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Mahir CETIZ (b. 1977)
Mist Bells for small ensemble (2002-2003) [13:45] Triptych for piano solo (2003) [14:17] Polarisation for solo bassoon (2002) [6:46] Panayiotis DEMOPOULOS (b. 1977) Theme and variations on a villota by Filippo Azzaiolo (2003) [14:54] Three songs for bass and piano (2002) [12:02] Of Seventh Doors (suite for cello and piano) (2002) [14:56] Anairesis Ensemble/Matthew Coorey Rec. May 9, 2003 Birtwistle Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and June 11, 2003 at St. Ann’s Church, Manchester DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0214 [74:54] [PG]

Anyone interested in the future of symphonic music should find this album. ... see Full Review

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899)String Quartet in C minor Op. 35 (completed by Vincent d'Indy) (1900) [30.39] Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) String Quartet in D major Op. 45 (1932) [20.48] Albéric MAGNARD (1865-1914) String Quartet in E minor Op. 16 (1903) [43.17] Quatuor Via Nova: (Jean Mouillère, Hervé le Floch (violins); Gerard Caussée (viola); René Benedetti (cello) (Chausson, Roussel). (Jean Mouillère, Jean-Pierre Sabouret (violins); Claude Naveau (viola); Jean-Marie Gamard (cello) (Magnard). rec. Studio 106, Radio France, Oct 1985 (Magnard); 1970, no details for Chausson; Roussel. DDD, ADD WARNER APEX 2564 61368 2 [2CD 51:27 + 43.17] [RB]

Three French string quartets in idiomatic performances and vivid recordings. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Piano music of Erik Chisholm and his friends BARTÓK Out of Doors Suite (With drums and pipes) SORABJI Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’Egregio poeta Hugh MacDiarmid Ossia Christopher Grieve MCMLXI CHISHOLM Sonata in A (1939) "An Riobain Dearg": (Molto Moderato; Scherzo: Allegretto con Moto; Lament: HMS "Thetis" foundered June 3rd 1939; Allegro Moderato) STEVENSON A Threepenny Sonatina BUSONI Fantasia Contrappuntistica (Edizione Definitiva) Murray McLachlan (piano) Recorded 16-17, 19 December 2003, Whiteley Hall, Chethams, Manchester. DDD DUNELM DRD0219[78:11] [CSS]

In MacLachlan’s hands a magisterial performance ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Piano Works Volume Three Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23 Ballade No.2 in F major Op.38 Ballade No.3 in A flat major Op.47 Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52 Rondo in E flat major Op.16 Rondo in C major Op.73 Garrick Ohlsson (piano) Recorded at Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, December 1989 ARABESQUE Z6630 [64.04] [JW]

Many will find him highly poetic and sympathetic, his consistently slow tempos will appeal and his musical understanding out of the ordinary but Ohlsson 1989 is not greatly to my liking ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Chopin Piano Works, Volume 8 Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60 Bolero for piano in C major/A major, Op. 19 Tarantelle for piano in A flat major, Op. 43 Prelude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 45 Allegro de concert for piano in A major, Op. 46 March funebre in C minor Op.72 No.2 Ecossaise for piano No. 1 in D major, Op. 72/3 Ecossaise for piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 72/3 Ecossaise for piano No. 3 in D flat major, Op. 72/3 Variations for piano in A major "Souvenir de Paganini," KK IVa/10 (spurious) Contredanse for piano in G flat major (spurious), KK Anh.Ia/4 Moderato for piano in E major, KK IVb/12Cantabile for piano in B flat major, KK IVb/6 [Feuille d’album in E major] Largo for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/5 Fugue for piano in A minor, KK IVc/2 Garrick Ohlsson (piano) Recorded in 1995 at the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Centre, Purchase College, State University of New York ARABESQUE Z6686 [76.32] [JW]

Considerable delicacy and nuance but a sometimes puzzling attitude to tempo ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etudes: Op. 10 (1829-32) [30’28]; Op. 25 (1832-36) [32’55]. Freddy Kempf (piano). Rec. Nybrokajen 11 (former Academy of Music), Stockholm, Sweden, Aug 2003. DDD BIS-SACD-1390 [64’08] [CC]

Kempf’s interpretation has yet to mature and there is the constant nagging doubt that this has been put down for posterity too early in his career. Disappointing. ... see Full Review

Frederic CLIFFE (1857-1931) Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1889) Orchestral picture: Cloud and Sunshine (1890) Malmö Opera Orchestra/Christopher Fifield Recorded at St Johannes Church, Malmö, Sweden, 6th-7th May 2003 STERLING CDS-1055-2 [57:54] [IL]

Amazing how music of such power and lyricism can lie lost and unperformed for so many years. ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) John Henry - A Railroad Ballad (1940) [13.48] Lincoln Portrait [15.33] The Promise of Living from The Tender Land [5.26] Old American Songs - Set 1: The Boatmen's Dance; The Dodger; Long Time Ago; Simple Gifts; I Bought Me a Cat [11.27] Jubilee Variations [1.27] Ceremonial Fanfare [3.44] An Outdoor Overture [8.47] Katharine Hepburn (speaker) Sherrill Milnes (bar) Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel rec. Music Hall, Cincinnati, 22 Sept 1985, 15-16 Nov 1986. DDD TELARC CD-80117 [70.12] [RB]

Novelties and rarities, stylishly done, make this of considerable interest ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Nocturnes (1899) [25.35] La Mer (1905) [24.16] Ibéria (1906) [19.57] Czech Philharmonic Chorus/Josef Veselka Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Jean Fournet rec. Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, 23-27 Oct 1963 (Nocturnes; Mer); 7-10 Feb 1965. ADD SUPRAPHON ARCHIVE SU 3421-2 011 [70.05] [RB]

