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Alban Berg Quartet - Hommage Alban Berg Quartet EMI CLASSICS 3976292 [5 CDs: 80.00 + 67:39 + 76:10 + 77:30 + 74:19][JW]

A compendious set celebrating the art of the Alan Berg Quartet ... see Full Review

Simon Barere and Boris Barere – Father and Son Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major [16:54] Simon Barere Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonic Etudes Op.13 [18:37] Boris Barere (piano) Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker – selections; Boris Barere – reminiscences, a DVD filmed in NYC in 2003 and 2005 with interviewer Mordecai Shehori. CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 124 [60:31 + free DVD 50:00] [JW]

A unique insight into the mind and music of the Bareres ... see Full Review

Black Castles Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) (arr. Dudley Bright) Severn Suite Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b. 1923) Triton Suite Derek BOURGEOIS (b. 1941) William and Mary Sir John TAVENER (b. 1944) Trisagion John PICKARD (b. 1963) Black Castles Mark-Anthony TURNAGE (b. 1960) Set To brass partout/Hermann Bäumer rec. 2003 BIS CD1354 [TP]

A valuable addition to a valuable series ... see Full Review

Nadia BOULANGER (1887-1979) Mademoiselle - A film by Bruno Monsaingeon (made 1977) Bonus film: Mozart Prague Symphony - ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor Markevitch. rec. 1967. NTSC Languages: English, French Subtitles: English Region: All Regions Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 IDÉALE AUDIENCE DVD 5DM41 (2007) [75:00] [AOz]

Mme Boulanger’s influence went far ... see Full Review

British Doubles Music by Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961), Andrew DOWNES (b. 1950), Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) and Robert RAMSKILL (b. 1950) Peter Noke and Julian Hellaby (pianos) rec. 2006 MAESTRO SOUND AND VISION MSV0317CD [48:30][BBr]

A bit of a mixed blessing ... see Full Review

Capriccioso – Under the Blue Skies Alexander Rudin (cello) rec. Moscow 1984-2007 CELLO CLASSICS CC1020 [63:39][JW]

Rudin plays with great eloquence and warmth ... see Full Review

Concertos and Fairytales Wolfgang PLAGGE (b.1960), Egil HOVLAND (b.1924), Magne AMDAHL (b.1942), Torstein AAGAARD-NILSEN (b.1964) Trombone Concertos P K Svensen (trombone); Malmö Symfoniorkester/Terje Boye Hansen, Christoph König rec. 2005 2L 2L35 [73:24][BBr] 

Not a disk for everybody, and certainly not for the faint-hearted ... see Full Review

Contrasts – Chamber Music for baritone saxophone by Felix TREIBER (b.1960), Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741), Otmar MÁCHA (b.1922), J. Ryan GARBER (b.1973), Ernst PRAPPACHER (b.1927) and Jan Dismas ZELENKA (1679-1745) Linda Bangs (baritone saxophone) rec. 2007 ANTES EDITION BM-CD 31.9245 [66:05][JW]

No genuinely outstanding music but for admirers of the sinuous, not-so-unwieldy baritone there is fun to be had ... see Full Review

Corelli Machine Music by Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001), Olav Anton THOMMESSEN (b.1966), Magne HEGDAL (b.1944) and Ketil HVOSLEF (b.1939) Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Terje Tønnesen rec. 2005 AURORA ACD5039 [54.53][GH]

An interesting disc, well worth exploring though you may feel short-changed at well under an hour of music ... see Full Review

Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias from La Traviata, I puritani, Maria Stuarda,* Rigoletto,* I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Lucia di Lammermoor*º Natalie Dessay (soprano) Sascha Reckert (glass harmonica), *Europäischer Kammarchor; Concerto Köln/Evelino Pidò rec. 2007 Sung texts and English, German and French translations enclosed VIRGIN CLASSICS 395243 2 [73:25] [GF]

It is hard to imagine better singing in this repertoire ... see Full Review

Dignity and Impudence Music by Lynnwood Farnam (1885-1930), Christopher Steel (1938-1991), Alfred Hollins (1865-1942), Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) and Basil Harwood (1859-1949) William Saunders (organ) rec. 2007 REGENT REGCD270 [67:33][JF]

This is a great CD that explores some little known repertoire ... see Full Review

Divine Hymns Works by Henry PURCELL (1659-1695), William CROFT (1678-1727) John BLOW (1649-1708) & Pelham HUMPHREY (1647-1674) Paul Agnew (tenor) Konstantin Wolff (bass) Thomas Michael Allen (counter-tenor) Hannah Morrison (soprano) Claire Debono (soprano) Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo) Anne-Marie Lasla (viola da gamba) Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 2006 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3951442 [JW]

