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Silvia Marcovici Vol. 1 Violin concertos by Beethoven, Bartok, Bruch, Lalo, Brahms, Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky rec. 1979-96 DOREMI DHR7942-44 [73:54 + 74:15] +DVD [~100:00] [JW]

Splendid instrumental and tonal qualities and a strong, direct and impressive musicality ... see Full Review

Millennium Canons Looking Forward, Looking Back Kevin PUTS (b.1972) Millennium Canons Jonathan NEWMAN (b.1972) My Hands Are A City Kristin KUSTER (b.1973) Lost Gulch Lookout John MACKEY (b.1973) Kingfishers Catch Fire Gustav HOLST (1874 - 1934) Hammersmith Adam GORB (b.1958) Awayday University of Georgia Wind Ensemble/John P. Lynch rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572231 [61:25] [CR]

Interesting successful works played with youthful energy and professionalism … a quality product ... see Full Review 

Pierre Monteux in Boston A Treasury of Concert Performances 1951-58 Boston SO/Pierre Monteux rec. 1951-58 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6022 [8 CDs: 554:13] [JW]

Authoritative, finely played, well recorded and transferred ... see Full Review

Moving Clarinet Josef PALENICEK (1914-1991) Partita Piccolo [8:58]; Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Sonatina per clarinetto e pianoforte (1956) [10:55]; Miloslav ISTVAN (1928-1990) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano [15:01]; Karel HUSA (b.1921) Three Studies for Solo Clarinet (2008) [8:48]; Viktor KALABIS (1923-2006) Suita per clarinetto e pianoforte (1999) [8:24] Irvin Venyš (clarinet); Martin Kasík (piano) rec. September-November 2009, Martinu Hall, Academy of Music, Prague. DDD ARCODIVA UP 0106-2 131 [52:33] [CR]

Playing of intelligence and maturity, presenting this music in the best possible way ... see Full Review

Musica Fennica Robert KAJANUS (1856 - 1933) Suite ancienne, Berceuse Lauri SAIKKOLA (1906 - 1995) Tripartita, Musica per archi Armas LAUNIS (1884 - 1959) Suite nordique St. Michel Strings/Erkki Palola rec. 2007 ALBA ABCD274 [56:19] [HC]

A lovely disc with several Finnish rarities in excellent performances and recording … see Full Review 

A Musical Journey – Rome Comprising images of the piazzas, fountains and remains of Empire. Music by Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Joseph Banowetz (piano), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Dohnányi NAXOS 2.110239 [58:37] [JF]

As a picture postcard it is superb: for anyone who has spent time in the city it is an essential souvenir. ... see Full Review

A Musical Journey - Northern Italy and Sicily Comprising images of Mantua, Lago di Orta, Cremona, Milan, Etna and Taormina Music by Mozart (Symphonies 25 & 41) NAXOS 2.110251 [58:32] [JF]

A great production ... see Full Review 

Neujahrskonzert: New Year’s Concert 2010 Vienna PO/Georges Prêtre rec. 2010 DECCA 0743376 [146:20] [BW]

A record of a vintage concert ... see Full Review 

Ombre De Mon Amant - French Baroque arias by Charpentier, Rameau and Lambert Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo) Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 2008 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 8610 [65:04]  [J-PJ]

A rather mixed bag of musical offerings but the highlight is von Otter ... see Full Review

Phoenix in Flight Carl Maria von WEBER (1786 - 1826) Clarinet concertino, Clarinet concerto 2 Giovanni BOTTESINI (1821 - 1889) Duetto Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Première Rhapsodie Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Richard Fredrickson (double-bass) Slovak RSO/Kirk Trevor rec. 2002-5 NAVONA RECORDS NV5801 [59:52] [OL]

Great clarinet playing - for the sake of clarinet playing ... see Full Review

Yun-yi Qin (piano) Includes Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Variations on a Minuet Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata 16 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Sonata Claudio PRIETO (b.1934) Jaén 2008 rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572341 [76:02] [JW]

A youthful marker of talent ... see Full Review 

Rathamataz Brett Baker (trombone) Black Dyke Band/Dr Nicholas J. Childs rec. 2009 DOYEN DOYCD261 [71:46] [GD]

On form thoughout, not that there is much to challenge Black Dyke in this repertoire. ... see Full Review 

