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Main gauche Jean Dubé (piano) rec. 2011 BNL 112969 [75:38] [BR]

Great transcriptions, great programme; I just wish someone else had played it. 

La Musique de la Chasse Royale: Muzyka Królewskich Lowów Jean Joseph MOURET (1682-1738) Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Jacek Smoczynski (hunting horn) Quartetto da caccia rec. 2010 Booklet in Polish, English, French and German ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0218 [35:11] [BW]

Very short playing time and too little information about the music, but a magic and haunting experience.

PAR.TI.TA Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1760) Partitas 2 & 3 Lera AUERBACH (b. 1973) par.ti.ta Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Sonata Vadim Gluzman (violin) rec. 2011 BIS BIS-SACD-1972 [78:24] [DC]

A recital to relish.

The Era of Adelina Patti - artists born 1834–1865 Maurel, Plançon, Eames, Fugère, Patti, Viñas, Calvé , Renaud, De Lucia, Tamagno, Melba, Litvinne, Hesch, Nordica , Ancona, De Reszke, Sembrich, Marconi, Huguet, Pini-Corsi, Battistini, Lehmann, Santley . rec. 1902 – 1928. AAD NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7840/1 [62:16 + 58:01] [RMo]

A wonderful survey of a vanished age, happily preserved, however, crudely, for our delight.

Elisabeth Rethberg Acoustic and Electric Recordings Elisabeth Rethberg (soprano) rec. 1924 – 1930. NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7903 [72:40] [RMo]

This well-filled disc belongs in the collection of every lover of the soprano voice.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Romantique Arias by Donizetti, Gounod & Berlioz Elina Garanča (mezzo) Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Yves Abel rec. 2012 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0071 [60:42] [GF]

Without doubt a candidate for my Recording of the Year.   

Russian Composers around 1900 Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Le Poème de l’Extase Nikolai MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Symphony 21 Beethoven O Bonn/Stefan Blunier rec. 2011 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 9371761-6 [57:44] [SA]

Enjoyable disc and if it is the first of a series then subsequent releases will also be of interest. 

Ernestine Schumann-Heink Acoustic and electric recordings Ernestine Schumann-Heink (contralto) rec. 1906 – 1929 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7811 [73:02] [RMo]

Spectacularly entertaining.

Di Sheyne Milnerin - Schubert’s cycle of love forlorn retold in Yiddish song Mark Glanville (bass-baritone), Alexander Knapp (piano) rec. 2011. Sung texts with English translations enclosed NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6191 [61:35] [GF]

Fascinating. Give it a try. Off the beaten track, but that’s where one often makes the real discoveries.

Shine and Shade: English Twentieth Century Recorder Music Norman FULTON (1909-1980), Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986), York BOWEN (1884-1961), Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989), Edward GREGSON (b.1945), Stephen DODGSON (b.1924), Donald SWANN (1923-1994) Piers Adams (recorders); Julian Rhodes (piano) rec. 1993 RED PRIEST RP010 [69:47] [JF]

A pleasure and an honour to review this disc.

Spring Sounds, Spring Seas James Nyoraku SCHLEFER (b.1956) Haru No Umi Redux, Shakuhachi Concerto Daron HAGEN (b.1961) Genji James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi) Yumi Kurosawa (koto) Orch of the Swan/Kenneth Woods, David Curtis rec. 2011 MSR CLASSICS MS 1429 [64:24] [Byz]

Colourful and lively … skilfully and tunefully blending Japanese and American styles. 

Street Song D. Ray McClellen (clarinet) Ellen Ritchey (soprano) Anatoly Sheludyakov (piano) U Georgia Wind Ens/John P. Lynch rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572917 [71:12] [WH]

An interesting and varied programme expertly played by an ensemble of young musicians. 

Viola Sonatas, Idylls and Bacchanals CD 1 Sir John Blackwood McEWEN (1868–1948) Sonata for viola and piano in A minor (1941) [19:45] Sir Arnold BAX (1883–1953) Sonata for viola and piano (1922) [22:29] Sir John Blackwood McEWEN (1868–1948) Improvisations Provençales for violin and piano (1937) [23:58] Breath o’ June for viola and piano (1913) [3:24] CD 2 Dame Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907–1994) Sonata for viola and piano (1938) [13:45] Gordon JACOB (1895–1984) Sonatina for viola and piano (1949) [12:33] Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905–1971) Sonata for viola and piano (1937, revised 1953) [15:14] Robin MILFORD (1903–1959) Four Pieces for viola and piano (1935) [8:17] Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929–1988) Fantasia on the name of BACH for viola and piano, Op. 29 (1955) [14:23] Louise Williams (viola, violin) David Owen Norris (piano) rec. 2011/ 12 EM RECORDS EMR CD007-008 [69:37 + 63:13] [MC]

English music is again well served by this disc of music for viola and piano from EM Records.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Word Unspoken Works by Byrd & De Monte Gallicantus/Gabriel Crouch (baritone) rec. 2008-2011 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD295 [69:17] [MG]

The sheer beauty of Gallicantus’s singing is totally captivating. 



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Lennox Berkeley and Friends: Writings, Letters and Interviews Edited by Peter Dickinson, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge ISBN 978-1-84383-785-5 [JF]

This book is essential reading for all enthusiasts of 20th century music

Fiddler on the Roof Zero Mostel, Julia Migenes, Beatrice Arthur rec. 1964 SONY MASTERWORKS BROADWAY 88697499202 [49:54] [JW]

You can hardly go wrong.

The Golden Age of Light Music: Melody Mixture rec. 1947-61 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5197 [70:20] [JF]

Another excellent light music CD from Guild. 

The Golden Age of Light Music: Light Music While You Work - Volume 4 rec. 1943-46 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD5198 [78:25] [JF]

Guild, please keep them coming!

An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson A Study of selected works Author: Stephen Town Publisher: Ashgate Press 327 pages hard bound ISBN: 9780754605362 (hardback) ISBN: 9781409448792 (e-book) [NB]

My appreciation of the music discussed is increased and transformed and for that I am forever in the debt of Stephen Town.

Lawrence of Arabia Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, David Lean (director) Maurice Jarre (soundtrack) London PO/Sir Adrian Boult SONY SBR12058UV [227:00] [IL]

The new Blu-ray version of this classic film is well worth the outlay. 

Mississippi Belle: Cole Porter in the Quarter Daryl Sherman (vocals, piano) Jesse Boyd (bass) Tom Fischer (clarinet, tenor sax) rec. 2011 AUDIOPHILE ACD-342 [49:30] [OL]

Affectionate singing … Sherman clearly loves these songs. 

Touched Vocal arrangements of modern songs and madrigals Calmus Ensemble rec. 2012 CARUS 83.379 [55:05] [JW]

I’m afraid this just didn’t work for me. 



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