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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Giselle Laëtitia Pujol, Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Wilfried Romoli, Corps de Ballet de L'Opéra National de Paris L'Opéra National de Paris O/Paul Connelly rec. 2006 TDK DVWW-BLGISP [111:00] [RW]

Treats everything with traditional elegance and is imaginatively recorded ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Ibéria; Navarra; Suite Española Alicia de Larrocha (piano) rec. 1986 DECCA 4780388 [64:12 + 61:11][TB] 

A notable addition to the catalogue ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Begräbnisgesang; Schicksalslied; Symphony No. 1 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Mitten wir im Leben sind The Monteverdi Choir; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2007 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG702 [75:11][JQ]

This new Brahms symphony cycle has been launched auspiciously ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Piano Concerto in D Major Op.13 (1938) [32:27] (CD includes original version of the third movement) [09:10] Young Apollo Op.16 for piano, string quartet and string orchestra (1939) [6:56] Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra Op.21 (1940) [22:26] Steven Osborne (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov rec. Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 21-23 September 2007 HYPERION CDA67625 [71:16] [JF]

A fine introduction to some of the composer’s earlier scores ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joe CUTLER (b.1968) Bartlebooth etc. BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood rec. 1996-2008 NMC D134 [75:56][TH]

Superbly crafted and brilliantly performed throughout ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH E.T.A. HOFFMANN (1776-1822) Quintet for Harp and String Quartet; Sonatas for Fortepiano in A & F minor; Grand Trio Nasumi Nagasawa (single action pedal harp); Beni Araki (fortepiano); Hoffmeister Quartet; Trio Margaux rec. 2006-7 PROFIL EDITION GÜNTER HÄNSSLER PH07063 [69:00][MSJ]

Persuasive advocates for Hoffmann’s forgotten musical genius ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pierre Danican PHILIDOR (1681-1731) Suittes pour hautbois L'Assemblée des Honnestes Curieux rec. 2007 ZIGZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT080203 [65:09][JV]

Suites by a member of the Philidor family in brilliant and exciting performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser (Paris Version) Spas Wenkoff (tenor) – Tannhäuser Gwyneth Jones (soprano) – Venus/Elisabeth Bernd Weikl (baritone) – Wolfram von Eschenbach Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival/Colin Davis rec. live, Bayreuth Festival, July 1978 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 073 4446 [2 DVDs, 64:24 + 123:43] [ST]

Essential for anyone interested in the power of the theatre ... see Full Review



BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edvard Hagerup GRIEG (1843–1907) The Complete Orchestral Music Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Kristian Ruud rec. 2002-2005 BIS BISCD1740/42 [8 CDs: 70:09 + 74:36 + 77:38 + 53:29 + 60:01 + 70:50 + 59:15 + 71:05 (8:25:15)][DC]

Best ever orchestral Grieg in a bargain box ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Romantic Poets - Volume 4 Florian Boesch (baritone); Burkhard Kehring (piano) rec. Radiostudio Zurich, DRS Zurich, Switzerland, 16-19 November 2006. Sung texts and English translations can be found at NAXOS 8.570067 [58:47] [GF]

Some unknown masterpieces and a superb new Lieder singer ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Symphonies 1 & 7 Chicago SO/Leonard Bernstein rec. live 1988 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7587 [66:43 + 53:11] [BBr]

Passion and searing, white hot, insight and intensity ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Janet BakerThe Beloved Mezzo various orchestras conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, Sir John Barbirolli, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Raymond Leppard, Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Neville Marriner; Robert Spencer (lute), Martin Isepp (harpsichord), Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons (piano) rec. 1964-86 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2080872 [5 CDs: 379:40] [GF]

Marvellous music in marvellous readings ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dennis Brain – The Horn Player Includes Mozart, Strauss and Hindemith concertos rec. various locations 1943-47 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2060102 [4 CDs: 76:42 + 76:58 + 75:21 + 77:03] [JS]

Irresistible for its sheer musical pleasure ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jascha Heifetz - Violin Virtuoso Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin ConcertoEdouard LALO (1823-1892)Symphonie Espagnole George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Preludes 1-3,Porgy and Bess Suite Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Moderato assai Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Jamaican Rumba Jascha Heifetz (violin) Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein; RCA Victor SO/William Steinberg; Emanuel Bay (piano) rec. 1944-53 REGIS RRC1296 [74:04] [RM]

Hard to see how this utterly committed recording could be bettered ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Discover Classical Music of the 20th Century by David McCleery ISBN: 978-1843792376 Published: 2008 Paperback format 224 pp. NAXOS BOOKS [MM-B]

An insightful simple guide to a period of great change in music ... see Full Review


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