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Louis CAHUZAC (1880-1960) The Complete Works Philippe Cuper (clarinet) Christine Lagniel (piano) Philippe Olivier Deveaux (second clarinet) Les virtuoses de l’Opéra rec. 2012 CLARINET CLASSICS CC0065 [74:37] [JW]

Cuper and Lagniel pay fine homage to one of the masters of the instrument. 

Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Piano Trio see GERHARD

Bellerofonte CASTALDI (c.1581-1649) Ferita d'Amore Evangelina Mascardi (theorbo) Mónica Pustilnik (theorbino) Marco Beasley (tenor) rec. 2010 ARCANA A368 [58:01] [Byz]

Fragrant, intimate, life-affirming, poetical, utterly lyrical.

Evencio CASTELLANOS (1915-1984) Santa Cruz de Pacairigua, El Río de las Siete Estrellas, Suite Avileña Venezuela SO/Jan Wagner rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572681 [56.23] [BR]

Not just good ‘nationalist’ music but darn good music, full stop. A relief to see Castellanos’ orchestral exuberance finally getting a major CD release.

Erik CHISHOLM (1904 – 1965) Piano Concerto No.1 Pìobaireachd (1932, rev. 1937) [33:35] Piano Concerto No.2 Hindustani (1949, rev. 1953) [35:06] Danny Driver (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Rory Macdonald rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67880 [68:43] [HC]

Two substantial works by a most distinguished composer whose music is well worth more than the occasional hearing.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1801-1849) Piano Works Volume 2 Louis Lortie (piano) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10714 [75:13] [BR]

Lortie may not bring much to Chopin that is new or engaging.

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto 2 see Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzi 1-4, Fantasie, Piano Sonata 3 see SCHUMANN

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise-Fantasie, Piano Sonata 3, Waltzes, Nocturnes, Fantasie, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante see Peter Katin

Julian COCHRAN (b.1974) Romanian Dances, Animation Suite & Mazurkas Julian Cochran (piano) Private production [30:13] [Byz]

Impressive for the jaunty, folkish rhythms, eastern or southern European harmonies and memorable lyricism.

Michael COLGRASS (b. 1932) Variations for four drums and viola see Vardi

Ernesto CORDERO (b.1946) Concierto Festivo, for guitar and string orchestra, Ínsula, Suite Concertante, for violin and string orchestra, Concertino Tropical, for violin and string orchestra Pepe Romero (guitar) Guillermo Figueroa (violin) I Solisti di Zagreb rec. 2009-2010 NAXOS 8.572707 [51:26] [BR]

If you want to hear what music is being made in Puerto Rico, you’ll find this a delightful surprise, especially a brilliant new guitar concerto for Pepe Romero.

Matthew CURTIS (b.1959) Orchestral Works - Volume III Jennifer Stinton (flute), Verity Butler (clarinet) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2004/5 DDD CAMPION CAMEO 2055 [72:27] [OL]

A great way to start a day.

Félicien DAVID (1810-1876) String Quartets 1, 2 & 4 Cambini-Paris Qt rec. 2010 AMBROISIE AM 206 [56:18]  [Byz]

Really the only negative is the shortness of this CD. 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de Lune Natalie Dessay (soprano) Philippe Cassard (piano) rec. 2011 VIRGIN CLASSICS 7307682 [72:58][ST]

A partial success at best.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fêtes see Europa Konzert

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque see Peter Katin

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata see French Violin Sonatas

Josquin DESPREZ (c.1440-1521) Missa Ave maris stella Weser-Renaissance/Manfred Cordes rec. 2010 CPO 777 590-2 [68:13] [RMo]

Simplicity, purity and clarity.

Ernó DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) String Quartets 1 & 3 Aviv Qt rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572569 [57.29] [GH]

Well worth the required modest investment even if only for the Third Quartet.

Ernö DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Konzertstück see DVOŘÁK

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’Elisir d’Amore Roberta Peters (soprano) Carlo Bergonzi (tenor) Metropolitan Op Ch/O/Thomas Schippers rec. 1966 SONY CLASSICAL 88691 90991 2 [64:28 + 49:26] [JS]

Well worth hearing – a splendid cast caught at their best … captures the spirit of this most delightful of operas.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Anna Bolena Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Francesco Meli, Wiener Staatsoper/Evelino Pidò rec. 2011 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 073 4725 [193:00 + 4:00 bonus] [RJF]

No lover of Donizetti’s operas should do without this outstanding performance.

