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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Ballet Music Homage to the Queen - suite op. 42 (1953) [19:43] Rinaldo and Armida - dance-drama in one act op. 49 (1954) [20:57] Sweeney Todd - concert suite op. 68a (1959) (prepared 1984, David Ellis with composer) [20:16] Electra - ballet in one act op. 79 (1963) [14:49] BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba rec. Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 9-10, December 2008 CHANDOS CHAN 10550 [76:14] [JQ][RB]

A disc that no admirer of Arnold’s music will want to be without. [JQ] A splendid collection [RB] ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jan Josef Ignác BRENTNER (1689 - 1742) Arias Šimon BRIXI (1693-1735) Graduale Pro Dominica Quinquagesimae proprium in a minor 'Tu es Deus' [03:34] Hana Blažíková (soprano) Collegium Marianum/Jana Semerádová rec. June 2003, September 2005, May 2009, Church of Our Lady Queen of Angels, Prague, Czech Republic. DDD SUPRAPHON SU 3970-2 [60:42]

Spirited and stylish performances of music by a Czech composer of the early 18th century ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924) Mélodies Yann Beuron (tenor); Billy Eidi (piano) rec. Chapelle de l’Hôpital du Bon-Secours, Paris, February 2009 Sung texts enclosed TIMPANI 1C1162 [51:42] [GF]

Great interpretations of great songs … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francisco GUERAU (1649-1722) Songs José MARÍN (1618-1699) Songs Laberintos Ingeniosos: Lambert Climent (tenor), Pedro Estevan (percussion), Xavier Díaz-Latorre (guitar/direction) 11-15 June 2007, L’église évangélique Allemande, Paris Texts and translations included ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090301 [58:40] [GPu]

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

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 

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 Storgårds rec. Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, rec 2009. ONDINE ODE 1143-2 [65:25] [RB]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Colbran the Muse Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) Ch & O Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Edoardo Müller rec. 2009 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6945790 [72.05] [RJF]

An outstanding disc for all lovers of singing. Its high standard marks it out as one that will be around for a long time ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphonic Dances, The Isle of the Dead, The Rock Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008/9 AVIE AV2188 [70:09] [JQ] [RB]

Magnificent performances, stunningly recorded [JQ] Certainly one to go for [RB] ... 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

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

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 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Lost in the Stars Gregory Hopkins, Stephen Kumalo, Concert Chorus of New York; O St. Luke’s/Julius Rudel rec. 1992 NIMBUS NI2543 [71:41] [JQ][RB]

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

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 

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 

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 

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

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643) Sacred Music & Madrigals Taverner Consort, Taverner Choir and Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott VIRGIN CLASSICS 9669652 [5 CDs: 314:35] [MC]

Andrew Parrott and his forces are in impeccable form in these mainly sacred works from Monteverdi ... 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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