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John CAGE (1912-1992) Credo in US, Imaginary Landscape 1, Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Suite for Toy Piano, Music for Carillon Michael Dietz (percussion) Ensemble Musica Negativa/Rainer Riehn; Gentle Fire. rec. 1971-73 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 2344542 [68:26] [CC]

A sure-fire winner ... see Full Review 

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra Op.99 (1939) [20:18] Golondrinas (1940s) [4:48] La Primavera (1940s) [1:51] Platero en el Cielo de Moguer (1940s) [5:00] Rondo Op.129 (1946) [7:35] Suite Op.133 (1947) [16:17] Quintet for Guitar and Strings Op.143 (1951) [23:08] Eliot Fisk (guitar) Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra/Richard Kapp (op. 99) The Shanghai String Quartet (op. 143) rec. no dates or locations given but first issued by MusicMasters in 2004 NIMBUS NI 2536 [78:58] [RB]

Cheerful, poetic, dynamic and sweetly eerie ... see Full Review

Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1843) Piano Sonatas see GALUPPI

Paul CHIHARA (b. 1938) Ain't No Sunshine, Piano Quintet,Minidoka, An Afternoon on the Perfume River Pascal Rogé (piano); Ysaye String Qt, Odense SO/Paul Mann rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9267 [59:26] [RB]

Melodic, impressionistic, atmospheric - even nostalgic ... see Full Review 

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 etc. Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67706 [76:40][PPLL] 

Innate musicality, great nobility and magnificent technical command ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Ballade 3, Scherzo 1 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sposalizio, Il Pensieroso, Les Jeux d’eau ŕ la Villa d’Este, Rhapsodie Hongroise, Liebesträume 3 Alexander Thomas (piano) rec. 2006  RUSSIAN COMPACT DISC RCD30110 [66:38] [JW]

Scrupulous, thoughtful, and dedicated – nothing flashy or clumsy … see Full Review

Jean Baptiste Charles DANCLA (1817-1907) Petite École de la mélodie Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Violin sonata 1 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Meditation from Thaïs Guido Rimonda (violin); Cristina Canziani (piano) rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10510 [57:20] [KS]

Tuneful throughout, this disc makes for a fine evening’s listen ... see Full Review 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Trio etc. Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918) D'un soir triste etc. Trio George Sand rec. 2006 INTEGRAL CLASSIC INT221155 [61:12][BBr] 

An issue to cherish ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Transcriptions Jean-Francois Heisser; Georges Pludemacher (pianos) rec. 1991-3 WARNER APEX 2564692098 [69:36 + 67:08][BBr] 

Unknown insights ... see Full Review

Michael Brant DeMARIA Siyotanka All instruments and voices are Michael Brant DeMaria multitracked MICHAEL DeMARIA MDM5812 [72:37][RB]

Pleasing New Age-Native American mystery ... see Full Review

Michael DENHOFF (b. 1955) Player Piano 8 rec. 2005 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 64514082 [59:19][DC]

For all player piano and Nancarrow/Ligeti fans ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Anna Bolena London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel rec. 1972 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93924 [3 CDs: 64:51 + 58:02 + 71:26][GF]

First choice ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Maria Stuarda Laura Polverelli, Maria Pia Piscitelli, Roberto De Basio, Ch & O Filarmonica Marchigiana/Riccardo Frizza rec. 2007 NAXOS OPERA 2.110268 [122:00] [RF]

Another well cast and sung production full of drama and superb music ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH John Dowland (1563-1626) Lute Music Volume 4: The Queen’s Galliard Nigel North (lute) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570284 [60:18] [BW]

A crowning conclusion to an excellent series ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 see SCHUBERT

Sir George DYSON (1883-1964) Hierusalem Three Songs of Praise. Three Choral Hymns. O praise God in his holiness1, Fantasia and ground bass1, Hierusalem (1956)2 1 Thomas Trotter (organ); 2Valery Hill (soprano); St Michael’s Singers Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Jonathan Rennert rec. 1984,DDD. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55046 [60:05]
Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983)  String Quartet No 3 ‘In Gloucestershire’, Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) Three Rhapsodies, Divertimenti (Paul Barritt (violin); Rachel Isserlis (violin); Gustav Clarkson (viola); Sebastian Comberti (cello)) rec. 1984, DDD. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55045 [63:33] [BW]

Please rescue one or both of these excellent CDs ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No.1; Falstaff London Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar rec. 1930-2 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111256 [79:35][RMay] 

Central to the Elgar discography ... see Full Review

Simon EMMERSON (b.1950) Points and Pathways Various artists/Priti Pantal (director) rec. 1993-2005 SARGASSO SCD28060 [59:47][CR] 

Each piece has a strong identity of its own ... see Full Review

Josef Bohuslav FOERSTER (1859-1951) Violin Concertos 1 & 2 Ivan Ženatý (violin) BBC SO/Jiří Bĕlohlávek rec. 2007 SUPRAPHON SU3961-2 [65:23] [RB]

