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The Ahrend and Brunzema Organ of the Amsterdam's Oude Kerk 1964 - 2004 Gustav Leonhardt, Matteo Imbruno (organ) rec. 2004 TACTUS TC 570001 [63:06] [JV]

Portrait of an organ from 1964 - a reconstruction of a 17th century instrument.

Pasquale Amato (baritone) Opera arias rec. 1911–1914 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7897 [79:43] [RMo]

One of the greatest of baritones … Every voice-fancier should hear him.

American Pioneers London SO/Kenneth Klein rec. 1987 EMI CLASSICS 6411182 [67:44] [RB]

A fairly generous disc of unusual Americana at mid-price. The mix is unique and the variety stimulating.

Amstel Peijl Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pelléas et Mélisande Suite Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Saxophone Quartet Philip GLASS (b.1937) Concerto for Saxophone Quartet Amstel Saxophone Qt rec. 2007 CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD CAG102 [66:55] [RB]

Delightful stuff.

Martha Argerich: The Collection 3 – Chamber Ensembles With Nicolas Economou, Nelson Freire, Mikhail Pletnev (pno) Gidon Kremer (violin) Yuri Bashmet (viola) Mischa Maisky (cello) Peter Sadlo, Edgar Guggeis (perc.) rec. 1983-2009 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8847 [6 CDs: 369:02] [OL]

A snapshot of an outstanding musical personality; a collection to love.

The Busch-Serkin Duo Live Works by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Bach, Busch, Schumann & Beethoven Adolf Busch (violin) Rudolf Serkin (piano) rec. 1934-50 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1244 [4 CDs: 295:30] [JW]

Acquisition of this box is a very worthwhile prospect.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cello Master Class Maria Kliegel (cello) Lynn Kao (piano): NAXOS 2.110280-81 [2 DVDs: c. 8 hrs] + Book (198pp) [JS]

Surely an essential purchase for any aspiring player.

Classical Symphonies by Gossec, Vanhal, Kraus & Mahaut Capella Coloniensis/Hans-Martin Linde rec. 1982/6 PHOENIX EDITION 174 [70:35] [SV]

A well-played selection of pleasing, unfamiliar music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky - Soundtrack to the Film by Jan Kounen Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring, piano pieces Gabriel YARED (b. 1949) Filmscore Christophe Bukudjian, Gabriel Yared (piano) Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle, Film O/Jeff Atmajian rec. 2003 NAÏVE V 5223 [71:15] [MC]

Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in quite magnificent form.

Con amore Kyung Wha Chung (violin) Phillip Moll (piano) rec. 1985 DECCA ORIGINALS 478 2660 [59:59] [JW]

Great imagination and elevated rhythmic control. How good to see Chung back on the concert-stage.

Continuum Stephen L. MOSKO (1947-2005) Transliminal Music Tim SULLIVAN Polychrome Daniel CROZIER Fairy Tale Michael G. CUNNINGHAM (b.1937) TransActions Slovak RSO/Kirk Trevor, Moravian PO/Vit Micka, Seattle SO/Gerard Schwartz, Russian PO/Ovidiu Marinescu rec. 2007-10 NAVONA RECORDS NV5836 [59:20] [Byz]

A moderately appealing way to explore the generally more tonality-based end of late 20th century American music. 

Admir Doçi (guitar) Leila Pfister (mezzo) Martin Derungs (harpsichord) Mattia Zappa (cello) Matthias Weilenmann (recorder) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD 7347 [65:41] [Byz]

Flawless playing and an imaginative, melodious programme lend this CD wide appeal. A pleasant way to spend an hour.

Dohnányi in London Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 17 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody 1 Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877–1960) Variations on a Nursery Tune Budapest PO, London SO/Ernst von Dohnányi rec. 1928-31 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC252 [79:37] [JW]

Full marks to restorer and label for this superior offering.

Doleo Chansons and motets for Margaret of Austria Peñalosa-Ensemble rec. 2009 ORGANUMCLASSICS OGM 101066 [72:56] [JV]

The combination of repertoire and performance makes this a disc to treasure.

