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Mark ADAMO (b. 1962) Late Victorians (1994) [28:07] Regina Coeli (2007) [7:55] Overture to Lysistrata (2005) [4:00] Alcott Music (1999 rev. 2007) [16:25] Andrew Sullivan (narrator); Emily Pulley (soprano); Dotian Levalier (harp) Eclipse Chamber Orchestra/Sylvia Alimena rec. George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 21 May 2007 (Late Victorians); 21 October 2007 (remainder) NAXOS 8.559258 [56:48] [NB]

Not a disc that gave me much pleasure for all its undoubted merits … see Full Review

Tomaso ALBINONI (1672-1751) Concerto a Cinque Harmonices Mundi/Claudio Astronio rec. 2004 ARTS 47747-8 [72:12] [GPu]

Idiomatic and well-recorded performances of some fine concertos … see Full Review 

Franco ALFANO (1875-1954) Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Cello Sonata Elmira Darvarova (violin); Samuel Magill (cello); Scott Dunn (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570928 [60:06] [JW]

This off-beat offering racks up high marks ... see Full Review

Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphony 6 see Toscanini

Peirol d’AUVÈRNHA (c.1160-c.1225) Songs La Camera delle Lacrime rec. 2009 ZIG ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090903 [73.24] [GH]

Fascinating and evocative … well worth searching out ... see Full Review 

Milton BABBITT (b.1916) Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet see Feldman

Johann Christian BACH (1735-1782) Forgotten castrato arias Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor) Le Cercle de l’Harmonie/Jérémie Rhorer rec. 2009 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6945640 [63:08] [J-PJ]

The London Bach’s operatic output has been woefully neglected … heard here performed with precision and dramatic tension ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concertos 1-6, Coffee cantata, Violin & oboe concerto, Orchestral Suite 4 Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1982 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 0734450 [2 DVDs: 271:00] [KM]

Some good music-making, and some that could have been a bit better ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Die Kunst der Fuge Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin rec. 2007 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101 467 [82:00] [KM]

An extraordinary DVD of one of Bach’s finest compositions. Not to be missed ... see Full Review

The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Volume 4 Cantatas for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9 (1732-5) [22:40] Vergnügte Ruh, beliebete Seelenlust BWV 170 (1726) [23:08] Johann KUHNAU/Bach (attrib.) Der Gerechte kommt um [7:47] Joanne Lunn (soprano); Michael Chance (alto); James Gilchrist (tenor); Stephen Varcoe (bass) The Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. St.Gumbertus, Ansbach, 30 July 2000 Cantatas for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity Argre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186 (1723) [27.41] Was willst du dich betrüben, BWV 107 (1724) [16:43] Es wartet alles auf dich, BWV 187 (1726) [22:12] Katharine Fuge (soprano); Richard Wyn Roberts (alto); Kobie van Rensburg (tenor); Stephan Loges (bass) The Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. St. Mary’s, Haddington, 5-6 August 2000 German texts and English translations included. SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG 156 [53:48 + 66:52] [JQ]

A worthy addition to the series. Everyone is on fine form. Those collecting this excellent series can once more invest with confidence. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Tilge, Höchster, Meine Sünden see VIVALDI

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata 140 see BLOCH

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Flute Sonata 6 see Cantilena

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings see Toscanini

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Stanley BATE (1911-1959) Viola concerto Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Romance William Henry BELL (1873-1946) Rosa Mystica Roger Chase (viola) BBC Concert O/Steve Bell rec. 2008 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7216 [74:54] [MC]

A fine recording that will promote these forgotten works. The Stanley Bate Viola Concerto is an outstanding score deserving of acclaim ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1857) Violin Concerto Renaud Capuçon (violin) Rotterdam PO/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2009 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6945890 [70:45] [JW]

Resolutely didn’t work for me ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 3 & 5 Philharmonia O/Christoph von Dohnányi rec. live, 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD169 [50:03 + 32:59] [JQ]

Very welcome additions to the catalogue ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 26, 27 & 29 Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) rec. 2007 BIS SACD 1612 [69:17] [WH]

Three superb performances on a convincing period instrument…see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Diabelli Variations, Polonaise, Piano Sonata 32 Julius Katchen (piano) rec. 1953-68 DECCA HERITAGE MASTERS 478 1727 [77:08] [JS]

