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Mementos: Modern Orchestral Music Keith KRAMER Emerge Stephen YIP (b.1971) Raining in Autumn Jason BARABBA Conjecture Shawn CROUCH (b.1908) City Columns Ondrej Lebr (violin) Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) Slovak Ntl PO/Kirk Trevor; Moravian PO/Vit Micka; rec. 2008 NAVONA NV5816 [49:57] [CR]

Fresh and well-conceived, with some imaginative orchestral writing and some interesting musical ideas ... see Full Review


A great violinist at his best … performances over an impressive period encompassing nearly half a century ... see Full Review

A Musical Journey - Bavaria and Switzerland To the Music of Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 and Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher Op. 42 (orch. Glazunov) Joseph Banowetz (piano) Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ondrej Lenárd (from Naxos 8.550137) Mariko Honda (violin) Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Keith Clark (from Naxos 8.550124) No recording dates or venues given Dts Digital Surround Sound. Dolby Digital. Aspect ratio 4:3. No Region Coding NAXOS 2.110246 [54:58] [WK]

Beautiful views of the Alps and Bavaria accompanied by Tchaikovsky favorites - an excellent holiday without leaving home ... see Full Review

Musik für Viola solo Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chromatic Fantasia BWV903 (c.1730) transcribed (1950) by Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) [7:58] Johann Nepomuk DAVID (1895-1977) Sonata for solo viola Op.31 No.3 (1943) [16:38] Felix TREIBER (b.1960) Six Caprices for solo viola (1999) [12:11] Adolf BUSCH (1891-1952) Suite in A minor for solo viola Op.16 [9:08]; Praeludium and Fugato in E minor for solo viola BoO 6 (1948) [3:29] Eugène BOZZA (1905-1991) Parthie for solo viola (1967) [12:32]
Sibylle Langmaack (viola) rec. February 2007-February 2009, Gemeindezentrum HI. Geist, Karlsruhe-Büchtig ANTES BM-CD 31.9261 [62:34] [JW]

Draws disparate compositions together in a thematically elegant and non-dogmatic way ... see Full Review

Oboe Divas! Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) The Flower Duet from “Lakmé” [3:52]; Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Duo from “Lucia di Lammermoor” (arr. Henri Brod) [9:28]; Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” WoO28 [9:19]; Extracts from “Fidelio” arr. Wenzl Sedlak [18:05]; George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Duetto “Bramo haver mille vite” from “Ariodante” [4:21]; Richard BLACKFORD (b.1954)Portrait of Hans Sachs” on themes from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” [10:31]; Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Duo Brilliant from “William Tell” arr. Jules Demersseman [9:45]; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Three Duets arr. Gunther Joppig [6:50]; Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Opening scene from “Eugene Onegin” arr. Daniel Pailthorpe [4:01] Emily Pailthorpe, Elaine Douvas (oboe); Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson (flute); Anthony McGill, Jessica Phillips (clarinet); Andrea de Flammineis, Daniel Shelly, Douglas Brown (bassoon); Brad Gemeinhardt, Julie Landsman, Michelle Reed Baker (horn); Timothy Cobb (bass); Mark Gould (conductor); Elizabeth Martyn, Julian Milford, James Martin (piano) rec. March-November 2007, Juilliard School recording studio, New York, and The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex OBOE CLASSICS CC2018 CD [76:19] [JS]

Will appeal especially to enthusiasts of the opera or the oboe, but it deserves a much wider circulation. … see Full Review

Piano Preludes Wojciech KILAR (b.1932) Three Preludes Kazimierz SEROCKI (1922 - 1981) Suite of Preludes Zygmunt MYCIELSKI (1907 - 1987) Six Preludes Henryk Mikołaj GORECKI (b.1933) Four Preludes Miłosz MAGIN (1929 - 1999) Five Preludes Krzysztof KNITTEL (b.1947) Four Preludes Paweł MYKIETYN (b.1971) Four Preludes Magdalena Prejsnar (piano) rec. 2009 DUX 0699 [61:21] [BBr]

