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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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Cristina Ortiz (piano); Fine Arts Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570938 [63:24][IL] 

Magical, enchanting works in alluring performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas - Volume 2 Sonatas 34, 41, 46, 48, 52, 56, 58 & 59 Marc-André Hamelin, (piano) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67710 [74:03 + 78:54]  [MC]

Some of the finest performances I have heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann KRIEGER (1651-1735) Geistliche Arien und weltliche Lieder aus Neue musicalische Ergätzlichkeit Philipp Friedrich BUCHNER (1614 - 1669) Sonaten Jan Kobow (tenor), Julia von Landsberg (soprano) United Continuo Ensemble rec. 2006 CPO 777 433-2 [71:01] [GF]

My baroque discovery of the year… see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) The Complete Symphonies with sound samples New York PO/Leonard Bernstein (1-7; 9-10) London SO/Leonard Bernstein (8) Israel PO/Leonard Bernstein (DLVDE) rec.1960-68 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 45369-2 [12 CDs] [TD]

Truly something special ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Symphonies 1 & 2 Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio di Torino/Marzio Conti rec. 2005/6 CHANDOS CHAN10546 [61:57] [DJB]

The best non-mainstream works I have heard in a long while ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Nose Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone) Alexei Tanovitski (bass) Tatiana Kravtsova (soprano) Mariinsky Theatre Ch & O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2008 MARIINSKY MAR0501 [50:41 + 50:56] [DM]

Gergiev sets new standards for this work ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Erkki-Sven TÜÜR (b. 1959) Wallenberg Jesper Taube, Priit Volmer, Estonian Ntl Opera Ch & SO/Arvo Volmer rec. live a 2007 ESTONIAN RECORD PRODUCTIONS ERP1808 [1:58:05] [GF]

Should be seen by as many as possible … see Full Review

 

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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alberto GINASTERA (1916 - 1983) String Quartets 1-3 Ensõ Qt; Lucy Shelton (soprano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570780 [73:31] [NB]

Jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the quartet literature ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Very Best of Broadway Excerpts from musicals by Gershwin, Kern, Bernstein, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers, Loewe, Weill & Youmans John McGlinn (conductor) rec. 1987-93 EMI CLASSICS 6952402 [75:43 + 79:25] [GF]

There isn’t a weak number or weak reading … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Song of the Stars Voices of Ascension/Dennis Keene rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570533 [62:44][GPu] 

An outstanding recording, rare repertoire of real quality, good sound and excellent performances .... see Full Review

 


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