No serious Debussian should be without this. These unaffected Fournet recordings offer enchantment-in-waiting. ... see Full Review

Debussy’s Corner Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Syrinx (1913) Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915) Richard Rodney BENNETT (b. 1936) Sonata after Syrinx (1985) Toru TAKEMITSU (1930 – 1996) And then I knew ’twas wind (1992) Benoît MERNIER (b. 1964) Images (2002) Trio Medicis (Bernard Pierreuse, flute; Ning Shi, viola; Francette Bartholomée, harp) Recorded: Fondation Tibor Varga, Sion, Switzerland, July 2002 CYPRÈS CYP 1637 [63:15] [HC]

A well planned, superbly played programme that is a pure joy from start to finish and generously repays repeated hearings. Warmly recommended. ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Village Romeo and Juliet - Lyric Drama in Six Scenes Vreli (Marti’s Daughter) - sung by Helen Field; acted by Dana Moravkova Sali (Manz’s Son) - Arthur Davies; acted by Michel Dlouhy The Dark Fiddler - Thomas Hampson Vreli as a child - Pamela Mildenhall; acted by Katerina Svobodova Sali as a child - Samuel Linay; acted by Jan Kalous Manz - Barry Mora; acted by Leopold Haverl Marti -Stafford Dean; acted by Pavel Mikulik Arnold Schönberg –Chor and ORF Symphonieorchester/Sir Charles Mackerras Filmed on location in 1989. The audio recording was made in the Grossersaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna Between 1st and 13th February 1989 Bonus Feature: Discovering Delius DECCA DVD Video 074 177-9 [Opera: 112 mins. Feature: 59 mins] [IL]

A beautiful and often moving visualisation ... The bonus feature makes this a compulsive purchase for all Delians. ... see Full Review

David DIAMOND (b.1915) Symphony No. 2 (1942) [42:43] Symphony No. 4 (1945) [16:35] Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz. Rec. 8, 11 Sept 1989 (2); 22 May 1990 (4), Seattle Center Opera House. DDD Originally issued on Delos DE3093 American Classics series NAXOS 8.559154 [59:19] [RB]

Two wartime symphonies ... insidiously emotional ... believable recordings of well conceived and executed performances. ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’elisir d’amore (1832). Valeria Esposito (soprano) Adina; Aquiles Machado (tenor) Nemorino; Enrico Marrucci (baritone) Belcore; Erwin Schrott (bass) Dulcamara; Roberta Canzian (soprano) Giannetta; Coro Lirico Marchigiano ‘V. Bellini’; Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana/Niels Muus. Rec. Arena Sferisterio, Macerata, in July 2002. DDD TDK CD-OPELAMOR [71’07 + 57’47] [CC]

There are enough caveats to preclude a recommendation for this set, even at its budget price. ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Il Campanello – Farce in One Act (1836) Clara Scarangella (Serafina), Renato Capecchi (Enrico), Sesto Bruscantini (Don Annibale Pistacchio), Miti Truccato Pace (Madama Rosa), Angelo Mercuriali (Spiridione), Orchestra Lirica e Coro di Torino della RAI/Alfredo Simonetto Recorded 13th October 1949, Turin WARNER FONIT 5050467-1044-2-6 [53:03] [CH]

This 55-year-old document can still provide a lot of pleasure as well as a peep at two of Italy’s major post-war bass-baritones at the beginning of their careers. ... see Full Review

John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Awake Sweet Love, the Music of John Dowland Come Again * Toss Not My Soul * Fine Knacks For Ladies * Mourn, Day Is With Darkness Fled, His Golden Locks, In Darkness Let Me Dwell, Lachrimae + What If I Never Speed * Awake, Sweet Love, Away With Thee, Selfe Loving Lads, All Ye Who Love Or Fortune Hath Betray’d * Think’st Thou Then By Thy Feigning, Weep You No More * I Saw My Lady Weep Tarleston’s Riserrectione + Time Stands Still, If My Complaints Could Passions Move, Tell me True Love, O Sweet Woods * The Lowest Trees Have Tops * Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part * Julianne Baird (soprano) The Robert DeCormier Singers * David Tayler (lute and Orpharion) Lute solos marked + Recorded at Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, January 1991 ARABESQUE RECORDINGS Z6622 [68.23] [JW]

There are virtues here but I can’t really suggest you start your Dowland quest here ... see Full Review

Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem, Op. 9* [39’37"] Quatre motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op.10** [7’ 20"] Messe "Cum Jubilo", Op. 11*** [18’23"] Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7**** [11’ 04"] *Hélène Bouvier (mezzo-soprano); Xavier Depraz (bass); Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier (organ) Chorales Philippe Caillard et Stéphane Caillat Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Maurice Duruflé Recorded in 1959 **Chorale Stéphane Caillat/Maurice Duruflé Recorded in 1965 ***Roger Soyer (baritone); Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier (organ) Chorale Stéphane Caillat; Orchestre Nationale de l’O.R.T.F./Maurice Duruflé Recorded in 1971 **** Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier (organ) Recorded in 1963 on the Gonzales organ at Soissons cathedral WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 61139-2 [77’46"] [JQ]

An excellent introduction to the music of this modest, unassuming but dedicated French composer ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Chamber Music details in the review BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92181 [8 CDs: 65’10 + 71'33 + 69'51 + 69'42 + 72'53 + 53'53 + 46'44 + 66'32] [JW]

