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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Kysymysten kirja (The Book of Questions) Suite for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (2006-2007)* [24:27] Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra (2006)** [24:13] Symphony No.14 'Rituaaleja' ('Rituals') for chamber orchestra, darabuka, djembe and gongs (2007]† [30:06] *Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano) **Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (viola) †Herman Rechberger (darabuka & djembe), Jukka Koski (gongs & tam-tams) rec. November 2007, Rovaniemi Church, Finland Chamber Orchestra of Lapland/John Storgårds BIS CD 1686 [79:34] [DM]

A very special disc indeed ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Sinfonie a cinque, Opera seconda Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini rec. 2008 ZIGZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090202 [54:11] [JV]

Original and expressive music in superior performances ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 Eroica (1803) [45:03] Symphony No. 8 in F minor Op. 93 (1812) [24:08] German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen/Paavo Järvi rec. August 2005, Bremen BMG-RCA 713066 (88697006552) [79:11]  [JL]

Järvi takes a motorcycle ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Roberto Devereux - lyric tragedy in three acts (1837) Elisabetta, Queen of England - Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano); Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex - Massimiliano Pisapia (tenor); Sara, Duchess of Nottingham - Federica Bragaglia (mezzo); Duke of Nottingham - Andrew Schroeder (baritone); Lord Cecil - Luigi Albani (tenor); Sir Walter Raleigh - Giorgio Valerio (bass) Chorus and Orchestra of the Bergamo Music Festival/Marcello Rota rec. 2006 NAXOS DVD 2.110232 [134:00] [RF]

A very fine performance with a traditional set and opulent costumes. ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Quatre Motets, Requiem Jean-Jacques GRUNENWALD (1911-1982) Tu es Petrus, Psaume CXXIX Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Christopher Maltman (baritone) Robert Cohen (cello) Jeremy Filsell (organ) Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD163 [74:08] [JQ]

Now surely first choice for the Duruflé ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Overtures Haydn Sinfonietta Wien/Manfred Huss rec. 1994 BIS BISCD1818 [60:55 + 57:05] 

One of life’s little gifts ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John IRELAND (1879-1962) Mai-Dun (1921) [11:04] The Forgotten Rite (1913-1918) [7:09] Satyricon Overture (1944-1946) [8:45] The Overlanders Suite (arr. Sir Charles Mackerras) (1946-1947) [19:27] A London Overture (1936) [12:14] Epic March (1942) [8:18] The Hallé Orchestra/John Wilson rec. 24-25 March 2007, BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester HALLÉ CDHLL 7523[67:41] [JF]

Enthusiasm, passion and understanding ... see review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 3; Sinfonia Concertante K364 Renaud Capuçon (violin); Antoine Tamesitt (viola); Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Louis Langrée rec. 2007 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5021122 [72:56][KS]

Brilliant performances. The next generation of performer is here to stay ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard MUDGE (1718-1763) Six Concertos in Seven Parts Barockorchester Capriccio Basel/Dominik Kiefer rec. 2008 TUDOR 7173 [75:41][JV] 

Persuasive interpretations revealing beauty and dignity ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH American Spectrum Michael DAUGHERTY (b. 1954) Sunset Strip John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Escapades Ned ROREM (b. 1923) Lions (A Dream) Christopher ROUSE (b. 1949) Friandises Branford Marsalis (saxophones) North Carolina SO/Grant Llewellyn rec. 2008 BIS BISSACD1644 [75:28] [DM]

BIS at their best: inspired programme and top-notch sound ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Choral Songs in Honour of Queen Victoria A.M. GOODHART (1866-1941) Lady on the silver throne (Edmund Gosse) [4:31] Arthur SOMERVELL (1863-1937) With still increasing benefits (Marquis of Lorne) [2:23] C.H. LLOYD (1849-1919) A thousand years, by sea and land (Henry Newbolt) [5:01] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) To her beneath whose steadfast star (Frederic W.H. Myers) [5:16] C.V. STANFORD (1852-1924) Out in the windy West (Arthur C. Benson [5:07] Sir Frederick BRIDGE (1844-1924) For all the wonder of thy regal day (Earl of Crewe) [2:58] Sir John STAINER (1840-1901) Flora's Queen (J.F.R. Stainer) [5:34] Charles WOOD (1866-1926) A Century's Penultimate (Arthur C. James) [5:03] Sir A.C. MACKENZIE (1847-1935) With wisdom, goodness, grace (Alfred Austin) [3:42] Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Who can dwell with greatness! (Austin Dobson) [3:05] H. Walford DAVIES (1869-1941) Hark! The world is full of thy praise (Robert Bridges) [4:44] Sir George MARTIN (1844-1916) The seaboards are her mantle's hem (John Davidson) [3:35] Sir Walter PARRATT (1841-1924) The Triumph of Victoria (T.H. Warren) [2:20] Spiritus Chamber Choir/Aidan Oliver rec. 5-7 August 2002 Challow Park Recital Room, Wantage, Oxfordshire TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0012 [53:20] [JF]

A supremely confident high-water mark ... see Full Review 

 


BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) String Quartets Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Five Movements, String Quartets Alban BERG (1885-1935) Lyric Suite, String Quartet Margaret Price (soprano) LaSalle Qt rec. 1968-70 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9016 [4 CDs: 72:41 + 62:41 + 57:00 + 45:48]  [MC][RB]

Outstanding playing from the LaSalle … a most welcome return to the catalogue [MC] ... An inexpensive and stylish way of becoming au fait with the chamber music of the Second Viennese School [RB] ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Twentieth-Century Masterpieces EMI CLASSICS 2175002 [16 CDs][WH]


Snap it up before it disappears for ever ... see Full Review

 


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