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Giacomo CARISSIMI (1605–1674) Adeste Mortalis; Oleum effusum est; Sicut stella matutina; Domine, Deus meus Robert Crowe (counter-tenor); Michael Eberth (organ) rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH07069 [64.33][RH]

Crowe gives strikingly committed performances ... see Full Review

Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Three Occasions for Orchestra; Violin Concerto; Concerto for Orchestra Ole Böhn (violin); London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen rec. 1991 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066292 [63:13][RB]

Superbly recorded and brilliantly performed Carter collection ... see Full Review

Ruperto CHAPÍ (1851-1909) Symphony in D; Overture - Roger de Flor, Scherzo - Combate de Don Quijote contra las ovejas Orquestra de l'Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu/Guerassim Voronkov rec. 2007 COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0176 [63:04][RB]

Well and truly whets the appetite to hear more of Chapí's concert works ... see Full Review

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (c.1643-1704) Leçons de Ténèbres Agnès Mellon (soprano); Gérard Lesne (counter-tenor); Ian Honeyman (tenor); Jacques Bona (baritone) Il Seminario Musicale/Gérard Lesne rec. 1993 and 1995 – no further details given. DDD. VIRGIN VERITAS 5 22021 2 [66:12+70:55] [BW]

Few will resist the beauty of the music and the performances ... see Full Review

Domenico CIMAROSA (1749-1801) Dixit Dominus Cinzia Rissone (soprano), Sylvia Rottensteiner (mezzo), Gregory Bonfatti (tenor), I Musici Cantori Choir, Trento; Voci Roveretane; Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento/Fabio Pirona rec. 2003 CPO 999 988-2 [54:20] [GPu]

Engagingly operatic, sung and played with intelligent enthusiasm ... see Full Review

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonata Op.40, no.2 see SCHUBERT

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) The Tender Land Suite, Piano Concerto, Old American Songs Vol. I, Old American Songs Vol. II (arr. for chorus) Benjamin Pasternack (piano) (Tender); St. Charles Singers (Songs); * Nathaniel Stampley (baritone); † Jeffrey Hunt (tenor) Elgin Symphony Orchestra/Robert Hanson rec. 2007, Song texts included NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559297 [63:42] [DM]

Lesser-known Copland superbly played and recorded. Indispensable. ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs various orchestras rec. 1985-89 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066342 [76:31] [RB]

A capable, generous and engaging Copland collection ... see Full Review

John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) The Red Violin Caprices, Sonata for Violin and Piano Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) Three Portraits, Five Ladies, Eight Portraits Philippe Quint (violin) William Wolfram (piano) rec. 2007/8 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559364 [64:46] [DM]

Not mould-breaking or profound but well worth hearing ... see Full Review

François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Leçons de Ténèbres pour le Mercredi Saint (Tenebræ for Wednesday in Holy Week) (1713-1717) [38:48] 4 Versets du Motet: Tabescere me fecit [1:27]; Ignitum eloquium [2:26]; Adolescentius sum ego [2:51]; Justitia tua [2:01] Sophie Daneman (soprano); Patricia Petibon (soprano) Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 1996. DDD. ERATO 0630 17067 2 [47:32] [BW]

Attractive, often arresting music excellently performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Orchestral works Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Orchestral works City of Birmingham SO, Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 1989-2004 EMI CLASSICS 5145652 [5 CDs: 360:11] [IL]

As far as individual works are concerned there are often better alternatives ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Children’s Corner (arr. André Caplet) see BIZET

Carlo DOMENICONI (b. 1947) Koyunbaba see 20th Century Guitar

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) La Fille du Régiment Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Felicity Palmer, Royal Opera Ch & O/Bruno Campanella rec. live 2007 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190029 [132:00] [RW]

Dessay wins hearts: stunning voice, excellent timbre and stage presence ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Messa da Requiem Tiziana K. Sojat (soprano) Jaroslava Horsk-Maxova (mezzo) Vittorio Giammarrusco (tenor) Zdenek Hlavka (baritone) Marcel Rosca (bass) Prague Chamber Ch, Virtuosi di Praga/Alexander Rahbari rec. 1997 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08026 [63.04] [RH]

