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1001 Nights - Breezes from the Orient Includes Ernest REYER (1823-1909) Le Sélam Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin Nikolaï RIMSKI-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Schéhérazade Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Schéhérazade Berlin RSO/Hanns-Martin Schneidt, Maria Guida rec. 1989 PHOENIX EDITION 420 [3 CDs: 60:56 + 54:23 + 59:46] [RB]

From jingling janissaries to infatuated muezzins ... see Full Review 

The Pierre-Laurent Aimard Collection Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) COE/Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Berlin PO/Kent Nagano WARNER CLASSICS 2564 691492 [77:36 + 76:27] [DC]

Find out what all the fuss is about ... see Full Review 

American Ballets George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Capital of the World William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Undertow Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Fall River Legend Ballet Theatre O/Joseph Levine rec. 1954/5 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 6952282 [75:02] [RB]

Undeniably fascinating ... see Full Review 

American Choral Premieres William Ferris Chorale/Paul French rec. 2007-8 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR90000109 [64:10][JQ]

Very worthwhile and immaculately performed ... see Full Review

Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome various performers rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9271A/D [4 CDs: 284:16] [CR]

A wonderful overview and well worth exploring … see Full Review

Amore Infinito Songs Inspired by the Poems of John Paul II Plácido Domingo (tenor) London SO/Nick Ingman DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8166 [48:55] [GF]

A humanitarian message and lyrical singing of great beauty … see Full Review 

Le Ballet Français Music by Leo DELIBES (1836-1891), Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849), Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856), Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) and Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Various orchestras and conductors rec. 1985-94 PHOENIX EDITION 416 [3 CDs: 158:00][ST] 

Nothing special ... see Full Review

Battaglia d'amore Bellerofonte CASTALDI (1580 - 1649) Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583 - 1643) Bellerofonte CASTALDI Il Furioso (Eugenia Cirrieri, Laura Fabris, Janet Youngdahl (soprano), Gian Polo Fagotto, Claudio Zinutti (tenor), Victor Coelho (archlute, theorbo, tiorbino), David Dolata (theorbo, tiorbino), Neil Cockburn (harpsichord))/David Dolata rec. 2006, DDD TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0081 [76:33] [JV]

An interesting and musically captivating portrait of an intriguing personality ... see Full Review 

The Berlin Recital - Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer; Music by Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856), Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) and Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Martha Argerich (piano); Gidon Kremer (violin) rec. 2006 EMI CLASSICS 6933992 [58:01 + 58:47][MC]

Distinguished performers … a special sense of empathy and assurance ... see Full Review

Rolf Björling (tenor) rec. 1964-81 BLUEBELL ABCD111 [76:08] [GF]

The great Jussi Björling’s son - a fine tribute to his memory … see Full Review

British Clarinet Music Charles Harford LLOYD (1849 - 1919) Suite in the Old Style (1914) [9:48] Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852 - 1924) Three Intermezzi Op.13 (1879) [8:03] Sonata in F major Op.129 (1911) [18:25] William Yeates HURLSTONE (1876 - 1906) Four Characteristic Pieces [14:34] Cecil Armstrong GIBBS (1889 - 1960) Three Pieces (1957) [7:56] Gerald FINZI (1901 - 1956) Five Bagatelles (1943) [13:49] Alessandro Travaglini (clarinet); Christopher Howell (piano) rec. Studio 'L'Eremo', Lessona, Italy, 21 February-25 May 2009 SHEVA COLLECTION SH021 [75:59]  [NB]


A beautiful disc of essentially lyrical English clarinet music ... see Full Review 

also a review by John France

Café Music Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Le Grand Tango Paul SCHOENFIELD (b. 1947) Café Music Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Trio 2 George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) It Ain't Necessarily So Trio Solisti rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9296 [64:42] [OL]

High-voltage and enjoying, perfect chemistry ... see Full Review

The Art of Campoli – Volume III Alfredo Campoli (violin); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Arthur Bliss, National Symphony Orchestra/Victor Olof, Eric Gritton (piano) rec. 1946-55 BEULAH 6PD10 [77:28][JW]

Another worthily re-ordered entrant to the Campoli lists ... see Full Review

José Carreras - A Celebration José Carreras (tenor); Various accompanists; recordings published 1976–93 UCJ 4781879 [75:32 + 75:47][GF]

Representative examples of the essential Carreras ... see Full Review

Cortot - HMV Recordings 1931-48 Includes Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Piano Sonata 2 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata Alfred Cortot (piano) rec. 1929-48 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.112012 [76:04]
Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kinderszenen, Carnaval Alfred Cortot (piano) rec. 1948/53 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111327 [62:56] [JW]

Good programming, fine transfers ... see Full Review

The Art of Alfred Deller The Deller Consort/Alfred Deller (counter-tenor and conductor) ALTO ALC1018 [75:44][EM] 

A very good compilation ... see Full Review

Alfred Deller - portrait d’une voix Written by Jean-Claude Biette; directed by Benoît Jacquot rec. 1976 HARMONIA MUNDI HMD9909018 [DVD: 65:00 + CD: 75:56] [GHu]

