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20th Century GuitarThe Art of Modern Guitar Ulrich WEDLICH (b. 1954) Guitar Sonata Leo BROUWER (b. 1939) Concerto elegiaco, Hommage à César Franck Carlo DOMENICONI (b. 1947) Koyunbaba Friedemann Wuttke (guitar) New Moscow CO/Igor Zhukov rec. 1992-2006 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08039 [60:09] [BBr]

An enjoyable issue and well worth having for the Brouwer ... see Full Review

40 Degrees North Includes Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Variations on the Carnival of Venice He Zhanhao (b. 1933)/Chen Gang (b. 1935) Violin Concerto "The Butterfly Lovers" Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Valses Poeticos Wang Huiran (b.1936) Yi Dance Xuefei Yang (guitar) rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2063222 [67:43] [ZT]

Aficionados of fine music will not be disappointed by this excellent recording ... see Full Review

A Chantar Songs of Women in the Middle Ages Estampie rec. 1989 CHRISTOPHORUS CHR77290 [66.36] [GH]

A joyous and happy experience ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH American Orchestral Song Music by Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989), John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951), Roy HARRIS (1898-1979), Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) and Horatio PARKER (1863-1919) Patrick Mason (baritone); Odense Symphony Orchestra/Paul Mann rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9254 [57:56][RB]

Luscious late-romantic song-cycles with orchestra and the visionary Harris more angular ... see Full Review

Auf Flügeln Des Gesanges (On Wings of Song) Includes Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Variations sérieuses Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasie Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Die Loreley (arr. Liszt) Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (trans. Tanski) Claudius Tanski (piano) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG9121489-6 [67:42] [MSJ]

A very listenable recital of romantic piano music ... see Full Review

Reminiscences - Yuri Bashmet Marin MARAIS Suite in D Minor [11:50] Jan Jiri BENDA Grave [3.32] Johannes BRAHMS Scherzo 'F.A.E.' Sonata [5.51]; Berceuse (Wiegenlied) [1.56] Igor STRAVINSKY Chanson Russe from Mavra [4.08] Sergei PROKOFIEV Scene of Farewell and Juliet's death from Romeo and Juliet [7.32] Marin MARAIS Five Old French Dances [10:34] Maurice RAVEL Pavane [6.22] Erik SATIE Gymnopedie no. 1 [3.11] Jean-Philippe RAMEAU La villageoise [0.47] Yuri Bashmet (viola) Mikhail Muntyan (piano) rec. 2007. ONYX CLASSICS ONYX4032 [51:43] [RB]

Breath-taking pianissimo playing from Bashmet ... recital favourites and encores. ... see Full Review

The Beauty of Two Music by Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907), Paul HINDEMITH (1895–1963), Francis POULENC (1899–1963) and Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890–1959) The Kennedy Center Chamber Players rec. 2004-6 DORIAN DSL90705 [74:12][BBr]

A slightly quirky programme, which makes it all the more interesting ... see Full Review

Beyond Favorites Richard O. BURDICK Horn Trio Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Second Organ Sonata Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata for two pianos Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.1 in C Richard Burdick (horns) rec. 2007/ 2008 I CHING MUSIC CD21 [69:46] [DC]

A tremendous achievement, but beyond novelty? ... see Full Review

A Candle to the Glorious Sun Music by John MILTON (c.1563-1647) and Martin PEERSON (c.1572-1651) Choir of Selwyn College/Sarah MacDonald REGENT REGCD268 [68.12][GH] 

Fantastic to have this very rare repertoire and performed so well ... see Full Review

Canticum Canticorum Includes works by Schütz, Purcell and Marais Les Voix Baroques/Stephen Stubbs. rec. 2007 ATMA ACD2 2503 [69:02] [GPu]

A well conceived and planned anthology … see Full Review

Jiří Kylián’s Car Men - a film by Jiří Kylián and Boris Paval Conen Sabine Kupferberg, Gioconda Barbuto, David Krügel, Karel Hruška (dancers) rec. 2006 plus Silent Cries & La Cathédrale engloutie rec. 1983/87 ARTHAUS 102101 [61:00] [MM-B]

Kylián is original, innovative, always questioning, challenging ... see Full Review

Chinese Lieder Jingma Fan (tenor) Reinild Mees (piano) rec. January 2008, Frits Philipszaal, Eindhoven CHANNEL OF CHINA - CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS SA 80908 [58:36] [DC]

A fine product, deserving of success. ... see Full Review

Clarinet Music 1950 Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Duet Concertino Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913–1994) Dance Preludes Aaron COPLAND (1900–1990) Clarinet Concerto Carl NIELSEN (1865–1931) Little Suite Jean-François Verdier (clarinet), Laurent Lefèvre (bassoon) Ensemble Jean Wiéner/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2001 QUANTUM QM7006 [60:37] [BBr]

Nice disk, but the performances are too lightweight ... see Full Review

Contemporary Sacred Music from Estonia Andres UIBO (b.1956) Antiphons Veljo TORMIS (b.1930) At the Crossroads, Tower Bell in my Village Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) Ode VI, Prayer after the Canon Orthodox Singers/Valery Petrov rec. 2007  TROUBADISC TROCD01432 [62:42] [JW]

Performances in every way worthy of the music ... see Full Review

Giuseppe Di Stefano The Opera Singer Various accompanying artists rec. 1947-1957 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2060752 [3 CDs: 76.10 + 75.37+ 79.28][RJF]

Highly gifted and opened-toned lyric tenor who paid the price of the fast track ... see Full Review

