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Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Romances see Come Blow Your Horn

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3 see Romantische Sinfonien

Siegfried SALOMON (1885-1962) Cello Concerto see Erling Bengtsson

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685 - 1757) Miserere, Salve Regina, Magnificat, Laetatus sum Western Washington University Concert Ch, Bellingham/Robert Scandrett rec. 1991 CARUS 83.320 [65.42] [RH]

Scandrett and his choir bring a freshness to the music which adds interest to what is otherwise of frankly limited charm. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Complete Symphonies Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble/Mark Minkowski rec. 2012 NAÏVE V5299 [4 CDs: 247:06] [ST]

The most successful Schubert set to have appeared since Abbado. Invest and enjoy. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Wandererfantasie, Impromptus, Piano sonata 16, Moments Musicaux, Allegretto Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2011/12 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902136.37 [55:15 + 67:58] [DC]

A recording to relish. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quintet; Quartettsatz Takács Quartet; Ralph Kirshbaum (cello) rec. 2012 HYPERION CDA67864 [63:43] [MS]

Truly persuasive, compelling and profound accounts from the Takács Quartet. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828) An die Musik Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone) Tini Mathot (fortepiano) rec. 2011 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72559 [69:02] [GF]

All in all a mixed recital with some real highlights but also some uncharacteristically bland readings. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moments musicaux; Sonata D850 Valery Afanassiev (piano) rec. 2010 ECM NEW SERIES 2215 [70:54] [DC]

Interesting approach, but does it live up to the promise?

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 8 see Romantische Sinfonien

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 8 see Karel Šejna

Georg SCHUMANN (1866-1952) Symphony, A Serenade Münchner RSO/Christoph Gedschold rec. 2009 CPO 777 464 2 [73:32] [RB]

Works of real accomplishment, satisfaction and virile romantic imagination.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Chamber Works The Nash Ensemble rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67923 [79:26] [PB-W]

An outstandingly beautiful Violin Sonata No. 1 but a good yet mixed reception for the rest. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonies 1 & 3 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal Orchestral extracts Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Salome Orchestral extracts Piero Coppola rec. 1933-46 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 335 [79:32] [JW]

Justice done to justice to a musician who was much more than just a ‘house conductor’. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Lyric Pieces Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) O del Teatro alla Scala/Antonio Pedrotti, Alceo Galliera rec. 1939-48 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111396 [77:58] [GA]

Sensitivity, fantasy and authority in a near-ideal combination. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Konzertstück, Symphonic Studies see PFITZNER

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Drei Fantasiestücke see Duo

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasie see Leonard Shure

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 3 see Romantische Sinfonien

Peter SEABOURNE (b.1960) STEPS - Volume 2: Studies of Invention - Books 1-3 Giovanni Santini (piano) rec. 2012 SHEVA COLLECTION SH065 [54:03] [Byz]

Amazingly inventive.

Déodat de SÉVÉRAC (1872-1921) Piano Music - vol. 3: Le chant de la terre; Piano Sonata; Stances à Madame de Pompadour; Pippermint-Get Jordi Máso (piano) rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572429 [70:50] [PCG]

Debussy said that Sévérac’s music had a “sweet scent.” He was entirely right.

Déodat de SÉVERAC (1873-1921) Piano pieces François-Michel Rignol (piano) rec. 2008 SOLSTICE SOCD 280 [70:48] [JW]

A most enjoyable introduction to the Séverac’s music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 7 Mariinsky O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2012 MARIINSKY MAR0533 [82:21] [DM]

Unflinching, unerring and, above all, illuminating; a searing Seventh. 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 11 Toronto SO/Peter Oundjian rec. 2008 TSO LIVE [64:19] [JQ]

A good account of Shostakovich’s Eleventh, though it doesn’t match Mravinsky. 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 1-15 Gürzenich O/Dmitri Kitaienko rec. 2002-04 CAPRICCIO 71029 [12 CDs: c.14:00:00] [DM]

