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John CAGE (1912-1992) Sixteen Dances Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2007 BMOP/SOUND 1012 [42:12]  [DC]

A genuine delight ... see Full Review 

Elliot CARTER (b. 1908) Cello sonata see MESSIAEN

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème de l’amour et de la mer see VIERNE

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20 (1890) [31:27] Soir de Fęte, Op. 32 (1898) [13:13] Počme de l’amour et de la mer, Op. 19 (1890) [26:14] Brigitte Balleys (mezzo) Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael Schřnwandt rec. March 2008, Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall, Brussels TALENT DOM 2929 97 [71:24] [TB]

The orchestral playing, Balleys’ singing, and the nicely atmospheric recording make this a most satisfying experience. ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano concerto 1 see Géza Anda

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) The Complete Piano Sonatas – Vol. 4 Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67738 [71:09 + 65:15] [MS]

The fourth in Howard Shelley's highly prized series of Clementi's piano sonatas easily lives up to the very high standards of the earlier volumes. Definitely a keeper … see Full Review

Bernhard Henrik CRUSELL (1775-1838) Concertos for Clarinet and Orchestra: No. 2, Op. 5 in F minor (1815) [22:07]; No. 3, Op.11 in B-flat (1807) [23:10]; No. 1, Op.1 in E-flat major (1810) [19:58] Martin Fröst (clarinet) Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Okko Kamu rec. January 2008, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden. SACD BIS-SACD-1723 [66:19] [JL]

Anyone looking for the Crusell clarinet concertos is well advised to go straight to this one … see Full Review

Joe CUTLER (b. 1968) Music for Parakeets see MESSIAEN

Evaristo Felice dall’ABACO (1675-1742) Concerti for strings Cappella Coloniensis/Günter Wich, György Fischer, Hanns-Martin Schneidt, Wilfried Boettcher rec. 1972-78 PHOENIX EDITION 190 [65:41] [GPu]

Distinctly individual works in the tradition of the Italian baroque concerto … see Full Review 

Michael DAUGHERTY (b.1954) Fire and Blood, MotorCity Triptych, Raise the Roof Detroit SO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2001/3 NAXOS 8.559372 [69:30] [CR]

Unapologetic, honest and above all, musically satisfying … see Full Review 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer (1904) [24:17] Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune (1892) [9:02] Danse – Tarantelle Styrienne (orch. Ravel) (1890) [5:26] Trois Nocturnes (1900) [26:03] William Kincaid (flute) Temple University Women’s Choir/Robert E Page Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1959, 1964. ADD SONY ESSENTIAL MASTERWORKS 88697572792 [64:48] [RB]

Sumptuous poetic recordings from a truly great orchestra at nigh noon ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) The Complete Violin Sonatas Tasmin Little (violin) Piers Lane (piano) rec. 1997 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 532142 [76:40] [RB]

Magical Delius performances ... see Full Review

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Mass of the Apocalypse, Larkin’s Jazz, Five Forgeries, Five Early Pieces Peter Dickinson, John Flinders (piano), St James Singers/Ivor Bolton, Nash Ensemble/Lionel Friend rec. 1988-2009 NAXOS 8.572287 [79:02] [JF]

An excellent CD with which to introduce the diverse sound-world of Peter Dickinson ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rihards DUBRA (b.1964) Choral Works Ch Royal Holloway/Rupert Gough rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA 67799 [67:03] [HC]

Magnificent and generously rewarding … see Full Review

Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Deuxième Symphonie, Deux Esquisses Giles SWAYNE (b.1946) Riff - Raff Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Sonata eroica Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Adagio Tobias Frank (organ) rec. 2007 PROFIL EDITION PH09011 [70:49] [BBr]

I am most impressed by what I have heard … see Full Review 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro Houston SO/Lawrence Foster, Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1958/78 HDTT HDCD183 [46:33] [JW]

Adherents will have the Munch, and the Foster is not a market contender ... see Full Review

Louise FARRENC (1804-1875) Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op. 33 (1842) [31.06] Piano Trio No. 3 in E flat major Op. 44 (1856) [24.58] Sextet in C minor Op. 40 (1852) [24.58] Linos Ensemble rec. 9, 11, 13 October 2006, Radio-Bremen-Sendesaal CPO 777 256-2 [79.03] [GH]

Well crafted and top-quality and certainly worth getting to know ... see Full Review

Gasparo (Kaspar) FRITZ (1716-1783) Flute Sonatas Claire Genewein (transverse flute); Maya Amrein (cello); Nicoleta Paraschivescu (harpsichord) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD7330 [53:33] [JW]

These hitherto little appreciated works have a fine send-off into the market-place … see Full Review 

