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Peter Anders Songs and Arias Peter Anders (tenor); Various accompanists rec. 1942-1946 BERLIN CLASSICS 0184432BC [3 CDs: 74:43 + 65:59 + 78:24][GF] 

All is not gold – but enough is ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Emily Beynon: flute & friends Hilary TANN (b.1947) From the Song of Amergin Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Theme and Variations Sally BEAMISH (b.1956) Words For My Daughter Thea MUSGRAVE (b.1928) Impromptu Louise FARRENC (1804-1875) Trio Emily Beynon (flute), Henk Rubingh, Marijn Mijnders (violins), Roland Krämer (viola), Daniël Esser (cello), Sepp Grotenhuis (piano), Alexei Ogrintschouk (oboe), Petra van der Heide (harp) rec. 2007 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA26408 [68:15] [CR]

Unmissable ... see Full Review

Sharon Bezaly: From A to Z: Volume 1 Sharon Bezaly (flute) rec.  2000 BIS CD1159 [67.45][DM]

Invigorating, eclectic - Ms Bezaly at her virtuosic best ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Collection - Vol. 7 Jussi Björling (tenor); Nils Grevillius and his Orchestra rec. 1929-53 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110791 [58:21][GF]

Another disc to treasure in this invaluable series ... see Full Review

Celebrating Slava!In Remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich Julius Berger; Andreas Brantelid; Young–Chang Cho; Leonard Eschenbach; László Fenyó; David Geringas; Natalia Gutman; Lynn Harrell; Marie–Elisabeth Hecker; Sebastian Hess; Gary Hoffman; Eun–Sun Hong; Monika Leskovar; Mischa Maisky; Arto Noras; Miklós Perényi; Gabriel Schwabe; Giovanni Sollima (cellos) rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08029 [4 CDs: 58:13 + 65:47 + 65:34 + 74:32] [BBr]

A fabulous tribute to a unique musician ... see Full Review

Christo Barrios (clarinet) Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918–1990) Clarinet Sonata Salvador BROTONS (b. 1959) Clarinet Sonata Alban BERG (1985–1935) Vier Stücke Arnold BAX (1883–1953) Clarinet Sonata Esa–Pekka SALONEN (b. 1958) Nachtlieder Arthur HONEGGER (1892–1955) Clarinet Sonatina Cristo Barrios (clarinet); Clinton Cormany (piano) rec. 2007 METIER MSV28505 [57:53] [BBr]

Most enjoyable ... see Full Review

Composers in Person Bartók, Stravinsky, Elgar, Britten, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Khachaturian, Honegger, Poulenc, Widor, Vierne, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Glazunov, Villa-Lobos, Pfitzner, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Strauss, Granados, de Falla, Mompou, Nín, Holst, Lehár, Medtner, Roussel, Schmitt rec. 1926-1958, London, Paris, Berlin Budget Box SetFull list of recordings at end of review EMI CLASSICS 50999 2175752 5[22 CDs: c.26:00:00] [RB]

Historical mono - a small price to pay for that authentic ring ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Diversity - Amrywiaeth John METCALF (b.1946) Light Music Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Sonata Brian HUGHES (b.1938) Arithmetical Bagatelles Jeffrey LEWIS (b.1942) Night Fantasy John HEARNE (b.1937) Solemn and Strange Music Pwyll ap SION (b.1968) Emyn Helen and Harvey Davies (piano, four hands) rec. 2007 CAMPION CAMEO 2073 [73:40] [DC]

World class, in every regard ... see Full Review

Fast Forward – Into the Millennium Kevin MALONE (b.1958) Fast Forward David ELLIS (b.1933) String Quartet 2 John CASKEN (b.1949) String Quartet 2 Robin WALKER (b.1953) I thirst Geoffrey POOLE (b.1949) String Quartet 2 Anthony GILBERT (b.1934) String Quartet 3 Camerata Ensemble, Coull Quartet, The Lindsays, Nossek Quartet rec. 1998/9 ASC CSCD11 [78:58] [DC]

A proud symbol of late 20th century British chamber music ... see Full Review

Early French Tenor Recordings: Volume 1 Émile Scaramberg, Pierre Cornubert, and Julien Leprestre (tenors) rec. 1905–06 MARSTON 520592 [79:39 + 79:48][JW]