Romantic Piano Pieces Israela Margalit (piano) rec. 1991 DECCA 476 3486 [69:06] [BR]

Lives up to its billing, at least … see Full Review 

The Sakari Oramo Collection Jean SIBELIUS, Edvard GRIEG, Sergey RACHMANINOV, Béla BARTÓK, Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH, John FOULDS, Gustav MAHLER Nikolai Lugansky, piano , Leila Josefowicz, violin , Peter Donohoe, piano City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bartók)/Sakari Oramo rec. 2000 - 2006 WARNER CLASSICS AND JAZZ 2564 68694-5 [74:54 + 74:18]

A selection of greatest hits which falls short of the mark … see Full Review

Schmelzer & Co - Music at the Habsburg Court Caecilia-Concert rec. 2009 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72339 [75:53] [JV]

Fascinating repertoire from the 17th century - the wind are impressive, but the strings are dynamically a bit flat ... see Full Review

Send In The Clowns London Brass rec. 1989 TELDEC 2564 68617-4 [57:57] [MC]

London Brass demonstrate their excellent talents on this entertaining release ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Service of Venus and Mars: Music for the Knights of the Garter Gothic Voices/Christopher Page (with Andrew Lawrence-King, medieval harp) rec. 1986 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55290 [49:46] [BW]

The Christophorus is entertaining, the Hyperion an essential purchase ... see Full Review

Seized by Sweet Desire - Singing Nuns and Ladies [Notre Dame Repertoire] anon PEROTINUS (fl c1200) LEONINUS (fl 1150s-c1201) Musica Ficta (Malene Nordtorp, Ann-Christine Wesser Ingels, Amy Vestbř, Susannah Carlsson (soprano), Rie Koch, Elisabeth Řrsnes, Linnéa Lomholt, Helen Rossil (contralto))/Bo Holten rec. 1-3 March 2005, St Paul's Church, Copenhagen, Denmark. DDD
NAXOS 8.572265 [49:39] [JV]

A female look at 'male' repertoire ... see Full Review

Sixty Glorious Years: A Concert of 19th Century British Music Katy Morrell (soprano); Phillida Bannister (contralto); Campbell Russell (tenor); Fiona Murphy (cello); Wilfred Goddard (clarinet); Ian Wass (organ); John Talbot, (piano) The Midlands Chorale/Robert Williams Rec1997 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS422CD [75.14] [JF][NB]

For entertainment and enjoyment rather than academic study. ... [JF]
A disc to remind one of the blazing genius of Elgar and the unique path he trod through 1890s British musical culture … see Full Review

Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick Piano Duos César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prélude, choral et fugue (1884) arranged by John Odom for three hands [18:55] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Allegro Brillant, in A major for piano Op.92 (1842) arranged by John Odom for three hands [8:47] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasie, D.940 (1828) [17:37] Sonata in B flat D.617 (1823) [17:23] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Dolly Suite Op.56 (1894-97) arranged by John Odom for three hands [16:39] Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (piano duet) rec. 1974 NIMBUS NI 5178 [79:21] [JW]

Commanding musicality across this eighty minute recital ... see Full Review

Trobadors – Trouvčres – Minnesänger: Songs and Dances of the Middle Ages Ensemble für frühe Musik Augsburg rec. 1984 CHRISTOPHORUS ENTRÉE CHE 0148-2 [50:34]

The Christophorus is entertaining, the Hyperion an essential purchase ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH La Voce di Orfeo - Gli amori di Francesco Rasi 1574-1621 Furio Zanasi (baritone); Giulio Casati (narrator) La Chimera/Eduardo Egüez rec. 2009 DDD NAIVE E 8925 [62:36] [JV]

A magnificent recording and an impressive demonstration of recitar cantando ... see Full Review

Xibus Boston String Qt & guests NAVONA RECORDS NV 5808 [52:58] [BBr]

I can find no redeeming features whatsoever ... see Full Review



The Great Lablache - Nineteenth Century Operatic Superstar: His Life and His Times by Clarissa Lablache Cheer [MMB]

A very commendable attempt to bring us the story of an operatic star … who but for this book would have been almost completely forgotten. A valuable reading experience. ... see Full Review

The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin. Allen & Unwin, 2009 319 pages, paperback ISBN 978-1-74237-159-7 [DJB]

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