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January 2009

RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Michael William BALFE (1808-1870) Falstaff Marcel Vanaud, Majella Cullagh, National Chamber Ch of Ireland, RTÉ Concert O/Marco Zambelli rec. 2008 RTÉ LYRIC FM CD119 [75:52 + 67:27] [RW]

A breath of fresh air ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Daniel Müller-Schott (cello); Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67633 [78:07][TP] 

Wonderful, life-affirming music-making from this exciting partnership ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet Quatuor Ebène rec. 2008  VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190452 [80:27] [JFL]

One of the most exciting recordings that I’ve ever heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Gil Shaham (violin); Chicago Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman rec. 2007 CANARY CLASSICS CC06 [48:28][TP]

Vulnerability and ebullience … do not miss this ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jonathan Nott rec. 2006 TUDOR 7151 [55:29][TB] 

Makes a strong impression ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Orchestral Songs and Choral Works Christine Brewer (soprano); BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10505 [71:33][RB]

A seething aureate blaze. Wonderful stuff ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tilo MEDEK (1940-2006) Organ Works Wandlungs-Passacaglia (2001) [5:09] B-a-c-h, Vier Töne für Orgel (1973) [7:44] Verschüttete Bauernflöte (1969) [11:22]
Quatemberfeste für Orgel (1989) [29:16] Gebrochene Flügel (1975) [7:42] Rückäufige Passacaglia (1979) [11:02] Martin Schmeding (organ) rec. 25-27 March 2008, Evang. Aufstehungskirche, Düsseldorf-Oberkassel. CYBELE SACD 060.801 [72:21]   [DC]

Some of the most unearthly musical sounds I have ever heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra Johannes Moser (cello); Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Fabrice Bollon rec. 2007 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD93.222 [69:16][MC]

A fruitful emotional encounter with Saint-Saëns ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giacinto SCELSI (1905-1988) Preludi, Serie I-IV: Serie I [21:05]; Serie II [17:49]; Serie III [18:40]; Serie IV [13:46] Alessandra Ammara (piano) rec. 30 September – 1 October 2008, Chiesa di S. Apollinaire, Monticello de Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy ARTS 47721-8  [73 :10] [DC]

Enigmatic, fascinating, and a technically outstanding achievement all round. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Complete String Quartets Ilya Ioff (violin); Elena Raskova (violin); Lydia Kovalenko (viola); Alexey Massarsky (cello) rec. 2008 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF9964-65 [42:12 + 67:28] [RB]

Translucent singing melody - a treasury ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sanctum est Verum Lumen - Multi-part Music for Choir Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) Sanctum est verum lumen Robert WYLKYNSON (c.1450–c.1515) Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Duo Seraphim Josquin des PREZ (attrib.) (c.1450–1521) Qui habitat Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Magnificat sexti toni Tarik O’REGAN (b. 1978) I sleep, but my heart wakethFelice ANERIO (c.1560–1614) Stabat Mater Johannes OCKEGHEM (attrib.) (c.1410–1497) Deo gratia a 36 Bo HOLTEN (b. 1948) In nomine Thomas TALLIS (1505–1585) Spem in alium National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2006/7 DELPHIAN DCD34045 [70:21] [JQ]

This magnificent CD ravishes and stimulates the ear ... see Full Review

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Magnus LINDBERG (b.1958) Complete Piano Music Ralph van Raat (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570542 [72:30][HC]

No Lindberg admirer should miss this ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Complete Edition CDs 1-7 Piano Music CDs 8-13 Organ MusicCDs 14-15: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ CDs 16-19 Opera: Saint François d'Assise CDs 20-32 Other Music Limited edition DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4801333 [32 CDs: c.34:00:00] [PW]

Far from an exercise directed at completists only … a life enhancing experience … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) The Complete Symphonies Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Järvi rec. 1984/5 CHANDOS 10500X [4CDs: 261:28] [JFL]

Marvelous, charming, sweeping ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Maria Callas - The Complete Puccini Studio Recordings rec. 1953-65 EMI CLASSICS 2158942 [15 CDs] [RJF]

Her unique Puccini interpretations are gathered here with an unexpected bonus ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Vier letzte Lieder etc. Heather Harper (soprano); London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox rec. 1986-7 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 2283742 [63:11] [DM] 

