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Raffaele CALACE (1863-1934) Mandolin Concertos 1 & 2, Rapsodia napoletana Alison Stephens (mandolin), Steven Devine (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570434 [GPu]

Charming music, excellently performed and making a real case for taking the mandolin seriously … but not too solemnly … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879–1957) Chants d’Auvergne, Triptyque, Chants de France Véronique Gens (soprano) Lille-Région Nord Ntl O/Serge Baudo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570338 [HC]

Véronique Gens sings beautifully throughout and shows a fine understanding … perfectly at ease ... see Full Review

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Piano Quartet see FRANCK

Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Legend, Romance, Violin Concerto Julius HARRISON (1885-1963) Bredon Hill Lorraine McAslan, London PO/Nicholas Braithwaite rec. 1994 LYRITA SRCD317 [JF]

Rare treasure ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun see TCHAIKOVSKY

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucie de Lammermoor Patricia Ciofi (soprano); Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra National de Lyon/Evelino Pido rec. 2006 TDK DVD VIDEO DV-OPLDLM [145:00][RJF]

Ciofi’s portrayal is a considerable histrionic tour de force … Her interpretation, together with the singing of the other principals, make this a worthy issue on DVD ... see Full Review

Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) Ariane et Barbe-Bleu Ariane – Lori Philips (soprano); Barbe-Bleu – Peter Rose (bass); BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein rec. 2007 TELARC CD 80680 [68:56 + 54:43][TH]

It’s bound to win new friends for the work ... see Full Review

Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Symphony in A minor, Op. 48 (1914-16) [45:57] Richard ARNELL (b. 1917) Lord Byron: a Symphonic Portrait, Op. 67 (1952) [21:51] Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates rec. Glasgow, 10-12 April 2006 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7195 [68:48] [MH]

Recording firsts of important works … lovingly performed, superbly recorded ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) realized by Anthony PAYNE Symphony No. 3; So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6 BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHSA 5057 [70:18][IL]

Another noteworthy recording of the Elgar/Payne Symphony ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto in B minor (1910) (48:52) Serenade for Strings (1892) (12:16) James Ehnes (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis rec. live Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 17, 20 May 2007 ONYX 4025 [61:08] [IL]

Ehnes’ tone pleases throughout … a beautiful sheen on top notes but alas passion and emotional commitment are absent here. I caught little in the way of regret for "what might have been" ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony 1 (transc. solo piano) Alan BUSH (1900-1995) Piano Sonata Mark Bebbington rec. 2006 SOMM SOMMCD069 [JW]

A niche market disc undoubtedly but a valuable one ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Hardy songs John Carol Case, Robert Tear, Neil Jenkins, Howard Ferguson rec. 1967-70 LYRITA SRCD282 [RB]

For Finzi-Hardy connoisseurs aching for a nostalgia fix from the true Grail. Unbeatable if now showing its years ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Earth and Air and Rain, To a Poet, By Footpath and Stile Roderick Williams (baritone) Iain Burnside (piano) Sacconi Quartet (Op. 2) rec. 2005/6 NAXOS 8.557963 [RB] [EM]

Lovely rich, dark tone, exquisite enunciation … glorious songs brilliantly performed [EM] ... A world premiere recording and intelligent emotional engagement with the words [RB] ... see Full Review

Nicolas FLAGELLO (1928-1994) Symphonic Aria, Mirra, Violin Concerto, Six orchestral songs Elmar Oliveira (violin) Susan Gonzalez (soprano) National RSO Ukraine/John McLaughlin Williams rec. 2006/7 ARTEK AR00362 [RB]

Flagello: a distinctive voice; once you are tuned in you will want everything of his ... see Full Review

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano Quintet Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Piano Quartet Jan Michiels, Spiegel String Quartet rec. 2005 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG64413512 [SV]

Beautiful and comparatively unfamiliar music, excellent performances - what more could you want? ... see Full Review

John GARTH (1721-1810) Six Concertos for the Violoncello (published 1760) Concerto No.1 in D major [17:08] , Concerto No.2 in B flat major [11:57], Concerto No.3 in A major [14:12], Concerto No.4 in B flat major [13:57], Concerto No.5 in D minor [16:57], Concerto No.6 in G major [19:26], Richard Tunnicliffe (cello) The Avison Ensemble rec. The Picture Gallery, Paxton Hoise, Berwick upon Tweed, December 2006 DIVINE ART DDA25059 [43:33 + 50:36] [JW]

An adept composer with an especially fine ear for lyric slow movements which he vests with gravity and breadth of utterance ... see Full Review

Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo GIULIANI (1781-1829) Variazioni su un tema di Handel per Chitarra; Rossiniana No. 1 see SOR

Reinhold GLIERE (1875-1956) Cello Concerto in D minor op. 81 (1946) [40:34] Horn Concerto in B flat op. 91 (1950) [24:28] Quirine Viersen (cello) Eliz Erkalp (horn) Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Marc Soustrot rec. Roma Hall, Antwerp, Belgium, June 2006 DOM TALENT DOM 2929 96 [65:11] [MM-B][RB]

