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Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Clarinet Concerto, Gra see American Clarinet

Antonio CESTI (1623 - 1669) Le disgrazie d'Amore Auser Musici/Carlo Ipata, rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67771/2 [76:51 + 77:43] [JV]

This 'moralizing comic opera' is highly entertaining and is given a fine performance by an impressive cast ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Kissin Plays Chopin Evgeny Kissin (piano) rec. 1993-2004 BMG-RCA 88697 625302 [5 CDs: 317:31] [DC]

Powerful and sometimes wayward, but not to be avoided ... see Full Review

George CRUMB (b. 1929) Sonata for solo cello see PROKOFIEV

Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904 - 1975) Tartiniana, Due Pezzi, Piccola Musica Notturna, Frammenti Sinfonici dal Balletto ‘Marsia’, Variazioni per Orchestra BBC PO/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2004 CHANDOS CHAN10258 [73:07] [HC]

Superb performances and recordings of works from an important decade in Dallapiccola’s composing life … see Full Review 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Jeux – poème dansé [19:22] and other pieces
arranged for orchestra by Colin MATTHEWS (b. 1946): Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2007/8 DDD HALLE CD HLL 7518 [73:35] [JQ]

Orchestral re-imaginings of Debussy’s piano pieces which are entertaining, intriguing and very satisfying ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS
(1862 - 1934)
Cello Sonata see English Viola Sonatas

Ernst von DOHNANYI (1877-1960) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Howard Shelley (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Matthias Bamert rec. 2001/4 CHANDOS CHAN10599X [72:25]  [RB]

Rather wonderful and revelling in luxury sound ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucrezia Borgia Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Krauss, RCA Italiana Opera Ch & O/Jonel Perlea rec. 1966 SONY OPERA HOUSE 88697575942 [60.53 + 73.22]  [RJF]

The preferred choice among CD recordings of this dramatic work from Donizetti’s pre-Lucia period ... see Full Review 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Maria Stuarda Maria Pia Piscitelli (soprano) Laura Polveretti (mezzo) FORM O Filarmonica Marchigiana/Riccardo Frizza rec. live, 2007 NAXOS 8.660261-62 [60:41 + 55:55] [GF]

This is the most idiomatically Italian version of them all ... see Full Review 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848) Lucrezia Borgia Dimitra Theodossiou (sop.), Nidia Palacios (mezzo), Ch & O Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti/Tiziano Severini, rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.660257-58 [55:56 + 76:45] [GF]

Admirably sensitive and involved ... see Full Review

Antal DORATI (1906-1988) Divertimento see MARTINŮ

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Serenade for Strings see Bohemian Album

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Overture Froissart, Symphonies 1 & 2 Phil. O/Andrew Davis, rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD179 [67:57 + 57:23] [WH]

Fine performances of Elgar’s two symphonies, but the conductor’s earlier readings are to be preferred … see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto B min. Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis, rec. 2009 BMG-RCA RED SEAL 88697605882 [49:37] [JQ]

A significant addition to the discography of one of the pinnacles of the violin repertoire ... see Full Review

Francisco ESCUDERO (b.1912) Orchestral works see Basque Music

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quartets 1 & 2, Nocturne 4 Hermitage String Trio, Kathryn Stott (piano) rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10582 [71:49] [JW]

Sweep and largesse but can miss the implicit nobility of the writing and the subtlety of the melancholia ... see Full Review 

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924) Sicilienne Op. 78 (1898) [3:31] Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 117 (1921) [18:25] Après un rêve (arr. P. Casals) (1878) [2:55] Elegie Op. 24 (1880) [6:18] Romance Op. 69 (1894) [3:52] Berceuse Op. 16 (arr. for cello and piano) (1879) [3:09] Papillon Op. 77 (1884) [3:02] Sérénade Op. 98 (publ. 1908) [3:22] Cello Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 109 (1917) [19:19] Pavane Op. 50 (arr. H. Busser) (1887) [5:39] Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson (cello); Allan Sternfield (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570545 [69:32] [JW]

Relatively unengaged, static and lacks tonal variety… see Full Review 

Graham FITKIN (b. 1963) Circuit, T1 & T2, Relent, Carnal, Furniture Kathryn Stott (piano) Noriko Ogawa (piano) Tokyo SO/Naoto Otomo rec. 2007 BIS BIS-SACD-1517 [68:36] [HC]