A most diverting box ... I’d rate Matousek and the Stamitz highly; the Nash too, and the Borodin/Richter is obviously a big draw ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) CD1 Violin Sonata in E minor [25:19] Violin Concerto in B minor [49:03] CD2 Piano Quintet in A minor [34:44] String Quartet in E minor [28:59] Serenade [2:29] Concert Allegro [10:30] Hugh Bean (violin) David Parkhouse (piano) RLPO/Charles Groves John Ogdon (piano) Music Group of London Allegri Quartet rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 15-16 June 1972 (Concerto); Studio No. 1 Abbey Road, London, 1 Jan 1971 (sonata), 26-27 Aug 1969 (5tet); 10 May 1971 (Serenade), 12 June 1969 (Allegro). ADD CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 7243 5 85908 2 1 [74:36 + 77:09] [RB]

Recommendable ... strong on British reserve. The concerto impresses by its integrity if not through high-wire dazzle. ... see Full Review

Luis Antonio ESCOBAR (1925- 1993) Canticas y Madrigales Americas Vocal Ensemble/Nelly Vuksie Recording venue not given. Recorded in 1982 4TAY 4024 [49.16] [GH]

The music is attractive and interesting ... just the right choice for anyone with a quest for the unusual. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688-1758) Overture in G (FWV L:G16) [32:02] Concerto for bassoon, strings and bc in C (FWV L:C2) [09:45] Concerto à 7 for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, bassoon and bc in c minor (FWV L:c2) [09:15] Concerto for violin, strings and bc (FWV L:A3) [08:02] Concerto for bassoon, strings and bc in d minor (FWV L:c1) [09:22] Concerto for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, bassoon and bc in E flat (fragment) (FWV L:Es 1) [02:33] Hans-Peter Westermann, Alessandro Piqué, oboe; Sergio Azzolini, bassoon; Veronika Skuplik, violin La Stravaganza Köln (on period instruments)
Rec. August 2002, Evangelische Kirche, Honrath, Germany. DDD CPO 777 015-2 [71:30] [JV]

A passionate plea for the orchestral music of Fasch, an unjustly neglected master of the German baroque ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata No.1 in A major Op.13 (1875-77) Violin Sonata No.2 in E minor Op.108 (1916-17) Romance Op.28 (1877) Berceuse Op.16 Andante Op.75 (1897) Morceau de lecture (1903) Sicilienne Op.78 (1893) arr. Howat Air de danse (from Caligula Op.52) (1888) arr. Howat Alban Beikircher (violin) Roy Howat (piano) Recorded by Radio Suisse Romande at the Studio Ernest Ansermet, Maison de la Radio, Geneva, April 2003 ARTE NOVA 74321 92763 2 [68.35] [JW]

Stressing the dolce aspects and underplaying the assertive independence of the violin line but there’s certainly no lack of youthfulness ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 (1923) [21:08] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Trio in G major ("Premier Trio") (c. 1879) [22:54] Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Two Pieces for Piano Trio, Op. 95 (1931) [18:19] Trio Grumiaux Rec. no details supplied KLARA MMP 036 [62:40] [SV]

Vivid, immediate sonics enhance these marvellous performances ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Samuil Evgenievitch FEINBERG (1890-1962) The Twelve Piano Sonatas: Nos. 1-6: No. 1, Op. 1a (1915) [6’51]; No. 2, Op. 2b (1915-16) [9’01]; No. 3, Op. 3b (1916) [23’24]; No. 4, Op. 6a (1918) [8’33]; No. 5, Op. 10a (1920-21) [8’05]; No. 6, Op. 13c (1923) [14’20]. aNikolaos Samaltanos, bcChristophe Sirodeau (pianos). Rec. Eglise Evangélique Saint-Marcel, Paris, in abSpring 2002 and cDec 1993. DDD BIS CD-1413 [70’13] [CC]

Revelatory. The music of Feinberg is hypnotic in the extreme, close to Scriabin in mystical mode. Enjoy the voyage of discovery. ... see Full Review

Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Piano Sonata No.7 Op.21 (1924-28) Piano Sonata No.8 Op.21a (1933-34) Piano Sonata No.9 Op.29 (1939) Piano Sonata No.10 Op.30 (1940-44) Piano Sonata No.11 Op.40 (1952) Piano Sonata No.12 Op.48 (1962) Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano) – Sonatas 9, 10 and 11 Christophe Sirodeau (piano) – Sonatas 1, 8 and 12
Recorded in the Eglise Evangélique Saint-Marcel, Paris 1999-2002 BIS CD 1414 [79.57] [JW]

There are tough and combative, rewarding and enlivening things here; touching, too. ... see Full Review

Nicolas FLAGELLO (1928 – 1994) Symphony No.1 (1964/8) Sea Cliffs (1957) Intermezzo from The Piper of Hamelin (1969) Theme, Variations and Fugue (1956) Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/David Amos Recorded: Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, November 2001 NAXOS 8.559148 [63:49] [HC]

Warmly Romantic music of considerable substance and expressive strength, in excellent performances and well recorded. Well worth more than the occasional hearing. ... see Full Review

Antoine FORQUERAY (1671/2 - 1745) Pièces de Viole -Pièces de Clavecin (1745) Suite #1: Allemande La Laborde [5:04]; La Portuguaise [3.20] Suite #2: Chaconne - La Buisson [4.36] Suite #3: La Régente [5.44]; La Ferrand [4.24] Suite #5: Jupiter [4.34] Jay Bernfeld, viola da gamba ; Skip Sempé, harpsichord Suite #1: La Cottin [3.23]; La Forqueray [2.44]; La Couperin [3.22] Suite #2: La Leclair [1.45] Suite #4: La Marella [2.48]; Sarabande La d’Aubonne [4.18] Suite #5: La Rameau [3.39] Skip Sempé, harpsichord solo Notes in English, Deutsch, Français. Photos of artists. Recorded Temple St. Marcel, Paris, France; May 1991. DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82876601652 [50.26] [PSh]

