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Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860–1909) Iberia – excerpts, Navarra Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959) Piano Concerto No. 1 Ellen Ballon (piano) L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1960 (Albéniz), 1949 (Villa-Lobos) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0456 [65:21] [DM]

Ansermet’s unfailing musicality and Decca’s pioneering studio skills… see Full Review 

Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Oboe concertos see VIVALDI

Franco ALFANO (1875-1954) Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano, Sonata for Cello & Piano Elmira Darvarova (violin), Scott Dunn (pno), Samuel Magill (cello), rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570928 [60:06] [GP]

A side to Alfano we have rarely heard and very impressive it proves to be … see Full Review

George ANTHEIL (1900–1957) His Carnegie Hall Concert of 1927 A Jazz Symphony (1925) Violin Sonata No.2 (1923) String Quartet No.1 (1924) Ballet pour instruments Mécanique et Percussion (1925) rec. 1990, NIMBUS NI 2567 [60:46] [BBr]

It’s fantastic! ... see Full Review

Anton ARENSKY (1861 – 1906) 12 Preludes Op.63; Essais sur des rythmes oubliés Op.28; 12 Études Op.74; Arabesques (Suite) Op.67; 3 Morceaux Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2001 (Russian Piano Music Series – Volume 5) DIVINE ART DDA25085 [71:26] [NB]

A superb conclusion to a triumphant life-enhancing series of discs in which Mr Goldstone can take enormous pride. Bravo! ... see Full Review 

Sergio ASSAD (b.1952) Guitar Music Thanos Mitsalas (guitar) rec. 2008 CLEAR NOTE 74412 [54:52] [GPu]

An attractive and well-recorded recital of music which avoids Latin clichés … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1759) Keybd Concerto 1, Partitas 5 & 6, F sharp min. & E Fugues from Well-Tempered Klavier bk. 2 Glenn Gould (pno), Columbia SO/Leonard Bernstein, rec. 1957 NAXOS 8.112049 [65:09] [DC]

Gould revived: the version to have. ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Sonatas Viktoria Mullova (violin), Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord, organ), Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba), Luca Pianca (lute), rec. 2007 ONYX CLASSICS ONYX 4020 [54:05 + 59:22] [MC]

Mullova and Dantone are impeccable in this captivating recording ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Capriccio on the departure of his most beloved brother BWV 992 (1702) Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 (1725-30) The Italian Concerto in F BWV 971 (1735) Sergey Schepkin (piano) rec. 2007 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA 9949 [47:48] [NB]

I’m not sure how often I will return to this disc but return I will – a performance to challenge not soothe ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) The Toccatas Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2009-2010 DYNAMIC CDS 658 [79:43] [GD]

A desire to find beauty in every element of the music… see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Leipzig Chorales: CD 1: BWV 651-661; CD 2: BWV 662-669 Craig F. Humber (organ) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 906 1619-6 [58:31 + 47:00] [GD]

Craig Humber is clearly passionate about the work of Gottfried Silbermann ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Matthäus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) BWV 244 Patrizia Hardt (alto); Marie Kuijken (mezzo); Petra Noskaiová (alto); Gerlinde Samann (soprano); Christoph Genz (tenor); Bernhard Hunziker (tenor); Jan Van der Crabben (baritone) La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. 2009, DDD CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72357 [3 CDs: 66:08 + 51:26 + 38:04] [MS]

A vigorous and accurate account of the Matthew Passion on historically informed principles. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Missae Agnès Mellon (sop.), Gérard Lesne (alto), Christoph Prégardien (ten.), Peter Kooy (bass), Ch. & Orch. of Collegium Vocale, Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe, rec. 1989-90 VIRGIN VERITAS 5099 6 28482 2 1 [55:31 + 64:19] [MS]

An unspectacular - yet far from featureless - set of recordings … should win new admirers for this less well-known repertoire. … see Full Review

Claude-Bénigne BALBASTRE (1727-1799) Pièces de Clavecin - Book 1 Elizabeth Farr (harpsichord) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572034-35 [74:41 + 75:30] [JV]

A nice selection from Balbastre's oeuvre for keyboard - well played, but on an instrument the use of which has no historical foundation ... see Full Review 

Emanuele BARBELLA (1718 - 1777) Sei trii per due violini e violoncello - 'Hamilton Trios' Ensemble Le Musiche da Camera (Egidio Mastrominico, Giuseppe Guida (violin), Leonardo Massa (cello), Craig Marchitelli (guitar), Pier Paolo De Martino (harpsichord)) rec. 2002, DDD TACTUS TC 712701 [55:13] [JV]


These sonatas make pleasant listening - the performers realise often truly swinging performances ... see Full Review

Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Rendezvous: Love songs of the Belle Epoque era Jörg Waschinski (soprano); Meininger Trio rec. 2008 PHOENIX EDITION 188 [64:03] [DM]

