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Concert in honour of Pope Benedict XVI Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c. 1525-1594) Motet ‘Tu es Petrus’ Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 9 Bayerischen Rundfunks SO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2007 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101457 [146:00] [DM]

As a record of a major Vatican event this has its appeal but as a musical one I’m afraid it’s a non-starter ... see Full Review

Alban Berg Quartet: 20th Century Masterpieces rec. 1983-2003 EMI CLASSICS 5139742 [3 CDs] [LW]

The pleasures are rather mixed. Primarily for devotees of the Alban Berg Quartet ... seeFull Review

American Fantasies: Arnold Schoenberg and American Music Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) Phantasy for Violin with Piano accompaniment, Op.47 (1949) [9:51] John Cage (1912-1992) Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950) [12:20] Gunther Schuller (b.1925) Recitative and Rondo (1954) [14:59] Donald Harris (b.1931) Fantasy for Violin and Piano (1955) [8:18] Leon Kirchner (b. 1919) For Solo Violin (World Premiere Recording) (1985) [9:20] Duo No.2 for Violin and Piano (2001) [15:56] Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) Day-Dream (World Premiere Recording) (1970) [1:33] Hasse Borup (violin); Mary Kathleen Ernst (piano) rec. 2006/7 DDD CENTAUR CRC 2918 [72:19] [JF]

An exciting and instructive … exploring music normally a closed book to many music lovers ... see Full Review

Matheu Bosch Organ - Sencelles, Mallorca KERLL (1627-1693), CABANILLES (1644-1712), CABEZÓN (1510-1566), BRUNA (1611-1679),
Roland Dopfer (organ)
rec. 2005. DDD ORGANUM CLASSICS OGM 271011 [68:51] [ME]

Playing that is both clear and vigorous, bringing to mind the best of the modern German organ tradition ... see Full Review

Measha Brueggergosman - Surprise William BOLCOM (b. 1938) Cabaret Songs Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874–1951) Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs) Erik SATIE (1866–1925) Songs Orchestration: Robert Caby (19), William Bolcom (20) Measha Brueggergosman (soprano) William Bolcom (piano) BBC SO/David Robertson rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6589 [60:22] [GF]

An unorthodox and thrilling programme and a new soprano with all the hallmarks of a great artist. Certainly a singer to watch. ... see Full Review

Daphne: The Flute’s Garden of Delights Works by Jacob Van EYCK (c.1589-1657), John DOWLAND (1563-1622), Giulio CACCINI (1563-1640) & Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562-1621) Anthonello rec. 2003 ENCHIRIADIS EN2020 [67:12] [MS]

If you’re stimulated or satisfied by arrangements for recorder and harp then this CD might be for you ... see Full Review

Die Vögel unter dem Himmel Music by Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672), Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654), Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (1595-1663) and Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562-1621) The National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2006-7 DELPHIAN DCD34043 [74:16][MS]

Cannot fail to delight … should win more admirers for the unostentatious profundity of Schütz and his contemporaries ... see Full Review

The English Cathedral Series Vol. XIV – Southwell Minster John COOK (1918-1984) Fanfare Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Orpheus François COUPERIN (1668-1773) Messe pour les Couvents Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Homage to Handel Paul Hale (organ) rec. 2006/7 REGENT REGCD248 [79:34] [JS]

Substantial pieces … enjoyable and worth acquiring in these performances simply as music ... see Full Review

Euro-Ottomania: 19th Century European and Ottoman Orchestral Music Luigi ARDITI (1822-1903) Callisto GUATELLI (1818-1900) August Ritter von ADELBURG (1830-1873) Bartolomeo PISANI (1811-1876)Angelo MARIANI (1821-1873) Soloists; Prague Symphony Orchestra; Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra; Prague Philharmonic Choir/Emre Aracı rec. August 2003/ 2005 No texts or translations. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93613 [76:53] [GPu]

Attractive music which provides a striking aural picture of a fascinating musico-historical phenomenon … see Full Review

An Evening with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti Excerpts from Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La traviata Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor Giuseppe VERDI Rigoletto Joan Sutherland (soprano); Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Richard Bonynge rec. 1987 DECCA 0743229 [115:00][GF]

