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Kaija SAARIAHO (b. 1952) l'Amour de loin Rundfunkchor Berlin; Deutsches SO Berlin/Kent Nagano. rec. 2006 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 801937.38 [65:09 + 56:18] [AvdW]

An outright winner in terms of sheer purity and beauty of sound and detailing. A great production! ... see Full Review

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Carnival of the Animals see DELIUS

Franz SCHMIDT (1874 - 1939) Symphony 2, Fuga solemnis Anders Johnsson (organ) Malmö SO/Vassily Sinaisky rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570589 [63:09] [BBr]

Worth the outlay … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Viola concerto Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1976) Viola sonata Antoine Tamestit (viola); Markus Hadulla (piano) Warsaw Philharmonic/Dmitrij Kitajenko rec. 2007/8 AMBROISIE AM168 [65:26] [CR]

This is a wonderful recording, capturing the essence of both works with understanding and communicating effectively to the listening audience ... see Full Review

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Complete Piano Music Hardy Rittner (piano) rec. 2009 MDG 904 1593-6 [62.50] [GH]

The disc is well worth searching out ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphonies 5, 6, 8 & 9 Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg/Sandor Végh PHOENIX EDITION 437 [62:51 + 76:19] [BR]

Elegant, graceful, steady and sensible: everything its cover is not … see Full Review 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Grand Rondeau see Argerich

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Symphony No. 8 (1962) [32:28] Night Journey - Choreographic Poem for Fifteen Instruments (1947) [25:28] Charles IVES, arr. SCHUMAN Variations on ‘America’ (1891/1964) [7:08] Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, 21 October 2008 (8); 3 October 2007 (Night Journey), Seattle Opera House, 15 October 1991 (Variations on ‘America’) NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559651 [65:04] [RB]

For enthusiasts of the orchestral Schuman and the American 20th century symphony this brings the Naxos Schuman project to a close in style. ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) String Quartet 3, Piano Quintet Takács Qt, Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67631 [56:33] [BW]

Very happy with the Quintet; not so attracted to the Quartet ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasie, Kinderszenen, Carnaval David Wilde (piano) rec. 2009 DELPHIAN DCD34050 [36:57 + 52:19] [JW]

Will excite or madden, but never bore ... see Full Review

Hilda SEHESTED (1858-1936) Piano Sonata in A flat major see Romantic Piano Works by Danish Women Composers

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concerto 2 Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto David Oistrakh (violin) London SO/Eugene Ormandy London PO/Maxim Shostakovich rec. 1967/72 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4267-2 [63:48] [JW]

The live performance of the Shostakovich receiving its ‘Western’ premiere ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (1936) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth rec. September 2005, Studio MCO5, Music Centre for Dutch Radio & Television, Hilversum, The Netherlands BIS SACD 1553 [66: 44] [DM]

Wigglesworth’s Shostakovich could be the new benchmark ... see Full Review

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 5 & 9 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572167 [78.07] [WH]

One of these superb performances won’t please everybody, but a remarkable bargain … see Full Review 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87 (1950/51) Colin Stone (piano)rec. February-March 2007, Speech Room, Harrow School, Middlesex BIG EARS 005 [71:16 + 73:59]
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87 (1950/51) Jenny Lin (piano)rec. April 2008, SWR Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany HÄNSSLER CLASSIC 98.530 [74:40 + 66:43] [JFL]

Once you’ve heard this extraordinary pianist, you are bound to come back … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Preludes and fugues see BACH


RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1976) Viola sonata see SCHNITTKE

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Finlandia, Tapiola, Oceanides, Nightride and Sunrise, Pohjola's Daughter, Prelude to The Tempest London PO/Adrian Boult rec. 1956 SOMM SOMMCD093 [69:05] [JW][RB]

Boult is a fine exponent of the tone poems [JW] ... Boult the irascible martinet - Sibelians need to hear this [RB] ... see Full Review 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) A 78rpm Anthology – 1930-1941 Robert Kajanus, Leslie Heward, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Thomas Beecham, Serge Koussevitzky rec. 1930-40 PRISTINE PASC 204 [73:44]
Jean SIBELIUS
(1865-1957)
En Saga, Pohjola's Daughter, Oceanides, Tapiola Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) Swedish Rhapsody 1 Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1953/5 PRISTINE PASC 205 [65:58] [RB]

