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Cristofaro CARESANA (c.1640-1709) La Caccia del Toro, La Tarantella, La Pastorale, La Vittoria Orazio GIACCIO (c.1590-c.1660) Pastorale sulla ciaccona Bernardo STORACE (fl.1664) Passagagli con partite pastorali Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini/Antonio Florio rec. 1996 NAÏVE OP30449 [GPu]

Joyously colourful music from baroque Naples, a delight from beginning to end … see Full Review

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonata in G minor, Op.50 No.3 ‘Didone abbandonata – scena tragica’, Twelve Monferrinas Richard Burnett (piano) rec. 1982, AMON RA CD-SAR 8 [46:00] [GPu]

A fascinating and enjoyable disc, of value for both the music - especially Clementi’s version of the Dido story - and the rare and valuable instrument on which it is played … see Full Review

Joaquin CLERCH (b. 1965) Yemaya see BROUWER

Francesco Bartolomeo CONTI (1682–1732) David, azione sacra per musica Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2003 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3788772 [76:03 + 79:06][JV]

Conti's oratorio David is a splendid piece given a top-notch interpretation by Alan Curtis directing a very fine cast of singers ... see Full Review

Carson COOMAN (b. 1982) Piano Sonatas 3 & 4 & other piano music Donna Amato rec. 2006   NAXOS 8.559350 [JW]

Cooman’s more mottled, tense writing has implacable bleakness and the extrovert and pluralistic writing real verve ... see Full Review

Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Violin Sonatas Op.5 Nos.7-12 François Fernandez (violin); Glen Wilson (harpsichord) rec. Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim, March 2006 NAXOS 8.557799 [62:53][JW]

Taken on its own terms a first class addition to the Corelli discography ... see Full Review

Gordon CROSSE (b. 1937) Ariadne - Concertante for solo oboe and twelve players Op. 31 (1972) [23.00]* Changes - A nocturnal cycle for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s voices and orchestra Op. 17 (1965) [53.52]** * Sarah Francis (oboe); London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Lankester ** Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano); John Shirley-Quirk (baritone); Orpington Junior Singers; Highgate School for Boys Choir London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Norman Del Mar rec. * 20-21 August 1974, Kingsway Hall, London; ** 27-30 October 1969, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London. ADD. Recordings for the first time on CD. LYRITA SRCD.259 [76.52] [GH]

Having heard this disc it is clear that I should soon attempt to make up for lost time and find out more about Crosse. ... see Full Review

Ikuma DAN (1924–2001) Six Symphonies [223.29] Anna Pusar (soprano); Michiko Akao (Nokan, Shinobue) Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Kazuo Yamada (1, 2)/Ikuma Dan (3-6) rec. Konzerthaus "Grosser-Saal" Vienna: (1, 2) 27 June–2 July 1988; (4, 5) 4 January–7 January 1989; (3, 6) 29 June–2 July 1989 DECCA UCCD-3057/60 [4 CDs: 73.18 + 56.26 + 40.23 + 53.22] [OP] Not currently available

These symphonies have been an enriching and enlightening experience ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer [33: 11] Images pour orchestre: 2. Ibéria [27:46] Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Sergiu Celibidache rec. live, 13 September 1992 (La Mer), 22 September 1992 (Ibéria), Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich EMI CLASSICS 5565202 [65:04] [CH]

A compelling and fascinating "La Mer". "Ibéria" risks stretching time to breaking-point. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images Book 2: Cloches à travers les feuilles see SCHUBERT

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Complete Works for Piano - Volume 2 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10443 [65:49][CH]

Of the several Debussy cycles in progress, that by Bavouzet is of outstanding interest. The new volume includes some supreme performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Sylvia Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle, Royal Ballet O (Royal Opera House)/Graham Bond rec. 2005 OPUS ARTE OA0986D [IL]

A beautiful production of this charming ballet with a wonderfully melodic score by Delibes ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Summer Night on the River see VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Pia de’ Tolomei Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia/Paolo Arrivabeni rec. 2005 DYNAMIC 33488 [2 DVDs: 137:00][GF]

A work far better than its reputation, an attractive production, splendid singing and acting ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Emilia Di Liverpool  Yvonne Kenny, Anne Mason, Geoffrey Mitchell Ch, Philharmonia O/David Parry rec. 1986 OPERA RARA ORC8 [RJF]

Melodic and vibrant early Donizetti enjoys performances up to the usual Opera Rara high standard ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Guillaume DUFAY (c.1397-1474) Music for Saint Anthony of Padua Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55271 [BW]

Superlative performances, well recorded, of attractive music: another excellent Helios reissue ... see Full Review

Vernon DUKE (Vladimir Dukelsky) (1903-1969) Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Homage to Boston Scott Dunn (piano); Sam Magill (cello); Russian PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.559286 [57:30][WK/RB]

American music that many fans must have wondered about, but probably never thought that they would hear. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet “American” see SCHUBERT

David EARL (b.1936) Cello Sonata (1998) [29:29] Piano Suite No. 3 Mandalas (1996) [29:20] George Corbett (cello); James Sherlock (piano); David Earl (piano) rec. Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, July 2006. DDD DIVINE ART DDA25060 [58:51] [RB]

