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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Music for the Lion-Hearted King - Music to mark the 800th anniversary of the Coronation of King Richard I of England in Westminster Abbey, 3 September 1189 Gothic Voices rec. 1988 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55292 [60:13][BW]

Yet another highly attractive reissue from Hyperion – perhaps the best yet of these Gothic Voices CDs ... see Full Review

Music of France Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) The Sorcerer's ApprenticeCésar FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in D minor, Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Prélude, Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, Daphnis et Chloë: Suite No. 2 Russian Federal Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania rec. 2000/2004 ANGELOK CD-7753 [67:07] [SV]

My occasional strictures about ensemble notwithstanding, the orchestra actually sounds rather good ... see Full Review

Heinrich Neuhaus (piano) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Preludes Op.11 Nos. 2, 5, 8, 11 & 12 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurkas Nos. 6 & 26; Piano Concerto No.1 Heinrich Neuhaus (piano); Moscow Radio Orchestra/Alexander Gauk rec. 1938-51 APR 5660 [69:31][JW]

Refined pianism, rapt pianissimi, feathery intimacy, delicate gradations of touch and tone ... see Full Review

Phantasiestücke André Moisan (clarinet) Jean Saulnier (piano) rec. 2007 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD2 2516 [MC]

A combination of familiar and unknown bound together by sheer Romanticism. A delightful disc ... see Full Review

Polish Spirit Mieczyslaw KARŁOWICZ (1876–1909) Violin Concerto Emil MŁYNARSKI (1870-1935) Violin Concerto No.2 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude from Partita BWV1006 Vittorio MONTI (1868-1922) Csárdás arranged Nigel Kennedy TRADITIONAL Danny Boy Nigel Kennedy (violin); Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk rec. 2006 EMI CLASSICS 3799349 [110:00] or 3799349 (CD)[JW]

Want the rare visual experience of the concertos? Then get the DVD though the sound is palpably inferior ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Premieres and Encores Henry Hugo PIERSON (1815-1873) Macbeth Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Fantasy Overture. Cortèges David MORGAN (1933-1988) Contrasts Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Concert Overture: Helter Skelter Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Serenade for Strings Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Comedy Overture: Beckus the Dandipratt rec. 1976-1978, LYRITA SRCD.318 [79.22] [JF]

Attractive and interesting … ‘must have’ CD ... see Full Review

Primeval Sounds Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1917): Douze Préludes: Livre 1 (1910) [47:13] George CRUMB (b. 1929): Makrokosmos I Twelve Fantasy Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano (1972) [31:46] Enrico Belli (piano) rec. La Fenice, Aamandola, Italy, August 2005. DDD WERGO WER 6804 2 [44:55 + 40:03] [BBr]

I cannot bring myself to expect you to buy a double CD set just for the Crumb ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Quijotes Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El retablo de Maese Pedro Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Don Quichotte ŕ Dulcinée Jesus GURIDI (1886-1961) Una aventura de Don Quijote Carlos Alvarez (baritone); Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid/Jose Ramon Encinar rec. 2005 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4763094 [55:38][IB]

A distinguished and enjoyable disc. Enterprise, imagination not restricted to the independents ... see Full Review

The Russian Piano Tradition: Emil Gilels & Yakov Zak Includes Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) – Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Overture to The Magic Flute (arr. two pianos) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concerto for two pianos and orchestra Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Variations on a theme of Beethoven Emil Gilels, Yakov Zak (pianos) USSR State O/Kirill Kondrashin rec. 1949/50 APR 5664 [JW]

Another valuable example of The Russian Piano Tradition series ... see Full Review

Sargent’s Beethoven Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.4 in B flat, op.60 (1806) [31:13] Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67 (1807) [31:33] Edvard GRIEG Lyric Suite, op.94 (1891) [14:32] National Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. November 1945 (op.60 – from Decca AK 1384/7); 2 January 1945 (op.67 – from Decca AK 1126/9); 9 January 1946 (Grieg – from Decca AK 1412/3) – Kingsway Hall, London. ADD BEULAH 3PD13 [77:18] [BBr]

Sargent’s Beethoven? No. Our Beethoven, thanks to Sargent. ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia – 1950s American Recordings - Volume 2 see review for details NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111090 [JW]

Diverting and attractive listening ... see Full Review

The Spirits of England and France: Music for Court and Church from the later Middle Ages Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1994 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55281 [BW]

