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Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Symphony Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Tod und Verklärung Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Berceuse élégiaque, Tanzwalzer Philh-SO of New York/Guido Cantelli rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 343 [68:01] [JQ]

Another release of live performances that show us what an exceptional talent was Guido Cantelli. 

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Etudes, Scherzos, Fantaisie, Mazurkas, Polonaises Marcin Koziak (piano) rec. 2010 FRYDERYK CHOPIN INSTITUTE NIFCCD616 [79:39] [BR]

Technically very good and emotionally feels correct but not inspired. 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Children’s Corner, Suite bergamasque, Arabesques Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67898 [79:36] [WH]

An outstanding Debussy recital, intelligently planned and superbly played. 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian Suite, La Mer Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 4 Philharmonia O/Guido Cantelli rec. 1954 ICA CLASSICS ICAC5081 [67:16] [JQ]

The incandescent artistry of Guido Cantelli is communicated vividly through these three magnificent performances. 

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Cello sonata see British Works for Cello and Piano

Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem Robin MILFORD (1903-1959) Mass for Five Voices Christine Rice (mezzo) Mark Stone (baritone) Guy Johnston (cello) Tristan Mitchard (organ) The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford/David Crown rec. 2011 STONE RECORDS 5060192780208 [59:12] [JQ]

A decent Duruflé Requiem with an enterprising coupling. 

Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem, Quatre motets, Complete works for organ Randi Stene (soprano) Bo Skovhus (baritone) Henrik Brendstrup (cello) Kristian Krogsøe (organ) Aarhus Cathedral Ch, Vocal Group Concert Clemens/Carsten Seyer-Hansen rec. 2012 DANACORD DACOCD726 [62:17 + 58:21] [WH]

A highly satisfying collection of Duruflé’s masterly organ music, coupled with some very fine choral singing from Aarhus. 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet 13, Cypresses, Waltzes Cecilia Qt rec. 2011 ANALEKTA AN29892  [57:58] [BR]

A lightning-bolt of a debut from a quartet that has not just dazzling technique but a bold new voice.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9, Cello Concerto Mario Brunello (cello) O dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano rec. 2011/12 EMI CLASSICS 9141022 [44:05 + 42:30] [JWh]

Brings to mind the worst excesses of Phase Four. 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet 2 see SCHUMANN

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Starlight Express Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Roderick Kennedy (baritone), Simon Callow (narrator) Scottish CO/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA 5111(2) [58.03 + 80.05] [PCG]

All Elgarians must hear this superb set.

George ENESCU (1881-1955) The Unknown Enescu: Volume 1, Music for Violin Sherban Lupu (violin/conductor) Masumi Per Rostad (viola) Marin Cazacu (cello) Dmitry Kouzov (cello) Ian Hobson (piano) Ilinca Dumitrescu (piano) Samir Golescu (piano) Enescu Ensemble of the University of Illinois rec. June 2005/2011 TOCCATA TOCC 0047 [80:30] [JW]

An excellent start to the series.


Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Cello Sonata 2 see Lieux retrouvés

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chorales & Partitas for solo violin Gordan Nikolitch (violin); Grace Davidson (soprano); William Gaunt (baritone); James Sherlock (organ) Tenebrae; London SO Chamber Ensemble/Nigel Short rec. 2012 LSO LIVE LSO0728 [68:15] [JQ]

An exceptionally fine Fauré Requiem though other aspects of this programme may be more controversial. 

John FOULDS (1880-1939) Cello sonata see British Works for Cello and Piano

Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616 - 1667) Suites and Toccatas Alina Rotaru (harpsichord) rec. 2011 CARPE DIEM CD-16290 [63:54] [FD]

The rewards are endless. 

Giovanni GABRIELI (1544/47-1612) Canzoni Liuwe Tamminga (organs), Bruce Dickey, Doron Sherwin (cornetti) rec. 2012 PASSACAILLE PAS994 [78:21] Sacred Symphonies Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Concerto Palatino/Jeffrey Skidmore rec. 2012 HYPERION CDA67957 [66:16] [BW]

Hyperion: a most welcome return from Ex Cathedra in this colourful repertoire; Passacaille: an excellent next step for those who already know some of Gabrieli’s music. 

