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John CAGE (1912–1992) Melodies and Harmonies Annie Gahl (violin); Klaus Lang (keyboard – Fender Rhodes) rec. 2009 COL LEGNO WWE 1CD 20292 [55:55] [DC]

Fender Rhodes fans, gather ‘round

Giacomo CARISSIMI (1605-1674) Oratorios Les Voix Baroques/Alexander Weimann rec. 2009 ATMA ACD2 2622 [67:42] [MS]

A splendid, atmospheric and technically precise and accurate collection of four of Carissimi's lovely oratorios

Francesco CAVALLI (1602–1676) 5 Magnificat Coro Claudio Monteverdi; Ensemble La Pifarescha/Bruno Gini rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS 623 [71:48] [RH]

You won't quite get the crisp, vibrant music-making which this music deserves

Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Habañera; España ; Suite pastorale; Joyeuse marche; Le roi malgré lui see LALO

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Pno & Harpsichord Sonatas Lamar Crowson (pno), rec. 1968 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2071 [58:16 + 51:14] [MS]

Compelling and totally creditable … An illuminating foil to the excellent series by Howard Shelley. Worth trying

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Music of America SONY 88697 70047 2 [205:20] [RB]

Five three disc bargain price sets each of which celebrates independence, political and artistic, and offers a substantial slice of each composer’s music in golden age reissues

Aaron COPLAND (1900 – 1990) Clarinet Concerto; Suite: Appalachian Spring Gerald FINZI (1901 -1956) Clarinet Concerto; Romance Sarah Williamson (clarinet) O of the Swan/David Curtis rec. 2009 SOMM SOMMCD 244 [78:12] [BBr]

There are better versions

Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877–1960) Symphonic Minutes, Variations on a Nursery Song, Suite in F sharp minor Eldar Nebolsin (piano) Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2008, 2009 NAXOS 8.572303 [69:39] [BBr]

Will give much pleasure… see Full Review 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’Elisir d’Amore Siurina, Auty, Daza, Di Pasquale, Pretorian; The Glyndebourne Chorus; London PO/Maurizio Benini rec. 2009 OPUS ARTE OA 1026 D [126:00] [RF]

More a provincial performance than that from an international house

Avner DORMAN (b.1975) Mandolin Concerto; Piccolo Concerto; Concerto Grosso; Piano Concerto in A Avi Avital (mandolin), Mindy Kaufman (piccolo), Eliran Avni (piano), Arnaud Sussmann (violin), Lily Francis (violin), Eric Nowlin (viola), Michal Korman (cello), Aya Hamada (harpsichord), Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.559620 [62:27] [OL]

Beautiful, inventive, high-spirited music, a modern tribute to Baroque ... see Full Review 

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies NN 1-9 Staatskapelle Berlin/Otmar Suitner rec. 1977-1981 BERLIN CLASSICS BASICS BOX 0300036BC [5 CDs: 43:09 + 77:29 + 75:27 + 78:13 + 77:14] [RB]

Do not disdain the patent pleasures of this enthusiastic if slightly stern cycle ... see Full Review 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) Symphonies 7 & 8 Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop, rec. 2008-9 NAXOS 8.572112 [74:21] [BBr]

Not for repeated listening … see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No. 11 in C major, op. 61, B121 (1895) [37:27] String Quartet No. 12 in F major, op. 96, ‘American’ B179 (1893) [26:00] Wihan Quartet rec. Potton Hall, December 2004. DDD NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6114 [63:30] [MG]

The intensity and commitment of these performances make them very striking. … see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Old World - New World Emerson Str. 4tet, rec. 2008-9 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8765 [3 CDs: 71:18 + 65:28 + 69:03] [MC]

In these Dvořák scores the Emerson maintains an impressive and consistent standard of playing that few other quartets can achieve. ... see Full Review

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances 3-5 see Silvestri

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff, Symphony 2, Cockaigne see Sir Adrian Boult

