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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1650-1750) Keyboard Concerto, Preludes & Fugues Hélène Grimaud (piano) Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7978 [76:03] [CC]

A major release. Future releases eagerly awaited. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leonard BERNSTEIN (1914-1990) Mass Randall Scarlata, Tölzer Knabenchor, Chorus sine nomine, Absolute Ensemble Tonkünstler O Niederösterreich/Kristjan Järvi rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHSA5070 [42:15 + 64:52] [DM]

Bravo and thrice-triple bravo! Bernstein’s flower child finally comes of age ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Piano Quintet H49a (1905) [28:16] Three Idylls H67 (1907) [13:32] String Quartet No.4 H188 (1937) [23:00] Goldner String Quartet (Dene Olding (violin); Dimity Hall (violin); Irina Morozova (viola); Julian Smiles (cello)) Piers Lane (piano) rec. 2008, HYPERION CDA67726 [65:19] [JF]

All Bridge enthusiasts will want to have this recording ... 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

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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde Klaus Florian Vogt, Christian Gerhaher, Montréal SO/Kent Nagano rec. 2009 SONY CLASSICAL 88697508212 [61:28] [PPLL]

One of the quintessential recordings … full expressive power ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH David MATTHEWS (b. 1943) The Music of Dawn, Concerto in Azzurro, A Vision and a Journey Guy Johnston (cello) BBC PO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10487 [70:53] [HC]

Vital, carefully prepared and fully committed ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) & Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintets Karl-Heinz Steffens (clarinet) Guy Baunnstein, Christoph Streuli (violins) Ulrich Knörzer (viola) Richard Duven (cello) rec. 2005/6 TUDOR 7137 [70:44] [KS]

Don’t walk, run to add this nearly perfect disc to your collection. ... see Full Review

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

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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cantigas de Amigo Martin CODAX (13th century) Seven Cantigas de amigo [59.36] Estéváo RAIMOND (13th century) Amigo, se bien [3.18] Bernal DE BONAVAL (13th century) Fremosa a Deus grado [5.18] Roi Fernandez DE SANTIAGO (13th century) Quand’eu vejo las ondas (6.12) Fin’ Amor (Carole Matras (voice and harp); Bernard Mouton (recorder); Michael Grébil (oud and viele); Thomas Baeté (viele); Vincent Libert (percussion) rec. 17-19 May 2003, Church of Saint-Rémy de Franc-Waret, Belgium MUSICA FICTA MF 8002 [73.24] [GH]

I am full of admiration for these performances ... 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


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

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartets 11-16 Colorado Qt rec. 2004-6 PARNASSUS PACD96042/4 [3 CDs: 215:41] [CC]

An admirable set in almost every way ... see Full Review

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 

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 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis et Chloé (1912) [55:49] Shéhérazade - ouverture de féerie (1899) [15:33] MDR Rundfunkchor, Lyon Ntl O/Jun Märkel rec. 2008. DDD NAXOS 8.570992 [71:37] [JPJ]

Does not disappoint … 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

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

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hans Hotter The Great Bass Baritone Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Ich habe genug & Lieder and operatic scenes by Brahms, Schubert, Grieg, Schumann, Loewe, R Strauss, Pfitzner, Wolf, Orff and Wagner. rec. 1948-58 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2649012 [6 CDs: 443:00] [ST]

One of the most authoritative and beautiful voices in gramophone history ... 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



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