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Mewton-Wood plays Twentieth Century Piano Concertos Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Piano Concerto (1938-39) [37.36] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Concerto for piano and wind instruments (1924) [20.06] Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings Op. 35 (1933) [21.08] Noel Mewton-Wood (piano) - Harry Sevenstern (trumpet) (Shostakovich) - Utrecht Symphony Orchestra (Bliss); Residentie Orchestra, The Hague (Stravinsky) - Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra - Walter Goehr (conductor) - rec. 1952 (Bliss, Stravinsky); 1953 (Shostakovich). mono. ADD - Transferred by Bryan Crimp from LPs drawn from the collection of Robert Milnes - Financial assistance from the Bliss Trust - Originally issued as Concert Hall LPs: CHS1167 (Bliss); CHS1160 (Stravinsky) - CHSH4 (Shostakovich) BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY HISTORIC BMS101CDH [79.00]
[RB]

Mewton-Wood at the peak of his very considerable powers in no fewer than three concertos … warmly recommended... see Full Review

Benno Moiseiwitsch plays music by Russian composers Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Preludes: C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2; G minor Op. 23 No. 5; B minor Op. 32 No. 10 - (two versions); G major Op. 32 No. 5; G sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12 - Moment Musical No. 4 in E minor Op. 16: Lilacs Op. 21 No. 5 Nicolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Piano Sonata in G minor Op. 22 [15.29] - Fairy Tales: in E minor Op. 34 No. 2; Op. 42 No. 1 - Round Dance Op. 58 No. 1 (with Nicolai Medtner) Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1907-1987) Piano Sonata No. 3 in F major Op. 46 () [14.44] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Suggestion Diabolique Op. 4 No. 4 Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Toccata in B flat minor Aram KHACHATURIAN (arr. Oscar LEVANT) Gayaneh: Sabre Dance Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) - rec. 1928-1948 ADD - Benno Moiseiwitsch series Vol. 7 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110675 [79.21] [RB]


Moiseiwitsch in valuable Russian repertoire captured in his sustained prime ... see Full Review

Pilgrim’s Progress. Pioneers of American Classical Music Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): Candid Overture (1956) [4’09"] Florida Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Judd Ferdé GROFÉ (1892-1972): Hollywood Suite: Production Number (1938) [2’21"] Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Stromberg Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975): The Syncopated Clock (1946) [2’26"] Richard Hayman and his Orchestra Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990): Danza de Jalisco (1959) [3’36"] Nashville Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Gambill Amy BEACH (1867-1944): Piano Concerto: Scherzo (1898-99) [5’57"] - Alan Feinberg (piano); Nashville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schemerhorn Leo ORNSTEIN (1892? – 2002): A Morning in the Woods (1971) [6’20"] Janice Weber (piano) Charles Wakefield CADMAN (1881-1946): The Legend of the Canyon (1920) [4’07"] - Peter Zazofsky (violin); Paul Posnak (piano) Samuel BARBER (1910-1981): Violin Concerto: Presto in moto perpetuoso (1940) [4’01"] - James Buswell (violin); Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932): Semper Fidelis (1888) [2’56"] - Royal Artillery Band conducted by Keith Brion Michael TORKE (b. 1961): Rapture: Mallets (1998/2001) [6’24"] Colin Currie (percussion); Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop Ned ROREM (b. 1923): Bright Music: Fandango (1987) [3’51"] The Fibonacci Sequence Jerome MOROSS (1913-1983): Willie the Weeper: Sexy Willie (1948) [8’00"] - John DeHaan (tenor); Hot Springs Music Festival Chamber Chorus; Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Rosenberg George GERSHWIN (1898-1937): Cuban Overture (1932) [10’44"] - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Judd - Recording dates and locations not specified NAXOS 8.559200 [64’58"] [JQ]

A varied and unusual sampler of the melting pot of American music … see Full Review

