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Bob CHILCOTT (b.1955) Making Waves The Sirens/Bob Chilcott rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD142 [65:21][GPJ] 

You are likely to be surprised and delighted ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Arthur Rubinstein (piano); Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Alfred Wallenstein & NBC Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg rec. 1946-53 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111296 [66:58][RMay] 

A mix of exuberance and maturity ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Music Heinrich Neuhaus (piano) rec. 1946-53 RUSSIAN COMPACT DISC RCD16248 [71:00][JW]

Quicker, rhythmically tighter, less rubati, fewer inflexions ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Works Garrick Ohlsson (piano) rec. 1989-2000 HYPERION CDS44351/66 [16 CDs: 1155:35] [PL]

A rewarding bargain no Chopin-lover should resist ... see Full Review

James COHN (b.1928) Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7 etc. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania rec. 2001 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559376 [65:53][RB]

One is certainly left intrigued to hear more ... see Full Review

James COHN (b.1928) Miniatures; Variations on Muskrat Ramble; Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 5; Americana; Waltz; Strutting Butterflies; Piano Concerto Mirian Conti (piano); Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania (concerto) rec. 2001-8 XLNT MUSIC CD18012 [69:02][RB]

Cohn with a lighter hand ... see Full Review

Corellisante Arcangelo CORELLI (1653 - 1713) Sonatas for 2 violins Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1682-1767) Sonate Corellisante for 2 violins Rebel rec. 2003 DORIAN DSL-90703 [68:08]

Passionate performances ... see Full Review

John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) A Dylan Thomas Trilogy Sir Thomas Allen (baritone); Nashville Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2007 DDD NAXOS 8.559394 [66:48][JF]

Stunning, impressive, wonderful, beautiful, disturbing … somehow a masterpiece ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet Quatuor Ebčne rec. 2008  VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190452 [80:27][JW]

Engaging performances. Beauty of sound ... see Full Review

Ernő DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Cello Sonata Ludwig THUILLE (1861-1907) Cello Sonata Donald Francis TOVEY (1875-1940) Sonata for two cellos Marcy Rosen (cello) Lydia Artymiw (piano) Frances Rowell (cello, Tovey) rec. 2007  BRIDGE 9264 [74:39] [JW]

Well played though somewhat under-projected ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Lucia di Lammermoor Beverly Sills, Alfredo Kraus, Ch & O Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires/Juan Emilio Martini rec. live 1972 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6013 [65:17 + 71:20] [GF]

Few singers in recorded history have been deeper roles than Sills and Kraus ... see Full Review

Frantisek DUSSEK (1731-1799) Piano Concertos Karek Kosárek (piano); Prague Chamber Orchestra rec. 2007 ETCETERA KTC1369 [59:12][TB] 

The music really comes alive, and is fresh, appealing and attractively performed ... see Full Review

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 7 see HINDEMITH

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No. 3 & Pomp & Circumstance March No. 6 elaborated by Anthony PAYNE Sapporo Symphony Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka rec. 2007 SIGNUM SIGCD118 [66:21][MG]

Many good things but not as persuasive as Hickox  … see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1900) [94:21] Alice Coote (mezzo) - The Angel; Paul Groves (tenor) – Gerontius; Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) - The Priest and The Angel of The Agony Hallé /Sir Mark Elder rec. 2008 English text included HALLÉ CD HLD 7520 [37:20 + 57:01] [AS]

A fine achievement and an asset to any record collection ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Elgar: A Self-Portrait Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Overture: Froissart, op.19 [13:29] Dream Children, op.43 [6:50] The Music Makers, op.69 [38:41] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), orch. Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537/op.86 [8:58] Jane Irwin (mezzo) Hallé Choir and Orchestra/Mark Elder rec. 2005 HALLÉ CD HLL 7509 [68:24] [GPJ]

High standards … a fascinating programme ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet see DEBUSSY

César FRANCK (1822-1890) The Great Organ Works Roberto Antonello rec. 2002-4 FAGOTT F39064 [3 CDs: 78:33 + 76:00 + 69:30] [MC]

Antonello seems admirably suited to this repertoire ... see Full Review

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Trois Chorales, Trois Pičces, Pastoral, Final Colin Walsh (organ) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD7324 [79:50] [MC]

Impresses from start to finish - a very fine recital ... see Full Review

Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Six Concerti Grossi, Op.3 The Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood rec. 1976 DECCA L’OISEAU LYRE 4780024 [46:33][BW] 

An attractive reissue, not at all dated ... see Full Review

Charles GOUNOD (1818–1893) Faust (1859) Giuliano Romagnoli, Gemma Bosini, Fernando Autori, Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Carlo Sabajno rec. 1920 DIVINE ART DDH27810 [72:29 + 70:09] [GF]

