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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ramón CARNICER (1789 - 1855) Elena e Costantino (1821) Ruth Rosique (soprano) - Elena/ Riccardo; Robert McPherson (tenor) - Costantino; Saimir Pirgu (tenor) - Edmondo; Eduardo Santamaría (tenor) - Il governatore di Arlés; Lorenzo Regazzo (bass) - Carlo; Mariola Cantarero (soprano) - Anna; David Menédez (baritone) - Urbino Coro y orquesta titular del Teatro Real/Jesús López Cobos rec. live, 2005, Libretto and English translation enclosed DYNAMIC CDS 619/1-2 [75:46 + 75:14]

A more or less sensational treasure trove of an opera ... see Full Review 

Teresa CARREÑO (1853-1917) Piano Music Clara Rodriguez (piano) rec. Complejo Teresa Carreño, Sala José Félix Ribas, Caracas. 2002 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6103 [65:13] [GPu]

An engaging sampling of characterful music by one of the leading pianists of her day … see Full Review 

Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Piano Sonata, Two Thoughts About the Piano & other piano works Ursula Oppens (piano) rec. 2008 CEDILLE CDR90000 108 [70:53] [CR]

Expressive music, composed in modernist language and an excellent recording … see Full Review

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Music for Two Guitars - Vol. 2 The Well Tempered Guitars Brasil Guitar Duo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570779 [54:16] [AS]

Thoroughly enjoyable ... see Full Review 

Arnold COOKE (1906 - 2005) Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano (1951) [22:24] Sonata for Viola and Piano (1937) [21:20] Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano (1980) [23:58] Susanne Stanzeleit (violin); Morgan Goff (viola); Raphael Wallfisch (cello); Raphael Terroni (piano) rec. 2005 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 432CD [67:45] [NB]

Another excellent disc from the British Music Society ... see Full Review 

Aaron COPLAND (1900 - 1990) Clarinet Concerto William Thomas McKINLEY (b. 1938) Clarinet Duet Book II, Concerto for Two Clarinets Kim Ellis, Richard Stoltzman (clarinets) Slovak Ntl SO/Kirk Trevor rec.2007/8 NAVONA RECORDS NV5812 [50:32] [NB]

Imaginative programming but needs more convincing advocacy ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Dance Panels (1959) [29:06] Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950) [21:39] Short Symphony (1933) [16 :00] Helene Schneiderman (mezzo) Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Dennis Russell Davies NIMBUS NI 2545 [66:47] [WH]

Three representative Copland works in excellent performances … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) En blanc et noir, Jeux, Lindaraja Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Rapsodie espagnole, La Valse Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy (pianos) rec. 2008 DECCA 478 1090 [66:01] [BBr]

This is outstanding…see Full Review 

Frank DENYER (b.1943) On, on - it must be so, Quite White, Wheat, Unnamed Yoshikazu Iwamoto (shakuhachi); Paul Hiley and Frank Denyer (percussion) rec. 1981-99 ANOTHERTIMBRE AT03 [71:43] [DC]

A great deal to offer to collectors of contemporary music, as well as fans of ‘world’ music... see Full Review

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Complete Solo Organ Works Jennifer Bate (organ) rec. 1982-2007 NAXOS 8.572169 [77:42] [JF]

A remarkable musical document ... see Full Review 

Stephen DODGSON (b. 1926) Dialogues - The Music of Stephen Dodgson, Vol. 2 Dialogues, for guitar and harpsichord (1976) [11:44] The Troubled Midnight, for guitar (1990) [4:18] Suite No. 1, for clavichord (1967, rev. 2006) [15:53] Suite No. 2, for clavichord (1969, rev. 2006) [12:42] Sketchbook, for two lutes (1983) [14:48] Roberto Morón Pérez (guitar); Julian Perkins (harpsichord); Pawel Siwczak (clavichord); Elizabeth Kenny (lute); Jacob Heringman (lute) rec. Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, U.K., 11-13 August 2008 CAMPION CAMEO 2088 [59:25] [WH]

Music of the utmost integrity - very individual very beautiful ... see Full Review 

Stephen DODGSON (b. 1924) Watersmeet, London Lyrics, Partita No. 4, Duo, Personent Hodie Jonathan Leathwood (solo guitar) Neil Jenkins (tenor); Rohan de Saram (cello); Tetra & Aquarelle Guitar Qts; Appassionata Guitar Trio; Carl Herring (guitar) rec. 2005 CADENZA MUSIC CACD0603 [76.07] [GH]

An interesting disc, with a fine array of performers … worth exploring … see Full Review 

