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John CAGE (1912-1992) Three² - Twenty-Three - Six - Twenty-Six Glenn Freeman, percussion, Christina Fong, violins and violas, Karen Krummel, cellos OGREOGRESS PRODUCTIONS [61’00] [JW]

Dramatically convincing performances and high production values. … see Full Review

George Whitefield CHADWICK (1854-1937) Overture and tone poems Euterpe - overture (1903) Angel of Death - tone poem (1918) Aphrodite - tone poem (1918) Melpomene - overture (1887) Thalia - overture (1883) Nashville SO/Kenneth Schermerhorn rec Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 11 Mar, 18 June 2001 DDD NAXOS American Classics 8.559117 [79.26] [RB]

A generous selection of Chadwick's German-inflected tone poems and overtures in good if not matchless performances ... see Full Review

James CLAPPERTON (b.1968) - Long Journey Back - Piano Music - Long Journey Back (1998) - The Ressoning betuir Aige an Yowth (1992) - Stephen’s Piano Book (1996): They’re writing songs of love but not for me…; Edain; Howard Skempton; Renard; Sarah - Mikhashoffschina (1994-98) - Haar (1988) - Michael’s Piano Book (1994): The Cathedral at Freiburg; Café Greco; St. Patrick’s Day - The Testament of Cresseid (1989-90) - Two North East Songs (1998): My Heart is broke since thy departure (arr. Clapperton); Mrs Major Stewart of the island of Java (arr. Clapperton) James Clapperton (piano) - Recorded in the Gunnar Sævigs Sal, Griegakademiet, Bergen (dates not given) METIER MSV CD92033 DDD [69:03] [CT]

The ability to move his listener with the simplest of material. … music that deserves to be better known. … see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Book 1 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Miroirs, Noctuelles, Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l’océan, Alborada del gracioso, La vallée des cloches Peter Donohoe (piano) Recorded at St.Silas’ Presbytery, Chalk Farm, London GMN.COM GMNC0106 [64:39]

Donohoe’s imagination and musical integrity will not let you down … see Full Review
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Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Violin Concerto (1916) - Piano Concerto (1899) -
Caprice and Elegy (1930) - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912) - Brigg Fair (1905) London SO/Anthony Collins (Brigg Fair) - Julian Lloyd Webber/Bengt Forsberg (Caprice; Elegy) - Jean-Rodolphe Kars (piano) London SO/Alexander Gibson (Piano Concerto) -
Tasmin Little (violin) Orchestra Welsh National Opera/Charles Mackerras (Violin Concerto, Cuckoo) - rec 1953 (Brigg Fair); 1969 (Piano); 1990 (Cuckoo); 1991 (violin); 1996 Two Pieces. ADD/DDD DECCA British Music Collection 470 190-2 [77.25] [RB]

Mixed bag with the two concertos being the pillars. Inconsequential though skilfully done cello pieces and a strong Cuckoo. ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Sea Drift (1904), Paris - Song of a Great City (1899), In a Summer Garden (1911), A Song of Summer (1930), Summer Night on the River (1911), The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1900), Cello Sonata (1916), A Song of the High Hills (1912), Hassan - Intermezzo and Serenade (1920), A Song before Sunrise, Air and Dance (1915), La Calinda - Koanga (1897), John Shirley-Quirk (bar), London Symphony Chorus RPO/Richard Hickox (Sea Drift) - London SO/Anthony Collins (Paris; Garden; Summer; Paradise) - Julian Lloyd Webber/Bengt Forsberg (sonata) - Rebecca Evans (sop) - Peter Hoare (ten) - Orchestra and Chorus, Welsh National Opera/Charles Mackerras (High Hills) - Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Hassan; Sunrise; Air; Calinda) - rec Oct 1953, Kingsway Hall (Paris; Summer; Summer Night); Feb 1953 (Paradise); Apr 1980 (Drift); Abbey Rd, Sept 1996 (Caprice; Elegy); Brangwyn Hall, Swansea (High Hills); St Johns Smith Sq, London (Marriner) ADD/DDD DECCA British Music Collection 470 375-2 [2CDs: 151.56] [RB]

A mixed bag then: Marriner, Hickox and Mackerras all outstanding as is the sunrise rhapsody of the Sonata. ... see Full Review

