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Eugen d’ALBERT (1864-1932) Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor (first recording) Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major Piers Lane (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Alun Francis rec Glasgow on 14/15 May 1994 The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Series – No. 9 HYPERION CDA66747 [65:39] [GL]

A very attractive album that will appeal to lovers of the grandiloquent "heart-on-sleeve" … see Full Review

Jesus ARAMBARRI (1902-1960) Gabon Zar Sorgiñak - Preludio Orquestal (1930) [5.51] Ocho Canciones Vascas - for soprano and orchestra (1931) [12.10] Elegía - In Memoriam (1930) [11.10] Aiko-Maiko (ballet) - Symphonic Suite (1932) [51.39]  Maria Bayo (sop) (Canciones) Basque National SO/Christian Mandeal rec San Sebastian, 11-15 Oct 1999 DDD  CLAVES CD 50-2001 [78.24]

Arambarri has the charm and freshness of Guridi and Canteloube even if the big ballet is over-extended in relation to its material. Worth hearing. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Works, Volume 12 - Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525 - Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV566 - Organ Chorales from the Neumeister Collection, BWV1108-1120 & 957 - Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV528 Gerhard Weinberger - Rec 11-13 July 1999, Heinrich Gottfried Trost organ (built 1716), St Walpurgis Groengottern, Thüringen CPO 999 866-2 [68.04] [TB]

Weinberger succeeds in conveying the personalities of these pieces … see Full Review

RECORD OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV807 Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV825 Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826 English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808 Anne-Marie McDermott (piano) Recorded 26-29 April 1999, St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol GMN C0112 [63.26] [TB]

One of the best discs of Bach's keyboard music. Confirms the quality of the music, and there can be no higher praise. … see Full Review
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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) From the Mass in A Major From the Magnificat From the Mass in G Minor From Cantata BWV 212 From Cantata BWV 211 From St. Matthew Passion Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) From The Messiah   Thomas Quasthoff, Bass Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart; Bach Collegium Stuttgart; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester; Oregon Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra; Helmuth Rilling, Conductor Rec: Various dates (not specified).   HÄNSSLER CD 98.413 [71.04] [KM]

An enjoyable recording by one of the voices that will probably be heard for many years to come. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) John Eliot Gardiner In Rehearsal Cantata No. 63, "Christem, ätzet diesen Tag" BWV 63  Monteverdi Choir English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner Sound format: PCM stereo Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP Picture format: 4:3 Region code: 2, 5 Picture standard: PAL Rec: 2000, Abbey Road Studio, London.  ARTHAUS 100292 [59 min.] [KM]

Of limited interest … may be attractive only to true fans of Bach and the cantatas … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suites Overture in C major, BWV 1066 Overture in B flat major, BWV 1067 Overture in D major, BWV 1068 Overture in D major, BWV 1069  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman Sound format: PCM stereo Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP Picture format: 4:3 Region code: 2, 5 Picture standard: PAL Rec: 1989, The National Museum, Het Loo Palace, Netherlands.  ARTHAUS 100266 [87 min] [KM]

Camerawork generally uninteresting … décor attractive … music wonderful. … see Full Review

Wanda Landowska plays Bach - J S BACH (1685-1750) - Toccata in D Major BWV 912 - English Suite No 2 in A Minor BWV 807 - French Suite No 6 in E Major BWV 817 - Concerto No 1 in D Minor Wanda Landowska, harpsichord - String Ensemble with Denise Restout harpsichord continuo conducted by Eugène Bigot - Recorded 1936 (Toccata, French Suite), 1938 (Concerto) and 1947 (English Suite – live from the Frick Museum, New York) GEM 0169 [73’13] [JW]

Glinting and darkening truth and power still to affirm and move. … see Full Review

Bagad de Lann-Bihoué - 'Fromveur' - Azerty - Suite de Loudeac (a) Circus b) Servane c) Tan-Dezhi) - Big Deal - Dans Keff (featuring Solo Ensemble of Bombardes) - Fest Ar Bragou Bihan - Hanter Dro Evit Maelan - Fromveur (featuring Ensemble Batterie) - Suite Ecossaise - Marie A'r M'enez (Gavotte des Montagnes) - Souben Al Laez - Features various combinations of cornemuses (bagpipes), bombardes, batteries (drums), percussions and accordeon. Recorded live at the Centre Culturel Oceanis de Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany on 15th May 2002. Saint George/Sony France (SAN 5086512) [46.46][NH]

A fabulous Breton ensemble celebrates its fiftieth year in consummate style.….. see Full Review