One bright spot, but on the whole a disappointing mismatch of instrument, artistic style, and repertoire ... see Full Review

Hans FRANKE (1882-1971) Piano Trio No.4 Op.792 in D minor Piano Quintet No.3 Op.795 in F sharp minor Piano Trio No.5 Op.801 in D major Klaus Opitz (viola)
Trio inC: Joachim Enders (piano); Ingo de Haas (violin); Gisela Reith (cello) Gesine Kalbhenn (violin) rec. 25/26 March, 19 July 2003, Clara Wieck-Auditorium, Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg/Sandhausen. DDD SIGNUM Germany SIG X126-00 [70'14] [RNB]

The musicians play excellently on a good recording and I look forward to hearing them in music more worthy of their abilities. ... see Full Review

Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616-1667) The Unknown Works, Vol. 1 Partita in d minor (FbWV 639) [08:46] Partita in d minor (FbWV 618a) [08:30] Allamand in d minor (FbWV 635) [02:29] Partita in E (FbWV 645) [09:07] Partita in f sharp minor (FbWV 646) [06:51] Partita in b minor (FbWV 652) [06:14] Partita in g minor (FbWV 641)* [10:36] Partita in c minor (FbWV 644)* [07:17] Sarabande in c minor (FbWV 640)* [01:18] Capriccio in a minor (FbWV 519)** [05:06] Fugue in d minor (FbWV 307)** [00:53] Toccata 2. toni in g minor (FbWV 130)** [02:23] Siegbert Rampe, harpsichord [Reinhard von Nagel, after Couchet, Antwerp 1679], clavichord (*) [Jörg Gobeli, after anonymous South-German instrument, c1670], organ (**) [Hans Scherer the younger, 1624] Recorded in August 2003 at the Oranienburg of Schloss Nordkirchen & St Stephanskirche, Tangermünde (**), Germany MDG 341 1186-2 [70:36] [JV]

Little-known pieces – some recorded for the first time - by one of the greatest keyboard composers of the 17th century ... irresistible ... see Full Review

An introduction to Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice Written by Thomson Smillie and narrated by David Timson Recorded at Motivation Sound Studios, London, 2004. DDD NAXOS OPERA EXPLAINED 8.558122 [66.17][EM]

A well-presented disc that offers interesting information as well as a chance to become familiar with the music without having to listen to the entire piece. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1842 - 1907) Concert Overture, "In Autumn," Op. 11(1866) [11.09] Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in a, Op. 16 (1907) [29.24] Symphonic Dances, Op. 64 (1897) [31.05] Håvard Gimse, piano Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Bjarte Engeset Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 15 May 2003 Notes in English and Deutsch 5.1 stereo 44kHz/24Bit surround. AC-3 and DTS tracks encoded 5.1 surround. DVD-Audio playable on DVD-Audio and DVD players NAXOS 5.110060 [71.38] [PSh]

A finely balanced but not commanding performance of the Concerto, an odd Autumn, and really good Symphonic Dances ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Fantasie for piano and orchestra Op.111 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Rhapsodie espagnole S254 arranged Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Felicja Blumental (piano) Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra/Hans Swarowski (Grieg) Philharmonia Orchestra/Rudolf Schwarz (Fauré) Prague Symphony Orchestra/Helmut Froschauer (Liszt/Busoni) No recording dates or locations BRANA RECORDS BR 0015 [61.08] [JW]

The Brana Blumental discs tend to throw up nuggets; I think the Fauré is one ... Brana continues to fly the flag with enthusiasm. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Chamber Music String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 27 String Quartet No. 2 in F major (completed by Julius Röntgen) Raphael Quartet
Recorded 19-22 April 1993, English Church, Begijnhof, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F major Op. 8 Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major Op. 13 Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor Op. 45 Ivan Zenatý (violin) Antonin Kubalek (piano) Recorded October 1995, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy USA Cello Sonata in A minor Op. 36 Robert Cohen (cello) Roger Vignoles (piano) Recorded 1980, Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London Fugue in F minor for string quartet Raphael Quartet Andante con moto for piano trio, in C minor Ramy Koch (violin) Henk Lambooij (cello) Jet Röling (piano) April 1993, English Church Begijnhof, Amsterdam BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92176 [3 CDs 65'06 + 66'11 + 40'37] [JW]

Some interesting material a rather mixed collection though seldom less than attractive. ... see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 30 in C major, Hob. I:30 "Alleluia" [14:56] Symphony No. 53 in D major, Hob. I:53 "L’Impériale" [26:03] Symphony No. 69 in C major, Hob. I:69 "Loudon" [25:23] Concentus Musicus, Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Recorded at the Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, 12-14 June 1990 DDD WARNER APEX 2564 60520-2 [66:40] [KS]

Intonation and ensemble fine throughout ... Harnoncourt captures all the drama, humor and elegance with which these scores are rife. ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet Op.64, No.6 (hob.iii.64) in E flat major [18:02] String Quartet Op.64, No.3 (hob.iii.67) in B flat major [20:09] String Quartet Op.64, No.1 (hob.iii.65) in C major [22:00] Quatuor Mosaïques: Erich Höbarth (vn 1); Andrea Bischof (vn 2); Anita Mitterer (vla); Christophe Coin (cello). Rec. La Borie Studio (France), June 2003. ADD ASTRÉE E8886 [60:11] [AN]

A sequence of performances that sustain a remarkable collaboration of musicianship and technical agility... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze, H.XX: 2 (The Seven Last Words of the Saviour on the Cross) originally composed for orchestra in 1786, version for keyboard from 1787 Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) Recorded at the Lanna Church, Sweden, August 2002. DDD BIS-CD-1325 [66:22] [MC]

