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Adeste Fideles – Organ Music for Christmas Thomas Laing-Reilly (organ of St. Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh) rec. 2006 DELPHIAN DCD34077 [77:50][CH] 

A very well-planned collection, finely played on a magnificent organ ... see Full Review

El agua y los árabes Eduardo Paniagua and others rec. 2008 PNEUMA PN1100 [59:48][RB]

Simplicity and otherworldliness ... see Full Review

Alma Nova: Debut Alma Nova: Jessica Pearce (flute); Almer Imamovic (guitar) rec. 2006 ALMA NOVA 5631 [50:19][CR] 

Enjoyable … adds an interesting dimension to the flute and guitar repertoire ... see Full Review

The Legendary Amadeus Quartet String quartets by Brahms, Haydn, Hoffstetter, Mendelssohn & Schubert rec. London 1951-57 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93807 [7 CDs: 463:37] [JW]

A valuable set ... see Full Review

American Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 by Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920), Roger SESSIONS (1896-1985) and Charles IVES (1874-1954) Peter Lawson (piano) rec. 1991 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 2344692 [72:16][DM]

A decent disc, but EMI could learn a thing or two from Naxos here ... see Full Review

Tessa Birnie plays Music by Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828, Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827), John FIELD (1782-1837), Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849), Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897), Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856), Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) and Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Tessa Birnie (piano) rec. c.1962-74 ABC CLASSICS 4766479 [3 CDs: 69:45 + 69:30 + 68:51] [JW] 

A well-documented and merited salute to Tessa Birnie ... see Full Review

The Brendel Edition - The Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard recordings Alfred Brendel (piano) Various orchestras and conductors Full tracklist at end of review rec. various locations, 1955-1975. ADD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93761 [35 CDs: c.39 hrs] [JW]

This ‘first thoughts’ set has permanent value ... see Full Review

British Light Music Premieres Vol. 5 Roy BUDD (1947-1993)Tricolor Overture Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Aquarelles Paul CARR (b.1961) Oboe concerto, Air Gavin SUTHERLAND (b.1972) Clarinet concerto Richard ADINSELL (1904-1977) Suite: Ring Round the Moon Nicholas Daniel (oboe); Verity Butler (clarinet) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland, Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert O/Roderick Dunk rec. 2007/8 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7209 [79:37] [JW]

Purchase with confidence ... see Full Review 

Fritz Busch: Complete Dresden Recordings Dresden Staatskapelle/Fritz Busch rec. 1923-32  PROFIL PH07032 [3 CDs: 62:47 + 60:56 + 38:14 + 92:04][RMay]

Unlucky at Dresden – not only with politics but also recording ... see Full Review

Enrico Caruso Opera Arias and Songs Salvatore Cottone, Francesco Cilea, Ruggero Leoncavallo (piano) rec. Milan, 1902-04 EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 2126982 [59:33] [GF]

The legendary tenor’s first and most legendary recordings ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cello Diverse Igor STRAVINSKY (1882–1972) Suite Italienne Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Cello Sonata Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Cello Sonata 2 Ennio MORRICONE (b. 1928) Gabriel’s Oboe Suzanne Beer (cello); Garth Hancock (piano) DIVINE ART DDV25068 [61:09] [BBr]

Some of the finest, most purposeful, cello playing I’ve heard in a long time ... see Full Review

Chant de L’Eglise De Rome: VI-VIII Centuries Ensemble Organum/Marcel Peres rec. 2008 ZIG ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT081001 [79.46] [GH]

Turn off the electric lights and light a candle or two ... see Full Review

Cherry Ripe Vocal treasures of the 18th and 19th centuries Deborah Riedel (soprano) Arcadia Lane O/Richard Bonynge rec. 2007 MELBA MR301118 [68:13] [JS]

Listening to this disc has given me great pleasure ... see Full Review

Chorale Concertos and Chorale Variations Sacred music from Hamburg by Thomas SELLE (1599-1663) Johann SCHOP (c.1590-1667) Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (c.1595-1663) & John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Hamburger Ratsmusik/Simone Eckert rec. 2007 CPO 777 362-2 [57.46] [GH]

A sign of the healthiness of our times ... see Full Review

Clarinet Works
by Marcel CHYRZYŃSKI (b. 1971), Isang YUN (1917-1995), Dawid JARZYŃSKI (b.1984) and Paul PATTERSON (b.1947) Dawid Jarzyński (clarinet); Anna Czaicka (piano) rec. 2007 DUX 0622 [65:43][JW]

Mix of very attractive and approachable and intelligent and thoughtful ... see Full Review

Classical Beatles The Songs of Lennon & McCartney & George Harrison Various artists rec. 1966–2007 EMI CLASSICS 2167842 [73:14 + 73:58][GF]

Something for everyone here – except those with long ears ... see Full Review

Consolations Romantic Music for flute and piano Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Sonata 1 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Three Consolations (transcr. Linda Marianiello) Charles Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Suite for flute and piano César FRANCK (1882-1890) Sonata in A major (transcr. from Violin Sonata) Linda Marianiello (flute) Robert Morrison (piano) rec. 1996 MSR CLASSICS MS1303 [78.26] [GH]

