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John CAGE (1912-1992) 108, 109 & 110 Chance Philharmonic OGREOGRESS 884502966343 24bit/96kHz [128:54] [DC]

Like the eternal winding down of some vast sonic clock.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Songs of the Auvergne Netania Davrath (soprano) Unnamed O/Pierre de la Roche, Gershon Kingsley rec. 1963/1966 VANGUARD CLASSICS ATM-CD-1189 [68.04 + 51.29] [RB]

One of the last century’s greatest recordings.

(1879-1957) Počme see Rare French works

Pau (Pablo) CASALS (1876-1973) Sant Martí del Canigó see TOLDRŔ

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Compete Etudes Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) rec. 1928 PROFIL PH10070 [53:16] [JW]

Sadly, excessively filtered and treble starved … a cloudy affair lacking tonal definition and air.

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Works Maria Gabrys (piano) rec. 2010 ARCODIVA UP 0139-2 131 [49.10] [RBe]

Delightfully characterised with artful phrasing and rubato.

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Songs Olga Pasichnyk (soprano) Natalya Pasichnyk (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572499 {57:04] [GF]

The recording is fully worthy of the interpretations and anyone wanting a recording of this lesser known part of Chopin’s oeuvre need look no further.

John COPRARIO (c.1570 - 1626) Funeral Teares; Songs of Mourning; Consort Music The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley rec. 1977-78 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2298/9 [48:45 + 53:43] [JV]

A compelling portrait of John Coprario who was a true master and an important link in English music history.

Ronald CORP (b.1951) String Quartets 1 & 2, Country Matters, for tenor and string quartet Mark Wilde (tenor) Maggini Quartet rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572578 [73.23] [Byz]

Adroit and imaginative.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George CRUMB (b.1929) Complete Crumb Edition - Vol.15 The Ghosts of Alhambra; Voices from a Forgotten World Jamie van Eyck (mezzo) Patrick Manson (baritone) David Starobin (guitar) Daniel Druckman (percussion) Orchestra 2001/James Freeman rec. 2008/10 BRIDGE RECORDS 9335 [67:26] [DC]

Superb release – atmospheric and highly original.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata see FRANCK

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Mass of Life, Hassan Suite Frederick Riddle (viola) London PCh, BBC Ch, Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham, rec. 1952-6 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC270 [66:34 + 63:66] [RB]

This transfer of the Mass and to some degree of the Hassan Suite cannot match the Sony reissue from 2001.


Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) In a Summer Garden see SCHUBERT

Max DOEHLEMANN (b.1970) New Jewish Songs Andrea Chudak (soprano) Esther Kontarsky (cantillation) Max Doehlemann (piano) ANTES EDITION BM-CD 31.9267 [54:50] [JW]

A cross-currency that proves fruitful and inventive.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 -1848) Maria Stuarda Fiorenza Cedolins (soprano) Sonia Ganassi (mezzo) José Bros (tenor) Ch & O Teatro La Fenice/Fabrizio Maria Carminati rec. live, 2009 UNITEL CLASSICA/C MAJOR 704208 [140:00] [RMK]

A distinguished cast in a strong production. 

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9, Carnival Overture San Francisco SO/Seiji Ozawa rec. 1975 PENTATONE SACD PTC 5186 168 [54:33] [DB]

Decently played but sluggish performances in good sound.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Frantisek Maxian (piano) Czech PO/Vaclav Talich rec. 1951-2 REGIS RRC1368 [76:52] [RB]

Two historic recordings of Dvorák concertos in glorious interpretations.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra Concertos 1 & 2, Silent Woods, Rondo Tomáš Jamník (cello) Prague RSO/Tomáš Netopil rec. 2010 SUPRAPHON SU4034-2 [46:14 + 43:39] [LW]

Recommended for fans of the cellist and Dvořák completists. 

Brian EASDALE (1909-1995) Film music BBC Ntl Ch & O Wales/Rumon Gamba rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN10636 [76:42] [JF]

This present excellent CD must surely act as a catalyst for a deeper exploration of Easdale’s music. 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto, Polonia Tasmin Little (violin) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHSA5083 [74:52] [ST]

Outstanding throughout.

Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) Symphony 2, Enigma Variations London PO/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1975/9 ICA CLASSICS ICAD5011 [84:00] [RB]

A chance to find out what all the fuss was about with Solti’s headlong passionate Elgar.

Heinrich Wilhelm ERNST (1812-1865) Complete Music for Violin and Piano - Volume 1 Sherban Lupu (violin) Ian Hobson (piano) rec. 2010, TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0118 [76:20] [JW]

A formidable start to Toccata’s Ernst series.

