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‘Apocryphal Bach Masses’ ANON Missa in C (BWV Anh 25) [20:09] Melchior HOFFMANN (c1679-1715) Kleines Magnificat in a minor (BWV Anh 21) [12:50] Francesco DURANTE (1784-1755)/arr. Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Missa in c minor (BWV Anh 26) [18:33] Dorothee Mields, soprano; Henning Voss, alto; Henning Kaiser, tenor; Ralf Grobe, bass - Alsfelder Vokalensemble; I Febiarmonici/Wolfgang Helbich - Recorded in February and June 2001 at the Studio of Radio Bremen DDD CPO 999 834-2 [51:47] [JVV]

Three religious works which were once attributed to Bach – fine music, well performed ... see Full Review

Sir John Barbirolli Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.5 in B flat major D485 (1816) Symphony No.8 in B minor Unfinished D759 (1822) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.40 in G minor K550 (1788) Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli Recorded Royal Albert Hall August 1968 (D485), BBC Studios December 1965 (D759) and September 1962 (K550) BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4120-2 [73.57] [JW]

One magnificent performance, one intelligent and thoughtful one and one that’s to me less than stellar. … see Full Review

Baroque Organ Music from Northern Germany Matthias WECKMANN (1616-1674) Praeambulum Primi Toni a 5 - "Ach wir armen Sünder" (three verses) Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Praeludium in E (BuxWV 141) - Ciacona in e (BuxWV 160) "Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist" (BuxWV 209) Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (1595-1663) Galliarda ex D - Paduana Lachrymae (after Dowland’s Lachrymae) Johann Adam REINCKEN (1643-1722) Choralfantasie "An Wasserflüssen Babylon" Mario Hospach-Martini, organ - Christian Müller Organ at the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden (1724/27) - Recorded January 2002 DDD ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 92044 [62:14] [DS]

Gives credibility to those who find this type of music unyielding. … see Full Review

La Belle Homicide - Manuscript Barbe Ennemond GAULTIER ‘le vieux’ (1577-1651) Prelude in D minor - Canarie in D minor - L’Immortelle in D minor - Carillon in D minor - La Poste in D minor - Prelude in A minor - Tombeau de Mezangeau in D minor Rene MEZANGEAU (c. 1680- c.1738) Sarabande in D minor Francois DEFAUT (1604-1672) La Superbe in D minor Denis GAULTIER ‘de Paris’ (1603-1672) La belle homicide in A minor - La douce in E minor Jacques GALLOT (details unknown) La Montespan in A minor - La Psyche in A minor - Les castagnettes in A minor - Dialogue in C minor - La Lucrece in F sharp minor Charles MOUTON (1678- c.1700) La Princesse in A major La Malassise in F sharp minor - Gavotte in F sharp minor - Le Mouton in F sharp minor - Chaconne in G minor - Le Perier in G minor - Depart/Double in F sharp minor Nicholas DEBUT (1678-c.1692) Sarabande in C major Rolf Lislevand (Lute) - Recorded in April 2003 in Maguelone Abbey, Palavas les Flots, France DDD ASTRÉE NAÏVE E 8880 [62:27] [MC]

I urge listeners who wouldn’t normally purchase a recital of lute works to hear this superlative recording. … see Full Review

"The Best of Baroque Music" HANDEL: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from "Solomon" *BACH: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 BACH: Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 BACH: Largo ma non tanto from Concerto in D minor - Christine Pichlmeier and Lisa Stewart, violins CORELLI: Pastorale from "Christmas " Concerto Grosso BACH: Allegro (III) from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 HANDEL: Largo from "Serse" * BACH: Bourrée I/II from Orchestral Suite No. 4 ALBINONI: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor - Stefan Schilli, oboe PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue * VIVALDI: Largo from Flautino Concerto in C major - Daniel Rothert, recorder * TELEMANN: Harlequinade from Overture in D major BACH: Largo from Harpsichord Concerto in F minor - Harald Hoerer, harpsichord TELEMANN: Réjouissance from Recorder Suite in A minor - Daniel Rothert, recorder * TELEMANN: Passepied I/II from Recorder Suite in A minor - Daniel Rothert, recorder * MARCELLO: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor - Stefan Schilli, oboe BACH: Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 ALBINONI/GIAZOTTO: Adagio in G minor Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller-Brühl Recorded at Deutschland Radio, Cologne, 1995-99, April 2002 NAXOS 8.557124 [68:18] [DS]

