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Denis Matthews, piano: Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto in A Major K488 - Sonata in A Minor K310 - Fantasie and Fugue in C Major K394 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in E Major Op 109 - John FIELD (1782-1837) Nocturne No 6 in E Minor - Nocturne in E Major (Midi) in rondo form Denis Matthews, piano - Recorded 1942-46 PEARL GEM 0162 [75’30] [JW]

Playing of maturity and insight. … see Full Review

Nellie Melba. The 1904 London Recordings. Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) Mattinata - Goodbye - Herman BEMBERG (1859-1931) Nymphes et sylvains - Chant Venétien - Les anges pleurent - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata; Ah! fors’e lui - La Traviata; Follie…Sempre libera - Rigoletto; Caro nome che il mio cor - TRADITIONAL Comin’ thro’ the Rye - LUIGI ARDITI (1822-1903) Se saran rose - Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor; Del Ciel demente un riso - Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Il Penseroso; Sweet Bird That Shunn’st the Noise of Folly - Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Hamlet; Et maintenant, écoutez ma chanson - Hamlet; A vos jeux - GUY D’HARDELOT (1858-1936) Three green Bonnets - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro; Porgi amor - Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Si mes vers avaient des ailes - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème; Donde lieta - J S BACH (1685-1750) - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria Nellie Melba, soprano - With variously Landon Ronald, piano, Herman Bemberg, piano, Philippe Gaubert, flute, anonymous orchestra - conducted by Landon Ronald - Recorded 1904 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110737 [67’00] [JW]

A noteworthy start to a four volume series … see Full Review

Benoît MERNIER (born 1964) Missa Christi Regis Gentium (2000)a - Inventions pour orgue (2000/1)b - Choeur de chambre de Namura; Capella Sancti Michaelisa; Xavier Deprez (organ)a; Olivier Opdebeek (conductor)a; Benoît Mernier (organ)b - Recorded: Brussels Cathedral, November and December 2000 (Missa) and July 2001 (Inventions) CYPRÈS CYP 4612 [62:58] [HC]

One of the most endearing composers of his generation … see Full Review

Min Jin, violin: Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie Espagnole - Pablo SARASATE (1844-1908) Concert Fantasie on Carmen - William KROLL (1901-1980) Banjo and Fiddle arranged John Bradbury - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata for Solo Violin - Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra arranged Ruggiero Ricci Min Jin, violin - London Symphony Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth - Recorded June and July 2001 CLAUDIO CB5256-2 [65’19] [JW]

Spicy lyric phrasing, real understanding, a pleasurable range of colours and shadings, a bright, tight trill, even and fast … see Full Review

Monastery of Chant The Essential Guide to Classical Chillout 28 tracks variously by Robert PRIZEMAN, Sarah CLASS, RACHMANINOV, Ian TILLEY, Franz BIEBL  performed by Libera, Cantamus, Chanticleer, Choeur Grégorien de Paris, François Polgar, Xavier Chancerelle, Capella antiqua München, Choralschola, Konrad Rühland Licensed from Erato, Warner, Teldec, Chanticleer rec 1985-2001  WARNER 0927 46565 2 [2CDs: 100.10] [RB]

For those whose need for meditation is translated into ‘chilling out’. … see Full Review

Sabine MEYER (clarinet) - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Clarinet Quintet in B flat Op.34 (for clarinet and strings) - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Two Konzertstücke for clarinet, basset-horn and orchestra; Op.113 in F minor and Op.114 in D minor - Heinrich BAERMANN (1784-1847) Clarinet Quintet No.3 in E flat Op.23 for clarinet and strings Wolfgang Meyer (clarinet and basset-horn) - Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Kenneth Sillito - Recorded at Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, Hampstead, London in May 2001 EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 57359 2 8 [57. 19] [CF]

A highly satisfying disc from all points of view … but it’s Meyer (S) who is deservedly the star. … see Full Review

