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Magnificat. The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Music - Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Ave Maria [2'46"] - Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA (1525-1594) Alma Redemptoris Mater [2'30"] - William BYRD (c1543-1623) Benedicta et venerabilis es [1'01"] - Robert PARSONS (c1530-1570) Ave Maria [4'16"] - Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Magnificat Collegium Regale* [5'23"] - Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Ave Maris Stella* [10'05"] - John JOUBERT (b. 1927) There is no rose [2'28"] - John TAVENER (b 1944) Hymn to the Mother of God [2'13"]; Hymn for the Dormition [3'26"] - Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Hymn to the Virgin [3'04"] - Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Bogoróditse Dyévo [1'07"] - Johannes ECCARD (1553-1611) When to the Temple [3'22"] - Henryk GÓRECKI (b. 1933) Totus tuus sum Maria [8'49"] - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Stabat Mater* [5'15"] - Francesco SORIANO (1549-1621) Regina Coeli [1'22"] - David SANGER (b. 1947) Salve Regina [4'26"] - Charles Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Salve Regina* [5'05"] - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Ave Maria [2'36"] The Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford directed by David Terry *with Benjamin Nicholas (organ) - Recorded in the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford GUILD GMCD 7158 [70'45"] [JQ]

An excellent souvenir of Lincoln College's "class of '97'. I enjoyed this disc and am happy to recommend it. … see Full Review

The Maiden’s Prayer and other gems from an old piano stool - Christian SINDING (1856-1941) Pieces, Op. 32 – No. 3, Rustle of Spring (1896) [2’46]. Tekla BADARZEWSKA (1834-61) The Maiden’s Prayer (1851) [4’14]. Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Humoresques, B187 – No. 7, Humoresque in G flat (1894) [2’56]. Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) Spring, Op. 57 – No. 4, May Night (1907) [2’44]. Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Pieces, Op. 15 – No. 1, Serenata (c1875) [1’56]. Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-94) Melody in F, Op., 3 No. 1 (1852) [3’23]. Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Humoresques de concert, Op. 14 – No. 1, Minuet in G (1887/8) [4’00] Domenico PARADIES (1707-91) Sonate di gravicembalo – Sonata No. 6, Toccata in A (1754) [2’39]. George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite No. 5 in E, HWV430 – Air and Variations, ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ (1720) [4’45]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Minuets, WoO10 – No. 2, Minuet in G (1795) [2’11]. Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Songs without Words, Book 5, Op. 62 – No. 6, Spring Song (1844) [2’30]. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-94) Morceaux, Op. 40 – No. 2, Chanson triste (1878) [2’38]. Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Pieces, Op. 75 – No. 5, Kuusi (The Spruce Tree) (1914) [2’40]. William MASON (1829-1908) Silver Spring, Op. 6 (c1850) [4’52]. Albert PIECZONKA Danses de salon – No. 1, Tarantella in A minor (date unknown) [2’31]. Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54 – No. 4, Nocturne (1891) [3’49]. Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) La Coquette – Valse brillante (1900) [3’02]. Zdeňek FIBICH (1950-1900) Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences, Op. 41 – No. 14, Poème (1892/3) [1’21]. Ede POLDINI (1869-1957) Marionettes – No. 2, Poupée valsante (1895) [3’15]. Edward MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 – No. 1, To a wild rose (1896) [1’53]. Joachim RAFF (1822-82) Pieces, Op. 157 – No. 2, La Fileuse (1870) [4’02]. Ethelbert NEVIN (1862-1901) Water Scenes, Op. 13 – No. 4, Narcissus (1891) [1’57]. Alfred GRÜNFELD (1852-1924) Romanze, Op.4 5 No. 1 (c1914) [5’09]. Marie August DURAND (1830-1909) Première Valse (before 1870) [4’00] Philip Martin (piano). Rec. All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, on October 23rd, 2002. [DDD] HYPERION CDA67379 [77’10] [CC]

Philip Martin is a pianist of great intelligence and much innate musicality; and the excellence of the recording is the final element in the equation for success. … see Full Review

Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux. Broadcast performances from San Francisco 1941-52 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)Overture; Consecration of the House Op. 124 recorded 4 December 1949 - Symphony No. 5 in C Op. 67 recorded 16 February 1947 and 10 December 1950 - Prometheus Op. 43 recorded 17 December 1944 - Overture; Egmont Op. 84 recorded 23 December 1951 - Overture; Fidelio Op. 72 recorded 16 January 1944 - Overture; Leonore No. 3 recorded 30 March 1952 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)Overture; Don Giovanni recorded 5 February 1950 - Symphony in D K385 Haffner recorded 24 March 1946 - Piano Concerto in A K414 - Andante And Allegretto only - with WilliamKapell (piano) - recorded 23 April 1950 - Overture; Die Zauberflöte recorded 3 February 1952 - Overture; Die Entführung aus dem Serail recorded 21 April 1945 - Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) - Overture; Iphigénie en Aulide recorded 21 January 1925 - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)Symphony No. 88 in G recorded 21 January 1945 - Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)Don Juan Op. 20 recorded 29 January 1949 - Tod und Verklärung Op. 24 recorded 13 April 1952 - Til Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche Op. 28 30 March 1952 - Der Rosenkavalier Op. 59; Suite - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)Parsifal; Prelude and Good Friday music recorded 9 April 1950 - Prelude Act I Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg recorded 16 November 1947 - Prelude Act III, Dance of the Apprentices and Procession of the Masters; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg recorded 23 April 1950 - Overture; Die Fliegende Holländer recorded 11 February 1951 - Tristan und Isolde; Prelude and Liebestod 6 April 1952 - Die Walküre; Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music recorded 19 January 1947 - Siegfried; Forest Murmurs recorded 19 January 1947 - Götterdammerung; Siegfried's Rhine Journey recorded 4 March 1951 - Rienzi; Overture recorded 5 February 1950 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886)Les Préludes recorded 16 April 1950 - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 recorded 13 March 1949 - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)Overture; Carnaval du Romain Op. 9 recorded 8 December 1946 - The Trojans; Prelude - L'Enfance du Christ Op. 25; La Fuite en Egypt, Overture; Trio pour deux Flûtes et Harpe (Executé par les jeunes Ishmaelites) recorded 28 March and 21 December 1947 - La Damnation de Faust; Minuet des Follets; Ballet des Sylphes; Marche Hongroise recorded 26 November 1944 - Dramatic Overture Op. 17 recorded 26 November 1944 - Corsair, Overture Op. 21 recorded 9 March 1952 - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Fingal's Cave, Overture recorded 9 January 1949 -
Symphony No 4 in A Op. 90 Italian recorded 23 February 1947 - Ruy Blas Op. 95, Overture recorded 27 March 1949 - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy recorded 12 March 1950 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Five Waltzes from Op. 39 (arr. Hertz) Nos. 1,2, 11, 14, 15 recorded 27 March 1949 - Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 68 - Second movement only recorded 23 December 1951 - Tragic Overture Op. 81 recorded 20 February 1949 - Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L'Italiana in Algeri, overture recorded 6 April 1952 - Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon Overture recorded 6 February 1949 - Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) L'Apprenti Sorcier recorded 3 February 1952 - Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L'Ascension; three meditations recorded 28 March 1948 - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Valse triste recorded 13 March 1949 - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe Overture recorded 29 January 1950 - John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) The Stars and Stripes Forever recorded 7 March 1948 - Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor recorded 23 December 1951 - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Christmas Eve Suite recorded 19 December 1943 - La Grande Pâque Russe overture Op. 36 recorded 13 April 1952 - Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34 recorded 2 March 1952 - Alexander GLAZOUNOV (1865-1936) Scènes de Ballet recorded 12 December 1943 - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 2 - second and third movements only recorded 27 February 1941 - César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (arr. Pierné) recorded 3 December 1944 - Rédemption; Symphonic Interlude recorded 13 April 1952 - Psyché Suite (Psyche borne away by the Zephyrs and Psyche and Eros) recorded 3 December 1944 - Symphony in D recorded 7 April 1946
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux MUSIC AND ARTS CD 978 [10 CDs 734.16 or 12 hours 14 minutes] [JW]

