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Lydia Mordkovitch plays Russian Works for Violin/Viola by Dimitri Borisovich KABALEVSKY (1904-1987), André Mikhaylovich VOLKONSKY (1933–2008), Ivan Yevstafyevich KHANDOSHKIN (1747-1804), Sergei Sergeyevich PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) and Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Lydia Mordkovitch (violin/viola); Nicholas Walker/Julian Milford (piano) rec. 1998-2008 CHANDOS CHAN10526 [76:07][MC] 

An appealing and fascinating mix ... see Full Review

Charles Munch in New York Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Iberia Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin, Daphnis et Chloé Suite 2 Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Bacchus et Ariane Suite 2 NBC SO, New York PSO/Charles Munch rec. 1949/54 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1208 [68:13] [JQ]

Self-recommending to all collectors who prize great conducting ... see Full Review

A New Heaven The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec. 2008 UNIVERSAL 1795732 [72:06][JQ]

You’ll go a long way to find better performances of this repertoire ... see Full Review

New Impossibilities Yo-Yo Ma (cello) The Silk Road Ensemble Chicago SO/Miguel Harth-Bedoya rec. 2007 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 103192 [74:05]  [EM]

A fascinating disc ... see Full Review 

David Oistrakh Collection - Vol. 13 Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Sonata César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasia Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata for solo violin David Oistrakh (violin) Vladimir Yampolsky (piano) rec. 1959/65 DOREMI DHR-7950 [70:19] [JW]

Typically robust, masculine and with great lyric cantilena ... see Full Review 

Opium Mélodies Françaises Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor) Jérôme Ducros (piano) rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2166212 [66:06] [JW]

Exciting and vibrant … a decided asset ... see Full Review 

Organ Landscape: Lithuania Monastery Church, Tytuvenai Martin Rost (organ) rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3191559-2 [79:14][DM]

Especially rewarding for those interested in the organ-builder’s art ... see Full Review

Pyrogravures Jean ABSIL (1893 - 1974) Danses bulgares André SOURIS (1899 - 1970) Rengaines Joseph JONGEN (1873 - 1953) Deux pièces Frederik van ROSSUM (b. 1939) Pyrogravures Michel LYSIGHT (b. 1958) Sextuor Soloists of the Belgian Guides rec. 2005 WORLD WIND MUSIC WWM500.135 [67:38] [HC]

A fine survey of attractive Belgian works for wind quintet ... see Full Review 

Quartetto con Forza Mats Larsson GOTHE (b. 1965) String Quartet Anders HILLBORG (b. 1954) Kongsgaard variations Per MÅRTENSSON (b. 1967) String Quartet 1 Mika PELO (b. 1971) Up, Down, Charm, Strange Stenhammar Qt rec. 2008/9 PHONO SUECIA PSCD 182 [70:28] [DC]

Find out what's happening in today's Swedish string quartet writing ... see Full Review

Robert Riefling (1911-1988) - Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000: Volume IV, Music by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Robert Riefling (piano) rec. 1979-86 SIMAX PSC1833 [65:12 + 75:22][JW]

A somewhat problematic release ... see Full Review

Romantic Music for Piano Four-Hands Elizabeth Buccheri and Richard Boldrey (piano duet) rec. 1978-85 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR7002 [76:26][MC]

So much to enjoy ... see Full Review

Rubinstein & Mitropoulos Alexander BORODIN (1833–1887) In the Steppes of Central Asia Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921) Piano Concerto No.2 César FRANCK (1822–1890) Symphonic Variations Alexander SCRIABIN (1872–1915) Poème de l’Extase Artur Rubinstein (piano); New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Mitropoulos rec. 1953 GUILD GHCD2355 [63:44][BBr] 

Great artists working together ... see Full Review

Sacred Concerti Works by Schein, Michael, Schütz, Reymann & Scheidermann Emily Van Evera (soprano) Esther Levin (soprano) Angus Davidson (alto) Julian Podger (tenor) Ian Honeyman (tenor) Richard Wistreich (bass) Circa 1500/Nancy Hadden rec. 2007 CRD 3516 [75.34] [GH]

An unusual angle on early baroque church music and beautifully performed ... see Full Review 

Smile Charles CHAPLIN (1889-1977) Smile from Modern Times Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Spiegel im Spiegel Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Introduction et Angel, Milonga en Re Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Fantaisie Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasy Michio MIYAGI (1894-1956) Haru no umi Rentaro TAKI (1879-1903) Kojo no tsuki Harold ARLEN (1905-1986) Somewhere over the Rainbow Anne Akiko Meyers (violin) Akira Eguchi (piano) rec. 2008 KOCH INTERNATIONAL KICCD7762 [63:44] [JW]

An interesting programme ... see Full Review 

Stokowski conducts Schubert and Dvořák Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde - Incidental Music Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra rec. 1947-52 CALA CACD0550 [76:07][NB]

Breathtaking Schubert, baffling Dvořák ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Three-Cornered Hat: Spanish Fantasies Fernando OBRADORS (1897-1945) Chiquitita la novia Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Five Tonadillas Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) The Three-Cornered Hat - Concert Suite Luis de MILÁN (c.1500-c.1561) Two Romances Joaqin RODRIGO (1901-1989) Liricas castellanas Gerard BROPHY (b. 1953) Verlaine Songs Shaun RIGNEY (b. 1960) Chamber Concerto Southern Cross Soloists, Slava Grigoryan (guitar) rec. 2007 ABC CLASSICS 476 6887 [70:50] [ST]

Left me enchanted and excited … really fantastic music ... see Full Review

Two Pianists Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a theme by Paganini Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Paganini Variations Anton Stepanovich ARENSKY (1861-1906) Suites 1 & 2 Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) El Salón México Magalhães-Schumann Piano Duo rec. 2008 TWOPIANISTS RECORDS 103902-2 [66:39] [MC][RB]

Could scarcely be bettered. I loved this disc from start to finish [MC] ... Great duo playing [RB] ... see Full Review 

The Virtuoso - Music from the novel by Sonia Orchard Noël Mewton-Wood (piano) rec. 1941-52 ABC CLASSICS 476 3390 [77:18]  [JW]

As a sampler this works pretty well ... see Full Review 

Welsh Dances Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Four Welsh Dances Op.15 (1958) [7:29]* Overture, Jack Straw Op. 35 (1964) [5:02]** Concerto Grosso No. 2 Op.46 (1966) [12:54]*** Investiture Dances Op. 66 (1969) [7:46]*** Welsh Dances, Set 2 Op.64 (1969) [9:03]*** William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Celtic Dances Op.60 (1972) [14:02]*** Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Dance Fantasy (1976) [7:42] **** Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves* Philharmonia Orchestra/Charles Groves** National Youth Orchestra of Wales/Arthur Davison*** BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra/Bryden Thomson**** rec. 1972-1980 LYRITA SRCD.334 [64.31]  [JF]

Packed with interesting works ... see Full Review 

BOOK REVIEWS

Hitchcock's Music by Jack Sullivan Yale University Press, paperback, 354 pages. ISBN 978-0-300-13618-0 £14:99

An indispensable addition to the Hitchcock literature ... see Full Review 

 


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