John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Dowland in Dublin Michael Slattery (tenor, shruti box) La Nef rec. 2010 ATMA ACD2 2650 [49:19] [JV]

This disc will mainly appeal to lovers of (Irish) folk music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonín DVOŘÁK (1840-1904) Cello Concerto, The Water Goblin, In Nature’s Realm Zuill Bailey (cello) Indianapolis SO/Jun Märkl rec. 2011 TELARC TEL-32927-02 [75:30] [LW]

Bailey’s new account of the Dvořák concerto is among the best in recent years. 

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto, Romance in F minor, Four Romantic Pieces Hrachya Avanesyan (violin) Sinf Varsovia/Augustin Dumay, Marianna Shirinyan (piano) rec. 2010-2011 FUGA LIBERA FUG588 [62:15] [CH]

If you fancy this trio of works in warmly romantic performances, or if you wish to follow the career of a gifted violinist, you should be well satisfied.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto Ernö DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Konzertstück Raphael Wallfisch (cello) London SO/Charles Mackerras rec. 1988 CHANDOS CHAN 10715 X [64:17] [GD]

Expectations run high and this doesn't disappoint.

Anton EBERL (1765-1807) Piano Concertos Paolo Giacometti, Riko Fukuda (fortepiano) Kölner Akademie/Michael Alexander Willens rec. 2008 CPO 777 354-2 [62:03] [Byz]

There is no doubting the high quality of Eberl's music. 

Johannes ECCARD (1553-1611) Sacred and Secular Works Opella Musica; Ensemble NOEMA/Gregor Meyer rec. 2011, DDD CPO 777 700-2 [59:18] [MS]

A sprightly collection of Eccard's vocal music deftly performed without fuss. An excellent introduction to the composer.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto, Introduction and Allegro, Military Marches ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ Paul Watkins (cello) Daniel Bell (violin) Steven Bingham (violin) Steven Barnard (viola) Peter Dixon (cello) BBC Phil/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN10709 [74:44] [JQ]

A distinguished release, including a fine account of the Cello Concerto.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto, The Dream of Gerontius Jian Wang (cello) Mark Tucker (tenor) Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo) Sydney Philh Choirs/Tasmania SO Ch/Sydney SO/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2008 ABC CLASSICS 476 4297 [63:39 + 58:35] [JQ]

A good account of the Cello Concerto but a very disappointing Gerontius which simply can’t match the best on the market.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto see GAL

Francis E. FAIRMAN III (b.1923) Clarinet Concerto (1995) [28:39] The Fox, for orchestra (1996) [5:56] Diurnal Thoughts, for orchestra (1991) [18:37] New York Taxi, for orchestra (1991) [4:55] Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Gil Rose (Concerto); Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirk Trevor (Fox); Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra/Vit Micka (Diurnal Thoughts; New York Taxi) rec. 1997, 2000, 2005 DDD NAVONA RECORDS NV 5863 [58:07] [Byz]

Very accessible, attractive music, but far from unsophisticated or 'light'.

Leo FALL (1873-1925) Die Dollarprinzessin Tatjana Iwanow, Horst Niendorf, Kurt Graunke SO, Munich/Bert Grund rec. 1971 ARTHAUS MUSIK/UNITEL 101 624 [87:00] [JS]

Frankly terrible but I enjoyed it from beginning to end. 

Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) (1917-19) [38:19] Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain) (1909-1916) [22:14] Homenajes (Tributes) (1938-39) [15:46] Raquel Lojendio (soprano); Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena rec. 2011. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10694 [76:40] [LW]

Chandos, Mena and the BBC Philharmonic have scored a success in the music of Falla.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata no. 1see French Violin Sonatas

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Piano and String Quartet Vicki Ray (piano) Eclipse Qt rec. 2011 BRIDGE 9369 [79:00] [KM]

A wonderful recording of a magical work of late 20th-century music.

Christopher FOX Natural Science Trio Scordatura; Scott McLaughlin (electric guitar) rec. 2011 MÉTIER MSV 28526 [58.42] [PCG]

Often very beautiful to listen to.

Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) The music for solo piano, duo and duet Martin Jones with *Richard McMahon, +Adrian Farmer (pianos) rec. 2011 NIMBUS NI 5880 [3 CDs: 59:23 + 64:48 + 66:54] [SA]

Martin Jones and his accompanying colleagues also obviously have a high regard for his music and that comes out in sparklingly brilliant performances.

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano Quintet, Violin Sonata Quatuor Pascal and Jeanne-Marie Darré (piano) Louis Kaufman (violin) Hélène Pignari (piano) rec. 1952 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR 447 [61:50] [JW]

This is a valuable restoration, returning performances easily, and wrongly, forgotten.


