling singer ... see Full Review

A Spotless Rose Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777635 [80:58][BW]

A very worthy successor to Road to Paradise ... see Full Review

Spotless Rose - Hymns to the Virgin Mary Stephen PAULUS (b. 1949) Splendid Jewel Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Hymn to the Virgin Cecilia MACDOWELL (b. 1951) Three Latin Motets Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) A Spotless Rose Javier BUSTO (b. 1949) Two Marian Pieces Healey WILLAN (1880-1968) Three Liturgical Motets Jean Belmont FORD (b. 1939) Electa Phoenix Chorale/Charles Bruffy rec. 2005 CHANDOS CHSA5056 [54:20] [JQ]

It’s a pleasure to listen to this choir ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Stokowski/Bach Transcriptions Vol. 2 With works by Boccherini, Byrd, Clarke, Haydn, Mattheson & Palestrina Bournemouth SO/José Serebrier rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572050 [64:59] [BBr]

Fabulous ... see Full Review

Toss the Feathers Arrangements of traditional Irish music Dermot Crehan (violin); Paul Honey (piano); Mick Sands (voice); Luke Daniels (button accordion); Fiona Kelly (flutes); Jean Kelly (harp) RTE Concert O/Gearoid Grant rec. 2007 RTE LYRIC FM TESS RECORDS TR0901 [54:28] [RB]

A blessing in its wing-beat ... see Full Review

Two Violins Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Duo Sonata 3 Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Duet Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Sonatine Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Duo Sonata Dmitri Kogan, Marianna Vassilieva (violins) rec. 2007   DELOS DE3390 [48:33] [JW]

Generous and imaginative readings ... see Full Review



The Leipzig Diary - Alfred Hill [ed. Donald Maurice] ISBN 978 876829 14 8 A$66

I thoroughly enjoyed this book ... see Full Review

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