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American Choral Premieres of Music by Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000), Egon COHEN (b. 1984), Paul NICHOLSON (b. 1963), Paul FRENCH (b. 1959), Easley BLACKWOOD (b. 1933), Robert KREUTZ (1922-1966), William FERRIS (1937-2000), William C. WHITE (b. 1983), George ROCHBERG (1918-2005) William Ferris Chorale/Paul French 2007-8 CEDILLE CDR90000109 [64:10][WH]

Well sung, but not all of these modern sacred works are successful … see Full Review

American Classics George GERSHWIN (1898 - 1937) An American in Paris Aaron COPLAND (1900 - 1990) Billy the Kid suite Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 - 1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Royal PO/John Baltimore rec. 2006 RPO 019 [68:44] [BBr]

For sheer enjoyment this is well worth the outlay ... see Full Review

The Art of the Viola Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Viola Sonata Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Duo Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Märchenerzählungen George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Passacaglia Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Lachrymae Heinrich Koll (viola) Madoka Inui (piano); Peter Schmidl (clarinet); Alexandra Koll (violin); Milan Karanovic (cello) rec. 2004 NAXOS 8.557606 [65:01] [JW]

Fluent and elegant, and very pleasing ... see Full Review

The Art of Saxophone Aleksandr GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Concerto for alto saxophone Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Rhapsodie Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concertino da camera [12:06] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Scaramouche, La création du monde Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Fantasia Mario Marzi (saxophone) Milano Giuseppe Verdi SO/Hansjörg Schellenberger rec. 2004 ARTS MUSIC 47748-8 [76:50] [DM]

First-rate performances and sound. A feast for all sax fans ... see Full Review 

Ave Maria – 19th Century Romantic Sacred Music from Menorca Lluís Sintes (baritone); Tomé Olives (organ) rec. 2008 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0218 [47:02][NB]

A miserly 47 minutes of modest music enthusiastically performed ... see Full Review

Martina Bačová - Elegant Provocation Otmar MÁCHA Elegy for violin and piano Leoš JANÁČEK Violin Sonata George ENESCU Violin Sonata No.2 in F minor Op.6 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances arranged by Zoltan Székely Martina Bačová (violin) Alexandr Starý (piano) rec. December 2008, Kulturní dům Teplice ARCO DIVA UP 0107-2 131 [55:05] [JW]

A fine conspectus played with assurance and style ... see Full Review 

Katharina Wagner’s Baptism Of Fire: The Road To Her Debut In Bayreuth (Katharina Wagners Feuertaufe) (2007) A Film by Dagmar Krauss ARTHAUS MUSIK 101478 [82:00][GD]

Radicalism and ambition are her personality traits ... see Full Review

Bells for Stokowski Tielman SUSATO (- c. 1561) Selections from "The Danserye" Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folk Song Suite David DEL TREDICI (b. 1937) In Wartime Michael DAUGHERTY (b. 1954) Bells for Stokowski University of Texas Wind Ensemble/Jerry Junkin rec. 2003 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-104 [64:49] [BM]

Straightforward and persuasive interpretations … see Full Review

The Idil Biret Edition Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 28 & 31 Idil Biret (piano) rec. 2001 IBA 8.571258 [69:57] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) transc. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 Idil Biret (piano) rec. 1986 IBA 8.571259 [76:40] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Idil Biret (piano); Bilkent Symphony Orchestra/Antoni Wit rec. 2006 IBA 8.571270 [65:00][JS] 

A freshness about these performances - very attractive ... see Full Review

Boréalis En Salon: 19th Century French Music for Winds Claude-Paul TAFFANEL (1844-1908) Quintette pour instruments à Vent Adolphe Édouard Marie DESLANDRES (1840-1911) Trois Pièces en Quintette André Georges Louis ONSLOW (1784-1853) Quintette Charles Édouard LEFEBVRE (1843-1917) Suite Borealis Wind Qnt rec. 2007 MSR CLASSICS MS1250 [69.27] [SP]

Character, energy and great ensemble playing ... see Full Review

Celebrating 20 Years Together Australian CO/Richard Tognetti (violin, director) ABC CLASSICS 476 3304 [69:15 + 66:40] [NB]

Only for Australian Chamber Orchestra aficionados ... see Full Review 

Cherkassky plays Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847), Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828), Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) and Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Shura Cherkassky (piano) rec. 1970 BBC LEGENDS BBCL42542 [76:50][PPLL]

Noble, approachable, and warm-blooded ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dance of the Three Legged Elephants Matthew Barley (cello); Julian Joseph (piano) SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD171 [72:24] [BW]

Beguiles and overwhelms - don’t miss it ... see Full Review 

Decentred Works by John Cage & Michael Pisaro Tom Chant (saxophones & bass clarinet) Angharad Davies (violin & objects) Benedict Drew (electronics & objects) John Edwards (double bass) rec. 2009 ANOTHER TIMBRE AT18 [69:07] [DC]

Interesting, but saddled in places with emperor’s clothes syndrome ... see Full Review

