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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Deuxičme Fantaisie, Op.101 see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Violin Sonata 1 see Petite École

Timothy SALTER (b.1942) Piano Quartet Ensemble na Mara rec. 2007 USK 1228CDS [15:29][JW]

Integrates and characterises with imagination - a fine work ... see Full Review

Giovanni Battista SAMMARTINI (1700/1-1775) Concerto ŕ piů stromenti, for 2 violins, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, strings and continuo in E flat, J 73 see The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto

Domenico SARRO (1679-1744) Achille in Sciro Gabriella Martellacci, Marcello Nardis, O Internazionale d’Italia/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. live, 2007 DYNAMIC CDS571/1-3 [3 CDs: 75:23 + 71:19 + 42:36] [GPu]

Sadly there are many flaws but an interesting and significant opera … see Full Review

Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gnossienne 1-3, Le Fils des Etoiles, Prélude de la Porte Héroďque du Ciel, Sonneries de la Rose + Croix, Gymnopédie 1-3, Ogive 1-4 Claire Chevallier (Erard piano, 1905) rec. 2008 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT080901 [67:39] [BW]

Not my ideal recording of Satie ... see Full Review

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Te Deum, Stabat Mater, Miserere, Magnificat, Laetatus sum Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2002 EMI CLASSICS 2357352 [70.55] [RH]

A programme worth investigating ... see Full Review

Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Piano concertos Ewa Kupiec, Maria Lettberg (piano) Berlin RSO/Frank Strobel rec. 2005/6 PHOENIX EDITION 103 [72:45] [DM][RB]

Powerful, authoritative performances, a sonic treat, too [DM] ... Soviet triumphalistic romance, pounding dissonance, smoky subtlety [RB] ... see Full Review

Maurice SCHOEMAKER (1890 – 1964) Flemish Rhapsody see Flemish Rhapsodies

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Pelléas und Mélisande, Erwartung Anja Silja (soprano) Philharmonia O/Robert Craft rec. 1999/2000 NAXOS 8.557527 [69:00] [DM]

A decent, idiomatic Pelléas, but Erwartung let down by overstretched soloist ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Trios Wu Han (piano) Philip Setzer (violin) David Finkel (cello) rec. 2008 ARTISTLED 10802-2 [77:41] [JS]

I cannot give this more than a half-hearted welcome ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Quintet in A, D667 The Trout (1819) [34:36] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 Dumky* (1891) [32:19]  Jörg Demus (piano); Schubert Quartet rec. 1958/99 ADD   DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ELOQUENCE 4800489 [67:00]

A true marriage of minds ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT  (1797-1828) Lieder Elizabeth Watts (soprano) Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2008 RCA RED SEAL 88697 329322 [69.42] [WH]

A fine young singer and a master accompanist ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphonies 8 & 9 Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1951/2 MUSIC AND ARTS CD-1218 [79:24] [JW]

By no means an extensive performer of Schubert’s music ... see Full Review

Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Trio see MacMILLAN

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Die Freunde von Salamanka Austrian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra/Theodor Guschlbauer rec. 1978 BRILLIANT OPERA COLLECTION 93931 [74:27][ST]

Really more about curiosity value and probably for completists ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasy, Symphonic Studies Alfred Brendel (piano) rec. 1966 ALTO ALC1046 [58:04] [BW]

Too ‘cool’ for some but I enjoyed it very much ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata No.1; Fantasie Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) rec. 1996 EMI CLASSICS 2357412 [63:45][DC]

Masculine playing and a demanding listen, but highly rewarding ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto see BRAHMS

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b. 1932) The Sealed Angel Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Webber; Choir of King’s College, London/David Trendall rec. 2008 DELPHIAN DCD34067 [54:42][JQ]

A work of great beauty and profundity, splendidly performed ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Festive Overture, Symphony 5 Philharmonia O/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. live, 2001 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD135 [50:13] [DM]

What more could you possibly want? ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 1, Piano Concerto 2, String Quartet 8, Violin Concerto 1, Cello Concerto 1 John Ogdon, Han-Na Chang, Sarah Chang, Mariss Jansons rec. 1970-2006 EMI CLASSICS 2376862 [75:27 + 77:57] [DC]

A steal, but which is the real bargain? ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Night Ride and Sunrise etc. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Pietari Inkinen rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570763 [64:34][LW] 