David DIAMOND (b.1915) The String Quartets - Volume 1 - Concerto for String Quartet (1936) [17.32] String Quartet No. 3 (1946) [25.51] String Quartet No. 7 (1964) [17.54] Potomac String Quartet - rec. St Luke's Church, McLean, Virginia, USA, Oct 2000, Mar 2001 ALBANY RECORDS TROY 504 [60.31] [RB]

The two earlier works are approachable examples of the middle ground between neo-classicism and romantic-impressionism. ... see Full Review

Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Opus 5 (1897-8) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Opus 42 (1947) Martin Roscoe (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Fedor Glushchenko Rec 17-18 June 1993, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow The Romantic Piano Concerto: Volume 6 HYPERION CDA66684 [74.56] [TB]

Thoroughly satisfying … wholly justifies Hyperion's foray into this little known territory … see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Opus 70 - Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88 Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis - Rec 2-5 January (No. 8) & 18-19 July (No. 7) 1999, EMI Studios, London SONY CLASSICAL SBK 67174 (75.24) (TB)

These performances are particularly enjoyable. … see Full Review

Antonin DVORÁK (1841-1904) ; Stabat Mater ; Psalm CXLIX ; Christine Brewer, soprano ; Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano ; John Aler, tenor ; Ding Gao, baritone ; The Washington Chorus and Orchestra ; Robert Shafer ; Recorded November 2000 at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington ; NAXOS 8.555301-02 [2 CDs 91’19] [JW]

I’d spend more for a comprehensively more successful performance. … see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70 [1885] Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88 [1889]  Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis Recorded at EMI Studios, London, July 1979 (No.7), January 1979 (No.8)  SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK 67174 [75.24] [RB]

EMI recording is excellent. Anyone purchasing on the off chance probably won’t be too disappointed … see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 ‘From the New World’ [1893] London Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.22 [1875]  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Rudolf Kempe Recorded circa 1969 (Symphony), 1975 (Serenade)  SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK 46331 [72.28] [TH]

Anyone who is more interested in genuine music-making rather than state-of–the-art sound will not be disappointed … see Full Review

Ludovico EiNAUDI Eden Roc - Yerevan, eden roc, fuori dalla notte, due tramonti, nefeli, odessa, ultimi fuochi, giorni dispari, julia, fuori dal mondo, ultimi fuochi II, un mondo a parte, password, yerevan II, exit Ludovico Einaudi (piano) with Djivan Gasparian (duduk), Antonello Leofreddi (viola), Marco Decimo (‘cello), Franco Feruglio, Stefan Dall’ora, (double bass), Ricky Maja (guitar), Quartetto David - Recorded 16th June 1999 live at Piccolo Teatro Studio, Milan, and 8th-10th July at extra production studio, Milan BMG Ricordi 74321 70717 [64:37] [GPJ]

Far too slender to stand up on its own. … See Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1865-1934) Cello Concerto (1908) [29.16] ‡ Violin Concerto (1911) [49.38] † Enigma Variations (1905) [27.49] § Cockaigne (1892) [14.14] ¤ ‡ Julian Lloyd Webber RPO/Yehudi Menuhin † Kyung Wha Chung (violin) LPO/Solti § Chicago SO/Solti
LPO/Solti - rec DDD Watford Town Hall, July 1985 ‡; Kingsway Hall, Feb 1977 †; Medinah Hall, Chicago, May 1974 §; Kingsway Hall, Feb 1976 ¤ ADD DECCA The British Music Collection 473 085-2 [2CDs: 122.21] [RB]

A damned fine Elgar interpreter inclined to shake the rafters. A bargain here for the buying.. . ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1865-1934) Symphony No. 1 (1908) [48.43] - Symphony No. 2 (1911) [51.35] - Introduction and Allegro (1905) [14.16] - Serenade (1892) [12.04] LPO/Solti (symphonies); English Chamber Orchestra/Britten (Intro & Allegro); Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Serenade) - rec 1968 (Serenade), 1969 (Intro), 1972 (1), 1975 (2), Kingsway Hall, Maltings Snape (Intro) ADD DECCA The British Music Collection 473 082-2 [2CDs: 127.15] [RB]

An alchemist in this music. An exhilarating experience. First choice for the Second Symphony ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No 1 - Symphony No 2 - Overture; Cockaigne - Serenade for String Orchestra * - Elegy for String Orchestra * - Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra * - Martin Gatt, bassoon - London Philharmonic Orchestra - English Chamber Orchestra * Daniel Barenboim - Recorded 1973-75 SONY SB2K89976 [2 CDs 145’08] [JW]

