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20th Century Music For Classical Accordion - Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b.1935)
De Profundis; Et Exspecto - Erkki JOKINEN (b.1941) Alone; Vladislav ZOLOTARYOV (1942-1975) Chamber Suite David Farmer, piano accordion - Recorded at the Winterbrook Studios London July 2001 and February 2002 BLACK BOX BBM 1056 [57.07] [GH]

A spiritual journey of fine music … powerful, and makes an immediate impression. … see Full Review

20th Century Concertos for Flute and Clarinet - Hermann HALLER (1914 – 2002) Concerto for Flute, Clarinet and String Orchestra (1961) - Wladimir VOGEL (1896 – 1984) Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra (1979) - Robert BLUM (1900 – 1994) Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1974) - Hans SCHAEUBLE (1906 – 1988) Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra Op.47 (1959) Philipp Jundt (flute); Elisabeth Häfliger (clarinet) - Camerata Zürich/Räto Tschupp - Recorded: Radio Studio Zürich, October 2001 (Blum, Haller) and January 2002 (Vogel, Schaeuble) GUILD GMCD 7250 [56:47] [HC]

A well-planned, beautifully played and nicely recorded selection of some little-known and unfamiliar works … see Full Review

The Twentieth Century Harp Marcel TOURNIER (1879 – 1951) Vers la source dans le bois (1919/22) Paul HINDEMITH (1895 – 1963) Harp Sonata (1939) John CAGE (1912 – 1992) In a Landscape (1948) Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912 – 1990) Harp Sonata (1951) Luciano BERIO (born 1925) Sequenza II (1963) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913 – 1976) Suite for Harp Op.83 (1969) Toru TAKEMITSU (1930 – 1996) Stanza II (1971) Paul STANHOPE (born 1969) The Arch Window (1997) Marshall McGuire (harp) Recorded: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, March 2001 ARTWORKS AW 036 [68:10] [HC]

Generous, varied and well planned … immaculate playing. … see Full Review

Hermann Abendroth. Volume II: Ludwig van Beethoven - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 Eroica Op. 55 (1803) - Symphony No. 9 Choral Op. 125 (1822-24) - Egmont, Overture Op. 84 (1810) - Coriolan, Overture Op. 62 (1807) - Romance for Violin and Orchestra Op. 40 No. 1 (c1802) - Violin Concerto Op. 61 (1806) - David Oistrakh, violin - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra all items except Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Symphony No 9) - Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Coriolan) Hermann Abendroth - Recorded 1949-1954 TAHRA 129-131 [3 CDs 182.59] [JW]

Elasticity and flexibility are Abendroth’s province … see Full Review

Karel Ancerl Volume 1 - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No 93 in D (1791) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No 9 in C D944 Great (1825-28) - Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances Opp 46 and 72 (1878 and 1886) - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Scheherazade Op 35 (1888) - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet Op 64 – excerpts (1938) - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra except - Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig (Prokofiev) Karel Ancerl - Recorded from radio broadcasts 1957-1961 TAHRA TAH 117-119 [3 CDs 206.19] [JW]

Plenty of bite and romance here and the Gewandhaus dig in with vigour but with characteristic refinement as well. … see Full Review

Karel Ancerl and the Concertgebouw Orchestra - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Op 61 (1806) - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (1934) Hermann Krebbers, violin - Daniel Wayenberg, piano - Recorded January 1970, Amsterdam TAHRA 155 [67.23] [JW]

Tahra’s determination to explore the radio archives to exhume and promote Ancerl’s work is bearing rich fruit. This is part of that harvest … see Full Review

CHRISTMAS IN LATVIA - Ilze AKERBERGA Christmas in Latgalea - Brigita RITMANE Christ is Born - Anita KUPRISA Star, Night and Miracle - Alvils ALTMANIS Hallowed Eve - Pēteris ALDIŅŠ This Sacred Night - Aija Pelše (soprano); Antra Bigača (mezzo-soprano); Ivars Cinkuss (baritone); Jānis Markovs (baritone); Aivars Klingenbergs (bagpipes)a; New York Latvian Concert Choir; Sonore Choir, Riga; Chamber Orchestra of the Latvian National Orchestra; Andrejs Jansons - Recorded: Riga Recording Studio, January 1996 NYLCC 001 [77:17] [HC]

