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Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Chamber Symphony No.1 (1976)a [13:13] Chamber Symphony No.2 (1991/2)a [16:05] Chamber Symphony No.3 (1995/6)b [26:18] John-Edward Kelly (alto saxophone)b Tapiola Sinfonietta/Stefan Asburya, Jean-Jacques Kantorowb rec. 2005, 2008 BIS-SACD-1126 [56:40] [HC]

A most welcome addition to Aho's steadily expanding discography.

Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Piano Music Vol. 7 Miguel Baselga (piano) rec. 2010 BIS-CD-1953 [71:09] [JF]

An excellent balance of masterpieces, salon music of the very best quality and some unknown quantities. The playing is superb.

William ALWYN (1905-1985) Overture, Derby Day (1960) [6:38] Symphonic Prelude, The Magic Island (1952) [10:15] Four Elizabethan Dances (1957) [12:28] Sinfonietta for Strings (1970) [26:24] Festival March (1950) [8:20] London Philharmonic Orchestra/William Alwyn recording data not provided LYRITA SRCD.229 [64:06] [SV]

Glad to have this vividly recorded program - just wish it were better.

William ALWYN (1905-1985) Film Music in wind band arrangements Royal Northern College of Music Wind O/Clark Rundell; Mark Heron rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572747 [69:46] [IL]

Generally satisfying.

Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Recorder concerto see HARVEY

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714 - 1788) Die Israeliten in der Wüste Gudrun Sidonie Otto (soprano) Michael Schopper (bass) Salzburger Hofmusik/Wolfgang Brunner rec. 2008 CPO 777 560-2 [75:46] [JV]

An impressive recording which perfectly communicates the evocative way in which Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach set this subject to music.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 O des Cento Soli/Hermann Scherchen rec. 1954 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR 197-98 [52:07 + 64:44] [JW]

Performances of generosity and warmth.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Transcriptions by RESPIGHI and ELGAR: Three Choral Preludes, Sonata in E minor, Prelude and Fugue in D major, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, Fantasia and Fugue in C minor Ilkka Talvi (violin) Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1989-1991 NAXOS 8.572741 [57:19] [JWh]

Some fabulous, exciting playing in wide-ranging sound – buy it.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Saint John Passion (1724) Charles Daniels (tenor) - Evangelist; Shannon Mercer (soprano); Matthew White (alto); Jacques-Olivier Chartier (tenor); Tyler Duncan (bass) - Pilatus; Joshua Hopkins (bass) - Jesus; Cappella Romana; Portland Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett (violin) rec. 2011, DDD AVIE AV2236 [30:55 + 70:10] [MS]

A compelling, persuasive yet smaller-scale period instrument account by performers who obviously adore the music and bring out most of its strong points.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St John Passion Charles Daniels, Stephen Varcoe, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists/Peter Seymour rec. 2010 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD209 [33:27 + 73:16] [JQ]

Quite a lot to enjoy and admire but this St John doesn’t disturb existing recommendations.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord) rec. 2010/11 CAPRICCIO 7115 [4 CDs: 255:22] [DC]

A fine synergy: superb instrument, performer and recording.

Friedrich Gulda plays Beethoven and Bach Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite in G minor Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Eroica Variations, Piano Sonata 29 rec. 1970 EUROARTS DVD 2058698 [79:00] [JW]

Mainly for the confirmed Guldian.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suite 6 see BRITTEN

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra see Europa Konzert 

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Suite Paysanne Hongroise for flute and piano (arrangements of Chants populaires tristes, for flute and piano, by Paul Arma) see Sounds from Within


Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
(1770-1827) Symphony 1 see Günter Wand

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Howard Shelley (piano) Tasmin Little (violin) Tim Hugh (cello) Ch & O Opera North/Howard Shelley rec. 2011-2012 CHANDOS CHAN10695(4) [4 CDs: 80:41 + 79:19 + 78:28 + 77:59] [ST]

Rekindle a love of music well known and opens my eyes anew to the genius that Beethoven displays on every page.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Complete Symphonies Annette Dasch (soprano) Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo) Piotr Beczala (tenor) Georg Zeppenfeld (bass) Wiener Singverein/Johannes Prinz Wiener Phil/Christian Thielemann rec. 2008-2010 SONY CLASSICAL 88697927172 [6 CDs: 61:26 + 56:26 + 71:16 + 45:31 + 64:59 + 72:00] [RMo]

Joyous, released and sheerly infectious … full of drive, impish wit and manic ecstasy.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Symphony no. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60 [31:53] Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 [33:32] London Symphony Orchestra/Yondani Butt rec. 2011 NIMBUS CD NI6147 [65:15] [JZ]

Solid performances of these familiar works with an excellent modern orchestra.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 9 Lotte Leonard (soprano) Jenny Sonnenberg (alto) Eugen Transky (tenor) Wilhelm Gottman (bass) Bruno Kittel Ch/Berlin St Op O/Oskar Fried rec. 1928 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC317 [62:04] [CC]

A different era, different values, different performance traditions. Fascinating and uplifting.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Leonore Overture No.3 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 88 Paul DESSAU (1894-1979) In memoriam Bertolt Brecht Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen Anneliese Burmeister (contralto) Berlin Staatskapelle O/Kurt Masur rec. 1967 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD13/2011 [68:43] [JW]

No quirks interpretatively … enjoyable stuff. 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 2 & 3 Netherlands SO/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. 2009/10 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72532 [34:25 + 46:45] [GD]

Engaging listening but ...

