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Guillaume de MACHAUT (ca. 1300-1377) Guillaume de Machaut et l'art des Trouvères, Vièles et voix du Moyen Age :Anon. 1.La quarte estampie roial (5 vielles & rebecs) Gautier de Coincy 2.Chanson: Ma vièle vièler veut un biau son (voice, 5 vielles & rebecs) Anon. 3.Conductus: Ave Maris Stella (3 vielles) Gace Brulé 4.Chanson: Cil qui d'amors me consoille (voice, citole) Anon. 5.Motet: In seculum viellatoris (3 vielles) 6.Motet: In seculum (3 vielles) Colin Muset 7.En mai (rebec, voice) Anon. 8.La tierche estampie roial (5 vielles & rebecs) 9.Motet: L'autrier joer m'en alai (voice, crwth, 2 vielles) 10.Rondeau de carol et motet: Tuit cil qui sunt enamourat (4 voices, 5 vielles & rebecs) 11.Chanson: Apris ai qu'en chantant plour (voice) Alfonso el Sabio (attr.): Cantigas de Santa Maria 12.Cantiga 42: A Virgen mui groriosa (rebec) Chastelain de Coucy 13.Chanson: La douce voiz du rosignol sauvage (voice, bowed citole) Anon. 14.Motet: Ne m'oubliez mie (voice, vielle) Jehannot de Lescurel 15.Belle comme loiaus amans (5 vielles & rebecs) Adam de la Halle 16.Rondeau: Fi maris (3 voices) 17.Rondeau: Li dous regars (3 vielles) 18.Chanson: On demande mout souvent qu'est amours (voice, vielle) Jehannot de Lescurel 19.Chanson: Gracieusette (5 vielles & rebecs) 20.Chanson: Amour trop vous doit cherir (5 vielles & rebecs) Guillaume de Machaut 21.Le lay mortel (voice, crwth, psaltery) 22.Chanson roial (5 vielles & rebecs) Emmanuel Bonnardot, (voice, bowed strings: vielle, rebec, bowed citole, crwth), Barnabé Janin, Jean-Loup Descamps, Susanne Meyer, Valérie Ingert (bowed strings, voices, citole),
Hélène Moreau (psaltery) Rec: June 2001, Église de Sergines CALLIOPE 9308 [67.41] [KM]

This is one of the finest collections of music by the trouvères to be released in a long time. … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 5 - Das Lied von der Erde* *Agnes Baltsa (mezzo soprano), Klaus König (tenor) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt Rec 1978, *1982-4, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
EMI CLASSICS 5 74849 2 [2CDs: 75.40 + 66.56] [TB]

Excellent performances now available at a competitive price. A most attractive proposition. … see Full Review

Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 5 National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/Arthur Fagen Rec 10-15 March 1995, Grand Studio, Ukraine National Radio, Kiev NAXOS 8.553350 [60.31] [TB]

Good but not outstanding. Martinu is undoubtedly a major symphonist, and that message comes through loud and clear on this appealing disc. see Full Review

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Werther Sung in French First performance 16 February 1892, Vienna Werther - Ferruccio Tagliavini (tenor) Charlotte - Pia Tassinari (mezzo soprano) Albert - Marcello Cortis (baritone) Sophie - Vittoria Neviani (soprano) Le Bailli - Guiliano Ferrein (bass) Schmidt - Tommaso Soley (tenor) Johann Per - Luigi Latinucci (baritone) Coro di Voci Bianche Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI Francesco Molinari Pradelli (conductor) Recorded at Turin 1953 WARNER FONIT 8573 87494-2 2CDs [121.32] Superbudget £8.99 [CF]

This set is a reissue of Cetra LPs of the 1950s and very fine too. Very much a matter of forgetting about French style and making do with voluptuous Italian singing. … see Full Review

Siegfried MATTHUS (born 1934) Cello Concerto (1975) Symphony No.2 (1976) Josef Schwab (cello) Orchester der Komische Oper Berlin/Siegfried Matthus Recorded: SRK Berlin, September 1978 BERLIN CLASSICS 0094522 BC [52:14] [HC]

These fine works undoubtedly deserve to be better known and these 1978 recorded performances conducted by the composer serve them well (and still sound remarkably well). … see Full Review

Siegfried MATTHUS (born 1934) Das Land Phantásien (1995) Michael Heltau (narrator); Bruckner Orchester Linz; Ingo Ingensand Recorded : Brucknerhaus, Linz, December 2000 BERLIN CLASSICS 0017412 BC [50:30] [HC]

