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ALPHABETICAL LISTING

1000 YEARS OF SACRED MUSIC - CD 1 [78.11] Ambrosian and Gregorian Chant for the Feast of the Epiphany Halleluiah (Puer Natus Est) [5.10] - Symbolum (Credimus in Unum Deum) [3.25] - XIth Century French Polyphony: Easter Mass Trope: Paschale Carmen - Introit: Resurrexit [5.40] - Gradual: Haec Dies [3.23] - Organum: Alleluia V, Pascha Nostrum V, Epulemur [4.33] - Antiphon: Ego sum Alpha et Omega [3.45] - Office for the New Year at Puy-en-Velay Cathedral (XIIth century) Veni Redemptor Gancium [4.37] - Pater Noster [1.53] - Pierre ABELARD (1079-1142) O Quanta Qualita, motet [7.47] - PEROTIN (c. 1200) Alleluia Posus Adjutorium [9.24] - Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (XIVth century) O Virgo Splendens Hic in Monte Celso [3.57] - Mariam Mater Virginem [7.18] - Guillaume DE MACHAUT (c. 1300-1377) Messe De Notre Dame Kyrie [5.12] - Gloria [4.01] - Sanctus and Benedictus [4.30] - Agnus Dei [3.05] - CD 2 [76.03] John DUNSTABLE (c. 1390-1443) Veni Sancte Spiritus [6.24] - Guillaume DUFAY (1400-1474) Nuper Rosarum Flores [6.45] - Johannes OCKEGHEM (c. 1410-1497) Alma Redemptoris Mater [5.43] - Josquin DES PREZ (c. 1440-1521) Pater Noster [7.35] - Orlando de LASSUS (1532?-1594) Resonet in Laudibus [3.15] - Giovanni Perluigi da PALESTRINA (c. 1525-1594) The Song of Songs: Pulchra es Amica Mea [2.37] - Ave Maria [3.27] - Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Jauchzet Dem Herren Alle Welt SWV493 [7.34] - Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere [12.54] - Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Selva Morale e Spirituali (1640): Beatus Vir [8.54] - Thomas TALLIS (c. 1505-1585) Spem in Alium [10.17] - CD3 [79.01] Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Te Deum: Pré lude [1.51] - Te Deum Laudamus [1.28] - Te Aeternum Patrem [1.43] - Pleni Sunt Coeli et Terra [2.10] - Messe de Minuit: Kyrie [6.25] - Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Gloria in D: Gloria in Excelsis [2.25] - Et in Terra Pax [4.46] - Henry DU MONT (1668-1733) Nisi Dominus (verse 1) [2.32] - André CAMPRA (1660-1744) Tum Acceptaberis (verse 20 of the Miserere) [2.34] - Louis CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749) Justificeris Domino [0.31] - Miserere Mei Deus [3.57] - François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Tabascere Me Fecit [3.56] - Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) In Convertendo, Dominus: In Convertendo [3.09] - Tunc Repletum est Gaudio [3.06] - Magnificat Dominus Facere Nobiscum [3.41] - Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater Dolorosa [4.39] - Vidit Suum Dulcem Natum [3.20] - Eja Mater Fons Amoris [2.08] - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus [5.18] - Messiah: Halleluiah [4.20] - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude BWV147 [2.12] - Mass in B Minor: Qui Sedes ad Dexteram Patris [4.26] - St John Passion: Ruht Wohl, Ihr Heiligen Gebeine [8.03] - CD4 [78.04] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Requiem K.626: Requiem Aeternam [4.01] - Kyrie Eleison [2.13] - Lacrimosa [3.35] - Ave Verum Corpus K.618 [2.36] - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Hymn to the Holy Ghost D.964 [7.20] - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Missa Solemnis Op..123: Agnus Dei [6.11] - Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Requiem in Memory of Louis XVI: Introit and Kyrie [7.17] - Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Stabat Mater: Inflammatus et Accensus [4.17] - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Wie Der Hirsch Schreiet Nach Frischen Wasser [5.50] - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile: Domine Salvum [3.32] - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) A German Requiem: Ihr Habt Nun Traurigkeit [6.22] - Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem: Dies Irae [2.15] - Lux Aeterna [6.17] - César FRANCK (1822-1890) Rédemption: Devant la Loi Nouvelle [4.15] - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem: Pie Jesu [3.24] - Libera Me [4.33] - In Paradisum [3.33] - CD 5 [74.15] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vespers Op.37: Nunc Dimittis [3.29] - Ave Maria [2.38] - Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Angus Dei [7.42] - Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noë l - O Magnum Mysterium [3.21] - Quem Vidistis Pastores Dicite [2.37] - Videntes Stellam [3.10] - Hodie Christus Natus Est [2.04] - Maurice DURUFLÉ (190-1986) Requiem Op.9: Kyrie [3.31] - Pie Jesu [3.26] - Libera Me [5.37] - In Paradisum [2.44] - Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) O Sacrum Convivium [5.04] - Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Shepherd's Carol [4.06] - Igor STAVINSKY (1882-1971) Credo [2.54] - Krzystof PENDERECKI (b.1933) Ave Maria [7.00] - Henryk GORECKI (b.1933) Totus Tuus [8.50] - Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) De Profundis [5.27] - Various Artists including: Schola Cantorum Coloniensis/Harald Scloßmacher - Ensemble Gilles Binchois/Dominique Vellard - Studio der Frühen Musik/Thomas Binkley - Hespérion XX/Jordi Savall - Taverner Consort, Choir and Players/Andrew Parrott - The Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier - The King's Singers - The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown - Knabenchor Hannover / London Baroque/Heinz Hennig - The Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner - English Chamber Orchestra/David Willcocks - Les Pages de la Chapelle / Musica Aeterna Orchestra of Bratislava/Olivier Schneebeli - La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy/Jean-Claude Malgoire - Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr/Emmanuel Mandrin - Les Talons Lyrique/Christoph Rousset - Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet - Il Seminario Musicale/Gérard Lesne - Schütz Choir / London Classical Players/Roger Norrington - Capella Bavariae / Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio/Wolfgang Sawallisch - Tallis Chamber Choir / English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate - Ambrosian Singers / Philharmonia Orchestra/Ricardo Muti - Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Ricardo Muti - London Symphony Chorus / City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox - Choeurs et Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France/Georges Prêtre - Orféon Donostiarra / Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson - Winchester Cathedral Choir / Bournemouth Sinfonietta/David Hill - Swedish Radio Choir/Tö no Kaljuste - The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - London Sinfonietta Voices and Chorus- Terry Edwards - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Tö no Kaljuste - rec. various dates between 1967 and 1998. VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 62126 2 6 [78.11+76.03+79.01+78.04+74.15] [PW]