Music From Six Continents: 1999 Series Jeremy BECK (b.1960) Spark and Flames (Ash) Stephen TAYLOR (1965) Unapproachable Light Jeffrey JACOB (b.1948) The Carol of the Bells Bernard SCHERR (1963) Victimae Paschali Laudes Margaret Vardell SANDRESKY (b.1921) Song of the Nomad Flute; Theldon MYERS (b.1927) Fanfare for a New Millennium; Philip SCHROEDER (b.1956) Fantasy for Clarinet and Orchestra Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Recorded in the Czech Republic in June 1999 VIENNA MODERN CLASSICS VMM 3048 [56.50] [GH]

Much here that is enjoyable and of value … see Full Review

OPEN PERCUSSION: PERCUSSION MUSIC - Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001) Rebonds for percussion solo - Hans-KRISTIAN KJOS SØRENSEN (b.1965) Open I, Improvisation - Open II, Improvisation - Open III, Improvisation - Åse HEDSTRØM (b.1950) Flow for marimba - John CAGE (1912-1992) The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs for voice and piano - A Flower for voice and piano - Franco DONATONI (1927-2000) ‘Omar’ - Due Pezzi per vibrafono (Two Pieces for Vibraphone) - Rolf WALLIN (b. 1957) Stonewave (Version for solo percussion) Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, percussion and voice - Recorded 13th-16th November 2000 at Sofienberg Kirke, Oslo, Norway BIS CD 1219 [68:58] [GPJ]

A very special issue, continuing BIS’s tradition of opening our minds and our ears ... See Full Review

Pablo Picasso; Music of his Time - Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Asturias from Suite Espanola No 1 - Malaga from Iberia Book 4 - Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Petrushka - Pulcinella - Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Choral, Prelude du rideau rouge, Prestigitateur chinois - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No 2 - Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Banalités - Tel jour telle nuit - Norbert Kraft, guitar (Asturias) - Guillermo Gonzalez, piano (Malaga) - BRT Philharmonic, Brussels conducted by Alexander Rahbari (Pulcinella) - Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy conducted by Jerome Kaltenbach (Satie) - Slovak RSO conducted by Kenneth Jean (de Falla) Bournemouth Sinfonietta conducted by Stefan Sanderling (Pulcinella) - Michel Piquemal, baritone and Christine Lajarigge, piano (Poulenc) - No recording dates or locations provided; all previously issued NAXOS 8.558059 [76’44] [JW]

A bit of a ragbag collection then but it might make a change from those acoustic guides so beloved of contemporary galleries … see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music at the Husum Festival - 1993 -2000 9CDs containing 140 works - see review for details Danacord DACOCD 419, DACOCD 429, DACOCD 449, DACOCD 479 (2CDs), DACOCD 489, DACOCD 519, DACOCD 539, DACOCD 559

Magnificent. Essential listening. A whole catalogue of lesser-known music that deserves to be heard by the musical public. And what is more all the artists further the cause of these little know works by their skill and aplomb at the keyboard. Great stuff indeed. Buy the lot! … see Full Review

RUBENS (1577-1640) - MUSIC OF HIS TIME Tielman SUSATO (1500-1564) 3 pieces from ‘Danserye’; Convivium Musicum Gothenburgensae from Naxos 8.554425 DOWLAND (1563-1626) My John Langton’s pavan, Captain Digorie Piper his galliard; Rose Consort of Viols from Naxos 8.554425 Alonso LOBO (c.1555-1617) Versa est in luctum; Oxford Camerata /Summerly from Naxos 8.550575 MONTEVERDI (1567-1642) L’Orfeo Act 1 (extracts) Cappella Musicale di S.Petronia di Bolgna/Vartolo from Naxos 8.554094-5 Also Lamento della ninfa (from Madrigals Book 8); SCHUTZ (1585-1672) Spes mea; Cantate Domino. Oxford Camerata/Summerly from Naxos 8.553514 John BULL (1563-1628) Prelude for organ. Fantasy for organ. Joseph Payne from Naxos 8.550719 Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) A Mask The Fairest Nymph; Lincoln’s Inn Mask; Allmaine in G; Timothy Roberts, virginals, from Naxos 8.550603 William LAWES (1602-1645) Royal Consort in D   Rose Consort of Viols from Naxos 8.550601   NAXOS 8.558067 [71.34] [GH]