A thrilling Straussfest. Not to be missed ... see Full Review

 

February 2009

 

RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations, Chaconne (arr. Busoni) DongHyek Lim (piano) rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2159782 [65:35] [DC]

A must for piano collectors ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV51, Ich habe genug BWV82a, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut BWV199 Natalie Dessay (soprano) Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm rec. 2008 (includes bonus DVD from recording sessions) VIRGIN CLASSICS 5193142 [63.55; DVD: 52:00] [MM-B]

A mature artist who patently comprehends the beauty and purity of the music ... see Full Review

HISTORICAL RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 3, Leonore Overtures 1 & 3 Philharmonia O/Otto Klemperer rec. 1954/5 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111303 [71:33] [CC]

An interpretation of giant stature and nobility ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) La Sonnambula Melodramma in two acts (2004 Critical Edition by Alessandro Roccataglia and Luca Zappelli) (1831) Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo);
Juan Diego Florez (tenor); Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (bass); Liliana Nikitenau (mezzo); Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano); Peter Kálman (bass) Chorus of Zurich Opera House; Orchestra La Scintilla/Alessandro De Marchi rec. June-July 2007, September 2008, Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirchemeinde Zurich-Oberstrass. DDD DECCA 478 1087 DH02 Limited Edition [59:10 + 75:01] [RJF]

Bellini’s lovely melodies into a new perspective. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sonatas and trios for viola Maxim Rysanov (viola); Katya Apekisheva (piano) Boris Brovtsyn (violin) Jacob Katsnelson (piano); Kristine Blaumane (cello) rec. 2007/8 ONYX 4033 [77:35 + 47:09] [PB-W]

Completely inspired music-making ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Eight Songs Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Four Lieder from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Frauenliebe und –leben, Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Fantoches George Frideric HANDEL (1685– 1759) Angels, ever bright and fair Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) Julius Drake (piano) rec. live, 1999 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0024 [69:31] [JQ]

Demands to be heard by all who prize great singing ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Alto Rhapsody, Symphony 2 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, An Schwager Kronos Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto) Monteverdi Ch, O Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. live, 2007 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG703 [73:59] [JQ]

As provocative, perceptive and exciting as its predecessor ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William Byrd (1539/40-1623) The Cardinall’s Musick Byrd Edition: Vols 10 & 11 - Laudibus in sanctis & Hodie Simon Petrus The Cardinall’s Musick/Andrew Carwood rec. 2006/7 HYPERION CDA67568 [68:20] CDA67653 [67:47] [BW]

If you already have Byrd’s Masses, these are the next priority purchases ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Piano Trios Haydn Trio Eisenstadt PHOENIX EDITION 161 [8 CDs: 9:40:00][ST]

Endless pleasure ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Forza del Destino (1869 version) Violetta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Carlo Guelfi, Ch & O Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Zubin Mehta rec. live, 2007 TDK DVWW-OPFORZA [189:00] [ST]

Now leads the field … one of the great Verdi DVDs ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cello Diverse Igor STRAVINSKY (1882–1972) Suite Italienne Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Cello Sonata Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Cello Sonata 2 Ennio MORRICONE (b. 1928) Gabriel’s Oboe Suzanne Beer (cello); Garth Hancock (piano) DIVINE ART DDV25068 [61:09] [BBr]

Some of the finest, most purposeful, cello playing I’ve heard in a long time ... see Full Review

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Symphonies New Philharmonia Chorus, Helen Donath (soprano), Rotraud Hansmann (soprano), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor) New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus,Wolfgang Sawallisch rec. 1967 Licensed from Decca Complete String Symphonies Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Lev Markiz rec. 1994-1996, Licensed from BIS BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93777 [7:32:00] [ST]

Unmissable. Invest with confidence. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Complete Sacred Music – Anthems, Services and Devotional Songs Full contents at the end of the review Booklet with notes and texts. HYPERION CDS44141-51 [11 CDs: 738:56] [BW]

An essential purchase for Purcell year and well beyond ... see Full Review

March 2009

RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti e I Montecchi Elina Garanca (mezzo); Anna Netrebko (soprano); Wiener Symphoniker/Fabio Luisi rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778031 [76.10 + 51.26][RJF]

