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Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box SONY CLASSICS 88697 523072 [90cds + Book] [KM]

Ma is an excellent cellist and never boring.

The Medinah Sessions Chicago Pro Musica rec. 1983/88 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-2102 [68:15 + 69:16] [JQ]

Some very clever music in sparkling performances from Chicago. 

Mezzo Moon Pia Heise (mezzo) Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2011 DANACORD DACOCD 720 [56:43] [GF]

A wholly delightful programme - to be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

Miloš Latino Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Jorge MOREL (b. 1931) Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Roland DYENS (b. 1955) Carlos GARDEL (1890-1935) Jorge CARDOSO (b. 1949) Agustín BARRIOS MANGORÉ (1885-1944] Leo BROUWER (b. 1939) Osvaldo FARRÉS (1903-1985) Isaías SÁVIO (1900-1977) Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Gerardo MATOS RODRÍGUEZ (1897-1948) Miloš Karadaglic (guitar) Studioorchester der Europäischen; FilmPhilharmonie/Christoph Israel rec. 2011/2012; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0514 [61:00] [LW]

No guitar aficionado should miss this CD.

From Moment to Moment Works by Scarlatti, Tierson, Joplin & de Lhoyer Duo Transatlantique rec. 2009 PRIVATE ISSUE [57:41] [Byz]

Radiates an enjoyable listener-pleasing authority. 

Most Grand to Die Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Songs of Travel and songs by Butterworth & Gurney James Rutherford (baritone); Eugene Asti (piano) rec. 2008 BIS-SACD-1610 [70:07] [JQ]

Make room on your shelves for James Rutherford’s stylish and idiomatic performances. 

Music for the Feast of San Rocco Music by Gabrieli & Barbarino Melodi Cantores; La Pifarescha/Elena Sartori (organ) rec. 2012 ARTS 47762-8 [72.11] [GH]

Ah, well, just enjoy. 

A Musical Journey: Russia and Ukraine NAXOS 2.110290 [56:52] [SA]

A catalogue of missed opportunities. 

A Musical Journey: Venice NAXOS 2.110306 [57:00] [JWh]

A rare flop from Naxos. 

Nao de China - Music of the Spanish trade route to the Far East La Folia (Pedro Bonet, Belen Gonzales Castano (recorders)) COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0260 [52:27]  [EM-L]

I regret that this was not a disc I could listen to all the way through, for these reasons - rather, I returned to read the fascinating notes again instead! 

Neomonology Works by Bayolo, Smooke & Hersch Jeffrey Weisner (double bass) rec. 2011 INNOVA 833 [45:36] [DC]

Musically rewarding - and not just a virtuoso showcase. 

New Year’s Concert 2006 from the Teatro La Fenice, Venice Fiorenze Cedolins (soprano) Joseph Calleja (tenor) Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass) O & Ch of the Gran Teatro La Fenice/Kurt Masur rec. 2006 ARTHAUS MUSIK 107283 [55.00] [DMcC]

A disappointing release.

O Gladsome Light Virpi LEPPÄNEN (b. 1943) Miko SIDOROFF (b. 1985) Pappismunkki PAAVAL (1914-1988) Ville MATVEJEFF (b. 1986) Johann von GARDNER (1898-1984) Krysostomos Chamber Choir/Mikko Sidoroff rec. 2011, ALBA NCD44 [52:53] [CF]

An unusual collection of Finnish Orthodox music, with fine singing from a young choir.

Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years 67 CDs of his Sony Classical discography - original jacket facsimiles 5 DVD-set; DVDs packed separately 3 performances for the first time on DVD 2 BBC TV-programs previously unreleased Three "first time on CD" releases analogue and early digital recordings re-mastered 180-page book with new liner notes, rare hotographs and complete discography very limited edition SONY CLASSICS 88691912562 [67cds + 5 DVDs: 55:27:00][KM]

Rich with discoveries … rarely a dull disc. 

James Rhodes (piano) Live in Brighton rec. 2011 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD308 [37:27 + 47:30] [BR]

James Rhodes is a gifted ambassador for the music he loves, and this is a fantastic live album that showcases his great playing and his even better commentary. 

Royal Rhymes and Rounds King’s Singers rec. 2011 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD307 [65.50] [EM-L]

A well-programmed and presented disc, just rather let down by the performances. 