A refreshing Sibelian draught for connoisseurs ... see Full Review

Christian SINDING (1856-1941) Music for Violin and Piano - Vol. 1 Henning Kraggerud (violin) Christian Ihle Hadland (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.572254 [57:18] [JW]

Sympathetic and well judged performances … see Full Review 

Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartet 1 Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 2 Hába Qt rec. 2008/9 ZUK RECORDS 331 [53:31] [LW]

Short playing time detracts from winning performances … see Full Review

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Der Fall Babylons - Overture, WoO63 (1840) [7:23] Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op 78 (1828) [30:09] Symphony No. 6 in G major, The Historical Symphony Op. 116 (1839) [26:07] Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Howard Shelley rec. March 2009, Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland HYPERION CDA67788 [63:38] [RB]

The accomplishment and confidence of a master craftsman can be felt ... see Full Review

Carl STAMITZ (1745-1801) Cello Concerto No. 1 in G [20:50] Sinfonia concertante in D for violin, viola and orchestra [18:12] Cello Concerto No. 2 in A [22:17] Zoltan Rňcz (cello); Ulrich Grehling (violin); Ulrich Koch (viola) Cappella Coloniensis/Gunter Wich (cello concertos), Marcel Couraud (sinfonia concertante) rec. 8 April 1975 (No. 1), 1 August 1958 (Sinfonia), 6 June 1970 (No. 2), Oetkerhalle, Bielefeld, Germany
mid-price PHOENIX EDITION PE 194 [62:15]

Always a joy to hear a new Carl Stamitz CD … see Full Review

Johann STAMITZ (1717-1757) Flute Concerto in D major [17:04] Flute Concerto in C major [21:23] Flute Concerto in D major [16:47] Flute Concerto in G major [13:59] Robert Aitken (flute) St Christopher Chamber Orchestra/Donatus Katkus rec. St Catharine’s Concert Hall, Vilnius, 22-24 June 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.570150 [69:15] [JPJ]

Robert Aitken's flawless technique and lightness of touch make him perfectly suited to this kind of repertoire... see Full Review

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852 - 1924) Clarinet Concerto see Clarinet Variations

William Grant STILL (1895 – 1978) Symphony No.5 Western Hemisphere (1945 rev. 1970) [19:37] Poem for Orchestra (1944) [10:27] Symphony No.4 Autochthonous (1947) [26:15] Fort Smith Symphony/John Jeter rec. 23–24 May 2009, Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas. DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559603 [56:24] [BBr]

A sidelight on American music … see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Symphonia Domestica, Metamorphosen Staatskapelle Weimar/Antoni Wit rec. 2005/7 NAXOS 8.570895 [75:11]  [WH]

A magnificent Domestica, a fine Metamorphosen … see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 [14:01] Don Juan, Op. 20 [15:42] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 36 in C Linz KV 425 [24:37] Overture, Don Giovanni KV 527 [6:06] Overture, Le nozze di Figaro KV 492 [3:51] Overture, Cosi fan tutte KV 588 [4:06] BBC Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Busch (Till Eulenspiegel and Mozart Symphony) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Fritz Busch (Don Juan) Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra/Fritz Busch (Overtures) rec. London, Abbey Road Studios, 5-6 March 1934 (Till); 6-8 July 1936 (Don Juan); 5 March 1934 (Linz) and Glyndebourne Festival Opera House, 29-30 June 1936 (Don Giovanni); 28 June 1935 (Figaro and Cosi). GUILD GHCD 2356 [68:49] [KS]

With the exception of some turgid tempi in the Linz there’s little here not to enjoy. … see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Firebird, Apollo City of Birmingham SO/Simon Rattle rec. 1986-8 EMI CLASSICS 9677112 [70:12 + 77:46] [BW]

Individual preferences apart, this is a fine bargain ... see Full Review 

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Octet, Dumbarton Oaks, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements 20th Century Classics Ensemble, O St. Luke’s, Philharmonia O/Robert Craft rec. 1991-9 NAXOS 8.557507 [75:39] [DM]

