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Mark ADAMO (b. 1962)

Late Victorians (1994)
Regina Coeli (2007)
Overture to Lysistrata (2005)
Alcott Music (1999 rev. 2007)
8.559258

Review by Nick Barnard

John ADAMS (b. 1947)

Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986)
The Wound Dresser (1988)
Berceuse élégiaque (1991)
Shaker Loops (1978, rev. 1983)
8.559031

Reviews by John Quinn, Gwyn Parry-Jones and Kevin Sutton

Complete piano music
Phrygian Gates (1977-78), American Berserk (2001)
China Gates (1977), Hallelujah Junction (1996)
8.559285

Reviews by Julie Williams and Leslie Wright

I saw looking at the ceiling (1995)
8.669003-4

Reviews by Anne Ozorio and Dominy Clements

Nixon in China (1987)
8.669022-24

Reviews by Jim Zychowicz and Göran Forsling

James AIKMAN (b. 1959)

Violin Concerto Lines in Motion (2009)
Ania's Song - A Pavane, for string orchestra (2006)
Concerto, for alto saxophone and orchestra (2010)
8.559720

Review by Byzantion

 

Robert ALDRIDGE (1954-)

Clarinet Concerto (2004)
Samba (1993)
8.559667

Review by Brian Reinhart

Elmer Gantry
8.669032-3

Reviews by John Sheppard and Göran Forsling

Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975)

Orchestral Favourites
8.559125

Review by John Quinn

Orchestral Music Volume 1
Includes: Piano concerto (1953)
8.559313

Reviews by Bob Briggs and John France

Orchestral Music Vol. 2
8.559356

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf, Ian Lace and John France

Orchestral Music Vol. 3
8.559357

Reviews by John France and Ian Lace

Orchestral Music Vol. 4
8.559381

Review by Ian Lace

Orchestral Music Vol. 5
Goldilocks, Suite of Carols
8.559382

Reviews by Ian Lace, Jonathan Woolf and John France

George ANTHEIL (1900-1959)

Symphony No. 4 (1944)
Symphony No. 6 (1948)
McKonkey's Ferry (1948)
8.559033

Review by Ian Lace and Adrian Smith

Ballet Mechanique (1953 version)
Serenade for String Orchestra No. 1 (1948)
Symphony for Five Instruments (1924)
Concert for Chamber Orchestra (1932)
8.559060

Reviews by Gary Higginson and Terry Barfoot

String quartet 3 (1948)
8.559354

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Bob Briggs

Milton BABBITT (b. 1916)

Around the Horn (1993), Whirled Series (1987)
None But The Lonely Flute (1991), Homily (1987)
Beaten Paths (1988), Play It Again, Sam (1989)
Soli e Duettini (1989), Melismata (1982)
8.559259

Review by William Hedley

Claude BAKER (1948-)

The glass bead game (1982, revised 1983)
Awaking the winds (1993)
Shadows: Four dirge-nocturnes (1990)
The mystic trumpeter (1999)
8.559642

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

George BARATI (1913-1966)

Symphony No. 1 ('Alpine') (1963)
Chant of Light (1994-95)
Chant of Darkness (1993)
8.559063

Review by Rob Barnett

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)

Complete orchestral works
8.506021

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Bob Briggs


Complete piano music
Piano Sonata (1949), Excursions (1942-44), Nocturne (1959)
Three Sketches (1923-24), Interlude I (1931), Ballade (1977)
Souvenirs (1952)
8.559015

Review by Rob Barnett

Overture 'The School for Scandal' (1933)
Symphony No. 1 (1937)
First Essay for Orchestra (1938)
Symphony No. 2 (1944)
8.559024

Reviews by Adrian Smith, John Phillips and Colin Clarke

Violin Concerto, op. 14 (1941)
Souvenirs Ballet Suite, op. 28, (1952)
Serenade for Strings, op. 1 (1928)
Music for a Scene from Shelley, op. 7 (1935)
8.559044

