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Doreen CARWITHEN (1922-2003) Film Music BBC Concert O/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7266 [61:31] [RB]

Some really fine cinema music here high on sumptuous 1950s confidence.

Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) Symphony 3, Elegia eroica Roma SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2008/10 NAXOS 8.572415 [62:12] [CH]

Probably the strongest and most symphonic symphony written by an Italian. 

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème see RESPIGHI

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Music for Piano - Vol. 7: Elegies and Suites Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 2006 DIVINE ARTS DIVERSIONS DDV24155 [68:45] [Byz]

Jam-packed with inventive, subtle and tantalising rhythms, harmonies and effects.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerti 1 & 2 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Staatskapelle Berlin/Andris Nelsons rec. 2010 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 9520 [73:34] [MC]

A desirable disc that will attract many listeners.

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltzes Mordecai Shehori (piano) rec. 2010 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD156 [63:58] [JW]

This enterprising, very personal approach will win Shehori admirers.

Mikolajus ČIURLIONIS (1875-1911) Piano Music - Vol. 1 Muza Rubackyte (piano) rec. 1993 NAXOS 8.572659 [69:34] [Byz]

Lovely lyrical tone and expressiveness ensure persuasive performances.

Mikolajus ČIURLIONIS (1875-1911) Piano Music, vol. 2 Muza Rubackyte (piano) rec. 1993 NAXOS 8.572660 [69:35] [Byz]

Rubackyte pays this music great respect and her lovely lyrical tone, discipline and expressiveness ensure persuasive performances.

Sir Frederic Hymen COWEN (1852-1955) Concertstück see SOMERVELL

Bernhard Henrik CRUSELL (1775-1838) Clarinet Concertos 1-3, Clarinet Quartets 1-3 Emma Johnson, Henk de Graaf (clarinet) English CO/Gerard Schwarz, Daniel String Qt rec. 2007 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94219 [73:58 + 66:06]  [Byz]

Elegance, joie de vivre and cantabile mellifluousness. 

Matthew CURTIS (b.1959) Orchestral Works (Volume IV) A Festival Overture [4:32] Short and Suite (Valse; Intermezzo; Fancy Free; On the River; Striding Edge) [9:34] Variations on a Theme of Verdi [10:25] Four Winds Suite [26:20] Autumn Leaves [4:33]; Sterling Silver [7:59]; Summer Serenade [3:34]; Christmas Rush [4:02] Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2008-9, DDD British Composer series CAMPION CAMEO 2085 [79.47] [RB]

A magician of light exuberant music in the grand British tradition.

Carl CZERNY (1791-1857) Piano Sonatas - Volume 3 Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2008/ 2009/2010 NIMBUS NI5872/73 [68:56 + 75:23] [JW]

Fresh from my enjoyment of volumes 1 and 2 in this series, I find that there’s no cessation in the latest release

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet see Virtuoso Qt

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Collection of Rare Historic Recordings Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Eugène Goossens, Constant Lambert, Isobel Baillie & Heddle Nash rec. 1929-55 DANACORD DACOCD717 [76:07] [RB]

Dedicated Delians - are there any others? - will need to get this disc of Delius rarities.

Frederick DELIUS  (1862-1934) Hiawatha, Suite, Légende, Double Concerto, Caprice and Elegy Philippe Graffin (violin) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) BBC Concert O/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2009 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7226  [71:57]  Lebenstanz, Irmelin suite, A Poem of Life and Love, A Village Romeo and Juliet suite Royal Scottish Ntl O/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7264  [68:06] [RB]

Mightily impressive in these hands. 

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Marino Faliero Giorgio Surian, Rachele Stanisci, Ch & O Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti/Bruno Cinquegrani rec. 2008 NAXOS 2.110616-17 [73:27 + 78:47] [JZ]

A strong production now made readily available.

Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Violin Sonata see English Violin Sonatas

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ross EDWARDS (b. 1943) Violin concerto Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Adele Anthony (violin) Adelaide SO/Arvo Volmer rec. 2009 CANARY CLASSICS CC09 [57:20] [NB]

A very rewarding disc.

George ENESCU (1881-1955) Impressions d’enfance Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Violin sonata 2 Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin sonata 2 Gidon Kremer (violin) Oleg Maisenberg (piano) rec. 1996 WARNER APEX 2564 67391-2 [62:57] [SA]

A wonderfully musical celebration of three major works from the first half of the twentieth century.