Well worth hearing, as a change from the more traditional Christmas compilations. … see Full Review

CHRISTMAS BY THE AMBER SEA Urmas SISASK (born 1960) Christmas Oratorio (1992)a Ilze AKERBERGA (born 1953) Winter Cantata (1981)b Jānis LŪSĒNS (born 1959) Child of the Stars (1997)c Aira Kuzmicka (soprano)a; Antia Bigača (mezzo-soprano)a; Aleksandrs Antonenko (tenor)a; Linda Broduža (narrator)b;New York Latvian Concert Choir; Youth Choir Balsis; Male Choir Gaudeamus; Recorder Ensemble of the 1st Riga Music Schoola; Children’s Choir of the 4th Riga Music Schoolbc
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra/Andrejs Jansons Recorded: Riga Recording Studio, January 2000 NYLCC 003 [72:56] [HC]

Everyone here plays and sings wholeheartedly. I enjoyed it enormously. … see Full Review

Concert Works by Film Composers Nino ROTA (1911 – 1979) Tio (1973) Fréderik DEVREESE (born 1929) Benvenuta: Suite (1983) Astor PIAZZOLA (1921 – 1992) Verano Porteño Adrian WILLIAMS (born 1956) Jizo (2002) Ennio MORRICONE (born 1928) Primo studio (1983)a New Art Trio (Vlad Weverbergh, clarinet; Vera Baliko, cello; Stefan Meylaers, pianoa) Recorded: VRT "Toots" Studio, Brussels, July 2002 PHAEDRA 292013 [54:36] [HC]

Affectionate, dedicated and well recorded readings of a varied and attractive programme … see Full Review

Jan DeGaetani Early Music Recital - John DOWLAND (c1563-1626) Dear, if you change - All ye, whom Love or Fortune - Whoever thinks or hopes of love - Can she excuse my wrongs - Sorrow, stay - A shepherd in a shade - Donatus de FLORENTIA (14th Century) Sovran uccello se’fra tutti gli altri - Hayne van GHIZEGHEM (15th century) De tous bien plaine - Amors amors - ANONYMOUS Filles a marier - Luzzasco LUZZASCHI (1545-1607) Aura soave - Giulio CACCINI (c1545-1618) Amarilli, mia bella - Belle Rose porporine - Oswald von WOLKENSTEIN (c1377-1445) Stand auff Maradel! Liebes Gredel - Der Mai mit lieber zal - Ach, senleiches leiden - Du, auserweltes schöns mein herz - Wer die augen wil vershüren - Fröleich geschrai so well wir machen - Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano Paul O’Dette, lute - Judith Davidoff. Vila da gamba and vielle - Philip West, shawms - Recorded in concert on 27 September 1977 at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music BRIDGE 9087 [49.53] [JW]

DeGaetani, despite her penchant for Maxwell Davies, Crumb and Kurtag was equally alive to Early Music … see Full Review

‘Early Morn’ Danish music for guitar - Per NORGARD (b. 1932) Five Preludes and a Serenade, Suite for Guitar (1998) [12:10] Dawning [1:58] - Listening [0:56] - Still Gentle from Sleep [2:28] - Waking up [0:58] - Scherzo depressivo (The Old Grind) [1:02] - Trio I Ordinary Morning Song [0:50] - Trio II Morning Song with a Bang [1:02] - Scherzo de capo [1:05] - Serenade [1:51] - The Queen of Hearts, for Solo Guitar with Obbligato Cello* (1995) - (from the cycle of Suites ‘Tales from a Hand’) [7:39] - Courtly Dance [1:56] - Street-dance (with four variations) [6:10] - Flemming WEIS (1898-1981) Aspects, for Solo Guitar (1975) [7:39] - The Gentle [2:30] - The Merry [1:28] - The Gloomy [3:41] - Bent LORENTZEN (b. 1935) Umbra, for Solo Guitar (1973, rev. 1987) [8:16] - John FRANDSEN (b. 1956) Nature Morte, Five Miniatures for Guitar (1986) [12:38] - Perpetuum Mobile [2:13] - Interlude [2:17] - Arabesque [2:30] - Cadence [2:38] - Nocturne [3:00] - Poul RUDERS (b. 1949) Jargon, for Solo Guitar (1973) [13:28] - Axel BORUP-JORGENSEN (b. 1924) Praeambula Op. 72 (1974-76) [11:24] Guitar: Erling Moldrup - Cello: Morten Zeuthen* - Norgard: Performed August 2000 in Torpen Kapel, Humlebaek, Denmark. Weis, Lorentzen, Frandsen, Ruders and Borup-Jorgensen: Performed 1988-89 in the Concert Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Arhus, Denmark DANACORD DACOCD 594 [65.00?] [MC]