Controversial but still passionately engaged and flooded with life. … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Wand of Youth. Suite No 1, Op. 1a; Suite No 2, Op. 1b - Three Bavarian Dances - Polonia, Op. 76* - Triumphal March from Caractacus Op. 35** - Meditation from The Light of Life Op. 29* London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult - Recorded in No 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London on 17-18 April 1967; *6 February 1974; **4 February 1974 EMI Classics CDZ 575295 2 [74’06"] [JQ]

Well played and conducted with quiet authority … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Nursery Suite - Funeral March from Grania and Diarmid Op. 42 - Severn Suite, Op. 87 - Meditation from The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Woodland Interlude from Caractacus Op. 35* - Suite from The Crown of India Op. 66* Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves - Recorded in the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on 2-3 June 1969; *30 June – 1 July 1970 EMI Classics CDZ 5 75294 2 [75’46"] [JQ]

A well-played, idiomatic collection which will give much pleasure … see Full Review

RECORD OF THE MONTH George ENESCU (1881-1955) String Octet, Op.7 (1900) - Piano Quintet, Op. 29 (1940] Kremerata Baltica with Andrius Zlabys (piano) - Gidon Kremer - Recorded at the Angelica-Kauffman Saal, Schwarzenberg, Austria, June 2000 (Octet), and at the Probesaal der Philharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Ludwigshafen, Germany, November 2001 (Quintet) NONESUCH 7559-79682-2 [73.11] [TH]

Unerring precision, fervour and big-boned yet sensitive … see Full Review

Manuel FARIA (1916-1983) - Imagens da Minha Terra - Images of My Land (1959) [23.53] Triptíco Litúrgico (1968) [18.04] Ditirambo (1973) [11.11] Suite Minhota (1956) [18.30] Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional - cond Frederico de Freitas (all except Ditirambo); Silva Pereira (Ditirambo) - rec: all live recordings - Estúdio A da ENR 15 July 1966 (Imagens); 12 Aug 1960 (Minho); Cinema Tivoli, 9 Nov 1968 (Triptico); 15 Dec 1973 (Ditirambo) STRAUSS - PORTUGALSOM SP 4354 [70:59] [RB]

Recordings and interpretations from RDP are respectable if unsubtle. The music is at the picturesque yet challenging confluence of impressionism, folk character and dissonance. ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) In Terra Pax [15.30] - Dies Natalis [24.49] -
For St Cecilia [17.36] - Amen from Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice [1.06] - Magnificat [10.12] - Romance for string orchestra [7.13] - Earth and Air and Rain [28.57] - Let Us Garlands Bring [16.00] Philip Langridge (ten), LSO, LS Chorus/Hickox (Dies; Cecilia, 1978); Donald Sweeney (bs), Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Bournemouth SO/David Hill (Pax, 1974); New College Oxford/Edward Higginbottom (Amen, 2000); City of London Sinfonia/Hickox (Mag, 1978); ASMIF/Marriner (Romance, 1996); Benjamin Luxon/David Willison (Earth and Air, 1976); Bryn Terfel/Malcolm Martineau (Garlands, 1995) - rec. 1976-2000, ADD/DDD DECCA The British Music Collection 468 807-2 [2CDs: 121.22] [RB]

A good Finzi collection which could have been even better. This Dies Natalis and For Saint Cecilia are amongst the best going as also are the two song cycle performances. ... see Full Review

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prelude, Chorale and Fugue - Prelude, Fugue and Variation (arr. Bauer) - Pastorale (arr. Bauer) - Sonata in A (arr. Cortot) Alexander Paley (piano) - Rec 1-4 July 1994, Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California MARCO POLO 8.225044 [73.23] [TB]

An interesting project targeted at enthusiasts … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Benjamin FRANKEL (1906-1973) Symphony No. 1 (1958) [25.33] - Symphony No. 2 (1962) [35.36] - Symphony No. 3 (1964) [17.24] - Symphony No. 4 (1966) [25.02] - Symphony No. 5 (1967) [18.03] - Symphony No. 6 (1969) [28.21] - Symphony No. 7 (1970) [28.03] - Symphony No. 8 (1971) [24.14] - Overture: May Day (1948) [9.26] - Mephistopheles Serenade and Dance (1952) [6.09] - Overture to a Ceremony (1971) - A Shakespeare Overture (1956) - The composer introducing his symphonies 2 and 3 Queensland SO/Werner Andreas Albert - rec ABC Studio 420, Ferry Road, Brisbane, Australia, May 1993, Apr 1994, Oct 1994, Sept 1995, April 1999 CPO 999 661-2 [4CDs: 53.24+59.18+60.03+70.27=243.12] [HC]

