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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Cello Concerto, Flute Concertino, Fantasy, Saxophone Concerto, Symphony for Strings Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Esther Ingham (flute) John Turner (recorder) Carl Raven (alto saxophone) Northern CO/Nicholas Ward, Manchester Sinf/Richard Howarth rec. 2003-11 NAXOS 8.572640 [73:17] [RB]

A hands-down winner. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) The Winchester Service Simon Bell (organ) Winchester Cathedral Ch/Andrew Lumsden rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67853 [68:30] [WH]

A superb, unmissable recital of Howells’ later choral and organ works. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 8 Soloists, London PO/Klaus Tennstedt rec. 1991 LPO 0052 [26:19 + 60:42] [JQ]

This extraordinary, visionary reading of the Eighth is an unforgettable experience.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gösta NYSTROEM (1890-1966) Sinfonia breve, Sinfonia del mare Malena Ernman (mezzo) Malmö SO/Christoph König rec. 2006/2007 BIS-CD-1682 [57:04] [RB]

Neo-romantic music-making with a dramatic spine.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Sibelius Edition - Vol. 13: Miscellaneous Works BIS BIS-CD-1936-38 [4 CDs + DVD: 285:12] [RB]

The valedictory volume to a momentous 21st century monument to music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Of Another Time Yun Kyong Kim (organ) rec. 2009 MSR CLASSICS MS1362 [70:14] [JS]

A programme lovingly compiled and played, excellently recorded.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  The Italian Intermezzo Music Without Words from the operas by Cilea, Puccini, Catalani, Giordano, Ponchielly, Mascagni, Verdi, Wolf-Ferrari and Leoncavallo BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2008-10 CHANDOS CHAN 10634 [72:32] [IL]

Magical, uninhibited heart-on-sleeve performances delivered in the very best Chandos sound.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kaleidoscope Maria Forsström (contralto) Andreas Edlund (harpsichord) Matti Hirvonen (piano) (7-24) rec. 2010/1 MUSICA REDIVIVA MRSACD020 [71:32] [GF]

A varied and fascinating and superbly executed disc. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sonatas and Scenes Danish Works for solo cello by Nørgård, Fundal, Brødsgaard, Nielsen & Helweg John Ehde (cello) rec. 2009/10 CDKLASSISK CDK1061 [61:09] [Byz]

Brilliance of technique, sureness of tone and depth of expression. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH That’s Entertainment - A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical Kim Criswell, Matthew Ford, Seth MacFarlane, Curtis Stigers, Maida Vale Singers, The John Wilson O/John Wilson rec. 2011 EMI CLASSICS 028 8452 [77:20]  [IL]

Fans of those spectacular MGM musicals shouldn’t hesitate.

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Symphonies 1-3 Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2009 - 2011 NAXOS 8.572786 [78:40] [BR]

This is as good as it gets. The Seattle Symphony have become a powerhouse in Russian repertoire.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gabriela Lena FRANK (b. 1972) Hilos, Danza de los Saqsampillos, Adagio para Amantaní, Quijotadas Gabriela Lena Frank (piano) ALIAS Chamber Ens rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559645 [66:41] [BR]

Extremely well-crafted music that’s a great pleasure to hear. Peruvian folk rhythms, but don’t pigeonhole this as “ethnic”.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH  Franz LISZT (1811-1886) A Symphony to Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, Après une lecture de Dante Berlin PO/Daniel Barenboim (piano) rec. 1985/92 WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 673012 [66:33] [IL]

A welcome reissue of a very exciting reading: Liszt at full diabolical throttle.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Queen of Spades Misha Didyk (tenor) Ludovic Tézier (baritone) Ewa Podleś (alto) Ch & O Gran Teatre del Liceu/Michael Boder rec. 2010 OPUS ARTE OA1050D [2 DVDs: 180:00] [ST]

Tells the story so compellingly with singing and playing being excellent from everyone.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Plácido DOMINGO - My Greatest Roles - Vol 4 Verismo Opera WARNER CLASSICS 52498 493524 [4 DVDs: 112+112+78+35]

At the bargain price offered, the quality singing in this collection shows up more recent performances offered at full price. Grab a copy while you can.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH  Giulini in America Works by Britten, Dvorák, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev & Schubert Chicago SO/Carlo Maria Giulini rec. 1976-78 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 9628 [5 CDs: 367:45] [DC]

Classic recordings in a bargain package – what’s not to like?

 

 


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