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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3 Michael Murray (organ) Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1980 TELARC CD-80051 [34:50] [SV]

Musically sensible and clear-eyed but also hard-edged and relentlessly serious ... see Full Review

Simon A SARGON (b. 1938) Homage to Hafiz, Haas Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano see From Hafiz to Firewing (and Beyond)

Ahmet Adnan SAYGUN (1907-1991) From Anatolia, Inci’s Book, Preludes & Sketches on Aksak Rhythms, Sonatina Zeynep Űçbaşaran (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570746 [71:05] [CH]

Most worthwhile. Particularly attractive and in convincing performances. ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonatas D.850, D.958, D.959 & D.960 Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) rec. 2001-6 EMI CLASSICS 5164482 [68:28 + 79:37][CH]

Everything seems so right and in its place ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Mass in E flat, Stabat Mater Immortal Bach Ensemble Leipziger Kammerorchester/Morten Schuldt-Jensen rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570381 [51:59] [TH]

Represents decent all-round value ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Die schöne Müllerin Andreas Post (tenor) Tatjana Dravenau (piano) rec. 2007 GENUIN GEN88117 [58:11] [GF]

Not a top contender but still a version that has its merits ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Die schöne Müllerin Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Michael Gees (piano) rec. 2007 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72292 [61:39] [GF]

A deeply satisfying reading made special by decoration of the song-line ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Romantic Poets, Volume 3 (Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 26) Sibylla Rubens (soprano); Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano); Nikolaus Friedrich (clarinet) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.557832 [68:00] [GF]

Worth seeking out for the singing and for some really attractive unknown songs ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde – incidental music see Furtwängler

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sakontala reconstructed by Karl Aage RASMUSSEN Durwasas Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Frieder Bernius rec. 2006 CARUS 83218 [55:52 + 30:27][MM-B]

A historic and wonderful recording of Schubert’s best work for the stage ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Kerner-Lieder - Lieder Edition 4 Hans Jörg Mammel (tenor), Uta Hielscher (piano) rec. Theodor-Egel-Saal Freiburg, Germany, 21-24 November 2006 Sung texts and translations can be found at NAXOS 8.557077 [61:19] [GF]

There are some good things here but as a whole this disc cannot be recommended. ... see Full Review

Roger SESSIONS (1896-1985) Symphonies Nos. 6, 7 & 9 American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1994 PHOENIX PHCD172 [67:12][RB]

Symphonies from the high summer of dodecaphony ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Cello Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Quintet EMI CLASSICS 5094282 [3 CDs: 74:35 + 65:22 + 66:09] [BBr]

An invaluable set for the generalist or the ardent fan ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Violin Sonata see FRANCK

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Kullervo Soile Isokoski (soprano); Tommi Hakala (baritone); YL Male Voice Choir, Helsinki PO/Leif Segerstam rec. 2007 ONDINE ODE1122-5 [77:56] [RB]

A fine and epic Kullervo commanding its own place in a crowded field ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony 4 see VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Ma Vlast – Vltava see Scherchen

William STALNAKER (b. 1921) Preludes and Postludes for Small Orchestra, Books I & II, First & Second String Quartets, Re Lear: Scenes and Songs for Clarinet and Strings, String Symphony Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz; Providence String Quartet; Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Sara Stalnaker (cello), Noah Brody (actor); Czech RSO/Vladimir Valek rec. 1999-2007 MMC RECORDINGS MMC2166 [62:28] [GPu]

A fine introduction to the sophisticated, accessible music of an American composer who deserves to find listeners … see Full Review

Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Suite for Orchestra, Le Printemps, Prayer for Poland Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic Ch & O, Bialystok/Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski rec. 2007 DUX 0625 [53:56] [RB]

Track this one down for some truly inventive and fervent late-romanticism ... see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat Ken BENSHOOF (b.1933) A Whimsical Solution Craig COREY (b.1948) Sanctuary Bela BARTÒK (1881-1945) Contrasts Alaska Pro Musica rec. 2007 MSR CLASSICS MS1230 [62:33] [DC]

Interesting programme, and some cracking chamber-musicianship ... see Full Review

Yevgeny SVETLANOV (1928-2002) Compositions for a Symphonic Orchestra Various Orchestras/Yevgeny Svetlanov rec. 1954-1978 SVCO 001/4-004/4 [4 CDs: 66:59 + 63:40 + 61:51 + 33:54][DW] 

Never less than craftsmanlike, occasionally inspired … colourful and imaginative … see Full review

Giles SWAYNE (b.1946) Convocation National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2004-5 DELPHIAN DCD34033 [78:40][JWi]

Challenging, questioning, international, vibrant and contemporary … surely "music for our times" ... see Full Review

Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Violin Concertos Gordan Nikolitch (violin); Orchestre d’Auvergne/Arie van Beek & Sergei Krylov (violin); Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Saulius Sondeckis rec. 1996 REGIS RRC1283 [75:09][JW]

