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The 18th Century American Overture James HEWITT (1770-1827) Medley Overture; New Medley Overture; New Federal Overture; Benjamin CARR (1768-1831) Federal Overture; Alexander REINAGLE (1756-1809) Miscellaneous Overture; Occasional Overture; Overture in G Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä/Patrick Gallois rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.559654 [68:25] [JS]

A disc that generates a contented smile.

Arias for Soprano, Trumpet and Organ Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785)
Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Giovanni VIVIANI (1638-1693) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Trio Barocco (Emi Aikawa (soprano), Alberto Bardelloni (trumpet), Ivan Ronda (organ)) rec. 2010. DDD SHEVA COLLECTION SH035 [50:20] [Byz]

Overall this CD disappoints.

Sir Thomas Beecham - The Classical Tradition Beecham Choral Society, Royal PO, London PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1934-58 EMI CLASSICS 9099462 [10 CDs: 719:30] [JS]

Beecham most certainly possessed an understanding of the underlying spirit of the music.

The Beginning of a Legend John Williams - His first recording Works by Bach, Scarlatti, Sor, Albeniz, Ponce, Duarte, Segovia, Tansman & Granados John Williams (guitar) rec. 1958 IDIS 6600 [65:18] [ZT]

An important historical recording.

Below - Music for Low Flutes Peter Sheridan (flutes) Claire Cooper (piano) rec. 2007-9 MOVE RECORDS MD3330 [73:00] [DC]

Amazing what you can do with a bit of old tube. 

Jussi Björling Live - Broadcast Concerts 1937-60 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6036 [4 CDs: 302:59] [JW]

Conspicuously fine restorative work, making listening to these broadcasts recitals a pleasure, and never a critical chore. 

Judith Blegen and Frederica von Stade - Duets by: Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Judith Blegen (soprano) Frederica von Stade (mezzo) Musicians of the Ch Mus Soc of Lincoln Center/Jaime Laredo rec. 1974/1975 SONY CLASSICAL 78514 [42:16] [RM]

Both ladies sing excellently with texts invariably clearly enunciated and dramatically enlivened.

Ingen Blomst I Verdens Lande Peter A. HEISE (1830-1879) Digte fra det Engelske Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Drey Gedichte aus Gerstenbergs poetischen Wäldchen Christian BARNEKOW (1837-1913) Fire folkesange efter det russiske ved Thor Lange Julius BECHGAARD (1843-1917) Lyriske Sange: Digte af Ernst v. d. Recke Erik Bekker Hansen (tenor) Camilla Toldi Bugge (soprano) Ellen Refstrup (piano) rec. 2010 DANACORD DACOCD 705 [66:02] [JW]

Which composer set Longfellow, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson, Burns and George Moore in his 1876 collection?

British Music for Concert Band Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Military Band Suites 1 & 2 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folk Song Suite Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) A Lincolnshire Posy, Children’s March Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander Eric Banks REGIS RRC 1326 [71:30] [JQ]

This splendidly performed and hugely enjoyable disc is self-recommending – and not just to band music devotees.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH British Women Composers Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) Violin Sonata Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Three Preludes Irène Regina WIENIAWSKA (1879-1932) Violin Sonata Phyllis TATE (1911-1987) Triptych Clare Howick (violin) Sophia Rahman (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572291 [78:09] [GH]

An imaginative programme, brilliantly handled … a very generously filled CD.

Bullets and Lullabies James Rhodes (piano) rec. 2010 WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS 50524 98358328 [29:33 + 43:49 [BR]

“Pop classical” done right: neither self-important nor frivolous, and good playing too.

Cello Duello Jens Peter Maintz & Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cellos) rec. 2010 SOLO MUSICA SM146 [75:25] [JS]

If you enjoy this combination of instruments you will certainly enjoy this disc … it can be listened to with no danger of monotony.

CELLO M.E. Erland von KOCH (1910-2009) Monolog no.17 [7:08] Miroslav PETRÁŠ (b.1948) Hukvaldská Fantasie - Hommage à Janáček [9:08] Jan CARLSTEDT (1926-2004) Balada op.18 (1960) [8:32] Ondrej KUKAL (b.1964) Rapsodie op.6 (1984) [6:55] Mikael ERICSSON (b.1952) 'Dobrú Noc' - Koncertní Variace (Hommage à Piatti) [18:15] Tango 'Buenas Noches' [3:27] Tango 'Taserud' [2:39] Relax [2:56] Ack Värmeland, du Sköna (trad. arr. Ericsson) Mikael Ericsson (cello) rec. Prague, June 2009. DDD ARCODIVA UP0138-2131 [63:03] [Byz]

A superb CD that no one who appreciates well-crafted, melodious music could fail to cherish.

Cirque French mélodies by Sauguet, Milhaud, Satie, Poulenc & Auric Céline Ricci (soprano) Daniel Lockert (piano) rec. 2009 DORIAN SONO LUMINUS DSL92125 [74:53] [SA]

Ricci does the songs credit, making them immediately accessible to what is hoped will be a wide audience.

