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"MANET - Music of His Time" Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810 - 1849) Grande Valse brillante in Ab, Op 34#1, (1838) [5.46] Waltz in c#, Op 64#2, (1847) [3.53] Waltz in Gb, Op 70#1, (1829) [2.39] Idil Biret, piano from Naxos 8.554539 - Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Stabat Mater: opening movement (1842) [9.47] Patrizia Pace, Gloria Scalchi, Antonio Siragusa, Carlo Colombara Hungarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Pier Giorgio Morandi from Naxos 8.554443 - Jacques OFFENBACH (1819 - 1880) La Vie Parisienne: overture [5.45] Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hayman from Naxos 8.55047 3- Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875) Jeux d’enfants, Petite Suite for Orchestra (1871) [11.30] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Donald Johanos from Naxos 8.553027 - Eduard LALO (1823 - 1892) Symphonie Espagnole, Op 21: first movement (1874) [7.30] Marat Bisengaliev, violin Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Johannes Wildner from Naxos 8.550494 - Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841 1894) Pieces Pittoresques (1881): paysage [5.35] Idylle [3.25] Scherzo Valse [4.26] Georges Rabol, piano, from Naxos 8.553009 - Alfred BRUNEAU (1857 - 1934) L’Attaque du Moulin: Les Fiançailles au Moulin (1893) [7.38] Rhenish Symphony Orchestra/James Lockhart from Naxos 8.553498 - Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) String Quartet in g, Op 10: First Movement (1893) [6.13] Kodaly Quartet from Naxos 8.550249 Digitally recorded at various locations recently Booklet notes in English, including biographical chronology, extensive essay by Hugh Griffith, and six full color reproductions of paintings by Manet. Others in the ‘Art and Music’ series are: Turner, Van Gogh, and Claude Monet NAXOS 8.558117 [75.44] [PS]

I’m giving this one to my niece as a wedding present and I’m sure she’ll love it. … see Full Review

Igor Markevich: Classic Archive Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser Overture; Tristan und Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op.10 (1925) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Symphony of Psalms (1930) Orchestra and Chorus of the ORTF, Paris Igor Markevich (conductor) Filmed at the Besançon Festival, 15 Sept. 1968 (Wagner), and the ORTF, Paris, 14 June 1963 (Shostakovich ) and 15 June 1967 (Stravinsky) Bonus Item – Stravinsky conducts STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1945) New Philharmonia Orchestra Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 14 September 1965 EMI CLASSIC ARCHIVE DVB 4901109 [112’53] [TH]

Classic footage - frail but eagle-eyed Stravinsky inspiring the New Philharmonia to play his Firebird Suite for their lives. … see Full Review

Nellie Melba : Complete Gramophone Company Recordings, Vol. 3 - The Paris and London Recordings (1908-1913) - Paris, 9th May 1908 - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) - La Bohème: Sì, mi chiamano Mimì (in French) (1) London, 11th May 1910 - STANTON-BURLEIGH - Jean (2) - PUCCINI - Tosca: Vissi d’arte (3) - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) - Don César de Bazan: Sevillana (4) - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) - Lohengrin: Elsa’s Dream (5) - London, 12th May 1910 - PUCCINI - Tosca: Vissi d’arte (6) - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) - Faust: Final trio (two versions) (7) - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) - Rigoletto: Quartet (8) - Sir Henry BISHOP (1786-1855) Bid me discourse (9) - Sir Landon RONALD (1873-1938) - Sounds of Earth (10) - Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896)- Distance tests: phrases from the Mad Scene (11) - London, 19th May 1910 MASSENET - Don César de Bazan: Sevillana (two versions) (12) - Le Cid: Pleurez mes yeux (13) - Georges HÜE (1858-1948) - Soir païen (14) - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) - O for the wings of a dove (15) - Sir George HENSCHEL (1850-1934) - Spring (16) - Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) - Pur dicesti (17) - London, 6th May 1913 - Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) - Chanson triste (18) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) - Il re pastore: L’amerò, sarò costante (19) - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) – GOUNOD Ave Maria (20) - Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) - Le temps des lilas (21) - Dame Nellie Melba (soprano), with Edna Thornton (contralto) (8), John McCormack - (tenor) (7, 8) - , G. Mario Sammarco (baritone) (7, 8) - , Jan Kubelik (violin) (19, 20) - , Sir Landon Ronald (piano) (2, 9-11, 14-17) - , Gabriel Lapierre (piano) (18-21) - , Stanley Roper (organ) (20) - , Orchestra (1) New Symphony Orchestra/SirLandon Ronald (3-8, 12-13) - Dates and locations as above - Transfers by Ward Marston NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110743 [76:16][CH]