Immensely satisfying; a traversal to treasure.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 11 Monte-Carlo PO/Yakov Kreizberg rec. 2010 OPMC CLASSICS OPMC005 [60:22] [BR]

A fitting tribute to the late Yakov Kreizberg, who succeeds in bestowing a really Russian sound on the Monte Carlo players. 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Cello Sonata see Duo

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Fire On The Island Monica Groop (mezzo) Jorma Hynninen (baritone) Folke Gräsbeck (piano) Harri Viitanen (organ) Dominante Choir/Seppo Murto rec. 2009-2010 BIS BIS-CD-1889 [64.55] [PCG]

Scrapings from the bottom of the Sibelian barrel? In fact there are some really good things here. 

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Soyoung Yoon (violin) Gorzów PO/Piotr Borkowski rec. 2012 DUX 0336 [72.05][PCG]

Even if you think you know these pieces so well that no performance can say nothing more to you, have a listen to this one.

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) The Bartered Bride Dana Burešova (soprano) Tomáš Juhás (tenor) BBC Singers, BBC SO/Jiří Bělohlávek rec. 2011 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902119.20 [64:31 + 71:49] [LW]

This new Bartered Bride joins the best of its predecessors. 

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Clarinet Concerto Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Clarinet Concerto Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Clarinet Concerto 2 BBC SO/Michael Collins (clarinet) rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHAN10739 [65:45] [JW]

Terrific performances. 

Alessandro STRADELLA (1639 - 1682) La Susanna Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano) Isabel Alvarez (soprano) Primo Giudice Harmonices Mundi/Claudio Astronio rec. 2011 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94345 [48:27 + 41:33] [JV]

At budget price, you can hardly go wrong with this disc. 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) The Complete Songs - Volume 6 Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2012 HYPERION CDA67844 [67.00] [PCG]

Watts gives the music some of the best performances it is ever likely to get. 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Symphony 1 Prague SO/Jirí Kout rec. 2011 FOK 0005 - 2 031 [54:33] [RB]

Students and enthusiasts of the modern symphony need to hear this.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Salome Orchestral extracts see SCHUMANN

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Violin Sonata see RESPIGHI

Josef SUK (1874-1935) A Summer’s Tale, Prague BBC SO/Jiří Bĕlohlávek rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA5109 [79:32] [JQ]

This pair of performances represents the partnership between Jiří Bĕlohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at its fruitful best. 

Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Overtures and marches Royal Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Järvi rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA5110 [79:42] [RB]

This disc could hardly be more generously assembled and the quality of the audio and the music-making is similarly high. 

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Piano Sonatas 1-3 Gajusz Kęska (piano) rec. 2008/9 DUX 0893-94 [34:34 + 50:17] [JW]

Usefully captures, in good sound, the pianistic Szymanowski in sonata mode. 

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Symphonies 2 & 4, Concert Overture Louis Lortie (piano) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA5115 [70:57] [DC]

Opulence and refinement perszymanowskified. 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Famous Waltzes New York PO/Kurt Masur rec. 1994 WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 65935-4 [62:48] [Byz]

An affordable gift for a loved one keen to escape the clamour and trinketry of pop and discover what real music sounds like.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 6, Romeo and Juliet Brussels PO/Michel Tabachnik rec. 2010/11 BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC RECORDINGS BPR003 [64:04] [BR]

A half-effort; I hope you don’t mind if I praise their other album instead. 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Violin Concerto Aaron Rosand (violin) Orch of Radio Luxemburg/Louis de Froment rec. 1973 VOX CLASSICS 7211 [76:01] [JW]

It’s, above all, as a tribute to Rosand and Vox that this disc should be welcomed. 

