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Gréco CASADESUS (b. 1951) Suppléments d'Âme for soprano, string quartet and double-bass (2008) [11:49] Pierre-André ATHANÉ (b. 1950) String Quartet No. 1 (2007) [17:19] Baudime JAM (b. 1972) Les Horizons perdus for mezzo and string quartet (2007) [36:51] Hermine Huguenel (mezzo); Lys Nordet (soprano); Daniel Grimonprez (double-bass); Prima Vista Quartet (Elzbieta Gladys (violin 1); Carine le Calvez (violin 2); Baudime Jam (viola); Gwendeline Lumaret (cello)) rec. Clermont-Ferrand, 13-16 February 2009. DDD full track-list below OPUS MILLÉSIME GCK 20091 [62:10] [RB]

Honeyed melos … engaging ebb and flow... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Music for Piano - Volume 5 Piobaireachd for solo piano (undated) [24:29] Sonatina No.5 (undated) [6:07] Sonatina No.6 (1946) [6:54] Cameos (1926) [10:01] Sonatina Ecossaise (1929 rev. 1951) [10:51] Harris Dance (undated) [3:36] Tango (1926) [3:04] Sonata Electra (undated) [4:35] Dance Bacchanal (1924) [4:42] Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 18 -22 December 2006 Whiteley Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV 24140 [74:37] [JF]

A fine production and essential for enthusiasts of British piano music. ... see Full Review 

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Music Maria João Pires (piano) rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777483 [56:20 + 70:01][MC] 

Enthralling and beautifully played ... see Full Review

Carson COOMAN (b. 1982) Enchanted Tracings Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirk Trevor rec. 2004-8 ARTEK AR00472 [66:12][BBr] 

Well worth investigating ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Aaron COPLAND (1900 - 1990) Dance Panels (1959) [29:00] Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson (1948-50 orch. 1960s) [21:13] Short Symphony (1933) [15:55] Helene Schneiderman (mezzo) Orchestra of St. Luke's/Dennis Russell Davies rec. no information given - original release MusicMasters 1992 NIMBUS NI2545 [66:47] [NB]

A life-enhancing disc of the highest possible quality ... see Full Review 

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Music for the Theatre (1925) [22:25] Quiet City (1940) [10:02] Music for Movies (1942) [17:57] Clarinet Concerto (1948) [16:36] William Blount (clarinet) Orchestra of St. Luke's/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1988 NIMBUS NI 2522 [66:56] [JW]

A winner ... see Full Review 

Bernhard Henrik CRUSELL (1775-1838) Fantasy on Swedish National Melodies Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Septet (arr. for wind instruments by Crusell) Östgöta Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Olof Boman rec. 2007 STERLING CDS-1080-2 [55:41] [JW]

Buoyant and engaging ... see Full Review 

Félicien César DAVID (1810 - 1876) Le Désert Bruno Lazzaretti (tenor); Oliver Pascalin (speaker); Chor der St-Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin/Roland Bader Berlin RSO/Guido Maria Guida rec. 1989 CAPRICCIO 5017 [51:19] [RB]

David is well served here ... see Full Review

Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Coppélia (1870) [86:32] Sylvia - Suite (1876) [16:18] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2 (1912) [16:36] L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. April 1957 (Coppélia); April 1959 (Sylvia); November 1960 (Daphnis et Chloé), Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0083 [62:18 + 57:29]   [PL]

Idiomatic, distinctly danceable ... see Full Review 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) La Figlia del Reggimento, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'Elisir d'amore, Poliuto, Maria di Rohan various orchestras & conductors, rec. 1988/9 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92462 [10 CDs: c.512:00] [RJF]

Worth the bargain price to hear the two more rarely performed works included ... see Full Review

Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem Jean-Jacques GRUNENWALD (1911-1982) Psalm 129 Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD163 [74:08][WH]

One of the most beautiful works in the choral repertoire ... see Full Review

Petr EBEN (1929-2007) Piano Trio (1986) see Fiala

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John ECCLES (c.1668-1735) The Judgment of Paris etc. Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN0759 [62.14][RH] 

A forgotten gem which deserves to be rediscovered ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto etc. Yehudi Menuhin (violin); New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1965-76 EMI CLASSICS 3821562 [80:17][EM]

Some important Elgar recordings ... see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony 1 see Hallé Centenary Concert

Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El Amor Brujo (1915) [22:08] Noches en los jardines de Espana (1916) [21:48] Nan Merriman (mezzo); William Kapell (piano) New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski rec. live, Carnegie Hall, New York, 21 March 1948 (Amor); 13 November 1949 (Noches). Mono. ADD PRISTINE XR PASC 174 [44:44] [RB]

Of great interest to enthusiasts of Stokowski, Kapell and de Falla... see Full Review 

Howard FERGUSON (1908-1999) Piano Concerto Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Eclogue Frederick AUSTIN (1872-1952) Piano Concertino Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Piano Concerto 1 Mark Bebbington (piano) City of Birmingham SO/Howard Williams rec. 2008 SOMM CD 241 [69:40] [RB]

