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Léon de SAINT-LUBIN (1805-1850) Virtuoso works for Violin - Volume 1 Anastasia Khitruk (violin) Elizaveta Kopelman (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572019 [75:16]  [JW]

Virtuosity with elegance throughout ... see Full Review

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685 - 1757) 30 Keyboard Sonatas: K.14, 6, 106, 161, 490, 3, 32, 53, 105, 391, 45, 175, 145, 206, 327, 184, 407, 109, 496, 132, 402, 427, 466, 193, 215, 532, 443, 283, 380, 487  John Browning (piano) rec. April 1994, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York   NIMBUS NI 2544[70:53]  [JL]

a fine testament to Browning's unfussy, level-headed playing ... see Full Review

Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Unter Sternen Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Hartmut Höll (piano) rec. 1986 CLAVES CD 50-8606 [58:25] Das Holde Bescheiden Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Mitsuko Shirai (mezzo) Hartmut Höll (piano) rec. 1991-93 CLAVES CD 50-9308/9 [54:41 + 55:37] [RB]

Fresh-voiced and intelligently etching every syllable ... wondrous ... see Full Review 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Choral Music PHOENIX EDITION 408 [3 CDs: 65:02 + 55:45 + 57:39] [MC]

Integrity and splendid sound quality make this a most desirable release ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Complete Overtures Vol. 2 Prague Sinfonia/Christian Benda rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570329 [64:28] [JS]

Utterly delightful ... see Full Review 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 9, Rosamunde Entr’acte 3 Berlin PO, Vienna PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1942/4 TAHRA FURT2006 [58:20] [JW]

The most unbridled, unfettered and unclassical of performances ... see Full Review 

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Undertow see American Ballets

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Piano Concerto see PABST

Humphrey SEARLE (1915-1982) Symphony No. 2 see STILL

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5 Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden rec. 2008 AMBROISIE AM171 [47:00][CR] 

A reasonable recording if somewhat sterile ... see Full Review

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Podrugi (The Girlfriends) etc. Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mark Fitz-Gerald rec. 2008-9 NAXOS 8.572138 [72:53][WK] 

A variety of Shostakovich world premieres … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 11 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572082 [57:37] [DM]

Petrenko skates across the surface of this symphony ... see Full Review 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Concerto 1 see TCHAIKOVSKY

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 4 [31:08] Symphony No. 5 [28:43] The Swan of Tuonela [9:42] Finlandia [8:08] Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy rec. 28 November 1954 (4), 19 December 1954 (5), 2 April 1950. Symphonies from UK LP Philips ABL3084. other items from US LP Columbia ML2158. mono. ADD PRISTINE XR PASC 177 [77:41] [RB]

Singingly expressive and muscular propulsion ... see Full Review 

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Polkas András Schiff (piano) rec. 1998 WARNER CLASSICS MAESTRO 256469175-3 [56:36][TB] 

One of the leading artists of recent times is truthful recorded sound ... see Full Review

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852 - 1924) Three Intermezzi see BRITISH CLARINET MUSIC

Robert STILL (1910-1971) Symphony No. 3 (1960) [28:21] Symphony No. 4 (1964) [20:43] Humphrey SEARLE (1915-1982) Symphony No. 2 op. 33 (1957) [20.18] London Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goossens (3); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Myer Fredman (4); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Josef Krips rec. Walthamstow Assembly Hall, 19 May 1962 (3); 6 January 1974 (4); 18 September 1972 (2). ADD LYRITA SRCD.285 [69:22] [JW]

Makes a strong kind of sense for all sorts of reasons ... see Full Review 

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) L'Histoire du Soldat (1918) [29:57] Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Rossiniana (1925) [22:58] Ars Nova/Robert Mandell (Stravinsky) Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Robert Zeller rec. Carnegie Hall, 25 May 1956 (Stravinsky) and no date or location given (Respighi). HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFERS HDCD 111 [53:47] [DC]

Great initiative, and a worthwhile restoration. ... see Full Review 

Sergey Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856-1915) Overture to Oresteya, Op. 6 (1889) [20:48] Oresteya, Act III: Entr'acte: The Temple of Apollo at Delphi (1894) [5:10] Adagio in C major (1875) [5:54] Overture on a Russian Theme (1882) [17:26] Cantata for the Unveiling of the Moscow Pushkin Memorial (1880)* [4:26] Canzona (1883) [6:21] Overture in D minor (1875) [14:48] *Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Igor Judin **StanislavYankovsky (clarinet) Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Sanderling rec. 1-15 September 2007, Studio of West-Siberian Radio, Novosibirsk, Russia NAXOS 8.570584 [74:53] [DM]

