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"Every year, the Gramophone Awards stop the clock and take stock of the year's releases. This year (mid-2009 to mid-2010) is a particularly rich one with the independent sector showing characteristic imagination and flair. The releases below are short-listed for Gramophone Awards and represent a wonderful addition to the classical music catalogue."  - James Jolly, Editor in Chief, Gramophone


Baroque Instrumental:


GCD920410
ABEL, C.F.: Viola da Gamba Suites (Pandolfo)


One of the master viol-players of our time playing this unfamiliar music with great poetry and imagination.
 
AV2178
VIVALDI, A.: Concertos - RV 100, 114, 119, 157, 185, 211, 432, 438, 468, 488 (The French Connection) (Chandler)


An imaginatively assembled programme that shows off the prodigious creativity of the Red Priest. Some wonderfully virtuoso performances.

Baroque Vocal:


8.226058
SCHUTZ, H.: Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi (Die) / Die Auferstehung unsres Herren Jesu Christi (Hillier)


One of the most admired composers of his day and for following generations. And here's a disc that demonstrates why!

Chamber:


HMC902025.27
BEETHOVEN, L. van.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) (Faust, Melnikov)


One of the great sets of the Beethoven sonatas - two strong personalities making these often familiar works sound totally fresh again.

Choral:


HMC902056.57
MARTIN, F.: Golgotha [Oratorio] (Reuss)


A real discovery: Frank Martin's Bach-inspired meditation receives a performance that shows off the power of his spiritually intense choral work.
 
8.572424
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Dona Nobis Pacem / Sancta Civitas (Pier, Brook, Staples, Bach Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choristers,Bournemouth Symphony, Hill)


Vaughan Williams at his most glorious performed by a choir with a long and distinguished heritage - all at Naxos's 'can't-refuse' price.

Concerto:


BIS-SACD-1820
PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 / Piano Sonata No. 2 (Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic, Litton)


One of the finest recordings Freddy Kempf has made - sparkling and powerful pianism, superbly supported by Andrew Litton and his Norwegian band.

Contemporary:


AN29944
CHIN, Unsuk: Rocana / Violin Concerto (Hagner, Montreal Symphony, Nagano)


Composers must dream of advocacy like this. Vivianne Hagner plays with total command and commitment - and Nagano clearly believes in this music too.

Early Music:


AV2167
Choral Concert: Christ Church Cathedral Choir - FAWKYNER, J. / CORNYSH I / LAMBE, W. (More Divine than Human - Music from the Eton Choirbook)


A very impressive exploration of one of the major collections of English music from the Middle Ages. A, Oxford choir on top form.

Instrumental:


CHAN10545
DEBUSSY, C.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 5 (Bavouzet) - Khamma / Jeux / La boite a joujoux


A further instalment in the series that brought Bavouzet and Chandos an awrd last year. THE French pianist of our time?

Opera:


HMC801937.38
SAARIAHO, K.: Amour de loin (L') [Opera] (Nagano)


Nagano gives a wonderfully committed and powerful reading of his seeringly beautiful score.

Solo vocal:


HMC902035
SCHUBERT, F.: Lieder, Vol. 4 - Heliopolis (Goerne, Metzmacher)


Or is Goerne worthy of the title? Another beautiful voice used with great imagination and intelligence.
 

 



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