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Howard SANDROFF (b.1949) Tephillah see American Clarinet

Christoph SCHAFFRATH (1709 - 1763) Six Sonatas Epoca Barocca rec. 2003, 2005, 2007, DDD CPO 777 440-2 [77:18] [JV]

A highly enjoyable disc with first-rate music in fine performances ... see Full Review

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939) String Quartet in A major (1925) [38:42] String Quartet in G major (1929) [38:56] Franz Schubert Quartett Wien rec. Concert Hall, Nimbus Foundation, 3-6 April 1995, Stereo. DDD NIMBUS RECORDS NI5467 [77:53] [GD]

Long, substantial works by a composer who seems destined to always command greater respect in his homeland than abroad ... see Full Review

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Die Prinzessin and Afrika – Children’s stories - written and spoken by Arnold Schoenberg With spoken memories of Schoenberg’s children: Nuria, Ronald and Lawrence. Music by Arnold Schoenberg in historical and new recordings. CYBELE SACD AB-005 [61:58] [DC]

Another reference library essential. ... see Full Review

Paul SCHOENFIELD (b.1947) Camp Songs, Ghetto Songs Gerard SCHWARZ (b.1947) Rudolf and Jeanette Angela Niederloh (mezzo); Erich Parce (baritone); Morgan Smith (baritone); Paul Schoenfield (piano); Music of Remembrance/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559641 [65:05] [OL]

Good music for a good cause ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Symphonies 8 & 9 Vienna PO, Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler, rec. 1950-1 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111344 [79:07] [RMo]

A Berliner grappling with Viennese subtlety ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Songs see Brahms

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata 21 see Perspectives

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) H.M.S. Royal Oak see WEILL

Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) 5 Pieces see Bohemian Album

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Symphony 8, Night Journey Charles IVES Variations on ‘America’ (arr. W. Schuman) Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1991-2008 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559651 [65:04] [NB]

Powerful music presented in exemplary sound and compelling performances ... see Full Review 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) String Quartets 1-3 Philharmonia Qt Berlin rec. 2008 THOROFON CTH2554 [79:15] [MC]

These are memorable performances …The unity of the playing is quite outstanding and deserves praise. Excellent ... see Full Review 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonic Etudes see In Fun and Earnest

Thomas SELLE (1599 - 1663) Die Auferstehung Christi - Historia, Sacred Concertos and Motets for Easter Weser-Renaissance Bremen/Manfred Cordes rec. live, 2008 CPO 777 396-2 [72:14] [JV]

This disc bears witness to the quality of Selle's sacred music and the level of music-making in 17th-century Hamburg ... see Full Review 

Ronald SENATOR (b.1926) Spring Changes Marni Nixon (soprano); Isabelle Ganz (mezzo); Michael Philip Davis (tenor); Stanley Drucker (clarinet); Michael Rudiakov (cello); Miriam Brickman (piano) RONALD SENATOR RS1962 [73:22] [BBr]

Make Senator your discovery for 2010 … see Full Review 

Gregory SHORT (1938 - 1999) Mount Takhoma see HOVHANESS

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) String Quartets 5 & 15 Sorrel Qt rec. 2004 CHANDOS CHAN10248 [68:49] [SV]

Attuned to the overall aesthetic and producing a sound appropriate to the very different style of each work … see Full Review 

Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) String Quartets 3 & 7, Cello Sonata, Piano Trios 1 & 2 Piano Quintet Jerusalem & Atrium Qts, Heinrich Schiff (cello) Aci Bertoncelj (piano) Chung & Eroica Trios, Nash Ens rec. 1983-2003 EMI CLASSICS 6876672 [71:30+72:34] [GD]

Not a recipe for a coherent programme but the composer’s distinctively acerbic lyricism is much in evidence here ... see Full Review 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Seven Preludes from Op.34 (1933) – transcribed by Vadim Borisovsky; Nos.10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24 [10:26] Viola Sonata see PROKOFIEV