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) ‘Eroica’Variations, 1802 [21:45] Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) rec. 2010, BIS BIS-SACD-1673 [73:35] [DC]

Something of a highlight even by this series’ standards.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 1-5 Rudolf Buchbinder (piano and conductor) Vienna PO rec. 2011 UNITEL CLASSICA/C MAJOR 708904 [186:00 + 29:00 bonus] [GM]

This is a disc well worth seeing as well as hearing. 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Egmont Overture see TCHAIKOVSKY

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Eroica Variations, Piano Sonata 29 see BACH

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Moonlight Sonata see Peter Katin

Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) & Leighton LUCAS (1903-1982) Film Music BBC Ntl O Wales/Rumon Gamba rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10713 [67:58] [NB]

Exceptionally well played, beautifully recorded and lovingly presented. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830) [54:58] Overture : Béatrice et Bénédict (1862) [8:14] Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati rec. 2011, Stereo and multichannel LINN CKD 400 [63:12] [DM]

Palate-cleansing, ear-pricking performances. Not to be missed.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Harold en Italie, Op. 16 [39:10] Les Nuits d’Été, Op. 7 [28:31] Le Roi de Thulé (La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24) [5:17] Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo); Antoine Tamestit (viola) Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble/Marc Minkowski rec. 2011, French texts, English and German translations included NAĎVE V 5266 [73:04] [JQ]

One of the most stimulating Berlioz releases that I’ve heard in recent years.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Grande Messe des Morts (1837) [88:42] Robert Murray (tenor) Wroclaw PO & Ch/Paul McCreesh rec. 2010 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD280 [48:25 + 40:17] [DM]

A triumph of performance and scholarship, but the crown still belongs to Davis.

Philip BLACKBURN (b.1962) Ghostly Psalms Ch of Clare College Cambridge, Gary Verkade & Lars Sjöstedt (organ) rec. 2010/11 INNOVA 246 [63:48] [Byz]

Superbly produced recordings probably only suitable for those interested in experimentalism.

Armonie dello Spirito Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Stabat Mater Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Adagio and Fugue Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano) Ensemble Aurora rec. 2011 EUROARTS 2072558 [49:00] [JS]

Much that is worthwhile here … very high quality music and performances. 

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) String Quartets, op.8 Venezia Quartet rec. 1994 DYNAMIC DM 8027 [76:54] [Byz]

Inventive, aromatic and breezy.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pierre BOULEZ (b. 1925) Mémoriale, Dérive 1 & 2 Fabrice Jünger (flute) Ens Orchestral Contemporain/Daniel Kawka rec. 2011 NAĎVE MO 782183 [63.10] [GH]

This is great music but undoubtedly challenging. Important and of lasting value.

Wissam BOUSTANY (b.1960) Improvisation I for solo flute see Sounds from Within

William BOYCE (1711-1779) Eight Symphonies Op.2 (published 1760; composed 1737-56) [50:18]
I Solisti di Zagreb/Antonio Janigro rec. 1969, KLASSIC HAUS RESTORATIONS KHCD 2010-013 [50:18] [JW]

  Excellence of execution, surety of attack and highly effective conducting.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet in B minor (1891) [36:34] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet in A (1789) [33:11] David Campbell (clarinet) Bingham Quartet rec. 1997 ALTO ALC 1161 [69:45] [ST]

This coupling can take its place among the best, especially at this budget price.


Johannes BRAHMS
(1833-1897) Symphony 1 see Günter Wand

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein deutsches Requiem Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen Katharine Fuge (soprano) Matthew Brook (baritone) Monteverdi Choir/Orch Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2007-2008 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG 706 [76:54] [JQ]

The final instalment in the SDG Brahms cycle: as absorbing and distinguished as its predecessors.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Intermezzo; Ballade see Nightbreak

Herbert BREWER (1865-1928) The Complete Organ Works Daniel Cook (organ) rec. 2011 PRIORY PRCD 1057 [77:50] [WK]

A long overdue disc of music by a friend of Parry and Elgar - well worth looking into.

Havergal BRIAN (1876 – 1972) Orchestral music vol. 2 - Music from the operas BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Garry Walker rec. 2009. DDD TOCCATA TOCC 0113 [72:36] [NB][RB]

Fascinating … sumptuously romantic … sometimes gawky.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello Suite 3 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suite 6 György LIGETI (1923-2006) Sonata Miklós Perényi (cello) rec. 2009 ECM NEW SERIES 2152 [58:21] [WH]

A superb recital from a master cellist, highly recommended if the programme appeals.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-76) Lachrymae see Sprezzatura

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 9 Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2012 EMI CLASSICS 9529692 [82:10] [RMo]

Massive solidity … rich sonority … magical. 

(1824-1896) Symphonies 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9 see Günter Wand

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 4 Toronto SO/Peter Oundjian rec. 2007 TSO LIVE [73:27] [JQ]

A convincing and enjoyable live Bruckner Fourth from Toronto.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphonies 3-5 & 7-9 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Opera scenes & excerpts Bavarian State Opera O, Berlin PO, Munich PO, Vienna PO/Hans Knappertsbusch rec. live, 1949-59 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1256 [6 CDs: 427:15] [JW]

Performances of outstanding power and eloquence and a remastering of fine quality.

Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (c1637-1707) Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV 75 (1680) [53:09] Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt BuxWV 76 (1671) [12:02] La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. 2010 ACCENT ACC24243 [65:11] [DC]

Total immersion Lutheran ecclesiastical mourning.

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