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From A to Z, Vol. 2 C-B Fulvio CALDINI (b.1959) Thelema’s Hot Machine, Op. 33 (1986){4.19] Sven-Erik BÄCK (1919-1994) Sonata for Flute solo (1949) [13.37] Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Scrivo in vento [6.03] Joseph Bodin de BOISMORTIER (1689-1755) Première Suite in E minor, Op. 35 (1731) [10.36] Yehezkel BRAUN (b.1922) Sonata for Flute (1955/87) [11.26] Gloria COATES (b.1938) Reaching for the Moon for flute solo (1987/88) [3.11] Leonhard von CALL (1767-1815) Fantasia I, Op. 6 No. 1 [7.32] Daniel BÖRTZ (b.1943) Tinted Drawings for flute solo (2001) [8.23] Sharon Bezaly (flute) Recorded November 2001 at Furuby Church, Växjö, Sweden BIS-CD 1259 [68.20] [RBr]

The solo flute is not everybody’s cup of tea, but this disc makes a good case for reminding listeners and flautists, as well as composers, not to ignore it. … see Full Review

American Music for two Pianos and Orchestra - Walter PISTON (1894 - 1976) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1959) - Quincy PORTER (1897 - 1966) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1954) - Morton GOULD (1913 - 1997) Dance Variations for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1952) - Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas (pianos) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/David Amos (Piston and Gould) - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Moravia/David Amos - recorded at the Soundstage, CBS Studios, London, on July 24 and 25, 1969. (No details about the Porter) HELICON HE 1044 [57’55] [JP]

A trio of reasonably tuneful concerti for two pianos by three contemporary American composers - brilliantly performed … see Full Review

Baroque for the Mass - Ursuline composers of the 17th Century’ Maria Xaveria PERUCHONA (c1652 ->1709) Ad gaudia, ad lubila (1675) [6.04] Regina Cæli (1675) [4.03] Solvite Solvite (1675) [7.51] Anna Isabella LEONARDA (1620-1704) Ave suavis dilecto [7.45] Andrea Folan, soprano; Roya Bauman, alto; Kirk Doughterty, tenor; Brian Bookks and Deborah Howell, violins; Rob Haskins, continuo. Recorded at Rochester U. Chapel, Rochester, NY, USA, July 1998 [DDD] Messa Prima, Op 18 (1696) [41.38] Schola Cantorum of the University of Arkansas, Jack Groh, conductor. Two violins, cello, and organ: soloists not named. Recorded at St. Paul’s Church, Fayetteville, AK, USA, February 1982 [ADD] Notes in English. Latin texts with English translations included LEONARDA LE 346 [67.16] [PSh]

A disk for collectors of early music, but not for perfectionists. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Mozart - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1781) Symphony No. 36 in C major K425 Linz (1783) - Symphony No. 38 in D major K 504 Prague (1786) - Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543 (1788) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded London 1950-55 SONY SMK87963 [78.07] [JW]

These later traversals carry the inimitable stamp of authority and there is much still to admire. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms - Felix von MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Ruy Blas Overture Op. 95 - The Hebrides Overture Op. 26 - Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 Italian - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Manfred Overture Op. 115 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Tragic Overture Op. 81 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded London 1950-56 SONY SMK87965 [71.26] [JW]

Strongly recommended, especially for the Italian Symphony, Ruy Blas and the Manfred Overture. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Leonard Bernstein. The Original Jacket Collection Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 Eroica Bernstein Talk; How a Great Symphony Was Written [14.22] Recorded January 1964 and December 1965 [talk] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story orch. Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront Recorded March 1861 [West Side Story] and May 1960 [On the Waterfront] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Rodeo – four dance episodes Billy the Kid – orchestral suite Recorded May 1960 [Rodeo] and October 1959 [Billy the Kid] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue orch. Ferde Grofé An American in Paris Recorded June 1959 [Rhapsody in Blue] and June 1958 [An American in Paris] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 82 Hob 1; 82 The Bear Symphony No. 83 Hob 1; 83 The Hen Recorded May 1962 [The Bear] and April 1962 [The Hen] Charles IVES (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2 Bernstein Talk; Leonard Bernstein discusses Charles Ives Recorded October 1958 and June 1966 [Talk] Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 7 in E minor Op 55 Recorded December 1965 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5 Op 47 Recorded October 1959 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 5 Op 82 Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49 Recorded March 1961 [Symphony] and May 1964 [Pohjola’s Daughter] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le Sacre du Printemps (1913 version) Recorded January 1958 New York Philharmonic Orchestra Leonard Bernstein (piano/conductor) SONY CLASSICAL SX10K89750 [10 CDs 484.28] [JW]