One terrific disc! ... see Full Review

Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949) Sonata for solo violin (1925) see Essentials

Roger SMALLEY (b. 1943) Through a Glass Darkly Australian String Quartet; Roger Smalley (piano) MELBA MR301112 [62:35][CR] 

Well worth exploring ... see Full Review

Bedřich SMETANA (1824–1884) Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride) Frankfurter Opernhaus- und Museumsorchester/Walter Goehr rec. 1954 GALA GL100810 [75:47 + 66:24][GF]

Not a top contender but worth hearing for the conducting and Rehfuss’ Kezal ... see Full Review

Carl STAMITZ (1745–1801) Concerto No.4 for two clarinets; Orchestral Quartet in G Johann STAMITZ (1717–1757) Clarinet Concerto in B flat Hans Deinzer, Jann Engel (clarinets); Cappella Coloniensis/Gabriele Ferro, Ulf Björlin rec. 1982-3 PHOENIX EDITION 177 [48:01][BBr] 

Great fun, quite stylish performances and good sound ... see Full Review

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano Music - Land of Sunset Glories Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 28-29 July 2008, Studio L’Eremo, Lessona, Italy. DDD SHEVA 019 [63:36] [MC]

Attractive and rewarding ... many delights to be uncovered. ... see Full Review

William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) Sonata see English Piano Works

Robert STILL (1910-1971) Symphonies No. 3, 4 Humphrey SEARLE (1915-1982) Symphony No. 2 London Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goossens (3); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Myer Fredman (4); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Josef Krips rec. 1962 (3); 1974 (4); 1972 (2). ADD LYRITA SRCD.285 [69:22] [RB]

Broodingly serious works from extravagant imaginations ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899) Fürstin Ninetta Tua Ĺberg, Elin Rombo, Anastasia Knapp, Henriikka Gröndahl, Fredrik Strid, Ninetta Ch, Stockholm Strauss O/Valéria Csányi rec. live, 2007 NAXOS 8.660227-28 [58:03 + 45:12] [GF]

Unknown music out of Strauss’s top drawer ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) CD 1 Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes CD 2 Metamorphosen Capriccio: Sextet Die Frau ohne Schatten: Symphonic Fantasy Feuersnot: Love Scene Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils various Bernard Haitink /Eugen Jochum /Karl Münchinger /Giuseppe Sinopoli DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ELOQUENCE 480 0478 [74.22 + 77.18] [DM]

A tempting selection, let down by some odd choices ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Cello Sonata etc. Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Sonatina in G Major etc. Mischa Maisky (cello); Pavel Gililov (piano) rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777465 [74:59][PPLL]

The fruit of years of music-making ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Intermezzo (1924) Felicity Lott, John Pringle, Glyndebourne Festival Opera Ch London PO/Gustav Kuhn rec. live, 1983 WARNER CLASSICS 5051442 885729 [154:00] [ST]

The work of a skilled Strauss interpreter … see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) The Complete Songs Vol. 4 Christopher Maltman (baritone) Alistair Miles (bass) James Boyd (viola) Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67667 [60:57] [JQ]

This latest instalment is welcome and enjoyable ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Burleske, Duet-Concertino, Oboe concerto, Aus Italien, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) Dmitri Ashkenazy (clarinet); Kim Walker (bassoon) Gordon Hunt (oboe) Leipzig Gewandhaus O/Herbert Blomstedt Berlin RSO, Cleveland O/Vladimir Ashkenazy Vienna PO/Lorin Maazel rec. 1966-2004 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4800404 [64:09 + 77:32] [IB]

Enough delights to make very worthwhile ... see Full Review

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Asrael Helsinki PO/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2008 ONDINE ODE1132-5 [61:32] [RB]

The very best of the modern recordings ... see Full Review

Tadeusz SZELIGOWSKI (1896-1963) Piano Concerto; Concerto for Orchestra etc. Bogdan Czapiewski (piano); Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariusz Smolij rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570371 [76:48][DW]

An excellent craftsman of agreeable and very digestible music ... see Full Review

Apolinary SZELUTO (1884–1966) Cello Sonata, Violin Sonata, String Quartet Konstanty Andrzej Kulka (violin); Andrzej Wróbel (cello); Andrzej Tatarski (piano); Camerata Vistula Qt rec. 2008 DUX 0672 [76:40] [BBr]

