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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Garcia ABRIL (b. 1933) Madre Asturias: A Collection of Asturian Songs Joaquin Pixan (tenor); Rosa Torres-Pardo (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572073 [53:40] [IB]

Sheerly enjoyable … marvellous! ... see Full Review 

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

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 

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] 

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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

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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Three-Cornered Hat: Spanish Fantasies Fernando OBRADORS (1897-1945) Chiquitita la novia Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Five Tonadillas Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) The Three-Cornered Hat - Concert Suite Luis de MILÁN (c.1500-c.1561) Two Romances Joaqin RODRIGO (1901-1989) Liricas castellanas Gerard BROPHY (b. 1953) Verlaine Songs Shaun RIGNEY (b. 1960) Chamber Concerto Southern Cross Soloists, Slava Grigoryan (guitar) rec. 2007 ABC CLASSICS 476 6887 [70:50] [ST]

Left me enchanted and excited … really fantastic music ... see Full Review


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Two-Part Inventions, Sinfonias & other keyboard works Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS629/1-2 [77:11 + 73:21] [DC]

A superb piano collection and one-stop Bach archive ... see Full Review  

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806) [41:52] Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (1802) [34:25] Arthur Grumiaux (violin) Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Eduard van Beinum rec. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 1957 (Concerto) and May 1954 (Symphony). ADD ELOQUENCE 480 0428 [76:20] [WH]

Grumiaux, serene in 1957, and his rather more forthright conductor … 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 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) The 100th Anniversary Edition rec. 1956-2004 EMI CLASSICS 2174662 [14 CDs: ca 15 hrs] [RB]

A wide-ranging anthology of dazzling variety and mixed vintage ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano concertos 9 & 14, Piano sonata 8 Alfred Brendel (piano) I Solisti di Zagreb/Antonio Janigro rec. 1966/8 ALTO ALC1047 [72:13] [BW]

A splendid reminder of early Brendel, still sounding very well ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sir Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) Choral Masterpieces Mark Rowlinson* (baritone); Jeffrey Makinson (organist) Manchester Cathedral Choir/Christopher Stokes rec. 2- 4 July 2008, Manchester Cathedral NAXOS 8.572104 [66:25] [JF]

An essential addition to many collections ... see Full Review 


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