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Henri COLLET (1885-1951) Volume 1 Cantos de España: Cinco Canciones Populares Castellanas op. 69 (1923); Siete Canciones Populares de Burgos Op. 80; Cantos de Castilla Op. 42 sets I and II; Poema de un Día Op. 48; La Pena; Los Amantes de Galicia (1942) Rachel Yakar (sop) Claude Lavoix (piano) Volume 2 Concerto Flamenco for violin and orchestra (1946) [23.22] Symphonie de l'Alhambra for orchestra (1947) [18.29] Concerto Flamenco for piano and orchestra (1946) [24.21] Régis Pasquier (violin) Ricardo Requejo (piano) Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla/Gary Brain rec. Sala Apolo, Seville, 7-11 July 1997 (orchestral); Théâtre de Poissy, Paris, 30 Nov-2 Dec 1994 (songs). DDD also available separately as Claves CD 50-9506 and CD 50-9801 CLAVES CD2100/2 [56.33+66.48] [RB]

Easy on the ear, not grippingly memorable … romantic and unassuming … pleasing lighter music.... see Full Review

Frederick Shepherd CONVERSE (1871-1940) The Mystic Trumpeter (1904) Flivver Ten Million (1927) Endymion’s Narrative (1901) Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta Recorded Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, February 2001 NAXOS 8.559116 [53.13] [JW]

Those not seeking unmistakable greatness might find Converse’s canvass sympathetic enough for company. … see Full Review

GEORGE COPELAND (piano) – The private recordings 1957-63
Jean-Phillipe RAMEAU (1683-1764)
Les grands seigneurs - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasy in C minor K475 (1785) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Faschingsswank aus Wien Op. 26 (1839-40) - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque (1905) Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut [Images Book II] (1908) The Little Shepherd [Children’s Corner] (1906-08) Danse de Puck [Preludes Book I] (1910) Hommage à Rameau [Images Book I] (1905) Feuilles mortes [Preludes Book II] (1913)Prelude in A minor [Pour le piano] (1910) - Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No. 3 (1888)- Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Seguidillas [from Cantos de España] (pub 1896) George Copeland (piano) Recorded privately 1957-63 PEARL GEM 0121 [75.12] [JW]

Offering a glimpse into the otherwise little explored hinterland of late Copeland … see Full Review

Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Serenade in C, Op. 10 (1902) [20’53] - Sextet in C, Op. 37 (1935) [29’20]. Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Rec. Teldec Studio, Berlin, on 21st June 2002 (Op. 10); 30th December 2001 (Op. 37) DDD NAXOS 8.557153 [50’12] [CC]

These are highly musical performances … Well worth delving into. … see Full Review

Hugues DUFOURT (born 1943) Cycle "Les Hivers" Le Déluge (2001) Le Philosophe (1992) Les Chasseurs dans la neige (2001) La Gondole sur la lagune (2001) Ensemble Modern/Dominique My Recorded: (live) Halles de Schaerbeek Brussels, March 2002 AEON AECD 0209 [42.00 + 39.35 + 34.18] [HC]

Labyrinthine ritual, subtle dynamic shadings, refined harmony and telling instrumental groupings … gripping and calmly communicative … see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Seven Zigeunermelodien Op. 55 (1880) [13.24] Eight Liebeslieder Op. 83 (1888) [14.58] Ten Biblische Lieder Op. 99 (1894) [24.49] Peter Schreier (tenor), Marián Lapšanský (piano) Recorded 1985 by VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, reissue 2003 BERLIN CLASSICS - ETERNA COLLECTION 0032492BC [53.28] [RDB]

Anyone who could not find interest and pleasure in this welcome reissue would indeed be hard to please. … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) - Enigma Variations Op.36 (1899) [31.19] - Serenade for Strings Op.20 (1892) [12.47] - Cockaigne Op.40 (1901) [14.45] - Chanson de matin Op.15 No.2 (1899) [3.26] - Original finale to Enigma Variations (1899) [4.06] Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder rec Bridgewater Hall/BBC Studio 7, Manchester in July/October 2002 HALLÉ CD HLL 7501 [67.16] [CF]

