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RECORDING OF THE MONTH American Flute Quintets Joan TOWER (b.1938) Rising Arthur FOOTE (1853-1937) Two Pieces Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Theme and Variations Carol Wincenc (flute) Kevin Lawrence, Carolyn Stuart (violins) Sheila Browne (viola) Brooks Whitehouse (cello) rec. 2011 BRIDGE 9373 [52:08] [SA]

A wonderful disc and the music is brilliantly played. 

Armenian Rhapsody Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Concerto-Rhapsody Suren ZAKARIAN (b.1956) Monograph Vache SHARAFYAN (b.1966) Suite Alexander Chaushian (cello) Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (duduk) Vache Sharafyan (piano) Armenian PO/Eduard Topchjan rec. 2010 BIS BIS-CD-1948 [71:56] [EML]

An unusual, sometimes challenging, and sometimes almost revelatory, disc. 

Claudio Arrau - The 80th Birthday Recital Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano sonatas 21 & 23 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Reflets dans l’eau Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este, Ballade 2 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo 1 rec. 1983 EUROARTS 2058678 [111:00] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano sonatas 3, 13, 14, 21, 23, 26, 30 & 32 Claudio Arrau (piano) rec. 1970/77 EUROARTS 2058708 [85:00 + 105:00] [JW]

These are fortunately complementary, charting Arrau at different stages in his later life. 

Baby Needs Baroque DELOS DE1609 [70:54] [Byz]

Probably one of the more successful CDs in the series. 

Daniel Barenboim First Rare Recordings 1955 Daniel Barenboim (piano) rec. 1956 GUILD GHCD 2390 [46:16] [JW]

A pleasurable snapshot of the young Barenboim in action.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Between Two Worlds Massimo Giacchetti (soprano and alto saxophone) Manuela Di Marco (organ) rec. 2011 DYNAMIC CDS724 [61:51] [DM]

Simply gorgeous; a guaranteed pick-me-up. 

British Clarinet Sonatas Vol. 1 John IRELAND (1879-1962) Fantasy Sonata Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Sonata Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Sonata Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Sonata Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN10704 [72:54] [JW]

A self-recommending start to the new Chandos series. 

British Piano Trios Rebecca CLARKE (1886-1979) Trio for violin, cello and piano (1921) [22:44] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Phantasie in A minor (1907) [10:55] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Phantasie in C minor (1907) [15:28] Rebecca CLARKE (1886-1979) Viola Sonata (1919) [25:32] The Hartley Trio (Jacqueline Hartley (violin), Martin Loveday (cello), Caroline Clemmow (piano)); Philip Dukes (viola), Sophia Rahman (piano)
rec. 1990/92. DDD HERITAGE HTGCD 218 [75:44] [EM-L]

A shame, but this disc wouldn’t be one I would turn to for performances of any of these works.

British Song Works by Dickinson, Harvey, Berkeley, Crosse & Lutyens Meriel Dickinson (mezzo) Peter Dickinson (piano) rec. 1974/78 HERITAGE HTGCD240 [77:45] [JF]

British art song tradition lives on as evidenced by the pieces on this CD. 

Harriet Cohen (piano) The Complete Solo Studio Recordings rec. 1928-1948 APR RECORDINGS 7304 [3 CDs: 232:15] [JF]

A set of CDs full of highlights. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Il Concerto delle Viole Barberini Ens Mare Nostrum, Vox Luminis/Andrea De Carlo rec. 2011 RICERCAR RIC320 [59:33] [JV]

A superb recording.

Concertos László WEINER (1916-1944) Concerto for Flute, Viola, Piano and String Orchestra (1941) [23:33] Leon KLEPPER (1900-1991) Concertino for Flute, Viola and String Orchestra (1961) [15:48] Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Concertino for Flute, Viola and String Orchestra (1950) [7:59] Ervin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Concerto doppio for Flute, Piano and Chamber Orchestra, WV 89 (1927) [19:33] Milan Radic (viola); Eva Aroutunian (piano) Cappella Istropolitana/Kaspar Zehnder rec. 2010 ARCO DIVA UP0053-2 131 [67:10] [JW]

A decently constructed programme.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ferne Geliebte Lieder by Beethoven, Haydn, Schoenberg & Berg Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Gerold Huber (piano) rec. 2012 SONY 88691935432 [67:05] [ST]

A quite extraordinary disc. Rush out and buy it! 