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Sleeping Beauty Bergen PO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA5113(2) [77:14 + 77:56]  [DBi]

A great work in a very fine performance beautifully recorded.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 6, Romeo and Juliet Swedish CO/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2011 BIS BIS-SACD-1959 [62:20]  [BR]

Alas. I love Thomas Dausgaard’s conducting, and I like the orchestra’s playing, but a chamber orchestra sounds rather saddening in this music. 

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto see SIBELIUS

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Serenade for Strings see Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 2 see Romantische Sinfonien

Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Piano Music: 1913-1961 Alexander Tcherepnin, Mikhail Shilyaev (piano) rec. 1965/2012 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0079 [79:48] [SA]

A perfect place to start to get to know this fascinating composer.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Complete Piano Music - Vol. 2 Georgio Koukl (piano) rec. 2011/12 GRAND PIANO GP632 [62:54] [SA]

A truly superb listening experience. 

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerti per strumenti vari e orchestra Accademia Hermans/Fabio Ciofini (harpsichord) rec. 2007 LA BOTTEGA DISCANTICA 194 [61:28] [BW]

Not my first choice for a Telemann collection but well worth having.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Veljo TORMIS (b. 1930) Curse upon Iron - Works for male choir Orphei Drängar/Cecilia Rydinger Alin rec. 2012 BIS-SACD-1993 [72:48] [GF]

This is a disc not to be missed by choral music lovers.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony 4 Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Symphony Hallé O, BBC SO/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1948-50 BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB 1064 [73:46] [RB]

A freshly imagined if deliberate RVW and an incendiary and kinetic Benjamin. Barbirolli vies with Cantelli, Golovanov, Kleiber or Mravinsky. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata Roberto di Biasio, Michele Pertusi, Ch & O del Teatro Regio di Parma/Daniele Callegari rec. 2009 C MAJOR 720608 [144:00] [ST]

Showcases the young Verdi at his very finest. 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Nabucco Leo Nucci (baritone) Riccardo Zanellato (bass) Bruno Ribeiro (tenor) Ch & O Teatro Regio, Parma, Italy/Michele Mariotti rec. 2009 C MAJOR 720504 [137:00] [RJF]

The strengths lie in the conducting and choral singing in a highly competitive video market. 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto Leo Nucci , Piotr Beczala, Elena Moşuc, Ch & O Zurich Opera House/Nello Santi rec. 2006 ARTHAUS MUSIK 108 057 [128:00] [DBi]

Finely sung and played but static staging and poor disc production values. 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Villazón Verdi Rolando Villazón (tenor) O Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779460 [56:37] [ST]

My primary reaction is one of disappointment. 

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I due Foscari Leo Nucci, Roberto di Biasio, Tatiana Serjan Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma/Donato Renzetti rec. 2009 C MAJOR 721008 [117:00] [ST]

The opera itself really is a cracker and Nucci reminds you just how good it is.

Leonardo VINCI (1690 - 1730) La Partenope Maria Grazia Schiavo (soprano) Sonia Prina (contralto) I Turchini di Antonio Florio/Antonio Florio rec. 2011 DYNAMIC CDS 686/1-2 [52:43 + 72:41] [JV]

Opera-lovers will want this recording despite its shortcomings.

Carl VINE (b. 1954) String Quartets 2-5, Knips Suite Goldner String Qt rec. 2009 ABC CLASSICS 476 5168 [78:11] [RB]

Modern anxieties, sorrows and consolations are alive in this music. 

Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883) Siegfried Lance Ryan (tenor) Susan Bullock (soprano) Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester/Sebastian Weigle rec. 2011 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 937 [4 CDs: 239:59] [GF]

Serious shortcomings among so much that is good. 

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde Act II Kirsten Flagstad, Eyvind Laholm, New York P-SO/John Barbirolli rec. 1939 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVE WHRA 6044 [73:48] [JW]

Lyrically direct … makes one regret that Barbirolli didn’t record more operatic sets. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe, René Pape, Nina Stemme, Mariinsky O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2011/12 MARIINSKY MAR0527 [4 CDs: 236:36] [ST]

If the rest of the Wagner bicentennial produces recordings as good as this then we are in for a great year. 