Two cantabile concertos avoiding the emotional hothouse ... see Full Review

Arthur FOOTE (1853–1937) Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24 (1890) Serenade, Op. 25 (excerpts) (1889, 1866) II. Air [8:42] V. Gavotte Four Character Pieces after the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Op. 48 (1900) Suite in E major for string orchestra, Op. 63 (1907) Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1997/2004/2005 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559365 [59:20] [RB]

Satisfying, Brahmsian music with excursions towards Bach and Grieg ... see Full Review

Johann Philipp FÖRTSCH (1652-1732) Dialogs, Psalms & Sacred Concertos La Capella Ducale; Musica Fiata/Roland Wilson rec. 2007 CPO 777369-2 [79:09][JV] 

Förtsch's remarkable dialogues give some idea of his talent for musical drama ... see Full Review

Daniel GALAY (b.1945) Klassical Klezmer Michčle Gingras (clarinet); Ron Matson (piano) rec. 2008 MSR CLASSICS MS1240 [41:25][JW]

Highly enjoyable and versatile ... see Full Review

Baldassarre GALUPPI (1702-1785) Piano Sonatas Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2007 RCA-BMG RED SEAL 88697367932 [68:50] Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1843) Piano Sonatas Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2006 RCA-BMG RED SEAL 88697057742 [75:35][DC]

Galuppi, Cherubini, Fazioli and Bacchetti: a quartet to savour ... see Full Review

Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Concerti Grosso see VIVALDI

Giorgio Federico GHEDINI (1892-1965) L’Olmeneta; Litanie alla Vergine; Musical Offering after JS Bach Orchestra Alessandro Scarlatti di Napoli/Giorgio Federico Ghedini rec. 1952 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111325 [73:32][JW]

Joyful … puzzlingly hypnotic ... see Full Review

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Symphony No.6 etc. Royal Scottish National Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. 2008 WARNER CLASSICS 256469627 [66:48][JW]

A general front-runner … see Full Review

Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI (b. 1933) Symphony No.3 Christine Brewer (soprano); Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles rec. 2008 TELARC CD80699 [48:56][BBr] 

Brewer’s voice is far too big and fruity for this music ... see Full Review

Edward GREGSON (b. 1945) Trumpet Concerto, Concerto for Piano and Wind, Saxophone Concerto Ole Edvard Antonsen (trumpet); Nobuya Sugawa (saxophone); Nelson Goerner (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Clark Rundell rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10478 [66:27] [RB]

Tangy and often rhythmically ingenious exciting concertos ... see Full Review 

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto see SCHUMANN

Edvard GRIEG (1943-1907) Piano Concerto, Ballade, Lyric Pieces see Farrell

Christopher GUNNING (b. 1944) Symphonies 3 & 4, Oboe Concerto Verity Gunning (oboe) Royal PO/Christopher Gunning rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10525 [66:53] [BBr][RB]

Fabulous stuff … a must [BBr] ... Rewards yielded only after repeat listening [RB] ... see Full Review 

Haflidi HALLGRIMSSON (b.1941) Cello Concerto op. 30 (2003) Herma for cello and string orchestra op. 17 (1995) Truls Mřrk (cello) Scottish Chamber Orchestra/John Storgĺrds rec. 2007 ONDINE ODE 1133-2 [57:21] [SR]

Music that sings slowly and quietly ... see Full Review

Kimmo HAKOLA (b. 1958) Piano Concerto, Sinfonietta Henri Sigfridsson (piano) Tampere PO/John Storgĺrds rec. 2007 ONDINE ODE1127-2 [70:27] [RB]

A triumph ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Trio Sonatas, Pensieri notturni di Filli, Agrippina condotaa a morire Johanna Koslowsky (soprano) Musica Alta Ripa rec. 1990 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3090399-2 [63.03] [RH]

Brings out the freshness Handel’s invention ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Arias Rolando Villazon (tenor) Gabrieli Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2008 Sung texts and English, German and French translations enclosed DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8056 [59:26] [GF]

A fascinating cross-over album ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Tamerlano Plácido Domingo (tenor); Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra)/Paul McCreesh OPUS ARTE OA1006D [75.02 + extras 23.37 + 69.41 + 72.43][RMK]

Probably one of the best Handel operatic productions presently available ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Alcina Joyce DiDonato, Maite Beaumont, Karina Gauvin, Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2007 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 7374 [3 CDs: 203:16] [ST]

The best introduction to Handel’s operatic world ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Chandos Anthems Nos. 7, 9 & 11a Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Academy of Ancient Music/Stephen Layton rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67737 [66:09][JPJ] 

Highly enjoyable, if unspectacular ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) The Handel Collection: Rodelinda; Theodora; A Night With Handel Various artists rec. 1996-8 WARNER CLASSICS 505186532732 [3 DVDs: 460:00][ST]  

A good introduction to what Handel’s operatic gifts can do ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Music for Prince Esterházy and the King of Naples Haydn Sinfonietta Wien/Manfred Huss rec. 1992-1995 BIS-CD-1796/98 [6 CDs: 52:10 + 63:11 + 60:41 + 63:10 + 51:27 + 50:22][DC]  

