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Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) An American Romantic Conspirare/Craig Hella Johnson rec. 2011 HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] Well worth a look if you’re interested in choral music. 

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

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Children’s Corner, Suite bergamasque, Arabesques Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION [WH] An outstanding Debussy recital, intelligently planned and superbly played. 

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 [JQ] A decent Duruflé Requiem with an enterprising coupling. 

Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616-1667) Suites and Toccatas Alina Rotaru (harpsichord) rec. 2011 CARPE DIEM [FD] The rewards are endless. 

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana Kiera Duffy (soprano) Marco Panuccio (tenor) Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone) MDR SO & Ch/Kristjan Järvi rec. 2012 SONY CLASSICAL [DM] An anti-climax in every sense; one for the sale bins. 

Giovanni Benedetto PLATTI (1697-1763) Sonatas Rüdiger Lotter (violin) Sebastian Hess (cello) Florian Birsak (fortepiano) rec. 2010 OEHMS CLASSICS [JV] An eloquent dialogue between the three instruments. 

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Symphony 6 Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir/Vasily Grachev St Petersburg State SO/Vladimir Lande rec. 2010 NAXOS [Byz] This must be the new first choice for Weinberg 6. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Golden Jubilee! Works by Casken, Dove & MacMillan Kerry Beaumont (organ) HERALD  [Byz] Masterly, confident, expressive, technically brilliant, making the most of this organ's amazing capabilities. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 2 17th century secular Spanish vocal music Juan Sancho (tenor) Ars Atlántica (Eligio Luis Quinteiro (guitar) Manuel Vilas (harp) rec. 2009 NAXOS [JV] A disc full of gems. 

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