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John McCABE (b.1939) Variations, op.22 (1963) [9:38] Aubade (Study No.4) (1970) [5:52] Gaudi (Study No.3) (1970) [14:35] Five Bagatelles (1964) [4:35] Mosaic (Study No.6) (1980) [13:37] Haydn Variations (1983) [27:08] John McCabe (piano) rec. 21 and 28 March 1998, Bishopsgate Hall, London. DDD BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS424CD [76:08] [BBr]

A most worthwhile issue of compelling British music … see Full Review

Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Thais (1894) Lado Ataneli – Athanaél; Alessandro Liberatore – Nicias; Maurizio Lo Piccolo – Palemon; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda rec. live, 2008 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101 385 [139:00] [GF]

A good option for those who want Thaïs on DVD ... see Full Review

Gian Francesco MALIPIERO (1883-1973) Symphonies 5, 6, 8 & 11 Moscow SO/Antonio de Almeida rec. 1994 NAXOS 8.570880 [73:51] [WH]

Uneven works, but well played, well recorded and well worth a listen … see Full Review

David McALMONT/Michael NYMAN (b. 1948) The Glare Michael NYMAN Songs for Tony David McAlmont (vocals) Michael Nyman Band; Nyman Sax Quartet rec. 2008 MN RECORDS MNRCD116 [52:58] [DC]

Good fun, but only ‘almost’ convincing… see Full Review 

Nikolai Karlovich MEDTNER (1880-1951) Piano Concerto 2 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 4 Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) North Carolina Symphony/Grant Llewellyn rec. 2008 BIS BIS-SACD-1728 [73:53] [SR]

A great career in the making … see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Magnificat, Symphony for strings 12, Ave maria Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Magnificat Yale Voxtet; Yale Schola Cantorum; Yale Collegium Players/Simon Carrington rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572161 [65:56] [JV]

A very interesting combination of Bach's Magnificat and a little-known setting by Mendelssohn - a disc well worth repeated listening … see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847) Symphony 4, The Hebrides Overture Felipe BOERO (1884 – 1958) El Matrero La Scala O, Milan, O del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires/ Ettore Panizza rec. 19289 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 189 [67:15] [BBr]

Welcome this chance to celebrate the work of Ettore Panizza ... see Full Review

Gustav MERKEL (1827-1885) Organ Works Vol. I & II Halgeir Schiager (organ) rec. 2005 SIMAX CLASSICS PSC1273 & PSC1274 [77:11 & 78:21] [DC]

A justified boost to Merkel’s profile … see Full Review 

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Poèmes pour Mi, Les offrandes oubliées, Un sourire Anne Schwanewilms (soprano) Ntl O Lyon /Jun Märkl rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572174 [52:48]  [DC]

First rate ‘Poèmes’ ... see Full Review 

Stanislaw MONIUSZKO (1819-1872) Paria Leszek Skrla (baritone) Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone) Ch & O Castle Opera (Opery na Zamku)/Warcislaw Kunc rec. 2008 DUX 0686/7 [54.30 + 67.39] [RH]

For interested parties only. You may wonder what all the fuss is about. … see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 22 & 24 David Greilsammer (piano), Suedama Ensemble rec. 2009 NAÏVE V5184 [59:52] [BBr]

I cannot raise any enthusiasm about this disk … see Full Review 

Wolfgand Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Le nozze di Figaro (1786) Alfred Poell (baritone) Lisa Della Casa (soprano) Hilde Güden (soprano) Cesare Siepi (bass) Suzanne Danco (soprano) Wiener Philharmoniker/Erich Kleiber rec. Redoutensaal, Vienna, June 1955 DECCA 478 1720 [3 CDs: 68:51 + 62:49 + 40:48] [GF]

Buy new shelves and add Kleiber to the collection ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) The Mozart Album – Daniele de Niesse Daniele de Niesse (soprano) Apollo Voices; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 2008/9 DECCA 478 1511 [65.50] [RF]

An interesting and enjoyable collection from a young singer on the crest of a wave. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 3 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Gioconda De Vito (violin) Royal PO/Thomas Beecham, German Opera House O, Berlin/Paul van Kempen rec. 1941/9 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111349 [63:57] [JW]

A thoroughly accomplished restoration ... see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Entführung aus dem Serail Teresa Stich-Randall, Gottlob Frick, Ernst Häfliger, Milan RSO/Peter Maag rec. 1958 ARTS ARCHIVES 43085-2 [70:18 + 41:02] [BW]

Competitive but quite heavily cut and in mono only ... see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 39 & 41 see London Philharmonic Orchestra

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) see RACHMANINOV

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Music for Wind and Piano New London Chamber Ensemble rec. 2005/8 MERIDIAN CDE 84580 [64:58] [LW]