Excellent idea, nicely put together and a good introduction to the period. … see Full Review

SCARBOROUGH FAIR:British Folk Songs for Tenor’ - 1. Lovely Joan (arr. Geoffrey Burgon), 2. The Turtle Dove (arr. James Griffett), 3. Sailor Boy (arr. Benjamin Britten), 4. The Grey Cock (arr. Geoffrey Burgon), 5. Benjamin Bowmaneer (arr. Geoffrey Burgon), 6. The oak and the ash (arr. Timothy Walker), 7. Master Kilby (arr. Benjamin Britten), 8. Scarborough Fair (arr. Charles Vale), 9. Dance to your daddy (arr. Timothy Walker), 10. Farewell to Stromness (Maxwell Davies) (arr. T.Walker), 11. The cockle gatherer (arr. Charles Vale), 12. Bonny at morn (arr. Benjamin Britten), 13. The Fairy Lover (arr. Stanley Vann), 14. The Salley Gardens (arr. James Griffett), 15. The Cuckoo (arr. Dietrich Wagner), 16. She mov’d thro' the fair (arr. James Griffett), 17. The shooting of his dear (arr. Benjamin Britten), 18. Greensleeves (Traditional.), 19. The soldier and the sailor (arr. Benjamin Britten), 20. The water is wide (arr. Mark Brown), 21. I must and I will get married (arr. David Posnett), 22. Bushes and briars (arr James Griffett), 23. The chickens they are crowing (arr. David Posnett), 24. Pretty Saro, (arr. David Posnett), 25. The Ploughman (arr. James Griffett), 26. Black is the colour of my true love's hair (arr. C. Vale), 27. Strawberry Fair (arr. Mark Brown), (No recording details given) James Griffett, (tenor); Timothy Walker, (guitar) REGIS RRC 1112 [68.21] [RJF]

Plenty of character and exemplary diction, if not always the gentlest of phrasing or smoothness of legato … see Full Review

Joseph Schmidt. The Ultraphon Recordings 1929-1932 - Operatic and Popular Arias - Recondita armonia, E lucevan le stelle, O Lola, Dein ist mein ganzes herz, Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenk, Ich trete in Zimmer…Immer nur lacheln, Von Apfelbluten einen Kranz, Vorrei morire, Mattinata, Mama, quel vino e generose, Zigeunerlied, Nina, Marechaire, Verbotener Gesang, Meine Sonne, Die Weisse Taube, Marechaire, Komm mein Sohnchen, auf ain Wort, Canzonetta, Tausendmal du, Das alter wort; Ich liebe dich, Freundlich blick’ ich auf diese und jene, La donna e mobile, Liebling, nach dem Tango verbiss mich, Questa o quella, Dies’ Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon, Una furtive lagrima, Mal d’amore, Lolita, Das Zauberlied, Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein, Der Emigrant, Ach ihres Auges Zauberblick, Ah si ben mio, Rachel, quand du Signeur, Me s’e me forza perditi, Heimatland , Der Emigrant With Irene Eisinger, soprano (Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt) - Michael Bohnen, bass (Komm, mein Sohnchen, auf ein Wort) Various orchestras and accompaniments - Recorded 1929-32 TELDEC 0927 42665 2 [2 CDs 67’32 and 68’24] [JW]

Ardour, simplicity and enormous beauty of tone. I enjoyed every minute of these generous discs. … see Full Review

