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Antonio CALDARA (c.1671 - 1736) Caldara in Vienna - Forgotten castrato arias Philippe Jaroussky (alto) Concerto Köln/Emmanuelle Haïm rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6488102 [68:08] [JV]

A bouquet of fine arias from a great yet underestimated composer. 

Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Poème see Rare French works for violin and orchestra

Jean-Baptiste CARDON (1760-1803) The School of Harp in France Vol. 2 Concerto, Trios, Sonatas for harp Rachel Talitman (harp) Tigran Maytesian, Erwin Liénart (violins) Igal Braslavsky (viola) Karolina Mariarz (cello) HARP & CO. CD-5050-23 [77:30] [Byz]

A very good production generously crammed with excellent music beautifully played.

Pau CASALS (1876-1973) Sant Marti del Canigo see TOLDRA

Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Piano Trio see Estilo Español

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano music Leon McCawley (piano) rec. 2010 SOMM SOMMCD 0103 [70.27] [RBe]

An outstanding recital.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto 1, Fantasia on Polish Airs, Krakowiak Eldar Nebolsin (piano) Warsaw PO/Antoni Wit rec. 2009 NAXOS NBD0011 [RC]

Nebolsin is the real thing, a genuine virtuoso who can interpret Chopin with imagination and style.

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Works Volume 3: Musical Genius Variations on Là ci darem la mano, Fantasia on Polish National Airs, Rondo, Krakowiak, Grand rondeau de concert, Andante Spianato and Grande polonaise brillante Sinfonia Varsovia/Ian Hobson (piano, conductor) Claude Hobson (piano) rec. 2009 ZEPHYR Z134-09 [71:47] [JW]

Those wanting a collection of these piano and orchestral works will find Hobson, soloist and conductor, a learned and buoyant guide.

Frédéric François CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Piano Works rec. 1949-2008 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94089 [15 CDs: c.16:00:00] [RB]

This set has been magpied together. That’s true but the results do no disservice to Chopin or to your ears; quite the contrary. There is much here that you will feel the need to return to and the price is very attractive.

Giacomo CONTI (1754-1805) Violin Concerto see KRUMPHOLTZ

Julius CONUS (1869-1942) Violin Concerto see TCHAIKOVSKY

Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Complete Edition Musica Amphion/Pieter-Jan Belder rec. 2004 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94112 [10 CDs: 584:09] [MS]

Advantages of this re-issue from Brilliant definitely outweigh the disadvantages; but both there are.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Boîte à joujoux Francis POULENC (1899-1963) L’Histoire de Babar Ken Beachler (narrator) Sergei Kvitko (piano) rec. 2010 BLUE GRIFFIN BGR219 [52:27] [JS]

If your main interest is the Poulenc this might well be a very good choice.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Complete Orchestral Music Vol.5 La boîte à joujoux, Six épigraphes antiques Lyon Ntl O/Jun Märkl rec. 2009/10 NAXOS 8.572568 [73:04] [NB]

Lacking the last degree of fantasy that can transform this already wonderful music into something extraordinary. 

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Over the Hills and Far Away, Brigg Fair, Florida  Suite, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Summer Night on the River, Songs of Sunset, Dance Rhapsody 1, Violin Concerto, The Song of the High Hills, Paa Vidderne, A Village Romeo and Juliet, Sea Drift see Beecham

Frederick DELIUS (1862 -1934) North Country Sketches see BRAHMS

Josquin DES PRÉZ (1450/55-1521) Missa Pange Lingua Kammerchor Josquin des Préz/Ludwig Böhme, rec. 2010 CARUS 83.345 [62:07] [GD]

Just too pleasant by half.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Maria Stuarda Sonia Ganassi, Fiorenza Cedolins, José Bros, Mirco Palazzi, Marco Caria, Pervin Shakar, Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice/Fabrizo Maria Carminato rec. 2009 UNITEL/C MAJOR 704304 [140:00] [RJF]

Some good singing in this bel canto gem; pity about the pathetic set and non-production.

Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) Orchestral Music Fanfare to La Péri, La Péri – Poème Dansé, Symphony, The Sorcerer's Apprentice Radio PO, Netherlands/Jean Fournet rec. 1992? REGIS RRC1344 [74:21] [RB]

Wonderfully characterful and exalted by an imagination unremittingly engaged.

Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Organ works Jeremy Filsell (organ) REGIS RRC1321 [73:51] [DM]

When the performance and sound are so variable, even the super-budget price shouldn’t tempt you. Terribly disappointing. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) String Quartets 12 & 13 Pavel Haas Qt rec. 2010 SUPRAPHON SU40382 [63:08] [BR]

Just right to these ears.

