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Webster Aitken (piano) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No. 28 in A major Op.101 [18.41] Sonata No. 31 in A flat major Op.110 [17.54] Sonata No. 29 in B flat major Op.106 Hammerklavier [36.50] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata No. 20 in A major D959 [36.16] Sonata No. 21 in B flat major D960 [41.36] Webster Aitken (piano) Recorded 1950 (Schubert – released on EMS Records LPs) and live in concert in 1961-62 (Beethoven – and previously unreleased in any format) BANDONEON RECORDINGS [73.25 + 77.52] [JW]

His Schubert is more convincing, though still highly personalised. A number of his voicings are idiosyncratic to say the least. ... see Full Review

Alpentöne (Sounds of the Alps) – Highlights from the Festival 2003 Totschna: "Suworoff – Marsch": Lager Lukas Heuss (clarinet, saxophone), Oleg Lips (accordion), Alexander Ionov (balalaika), Daniel Mouthon (voice) Nikita Pfister mit Montferrine: La Mi-Été Nikita Pfister (accordion, cimbalom, voice), Christian Abriel (flute, percussion, alphorn), Diego Abriel (percussion, vocals), Gerald Perera (double bass), Nicolas Perillat (bass trombone, alphorn, percussion), Michel Steiner (clarinet, flutes) Michel Godard: "Die Schwarze Madonna (Einsiedeln – Codex 121)": Ecce virgo – Le feu et l’eau Michel Godard (serpent, tuba), Linda Bsiri (vocals, Mariengeige), Cristina Zavalloni (vocals), Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet), Hélène Breschand (harp), Pierre Favre (percussion), Calixtinus (Gregorian choir) Roland von Flüe mit Ribi Orchester: "Alpine Jazz Suite": Chilbi Roland von Flüe (saxophone, clarinets), Beat Escher (violin), Heinz della Torre (trumpet, alphorn), Martin Ledergerber (flute, accordion), Martin Baumgartner (electronics, percussion), Jean-Pierre Maillard (vibaphone, percussion), Tony Renold (percussion), Christoph Sprenger (double bass) Mike and Kate Westbrook: "Turner in Uri": Jelly House Mike Westbrook (composition, piano), Kate Westbrook (painting, texts, vocals), Claudio Danuser (baritone), Barbara Thompson (saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Tim Harries (double bass), Jon Hiseman (percussion), Brass Band Uri, Schola uriensis Shirley Anne Hofmann: "Euphoria": Euro Cha Cha Cha – Alpenroeseli Shirley Anne Hofmann (brass instruments, accordion) Patricia Draeger: "Röseligarten": Schönste Obestärn Patricia Draeger (accordeon, flute, vocals), Sergej Simbirew (accordion and Schwyzerörgeli, Voice), Dani Häusler (clarinet, bass clarinet), Marc Draeger (vibraphone, marimbaphone, bodhran, voice), Christoph Mächler (double bass, voice), Marc Halbheer (percussion) Peter Waters: "Songlines": Von Gonten nach Hundwilerhöhe I – Von Gonten nach Hundwilerhöhe II "Quintetto Zero":
Peter Waters (piano), Barbara Balzan (vocals), Franco Ambrosetti (trumpet, flügelhorn), Daniel Pezzotti (violoncello), Lucas Niggli (percussion) Strepitz: "Suns Naturai": Traditional Giovanni Floreani (bagpipe, zither, vocals, computer), Lorenzo Marcolina (clarinet, gaita), Ermes M Ghirardini (percussion), Didier Ortolani (clarinet, bagpipe), Arianna Cormons (violoncello), Evaristo Casonato (oboe, English horn), Alessandro Turchet (double bass) Recorded in Altdorf, Switzerland 15 – 17 August 2003 MUSIQUES SUISSES MGB CD 6208 [63:12] [GF]

Sometimes sweet, sometimes stimulatingly fresh and occasionally too spicy. Give it a try with a glass of dry sherry. ... see Full Review

The Art of the Vienna Horn Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Horn Sonata in F major, Op 17 (1800) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Auf dem Strom, D943 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op 70 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97) Trio in E flat major, for piano, violin and horn, Op 40 Wolfgang Tomboeck, horn; Madoka Inui, piano; Genia Kühmeier, soprano (Schubert); Johannes Tomboeck, violin (Brahms) Recorded at Studio 3 of the ORF Funkhaus Vienna, November and December 2003 NAXOS 8.557471 [60'48"] [WH]

