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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Johann Ludwig BACH (1667-1731) Trauermusik Anna Prohaska (soprano) Ivonne Fuchs (alto) Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) Andreas Wolf (bass) RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2010 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902080 [77:27] [JQ]

A revelation. Johann Ludwig Bach’s masterpiece has been splendidly served in this superb performance.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St. John Passion Katharine Fuge, Joanne Lunn (soprano) Bernarda Fink (alto) Mark Padmore (tenor) Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Peter Harvey (bass) Monteverdi Ch, English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2003 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG712 [35:25 + 79:24] [JQ]

A splendid new account of the St. John Passion, which all devotees of Bach’s vocal music should try to hear.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Easter Oratorio, Ascension Oratorio Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) James Gilchrist (tenor) Peter Harvey (bass) Retrospect Ens/Matthew Halls rec. 2010 LINN CKD373 [70:26] [JQ]

An effervescent disc of Bach’s vocal music, containing distinguished and stylish performances.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 7-9 Wiener Singverein, Annette Dasch (soprano) Mihoko Fujimura (contralto) Piotr Beczala (tenor) Georg Zeppenfeld (bass) Vienna PO/Christian Thielemann; Discovering Beethoven commentary rec. 2008-2010 UNITEL/CMAJOR 705204 [306:56] [RC]

Among the best Beethoven cycles available today …In fact, this would probably be my top choice … an historic musical event. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello symphony, Symphonic Suite from Gloriana, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Robert Murray (tenor) Paul Watkins (cello) BBC Philharmonic/Edward Gardner rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN10658 [76:22] [LW]

Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic do Britten proud.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 2 Aachen SO/Marcus Bosch rec. live, 2010 COVIELLO COV31015 [66:21] [GD]

It all comes together in a way that few manage with this work. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacobus CLEMENS non Papa (1510/1515-1555/6) Missa Pro Defunctis, Motets Brabant Ens/Stephen Rice rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67848 [72.52] [GH]

Jacobus Clemens can be considered up there with the very best. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843 - 1907) Violin Sonata 1 Béla BARTÓK (1881 - 1945) Sonata for solo violin Richard STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) Violin Sonata Vilde Frang (violin) Michail Lifits (piano) rec. 2010 EMI CLASSICS 9476392 [78:49] [GF]

Give us more of Vilde Frang, please, EMI! 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Charles IVES (1874-1954) A Concord Symphony, orch. Henry Brant Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Organ Symphony Paul Jacobs (organ) San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas rec. 2010 SFS MEDIA 82193600382 [77:07] [KM]

A must for any fan of Ives. The Concord Symphony is a magnificent realization, and the performance here is top-notch.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 4; Rückert-Lieder Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Lucerne FO/Claudio Abbado rec. 2009 EUROARTS 2057988 [79:24] [DM]

A must-have for all Mahlerians.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Giovanni Benedetto PLATTI (1697 - 1763) Oboe sonatas, Cello sonatas, Trios Ensemble Cordia rec. 2005 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94007 [65:36] [JV]

The best possible recording of Platti's music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Max REGER (1873-1916) Piano Concerto Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Burleske Marc-Andre Hamelin (Piano) Berlin RSO/Ilan Volkov rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67635 [56.53] [RBe]

Absolutely outstanding. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Pétrouchka, Le Sacre du Printemps Bergen PO/Andrew Litton rec. 2008/9 BIS BISSACD1474 [69:00] [DC]

Stop press: crusty old cynic declares recording as ‘near definitive’.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5; 1812 Overture Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Sten'ka Razin Berlin State Opera O, Berlin PO/Alexander Kitschin rec. 1928-29 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 268 [72:21] [JW]

A rather amazing disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - orchestral excerpts César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pelléas et Mélisande – concert suite Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1959-1961 ICA CLASSICS ICAD 5015 [70:28] [RM]

A very significant musical record.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jan Dismas ZELENKA (1679-1745) Officium defunctorium, Requiem Collegium 1704 & Vocale/Václav Luks rec. 2010 ACCENT ACC 24244 [61:26 + 40:04] [DC]

Drop dead gorgeousness.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH La Chasse Royale - Keyboard Manuscript of Antoine Selosse Music by John BULL (1562?-1628) John ROBERTS? (fl 1650-1670) Terence Charlston (clavichord, harpsichord, organ) rec. 2009 DEUX-ELLES DXL1143 [59:19 + 33:30] [JV]

Terence Charlston has done it again: another fine recording of unknown but high-quality repertoire.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH English Spring Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Spring Fire (1913) [32:33] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Idylle de Printemps (1889) [10:45]; North Country Sketches: The March of Spring (1914) [10:08] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Enter Spring (1927) [20:50] The Halle/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2010 HALLE CD HLL 7528 [74:30] [RB]

A winner on all counts.

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH William BYRD (1539?/43?-1623) Masses: For 3, 4 and 5 Voices Christ Church Cath Choir, Oxford/Stephen Darlington rec. 1989/1991 REGIS RRC1336 [72:11] [BW]

Despite the strong competition, this is a superb bargain.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Ein Heldenleben Chicago SO/Daniel Barenboim rec. 1990 WARNER APEX 2564 67716-3 [62:39] [BW]

A Heldenleben to rival the best – and Till is not far behind.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH William WALTON (1902-1983) Violin Concerto Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Havanaise Christian SINDING (1856-1941) Suite im alten Stil Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Violin Concerto 2 ‘The Prophets’ Jascha Heifetz (violin) Philharmonia O/William Walton, RCA Victor SO/William Steinberg, Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein rec. 1950-4 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111367 [77:25] [BW]

One of the greatest historical bargains that I’ve heard for a long time.

 

 


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