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Positive Feedback ISSUE 40
november/december 2008


Notes of an Amateur - December, 2008, Part 2
by Bob Neill


I am both a reviewer and lover of lists. I am also curious which of the many new recordings I've reviewed this year I truly believe I'll listen to again, often. So I set myself a limit of twelve and then squeezed in another. And then I decided to do what other reviewers don't do, which is list a handful of recordings I discovered this past year that we actually recorded in years past. I consider them news too. If I had a bigger ego, I'd call this a ‘Best of' list. Let's just say it's my Best of list.

Baker's Dozen of Favorite Classical Recordings for 2008, New Releases, January - November

Elliott Carter, String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5. Pacifica Quartet, Naxos 8.559362

Schubert Edition/Matthias Goerne Volume 1, with Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901988.

Volume 2, with Helmut Deutsch and Eric Schneider, piano (2 discs). HMC 902005.

Handel, Organ Concertos, Opus 4 . Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, organist and director. Harmonia Mundi HMC 807446.

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas, Volume 4. Paul Lewis. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901909.

Bach, Cantatas, Volumes 3, 5 and 27. English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor. Soli Deo Gloria.

Volume 3: SDG 141:;

Volume 27: SDG 138:;

Volume 5: SDG 147.

Mahler, Symphony No. 8. Pierre Boulez. Staatskapelle Berlin. Deutsche Gramophone DGG 477 6597.

Éric Tanguy, Concertos for Cello. Anne Gastinel, cello. Orchestre National de France, Alain Altinoglu, conductor. naïve records V 5078

Vasks, Piano Trio: "Episode for Canto Perpetua." Piano Quartet. Trio Parnassus. MDG 903 1513.

Vivaldi, Cello Concertos II, Christophe Coin, Cello; Il Gardino Armonico, naïve 30457.

Bruckner 9, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. ATMA Classique SACD2 2514.

Newly Discovered Favorites

Britten, Suites for Cello. Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello. Harmonia Mundi. HMN 911670.

Pierre Bouteiller, de vanitate mundi. Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Stephen Van Dyck, tenor, Les Voix Humaines. ATMA classique. ACD2 2259.

Schumann: Cello Concerto, Works for Cello and Piano. Anne Gastinel, cello; Claire Désert, piano. Orchestre Philharmonic de Liège, Louis Langrée. naïve V 4897.

Sainte-Colombe, Concerts for Two Violes. Volumes 1-4. Les Voix Humaines. ATMA classique. ACD2 2275, 2276, 2277, and 2278.

Mozart, Lieder, Suzie Leblanc, soprano; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, fortepiano. ATMA classique ACD2 2327.

The Spirite of Musicke: Suzie LeBlanc; Les Voix Humaines (Susie Napper & Margaret Little), violas da gamba. ATMA classique. ACD2 2136.

Bach, Cello Suites. Anne Gastinel. naïve V5121

Joseph Haydn, Concertos for Cello. Anne Gastinel, cello; Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet, conductor. naïve V 4820.

System used for this audition: Audio Note CDT3 transport and Dac 4.1 Balanced Signature, Blue Circle BC3000 II/GZpz preamplifier and BC204 hybrid stereo amplifier, Jean Marie Reynaud Orfeo speakers. With Blue Circle BC6000 line conditioner. Audio Note Pallas, Sootto, and Sogon interconnects and Lexus speaker cable.

Bob Neill, in addition to being an occasional equipment and regular music reviewer for Positive- Feedback Online, is also proprietor of Amherst Audio in Amherst, Massachusetts, which sells equipment from Audio Note, Blue Circle, and JM Reynaud, among others.