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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Hélène - Poème lyrique in one act (1903) [61.18] Nuit Persane for tenor, contralto, narrator, chorus and orchestra (text by Armand Renaud) Op.26b (1897) [31.40] Soloists Belle Époque Chorus Orchestra Victoria/Guillaume Tourniaire rec. South Melbourne Town Hall, 8-11 October 2007 MELBA MR 301114-2 [61.18 + 31.40] [CF]

A most impressive performance ... see Full Review

Matilde SALVADOR (1918-2007) Includes Cinc cançons de Bres, Voces de otra orilla, Els asfòdels Isabel Monar (soprano), Mac McClure (piano) rec. 2007 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0166 [52:49] [GPu]

Unalloyed pleasure in a fine song recital by a neglected figure in Spanish music … see Full Review

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685–1757) Sacred Vocal Music The Immortal Bach Ensemble/Morten Schuldt-Jensen rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570382 [64.06][RH]

Attractive and highly recommendable to anyone wanting to find out what Domenico Scarlatti did before he wrote harpsichord sonatas ... see Full Review

Homage a Scelsi Giacinto SCELSI (1905-1988) Sonata for Violin and Piano; Divertimento No. 4; Duo; Xnoybis Bruno MANTOVANI (b.1974) D’une Seule Voix Diego Tosi (violin); Timothé Tosi (cello); Jay Gottlieb (piano) rec. 2007 SOLSTICE SOCD242 [70:43][CR]

Scelsi’s unique voice ... see Full Review

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht; Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Five Orchestral Pieces; Erwartung; Variations for Orchestra City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 1988-93 EMI CLASSICS 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 2067852 [71:23 + 71:58][ST]

The perfect place to begin an exploration of Schoenberg’s work ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Overtüre Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Streichquartette op. 135 (transcr. string orchestra) Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) Concerto funèbre Ulrike-Anima Mathé (violin) Streicherakademie Bozen/Frieder Bernius rec. 2003 CARUS 83.230 [51:35] [DC]

Marvellous playing – only two mild caveats ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 (Spring) (1841) [31:29] Overture: Braut von Messina, Op. 100 (1851) [8:34] Overture: Genoveva, Op. 81 (1850) [8:18] "Zwickau Symphony" in G minor (1832-3) [10:44] Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 (1841-5) [17:09] Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2005-7 BIS-SACD-1569 [77:36] [PBW]

Virile performances but with some reservations... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Lieder :Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister, Liederkreis, Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, 3 Duette Christian Hilz (baritone)¹, Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo)², Katia Bouscarrut (piano) rec. 2007 German texts and English translations enclosed AVIE AV 2134 [63:16] [GF]

Hazy sound but some very good singing here ... see Full Review

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585–1672) Geistliche Chor-Music 1648 Dresdner Kammerchor Cappella Sagittariana Dresden/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2006-7 CARUS 83.232 [53:30 + 48:39][JV]

A worthy tribute to Schütz's mastery of polyphony ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7; En Saga Boston Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis rec. 1975-80 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186177 [71:40][BBr] 

Well worth having for the superb performances offered and Davis’s insights ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957) YL – The voice of Sibelius YL Male Voice Choir/Matti Hyökki Lahti SO/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2000-06 BIS BISCD1433 [79:46] [GF]

In all respects an important issue and not only in choral spheres ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Tempest see SULLIVAN

Thomas SIMAKU (b.1958) String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 etc. Kreutzer Quartet rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570428 [74:34][BBr] 

Sound for its own sake with nothing to back it up ... see Full Review

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Piano Trio in G minor (1855) [28:05] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor "Dumky" (1891) [30:40] Ad Trio Prague rec. Lichtenstein Palace, Prague, 26-28 October 2007 NOVERA UP 0105-2 131 [58:53] [IL]

An intelligent pairing and most persuasive performances. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Padre Antonio SOLER (1729-1783)
Complete Harpsichord Sonatas – Volume 1
Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord) rec. 11-13 February 2008, Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Delft BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93758 [56:39 + 76:01] [GPu]

An auspicious opening to a complete Soler sonatas, vivacious and perceptive … see Full Review

Fernando SOR (1778-1839) Seguidillas Boleras Nilo MENÉNDEZ (1902-1987) Aquellos ojos verdes Laberintos Ingeniosos rec. 2007 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT080201 [64:32][GPu]

Pleasant and colourful music. Sor was not just a composer for the solo guitar … see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Der Zigeunerbaron Siegfried Jerusalem, Ellen Shade, Südfunkchor Stuttgart RSO & Ch/Kurt Eichhorn rec. 1975 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 0734437 [97:00] [IL]

Beautifully filmed with fine singers this production is a delight ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Eine Nacht in Venedig Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Kurt Eichhorn rec. 1973 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON UNITEL 0734435 [96:00][IL] 

A delightful divertissement. Just right for a rainy afternoon ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Waltzes see LEHÁR

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) The Complete Songs - Volume 3 Andrew Kennedy (tenor)/Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 24-26 July 2007, All Saints Church, East Finchley, London. DDD German texts and English translations included HYPERION CDA67602 [62:52] [JQ]

Another worthy addition to the Hyperion Strauss series ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) 14 Lieder Sophie Koch (mezzo); Philippe Entremont (piano) rec. 2006 CASCAVELLE VEL3117 [40:19][GF]

Strong, vibrant, confident singing ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Works of Igor Stravinsky Columbia SO/Igor Stravinsky, Robert Craft rec. 1959-1966 SONY-BMG 88697 103112 [22 CDs: ca 26:32:00] [RB]

A lifetime's treasury of musical experience at a breathtakingly low price ... see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Symphony in Three Movements; Symphony of Psalms; Symphony in C Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 2076300 [75:39][KS] 

