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After Reading Shakespeare Ned ROREM (b. 1923) After Reading Shakespeare Paul MORAVEC (b. 1957) Mark Twain Sez Lewis SPRATLAN (b. 1940) Shadow Matt Haimovitz (cello) rec. 2007 OXINGALE RECORDS OX2012 [BBr]

Played brilliantly with total conviction but a difficult and not entirely rewarding experience ... see Full Review

American Music of the XXth Century Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Candide overture, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Tobias PICKER (b.1954) Old and lost rivers VIRGIN CLASSICS 391339 2 [JW]

Typos, misattributions, too short gaps between tracks, sub-par performances (in part), quixotic-to-bizarre running order, recycled product ... see Full Review

Victoria de los Angeles Spanish Songs NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7947 [79:22]

Lovely! ... see Full Review

Apparition -recital William SHAKESPEARE (1539/40-1623) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) George CRUMB (1929- ) *Sebastian Carewe (speaker), Christine Schafer (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano) rec.2004. ONYX 4021 [70:32] [MG]

Strikingly original and innovative, a stimulating mix, but not everything works. … see Full Review

Armida Annette Dasch (soprano); Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie/David Syrus rec. 2007 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 10059 2 [58:22][BW]

Arias sung by the enchantress Armida from the works of four 18th-century composers convincingly done ... see Full Review

Barbirolli: New York Philharmonic - Live Recordings 1937-1943 Albert Spalding (violin), Gaspar Cassadó (cello) New York Phil/Sir John Barbirolli GUILD GHCD2330/31 [JQ]

Anyone with an ear for fine playing or conducting will find that here the pluses far outweigh the minuses ... see Full Review

José Carreras - Belle Epoque Ernesto TAGLIAFERRI (1888–1957) Piscatore e Pusilleco Erik SATIE (1866–1925) Je te veux Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) E l’uccellino; Terra e mare Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871–1942) Il segreto delle stelle Franz SCHREKER (1876–1934) Nel giardin’ sotto il tiglio Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846–1916) O dolce meraviglia; Penso … Carlos GARDEL (1890–1935) Lejana tierra mia Enric MORERA (1865–1942) Ai marguerida Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) In the dawn Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) Chanson de la mariée Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1857–1919) Sérénade Napolitaine Luigi DENZA (1846–1922) Torna José Carreras (tenor) rec. 2007 SONY 82876885232 [35:25][GF]

Only for die-hard Carreras freaks and those who must have everything by Carreras ... see Full Review

Colors Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval; Fantasie in C Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Funérailles; Mephisto Waltz No. 1 Daniel Pollack (piano) rec. 2006 RUBEDO CANIS MUSICA RCM 12007 [78:25][CH]

Not for me … ... see Full Review

Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi, Live in Tokyo – 1973 DENZA Occhi di fata BELLINI Soave sogno GLUCK Paride ed Elena O del mio dolce ardour VERDI Rigoletto La donna è mobile MASSENET Manon Je ne suis que faiblesse VERDI Otello Gia nella notte densa MASSENET Le Cid Ah! tout est bien fini … O souverain, ô juge, ô père PUCCINI Madama Butterfly Un bel di vedremo GRIEG I love thee MONTEVERDI Arianna Lasciatemi morire ROSSINI La regatta veneziana VERDI In solitaria stanza PUCCINI La Bohème O soave fanciulla DE CURTIS Tu, ca’ nun chiagne! TOSTI L’ultima canzone DONIZETTI Me voglio fa’ na casa CARDILLO Core ‘ngrato PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi O mio babbino caro Renata Tebaldi (soprano); Franco Corelli (tenor); Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/Tadishi Mori rec. 1973 DYNAMIC 33542 [89:00][GF]

A must for Tebaldi admirers. Visual aspects prevent a more general recommendation ... see Full Review

Piano Archives: Alfred Cortot and Vlado Perlemuter Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 1 (Cortot) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Trio (Perlemuter) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Saint François d'Assise (Perlemuter) rec. 1939-54 TAHRA TAH610 [JW]