A sensitively expressed account of these contemplative and reverent sacred works ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas: Volume 3: Keyboard Sonatas: No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 (1771); No. 35 in A flat, Hob.XVI:43 (first publ. 1783); No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32 (c1774); No. 50 in D, Hob.XVI:37 (c1779); No. 61 in D, Hob.XVI:51. Alain Planès (piano). Rec. Salle modulable, IRCAM, Paris, August 2001. DDD HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901763 [65’31] [CC]

Recommended without hesitation. Planès is a Haydn interpreter to be reckoned with. ... see Full Review

Jennifer HIGDON (b. 1962) Concerto for Orchestra (2002) [34.58] Cityscape (2002) [30.51] Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Robert Spano Rec. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 12, 14 Sept 2003. DDD TELARC SACD-60620 [66.17] [RB]

Satisfyingly exciting ... evincing rhythmic flair... a coursing and confident wave of greenery and unrepentant life ... see Full Review

Alun HODDINOTT (b. 1929) Dives and Lazarus, Op. 39a (1965) [14’38]. Viola Concertino, Op. 14b (1958) [21’56]. Nocturnes and Cadenzas, Op. 62c (1969) [20’59]. Sinfonia Fidei, Op. 95d (1977) [20’24] aFelicity Palmer, dJill Gomez (sopranos); dStuart Burrows (tenor); aThomas Allen (baritone); bCsaba Erdélyi (viola); cMoray Welsh (cello); aWelsh National Opera Chorus; abNew Philharmonia Orchestra/David Atherton; Philharmonia dChorus and cdOrchestra/ Sir Charles Groves. Rec. dates unknown. abADD/cdDDD LYRITA RECORDED EDITION SRCD332 [77’57] [CC}

Equipped with this disc and the Hoddinott Symphonies, you will be ideally poised to appreciate many aspects of this composer’s art. Hoddinott is due some sort of reappraisal. ... see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Sinfonias I-IV for strings Opp. 73a-d (1957-1962): I Molto sostenuto (1957) [11:15]; II Tranquillo (1957) [19:01]; III Allegro con brio (1958-59) [10:51]; IV Preludio, Interludio I, Interludio II, Postludio (1962) [15:31] Plus bonus CD featuring Chairos: the movements of Sinfonias I-IV re-sequenced Søren Elbæk (violin); Troels Svane (cello) Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Hannu Koivula rec. Danmarks Radio, Studio 2, 1997. DDD DA CAPO 8.226017-018 [56:52 + 56:52] [RB]

The Four Sinfonias are significant and, more to the point, stimulating and loveable. ... see Full Review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" * (1971) Concerto for Cello and Orchestra + (1936) *Janos Starker (cello) Seattle Symphony/Dennis Russell Davies + Seattle Symphony/Alan Hovhaness Rec * Benaroya Hall, Seattle, March 19th 1999; + Seattle Center Opera House, May 1992 NAXOS 8.559158 [60:49] [IL]

A most rewarding album. extraordinary that a Cello Concerto of this quality has lain unrecorded so long. And Hovhaness’s reading of "City of Light" sounds magnificent. ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and string quartet (1919) Sonata for clarinet and piano (1946) Prelude for harp (1915) A Near-Minuet for clarinet and piano (1946) Sonata No. 3 in E minor for violin and piano (1923) Mobius: Robert Plane (clarinet), Alison Nicholls (harp), Sophia Rahman (piano), Phillippe Honorée, Lucy Gould (violins) Ashan Pillai (viola), Josephine Knight (cello) Recorded 1 December 2002 (Quintet), St Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire; 26-27 October 2002 (remainder), Potton Hall, Suffolk NAXOS 8.557188 [66.05] [TB]

A model of its kind ... see Full Review

Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Violin Concerto No.3 in G minor Op.99 (1906/07) Violin Concerto No.4 in A minor Op.101 (All’antica) (1906/07) Variations sur un thème hongrois Op.72 Hagai Shaham (violin) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Recorded in Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, 13-14 December 2002 HYPERION CDA67367 [68.34] [JW]

Shaham plays with fire and sensitivity. ... see Full Review

Andrés ISASI (1890-1940)Symphony No. 2 in G minor Op. 23 (1915) [43:58] Suite No. 2 in E major Op. 21 (Idyll, Burleske, Fugue) (1915) [11:43] Bilbao Symphony Orchestra/Juan José Mena Rec. Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, 29-31 Aug 2001. DDD NAXOS 8.557584 [56:08] [RB]

Isasi: late-romantic colourist. ... not the sound expected from a top-flight orchestra ... will satisfy curiosity and in the case of the Suite achieves much more ... see Full Review

Janis IVANOVS (1906-83) Symphony No. 8 in B minor (1956) [33.45] Symphony No. 20 in E flat major (1981) [26.25] Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, Jan 1997. DDD NAXOS 8.555740 [60.10] [DS]

Abundant energy offset by irresistible lyricism ... effective and surprising. ... see Full Review

Charles IVES (1874-1954) Universe Symphony (1874-1951) Realized and completed (1974-1993) by Larry Austin (b.1930) Symphony No.2 (1897-1901) Saarbrüken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Michael Stern Recorded live at Hermann Neuberger Sporthalle, Völkingen, Germany, May 24, 1998 (Universe) and at Grosser Sendesaal des SR, November 16-18, 1999 (No.2) COL LEGNO WWE 1CD 20074 [74’52] [TH]

A must for Ivesians, or those with a penchant for something different – very different. ... see Full Review

Émile JACQUES-DALCROZE (1865-1950) Suite de danses (ca. 1911) Poème alpestre (1896-98) Treize petites variations sur "La Suisse est belle" (ca. 1895) Suite de ballet (extraite de la comédie lyrique "Sancho") (1897) Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Adriano Recorded at Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, August 2003 STERLING CDS-1057-2 [60:04] [IL]

