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Airs and Graces Parnassus Avenue rec. 2005 BIS BISSACD1595 [65:47][GPu]

Well-played, and offers some engaging unfamiliar repertoire … see Full Review

Carles Pons i Altés: Bolero para un Ángel Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) Rosita [1:50] Santiago de MURCIA (1682-1735) Tarantelas y Fandango [4:44] Mauricio Opazo MUÑOZ (b.1969) Bolero para un Ángel [3:43] Roland DYENS (b.1955) Tango en Skaï [2:45] Fernando SOR (1778-1839) Souvenirs d'une soirée a Berlin [11 :52] Anthony SYDNEY (b.1952) Sonatina Portuguesa [6 :03] Manuel López QUIROGA (1899-1988) arr. C. TREPAT Romance de Valentía (Pasodoble), [4:04] Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Cádiz [4 :40] Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Fandanguillo [5:03] Trad. arr. Emilio PUJOL (1886-1980) El cant dels ocells [2:20] Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) El testament d’Amelia [2:32] Laurent BOUTROS (b.1965) Les Echelles du Levant [4:25] David QUALEY (b.1948) One Time Swing [3:56] Charles TRENET (1913-2001) arr. Roland DYENS (b.1955) Revoir Paris Carles Pons i Altés (guitar) rec. no details given SHEVA 009 [62:06] [JW]

A pleasing recital with venturesome potential, adeptly played. ... see Full Review

Ernest Ansermet - Royal Ballet Gala Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1959 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4429986 [47:55 + 48:57][RM] 

Very fine with an almost ideal combination of brightness and warmth ... see Full Review

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Master Musician A film by Christopher Nupen Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Edo de Waart, Itzhak Perlman rec. 2008 ALLEGRO FILMS A09CND [160:00][AOz]

What comes over most is his dedication to his art ... see Full Review

Inge Borkh sings Music by Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856), Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) and Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Inge Borkh (soprano); Various accompanists rec. 1950-65 GALA GL100.805 [76:02 + 70:36][GF]

More for specialists than average opera-lovers ... see Full Review

British Light Classics Various composers and artists rec. 1948-78 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2282852 [74:37][JW]

Plenty to amuse and invigorate ... see Full Review

Bryn - First Love: Songs from the British Isles (arranged by Chris HAZELL) Bryn Terfel (baritone) London Voices; London Symphony Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth rec. 2007-8 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777865 [54:36][ST] 

This is a very frustrating disc ... see Full Review

Maria Callas sings Bel Canto: Music by Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835), Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848), Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) and Gaspare SPONTINI (1774-1851) Maria Callas (soprano); various accompanists rec. 1949-57 ALTO ALC1028 [74.00][RH]

Interesting but not essential ... see Full Review

Per Clavicembalo Moderno Music by Hanna KULENTY (b.1961), Zbigniew BARGIELSKI (b.1937), Marta PTASZYŃSKA (b.1943), Wojciech WIDŁAK (b.1971), Marcel CHYRZYŃSKI (b.1971), Aleksandra GRYKA (b.1977), Zygmunt KRAUZE (b.1938) and Włodzimierz KOTOŃSKI (b.1925) Gośka Isphording (harpsichord) rec. 2006-7 DUX 0605 [52:35][GPu]

An exciting and challenging programme of modern Polish music … see Full Review

Contemporary Estonian Church Music Andres UIBO (b.1956) Antiphons (2005) [10:43] Veljo TORMIS (b.1930) At the Crossroads (1991) [9:27] Tower Bell in my Village (1978) [14:29] Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) Kontakion (1996) [3:32] Ode VI (1996) [10:12] Prayer after the Canon (1996) [14:15] Orthodox Singers/Valery Petrov rec. March 2007, Keila Newand – Apostolic Church, Estonia TROUBADISC TRO-CD 01432 [62:42] [DC]

Very nice, if not 100% inspirational. ... see Full Review

Daystream Dances Women composers for the oboe Cynthia Green Libby (oboe), Peter Collins (piano) rec. 2000 DDD HESTER PARK CD 7707 [63:18]  [BBr]

