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Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Songs of the Auvergne - series 1-5 - New Songs of the Auvergne (orch. Gershon Kingsley) Netania Davrath (sop) orchestra conducted by Pierre de la Roche (Songs); Gershon Kingsley (New Songs) - rec. late 1950s/early 1960s VANGUARD CLASSICS SVC-38/39 [68.04+51.29] [RB]

These two Davrath discs remain the reference against which all other recordings are measured. ... see Full Review

Joseph CANTELOUBE (1897-1957) Songs of the Auvergne (selection) Gabriel FAURÉ (1854-1924) Pavane Op. 50 - Masques et Bergamasques Suite Op.112 - Jill Gomez (soprano) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Canteloube) London Philharmonic Orchestra (Fauré) Vernon Handley - Recorded at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, January 1985 (Canteloube) Barking Town Hall, November 1974 (Fauré) CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 575 1382 [66.36] [TH]

Difficult to imagine a more persuasive selection at such a temptingly low price. … see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 65 (1847) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1973-1943) Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 19 (1901) Jamie Walton, cello Charles Owen, piano Recorded December 2001, Netherhall House, London, UK. SOMM NEW HORIZONS SOMMCD 026 [64.36] [WH]

Another winner in Somm’s new series promoting the younger generation of musicians, altogether unmissable for anyone wanting these two particular works. … see Full Review

Eric Coates (1886-1957) The Symphonic Eric Coates - Cinderella – A Phantasy (1930), The Selfish Giant – A Phantasy (1925), The Three Bears – A Phantasy (1927), Miniature Suite (1911), London (London Everywhere) – Suite (1933), Joyous Youth - Suite (1922), The Dambusters – a March (1954) BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Rumon Gamba - Recorded 9th & 10th October 2001 Studio 7 New Broadcasting House Manchester CHANDOS CHAN 9869 [79.27] [JF]

Excellent introduction to Coates’ tuneful and well-wrought music. Old favourites and lesser-known minor masterpieces. … see Full Review

Henry COWELL (1897-1965) Orchestral Works - Persian Set, Hymn and Fuguing Tune, American Melting Pot, Air (for Solo Violin and String Orchestra)*, Old American Country Set, Adagio (from Ensemble for String Orchestra) *Michael Sutton, violin - Manhattan Chamber Orchestra Richard Auldon Clark, conductor - Recorded at the Recital Hall, SUNY, Purchase 11th - 12th February 1993 KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-7220-2H1 [64.07] [NH]

A interesting insight into the more accessible side of a great American pioneer.….. see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images (1894) Estampes - Images, Series I - Images, Series II Paul Jacobs (piano) Recorded 1978, New York APEX 7559 79674 2 [57.18] [TB]

More recent performances have been more atmospherically realised, but at budget price this recital is certainly worth serious consideration....see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Requiem (1916) Idyll - Once I Passed Through a Populous City (1902) A Song Before Sunrise (1918) Songs of Farewell (1928) Heather Harper (sop) John Shirley-Quirk (bar) Royal Choral Society RPO/Meredith Davies (Requiem; Idyll) RPO/Malcolm Sargent (Sunrise; Farewell) rec Requiem; Idyll: Kingsway Hall, London, 19-21 Feb 1968; No. 1 Studio, Abbey Rd, Sunrise 2 Mar 1965; Farewell 22-23 Apr 1964, ADD recordings made and reissued under auspices of the Delius Trust EMI CLASSICS CDZ 7243 5 75293 2 7 [78.15] [RB]

A generous and thoroughly welcome coupling shedding light into some of the shadier corners of the Delian legacy. ...see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) North Country Sketches (1914) In a Summer Garden - Rhapsody (1913) Appalachia (1902) RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham Rec EMI Studio 1, 14 Feb 1949 (Sketches); 27 Oct 1951 (Garden); 29 Oct, 6 Nov, 7, 13 Dec 1952 (Appalachia) mono ADD SONY SMK 89429 [70.47] [RB]

Beecham brings a myriad glistening dimensions to all this music. … see Full Review

