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American Music for Clarinet and Piano Works by Gershwin, Novacek, Bernstein & D'Rivera Jon Manasse (clarinet) Jon Nakamatsu (piano) rec. 2009 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907508 [55:58] [BR]

An hour spent in very enjoyable company. Terrific playing and program.

And So It Goes Works by Tallis, Byrd, Bruckner, Stanford, Sullivan, Mayerl, de Pearsall, Kern, Joel, McCartney and Manilow Priory Singers/Stephen Benavente rec. 2010 PRIORY SINGERS PS001 [44.02] [GH]

A few cavils but there is much here to enjoy.

Arctic Hysteria Atso ALMILA (b. 1953) Arctic Hysteria Pehr Henrik NORDGREN (1944 – 2008) The Good Samaritan, Wind quintet 2 Joonas KOKKONEN (1921 – 1996) Wind Quintet Arktinen Hysteria Wind Qnt rec. 2009 ALBA ABCD 307 [57:31] [HC]

A varied programme of fine works in excellent performances and recording

Daniel Barenboim (piano) - Jubilee concert in Buenos Aires/Portrait: Multiple Identities rec. live, 2000 EUROARTS 2050427 [2 DVDs: 230:00]

A summing-up of Daniel Barenboim’s musical career, through a concert and a documentary. 

Sir Thomas Beecham - English Music 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 Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Gypsy Suite Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946) Fifine at the Fair Arnold BAX (1883-1953) The Garden of Fand Lord BERNERS (1883-1950) The Triumph of Neptune Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1946-57 EMI CLASSICS 9099152 [6 CDs: 426:03] [RB]

A treasury of Beecham’s EMI English music recordings including those precious stereo sessions. 

Fritz Busch Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) The Beautiful Melusine Overture Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Egmont overture Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Dance Suite Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan and Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Prelude & Interlude Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) Swedish Rhapsody 1 Winterthur SO, Los Angeles PO, Konserthus Stiftelsens O Malmö/Fritz Busch rec. 1946/9 GUILD GHCD2366 [78:56] [JW]

Busch directs with flair and insight. Sonically things are rather dull, even the Winterthur studio recordings.

Catalan Songs Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) Geoffrey Parsons (piano) rec. 1991 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9178 [57:15] [RB]

Enthusiasts of the genre and of the singer will be delighted to hear this CD which holds these rarely encountered songs up to wonder and the light.

Cinema Spectacular Extracts from filmscores by Walton, Bliss, Bax, Vaughan Williams, Benjamin, Herrmann, Shostakovich & Lambert London PO, National PO/Bernard Herrmann rec. 1968-75 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 3787 [56:05 + 68:27] [RB]

An essential complement to the Herrmann Film Classics CD on Eloquence.

Competitors Russia’s Child Prodigies A film by Irene Langemann EUROARTS 2057418 [98:00] [JW]

The arbitrary nature of ‘success’, and the treadmill that leads young musicians toward it or ever further from it.

Con Chitarrone - Italian sonatas from early renaissance to baroque Leupold Trio rec. 2010 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72369 [74:35] [JV]

Lively and energetic performances of baroque music on two non-period string instruments.

Conversations à Rechlin Written and directed by François Dupeyron rec. 2009 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101 541 [91:00] [KM]

A unique form of theatre combining lieder and dialog in a story about the end of World War II.

Duo Teres Nicolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Sonata no.1 in A (after 1828) [8:01] Sonata no.4 in A (after 1828) [9:42] Jan TRUHLÁR (1928-2007) Two Compositions for Violin and Guitar, op.71a (1952/1986) [8:40] Jan NOVÁK (1921-1984) Sonata Serenata for Violin and Guitar (1981) [17:42] Antonín TUČAPSKÝ (b.1928) Duo Concertante for Violin and Guitar (1989/1998) [21:24] Duo Teres (Lucia Kopsová (violin); Tomáš Honek (guitar)) rec. 2010. DDD ARCODIVA UP0132 2231 [66:16] [Byz]

This is a highly attractive programme.

Emilio de Gogorza Operatic arias and songs rec. 1903-28 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7922/3 [63:58 + 54:13] [RMo]

A welcome and thoughtful offering.

