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Music for Solo Clarinet Works by Jörg WIDMANN (b.1973) Edison DENISOV (1929-1996) Alexander GOEHR (b.1932) André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Eduard Brunner (clarinet) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572470 [71:17] [CR]

Overall this is an excellent disc with an enjoyable range of repertoire and fine playing throughout.

Music for solo flute Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) Air (1996) [8:20]; Younghi PAGH-PAAN (b.1945) Dreisam-Nore (1975) [7:12]; Kazuo FUKUSHIMA (b.1930) Mei (1962) [5:08]; Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Acht Stücke (1927) [6:59]; Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Sonata appassionata Op. 140 [4:42]; Johann Anton STAMITZ (1717-1757) Capriccio-Sonata in A major [8:11]; C.P.E. BACH (1714-1788) Sonata in A minor Wq 132 (1758) [11:04]; J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Partita in A minor BWV 1013 [13:30] Hansgeorg Schmeiser (flute) rec. 9-12 July 1996, Nimbus Foundation Concert Hall, UK. DDD NIMBUS NI5522 [66:00] [CR]

A well produced and enjoyable disc, with Schmeiser demonstrating his ability to perform a range of musical styles effectively and with understanding.

Naxos Travelogues - Cultural Tours of China - with traditional music: SHANXI, XINJIANG, SICHUAN, YUNNAN , TIBET [RF]

Fantastic scenery and locations marred by an inability to identify all the interesting and magnificent locations shown.

O Virgo Benedicta - Music of Marian Devotion from Spain’s Century of Gold Works by GUERRERO, ESQUIVEL & VIVANCO Marian Consort/Rory McCleery rec. 2010 DELPHIAN DCD34086 [75:10] [JQ]

An auspicious debut disc from a fine British vocal consort.

David Oistrakh – Legacy Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for two violins Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto David Oistrakh (violin/viola) Igor Oistrakh (violin) English CO/Colin Davis; Moscow PO/Yehudi Menuhin/Kirill Kondrashin rec. 1961/1963 ICA CLASSICS DVD ICAD 5012 [93:53] [JW]

Admirers of string players will warm to this DVD, and to the estimable performances preserved here.

Rhapsodies for Two Pianos Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Three Rhapsodies Alexander ARUTYUNIAN (b.1920)/Arno BABADJANIAN (1921-1983) Armenian Rhapsody Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Russian Rhapsody George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Tami Kanazawa, Yuval Admony (piano) rec. 2001/3 ROMÉO RECORDS 7276 [64:37] [OL]

There is some excellent playing here, but it took me some time to warm to this disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rhythms & Blues Works by Barber, Rubin, Scherzinger, Adams, Bolcom, Morton & Swigger Jocelyn Swigger (piano) rec. 2009 CON BRIO RECORDINGS CBR21046 [70:33] [BR]

What a great surprise: American rags, blues, and minimalism together in a superb program.

Timothy Richards (tenor) Italian Album Minsk O/Wilhelm Keitel rec. 2010 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG9091664-6 [51:22] [GF]

A worthy documentation of a singer in mid-career.

S'il Vous Plaît - Virtuoso Miniatures Mie Miki (accordion) rec. 2009 BIS BISCD1804 [69:24] [Byz]

Magnificent musicality … unique sonorities … beautifully passionate.

Song of the Birds Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Spanish Dance no. 1 (from La Vida Breve) [3:45]; Suite Populaire Espagnole [13:19]; Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zapateado, op. 23, no.2 [3:36]; Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Le Grand Tango [11:55]; Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Spanish Dance no 2. (Orientale) [3:22]; Gaspar CASSADO (1897-1966) Requiebros [5:09]; Suite for Solo Cello [17:11]; Albert GINASTERA (1916-1983) Pampeana no 2 [9:02]; Pablo CASALS (1876-1973) Song of the Birds [3:47] Nancy Green (cello) Tannis Gibson (piano) rec. 2008, CELLO CLASSICS CC1025 [70:06] [ZT]

An enjoyable recording with general, wide appeal.

Songs to Mary Marian motets by Grandi, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Carissimi & Kerll Robert Crowe (male soprano) Michael Eberth (organ) rec. 2010 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH10054 [79:02] [JV]

Robert Crowe's singing is far away from the 17th-century ideal of recitar cantando.

Stokowski's Chicago Debut Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1759) Chorales Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet Suite Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Swan Lake Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 2 Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Symphony 3 Chicago SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1958 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 242 [78:44 + 79:14] [JW]

A little slice of Stokowskian debut history in these two discs.

Memorial Tribute to Toscanini Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto 2, Passacaglia and Fugue Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto grosso Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Sonata a quattro 3, Rehearsal extracts NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1938-54 GUILD GHCD2364-65 [52:05 + 59:25] [JW]

Toscanini’s intimate and astute way is well worth hearing, and admiring. 

Romantic Works for Violin Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto Josef SUK (1874-1935) Four Pieces Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Three Romances Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Les Neiges D’Antan, Berceuse Christine Raphael (violin) Rainer Gepp (piano) Nuremberg SO/Andreas Albert, Rhine CO/Jan Corazolla rec. 1977-87 GENUIN GEN10535 [74:17] [JW]

Lacking in personality and in a sense of projection.

Virgo Sancta Cæcilia Chant from the Antiphonary of Anna Hachenberch Ens Candens Lilium/Norbert Rodenkirchen rec. 2009 RAUMKLANG MARC AUREL EDITION MA20044 [52:06] [BW]

Joins my list of recommendations for the end of a bad-hair day.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Voices from Heaven Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem, Quatre Motets Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Requiem Ch St John’s College, Cambridge/Christopher Robinson, George Guest REGIS RRC1341 [78:54] [JQ]

Beautifully crafted, inspired music in immaculate performances.

Volkslieder Vol. 1 rec. 2010 CARUS 83.003 [74.23] [MM-B]

The result of all these collaborations is a work of pure beauty and joy.

Yundi - Live in Beijing Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Piano Sonata 2, Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Polonaise Yundi (Li) (piano) rec. 2010 EMI CLASSICS 6316392 [70:58] (CD) + [75.00] [Byz]

Eloquent and expressive playing. 

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