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Teresa CARREÑO (1853-1917) Piano Music Clara Rodriguez (piano) rec. Complejo Teresa Carreño Sala José Félix Ribas, Caracas, 2002 NIMBUS NI 6103 [65:13] [JW]

A splendid job all round ... see Full Review 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Guitar Concerto, Rondo, Suite, Guitar quintet Eliot Fisk (guitar) Czech Ph CO/Richard Kapp, Shanghai String Qt NIMBUS NI 2536 [78:58] [ZT]

Quality of the music is unmatched by the guitar playing. ... see Full Review

Paul COLES (b. 1952) Imágenes de España, Two Lullabies Chanté, Theme, impromptus and Conclusion, Habanera, Fantasia No.1, Mazurka No.1, Waltz No.1, Las Aventuras de un Caballero Errante Craig Ogden (guitar) rec. 2006/2007 NIMBUS NI5811 [77:54] [GPu]

A finely played recital of intriguing and inventive music for solo guitar … see Full Review 

Alphons DIEPENBROCK (1862-1921) De Vogels, Marsyas, Hymne, Elektra, Hymne an die Nacht, Die Nacht, Hymne, Im großen Schweigen Linda Finnie (mezzo); Christoph Homberger (tenor); Robert Holl (bass-baritone); Emmy Verhey (violin) Residentie O, The Hague/Hans Vonk rec. 1989/90 CHANDOS CHAN 10029(2) [77:07 + 64:51] [RB]

Will appeal strongly to the late-romantic constituency ... see Full Review  

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra rec. 1947-52 CALA CACD0550 [76:07]  [RMay]

Highly enjoyable ... see Full Review  

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartets Vol. 8 String Quartet 3 Vlach Qt Prague rec. 1988/9 NAXOS 8.553378 [63:43] [CC]

Hardly concise and not written in the white heat of inspiration ... see Full Review 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances, 'Carnival' Overture Czech PO/Vaclav Talich rec. 1935 NAXOS 8.111331 [74:49] [JS]

An essential supplement to almost any modern recording ... see Full Review

 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 see HINDEMITH

Petr EBEN (1929-2007) Piano Trio see Petr Fiala

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Piano Transcriptions Vol. 2 Falstaff, Pomp and Circumstance Marchs 1-6 David Owen Norris (piano) rec. 2008 ELGAR EDITIONS EECD009 [71:07] [JW]

Splendidly played and conveyed ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Petr FIALA (b.1943) Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1980) [13:57] Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Megiddo per violino, violoncello e pianoforte (2001) [11:33] Petr EBEN (1929-2007) Piano Trio (1986) [19:46] Puella Trio: Terezie Fialová (piano); Eva Karová (violin); Markéta Vrbková (cello) rec. 9-10 January 2009, Josef Dorovsky Hall, Convent of the Brothers of Mercy, Brno. ARCODIVA UP 0114-2 131 [45:28]  [DC]
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One of the best chamber-music discs so far this year. ... see Full Review 

Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Piano Concertos 1 & 2,Jubel Overture Wilhelm von Oranien in Whitehall Carl Petersson (piano) Pilsen PO/Hans Peter Wieshau rec. 2007 STERLING CDS1077-2 [61:35] [RB]

Pearlescent romantic era luxury ... see Full Review 

Niels W. GADE (1817-1890) Violin Sonatas 1-3 Christina Åstrand (violin); Per Salo (piano) rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226066 [68:30] [JW]

Not quite Brahms or Franck but quite listenable, particularly on this label ... see Full Review

  Friedrich GULDA (1930-2000) Concerto for cello and wind band see SCHUMANN

Daron HAGEN (b. 1961) Shining Brow Robert Orth (baritone) Brenda Harris (soprano) Robert Frankenberry (tenor) Buffalo PCh & O/JoAnn Falletta rec. live, 2006 NAXOS 8.669020-21 [66:04 + 72:20] [GF]

Superbly varied, brilliant and expressive … extremely valuable … see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music suites The King’s Consort/Robert King rec. 1989/97 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55375 [67:30] [MG]

An excellent choice if you want a second recording for contrast … see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1789) Faramondo Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Sophie Karthäuser, Coro Della Radio Svizzera; I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2166112 [3 CDs: 65:59 + 48:52 + 51:17] [BW]

Makes a strong case for a neglected work ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Joshua James Gilchrist, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum/Peter Neumann rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3321532-2 [49:36 + 73:04] [JV]

Has too many flaws to offer serious competition to Robert King's recording ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Rodrigo, Radamisto, Admeto, Fernando, Re di Castiglia, Arminio, Deidamia Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 1997-2003 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6958622 [15 CDs + 1 CDR: 1045.21] [RH]

Never less than interesting, fine, creditable performances and incredible value ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Samson Thomas Cooley, NDR Choir, Festspiel O Göttingen/Nicholas McGegan rec. live, 2008 CARUS 83.425 [3 CDs: 167:12] [JW]