"Make His Praise Glorious - American Psalmody I" Samuel ADLER (1928- ) Psalm of Dedication (Psalm 100) [2.36] Mark Albro, Sr. Rosemary Ingwersen, trumpets Charles IVES (1874-1954) Psalm 90 (1923) [11.01] - Sr. Mary Minor, Michael Hale, Pamela Jordan, Sr. Elena Entwistle, Br. Steven Velie, bells & percussion; Br.Peter Logan, tenor; Kathy Schuman, soprano Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Make a Joyful Noise, Op 105 [19.52] - Mark Albro, Sr. Rosemary Ingwersen, trumpets; Br. Richard Craig, tenor - James Pfeiffer, Br. Benedict Young, trombones Daniel PINKHAM (1923- ) Thou Hast Loved Rightousness (Psalm 45) (1959) [3.23] - Behold How Good and How Pleasant (Psalm 133) [1.28] - Thou Hast Turned My Laments Into Dancing (Psalm 30) [1.16] - Open To Me The Gates of Righteousness (Psalm 118) [0.54] Ronald A. NELSON (1927- ) O Lord Thou has searched Me and Known Me [5.20] Robert STARER (1924- ) Psalms of Woe and Joy [9.40] Howard HANSON (1896-1981) How Excellent Thy Name [5.12] Randall THOMPSON (1899-1984) The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23) [9.54] Gloriæ Dei Cantores, Elizabeth C. Patterson, conductor; James E. Jordan, organ Recorded at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Masschusetts, USA, 1998(?) - Booklet notes and texts in English GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES GDCD 025 [69.49] [PS]

An outstanding release featuring brilliant new music superbly performed and recorded.… see Full Review

"By the Rivers of Babylon - American Psalmody II" Charles Martin LOEFFLER (1861-1935) By the Rivers of Babylon, Op 3 (1901) [11.08] - Br. Patrick Clark, Sr. Evangeline Ingwersen, flutes - Sr. Mary Magdalene Buddington, harp - Sr. Hope Vaccaro, cello Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) Three Antiphonal Psalms Psalm 123 [1.17]; Psalm 133 [1.51]; Psalm 136 [2.23] - De Profundis (Psalm 130) (1920) [2.46] Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) De Profundis (Psalm 130) (1950) [5.49] - Sr. Estelle Cole, Br. Richard Cragg, Br. Tim Pehta, Br. Francis Hempel, solo quartet - Sr. Lucia Smith, soprano; Luke Norman, baritone. Clifford TAYLOR (1923-1987) Sing to the Lord a New Song (Psalm 98) (1959) [3.23] Jean BERGER (1909- ) The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee [2.21] Kent A. NEWBURY (1925- ) Praise Ye the Lord [3.24] Gerald NEAR (1942 - ) My Song Shall Always Be the Loving Kindnss of the Lord [2.13] Samuel ADLER (1928- ) Psalm 84 [3.44]; Psalm 42 [2.25]; Psalm 113 (1998) [1.52] Bruce NESWICK (1956- ) Halleluja! Sing Unto the Lord a New Song [3.35] Robert STARER (1924- ) Give Thanks Unto the Lord [3.24] David Ashley WHITE (20th cent.) Cantate Domino [5.41] Paul Tingley, Sr. Rosemary Ingwersen, trumpets; James Pfeiffer, trombone; Sr. Victoria McNeil, Horn; Br. Christopher Swidrak, tuba - GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES, Elizabeth C. Patterson, conductor; James E. Jordan, organ Recorded at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Masschusetts, USA, November 1998 Booklet notes and texts in English - Distributed in USA and Canada by Paraclete Press, www.paraclete-press.com GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES GDCD 027 [56.04]

An outstanding release featuring brilliant new music superbly performed and recorded. … see Full Review

Paul ROBESON (1898 - 1976) Spirituals Original 1925 - 1936 Recordings
*Duets with Lawrence Brown - Git on Board, Li’l Children - Dere’s No Hidin’ Place Down Dere [2’16] - (arr. Lawrence Brown). Recorded September 1928, Hayes, Middx MEDLEY: Intro - Roll de Ole Chariot (arr. Ruthland Clapham, Paul Robeson) - Mary Had a Baby, Yes, Lord (arr. Jackson) - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Lawrence Brown) - Heav’n, Heav’n (I Got a Robe) (arr. Henry Burleigh) [4’05]. With Ruthland Clapham, piano, and the Mayfair Orchestra, conducted by Ray Noble . Recorded September 1933, London - Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho* (arr. Lawrence Brown) [1’55] - Recorded July 1925, Camden, New Jersey - Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’58] - Recorded January 1926, Camden, New Jersey - Nobody Knows de Trouble I’ve Seen (arr. Lawrence Brown) [3’01] - Recorded January 1926, Camden, New Jersey - Hear de Lam’s a-Cryin’* (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’36] - Recorded March 1927, New York - Ezekiel Saw de Wheel* (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’00] - Recorded March 1927, New York - I’m Goin’ to Tell God All o’ My Troubles (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’34] - Recorded May, 1927, New York - I Got a Home in Dat Rock (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’20] - Recorded May 1927, New York - Deep River (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’23] - Recorded May 1927, New York - Witness* (arr. Lawrence Brown) [2’28] - Recorded May 1927, New York - Scandalize My Name (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’05] - Recorded June 1928, Hayes, Middx - Sinner, Please Doan’ Let Dis Harves’ Pass (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’03] - Recorded June 1928, Hayes, Middx - Weepin’ Mary - I Want to be Ready (arr. Henry Burleigh) [3’09] - Recorded September1928, London - My Lord, What a Mornin’ (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’50] - Recorded September 1928, London - Hail de Crown (arr. Avery Robinson) [2’08] - Recorded February 1930, London - Exhortation (Will Marion Cook) [2’11] - Recorded February 1930, London - I Stood on de Ribber - Peter, Go Ring dem Bells (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’53] - Recorded February 1930, London - Go Down, Moses (arr. Henry Burleigh) [2’04] - Recorded February 1930, London - Steal Away (arr.Lawrence Brown) [3.00] - With Ruthland Clapham, piano. Recorded December 1933, London - De Ole Ark’s a-Moverin’ (arr. Johnson) [1’02] - Recorded May 1936, London - Nearer, My God, to Thee (Carey) [4’13] With Herbert Dawson at the Kingsway Hall Organ - Recorded October 1932 - With Lawrence Brown at the piano, except where indicated NAXOS GOSPEL LEGENDS 8.120638 [60’26]
[JP]

