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20th Century Russian Piano Music Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b.1931) Ciaconna (1961) [11:33] Arvo PäRT (b.1935) Partita (1965) [6:59] Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes, Op.34 (1932-33): Nos. 1, 2, 3, 10, 14, 16, 17, 24 [13:14] Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b.1932) 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano (1964-70): Nos. 10 and 12 [9:56] Kara KARAYEV (1918-1982) 24 Preludes for Piano (1951-61): Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 19, 23 [15:36] Vladimir Yurigin-Klevke (piano) rec. 1994 DELOS DRD2008 [57:45] [SA]

Intelligently played with obvious admiration and insight.

The 2011 European Brass Band Championships - Highlights rec. 2011 DOYEN DOYCD285 [75:39 + 68:06] [JF]

I did not enjoy every single track but on the whole it is an impressive series of performances that explore a huge variety of music. Essential listening for all brass band enthusiasts.

A Musical Journey - Germany (Bavaria) Chapters 1-8 - Glass Factory, Frauenau, Bavaria Chapters 9-11 - Schloss Thurn and Taxis, Regensburg Chapters 12-15 - Abbey of St George and St. Martin, Weltenberg, near Kelheim Music by Georg Philip Telemann Performed by Capella Istropolitana/Richard Edlinger NAXOS DVD 2.110537 [53.37] [RF]

The visit to a glass factory is a little different from the usual fare in this series and none the worse for it.

An Anthology of English Song F Stuart Burrows (tenor); Valerie Masterson (soprano); Thomas Allen (baritone); Sarah Walker (mezzo); Peter Jeffes (tenor); Raimund Herincx (baritone); Patricia White (soprano); Jonathan Rees (violin) rec. 1989 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD055 [63:14] [EM]

These singers show English Solo Song as it should be.

Anima Mea Sacred Music of the Middle Ages Ensemble Cosmedin rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572632 [64:39] [Byz]

Rather unusual, at least for Naxos.

Après la nuit - Trumpet Concertos André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Alexander Grigori ARUTIUNIAN (b. 1920) Roland WILTGEN (b. 1957) Philippe Schartz (trumpet and flügelhorn*) Chris Williams (piano); Sarah-Jayne Porsmoguer (cor anglais); Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) † Solistes Européens, Luxembourg/Christoph König rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10700 [61:07] [KE]

Demonstration-worthy sound and enchanting performances.

Azerbaijani Piano Concertos Farhad Badalbeyli, Murad Adigezalzade (piano) Joan Rodgers (soprano) Royal PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572666 [68:52] [Byz]

Essentially lyrical, picturesquely orchestrated with rich harmonies and spiky rhythms.

Bassolo: XX and XXI centuries’ Contrabass Music. Works by Gabrys, Szalonek, Boguslawski and Xenakis Aleksander Gabrys (bass) Consuelo Giulianelli (harp) Jürg Henneberger, Daniel Buess (piano) Filharmonii Slaskiej/Czeslaw Grabowski, Orch Kameralna/Malgorzata Maniowska rec. 2004-2010 DUX 0800-01 [72:36 + 68:20] [JW]

An exceptional bassist encompasses the wildly differing demands of this repertoire.

Sir Thomas Beecham in Toronto CBC SO, Toronto SO, Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1958-60 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1255 [4 CDs: 287:33] [JQ]

A very useful addition to the Beecham discography. 

Boult conducts Elgar Alfredo Campoli (violin) Pablo Casals (cello) Philharmonic Promenade O, BBC SO, London PO/Adrian Boult rec. 1945-1956 REGIS RRC5010 [5 CDs: 361:14] [RB]

Some fascinating Elgar here and Boult brings a real virility to these readings.

Brio: Sol y Luna - Traditional Brio (Mary Anne Ballard (viola da gamba, rebec), Jose Lemos (counter-tenor) Danny Mallon (castanets, caxixi, doumbek, darbuka, bodhran, riq, agogo bells, jingle bells, finger cymbals, shaker, woodblock), Steve Rosenberg (recorder, Persian flute, Renaissance guitars) rec. 2010 DORIAN SONO LUMINUS DSL-92118 [52:24] [RB]

The shadow-lands between Spain and North Africa presented in a lively and unstuffy way.

