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A Musical Journey – Italy: Ravenna, Venice, Faenza with music by Mozart Ravenna: Mosaic Factory; Venice: Basilica of San Marco, Carnival Masks and Carnival; Faenza: Majolica Factory NAXOS 2.110237 [52.50] [MMB]

Good value for money, though a little dull, still pleasant enough ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH De Angelis Anneliina Koskinen (soprano, diatonic C-flute, reed pipe, bells, Loriman pipe, tenor rebec, symphonia, Celtic harp, 5 stringed kantele) rec. 2008 ALBA ABCD282 [61:06] [EM]

This disc completely captivated me ... see Full Review

Argerich & Freire - Salzburg Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a Theme by Haydn Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphonic Dances Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Grand Rondeau Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse Martha Argerich (piano); Nelson Freire (piano) rec. live, 2009 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8570 [72:27] [MC]

A thrilling live recital ... see Full Review 

Birth of the String Quartet Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonata a Quattro Giovanni Battista SAMMARTINI (1700-1775) Sinfonia per archi Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) String Quartet K80 Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) String Quartet Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet Op. 9/4 Casal Qt rec. February 2009 SOLO MUSICA SM126 CD [68:56] [JS]

Deserves to be popular well beyond those already addicted to string quartets or to music of this period … see Full Review

Boult Conducts English Music Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) English Dances Sir Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Tintagel Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Bavarian Dances, Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Perfect Fool George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) A Shropshire Lad, The Banks of Green Willow Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Siesta London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC193 [79:43] [JQ]

Examples of one of Britain’s finest conductors in his prime ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cantare - La voix de la Harpe Isabelle Moretti (harp) Dame Felicity Lott (soprano) rec. 2009 NAÏVE V5186 [78:29] [JQ]

A delectable experience ... see Full Review 

Clarinet Variations Jean FRANCAIX (1912 - 1997) Clarinet Concerto Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Introduction, Theme and Variations Brian BOYDELL (1917 - 2000) Elegy and Capriccio Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852 - 1924) Clarinet Concerto Archibald James POTTER (1918 - 1980) Fantasy John Finucane (clarinet) RTÉ Ntl SO/Robert Houlihan rec. 2009 RTÉ LYRIC FM CD124 [76:25] [HC]

Not just a visiting card highlighting Finucane’s virtuosity and impeccable technique but also a rewarding cross-section of the artist’s broad repertoire … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Concerto Italiano Domenico DALL’OGLIO (c.1700 - 1764) Violin Concerto Michele STRATICO (1728 - after 1782) Violin Concerto Pietro NARDINI (1722 - 1793) Violin Concerto Antonio LOLLI (1725 - 1802) Violin Concerto Giuliano Carmignola (violin) Venice Baroque O/Andrea Marcon rec. 2009 ARCHIV 477 6606 [81.40]  [RH]

Four 18th century Italians whose music is dazzling - buy it ... see Full Review 

Don Quijote al Piano Ernesto HALFFTER (1905-1989) Serenata a Dulcinea Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) Danzas de Don Quijote Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Don Quixote Ana Vega-Toscano (piano) rec. 2008 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0233 [43:36] [JF]

I enjoyed all the music on this CD ... see Full Review

The Elephant and the Fly Chick COREA (b.1941) Trio for flute, bassoon and piano Kenny G (b.1956) Esther Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 - 1848) Trio Franz von SUPPE (1819-1895) Idyll Johann Wilhelm GANGLBERGER (1876 - 1938) Konzertidyll “tirili”, My Teddybear Henri KLING (1842-1918) The Elephant and the Fly Rudolf Huber (flute); Wolfgang Kuttner (bassoon); Otto Probst (piano); Ulrike Mattanovich (harp); Oskar Moser (double-bass) rec. 2008 VMS 203 [62:52] [CR]

Much to enjoy … see Full Review 

The English Viola Arthur BLISS (1890 - 1975) Viola Sonata Frederick DELIUS (1862 - 1934) Violin Sonata 3 Frank BRIDGE (1879 - 1941) Short works Enikö Magyar (viola); Tadashi Imai (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572407 [67:52] [JW]

Announces another highly impressive young violist and duo ... see Full Review 

France - A Musical Journey: Cathedrals and Megaliths, Calvaries and Tapestries from Brittany to the Loire Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Pavane, Sicilienne, Berceuse Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly, Slovak RSO/Keith Clark NAXOS 2.110249 [77.56]  [RJF]

Less a tourist mélange, more a visually uplifting spiritual experience to Fauré’s ethereal music ... see Full Review 

French and Brazilian Piano Music CD 1 Francis POULENC (1899 - 1963) CD 2
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887 -1959) Frutuoso VIANNA (1896 - 1976) Francisco MIGNONE (1897 - 1986) Elizabeth Powell (piano) rec. March and November 1959 (Brazilian works); December 1960 (Poulenc) Burnham, BuckinghamshireCD 2 is a re-issue of Lyrita RCS 22 and CD 1 has recordings receiving first ever issue LYRITA REAM 2111 [47:06 + 46:12] [JW]

What an unusual, unexpected and pleasant restoration ... see Full Review

French Flute Chamber Music Marcel TOURNIER (1879-1951) Suite Op.34 [13:46]; Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Suite en rocaille Op. 84 (1937) [13:41]; Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Variations libres et finale, Op. 51 (1933) [10:52]; Jean FRANCAIX (1912-1997) Quintette (1932) [9:16]; Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Sérénade, Op. 30 (1925) [15:53] Mirage Quintet (Robert Aitken (flute); Erica Goodman (harp); Jacques Israeilivitch (violin); Teng Li (viola); Winona Zelenka (cello)) rec. 6-9 October 2007, St Anne’s Church, Toronto, Canada. DDD NAXOS 8.570444 [63:53] [CR]

