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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Morceau de concert see Rare French works for violin and orchestra

Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen see TCHAIKOVSKY

Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Complete Piano Works Cristina Ariagno (piano) rec. 2006 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94087 [6 CDs: 379:10] [DC]

Whiffs of promise, but ultimately tedious and unlovely.

Scarlatti, Hasse: Salve Regina - Cantatas and Motets Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Salve Regina Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Su le sponde del Tebro Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Salve Regina Alessandro SCARLATTI Infirmata vulnerata, O di Betlemme altera Deborah York (soprano) James Bowman (alto) Crispian Steele-Perkins (natural trumpet) The King's Consort/Robert King rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55354 [77:04] [JV]

James Bowman's performances are the main attraction of this disc.

Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonata 9 see VIVALDI

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Keyboard Sonatas Alexandre Tharaud (piano) rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS 6420160 [70.45] [RBe]

Absolutely superb … a glorious addition to the Scarlatti discography.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Mass 5, Magnificat in C Immortal Bach Ens, Leipzig CO/Morten Schuldt-Jensen rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572114 [48:51] [MC]

Certainly worth investigating. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) The Last Three Piano Sonatas Craig Sheppard (piano) ROMÉO RECORDS 7283-4 [MB]

This is virile, exciting Schubert

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Dance Suite see Fritz Busch

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Suite, Sonatas 1 & 2, Sonata for solo violin Tanja Becker-Bender (violin) Markus Becker (piano) rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67833 [67:10] [DC]

Can only be described in superlatives. 

Svend Simon SCHULTZ (1913-1998) Serenade see NIELSEN

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Humoreske, Studien Fur Den Pedalflugel, Gesänge der Frühe Piotr Anderszewski (piano) rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS 9486252 [63.31] [RBe]

This is a really wonderful Schumann recital and one of the most moving piano recitals I have ever heard. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana Heinz HOLLIGER (b. 1939) Partita Alexander Lonquich (piano) rec. 2008 ECM NEW SERIES 2104 [DC]

Transcendent stuff.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Der Rose Pilgerfahrt Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Anna Lucia Richter (soprano) Michael Dahmen (baritone) Michael Gees (piano) South German Chamber Choir/Gerhard Jenemann rec. 2009 CARUS 83.450 [62:33] [CC]

Well worth experiencing the piano version especially when as sensitively delivered as this.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Concerto 1, Symphony 5 Jonathan Ayling (cello) London Shostakovich O/Christopher Cox rec. live, 2004 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0227 [28:46 + 55:33] [SV]

Hard to recommend this issue as a "basic library" choice, or even a supplement. 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 9 see TCHAIKOVSKY

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies 4 & 5 New Zealand SO/Pietari Inkinen rec. 2008/9 NAXOS 8.572227 [69:44] [BR]

A Fifth with ugly-sounding horns in the finale. Is that a first? 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Swan of Tuonela see Toscanini

Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartets 1 & 2 Josef SUK (1874-1935) Meditation on an old Czech hymn Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 1 Talich Qt, Vanbrugh Qt, rec. 1991 ALTO ALC 1079 [69:38] [JW]

These performances offer highly satisfying rewards.

Fernando SOR (1778–1839) 20 Studies Cristiano Porqueddu (guitar) rec. 2009 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9205 [52:08] [ZT]

Virtuosity reigning over pedantry.

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Symphonies 8 & 10, Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten Overture Svizzera Italiana O/Howard Shelley rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67802 [68:10] [RB]

Spohr - urbane and civilised.

Richard STRAUSS (1886-1949) Oboe Concerto Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) L'Horloge de Flore Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Oboe Concerto John Anderson (oboe) Philharmonia O/Simon Wright rec. 1990 NIMBUS NI5330 [57:30] [RB]

Not as crisply recorded or performed as some but certainly engaging.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Elektra Eva Marton (soprano) Marjana Lipovsek (mezzo) Cheryl Studer (soprano) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Wolfgang Sawallisch rec. 1990 EMI CLASSICS 6407792 [53.35 + 48.32] [DH]

This is a sensible and impressive performance with no significant weak links.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Der Rosenkavalier Ann Murray (mezzo) Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano) Kurt Moll (bass) O & Ch Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Andrew Davis rec. 1995 OPUS ARTE OACD9006D [GF]

This live recording has a great deal to offer.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ariadne on Naxos, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite Christine Brewer (soprano) Robert Dean Smith (tenor) Scottish CO/Sir Richard Armstrong rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN3168 [75:11 + 77:43] [GF]

This can confidently be listed among that select company of excellent Ariadnes. 

