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Alpenglühen … und doch alles andere als still Music by Wolfram SCHURIG (b.1967), Wolfgang SUPPAN (b. 1966), Karlheinz ESSL (b.1960), Christof DIENZ (b.1968) and Bernhard GANDER (b.1969) Ensemble Intégrales rec. 2007 COL LEGNO WWE1CD20280 [63:11][CR]

Constantly impressive and technically assured ... see Full Review

Amour Fou Music by Peter LUDWIG Tango a Trois rec. 2008 FARAO F100208 [53:59][CR] 

Enjoyment and real flair ... see Full Review

Anatolian orchestral works by Murat Malay and Tugrul Karataş  Murat MALAY and Tuğrul KARATAŞ Istanbul 2010 Trilogy: Part 2 Anatolian Symphonic Suite (İç Anadolu / Central Anatolia; Karadeniz / Black Sea; Ege / Aegea Akdeniz / Mediterrane; Doğu ve Güneydoğu Anadolu / East and Southeast Anatolia; Marmara / Marmara) Anatolian Guitar Concerto Guitar solo - sampled sounds Bosphorus Symphony Orchestra/Tuğrul Karataş rec. 2008, Istanbul. MEM PRODUCTIONS no number [50:27] 
Murat MALAY and Vahdang MAKALATIA Istanbul 2010 Trilogy: Part 3 Istanbul Symphony (Europe; Asia; Golden Horn; Dede Efendi; Beyoğlu; Bosphorus; Uskudar) Bediuzzaman New Age (Old Said; Seclusion Days; New Said) Izi Eliah (electric guitar); Hasan Cihat Örter (fretless guitar) Bosphorus Symphony Orchestra/Tuğrul Karataş rec. 2008, Istanbul. MEM PRODUCTIONS no number [47.08] 
Murat MALAY and Tuğrul KARATAŞ Yunus Emre Symphony [25.43] Türker Dinletir ("Ney" eastern flute) Golden Horn Symphony Orchestra/Tuğrul Karataş rec. Istanbul, 2008 MEM PRODUCTIONS no number [25.43]  [RB]

Glitzy and commercially effective high-gloss tableau music ... see Full Review 

And if the Song be Worth a Smile William BOLCOM (b.1938) Four Cabaret Songs (1977-85) [12:40] Gordon GETTY (b.1933) Poor Peter (2008) [9:43] Jake HEGGIE (b.1961) Four Songs (1994-96) [12:17] David GARNER (b.1954) Annettes-Lieder (1986) [14:15] John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) Two Cabaret Songs (1997 & 2001) [9:22] Luna Pearl WOOLF (b.1973) Odas de Todo el Mundo [10:14] Lisa Delan (soprano) Susanne Mentzer (mezzo) (Heggie); Matt Heimovitz (cello) (Heggie, Garner, Woolf); Kristin Pankonin (piano) rec. Skywalker Sound, San Rafael, California - dates not given. PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC 5186 099 [68:45] [DC]

A one-stop collection of top-notch American art songs. ... see Full Review  

ASA - Piano music by composers of African descent William Chapman Nyaho (piano) rec. 2007 MSR CLASSICS MS1242 [57:45] [BBr]

A real find … see Full Review 

Asturias - The Spirit of Spain Guitar Trek rec. 2004 ABC CLASSICS 476 3389 [60:15] [JW]

Makes for diverting listening ... see Full Review 

The Bad Tempered Consort - Portuguese polyphony from the 17th century Primeiro Tom A Imagem da Melancolia rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72321 [61:16][DC]

Improbably beautiful ... see Full Review

Bantry House Music - West Cork Chamber Music Festival Gabriel FAURĖ (1845-1924) Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor (1879) * Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet in A major (1887) + Marc-André Hamelin (piano); The Leopold String Trio *; RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet + rec. Bantry House, West Cork, Ireland, Festival; 28 June-5 July 1998. DDD Plus documentary: Music in the Air - behind the scenes at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival WARNER MUSIC/NVC ARTS DVD 50-51442-8810-2-8 [118:00] [IL]

An altogether delightful musical experience ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Very Best of Broadway Excerpts from musicals by Gershwin, Kern, Bernstein, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers, Loewe, Weill & Youmans John McGlinn (conductor) rec. 1987-93 EMI CLASSICS 6952402 [75:43 + 79:25] [GF]

There isn’t a weak number or weak reading … see Full Review

British Clarinet Music Charles Harford LLOYD (1849-1919) Suite in the Old Style Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Three Intermezzi, Sonata William Yeates HURLSTONE (1874-1906) Four Characteristic Pieces Cecil Armstrong GIBBS (1889-1960) Three Pieces Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Six Bagatelles Alessandro Travaglini (clarinet) Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2009 SHEVA SH021 [72:25] [JF]