Frankel’s symphonies have now - at long last - been given their due. Recommended without reservation. ... see Full Review

Benjamin FRANKEL (1906 - 1973) Symphonies and other orchestral works Symphony No.1 Op.33 (1958) Symphony No.2 Op. 38 (1962) (includes composer's spoken introduction) Symphony No.3 Op. 40 (1964) (includes composer's spoken introduction) Symphony No.5 Op. 46 (1967) Symphony No.7 Op.50 (1970) Symphony No.8 Op. 53 (1971) Overture "May Day" Op. 22 (1948) A Shakespeare Overture Op. 29 (1956) Overture to a Ceremony Op. 51 (1970) Queensland Symphony Orchestra/Werner Andreas Albert Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, May 1993 (Symphonies 1 and 5, May Day), April 1994 (Symphonies 2 and 3), April 1999 (Symphonies 7 and 8, Shakespeare Overture, Overture to a Ceremony). CPO 999 240/241/243 - 2 [4CDs: 53.24+59.18+60.03+70.27=243.12] [NH]

More sterling rehabilitation work for a fine but neglected composer.….. see Full Review

Benjamin FRANKEL (1906 - 1973) Concertos - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 24 In Memory of the Six Million (1951) - Viola Concerto Op. 45 (1967) - Serenata Concertante for Piano Trio and Orchestra Op. 37 (1960) - Ulf Hoelscher, violin (concerto) - Alan Smith, violin (serenata) - Brett Dean, viola - Stephen Emmerson, piano - David Lale, cello - Queensland Symphony Orchestra Werner Andreas Albert, conductor - Recorded at ABC Ferry Road, Brisbane, Australia, May 1996 (except Viola Concerto, July 1997). CPO 999 422-2 [65.36] [NH]

Chamber Music with Clarinet - Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet Op. 28 (1956) - Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op.10 (1940) - Pezzi Pianissimi for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op. 41 (1964) - Bagatelles for Eleven Instruments (Cinque Pezzi Notturni) Op. 35 (1959) - Early Morning Music (1948) - Paul Dean, clarinet - Australian String Quartet - Markus Stocker, cello - Kevin Power, piano - Duncan Tolmie, oboe - Leesa Dean, bassoon Queensland Symphony Chamber Players - Recorded at ABC, Brisbane, Australia, October and November 1995. CPO 999 384-2 [57.46] [NH]

More evidence of an astonishing but neglected talent. A tonal serialist for whom melody was the thing … see Full Review

Ferenc Fricsay Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’Italiana in Algeri, overture Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) An der schonen blauen Donau Wiener Blut Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata Act III Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana – extracts Elfriede Trotschel, Violetta Annelies Herrfruth, Annina Peter Anders, Alfredo Joseph Metternich, Germont Josef Greindl, Doctor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone (Orff)  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Rossini, Strauss) RIAS SO and Kammerchor (Verdi, Orff) Ferenc Fricsay Recorded 1949-51  TAHRA TAH454 [60’55] [JW]

Perhaps only the Traviata Act will attract Fricsay devotees. … see Full Review

Friedrich GOLDMANN (born 1941) Symphony No.1 (1972/3)a Inclinatio temporum (1981)b Symphony No.3 (1986)c Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Leipzigac; Staatskapelle Berlinb; Herbert Kegela; Friedrich Goldmannbc Recorded: Radio DDR, Sender Leipzig, June 1973; Christuskirche, Berlin, February 1987 and Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, November 1987 NOVA Rediscovered BERLIN CLASSICS 0013022 BC [76:29] [HC]

Expressionistic character inherited from Berg produced by untraditional instrument playing, clusters and controlled aleatory. Brilliantly and expertly scored … see Full Review

Howard GOODALL - We Are The Burning Fire - songs on a small planet - Polignala e Todora (Bulgaria), A la Nanita Nana (Spain), Tina Singhu (Lesotho), Asikhatali (South Africa), Allunde Allunde (East Africa), Blow the Wind Southerly (Scotland), Bium Bium Bamba (Iceland), Röslein Röslein (Germany), Waly Waly (England), Pecche non duorme? (Naples), Dormi Dormi (Calabria), Tutu Maramba (Brazil), Rosla Kalina (Poland), Adieu, la Belle (France), Kou jou-no-tsuki (Japan), The Lark in the Clear Air (Eire), She moved through the Fair (Eire), Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford/Stephen Darlington Chamber Orchestra of London - Howard Goodall (instrumentals) METRONOME MET CD 1040 [68.38] [RB]

