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A Little Serenade Jonathan Richards (guitar), Andrea Edmondson (flute) rec. 2009 CAMPION CAMEO 2079 [66:31] [OL]

A collection of pieces that deserve to become popular ... see Full Review

The Art of Géza Anda Géza Anda (piano) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93795 [4 CDs: 276:46] [JW]

Altogether a worthy tribute to Anda ... see Full Review 

The A-Z of Classical Music by Keith Anderson 3rd expanded edition, 2009 2 CDs plus 932-page booklet, slipcased ISBN: 978-1-84379-250-5 Full tracklisting at end of review NAXOS 8.558212-13 [2 CDs: 2:33:01] [RB]

I cannot imagine a better compact gateway through which to explore and discover. ... see Full Review

American Anthem Nathan Gunn (baritone), Kevin Murphy (piano) rec. 1998, St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London. Song texts not included EMI CLASSICS AMERICAN CLASSICS 6 95226 2 [67:49] [DM]

I’m surprised EMI have chosen to reissue this so soon ... see Full Review

I Love Ballet – Highlights from ballet scores EMI CLASSICS 9670202 [76.24+77.55] [MM-B]

An attractive compilation of some very good and some pleasant music … very good value for money ... see Full Review

Canzoni Vol. 1 'O Sole Mio' & Vol. 2 'Torna a Surriento' rec. 1907-55 PREISER 90766 & 90767 [72:39 & 77:00]

A warming blast of Italianate sunshine ... see Full Review

Cello Quartet – Original Works Tritton Cello Ens rec. 2009 COLUMNA MÚSICA CM0225 [64:36] [NB]

An ultimately disappointing disc ... see Full Review

Chaliapin, The Enchanter – memories of the Great Russian Bass A Film by Elisabeth Kapnist WARNER 50 51865 211525 [58:00] [JW]

Offers insights and a thoughtful approach to its subject matter ... see Full Review

Chants d’est – Songs from Slavic Lands Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
Nunc dimittis - Vespers Op. 37 (1915) [3:48] Ernö DOHNANYI (1877-1960) Ruralia Hungarica Op. 32b (1924) [10:35] TRADITIONAL Song in remembrance of Schubert (Jewish Traditional) [4:25] Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Tatar Dance Songs and dances Op. 84 (1953) [2:45] Franck KRAWCZYK (b.1969) Jeux d'enfants, after Janácek's Moravian Folksongs (2007) [16:22] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Alexander Nevsky - The field of the dead (1938) [4:56] Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Variations on a Slovak folksong Theme (1959) H378 [9:34] Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Rückert-Lieder - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (1901-02) TRADITIONAL Dance [2:18] Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello) Sinfonia Varsovia/Christophe Mangou rec. 2007, Polskie NAĎVE V5178 [61:00] [JW]

Works pretty well as a thematic concept. ... see Full Review

Classically Enfield *Christopher Deacon (trumpet); ** Dudley Bright (trombone) Enfield Citadel Band/Jonathan Cary rec. details not supplied SPS 256 [77:19] [JS]

Musicianship and enthusiasm … see Full Review

Boris Christoff CD 1 Italian Opera CD 2 Russian Opera CD 3 Russian Songs and Sacred Music Boris Christoff (bass) with piano acc, orchestras and choir rec. 1949 – 1955 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 796 1/3 [3 CDs: 70:19 + 71:56 + 72:25] [GF]

One of the greatest singing artists ever recorded ... see Full Review

DeConstruction John CAGE (1912-1992) The Perilous Night Charlotte ROSE & Tzenka DIANOVA First DeConstruction (The Perilous Night) Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Portrait de Socrate, Le pičge de Méduse, Gnossienne IV John CAGE Bacchanale Erik SATIE Vexations Tzenka Dianova (pno, prepared pno, celesta), Sarah Watkins (pno) ATOLL ACD 309 [59:04] [DC]

I’ve enjoyed this enormously, and hope you will too ... see Full Revie

Electric Tuba Kjetil Myklebust (tuba) rec. 2009 C-Y CONTEMPORARY CY0904 [46:59]  [GD]

Approaches the idea of ‘electric tuba’ from a satisfyingly diverse array of musical angles ... see Full Review

Marie Fajtová - Pensive Songs Klement SLAVICKÝ (1910 – 1999) Richard STRAUSS (1864 – 1949) Antonín DVORÁK (1841 – 1904) Bohuslav MARTINU (1890 – 1959) Marie Fajtová (soprano); Robert Pechanek (piano) rec. 2009. DDD
Texts and English translations enclosed ARCODIVA UP 0124-2131 [51:51] [GF]

An attractive calling-card for a promising singer ... see Full Review

Fanfare British Music for Symphonic Brass Ensemble Locke Brass Consort/James Stobart rec. 1976 CHANDOS COLLECT CHAN6573 [38:42] [RB]

Elite brass playing superbly recorded in 1977 and all at bargain price. ... see Full Review

Fire Dance Zdenek LUKÁŠ, Jan Frank FISCHER, Béla BARTÓK, Claude DEBUSSY, Jan Hanuš TRNECEK, David WATKINS, Sylvie BODOROVÁ Katerina Englichová (harp) Wihan Quartet ą rec. 9 June 2009, live, Gustav Mahler Festival, Jihlava ARCO DIVA UP 0116-2 131 [59:06] [JW]

