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Made in the Americas: Symphonies and Soundscapes: Vol.1 Set 1 Millennium SO/Robert Ian Winstin rec. 2008, ERMMEDIA ERM5572 [74.49 + 72.25] [PSh]

The first great American symphony of the twenty-first century ... see Full Review

Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings rec. 1932-84 EMI CLASSICS 2641312 [51 CDs: ca 60 hrs] [JW]

Enough rarities to entice ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Midsummer Night - Kate Royal (soprano) ALWYN, STRAVINSKY, WALTON, FLOYD, DVOŘÁK, BRITTEN, LEHÁR, BARBER, MESSAGER, HERRMANN, KORNGOLD Kate Royal (soprano) Crouch End Festival Chorus, Orchestra of English National Opera/Edward Gardner rec. 2008/9, DDD EMI CLASSICS 2681922 [61:45] [ST]

Never less than beautiful and frequently far more ... see Full Review


Begin your collection with this set and you can count yourself blessed ... see Full Review

Heinrich Neuhaus – Russian Piano School Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Eight Piano Pieces Op.76; Intermezzos Op.119 Nos.1 & 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana Heinrich Neuhaus (piano) rec. Moscow 1947-1952  RUSSIAN COMPACT DISC RCD16246 [57:35][JW] 

Artistry; that’s what this disc gives us time and again ... see Full Review

A New Heaven Includes Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) I was glad Sir William HARRIS (1883-1973) Faire is the heaven Sir Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Blessed city, heavenly Salem Henry BALFOUR GARDINER (1877-1950) Evening Hymn Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) And I saw a new heaven Sir John STAINER (1840-1901) I saw the Lord Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec. 2008 UNIVERSAL CLASSICS & JAZZ 1795732 [72:04]  [MC]

Superbly presented, quite outstanding with flawless performances ... see Full Review 

New Year’s Concert 2003 Vienna PO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt ARTHAUS MUSIK 107 013 [122:00 + 27:00 special features] [JS]

Such wonderful musicians playing such marvellous music ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The NMC Songbook rec. 2008 NMC D150 [4 CDs: 299:25] [CR]

A stunning anthology ... see Full Review

No Seasons Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) arr. Leonid Desyatnikov (b.1955)
Four Seasons in Buenos Aires for Violin and String Orchestra [25:17] Joan VALENT (b.1964) Quatre Estacions A Mallorca for Violin, Piano, String Orchestra and Percussion [26:52] Jorge GRUNDMAN (b.1961) Four Sad Seasons Over Madrid for Soprano, Violin, Piano and String Orchestra [16:20] Ara Malikian (violin) Susana Cordón (soprano); Daniel del Pino (piano) Non Profit Music Chamber Orchestra/Ara Malikian NON PROFIT MUSIC NO CATALOGUE NUMBER [68:31] [RB]

  A fresh take on the seasons ... see Full Review

Manoug Parikian in Sweden Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Divertimento in B flat for 2 Horns and String Quartet, K287 (1777) [33:48] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Sextet Op.81b (1794-95) [17:37] Manoug Parikian (violin) Tore Johnsen (violin) Bengt Andersson (viola) Jan Neander (cello) Gunnar Wennberg (horn) Bengt Sundberg (horn) rec.1971,1974 ALTFIOL AIVCD004 [51:25] [JW]

This pleasurable souvenir ... see Full Review

Phoenix in Flight Carl Maria von WEBER (1786 – 1826) Clarinet Concertino & Concerto 2 Giovanni BOTTESINI (1821 – 1889) Duetto Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Premiere Rhapsodie Peter Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Herbstlied Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Richard Fredrickson (double bass) Slovak RSO/Kirk Trevor rec. 2002-5 NAVONA RECORDS NV5861 [59:52] [BBr]

Well worth a listen ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH André Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years: 1971-1980 rec. 1971-80. Stereo/ADD Full details at end of review EMI CLASSICS 50999 2679692 [10 CDs: circa 13:00:00] [RB]

Magnificent Previn recordings as fresh as proverbial paint ... see Full Review

Pourquoi, Madame? Georges BOULANGER, Grigoras DINICU, Jupp SCHMITZ, Ludwig SCHMIDSEDER, Oskar NEBDAL, Vittorio MONTI, Franz LEHÁR, Gustl EDELMANN, Seress REZSÖ, Jo KNÜMANN, Trad arr. Wiesław Pipczynski Prima Carezza (Michaela Paetsch-Neftal and Klaus Neftal (violins); Wiesław Pipczynski (accordion)) TUDOR 7160 CD [69:24] [JS]

A very positive impression … a very impressive panache ... see Full Revie

Reflections of France Includes Roger BOUTRY (b. 1932) Divertimento Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Cinque danses exotiques Alfred DESENCLOS (1912-1971) Prélude, cadence et finale Robert PLANEL (1908-1994) Prélude et saltarelle Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Scaramouche Christian Forshaw (saxophone) Stephen De Pledge (piano) rec. 2007 INTEGRA RECORDS ING1002 [66:04] [DM]

