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Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736) Sonate a Violoncello solo col basso L’aura soave: Marco Frezzato (cello); Francesco Saverio Pedrini (organ); Leonardo Morini (harpsichord); Diego Cantalupi (theorbo) rec. 21-24 January 2000, Sala del Podestà, Soresina, Cremona. DDD TACTUS TC 670302 [68:36] [GPu]

A chance to enjoy some of Caldara’s rare instrumental music … see Full Review 

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

Refinement and beauty … technical sophistication and musical taste. ... see Full Review 

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème see ELGAR

Michael DAUGHERTY (b. 1954) Metropolis Symphony (1988-93) [42:36] Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra (2007) [33:19] Terrence Wilson (piano); Mary Kathryn van Osdale (violin); Erik Gratton (flute); Ann Richards (flute) Nashville Symphony Orchestra/Giancarlo Guerrero rec. Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 31 May-2 June 2007 (Deus); 20-22 November 2008 (Metropolis). DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559635 [75:55] [RB]

Dynamic accessible fibrous works played to the hilt ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Music Jean-Bernard Pommier (piano) rec. c.1989 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6994712 [61:14][WH] 

Misses some of Debussy’s intimacy and magic … see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Douze Préludes: Livre 1 (1910); Douze Préludes: Livre 2 (1910/1913) - excerpts: Danseuses de Delphes (Bk 1 - No.1) [3:40]; La Puerta del Vino (2 - 3) [3:44]; Des pas sur la neige (1 - 6 ) [4:04]; La danse de Puck (1 - 11) [3:26]; La Sérénade interrompue (1 - 9) [2:54]; Le Vent dans la plaine (1 - 3) [2:58]; Bruyères (2 - 5) [3:10]; General Levine - eccentric (2 - 6) [2:57]; Canope (2 - 10) [3:06]; Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest (1 - 7) [3:48]; La fille aux cheveux de lin (1 - 8) [2:47]; Minstrels (1 - 12) [2:31]; La cathédrale engloutie (1 - 10) [6:23]; Ondine (2 - 8) [3:42]; La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (2 - 7) [4:52]; Feux d'artifice (2 - 12) [5:07] Jorge Bolet (piano) rec. September 1988, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, USA. DDD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1131 [59:54] [BBr]

These performances show very little insight into the music … see Full Review 

Devoted to Debussy Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Piano Music Roberta Rust (piano) rec. July 2006, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, DDD CENTAUR CRC 2867 [71:18] [BBr]

The programme is attractive … see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Violin Sonatas Susanne Stanzeleit (violin); Gustáv Fenyő (piano) rec. 1994 NAXOS 8.572261 [77:13] [IL]

Cannot compete with Little and Lane on RCA-BMG ... see Full Review 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème Philippe Graffin (violin) Royal Liverpool PO/Vernon Handley rec. 2005 AVIE AV2091 [62:20] [JQ]

I'd say that Graffin loves the concerto very much and that comes through. ... see Full Review 

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Gil Shaham (violin) Chicago SO/David Zinman rec. live, 2007 CANARY CLASSICS CC06 [48:28] [JQ]

This splendid recording joins the shortlist of top recommendations ... see Full Review

Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El Amor Brujo - extracts (arr. de Falla) (1915) [12:59] Homenaje (1920) [3:07] Fantasía Baetica (1919) [13:43] Canción (1900) [2:13] Serenata Andaluza (1900) [4:10] Quatro Piezas Españolas (1906-1908) [15:49] El Sombrero de Tres Picos - extracts (arr. de Falla) (1916-1919) [9:48] Pour le Tombeau de Paul Dukas (1935) [3:48] Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Novelette No. 3 in E minor on a theme of M. de Falla (1960) [2:03] Jason Cutmore (piano) rec. April 2007, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY, USA CENTAUR RECORDS CRC 2952 [68:10]  [OL]

Spain in every note, masterfully conveyed ... see Full Review 

Johan Friedrich FASCH (1688-1758) Concerto for flute & oboe see Frederick II

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Cristina Ortiz (piano); Fine Arts Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570938 [63:24][IL] 

Magical, enchanting works in alluring performances ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Cello Sonatas 1 & 2 and other works for cello & piano Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson (cello) Allan Sternfield (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.570545 [69:32] [BR]

