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Ruperto CHAPÍ (1851-1909)  Fantasía Morisca; Symphony in D minor Orquesta de la Communidad de Madrid/José Ramón Encinar rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572195 [56:49][JS] 

Two very worthwhile pieces … clearly ought to be better known ... see Full Review

Nicolas CHÉDEVILLE (1705-1792) Le Printems ou Les Saisons Amusantes  Les Eclairs de Musique rec. 2001 ARTS 476698  [54:15] [JV]

Perfect musical entertainment … instrumental colour and imaginative performances ... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Music for Piano Volume 1,2,3,4 Murray McLachlan DIVERSIONS DDV 24131-4 (only available separately) [JF]

One of the musical revelations of the century ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Sa Chen (piano); Gulbenkian Orchestra/Lawrence Foster rec. 2008 PENTATONE 5186341 [73:05][PPLL]

A vintage recording - not to be missed! ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) 24 Preludes Op.28 (1837/8) [43:36] Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 (1844) [43:41] Nikolai Demidenko (piano) rec. July 2008, Fazioli Concert Hall, Sacile, Italy ONYX 4036 [78:32] [TH]

All adds up to a rather unsatisfactory whole ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2  Vassily Primakov (piano) Odense SO/Paul Mann rec. 2008  BRIDGE 9278 [75:04] [MM]

Extraordinary power and beauty ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Arthur Rubinstein, Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein, NBC SO/William Steinberg rec. 1946/53  NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111296 [66:58] [JW]

Poetic finesse from the placid waters of the studio ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) 3 Waltzes, Ballade 4 see Marshev

Carson COOMAN (b. 1982) Songs  Amanda Forsythe (soprano), Jeffrey Grossman (piano) rec. 2008  ALBANY TROY1053 [72:33] [BBr]  

Nothing to make me want to hear it ever again ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony; Dance Symphony Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop rec. 2007 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559359 [58:15][DM] 

Much-needed additions to the composer’s ever-fascinating canon ... see Full Review

William CROFT (1678-1727) Harpsichord Music Colin Booth (harpsichord) rec. 1998 SOUNDBOARD SBCD991 [63:46][BW] 

Attractive works by a composer better known for his church music ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Complete Works for Piano Vol. 3 Includes Suite bergamasque, Children’s Corner Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN 10467 [71:54] [CH]

The best of Bavouzet’s three volumes so far ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Music - Volume 2 Noriko Ogawa (piano) BIS BIS-CD-1205 [75:47][CH]

Performances which leave an ultimate impression of translucent beauty and poise ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Music - Volume 4 Noriko Ogawa (piano) rec. 2007 BIS BIS-CD-1655 [81:42][CH]

Don’t expect to hear these “Etudes” played more beautifully ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet Quatuor Ebčne rec. 2008  VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190452 [80:27] [JFL]

One of the most exciting recordings that I’ve ever heard ... see Full Review

Christian DARNTON (1905-1981) Piano concerto see ROWLEY

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude ŕ l'Aprés-midi d'un faune, Iberia see RAVEL

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Children’s Corner Suite see BIZET

Louis-Antoine DORNEL (c.1680–c.1757) Chamber Music for Recorders, Flute and Continuo Passacaglia rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570986 [73:43][JV]

Passacaglia plays with imagination and zest ... see Full Review

John DOWLAND (1563-1626) The Complete Solo Lute Music Jakob Lindberg (lute) rec. 1994 This single layer stereo SACD can only be played back on an SACD player BIS-SACD-1724 [4:15:44][DC]

A joy and feast for the ears ... see Full Review

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474) The Court of Savoy The Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman  rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67715 [72:03] [BW]

Confirms my love of Dufay and the Consort’s performances of his music ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) In the South; Sea Pictures; Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma) Gladys Ripley (contralto); London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra/George Weldon rec. 1953-4 SOMM SOMMCD073 [78:11][CH]

A conductor possibly on course to become a major Elgar interpreter ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Gil Shaham (violin); Chicago Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman rec. 2007 CANARY CLASSICS CC06 [48:28][TP]

Vulnerability and ebullience … do not miss this ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Part Songs Cambridge University Chamber Choir/Christopher Robinson rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570541 [75:42][JW] 

Youthful, vivid listening ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine Sandrine Piau (soprano); Stéphane Degout (baritone) Accentus; Members Ntl O France/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2008 NAĎVE V5137 [41:21] [KS]

