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MARTHA ARGERICH LIVE FROM THE CONCERTGEBOUW Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Fantasiestücke, Op. 12. Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Sonatine. Gaspard de la nuit. Martha Argerich (piano). EMI CDC5 57101-2 [DDD] [51.30] [CC]
Forget the relatively low playing time Freed from the studio, Argerich gives her imagination absolutely full rein. Argerich ensures that this is a jaw-dropping experience, a salutary reminder of what Argerich was capable of in her then-chosen guise as keyboard giant.
Battaglie & Lamenti: 17th Century music for battles and lamentation Montserrat Figueras (soprano) Ton Koopman (clavecin); Rolf Lislevand (théorbe); Robert Clancy (théorbe) Jordi Savall (basse de viol); Paolo Pandolfo (basse de viol); Lorenz Duftschmid (violone) Hespèrion XXI/Jordi Savall ALIAVOX AV 9815 [76:12] [IL]
Another feather in the cap for Jordi Savall and his players.
The World of Ian Bostridge DECCA 467 788-2 [57.21]
A reasonable view of Bostridge in baroque and 20th Century repertoire. He has a small, typically English tenor voice, with an even, musical timbre which lends beauty to some pieces which have in the past been the subject of noisy approximation.
BOULT'S BBC YEARS TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel overture BBCSO/Boult ADD Mono - rec Colston Hall, Bristol, 9 Apr 1940 (Capriccio); Abbey Rd, 21 Jul 1932 (Beethoven); Abbey Rd, 25 June 1937 (Serenade); Abbey Rd, 25 July 1932 (Hansel). BEULAH 1PD12 [74.19] [RB]
A living document of Boult the antithesis of the Karajan/Bernstein school. Integrity shines from these recordings reminding us of other dimensions to a man who was so much more than the archetypal English gentleman.
SPLENDID BRITISH CLARINET WORKS Gerald FINZI Five Bagatelles (1940s) [17.30] Arnold BAX Clarinet Sonata (1934) [15.08] Eric HUGHES Sonata Capriccioso (1963-64) [9.34] Charles Villiers STANFORD Clarinet Sonata (1912) [22.21] John IRELAND Fantasy-Sonata (1943) [15.04] John Denman (clarinet) Paula Fan (piano) rec 1970s-1990s, GSMD and The Barbican, London BRITISH MUSIC LABEL BML 009 [79.37] [RB]
The market leader on the strengths of its generosity of spirit and timing, its sleek but not steely tone and its breadth of coverage of core British clarinet works.
CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CHAMBER MUSIC António Pinho VARGAS: Monodia - quasi un requiem, João Pedro OLIVEIRA: Peregrinação, Alexandre DELGADO: Quarteto, Luís TINOCO: Quarteto, Eugénio Manuel RODRIGUES: Mata Hari Arditti Quartet ET'CETERA KTC 1242 [66.52] [CH]
If my lamented Aunty Winifred were still alive she would have come up with the two words she reserved for everything later than Debussy: "BLOODY ROW!"
SONGS FROM THE CRUSADES - "DEUS AD UN TURNEI ENPRIS" (1189-1248) CONON DE BETHUNE ;HUGUES DE BERGE; LE CHATELAIN d'ARRAS ;THIBAUT DE CHAMPAGNE ;LE CHATELELAIN DE COUCI ;HUON DE SAINT-QUENTIN Oliphant: Medieval music ensemble ALBA ABCD 152 [71.46] [GH]
A recording that is vivid and clear with Uli Korhonen's light and flexible voice rising to a ringing passion. Instruments are used carefully, as introductions to, or between, verses of the songs and also in the four instrumental-only performances.
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES volume 2 Frank BRIDGE Sally in our Alley and Cherry Ripe; Edward ELGAR Sospiri; Haydn WOOD Fantasy-Concerto; John IRELAND The Holy Boy; Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Charterhouse Suite; Frederick DELIUS Air & Dance; Peter WARLOCK Serenade for the 60th Birthday of Frederick Delius; Geoffrey BUSH Consort Music; Frank BRIDGE Sir Roger de Coverley English Northern Philharmonia David Lloyd-Jones Recorded in the Great Hall, Leeds University, March 2000 NAXOS 8.555608 [69:21] [AAS]
A typical Naxos bargain, and strongly recommended.