A radiant account of Enigma … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No.1 Op.55 (1908) [52. 07] In the South Op.50 (1904) [20.54] In Moonlight (Canto popolare) (1904) [2.59] Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder (conductor/piano) Timothy Pooley (viola) Christine Rice (mezzo soprano) rec Bridgewater Hall/BBC Studio 7, Manchester in July 2002/September 2001/October 2002 HALLÉ CD HLL 7500 [76’27"] [CF]

An interpretation of the Symphony that emphatically underscores the mutual admiration between Elgar and Strauss … see Full Review

George ENESCU (1881 – 1955) Piano Quintet Op.29 (1940) Piano Quartet No.2 Op.30 (1943) The Solomon Ensemble (Anne Solomon, Andrew Roberts, violins; Ralf Ehlers, viola; Rebecca Gilliver, cello; Dominic Saunders, piano) Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, September 2001 NAXOS 8.557159 [62:58] [HC]

Committed and convincing readings of works that do not yield all their secrets in a single hearing. … see Full Review

George ENESCU (1881-1955) Violin Sonata No. 2 (1899) [22.35] Violin Sonata No. 3 (1926) [26.50] Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 (1911) [13.10] Susanne Stanzeleit (violin) Julian Jacobson (piano) rec. no details given. DDD MERIDIAN CDE 84469 [62.35] [RB]

Stanzeleit and Jacobson revel in the spontaneity of the gipsy scores. ... see Full Review

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) Piezas Espanolas: Aragonesa, Cubana, Montanesa and Andaluza Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002) Sonatine pour Ivette Enrique Granados (1867-1916) Valses Poeticos Eduardo OcÓn (1833-1901) Rapsodie Andalouse Ana Benavides, piano Recording date not given ANACRUSIS PRODUCTIONS AC 014 [51.51] [JF]

This is a fine CD of beautifully played Spanish piano music. It would serve as a great introduction to the genre. A perfectly balanced programme. … see Full Review

Songs By Finzi And His Friends Gerald FINZI (1900-1956) To a Poet, Op. 13a *; Oh fair to see, Op. 13b **. Robin MILFORD (1903-1959) If it's ever spring again; The colours; So sweet love seemed ** Ernest FARRAR (1885-1918) O mistress mine! * Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Sleep. Down by the salley gardens. Hawk and Buckle. * Harry GILL (1897-1987) In Memoriam * Ian Partridge (ten) * Stephen Roberts (bar) ** Clifford Benson (piano) Rec. 8-9 Feb 1981 ADD From Hyperion LP A66015 issued September 1981 From Hyperion CD CDA66015 issued Sept 1991 Recorded in association with the Finzi Trust. HYPERION CDH55084 [50.57] [RB]

If you do not already have this and you are a proponent of British song then lose no time in snapping it up. ... see Full Review

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO (1703-1741) Missa Solemnis in D (ed. Patrick Peire) [46:53] Ave Maria (Motet) [3:48] * Homo Quidam (Motet) [9:49]* Greta De Reyghere, Soprano * Hilde Coppé, Soprano Jean Nirouët, Alto Jan Van Elsacker, Tenor Jan Van der Crabben, Bass Werner Van Mechelen, Bass Dirk Snellings, Bass Capella Brugensis Collegium Instrumentale Brugense/Patrick Peire Recorded Sound Recording Centre Steurbaut, Gent, Belgium, January 2001/March 2002 NAXOS 8.557120 [60:30] [DS]

If you have a warm spot for Handel, you need to make room for Fiocco. ...see Full Review

Graham FITKIN (b. 1963) Log (1990/1) - Line (1990/1) Loud (1990/1) - Hook (1991/2) - Mesh (1991/2) - Stub (1991/2) - Cud (1987/8) - Aract (1990) - Fervent (1992/4) - Piano Piece 91 - Piano Piece very early 92 - Piano Piece early 92 - Hard Fairy (1994) - Blue (1993) - Piano Piece mid 92 - Piano Piece late 92 - Piano piece very late 92 - Piano Piece 93 - Fract (1989) - Piano Circus - Ensemble Bash - Icebreaker - Delta Saxophone Quartet - John Harle Band Graham Fitkin, piano - conductor - Recorded at Church Studios, Crouch End, London, September 2001 , CTS Studios, Wembley, July 1992 and October 1992 (Cud), Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, February 1994 and May 1994 (Hard Fairy) - British Music Collection DECCA 473 434-2 [71.38+78.18] [NH]