Twelve hours with Monteux is no time at all: zestful, clear, deft and sympathetic. Ten CDs priced as eight … a bargain no admirer of Monteux and of great conducting could easily forego. … see Full Review

Evgeny MRAVINSKY (1903-1988) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1770-1791) Don Giovanni – Overture (1787) [5’52]. Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 in E (1883 version, ed. Mravinsky) [61’03] Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 88 in G, Hob.I:88 (1787) [20’16]. Peter Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 (1876) [24’24]. Alexnder GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 55 (1895) [32’26]. Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky. Rec. Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic on November 29th, 1968 (Mozart); February 25th, 1967 (Bruckner); November 29th, 1968 (Haydn); March 19th 1983 (Tchaikovsky); September 28th, 1968 (Glazunov). ADD Great Conductors Of The 20th Century series EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS 5 75953-2 [2CDs: 67’26 + 77’29=144’55] [CC]

This set contains so many gems of Mravinsky’s art. Recommended. … see Full Review

Once were Angels - The Tradition of Boy Trebles 1964-89 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Linden Lea Andrew Wicks with John Birch (piano) ANONYMOUS I will give my love an apple Paul Dutton Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Alleluia Andrew Wicks with John Birch (organ) Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) O for the Wings of a Dove Michael Ginn with the Choir of the Temple Church directed by Sir George Thalban-Ball TRADITIONAL Lark in the Clear Air Dara Carroll Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Der Musensohn Andrew Wicks with John Birch (piano) Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Orpheus with his lute Paul Dutton with Donald Hunt (piano) Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Laudamus Te Tom Hunt and Paul Dutton with the forces of Leeds Parish Church directed by Donald Hunt George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Happy Iphis, shalt thou live Jeremy Bowyer with Harry Bramma (organ) Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Shepherd’s Song Dara Carroll with Donald Hunt (piano) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pie Jesu from the Requiem Dara Carroll with David Lumsden (organ) TRADITIONAL Skye Boating Song Dara Carroll Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Let us wander not unseen Andrew Brough and Christopher Smith with Edward Higginbottom (organ) Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Fear no more the heat o’ the sun Paul Dutton with Donald Hunt (piano) Mary PLUMSTEAD A grateful heart Daniel Ludford-Thomas with Andrew Shenton (organ) Charles STANFORD (1852-1924) A Song of Wisdom Daniel Ludford-Thomas with Andrew Shenton (organ) Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Be not afraid Michael Criswell with David Lumsden (organ) TRADITIONAL Harke, harke the Lark Michael Criswell with soloists and David Lumsden (organ) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Agnus Dei James Davis with Donald Hunt (organ) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) En Priere Peter Davey with Kenneth Sweetman (organ) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Evening Hymn Peter Davey with Alan Thurlow (organ) Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) Drop, drop slow tears Robin Blaze with Stephen Lomas Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) I got me flowers Robin Blaze George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) I know my Redeemer Liveth Paul Dutton with string soloist and Donald Hunt (organ) Transferred from Alpha and Abbey LPs GRIFFIN GCCD 4040 [78.36] [JW]

Charmingly successful … Oh the haircuts, the haircuts! … see Full Review

Operetta Arias. Richard HEUBERGER (1850-1914) Im chambre séparée (Der Opernball) Carl ZELLER (1842-1898) Ich bin die Christel von der Post (Der Vogelhändler) Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol (Der Vogelhändler) Sei nicht boss (Der Obersteiger) Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Einer wird kommert (Der Zarewitsch) Hoch, Evoe, Angele Didier (Der Graf von Luxemburg) Heut noch werd ich Ehefrau (Der Graf von Luxemburg) Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (Giuditta) Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Nuns Chorus (Casanova) Karl MILLÖCKER (1842-1899) Ich schenk mein Herz (Die Dubarry) Was ich im Leben beginne (Die Dubarry) Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Hab ich nur deine Liebe (Boccaccio) Robert SIECZYNSKY Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Ackerman. Great Recordings Of The Century 1950s? ADD EMI CLASSICS 5 66989 2 [44.45][DW]