Self-recommending for collectors and students of past vocal styles.The merely curious who are willing to make an imaginative leap into the past will find much to reward their modest outlay. … see Full Review

Willem Mengelberg. Archives inédites III Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (1806) Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (1801-02) Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68 Pastoral (1808) Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1812) Louis Zimmermann (violin) Concertgebouw Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg Live recordings: May 1936 (Symphony No 2), May 1938 (Symphony No 6), May 1936 (Symphony No 7) and April 1940 (Violin Concerto) TAHRA 420-21 [2CDs: 151.10] [JW]

Mengelberg’s autocratic personality … as wonderfully idiosyncratic and unpredictable, as sonorous and coruscating, as ever. … see Full Review

Moiseiwitsch in Recital Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade in F Op. 38 Nocturne in G Op. 37/2 Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31 Prelude in F Op. 28/23 Prelude in B flat minor Op. 38/16 My joys arranged Franz LISZT, Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Fantasie and Fugue in G minor arranged Franz LISZT, Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Hark, hark the lark! arranged Franz LISZT, Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser Overture arranged Franz LISZT, Igor STRAVINSKY Etude Op. 7 No. 4 Moiseiwitsch interviewed by Abram Chasins Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) Recorded live 1954-60 ARBITER 120 [72.07] [JW]

A disc that, for all the digital flaws, brings rare and important late Moiseiwitsch to a wider public. … See Full Review

Music for Two Pianos and Orchestra - Francis POULENC (1889-1963) Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra (1932) [19.05] - Nikolai Tikhonovich BEREZOWSKY (1900-1953) Fantasie for two pianos and orchestra (1931) [10.53] - Paul CRESTON (1906-1985) Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (1951) [23.44] - Joshua Pierce (piano) - Dorothy Jonas (piano) National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television/David Amos - Rec. Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Katowice, Poland. No date given KLEOS CLASSICS KL 5121 [53.42] [RB]

A little unremitting but valuable for the Creston and especially enjoyable for the central movements of that work and of the Poulenc ... see Full Review

Music Gregoriana Noel PLAINCHANT: Conditor Alme Siderum; Rorate Caeli Desuper; O Sapientia; Alme Redemptoris Mater; Ave Maria; Christe Redemptor Omnium; Hodie Nobis Caelorum Rex; Puer Natus est Nobis; Kyrie VIII; Gloria VIII; Viderunt Omnes and Allelia Dies Sanctificatus; Tui Sunt Caeli; Sanctus VIII; Agnus Dei VIII; Viderunt Omens; Ite Missa Est; Verbum Caro Factum Est; Hodie Christus Natus Est; Video Caelos Apertos; Salvette Flores Martyrym; Hostis Herodes; Reges Tharsis; Tribus Miraculis; Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium; Adorna Thalamum Tuum Pro Cantione Antiqua BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99092 [63.06] [RH]

A disc of Christmas chant well, if soberly, sung. Rather let down by lack of information about the music … see Full Review