An interesting and generous overview of Graham Fitkin's early career landmarks … see Full Review

Wilhelm FURTWÄNGLER (1886-1954) Symphonic-Concerto for piano and orchestra (1936-37) - Erik Then-Bergh (piano) Bavarian Radio SO/Rafael Kubelik - Rec. 27 June 1963, Bavarian Radio, AAD TAHRA TAH 197 [63.19] [RB]

A very fine account of a noble and tempestuous work. ... see Full Review

Four American Sonata for French Horn Crawford GATES (b.1921) Horn Sonata Op. 48 [25.01] - Halsey STEVENS (1908-1989) Horn Sonata [13.39] - Alec WILDER (1907-1980) Horn Sonata No. 3 [13.52] - Thomas BEVERSDORF (b.1924) Horn Sonata [11.51] Laurence Lowe (french horn) - James Margetts (piano) - rec. de Jong concert hall, Brigham Young University. DDD TANTARA RECORDS TCD 0799LL4 [64.14] [RB]

A predominantly lyrical set of four American horn sonatas performed with characterful defiance, wit and fantasy. ... see Full Review

Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Piano Sonata in E minor (1906-10)
Adam Aleksander (piano) rec. 26-27 July 2001, SUNY Purchase Studio C. PROPIANO PR224534 [47.00] [RB]

Subtle, noble, tender ... nostalgic and touchingly romantic. You are never in any doubt that Aleksander believes in this music. ... see Full Review

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust (1856-9): Lyric drama in five acts, libretto by Barbier and Carré after Goethe Faust – Nicolai Gedda (tenor) Marguerite – Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) Mephistopheles – Boris Christoff (bass) Valentin – Ernest Blanc (baritone) Marthe – Rita Gorr (soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Théàtre National de l’Opéra/André Cluytens Recorded at the Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, Sept. and Oct. 1958 ADD Great Recordings of the Century series EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 67967 2 [3CDs: 50’51+48’39+72’54] [TH]

This is the one to have [TH]
A notable re-issue, and vocally as good as you can get.[JP] see Full Review

Alexander Tikhonovich GRECHANINOV (1864-1956) - String Quartet No. 1 in G major Op.2 (1894) [29:32] - String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Op.70 (1913) [28:47] Utrecht String Quartet - Recorded at the Doopsgezinde Remonstrantse Kirk, Deventer, Netherlands April 2-4, 2002 MUSIK DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 603 1157-2 [58:36] [MC]

Sterling performances combined with a most appealing recorded sound quality make this is an outstanding issue and the disc serves Grechaninov extremely well. Required listening for all lovers of late-romantic music! ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Cello Concerto (1883) - (orchestrated from Cello Sonata, Op. 36, by Joseph Horovitz and Benjamin Wallfisch) Last Spring, Opus 34 No. 1(1887) The Wounded Heart, Opus 34 No. 2 Solveig's Song, Opus 55 No. 4 (1875/1886) - Ingrid's Lament, Opus 55 No. 1 The First Meeting, Opus 53 No. 1 (1891) - Norwegian, Opus 53 No. 2 (all arranged Benjamin Wallfisch) - Ich liebe dich, Opus 5 No. 3 (1865) - To Spring, Opus 43 No. 6 (1886) - (arranged Michael Freyhan) Raphael Wallfisch (cello) - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley Rec 3-5 May 2001, All Saints, Tooting, London BLACK BOX BBM 1070 [61.56] [TB]

Subtly crafted music lends itself well to new identities, and while not great music all of it is charming and entertaining … see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in a op. 16* Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in a op. 54*, Papillons op. 2 Sviatoslav Richter (piano) *Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra/Lovro von Matačić Recorded 25th-30th November 1974, Palais Garnier, Monte Carlo (studio recording)*, 21st October 1962, Florence (live recording: Papillons) GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY EMI CLASSICS 5 67982 2 [73:49] [CH]

This Grieg/Schumann has been underestimated in the past, and you get a legendary performance of "Papillons" as well. … see Full Review

Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931) Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Violoncello (1957) Introitus, Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1978) Dancer on a Tightrope (Der Seiltänzer) (1993) Rieko Aizawa (piano) Kai Vogler and Mira Wang (violins) Ulrich Eichenauer (viola) Peter Bruns (cello) (Quintet) Béatrice Rauchs (piano) Kyiv Chamber Players – Vladimir Kozhukhar (Introitus) Gidon Kremer (violin) Vadim Sakharov (piano) (Dancer on a Tightrope) Recorded August 1997, Schloβ Moritzburg, Germany (Quintet) April 1995, Radio Kyiv, Ukraine (Introitus) July 1995, Burg Lockenhaus, Austria (Dancer) DDD BIS BIS-CD-898 [68:43] [CT]

Three contrasting works spanning five decades in Gubaidulina’s career, including a notable early rarity. … see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) - Six concerti for organ and orchestra, opus 4. - Number one in g minor [19:24] - Number two inB-flat [9:45] - Number three in g minor [10:19] - Number four in F [14:07] - Number five in F [8:18] Number six in B-flat [12:31] Ulrik Spang-Hanssen, organ - Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra - Douglas Bostock, conductor - Recorded in September, 2002 in the church of St. Wenceslas, Landskroun, East Bohemia CLASSICO Classcd451 DDD [73:25] [KS]

Without fail, every lover of elegant and vibrant music making should own
this disc. This is a world-class production worthy of the widest audience
possible. Tutti bravi!...see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Water Music (1717) - Suite No. 1 (Suite in F major, HWV 348) - Suite No. 2 (Suite in G major, HWV 350) - Trumpet Suite No. 3 (Suite in D major, HWV 349) Consort of London/Robert Haydon Clark - Recorded 1989 (Originally issued on Collins Classics) CLASSIC COLLECTION 99921 [62.58] [RH]

A welcome reissue of the old Collins Classics recording, an interesting addition to the modern instrument performances … see Full Review

Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759)
Susanna HWV 66 [157.48] Elisabeth von Magnus, mezzo soprano Sytse Buwalda, alto Ruth Holton, soprano John Elwes, tenor Tom Sol, bass Kölner Kammerchor Collegium Cartusianum/Peter Neumann Rec: Live recording, February 9, 1999, Stadthalle, Wuppertal, Germany. MDG 332 0945-2 [2CDs: 157.48] [KM]

All the vitality of a live performance … a must-have recording for fans of Handel's vocal music; a necessary discovery for others. … see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Piano Sonatas - 10 CDs set Bart van Oort, fortepiano - Ursula Dütschler, fortepiano - Stanley Hoogland, fortepiano - Yoshiko Kojima, fortepiano - Riko Fukuda, fortepiano - Recorded: Maria Minor, Utrecht, September/October 2000 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99817 [647:13] [DS]

I urge all those who love Haydn or the fortepiano to add it to their music library. … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1815) Cassation in E flat major arranged for String Quartet as Op.2 No.3 Cassation in D major arranged for String Quartet as Op.2 No.5 String Quartet in E major, Op.3 No.1 (attributed to Hoffstetter) String Quartet in C major, Op.3 No.2 (attributed to Hoffstetter) Kodaly Quartet Recorded Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary, June 2000 NAXOS 8.555703 [71:47) [DS]

Never mind who wrote it this is a delightful and invigorating diversion from the rigors of life … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Fortepiano Trio No. 14 in A flat major, Hob XV:14 - Fortepiano Trio No. 12 in E minor, Hob XV:12 - Fortepiano Trio No. 18 in A major, Hob. XV:18 - Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob. I:92 'Oxford' (adapted for fortepiano and violin by - Jan Ladislav Dussek) - Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 'Miracle' (adapted for fortepiano trio by Johann Peter Salomon) - Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob. I:94 'Surprise' (adapted for fortepiano trio by Johann Peter Salomon) - Ensemble of the Classic Era: Paul Wright (violin), Susan Blake (violoncello), Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano) Recorded 31 October - 4 November 1995, 21-25 September 1998, Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Melbourne ABC CLASSICS 472 561-2 [63.57+61.11][RH]

An interesting disc … mixes real piano trios with contemporary arrangements of Haydn symphonies all given in slightly disappointing performances … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Concerto for piano and orchestra in F major Hob.XVIII:3 (c.1765) - Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major Hob.XVIII:4 (c. 1770-82) - Concerto for piano and orchestra in D major Hob.XVIII:11 (1784) - Michele Boegner (piano) English Chamber Orchestra/Jose-Luis Garcia - No recording dates or details of venues given DDD WARNER APEX 0927-49810-2 [67:51] [MC]