The "Best of" pattern is beginning to get old. It can be done successfully but not here … see Full Review

A Bird came down the Walk Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) "A Bird came down the Walk" for viola and piano (1995) [6.26] George ENESCU (1881-1955) Concert Piece for viola and piano (1906) [8.15] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Rondo for viola and piano (1893) [6.05] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Reflection for viola and piano (1930) [3.35] Elegy for unaccompanied viola (1930) [6.15] Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Intermezzo per viola e pianoforte [7.44] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Quatre Visages for viola and piano (1943) [8.49] Vincent PERSICHETTI (b.1915) Infanta Marina, Reflections on a Wallace Stevens poem Op. 83 (1960) [9.51] Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880 Reverie for viola and piano (1880) [6.52] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) There is a willow grows aslant a Brook (1927) Arr. Benjamin Britten (1932) [8.15] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Romance oubliée for viola and piano (1880) [4.19] Nobuko Imai, viola by Andreas Guarnerius, Cremona 1690 - Roland Pöntinen, Steinway D Piano; Piano technician, Greger Hallin - Recorded 3 November 1996 at Danderyd School, Danderyd, Sweden - Notes in English, Deutsche, and Français. Biographies and photos of performers BIS CD 829 [78.30] [PS]

An unusually well programmed viola and piano recital, beautifully played and recorded. Mostly unfamiliar music that you will soon come to love ... see Full Review

Jussi BJÖRLING - Till havs (Towards the Sea) Hugo ALFVÉN Jag langtar dig (I long for you) - Så tag mit hjerte (Now take my heart) Wilhelm PETERSON-BERGER Bland skogens höga furustammar (Among the high fir trees in the forest) - När jag för mig själv i mörka skogen går (When I walk alone in the dark forest) August KÖRLING Till havs (Towards the Sea) - Aftonstämning (Evening mood) Wilhelm STENHAMMAR Sverige (Sweden) Jean SIBELIUS Säv, Säv, susa (Sigh, Rushes, Sigh) - Demanten på marssnön (The diamond on the March snow) August SÖDERMAN Kung Heimer och Aslaug (King Heimer and Aslaug) - Trollsjön (The enchanted lake) Carl SJÖBERG Tonerna (Music) Ragnald ALTHÉN Land, du välsignade (Thou blessed land) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Guds lov i naturen (Nature's Praise of God) Adolphe ADAM O helga natt (O holy night) Jussi Björling (ten) - The Royal Orchestra/Nils Grevillius - Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Stig Westerberg - rec. 1957-59, Stockholm - CD-ROM features including full texts and photographs. All texts and translation on both CD-ROM and booklet - Swedish Classics Series SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1100 [52.07] [RB]

A treasure snatched from last minute oblivion and a memorable memento of a great voice and personality in music both patriotic, sentimental and stimulating. ... see Full Review

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music NAXOS 8.557246/7 [72.28 + 72.26]

A pleasing package ideal for planning a wedding with a classical music element. Prepared with an eye to practicality and at modest cost. … see Full Review