Michael William BALFE (1808-1870) The Bohemian Girl - Nova Thomas – Arline; Patrick Power – Thaddeus; Jonathan Summers – Count Arnheim; Bernadette Cullen – Queen of the Gipsies; John del Carlo – Devilshoof; Timothy German – Florestein; Radio Telefis Eireann Philharmonic Choir - National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland Richard Bonynge - Recorded National Concert Hall, Dublin January 1991 DECCA BRITISH MUSIC COLLECTION 473 077-2 [2 CDs 150’29] [JW]

I began in expectation and ended in disappointment. Little can convince me that this is much more than cut-price Weber. … see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Fanfare for the Wedding of Princess Elizabeth (1947) [1.46] - Oliver Twist: Fagin's Romp and Finale (1949) [6.57] - November Woods (1917) [19.32] - Tintagel (1917) [13.32] - Coronation March: 1953 [6.51] Philip Jones Brass Ensemble - National PO/Bernard Herrmann - Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner - London PO/Adrian Boult - London SO/Malcolm Sargent - rec ADD/DDD DECCA The British Music Collection 473 080-2 [48.55] [RB]

Not absolutely recommendable. Try before you buy. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Complete Symphonies CD1: Symphony No.1 (1800)[26.54] Symphony No.2 (1803)[34.40] TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83062-2 [61.34] CD2: Symphony No.3 (1805, 55.54) TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83062-2 [55.54] CD3: Symphony No.4 (1806)[36.01] Symphony No.5 (1808)[35.56] TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83062-2 [71.57] CD4: Symphony No.6 (1808)[44.38] TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83062-2 [44.38] CD5: Symphony No.7 (1812)[41.26] Symphony No.8 (1812)[25.08] TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83062-2 [67.27] CD6: Symphony No.9 (1824,76.24) TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-83063-2 [76.24] Berliner Staatskapelle Daniel Barenboim - Rec Studio One at the former GDR Radio Studios, Nalepastraße, Berlin, May – July 1999 [AT]

Distinctive, honest, joyful and magnificently played … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No 14 Op 27/2 Moonlight - Sonata No 31 Op 110 - Sonata No 26 OP 81a Les Adieux - Variations and Fugue Op 35 Eroica Friedrich Gulda, piano - Recorded 1950 PEARL GEM 0166 [70’45] [JW]

Gulda caught here in all his youthful promise, a questing and restless mind … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) - Beethoven Renovated - Coriolan, op. 62; Variations on Rule Britannia, WoO. 79; Symphony number 5 in c minor, opus 67; Ode to Joy, based on the ninth symphony, opus 125. Quintessence Saxophone Quintet (Uli Lettermann, Hartmut Salzmann, Tom Göstenmeier, Andreas Menzel, and Bernd Stich, saxophones). Recorded 25-27 January 2002, [DDD] CPO 9998612 [56:07] [KS]

Music presented for you to enjoy, by players who are obviously enjoying themselves. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Beethoven - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 3 Eroica - Coriolan Overture Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1951 and 1952 (Eroica) and 1953 (Coriolan) SONY CLASSICAL SMK89887 [57’32] [JW]

Beecham variously avuncular, amused, thoughtful and pensive … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Beethoven - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 6 Pastoral - Symphony No 8 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1951/52 SONY CLASSICAL SMK89888 [68’06] [JW]

Geniality and easy going charm all Beecham’s own. … see Full Review

Arthur BLISS (1891 -1975) Chamber music String Quartet in A major (c.1915) Conversations for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello (c. 1918) String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major (1941) Maggini Quartet Recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England, 19th - 21st December 2000. NAXOS 8.557108 [64.01] [NH]

The superb Maggini adds another fine collection to its growing catalogue of English chamber music.….. see Full Review

