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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti e I Montecchi Elina Garanca (mezzo); Anna Netrebko (soprano); Wiener Symphoniker/Fabio Luisi rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778031 [76.10 + 51.26][RJF]

It will be a long time before this recording is bettered ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924) L’Horizon Chimérique, Poême d’un jour, Mirages Francis POULENC (1899–1963) Tel jour telle nuit, Chansons villageoises, La Fraicheur et le Feu Thomas Oliemans (baritone) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2008 ETCETERA KTC1366 [62:04] [GF]

The natural heir to Gerard Souzay ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Twelve Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2008 L’OISEAU LYRE 4780319 [3 CDs: 64:00 + 59:29 + 45:00][MG]

Handel outside the comfort zone. Tremendously stimulating … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kara KARAYEV (1918-1982) Symphony No. 3; Leyla and Mejnun; Don Quixote (Symphonic Engravings) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Yablonsky. rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570720 [58:10][CC]

A disc that gives hope in this recession-torn world ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 20 & 27 Clifford Curzon (piano) English CO/Benjamin Britten. rec. 1970 ESOTERIC ESD90014 [65:18] [JLa]

One of the most sublime and supreme accomplishments of the recording angel ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas Choir & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Steven Devine rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0757 [69:49][MG]

All round excellence, but the added music is controversial … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fernando SOR (1778-1839) Fantasias y Estudios Manuel Babiloni (guitar) rec. 2008 EDITS E.G. TABELET 1017 [65:52][ZT] 

No finer recording of this Sor repertory is available ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Canticum Sacrum; Agon; Requiem Canticles SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Michael Gielen rec. 2004-7 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD93226 [57:52][DC]

Not sure about late Stravinsky? This is the path to enlightenment ... see Full Review

HISTORICAL RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Dawn of Recording: The Julius Block Cylinders Full track-list at end of review MARSTON 53011-12 [3 CDs: 78:12 + 76:03 + 79:09] [JW]

No praise can be too high ... see Full Review

 

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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH John FIELD (1782-1837) The Piano Concertos Miceal O'Rourke (piano) London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert rec. 1994-96 CHANDOS CHAN10468(4)X [4 CDs: 249:13] [EM]

A glorious sense of joy … lively and exciting ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Symphonies - MP3 Edition Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra/Adam Fischer rec.1989-2001 NIMBUS NI 1722 [8 CDs: approx. 37:00:00] DC

A very worthwhile experiment and a truly excellent set: meet Mr. Haydn! ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jules MASSENET (1842–1912) Manon Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Demoiselle élue Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Les nuits d’été Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique/Pierre Monteux rec. 1955 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111268-70 [3 CDs: 66.59 + 80.13 + 67.29][RMo]

At super-bargain price, these three discs are a steal ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concerto for two pianos, Sinfonia concertante for Violin & viola Håvard Gimse, Vebjørn Anvik (pianos) Lars Anders Tomter (viola) Norwegian CO/Iona Brown (violin) rec. 1995/6 CHANDOS CHAN10507X [53:56] [DC]

A winner – puts the fon back into Sinfonia, takes the con out of Concertante ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carl August NIELSEN (1865 – 1931) The Symphonies Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra/Theodore Kuchar rec. 2005 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 [3 CDs: 65:55 + 79:04 + 69:45] [JL]

Nothing less than a paradigm shift ... see Full Review

 


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