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Airs de differens autheurs donnés à une dame (Soupirs, langueurs pour l'ingrate amante) Charles LE CAMUS, Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) and others Ensemble Les Meslanges (Thomas Van Essen (baritone), Emmanuelle Guigues (treble and bass viol), Manuel de Grange (lute, theorbo)) rec. 2008, DDD HORTUS 062 [58:30] [JV]

A captivating picture of music-making in the second half of the 17th century in France ... see Full Review

American Serenades Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Serenade for Strings op.12 (1897) [24:46] World premiere recording of the complete work Arthur FOOTE (1853-1937) Serenade for Strings op.25 (1891) [25:28] Philippe Honore (solo violin), Dietrich Bethge (solo cello) World premiere recording of the complete work Suite in E major op.63 (1907) [16:50] London Octave/Kypros Markou rec. St Paul’s Church, New Southgate, London, 23-24 July and 2 September 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7238 [68:51] [RB]

A successful foray into a newly revived genre. More please ... see Full Review

American Visions Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 - 1957) Much Ado about Nothing Suite Charles IVES (1874 - 1954) Violin sonata 2 Ken BENSHOOF (b. 1933) Six Diversions George GERSHWIN (1898 - 1937) Porgy and Bess (arr. Heifetz) Karl-Ove Mannberg (violin); Lena Johnson (piano) rec. 2009 BLUEBELL ABCD112 [63:36] [GF]

A quality product in every respect ... see Full Review 

Analogue Resurgam - A survey of a selection of compact disc reissues by High Definition Tape Transfers

Maurice André Edition Concertos 1 & 2 Maurice André (trumpet) etc. ERATO 2564 69572-2 [6 CDs: 439:07] / 2564 69066-6 [6 CDs: 450:30] [JW]

A master class still ... see Full Review

Arias for Soprano and Trumpet George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660 - 1725) Tommaso ALBINONI (1671 – 1751) Georg von REUTER (1708 – 1772) Petronius Luca Antonia PREDIERI (1688 – 1767) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1739) George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) John Wallace (trumpet); Helen Field (soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Simon Wright rec. All Saints Church, Tooting, 5-7 January 1988 NIMBUS NI5123 [71.00] [RH]

Interesting and imaginatively programmed ... see Full Review

Ballade Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonatine Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Poem Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Ballade Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Sonata 1 Kara Kirkendoll Welch (flute); Gabriel Sanchez (piano) rec. 2008 MSR CLASSICS MS1286 [52:12] [CR]

Enjoyable … played well and with a sense of polish … see Full Review 

Baritone Arias Lado Ataneli (baritone) Württemburg PO/Lodovico Zoche rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572438 [55.15] [RJF]

Despite the shortage of baritone recitals and the temptingly varied repertoire here, I cannot recommend this issue. ... see Full Review 

Don Bradman – The Music He Loved ABC CLASSICS 532 2945 [78:12 +76:21] [JW]

The music he loved, in performances he owned and listened to ... see Full Review

Boris Christoff CD 1 Italian Opera CD 2 Russian Opera CD 3 Russian Songs and Sacred Music Boris Christoff (bass) with piano acc, orchestras and choir rec. 1949 – 1955 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 796 1/3 [3 CDs: 70:19 + 71:56 + 72:25] [RMo]

Christoff’s unique talents and artistic versatility … I heartily urge both the curious and the experienced collector to acquire this. ... see Full Review

Complete Tranquillity I musici de Montreal/Yuli Turovsky CHANDOS CHAN10565(3) [3 CDs: 64:32 + 73:05 + 60:03] [KS]

More than three hours of slow, pretty music here, certain to complement any fine dinner party or romantic night by the fire … see Full Review 

Danish Violin Concertos - Vol. 3 by August ENNA (1859 - 1939) Hakon BØRRESEN (1876 - 1954) Peter Erasmus LANGE-MÜLLER (1850 - 1926) Siegfried SALOMON (1885 - 1962) Gustav HELSTED (1857 - 1924) Kai Laursen (violin) South Jutland SO/Carl von Garaguly, Peter Ernst Lassen, Alf Sjøen rec. 1966-75 DANACORD DACOCD 465-466 [51:30 + 65:13]  [NB]

Undoubtedly part of a monumental achievement but far from being an obligatory purchase … see Full Review

Deep River, Sidewalk Dances Andy Sheppard (saxs), Joanna MacGregor (pno/keybds/harpsichord), Kuljit Bhamra (table/perc./speaking), Neville Malcolm (bass/upright bass), Seb Rochford (drums/perc.), Shri Sriram (Indian flute), Britten Sinfonia, rec. 2005-6 WARNER CLASSICS AND JAZZ/SOUNDCIRCUS 2564 68437-6 [50:56] , 2564 68437-4 [44:00] [DC]

Uppers and Downers – drug substitutes in CD form. ... see Full Review

Alfred Deller; The Complete Vanguard Recordings - Volume 5 English, French and Italian Madrigals. The Deller Consort/Alfred Deller rec. 1950s, 1960s. ADD VANGUARD CLASSICS MC 196 [6 CDs] [JW]

A gentle pathos that reaches inwards and makes the music vibrate with life ... see Full Review

