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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ramón CARNICER (1789 - 1855) Elena e Costantino Ruth Rosique (soprano), Robert McPherson (tenor) Ch & O titular del Teatro Real/Jesús López Cobos rec. live, 2005 DYNAMIC CDS 619/1-2 [75:46 + 75:14]

A more or less sensational treasure trove of an opera ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) En blanc et noir, Jeux, Lindaraja Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Rapsodie espagnole, La Valse Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy (pianos) rec. 2008 DECCA 478 1090 [66:01] [BBr]

This is outstanding…see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Masses and Stabat Mater Trinity Ch, Rebel Baroque O/J Owen Burdick, Jane Glover rec. 2001-8 NAXOS 8.508009 [8 CDs: 489:21] [JS]

The highlight of my anniversary year listening ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.1 in D (1888) [56:51] London Symphony Orchestra/Jascha Horenstein rec. Barking Assembly Hall, London, 29-30 September 1969. ADD Transferred from a Unicorn four-track tape. HDTT HDCD128 [56:51] [TD]

You will be as thrilled as I was. ... see Full Review 

24 Caprices Op.1 James Ehnes (violin) rec. 2009 ONYX 4044 [78:04] [NB]

Marvellous, amazing, stunning, spectacular ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Julius RÖNTGEN (1855-1932) Symphonies 8 & 15, Variations on a Norwegian Folksong Carmen Fuggiss (soprano) NDR Radiophilharmonie/David Porcelijn rec. 2006 CPO 777 307-2 [69:29] [RB]

Deeply romantic yet not extravagant ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Davidis pugna et victoria (The Fight of David and his Victory) Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) Academia Montis Regalis/Alessandro De Marchi rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67714 [64:50] [BW]

As dramatic as any early opera and a performance to do it full justice ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise D911 Mark Padmore (tenor); Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2008 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907484 [74:18] [JQ]

This deserves to be ranked alongside the very best ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christmas Preludes - Preludes for Holy Christmastide Johannes Strobl (organ) rec. 2008, The Abbey Church of Muri, Canton Aargau, Switzerland AUDITE 92.573 [73:04] [DM]

The perfect complement to a festive feast ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Es ist ein Ros entsprungen Vocal Concert Dresden/Peter Kopp; Sebastian Knebel (organ) rec. 3 - 6 October 2008, Hauptkirche St Marien in Kamenz, Germany. DDD BERLIN CLASSICS 0016442BC [64:33] [JV]

An outstanding disc with choral music for Advent and Christmas ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 - 1767) Christmas Cantatas Christoph BERNHARD (1629-1692) Fürchtet euch nicht* Mária Zádori (soprano), Judit Németh (mezzo), Gábor Kállay (tenor), Klaus Mertens (baritone); Capella Savaria/Pál Németh rec. 1983-91 HUNGAROTON HCD 32611 [66:45] [JV]

First-rate music in excellent performances - a perfect disc ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lakeuden Risti urut Includes Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Concert-etude 3 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Choral III Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) Scherzo Symphonique Kalevi KIVINIEMI (b. 1958) Fantasia Oskar MERIKANTO (1868-1924) Passacaglia Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ) rec. 2009 FUGA 9285 [62:39] [DM]

Sensational - a high-water mark in the history of organ recording ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Missa Gotica (anon. 14th cent.) Ensemble Organum rec. 2009 ZIGZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090601 [51:30] [MS]

An outstanding and immensely enjoyable CD of glorious fourteenth century polyphonic liturgical music … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sacrificium Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo) Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2009 Italian texts and German, English and French translations enclosed DECCA 478 1521 Limited Edition [77:55 + 21:15] [GF]

This is certainly an indispensable issue! ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Scotland At Night Choral settings of Scottish poetry from Robert Burns to Alexander McCall Smith Laudibus/Mike Brewer rec. 2009 DELPHIAN DCD34060 [64:17]  [CSS]

Encompasses Scotland in the nostalgia that is its characteristic voice ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Songs of Northumbria Traditional songs: The Cullercoats Fish Lass;, The Cliffs of Old Tynemouth; Trimden Grange Explosion; Water of Tyne; Blow the Wind I-Ho; Cushie Butterfield; The Keel Row; Rap Her to Bank; It Was One Summer Morn; The Oak and the Ash; The Hexhamshire Lass; Lavender’s Blue; Cat Gut Jim; The Sandgate Lass’s Lament; Ee Aye, Aa Cud Hew; The Proacher’s Call,; Died of Love; Jowl, Jowl; The Row Between the Cages; The Coal Owner and the Pitman’s Wife; The Lambton Worm; The Newcastle Overture; Wor Geordie; Blaydon Races. Sir Thomas Allen (baritone); Sheila Armstrong (soprano) Eric Robson (narrator and interviewer) Northumbria Concert Orchestra and Chorus/David Haslam
rec. 8-10 August 1993, All Saints Church, Newcastle and at Durham Cathedral. Reissued in DVD format 2008. MAWSON AND WAREHAM (MUSIC) LTD MWMVD 88 [c.90:00] [IL]

A rare treat, a joy to treasure … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Weihnachtslieder (Christmas Carols)   Thomanerchor Leipzig/Georg Christoph Biller; Ulrich Böhme (organ) rec. 2007, 2008 CARUS 83.440 [68:12] [JV]

A most attractive and tasteful programme for Advent and Christmas ... see Full Review 



BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Complete Piano Sonatas Alfred Brendel (piano) rec. 1992-5 DECCA 478 1821 [10 CDs: 646:55] [DC]

Still one of the best at any price ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Tom Jones National Festival Ch & O/David Russell Hulme rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.660270-71 [75:49 + 34:20] [RJW] [IL]

A fresh and spirited reading … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Das Schlaue Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen) Irmgard Arnold, Manfred Hopp, Ch & O Komische Oper Berlin/Václav Neumann rec. 1965 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101297 [121:00 ] [DC]

Rather special ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Flemish Masters Heinrich ISAAC (c.1450 - 1517) Missa de Apostolis Johannes OCKEGHEM (c.1425 - 1497) Missa Au travail suis Orlandus LASSUS (1532 - 1594) Missa Osculetur me Cipriano de RORE (c.1515 - 1565) Missa Praeter rerum seriem Antoine BRUMEL (c.1460 - 1520) Missa Et ecce terrae motus Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. 1989-97 GIMELL CDGIM211 [72.22 + 77.02]   [RH]

Fabulous music, beautifully and intelligently sung ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Golden Age of English Polyphony The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Christopher Royall, countertenor and Paul Nicholson, organ; Fretwork rec. 1982-1992. DDD. Texts and translations included. HYPERION CDS44401/10 [10 CDs] [BW]

No need to hesitate - buy this set ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology Gustav HOLST, John JOUBERT, William MATHIAS, Herbert HOWELLS, Gerald FINZI, Peter WARLOCK, Kenneth LEIGHTON, John RUTTER, John GARDNER, William MATHIAS, Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Julia Doyle (soprano); Roderick Williams (baritone); Mark Williams (organ, celesta, piano) City of London Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hilary Davan Wetton rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572102 [57:37] [ST]

As good a Christmas recital as you’re likely to find ... see Full Review


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