A fine player and a most winning advocate for this music ... see Full Review

The Dowland Project - Romaria The Dowland Project rec. 2006 ECM NEW SERIES 1970 4765780 [77:03][TH]

A probing, intelligent approach to music of the distant past ... see Full Review

Elgar’s Tenth Muse Starring James Fox, Faith Brook, Selma Alispahic and Rupert Frazier; featuring Natalie Clein, Maxim Vengerov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis WARNER 5051442857528 [51:00][JW]

I quite liked it despite giving the impression I didn’t ... see Full Review

The Feast of Fools New London Consort/Philip Pickett rec. 1990 DECCA/L’OISEAU–LYRE 4780028 [74:50][DC]

Still top recommendation for drunken plainchant ... see Full Review

Fire Beneath My Fingers Music by Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741); Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) and Giuseppe SAMMARTINI (1695-1750) Musica Pacifica rec. 2006 DORIAN DSL90704 [65:50][JV] 

First-rate music in very theatrical and technically brilliant performances ... see Full Review

Four Amercian Quartets by Ralph EVANS (b. 1953), Philip GLASS (b. 1937), George ANTHEIL (b. 1900–1959) and ] Bernard HERRMANN (1911–1975) Fine Arts Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559354 [62:27][BBr]

Full-blooded and very committed ... see Full Review

Nicolai Gedda in Opera NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7943/44 [75:16 + 70:13] [RH]

A vivid glimpse of one of the 20th century’s most versatile tenors ... see Full Review

The Golden Age Of Light Music -Bandstand In The Park – Volume 2 Transferred from various 78 rpm discs recorded between 1929 and1955 ADD GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5147 [78:40] [JW]

Top notch notes ... see Full Review

Golden Age of Light Music - The Show Goes On Various artists rec. 1942-57 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5149 [79:04][BBr]

Rush to add this exciting disk to your collection ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music -Stringin’ Along Re-issues from 78 rpm discs and early 33 rpm LPs, recorded between 1949 and 1957 ADD GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5146 [77:36] [JW]

Plenty of vibrant vitality ... see Full Review

Golden Age of Light Music - Great Light Orchestras Salute Gershwin and Kern Various orchestras & artists rec. 1945-57 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5148 [76:33][BBr]

Another success in this fascinating series ... see Full Review

Great Opera Arias Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna & Placido Domingo; The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Asher Fisch rec. 1996 OPUS ARTE OAR3109D [89:00][ST]

Everyone on stage is clearly having great fun; you will too ... see Full Review

Hilde Güden - Arias and Songs NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7952-3 [78:48 + 78:58] [ABo]

Fascinating interpretations and a beautiful, clear, pure voice ... see Full Review

I Was Glad Music by Karl JENKINS (b. 1944), John IRELAND (1879-1962), Gabriel FAUR (1845-1924), Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924), Csar FRANCK (1822-1890), Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897), Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918), Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988), Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940), Samuel Sebastian WESLEY (1810-1876), Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) and John RUTTER (b.1945) OSJ Brass; The Choir of Eltham College/Tim Johnson, Tim Garrard rec. 2006 HERALD HAVPCD323 [67:07][KS] 

A mixed bag of hits and misses that makes for a great souvenir ... see Full Review

Iceland – Piano Music by Icelandic Composers Susanne Kessel (piano) rec. 2007 OEHMS CLASSICS OC813 [76:41][BBr] 

Susanne Kessel is a fine advocate for this music ... see Full Review

Ilya Kaler (violin) Music by Eugne YSAYE (1858–1931), Paul HINDEMITH (1895–1963), Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891–1953), Jean MARTINON (1910–1976) and Vytautas BARKAUSKAS (b 1931) Ilya Kaler (violin) rec. 1995 ONGAKU 024103 [66:59][BBr] 

A fine fiddler in attractive and interesting music ... see Full Review

Song Recital Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone); Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2002 EMI CLASSICS 2081232 [60:46][JW] 

A welcome re-release of a youthful talent ... see Full Review

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[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
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