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Sextet, String Quintets, String Quartet 12, Bagatelles Vienna Octet, Janácek Qt, Vienna Philharmonic Qnt rec. 1963-75 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2375 [66:48 + 76:29] [BR]

No reason for the Dvorák lover to pass this one up!

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) Symphonies 7 & 8 Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2008-9 NAXOS NBD0010 [74:15] [DBi]

Well played but rather undramatic performances in very fine sound.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Stabat Mater, Serenade for strings Prague PCh, Czech PO/Václav Smetáček, English CO/Rafael Kubelík rec. 1961-9 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94081 [65:05 + 66:02] [RB]

A nice set but not compelling. 

Paul EDWARDS (b. 1955) God be in my head and other choral works Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge/Sarah MacDonald rec. 2010 REGENT REGCD339 [69:07] [JQ]

A collection of expertly crafted and very effective English church music in excellent performances. 

Werner EGK (1901-1983) The Temptation of St. Anthony see MARTIN

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Concert Allegro see GURNEY

August ENNA (1859-1939) Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen Overture, Symphony 2 Hannover NDR Radio Philharmonic/Michael Hofstetter rec. 2004/5 CPO 777 035-2 [78:18] [RB]

CPO breaks new ground again with sometimes folksy music woven with the manner of Tchaikovsky.

Venice in Mexico - Concertos by Giacomo FACCO (1676–1753) & Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) Manuel Zogbi (violin) Miguel Lawrence (sopranino recorder) Daniel Armas (psaltery) Mexican Baroque O/Miguel Lawrence rec. 2009/10 DIVINE ART DDA25091 [60:43] [JV]

Performances which take us back to the 1960s.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Concerto see Rare French works for violin and orchestra

Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) String Quartet in E minor see JANACEK

Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Songs Rita Ahonen (mezzo) Sami Luttinen (bass) Christophe Sirodeau (piano) rec. 1999-2003 ALTARUS AIR-CD-9038 [76:32] [RB]

Unhurried mesmerising songs from Russia’s expressionist tradition.

Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) L'Horloge de Flore see STRAUSS

Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony, Psyché O de Paris/Daniel Barenboim rec. 1976 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94079 [63:15] [RB]

Barenboim doggedly lays bare the romantically charged substance of Franck’s two works. Plenty of bark and bite.

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Trois Pièces, Pièce Héroïque, Prélude, Fugue & Variation, Choral 1 Lionel Avot (organ) rec. 2010 HORTUS 083 [59:09] [Byz]

Avot's abilities are beyond doubt and Franck's genius irrefutable however primarily for those keen to hear this freshly restored instrument.

Arturo FUENTES (b.1975) Chamber Music Ensemble Intégrales rec. 2009 NEOS 10906 [Byz]

For people who admire this entirely intellectual approach to composition. Everyone else might as well take the dog for a walk.

Walther GEISER (1897-1993) Symphony see BLOCH

Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Gypsy Suite see Beecham

Giorgio Federico GHEDINI (1892-1965) Complete Piano Music vol. 2 Massimo Bianchi (piano) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572330 [65:07] [Byz]

A long-overdue insight into an underrated and enigmatic composer.

Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Fedora Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) Plácido Domingo (tenor) Ch & O of the Monnaie/Alberto Varanesi rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8367 [62.24 + 34.00] [RJF]

Domingo adds this Loris to his studio recorded audio legacy whilst his stage performance caught on DVD was made in his prime.

Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) The Red Poppy ballet suite see IPPOLITOV-IVANOV

Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Complete Piano Music Martin Jones (piano)
rec. 1989/1991. NIMBUS NI 1767 [5 CDs: 71:35 + 58:56 + 68:26 + 77:19 + 78:13] [JW]

What a splendid undertaking.

Edward GREGSON (b. 1945) Music for Chamber Orchestra, Trombone Concerto, Goddess, Stepping Out, A Song for Chris Peter Moore (trombone) Guy Johnston (cello) BBC CO/Bramwell Tovey rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN10627 [70:30] [HC]

A worthy successor to the earlier volumes. Splendid works in excellent performances and superb recording.

Ernest GUIRAUD (1837-1892) Caprice see Rare French works for violin and orchestra

Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Preludes for Piano; Nocturnes Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Concert Allegro Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Three Pieces Alan Gravill, Jeremy Filsell (piano) rec. 1990/94 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD059 [76:55] [JF]

Gravill and Filsell play these works with commitment and sensitivity. A great addition to the catalogues.

Jeremy HALADYNA The Mayan Cycle Areon Flutes Ens, Jeremy Haladyna, Lisa-Maree Amos, Michele Forrest, Sergio Ortiz, UCSB Young Artists String Qt INNOVA 754 [68:00] [RB]

Potently atmospheric stuff.

