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John McCabe - Farewell recital Presteigne Festival, August 2010 John McCabe (piano) rec. 2010 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0139 [71:09] [RB]

Magical … McCabe’s readings evince long preparation and sustained reflection.

Melodies of Love and Death Works by Dvorak, Puccini & R. Strauss Osiris Trio: Ellen Corver (piano) Peter Brunt (violin) Larissa Groeneveld (cello) rec. 2010 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72373 [70:42] [OL]

“Reception music” – fair and square.

A Musical Journey - Austria and Italy Music by Franz Schubert NAXOS 2.110540 [58.50] [RJF]

One of the very best of the Naxos Musical Journey. Enthusiasts of scenic beauty, geology and photography should enjoy this journey.

A Musical Journey - Italy: The Southern Tyrol Capella Istropolitana/Martin Turnovsky NAXOS 2.110539 [59.25] [RJF]

Photographic content rather repetitive at times; another venue could have been accommodated to add more interest.

The Musical Treasures of Leufsta Bruk II Drottningholm Baroque Ens rec. 2010 BIS-CD-1975 [77:22] [JW]

Another valuable programme that offers variety, context and brings kudos to the performers.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH My True Love Hath My Heart Songs by British composers Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10691 [63:00] [JQ]

An outstanding recital of English song.

Kent Nagano’s Beethoven Series from Montréal: The Story So Far Ideals of the French Revolution RCA RED SEAL 88697400842 [54:55 + 52:11] ; Gods, Heroes and Men SONY CLASSICAL 88697857372 [74:23] ; In the Breath of Time SONY CLASSICAL 88697923602 [41:08 + 49:19] [ST]

Nagano’s attempt to make us look at Beethoven through new eyes is a laudable one.

Nightmare in Venice Antonio VIVALDI (1676-1741) Concerto in G minor La Notte [8:47] Robert JOHNSON (1583-1633) / Nicholas LE STRANGE (1603-1655) English Fantasy Suite (The Satyrs’ Masque [2:29]; The Flatt Masque [1:58]; The Furies [2:03]; The Witches’ Dance [1:54]) Giovanni Paulo CIMA (1570-1622) Sonata a Tre [3:16] Antonio VIVALDI (1676-1741) Concerto Grosso in A minor [9:48] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite (Prelude and Rondeau [4:28]; Fairy Dance [0:46]; Dance of the Savages [1:35]; Dance for the Followers of Night [2:52]; Chaconne [2:38]) Dario CASTELLO (1590-1630) Sonata Decima [5:26] Jean Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764) Demon Suite (First Demon Air [2:03]; Second Demon Air [1:08]; Third Demon Air [1:45]; Simphonie [0:34]) Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) / RED PRIEST Fantasia on ‘La Folia’ [12:32] Piers Adams (recorders), Julia Bishop (violin), Angela East (cello), Howard Beach (harpsichord) rec. 2001. DDD RED PRIEST RECORDINGS RP002 [65:54] [EM]

Some very virtuosic playing and a tremendous amount of invention - not to mention liberty-taking!

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Note by Note - The making of Steinway L1037 Ben Niles (director) Featuring Pierra-Laurent Aimard, Hélène Grimaud, Lang Lang & Harry Connick Jnr rec. 2007 DOCURAMA FILMS NNVG146510 [81:00 + extras] [DJB]

Inspirational and illuminating. 

Opera Danilo Rea (piano) Flavio Boltro (trumpet) rec. 2010 ACT 9508-2 [54:20] [JW]

Doubtless highbrows will find the whole thing a bit cheap. I liked it.

Passé – Il Canto Romantico In Italia Elisabetta Paglia (mezzo); Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2011, Texts and translations included SHEVA SH050 [71:43] [GF]

Good intentions but the finished results are rather dispiriting.

Plum Pudding Christmas songs and readings Felicity Lott (soprano) Gabriel Woolf (reader) Joyful Company of Singers/Peter Broadbent rec. 2002 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD 013 [77:44] [Byz]

Best consumed at Christmas, but as festive CDs go, it is certainly one of the most appetising.

Great Singers Live: Margaret Price Arias by Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Bellini, Cilea & Verdi Dame Margaret Price (soprano) Munich RSO/Heinz Wallberg, Leopold Hager, Thomas Fulton rec. 1977-91 BR KLASSIK 900305 [78:41] [JQ]

A feast for the ears from start to finish.

Rainlight: Evocations of Water for Piano Solo Jeremy Eskenazi (piano) rec. 2010 DIVINE ART DDA25090 [79:18] [OL]

A successful experiment where novelty and enthusiasm overweigh some minor imperfections in the performance of the “warhorses”.

Russian Melodies Songs by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky Ewa Podles (mezzo) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 1993 FORLANE FOR16683 [69:43] [OL]

This is an excellent recital: expressive and exciting.

20th Century Russian Piano Music Works by Gubaidulina, Pärt, Shostakovich, Shchedrin & Karayev Vladimir Yurgin-Klevke (piano) DELOS DRD 2008 [57:45] [DC]

One to consider.

Sleep, Holy Babe - A Collection of Christmas Lullabies Blossom Street/Hilary Campbell rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572868 [57:07] [JQ]

An enjoyable and enterprising collection, offering some welcome new listening for the Christmas season.

Snowflakes A Classical Christmas Øystein Baadsvik (tuba) Cantus Women’s Ch, Trondheim SO/Torodd Wigum rec. 2011 BIS-CD-1885 [65:00] [RB]

Toffee apple sweetness including one or two real seasonal jolts.

Songs Of Old Ireland: Irish Folk Melodies Arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford Gilberto Fornito (flute, piccolo) Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2009/2010. DDD SHEVA SH031 [64:08] [Byz]

The best way to consider the disc is filed under 'easy listening'.

Vienna Premieres Johann Strauss O/Jack Rothstein 1983-92 CHANDOS CHAN 10684(3)X [3 CDs: 182:19] [Byz]

Several beautifully crafted gems strewn amongst the frothier fare and everything is nicely played.

Violin Romances Aaron Rosand (violin) John Covelli (piano) rec. 1990/3 MUSICAL CONCEPTS MC129 [71:36 + 67:27] [JW]

Stylish and assured music-making.

Ljuba Welitsch sings Mozart, Weber, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, J Strauss, R Strauss, Lehar, Mackeben rec. 1947 - 1950 NIMBUS NI 7959/60 [60:40 + 47:34] [SV]

A essential acquisition for opera lovers - at least, for those not bothered by the rushing.

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