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706 – 1785) L’Olimpiade (1747) Mark Tucker (tenor); Ruth Rosique (soprano); Roberta Invernizzi (soprano); Venice Baroque Orchestra/Andrea Marcon rec. 2006 DYNAMIC 33545 [2 DVDs: 210:00] [GF]

A desirable acquisition for lovers of baroque opera ... see Full Review

Florian Leopold GASSMANN (1729-1774) Opera Overtures La notte critica (The Critical Night), Gli uccellatori (The Birdcatchers), Filosofia ed amore (Philosophy and Love), La casa di campagna (The Country House), La contessina (The Young Countess), Il viaggiatore ridiculo (The Ridiculous Traveller), Il filsofo innamorato (The Philosopher in Love), L’amore artegiano (Love in the Workplace), Un pazzo ne fa cento (One Madman Makes Many),Le pescatrici (The Fisherwomen) Eclipse Chamber Orchestra/Sylvia Alimena rec. 24 October 2006 and 12 March 2007, George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia NAXOS 8.570421 [64:10] [GPu]

Charming, lightweight overtures attractively played … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles GOUNOD (1818 - 1893) Roméo et Juliette Bidú Sayão, Jussi Björling, Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Emil Cooper rec. live, 1947 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IPCD1003-2 [74:06 + 79:30] [GF]

One of the truly great moments at the Met … indispensable ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Messiah Julia Doyle (soprano) Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) Allan Clayton (tenor) Andrew Foster-Williams (bass) Polyphony; Britten Sinfonia/Stephen Layton rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67800 [64:27+69:34] [BW]

A middle-of-the-road performance which just about presses all the right buttons ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Apollo e Dafne Helen Donath (soprano) Peter Christoph Runge (bass) Capella Coloniensis/Günther Wich rec. 1978 PHOENIX EDITION 192 [53.10]  [RH]

Showing its age but certainly in the realms of the interesting and, perhaps, desirable. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1810) Great Piano Sonatas Sonatas 20, 23, 28 & 48 Ronan O'Hora (piano) rec. 1997 REGIS RRC1311 [71:37] [OL]

Life and love in every note ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Simon HOLT (b. 1958) Tauromaquia, a book of colours, Black Lanterns, Klop’s Last Bite, Nigredo Rolf Hind (piano) rec. 2008 NMC D128 [69:17] [HC]

One of the most endearing composers of his generation ... see Full Review 

Jenő HUBAY (1858-1937) Works for violin and piano - Vol. 12 Ferenc Szecsődi (violin) István Kassai (piano) rec. 2007 HUNGAROTON CLASSIC HCD32549 [72:55] [JW]

A valuable series ... see Full Review 

Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Scènes de la Csarda 3 & 4 Chloë Hanslip (violin) Bournemouth SO/Andrew Mogrelia rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572078 [70:46] [JW]

With fine recorded sound and committed performances this is an admirable entrant ... see Full Review 

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Mai-Dun, The Forgotten Rite, Satyricon Overture, The Overlanders Suite, A London March, Epic March Hallé Orchestra/John Wilson rec. March 2007, BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester HALLÉ CDHLL7523 [67:41] [JW]

Has some good things going for it ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Piano Music of John Ireland - Volume 2 Sarnia, Sea Idyll & other works Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. 2008 SOMM NEW HORIZONS SOMMCD 088 [72:28] [JW]

A measured, but romantic view ... see Full Review

Salomon JADASSOHN (1831-1902) Piano Concerto 1, Symphony 1 see BRŰLL

Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 1 Hans KRÁSA (1899-1941) String Quartet Victor ULLMANN (1898-1944) String Quartet 3 Schulhoff Qt rec. 2008 VMS MUSICAL TREASURES VMS 202 [52:35] [JW]

Good though a work too short ... see Full Review

John JENKINS (1592-1678) Fantasy Suites Hamburger Ratsmusik rec. 2008 PHOENIX EDITION 141 [63:03] [JV]

An oustanding disc which makes Jenkins shine and sheds light on the unique talent of this English master of the 17th century ... see Full Review 

Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Sonata eroica see DUPRÉ

Daniel KESSNER (b.1946) Dances for Clarinet and Guitar see BRAHMS

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin concerto see RÓZSA

Hans KRÁSA (1899-1941) String Quartet see JANÁCEK

LÉONIN (‘Magister Leoninus’) (fl.1150s-c.1201) Vol. 1: Sacred Music from 12th-century Paris Red Byrd, Cappella Amsterdam rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55328 [71:10] [BW]

Purchase with confidence and hope that Hyperion soon also reissues Volume 2 ... see Full Review 

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