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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suites 1-6 André Navarra (cello) rec. 1977 PHAIA PHU017.18 [69:24 + 70:17] [JW]

The only thing being paraded here is the music’s greatness and the artist’s role in acting as the agent of that greatness. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma Maria Callas, Mario Del Monaco, Giulietta Simionato, Nicola Zaccaria, Ch & O Teatro alla Scala/Antonino Votto rec. 1955 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO 083 [78:15 + 76:14] [RMo]

This recording remains the finest memorial to her most famous role. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie Fantastique, Le Corsaire Overture Lyon Ntl O/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.572886 [70:21] [JWh]

Great performance and magnificent sound. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Felix BLUMENFELD (1863-1931) Symphony À la mémoire des chers défunts Georgy CATOIRE (1861-1926) Symphony RSNO/Martin Yates rec. 2012 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7298 [74:16] [RB]

The ‘shadows’ cast by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov sometimes imparted light rather than suffocating shade.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) On This Island, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Canticle I James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano) rec. 2011 LINN CKD404 [62.16] [EM-L]

Of the very highest quality in terms of performances, presentation and sound quality.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) War Requiem Erin Wall (soprano) Mark Padmore (tenor) Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone) City of Birmingham SO & Ch/Andris Nelsons rec. 2012 ARTHAUS MUSIK 108070 [97:00] [BW]

Even if all other recordings were destroyed, this would serve as a first-class reminder of the power of the War Requiem. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 8 Hamburger PO/Simone Young rec. 2008 OEHMS OC638 [30:45 + 51:56]  [JQ]

Bruckner’s first thoughts on the Eighth Symphony in a superb performance.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Handel’s Finest Arias for Base Voice Christopher Purves (bass) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2012 HYPERION CDA67842 [70:54] [JW]

This outstandingly good disc offers a wide range of music, feeling, texture and mood. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) A ship with unfurled sails The State Choir Latvija/Māris Sirmais rec. 2010 HYPERION CDA67976 [78:21] [JQ]

A memorable exhibition of unaccompanied choral singing and more fine music by Gabriel Jackson. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 2 & 3 Erin Morley (soprano), Joshua Hopkins (baritone) New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert rec. 2011/12 DACAPO 6.220623 [72:23][DC]

With this CD I thee wed. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Ay, Portugal 16th and 17th Century Music from Portugal and Spain Siobhan Stagg (soprano) La Compañia/Danny Lucin rec. 2011 ABC CLASSICS 476 4955 [50.20] [GH]

Pleasing, evocative performances of a charming and haunting repertoire.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH  Eine Deutsche Messe German sacred music for a cappella male voices Ensemble Nobiles rec. 2011-2012 GENUIN GEN12242 [69:30] [ST]

Definitely worth exploring. Melted my heart and made me feel rather moved. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Get Happy - Virtuoso showtunes for piano Jenny Lin (piano) rec. 2012 STEINWAY & SONS 30011 [64:05]  [BR]

“Get Happy”? The title sounds bossy, but it isn’t, because the album works like a charm. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Verwandlung Songs of a year Christiane Karg (soprano) Burkhard Kehring (piano) rec. 2009 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016762BC [59.05] [MMB]

I am a fervent admirer of Ms Karg’s artistry.



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