Very fine and highly entertaining - I am fully convinced that Das Land Phantásien should and could become a highly popular work with younger audiences. … see Full Review

MAYR Mass in C minor. MOZART Salve regina; Quis te-comprehendat; In te Domine speravi. Marian Ulewicz (sop) Christa Mayer (alto) Thomas Cooley (tenor) Thomas Gropper (bass) Vokalensemble Ingolstadt, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Hauk. (DDD) GUILD GMCD 7231 [65.48] [DW]

There is a lot of good music here but the irritating bits are really irritating. .. see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN Piano Concertos*: no. 1 in G minor, op. 25, no. 2 in D minor, op. 40, Variations sérieuses, op. 54, Rondo capriccioso, op. 14 Jean-Yves Thibaudet (pianoforte), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt* Recorded 20-21 Dec. 1997, Leipzig Gewandhaus (Concertos) Rec 10-11 March 2001, The Colosseum, Watford (solo pieces) DECCA 468 600-2 [57.45] [CH]

The solo pieces make the strongest impression here. … see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Turangalila Symphony Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa, Yvonne Loriod, piano Recorded in 1967 Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 4 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France/Marek Janowski Recorded in 1994 Bacchus et Ariane, Suite no.2 Boston Symphony/Charles Munch Recorded in 1952 RCA RED SEAL 74321 846012 LC 00316 2 CD set; CD1 [77:24] CD2 [61:56] bargain price [GPJ]

RCA knock you out of your seat with sheer pizzazz. No denying the brilliance of the sound in Turangalila. Janowski's French Radio Philharmonic give outstanding performances - energetic, stylish and intense. ... see Full Review

Barry MILLS (b 1949) Summer Waves Saxophone Sketches, Saxophone Quartet, The Wind and the Trees, Duo for Flute and Clarinet, Guitar Quartet, Trio for Flute, Viola and Guitar, Harp Sketches, Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp Tony Sions, alto saxophone, Saxploitation, Philip Edwards, B flat clarinet, Charlotte Munro, flute, The English Guitar Quartet, Alison Back, flute, Peter Sulski, viola, Paul Gregory, guitar, Hugh Webb, harp, Recorded All Saints, Eastbourne between 1993-1996 CLAUDIO CC 5153-2 [71.31] [JW]

The performances are more than merely dedicated and the sound is perfectly adequate. A welcome disc. … see Full Review

Frederic MOMPOU (1893-1987) Piano Works Vol 1 Suburbis: Scenes d’enfants: Cançons I Danses I – IV Préludes Nos. 5 and 8 Remei Cortes Ayats (piano) Recorded in December 1987 PAVANE ADW 7192-2 [49:11] Piano Works Vol 2 Cançons I Danses VII-XIV Pessebres: Impressions intimes: Preludis: Remei Cortes Ayats (piano) (Recorded Brussels April 1998) PAVANE ADW 7408 [75:26] [IL]

Charming elusive piano music played by Ayats with too little charm and spontaneity. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Lieder: Ridente la calma, K. 152, Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K. 307, Dans un bois solitaire, K. 308, Die kleine Spinnerin, K. 531, Als Luise die Briefe, K. 520, Abendempfindung, K. 523, Das Kinderspiel, K. 598, Die Alte, K. 517, Das Traumbild, K. 530, Das Veilchen, K. 476, Der Zauberer, K. 472, Im Frühlingsanfang, K. 597, Das Lied der Trennung, K. 519, Die Zufriedenheit, K. 349, An Chloe, K. 524, Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K. 596 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Walter Gieseking (pianoforte) - Recorded 13, 14, 16 April 1955, No. 1A Studio, Abbey Road, London - Concert Arias: Ch’io mi scordi di te? K. 505*, Vado, ma dove? K. 583, Alma grande e nobil core, K. 578, Nehmt meinen Dank, K. 383 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Alfred Brendel (pianoforte)*, London Symphony Orchestra/George Szell
Recorded 10. 11. 14. 18 Sep. 1968, Kingsway Hall, London EMI CLASSICS CDZ 5 74803 2 [70.49] [CH]

The songs with Gieseking are classics of the gramophone that everyone must have. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319 Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner' Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Iona Brown Rec April 1997, Henry Wood Hall, London HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 94.003 [40.18] Budget [TB]

