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John CAGE (1912-1992) How to Get Out of the Cage - A film by Frank Scheffer [56:00] Five Experimental films by Frank Scheffer [92:00]: Wagner’s Ring (1987); Stoperas I and II (1987); Nopera (1995); ChessFilmNoise (1988); Ryoanji (2011) rec. various locations, 1987. EUROARTS 2059168 [148:00] [KM]

For fans of John Cage’s work, this documentary gives an opportunity to listen to the composer discuss his work.

John CAGE (1912-1992) String Quartet see LIGETI

Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676) La Didone Anna Bonitatibus, Krešimir Špicer, Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 2011 OPUS ARTE OA1080D [176:14] [BW]

This is the Cavalli DVD to own; it should also appeal to Monteverdi fans. 

Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) Suite, Pagine di guerra, Concerto for Orchestra Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.573004 [69:58] [DM]

Great fun; buy now and beat the rush.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Edward Auer (piano) Shanghai Qt, Peter Lloyd (double bass) rec. 2010 CULTURE/DEMAIN [74:45] [RMay]

Technically very assured and very enjoyable. 

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Grande Polonaise Brillante, Ballade 4 see Alexandra Dariescu

Osvaldo COLUCCINO (b.1963) Attimo, Aion, Eco Immobile, Talea Teatro La Fenice String Qt, Achille Gallo (piano) rec. 2010 NEOS 11130 [55:13] [Byz]

Tricky post-modernist pieces tackled with spirit and skill. 

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Quiet City, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Capricorn Concerto George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Summertime April Fredrick (soprano) Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis rec. 2011. SOMM SOMMCD0118 [70:20] [IL]

A very satisfying concert. 

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Preludes (orch. Breiner) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Jun Märkl rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572584 [36.54 + 39.31] [PCG]

A supplement to Märkl’s readings of the Matthews orchestrations.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata see FRANCK

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Appalachia, Sea Drift Leon Williams (baritone) Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Florida O/Stefan Sanderling rec. 2012 NAXOS 8.572764 [60.11] [PCG]

The orchestra relishes Delius’s contrasts. 

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody (1907) [18:43] Piano Concerto - Early version in three movements (1897-1904) [30:01] Idylle de Printemps - Morceau symphonique (1889) [10:18] Paris - A Nocturne (The Song of a Great City) (rev. ed. Beecham) (1899) [18:43] Howard Shelley (piano) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis rec.2011 CHANDOS CHAN 10742 [75:35][IL]

An enchanting addition to the Delius discography. [IL] Even the best of teams can have an off-day. [NB]

David DEL TREDICI (b. 1937) Gotham Glory; Aeolian Ballade; Ballad in lavender; Ballad in yellow; S/M Ballade Marc Peloquin (piano) rec. 2009 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559680 [79.36] [PCG]

A series of towering performances.

Anthonius DIVITIS (c.1470 - c.1530)/Antoine DEFÉVIN (c.1470 - 1511/12) Lux perpetua - Requiem Organum/Marcel Pérès rec. 2010 AEON AECD 1216 [65:55] [JV]

A highly fascinating reading.

Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Variations on a Nursery Tune see Dohnányi in London

Ernö von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Konzertstück see KODÁLY

Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959) There Was a Child Joan Rodgers (soprano) Toby Spence (tenor) CBSO Ch,Youth Ch, Children’s Ch & O/Simon Halsey rec. 2011 SIGNUM SIGCD285 [50:47] [DMcC]

Powerful spiritual communication in this fabulous performance. I was very touched by the music and the performance.

Gabriel DUPONT (1878-1914) Les Heures Dolentes, La Maison dans les Dunes Bernard Paul-Reynier (piano) rec. 2008 PASSAVANT MUSIC PAS 225043 [62:20 + 45:15] [Byz]

Vivid, endlessly imaginative music in very satisfying, stylish interpretations. 