While not all of the recordings are particularly desirable, the set as a whole has much to offer, and for any student of Western music, of whatever age, will be a valuable resource in developing understanding of traditions. … see Full Review

Claudio Arrau in Concert 2 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No 3 in C Op 2 No 3 (1794-95) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor Op 5 (1853) Claudio Arrau (piano) - Recorded at the 1976 Prague Spring Festival (Beethoven) and at Fisher Hall, New York on 5th February 1978 (Brahms) APR 5632 [68.58]

Fuelled by drama with leonine, if occasionally occluded, gestures. … see Full Review

Simon Barere. His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall. Volume Four: 1949 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat Op. 22 - Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor Op 39 - Waltz No. 5 in A flat op 42 - Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 4, 5 and 8 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etude de Concert Gnomenreigen S145/2 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op. 90 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval Op. 9 Simon Barere (piano) - Recorded live in concert at Carnegie Hall 1949 APR 5624 [71.40] [JW]

A stunning pianist – I just wish sometimes he had been as consistently stunning a musician. … see Full Review

Baroque Esprit: Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Grosse Orgelmesse Es-dur Hob. XXII:4 for 4 solo voices, choir, 2 English horns, horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings and organo concertante (1766) - Kyrie [5.02] - Gloria [9.34] - Credo [11.59] - Sanctus [1.56] - Benedictus [6.53] - Agnus Dei [6.19] - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Te Deum C-dur/C major K 141 (1769) - Te Deum laudamus [3.25] - Te ergo quaesumus [0.56] - Aeterna fac [1.54] - In te, Domine, speravi [2.42] - Gerhard Kögel (Sopran(o)) - Wolfgang Drasch (Alt(o)) - Hartmut Quotschalla (Tenor) - Urlich Streckmann (Bass) Augsburger Domsingknaben - Müncher Residenz Orchester/Reinhard Kammler - Rudolf Brauckmann (organ positive) - Recorded: 1978, St. Thekla, Welden, Germany DHM DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 05472 77860 2 [50.59] [CA]

Performances lack outright conviction … though there are some good moments … see Full Review

Baroque Violin Favourites Tomaso VITALI (1663-1745) Chaconne in G minor Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) The Devil’s Trill Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) La Folia Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Air on the G string (arr. from Suite in D major BWV 1068) Partita in E major, BWV 1006 (Excerpts) George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Sonata in D major Op. 1 No.13 Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
Sonata in A major RV 31 Bin Huang (violin) Hyun-Sun Kim (piano) Recorded at the River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 23-24 January 2002 DDD NAXOS 8.555960 [63:58] [MC]

A hidden gem of a player … undoubtedly deserves wider public acclaim. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Tchaikovsky - Piotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker Op 71a Ballet Suite (1892) - Symphony No 2 in C Op 17 Little Russian (1872 rev 1879) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1953 (Symphony) and 1954 (Nutcracker Suite) SONY SMK87875 [60.21] [JW]

Chock-full of charm and verve, of elegance and charm. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Schubert - Franz SCHUBERT (1770-1828) Symphony No. 1 in D major D82 91813) - Symphony No. 2 in B flat major D485 (1814-15) - Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished D759 (1822) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1951 (Symphony No 8) and 1953 (Symphonies 1 and 2) SONY SMK87876 [77.27] [JW]

Lyricism and care were the watchwords – the lyricism is generally taken for granted but the care all too often overlooked. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Sibelius and Brahms - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 (1903 rev 1905) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D Op. 77 (1878) - Isaac Stern (violin) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham - Recorded in London in August (Sibelius) and November (Brahms) 1951 SONY SMK87799 [70.54] [JW]

Catches something of the sympathetic collaboration that existed between both musicians and the Brahms is certainly a standout recording … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Handel and Goldmark - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) The Faithful Shepherd – adapted Beecham - Károly GOLDMARK (1830-1915) Ländliche Hochzeit (Rustic Wedding) – symphonic poem Op 26 (1877) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham - Recorded 1950 (Handel) and 1952 (Goldmark) SONY SMK87780 [66.38] [JW]

Another feather in the cap for Sony’s Beecham series. Don’t stop now! … see Full Review

Jussi Björling Collection Volume 2. Songs in Swedish 1929-37 - Ernesto de CURTIS (1875-1937) Torna a Surriento - Henry GEEHL (1881-1961) For You Alone - Mogens SCHRADER (1894-1934) Sommarnatt - Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Mattinata - Enrico TOSELLI (1883-1926) Serenata - ARTHUR Today - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Salut d’amour [Violer] - TRADITIONAL Tantis serenad - Varför älskar jag - Svarta ögon [Ochi chernye] - Sommarglädje - Giuseppe de CURTIS Carmela - BALL Love me and the World is Mine - Axel ASTROM I lyckans temelgård - Folke TÖRNQUIST O milda sang - BICKVOR Min sommarmelodi - Johnny BODE Min längtan är du - Michael HANDBERG-JØRGENSEN Klownens tango - Walter JURMANN (1903-1971)/Bronislaw KAPER (1902-1983) Ninon - Hugo GYLDMARK (1899-1971) Gitarren klingar - Osman PÉREZ-FREIRE (1880-1930) Ay, Ay, Ay - Enrico CARUSO (1873-1921) Dreams of Long Ago - Paul DRESSER (1859-1906) Barndomshemmet [On the Banks of the Wabash] Jussi Björling (tenor) with
Nils Grevillius and His Orchestra - except two items with the Björling Juvenile Trio with anonymous piano and violin accompaniment, recorded 1929-37 NAXOS 8.110740 [70.20] [JW]