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) En Saga, Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides, Tapiola Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) Swedish Rhapsody 1 Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1953-5 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 205 [65:58] [SV]

The Sibelius performances provide more musical satisfaction than most newer accounts … see Full Review 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Popular Sibelius Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Swan of Tuonela, En Saga, Romance, Tapiola Royal PO/Anthony Collins Concertgebouw O/Eduard van Beinum rec. 1952/7 BEULAH 6PD8 [75:42] [JW]

Contrasting moods and reflections … elemental and brooding .. wistful and light - top drawer ... see Full Review 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin concerto, Humoresques 1, 2 & 5 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin concerto 1 Vilde Frang (violin), WDR SO Köln/Thomas Søndergård, rec. 2009 EMI CLASSICS 6844132 [63:56] [WH]

An outstanding debut disc from a superb young violinist … see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899) Eine Nacht in Venedig Coro Notturno, Stockholm Strauss Orch./Mika Eichenholz, rec. 2002/8 NAXOS 8.660268-69 [62:12 + 56:37] [GF]

With young, fresh voices throughout the present version can be an attractive proposition ... see Full Review

HISTORICAL BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864 – 1949) Der Rosenkavalier Lotte Lehmann (soprano) Richard Mayr (bass) Elisabeth Schumann (soprano) Vienna State Opera Ch, Vienna PO/Robert Heger rec. 1933 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO036 [59:46 + 38:40] [GF]

No one who loves this music can afford to be without this recording ... see Full Review

Boleslaw SZABELSKI (1896 – 1979) Toccata, Concerto Grosso Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI (b.1933) Three Dances Eugeniusz KNAPIK (b.1951) La flûte de jade Bozena Harasimowicz (sop.), Zbigniew Raubo, Andrzej Staciwa (pno) Silesian PSO/Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk, rec. 2009 DUX 0732 [64:21] [BBr]

Worth investigating … see Full Review

John TAVERNER (c.1490 – 1545) Missa Mater Christi; Antiphon: O Wilhelme, pastor bone; Antiphon: Mater Christi sanctissima Plainchant Celebrant - Andrew Carwood (tenor); Deacon – Paul Martin (bass); Sub-deacon – Matthew Vine (tenor) Christ Church Cathedral Choir/Stephen Darlington rec. Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire, 15-16 May 1989. DDD NIMBUS NI 5218 [59.50] [RH]

Excellent performance of Taverner's likeable mass … a disc that everyone should try ... see Full Review

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925–1996) Four Preludes for Chamber Orchestra, Suite: The Swineherd, Suite: Andersen Fairy Tales, Suite: The Galoshes of Fortune Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra/Kirill Ershov rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572400 [56:51] [HC]

A very enjoyable release showing the lighter side of Boris Tchaikovsky’s output… see Full Review 

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No.5 in e minor op.64 [50:35] Slavonic March op.31 [9:23] Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Yutaka Sado rec. Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin, 13-15 May 2008. Multi-ch DDD DSD CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72356 [59:58] [GD]

All things considered, I would struggle to recommend this recording. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concertos 1-3, Concert Fantasia Stephen Hough (piano) Minnesota O/Osmo Vänskä rec. live, 2009 HYPERION CDA67711/2 [65:39 + 75:31] [IL]

A triumph ... see Full Review 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concertos 1-3 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Peter Jablonski (piano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Peter Maag, Charles Dutoit rec. 1993/4 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0482 [67:58 + 76:56] [SV]

Jablonski’s temperament, at least here, is mismatched to the blockbuster technique … see Full Review 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme see PROKOFIEV

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio see FRANCK

Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Suite for cello solo see PROKOFIEV

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Overture (Suites) Wolfgang Dey (oboe), L’Orfeo Barockorchester/Carin van Heerden, rec. 2006 CPO 777 218-2 [68:50] [BW]

Not the ideal version of the well-known a-minor Suite but all the music is attractive and well performed ... see Full Review