João Rodrigues ESTEVES (c1700 - after 1751) Sacred Music Andrew Carwood (tenor)*, Mike McCarthy (bass)* Christ Church Cathedral Choir/Stephen Darlington; David Goode, Philip Millward (organ) rec. 1996 NIMBUS NI 5516 [68:06] [JV]

Delightful performances of some treasures from the Portuguese musical heritage.

Michelangelo FALVETTI (1642 - 1692) Il diluvio universale Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García-Alarcón rec. 2010 AMBRONAY AMY026 [64:35] [JV]

Only the addition of percussion dissuades me from labelling this disc "Recording of the Month". 

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Complete Barcarolles: Trois Romances sans paroles, Op.17: Charles Owen (piano) rec. 2010 DDD AVIE AV2240 [63:19] [GA]

Charles Owen is a wonderful interpreter of Fauré, and takes us behind the veil of these Barcarolles with great sensitivity and sureness.

Hans GAL (1890-1987) Symphony 3 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 3 Swan O/Kenneth Woods rec. 2010, AVIE AV2230 [66:16] [RB]

Gál's Third Symphony takes a welcome bow after some six decades.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Reinhold GLIERE (1875-1956) Symphonies 1-3; Horn Concerto; The Zaporozhy Cossacks; The Red Poppy & The Bronze Horseman Suites; Concert Waltz; Heroic March; Overtures BBC Philharmonic/Sir Edward Downes, Vassily Sinaisky rec. 1991-96 CHANDOS CHAN10679(5)X [5 CDs: 348:43] [RB]

Done with Chandos style … elite results … voluptuously lyrical and vividly imagined … The price is irresistible.

Alessandro GRANDI (c.1586 - 1630) Vespro della Beata Vergine Deborah York, Daniel Taylor, Ed Lyon, Peter Harvey, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart/Matthew Halls rec. 2010 CARUS 83.367 [57:50] [JV]

A largely unsatisfying attempt to bring Grandi's music to the attention of a modern audience.

Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Piano Concerto 1, Introduction et Allegro, Symphonie Orientale Victor Sangiorgio (piano) Royal Scottish Nat O/Martin Yates rec. 2011 DUTTON EPOCH INTERNATIONAL CDLX 7274 [69:51] [RB]

Dutton have the market in starry Godard revivals all to its own; done with style, need I add.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Requiem Mass, Marche solennelle pour orgue Hubert Dény (bass) Gilles Vitale (tenor) Pascale Mélis (organ) l’Opera National de Paris Ch, Bernard Thomas O/Françis Bardot rec. 1996 FORLANE FOR16759 [46.42] [RH]

If you are attracted by Gounod’s sacred music then this recording merits attention. Otherwise not of general interest. 


Edvard GRIEG
(1843-1907) Peer Gynt Suite 1 see SIBELIUS


Ernesto HALFFTER (1905-1989) The Piano Music Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2006/7, DDD NIMBUS NI5894 [79:23] [OL]

Martin Jones is a perfect advocate for this beautiful music.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Water Music Suite see Harty

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Variations Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in F Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Suite Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Four Piano Pieces Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade 4 Sarah Beth Briggs (piano) rec. 2005 SEMAPHORE MULTIMEDIA SML MP14 [72:19] [Byz]

A varied, generous programme of excellent pianism from performer and composers alike.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Baryton Trios Guido Balestracci (baryton) Alessandro Tampieri (viola) Bruno Cocset (cello) rec. 2010 RICERCAR RIC 315 [73:16] [JV]

Haydn's trios are irresistible, and the artists have done everything to bring them to life.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets, Op. 20 The London Haydn Qt rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67877 [79:53 + 80:25] [DC]

Authentic, and very easy to recommend.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Trios Vol. 1 Kungsbacka Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572040 [52:35] [MG]

Always good and sometimes very good performances.

Joseph HAYDN (1732 – 1809) Missa Brevis, Harmoniemesse Rebel Baroque O/J. Owen Burdick, Jane Glover rec. 2001/8 NAXOS 8.572126 [52.28] [RH]

A fine disc particularly the wonderfully joyous account of the HarmonieMesse.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies 88-92, Sinfonia concertante Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2007 EMI CLASSICS 3942372 [75:47 + 68:31] [SV]

Rattle and his players simply haven't yet lived with some of this music quite long enough. 

Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Sonata in F major for Violin and Piano The Grasshopper (1917 version — Authorised Original Version) [26:20] Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946) Sonata in F major for Viola and Piano Colleen (1919) [40:02] Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin and viola); Matthew Rickard (piano) rec. 2011 EM RECORDS EMR CD003 [67:01] [RB]

Superbly confident and generous both as to the music and the execution.

