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Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 5 Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/David Zinman rec. 2007 SONY-BMG 88697314502 [72:58][DM]

Want to rediscover this great symphony - you’ve come to the right place ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 5 Royal Concertgebouw O/Bernard Haitink rec. 1970 PENTATONE PTC5186 183 [70:55] [BB]

Every little detail, every line of musical argument, can be heard clearly ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No 6 see BRUCKNER

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das klagende Lied see WAGNER

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Violin Concerto No. 2; Serenade No. 2; Toccata e due canzoni Isabelle Faust (violin); Cédric Tiberghien (piano); Prague Philharmonia/Jiří Bělohlávek rec. 1996 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901951 [62:54][RB]

A powerful and valuable Martinů anthology ... see Full Review

Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Amica Bratislava Chamber Choir; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia/Manlio Benzi rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS574 [78:06][CH]

Musically, this may be a masterpiece. This performance gives only a rough idea ... see Full Review

Rupert Ignaz MAYR (1646-1712) Confitebor tibi - Psalms, Motets, Concertos Mechthild Bach (soprano), Eliabeth Popien (contralto), Hans Jörg Mammel (tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (bass) Capella Weilburgensis vocalis, L'arpa festante/Doris Hagel rec. 2006 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08022 [73:47] [JV]

An interesting recording - overall good performances ... see Full Review

Simon MAYR (1763–1845) David in spelunca Engaddi Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble/Franz Hauk (harpsichord) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570366-67 [43:40 + 50:43][GF]

Lovers of early Italian opera will be richly awarded ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809–1847) The Complete String Symphonies Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Lev Markiz rec. 1993-96 BIS BIS-SACD-1738 [4:15:55] [GF]

Marvellous music and virtuoso playing – more than four hours on one disc! ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) The Complete Solo Concertos Various artists rec. 1994-8 BIS BISSACD1766 [255:55][DM]

Rare sensitivity and intelligence ... a very desirable disc ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Fine Arts String Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570488 [70:23][TB]

Vibrant and brilliantly played rewarding repertoire ... see Full Review

Wim MERTENS (b.1953) 9 albums:Clairière, With Usura, Maximizing the audience, Sonorous Resonances, A man of no fortune & with a name to come, The Belly Of An Architect, Educes me, After virtue, Motives for writing EMI Classics [DC]

So, you want to find out about Belgian Minimalism? ... see Full Review

Léon MINKUS (1826-1917) Don Quixote – ballet Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet; Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Sotnikov rec. 1992 VAI 4451 [120:00][RM]

Enjoyably captures on film a charismatic artist at the height of her powers ... see Full Review

Stanisław MORYTO (b.1947) Legnica Mass; Missa Solemnis; Missa Brevis pro defunctis Choir of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyńskiego; Zespół Instrumentów Dętych Blaszanych/Kazinierz Szymonik rec. 2007 DUX 0571 [63:08][GPu]

Much to admire in a rewarding and approachable trio of mass settings … see Full Review

Ignaz MOSCHELES (1794-1870) Piano Concertos 2 & 4 Ian Hobson (piano & conductor) Sinfonia da Camera rec. 1998/9 ZEPHYR Z116-99 [60:42] [RM]

Enjoyable and interesting music, well performed ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Symphonies Nos. 35, 36 & 40 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner rec. 1947-54 INSTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS6537 [63:41][BBr] 

Performances from the heart, given with fire and spirit ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Opera Overtures; Sinfonia Concertante K364 Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner rec. 1981-91 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218662 [71:51][BBr]

Certainly won’t disappoint … a real bargain ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Sonata K378 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1797) Piano Sonata No.39 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No.1 Sviatoslav Richter (piano); Oleg Kagan (violin) rec. 1982-5 ALTO RECORDS ALC1010 [62:04][SA]

A disc to cherish … remastered to feel as fresh as if recorded yesterday ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Piano Concertos 22 & 23  Daniel Barenboim (piano and director)/English CO rec. 1967-71 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218682 [62:13] [BBr]