As occasional listening and music which needs no thought it will be entertaining but not very durable. … see Full Review

The Ossipov Balalaika Orchestra plays Symphonic Works by Russian Composers - Pavel KULIKOV (1910-1981) Variations on the Russian Folk Song "The Ancient Linden Tree" - Vera GORODOVSKAYA (b. 1919) Concert Fantasy on the Waltz "Autumn Dream" - Tikhon KHRENNIKOV (b. 1913) Russian Dance from the Opera "Frol Skobejev" (Arr. W. Poponov) - Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b. 1932) Chamber Suite in Five Parts (Arr. N. Kalinin) - Evgeny SVETLANOV (b. 1928) Poem in Memory of W.M. Schukschin, "Red Snowball" * (Arr. Kalinin) - Anna Litvinenko, voice * The Ossipov Balalaika Orchestra/Nikolai Kalinin - Recorded at National Radio Moscow, 23rd-24th February 1996 CLAVES CD 50-9625 [47.24] [NH]

Russian orchestral music with a difference - open your ears and your mind to the Ossipov Balalaika Orchestra … see Full Review

Pachmann (1848-1933) - the mythic pianist. 1907-1927 recordings - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in E minor Op. 72/1 - Nocturne in D flat Op. 27/2 - Nocturne in F Op. 15/1 - Nocturne in G Op. 37/2 - Valse in C sharp minor Op. 64/2 - Mazurka in A flat Op. 50/2 - Mazurka in F sharp minor Op. 59/3 - Mazurka in A minor Op. 67/4 - Mazurka in C Op. 33/3 - Impromptu in A flat Op. 29 - Etude in E Op. 10/3 - Etude in G flat Op. 10/5 - Etude in C minor Op. 10/12 arr. Godowsky for left hand - Etude in E minor Op. 25/5 - Ballade in A flat Op. 47 – second half only - Prelude in D flat Op. 28/15 - Prelude in D minor Op. 28/24 - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Prelude in E minor Op. 35/1 - Venetian Gondola Song Op. 30/6 - Spinning Song Op. 67/4 - Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) La Fileuse Op. 157/2 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Novelette in F Op. 21/1 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Capriccio in C sharp minor Op. 76/5 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Polonaise No. 2 in E – second half only Vladimir de Pachmann (piano) - Recorded 1907-27 ARBITER 129 [77.47] [JW]

Uneven, eccentric, frequently impulsive, often in technical decline but still, on occasion, able to extract delicacy and eloquence … see Full Review

The Art of Egon Petri (1881-1962) Concert performances and broadcasts 1954-1962 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes Op. 28 – Nos. 21 and 22 omitted - Recorded 1957 - Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Indian Diary - All’ Italia! - Perpetuum Mobile [after Second Movement of the Concertino Op 54; in Klavierubung - Book 5 (1st Ed) (1922) - Fantasia Contrappuntistica - Speech by Petri on Busoni - Recorded 1959 - Nicolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Fairy Tales Op. 20 Nos. 1 and 2 - Danza festiva - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) arr BUSONI (1866-1924) Andante from Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271 - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) arr BUSONI (1866-1924) Prelude, Fugue and Allegro - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) arr PETRI (1881-1962) Sheep may safely graze - I step before thy throne - Minuet from Notebook for W. F. Bach [arr Petri from three Minuets S841, 842, 843] - Recorded 1958 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) arr LISZT (1811-1886) Die Forelle - Recorded 1957 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 in D flat - Recorded 1957 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke Op. 12 - Recorded 1960 - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Variations Hob XVII:6 - Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) arr SGAMBATI (1841-1914) Dance of the Blessed Spirits [Orfeo] - Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) arr BRAHMS (1833-1897) Gavotte from Alceste - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No. 27 in E Op. 90 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) arr TAUSIG (1841-1871) Andante Varie Op. 84 No. 1 in B - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 in F sharp - Sonata in B Op. 58 - Recorded 1959 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Op 109 - Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat Op 110 - Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Op 111 - Recorded 1954 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Venezia e Napoli - Recorded 1962 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise in A flat Op. 53 - Recorded 1962 Egon Petri (piano) with Carlo Bussotti (piano) in Fantasia Contrappuntistica - Recording dates as noted above – between 1954-1962 MUSIC & ARTS CD 772 [4 CDs: 294.29] [JW]

