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Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Espańa; Suite pastorale; Le roi malgré lui (excerpts) see LALO

Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Fête Polonaise see Monteux

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) David et Jonathas Anders J. Dahlin, Sara Macliver, Cantillation; Antipodes O/Antony Walker rec. 2008 ABC CLASSICS 476 3691 [57.51 + 62.26] [RH]

An appealing record of what sounds like a fascinating performance

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric (Fryderyk) CHOPIN (1810-1849) Cello Sonata Simon (Szymon) LAKS (1901-1983) Cello Sonata Karl (Karol) SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Cello Sonata Raphael Wallfisch (cello); John York (piano) rec. 2010 NIMBUS NI5862 [75:53] [BW]

One of the unexpected highlights of the Chopin year for me.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballades, Fantasie, Polonaise-Fantasie Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2008 NIMBUS NI 6128 [64:07] [BR]

It is no insult to Feltsman’s playing to praise his pauses

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810–1849) Songs Konrad Jarnot (baritone); Eugčne Mursky (piano) rec. 2009 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH04068 [53:34] [GF]

Those who still look down on Chopin’s songs should give this a listen. I’m sure they will be converted – just as I was.

Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Music for Piano and Orchestra Vol.1 Fantasy on Polish Airs, Rondo ŕ la Krakowiak, Piano Concerto 1 Tatiana Shebanova (piano) Polish Sinfonia Iuventus O/Tadeusz Wojciechowski rec. 2009 DUX 0741 [74:02] [GD]

For those who find the bravado of the top name pianists too much to stomach.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 2, Polonaise, Prelude see Pogorelich

Piero COPPOLA (1888-1971) Interlude dramatique see Monteux

John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) Phantasmagoria, Violin Concerto Michael Ludwig (violin), Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta, rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559671 [61:02] [NB]

Fragmentary, kaleidoscopic, hallucinatory … creates a wonderfully atmospheric sense of colliding realities.

Marc-André DALBAVIE (b.1961) Variations orchestrales sur une oeuvre de Janácek, Sinfonietta, The Rocks under the Water Monte-Carlo PO/Marc-André Dalbavie rec. 2006 AME SON ASCP 0711 [64:41] [LW]

A fine introduction to the orchestral music of Marc-André Dalbavie

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Preludes (arr. C. Matthews) Colin MATTHEWS Postlude: Monsieur Croche Hallé O/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2006-8 HALLÉ CD HLL7527 [42:25 + 54:10] [NB][RB]

A delight … transcends any criticism or comment except that of gratitude and admiration [NB] Matthews catches the sound of Debussy [RB]

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Florida Suite, Summer Evening see VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Ernő DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Symphonic Minutes, Variations on a Nursery Song, Suite Eldar Nebolsin (piano) Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2008/9 NAXOS 8.572303 [69:39] [LW]

This disc provides an excellent introduction to Dohnányi's music.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’Elisir d’amore Mariella Devia, Roberto Alagna Tallis Chamber Ch, English CO/Marcello Viotti rec. 1992 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 681478 [61:07 + 69.12] [RJF]

A very warm welcome to the return to the catalogue of this idiomatic and well sung performance.

Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959) Tobias and the Angel Omar Ebrahim, Darren Abrahams, Community choirs/David Charles Abell rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHAN10606 [75.18] [RH]

I took up the disc prepared to admire but in fact I was charmed and entranced. I hope you will be too.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quartets Helena Suchárová-Weiser (pno), Vlach Qt Prague, rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572159 [71:11] [SV]

Beautiful playing … at Naxos prices an absolute steal

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies 7 & 8 Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop
rec. 2008/9 NAXOS 8.572112 [74:21] [BW]

An acceptable Eighth and a Seventh with which I disagree.

Rosemary DUXBURY (b.1959) Streams Patricia Siffert (piano) Sinfonia Aosta/Emmanuel Siffert rec. 2005 CHARASOUND CS2RD01 [50:40] On Wings of Light Patricia Siffert (piano); Catherine Musker (viola); Tony Hinnigan (cello); Rosemary Curtis (oboe) rec. 1997 CHARASOUND CS1RD02 [67:50] [JF]

The ‘timeless’ nature of her music is perhaps the defining quality of these two CDs

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) String Quartets 9 & 14 Wihan Qt rec. 2010 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6115 [67:30] [MG]

Gave me a lot of pleasure.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto, Legends Richard Tognetti (violin) Nordic CO/Christian Lindberg rec. 2009 BIS BIS-CD-1708 [70:17] [BW]

If – and only if – you warm to the idiomatic first movement more than I did, this could be your version of choice.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 6 see SUK

Hanns EISLER (1898-1962) String Quartet see Karl Amadeus HARTMANN

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sea Pictures, Symphony 1 Dame Janet Baker (alto) London PO/Vernon Handley rec. 1984 LPO 0046 [72:18] [JQ]

A welcome souvenir of a conductor, who is still much-missed, in music from the core of his repertoire.