Reviews by John Phillips and Rob Barnett

Choral Music
8.559053

Reviews by Michael Cookson and John Quinn

Cello Concerto (1945)
Medea - Ballet Suite (1947)
Adagio for Strings
8.559088

Reviews by John Phillips and Adrian Smith

Piano Concerto op. 38 (1962)
Die Natali op.37 (1960)
Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, op.23a (1946, rev. 1955)
Commando March (1943)
8.559133

Reviews by Hubert Culot, Ian Lace, Kevin Sutton and Terry Barfoot

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24 (1948)
Second Essay, op. 17 (1942)
Third Essay, op. 47 (1976)
Toccata Festiva, op. 36 (1960)
8.559134

Reviews by Terry Barfoot, Rob Barnett and John Quinn

Capricorn Concerto (1944)
A Hand of Bridge (1959)
Mutations from Bach (1979?)
Intermezzo from Vanessa (1958)
Canzonetta for oboe and strings (1978)
Fadograph of a Yestern Scene (1971)
8.559135

Reviews by Ian Lace and Rob Barnett

The school for scandal (1931)
8.559709

Reviews by Paul Godfrey and Dan Morgan

Vanessa
8.669140-41

Review by John Quinn

Marion BAUER (1882-1955)

A Lament on an American Theme, op. 20a (1927)
Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings op. 32b (1939-43)
Trio Sonata No. 1 for Flute, Cello and Piano, op. 40 (1944)
Symphonic Suite for Strings, op. 33 (1940)
Duo for Oboe and Clarinet, op. 25 (1932)
American Youth Concerto, op. 36 (1943)
8.559253

Reviews by Adam Binks, Dominy Clements and Mark Morris

Amy BEACH (1867-1944)

Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, op. 45 (1898-99)
Symphony in E minor, op. 32 ("Gaelic") (1894-96)
8.559139

Reviews by Colin Clarke, Kevin Sutton and Neil Horner

Songs
8.559191

Reviews by Christopher Howell and Jonathan Woolf

Robert Russell BENNETT (1894-1981)

Abraham Lincoln Symphony (1929)
Sights and Sounds - an orchestral entertainment (1929)
8.559004

Reviewed by Rob Barnett

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 – 1990)

Symphony No.1 ('Jeremiah') (1942)
Concerto for Orchestra ('Jubilee Games') (1986/9)
8.559100

Review by Hubert Culot

West Side Story (1957)
8.557126

Reviews by Rob Barnett and David Wishart

On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite
Chichester Psalms
On the Town – Three Dance Episodes
8.559177

Reviews by Gwyn Parry-Jones and Garry Dalkin

Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion (1954)
Facsimile – Choreographic Essay for Orchestra (1946)
Divertimento for Orchestra (1980)
8.559245

Reviews by Dominy Clements and Göran Forsling

Dybbuk (1974)
Fancy Free (1944)
8.559280

Reviews by Hubert Culot and Randolph Magri-Overend

Mass (1971)
8.559622-23

Reviews by Brian Reinhart, Robert Hugill, Simon Thompson and Leslie Wright

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1939)
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1937)
Transcriptions
8.559643

Review by Byzantion

Arias and Barcarolles (1988)
8.559709

Reviews by Paul Godfrey and Dan Morgan

Charles BISCARDI (b. 1948)

In Time's Unfolding (2000)
Tartini (1972)
Piano Quintet (2004)
Mestiere (1979)
Di Vivere (1981)
The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice (2005)
Companion Piece (for Morton Feldman) (1989)
8.559639

Review by Byzantion

William BOLCOM (b. 1938)

Complete Violin Sonatas
First Sonata (1956, revised version)
Second Sonata (1978)
Third Sonata (Sonata Stramba) (1993)
Fourth Sonata (1994)
8.559150

Review by Patrick Waller

Songs of Innocence and Experience
(William Blake) (1956-1982)
8.559216-18

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John Quinn

Music For Two Pianos
Recuerdos (1991)
Frescoes for two pianos, harmonium, and harpsichord (arr. 2 pianos) (1971)
Sonata for Two Pianos in One Movement (1993)
Interlude (1963, rev. 1965)
The Serpent’s Kiss (Ragtime) (1969, arr. 1994)
Through Eden’s Gates (Cakewalk) (1969, arr. 1994)
8.559244

