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Carlos SALZEDO (1885 – 1961) Ballade, op.28 (1910) [8:39] Scintillation (1936) [9:43] Five Poetical Studies (1919) [19:43] Suite of Eight Dances (1943) [15:18] Variations sur un thčme dans le style ancien, op.30 (1911) [13:35] Alice Giles (harp) rec. 6 – 8 May 1992, Studio 3, Bavarian Radio. DDD TALL POPPIES TP 137 [67:36] [BBr]

His music demands our attention … see Full Review

Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660 - 1725) La Giuditta Sophie Landy (soprano) Ensemble Baroque de Nice/Gilbert Bezzina rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS596 [74:20] [JV]

A fine piece which deserves a really good and dramatic performance. This recording fails to deliver that ... see Full Review 

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939) Symphony 2, Fuga Solemnis Malmö SO/Vassily Sinaisky rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570589 [63:09] [JW]

Admirably bracing and sympathetic, excellently recorded ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quintet, String Quartets 14 & 15 Belcea Qt, Valentin Erben (cello) rec. 2009 EMI CLASSICS 9670252 [75:28 + 74:20] [MC]

An impressive release that firmly establishes the Belceas at the vanguard of chamber music ensembles. … see Full Review 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Part-Songs, Vols 2 & 3 Sibylla Rubens, Silke Schwarz (sopranos); Regina Jakobi, Ingeborg Danz, Hildegard Wiedemann (altos); Markus Schäfer, Marcus Ullmann (tenors); Thomas E. Bauer, Markus Flaig, Marcus Schmidl (basses) Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570962 & 8.572110 [67:17+64:29] [BW]

Attractive performances, especially on Volume 3 ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Masses 2 & 4, Deutsche Messe Immortal Bach Ensemble; Leipzig CO/Morten Schuldt-Jensen rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570764 [61:38] [BW]

No serious criticisms, but Sawallisch still has the edge ... see Full Review

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Symphony 6, Prayer in a Time of War, New England Triptych Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990-2008 NAXOS 8.559625 [60:51] [NB]

Hugely rewarding music performed with missionary zeal in demonstration quality sound ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) String Quartet 3, Piano Quintet Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Takács Qt rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67631 [56:35] [DC]

Seek it out, lend it not ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval, Kreisleriana, Arabeske, Vassily Primakov (piano) rec. 2009 BRIDGE 9300 [71:41] [OL]

Excellent, fresh, dramatic, thoughtful ... see Full Review 

Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841-1914) The Complete Piano Works - Vol.5 Francesco Caramiello (piano) TACTUS TC841905 [67:14] [GPu]

Essentially for those with a particular interest in the Italian keyboard tradition … see Full Review

Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b.1932) Piano Sonata & other piano works Marina Lomazov (piano) rec. 2005/7 CENTAUR CRC 2991 [54:34] [OL]

A great introduction to Shchedrin's piano music ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 5 & 9 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572167 [78:07]  [LW]

Terrific performances of these symphonies at bargain price … see Full Review 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (soprano) Vladimir Vaneev (bass) Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor) Ch & O Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/James Conlon ARTHAUS MUSIC 101387 [2 DVDs: 170:00] [GF]

Fascinating for its theatrical qualities but only intermittently vocally alluring … see Full Review 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Complete Organ Works Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ) rec. 24-26 May 2004, Stadtkirche, Winterthur, Switzerland FUGA-9182 [75:55] [DM]

A pleasing balance between exemplary musicianship and superb sound ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony 2 NWD RSO, Hamburg/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC186 [44:07] [JW]

Others offer rather more in the way of Nordic fire and incremental drive ... see Full Review

Bedrich SMETANA (1824 – 1884) Libuše Nadežda Kniplová, Prague National Theatre Opera Ch & O/Jaroslav Krombholc rec. 1965 SUPRAPHON SU3982-2 [76:31 + 80:31] [GF]

Monumental music of great beauty. Unevenly cast but Kniplová in the title role is magnificent … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kile SMITH (b. 1956) Vespers The Crossing/Donald Nally; Piffarro, The Renaissance Band rec. 2008 NAVONA RECORDS NV5809 [65.00]  [RH]

