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The Martyred Virgins A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus/Stan Hollaardt rec. 2011 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94314 [72.31] [GH]

Atmospheric and appropriate and gentle and reflective.

Millennial Masters Vol. 2 ABLAZE RECORDS AR00007 [60:21] [Byz]

A second heterogeneous collection from Ablaze.

Muses Nine Becky Billock (piano) Self-released [62:48] [BR]

An adventurous recital of eight interesting composer, played by a ninth; for those keen to explore music from 1892 to 2010.

A Musical Journey Night Music Vol. 1 NAXOS 2.110549 [55.27] [RF]

Uncertainty of objectives again.

A Musical Journey South Tyrol NAXOS 2.110303 [59.50] [RJF]

One of the better of this series with plenty here to ravish both the eye and the ear.

Music In and On the Air Works by Franck, Bach & Villa-Lobos Clara Rockmore (theremin) Nadia Reisenberg (piano) Erick Friedman (violin) Cellos of the Violoncello Soc. rec. 1979 ROMÉO RECORDS 7286 [76:12] [JW]

Certainly something of an oddball … I enjoyed it though.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH New Favourites Swedish Chamber Choir/Simon Phipps rec. 2011 MUSICA REDIVIVA MRSACD103 [73:47] [WH]

A magnificent collection of modern Swedish choral music.

Polish Mazurkas Elzbieta Karas-Krasztel (piano) rec. 1995 DUX 0795 [64:37] [BR]

An encyclopedia of the mazurka, from Chopin to Zulawski, with many delights between.

La Polyphonie Flamande RICERCAR RIC 102 [8 CDs: 624:16] [KM]

An attractive set with a fine selection of Flemish polyphonic music from the Renaissance.

Postcage OGREOGRESS 885767203839 [124:00] [KM]

An eclectic compilation of new compositions from mostly little-known composers. Some gems, some duds, this disc is for those interested in new music.

Pour un plaisir - Songs and tientos by Antonio de Cabezón and his contemporaries Véronique Musson-Gonneaud (renaissance double harp) rec. 2010 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94351 [45:02] [JV]

The harp is a good alternative for the keyboard in this Spanish repertoire.

Quartet Movements Works by Wolf, Puccini, Orff, Rihm, Ives, Schubert & Webern Signum Qt rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO C5064 [56:30]   [Byz]

The Signum play with passion and intelligence, as well as terrific attention to detail and each other. 

Red Cross Benefit Concert 1944 New York P-SO, NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1944/45 IMMORTAL PERFORRMANCES IPCD 1014-2 [59:25 + 76:32] [JW]

Highly effective restoration of this two-disc offering.   

The Red Piano Yundi (piano) China NCPA Concert Hall O/Chen Zuohuang rec. 2011 EMI CLASSICS 0886582 [62:11] [RMay]

Can we expect the candelabra next?


Sviatoslav Richter in the 1950s - Vol. 7 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Rondos, Variations, Sonatas 12 & 27, Diabelli Variations rec. 1950/1 PARNASSUS PACD 96046-47 [62:53 + 62:04] [JW]

This exclusive focus on Beethoven nourishes Richter’s early discography significantly.

Christine Schäfer Arias by Strauss, Handel, Bellini, Verdi & Messiaen Christine Schäfer (soprano) Deutsches SO Berlin/Julien Salemkour rec. 2011 SONY CLASSICS 88697 913992 [66:37] [MC]

Schäfer is in magnificent form … fascinating.

Carl Schuricht Studio Recordings 1941-42 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Le Chasseur maudit Riccardo ZANDONAI (1883-1944) Serenata Medioevale Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Symphonia Domestica Berlin State O, O of La Scala Milan PRISTINE AUDIO PASC320 [77:44] [JW]

These unusual Berlin and Milan recordings fit quite well together and have been splendidly transferred.

Serious Cabaret Mary Carewe (voice) Philip Mayers (piano) rec. 2007-10 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC1000021 [72.49] [GH]

Much enjoyment … considerable fun.

Songs of Hope Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Singet dem Herrn Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Rejoice in the Lamb Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Chichester Psalms Stephen PAULUS (b. 1949) A Dream of Time Bach Choir of Bethlehem; Bach Festival O/Greg Funfgeld rec. 2011 ANALEKTA AN29983 [62:16] [WH]

Some good things, and some not so good, in this collection from a big American choir.

Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Le Corsaire Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony St Petersburg PO/Yuri Temirkanov rec. 1992 ICA CLASSICS ICAD5065 [72:00] [DM]

An indispensable record of a memorable night. 

This is the Day Music on Royal Occasions Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) Andrew Lucas (organ) The Cambridge Singers; Aurora O/John Rutter rec. 2012 COLLEGIUM COLCD 136 [75:21] [JQ]

A very good and well-conceived musical celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

Le Tombeau de Debussy Jan Michiels (piano) rec. 2011 FUGA LIBERA FUG590 [77:42] [SA]

Michiels is an excellent advocate of this music. He plays with obvious love and understanding.

Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart Tudor and Jacobean music for private devotion Stile Antico/Fretwork rec. 2011 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 807554 [64:45] [JQ]

This release offers a most interesting perspective on the sacred vocal music of the period and exemplary performances.

Günter Wand Edition - Vol. 20 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Jorge Bolet (piano) NDR SO/Günter Wand rec. 1982/5 PROFIL EDITION PH09029 [69:03] [MC]

Valuable documents of Wand’s special talent. 

The Great Violinist Endre Wolf The complete Danish Tono recordings 1949-51 DANACORD DACOCD 714-715 [76:56 + 79:07] [JW]

These Tono transfers are just the thing.



BOOK REVIEW The Idea Was Good - The story of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem By Michael Foster 142pp Published 2012 COVENTRY CATHEDRAL BOOKS  [JQ]

Invaluable; a piece of scholarship and a labour of love. An indispensable read. 

MOVIE REVIEW The Curse of the Gothic Symphony A film by Randall Wood and Veronica Fury [DJB]

An outstanding documentary of one man’s seemingly unachievable dream.

EQUIPMENT REVIEW HRT HeadStreamer A portable headphone DAC by High Resolution Technologies [DM]

Very well screwed together and it excels where it matters - with its sound.

Herman FINCK (1872 - 1939) Finck Album Kelli Uustani; Pirjo Levandi (sopranos); Mart Sander (baritone) Bel Etage Theatre Orchestra/Mart Sander rec. 2007, No texts DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV 62402 [67.54] [JF]

Captures the Edwardian mood and spirit.

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