Gabriel FAURÉ
(1845-1924) Violin Concerto see Rare French works

Grzegorz FITELBERG (1879-1953) Complete works for violin and piano Andrzej Gebski (violin) Soyeon Lim (piano) rec. 2010 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0207 [62:28] [JW]

Gebski and Lim bring this unpretentious, youthful music to life

César FRANCK (1822-1890) String Quartet London String Qt rec. 1928 ST LAURENT STUDIO YSL 78-033 [44:25] [JW]

A reading of sweep and vitality, of sensitivity and command.

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Violin Sonata Shlomo Mintz (violin) Yefim Bronfman (piano) rec. 1985 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94160 [58:04] [OL]

Will appeal to those who prefer to hear the lyrical rather than dramatic side of this music.

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Harpsichord and Virginals Vol 3 Richard Lester (harpsichord) NIMBUS NI5870 [77:29] [Byz]

Further evidence of Frescobaldi as one of the greatest keyboard composers of the early 1600s.

Niels Wilhelm GADE (1817-1890) Complete Piano Trios Trio Parnassus, Thomas Selditz (viola) rec. 2009/10 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3031665-2 [64:04] [GD]

This music sits somewhere between the Classical and the Romantic.

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Keyboard Sonatas - Vol. 1 Matteo Napoli (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572263 [62:19] [Byz]

Galuppi is an original and Napoli's performance makes this a good choice for connoisseurs of 18th century keyboard music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John GARDNER (b.1917) Music for Brass and Organ F Paul Archibald (trumpet); Cosmopolitan Brass/Chris Gardner Stephen King (organ); (conductor): rec. 2010 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0048 [67:10][JS]

This music has given me immense pleasure and I am very keen to get to know more of this strangely under-performed and recorded composer.

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue, Catfish Row, Concerto for piano and orchestra, Rialto Ripples Stefano Bollani (piano) Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2010 DECCA 478 2739 [73:37] [DC]

This will do just fine!

Giorgio Federico GHEDINI (1892-1965) Complete Piano Music - 2 Massimo Bianchi (piano) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572330 [65:07] [JW]

Bianchi proves he has the full measure of the writing and the imagination and tact to convey it to the listener.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1937) Complete Concertos Rachel Barton-Pine (violin) Alexander Romanovsky (piano) Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) Marc Chisson (saxophone) Alexey Serov (horn) Russian Ntl O/Jose Serebrier rec. 2010 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 679465 [56:11 + 57:48] [RB]

Straight to the top of the recommended versions of the concertos. I cannot imagine this set being surpassed, so strong and sympathetic are these performances and recordings.

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Elegy in G minor Op.44 see Špelina

Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Piano Trios 1 & 2 Trio Parnassus rec. 2009 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3031615-2 [59:47] [SV]

Enthusiastically recommended, particularly to devotees of the French Romantics.

Henryk GÓRECKI (1933-2010) The 3 String Quartets Royal Str Qt: Izabella Szalaj-Zimak (violin) Elwira Przybylowska (violin) Marek Czech (viola) Michal Pepol (cello) rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67812 [48:47 + 55:54] [RB]

Utterly committed playing of shockingly indefatigable violence and equally concentrated introspection … devastatingly inventive … very emotional.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Concertos for bassoon, strings and bc Sergio Azzolini (bassoon) Ens il capriccio/Friedemann Wezel rec. 2007 CARUS 83.443 [73:16] [JV]

A wonderful disc which brings the unique qualities of Graupner's music to the fore.

Paul GRAENER (1872-1944) Suite, Chamber Music Poem, Piano Trio, Theodor-Storm-Music Albrecht Pöhl (baritone), Hyperion-Trio rec. 2010 CPO 777 599-2 [62:42] [RB]

A serious composer in tune with his tragic and turbulently murderous times. 

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Chasing the Butterfly Sigurd Slĺttebrekk, Edvard Grieg (piano) Oslo PO/Michail Jurowski rec. 1903-2009 SIMAX PSC1299 [79:10 + 29:05] [DC]

Grieg from a different perspective – utterly fascinating.