Dreams of Andalusia Jewish, Arabic & Christian Songs of medieval Spain Joglaresa rec. 2000 METRONOME METCD1062 [64:10] [GPu]

An exhilarating and inventive sampling of the music of medieval Andalusia … see Full Review

The Edison Legacy Volume 1 - Unpublished Treasures of the Edison Archive rec. 1910-20 MARSTON 52042-2 [79:43 + 77:07] [JW]

The historic vocal market enriched tremendously ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH James Ehnes in Recital Music by Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937), Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921), Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) and Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) James Ehnes (violin); Wendy Chen, Eduard Laurel (piano) rec. 1999 & 2003 CBC RECORDS MVCD1177-2 [68:17 + 65:34][KS] 

Peerless playing … will please and astound ... see Full Review

English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos by George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759), Thomas ROSEINGRAVE (1688-1766), Thomas CHILCOT (c1700-1766), James NARES (1715-1783), Philip HAYES (1738-1797) and James HOOK (1746-1827) The Parley of Instruments/Paul Nicholson (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano) rec. 1993 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55341 [76:06][JV]

A good recording despite the largely speculative reconstructions ... see Full Review

Costas Fotopoulos – Piano Music Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) and Costas FOTOPOULOS (born 1974) Costas Fotopoulos (piano) rec. 2008 JCL RECORDS JCL514 [62:45][GD]

The ideal way to make a recording debut ... see Full Review

European Brass Band Championships 2009 Cory Band/Dr. Robert Childs, Brass Band Oberösterreich/Hannes Buchegger, Brass Band Treize Etioles/James Gourlay, Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag/Bjarte Engeset, Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Allan Withington rec. live 2009 WORLD OF BRASS WOB138 [2 DVDs: 116:20 + 91:00] [SP]

A showcase of the event ... see Full Review

From the Vaults of Westminster Cathedral - A procession of Chant and Polyphony Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67707 [77.45][RH] 

Imaginative and attractive ... see Full Review

Alfred Herz The Complete San Francisco Recordings Vol. 1 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Leonore Overture 3 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz overture Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream San Francisco SO/Alfred Herz rec. 1927-28 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC163 [58:59] [JW]

Revelatory ... see Full Review 

Hommage à Cochereau David BRIGGS (b. 1962) Improvisation sur ‘Alouette, gentille alouette’ Thierry ESCAICH (b. 1965) Suite improvisée Loïc MALLIÉ (b. 1947) Suite improvisée sur le nom de Pierre Cochereau George C. BAKER (b. 1951) Ricercar on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, Berceuse-Paraphrase, Toccata-Gigue on the Sussex Carol George Baker, David Briggs, Thierry Eschaich, Loïc Mallié (organ) rec. 2008/9 SOLSTICE SOCD252 [71:25] [DM]

A must for all lovers of the improviser’s art ... see Full Review 

Hiccup - RTÉ lyric fm COMMISSIONS 2002-2008 Works by Bernard Geary, David Fennessy, Rhona Clarke, Elaine Agnew, Gavin Bryars, Fergus Johnston, Andreja Malir, Jürgen Simpson, Marian Ingoldsby, Greg Caffrey, Siobhán Cleary and Fergal Carroll RTÉ LYRIC FM CD123 [75:04] Free

There is much to enjoy here ... see Full Review

Hypnos Music by Philippe SCHOELLER (b.1957), Pierre HAMON (b.1956), Guillaume de MACHAUT (1300-1377) and Mario LAVISTA (b.1943) Pierre Hamon (flutes) rec. 2007 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090101 [61:15][CR] 

Far from stereotypical … full of soulful melodies and wonderful variety ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Italian music in the Low Countries by ANONYMOUS (early 18th-Century) and Francesco MANCINI (1672-1737) Currende/Erik van Nevel rec. 2009 ET’CETERA KTC4031 [79:42][BW]

A delight from beginning to end: more, please ... see Full Review

In This Hid Clearing Wind Band Music by Gordon JACOB (1895-1984), Jack STAMP (b. 1954), Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990), Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961), Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) and George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) University of Missouri Wind Ensemble/Thomas O’Neal rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572108 [68:01][BM] 

A strange program ... see Full Review

Jerusalem: Vision of Peace Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1998 HYPERION CDA67039 [71:49] [BW]

A treasure of the back catalogue ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lamentations Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (c. 1548-1611) Lectio Don Carlos GESUALDO (c. 1561-1613) Responsorium Robert WHITE (c. 1538-1574) Lectio Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (1525/26-1594) Lectio Nordic Voices rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0763 [68:30] [DC]

Transcends category and criticism ... see Full Review

Let’s Come To An Arrangement Andrew Wilson (organ) rec. 2009 REGENT REGCD325 [73:54][ST] 

A very successful disc ... see Full Review

Lyrita Fiftieth Anniversary boxed sets - 50 legendary recordings Set 1: William Alwyn-John Ireland; Set 2: Gordon Jacob - William Wordsworth LYRITA SRCD.2337, SRCD.2338 (4CD sets) [RB]

Lyrita’s resplendent achievement more than sampled ... see Full Review 


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