Reviews by Adam Binks and Dominy Clements

Songs
8.559249

Review by John Quinn

Complete works for cello
Capriccio (1988), Cello Suite 1 (1995), Décalage (1961-2) Dark Music (1970), Cello Sonata (1989)
8.559348

Reviews by Dominy Clements and Glyn Pursglove

Alla BORZOVA (b.1961)

Songs for Lada (1986-91)
To the New World (2001-02)
8.559706

Reviews by Steve Arloff and Paul Godfrey

Margaret BROUWER (b.1940)

Aurolucent Circles (2002)
Mandala (2001)
Pulse (2003)
Remembrances (1996)
SIZZLE (2000)
8.559250

Reviews by David Blomenberg, Glyn Pursglove and Hubert Culot

Dave BRUBECK (b. 1920)

Chromatic Fantasy Sonata
Five Pieces from ‘Two-Part Adventures’
Tritonis
The Salmon Strikes
Rising Sun
8.559212

Reviews by Patrick Gary and Gwyn Parry-Jones

Songs
8.559220

Reviews by Steve Arloff, Göran Forsling and Patrick Gary

Nocturnes
8.559301

Reviews by Göran Forsling and Jonathan Woolf

Cecil BURLEIGH (1885-1980)

Music for Violin and Piano
Impromptu (1911), Nature’s Voices (1922)
Five Indian Sketches (1913), Plantation sketches (1916)
Characteristic Pieces (1910), Six Fancies (1917)
Four Concert Pieces (1920), Boyhood Recollections (1925)
Spanish Dance (1909), Cradle Song (1909)
8.559061

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Gwyn Parry-Jones

Charles Wakefield CADMAN (1881-1946)

Piano Trio (1914) [24.21]
Violin Sonata (1930) [24.57]
Piano Quintet (1937) [19.51]
The Legend of the Canyon (1920)
From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water (1909-13)
8.559067

Review by Rob Barnett

John CAGE (1912-1992)

Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (1946-48)
8.559042

Reviewed by Rob Barnett

John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951)

Adventures in a Perambulator (1914) [26.51]
Symphony No. 1 (1940) [19.27]
Symphony No. 2 (1942, rev 1947)
8.559065

Review by Rob Barnett

Elliott CARTER (b.1908)

Holiday Overture (1944 rev. 1961)
Symphony No. 1 (1942 rev. 1954)
Piano Concerto (1964-65)
8.559151

Review by Rob Barnett

String Quartet No.1 (1951)
String Quartet No.5 (1995)
8.559362

Review by Michael Cookson

100th Anniversary
Mosaics, Dialogues & other chamber works
8.559614 & 2.110257

Reviews by Gary Higginson and Carla Rees

Romeo CASCARINO (1922-2002)

Pygmalion (1956)
Portrait of Galatea (1952)
Blades of Grass (1945)
Prospice (1948)
Meditation and Elegy (2000)
The Acadian Land (1960)
8.559266

Review by Kevin Sutton

George Whitefield CHADWICK (1854-1937)

Overture and tone poems
Euterpe (1903)
Angel of Death (1918)
Aphrodite (1918)
Melpomene (1887)
Thalia (1883)
8.559117

Review by Rob Barnett

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, op.21
Symphonic Sketches (1895-1904):
Jubilee, Noël, Hobgoblin, A Vagrom Ballad
8.559213

Reviews by John France and Colin Clarke

Gloria COATES (b.1943)

String Quartets 1-9
Sonata for solo violin
Lyric Suite
8.503240

Review by Byzantion

String Quartet 1 (1966)
String Quartet 5 ( 1988)
String Quartet 6 (1999)
8.559091

Review by Gary Higginson

String Quartet No. 2 (1972)
String Quartet No. 3 (1975)
String Quartet No. 4 (1976-77)
String Quartet No. 7 ‘Angels’ (2000)
String Quartet No. 8 ( 2001-02)
8.559152

Reviews by Michael Cookson and Jonathan Woolf

Symphony No. 15 (2004-5)
Cantata da Requiem, ‘WWII Poems for Peace’ (1972)
Transitions (1984)
8.559371