Some fine performances … Craft’s unique authority … an obvious and rewarding choice ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Ivanhoe Peter Wedd (tenor) Toby Spence (tenor) Janice Watson (soprano) - Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo) BBC Ntl O Wales/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN 10578 (3) [3 CDs: 59:01 + 52:08 + 54:24] [RW]

An excellent job … sure to please the harshest of critics ... see Full Review

Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Pique Dame Anjara Ingrid Bartz (mezzo); Mojca Erdmann (soprano) WDR SO & Ch/Michail Jurowski rec. 2006 CPO 777 480-2 [55:56] [JS]

A fascinating example of Viennese operetta. Its sheer tunefulness is an obvious attraction … see Full Review

Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911) Romeo and Juliet, op.18 (1876) [12:17] Norwegian Rhapsody no.1, op.17 (1876) [9:13] Norwegian Rhapsody no.2, op.19 (1876) [8:51] Norwegian Rhapsody no.3, op.21 (1876) [9:54] Norwegian Rhapsody no.4, op.22 (1877) [12:18] Zorahayda, op.11 (1874, rev. 1879) [12:21] South Jutland Symphony Orchestra/Bjarte Engeset rec. Alsion Concert Hall, Sřnderborg, Denmark, 18-21 December 2007 NAXOS 8.570322 [64:55] [RMay]

If only he had been taken up by Signor Mantovani ... see Full Review

Sergei Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856-1915) Violin sonata & piano works Ivan Peshkov (violin) Olga Solovieva (piano) rec. 2005/8 NAXOS 8.557804 [72:41] [JW]

A bipartite disc of real pleasures ... see Full Review

Aleksander TANSMAN (1897-1986) Works for solo piano Margaret Fingerhut (piano) rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10527 [73:39]
Works for cello and piano
Cracow Duo rec. 2009 DUX 0697 [51:46]
Cinq pièces, Violin Concerto, Suite Baroque, Bariosz Cajler (violin) Podlasie SO (Białystok)/Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski rec. 2008 DUX 0639 [50:12] [JW]

Worthy ambassadors for Tansman’s music … see Full Review 

Francesco TÁRREGA (1852 – 1909) Guitar Music Mats Bergström (guitar) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572365 [61:45] [GF]

I don’t expect to hear this music played with more elegance, warmth and charm … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John TAVERNER (c.1490-1545) Sacred Choral Music Ch St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh/Duncan Ferguson rec. 2009 DELPHIAN DCD34023 [58:10] [JQ]

An outstanding disc ... see Full Review 

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concertos 1-3, Concert Fantasy Jerome Lowenthal (piano) London SO/Sergiu Comissiona rec. 1987/9 BRIDGE RECORDS 9301A/B [68:36 + 57:44] [BR]

Quality performances to match the curiosity value … see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) String Quartets 1-3, Souvenir de Florence Keller Qt, Kim Kashkashian (viola) Miklós Perényi (cello) rec. 1991-3 WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 686417 [2 CDs: 67:12 + 73:07] [BW]

No real complaints but there are better performances of all this music ... see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto see SHOSTAKOVICH

Andy TEIRSTEIN (b.1957) Open Crossings rec. 2007-08 NAXOS 8.559617 [75:48] [JW]

An eclectic mélange of music, excellently played, recorded and documented ... see Full Review 

Mark-Anthony TURNAGE (b. 1960) From the Wreckage see GRUBER

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Wasps: Aristophanic suite (1909) [26:05] Piano Concerto in C (1926-31) [27:39]* English Folk Song Suite (1923) (orch. Gordon Jacob) [9:17] The Running Set (1933) [6:36] *Ashley Wass (piano) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/James Judd rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 27-28 January 2009. NAXOS 8.572304 [69:37] [MG]

A good value selection, engagingly performed …see Full Review

Francesco Maria VERACINI (1690 - 1768) Overtures & Concerti Vol. 1 L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo (violin) rec. 2005 CPO 777 302-2 [59.28]  [RH]

