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Friday April 25th

Charles-Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Concerto for solo piano - Vincenzo Maltempo (piano) rec. 2013 PIANO CLASSICS PCL0061 [69:18] [JW] A formidable disc, excellently recorded and splendidly interpreted.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of The Screw Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Michael Clayton-Jolly, Lucy Hall, LSO/Richard Farnes rec. 2013 LSO LIVE LSO0749 [53:59 + 56:33] [ST] A welcome set but does not take precedence over the finest.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony 1 - Collegium Vocale Ghent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Edo de Waart rec. 2013 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC 5186472 SACD [71:11 + 71:12] [JQ] Worthwhile Elgar performances from Belgium, though a disastrous side-break in Gerontius is a major drawback.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Trios Volume 3 - Kungsbacka Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572063 [73:43] [LJ] Intuitive and insightful performances complemented by a fresh and balanced recording. Bravo!

Bernardo PASQUINI (1637 - 1710) Sonatas for two organs - Luca Scandali (organ) Hadrien Jourdan (organ/harpsichord) rec. 2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94347 [72:10] [JV] More than 70 minutes of pure joy - don't miss it.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata D960; Wandererfantasie - Barry Douglas (piano) rec. 2013 CHANDOS CHAN 10807 [69:15] [DC] Not quite top of the pile, but still very good.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Miriways Markus Volpert, Ulrike Hofbaur, Julie Martin du Theil, L'Orfeo Barockorchester/Michi Gaigg rec. 2012 CPO 777 752-2 [73:38 + 73:03] [DC] Highly attractive High Baroque.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo Josi Van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Waltraud Meier, Orchestre de Paris/Antonio Pappano rec. 1996 WARNER CLASSICS Blu-ray 2564 634780 [211:00] [RF] The overall darkness of this production is compensated for by the presence of some Francophone singers, particularly Alagna.

Grigory Sokolov (piano) Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky - rec. 1966-88 MELODIYA MELCD1002078 [4 CDs: 251:17] [SG] Connoisseurs of consummate pianism will want this set from a pianist who has achieved cult status.

1930s Violin Concertos Volume 1 Works by Barber, Berg, Britten, Hartmann & Stravinsky - Gil Shaham (violin) rec. 2008-13 CANARY CLASSICS CC12 [70:59 + 54:23] [NB] For those who collect Shaham's recordings there is much to admire here.

Thursday April 24th

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 - Edward Kilenyi (piano) SO RIAS Berlin/Jonel Perlea rec. 1955 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR 936 [45:09] [SG] This Brahms recording fleshes out the meagre recorded CD legacy of an almost forgotten pianist.

Ernesto CAVALLINI (1807-1874) Capriccios, Duos - Nicola Bulfone (clarinet) Marco Giani (clarinet) rec. 2005/12 NAXOS 8.573133-34 [78:19 + 77:08] [LJ] Daring, outgoing and always utterly attentive to the character of this elegant bel canto music.

Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 - Ingrid Fliter (piano) Scottish CO/Jun Märkl rec. 2013 LINN CKD 455 SACD [73.21] [PCG] Excellent performances in modern sound.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Estampes, Images Books I & II, Études - Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. 2013 ROMÉO RECORDS 7299/7300 [42:19 + 49:16] [JW] Captivating, musically honest and interpretatively elevated performances, ones that Debussians will want to hear.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de pèlerinage (complete) - Sinae Lee (piano) rec. 2012 NIMBUS NI6202 [3 CDs: 160:43] [JWh] A truly phenomenal recording.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Sorochyntsi Fair, Night on the Bare Mountain Alexander BORODIN Polovtsian Dances - Latko Koroshetz, Bogdana Stritar, Slovenian Ntl Opera Ch & O/Samo Hubad rec. 1955 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO053 [60:46 + 54:14] Sorochinsti Fair - Hermann Kuklin, Svetlana Zalizniak, Ch & O Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and sBallet Theatre of Russia/Evgeny Brazhnik. rec. 1996 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94865 [73:19 + 27:34] [DCh] Reasonable alternatives for anyone not too fussed about understanding what they are listening to.

Osmo Tapio RÄIHÄLÄ (b. 1964) Peat, Smoke and Seaweed Storm - Jukka Harhu (french horn) Matilda Kärkkäinen (piano) Finnish Radio SO/Sakari Oramo, Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2005/12 ALBA ABCD 367 SACD [65:10] [DC] Substantial and well worth exploring.

