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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Gifts -

THE CLAS­SI­CIST by Michael Der­van The Huel­gas Ensem­ble’s 40 Voices places Tal­lis’s Spem in alium in the con­text of other works of sim­i­lar splen­dour (Har­mo­nia Mundi). Biber’s as­ton­ish­ing Mys­tery Sonatas have been recorded by the in­sight­ful Maya Hom­burger, the player who’s done most to pro­mote them in Ire­land (Maya Record­ings). Ger­man so­prano Si­mone Ker­mes gives gor­geous ac­counts of Vi­valdi motets with the Venice Baroque Orches­tra (Archiv Pro­duk­tion). Rafal Blec­haz, win­ner of the 2005 Chopin Com­pe­ti­tion, makes his mark with an all-Chopin recital (Deutsche Gram­mophon). And you can have sym­phonies com­ing out your ears (the com­plete Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich and oth­ers) in yet an­other sub-¤100 of­fer­ing on 100 discs (Bril­liant Clas­sics). THE TRAD FAN by Siob­hán Long If it’s vin­tage you’re af­ter, then you’ll have to pick your way through the un­der­growth of this year’s tra­di­tional mu­sic of­fer­ings, but the search will be worth it, par­tic­u­larly for those with an ear for the soloist. Piper Eliot Grasso and sean-nós singer Róisín Elsafty stilled the ether with two heart-stop­ping per­for­mances on Up Against The Flatirons (Na Píobairí Uil­leann) and Má Bhíonn Tú Liom Bí Liom (Ver­ti­cal Records). Scot­tish harpist Ca­tríona McKay rein­vig­o­rated a once-ef­fete in­stru­ment on her blind­ingly eru­dite Starfish (Glim­ster Records), and Louth flute player Nuala Kennedy un­leashed a work of glit­ter­ing fresh­ness on The New Shoes. All snapshots of solo play­ing at its most spine-tin­gling. THE JAZZ LOVER by Ray Comiskey A good year for singers. Kurt Elling’s Night­moves (Con­cord) is a mas­ter­piece; Norma Win­stone co-led a won­der­ful dou­ble, amoroso...only more so (Trio) with Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins; and the great Nor­we­gian Sinikka Langeland mar­ried folk and jazz on the mov­ing Starflow­ers (ECM). The di­ver­sity of big bands is in the tonal beauty of Maria Sch­nei­der’s Sky Blue (ArtistShare – only on­line) and Jim McNeely’s Paul Klee (Mons); for swingers, there’s Bob Florence’s Eter­nal Licks and Grooves (MAMA). Sheer beauty? Try Keith Jar­rett’s trio album My Fool­ish Heart (ECM), Richard Gal­liano-Gary Bur­ton’s L’Hymne a L’Amour (CamJazz), Gian­luigi Trovesi’s Vaghissimo Ri­tratto (ECM) and Tord Gus­tavsen’s Be­ing There (ECM).

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