Disappointingly uninspired and too brief a running time kill this one ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) String Quartet see DEBUSSY


Howard FERGUSON (1908-1999) Piano concerto see ROWLEY

 Jacqueline FONTYN (b. 19 30) On a Landscape by Turner, Au fil des sičcles, L'Anneau de Jade, Quatre Sites  Janácek PO/David Porcelijn rec. 2006  CYBELE 860.601  [59:19] [HC]

Does justice to Fontyn's complex but rewarding music ... see Full Review

Richard FRANCK (1858-1938) Symphonische Fantasie, Serenades, Suite, Liebesidyll, Wellen des Meeres und der Liebe Fabian Wettstein (violin); Tim Strüble (cello) Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Christopher Fifield rec. 2008 STERLING CDS1078-2 [69:09] [RB]

Serenely shaped Germanic romance ... see Full Review

John Ernest GALLIARD (c.1687-1749) Pan and Syrinx: An Opera (1718, rev. 1726)* [57:47] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Timon of Athens: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus (1695)** [19:21] Musica ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz rec. 2004, BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93776 [77:08] [BW]
Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dioclesian (complete) (1691)+ [92:47] Timon of Athens: Masque (1695)++ [19:29] Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox
rec. 1993/4, CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0569/70 [46:27+65:49][BW]

A most enjoyable discovery or established Purcell? – preferably both ... see Full Review

Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) Symphony No. 4 New York (1967) [26:04] Violin Concerto (1942-45) [34:03]* Yfrah Neaman (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis rec. 1972, LYRITA SRCD.274 [60.14] [PBW]

An introduction to two of Gerhard’s major works ... see Full Review

Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) Piano concerto see ROWLEY

Howard GOODALL (b. 1958) Eternal Light - A Requiem etc. Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford London Musici/Stephen Darlington rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2150472 [56:47][JQ]

Some fine moments and some that are genuinely moving ... see Full Review

Philip GRANGE (b. 1956) Zeitgeist: Music by Philip Grange The Kingdom of Bones for mezzo and large ensemble (1983) Lowry Dreamscape for brass band (1992) Diptych: (i) Sky-Maze with Song Shards for oboe and harp ; ii) Daedalus’s Lament for cor anglais and harp) Concerto for Solo Clarinet Radical and Symphonic Wind Band - Shēng Shēng Bł Shí Northern Music Theatre/Graham Treacher; Sun Life Band/Roy Newsome; Okeanos: (Jinny Shaw (oboe/cor anglais); Lucy Wakeford (harp)); National Youth Wind Ensemble/Phillip Scott; Linda Hirst (mezzo); Sarah Williamson (clarinet) rec. 1984/1995/2002/2005 CAMPION CAMEO BRITISH COMPOSERS SERIES 2061 [69:45] [DC]

Serious but rewarding stuff. ... see Full Review

Ferde GROFÉ (1892-1972) Grand Canyon Suite, Mississippi Suite, Death Valley Suite Hollywood Bowl SO/Felix Slatkin, Capitol SO/Ferde Grofé rec. 1954/6 EMI AMERICAN CLASSICS 2344512 [70:31] [BW]

Colourful music in idiomatic performances, but dated recording ... see Full Review

Mozart Camargo GUARNIERI (1907-1993) Sonata No.1 for cello and piano see Soirees Musicales

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1808) Concertos for 2 lire organizzate (arr. wind & orchestra) Daniel Rothert, Philip Spätling (recorders); Benoît Fromanger, Ingo Nelken (flutes); Christian Hommel (oboe) Cologne CO/Helmut Müller-Brühl rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570481 [73:31] [BW]

Attractive but far from essential ... see Full Review

Jake HEGGIE (b. 1961) For a Look or a Touch Gerard SCHWARZ (b. 1947) In Memoriam Lori LAITMAN (b. 1955) The Seed of Dream Music of Remembrance rec. 2006/7  NAXOS 8.559379 [60:50] [BBr]

Simply not strong enough for the purpose ... see Full Review

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Das Marienleben Op.27 (1948 version) [71:05] Elisabeth Meyer-Topsře (soprano) Per Salo (piano) rec. 2006 Includes texts DANACORD DACOCD 670 [71:05] [JW]