 If this repertoire is to your taste, the disc deserves a warm welcome and hearty recommendation. … see Full Review

Sommerregn Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931): 3 songs: O hvor er jeg glad idag; Den spillemand spiller pä strenge; Tidt er jeg glad Christian SINDING (1856-1941): Frühlingsrauschen, Op:32:3 Ludolf NIELSEN (1876-1939):For Vinden danser, fra Foraar, Op.15.3; Ved Solnedgang Op.47:1.3Piano pieces, Op.21: Paa Legepladsen; Polichinel: Godnat. Stemninger, Op.23: Hvide Sejl; Paa Kirkegãrden; Sommerregn. 4 Piano pieces, Op.17: La Joie, Le douleur, Menuet, Tarantelle, Alfer Smaa, som lege (fra operaen Isbella) Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907): 8 Piano pieces, Op.12; Arietta; Vals; Vægtersang; Alfedans; Folkevise; Norsk; Albumblad; Fædrelandssang. 2 Sange, Op.5: To brune øjne; Jeg elsker Dig Pauline Kehlet (soprano), Nicolai Kjølsen (piano) Recorded 2002 at Focus Studio and Soundtrack Studio, Copenhagen UK distributor: Discovery Records also www.danacord.dk DANACORD DACOCD 605 [53.00] [RBr]

An innocence and freshness about them that is fully realised by both performers … see Full Review

Spanish Classics: Preludes and Choruses from Zarzuelas 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 and Chorus/Miguel Roa - Notes in English, Français and Castellano - Recorded in Auditorio de las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, May 1999 NAXOS 8.555957 [64.34] [CW]

There’s little to add but "Please sir, I want some more!" … see Full Review

Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) conducts scenes from Russian and German Opera Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Boris Godunov (Rimsky-Korsakov edition). Opera in 4 Acts with Prologue - Boris and Vaarlam, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (bass); Simpleton, Lawrence Mason (ten) - Feodor, Raymond Cauwet (boy sop) - Prologue, ‘Courtyard Scene’, ‘Pilgrims Scene’, ‘Coronation Scene’ - Act 1, ‘Monastery Scene’, Scene 2 ‘Orchestral Introduction and Vaarlam’s Song’ - Act 2, ‘Boris’s Monologue’, ‘Clock Scene’ - Act 3, ‘Polonaise and Garden Scene’ - Act 4, Kromy Forrest, ‘Revolutionary Scene’, ‘Death and Farewell of Boris’ - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Opera Choir - Recorded San Francisco December 1952 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal, Opera in 3 Acts - ‘Good Friday Spell’, ‘Symphonic Synthesis of Act 3 arranged by Stokowski’ Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra. Recorded New York 1952 - Reissued with the sponsorship of The Leopold Stokowski Society CALA CACD0535 [79.34] [RJF]

The Godunov excerpts and the singing of Rossi-Lemeni and chorus justify the purchase of the disc. An added incentive is that highlights from the opera are not otherwise available … see Full Review

Hommage à Evguéni Svetlanov (1928-2002) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La mer (1905) [29’19]. Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Poème de l’extase, Op. 54 (1908) [25’32] Orchestre National de France/Evgeni Svetlanov -
Live performances in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 25 Jan 2001 (Debussy) and in the Auditorium de Nantes 28 Jan 2001 (Scriabin). DDD NAÏVE V4946 [54’57]
[CC]