An intriguing project, but ultimately rather disappointing ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH David BEDNALL (b. 1979) Requiem * O come let us sing; Salvator mundi; Let all the world The Chamber Choir of St, Mary’s, Calne/Edward Whiting David Bednall (organ); *Philip Dukes (viola) rec. 2009 REGENT REGCD327 [64:29] [JQ]

Anyone who is interested in choral music should try to hear this wonderful disc. ... see Full Review

David BEDNALL (b. 1979) Flame Celestial - Choral Music, Volume II Wells Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens *Jonathan Vaughn (organ) rec. 2009, DDD English texts and Latin texts with English translations included REGENT REGCD320 [75:29] [JQ]

Another fine disc of choral music from a notable young English composer ... see Full Review

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Egmont Overture

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6 (1798-1800) String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 (1825-26) Große Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 133 (1825-26) Artemis Quartet (Natalia Prischepenko (violin); Gregor Sigl (violin); Friedemann Weigle (viola); Eckart Runge (cello)) rec. 8-13 November, 16-18 December 2009, Teldex Studio, Finckensteinallee, Berlin. DDD VIRGIN CLASSICS 50999 694584 0 8 [74:25] [MC]

These Beethoven Quartets are given performances of the highest quality. A sure-fire ‘Record of the Year’ for 2010. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Cello Sonatas 3-5, Six Bagatelles Zivian-Tomkins Duo rec. 2008 BRIDGE 9305 [77:47] [OL]

A lot of fun, good humor, and real enjoyment from excellent playing... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Symphony 9 (arr. Mahler) Gabriele Fontana (sop.), Barbara Hölzl (alto), Arnold Bezuyen (ten.), Reinhard Mayr (bass), Slovak Phil. Ch, Tonkunstler O Niederösterreich/Kristjan Järvi, rec. 2006 PREISER RECORDS PR90773 [59:44] [BBr]

For the very curious only … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 30 see BERKEY

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alban BERG (1885-1935) Violin Concerto Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Violin Concerto Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Arthur Grumiaux, Concertgebouw O, Amsterdam/Igor Markevitch, Ernest Bour, Vienna SO/Bogo Leskovic rec. 1956-67 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0481 [78:55] [WH]

An unmissable disc from a master violinist … see Full Review

Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Horn trio, Flute sonatina, Viola sonata, Quintet for piano & winds Raphael Terroni (piano); Susanne Stanzeleit (violin); Patrick Williams (flute); Morgan Goff (viola); New London Chamber Ens rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572288 [76:54] [JF]

Great works that reveal the creativity and invention of one of Britain’s most competent composers. ... see Full Review 

Jackson BERKEY (b.1942) 21st Century Romantic Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 30 Jackson Berkey (piano and harpsichord) rec. 1988/? SDG RECORDS CD091-2 [47:43 + 62:10] [JW]

Berkey’s music is engaging, thoughtful and amusing, and he’s been well served by the recorded sound. ... see Full Review 

Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Symphonie Fantastique Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Overture Leonore No. 2 Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD193 [67:07] [J-PJ]

Disappointment has set in deeply… see Full Review 

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Trio in A minor Op.114 Piano Quartet No.2 in A Op.26 The Nash Ensemble (Ian Brown (piano); Richard Hosford (clarinet); Marianne Thorsen (violin); Lawrence Power (viola); Paul Watkins (cello)) rec. 2009. Stereo. DDD ONYX CLASSICS ONYX 4045 [73:46] [GD][JS]

The Nash gauge it just right ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)  Complete Variations for Piano André de Groote and Luc Devos (piano) TALENT DOM 3811 00+01 [63:05 + 51:44] [DC]

An excellent set. ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913 – 1976) Peter Grimes Felicity Lott etc. (sop.), Sarah Walker (mezzo), Patricia Payne (alto), Anthony Rolfe-Johnson etc. (ten.), Thomas Allen etc. (bar.), David Wilson-Johnson (bass-bar.), Stafford Dean (bass), Ch. & Orch Royal Opera House/Bernard Haitink, rec. 1992 EMI CLASSICS 50999 4 56943 2 5 [72.05 + 72.36 + bonus disc] [RH]

Haitink brings special insight ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 4 Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt DAL SEGNO DSPRCD045 [78:20] [SV]

Pleasing and very much in keeping with the authentic Central European Bruckner tradition … see Full Review 

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 5 Residentie Orchestra The Hague/Neeme Järvi, rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHSA 5080 [62:05] [GD]

There’s probably scope for an interpretation that tells us something genuinely new about Bruckner’s music, but this certainly is not it. ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 7 Staatskapelle O Berlin/Kurt Masur, rec. 1967 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD6/2009 [64:10] [JW]

Masur’s more malleable and destabilised approach ... see Full Review

Gavin BRYARS (b.1943) Live at Punkt Gavin Bryars Ens rec. live, 2008 GB RECORDS BCGBCD15 [59:39] [DC]

What will you use it for? … see Full Review 

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Organ Works Masaaki Suzuki (organ) rec. 2008 BIS BIS-SACD-1809 [68:48] [DC]

A tale of two organs ... see Full Review 


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