José De NEBRA (1702-1768) Miserere - 1.Miserere mei Deus, 2.Et secundum multitudinem, 3.Amplius lava me, 4.Quoiniam iniquitatem, 5.Tibi soli peccavi, 6.Ecce enim in iniquitatibus, 7.Ecce enim veritatem, 8.Asperges me, 9.Auditui meo, 10.Averte faciem, 11.Cor mundum crea, 12.Ne projicias me, 13.Redde mihi, 14.Docebo, 15.Libera me, 16.Domine, labia mea aperies, 17.Quoniam si voluisses, 18.Sacrificium Deo, 19.Benigne fac, 20.Tun acceptabis, 21.Tunc imponent - Two extracts from the zarzuela Para obsequio a la deydad nunca es culto la crueldad, I Iphinenia en Tracia - 22.Allegro cantabile (instrumental), 23.Yo soy, tyrana (Rezitativ), 24.Ha, ingrato (Duett) Marta Almajano, soprano - Xenia Meijer, mezzo-soprano Al Ayre Español, Eduardo Lopez Banzo - Rec: August - September, November 2000, Evangelische Kirche Gönningen, Germany. DHM 05472 77532 2 [57.38][KM]

A disc to listen to over and over. A beautiful, moving recording. … see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor - Giuseppe Manacchini (Enrico Ashton, baritone), Lina Pagliughi (Lucia, soprano), Giovanni Malipiero (Edgardo, tenor), Muzio Giovagnoli (Bucklaw, tenor), Luciano Neroni (Raimondo, baritono), Orchestra Sinfonica dell’EIAR di Torino Ugo Tansini - Recorded in Turin, 17th-24th May 1939 WARNER FONIT 8573 87492-2 [2 CDs: 68’20"+36’07"] [CH]

The set is basically of interest for Pagliughi, and as a reminder of how Lucia was sung before Callas. … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Pomp and Circumstance – Military Marches, op. 39
Symphony no. 1 in Ab, op. 55 London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley - Recorded Watford Town Hall, 4th and 5th Feb. 1981 (marches), No.1 Studio, Abbey Rd. London, 5th and 6th March 1979 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 7243 5 75305 2 1 [79:55] [GPJ]

I’d probably still take Barbirolli with me to the desert island, but wouldn’t be that disappointed if I was told I couldn’t have him and had to take Handley instead! … see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Overture: Cockaigne, Serenade for Strings, Introduction and Allegro, Falstaff London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley
Recorded 27-28 Sept 1978, St Augustine's Kilburn, London (Cockaigne, Falstaff); 30-31 January 1983, Watford Town Hall (Serenade, Introduction and Allegro) CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE CFP 5 75307 2 [78.56] [TB]

At bargain price this is a really splendid disc, which it would still be if it retailed as twice as much. ...see Full Review

 

Edward ELGAR (1862-1934) Sea Pictures, Symphony No. 2 Bernadette Greevy (contralto) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon HandleyRecorded at Watford Town Hall on 4 and 5 February 1981 EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 7243 5 75306 2 0 [79’02"]

This disc has sustained the passing of time, two decades ago it was acclaimed and can still be judged in glowing terms. … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1865-1934) Violin Concerto in B minor Op.61 Kennedy (violin) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon HandleyRecorded at Watford Town Hall on 21 and 22 March 1984 EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 75139 2 [53’58"] [CF]

An essential CD for lovers of Elgar. … see Full Review

Robert FARNON (b. 1917): Orchestral Music - 1. Jumping Bean*, 2. A Star is Born** 3. Portrait of a Flirt*, 4. Journey into Melody**, 5. Willie the Whistler***, 6. Melody Fair, 7. Canadian Caravan***, 8. Ottawa Heights, 9. Mountain Grandeur, 10. Gateway to the West, 11. Huckle-Buckle, 12. How beautiful is Night, 13. State Occasion, 14. Taj Mahal, 15. High Street, 16. Sophistication Waltz, 17. Manhattan Playboy, 18. String Time, 19. In a Calm, 20. Peanut Polka Queens Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon *Kingsway Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon **Robert Farnon and his orchestra ***Queens Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams - Recorded: 8 September 1948 (tracks 1 and 3); 7 February 1949 (tracks 2 and 4); 1946 (tracks 5 and 7); 1947 (tracks 8, 9, 13-15, 18, 19); 1949 (tracks 10 and 17); 18 May 1949 (track 12); 1950 (tracks 6, 16 and 20); 10 May 1950 (track 11) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110849 [51.35] [JQ]

