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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Michael William BALFE (1808-1870) Falstaff Marcel Vanaud, Majella Cullagh, National Chamber Ch of Ireland, RTÉ Concert O/Marco Zambelli rec. 2008 RTÉ LYRIC FM CD119 [75:52 + 67:27] [RW]

A breath of fresh air ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Daniel Müller-Schott (cello); Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67633 [78:07][TP] 

Wonderful, life-affirming music-making from this exciting partnership ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet Quatuor Ebène rec. 2008  VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190452 [80:27] [JFL]

One of the most exciting recordings that I’ve ever heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Gil Shaham (violin); Chicago Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman rec. 2007 CANARY CLASSICS CC06 [48:28][TP]

Vulnerability and ebullience … do not miss this ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jonathan Nott rec. 2006 TUDOR 7151 [55:29][TB] 

Makes a strong impression ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Orchestral Songs and Choral Works Christine Brewer (soprano); BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10505 [71:33][RB]

A seething aureate blaze. Wonderful stuff ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tilo MEDEK (1940-2006) Organ Works Wandlungs-Passacaglia (2001) [5:09] B-a-c-h, Vier Töne für Orgel (1973) [7:44] Verschüttete Bauernflöte (1969) [11:22]
Quatemberfeste für Orgel (1989) [29:16] Gebrochene Flügel (1975) [7:42] Rückäufige Passacaglia (1979) [11:02] Martin Schmeding (organ) rec. 25-27 March 2008, Evang. Aufstehungskirche, Düsseldorf-Oberkassel. CYBELE SACD 060.801 [72:21]   [DC]

Some of the most unearthly musical sounds I have ever heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra Johannes Moser (cello); Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Fabrice Bollon rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD93.222 [69:16][MC]

A fruitful emotional encounter with Saint-Saëns ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giacinto SCELSI (1905-1988) Preludi, Serie I-IV: Serie I [21:05]; Serie II [17:49]; Serie III [18:40]; Serie IV [13:46] Alessandra Ammara (piano) rec. 30 September – 1 October 2008, Chiesa di S. Apollinaire, Monticello de Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy ARTS 47721-8  [73 :10] [DC]

Enigmatic, fascinating, and a technically outstanding achievement all round. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Complete String Quartets Ilya Ioff (violin); Elena Raskova (violin); Lydia Kovalenko (viola); Alexey Massarsky (cello) rec. 2008 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF9964-65 [42:12 + 67:28] [RB]

Translucent singing melody - a treasury ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sanctum est Verum Lumen - Multi-part Music for Choir Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) Sanctum est verum lumen Robert WYLKYNSON (c.1450–c.1515) Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Duo Seraphim Josquin des PREZ (attrib.) (c.1450–1521) Qui habitat Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Magnificat sexti toni Tarik O’REGAN (b. 1978) I sleep, but my heart wakethFelice ANERIO (c.1560–1614) Stabat Mater Johannes OCKEGHEM (attrib.) (c.1410–1497) Deo gratia a 36 Bo HOLTEN (b. 1948) In nomine Thomas TALLIS (1505–1585) Spem in alium National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2006/7 DELPHIAN DCD34045 [70:21] [JQ]

This magnificent CD ravishes and stimulates the ear ... see Full Review



BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Magnus LINDBERG (b.1958) Complete Piano Music Ralph van Raat (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570542 [72:30][HC]

No Lindberg admirer should miss this ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Complete Edition CDs 1-7 Piano Music CDs 8-13 Organ MusicCDs 14-15: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ CDs 16-19 Opera: Saint François d'Assise CDs 20-32 Other Music Limited edition DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4801333 [32 CDs: c.34:00:00] [PW]

Far from an exercise directed at completists only … a life enhancing experience … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) The Complete Symphonies Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Järvi rec. 1984/5 CHANDOS 10500X [4CDs: 261:28] [JFL]

Marvelous, charming, sweeping ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Maria Callas - The Complete Puccini Studio Recordings rec. 1953-65 EMI CLASSICS 2158942 [15 CDs] [RJF]

Her unique Puccini interpretations are gathered here with an unexpected bonus ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Vier letzte Lieder etc. Heather Harper (soprano); London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox rec. 1986-7 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2283742 [63:11] [DM] 

A thrilling Straussfest. Not to be missed ... see Full Review


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