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Carles Pons i Altés: Bolero para un Ángel Carles Pons i Altés (guitar) SHEVA 009 [62:06][GPu] 

Not outstanding but well worth hearing if the repertoire attracts … see Full Review

American Tapestry Includes Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Suite from the opera ‘Merry Mount’ George GERSHWIN (arr. Donald Hunsberger) Rhapsody in Blue Steven BRYANT (b. 1972) Radiant Joy Robert Russell BENNETT (1894-1981) Suite of Old American Dances Richard Shuster (piano) Lone Star Wind O/Eugene Migliaro Corporon rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570968 [72:11] [BM]

Excellent program serves as recording debut of a new wind band ... see Full Review

Angela & Roberto Forever Angela Gheorghiu, Robert Alagna rec. 1995-2002 EMI CLASSICS 2145992 [76:18] [ST]

Good fun but it’s a mixed picture ... see Full Review

Apostle of Ireland: A Medieval Office for St. Patrick First Vespers, Matins, Lauds, Second Vespers Canty/Rebecca Tavener; William Taylor (wire-strung clarsach) rec. 2007. DDD. Booklet with texts and translations. DIVINE ART DDA25065 [78:03] [BW]

Spiritual nourishment … an excellent successor to Canty’s earlier recordings ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Martha Argerich - Music for Two Pianos Includes Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Suite No. 2 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sonata, Variations on a theme by Haydn with Mirabela Dina, Gabriela Montero, Lilya Zilberstein, Polina Leschenko, Yefim Bronfman & Giorgia Tomassi rec. live 2002-4 EMI CLASSICS 2076232 [69.41 + 76.38] [MM-B]

Brilliant and uplifting … a must-have ... see Full Review

Art of the Symphonic Organist - Music by Richard WAGNER (1813-1883), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921), Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933), Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894), Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925), Francis POULENC (1899-1963), Guy BOVET (b.1942) and Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Ken Cowan (organ) rec. 2006 JAV RECORDINGS JAV169 [67:52][DC]

Some creative arrangements add interest to a substantial programme ... see Full Review

Audivi Vocem Includes Thomas TALLIS (c. 1505-1585) In ieiunio et fletu Christopher TYE (c.1505-1572) Missa Sine Nomine John SHEPPARD (c. 1515-1558) Gaudete celicole omnes, Laudate pueri Dominum, Beati omnes Hilliard Ensemble rec. 2005 ECM NEW SERIES 1936 [72:06] [DC]

Glorious from beginning to end ... see Full Review

Bambusorgel (Bamboo Organ, Philippines) Albert Bolliger (organ) SINUS CD4003 [54:12] [GPu]

An entertaining chance to hear one of the most special organs in the world … see Full Review

The Golden Age Of Light Music Bandstand In The Park – Volume 2 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5147 [78:40] [BBr]

Most enjoyable and very well worth investigating ... see Full Review

Miguel Baselga - Vals Café Miguel Baselga (piano) rec. 2005 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0144 [56:28][GPu]

An intelligent, thought-provoking and well played programme of waltzes for piano ... see Full Review

The Birth of the Cello Music by Giambattista degli ANTONII (c.1640-after 1696) and Domenico GABRIELLI (1651-1690) Julius Berger (cello) rec. 2007 SOLO MUSICA SM112 [74:45][GPu]

A valuable historical document. Fascinating music from the birth of the cello … see Full Review

Boléro Music by Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937), Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887), Georges BIZET (1838-1875) and Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel rec. 2007 TELARC SACD60703 [65:27][MSJ] 

Superfluous ... see Full Review

Andreas Brantelid (cello) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto No. 1 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto Andreas Brantelid (cello); Danish National Symphony Orchestra DR/Michael Schønwandt rec. 2007-8 EMI CLASSICS DEBUT 2130382 [61:58][ST] 

A most impressive debut and a very appealing disc ... see Full Review

Julian Bream plays Dowland and Bach Julian Bream (lute and guitar) rec. 1956 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777750 [72:20 + 68:42][EMc]

Bream’s enthusiasm and missionary zeal ... see Full Review

Childhood Memories – Volume 2 rec.1927-1957 GUILD GLCD 5144 CD [77:25] [JS]

Musicality, ingenuity and professionalism of those working in light music ... see Full Review

The Dark Pastoral - Songs and Poetry from World War One Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Julius Drake (piano) Simon Russell Beale (narrator) rec. 2007 ALTARA CLASSICS ALT1035 [76:46] [MC]

Agreeable yet could have been better yet. Goossens’ songs are the highlight ... see Full Review