Review by Dan Morgan

String Quartet No. 9 (2007)
Sonata for Solo Violin (2000)
Lyric Suite for Piano Trio (1996)
8.559666

Reviews by Byzantion and Raymond Walker

James COHN (1928-)

Symphony No. 7 op. 45 (1967)
Symphony No. 2 op. 13 (1949)
Variations on ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’ op. 34 (1960)
Waltz in D op. 29a (1957, orch. 1962)
8.559376

Reviewed by Rob Barnett

Zez CONFREY (1895-1971)

Piano Music
Kitten on the Keys (1921), Dizzy Fingers (1923)
Meandering (1936), African Suite (1924), Jay Walk (1927)
Sparkling Waters (1928), Wise Cracker Suite (1936)
Amazonia (1945), Blue Tornado (1935), Stumbling (1922)
Three Little Oddities (1923), Coaxing the Piano (1922)
Moods of a New Yorker (1932), Rhythm Venture (1935)
Fourth Dimension (1959)
8.559016

Reviewed by Rob Barnett

Frederick Shepherd CONVERSE (1871-1940)

The Mystic Trumpeter (1904)
Flivver Ten Million (1927)
Endymion’s Narrative (1901)
8.559116

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Jonathan Woolf

Carson COOMAN (b. 1982)

Symphony No. 2 Litanies of Love and Rain Op. 574 (2004)
Partita for baroque flute Op. 526 (2003)
Piano Concerto Op. 649 (2005)
Vision for violin and organ Op. 646 (2005)
Symphony No. 3 Ave Maris Stella Op. 650 (2005)
Songlines, Sun Dreaming Op. 307 (2001)
Sonata for violin and organ Op. 573 (2004)
8.559329

Reviews by Patrick Waller and Jens Laurson

Piano music
Seascape Passion; Midday Brightness (Piano Sonata 3) (2002)
Kayser Variations (1997), Dream-Tombeau; Crucifixus (2003)
For Gwyneth (1999), Dream Etudes Book II (2001)
Postcard Partita (2002), Fourth Piano Sonata (2005)
8.559350

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Dan Morgan

Sacred Choral Music
8.559361

Review by John Quinn

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990)

Three Latin-American Sketches (1959/1971)
Quiet City (1940)
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1947)
Appalachian Spring (1944)
8.559069

Reviews by Gary Higginson and Kevin Sutton

Symphony No. 3 (1946)
Suite, Billy the Kid. (1938)
8.559106

Review by William Hedley

Piano Fantasy (1955-1957)
Piano Sonata (1939-1941)
Piano Variations (1930)
8.559184

Reviews by John France, Tony Haywood and Patrick Waller

Prairie Journal (1937)
Rodeo (Four Dance Episodes) (1942)
Letter From Home (1944)
The Red Pony - Suite from filmscore (1948)
8.559240

Review by Owen Walton

The Tender Land Suite (1954)
Piano Concerto (1926)
Old American Songs Vols 1 & 2 (1950/2)
8.559297

Reviews by Dan Morgan and Tony Haywood

Symphony No. 1 (1928)
Short Symphony (Symphony No. 2) (1933)
Dance Symphony (1922-25)
8.559359

Review by Dan Morgan

Clarinet Concerto (1948)
8.559667

Review by Brian Reinhart

Rodeo (complete ballet) (1942)
Dance Panels (1959)
El Salón México (1936)
Danzón Cubano (1942)
8.559758

Reviews by Glyn Parry-Jones, Brian Reinhart and John Whitmore

John CORIGLIANO (1938-)

Snapshot: Circa 1909 (2003)
A Black November Turkey (1972/2003)
String Quartet (1995)
8.559180

Review by Derek Warby

Red Violin Caprices (2002)
Violin Sonata (1963)
8.559364

Reviews by Patrick Gary and Dan Morgan

A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (1960 rev. 1999)
8.559394

Review by John France

Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3 (2004)
Gazebo Dances (1972)
8.559601

