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20/21 – Music for Cello and Piano from the 20th and 21st centuries Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Cello Sonata in D minor (1915) Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Cello Sonata (1948) Andrew WAGGONER (b.1960) Catenary, Memory Variations for cello and piano (2007) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Après un Rêve [2:46] Robert Burkhart (cello) Blair McMillen (piano) rec. 2009, CENTAUR CRC 3004 [47:18] [JW]

Burkhart is quite a patrician and relatively reserved cellist ... see Full Review

William Appling Plays Scott Joplin and J.S.Bach William Appling (piano) rec. 2004-07 ALBANY TROY 1163 [71:04] [JW]

Performances marked by a stately, relaxed approach that bespeaks great affection and an almost wonderingly, lingering appreciation… see Full Review 

Baltic Exchange Ugis PRAULIŅŠ (b.1957) Missa Rigensis, Laudibus in Sanctis Maija EINFELD (b.1939) Cikls ar Friča Bārdas dzeju Urmas SISASK (b.1960) Benedictio Vytautas MIŠKINIS (b.1954) Angelis suis Deus, Pater Noster Ch Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67747 [67:43] [HC]

A very fine selection of imaginative and often quite beautiful choral music by Baltic composers in excellent performances and recordings … see Full Review 

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Symphony No. 4 in F minor Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Egmont Overture Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) La Valse New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein rec. 1958, 1959 DYNAMIC IDIS 6577 [61:08] [BR]

Great performances but I have no fondness for the remastering ... see Full Review 

Measha Brueggergosman - Night and Dreams Measha Brueggergosman (soprano); Justus Zeyen (piano) 2009 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 8101 [65:30] [GF]

A quality product that should offer many pleasant listening hours to lovers of Lieder and Mélodies ... see Full Review 

Call me Flott Songs Dame Felicity Lott (sop.), Graham Johnson (pno), rec. CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD003 [74:57] [JQ]

A captivating disc in which charm and sophistication are blended in equal measure. ... see Full Review

Espoon tuomiokirkon urut 1967-2010 (Espoon cathedral organ 1967-2010) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sulo SALONEN (1899-1976) Joonas KOKKONEN (1921-1996) Oskar LINDBERG (1887-1955) Oskar MERIKANTO (1868-1924) Joseph Gabriel RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Petri Koivusalo (organ)
rec. 2009, 2010, FUGA-0292/MKSACD 43
[72:01] [DM]

A tribute to a now-defunct instrument, and what better eulogy than this beautifully produced recording ... see Full Review

The Grand Tour: Music from 16th and 17th Century Italy, Spain and Germany His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts/Timothy Roberts rec. 1993, 1995 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55344 [69:26] [GD]

Worthy of unqualified recommendation at full price. At budget price an absolute bargain… see Full Review 

Danish Violin Concertos - Vol. 4 Works by Niels & Axel Gade, Riisager & Malling Kai Laursen (violin), South Jutland SO/Ole Schmidt/Mariss Jansons, Aarhus SO/Jorma Panula/Aksel Wellejus, rec. 1966-78 DANACORD DACOCD 467/468 [60:41 + 61:03] [BBr]

Much to discover and enjoy … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Early One Morning: Finnish Orchestral Favorites Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (CD1), Camerata Finlandia (CD2)/Jorma Panula rec. 1995,1996,2007 NAXOS CD 8.578143-44 [70:33 + 53:15] [BR]

I loved this two-disc sampler of lesser-known Finnish composers … see Full Review

English Viola Sonatas Martin Outram (viola), Julian Rolton (pno), rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572208 [72.04] [GH]

With this music and these performances we are undoubtedly the richer. ... see Full Review

The Enlightenment in the New World - American harpsichord music of the 18th century William SELBY (c.1738-1798) Voluntary VIII in A Mr. NEWMAN (fl. c.1807-1810) Sonata III in D Alexander REINAGLE (1756-1809) Lee Rigg in A John Christopher MOLLER (1755-1803) Sinfonia in E flat Victor PALISSIER (c.1745-c.1820) Three Hornpipes in B flat, C and G James HEWITT (1770-1827) Yankee Doodle with 9 variations William BROWN (fl.1783-1788) Rondo III in G Benjamin CARR (1768-1831) Sonata VI in B flat The Maid of Lodi in G James HEWITT The Battle of Trenton Olivier Baumont (harpsichord), Matthew Kowles (narrator) rec. 2001 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 68966-9 [50:22] [JvV]

Largely unknown American keyboard music from the last decades of the 18th century - beautiful performances, but the lack of information about the music is unforgivable ... see Full Review 

Fantasy Olivier MESSIAEN (1908–1992) La Mort du Nombre, Thème et Variations, Fantasie Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874–1951) Phantasy Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Fantasie, Sei mir Gegrüsst! Kaoru Ymada (violin); Sholto Kynoch (piano); Rhona McKail (soprano) ; Nicky Spence (tenor) rec. 2009 STONE RECORDS 5060192780017 [69:20] [JW]

Intelligence in this respect is matched by the performances, and good recorded sound… see Full Review 

Gerald Finley - Great Operatic Arias Gerald Finley (baritone) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN 3167 [68:41] [GF]

Another highly desirable issue in the ever-growing Opera in English series… see Full Review 

The Golden Age of the Gramophone – The 42 Best Loved Popular Classical Recordings 1907-1945 RETROSPECTIVE RTS 4164 [78:11 +78:32]

If you can live with treble-starved transfers this selection is decent enough. ... see Full Review

Für Elise: Kempff Transcriptions and Encores Wilhelm Kempff (piano) rec. 1953/5 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1288 [63:32] [BBr]

This disk doesn’t do Kempff any favours … see Full Review 

A German Bouquet Works by Schop, Schmelzer, Muffat, Krieger, Buxtehude, Bach, Erlebach & Pisendel Trio Settecento rec. 2008 CEDILLE RECORDS 90000114 [78:30] [BW]

An excellent German-based successor to Trio Settecento’s CD of Italian Sonatas ... see Full Review 

London Mozart Players: the complete HMV stereo recordings Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 28 & 41, Concertos for Two Pianos, Serenade 9 Juan Crisóstomo de ARRIAGA (1806-1826) Symphony Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 103 Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin (piano) London Mozart Players/Harry Blech rec. 1955-7 FIRST HAND REMASTERS FHR05 [3 CDs: 199:24] [JW]

Pleasures aplenty here ... see Full Review 

Radu Lupu - Complete Decca Solo Recordings Radu Lupu (piano) rec. 1970-1993 DECCA 478 2340 [10 CDs: 693:23] [DC]

Must have, must have… see Full Review 

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