Bernstein - a man for most seasons … this box gives us many imperishable first thoughts in repertoire in much of which he was a towering master. … see Full Review

British Clarinet Concertos - Alan PAUL (1905 – 1968) Clarinet Concerto (1958) - Joseph HOROWITZ (b.1926) Concertante (1948) - Guy WOOLFENDEN (b.1937) Clarinet Concerto (1985, rev. 2002) - Geoffrey BUSH (1920 – 1998)
Rhapsody (1940) - Malcolm MACDONALD (1916 – 1992) Cuban Rondo (1960) - Adrian CRUFT (1921 – 1987) Clarinet Concertino Op.21 (1955) - Alan RIDOUT (1934 – 1996) Clarinet Concertino (1978) - Ian Scott (clarinet) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland - Recorded: Henry Wood Hall, London, April 2002 ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2141 [72:14] [VS]

Inspired by the playing of the great British clarinet players. A fluid comprehensive technique, secure intonation, warm tone quality, a touch of vibrato. Scott's infectious enthusiasm can be felt throughout. Highly recommended. ... see Full Review

British String Miniatures 1 - Gareth WALTERS (b 1928) Divertimento (1960) - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Elegy Op. 58 (1909) - Michael ROBERTS (1927-1996) Suite: Spring Serenade (1971); Compline (1965); Perpetuum mobile (1962); Cherubim (1965); Divertimento (1962) - Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934)
Two Aquarelles (arr. Eric Fenby 1938) - Anthony HEDGES (b 1931) Fiddler’s Green (2001) - William WALTON (1902-1983) Two Pieces from Henry V (1944): The Death of Falstaff; Touch her soft lips and part - John ADDISON (1920-1998) Partita (1961) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland - Recorded Sony Music Studios, London, July 2001 ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2134 [71.37] [JW]

Well up to the now expected standard, it hardly need be said. I enjoyed this disc as much as the others in the series. These are lithe and insightful traversals. … see Full Review

British String Miniatures 2 - Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Set of Act Tunes and Dances (arr. Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) (1923) - Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Serenade for the Birthday of Frederick Delius (1922) - Gareth GLYN (b. 1951) Anglesey Sketches (2001) - Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Air and Dance (1915) - Mathew CURTIS (b. 1959) Serenade (1993 rev. 2001) - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Suite; The Spanish Lady (ed. Percy YOUNG 1956) - Philip LANE (b. 1950) Serenata Concertante (1990) - Richard Friedman and Abigail Young, (violin) - Helen Kamminga (viola) and James Potter (cello) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2136 [76.01] [JW]

A charmer of a disc, recorded in a natural acoustic. Strongly recommended. … see Full Review

Busoni and his legacy - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV846 - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) arr. Busoni Chorale Prelude; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen BWV734 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) arr. Busoni Ecossaise Wo083 Scotch Step - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Prelude in A major Op 28/7 - Etude in G flat Op. 10/5 - Nocturne in F sharp Op. 15/2 - Etude in E Op. 25/5 - Etude in G flat Op. 10/5 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 S244 - Ferrucio Busoni (piano) recorded in London 27 February 1922 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este - Sonata après une lecture du Dante - Rosamond Ley (piano) recorded privately in London 1942 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Totentanz [minus first section] - Ferrucio BUSONI (1868-1924) Piano Concerto Op. 39 [Movement IV only] Egon Petri (piano) with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hans Rosbaud recorded live in 1936 (Totentanz) and 1932 (Concerto) ARBITER 134 [71.51] [JW]

Arbiter are to be congratulated on their very listenable transfers and the intriguing couplings they provide. … see Full Review