Reviews by Benn Martin and Kirk McElhearn

Phantasmagoria – Suite from The Ghosts of Versailles (2000)
Violin Concerto The Red Violin (2003)
8.559671

Review by Nick Barnard

Conjurer (2007)
Vocalise (1999)
8.559757

Reviews by Dan Morgan and John Quinn

Henry COWELL (1897-1965)

Piano Pieces
Quartet for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord
Three Anti-Modernist Songs
Suite for violin and piano
Polyphonica for small orchestra (1930)
Irish Suite for string piano and small orchestra (1925)
8.559192

Reviews by Patrick Waller, Paul Shoemaker and Rob Barnett

Homage to Iran (1957), Piece for piano with strings (1924), Vestiges, Euphoria (1929), What's This (1915), Elegie (1941), The Banshee (1925), Two Songs - Poems of Catherine Riegger
Six Casual Developments (1933), Set of Five (1952)
8.559193

Reviews by Patrick Waller, Paul Shoemaker and Rob Barnett

Paul CRESTON (1906-1985)

Symphony No. 1 (1940)
Symphony No. 2 (1944)
Symphony No. 3 (1950)
8.559034

Reviews by Rob Barnett, Lewis Foreman and David Wright

Toccata Op. 68 (1957)
Symphony No. 5 Op. 64 (1955)
Out of the Cradle Op. 5 (1932)
Partita Op. 12 (1935)
Invocation and Dance Op. 58
8.559153

Review by Rob Barnett

George CRUMB (b. 1929)

Vox Balaenae (1971)
Federico’s Little Songs for Children (1986)
An Idyll for the Misbegotten (Images III) (1986)
Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) (1965)
8.559205

Review by Dominy Clements

Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death
8.559290

Review by Julie Williams and Dominy Clements

Sebastian CURRIER (1959-)

Piano Sonata (1988)
Departures and Arrivals (2007)
Scarlatti Cadences (1996)
Brainstorm (1994)
8.559638

Review by Byzantion

Collections

Dreamer - A portrait of Langston Hughes
Songs by Robert Owens, John Musto, William Grant Still, Hale Smith, Margaret Bonds, Ricky Gordon, Florence Price, Howard Swanson, Kurt Weill, Harriettte Davison, Jean Berger, Harry T Burleigh and Eric Santos
8.559136

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and John Quinn

American Choral Music
Works by Corigliano, Foss, Copland Ives & Persichetti
8.559299

Review by John Quinn

Classic American Love Songs
Works by Arlen, Weill, Schwartz & Gershwin
8.559314

Review by Jonathan Woolf

American Choral Music
Works by Persichetti, Schuman, Bolcom, Fine & Foss
8.559358

Review by William Hedley

Lincoln Portraits
Works by Ives, Persichetti, Harris, Bacon, Gould, McKay, Turok & Copland
8.559373-4

Reviews by William Kreindler, Rob Barnett & John Sheppard

Eight Visions
Works by Rorem, Moravec, Yi, Leon, Beglarian, Sanford, Bunch & Hui
8.559629

Review by Carla Rees

Jazz Nocturne - Concertos of the Jazz Age
Works by Gershwin, Johnson, Reser & Suesse
8.559647

Review by Tony Augarde

The 18th Century American Overture
Works by Hewitt, Carr & Reinagle
8.559654

Reviews by Byzantion and John Sheppard

Echoes: Classic Works Transformed
Works by Schiff, Sheng, Stock, Harbison, Jones, Kernis & Schwarz
8.559679

Review by Brian Reinhart

American music for percussion 1
Works by Tower, Sandler, Higdon, Rodriguez & Schuller
8.559683

Review by Dan Morgan

American music for percussion 2
Works by Carter, Child, Cohen, Harbison & Lerdahl
8.559684

Review by Byzantion

Music for mandolin and guitar
8.559686

Reviews by John Whitmore and Byzantion

Robert Helps in Berlin
8.559696/7

Review by Byzantion

Between The Bliss And Me … Songs to poems of Emily Dickinson
8.559731

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

Dvořák & America
Works by Dvořák, Beckermann, Fisher, Farwell & Horowitz
8.559777

Review by Christopher Fifield

 

 

 



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