Well worth the attention of those who like music which is melodic and which can bring a smile to the face of listeners. … see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Pelléas et Mélisande,
Masques et Bergamasques
Suzanne Danco, soprano Gérard Souzay, baritone L’Union Chorale de la tour de Peilz L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Ernest Ansermet Recorded 1960 –61 DECCA ELOQUENCE 450 131-2 [67’05] [JW]

A Requiem so disappointing that it makes a recommendation quite impossible. … see Full Review

Johan Henrik FREITHOFF (1713-1767) Chamber Works - Notturno in B flat, Sonata a flauto traverso solo in G major, Sonata 2 / Trio in G major, Sonata a violino solo in E major, Notturno a tres in E major, Sonata a tres in A major, Trio in E major, Trio in D major Norwegian Baroque Orchestra Soloists, Ketil Haughsand - Rec: February 2001 Fannrem Church, Norway. SIMAX PSC 1220 [76.44][KM]

This is a very interesting disc and fills a gap between the baroque and classical periods. This is neither baroque music nor truly rococo … see Full Review

Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Music for and with mandolin:- Capriccio for plucked orchestra (1949); Sinfonietta No. 2 in E minor Op. 86 (1966); Suite for three mandolins Op. 59b (c.1955); Lyric Suite on Robert Browning's dramatic poem "Pippa Passes" (1934). Sandra Stahlheber (mezzo-soprano), Heidrun Burkart, Alexander Becker, Jörg Becker, Sonja Wiedemer (mandolin), Brigitte Sauer (flute), Barbara Mauch-Heinke (violin), Ulrich Ziegler (viola), Gregor Herrmann (cello) Badisches Zupforchester/Volker Gerland. Rec 1996-2000 (UK distribution: Kingdom Records Ltd., Elstree Business Centre, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts. WD6 1RX) ANTES BM-CD 31.9177 [65.00?] [JS]

The performances are of particular strength and intensity and simultaneously draw on a very special raffinement. see Full Review

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Complete Piano Sonatas (Volume 2) Piano Sonatas (not numbered) in C major, G major, F major, C minor, F major, D minor, D major, B-flat major, and A major. Peter Seivewright, piano - Recorded on 11/12 September 1999 at the Matt Thomson Concert Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, DDD THE DIVINE ART 2.5007 [62:00] [KS]

Should you buy it? If you are a fan of unusual keyboard music, then yes indeed. … see Full Review

Mauro GIULIANI Guitar Music Vol.1 – Variations - Variations on a Theme from the opera "Fanchon", Op.88, Variations on a Theme by Paisiello, Op.4, Variations on "Folies d’Espagne", Op.45, Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op.107, Variations on a March by Cherubini, Op.110 - Pot- Pourri Nazional Romano, Op.108 - Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s opera "Tancredi", Op.87 - Rec 2001? Ricardo Gallén – Guitar NAXOS 8.555284 [69:12] [JQ]

This disc will go a long way in opening up for us Giuliani’s more obscure works. … see Full Review

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Symphony No.2 in F# minor Op.16 - Mazurka in G Op.18 - From Darkness to Light Op.53 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales Tadaaki Otaka (conductor) Recorded at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales on 3 and 4 March 2001 BIS-CD-1308 [64’ 20"] [CF]

Plenty of opportunity to the orchestra’s principal players, and they seize the moment to excel. … see Full Review

Jerry GOLDSMITH (b. 1929) Music for Orchestra, Christus Apollo*, Fireworks London Symphony Orchestra/Jerry Goldsmith with* Sir Anthony Hopkins (narrator), Eirian James (mezzo-soprano), London Voices Recorded 3rd - 5th September 2000, Abbey Road Studios, London Narration recorded 10th October 2000, Sony Music Scoring, Culver City, California TELARC CD-80560 [51’ 21"] [CH]