Charmless, emotionless, unnecessary … see Full Review 

Arthur FOOTE (1853-1937) Francesca da Rimini, Serenade, Four Character Pieces, Suite Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1997-2005 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559365 [59:20] [GP]

Always competent, Foote's music is sometimes capable of rather more … see Full Review

Vladimír FRANZ (b. 1959) Goldilocks Soloists and corps de ballet of the National Theatre Prague Berg Orchestra/Peter Vrábel rec. 2008 SUPRAPHON SU7018-9 [148.22][MM-B]

A pleasant piece of entertainment for the whole family ... see Full Review

Frederick II ‘The Great’ (1712-1786) Flute concerto 3 Georg Phillipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Flute concertos Johan Friedrich FASCH (1688-1758) Concerto for flute and oboe Konrad Hünteler, Günther Höller, Christoph Huntgeburth (flutes), Günther Höller (recorder), Helmut Hucke (oboe) Capella Coloniensis/Ulf Björlin, Georg Fischer, Hans-Martin Linde rec. 1978-88 PHOENIX EDITION 172 [48:36] [CR]

Good playing, unforced and well phrased. ... see Full Review 

Steven R. GERBER (b.1948) Diverse Chamber Works Various artists rec. 2002 NAXOS 8.559618 [64:39][NB] 

Diverse modern chamber works splendidly performed ... see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Transcriptions for Clarinet and String Orchestra Michel Lethiec (clarinet); Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois rec. 2007 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.570939 [63:51][BR]

Not as fun as it could have been … see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Who Cares: The Gershwin Songbook for Piano and Orchestra Viv McLean (piano); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Lee, John Baltimore rec. 2007 ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA RPOSP012 [78:11][IL]

This new recording shows up very well in terms of performance and sound ... see Full Review

Carlo GESUALDO, Prince of Venosa (1566-1613) Madrigals - Book 5 Kassiopeia Quintet rec. 2007 GLOBE GLO5225 [56.27] Carlo GESUALDO Madrigals - Book 6 Kassiopeia Quintet rec. 2008 GLOBE GLO5226 [67.15][GH]

Beautifully prepared and expressive performances ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alberto GINASTERA (1916 - 1983) String Quartets 1-3 Ensõ Qt; Lucy Shelton (soprano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570780 [73:31] [NB]

Jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the quartet literature ... see Full Review

Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Marcella Serena Daolio, Danilo Formaggia, Internazionale O d’Italia/Manlio Benzi rec. 2007 NAXOS 2.110263 [66:51]  [GF]

Dull filming but good acting and singing … see Full Review 

Alexander Konstantinovich GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Complete Orchestral Works - Volume 18 Gnesin Academy Chorus; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570211 [66:57][NB]

Appealing yet very rare music performed with great aplomb ... see Full Review

Théodore GOUVY (1819-1898) Symphonies 3 & 5 Deutsche Radio Philharmonie/Jacques Mercier rec. 2007 CPO 777 379-2 [55:23] [RB]

Symphonies in an idiom between Bizet, Beethoven & Mendelssohn ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Six Orchestral Songs Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano) Palle Knudsen (baritone) Malmö SO/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570236 [65:45] [SV]

Makes a strong case for the greatness of the Peer Gynt music ... see Full Review

Joan GUINJOAN (b.1931) Chamber Music Trio Kandinsky rec. 2009 Columna Música 1CM0217 [68:24][GPu]

Fine performances of chamber works by a major Catalan composer … see Full Review

Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Ciboulette Ensemble Choral Jean Laforge, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/Cyril Diederich rec. 1981-2 EMI CLASSICS 3951282 [56:34 + 58:08][GF] 

Charming music, performed by an outstanding cast … see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Concerti Grossi Op. 3 Linde Consort/Hans-Martin Linde rec. 1985 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6994722 [70.27] [RH]

Shop around for a more recent alternative ... see Full Review 

George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Alexander’s Feast; Ode for St Cecilia’s Day Kölner Kammerchor; Collegium Cartusianum/Peter Neumann rec. 2008 CARUS 83.424 [57:06+78:28][JS]

Very good reasons to add this set to your collection ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Judas Maccabaeus Timothy Bentch, Bryn Mawr Boy and Girl Ch, Ama Deus Ensemble/Valentin Radu rec. live, 2009 LYRICHORD LEMS8070 [50.08 + 57.39]  [RH]

