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Gustav MAHLER (1860–1911) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 9 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2003-6 ARTEK AR00412 [56:51 + 75:16][BBr] 

If you don’t know Mahler this is a good introduction, as it won’t scare you off ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 1 Bamberger Symphoniker/Jonathan Nott rec. 2005/6 TUDOR CD7147 [55:25] [DM]

Nott’s mundane Mahler can’t begin to compete with the best in the catalogue ... see Full Review

Bruno MANTOVANI (b.1974) D’une Seule Voix see SCELSI

Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Piano Works Tonya Lemoh rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10479 [54:38] [KS]

Fascinating … a real find for lovers of keyboard music ... see Full Review

Nilo MENÉNDEZ (1902-1987) Aquellos ojos verdes see SOR

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) The Old Maid and the Thief Lynn Parr Mock, Nicole Franklin, Lone Spring Arts O/Victoria Bond rec. 2007 ALBANY RECORDS TROY990 [68:08] [WK]

Menotti’s second opera and the first in America to be written for radio ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Turangalīla-Symphonie; Quatuor pour la fin du Temps; Thème et Variations London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn (conductor) rec. 1977-90 EMI CLASSICS 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 2068672 [67:43 + 71:32][DC]

Essential Messiaen ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Quatuor pour la fin du Temps; Thème et Variations for violin and piano Jonathan Cohler (clarinet); Ilya Kaler (violin); Andrew Mark (cello); Janice Weber (piano) rec. 2002 ONGAKU RECORDS 024119 [58:55][DC]

A genuinely fine recording of an essential 20th century work ... see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Organ Works Volume III Livre du Saint Sacrement Michael Bonaventure rec. 2007 DELPHIAN DCD34076 [72:10 + 44:58] [DM]

I’m eager to hear the next instalment in Bonaventure’s cycle ... see Full Review

Philippe de MONTE (1521-1603) Miserere mei, Deus; Missa Ultimi miei sospiri; Magnificat sexti toni; Ad te levavi; Fratres, ego enim accepti; Asperges me, Domine; Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum; Ne timeus, Maria Philippe VERDELOT (c.1470/80-pre-1552) Ultimi miei sospiri Cinquecento Vocal Ensemble rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67658 [56:04][GH]

Expressive and sensitive music … clarity of diction and wonderful vocal blend ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 40 & 41 Tafelmusik O/Bruno Weil rec. 2006 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82876 895042 [68:05] [MG]

Consistent, classical, disciplined - more attractive in 41 than 40 … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete Works for Flute and Orchestra Flute concertos 1 & 2, Concerto for flute & harp, Rondo Rondo, Andante Sharon Bezaly (flute); Julie Palloc (harp) Ostrobothnian CO/Juha Kangas rec. 2005/7 BIS BISSACD1539 [81:52] [CR]

A completely fresh take on frequently performed repertoire ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos 1-5, Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola Giuliano Carmignola (violin) Danusha Waskiewicz (viola) Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado rec. 2007 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 7371 [57:36 + 71:45] [MC]

The Mozart violin concertos lovingly performed ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Lucio Silla Lothar Odinius, Simone Nold, Vocal Group Ars Nova, Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Adam Fischer rec. 2001-02 DACAPO 8.226069-71 [3 CDs: 68.18 + 70.42 + 31.00] [MM-B]

An enjoyable, beautifully recorded interpretation ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 5 see BACH

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 3 see BRAHMS

Nicolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) String Quartets 12 & 13 Taneyev Quartet rec.1981/2 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA9954 [54:40] [JW]

What Svetlanov is to the symphonies, Taneyev is to the quartets ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Complete Piano Music Martin Roscoe (piano) rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67591/2 [69:31 + 47:15] [DC]

Truly excellent Nielsen, from Young to Old ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 2 & 3 Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano); Poul Elming (tenor) Danish National SO/Michael Schønwandt rec. 1999 NAXOS 8.570738 [71:11] [DM]

Strong, purposeful performances that could well become classics ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865 -1931) Symphony 5, Violin Concerto, Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Wind Quintet Danish RSO/Rafael Kubelik, Herbert Blomstedt, Melos Ensemble rec. 1967-83 EMI 20th CENTURY CLASSICS 2068822 [76:17 + 68:59] [BBr]

There’s much to enjoy here, so please do enjoy it! ... see Full Review

Robert PARSONS (c.1530?–1572) First Great Service, Responds for the Dead Voces Cantabiles/Barnaby Smith rec. 2007 NAXOS CD & 8.570451 [69.44]
Treasures of Tudor England
Includes Robert Parsons O bone Jesu Robert White (c.1538-1574) Lamentations a 5 Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573) Peccavimus cum patribus nostris The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec. 2007 CORO CD & COR16056 [63:43] [BW]