Franz Xaver DUSSEK (1731-1799) 4 Sinfonias Helsinki Baroque O/Aapo Häkkinen rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572683 [53:53] [DMcC]

First-rate performances featuring excellent energetic playing, all at budget price. 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Rusalka Kristine Opolais, Klaus Florian Vogt, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper/Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Tomáš Hanus rec. 2010 UNITEL CLASSICA 706504 [156:00] [LW]

This Rusalka is a travesty as a production, though its musical values are high. 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 9 see BRAHMS



Antonín DVOŘÁK
Biblical Songs see Love and Longing

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Sextet see SCHOENBERG

Sir George DYSON (1883-1964) At the Tabard Inn, The Canterbury Pilgrims,In Honour of the City Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Robert Tear (tenor) Stephen Roberts (baritone) London SO & Ch/Richard Hickox rec. 1996 CHANDOS CHAN 241-43 [57:25 + 60:42] [JQ]

A splendid set, containing some hugely enjoyable music in first rate performances. 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Light of Life Judith Howarth (soprano); Linda Finnie (mezzo); Arthur Davies (tenor); John Shirley-Quirk (baritone) London SO & Ch/Richard Hickox rec. 1993 CHANDOS CHAN 10726X [62:48] [JW]

A work of embryonic, fitful quality … at its best resplendent and moving. 

Edward ELGAR (1857 - 1934) Symphony 2, Enigma Variations Hallé O/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1954/6 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 337 [79:38]   [MG]

These earlier JB recordings are leaner and more stimulating. 

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Longed for Light - Elgar’s Music in Wartime Simon Callow (speaker) Susan Gritton (soprano) BBC Concert O/John Wilson rec. 2012 SOMM CD247 [75:10] [IL]

Majesty and grief delivered in the grand manner but Oh that OTT narration! 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Variations on an original theme (Enigma), Op.36 [30.56] Cockaigne (In London Town), Op.40 [15.07] Froissart, Op.19 [14.23] Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op.39 [27.46]* English Symphony Orchestra/William Boughton rec. Great Hall, Birmingham University, 28-30 July 1989 and 18-19 June 1988* NIMBUS NI 9001 DVD-Audio [88.30] [PCG]

Will appeal strongly to those who would want to experience the sensation of a live performance with a real sense of place.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Apostles, Op.49 [114.29] Rebecca Evans (soprano); Alice Coote (mezzo); Paul Groves (tenor); Jacques Imbrailo, David Kempster (baritones); Brindley Sherratt (bass) Hallé Youth Choir, Choir and Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2012 HALLÉ HLD 7534 [65.08 + 49.21] [PCG]

Quite simply the best performance ever of The Apostles on disc.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata 1 see FRANCK

Morton FELDMAN (1923-1987) Crippled Symmetry The Feldman Soloists rec.2000 FROZEN REEDS fr1/2 [44:10 + 44:47] [DC]

One of the finest performances you’re likely to hear anywhere. 

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Seven poems of Robert Bridges see VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Roma SO della RAI, Torino SO della RAI/Sergiu Celibidache rec. 1957/60 ISTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS 6611 [63: 51] [SV]

Striking a good balance between weight and propulsion. 

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata 1 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata Jacques Thibaud (violin) Alfred Cortot (piano) rec. 1927-1931 PRISTINE PACM 080 [65:54] [JW]

A cornerstone historic violin sonata disc - a first port of call for those who want to know what the French violin school was all about.

Peter FRIBBINS (b.1969) String Quartet 2, Piano Concerto Fantasias 1 & 2 Chilingirian Qt, Anthony Hewitt, Diana Brekalo (piano) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Royal PO/Robertas šervenikas rec. 2010/11 GUILD GMCD 7381 [64:32] JW]

Fribbins has much to say musically speaking … very well served by the thoughtful and imaginative musicians.

Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Music for Cello Sonatas for Cello Solo, Sonata for Cello and Piano Alfia Nakipbekova (cello) Jakob Fichert (piano) rec. 2010 TOCCATA TOCC 0043 [63:39] [JW]

These are valuable performances.

