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Salvatore Accardo (violin) - 70th birthday tribute DYNAMIC CDS 715/1-9 [9 CDs: 538:29] [JW]

An attractive, wholly merited salute to Accardo.

Bellissimo Arias and scenes from operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Cilea and Verdi rec. 1992-2009 DYNAMIC CDS 704 [73:00] [GF]

I’ll keep this disc close to my CD player.

A Tribute to Erling Blöndal Bengtsson The Live Icelandic Recordings 1973-79 Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) Iceland SO/Jean-Pierre Jacquillat; Árni Kristjánsson (piano) rec.1973-79 DANACORD DACOCD724 [63:27] [JWh]

A fine tribute to a great cellist.

Orchestral Realisations by Luciano Berio Michael Collins (clarinet) Roderick Williams (baritone) Bergen PO/Edward Gardner rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHSA5101 [73:33] [DC]

Who’s afraid of Luciano Berio?

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - European Concert 1999 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Exsultate jubilate Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 1 Christine Schäfer (soprano) Emanuel Ax (piano) Berlin PO/Bernard Haitink rec. 1999 ARTHAUS MUSIK 107160 [95.00] [JW]

I’m not sure of the target audience for this release. 

British Light Music Premieres - Vol. 6 Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2006-10 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7283 [77.48] [GH]


Call Me Flott Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2008/09 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD003 [74:57] [Byz]

Another day, another fine recital by Lott and Johnson.

A Choral Tapestry Voces8 rec. 2011 SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD283 [62.28] [RH]

Puzzling, frustrating and mesmerising.

Carlo Colombara - The Art of the Bass Arias by Bizet, Verdi & Mussorgsky Orch della Svizzera Italiana/György G. Ráth; Bulgarian Natl SO/Vladimir Ghiaurov; Prague Tchaikovsky O/Fabrizio Milani rec. 2003-2006 NAXOS DVD 2110612 [68.28] [RJF]

A varied issue but well worth investigating.

Converging Cultures - Music for Wind Bands Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) La Procession del Rocio (transcr. Alfred Reed) Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (transcr. Paul Lavender) James BONNEY (b.1974) Chaos Theory Roger NIXON (1921-2009) Fiesta del Pacifico CHANG SU KOH (b.1970) Korean Dances Fred Hamilton (electric guitar) Lone Star Wind Orch/Eugene Migliaro Corporon rec. 2010-2011 NAXOS 8.572837 [72:24] [JWh]

Amazing polished playing but a rather mixed bag.

José van Dam - Recital at La Monnaie / De Munt Hugo WOLF (1860 – 1903) Johannes BRAHMS (1833 – 1897) Henri DUPARC (1848 – 1933) Jacques IBERT (1890 – 1962) Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) José van Dam (bass-baritone), Maciej Pikulski (piano)
rec. 1997 Texts enclosed but no translations CYPRES ARCHIVE CYP8604 [72:37] [GF]

I urge admirers of this great artist or lovers of art songs in general to give this recital a try.

EndBeginning Antoine BRUMEL (c.1460-c.1515) Missa pro defunctis Thomas CRECQUILLON (c.1505-57) Lamentationes Jeremiæ Jacobus CLEMENS NON PAPA (c.1510-c.1555) Tristitia obsedit me - Infelix ego Jackson HILL (b.1942) Ma fin est mon commencement New York Polyphony rec. 2011 BIS BIS-SACD-1949 [67:58] [DC]

Thoughtful and beautifully performed. 

Europa Konzert from Lisbon 2003 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 20 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fętes Maria Joăo Pires (piano) Berlin PO/Pierre Boulez rec. 2003 EUROARTS 2020218 [100:00 + 19:00] [WH]

Some fine things here, some less compelling, but all beautifully filmed in a stunning building.

Fellini, Jazz & Co Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Jazz suite 2 Nino ROTA (1911-1979) La Strada Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome Berlin PO/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2011 EUROARTS 2058408 [105:00] [NB]

Not a DVD by which the orchestra would ultimately wish to be judged.

Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete EMI Recordings rec. 1944-51 EMI CLASSICS 9562842 [3 CDs: 189:36] [RMo]

There are gems here.

Une fęte baroque! Music by Rameau, Lully, Purcell & Handel Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haďm rec. 2011 VIRGIN CLASSICS 7307992 [75:33 + 78:38] [BW]

With such a large roll-call of distinguished soloists so ably supported by choir, orchestra and above all Haďm herself, this is well worth having.

Fire & Roses - Madrigali Con Anima Chamber Ch/Paul Mealor rec. 2010 DIVINE ART DDA 25094 [74:04] [PCG]

Singing that is always perfectly tuned and beautifully recorded.

My First Ballet Album NAXOS 8.578205 [73:32] [Byz]

Probably interesting enough to keep children entertained.

The Flute King Music from the Court of Frederick the Great Emmanuel Pahud (flute) Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord) Jonathan Manson (cello) Matthew Truscott (violin) Kammerakademie Potsdam rec. 2011 EMI CLASSICS 0842202 [67:56 + 78:29] [CR]

Hard to find fault with this.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  French Impressions Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Violin Sonata 1 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Violin Sonata Joshua Bell (violin) Jeremy Denk (piano) rec. 2010 SONY CLASSICAL 88697891822 [67:19] [LW]

Winning accounts of French violin/piano sonatas warmly recorded.

Das ist meine Freude Soprano cantatas from the Grossfahner Collection Maria Jonas (soprano) Chursächsische Capelle Leipzig rec. 2003 CPO 777 5462 [77:20] [JW]

Polished and effective performances.

French Violin Sonatas César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata in A major, (1886) [26:48] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata no. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1876) [22:06]
Berceuse, Op. 16 [3:16] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata in G minor (1916-1917) [11:37] Minstrels, from Preludes Book 1 (arr. Hartmann) [2:07] Jacques Thibaud (violin), Alfred Cortot (piano) rec. 1927-1931, various venues. ADD PRISTINE PACM 080 [65:54] [GA]

Played with tremendous assurance and the transfers are very fine.

From the Heart The King’s Singers rec. 2009 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD177 [20:29] [EM-L]

A sadly uninspiring disc.

Les Grâces Françoises - Music of the French Baroque by Bernier, Couperin, Marais, Duphly & Montéclair Les Grâces rec. 2010 MSR CLASSICS MS 1396 [76:45] [JV]

The cantatas are the main attraction of this disc, even though the performances are not top-notch.

Hot & Spicy Chili con Cello rec. 2011 GLM MUSIC FM157-2 [49:20] [OL]

100% interesting but some people may be allergic to this kind of voice.

Gidon Kremer Edition Lockenhaus Works by Messiaen, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Strauss ECM New Series 476 4509 [2190-94] [5 CDs: 56:51 + 60:31 + 53:55 + 59:45 + 53:04] [JW]

A top class team.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gulfstream Chamber works by Larsen, Lieuwen, Schickele & Copland enhake; Corinne Stillwell (violin) Pamela Ryan (viola) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559692 [55:01] [BR]

Four excellent, brief chamber in a sort of tasting menu of delights from the past 75 years.

Tine Thing Helseth Storyteller Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet) Jonathan Aasgaard (cello) ąHĺvard Gimse (piano) ˛ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Eivind Aadland rec. 2011, EMI CLASSICS 0 88328 2 [66:54] [JW]

T.T. Helseth certainly tells her stories nicely.

Peter Katin 50 years of music-making Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rondo Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Moonlight Sonata Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptus Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise-Fantasie rec. 1948-87 DIVINE ART RP001 [73:06] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 3, Waltzes, Nocturne, Fantasie, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante rec. 1976-2006 DIVINE ART RP002 [74:39] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 3, Scherzo, Mazurka 14, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante rec. 1967 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD11/2010 [75:28] [JW]

A feast for Katin admirers in these three very contrasting discs. 

Lamentazione Works by Scarlatti, Lotti, Legrenzi, Caldara & Leo Les Arts Florissants/Paul Agnew rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS 0709072 [56:20] [JW]

Laments have seldom been in better hands, or voices.

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