A disc worth considering if the programme - all in C major or minor! - attracts you … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Symphonies Minnesota O/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2004-8 BIS BISSACD1825/26 [5 CDs: 353:16] [DC]

The current top of an already rather distinguished pile of references ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio 5 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Dumky Trio The Czech Trio rec. 1972 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD4/2009 [59:27] [JW]

Earns my warm admiration … see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Quartets Goldner String Qt rec. live, 2004 ABC CLASSICS 476 3541 [8 CDs: 544:44]  [MC]

Fine playing from the Goldner but their interpretations are no match for the extremely fierce competition ... see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 5 see DVOŘÁK

William Henry BELL (1873-1946) Rosa Mystica see BATE

Hector BERLIOZ (1803 – 1869) Symphonie fantastique, op.73 (1830) [51:45] L’orchestre national/André Vandernoot rec. 1961. ADD HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFERS HDTT 119 [51:45] [BBr]

A very welcome re–issue … see Full Review

Howard BLAKE (b. 1938) Flute Quintet Op.493 (1996) [18:04] Shakespeare Songs for tenor and string quartet Op.378 (1987) [23:10] Trio for flute, cello and harp Op.559 (1962 re-arranged 2005) [9:04] Farewell My Gentle Harp - for tenor and harp Op.517 (1976 revised 2000) [4:58] Penillion for flute and harp Op.448 (1975 revised 1993) [8:30] Martyn Hill (tenor); English Serenata. rec. October-November 2005, St Lawrence’s Parish Church, Mickleton, Gloucestershire MERIDIAN CDE84553 [63:44] [JW]

A beautifully performed and enticing disc ... see Full Review

Howard BLAKE (b. 1938) Violin Sonata (1973 revised 2007) [23:41] Penillion Op.571 (1975 revised 2005) [9:32] Piano Quartet Op.179 (1974) [27:14] ¹ Jazz Dances for violin and piano Op.520a (1976 revised 2008) [13:48] Madeleine Mitchell (violin) Jack Rothstein (violin); Kenneth Essex (viola); Peter Willison (cello) ¹ Howard Blake (piano) rec. May-July 2008, Potton Hall, Suffolk and October 1974, Conway hall, London (Piano Quartet) NAXOS 8.572083 [74:15] [JW]

Brio, reflection and delight ... see Full Review

Manuel BLASCO DE NEBRA (1750-1784) Complete Piano Works, Vol.1 Pedro Piquero (piano) rec. 2008 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0219 [71:31] [GPu]

Fine playing of some lovely Spanish keyboard music … see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Thomas Hampson (baritone); Collegiate Chorale; Israel PO/Zubin Mehta rec. live, 2008 HELICON CLASSICS 02-9623 [74:48] [JQ]

Admirers of Bloch’s music should not hesitate to add this disc to their collection ... see Full Review

Felipe BOERO (1884 – 1958) El Matrero see MENDELSSOHN

York BOWEN (1884-1961) String Quartets 2 & 3, Phantasy Quintet Archaeus String Qt; Timothy Lines (bass clarinet) rec. 2001 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS426CD [70.17] [GH]

The listener is left wanting more of Bowen’s sound-world ... see Full Review 

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quartet 1, Piano Quintet Quatuor Ébène, Akiko Yamamoto (piano) rec. 2007/8 VIRGIN CLASSICS 2166222 [78:42] [KS]

Better in the slow movements, verging on a loss of control in the fast ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 3, Gesang der Parzen, Nänie Monteverdi Ch, O Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner rec. live, 2007/8 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG704 [70:16] [AS]

Worthy of any collection … a very different way of treating the music ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833 - 1897) Ein deutsches Requiem Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) Ch St Hedwig’s Cathedral, Berlin, Berlin PO/Rudolf Kempe rec. 1955 NAXOS 8.111342 [76:53] [GF]

In spite of dated sound, in every respect a valuable recording and it is good to have it available at budget price … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Alto Rhapsody see DVOŘÁK

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto see MOZART

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Sarah Chang see BRUCH

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra see HOLST

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto 1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Sarah Chang (violin) Dresden PO/Kurt Masur rec. 2009 EMI CLASSICS 9670042 [62:00] [JW]

Refined and sensitive yet there are moments that sound affected ... see Full Review

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