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George BIZET ( 1838 - 1875) Symphony in C [28.36] "L'Arlesienne" - Incidental music* Suite Number 1 (orch. Bizet) [19.05] Suite Number 2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud 1837-1892) [17.06]   Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Sir Thomas Beecham   Recorded 28 Oct & 1/2 Nov 1959. Salle Wagram, Paris. *21 Sept 1956, Abbey Road, London. EMI Great Recordings of the Century CDM 5 67231 2 [65.00] [HD]

SIR ARTHUR BLISS A Knot of Riddles, Angels of the Mind and other songs. Geraldine McGreevy (sop); Toby Spence (ten); Henry Hurford (bar); Kathron Sturrock (pf); Nash Ensemble conducted by Martyn Brabbins  Hyperion CDA 67188/9 (2 CD set) 122' 31" [GF]

BRAHMS: The Four Symphonies, Variations on a Theme by Haydn & Tragic Overture    Philharmonia Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini   (recorded live at Royal Festival Hall, London 1952) Testament, SBT 3167, 3 CDs (Full Price) [MB]

BRITISH STRING QUARTETS Vol 2. ELGAR Quartet in E minor Op 83. RAWSTHORNE Quartet No 3. ROUTH Divertimento for string quartet Op 66   Bochmann String Quartet   Redcliffe Recordings RR015 [DW]

BRUCH Violin Concerto No 1; BLOCH Baal Shem; BUNCH Fantasy; SARASATE Zigeunerweisen    Ittai Shapira (violin). ECO, Charles Hazlewood  EMI Classics, Debut Series CDZ5 73501-2 [DDD] [66' 04"] [DW]

Buxtehude Organ Works     Rainer Oster Arte Nova 74321 63633-2 66' 06" [PW]

Philip CASHIAN Dark Inventions, Chamber Concerto & other works     Mary King (mezzo-soprano) Mark van de Wiel (clarinet) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Stefan Asbury  NMC D061 [PW]

ALVARO CASSUTO (b. 1938) Evocations (1969) To Love and Peace (1973) In Memoriam Pedro de Freitas Branco    RDP SO/Alvaro Cassuto   STRAUSS PORTUGALSOM SP4120 [RB]

CHOPIN Sonata No 3 in B minor, Polonaise in A flat Op 53; SCHUMANN Papillons Op 2, Kinderszenen Op 15    Alex Slobodyanik (piano)  EMI Classics, Debut Series CDZ5 73500 2 [DDD] [69' 00"] [DW]

STEPHEN DODGSON The Piano Sonatas    Bernard Roberts   recorded at Christchurch, Sutton 1994-99 CLAUDIO RECORDS CLAUDIO CC4431-2 and CC4941-2 [RB]

Edward ELGAR (1857 - 1934) Introduction and Allegro**, Op 47 [13.59] Serenade in E Minor, Op 20 [13.05] Elegy, Op 58* [4.22] Sospiri, Op 70* [5.08] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 - 1958) Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis[16.13] Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' [4.39] 
  Sinfonia of London: *New Philharmonia Orchestra **With Allegri String Quartet conducted by Sir John Barbirolli 
Recorded 10/11 November 1962 and 16 Aug 1966. Kingsway Hall, London. † Recorded 17 May 1962. Temple Church, London. EMI Great Recordings of the Century CDM5 67240 2 [58'07"]

Peter Eötvös Three Sisters     Lyon Opera Orchestra and singers/Kent Nagano & Peter Eötvös.   Deutsche Grammophon DG 459 694-2 120'2" [PW]

JOHN (Axel) FERNSTRÖM (1897-1961) Four String Quartets String Quartet No. 4 (1945) String Quartet No. 6 (1946) String Quartet No. 7 (1952) String Quartet No. 8 (1952)    Lysell Quartet   rec 1998-1999 Swedish Radio, Studio 2 DAPHNE 1009 [67.36] [RB]

KARL GOLDMARK (1830-1915) Violin Concerto (1877) Prometheus Bound Overture (1889)   Sarah Chang (violin) Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker/James Conlon   EMI CLASSICS CDC5 56955 2 [54.25] [RB]

Adam GORB - Metropolis * Martin ELLERBY - Paris Sketches * Geoffery POOLE - Sailing With Archangels * Nigel CLARKE - Samurai     The Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Timothy Reynish and Clarke Rundell   CLASSICPRINT CPV004CD * [59:47] [GD] [ANR]


Francisco GUERRERO Zayin     Arditti String Quartet   Almaviva DS-0127 66'49" [PW]

GUILMANT, WIDOR, FRANCK  * Organ Works - Guilmant, Symphony No.2, Widor, Symphony No.3, Franck, Choral No.2 for Organ.   Ian Tracy: organ - Yan Pascal Tortelier - BBC Philharmonic   CHANDOS CHAN9785 * [71:39] [GD]

HALVORSEN: Stage Music Vol. 2. 'The King' - Suite, Vasantasena - Suite, Tordenskjold - Suite, Festival March.    Latvian National Symphony Orchestra Terje Mikkelsen.    Simax Classics PSC1199 52m DDD [GF]

HANDEL Music for harpsichord. Suite No 6 in F sharp minor; Suite No 7 in G minor; Suite No 8 in F minor (1720 collection); Suite No 4 in D minor (1727 collection); Capriccio in F; Sonatina in D minor; Sonata in G minor; Toccata in G minor; Air and Variations in B flat.    Alan Cuckston (harpsichord)   Naxos 8.550416 [DDD] [61' 08"] [DW]

HANDEL Water Music HWV 348, Fireworks Music HWV351    Berliner Philharmoniker Fritz Lehman    Archiv Originals mono 457-758-2 [GF]

George Frederick HANDEL Susanna     Peter Neumann conducting Collegium Cartusianum & Kolner Kammerchor, Ruth Holton, Elisabeth von Magnus, Syste Buwalda, John Elwes, Tom Sol   MDG Gold 332 0945-2 *[Disc 1: 60:08 - Disc 2: 51:41 - Disc 3: 46:05 * Total: 157:53] [GD]

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Cello Concerto No 1 in C Hob V11b/1 [24.46] (Cadenzas by Benjamin Britten) Cello Concerto No 2 in D Hob V11b/2 [24.36] (Cadenzas by Mstislav Rostropovich)   Mstislav Rostropovich (cello and director).Academy of St Martin in the Fields   Recorded Abbey Road, London. November 15,16 1975 EMI Great Recordings of the Century CDM5 67234 2 [49.34] [HD]


Huxley: Opus Pistorum, for Quartet, Horn and Soprano (1954)    Gaza Quartet, Julian Moksha (horn), Marilyn Hay (soprano)   Recorded 1955, mono 1 CD from Blake Records, USA - BK4100 approx. $16 Running time: 46 mins.

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