Kathleen Ferrier Complete EMI recordings EMI CLASSICS 9562842  [3 CDs:  189.36] [EM-L]

Leaves one again regretting Ferrier’s early death and realising the loss for the musical life of this country that it entailed. 

Zino Francescatti - A treasury of studio recordings Robert Casadesus (piano) Guilet String Qt, Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy, Le Grand O Symphoniques/André Cluytens rec. 1931-35 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1260 [3 CDs: 225:12] [JW]

Excellent transfers complete a fine contribution to the art of Francescatti on disc. 

Emil Gilels plays Russian Music The Russian Archives rec. 1951-84 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9265 [3 CDs: 199:52] [SA] 

Sets like this are cherished possessions for lovers of the piano. 

Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Vol. 3 Works by Scarlatti, Liszt & Chopin rec. 1935-51 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111386 [79:37] [BR]

A treasury of great early Gilels recordings, including very rare and very good Scarlatti, and a newly-discovered reading of a Chopin ballade.

Vladimir Gorbach (guitar) Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) The Four Seasons [19:33]; Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata K441 [4:57]; Sonata K87 [6:51]; Sonata K27 [4:17]; Sonata K431 [1:16]; Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Rondoletto [6:08] Vicente ASENCIO (1908-1979) La Serenor [5:03]; La Joia [3:03]; La Calma [2:35]; La Gaubança [1:54]; La Frisança [3:23] rec. 2-5 February 2012, St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. NAXOS 8.573023 [59:01][ZT]

Exemplary in many aspects, but marred by relatively inferior sonic qualities of the disc.

Haec Dies - Byrd and the Tudor Revival Ch Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Webber rec. 2010 DELPHIAN DCD34104 [70:54] [JQ]

An imaginative programme, splendidly performed and recorded. 

The Hickox Legacy CHANDOS [RB]

If this collection appeals then discard any passing reservations. You will be pleased.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Hirundo Maris Arianna Savall (voice, Gothic harp, Italian triple harp) Petter Udland Johansen (voice, hardanger fiddle, mandolin) Sveinung Lilleheier (guitar, dobro, voice) Miquel Àngel Cordero (double-bass, voice) David Mayoral (percussion, voice) rec. 2011 ECM NEW SERIES 2227 [79:54] [DC]

A magical recording which casts a spell both wide and deep.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Imagerie Musicale Johann Kaspar MERTZ (1806-1856) Elegie George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sonata Carlo DOMENICONI (b.1947) Koyunbaba Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne Luigi LEGNANI (1790-1877) Fantasie Ástor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga del Ángel, Primavera Porteña Maud Laforest (guitar) rec. 2011 MAUD LAFOREST 120811 [71:10]  [Byz]

A hugely entertaining recital. 

An Irish Songbook Ailish Tynan (soprano) Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2009 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD239 [62.34] [EM-L]

Will strongly appeal to any lover of English song or of the enchanting, mysterious country that is Ireland! 

The Jacobean Lutenists Karl Nyhlin (lute) rec. 2011 DB PRODUCTIONS CD147 [54.22] [GH]

A happy mixture of the unusual and the standard. 

Great Czech conductors: Rafael Kubelík Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 8; Piano Concerto Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 9 Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Symphony 4; Memorial to Lidice Václav DOBIÁS (1909-1978) Stalingrad Cantata Czech Philharmonic rec. 1944-48 SUPRAPHON SU 4080-2 [75:01 + 79:44] [BR]

The spotty sound can’t hide a superb collection of very early Kubelik recordings, including numerous world premieres.

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