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Manuel CARDOSO (c.1566-1650) Requiem see Lôbo

Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Complete Piano Music Ursula Oppens (piano) rec. 2008  CEDILLE RECORDS 90000108 [70:53][JW]

Very strong claims on Carter adherents ... see Full Review

Nicolas CHÉDEVILLE (1705–1782) and Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Les Saisons Amusantes Matthias Loibner (hurdy-gurdy); Enrico Casazza (violin); Chiara de Ziller (recorder); Les Eclairs de Musique rec. 2001 ARTS 476692 [54.15][RH]

Charming and convincing … lightness and deftness ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nadia Reisenberg: A Chopin Treasury - Studio and Concert Recordings Nadia Reisenberg (piano) rec. 1947–1957 BRIDGE RECORDS 9276A/D [4 CDs: 77:46 + 78:53 + 76:54 + 67:10][PPLL] 

A life in search of honesty and perfection ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltzes, Ballade 4 see Marshev

Carson COOMAN (b. 1982) Sacred Choral Music Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London/Rupert Gough, Samuel Rathbone (organ) rec. 2007 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559361 [79:36] [JQ]

Tonal, accessible music, skilfully written for choir ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900 – 1990) Music for the Theater (1925) [22:13] Quiet City (1940) [10:02] Music for Movies (1942) [16:57] Clarinet Concerto (1947/1948) [16:36] William Blount (clarinet), Stephen Taylor (cor anglais), Chris Gekker (trumpet), Orchestra of St Luke’s/Dennis Russell Davies rec. details not given but c. 1988 DDD Re–issue of MusicMasters MMD 60162L NIMBUS NI 2522 [66:56] [BBr]

Fine music-making ... see Full Review

Hughes de COURSON Babel – from Bach in Africa to Mozart in Egypt VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190342 [72:09 + 64:38] [JW]

Not my bag really but some of you might like it ... see Full Review

Carl CZERNY (1791-1857) Piano Sonatas - Volume 1 Sonata Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9 Martin Jones (piano) rec. Wyastone, Monmouth, December 2007 and June 2008   NIMBUS NI 5832-33 [71:05 + 79:51] [JW]

Important, intelligently conceived and very rewarding ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Nocturnes etc. Leipzig Orchestre National de Lyon/Jun Märkl rec. 2007-8 NAXOS 8.570993 [74:09][KS]

A worthwhile collection of what is and what might have been ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Roberto Devereux Dimitra Theodossiu, Massimiliano Pisapia, Ch & O Bergamo Musica Festival/Marcello Rota rec. live, 2006 NAXOS 8.660222-23 [54:39 + 72:39] [GF]

The cast as a whole makes this the best set so far ... see Full Review

John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Ayres Gérard Lesne (alto) Ensemble Orlando Gibbons rec. 2002 NAĎVE E8919 [65:54] [JV]

Despite some shortcomings these are superior performances ... see Full Review

Guillaume DUFAY (1397-1474) The Court of Savoy The Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67715 [71:58][MS]

Superb and convincing ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies 3 & 7 Czech PO/Zdeněk Mácal rec. 2004 EXTON OVCL-00280 [67:24] [SV]

Spankingly played … fresh thinking ... see Full Review

David DZUBAY (b. 1964) Music for Brass Manhattan Brass rec. 2005-7 BRIDGE 9230 [53:34][BBr] 

Rather dull and lack-lustre ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1900) [94:21] CD 1 Part I [37:20] CD 2 Part II [57:01] Alice Coote (mezzo) - The Angel; Paul Groves (tenor) – Gerontius; Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) - The Priest and The Angel of The Agony Hallé Choir; Hallé Youth Choir Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec. Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15-19 July 2008 English text included HALLÉ CD HLD 7520 [37:20 + 57:01] [JW]

Lays bare the orchestral writing, choral strands and architectural spine ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) Requiem; Cantique Jean Racine Maitrise de Paris; Accentus; Members of L’Orchestre National de France/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2008 NAĎVE V5137 [41.21][RH]

Fine singing and playing but fails to tug the heart-strings and thrill the soul ... see Full Review

Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Piano Concerto No. 1 etc. Christophe Sirodeau (piano); Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam rec. 1988 ALTARUS AIR-CD-9034 [75:02] Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6 Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano); Christophe Sirodeau rec. 1993-2002 BIS-CD-1413 [70:13] Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Piano Sonatas Nos. 7-12 Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano); Christophe Sirodeau (piano) rec. 1999-2002 BIS-CD-1414 [79:57][RB]

Something of a high priest of expressionism and dissonance ... see Full Review

Antonio FERRADINI (1718-1779) Six Sonatas for Harpsichord  (c.1760) [78:39] Silvia Rambaldi (harpsichord) rec. Studio Monari, July 2007  TACTUS TC 713101 [78:29] [JW]

Charming and highly effective ... see Full Review

Philip GATES (b.1963) Wind Sonatas etc. Ian Clarke (flute); Roy Willox (alto saxophone and clarinet); Thomas Kelly (clarinet); Janet Way (flute); Philip Gates (piano) rec. 1999  SHELLWOOD SWCD15 [61:11][JW]