Jack BODY (b. 1944) Pulse - Disc 1: Transcriptions - Melodies for Orchestra¹ (1983) - Campur Sari²³ (1994) - African Strings a) Kora:Chedo b) Valiha II: Samy Faly° - Three Transcriptions a) Long-ge b) Ramandriana c) Ratshenitsa² - Pulse¹ - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra¹ - Kenneth Young, conductor¹ - New Zealand String Quartet² - Budi Putra, gamelan instruments and voice³ - Norio Sato and Kei Koh, guitars° - Orchestral works recorded in Symphony House (1998 and 1999), string quartets in the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ (1994 and 1998), African Strings in Makioka Arts Hall (1999). - Disc 2: Sources (all from commercial/radio recordings except where stated) - Horos Serra (D.Ionnidis, Greece, 1973) - Singgalang (Lenggang Gayo, Indonesia, 1976) - Untitled (Indian Street Band - field recording by Jack Body, 1978) - Long-ge (Jiha Yueyue, China, no date given) - Ramandriana (Mororazana, Madagascar, 1982) - Ratschenitsa (Varna Folk Dance Ensemble, Bulgaria, no date given) - Chedo (Foday Musa Suso, West Africa, no date given) - Samy Faly (Rakotozafy, Madagascar, 1982) - Baining Fire Dance (Baining Fire Dance Bamboo Ensemble, East New Britain - field recording by Jack Body, 1980) RATTLE RAT-D009 [69.27+48.30] - John PSATHAS (b. 1968) Rhythm Spike - Spike - Calenture (parts 1-4) - Motet - Drum Dances (parts 1-4) - Waiting for the Aeroplane - Abhisheka - Stream 3.3 - New Zealand String Quartet - Brian Resnick and Murray Hickman, percussion - Dan Poynton, Michael Houstoun, Dierdre Irons and Stephen Gosling, pianos - Neil Becker and David Downes, guitars - David Arend, bass - John Psathas, samplers and sequencers - All music recorded at Victoria University, Wellington, NZ (Adam Concert Room and Hunter Council Room), except Drum Dances (Hit factory, NYC) and Waiting for the Aeroplane (Auckland School of Music Auditorium), (no dates given, CD released 1999). RATTLE RAT-D008 [70.54] - Dan POYNTON - "You Hit Him He Cry Out" - John PSATHAS (b. 1968) Waiting for the Aeroplane (1988) - Jack BODY (b. 1944) Five Melodies (1982) - Philip DADSON Sisters Dance (1987) - Gillian WHITEHEAD (b. 1941) Lullaby for Matthew (1981) - Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Sonatina #2 (1962) - Dan POYNTON (b.1965) Nga Iwi E (1996) - Annea LOCKWOOD Red Mesa (1988) Dan Poynton, piano - Recorded at the Auckland University School of Music and at Radio NZ's Helen Young Studio. (dates not given, CD released 1997) RATTLE RAT-D006 [68.13] - Hirini MELBOURNE and Richard NUNNS - Te Ku Te Whe - Takapau Horanui - Raukatauri - Tumatakoriri - Hau - Koau - Porotiti - Tangi Koauau - Purerehua - Poiawhiowhio - Wai - Ororuarangi - Te Po - Tangimokemoke A Raureka - Homai O Ringa - Te Ao Takapau Tuwhara - Hirini Melbourne, voice, traditional Maori instruments - Richard Nunns, traditional Maori instruments - Recorded at Progressive Music Studio, (date not given, CD released 1994). RATTLE RAT-D004 [44.29] [NH]

Four diverse and remarkable discs from a label you should be hearing a lot more about in future.….. see Full Review

Konrad BOEHMER (born 1941) Potential II (1961) - Tango deslavado y moroso (1984) - Klangstück I (1959) - Nordisches Liedchen (1975) - Potential III (1961) - Kinderlied zu Dresden (1990) - In Illo Tempore (1979) - Orpheus Unplugged (1999/2000) Nicolas Hodges (piano) - Recorded: Bloomline Coryphée, ’s Gravendeel, December 2000 and August 2001 BVHAAST CD 0901 [70:43] [HC]

I did not warm much to this somewhat intractable music. … see Full Review

Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Symphony No. 1 (1867) [34.54] - Symphony No. 2 (1879) [25.39] - Symphony No. 3 (1887) [17.43] - Prince Igor - Overture (1887) [10.32] - Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances (1879) [12.58] - In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880) [7.23] - Notturno (from String Quartet No. 2) (1881) [8.41] Toronto SO/Andrew Davis (symphonies; Igor) - NYPO/Leonard Bernstein - St Petersburg Camerata - Orchestra of the Hermitage State Museum/Saulius Sondeckis - rec Massey Hall, Toronto, 25 Nov 1976 (1, 2, 3, Igor); Avery Fisher Hall, 8 Dec 1969 (Asia); Radio House, St Petersburg, Russia, June 1993 (Notturno). ADD SONY Essential Classics SB2K62406 [2CDs: 63.35+59.48] [RB]

Vital Borodin from Davis and Toronto ... see Full Review

Sergei BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952) Symphony No. 1 in D Aus Meiner Heimat (1935-36) [39.10] Symphony No. 2 in E flat (1937) [32.35] BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins rec City Hall, Glasgow, 7-8 Feb 2002 HYPERION CDA67338 [71.58] [RB]

Exultant, yearning, gloomy, sincere, passionate, nostalgic Slavonic music. A major revelation ... see Full Review