An artfully constructed programme musically realised with skill and authority ... see Full Review

French Flute Chamber Music Marcel TOURNIER (1879-1951) Suite Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Suite en rocaille Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Variations libres et finale Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Quintette Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Sérénade Mirage Qnt rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570444 [63:53] [JW]

A truly lovely disc ... see Full Review 

Wilhelm Furtwängler - Great Conductors. The Early Recordings: Volume 4 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin: Prelude (1851) [9:37] Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act I (1865) [10:33] Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod (Act III) (1865) [6:23] Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Funeral Music (Act III) (1876) [8:24] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances Nos.1 in G minor [3:00] and 10 in F major [1:57] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (1894-5) [15:05] Johann STRAUSS II (1825–1899) Die Fledermaus – Overture (1874) [8:21] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1930-36, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111005 [63:19] [JW]

With unproblematically fine transfers, this series proceeds in the safest of hands ... see Full Review

Garden Scene (Double Bass Recital) Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD, Giovanni BOTTESINI, Henri CASADESUS, Reinhold GLIČRE, Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (Moisei VAINBERG) Joel Quarrington (double bass) Andrew Burashko (piano) rec. 2008, ANALEKTA AN 2 9931 [56:53] [JW]

Quarrington on top form in this well recorded and intriguingly laid-out recital ... see Full Review

Johannes Geffert plays Leyding, Bach, De Gruijtters, Kuhnau and Bruhns Johannes Geffert (organ) rec. St Pauluskerk, Antwerp, Belgium, no date given. DDD LCS HIRES LCSSACD003 [78:53] [JV]

Portrait of an interesting organ, but the choice of music is questionable ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Szymon Goldberg Centenary Edition: Vol. 1: Non-Commercial Recordings rec. 1950-70 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1223 [8 CDs: 572:03] [JW]

For me it's a Record of the Year ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Hollywood 1 & 2 Royal O/José Serebrier rec. 2005/7 ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA RPO017CD & RPO022CD [77:26 & 73:38] [RB]

Sharply imaginative and challenging playing of vintage film music ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music – The Hall of Fame - Volume 3 rec. 1941-58 GUILD GLCD 5162 [77:54] [BBr]

Yet another success for a series which I cannot praise too highly ... see Full Review

Great Cathedral Organs of England - Volume II rec. 1974-1985 REGIS RRC1317 [78:19]
- the Organ of Bridgewater Hall
Jonathan Scott (organ) rec. 2009 SCOTT BROTHERS SBDRCD004 [78:01] [JS]

Each disc has distinct virtues, and overall both are very successful … see Full Review

Gregorian Chant (1st and 2nd centuries CE) The Apostolic Age GREGORIAN CHANT (3rd to 6th centuries CE) The Age of the Church Fathers Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus; Stan Hollaardt rec. 2005 DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93957 [50:03] [MS]

An unpretentious, well sung and recorded selection of early chant conveying nicely the essence, as well as illustrating the provenance, of music at the very start of the Western tradition ... see Full Review

Inédits Youra Guller - Piano Archives Vol. II Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Etudes Symphoniques Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 4 Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Triana Youra Guller (piano) Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1958-62 TAHRA TAH650 [64:58] [JW]

Drama-laced performances ... see Full Review

The Art of Roland Hayes – Six Centuries of Song Roland Hayes (tenor) Reginald Boardman (piano) rec. 1953-4 PREISER 93462 [59:29 + 73:32] [JW]

Even with the voice worn, Hayes has powerful communicative insights to offer ... see Full Review

The legendary pianist Mindru Katz plays French Master Works Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes – Book I Gabriel FAURE, Maurice RAVEL Mindru Katz (piano) rec. 1950s/1972/1973 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 138 [67:52] [JW]

Documentary evidence to demonstrate just how complete an artist Katz was ... see Full Review

Simon Keenlyside Recital Simon Keenlyside (bar.), Malcolm Martineau (pno) rec. 2008 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0031 [74:08] [GD]

An elegant document of the sort of world-class recital for which the Wigmore Hall is justifiably famous ... see Full Review

Kingdom of Dragons Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band/Philip Harper EGON SFZ149 [69:34] [DC]

Very high standards, long may this tradition continue ... see Full Review 

Fritz Kreisler - The Complete Recordings - Vol. 1 George Falkenstein (piano) rec. 1904/10 NAXOS 8.112053 [74:43] [JW]

Exemplifies the profoundly important contribution Kreisler made ... see Full Review

Leikkikalu Satakieli Leopold MOZART Toy Symphony Pekka JALKANEN Satakelo Sinikka Sokka (soprano/narrator) Keski-Pohjanmann Kamariorkesteri/Lauri Pulakka rec. 2008 ALBA ABCD280 [70:53] [CR]

Listening to this disc made me happy … see Full Review 

Romantic Cello Concertos Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999) Concierto como un Divertimento (1981) [24:00] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Cello Concerto (1921) [26:38] Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto (1876) [26:37] Julian Lloyd Webber (cello) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jesus Lopez-Cobos (Rodrigo; Lalo) Philharmonia/Vernon Handley (Delius) rec. 1979-83, London SONY 88697570022 [77:15] [RB]

A master cellist - adept, sensitive and enthusiastic ... see Full Review

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