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In Mani dei Catalani La Caravaggia/Lluís Coll i Trulls rec. 2010 MUSIÈPOCA MEPCD-002 [61:40]  [Byz]

Splendid musicianship … compelling proficiency, enthusiasm and ensemble playing. 

Pierre Monteux with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Ten Concerts from the 1958 and 1959 Seasons Boston SO/Pierre Monteux rec. 1958/59 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA 6034 [11 CDs: 821:54] [JQ]

An enriching set which contains a collection of magnificent live performances by Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Nobel Prize Concert 2009 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Festive Overture Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concerto Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet Martha Argerich (piano) Royal Stockholm PO/Yuri Temirkanov rec. 2009 EUROARTS 2057894 [79:00] [DBi]

A very fine concert well recorded in high definition. Worth anyone's money. 

Orlando Furioso - Madrigals on poems by Ludovico Ariosto Works by Lassus, Byrd and Palestrina La Compagnia de Madrigale rec. 2009-2010 ARCANA A 363 [69.49] [GH]

Wonderful. There will be a tear in the eye at the ravishing exquisiteness of it all.

Massimo Stefanizzi Guitar recital: Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Suite in E minor BWV 996 [16.53] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Five Preludes (1940) [21.42] Choros No 1 (1920) [4.51] Manuel PONCE (1892-1948) Six Preludes [7.32] Federico MORENO TORROBA (1891-1982) Sonatina (1953) [13.00] Massimo Stefanizzi (guitar) rec. 2008 SHEVA SH038 [64.01] [PCG]

A very good recital by a player who should be better known.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Surrexit Christus - Vespers and Procession on Easter Sunday in the Notre Dame in Paris in the 13th Century Ensemble Grégorien de Notre Dame de Paris/Sylvain Dieudonné rec. 2009 HORTUS 073 [71:17] [JV]

In every respect a winner.

The Thurston Connection: English Music for Clarinet and Piano Nicholas Cox (clarinet) Ian Buckle (piano) rec. The Friary, Liverpool, 31 August and 1 September 2011 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS440CD [68:40] [JF]

Impressive and often stimulating.

Music for Viola and Piano Works by Martinů, Kodály, Dohnányi, Joachim & Enescu Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Anthony Hewitt (piano) rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572533 [67:32] [BR]

Good performances of rather introspective music

Virtuoso Baroque Michala Petri (recorders) Lars Hannibal (archlute) rec. 2011 OUR RECORDINGS 6.220604 [67:48] [DC]

A fine celebratory recital.

Wanderer Lieder by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Ensemble Kontraste rec. 2010 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72518 [66:53] [MC]

I will listen to this splendidly performed release again and again.

Way Cool Stanley Schumacher and the Music Now Ensemble MUSICKMACHER PRODUCTIONS MM005 [50:08] [DC]

Where’s the melody? A good place to start searching.

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