(1822-1890) Violin Sonata see French Impressions

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata see French Violin Sonatas

James FRISKIN (1886-1967) Piano Quintet; Phantasie; Elegy; Phantasy for piano quintet The Rasumovsky Quartet (Catherine Dubois (piano) rec. 2009 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6182 [76:45] [MC]

Sadly I have reservations about this disc although I admire the appeal of the Friskin scores

Antonio GADES (1936-2004) Fuenteovejuna Antonio Gades (choreography) Cristina Carnero, Ángel Gil, Flamenco Singers, Antonio Solera; Camerón de Pitita (guitar) rec. 2008 TEATRO REAL MADRID TR97007 [106:00] [IL]

An involving story line with tremendously vigorous dancing. 

Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Cello Concerto (in E minor), op.67 (c.1944) [33:21] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85 (1919) [28:04] Antonio Meneses (cello) Northern Sinfonia/Claudio Cruz rec. 2012. DDD. AVIE AV 2237 [61:48] [Byz]

Unfailingly mellifluous, ideationally and dynamically varied, and rewarding.

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Complete Harpsichord Concertos Flute Concerto, Concerto in G, for flute, harpsichord & strings Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Concerto in D, Hob.XVIII/2 Roberto Loreggian (harpsichord) Mario Folena (flute) Ens ConSerto Musico rec. 2011 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94161 [55:04 + 65:15] [Byz]

Much more than a minor master – music brimming with invention, dancy rhythms and cantabile melody.

Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) Piano Trio 1 Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002) Piano Trio Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Piano Trio Trio Arriaga rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572647 [53:32] [BR]

This doesn’t all sound “Spanish” in the Rodrigo sense, instead serving as a cross-section of the diversity of Catalan composers.

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Piano Concerto, Rhapsody No. 2, Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’ Orion Weiss (piano) Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559705 [58:35]  [BR]

A real treat of a performance, even for those who have their Previn and their Wild. 

Philip GLASS (b.1937) Dracula see Nightbreak

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Complete Symphonies and Concertos Rachel Barton-Pine (violin), Alexander Romanovsky (piano), Wen-Sinn Yang (cello), Marc Chisson (saxophone), Alexey Serov (horn)  Russian National Orchestra/Jose Serebrier  rec. 2004-2010 DDD  Full contents list at end of review WARNER CLASSICS 2564 66467 4 [8 CDs: c. 520:00] [RB]

This set goes straight to the top of the recommended versions of the symphonies and concertos.

Sir Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Complete Music for Violin and Piano Robert Gibbs (violin) Gusztáv Fenyő (piano) rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572860 [71:34] [JF]

Brings its own added value for the price of one budget disc. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Henryk GÓRECKI (1933-2010) Totus Tuus - Choral Music Euntes ibant et flebant, Lobgesang, Totus Tuus, Salve, Sidus Polonorum, Amen Natl Youth Ch of GB/Mike Brewer rec. 2010-2011 DELPHIAN DCD34054 [61:47] [JQ]

Another formidable achievement by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Mike Brewer.

George Friederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Alcina Anja Harteros (soprano), Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo) Vienna St. Op. Ballet/Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski rec. 2010 ARTHAUS MUSIK 108028 [226:00] [KM]

A fine staging of one of Handel’s most attractive operas.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Opera Arias Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto) The Hanover Band/Roy Goodman; Raul Diaz (horn) rec. 1991 NEWTON CLASSICS 8802094 [68:42] [GF]

Handel lovers should place their orders at once.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1789) Water Music Suite see MOZART

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony 3, Merry Mount Suite Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559702 [52.01] [PCG]

One cannot imagine that Schwarz’s reading will be bettered any time soon.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphonies 4 & 5, Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky, Dies Natalis Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990/92 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559703 [69:45] [DM]

Works of strength and subtlety, supremely well played.

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphonies 6 & 7; Lumen in Christo Seattle Symphony and Chorale/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1989/92 NAXOS 8.559704 [60:20] [SA]

For anyone new to Hanson’s works this CD is a brilliant introduction to a really inspirational composer.

Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941) Piano Quintet, String Quartets 1 & 2 Goldner Qt, Piers Lane (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67927 [59:10 + 23:45] [NB]

A disc guaranteed to please admirers of chamber music and of Harty in particular.

Richard HARVEY (b.1953) Concerto Incantato Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Recorder concerto Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Suite Michala Petri (recorder) Hong Kong City CO/Jean Thorel rec. 2011 OUR RECORDINGS 6.220606 [59:06] [JF]

This is one of the best CDs of recorder music that I have ever heard. Full stop.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 88 see BEETHOVEN

Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900) An Mutter Natur - Works for mixed choir a cappella Rheinische Kantorei/Hermann Max rec. 2010 CPO 777 728-2 [65:15] [JV]

Nice music thanks to the performances. 

