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All Your Cares Beguile - Songs & Sonatas from Baroque London Martin Davids (violin) David Yearsley (organ) rec. 2006 MUSICA OMNIA MO0111 [75:26] [JV]

From a historical perspective the performances are questionable, and musically they are largely unsatisfying.

Animal Parade Christopher STEEL (b.1938) Changing Moods John GARDNER (b.1917) Five Dances William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Recessional Dobrinka TABAKOVA (b.1980) Diptych John RUTTER (b.1945) Toccata in Seven Ian FARRINGTON Animal Parade William Saunders (organ) rec. 2010 REGENT REGCD346 [72:04] [JS]

A very welcome and enjoyable recital of music off the beaten track but worth exploring.

Balanchine Ballets Jewels, Serenade, Allegro Brillante and Symphony in C Michel Plasson, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Richard Hickox, Rudolf Barshal, Sir Thomas Beecham, rec. 1959-90 EMI CLASSICS 648625 2 [77:11 + 73:53] [JF]

A good, packed, double that includes much attractive music.

Sir Adrian Boult The 1956 Nixa Westminster Stereo Recordings - Vol. 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonies 1-4 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Overtures London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1956 FIRST HAND RECORDS FHR 07 [3 CDs: 59:37 + 70:18 + 76:51] [RB]

The impression that remains is one of pulse-racing music-making.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Come Away, Death Wolfgang PLAGGE (b.1960) Södergran-sanger Maja Solveig Kjelstrup RATKJE (b.1973) HVIL Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Songs and Dances of Death Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo) Sergej Osadchuk (piano) rec. 2009 2L 2L064SACD [63:32] [OL]

This disc gave me one of the strongest musical experiences I have ever had. 

Great Pianists - Alfred Cortot Works by Purcell, Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck & Saint-Saëns rec. 1929-37 NAXOS 8.111381 [75:47] [JW]

A really splendid disc.

Dialogues of Sorrow - Passions on the Death of Prince Henry Gallicantus/Gabriel Crouch; Elizabeth Kenny (lute) rec. 2010 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD210 [70:46] [JV]

An impressive display of heartfelt grief.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Festival Music from the Düben Collection Göteborg Baroque/Magnus Kjellson rec. 2009 FOOTPRINT FRCD 053 [68:14] [JV]

This programme of music from the Düben Collection is given spirited performances by Göteborg Baroque.

Espańa - Classical Masterpieces rec. 1966-2002 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9147 [20 CDs: c. 22:00:00] [RB]

An inexpensive and stimulating collection.

Essential Organ: A Journey Through Italian Organ Music TACTUS TC950002 (Sampler Disc) [75:46] [By]

In spite of the music, which is of a high standard, this disc is as difficult to recommend as it was to review.

Farewell Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 – 1809) Symphony 45 Frank MARTIN (1890 – 1974) Pavane couleur du temps Wladimir VOGEL (1896 – 1984) Abschied Herman HALLER (1914 – 2002) Abschied Hans SCHAEUBLE (1906 – 1988) Symphony Barbara Böhl (soprano) Camerata Zürich/Marc Kissóczy rec. 2008/9 GUILD GMCD7342 [71:20] [BBr]

This is music which deserves to be heard.

Edwin Fischer - Piano Playing from the Heart rec. 1931-54 EMI CLASSICS ICON 6294992 [12 CDs] [JW]

A vast amount of music to which to listen, and to treasure.

Fleur De Lys The Solo Suite before Bach Nicolas HOTMAN (1610-1663) Suite in d minor Le Sieur DUBUISSON (?-1688) Suite in d minor Le Sieur DE MACHY (?-1692) Suite 4 Jean DE SAINTE COLOMBE (c.1615-c.1701) Suite Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Tombeau pour Mr. de Ste. Colombe Charles Medlam (viola da gamba), William Carter (theorbo) rec. 2010 CELLO CLASSICS CC1028 [71:04] [JV]

The performances lack elegance and aristocratic splendour. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Flights of Fantasy - Early Italian Chamber Music Irish Baroque Orch. Chamber Soloists/Monica Huggett, rec. 2009 AVIE AV2202 [78:56] [JV]

The Italian composers of the 17th century let their fantasy fly, and so do Monica Huggett and her colleagues.

