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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Havanaise, Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso see Campoli

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Davidis pugna et victoria (The Fight of David and his Victory) Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) Academia Montis Regalis/Alessandro De Marchi rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67714 [64:50] [BW]

As dramatic as any early opera and a performance to do it full justice ... see Full Review 

Philipp Ludwig SCHARWENKA (1847-1917) Wald- und Berggeister, Dramatische Phantasie, Zwei Polnische Volkstänze Altenburg-Gera PO/Eric Solén rec. 2008 STERLING CDS1079-2 [56:59] [RB]

Fine and quiet as well as restless and bustlingly sanguine ... see Full Review 

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) 10 Waltzes for string orchestra see Beethoven

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828) Symphony No. 5 in B♭, D 485 (1816) [25:18] Symphony No. 9 in C, Great, D944 (1825) [49:15] Polish Sinfonia Juventus Orchestra/Jerzy Semkow rec. 17-20 December 2008, Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Bydgoszcz. DDD CD ACCORD ACD 146-2 [74:48] [BBr]

There’s no heart to these performances…see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano sonatas 20 & 21 David Levine (piano) rec. 1992 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6995382 [79:03] [BW]

Even in this lower price-range the competition is too strong ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise Mark Padmore (tenor); Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2008 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907484 [74:18] [JQ]

This deserves to be ranked alongside the very best ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Dichterliebe see BRAHMS

Bright SHENG (b.1955) Red Silk Dance, Tibetan Swing, The Phoenix, H’un Bright Sheng (piano), Shana Blake Hill (soprano) Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2004-7 NAXOS 8.559610 [70:46] [GP]

Slightly hit-and-miss, but often exciting and colourful … see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Sibelius Edition - Volume 9 - Chamber Music II Pieces for string duos and trios, cello and piano, piano quintet, kantele, brass ensemble Jyrki Lasonpalo (violin); Laura Vikman (violin); Jaakko Kuusisto (violin); Nobuko Imai (viola); Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (viola); Torleif Thedéen (cello); Taneli Turunen (cello); Joel Laakso (cello); Eero Munter (double-bass); Suvi Lehtonen-Gräsbeck (kantele); Lasse Pöysti (narrator); Monica Groop (mezzo); Roland Pöntinen (piano); Folke Gräsbeck (piano) rec. 1996-2009 BIS-CD-1924-26 [5 CDs: 420:03]  [RB]

Discoveries abound … liberated delight amid the scholarship ... see Full Review

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Double String Quartets 1 & 2 Forde Ensemble rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570963 [51:22] [BW]

Attractive ... but try Spohr’s Octet and Nonet first ... see Full Review

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano Music - Land of Sunset Glories Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 28-29 July 2008, Studio L’Eremo, Lessona, Italy. DDD SHEVA 019 [63:36] [JW]

Desirable ... see Full Review

Wilhelm STENHAMMAR (1871-1927) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Seta Tanyel (piano) Helsingborg SO/Andrew Manze rec. 2008 The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 49 HYPERION CDA67750 [75:16] [RB]

Two leonine concertos of the Scandinavian romantic persuasion ... see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Quixote see BLOCH

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) The Complete Music for Violin and Piano Alina Ibragimova (violin); Cédric Tiberghien (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67703 [76:15] [RB]

A natural and inspired choice ... see Full Review

Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) The Best Of Tallis: O sacrum convivium [4:49]; Audivi vocem [3:51]; Lamentations (Set I) [8:25]; Discomfort them, O Lord [6:36]; Loquebantur variis linguis [3:49]; Lamentations (Set II) [12:29]; Videte miraculum [13:21]; Mass For Four Voices - Sanctus [2:48]; I call and cry to thee, O Lord [4:13]; Salvator mundi [3:58]; Spem in alium [12:16] Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly rec. no information provided. DDD NAXOS 8.556842 [77:40] [CR]

Impressive throughout … an excellent way to explore his output … see Full Review 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Francesca da Rimini (transc. Karl Klindworth) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata op. 2 No. 2 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Etudes-Tableaux Dennis Plutalov (piano) rec. 2004-7 SHEVA COLLECTION 017 [59:37][JW]

Strong and sinewy power ... see Full Review

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5, Serenade, Capriccio Italien Berlin State Opera O/Leo Blech rec. 1928-30 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 181 [57:25] [RMAY]

A fascinating disc on several levels ... see Full Review

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 13, “Winter Daydreams” [41:35] Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, “Pathétique” [46:44] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2008, LPO 0039 [41:35 + 46:44] [BR]

A revelatory First, and a fine Sixth too … see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 3, 1812 Overture, Hamlet London PO/Adrian Boult rec. 1952 RETROSPECTIVE 93185 [78:36] [JW]

An authoritative trio of performances ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 - 1767) Christmas Cantatas Christoph BERNHARD (1629-1692) Fürchtet euch nicht* Mária Zádori (soprano), Judit Németh (mezzo), Gábor Kállay (tenor), Klaus Mertens (baritone); Capella Savaria/Pál Németh rec. 1983-91 HUNGAROTON HCD 32611 [66:45] [JV]

First-rate music in excellent performances - a perfect disc ... see Full Review 

Daniel TOSI (b.1953) Horizons Chimériques Dominique Regef (vielle) La Camerata de France/Daniel Tosi rec. live, 2008 SOLSTICE SOCD255 [65:09] [DC]

Fascinating, but not without flaws ... see Full Review 

Joaquin TURINA (1882 - 1949) La oración del torero, op.34 (1925) [8:14] Edouard LALO (1823 - 1892) String Quartet in E♭, op.45 (1856 - 1884) [26:20] Maurice RAVEL (1875 - 1937) String Quartet in F (1903) [29:53] Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson (violins); Robin Ashwell (viola); Cara Berridge (cello)) rec. 21-22 August 2007 (Lalo) and 3-4 December 2008, The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, DDD SACCONI RECORDS [64:30] [BBr]

Don’t wait for Christmas, you need this now…see Full Review 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Requiem (1874) [84:19] Anja Harteros (soprano); Sonia Ganassi (mezzo); Rolando Villazon (tenor); René Pape (bass) Coro e Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano rec. in concert, 8-13 January 2009, Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome EMI CLASSICS 698936 2 [47:29 + 37:50] [ST][JB]

Turn to this version with confidence ... see Full Review 

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Four Hymns, Merciless Beauty, Four Poems, Ten Blake Songs, On Wenlock Edge Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol Suite, Serenade, The Curlew & other songs Ian Partridge (tenor) Dame Janet Baker (mezzo) Music Group of London, King’s College Cambridge Ch/Sir David Willcocks rec. 1960-80 EMI CLASSICS BRITISH COMPOSERS 9689392 [69:46 + 69:49] [RB]

A RVW disc without blemish and a mixed yet provocative Warlock ... see Full Review 

Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Collected 78rpm recordings - from the John Bishop collection rec. 1934-51 DIVINE ART DDH27811 [65.52 + 78.15] [RB]

Rare historic Warlock including some fine recordings ... see Full Review 

Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol Suite, Serenade, The Curlew & other songs see VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) String Quartets - Vol. 2 Quatuor Danel rec. 2006 CPO 777392-2 [64:05] [JW]

Weinberg managed with assurance and complete appreciation ... see Full Review

John R. WILLIAMSON (b.1929) Music for Piano - volumes 1, 2, 3 Murray McLachlan (piano) DIVINE ARTS DIVERSIONS DDV24143-45 [DHJ]

Powerful music in committed performances … see Full Review

Peter von WINTER (1754-1825) Flute Concertos 1 & 2 see German Flute Concertos


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