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring, Petrushka Ballet Suite London SO/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos rec. 1989 ALTO ALC1131 [68:24] [RB]

Spectacularly recorded ... the full cream Decca-like treatment: voluptuous, elemental … an orchestra caught in headlong flight.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Suites 1 & 2; Symphony in Three Movements; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Danses Concertantes; Violin Concerto; Ebony Concerto; Capriccio; Pulcinella rec. 1974-99 EMI CLASSICS 9072512 [78:23 + 71:08] [BW]

Despite small individual reservations you should snap up this latest manifestation of EMI’s generosity.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Firebird Suite, The Rite of Spring, Petrouchka, Symphony in Three Movements London SO/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky rec. 1987 NIMBUS NI 5714/5 [59:31 + 59:57] [RB]

Very crisp and natural recordings with no hint of applied heat or of technicolor chrome but too relaxed.

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Meditation on an old Czech hymn see SMETANA

Otar TAKTAKISHVILI (1924-1989) Symphony 2, Mogrelian Songs, Gurian Songs Rustavi Vocal Ens, Academic Grand Ch, State Academic SO/Evgeni Svetlanov; Leningrad CO, USSR TV/Radio Large SO/composer rec. 1970s?-1992 RUSSIAN DISC RDCD 00768 [72:35] [RB]

Lyrical and heroic music with a touch of shimmering magic.

Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892-1983) Sonata for Harp see 20th Century Harp Classics

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerti 1-3 Viktoria Postnikova (piano) Wiener SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 1982 NEWTON CLASSICS 8802027 [56:23 + 49:50] [RB]

Bold as brass, red-blooded, wide-stage and almost luridly exciting in the grandest Decca FFRR tradition.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies 2 & 3 Large SO Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky rec. 1988-89 ALTO ALC 1103 [78:03] [RB]

Powerhouse performances and recordings to win converts to these wallflowers. Not to be missed.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) A Symphony of Life ("No. 7," arr Bogatyryov) (1892) [35:11] Elegy in Memory of Samarin for Strings (1884) [7:34] Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48 (1880) [29:22] Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Sergei Skripka CLASSIC TALENT DOM 2910 83 [73:19] [SV]

Control problems become an increasing liability as things progress.

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Swan Lake - Suite Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) Symphonic Dances St Petersburg PO/Yuri Temirkanov rec. 2008 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD229 [74.38] [RB]

Good concert performances with the Rachmaninov enjoying more than its fair share of eminent moments.

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 2 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 9 Andreas Boyde (piano) Freiburg PO/Johannes Fritzsch rec. 1997 ATHENE ATHCD16 [73:31] [BR]

Andreas Boyde is a strong pianist, but this concert did not deserve CD release.

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Julius CONUS (1869-1942) Violin Concerto Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto Jascha Heifetz (violin) Philharmonia O/Walter Susskind; RCA Victor SyO/Isler Solomon, William Steinberg; Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein rec. 1950-3 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111359 [79:12] [AM]

1950s Heifetz recordings of the highest class in vivid transfers from the ever dependable Mark Obert-Thorn. 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5 The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus O/Jerzy Semkow rec. 2009 CD ACCORD ACD 164-2 [48:49] [MC]

A very fine recording with playing that radiates enthusiasm, skill and passion.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio see MENDELSSOHN

Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos Noriko Ogawa (piano) Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 1999-2001-2002 BIS-CD-1717/18 [RB]

This box represents a fascinating and sometimes very engaging insight into the unfamiliar world of Alexander Tcherepnin

Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Ritual Dances & Sosostris's Aria, Praeludium, Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles Opera North Ch, English Northern Phil/Sir Michael Tippett rec.1989 NIMBUS NI 5217 [60:55] [RB]

If these pieces attract you then there is no need to hold back from purchasing what in 1991 was the first and brilliant fruit of Nimbus’s joint project with the 84 year old composer.

Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto Ernst Kovacic (violin) Gerard Caussé (viola) Alexander Baillie (cello) Martino Tirimo (piano) BBC PO/Sir Michael Tippett rec. 1990/1 NIMBUS NI5301 [72:32] [RB]

A unique and generous coupling of two contrasted works. Of the two it’s the magical Triple Concerto I shall return to most often.

Anton Ferdinand TITZ (1742-1810) String Quartets Vol. 3 Hoffmeister Qt rec. 2009 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH10030 [67:27] [RB]

A flair for the fluent and the effective.

Eduard TOLDRÀ (1895-1962) Complete works for voice and piano Assumpta Mateu (soprano) Lluís Vilamajó (tenor) Francisco Poyato (piano) COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0190 [74:18 + 74:27] [JW]

A complete Toldrà collection songs is very rare to find and this now allows us a broad sweep of the songs leaving a happy impression.

Eduard TOLDRA (1895-1962) Vistes al mar, Quartet en do menor Pau CASALS (1876-1973) Sant Marti del Canigo Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1911-2002) Concertino 1 + 13, Tres postals il-luminades Gerard Claret (violin) Orquestra Nacional de Cambra d'Andorra/Gerard Claret rec. 1996 NIMBUS NI 5482 [64:11] [RB]

An original and completely unhackneyed collection of Catalan music for string orchestra.

Charles TOURNEMIRE (1870-1939) Songs Michael Bundy (baritone) Helen Crayford (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572347 [71:24] [WH]

Superb performances of unusual and challenging French song repertoire

Jan TRUHLÁR (1928-2007) Two Compositions for Violin and Guitar see DUO TERES

Antonín TUČAPSKÝ (b.1928) Duo Concertante for Violin and Guitar see DUO TERES

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Círculo see Estilo Español

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Phantasy Quintet, String Quartets 1 & 2 Medici String Qt, Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) rec. 1989 NIMBUS NI5191 [65:12] [RB]

A popular grouping of RVW’s chamber works played with emotional fervour.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Songs see English Songs

Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Simon Boccanegra Placido Domingo, Ch & O Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano EMI CLASSICS 9178259 [2 DVDs: 171:00] [ST]

Not a first choice. Primarily for committed fans of Domingo or those who love the Covent Garden production.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La traviata Maria Callas (soprano) Cesare Valletti (tenor) Covent Garden Opera Ch & O/Nicola Rescigno rec. 1958 ICA CLASSICS ICAC 5006 [RMo]

An enormously subtle creation enshrined for posterity.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata Victoria de los Angeles, Carlo Del Monte, Mario Sereni, Ch and O Teatro dell'Opera di Roma/Tullio Serafin rec. 1959 EMI CLASSICS DOUBLE FORTE 573824 2 [58.35+ 60.27] [DBe]

An excellent bargain which competes with the very best versions on record.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) The Victoria Collection Tenebrae Responses; Lamentations of Jeremiah; Requiem; Taedet animam meam; Versa est in luctum The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips GIMELL GIMBX304 [3 CDs: 177:00] [JQ]

A self-recommending collection of excellent recordings of music by one of the great masters of polyphony.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) The Complete Choros and Bachianas Brasileiras São Paulo SO & Ch/Naomi Munakata, John Neschling, Roberto Minczuk rec. 1994-2006 BIS-CD-1830/32 [RB]

This set is the place to go for a single collection conjoining the Choros and the Bachianas Brasileiras - brilliantly ignited and sustained from intimate solo works to seismic extravagance

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Piano Trio 1 Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas Lucio BRUNO-VIDELA (b.1968) Yumba-Verwandlung Villa-Lobos Trio OEHMS CLASSICS OC776 [56:05] [Byz]

An excellent, if rather short, disc.

