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Musical London, c. 1700 Philippa Hyde (soprano) The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0776 [75:47] [BW]

Will appeal strongly to a limited audience.

Polish Popular Music from the 17th Century Dances and Songs from the ‘Polcoki Manuscript’ Greensleaves rec. 2009 CHESTNUT HALL MUSIC CHM091115 [78.32] [GH]

Enjoyable and extremely generous …. everything is colourfully and neatly played and exquisitely recorded.

Russian Music for Cello and Piano Nikolai MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Cello Sonata 2 Sergei RACHANINOV (1873-1943) Cello Sonata Wendy Warner (cello); Irina Nuzova (piano) rec. 2008 CEDILLE CDR 90000 120 [68:49] [BR]

A deeply felt recital of a Russian favorite and some works which deserve better renown. 

Russian Orthodox Chant Odessa Seminary Ch/Priest Mikhailo Davydov rec. 1985/94 ALTO ALC 1110 [74:23] Alexandr Tikhonovich GRECHANINOV (1864-1956) Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 4 Cantus Sacred Music Ensemble/Ludmila Arshavskaya rec. 1994 ALTO ALC1069 [61:00] [RB]

Rooted deep in Russian Orthodox traditions. Will surely please Grechaninov enthusiasts but the curious generalist would do well to go for the Odessa Seminary disc - a real winner. 

Salmon is a Jumpin’ John Salmon (piano) rec. 2009 ALBANY TROY1224 [53:30] [DC]

Good sonics, excellent music and superb playing. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Scandinavian Classics - Vol. 3 Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907) Symphonic Dances, Norwegian Dances Harald SÆVERUD (1897–1992) Peer Gynt Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957) Violin Concerto, Four Lemminkainen Legends Emil Telmányi (violin) Danish State RSO/Erik Tuxen, Thomas Jensen rec. 1949-53 DANACORD DACOCD697-698 [75:46 + 78:26] [BBr]

A well deserved Bravo!, and three cheers to Danacord for making these recordings available once again.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Art of Andres Segovia - Vol. 6 rec. 1944-56 IDIS 6603 [56.40] [ZT]

A historical treasure.

Charlie Siem (violin) Works by Wieniawski, Kreisler, Paganini, Waxman, Sarasate & Ponce Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (piano) rec. 2010 WARNER CLASSICS & JAZZ 2564 678047 [47:51] [BR]

Charlie Siem plays well, but not well enough to be humored in his delusion that he is a pop star.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Grigory Sokolov - Live in Paris Grigory Sokolov (pno) rec. 2002 MEDICI ARTS 3073888 [123:02] [CC]

A rare opportunity to savour the art of Grigory Sokolov, that most reclusive of pianists.

Solatino Gabriela Montero (piano) rec. 2010 EMI CLASSICS 6411442 [78:10] [JW]

Languid pastoral, chordally propulsive, rhythmically lively, colour-conscious and warmly textured.

Songs of Sunshine Wells Cathedral Ch, & School CO/Matthew Owens rec. 2010 REGENT REGCD343 [72:57] [JQ]

A highly enjoyable and very well performed programme

A Song without Words - the legacy of Paul Taffanel  Kenneth Smith (flute) Paul Rhodes (piano)  rec. 2008/9  DIVINE ART DDA21371 [3 CDs: 242:36]  [CR]

Kenneth Smith’s wonderful tone and range of colours is the highlight of the recording

Sospiri Cecillia Bartoli (mezzo) rec. 1994-2009 DECCA 478 2558 [72:26] [RJF]

An interesting collection of Cecilia Bartoli’s diverse recorded repertoire over the last sixteen years

Strings in the Earth and Air Paul Martyn-West (tenor) Nigel Foster (piano) rec. 2005 DIVERSIONS DDV24152 [68:37] [JW]

An engaging recital that should find a receptive audience among lovers of British song.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Joan Sutherland - The Legendary Debut Recital Arias by Donizetti, Verdi & Handel Paris Conservatoire O/Nello Santi, Philomusica of London/Sir Anthony Lewis rec. 1959 REGIS RRC1364 [63:09] [JS]

An immense success, the first of many, and it remains an astonishing achievement.

Joan Sutherland - Classic Australian Performances Elizabethan Sydney O/Richard Bonynge ABC CLASSICS 476 3963 [78:26 + 73:10] [GF]

Live recordings from the last fifteen years of her career amply demonstrate her strengths as well as her weaknesses.

César Vezzani (tenor) Arias rec.1912–25 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7926 [79:13] [RMo]

Sung with dedication and artistry. I urge every lover of great tenor singing to buy this disc.

Violino o cornetto - 17th Century Italian Solo Sonatas Theresa Caudle (violin and cornett) Canzona rec. 2008 NIMBUS NI 6134 [73:34] [JW]

An investigative recital of great persuasive power and real spirit.

The World of Ballet Paris Conservatoire O, New SO, Royal Opera House O/Anatole Fistoulari rec. 1953-58 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2391 [70:26 + 63:13] [JS]

Enjoyable yet hardly compelling.

Yo m’enamorí d’un aire - Medieval Songs and Dances Reval’s Troubadours rec. 2010 EMEC E-090 [73:57] [GH]

The singers are both passionate and expressive with wide dynamic contrasts and clear diction.



Did Bach Really Mean That? Deceptive Notation in Baroque Keyboard Music by Colin Booth, 349 pp Soundboard [DC]

Letters from a Life The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten - Vol. Five 1958–1965, ed. Philip Reed and Mervyn Cooke; Boydell Press 2010. 1764 pp. [JSch]

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