John ELLIS (b. 1943) Music for Organ Vol. 1 Ronald Frost (organ) DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24141 [62:19] [DHJ] Vol. 2 Robin Walker (organ) DIVINE ART DDA25087 [67:04] [DHJ][GH]

Lovers of organ music should not hesitate to purchase these discs - they will not be disappointed [DHJ] ... The Organ Symphony is Ellis’s masterwork and the more I have heard it the more it surprises and amazes me [GH]

Georges ENESCU (1881–1955) String Octet, Violin Sonata 3 Monte Carlo PO/Lawrence Foster, Valeriy Sokolov (violin), Svetlana Kosenko (pno), rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5129312 [65:01] [BBr]

Sokolov and Foster fail to penetrate to the heart of this music.

Norbert GLANZBERG (1910-2001) Holocaust Lieder, Suite Yiddish Roman Trekel (baritone) Mulhouse SO/Daniel Klajner rec. 2009 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 901 1588-6 [70:09] [GF]

Music that is easy to take to one’s heart.

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Violin Concerto Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concerto 1 Sasha Rozhdestvensky (violin) State Symphony Capella of Russia/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 2007 NIMBUS NI6123 [60:22] [GD][RB]

A fine recording, and the Shostakovich in particular really shines when presented in a performance of this standard. [GD] What a contrast between these two Russian violin concertos [RB]

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) La Nonne Sanglante Osnabrück Theatre Ch, Osnabrück SO/Hermann Bäumer rec. 2008 CPO 777 388-2 [68:04 + 70:05] [JS]

CPO and Osnabrück deserve considerable praise for this very successful revival of this fascinating work.

Francisco GUERRERO (1951–1997) Concierto de camára; Delta Cephei; Vâda; Ars Combinatoria; Anemos C; Hyades Pilar Jurado, Jacqueline Squarcia (soprano); Vicente Sabater (electronics); Grup Instrumental de Valčncia/Joan Cerveró rec. 2007 ANEMOS C33001 [49:29] [HC]

A superb survey of Guerrero’s often gripping and beautiful chamber music.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias Max Emanuel Cencic (counter-tenor); Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, I Barrocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2009 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6945740 [64:58] [JW]

Magnificent singing.

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) String Quartets 1 & 2 Hanns EISLER (1898-1962) String Quartet Vogler Quarett Berlin rec. 2001 NIMBUS RECORDS NI5729 [64:16] [JW]

This Nimbus release offers real rewards.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello concertos 1 & 2 Clóvis PEREIRA (b. 1932) Cello concertino Antonio Meneses (cello and director)/Northern Sinf/Bradley Creswick rec. 2009 AVIE AV2176 [70:30] [BW]

These performances are now my benchmarks for Haydn and the Pereira offers an apt coupling

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies 18, 28 & 52 Apollo Ensemble/John Hsu rec. 1998 CENTAUR RECORDS CRC2447 [59:59] [MG]

A fine period instrument introduction to a range of Haydn symphonies.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas see BACH

Josef HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Fantasie-Sonata see British Music for Cello and Piano

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Horace victorieux, Cello Concerto, Prélude, Fugue et Postlude, Une Cantate de Noël Alban Gerhardt (cello); James Rutherford (baritone); Robert Court (organ) BBC National O & Ch Wales/Thierry Fischer rec. 2007/8 HYPERION CDA67688 [75:43] [BBr]

For repeated pleasure I shall be looking elsewhere.

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphonies 7, 14 & 23 Trinity College of Music Wind O/Keith Brion rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559385 [62:43] [MC]

A splendidly performed disc that will appeal mainly to the more adventurous listener

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Pacific 231 see RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Johann Caspar KERLL (1627-1693) Sonata à 5 see PACHELBEL

Zygmunt KRAUSE (b. 1938) Quatuor pour la Naissance see MESSIAEN

Johann KRIEGER (1652-1735) Sonata à 5 see PACHELBEL

Simon (Szymon) LAKS (1901-1983) Cello sonata see CHOPIN

Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole, Namouna (excerpts) Rapsodie norvégienne; Le roi d’Ys – overture Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Espańa ; Suite pastorale; Le roi malgré lui (excerpts) Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0049 [76:46 + 73:41] [DM]

Lalo items generally fine and persuasively done, but the Chabrier makes this collection rather special. Don’t miss!

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929 – 1988) Works for Solo Piano Sonatas, Preludes, Winter Scenes Margaret Fingerhut (piano) rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10601 [70:16] [NB] [RB]

Interpretations of the very highest order

Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) I Medici Plácido Domingo; Carlos Álvarez; Daniela Dessi, Ch & O Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Alberto Veronesi rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7456 [78.43+46.21] [RJF]

The ageless Domingo gives another demonstration of his vocal skills in Italian verismo influenced by Wagner.

Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) I Pagliacci see MASCAGNI

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