RECORD OF THE MONTH STOCKHOLM CHAMBER BRASS NOW - Anders HILLBORG (b.1954) Brass Quintet (1998) - Eino TAMBERG (b.1930) Music for Five op.86 (1992) - Per MÅRTENSSON (b.1967) I-Ching Variations (1998-9) for brass quintet and live electronics - Poul RUDERS (b.1949) Break Dance (1984) for piano and brass quintet - Luciano BERIO (b.1925) Call (1985) - Joakim AGNAS (b.1969) Tango (1996) - Yong-Won SUNG (b.1977) Pandragon (2000) - Fredrik HÖGBERG (b.1972) Melancholy Tango (2000) for five brass players and their voices Stockholm Chamber Brass, Per Mårtensson, electronics, Frederik Ullén, piano - Recorded January 2001 at Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden BIS-CD-1213 [62:53] [GPJ]

These extremely difficult modern works made to sound effortless, directing attention to their quality and expressiveness rather than their uncompromising modernity. … see Full Review

Leopold Stokowski - Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Prelude to Hansel and Gretel - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No 53 The Imperial - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) German Dance No3 The Sleigh Ride - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No 2 - Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) On the Beautiful Blue Danube - Tales from the Vienna Woods Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra - Recorded 1949-50 CALA CACD0532 [75’10] [JW]

Not the most authentic of performances but their vigour and animation is certainty all Stokowski’s. … see Full Review

Te Deum: Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Dettingen Te Deum - Dorothee Fries (soprano), Cäcilie Fuhs (soprano), Matthias Rexroth (alto), Thomas Cooley (tenor), Raimund Nolthe (bass) - Collegium Vocale des Bach-Chores Siegen - Trompeten-Consort Friedemann Immer - Barock Orchester Hannoveresche Hofkapelle/Ulrich Stützel - Rec 11-12 May 2001, Martinikirche zu Siegen - Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Te Deum - Michaela Kaune (soprano), Peter Mikulas (bass) - Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart - Bach Collegium Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling - Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Te Deum - Psalm 150* - Pamela Coburn* (soprano), Ingeborg Danz (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (bass) - Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart Bach Collegium Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling - Rec: 12-13 October 1997 (Dvořák), 9 September 1996 (Bruckner Te Deum), Liederhalle Stuttgart, Beethovensaal
12 September 1996 (Psalm 150), Stadthalle Sindelfingen HÄNSSLER CLASSIC 98.421 [2CDs: 38.06+55.09] [TB]

An enterprising and imaginative idea … see Full Review

THE THREE ELIZABETHS - A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries - CD 1 [45.58] Elizabeth I : Eric COATES: "Halcyon days" from The Three Elizabeths (a) - Robert FARRANT: Ah, alas, you salt sea gods (b) (*) - John DOWLAND: His Golden Locks (c) - Robert PARSONS: De la court (b) - Thomas ROBINSON : The Queen’s Goodnight (d) - Thomas TALLIS : A Solfing Song (e) - William BYRD: Fair Britain Isle (f) - Orlando GIBBONS: The Silver Swan (f) - John WILBYE: Weep, weep, mine eyes (g) - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: "Poet" from The England of Elizabeth (h) - CD2 [74.44] Elizabeth of Glamis "The Queen Mother" : Eric COATES: "Spring Time in Angus" from The Three Elizabeths (a) - Henry WOOD: Fantasia on British Sea Songs (i) - Robert FARNON: Derby Day (j) - William WALTON: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (k) - Eric COATES: The Dam Busters March (a) - Elizabeth II : Eric COATES: "Youth of Britain" from The Three Elizabeths (a) - William WALTON: Coronation Te Deum (l) - Hubert PARRY: I was glad (i) - Haydn WOOD: A State Ball at Buckingham Palace (j) - Robert FARNON: State Occasion (j) - William WALTON: Orb and Sceptre (kj) - a) Royal Artillery Band directed by Major Geoffrey Kingston - b) Rose Consort of Viols - c) Steven Rickards, counter-tenor/Dorothy Linell, lute - d) Christopher Wilson, lute - e) Rose Consort of Viols/with *Catherine King - f) Rose Consort of Viols/Red Byrd - g) Oxford Camerata directed by Jeremy Summerly - h) RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Andrew Penny - i) Leeds Festival Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel - j) Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Leaper - k) English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel - l) Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge/Christopher Whitton, organ, directed by Christopher Robinson NAXOS 8.557032/3 [74.44] [45.58] [WH]