Beauty of vocal production … songs and lighter traditional material … see Full Review

Carole BOGARD - A Collection of American Songs - John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951) (John Moriarty, piano) Two Poems by Siegfried Sassoon (1920) [8:25] - Gitanjali (Song Offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore (1914) [21:45] - John DUKE (1899-1984) (also accompanies) Songs to portions of From the Sea by Sara Teasdale [10:29] - Six Poems by Emily Dickinson [10:10] - Four Poems by e.e. cummings [7:43] - Richard CUMMING (also accompanies) As Dew in April (anon. 14th c. English) (with Beth Orson. oboe) [2:45] - Two Poems by William Blake [4:34] - Heart, we will forget him by Emily Dickinson (with Theodore Mook, cello) [2:47] - Three Poems by Philip Minor [6:30] - Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) (John Moriarty, piano) Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [30:00] - William FLANAGAN (b.1923) (David Del Tredici, piano) - Cycle from Time's Long Ago! by Herman Melville [14:31] - Three Poems by Howard Moss [11:19] - Good-bye My Fancy by Walt Whitman (with R. Sullivan, guitar) [6:20] - Ned ROREM (b.1923) (John Moriarty, piano) Four Poems by Tennyson (1949) [2:34] Carole Bogard (soprano) - Pianists: John Moriarty (Carpenter, Copland, Rorem), John Duke (Duke), Richard Cumming (Cumming), David Del Tredici (Flanagan) - rec. 1968 Desto LP (Flanagan), European Radio tapes 1970s (Copland, Carpenter, Rorem), Cambridge LPs early 1980s Duke and Cumming PARNASSUS PACD 96021/2 [77.27+75.17] [RB]

Indispensable fine songs to English words. … rapt and lyrical ... a fine, high, slender voice and evident intelligence …intellect and passion - neither precious nor blowsy. see Full Review


British String Miniatures
Gareth WALTERS (b. 1928) Divertimento (1960) Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Elegy, op.58 (1909) Michael ROBERTS (1927-96) Suite (c.1960s-1970s) Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Two Aquarelles (1917 arr. E. Fenby 1938) Anthony HEDGES (b.1931) Fiddler’s Green (2001) Sir William WALTON (1902-83) Two Pieces from Henry V (1944): a) The Death of Falstaff; b) Touch her soft lips and part John ADDISON (1920-98) Partita (1961) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland Recorded 5-6 July 2001, Sony Music Studios, London DDD ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2134 [71:37] [MC]

Extremely pleasurable … smooth tone and effortlessly expressive … see Full Review

Adolf Busch (violin): Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D Op 61 (1806) - Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Violin Concerto in D Op 35a (1896-97) - Adolf Busch (violin) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Fritz Busch, February 1942 - Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bruno Walter, 1936 INSTITIUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS 334 [62.29] [JW]

Few can match him the rapt intensity and concentratedness, the inner light of Adolf Busch … see Full Review

ENGLISH RECORDER CONCERTOS John GARDNER (born 1917) Petite Suite Op.245 (2001) John McCABE (born 1939) Domestic Life (2000/1) Peter LAWSON (born 1951) Song of the Lesser Twayblade (2000) Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929 – 1988) Concerto Op.88 (1982)a Philip LANE (born 1950) Suite Champêtre (1982) Wilfrid MELLERS (born 1914) Aubade (1961) Robin MILFORD (1903 – 1953) Two Pipe Tunes (1929) Norman KAY (1929 – 2001) Mr Pitfield’s Pavane (2000) Stephen DODGSON (born 1924) Concerto Chacony (2000) John Turner (recorder); Keith Elcombe (harpsichord)a; Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Gavin Sutherland Recorded: Sony Music Studios, London, July 2001 ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2143 [76:58] [HC]