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Viola Sonata see Sprezzatura

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Trauermusik see Vardi

Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Sonata in F major for Violin and Piano The Grasshopper (1917 version — Authorised Original Version) [26:20] Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946) Sonata in F major for Viola and Piano Colleen (1919) [40:02] Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin and viola); Matthew Rickard (piano) rec. 2011 EM RECORDS EMR CD003 [67:01] [JW]

Fine news that these two pretty much ignored works have been given some careful attention.

Gustav HOLST (1874-2934) The Planets, see STRAUSS

Simon HOLT (b.1958) Maiastra for solo flute* see Sounds from Within

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Choral works Nicholas Entwisle, Anthony Mansfield, Rory Turnbull (trebles), Stephen Challenger (tenor) Ch of Hereford Cath/Geraint Bowen Peter Dyke (organ) rec. 2009 REGENT REGCD316 [74.12] [EM-L]

Good, confident and atmospheric performances of some truly wonderful choral works.

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphony No.1 Exile, Armenian Rhapsodies 1-3, Song of the Sea * Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Strings John McDonald (piano); Kenneth Radnofsky (soprano saxophone) Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2007 BMOP/SOUND 1020 [67:39] [DM]

A pleasing trawl through unfamiliar waters; a rewarding catch, too.

Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Suite see HARVEY

Scott JOPLIN (1868?-1917) Treemonisha Anita Johnson, Frank Ward Jr, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers/Rick Benjamin rec. 2011 NEW WORLD RECORDS 80720-2 [53:19 + 45:47] [NB]

Oozes dedication, love and profound knowledge of the genre.

Mihkel KEREM (b.1981) Sonatas for violin and piano Mikk Murdvee (violin) Sten Lassmann (piano) rec. 2007(solo Sonata). DDD. TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0140 [76:28] [Byz]

Kerem's debut as a composer. The first of many discs, surely.

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Piano Quintet, String Sextet Doric String Quartet; Kathryn Stott (piano) Jennifer Stumm (viola) Bartholomew LaFollette (cello) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10707 [66:58] [GD]

Tonal warmth and a finely structured approach.

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 – 1957) Die tote Stadt Klaus Florian Vogt, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Michael Nagy, Hedwig Fassbender, Opera Frankfurt O/Sebastian Weigle rec. 2009 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 948 [77:28 + 53:42] [GF]

All in all this is a recording of Die tote Stadt that should attract a wide audience.

Margaret Ruthven LANG (1867-1972) Love is Everywhere - Selected Songs Vol 1 Donald George (tenor) Lucy Mauro (piano) rec. 2009 DELOS DE 3407 [48.26] [Byz]

Highly attractive songs: tuneful, harmonically delicate, nearly all gently contemplative.

Paul LE FLEM (1881-1984) Aucassin et Nicolette Delphine Haidan, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Mélanie Boisvert, O des Pays de Savoie/Nicolas Chalvin rec. 2011 TIMPANI 1C1188 [41:40] [Byz]

Le Flem’s puppet show music in a fine performance.

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Paganini Antonio Theba, Teresa Stratas, Peter Kraus, Kurt Graunke SO/Wolfgang Ebert rec. 1973 ARTHAUS/UNITEL CLASSICA 101592 [107:00] [IL]

Lovely melodies, lovely production.

Andreas LIDL (c.1740-c.1789) Divertimenti for baryton trio Esterházy Trio rec. 2011 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94162 [61:07] [JV]

If you like Haydn's music for the baryton you certainly will enjoy these pieces too. 

György LIGETI (1923-2006) Sonata see BRITTEN

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) On nature's beauty Mordecai Shehori (piano) CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD162 [76:37] [JW]

There’s no arguing with this calibre of musicianship. 

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Vallée d’Obermann; Les Cloches de Genève; Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este see Nightbreak

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de Pélerinage - Deuxième Année (Italie), Piano Sonata see SCHUMANN

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes see SAINT-SAËNS

Anne LOVETT Beyond (and Below) Anne Lovett (piano) ANNELOVETT.NET no catalogue number [56:36]

Expressive, fluent and persuasive.

Anatoly LYADOV (1855-1914) Complete Piano Works Marco Rapetti (piano) Akane Makita (piano II) Giampoalo Nuti & Daniela de Santis (pianos III & IV) rec. 2010 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94155 [5 CDs: 284:41 + CD-ROM] [Byz]

Variety, colour, elegance, humour and plain old bravura ... a serious bargain.  

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