I doubt whether better performances can be found anywhere. see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 Sonata in C major, K 279 Sonata in F major, K 280 Sonata in B flat major, K 281 Sonata in E flat major, K 282 Sonata in G major, K 283 Roberte Mamou (piano) Rec 1991, Ghent PAVANE ADW 7246 [67.35] [TB]

A welcome return. Performances stylistically sensitive and recordings natural and clear. ...see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 Sonata in D major, K 284 Sonata in C major, K 309 Sonata in D major, K311 Roberte Mamou (piano) Rec 1991, Ghent PAVANE ADW 7247 [67.40] [TB]

A most welcome addition to the catalogue. She has just the right manner for this repertoire, spontaneous and natural. ...see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas, Volume 3 Sonata in A minor, K310 Sonata in C major, K330 Sonata in A major, K331 Roberte Mamou (piano) Rec 1991, Ghent PAVANE ADW 7248 [59.13] [TB]

Mamou achieves a pleasing balance of lyricism and rhythmic activity all to good stylistic effect. …. See Full Review.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas, Volume 4 Sonata in F major, K332 Sonata in B flat major, K 333 Fantasia in C minor, K475 Sonata in C minor, K457 Roberte Mamou (piano) Rec 1991, Ghent PAVANE ADW 7249 [73.50] [TB]

The musical language has great depth and intensity, the virtuosity used to expressive purpose. Mamou communicates very directly, and the recording has a pleasing ambience. This is another success in this impressive series. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas, Volume 5 Sonata in F major, K533 Sonata in C major, K545 Sonata in B flat major, K570
Sonata in D major, K576
Roberte Mamou (piano) Rec 1991, Ghent PAVANE ADW 7250 [73.50]

Stylistically sensitive performances and recordings generally natural and clear. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonatas in F, K.332, in B flat, K. 333, in C minor, K.457, Adagio in B minor, K.540 Alfred Brendel (pianoforte) Recorded 7-8.7.2000, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (K.457), 21-25.1.2000, Glyndebourne Opera House (others) PHILIPS 468 048-2 [74.36] [CH]

Much here will surely be listened to by future generations as a locus classicus both of how to perform these sonatas and of Brendel’s own playing. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Piano Sonatas Mozart Edition vol. 7 [305.19] Klára Würtz, piano Rec: Summer 1998, Maria Minor, Utrecht BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99719 5CDs [305.19]

Würtz’s performance is competent. This bargain set is a good way to discover these fine works, but, for truly inspired performances, try Brendel or Uchida. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Vesperae solennes de Dominica (K321) Litaniae Lauretanae (K195). Soloists and choir of New College Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom. Rec. Dorchester Abbey, July 1992. K617 Records. K617028 [57.09][RJF]

A welcome issue given the dearth of recordings of this repertoire particularly on period instruments. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Figaro - Ezio Pinza (bass-baritone) Susanna - Bidú Sayão (soprano) Cherubino - Jarmila Novotna (mezzo soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Paul Breisach (conductor) Recorded live in April 1943 PLUS STANDARD HOUR CONCERT Recorded live on 28 September 1951 GUILD HISTORICAL 2203/5 [196’ 12"] [CF]

Wonderful performance of Figaro taken live from the Met during the Second World War, the cast as good as anyone could surely wish for. An initial release with some mouth-watering offerings to come from Guild. ...see Full Review [CF]
A sparkling performance, very well sung and conducted and, sound-wise, easy to listen to. The voices are heard to better effect than the more recessed orchestra. …. See Full Review [RF]

MOZART opera arias (Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung and Cosi Fan Tutte); also Exsultate Jubilate KV165 Aga Winska (soprano) Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Wojciech Michniewski Rec. Warsaw Philharmonic Hall 1990 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7289 [52.47] [RJF]

With vocal strengths such as exemplified here, it is no wonder that Aga Winska has found work under the batons of the likes of Harnoncourt, Cambreling and Östman. Recording first class, well balanced between voice and orchestra in a true, clear and natural acoustic. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART La Flûte enchantée pour trois cors de basset et timbales - The Magic Flute Le Trio di Bassetto: Jean-Claude Veilhan; Éric Lorho; Jean-louis Gauch Michèle Claude (percussion)Recorded in Paris on 23-25 February, 1999 K617 K617097 [62.35] [CF]

For lovers of the basset-horn this may be worthwhile but on the whole I’d stay well away from this version of The Magic Flute and buy the original version. .. see Full Review