It will be a long time before this recording is bettered ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924) L’Horizon Chimérique, Poême d’un jour, Mirages Francis POULENC (1899–1963) Tel jour telle nuit, Chansons villageoises, La Fraicheur et le Feu Thomas Oliemans (baritone) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2008 ETCETERA KTC1366 [62:04] [GF]

The natural heir to Gerard Souzay ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Twelve Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2008 L’OISEAU LYRE 4780319 [3 CDs: 64:00 + 59:29 + 45:00][MG]

Handel outside the comfort zone. Tremendously stimulating … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kara KARAYEV (1918-1982) Symphony No. 3; Leyla and Mejnun; Don Quixote (Symphonic Engravings) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Yablonsky. rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570720 [58:10][CC]

A disc that gives hope in this recession-torn world ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas Choir & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Steven Devine rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0757 [69:49][MG]

All round excellence, but the added music is controversial … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 20 & 27 Clifford Curzon (piano) English CO/Benjamin Britten. rec. 1970 ESOTERIC ESD90014 [65:18] [JLa]

One of the most sublime and supreme accomplishments of the recording angel ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fernando SOR (1778-1839) Fantasias y Estudios Manuel Babiloni (guitar) rec. 2008 EDITS E.G. TABELET 1017 [65:52][ZT] 

No finer recording of this Sor repertory is available ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Canticum Sacrum; Agon; Requiem Canticles SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Michael Gielen rec. 2004-7 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD93226 [57:52][DC]

Not sure about late Stravinsky? This is the path to enlightenment ... see Full Review

HISTORICAL RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Dawn of Recording: The Julius Block Cylinders Full track-list at end of review MARSTON 53011-12 [3 CDs: 78:12 + 76:03 + 79:09] [JW]

No praise can be too high ... see Full Review

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH John FIELD (1782-1837) The Piano Concertos Miceal O'Rourke (piano) London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert rec. 1994-96 CHANDOS CHAN10468(4)X [4 CDs: 249:13] [EM]

A glorious sense of joy … lively and exciting ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Symphonies - MP3 Edition Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra/Adam Fischer rec.1989-2001 NIMBUS NI 1722 [8 CDs: approx. 37:00:00] DC

A very worthwhile experiment and a truly excellent set: meet Mr. Haydn! ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jules MASSENET (1842–1912) Manon Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Demoiselle élue Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Les nuits d’été Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique/Pierre Monteux rec. 1955 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111268-70 [3 CDs: 66.59 + 80.13 + 67.29][RMo]

At super-bargain price, these three discs are a steal ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concerto for two pianos, Sinfonia concertante for Violin & viola Håvard Gimse, Vebjørn Anvik (pianos) Lars Anders Tomter (viola) Norwegian CO/Iona Brown (violin) rec. 1995/6 CHANDOS CHAN10507X [53:56] [DC]

A winner – puts the fon back into Sinfonia, takes the con out of Concertante ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carl August NIELSEN (1865 – 1931) The Symphonies Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra/Theodore Kuchar rec. 2005 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 [3 CDs: 65:55 + 79:04 + 69:45] [JL]

Nothing less than a paradigm shift ... see Full Review

APRIL 2009

RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 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] [DM]

Heart-warming, grace and character. A hidden gem ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Guirne CREITH (1907-1996) Violin Concerto Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999) Concerto Lirico Richard ARNELL (b.1917) Violin Concerto Lorraine McAslan (violin); Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates rec. 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7221 [63:42][RB] 

McAslan triumphs again in these unknown violin concertos ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Concerto Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Phantasm William WALTON (1902-1983) Sinfonia Concertante Kathryn Stott (piano) Royal PO/Vernon Handley rec. 1989 DUTTON CDLX7223 [70:01] [RB]

An old friend returns wearing new clothes ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles LEVENS (1689 - 1764) Te Deum [41:24] Deus noster refugium [25:54] Sophie Landy, Sophie Pattey (soprano), Vincent Lièvre-Picard (haute-contre); Sébastien Obrecht (tenor); Sébastien Brohier, Marduk Serrano (baritone); Marcos Loureiro de Sà (bass) Members of l'Ensemble baroque Orfeo and the Groupe Vocal Arpège, Les Passions/Michel Laplénierec. 8-11 November 2007, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Bordeaux, France. DDD ÉDITIONS HORTUS 060 [67:29] [JV]

