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The Golden Age of Light Music – Melodies for Romantics rec. 1948-58 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5155 [78:33][BBr]

I loved it … see Full Review

Mortuus est Philippus Rex – Music for the life and death of the Spanish King by Ambrosio COTES (c.1550-1603), Sebastian de VIVANCO (c.1551-1622), Don Fernande de las INFANTAS (1534-c.1610), Bartolomé de ESCOBEDO (c.1505-1563) and Alonso LOBO (1555-1617) The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/James O’Donnell rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55248 [65:54][ST] 

Performances could hardly be bettered ... see Full Review

David Oistrakh Piano Trios by Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) & Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) David Oistrakh (violin) Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (cello) Lev Oborin (piano) rec. 1950-2 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778537 [52:43 + 62:43][JW] 

These performances sweep aside all objections ... see Full Review

Passacaglia - Variations on a theme Hendrick ANDRIESSEN (1892-1981) Thema met Variaties Joseph RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Sonata 8 Flor PEETERS (1903-1986) Toccata, Fugue et Hymne Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Sonata 6 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Passacaglia Derek Longman (organ) rec. 2008 REGENT REGCD306 [65:52] [NB]

Intelligent programme, well performed, beautifully engineered ... see Full Review

Picking Strings - The Golden Age of Light Music rec. 1947-58 GUILD GLCD5156 [78:53][BBr]

Another winner from Guild … see Full Review

A Place Between Music by John TAVENER (b. 1944), Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935), Alexander KNAIFEL (b. 1943), Valentin SILVESTROV (b. 1937), Henryk GÓRECKI (b. 1933) and John CAGE (1912-1992) Callino Quartet rec. 2009 LOUTH SOUNDS LCMS901 [64:36][GD]

Religious minimalism in a range of flavours ... see Full Review

Quadriga Live Quadriga Consort rec. 2009 MAKE MUSIKPRODUCTION [82.25] [GH]

Life-enhancing infectious performances by hugely talented musicians ... see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum Volume 20 from the 2008 Festival Various artists rec. 2008 DANACORD DACOCD689 [74:21][JF]

An excellent CD for all enthusiasts of romantic piano music ... see Full Review

The Record of Singing  The Very Best of Volumes 1-4: From 1899 to the end of the 78 era: 1899-1952) EMI CLASSICS 2289562 [10 CDs: 694:44]
Volume 5: From the LP to the digital era: 1953-2007 EMI CLASSICS 2289492 [10 CDs: 766:37] [JW]

These formidable boxes will prove foundation stones ... see review

The Russian Piano Sergei RACHMANINOV (1973 - 1943) Prelude in C sharp minor, op.3/2 (1892) [4:10] Mily BALAKIEV (1947 - 1910) Piano Sonata in Bb minor (1860s - 1905) [26:54] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872 - 1915) Nocturne in A, op.5/2 (1890) [3:12] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 - 1953) Piano Sonata No.4 in C minor, d’après des vieux cahiers, op.29 (1917) [18:19] Julian Hellaby (piano) rec. 17-18 March 2008, St Francis Hall, Hollywood, Birmingham. DDD CAMPION CAMEO 2081 [53:03] [BBr]

Will give much pleasure … see Full Review

The Russian Trumpet Jouko Harjanne (trumpet); Kari Hänninen (piano) rec. 2007-8 ALBA ABCD276 [68.12][SP]

A harsh representation of Harjanne’s playing ... see Full Review

Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoinette Sandrine Chatron (harp) Isabelle Poulenard (soprano) Jean-François Lombard (tenor) Stéphanie Paulet (violin) Amélie Michel (flute) rec. 2008 AMBROISIE AM179 [77:33] [J-PJ]

Casts light on a forgotten corner of French musical life ... see Full Review 

Springs of Genius - Works by Bach and composers who influenced him Margaret Phillips (organ) rec. 2008 REGENT REGCD300 [78:58] [GD]

Precision, flair and sensitivity ... see Full Review

Tango Vayo Raimondo (vocal); Miguel Pose (double-bass); Julio Cobelli, Mario Nuñez (guitar) Edison Bordón, Toto Damario, Nestor Vaz (bandoneón); Roman Raimondo (drums) PANTALEÓN RECORDS PAN1009 [29:58]  [OL]

The soft and sweet side of Tango … see Full Review

Arturo Toscanini Two complete concerts Rudolf Serkin (piano) Philharmonic-SO New York/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1936 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IPCD1002-2 [65:47 + 75:21] [JW]

A clear case of a niche market purchase ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Unaccompanied Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Nel cor più non mi sento, God Save The King Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for Solo Violin Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-49) Sonata for violin solo Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Sonatas for Solo Violin 6 George Zacharias (violin) rec. 2008 DIVINE ART DDA25074 [69:18] [JW]

An encounter with excellence ... see Full Review

Georgi Vinogradov (tenor) - Arias, Duets and Songs: Volume 2 rec. 1946-51 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IPCD 1008-1 [79:28] [JW]

Vinogradov mavens will need to acquire this tempting disc ... see Full Review

The Violin Sonata Around 1900 Music by Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949), Nino ROTA (1911-1979) and Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Isabelle van Keulen (violin); Ronald Brautigam (piano) rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72307 [67:13][JW] 

Superb ensemble work is allied to vibrant performances ... see Full Review

Wild Nights! Music for Wind Band by Frank TICHELI (b. 1958), David DZUBAY (b. 1964), Steven BRYANT (b. 1972), Roshanne ETEZADY (b. 1973) and John MACKEY (b. 1973) University of Kansas Wind Ensemble/Scott Weiss rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572129 [60:23][BM] 

Excellent new music for band ... see Full Review


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