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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Orchestra of Opera North/Howard Shelley (piano and conductor) rec. 2010/ 2011, CHANDOS CHAN10695(4) [4 CDs: 80:41 + 79:19 + 78:28 + 77:59]

Superlative choice in every regard.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Violin Concerto, Romantic Fantasy, Elegy, Waltz and Toccata Lorraine McAslan (violin) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Royal Scottish Ntl O/John Gibbons rec. 2011 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7279 [67:29] [JF]

Simply fantastic.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes CICONIA (c.1370-1412) Opera Omnia - Complete Works La Morra/Corina Martio/Michal Gondko, Diabolus in Musica/Antoine Guerber rec. 2010 RICERCAR RIC 316 [151.34] [GH]

I cannot praise these recordings too highly.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Karajan Spectacular - vol. 2 Symphony 9, 5 Slavonic Dances Berliner Phil/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1958-1959 IDIS 6621 [65:06] [RMo]

This is a glorious disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sebastian FAGERLUND (b.1972) Clarinet Concerto, Partita, Isola Christoffer Sundqvist (clarinet) Gothenburg SO/Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2008 BIS BIS-SACD-1707 [58:36] [OL]

Real 21st century music: standing on the shoulders of those who came before yet reaching higher than ever.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Au pays basque, Violin Concerto, Poème Romanesque for cello and orchestra, Le Cortège d’Amphitrite Philippe Graffin (violin) Henri Demarquette (cello) Orch Phil du Luxembourg/Marc Soustrot rec. 2010 TIMPANI 1C1186 [66:33] [RB]

Indispensable listening for adherents of the melodic-romantic nationalism.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH André Modeste GRÉTRY (1741-1813) Zémire et Azor Hugette Boulangeot (soprano) Michel Sénéchal (tenor) Bournemouth SO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. live, 1955 SOMM BEECHAM 30-2 [47:41 + 66:43] [JS]

A delightful experience. I would be surprised if this set does not give considerable pleasure. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 in C minor Resurrection (1894) [95:42] Sarah Connolly (mezzo); Christiane Oelze (soprano) MDR Rundfunkchor; Berliner Rundfunkchor; Gewandhauschor Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2011 ACCENTUS ACC 10238 BLU-RAY [95:42] [DM]

Thoroughly satisfying.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Erkki MELARTIN (1875-1937) The Solo Piano Works Maria Lettberg (piano) rec. 2008 CRYSTAL CLASSICS N67048 [69:05 + 66:49] [RB]

Quite glorious.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) Hommage Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 1994 FORLANE FOR16730 [64:26] [GF]

It is hard to imagine more beautiful singing. Well-nigh criminal not to buy this disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca Fiorenza Cedolins (soprano) Marcelo Alvarez (tenor) Ruggero Raimondi (bass-baritone) Ch & O Arena di Verona/Daniel Oren; rec. live, 2006 ARTHAUS MUSIC 108 031 [119:00] [RJF]

One of the best produced and sung video versions of this ever-popular Puccini melodrama. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pierre RODE (1774-1830) Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 6 Friedemann Eichhorn (violin) Jena PO/Nicolás Pasquet rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.570767 [73:56] [Byz]

Hugely entertaining and satisfying.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) CD 1 Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 53 D.850 (1825) [38:38] Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 78 D.894 (1826) [39:47] CD 2 Vier Impromptus op. 90, D.899 (1827) [27:18] Piano Sonata in C major, D.840 Reliquie (1825) [25:29] Drei Klavierstücke, D.946 (1828) [25:29] Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2011, HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902115.16 [78:40 + 78:33] [JQ]

A distinguished release which confirms the credentials of Paul Lewis as one of the leading pianists of his generation.  

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Oscar STRAUS (1870-1954) The Chocolate Soldier Bumerli - Johannes Martin Kränzle, Nadina Popoff - Caroline Stein, Händel Collegium Köln/WDR Rundfunkorch Köln/Siegfried Köhler rec. 1993 CAPRICCIO C5089 [34:11 + 53:59] [IL]

A charming recording of a delightful operetta.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Triptychon, Arabesken, Divertimento, Venezianische Suite Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2008 CPO 777 567-2 [68:34] [JS]

Wolf-Ferrari’s later works are surely ripe for re-evaluation. Music that is good, varied and interesting as well as well-played and recorded. 

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

An outstanding disc.

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.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Notable Women Works by Auerbach, Garrop, Higdon, Schwendinger, Thomas & Tower Lincoln Trio rec. 2010/11 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR90000 126 [67:20] [Byz]

The marvellous Lincoln Trio sound both very comfortable and in total command of all this often highly exigent music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jelena Očić (cello) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)/ Ignaz MOSCHELES (1794-1870) 5 Studies in melodic counterpoint Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata 9 (transcr. Czerny) Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Cello Sonata Jelena Očić (cello) Federico Lovato (piano) rec. 2011 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72524 [74:27] [NB]

Simply stunning and revelatory … I do not expect to hear a better recital this year. Deserves to achieve classic status – more please.

 

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Ezio Sonia Prina (alto) Max Emanuel Cencic (counter-tenor) Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. live, 2008 VIRGIN CLASSICS 0709292 [69:27 + 77:26] [MS]

On all counts this new Virgin release must now be considered the preferred recording. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde (1908-1909) Jane Henschel (mezzo); Gregory Kunde (tenor) Houston Symphony Orchestra/Hans Graf rec.2009 Song texts available here NAXOS 8.572498 [62:46] [DM]

The talents of this newcomer are so prodigious and its faults so minor … this comes pretty close to ideal.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 5, Piano Concerto 2 New York PO/Leonard Bernstein (piano) rec. 1960 REGIS RRC1377 [65:09] [RB]

Sensational … Phenomenal. 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 6 & 12 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2009/10 NAXOS 8.572658 [69:38] [LW]

Petrenko’s Shostakovich 6 and 12 are unmissable.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) 
Richard Strauss Edition: orchestral works, operas, chamber music, lieder. Full track-list at end of review. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9249 [35 CDs + CD-ROM] [RB]

An ambitious lunge in the direction of comprehensive coverage - a knock-out blow.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Italian Concertos and Sonatas Lucia Swarts (cello), Richte van der Meer (cello) rec. 1999, CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72516 [3 CDs: 181:10] [JV]

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

 

 


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