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4 – The Soundtrack Music by Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741), George GERSHWIN (1898-1937), Nora BAYES and Jack NORWORTH Sayaka Shoji (violin) and the Kioi Sinfonietta, Tokyo ABC CLASSICS 4429963 [57:08][JW]

Soundtrack to a seasonal travelogue illuminated by the local musics of the visited countries ... see Full Review

20th Century Works for Cello and Strings Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI Grave - Metamorphoses for cello and string orchestra. Elizabeth MACONCHY Epyllion Paul HINDEMITH Trauermusik Paul PATTERSON Cello Concerto op. 90 Mark KOPYTMAN Kaddish Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim/William Boughton rec. 2006. DDD NIMBUS NI 5815 [71:45] [JF]

A great release full of interesting, impressive material ... see Full Review

ÆquatourIm Zwielicht Caspar Johannes WALTER (b. 1964) Drei Ansichten Heinz HOLLIGER (b. 1939) Schwarzgewobene Trauer Rico GUBLER (b. 1972) KAL Robert SCHUMANN  (1810-1856) Zwielicht Nicolas A. HUBER (b. 1939) Demijour Valentin MARTI (b. 1965) Fernruf J12 Hans Ulrich LEHMANN (b. 1937) Canticum II Ensemble Æquatour (Sylvia Nopper (soprano); Ingrid Karlen (piano); Matthias Arter (oboe/English horn); Tobias Moster (cello) rec. 2006 MUSIQUES SUISSES MGB CTS-M102 [DB]

For fans of so-called “difficult” music.  Performances are riveting and compelling … see Full Review

Claudio Arrau (piano) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Burleske Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto; Carnaval Claudio Arrau (piano) rec. 1939-46 NAXOS 8.111265 [JW]

One for the Arrau collector ... see Full Review

Julius Baker (flute) - A Flutist’s Favorites Julius Baker (flute); Boris Barere (piano) CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 127 [63:20][JW]

A valuable and worthy tribute to a rare artist ... see Full Review

Barbirolli Russian Favourites Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Swan Lake Ballet Op 20 – excerpts (1875/7) [16:54] Romeo and Juliet (1869, rev 1880) [20:38] Marche Slave Op.31 (1876) [8:34] Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34 (1887) [14:24] Anatole LIADOV (1855-1914) The Enchanted Lake Op. 62 (1909) [6:08] Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli rec. Free Trade Hall Manchester, 1953-59; Kingsway Hall, London, 1950 (Swan Lake) GUILD GHCD 2325 [67:13] [JW]

Three of these performances are making their first appearance on CD ... see Full Review

A Piano Odyssey Trevor Barnard (piano) rec.1978. DIVERSIONS DDV 24125 [JW]

A rather bipartite affair - an enjoyable if not quite Homeric journey. ... see Full Review

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond Volume 4 Josef MYSLIVEČEK (1737-1781) Sinfonia III Jan Adam GALLINA (1724-1773) Sinfonia [13:17] Jan VENT (1745-1801) Sinfonia Josef MYSLIVEČEK (1737-1781) Sinfonia VI Josef BÁRTA (c.1744-1787) Sinfonia Josef FIALA (1748-1816) Sinfonia Czech Chamber PO/ Vojt&277;ch Spurný rec. 2007 ALTO ALC1014 [GPu]

A CD which will certainly appeal to those with an interest in the music of this time and place, but which is not so special as to demand the attention of a wider audience … see Full Review

Dedicated to Barrère - Volume Two Includes Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Sonatine quasi Fantasia Christiaan KRIENS (1881-1934) La Nymphe Bocagère Wallingford RIEGGER (1885-1961) Suite for flute alone Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Poème Marion BAUER (1882-1955) Forgotten Modes Leone Buyse (flute) Martin Amlin (piano) Paula Page (harp) rec. 2004-07 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD716 [JW]

A wide and eloquently expressive palette ... see Full Review

Alfie Boe La Passione Royal PO/Valeriano Chiaravalle rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 5044112 [RH]

Well performed and well produced, but ultimately I tired of his aping of the Italian manner ... see Full Review

The British Quartet Geoffrey KIMPTON (b. 1927) String Quartet No.2 (1992) [17:17] Alan BUSH (1900–1996) String Quartet Op.4 (1923) [16:38] David BECK (b. 1941) String Quartet (1962) [15:07] Kevin MALONE (b. 1958) Aims, Goals, Targets and Objectives (2003) [8:08] New World Quartet rec. 2007 CAMEO CAMPION 2071 [57:16] [HC]

Fairly contrasting works excellently played. Well worth investigating. ... see Full Review

Carestini – The Story of a Castrato Arias from Nicola PORPORA (1686-1768) Siface Giovanni Maria CAPELLI (1648-1726) I fratelli riconosciuti Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arianna in Creta, Ariodante, Alcina Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) Farnace Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) La clemenza di Tito Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Demofoonte Carl Heinrich GRAUN (1704-1759) Orfeo Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor) Le Concert d`Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm rec. 2006 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3952422 [JW]