THE ENGLISH TENOR REPERTOIRE ENGLISH AND AMERICAN SONG A FEATURE REVIEW OF FOUR CDs GORDON PULLIN (tenor) THE FIRST FOUR VOLUMES - Reviewed by Philip L Scowcroft [PL]
A rich heritage, sensitively and affectionately realised by all concerned. There are riches waiting to be discovered (or rediscovered) as barely a quarter of the songs are at all well known and virtually none are hackneyed.
À LA FRANÇAISE Various Orchestras and Conductors DG PANORAMA 469 250-2 [2 CDs, 74.31+72.27] CH
The relative newcomer to the French repertoire gets a fair introduction to its riches, and a couple of slightly less standard items (Ibert and Parade) act as a bait for those with larger collections.
ARIAS Matthias Goerne (baritone), Dorothea Roschmann (1), Children's Choir from Adolf Fredriks Music School (2), Ladies of the Swedish Radio Choir (3), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck Decca 467 263-2 [56.05]
As a gramophone experience Goerne's recital is totally satisfying, culminating in a Star of Eve as gently caressed as it is possible to imagine.
Martin KASÍK - Live from Prague
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Kreisleriana. Op. 16 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Sonata for piano No. 2 Op. 36 Prelude No.1 Op. 23 Prelude No.2 Op. 23 Martin Kasík (piano) Rec. Live at Liechtenstein Palace, Prague, 7 April 1999 ARCODIVA UP 0018-2-131 [48.23]
Both the Schumann and the Rachmaninov are mightily impressive. One could not really wish for more. Let us hope that ArcoDiva is planning a Rachmaninov cycle with Kasík as the main protagonist.
THE KESTREL PACED ROUND THE SUN Edward MCGUIRE Caprice (1990s) [2.14] Edward MCGUIRE Prelude 3 (1985) [3.35] Lennox BERKELEY Sonatine (1939) [9.53] Richard Rodney BENNETT Winter Music (1960) [9.32] William MATHIAS Sonatina (1953) [7.54] Peter MAXWELL DAVIES Kestrel Paced Around the Sun (1976) [6.29] Edwin YORK BOWEN Sonata (1946) [18.10] Peter MCGARR Something Lost (1999) [12.35] Sarah Brooke (flute) Elizabeth Burley (piano)
rec 1997, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Halstead BRITISH MUSIC LABEL BML 032 [70.29][RB]
A serious recital confounding hackneyed expectations. Its variety is lovingly advocated by Burley and Brooke aided by Mike Skeet's airy and juicy recording.
The World of Emma Kirkby Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood Decca 467 781-2 [66.00] [PGW]
Well chosen sequence of excerpts from Decca Kirkby releases (1975-93). Kirkby's art at its finest.
ENGLAND - NEW ENGLAND Romantic Clarinet Sonatas Donald Francis TOVEY (1875-1940) Clarinet Sonata (1906) Daniel Gregory MASON (1873-1953) Clarinet Sonata (1912-15) York BOWEN (1884-1959) Clarinet Sonata (1943) John Denman (clarinet) Paula Fan (piano) rec, St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London 18-19 July 1986. BRITISH MUSIC LABEL BML 002 [69.21] [RB]
For those who would like to counterbalance Bowen's high romance with two fruitily Brahmsian sonatas this disc is an excellent choice.
AN ENGLISH RHAPSODY William ALWYN (1905-1985) Rhapsody for piano quartet (1938) John IRELAND (1879-1962) Fantasy-Sonata for clarinet and piano (1943) Rhapsody for piano (1915) Phantasie for piano trio (1906) Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Violin Sonata No. 1 (1917) Jeffery WILSON (b.1957) Elegy for clarinet, cello and piano (1988) The Holywell Ensemble (Margaret Ozanne (piano); Kate Bailey (violin); Daniel Lyness (viola); Spike Wilson (cello); Peter Nichols (clarinet)) rec, Silk Hall, Radley College, 25-26 Aug 1994 BRITISH MUSIC LABEL BML 010 [76.10] [RB]
Convincing performances. Recording commandingly strong. A successfully variegated collection of British chamber music.