Light-hearted, colourful and tuneful, sometimes with more than a hint of mild irony. … see Full Review

Samuel Feinberg (1890-1962). First recordings 1929-48 - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903 - Well Tempered Clavier Book II: Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G BWV 884 - Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A BWV 888 - Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor BWV 889 - Chorale preludes arranged Feinberg: Allein Gott in der höh sei her BWV 711 - Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV 647 - Concerto after Vivaldi in A minor BWV 593 arranged Feinberg – First Movement - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in F minor Op 57 Appassionata - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Waldszenen Op. 82: Jagdlied (No. 8) - Vogel als prophet (No. 7) - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Consolation Nos. 5 and 6 - Anatole LIADOV (1855-1914) Idylle Op. 25 - Samuel FEINBERG (1890-1962) Suite Op. 11 – 4 Pieces in Etude Form (1923) - Alexei STANCHINSKY (1888-1914) Prelude in canon form (1913-14) - Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Mazurka in F sharp minor Op. 25 No. 7 - Etude Op. 42 No. 3 - Fragilité Op. 51 No. 1 Samuel Feinberg (piano) - Recorded Berlin and Moscow 1929-48 ARBITER 118 [77.05] [JW]

Not yet at the true plateau of his greatness but forceful and sensitive, and an artist very well worth getting to know. … see Full Review

Ian Fountain (piano) PIANO WORKS - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat, Op.36 (1913, rev.1931) - Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Piano Sonata: From the Street 1.X.1905 (1905) - Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Three Piano Pieces, Op.11 (1909) - Alban BERG (1885-1935) Piano Sonata Op.1 (1908) - Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Piano Sonata in F sharp, Op.64 ‘White Mass’ (1911) Ian Fountain (piano) - Recorded April 1999 and May 2000, Hessischer Rundfunk, Studio 1, Frankfurt EMI CLASSICS DEBUT SERIES 7243 5 74164 2 [71’44] [TH]

Mightily impressive piano playing. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wilhelm Furtwängler 1944 -1954 Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1837) Overture ‘Leonora’ no.3 , op.72a (1806) recorded Vienna 1944 Symphony no.7 in A, op.92 (1813) recorded Berlin 1953 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony no.8 in B minor, "Unfinished"(1822) recorded Berlin 1952 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Overture "Manfred", op.115 (1848) recorded Berlin 1949 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, op.56a (1873) recorded Berlin 1950 Symphony no.2 in D (1877) recorded Vienna 1945 Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony no.8 in C minor (1887) Vienna 1944 Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) "Don Juan", op.20 (1888) Berlin 1947 Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony no.6 in B minor "Pathétique", op.74 (1893) recorded Cairo April 1951 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (1943) recorded September 1947 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in D minor (1888) recorded Vienna 1945 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Rapsodie espagnole (1907) recorded Walheim 1951 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)"The Mastersingers" - Prelude to Act 1 (1867) recorded Berlin 1949 "Tannhäuser" – Overture (1845) recorded Rome 1951 "Tristan and Isolde" – Prelude and Isolde’s Love-Death (1859) recorded Berlin 1954 "Twilight of the Gods" – Siegfried’s Funeral March (1874) recorded Berlin 1949 "Parsifal" – Good Friday Spell (1882) recorded Alexandria 1951 Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic/Wilhelm Furtwängler Recorded at various venues between June 1944 and April 1954 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON Original Masters 474 030-2 [78:35+72:18+77:00+67:09+77:58+61:38] [GPJ]

Inexorable power and passion … darkly impressive … a treasure-trove … see Full Review


Viviane and Nicole HAGNER Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata for violin and piano in C minor Op.30 No.2 (1801) [26.26] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Havanaise Op.83 (1887) [9.40] Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op.28 (1863) [9.13] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasie in C D934 (1827) [26.11] Viviane Hagner (violin) Nicole Hagner (piano) rec St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London, November 1997 EMI DEBUT SERIES 7243 5 73161 2 5 [72.05] [CF]