Düben Delights Works by Bütner, Philetaerus, Albrici, Theile, Gnessel, Pfleger & Hanff Anna Jobrant (soprano) Düben United rec. 2009 FOOTPRINT FRCD 049 [51:35] [JW]

Some serious musicological work on offer.

L’Espace Entre Nous Noel ZAHLER (1905-1974) L’espace entre nous Nikita KOSHKIN (b.1956) Oratorium Lacrimae Edison DENISOV (1929-1996) Sonata for flute & guitar Lowell LIEBERMANN (b.1961) Sonata Gro Sandvik (flute) Stein-Erik Olsen (guitar) rec. 2008 SIMAX PSC 1268 [65:38] [CR]

A fascinating disc with some very interesting repertoire which will be new to many listeners.

Franco Fagioli - Canzone e Cantate Works by Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Ferrari, Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani & Paisiello Franco Fagioli (counter-tenor), Luca Pianca (lute), Marco Frezzato (cello), Jorg Halubek (harpsichord) rec. 2010 CARUS 83.361 [60.32] [RH]

An intelligently planned and well performed recital.

Ferry Tales Music for Tuba, Piano and Strings Øystein Baadsvik (tuba) Erlend Skomsvoll (piano) Trondheim Soloists rec. 2005/9 BIS BIS-CD-1875 [63:58] [OL]

Baadsvik amazes with his virtuosity and light touch.

Fête à La Française Works by Charpentier, Lao, Franck & Massenet Paris Conservatoire O, l’Opéra-Comique Paris O/Albert Wolff rec. 1951-6 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2382 [77:47 + 73:14] [IL]

A generally pleasing concert of less well-known or forgotten French music performed in style by Wolff - a master of the genre.

A Tribute to Mirella Freni Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) La bohème Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Fedora; Mirella Freni: A Life Devoted to Opera Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ch & O San Francisco Opera/Tiziano Severini, Ch & O Teatro alla Scala/Gianandrea Gavazzeni rec. 1988/93 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101 485 [3 DVDs: 116:00 + 113:00 + 58:00] [GF]

Charming … and the box is favourably priced – so why hesitate?

Arthur Friedheim (piano) Works by Liszt, Rosenthal and Gottschalk rec. 1915-26 NIMBUS GRAND PIANO NI 8815 [59:15] Arthur Friedheim – The Great Pianists Vol.12 - Masters of the Piano Roll series rec. 1915-26 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD052 [73:40] [JW]

The evidence is improbably preserved by these two discs. Best seek out the discs.

The Golden Age of Light Music The Pianist in the Spotlight rec. 1934-59 GUILD GLCD 5173 [77:24] [JW]

A mixed bag but with quite a few pluses, and even the minuses are amusing, bizarre or both.

The Golden Age of Light Music The Lost TranscriptionsVol. 1 rec. 1942–55 GUILD GLCD 5174 [77:39] [JW]

I enjoyed this disc. Performances pretty rare, collated with acumen, and thoughtfulness. Great sound as well.

Igor Gorin in Opera and Song - Victor Recordings rec. 1938-42 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7937 [74:07] [RMo]

An unusual voice: flexible, very characterful, an admirable range of colours from light suavity to rich smokiness.

The Great Waltzes The Essential Collection NAXOS 8.578041-42 [70:47 + 76:50] [BR]

A well-programmed and decently played selection of, truly, the great waltzes.

The Hungarian Double-Bass Leon Bosch (double-bass) Sung-Suk Kang (piano) MERIDIAN CDE 84597 [66:55] [JW]

A really splendid and winningly performed recital. Bosch now has a select but alpha level discography to his name.

Kind Ensemble 96/Kjetil Almenning, Nidaros String Qt rec. 2010 2L 2L076SABD [44:11] [KM]

An astoundingly recorded disc of Scandinavian choral music, in SACD and Blu-Ray audio. 

Lincolnshire Posy – Works for Wind Ensemble Eastman Wind Ens/Frederick Fennell rec. 1958, 1959 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2089 [71:28] [RB]

An admirable disc, generous in timing, well documented and offering music of character in vivid recordings and performances.

Lotte Lehmann in Opera - Vol. 1 rec. 1916-21 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7873 [75:76] [RMo]

That voice! Beautifully smooth and integrated, the security of vocalisation is a marvel.

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