Christmas From St Louis Saint Louis Chamber Ch/Philip Barnes rec. 2011 REGENT REGCD373 [79:36] [JQ]

A most welcome seasonal gift from St. Louis, Missouri.

John Cranko ballets Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) The Lady and the Fool (arr. Charles Mackerras) Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Pineapple Poll (arr. Charles Mackerras) Svetlana Beriosova, Merle Park, Royal Ballet Royal Opera House O, London SO/Charles Mackerras rec. 1959 ICA CLASSICS ICAD5040 [89:37] [JF]

Wonderful to have these two masterpieces of balletomania easily available. 

Jan DeGaetani and Gilbert Kalish in concert  Jan DeGaetani (mezzo) Gilbert Kalish (piano) rec. live 1985 Texts and translations included BRIDGE 9340 [62:58 + 54:24] [JW]

Sung with artistry, tonal allure and without mannerism of any kind.

Europa Konzert from Madrid 2011 Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) Concierto de Aranjuez Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony 2 Cañizares (guitar) Berlin PO/Simon Rattle rec. 2011 EUROARTS 2058398 [97:00 + 8:00] [WH]

A fine concert from Madrid, with superb playing from soloist and orchestra. 

European Adventure Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Sonatina for clarinet and piano Op.29 (1951) [8:45] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano (1910) [8:38] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Three Pieces for clarinet solo (1919) [3:58] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonata in E flat major Op.120 No.2 (1894) [22:53] Donato LOVREGLIO (1841-1907) Fantasia da Concerto, based on motives from Verdi’s La Traviata, for clarinet and piano [12:07] Jennifer Showalter (clarinet) Joel Clifft (piano) rec.2006, PHOENIX CD#1001 [56:49] [JW]

A good guide, though performances perhaps rather too subdued.

Flights of Fancy Works by Duparc, Gates, Koechlin, Poulenc and Satie Andrew Knights (oboe, cor anglais, oboe d’amore) Philip Gates (piano) rec. 2011 MELODIST CD5683 [67:31] [JW]

Most enjoyable … winning work and very well played. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Homage to Paderewski Jonathan Plowright (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67903 [75:32] [JW]

An outstanding disc.

In The Beginning Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) In the Beginning was the Word Nicholas GOMBERT (c. 1495-c. 1560) Lugebat David Absalon Eric WHITACRE (b. 1970) When David Heard Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) In the Beginning Choir of Merton Coll, Oxford/Peter Phillips, Benjamin Nicholas, Natasha Tyrwhitt-Drake (organ) rec. 2011 DELPHIAN DCD34072 [69:14]

A first recording from a new Oxford choir, a lovely programme beautifully sung and recorded.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Italian Concertos and Sonatas Lucia Swarts (cello), Richte van der Meer (cello) rec. 1999 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72516 [3 CDs: 60:20 + 65:20 + 55:30] [JV]

A garden of pleasure for every cello fan. Purchase and enjoy!

The Best of Yvonne Kenny Yvonne Kenny (soprano) rec. 1994-2011 ABC CLASSICS 476 4620 [76:55] The Best of Teddy Tahu Rhodes Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone) rec. 2003-2011 ABC CLASSICS 476 4619 [77:04] [RJF]

Interesting collections from the contrasting careers of two Australasian singers.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The London String Quartet 1917-1951 Recordings MUSIC & ARTS CD-1253 [8 CDs: 542:45] [JW]

Indispensable. The greatest British ensemble of the first half of the twentieth century in all its assurance, dedication, technical and musical accomplishment.

Italian Clarinet Gems Giulio BONNARD (1885-1972) Notturno Guglielmo CAPPETTI (1875-1918) Piccola Suite, Notturno Gilfredo CATTOLICA (1882-1962) Duo Sergio Bosi (clarinet) Riccardo Bartoli (piano) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572690 [64:32] [Byz]

The overall tone of this delightful recital is one of serenity.

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