An excellent disc, vividly done, well programmed and discographically important ... see Full Review

Danish Serenades and Romances Mathias Hedegaard (tenor), Ditte Højgaard Andersen (soprano) Royal Naval Choir Copenhagen; Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Adam Fischer rec. 2006 DA CAPO 8.226012 [CR]

A delightful recording of beautiful Danish repertoire … see Full Review

English Piano Sonatas CD 1 [74:26] Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Piano Sonata No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 2 John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Sonata CD 2 Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Piano Sonata Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Piano Sonata No. 3 in G minor, Piano Sonata No. 4 Malcolm Binns (piano) rec. 16, 30 May, 13 June, 18 July 2007,Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School. DDD notes in English only BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS434-435CD [72:32 + 74:26] [CSS]

An authoritative reading of these major works … a superfluity of good things here ... see Full Review

The Russian Piano Tradition: Emil Gilels Includes Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Toccata Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsodies 6 & 9 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 3 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata 2 rec. 1935-55 APR 5663 [JW]

Youthful fire and growing wisdom mark out this exciting selection ... see Full Review

Eminence Includes Alexander ARUTJUNJAN (b. 1920) Trumpet Concerto James CURNOW Concertpiece for Cornet Torstein AAGAARD-NILSEN (b. 1964) Concerto for Cornet and Brass Band William HIMES Jubilance Richard Marshall (cornet; trumpet; Flugel horn) Black Dyke Band/Dr Nicholas Childs rec. 2007 DOYEN SOLO SERIES DOYCD230 [TP]

A very impressive and enjoyable album, balancing the flash and dazzle of Marshall's virtuosity with moments of tenderness ... see Full Review

Walter Gieseking Includes Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 4 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Cologne RSO/Joseph Keilberth (Beethoven), Günter Wand (Schumann) rec. 1948-53 MEDICI MM017-2 [JW]

Something of a dynamo in these sparkling and successful outings ... see Full Review

Tito Gobbi operas arias, rec. 1942-53. NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7946 [76:10]

An obligatory purchase for anyone seriously interested in great singing. ... see Full Review

Nirse González (guitar) Antonio JOSÉ (1902-1936) Sonata Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Thème varié et finale Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata No.2 Joaquin CLERCH (b.1965) En Volos; Estudio de acordes; Estudio de ligados Francesco TÁRRAGA (1852-1909) Adelita; Mazurca en Sol Nirse González (guitar) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570446 [61:22][JW]

Finely played throughout ... see Full Review

Gregorian Chant for Pentecost Abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval, Flavigny TRADITIONS MONASTIQUES CD493 [57.05][RH]

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

The Heart of the Ballet Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Extracts from "Giselle" (1841) – Variation of Giselle, Mad Scene, Memory of the Love Scene, Depair of Löys, Finale to Act 1 [4:16]; Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Invitation to the Dance (orch. Berlioz) [9:10]; Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Extracts from "Les Sylphides" (orch Leroy Anderson and Peter Bodge) – Prelude in A Op 26/7, Valse in G flat Op 70/1, Mazurka in C Op 67/3 [5:00]; Grand Valse Brillante in E flat Op 18/1 [4:42]; Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Extracts from "Sylvia" (1876) – Valse lente, Pizzicato [3:53]; Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Extracts from "Swan Lake" (1877) – Dance of the Swan Queen [4:58]; Dance of the Little Swans [4:57]; "The Nutcracker" Suite (1892) [22:30]; Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1892-4) [10:19]; Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Ballet des Sylphes from "La Damnation de Faust" (1854-6) [2:54] Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
rec. Manhattan Center, New York, 1949-1950 CALA CACD0547 [72:44] [JS]

You are certainly unlikely to find it dull ... see Full Review

Barbara Hendricks Music by Duke ELLINGTON (1899–1974) and George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Barbara Hendricks (soprano); Monty Alexander Trio rec. 1994-2000 EMI CLASSICS 5046802 [76:05 + 72:48][GF]

