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André CAMPRA (1660-1744) Grands Motets François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Petits Motets Les Arts Florissants Chorus and Orchestra/William Christie rec. 2002-4 VIRGIN VERITAS 6932062 [67:04 + 72:52][J-PJ]

Deserves repeated listening ... see Full Review

David CARLSON (b. 1952) Anna Karenina Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Stewart Robertson rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD154 [72:12 + 67:35][GF]

A modern opera that should be accessible to a wide audience ... see Full Review

Elliot CARTER (b. 1908) 100th Anniversary Release Includes Mosaic, Dialogues & DVD: Interview New Music Concerts Ensemble/ Robert Aitkin rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.559614 [64.50] & 2.110257 [51.07]

Testimony to an astonishing musical personality ... see Full Review

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) 24 Caprichos de Goya Zoran Dukic (guitar) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572252-53 [39:05 + 43:24][GPu] 

A fascinating and underrated work very persuasively presented … see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 etc. Garrick Ohlsson; Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Jerzy Maksymiuk. rec. 1975-8 EMI CLASSICS 3714722 [71:47 + 75:48][CC]

Buy this for the “extras”, which provide much delight ... see Full Review

Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Waltz, Polonaise see GOLTZ

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) The Complete Piano Sonatas - Vol. 3 Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67729 [63:17 + 59:03] [MS]

A figure of importance and invention ... see Full Review 

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Music for the Theatre, Quiet City* , Music for Movies, Clarinet Concerto** *Chris Gekker (trumpet); Stephen Taylor (cor anglais); **William Blount (clarinet) Orchestra of St Luke's/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1988 NIMBUS NI 2522 [66:56] [DM]

'Safe' performances, lacking brio and bounce ... see Full Review 

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Symphony 2 see Stokowski

François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Petits Motets see CAMPRA

Henry COWELL (1897-1965) Persian Set (1957) Hymn and Fuguing Tune for string orchestra (1944) American Melting Pot (1940) Air for solo violin and string orchestra (1952) Old American Country Set (1937-39) Adagio from Ensemble for string orchestra (1924) Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Richard Auldon Clark rec. 1993, . DDD KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-7220-2 H1 [64:07]
Henry COWELL (1897-1965) Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10 for oboe and strings (1955) Air and Scherzo for alto saxophone and small orchestra (1963) Concerto Grosso for flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, harp and string orchestra (1963) Fiddler's Jig for violin and orchestra (1952) Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1987) The Hollow Men for trumpet and strings (1944) Edward MacDOWELL (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose (arr. string orchestra, Arthur Luck ) (1896) Humbert Lucarelli (oboe); Gary Louie (alto saxophone); Ashley Horne (violin); Chris Gekker (trumpet) Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Richard Auldon Clark rec. 1994, . DDD KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-7287-2 H1 [56:36] [RB]

Cowell - still fresh but from his later more accessible years ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Book 1, 2 Etudes Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Trois Pièces Yvonne Lefébure (piano) rec. 1969-71 SOLSTICE SOCD239 [52:25] [CC]

An interesting document of an interesting pianist ... see Full Review

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Complete Solo Organ Works Jennifer Bate (organ) rec. 1982-2007 NAXOS 8.572169 [77:42] [HC]

Superbly crafted, varied and attractive ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Roberto Devereux - lyric tragedy in three acts (1837) Elisabetta, Queen of England - Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano); Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex - Massimiliano Pisapia (tenor); Sara, Duchess of Nottingham - Federica Bragaglia (mezzo); Duke of Nottingham - Andrew Schroeder (baritone); Lord Cecil - Luigi Albani (tenor); Sir Walter Raleigh - Giorgio Valerio (bass) Chorus and Orchestra of the Bergamo Music Festival/Marcello Rota rec. 2006 NAXOS DVD 2.110232 [134:00] [RF]

A very fine performance with a traditional set and opulent costumes. ... see Full Review 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucrezia Borgia Chorus and Orchestra of the Bergamo Music Festival/Tiziano Severini rec. 2007 NAXOS 2.110264 [138.11][RJF]

A well staged and sung performance of an opera from Donizetti’s golden period ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Quatre Motets, Requiem Jean-Jacques GRUNENWALD (1911-1982) Tu es Petrus, Psaume CXXIX Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Christopher Maltman (baritone) Robert Cohen (cello) Jeremy Filsell (organ) Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD163 [74:08] [JQ]