Performances well worth having and at the price a real bargain ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Cosě fan tutte Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 2007 (Sung in English) CHANDOS CHAN3152 [3 CDs: 64:43 + 51:11 + 44:40][GF]

Highly satisfying, lively conducting, accomplished singing-actors ... see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Songs and Dances of Death Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphonic Dances Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone); St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov rec. 2004 WARNER CLASSICS 2564620502 [53:54][RB]

Incredibly exciting, also cool .. but the songs are dark and sable ... see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839–1881) Khovanshchina Vladimir Ognovenko, Vladimir Galouzine, Robert Brubaker, Gran Teatre del Liceu Ch & SO/Michael Boder rec. live 2007 OPUS ARTE OA0989D [2 DVDs: 192:00] [GF]

I was deeply touched by this issue ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nikolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Symphonies 17 & 21, Salutatory Overture Russian Federation Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1991-3 ALTO ALC1023 [77:14] [RB]

Fervent music-making from Svetlanov and Myaskovsky ... see Full Review

James NARES (1715-1783) Eight Harpsichord Setts George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite in d minor Julian Perkins (harpsichord) rec. 2007 AVIE AV2152 [75:58][JV]

Fine Lessons by Nares beautifully played on splendid harpsichords ... see Full Review

Johann Gottlieb NAUMANN (1741-1801) La Passione di Gesů Cristo Monica Bragadin (mezzo); Makoto Sakurada (tenor); Raffaele Giordani (tenor); Alfredo Grandini (bass) Coro La Stagione Armonica, Padova e del Veneto O/Sergio Balestracci rec. live 2006 CPO 777 365-2 [65:02 + 55:04] [MS]

Not an earth-shattering Passion but makes for pleasing listening ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schřnwandt rec. 2000 NAXOS 8.570737 [67:47][LW]

Do pick up a copy of this CD at your earliest opportunity ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schřnwandt rec. 1999 NAXOS 8.570738 [71:11][LW] 

A real bargain and the best way to have these symphonies at very affordable cost ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN Pan and Syrinx (Pastorale for Orchestra), Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable" CBSO Rattle see SIBELIUS Symphony 5

Sean O'BOYLE (b. 1963) & William BARTON (b. 1981) Concerto for Didgeridoo Sean O'BOYLE (b. 1963) Riversymphony William Barton (didgeridoo) Willoughby Symphony Ch, Queensland O/Sean O'Boyle rec. 2002-07 ABC CLASSICS 476 6288 [42:58] [RB]

Pleasingly wild, candidly indebted … an orator speaking from the distant past ... see Full Review

Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Piano Concerto, Polish Fantasy Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia/Jerzy Maksymiuk rec. 1995 ZEPHYR Z122-02 [58:13] [RM]

Extremely colourful playing of this grandly romantic concerto ... see Full Review

Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) Ode VI, Prayer after the Canon see Contemporary Sacred Music from Estonia

Antonio PASCULLI (1842-1924) Operatic fantasias Ivan Paisov (oboe); Natalia Shcherbakova (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570567 [63:05] [GPu]

Some brilliant oboe playing, but much of the music is finally rather slight … see Full Review

Ian PARROTT (b.1916) String Quartet No. 4 see Wynne

Montague PHILLIPS (1885-1969) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Victor HELY-HUTCHINSON (1901-1947) The Young Idea David Owen Norris (piano); BBC Concert Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7206 [69:18][RB]

Crackling with the brio and energy of a live event ... see Full Review

Ástor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Includes Milonga del Ángel, Verano Porteńo, María de Buenos Aires Suite Enrique Moratalla (vocals); Maria Rey-Joly (soprano); Horacio Ferrer (reciter, sung and spoken texts); Versus Ensemble rec. 2006/7 NAXOS 8.570523 [52:15] [DW]

I found the whole experience rather enjoyable ... see Full Review

Daniel PINKHAM (1923-2006) Serenades; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Sonata No. 3 for organ James David Christie (organ); London SO/James Sedares rec. 1994 KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 371792 [48:07][RB]

