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Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Complete String Quartets Melos Quartet of Stuttgart rec. 1973-5 ADD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93891 [3 CDs: 56:06 + 60:06 + 50:29] [RB]

Sounding handsome and at a fine price ... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Pictures from Dante see BATE

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Sonatas 2 & 3, Nocturnes 1-21, 24 Études Maria João Pires, György Sebök, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Boris Berezovsky (piano) O Ntl l‘Opéra de Monte-Carlo/Armin Jordan (concertos) rec. 1956-92 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 68714-7 [5 CDs: 331:54] [JS]

Overall I would regard this as a very worthwhile set … see Full Review 

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano concerto 2 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Quartet 3 Roger Woodward (piano) Alexander String Qt CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13277-2 [59:08] [DC]

Feels ‘right’ from start to finish … see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-49) Complete Nocturnes Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2006 CELESTIAL HARMONIES 14260-2 [58:17 + 65:55] [DC]

It took me a little while to be convinced, but the more I return the more I want to hear ... see Full Review

Hubert CLIFFORD (1904-1959) Serenade for Strings see CLIFFORD

Gaspard CORRETTE (1671 - 1733) Messe du 8e ton pour l'orgue ŕ l'usage des dames réligieuses Guillaume-Gabriel NIVERS (1632 - 1714) Messe du 6e ton, Processional pour l'abbaye royale de Chelles; Fęte de Sainte-Scholastique, Graduale Romano-Monasticum Chanoine DEREY (17th century) O Salutaris Hostia (Office Divin ŕ l'usage des Dames Ursulines de Dijon Regis Allard (organ) Ensemble Vocal Limina Intonations – Jean-Yves Haymoz (baritone) rec. 2008, HORTUS 061 [61.55] [RH]

Charm, vividness and vitality ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904 – 1975) Partita (1930-32)a [29:01] Dialoghi (1959-60)b [18:57] Quattro Liriche di Antonio Machado (1948, orch. 1964)a [5:50] Three Questions with Two Answers (1962-63) [13:02] Gillian Keith (soprano)a; Paul Watkins (cello)b BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda rec.2009 CHANDOS CHAN 10561 [67:21] [HC]

One of the finest discs to have come my way recently ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune, La Mer, Nocturnes, Jeux, Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque), Petite Suite, Premičre Rapsodie, Printemps, Images Robert Gugholz (clarinet), Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1949-64 ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0127 [72:02 + 74:06]
Claude DEBUSSY Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, Six épigraphes antiques,
Khamma , La Boîte ŕ Joujoux , Marche écossaise, Danse (Tarentelle Styrienne) Suzanne Danco (soprano), Nancy Waugh (alto), Marie–Lise de Montmollin (alto), Union Chorale de La Tour–de–Peliz, Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec.1953-8 ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0130 [68:16 + 61:05]

Happy to welcome their return … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Books 1 & 2 Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2007 CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13279-2 [79:43] [DC]

Late news: reviewer lost for words ... see Full Review

Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Coppélia Ludwig MINKUS (1826-1917) Don Quixote O Théâtre National de L’Opéra de Paris/Jean-Baptiste Mari, Elizabethan Trust Melbourne O/John Lanchbery rec. 1972/7 EMI CLASSICS 9677232 [78:44 + 78:53]
Sylvia, La Source Ludwig MINKUS (1826-1917) Paquita O Théâtre National de L’Opéra de Paris/Jean-Baptiste Mari, Royal Opera House O, Covent Garden rec. 1956-83 EMI CLASSICS 9677162 [69:39 + 72:13] [RMay]

Beautifully-recorded accounts of the Delibes displace virtually all others - what a shame about the fillers ... see Full Review 

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Cello Concerto see ROMANTIC CELLO CONCERTOS

Chanoine DEREY (17th century) O Salutaris Hostia (Office Divin ŕ l'usage des Dames Ursulines de Dijon [2.07] see CORRETTE

