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Georgy CATOIRE (1861-1926) Elégie, Violin Sonata 1, Piano Quintet Boris Tsoukkerman (violin); Ivo Boytchev (piano); Rian de Waal (piano); Christian Bor (violin); Michele Sidener (viola); Godfried Hoogeveen (cello) rec. May 2007 ALIUD RECORDS ACDHN033-2 [60:30]

Great quintet, not so great coupling ... see Full Review

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Počme de l’amour et de la mer see VIERNE

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) 200th Anniversary Edition ‘The Complete Works’ various artists complete tracklist at end of review EMI CLASSICS 9 67117 2 [16 CDs: ca. 1088:00] [DC]

A real bargain and one-stop Chopin collection of consistently high quality. … see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) 24 Preludes, op.28 [45:03]; 2 Ballades: No 1, op.23 in G minor [10:49]; No. 4, op. 52 in F Minor [11:50] Sheila Arnold (fortepiano) rec. August 2009, location not specified. AVI MUSIC 8553183 [67:42] [ZT]

Interpretations that reflect erudition, and refined preoccupation with authentic performance … see Full Review

Guillaume CONNESSON (b. 1970) Cosmic Trilogy: Aleph (2007 rev. 2009) [8:35] Une lueur dans l’âge sombre (2005) [19:20] Supernova (1997 rev. 2006) [14:40] The Shining One (2009) [9:05] Eric Le Sage (piano) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stéphane Denčve rec. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, 2-3 July 2009 CHANDOS CHSA 5076 [52:13] [DM]

A rewarding and exciting disc ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto 2 see MOZART

Ronald CORP (b. 1951) Guernsey Postcards, Piano Concerto 1, Symphony 1 Leon McCawley (piano) Royal Liverpool PO/Ronald Corp rec. 2009 DUTTON CDLX7233 [65:57] [GHu]

A splendid disc – enjoy it! ... see Full Review

Michael DAUGHERTY (b.1954) Fire and Blood, MotorCity Triptych, Raise the Roof Detroit SO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2001/3 NAXOS 8.559372 [69:30] [OL]

Powerful performances of interesting, beautiful music ... see Full Review 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Complete works for solo piano - Vol. 5 Jeux, Khamma, La Boîte à Joujoux Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10545 [64.47] [GH]

A marvellous disc and the climax in so many ways of Bavouzet’s complete Debussy cycle ... see Full Review 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Jeux, Prélude ŕ l’aprčs-midi d’un faunesee RAVEL

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Summer Night on the River, Hassan (Intermezzo and Serenade), Caprice and Elegy, Irmelin Prelude Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Carnival of the Animals Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Divertissement Eleanor Aller (cello) Concert Arts O/Felix Slatkin rec. 1952-4 PRISTINE AUDIO XR PASC190 [66:03] [JW]

A mixed bag and Delius that is usefully different … see Full Review 

Frederick DELIUS (1862 - 1934) Violin Sonata 3 see English Viola

Riccardo DRIGO (1846-1930) Le Corsaire see ADAM

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies 7 & 8 Philharmonia O/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. live, 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD183 [73:52] [JQ]

Spirited, authoritative and highly enjoyable readings that are a match for the finest in the field ... see Full Review 

Ernst EICHNER (1740-1777) Flute Quartets Jan De Winne (flute) Il Gardellino rec. October 2006 ACCENT ACC24183 [57:02] [SV]

Good but with reservations … see Full Review 

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Bavarian Dances, Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit see Boult

John ELLIS (b.1943) Music for Organ Ronald Frost (organ) rec. 2000 DIVINE ARTS DDV24141 [62.19] [GH]

Music of charm and practicality beautifully performed and recorded … see Full Review

Peter EÖTVÖS (b. 1944) Jet Stream see GRUBER

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924) Mélodies Yann Beuron (tenor); Billy Eidi (piano) rec. 2009 TIMPANI 1C1162 [51:42] [GF]

Great interpretations of great songs … see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Pavane, Sicilienne, Berceuse see France - A Musical Journey

Jean FRANCAIX (1912 - 1997) Clarinet Concerto see Clarinet Variations

César FRANCK (1822-1890) String Quartet, Piano Quintet Cristina Ortiz (piano); Fine Arts Qt rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572009 [79:19] [BW]

You could hardly go wrong here, but the older Naxos and the Hyperion recordings make an excellent combination ... see Full Review 