Immaculate technique … delivered with delectable panache to the manner born … positively fizzes. … see Full Review

Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia: ‘A Very English Sound’ - HANDEL arr. Paul CLARK Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Daryl RUNSWICK Variations on the Psalm tune Southwell (1986); VAUGHAN WILLIAMS arr Denis BLOODWORTH English Folk Song Suite - ELGAR arr. BLOODWORTH Moths and Butterflies - Anne SPARKES (b.1968) Sadko - Giles FARNABY arr. Daryl RUNSWICK Five Pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book - Colin HAND (b.1929) Fanfare for a Festival - BYRD arr. H.R.SINFONIA Fantasia a 6 No. 2 - Warrick KEAR (b.1950) Three Pieces - Brian BONSOR (b.1926) The Seventeenth’s Farewell to Alva - Andrew CHALLINGER (b.1950) Buskin - SHERWIN arr. BLOODWORTH A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square - ALFORD arr. Chris MAY Colonel Bogey Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia/Christopher Burgess - Recorded in the chapel of the University College Chichester September 8th and 9th 2001 NO CATALOGUE NUMBER [76.44] [GH]

Some imaginative and clever music here though some pieces are more of a trial to listen to … a unique document … see Full Review

Clara Haskil and Dinu Lipatti. Hommage Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etude de concert No. 2 La Leggierezza Carl Heinrich GRAUN (1703/04-1759) Gigue Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Presto Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Pièce charactéristique Op. 7 No. 4 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Capriccio Op. 76 No. 5 Intermezzo Op. 76 No. 4 Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Prelude Op. 50 No. 2 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Etude-Tableau Op. 33 No. 2 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Concerto for Piano. and Orchestra No. 2 – extract of solo rehearsal [8.01] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Abegg Variations Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano. Concerto No. 9 Jeunehomme K 271 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chorale Prelude Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV 599 – two versions, one by each pianist Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano. Concerto No. 3 (1945) Dinu LIPATTI (1917-1950) Sonatina for left Hand Clara Haskil (piano) - all items except last two - with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Eugen Jochum (Mozart 1st March 1954) Dinu Lipatti (piano) last three items with
South West German Radio Orchestra/Paul Sacher 30th April 1948 Recorded live (with exception of the Schumann Abegg Variations) c1929-1954 TAHRA TAH 2.366-2.367 [2 CDs 130.02] [JW]

Reflects something of the turbulence of time, place and consequence which dogged, pursued and finally overwhelmed these two irreplaceable artists. … see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz (Violin) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor Op. 102 (1887) Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82 (1904) Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 (1880) Jascha Heifetz (violin) with Emanuel Feuermann (cello) and Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (Brahms) recorded in December 1939 LPO/John Barbirolli (Glazunov) recorded in March 1934 RCA Victor Orchestra/William Steinberg (Bruch) recorded in September 1947 NAXOS 8.110940 [74.58] [JW]

Three commanding performances and classics of the literature in a well transferred disc all revealing much of Heifetz’s matchless eloquence. … see Full Review

Huberman in Recital - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata in No. 1 in G Op. 78 (1878-79) - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita in D minor BWV 1004 (1720) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasy in C D934 (1827) - Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Romanza Andaluza Op. 22 No. 1 (1878-82) Bronislaw Huberman (violin) - Boris Roubakine (piano) - Unknown pianist (maybe Siegfried Schulze) in the Sarasate - Recorded live in New York 1936-44 ARBITER 105 [79.29] [JW]

Striking … exciting too, revealing an indelible talent whose live performances take on renewed almost miraculous life here. … see Full Review