Now and Then – The New York Bassoon Quartet; Recorded works from 1999 and 1979 Christopher WEAIT (b.1939) Suite of Early American Tunes for Bassoon Quartet John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) How I like pellucid statues, Daddy (Or like a…an engine) (1994) Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Humorous Scherzo, op.12 no.9 (1915) William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Quartettino (1939) John HARBISON (b.1938) Canzonetta (1962) Peter SCHICKELE (b.1935) Last Tango in Bayreuth (1973) Katherine HOOVER (b. 1937) Sinfonia (1977) Alvin BREAM (b.1925) Colloquy and Chorale (1974) Vaclav NELHYBEL (1919-1996) Concert Etudes for Four Bassoons Rudolph PALMER (b.1952) Contrasts for Four Bassoons (1976) The New York Bassoon Quartet – Bernadette Zirkuli, Julie Feves, Lauren Goldstein, Jane Taylor The first five items, recorded 1979, Rutgers Church, New York, the others recorded 1999 in the Town Hall, New York. LEONARDA LE 348 [72:59] [GPJ]

There is superb music here, with music-making and musicianship to match, all captured flawlessly in this very fine recording. … see Full Review

DAVID OISTRAKH violin: EMI Classics Archive Series Bach A minor Concerto
Allegro - Trio. Piu moderato Filmed London, May 1958 EMI CLASSICS 7243 4 92836 9 5 [75:57] [JL]

Consisting mostly of extracts from works recorded over 40 years ago in London and Paris, this disc offers a survey of the great violinist's art and includes a fine, complete Spring Sonata. … see Full Review

Daniel Pollack The Legendary Moscow Recordings Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83 (1939-42) * Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata and Fugue in E minor, BWV 914 ** Bach-Busoni Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 ** Gian-Carlo MENOTTI (b.1911) Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from "The Old Maid and the Thief" (1951) ** Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op.79 (1809) ** Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28 (1907, rev. 1917) * Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Berceuse in D flat major, Op.57 (1844) **; Nocturne No.20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth. * Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Intermezzos in E major, Op.116/4, C major, Op.119/3 ** Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Consolation No.3 in D flat major (1850) ** AGANINI-LISZT-BUSONI La Campanella ** Daniel Pollack, Piano Recorded Bolshoi Zal, Moscow, April 1958 * Recorded Melodiya Recording House Studios, Moscow, February 1961 ** CAMBRIA 1133 [75:53] [DS]

Celebrating a pianist lost in the glare around Van Cliburn … highly enjoyable and enlightening. … see Full Review

Remembering Ireland Irish Melodies for the Harp Music by O' Carolan, Colonel John Irwin, Miss Mac Dermott, Baptist Johnson, Lament for Terence Mac Donagh, John O' Connor, Constantine Maguire, Father Brian Mac Dermott Roe, Mrs. Maxwell, Lament for Charles Mac Cabe, Lord Inchiquin, Popular Melodies. The Foggy Dew, Danny Boy, I Will Walk With My Love, Spancill Hill , My Lagan Love, The Wearing of the Green, Down by the Salley Gardens etc Arranged and played by Miriam KEOGH Recorded: No information available URBAN BEAUTY UBWM 101 [43:46] [HC]

If such programme appeals to you, you need not hesitate to get this disc, simply for pleasure’s sake. … see Full Review

Sviatoslav Richter in the 1950s Volumes 1-4 Sviatoslav Richter PARNASSUS PACD 96-001/006 013/014 [JW]

The immense rarity of much of the music … the fire and power, the fresh, overpowering drive and serenity … presenting the music as the focus of the life-force that Richter generated whenever he appeared … see Full Review