"Carlos V Mille Regretz: La Canción del Emperador" Heinrich ISAAC (1450 - 1517) Fortuna Desperata: Nasci, pati, mori [4.19] Juan del ENZINA (1469-1529) Amor con fortuna (Villancico) [2.08] - Todos los bienes del mundo (Villancico) [4.18] Josquin DES PRES (1440 - 1521) Vive le Roy [1.27] - La Spagna a 5 [3.10] - Mille Regretz (Chanson) [2.17] (with Luys de NARVÁYEZ (fl 1530 - 1550)) Mille Regretz (Canción del Emperador) [3.02] Clement JANEQUIN (1485 - 1558) Tielman SUSATO (c1500 - 1561) Pavana "la Battaglia" [2.07] Thoinot ARBEAU (1520 - 1595) Belle que tien ma vie [3.16] Antonio CABEZÓN (1510 - 1566) Diferencias sobre "Belle que tien ma vie" [3.30] Adrian WILLAERT (c1490 - 1562) Vecchia Letrose (Villanesca alla Napolitana) [2.33] Cristóbal de MORALES (c1500 - 1553) Sanctus della missa "Mille Regretz" a 6 [6.09] - Agnus Dei della missa "Mille Regretz" a 6 [7.03] - Jubilate Deo omnis terra a 6 [6.26] - Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis Motete [3.09] Hieronimus PARABOSCO (16th century) Da Pacem Domine Ricercare XIV [5.01] Mateo FLECHA ‘El Viejo" (1481 - 1553) Totos los buenos soldados [1.47] ANONYMOUS Dit le Bourguygnon [1.16]; Quand je bois du vin clairet [4.51] - Harto de tanta porfía [7.18]; Fanfarria [1.08] La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Hesperion XXI, conducted by Jordi Savall - Recorded at la Colegiata del Castillo de Cardona, Cataluña, Spain, 23 May 2000 - 76 pages of notes in Français, English, Castellano, Catalá, Deutsch, Italiano and Nederlands, texts and translations of all songs and photos of the artists - HYBRID 2.0 STEREO SACD (playable on SACD players and also on CD players) ALIAVOX AVSA 9844 [76.26] [PS]

An outstanding release of Renaissance music superbly performed and recorded, and attractively packaged. … see Full Review

Chameleon Robert Sherlaw JOHNSON (1932-2000) Three Shakespearean Characters (1993) Robert RAMSKILL (b.1950) Nocturne (1987) Chameleon (1981) John HOWARD (b. 1950) African Toccata (2002) - Variations for Piano (1983) David Harold COX (b. 1935) Tendrilles 15/23/48 (1982) Julian Hellaby (piano) - Recorded at Vestry Hall, Ealing, June 2000 – June 2002 ASC ASC CS CD55 [CT]

Convincing performances of six piano works by unfamiliar yet clearly accomplished British composers. … see Full Review

The Classical Saxophone Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Saxophone Concerto (1933) [14.26] Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Sonatina No. 1 for saxophone and small ensemble Op. 194 No. 1 (10.43) - Sonatina No. 2 for soprano saxophone and small ensemble Op. 194 No. 2 (10.39) Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concerto da Camera for alto saxophone and eleven instruments [12.16] André CAPLET (1878-1925) Légende for alto saxophone, string quintet, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1903) [13.33] Jules DEMERSSEMAN (1833-1866) Fantaisie sur un thème original (1860) Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Intermezzo from L'Arlésienne (1872) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) The Old Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme d'Habanera (1926) Jean FRANÇAIX (b.1912) Cinq danses exotiques (1962) Eugène BOZZA (1905-1991) Aria (1936) André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Fantaisie-Impromptu (1953) Rudy WIEDOEFT (1893-1940) Valse vanité (1923) George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) arr. Galina SHAPOSHNIKOVA Three Preludes (1927) Serge RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14 Pedro ITTURALDE (b.1929) Pequeña Czarda (1983) Jean MATITIA (b.1952) Devil's Rag (1988) Arno Bornkamp (saxophone) - Camerata Amsterdam/Jeroen Weierink (Glazunov, Koechlin, Caplet, Ibert) - Ivo Janssen (piano) - rec. 1994, Church Kortenhoef, Netherlands (CD1); 1995 Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven. licensed from Channel Classics and Challenge Records BRILLIANT 6476 [61.39+59.29] [RB]

The warmly singing soul of the saxophone laid bare at negligible outlay ... see Full Review

Compilation: British Light Music Discoveries Vol. 5 Peter HOPE (b. 1930) Kaleidoscope (1969) John FOX (b. 1926) A Pastoral Reflection (1971) Paul LEWIS (b. 1943) Inauguration (1968) David LYON (b. 1938) Adagio Serioso (1972); Rondoletta (1969) Brian DOUGLAS (b. 1944) Music for Strings (1971) Gavin SUTHERLAND (b. 1972) Capriol Overture (2001) George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) arr. BARBIROLLI Clarinet Concerto (1952) Geoffrey TOYE (1889-1942) Waltz from The Haunted Ballroom (!934) Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999) Overture on North-Country Tunes (1953) City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland - Recorded in May 2002 at Smecky Studios, Prague WHITE LINE (SANCTUARY) CD WHL 2144 [63:35] [IL]

