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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 1612 Italian Vespers Music by Gabrieli, Monteverdi & Viadana I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth rec. 2010 DECCA 478 3506 [78.40] [GH]

All in all, a refined and significant disc. 

American Music for Mandolin and Guitar Daniel Ahlert (mandolin) Birgit Schwab (guitar) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559686 [63:23] [Byz]

An hour's worth of listening that ought to fly by. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Amoretti Arias by Mozart, Gluck & Gretry Christiane Karg (soprano) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2012 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300389BC [72:52] [GF]

Don’t miss this!   

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Amour, viens animer ma voix! - French bass cantatas by Dornel, Campra, Clérambault & Courbois Hugo Oliveira (baritone) Ludovice Ensemble/Fernando Miguel Jaloto rec. 2010 RAMÉE RAM 1107 [76:46] [JV]

Fully idiomatic and strongly expressive performances.

ANONYMOUS (thirteenth century) Music and poetry from thirteenth century France Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) Christopher O'Gorman (tenor) John Potter (tenor) rec. 2011, DDD HYPERION CDA67949 [60:39] [MS]

A striking survey of an overlooked mediaeval vocal form with highly effective performances from three expert tenors.

Nicola Benedetti - The Silver Violin recital includes Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Violin Concerto Nicola Benedetti (violin) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits rec. 2012, DECCA CLASSICS 478 3529 [77:57] [DC]

Excellent imaginative programme, beautifully performed and recorded.

British Music for Piano Duo Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Serenade for Strings Frank BURY (1910-1944) Prelude and Fugue Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) Miniature Suite Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Elegy, The Planets Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow (pianos) rec. 1996 DIVINE ART DDV24154 [74:29] [JW]

An excellent, enjoyably varied and revivifying disc. 

Maria Callas Sings “Casta diva”  rec. 1949-58 IDIS 6647/48 [69:48 + 78:01] [RMo]

A quirky and rather daring issue that should appeal to the faithful. 

Castello & Co Venetian sonatas for winds and strings from the 17th century Caecilia-Concert rec. 2011 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72547 [71:21] [JV]

An exciting disc. 

12 Cellisten der Berlin Philharmoniker David FUNCK (1629-1690) Suite Julius KLENGEL (1859-1933) Hymnus Boris BLACHER (1903-1973) Blues, Espagnola, Rumba philharmonica Jean FRANÇAIS (1912-1997) Aubade 12 Cellists of the Berlin PO rec. 1975 ACANTA 233497 [48:02] [JS]

An obvious appeal to cellists but it would be a great pity if others were to ignore these discs. 

Alexandra Dariescu (piano) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Abegg Variations Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Ballade 2, Isoldens Liebestod Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Grande Polonaise Brillante, Ballade 4 rec. 2011 CHAMPS HILL CHRCD 035 [53:26] [Byz]

Luminescence and wistful joy. 

Diamonds in a Haystack Arno BABAJANIAN (1921-1983) Piano trio Jean FRANCAIX (1912-1997) Piano trio Paul SCHOENFIELD (b.1947) Café Music Trio Solis rec. 2010/11 MSR CLASSICS MS 1418 [56:20] [BR]

The three piano trios are gems, two of them brimming with wit and merriment, and all well-played.

DIEM 25th Anniversary DIEM (The Danish Institute of Electronic Music) rec. 1987-2012 DACAPO 8.226559-60 [67:29 + 70:49] [DC]


Division-Musick John JENKINS (1592-1678) William LAWES (1602-1645) Christopher SIMPSON (c.1605-1669) Thomas BALTZAR (c.1631-1663) ?Salomon ECCLES (1649-1710) John BANISTER (c1624-1679) Musicke and Mirth (Jane Achtman, Irene Klein (viola da gamba)); Amandine Beyer (violin), Johannes Strobl (virginals, organ) rec. 2011 DDD RAMÉE RAM 1204 [64:50] [JV]

A most interesting and musically engaging survey of the division repertoire in 17th-century England.

Dohnányi in London Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 17 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody 1 Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Variations on a Nursery Tune Budapest PO, London SO/Ernst von Dohnányi, Lawrance Collingwood rec. 1928-31 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 252 [79:37] [JQ]

A good representation of Ernst von Dohnányi as a considerable, all-round musician. 

The English Anthem Collection Magdalen College Choir, Oxford/John Harper rec. Magdalen College Chapel, 1983-88 Full track-listing at end of review ALTO ALC 4001 [4 CDs: 77:02 + 71:33 + 72:49 + 76:25] [EM-L]

Some very fine performances – makes for fascinating listening.