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Les Béatitudes New Philharmonic Ch & O Radio France/Armin Jordan rec. 1985 WARNER APEX 2564 69045-2 [56:46 + 62:46] [J-PJ]

Of interest to Franck aficionados on a tight budget ... see Full Review

César FRANCK (1822 – 1890) Violin Sonata Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847) Violin Sonata Uri Pianka (violin); Timothy Hester (piano) rec. 2008 ROMÉO RECORDS 7272 [60:38] [BBr]

Hard driven treatment … see Full Review

Alberto GINASTERA (1916–1983) String Quartets - complete Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Saúl Bitrán (violin); Arón Bitrán (violin); Javier Montiel (viola); Alvaro Bitrán (cello)); *Claudia Montiel (soprano) rec. 1989, 1990, 1997, location not specified BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9119 [70:08] [RB]

Stimulating and invigorating quartets written across a quarter of a century ... see Full Review

Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals for Orchestra, Variaciones concertantes, Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals London SO/Gisčle Ben-Dor, Israel CO/Gisčle Ben-Dor rec. 1994/5 NAXOS 8.572249 [58:46] [JF]

Surely one of the great and largely undiscovered geniuses of our generation ... see Full Review

Heinz Karl GRUBER (b. 1943) Aerial (1998-9) [25:49] Peter EÖTVÖS (b. 1944) Jet Stream (2002) [21:39] Mark-Anthony TURNAGE (b. 1960) From the Wreckage (2004-5) [14:59] Hĺkan Hardenberger (trumpet)Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Peter Eötvös rec. Göteborg, Konserthuset, April 2004 (Eötvös), February 2005 (Gruber), December 2005 (Turnage) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON CD 00289 477 6150 [62:53] [DC]

Hardenberger is a soloist without equal, cruising through bruising technical passagework as if it were Handel or Haydn. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francisco GUERAU (1649-1722) Songs José MARÍN (1618-1699) Songs Laberintos Ingeniosos rec. 2007 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090301 [58:40] [GPu]

A fine collection of passionate music from the Spanish baroque, persuasively played … see Full Review

Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Songs Susan Bickley (mezzo) Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572151 [71:36] [JW]

Sometimes a little cool ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Arias: Love and Madness Johannette Zomer (soprano) Bart Schneemann (oboe) Musica Amphion rec. 2008, Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands CHANNEL CLASSICS CCA SA 29209 [74.50] [RH]

Successfully mixes familiar and unfamiliar and performed with style, charm and a nice poignancy. What more could you want? ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Between Heaven and Earth Sandrine Piau (soprano) Accademia Bizantina/Stefano Montanari rec. 2008 NAÏVE OP30484 [67:15] [JW]

A strongly personalised recital, very well recorded ... see Full Review 

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Saul Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Julia Varady, Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1985 DAS ALTE WERK 2564 686983 [68:39 + 67:19]  [RH]

For Harnoncourt and Fischer-Dieskau admirers only ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete Haydn Masses Ann Hoyt, Julie Liston, Sharla Nafziger, Nacole Palmer, Nina Faia, (sopranos); Luthien Brackett, Kirsten Sollek, Hai-Ting Chinn (altos); Stephen Sands, Matthew Hughes, Daniel Mutlu, Nathan Davis, Daniel Neer, Matthew Hensrud, (tenors); Richard Lippold, Bert K Johnson, Andrew Nolen, (basses); Trinity Choir; Dongsok Shin (organ); Rebel Baroque Orchestra/J. Owen Burdick, Jane Glover* rec. May 2001-September 2008, Trinity Church, New York NAXOS 8.508009 [8 CDs: 57:21 + 65:16 + 64:46 + 71:51 + 68:27 + 52:28 + 53:08 + 56:04] [WH]

A brilliantly performed and presented survey, but not the whole story … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 88, Harmoniemesse Bayerischen RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2008 BR-KLASSIK 403571900103 [67:08] [BW]

Haydn amidst rococo splendour; confidently recommended ... see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet Op. 9/4 see Birth

Paul HINDEMITH (1895–1963) Chamber miusic for clarinet Spectrum Concerts, Berlin rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572213 [73:31] [BBr]

