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FRIDAY July 31st

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

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

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

Jewish Cabaret in Exile New Budapest Orpheum Society rec. 2008 CEDILLE CDR90000 110 [78:58] [DC]

A fine production … deserves great success ... see Full Review

You'll Never Walk Alone David Hobson (tenor): Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone). Sinfonia Australis/Guy Noble rec. 2008 ABC CLASSICS 476 3284 [52:30] [JW]

Meet and greet old and familiar friends ... see Full Review

THURSDAY July 30th

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 

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

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 

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Der Zigeunerbaron (1885) Herbert Lippert, Pamela Coburn, Arnold Schönberg Ch, Wiener SO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. live, 1994 WARNER TELDEC 2564 691250 [74:54 + 75:19] [GF]

On most accounts a competitive Zigeunerbaron … see Full Review 

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Orchestral Suites 1-4, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Capriccio Italien Stuttgart RSO, ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner rec. 1987-92 PHOENIX EDITION 412 [3 CDs: 189:50] [ST]

Quite lovely ... see Full Review 



Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Ja Ra Laj - Suite on folk motives and texts; 27 Slovak, Balkan and Roma songs (2009) [55:12] Štefan Margita (tenor) Martina Bačová (violin) Jitka Hosprová (viola) Irvin Venyš (clarinet) Kateřina Englichová (harp) Markéta Mazourová (percussion) Quattro Orchestra (Pavla Franců (violin); Karel Chudý (cello))/Marek Štilec rec. Lichtenstein Palace, Prague, February 2009 ARCO DIVA UP 0110-2 131 [55:12] [JW]

Richly crafted but not precious or inflated ... see Full Review 

Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in E major Op. 37 Romance for violin and orchestra Op. 20 Concerto for violin and orchestra in G major Op. 22 Agnieszka Marucha (violin); Jean-Jacques Schmid (piano) Orkiestra PSM II st. im. J. Elsnera/ Piotr Wajrak rec. DDD. World Premiere Recording ACTE PREALABLE AP0221 [64'28"] [RB]

Gold in full flood ... see Full Review 

Music for Sir Anthony van Dyck compilation -see review for details Sesquialtera Consort (Laura Pok, Jean-Paul Hinnekens (recorder); Martin Bauer, Liam Fennely (viola da gamba); Etienne Leuridan (harpsichord, organ, regale)) rec. 20-28 April 1999, Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Longueville, Belgium. DDD TALENT DOM 2911 60 [71:35] [JV]

A nice mixture of instrumental pieces the painter Sir Anthony Van Dyck could have heard ... see Full Review 

Iberoamérica Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Sonata Romántica (1929) [23:21] Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) Sonata Giocosa (1958) [12:55] Leo BROUWER (b. 1939) Sonata (1990) [14:44] Hermann Hudde (guitar) rec. August 2007, Blink Music Studios at Cambridge MA, USA CENTAUR CRC 2974 [51:02] [OL]

Attractive music, good playing ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ljuba Welitsch - Prima Voce
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[60:40 + 47:34] [GF]


A set that no lover of great singing can afford to be without … see Full Review 


TUESDAY July 28th

B Tommy ANDERSSON (b. 1964) Satyricon etc. Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/B Tommy Andersson rec. 2004-8 PHONO SUECIA PSCD178 [71:43][GF/RB]

Should appeal to listeners from various cultures ... see Full Review

Charles-Auguste de BÉRIOT (1802-1870) Duo concertants etc. Christine Sohn and John Marcus (violins) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570748 [74:49][NB]

A disc of considerable technical expertise but little musical magic ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Max BRUCH (1838-1920) String Quintet in E flat Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Henschel Quartet rec. 2008-9 NEOS CLASSICS 30901 [76:12][MC]

Remarkable … snap this up immediately ... see Full Review

Robert Casadesus Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 23 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 5 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Robert Casadesus (piano); various orchestras and conductors rec. 1956-65 MEDICI ARTS MM0322 [78:16][JW] 

A finely transferred and annotated tribute ... see Full Review

The Galant Bassoon Music by Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767), Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) and Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1741-1788) Matthew Wilkie (bassoon); Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord); Kees Boersma (double bass) rec. 2008 MELBA MR 301124 [73:23][DC]

A real winner ... see Full Review


MONDAY July 27th

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House/Antonio Pappano rec. 2006 DECCA 0743312 [152:00][ST] 

Decadent, passionate and sexy ... see Full Review

Brian DEWAN Ringing at the Speed of Prayer Brian Dewan with Jamie Barnes and the Liverpool Cathedral Bell Ringers rec. 2006-7 INNOVA 725 [49:20][DC]

 A bit dull and aimless ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Film Music – Collectors’ Edition BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba rec. 2002-5 CHANDOS MOVIES CHAN10529-31 [3 CDs: 78.30 + 70:47 + 66:37][RB]

Most handsomely done and at mid-bargain price ... see Full Review

David Nadien – The Memorable 1973 Town Hall Recital; Music by Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770); Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827); Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881); Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856), Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880), Francesco Maria VERACINI (1690-1768) and Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) David Nadien (violin); Samuel Sanders (piano) rec. 1973 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD140 [74:02][JW]

Warmly welcomed ... see Full Review

Il Pianto di Maria – The Virgin’s Lament; Music by Antonio VIVALDI (1675-1741); Giovanni Battista FERRANDINI (c.1710-1791), Biagio MARINI (1594-1663), Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643), Francesco Bartolomeo CONTI (1681/2-1732) and Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687-1755) Bernarda Fink (soprano); Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini DECCA L’OISEAU LYRE 4781466 [60.54][GH]

A very moving experience; superbly compiled and performed ... see Full Review

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