York BOWEN (1884-1961) Symphony No. 2 in E minor (1909-11) [32.47] Frederic AUSTIN (1872-1952) Symphonic Rhapsody: Spring (1902-07) [14.55] Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) Symphonic Movement Genesis (1920) [19.56] Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock rec. RNCM Manchester, 15-16 Dec 2001 Three world premiere recordings The British Symphonic Collection - Vol. 10 CLASSICO CLASSCD 404 [79.14] [RB]

Three world premiere recordings opening up unexpected vistas on British music from the first three decades of the last century. The Austin is a captivating winner ... see Full Review

William BOYCE (1711-1779) Symphonies Op 2 The Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood - Recorded 1992 DECCA BRITISH MUSIC COLLECTION 473 081-2 [60’48][JW]

Splendid music and a splendid disc. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no. 1 in c, op. 68 (1), Tragic Overture, op. 81 (2) London Philharmonic Orchestra (1), London Symphony Orchestra (2)/Sir Adrian Boult - Location and date not given HMV 5 73447 2 [59’ 03"] - Symphony no. 2 in D, op. 73 (1), Alto Rhapsody, op. 53 (2), Two Songs, op. 91 (3) Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) (2, 3), Cecil Aronowitz (viola) (3), André Previn (pianoforte) (3), Male Voices of the John Alldis Choir (2), London Philharmonic Orchestra (1, 2)/Sir Adrian Boult (1, 2) - Location and date not given HMV 5 74053 2 [67’ 16"] - Symphony no. 3 in F, op. 90 (1), Symphony no. 4 in e, op. 98 (1) London Symphony Orchestra (1), London Philharmonic Orchestra (2)/Sir Adrian Boult - Location and date not given HMV 5 72306 2 [76’ 13"] All Available only in HMV stores [CH]

Boult’s Brahms was historically important. No. 2 with the Rhapsody is one of the finest Brahms discs ever made and no one will regret buying nos. 3 and 4. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Complete Chamber Music - Disc 1: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Piano Quartet No.2 in C minor, Op. 60 - Derek Han (piano), Isabelle Faust (violin) - Bruno Giuranna (viola), Alain Meunier (cello) - Recorded in Sion, Switzerland, August 21-24 1996 [71.53] - Disc 2: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op.26 - Artists and recording as above [45.34] - Disc 3: String Quintet No.1 in F major, Op.88 - String Quintet No.2 in G major, Op.111 - Brandis Quartet: Thomas Brandis (violin), Peter Brem (violin) - Wilfried Strehle (viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (cello) with Brett Dean (viola) - Recorded at Teldec Studio, Berlin June-July 1996 [59.04]- Disc 4: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op.120, No.1 - Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op.120, No.2 - Karl Leister (clarinet), Ferenc Bognar (piano) - Recorded at Teldec Studio, Berlin February 1996 [46.19] - Disc 5: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115 - String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51, No.2 - Karl Leister (clarinet) Brandis Quartet (Quintet) - Tokyo Quartet (Quartet) - Recorded June 1996 (Quintet), 1986 (Quartet) - Disc 6: String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51, No.1 - String Quartet No.3 in B flat major, Op.67 - Tokyo Quartet: Peter Oundjian (violin), Kikuei Ikeda (violin), Kazuhide Isomura (viola), Sadao Harada (cello) - Recorded 1986 [64.31] - Disc 7: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op.40 - Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - Nash Ensemble: Marcia Crayford (violin), Elizabeth Layton (violin) - Roger Chase (viola), Christopher van Kampen (cello), Ian Brown (piano) - Frank Lloyd (horn) - Recorded at St. Paul’s Church, New Southgate, London, November 1991 [72.36] - Disc 8: Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, Op.78 - Violin sonata No.2 in A major, Op.100 - Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, Op.108 - Gyorgy Pauk (violin), Roger Vignoles (piano) - Recorded 1991 [71.74] - Disc 9: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38 - Cello Sonata No.2 in F major, Op.99 - Herre-Jan Stegenga (cello), Philippe Entremont (piano) - Recorded in the Netherlands, June, 2000 [50.07] - Disc 10: String Sextet No.1 in B flat major, Op.18 - String Sextet No.2 in G major, Op.36 - Alberni Quartet: Howard Davis (violin), Peter Pople (violin), Berian evans (viola) - David Smith (cello), with Roger Best (viola) and Moray Walsh (cello) - Recorded London 1978 [77.47] - Disc 11: Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Op.8 - Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101 - Joseph Kalichstein (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin), Sharon Robinson (cello) - Recorded 1985 - Disc 12: Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87 - Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 - Artists as above (Piano Trio) - Karl Leister (clarinet), Ferenc Bognar (piano), Wolfgang Boettcher (cello) - Recorded 1985 (Piano Trio), 1997 (Clarinet Trio) [54.35] BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99642 [12 Discs] [TH]