Short on memorable melodies but attractive and undemanding listening. … see Full Review

British String Miniatures – Volume 3 Gilbert VINTER (1909 – 1969)
Entertainments (1966)a Edward ELGAR (1857 – 1934) Sospiri Op.70 (1914) Peter WARLOCK (1894 – 1930) Four Folksong Preludes (1917/23) John FOX (born 1926) Countryside Suite (1975) Haigh MARSHALL (1914 – 1999) Elegy (1948) Cyril SCOTT (1879 – 1970) First Suite for Strings (1931) Gareth WALTERS (born 1928) Sinfonia Breve (1998) Helen Kamminga (viola)a; Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Gavin Sutherland - Recorded: Sony Music Studios, London, September 2001 (Vinter); February 2002 - (Elgar, Warlock, Fox, Marshall, Scott) and November 2001 (Walters) ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2139 [75:04]

 Thoroughly enjoyable with the added bonus of a wonderful work, Walters’ Sinfonia Breve … see Full Review

Casals Festivals at Prades Live concert performances Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) PiaNo.Quartet No.2 in E flat, K.493 (Horszowski, Y. Menuhin, Wallfisch, Casals) PiaNo.Quartet No.2 in E flat, K.493 (Kapell, Grumiaux, Thomas, Tortelier) Oboe Quartet in F, K.370 (Tabuteau, Pernel, Tuttle, Tortelier) Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 (Gonzales, Vegh Quartet) "Zeffiretti lusinghieri" from Idomeneo (de los Angeles, Collegium Musicum, conducted by. Casals) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Trio No.1 in D Minor, Op. 63 (Szigeti, Horszowski, von Tobel) Trio No.2 in F, Op. 80 (Menuhin, Horszowski, Casals) Trio No.3 in G Minor, Op. 110 (Vegh, Serkin, Casals) Adagio and Allegro in A flat for piaNo.and horn (Curzon, Casals) String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No.1 (Vegh Quartet) Piano.Quintet in E flat, Op. 44 (Serkin, Vegh Quartet) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No.3 (Y. and H. Menuhin, Casals) Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, No.1 "Ghost" (Goldberg, Serkin, Casals) Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70, No.2 (Goldberg, Serkin, Casals) Piano Trio in D, Op. 121a "Kakadu" Variations (Goldberg, Serkin, Casals) Sonata in F [No.1] for Cello and Piano, Op. 5, No.1 (Casals, Serkin) Sonata in G Minor [No.2] for Cello and Piano, Op. 5, No.2 (Casals, Istomin) Sonata in A [No.3] for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 (Casals, Cortot) Sonata in C [No.4] for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No.1 (Casals, Serkin) Sonata in D [No.5] for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No.2 (Casals, Horszowski) Seven Variations on "Bei Männern" (Casals, Cortot) Sonata in D [No.1] for Piano and Violin, Op. 12, No.1 (Kapell, Grumiaux) Sonata in A [No.6] for Piano and Violin, Op. 30, No.1 (Horszowski, Goldberg) Horn Sonata in F, Op. 17 (Casals, Horszowski) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Trio No.1 in B, Op. 8 (Y. Menuhin, Istomin, Casals) Trio No.2 in C, Op. 87 (Y. Menuhin, Istomin, Casals) Trio No.3 in C Minor, Op. 101 (Y. Menuhin, Istomin, Casals) Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 (Oppenheim, Istomin, Casals) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suite No.3 in C, BWV 1009 (Casals) Sonata in G for Cello and Piano, BWV 1027 (Casals, Horszowski) The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book Two: Preludes and Fugues in D, F-sharp Minor, G, and B Minor (Horszowski) Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828): String Quintet in C, Op. 163 (Krachmalnick, Pernel, Tuttle, Foley, Casals) Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): PiaNo.Trio in D Minor, Op. 49 (Engel, Vegh, Casals) Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Rudolf Serkin, Hepzibah Menuhin, Eugene Istomin,William Kapell, Alfred Cortot, Karl Engel, Clifford Curzon, piano Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, Szymon Goldberg, Arthur Grumiaux,Orrea Pernel, Joseph Szigeti, Jacob Krachmalnick, violin Ernst Wallfisch, Milton Thomas, Karen Tuttle, viola Pablo Casals, Paul Tortelier, Rudolph von Tobel, Madeline Foley, cello David Oppenheim, Jose Gonzales, clarinet Marcel Tabuteau, oboe Victoria de los Angeles, soprano Collegium Musicum (London) Végh Quartet Recorded 1953-60 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1113 AAD monaural [13CDs: 63:08, 61:02, 56:25, 64:00, 75:00, 55:35, 65:56, 66:57, 69:16, 70:48, 68:46, 75:45, 69:06] [JW]