Modest MOUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Boris Godounov (Rimsky edition)
Prologue, Scenes from Acts 2 and 3, Act 4. Sung in Italian. Immortal Performances Series. Boris: Feodor Chaliapin (bass), Varlaam: Salvatore Baccaloni (bass), Dimitri: Dino Borgioli (ten), Pimen: Nicola Moscana: (bass) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London/ Vincenzo Belleza. Rec. Live performance July 4th 1928 (plus interpolations) GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD2206 [72.14] [RF]

Chaliapin's voice is strong and full toned albeit lacking some of the sap of earlier recordings. Whilst some noises are present I did not find these disturbing. It must have been a memorable night at the opera! … see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov Completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov First performance St Petersburg, 8 February 1874 Boris Feodor Chaliapin (bass) Orchestra and Chorus of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden Vincenzo Bellezza (conductor) Recorded live on 4 July 1928 GUILD HISTORICAL 2206 [72.14] [CF]

It must have been the experience of a lifetime to have been there to hear it live, but we must now be grateful to Guild for recreating it for us today. see Full Review

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Belle Hélène Helen, Queen of Sparta: Dame Felicity Lott Paris, son of King Priam, King of Troy: Yann Beuron Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble Choir of the Musiciens du Louvre Conductor: Marc Minkowski Costumes and Stage Design: Laurent Pelly TDK DV-OPLBH , [127 min. (opera), 26 min. (interviews)] [FC]

It is one of those all too rare evenings when somehow, magically, the assembled forces unite to create an operatic jewel - a performance that bears repeated viewing. … see Full Review

Johann Christoph OLEY (1738 – 1789) Jan Van Mol/ The Organ of Steinfeld Basilika. Rec 1990s? PAVANE ADW 7314 Full price [c 60 mins?] [RV]

Performances delightful and for those who like to explore newly recorded works, the CD is to be recommended. … see Full Review

Peter PHILIPS (1561-1628) Cantiones Sacrae. Quinis Vocibus: Salve Regina; Christus resurgens; O nomen Jesu The Tudor Consort/Peter Walls Recorded August 1999 in the Chapel College, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. NAXOS EARLY MUSIC SERIES 8.555056 [70:12] [RBr]

The Tudor Consort is completely at home with these works with intricate weaving of the voices into a resplendent tapestry of sound. Yet another important rescue operation by Naxos which should earn the gratitude of early music enthusiasts. see Full Review

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Tangazo * Adiòs Nonino * Milonga del ángel, Double Concerto for bandoneon and guitar *† Oblivion * + Tres movimientos tanguísticos porteños, Danza criolla, Tangazo Daniel Binelli (bandoneon) * Eduardo Isaac (guitar) † Louise Pellerin + Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Conducted by Charles Dutoit (Recorded Église St-Eustache, Montreal – 18th May 2000) DECCA 468 528-2 [75:47] [IL]

Hedonistic, exotically coloured tango music in vivid orchestral dress played with conviction and enthusiasm.. Just the thing to banish dull winter blues. … see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concerto no. 3 in C, op. 26 (1) Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Preludes, op. 34: nos. 24, 10, 5 (2) Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1979) Piano Concerto in D flat (3) William Kapell, Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati (1), Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky (3) Recorded State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, 7 Jan 1949 (1), RCA Studio no. 2, New York, 11 Dec. 1944 (2), Symphony Hall, Boston, 19 April 1946 (3) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110673 [64.20] [CH]

Kapell was an extraordinarily gifted pianist and if you don’t know his playing you should lose no time in doing so....see Full Review

PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet Lyon National Opera Ballet & Lyon National Opera Orchestra Kent Nagano, conductor Arthaus DVD 100 246, region code 2 & 5. [MB]

This is the third version of Prokofiev’s great ballet I have now seen on DVD – and immeasurably the best, even if it is sliced and cut to less than half its usual length.In choreographic terms this production is a millennium away from the staid artistry of Nureyev and Kasatkina/Vasilov.... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Fanciulla del West Opera in Three Acts Minnie……Carla Gavazzi Jack Rance.. Ugo Savarese Dick Johnson…………. Vasco Campagnano Orchestra Lirica e Coro di Milano della RAI conducted by Arturo Basile (Mono recording made in Milan on 23rd November 1950) WARNER FONIT/CETRA 2CD 8573 87488-2 [119:28] [IL}

This historic premiere recording has powerful performances from its three leads and its direction under the baton of Arturo Basile is compelling and colourful. … see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Madama Butterfly Opera in three acts Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan 1974 film directed by Jean-Pierre Ponelle DECCA DVD 071 404-9 [144 mins] [IL]

