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The Nationals 2010 Highlights from the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain rec. 2010 DOYEN DOYCD279 [77:29] [JF]

The listener will find much here to enjoy and be moved by.

Nidaros Works by Smith, Sommerro, Dyrud, Plagge, Overoye, Kleiberg, Nielsen & Bonsaksen Trondheim Soloists; Torbjorn Dyrud (organ) Nidaros Cathedral Ch/Vivianne Sydnes rec. 2009 2L 2L072SACD [61.10] [RH]

A superb showcase. Anyone interested in contemporary choral music should try it.

Nutcracker Suite Music transcribed for mandolin: Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Four Catalan Folksongs Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker Suite Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pavane Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in D major for lute, two violins and basso continuo, Modern Mandolin Qt rec. 2003 DORIAN SONO LUMINUS 92121 [51:24] [RMay]

Only the absence of a power cut made me realise that I wasn’t back in the 1970s after all.

Pax - Gregorian chant Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Benoit du Lac/Dom Andre Saint-Cyr rec. 1996 ANALEKTA AN29776 [64.42] [RH]

Reflects a community who sing this music every day. 

Primakov In Concert - Vol.1 Franz SCHUBERT (1798-1828) “Wanderer” Fantasie Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Album pour enfants Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Sonata 2 Vassily Primakov (piano) rec. 2002-7 BRIDGE 9322 [75:53] [OL]

Primakov is excellent in the Romantic repertoire.

Reflection Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART ; John SHEPPARD ; Thomas ATTWOOD; Thomas TALLIS ; Sir Edward ELGAR ; Richard FARRANT / John HILTON; Johann Sebastian BACH]; Robert PARSONS ; John GOSS ; Richard DERING]; Henry PURCELL ; William BYRD; César FRANCK; Christopher TYE ; Thomas CAMPION Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown HERITAGE HTGCD 212 CD [66:00]
Tudor Anthems and Motets Orlando GIBBONS; ? MUDD; Richard FARRANT; Richard FARRANT / John HILTON ; Thomas TALLIS ; William BYRD; Thomas TOMKINS ; Richard DERING; Peter PHILPS; Robert PARSONS; John SHEPPARD; Thomas WEELKES; Robert WHITE Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown rec.1991/1993 HERITAGE HTGCD 216 CD [67:32] [JS]

So much that is so good on these discs.

The Rodolfus Choir Choral Collection Ralph Allwood, Ben Parry (directors) rec. 1994-2004 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD243 [3 CDs: 199:54] [JW]

The performances are generally excellent, so too the recordings.

The Romantic Violinist - A celebration of Joseph Joachim Daniel Hope (violin, viola) Bengt Forsberg (piano), Anne-Sofie von Otter (mezzo) Royal Stockholm PO/Sakari Oramo rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779301 [66:20] [RB]

It’s bound to deliver pleasure if you like the look of the programme.

Solatino Gabriela Montero (piano) rec. 2010 EMI CLASSICS 6411442 [78.10] [DBe]

A fine introduction to piano music from this part of the world.

Songs of ascent Roland SZENTPALI (b. 1977) Tuba concerto Torbjörn Iwan LUNDQUIST (1920-2000) Landscape John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Tuba concerto Roger KELLAWAY (b. 1939) Songs of Ascent Aaron Tindall (tuba) Margaret McDonald (piano) rec. 2009 POTENZA MUSIC PM1011 [79:44] [MB]

Those who love the velvety depths of the tuba have quite an entertaining disc in this new and wide-ranging recording.

Songs of yesterday Music for recorder and keyboard by Bowen, Rubbra, Scott, Murrill, Leigh and Berkeley Dan Laurin (recorder) Anna Paradiso (harpsichord/piano) rec. 2009 BIS–CD-1785 [67:27] [GF]

Those who still regard the recorder as a beginners’ instrument should definitely hear this and many will revise their opinion.

Frederica von Stade (mezzo) Song Recital - songs by Dowland, Purcell, Liszt, Debussy, Canteloube & Hall Martin Katz (piano) rec. 1977 SONY CLASSICAL 78516 [51:43] [RM]

Thoroughly absorbing … one of the most sheerly beautiful and instantly recognisable mezzos of the last thirty-odd years.

Frederica von Stade (mezzo) Italian Opera Arias National Arts Centre O/Mario Bernardi rec. 1977/8 SONY CLASSICAL 78518 [50:43] [RMo]

Displays all the merits, virtues and charms of von Stade’s mezzo range. 

Transformation Works by Stravinsky, Scarlatti, Brahms & Ravel Yuja Wang (piano) rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8795 [57:53] [GA]

A fine recital by a young artist in whom a sound technique is allied to a thoughtful sensibility and dramatic projection.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Tudor Anthems and Motets Ch Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown rec. 1991, 1993. HERITAGE HTGCD 216 [67:32] [JQ]

A most desirable disc that provides an excellent introduction to the treasure chest of Tudor sacred music.

Wien Modern III Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904 - 1975) Piccola musica notturna Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001) Keqrops for piano and orchestra Paolo PEREZZANI (b 1955) Primavera dell’anima Hans Werner HENZE (b 1926) Boulevard Solitude - Sinfonische Intermezzi (4) Roger Woodward (piano) Gustav Mahler Jugendorch/Claudio Abbado rec. 1992 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 447 115-2 [52:45] [RB]

There’s fascination to be found in these masterful scores.

The Welsh Gold Collection - The Great Singers/Traditions/Heartstrings ABC CLASSICS 4804978/4764296/4764294 [73:45 & 58:01 & 60:16] A Welsh Choral Spectacular London Welsh Male Voice Ch, CO Wales/Alwyn Humphreys rec. 2004 ABC CLASSICS 476 4290 [3 CDs: 204:06] [JW]

Should swell the chest cavities of Welsh men and women the length and breadth of the principality, especially those that don't actually live there. 

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.



The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen by Patrick Piggott. Published by George Mantle Childe [PS]

A warm welcome for this book which is well detailed and cogently carried through. 

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