Cannot fail to give pleasure to those who enjoy this kind of compilation. … see Full Review

"THINGS TO COME"Original Film Music Themes 1936-1947 1. Things to Come: March; Ballet for children; Melodrama – Attack; Melodrama – Pestilence; The World in Ruins; Epilogue Arthur BLISS 2. The Warsaw Concerto from ‘Dangerous Moonlight’ – Richard ADDINSELL 3. The Night has Eyes – Charles WILLIAMS 4. Bambi: Musical Selection – Frank CHURCHILL 5. Cornish Rhapsody from ‘Love Story’ – Hubert BATH 6. The Way to the Stars; Musical Themes – Nicolas BRODSZKY 7. The Dream of Olwen from ‘While I Live’ – Charles WILLIAMS8. While I Live from ‘While I Live’ – Charles WILLIAMS13. Spellbound Concerto from ‘Spellbound’ – Miklós RÓZSA London Symphony Orchestra/Muir Matheson (1,6,7), /Arthur Bliss (2,3,4,5) /Hubert Bath (10), Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams (8, 13), Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra (9), Two Cities Symphony Orchestra/Charles Williams(11), Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra(12, 13) with Louis Kentner, piano (7), Harriet Cohen, piano (10), Arthur Dulay, piano (12) All tracks recorded in London between June 1935 and December 1947 NAXOS Nostalgia 8.120597 [60:23] [GPJ]

A fascinating and highly enjoyable disc. Fine performances, recorded to the best standards of their time, and prepared lovingly. … see Full Review

Tranquil Moods CD1 Classical Moods BEETHOVEN Shepherds' Thanksgiving; Pathetique - adagio; VIVALDI Domine Deus; Winter; Il Gardellino; SAINT-SAENS The Cuckoo; IRELAND Downland Suite; CHOPIN Kontretanze; DELIUS Summer Night; FAURÉ In Paradisum; Pastorale; LISZT En Reve; TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty - Panorama; BRAHMS Violin Concerto - adago; SHOSTAKOVICH Romance; ELGAR Salut d'Amour CD2 Contemporary Moods BARRY John Dunbar theme; HYNES Rolling Hills; Mary's Garden; CUNNINGHAM/LUNNY When the snow melts; SJONNEBY Impressions of Spring; OVIDE Willow Tree; YARED English patient (excpts); EINAUDI Out of the Night; Passaggio; MORRICONE The Mission; NILSSON Moonbeam Song; ARKENSTONE Special Place; PHILLIPS Summer Dawn; The Nightingale; MERCER/MANCINI medley; Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, Charade, Cameo licensed from Silver Screen, Conifer, Nimbus, BMG, HNH International, Arte Nova, Windham Hill rec 1972-2000 THE NATIONAL TRUST - BMG COMMERCIAL 74321 92469 [2CDs: 51.00+73.00]

Attractive of its kind though the first CD should have been more open-handedly stacked. ... see Full Review

Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano - Robert KAHN (1865-1951) Serenade op.73 (1923) - August KLUGHART 1847-1902) Schilflieder, op.28 (1873) - Charles LOEFFLER (1861-1935) Two Rhapsodies (1901) - Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Trio, op.47 (1929) Han de Vries (oboe, baritone oboe), Henk Guittart (viola), Ivo Janssen (piano) - Recorded Vaalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 31st May - 2nd June 1995 CHANDOS CHAN 9990 [66:35] [GPJ]