A powerfully expressive performance ... see Full Review

Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Violin Sonata No. 3 Sir Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Violin Sonata No. 2 Cyril ROOTHAM (1875-1938) Violin Sonata Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Sonatina for cello and piano Jacqueline Roche (violin); Robert Stevenson (piano) rec. 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7219 [63:00][RB]

A fine conspectus of neglected British violin sonatas ... see Full Review

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Orchestral Works - Vol. 1 Joyful Company of Singers/Peter Broadbent; BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHSA5069 [67:42][RB]

The finest Holst disc in years ... see Full Review

Imogen HOLST (1907-1984) Phantasy Quartet, Duo for viola and piano, String Trio 1, The Fall of the Leaf, Sonata for violin and cello, String Quintet Court Lane Music rec. 2007 COURT LANE MUSIC CLM37601 [74:51] [RB]

Lyrical music but with dissonance and succinct economy of expression ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Concerto for String Orchestra (1938) [27:52] Three Dances for violin and orchestra op.7 (1915) [14:08]* Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor (1925) [27:03]** Kathryn Stott (piano)**; Michael Stewart (violin)* Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley rec. 19 February (Dances) and 30-31 March (Concertos) 1992, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK HYPERION HELIOS CDH55205 [69:19] [CH]

A British piano concerto of some stature ... see Full Review

Adrian JOHNSTON (b. 1961) Brideshead Revisited BBC Philharmonic/Terry Davies rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10499 [47:20] [IL]

Amiable and pleasing but not really memorable ... see Full Review

Scott JOPLIN (1868-1917) Rags and Waltzes Joshua Rifkin (piano); Ralph Grierson (piano); The Southland Stingers/George Sponhaltz rec. 1974-9 EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 2344772 [62:48][BW]

Rifkin’s contributions are classics ... see Full Review

Redjeb JORDANIA Concerto Classico see The Georgian Composers Collection

Dimitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Symphonies 1-4  NDR & Hungarian Radio Ch, NDR Radiophilharmonie/Eiji Oue rec. 2001/2  CPO 999 833-2 [45:12 + 60:19] [RB]

Captures with fervent fidelity the flaming intensity of vintage Soviet performances ... see Full Review

Alexander KASTALSKY (1856-1926) Brotherly Prayer for the Dead see TANEYEV

Elena KATS-CHERNIN (b.1957) Slow Food Elena Kats-Chernin (piano) rec. 2006 TALL POPPIES TP196 [66:41][JW]

A feast – delightful music, sensitively played ... see Full Review

Leon KIRCHNER (b. 1919) Piano Trio, Piano Trio II see American Trios

Jan KRENZ (b. 1926) Piano concertino see SEROCKI

Lori LAITMAN (b. 1955) The Seed of Dream see HEGGIE

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Symphony No. 1 (1998-11) [61:30] Danish National Symphony Orchestra DR/Thomas Dausgaard rec. Danish Radio Concert Hall, 12-18 May 2007 DACAPO 6.220525 [61:30] [JL]

Bold, audacious, uninhibited, unabashedly pleasant ... see Full Review

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929–1988) Orchestral Works – Vol. 2 BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2007 CHANDOS CHAN10495 [57:28][RB]

Sincere and undemonstrative music not lacking grandeur ... see Full Review

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Orchestral Works Volume 1 Symphony for Strings, Organ Concerto, Concerto for String Orchestra  John Scott (organ) BBC Ntl O Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10461 [74:34] [RB]  

This is an attractive disc and extremely well recorded and presented ... see Full Review

Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Complete Chamber Songs  Barbara Meszáros (soprano), Hector Sandoval (tenor), Luis Ledesma (baritone) Umberto Finazzi (piano) rec. 2007  DYNAMIC CDS570/1-2 [68:47 + 72:32] [CH]  

The repertoire is worth conserving, but a mixed bunch of singers ... see Full Review

Magnus LINDBERG (b.1958) Sculpture; Campana in aria; Concerto for Orchestra Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo rec. 2006-8 ONDINE ODE11242 [64:10][HC]

I enjoyed this very fine release enormously ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Magnus LINDBERG (b.1958) Complete Piano Music Ralph van Raat (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570542 [72:30][HC]

No Lindberg admirer should miss this ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Totentanz; Paraphrase on the Dies irae Eldar Nebolsin (piano); Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570517 [54:18][MC]

Nebolsin greatly impresses but the list is headed by Zimerman on DG ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Funérailles, Rhapsodie espagnole, Étude transcendante 10 see Marshev


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