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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Quartets Alexander String Qt rec. 2008 FOGHORN CLASSICS CD2005 [9 CDs: 522:11] [MC]

One of the very finest sets available ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Mass Jubilant Sykes, Morgan State University Ch, Peabody Children’s Ch, Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559622-23 [65:11 + 38:50] [ST]

Do not hesitate ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Lincolnshire Posy Dallas Wind Symphony/Jerry Junkin rec. 2008 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-117 [73:43][BM] 

A beautiful, exceptional recording, full of joy … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets, Op. 17 London Haydn Qt rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67722 [74:32 + 73:35] [MG]

Superb performances which set the standard for Haydn interpretation … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) String Quartet in G, op.54/1 (1788) [19:09] String Quartet in C, op.54/2 (1788) [20:19] String Quartet in E, op.54/3 (1788) [23:40] Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson (violins); Robin Ashwell (viola); Cara Berridge (cello)) rec. 21 - 22 July and 4 August 2008, The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, DDD SACCONI RECORDS no serial number [63:13] [BBr]

A most exciting issue…see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl August NIELSEN (1865-1931) Music for Wind and Piano New London Chamber Ensemble rec. 2005/8 MERIDIAN CDE84580 [64:58] [JL]

One of the best Nielsen discs ever made … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Gloria Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis et Chloé Jessica Rivera (soprano) Chicago SCh & O/Bernard Haitink rec. 2007 CSO RESOUND CSOR901 906 [77:09] [BR]

Marvellous playing, glowing sound, inspired coupling … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Songs Gerald Finley (baritone) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67728 [73:28]  [TB]

Supreme collaborative insights … wonderful music too ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William RUSSELL (1777-1813) Complete Organ Voluntaries John Kitchen (organ) rec. 2008 DELPHIAN DCD34062 [3 CDs: 65:27 + 68:01 + 53:14] [JV]

An exemplary production: repertoire, performance, instrument and booklet ... 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

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

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

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

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 

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 




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