The musical qualities shine through ... see Full Review 

Del sonar pitoresco - Musical pleasures in the Venetian countryside at the time of Tiepolo Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) Sonata a 4 Giovanni Benedetto PLATTI (1697-1763) Sonata Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Trio Sonata Giovanni Antonio BRESCIANELLO (1685-1757) Concerto Agostino STEFFANI (1654-1728) Chomigioia Antonio LOTTI  Echo Sonata a 4 Francesco MONTANARI (1676-1737) Sonata Ensemble Barocco Sans Souci rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS637 [64:47] [JV]

First recordings of pieces for oboes and bassoon - well executed & recorded ... see Full Review 

Desertscape New Music For Clarinet Keith Merrill BRADSHAW  (b.1961) Desertscape Jeffery HOOVER (b.1959) September, Dreaming Robert FRUEHWALD (b.1957) Andy and Me, Terpsichore Michael Dean (clarinet); Tyson Wunderlich (piano) rec. 2008 No label or number [42:29] [CR]

A confident recording of music written for this enterprising performer ... see Full Review

Lil Eva - Selected Norwegian Songs. A Tribute to Eva Sars Nansen. Agathe BACKER-GRØNDAHL (1847 - 1907) Halfdan KJERULF (1815 - 1868) Rikard NORDRAAK (1842 - 1866) Isa Katharina Gericke (soprano); Christian Ihle Hadland (piano) rec. 2-4 May 2008, Polhøgda, the home of Eva and Fridtjof Nansen Full texts and English translations enclosed. SIMAX PSC 1238 [65:31] [GF]

I don't expect ever to hear this repertoire better performed. … see Full Review

Famous French Overtures Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Le Roi d'Ys (1875) [12:05] Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Le Domino noir (1837) [7:00] Fra Diavolo (1830) [7:52] Ferdinand HÉROLD (1791-1833) Zampa (1831) [8:01] Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Raymond (1851) [7:35] Mignon (1866) [8:22] Adrien BOIELDIEU (1775-1834) La Dame blanche (1825) [7:30] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Belle Hélène (arr. by Eduard Hanesch) (1864) [8:39] Orphée aux Enfers (1858) [9:16] L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. May 1960; Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 4800023 [77:23]   [PL]

High drama … intrinsic charm ... see Full Review 

France: A Musical Journey To the music of Chopin's Piano Concerto 1 Idil Biret (piano); Slovak PO/Robert Stankovsky NAXOS 2.110247 [77.56] [RJF]

Stunning views but Chopin in France misses out ... see Full Review 

From Russia Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Three Movements from Petrushka Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Three Pieces Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Two Poems Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Preludes Panagiotis Trochopoulos (piano) rec. 2007 CAMEO CLASSICS CC9023CD [70:08] [JW]

A strong recital disc ... see Full Review 

Furtwängler: The Early Recordings Vol. 3 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Overture and Entr’acte, Der Freischütz; Invitation to the dance Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Overture, The Hebrides Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Hungarian march, The Damnation of Faust Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1929-35 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111004 [65:26][RMay] 

Enjoyable accounts of familiar repertoire back in wide circulation ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Véronique Gens - Tragédiennes 2 Véronique Gens (soprano); Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2165742 [67:26][GF]

One of the most satisfying vocal discs for a long, long time … see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music - A Box of Light Musical Allsorts rec. 1951-58 GUILD GLCD5157 [77:51]
The Golden Age of Light Music - That's Light Musical Entertainment
rec. 1950-58 GUILD GLCD5158 [78:29]  [NB]

Compulsory purchases for nostalgia seekers ... see Full Review

Golden Operetta of Vienna rec. 1937-58 ALTO ALC1049 [67:50] [GF]

Aimed at listeners with a fleeting interest in operetta ... see Full Review 

Hallé Centenary Concert Carl Maria WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz Overture Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony 1, A conversation with Sir John Barbirolli Clifford Curzon (piano); Hallé O/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1958 BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1033-34 [64:06 + 65:54] [JQ]

A fine souvenir of a great partnership ... see Full Review 

Hermana de la Luna Various artists/Mohamed Hammadye rec. 2000 PNEUMA PN330 [60:11][EM]

Verve, understanding, knowledge and pizzazz ... see Full Review

I was Glad Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh/Michael Harris rec. 2008 YORK AMBISONIC YORKCD201 [62:36][JQ]

Carefully prepared but lacks just a vital bit of character ... see Full Review

Eva Knardahl - Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, vol. II Includes Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Ballade Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Eva Knardahl (piano) Oslo PO/Mariss Jansons rec. 1966-82 SIMAX CLASSICS PSC1831 [64:09] [JW]

Knardahl mavens will find these performances indispensable ... see Full Review

A little Music for a Few Friends Halle Wind Quintet, Michael Davies (violin); John Adams (viola); Ian Rudge (cello) rec. 1975/6 CAMPION CAMEO 2076 [57:22] [CR]

World-class playing ... see Full Review

 


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