Music with Rachmaninovian and meditative sides that can be comprehended and appreciated for its own distinctive heard values. ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony 1 (arr. for piano by Sigfrid Karg-Elert) Alan BUSH (1900-1995) Piano Sonata Mark Bebbington rec. 2006 SOMM SOMMCD069 [RC]

Most impressive, first class pianism, adventurous programming ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Visions of Elgar CD 1: Sir Malcolm Sargent [77:52] Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1,Variations on an Original Theme – "Enigma" , Pomp and Circumstance March no. 4 , The Dream of Gerontius excerpts, Imperial March, I sing the birth, The Kingdom: The Sun goeth down [08:46]
CD 2: Sir Adrian Boult [72:28] In the South, Symphony no. 2,
CD 3: Concertos [72:19] Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto Alfredo Campoli (violin), Anthony Pini (cello)
CD 4: Eduard van Beinum, Anthony Collins and Elgar’s Visions of Handel and Bach [72:20] Cockaigne, Falstaff, Introduction and Allegro, Handel arr. Elgar
Overture in D minor from Chandos Anthem no. 1, Bach arr. Elgar Fantasia and Fugue
BEULAH 14PD15 [4 CDs: 77:52 + 72:28 + 72:19 + 72:20] [CH]

If you have collected the major Elgar works in modern recordings and are wondering how an earlier generation of interpreters approached his music, here’s a good way to find out. ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Wand of Youth Suites 1 & 2, Nursery Suite, Dream Children Ulster O/Bryden Thomson rec. 1976-82 CHANDOS CHAN10422X [EM]

Perfectly well performed … a delightful compilation … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sospiri, Violin Sonata see GRIEG

Nicolas FLAGELLO (1928-1994) Missa Sinfonica Arnold ROSNER (b. 1945) Symphony No. 5 Missa sine Cantoribus super Salve Regina National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/John McLaughlin Williams rec. 2006. DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559347 [74:45] [RB]

Warming miracles of melodic expression. ... see Full Review

Domenico GALLO (1730-1768?) Sonatas see PERGOLESI

Orazio GIACCIO (c.1590-c.1660) Pastorale sulla ciaccona see CARESANA

Nicolas GOMBERT (c.1495–c.1560) Tribulatio et angustia; Hortus conclusus es; Aspice Domine; Virgo santa Katherina; Inviolata; Inviolata, integra, et casta es, Maria; Ne reminsicaris, Domine; Pater noster; Ave Maria; Ergone vitae; Ave Sanctissima Maria The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice rec. 2006 HYPERION CDA67614 [66.05][RH]

Fine musicianship and commendable curiosity. Ideal listening ... see Full Review

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust (highlights) Nicolai Gedda (tenor); Victoria de los Angeles (soprano); Paris Opéra Chorus and Orchestra/André Cluytens rec. 1958 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3933762 [75:25][IL]

Golden highlights of a Faust to treasure ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1841-1907) String Quartets 1 & 2 Chilingirian Quartet rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55299 [GH]

The first quartet is a masterwork … on Hyperion’s inexpensive Helios label the disc is well worth the outlay. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata 1 JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Humoresques Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sospiri, Violin Sonata Isabelle van Keulen (violin) Ronald Brautigam (piano) rec. 2006 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72171  [MC]

Grieg, Elgar and Sibelius given the finest interpretative service ... see Full Review

Patrick HADLEY (1899-1973) One Morning in Spring see BUTTERWORTH

Ernesto HALFFTER (1905-1989) Piano Music Guillermo Gonzalez rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570006/7 [GH]

Has given great pleasure … unique variety … beautifully presented ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Scenes from Acis and Galatea Galatea – Joan Sutherland (soprano); Acis – Peter Pears (tenor); St Anthony Singers; Philomusica of London/Adrian Boult rec. 1959 CHANDOS CHAN3147 [79:23][JW]

A Golden Age Acis - a splendid example of technical and lyric superiority in action ... see Full Review

George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Semele Rosemary Joshua (soprano) – Semele; Chorus and Orchestra of the Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0745 [3 CDs: 59:57 + 46:10 + 63:28][JS]

Alive to the turns of the drama, pointed with panache ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Neun deutsche Arien Carolyn Sampson (soprano); The King's Consort/Robert King rec. 2006 HYPERION CDA67627 [70:33][JV]

The German Arias are little gems which are rather ignored - Sampson sings them well, but can't replace Kirkby's splendid recording of 1985 ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini rec. 2000 NAÏVE OP30440 [61.21 + 71.39][RH]

You will not be disappointed by this lively and vivid account ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Opera arias Maria Bayo (soprano) Capriccio Stravagante/Skip Sempe rec. 1999 NAÏVE E8914 [RH]

Lovely recital displaying Bayo’s talents in this tricky repertoire ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen, Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2005 HARMONIA MUNDI HMD990 9008.09 [BW]

Probably the best DVD version and one of the best in any format ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Trios 26, 43-45 Trio Opus 8 rec. 2005 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH06016 [TB]