Unfamiliar scores played with great conviction. A real treat ... see Full Review

John TAVENER (b. 1944) The Protecting Veil, The Last Sleep of the Virgin, Angels, Annunciation, The Lament of the Mother of God, Thunder Entered Her, Hymns of Paradise, God is With Us Steven Isserlis (cello) London SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky; Chilingirian Qt, Winchester Cathedral Ch/David Hill, David Dunnett rec. 1991-94 EMI CLASSICS 2376912 [69:17 + 62:40] [RB]

Still mysteries by which to be blessed ... see Full Review 

John TAVENER (b.1944) Requiem etc. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2351342 [63:02][NB]

Exemplary performances displaying strengths and weaknesses ... see Full Review

Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Piano Concertos 1 & 3, Festmusik, Symphonic March Noriko Ogawa (piano) Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 2002 BIS BIS-CD-1317 [55:19] [RB]

Rearing, heroic, confident yet with some statuesque dissonance ... see Full Review 

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Overture, Trios, Quartet The Hanoverian Ensemble rec. 2008 MSR CLASSICS MS1309 [68:36] [JV]

Fails to communicate the beauty and expression of Telemann's music ... see Full Review 

Peter Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme, Pezzo Capriccioso, Nocturne Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Concerto 1 Zuill Bailey (cello) San Francisco Ballet O/Martin West rec. 2007 TELARC CD-80724 [60:36] [BBr]

Thrilling and intelligent playing … see Full Review

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Trio 2 see Café Music

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Mystical Songs Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble/Michael Leighton Jones rec. 2007 ABC CLASSICS 4766906 [77:14][MC]

This valuable disc just grew and grew on me ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano) Oralia Dominguez (mezzo) Giuseppe Zampieru (tenor) Nicola Zaccaria (bass) WDR Köln Ch & O/Georg Solti rec. live, 1958. Plus bonus tracks INSTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS6567/68 [62.17 + 57.16] [RJF]

For Solti and live performance enthusiasts only ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tomás Luis De VICTORIA (1548–1611) Missa Gaudeamus Lay Clerks of Westminster Cathedral/Matthew Martin rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67748 [73:20][BW] 

Download or CD, buy without delay ... see Full Review

Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) A Vierne Collection - The complete choral and liturgical organ works **Monica Brett-Crowther (mezzo); *Christopher Gray (organ) Truro Cathedral Choir/Robert Sharpe (Director and Organ Soloist) rec. Truro Cathedral 30 April - 2 May 2007, 13 March 2008 DDD Texts and English translations included REGENT REGCD263 [64:12 + 61:29] [JQ]

An impressive collection ... see Full Review 

Giovanni Battista VIOTTI (1755-1824) Chamber Music for Flute and Piano Mario Carbotta (flute) Carlo Balzaretti (piano) rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS 620/1-2 [42:59 + 45:40] [CR]

Interesting, unusual repertoire and enjoyable ... see Full Review 

Tomaso da VITTORIA [Tomás Luís de Victoria] (1548 - 1611) O quam gloriosum (1572) [3.21] Missa O quam gloriosum (1583) [27.25] Iste Sanctus (1585) [2.03] Gaudent in coelis (1585) [2.08] Sancta Maria, succure miseris (1572) [3.37] Senex puerum portabat (1572) [3.08] O magnum mysterium (1572) [3.00] O sacrum convivium (1572) [3.22] Vere languores (1572) [3.36] O vos omnes (1572) [3.34] Tristes errant apostolic (1581) [4.23] Te Deum (1581) [10.49] Veni, creator spiritus (1581) [6.52] Il Convitto Armonico/Stefano Buschini rec. March/April 2007 - Convent of Santa Maria del Mare, Castellazzo, La Spezia, Italy TACTUS TC 552902 [69.12]  [RH]

A welcome touch of warmth and vibrancy of tone ... see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni) (1720) (arr. Red Priest) [39:15] Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) The Christmas Concerto (Concerto grosso in G minor Op. 6 No. 8 Fatto per la Notte di Natale (arr. Red Priest) [11:16] Red Priest (Piers Adams (recorders); Julia Bishop (violin); Angela East (cello); Howard Beach (harpsichord)) rec. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York, January 2003 RED PRIEST RECORDINGS RP003 [50.33] [EM]

Witty and amusing ... see Full Review 

Carl Maria WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz Overture see Hallé Centenary Concert

Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Die Seejungfrau, Sinfonietta, Lyrische Symphonie, Excerpts from operas, Cymbeline, Frühlingsbegräbnis, Ein Tanzpoem Gürzenich O Köln/James Conlon rec. 1997-2001 EMI CLASSICS 5094562 [3 CDs: 67:07 + 78:19 + 77:04] [RB]

A desperately neglected lavish late-romantic well worth discovering ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Symphonic Fantasy: Die Seejungfrau; Sinfonietta New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Judd rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570240 [63:26][IL] 

Irresistible ... see Full Review


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