Stimulating ... not short on fascination ... see Full Review

Petr FIALA (b.1943) Trio for violin, cello and piano (1980) [13:57] Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Megiddo per violino, violoncello e pianoforte (2001) [11:33] Petr EBEN (1929-2007) Piano Trio (1986) [19:46] Puella Trio rec. 2009 ARCO DIVA UP 0114-2131 [45:28] [JW]

Rewards far outweigh short playing time ... see Full Review 

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Earth and Air and Rain,Till Earth outwears,I said to Love,A Young Man's Exhortation,Before and After Summer Martyn Hill (tenor) Stephen Varcoe (baritone) Clifford Benson (piano) rec. 1984 HYPERION DYAD CDD22070 [59:58 + 60:00] [RB]

Commands an eminent place in the market ... see Full Review 

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Eclogue see FERGUSON

Gerald FINZI (1901 - 1956) Five Bagatelles see BRITISH CLARINET MUSIC

Arthur FOOTE (1853-1937) Francesca da Rimini, Serenade, Four Character Pieces after the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Suite Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1997-2007 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559365 [59:20]  [WK]

A must for those seeking a truly unique musical personality ... see Full Review

Richard FRANCK (1858-1938) Orchestral Music Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Christopher Fifield rec. 2008 STERLING CDS1078-2 [69:09][JQ]

Enjoyable, skilful and attractive music ... see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Second Rhapsody, Rhapsody in Blue, Piano concerto, I Got Rhythm Variations Joshua Pierce (piano) Slovak RSO/Kirk Trevor rec. 2001-7 MSR CLASSICS MS1265 [72:02] [NB]

Only for Gershwin fans determined to have every possible edition ... see Full Review 

Cecil Armstrong GIBBS (1889 - 1960) Three Pieces see BRITISH CLARINET MUSIC

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Orchestral works USSR Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1961-1990 THE ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN SYMPHONY MUSIC SVET 27-32/18 [6 CDs: 75:58 + 75:12 + 64:14 + 71:43 + 62:56 + 56:31] [RMay]

A great deal of enjoyment derived from Svetlanov's commitment ... see Full Review

Howard GOODALL (b. 1958) Choral works Choir of Christ Church Cathedral; Oxford/Stephen Darlington rec. 1994-6 UNIVERSAL 4763331 [61:46][JQ]

An appealing collection of attractive pieces ... see Full Review

Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Fall River Legend see American Ballets

Jean-Jacques GRUNENWALD (1911-1982) Psalm 129 see DURUFLÉ

Christopher GUNNING (b. 1944) Symphonies 3 & 4, Oboe Concerto Verity Gunning (oboe) Royal PO/Christopher Gunning rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10525 [66:53] [GH]

Fine symphonies in the British Tradition, wonderfully played, clearly recorded ... see Full Review

Haflidi HALLGRIMSSON (b. 1941) Concerto for Cello and Orchestra; Herma Truls Mørk (cello); Scottish Chamber Orchestra/John Storgårds rec. 2007 ONDINE ODE1133-2 [57:21][GH] 

Challenging, subtle and interesting ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Israel in Ägypten (arr. Felix Mendelssohn) Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert/Herman Max rec. live 2001 CPO 777 222-2 [43.44 + 39.16]  [RH]

Utterly fascinating as a window on early Handel performance practice ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) The People Shall Hear! Carolyn Sampson (soprano); The Bach Choir; The English Concert/David Hill rec. 2008 BIS-SACD-1736 [61:02][GF]

Wanting a cross-section of Handel’s best choral music? Look no further … see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music, Coronation Anthems, Dixit Dominus Janet Baker, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk, Ch Kings College, Cambridge; English CO/Philip Ledger, David Willcocks London SO, Prague CO/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 1965-82 EMI CLASSICS 2643382 [79.45 + 76.43]  [RH]

Fireworks apart, nothing that has not been done better elsewhere ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ezio Sonia Prina (soprano) Ann Hallenberg (mezzo soprano) Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2008 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 8073 [3 CDs: 67:56 + 61:08 + 57:45] [JW]

One for a specialist Handelian ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Solo Cantatas & Opera Arias Jochen Kowalski (alto) Axel Köhler (alto) Veronika Winter (soprano) Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Das Kleine Konzert/Hermann Max, Handelfestspielorchester des Opernhauses Halle/Howard Arman rec. 1988-2005 PHOENIX EDITION 404 [3 CDs: 53.04 + 55.45 + 66.02]  [RH]

Some strong performances and some unsatisfactory ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Alexander's Feast, Concerto Felicity Palmer (soprano) Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) Stephen Roberts (bass) Stockholm Bach Ch, Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1977 TELDEC DAS ALTE WERK 2564 69056-2 [56:55 + 39:48] [BW]

A very decent performance but not top of the list ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Theodora Arnold Schoenberg Ch, Concentus musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1990 TELDEC DAS ALTE WERK 2564 69056-4 [64:43 + 68:00] [GF]

Not as immediately appealing as some but worth anyone's acquaintance … see Full Review