Whatever ones view of its ability to move this is intelligent, lean, technically adept and impressive playing … see Full Review

Roots of the Balkan - Music from Old Serbia: Dances and Songs from:- Eastern Serbia (Wedding dance and song (Tiny Peppercorn); Night Travel Melody; High trees Have no Shade; Three Dances) - Kossovo/Metochia (Ah! Mary my Sweet Dove; Black Earth my Sister; Hey You! Green Apple Tree; Spring Water; The Hawk Decides Where to Find Some Peace (two versions); Hey You! Green Willow; Come the Rain, Grow the Grass; The Dense Fog Came Down) - Central Serbia (Four Dances; Three Dances; Two Dances; Seven Dances from Levach) - South Serbia (The Maiden Puts the Grapevine in; Butcher's Wheel Dance; Jugglers' Play; Maidens Wheel Dance) Ensemble Renaissance - Recorded in Studio 10, RTB, Belgrade, January - March 2001 CPO 999 902-2 [68.42] [NH]

An interesting and valuable overview of a musical tradition that inspired, among others, Bartók … see Full Review

Great Violinists - Albert Sammons (1886-1957) Historical Recordings 1926-1935 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for Violin and Viola, K 364 (1779) [29.57] - London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty - Lionel Tertis, viola (1st movement cadenza by Tertis) - Tivadar NACHEZ (1859 - 1930) Passacaglia on a Theme of Sammartini (1900s) [7.37] (accompanist unknown) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828) Rosamunde: Entr’acte (1823) [2.21] (With Gerald Moore, piano) - Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841 - 1904) Humoresque, Op 101 #7 (1894) (arr. Rehfeld) [3.05] (With Gerald Moore, piano) - Jules MASSENET (1842 - 1912) Thaïs: Méditation (1893) [3.57] (With Gerald Moore, piano) - TRADITIONAL Londonderry Air [2.45] (accompanist unknown) - Albert SAMMONS Bourée (1918) [3.38] (accompanist unknown) - Sir Edward ELGAR (1857 - 1934) Violin Sonata in e, Op 82 (1918) [14.41] (with William Murdoch, piano) Albert Sammons, violin - Notes in English - Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110957 [76.41] [PS]

Clear, enjoyable restorations of Sammons’ "other" recordings to set beside his Elgar Concerto, including the definitive Elgar Violin Sonata performance … see Full Review

Jan Sedivka; An 80th Birthday celebration - Larry SITSKY (b 1934) - Concerto for Violin, Orchestra and Female Voices [No 1] Mysterium - Cosmographicum (1972) - Violin Concerto No. 3 I Ching; The Eight Kua (Trigrams) (1987) Jan Sedivka (violin) with Female Voices from the Tasmanian Opera Company Chorus and The Lyric Singers with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Vanco Cavdarski [No. 1] recorded Hobart, 1974 - Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Lyndon Gee [No. 3] recorded Hobart, 1992 TALL POPPIES TP124 [73.08] [JW]

Real lyrical expression here, albeit one with a keen edge to it. … see Full Review

