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Thomas ADÈS (b.1971) The Tempest Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Thomas Adès rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 6952342 [72:36 + 44:48][DC]

Creates its own forceful world ... see Full Review

Tomaso ALBINONI (1672-1751) Concerto a Cinque Op.10 Harmonices Mundi/Claudio Astronio rec. 2004 ARTS 47747-8 [72:12][DC]

A desirable collection … see Full Review

Volkmar ANDREAE (1879-1962) String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 etc. Locrian Ensemble of London rec. 2009 GUILD GMCD7328 [75:33][RB]

Late-romantic, melancholic succulence and poignant romantic delight ... see Full Review

Mark APPLEBAUM (b. 1967) Sock Monkey Mark Applebaum (electronics, prepared pianos) Meridian Arts Ensemble; sf Sound, The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band; Stanford SO/Jindong Cai, Christopher Jones rec. 2004-8 INNOVA 706 [71:30] [CR]

Transparency of sound … beautifully poetic ... see Full Review 

Frederick Austin (1872-1952) Piano Concertino see FERGUSON

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Concertos for Cello, Strings and Continuo:- Concerto in a minor, Concerto in B-flat major, Concerto in A major, Raphael Wallfisch (cello); Scottish Ensemble/Jonathan Morton rec. Caird Hall, Dundee, 21 April 2008. DDD. NIMBUS NI 5848 [67:48] [BW]

Attractive music well performed and recorded ... see Full Review 

Johann Christian BACH (1735-1782) Keyboard Sonatas Sophie Yates (harpsichord) rec. 2005 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0762 [67:48] [DC]

A concerted confluence of creative sensitivity ... see Full Review  

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) A Selection of Pieces from Clavier Übung III Malcolm Proud (Metzler, Dietikon organ, built 1992) rec. 2008 MAYA RECORDINGS MCD0803 [68:46][BW] 

A good selection, well played and recorded ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Sonatas Christopher Wrench (organ) rec. 2003 MELBA MR301125 [77:45][GD] 

Emphasises the musical rather than the didactic values ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Volume 9 Cantatas for the Seventeenth & Eighteenth Sundays after Trinity The Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2000 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG159 [2 CDs: 70:22 + 68:19][JQ]

Performances that often penetrate to the heart of this music ... see Full Review

Mily BALAKIEV (1947 - 1910) Piano Sonata in Bb minor see Russian Piano

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Serenade, Songs, String Quartet Thomas Allen (baritone) Eric Cutler (tenor) Roger Vignoles, Bradley Moore (piano) Endellion String Qt rec. 1990/3 EMI CLASSICS 6952322 [71:29]  [OL]

A good program, but trumped in parts by other sets ... see Full Review

Béla BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances arranged by Zoltan Székely see Bacova

Günther BECKER (1924-2007) The Complete Organ Works Martin Schmeding (organ), Christian Roderburg (percussion) rec. 2008 CYBELE 060701 [image] [50:12] [DC]

The Cybele label’s musical voyage of discovery continues. ... see Full Review

Günther BECKER (1924-2007) The Complete Organ Works Martin Schmeding (organ); Christian Roderburg (percussion) rec. 2004-8 CYBELE 060701 [50:14][SR] 

Thorny, but ultimately very rewarding ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1944 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC170 [28:16]  [JQ]

A rare Toscanini performance in an excellent transfer ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Overtures Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1993-6 WARNER CLASSICS 2564691750 [66:06][BBr]

You can’t go wrong with this ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Quartets Alexander String Qt rec. 2008 FOGHORN CLASSICS CD2005 [9 CDs: 522:11] [MC]