In attempting to bring the theatrical aspects of the alto castrato to life Jaroussky has overstepped the mark ... see Full Review

The City Waites - Lusty Songs and Country Dances
Douglas Wootton (voice, lute cittern); Roderick Skeaping (violin, bass viol, voice); Michael Brain (curtal, recorders, voice); Mike Sargeant (bagpipes); Dave Chatterley (hurdy-gurdy); Robin Jeffrey (lute); Ian Gammie (violone); Lucie Skeaping (director, voice, violin) rec. 1992/1995 REGIS RRC 1275 [70:42] [PG]

Plausibly sounds as if it could have been plucked from a tavern 350 years ago ... nearly flawless … see Full Review

The Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Leichte Kavallerie: overture Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 17; Le Nozze di Figaro (arias) Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Kunstler-Leben; Annen-Polka; Die Fledermaus: overture Leif Ove Andsnes (piano); Dorothea Roschmann (soprano); The Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst rec. 2006 EUROARTS 2056578 [76:13][MG]

A satisfying variety of Viennese pieces but Mozart’s probe more deeply … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arie di bravura - Diana Damrau Arias by Salieri, Mozart and Righini Diana Damrau (soprano) Le Cercle de l’Harmonie/Jérémie Rhorer rec. 2006 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3952502 [GF]

This disc is superb in all respects and the repertoire is un-hackneyed! ... see Full Review

English Piano Sonatas CD 1 [74:26] Arnold BAX (1883-1953), John IRELAND (1879-1962), CD 2 [72:32] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Malcolm Binns (piano) rec. 2007, notes in English only. BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS434-435CD [72:32 + 74:26] [HC]

A magnificent collection of impressive and substantial British piano sonatas ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fire Burning In Snow Baroque music from Latin America – 3 Ex Cathedra Consort and Baroque Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore rec. 2007,Texts and English translations included HYPERION CDA67600 [75:35] [JQ]

This is a CD that commands attention ... see Full Review

Forgotten Provence: Music-making in the South of France, 1150-1550 Martin Best Consort rec. 1994. DDD. Booklet with notes in English. Translations, but not original texts, included. NIMBUS NI5445 [64:19] [BW]

The whole programme, the lively and the reflective, is very well performed ... see Full Review

French and Belgian Violin Sonatas Includes Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Violin Sonata Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Guillaume LEKEU (1870-1894) Violin Sonata Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Ballade et Polonaise Arthur Grumiaux (violin) István Hajdu, Paul Crossley, Gyorgy Sebok, Dinorah Varsi (piano) rec. 1962-78 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 442 8299 [JW]

You can never go wrong with Grumiaux ... see Full Review

Tito Gobbi Arias rec. 1942-1953 NIMBUS RECORDS PRIMA VOCE NI 7946 [76:10] [JS]

A disc that should be an essential purchase for anyone with a love of Italian opera or of singing in general. ... see Full Review

Gregorian Chant for Easter Abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval, Flavigny TRADITIONS MONASTIQUES CD12 [RH]

Chant as sung in a real Benedictine community ... see Full Review

Barbara Hendricks Operetta Arias & Duets Barbara Hendricks (soprano) rec. 1992-3 EMI CLASSICS 5046752 [2 CDs] [JS]

Will appeal to admirers of the soprano but I suspect that they will be greatly disappointed ... see Full Review

Inventio Includes Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) Toccata Georg Böhm (1661-1733) Vater unser im Himmelreich Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Trio Sonata No.3, Fugue Eric Quist (organ) rec. 2006 DE VERSLUIS dev-eq1016 [BW]

A well-chosen recital, very well played and recorded: a real discovery ... see Full Review

Journey - Contemporary Danish Works Palle MIKKELBORG (b. 1941) Everything Matters Herman D KOPPEL (1908–1998) Duo for violin and guitar Jørgen JERSILD (1913–2004) 10 Impromptu Vagn HOLMBOE (1909–1996) Duo Concertato Kim Sjøgren (violin); Lars Hanibal (guitar) rec. 1988 DA CAPO 8.226902 [59:10][BBr]

A super disk and well worth investigating ... see Full Review

The Kite Runner – film score (2007) Music by Alberto IGLESIAS (b.1955), Ehsan AMAN (b.1959), Sami YUSUF (b.1980) and Bara KHERIGI Hollywood Studios Symphony/Michael Nowak EDGE MUSIC 477 7333 [62:47][RM]

If not immediately memorable, the score is certainly atmospheric and undeniably skilful ... see Full Review

Otto Klemperer Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) ‘Egmont’ Overture Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Kindertotenlieder Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester/Otto Klemperer rec. 1955 MEDICI MASTERS MM0052 [JQ]

These live performances show Klemperer in characteristically trenchant mood. ... see Full Review


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