Quite simply, a remarkable disc. Two heavily-perfumed scores prove a well-nigh perfect coupling and provide eloquent testimony to Svetlanov’s stature as a conductor. Recommended with enthusiasm. … see Full Review

Utskärgård - musik till stränder och fjärdar (Music for Seashore and Fjord) Bobbie ERICSON Utskärgård Lars FÄRNLÖF Att angöra en brygga Evert TAUBE Sa skimrande var aldrig havet; Har Rosemarie sins blaa Namdofjarden; Nocturne Carl-Anton AXELSSON Overbyvals Albin CARLSSON Arholmavalsen Stig OLIN En gang jag seglar i hamn Nils BJÖRKANDER Skargardsskisser Erland von KOCH Vaglek; Elegi over sommarens korthet Hugo ALFVÉN Skargardsbilder Ture RANGSTRÖM Malarlegender III Sigurd von KOCH Hafsstamningar Gustav NORDQVIST Till Havs Rolf Lindblom (piano) rec. 23 Feb, 12 Mar 1991, studio 2, Swedish Radio, Stockholm PROPRIUS PRCD 9038 [70.05] [RB]

Scandinavian piano stool nature favourites ... impressionistic, gracious, pale regret and watercolour ... see Full Review

Victorian and Edwardian ballads Benjamin Luxon (baritone) and David Willison (piano) CD1 recorded London 1975 Felicity Palmer (soprano) and John Constable (piano) CD2 recorded London 1977 DECCA BRITISH MUSIC COLLECTION 475047-2 [2CDs: 71.47+57.16] [JW]

Luxon at full sail, his mighty Cornish frame breasting the foam and the spray … see Full Review

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music BACH: Cantata BWV 147:Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring; Sheep May Safely Graze; Air on the G String - BOCCHERINI String Quartet Op.11: Minuet VIVALDI Four Seasons: Winter, Largo; Spring, Allegro SATIE Gymnopédie #1 GLUCK Dance of the blessed Spirits PACHELBEL Canon WAGNER Lohengrin: Wedding March CLARKE Trumpet Voluntary HANDEL Royal Fireworks Music: Overture; Chandos Anthem: Zadok the Priest - Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Let the Bright Seraphim; Water Music: Air, Hornpipe; Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade CHARPENTIER Te Deum PURCELL Trumpet Tune GOSS Praise my soul, King of heaven TRADITIONAL Immortal, Invisible PARRY Dear Lord and Father of Mankind POSTON Jesus Christ the Apple Tree FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine; Requiem: Pie Jesu; Sicilienne, Op 78 MOZART Laudate Dominum; Ave Verum Corpus FRANCK Panis Angelicus STANFORD The Blue Bird SCHUBERT Ave Maria MASSENET Thaïs: Méditation WIDOR Toccata WALTON Crown Imperial BRITTEN Jubilate Deo MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream music, Op 61: Wedding March NAXOS 8.557246/7 [72.28 + 72.26] [PS]


Warning, brides and grooms to be, you’ll have to pay to play this music at your wedding ... see Full Review

Winds from the Baltic Einar ENGLUND (1928-1999) Quintet (1989) Bo NILSSON (b1937) Déjà connu, déjà entendu (1975-76) Peter RASMUSSEN (1838-1913) Quintet (1896) Villem KAPP (1913-1964) Suite (1957) Visby Blåsare – Elisabet Green (flute), David Nisbel (oboe), Per Kinneryd (clarinet) - Göran Gustavsson (horn) Zbigniew Jakubowski (bassoon) - Recorded September 1990 in Studio 3 Swedish Broadcasting Corp, Stockholm PROPRIUS PRCD 9024 [56.29] [JW]

Simplicity, harmonically speaking, but also a noble lyricism rooted in something much older … 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 (traditonal) [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] [PSh]

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

TALKING BOOKS

Jaroslav HAŠEK Osudy dobré vojáka Švejka [The Good Soldier Švejk] Read by Pavel Landovský In CZECH ARCO DIVA UP 0049-2 831 [79.46] and UP0061-2 381 [67.21] 2 CDs available separately

A fine start to what promises to be a noble endeavour in enshrining this Czech language classic on CD … see Full Review

 

BOOK REVIEWS

MICHAEL WILLIAM BALFE (1808-1870) His Life and his Operas by William Tyldsley Ashgate: ISBN 0-7546-0558-2 £49

An intriguing biography … a joy … see Full Review

 

 

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