British Clarinet Quintets Edwin ROXBURGH (b. 1937) Quintet Kit TURNBULL (b. 1969) Three Cautionary Tales Nigel CLARKE (b. 1960) Equiano Martin ELLERBY (b. 1957) Epitaph VII Linda Merrick (clarinet) Navarra Qt rec. 2008 NAXOS 9.70122 [64:27] [RB]

An anthology accommodating a variety of styles: tougher and melodic.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Diva, Divo Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) Ch & O l’Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6419860 [80:41] [JQ]

Simply sensational! 

El Amor y la Muerte Enrique GRANADOS Goyescas: El amor y la muerte, El pelele Isaac ALBENIZ Iberia: Evocacion, El Puerto, Fête dieu à Séville Federico MOMPOU Variations sur un thème de Chopin Sebastian Stanley (piano) rec. 2010 EMEC RECORDS E-085 [60.00] [SA]

I have really enjoyed reviewing this disc and will eagerly look out for more of them from this wonderfully sensitive young pianist.

English Choral Music Cambridge University Chamber Ch/Timothy Brown rec. 1991 HERITAGE HTGCD213 [67:29] [JF]

Second to none.

Highlights from Faust and French Opera Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust (1859) Philémon et Baucis (1860) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon (1884) Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon (1866) Georges BIZET (1863) Les Pêcheurs des Perles (1863) Geraldine Farrar (soprano); Enrico Caruso (tenor); Antonio Scotti (baritone); Marcel Journet (bass) rec. 1908-1916 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7859 [76:01] [JS]

The importance of the material makes this disc essential listening.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH  Rare French works for violin and orchestra Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Concerto Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Morceau de concert Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Fantaisie norvégienne Ernest GUIRAUD (1837-1892) Caprice Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Poème Philippe Graffin (violin) Ulster O/Thierry Fischer rec. 2001 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55396 [71:13] [NB]

Peerless technique allied to superb unmannered musicianship … much to be praised.

The Golden Age of Light Music: Confetti rec. 1949-59 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5175 [78:04] [JF]

A subtle balance of well-crafted music, lost innocence, joyfulness and happiness and imagination.

The Golden Age of Light Music - From the Vintage Vaults rec. 1930-45 GUILD GLCD 5176 [78:14] [JW]

Well then. Eclectic, certainly; good, yes.

Great British Anthems Works by Parry, Stanford, Stainer, Naylor, Walton, Holst, & Finzi Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse; Jeremy Filsell (organ) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572504 [70:15] [KS]

In general, a fine program of great war-horses from the Anglican choral canon. The minor flaws do not overshadow the overall excellence of these performances.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Great Pianists - Vol. 2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 23 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Don Giovanni Fantasy Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Burleske Alexander Brailowsky, Shura Cherkassky, Rudolf Serkin (piano) Boston SO/Serge Koussevitsky, P-SO New York/Dimitri Mitropoulos (Strauss) rec. 1945-58 GUILD GHCD2367 [77:18] [SA]

A disc to marvel at. 

Happy Frog & Hot Canary The Aspidistra Drawing Room O rec. 2010 ASPIDISTRA no number [55:23] [JS]

I thoroughly enjoyed the music and performances on this disc.

Ikon II Holst Singers/Stephen Layton rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67756 [71:35] [JQ]

Unfamiliar but very rewarding music in superb, sonorous and idiomatic performances. 

A Kaleidoscope Peter Mattei (baritone) rec. 1991-2006 BIS BISCD1954 [76:50] [OL]

A taster plate of a magnificent voice.

Hans Knappertsbusch – The Complete RIAS Recordings Berlin PO rec. 1950-52 AUDITE 21.405 [5 CDs: 355:30] [JW]

The transfers are the finest now to be heard of this material … compiled with care.

Latin-American Music for Guitar Jorge MOREL (b.1931) Al Maestro Agustín BARRIOS MANGORÉ (1885-1944) La catedral Sebastián IRADIER (1809-1865) La Paloma Vicente COVES (b.1982) Chelitango Agustín BARRIOS MANGORÉ Vals Ástor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Chiquilín de Bachín Vicente Coves (guitar) Enrique Morente (vocal) Horacio Ferrer (narrator) Esteban Ocaña (piano) rec. 2005-2009 NAXOS 8.572527 [67:04] [OL]

Very beautiful music, played with ultimate sensitivity and compassion.

Dinu Lipatti – The Last Recital Works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert & Chopin rec. 1950 NAXOS 8.111366 [78:39] [SA]

This is a disc to cherish and to relish at every playing.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Queen’s Music: Italian Vocal Duets and Trios Luigi ROSSI, Girolamo Alessandro FRESCOBALDI, Giacomo CARISSIMI, Anonymous Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén (sopranos); Peter Harvey (baritone); Mikarl Bellini (counter-tenor); Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (cello); Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord) rec.2008. DDD. Booklet includes texts and translations. BIS BIS-CD-1715 [68:16] [BW]

Essential listening for Emma Kirkby’s many fans: if you’re not one already, this may well win you over.


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