Resilient, thoughtful, intelligent music making, attractively recorded  ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Jules CONUS (1869-1942) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra David Garrett (violin); Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev rec. 1997 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4714282 [58:46][DC] 

Not an absolute first choice, but certainly an intriguing programme ... see Full Review

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Complete Songs - Volume 5 Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (soprano) Ljuba Orfenova (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570438 [69:24] [DM]

Perplexing. Frustrating. One to avoid at all costs ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 4 see Scherchen

Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) The Plow the Broke the Plains, Autumn - Concertino for harp, strings and percussion, The River - suite Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony 2 Los Angeles CO/Neville Marriner (Thomson) St Louis SO/Leonard Slatkin (Hanson) rec. 1975/86 EMI CLASSICS - AMERICAN CLASSICS 206612-2 [76:09] [RB]

Lovingly done classic Thomson and an expansive, handsomely recorded Romantic ... see Full Review

Edgard VARÈSE (1883-1965) Orchestral Works - Volume 2 Includes Amériques, Ecuatorial, Nocturnal, Ionisation Polish National RSO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557882 [67:14] [DM]

This just isn’t competitive ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872–1958) Choral Works Various artists/Matthew Best rec. 1990-3 HYPERION CDS44321/4 [4 CDs: 68:16 + 76:26 + 64:00 + 72:57][RB]

Laurels of the nineties granted freshly irresistible life ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony 4 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony 4 BBC SO/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1963/5 BBC LEGENDS BBCL42372 [67:43]

All the dangerous intensity of a live event ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata Renato Scotto (soprano); Ambrosian Opera Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti rec. 1980 EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 5096942 [75.00 + 54.06][RJF]

Despite vocal imperfections one of the most heartfelt Violettas ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un ballo in maschera Jon Vickers, Ettore Bastianini, Amy Shuard, Covent Garden Opera Ch & O/Edward Downes rec. live 1962 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ROHS009 [48:07 + 73:32] [EMc]

A fine memento of a historic performance ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1956 ALTO ALC2004 [66:44 + 60:53] [ST]

Avoid this issue ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Vienna State Opera Ch, Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan rec. live 1962 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4476592 [67:22 + 61:26] [ST]

The sheer theatrical magic produced by the best in the world in live performance ... see Full Review

Harri VUORI (b. 1957) Symphony No. 1 (2003) [37:33] Symphony No. 2 (2007) [38:24] Hyvinkää Orchestra/Tuomas Pirilä rec. 7, 10, 14, 19 March 2006 (1); 28-30 November, 2 December 2007 (2), Hyvinkääsali Hyvinkää, Finland. DDD first recordings - made in presence of the composer TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0087 [76:11] [RB]

Not the easiest of music - ritualistic, unafraid of dissonance, vividly spangled ... see Full Review

Johan WAGENAAR (1862-1941) Levenszomer; Sinfonietta; Ouverture De Philosophisches Prinses; Elverhoi; Aveux de Phèdre; Larghetto for oboe and orchestra Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra/Eri Klas rec. 2000-2 ETCETERA KTC1326 [73:35][RB] 

Warming songful music with a redolence of Bantock and early Delius ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Fliegende Holländer - Overture; Lohengrin - Prelude to Act I; Parsifal – Prelude to Act I & Good Friday Spell; Siegfried Idyll Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Academic Festival Overture Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky rec. 1947-9 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111283 [74:09][MSJ]

Theatrical acumen and sheer panache ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) Sir John Tomlinson, Gwynne Howell, Ch & O Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Bernard Haitink rec. live 1997 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ROHS008  [4 CDs] [EMc]

Overall a superb performance ... see Full Review

Siegfried WAGNER (1869-1932) Complete Orchestral Works Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Werner Andreas Albert rec. 1993-97 CPO 999655-2 [7 CDs: 416:04] [RB]

No staggering talent but a passionate late-romantic who should not be forgotten ... see Full Review

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Clarinet concerto No. 1 see BEETHOVEN

Silvius Leopold WEISS (1687-1750) Lute Sonatas - Volume 9 Sonatas 32, 52 & 94 Robert Barto (baroque lute) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570551 [65:29] [JW]

Barto is the most eloquent of them all ... see Full Review

Dan WELCHER (b. 1948) Firewing - The Flame and the Moth for oboe and two percussionists see From Hafiz to Firewing (and Beyond)

Egon WELLESZ (1885-1974) String Quartet No. 3 op. 25 (1918) [29:30] String Quartet No. 4 op. 28 (1920) [18:23] String Quartet No. 6 op. 64 (1947) [14:35] Artis Quartett Wien rec. Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK, 11-13 December 2005. DDD NIMBUS NI 5821 [62:35] [RB]

Utterly convincing performances in resinous sound ... see Full Review

Johann Wilhelm WILMS (1772-1847) Symphony No. 4 see BEETHOVEN

Isang YUN (1917-1995) Chamber Symphony I see HAYDN



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