Consistently inspiring ... see Full Review

English Landscapes Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Tintagel [16.57] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending [15.18] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) The Fall of the Leaf [11.08] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Norfolk Rhapsody no. 1 [10.23] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Summer Night on the River [6.06]; On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring [6.03] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) As Torrent in Summer (from King Olaf) [2.11] John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Hills [2.54] Lyn Fletcher (violin) The Halle Choir Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder, rec. 2005 HALLE CD HLL 7512 [71.40] [Em]

Simply does not present the needed passion and spirit ... see Full Review

Face to Face Stephen PLEWS (b. 1961) The Future of an Illusion [18:11] Geoffrey KIMPTON (b. 1927) Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2000)a [23:02] Kevin MALONE (b. 1958) Eighteen Minutes (2002)b [19:42] Andy Long (violin)a; David Heyes; Dan Styffe (double bass)b; New World Ensemble/Alan Cuckston, Kevin Malone rec. United Reformed Church, Macclesfield, May 2006 CAMPION CAMEO 2049 [62:55] [DC]

A fascinatingly parallel world of the almost... not quite... nearly... ... see Full Review

Emil Gilels – Early Recordings: Volume 1 rec. 1935-51 NAXOS 8.111350 [73:44] [JW]

A warm welcome ... see Full Review

Eduard Grach (violin) Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Violin SonataArthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Sonatina for two violinsZoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Duo for violin and celloSergei PROKOFIEV (1891–1953) Sonata for two violins Eduard Grach, Evgeni Grach, Valentin Zhuk (violin) Evgeni Altman (cello) Evgeni Malinin (piano) rec. 1961-85 RUSSIAN COMPACT DISC RCD16212 [71:26] [JW]

Committed examples of Grach’s masculine playing ... see Full Review

History of the Organ: Volume 3 – The Golden Age André Isoir (organ); Gustav Leonhardt (organ) rec. 1997 ARTHAUS MUSIK 102151 [52:00][ST] 

A bit of a damp squib ... see Full Review

Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano by Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945), Franz LISZT (1811-1886), David POPPER (1843-1913), Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967), Ernö von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) and Miklós RÓZSA (1907-1995) Mark Kosower (cello); Jee-Won Oh (piano) rec. 2006  NAXOS 8.570570 [74:08][MC]

Impressive virtuosity … remarkable musicality ... see Full Review

Jamestown Concerto Music by William PERRY (b. 1930), William SCHUMAN (1910–1992) and Virgil THOMSON (1896–1989) Yehuda Hanani (cello); RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/William Eddins rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559344 [72:11][BBr] 

Makes us yearn to hear the pieces in the flesh ... see Full Review

William Kapell Rediscovered – The Australian Broadcasts William Kapell (piano); Victorian Symphony Orchestra/Sir Bernard Heinze rec. 1953 BMG-RCA RED SEAL 82876685602 [77:30 + 73:12][JW]

Monumentally vivid examples of combustible pianism ... see Full Review

Elena Kelessidi - A Russian Romance Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Mikhail GLINKA (1804 - 1857)Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 - 1908) César CUI (1835 - 1918) Alexander DARGOMYZHSKY (1813 - 1869) Vladimir VLASOV (1902 - 1986) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 - 1943) Elena Kelessidi (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2007 Transliterated texts and English translations enclosed ONYX 4031 [59:01] [GF]

Seldom heard repertoire and insightful singing compromised by heavy vibrato ... see Full Review

Yvonne Kenny - Vienna, City of my Dreams Yvonne Kenny (soprano); Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Richard Bonynge rec. 2008 ABC CLASSICS 4766905 [65:28][GF]

A fine achievement though lacking the last ounce of Viennese lilt ... see Full Review

Kurpie Songs by Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI (b. 1933), Stanisław MORYTO (b. 1947) & Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882–1937) Choir of the Podlaise Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok/Violetta Bielecka rec. 2007 DUX 0653 [55:59] [BBr]

Most interesting and satisfying. Good to hear such fine choral singing ... see Full Review

Jonathan Lemalu - Song Recital Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone); Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2002 EMI CLASSICS 2081232 [60.46][AS] 

Intensity and a real feeling for the words ... see Full Review

Das Lochamer Liederbuch (The Locham Song Book) Martin Hummel (baritone) Ensemble Dulce Melos/Marc Lewon rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557803 [71:20] [JV]

Lovers of renaissance music should enjoy this wide selection from the Lochamer Liederbuch ... see Full Review

 


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