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Awake O harp Rachel Dent (harp); Ronald Frost (organ) rec. 2003 DIVERSIONS DDV24138 [69:14][JS] 

Winningly off-beat … very well played ... see Full Review

Opera Arias – Montserrat Caballé Montserrat Caballe (soprano) rec. 1971-79. ADD full listing at end of review EMI CLASSICS 2 64845 2 [4 CDs: 76.06 + 76.55 + 73.54 + 77.58] [RH]

A finely digested overview of the soprano’s art ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cantigas de Amigo Martin CODAX (13th century) Seven Cantigas de amigo [59.36] Estéváo RAIMOND (13th century) Amigo, se bien [3.18] Bernal DE BONAVAL (13th century) Fremosa a Deus grado [5.18] Roi Fernandez DE SANTIAGO (13th century) Quand’eu vejo las ondas (6.12) Fin’ Amor (Carole Matras (voice and harp); Bernard Mouton (recorder); Michael Grébil (oud and viele); Thomas Baeté (viele); Vincent Libert (percussion) rec. 17-19 May 2003, Church of Saint-Rémy de Franc-Waret, Belgium MUSICA FICTA MF 8002 [73.24] [GH]

I am full of admiration for these performances ... see Full Review

Michael Bilson plays Jan Ladislav DUSSEK (1760-1812), Johann Baptist CRAMER (1771-1858) and Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Michael Bilson (piano) rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9263 [61:59][CC]

Bilson imbues Dussek with backbone ... see Full Review

Blue Rags Ian MUNRO (b.1963) Blue Rags Elena KATS-CHERNIN (b.1957) Rags Ann GHANDAR (b.1943) Ragtime Suite Graham KOEHNE (b.1956) Blues Dmitri YANOV-YANOVSKY (b.1963) Silhouettes Ian Munro (piano) rec. 2005 TALL POPPIES TP186 [77:39] [JW]

Malleable twistings of the classicised rag … see Full Review

Cantatas by DU BUISSON (d.1710), Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749), Philippe COURBOIS (fl.1705-1730), Nicolas BERNIER (1665-1734), Jean-Baptiste STUCK (c.1680-1755), Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725), Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736), Giovanni BONONCINI (1670-1747) and George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sandrine Piau (soprano); Gérard Lesne (alto); Il Seminario Musicale/Gérard Lesne rec. 1990-8 VIRGIN CLASSICS 3951532 [5 CDs: 62:41 + 65:20 + 67:52 + 59:48 + 70:00][JV] 

After 12 years or more these recordings still sound fresh and up-to-date - this set is not to be missed ... see Full Review

The First Carnegie Hall Euphonium Recital Antonio CAPUZZI (1755-1818) Andante and RondoArthur FRACKENPOHL (b.1924) Sonata for Euphonium and PianoWalter ROSS (b.1936) Partita for Euphonium and PianoSamuel ADLER (b.1928) Four Dialogs for Euphonium and MarimbaJohn BODA (1922-2002) Sonatina for Euphonium and SynthesiserErmano PICCHI Fantasia Originale Brian Bowman (euphonium) Marjorie Lees, Steven Harlos (piano) Gordon Stout (marimba) rec. 1978/2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD393 [61:25] [JW]

A delightfully varied recital ... see Full Review

Celibidache - You don’t do anything – you let it evolve ARTHAUS MUSIK DOCUMENTARY 101365 [100:00][CF] 

Celibidache: complex, craggy ... see Full Review

Yvette Chauviré - France’s Prima Ballerina Assoluta - a film by Dominique Delouche VAI 4479 [81.00][MM-B]

An absorbing, interesting film ... see Full Review

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano) - Live Arias by Traetta, Meyerbeer, Rossini, Donizetti, Piccini, Massenet & Verdi rec. 1996-2007 DYNAMIC CDS 603/1-2 [69.08 + 68.41] [RH]

Impressive - a highly communicative singer ... see Full Review

Franco Corelli - The Tenor as Hero rec. 1958-68 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2648872 [4 CDs: 308:34] [GF]

A worthy tribute to this most heroic of Italian tenors ... see Full Review

Gustavo Dudamel Live from Salzburg Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Triple concerto Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) Johann STRAUSS (1804-1849) Radetzky March Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Danza final Documentary: School of Learning Martha Argerich (piano); Renaud Capuçon (violin); Gautier Capuçon (cello) Simón Bolivar Youth O Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 0734515 [131:00] [DM]

Those vibrant Venezuelans have done it again. A must for all SBYO groupies ... see Full Review

Duos for Cello and Bass Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Duetto Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Sonata Franz Joseph KEYPER (1756-1815) Rondo Solo for Bass [4:38] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Duo Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Duo Charles Nicolas BAUDIOT (1773-1849) Theme and Variations Don THOMPSON (b.1940) In Memory of Glenn Coenraad Bloemendal (cello) Joel Quarrington (bass) rec. 1978/2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD135 [56:42] [JW]