Isabella Cheevers: As Long as a Tear Peter HURFORD Litany to the Holy Spirit Harold DARKE In the bleak mid winter Henry PURCELL Music for a while Edmund RUBBRA A hymn to the Virgin John IRELAND Her Song BONONCINI Per la glorie d'a dorarvi Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Orpheus with his lute Peter WARLOCK Adam lay ybounden Peter WARLOCK The first mercy Gabriel FAURÉ Pie Jesu Isabella Cheevers (soprano) David Ruddock (keyboard accompanist) Private issue

Total lack of excess and effect. The music speaks for itself. Music sung for music's sake and sung well. … see Full Review

ChinaSong - 24 Chinese Songs Arranged for string quartet By Yi-Wen Jiang: Miao Mountain Morning [arr. Gang] [3.56] - Yunnan Folk Songs [5] [arr.Wang]: Dali Girl [1.26]; Following the Brother [0.54]; Puzzle tune [1.06]; Mountain Song [1.51]; Dragon Lantern Tune [1.29] - Shepherd’s song [arr. Sha] [4.52] - Pieces from Temple Fair [2] [arr. Zu-Xin Jiang]: Busker’s Little Tune [2.20]; Double Dance [1.27] - Pictures from Bashu [arr. Hu-Wei Huang]: Morning Song [1.32]; Echo in a Deep Valley [1.15]; Lyrical Tune [1.47]; XuanZi Dance [1.09]; Spring in Chengdu [2.47]; Evening Dance at Aba] [1.08]; Shandong Folksongs [2] [arr. Cui]; Naive Tune [2.03]; Drizzle [5.14] - Red Flowers in Bloom [arr. Liu] [4.24] - Yan-Jun HUA (1893 - 1950) Reflection of the Moon in the Er-Quan spring [arr. Wu] [7.09] - Cheng Qian XUE Caprice in the style of an Henan folk song [5.16] - Jing-Ping Zhang Harvest Celebration [3.29] - Bi-Guang TANG Liuyang River [2.45] - Qi-Ming LU Young Soldier’s Joy [2.59] Shanghai String Quartet: Weigang Li, Yi-Wen Jiang, vv; Honggang Li, va; Nicholas Tzavaras,vc. Eugenia Zuckerman, flute, guest artist. Notes in English - Recorded at St. Anthony’s Seminary, Santa Barbara, California, USA, March 2002 DELOS DE 3308 [68.56] [PS]

A beautiful, sensual sounding disk, a must-have for world music and folk music enthusiasts. … see Full Review

Sacred Spirit presents Classical Spirit Divine Works I, O' Ecclesia, Prelude (arrangement of J.S. Bach), Divine Works II, Adagio (arrangement of Barber) Gloria Deo Patri, Adagio (arrangement of Albinoni) Sonata No. 14 - Adagio Sostenuto (arrangement of Beethoven) Tranquillity, Organ Concerto (arrangement of J.S. Bach) Written, produced, arranged and performed by "The Brave" (Claus Zundel) No recording details given. HIGHER OCTAVE MUSIC/VIRGIN HOMCD 13138 [48.15] [NH]

By "The Brave" and definitely for the brave - "crossover" at its most turgid … see Full Review

George Copeland. The Victor solo recordings Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prelude à L’après-midi d’un Faune transcribed Copeland, Menuet from Suite Bergamasque, Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque, Sarabande from Pour le piano, Soirée dans Grenade from Estampes, Voiles from Preludes Book I, Le Cathédrale engloutie from Preludes Book I, La Puerta del Viño from Preludes Book II, Bruyères from Preludes Book II, General Lavine-Eccentric from Preludes Book II, La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune from Preludes Book II, Ondine from Preludes Book II, Canope from Preludes Book II, Danse Sacrée * ,Ronde from La Boîte à joujoux * Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gnossiennes No. 1 Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Adieu from L’Automne Federico MOMPOU (1893-1987) Cancion y Danza No. 4 Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Tango in D Op. 165/2, Tango in A minor Op. 124, Malagueña, Cordoba * Manuel INFANTE (1883-1958) Canto flamenco Joaquin NIN (1879-1949)
Serenata from Cadena de valses Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) Fandango from Bailete Op. 79,Sacro-Monte from Danzas gitanas Op. 55, Emilio LEHMBERG El Puerto Ramon ZUERA Igualada Federico LONGAS TORRES Aragon Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Playera No. 5 Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Escana y Cancion del fuego fatuo Gustavo PITTALUGA (b 1906) Romanza de Solita, Danza de la hoguera * Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Saudades des selvas Brasileiras No. 2 Ernesto LECUONA (1896-1963) Malagueña Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite No. 5 – sarabande; Passepied, Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn from Cantata No. 4 transc Rummel ANONYMOUS Transcr. Copeland 16th Century Suite * George Copeland (piano) Recorded 1933-38 plus 5 items recorded in recital at Yale University in May 1964* PEARL GEMS 0001 [2CDs: 126.15] [JW]