This disc makes a strong case for Veracini's music ... see Full Review 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem Anja Harteros (soprano); Sonia Ganassi (mezzo); Rolando Villazón (tenor); René Pape (bass) Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome/Antonio Pappano rec. 8-13 January 2009, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome. DDD EMI CLASSICS 6 98936 2 [46:29 + 37:50] [MC]

Antonio Pappano proves himself a Verdi conductor of great stature and has produced a scorching performance of the Requiem that can rival the very best ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlos Julian Gavin (tenor) Alastair Miles (bass) Opera North Ch & O/Richard Farnes rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN3162(3) [3 CDs: 62.06 + 34.08 + 71.15] [RJF]

Another worthy addition to Chandos’s Opera in English series ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un Ballo in Maschera (1859) Marcelo Álvarez (tenor) Violeta Urmana (soprano) Ch & O Teatro Real, Madrid/Jésus López-Cobos rec. live, 2008 OPUS ARTE OA1017D [144:00] [ST]

Excellent Verdi singing ... see Full Review

Turbulent Heart Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Les Djinns, Eros, Ballade du désepéré, Psyché Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Počme de l’amour et de la mer Steve Davislim (tenor) Queensland O/Guillaume Tourniaire rec. 2008 MELBA RECORDINGS MR301123 [76:32] [WK]

Little-known works by Vierne stupendous in their variety and intensity and a passionate reading of the Chausson … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Concerto Album Includes "Four Seasons" Virtuosi di Roma/Renato Fasano EMI CLASSICS 5094492 [3 CDs: 70:27 + 53:02 + 64:47] [SV]

I'm glad I got to know these performances, and you should do so, too … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Pyrotechnics: Opera arias Vivica Genaux (mezzo) Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi rec. 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6945730 [75:42] [J-PJ]

Vivica Genaux is superb … perfectly suited to this type of repertoire ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Ring des Nibelungen Soloists plus Vienna State Opera Chorus (Götterdämmerung) Vienna Philharmonic/Georg Solti rec. 1958; 1962; 1964; 1965. Producer: John Culshaw; Senior engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown Japanese remaster, 2009; UK import limited to 35 copies; Ł495; US Price $800+taxes CDs/SACD Hybrid DECCA ESOTERIC ESSD90021-90034 [14 discs+ 1 DVD] [JL]

With the Vienna Ring remastered, forty years after the event, Esoteric has fulfilled the ultimate potential of the recording industry. ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883) Die Walküre - Acts I and III Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) Vienna PO/Hans Knappertsbusch, Sir Georg Solti rec. 1957 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1892 [63:05 + 71:08] [GF]

It is a privilege to have back in circulation these magnificent late recordings by one of the giants in the history of opera … see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Die Walküre Peter Seiffert (tenor) Petra Maria Schnitzer (soprano) Juha Uusitalo (bass-baritone) O de la Comunitat Valenciana/Zubin Mehta rec. live UNITEL CLASSICA 700708 [270:00] [ST]

Well worth picking up for the spectacular staging and the outstanding musical values ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde Robert Dean Smith, Iréne Theorin Bayreuther Festspiele Ch & O/Peter Schneider rec. live, 2009. OPUS ARTE OA1033D [3 DVDs: 292:00] [ST]

All in all I found watching the whole thing rather depressing, but that’s not an invalid reading of Wagner’s great score and you’ll probably find something here to match your view of Tristan, whatever that is ... see Full Review 

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Siesta see Boult

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Lost in the Stars (1948-49) Leader - Gregory Hopkins (tenor); Stephen Kumalo - Arthur Woodley (bass-baritone); Absalom Kumalo - Reginald Pindell (baritone); Irina - Cynthia Clarey (soprano); John Kumalo - Reginald Pindell; Linda - Carol Woods (singer); Alex - Jamal Howard (treble) Concert Chorus of New York; Orchestra of St.Luke’s/Julius Rudel rec. 16, 19, 21 September 1992, BMG Studios, Studio B, New York City DDD English text included NIMBUS NI 2543 [71:41] [JQ][RB]

Weill’s last completed work given a fine, dramatic reading [JQ] Everything is just right [RB] ... see Full Review


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