Two stern(ish) symphonies flanked by two entertaining  concertante works ... see Full Review

Carlo Alberto PIZZINI (1905–1981) Al Piemonte; Scherzo in stile classico per orchestra; Il poema delle Dolomiti; Sarabanda per archi, Omaggio a Corelli; Grotte di postumia; Strapaese Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Alberto Pizzini rec. 1955-6 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111317 [62:10][BBr]

Pizzini seems to have found it impossible to escape his teacher’s influence ... see Full Review

Francis POULENC (1899–1962) Piano Concerto; Concert champętre; Organ Concerto; Concerto for 2 pianos; Aubade; Sinfonietta City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox rec. 1988-90 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5220452 [69:23 + 68:09][BBr] 

These performances are very musical and enjoyable ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concertos 1-5, Overture on Jewish Themes, Visions fugitives Michel Béroff (piano) Michel Portal (clarinet) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Kurt Masur, Parrenin Quartet rec. 1974/81 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 5176292 [72:03 + 75:56] [SH]

Béroff with Masur is as good as it gets, especially in such a pure ADD recording ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) La Bohème (1896) Norma Fantini, D’Annunzio Lombard, Massimiliano Pisapia Children’s Choir, Orchestra and Chorus of Festival Puccini/Stewart Robertson rec. 2007 DYNAMIC 33564 [118:00] [GF]

A feast for eye as well as ear! ... see Full Review

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Sonnatas of Three & Four Parts Risa Browder, Catherine Mackintosh (violin); Purcell Quartet rec. 1987/88 CHANDOS CHAN8591, 8663 & 8763 [50:55 + 53:20 + 62:53]

Little known but very attractive music in excellent performances, well recorded ... see Full Review

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas  Kirsten Flagstad (soprano); The Mermaid Singers and Orchestra/Geraint Jones rec. 1952 EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 5096902 [64:00][MG]

This Dido’s range of expression and nuance makes the disc indispensable … see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1945) Symphony 2 Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol Rotterdam PO/Edo de Waart rec. 1976 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186 153 [70:35] [DM]

Musically and sonically perverse. Avoid ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphonic Dances see MUSSORGSKY

Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (b.1928) Apotheosis, Manhattan Trilogy, Symphony 8 New Zealand SO/Pietari Inkinen rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570069 [56:12] [CR]

An enjoyable disc with some excellent playing ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Orchestral works see DEBUSSY

Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) Piano Concerto see SCHUBERT

Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra Geoffrey Tozer (piano); Tamara Cislowska (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Matthias Bamert rec. 1992 CHANDOS CHAN10339X [60:28][BW]

One of three excellent versions of these concertos – go for at least one ... see Full Review

Steve REICH (b.1936) Vermont Counterpoint; Eight Lines; New York Counterpoint; Four Organs Philip GLASS (b.1937) Façades; Company Various artists rec. 1973-96 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2066242 [79:45][RB]

An attractive choice even if Four Organs may drive you to distraction ... see Full Review

Ferdinand RIES (1784-1838) Piano Concertos - Volume 2 Swedish National Airs with Variations, Introduction and Polonaise, Piano Concerto in C sharp minor Christopher Hinterhuber, Gävle SO/Uwe Grodd rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.557844 [60:27] [JW]

All round excellence ... see Full Review

Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol see RACHMANINOV

George ROCHBERG (1918-2005) Symphony 1 Saarbrücken RSO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee rec. 2004 NAXOS 8.559214 [64:15] [BB]

Fans of the twentieth-century symphony should consider this essential ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Julius RÖNTGEN (1855-1932) Aus Goethes Faust Machteld Baumans, Marcel Beekman, Dennis Wilgenhof, Nationale Reisopera Enschede Ch, Netherlands SO/David Porcelijn rec. 2007 CPO 777 311-2 [60:34] [RB]

Extraordinary work … totally beguiling freshness of romantic invention ... see Full Review

Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) The String Quartets - Volume 3 Quatuor Stanislas rec. 2007 TIMPANI 1C1121 [59:32][RB]