A brilliant new work in the spirit of the Lutheran Vespers service ... see Full Review 

Kaikhosru SORABJI (1892-1988) 100 Transcendental Studies for piano: Nos. 26-43 (1940-44) Fredrik Ullén (piano) rec. December 2005, July 2006, Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm. BIS BIS-CD-1533 [76:18] [RB]

Imaginatively masterly Transcendental Studies remarkable for their range and depth of character. ... see Full Review

William STERNDALE BENNETT (1816-1875) The May Queen, Overture (1842-4) [6:27] The Wood Nymphs, Overture (1838) [13:42] Symphony in G minor, Op. 43 (1864) [23:41] The Naiades, Overture* (1836) [12:32] Parisina, Overture (1835) [8:05] London Philharmonic Orchestra, *Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite rec. no information given LYRITA SRCD 206 [64:35] [SV]

Assured craftsmanship and melodic inspiration, dynamic, driving energy, lyrical passages and plenty of drama … see Full Review

William Grant STILL (1895-1978) Symphonies 4 & 5, Poem for Orchestra Fort Smith Symphony/John Jeter rec 2009 NAXOS 8.559603 [56:24] [NB]

I will be returning to the works of Still in the future just not as presented here ... see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) Symphonia domestica, Metamorphosen Staatskapelle Weimar/Antoni Wit rec. 2005/7 NAXOS 8.570895 [75:11] [NB]

An excellent Metamorphosen and a disc well worth the purchasing ... see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Suites and Fantasies from Operas & Ballet Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572041 [68:17] [NB]

A serviceable disc that does little to further the reputation of the artists involved see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 1987/9 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD050 [51:09 + 68:10] [BR]

Classic recordings widely available at last … see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) Arabella Lisa Della Casa, Hilde Güden, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1957 DECCA HERITAGE MASTERS 478 1400 [74:17 + 70:13] [GF]

In spite of some reservations well worth the modest outlay for the ravishing singing of Della Casa and Güden … see Full Review 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Minneapolis SO, Philadelphia O/Antal Doráti rec. 1950/2 PRISTINE AUDIO XR PASC 179 [67:24] [JW]

Vital and sweeping ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Violin Concerto in D minor, op.8 (1882) [31:40] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 (1945) [25:25] Pavel Šporcl (violin) Prague Symphony Orchestra/Jiri Kout rec. live, 24 June 2008 (Strauss) and 8-9 October 2008 (Korngold); Smetana Hall, Municipal House, Prague SUPRAPHON SU 3962-2 [58:24]

Most enjoyable … see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864 – 1949) Deutsche Motette Op.62 (1913) [19:03] Traumlicht Op.123 No.2 (1935) [5:12] Zwei Gesänge Op.34 (1897) [23:13] Jane Archibald (soprano); Dagmar Pecková (alto); Eric Soklossa (tenor); Robert Gleadow (bass-baritone); Latvian Radio Choir; Accentus/Laurence Equilbey rec. Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France, June 2009 NAĎVE V 5194 [47:30] [NB]

Superbly drilled and polished but lacking that last iota of flair and fantasy. … see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan see Toscanini

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Asrael Symphony Helsinki PO/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. live, 2008 ONDINE ODE1132-5 [61:32] [JFL]

The most pristinely played, and it packs as much of a punch as the best ... see Full Review

Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911) Norwegian Rhapsodies 1-4, Romeo and Juliet, Zorahayda South Jutland SO/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570322 [64:55] [WK]

Thoughtful but evocative renditions of some old Svendsen favorites. … see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Violin Concerto 1 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841 - 1904) Romance, Violin Concerto Arabella Steinbacher (violin) Berlin RSO/Marek Janowski rec. 2009 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186353 [71:44] [DC]

