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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giovanni BASSANO (c.1558 - 1617) Amor Sacro - Amor Profano Monika Mauch (soprano) Capricornus Ens Stuttgart/Henning Wiegraebe rec. 2010 COVIELLO CLASSICS COV 21108 [71:55] [JV]

A disc with fascinating repertoire, brilliantly sung and played. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Diabelli Variations Andreas Staier (fortepiano) rec. 2010 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902091 [67:00] [KM]

The Diabelli Variations as they were heard in Beethoven’s time. An infectious recording that bubbles over with joy.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Puritani Mariola Cantarer, John Osborn, Scott Hendricks, Riccardo Zanellato, Fredrika Brillembourg, De Nederlandse Opera Ch, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Giuliano Carella rec. 2009 OPUS ARTE OA1091D [173:00 + 10:00 (bonus)] [ST]

Two thumbs up for this Puritani.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hector BERLIOZ (1803 – 1869) Herminie, Les Nuits d’été, Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Shéhérazade Véronique Gens (soprano) Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire/John Axelrod rec. 2000, 2009, 2010 Sung texts with English translations enclosed ONDINE OD 1200-2 [65:55] [GF]

Véronique Gens must now be added to the top duo of Crespin and Baker.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Ernest BLOCH (1880 - 1959) Schelomo; From Jewish Life; Voice in the Wilderness Max BRUCH (1838 - 1920) Kol Nidrei Natalie Clein (cello) BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67910 [61:30] [HC]

Superb readings and recording of Bloch's output for cello and orchestra, a must-have for all his admirers.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Eine Lustspielouvertüre, Gesang vom Reigen der Geister, Rondò arlecchinesco, Clarinet Concertino, Flute Divertimento, Tanzwalzer Giammarco Casani (clarinet) Laura Minguzzi (flute) Gianluca Terranova (tenor) Rome SOFrancesco La Vecchia rec. 2008/11 NAXOS 8.572922 [60:34] [BR]

A wonderful raft of discoveries from Busoni’s lighter side. Maybe my favorite album so far in the Naxos Italian Classics series. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR The Apostles, Op. 49 [114:29] Soloists, Hallé Choir; Hallé Youth Choir; Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder rec.2012 English text included HALLÉ CD HLD 7534 [65:08 + 49:21] [MC]

Performed beautifully. Everyone is on quite spectacular form.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616 - 1667) Suites and Toccatas Alina Rotaru (harpsichord) rec. no date given. DDD CARPE DIEM CD-16290 [63:54] [JV]

This disc has to be ranked among the best recordings of Froberger's music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Creation Amanda Forsythe (soprano) Keith Jameson (tenor) Kevin Deas (bass-baritone) Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman rec. 2011 LINN CKD401 [69:22 + 27:21] [ST]

Another feather in the cap of Pearlman and Boston Baroque.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) Beyond The Stars - Sacred Choral Works Vol. II Ch St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh/Duncan Ferguson, Nicolas Wearne (organ) rec. 2011 DELPHIAN DCD 34106 [68:38]   [DMcC]

Gabriel Jackson surely has no finer advocates. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH William LAWES (1602-1645) Consorts to the Organ Phantasm rec. 2011 LINN CKD399 [77:44] [DC]

A world of musical naughtiness - Fifty Shades of modal mayhem.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 3 Michaela Schuster (alto) Kölner Dom & Oper Ch, Gürzenich O Köln/Markus Stenz rec. 2010 OEHMS CLASSICS OC648 [33:25 + 60:38] [JQ]

This new Mahler Third deserves to be ranked with the best. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Simon MAYR (1763-1845) Concerto Bergamasco, Keyboard Concerto, Trio Concertante Natalie Schwaabe (flute and piccolo), Andrea Steinberg (clarinet and basset horn) Bavarian Classical Players/Franz Hauk rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570927 [53:36] [DM]

Music of lilt and loveliness, winningly played; a joyful discovery. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Works for Cello and Piano Luca Fiorentini (cello) Stefania Redaelli (piano) rec. 2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94368 [71:47] [SA]

A sumptuous feast of a disc that I can’t imagine could be bettered. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) The Year 1941, Symphony 5 São Paulo SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.573029 [59:48] [JQ]

An auspicious launch of Marin Alsop’s Prokofiev symphony cycle in São Paulo. 

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. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 1 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Van Cliburn (piano) RCA SO/Kyrill Kondrashin, Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner rec. 1958/60 REGIS RRC1391 [65:27] [SA]

This is a brilliant historical record of Van Cliburn’s prowess and one to be treasured. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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! 

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. 

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.



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