A largely creditable performance played confidently and with not a little style. ... see Full Review

Andrew DOWNES (b.1950) Sonata for violin, horn and piano Op.93 (2007) Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900) Trio in D minor Op.61 (1889) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Trio in E flat Op.40 (1865) Brahms Trio Prague rec. 2007 ARTESMON AS726-2 [68.11] [CF]

A disc of contrasts though the span of style between Brahms and Downes need hold no fears. ... see Full Review

TAN Dun (b. 1957) Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999)a [20:21] Tōru TAKEMITSU (1930–1996) Nostalgia (1987)b [16:13] Three Film Scores (1994/5) [11:07] Hikaru HAYASHI (b. 1931) Concerto "Elegia" (1995)c [30:18] Wu Nan (pipa)a; Yuri Bashmet (violinb, violac) Moscow Soloists/Roman Balashovbc rec. Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany, 26-28 September 2007. DDD ONYX 4027 [77:59] [HC]

Much splendid music-making to be enjoyed in this very fine release ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) In the South; Sea Pictures; Enigma Variations Gladys Ripley (contralto) London Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra/George Weldon rec. 1953-4 SOMM SOMMCD073 [78:11][EMc]

Three fine, mainstream performances including a special Enigma ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony 2, In the South, Sospiri BBC SO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1937-44 BEULAH 5PD15 [76:37] [EMc]

Wonderful … consistent inspiration … unforgettable ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Dies natalis, Prelude for String Orchestra, The Fall of the Leaf, Two Sonnets for Tenor and Orchestra, Nocturne Farewell to Arms James Gilchrist (tenor) Bournemouth SO/David Hill rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570417 [66:40] [RH]

Beautifully expressive and fluid … entirely  admirable ... see Full Review

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony, Symphonic Variations Jean-Philippe Collard (piano) O du Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson rec. 1985 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218542 [55:45] [DM]

As an entrée to symphonic Franck this is well worth considering ... see Full Review

Melchior FRANCK (c.1580-1639) Bußpsalmen des Königlichen Propheten Davids (1615) Weser-Renaissance (Monika Mauch; Manja Stephan (soprano); Marnix De Cat (alto); Hans Jörg Mammel; Jan Van Elsacker (tenor); Job Boswinkel (bass); William Dongois (cornetto muto); Frauke Hess; Barbara Hofmann; Juliane Laake; Julia Vetö (viola da gamba); Birgit Bahr (dulcian); Margit Schultheiß (harp))/Manfred Cordes rec. February 2006, Bassum, Germany. DDD CPO 777 181-2 [58:07] [JV]

First recordings of the seven Penitential Psalms - splendid performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Keyboard Music from Manuscript Sources Martha Folts (harpsichord) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570717 [73:03][JV] 

A spectacular combination of music, instrument and performer - not to be missed ... see Full Review

Steven R GERBER (b. 1948) Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Serenade for String Orchestra Kurt Nikkanen (violin); Carter Brey (cello) National CO/Piotr Gajewski rec. 1999/2000 KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-75091-2 [63:14] [RB]

I will be very happy to encounter Gerber’s music again ... see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blue; Catfish Row; Lullaby; Cuban Overture Various artists rec. 1980-7 EMI CLASSICS 2066282 [77:52][BW]

Minor reservations apart, an idiomatic and enjoyable Gershwin collection ... see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Porgy and Bess (1935) William Warfield (bass-baritone) – Porgy; Leontyne Price (soprano) – Bess; Cab Calloway (vocals) – Sporting Life; John McCurry (baritone) – Crown; Joseph James (bass) – Jake; Helen Colbert (soprano) – Clara; Howard Roberts (baritone) – Robbins; Helen Thigpen (soprano) – Serena and several others; Eva Jessye Choir; RIAS Unterhaltungsorchester/Alexander Smallens rec. live, Titania Palast, Berlin, 21 September 1952 GUILD GHCD 2313/14 [62:08 + 77:09] [GF]

