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Géza Anda Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano concerto 1 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 Géza Anda (piano) SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Hans Rosbaud, Ernest Bour rec. 1952-63 HÄNSSLER CD94.208 [71:08 + 78:25] [JW]

Three out of four hits here ... see Full Review

Baroque Cello Illuminations - shedding new light on old favourites
Henry ECCLES JUNIOR (1675/85-1735/45) ,Willem de FESCH (1687-1757?) , Antonio VIVALDI, François COUPERIN, Giuseppe (?) SAMMARTINI, Johann Sebastian BACH Angela East (baroque cello); Ruth Alford (baroque cello, continuo); Howard Beach (harpsichord) rec.2008, * 2001. DDD. * Also available from Red Priest Recordings as part of the complete Bach Cello Suites RED PRIEST RECORDINGS RP005 [73:42] [JW]

Sensitive finely judged playing, dynamic terracing and buoyant rhythmic control ... see Full Review

Batalha - Iberian Organ Music Ton Koopman (organ) rec. 2009 DDD. CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72320 [76:43] [BW]

A very valuable recording for specialists, which I hope will appeal more widely ... see Full Review

Beloved of the Gods Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K498, 'Kegelstatt' (1786) [19:17] Papamina Suite - music from Mozart's The Magic Flute arranged by Stephen Emmerson (2003) [16:25] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op. 13, 'Ist es wahr?' (1827) [32:20] Dean Emmerson Dean Trio (Mozart); Tinalley String Quartet (Mendelssohn) rec. Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne, 7-8 June 2008 (Mozart) and 18-19 August 2007 (Mendelssohn). DDD. DSD MELBA RECORDINGS MR 301121 [68:08] [GD]

Cautious enough not to offend ... see Full Review

British Clarinet Music Charles Harford LLOYD (1859-1919) Suite in the Old Style (1914) [9.48] Charles Villers 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 (1901) [14.34] Cecil ARMSTRONG GIBBS (1889-1960) Three Pieces (1957) [7.56] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Five Bagatelles Op. 23 (1943) [13.49] Alessandro Travaglini (clarinet); Christopher Howell (piano) rec. Studio “L’Etremo”, Lessona, Italy, 21 February, 25 May 2009 SHEVA 021 [75.59] [JW]

Recording issues will affect things here, and a deal needs to be done to iron out problems ... see Full Review

Café Vienna Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Gran Duetto Concertante Fernando CARULLI (1770-1841) Fantaisie sur un Air National Anglais Josepf KÜFFNER (1776-1856) Potpourri sur des Airs Nationaux Francais Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonatinas Ernest KRÄHMER (1795-1837) Introduction, Theme and Variations Joseph MAYSEDER (1789-1863) Potpourri on Themes of Beethoven and Rossini Carl SCHEINDIENST (fl c1800) Variations on an Austrian Folk Tune Michala Petri (recorder); Lars Hannibal (guitar) rec. 2009 OUR RECORDINGS 6.220601 [62:07] [JS]

Just the way to present unfamiliar material … see Full Review  

A Century of Domestic Keyboards Joanna Leach (spinet, square pianos) rec. 1999-2008 ATHENE RECORDS ATH23026 [66:21]

Interesting keyboard instruments played very well though repertoire is debatable ... see Full Review

Classic Cinema Part 2 rec. 1963-2006 SONY-BMG 88697 290382 [3 CDs: 72:00 + 60:00 + 66:00] [DM]

There are some nuggets among the dross but you’ll have to look hard to find them ... see Full Review

Peter Dawson (baritone) Arias and songs BEULAH [JW]

This has served well enough as an entrée ... see Full Review 

Dear Lord and Father - Favourite hymns and hymn-anthems Ripon Cathedral Ch/Andrew Bryden; Thomas Leech (organ) rec. 2008 REGENT REGCD298 [60:39] [JV]

The Ripon girls and men are technically good but performances are one-dimensional and sound is rather dull ... see Full Review