For Eternity Celine Byrne (soprano) RTÉ Ntl SO/Marco Zambelli RTE LYRIC FM CD 128 [63:53] [GF]

A fine voice employed with taste and musicality.

Frozen river flows New Noise (Janey Miller (oboe) Joby Burgess (percussion)) rec. 2007/9 OBOE CLASSICS CC2021 [67:50] [RB]

Brave new worlds of the creative imagination.

Full fathom five et autres Shakespeare songs Chśur de Chambre Les Éléments/Joël Suhubiette Corine Durous (piano) rec. 2001 ÉDITIONS HORTUS 028 [63:32] [JQ]

An enterprising collection of settings of Shakespeare, performed extremely well by a French choir.

Emil Gilels, Vols 1 & 2 Great Artists in Moscow Conservatoire Emil Gilels (piano) rec. 1949-84 MOSCOW STATE CONSERVATOIRE SMCCD0040 & 81 [62:34 + 72:12] [JW]

These two discs contain claimed ‘previously unreleased recordings’ and that seems to be the case.

The Golden Age of Light Music Magical Melodies GUILD GLCD5170 [78:23] [BBr]

Another sensibly planned, and excellently executed collection from this label.

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

Grand sound, good notes, great fun!

The Golden Age of Light Music The Lost Transcriptions - Vol. 1 rec. 1942 - 1955 GUILD GLCD 5174 [77:39] [BBr]

Forget LemSip, take The Golden Age of Light Music!

La Grande Fanfare Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Horn Sonatas Johann Gottlieb GRAUN (1702/3-1771) Horn Quartet Wezeslaus Leopold KOHL (1753-?) Quartet Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Divertimento Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Horn Quintet Alessio Allegrini (French horn) I Solisti della Scala, Milano rec. 2000 TUDOR 7101 [61:58] [RB]

If the repertoire appeals you need have no reservations. 

The Great Waltzes - The Essential Collection NAXOS 8.578041-42 [70:51 + 76:53]  [AM]

Variable performances and too narrow a selection make this a disappointing collection. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Heinz Holliger Edition Full contents listed at end of review Rec. 1966-1991. ADD/DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94054 [10 CDs: 537:32] [JS]

An unmissable bargain.

I Am Waiting For You – Janácek Inspirations Lucie Slepankova (voice) Martin Oprsal (vibraphone/xylophone) Kapralova Qt, rec. 2009 HUDBABY 2 CR0481-2 [64:12] [RB]

A tough but subtle and engaging listen.

Inspiration Homage to Maria Curcio Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2009 DIVINE ART DDA25086 [75:23] [JW]

A fine tribute to Maria Curcio.

In the mists Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) In the Mists Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano sonata Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Tre Sonetti di Petrarca Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Preludes, Moments Musicaux Ivana Gavric (piano) rec. 2009 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD009 [73:34] [LW]

This debut recording of Ivana Gavric showcases a major talent.

Rudolf Kempe The Genius of the Podium rec. 1956-72 EMI CLASSICS ICON 629557 2 [11 CDs: 823:34] [JW]

This fine box offers some excellent performances spiced by light-hearted fun in the last two discs.

Lead me, Lord Samuel Wesley & contemporaries The Choir of York Minster/Robert Sharpe John Scott Whiteley (organ) rec. 2010 REGENT REGCD344 [70:48] [JS]

An admirable sample of the works of one of England’s best but least known composers.

Let Beauty Awake Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Songs of Travel Srul Irving GLICK (1934-2005) South of North – Images of Canada Paul BOWLES (1910-1999) Blue Mountain Ballads Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Three Songs Joshua Hopkins (baritone); Jerad Mosbey (piano) rec. 2009 ATMA ACD2 2615 [55:38] [WH]

A fine Songs of Travel nestling in a most attractive programme.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lettere Amorose Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Private Musicke/Pierre Pitzl, rec. 2009 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8764 [61:33] [GF]

Kožená and Private Musicke convey their love for this music in readings filled to the brim with feeling and passion.

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