Now surely first choice for the Duruflé ... see Full Review 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 8 Igor Ardašev (piano); Prague Symphony Orchestra/Petr Altrichter rec. 1993 ARTHAUS 102139 [88:00][CC] 

I doubt I’ll be returning to these accounts often, if at all … see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances; Carnival overture Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Váčlav Talich rec. 1935 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111331 [74:49][RMay] 

Intuitively idiomatic and consistently enjoyable … see Full Review

Petr EBEN (b. 1929) Moto Ostinato, Symphonia Gregoriana Paul Wißkirchen (organ); Händel-Festspielorchester Halle/Volker Hempfling rec. 1990 MOTETTE CD40151 [65:40] [RB]

A major work of serenity and surprising majesty ... see Full Review 

Sophie-Carmen ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ (1901-1974) February Suite Robert Comrie TURNER (b.1920) Violin Sonata Jack Glatzer (violin) Delores Jerde Keahey (piano) rec. 1989 ECKHARDT-GRAMATTÉ FOUNDATION no number [63:41] [RB]

Accessibly romantic ... see Full Review 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff, Romance, Cello Concerto, Smoking Cantata Andrew Shore (baritone); Graham Salvage (bassoon); Heinrich Schiff (cello) Hallé O/Mark Elder rec. 2003 HALLÉ CDHLL7505 [69:42] [JQ]

Elder is a perceptive and committed guide to Elgar’s music ... see Full Review 

Anders ELIASSON (b. 1947) Sinfonia per archi see Dedications

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 - 1924) Ballade pour piano & orchestre, Berceuse pour violon & orchestre, Élégie pour violoncelle & orchestre, Concerto pour violon & orchestre, Romance pour violoncelle & orchestre, Fantaisie pour flûte & orchestre, Fantaisie pour piano & orchestre Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (violin) Henri Demarquette (cello) Juliette Hurel (flute) Jérôme Ducros (piano) Orchestre de Bretagne/Moshe Atzmon rec. 2005, DDD TIMPANI 1C1172 [63:59] [RB]

Cogently assembled and full of endearing discoveries ... see Full Review

Julie Feeney 'pages': 1. Love Is A Tricky Thing; 2. Impossibly Beautiful; 3. Grace; 4. Valentine's Song; 5. One More Tune; 6. Myth; 7. Mr. Roving Eye Guy; 8. Stay; 9. Life's Nudge; 10. Monster; 11. Nothing to Declare; 12. Knock Knock Julie Feeney (vocals) Unnamed orchestra MITTENS label No Number [c.62:00] [RB]

Hear it - surprise yourself ... see Full Review 

Francesco FEO (1667-1740) Missa, Confitebor a 5 Anja Zügner, Dorothea Wagner (soprano); Dominika Hirschler (alto); Tobias Hunger (tenor); Tobias Berndt (bass) Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle/Matthias Jung rec. 2007 CPO 777 333-2 [58:04] [JV]

Sacred music from 18th-century Naples which is anything but superficial ... see Full Review

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Keyboard Sonatas Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2007 BMG-RCA RED SEAL 88697 367932 [68:50] [MS]

Neglected keyboard sonatas played with sensitivity and depth ... see Full Review 

Luigi GATTI (1740-1817) Schöpfungmesse Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Schöpfungmesse Dresdener Kreuzkor & Philharmonie/Roderich Kriele rec. live, 2008 CARUS 83.245 [69:64] [DC]

Interesting, but not really top of the pile ... see Full Review

Jan van GILSE (1881-1944) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Netherlands Symphony Orchestra/David Porcelijn rec. 2007 CPO 777349-2 [67:02][RB] 

Two well-upholstered Dutch late-romantic symphonies ... see Full Review

Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Marcella Flament Bratislava Chamber Choir; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia/Manlio Benzi. rec. 2007 NAXOS 2.110263 [66:51][CC] 

Given the paucity of competition, a recommendation despite reservations ... see Full Review

Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990) Etruscan Concerto etc. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Richard Mills, Antony Walker rec. 1993-2007 ABC CLASSICS 4763222 [52:57][RB]

A rewarding collection from this Australian RVW pupil ... see Full Review

Boris GOLTZ (1913-1942) Scherzo, Preludes Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Waltz, Polonaise Sergei Podobedov (piano) rec. 2007 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1210 [55:00] [RB]

A discovery for Russian piano enthusiasts ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean-Jacques GRUNENWALD (1911-1982) Tu es Petrus, Psaume CXXIX see DURUFLÉ