December - Laudes Hannah Holgersson; Anton Ravik (soloists) Laudes Choir/Per-Henrik Holgersson rec. 2007/2008, ToneZone Studios; Church of Odensala, Sweden. PROPRIUS PRCD 2050 [38:48]

Outstanding sonic qualities and an enjoyable programme, well sung … see Full Review

England, My England Ch King's College, Cambridge EMI CLASSICS 2289440 [77.07 + 74.40]  [EM]

This is a very mixed bag … see Full Review 

Flying Solo Béla BARTÓK (1881 - 1945) Sonata for Solo Violin Sz.117 (1944) [25:37] Nicolò PAGANINI (1782 – 1840) Caprices for Violin Op.1 (1802-1817) Nos. 4, 9, 21 [13:05] Eugène YSAŸE (1858 – 1931) Sonata No.3 in D minor Op.27 No.3 Ballade (1924) [6:40] Sonata No.5 in G major Op.27 No.5 (1924) [9:03] Bernd Alois ZIMMERMANN (1918 - 1970) Sonata for Solo Violin (1951) [9:12] Augustin Hadelich (violin) rec. LeFrak Hall, Queens College, New York, USA, 30 December 2008 and 5-6 January 2009 AVIE AV2180 [64:09] [DC]

Excellent recital. ... see Full Review

Furtwängler - Live in Berlin The Complete RIAS Recordings Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1947-54 AUDITE 21.403 [13 CDs: 957:14] [JW]

Makes formidable claims on the specialist collector ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Greatest Hits of All Time Contemporary Music for Oboe and Ensemble Roger REDGATE (b.1958) Oboe quintet, Eperons Michael FINNISSY (b.1946) Greatest Hits of All Time, Ceci n’est pas une forme Christopher FOX (b. 1955) Oboe Quintet Howard SKEMPTON (b. 1947) Garland Michael FINNISSY [5:34] James CLARKE (b. 1957) Oboe Quintet Christopher Redgate (oboe, cor anglais) Kreutzer Qt, Ensemble Exposé rec. 2002-6 METIER MSV28513 [56:15] [CR]

An excellent disc of well written and imaginative repertoire … see Full Review 

It’s Delovely! The Music of Cole Porter. Original Popular Piano Recordings Arranged for Dancing 1920-1940 Sherry Brothers (piano rolls) rec. piano rolls, 1920-38 PIERIAN 0026 [67:06]
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Original 1930s Piano Recordings for Ampico and Welte Sherry Brothers rec. piano rolls 1922-36 PIERIAN 0029 [74:58]
The Roaring 20s
Original Popular Piano Recordings for Dancing and Singing played by Ferde Grofé Ferde Grofé (piano rolls) rec. piano rolls 1924-27 PIERIAN 0033 [71:24] [JW]

A good starting place if you seek an enjoyable trawl of period sounds ... see Full Review

Enchanted Carols Howard GOODALL (b.1958) The Enchanted Voices/Howard Goodall rec. EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, no date given CLASSIC FM CFMD 11 [70:00] [BBr]

This concoction is best left to one side as a miscalculation. … see Full Review

L’Europe réunie Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Hamburger Ebb und Fluth (‘Water Music’) in C, TWV55:C3 (1723) [21:47] Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto per 2 violini, 2 flauti diretti, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi in d minor, RV566 [7:52] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Concerto in F, BWV1957 (c.1738/9) [14:32] Unico Wilhelm van WASSENAER (1692-1766) Concerto Armonico V in f minor (1740) [10:01] Jean-Fery REBEL (1666-1747) Fantaisie (1729) [9:28] Collegium Musicum den Haag/Claudio Ribeiro (A=415Hz, Valotti temperament) rec. 2007. DSD. Includes bonus DVD Claudio & the Chicks [30:00] ORF EDITION ALTE MUSIK Hybrid SACD 3008 [63:50] [BW]

Give these young performers a few years to mature and they could be unbeatable ... see Full Review

Fear and Rejoice, O People: Music for Advent and Christmas The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge/Christopher Robinson Iain Farrington (organ)
rec. 14–15 July 1998, Chapel of St. John's College, Cambridge NIMBUS NI 5589 [66:42] [BBr]