The main interest of the disc lies in Sir Anthony Hopkins’s narrations. … see Full Review

Theodore GOUVY (1819-1898) Requiem Op.70 Cantate le printemps Op.73 Sheri Greenwald (soprano) Elsa Maurus (mezzo-soprano) Gerard Garino (tenor) Manfred Hemm (bass) Schola Cantorum Wien Choeur de l’Hommes de Hombourg-Haut La Philharmonie de Lorraine/Jacques Houtmann Recorded Salle de Metz, 6-9 June 1994 K617 617046 [77’ 44"] [CF]

Gouvy: charming, tuneful, harmonically safe, the orchestration masterful as well as colourful. A Frenchman influenced by the German School. … see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Symphony No.88 in G Major (1787) – In Rehearsal Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnanyi - recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London, 1998, as one of the initial concerts given with Dohnanyi as Principal Conductor. Video directed by Barrie Gavin. ARTHAUS MUSIC 100 288 [59 minutes] [JP]

A fascinating disc but plays for relatively short time; there would have been ample space to have the completed performance … but no … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas and Fantasia Sonata No.24 in D (1773) Sonata No.46 in A flat (1767/8) Sonata No.48 in C (1789) Sonata No.49 in E flat (1789-90) Fantasia in C (1789) Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Recorded at Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-et-Loire, France, October, 1991 DDD HARMONIC RECORDS H/CD 9141 [68.23]

Bavouzet’s playing shares some of Kocsis’s traits: crystal clear accuracy, extremely wide dynamic range, impetuosity that gives an added frisson, without becoming self-indulgent. … see Full Review
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Joseph HAYDN (1732 – 1809) CD1 Schöpfungmesse, Hob. XXII:13 ("Creation Mass") Ruth Ziesak, soprano, Bernarda Fink, alto, Christopher Prégardien, tenor, Oliver Widmer, bass. CD 2 Harmoniemesse, Hob. XXII:14 Joanne Lunn, soprano, Sara Mingardo, alto, Topi Lehtipuu, tenor, Brindley Sherratt, bass. Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner - Recorded at The Colosseum, Watford, UK, Feb. 9-11 1998 (CD1), November 20-24 2001 (CD2) PHILIPS 470 297 [CD1: 41:21; CD2: 43:02][GPJ]

The Choir are in fine voice with gloriously athletic fugal work, fabulous lightness and suppleness, attentive to every expressive twist … see Full Review

Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Eileen musical (1917) Libretto: Henry Blossom, Suzanne Woods (Eileen), John Pickle (Barry O’Day), Catherine Robinson (Lady Maude), Alan Payne (Shaun Dhu), Boyd Mackus (Sir Reggie), Damian Savarino (Colonel Lester) Ohio Light Opera Chorus, College of Wooster, Ohio Ohio Light Opera Orchestra/Michael Butterman NEWPORT CLASSICS NPD85615/2 [CD1 47.25, CD2 58.25] [RW]

Not the most memorable Herbert but listened to complete this is an enjoyable experience. … see Full Review

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Violin Concerto (1939) Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Weber (1943) Symphony Mathis der Maler (1934) David Oistrakh (violin)/LSO/composer (Concerto) LSO/Claudio Abbado (Weber) Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Paul Kletzki (Maler) rec Oct 1962 (Concerto); Feb 1968 (Weber); Nov 1969 (Maler) ADD ELOQUENCE DECCA 466 271-2 [76.49] [RB]

Competent, rewarding and in the case of the concerto lyrically magisterial ... see Full Review

