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101 Essential Opera Favourites (Arias and Choruses) Various singers, choirs, orchestras and conductors; Full track-list at end of review rec. 1954–1982 DECCA 476 3781 [6 CDs: 71:58 + 78:54 + 72:55 + 72:19 + 71:28 + 70:53] [GF]

If the contents appeals: add this box to your collection… see Full Review

American Clarinet Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Clarinet Concerto (1996) [19:47]; Steve REICH (b.1936) New York Counterpoint (1985) [11:07]; Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Gra (1993) [3:45]; Howard SANDROFF (b.1949) Tephillah (1997) [16:18]; John ADAMS (b.1947) Gnarly Buttons (1996) [24:56] Franck Rossi (tape, electronics); André Trouttet (clarinet) (Adams); Alain Damiens (clarinet); Ensemble InterContemporain/David Robertson
rec. 1996,1998. DDD EMI CLASSICS 9 67133 2 [76:30] [CR]

Enjoyable multi-faceted compositions, interesting and varied programming and high quality playing throughout. ... see Full Review

Baritone Arias Lado Ataneli (baritone) Württemburg PO/Lodovico Zoche rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572438 [55.15] [GF]

Among baritones at present active in this kind of repertoire Ataneli is among the best ... see Full Review

Basque Music Collection Vols 5, 8 & 11 Francisco ESCUDERO (b.1912) El sueño de un Bailarín, Concierto vasco, Cello concerto, Sinfonía Sacra, Joan Bautista, Aranzazu Euskadiko SO/Arturo Tamayo rec. 2001 CLAVES CD 50-2110/11 [67:07 + 77:07]
Misa Papa Juan XXIII, Cinco canciones vascas Euskadiko SO/Cristian Mandeal rec. 2004 CLAVES CD 50-2413 [66:30]

Luis de PABLO
(b. 1930)
Danzas Secretas, Frondoso Misterio Frédérique Cambreling (harp); Asier Polo (cello) Euskadiko SO/Arturo Tamayo rec. 2008 CLAVES CD 50-2817 [55:29] [RB]

Three important and authoritative releases in this valuable series ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Between Life and Death: Songs and arias Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Michael Gees (piano) rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72324 [41:50 + 44:47] [DM]

It’s quality and not quantity that counts here … see Full Review 

The Bliss of Solitude Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) On Wenlock Edge Adrian WRIGHT (b. 1955) The Bliss of Solitude Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Three Pieces for Piano, Three Shakespeare Songs, Three Songs Richard Dowling (tenor); Joanna Smith (piano) rec. 2008 HERALD HAVPCD354 [74:13] [JF]

All in all, a most satisfying release ... see Full Review 

The Bohemian Album Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Serenade for Strings Pavel HAAS (1899-1944) String Quartet 2 Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) 5 Pieces Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson, rec. 2008 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA24409 [78:00] [JW]

The pleasure of hearing the fine playing but can’t see why anyone should prefer these two inauthentic versions to the originals ... see Full Review

Mike Brewer's World Tour - National Youth Choir of Great Britain Hamba Lulu (Zulu wedding song); Holday danaa (Bengali bird song); Molihua (China); Pueblo Sunrise Song (New Mexico); Ej lásko, lásko (Moravian folksong); Tango Cappella (Argentina); Kvölda tekur (Icelandic folksong); Meguru (Kavango song from Namibia); Tourdion (France); Izintakana (Zulu bird song); Korobushka (Russia/Ukraine); Pokarekare (Maori love song); Yelli bo'dek dhaya fikri (Tunisia); El cascabel (Mexico) National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. details not supplied. DDD DELPHIAN DCD34080 [68:02] [RW]

Enthusiasm and powerful delivery from every member of this deeply committed choir ... see Full Review

Coeperunt loqui Orlando di LASSUS (1532-1594) Missa Venatorum, Magnificat septimi toni Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) O sacrum convivium, Nunc dimittis à 5, Loquebantur variis linguis Hieronymus PRAETORIUS (1560-1629) Magnificat quinti toni John SHEPPARD (c.1515-1558) Reges Tharsis et insulæ Cristóbal de MORALES (c.1500-1553) Magnificat primi toni Peter PHILIPS (c.1560-1628) Ecce vicit Leo Cheltenham College Chamber Ch/Alexander Ffitch rec. 2009 HERALD HAVPCD351 [57:48] [BW]