Persuasive accounts of what are for the most part accessible and always fascinating works … see Full Review

Eduard Erdmann (pianoforte): George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite no. 4 (1) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in c, op. 13 – "Pathétique" (2) - Piano Concerto no. 3 in c, op. 37 (3) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Konzertstück, op. 92 (4) - Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (5) - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre (6) Eduard Erdmann (pianoforte) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Arthur Rother (3), Orchester des Reichssenders München/Hans Rosbaud (4), Grosses Orchester Berlin/Hans Rosbaud (6) - Recorded 4th November 1948 (1), 6th January 1953 (2), 17th November 1935 (3), 1943 (4, 6), 17th March 1952 (5), from Bavarian Radio Archives TAHRA TAH 199-200 [2 CDs: 63’ 40"+64’ 17"] [CH]

The works with orchestra fare best in this rather uneven tribute to a forgotten pianist. … see Full Review

Johan Fostier (guitar) Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Platero and I - Capriccio Diabolico (Homage to Paganini) - Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Variations on Folia de España and Fugue - Vincente ASENCIO (1908-1979) Three Homages Johan Fostier, guitar - Recorded in St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 26th- 30th April 2002. NAXOS 8.557039 [67.34] [NH]

Another great Naxos guitar disc, well worth a fiver for any music lover … see Full Review

French Ballet Music Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) 'Le Roi s'amuse' - Incidental music (Recorded Salle Wagram, Paris; 1958) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) ‘Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune' (Recorded Abbey Road, London; 1957) 'L'Enfant prodigue' - Scène lyrique - Cortège et air de danse (Abbey Road; 1959) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) 'Samson et Dalila' - Opéra en trois actes:- Danse des prêtresses de Dagon (Acte I) (Recorded Abbey Road; 1958-9) Bacchanale (Acte III) (Recorded Kingsway Hall, London; 1958) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) 'La Damnation de Faust' - Légende dramatique:- Danse des sylphes (Partie II) ( Recorded Abbey Road; 1957) Menuet des follets (Partie III) ( Recorded Abbey Road; 1957) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) 'Cendrillon' - Opéra en quatre actes: Valse (Acte I) (Recorded Salle Wagram, Paris; 1957) Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) 'Faust' - Opéra en cinq actes: Musique de ballet (Acte V) (Recorded Salle Wagram, Paris; 1957) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham Digital re-mastered 2002. EMI GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 5 67899 2 [70.25] Midprice [AB]

A shining example of the lighter side of Beecham: strongly recommended. see Full Review

French Concertos for the Harp Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Concert Piece in G flat Op. 39 François-Adrien BOÏELDIEU (1775-1834) Concerto in C Op. 82 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Concert Piece in G Op. 154 Henriette RENIÉ (1875-1956) Concerto in C minor (premiere recording) Xavier de Maistre (harp) Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie/Shao-Chia Lü Recorded in Görreshaus 27 November to 1 December 2001 CLAVES CD 50 - 2206 [67.33] [CF]

A varied diet of four works for the harp covering 120 years … see Full Review

French Music of the 18th Century Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris * Sonate à la Marésienne ** Charles DIEUPART (died about 1740) Suitte in F major ** François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Neuvième Concert Intitulé Ritratto dell' Amore * Jacques Hotteterre LE ROMAIN (ca. 1680-1761) Suitte in e minor ** Marijke Miessen, recorder Anner Bylsma, violoncello piccolo * Pieter Wispelwey, violoncello ** Bob van Asperen, harpsichord Rec: September 1989, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Bennebroek, Netherlands. Remastered 2001. TEKNON TK 11-250 [66.36] [KM]