George ENESCU (1881-1955) Symphony 1, Two orchestral suites see Silvestri

John FIELD (1782-1837) Complete Piano Concertos Paolo Restani (piano) Nice PO/Marco Guidarini rec. 2007/8 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93783 [4 CDs: 226:27] [BW]

Enjoyable and unjustly neglected music in recommendable performances and recordings at a modest cost

Gerald FINZI (1901 -1956) Clarinet Concerto; Romance see COPLAND

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Masterworks from a luminary of the early baroque Richard Lester (harpsichord) NIMBUS NI 5861 [68.07] [GH]

Nothing dull about these performances which give the music every opportunity to speak ... see Full Review

Robert FUCHS (1847-1927) Serenades 1 & 2, Andante grazioso & Capriccio Cologne Ch. Orch./Christian Ludwig, rec. 2008-9 NAXOS 8.572222 [53:25] [BR]

These serenades are like romantic divertimenti, full of wit, charm, and Viennese grace … see Full Review

Axel GADE (1860-1921) Violin concerto see Danish Violin Concertos

Niels Wilhelm GADE (1817-1890) Violin concerto see Danish Violin Concertos

Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Works for Violin and Piano Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin) Juhani Lagerspetz (piano) rec. 2009 AVIE AV 2182 [61:12] [JW]

Authoritative and highly sensitive

Silvestro GANASSI, Pierre SANDRIN, Jacques ARCADELT & Diego ORTIZ Madrigals rec. 1997 TACTUS TC 490701 [64.39] [GH]

Quite magical and stylistically ideal

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) A Gershwin Songbook, I Got Rhythm, Piano Concerto Aalborg SO/Wayne Marshal rec. 1992-5 EMI CLASSICS 6066882 [77:53] [WK]

Creditable performances of two Gershwin masterpieces

Mozart Camargo GUARNIERI (1907-1993) Pno Concertos 4, 5 & 6 Max Barros (pno), Warsaw PO/Thomas Conlin, rec. 2006-7 NAXOS 8.557667 [60:50] [NB]

Exciting, involving, instantly appealing ... see Full Review

Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b.1931) 7 Etüden fur Kontrabass, Pentimento see Migrations

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Pno Sonatas Eb maj., Bb maj., B min., E maj., C maj. Chad R. Bowles (pno), rec. 2008 JRI RECORDINGS J126 [72:18] [OL]

Much is plain and tiring - not my cup of Haydn! ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas 47, 53 & 60, Fantasia C maj., Andante con variazioni F min. Joseph HAYDN (arr. Yvgeny Subdin) Larking with Haydn: String 4tet D maj. Finale Yevgeny Subdin (pno), rec. 2009-10 BIS-SACD-1788 [75:10] [DC]

Taking un-serious Haydn seriously. ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Cäcilienmesse Trinity Choir; Rebel Baroque Orchestra/J. Owen Burdick rec. 2001 NAXOS 8.572122 [65:16] [J-PJ]

Lively and theatrical but let down by the quality of some of the solo singing.… see Full Review 

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Variants for Orchestra, Night Music, Sinfoniettas 1 & 3, The Sun London SO, New PO/David Atherton, Norman Del Mar rec. 1967-75 LYRITA SRCD.333 [68.43] [GH][RB]

I can only strongly advise you to obtain your copy of this disc urgently [GH] Music that is dissonant and pithy yet impressively approachable [RB]

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Symphony No. 3 Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Visions de l’Amen Soós Haag Piano Duo rec. 2009 GUILD GMCD7331 [47:41] [JW]

A specialist acquisition, this, but one that posits a plausible connection between the two composers ... see Full Review 

Alan HOVHANESS (1911–2000) Symphonies 7, 14 & 23 TCM Wind O/Keith Brion, rec. 2008 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559385 [62:43] [JW]

Admirers of the composer need not hesitate

Jean HURÉ (1877-1930) Violin Sonata, Piano 5tet Louvigny 4tet, Philippe Koch (violin), Marie-Josèphe Jude (pno), rec. 2009 TIMPANI 1C1166 [71:19] [JW]

Individuality rather than obviously memorable thematic material ... see Full Review