Performances challenge the best ... see Full Review 

The Billy Collins Suite - Songs inspired by his Poetry Susan Cook (saxophone) Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio (piano) Steve Robinson (narrator) Buffy Baggott (mezzo) Lincoln Trio, John Bruce Yeh (clarinet) rec. 2008 CEDILLE CDR90000115 [54:45] [JW]

Wildly disparate and uneven ... see Full Review

Franco Corelli - A Perfect (Italian) Tenor Arias by Verdi, Giordano, Mascagni, Cilea & Puccini Orchestra RAI, Torino/Arturo Basile, rec. 1954-1957 REGIS RRC 1315 [73:53] [GF]

One of the most glorious tenors who ever set foot in a recording studio ... see Full Review

Crazy I Furiosi rec. 2008 DORIAN SONO LUMINUS DSL90802 [64:22] [GPu]

A quirky programme which is decently played but isn’t wholly satisfying … see Full Review 

The Dante Troubadors Martin Best Medieval Ensemble rec. 1982 NIMBUS NI 5002 [49.13] [RH]

Best's performances are convincing, vividly communicative. Very seductive. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Diminuito Rolf Lislevand (lutes, vihuela de mano); Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Anna Maria Friman (voice) rec. 2007/8 ECM NEW SERIES 2088 [58:11] [DC]

Transcendent music making - and great fun as well ... see Full Review 

Double Trouble Barbara THOMPSON (b.1944) Double Trouble, Tuba Concerto Andy SCOTT Tuba Concerto, Going Down, Bite the Bullet Tubalaté, Foden’s Band/Michael Fowles EGON SFZ152 [60:52] [BBr]

I enjoyed it … see Full Review 

Duende Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1912 - 2002) Cinco canciones negras Enrique GRANADOS (1867 - 1916) Canciones Amatorias Jesús GURIDI (1886 - 1961) Seis Canciones Castellanas Manuel de FALLA (1876 - 1946) Siete Canciones populares Españolas Annika Skoglund (mezzo); Love Derwinger (piano) rec. 2009 ICTUS DISC IMP1009 [62:58] [GF]

Skoglund has her own ‘duende’: living expression and spontaneous creation ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH English Viola Sonatas by Jacob, Ireland, Arnold, Delius and Berkeley Martin Outram (viola); Julian Rolton (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572208 [72:04] [BBr]

A fabulous disk … see Full Review 

English Wind Band Classics Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Suite No. 1 [9:55]; Suite No. 2 [10:57]; Hammersmith [13:50] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folksong Suite [10:30]; Toccata Marziale [4:41] Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) William Byrd Suite for Symphonic Band [18:32] William WALTON (1902-1983) Crown Imperial [9:50] Eastman Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell rec. 1955-59. ADD BEULAH 1PD82 [77:18] [RB]

Magnificent playing and lasting technological excellence ... see Full Review

Fanfares and Overtures H. Owen REED (b. 1910) Overture, Fanfare for Remembrance, Renascence Karel HUSA (b. 1921) Music for Prague 1968 William SCHUMAN (1910 -1992) George Washington Bridge Rutgers Wind Ens/William Berz rec. 2006-8 NAXOS 8.572230 [65:46] [BM]

What a strange disc! … see Full Review 

Fernand Faniard Ténor héroïque; Mélodies, Airs d’opera Orchestre de Radio Alger/Roger Ellis, recorded 18 August 1949 Fernand Faniard (tenor) with accompaniments as above MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE MEW 0850 [75:02] [JW]

Powerful and heroic but could be too hard and not ideally flexible ... see Full Review

From Bow to String Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for violin and viola in E flat major, K364 (1779) [30:31] ¹ William WALTON (1902-1983) Viola Concerto (1928-9, revised 1961) [25:48] ² Glenn Dicterow (violin); Karen Dreyfus (viola) Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl St Clair ¹ Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra/Jerzy Swoboda ² rec, August 2001 (Mozart) and June 1995 (Walton), Warsaw NAVONA RECORDS NV5822 [56:22] [JW]

