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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Martha Argerich The Collection 2 - The Concerto Recordings rec. 1967-2004 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8124 [7CD: 462:26] [OL]

A unique combination of daring and ease - a box full of marvels ... see Full Review 

Bad Boys Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) Swedish RSO & Ch/Paul Daniel rec. 2009 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8091 [58:21]  [MC]

Bryn Terfel convinces in this challenging recital of opera and musical ‘Bad Boy’ characters. Wonderful entertainment from start to finish ... see Full Review 

The Baroque Trombone Works by Castello, Speer, Frescobaldi, Biber & Bertali Christian Lindberg trombone (sackbut) Soloists of the Australian CO rec. 2007 BIS BIS-CD-1688 [56:30] [GD]

An idiosyncratic take on the music of the trombone’s predecessor ... see Full Review 

Alfred Brendel - The Farewell Concerts Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Piano Concerto 9, Piano sonata 15 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Sonata Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 13 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata 21 Alfred Brendel (piano) Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. live, 2008 DECCA 478 2116 [71:21 + 69:48] [DC]

A fitting finale from a fine fellow … see Full Review 

Cantilena Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata 6 Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Romance Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Flute Sonata Francois BORNE (1840-1920?) Fantaisie Brillante sur Carmen Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Flute Sonata Odinn Baldvinsson (flute); Patricia Romero (piano) rec. 2007 DIVINE ART DDV24137 [65:04] [CR]

Recorded numerous times before by superior performers … see Full Review 

Capolovari dell’800 per Oboe e Corno inglese Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Concerto in E flat major, for oboe and orchestra (1823?) [06:41] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Variations in C for oboe and orchestra (1809) [07:58] Andante, with Variations on ‘Tanti palpiti’ (from Tancredi) for oboe and strings [04:22] Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Variations on a Theme by Rossini from La Cenerentola, for oboe and strings (c.1828) [04:04] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Sonata for Strings, No.1 (1804) [13:31] Gaetano DONIZETTI (1798-1848) Andante sostenuto in F minor, for oboe and strings [03:23] Concertino for cor anglais and orchestra (1816) [10:56]Giuseppe FERLENDIS (1755-1810] Concerto in F, for oboe and orchestra [12:55] Alessandro Baccini (oboe, cor anglais); Orchestra Filarmonica Città di Adria/Giorgio Fabbri rec. 10-12 May 2005, Villa Ca’Tiepolo, Isola di Albarella, Rovigo. DDD TACTUS TC 791804 [63:43] [GPu]

A pleasant exploration of some interesting by-ways … see Full Review

Cellovator Mikotaj PATOSZ Impros 1-9 Pawel SZYMANSKI (b.1954) Kaleidoscope for M.C.E. Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Figments Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher James DILLON (b.1950) Parjanya Vata Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001) Kottos Mikotaj Patosz (cello) rec. 2007 DUX 0628 [60:40] [CR]

An excellent disc that showcases not only the cello but this very fine performer … see Full Review 

Rosalia Chalia - Selected Recordings of a Forgotten Soprano rec. 1898-1912 MARSTON 51007 [76:48] [JW]

A forgotten figure from the dawn of recording … see Full Review

Christmas with London Brass London Brass/Roger Harvey rec. 1990 TELDEC 2564 68618-0 [59:00] [CT]

A showcase of largely familiar carols given a freshly applied make-over by the talented players of London Brass ... see Full Review

Carlo Colombara (bass) Opera Arias Svizzera italiana O/György G. Ráth rec. 2003 BONGIOVANNI OPCD0106 [54:02] [GF]

A recital worth anyone’s attention … see Full review

COLORaturaS Diana Damrau (soprano) Munich RSO/Dan Ettinger rec. 2008/9 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5193132 [73:59] [ST]

By Damrau’s high standards this is inconsistent and unnecessarily disappointing ... see Full Review 

Composer as Pianist Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados, Alexander Scriabin, Ottorino Respighi & Alfredo Casella PIERIAN 0001, 0002, 0018 & 0024 [JW]