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto in D major, Quatuor in A minor, Sonata in A major, Quatuor in E minor John Holloway (violin), Linde Brunmayr (transverse flute), Lorenz Duftschmid (viola da gamba), Ulrike Becker (cello), Lars-Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord) rec. 2006, CPO 777 375-2 [58:35] [GPu]

Some of Telemann’s finest chamber music, in fine performances … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ernst TOCH (1887-1964) Egon und Emilie see WEILL

Peter-Anthony TOGNI (b. 1959) Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae Jeff Reilly (bass clarinet) Elmer Iseler Singers/Lydia Adams rec. 2008 ECM NEW SERIES 2129 [55:52] [DC]

Sumptuous and moving, but big’n baggy ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Dona Nobis Pacem, Sancta Civitas Matthew Brook (baritone) The Bach Ch, Bournemouth SO/David Hill rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572424 [64:39] [JQ]

Two English choral works of great stature in fine new recordings ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Mass & other choral works James McVinnie, Ashok Gupta (organ), Choir of Clare Coll., Cambridge/Timothy Brown, rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572465 [63:11] [WH]

A fine Mass in G minor coupled with a programme of rarities from one of the UK’s finest choirs … see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata Tiziana Fabriccini (soprano) Roberto Alagna (tenor) Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti rec. live, 1992 SONY OPERA HOUSE 88697 581422 [61.37 + 74.08]  [RJF]

Distinctly variable singing from the heroine, intrusions of applause and an unnatural acoustic detract from this performance ... see Full Review 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Attila Samuel Ramey, Cheryl Studer, Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti rec. 1989 EMI CLASSICS 3091062 [76.01 + 39.50 + CD-ROM] [RJF]

A qualified welcome to this re-issue of Muti’s dramatic reading of Verdi’s opera ... see Full Review 

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Te Deum laudamus [8:13] Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (1525/6-1594) Missa Te Deum laudamus [32:47] Tu es Petrus a 6 [7:01] Missa Tu es Petrus [29:33] The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker (Master of Music) rec. Westminster Cathedral, 2, 3, 9, 10 March 2009. DDD HYPERION CDA67785 [77:49] [GD]

A disappointment. It is strictly for those who prefer old-fashioned Palestrina ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Siegfried (1876) [256:00] Siegfried – Lance Ryan (tenor) Brünnhilde – Jennifer Wilson (soprano) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Zubin Mehta rec. 2008-2009 Bonus Film - The Making of Siegfried [27:00] UNITEL CLASSICA 700908 [283:00] [ST]

You can invest in this with confidence ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung Katarina Dalayman (soprano) – Brünnhilde Lars Cleveman (tenor) – SiegfriedHallé Choir; BBC Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Chorus; The Royal Opera Chorus The Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec. live 2009 HALLÉ CDHLD7525 [5 CDs] or CDHLM7530 (CDmp3 edition, 320kbps) [BW]

Strongly competitive in a hotly contested field ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung Jennifer Wilson, Lance Ryan, Franz-Josef Kapellmann, O de la Comunitat Valenciana/Zubin Mehta rec. live, 2008 UNITEL CLASSICA 701108 [287:00] [ST]

A Ring on DVD to live with and to return to again and again. ... see Full Review 

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Wagner Arias Simon O’Neill; Susan Bullock (Sieglinde and Kundry); Sir John Tomlinson (Hagen); Thomas Grace (Gunther) NBR New Zealand Opera Chapman Tripp Chorus; New Zealand SO/Pietari Inkinen rec. 2009 EMI CLASSICS 4 57817 2 [79:42] [JP]

To a crowded catalogue of Wagner excerpts comes this important testament to the continuing development of this important new artist… see Full Review

Bruno WALTER (1876-1962) Symphony NDR SO/Leon Botstein rec. 2007 CPO 7771632 [59:30] [VT]

Listen to it a few times and soon you will be hooked into Walter’s world - those horn fanfares in the first movement! - and will want to come back to it often. … see Full Review 

