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Music for Choir and Harp Leonard BERNSTEIN (1919 - 1990) Chichester Psalms Marcel GRANDJANY (1891-1975) Aria in Classic Style Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Otčenáš William MATHIAS (1834-1992) Improvisations Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Ceremony of Carols Frances Kelly (harp) Ch St. John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2008 ST JOHN’S COLLEGE SJCR105-2 [70:41] [JQ]

A most welcome release. Everything about this disc is good. 

A New Venetian Coronation, 1595 Gabrieli Consort & Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2012 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD287 [73:55] [JQ]

An exhilarating and stimulating way to experience the musical glories of Renaissance Venice.

Nordic Violin Favourites Works by Stenhammar, Bull, Sinding, Atterberg, Halvorsen, Sibelius & Olsen Henning Kraggerud (violin) Dalasinfoniettan/Bjarte Engeset rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572827 [74:48] [GF]

A must for every lover of romantic violin music.

Nostalgy: Chopin for Flute and Marimba Krzysztof Kaczka (flute) Nicholas Reed (marimba, vibraphone) rec. 2011. DDD ACTE PREALABLE AP0256 [45:17] [Byz]

Unbeatable as background music for a candlelit dinner or a game of cards with a maiden aunt.

Organ Extravaganza! Kevin Bowyer (organ) rec. 1998/2000. DDD ALTO ALC 1187 [78:34] [Byz}

Be thoroughly entertained by this tuneful, rousing and evocative music.

Paris Days, Berlin Nights Ute Lemper (vocals) Vogler Qt, Stefan Malzew (piano, accordion & clarinet) rec. 2012 STEINWAY & SONS RECORDS 30009 [73:14] [MC]

Lemper not only performs these songs - she lives them.  

Piano Rarities Vol. 2: French Composers Cyprien Katsaris (piano) Frank Braley, François-Joël Thiollier, Alexei Volodin & soloists of Salzburger Kammerphilharmie/Yo Kuk Lee rec. 1998-2009 PIANO 21 P21037-N [78:35] [SA]

Every track has its own highly attractive and distinctive features.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Quam Dilecta - French Romantic Choral Music Ch Christ’s College, Cambridge/David Rowland, Roxy Summerfield (organ) rec. 2011 REGENT RECORDS REGCD 375 [69:07] [MC]

A stunning release. 

Rostropovich Cello concertos rec. 1961-68 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 5005-2 [3 CDs: 213:59] [JW]

The chance to acquire all three discs at reduced price. The performances certainly justify the acquisition.

San Francisco Symphony at 100 Centennial Opening Night Gala Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Ballet Suite: Billy the Kid Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra John ADAMS (b. 1947) A Short Ride in a Fast Machine Itzhak Perlman (violin) San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas rec. 2011 SFS MEDIA SFS 0057 [146:00] [DBi]

An excellent concert well recorded in high definition.

Scandinavian Smörgåsbord Vienna SO/Ølvin Fjeldsted rec. 1955-61 MAGDALEN METCD8017 [78:34] [JS]

Delightful to be able to reacquaint myself with these recordings.

Erwin Schrott: Arias BIZET, BOITO, GOMES,GOUNOD, MASSENET, OFFENBACH, PUCCINI, SOROZABAL, VERDI Erwin Schrott (baritone) ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien/Daniele Rustioni Rec 2012, SONY CLASSICS 88691971162 [68:03] [ST]

Solid enough and decidedly more than that in places.

Solo for the King - Concert at the royal court of Frederick the Great: Works by Bach, Kirnberger & Benda Jana Semerádová (transverse flute) Hana Fleková (cello) Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord) rec. 2011 SUPRAPHON SU 4087-2 [58:25] [JV]

A nice tribute to the music-loving King of Prussia. 

Spirit of England II CD 1 Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) CD 2 Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Charles Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) CD 3 Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) CD 4 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) John IRELAND (1879-1962) William WALTON (1902-1983) Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) English Symphony Orchestra, *English String Orchestra, ++Philharmonia Orchestra, with +Martin Jones (piano): all cond. William Boughton rec. between 1988 and 1992 NIMBUS NI 5450/3 [4 CDs: 60.03 + 66.18 + 56.45 + 64.22] [PCG]

An admirable introduction to British music.

Leopold Stokowski - The Blue Danube Waltz and music for strings His Symphony Orchestra rec. 1957/58 GUILD GHCD2392 [63:23] [RMay]

True and compelling revelations.

In Taberna Medieval songs and dances Cort Antica, Francesco Bisetto (narrator) rec. 2000 NEWTON CLASSICS 8802126 [61.11] [GH]

Altogether a bit of an oddity.  

Richard Tauber, Lehár and Co Richard Tauber (tenor) rec. 1927-1946 PREISER RECORDS PR 90802 [76:00] [IL] 

A charming collection. 

The Trinity Hall Harpsichord Works by Bach, Handel, Böhm, Purcell, Greene & Couperin Andrew Alexander (harpsichord) rec. 2012 PRIORY PRCD1077 [79:04] [JS]

Eloquent proof that the harpsichord can inflect a musical line and sustain notes. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Nobuyuki Tsujii - Live at Carnegie Hall Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 17 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etude de concert; Rigoletto Paraphrase Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition rec. 2011 EUROARTS 2059084 [97:00] [DM]

A profound and bewitching talent; inspiring in every way.



Julian SLADE (1930-2006) and Dorothy REYNOLDS (1913-1977) Follow That Girl (1960) Hooray for Daisy (1960) Susan Hampshire, Peter Gilmore, Patricia Routledge, Annette Crosby, Leonard Rossiter, Julian Slade and Martin Goldstein (pianos); Jack Greenwood (percussion); W. Shakespeare (trumpet); Roy Wilcox (saxes, flute, clarinet); Emile Bibobi (guitar). rec. 1960? MUST CLOSE SATURDAY RECORDS MCSR 3047 [76:21] [IL]

Follow that Girl is worth following. A sparkling and breezy show.

BOOK REVIEW Music To-day by John Foulds NOVERRE PRESS, 2010 facsimile reprint of the 1934 original edition [PCG]

We should be very grateful for such a well-printed and bound reissue. All practising composers should take the opportunity to read and learn from this book.

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