Copeland has the knack of rising to the dramatic apex of a piece in a fluorescence of colour. … see Full Review

The Dolmetsch Legacy: English Recorder Music - Gordon JACOB: Variations - Cyril SCOTT: Aubade - Edmund RUBBRA: Sonatina Op. 128; Passacaglia Sopra 'Plusieurs Regrets', Op. 113; Meditation Sopra 'Coeurs Désolés', Op. 67 - Antony HOPKINS: Suite - John GARDNER: Little Suite in C, Op. 60 - Colin HAND: Sonata Breve - Franz REIZENSTEIN: Partita Ross Winters (recorders); Andrew Ball (piano) - Rec. 2002 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 425CD [73:42] [LF]

All recorder buffs will be fascinated and inspired by hearing some of the pieces they grapple with played in exemplary style. … de rigueur for Rubbra enthusiasts … see Full Review

Kathleen FERRIER (1912-1953) Johannes BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody Op.53 (1869) [13.10] - Gustav MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (1909) [64.14] Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) - Richard Lewis (tenor) - Men of the Oslo Philharmonic Chorus - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Erik Tuxen - Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli - recorded in Studio of the Norsk Rikskringkasting, Oslo, 14 October 1949 (Brahms); broadcast from Milton Hall, Deansgate, Manchester on 2 April 1952 (Mahler) APR 5579 [77.30] [CF]

As for Ferrier, her diction is amazing with every word coloured and imbued with emotion, the glorious voice utterly free of the physical pain with which she was now having to cope. … see Full Review

The Edwin Fischer Trio - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1 Ghost - Piano Trio in B flat Op. 97 Archduke - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Trio in C K548 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Trio in D Op. 63 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Trio No. 2 in E flat – rehearsal extract Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin), Enrico Mainardi (cello) and Edwin Fischer (piano) - Recorded live 1952-54 MUSIC AND ARTS CD 840 [2 CDs: 68.51 and 76.10] [JW]

Whilst interpretatively I found some of the playing disappointing the value of this set is undoubtedly high, capturing Fischer and his trio towards the end of its active life … see Full Review

English Organ Anthology Stanley to Wesley on period instruments-5 CD Jennifer Bate (Organ) REGIS RRC5002 [CAnt]

A small treasure for the organ connoisseur re-mastered and reedited … see Full Review

Fireworks - Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) Music for the royal fireworks [28.13] - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chorale and three choral preludes: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten. NWV 691. 690. 642 [6.16] - Prelude and fugue in E major, BWV 552 [15.08] - Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto for two corni da caccia [8.17] - Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto for three trumpets, timpani and organ [9.49] - Henry VIII (1491-1547) Pastime with good company [2.29] Arta trumpet ensemble: Andreas Michel, Thomas Reiner, Jerry A.Ringo; Andreas Weil (organ) - Recorded June 2001 ARTA ACD 6060 [70.12] [RB]

It gives me no pleasure to say that this CD misses the baroque spirit by several miles, for the players are clearly enthusiastic and technically highly proficient. … see Full Review

For The Fun Of It All Richard ADDINSELL (1904 -1977) Warsaw Concerto (1941) [7.56]Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’ Op.2 (1828) [15.38]George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue (complete restored version) (1924) [16.18] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Caprice - Valse Op.76 ‘Wedding Cake’ (1885) [6.06] Paul TUROK (b.1929) Ragtime Caprice Op.65 (1976)[9.01] Carl Maria von WEBER/arr LISZT Polacca brillante Op.72 (1819/1851)[8.45] Henri LITOLFF (1818-1891) Scherzo from Concerto symphonique Op.102 (1852) [7.00] Joshua Pierce (piano) Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava/Kirk Trevor recorded in 2001 KLEOS CLASSICS KL 5124 [70.42] [CF]