Winning performances but over-bright sound quality prevents a recommendation with absolute confidence. … see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732 - 1809) - Symphonies, Vol.26 - Symphony No.41 in C (c.1770) [16’57] - Symphony No.58 in F (c.1775) [18’18] - Symphony No.59 in A "Fire" (c.1769) [21’50] - Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller-Brühl - Recorded by Deutschland Radio in the Sendesaal DLR, Köln on June 24th, 2002 (Symphony No.41) and from April 8-9th 2002 (Symphonies Nos. 58 and 59) -
NAXOS 8.557092 [57’05"] [JPo]

Lightness and openness … very quick outer movements, not so slow inner movements … most refreshing and enlightening … see Full Review

Wilfred HEATON (1918-2000) The Heaton Collection: Music For Brass Band CD1 ‘Le Tricot Rouge’; Contest Music (1973); The Children’s Friend (1938); Victory For Me; Passing by; Partita (1986) CD2 ‘The Golden Pen’; Just as I am (1947); Wonderful Words; My Treasure; ‘Glory, Glory’ (1988); Celestial Prospect; Martyn; Praise; My Master’s Will (1948); Mercy’s Light (1983); Toccata, Oh Blessed Lord (c.1940) CD1: Black Dyke Mills Band/Nicholas J.Childs; CD2: International Staff Band/Stephen CobbRec. CD1: Morley Town Hall, Leeds, May/June 2002; CD2: Henry Wood Hall, London, March 2002 SP&S: CD-SPS158 [2CDs: 61.06+63.34] [GH]

I cannot speak too highly of the entire project. I believe too that more is to come, as an increasing amount of Heaton’s work is still turning up. … see Full Review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) The Holy City Op. 218 (1965) Celestial Fantasy Op. 44 (1935 orch. 1944) Psalm and Fugue Op. 40a (1941) Alleluia and Fugue Op. 40b (1941) Processional and Fugue Op. 76 No. 5 (1975) In Memory of an Artist Op. 163 (1958) Armenian Rhapsody No. 2 Op. 51 (1944) Armenian Rhapsody No. 3 Op. 189 (1944) Ladislav Strešnák (trumpet) Adriana Antalová (harp) Slovak Radio SO (Bratislava) /Kerry Stratton Rec. Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Oct 1997 DORIAN DOR-93166 [62.19] [RB]

A welcoming collection, extremely well recorded and likely to win over new friends to the Hovhaness cause. … see Full Review

Ryoji IKEDA Op. 1 (prototype) for String Trio - Op. 1 for 9 String Nonet - Op. 2 for String Quartet - Op. 2 for String Quartet - Wibert Aerts, violin - Dominica Eyckmans, viola - Jean-Paul Zanutel, cello - Musiques Nouvelles Ensemble - Natsu Takehara, Yoko Kawakubo, violins - Rei Shimada, viola - Nagako Kato, cello Recorded at Art Zoyd Studio, Maubeuge, 19th-21st March 2001 , new National Theatre, Tokyo, 14th-17th May 2002 , RTB Belgian Radio and TV Studios, Mons, 13th December 2001 TOUCH TO: 60 [51.47] [NH]

Another disc of distinction from Touch, the third-stream of contemporary Japanese composition? … see Full Review

Charles IVES (1874-1954) Holidays Symphony: Washington’s Birthday; Decoration Day; The Fourth of July; Thanksgiving and Forefather’s Day (1913) Central Park In The Dark (1907) Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchestra and Rundfunkchor of Leipzig/Wolf Dieter Hauschild Recorded in 1980 (no other details given) BERLIN CLASSICS ETERNA COLLECTION 0032462BC [50.25] [GH]

Beautifully and sensitively played with excellent engineering. … see Full Review

Jóhann JÓHANNSSON Englabörn Odi et Amo, Englabörn, Jói & Karen, Þetta gerist á bestu bæjum, Sálfræðingur, "Ég sleppi þér aldrei", Sálfræðingur deyr, Bað, "Ég heyrði allt án þess aðhlusta", Karen býr til engil , Englabörn - tilbrigði, "Ég átti Gráa æsku", Krókódíll, "Ef ég hefði aldrei..." ...eing og venjulegt fólk, Odi et Amo - bis Jóhann Jóhannsson, piano, glockenspiel, harmonium, organ & electronics. Eþos String Quartet Mathías M.D. Hemstock, percussion Recorded at Fríkirkjan and NT&V, August 2001. Originally written for the stage play by Hávar Sigurjónsson. (released 2002) TOUCH TO:52 [48.05] [NH]