Russian Piano Encores Music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) rec. 1963-2004 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 3607 [78:09] [IL]

Supreme artistry, breath-taking brilliance and poetry. An exceptional talent. 

Russian String Quartets by Afanasiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov & Borodin Leipziger Streichquartett rec. 2011 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 307 1758-2 [76:56] [NB]

Should find favour with lovers of both Russian 19th century music and chamber music in general. 

The Grand Organ of Salisbury Cathedral David Halls (organ) rec. 2011 PRIORY PRDVD8 [117:00] [DM]

A strangely muted affair; strictly for souvenir hunters. 

Salve Regina Del Signor Monteverde Newly discovered pieces by Monteverdi and Frescobaldi Il Pegaso/Maurizio Croci rec. 2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94286 [54:37] [JV]

An interesting disc because of the little-known music.  

Heinrich Schlusnus in Opera and Lieder rec. 1919 – 1925, Berlin. ADD NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7907 [76:17] [RMo]

An extraordinarily smooth and flexible voice, with a seamless legato and easy top notes.

Mordecai Shehori (piano) The Celebrated New York Concerts Vol. 6 rec. 1983-2003 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 166 [66:05] [JW]

Roll on volume seven. 

Songs Now - British Songs of the 21st Century David POWER (b.1962) Eight Evening Songs (2004-2007) Tom ARMSTRONG Opened Spaces (2007) David LANCASTER Memory of Place (2010) Richard WHALLEY Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom (2007) Peter REYNOLDS (b.1958) Adieu to all Alluring Toys (2011) Steve CROWTHER Songs for Don (2007) William Rhys MEEK (b.1963) Winter is a Slow Death Waiting (2010) Michael PARKIN Three Songs (2001-2009) Paul Carey Jones (baritone) Ian Ryan (piano) rec. 2011? Full track details at end of review MERIDIAN CDE 84614 [67:50] [RB]

Augurs well for the diversity of British song production and for the quality of its exponents.

The Trio Sonata in 18th century France Works by Couperin, Dollé, Leclair, Boismortier & Guignon London Baroque rec. 2010 BIS BIS-CD-1855 [71:05] [HPR]

Superb playing, full of human emotion.

Une Douceur violente Lute works by de Gallot, Gallot & Mouton Anthony Bailes (lute) rec. 2010 RAMÉE RAM 1104 [68:05] [JV]

A compelling programme.

Uniko Kronos Qt, Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion, voice) Samuli Kosminen (string & accordion samples, programming) rec. 2007 ONDINE ODE 1185-2 [51.49] [EM-L]

Perfectly pleasant but not particularly innovative, gripping, inspirational, beautiful or startling

Venice by Night Carlo Francesco POLLAROLO (c.1653-1723) Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Francesco Maria VERACINI (1690-1768) Antonio LOTTI (c1667-1740) Giovanni PORTA (c.1677-1755) Mhairi Lawson (soprano); Simon Munday (trumpet); Peter Whelan (bassoon) La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler (violin and director) rec. 2012 AVIE AV2257 [79:47] [JW]

This imaginatively programmed disc takes us on an engaging nocturnal Venetian visit.

A Year at Truro Truro Cathedral Ch/Christopher Gray Luke Bond (organ) rec. 2011 REGENT REGCD377 [77:44] [JQ]

Another good instalment in what is becoming a valuable series.   


OTHER REVIEWS (published 2nd Monday of each month)

Strings Afire — The Golden Age of Light Music rec.1951-61 GUILD GLCD 5191 [70:14] [JW]

Something of a fiddle fancier’s delight

The Art of the Arranger Vol. 2 - The Golden Age of Light Music rec. 1953-61 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5193 [78:57] [JW]

Plenty of variety once again, therefore, in Guild’s latest. Meat, vegetables and a light garnish all round. 

In London Town The Philharmonic Concert O/Iain Sutherland SOMM SOMMCD0117 [70:45] [IL]

Sparkling performances of some of the cream of light music.

My Melodious Memories by Herman Finck, 1937 Noverre Press reprint 2012 ISBN 978-1-906830-52-6 304pp £15 [RW]

A very enjoyable read.

The Sound of Leather Phil Humphries (serpent) Dave Townsend (concertina) SERPENT PRESS SER011 [53:40] [EM-L]

Impossible to listen without a smile creeping over one’s face. 

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