English Music for Viola Rebecca CLARKE (1886-1979) Sonata for viola and piano William WALTON (1902-1983) Two Pieces for Viola and Piano (transcribed by Matthew JONES) Canzonetta and Scherzetto Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Four Pieces (transc Veronica Leigh JACOBS) Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Legend for Viola and piano Theodore HOLLAND (1878-1947) Suite in D for viola and piano Matthew Jones (viola) Michael Hampton (piano) rec. 2008/2009 NAXOS 5.572579 [73:39] [JF]

This is essential listening for all chamber music enthusiasts, be they committed to the cause of British music or not.

English Songs Works by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Hely-Hutchinson & Howells Shura Gehrman (bass) Adrian Farmer (piano) rec. 1980/1 NIMBUS NI5033 [56:07] [RB]

English songs meet a thoughtful and highly sympathetic exponent with an unmistakable voice.

Essential Ballet EMI CLASSICS 6486502 [78:49 + 79:12] [RMay]

Performances clearly been chosen with care and if the repertoire appeals you will certainly enjoy this generous set a great deal.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Espana Antigua - Spanish Secular Music 1200-1700 Montserrat Figueras (soprano) Hespèrion XX/Jordi Savall VIRGIN CLASSICS 6488012 [8 CDs: 418:54] [GH]

Five hundred years of music, wonderfully played and recorded - a real bible of early Spanish musical art which at the bargain price offered is well worth its weight in gold.

Estilo Español Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Círculo Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Piano Trio Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas (Intermezzo) Enrique Fernández ÁRBOS (1863-1939) Tres Piezas Originales en Estilo Español Devich Trio rec. 2010 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72322 [52:10] [BR]

A well-planned recital of Spanish trios, executed with brio and passion.

The First Christmas Elizabethan Singers/Louis Halsey rec. 1963/6 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2064 [63:17 + 66:52] [JS]

Musical pleasure.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Floating City - Sonatas, canzonas and dances by Cestello & Pichi His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts rec. 1997 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55320 [GH]

A very fine recording. Not only is the music fascinating but the performances are special. Buy it.

Rudolph Ganz (piano & conductor) rec. 1913-1948 GUILD GHCD 2377 [74:55] [JW]

Hardcore collectors may well be interested.

Habanera Elina Garanca (mezzo) Roberto Alagna (tenor) SO Nazionale della Rai/Karel Mark Chichon rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8776 [68:22] [OL]

Garanca changes singing styles like gloves, and they all fit.

20th Century Harp Classics Works by Mathias, Hindemith, Roussel, Tailleferre, Arnold & Britten Elinor Bennett (harp) rec. 1993. NIMBUS NI 5441 [79:04] [RB]

Harp enthusiasts as well as followers of British music of the last century should not miss out on this otherwise rather overlooked anthology.

Hear My Words Choral Classics from St. John’s Timothy Ravalde (organ) Ch St. John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHSA5085 [77:20] [JQ]

A most attractive and varied programme, expertly performed.

Jascha Heifetz Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Violin Concerto 2 & other works by Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, & Chausson RCA Victor SO/William Steinberg, Izler Solomon; Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein rec. 1951-54 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111363 [79:01] [JW]

Splendid transfers for a well programmed disc.

Hiraeth Celtic Guitar Music from Wales Gerard Cousins (guitar) GALLES MUSIC GMCCD1003 [52:28] A Gift - contemporary music from Japan, Cuba and the UK Gerard Cousins (guitar) GALLES MUSIC GMCCD1002 [63:33] [RB]

Two discs: one with a restful Wales as its focus and the other a tangy and provocative mix of contemporary pieces.

Italian Songs and Ballads by Tosti, Mascagni & Donaudy Stefano Secco (tenor) David Abramovitz (piano) rec. April 2009 NAXOS 8.572471 [47:47] [JS]

Musically unadventurous but charm in abundance and much to enjoy.

Herbert von Karajan in rehearsal and performance Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 5 Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Vienna SO/Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1966 UNITEL CLASSICS DVD 704008 [107:00] [JW]

A revealing example of the art of the conductor.

Alexander Kipnis (bass) Arias rec. 1945-6 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7950 [68:17] [RMo]

A compelling disc which should appeal to all lovers of great bass voices, especially those in Russian opera.

The Lyrical Clarinet - Works by Burgmüller, Finzi, Baermann, Saint-Saëns, Pärt, Reade & Poulenc Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN10637 [JW]

Convincingly argued performances

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