Divisions and Fantasias Saskia Coolen (recorder, viola da gamba), Rainer Zipperling (viola da gamba), Patrick Ayrton (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2005-7 GLOBE GLO5227 [73:38][JV]

Largely unsatisfactory as these instruments are not very suitable here ... see Full Review

Early Italian Cello Music by Domenico GABRIELLI (1651-1690), Francesco ROGNONI (?-before 1626), Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) and Bartolome DE SELMA Y SALAVERDE (fl. 1613-1638) Richard Tunnicliffe (cello, bass violin), Sebastian Comberti (cello), Paula Chateauneuf (theorbo), James Johnstone (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2007 CELLO CLASSICS CC1016 [75:13][JV]

The first cello virtuoso in history, but this doesn't do his art real justice ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Juan Diego Flórez Bel Canto Spectacular Vincenzo BELLINI, Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868), Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) *Fernando Piqueras (baritone) Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana/Francesc Perales Orchestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Daniel Oren rec.2007, DDD Booklet with sung texts in Italian, English, French and German DECCA 478 0315 [76.50] [MM-B]

A pleasing and fulfilling piece of enjoyment ... see Full Review

Flauto con Forza Music by Arne MELLNAS (1933-2002); Per MARTENSSON (b. 1967) and André CHINI (b. 1945) Anders Jonhäll (flute); Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Pierre-André Valade rec. 2006-7 PHONO SUECIA PSCD173 [77:33][CR] 

Completely inspirational ... see Full Review

Four American Quartets Ralph EVANS (b. 1953) String Quartet No. 1 Philip GLASS (b. 1937) String Quartet No. 2 George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) String Quartet No. 3 Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) Echoes Fine Arts Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559354 [62:27][RB]

Four American string quartets - all vivid and diverse in style ... see Full Review 

Wilhelm Furtwängler - Commercial Recordings 1940–1950 - Volume 6 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) The Hebrides, "Fingal's Cave" - Overture, Op. 26 [10:02] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. Brahmssaal, Musikverein, Vienna. 15 February 1949 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor [3:07]; No. 2 in D minor [2:34]; No. 3 in F major [1:50] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, 4 April 1949 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 [40:12] Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. Kunsthaus, Lucerne, 29-31 August 1949. Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried Idyll [17:00] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. Brahmssaal, Musikverein, Vienna, 16-17 February 1949 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110999 [74:45] [MM]

Music-making that stirs the human soul and lifts the spirit to a higher plane. ... see Full Review

David GarrettVirtuoso David Garrett (violin) rec. 2006-7 DECCA 4780080 [42:30][BBr]

Musically, this, truly, is dross ... see Full Review

German 17th-Century Church Music Robin Blaze (counter-tenor) The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55230 [74:10] [BW]

Attractive music, well performed – of much more than historical interest ... see Full Review

Igor Gorin - Volume 2 Igor Gorin (baritone) rec. 1939/ 1942/ 1955 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7951 [79:30] [GF]

Another feather in the already well-decorated Nimbus cap. ... see Full Review

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Russian Folk Songs Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) Ossipov Russian Folk Orchestra/Nicolai Kalinin & St. Petersburg Chamber Choir/Nikolai Korniev rec. 1991-6 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 4800472 [55:52 + 56:43][DM]

Wonderful … will appeal to all lovers of Russian music. Another winner ... see Full Review

Impression William ALWYN (1905-1985) Sonata for oboe and piano Johann Wenzel KALLIWODA (1801-1866) Morceau de Salon Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonata for oboe and piano Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Elegia Antonio PASCULLI (1842-1924) Gran Concerto Katsuya Watanabe (oboe); David Johnson (piano) rec. 2008 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08038 [69:31] [JF]

A disc that most oboe enthusiasts would want to add to their collections ... see Full Review

Herbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen A film by Georg Wübbolt Filmed in 2008 Language: German (subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian) Picture format: 16:9 PCM Stereo sound ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 101 459 [52:00] [CF]

Karajan was unique; an egomaniac par excellence ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Knotwork Graham FITKIN (b.1963) Vent (1994) [8:58]Eddie McGUIRE (b.1948) Celtic Knotwork (1990/94) [4:39] Pierre Max DUBOIS (1930-1995) Quatuor (1964) [7:15] Lenny SAYERS (b.1977) For Four (2001) [5:13] Eddie McGUIRE (b.1948) Chinese Knotwork (2001) [6:57] Alfred UHL (1909-1992) Divertimento (1942) [12:31] Nicholas SIMPSON (b.1958) Mardale Changes (2005) [9:39] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Histoire du Tango (1986) [18:57] Fell Clarinet Quartet (Colin Blamey, Helen Bywater, Marianne Rawles, Lenny Sayers) rec. October 2007, Prestonkirk Church, East Lothian, Scotland. DDD DELPHIAN DCD34065 [74:20] [CR]

Accessible and well composed music for four clarinets – an incredible sound ... see Full Review

The Last of the Troubadours: The Art & Times of Guiraut Riquier Martin Best Medieval Ensemble rec. 1981. ADD. Booklet with translations but no original texts. NIMBUS NI5261 [42:16] [BW]

Attractive: medieval music made available to the modern listener ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lorraine at Emmanuel - Celebrating the lives of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Craig Smith BACH and HANDEL arias Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) The Orchestra of Emmanuel Music/Craig Smith and John Harbison rec. ‘live’ 1992; 1995; 1999, Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA. DDD English texts (Handel) and German texts with English translations (Bach) included AVIE AV2130 [60:58]

A superb disc that all admirers of this singer will want to have ... see Full Review


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