Dutiful, malleable but hardly imbued with allure ... see Full Review

A German Bouquet Works by Schop, Schmelzer, Muffat, Krieger, Buxtehude, bach, Erlebach & Pisendel Trio Settecento rec. 2008 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR 90000 114 [78:30] [JV]

This recording gives some idea of the quality of German violin music of the late 17th century but doesn't explore it to the full ... see Full Review 

The Golden Age of Light Music: Highly Strung rec. 1946-59 GUILD GLCD5166 [77:38] [BBr]

This is an invaluable series … see Full Review 

The Golden Age of Light Music Orchestral Gems in Stereo rec. 1956-9 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5165 [78:20] [BBr]

A most enjoyable disk…see Full Review

Great Short Masterpieces for Piano by Schubert, Debussy, Satie & Berio Michal Tal (piano) ROMÉO RECORDS 7278/79 [78:18 + 72:45] [JW]

Mixed results but persistent low hum makes listening unattractive ... see Full Review 

Sylvie Guillem, On The Edge / Sur le fil - a portrait by Françoise Ha Van Extras: Guillem Over The Seasons DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 073 4544 [118.00] [MM-B]

Sadly no more than mildly curious ... see Full Review

My Heart Is Ever Present Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet) Isa Katharina Gericke (soprano) Norwegian CO rec. 2009 SIMAX PSC1276 [55:42] [GF]

Playing and singing on a very high level ... see Full Review 

In Fun and Earnest Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonic Etudes Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody 6 Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b. 1932) Humoresque Nina KAVTARADZE Nostalgic Tango Nina Kavtaradze (piano) rec. 2009 DANACORD DACOCD681 [62:13] [JW]

A rather necessarily uneven recital ... see Full Review

Italian Trumpet Concertos Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Trumpet concerto Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Arias Alessandro MARCELLO (1669-1747) Trumpet concerto Pietro BALDASSARE (1690-after 1768) Trumpet sonata Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Aria Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Trumpet concerto Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Trumpet concerto Gábor Tarkövi (trumpet) Bavarian RSO CO/Radoslaw Szulc rec. 2008 TUDOR 7161 [61:41] [J-PJ]

Not a disc for purists. But a good buy for music lovers who don’t like to question things too much ... see Full Review 

I Was like WOW Jörgen van Rijen (trombone), Paolo Giacometti (pno), Marcel Beekman (ten.), Frits Damrow (trumpet), Combattimento Consort/Jan Willem de Vriend, rec. 2008 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS SA 26909 [63:36] [GD]

I was like WOW! ... see Full Review

Gunnar Johansen in Performance and Recording - The Artist Direct Includes Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Passacaglia and Fugue Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Variations and Fugue Gunnar JOHANSEN (1906-1991) Piano Sonata 2 Johann STRAUSS II (1825 - 1899)/ Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Künstelerleben Gunnar Johansen (piano) GUNNAR AND LORRAINE JOHANSEN CHARITABLE TRUST [76:04] [JW]

Reaches into the vortex with unremitting passion and sweep ... see Full Review 

Judith Leclair – Works for Bassoon Roger BOUTRY (b.1932) Interférences Bernard ANDRÈS (b.1941) Chants d’arrière-saison Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Sonata Ludwig MILDE (1849-1913) Andante & Rondo, Polonaise Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Humoresque Judith Leclair (bassoon), Jonathan Feldman (pno), Gretchen van Hoesen (harp), rec. 2007-8 AVIE AV2181 [58:31] [JW]

Mellifluous and always engaging ... see Full Review

Lobt Gott ihr Christen allzugleich - Baroque Bass Cantatas by Telemann, Kegel, Wolff, Roemhildt, Hoffmann & Donati Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone) Accademia Daniel/Shalev Ad-El rec. 2007 CPO 777 298-2 [75:42] [JV]

Cantatas by completely unknown German composers of the early 18th century - music and performances of high quality ... see Full Review 

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