A delight, a perfect marriage of the instruments, some of the best musicians for this repertory. … see Full Review

GÉNIA: UNVEILED Music from Russia’s Women Composers Elena FIRSOVA (b. 1950) Elegy (1979) Hymn to Spring (1993) Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931) Chaconne (1962) Sonata (1965) Lena LANGER (b. 1975) Reflection (1993/98) Galina USTVOLSKAYA (b. 1919) Sonata No. 2 (1949) Sonata No. 6 (1988) Génia, piano Recorded at Gateway Studio, December 1999 and March 2000 BLACK BOX BBM1039 [67.18] [WH]

The perfect advocate. All the virtuosity and stamina required. Communicates her own conviction to the listener. Extremely challenging – not a lot of fun, but compelling and satisfying. … see Full Review


Great Women Composers
Six CD set from CPO
CPO 999 914-2 [6 CDs]:- Anna Bon di Venezia (1740-1767?) Flute Sonatas Op. 1 Sonata No. 1 in C major; No. 2 in F major; No. 3 in B major; No. 4 in D major; No. 5 in G minor; No. 6 in G major Sabine Dreier, transverse flute; Irene Hegen, square piano Recorded: St Johannis Kirche, Bayreuth, September 1992 CPO 999 181-2 [63.53] Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) Symphony No. 1 Op. 32 in C minor (1841) Symphony No. 3 Op. 36 in G minor (1847) Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, conducted by Johannes Goritzki. Recorded: 2nd –4th March 1998 (Symphony No 1) and 10th –12th December 1997 Location not stated CPO 999 603-2 [66.12] Camilla de Rossi (fl 1707) Il Sacrifizio di Abramo - The Sacrifice of Abraham. (1708) Weser-Renaissance, leader Manfred Cordes Recorded 8th –10th September 1995, Uthlede CPO 999 371-2 [74.56] Clara Schumann-Wieck (1819-1896) Piano Works: Soirees musicales Op. 6 (1835-6); Scherzo in D minor Op. 10 (1838); Scherzo in C minor Op. 14 (1844); Pieces fugitives Op. 15 (1845) Variations n a theme by Robert Schumann Op. 20 (1853); Romance in A minor Op. 21/1 918530; Romance in B minor op.posth. (c. 1855) Konstanze Eickhorst, piano Recorded: Not stated CPO 999 132-2 [64.46] Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944 String Quartet in E minor (1914) String Quintet Op. 1 in E major (1884) Mannheimer Streichquartett with Joachim Griesheimer, 2nd cello Recorded: March 1990 (Quartet) and November 1994 (Quintet), Funkstudio, Villa Berg CPO 999 352-2 [68.29] Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910) Songs: Madrid. Serenade Sérénade. Havanaise. Bonjour mon coeur. Grands oiseaux blancs. La petite chevriere chevrière. La chene chêne et le roseau. L'enfant et la mere mère. Desespoir Désespoir. Adieu les beaux jours. Scene Scène d'Hermione. Jommelli (arr. Viardot-Garcia Viardot-García): La calandrina. Gluck (arr. Viardot-Garcia Viardot-García): Orphee Et Eurydice—L'espoir renait renaît dans mon ame âme. Chopin arrangements—Seize ans; La danse; L'oiselet; Aime-moi. Karen Ott, soprano Christoph Keller, piano Recorded: November 1987 and June 1988. Location not stated. CPO 999 044-2 [59.00] Budget price

A fine collection of rare pieces by an all women cast of composers. From great symphonies on a par with Mendelssohn to a moving oratorio on the subject of Abraham and Isaac, these CDs offer an eclectic introduction a wide variety of music and styles - from 1707 to 1914. Excellent recordings and presentation as usual from CPO. see Full Review