Hans GÁL (1890-1987) The Complete Piano Duos Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (pianos) rec. 2001, DIVINE ART DDA 25098 [58:42] [JW]

Gál in unbuttoned mood … a source of great entertainment and vitality.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Complete String Trios Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Serenade in D Op.41 [25:37]*; Trio in F sharp minor Op.104*[25:09] Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) Tanec (Dance) [5:53]; Passacaglia and fuga [9:44] Ensemble Epomeo (Caroline Chin (violin), David Yang (viola), Kenneth Woods (cello)) rec.13-15 December 2011, Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England *world première recordings AVIE RECORDS AV2259 [67:08] [SA]

In every way this is a fantastic disc that listeners will want to hear again and again.

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 3 Matteo Napoli (piano) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572672 [65:13] [Byz]

Galuppi's almost total neglect highlights the typically mindless nature of musical fashion. 

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue. (Original jazz band version, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé.) see Saint-Saens

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Christopher GIBBONS (1615-1676) Motets, Anthems, Fantasias and Voluntaries Philippa Hyde (soprano) Jacqueline Connell (mezzo) Ch & Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr (organ) rec. 2010 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU807551 [62:27] [BW]

The music of a major discovery in near-ideal performances. 

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Symphony 9 Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2011/12 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0081 [45:56] [JW]

A strong and purposeful work that grows more memorable on repeated listening.

Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Symphony No. 3 in B minor Ilya Muromets Op. 42 (1911) [93:02] Cello Concerto Op. 87 (1946-47) [46:26] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Harold Farberman (Symphony) Sergei Sudzilovsky (cello) Russian Cinematic Symphony Orchestra/Sergei Skripka rec. Dec 1978, All Saints Church, Tooting, London. DDD (symphony); Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, July 1986 (concerto). DDD ALTO ALC 2019 [65:29 + 74:07] [CF]

Gliere’s epic Muromets - readily accessible to the admirer of tuneful material.

Christoph GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice Anita Rachvelishvili, Maite Alberola, Orquesta bandArt/Gordan Nikolic rec. 2011 UNITEL/C MAJOR 710404 [110:00] [KM]

Fine singing from Anita Rachvelishvili cannot save this disastrous staging. 

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Concerto, Sonatas & Ouvertures Ars Antiqua Austria/Gunar Letzbor rec. 2011 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72539 [74:41] [DC]

A fine and festive feast of gustative goodness. 

Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) Apollo e Dafne; Concerto grosso; Overture; Suites Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano) Dominik Worner (bass-baritone) Cantus Firmus Consort/Andreas Reize rec. 2008 CPO 777 228-2 [74:41] [EML]

Not a disc that shows Handel at his best.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Song for St Cecilia’s Day; Concerto Grosso; Look Down, Harmonious Saint Mary Bevan (soprano) Ed Lyon (tenor) Ludus Baroque/Richard Neville-Towle rec. 2011 DELPHIAN DCD34110 [79:55] [ST]

A local, hugely talented musical enterprise made deservedly much more widely known.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Rinaldo Sonia Prina (mezzo) Tim Mead (counter-tenor) Luca Pisaroni (bass) O Age of Enlightenment/Ottavio Dantone rec. 2011 OPUS ARTE OA1081D [161:32] [BW]

Visually distracting, aurally very well worth considering. 

Ferdinand HILLER (1811-1885) Die Zerstörung Jerusalems Die Gewandhauschor, Leipzig, Vocalconsort Leipzig, Camerata Lipsiensis/Gregor Meyer rec. 2011 QUERSTAND VKJK1202 [52:23 + 53:30] [JS]

Historical interest but little here to compel a second hearing. 

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Viola Sonata Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Lachrymae Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Viola Sonata Yuri Bashmet (viola) Sviatoslav Richter (piano) rec. 1985 ALTO ALC 1186 [68:34] [JW]

Allowing for the sonics this is mightily impressive.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The wandering scholar, Suite de ballet, A song of the night Ingrid Attrot (soprano) Neill Archer (tenor) Alan Opie (baritone) Donald Maxwell (bass) Lesley Hatfield (violin) Northern Sinf/Richard Hickox rec. 1996 CHANDOS CHAN 10725X [53.10] [PCG]

This well accoutred reissue is welcome indeed.

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Symphonies 1 & 3 Basel SO/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2011/12 SINFONIEORCHESTER BASEL SOB02 [55:00] [MC]

These radiant Basel performances make a strong impact.