Placido Domingo – My Greatest Roles – The Documentary Placido Domingo (tenor), 2009 WARNER/NVC ARTS 50-51865-6282-2-4 [80:00] [ST]

Save your money and buy some of the complete performances on offer instead. ... see Full Review

A due cembali obligati - 18th Century Music for Two Harpsichords Les Clavecins Réunis (Jan Devlieger, Guy Penson, harpsichord) rec. 2008 ET'CETERA KTC 1392 [62:39] [JV]

Great stuff for every lover of the historical keyboard ... see Full Review

Essential Renaissance EMI CLASSICS 6 88592 2 [78:39+79:04] [BW]

An excellent survey of the music of the period, but without texts and notes the beginner will be perplexed ... see Full Review

Fern Hill – American Choral Music Williametta SPENCER, John CORIGLIANO, Jean BELMONT, James MULHOLLAND, Samuel BARBER The Kansas City Chorale/Charles Bruffy rec. 1995 NIMBUS NI5449 [68:15] [NB]

A valuable and exciting release of movingly beautiful music sublimely performed. ... see Full Review

Finntastic - Musical Souvenirs from Finland rec. 1990-2000 BIS-CD-1277 [69:52]  [RB]

An almost completely unhackneyed Finnish music from BIS ... see Full Review 

Flonzaley Quartet Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartet Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) String Quartet 2 Spirituals & Traditional rec. 1926-1929 PRISTINE AUDIO PACM 068 [70:20] [JW]

Splendid work all round ... see Full Review 

Forbidden Music Gideon KLEIN (1919-1945) String Trio (1944) [11:29] Duo for violin and violoncello (1940) [8:46] Ervín SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Duo for violin and violoncello (1925) [16:46] Sonata for solo violin (1922) [11:02] Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) Passacaglia and Fuga – for string trio (1944) [9:06] Tanec, for String Trio [5:15] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Kaddish (arr. Daniel Hope) [4:37] Daniel Hope (violin); Philip Dukes (viola); Paul Watkins (cello) rec. September 2001 and April 2002 (Schulhoff solo violin sonata), Wyastone Leys, Monmouth NIMBUS NI 5702 [67:14] [JW]

Impressively committed, technically eloquent and attuned to the spirit of the music ... see Full Review

French Cello Sonatas Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863 - 1937) Cello sonata, Expansion, Caprice Nadia BOULANGER (1887 - 1979) Trois pièces Vincent D’INDY (1851 - 1931) Cello sonata, Lied Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) José Gallardo (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572105 [59:36]  [NB]

Best you decide for yourselves! … see Full Review 

The Very Best of Glyndebourne on Record rec. 1934-97 EMI CLASSICS 2642182 [5 CDs: 388:59] [JW]

A box that necessarily charts the Glyndebourne decades adeptly but selectively. ... see Full Review 

The Golden Age of Light Music - A Trip to the Library rec. 1937-58 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5164 [77:19] [JS]

Reminding us of the glories of the light music genre around the middle of the last century … see Full Review  

The Art of Susan Graham Opera Arias, Songs, Operetta Arias, Orchestral Song Cycles, Songs by Ned Rorem (6 CDs) Susan Graham (mezzo), Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Malcolm Martineau (pno), Ensemble Oriol, BBC SO/Yan Pascal Tortelier, City of Birmingham SO/Yves Abel, Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon/Kent Nagano/John Nelson, SF Opera Orch./Patrick Summers, WARNER CLASSICS 2564 68625-6 [384:15] [MC]

A generous and rewarding six disc collection ... see Full Review

The Art of Youra Guller (1895-1980) Frédéric CHOPIN (1810 - 1849) Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683 - 1764) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) LISZT (1811-1886) [14:28] Enrique GRANADOS (1867 - 1916) Louis-Claude DAQUIN (1694 - 1772) Mateo Pérez de ALBÉNIZ (circa 1755 - 1831) Claude BALBASTRE (1727 - 1799) François COUPERIN (1668 - 1733) Youra Guller (piano) rec. September 1975, Nimbus Studios NIMBUS NI 5030 [61:57] [JW]

Performances imbued with spirit ... see Full Review

Alfred Hertz - Complete San Francisco Recordings - Vol. 2 San Francisco SO/Alfred Hertz rec. 1925-8 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC195 [61:46] [JW]

Appetites whetted for the next volume ... see Full Review

Italian Clarinet Suites Alessandro LONGO (1864-1945) Suite Op.62 Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Suite K.88 Antonio SCONTRINO (1850-1922) Sei Bozzetti Giuseppe FRUGATTA (1860-1933) Suite Op.44 Sergio Bosi (clar.), Riccardo Bartoli (pno), rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572399 [64:29] [GP]

Interesting music from largely unfamiliar names … See Full Review

Keep Talking to Me Mieczyslaw KARLOWICZ (1876–1909) 12 Lieder Stanislaw MONIUSZKO (1819–1872) 14 Lieder Fryderyk CHOPIN/Pauline VIARDOT-GARCIA (1821 – 1910) aus 12 Mazurkas für Singstimme und Klavier Katarzyna Dondalska (soprano); Holger Berndsen (piano) rec. 2007 TELOS MUSIC TLS 1009 [79:56] [GF]

The disc gave me a lot of pleasure ... see Full Review

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