Full marks DUX! ... see Full Review  

Psaumes de la Réforme (Psalms of the Reformation) Choeur La Camerata Baroque, La Tromboncina/Daniel Meylan (organ) rec. 10 - 12 May 2008, Temple of Orbe, Switzerland. DDD HORTUS 064 [50:24] [JV]

Music based on the melodies of the Genevan Psalter - the performances are largely disappointing ... see Full Review

Racines Sacrées (Sacred Roots) Traditional Quadish Maria [1.22] Roula SAFAR Incantation à Ishtar (2008/9) [4.44] Roula SAFAR and Paul MINDY Qaddish: prière de louanges (2006/09) [4.26] Roula SAFAR Urtenu (2008/09) [2.55] Grigor NAREKATSI (951-1003) arr. Roula SAFAR Havoun [4.21] Antoine BEYLOUNI (b. 1930) Abouned bachmayo [2.59] Byzantine Chant Alleluia [3.00] Roula SAFAR Aasheq el Hob (2008/9) [2.25] Florence BASCHET Femmes - excerpts (2001) [5.30] Levi YITZHAK (1740 - 1810) arr. Roula SAFAR Meyerke, main Suhn (2009) [4.28] Plainchant Alleluia [1.50] Traditional arr. Roula SAFAR Athanatai [4.16] Francois-Bernard MACHE Rasna (1982) [5.22] Karim HADDAD Meditatio 1 [5.13] Roula SAFAR (mezzo, guitar, percussion); Paul Mindy (harmonic flute) rec. details of location not given, 21-24 May 2009. DDD EDITIONS HORTUS 067 [52.58] [RH]

Imaginatively mixes modern and ancient in a stylish synthesis ... see Full Review

Rhapsodic Musings – 21st Century Works for Solo Violin Esa-Pekka SALONEN (b.1958) Lachen Verlernt (2002) [9:43] Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Four Lauds Statement – Remembering Aaron (1999) [3:59] Riconoscenza (per Goffredo Petrassi) (1984) [5:10] Rhapsodic Musings (2000) [3:05] Fantasy (1999) [5:00] Augusta Read THOMAS (b.1964) Pulsar (2003) [5:33] John ZORN (b.1953) Goetia (2002) [19:00] Jennifer Koh (violin) Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC June 2008 (Salonen and Thomas); January 2009 (Carter) and March 2009 (Zorn) CEDILLE RECORDS CDR 90000 113 [52:00] [JW]

Koh proves a laudable ambassador for contemporary music ... see Full Review

Romantic Piano Works by Danish Women Composers Nanna LIEBMANN (1849-1935) Théme passionné et Variations (1911) [11.26] Benna MOE (1897-1983) Six Instructive Studies (c.1920) Op. 3: no.1 Presto e leggiero [3.14]; No.2 The Brook [2.03]; No. 3 Allegro moderato [2.43]; Op. 9 no. 1 Venezia [2.50]; Tarantelle [1.46]; Ballabile [2.16] Hilda SEHESTED (1858-1936) Sonata in A flat major [30.29] Cathrine Penderup (piano) rec. 24-25 January 2009, Kalvehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark. DDD DANACORD DACOCD 680 [56.57] [GH]

Fine performances which do all they can to give these composers a real chance of some kind of appreciation. ... see Full Review

Saxophone & Piano Thomas FORTMANN (b.1951) Sonata Joseph VELLA (b. 1942) Sonata Sergio CALLIGARIS (b.1941) Sonata-Fantasia Filiberto PIERAMI (b.1958) Berceuse Pedro ITURRALDE (b.1929) Suite Hellénique Marco Falaschi (saxophones) Marco Podestà (piano) ANTES EDITION BMCD31.9256 [55:19] [JW]

Veers from the introspective to the unbuttoned … see Full Review 

Scenes Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Much Ado About Nothing Josef MARX (1882-1964) Pastorale Paul BADURA-SKODA (b. 1927) Elegie Stefan ESSER (b. 1966) Cello Sonata Federico MOMPOU (1893-1987) El pont Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Cello Sonata Michael Schlechtriem (cello); Noriko Kitano (piano) rec. 2004/9 GENUIN GEN89529 [69:21] [RB]