Jacques IBERT (1890 – 1962) Trois Pièces Brèves (1930) Luciano BERIO (born 1925) Opus Number Zoo (1951, revised 1971) György LIGETI (born 1923) Sechs Bagatellen (1953) Ferenc FARKAS (1905 – 2000) Early Hungarian Dances (1959) Eurico CARRAPATOSO (born 1962) Cinco Elegias (1997) Paul HINDEMITH (1895 – 1963) Kleine Kammermusik Op.24 No.2 (1922) Norman HALLAM (born 1945) Dance Suite (1980) The Galliard Ensemble (Kathryn Thomas, flute; Katherine Spencer, clarinet; Owen Dennis, oboe; Helen Simons, bassoon; Richard Bayliss, horn) Recorded: St Mary’s Church, Blackheath, London, October 2000 DEUX-ELLES DXL 1025 [65:00] [HC]

The Galliard Ensemble’s immaculate performances are a pure delight from first to last, and I for one enjoyed every minute of it. … see Full Review
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John IRELAND (1879-1962) Sea Fever * The Vagabond * The Bells of San Marie * The Holy Boy + A Comedy Overture # Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Psalm 6; O Lord, rebuke me not < Psalm 23; The Lord is my Shepherd < Psalm 150; Praise Ye the Lord < Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Slumber Song > Where go the boats > Now sleeps the crimson petal ~ Weep you no more ^ Down by the Salley Gardens = Drink to me only = Ye Banks and Braes = Now sleeps the crimson petal = The Fair house of joy = To Daisies = Love’s Philosophy - Over the mountains = Bryn Terfel, baritone, and Malcolm Matineau, piano * Stephen Ryde-Weller and Nicholas Richardson, trebles, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill + Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Elgar Howarth # Kathleen Ferrier, contralto and Ernest Lush, piano < Julian Lloyd Webber, cello and John Lenehan, piano > Benjamin Luxon, baritone and David Willison, piano ~ Elly Ameling, soprano and Rudolf Jansen, piano ^ Kathleen Ferrier, contralto and Phyllis Spurr, piano = Jennifer Vyvyan, soprano and Ernest Lush, piano – Recorded 1951- 1995 DECCA 470195-2 [61’28] [JW]

Sorry to sound sour but it could and should have been much better than this. … see Full Review

Leos JANÁCEK (1854-1928) The Cunning Little Vixen - Eva Jenis (soprano) The Vixen, Thomas Allen (baritone) Forester, Hana Márov  (mezzo) Forester's wife; Owl, Josef Hajna (tenor) Schoolmaster; Mosquito, Richard Novák (bass) Parson; Badger, Ivan Kusnjer (baritone) Harasta, Jean-Philippe Marliare (bass) Innkeeper; Dog, Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Innkeeper's wife; Cock; Jay, Florence Bonnefous (soprano) Hen, François Martinaud (soprano) Woodpecker - Châtelet Choir; Hautes-de-Seine Maîtrise Orchestre de Paris/Sir Charles Mackerras - Stage director: Nicholas Hytner - Video director: Brian Large - Recorded June 1995, Châtelet Theatre, Paris ARTHAUS MUSIK 100 240 [98.00] [TB]

Mackerras conducts with love and understanding. The pacing is ideal, and the music's lyrical intensity is experienced at every stage. … see Full Review

Horace KEATS (1895-1945) songs Wendy Dixon (sop) * John Pringle (bar) + Martina Marsden (violin) ** David Miller (piano) rec 11-15 Dec 2000, ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia, DDD ABC CLASSICS 472 225-2 [78.27] [RB]

Some treasurable songs. A lovely rather old-fashioned collection. ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Cello Concerto Cello-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra Marina Tarasova, cello Symphony Orchestra of Russia Veronika Dudarova Recorded Moscow Radio Studio 5, 1994 REGIS RRC 1094 [63’22]

Advocacy of the performers is admirable and deserving of the highest merit. … see Full Review

Oliver KNUSSEN (b.1952) Chamber Works - Songs without Voices Op.26 (1991-2) [10.32] Whitman Settings Op. 25 (1991) [11.39] Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh Op.6 (1970/1983) [14.43] Variations for solo piano Op.24 (1989) [7.09] Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke Op.23 (1988) [12.07] Sonya’s Lullaby Op.16 (1977-8) [7.07] Océan de terre Op.10 (1972-3, rev.1976) [12.25] Lisa Saffer (soprano), Lucy Shelton (soprano), Peter Serkin (piano) Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/Oliver Knussen - Recorded in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, State University of New York at Purchase, New York, February, April and May, 1992 EMI British Composers 7243 5 75296 2 [75.47] [TH]

