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FRIDAY May 29th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas Midori Seiler (violin); Jos van Immerseel (piano) rec. 2007 ZIGZAG TERRITORIES ZZT070802 [54:48] [CC]

Notable ... demands attention ... see Full Review 

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) War Requiem Annette Dasch (soprano) James Taylor (tenor) Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw, Festivalensemble Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD98.507 [2CDs: 82:40] [DM]

A worthy performance but nowhere near the best … see Full Review 

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 

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 

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 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Orchestral Works 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 

Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Pièces de viole Jerôme Hantaï (bass viol); Alix Verzier (bass viol); Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord) rec. 1996-2000 VIRGIN VERITAS 6932132 [72:16 + 63:08] [MS]

Thoughtful and highly articulate ... see Full Review 

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Scheherazade Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Extracts from Masquerade, Spartacus & Gayaneh London PO/Takuo Yuasa, Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham London SO/Aram Khachaturian CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2282802 [77:09] [SV]

A smorgasbord of complementary items … 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 

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 

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 

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



Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Piano Music Vol. 2 - The Turn of the Century Includes Variations on Balkan Themes, Children’s Album, Eskimos Kirsten Johnson (piano) rec. 2007/8 GUILD GMCD7329 [60:48] [JW]

Another splendidly performed slice of Amy Beach ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas 5 & 9 Kalina Macuta (violin) Daniel Blanch (piano) rec. live 2008 COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0202 [64:12] [KS]

A dud. There’s not much more to say … see Full Review 

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 

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 

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 

Duos for Cello and Bass Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Duetto Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Sonata Franz Joseph KEYPER (1756-1815) Rondo Solo for Bass [4:38] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Duo Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Duo Charles Nicolas BAUDIOT (1773-1849) Theme and Variations Don THOMPSON (b.1940) In Memory of Glenn Coenraad Bloemendal (cello) Joel Quarrington (bass) rec. 1978/2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD135 [56:42] [JW]

A wholesome disc ... see Full Review 

Richard Farrell - Complete Recordings Vol. 1 Edvard GRIEG (1943-1907) Piano Concerto, Ballade, Lyric Pieces Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ballades, Waltzes Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto 1 Richard Farrell (piano) Halle O/George Weldon rec. 1956-58 ATOLL ACD208 [74:50 + 75:30] [JW]

A fine reclamation ... see Full Review 

Herein Lies the Soul Includes Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Variations on an Original Theme Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Spanish Dance, Zigeunerweisen Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Cantabile [3.44] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Humoresques Steven Moeckel (violin); Paula Fan (Steinway piano) rec. 2006 No label [66.07] [PSh]

A brilliant young violinist invites comparison with the very best ... 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

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 

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 



Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Trio sonata arrangements for recorder & discant viol Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Adagio and fugues (after Bach) Johann Sebastian BACH/Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Sonata for recorder & discant viol Quadro Hypothesis rec. 2006 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH08034 [60:16] [JV]

Fails to convince or move ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Ballade 3, Scherzo 1 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sposalizio, Il Pensieroso, Les Jeux d’eau à 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 

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 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Sonatas Jaap Schröder (violin); Lambert Orkis (fortepiano) rec. 1989/90 VIRGIN VERITAS 693 2182 [73:59 + 72:06] [CC]

A lovely set of discs ... 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 

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  

Blue Rags Ian MUNRO (b.1963) Blue Rags Elena KATS-CHERNIN (b.1957) Rags Ann GHANDAR (b.1943) Ragtime Suite Graham KOEHNE (b.1956) Blues Dmitri YANOV-YANOVSKY (b.1963) Silhouettes Ian Munro (piano) rec. 2005 TALL POPPIES TP186 [77:39] [JW]

Malleable twistings of the classicised rag … see Full Review

The First Carnegie Hall Euphonium Recital Antonio CAPUZZI (1755-1818) Andante and Rondo Arthur FRACKENPOHL (b.1924) Sonata for Euphonium and Piano Walter ROSS (b.1936) Partita for Euphonium and Piano Samuel ADLER (b.1928) Four Dialogs for Euphonium and Marimba John BODA (1922-2002) Sonatina for Euphonium and Synthesiser Ermano PICCHI Fantasia Originale Brian Bowman (euphonium) Marjorie Lees, Steven Harlos (piano) Gordon Stout (marimba) rec. 1978/2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD393 [61:25] [JW]

A delightfully varied recital ... see Full Review

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano) - Live Arias by Traetta, Meyerbeer, Rossini, Donizetti, Piccini, Massenet & Verdi rec. 1996-2007 DYNAMIC CDS 603/1-2 [69.08 + 68.41] [RH]

Impressive - a highly communicative singer ... see Full Review

Franco Corelli - The Tenor as Hero rec. 1958-68 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2648872 [4 CDs: 308:34] [GF]

A worthy tribute to this most heroic of Italian tenors ... 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 


TUESDAY May 26th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4; Quintet for Piano and Wind François-Frédéric Guy (piano); Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra/Philippe Jordan rec. 2006-8 NAÏVE V5148 [59:39][CC]

A mixed release with coupling outshining main offering ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Sonata No. 3 etc. Ronan O’Hora (piano) rec. 1996 REGIS RRC1302 [76:47][WH]

A fine bargain ... 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

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

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

Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909) Symphony No.1 etc. Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2007-8 NAXOS 8.570929 [69:38][IL]

Worth seeking out D’Avalos ... see Full Review

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

Cantatas by DU BUISSON (d.1710), Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749), Philippe COURBOIS (fl.1705-1730), Nicolas BERNIER (1665-1734), Jean-Baptiste STUCK (c.1680-1755), Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725), Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736), Giovanni BONONCINI (1670-1747) and George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sandrine Piau (soprano); Gérard Lesne (alto); Il Seminario Musicale/Gérard Lesne rec. 1990-8 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3951532 [5 CDs: 62:41 + 65:20 + 67:52 + 59:48 + 70:00][JV] 

After 12 years or more these recordings still sound fresh and up-to-date - this set is not to be missed ... see Full Review


MONDAY May 25th

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccatas and Goldberg Variations Bob van Asperen (harpsichord) rec. 1990 VIRGIN VERITAS 6931982 [67:04 + 79:18][BW] 

A mixed blessing but well worth having for the Toccatas ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B minor La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72316 [50.35 + 51:27][DC]

Postcard from Bach: ‘Wish I was there...’ ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Voice of Bach Daniel Taylor (counter-tenor, conductor); Choir of the Theatre of Early Music rec. 2007 SONY BMG 88697290312 [44:20][JQ]

A beautifully produced and skilfully executed programme ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 3 Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Trio “Élégiaque” Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trio Op. 101 Trio Cracovia rec. 2008 DUX 0626 [62:18][ABo]

I really enjoyed this CD … interesting and absorbing ... 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

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

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartets, Opp. 12 & 13 Juilliard String Quartet rec. 1998 SONY CLASSICAL SK60579 [55:24][SV]

An essential "rightness" - a remarkable unanimity ... 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


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