Easy listening arrangements - highly skilled and very accessible - could have had stronger impact with mixed voice choir ... see Full Review

Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Warriors - music to an imaginary ballet (1916) Beautiful Fresh Flower orch Peter SCULTHORPE (1935) * Hill-Song No. 1 (1902, 1923) * Hill-Song No. 2 (1907) * Irish Tune from County Derry (1902) Colleen Dhas (1904) Danish Folk-Music Suite (1928 rev 1941) Glen Riddle, Ben Martin, Denise Harvey (pianos in The Warriors) Claire Clements (piano in Danish Folk-Music Suite) * world premiere recordings - Melbourne SO/Geoffrey Simon - rec 1989 DDD ABC CLASSICS 426989-2 [66.50] [RB]

A very desirable acquisition for those who fancy a single disc anthology of the music of this most rebellious and eccentric of composers. … see Full Review

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Sinfonia GWV 538 in D major; Sinfonia GWV 578 in G major; Ouverture GWV 429 in Eb major; Ouverture GWV 439 in E major; Concerto GWV 321 in E minor for 2 violins, 2 flutes, viola and bass. Nova Stravaganza directed by Siegbert Rampe - Recorded Fürstliche Reitbahn, Bad Arolsen, January 2002 DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM - DG GOLD - MDG 341 1121-2 [77.21] [GH]

Individuality, spontaneity and more than a little spark of genius … see Full Review

RECORD OF THE MONTH EDWARD GREGSON Concerto for Orchestra ALUN HODDINOTT Concerto for Orchestra JOHN McCABE Concerto for Orchestra  RLPO/Douglas Bostock Rec 2001, Liverpool  CLASSICO CLASSCD 384 [78’08"] [PC]

I will be returning to this exceptional disc again and again. … see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Poetic Tone-Pictures, op.3 - Sonata, op.7 - Seven Fugues for Piano - Four Pieces, op.1 - Four Album Leaves, op.28 Kyoko Tabe, piano - Recorded Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 28th-30th September 2001 CHANDOS CHAN 9985 [73:09] [GPJ]

Tabe is always a sensitive, responsive interpreter. … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Opp 71 and 74 The Griller Quartet - Recorded Hertz Hall, U C Berkeley, California February 1959 VANGUARD CLASSICS SVC 62/63 [2 CDs 102.59’] [JW]

Wise and humane way … still invigorating. … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1815) or Romanus HOFFSTETTER (1742-1815) String Quartet in G, Op. 3, No. 3 - String Quartet in B flat, Op. 3, No. 4 - String Quartet in F, Op. 3 , No. 5, "Serenade Quartet" - String Quartet in A, Op. 3, No. 6 - Kodály Quartet - Recorded June 2000, Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary NAXOS 8.555704 [56.35] [WH]

Whoever wrote these works the Kodály Quartet devote their remarkable and familiar skills to them and the disc is beautifully recorded. … see Full Review

Reynaldo HAHN (1874-1947) Songs: Feuilles Blessées: Dans le ciel est dressé le chêne séculaire; Encor sur le pavé sonne mon pas nocturne; Quand reviendra l’automne avec ses feuilles mortes; Belle lune d’argent; Quand je viendrai m’asseoir; Eau printanière; Donc, vous allez fleurir encor;Compagne de l’éther; Pendant que je médite; Roses en bracelet; Aux rayons du couchant. Love without wings: Ah! Could I clasp thee in mine arms; The fallen Oak; I know you love me not…’ Oh! For the Wings of a Dove - Five Little Songs: The Swing; Windy Nights; My Ship and I; The Stars; A Good Boy - Neuf mélodies retrouvèes: Je me souviens; La vie est belle; L’Amitié; Chanson; Naïs; La nymphe de la source;Au Rossignol; Ta main; Sous l’oranger (Tango habañera) - Méduse: Chanson au bord de la fontaine; Danse, petite sirène - La dame aux camélias: Mon rêve était d’avoir; C’est à Paris; Au fil de l’eau Catherine Dune (soprano) Didier Henry (baritone) with Stéphane Petitjean (piano) MAGUELONE MAG 111.108 [65:47] [IL]

