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Edward MacDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Sonatas 1 & 4 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Tanzstücke, Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 Sheila Randell (piano) rec. 1958 LYRITA REAM.2110 [44:33 + 43:10] [RB]

Fascinating first appearances after half a century ... see Full Review 

James MacMILLAN (b. 1959) Seven Last Words from the Cross, Christus Vincit, Nemo te Condemnavit, ... here in hiding The Dmitri Ensemble/Graham Ross rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570719 [70:37] [JWi]

Excellent all round and attractively presented ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 3 Marjana Lipovsek (alto solo) Wiener Sängerknaben; Frauenchor des Wiener Singverein, Bavarian State O/Zubin Mehta rec. live, 2004 FARAO CLASSICS S108047 [61:48 + 37:35] [CR]

Completely unmissable … see Full Review 

John MARSH (1752-1828) Symphonies Chichester Concert/Ian Graham-Jones rec. 1989 ALTO ALC1017 [64:24] [JV]

Valuable but the performances leave something to be desired ... see Full Review 

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Symphonies 1-6 Bamberg SO/Neeme Järvi rec. 1987/88 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 8950 [3 CDs: 60:52 + 62:44 + 59:16] [RB]

Quite a bargain ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Choral Music Jonathan Vaughn (organ) Wells Cathedral Ch/Matthew Owens rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67740 [75:32] [GPu]

Fine performances of a modern choral master ... see Full Review 

William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Celtic Dances see WELSH DANCES

Colin MATTHEWS (b. 1946) Alphabicycle Order, Horn Concerto Richard Watkins (horn) Henry Goodman (narrator) Hallé O/Sir Mark Elder (Concerto); Edward Gardner (Alphabicycle) rec. 2004/7 HALLE CD HLL 7515 [53:53] [CT]

Premiere recordings of two engaging and strikingly original British works. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte Thomas Hampson, Edita Gruberova, Barbara Bonney, Zurich Opera House Ch & O/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1987 WARNER TELDEC 2564 691272 [73:22 + 70:30] [GF]

A safe bet as long as one can accept a few drawbacks … see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos 1 & 3, Sinfonia Concertante Renaud Capuçon (violin); Antoine Tamesitt (viola) Scottish CO/Louis Langrée rec. 2007 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5021122 [72:56] [JW]

Enjoyable, thought-provoking ... see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete Piano Works for Four Hands Misha Dichter and Cipa Dichter (piano, four hands) Nimbus NI 2537/9 [3CDs: 69.48 + 44.03 + 61.49] [DC]

Beefy Mozart or Disc of the Year?... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet, String Quartets Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Georgina Dobrée (clarinet) The Loewenguth Qt rec. 1945-72 DOREMI DHR-7846/48 [3 CDs: 217:38] [JW]

Valuable, estimable but transfers unsympathetic ... see Full Review 

Elis PEHKONEN (b.1942) Russian Requiem, Four Russian Songs Christine Bunting (soprano): Susan Mason (contralto) Hilary Thomas (soprano) Keith Swallow (piano) Birmingham Festival Choral Society and Orchestra/Jeremy Patterson rec. 1988 CORINIUM CMCD001 [57:47]
Elis PEHKONEN
The Alabaster Box, Romance de la Pena Negra, Philomel, The Blizzard and the Dark Andrée Black (soprano) Hilary Thomas (soprano) Fenella Humphreys (violin) Raymond Burley (guitar): Richard Leigh Harris (piano) Timothy Kipling (flute) Danielle Perrett (harp) rec. 2001 CORINIUM CMCD002 [79:06]

Elis PEHKONEN
Turning World, Tara’s Harp, Hymn to the Sun, Irinna’s Song, Travel Sonata, The White Swan, Mountain Sketches Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) Christine Bunting (soprano) Susan Mason (contralto) Hilary Thomas (soprano) Richard Leigh Harris, Helen Reid, Keith Swallow (piano) Fenella Humphreys (violin) Danielle Perrett (harp) Raymond Burley (guitar) John Turner (recorders) Ross Winters (alto recorder) Timothy Kipling (flute) Birmingham Festival Ch & O/Jeremy Patterson Manchester Camerata Strings/Philip McKenzie rec. 1988-2006 CORINIUM CMCD003 [78:04]

Tonal, lyric, melancholic, bardic and more besides ... see Full Review 

Wilhelm PETERSON-BERGER (1867-1942) Arnljot Erland Hagegård, Karin Langebo, Stockholm Ph Ch & Orchestra/Okko Kamu rec. 1973 STERLING CDO-1082-2 [53:14] [RB]

Leaves you wanting to hear the whole thing ... see Full Review

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Concierto para Quinteto, Estaciones Porteña, Fuga y Misterio, Suite del Angel Artemis Qt; Jacques Ammon (piano) rec. 2004 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2672920 [60:00] [JFL]

The Artemis tango their way into the tasteful crossover limelight ... see Full Review

Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) The Queen of Spades Symphonic Suite, On guard for Peace Royal Scottish National O & Ch/Neeme Järvi rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN 10519 [66:05] [DC]

Simultaneous Soviet repression and approval in one stunning recording ... see Full Review 

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Suites: Romeo and Juliet, The Prodigal Son& Cinderella, Scythian Suite, Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1961-66 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0830 [64:50 + 67:26] [DM]

Vigorous, vital music-making. Ansermet at his best ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane, Violin sonate 2, Deux Mélodies hébraïques, Duo Sonate Kristian Winther (violin) Anthony Romaniuk (piano) Michelle Wood (cello) rec. 2007 MELBA MR301115 [62:31] [DC]

One to take with you on holiday. ... see Full Review 

Max REGER (1873-1916) Clarinet Quintet, String Sextet Ensemble Villa Musica rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 3041557-2 [72:04] [TB]

A satisfying sonority … more rewarding with each new acquaintance ... see Full Review 

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Orchestral Works Sheherazade, Symphony No.1, Symphony No.2 (Symphonic Suite), 'Antar', Symphony No.3, Capriccio espagnol, Piano Concerto in C sharp minor,The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Sadko, Russian Easter Festival Overture, The Tsar's Bride, Overture, Pan Voyevoda, Suite, Christmas Eve, Suite,Overture on Russian Themes, The Snow Maiden, Suite, Fantasia on Serbian Themes Noriko Ogawa (piano) Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra/Kees Bakels rec. 2002, 2003, 2004. DDD 4 discs for the price of 2 BIS-CD-1667/68 [4 CDs: 300:31] [RB]


Often ear-tickling sometimes seductive ... see Full Review

 


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[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
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