Manos HADJIDAKIS (1925-1994) Piano Works For A Little White Seashell, Six Popular Pictures, Ionian Suite, Rhythmology Danae Kara (piano) rec. 1995 NAXOS 8.570957 [73.01] [GH]

Light music of a high calibre ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) CD 1 Oboe Concerto No. 1, 2a, 3, Largo in F major, Alcina: various, Ariodante : Overture; Sinfonia pastorale; Rondeau I, II, Finale Il pastor fido : Pour les Chasseurs CD 2 Berenice: Overture, Menuet, Gigue Solomon: Sinfonia - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Concerto a due cori No. 1,2, 3 Overture in D, Concerto grosso 'Alexander's Feast' Roger Lord (oboe); Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner. rec. March 1964-69 ADD. DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1388 [74:54+79:10] [BW]

Stylish performances of attractive music at a giveaway price ... see Full Review 

George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Organ Concertos, Op.4 Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone (organ) rec. 10-12 June 2008 Bartholomäuskirche, Hallé, Germany. DDD L'OISEAU-LYRE 478 1465 [77:27] [MC]

I find it hard to imagine finer playing ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Clavier Works Siegbert Rampe (harpsichord) rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG34115372 [78:48][JV] 

An eloquent contribution to the debate ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias and Duets - The Anniversary Edition Various artists VIRGIN CLASSICS 6960352 [78:18 + 77:37][GF]

Some really great voices in a number of the finest baroque arias … see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Israel in Egypt Vocalensemble Rastatt; Les Favorites/Holger Speck rec. 2008 CARUS 83.423 [70:30+49:16] [JS]

Not seriously competitive … very undramatic ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Faramondo Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano and I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2166112 [3 CDs: 65.59 + 48.52 + 51.17][MM-B]

A very satisfying and welcome addition to the Handel opera recordings ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Handel: Gold Various artists rec. 1953-2008 DECCA 4781460 [68:25 + 74:13][GF]

The performances are fully worthy of the music ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Un’Opera Immaginaria Joyce DiDonato, Natalie Dessay, Ian Bostridge, Anne Sofie von Otter, Philippe Jaroussky, Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis, City of London Baroque Sinfonia/Richard Hickox VIRGIN CLASSICS 2672802 [77:00] [RMo]

I can envisage playing this lovely disc often ... see Full Review 

Lou HARRISON (1917-2003) Symphony No. 2 Elegiac see HOVHANESS

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) Concerto funebre etc. SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern/Paul Goodwin rec. 2004-7 WERGO WER67142 [70:39][HC]

A must for all admirers of Hartmann’s music … see Full Review

Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Gloria; Te Deum; Regina Coeli Dresdner Kapellknaben Members of the Dresdner Staatskapelle/Konrad Wagner rec. 1988 CHRISTOPHORUS CHE0139-2 [47:46][J-PJ]

Hugely enjoyable … deserves repeated listening ... see Full Review

Nicolaus HASSE (1605-1670) Complete Organ Works see TUNDER

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Overtures Haydn Sinfonietta Wien/Manfred Huss rec. 1994 BIS BISCD1818 [60:55 + 57:05] [DC]

One of life’s little gifts ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Schöpfungmesse see GATTI

Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) The Kentuckian (1955) Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1956) Moscow Symphony Orchestra/William T. Stromberg rec. 2007 TRIBUTE FILM CLASSICS TFC1004 [73:19]
Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) Fahrenheit 451 (1966) The Twilight Zone - Walking Distance (1959) Moscow Symphony Orchestra/William T. Stromberg
rec. 2007 TRIBUTE FILM CLASSICS TFC1002 [77:40]
Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) Mysterious Island (1961) Moscow Symphony Orchestra/William T. Stromberg rec. 2007 TRIBUTE FILM CLASSICS TFC1001 [71:27]

De luxe re-recordings of classic Herrmann scores ... see Full Review

  Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Variations on The Girl I Left Behind Me see HOWELL

Peter HOPE (b. 1930) Songs and Chamber Music Various artists rec. 2004-5 DUTTON CDLX7192 [74:50][HC]

Melodic, well crafted and sincere ... see Full Review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain op. 132 Lousadzak op. 48 Lou HARRISON (1917-2003) Symphony No. 2 Elegiac Keith Jarrett (piano) American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1989. DDD NIMBUS NI 2512 [67:00] [RB]