An important premiere recording of over 30 songs, many quite exquisite … see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto Grossi, Opus 6, Nos. 1 -12  Hamburg Soloists/Emil Klein Recorded August 1995, Mozartsaal, Provinziallage von Niedersachsen, Hamburg  ARTE NOVA 74321 37326 2 [3CDs: 56.20, 53.39, 63.32] [TB]

Nobility, clarity and excitement … see Full Review

Roy HARRIS (1898-1980) Symphony No. 7 (1955) - William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Symphony No. 6 (1948) New Zealand SO/Hugh Keelan - rec December 1994, Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-7290-2 HI [49.03] [RB]

A strong Schuman 6 and a more careful Harris 7. ... see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Haydn - Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No 93 - Symphony No 94 Surprise - Symphony No 103 Drumroll - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1950-51 SONY CLASSICAL SMK89890 [71’52] [JW]

Elegance and precision, aristocracy of music-making … see Full Review

Fini HENRIQUES (1867-1940) Romance Op. 12 for violin and orchestra (1894) [5.46] Myggedans Op. 20 No. 5 for violin and orchestra (1899) [1.09] Djævledans for violin and orchestra (1920) arr Launy GRØNDAHL, 1940 [2.37] Tata - two czardas (1932) [3.43] Vølnd Smed - suite (1896) [20.01] Suite in F major Op. 12 for oboe and strings (1894) [12.11] From: Den lille Havfrue (1909) [8.48]  Christina Åstrand (violin) Max Artved (oboe) Helsingborg SO/Giordano Bellincampi rec. 4-8 Sept 2000, 30-31 May 2001, Helsingborg Concert Hall.  DACAPO 8.224173 [54.17] [RB]

Lovingly performed ... light music and ballet scores .. a lilt and a glint ... see Full Review

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812) Clarinet Quartets Dieter Klöcker, clarinet Members of the Vlach Quartet Prague (Jana Vlachová, violin; Petr Verner, viola; Mikael Ericsson, cello) Recorded Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Clara-Wieck Auditorium, April 30th and May 3rd 2001. CPO 999 812-2 [75.43] [OW]

Excellent performances of exuberant, newly unearthed chamber music from a friend of Mozart….See Full Review

Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Piano Concerto No.1 ‘The Song of Gwyn ap Nudd’, Op.52 (1908 revised 1923) Haydn WOOD (1882-1959)  Concerto in D minor for piano and orchestra (1909) Hamish Milne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins Recorded on 4 & 5 June 1999 in Caird Hall, Dundee  HYPERION CDA67127 [69’29"] [CA]

If the music itself is variable and easy to deride, it is also curiously likeable. … see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) - Symphony No. 8 'Sinfonia Boreale' - Symphony No. 9 Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes - Rec 7-15 June 1993, Musikhuset Aarhus BIS CD-618 [65.25] [TB]

Music at once convincing and satisfying … see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-96) Requiem for Nietzsche (1964) Helge Rønning (tenor) Johan Reuter (baritone) Danish National Choir Danish National SO/Michael Schønwandt rec 29-31 Aug 2001, DR Concert Hall DDD DACAPO 8.224207 [51.44] [RB]

Avant-garde gestures, melodious tonality, compassion and the summonsing of fear. An elevating experience for anyone tracking the progress of 20th century music ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (1908-12) [12.16] Savitri - A chamber opera in one act (1908) [30.43] Seven Partsongs [20.05] The Evening-Watch (1924) [4.26] A Fugal Concerto (1922) [7.26] St Paul's Suite (1912-13) [12.33] The Perfect Fool - ballet music (1923) [10.43] Egdon Heath (1928) [12.49] The Hymn of Jesus (1920) [21.46] A Moorside Suite (1928) [14.26] Rec 1961-1994 ADD DDD DECCA The British Music Collection 470 191-2 [149.30] [RB]

Quite simply the best and most economical introduction to the extra-Planetary Holst ... see Full Review