Not particularly inspired ... see Full Review 

Alexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Symphonies vol. 2 - On the Symphonic Edge Symphonies 7-9 Melbourne SO/Oleg Caetani rec. 2006 CHANDOS CHSA 5054 [64:37]
Symphonies vol. 3 - On the Symphonic Edge; Symphonies 2 & 3, Quatre Mouvements pour orchestre Melbourne SO/Oleg Caetani rec. 2007/08 CHANDOS CHSA 5065 [70:30]
Symphonies vol. 4 – Chamber Symphonies; Symphonie de chambre, Sinfoniettas 1 & 2, Sinfonia piccola O della Svizzera Italiana/Oleg Caetani rec. 2009. CHANDOS CHAN 10574 [61:06] [RB]

Superbly rich in rising emotional sap ... see Full Review

Deems TAYLOR (1885-1966) Peter Ibbetson Anthony Dean Griffey, Lauren Flanigan, Seattle Symphony & Chorale/Gerard Schwarz rec. live, 1999 NAXOS 8.669016-7 [72:10 + 62:08] [WK]

First recording of a once famous opera that has been forgotten for too long and will thrill many contemporary listeners … See Full Review

Peter Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1804 – 1893) The Seasons, op.37b (1876) (orch. Morton GOULD) [36:33] Morton GOULD (1913 – 1996) Family Album (1951) [14:14] Concerto for Tap Dancer (1952) [16:40] Morton Gould (piano) and his Orchestra (Tchaikovsky) Danny Daniels (dancer), The Rochester “Pops”/Morton Gould rec. 5–7 December 1951, 30th Street Studio, NY. NYC (Tchaikovsky) and 19 January 1953, Rochester, New York, ADD Re–issues of Columbia ML 4487 (Tchaikovsky) and Columbia ML 2215 (Gould) PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 191 [69:27] [BBr]

This is worth the time you’ll give it … see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) The Sleeping Beauty London SO/André Previn rec. 1974 EMI CLASSICS 9676892 [77:50 + 78:35] [NB]

Previn adopts the symphonic approach ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Two films by Christopher Nupen: Tchaikovsky’s Women, Fate Swedish RSO/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 1988/9 ALLEGRO FILMS A10CND [2 DVDs: 70:15 + 85:35] [IL]

A frank and harrowing portrait of a misunderstood and, still, a too little appreciated genius … see Full Review 

Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) String Quartets - Volume 2 Tippett Qt rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.570497 [60:05] [GD]

Performances that do justice to Tippett’s imaginative and diverse soundworld ... see Full Review

Enrico TOSELLI (1883 - 1926) Le romanze ritrovate Daniela Dessi (soprano) Fabio Armiliato (tenor) Leonardo Previero (piano) rec. 2003 REAL SOUND RS 051-0105 [47:53] [GF]

Century-old songs, aged in beauty, well worth getting to know, especially when so sensitively sung ... see Full Review 

Romuald TWARDOWSKI (b. 1930) Exegi monumentum (2009) [25.49] (1) Three Frescoes for Orchestra (1986) [14.40] (2) Ioannes Rex (1983) [20.32] (3) Anna Mikoljczyk-Niewiedzial (soprano) (1); Jarosslaw Brek (bass) (1); Andrzeu Hiolski (baritone) (3); International University Choir, International Symphony Orchestra/Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski (1); Festival Symphony Orchestra, Odessa/Boris Rosenfeld (2); Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra/Szymon Kawalla rec. Poznan, 20 June 2009 (1); Odessa, 18 May 2001 (2); Zielona Gora, 25-26 June 1982 (3) ACTE PREALABLE AP0231 [61.05] [RH]

For anyone interested in exploring dramatically interesting late 20th century tonal music ... see Full Review

Johann Baptist VANHAL (1739 - 1813) Three Piano Quintets Miklós Spányi (fortepiano) Authentic Qt rec. 2008 HUNGAROTON HCD 32588 [67:11] [JV]

These quintets are actually sonatas for keyboard with a string quartet ad libitum - good to listen to, although the performances are not always captivating ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) [5:56] Romance see BATE

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Otello Ramon Vinay, Herva Nelli, NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1947 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO033 [69:21 + 66:31] [ST]