I enjoyed this disc but in truth I was seldom really moved ... see Full Review

The English Flute Music by Edward German (1862-1936), Christopher Redgate (b. 1956), Michael Head (1900-1976), Arnold Cooke (1906-2005), York Bowen (1894-1961), John Tavener (b. 1944), Frederic Griffith (1867-1917) and Charles Stainer (1874-1947) Celia Redgate (flute); Michael Dussek (piano) rec. 2007 DIVINE ART DDA25061 [73:04][JF]

A fine selection of English flute music ... see Full Review

Jan Kalsbeek Fecit Includes Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562?-1621) Fantasia Chromatica Louis COUPERIN (1626?-1661) Prelude à l’imitation de Mr Froberger Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637?-1707) Preludium Georg BÖHM (1661-1733) Suite Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata Jacques DUPHLY (1715-1789) Pièces de clavecin Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonates Albert-Jan Roelofs (harpsichord) rec. 1995 CONTRAPUNCTUS MUSICUS VC2444 [73:27] [DC]

A fascinating potted overview of the development and heyday of harpsichord manufacture and composition ... see Full Review

The Russian Piano Tradition - Yakov Flier Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 2 Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Preludes Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Twenty-Four Preludes Yakov Flier rec. Moscow 1952-c.1956 APR 5665 [74:50] [JW]

Flier’s Rachmaninoff is exciting, his Chopin wilful, his Kabalevsky tremendous ... see Full Review

French Delights: Sharon Bezaly: Pierre SANCAN (b.1916) Sonatine (1946) [8:53]; Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 [16:39]; Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Joueurs de Flûte, Op. 27 [9:04]; Deux Poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 26 [8:15]; Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Sonatine (1922) [8:01]; Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Suite de trios Morceaux, Op 116 [10:19] Sharon Bezaly (flute) Love Derwinger (piano); Barbara Hendricks (soprano) rec. 2007 SACD BIS-SACD-1639 [62:29]

Consistently brilliant .. surpassed my expectations ... see Full Review

The Complete Leopold Godowsky - Volume 1: Columbia and Brunswick Recordings 1913-1922 Leopold Godowsky (piano) MARSTON 520462 [2 CDs] [JW]

Superbly done, as ever ... see Full Review

The Complete Leopold Godowsky - vol. 3 Brunswick Recordings 1925–1926
MARSTON 53008-2 [3 CDs: 79:38 + 74:02 + 77:28]

The most important of the three Godowsky volumes issued by Marston ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music - Globetrotting rec. 1935-56 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5141 [JS]

One of the best in a valuable series ... see Full Review

The Golden Age Of Light Music – Animal Antics Various composers and artists rec. 1931-1957; For full track listing see review GUILD GLCD5143 [78:29][BBr]

Another winner in a most enjoyable series ... see Full Review

The Golden Age Of Light Music – The 1950s Volume 5: Sunny Side Up Various composers and artists rec. 1955-57; For full track listing see review GUILD GLCD5142 [78:28][BBr]

An absolute must for all lovers of light music and anyone who enjoys a good tune ... see Full Review

Grands Jeux Music by Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940), Guy MORANÇON (b.1927), Jean-Dominique PASQUET (1951) and Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) Rupert Gough (organ) rec. 2007 REGENT REGCD272 [78:18][CB]

Well presented, well conceived, and clever enough to hold my interest ... see Full Review

Gypsy Strings Adam Summerhayes, Emil Chakalov (violin); London Concertante rec. 2005/ 2006, CHANDOS CHAN 10453 [44:53] [GPu]

A richly entertaining, virtuoso take on the gypsy fiddle tradition, which encompasses a fair emotional range and is united by the evident musical joy of the performers … see Full Review

I heard a voice - The Music of the Golden Age Music by Thomas WEELKES (1576-1623), Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) and Thomas TOMKINS (1572-1656) Fretwork; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 3944302 [59:56][MM]

A wonderful CD, recommended for any fan of early English music ... see Full Review

An Italian Sojourn Dario CASTELLO (fl.1621-1636) Sonata ottava Alessandro STRADELLA (1644-1682) Sinfonia Biagio MARINI (1678-1741) Sonata a due Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Sonata de camera Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Sonata Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Sonata Pastorale Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sonata Francesco VERACINI (1690-1750) Sonata Trio Settecento rec. 2006 CEDILLE CDR 90000 099 [JW]

Finely chosen, well programmed, elegantly produced ... see Full Review

Vanessa Latarche (piano) Music by Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) and Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Vanessa Latarche (piano) rec. 2007 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0273 [45:48][JW]

Latarche certainly nailed some intellectual colours to the mast in this recital ... see Full Review

La trompette retrouvée Music by Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764), Reynaldo HAHN (1874-1947), Emanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) and Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano) rec. 2006 LINN CKD294 [64:46][SV]

Every note precisely placed … clean articulation, carefully gauged dynamics and a dazzling display of double- and triple-tonguing ... see Full Review

Lusty Songs & Country Dances of 17th Century England The City Waites/Lucie Skeaping rec. 1992/1995. DDD REGIS RRC 1275 [70:42] [EM]

Engaging songs, good performances ... see Full Review


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