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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

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 CDLX 7216 [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

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 

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

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 

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 

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 

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 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Das Rheingold 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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Poems Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950) [30:29] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Vers la flamme, Op. 72 (1914) [6 :26] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Sieben frühe Lieder (1905-8) [14:47] Pawel SZYMANSKI (b. 1954) Drei Lieder nach Trakl (2002) [12:10] Agata Zubel (soprano); Marcin Grabosz (piano) rec. Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw, December 2007–March 2008 CDACCORD ACD149-2 [63:59] [WH]

A magnificently planned recital, superbly sung and played. Unmissable … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Verismo Renée Fleming (soprano) Giuseppe Verdi SO & Ch, Milan/Marco Armiliato rec. 2008 DECCA 478 1533 [72:20] [MC]

A wonderful collection of verismo arias that is worthy of acclaim. Fleming’s creamy vocals are stunning and in beautiful condition ... 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 

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 

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 

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 




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