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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710 - 1784) Cantatas 1 Dorothee Mields (soprano) Gerhild Romberger (alto) Georg Poplutz (tenor) Klaus Mertens (bass) Bachchor Mainz L’arpa festante/Ralf Otto rec. 2010 CARUS 83.362 [69:01] [MS]

Four of W.F. Bach's Halle cantatas given splendid world premičre recordings by a top team.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Handel Variations, Two Rhapsodies, Piano Pieces Murray Perahia (piano) rec. 2010 SONY CLASSICAL 88679 79469 2 [78:44] [DC]

Do you really need to ask if this is any good?

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) The Forsaken Mermaid, The Hoodie Craw Murray McLachlan and Graham Scott (pianos) rec. 2009 ECT RECORDS ECT 2010.1 [62:36] [JF]

Stunning music, stunningly played.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) A Century of Romantic Chopin rec. 1895-2003 MARSTON 54001-2 [4 CDs: 319:07] [JW]

Belongs on the shelves of every piano collector, and anyone seriously interested in Chopin interpretation on disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Paul DESENNE (b.1959) Jaguar Songs Nancy Green (cello) rec. 2008 CELLO CLASSICS CC1026 [55:00] [WH]

Fascinating music for cellos, brilliantly played, challenging and deeply rewarding.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Frédéric d'ERLANGER (1868-1943) Violin Concerto, Poëme Frederic CLIFFE (1857-1931) Violin Concerto Philippe Graffin (violin), BBC Ntl O Wales/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67838 [69:45] [RB]

Delightful, exciting and often touching concertos presented with total conviction and every appearance of unfaltering technique.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata, Aprčs une Lecture de Dante, Hungarian Rhapsodies 12 & 13 Mykola Suk (piano) rec. 2004-08 MUSIC AND ARTS CD-1234 [79:15] [JW]

One of the most compelling and amazing performances of the Sonata imaginable. Tremendous.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos 3 & 5, Sinfonia Concertante Richard Tognetti (violin & leader) Christopher Moore (viola) Australian CO rec. 2009 BIS-SACD-1754 [79:52] [DC]

Mozart brought to life …extremely communicative.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hans OTTE (1926-2007) Das Buch der Klänge Ralph van Raat (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572444 [67:24] [DC]

An open door into magical worlds.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma, Feste Romane Săo Paolo SO/John Neschling rec. 2008 BIS-SACD-1720 [63:41] [DC]

Bravo!

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Duets Paul Lewis, Steven Osborne (piano) rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67665 [76:06] [DC]

A perfect partnering: Schubert in all his brilliance and emotive power.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jukka TIENSUU (b. 1948) Vie Missa, False Memories I-III Kari Kriikku (clarinet) Helsinki PO/John Storgĺrds rec. 2009/10 ONDINE ODE 1166-2 [64:34] [HC]

A most desirable addition to Tiensuu’s discography … magnificent.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) L'Estro Armonico Concertos Mercury Baroque/Antoine Plante rec.2010 MERCURY BAROQUE/HPR 84501 38529 [66:14] [DB]

Eight concertos from Vivaldi's great L'Estro Armonico, performed as well as it is possible to imagine and excellently recorded. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Mörike-Lieder Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) Imogen Cooper (piano) WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0029 [73:25] [CC]

Magnificently focused, with little or no sense of strain … seemingly infinite sensitivity. A very special disc.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  North German Organ Music Vol. 1 Music by Tunder, Peter Hasse, Buxtehude, Schiefferdecker, Bach & Bruhns Martin Rost (organ) rec. 2010 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 320 1624-2 [65:52] [JV]

An impressive portrait of one of Europe's most glorious historical organs.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Organ Fireworks Vol. 14 Christopher Herrick (Melbourne Town Hall grand organ) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67758 [72:16] [BW]

Another very successful fireworks display.

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quintets 1 & 2 Raphael Ens rec. 1995 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55369 [58:07] [LW]

The best option for these quintets. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Jungle Book John-Mark Ainsley (tenor) David Wilson-Johnson (baritone) Polyphony and Polyphony O/Stephen Layton rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55433 [73:56] [RB]

Generous timing, discoveries, Delian gauzy harmonies, tangy instrumentation, sentimentality, aureate vocal light, succinct and touching settings. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Vitezlav NOVÁK (1870-1949) Piano Music Radoslav Kvapil (piano) rec. 2010 ALTO ALC 1113 [76:18] [RB]

Miraculously sure-footed and full of insight. Kvapil is a virtuoso of dexterity, mood and narrative.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH John RUTTER (b.1945) The Original Carols from Clare Clare College Singers & O/John Rutter rec. 1966/8 EMI CLASSICS 9469472 [43:48 + 44:26] [BBr]

These disks are a joy.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ralph Vaughan WILLIAMS (1872-1958) On Wenlock Edge Peter Warlock (1894-1930) The Curlew James Griffett (tenor) Haffner String Qt rec. 1973 REGIS RRC 1316 [64:47] [RB]

Classic and very individual recordings of English song. Do not be put off by their nearly forty year old analogue origins.

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

An unmissable bargain.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Popular Trumpet Concertos Maurice Murphy (trumpet) Consort of London/Robert Haydon Clark REGIS RRC 1325 [55:16] [BBr]

This is without peer.

 

 


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