Well worth hearing and admiring ... see Full Review

Double Concertos by Bach and his Sons Concentus musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Leonhardt-Consort/Gustav Leonhardt rec. 1967–1970 DAS ALTE WERK 2564 694651 [78.08] [RH]

Delightful and instructive ... see Full Review

James Ehnes: Homage See end of review for details  James Ehnes (violin, viola) Eduard Laurel (piano) rec. Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, Washington, 1-3 April 2007   ONYX CLASSICS 4038 [CD: 78:31 + DVD: 100:00 + 30:00] [PL]

James Ehnes surveys the history of violin-making ... see Full Review

Eduardo Fernandez Between Two Worlds MANGORÉ (1885 – 1944) FALÚ (b.1948) John LENNON (1940 – 1980)/Paul McCARTNEY (b.1942) Leo BROUWER (b.1939) George GERSHWIN (1897 – 1937) Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887 – 1959) Gentil MONTANA (b.1942) Roland DYENS (b.1955) Alberto GINASTERA (1916 – 1983) Eduardo Fernández (guitar) rec. November 1998/2003 LABOR RECORDS LAB 7059 [67:02] [BBr]

Interesting and entertaining ... see Full Review

Gerald Finley - songs by Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893), Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839–1881), Ned ROREM (b. 1923), Charles IVES (1874–1954), Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (b. 1928) and Wolseley CHARLES (1889-1962) Gerald Finley (bass-baritone); Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2007 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0025 [70:39][JQ]

An exceptionally fine recital ... see Full Review

The Golden Age Of Light Music – Going Places see review for details rec. reissues of 78 rpm discs 1941-1957, ADD GUILD GLCD 5151 [78:45] [BBr]

Bravo Guild! ... see Full Review

Igor Gorin - Volume 2 rec. 21-22 November 1939 (7-12); 8 June 1942 (13); 1955 (1-6, 14-21) NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7951 [79:30] [JW]

Voice, flair and personality ... see Full Review

Barbara Hendricks - Wolf Lieder and Nordic Songs Barbara Hendricks (soprano); Roland Pöntinen (piano) rec. 1999-2002 EMI CLASSICS 2344142 [72:12 + 69:03][GF]

Primarily for Hendricks fans ... see Full Review

Josef Hofmann: Acoustic Recordings 1916-1923 Josef Hofmann (piano) rec. 1916-23 NAXOS 8.111326 [75:05][JW]

Serves purist and generalist well ... see Full Review

Incanto Guido Maria FERILLI (?) Un amore così grande Enrico CANNIO (1874-1949) ‘O surdato ‘nnammurato Cesare Andrea BIXIO (1896-1978) Mamma Giovanni D’ANZI (1906-1974) Voglio vivere così Teodoro COTTRAU (1827-1879) Santa Lucia Luigi DENZA (1846-1922) Funiculì funiculà Guy D’HARDELOT (1858-1936) Because G. B. ANIELLO (?) Vieni sul mar! Agustinn LARA (1900-1969) Granada Pasquale Mario COSTA (1858-1933) Era di maggio Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) A Marechiare Gaetano Emanuel CALÌ (1885-1936) …e vui durmiti ancora Ernesto DE CURTIS (1875-1937) Non ti scordar di me Sergio CIRILLO (?) Pulcinella Andrea Bocelli (tenor) Milano Giuseppe Verdi SO/Steven Mercurio DECCA 478 1071 [52:10] [GF]

I don’t think I will play this disc again ... see Full Review

Raina Kabaivanska Live in Concert Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture, L’assedio di Corinto: Giusto ciel Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Otello: Piangea cantando – Ave Maria, I vespri siciliani: Overture, La Traviata: Act III Prelude, Addio del passato Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Manon Lescaut: Act III Intermezzo, Tosca: Vissi d’arte Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur: Act IV Prelude, Io son l’umile ancella Giacomo PUCCINI La Bohème: Quando men vo Raina Kabaivanska (soprano) Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana O/Nino Bonavolontà rec. live 1987 FABULA CLASSICA FAB29913 [85:22] [CH]

Full justification of the Kabaivanska legend ... see Full Review

Mayuko Kamio in Recital Music by Georges BIZET (1838-1875), Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893), Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937), Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) and Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Mayuko Kamio (violin); Vadim Gladkov (piano) rec. 2008 SONY BMG 88697301002 [78:36] [PPLL]

Vibrancy, delicacy and control ... see Full Review

The King’s Singers Live at the BBC Proms rec. live, 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGDVD005B [62:00] SIGCD150 [64:09]

A triumphant evening … fans of good singing should not hesitate ... see Full Review

The King’s Singers Live at the BBC Proms The King’s Singers rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD150 [64:09][JS] 

An essential purchase for confirmed fans ... see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Kreisler Violin Music Oscar Shumsky (violin) Milton Kaye (piano) (CDs 1-2); William Wolfram (piano) (CDs 3-4)see end of review for details rec. not specified: possibly c.1960-1970s: CDs 1-2; c. 1970-1980s: CDs 3-4. ADD/DDD NIMBUS NI2529/32 [4 CDs: 77:00 + 71:46 + 50:30 + 50:18] [PL]

A tribute from one great violinist to another ... see Full Review



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