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quintets 1 & 2 Fine Arts Qt, Cristina Ortiz (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570938 [63:24] [OL]

Another fine disc from Naxos ... see Full Review

David GARNER (b.1954) Phenomenon Spoon River Songs, Viñetas Flamencas, Fireflies and Willows, Phenomenal Woman Susanne Mentzer (mezzo), Francisco Araiza (tenor); William Stone (baritone), Stephanie Friede, Lisa Delan (sopranos) Kristin Pankonin (piano) rec. 2006 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186 301 [80:01] [DC]

Stylish romanticism … see Full Review 

Florian Leopold GASSMANN (1729-1774) Opera Overtures Eclipse CO/Sylvia Alimena rec. 2006/7 NAXOS 8.570421 [64.10] [MM-B]

A feel-good CD that will put a smile on one’s face ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Tom Jones National Festival Ch & O/David Russell Hulme rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.660270-71 [75:49 + 34:20] [RJW] [IL]

A fresh and spirited reading … see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Portrait:- La Belle et al Bête overture, The Hours suite, Mishima, The Secret Agent, Echorus, Company, Closing La Pietà/Angèle Dubeau (violin, director); Louise-Andrée Baril (piano) rec. Studio MMR, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; 27-29 November 2007. ANALEKTA AN2 8727 [65:21] [DJB]

An excellent sampler of the accessible Glass … see Full Review 

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Iphigénie en Tauride Monteverdi Ch, l’Opéra de Lyon O/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 1985 DECCA ORIGINALS 4781705 [59:31 + 42:45] [ST] 

Fully in touch with Gluck’s keen sense of drama ... see Full Review

Ernest GOLD (b.1921) Piano Concerto see Review

Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Missa de la Batalla escoutez, Pange lingua gloriosi, In exitu Israel, Magnificat octavi toni Westminster Cathedral Ch, Her Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts/James O’Donnell rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55340 [72.16] [RH]

Performances which are of a very high calibre and extremely seductive ... see Full Review

Asger HAMERIK (1843-1923) The Symphonies 1-7, Requiem for orchestra, choir and contralto Randi Stene (mezzo) Danish National Symphony Chorus/Saul Zaks Helsingborg & Danish National Symphony Orchestras/Thomas Dausgaard. rec. 1997-2005, Helsingborg & Copenhagen DACAPO 6.200002 [4 CDs: 72:04 + 72:54 + 68:14 + 78:48] [RB]

Romantic era symphonies - exemplary in every way and rewarding to the attentive listener... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724) Angelo Manzotti (sopranist) – Giulio Cesare; Alexandra Zabala (soprano) – Cleopatra; Paola Pittaluga (contralto) – Cornelia; Patrizia Bozzo (soprano) – Sesto; Angelo Galeano (counter- tenor) – Tolomeo; Riccardo Ristori (bass) – Achilla; Angelo Bonazzoli (counter-tenor) – Nireno; Guido Ripoli (baritone) – Curio Il Concento Ecclesiastico Vocal Ensemble and Orchestra/Luca Franco Ferrari rec. live, 30 July 2006, Savona Italian libretto enclosed CONCERTO CD 2042-3 [3 CDs: 70:08 + 74:14 + 65:55] [GF]

Worth hearing for a thrilling Cesare and a partly ravishing Cleopatra ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Masses and Stabat Mater Trinity Ch, Rebel Baroque O/J Owen Burdick, Jane Glover rec. 2001-8 NAXOS 8.508009 [8 CDs: 489:21] [JS]

The highlight of my anniversary year listening ... see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Works for violin and piano Includes Violin sonatas 1-3 Johannes Søe Hansen (violin); Christina Bjørkøe (piano) rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226063 [56:47] [RB]

Balkans and Transylvania folk marinade ... see Full Review 

Ignaz HOLZBAUER (1711-1783) Flute concertos Karl Kaiser (flute); La Stagione Frankfurt rec. 2008 CPO 777 358-2 [61:45] [CR]

Elegant and charming works … see Full Review

Klaus HUBER (b. 1924) Erniedrigt - Geknechtet - Verlassen - Verachtet ... Schola Cantorum Stuttgart, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Matthias Bamert, Kenneth Jean, Burkhard Rempe, Arturo Tamayo rec. 1983 NEOS 10809 [67:58] [GD]

A serial and electro-acoustic Communist aesthetic ... see Full Review 

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Concerto; Legend see BAX

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Das Schlaue Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen) Irmgard Arnold, Manfred Hopp, Ch & O Komische Oper Berlin/Václav Neumann rec. 1965 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101297 [121:00 ] [DC]