The English Nightingale - Virtuoso Recorder Music from Renaissance to Romantic Jacob van EYCK (c.1590-1657) Giovanni BASSANO (c.1550-1617) William CROFT (1678-1727) Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Ernst KAEHMER (1795-1837) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Dario CASTELLO (fl. 1625) Piers Adams (recorder) Howard Beach (harpsichord, organ and fortepiano) David Watkin (cello) rec. 1989, RED PRIEST RP009 [63:45] [JW]

Warmly communicative … drama and legato charm.

Fellini! E più Die Österreichischen Salonisten rec. 2012 GRAMOLA 98958 [70:14] [IL]

A delight for film music fans. 

Sergio Fiorentino The Berlin Recordings rec. 1994-97 PIANO CLASSICS PCLM0033 [10 CDs: 11:30:00] [JW]

There are good reasons to add this hugely impressive set to your collection.

Flute Concertos at Sanssouci Works by Frederick II, Quantz, Benda & CPE Bach Emmanuel Pahud (flute) Kammerakademie Potsdam/Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord) rec. 2010 UNITEL 711404 [78:00] [KM]

A pleasant evening’s entertainment of baroque flute concertos. 

A Musical Journey – France - A Musical Visit to Paris, Versailles and the Pays de la Loire With music by Beethoven No recording dates or venues given NAXOS DVD 2.110299 [52.54] [RF]

One of the best of this series so far. Will be welcomed by every Francophile as well as enthusiasts for Beethoven’s greatest piano concerto.

The French Album Stephen Hough (piano) rec. 2009/11 HYPERION CDA67890 [78:26] [DM]

Fine playing and excellent sonics; an album to treasure. 

French Classics Charles Francois GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust Ballet Music [18:43]; Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Le Rouet d’Omphale [9:54]; Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’Après Midi d’un Faun [10:44]; George BIZET (1838-1875) Jeux d’Enfants [11:48]; Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) Pelléas et Mélisande Suite [18:44]; Maurice RAVEL Rigaudon (Le Tombeau de Couperin) [2:46]; Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) Pavane [7:08] London Symphony Orchestra/Yondani Butt rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, 2-3 November 2011. NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6188 [72:42] [JW]

Another winner from Nimbus.

A French Soirée Works by Lully, Couperin, Marais, Rebel, Rameua & Leclair Trio Settecento rec. 2010 CEDILLE CDR 90000 129 [78:55] [JV]

This music needs a more relaxed and more imaginative approach. 

The Godowsky Edition Vol. 7 Carlo Grante (piano) rec. 2011 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1259 [65:37] [JW] 

Collectors of this unfurling series will find very much to their liking here. 

Glenn Gould: The Complete Bach Collection Limited deluxe edition including full colour book with complete original liner notes, partly written by Glenn Gould himself plus new introduction by Michael Stegemann. SONY CLASSICS 88691961142 [38 CDs + 6 DVDs] [KM]

Love him or hate him, when Gould played Bach, he was channelling something transcendent.

Harpsichord music from England, Spain and Portugal Zuzana Ružicková (harpsichord) rec. 1966/1983 SUPRAPHON SU 4118-2 [47:43 + 52:14] [JW]

Much to interest, intrigue and celebrate.

Insomnia A Nocturnal Voyage in Song William Berger (baritone) Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2012 DELPHIAN DCD34116 [55:42] [ST]

Just not to my taste.

O Jesu Mi Dulcissime Works by Monteverdi, Schütz, Giovanni & Andrea Gabrieli Coro, Camerata Antica/Mark Griffiths rec. 2011 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD602 [62:37] [JV]

This disc fails to convey the full glory of the chosen repertoire.

Julius Klengel - a Celebration Raphael Wallfisch, Sebastian Comberti, Sarah Butcher, Julius Klengel (cellos) rec. 1920s?-2011 CELLO CLASSICS CC1024 [72:43] [JS]

An obvious appeal to cellists but it would be a great pity if others were to ignore these discs. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ladies Sing Baroque Natalie Stutzmann, Sandrine Piau, Magdalena Kozena, Patricia Petibon, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux NAÏVE V5294 [57:48 + 58:24] [GF]

Spine-chilling and heart-rending listening experiences that may change your lives. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Love and Longing Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Biblical Songs Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Shéhérazade Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Rückert-Lieder Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Berliner PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2012 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0065 [64:11] [MC]

Kožená and Rattle in awesome form.

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