These documents have lasting integrity and a value that can’t be measured by comparative versions and quibbles about frailty. … see Full Review


Les Musiques de Chagall CD1 – Russian and Yiddish Traditions - Tracks1-3 Yiddish Songs Moshe leiser, voice/guitar, Ami Flammer, violin, Gérard Barreaux, accordion Tracks 4-5 Klezmer music - Ensemble Kasbek - Tracks 6-7 Songs of Old Russia - Moscow Male Voice Choir/Anatoly Grindenko - Tracks 8-9 Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Songs; If Only I had Known; Berceuse - Ina Mkrtchyan, contralto, Evgeny Talisman, piano Tracks 10-12 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1905-1972) Jazz Suite no.2 (excerpts) - Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky - Track 13 Traditional Russian Song – Kalinka - Mixed Choir of Sofia/Zdravko Mihaylov - CD2 – Musical Muses Tracks 1-2 Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) From Jewish Life; Baal Shem - Peter Bruns, ‘cello, Roglit Ishay, piano Track 3 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ach, ich fühl’s from Die Zauberflöte - Sandrine Piau, soprano, Freiburg Baroque orchestra/Gottfried von der Goltz Tracks 4-5 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata BWV 1029 – Vivace - The Rare Fruits Council, Manfredo Kremer - Erbarme dich from St.Matthew Passion - Alison Browner, contralto, Das Neue Orchester/Christoph Spering Tracks 6-8 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Nocturne from Daphnis and Chloë Suite no.1 - CSR Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Jean - Two Hebraic melodies - Bernard Kruysen, baritone, Noel Lee, piano Track 9 TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo Elegiaco from Piano Trio, op.50 - Vovka Ashkenazy, piano, Richard Stamper, violin, Christine Jackson, ‘cello Track 10 Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Amen de jugement from Visions de l’amen - Maarten Bon & Reinbert de Leeuw, pianos Tracks 11-16 J.S.BACH ‘Cello Suite no.1 - Pablo Casals, ‘cello NAÏVE V 4955 [72:05] [GPJ]

Yes, bits and pieces they may be, but these CDs do make immensely enjoyable listening, and a tremendous amount of care and thought has gone into the compilation … see Full Review

Dreamer. A portrait of Langston Hughes Robert OWENS (b 1925) Heart from Heart on the Wall John MUSTO (b 1954) Island from Shadow of the Blues -
Litany from Shadow of the Blues William GRANT STILL (1895-1978) A Black Pierrot from Songs of Separation Hale SMITH (b 1925) March Moon from Beyond the Rim of Day Margaret BONDS (1913-1972) The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Minstrel Man from Three Dream Portraits Ricky Ian GORDON My People from Genius Child Florence PRICE (1888-1953) Song to the Dark Virgin Howard SWANSON (1907-1978) Joy Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Lonely House from Street Scene Harriette DAVISON (1923-1978) In Time of Silver Rain from Fields of Wonder Jean BERGER (b 1909) Carolina Cabin from Four Songs of Langston Hughes Harry T BURLEIGH (1866-1949) Lovely, Dark and Lonely One Erik SANTOS Dreamer - Poetry Readings by William Warfield, narrator - My People - The Weary Blues - Negro - Evil - Sunday Morning Prophecy - Madam and the Census Taker - Sylvester’s Dying Bed - Still Here Darryl Taylor (tenor) - Maria Corley (piano) - Erik Santos, Patricia Terry Ross (harp) and Sandy Nordahl NAXOS AMERICANCLASSICS 8.559136 [67.18]

A rather odd disc that never quite gets to grips with its ostensible function but which does liberate some worthwhile music. … see Full Review