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Lullaby from The Unicorns, Mass of the Apocalypse, Larkin’s Jazz, Five Forgeries, Five Early Pieces, Air, Metamorphosis Peter Dickinson (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572287 [79:02] [JW]

A rewarding and often challenging journey ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucrezia Borgia Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano) Roberto De Biasio (tenor) Ch & O Bergamo Music Festival/Tiziano Severini rec. live, 2007 NAXOS 8.660257-58 [55.56 + 76.45] [RJF]

Not as impressive as the staged performance, available on DVD, and formidable competition in the wings ... see Full Review 

Guillaume DUFAY (1397-1474)/Ambrose FIELD Being Dufay John Potter (tenor), Ambrose Field (live and studio electronics) rec. 2007 ECM NEW SERIES 2071 [49:32] [GP]

Beautiful, powerful boundary-crossing music … see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 6, In der Natur, Carneval, Othello Dortmund PO/Jac van Steen rec. 2010 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG6011601-2 [80:13] [GD]

Dvořák imbued with gentler Bohemian colours ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Sonata in E minor Op.82 (1918) [26:22] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Elegy for violin and piano (1940) [7:50] William WALTON (1902-1983) Violin Sonata (1947-49) [27:37] Daniel Hope (violin) Simon Mulligan (piano) rec. September 2000, Wyastone Studios NIMBUS NI 5666 [62:10]

Strongly and vividly realised ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Kingdom, Violin Concerto, The Dream of Gerontius – Prelude and The Angel’s Farewell Thomas Zehetmair (violin); Alice Coote (mezzo) Hallé O/Mark Elder rec. 2005/ 2008 HALLE CD HLL 7521 [74:54] [WH]

Zehetmair doesn’t quite cast the spell in an otherwise immensely fine performance... see Full Review

ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto see BRIDGE

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Mélodies Yann Beuron (tenor) Billy Eidi (piano) rec. 2009 TIMPANI 1C1162 [51:42] [JW]

A fine recital - interpretative decisions carry weight and conviction as one listens and as one reflects ... see Full Review 

Jindrich FELD (1925-2007) Chamber Music for Flute - Volume 1 Carlo Jans (flute) Martinu Quartet; Katerína Englichová (harp); Cary Greisch (guitar); Carine Forget (flute); Daniel Blumenthal (piano); Lubomír Havlák (violin); Jitka Vlašánková (cello) ARCO DIVA UP0118-2 131 [70:02] [JW]

A new series inaugurated in great style. Feld deserves nothing less ... see Full Review

Paul FETLER (b.1920) 3 Poems by Walt Whitman, Capriccio, Violin Concerto 2 Aaron Berofsky (violin), Thomas H. Blaske (narrator), Penelope Fischer (flute), Scott Graddy (piccolo), Ann Arbor SO/Arie Lipsky rec. 2007-8 NAXOS 8.559606 [66:43] [NB]

Moving, beautiful, and very involving music ... see Full Review

Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Quintette see French Flute Chamber Music

Tim GARLAND (b.1951) Fantasia in Two Movements – The Stream, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone – Homage to Father Bach see Celebrating Bach

Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Ludmila Overture see MAHLER


RECORDING OF THE MONTH Osvaldo GOLIJOV (b. 1960) La Pasión según San Marcos Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Orquesta La Pasión, Simón Bolívar Youth O Venezuela/María Guinand, Robert Spano rec. 2007/08 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7461 CD: [53:06 + 31:21] DVD: [87:37] [DM]

Only the stoniest of hearts could fail to be moved ... see Full Review

Stephen GOSS (b. 1964) Frozen Music, Uneasy Dreams, Dark Knights and Holy Fools, Under Milk Wood Songs. Sonata for Guitar Tom Ellis, Craig Ogden, Stephen Goss, Michael Partington (guitar) rec. 1993-2007 CADENZA CACD0711 [67:43] [CR]