Rather special ... see Full Review 

Johann Gottlieb JANITSCH (1708-1763) Sonate de camera - Vol. 1 Notturna rec. 2008 ATMA ACD2 2593 [67:55] [GPu]

Sophisticated chamber music full of unusual textures … see Full Review 

Karl JENKINS (b.1944) Stella Natalis, Joy to the World Kate Royal (soprano); Alice Halstead (chorister); Alison Balsom (trumpet); Jody K Jenkins and Zands (percussion); Tenebrae; Adiemus Singers; Marylebone Camerata/Karl Jenkins rec. Angel Recording Studios, London, 3-4, 19 July 2009. DDD. Texts included. EMI CLASSICS 50999 6886482 [79:33]

Guaranteed enjoyment for fans of Karl Jenkins ... see Full Review 

Klaus Ib JØRGENSEN (b.1967) Moon-Pain, Goblin Dance, Lisbon Revisited Iris Oja (mezzo) Remix, KlettWood/Paul Hillier rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226505 [72:33] [DC]

Uncommon and rarefied realms. ... see Full Review

John JOUBERT (b. 1927) Temps Perdu - Variations for String Orchestra Op.99 (1984) [19:18] Sinfonietta (1962) [17:26] The Instant Moment Op.110 (1987)1 [25:54] Henry Herford (baritone)1; English String Orchestra/William Boughton rec. no details given but other sources indicate Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, 21 March 1987 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 419CDH [63:04] [NB]

An absolute winner ... see Full Review 

Brooke JOYCE Waves of Stone Brooke Joyce (percussion; melodica; toy piano) Carol Hester (flute; piccolo) Stephanie Zelnick (clarinet) Jubal Fulks (violin) Eric Kutz (cello) Miko Kominami (piano) Michael Geary (percussion) Andrew D Whitfield (baritone) Spencer Martin (viola) Unison Piano Duo rec. 2008/9 INNOVA 753 [76:05] [CR]

A sense of character and imagination … see Full Review

Robert KAJANUS (1856-1933) Finnish Rhapsody, Kullervo's Funeral March, Sinfonietta, Aino Helsinki University Ch, Lahti SO/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2001 BIS BIS-CD-1223 [65:21] [RB]

Wagnerian late romanticism with the subtlest Sibelian flavour - all extremely well done ... see Full Review

Kent KENNAN (1913-2003) Chamber music see Review

Uuno KLAMI (1900-1961) Kymi, Violin Concerto, Suite for String Orchestra, Sérénades joyeuses, Scenes from a Puppet Show Pekka Kauppinen (violin) Kymi Sinfonietta/Dmitri Slobodeniouk rec. 2005 ALBA ABCD235 [54:49]
Rhapsodie, The Prodigal Son, Symphonie enfantine Eero KESTI (b. 1959) Fantasia for Orchestra "Spring" Toivo KUULA (1883-1918) South Ostrobothnian Folk Songs II Jorma Hynninen (baritone); Timo Karjalainen (cor anglais) Kymi Sinfonietta/Juha Nikkola rec. 2001/2 ALBA ABCD171 [61:06]
Robert KAJANUS (1856-1933) Suite for Strings Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Mourning Music Ilkka KUUSISTO (b. 1933) Divertimento Pasi PIISPANEN (b. 1966) The Broken Vase, The Forest Grave, Dog of the Night, Light Uuno KLAMI (1900-1961) Suite for String Orchestra Ulla Soinne (viola); Reijo Mustakallio (baritone) Tapiola Youth Strings/Heikki Pekkarinen rec. 2005 ALBA ABCD242 [60:04] [RB]

Do not neglect these indispensable Alba discs ... see Full Review

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792) Symphonies Concerto Köln/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 1991/2 PHOENIX EDITION PE 424 [70:37 + 72:09] [RJW]

Energetic and bright ... see Full Review

Franz LACHNER (1803 - 1890) Flute Concerto see German Flute Concertos

Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) Violin Sonatas Book 1 Adrian Butterfield (baroque violin) Alison McGillivray (viola da gamba) Laurence Cummings (harpsichord) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570888/9 [64:15 + 55.14] [BW]

Two hours of absolute delight ... see Full Review 

Benjamin LEES (b.1924) Piano Concerto No. 1 see Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Friederike Kristiane Kaiser, Sylvia Schwartz, Bayerischen RCh, Münchner RSO/Ulf Schirmer rec. live, 2008 CPO 777 330-2 [47:04 + 59:10] [IL]

Another Lehár hit from CPO … see Full Review 

Nikolai LOPATNIKOFF (1903-1976) Concerto for Violin, see Review

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