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Albrecht Mayer in Venice Music by Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741), Giovanni PLATTI (? Before 1692-1763), Alessandro MARCELLO (1669-1747), Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739), Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) and Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1750/51) Albrecht Mayer (oboe); New Seasons Ensemble rec. 2008  DECCA 4780313 [70:52][BW]

Recommended to all but the most hardened authenticists ... see Full Review

Robert Merrill & Jussi Björling - Operatic Arias and Duets rec. 1949-51 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7945 [78:31]

This disc is a gem ... see Full Review

Nan Merriman Nan Merriman (mezzo); various accompanists rec. 1943-49 PREISER 89706 [75:31][JW]

A snapshot of the art of American mezzo Nan Merriman ... see Full Review

A Night at the Opera Music by LISZT, GLUCK, CHOPIN, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, GRAINGER, BUSONI, WAGNER, MENDELSSOHN and GRÜNFELD Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2005-8 DIVINE ART DDA25067 [79.27][DJ]

A gem of a disc with glorious melodies lovingly adorned ... see Full Review

A Noble Noyse of Musicke The Royal Wind Music rec. 2004 LINDORO MPC-0118 [63:15] [JV]

Performed well, but lacks coherence and suffers from less than ideal recording ... see Full Review

David Oistrakh – 100th Anniversary Edition CD 1 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for two Violins Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) L’Estro Armonico No 8 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 5 Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) Violin Sonata Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Three Hungarian folk dances CD 2 Ernst Hermann MEYER (1905-1988) Violin Concerto David Oistrakh, Igor Oistrakh (violin) Leipzig Gewandhaus O, Staatskapelle Dresden/Franz Konwitschny (Mozart) rec. 1954-65 BERLIN CLASSICS 0184612BC [77:52 + 36:19] [JW]

Offers gap-filling opportunities even for strong Oistrakh admirers ... see Full Review

Perlman Plays Klezmer Itzhak Perlman (violin); Brave Old World; Kapelye; The Klezmatics; The Klezmer Conservatory Band; The Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra rec. 1995-96 EMI CLASSICS 2070942 [72:16 + 76:29; 55:00][JW]

Something of the excitement of Klezmer, mid-1990s style ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Patricia Petibon Amoureuses Arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck Patricia Petibon (soprano) Concerto Köln/Daniel Harding rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7468 [68:39]

The bewitching Petibon can be justly proud ... see Full Review

Powerplant Includes Steve REICH (b.1936) Electric Counterpoint Kraftwerk Tour de France, Radioactivity, Pocket Calculator Javier ALVAREZ (b.1956) Temazcal Powerplant rec. 2003-8 SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD143 [49:55] [DC]

Is this is where contemporary percussion is going? ... see Full Review

Restoration – Treasures of the English Baroque Jette Rosendal (soprano and baroque violin); Colin Booth (harpsichord, spinet and organ) rec. 2008 CD CLASSICS CDK1002 [65:52][BW] 

A varied and attractive programme, well performed ... see Full Review

Paul Robeson - The Complete EMI Sessions 1928-1939 Paul Robeson (bass) rec. London 1928-39 EMI CLASSICS 2155862 [7 CDs: 63:38 + 63:50 + 76:09 + 76:53 + 63:39 + 68:23 + 64:52][JW]

An obvious first port of call for pre-War Robeson material ... see Full Review

Romantic Music for Two Pianos by Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921), Sergei RACHMANINOV  (1873-1943), Benjamin BRITTEN  (1913-1976), Arnold BAX (1883-1953), Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918), Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) and Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994) Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas (pianos) rec. 1979-88 MSR RECORDS MS1260 [74:11][MC] 

Assured playing of highly attractive and imaginative scores ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia – 1950s American Recordings – Volume Six Andrés Segovia (guitar) rec. 1952-56 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111314 [79:17][JW]

Characteristically accomplished performances ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia – The Master Guitarist rec. 1927-49 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2080772 [3 CDs: 62:09 + 59:02 + 62:09] [JW]

Inexpensive, well produced and fully representative ... see Full Review

Songs My Mother Taught Me Music by Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1938), Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904), Ervin (Erwin) SCHULHOFF (1894-1942), Petr EBEN (1929-2007), Jan Josef RÖSLER (1771-1813), Vítězslav NOVÁK (1870-1949) and Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Magdalena Kožená (mezzo); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776665 [70:17][JW] 

Thoughtful and imaginative ... see Full Review

In Memory of Arturo Toscanini Complete 1957 Symphony of the Air concert Symphony of the Air/Bruno Walter, Charles Munch & Pierre Monteux rec. 1957 MUSIC & ARTS MACD1201 [74:06 + 67:48][RM] 

An excellent commemoration in surprisingly good sound of a great era ... see Full Review

The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Germany London Baroque rec. 2005 BIS BISCD1545 [73:06] [JV]

One of the best recordings of German chamber music of the 17th century ... see Full Review

Urban Requiem Scott LINDROTH (b. 1968) Spin Cycle Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) (arr. Lee Brooks) Introduction and Rondo-Capriccioso Eric WHITACRE (b.1970) October Michael COLGRASS (b.1932) Urban Requiem Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) (arr. Guy Duker) Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Songs John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Stephen L. Gage rec. 2002-6 NAXOS 8.570946 [64:06] [BM]

Another excellent release in this great series … see Full Review

Emanuel Vardi – The Virtuoso Viola - Recital - Emanuel Vardi (viola)
Norman Carey (piano) All items arranged by Emanuel Vardi except the Vardi Suite and the Serly Rhapsody rec. 1988 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 134 [74:27] [JW]

A splendid thing – nicely annotated and in excellent sound ... see Full Review

Violin Solo 3 Music by Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963), Anatol VIERU (1926-1998) and Vladimir MARTYNOV (b.1946) Renate Eggebrecht (violin) rec. 2006-7 TROUBADISC TROSACD01431 [79:01][DC] 

Hindemith’s revenge on violinists ... see Full Review

 

 

 

 

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