Rodolfo HALFFTER (1900-1987) Chamber Music Vol. 1 Soloists of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.572418 [Byz]

Music that is essentially frugal and light in texture

Johan HAMMERTH (b.1953) Piano Preludes Stefan Lindgren (pno) NOSAG CD194 [79:25] [RB]

This is music that weaves a hypnotic spell – deeply romantic – losing the self in contemplation.

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1739) Oreste Cornelia Lanz (mezzo) Nastasja Docalu (soprano) Instrumental Ens/Tobias Horn rec. 2010 ANIMATO ACD6123 [79.12 + 78.01] [RH]

A strong cast in a creditable performance of what is actually rather a good Handel opera. 

Barbara HARBACH (b.1946) Chamber Music III Uni. of Missouri-St Louis Chamber Soloists rec. 2008 MSR CLASSICS MS 1257 [65:07] [Byz]

Jam-packed with music which is both attractive and extremely accessible - melodic, tonal, structured, intelligent, varied.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hans-Leo HASSLER (1564-1612) Sacred and secular music Currende/Erik Van Nevel, rec. 1999-2000 ET'CETERA KTC1409 [75:14 + 67:11] [JV]

This production underlines Hassler's importance and the variety and quality of his output.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Missa Sanctae Caeciliae Lucia Popp (soprano) Doris Soffel (contralto) Horst Laubenthal (tenor) Kurt Moll (bass) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Rafael Kubelik rec. 1982 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101533 [73:00] [DBi]

A great performance of great music in a beautiful German abbey. 

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross Lisa Milne (soprano) Christopher Maltman (baritone) London PO & Ch/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2009 LPO LPO0051 [JS]

Its undoubted qualities are insufficient to do justice to the music

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Keyboard Sonatas Bart van Oort, Ursula Dütschler, Stanley Hoogland, Yoshiko Kojima, Riko Fukuda (piano) rec. 2000 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94090 [10 CDs: 10.41:00] [KM]

A contender in the “complete” Haydn keyboard sonatas market.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The heart of invention Piano Trios 22, 24, 25 & 26 Trio Goya rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN 0771 [64:33] [MG]

Discerning accounts presented sympathetically.

Michael HAYDN (1737–1806) & Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Duos for Violin and Viola Maya Magub (violin) Judith Busbridge (viola) CRD 3527/8 [59:29 + 37:50] [Byz]

A collector's item, without doubt.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 101 see Toscanini

Victor HELY-HUTCHINSON (1901-1947) The Song of Soldiers see English Songs

Hans Werner HENZE (b.1929) Symphonies 1-6 Berlin PO, London SO/composer rec. 1965/72 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9194 [75:28 + 73:14] [RB]

Classics recordings of the symphonies of a provocatively imaginative romantic as well attuned to writing in the finest close-up as in great sweeping tragic paragraphs.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) Film Classics National PO, London PO/Bernard Herrmann rec. 1970-5 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 3784 [72:04 + 68:11] [RB]

Do not miss this rich sampling of Herrmann’s extraordinarily imaginative and enjoyable film music.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for Harp see 20th Century Harp Classics

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) The Ten Piano Sonatas Martin Jones (piano) rec. 1992 NIMBUS NI5747/8 [63:00 + 64:58] [RB]

Expressionistic dreams, Taliessin’s spells and Lisztian coruscation.


(b. 1939) Partita see SCHUMANN

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Beni Mora, Japanese Suite, The Planets Manchester Chamber Choir, BBC Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHSA5086 [78:24] [BW][DM]

Much better versions of The Planets are available, some at budget price, like Davis’s own earlier recording.

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Complete Violin Sonatas Laurence Kayaleh (violin) Paul Stewart (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572192 [73:02] [JW]

A fine guide with performances as subtle as they are perceptive.

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Three Pieces see GURNEY

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) King David see English Songs

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854 – 1921) Hänsel und Gretel Gisela Litz (mezzo) Rita Streich (soprano) Res Fischer, Münchner Philharmoniker/Fritz Lehmann rec. 1953 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94207 [57:23 + 41:10] [RMo]

A dull re-issue.

Michael HURD (1928-2006) Pop Cantatas New London Children’s Ch & O/Ronald Corp rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572505 [JS]

Welcome reminder of a genre that introduced a generation of children to the pleasures of singing

Mikhail IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1859-1935) Caucasian Sketches Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) The Red Poppy ballet suite London PO/Anatole Fistoulari rec. 1956/7 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2428 [54:16] [RB]

A 1950s keepsake of Fistoulari in his element.

Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) String Quartets 1 & 2 Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Cypresses The Lindsays rec.1991 REGIS RRC1361 [74:54] [JW]

A concentrated level of commitment and intensity.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 1, The Kreutzer Sonata (1924) [18:27] String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters (1928) [24:58] Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121 (1924) [29:10] Medici String Quartet rec. Nimbus Records, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, November 1987 (Intimate Letters) and January 1988 NIMBUS NI5379 [72:35] [WH]

A late Fauré masterpiece and Janáček’s two overwhelming quartets in magnificent performances.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 1 see SMETANA

Robert JOHNSON (c.1583-1633) Dances for lute Nigel North (lute) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572178 [60:17] [JW]

You will greatly enjoy North’s well recorded and textually and digitally elevated performances. He brings things, as ever, vividly to life.

Manolis KALOMIRIS (1883-1962) Rhapsodies 1 & 2, In St. Luke’s Monastery, Lyrics, Minas the Rebel, The Death of the Valiant Woman Julia Souglakou (soprano) (Lyrics); Eva Kotamanidou (In St. Luke’s Monastery) Russian State Capella; Karlovy Vary SO/Byron Fidetzis rec. 1992/5 NAXOS 8.572451 [76.38] [GH]

A fascinating door opened onto Greek nationalist music. 

Mieczyslaw KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Serenade, Violin Concerto Ilya Kaler (violin) Warsaw PO/Antoni Wit rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572274 [51:37] [JW]

Good but nowhere near outstanding performances.

Aaron Jay KERNIS (b.1960) Goblin Market, Invisible Mosaic II Mary King (narration) The New Professionals/ Rebecca Miller rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD186 [66:42] [Byz]

Intoxicating, outrageous, unforgettable: one of the great musical works of art for theatre of the 20th century.

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Cello Concerto, Concerto-Rhapsody Marina Tarasova (cello) Russia SO/Veronika Dudarova rec. 1994  ALTO ALC1130 [63:22] [RB]

Soviet style romance dazzlingly lit by searchlights with tungsten filaments.

Joonas KOKKONEN (1921 – 1996) Wind Quintet see Arctic Hysteria

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto see TCHAIKOVSKY

(1780-1849) Grand Septet

Jean-Baptiste KRUMPHOLTZ (1747-1790) Harp Concerto Giacomo CONTI (1754-1805) Violin Concerto Johann Rudolf ZUMSTEEG (1760-1802) Cello Concerto Joanna Supranowicz (harp) Robert Nasciszewski (violin) Tomasz Strahl (cello) Rzeszów CO/Grzegorz Oliwa DUX 0785 [71:23] [Byz]

Variously likeable and mellifluous and appealing.

György KURTÁG (b.1946) and Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Play With Infinity: Extracts from Játékok (1979) and Átiratok (Transcriptions, 1973) Jean Sébastien Dureau and Vincent Planés (piano duet) rec. 15-18 July 2010, church of Saint Germain de Talloires (Haute Savoie). DDD HORTUS 082 [50.10] [GH]

Nothing should put you off if you fancy delving into the unique world of Kurtag’s extraordinary imagination.

Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole see Heifetz

RECORD OF THE MONTH Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Music of the Spheres Danish Ntl Ch, Vocal Ensemble & SO/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2009-10 DACAPO 6.220535 [71:53] [DM]

A real cracker. Absolutely not to be missed.

Anatoly LIADOV (1855-1914) Complete Orchestral Works Krasnoyarsk SO/Ivan Shpiller rec. 2001 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94077 [76:53] [RB]

Vividly recorded and dedicated performances.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Album d’un voyageur: Impressions et Poésies Ashley Wass (pno) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.570768 [78:39] [BR]

A fascinating Liszt recital, not just for curiosity-seekers.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de Pèlerinage II, Mosonyi's Grabgeleit, La lugubre gondola 2, Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch Michael Korstick (piano) rec. 2009 CPO 777 585-2 [79:56] [RC]

All in all, this is an excellent release.

Franz LISZT (1811 – 1886) The Complete Songs – Vol. 1 Matthew Polenzani (ten.) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67782 [69:49] [GF]

I can hardly wait for the next instalment.


(1811-1886) Liebestraum 3, Mephisto 1, Hungarian Rhapsody 2 see RACHMANINOV

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Totentanz see Reiner Rarities

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata, Mephisto Waltz 1 see BRAHMS

David LUMSDAINE (b.1931) White Dawn Songs and soundscapes John Turner (recorders) Gemini/Martyn Brabbins rec. 1984-2004 METIER MSV 28519 [60:29 + 59:21] [Byz]

More than a full CD's worth of music that any lover of contemporary music should be familiar with.

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