Much to admire ... surprisingly listenable ... see Full Review

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Magnificat see KEISER

George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Water Music Suites I & II; Sinfonias Concerto Köln/Anton Steck rec. 2007 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016172BC [62:22][AS]

A very enjoyable disc … one to which I will return regularly ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Organ Concerto 13, Zadok the Priest, Coro della Radio Svizzera, I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2005/8 ARTS 47739-8 [61.35] [RH]

Crisp and lively but does not quite live up to opening promise ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Parnasso in Festa The King’s Consort and Choir/Matthew Halls rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67701/2 [72:25 + 59:26][BW] 

A very important discovery, excellently performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Furore – opera arias Joyce DiDonato (mezzo); Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 519038 [75:08][JW] 

Fulsome commitment revealed by this fearless singer ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Acis and Galatea Susan Hamilton, Nicholas Mulroy, Dunedin Consort and Players/John Butt rec. 2008 LINN CKD319 [41:19 + 53:59] [BW]

Already a strong contender for the 2009 Recording of the Year ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Arias from Samson, Messiah & Judas Maccabeus see BACH

Alfred HILL (1869-1960) String Quartets Nos. 4, 6 & 8 Dominion Quartet rec. 2007-8  NAXOS 8.572097 [65:00][JW]

Recording quality excellent … committed playing ... see Full Review

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Concert Music Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 7 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Egmont Overture New PO/Carlo Maria Giulini rec. 1969/75 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4194-2 [66:59] [SV]

Strictly for Giulini Compleatists ... see Full Review

Gottfried August HOMILIUS (1714 - 1785) Weihnachtsoratorium Gottfried August HOMILIUS Die Freude der Hirten über die Geburth Jesu (Weihnachtsoratorium) (HoWV I,1) [41:39] Christian August JACOBI (1688 - after 1725) Der Himmel steht uns wieder offen, cantata for tenor, choir and orchestra [16:20] Christiane Kohl (soprano), Annette Markert (contralto), Marcus Ullmann (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass) Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Virtuosi Saxoniae/Ludwig Güttler rec. 2007. DDD CARUS 83.235 [58:22] [JV]

Christmas repertoire, but the enjoyment is spoilt by less than ideal performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tandem Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Sonatine for 2 violins see PROKOFIEV


Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Jour d'été ŕ la montagne see MOERAN

Charles IVES (1874-1954) Songs Volumes 1 & 2 Various artists rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.559269 [74:52] & 8.559270 [67:37][JS]

Many novelties will attract despite under-characterised performances ... see Full Review

Christian August JACOBI (1688 - after 1725) Der Himmel steht uns wieder offen see HOMILIUS

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Symphonic Poems Vol. 2 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Antoni Wit rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570295 [63:13][RMay]

Offers a varied and rounded impression of Karłowicz’s style ... see Full Review

Reinhard KEISER (1674-1739) Dialogues von der Geburt Christi (1707) [30:52] Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Magnificat in C (1722) [14:08] Rastatter Hofkapelle/Jürgen Ochs rec. 2008 CARUS 83.417 [45:00] [JW]

Christmas spirit and trumpet-proud ... see Full Review

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) Piano Works Nine Piano Pieces, Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy, Seven Piano Pieces, Dances of Marosszék Adrienne Krausz (piano) rec. 2008 BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTER RECORDS BMCCD143 [61:41] [WK]

A fine choice for a modern set of Kodaly’s piano music ... see Full Review

Anders KOPPEL  (born 1947) Concerto for Violin, Accordion and Orchestra; Concerto for Saxophone, Piano and Orchestra Christina Ĺstrand (violin); Bjarke Mogensen (accordion); Benjamin Koppel (saxophone); Rikke Sandberg (piano); Danish National Symphony Orchestra-DR/John Storgĺrds rec. 2006-7 DACAPO 8.226055 [67:56][HC]

Superbly crafted, colourful, often beautiful and at times rather gripping ... see Full Review

Herman D. KOPPEL (1908-1998) Composer and Pianist: Volume 5 Herman D. Koppel (piano) rec. 1986 DANACORD DACOCD569-70 [62:41 + 73:05][DC]

A fascinating record of one musician’s remarkable achievements ... see Full Review

Thomas LINLEY (1756–1778) The Song of Moses; Let God Arise Holst Singers; The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman rec. 1997 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55302 [66.31][RH]

Music which deserves to be better known ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No. 1 see MUSSORGSKY

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632–1687) Armide Opera Lafayette/Ryan Brown rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.660209-10 [55.33 + 66.16][RH]

A creditable and approachable Armide ... see Full Review



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