Dazzling technique but real punch and personality? ... see Full Review

By the River in Spring Includes Hamilton Harty (1879-1941) In Ireland Edward German (1862-1936) Suite for Flute Michael Head (1900-1976) By the River in Spring William Alwyn (1905-1985) Flute Sonata Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946) Valse Fantasia Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) Flute Sonata Stanford Robinson (1904-1984) The Moon-maiden's Dance Kenneth Smith (flute); Paul Rhodes (piano) rec. 1927-2007 DIVINE ART DDA25069 [77:34] [JF]

Well-planned and beautifully played ... see Full Review

Mstislav Rostropovich - The Complete EMI Recordings EMI CLASSICS 2175972 [26 CDs: ca 30 hrs & 2 DVDs] [JW]

Indefatigable and remarkable … grace and profound illumination ... see Full Review

Russian Violin Concertos Nikolai RAKOV (1908-1990) Violin Concerto No. 1 (1944) [30:07] Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48 (1948) [30:07] Vissarion SHEBALIN (1902-1963) Violin Concerto, Op. 21 (1940) Andrew Hardy (violin) Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Veronika Dudarova rec. Moscow Film Studios, 1995. DDD previously issued as Olympia OCD573 REGIS RRC1310 [79:52] [RB]

Wonderfully lyrical and completely unhackneyed ... see Full Review

Salmow Kernewek – Contemporary Choral Music from Cornwall by Russell PASCOE, Paul DRAYTON (b. 1944), Jonathan CARNE, Paul COMEAU and Graham FITKIN (b. 1963) St. Mary’s Singers/Christopher Gray rec. 2008 REGENT REGCD291 [77.55][RH]

Well-made and useful music ... see Full Review

Hermann Scherchen conducts Beethoven Westminster Archives – Scherchen Vol. 5 Paul Badura-Skoda (piano) Vienna State Opera O, English Baroque O/Hermann Scherchen rec. 1951-58 TAHRA WEST 3009-10 [69:30 + 59:15] [JW]

Once more Tahra West bears fruit ... see Full Review

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: Rare Recordings - 1946–1954 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) rec. 1946-54 IDIS 6563 [63:29] [GF]

Shows the high artistic level of whatever Elisabeth Schwarzkopf did. ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia plays J.S. BACH, HAYDN, FRESCOBALDI, RAMEAU, TANSMAN, Hans HAUG, SCRIABIN, VILLA-LOBOS, LAURO, RODRIGO, CASSADÓ and LLOBET Andrés Segovia (guitar) rec. 1952-6 ALTO ALC1050 [72:25][RB] 

Candid and straight-talking ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia 1950s American Recordings Vol. 1 Andrés Segovia (guitar) rec. 1952-5 NAXOS 8.111089 [66:42] [GF]

As self-recommending as the other five volumes ... see Full Review

Songs of the Sky Steve MARTLAND (b. 1959) Tiger Dancing Huw WATKINS (b. 1976) Dream Tarik O’REGAN (b. 1978) Raď Jason YARDE (b. 1970) Who Knows the Beauty? John TAVENER (b. 1944) Songs of the Sky Britten Sinfonia/Jacqueline Shave rec. 2005-7 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD149 [76:14] [HC]

Never outstays its welcome ... see Full Review

The Sound of Scandinavia rec. 1960-2002 EMI CLASSICS 2681612 [6 CDs: 469:20] [RB]

A beguilingly calculated mix ... see Full Review

Stellar Saxes Jun NAGAO (b.1964) Paganini Lost, Lovers on the Celestial Sphere Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Konzertstuck Masanori KATOH (b.1972) Oriental Guy LACOUR (b.1932) Suite en Duo Victor MOROSCO (b.1936) Contemporary Etudes in Duet Form Kenneth Tse and Nobuya Sugawa (saxophones) Kazuo Murakami (piano) rec. 2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD359 [59:42] [JW]

A saxophonic feast ... see Full Review 

La traverse miraculeuse Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer rec. 2008 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22588 [52:01][RB]

Gallic, tangy, rough-textured and folk-orientated ... see Full Review

Variations REBaroque/Maria Lindal rec. 2008 PROPRIUS PRCD2046 [55:14] [JS]

Mixing music in ways that constantly surprise ... see Full Review

The Virtuoso Pianolist Rex Lawson (pianola) rec. 1998 OTHER MINDS OM10012 [71:35][DC]

No mere novelty – the Stravinsky is a must for serious fans ... see Full Review

West of the Sun - Music of the Americas Includes Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Flora’s Game, Milonga prelude Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Sonata 1 Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Chôros No.5, Alma Brasileira Margaret BONDS (1913-1972) Troubled Water William BOLCOM (b.1938) Nine New Bagatelles Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Piano Sonata Joel Fan (piano) rec. 2008 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-119 [67:17] [JW]

Ebullient and zesty ... see Full Review 



Parry’s Creative Process by Michael Allis Music in 19th-Century Britain Series ASHGATE ISBN 978-1-84014-681-3 - Ł54:00 [JF]

A useful reference tool for musicologists, writers and enthusiasts ... see Full Review


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