A ‘must have’ for Haydn fans ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Scena di Berenice, Miseri noi, misera patria, Violin Concerto 4, Symphony 92 Marilyn Schmiege (mezzo); Ingrid Seifert (violin); Cappella Coloniensis/Hans-Martin Linde; Ferdinand Leitner rec. 1987/8 PHOENIX EDITION 176 [68:39] [BW]

Performances well worth resurrecting ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Late Piano Works Gary Cooper (fortepiano) rec. 2008 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA26509 [77:51] [MC]

Excellent accounts on fortepiano ... see Full Review

Sir William HERSCHEL (1738-1822) Symphonies London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert rec. 2002 CHANDOS CHAN10048 [68:23] [GPu]

Enjoyable for what it says of the relationships between music and science ... see Full Review 

Ferdinand HILLER (1811-1885) Piano Concertos 1-3 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2007. The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 45 HYPERION CDA 67655 [76:20] [BW]

Not a major rediscovery but strong advocacy of skilfully written music ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Thee Will I Love, I Love All Beauteous Things, Missa Aedis Christi, Six Short Pieces for Organ & other choral pieces Ch of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin/Judy Martin rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD151 [73:33] [JQ]

A fine disc containing some rare gems by Howells ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983)  String Quartet No 3 ‘In Gloucestershire’ see DYSON

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Divertissement, Symphonie Marine, Bacchanale, Louisville Concerto, Bostoniana, Flute Concerto, Ouverture de Fête, Escales, Tropismes pour des amours imaginaires, Quatres Chansons de Don Quichotte Emmanuel Pahud (flute), José Van Dam (baritone) CBSO/Louis Frémaux; Tonhalle O Zurich/David Zinman; l'ORTF Ntl O/Jean Martinon; O de l'Opéra de Lyon/Kent Nagano rec. 1973-2002 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 5176392 [75:32 + 68:17] [RB]

Interested in Ibert? Sorted ... see Full Review 

Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Wallenstein etc. BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Thierry Fischer rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67690 [73.42][GH] 

An honourable and fine release to be enjoyed by any music-lover ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Orchestral Suites from the operas Vol. 1 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Peter Breiner rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570555 [70:20][ST] 

A fitting enough supplement to the operas ... see Full Review

Niels Peter JENSEN (1802-1844) Flute Sonatas and Fantasias Rune Most (flute) Frode Stengaard (piano) rec. 2007/8 DACAPO 8.226054 [69:16] [CR]

A delight to listen to ... see Full Review

Samuel JONES (b. 1935) Tuba Concerto, Symphony 3 Christopher Olka (tuba) Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2006/7 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559378 [47:36] [BBr][RB]

Strong and enjoyable … a truly satisfying listen [BBr] A Hanson pupil with a personable and subtle lyric manner [RB] ... see Full Review

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 38; Four Preludes, Op. 5 Christophe Deluze (piano) rec. 2006 PAVANE ADW7513 [50:47][CC] 

Unless absolutely desperate to hear Op. 5 invest in Flier on APR ... see Full Review

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Piano Sonatas 1-3, Sonatinas Alexandre Dossin (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570822 [74:17] [CC]

Anyone interested in Soviet piano repertoire need not hesitate ... see Full Review

Leif KAYSER (1919-2001) Symphonies 1 & 4 Aalborg SO/Matthias Aeschbacher rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.224709 [69:04] [RB]

Concise and romantic …surging and cresting climaxes ... see Full Review 

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto; Masquerade Suite Ara Malikian (violin); Extremadura Symphony Orchestra/Jesús Amigo NON PROFIT MUSIC NO CATALOGUE NUMBER [54:46][RB]

A good modern recording of the concerto ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Extracts from Masquerade, Spartacus & Gayaneh see RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Theodor KIRCHNER (1823-1903) Eight Pieces for Cello and Piano see MARTUCCI

Franciszek LESSEL (c.1780-1838) Wind Sextets Consortium Classicum/Dieter Klöcker rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 30115092 [57:03][RB] 

Pleasing additions to the harmoniemusik repertoire ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Fantasia and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam Julius REUBKE (1834-1858) Sonata on the 94th Psalm Robert Costin (organ) rec. 2007 ATOLL ACD307 [57:00][MC]

Consummate control … luxuriant tone ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sposalizio, Il Pensieroso, Les Jeux d’eau ŕ la Villa d’Este, Rhapsodie Hongroise, Liebesträume 3 see CHOPIN

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto 1 see Farrell

Paweł ŁUKASZEWSKI (b. 1968) Sacred works, Organ Concerto, Symphony 2 MUSICA SACRA EDITION 013 [74:46] Seven Great Advent Antiphonae, Beatus Vir Polish Chamber Choir, Schola Cantorum Gedanensis/Jan Łukaszewski rec. 1999 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0029 [51:39] Via Crucis Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia/Stephen Layton rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67724 [55:24]

Important releases, especially the Hyperion ... see Full Review

Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913–1994) Symphonies 1 & 2, Concerto for Orchestra & other orchestral works Polish CO, Polish Ntl RSO/Witold Lutosławski rec. 1976 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9011 [3 CDs: 77:32 + 62:44 + 59:16] [BBr]

Good to welcome these performances back ... see Full Review


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