Convincing and impressive ... see Full Review

A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar: Music by Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999), Georges BIZET (1838-1875), Salvador BACARISSE (1898-1963), Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891-1982) and Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Rolando Saad (guitar); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Fuat Mansurov rec. 2007 RPO SP015 [74:19][ST] 

A disappointment ... see Full Review

Shura Cherkassky – The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings Shura Cherkassky (piano) rec. 1956-8 FIRST HAND RECORDS FHR04 [68:01 + 50:53][JW] 

A most impressive issue with quality transfers to match ... see Full Review

Shura Cherkassky Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Andante and Rondo Capriccioso Op.14 (1824) [6:17] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in A major D959 (1828) [35:21] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval (1834) [25:10] Der Kontrabandiste arr. Carl Tausig [2:12] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Cradle Song in A flat minor Op.16 No.1 arr Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) [4:13] Shura Cherkassky (piano) rec. November 1970, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4254-2 [76:50] [JW]

The old conjuror in gorgeous form ... see Full Review 

Corpus Christi en Toledo, 1751 Music by Jaime CASELLAS (1690-1764) and Juan Bautista CABANILLES (1644-1712) Sphera AntiQua, Memoria de los Sentidos/Carlos Martínez Gil rec. 2008 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0208 [50:00][JV] 

Particularly recommendable for those with a special interest in Spanish music ... see Full Review

Cziffra in Tokyo Music by Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1856) and Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Georges Cziffra (piano) rec. 1964 MEDICI MASTERS MM033-2 [79:51][CC] 

Jaw-dropping technical prowess ... see Full Review

La Dame aux Camélias Ballet: music by Chopin Agnès Letestu, Stéphane Bullion, Paris Opera Ballet & O/Michael Schmidstdorff rec. 2008 OPUS ARTE OA1008D [191.00] [MM-B]

Luminous … beautifully original yet purely classical choreography ... see Full Review

Renate Eggebrecht: Violin Solo 4 Music by Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959), Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971), Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969), Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) and Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Renate Eggebrecht (violin) rec. 2007 TROUBADISC TROSACD01433 [60:07][JW]

Highly individualistic and, rather too often, terse ... see Full Review

England, My England Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger, Sir David Willcocks rec. 1965 -2009 EMI CLASSICS 2289440 [77:07 + 74.46][JF]

Great value and a fine introduction to English Choral music ... see Full Review

Expressia Tangos and Fantasies Cadence Ensemble rec. 2007 SIGNUM SIGCD140 [57:54] [CR]

Tango style is alive and well ... see Full Review 

Fantasy Music by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827), Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) and Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Kevin Kenner (piano) rec. 2008 DUX 0633 [55:57][KS] 

Ample technique, a fine sense of restrained virtuosity ... see Full Review

Fauré and his circle Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Romance, Airs de ballet d’Ascanio Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Fantaisie Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Deux Nocturnes Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Scherzo-Pastorale Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piece en forme de habanera Georges ENESCO (1881-1955) Cantabile and Presto Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) Sicilienne et burlesque Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918) Nocturne Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Prélude, récitative et variations Kathryn Thomas (flute), Richard Bayliss (horn), Lawrence Power (viola), Richard Shaw (piano) DEUX-ELLES DXL1125 [65:30] [BBr]

A sheer delight ... see Full Review 

The Floral Dance and other Peter Dawson favourites - Songs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 1999 MELBA MR301109 [70.27][RW]

Ideal for bringing memories of yesteryear flooding back ... see Full Review

Flower Duet - The World’s Most Beautiful Duets Various artists rec. 1958-93 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4802594 [74:35][GF]

Those who feel tempted by the contents need not hesitate … see Full Review

Folk Songs Andrea Stadel (soprano); Rita Klose (piano) rec. 2008 ANTES BM-CD 31.9248 [59:49] [GF]

Promising singer and lovely un-hackneyed songs … see Full Review 

French Music for Horn and Piano by Louis François DAUPRAT (1786-1868), Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893), Paul DUKAS (1865-1935), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1913), Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957), Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997), Francis POULENC (1899-1963) and Eugène BOZZA (1905-1991) Barry Tuckwell (horn); Daniel Blumenthal (piano) ETCETERA ETCO1135 (CD version ETC1135) [71:38][SP]

Some of the best offerings for horn and piano come from French composers ... see Full Review

Wilhelm Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Vol. 3 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz, Invitation to the Dance Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hebrides Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Rakoczy March Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler, Erich Kleiber rec. 1929-35 NAXOS 8.111004 [65:26] [JW]

Well selected but ultimately patchy ... see Full Review

The Daniel Hope Collection Daniel Hope (violin) with various accompanists WARNER CLASSICS 2564690730 [75:45 + 77:05][JW]

A sampler with rather more meat on the bones than others ... see Full Review

Kiri Sings Berlin, Gershwin, Kern Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Various accompaniments rec. 1986-96 EMI CLASSICS 2357302 [71:25][SV] 

The present disc demonstrates that an opera singer can successfully cross over into music-theatre ... see Full Review


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