Charles IVES (1874-1954) Music of America SONY 88697 70049 2 [189:53] [RB]

Five three disc bargain price sets each of which celebrates independence, political and artistic, and offers a substantial slice of each composer’s music in golden age reissues

John JEFFREYS (b. 1927) Idylls and Elegies Various performers DIVINE ART DDA25082 [68:57] [JQ]

An excellent introduction to the music of John Jeffreys for those unacquainted with it

John JEFFREYS (b.1927) Northumbria and beyond - Songs by John Jeffreys Ian Partridge(tenor); Jennifer Partridge(piano) rec. 1991-4 DIVINE ART DDV24128 [72:38] [JQ]

I urge all lovers of English songs to seek out this very fine disc

Karl KOHAUT (1726–1784) Haydn's lute player Divertimento, Sinfonia and Concerti Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Trio for lute, violin and bass Hubert Hoffmann (lute); Jan Krigovsky (double bass) Ars Antiqua Austria/Gunar Letzbor rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72323 [66:44] [JV]

Curious repertoire of considerable weight, given fine performances… see Full Review

Nikolaus KRAFT (1778-1853) Cello Concerto No.2 in D, Op.4 (1813) [26:29] Cello Concerto No.3 in a minor, Op.5 (1819) [24:12] Jiri Hošek (cello) Plzen Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hynek Farkac rec. Czech Radio Studio Pilsen, date not given. DDD. RADIOSERVIS CR0493-2 [50:53] [BW]

Recommended as a follow-up to those who enjoy the Haydn Cello Concertos and Beethoven Triple Concerto ... see Full Review

Rodolphe KREUTZER (1766-1831) Violin Concerto No.15 in A major; Violin Concerto No.18 in E major; Violin Concerto No.19 in D minor Laurent Albrecht Breuninger (violin); SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern/Alun Francis rec. 2005/06 CPO 777 188-2 [79:47] [JW]

Cleverly constructed though not wholly individual ... see Full Review 

Larysa KUZMENKO (b.1956) Piano Concerto see LOUIE

Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole, Namouna, Scherzo, Rapsodie norvégienne; Le roi d’Ys overture Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Habañera; España, Suite pastorale; Joyeuse marche; Le roi malgré lui Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0049 [76:46 + 73:41]

Lalo items generally fine and persuasively done, but the Chabrier makes this collection rather special. Don’t miss!

Thomas LARCHER (b.1963) Madhares: Böse Zellen, Still, Madhares (String Quartet no.3) Till Fellner (piano); Kim Kashkashian (viola); Quatuor Diotima; Münchener Kammerorchester/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2008 ECM NEW SERIES 2111 476 3651 [65:43] [GD]

A unique voice in modern music and one well worth hearing ... see Full Review 

Franz LEHÁR (1870 - 1948) Der Zarewitsch Alexandra Reinprecht, Christina Landshamer, Bayerischen Rundfunks Ch; Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2009 CPO 777 523-2 [62:53 + 59:48] [NB]

Instructive but flawed

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Symphony No. 1, Op. 42; Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 57 Concerto estivo Howard Shelley (piano); BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Martyn Brabbins rec. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10608 [73:03] [RB]

Thrawn emotional symphony meets life-enhancing concerto ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) I Medici Plácido Domingo (tenor) Daniela Dessi (soprano) Ch & O Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Alberto Veronesi rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON DG 477 7456 [78:43 + 46:21] [JS]

With luxury forces throwing themselves unsparingly into an idiomatic, well focused and vigorous performance this is a significant achievement and DG’s enterprise deserves to be richly rewarded

Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Pagliacci see MASCAGNI

Alexina LOUIE (b.1949) Piano Concerto Violet ARCHER (1913-2000) Piano Concerto Larysa KUZMENKO (b.1956) Piano Concerto Christina Petrowska Quilico (piano) National Arts Centre O/Alex Pauk, CBC Vancouver O/John Eliot Gardiner Toronto SO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste rec. 1986-98 CENTREDISQUES CMCCD 15610 [71:29] [BBr]

Essential for the magnificent Louie work

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