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10 tenthing (brass ensemble) rec. 2010 EMI CLASSICS 0883262 [68:46] [JW]

A high spirited and engaging album.

2011 PLUG: Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2011 PLUG New Music Festival Calum Robertson (clarinet) (Miles) Jessica Leary (soprano), Alasdair Macaskill (piano) (Shucksmith) Fiona Wilkie (soprano), Theodoros Iosifidis (piano) (Capperauld) Nigel Boddice, conductor (Murphy) Fraser Langton, Calum Robertson (clarinets), James Gorman, Glynn Forrest (percussion) (Forman) *MusicLab rec. 2011 DDD
NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6192 [50:40] [Byz]

Those interested in a career in composition or interested in new music will enjoying this programme.

Accentus & Laurence Equilbey Johannes BRAHMS (1833 - 1897) Ein deutsches Requiem Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) Requiem Pascal DUSAPIN (b. 1955) Requiem Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Les sept dernières paroles du Christ en croix NAIVE V5301 [5 CDs: 258:00] [JQ]

Rather a mixed bag of music but the singing by Accentus is consistently good.

Affectuoso Virtuoso Guitar Music from the 18th century Taro Takeuchi (Baroque guitar, English guitar) Judy Tarling (Baroque violin) Terence Charlston (harpsichord) rec. 2010 DEUX-ELLES DXL 1146 [71:00] [Byz]

Musical poise and endearing modesty leave the listener both deeply satisfied and wanting more.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Affettuoso Sonatas by Piani, Geminiani & Handel Emilio Percan (violin) Oriol Aymat Fusté (cello) Luca Quintavalle (harpsichord) rec. 2011 ONYX CLASSICS 4099 [74:52] [JV]

One of the best discs of baroque violin music I have heard for some time.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rafael Aguirre (guitar) Recital rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572916 [62:16] [BR]

Fantastic. Showcases exceptional playing and all sorts of Spanish delights new and old.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Martha Argerich and Friends Live from Lugano 2011  Martha Argerich (piano) Dora Schwarzberg (violin) Lucia Hall (violin) Lida Chen (viola) Gautier Capuçon (cello) EMI CLASSICS 6447012 [3 CDs: 225:40] [DC]

Live vibe in Hi-Fi: a terrific collection. 

La Bella Minuta - Florid songs for cornetto around 1600 Bruce Dickey (cornett) Claudia Pasetto, Leonardo Bartolotto Alberto Rasi (viola da gamba) Maria Christina Cleary (harp) Liuwe Tamminga (organ) rec. 2011 PASSACAILLE 979 [71:32] [JV]

This disc impressively documents the art of the cornett and the brilliance of the cornettists of the time around 1600.

Bellissimo DYNAMIC CDS719 [68:59] [GF]

A rather mixed bag but valuable for quite a lot of music from rare operas.

Both Sides, Now Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) ASMF/Kenneth Sillito rec. 2011 BIS BIS-SACD-1814 [50.21] [DMcC]

Too much of a good thing for one sitting.

In the Circle of Nadia Boulanger Antoni SZALOWSKI (1907-1973) Sonatine for oboe and piano (1946) [5:45] Grazyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969) Sonata for oboe and piano (1937) [12:13] Sonatina for oboe and piano (1955) [10:33] Sonata da camera, for violin and piano (1945) [11:54] Jerzy BAUER (b.1936) Dualistyl, for oboe and piano (2004) [5:52] Mieczyslaw Pawlak (oboe) Barbara Trojanowska (violin) Elzbieta Tyszecka (piano) rec. 2004/2007, ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0242 [46:24][JW]

Rather short timing but all the performances are first ever recordings.

Caro Sposo - Reliquie di Roma II Marco MARAZZOLI (1602-1662) Oratorio di Santa Caterina [54:58] Bernardo PASQUINI (1637-1710) Caino e Abele, oratorio: Lamento di Caino [7:32] Atalante rec. 2010, DDD NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6185 [62:33] [JV]

Another fine disc by this ensemble.

Chanson dans la Nuit Jitka Hosprová (viola) Katerina Englichová (harp) rec. 2011, SUPRAPHON SU 4089-2 [57:16] [JW]

A nuanced and wide-ranging disc that proves a feast for those wanting relaxed colour centring on the French muse.

Converging Cultures Works by Turina, Bernstein, Bonney, Nixon & Koh Lone Star Wind O/Eugene Migliaro Corporon rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572837 [72:17] [BR]

A confused program that’s still fun for the ears, especially for the discovery of the Korean Dances.