Runners-up in the Tudor music stakes, but both recordings are well worth hearing ... see Full Review

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Mikhail BRONNER (b. 1952) The Seasons ARCO CO/Levon Ambartsumian rec. live2006/7 PHOENIX PHCD170 [74.58] [DC]

It’s worth investigating ... see Full Review

Matthias PINTSCHER (b. 1971) Transir see DALBAVIE

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891–1953) Scythian Suite; Piano Concerto No.1; Violin Concerto No.1; Visions fugitives; Symphony No.1; Cello Concerto; Sinfonietta; Overture on Hebrew Themes Various artists rec. 1956-1997 EMI CLASSICS 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 2068602 [78:02 + 73:56] [BBr] 

Well worth having ... see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonata see RACHMANINOV

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini etc. Arthur Rubinstein (piano); NBC Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann & Philharmonia Orchestra/Walter Susskind rec. 1946-1950 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111289 [55:54][RM] 

A very thrilling account with fast tempos throughout ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) The Isle of the Dead; Youth” Symphony; Symphony No.1 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10475 [74:39][BBr]

Noseda seems to be able to get to the core of the music. So it is here ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Cello Sonata Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonata Gautier Capuçon, (cello); Gabriela Montero (piano) rec. 2006 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3857862 [75:09] [KS]

Fine performances from two of the strongest up-and-comers ... see Full Review

Steve REICH (b.1936) Vermont Counterpoint; Eight Lines; New York Counterpoint; Four Organs Philip GLASS (b.1937) Façades; Company Various artists rec. 1973-96 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066242 [79:45][DC] 

Once hardcore minimalism: now 20th century nostalgia ... see Full Review

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Symphony No.1, Antar, Symphony No.3, Overture "Bojarynja Vera Sheloga", Overture, Intermezzo act1 ,act2, In the Woods, Tsar’s Hunting, Storm, musical picture from "The Maid of Pskov", "Scheherazade",Capriccio Espagnol, Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Suite from "Pan Voyevoda", Suite from "Snow Maiden" Four musical pictures from"Golden Cockerel", "Sadko", musical picture, Suite from "The Tale of Tsar Saltan", Procession of the Nobles from "Mlada" Introduction to "Golden Cockerel", Act 1, Procession from "Golden Cockerel", Act 3 , Introduction and symphonic picture from the 3rd Act of "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya" - Praise to the desert and Battle in Kerzhenets, Introduction to "Sadko",Introduction to "May Night",Introduction to "The Tsar’s Bride", Russian Overture on Three Russian Themes, Easter Festival Overture, "From Homer", "On the Tomb", "Dubinushka", Sinfonietta on Russian Themes The State Academic Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. c. 1969-1993 SVET 57-009-1/3 [6 CDs: 67:03 + 63:19 + 70:03 + 76:16 + 58:51 + 72:37] [JW]

The essential Rimsky box: colourful, intense, incisive, grave, effervescent ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il Viaggio a Reims Katia Ricciarelli, Enzo Dara, Samuel Ramey, Ruggero Raimondi, CO Europe/Claudio Abbado rec. live 1984 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON GRAND PRIX 477 7435 [67.07 + 68.35] [RJF]

One of the best recordings of a Rossini opera ever set down ... see Full Review

Nino ROTA (1911–1979) Sinfonia sopra una Canzone d’Amore; Concerto-Soirée for piano and orchestra Benedetto Lupo (piano); Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana/Massimo de Bernart rec. 1991 ARTS 475962 [49:15][DW]

A testament to Rota’s remarkable melodic and harmonic gifts … see Full Review

Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Symphony No. 6, Op. 80 (1953/4) [32:40] Symphony No. 8, Op. 132, ‘Hommage à Teilhard de Chardin’ (1966-68) [24:55] Soliloquy for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 57 (1947) [15:02] Philharmonia Orchestra/Norman Del Mar (symphonies) Rohan de Saram (cello); London Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley (Soliloquy).© 1992. No further details available. ADD LYRITA RECORDED EDITION SRCD.234 [72:38] [BW]

Neglected music in excellent performances and recordings ... see Full Review

Poul RUDERS (b. 1949) Light Overture; Cembal d’Amore: First Book; Credo; Air with Changes; The Second Nightshade Various artists rec. 2005-6 BRIDGE 9237 [61:10][HC]

Ruders’ orchestral mastery and flair for arresting textures ... see Full Review


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ly constructed – rather like the more popular Clarinet Concerto – and it’s a real my


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