Equable and small scaled ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung, Die Jahreszeiten, Il Ritorno di Tobia VokalEnsemble Köln; Capella Augustina/Andreas Spering rec. 2000-06 NAXOS 8.507008 [7 CDs: 6:44:21] [CC]

Convenient and cost-effective ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Acide Bernard Richter, Raffaela Milanesi, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien/Manfred Huss rec. 2008 BIS BISSACD1812 [69.38] [MM-B]

An excellent recording of rarely heard music by Haydn ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies 31, 59 & 73 Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1992/3 DAS ALTE WERK 2564 690550 [77:42] [BW]

If the coupling appeals, don’t hesitate ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets see MOZART

Hans Werner HENZE (b. 1926) Barcarola, Symphonies 7 & 9, Three Auden Songs CBSO/Simon Rattle, Berlin PO/Ingo Metzmacher, Ian Bostridge (tenor); Julius Drake (piano) rec. 1992-2000 EMI CLASSICS 2376012 [59:52 + 64:11] [RB]

Emotional eloquence ... invaluable ... see Full Review 

Robert HERMANN (1869-1912) Symphonies 1 & 2 Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Christopher Fifield rec. 2008/9 STERLING CDS-1081-2 [74:42] [RB]

Hermann's sunny pastoral muse is very catchy ... see Full Review

 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Klaviermusik mit OrchesterAntonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 Leon Fleisher (piano), Curtis SO/Christoph Eschenbach rec. 2008 ONDINE ODE1141-2 [64:18] [LW]

Primarily for the Hindemith curious and for fans of the orchestra … see Full Review 

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Tanzstücke, Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 see MACDOWELL

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Four Welsh Dances see WELSH DANCES

Heinz HOLLIGER (b. 1939) Romancendres, Gesänge der Frühe see Clara SCHUMANN

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hansel and Gretel Angelika Kirchschlager, Diana Damrau, Elizabeth Connel, Thomas Allen, Royal Opera House O/Colin Davis rec. live, 2008 OPUS ARTE OA1011D [2 DVDs: 138:00] [ST]

A very successful issue but why two discs? ... see Full Review 

Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) Sacred Choral Works Ch St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh/Matthew Owens rec. 2004/5 DELPHIAN DCD34027 [70:22]
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Not no faceless Angel Polyphony/Stephen Layton rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67708 [75:58] [JQ]

A significant voice in modern British choral writing ... see Full Review 

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Orchestral Suites from the Operas Vol. 2 Kát’a Kabanova, The Makropulos Affair Vesa-Matti Leppanen (violin) New Zealand SO/Peter Breiner rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570556 [69:56] [DM]

Not entirely persuaded ... see Full Review 

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta, Glagolitic Mass, Concertino, Capriccio, Violin Sonata, The Diary of One Who Disappeared Pierre Amoyal (violin) Mikhail Rudy (piano) Opéra National de Paris/Sir Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia O, CBSO/Sir Simon Rattle, Ian Bostridge (tenor); Ruby Philogene (mezzo); Thomas Adès (piano) rec. 1981-2001 EMI CLASSICS 2376062 [78:59 + 79:27] [WH]

Fine and sensitive but the CBSO items just a bit too comfortable ... see Full Review 

Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Dance Fantasy see WELSH DANCES

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Concerto-Rhapsody, Violin Concerto Nicolas Koeckert (violin) Royal PO/José Serebrier rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570988 [64:05] [J-PJ]

Unthreatening, but pleasant, and brilliantly played ... see Full Review 

Herman D KOPPEL (1908-1998) Requiem, Concertinos 1 & 2, Oboe Concerto, Chamber Concerto Danish RSO/Jan Krenz, Lamberto Gardelli, Leif Segerstam, John Frandsen rec. 1958-72 DANACORD DACOCD571-2 [53:57 + 69:25] [JW]

Shows the width of preserved material in the Koppel archives ... see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto,Overture to a Drama, Much Ado About Nothing Suite Philippe Quint, Mineria SO/Carlos Miguel Prieto rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570791 [53:40] [KS]

Rare but charming orchestral works ... see Full Review 

 Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Le Roi d’Ys Giuseppina Piunti (mezzo) Guylaine Girard (soprano) Eric Martin-Bonnet (bass) Opéra Royal de Wallonie Ch & O/Patrick Davin rec. 2008 DYNAMIC 33592 [108:00] [GF]

Good to have this once popular opera available on DVD … see Full Review 

Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto see BRUCH

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Symphonic Poems - Volume 5 Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia, Deux Légendes Gillian Keith (soprano) CBSCh, BBC Phil/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10524 [61:29] [J-PJ]

Memorable and forgettable: a well-played airing … see Full Review 


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