Live performances on disc are always a little risky ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias, Recitatives and Overtures Sandrine Piau (soprano) Sara Mingardo (contralto) Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini rec. 2008 NAÏVE OP 30483 [72:28] [J-PJ]

Very enjoyable and desirable ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Favourite Symphonies [New] Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer rec. 1960-71 EMI CLASSICS 2153002 [3 CDs: 77:06 + 76:21 + 62:23][JW] 

Partnership of conductor and orchestra at something like its best ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas - Volume 2 Sonatas 34, 41, 46, 48, 52, 56, 58 & 59 Marc-André Hamelin, (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67710 [74:03 + 78:54]  [MC]

Some of the finest performances I have heard ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Recollection English canzonets, Scottish and Welsh folk songs Martina Janková (soprano); Gérard Wyss (piano) Gauthier Burgunder (violin) Gunta Abele (cello) rec. 2009 SUPRAPHON SU4005-2 [70:28] [GF]

A fine alternative and complement to Ameling … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello Concertos Johann ZUMSTEEG (1760-1802) Cello Concerto Sebastian Comberti (cello) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rec. 2008 CELLO CLASSICS CC1023 [69:05]  [MC]

I enjoyed this recording but the competition is very fierce ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Lo speziale Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Budapest/György Lehel rec. 1978 HUNGAROTON HCD11926 [72:03][GF]

A worthy representation of early Haydn ... see Full Review

Gary HIGGINSON (b. 1952) From Above Various artists PRIVATE RECORDING [50:39 + 49:29][JQ]

A useful introduction to an inventive composer ... see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) The Key Masterpieces Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schřnwandt rec. Denmark, 1992-2004 DACAPO PERSPECTIVES 8.226101-02 [72:06 + 76:25][RB] 

Ambitious and wonderfully engaging ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Taras Bulba (1915/1918) [22:30] Concertino for piano and chamber ensemble (1925) [16:27] Sinfonietta (1926) [21:51] Rudolf Firkušný (piano) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik rec. 1970/1 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ELOQUENCE 480 0643 [60:54] [BBr]

You cannot afford to be without this disk … see Full Review 

Dmitry Borisovich KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Preludes Alexandre Dossin (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570976 [76:22] [BR]

Minor masterworks all-too-rarely performed … see Full Review

Aram Il’yich KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Cello Concerto; Concerto-Rhapsody Dmitry Yablonsky (cello); Russian Philharmonia/Maxim Fedotov rec. 2007 NAXOS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 8.570463 [56:46][BR]

Vintage Khachaturian, rediscovered … see Full Review

Justin Heinrich KNECHT (1752 - 1817) Die Aeolsharfe Christina Landshamer, Mark Adler, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius rec. live, 2008 CARUS 83.220 [3 CDs: 61:02 + 53:19 + 34:37] [GF]

Many pleasant surprises in store … see Full Review

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Choral Music MR Children’s Choir; MR Choir/Ádám Fischer rec. 2008 BMC (BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTRE) BMCCD144 [55:06][WH] 

A beautiful collection superbly sung and recorded … see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 - 1957) Violin Concerto, Overture to a Drama, Much Ado About Nothing Philippe Quint (violin) Mineria SO/Carlos Miguel Prieto rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570791 [53:40] [GF]

Quint’s thin tone is at odds with the romantic warmth of the music … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann KRIEGER (1651-1735) Geistliche Arien und weltliche Lieder aus Neue musicalische Ergätzlichkeit Philipp Friedrich BUCHNER (1614-1669) Sonaten Jan Kobow (tenor), Julia von Landsberg (soprano) United Continuo Ensemble rec. 2006 CPO 777 433-2 [71:01] [GF]

My baroque discovery of the year… see Full Review 

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liszt Abroad Rebecca Evans (soprano); Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Matthew Rose (baritone); Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2007-8 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD155 [79:32][GF] 

Another five star disc, should be heard by every lover of songs … see Full Review

Steve LAW (b. 1973) Piano Music - Volume 1 Piano Sonata, Preludes, Waltz for Laura, Theme for an American Movie Steve Law (piano) STEVE LAW SL01 [77:21] [RB]

Melody, subtle shifting impressionism and a bluesy syncopated sway ... see Full Review 

David LUMSDAINE (b. 1931) Complete Music for Solo Piano Mark Knoop (piano) rec. 2006 TALL POPPIES TP198 [79:42][HC]

Not easy stuff but well worth the effort ... see Full Review


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