Brilliant and accessible contemporary music from Iceland from the superlative Touch label … see Full Review

John JOHNSON (c.1550-1594) Lute Music The Delight Pavan; Galliard to the Delight Pavan - Carman’s whistle - Short Almaine - Dump - Rogero - Pava - Piece without title (Galliard) - Omnio Galliard - Almaine - Johnson’s Jewel - Quadro Pavan - Galliard - Chi Pausa - La Vechia Pavan - Galliard to La Vechia Pavan - The Marigold Pavan - Galliard - A Ground - The Flat Pavan - Galliard to the Flat Pavan - Dump - Passing measures Pavan - Walsingham - Goodnight Christopher Wilson; Shirley Rumsey (lutes) Recorded June 1995 in St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire NAXOS 8.550776 [59.24] [RB]

Nicely played representative selection. The six-course lute has a comparatively restricted compass and the resonant church acoustic makes for neither clarity nor excitement. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Impressions d'Ardennes (1913) [14.53] Cello Concerto (1900) [34.59] Fantaisie sur deux noëls populaires wallons (1902) [15.17] Marie Hallynck (cello) Orchestre National de Belgique/Roman Kofman rec. 9-13 July 2002, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. DDD CYPRÈS CYP1634 [65.14]

A strong entry from Cyprès. The Impressions and the Concerto are particularly attractive ... see Full Review

Francesc JUNCÀ (1742 - 1833) Missa en La Major (Mass in A Major) Olivia Biarnés (Soprano) Montserrat Pi (Contralto) Jordi Casanovas (Tenor) Rafael Muntaner (Bass) Cor de Cambra Dyapason Orquestra de Cambra Catalana Joan Pàmies (Conductor) Recorded March 2000, La Capella de L'Esperança, Barcelona. DDD COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0068 [49.48] [RH]

Filling an interesting gap in the catalogue, a mass by a Catalan contemporary of Haydn and Mozart, enterprisingly recorded by Catalan forces … see Full Review

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) - Colas Breugnon Overture (1938) [4.40]- Piano Concerto No. 2 (1936, rev, 1973) [23.49] - Piano Concerto No. 3 (1953) [18.07] - The Comedians - Suite (1939) [14.59] Kathryn Stott (piano) - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Vassily Sinaisky - Rec. 21, 24-25 June 2002, BBC Studio 7, Manchester. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10052 [61.45] [RB]

A fun disc - not too profound - for those prepared to loosen their strait-lacing. … see Full Review

Mauricio KAGEL (born 1931) Rrrrrrr... (1980/1)a Ludwig van (1969)b Der Eid des Hippokrates (1984)a Unguis incarnatus est (1972)c MM 51 (1976) Alexandre Tharaud (piano); Philippe Bernold (flute)b; Hervé Joulain (horn)b; François Le Roux (baritone)b; Eric Le Sage (piano)a; Marc Marder (double bass)c; Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)b; Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet)b; Choeur Rémusatb Recorded: Ircam – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, December 2002 AEON AECD 0311 [55:35] [HC]

Decidedly idiosyncratic … may amuse or irritate, it may fascinate or be frankly boring; but it will never leave you indifferent. … see Full Review

Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) La Course de printemps - poème symphonique Op. 95 (1925-27) [33.40] Le buisson ardent poème symphonique after an episode from 'Jean-Christophe' by Romain Rolland Op. 201 (Part I); Op. 171 (Part II) (1945, 1938) [12.44; 25.54] Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Heinz Holliger Christine Simonin (ondes martenot) rec. Live concert recordings. Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Beethovensaal 23-25 Feb 2000 (Printemps); Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Konzertsaal (Buisson), 19-23 Feb 2001. DDD Faszinationmusik series HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.045 [72.30] [RB]

A satisfying coupling in its own right but Segerstam is in even stronger form in Le Buisson Ardent ... see Full Review