William WALTON (1902-1983) Violin Concerto (1938-39) [32:40] Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1932-35) [46:46] Kurt Nikkanen (violin) New Haven Symphony Orchestra/William Boughton rec. 2009 . DDD NIMBUS NI 6119 [79:28]
[RB]

Very fine Walton readings in up to date sound. ... see Full Review

William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony 1, Belshazzar’s Feast Dennis Noble (baritone) London PO & Ch/Adrian Boult rec. 1953/6 SOMM SOMMCD094 [78:24] [JW]

Despite less than stellar orchestral playing and recording, the powerful Boult grip is always evident, and admirable ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Kleine Dreigroschenmusik Ernst TOCH (1887-1964) Egon und Emilie Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) H.M.S. Royal Oak Capella Amsterdam; Ebony Band/Werner Herbers rec. 1998-2006 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS25109 [69:24] [DC]

Astounding, remarkable, wunderbahr! … see Full Review 

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1966) Symphonies 1 & 7 Gothenburg SO/Thord Svedlund rec. 2008/9 CHANDOS CHSA5078 [69:23] [RB]

Chandos do it again and in princely style ... see Full Review 

Silvius Leopold WEISS (1687-1750) Lute Sonatas: Volume 10 Sonata No. 28 in F Le fameux Corsaire [24:06] Sonata No. 40 in C [38:13] Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy [11:51] Robert Barto (lute) rec. 2008, NAXOS 8.572219 [74:09] [BR]

Barto’s playing in this Weiss series has justifiably solidified his reputation as one of the greatest lutenists alive. … see Full Review

Silvius Leopold WEISS (1687-1750) Lute Sonatas - Vol. 10 Sonatas 28 & 42,Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy Robert Barto (baroque lute) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572219 [74:18] [BW]

Another fine volume in an excellent series ... see Full Review 

Egon WELLESZ (1885-1974) Choral Music: Mass in F, Op. 51 (1934) [33:04]; I Sing of a Maiden (words: 15th Century) (1945) [2:22]; Offertorium in Ascensione Domini (1965) [2:32]; Missa Brevis, Op. 89 (1963) [11:37]; To Sleep, Op. 94 (words: John Keats) (1965) [6:39] Clive Driskill-Smith (organ) Christ Church Cathedral Choir/Stephen Darlington rec. Merton College Chapel, Oxford, 16-17 March 2006. DDD NIMBUS NI5852 [56:21] [RB]

These works fit within the compass of the English choral tradition and will appeal on the broadest front. ... see Full Review

Herman Hans WETZLER (1870-1943) Visions, Assisi Robert Schumann Philharmonic/Frank Beermann rec. 2008 CPO 777412-2 [54:32] [VT]

A splendid discovery for those with a keen ear for the byways … see Full Review 

Stefan WOLPE (1902-1972) The Music of Stefan Wolpe - Volume 5 Lazy Andy Ant; Suite for Marthe Krueger; The Angel ; Two Songs for Baritone; Songs of the Jewish Pioneers; To a Theatre New Matt Boehler (bass-baritone); Ursula Oppens (piano) rec. 2007/8, BRIDGE 9308 [58:07] [JW]

Sorry to be negative. ... see Full Review

Michael YOUNG (b. 1939) Secrets see HOVHANESS

Jan Dismas ZELENKA (1679 - 1745) Miserere Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Antonio LOTTI (1667 - 1740) Missa a tre cori Balthasar-Neumann Ch & Ens/Thomas Hengelbrock rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88697 526842 [76:02] [JV]

Three compositions with various stylistic similarities - the Lotti and Zelenka receive expressive performances ... see Full Review

Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) String Quartet No. 3 Op. 19 (1923) [21:50] String Quartet No. 4, Op. 25 (1936) [23:31] Johanna MÜLLER-HERMANN (1868-1941) String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 6 (1908) [22:10] Artis Quartett Wien rec. Concert Hall, Nimbus Foundation, 23-26 March 1998. Stereo. DDD NIMBUS NI 5604 [67:50] [GD]

Anyone with an interest in slightly tangential string quartet repertoire should find much of interest here ... see Full Review


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