Freni captivates throughout with a well-nigh flawless performance. Wallow in the wonderful performance. … see Full Review

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Fantazias London Baroque Rec.: January 200, St. Martin’s, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. BIS CD-1165 [71.55] [KM]

This beautiful disc, a recording of some of the finest string music ever written, shows that the right performers can play such works on "modern" instruments. … see Full Review

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto no 3 in C minor Mark Zeltser (piano) Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Rudolf Barshai - Recorded in the Philharmonie, Cologne in 1999 (or possibly earlier) LAUREL RECORDS LR-904 [55;15] [AAS]

the most striking thing about this disc is Zeltser’s wonderfully clean and crisply articulated piano-playing, and this is the disc’s strongest recommendation. In addition, Barshai and his forces provide excellent and sympathetic accompaniments. … … see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No 1 + Piano Concerto No 2 * Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini # Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) Philharmonia Orchestra + Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra * # Malcolm Sargent conductor + Walter Goehr conductor * Basil Cameron conductor # Recorded between 1937 and 1948 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110676 [78.12] [JW]

Stellar performances then and a necessary purchase, even if you have Moiseiwitsch’s re-makes. … see Full Listing

Bernard RANDS (born 1934) "...in the receding mist..." (1988) Aurelio de la VEGA (born 1925) Testimonial (1990)a Roque CORDERO (born 1917) Dodecaconcerto (1990) Bruce SAYLOR (born 1946) See You in the Morning (1987)b Anne Marie Ketchum (soprano)a; Constance Beavon (mezzo-soprano)b; The North/South Consonance Ensemble; Max Lifschitz
Recorded: Recital Hall of the University of Albany, June 1993 NORTH/SOUTH RECORDINGS R 1003 [76:51] [HC]

The performances seem excellent to me, committed and thus convincing. I would certainly like to hear more of these composers’ music. Recommended. … see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Complete Works for Solo Piano Walter Gieseking, piano Recorded Abbey Road, London 1954 EMI 7243 5 74793 2 5 [2 CDs 117.42] [JW]

There can be no greater compliment than to say of a performance that during its span one is convinced that the music could go no other way. And that is Gieseking’s Ravel. … see Full Review

RICHTER: THE LAST CONCERT Three Mozart Piano Concertos Piano Concerto No. 1 in F K.337 Piano Concerto No. 5 in D K.175 Piano Concerto No. 18 in Bb K.456 Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra Rudolf Barshai (conductor) Recorded at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 3 March 1993 LAUREL RECORD LR-902 [74.53] [CF]

Richter: a deeply sensitive artist, intense in approach and a visionary who now is sorely missed, and the like of which will probably never be seen or heard again. see Full Review

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Guglielmo Tell Giuseppe Taddei (Guglielmo Tell), Rosanna Carteri (Matilde), Mario Filippeschi (Arnoldo), Giorgio Tozzi (Gualtiero), Plinio Clabassi (Melchtal), Graziella Sciutti (Jemmy), Miti Truccato Pace (Edvige), Fernando Corena (Gessler), Turin RAI Chorus and Symphony Orchestra/Mario Rossi Recorded 13 November 1951, Turin WARNER FONIT 8573 87489-2 [3 CDs: 65.41, 47.27, 53.04] [CH]

The recording is too "historical" in quality to make this a first, second or third choice, but opera buffs will find a number of interesting performances here. … see Full Review

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Il Signor Bruschino - Opera in one act Gaudenzio…Jerzy Mahler(bass) Sofia… Alicja Slowakiewicz(soprano) Warsaw Chamber Opera / Jacek Kasprzyk Recorded 1985 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7158 [CD: 72.19] [RMK]

The combination of the singers produces a result greater than the sum of the parts. The duets and ensembles are almost all quite excellently performed. … see Full Review

Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Sinfonia Concertante, op. 38 (1), A Tribute, op. 56 (2), The Morning Watch, op. 55 (3), Ode to the Queen, op. 83 (4) Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) (4), Howard Shelley (piano) (1), BBC National Chorus of Wales (3), BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox Recorded 28 Aug. 1996 (1, 2), 15 Feb. 1994 (3), 25-26 Feb. 1998 (4), Brangwyn Hall, Swansea CHANDOS CHAN 9966 [62.28] [CH]

An essential purchase for the "Sinfonia Concertante", one of Rubbra’s masterpieces presented with total conviction. … see Full Review

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