For me, essential listening … see Full Review

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Perfect Fool see Boult

Jeno HUBAY (1858-1937) Violin concerto no.1 in A minor, op.21, Concerto dramatique (1884) [30:30] Scčnes de la Csárda: no.3 Maros vize folyik csendesen, op.18 (1882-1883) [7:13] Scčnes de la Csárda: no.4 Hejre Kati, op.32 (1882-1886) [6:19] Violin concerto no.2 in E major, op.90 (1904) [26:45] Chloë Hanslip (violin) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Mogrelia rec. 23-24 June 2008; The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, UK NAXOS 8.572078 [70:46] [RMay]

This is a most enjoyable disc ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Sonatas, La contemplazione, una fantasia piccola Susan Alexander-Max (fortepiano) rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN0765 [67:07] [BR]

Enjoyable sonatas on a beautiful instrument … see Full Review 

Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Divertissement see DELIUS

Charles IVES (1874 - 1954) Holidays Symphony, The General Slocum, Overture, Yale-Princeton Football Game, Postlude Malmö SO & Ch/James Sinclair rec. 2007/8 NAXOS 8.559370 [53:16] [BBr]

This is a must have … see Full Review 

Charles IVES, arr. SCHUMAN Variations on ‘America’ see Schuman

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Václav Gunther JACOB (1685 - 1734) Dixit Dominus, Missa Dei Filii Valentin RATHGEBER (1682-1750) Concertos Capella Regia Praha/Robert Hugo rec. 2008/9 SUPRAPHON SU3971-2 [79:32] [JV]

Music and interpretation are of a very high standard ... see Full Review 

Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 2 see SMETANA

Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Violin Concertos Suyoen Kim (violin) Staatskapelle Weimer/Michael Halász rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570991 [65:57] [JW]

The disc as a whole has strong claims to make ... see Full Review 

Miloslav KABELAC Symphony No.4 in A Camerata Op.36 see Beethoven

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Uuno KLAMI (1900-1961) Northern Lights, Op. 38 (1946) [18:49] Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra, Op. 19 (1931) [13:27] Kalevala Suite, Op. 23 (1943) [32:56] Samuli Peltonen (cello) Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgĺrds rec. Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, rec 2009. ONDINE ODE 1143-2 [65:25] [RB]

Magnificently done and needs to be heard by anyone who claims expertise or affection for Scandinavian music. ... see Full Review

Oliver KNUSSEN (b. 1952) Two Fantasy Operas based on the books by Maurice Sendak:- Where the Wild Things Are (1979-83) Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1984-85)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen WARNER MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT 50-51865-4311-2-1 [98:00] [CF]

In Max’s words, ‘Let the Wild Rumpus begin’.... see Full Review

Zoltán KODALY (1882-1967) Dances of Galánta see BEETHOVEN

György KURTÁG (b. 1926) Birthday elegy for Judit [1:42] Hommage ŕ Schubert [2:19] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in C major, D.840, “Reliquie” (1825) [24:44] Piano Sonata in A major, D.959 (1828) [39:59] Jonathan Biss (piano) rec. live, Wigmore Hall, London, 12 May 2009 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE 0030 [69:03] [WH]

Well played, well recorded, Biss enthusiasts will be happy to have this … see Full Review

David LAMPEL (b.1959) String Quartet, Piano Sonata, String Sextet, Violin Sonata, Prelude and Chaconne Parissi Qt, Sébastien Risler, Emmanuel Strosser (piano), Uppsala Chamber Soloists, Régis Pasquier (violin), Henri Demarquette (cello) rec. 2004-6 NAXOS 8.572106 [47:56] [BBr]

I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this disk … see Full Review 

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Choral songs Ars Nova Copenhagen/Tamás Vetö rec. 1997 DACAPO 6.220561 [64:31] [JW]

Glorious singing and direction from first note to last ... see Full Review

Nanna LIEBMANN (1849-1935) Théme passionné et Variations (1911) [11.26] see Romantic Piano Works by Danish Women Composers

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Works Vol. 30 Soirées Italiennes, Paganini Etudes, Impromptu Rossini et Spontini, Rossini variations Gianluca Luisi (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570984 [64:06] [JS]

Will raise your spirits even in the present cold winter … see Full Review 

Nikolai LOPATNIKOFF (1903-1976) Concerto for Violin, Op. 26 (1941) [22:13] Joseph Fuchs (violin) National Orchestral Association/Leon Barzin Symphony No. 3, Op. 35 (1953-54) [30:16] National Orchestral Association/John Barnett rec. 12 March 1945; 26 January 1960. ADD PIERIAN PIR 0023 [52:29] [JW]

Fruitful pickings ... see Full Review

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