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Psalms of David - Dorothee Mields (soprano) Dresden Chamber Ch & Baroque O/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2012 CARUS SACD 83.255 [65:48 + 75:35] [JW] The work’s sonic amplitude and grandeur convincingly put across.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 - 1767) Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vols 1 & 5 - Bergen Barokk rec. September 2005/08 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0037/0102 [66:54 & 59:41] [JV] I am very happy with these discs which shed light on the many qualities of this compelling collection of cantatas.

Strike the Viol - Philippe Pierlot, Rainer Zipperling (viola da gamba) Giovanna Pessi (harp) rec. 2009 FLORA 1409 [67:14] [JV] You won't hear such excellent viol playing that often.

Wednesday April 23rd

Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Works for and with organ - Jan Lehtola (organ) Petri Komulainen (horn) Jussi Vuorinen (trombone) Kaija Saarikettu (violin) Anna-Kaisa Pippuri (oboe) rec. 2010/13 BIS BIS-SACD-1966 [62:08] [DM] Small but beautifully turned; Song of the Earth is a real find.

Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934) The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, 3 Latin Motets, On the Sheer Threshold of the Night, The Moth Requiem - Roderick Williams (baritone) BBC Singers, Nash Ens/Nicholas Kok rec. 2012/13 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD368 [73:54] A giant musical presence in superb performances [DC] An unmissable collection by one the UK's most important and accomplished composers played with great style and efficacy [MS].

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 9 - London SO/Bernard Haitink. rec. 2013 LSO LIVE LSO0746 [67:10] [JQ] A gripping and magisterial Bruckner Ninth.

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Iphigenia in Aulis - Camilla Nylund (soprano) Michelle Breedt (mezzo) Christian Elsner (tenor) Ch Musicus Köln/Das Neue O/Christoph Spering rec. 2013 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 953 [42:43 + 71:35] [RMo] There is room for Wagner’s take on Iphigenia especially when it is in a performance as good as this.

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Peer Gynt, Suites 1 & 2, Aus Holbergs Zeit Lars-Erik LARSSON (1908-1986) Pastoral-Suite - Württemberg PO/Ola Rudner rec. 2013 ANTES EDITION BM 319288 [69:51] [LJ] Punchy vitality meets the contemplative.

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) The Battle of Stalingrad Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Solemn Overture - Royal Norwegian Air Force Band/Leif Arne Pedersen rec. 2012 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1045 [54:46] [NB] Ultimately a disc for those interested in the genre rather than the music performed.

Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914-1991) Symphonic Works Vol. 7 - Michael von Schönermark (bassoon) Sarah van der Kemp (mezzo) Konzerthaus O Berlin, Polish Radio SO/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2009/10 CPO 777 686-2 [67:13] [MC] One of the finest and most enduringly fascinating composers active in the late-twentieth century.

Autograph Alexandre Tharaud (piano) rec. 2013 WARNER ERATO 9341372 [69:21] [JW] Too wilful and inclined to point-making; rhythms often sound unnatural; harmonies promoted to the detriment of the shape of phrases.

Catch Me If You Can John WILLIAMS (b.1932) Escapades Michael KAMEN (1948-2003) Saxophone concerto  Mark KNOPFLER (b. 1949) Local Hero - Amy Dickson (alto saxophone) Melbourne SO/Benjamin Northey rec. 2012 SONY CLASSICAL 88843 027202 [SA] This music shows just how brilliantly the saxophone can shine in the right setting.

Clara Haskil et Dinu Lipatti Works by Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Debussy & Bartók - Südwestfunks SO/Paul Sacher rec. 1948/53 TAHRA TAH747 SACD [78:55] [SG] A historical document and example of some extraordinary and exemplary pianism, by two fellow Romanians.

Tuesday April 22nd

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) La Sonnambula - Ana Durlovski (soprano) Luciano Botelho (tenor) Enzo Capuano (bass) Staatsopern Stuttgart Ch & O/Gabriele Ferro rec. 2013 EUROARTS 2059338 DVD [156:00] [JS] Demonstrates that what can appear to be a star vehicle responds even more to being taken seriously as music and as drama.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto - Johanna Martzy (violin) RSO Stuttgart des SWR/Hans Müller-Kray, Günter Wand rec. 1959-1964 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 94.226 [65:55] [SG] For lovers of the art of Johanna Martzy, of which I am one, this is a valuable and desirable release.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 38-40 (arr. Hummel) - Uwe Grodd (flute) Friedemann Eichhorn (violin) Martin Rummel (cello) Roland Krüger (piano) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572841 [75:29] [LJ] These Hummel’s arrangements render a certain intimacy to the Mozart symphonies.

Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Violin concertos 1 & 2 - Kristóf Baráti (violin) NDR Radiophil Hannover/Eiji Oue rec. 2008 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94803 [65:40] [RMay] Accomplished and very enjoyable majoring on beauty and even delicacy … an artistically integrated approach.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concertos 1-5 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) BBC PO/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2012/13 CHANDOS CHAN 10802(2) [74:45 + 46:52] [MC] An indispensable set for Prokofiev admirers and all enthusiasts of 20th century music.

Johannes VERHULST (1816-1891) String Quartets - Utrecht String Qt rec. 2013 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 603 1840-2 [58:22] [JW] Verhulst’s quartets are more than mere appendices to romantic chamber music.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung - Irene Theorin (soprano) Lance Ryan (tenor) Mikhail Petrenko (bass) Gerd Grochowski (baritone) O & Ch Teatro La Scala/Daniel Barenboim rec. 2013 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray 108093 [292.00] [PCG] Of the modern productions of the Ring this is one of the best.

Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 7 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 2 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried Idyll - Vienna PO/Ch O of Europe/Claudio Abbado rec. 1978/88 AUDITE 95.627 [77:44] [JQ] A highly desirable archive issue, documenting some of Claudio Abbado’s work at the Lucerne Festival.

Douce France – Mélodies et Chansons - Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo) rec. 2013 NAIVE V5343 [50:55 + 54:56] [ST] Von Otter's voice is supremely well suited to this sort of repertoire.

Paroles de violoncelle- Works for cello by Ibert, Jolivet, Dutilleux, Chaillou, Sauget & Honegger - Christophe Pantillon (cello) rec. 2013 GRAMOLA 99007 [69:49] [JW] A most worthy ambassador, revealing expert stylistic awareness and no little finesse.

Monday April 21st

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Vol. 6 - Leipziger Streichquartett rec. 2013 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 307 1812-2 [64:55] [AL] Performances that are polished and enjoyable but still leave me wanting more.

Johann Martin Friedrich NISLE (1780-1873) Octet; Septet; Quintet - Consortium Classicum rec. 2009 CPO 777 266-2 [68:50] [PB] Most enjoyable. CPO are to be congratulated for giving music-lovers a fresh name to pursue.

Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Complete Sonatas Vol. 1 - Nicolas Dautricourt (violin) Juliette Hurel (flute) Raphaël Pidoux (cello) François Kerdoncuff (piano) rec. 2012/2013 TIMPANI 1C1214 [70:13] [SG] Three sonatas from a composer who deserves better recognition. Well worth exploring.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Helmut Deutsch (piano) rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL 88883 795652 [70:16] [JQ] One of the most acclaimed of today’s voices in Winterreise.

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Tempest; Piano Concerto 1 - Joyce Yang (piano) Odense SO/Alexander Lazarev rec. 2011/2013 BRIDGE 9410 [58:10] [RMo] Fine live performances from a supposedly provincial source.

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony 1; Violin Concerto - Tasmin Little (violin) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2013/2014 CHANDOS SACD CHSA5136 [76:30] [BW] Performances that vie with the very best in both works.

The American Album Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet 12 Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes Kevin PUTS (1972-) Lento assai Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) String Quartet - Cypress String Qt rec. 2011/12 AVIE AV2304 [64:33] [SFV] Appealing and makes this a good programme for "listening through".

Amore e morte dell'amore - Duets by Monteverdi, Marcello, Lotti, Scarlatti, Durante and Handel - Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) Sonia Prina (contralto) Ensemble Claudiana/Luca Pianca rec. 2012 NAÏVE OP30549 [68:29] [JV] Fine music, great singing.

Adolf Busch The Berlin Recordings 1921-29 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2406-07 [56:16 + 65:53] [JW] An important acquisition for the violin-fancier, commended for its comprehensiveness and its generosity.

Medieval Chant / Tallis Lamentations - Tenebrae Consort/Nigel Short rec. 2013 BENE ARTE SIGCD901 [65.23] [GH] Beautiful and captivating music, superbly sung - uplifting at any time of the year.

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