Raymond HANSON (1913-1976) Violin Sonata, Three Fancies, Idyll, An Etching, Legende, Portrait of Australia Susan Collins (violin) David Miller (piano) rec. 2007? TALL POPPIES TP197 [60:46] [JW]

Never dull ... see Full Review

Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Requiem, Miserere Greta De Reyghere (soprano); Susanna Moncayo von Hase (contralto); Ian Honeyman (tenor); Dirk Snellings (bass) Il Fondamento/Paul Dombrecht rec, 1992 NAÏVE OP30464 [74:09] [JV]

A perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the music of Hasse ... see Full Review 

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI:37 (ante 1780) [11:53] Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:27 (ante 1776) [11:37] Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:35 (ante 1780) [13:32] Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23 (1773) [15:10] Parthia in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:Es3 (attrib) (c.1764) [8:26] Divertimento in A-flat major, Hob. XVI:46 (ante 1788) [13:35] Richard Lester (fortepiano) rec. March 2008. NIMBUS NI 5847 [74:23] [GPu]

A valuable perspective on some fine, and still underrated, music … see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1785-1850) Harmoniemesse, Cantata “Qual dubbio ormai”, Te Deum Eva Mei (soprano); Elisabeth von Magnus (contralto); Herbert Lippert (tenor); Oliver Widmer (bass) Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Choir/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1998 DAS ALTE WERK 2564 690552 [66:00] [JFL]

Flexible phrasing, a very lively reading despite slower tempi ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet ('The Seven Last Words') Leipziger Streichquartett rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG90715506 [66.08]  [JFL]

A slicker version with slightly greater unison and more polish ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Muriel HERBERT (1897-1984) Songs Ailish Tynan (soprano) James Gilchrist (tenor) David Owen Norris (piano) rec. 2008 LINN CKD335 [63:27] [JF]

One of my major musical discoveries of 2009 ... see Full Review 

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Four Welsh Dances see Welsh Dances

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 22 Janos Starker (cello); Seattle Symphony/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1992-9 NAXOS 8.559158 [60.49][RB] 

Spare and rare … lush-plush mystical .... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Howells from Hereford The Choir of Hereford Cathedral/Geraint Bowen Peter Dyke (organ) rec. 20-22 January 2009, Hereford Cathedral REGENT REGCD316 [74:12] [JF]

An essential CD for all Howells enthusiasts ... see Full Review 

William Yeates HURLSTONE (1876 - 1906) Four Characteristic Pieces see BRITISH CLARINET MUSIC

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Mai-Dun (1921) [11:04] The Forgotten Rite (1913/18) [7:09] Satyricon Overture (1944/46) [8:45] The Overlanders Suite (1946/47) (arr. Sir Charles Mackerras) [19:27] A London Overture (1936) [12:14] Epic March (1942) [8:18] Hallé Orchestra/John Wilson rec. 24-25 March 2007, BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England. DDD HALLÉ CD HLL 7523[67:41] [MC]

Wilson and the Hallé on splendid form ... see Full Review 

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Trios etc. Gould Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570507 [60:34][MC]

A pleasure to review … will enhance any collection ... see Full Review

Baudime JAM (b. 1972) Les Horizons perdus for mezzo and string quartet see Casadesus

Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Variations see BRAHMS

Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Dance Fantasy see Welsh Dances

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra; Violin Concerto Nicholas Koeckert (violin); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570988 [64:05][WK] 

Searching and moving ... see Full Review

Ståle KLEIBERG (b. 1958) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra Marianne Thorsen (violin); Göran Sjölin (double-bass); Trondheim Symfoniorkester/Daniel Reuss rec. 2007-8 2L59 [50:54][RB]

Passion and impressionistic panache ... see Full Review

Joonas KOKKONEN (1921-1996) Piano works Janne Mertanen (piano) rec. 1998 ALBA ABCD127 [46:31] [RB]

Kokkonen: modernism with lyricism. Meriläinen: uncompromising dissonance ... see Full Review 

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) The Prince and the Pauper Moscow SO/William Stromberg rec. 2008 TRIBUTE TFC-1006 [65:20] [IL]

For Korngold fans this is a must ... see Full Review

Lars-Erik LARSSON (1908-1986) Senhöstblad, String Quartets 1-3 Stenhammar Qt rec. 2008 DAPHNE 1035 [72:11] [BBr]

The Stenhammar Quartet plays magnificently … see Full Review

Jón LEIFS (1899-1968) Scherzo concreto, Quintet,Variazioni pastorale, Elegies Thórunn Gudmundsdóttir (mezzo); Rut Ingólfsdóttir (violin) Reykjavík CO/Bernharthur Wilkinson. rec. 2002-5 SMEKKLEYSA SMK46 [54:50] [RB]

Hot as a furnace & cold as ice ... see Full Review

Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Introduttioni Teatrali & Concerti Raglan Baroque Players/Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin, director) rec. 1996 HYPERION DYAD CDD22064 [34:36 + 64:01] [GPu]

Attractive performances of some individually conceived music … see Full Review

Charles Harford LLOYD (1849 - 1919) Suite in the Old Style see BRITISH CLARINET MUSIC


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