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PART 7
Misc. M-Z

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[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carol Ann DUFFY and Sasha JOHNSON MANNING The Manchester Carols (2007) The Manchester Carollers Northern Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tanner rec. St. Thomas’ Church, Stockport, England, 22 October 2007. DDD NAXOS 8.572469 [63:43] [JQ] [ST]

Hugely successful and atmospherically beautiful [ST] Fresh, lively and enjoyable [JQ]... see Full Review

Masterpieces of Mexican Polyphony Ch Westminster Cathedral/James O’Donnell rec. 1989 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55317 [65:12] [BW]

High on my list of inexpensive presents for anyone with a liking for polyphony ... see Full Review 

Musicalische Frühlings-Früchte Musica Poetica/Jörn Boysen rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72332 [61:11] [JV]

Music by 17th-century German composers who were strongly influenced by the French style ... see Full Review

Neharót Betty OLIVERO (b. 1954) Neharót Neharót Tigran MANSURIAN (b. 1939) Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord, Three Arias Eitan STEINBERG (b. 1955) Rava Deravin Kim Kashkashian (viola) Münchener Kammerorchester/ Alexander Liebreich, Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose, Kuss Qt rec. 2006-8 ECM NEW SERIES 2065 (476 3281) [60:13] [GD]

Yet another ECM classic ... see Full Review 

Pianistes Français Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for three keyboards Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Piano Concertos 12, 21 & 24 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 3 Vlado Perlemuter (piano) Robert Casadesus (piano) various orchestras rec. 1954-58 TAHRA TAH666-667 [66:07 + 64:49] [JW]

Refined pianism … real nobility … charming gracefulness ... see Full Review 

Prima Donna - The First Ladies of Opera DECCA 478 2096 [68:14 + 70:39] [MC]

A cherishable cornucopia of glorious singing ... see Full Review

Pushkin Romances Joan Rodgers (soprano); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67773 [73:09] [OL]

A well-conceived program, admirably sung ... See Full Review

Simon Rattle – American Music rec. 1986-99 EMI CLASSICS 2150142 [7 CDs: 503:56] [JW]

This one will appeal ... see Full Review

Romance Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Romance Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Romances 1 & 2 Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911) Romance Zdeněk FIBICH (1850-1900) Romance Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Sérénade mélancolique Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Rêverie et Caprice Josef Suk (violin) Prague SO/Václav Smetáček rec. 1970-78 SUPRAPHON SU4000-2 [66:29] [JW]

A measured and affectionate tribute ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Stille Nacht (Silent Night) Bettina Pahn (soprano); Joachim Held (lute) rec. 2009 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.525 [59:30] [JV]

A splendid Christmas disc with a number of little-known songs, performed with great refinement and subtlety ... see Full Review

El Tango I & II Estela Telerman, Guillermo Carro (piano) rec. 2002-7 PRETAL PRCD133 & PRCD138 [64:34] [RB]

Tango seen through the creative lens of several generations of Argentina’s classical composers ... see Full Review 

Tragédiennes 2 Véronique Gens (soprano) Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2165742 [67:26] [JW]

Gens is a laudable advocate for this repertoire ... see Full Review 

Viaje en España Includes Vicente ARREGUI (1871-1925) Cinco Piezas Liricas Oscar ESPLA (1886-1976) Levantina Jaime PAHISSA (1880-1969) Tres Temas de Recuerdos Martha Master (guitar) rec. 2009 GSP RECORDINGS GSP 1034CD [55:10] [ZT]

Played with conviction and panache … see Full Review

Anna Vinnitskaya Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano sonata 2 Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931) Chaconne Nikolay MEDTNER (1880-1951) Sonata ‘Reminiscenza’ Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano sonata 7 Anna Vinnitskaya (piano) rec. 2008 NAÏVE AMBROISIE AM177 [61:46] [GD]

An impressive debut ... see Full Review

Earl Wild in Concert - Vol. 1 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonata 50 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Variations on a theme by Gluck, Sonata K332 Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonata Op.40 No.3 Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Suite Earl Wild (piano) rec. 1951-87 IVORY CLASSICS 78001 [64:45] [JW]

Lovingly expressive yet with panache, pose and personality ... see Full Review

Wind Effusions Hanning SCHRÖDER (1896-1978) Music for flute and bassoon Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Bachianas Brasileiras 6 Pierre GABAYE (1930-2000) Sonatine for flute and bassoon Willson OSBORNE (1906-1979) Rhapsody for bassoon Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Etudes Tanguistiques 3 & 4 Jan BACH (b.1937) Music for a Low-Budget Epic Eugene BOZZA (1905-1991) Sonatine for flute and bassoon Danilo Lozano (flute) David Muller (bassoon) rec. 2007 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD710 [57:14] [JW]

Interesting recital, very well played and recorded ... see Full Review 

Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox Various Artists/Richard Hickox Full track-listing appears at the foot of this review CHANDOS CHAN 10568(2) [79:56 + 73:24] [JQ]

