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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orgel-Büchlein Helmut Walcha (organ) rec. 1950/2 PRISTINE AUDIO PAKM036 [52:06 + 46:03] [MS]

It's good to have these classic and interpretatively superb recordings of one of Bach's most compelling organ works available. The transfer quality is almost as satisfying as the performance. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas 9 & 10 Edward Dusinberre (violin) David Korevaar (piano) rec. 2009 DECCA 476 3898 [65:13] [GD]

Could easily become the benchmark for a generation to come.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frank BRIDGE (1879 - 1941) Cello Sonata Benjamin BRITTEN (1913 - 1976) Cello Sonata Arnold BAX (1883 - 1953) Legend-Sonata Johannes Moser (cello), Paul Rivinius (piano) rec. 2009 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.257 [66:45] [BBr]

A very special issue. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 4 Minnesota O/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2009 BIS-SACD-1746 [63:21] [DC]

No reservations whatsoever.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin DALE (1885-1943) Sonata William HURLSTONE (1876-1906) Sonata Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. 2006 SOMM SOMMCD 097 [79:30] [JF]

Two of the greatest twentieth century British piano sonatas stunningly played and beautifully recorded.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gershwin by Grofé: Symphonic Jazz Lincoln Mayorga (piano) Al Gallodoro (alto saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet) Harmonie Ens New York/Steven Richman rec. 2007 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907492 [54:46] [JQ]

A hugely entertaining and historically informed CD that’s a mandatory purchase for all Gershwin fans

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tommie HAGLUND (b.1959) Hymns to the Night, Daughter of the Voice,To the Sunset Breeze Elizabeth Pitcairn (violin); Helsingborg SO/Hannu Koivula, John Mills (guitar); Stephen Fitzpatrick (harp); Lysell Qt rec. 2009/10 PHONO SUECIA PSCD184 [79:48] [NB]

What a restoration of faith in the power of new music this disc gives me – contemporary music that is complex, rewarding, moving and above all human. My disc of the year without a doubt.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony Gürzenich O Köln/Dmitri Kitaienko rec. 2009 OEHMS CLASSICS OC665 [61:25] [DM]

A Manfred to die for.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Elina Garanca - Habanera Elina Garanca (mezzo) Roberto Alagna, José Maria Gallardo (guitar) SO Nazionale della Rai/Karel Mark Chichon rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8776 [68:22] [GF]

There are a few records every year where everything is right. This is one of them.



BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Robert Livingston ALDRIDGE (b.1954) Clarinet Concerto, Samba Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Clarinet Concerto David Singer (clarinet) A Far Cry Orchestra, Shanghai Qt rec. 2008, 2009 NAXOS 8.559667 [49:44] [BR]

An enjoyable new concerto and an old favorite, played with love and wit

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Piano Concerto 5, Symphony 4 Edwin Fischer (piano), Philharmonia O, Vienna PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1950/51 NAXOS 8.112025 [75:38] [BBr]

Genius is the word.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH William BOYCE (1711-1779) Trio Sonatas The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman rec. 1995 HYPERION DYAD CDD22063 [61:07 + 61:51] [JW]

This idiomatically played twofer makes renewed demands on lovers of Boyce’s very individual and engaging works. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Organ Works Lionel Rogg rec. 1977-78 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 4563292 [77:24 + 77:57] [BW]

An excellent bargain for novices and seasoned collectors alike.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Orchestral Music Franz Peter Zimmermann, Truls Mørk, Kristian Zacharias, Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia O/Riccardo Muti, Cologne RSO/Vonk rec. 1972-93 EMI CLASSICS 6090372 [4 CDs: 77:14 + 78:54 + 75:39 + 73:53] [RB]

It's no wonder the components of this set have won so many laurels.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Complete Songs Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Felicity Lott, Kate Royal (soprano) Ann Murray (mezzo) Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore (tenor) Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman (baritone) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 1995-2007 HYPERION CDS44441/50 [10 CDs: 734.44] [KM]

A monumental set of Schumann lieder: a must-have box set.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Lieder and Scenes from Goethe’s Faust EMI CLASSICS 6090222 [6 CDs: 7:17:00] [ST]

This set can be warmly recommended to anyone wanting to explore this utterly essential corner of Schumann’s output.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH John WARD (1571-1638) First Book of Madrigals The Consort of Musick/Anthony Rooley rec. 1980 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1816 [46.02 + 49.38] [GH]

To hear such expressive singing and to encounter Kirkby and Tubb in their prime and freshness is unbeatable. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hugo WOLF (1860 – 1903) The Anniversary Edition Various artists rec. 1955-2005 EMI CLASSICS 6886082 [8 CDs: 571:22] [GF]

For most readers this can very well be the only Wolf discs they will ever need.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Endechar Lament for Spain - Sephardic Romances and Songs Capilla Antigua de Chincilla/José Ferrero rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572443 [57:31] [GPu]

Captures the sadness and affirmation at the heart of Sephardic song.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet of the Tenor Voice rec. 1952-77 EMI CLASSICS ICON 4560952 [11 CDs: 831:59] [GF]

A must for every lover of refined and ardent singing … will give endless pleasure for years to come. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Tito Gobbi - Complete Solo Recordings rec. 1942-1964 EMI CLASSICS ICON 4553782 [5 CDs: 390:20] [GF]

Indispensable … and at budget price.  

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Nobel Prize Concert Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano concerto Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2 Martha Argerich (pno), Royal Stockholm PO/Yuri Temirkanov, rec. 2009 EUROARTS 2057898 [80:00] [CF]


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sacred Music in the Renaissance The Tallis Scholars Finest Recordings: 1980-1989 The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. 1980-1989 GIMELL GIMBX 301 [4 CDs: 78:34 + 79:37 + 78:33 + 78:35] [JQ]

An outstandingly generous thirtieth birthday present from Gimell Records to us.



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