An irresistible hour of enchanting easy listening: wonderful melodies and vivacious rhythms. Recommended. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Jenůfa (Brno version, 1908; English translation, Edward Downes and Otakar Kraus). Janice Watson (soprano) Jenůfa; Elizabeth Vaughan (mezzo) Grandmother Buryja; Dame Josephine Barstow (soprano) The Kostelnička; Peter Wedd (tenor) Števa Buryja; Nigel Robson (tenor) Laca Klemeň; Neal Davies (baritone) Foreman at the mill; Alan Fairs (bass) Mayor of the village; Marion McCullough (mezzo) Mayor’s wife; Charlotte Ellett (soprano) Karolka; Claire Hampton (soprano) Jano; Rosie Hay (soprano) Barena; Imelda Drumm (mezzo) Maid; Sarah Pope (mezzo) Village woman; Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Sir Charles Mackerras Rec. in association with the Peter Moores Foundation. Rec. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, July 20th-26th, 2003. DDD CHANDOS OPERA IN ENGLISH CHAN 3106 [2CDs: 121’12] [CC}

The felicities of the scoring emerge as if newly-minted, sometimes inspiring delight, at others horror. Unhesitatingly recommended. ... see Full Review

Robert KAJANUS (1856-1933) Finnish Rhapsody No. 1 Op. 5 (1881) [9:26] Kullervo's Funeral March Op. 3 (1880) [14:43] Sinfonietta in B flat major Op. 16 (1915) [25:17] Aino - symphonic poem for male chorus and orchestra (1885 rev. c.1916) [14:26] Helsinki University Choir/Matti Hyökki Lahti SO/Osmo Vänskä rec. Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland, 28-31 May 2002; 14 May 2001 (). DDD BIS-CD-1223 [65:21] [RB]

Wagnerian late romanticism with the subtlest Sibelian flavour. - all extremely well done ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto (1940) [38.46] Concerto-Rhapsody for violin and orchestra (1961) [23.36] Mihaela Martin (violin) National Symphony Orchestra/Theodore Kuchar rec. Grand Concert Studio, National Radio Company of the Ukraine, Kiev, 25-27 Dec 2001 NAXOS 8.555919 [62.22] [RB]

A rather introspective take on the Concerto (if you can imagine such a thing) but the reference recording of the Concerto-Rhapsody.[RB]
Splendid music made splendidly. Highly recommended [KS]... see Full Review

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Violin Concerto in A major Op. 8 (1902) [27.00] Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Ballade in G minor Op. 16 No. 1 (1871) [11.25] Violin Concerto in C major Op. 30 (1882) [34.13] Tasmin Little (violin) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Rec. Caird Hall, Dundee, 11-12 Sept 2003 HYPERION CDA67389 [72.38] [IL]

An appealing if derivative Karłowicz Concerto combined with the sunny, lyrical Moszkowski works for violin and orchestra played with verve and sensitivity by Tasmin Little. ... see Full Review

Rudolf KELTERBORN (b. 1931) Cello Concerto (1998/9)a Namenlos (1995/6)b Chamber Concerto for Clarinet and 14 Players (1999)c Ivan Monighetti (cello)a; Kurt Widmer (baritone)b; Matthias Müller (clarinet)c; Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté Françaisea; Sinfonieorchester Baselb; Ensemble Collegium Novum Zürichc; Jan Krenza, Howard Griffithsb, Jürg Wyttenbachc Recorded: Schweizer Radio DRS2, Tonhalle Zürich, April 2000 (Cello Concerto); Stadtcasino Basel, May 1997 (Namenlos) and Tonhalle Zürich, June 2000 (Chamber Concerto) MGB CD 6182 [69:09] [HC]

three substantial works, all well served by carefully prepared and committed readings, in a very fine recorded sound. You actually hardly notice that these recordings have been made live. ... see Full Review

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Theatre Overture [15.00] Concerto for Orchestra Allegro risoluto - Largo - Tempo primo - Largo - Tempo primo, [15.59] Dances of Marosszek Maestoso, poco rubato - Con moto - Tempo primo, poco piu largo - Moderato - Tempo primo - Vivace - Tempo primo - Allegro con brio [13.11] Symphony in C major Allegro +Andante moderato +Vivo [26.44] BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier Recorded at Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 9 February 1999 (Dances of Marosszek) and 27-28 October 1998 (other works) CHANDOS CHAN 9811 [71.18] [LN]

But for the music of Hungary that won’t spill through your hands in translation - Kodály may be still your best buy ... see Full Review

Hans KRÁSA (1899-1944) Brundibár. A Children’s Opera in Two Acts (1938) Hebrew and Yiddish Folk Songs (arr. Victor ULLMANN unless otherwise stated) Chassidish, Bachuri L’an Tisa (arr. Gideon KLEIN) Ki Tavo El Ha-Arets (arr. Siegmund SCHUL), Anu Olim Hala Yarden, Sha Shtil, Fregt Di Velt, Az Der Rebbe Elimelech, Am’cha Yisrael, Halleluyah, Hedad Ginah K’tanah, Eliyahu Hanavi, Essex Children’s Choir Members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Robert DeCormier Recorded at Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont in Burlington, January 1996 (Brundibár) and at the Fine Arts Centre, Middlebury College, Vermont, February 1996 (Songs) ARABESQUE Z6680 [45.28] [JW]

A score that fused Martinu's motoric self-confidence with Weill's smoky cabaret wit laced with Francophile wind writing - cool and clear. ... see Full Review