Exit Rosa: Chants for Nuns from the medieval Manuscript Q.11 of Bologna (13th-14th Century) Ensemble Korymbos/Alessandra Fiori rec. 2009, DDD TACTUS TC280002 [54:14][WK]

An unusual view of medieval music in a live performance.

Fairy Songs (for contents list see end of review) Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano) Danielle Perrett (harp) Marianne Olyver (violin) rec. 2011 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6193 [65.50] [GH]

These charming miniatures. A wonderful and extraordinary sense of understanding and of ensemble.

The Father, the Son & the Godfather - 2 x Bach & Telemann TELEMANN (1681-1767) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH Paradiso Musicale rec. 2010, DDD BIS CD-1895 [69:39] [JV]

These excellent performances are often exciting.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Filia Sion Gregorian chant & works by Perotinus, de Grudencz & von Bingen Vox Clamantis/Jaan-Eik Tulve rec. 2010 ECM NEW SERIES 2244 [71:07] [DC]

Truly magical. 

French Music for Alto Saxophone Works by Jolivet, Maurice, Charpentier, Rueff & Decruck Michael Ibrahim (alto saxophone) John Morrison (piano) rec. 2010 CALA CACD 77012 [43:08] [JW]

These musicians respond to the challenges and demands of this mixed repertoire with aplomb and conviction.

Full English David Rees-Williams (piano, with Hammond organ and organ) rec. 2011/12 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD036 [64:45] [Byz]

New waters for Champs Hill. 

Germany: A Musical Visit to Nuremberg NAXOS 2.110307 [53.57] [RJF]

Plenty of variety to catch the eye and ravish the ear in this tour. 

Glorious Majesty Music for English Kings and Queens Various artists EMI CLASSICS 3272852 [3 CDs: 227:24] [JW]

I enjoyed the whole thing enormously. Glorious value indeed.

The Golden Age of Light Music Nature’s Realm rec. 1948-61 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5194 [77:58] [JF]

Surprises and delights. 

The Great Russian Pianists - The Original Piano Roll Recordings rec. 1908-1933 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD038 [72:27] [SA]

If you like being ‘gobsmacked’ by music and performances then this is the disc to do it. 

Hanson conducts American Music - Vol. 5 Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony 5, The Cherubic Hymn Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Latin American Symphonette Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) The School for Scandal Overture, Adagio for Strings, Essay for Orchestra 1 Eastman-Rochester SO/Howard Hanson rec. 1952-55 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC332 [70:49]  [SA]

An extremely interesting disc any fan of American music will enjoy. 

Jascha Heifetz - God’s fiddler A film by Peter Rosen EUROARTS 2058538 [88:00] [RMay]

Film-maker Peter Rosen has succeeded in his purpose very well indeed. 

Hidden Waters Works for guitar duo ChromaDuo rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572757 [63:28] [Byz]

Fine indeed.

High Flight Works by Chilcott, Lauridsen & Whitacre The King’s Singers, Concordia Ch/René Clausen rec. 2003-11 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD262 [60:10] [LW]

The choral music here is well performed but is best taken in small doses. 

A Japanese Journey Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano) Masahiro Saitoh (piano) rec. 1999. DDD NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6190 [60:35] [Byz]

This lovely recital of Japanese songs.

Andrea Kalivodová: The Paths of Love Bohuslav MARTINU, Leos JANÁCEK , Jan KUNC, Antonín DVORÁK, Petr EBEN, Otakar OSTRCIL Andrea Kalivodová (mezzo); Ladislava Vondrácková (piano) rec. 2011 ARCODIVA UP 0135-2 131 [65:43] [BR]

A wide range of really wonderful Czech repertoire. Look past the cover photo, though you may not be able to get past the voice.

Julius Klengel - A Celebration Raphael Wallfisch, Sebastian Comberti, Sarah Butcher, Ben Chappell, Joely Koos (cello) Martin Ennis (organ) rec. 2009-11 CELLO CLASSICS CC1024 [72:47] [JW]

Klengel was one of the most important figures in the history of the cello. 

London Calling! Handel and his contemporaries Tuva Semmingsen (mezzo) Barokksolistene/Bjarte Eike (violin) rec. 2010 BIS BIS-SACD-1997 [76:15] [JV]

The programming isn’t that imaginative and the performances of the vocal items are not an unqualified success.  

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