Hallé Christmas! Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hansel and Gretel – Overture Hector BERLIOZ (1803-69) The Shepherd’s Farewell from The Childhood of Christ Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on Christmas Carols Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-93) Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker Op. 71 Cecil BROADHURST arr. Malcolm Sargent Cowboy Carol Adolphe ADAM (1803-56) arr. Henri TOMASI Cantique de Noël (Minuit, chrétiens!) Peter CORNELIUS (1824-74) arr. Ivor ATKINS The Three Kings Op. 8 No.3 Leroy ANDERSON Sleigh Ride Arr. David WILLCOCKS O come, all ye faithful Arr. Arthur WARRELL orch. Pat RYAN We wish you a merry Christmas Brian Rayner Cook (bar) Hallé Choir/Ronald Frost (chorus master) Hallé Orchestra/Maurice Handford Recorded in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 1980 ADD EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 7243 5 75797 2 8 [49:44] [CT]

A relatively conventional programme of festive favourites, but worthwhile for a spirited performance of the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. … see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz. Never before released and rare live recordings. Volume Two - Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto in D Major op. 35 (1878) - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 63 (1935) - Jascha Heifetz, violin - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/William Steinberg (Tchaikovsky: Hollywood Bowl 21 March 1949) - Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitsky (Prokofiev: Concert Hall broadcast 2 April 1949) CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 115 [53.48] [JW]

Tension filled and fast, … most will be won over by Heifetz’s glorious string cantilena … see Full Review

"HEIFETZ • RUBINSTEIN • PIATIGORSKY" Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto #4 in G - Artur Rubinstein, piano - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Dorati conducting - Recorded Royal Festival Hall 7 December 1967 - Frederick CHOPIN: Polonaise in Ab, "Heroic" - Artur Rubinstein, piano - Recorded Royal Festival Hall 26 May 1968 - Felix MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto #2 in e: I. allegro molto appassionato - Claude DEBUSSY: La Fille aux Cheveux de lin, arr. Heifetz violin and orchestra - Grigoras DINICU: Hora Staccato, arr. Heifetz violin and orchestra - Jascha Heifetz, violin - Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra, Donald Voorhees conducting - Recorded in the USA in 1949 - Sir William WALTON: Cello Concerto - Gregor Piatigorsky, cello BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting - Recorded Royal Albert Hall 13 February 1957 - PAL System 4:3 B&W No Region code - Menu Languages: English/Deutsch/Français/Espagnol - Insert: essay by Nalen Anthoni - EMI CLASSIC ARCHIVE DVA 4928409 [93.06] [PS]

Great Beethoven, good Walton, forget about the rest. … see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz. Never-before-published and rare live Recordings. Volume 3 - Lionel Barrymore introduces Jascha Heifetz - Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Estrellita - transc. Heifetz - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K219 Turkish (1775) - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (1903 rev. 1905) - Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Intermezzo (Garden Scene) from Much Ado About Nothing (1920) - Riccardo DRIGO (1846-1930) Valse Bluette – Air de Ballet trans Heifetz - Jack Benny and Jascha Heifetz discuss and perform To a wild rose by Edward MacDowell - Jascha Heifetz, violin with New York Philharmonic/Efrem Kurtz (Mozart) New York Philharmonic/Dmitri Mitropoulos (Sibelius) - The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra/Donald Voorhees (Ponce) - Emanuel Bay, piano (Korngold, Drigo, Jack Benny-Heifetz) - Recorded 1940-1951 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 118 [71.19] [JW]

Razor sharp rhythmic impetus … harmonics negotiated with panache … see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz. Never-before-released and rare live recordings - Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance Op 72 No 3 - Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Habañera Op 21 No 2 - Tomaso VITALI (1663-1745) Chaconne - Christian SINDING (1856-1941) Suite in A Minor Op 10 -
Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880)
Capriccio-Valse Op 7 - Scherzo-Tarantelle op 16 - Concerto no 2 – Movements II and III - Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Gayaneh - Sabre Dance - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) La Capricieuse - Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprice No 24 in A Minor - Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Zephyr - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Meditation from Thaïs - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Oriental Sketch - Joseph ACHRON (1886-1943) Stimmung - Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Tambourin Chinois - Jascha Heifetz, violin with The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra/Donald Voorhees - Emanuel Bay, piano (Khachaturian, Hubay, Rachmaninov, Achron) - Recorded Live c1944-1951 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 113 [73.50] [JW]

An uneven but still eventful start to the Heifetz line on Cembal d’Amour … see Full Review