Martin Setchell : Bonbons for Organ Vol.2 - John Joseph WOODS (1849-1934) ‘God Defend New Zealand’ (1870) [1.23] - Paul SPICER (1952- ) "Kiwi Fireworks", Variations (5) on ‘God Defend New Zealand’ [16.00] - Johann ERNST (1696 - 1715) Violin Concerto in G Op 1, #1 (arr. organ solo by J.S. Bach: BWV 592) [8.12] - Jules GRISON (1837-1914) Toccata in F [6.41] - Tielman SUSATO (c.1500 - c.1564) Mohrentanz (arr. Rawsthorne) [3.08] - Martin SETCHELL (1949 - ) Trumpet Gigue [2.21] - Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903 - 1978) Gayaneh: Sabre Dance [2.34] - Erik SATIE (1866 - 1925) Gymnopédie #1 [3.20] - John Philip SOUSA (1854 - 1932) The Liberty Bell [3.30] - Sir William WALTON (1902 - 1983) Façade: Popular Song (arr. Gower) [2.25] - Joseph CALLAERTS (1838-1901) Toccata in e, Op 29 #1 [2.46] - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835 - 1921) Carnival of the Animals: Elelphants [1.34] - Jean LANGLAIS (1907 - 1991) American Suite: Scherzo-Cats [2.07] - Jean SIBELIUS (1865 - 1957) Finlandia (arr. Fricker) [9.18] - Pietro YON (1886 -1943) L’Organo Primitivo: Humoresque [2.23] - Alfred Louis James LEFÉBURE-WÉLY (1817-1869) Sortie in Bb [3.33] Martin Setchell, Rieger Organ (1997) in Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand - The Artist’s website: www.organist.co.nz - All arrangements are by Setchell unless otherwise noted. Organ tuned by Thomas Rhoffs to A=440. Recorded in Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 January 2003 ATOLL ACD 603 [72.41] [PS]

Volume 2 of a very popular and very well recorded series of light organ music pieces, mostly unfamiliar but well selected … see Full Review

Solomon (piano) Domenico SCARLATTI Sonata in F minor L384 Joseph HAYDN Sonata in D major Hob.XVI/37 (1780) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3 (1794-95) Sonata in C minor Op. 111 (1822) Sonatina from a Sonata in F major WoO 50 (c1790-92) Solomon (piano) Recorded London 1946-48 PEARL GEM 0038 [69.37] [JW]

Solomon’s tonal gradations and deep beauty are heard in all their unselfconscious glory. … see Full Review

Souvenir - Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Souvenir - Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Impromptu - Josef SUK (1874-1935) Melodie arr. Jindrich Feld - Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Ballade Op. 15 - Emil MŁYNARSKI (1870-1935) Mazurka Op. 7 - Henri WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Chanson Polonaise Op. 12/2 - Obertass Op. 19 -Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Barcarolle Op. 37a No. 6 arr. Watson Forbes - Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Five Negro Spirituals; arr. William Primrose - I’m a-trav’lin to the grave - March on - Gwine to ride up in the chariot - I’ll hear the trumpet sound - Rise mourners - Max REGER (1873-1916) Three pieces Op. 79d - Wiegenlied - Capriccio - Burla - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in E minor K60 - Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Minuetto after Porpora - Preghiera after Martini - Allegretto after Boccherini - Syncopation Graham Wood (violin) - David Bollard (piano) - Recorded June 1993 in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW, Sydney TALL POPPIES TP056 [67.55] [JW]

A most enjoyable recital … nothing grandiose … plenty of sympathetic give and take and a fine reflection of the two musicians’ abilities. … see Full Review

Stokowski conducts scenes from Russian and German opera - Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Scenes from Boris Godunov - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal; Good Friday Scene - Symphonic Synthesis of Act 3 (arr. Stokowski) - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (bass) Boris and Varlaam the Friar - Lawrence Mason (tenor) – Simpleton, Raymond Cauwet (boy soprano) – Feodor, San Francisco Boys Choir and Opera Chorus - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - His Symphony Orchestra (in Parsifal) Leopold Stokowski - Recorded 1952 CALA CACD 0535 [79.34] [JW]

Part of Stokowski’s proselytising zeal to bring great music to the people and to distil essence without injuring meaning. … see Full Review

Evgeny Svetlanov - Nikolai RIMSKY- KORSAKOV (1844-1908) ‘Scheherazade’, Symphonic Suite after "1001 Nights", Op. 35 (1888) [48’52"] ‘Mlada’: Procession of the Nobles (1889) [4’59"] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Le Poème de l’extase, Op. 54* [20’00"] London Symphony Orchestra - *USSR State Symphony Orchestra - Conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov - Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London 21 February, 1978 - *Royal Albert Hall, London, 22 August 1968 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4121-2 [74’12"] [74’12"]