Petr EBEN (b.1929) Preludio festivo; Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Six Short Preludes; Josef KLICKA (1885-1937) Legenda in D major; J.S.BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545 and Fugue in D minor arr. J.F.N. SEGER (1716-1782); Anon 18th Cent, Three Pieces from the Chocen Manuscript; Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Vigilia revised by Novenko; Michal NOVENKO (1962) Improvisation on Martinu’s theme; Georgi MUSHEL (1909-1989) Two Pieces from the Suite on Uzbek Motifs Michael Novenko plays the Organ of the Holy Cross Deanery Church, Litmysl, Czech Republic - Recorded at Litomysl September 2001 - Great European Organs series No. 67 PRIORY PRCD 789 [72.32] [GH]

The recording is good if slightly bass-light ...see Full Review

Exil. Home-elsewhere. Arvo PÄRT (b1935) For Alina Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in A minor, Mazurka in A flat major, Nocturne in C sharp minor, Barcarolle Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Four Dirges Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Elegy, Melody Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1953) From Ludus Tonalis, Interludium Vivace, Interludium Moderato, Fuga Sextet in E flat and Interludium Valse John FIELD (1782-1837) Nocturne in C minor Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Polka in A, Etude in F, Carl Jonas Love ALMQVIST (1793-1886) There’s a scent in Sätra Forest Lepo SUMERA (b1950) Piano piece from 1981 Käbi Laretei (piano) Recorded in the Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, May 1994 PROPRIUS PRCD 9113 [73.09] [JW]

I especially admired the elliptical otherness she finds in the Almqvist and the insistence and treble glint of the recent-ish Sumera piece. … see Full Review

The French Trumpet Volume 2: Thierry ESCAICH (b.1965) Résurgences - Concerto for trumpet and orchestra (2002) [25.33] Maurice OHANA (1914-1992) Concertino for trumpet and orchestra (1957) [14.17] Nicolas BACRI (b.1961) Concerto No. 2 for trumpet and strings Op. 65 (2000) [12.00] Eric Aubier (trumpet) Orchestre de Bretagne/Jean-Jacques Kantorow rec. Apr, Sept 2002, DDD world premiere recordings PIERRE VERANY PV703021 [52.00] [RB]

Three works that despite their disparate titles have a serious oratorical role for the trumpet. When Aubier engages afterburners make sure you are sitting down!... see Full Review

Walter Gieseking; family archival recordings 1924-1945 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in D D850; Rondo - Piano Sonata in A D664 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Etudes Symphoniques - Kinderszenen Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D minor L414 - Sonata in Ll23 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Well Tempered Clavier Book 1; Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in D K576 Walter Gieseking (piano) - Recorded 1924-45, from Radio broadcasts, Columbia and Homochord test pressings ARBITER 122 [76.34] [JW]

Generosity of spirit, beautiful touch, easy flowing elegance and a concomitant depth of expressivity … see Full Review

An English Fantasy for Viola and Harp Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Fantasy Sonata for viola and harp (1927) [22.30] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Three Pieces for viola and piano [8.57] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Romance for viola and piano [5.58]; Six Studies in English Folk Song (1926) [8.27; Fantasia on Greensleeves (1928) [4.11] - A Winter's Willow (1903) [2.34]; Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Six English Folk Tunes (1941-42) [12.00] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol [3.43] Doris Lederer (viola) - Jude Mollenhauer (harp) - rec. 24-26 Nov 2000, LSU Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. DDD CENTAUR CRC 2570 [69.46] [RB]

There are better performances of the Bax but the other pieces work very well indeed. If the sound of these two delicate 'voices' is for you then you need not hesitate. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hallé: English Rhapsody George BUTTERWORTH* (1885-1916) A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra (1911) - Two English Idylls (1910-1911) - The Banks of Green Willow (1914) - Frederick DELIUS * (1862-1934) Irmelin: Prelude (1931) - The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1907) - Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody (1907) Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Brigg Fair (1906) - Trad. Brigg Fair (1908) James Gilchrist, tenor, Joseph Taylor, singer Hallé Choir - Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder - Recorded 11-12th October 2002, BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, UK (*), 17th October 2002, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (†) PASSIONATE HALLE CD HLL 7503 [62:47] [GPJ]

A thoughtfully compiled programme, finely recorded, and containing really impressive performances … see Full Review