Winning, life-affirming, excellently recorded ... see Full Review

Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Concerti Grossi see VIVALDI

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Orphée et Eurydice Monteverdi Choir; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2000 EMI CLASSICS 2165779 [100:00] [ST] 

A great success on every level ... see Full Review

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683 - 1760) Partitas for Harpsichord Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570459 [58:32] [JV]

Technically brilliant and captivating - strongly recommended ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Peer Gynt, Before a Southern Convent, Bergliot Malmö Chamber Ch, Malmö SO/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2006/8 NAXOS 8.570871-72 [75:58 + 52:06] [GF]

Another feather in Engeset's cap ... see Full Review

Sofia GUBAĎDULINA (b. 1931) Complete Works for Solo Piano Marcela Roggeri (piano) rec. 2007 TRANSART TR161 [52:52] [MS]

Insistence, caustic emotion and tidiness ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Sento Brillar - Arias for Carestini Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo) Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2008 BMG-RCA 88697 318712 [64.12] [RH]

Strong technique and imaginative but try before buying ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Israel in Egypt Aradia Ensemble/Kevin Mallon rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570966-67 [70:35 + 48:44] [JS]

A real winner ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) An Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Organ Concerto 13, Zadok the Priest Julia Gooding (soprano) Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Francesco Cera (organ) Coro della Radio Svizzeria, I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2005/8 ARTS 47739-8 [61:35] [JV]

No reason to welcome this disc - better performances elsewhere ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Messiah Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto SO/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 1986 EMI CLASSICS 2176452 [73.02 + 73.00] [RH]

A real symphonic account which respects Handel's original conception ... see Full Review

Barbara HARBACH Toccatas, Flourishes and Fugues – A Celebration of Hymns Barbara Harbach (organ) rec. 2006 MSR CLASSICS MS1254 [65:32] [BBr] 

So much to enjoy ... see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Symphonies Various artists rec. 1988-2007 see review for details NAXOS 8.503400 [34 CDs: 35:57:27] [BBr]

You won’t be disappointed with this set ... see Full Review

Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello Concerto No. 2 see Richard STRAUSS

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets (Complete) Kodály Quartet rec. 1989-2000 NAXOS 8.502400 [25:42:24][GPJ] 

Companionable … deeply enjoyable … brilliantly inventive ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Piano Trios Haydn Trio Eisenstadt PHOENIX EDITION 161 [8 CDs: 9:40:00][ST]

Endless pleasure ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Sonatas Hob.XVI:6 & 41 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1891) Piano Sonatas KV330 & K457 Vadim Chaimovich (piano) SHEVA 010 [60:39] [JW]

A talented young player ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2005 HYPERION CDA67554 [75:07 + 69:24][IB]

No bad thing in Haydn anniversary year ... see Full Review

Hans Werner HENZE (b.1926) Der junge Lord Edith Mathis, Donald Grobe, Loren Driscoll, Deutsche Oper Berlin Ch & O/Christoph von Dohnányi rec. 1968 MEDICI ARTS 2072398 [136:00] [AOz]

This is a classic ... see Full Review

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Planets, Lyric Movement,Neptune – The Mystic Colin MATTHEWS (b. 1946) Pluto – The Renewer Timothy Pooley (viola) Hallé Ch & O/Mark Elder rec. 2001 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55350 [75:00] [CR]

A strong feel for the individual characters of the movements ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Penguinski Howard Shelley (piano); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox rec. 2000 CHANDOS CHAN9874 [70:52] [RB] 

Stormingly Brahmsian and pastoral ecstatic ... see Full Review

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854–1921) Hänsel und Gretel Ludmil Kuntschew, Sabine Noack, Cornelia Marschall, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau/Markus L. Frank rec. live 2007 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101321 [98:00] [GF]

A socio-critical approach that may go astray … but fascinating ... see Full Review

Reinhard KEISER (1674–1739) Fredegunda Munich Neue Hofkapelle/Christoph Hammer rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.660231-32 [77:35 + 64:34][BW]

A performance good enough to enjoy this little-known opera ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Works for Piano and orchestra Eldar Nebolsin (piano); Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570517 [54.18][GH] 

Worthy of your attention ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Great Liszt interpreters play Liszt Lazar Berman, Afred Brendel, György Cziffra, Emil Gilels, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Artur Pizarro, Sviatoslav Richter, Earl Wild, Klára Würtz rec. 1949-2005 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93786 [10 CDs: 698:04] [JW]

A well-chosen selection ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Funčrailles, Rapsodie espagnole, Etude see Marshev

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Transcendental Etude 11, St Francis of Assisi preaching to the Birds, Ballade 2 see SCHUMANN

Duarte Lôbo (c.1556-1646) Requiem, Missa Vox clamantis The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. 1992 GIMELL cdgim028 [65:48]
Includes Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Requiem Duarte Lôbo (c.1556-1646) Requiem Manuel CARDOSO (c.1566-1650) Requiem Alonso LOBO (c.1555-1617) Ave Maria The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. 1987-97 GIMELL CDGIM205 [79:33 + 76:05] [BW]

You can’t go wrong with either ... see Full Review



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