I met you, my love: Old Russian Romances - sung by Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Arr. Evgeny Stetsyuk) - I Met You, My Love (Ya fstretil vas) - No, It's Not You I Love So Fervently (Net, ne tebia tak pïlko ya liubliu) - Only Once (Tol'ko raz) - Bright Is the Night (Noch svetla) - I Remember the Charming Sound of the Waltz (Ya pomniu val'sa zvuk prelestnïy) - O, If Only I Could Express in Sounds (O, yesli b mog vïrazit' v zvuke) - Do Not Awaken Memories (Ne probuzhday vospominaniy) - The Coachman's Song (Pesn' yamshchika) - In the Wide Open Field (V pole shirokom) - The Lonely Coach Bell Rings (Odnozvuchno gremit kolokol'chik) - Misty Morning (Utro tumannoye) - But I Love You, Nevertheless (No ya Vas fsio-taki liubliu) - The Troika Speeds, the Troika Gallops (Troyka mchitsa, troyka skachet) - The Autumn Wind Moans Mournfully (Zhalobno stonet veter osenniy) - At That Fateful Hour (V chas rokovoy) - I Loved You (Ya Vas liubil) - The Weeping Willows Slumber (Dremliut plakuchiye ivï) - You Cannot Understand (Vam ne poniat') - Shine, Shine, My Star (Gori, gori, moya zvezda). Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) - Style of Five Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Constantine Orbelian - Rec. 22, 23, 25 Aug 2001, Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, DDD DELOS DE 3289 [61:23] [RB]

Unremitting heroism, immersed nobility or tear-stained reflection …affecting in small salvoes of three or four songs at a time. … see Full Review


Tenna Kraft. The Danish Soprano of the 20th Century Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
Vissi d’arte (Tosca) Un bel dì, vedremo (Madama Butterfly) Quando me’n vo soletta (La Bohème) Ora stammi sentir (Tosca) Vissi d’arte (Tosca) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un di, felice, eterea (La Traviata) Ah, fors’è lui che l’anima (La Traviata) Sempre libera degg’io (La Traviata) Tu che la vanità (Don Carlos) Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Tatyana’s Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin) Peter Arnold HEISE (1830-1879) Lady Ingeborg’s Farewell to the Marshal (King and the Marshal) Skovensomhed Siegfried SOLOMON (1885-1962) Med sorrig jeg mig lagde (Leonora Christina) Der er tre hjørnestene (Leonora Christina) Francis THOMÉ (1850-1909) Simple aveu Ange FLÉGIER (1846-1927) Les Stances Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria Peter Erasmus LANGE-MULLER (1850-1926) Lykken Fini HENRIQUES (1867-1940) To må man være Henriette RANTZAU (1844-1913) Hvor tindrer nu min stjerne Christoph Ernest Friedrich WEYSE (1774-1842) I fjerne kirketårne Tenna Kraft (soprano) with unnamed accompaniments except variously Vilhelm Herold (tenor), Louis Jensen (cello), Folmer Jensen (piano) and conductors Johan Hye-Knudsen, Emil Reesen and Egisto Tango Recorded 1911-1940 DANACORD DACOCD 603 [78.26] [JW]

Fritz Busch asked "How is it possible to keep such an artist from Europe? … see Full Review

Jurinac - Ludwig: Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949): ‘Vier letzte Lieder’* [19’12"] - ‘Du meines Herzens Krönelein’, Op.21 No.2 [2’25"] - ‘Ruhe, meine Seele, Op. 27 No. 1 [3’41"] - ‘Zueignung’, Op.10 No.1 [2’04"] - Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911): ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen** [17’43"] (‘Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft’ [2’53"]; ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’ [6’51"]; ‘Um Mitternacht’ [5’39"]) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): ‘Wiegenlied’, Op.49 No. 4 [2’36"] - ‘Ständchen’, Op.106 No.1 [2’15"] *Sena Jurinac (soprano) - BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent - Recorded in the Royal Albert Hall, London on 11 September 1961 - ** Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) - Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by André Cluytens - Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 2 December 1957 Christa Ludwig - Geoffrey Parsons (piano) - Recorded at the Summer Festival, Wigmore Hall, London on 15 July 1978 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4107-2 [66’47"] [JQ]

An attractive prospect, offering live performances by two of the leading singers of the post-war era. … see Full Review