FLIGHT OF SONG Choral music by Jonathan HARVEY, Howard SKEMPTON, Michael TIPPETT and Judith WEIR The Choir of Queen's College, Cambridge/James Weeks Matthew Steynor (organ) GUILD GMCD 7213 [HC]
A particularly enterprising release of unfamiliar choral music All the works are immaculately, affectionately sung. A most welcome release.
SIMON HARAM alone John ADAMS Consuelo's Dream, This is Prophetic, Alone again or at last David BOWIE & Brian ENO Warsawa Graham FITKIN Bob, Watching, Pam & Jim & Jim & Pam Michael NYMAN If, Why Arvo PART Spiegel im Spiegel Simon Haram (alto and soprano saxophone, EWI, synths); Liz Burley (piano, Fender Rhodes); Ann Morfee (violin); Ian Humphries (violin); Bruce (SS) White (viola); Tony Hinnigan ('cello); Martin Elliot (bass guitar); Will Gregory (Korg MS20 & Vox Continental); Rob Farrer (vibes). Executive Producer: Chris Craker. BLACK BOX BBM1018, 1999 [57.23] [JH]
Overall this disc has a beguiling, nostalgic quality which is most appealing.
IDENTITIES - 20th CENTURY MUSIC FOR FLUTE & STRINGS BY BELGIAN COMPOSERS Lucien POSMAN (b.1952) - Geen Noodt, sapperloodt! (1997) Frits CELIS (b. 1929) - Quartetto op.24 (1987) Wim HENDRICKX (b. 1962) - 2 Nocturnes (1994) Roland CORYN (b.1938) - 13 Miniatures for flute/piccolo and string quartet (1997) Piet SWERTS (b.1960) - Mi-Parti (1999) Marc MATTHYS (b.1956) - Nocturne & Dance (1998) Arco Baleno: (Peter Verhoyen flute; Dirk Lievens, Marleen Ydiers violins;Kaat de Cock viola; Stefaan Craeynest 'cello; Charice Adriaansen double bass) Rec Feb-July 2000 DEXIA CD87 169 [68.04] [G P-J]
An issue irresistible to those interested in good modern music. Compulsory listening for all flautists!
The World of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Decca 467 785-2 [AAD/DDD 69:33] [CT]
A fine compilation which serves not only as an excellent compilation to those who may be new to the PJBE but also forms a fitting tribute to the man himself.
RUSSIAN SONG RECITAL: TCHAIKOVSKY, BALAKIREV, Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, César CUI, Sergei RACHMANINOV Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Larissa Gergieva (pianoforte) EMI CLASSICS DEBUT CDZ 5 74232 2 [64.29] [CH]
As a visiting card for a promising singer (though I hope he will keep to repertoire which does not push him beyond his means) this disc serves its purpose
Martin SETCHELL: Let the Pealing Organ Blow Martin Setchell (organ) rec. Rieger Pipe Organ, Christchurch Town Hall, Kilmore Street, New Zealand 21-22.9.97 MANU 1539 [74:11] [SJ]
Particularly recommended to those who enjoy the transcriber's art. Setchell's bon-bons are amusing and sometimes touching.
Martin SETCHELL: Bon-Bons for Organ rec. Rieger Pipe Organ, Christchurch Town Hall, Kilmore Street, New Zealand 18-19. 11. 2000 Martin Setchell (organ) ATOLL CD ACD 600 [68:23] [SJ]
Again, particularly recommended to those who enjoy the transcriber's art
24 songs and instrumental pieces by anonymous, John Dowland, Valentin Haussmann, Pelham Humfrey, Robert Jones, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell & William Wigthorpe Philip Pickett and The Musicians of the Globe Philips 468 024-2 PH [71:56]
33 songs and instrumental pieces by anonymous, William Brade, William Byrd, John Dowland, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Matthew Holmes, John Johnson, Robert Johnson, Richard Nicholson, John Marston, Thomas Morley, Thomas Ravenscroft, Nicholas le Strange & J. Wilson various artists Dorian DOR-90017 [78:50] [GD]
These two contrasting discs have much to recommend them and the same faults in a lack of full documentation.