A fair degree of froth, as the title implies, never did anyone any harm, and this is a pleasant disc to have on … see Full Review

Great Pianists -Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) Historical Recordings 1932-1934 - Francis POULENC (1899 - 1963) Pastourelle (L'Eventail de Jeanne, No.8) (1926) [2.13] - Trois pièces pour piano: No.2, Toccata (1928) [1.51] - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 - 1908) The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op 57: Flight of the Bumble-Bee (arr. Rachmaninov) [1.10] - Igor STRAVINSKY (1892 - 1971) Petrushka: Danse Russe (1911) [2.15] - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685 - 1759) Sonata in b, L. 33/Kk 87 [4.22] - Sonata in G, L. 487/Kk 125 [2.08] - Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Etude XI: Pour les arpèges composes (1915) [3:34] - Robert SCHUMANN (1810 - 1856) Arabesque in C major, Op. 18 (1838) [6:17] - Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (1837): No.7, Traumes Wirren [2:22] - Franz LISZT (1811 - 1886) Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (1853) [26.29] - Fryderik CHOPIN (1810 - 1849) Mazurka No.27 in E minor, Op. 41, No.2 [2.23] - Mazurka No.32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No.34: [1.13] - Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 10, No.4 (1832) [2.01] - Etude in G flat major, Op. 10, No.5 ('Black Key') (1832) [1.33] - Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI/52 (c1794) [14.41] Vladimir Horowitz, piano - Notes in English - Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110606 [77.31] [PS]

Restorations of favorite pieces played by the ‘Greatest Pianist in the World’ A must-have for Lisztians and lovers of the piano in general … see Full Review

Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989): The First Recordings - Sergei RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 Ñ * - Claude DEBUSSY Serenade for the Doll (from Children's Corner Suite) Î - Domenico SCARLATTI Capriccio in E major, L375 Î - Georges BIZET-Horowitz Variations on Themes from Carmen Î - Enro Von DOHNÁNYI Capriccio (Concert Etude in F minor, Op.28, No.6) Î - Franz SCHUBERT-Liszt Liebesbotschaft (from Schwanengesang), S560 Ï - Franz LISZT-Busoni Paganini Etude No.2 in E flat major ('Octave') Ð - Franz LISZT Valse oubliée No.1, S215 Ð; Paganini Etude No.5 in E major ('La Chasse') (1838 version) Ð - Vladimir HOROWITZ Danse excentrique Ð - Frederic CHOPIN Etude in F major, Op.10, No.8 Ð; Mazurka No.21 in C sharp minor, Op.30, No.4 Î Vladimir Horowitz (piano) - London Symphony Orchestra/Albert Coates* - Recorded March/April/December 1928, Victor Studio No.1, Camden, New Jersey Î - Recorded January 1929, Victor Studios, New York Ï; February/March1930, Liederkranz Hall, New York; December 1930, Kingsway Hall, London Ñ NAXOS 8.110696 [65:56] [DS]

A must for Horowitz fans and anyone interested in the genesis of his fame … a treasurable and necessary acquisition … see Full Review

Mieczyslaw HORSZOWSKI Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
French Suite No. 6, BWV 817 [16:15] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in F, Op. 10, No. 2 [17:14] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Papillons, Op. 2 [15:18] Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 [4:24] Impromptu in F sharp minor, Op. 36 [6:01} Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, no. 2 [3:31] Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 [10:03] Etude in F minor, Op. 25, No. 2 [1:57] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Träumerei [2:33] Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) Recorded live in concert at London’s Wigmore Hall, 21 June 1990 ADD BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4122-2 [78:15] [KS]

Playing as elegant and expressive at 98 as it was at 58 … see Full Review

Louis Kaufman, violin. Twentieth century French works in Historic recordings - Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Concertino de Printemps (1934) - With ORTF/Darius Milhaud recorded 1949 - Dances de Jacarémirim (1945) - With Arthur Balsam (piano) recorded 1949 - Violin Concerto No. 2 (1945) - With ORTF/Darius Milhaud recorded 1949 - Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Violin Sonata (1942-43 rev 1949) - With Hélène Pignari (piano) recorded 1954 - Henri SAUGUET (1901-1989) Concerto d’Orphée (1953) With ORTF/Jean Michel Leconte recorded 1955 MUSIC AND ARTS CD 620 [74.58] [JW]

