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Anton GARCÍA ABRIL (b.1933) Madre Asturias - A Collection of Asturian Songs Joaquin Pixán (tenor); Rosa Torres-Pardo (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572073 [53.40] [GH]

Songs passionately performed but possibly for aficionados ... see Full Review 

John Luther ADAMS (b. 1953) the place we began COLD BLUE CB0032 [38:19][CC]

As hypnotic as it is different ... see Full Review

Jan BACH (b.1937) Eisteddfod see Zodiac

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas: 24 highlights from the complete edition Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Ton Koopman rec. 1994-2005 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72337 [50:09 + 48:44][KM] 

Excellent budget-priced sampler - fine music and music-making ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suites 1-6 Paul Tortelier (cello) rec. 1990 VAI 4481 [156:00] [JW]

Essential if you want a visual representation of Tortelier’s Bach ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin concertos Catherine Mackintosh (violin) Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) Paul Goodwin (oboe) The King’s Consort/Robert King rec. 1989 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55347 [58:55] [BW]

Possibly the top budget-price recommendation ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Latin Church Music - Vol. 1 Missa, Magnificat, Gloria in excelsis Deo Amsterdam Baroque O & Ch/Ton Koopman rec. 2005 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72188 [74:54 + 75:03] [JFL]

Kindled an instant love ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas - Vol. 42 Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, BWV72; Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV32; Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV13; Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV162 Rachel Nicholls (soprano); Robin Blaze (counter-tenor); Gerd Türk (tenor); Peter Kooij (bass) Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki rec. 2008 BIS BISSACD1711 [75:24]   [WH]

A worthy addition to a superb series … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) 21st Century Bach Complete Organ Works - Volume 1 John Scott Whiteley (organ) rec. 1996 SIGNUM VISION SIGDVD003 [162:00][DC]

Very fine playing and highly creative production values ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Solo Cantatas Elizabeth Futral (soprano); Washington Bach Consort/J. Reilly Lewis LYRICHORD LEMS8069 [76:44][GF]

A worthy addition to any collection of Bach’s vocal music … see Full Review

Pierre BARTHOLOMÉE (b. 1937) Requiem Laudantes Consort; Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles/Guy Janssens rec. 2007 CYPRES CYP1655 [59:01][HC]

A splendid performance and recording of a thought-provoking Requiem … see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Elegiac Trio see Zodiac

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Symphonies L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1958-1963 ADD Symphonies 1-4, Coriolan Overture DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0391 [75:09 + 76:12] Symphonies 5-8, Egmont Overture, DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0394 [71:42 + 75:08] Symphony No.9,The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Fidelio Overture, Leonora No.2 Overture, Leonora No.3 Overture, Grosse Fuge (orch. Weingartner) Joan Sutherland (soprano); Norma Proctor (mezzo); Anton Dermota (tenor); Arnold van Mill (bass); DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0397 [67:12 + 56:11]   [BBr]

Obviously well thought out but are too hard-driven too often ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 4 Arthur Rubinstein (piano) Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1947 PRISTINE PASC 165 [30:41]  [JQ]

One of the best transfers of an historical issue that I can ever recall hearing ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 1-5, Triple concerto Barry Douglas (piano/conductor); Kim Chee-Yun (violin); Andrés Diaz (cello) Camerata Ireland rec. 2005-7 SATIRINO RECORDS SR074 [3 CDs: 61:48 + 72:02 +70:54] [PPLL]

Not to be missed ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1840-1893) Symphony 9, Leonora Overture 3 Edith Didrup (soprano); Elsa Brems (mezzo); Thyge Thygesen (tenor); Holger Byrding (bass) Danish Radio Ch & SO/Nicolai Malko rec. 1955 DANACORD DACOCD683 [77:40]  [TB]

A celebration of Malko’s relationship with Denmark ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata 3 see MOZART

Richard Rodney BENNETT (b. 1936) Complete works for piano and orchestra Martin Jones (piano); RTE National Symphony Orchestra/David Angus rec. 2008 METRONOME METCD1071 [65:33][RB]

Luxuriant delicate-dissonant profusion ... see Full Review

Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) Sonata after Syrinx see Zodiac

Charles-Auguste de BÉRIOT (1802-1870) Solo Violin Music – Volume 1 Bella Hristova (violin) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572267 [68:02][NB]

Exceptional violin playing reviving a major work of the solo violin repertoire ... see Full Review

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 1 (1872) [16:53] L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 2 (arr. Guiraud) - Menuet (1872) [4:40] L'Arlésienne: Suite No. 2 (arr. Guiraud) - Farandole (1872) [3:16] Symphony in C major (1855) [29:07] Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Alain Lombard rec. Strasbourg, 1974-5 WARNER APEX 2564-62082-2 [54:36]

Even at budget price, you can do better ... see Full Review 

Howard Blake - a survey of his music on CD [RB]

An urgently communicative and accessible creative voice ... see Full Review

Claude BOLLING (b.1930) Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio 1 David Oliver (flute); Chimera rec. 2005 CLAUDIO CB5887-2 [37:12] [CR]

Entertaining and performed with understanding ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphonies Nos. 1-4 Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2672542 [3 CDs: 44:55 + 79:16 + 42:19][JQ]

An important set of the Brahms symphonies ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Folksong Arrangements Steve Davislim (tenor); Simone Young (piano) rec. 2006 MELBA RECORDINGS MR301120 [65:49][MG] 

Accomplished performances but not always as deep as others … see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 Maxim Fedotov (violin); Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557793 [60:24][SV]

Quite a good way to get to know these scores ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 8 Berlin PO/Daniel Barenboim rec. 1994 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 691748 [77:04] [TB]

Masterly … offers compelling value both financially and artistically ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Philipp Friedrich BUCHNER (1614 - 1669) Sonaten see KRIEGER

 


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