Antonio VIVALDI (1675-1741) Concertos for Oboe and Strings Alex Klein (oboe) New Brandenburg Collegium/Anthony Newman rec. 1993 CEDILLE FOUNDATION CDR7003 [75.00] [RH]

Klein’s technique and sound are entrancing. His beautifully toned account of the virtuosic solo parts contributes to a highly seductive whole. 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concertos Francesco MANCINI (1672-1737) Sonata 4 Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonata 9 Concordi Musici rec. 2010 AUDIOGUY RECORDS AGCD 0022 [55:53] [DC]

Wholeheartedly commended.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Best of La Cetra II Concertos 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11 L’arte Dell’arco/Giovanni Gugliemo (violin/conductor) rec. 1995 DYNAMIC DM8011 [76:35] [DC]

Robust and rustic.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) Concertos see FACCO

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Ring des Nibelungen Staatsorchester Stuttgart/Lothar Zagrosek rec. 2002-3 EUROARTS 2057368 [7 DVDs: 15hrs 21] The Ring Cycle (in English) English National Opera O/Reginald Goodall rec. 1973-7 CHANDOS CHUSB0005 [contents of 16CDs: 16 hrs 23] [BW]

Goodall: a classic performance in an adventurous new format, well worth having. Zagrosek: a gimmicky set of productions, not redeemed by musical qualities, apart possibly from Götterdämmerung. 

Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Franz Hawlata (baritone) Artur Korn (bass) Bayreuth Festival Ch & O/Sebastian Weigle rec. 2008 OPUS ARTE OABD7078D [Opera 276:04; Documentary 29:16] [RC]

Performances reasonably good but the happenings on stage are a bit radical, especially for Wagner.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde (An Orchestral Passion), Overtures: Das Liebesverbot, Die Feen Royal Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Järvi rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHSA 5087 [70:53] [RB]

Järvi on best of best form here.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried’s Funeral Music see Toscanini

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan and Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Prelude & Interlude see Fritz Busch

Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano see BLISS

William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony 1, Violin Concerto Salvatore Accardo (violin) London SO/Richard Hickox, Philharmonia O/Louis Frémaux rec. 1991. DDD ALTO ALC 1130 [75:11] [RB]

Good but not wonderful.

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe overture see Toscanini

Matthias WECKMANN (c.1616-1674) Kommet her zu mir alle see BUXTEHUDE

Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Symphonies 1 & 2, Kleine Dreigroschenmusik Gulbenkian O/Michel Swierczewski rec. 1990 NIMBUS NI5283 [74:13] [RB]

The finest pair of Weill symphonies in the catalogue.

Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Violin Concerto 2 see Heifetz

Earl WILD (1915-2010) Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, Seven Virtuoso Études, Improvisation on Someone to Watch over Me, Piano Sonata Xiayin Wang (piano) rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN10626 [79:01]  [BR]

A superb recital of Earl Wild’s jazzy, Gershwin-inspired piano music. 

Bruce WOLOSOFF (b. 1955) Songs without Words Carpe Diem String Qt rec. 2008 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559663 [56:21] [OL]

Interesting idea and great fun, though not wearing well over repetitive listening.

Yehudi WYNER (b. 1929) Shir Hashirim; The Torah Service; Friday Evening Service Wellesley College Ch, New York Virtuoso Singers, Susan Davenny Wyner, Yehudi Wyner rec. 1996/2009 BRIDGE 9333 [54.49] [RH]

The performances are not perfect, but under the composer’s own direction they have a significant authority and illuminate the different pathways of Jewish sacred music.

Wladislaw ZELENSKI (1837-1921) String Quartet in F major, Op.28 (before 1885) [36:15] String Quartet in A major, Op.42 [35:13] Four Strings Quartet rec. August-September 2010, The Palace and Park Complex, Mloszowa ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0236 [71:33] [JW]

The A major quartet is tautly argued with elastic urgency, considerable warmth and high melodic inspiration.

Hardenack Otto Conrad ZINCK (1746-1832) Piano Works Vol. 1 Thomas Trondhjem (piano) rec. 2006-7 CDKLASSISK CDK 1012 [75:29] [RB]

Zinck's place in the catalogue as a Beethoven vassal is now secured – quite a tonic.

Johann Rudolf ZUMSTEEG (1760-1802) Cello Concerto see KRUMPHOLTZ


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