This offers many listening pleasures if you accept Barbara Hendricks’ somewhat monochrome tone ... see Full Review

Heu, fortuna - Musique au temps de Philippe IV le bel (1268-1314) La Rota rec. 2007 ATMA ACD22561[71.36][GH]

No disc of secular medieval music has afforded me as much pleasure as this for some considerable time. ... see Full Review

Hidden Tango Stephen GOSS (b.1964) From Honey to Ashes Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Histoire du Tango Jerry OWEN (b.1944) Hidden Tango Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1916) Syrinx Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Morceau de Concours Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Trois Gnosiennes; Trois Gymnopédies Jennifer Stinton (flute); Richard Hand (guitar) rec. 2007 CADENZA CACD0907 [64:05][DC]

A bit of a mixed bag, but beautifully played. ... see Full Review

The Russian Piano Tradition: Konstantin Igumnov Includes Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Seasons Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana Op.16 Konstantin Igumnov rec. 1935-47 APR 5662 [JW]

Rare and valuable examples of a master pianist’s small legacy ... see Full Review

Maria von Ilosvay (1913-1987) Arias rec. 1952-55 PREISER 89670 [77:27]

A most worthwhile and valuable slant on Ilosvay ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonas Kaufmann - Romantic Arias Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Marco Armiliato rec. 2007 DECCA 4759966 [65:09][GF]

Judging from this debut recital Kaufmann is well equipped to be among the world’s lead tenors – and he will stay there. ... see Full Review

Lotte Lehmann - Lieder Recordings - Vol. 6 Lotte Lehmann (soprano) rec. 1947-9 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111097 [78:25][GF]

The final volume in a series that constitutes one of the most important collections of Lieder recordings ever issued ... see Full Review

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Brazil Jorge BEN (b. 1942) Mas Que Nada Baden POWELL (1937-2000) Samba Novo Antonio Carlos JOBIM (1927-94) / Vinicius DE MORAES (1913-80) O Morro não tem vez Jobim Medley Modinha; A Felicidade; Stone Flower Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) A Lenda do Caboclo Clarice ASSAD (b. 1978) Bluezilian Marco PEREIRA (b. 1950) Sambadalú Matthew DUNNE (b. 1959) Cafezinho Hermeto PASCOAL (b. 1936) De Sábado pra Dominguinhos Raimundo PENAFORTE (b. 1961) Prelúdio; Gangorra Paulo BELLINATI (b. 1950) Carlo's Dance; A Furiosa Los Angeles Guitar Quartet rec. 2007 TELARC CD80686 [54:39][DM]

Don’t be put off by what looks like an anodyne collection – this really is music making of a high order. ... see Full Review

Engel Lund’s Book of Folk Songs See end of review for full contents and performers [88:45] Lieder Theatre London/Norbert Meyn recording date and place not stated texts and singing translations included NIMBUS RECORDS NI 5813/14 [45:52+42:53] [JS]

A perfect present at any time of year. ... see Full Review

Lyrita Classics Michael BALFE (1808-1870) The Bohemian Girl: Galop (1843) [1:26] Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Op. 36: X. Dorabella (1899) [2:41] Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op. 39 (1930) [5:41] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1905) [10:49] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Myer Fredman Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Shepherd’s Hey; The Immovable Do (1908-13; 1933-42) [2:11; 5:04] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite Sir Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941) An Irish Symphony: The Fair-Day (1904) [3:01] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Vernon Handley Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol, Suite for full orchestra (1926-28) [9:47] London Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite Lord BERNERS (1883-1950) The Triumph of Neptune: Hornpipe (1926) [1:50] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) St. Paul’s Suite for strings Op. 29 No. 2 (1913) [13:28] English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) [16:08] rec.1968-78 LYRITA SRCD336 [72.15] [JF]

A fine introduction to Musical Britain ... see Full Review



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