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Minds Astor PIAZZOLLA; Lera AUERBACH; Zoltán KODÁLY; Gerald FINZI; Fernando EGOZCUE; Marjan MOZETICH; Jorge GRUNDMAN; Elena KATS-CHERNIN Ara Malikian (violin); Daniel del Pino (piano) rec. no details given. SACD hybrid NON PROFIT MUSIC NPM 0911 [56.33] [RB]

Predominantly reflective-elegiac - attractive stuff ... see Full Review

Music in Motion Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata 2 Rob DU BOIS (b.1934) Bewingingen (Movements) Otar TAKTAKISHVILI (1924-1989) Sonata Robert ZUIDAM (b.1964) Four Movements Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b.1931) Sounds of the Forest, Allegro Rustico Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Abbie de Quant (flute), Elizabeth van Malde (pno), rec. 2008 FINELINE CLASSICAL FL72413 [69:36] [CR]

Convincing playing with a sense of musicianship and expression. ... see Full Review

Music From The Movies rec. 1937-57 DUTTON VOCALION CDEA6146 [75:13] [RB]

A pungent collection with a good smattering of rarities along the way. By no means a case of all the usual suspects ... see Full Review

Norwegian Imperatives Fartein VALEN (1887-1952) Four Pieces for Piano Klaus EGGE (1906-1979) Sonata 2 Finn MORTENSEN (1922-1983) Sonata Rolf WALLIN (b.1957) Seven Imperatives Håkon Austbø (piano) rec. 2009 AURORA ACD5060 [64:36] [OL]

Håkon Austbø lives every note. ... see Full Review

One thing have I desired Ch Exeter College, Oxford/Alistair Reid rec. 2009 REGENT REGCD332 [63:33] [WH]

A fine collection of British choral music from a young and enthusiastic choir … see Full Review

Plainchant Heinrich-Isaac-Ensemble der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe/Hans-Georg Renner rec. 1996 CHRISTOPHORUS CHE0146-2 [47.54] [RH]

Striking and very attractive ... see Full Review 

The Service of Venus and Mars: Music for the Knights of the Garter Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1986 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55290 [49:46] [J-PJ]

A real value-for-money disc ... see Full Review 

Shostakovich and Comrades Dimitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Piano Sonata 3 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 Nikolai MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Song and Rhapsody Ronald STEVENSON (b. 1928) Recitative and Air on DSCH Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b. 1932) Tschastuschki Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 2006 DIVINE ART DDA25080 [79.44] [JZ]

A fine introduction to the repertoire, which bears rehearing, particularly in the hands of such a fine interpreter … see Full Review

Showtime - 25 Years of BBC Concert Orchestra Favourites BBC CO/Roderick Dunk, rec. 2009 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7242 [64:41] [RB]

You might well find this mix irresistible whether as a guilty pleasure or a delight without any guilt at all. ... see Full Review

Sinfonias from the Enlightenment Moderntimes 1800/Ilia Korol, Julia Moretti, rec. 2007 CHALLENGE RECORDS CC72193 [45:37 + 47:37] [JV]

An interesting survey of the development of orchestral music in the mid-18th century, including four first recordings ... see Full Review

Stylems: Italian Music from the Trecento Ensemble Syntagma/Alexandre Danilevski rec. 2007 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72195 [58:13] [GPu]

A delightful sampler of the music of the Ars Nova … see Full Review

Swedish Colours Bo LINDE; Hilding ROSENBERG; Allan PETTERSSON ; Wilhelm PETERSON-BERGER; Yngve SKÖLD; Emil SJÖGREN; Lille Bror SÖDERLUNDH Karl-Ove Mannberg (violin), Bengt Forsberg (piano) rec. 2005/6 ACOUSTICA ACCD-1019 [61:45] [GF]

Nothing on the disc is international standard fare but both Linde and Sjögren should be and the rest of the music is eminently listenable, though hardly epoch-making, and the playing is aristocratic ... see Full Review

The Complete Conchita Supervia Conchita Supervia (mezzo) with various orchestras and accompanists. Volumes 1 to 4, each of two CDs with illustrated booklets Only available separately See end of review for track listings and credits. MARSTON RECORDS: Supervia Series: Vol. 1 52041-2 [79:42 + 70:47]; Vol. 2 52050-2 [79:45 + 78:44] Vol. 3 52060-2 [73:09 + 79:40] Vol. 4 52061-2 [79:16 + 78:00] [JB]

The complete Supervia … unrivalled charm ... see Full Review

Tea for Two – Dances and Rags with London Brass London Brass rec. 1988 TELDEC 2564 68617-2 [60:00] [DM]

A most entertaining collection ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tender is the North Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Two Pieces Niels W. GADE (1817-1890) Tre Tonestykker Áskell MÁSSON (b.1953) Larghetto Knut NYSTEDT (b.1915) Variasjoner Otto OLSSON (1879-1964) Sonata Iain Quinn (organ) rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10581 [71:02] [DC]

Superlative performance, interesting and inspired programming ... see Full Review

Tewkesbury Abbey Choral Evensong Tewkesbury Abbey School Ch/Benjamin Nicholas rec. 2006 DELPHIAN DCD34019 [74:37] [JQ]

A splendid representation on disc of the liturgy of Evensong ... see Full Review 

Touch: The Toccata Project -Vol. 1 American Composers Philip Amalong (piano) ALBANY TROY1142 [57:00] [GPu]

Entertaining, bravura music from American composers both well-known and less familiar … see Full Review 



Composing in Words: William Alwyn on his Art (Musicians on Music: Volume 9) Edited by Andrew Palmer MusicWeb Special Price £28 post-free World-wide

The Great Lablache - Nineteenth Century Operatic Superstar: His Life and His Times By Clarissa Lablache Cheer Published 2009 688 pages Price: £14.00 (paperback), £23.00 (hardback) XLIBRIS CORPORATION, USA [RJF]

An interesting if diffuse read. Something of a mixed blessing ... see Full Review 

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