Russian Orthodox Christmas Music Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1895) The Song of the Angels ** Dobri HRISTOV (KHRISTOV) (1875 - 1941) Velika Ekteniya (The Great Ekteniya) ** Nikolai LYUBIMOV Blazhen Mouzh (Blessed is the man) * Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 - 1943) Bogoroditse Devo, Radouisya (Rejoice Virgin, Mother of God) ** Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 - 1943) Blagosloven Esi Gospodi (Be Blessed, O Lord) ** Dobri HRISTOV (1875 - 1941) Hvalite Imya Gospodne (Praise Ye the Name of the Lord) * Alexander GRETCHANINOV (1864 - 1956) Verouyu (Creed) * Emanuil MANOLOV (1860 - 1902) - Edinorodnii Sin (The Only Begotten Son) *** Vassily ZINOVIEV Tebe Poem (We Hymn Thee, we Bless Thee) * Alexander GRETCHANINOV (1864 - 1956) Slava I Edirodnii (Glory to the Only Begotten Son) ** Dobri HRISTOV (1875 - 1941) Priidite Poklonitsya (Come, let us worship) *** Dobri HRISTOV (1875 - 1941) Vo Tsarsvii Tvoem (In Thy Kingdom) ** Alexander GRETCHANINOV (1864 - 1956) Dostoino Est (Meet it is, in truth to bless Thee) ** Nikolai KEDROV (1871 - 1954) Otche Nash (Our Father) ** Dmitri BORTNYANSKY (1751 - 1825) Mnogaya Leta (Grant, O Lord) * * Boris Christoff (bass) Choir of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Angel Popkonstantinov ** Bulgarian National Choir "Svetoslav Obretenov"
Georgi Rovbev *** Yoan Koukouzel The Angeloglasny Ensemble Dimitur Dimitrov BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99215 [64.46] [RH]

Variable sound quality, historical interest … music by composers under-represented in the catalogue. Highly recommendable as a window into another, vanishing world. … see Full Review.

The Salisbury Sound Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Imperial March Op.32 (1897) (arranged by George Martin) Herbert Howells (1892-1934) Rhapsody Op.17 No.3 (1918) Frederick Delius (1862-1934) On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (arranged Eric Fenby) (1911-1913) Marcel DuprÉ (1886-1971) Le Monde dans l'attente du Sauveur (from Symphonie-Passion Op.23) (1921) John Gardner (1917-) Jig (from Five Dances Op.179) (1988) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 (1708) John Philip Sousa (1884-1932) Liberty Bell (arranged by David Halls) (1893) Francis Jackson (1917-) Toccata Chorale & Fugue Op.16 (1955) Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) Scherzetto (from Sonata in C minor) (1937) Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) Finale (from the Symphony Op.42 No.6) (1878/79) David Halls (organ) Recorded at Salisbury Cathedral, 14-15 October 2002 GRIFFIN GCCD 4038 [75.33] [JF]

This is an excellent showcase for the fine Willis organ at Salisbury. A well-balanced programme superbly played by David Halls. … see Full Review

Vassily SAPELLNIKOFF (piano) Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23 Humoresque in G Op. 10 No. 2 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Scherzo in E minor Op. 16 No. 2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke Op. 12; Traumeswirren Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Valse Impromptu, Gnomenreigen Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Spinning Song from The Flying Dutchman arr. Franz LISZT Alexander ALABIEV (1787-1851) Le Rossignol arr. Franz LISZT Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Staccato Etude in C Op. 23 No. 2 Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Mazurka No. 4 in G flat Anatole LIADOV (1855-1914) Musical Snuff Box Op. 23 Vassily SAPELNIKOFF (1868-1941) Gavotte Op. 3 Vassily Sapellnikoff (piano) with Aeolian Orchestra/Stanley Chapple (in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto) Recorded 1923-27 PEARL GEMMCD 9163 [70.30] [JW]

You can save yourself years of searching and a small fortune if you buy this little jewel of a disc. … see Full Review

Jonathan Scott: Bridgewater Hall Organ Mikhail GLINKA arr Battiwala Overture "Ruslan and Ludmilla" [5.21] Johann Sebastian BACH Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BVW542) [11.02] Thomas PITFIELD Short Sonata: Larghetto serioso e sostenuto [2.25]; Allegro Moderato, poco maestoso [4.10] Richard WAGNER/Ronald STEVENSON Fugue on the Shepherd's air from "Tristan & Isolde" [6.06] Ronald STEVENSON Reflections on an Old Scots Psalm Tune (Dundee) [3.07] Camille SAINT-SAËNS arr Lemare Danse Macabre [7.33] Maurice DURUFLÉ Prelude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain op.7 Prelude [6.14] Fugue [4.47] Paul DUKAS arr Jonathan Scott The Sorcerer's Apprentice [10.21] Jonathan Scott (organ) Bridgewater Hall, Manchester No recording date given ASC CS CD42 [59.86] [CSS]