Beautiful, with immaculate tuning, expressive phrasing, and excellent ensemble … see Full Review

Victorian Concert Overtures George MACFARREN (1813-1887) Chevy Chace Hugo PIERSON (1815-1873) Romeo and Juliet Op 86 Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Macbeth Frederick CORDER (1852-1932) Prospero Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Froissart Op 19 Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy Alexander MACKENZIE (1847-1935) Britannia – A Nautical Overture Op 52   English Northern Philharmonia David Lloyd-Jones Recorded St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley, Yorkshire June 1991  HYPERION HELIOS CDH55088 [66’52] [JW]

Take a plunge if you don’t already have it … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Art of Anne Sofie von Otter - Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen-Habanera, L’amour est un oiseau rebelled - Carmen-Gypsy Song, Les tringles des sisters tintaient - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro-Non so più - Le Nozze di Figaro-Voi che sapete - Don Giovanni-Batti, batti o bel Masetto - Cosi fan tutte-Smanie implacabili - Cosi fan tutte-Soave sia il vento - La Clemenza di Tito-Parto, ma tu ben mio - Mass in C Minor-Laudamus te - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ariodante-Dopo notte, atra e funeste - Hercules-Begone, my fears, fly, hence away - Hercules-Cease, ruler of the day, to rise - Il pianto di Maria –Se d’un Dio fui fatta Madre - Messiah – O thou that Tellest - J S BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B Minor – Qui sedes ad dextram Patris - St Matthew Passion – Buss und Reu - Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Oh Solitude - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Elijah – Oh rest in the Lord - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria - An Silvia - Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Rheinlegendchen - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – Ging heut’ morgen über Feld - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Lullaby - Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffmann-Barcarolle-belle Nuit - Les Contes d’Hoffmann-Une poupée aux yeux - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust-Le Roi de Thule - La Damnation de Faust-D’amour l’ardente flamme - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Frauenliebe und Leben-Du Ring an meinem Finger - Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Haugtussa-Ved Gjaetle-Bekken - Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Mina - Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) L’Anneau d’argent - Je Voudrais… - Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Mariettas Lied - Come away, Death - Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Sprig of Thyme - Gunnar HAHN (b 1908) Visa från Lappland - Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) One life to live - Benny ANDERSSON (b 1946) and Björn ULVAEUS (b 1945) Like an Angel passing through my room - Elvis COSTELLO (b 1954) For the stars - Franz Xavier GRUBER (1787-1863) Stille Nacht - Mel TORME and Robert WELLS The Christmas Song Anne Sophie von Otter, soprano with various accompaniments DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 472 474-2 [2 CDs 75’45 and 76’58] [JW]

A well chosen selection and a solid decade’s worth of distinction, exploration and achievement. … see Full Review

Woodwind Treasures KLUGHARDT (1847-1902) Quintet, Op. 79 Luciano BERIO (1925-) Opus Number Zoo George HEUSSENSTAMM (1926–) Woodwind Quintet Seven Etudes Robert PILINN (1925 – 1999) Scherzo Herman STEIN (1915–) Sour Suite Westwood Wind Quartet Klughardt/Berio – original recording on Crystal S250, Ó 1981 All others – original recording on Crystal S811, Ó 1971 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD250 [59:14] [KR]

It is a joy to see this album still in print and available. Should be welcome on any classical music lovers’ shelf. … see Full Review

Virtuoso Double Bass Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Concerto for Double Bass and orchestra in A minor (originally Cello Sonata) transcribed by Gary KARR and orchestrated by Joseph HOROVITZ, Wilfred JOSEPHS (b.1927) Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra Op 118 Stuart SANKEY (b.1927) Carmen Fantasy after Bizet Gary Karr (double bass) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Patrick Thomas Recorded in Adelaide Town Hall, November 1992 ABC CLASSICS 8770018[69.28] [GH]

For aficionados of the bass or indeed of modern concertos this would at the very least make an interesting purchase. … see Full Review


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