Hesperos - 20th Century Songs - Switzerland Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Zwölf Eichendorff-Lieder Op. 30 (1917-18):- Waldeinsamkeit; Kurze fahrt; Winternacht; Im wandern; Sterbeglocken; Ergebung; Nachklang; Der verspätete Wanderer; Nacht; An die Lützowschen Jäger; Auf dem Rhein - Meinrad SCHÜTTER (b.1910) Ausgewählte Lieder (1931-1994):- Dumonda (Bitte); Herbsttag; Der Tod; Die Müden sterne; Nächtliche Lampe; Zona dal Plaschair (Zone des Vergnügens); Favuogn (Föhnmorgen) - Andrea Lorenzo SCARTAZZINI (b. 1971) Sappho-Lieder (2002):- Dieser morgen war; In der mitte des tages; Hesperos du bist der; Der mond in der dämerrung; Die sterne gehen wie kienspäne; An meinem bett stand sie. Michael Leibundgut (bass) Ute Stoecklin (piano) rec Theodor-Egel-Saal, Freiburg, Germany 16-17 Jan 2002 (Schoeck; Schütter; 4 May 2002 (Scartazzini), DDD GUILD GMCD 7254 [55.23] [RB]

Charts the full gamut from Schoeck's frank lyricism to Schütter's expressionism to the Scartazzini songs cloaked in experimentalism ... see Full Review

Hommage Jaime M. ZENAMON (b.1953) "Carisma" Op.91: Moderato - Lento - Allegro Carlo DOMENICONI (b.1947) "Oyun": Prologo; Molto energico; Lento; Con Fuoco Roland DYENS (b.1955) "Concertomaggio": à Maurice Ravel; à Fernando Sor; à Astor Piazzolla Amadeus Guitar Duo Hurpfälzisches Kammerorchester/Jiri Malat Recoridng information not available HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD98.389 [57:05] [AD]

A highly attractive collection of tuneful concertos for two guitars. … see Full Review

HOME TO THANKSGIVING: SONGS OF THANKS AND PRAISE - William BILLINGS (1746 -1800) Thanksgiving Anthem: O Praise The Lord of Heaven¹; Jordan¹; Chester¹ - Timothy SWAN (1758 - 1842) Rainbow¹ (text by Isaac Watts) - William TANS'UR (1706 - 1783) Colchester¹ (text Psalm 122) - Jeremiah INGALLS (1764 - 1838) The Apple Tree² - Nehemiah SHUMWAY (1761 - 1843) Schenectady¹ (text by Isaac Watts) - Elisha WEST (1756 - c.1808) Evening Hymn¹ (text by John Leland) - Abraham WOOD (1752 - 1804) Worcester¹ (text by Isaac Watts) - John CAGE (1912 - 1992) The Year Begins To Be Ripe - Thomas TALLIS (c.1505 - 1585) Audivi Vocem²; Benedictus² - Howard SKEMPTON (b. 1947) The Keel Row II³ - Peter ABELARD (1079 - 1142) O Quanta Qualia² - Paul HILLIER It Was Summer Now (text by Gertrude Stein) - ANON/TRAD Brigg Fair³; Benedicamus Deo²; Epithalamica*; Give Good Gifts One To The Other (Mount Lebanon Hymnal)º - His Majestie's Clerkes¹ - Theatre of Voices² - Andrew Lawrence-King, harp³ - Pro Arte Singers (women's voices)* - Catherine Webster, Moira Smiley, Daniel Carberg, Sumner Thompson, voicesº Paul Hillier, voice/director - No recording dates given; disc compiled from Paul Hillier's various HM recordings. HARMONIA MUNDI USA HMX 2907264 [58.06] [NH]

An excellent recent retrospective of one of our most talented vocal directors … See Full Review

The Instruments of the Orchestra Written and narrated Jeremy Siepmann 7 CDs and 208 page book NAXOS 558040-16 [just over 8 hrs music and narration] [IL]

A pleasing and wide-ranging adventure in learning music: entertaining and amusing as well as instructive. … see Full Review