An outstanding success on almost every level … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op.68 [43’43"] Symphony No 3 in F major, Op. 90 [35’29"]*  Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks/Günter Wand Recorded in the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg on 26-29 October and 16-17 November 1982 and *16-21 September 1983  BMG 74321 89102 2 [79’ 12"] [JQ]

Alert, full-toned playing under the guiding hand of a master conductor. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 73 [40’ 05"] Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op. 98 [38’ 46"]*  Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks conducted by Günter Wand Recorded in the Musikhalle (Laeiszhalle) Hamburg March 1983 and *date unspecified (1983?)  BMG 74321 89101 2 [78’ 51"] [JQ]

Splendid performances now resplendent in much-improved sound … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Enter Spring (1924) [18.11] - Summer (1912) [9.37] - Christmas Dance - Sir Roger de Coverley (1918) [4.17] - Cello Sonata (1940) [23.13] - Go Not Happy Day [1.37] - rec ADD/DDD DECCA The British Music Collection 470 189-2 [57.11] [RB]

The more romantic impressionist Bridge in a satisfying though rather short-timed collection. ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-76) BLEST CECILIA: Choral Works Volume 1 - Hymn to the Virgin (1930-34); A Hymn of Saint Cuthbert (1962); Hymn to St.Peter Op 56A (1955); Antiphon Op 56B (1955); Te Deum in C (1934); Jubilate Deo (1961); Hymn to St. Cecilia Op 27 (1942); Festival Te Deum (1944); Rejoice in the Lamb Op 30 (1943) The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - Rec 1990s DDD - Compilation from Collins Classics 12862, 13702, 13432 CORO 16006 [62.56] [GH]

Fecundity of original ideas. … see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Symphony No 3 in E Major Op 51 - Suite on Russian Themes op 79b - Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra Manfred Honeck - Recorded Hungaraton Studio, Budapest May 1987 NAXOS 8.555985 [59.09]

All more than merely serviceable and the Third Symphony deserves an airing now and then. … see Full Review [JW]

Recording tends towards dryness. Two cheers instead of three. … see Full Review [TB]

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 6 (1879-81) - Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) Symphony No. 6 (1953) South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ferdinand Leitner - Rec 27-28 October 1982, Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden Baden HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.051 [79.59] [TB]

A fine conductor, his memory is well served by both these performances … see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) - Symphony No. 3 in D minor (third version: 1889) Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand - Rec 17 May 1981, Grüsser Sendsaal, Cologne RCA VICTOR 09026 63933 2 [55.02] [TB]

Distinction and commitment, sonorous and urgently compelling. … see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (1876) Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand Rec 10 December 1976, Grösser Sendsaal, Cologne RCA VICTOR 09026 63934 2 [64.21] [TB]
Anton BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (1876) Franz SCHUBERT (1796-1828) Symphony No. 5 in B flat Günter Wand interviewed by Wolfgang Seifert Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand Rec 28-30 October 2001, Hamburg, Musikhalle RCA VICTOR 7432193041 2 [2CDs: 73.02+64.47] [TB]

For the Bruckner collector this is a surfeit of riches indeed. … see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 5 in B flat major Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand - Rec 7 July 1974, Grosser Sendsaal, Cologne RCA VICTOR 09026 63935 2 [74.33] [TB]

Any performance of this magnificent symphony must be a rousing experience, and this one is precisely that. … see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 9 (Edited Ferdinand Löwe)  Bavarian State Orchestra/Hans Knappertsbusch Rec 10 February 1958, Kongressaal des Deutschen Museums, München  ORFEO C 578 021 B [50.45] [TB]

A fascinating document which I commend to interested parties, but it has little to do with the great symphony which many claim to be Bruckner's masterpiece. … see Full Review

Alan BUSH (1900-1995) Violin Concerto (1948) [28.54] Six Short Pieces (1983) [8.57] Dialectic (1929) [14.12] Manoug Parikian (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar rec. BBC Maida Vale, Studio 1, 22 Nov 1983 (concerto) Alan Bush (piano) rec The Art Workers Guild, Queens Square, Holborn, London, 11 May 1984 (Six Short Pieces)
Medici String Quartet rec Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London 17 July 1984 (Dialectic) CLAUDIO CB5151-2 [52.05]

Not angry or hectoring … drastically wild-eyed energy touched with Bach's paschal calm and the radiance of ever-renewing resurrection. ... see Full Review


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