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Camille SAINT-SÄENS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto 4 see TCHAIKOVSKY

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto 2 see SCHUMANN

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Violin sonata 1 see DANCLA

Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Euridice dall'Inferno, La concettione della Beata Vergine, Cello Sonata 2, Toccata Ars Lyrica Houston rec. 2005/6 NAXOS 8.570950 [57:41] [MS]

Less than perfect but still worth investigating ... see Full Review

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939) Symphony 1,Notre Dame (excerpts) Malmö SO/Vassily Sinaisky rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570828 [61:02] [BBr]

It isn’t the best music that Schmidt wrote … see Full Review 

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Sonata (1926) Transcribed for Flute and Piano by Felix Greissle (1899-1982) from the Quintet for Wind Instruments, Op. 26 (1923-24) see SCHULHOFF

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Schwanengesang etc. Ian Bostridge (tenor); Antonio Pappano (piano) rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2426392 [60:51][GF]

Small-scale but refreshing ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Poets of Sensibility, Vol. 6 Jan Kobow (tenor); Ulrich Eisenlohr (fortepiano) rec. Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany, 8-12 October 2007 NAXOS 8.570480 [55:54]

Kobow - one of the most accomplished Lieder singers of his generation ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Death and the Maiden (adapted A. Stein) Symphony No. 8 in B minor (completed B. Newbould & M. Venzago) Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572051 [77:59] [ST]

I really liked the arrangement of Death and the Maiden ... see Full Review 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde, Deutsche Tanze Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 Leopold Stokowski & his SO rec. 1947-52 CALA CACD0550 [76:07] [JW]

Good to have this New World back ... see Full Review 

Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Sonata for Flute and Piano (1927) Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double-bass (1925) Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Sonata (1926) Transcribed for Flute and Piano by Felix Greissle (1899-1982) from the Quintet for Wind Instruments, Op. 26 (1923-24) Fenwick Smith (flute); Mark Ludwig (viola); Edwin Barker (double-bass); Sally Pinkas (piano) (Schulhoff Sonata); Randall Hodgkinson (piano) (Schoenberg) rec.1982, 1992 CHANDOS CHAN 10515 [66:03] [KS]

Complex and dense from Schoenberg and jazzy delights from Schulhoff ... see Full Review

Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Lieder Jörg Waschinski (soprano) Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin rec. 2008 PHOENIX EDITION 170 [42:21] [GF]

A very special disc that fills a gap in the catalogue … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856) Heinrich Heine Lieder Florian Boesch (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2007 ONYX 4041 [59:58] [GF]

A superb disc in every respect ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto 2 Howard Shelley (piano and conductor) Opera North O rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10509 [79:00] [KS]

Worthy war horses and a pleasant treat. Fresh and exciting ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto, Arabesque see Gilels

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 11 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572082 [57:37] [BBr]

An essential disk for all collections ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Violin Concerto Maxim Vengerov, Chicago SO/Daniel Barenboim rec. 1996 WARNER CLASSICS 2564693673 [69:36][RB]  

Such great artistry ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (1899) [39:03]1 Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 (1907) [29:50]2 Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec. 1BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 1-2 August 2006. Bridgewater Hall, Manchester concert, 26 April 2007. DDD HALLE CD HLL 7514 [68:58] [MG]

Sensitive attention to balance, structure, phrasing and dynamics … see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 3 in C Major op. 52 (1907) Symphony No. 6 in D Minor op. 104 (1923) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Violin Concerto in D major (1931) Northern Sinfonia/Thomas Zehetmair (violin/director)
rec. 2007/8 DDD AVIE AV2150 [74:22] [RB]

Fascinating readings ... see Full Review

John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) Music for Wind Band – Vol. 7 Royal Artillery Band/Keith Brion rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.559247 [57:26] [JS]

Further exploration of this rich seam ... see Full Review

Carl STAMITZ (1745-801) Clarinet Concertos - Volume 2 Concertos No.7,8,10,11 Kálmán Berkes (clarinet) Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia rec. 1996/97 . DDD. NAXOS 8.554339 [68:06] [BW]

Attractive music, persuasively presented ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ariadne auf Naxos Staatskapelle Dresden/Giuseppe Sinopoli rec. 2000 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9084 [71:12 + 50.39][DH]

I envy collectors who can snaffle this set on a super-budget label ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Metamorphosen, Piano Quartet, Prelude to Capriccio Nash Ens rec. 2006 HYPERION CDA67574 [77:33] [SV]

Beautiful, sympathetic, and musically keen ... see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Violin Concerto in D major (1931) see SIBELIUS

Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Violin Concertos Vol. 15 L'Arte dell'Arco/Giovanni Guglielmo rec. 2006 DYNAMIC CDS 591/1-2 [47:44 + 45:46] [JV]

Excellent examples of Tartini’s art - stylish and tasteful ... see Full Review 

John TAVENER (b.1944) Canciones Españolas (1972) [16:23] Requiem for Father Malachy (1973) [35:27] James Bowman (counter-tenor); Kevin Smith (piano) (Canciones) The King’s Singers; The Nash Ensemble/John Tavener rec. 1975. ADD.
LYRITA SRCD.311 [52:00] [RB]