A Baedecker to the impressive range of sound that, in the hands of this intrepid player, is thrilling. Highly recommended, and not only for organ buffs. … see Full Review

Mordecai Shehori Pianist - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude in B minor arr. Alexander SILOTI - Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1750) Chaconne in G major G229 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in D minor Op. 31 No. 2 The Tempest - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60 - Polonaise in F sharp minor Op. 44 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ständchen arr. Franz LISZT - Der Atlas arr. Franz LISZT - Auf dem Wasser zu singen arr. Franz LISZT - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) A Legend; Saint Francis of Paola walking on the Waves Mordecai Shehori (piano) - Recorded New York, 1994 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 101 [77.09][JW]

A splendid recital in every way and one that I think must reflect Shehori’s concert recitals. If they are as good as this disc New York concertgoers are spoiled for choice. … see Full Review

Un’ alma innamorata – A Soul in Love: Cantatas for soprano, violin and basso continuo Samuel CAPRICORNUS (1628-1665) Surrexit pastor bonus [04:13] Tarquinio MERULA (c1595-1665) Cantate, jubilate [04:09] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Singet dem Herrn (BuxWV 98) [08:26] Daniel PURCELL (c1664-1717) Amintas [05:48] Antono VIVALDI (1678-1741) Lungi dal vago volto (RV 680) [13:57] George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Un’alma innamorata (HWV 173) [14:52] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Gott will Mensch und sterblich werden (TWV 1,694) (from: Harmonischer Gottesdienst, 1725/26) [07:42] Kentish Town, London DDD Linda Perillo, soprano Cordaria: Walter Reiter (violin and director), Cath Sharman (cello), Jo Levine (viola da gamba), Lynda Sayce (theorbo, baroque guitar), Paula Chateauneuf (chitarrone), Jan Walters (triple harp), Timothy Roberts (harpsichord, organ) Recorded in November 2000 and February 2001 at St Silas’ Church, Kentish Town, London DDD SIGNUM – SIGCD033 [59:10] [JvV]

Expressive music for voice and violin in a performance with little expression and excitement … see Full Review
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Magda TAGLIAFERRO (piano) Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Concerto in E major (1931) Sonatine in C major (1907) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Faschingsschwank aus Wien (1839-40) Romance No. 2 in F sharp minor Op. 28 (1839) Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66 (1837-42) Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Sevilla from Suite española Op. 47 (1886) Federico MOMPOU (1893-1987) La Rue, le Guitariste et le Vieux Cheval Jeunes filles au jardin from Scènes d’enfants (1915-18) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Jardin sous la pluie from Estampes (1903) Toccata Magda Tagliaferro (piano) With an orchestra conducted by Reynaldo Hahn in the Concerto Recorded 1930-34 PEARL GEM 0157 [79.17] [JW]

Transfers excellent … fully lives up to its billing – indeed surpasses it in sheer vivacity. … see Full Review

Twenty-Six Danish Violin Concertos played by Kai LAURSEN (1924-1996) DANACORD DACOCD 461-470 (10CD not available separately) [JW]

A startlingly generous set. There’s a great deal here to stimulate and excite. Hats off to Danacord.. … see Full Review