Pick this one with confidence ... see Full Review 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813 - 1901) Nabucco Tito Gobbi, Vienna Opera Ch & O/Lamberto Gardelli rec. 1965 DECCA THE ORIGINALS 478 1717 [53:10 + 67:21] [GF]

Should be in every Verdi-lover’s collection … see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678 - 1741) Concerti Concerto Köln/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 1988 PHOENIX 434 [60:02 + 58:15] [JV]

These recordings from the late 1980s have easily survived the passage of time and their reissue is most welcome ... see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’inventione op 8: Alice Harnoncourt (violin); Jürg Shaeftlein (oboe) Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
rec. October 1976 and March 1977, Casino Zögernitz, Vienna. ADD WARNER CLASSICS AND JAZZ 2564 69054-8 [53:42 + 52:26] [CR]

Interpretations that allow us to explore some of the subtleties of the music in a captivating way ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Argippo Veronika Mrackova Fucikova (mezzo) Hofmusici/Ondrej Macek rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS626/1-2 [74.23 + 46.58] [RH]

A lively and personable, if imperfect, account ... see Full Review 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Sonata ‘al Santo Sepolcro’, Stabat Mater Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Salve Regina Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Tilge, Höchster, Meine Sünden Daniel Taylor (counter-tenor) Emma Kirkby (soprano) Theatre of Early Music rec. 2005/6 BIS BIS-SACD-1546 [74:50] [JW]

A disc as lovely as this should not be overlooked ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Das Rheingold (1869) [194:00]Wotan - Juha Uusitalo (bass–baritone) Fricka - Anna Larsson (mezzo) Alberich - Franz-Josef Kapelmann (bass) Loge - John Daszak (tenor) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Zubin Mehta Bonus Film - The Making of Rheingold [27:00] UNITEL CLASSICA 700508 [221:00] [ST]

Remarkably compelling, wonderfully entertaining … a sense of the powerful, supernatural and indeed god-like … see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde (1865) Tristan: Robert Dean Smith Marke: Robert Holl Isolde: Iréne Theorin Kurwenal: Jukka Rasilainen Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus/Eberhard Friedrich Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra/Peter Schneider rec. live, Bayreuth Festival, 9 August 2009. Special Features: include ‘Kinder, macht was Neues!’ The making of Tristan und Isolde. OPUS ARTE OA 1033 D [3DVDs: 292:00] [JP]

Historical importance certainly but recommended for so much more ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony 1, Belshazzar’s Feast, Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto, Partita Yehudi Menuhin (violin/viola); Philharmonia Ch & O, New PO, London SO/Sir William Walton rec. 1951-69 EMI CLASSICS 9689442 [78:52 + 73:41] [WH]

An indispensable composer-conducted Walton collection … see Full Review 

Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Collected 78rpm recordings - from the John Bishop collection rec. 1934-51 DIVINE ART DDH27811 [65.52 + 78.15] [JW]

Will enlighten, stimulate and encourage for a good long time ... see Full Review 

Debbie WISEMAN (b.1963) The Fairy Tale of The Nightingale and the Rose, The Fairy Tale of The Selfish Giant [21:57] Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Fry (storytellers) ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner rec. 2000 WARNER CLASSICS AND JAZZ 2564 687658 [62:40] [BBr]

Doesn’t do it for me … see Full Review

Agata ZUBEL (b.1978) String Quartet No. 1 for four cellos and computer* (2006) [12:27] Cascando for voice, flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2007) [14:44] Unisono I for voice, percussion and computer (2003) [6:12] Unisono II for voice, accordion and computer (2003) [9:20] Maximum Load for percussion and computer (2006) [14:05] Agata Zubel (voice, computer) (Cascando) Seattle Chamber Players *Cellonet - Andrzej Bauer, Bartosz Koziak, Marcin Zdunik, Mikolaj Palosz, Jan Pilch, Michal Moc, Cezary Duchnowski (computer Unisono I & II). rec. Studio S4 Polish Radio, Warsaw, February, September 2008 and Studio NOVA Cezary Duchnowski, November 2007 (Unisono II). CD ACCORD ACD 123-2 [57:27] [DC]

Give it a try ... see Full Review

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