Levens had a great sense of drama and text expression ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH James MacMILLAN (b. 1959) St. John Passion Christopher Maltman (baritone) London SO & Ch/Sir Colin Davis rec. 2008 LSO LIVE LSO0671 [54:14 + 36:06] [JQ]

A very unsettling and deeply moving experience. An unqualified triumph ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (1844) [25:49] Piano Trio No.1 in D Minor, Op.48 (1839) [27:41] Violin Sonata in F Major (1838) [24:02] Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin); Lynn Harrell (cello); André Previn (piano) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Kurt Masur rec. March 2008, Leipzig, Gewandhaus (Concerto); September 2008, Vienna, Musikverein, Brahms-Saal (Sonata, Trio) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON CD + DVD 4778001 [76:92 + 101:58] [PL]

A revelation ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b. 1932) The Sealed Angel Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Webber; Choir of King’s College, London/David Trendall rec. 2008 DELPHIAN DCD34067 [54:42][JQ]

A work of great beauty and profundity, splendidly performed ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64 [48:04] Francesca da Rimini, Op.32 [25:33]  Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2008, DDD  DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778022 [73:37]   [PL]

Filled with dynamism, introspection and heart-lifting emotional surges ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony; Romeo and Juliet State TV and Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra/Konstantin Symeonov rec. 1960 VISTA VERA VVCD-00150 [79:33][RB]

A great Manfred ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacobus Vaet (c1529-1567) Missa Ego flos campi Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67733 [75:21] [BW]

The best recording yet in Cinquecento’s very fine series ...  see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Eva Podleś (contralto) Songs by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Szymanowski Garrick Ohlsson (piano) rec. live, 2008 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0027 [78:47] [GF]

One of the finest and most captivating song recitals for a long time ... see Full Review


BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quartet 1, String Quintet 2 Belcea Qt, Thomas Kakushka (viola) rec. 2003 EMI CLASSICS ENCORE 2357122 [62:19] [CC]

Do not hesitate ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b. 1923) Symphonies 1 & 4, Viola Concerto, Talk by composerArthur Butterworth Royal Scottish Ntl O/Arthur Butterworth, Hallé O/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1958/2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7212 [70:40 + 73:07] [RB][PC]

Butterworth’s music casts a potent spell that looks to the North. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Keyboard Music from Manuscript Sources Martha Folts (harpsichord) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570717 [73:03] [GPu]

Deserves the highest praise … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Giacomo Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca (1900) [68:36] Maria Callas (soprano) - Tosca; Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor) - Cavaradossi; Tito Gobbi (baritone) - Scarpia; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Victor de Sabata rec. 1953, . ADD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93927 [66:22 + 62:14] [MS]

Splendid … not to be missed ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Il Tramonto, Roman trilogy, Gli Uccelli, Trittico Botticelliano, La Sensitiva Christine Rice, Janet Baker, O dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Antonio Pappano, Philadelphia O/Riccardo Muti, ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner, City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox rec. 1976-2007 EMI CLASSICS 2376762 [77:36 + 69:23] [ST]

Why hesitate? ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Night Ride and Sunrise etc. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Pietari Inkinen rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570763 [64:34][LW] 

One terrific disc! ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) The Complete Works Chapelle du Roi/Alistair Dixon, Charivari Agréable rec. 1996-2004 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93612 [10 CDs: 657:34] [EM]

Wonderful music … exquisite music-making... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Victoria de los Angeles The Voice of an Angel The Early Recordings, Great Italian Operas, Great French Operas, Popular Songs & Zarzuela Arias, Chants d’Auvergne, Art Songs & Lieder, Songs of Spain rec. 1948-74 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2173082 [7 CDs: 533:27] [GF]

A treasure-trove to last a lifetime ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Stokowski/Bach Transcriptions Vol. 2 With works by Boccherini, Byrd, Clarke, Haydn, Mattheson & Palestrina Bournemouth SO/José Serebrier rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572050 [64:59] [BBr]

Fabulous ... see Full Review

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