First-class ‘sampler’ for the English and French medieval music series … whets the appetite for the rest … see Full Review

Strana armonia d'amore – Italian music of the 17th century Ensemble L'Albera (Jordi Domènech (alto), Salvador Parron (tenor), Sara Parés (recorder), Fahmi Alqhai (viola da gamba), Enrike Solinis (theorbo, guitar), Carles Budó (harpsichord) rec. December 2004, Auditorium of the Centro Cultural la Mercè in Girona, Spain. DDD LA MÀ DE GUIDO LMG 2075 [50:02] [JV]

This overview of the different genres of early 17th-century vocal and instrumental music in Italy has too many shortcomings to be recommendable... see Full Review

Strings in the Earth and Air Ernest John MOERAN (1894-1950) Six Folksongs from Norfolk Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Candlelight; Three Songs; The Fox Geoffrey STERN (1935-2005) Three Wordsworth Songs; Four Songs of James Joyce; Legend Paul Martyn-West (baritone); Nigel Foster (piano) rec. 2005 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0249 [68:37][EM]

A good range, from dreamy and melancholic to dynamic and lively… for lovers of English solo song ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Symphonic Brass Black Dyke Band/Nicholas Childs rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570726 [77:07][MC]

I can see significant interest and many converts to brass band music being generated by this disc from the Black Dyke Band ... see Full Review

Twentieth Century Works for Cello and Strings Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Grave - Metamorphoses for cello and string orchestra (1981) [6:21] Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Epyllion (1975) [17:21] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Trauermusik (1936) [8:21] Paul PATTERSON (b. 1947) Cello Concerto op. 90 (2002) [24:27] Mark KOPYTMAN (b.1929) Kaddish (1966, orch. 1982) [15:02] Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim/William Boughton rec. Evangelische Laurentiuskirche, Amthof, Oberderdingen, Germany, 22-24 November 2006. DDD NIMBUS NI 5815 [71:45] [RB]

A miscellaneous anthology spanning styles and formats united by the instrumental specification. ... see Full Review

Thomas Viloteau: Guitar Recital Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Variaciónes sobre un tema de Sor Alexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Cavatina Leo BROUWER (b. 1939) Rito de los Orishas Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Guitar Sonata Roland DYENS (b. 1955) Triaela Thomas Viloteau (guitar) rec. 2007 NAXOS LAUREATE SERIES 8.570510 [60:57][GPu]

Interesting choice of repertoire, dazzling performance, beautiful recorded sound: what more could one want from a guitar recital? … see Full Review

Vinyl Cello Jimi HENDRIX/Haimovitz Machine Gun Tod MACHOVER (b.1953) Vinylcello Luna Pearl WOOLF (b.1973) Aprčs moi, le déluge David SANFORD (b.1963) Scherzo Grosso Matt Haimovitz (cello) rec. 2007 OXINGALE OX2011 [77:08][DC]

Like an open window into what’s hot on the other side of the Atlantic. ... see Full Review

Violin Romances Arthur Grumiaux, New PO/Edo de Waart rec. Wembley Town Hall, London, 1967/70 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 442 8290 [JW]

Eloquence, the series’ title, might have been chosen expressly with Grumiaux in mind ... see Full Review

Viva el amor Spanish Love Songs by de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo and others Sivan Rotem (soprano) Jonathan Zak (piano) rec. 2006 ROMÉO RECORDS 7256 [GF]

May not displace recordings by her elders but she has a distinct voice and the repertoire is highly attractive ... see Full Review

Voces de Zarzuela RTVE MUSICA 65280 [GPu]

Open a bottle of good Cava and enjoy many of the best ‘voices of zarzuela’. A fine programme of music still too little known outside Spain … see Full Review


Dance And Its Music In America, 1528-1789 by Kate Van Winkle Keller ISBN: 9781576471272 Publication Year: 2007 in paperback format Number of Pages: 697 PENDRAGON PRESS, Hillsdale, NY £52.50 $84 [MMB]

A very interesting, enriching historical study … enjoyable, fascinating reading ... see Full Review

The Operas of Leoš Janáček by Erik Chisholm Pergamon Press, first published 1971, 390 pages, now only available in this online version produced for the Erik Chisholm Trust by MusicWeb International [RH]

This volume remains a fine introduction to the music-drama of Janáček’s operas, illuminated by Chisholm’s intelligence and graced by his lucid prose ... see Full Review

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