Joseph KREUTZER (1790-1840) Grand Trio in F major Op.16 Frank CAMPO (b. 1927) Preludes Op.51 Andor KOVACH (b. 1915) Trio No.1 (Musique d’Automne) Antonino MADDONNI (b. 1960) Introduzioni e variazioni sulla "Follia" Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Ouverture da "L’Italiana in Algeri" Trio Mauro Giuliani: Vincenzo Mastropirro (flute); Giambattista Ciliberti (clarinet); Antonino Maddonni (guitar) WARNER FONIT 5050466-3304-2-0 [59’40] [RNB]

I was surprised and captivated ... a wide variety of styles and depths. The recording is excellent and the disc strongly recommended. ... see Full Review

Ernst KŘENEK (1900-1991) Works for Piano Sonatine Op5 No.1 (1920) Zwölf Variationen in drei Sätzen Op.79 (1937) Piano piece in eleven parts Op.197 (1967) Echoes from Austria Op.166 (1958) Klaviersonate No.7 Op.240 (1988) Till Alexander Körber (piano) Recorded in the Jerger-Saal, Bruckner-Konservatorium, Linz, December 2002 CAPRICCIO 67 078 [55.44] [JW]

Körber: adroit musicality. Capriccio gives us a high vantage point over his oeuvre. ... see Full Review

Toivo KUULA (1883-1918) Syystunnelma (Autumn Mood), Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long stared I into the Fire), Aamulaulu (Morning song), Kesäyö kirkomaalla (Summer Night in the Churchyard), Epilogi, Suutelo(the Kiss), Marjatan Laulu (Marhatta’s Song), Sinikan Laulu (Sinika’s Song), Sinipiika (Blue Maiden), Lauanta-Ilta (Saturday Evening), Jääkukkia (Ice Flowers), Vanha Syyslaulu (Old Autumn Song), Yö nummella (Night on the Moor), Tule Armaani (Comer, my Sweetheart), Inamdran Laulau (Imandra’s Song),Purjein kuutamolla (Sailing in the Moonlight). [56.02] Leevi MADETOJA (1887-1947) Syksy-sarja (Autumn Song-Cycle) (six songs) Syksy (Autumn), Lähtö (The Departure), Luulit, ma katselin sua (You thought I was watching you), Hyvää yötä (Good Night), Lintu sininen (Bluebird), Ijät hyrskyjä päin (Ever against the Breakers) [18.09] Kirsi Tiihonen (sop); atu Salminen (piano) rec. Järvenpää Hall, Järvenpää, Finland, 25-27 Aug 1996. DDD MARCO POLO 8.225177 [74.11] [RB]

Intensely introspective Finnish late-romantic songs leavened with some folk material - all from the first three decades of the last century ... see Full Review

Frederic LAMOND (1868-1948) Symphony in A major Op. 3 (1889) Ouvertüre Aus Dem Schottischen Hochlande Op. 4 (1890?) Sword Dance from Eine Liebe im Hochlande (1890s?)Eugen d'ALBERT (1864-1932) Overture to Esther Op. 8 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Recorded 4-5 September 2003, Usher Hall, Edinburgh HYPERION CDA67387 [59.51][JW]

Explores an intriguing corner of the repertoire with refreshing results ... see Full Review

Henri LAZAROF (b. 1932) Symphony No. 4 In Celebration (1996) Symphony No. 5 (1998) Richard Zeller (baritone); Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Gerard Schwarz Recorded: (live) Benaroya Music Centre, Seattle, December 1998 (Symphony No.4) and April 2003 (Symphony No.5) CENTAUR CRC 2657 [51:26] [HC]

Schwarz conducts vital performances of these substantial scores, and is well served by very decent live recordings. This is a very fine release that admirers of Lazarof’s music will want. Others may also find much to enjoy. ... see Full Review


Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Pagliacci (1892) Canio – Franco Corelli (tenor) Nedda – Mafalda Micheluzzi (soprano) Tonio – Tito Gobbi (baritone) Silvio – Lino Puglisi (baritone) Beppe – Mario Carlin (tenor) Orchestra and Coro di Milano della RAI/Alfredo Simonetto Rec. live Milan, 26 September 1954 ADD ARCHIPEL ARPCD 0208 [71:58] [PCW]

Would be an interesting historical supplement … unfortunately, the sound is quite poor … see Full Review

Sergei LIAPUNOV (1859-1924) Symphony No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 66 (1917) [61.57] Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Evgeny Svetlanov Rec. 27 Nov 1998, Salle Pleyel, Paris. DDD NAÏVE CLASSIQUE V 4974 [61.57] [RB]

Do not let this epic late-late romantic symphony pass you by. In Svetlanov's hands goes with a confident and brooding swing ... see Full Review

György LIGETI (b. 1923)Drei Stücke (1976) [15’13]. Fünf Stücke (1942-51) [11’27]. Etudes, Premier Livre (1985) [19’47]. Etudes, Troisième Livre (ongoing) [10’43]. Lucille Chung, Alessio Bax (pianos/piano duet). Rec. Rocca Sforzesca, Italy, on September 15th-17th, 2003. DDD DYNAMIC CDS434 [58’48] [CC]

Highly recommended, then. Do try to hear the smaller pieces at least once as they afford much delight, but it is the Etudes that provide the main course, and very filling they are, too. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Symphony [#2] on Dante’s Divine Comedy, S. 109 (LW G14) (1856) [43.20] Symphonic Poem #2, "Tasso, Lamento e Trionfo," S. 96 (LW G2) (1849) [21.16] London Oratory School Schola, Michael McCarthy, director London Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein Recorded at Watford Town Hall, Watford, England, 17 January 2003 Notes in English. Three page SACD catalogue listing. CD tracks, 2.0 stereo. SACD tracks, 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Playable on CD players and SACD players [hybrid] TELARC SACD 60613 [64.36] [PSh]