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Symphony 2 Henri LAZAROF (b.1932) Concerto for Orchestra 2, Poema Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1989-1993 NAXOS 8.572748 [61:32] [WK]

For fans of Lazarof and for Seattle Symphony completists. 

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphonies 1 & 50, Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints Ron Johnson (marimba) Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990, 1992 NAXOS 8.559717 [65:40] [GH]

Good Hovhaness, superbly played and recorded. Well worth the modest investment.

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Hymnus Paradisi, A Kent Yeoman’s Wooing Song Joan Rodgers (soprano) Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor) Alan Opie (baritone) BBC SO & Ch/Richard Hickox rec. 1998 CHANDOS CHAN 10727X [65:12] [JQ]

A splendid recording of Hymnus Paradisi coupled with a Howells rarity.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) Requiem; In all his works; I am the voice of the wind John TAVENER (b. 1944) Song for Athene Francis POTT (b. 1957) When David heard Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.573049 [70:06] [JQ]

Should be investigated by all those who are interested in contemporary choral music.


Leos JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet 1 see SIBELIUS

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Serenade for Strings see MERCADANTE

Aram KHACHATRIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Funeral Ode, Masquerade Suite, Gayane, Piano Concerto Leonid Kogan (violin) Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (cello) Antonín Jemelík (piano) USSR State Radio and Television SO/Aram Khachaturian, Alexander Gauk Prague RSO/Aram Khachaturian rec. 1946-60 SUPRAPHON SU4100-2 [79:54 +78:20] [JW]

I had a superb time with this and so will any Khachaturian admirer.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wojciech KILAR (b. 1932) Choral Musik The Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble Camerata Silesia; AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of Tychy (6)/Anna Szostak rec. 2011 Liner notes but no texts enclosed DUX 0856 [55:40] [GF]

This may radically change your opinions – even your lives!

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Háry János Suite, Dances of Galánta Ernö DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Konzertstück János Starker (cello) Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1988-1990 NAXOS 8.572749 [65:19] [BR]

A very desirable CD, especially for the Dohnányi but the Kodály is better than you’d expect. 

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) String Sextet, Piano Quintet Camerata Freden rec. 2011 TACET 198 [68:00] [IL]

Technically accomplished performances but, at times, a little cold-hearted. 

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Violin Concerto see Nicola Benedetti

Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) String trios see GAL

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Orlande de LASSUS (1532-1594) Missa ad imitationem Vinum Bonum Ex Cathedra; His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts/Jeffrey Skidmore rec. 1995 ALTO ALC1177 [68:37] [MS]

Sublime music by Lassus superbly performed.

William LAWES (1602-1645) The Passion of Musicke Sophie Gent (violin) Giovanna Pessi (harp) Eduardo Eguez (theorbo) Philippe Pierlot (bass & lyra viols) rec. 2006 FLORA 1206 [60.50] [RH]

Substantial and supremely rewarding ... consummate playing.

Guillaume LEKEU Piano Quartet see WALTON

RECORDING OF THE MONTH György LIGETI (1923-2006) Le Grand Macabre Chris Merritt, Inés Moraleda, Ana Puche, Gran Teatre del Liceu SO & Ch/Michael Boder rec. 2011 ARTHAUS MUSIK 108 058 [122:00 + 42:00] [LW]

An important addition to the Ligeti discography and a first on video. 

György LIGETI (1923-2006) String Quartet 2 Matthias PINTSCHER (b. 1971) Study IV for Treatise on the Veil John CAGE (1912-1992) String Quartet Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001) Tetras JACK Qt rec. 2011 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0053 [72:40] [LW]

A real showcase for the talents of the JACK Quartet. 

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody 1 see Dohnányi in London

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Ballade 2, Isoldens Liebestod see Alexandra Dariescu

Juliusz LUCIUK (b.1927) Gesang am Brunnen — oratorio for soprano, tenor, baritone, mixed choir and chamber orchestra (c.1993) Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia w Krakowie/José Maria Floréncio rec. 1996, Texts, but not translated into English ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0240 [54:51] [JW]

An interesting slant on yet another strand of contemporary Polish religious music.

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