Technical shortcomings and noisy production but definitely highly interesting. ... see Full Review

Umberto GIORDANO (1867–1948) Marcella Serena Daolio (soprano) Danilo Formaggia (tenor) Bratislava Chamber Ch, Internazionale d’Italia O/Manlio Benzi rec. live 2007 DYNAMIC CDS573 [64.18] [RH]

A creditable account of an interesting rarity attractively and idiomatically performed ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Complete String Quartets The Smith Quartet rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD117 [47:49 + 40:50] [RB]

The players have lived and breathed this music – the results are stunning ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b.1937) Façades; Company see REICH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Orchestral works (including symphonies 1-8 & violin concerto) Russian State SO/Valeri Polyansky rec. 1997-2002 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93565 [7 CDs: 455.08] [RB]

An often joyous set and an astonishing bargain ... see Full Review

Vinko GLOBOKAR (b. 1934) CD 1 [59:32] Der Engel der Geschichte (2000-2004) Teil 1, Zerfall [29:45] Teil 2, Mars [29:45] CD 2 [62:13] Teil 3, Hoffnung [31:58] Les Otages (2003) [30:15] SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Fabrice Bollon; Martyn Brabbins ExperimentalStudio des SWR, Freiburg (Engel) Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Arturo Tamayo (Otages) rec. Hall of Tennis Club T.C.S., Strasbourg, 16-17 September 2004 (Engel); Herkulessaal der Residenz München, 1 December 2006 (Otages) COL LEGNO WWE 2SACD 20609 [59:32 + 62:13] [DC]

Not easy, but who else has tackled such subjects – on such a scale? ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Alceste The Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Charles Mackerras rec. 1981 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ROHS010 [71.21 + 75.26][RH] 

Essential; no home should be without one ... see Full Review

Alexander GOEHR (b. 1932) Little Symphony op. 15 (1963) [28:04] String Quartet No. 2 op. 23 (1967) [23:01] Piano Trio op. 20 (1966) [19:49] London Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar; Allegri Quartet; Orion Trio. rec. 15 August 1964 (Little Symphony); no details for other items. ADD First issued on LP: Philips SAL 3497 (Little Symphony); Argo ZRG 748. original recordings made in association with British Council. LYRITA SRCD.264 [71:03] [EMc]

Valuable revivals of 1960s recordings ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite in d minor see NARES

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Alcina Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Ivor Bolton rec. 2005 FARAO CLASSICS S108080 [3 CDs: 57:56 + 66:47 + 69:20][GF]

Lively and stylish with really excellent singing – Kasarova is fantastic! ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Hercules Junge Kantorei; Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra/Joachim Carlos Martini rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.557960-62 [3CDs: 60.29 + 73.22 + 46.58][RH]

Better to save up and try and get one of the others ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Rodelinda Dorothea Röschmann, Felicity Palmer, Michael Chance, Bavarian State Opera Ch & O/Ivor Bolton rec. 2004 FARAO CLASSICS D108060 [2 DVDS: 203:00] [BW]

Ignore the tomfoolery; singing, orchestral support, recording are excellent ... see Full Review

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL (c.1685-1759) Xerxes Julie Kaufmann, Yvonne Kenny, Ann Murray, Bavarian State Opera Ch & O/Ivor Bolton rec. live 1997 FARAO CLASSICS B108010 [3 CDs: 69:00 + 63:30 + 40:23] [MS]

A communicative and sensitive account ... see Full Review

Barbara HARBACH Chamber Music Vol. 1 Ensemble Istropolis/Kirk Trevor; Moyzes String Quartet; rec. 2006 MSR CLASSICS MS1253 [65:32] [BBr]

Fine stuff, well deserving of a hearing ... see Full Review

Roy HARRIS (1889-1979) Piano Quintet, Violin Sonata, String Quartet 3 Third Angle New Music Ensemble rec. 2001 KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS KIC-CD-3-7515-2 [64:51] [RB]