The Flemish Connection II Michel BRUSSELMANS (1886 – 1960) Scènes Breugheliennes (1911) Flor ALPAERTS (1876 – 1954) Salome’s dans van de zeven sluiers (1907) Lodewijk MORTELMANS (1898 – 1952) Lyrisch gedicht (1893) Renaat VEREMANS (1894 – 1969) Nacht en morgenontwaken aan de Nete (1957) Frank van der STUCKEN (1858 – 1929) Sinfonischer Prolog zu Heinrich Heines "William Ratcliff" Op.6 Vlaams Radio Orkest; Bjarte Engeset - Recorded: Eden Hall, Leuven, Belgium, January 2002 KLARA MMP 029 [72:19] [HC]

All these pieces – new to the catalogue, if I am not mistaken – are all well worth having and definitely well worth more than the occasional hearing, which makes this finely played and well recorded release a welcome and desirable disc...see Full Review

"Young Jane" Joseph Baldassarre, guitar and vocals Young Jane/The Minstrel Boy (traditional) [3:25] - Darcy Farrow (S.Gillette/Campbell) [3:45] - Rosin the Bow (traditional) [1:08] - Christmas in the Trenches (John McCutcheon) [5:40] - The Parting Glass (traditional) [1:25] - John Barleycorn (traditional) [3:23] - Wild Mountain Thyme (traditional) [2:14] - Jimmy Allen (traditional) [1:47] - King of the Fayries (traditional) [1:34] - The Erl King (S. Gillette) [3:24] - The Southwind (traditional) [1:28] - The Green Fields of France (E. Bogle) [4:28] - She Moved Through the Faire (traditional) [4:21] - O'Connell's Lamentation (traditional) [1:55] - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (E. Bogle) [5:25] - Planxty Irwin/MacPherson's Lament (traditional) [5:54] - The Bells of Rhymney* (I.Davies/P. Seeger) [3:48] - Ashoken Farewell (J. Unger) [3:10] Joseph Baldassarre, guitar and vocals - Guitars played: Antonio Baldassarre, classical guitar 1983; Guild 212 12-string 1977; Taylor GW514 1998 ADD TOAD RECORDS JB 1199 [58.36] [PS]

A well crafted straightforward presentation of a number of favorite folksongs, many dealing with WWI ... see Full Review

Jeffrey Khaner: French Flute Music Pierre-Max DUBOIS (1930-1995) Sonata Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Sonata in A (1917) Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) Fantaisie (1898) Alexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Sonatine (1925) Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sonata (1956) Pierre SANCAN (b.1916) Sonatine Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Syrinx (1913) Jeffrey Khaner, flute, Hugh Sung, piano - Recorded March 1998 at Music Designs Masters, New York City, USA AVIE AV0027 [66:31] [GPJ]

Flautists everywhere will naturally rush to hear it, but it is full of great delights for the ‘general’ listener … see Full Review

In Honor of Rudolf Kolisch (1896-1978) Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) String Quartet No.1 Op.7 (1905) - String Quartet No.2 Op.10 (1907) - String Quartet No.3 Op.30 – 2 versions (1927) - String Quartet No.4 Op.37 (1936) - String Quartet in D major (1897) - Violin Concerto Op.36 (1935/36) - Phantasy Op.47 (1948) Alban BERG (1885-1935) Lyric Suite (1925/26) Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for Solo Violin (1944) String Quartet No.5 (1934) Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Five Movements for String Quartet Op.5 (1909) - Six Bagatelles for String Quartet Op.9 (1911/13) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Octet in F major (1824) Kolisch spoken interview with Will Ogdon, 1964 - Rudolf Kolisch (violin) with Wisconsin Festival Orchestra/René Leibowitz (Schoenberg Violin Concerto, recorded May 1967) - Rudolf Kolisch (violin) and Gunnar Johansen (piano) in the Schoenberg Fantasie, recorded 1966 - Rudolf Kolisch (violin) in the Bartók Solo Sonata, recorded 1966 - Kolisch String Quartet (Schoenberg Quartets 1-4 with Clemence Gifford (soprano) in No.2, recorded 1936, Schubert Octet with Eric Simon, clarinet, Wendell Hoss, horn, Leonard Sharrow, bassoon and Anthony Zentrick, double bass, recorded in 1940) Pro Arte Quartet (Schoenberg Quartet No.3 Berg Lyric Suite, Webern Five Movements for String Quartet, Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, recorded 1950; Schoenberg Quartet in D major, recorded in 1952, Bartók Quartet No.5, recorded 1945) MUSIC & ARTS 1045 [6 CDs 395.48] [JW]