A wholesome disc ... see Full Review 

Richard Farrell - Complete Recordings Vol. 1 Edvard GRIEG (1943-1907) Piano Concerto, Ballade, Lyric Pieces Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ballades, Waltzes Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto 1 Richard Farrell (piano) Halle O/George Weldon rec. 1956-58 ATOLL ACD208 [74:50 + 75:30] [JW]

A fine reclamation ... see Full Review 

French Bassoon Works Gabriel GROVLEZ Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso; Alexandre TANSMAN Sonatine; Charles KOECHLIN Sonata Op. 71; Gabriel FAURE Pièce; Roger BOUTRY Interférences I; Gabbier Noël GALLON Récit et Allegro; Henri DUTILLEUX Sarabande et Cortège; Marcel BITSCH Concertino; Louis Marie Eugène JANCOURT Nocturne; Gabriel PIERNÉ Solo de Concert Op. 35; Achille-Claude DEBUSSY Minstrels,The Little Shepherd, Golliwog’s Cake-Walk, Karen Geoghegan (bassoon); Philip Fisher (piano) rec. 2008, DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10521 [73:38] [CR]

Depth of understanding and a career full of potential ... see Full Review

Emil Gilels Live in Moscow - Vol. 5 Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto, Arabesque Emil Gilels (piano) USSR State SO/Vladimir Verbitsky rec. live, 1966/76 VAI 4471 [74:10] [CC]

Dedicated followers of Gilels should not hesitate ... see Full Review

Great Cathedral Organs of England Timothy Farrell (Organ of Westminster Abbey); Christopher Dearnley (Organ of St. Paul’s); Barry Rose (Organ of Guildford Cathedral); Allan Wicks (Organ of Canterbury Cathedral); Francis Jackson (Organ of York Minster); Noel Rawsthorne (Organ of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral) rec. 1974-1976 REGIS RRC1304 [78:23][BW]

An inexpensive, high quality opportunity for an ‘organ wallow’ not to be missed ... see Full Review

Hélène Grimaud: Living with Wolves Hélène Grimaud (piano), with various artists EMI CLASSICS 2165759 [58:00][CC] 

Grimaud is a searching artist. We are privileged to eavesdrop ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hans Hotter The Great Bass Baritone Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Ich habe genug & Lieder and operatic scenes by Brahms, Schubert, Grieg, Schumann, Loewe, R Strauss, Pfitzner, Wolf, Orff and Wagner. rec. 1948-58 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2649012 [6 CDs: 443:00] [ST]

One of the most authoritative and beautiful voices in gramophone history ... see Full Review

Herein Lies the Soul Includes Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Variations on an Original Theme Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Spanish Dance, Zigeunerweisen Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Cantabile [3.44] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Humoresques Steven Moeckel (violin); Paula Fan (Steinway piano) rec. 2006 No label [66.07] [PSh]

A brilliant young violinist invites comparison with the very best ... see Full Review

In Memoriam - Hungarian Composers, Victims of the holocaust Music by László WEINER (1916-1944), Pál BUDAI (?-1944/5), Elemér GYULAI (1904-1945), Sándor KUTI (1908-1945) and György JUSTUS (1898-1945) Various artists rec. 2008 HUNGAROTON HCD32597 [62.52][GH] 

Search it out and listen in awe ... see Full Review

Emma Johnson: Music for Clarinet and Piano by Sir John DANKWORTH (b 1927), Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) and Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Emma Johnson (clarinet); John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572240 [61:09][BBr] 

Very cute and clever ... see Full Review

John Kitchen plays the organ of the Usher Hall, Edinburgh Includes Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) Triumphal March Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Praeludium pro Organo pleno, Fuga Franz Liszt (1811-1886) 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ Geoffrey Atkinson (b.1943) A Little Liturgical Suite William Walton (1902-1983) Coronation March: Orb and Sceptre John Kitchen (organ) rec. 2004 DELPHIAN DCD34022 [78:08] [JF]

A good selection of tunes, brilliantly played on a magnificent instrument ... see Full Review

Fritz KreislerThe Charming Maverick Full tracklist at end of review EMI CLASSICS ‘ICON’ 2 65042 2 [10 CDs: 70:21 + 71:04 + 62:21 + 63:27 + 48:28 + 69:15 + 65:46 + 69:28] [JW]

A sensible, authoritative ten CD box for a very reasonable price ... see Full Review

Abraham Lincoln Portraits Charles Ives (1874-1954) Lincoln, the Great Commoner Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) A Lincoln Address Roy Harris (1898-1979) Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Ernst Bacon (1898-1990) Ford’s Theatre Morton Gould (1913-1996) Lincoln Legend George Frederick McKay (1899-1970) To a Liberator Paul Turok (b.1929) Variations on an American Song Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Lincoln Portrait Nashville Symphony Ch & O/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2007/8 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559373-74 [60:54 + 51:43] [WK]

Eight Lincoln works - some known and some obscure - all of great interest ... see Full Review


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