A superbly played and recorded survey of Graham Fitkin’s output for piano … see Full Review 

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio Arthur Catterall (violin) William Murdoch (piano) WH Squire (cello) rec. 1923-6 HISTORIC RECORDINGS HRCD00024 [67:43] [JW]

What a sympathetic chamber player and how eloquent were his colleagues ... see Full Review 

César FRANCK (1822-1890) String Quartet see Virtuoso Quartet

Tomás GARBIZU (1901-1989) Misa Papa Juan XXIII, Cinco canciones vascas see Basque Music

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Les Ruses d'amour Romanian State Orchestra/Horia Andreescu rec. 1986 Orchestral Works - Volume 19 NAXOS 8.572447 [50:56]

Enthusiasm and creditable playing. ... see Full Review [MC] A very appealing score … one of the series’ more enjoyable excursions ... see Full Review [RMay]

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) José Serebrier conducts the Nine Glazunov Symphonies Royal Scottish National Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 2004-2009. DDD full details at end of review WARNER CLASSICS: Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 9 (2564 68904-2); 6 (2564 69627-0) 4, 7 (2564 63236-2); 5 (2564 61434-2); 8 (2564 61939-2)

Consistently inspired interpretative insights combined with superb audio-technology ... see Full Review

Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875 - 1956) Russian Piano Music Series - Vol. 3 25 Preludes, 3 Mazurkas, 12 Esquisses Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2002 DIVINE ART DDA25083 [69:02] [NB]

A natural gift for melody makes Gliere’s music thoroughly enjoyable ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice Ewa Podles, Ana Rodrigo, Elena de la Merced, Comunidad de Madrid Ch, Galicia SO/Peter Maag, rec. 1998 ARTS 47753-8 [34:29 + 69:14] [MM-B]

If you believe that of Orfeo should be sung by a contralto then this recording is a good option ... see Full Review

Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI (b.1933) Three Dances see SZABELSKI

Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Philharmonic Waltzes see MENDELSSOHN

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Violin Sonata see RAVEL

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto see TCHAIKOVSKY

Pavel HAAS (1899-1944) String Quartet 2 see Bohemian Album

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Duets Rosemary Joshua (sop.), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), English Concert/Harry Bicket, rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN 0767 [62:44] [J-PJ]

For sheer vocal beauty, there is very little to fault. ... see Full Review

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

Desperately needed recordings of two Harris symphonies, both of crucial importance in his development … see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Complete String Quartets Kodaly Qt rec. 1989-2000 NAXOS 8.502400 [25CDs: 25:42:24] [SA]

The Kodaly Quartet plays with a shared intelligence that makes for thrilling listening - nothing could persuade me to live without it … see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 88, Harmoniemesse Bavarian Radio SO & Ch/Mariss Jansons rec. live 2008 BR KLASSIK 403571900102 [67:08] [WH]

Solid performances of Haydn from a live concert … see Full Review 

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets op. 54 Sacconi Quartet SACCONI RECORDS no number [63:13] [JS]

Quartet playing and music of this quality is rare on disc … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Violin Concertos 1 & 4 see MOZART

Michael HAYDN (1732-1806) Orchestral works Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/Frank Beermann & Johannes Goritzki, rec. 1994-2004 CPO 777 137-2 [77.00 + 78.54] [GH]

Everyday charm and down-to-earth musical intelligence ... see Full Review

Heinz HOLLIGER (b.1939) Oboe Sonata see MARTINŮ

Alan HOVHANESS (1911 - 2000) Vision from High Rock, Symphony 15, Mountain of Prophecy Michael YOUNG (b. 1939) Secrets Gregory SHORT (1938-1999) Mount Takhoma Northwest SO/Anthony Spain Northwest SO/Anthony Spain rec. 1997 KOCH INTERNATIONAL 3-7399-2 HI [67:14] [RB]

Mostly Hovhaness but all satisfyingly mountain themed ... see Full Review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphonies 7, 14 & 23 Trinity College of Music/Keith Brion rec. 2008 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559385 [62:43] [RB]

Surrender to the music and you can be transported to realms undreamt or at least dreamt only by Hovhaness ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) St John's Magnificat and other choral works Ch St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10587 [75:33] [JF]