Ernest GUIRAUD (1837-1892) Caprice see Rare French works

Ernesto HALFFTER (1905-1989) Carmen (music for Jacques Feyder's 1926 silent film) Frankfurt RSO/Mark Fitz-Gerald rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572260 [66:58] [Byz]

Powerful, poignant, sensual and sprinkled liberally with local colour … brings to mind the colours and expressiveness of Falla.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Alexander's Feast or the Power of Musick Sophie Bevan (soprano) Ed Lyon (tenor) William Berger (bass) Ludus Baroque/Richard Neville-Towle rec. 2010 DELPHIAN RECORDS DCD 34094 [52:58 + 29:47] [JV]

A fine recording, despite some stylistic shortcomings.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Orlando Patricia Bardon (mezzo) Rosemary Joshua (soprano) Hilary Summers (contralto) Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 1996 ERATO 2564 67743-0 [3 CDs: 65.99 + 51.34 + 52.13] [RH]

A strong performance, beautifully sung and sensitively played.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Aci, Galatea e Polifemo Ruth Rosique (soprano) Sara Mingardo (mezzo) Antonio Abete (bass) Cappella della Pietŕ de’Turchini/Antonio Florio rec. 2009 DYNAMIC 33645 [98:00] [BW]

Too much nonsense in the direction mars a decent, often good, performance.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Alexander's Feast Sophie Bevan (soprano) Ed Lyon (tenor) William Berger (bass) Ludus Baroque/Richard Neville-Towle rec. 2010 DELPHIAN RECORDS DCD 34094 [52:58 + 29:47] [JV]

A fine recording, despite some stylistic shortcomings.

Roy HARRIS (1898-1979) Complete Piano Music Geoffrey Burleson (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.559664 [56.38] [GH]

Harris fans or those with an especial interest in American piano music will find this well worth the small investment.

Hans Werner HENZE (b. 1926) Guitar Music - Vol. 2 Franz Halász (guitar) Anna Torge (mandolin) Cristina Bianchi (harp), ens oktopus/Konstantia Gourzi, rec. 2003-8 NAXOS 8.557345 [70:24] [DM]

A real mix of music: very accessible to somewhat austere. A most rewarding disc from start to finish.

Hans Werner HENZE (b 1926) Boulevard Solitude - Sinfonische Intermezzi (4) see DALLAPICCOLA

Bernard HERRMANN (1911 - 1975) Echoes, Souvenirs de Voyage, Psycho Suite Julian Bliss (clarinet) Tippett Qt rec. 2010 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD234 [56.59] [RB]

Scudding anxiety, ascending tension, broodingly nurtured violence and terror are all faithfully articulated.

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812) Viola Concertos see STAMITZ

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Planets, The Perfect Fool, Egdon Heath, A Moorside Suite, Suites 1 & 2, St. Paul’s Suite, A Fugal Concerto, London PO/Bernard Herrmann, Sir Adrian Boult; Eastman Wind Ens/Frederick Fennell, St Paul CO/Christopher Hogwood rec. 1955-92 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2323 [57:02 + 78:46] Twelve Humbert Songs, The Hymn of Jesus Purcell Singers/Imogen Holst, BBC SO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1962-65 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2327 [68:14] Four Songs, Terzetto, Six Choruses Peter Pears (tenor), Purcell Singers, English CO/Imogen Holst rec. 1965-66 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2328 [58:26] Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Sāvitri, Seven Part-Songs Purcell Singers; English CO/Imogen Holst rec. 1965. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2329 [69:04] [RB]

Fine 1960s vintage Holst recordings restoring at bargain price many works still rarely encountered. The Herrmann Planets is controversial but never dull.

Michael HURD (1928-2006) Pop Cantatas - Jonah-Man Jazz, Prodigal, Rooster Rag, Swingin' Samson, Captain Coram's Kids. John Addison (narrator) Alexander Wells (piano) New London Orch/New London Children's Ch/Ronald Corp rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572505 [67:02] [RB]

A bit old-fashioned perhaps but evinces real pleasure. Wittily engaging music-making.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Orchestral Works - Vol. 4 Počme des rivages - Suite symphonique en quatre tableaux (ed. Cyril Bongers) Symphonie italienne Iceland SO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN 10660 [76:53] [DM]

Sheer, unadulterated pleasure. Go on, treat yourself.

Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Complete Music for Viola and Orchestra Helen Callus (viola) BBC Concert O/Stephen Bell rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7258 [73:36] [GO]

Another feather in the Dutton cap.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) On an Overgrown Path, In the Mists, Piano Sonata Andrea Pestalozza (piano) rec. 1990 DYNAMIC DM8010 [78:38] [SA]

You would not be disappointed with this.

Robert JOHNSON (c.1583-1633) The Prince’s Almain and other Dances for Lute Nigel North (lute) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572178 [60.17] [GH]

A blissful and lyrical experience capturing the differing moods of piece with character and élan.

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Sextet in D, Op. 10 (1916) [32:51] Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Sextet (1932) [15:43] Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899) [27:12] Czech Philharmonic Sextet rec. Domovina Studio, Prague, October 1999 ARCO DIVA UP 0019-2 131 [76:06] [ST]

If you want to explore this coupling then I’m sure this is a recording you will enjoy.

Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Drey Gedichte aus Gerstenbergs poetischen Wäldchen see HEISE

Édouard LALO
(1823-1892) Fantaisie norvégienne see Rare French works

Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole, Op. 24 (1874) [34:26] Concerto russe, Op. 29 (1879) [33:04] Yuzuko Horigome (violin) Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice/Marco Guidarini rec. no details supplied TALENT DOM 2910 904[67:30] [NB]

A disc hard to recommend except with reservations.

Orlande de LASSUS (1530/32-1594) Laudent Deum: Sacred Music Ch of St. John's Coll, Cambridge. His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts/Andrew Nethsinga rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN0778 [71:00] [GD]

Showing off this fascinating and diverse composer in the best possible light.

Luise Adolpha LE BEAU (1850-1927) Complete Works for Piano Ana-Marija Markovina (piano) rec. 2010 GENUIN GEN 10177 [79:48] [Byz]

Le Beau’s piano music is pleasant enough in an undemanding sort of way.

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Complete Chamber Works for Cello Partita, Elegy, Sonata, Alleluia Pascha Nostrum Raphael Wallfisch (cello); Raphael Terroni (piano) rec. 2009/10 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS439CD [61:03] [JF]

An essential disc for all Leighton enthusiasts and will also appeal to anyone who appreciates lyrical, well constructed and often deeply moving chamber music.

Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857 – 1919) Pagliacci see MASCAGNI

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) The Complete Piano Music Leslie Howard (piano) rec. 1985-2009 HYPERION CDS44501/98 [99CDs: 122 hrs] [RB]

Howard brings an archivist’s rigour and a high priest’s fervour to this project.

Alexander LEVINE (b. 1955) Prayers for Mankind: A Symphony of Prayers of Father Alexander Men Tenebrae/Nigel Short rec. 2010 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD212 [68:19] [JQ]

A notable new choral work superbly performed by Tenebrae.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de Pčlerinage - Deuxičme Année (Italie) Michael Korstick (piano) rec. 2009 CPO 777 585-2 [79:54] [DC]

Leaves you wanting more.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Don Giovanni Fantasy see Great Pianists


Joseph LIVINGSTONE (1847-1909) Physical Overtures Jo Quigley (solo violin) rec. 2009 CENTAUR CRC3034 [52:16] [CR]

A composer with an interesting voice and a sense of imagination.

Matthew LOCKE (1621/2-1677) Musick for His Majesty's Sackbutts and Cornetts Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 2 London SO/István Kertész rec. 1965/1966 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4229-2 [79:31] [SV]

Fine musicianship and a palpable, contagious enthusiasm.

Dan LOCKLAIR (b.1949) Rubrics, Salem Sonata, The Aeolian Sonata, In Mystery and Wonder, PHOENIX Processional, Celebrations Marilyn Keiser (organ) rec. 2007/9 LOFT RECORDINGS LRCD-1110 [69:55] [Byz]

Powerful and moving … thoughtful and rousing.

Erik LOTICHIUS (b.1929) Symfonietta for Strings, Piano Concerto 2 for piano, strings and 3 saxophones, Four Songs on native American Poetry for mezzo and orchestra Jo Vercruysse (violin) Eliane Rodrigues (piano) Maria Liekens, Karla van Loo, Rudy Haemers (saxophones) Michelle Mallinger(mezzo) Prima La Musica/Dirk Vermeulen rec. 2008 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9158 [60:41] [RB]
Erik LOTICHIUS (b.1929) Vocal works: Songs, French chansons, ditties for mezzo, piano and alto saxophone, String Quartets 1 & 7, Hymns and French chansons for mezzo and piano. Hantzen Houwert (mezzo) Erik Lotichius (piano) Benny Laureyn (saxophone) Caren van Oijen (mezzo) Alessandro Misciasci (piano) released 2001 Q DISC Q 97008 [61:04 + 48:21] [RB]
Erik LOTICHIUS (b.1929) Chamber Music Rebotko, for two flutes and piano, Four pieces from Anaitalrax (15 pieces for piano), Zephyr Quartet, Ralph van Raat (piano) Inez Lotichius (flute) Pauline Lotichius (piano), Lilian Lotichius (piano) rec. 2001-02. Q DISC Q97057 [59:54] [RB]

Confident and accessible music which does not confuse familiarity and populism with blandness.

David LUMSDAINE (b.1931) White Dawn – Songs and Soundscapes Peter Lawson (piano) Jonathan Price (cello) John Turner (recorders) Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) Gemini/Martyn Brabbins rec. 1984-2004 METIER MSV 28519 [60:29 + 59:21] [AMay]

Thanks to this pair of CDs we can also enjoy exploring the works of one of Australia’s most creative and individual musicians.

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