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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Efrem Zimbalist (violin) Boston SO/Serge Koussevitzky; Cleveland O/Rudolf Ringwall rec. 1944/46 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 307 [77:33] [RB]

Simply glorious and even astonishing. Not to be missed on any account.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Bob CHILCOTT (b. 1955) Requiem, Salisbury Motets, Downing Service Laurie Ashworth (soprano) Andrew Staples (tenor) Jonathan Vaughn (organ) The Nash Ensemble, Wells Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67650 [79:39] [JQ]

An excellent collection of music by Bob Chilcott, including an important new Requiem.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Pour le Piano, Estampes, L’isle joyeuse Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Prelude and Fugue, Sonata Rafal Blechacz (piano) rec. 2011 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 9548 [62.22] [RBe]

An altogether brilliant recital from an outstanding young pianist.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George ENESCU (1881-1955) Chamber Music 1895-1906 Claudia Bara (piano) Tatiana Samouil (violin) Gérard Caussé (viola) Vincent Lucas (flute) Justus Grimm (cello) Frédéric Mellardi (trumpet) Carmen-Elena Rotaru (piano) rec. 2011 INDESENS INDE036 [76:02] [Byz]

A five-star CD that should appeal to anyone with ears and a heart.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony 1, The Lament for Beowulf Seattle SO/Chorale/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1988-1990 NAXOS 8.559700 [48:34] [DM]

Scandalously neglected music, persuasively played.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas Vol. 3 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10689 [75:22] [MG]

You may not agree with everything he does, but you know you’re in the presence of great playing.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Bernard HERRMANN (1911-1975) The Battle of Neretva; The Naked and the Dead Moscow SO/William T. Stromberg rec. 2010 TRIBUTE FILM CLASSICS TFC1007 [77:16] [RB]

Classic Herrmann. Rejoice collectors everywhere. This is a recording project done to an enviable standard.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Die stumme Serenade Sarah Wegener, Birge Radde, Frank Buchwald, Young Opera Company, Holst-Sinfonietta/Klaus Simon rec. 2009 CPO 777 485-2 [63:24 + 55:09] [IL]

Just the thing for unrepentant romantics.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH E.J. MOERAN (1894-1950) Sketches for Symphony 2, Overture for a Festival John IRELAND (1879-1962) Sarnia Royal Scottish Ntl O/Martin Yates rec. 2011 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7281 [59:14] [RB]

Sensational … radiance, colour and drive.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Cello Concertos 1 & 2 Enrico Dindo (cello) Danish Ntl SO/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2010/11 CHANDOS CHSA 5093 [60:11] [DC]

A must-have and a life-changer for Shostakovich fans. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Lieder Soile Isokoski (soprano) Marita Viitasalo (piano) rec. 2011 ONDINE ODE 1187-2 [64:05] [ST]

If another song recital as good as this comes our way this year, then we will be blessed indeed.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung Christian Franz, Deborah Polaski, Wolfgang Koch, John Tomlinson, Anna Gabler, Philharmoniker Hamburg/Simone Young rec. 2010 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 928 [4 CDs: 266:10] [GD]

As good as you could want.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Eternal Light Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) Age of Enlightenment O/Harry Christophers UNIVERSAL 4765970 [63:31] [MC]

I cannot think of a finer exponent of early music around today than Thomas. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Liaisons Arias by Mozart, Cimarosa, Haydn & Salieri Chen Reiss (soprano) L’arte del mondo/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 2010 ONYX 4068 [55:48] [GF]

Marvellous singing – an interesting and un-hackneyed programme.

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. 

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.


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