SKÄRGÅRDSKISSER - Sketches of the Archipelago Swedish Piano Music (1910-1945) - Volume 1 Nils BJÖRKANDER (1893-1972) Four Archipelago Sketches (1923) [10.35] Yngve SKÖLD (1899-1992) Preludio e Fuga - quasi una fantasia (1921-22) [15.50] Bror BECKMAN (1866-1929) Garden Flowers - Bagatelles (1920,23,06) [4.30] Gustaf HEINTZE (1879-1946) Impromtptu - from Four Pieces op. 12 (?) [5.45] Ballad in D flat major (?) [12.40] Ingemar LILJEFORS (1906-1981) Andante e Scherzo (1941) [7.45] Gottfrid BERG (1889-1970) Wanderings - Four Pieces (1927) [11.12] Lennart LUNDBERG (1863-1931) Nocturne Op. 61 No. 2 (1900s) [4.10] Concert Etude in A minor Op. 19, Toccata (1900s) [5.45] Hans Pålsson (piano) rec Studio 2 Radiohuset, 6 Dec 2000; 28 Feb - 2 March 2001 PHONO SUECIA - MUSICA SVECIAE - PSCD 715 [79.07] [RB]

Phono-Sueciae directs light again into the darker recesses of Swedish piano music. ... see Full Review

SOMMARCROQUISER - Summer Sketches Swedish Piano Music (1910-1945) - Volume 2 William SEYMER (1890-1964) Sommarcroquiser - Summer Sketches (1917-20) [10.28] Ingmar MILVEDEN (b.1920) Sonatina Op. 10 (1943) [9.43] Olallo MORALES (1874-1957) Two Fantasies Op. 15 (1920) [14.04] Ture RANGSTRÖM (1884-1947) Fiddler's Springtime (1943) [8.21] Henning MANKELL (1898-1930) Two Nocturnes (1918) [10.13] Knut HÅKANSON (1887-1929) Ten Variations and Fugue on a Swedish Folksong (1929) [12.19] Niklas Sivelöv (piano) rec. Studio 2, Radiohuset, 18-20 June 2001. DDD PHONO SUECIA - MUSICA SVECIAE - PSCD 718 [65.08] [RB]

Bright-eyed and subtle championship for a sampling from the varied landscape of Swedish piano music during the first half of the last century ... see Full Review

Emil Von Sauer : 1940 live recordings - Amsterdam and Vienna - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 Traumeswirren Op. 12 No. 7 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu in G flat - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Bolero Op. 19 Nocturne in E flat Op. 9 No. 2 Etude in C minor Op. 25 No. 12 - Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841-1914) Minuetto vecchio Op. 18 No. 3 - Emil von SAUER (1862-1942) Piano Sonata No. 1 Emil von Sauer (piano) Concertgebouw Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg (Schumann Concerto) Recorded live in 1940 ARBITER 114 [64.47] [JW]

One of the giants, a true poet, and these live performances attest to the lyricism and beauty that mark out one of the elite. … see Full Review

Te Deum: Music for Choir, Brass and Organ - Paul ENGEL (b.1949) Venezianisches Déjà-vu fur neun Blechblaser for Brass (2001) Te Deum for Choir, Organ, Brass and percussion (1988) - Cyrillus KREEK (1889-1962) Three Psalms for unaccompanied choir (1929) - J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major BWV 564 - Chorale prelude BWV 641 on ‘Wenn wir in hochstein noten sein’; Knut NYSTEDT (b.1949) Immortal Bach nach ‘Komm Susser Tod’.(1988) - Franz Hauk (organ) Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Ensemble Art of Brass Vienna - Mikka Uleoja; Paul Engel (conductors) - Recorded the church of St.Jakob Innsbruck, Austria October/November 2001 GUILD GMCD 7245 [69.52] [GH]

Beautifully planned, expertly recorded, staggering well performed and in short a revelation … typical of the Guild stable … see Full Review