L'ALBUM DES SIX The complete works of Les Six for flute and piano Francis POULENC: Sonata for flute and piano Germaine TAILLEFERRE: Pastorale Georges AURIC: Imaginées I Louis DUREY: Sonatine Artur HONEGGER Romance; Danse de la chèvre Germaine TAILLEFERRE Forlane; Pastorale. Louis Durey: Deux dialogues (solo flute) Darius Milhaud: Sonatine Emily Beynon (flute) Andrew West (piano) HYPERION CDA67204 [73.25]
Artistry of the highest order, plus excellent recorded sound. This disc is highly recommended.
Stuyvesant String Quartet Paul HINDEMITH String Quartet in F minor Op10. (1918) Heitor VILLA-LOBOS String Quartet No. 6 (1938) Quincy PORTER String Quartet No. 7 (1943) Stuyvesant String Quartet Sylvan Shulman (violin); Bernard Robbins (violin); Alan Shulman (viola); Ralph Hersh (cello) rec New York City, 1 Nov 1950, 7 May 1947, 17 Feb 1948. PARNASSUS PACD 96026 [68.59] [RB]
Good mix of unfamiliar repertoire in very fine performances. A high magic quotient
Theme & Variations: Various British Composers Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (1953) [16.21] Severn Bridge Variations (1966) [18.54] Variations on 'Sumer is icumen in' (1987) [19.59] BBC SO/Jac van Steen rec. 2/4/5. 3. 99, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London NMC DO062 [55.45].
British composing life in miniature. Essential to all who care for British music.
Virtuoso Violin Various composers/artists DG PANORAMA 469 235-2 [2 CDs 71.36+76.09]
This is an extremely well-planned anthology for the sector of the public at which it is aimed.
NAXOS LAUREATE SERIES - PIANO BRAHMS Klavierstücke op 76 DEBUSSY Three Preludes from Book II PROKOFIEV Sonata no 8 in B flat major op 84 Amir Tebenikhin (piano) Recorded October 1999 Naxos 8.554768 [72.45] [AS]
First class recording. Tebenikhin is always the servant of the music, not its master. His technical control is seemingly effortless and comprehensive.
A DICTIONARY-CATALOG OF MODERN BRITISH COMPOSERS by Alan POULTON
Music Reference Collection, Number 82 Hardback in three volumes: vol. 1: A-C; Vol 2: D-L; Vol. 3 M-Z,
1700pp through numbered across the three volumes ISBN 0-313-31623-6 Library of Congress 00-026439
GREENWOOD PRESS, Connecticut publ. 2000
THOMAS DUNHILL: MAKER OF MUSIC by David Dunhill with introductory essay by Lewis Foreman, Thames Publishing (London, 1997); xxiii, 126pp, 6pl. £12.50. ISBN 0 903413 83 3. [RDCN]
ALBERT W KETÈLBEY 1875-1959: FROM THE SANCTUARY OF HIS HEART by John Sant
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS - A Bio-Bibliography By David P. Appleby Bio-Bibliographies in Music No. 9 (ISSN: 0742-6968) Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. 1988. 372 pages LC 87-28042. ISBN 0-313-25346-3. AHV/ $65.00 (Reference Book)
A first class study on this Brazilian giant. Well worth tracking down.
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Classical Editor: Rob Barnett, Reviewers: Rob Barnett, Ian Lace, Len Mullenger, and: Richard Adams, Colin Anderson, Arthur Baker, Grace Barber, Terry Barfoot, Peter Bates, Marc Bridle, Arthur Butterworth, Colin Clarke, Paul Conway, Gary Dalkin, Andy Daly, Tony Duggan, Harry Downey, Christopher Fifield, Lewis Foreman, Simon Foster, John France, Julian Hellaby, Christopher Howell, Simon Jenner, Stephen Lloyd, Kirk McElhearn, Gwyn Parry-Jones, John Phillips, John Quinn, Ailís Ní Ríain, Humphrey Smith, Philip Scowcroft, Adrian Smith, Colin Scott-Sutherland, Andrew Seivewright, Christopher Thomas, Richard Whitehouse, Jonathan Woolf, Peter Grahame Woolf, David Wright. A complete list of contributors can be seen here
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