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) The Chamber Music, Volume 3 Sonatine for clarinet & piano, Rapsodie, for 2 flutes, clarinet & piano, Danse de la chèvre for flute, Romance for flute & piano, Petite Suite, for 2 flutes & piano, Contrepoints, for piccolo, oboe, violin & cello, Colloque, for flute, celesta, violin & viola, Introduction et Danse, for flute, harp, violin, viola & cello, Intrada, for trumpet & piano, Hommage, for trombone & piano, J'avais un fidèle amant, for string quartet, Chanson de Ronsard, Chansons de la petite Sirène. Pascal Devoyon (piano) Alain Marion, Ashildur Haraldsdottir (flutes) Christian Moreaux (oboe) Michel Arrignon (clarinet) Thierry Caens (trumpet) Michel Becquet (trombone) Dong-Suk Kang (violin) Pierre Xuereb (viola) Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Pascale Zanlonghi (harp) Quatuor Ludwig Recorded September - October 1991, Église Evangélique St Pierre, Paris TIMPANI 1C1010 [58.57] [TB]

A rare beauty that makes this repertoire worth exploring. … see Full Review
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Hans HUBER (1852-1921) Symphony No. 8 (1920) [28.56] - Symphony No. 4 Akademische (1918) [32.34] - Stuttgart PO/Jörg-Peter Weigle - rec 12-16 July 2001 (8); 14-16 Jan 2002, Philharmonie, Gustav-Siegle Haas, Stuttgart, Germany DDD world premiere recordings STERLING CDS-1047-2 [61.57] [RB]

Two lovely idyllically smiling symphonies written against the rapine and bloodshed of the times: a spell against evil - an uncomplicated benediction and one stalwart against dodecaphonic insurgency. ... see Full Review

Andrés ISASI (1890-1940) Tragic Berceuse for violin and orchestra (1914) [8.37] Erotic Poem (1912) [8.27] Zharufa (1911) [15.55] The Oracle (1913) [14.54] The Sin (1913) [10.46]   Jonathan Carney (violin) (Berceuse) Basque National SO/Enrique García Asensio rec San Sebastian, 4-7 Sept 2000 world premiere recordings   CLAVES CD 50-2007 [58.41] [RB]

The performances are polished and in touch with the sometimes elusive and always expressionistically romantic music of this prophet who unjustly remained largely unhonoured in his own land. ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928); ; Sinfonietta ; Lachian Dances ; Taras Bulba ; Cunning Little Vixen – Suite ; Jealousy ; From the House of the Dead ; The Makropulos Case – Symphonic Synthesis by José Serebrier ;   Czech State Philharmonic, Brno ; José Serebrier ; Recorded April 1995 (Sinfonietta, Lachian Dances, Taras Bulba) June 1996 (remainder) ;  REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-2103 [2 CDs 65’08 + 59’40] [JW]

Not all front-runners but tremendously committed and the Brno Phil plays with devilish engagement. … see Full Review

Gustav JENNER (1865-1920) Piano Quartet in F major (1905) [35.41] String Quartet No. 1 in F major (1907) [30.22] String Quartet No. 2 in G major (1910) [14.43] String Quartet No. 3 in F major (1911) [25.19] Trio for Piano Clarinet and Horn in E flat major (1900) [25.09] Mozart Piano Quartet and Friends Wolfram Brandl (second violin in string quartets) Wolfha rd Pencz (clarinet) Olivier Darbellay (horn) rec Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany, 13-15 Dec 1999, 17 July 2000, 8-10 May 2001 CPO 999 699-2 [61.47+71.22] [RB]

Played with joyous inspiration and no trace of dutiful dullness. Sparks and sighs radiate outwards. ... see Full Review

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Eternal Songs, Op. 10 (1906) [26’57"] Stanisław and Anna Oswiecim, (1907) Op. 12 [22’18"] Lithuanian Rhapsody, Op. 11 (1906) [17’13"] BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier Recorded in Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester; 13-14 December 2001 CHANDOS CHAN 9986 [66’41"]

Passionate, intense, vivid, powerful and highly charged. This is the product of a fertile musical imagination. … see Full Review

Don KAY Tasmania Symphony - The Legend of Moinee - for cello and orchestra (1988) [40.24] - Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990) Sinfonia da Pacifica (1952-53) - Christian Wojtowicz (cello) Tasmanian SO/Richard Mills - rec 3-6 Nov 1992, Government House Ballroom, Hobart VOX AUSTRALIS VAST013-2 [53.53] [RB]

A cello concerto/creation epic in the brilliant Britten manner and a symphony shaped by folk music. ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Piano Concerto Gerhard ROSENFELD (b.1931) Violin Concerto No. 1 (1963)  Mirka Pokorná (piano) Gustav Schmahl (violin) Dresdner Philharmonie/Horst Förster rec. 1962 ADD  EDEL CLASSICS 0002522 CCC [55.50] [RB]