An unmissable collection of short, easily digestible but important items by one of the U.K.’s foremost musical voices. … see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Liebesfreud, Slavonic Dances Nos 1 and 2 (Dvorak arr Kreisler), Schon Rosmarin, La Gitana, Rondino on a Theme of Beethoven, Caprice Viennois, Malaguena in the style of Granados, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Preghiera in the style of Martini, Allegretto in the style of Boccherini, Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur, Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani, Andantino in the style of Martini, La Precieuse in the style of Couperin, Slavonic Fantasie (Dvořák-Kreisler) Mischa Elman, violin - Joseph Seiger, piano - Recorded Manhattan Towers, New York June 1960 except last two pieces (October 1966) VANGUARD CLASSICS OVC 8028 [62’49] [JW]

Elman’s playing retains a patrician, rather reserved, charm that I find very attractive. … see Full Review

William LAWES (1602-1645) Consort Sets in Five and Six Parts - Consort set à 5 in g minor, Consort set à 5 in a minor, Consort set à 5 in c minor, Consort set à 5 in F major, Consort set à 5 in C major, Consort set à 6 in g minor, Consort set à 6 in C major, Consort set à 6 in F major, Consort set à 6 in B flat major, Consort set à 6 in c minor Hespèrion XXI/Jordi Savall - Rec: November 2001, January - February 2002, Chapel of Cardona Castle, Catalonia. ALIA VOX AV 9823 A+B [115.38] [KM]

Savall and his fellow musicians play with a great deal of emotion and technical expertise …The lush, rich sound of viol consorts is a delight to the ear … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) The Three Symphonies Symphony No. 1 (1949) Symphony No. 2 (1951) Symphony No. 3 (1959) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra James Judd, conductor Recorded in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 29th - 31st May 2001. NAXOS 8.555862 [77.16] [NH]

A compulsory purchase for anyone who has not yet encountered these under-exposed masterpieces. if you only buy one CD this year, make sure it is this one….. see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les cloches de Genève (from Années de Pelèrinage, Première année), Funérailles (from Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses), Eroica (Transcendental Study no. 7), Nuages gris, Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H, Schubert Song-transcriptions: Erstarrung (from Die Winterreise), Aufenthalt (from Schwanengesang), Ave Maria, Rapsodie espagnole Zeynep Ucbasaran (pianoforte)
Recorded 7th, 14th, 17th November, 8th, 15th December 2001 at Abravanel Hall, Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California EROICA JDT 3092 [72’ 39"] [CH]

A gifted young artist, at her best in the BACH Fantasy and Fugue and the Spanish Rhapsody. … see Full Review

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1623-1687) Les Divertissements de Versailles - 1. Prelude pour les trompetes, 2. Chantons les plaisirs charmants, 3. Quittons notre vaine querelle, 4. Chantons tous de l'Amour, 5. Enfin il est en ma puissance, 6. Chere Climene, dis-moi, 7. Je vous aime, Nymphe charmante & Plainte du Dieu Pan, 8. Duo des Nymphes, 9. Laisse-nous en repos, Philene, 10. L'hiver qui nous tourmente, 11. Que le feu des forges s'allume, 12. Trop indiscret Amour, 13. Ah! J'attendrai longtemps, 14. Armide, vous m'allez quitter/Passacaille - Sophie Daneman, soprano - Emmanuelle Halimi, soprano - Isabelle Obadia, soprano - Rinat Shaham, soprano - Paul Agnew, countertenor - Cyril Auvity, countertenor - Boris Grappe, baritone-bass - François Bazola, bass - Olivier Lallouette, bass - Choeur et Orchestre Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Rec: January 2002, espace de projection de l’IRCAM, Paris.
ERATO 0927-44655-2 [78.04][KM]

Kudos to Christie for again providing us with such wonderful music. … see Full Review

 

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