An excellent disc showing the range and quality of Goss’s compositions … see Full Review 

Théodore GOUVY (1819-1898) Symphony No. 2 in F major op. 12 (1848-49) [31:41] Paraphrases Symphoniques op. 89 (1886) [14:22] Fantaisie Symphonique (1879) [25:31] Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Thomas Kalb rec. Studio DRR, Württembergische Philharmonie, Germany, 11-12 March 2008, 15 July 2008, 17-18 September 2008. DDD STERLING CDS-1087-2 [71:56] [RB]

Spirited and engaging readings of music hitherto lost in the chasmed realms of nineteenth century dust ... see Full Review

Peter Michael HAMEL (b.1947) Vom Klang des Lebens (1992-2006) Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2006, CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13256-2 [60:17] [DC]

A fine piece beautifully performed. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Jephtha Kammerchor der Frauenkirche Dresden; Dresdner Barockorchester/Matthias Grünert rec. 2008 CARUS 83.422 [3 CDs: 61:15 + 60:24 + 39:29] [BW]

A satisfactory performance but outshone by Gardiner’s earlier version ... see Full Review

George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah Trinity Ch & O/Owen Burdick rec. 1996 NAXOS 8.554511-12 [76:32 + 65:47] [JS]

Intelligent, carefully thought-out and full of rhythmic bounce and life … see Full Review 

Roy HARRIS (1898 - 1979) Symphonies 5 & 6, Acceleration Bournemouth SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2008 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559609 [61:44] [NB]

I will look forward to further releases in this cycle ... see Full Review

Julius HARRISON (1885-1963) Worcestershire Suite (1918)* [13:49] Bredon Hill: Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (1941) [10:34] Troubadour Suite (1944) [10:37] Romance: A Song of Adoration (1930)* [3:38] Prelude-Music for Harp and String Orchestra (1912) [8:25] Widdicombe Fair: Humoresque for String Orchestra (1916) [2:22]
Hubert CLIFFORD (1904-1959) Serenade for Strings (1943) [18:02] Matthew Trusler (violin) Andrew Knight (harp) BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth (conductor) rec. 2006 world premiere recordings except *which are first time CD recordings DUTTON CDLX 7174 [68:26] [RB]

These are notable and surprisingly strong contributions to a richly rewarding pastoral seam in British music ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonathan HARVEY (b. 1939) Works for Piano & Flute Florian Hoelscher (pno), Pirmin Grehl (flute) rec. 2007-8 NEOS 10828 [58:11] [CR]

A world-class performance of some magnificent repertoire ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 85 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 12 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 8 Melvyn Tan (piano) London Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green rec. 2007/8 LONDON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA LIVE SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD175 [71:44] [BR]

Decent all-around, but nothing special…see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809)Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano Hob. XVa - XV 31, 32 Giuseppe F. Modugno (fortepiano); Alberto Bologni (violin) rec. 2009 DDD CONCERTO CD 2048 [63:16] [JV]

Interesting repertoire and good performances, but poor choice of fortepiano and acoustics ... see Full Review

Alfred HILL (1869-1960) String Quartets - Volume 3 String Quartet No.5 in E flat major The Allies (1920) [29:19] String Quartet No.7 in A major (1934) [20:47] String Quartet No.9 in A minor (1935) [23:21] Dominion Quartet rec. 2007-8 NAXOS 8.572446 [73:53] [JW]

Very enjoyable ... see Full Review

Alun HODDINOTT (1929 – 2008) Passaggio Op.94 (1977) [14:41] The Heaventree of Stars Op.102 (1980) [11:22] Doubles Op.106 (1982) [17:05] Star Children Op.135 (1989) [18:26] Hu Kun (violin – Op.102); David Cowley (oboe – Op.106); Rosalie Armstrong (harpsichord – Op.106); BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka rec. 1992 NIMBUS NI5357 [61:34] [NB]