A broad version of the Piano Concerto and a rather acid-toned newcomer amongst violin concertos all at super-bargain price... see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Romantisches Klavierkonzert (first recording) Marc-André Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä recorded on 19 and 20 June 1997, Glasgow The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Series – No. 18 HYPERION CDA66990 [64:39] [GL]

Exciting compositions sumptuously played by Hamelin and the BBC Scottish Orchestra. The Marx work is a real find and the recording companies should explore his music further. See Full Review

Ernst KRENEK (1900-1991) Karl V - Stage Work with music in two parts (1931-3 rev 1954) - Karl V - David Pittman-Jennings; Juana, his mother - Anne Gjevang; Eleonore, his sister - Turid Carlsen; Ferdinand, his brother - Alfons Eberz; Isabella, his wife - Franziska Hirzel; Juan de Regla, his confessor - Christoph Bantzer; Henri Mathys, his physician - Hans Schulze; Francisco Borgia, Jesuit - Werner Hollweg; Czech Philharmonic Chorus of Brno Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn/Marc Soustrot - rec 8-14 Oct 2000, Beethovenhalle Bonn DDD MD&G MDG 337 1082-2 [73.49+66.58] [RB]

For those with case-hardened sinews or those fascinated by the evidence left by the people who refused to conform. ... see Full Review

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Symphony No. 4 Løvfald BVN 124 (1916, rev 1920) [23.38] Symphony No. 5 BVN 191 (1917-18, rev 1926) [14.22] Symphony No. 5 Steppenatur (Sommersagnsdrama) BVN 216 (1917-18, rev 1920/1931) [19.13] Danish National RSO/Thomas Dausgaard - rec 21-22 Aug 2001 (4); 23 Aug 2001 (5 I), 17, 21 June 1999 (5 II) Danish Radio House. DDD DACAPO 8.224215 [57.17] [RB]

Fiery readings of the Langgaard symphonies from Thomas Dausgaard ... see Full Review

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Symphony No. 9 From Queen Dagmar's City BVN 282 (1942) [21.22] Symphony No. 10 Yon Hall of Thunder BVN 298 (1944-45) [25.53] Symphony No. 11 Ixion BVN 303 (1944-45) [6.20] Danish National RSO/Thomas Dausgaard rec 7-8 Apr 1999; 12-13 Jan 2001; 23 June 1999, Danish Radio House. DDD DACAPO 8.224182 [53.37] [RB]

A rapturous masterpiece flanked by a pugnaciously enigmatic brevity and a euphoric example of Schumann-dominated nostalgia ... see Full Review

Georges LENTZ (born 1965) Ngangkar (1998/2000) Guyuhmgan (2001) Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Edo de Waart - Recorded: (live) Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, February 2000 and August 2001 ABC CLASSICS 472 397-2 [26:15] [HC]

Varied, rich and more complex, blending computer-generated sounds into the orchestral fabric. … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1986) Tasso. Lamento e Trionfo (1849, revised 1854) Les Préludes (1848, revised before 1854) Mazeppa (1851, revised before 1854) Orphée 91854) Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michel Plasson - Recorded in 1992 and 1993 at the Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany BERLIN CLASSICS 00947BC [63.14] [WH]

Totally successful and makes the best possible case for this music … see Full Review

Carl LOEWE (1796-1869) Der selt’ne Beter, Der alte Goethe, Graf Eberstein, Fredericus Rex, Der gefangene Admiral, Gruss vom Meere, Die Überfahrt, Der Asra, Jordans Ufer, Der Weichdorn, Das Wunder auf der Flucht, Ich bin ein gutter Hirte, Das dunkle Auge, Mein Geist ist trüb, Die Sonne der Schlafloden, Bauernregel, Der Wirthin Töchterlein, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone Hartmut Höll - Recorded location unspecified, 1987 APEX 0927 44767 2 [70’02] [JW]

Loewe had an astute ear for superior poetry setting; a thoroughly recommendable disc … see Full Review

Fernando LOPES-GRAÇA (1906-1994) Álbum do Jovem Pianista (1953-64) Mornas Caboverdianas (1941-78) In Memoriam Béla Bartók - Suite No. 8 (1960-75)  Olga Prats (piano) rec St George's Church, Lisboa, Portugal, 1 June, 23-24 Nov 2000. DDD  STRAUSS-PORTUGALSOM SP 4355 [65.05] [RB]

The Album do Jovem Pianista is probably the best entré to the world of Lopes-Graça. ... see Full Review



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