A little lacking in subtlety but has enormous power and vitality … the audience reaction is wildly enthusiastic. … see Full Review

Renata Tebaldi (soprano) - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì, Donde lieta uscì (1) - Alfredo CATALANI (1854-1893) La Wally: Ebben, ne andrò lontano (2) - Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chénier: Ora soave ... la mamma morta (3) - Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele: L’altra notte in fondo al mare (4) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro: Giunse alfin ... Deh, vieni non tardar (5) - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata: Teneste la promessa ... Addio del passato (6), Aida: O patria mia ... O cieli azzurri (7), Otello: Canzone del salice, Ave Maria (8) - GIORDANO Andrea Chénier: Eravate possente, Vicina a te s’acqueta (9) Renata Tebaldi (soprano), José Soler (tenor) (9), Ernesto Panizza (baritone) (9), Members of La Scala Orchestra, Milan (1-8), Turin RAI Symphony Orchestra (9)/Nino Sanzogno (1-4), Antonino Votto (5-8), Arturo Basile (9) - Recorded 1st March 1950 (1), 2nd March 1950 (2-3), 8th March 1950 (4), 8th May 1950 (5-6), 9th May 1950 (7-8), 25th May-2nd June 1953 (9), in Milan (1-8) and Turin (9) WARNER FONIT 5050466-2953-2-3 [62:09] [CH]

Some beautiful singing by the young Tebaldi. Fans will need this; others should approach her through her more mature recordings. … see Full Review

Three Great Danish Woman Pianists: Stockmarr; Ellegaard; Werschenska - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in E flat major K282 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Für Elise - Menuetto from Sonata Op. 10 No. 3 - Sonata in E flat major Op. 81a Les Adieux - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in E flat major Op. 9 No. 2 - Valse in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 - Berceuse Op. 57 - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) arr. Carl TAUSIG (1841-1871) Pastorale - Ernö von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Rhapsody in C major Op. 11 - Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Norwegian Bridal Procession; Lyric Pieces Op. 19 No. 2 - Johanne Stockmarr (1869-1944) (piano) recorded 1926-1942 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise in A major Op. 40 - Valse in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 - Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 56 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Liebestraum No. 3 - La Campanella - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Danse rituelle du feu - César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prelude, Chorale et Fugue - France Ellegaard (piano) (b. 1912) recorded 1943-53 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Sonata in B minor Op. 35 - Valse in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ecossaises E flat major - Johan Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Rondo Favori in E flat major - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) arr. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Rhapsody in G minor Op. 79 No. 2 - Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 11 No. 10 - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Prelude in C major Op. 12 No. 1 - March from The Love of Three Oranges - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in C minor Op. 23 Galina Werschenska (1906-1994) (piano) recorded 1946-50 DANACORD DACOCD 442-443 [2 CDs: 159.08] [JW]

A most worthwhile conspectus of these three very varied women, whose geographical origins and stylistic imperatives were themselves disparate … see Full Review

Toscanini REHEARSES Verdi’s Aida - Acts 1 and 2 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini Rec. New York 23 March 1949 – the Aida Overture recorded 30 March 1940 RELIEF CR 1896 [2 CDs: 141.27] [JW]

Not a CD for the generalist but a fascinating document - seismic, volcanic, a compound of Caligula and Krakatoa … see Full Review

Toscanini Broadcast Legacy: The Complete Concert 26 November 1944 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 (1807) [6.34] - Quartet #13, Op. 130: cavatina (1826) [5.51] - Quartet #9, Op. 59 #3; introduction to 1st mvt.; 4th mvt complete (1806) [6.55] - Piano Concerto #4 in G, Op. 58 (1807) [31.22] - Rudolf Serkin, piano - NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini - From the concert of 23 February 1936: Piano Concerto #4 in G, Op. 58 [32.36] - Rudolf Serkin, piano - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto #27 in Bb, K. 595 (1791) [28.05] - Rudolf Serkin, piano NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini - Special feature: Coriolan Overture rehearsal 23 November 1946 [17.50] AAD - Notes in English GUILD GHCD 2228/9 [132.22] [PS]