A handsome tribute to a versatile and much-missed musician. ... see Full Review 

Fritz Wunderlich sings Operetta and Opera Arias rec. 1956-1958 REGIS RRC1314 [59:20] [GF]

Wunderlich was one of the very best tenors and this disc is a wonderful reminder ... see Full Review

 

CHRISTMAS DISCS
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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 -1750) Weihnachtsoratorium Veronika Winter (soprano); Weibke Lehmkuhl (contralto); Jan Kobow (tenor); Markus Flaig (bass) Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert/Hermann Max rec. 2009 CPO 777 459-2 [73:29 + 63:31] [JV]

The playing and singing is first-rate, but the interpretation is too restrained ... see Full Review

Buxtehude/Bach: Organ Music for Christmas Time Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Siegbert Rampe (organ) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 341 1551-2 [62:54] [JV]

As a portrait of the organ this disc turns out well but these readings are not uniformly convincing ... see Full Review

Christmas Songs (See end of review for list of works) Ida Falk Winland (soprano) Linné Brass Quintet with members of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orphei Drängar male-voice choir/Cecilia Rydinger Alin rec. Uppsala University Hall, Sweden, February 2009 text and English translations included BIS-CD-1833 [65:22] [JS]

Each item has been carefully chosen and is performed to its best advantage... see Full Review

December - Laudes Hannah Holgersson; Anton Ravik (soloists) Laudes Choir/Per-Henrik Holgersson rec. 2007/2008, ToneZone Studios; Church of Odensala, Sweden. PROPRIUS PRCD 2050 [38:48]

Outstanding sonic qualities and an enjoyable programme, well sung … see Full Review

Enchanted Carols Howard GOODALL (b.1958) The Enchanted Voices/Howard Goodall rec. EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, no date given CLASSIC FM CFMD 11 [70:00] [BBr]

This concoction is best left to one side as a miscalculation. … see Full Review

Fear and Rejoice, O People: Music for Advent and Christmas The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge/ Christopher Robinson Iain Farrington (organ) rec. 14–15 July 1998, Chapel of St. John's College, Cambridge NIMBUS NI 5589 [66:42] [BBr]

Absolutely delightful … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carol Ann DUFFY and Sasha JOHNSON MANNING The Manchester Carols (2007) The Manchester Carollers Northern Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tanner rec. St. Thomas’ Church, Stockport, England, 22 October 2007. DDD NAXOS 8.572469 [63:43] [JQ]

Hugely successful and atmospherically beautiful [ST] Fresh, lively and enjoyable [JQ]... see Full Review

The Musical Advent Calendar - 24 songs for Advent and Christmas
(See end of review for list of works and performers)
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC 98.553 [74:33]

Based on the excellent idea of including an item for each day of December before Christmas ... see Full Review

 

On Christmas Night (See end of review list of works)
Ralph Rousseau (viola da gamba); Lenny Kuhr (vocalist)
rec. Hoogland Catholic Church, 31 August 2006; “De Glindster”, De Glind, 23 April 2009 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72340 [44:35]

Christmas on the viol is both amusing and musically enjoyable ... see Full Review

Jakub Jan RYBA (1765-1815)Czech Christmas Mass Three pastorellas [10:30] Czech Christmas Mass [39:31] Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Gabriela Eibenová (soprano) Jaroslav Brezina (tenor) Michael Pospíšil (bass) Capella Regia Musicalis/Robert Hugo rec. September 1998, Church of Our Lady of the Convent, Kladruby (Czech Republic) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ARCHIV 477 8365 [50:01] [PB]

A wonderful antidote to the usual Christmas fayre – very warmly recommended. ... see Full Review

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story) Auferstehungshistorie (Resurrection Story) Else Torp (soprano); Adam Riis (tenor); Johan Linderoth (tenor); Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass) Ars Nova Copenhagen; Concerto Copenhagen; Sirius Viols/Paul Hillier rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226058 [78:49] [JS]

Probably the greatest and most inspired piece of Christmas music ever written … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Stille Nacht (Silent Night) Bettina Pahn (soprano); Joachim Held (lute) rec. 29-31 January 2009, Erlöserkirche in Vahrendorf, Germany. DDD
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.525 [59:30] [JV]

A splendid Christmas disc with a number of little-known songs, performed with great refinement and subtlety ... see Full Review

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Music - a Mathematical Offering by David Benson Cambridge University Press 2007 ISBN 978 0 521 61999-8 pp. 411 paperback £27 [RW]

A considerable amount of material presented in a highly coherent way. … see Full Review

To Live for you! To Die for you! - The Life of Gustav Mahler by: John Searight
Hardback 428 pages. Published 2009 Published in Association with The Gustav Mahler Society of United Kingdom £19.95 [PPLL]

A telling account summarizing the life and achievements of Gustav Mahler in an easy-to-read document. … see Full Review

American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schuman by Dr. Joseph W. Polisi
595 pp Over 50 B&W and color photos and illustrations 6" x 9" 2008 [RB]

A fine book addressing extremely well a composer of music dramatically exciting and lit with a filament that is part furnace part neon ... see Full Review


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[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
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