Highly valuable document of Sutherland and Pavarotti in excerpts from some of their best roles ... see Full Review

Evensong for the Feast of the Dedication from Exeter Cathedral Choir of Exeter Cathedral/Lucian Nethsingha rec. 1985 PRIORY PRAB112 [53:45][BBr]

Praise to Priory for making Harry Mudd’s fine recording available once again ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey Choir of Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67680 [66:18] [JQ]

Everything about this disc is first class ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fiesta REVUELTAS Sensemayá CARREÑO Margariteña ESTÉVEZ Mediodia en el Llano MÁRQUEZ Danzón No.2 ROMERO Fuga con Pajarillo GINASTERA Estancia CASTELLANOS Santa Cruz de Pacairigua BERNSTEIN West Side Story -- Mambo Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel rec.2008, DG 477 7457 [75:57] [DM]

An utterly irresistible programme ... see Full Review

Flower of Cities All - Music in London 1580-1620 The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble rec. 2006 DEUX-ELLES DXL1118 [74:16] [DC]

Recordings and performances of impeccable pedigree ... see Full Review

Flute Music by Performing Artists of the 20th Century Includes Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Romance, Sonate pour Flûte et Piano Lowell LIEBERMANN (b.1961) Sonata Walter GIESEKING (1895-1956) Sonatine Maurice Heugen (flute); Marianne Boer (piano) rec. 2006 QUANTUM QM7044 [62:34] [CR]

Admirable … satisfying variety. Performers consistently excellent and their passion for the music communicates well ... see Full Review

The Great Cello Concertos Music by Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904), Edward ELGAR (1857–1934), Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741), Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809), Matthias Georg MONN (1717-1750), Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) and Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Various artists rec. 1968-99 EMI CLASSICS 5094422 [3 CDs: 69:05 + 75:20 + 78:35][BBr]

A satisfactory collection for a general, non-specialist, collection ... see Full Review

Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory - Music for Holy Communion Basil HARWOOD (1859-1949) Communion Service John IRELAND (1879-1962) Communion Service Charles WOOD (1866-1926) Short Communion Service Harold DARKE (1888-1976) Communion Service George OLDROYD (1893-1958) Mass of the Quiet Hour Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Missa Brevis Wakefield Cathedral Choir/Jonathan Bielby, Keith Wright (organ) rec. 1990 PRIORY RECORDS PRCD5030 [69:53] [MC]

Bielby and his splendid Wakefield Cathedral Choir may never make a better recording ... see Full Review

Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 1 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Concerto in A minor Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No.7 (Menuetto) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Klavierstücke Op.119 No.1 Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano); Omroep Kamerorkest/Mauritz van der Berg rec. 1949-62 ARBITER 154 [78:02][JW]

An essential purchase for Horszowski’s legion of admirers ... see Full Review

In A State of Jazz Music by Friedrich GULDA (1930-2000), Nikolai KAPUSTIN (b.1937), Alexis WEISSENBERG (b.1929) and George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2007  HYPERION CDA67656 [69:07][JW]

The gift is to bring these pieces to the kind of life that Hamelin displays throughout ... see Full Review

It's Not Unusual Compositions and arrangements for brass band by Phillip LAWRENCE The Fairey Band/Frank Renton. rec. 2007 DOYEN DOYCD237 [76:20] [TP]

Would be better if it contained less music and had been more thoroughly rehearsed ... see Full Review

Alexander Kipnis (1891–1978) Russian Arias Alexander Kipnis (bass); Anna Leskaya (soprano)(8, 10), Ilya Tamarin (8, 10), Orchestra and Chorus/Nicolai Berezowsky rec. 1945-46 NIMBUS NI 7950 [68:17] [GF]

Should be compulsory listening for every lover of the bass voice ... see Full Review

Lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ Includes Alexander AGRICOLA (1446-1506) Lamentatio Jeremiae Jacob ARCADELT (1505?-1567?) Lamentatio Jeremiae Orlando di LASSO (1532?-1594) Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae, Lamentatio Secunda Primi Diei, Lamentatio Tertia Primi Diei Egidius Kwartet, Gregoriana rec. 2007 ETCETERA KTC1343 [78:30] [MS]

Will move and stimulate and should not be overlooked ... see Full Review


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