The last piece in the jigsaw of Ropartz's string quartets ... see Full Review

Ćmilian Rosengart (1757-1810) Te Deum Laudamus: Sacred Choral Music Orpheus Vokalensemble; Ars Antiqua Austria/Jürgen Essl rec. 2007 CARUS 83.427 [56:31] [BW]

No neglected masterpieces, but attractive music, well performed and recorded ... see Full Review

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Péchés de vieillesse (1857-68) Volume VII "Album de Chaumière" (complete) [99:20]: Gymnastique d’écartement [7:18]; Prélude fugassé [5:17]; Petite polka chinoise [5:44]; Petite valse de boudoir [4:57]; Prélude inoffensif [10:18]; Petite valse "L’huile de Ricin" [10:22]; Un profond sommeil [6:20]; Un réveil en sursaut [7:41]; Plein chant chinois [6:02]; Un cauchemar [12:01]; Valse boiteuse [6:01]; Une pensée à Florence [10:25]; Marche [6:53] Volume IX "Album pour piano, violon, violoncelle, harmonium et cor" (excerpts) [23:37]: Mélodie candide [4:50]; La savoie aimante [7:49]; Chansonette [4:36]; Impromptu tarantellisé [6:20] Alessandro Marangoni (piano) rec.2006. DDD Booklet in English and German; pianist biography in English only NAXOS 8.570590-91 [57.58 + 64.59] [MMB]

Excellent recording of Rossini’s neglected but wonderful piano music ... see Full Review

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il Turco in Italia Prague Chamber Choir; Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento/Antonello Allemandi rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS566/1-2 [77:20+79:36][JS] 

A performance which is enjoyable and worthy of this delightful opera ... see Full Review

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia; La Cenerentola; Le Comte Ory The Glyndebourne Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sylvain Cambreling; Donato Renzetti; Andrew Davis rec. 1981-97 WARNER ENTERTAINMENT 50-51442-7848-2 [3 discs: 154:00 + 151:00 + 142:00][RJF]

The excellent Comte Ory is the icing on the cake of this mid-price collection ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’Inganno Felice Czech Chamber Soloists Brno/Alberto Zedda rec. 2005 NAXOS OPERA CLASSICS 8.660233-34 [51.21 + 34.17][RJF]

A excellent and welcome addition to the burgeoning Naxos Rossini catalogue ... see Full Review

Miklós RÓZSA (1907-1995) Violin Concerto; Sinfonia Concertante Anastasia Khitruk (violin); Andrey Tchekmazov (cello); Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570350 [65:40][DW]

Two dramatic and idiomatic concertos in full-blooded performances ... see Full Review

Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Symphony No. 1 op. 7 Le Poème de la Forêt (1904-6) [41:48] Symphony No. 4 op. 35 (1934) [24:55] Orchestre de Paris/Christoph Eschenbach rec. Conservatoire de Paris, July 2005 ONDINE ODE 1092-2 [66:53]
Bacchus et Ariane (1931) op. 43, Suite No. 1 [17:09]; Suite No. 2 [18:51] Symphony No. 2 op. 23 (1919-21) [41:37] Orchestre de Paris/Christoph Eschenbach rec. Théâtre Mogador, Paris, Feb 2005 (Bacchus); Conservatoire de Paris, July 2005 (2) ONDINE ODE 1065-2 [77:58]
Symphony No. 3 op. 42 (1929-30) [26:14] Le Festin d'araignée op. 17 - complete ballet (1912) [33:14] Orchestre de Paris/Christoph Eschenbach rec. live Théâtre Mogador, Paris, Mar 2005 (3); Conservatoire de Paris, July 2005 (Festin) ONDINE ODE 1107-2 [59:41] [RB]

An easy full price choice - poetically done in every aspect ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Symphony No. 2; Pour une fęte de printemps; Suite in F Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stéphane Denčve rec. 2006-7 NAXOS 8.570529 [68:43][LW]

Superb performances and the recorded sound at an economic price ... see Full Review


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