Not for the generalist but for those who appreciate the work of this notable musician and the repertoire he espoused with such granitic concentration … see Full Review

‘Lamentations – Holy Week in Provence’ Guillaume BOUZIGNAC (before 1592 – after 1641) Heu! Unus ex vobis [03:08] Jean de la CEPPEDE (1548 – 1623) Mais qui vous meut, Seigneur* [01:20] Elzéar GENET dit CARPENTRAS (c1470-1548) Vexilla regis [06:57] Jean GILLES (1668 - 1705) Première Lamentation pour le Mercredy Saint au Soir [17:52] Zacharie DE VITRE (1659 - ?) Comme Trois Forgerons* [01:14] Guillaume BOUZIGNAC Ha! Plange [02:45] Jean GILLES Première Lamentation pour le Jeudy Saint au Soir [11:24] Pierre GODOLIN (c1610) Sur l’Albre de la Crotz* [00:52] Plainchant Ne avertas faciem tuam Jean GILLES Première Lamentation pour le Vendredi Saint au Soir [09:36] The Boston Camerata: Anne Azéma, reader*, soprano; Frederick Jodry, countertenor; William Hite, Christopher Kale, tenor; Daniel McCabe, bass-baritone - Paul Guttry, bass; Robert Mealy, Dana Maiben, violin; Harold Lieberman, viola; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Michael Dolbow, violone; Frances Conover Fitch, organ Schola Cantorum of Boston (dir: Frederick Jodry) Dir: Joel Cohen - Recorded in April 1994 at the Campion Centre, Boston, USA DDD WARNER APEX 2594 60151 2 [56:54] [JVV]

An interesting collection of Passion music from Provence – stylish and expressive performances, strongly recommended ... see Full Review

Nightfall. Close-ups of Käbi Laretei, pianist Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasia in C minor Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in F major Sonata in D major Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 Tempest Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in A minor Prelude in A minor Nocturne in C sharp minor Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Aften på Højfjeldet Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La soirée dans Grenade Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Nachstück Käbi Laretei (piano) Recorded at Studio 3, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm 1977-78 PROPRIUS PRCD 9073 [69.56] [JW]

Nightfall – the crepuscular intimacies and fears of dusk. It makes for an interesting programme … see Full Review

Lights Out - songs by Gurney, Moeran, Caradon and others Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837) Birthday Song - SATB, Jacobs Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) If music be the food of love - Griffel/Jacobs Sulyen CARADON (b.1942) Clouds; The Dancer - Griffel/Jacobs - Margaret's Song - Colwell/Foster - Dorian Dirge - Jacobs - O lovely England - SATB/Foster - Lelant - Martyn-West/Foster - Dawn - SATB Alison EDGAR Lyonesse - SATB, Foster, Carder, Miles Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Down by the Salley Gardens - All night under the moon - Severn meadows - Nine of the Clock - Partridge/Foster - Lights Out (five songs) - Wood/Jacobs Jeffry WHITTON Little Vagabond - Colwell/Foster Laura SHUR The smile - Colwell/Foster Sarah RODGERS Acacia tree - Colwell/Foster Ernest J. MOERAN (1895-1950) Rosefrail; Rahoon; Loveliest of trees - Griffel/Jacobs - Six Songs of Seumus O'Sullivan Martyn-West/Foster - Georgina Colwell (sop) - Clare Griffel (mezzo) - Paul Martyn-West (ten) - Jonathan Wood (bar) - Ian Partridge (ten) - Nigel Foster and Peter Jacobs (piano) - Richard Carder (saxophone) - Patrick Miles (bass clarinet) - rec. 6 May 2003, St Cyprian's Church, London, English Poetry and Song Society and British Music Information Centre concert DUNELM RECORDINGS DRD0200 [75.08] [RB]

The disc is extremely well presented. The design is good. I hope that there will be more of these productions. ... 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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