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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto 1 see BRUCH

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde see DVOŘÁK

Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Drei Romanzen Heinz HOLLIGER (b. 1939) Romancendres, Gesänge der Frühe Christoph Richter (cello), Dénes Várjon (piano) SWR Vokalenensemble Stuttgart; SWR Stuttgart RSO/Heinz Holliger rec. 2007/8 ECM NEW SERIES 2055 (476 3225) [59:59] [DC]

Worth it for the deeply disturbing Gesänge der Frühe ... see Full Review 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Rococo Variations Friedrich GULDA (1930-2000) Concerto for cello and wind band Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Alexander Joel rec. 2008 CLAVES 50-2901 [70:57] [RB]

An often subtle launch for this fine cellist ... see Full Review 

The Berlin Recital Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Violin Sonata 2, Kinderszenen Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for Solo Violin, Violin Sonata 1 Gidon Kremer (violin) Martha Argerich (piano) rec. 2006 EMI CLASSICS 6933992 [58:01 + 58:47] [JW]

Some truly formidable playing here ... see Full Review  

Stanisław SKROWACZEWSKI (b. 1923) Music at Night, Il piffero dela Notte, Symphony Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern/Stanisław Skrowaczewski rec. 2003/8 OEHMS CLASSICS OC712 [76:53] [RB]

Phantasmal, mercurial, elegiac and a warning ... see Full Review 

Carlos SEIXAS (1704 - 1742) & Antonio SOLER (1729 - 1783) Harpsichord Sonatas Richard Lester (harpsichord) rec. 2004, Wistaria Lodge, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK. DDD NIMBUS NI 5836 [78:51] [JV]

Well worth exploring, but this does not do them justice ... see Full Review 

Roberto SIERRA (b. 1953) Missa Latina Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano) Nathaniel Webster (baritone) Milwaukee Symphony Ch & O/Andreas Delfs rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559624 [68:12] [BR]

Thoroughly enjoyable new work in dedicated performance … see Full Review 

Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Piano Works - Volume 4 Polkas, Stammbuchblätter, Charakterstücke, Skizzen, Melodien Schatz Jitka Čechová (piano) rec. 2008 SUPRAPHON SU3844-2 [67.13]  [NB]

For Smetana completists or admirers of Čechová’s art ... see Full Review 

Antonio SOLER (1729 - 1783) Harpsichord Sonatas see SEIXAS

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Double String Quartets Forde Ensemble rec. 2008 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.570963 [51:22] [BR]

Wonderfully charming if not Spohr’s very best … see Full Review 

Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in E major Op. 37 Romance for violin and orchestra Op. 20 Concerto for violin and orchestra in G major Op. 22 Agnieszka Marucha (violin); Jean-Jacques Schmid (piano) Orkiestra PSM II st. im. J. Elsnera/ Piotr Wajrak rec. DDD. World Premiere Recording ACTE PREALABLE AP0221 [64'28"] [RB]

Gold in full flood ... see Full Review 

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Die Fledermaus Werner Hollweg, Edita Gruberova, Barbara Bonney, Royal Concertgebouw O/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1987 WARNER TELDEC 2564 69125-6 [56:39 + 49:20] [GF]

Not a first recommendation but there are several good things here … see Full review 

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Das Spitzentuch Der Königin Nadja Stefanoff, Jessica Glatte, Staatsoperette O Dresden/Ernst Theis rec. live, 2008 CPO 777 406-2 [43:49 + 51:16] [IL]

For Strauss enthusiasts, an album not to be missed. Scintillating ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Der Zigeunerbaron Herbert Lippert, Pamela Coburn, Arnold Schönberg Ch, Wiener SO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. live, 1994 WARNER TELDEC 2564 691250 [74:54 + 75:19] [GF]

On most accounts a competitive Zigeunerbaron … see Full Review 

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rake’s Progress Jayne West, Jon Garrison, Gregg Smith Singers, St. Luke’s O/Robert Craft rec. 1993 NAXOS 8.660272-73 [74:37 + 53:32] [DC]

A subtle alchemy and a powerful performance ... see Full Review 

John TAVENER (b.1944) Canciones Españolas (1972) [16:23] Requiem for Father Malachy (1973) [35:27] James Bowman (counter-tenor); Kevin Smith (piano) (Canciones) The King's Singers; The Nash Ensemble/John Tavener rec. Church of St John The Evangelist, Islington, London, 16-17 September 1975. ADD. originally released: RCA LP LRL1 5104. LYRITA SRCD.311 [51:58] [DC]

Of its time, but still has much to offer today. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. live, 2008 RLPO LIVE no catalogue number [43:00] [DJB]

If there are better recordings of this work, I haven’t heard them … see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Orchestral Suites 1-4, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Capriccio Italien Stuttgart RSO, ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner rec. 1987-92 PHOENIX EDITION 412 [3 CDs: 189:50] [ST]

Quite lovely ... see Full Review 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Rococo Variations see SCHUMANN

Toivo TULEV (b. 1958) O Oriens see BRYARS

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walkure (1870) Erin Caves (Siegmund); Hidekazu Tsumaya (Hunding); Renatus Meszar (Wotan); Kirsten Blanck (Sieglinde); Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde); Staatskapelle Weimar/Carl St. Clair Directed by Michael Shulz. rec. 2008 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101 355 [2 DVDs: 237:00] [TD]

Sharp and clever ... see Full Review 

Leó WEINER (1885-1960) Violin Sonatas Hagai Shaham (violin), Arnon Erez (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67735 [77:29]  [RB]

More Dohnanyi than Kodály. Nineteenth century gypsy style ... see Full Review 

Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Violin Concerto 2 see BRUCH

Alfred ZIMMERLIN (b. 1955) String Quartets 1 & 2, Euridice singt Carmina Qt, Æquatour, Aria Qt rec. 2006/7 ECM NEW SERIES 2045 (476 3261) [58:54] [DC]

An incremental broadening of one’s horizons ... see Full Review 

 


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