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RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Harpsichord Concertos Retrospect Ensemble/Matthew Halls (harpsichord) rec. 2011 LINN RECORDS CKD410 [64:24] [BW]

Intimate performances that complement other recordings and may well be your first choice.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 François-Frédéric Guy (piano) rec. 2010/11 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT304 [3 CDs: 213:13] [BR]

I greet this along with Volume 1 with enthusiasm … some of the best, most consistently excellent performances in the century so far. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Elijah Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Robert Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Wrocław Philharmonic Ch; Gabrieli Consort, Young Singers Scheme & Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2011/12 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD300 [68:30 + 67:28] [ST]

Worth every bit as much praise as McCreesh’s Berlioz. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Marie Victoire Takesha Meshé Kizart (soprano) Markus Brück (baritone) Ch & O Deutschen Oper Berlin/Michail Jurowski rec. 2009 CPO 777 121-2 [3 CDs: 164:45] [NB]

A major release of great value and interest. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Canto Oscuro Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne, Prelude, Chorales Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931) Chaconne Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) 1922 Suite Anna Gourari (piano) rec. 2011 ECM NEW SERIES 2255 [59:45] [DC]

Beautiful, haunting and stimulating.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dawn of Czech Modernism Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartet 2 Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Piano Quintet Vitězslav NOVÁK (1870-1949) Piano Quintet Graffe String Qt, Michiko Otaki (piano) rec. 2010/12 RADIO SERVIS CRO545-2 [65:02] [SA]

A joy to listen to from start to finish. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Golden Jubilee! Works by Casken, Dove & MacMillan Kerry Beaumont (organ) HERALD HAVPCD 377 [74:53] [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 8.572876 [64:53] [JV]

A disc full of gems. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lieux retrouvés Works by Liszt, Janáček, Fauré, Kurtág & Adès Steven Isserlis (cello); Thomas Adès (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67948 [76:44] [LW]

A wonderful programme containing a stunning new work by Adès for cello and piano. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nordic Sounds 2 Swedish Radio Ch/Peter Dijkstra rec. 2011 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS SA 32812 [76:07] [GF]

I can’t imagine this music, or any other music for that matter, better sung by any choir in the world. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Passion & Resurrection Stile Antico rec. 2012 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU807555 [71:13] [JQ]

Everything about this disc is outstanding: it’s another very impressive achievement by Stile Antico. 



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