"Woodworks" - Rudolf LERICH (1903-1982) - Sonata in A minor (1956) - G.F. HANDEL (1685-1759) - Sonata in C major - Trio Sonata in F major - F. COUPERIN (1668-1733) - Les Barricades Mystérieuses - Stephen CRONIN (b. 1960) - Suite for Recorder and Strings (1983) - A. VIVALDI (1678-1741) - Trio in A minor, RV86 - Markus ZAHNHAUSEN (b. 1965) - musica inquieta (1990) - Anonymous - Masques-English music from 1600 - Tamara Gries, recorders - Natasha Woodley, bassoon - Vanessa Milner, Simon Lawford, harpsichords - Ashley Arbuckle, JohnFord, Kate Dryborough, violins - Laurence Jacks, viola - Michael Goldschlager, Noelene Else, cellos - Boguslav Szczepaniak, double bass Recorded at Methodist Ladies College Chapel, Perth, W. Australia, August 1996 THE DIVINE ART 25019 [59.41] [NH]

A great disc both for recorder enthusiasts and for fans of the English pastoral tradition (Aussie style!) … see Full Review

The Very Best of Fritz WUNDERLICH (tenor): 1930-1966 Various orchestras and conductors. Recorded between 1960 and 1964. Bargain Price. EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 75915-2 [2CDs: 77.37+76.17] [RF]

A slight nasality to the tone and a honeyed ‘mezza voce’ that makes for singing that can be heart-rending in its sensitivity. … see Full Review

Preludes and Choruses from Zarzuelas - Spanish Classics - Ruperto CHAPÍ (1851-1909) - El tambor de granaderos: Preludio (1894) (5:23) - El rey que rabió: Coro de doctores (1891) (3:05) - Francisco Asenjo BARBIERI (1823-1894) - El barberillo de Lavapiés: El noble gremio... (1874) (6:15) - Gerónimo GIMÉNEZ (1854-1923) - El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio (1896) (3:32) - La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio (1897) (5:44) - Federico CHUECA (1846-1908) - Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente: Preludio (1897) (2:35) - El chaleco blanco: Seguidillas (2:10) - El bateo: Preludio (3:14) - Amadeo VIVES (1871-1932) - Bohemios: Preludio (5:20) - Manuel Fernández CABALLERO (1835-1906) - El dúo de la africana: Se marcha furioso... (1893) (3:11) - Pablo LUNA (1880-1942) - El niño judío: Preludio (1918) (4:30) - Trumpet solo, César Asensi - Reveriano SOUTULLO (1880-1933) and Juan VERT (1890-1931) - La leyenda del beso: Intermedio (1924) (5:27) - La del soto del parral: Ronda de enamorados (1927) (4:28) - Jesús GURIDI (1886-1961) - El caserío: Act II Prelude (1926) (6:13) - Pablo SOROZÁBAL (1897-1988) - Don Manolito: Ensalada madríleña (1942) (3:22) Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra & Chorus/Miguel Roa - Notes in English, Français and Castellano - Recorded in Auditorio de las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, May 1999 NAXOS 8.555957 [64.34] [PS]

Tamely but expertly played, well recorded performances of Zarzuela classics, sounding very much like G&S … see Full Review

Efrem Zimbalist Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) - Romance in G Op. 40 (c1802) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108 (1886-88) - Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) - Der Zephyr [Blumenleben Op. 30 No. 6] - Eugène YSAYE (1858-1931) - Sonata No. 1 in G minor for unaccompanied violin Op. 27/1 (1923) - Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) - Carmen Fantasia Op. 25 (? 1883) - Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 (1878) - Zapateado Op. 23 No. 2 (1878-82) -
Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970)
- After Sundown [No. 2 from the Tallahassee Suite Op. 73] (1910) - Efrem ZIMBALIST (1889-1985) - Improvisation on a Japanese tune -
Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962)
- Liebesfreud - Efrem Zimbalist (violin) with
Japanese Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra/Nicolai Schiferblatt (Beethoven Romance), and variously Harry Kaufman, Emanuel Bay and Theodore Saidenberg (piano) - Recorded 1928-39 - PEARL GEM 0032 [79.30] [JW]

I strongly recommend acquaintance with Zimbalist’s nobility and eloquence of expression in this fine and splendidly transferred disc. … see Full Review



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