Complete String Trios Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Serenade, String Trio Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) Tanec, Passacaglia and Fuga Ensemble Epomeo rec. 2011. DDD AVIE AV2259 [67:08][Byz]

Ensemble Epomeo are as much at home with Gál’s elegant, romantic classicism as with the more semantically ambiguous Krása.

Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Impresiones de la Puna see Pipe Dreams - Sharon Bezaly

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714 - 1787) Iphigénie en Tauride Juliette Galstian, Rodney Gilfry, Deon van der Walt, Zurich Opera/William Christie rec. 2001 ARTHAUS 100 377 [108:00] [GF]

Approach with caution.

Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Poem for Flute and Orchestra; The White Peacock; The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan; Three Tone Pictures; Bacchanale Deems TAYLOR (1885-1966) Through the Looking Glass Scott Goff (flute) Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990 NAXOS 8.559724 [71:39] [BR]

A great introduction to Griffes’ exotic impressionism, one of the greatest of American sound-worlds. The Taylor is non-essential but fun.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Recorder Sonatas see Vivaldi

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Acis and Galatea (1743 arr. 1828-29, Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1848) Soloists Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford Philomusica/Stephen Darlington rec. 2012 Text included NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6201 [75:36][JW]

It’s been a most enjoyable experience to encounter this old friend newly clothed

George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Giulio Cesare in Egitto Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor) Natalie Dessay (soprano) Paris Natl Op Ch, Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haim rec. 2011 VIRGIN CLASSICS 0709399 [2 DVDs: 85.00 + 131.00] [PCG]

Natalie Dessay brings real star quality to the part of Cleopatra. 

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) String Quartets 5-7 Amar Qt rec. 2009/10 NAXOS 8.572164 [71:13]  [Byz]

Memorable readings, urbane and high-fidelity, cordial and eloquent. 

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Ludus Tonalis, Suite 1922 John McCabe (piano) rec. 1995 HYPERION HELIOS CDH 55413 [69:13] [Byz]

A substantial bargain for all collectors of the key piano works of the 20th century.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) 1922 Suite see Canto Oscuro

Heinrich HOFMANN (1842-1902) Eine Schauspiels-Overture, Symphony, Ungarische Suite mit Benutzung ungarischer Nationalmelodien Altenburg-Gera PO/Eric Solén rec. 2009 STERLING CDS 1097-2 [69:18] [RB]

A very capable and charming romantic with a fluent gift for companionable Mendelssohnian amiability. 

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Beni Mora see An Evening at the Proms

Thomas HYDE (b. 1978) Autumnal Aquinas Piano Trio; Katherine Jenkinson (cello) Iuventus Qt rec. 2007/12 GUILD GMCD 7389 [73:54] [BMcC]

Should appeal strongly to listeners those who already know and enjoy the works of Thomas Hyde. 

Adina IZARRA (b.1959) Pitangus Sulphuratussee Pipe Dreams - Sharon Bezaly

David JENNINGS (b.1972) Piano Sonata, Op.1 (1988/95) [21:18] Harvest Moon Suite, Op.19 (2009-10) [14:37] other miniatures James Willshire (piano) rec. 2012, DIVINE ART DDA25110 [78:10] [JF]

This is a CD of piano music that is inspiring and challenging.

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto see BRAHMS

Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) Tanec, for string trio; Passacaglia and Fuga, for string trio see GAL

Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Piano Concerto see BEETHOVEN

Magnus LINDBERG (b. 1958) Clarinet Trio, Santa Fe Project; Partita, Dos Coyotes Kari Kriikku (clarinet) Anssi Karttunen (cello) Magnus Lindberg (piano) rec. 2011 ONDINE ODE 1199-2 [60:24] [HC]

A most welcome survey of Lindberg's chamber works with cello.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Valse Impromptu, Capriccio alla Turca, La Leggierezza, Hungarian Rhapsodies no.6,10,11,12, Liebestraum, Galop Russe, La Danza, Grand Galop Chromatique, Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano) rec. 2012. DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94357 [65:09] [Byz]

A recital worthy of wider attention.


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