Individually and collectively fascinating documents ... see Full Review

Conversations for Violin and Piano Niels ROSING-SCHOW (b.1954) E Rigidis Per NØRGÅRD (b.1932) Fragment 5, Diptychon Poul RUDERS (b.1949) Three Tiny Pieces for Great Friends, Bel Canto Anders NORDENTOFT (b.1957) Two movements Herman D. KOPPEL (1908-1998) Ternio Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider (violin); Ulrich Stærk (piano) rec. 2009 DACAPO 8.226519 [60:00] [JW]

Somewhat uneven – but never less than intriguing … see Full Review

Danses et Divertissements Paul TAFFANEL (1844-1908) Wind Quintet Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sextet André JOLIVET Serenade Henri TOMASI (1901-1971) Cinq Danses Profanes et Sacrées Berlin Philharmonic Wind Qnt, Stephen Hough (piano) rec. Dec 2004/6 BIS BIS-SACD-1532 [68:47] [CR]

Excellent repertoire heard at the highest standards … see Full Review 

Don’t Talk – Just Listen! Robert SAXTON (b.1953) Five Motets Antony PITTS (b.1976) Thou wast present as on this day Gabriel JACKSON (b.1962) The Armed Man, Te Deum Christopher FOX (b.1955) 20 Ways to Improve your Life ANON Three Contrafacta The Clerks/Edward Wickham rec. 2009 SIGNUM SIGCD174 [61:02] [CR]

An engaging disc which deserves to be heard … see Full Review

England, My England: The Story of Henry Purcell Simon Callow (Charles II); Michael Ball (Henry Purcell) Monteverdi Ch, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 1995 NVC ARTS 5051865 513322 [DVD: 153:00 + CD: 76:04] [BW]

The CD is attractive, the DVD much less so ... see Full Review 

English Piano Sonatas Arnold BAX (1883 – 1953) Piano Sonatas 1-4 John IRELAND (1879 – 1961) Piano Sonata Frank BRIDGE (1879 – 1941) Piano Sonata Malcolm Binns (piano) rec. 16 and 30 May, 13 June and 18 July 2007, Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, London. DDD BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 434/435CD [74:26 + 72:32] [BBr]

Essential listening … see Full Review

The English Viola Arthur BLISS (1890 – 1975) Viola Sonata (1933) [26:11] Frederick DELIUS (1862 – 1934) Violin Sonata No.3 (1930) (arr. Lionel TERTIS (1876 – 1975) (1932)) [16:30] Frank BRIDGE (1879 – 1941) Allegro appassionato (1907) [2:17]; Serenade (1903) [2:41]; Souvenir (1904) [4:00]; Gondoliera (1907) [4:06]; Pensiero (1908) [4:15]; Norse Legend (1905) [3:33]; Berceuse (1901) [3:34] Enikö Magyar (viola), Tadashi Imai (piano) rec. 10, 11, 13 July 2009, Phoenix Studios, Budapest. DDD NAXOS 8.572407 [67:52] [BBr]

Fantasie Includes Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane Avro PÄRT (b.1935) Spiegel Im Spiegel Nicola Benedetti (violin) Alexi Grynyuk (piano) Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2005-8 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 476 3399 [68:54]  [PPLL]

Benedetti here brings to the violin a rare virtuosity … see Full Review

La Fête de Saint Hubert - Masses for Saint Hubert Gustave ROCHARD (1866–1924) Messe solenelle pour la Fête de Saint Hubert TYNDARE (1858–1921) La Messe de Saint Hubert Albert SOMBRUN (1870–1922) La Messe de Saint Hubert Jules CANTIN (1874-1956) La Messe de Saint Hubert Deutsche Naturhorn Solisten/Wilhelm Bruns Johannes Michel (organ) rec. 2009 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG60515762 [57:71] [BW]

A little of this music goes a long way ... see Full Review

The Flagstad Recitals Vol. 1 Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) Edwin McArthur (piano) rec. 1956 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1799 [65:50 + 75:53] [GF]