Kaufman in this glittering literature – lyrical, tragic, introspective, exultant - a sound that excites, enchants and has the power, constantly, to move. … see Full Review

Carlos KLEIBER – in Rehearsal Carl Maria von WEBER (1786 – 1826) Der Freischutz - Overture (1821) Johann STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899) Die Fledermaus - Overture (1874) Sudfunk Sinfonieorchester (Stuttgart)/Carlos Kleiberrecorded in 1970 (DVD) TDK DV DOCCK [102 minutes] [JP]

The film is shot in black and white, with mono sound, but after about a few minutes, this is no longer a problem, so gripping is the material. … see Full Review

Lauds and Lamentations - Elliott CARTER (born 1908) Oboe Quartet (2001)a - Four Lauds (1984 and 1999/2000)b - A 6 Letter Letter (1996)c - Figment (1994)d - Figment II – Remembering Mr. Ives (2001)d - Isang YUN (1917 – 1995) Piri (1971)a - Oboe Quartet (1994)a Heinz Holliger (oboea, cor anglaisc); Thomas Zehetmair (violin)b; Ruth Killius (viola); Thomas Demenga (cello)d - Recorded: Radio Studio DRS, Zurich, September 2001 and February 2002 ECM 1848/49 [46:38 + 33.49] [HC]

Excellent, technically assured, well prepared and lovingly played by musicians who have a long association with the music; and cleanly recorded in natural acoustics. … see Full Review

L’ETOILE: FRENCH ARIAS - Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les contes d’Hoffmann: Vous sous l’archet frémissant - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)
Cendrillon: Enfin, je suis ici - Daniel François Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Zerline: O Palerme! O Sicile! - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Les Troyens: Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir – Adieu, fière cité - MASSENET Werther: Va! Laisse couler mes larmes - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle - BERLIOZ La damnation de Faust: D’amour l’ardente flamme - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) L’heure espagnole: Oh! La pitoyable aventure - Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? - Alexis Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) L’étoile: Je suis Lazuli Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano), Wiener Konzertchor, Radio Symphonieorchester Wien/Bertrand de Billy - Recorded 25th-30th June 2001 at the Österreichischer Rundfunk, Vienna TELDEC CLASSICS 8573 87193-2 [63:05] [CH]

A convincing foray into the romantic French repertoire by a singer who has been noted especially for her Rossini. … see Full Review

Lo, the full, final sacrifice – music commissioned for St. Matthews, Northampton - Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Rejoice in the Lamb (1943) [17’47] - Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) A Festival Anthem (1945) [14’17] - Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice (1946) [15’50] - Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) Five Carols (There is no rose; Out of your sleep; That young child; Sweet was the son; Susani). (1967) [12’24] - Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Let all the World in every Corner Sing (1965) [3’31] - St. Albans Abbey Girls Choir; Lay Clerks of St. Albans Cathedral Choir Simon Johnson (conductor) - James McVinnie (organ) - Recorded in St. Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church, 17-20 Feb. 2003 DDD LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 155D [63’00] [TH]

This is an extremely well planned and executed programme. … see Full Review

The Low Bass. Great Art Songs from the Bass repertoire - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Der Tod und das Mädchen - Der Wanderer - Erlkönig - Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) From the Michelangelo Poems: Wohl denk’ ich oft - Alles Endet, was entsteht - Fühit meine Seele - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse Macabre - Ange FLÉGIER (1846-1927) Le Cor - Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Im Spätboot - Der Einsame - Das Thal - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Morning - Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Leaves make Sound - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Verrat - Norman DELLO JOIO (b 1913) The Assassination - Jack BEESON (b 1921) To a Sinister Potato Kevin Maynor (bass) - Richard Woitach (piano) - Recorded Seltzer Sound, New York City, October and December 2001 GUILD GMCD 7244 [57.52] [JW]

A nobly rounded bass. Its downward extension is fine, possesses declamatory power when needed and seldom found badly wanting in his chosen repertoire. … see Full Review


[Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] 
[Part 7 Misc M-Z]
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