There are at least four excellent reasons why this CD should be at the top of the list for all Herbert Howells enthusiasts ... see Full Review 

Tobias HUME (c.1579-1645) Passion & Division -The First Part of Ayres—Captain Humes Musicall Humors Susanne Heinrich (viola da gamba) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67811 [70:34] [KMc]

This Hume fan is disappointed, but others may not be ... see Full Review

Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Istar, Choral Varié, Symphony 3, Diptych méditerranéen Sigurdur Flosason (saxophone) Iceland SO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2009 CHANDOS CHAN10585 [71.09] [GH]

It’s good to welcome this Chandos volume and especially the Third Symphony ... see Full Review 

(1879 - 1962)
Cello Sonata
Gordon JACOB (1895 - 1984) Viola Sonata see English Viola Sonatas

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Piano Sonata, On An Overgrown Path, In the Mist Slávka Pĕchočová (piano) rec. 2009 PRAGA DSD250266 [77:33] [GL]

I enjoyed this new recording but felt it was lacking compared to the best in these lovely works ... see Full Review

John JOUBERT (b. 1927) Symphony 1 William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Symphony 1 London PO/Vernon Handley, Royal PO/Sir Charles Groves (Mathias) rec. 1969/95 LYRITA SRCD.340 [62:02] [MG]

Two fine performances, clearly recorded … see Full Review

Paul KLETZKI (1900 – 1973) Piano Concerto, 3 Preludes, Fantasie Joseph Banowetz (pno) Russian PO/Thomas Sanderling, rec. 2006-7 NAXOS 8.572190 [75:12] [NB]

Interesting and rare music but a disc for the rampantly curious only … see Full Review

Eugeniusz KNAPIK (b.1951) La flûte de jade see SZABELSKI

Ioannis KOUKOUZÉLIS Byzantine Chant Choeur Byzantine de Grèce/Lycourgas Angelopoulos JADE 399 299-2 [73.08] [GH]

A sense of ecclesiastical space and air ... see Full Review 

Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697 - 1764)Violin Sonatas, Book 1: Nos. 1-12 Adrian Butterfield (violin), Alison McGillivray (viola da gamba), Laurence Cummings (harpsichord) rec. 3-5, 8-10 January 2008, St Mary's Church, Walthamstow, London, UK. DDD NAXOS 8.570888-890 [JV]

This recording testifies to Leclair's greatness as a composer and as a performer ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giovanni LEGRENZI (1626-1690) Messa a 4 Voci e Doi Violini, Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore Oficina Musicum/Riccardo Favero rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS653 [35:45 + 67:30] [MS]

Superbly persuasive … so complete and sheerly lovely that one cannot wait for more … see Full Review 

Magnus LINDBERG (b. 1958) GRAFFITI (2009)a [31:32] Seht die Sonne (2007) [25:40] Helsinki Chamber Choira; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo
rec. House of Culture, Helsinki 4-5 September 2008, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki 23 May 2009a ONDINE ODE 1157-2 [57:12] [HC]

Of its time while remaining accessible… see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)/Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” (1897) [26:41] Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 20/K204 (1883) [28:34]. Prélude et étude en arpègesm K297 (1823) [9:36] Wolf Harden (piano) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 23-24 April 2008. DDD NAXOS 8.572077 [64:51] [CC]

The inclusion of a transcription, an early and a late work is what makes this disc such a satisfying experience if heard all the way through at once. ... see Full Review

Antonio LOTTI (1667 - 1740) Missa a tre cor see ZELENKA

Sergei LYAPUNOV (1859 - 1924) Russian Piano Music Series - Vol. 4 Piano Sonata, Barcarolle, Variations on a Georgian Theme, Fêtes de Noël, Nocturne in D flat major, Mazurka 8 Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2000 DIVINE ART DDA25084 [72:36] [NB]

A disc in which all those involved can take great pride. Revelatory repertoire superbly performed, recorded and beautifully presented … see Full Review 

Graham LYNCH (b.1957) Undiscovered Islands Mark Tanner (pno), Gillian Poznansky (flute), rec. 2008 PRIORY PRCD 1024 [78:33] [CR/RB]

An interesting and enticing compositional voice [CR] / Delicate, subtle and mesmerisingly impressionistic music [RB] ... see Full Review

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