Hans HUBER (1852-1921) Phantasie, Violin Sonatas 5 & 6 Gilles Colliard (violin) Timothy Altweg (piano) rec. 2010 GUILD GMCD 7371 [74:40] [RB]

Colliard and Altwegg know the outward appearance and the musculature of this late-romantic material.

Michael HURD (1928-2006) The Widow of Ephesus; Mr Owen’s Great Endeavour Pippa Goss, Louise Winter, Michael Bundy, City of Canterbury Chamber Choir, Orchestra Nova/George Vass rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7269 [67:01] [RB]

Steadfastly rewarding. Lovely!

Ludvig IRGENS-JENSEN (1894-1969) Symphony, Passacaglia Bournemouth SO/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572312 [66:47] [NB]

Congratulations and praise to Naxos for another winner of a disc. 

Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Viola Concertos 1 & 2, Concert Piece, Three Pieces, Passacaglia Stereophonica Helen Callus (viola) BBC Concert O/Stephen Bell rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7258 [73:36] [RB]

While the gem is the romantic first Concerto, there is much here to discover and in which to take delight.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta, Lachian Dances, Taras Bulba, The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, Jealousy, From The House of the Dead prelude, The Makropoulos Case suite Czech State Philharmonic, Brno/José Serebrier rec. 1995/6 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-2103 [65.08+59.40]

Tangy, spectacular and heartfelt … devastating value for money [RB] ... A fine introduction to Janáček’s orchestral music and at budget price [LW]

Johann Gottlieb JANITSCH (1708 - 1763) Darmstadt Sinfoniae: Sinfonias in E flat, G, B flat, G, & F Antichi Strumenti/Laura Toffetti (violin) Tobias Bonz (cello) rec. 2009 CYPRES CYP1658 [55:27] [JV]

Good performances of Janitsch's symphonies, but the adaptations of the scoring are regrettable.

James P JOHNSON (1894-1955) The Symphonic Music: Leslie Stifelman (piano); Chris Gekker (trumpet); Lawrence Feldman (clarinet); James Pugh (trombone); Concordia O/Marin Alsop rec. 1992/4 NIMBUS NI2745 [70:27] [RB]

James Johnson's symphonic music is laid bare with exemplary style.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vasily KALINNIKOV (1866-1901) Symphony No. 1 in G minor (1894-1895) [37:37] Symphony No. 2 in A major (1895-1897) [39:02] Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra/Kees Bakels rec. 2000, DDD BIS-CD-1155 [77:29] [DM]

A very special disc indeed.

Toivo KUULA (1883-1918) Songs and Orchestral Music Susan Gritton (soprano) BBC Concert O/Martin Brabbins rec. 2011 DUTTON EPOCH INTERNATIONAL CDLX 7272 [73:22] [RB]

A most impressive disc. Glorious.

Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole see Harty

Constant LAMBERT (1905-1951) The Rio Grande, Aubade Héroïque, Summer’s Last Will and Testament Sally Burgess (mezzo), William Shimell (baritone), Jack Gibbons (piano) Leeds Festival & Opera North Ch, English Northern Phil/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 1991 HYPERION CDH 55388 [75:13]

The thrill of discovery awaits [DC] ... Poignant expression from an introverted occluded persona with outbursts of sinister jazzy dynamism and touching melodic content.  [RB]

Margaret Ruthven LANG (1867-1972) Songs of Love Gained and Lost, Songs for Lovers of Children, Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Parting Words and Songs Donald George (tenor) Lucy Mauro (piano) rec. 2009 DELOS DE 3407 [48.26] [MMB]

An immensely enjoyable journey of discovery.

Orlande de LASSUS (1530/32 – 1594) Prophetiae Sibyllarum, Magnificat Quant’in mille anni il ciel, Missa amor ecco colei Brabant Ens/Stephen Rice rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67887 [74:14] [RMo]

Devotees of the period will welcome the austere, otherworldly beauty of this music.

Ferenc LISZT (1811-1886) Via Crucis, Die Seligkeiten, Nun danket alle Gott Debreceni Kodály Ch/Zoltán Pad rec. 2010 HUNGAROTON CLASSIC HCD 32685 [65:28] [RB]

Vibrantly sung discoveries.

Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994) Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings (1972) [35:41] Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra (1980) [20:15] Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Lucy Wakeford (harp) NFM Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum/Nicholas Daniel NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Ernst Kovacic
rec. 2008/9 CD ACCORD Digipack ACD 166-2 [56:09] [DC]

Gold standard.

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