Scholarship and musicianship combine for a perfect partnership in Nielsen … see Full Review

Per NØRGÅRD (b. 1932) Piano works Erik Kaltoft (piano) rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226089 [59:34] [DC]

Attractive miniatures and the 1959 breakthrough all on one disc … see Full Review

Michael NYMAN Songs for Tony see McALMONT

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacob OBRECHT (1450-1505) Missa Sancto Donatiano Capella Pratensis/Stratton Bull, Peter Van Heyghen rec. 2006/7 FINELINE CLASSICAL FL72414 [DVD+CD: 118:00 + 63:13] [GH]

I advise you to buy it instantly. Outstanding ... see Full Review

Giovanni PAISIELLO (1740-1816) Piano Concertos 1, 3 & 5 Francesco Nicolosi (piano) Compania CO/Luigi Piovano rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572065 [49:51] [IL]

Utterly charming … see Full Review 

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater, Violin Concerto, Salve Regina Rachel Harnisch (soprano); Julia Kleiter (soprano); Sara Mingardo (contralto); Giuliano Carmignola (violin); O Mozart/Claudio Abbado rec. 2007 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 8077 [64:32] [JS]

Lacks the kind of positive virtues that this music cries out for … see Full Review

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Salve Regina see VIVALDI

Gregor PIATIGORSKY (1903-1976) Variations on a Paganini Theme see POPPER

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga For Three Ephyra Trio rec. 2008 FORGE FACIC001 [59:31] [OL]

A hearty recommendation ... see Full Review 

Ignaz PLEYEL (1757 – 1831) Symphonie Concertantes, Violin Concerto David Perry, Isabella Lippi (violins), Victoria Chiang (viola) Baltimore CO/Markand Thakar rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570320 [79:33] [BBr]

This is attractive music … see Full Review

David POPPER (1843-1913) Suite for cello and piano, Three Pieces, Im Walde Gregor PIATIGORSKY (1903-1976) Variations on a Paganini Theme Wendy Warner (cello) Eileen Buck (piano) rec. 2007/8 CEDILLE CDR 90000 111 [79:30] [JW]

The clement pastoral and wistful pleasures counter-balanced by panache and extrovert self-confidence ... see Full Review

Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Flute Sonata see Cantilena

Serge PROKOFIEV (1891–1953) Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 58 (1933-8) [36:18] Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op 125 (1952) [36:51] Alban Gerhardt (cello), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton rec. Grieghallen, Bergen, 1–5 September 2008. DDD. HYPERION CDA67705 [73:11] [JQ]

A logical coupling of two fascinating works in splendid performances. ... see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) Piano Transcriptions Temirzhan Yerzhanov (piano) rec. 2005 CON BRIO CBR28454 [64:53] [BBr]

Yerzhanov’s is a prodigious technique … see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Flute Sonata see Cantilena

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 - 1924) Opera Arias Fabio Armiliato (tenor) Ch & O della Fondazione Arena di Verona/Marco Boemi rec. 2008 DECCA 476 3434 [56:15] [GF]

A pleasure to hear such fresh, impassioned and stylish singing … see Full Review 

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas Sarah Connolly (soprano) Lucas Meachem (baritone) O Age of Enlightenment/Christopher Hogwood rec. live, 2009 OPUS ARTE OA1018D [72:00] [MG]

The best Dido and Aeneas on DVD - Sarah Connolly the finest Dido … see Full Review

The Story of Henry Purcell see England, My England

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Symphony No. 1 (1897) [44:23] Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet overture (1880) [19:09] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (Rachmaninoff); Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch (Tchaikovsky) rec. 1960 (Rachmaninoff) and 1963 (Tchaikovsky), venues not specified
HDTT HDCD147 [63:32] [RMay]

Two first rate performances in a new disc incarnation ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Isle of the Dead, Two Études-Tableaux (orch. Respighi) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) BBC SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1999 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4259-2 [70:56] [JQ]

Very special ... see Full Review 

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 4 see MEDTNER

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Les Indes Galantes Christophe Rousset (harpsichord - Jean-Henry Hemsch, Paris, 1761). rec. 2007 AMBROISIE AM152 [62.57] [KM]

An attractive, yet ultimately unsatisfying disc ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse see Toscanini

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Golden Cockerel (excerpts) see London Philharmonic Orchestra

Albert ROUSSEL (1869 - 1937) Symphony 1, Résurrection, Le marchand de sable qui passe Royal Scottish Ntl O/Stéphane Denève rec. 2008/9 NAXOS 8.570323 [64:26]  [NB]

Another clear hit in this superb cycle … see Full Review 

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