Well written but they don’t really go anywhere ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Harnasie, Mandragora, Prince Potemkin Wieslaw Ochman (tenor); Alexander Pinderak (tenor); Ewa Marciniec (mezzo) Warsaw Philharmonic Ch & O/Antoni Wit rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570723 [73:17] [J-PJ]

Packs a bold punch ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Piano Music: Nine Preludes Op. 1 ; Variations in B flat minor Op. 3 ; Etude in B flat minor Op. 4 no. 3 ; Métopes Op. 29 ; Mazurkas Op. 50 nos. 1-4 Eri Iwamoto (piano) rec. 2008. DDD ACTE PRÉALABLE AP 0182 [62.25] [GH]

A Métopes of effortless virtuosity ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882–1937) Mythes see Europa

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Myths see LUTOSŁAWSKI

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) The Complete Works Chapelle du Roi/Alistair Dixon, Charivari Agréable rec. 1996-2004 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93612 [10 CDs: 657:34] [EM]

Wonderful music … exquisite music-making... see Full Review

Sergey TANEYEV (1856–1915) Suite de Concert see ARENSKY

Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in B flat, D 117b see The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto

John TAVENER (b. 1944) Ex Maria Virgine, Birthday Sleep, Angels etc Clare College Ch, Cambridge, Timothy Brown rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572168 [63:46] [BBr]

I enjoyed this and hope it will make many friends for contemporary music ... see Full Review

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Fantasia on Russian Folk Themes, Sinfonietta for string orchestra, Capriccio on English Themes, Slavonic Rhapsody Moscow RSO/Alexander Gauk, Moscow PO/Samuil Samosud rec. 1952-7 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA9957 [62:09] [JW]

Lyricism and warmth meet their match in galvanising performances. ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Storm, Symphony 5, The Tempest NBC SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1942/3 GUILD GHCD2334 [73.41] [JW]

I make no great secret of my admiration of Stokowski ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64 [48:04] Francesca da Rimini, Op.32 [25:33]  Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2008, DDD  DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778022 [73:37]   [PL]

Filled with dynamism, introspection and heart-lifting emotional surges ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6; The Tempest State Radio Committee Grand Symphony Orchestra/Nikolai Golovanov rec. 1948 VISTA VERA VVCD00147 [74:18][RB] 

A must-hear if you can tolerate raw and virile Soviet interpretations ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony; Romeo and Juliet State TV and Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra/Konstantin Symeonov rec. 1960 VISTA VERA VVCD-00150 [79:33][RB]

A great Manfred ... see Full Review

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto No. 1 Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin); Winfried Wolf (piano); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Václav Talich rec. 1940-1 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC138 [65:52][JW]

Grab it ... see Full Review

Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet see WAGNER

Sigismond THALBERG (1812-1871) Fantaisies, Etudes Stefan Irmer (piano) rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG61815512 [67:38] [CC]

A major release … entirely laudable in every way ... see Full Review

Giuseppe TORELLI (1658-1709) The Original Brandenburg Concertos Charivari Agréable/Kah-Ming Ng rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD157 [62:30] [MS]

Fresh and translucent … something new, colourful and pleasing ... see Full Review

Geirr TVEITT (1908 – 1981) Sinfonia di Soffiatori, Sinfonietta de Soffiatori, Hardanger Tunes, Prinds Christan Frederiks Honnřrmarch, Det gamle Kvernhuset, Hymne til Fridomen Royal Norwegian Navy Band/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572095 [65:14] [GF]

Should be heard by everyone who has fallen under Tveitt’s spell ... see Full Review

Geirr TVEITT (1908-1981) Sinfonia di Soffiatori etc. The Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Bjarte Engeset rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572095 [65:14][BBr]

A necessity for every record shelf ... see Full Review

Romuald TWARDOWSKI (b. 1930) Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2007) [69.14] Deacon - Petro Hrekov (bass) Priest – Roman Puchko (tenor) Chamber Choir “Kyiv”/Mykola Hobdych rec. Trinity Church, Kiev, September 2007 ACTE PREALABLE AP0193 [69.14] [RH]

If you enjoy choral music then buy this disc ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacobus Vaet (c1529-1567) Missa Ego flos campi Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67733 [75:21] [BW]

