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Maria’s Song Works by Sinikka Langeland & Johann Sebastian Bach Sinikka Langeland (voice, kantele), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Kĺre Nordstoga (organ), rec. 2008 ECM RECORDS ECM 2127 (2717097) [72:11] [DC]

Spirited, and spiritual.

Masters of Chopin Ignace Tiegerman, Ignaz Friedman, Severin Eisenberger, Egyptian Radio O/Oreste Campisi, Cairo SO/José Ferriz, Cincinnati Conservatory O/Alexander von Kreisler ARBITER 158 [4 CDs: 302:02] [JW]

Clearly a labour of love … teeming with insight and rich rewards.

¡Mexico! Rolando Villazón (tenor) Bolívar Soloists rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779234 [61:35] [RB]

Villazón smooches it up in vibrant and gripping style. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Milo Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello sonata Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Cello sonata Mark-Anthony TURNAGE (b.1960) Milo, Sleep On Guy Johnston (cello) Kathryn Stott (piano) rec. 2009 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100010 [64:17] [EM]

A disc I would recommend to anyone looking for excellent versions of any of these works. 

Benno Moiseiwitsch Great Pianists Vol. 13: Chopin Recordings Vol. 3 Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) rec. 1939-52 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110770 [59:16] [JW]

Given the repertoire and the superior transfers, no lover of the Russian pianist’s bewitching art should neglect at least some of this first-class series.

Pierre Monteux in Boston - A Treasury of Concert Performances 1951-58 Boston SO/Pierre Monteux, rec. 1951-58 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA 6022 [8 CDs: 554:13] [JQ]

Monteux’s many admirers will find this set a mandatory purchase and one that will give them hours of pleasure.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Moonflowers, Baby! Works by Hindemith, Honegger, Milhaud, Francaix, Vaughan Willaims & Kupferman Jonathan Cohler (clarinet) Judith Gordon (piano) rec. 1993 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD733 [62:12] [OL]

Sensitive, subtle, beautiful, refined. 

Lydia Mordkovitch pays tribute to David Oistrakh Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Sonata, Caprice Eugene YSAYE (1858-1931) Sonata Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Počme Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Sonata Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Daisies Lydia Mordkovitch (violin) rec. 1986-2008 CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN10612X [79:46] [RB]

A delightfully potent experience.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Musica Sacra Hungarica Budapesti Monteverdi Kórus/Éva Kollár rec. 2010 CARUS 2.151/99 [68:22] [WH]

A fascinating and lovely collection from a distinguished German publishing house.

Neapolitan Flute Concertos by de Majo, Rava, Prota, Jommelli & Palella Auser Musici/Carlo Ipata (transverse flute) rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67784 [58:51] [JV]

One hour of good musical entertainment, in infectious performances. 

A New Heaven The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec. 2008 UCJ MUSIC 179 5732 [72:04] [EM]

Of the many discs of English anthems I’ve been lucky enough to hear and review, few have been quite as good as this.

The Nightingale and the Butterfly Pamela Thorby (recorders), Elizabeth Kenny (archlute, theorbo, guitar) rec. 2009 LINN RECORDS CKD341 [76:41] [JvV]

An interesting and entertaining recital.

Organ Duo - Music for Four Hands Includes John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) The Stars and Stripes Forever Paul Lindsley THOMAS (b. 1929) Preludes Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837) Duet for Organ Johann Christoph KELLNER (1736-1803) Fugue, Quartetto Adolph Friedrich HESSE (1809-1863) Fantasy Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance Gustav MERKEL (1827-1885) Sonata Jaana Jokimies and Irina Lampén (organ - four hands) rec. 2008 FUGA 9287 [56:07] [DM]

Another Fuga must for organ buffs and audiophiles. 

Güher and Süher Pekinel - Live in Concert Güher & Süher Pekinel (pianos), English CO/Sir Colin Davis, Zürich CO/Muhai Tang, rec. 2006-7 ARTHAUS 101349 [88:00 + 42:00 extras] [CC]

This is very much a value for money DVD. Throughout the experience, one is continually impressed by the Pekinels’ love of this music.

Miklós Perényi Recital at the Wigmore Hall Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Suite 3 Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello Sonata Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Cello Sonata 2 Miklós Perényi (cello), Dénes Várjon (pno), rec. 2009 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0035 [74:28] [GD]

A recording of a live event that makes you really wish you'd been there.

The Very Best of Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar (sitar) Yehudi Menuhin and friends rec. 1960-80 EMI CLASSICS 6294552 [73:54 + 75:42] [RB]

Could hardly be bettered as an introduction to Shankar's mastery.

Restoration Music from Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey Ch/James O Donnell, Robert Quinney (organ) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67792 [70.06] [EM]

A lovely programme; pleasing sound and balance, and some exquisite music-making.

St Petersburg Chamber works by Shostakovich, Glinka, Glazunov & Balakirev London Conchord Ens rec. 2009 ORCHID ORC100009 [71:57] [OL]

Four diverse and attractive off-the-road chamber works in brilliant performances.

La saveur des dissonances Jean-Pierre Rolland (organ) rec. 2009 HORTUS 072 [69:03] [JV]

An interesting concept fails to convince because of the inappropriate tuning of the organ.

A Felix Slatkin Compendium Concert Arts SO/Felix Slatkin rec. 1955-9 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC218 [74:46 + 60:23] [JW]

Showcases Slatkin and his top-notch collaborators with verve, aided by the rich acoustic.

The Spirits of England and France - Vol. 4 Missa Caput and the story of the Salve regina Missa Caput, Fifteenth Century Carols Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55284 [68:02] [JW]

This disc is like holding the page itself in your own hand. 

Summertime Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2000 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD008 [74:35]

Perfect execution of a good idea, with glorious singing and superlative accompaniment.

Virtuoso Works for Solo Cello by Bottermund, Klengel, Ysaye, Cassado & Kodaly Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) rec. 2009 AVIE AV2160 [79:47] [JW]

A well constructed programme mixing canonic and deeply serious works with more frivolous virtuoso-orientated finger-busters.

The Wandering Bassoon Works by Mozart, Woolfenden, Schreck, Weber & Kreisler Meyrick Alexander (bassoon) Catherine Milledge (piano) MERIDIAN CDE84582 [66:53] [JS]

Even if you think that you can do without a bassoon recital disc this well varied and entertaining programme by two excellent musicians should make you think again.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Fritz Wunderlich - A Poet among Tenors EMI CLASSICS ICON 6295252 [6 CDs: 533:27] [RMo]

I urge every lover of the tenor to buy this set

Yo m’enamorí d’un aire Reval’s Troubadours, rec. 2010 EMEC E-090 [73:57] [GPu]

A disappointing and excessively miscellaneous ‘sampler’.



Havergal Brian on Music Volume Two: European and American Music in his time Edited by Malcolm MacDonald Hardback - 458 pages Publisher: Toccata Press [NB]

A triumph.

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