Vital and emotionally inventive … thriving originality. ... see Full Review

John  TAVENER (b. 1944) Requiem (2008) [34:44] Mahāshakti for solo violin, tam-tam and strings (2003) [18:22] Eternal Memory for cello and strings (1991) [9:55] Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano); Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Josephine Knight (cello); Ruth Palmer (violin) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus/Ian Tracey Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 DDD EMI CLASSICS 2351342 [63:02] [RB]

Melodist not minimalist ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 4 Camille SAINT-SÄENS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto 4 Robert Casadesus (piano) RIAS SO/Eugene Ormandy rec. live, 1952/4 AUDITE 95.589 [68:00] [RB]

Ormandy and Casadesus enthusiasts need this.... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) CD 1 Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64 (1888) The Tempest – Symphonic Fantasia in f minor after Shakespeare, Op. 18 (1873) CD 2 Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare (rev. version, 1880) Symphony No. 6 in b minor ‘Pathétique’, Op. 74 (1892) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton rec. 1989/90 DDD. VIRGIN de virgin 6 93238 2 [2 CDs 72:59+67:01] [BW]

The outer movements of No.5 are too slow; the rest is superb ... see Full Review

Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 see Gilels

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Songs Joan Rodgers (soprano); Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 1992 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55331 [64:52][GF] At Helios price Rodgers is irresistible ... see Full Review

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin, Augustin Hadelich (violin) rec. 2007. NAXOS 8.570563 [64:52] [KS]

Graceful and elegant playing makes this simple well crafted music a joy to hear ... see Full Review

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Passion Cantatas Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone) Accademia Daniel/Shalev Ad-El rec. 2006/7 CPO 777 299-2 [69:53] [MS]

Splendid, meticulously prepared and executed ... see Full Review 

Jukka TIENSUU (b. 1948) Nemo; Puro; Spiriti Kari Kriikku (clarinet); Mikko Luoma (accordion); Avanti!/Susanna Maikki ALBA ABCD258 [68:35] Jukka TIENSUU (b. 1948) Alma III - Soma; Mind - Concerto for piano and orchestra; Mood; Alma II - Lumo Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Susanna Maikki ALBA ABCD224 [65:19][RB] 

Mosaic in frenzied motion, fantasy off the leash ... see Full Review

Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Concerto for double string orchestra; Piano Concerto; Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Bath Festival Orchestra/Rudolph Barshai rec. 1962-4 EMI CLASSICS ENCORE 2357442 [73:15][RB] 

Lustrous vigour but has taken a toll in edgy string sound ... see Full Review

Giuseppe TORELLI (1658-1709) The Original Brandenburg Concertos Charivari Agréable/Kah-Ming Ng (harpsichord and chamber organ) rec. 2008 SIGNUM SIGCD157 [62:30][BW]

A welcome addition to the catalogue ... see Full Review

Hans Peter TÜRK (b. 1940) Siebenbürgische Passionsmusik für Karfreitag nach dem Evangelistem Mattäus Meissner Kantorei 1961/Chrisfried Brödel rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUCTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG90215546 [69.36][RH]

Fascinating … interesting, approachable and highly recommendable ... see Full Review

Jacobus VAET (c.1529-1567) Missa Ego flos campi & other works Cinquecento rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67733 [75.21] [GH]

Vaet is a fine composer ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La traviata (1853) Maria Callas (soprano); Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Nicola Rescigno rec. 1958 ISTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS 6541/42 [60:38 + 59:23][GF]

Callas lovers should invest without delay ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore Franco Corelli (tenor); Chorus and Orchestra of the Rome Opera/de Fabritiis rec. 1961 OPERA FANATIC OF5 [72.31 + 66.24][RMo]

Corelli at his energised best ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Simon Boccanegra Tito Gobbi (baritone); Victoria de Los Angeles (soprano); Rome Opera House Ch & O/Gabriele Santini rec. 1957 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110119-20 [62.12 + 78.09][RMK]

Cracking characterisation by great singers ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo Jussi Björling, Robert Merril, Cesare Siepi, Metropolitan Opera House Ch & O/Fritz Stiedry live rec. 1950 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA 6021 [3 CDs: 68.02 + 66.53 + 68.49] [RM]

Björling singing as well as he is to be heard anywhere and at any time ... see Full Review

Gilbert VINTER (1909-1969) The Pye Years Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society; Black Dyke Mills Band/Geoffrey Brand rec. 1968-1972 DOYEN DOYCD256 [72.01][RB]

Its constituency is wider than the brass band world ... see Full Review

Robert de VISÉE (c.1660-circa 1732) Pièces de théorbe Fred Jacobs (French theorbo) rec. 2007 METRONOME METCD1072 [56:56][GPu]

Dignified music, expertly and idiomatically played … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Concerti Grosso Christina Day Martinson (violin) Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman rec. 2008 TELARC CD-80698 [59:26] [DC]

Like the good parts of the curate’s egg – yummy, but with lurking yuk… see Full Review  

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre - Act I and highlights from other works Staatskapelle Dresden/Karl Elmendorff rec. 1944 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH07048 [65:34 + 52:51][GF] 

Some truly excellent Wagner singing ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung (1869-1874) - Act III Scene 3 – Brünnhilde’s Immolation [19:48] see PURCELL

Riccardo ZANDONAI (1883-1944) Francesca da Rimini Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Coro Lirico Marchigiano ‘V. Bellini’/Maurizio Barbacini rec. 2004 ARTHAUS 101363 [137:00][GF]

A more than decent picture of this relative rarity ... see Full Review


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