The best recording yet in Cinquecento’s very fine series ...  see Full Review

Fartein VALEN (1887-1952) Orchestral music - Vols 2 & 3 Symphonies 2-4, Piano Concerto, Nenia, An Die Hoffnung, Epithalamion, Kirkegarden vid Havet, La Isla de las Calmas, Ode til Ensomheten Einar Henning Smebye (piano) Stavanger SO/Christian Eggen rec. 2006/7 BIS BISCD1632 & BISCD1642 [61:49] & [49:00] [RB]

Poetic and sometimes anguished dissonance ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) A London Symphony William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Celtic Dances National Youth O of Wales/Owain Arwel Hughes rec. 2008 DIVINE ART DDV24135 [58:47] [EM]

An admirable pairing ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Un Ballo in Maschera Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus; The NHK Symphony Orchestra/Oliviero de Fabritiis rec. 1967 VAI 4436 [145.00 + bonus: 24.00][RMK]

Bergonzi, Stella, Zanasi and Guglielmi: even in mono do not ask for more ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Don Carlo Cesare Siepi, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill, Ch & O Metropolitan Opera House, New York/Fritz Stiedry rec. 1950 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6021 [3 CDs: 68:02 + 66:53 + 68:49] [GF]

No true admirer of Jussi Björling can afford to be without this issue. ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Rigoletto Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Ch & O Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin rec. 1955 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93932 [56:08 + 61:51] [GF]

Grab the opportunity at once. You will never regret it! ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741) Mandolin Concerto in C, RV425 (FV1) [8:14] Sonata in G minor, RV42 [11:18] Lute Concerto in D, RV93 [10:37] Keyboard Concerto in D (arranged by J S Bach, BWV972) [8:43] Double Mandolin Concerto in G, RV532 (FV2) [11:51] Viola d’amore and Lute Concerto in D minor, RV540 (F.XIII.38) [11:41] Trio Sonata in C, RV82 [9:56] Eliot Fisk (guitar); Albert Fuller (harpsichord); Frederic Hand (guitar); Louise Schulman (viola d’amore); Orchestra of St Luke’s rec. DDD NIMBUS NI 2515 [72:20] [BBr]

Will please but not convinced this is how these works should sound ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concertos see The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto

Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL (1715-1777) Fortepiano Concertos 4 & 5 see MOZART

Tragic Lovers Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Oregon Symphony/James DePreist rec. 2008 DELOS DE3369 [54:22] [J-PJ]

Very nearly uncontroversial yet brilliant ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William WALTON (1902-1983) Sinfonia Concertante see IRELAND


William WALTON (1902-1983) Cello Concerto* (1956) Ernest BLOCH (1894-1959) Suite No. 1 for solo cello (1956-57) György LIGETI (1923-2006) Sonata for solo cello (1948 and 1953) William WALTON (1902-1983) Passacaglia for solo cello (1979-80) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Ciaccona, from Suite No. 2 for solo cello, Op. 80 (1967) Pieter Wispelwey (cello) Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate* rec. August 2007, Sydney Opera House, Australia (concerto) and August 2008, Onder de Linden, Valthermond, Holland (solo cello works). DDD ONYX CLASSICS ONYX4042 [66:22] [MC]

A welcome addition to any cello music collection ... see Full Review

John WHITE (b. 1936) Piano Sonatas No.1, 4, 5, 9 Alun HODDINOTT (1929–2008) Piano Sonata No.1, 2 Nocturnes No.1, 2 Elegy No.3 Colin Kingsley (White); Valerie Tryon (Hoddinott) rec. May 1960, 1962 LYRITA REAM.2108 [41:38 + 43:25] [HC]

A most welcome re-issue and well worth having ... see Full Review

Bedřich WIEDERMANN (1883-1951) Impetuoso see Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ, Vol.3

Malcolm WILLIAMSON (1931-2003) Orchestral Works Vol. 2 Elevamini, Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell, Symphony 5, Lento Iceland SO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10406 [67:06] [RB]

A redemptive confidence in future peace ... see Full Review

Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Orchestral Works Karen Geoghegan (bassoon); BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10511 [79:28][JW] 

An enjoyable and engaging voyage through some genial effusions ... see Full Review

Eugčne YSAźE (1858-1931) Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27 see Essentials


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