Do not expect originality in his style yet Gliere’s music is professional and shapely and invites a return visit. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907) Peer Gynt Suites, Six Orchestral Songs Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Malmö SO/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570236 [GF]

One has that hard-to-define feeling that this is undisputedly right ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Water Music: Suite in F; Suite in D; Music for the Royal Fireworks London Classical Players/Roger Norrington rec. 1996 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3913342 [68:45][JW]

Bracing, powerfully propounded, skilfully projected and not free from disputatious point-making ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Music for the Chapel Royal Let God arise; I will magnify thee; As Pants the hart; O Sing unto the Lord; As Pants the hart Choir of the Chapel Royal Musicians Extra-ordinary/Andrew Gant rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557935 [60:55][JV]

Splendid music by Handel which is seldom performed - despite some shortcomings there is enough to enjoy and the music is too good to be missed... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Fernando, Re di Castiglia Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2005 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3654832 [71:53 + 77:26][IB]

A delightful score … fortunate here in being both sensitively and expressively performed ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies: Volume 32 Symphonies Nos. 9, 10, 11 & 12 Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557771 [60:12][BW]

Perfectly decent performances and recording but there are more stylish versions of other early symphonies and Naxos have some of them in their catalogue ... see Full Review

William HAYES (1708–1777) Sinfonia in d minor; Concerto in D; Overture to the Ode 'The Passions'; Concerto for organ and orchestra in G; Concerto in d minor Capriccio Basel/Dominik Kiefer rec. 2006 CAPRICCIO 71135 [61:58][JV]

An outstanding release - historically important and musically enthralling ... see Full Review

Julius HARRISON (1885-1963) Bredon Hill see COLERIDGE-TAYLOR

Bernard HERRMANN (1911–1975) and Alfred NEWMAN (1900-1970)
The Egyptian (1954) (Restored and reconstructed by John Morgan) [71:31] Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Choir/William Stromberg rec. March and April 1998, Mosfilm Studio, Moscow. DDD re-issue of Marco Polo 8.225078 NAXOS 8.557702 [71:31]

Herrmann’s fingerprints are all over his cues and Newman’s contribution are more sober and conventional ... see Full Review

Robert HUGILL (b. 1955) The Testament of Dr. Cranmer and other works eight:fifteen vocal ensemble/Chameleon Arts O/Paul Brough rec. 2007 DIVINE ART DDA25053 [JQ]

This well produced disc features committed performances from musicians who serve Robert Hugill well ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Piano Music Eric Parkin (piano)
rec. 1975, ADD 3 CDs for the price of 2 LYRITA SRCD.2277 [3 CDs: 56:09 + 52:45 + 51:04] [GH]

Eric Parkin gets to the heart of almost all of the music, especially the shorter pieces. ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Katya Kabanova Cheryl Barker, Robert Brubake, Jane Henschel, Welsh National Opera Ch & O/Carlo Rizzi rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN 3145(2) [LW]

This is for those wanting to hear the work in English and provides a fair representation. For those who want the real thing, however, Mackerras’s 1977 Decca version still rules ... see Full Review

Richard JONES (?-1744) Suites for the Harpsichord Judit Péteri (harpsichord) rec. 2006 HUNGAROTON HCD 32454 [69:18][JV]

Three remarkable keyboard suites by a forgotten English composer – music of quality finely performed ... see Full Review

Artur KAPP (1878-1952) Don Carlos Eugen KAPP (1908-1996) Kalevipoeg Villem KAPP (1913-1964) Symphony 2 BBC PO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2001/5 CHANDOS CHAN10441 [RB]

Attractive and accessible without being bland, hectoring or inane ... see Full Review

Andrew KEELING (b.1954) Reclaiming Eros Piano Quartet - Reclaiming Eros; Scarlet Letters for guitar; Powered by Joy; Black Sun for lute; Gefunden for four viols; Seule for mezzo-soprano; A Child Divine for bass viol; Stor Quartet rec. 2004-5 BURNING SHED (no catalogue number given) [75:53] Andrew KEELING (b.1954) Blue Dawn Distant Skies, Mountains and Shadows; MirAre; Petit Requiem pour Basil; Blue Dawn 3-Orm rec. 2005-6 BURNING SHED (no catalogue number given) [70:21][DC]

Fascinating and rewarding stuff ... see Full Review

Drew KRAUSE (b. 1960) Powder computer-generated sounds rec. 2005 INNOVA 676 [CR]

The kind of music one would either love or hate; either way, definitely worth a try … see Full Review

Constant LAMBERT (1905-1951) Romeo and Juliet, Pomona, Music for Orchestra, Rondo Burlesca English CO/Norman Del Mar rec. 1977 LYRITA SRCD215 [DW]

One of the most promising and accomplished composers of the first half of the twentieth century, making Lambert’s early death all the more regrettable … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music: Vol. 26: Music for Two Pianos Années de Pèlerinage, Dante Symphony Franz Liszt Piano Duo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570516 [MC]

Bresciani and Nicolosi clearly have the music of Liszt in the blood ... see Full Review


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