A rewarding disc of powerful music brilliantly performed. ... see Full Review

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Invocation see BRIDGE

Iosif IVANOVICI (1845-1902) Waves of the Danube Patricia Seymour (soprano) Banatul PO/Ion Iancu rec. 2004 ELECTRECORD EDC 600 [72:31] [BR]

For any fan of the genre, this disc is a must ... see Full Review

Charles IVES (1874 - 1954) Holidays Symphony, The General Slocum, Overture, Yale-Princeton Football Game, Postlude Malmö SO & Ch/James Sinclair rec. 2007/8 NAXOS 8.559370 [53:16] [BW]

Excellent performances - but why carve up the Holidays Symphony? ... see Full Review 

Marinus de JONG (1891 - 1984) Violin Sonata, Piano Sonata 3 & other chamber works Ning Kam (violin) Jozef de Beenhouwer (piano) rec. 2007/8 PHAEDRA 92061 [72:09] [HC]

A fine composer’s portrait with works of great melodic and lyrical appeal … see Full Review

JOSQUIN Desprez (c.1440 ?/1450-1521) Motets Orlando Consort rec. 1999, DDD. No texts or translations. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93939 [70:34] [BW]

An inexpensive way to get to know some wonderful music ... see Full Review

Robert KAJANUS (1856 - 1933) Suite ancienne, Berceuse see Musica Fennica

Hugo KAUDER (1888-1972) String Quartets Euclid Quartet rec. 2005 CENTAUR CRC 2840 [71:28] [RB]

A composer whose quartets sing with pastoral passion ... see Full Review

Uuno KLAMI (1900-1961) Northern Lights, Cheremissian Fantasy, Kalevala Suite Samuli Peltonen (cello) Helsinki PO/John Storgärds rec. 2009 ONDINE ODE1143-2 [65:25] [JF]

A fine introduction to his music ... see Full Review

Zoltan KODÁLY (1882-1967) Missa Brevis see MARTIN

Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Le cortčge d'Amphitrite - Songs by Koechlin Claudette Leblanc (soprano); Boaz Sharon (piano) rec. October 1985, Toronto, Canada HELIOS HYPERION CDH55163 [53:29] [RB]

Short timing but superb readings of these testingly stratospheric and fragile blooms ... see Full Review

Erich KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto see BEETHOVEN

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792) Aeneas i Cartago (Ćneas in Carthage) - orchestral excerpts Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä/Patrick Gallois rec. 2007. NAXOS 8.570585 [69:49]

Another valuable gap-filling recording from Naxos ... see Full Review

Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto see ROMANTIC CELLO CONCERTOS

Armas LAUNIS (1884 - 1959) Suite nordique see Musica Fennica

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les Préludes Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde (orchestral extracts) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances 5 & 6 San Francisco SO/Alfred Hertz rec. 1925-8 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC195 [61:46] [RMay]

Colourful accounts full of gusto ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811 - 1886) 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante Alice Sara Ott (piano) rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8362 [66:09] [GD]

A remarkable debut ... see Full Review

Alexander LOKSHIN (1920-1987) Les fleurs du mal, Hungarian Fantasy, The Art of Poetry, Sinfonietta 2, In the Jungle Vanda Tabery (soprano); Wolfgang Redik (violin) Recreation; Grosses Orchester Graz/Michel Swierczewski rec. 2005, BIS-CD-1556 [81:21] [RB]

Works over a 45 year period from expressionist symbolism to a measure of challenging dissonance ... see Full Review

Jon LORD (b. 1941) To Notice Such Things, Evening Song, For Example, Air on a Blue String Jon Lord (piano) Cormac Henry (flute) Jeremy Irons (narrator) Royal Liverpool PO/Clark Rundell rec. 2009 AVIE RECORDS AV 2190 [54:25] [RB]

Quite an achievement ... see Full Review

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