Grand strengths in a freshly conceived collection ... see Full Review

Shehori Plays Russian Music Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata 7 Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857)/Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) The Skylark Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Islamey Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romance, Dumka Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)/Pavel PABST (1854-1897) Eugene Onegin paraphrase Mordecai Shehori (piano) rec. 1999-2009 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD143 [65:09] [JW]

Shehori’s performance level and values never dip ... see Full Review

The Soprano Sings – English Song Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano); Christopher Ross (piano) rec. 2002 PENCHANT PCHN-2402 [70:31] [JF]

This is a CD that all enthusiasts of English Song will want to have in their collection ... see Full Review

Spirit of Vienna - Vol. 2 Die Flotten Geister/Christian Pollack rec. 2009 TONSTUDIO JR02332 [74:32] [BR]

Well worth the attention of the light music fan … see Full Review

The Spirits of England and France Volume 3 Gilles BINCHOIS (c.1400-1460) Qui veut mesdire [1:40]; Amoreux suy [6:34]; Adieu mon amoreuse joye [2:57] Le CARDOT (c.1380-1470) Pour une fois [1:06] Gilles BINCHOIS Ay! doloureux [8:39] Gilet VELUT (c.1410-l430) Un petit oyselet [1:56] Anonymous Abide, I hope [4:11] Gilet VELUT Laissies ester [3:07] Johannes LEGRANT (c.1420-1440) Se liesse [1:15] Johannes Del YMBURGIA (c.1400-1440) Descend in ortum meum [2:59] Leonei POWER (d.1445 ) Gloria [3:12] Gilles BINCHOIS Magnificat secundi toni [7:40] John DUNSTABLE (c.1390-1453) Beata Dei genitrix [4:24] Gilles BINCHOIS Se la belle [3:12] Pierre FONTAINE (c.1380-1450) J'ayme bien celui [2:45] Guillaume De MACHAUT (c.1300-1377) Il m'est avis [4:51] Anonymous Exultavit cor in Domino [2:01] H BYTTERING (c.1410-1420) En Katerina solennia [2:52] Gothic Voices (Catherine King (mezzo); Margaret Philpot (alto); Rogers Covey-Crump, Paul Agnew, Steven Harrold, Julian Podger, Leigh Nixon (tenors); Stephen Charlesworth, Henry Wickham (baritones); Shirley Rumsey, Christopher Wilson, Christopher Page (lutes))/Christopher Page (director) rec. location not specified, 23-25 March 1995. DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55283 [66:42] [EM]

A thoroughly enjoyable disc ... see Full Review

The Complete Conchita Supervia - Volume 4 Conchita Supervia (soprano) rec. 1932-3 MARSTON 52061-2 [79:16 + 78:00] [JW]

Throughout the two discs vitality and élan are never in short supply ... see Full Review

Transmigration Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings, Agnus Dei Jennifer HIGDON (b. 1962) Dooryard Bloom John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) Elegy John ADAMS (b. 1947) On the Transmigration of Souls Atlanta SO & Ch/Robert Spano rec. 2006/8 TELARC CD-80673 [72:31] [JQ]

A thoughtful and thought-provoking disc ... see Full Review 

The Very Best of Cinema Classics NAXOS 8.578021-22 [70:06 + 67:42] [CR]

A disc that might reach out to the public and encourage an interest in classical music … see Full Review

Viennese Waltz Transcriptions Berliner Soloisten, Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano), Philip Moll (harmonium) rec. 1989 WARNER APEX 2564 68642-1 [52:27] [JFL]

Enough of a curiosity to pique your interest … see Full Review 

Virtuosi Liat Cohen (guitar) Talich Qt rec. 2009 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 685307 [72:58 + 60:12] [MC]

Remarkable prowess - a virtuoso performance high on charisma and polish … see Full Review

Wired Works for harpisichord and electronics Jane Chapman (harpsichord) rec. 1988/2007 NMC D145 [67:06] [CR]

Thoroughly fascinating … see Full Review 



The String Quartets of Beethoven A course of 24 lectures by Professor Robert Greenberg TEACHING COMPANY (no catalogue number) [approx. 18 hours] [KMc]

An excellent series of lectures about Beethoven’s string quartets … see Full Review 

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