Dejan Ivanovic: Guitar Recital Matilde SALVADOR (b. 1918)
Homenatge a Mistral: Preludi; Plany per Mireio; Farandola Anton García ABRIL (b.1933) Tres Preludios Urbanos: Preludio de Paris; Preludio de Atenas; Preludio de Madrid Frederic MOMPOU (1893-1987) Cancó I Dansa, no.13: Cancó; Dansa Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) Sonata for solo guitar: Allegro; Lento; Vivo; Fantasia: Allegro Malcolm ARNOLD (b. 1921) Fantasy, Op.107: Prelude; Arietta; Fughetta; Arietta; March and Postlude Gordon MCPHERSON (b.1965) Study in moto perpetuo: Brevity can save the nation Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra Rec 2001? DDD NAXOS 8.557038 [68:43] [AD]

The interpretation and use of tone colour seems totally appropriate and the general oneness with the music assured. … see Full Review

Jeffrey Khaner (flute) - British Flute Music - York BOWEN (1884 – 1961) - Sonata for Flute and Piano Op.120 (1946) - Lennox BERKELEY (1903 – 1990) Sonatina for Flute and Piano Op.13 (1939) - Malcolm ARNOLD (born 1921) Sonata for Flute and Piano Op.121 (1977) - Nicholas MAW (born 1935)
Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1957) - Iain HAMILTON (1922 – 2000) Spring Days (1996) - David MATTHEWS (born 1943) Duet Variations Op.30 (1982) Jeffrey Khaner (flute); Charles Abramovic (piano) - Recorded: Curtis Hall, Philadelphia, December 2001 AVIE AV 0016 [64:45] [HC]

Immaculate and seemingly effortless playing … enthusiastically recommended. … see Full Review


Great Conductors of the Twentieth Century: Otto KLEMPERER
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791): Symphony No 38 in D major, K504. "Prague" * [25’56"] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949): Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 ** [14’37"] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Pulcinella – Suite (1947 version)*** [24’38"] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950): Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. Suite for wind orchestra from The Threepenny Opera – extracts**** [9’33"] MOZART: Symphony No 25 in G minor, K183***** Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36****** [34’ 56"] Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928): Sinfonietta******* [23’ 35"] various orchestras see review for details EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 75465 2 2 [152’19"] [JQ]

Klemperer always had something to say about the music he conducted and that is certainly true of this set … see Full Review

LOTUS LAND - British Piano Album - Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Preludes no. 1; no. 4; no. 6; Five Short Pieces - no. 2; no. 3; no. 4; Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Notturno; Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Rosemary; Romance; Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Lotus Land; Arnold BAX (1883-1953) In a Vodka Shop; E.J.MOERAN (1894-1950) Field at Harvest; John IRELAND (1879-1962) April; By the Mere; In the Meadows; The Hunt's Up; The Towing Path; Amberley Wild Brooks; William STERNDALE BENNETT (1816-1875) The Millstream; Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Three Preludes; Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Nocturne; York BOWEN (1884-1961) Prelude in E flat - Kumiko Ida (piano) - No recording information DDD MITTENWALD 99008 [65'56] [DW]

A most auspicious solo recital that deserves the widest circulation and recommendation. ... See Full Review

The Art Of The Lute Player CRECQUILLON/BAKFARK Un gay bergier; ARCADELT/BAKFARK Si grand e la pieta; WAISSEL Four Polish Dances SCARAMELLA GERLE/NEWSIDLER Fantasia 31, Pavana 6, 12, 24, 31, Tentos 4 JOSQUIN/DA RIPA Benedicta est coelorum; JOSQUIN/FUELLANA Christe; JOSQUIN/NARVAEZ Mille Regretz; JOSQUIN/BAKFARK Non Accedat; JOSQUIN/NEWSIDLER Adieu mes Amoures; JOSQUIN/GINTZLER Ave Maria; Galliard: The Fairy-Rownde, Galliard Response, Pavan Herespaternus ANTHONY HOLBOURNE A Horne Pype; BAKFARK Fantasia; MUDARRA Five Fantasias.
Jacob Heringman (lute) Recorded: December 1995; June 1996, May 1997 September 1999 (St. Andrew’s Toddington) from ASVGAU 162, ASVGAU 183 and DGM 0006; July 1996 and January 1997 (Holy Trinity Church Weston, Herefordshire) from ASV CD GAU 173; December 1998 (Wiltshire) from DGM 9906 AVIE 0011 [78.57] [GH]

A delightful and relaxing experience … see Full Review
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