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Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Viola Concerto see ELGAR

Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) String Quartets 1 & 2 Aviv Qt rec. 2008 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.570965 [50:55] [BR]

An overlooked modernist thrills, chills and dances … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Papillons; Arabeske; Humoreske Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Sonata No.36 András Schiff (piano) rec. 1986 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD044 [71:10][BW] 

Well worth reissuing ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Davidsbündlertänze, Album für die Jugend, Fantasie Stephen Hough (piano) rec. 1989 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6994702 [73:10] [OL]

Well-balanced program, excellent interpretation ... see Full Review 

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872 - 1915) Nocturne in A, op.5/2 see Russian Piano

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 5-7 Philadelphia O, NBC SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1939-42 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1232 [79:40 + 73:26] [RB]

History made and in the making ... see Full Review 

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Orchestral Works - Volume 2 BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10518 [72:33][LW] 

Rarely heard works of Smetana bring real pleasure ... see Full Review

Josep SOLER (b. 1935) Das Marien-Leben, Concert dels Àngels, Das Marien-Leben, Escena amb cranis, El Cant de Déu Elena Gragera (mezzo) Antón Cardó (piano) Badalona-Grup Instrumental/Joan Pere Gil Bonfill rec. 2007/8 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0195 [71:01]  [GPu]

Music of unforced spirituality from a modern Catalan master … see Full Review

Philip SPRATLEY (b.1942) Music for string orchestra Sinfonietta op. 6 (1987) [26:30] Clarinet Concertino - Byard's Leap op. 27 (1980s) [16:16] Recorder Concertino - A Gallery of Cats op. 26 (1983 rev. 2008) [13:00] In Outlaw Country - Suite for Harp, Strings and Trumpet (1971 rev. 2007?) [15:52] Linda Merrick (clarinet); John Turner (recorder); Tracey Redfern (trumpet); Eira Lynn Jones (harp) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Barry Wordsworth Manchester Sinfonia/Philip Spratley rec. 16 March 2007, Angel Studios, London; 15 September 2008, St Thomas’ Church, Hillgate, Stockport. TOCCATA TOCC0088 [71:11]  [RB]

Warmly and lyrically complex ... see Full Review 

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Asrael Symphony Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Jiří Waldhans rec. 1968 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD7/2009 [60:30][JW]

Takes a high place in the pantheon of recordings of this masterwork ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Works for violin and piano Joanna Mądroszkiewicz (violin); Paul Gulda (piano) rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUCTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG60315552 [79:33][JW] 

A determination not to linger or indeed wallow ... see Full Review

TAN DUN (b. 1957) Water Concerto Rifa Fuji, Tamao Inano (water percussion); Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Tan Dun rec. 2007 OPUS ARTE OA1014D [66.56][SP]

As much about watching the physical gestures as absorbing the sounds ... see Full Review

Sergei Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856-1915) Overtures Novosibirsk Academic SO/Thomas Sanderling rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570584 [74:53] [WK]

A magisterial recording of known and unknown Taneyev … see Full Review 

Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Jota Michael Erni (guitar) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD7332 [61:33] [ZT]

Technically capable; musically lacking ... see Full Review 

John TAVENER (b.1944) The Hidden Treasure Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) Summa, Fratres Winchester Cathedral Ch/David Hill, Chilingirian Qt rec. 1993-4 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6932332 [62:40 + 72:12] [BBr] 

Compelling in a strange kind of way… see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture see DVOŘÁK

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (1889) [133:26] L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. April 1959, Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0560 [63:25 + 70:01] [DM]

After a shaky start this performance really comes alive ... see Full Review 

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 see BRAHMS

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) III Trietti metodichi e III Scherzi Parnassi musici rec. 2006 CPO 777301-2 [63:21][JV] 

Enjoyable and entertaining music in which Telemann also shows his sense of humour ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Kapitänsmusik 1724 Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein/ Ludger Rémy rec. 2005 CPO 777176-2 [78:52]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Kapitänsmusik 1744 Weser-Renaissance Bremen/Manfred Cordes rec. 2008 CPO 777390-2 [71:20 + 75:19] [JV] 

Telemann at his very best and most inspired, and so are the ensembles performing his music ... see Full Review

Lasse THORESEN (b. 1949) To the Brother People; Emergence; The Sun of Justice Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ingar Bergby rec. 2007 AURORA ACD5058 [65:31] [JS][RB]

Extravagant, kaleidoscopic folk-modernist phantasmagoria ... see Full Review 

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Piano Music - Volume 5 Jordi Masó (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570370 [73:05][JW] 

Alluring sun bathed piano writing and playing ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un Ballo in Maschera Robert Shaw Chorale; NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO032 [64:41 + 57:14][RMay]

A definitive account of a wonderful score ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) The Verdi Tenor Marcelo Alvarez (tenor); Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi/Daniel Oren rec. 2008 DECCA 4781442 [64:08] [ST]

A worthy survey of Alvarez’s Verdi career ... see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Arrangements for piano The Four Seasons & other concertos Jeffrey Biegel (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570031 [60:32] [JW]

Began with a feeling of weary subjugation and ended elated ... see Full Review

Antonín VRANICKÝ (1761-1820) Violin Concerto see BENDA

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Friedrich Schorr (bass-baritone) Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Erich Leinsdorf rec. 1939 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IPCD1001-3 [3 CDs: 70:12 + 77:11 + 77:22] [JW]

This often inspiring performance comes in truly first class sound ... see Full Review 

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal (1865-1882)
Act I Erich Kleiber rec. live, 1946, Buenos Aires Act I Prelude and Transformation Scene to the end of the act and Act III Good Friday Scene to the end of the act Fritz Reiner rec. live 1937 Bonus items IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IP CD 1006-3 [3 CDs: 74:33 + 79:10 + 78:38]

Exceptionally valuable torso performances in painstaking transfers ... see Full Review 

Leó WEINER (1885-1960) Violin Sonatas, Twenty easy little pieces Hagai Shaham (violin), Arnon Erez (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67735 [77:29] [JW]

Well crafted, largely non-academic pleasures … nothing earth shattering ... see Full Review

Thomas WILSON (1927-2001) A Chamber Portrait Simon Smith (piano); Edinburgh Quartet rec. 2008-9 DELPHIAN DCD34079 [77:56] [HC]

What a fine composer Thomas Wilson was ... see Full Review

Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) A Breezy Ballad Shae Apland (bass-baritone), Sharon Wishart (piano) No label or number [67:39]
Wonderful World of Romance
Peter Dempsey (tenor); Guy Rowland (piano) No label or number [71:45]

A wealth of fine singing ... see Full Review

Mikołaj ZIELEŃSKI (fl. 1611) Offertoria et Communiones Totius Anni, 1611 Emma Kirkby (soprano); Capella Cracoviensis/Stanisław Gałoński rec. 2008 DUX 0681 [54:37][JV] 

The quality of Zieleński's music which is written in the style of Gabrieli isn't heard to best advantage here ... see Full Review


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