Fine pioneering Whitmanesque Harris in compact chamber form ... see Full Review

Hikaru HAYASHI (b. 1931) Concerto "Elegia" (1995) see Tan Dun

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Die Schöpfung Malin Hartelius; Lothar Odinius; Anton Scharinger; Saarbrücken RSO/Enoch zu Guttenberg rec. 1998 FARAO CLASSICS B108025 [38:00 + 65:06] [GF]

Spirited and extremely well sung ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1797) Piano Sonata No.39 see MOZART

Jake HEGGIE (b. 1961) For a Look or a Touch Gerard SCHWARZ (b. 1945) In Memoriam Lori LAITMAN (b. 1955) The Seed of Dream rec. 2006/7 NAXOS 8.559379 [60.50] [RH]

Fine performances, much of interest but not the composers’ best works ... see Full Review

Victor HELY-HUTCHINSON (1901-1947) The Young Idea see PHILLIPS

Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) Score reconstructions by John MORGAN The Snows of Kilimanjaro; Five Fingers Moscow Symphony Orchestra/William Stromberg rec. 2000 NAXOS 8.570186 [66:27][BBr] 

Two fine examples of music for film, by a master of the genre ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Fanfare for the New Atlantis; Concerto No. 2 for guitar; Symphony No. 63 Javier Calderón (guitar); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stewart Robertson rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559336 [59:29] [RB]

Perhaps the best Hovhaness instalment so far from Naxos ... see Full Review

Karen Geoghegan plays Bassoon Concertos Etc.Johan Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Grand Concerto W23 for Bassoon and Orchestra in F major [23:45]; Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Andante e Rondo ungarese Op 35 in C minor [9:08]; Franz BERWALD (1796-1868) Concert Piece in F major [11:10]; Carl Heinrich JACOBI (1791-1852) Introduction and Polonaise Op 9 [9:00]; Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Romance Op 62 [5:13]; George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Summertime [4:36] Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) Orchestra of Opera North/Benjamin Wallfisch rec. 9-10 January 2008, St George’s Hall, Bradford. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10477 [51:46] [JQ]

This should find the wide audience that this excellent young musician deserves ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles IVES (1874-1954) Songs, Orchestral and Ensemble pieces Marni Nixon (soprano); John McCabe (piano); Henry Herford (baritone); Ensemble Modern/Ingo Metzmacher rec. 1967 & 1991 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066312 [79:24][RB]

A master of dissonance ... the magic of mood, evocation, suggestion ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Suites and Dances Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra/Loris Tjeknavorian rec. 1991-5 ALTO ALC1019 [70:40][RB]

The brazen, brassy roar of a soviet orchestra at full pelt ... see Full Review

Graeme KOEHNE (b. 1956) Tivoli Dances; Shaker Dances; Palm Court Suite; To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Richard Mills rec. 2004-5 ABC CLASSICS 4766502 [70:24][RB] 

Lighter melodic music, nostalgic, sentimental and sincere ... see Full Review

Lori LAITMAN (b. 1955) The Seed of Dream see HEGGIE

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie Espagnole, Fantasie Norvégienne, (both works arr. violin and guitar by Lars Hannibal) Kim Sjøgren, (violin); Lars Hannibal, (guitar) rec. 1992 OUR RECORDINGS 8.226903 [48:33] [KS]

Delightful arrangements of well known works, a lovely little musical diversion ... see Full Review

Benjamin LEES (b. 1924) Violin Concerto see BLOCH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Sequence for All Saints; Chorale Prelude: Rockingham; O God, enfold me in the sun; Morning Canticles; The World’s Desire Wells Cathedral & School Chapel Ch/Matthew Owens rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67641 [76:23] [JQ]

Superb: Hyperion and the musicians have done Leighton proud ... see Full Review

Magnus LINDBERG (b. 1958) Violin Concerto see SIBELIUS


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