A clear, dignified Dante Symphony, but a very persuasive Tasso ... see Full Review

Sergio Fiorentino Edition VIII Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Ballade No.1 in D flat major S.170 Ballade No.2 in B minor S.171 Funérailles S.173/7 La Leggierezza Waldesrauschen Sonata in B minor Sergio Fiorentino (piano) Recorded Konzertsaal Siemensvilla, Berlin, October 1997 APR 5562 [76.42] [JW]

Deeply moving. As indeed is much in these valedictory but powerfully human, thus flawed, recordings. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) The Complete Studies-Volume 2 Three Concert Studies (1848) Il Lamento in A flat, La Leggierezza in F minor, Un Sospiro in D flat, Two Concert Studies (1862/63) Waldesrauschen, Gnomenreigen, Six Études d’Éxecution Transcendante d’après Paganini Joyce Hatto (piano) Recorded at the Concert Artist Studios November 1998 to January 1999 CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9132-2 [56.08] [JW]

Recordings set down in 1998/99 in good, natural sound. They reflect well on Hatto’s sensitive approach to the repertoire. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’, S180 (1862) [16’20]. Weihnachtsbaum, S186 (1874-76) [17’30]: An old Christmas Carol; Scherzoso; Carillon; Ancient Provençal Christmas Carol; Evening Bells; Formerly; In the Polish Manner. Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Three Rondos, Sz84 (1916-27) [7’15]. Sonatina, Sz55 (1915) [4’35]. For Children, Sz42 (excerpts) (1908-09) [6’40]. Ilona Kabos (piano). Rec. in New York Town Hall in 1952. ADD BARTÓK RECORDS BR1910 [52’00] [CC]

A highly enjoyable collection and a fitting memorial to an artist to be reckoned with. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) From The Years Of Pilgrimage - Années de Pélerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) - Selections Troisième année (Third Year) (publ. 1883)No. 4 Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este (Fountains at the Villa d'Este) Première année: Suisse (First Year: Switzerland) (publ. 1855)No. 9 Les cloches de Genève: Nocturne (The Bells of Geneva: Nocturne)No. 2 Au lac de Wallenstadt (At the lake of Wallenstadt)No. 6 Vallée d'Obermann (The valley of Obermann) Deuxième année: Italie (Second Year: Italy) (publ. 1858)No. 5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Petrarch's Sonnet No. 104)No. 7 Après une lecture du Dante. Fantasia quasi sonata(After reading Dante. A fantasy, almost a sonata)No. 1 Sposalizio (Marriage [of the Virgin: after a painting by Raphael]) Venezia e Napoli (Venice and Naples, suppl. to the Second Year) (publ. 1861)No. 1 Gondoliera (Gondolier's Song)No. 2 Canzone (Song)No. 3 Tarantella Stephanie McCallum (piano) Recorded 8 February, 19 May, 15 August, 7 September 2003, Eugene Goossens Hall, Australia Broadcasting Corporation Ultimo Centre. DDD ABC CLASSICS ABC 476 124-8 [77:53] [MC]

A glowing Liszt recital expertly recorded. I will return to this release very soon. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music, Volume 20 Two Concert Studies, S145 (1862/3) [7’38]. Trois Études de Concert, S144 (1848) [19’28]. Etude en douze exercices, S136 (1826) [43’24]. Morceau de Salon, S142/R4a (1840) [2’07]. Ab irato, S142/R4b (1852) [2’47]. Mazeppa, S136 (????) [7’09]. William Wolfram (piano). Rec. Performing Arts Centre, Country Day School, King, Ontario, Canada, from January 30th-February 2nd, 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557014 [63’06] [CC]

A pianist of no average musicality ... a long way from just mere note-spinning at great velocity … finds the lyrical Romantic that lies at the very heart of Liszt. Strongly recommended. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811 - 1886) Christus, S.3 (1866) [173.13] Benita Valente (sop); Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo); Peter Lindroos (ten); Tom Krause (bar);Slovak Philharmonic Choir Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/James Conlon Recorded in De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 20 September 1985 ADD Notes in English, Français, Deutsch. Latin text, no translations. WARNER APEX 2564 61167-2 [3 CD: 173.13] [PSh]

A superb — some will say the best — version of this still unfamiliar masterpiece ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Organ Works Prelude and Fugue on the name of B.A.C.H. S180/R24 (1855, rev. 1870) Variations on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" (Weeping, Lamenting, Sorrows, Fear) S180/R24 (1863) Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' (To us, to the water of salvation) S259/R380(1850); theme from Meyerbeer’s opera: Le Prophète Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (organ) Recorded in August 1997 on the Frederich Ladegast organ in Dom in Schwerin, Germany. DDD SUPER AUDIO CD (SACD) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92208 [77:46] [MC]

The playing has a special authority and the disc is worthy of celebration. ... see Full Review

Hans Christian LUMBYE (1810-1874) Complete Orchestral Works Vol. 9: Prince of Wales, Galop; Alexandra Waltz; The St. Petersburg lady, Polka, from the suite Memories of St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg Champagne Galop, from the suite Memories of St. Petersburg; Rosalie Polka, from the suite Memories of St. Petersburg; A Promenade on the Deer Park Hill, Galopade; Grand Duke Alexander March; Dream Pictures, Fantasia; Sylphide Waltz; Grand Duke Alexander March; Souvenir of Peterhof, March; Northern Lights Waltz; Blanche Polka; Danube Flowers, Quadrille; Manoeuvre Galop Tivoli Symphony Orchestra/David Riddell Recorded in the Concert Hall, Tivoli, Denmark, in Summer 2001 DDD MARCO POLO 8.225264 [67:24] [MC]

There are many rewards from this recording and Lumbye certainly deserves to be known by a wider audience. ... see Full Review

 

 

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