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) The Wagner Edition OPUS ARTE OA1095BD [25 DVDs] [PCG]

All of Wagner’s mature operas

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Symphony in C see Romantische Sinfonien

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal Orchestral extracts see SCHUMANN

Helmut WALCHA (1907-1991) Chorale Preludes - Vol. 1 Wolfgang Rubsam (organ) rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572910 [67:01] [HP-R]

Varied pieces skilfully crafted and artfully performed on a versatile and aurally pleasant instrument. 

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786–1826) Wind Concertos Maximiliano Martín (clarinet) Peter Whelan (bassoon) Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) Scottish CO/Alexander Janiczek rec. 2011 LINN RECORDS CKD409 [64:31] [BW]

A strong choice for all but those seeking all Weber’s clarinet concertante works on one disc.

Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Langsamer Satz see PFITZNER

Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Cello Sonata Hans PFITZNER (1869-1949) Cello Sonata Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Cello Sonata Quirine Viersen (cello) Silke Avenhaus (piano) rec. 2006 ET'CETERA KTC1315 [70:37] [JW]

A strong case is made for these youthful and lesser known scores. 

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Complete Piano Works 3: Children's Notebook (Books I-III), 21 Easy Pieces Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano) rec. 2010 GRAND PIANO GP610 [61:49] [Byz]

Brewster Franzetti again shows herself to be on multi-faceted, persuasive form. 

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Piano Sonatas 1-3, 17 Easy Pieces Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 1996 DIVINE ART DDA25105 [70:35] [JW]

Thoroughly idiomatic and assured playing. 

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Symphony 8 Rafał Bartmiński (tenor) Magdalena Dobrowolska (soprano)&dagger Ewa Marciniec (alto)&dagger Warsaw PO & Ch/Antoni Wit rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572873 [58:32] [RB]

This is another major and very personal entry in the catalogue and one that should also fascinate adherents of Shostakovich’s symphonies of the 1960s.

Adolf WIKLUND (1879-1950) Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Konsertstycke Martin Sturfält (piano) Helsingborg SO/Andrew Manze rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67828 [74:59] [GF]

It is very easy to fall in love with this music so full of ideas. Superb playing; commanding readings.

Michael WILLIAMS (b. 1962) The Juniper Passion rec. 2011 ATOLL ACD 243 [49:15 + 46:18] [BMcC]

A bloody World War II battle in Italy sets the stage for this opera.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hugo WOLF (1860 - 1903) Italienisches Liederbuch Janet Baker (mezzo) John Shirley-Quirk (baritone) Steuart Bedford (piano) rec. 1977 ICA CLASSICS ICAC 5076 [80:13] [GF]

A thrilling performance of Italienisches Liederbuch. 

Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Idillio-concertino, Concertino, Suite-concertino Andrea Tenaglia (oboe) Willian Moriconi (cor anglais) Giuseppe Ciabocchi (bassoon) Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572921 [77:32] [TB]

Works neo-classical in structure while possessing a warmly romantic harmonic characteristic.

Ronn YEDIDIA (b.1960) Chamber works for clarinet Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) Ronn Yedidia (piano) Arnaud Sussmann (violin) Melissa Reardon (viola) Nicholas Canellakis (cello) rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.559699 [60:43] [JWh]

Tuneful and delightful. 

Jan Dismas ZELENKA (1679-1745) Sonatas Ensemble Marsyas, Monica Huggett (violin) rec. 2011 LINN RECORDS CKD415 [49:43] [BW]

Good second-rate music made to sound almost first-rate by these performances. 

Jan Dismas ZELENKA (1679-1745) Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Ensemble Philidor, Boni Pueri/Marek Štryncl rec. 2000 SUPRAPHON SU 4113-2 [39:50 + 55:28] [JW]

Many pleasures, with very good performances from the orchestra and choirs. 


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