A welcome return - the East, arcana and lyricism. ... see Full Review 

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphony 1 see Stokowski

Dorothy HOWELL (1898-1982) Lamia Maurice BLOWER (1894-1982) Symphony Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Variations on The Girl I Left Behind Me Karelia PO/Marius Stravinsky rec. 2008 CAMEO CLASSICS CC9037CD [63:36] [RB]

Remarkable - three attractive and thoroughly enjoyable revivals ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John IRELAND (1879-1962) Mai-Dun (1921) [11:04] The Forgotten Rite (1913-1918) [7:09] Satyricon Overture (1944-1946) [8:45] The Overlanders Suite (arr. Sir Charles Mackerras) (1946-1947) [19:27] A London Overture (1936) [12:14] Epic March (1942) [8:18] The Hallé Orchestra/John Wilson rec. 24-25 March 2007, BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester HALLÉ CDHLL 7523[67:41] [JF]

Enthusiasm, passion and understanding ... see review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Trios The Gould Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570507 [60:34][JF]

A great investment ... see Full Review

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Violin sonatas, Fantasy Sonata, Cello Sonata, The Holy Boy , Phantasie Trio, Piano trios Lydia Mordkovich (violin); Gervase de Peyer (clarinet); Ian Brown (piano); Karine Georgian (cello) rec. 1982-93 CHANDOS 241-40 [73:35 + 73:55] [RB]

Essential Ireland in voluptuous sound and performances ... see Full Review 

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Music by John Ireland - Volume 2 Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. CBSO Centre, Birmingham 18-19 January 2008 SOMM SOMMCD 088 [72:28] [JF][RB]

I suggest that you add this to your collection. [JF] A fine series takes another step forward [RB] ... see Full Review 

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola Emerson String Quartet rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778093 [55:26][LW] 

One wants some sense of struggle ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Violin Sonata Vitězslav NOVÁK (1870-1949) Violin Sonata Oskar NEDBAL (1874-1930) Violin Sonata Ivan Ženatý (violin); Martin Kasík (piano) rec. 2008 SUPRAPHON SU39782 [64.19]  [NB]

Essential for anyone interested in the finest chamber music performances ... see Full Review 

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Rebirth Symphony Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Jerzy Salwarowski rec. 2004 DUX 0656 [44:04][DM]

A dreary piece that fails to live up to lofty ambitions ... see Full Review 

Aaron Jay KERNIS (b.1960) Newly Drawn Sky; Too Hot Toccata; Symphony in Waves Grant Park Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar rec. 2006-7 CEDILLE CDR90000105 [64:00][GPu]

Kernis gives eclecticism a good name … see Full Review

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Art Songs Andrea Meláth, Judit Németh (mezzo); Anna Korondi (soprano); Gyula Orendt, Csaba Szegedi (baritone); Szabolcs Brickner (tenor) István Kovács (bass); Emese Virág, Jenö Jandó (piano) rec. 2007/8 HUNGAROTON HCD32555-56 [72:55 + 63:37]

An excellent account of a lesser-known part of the master’s output ... see Full Review 

Herman D KOPPEL (1908-1998) Requiem, Concertinos 1 & 2, Oboe concerto Chamber concerto DR SO/Jan Krenz, Lamberto Gardelli, Leif Segerstam, John Frandsen, BBC SO/Rudolf Schwarz rec. 1958-72 DANACORD DACOCD571-2 [53:57 + 69:25] [RB]

Would that all composers could receive similar regal treatment ... see Full Review

Nikolaus Von KRUFFT (1779-1818) Bassoon Sonatas Wouter Verschuren (bassoon); Kathryn Cok (fortepiano) rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72313 [61:32] [GPu]

Should appeal to anyone interested in the bassoon repertoire (and not just to them) … see Full Review 

Jean Xavier LEFÈVRE (1763-1829) Clarinet Quintets Eduard Brunner (clarinet); Ana Chumachenco (violin); Wen-Sinn Yang (cello); Hariolf Schlichtig (viola) TUDOR 7136 [56:36] [RB]

Mozartean felicity and one work of Beethovenian depth ... see Full Review 

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Die blaue Mazur Kammerchor der Singakademie Frankfurt, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Frank Beermann rec. 2007 CPO 777331-2 [50:51 + 63:43][GF]

A worthy addition … some really outstanding singing ... see Full Review

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) String Quartets 1 & 2, Seven Variations Edinburgh Qt MERIDIAN CDE84460 [67:43] [RB]

Impassioned performances of works steeped in angst and melody ... see Full Review 


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