The Trio Opus 8 give stylish performances that are clearly recorded. Intonation is put under the spotlight and is not found wanting ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Il Ritorno di Tobia Vokal Ensemble Köln, Capella Augustina/Andreas Spering rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570300-2 [ST]

A welcome addition … worthy to set alongside the other great achievements of Haydn’s middle period ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Symphonies - Volume 32 Nos 9-12 Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557771 [GF]

There is an energy and rhythmic vitality here that is completely irresistible ... see Full Review

Sean HEIM (b. 1967) the night-speech of plant and stone California EAR Unit rec. 2005 CAPSTONE CPS-8752 [CR]

Thought-provoking and emotionally charged … see Full Review

Rolf HIND (b. 1964) Das Unenthüllte see NØRGARD

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Walt Whitman Op.7, Suite de Ballet, Suite in E flat orch. Gordon Jacob, A Hampshire Suite orch. Gordon Jacob, A Moorside Suite orch. Gordon Jacob London Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite rec. 1980-93; DDD LYRITA SRCD.210 [63:31] [EM]

A very welcome Holst release particularly given that this disc steers clear of the better-known and focuses the more obscure ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Procession, Merry-eye, Elegy for viola, string quartet and string orchestra, Music for a Prince: Corydon’s Dance; Scherzo in Arden see BUTTERWORTH

Herbert HUGHES (1882-1937) A Purse of Gold – Irish Songs Ailish Tynan (soprano); Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD106 [66:02][JS]

I cannot imagine a more welcome present than this for any lover of song. ... see Full Review

Sigurd ISLANDSMOEN (1881-1964) Requiem Hilde Haraldsen Sveen (soprano) Marianne Beate Kielland (alto) Ulf Oien (tenor) Trond Halstein Moe (bass) Det Norski Solistkor, Kristiansand SO/Terje Boye Hansen rec. 2006 2L RECORDS 36 [RB]

Neither dense nor ecstatically florid this Requiem tracks a delightfully naive trajectory ... see Full Review

Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 Ardeo Quartet rec. 2006 AR RE-SE AR 2006-3 [61:32][RB]

Affecting quartets in a predominantly folk-impressionistic idiom ... see Full Review

Drew KRAUSE (b. 1960) Riddle, Ding, Apocalypso, First of July, Go-Round, Drain McCormick Percussion Ensemble, Drew Krause (piano) rec. 2002/5 CAPSTONE CPS8780 [CR]

An attractive introduction to the work of this particular composer ... see Full Review

Szymon KURAN (1955-2005) Post mortem (1981) [3:45] ¹ Um nóttina (2000) [5:14] ¹ Requiem (2000) [34:13] ² Grażyny Bacewicz/ Andrzej Borzym (conductor) rec.2007 (Requiem) ACTE PRÉALABLE APO161 [43:20] [JW]

This is a noble salute to Kuran whose compositions are serious, gently affirmative. ... see Full Review

Michel LAMBERT (c.1610-1696) Les Leçons de ténèbres Ivète Piveteau (organ, direction) rec. 1988 VIRGIN VERITAS 3857892 [69:43 + 72:06][JW]

The 1689 Leçons rare on disc Lambert’s concentrated and refined expression is matched by comparable performances. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) Complete Flute Chamber Works Fenwick Smith (flute), John Gibbons (harpsichord) rec. 2003-5 NAXOS 8.557440-41 [CR]

Some of the finest playing I have heard ... see Full Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870–1948) Das Land des Lächelns Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Münchner Rundfunkorkester/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2006 CPO 777 303-2 [42:49 + 71:01][GF]

A brand new recording in excellent sound and a Sou-Chong to challenge even the great tenors on other sets … well worth consideration. ... see Full Review

Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) Salve Regina see PERGOLESI

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wild about Liszt Franz LISZT (1811-1896) Recitals: Liszt the Poet, Liszt the Transcriber, Liszt the Virtuoso; TV appearances, Audio tracks Earl Wild (piano) IVORY CLASSICS 77777 [JW]

Wild’s playing is cut from legendary cloth ... astonishing accuracy, bravura and poetry ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811–1886) Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359/R441 (orch. comp. and Doppler) Staatskapelle Weimar/Arthur Fagen rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570230 [GF]

All six rhapsodies well played … a good and inexpensive way of getting to know these entertaining works ... see Full Review

Antonio LOLLI (c.1725-1802) Complete violin concertos Reale Concerto/Luca Fanfoni (violin, conductor) rec. 2006 DYNAMIC CDS527/1-3 [GPu]

A useful and pleasant piece of documentation, but there isn’t too much really top-class music here … See Full Review

Jon LORD (b. 1941) Durham Concerto (2007) Matthew Barley (cello) Jon Lord (Hammond organ) Ruth Palmer (violin) Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian Pipes) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Mischa Damev rec. Liverpool, July 2007. AVIE AV2145 [56.27] [RB]
WORLD PREMIERE Review - Sound samples available.

Sensitive and glowing playing … an extended work of predominant meditative character ... see Full Review


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