Absolutely delightful … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Lieder by Schubert, Schumann & Brahms Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone); Günther Weissenborn, Gerald Moore, Jörg Demus (piano) rec. 1951-58 REGIS RRC1313 [73:22] [GF]

There is no better Lieder singing to be found anywhere on records ... see Full Review

French Music for Two Pianos: Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) En blanc et noir (1915) [14:55] Jeux: poème dansé (1913) (transcribed for two pianos by Jean–Efflam Bavouzet) [16:33] Lindaraja (1901) [5:53] Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) Entre cloches (from Les sites auriculaires) (1895/1897) [2:44] Rapsodie espagnole (original version for two pianos) (1895/1908) [14:50] La Valse (1920) (transcribed for two pianos by the composer) [11:08] Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy (two pianos) rec. 1–4 May 2008, Potton Hall, Suffolk. DDD DECCA 478 1090 [66:04] [IL]

Dazzling … see Full Review

From the Top at the Pops Cincinnati Pops O/Erich Kunzel rec. 2008 TELARC CD-80745 [62:11]  [NB]

Beautifully performed … sensitively conducted ... see Full Review 

The Golden Age of English Polyphony The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Christopher Royall, countertenor and Paul Nicholson, organ; Fretwork rec. 1982-92 HYPERION CDS44401/10 [10 CDs: 49:41 + 79:03 + 72:54 + 54:06 + 62:46 + 58:27 + 78:06 + 79:30 + 79:21 + 71:00] [RMo]

Unmissable and a worthy tribute to one of the glories of the English choral tradition ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music - More Strings In Stereo! Re–issues of 33 1/3 stereo LPs recorded between 1956 and 1958 ADD GUILD GLCD 5159 [77:07] [BBr]

Such riches … see Full Review

Hebräische Melodie Joseph ACHRON, Joseph KAMINSKI, Alexander WEPRIK, Joachim STUTSCHEWSKY, Lazare SAMINSKY, Julius ENGEL Marat Dickermann (violin) Monica Gutman (piano) rec. 2008, Bechstein Centrum Frankfurt am Main ZUK RECORDS 330 [57:01] [JW]

An enjoyable disc covering traditional stylistic ground ... see Full Review

Il Bel Sogno - Opera Arias Inva Mula (soprano); Agim Hushi (tenor – tr. 12) Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra/Ivo Lipanoviç rec. 2009, DDD VIRGIN CLASSICS 6 94538 0 [76:56] [MC]

Mula is blessed with superb poise and wonderful assurance together with a tremendous ability to emotionally affect the listener. ... see Full Review

Inside Out Sam PILAFIAN (b.1949) Relentless Grooves II; Armenia Jorge SALGUEIRO (b.1969) Concerto for Tuba Frank ZAPPA (1940-1993) Outside Now Again Juraj FILAS (b.1955) Sonate François THUILLIER (b.1967) Rebellion Elizabeth RAUM (b.1945) Tribute Tom McCaslin (tuba) Gail Novak (piano) rec. 2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD695 [55:44] [JW]

Splendid performances … eclectic, never off-putting repertoire ... see Full Review 

Susan Mohini Kane: A Moment of Joy Susan Mohini Kane (soprano); Kristof Van Gryspeer (piano) rec. Raitt Recital Hall, Malibu December 2008 [55:23] Composer and composition dates given where known NO LABEL NO NUMBER [52:53] [JF]

A singular pleasure ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonas KaufmannSehnsucht
Richard WAGNER, MOZART, SCHUBERT, BEETHOVEN, WAGNER Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Claudio Abbado rec. Auditorium Nicolo Paganini, Parma, December 2008 DECCA 478 1463 [69:25] [ST]

One of the finest vocal recitals to have come my way this year ... see Full Review

Light and Lively (The Golden Age of Light Music) rec. 1950-58 GUILD GLCD 5160 [79:05] [BBr]

Each track is packed with good things … see Full Review

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