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Instruments from the Rodger Mirrey Collection John Kitchen (keyboards) rec. 2008-10 DELPHIAN DCD34057 [75:48] [JV]

A fine demonstration of instruments from a unique collection of historical instruments.

Charles Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music Works by Berlioz, Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Franck, Roussel, d'Indy & Fauré Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1954-58 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6027 [6 CDs: 410:25] [JW]

There’s something here even for those with an extensive collection of Munch’s recordings. The previously unreleased items are the obvious draw.

Music from the English Courts HANDEL, DOWLAND, PURCELL, LOCKE, JOHNSON, GIBBONS, LANIER, ADSON, HENRY VIII ANONYMOUS The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble with Tristram Fry (percussion) rec. 1994, NIMBUS NI 5546 [58:46] [JW]

Whilst this recital has its jaunty moments, it also has very serious ones too.

Gustav Neidlinger (bass-baritone) Arias by Verdi, Mozart, Wagner & Strauss rec. 1950-57 PREISER 93475 [79:34] [JW]

This disc’s necessarily uneven pleasures provide a measure of justice. 

Paradise on Earth James Bowman (counter-tenor) Oxford Liedertafel rec. 2010 MAPROOM MR0071 [46.59] [RH]

Oxford Liedertafel is a talented group of singers and this disc will undoubtedly appeal to all their admirers.

The Great Pas de Deux EMI CLASSICS 6486352 [77:21 + 78:14] [RMay]

This set offers more than 2½ hours of music that passes by in less than half the time and provides a great deal of pleasure. 

Per Flauto - Italian Recorder Music of the 17th Century Ganassi-Consort, rec. 1988 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 308 0301-2 [58:10] [JV]

Despite having been recorded more than 20 years ago this disc makes for great listening.

Phonetasy Anders NILSSON (b.1956) Phonetasy Niklas BREMAN (b.1966) Dinkum Thinkum II Gunnar JANSSON (b.1944) Saxophone Quartet 1 Fredrik SÖDERBERG (b.1966) Ocellatus Marie SAMUELSSON (b.1956) Siren Jan LEVANDER (b.1959) Nisse Swedish Saxophone Qt 'Rollin' Phones' rec. 2009/10 PHONO SUECIA PSCD187 [70:11] [Byz]

A wealth of intriguing, sometimes excellent music. 

Prague Brass Ensemble BUDČE, ČERNOHORSKÝ, OTTO, PACHELBEL, TELEMANN, VERDI, ORFF, BARTÓK, JANÁČEK, JEŽEK, KOZEL Prague Brass Ensemble rec. National Theatre, Prague. No date given. DDD ARCODIVA UP0131-2 131 [64:06] [Byz]

The Prague Brass Ensemble perform well enough on this CD, but the programme is hardly profound or difficult.

Rare French works for violin and orchestra Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Concerto Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Morceau de concert Ernest GUIRAUD (1837-1892) Caprice Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Počme Philippe Graffin (violin) Ulster O/Thierry Fischer rec. 2001 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55396 [71:11] [RB]

Lavish deep-pile rarities from the long-sustained Gallic-romantic sunset.

Reiner Rarities Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Dance of the Blessed Spirits Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Totentanz Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Waltzes Robin Hood Dell O Philadelphia, RCA Victor SO/Fritz Reiner rec. 1950-53 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC235 [78:37] [JW]

Not an especially intellectually demanding programme but rarity is invariably a boon for the specialist collector.

Santiago a cappella Polyphony from Spain’s Golden Age by de Montserrat, Guerrero, Lobo, John IV, Victoria, Cardoso & Rogier Monteverdi Ch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2004 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG710 [66:36] [JQ]

A perceptively planned and superbly executed programme of music from the Golden Age of Iberian polyphony.

Scotland the Brave — A celebration of Scotland in music and dance Queensland Pops Ch & O/Sean O’Boyle rec. 2010 ABC CLASSICS 076 2795 [116:00] 476 4130 [49:08 + 56:02] [JW]

Left the audience pleased, and excited.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Spirits of England and France - Vol. 5 Missa Veterem hominem Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1996 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55285 [65.23] [GH]

My original impression was not especially favourable but I have become quite excited about the Mass and about the singing - it’s a revelation.

Stylems Italian Music from the Trecento Ensemble Syntagma/Alexandre Danilevski rec. 2007 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72195 [58:13] [JV]

Good performances of highly sophisticated repertoire from 14th-century Italy.  

Joan Sutherland – Art of the Prima Donna Joan Sutherland (soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
rec. 1960. ADD. Stereo Taken from a 2 CD set entitled Joan Sutherland - Art of Prima Donna Decca Legends - Legendary Performances 4671152 ALTO ALC 1125 [75:40] [DBe]

An historic recital from the start of a legendary career.

Toscanini Broadcast Series - Gala Concert 1945 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 101 Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Pini di Roma Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Swan of Tuonela Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried’s Funeral Music Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe overture New York P-SO/Arturo Toscanini rec.1945 GUILD GHCD 2368 [78:32] [JW]

The musical virtues of this disc are manifold, and even those jaded by the Toscanini Question will find much to enjoy here.

The Creators of Verismo– Vol. 1 Bellincioni, Pandolfini, and the Siberia creator-recordings rec. 1902-5 MARSTON 52062-2 [70:50 + 79:37] [JW]

The claims of verismo are superbly documented in this engrossing set.

Viva Domingo! Plácido Domingo (tenor) EMI CLASSICS 6487572 [4 CDs: 307:11] [RJF]

This diverse collection is good in parts.

Vivat Leo! Music for a Medici Pope - Works by De Silva, Willaert, Josquin, Mouton & Festa Cappella Pratensis/Joshua Rifkin rec. 2010 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72366 [64:56] [JV]

A fine and interesting recording with a good mixture of well-known and lesser-known pieces.  

Mikhail Vysotsky and the Gypsies of Moscow Songs and Arrangements Talisman ensemble rec. 2007 HANSSLER PROFIL PH10027 [60:47] [RB]

A vivid doorway opened into Moscow's infatuation with gypsy music.

World Class Marches of The Salvation Army Vol. II Black Dyke Band/Dr Nicholas Childs rec. 2010 DOYEN DOY CD223 [TP]

There really is a lot of terrific music here.

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