Committed and engaging performances of three Stravinsky masterworks ... see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le Sacre du printemps see CRUMB

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The Tempest Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Tempest Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern rec. 2008 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-115CD [68:40] [RW]

Excellent pacing and due attention to dynamics ... see Full Review

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842–1900) and Sir William S. GILBERT (1836–1911) The Yeomen of the Guard Denis Dowling, Richard Lewis, Sir Geraint Evans, Glyndebourne Festival Ch, Pro Arte O/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1957 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2134652 [55.49 + 37.39] [RH]

Superb diction and high musical values ... see Full Review

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842–1900) & Sir William S. GILBERT (1836–1911) The Mikado Owen Brannigan, Richard Lewis, Sir Geraint Evans, Glyndebourne Festival Ch, Pro Arte O/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1956 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2134442 [54.26 + 36.22] [RH]

Strongly operatic cast letting their hair down a little, superb diction, high musical values ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 (1916) [26:36] Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 61 (1933) [22:57] Alena Baeva (violin) Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Bogusław Dawidow rec. Opole Philharmonic Concert Hall, March 2007 DUX 0575 [49:32] [JW]

Confidence and throaty tone from Baeva ... see Full Review

Éric TANGUY (b.1968) Cello Concerto Nos. 1 & 2 Anne Gastinel (cello); Orchestre National de France/Alain Altinoglu rec. 2006-7 NAÏVE V5078 [57:41][JW] 

Rewarding the attentive listener with moments of real beauty ... see Full Review

Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) The Violin Concertos - Vol. 14 L’Arte dell’Arco/Giovanni Guglielmo rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS548/1-2 [75:29 + 65:49][MC]

Enjoyable playing but overall I was left rather disappointed ... see Full Review

Sir John TAVENER (b. 1944) Piano Music Ralph van Raat (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570442 [61:00][ST]

Highly committed performances … a welcome step in plugging a gap ... see Full Review

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Swan Lake (highlights) Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin/Heinz Rögner rec. c.1981 BERLIN CLASSICS 0184372BC [44:21][RM]

A great sense of genuine theatricality and excitement ... see Full Review

Oboe d’Amore Concertos by Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) and Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Thomas Stacy (oboe d’amore); Toronto Chamber Orchestra/Kevin Mallon rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570735 [74:05][ST]

Very attractive music, expertly and lovingly played ... see Full Review

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Twelve Fantasias, TWV40/2-13 (1732/3) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita in c minor, BWV1013 (1718)* [15:13] Erik Bosgraaf (* alto recorder; **voice flute; *** soprano recorder) (all tuned to a’=415Hz) rec.2008. DDD. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93757 [69:36] [BW]

Good playing and recording but the music is too unvaried ... see Full Review

Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) The Plow the Broke the Plains; Autumn; The River Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 2 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra/Neville Marriner & St Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin rec. April 1975 & 1986 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066122 [76:09][GH]

A disc of fascinating repertoire well worth seeking out ... see Full Review

Charles TOURNEMIRE (1870-1939) Organ Music - Improvisations Andreas Sieling (organ) rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG94615146 [79:05] [DC]

Both an education and a delight in all aspects ... see Full Review

Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573) Peccavimus cum patribus nostris see PARSONS

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) a cappella choral works Laudibus/Mike Brewer rec. 2008, DDD Texts and English translations included DELPHIAN DCD34074 [64:00] JQ

An outstanding celebration of RVW in this anniversary year ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Falstaff Giuseppe Taddei, Raina Kabaivanska, Christa Ludwig, Vienna State Opera Ch, Vienna PO/Herbert Von Karajan rec. live 1982 SONY 88697 296009 [176:00] [RJF]

Despite Taddei’s portrayal there is too much quality competition already available ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-83) Das Rheingold (1869) [145:47] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1958. ADD. 24-bit remastering. Booklet with German text and English translation. Decca Originals 478 0382 [70:34 + 75:13] [BW]

Fifty years on, this is still the recording of Rheingold ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphonies Nos. 4-6 etc. Various artists rec. 1967-82 EMI CLASSICS BRITISH COMPOSERS 2161462 [74:54 + 76:01][EMc]

Berglund’s Fourth, Silvestri’s Tallis on the highest level, worthwhile overall ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Rigoletto Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Jonel Perlea rec. 1956 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111276 [54:07 + 80:38][GF]

Not one of the top contenders but still of some interest ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Edward Downes rec. 1994 OPUS ARTE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COLLECTION OAR3104D [151:00][RJF]

The least convincing of the recent Verdi Royal Opera Collection DVDs ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Carreras, Berlin PO/Herbert Von Karajan rec. live 1986 SONY 88697 296019 [176:00] [RJF]

Magnificent visually but lacks the dramatic singing of an earlier recording ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Orlando Furioso Coro de Camera Italiano; Modo Antiquo/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. 2002 CPO 7770952 [3 CDs: 62:41 + 60:58 + 43:14][BW] 

Strongly recommended, but not in preference to the Naïve/Opus 111 set ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Der Ring des Nibelungen Royal Danish Opera Chorus (Götterdämmerung) and Orchestra/Michael Schønwandt rec. live, Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, May 2006 DECCA 074 3264 [7 DVDs: 920:00 + Bonus: 36:00] [GF]

Wholly engrossing, fresh and deeply involving ... see Full Review

Robert White (c.1538-1574) Lamentations a 5 see PARSONS

Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (1924) Henning Kraggerud (violin) rec. 24-27 August 2007, Hof kirke, Østre Toten, Norway. SIMAX PSC 1293 [67:38] [DC]

The white heat of inspiration, reflected in playing of equal stature. ... see Full Review

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