A mixed bag, but well worth owning for the Wolf and Strauss songs … see Full Review

The Flagstad Recitals - Volume 2 Grieg, Sibelius songs etc. Kirtsen Flagstad (soprano) Edwin McArthur (piano) (CD 1), London Symphony Orchestra/Øivin Fjeldstad (CD 2) rec.1956, 1958 and 1959 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1804 [74:24 + 78:41] [GF]

‘The Voice of the Century’ in still sterling form … see Full Review

The Flagstad Recitals - Volume 3 Wagner and Mahler Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) Rec 1956 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1796 [60:25 + 64:31] [GF]

At Eloquence price this should be attractive for all lovers of great singing … Full Review

The Flagstad Recitals: Volume 4 - Songs for Sunday Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1956/7 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0616 [42:09 + 50:49] [GF]

Swings and roundabouts but CD 1 and several Handel arias are definitely worth a listen … see Full Review 

Kirsten Flagstad Sings Norwegian Hymns Kirsten Flagstad (soprano); Sigvart Fotland (organ) rec. Ris Church, Oslo, Norway, September 1956 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1836 [59:48 + 58:42] [GF]

The repertoire may not have universal appeal, but the singing should have … see Full Review

Folk Song Arrangements by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN ((1770-1827), Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) and Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) See end of review for full list Edith Mathis (soprano); Julia Hamari (mezzo); Alexander Young (tenor); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone); RIAS Kammerchor; Andreas Roehn, Helmut Heller (violins); Georg Donderer, Irmgard Poppen (cellos); Aurèle Nicolet (flute); Karl Engel (piano); rec. Berlin, February 1961, March 1970. ADD AUSTRALIAN ELOQUENCE 4800385 [58:22 + 64:17] [JS]

Performances like these are well worth hearing and bring hours of pleasure. … see Full Review

French Flute Chamber Music Marcel TOURNIER (1879-1951) Suite Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Suite en rocaille Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Variations libres et finale Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Quintette Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Sérénade Mirage Qnt rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570444 [63:53] [OL]

Soft bliss, unbelievably good... see Full Review

Golden Age of Light Music Volume 50 – String Fever rec. re–issues from 78 rpm discs and 33 rpm LP records, recorded between 1947 and 1957. ADD GUILD GLCD5150 [77:19] [BBr]

Another in Guild’s fabulous light music series … see Full Review

Vladimir Horowitz - The Legendary Berlin Concert - 18 May 1986 SONY CLASSICAL 88697 527082 [48:18 + 42:38] [PPLL]

The authentic Horowitz magic revived … a musician whose artistry was mellowed by age and experience ... see Full Review

Jeffrey Khaner: German Flute Music Walter GIESEKING (1895-1956) Sonatine for Flute [13:30]; Harald GENZMER (1909-2007) Sonata No. 2 for flute and piano in E minor (1945) [14:00]; Hans Werner HENZE (b.1926) Sonatina for flute and piano (1946) [9:19]; Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for flute and piano (1936) [13:59]; Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Sinfonische Kanzone Op. 114 (1917) [8:40] Jeffrey Khaner (flute); Charles Abramovic (piano) rec. 22 November 1999, Curtis Hall, Philadelphia, USA. DDD AVIE AV2076 [59:36] [CR]

A recording with integrity which deserves to be heard. ... see Full Review  

Fritz Kreisler - The Complete Recordings – vol. 1 Fritz Kreisler (violin), w. piano accompaniment (1-5), w. George Falkenstein (piano) (6- 24) rec. Berlin 1904 (1-5); New York, May 1910 (6-24) NAXOS 8.112053 [74:43] [GF]

Surprisingly vivid sound and the playing is absolutely enchanting … see Full Review

London Philharmonic Orchestra – The Formative Years. Pioneering Sound Recordings from The 1930s Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 39 & 41 Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Golden Cockerel - excerpts London PO/Thomas Beecham rec. 1933-36 LPO 0040 [75:17] [JW]

I took to it like a duck to aqua ... see Full Review

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