One of the very finest sets available ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Middle String Quartets CD 1 String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59/1 (1806) [39:58] String Quartet in F, Op.14/1 (arr. of Piano Sonata No.9, 1798-9) [13:03] CD 2 String Quartet No.8 in e minor, Op.59/2 (1806) [34:37] String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59/3 (1806) [30:38] CD 3 String Quartet No.10 in E-flat, Op.74, ‘Harp’ (1809) [30:44] String Quartet No.11 in f minor, Op.95, ‘Serioso’ (1810) [21:01] Wihan Quartet rec. live, Convent of St Agnes, Prague, 18 October 2007, 8 November 2007, 6 December 2007, 17 January 2008 and 7 February2008. DDD. NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6109 [3 CDs: 54:04 + 65:26 + 51:47] [BW]

Not quite top flight but very good value ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Septet in E-flat, Op.20 (1799-1800) [40:01] Serenade in D, Op.25 (1801) [24:32] Ensemble 360 (Sara Bittloch (violin); Martin Saving (violin); Marie Bittloch (cello); Laurène Durantel (double-bass); Guy Eshed (flute); Matthew Hunt (clarinet); Peter Whelan (bassoon); Naomi Atherton (French horn)) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK, 28-31 May 2007. DDD. NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6112 [65:06] [BW]

Fine performances of Beethoven at his most delightful ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio Rose Bampton (soprano) Jan Peerce (tenor) NBC SO & Ch/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1944/5 IMMORTAL PERFROMANCES IPCD1007-2 [77:26 + 78:59] [JW]

Tremendous vitality - a vortex of passionate commitment and narrative tension ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Violin Concerto David Nadien (violin) National Orchestral Association/Leon Barzin (Beethoven) Chappaqua CO/Wolfgang Schanzer (Mendelssohn) rec. live, 1952/75 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD137 [67:31] [JW]

Ripe playing and splendid musical riches ... see Full Review

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma Fiorenza Cedolins, Vincenzo La Scola, Andrea Papi, Sonia Ganassi, Gran Teatre del Liceu SO & Ch/Giuliano Carella rec. 2007 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101465 [169:00] [RMK]

Excellent female leads not matched by their male counterparts .. see Full Review 

František BENDA (1709-1786) Violin Concerto Václav PICHL (1741-1805) Violin Concerto Antonín VRANICKÝ (1761-1820) Violin Concerto Gabriela Demeterová (violin) Prague CO/Milan Lajčík rec. 1994 SUPRAPHON SU3977-2 [66:30] [JW]

The Vranický is a real winner ... see Full Review 

Julius BENEDICT (1804-1885) Piano Concertos in C minor & E flat major Walter MACFARREN (1826-1905) Concertstück Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Howard Shelley (piano/conductor) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67720 [71:12][JW] 

Plenty of verve and drama; neither academic nor over-balancing ... see Full Review

Derek BERMEL (b.1967) Voices Derek Bermel (clarinet); Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2005-7 BMOP SOUND BMOP1008 [54:54][GPu]

Witty, soulful, eclectic music, well-played and recorded ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Mass Jubilant Sykes, Morgan State University Ch, Peabody Children’s Ch, Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559622-23 [65:11 + 38:50] [ST]

Do not hesitate ... see Full Review 

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 - 1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story see American Classics

Manuel BLANCAFORT (1897 -1987) Piano Concerto 2 Ricard Lamote de GRIGNON (1899- 1962) Tríptico de la piel de toro Daniel Blanch (piano) Podlasie PO/Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski rec. 2008 COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0204 [58:57] [RB]

Great power to charm and storm ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 Kurt Leimer (piano) Nuremburg SO/Erich Kloss Symphony of the Air/Günther Neidlinger COLOSSEUM CLASSICS COL9203.2 [65:45] [JW]

Leimer makes one think, but not always like. ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin concertos 2 & 3 Maxim Fedotov (violin) Russian PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557793 [60:24]  [RMAY]

Not necessarily as immediately appealing as might have been anticipated ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concertos 2 & 3 Maxim Fedotov (violin) Russian PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557793 [60:24] [JW]

A degree of exhaustion can creep into one’s listening ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Staatskapelle Weimar/Michael Halasz rec. 2008 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.570994 [61:32][BR] 

Dull symphonies lacking character, drama or melody … see Full Review


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