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Mirror of Eternity Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Flute Concerto Houtaf KHOURY (b.1967) Mirror of Eternity Yevhen STANKOVYCH (b.1942) Chamber Symphony 3 Wissam Boustany (flute) Ukraine Ntl SO/Volodomyr Sirenko rec. 2004, NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6168 [79:47] [PCG] 

Music that is deeply felt superbly performed and recorded.

Music from the Machine Age Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Scythian Suite (1915) [21:12] Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Ogelala - Suite (1921-25) [12:35] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) The Miraculous Mandarin - Suite, op.19 (1917-24) [20:43] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Perfect Fool – ballet music (1923) [11:40] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse (1921) [14:02] Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra/Sascha Goetzel rec. 2011. DDD ONYX 4086 [80:15] [Byz]

A jam-packed programme of exciting 20th century ballet music … impressive.

David Nadien (violin) Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Passacaglia Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Duo Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème Barry Finclair (violin and viola) American Ballet Theatre O/Akiro Endo rec. 1974-77 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 161 [53:58] [JW]

Nadien admirers will find much to enjoy here, in another act of reclamation.

David Oistrakh plays Russian Violin Concertos Works By Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Taneyev & Tchaikovsky Leningrad PO, Moscow PO/Kyrill Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yevgeni Mravinsky rec. 1949-68 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9239 [3 CDs: 177:11] [SA]

It is an extremely attractive package and at the "brilliant" budget price it is a no-brainer as to acquisition.

O vos omnes Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere mei, Deus Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) The Lamentations of Jeremiah Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola/Kent Tritle rec. 1998 MSR CLASSICS MS 1138 [50:43] [JV]

The music is generally well sung, but the programme is hardly adventurous. 

The Organs of the Canary Islands Michal Novenko, Tomáš Flégr and Martin Böcker (organs) rec. 2009 PRIORY PRCD1032 [73:15 + 78:01] [JF]

Of huge interest to all organ music enthusiasts … will bring a little warmth and sunshine into the lives of people living in colder and greyer climes. An impressive achievement.

Michala Petri (recorders) Works by Praulins, Börtz, Rasmussen & Bruun Danish Ntl Vocal Ens/Stephen Layton rec. 2011 OUR RECORDINGS 6.220605 [59:22] [JW]

Strong communicative voices, precise sound-worlds, sensitive exploration of text and sonority.

Hans Pfitzner conduct overtures Works by Mozart, Weber, Mendelssohn, Lortzing & Lanner Berlin State Opera O, Berlin PO rec. 1927-33 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 305 [64:01] [JW]

More than just a footnote.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nilla Pierrou & en Stradivarius  Nilla Pierrou (violin) Eugène De Canck (piano) Roel Dieltiens (cello) rec. 1974-93 OAK GROVE CD 2027 [3 CDs: 231:47] [GF]

Adds a lot to the picture of Pierrou - an obligatory purchase for all those who have heard her in concert but also those who haven’t. 

Great Singers Live - Lucia Popp Munich RSO/Werner Schmidt-Boelcke, Hans Zanotelli, Kurt Eichhorn, Heinz Wallberg, Lamberto Gardelli rec. 1968-82 BR KLASSIK 900306 [55:48] [MC]

Enjoyable and compelling.

Portraits Lieder by Robert & Clara Schumann Miah Persson (soprano) Joseph Breinl (piano) rec. 2010 BIS-SACD-1834 [61:26] [GF]

Persson is not only an outstanding Mozartean but also an outstanding Lieder singer as well.

Vassily Primakov in concert Vol. 2 Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Lieder ohne Worte Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) French Suite 2 Philip GLASS (b.1937) Suite from “The Hours” Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque Vassily Primakov (piano) rec. 2005-08 BRIDGE 9350 [67:41] [OL]

The pianist is emotionally attached to the music and shows it from a new interesting perspective.

The Complete Psalms of David - Vol. 1 Exeter Cathedral Ch/Andrew Millington, Paul Morgan (organ) rec. 2010 PRIORY PRCD 1045 [71:46] [JQ]

The auspicious launch of a new series of the complete Anglican psalmody.

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum - Vol. 22 Jenny Lin (piano) rec. 2010 DANACORD DACOCD 709 [77:18] [JW]

As ever given that the pianistic net is cast wide, there should be something for pianophiles in this latest volume.

Remembering JFK 50th Anniversary Concert National SO/Howard Mitchell, Christoph Eschenbach rec. 1961/2011 ONDINE ODE 1190-2D [77:40 + 48:34] [JQ]

Earl Wild’s fabulous performance of Rhapsody in Blue offers the most compelling listening experience.

Music of the Russian Avant-Garde 1905-1926 Works by Obukhov, Pasternak, Mosolov, Roslavets, A & J Skryabin & Stanchinskiy Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 2009 CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13255-2 [73:09] [DC]

A revelation on many levels. 

Sviatoslav Richter’s Boston Debut Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto 1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 Sviatoslav Richter(piano) Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1960 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA-6035 [46:36 + 51:22] [JQ]

Sviatoslav Richter’s many admirers should ensure they hear these discs.

Shadowcatcher American music for brass, winds & percussion West Chester Univ Wind Ens/Andrew Yozviak rec. 2011 MSR CLASSICS MS1388 [72:51] [DM]

Worth it for the main work alone; catch it if you can.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Songs of the Baltic Sea National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Mike Brewer rec. 2008/10 DELPHIAN DCD34052 [76:59] [WH]

An inspired and inspiring recital, magnificently sung and recorded.

A Song for Francesca Music in Italy (1330-1430) Gothic Voices, Christopher Page rec. 1987 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55291 [50.29] [RH]

You’ll be beguiled and entranced.

Songs and Sorrowful Sonnets by Tallis, Henry VIII, Dowland & Gibbons James Bowman (counter-tenor) Dorothy Linnell (lute) rec. 2011 MAPROOM MR0082 [46.09] [RH]

Bowman distils a lifetime's artistry and his voice defies time … will surely be of interest to all lovers of the voice.

Sounds from Within Works by Martin, Holt, Bartok, Martinu & Boustany Wissam Boustany (flute) Stefan Warzycki (piano) rec. 1990 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6166 [58.13] [PCG]

Pleasant and expressive enough; indeed rather attractive.

Songs of War Works by Butterworth, Ireland & Weill Simon Keenlyside (baritone) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2011 SONY CLASSICAL 88697944242 [73:15] [MC]

Simon Keenlyside is on excellent form.

Stimme der Sehnsucht Lieder by Pfitzner, R. Strauss and Mahler Christianne Stotijn (mezzo) Joseph Breinl (piano) rec. 2011 ONYX CLASSICS 4075 [60:35] [MC]

Very different voices and each bringing individual qualities to the table.

Talviomenoita Finnish national romantic choral music Terttu Iso-Oja (soprano) Tuomas Katajala (tenor) Joose Vähäsöyrinki (bass) Klemetti Institute Chamber Ch/Heikki Liimola rec. 2010 ALBA ABCD329 [79:17] [OL]

An excellent anthology.

Arturo Toscanini: Ave atque vale Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto Grosso Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony 40 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 1 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Orchestral excerpts NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1937/54 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2369/70 [78:03 + 64:08] [JQ]

Toscanini’s first and last concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra conveniently packaged together.

Wandering Winds Wissam Boustany (flute) Nigel Clayton (piano) Gabriella Dall’Olio (harp) rec. 1997 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6169 [67:44] [SA]

A disc that will bring pleasure every time it is played.

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