Ethel LEGINSKA (1886-1970): The complete Columbia Masters (1926-28) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Four Impromptus D935 - Six Moments Musicaux D780 - Marche Militaire in D major No. 1 D773 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise in A major Op. 40/1 - Prelude in D flat major Op. 28/15 - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G minor Op. 23/5 - Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 32/2 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8 in F sharp minor Ethel Leginska (piano) - Recorded New York 1926-28 IVORY CLASSICS 72002 [72.44] [JW]

A genuinely useful and handsome release … see Full Review

Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941) Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Mélodie from Orfeo Gavotte from Iphigénie en Aulide Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Marche Militaire arr. Tausig [Two versions} Felix MENDELLSOHN (1809-1847) Spring Song Rondo Capriccioso in E major Op. 14 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltz in E minor Op. posth Waltz in G flat major Op. 70 No. 1 Etude in G flat major Op. 10 No. 5 Etude in A flat major Op. 25 No. 1 Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) La Jongleuse Op. 52 No. 4 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 on D flat major S242 La Campanella Mischa LEVITZKI (1898-1941) Valse de Concert Op. 1 Waltz in A flat Op. 2 Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Troika en traineaux (The Seasons – November) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in A minor arr Liszt Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in A major K113 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ecossaise in E flat major WoO 86 Mischa Levitzki (piano) Recorded 1923-1933 NAXOS 8.110688 [77.06]

Not simply likeable or sympathetic but curiously affecting as well. … see Full Review

Dame Moura Lympany. Tribute to a Legend - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1909-1847) Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25 (1831) - Henry LITOLFF (1818-1891) Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D minor Op. 102 – Scherzo (c1852) - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Noches en los Jardines de España (1907-16) - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major (S 125/R456) (1839 rev 1849-61) Moura Lympany (piano) with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent in all except - RCA Victor Symphony/Massimo Freccia in de Falla - Recorded London 1964-67 IVORY CLASSICS 70906 [69.04] [JW]

Warmly recommended performances sounding quite splendid in these transfers. … see Full Review

The Art of Pilar Lorengar - CD 1: Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème: Sì, mi chiamano Mimì (1), La rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (1), Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì (1), Tu, tu, piccolo Iddio (2), Turandot: Tu che di gel sei cinta (1), Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (1), Suor Angelica: Senza mamma (2), Tosca: Vissi d’arte (2) - Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Rusalka: Mĕsíčku na nebi hlubokém (2) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro: E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono I bei momenti (3), Die Zauberflöte: Ach, ich fühl’s (4), Così fan tutte: Come scoglio (5) - Gustav CHARPENTIER (1860-1956) Louise: Depuis le jour (1) - Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen: C’est des contrebandiers … Je dis que rien (1) - Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Arabella: Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich … Aber der Richtige (3) - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle (3) - Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verlieb (3) - CD 2: Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas: La maja y el ruiseñor (6), 9 Tonadillas (7), 3 Majas dolorosas (7), 6 canciones amatorias (7) - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) La vida breve: Vivan los que rien, Alli está, riyendo (6) - Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) Canto a Sevilla: Semana Santa, Las fuentecitas, El fantasma, La Giralda (8) Pilar Lorengar (soprano), with Arleen Auger (soprano, R. Strauss), The Ambrosian Singers (De Falla), Alicia de Larrocha (piano) (7), Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma (1), London Philharmonic Orchestra (2, 5, 6), Wiener Opernorchester (3), Wiener Philharmoniker (4), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (8)/Giuseppe Patané (1), Jesús López-Cobos (2, 6, 8), Walter Weller (3), Sir Georg Solti (4, 5) - Recorded July 1966, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma (1), September/October 1969, Sofiensaal, Vienna (4), December 1971, Sofiensaal, Vienna (3), July 1973, Kingsway Hall, London (5), December 1978, Kingsway Hall, London (2, 6), July 1977, Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, London (7), March 1983, Victoria Hall, Geneva (8) DECCA 473 317-2 [2 CDs: 77:00+77:23] [CH]

Lovely performances of arias by Charpentier and Korngold hardly make a recommendation when Lorengar’s persistent vibrato compromises much of the rest. … see Full Review

 



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