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STOP PRESS: The Gerard Hoffnung Oxford Union (Bricklayer) speech is at last available on CD
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New EMI British Collections:
Britten (8CD) Elgar Orchestral (7CD) Elagr Choral and Vocal (13CD) Vaughan Williams (9CD) Barbirolli collection (13CD) Best of British (13CD) See Christmas Boxed Sets

MICHAEL OLIVER 20 July 1937–1 December 2002

The Piano Music of William Alwyn by John France

Anton Webern by David Wright


RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Unter Sternen (1941-43): Trost der Kreatur; Sonnenuntergang; Siehst du den stern; Stille der Nacht; Unter Sternen; Abendlied an die natur; Unruhe der Nacht; Waldlied I; Waldlied II; Stilleben; Das Tal; Abendlied; Wir wähnten lange rechtt zu leben; Flackre, ew'ges Licht im Tal; Die Zeit geht nicht; Trübes Wetter; Frühgesicht; Frühlingsglaube; In der Trauer; Den Zweifellosen I und II; Tod und Dichter; An das Herz; Ein Tagewerk I und II. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bar) Hartmut Höll (piano) rec. Berlin, Feb 1986, DDD CLAVES CD 50-8606 [58.25] [RB]

Fresh-voiced and intelligently etching every syllable ... wondrous ... see Full Review

Georg Phillipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto for flute in G major TWV 51: G2 Concerto for two flutes, violone, strings and continuo TWV 53:a1 (from Tafelmusik) Concerto for transverse flute, strings and continuo, TWV 51:D2 Concerto for flute, oboe d’amore, viola d’amore, strings and continuo TWV 53:E1 Concerto for flute, strings and continuo in D, TWV 51:D2 Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Rainer Kussmaul, violin and leader; Georg Faust, cello; Wolfram Christ, viola d’amore; Klaus Stoll, violone; Jacques Zoon, flute; Albrecht Mayer, oboe d’amore. Berliner Barock Solisten, Rainer Kussmaul, conductor. Recorded in 2002, with the cooperation of the Deutschland Radio. DDD EMI CLASSICS 57397 [66:26] [KS]

A delightful sense of collegial give and take. An absolute winner, this disc is not to be missed. … see Full Review


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos No 1-5, Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op. 80 [19’49"] John Lill (piano) Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson Recorded in the City Hall, Glasgow,1974-5; CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 7243 5 75752 2 5 [57’38" + 64’06" + 77’00"] [JQ]

Questing pianism and musicianship of great integrity … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 26 in D minor 'Lamentatione'(1768) Symphony No. 52 in C minor (1774) Symphony No. 53 in D major 'L'Imperiale' (1778) Symphony No. 88 in G major (1787) Symphony No. 89 in F major (1787) Symphony No. 90 in G major (1787) Symphony No. 91 in E flat major (1788) Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford' (1789) La Petite Bande Sigiswald Kuijken Rec 1988-91, Haarlem, The Netherlands Symphony No. 82 in C major 'L'Ours' (1786) Symphony No. 83 in G minor 'La Poule' (1785) Symphony No. 84 in E flat major (1786) Symphony No. 85 in B flat major (1785) Symphony No. 86 in D major (1786) Symphony No. 87 in A major (1785) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Sigiswald Kuijken Rec 1989, London VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 62041 2 [5 CDs: 62.26, 78.14,78.32, 71.27, 58.07] Superbudget [TB]

At its attractive price this collection has a clear appeal. … See Full Review

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Madrigali amorosi (from the late madrigal books c.1614-19) Sestina, Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amante; Ninfa che scalza il piede; O come sei gentile; Lamento della Ninfa; Tu dormi; S’el vostro cor, Madonna; Ohime dove il mio ben; Alle danze; Ohime il bel viso; Zefiro torna; Non e il gentil core; Qui rise Tirsi; O mio bene; Soave libertate. Cantus Cölln Gerald Hambitzer (harpsichord) Konrad Junghänel (lute and director) Recorded in the Sendesaal des Deutschlandfunk, Köln, 21-24 September 1992 DDD DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 05472 77855 2 [67’08] [TH]

I can’t think of any better disc at budget price with which to get to know these marvellous works … see Full Review

 


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