A wonderful range of expression, unity and sensitivity. The music has much to offer. ... see Full Review

Oskar Fried – Volume 4 Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 in E (1881-83) [56:41] Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Der fliegende HolländerSumm ‘und brumm’. Du gutes Rädchen (1843) [3:46] Lohengrin – Treulich gefürt (1850) [3:30] Tannhäuser- Freudig begrüssen wir die edle Halle (1845) Tannhäuser- Beglückt darf nun dich (1845) [3:22] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)
Der Freischütz – Was gleicht wohl (1817) [2:51] Pietro MASCAGNI (1863–1945)
Cavalleria rusticana – Regina coeli (1890) [4:25] Choir and Orchestra of the Staatsoper Berlin/Oskar Fried rec. c.1924 (Bruckner) and 1927, Berlin MUSIC & ARTS CD-1231 (1) [79:07]

Fluidity and relatively speedy intent, saturated with a degree of metrical coming and going ... see Full Review

The Fringes of the Fleet John ANSELL (1874-1948) Overture: Plymouth Hoe [7:29] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Fringes of the Fleet (The Lowestoft Boat [3:58]; Fae's Discourtesy [3:31]; Submarines [2:40]; The Sweepers [3:27]; Inside the Bar [2:30]); Big Steamers [3:04] John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Soldier [2:34]; Blow Out, You Bugles [3:04] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Elegy for Strings [4:31] Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) A Manx Overture - The Isle of Mountains and Glens [7:59]Sir Edward GERMAN (1862 -1936) Big Steamers [2:58] John ANSELL (1874-1948) Overture: The Windjammer [8:27] Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) March: Elizabeth of England [5:05] Roderick Williams, Nicholas Lester, Duncan Rock, Laurence Meikle, (baritones). Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra/Tom Higgins rec. All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, 9-10 May 2009 DDD SOMM SOMMCD243 [61:26] [RB]

Well worth a listen! ... see Full Review

Wilhelm Furtwängler - Early Recordings Vol. 4 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin Prelude to Act I, Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebestod, Götterdämmerung Siegfried’s funeral music Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances 1 & 10 Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Die Fledermaus Overture Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegel Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1930-6 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111005 [63:19]  [RMay]

One of the most controversial - and fascinating - artists of his time ... see Full Review 

The Golden Age of Light Music - A Box of Light Musical Allsorts rec. 1951-58 GUILD GLCD5157 [77:51]
The Golden Age of Light Music - That's Light Musical Entertainment
rec. 1950-58 GUILD GLCD5158 [78:29] [JW]

Two pleasing selections ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930s revisited GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5163 [78:55] [BW]

Follows the earlier volumes in offering wonderful escapism ... see Full Review

Howard Goodall’s Choir Works rec. 1997 WARNER MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT 50-51865-3700-2 [145:00] [JQ]

A bright and breezy but very interesting guide to varied aspects of choral traditions ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Caroline Goulding (violin) Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Gypsy Caprice & other short pieces John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) Red Violin Caprices Paul SCHOENFIELD (b.1947) Four Souvenirs Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Souvenir d'Amérique George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Selections from "Porgy and Bess" TRADITIONAL Cape Breton Island Fiddling w/Christopher O'Riley (piano) rec. 2009 TELARC CD80744 [67:31] [OL]

Amazing musicality, virtuosity with a personality ... see Full Review 

Great Pianists – Volume 1 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 (1805/6) [32:52] ¹ Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Konzertstück (1821) [16:14] ² Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 - 1943) Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (1934) [21:53] ³ Wilhelm Backhaus (piano); New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Guido Cantelli, rec. live 1956 ¹ Lili Kraus (piano); Concertgebouw Orchestra/Pierre Monteux, rec. live 1939 ² Artur Rubinstein (piano); New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Victor De Sabata, rec. live c.1953 ³ GUILD GHCD 2349 [71:02] [JW]

Boredom is not on the agenda ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jag & Jersey Libby LARSEN (b.1950) Yellow Jersey, Corker James M. DAVID (b.1978) E-TYPE Jag Norbert BURGMÜLLER (1810 - 1836) Duo Jean FRANÇAIX (1912 - 1997) Tema con Variazioni Scott McALLISTER (b.1969) Black Dog Linda Cionitti (clarinet) rec. 2008 MSR CLASSICS MS1329 [61:03] [NB]

A veritable box of unexpected delights - a disc I urge you to hear … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Simon Keenlyside Recital Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) Simon Keenlyside (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. live, Wigmore Hall, London, 26 October 2008. DDD Original texts and English translations included WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0031 [74:08] [JQ]

A quite exceptional recital disc ... see Full Review

Lava - Opera Arias from 18th Century Napoli by Pergolesi, Vinci, Porpora, Leo and Hasse Simone Kermes (soprano) Le Musiche Nove/Claudio Osele rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88697 541212 [76:47] [JV]

The merits outweigh the demerits - no one interested in baroque opera should miss this disc ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH London Mozart Players: the complete HMV stereo recordings Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 28 & 41, Concertos for Two PianosJuan Crisóstomo de ARRIAGA (1806-1826) Symphony Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 103 Vitya Vronsky, Victor Babin (pianos) London Mozart Players/Harry Blech rec. 1955-7 FIRST HAND REMASTERS FHR05 [3 CDs: 67:58 + 64:05 + 67:21] [JS]

An irresistible bargain and a worthy memorial to Harry Blech … see Full Review


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