Herman D. KOPPEL (1908-1998) Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet Op.36 (1942) - Niels Viggo BENTZON (1919-2000) Wind Quintet No.5 Op.116 (1958) - Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet Op.278 (1971) Nikolaj Bentzon (piano) - Wind Quintet of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra - Recorded at the Danish Radio Concert Hall Copenhagen 20-24 November 2000 DDD DA CAPO 8.224208 [52:42] [DB]

Koppel’s Sextet … pleasure and a real discovery. With Bentzon everything is craftsmanlike but lacks inspiration. Well performed and recorded … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nina KOTOVA (1969 - ) Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2000) [29.28] Ernest BLOCH (1880 -1959) Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (1933) [20.22] Jewish Life: #1, Prayer (1924) [4.05] Max BRUCH (1838 - 1920) Kol Nidrei, Op 47 (1881) [9.46] Nina Kotova, cello The Philharmonia of Russia/Constantine Orbelian Recorded in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia, December 9, 2001 Notes in English DELOS DE 3305 [63.43] [PS]

Magnificent performances, especially of Schelomo, by a new star in the musical heavens. And an intriguing new concerto … see Full Review
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Ignaz LACHNER (1807-1895) Piano Trio in D minor Op. 89 - Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 37 -Piano Trio in E flat major Op. 102 - Piano Trio in D major Op. 56 - Piano Trio in C major Op. 103 - Piano Trio in G major Op. 45 Stefan Muhmenthaler (violin) - Anna Barbara Dütschler (viola) - Marc Pantillon (piano) - Rec: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen/Heidelberg, 24-28 May 1997, 17-20 Mar 1998 CLAVES CD 50-9802/3 [65.33+78.20] [RB]

Six unknown piano trios: charmers every one. Lovingly played ... see Full Review

Ian LAWSON (b. 1955) Celtic Fanfares 1-4 (1988-2000) [31.28] Ghost Train (1992) [11.06] Ben HENEGHAN (b.1957) House at the North Pole [10.59] Walking the Wild Rhondda [13.39] Heneghan & Lawson Virtual Orchestra rec. Hollyfield Studio, Jan-Dec 2001, Oct 2002; DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10051 [67.55] [RB]

Once you have surmounted any prejudices against synthesised orchestral sounds you will instantly relate to Lawson’s rhythmic and melodic power and Heneghan’s way with atmospheric sound-painting ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etudes d’exécution transcendante (Third version 1852) Christopher Taylor, Hamburg Steinway D piano (Reid Schaefer, technician) - Notes in English. Recorded at Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. September 2002 LISZT DIGITAL LD005 [74.42] [PS]

An astonishingly brilliant reading of this most difficult music. Destined to become a classic. A must-have for every Lisztian and piano student. … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Christus, oratorium nach lateinischen Texten aus der heiligen Schrift und der katholischen Liturgie, für Soli, Chor, und Orchester, S.3 (1873) [161.51] Henriette Bonde-Hansen, soprano; Iris Vermillion, mezzo soprano/alto;
Michael Schade, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, bass Gächinger Kantorei, Stuttgart; Krakauer Kammerchor Radio-Sinfonieochester Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling Recorded Beethovensaal Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, February 1997 Notes in English. Latin text and parallel German translation. Also available: Hänssler Classics 98121 full price; MHS 535984X, North America
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99951 [3CDs: 161.51] [PS]

An excellent version of a curiously neglected classic. … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Works for Organ (Vol.2) Fantasy and Fugue on J.S.Bach’s Chorale Ad nos ad salutarem. S259/R380 [29.57] Trauerode (Les morts: Oraison), S268/2/R390/2 (1860) [9.40] Symphonic Poem Orpheus (transcribed Schaab-Gottschalg). S98/R415 (1860) [11.43] Concert piece in A for organ in free style (transcribed Gottschalg). [4.22] Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen. Zagen. Organ prelude after J.S.Bach’s Cantata (1859) S179/R23 (transcribed Winterberger) [7.30] Andreas Rothkopf (organ). Rec: June 2000, Sauer organ, Evangelische Stadtkirche, Bad Homburg, Germany NAXOS 8.555079 [63.12] [RDB]

Andreas Rothkopf has a deep and mature sympathy with this music, and a musicianly approach to its elusive qualities: an altogether delightful disc. … 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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