The English Clarinet Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Romance for clarinet and piano (1889) [4:35] Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Sonata for clarinet and piano (1934) [13:51] Edwin ROXBURGH (b. 1937) Wordsworth Miniatures for solo clarinet (1998) [8:05] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (1938-43) [15:19] William Yeates HURLSTONE (1876-1906) Four Characteristic Pieces for clarinet and piano (1899) [16:57] Paul PATTERSON (b. 1947) Soliloquy for solo clarinet (c.1995) [5:52] William LLOYD WEBBER (1914-1982) Frensham Pond for clarinet and piano (1960) [2:44] Air and Variations for clarinet and piano (1952) [6:38] Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Pastoral for clarinet and piano (1916) [4:25] John Bradbury (clarinet) James Cryer (piano) rec. 2-3 June 2006, Wathen Hall, Barnes, London, England. DDD NAXOS 8.570539 [78:26] [MC]

A splendid achievement. A strong case for English clarinet music. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ensemble Syntagma - Remembrance: Music by Gautier D’ÉPINAL (1205/30-1272), Colin MUSET (13th century), Jacques de CYSOING (middle of 13th century), Jehannot de L’ESCUREL (d.1304) and Gautier DE COINCY (1177-1236) Ensemble Syntagma rec. 2006 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72190 [63:14][GPu]

Outstanding … undogmatic coherence and persuasive sensitivity in rare repertoire … see Full Review

Four Gentlemen of The Chapel Royal Works by Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) William BYRD (1543- 1623) Christopher TYE (1505-1572) & Thomas TOMKINS (1572-1656) Clare Wilkinson (mezzo); Rose Consort of Viols rec. 2006 DEUX-ELLES DXL1129 [70.00] [GH]

Some memorable and quite remarkable music-making ... see Full Review

French Touch Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Violin Sonata Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835 – 1921) Danse Macabre Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Tzigane Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Meditation from Thaïs Max Zorin (violin), Vincent Balse (piano) rec. 2006 MAX ZORIN no number [57:29] [BBr]

Well worth having. Zorin sheds new light on the Poulenc and Ravel ... see Full Review

Fugas y Fandangos Works by De Falla, Castelnuovo-Tesdesco and Granados for two guitars Susan Mebes; Joaquim Freire (guitars) rec. 1994 LÉMAN CLASSICS LC44401 [52:41]

The guitar duets of Castelnuovo-Tedesco are the standouts on an attractive CD … see Full Review

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

Essential listening … an individual and instantly recognisable voice ... see Full Review

Handel-Inspired Paul Ayres (organ) rec. 2007 PRIORY PRCD894 [72:25][GPu]

Beautifully assembled; playing, instrument, repertoire, recording all top notch … see Full Review

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

Excellent tribute to one of the loveliest sopranos of the post-war era. ... see Full Review

Hymns Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Phillip McCann rec. St. Pauls, Huddersfield University, 9-10 February 2008 EGON SFZ 141 [68:37] [BM]

Splendidly played but too much of a good thing? ... see Full Review

Hymns from Hereford Hereford Cathedral Choir/Roy Massey & Richard Lloyd GRIFFIN RECORDS GCCD4060 [60:09][JV]

Mostly impressive and enjoyable but some dubious quality repertoire ... see Full Review

Wilhelm Furtwängler - the Early Recordings Vol. 2 Music by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) and Gioachino Antonio ROSSINI (1792-1868) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1926-35 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111003 [66:38][RM] 

A worthwhile addition to a very useful series ... see Full Review

Eliette von Karajan My Life at his Side: My Favorite Recordings DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7541 [74:13 + 75:28] [MSJ]

Great moments unlikely to be picked for your average “greatest hits” CD ... see Full Review

Herbert von Karajan: New Year’s Eve Concert 1983 ROSSINI Overture: Wilhelm Tell [12.16] SMETANA Die Moldau [12.47] SIBELIUS Valse Triste Op.44 [6.59] Josef STRAUSS Delirien Waltz Op.212 [9.33] Johann STRAUSS II Overture: Der Zigeunerbaron [9.23] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan Director: Humphrey Burton rec. Philharmonie, Berlin, 31 December 1983 PAL 4:3; Dolby digital SONY CLASSICAL DVD 88697296069 [50:58] [CF]

Becomes a dull experience ... see Full Review

Freddy Kempf (piano) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Gaspard de la nuit Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Islamey Freddy Kempf (piano) rec. 2006 BIS BISSACD1580 [63:43][DM]

Uneven Pictures but fine Gaspard and stunning Islamey ... see Full Review

The King’s Singers – Greatest Hits rec. 1974-1991 EMI CLASSICS 5145872 [77:39 + 79:41] [TP]

An enjoyable but flawed compilation ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Art of Christa Ludwig rec. 1956–1969 EMI CLASSICS 5176082 [5 CDs: 387:44] [GF]

A worthy tribute. Should be snapped up by all lovers of great singing ... see Full Review

 


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