Some great music, some ordinary stuff; some good restorations and some awfully noisy surfaces. Rather like a concert in a minefield … see Full Review

Dame Eva Turner. The Collected Recordings. Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida - Gloria al Egitto Aida – Rittorna vincitor 3 recordings Aida – Qui Radames vera! 3 recordings Il Trovatore – D’amor sull’ali rosee Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda – Gia ti veggo La Gioconda – Suicidio! 3 recordings Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria Rusticana – Voi lo sapete, O mama 2 recordings Guy D’HARDELOT (1858-1936) Because Sometimes in my dreams Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca – Vissi d’arte 2 recordings Tosca – Love and Music (in English) 2 recordings Turandot – In questa reggia 2 recordings Turandot – In questa reggia and Riddle Scene Madama Butterfly – One fine day (in English) 2 recordings Extracts from Puccini – the man and his music BBC regional Programme 1937; Madama Butterfly – Whisky? Ancora un passo? Madama Butterfly – Un bel di vedromo La Bohème – O soave fanciulla Turandot – In questa reggia Landon RONALD (1873-1938) O lovely night Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) Goodbye Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser – Elizabeth’s Greeting Lohengrin – Elsa’s Dream Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946) The Songs of Egypt – Lament of Isis (incomplete) Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
I love thee (in English) – 2 recordings Teresa DEL RIEGO (1876-1968) Homing – 2 recordings John BULL (1562-1628) God Save The King Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Serenade to Music With various singers including Rubadi, Ciniselli, Paci and Carmassi, La Scala 1926; Martinelli, Favero, Albanese and Dua, Covent Garden 1937; Dino Borgioli, George Hancock and John Tomery BBC Regional Programme1937;
Baillie, Stiles-Allen, Suddaby, Balfour, Desmond, Brunskill, Jarred. Nash, Widdop, Jones, Titterton, Henderson, Easton, Williams and Allin in the Serenade to Music, 1938. With Orchestras conducted by Lorenzo Molajoli, Stanford Robinson, Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli, Joseph Batten and Henry Wood Recorded 1926-1938 PEARL GEMS 0094 [3CDs: 200.44] [JW]

The sense of visceral engagement Turner here generates is quite enough to promote her to the front rank of dramatic sopranos. … see Full Review

WILDFIRE John PICKARD Invocation Wildfire David BEDFORD Requiem Rodney NEWTON The King of Elfland’s Daughter Nigel CLARKE Gwennan Gorn Gareth WOOD Salome Buy As You View Cory Band/Robert Childs Recorded St. Julian’s School, Newport, May and June 2002 DDD DOYEN DOY CD144 [68:25] [CT]

An adventurous release of recent brass band works played thrillingly by the Buy As You View Cory Band. … see Full Review

'The World's First Piano Concertos' - Johann Christian BACH (1735-1782) Concerto in E flat, op. 7, 5 (1770) [16:04] - Carl Friedrich ABEL (1723-1787) Concerto in B flat, op. 11, 2 (1774) [08:17] - Johann Christian BACH Concerto in G, op. 7, 6 (1770) [13:40] - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Concerto in D (KV 107, 1) (1772) (after Johann Christian Bach, Sonata in D, op. 5, 2 [1766]) [14:00] - Philip HAYES (1738-1797) Concerto in A (1769) [11:20] - James HOOK (1756-1791) Concerto in D, op. 1, 5 (1770) [15:51] David Owen Norris, square pianos - Sonnerie: Monica Huggett, Emilia Benjamin, violin; Joseph Crouch, cello - Recorded in December 2002 in the Music Room at Hatchlands, Surrey, England. DDD AVIE AV0014 [79:57] [JvV]

Excellent performances of early piano concertos played on a hardly-known instrument - strongly recommended … see Full Review

BOOK REVIEWS

Peter Maxwell Davies: Source book Edited by Stewart Craggs Published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2002 Hardback 318 pages ISBN 1-85928-042-0 £49.50
MusicWeb price £42.50

Likely to be the definitive source of information on the composer’s works for some years to come. … see Full Review

 

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