The recital as a whole is so obviously enjoyable and totally recommendable. ... see Full Review

Barry Banks - Bel Canto Arias (sung in English) Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792- 1868) The Italian Girl in Algiers: In dreams of endless pleasure (1813) [7.16] (a) Stabat Mater: Through her soul in endless grieving (1841) [6.25] (b) Count Ory: May destiny befriend you (1828) [4.38] (c) Moses in Egypt: The blow at last has fallen (1818) [7.10] (d) Ermione: Palace of horrors!...Ah, how can I hide the flames (1819) [7.07] (e) The Thieving Magpie: Darling! Darling, let me embrace you! (1817) [5.03] (f) Armida: I lost the will to action (1817) [3.22] (g) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni: Could I ever believe...Her joy is my joy (1787) [4.52] (h) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rake's Progress: Here I stand...Since it is not by merit (1948/51) [2.40] (i) Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Don Pasquale: Poor lost Ernesto...I shall go, no more returning (1843) [9.47] (j) Don Pasquale: The night is calm (1843) [4.05] (k) The Elixir of Love: Only one teardrop (1832) [5.14] (l) Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Our Friend Fritz: Suzel, good morning (1891) [8.33] (m) Barry Banks (tenor) Alan Opie (baritone) (d) Alfred Boe (tenor) (e) Bruce Ford (tenor) (g) Dennis O'Neill (tenor) (g) Janice Watson (soprano) (m) Geoffrey Mitchell Choir (f, k) London Philharmonic Orchestra (a-e, g, i-j, m) or Philharmonia Orchestra (f, h, k-l)/David Parry rec. Blackheath Halls, London, 3-7 March 2003 (a, g, m); 24-27 September 2001 (b-e, h); 22-27 August 2000 (i); 15, 17-18, 20-21 November 1997 (j-k); 7-11 February 1999 (l); 21-23, 27-28 September 2002 (f) CHANDOS CHAN 3112 [77.05][SV]

Banks has a clear, open timbre and placement ... a frontal, somewhat nasal approach to the passaggio avoids overweighting the voice and affords him flexibility in the fioriture ...he negotiates bright-tone without sounding fierce or overdriven. ... see Full Review

Baroque Duets Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710 – 1736) Stabat Mater (1736) [39.58] Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741) Laudamus Te from Gloria in D, RV589 [2.24]; Virgam virtutis tuae from Dixit Dominus in D, RV594 [2.11] George Frideric HANDEL (1685– 1759) Duetto XV: Quel fior che all’alba ride, HWV192 (1741) [4.23]; Duetto XVI: No, di voi non vo’fidami, HWV 189 (1741) [6.04] Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567 – 1643) Chiome d’oro; Pur ti miro from L’Incoronazione di Poppea [7.40] Sara Macliver (soprano) Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo) Orchestra of the Antipodes/Antony Walker
Recorded 4-8 October 2004, 9 December 200 4, 25 March 2005, Eugene Goossens Hall at Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney ABC CLASSICS ABC 476 7737 [63.17] [RH]

Macliver and Russell have attractive, even, well-produced voices that blend well. A charming disc ... see Full Review

Barbara Bonney (soprano) Hugo WOLF (1860–1903) 10 Lieder Der Knabe und das Immlein; Das verlassene Mägdlein; Begegnung; Nimmersatte Liebe; Er ist’s; Verschwiegene Liebe; Verborgenheit; Bescheidene Liebe; Auch kleine Dinge; In dem Schatten meiner Locken Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) 10 Lieder Du meines Herzens Krönelein; Meinem Kinde; Ich schwebe wie auf Engelsschwingen; Die Nacht; Morgen; Allerseelen; Meine Auge; Schön sind, doch kalt die Himmelssterne; Ich wollt’ ein Sträusslein binden; Ständchen Barbara Bonney (soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano) Recorded at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg, June 1989 ELOQUENCE 476 2387 [55:18] [GF]

I wonder if any of her later offerings can challenge the freshness and beauty of this compilation. ... see Full Review

Compilation: La Belle France (Telarc Sampler) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) ‘Villanelle’ from Les Nuits d’Eté [2:16]; Elly Ameling/Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Arabesque No 1 [4:13] and La fille de cheveux de lin [2:18] Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) Clair de lune [4:56] John O’Connor (piano); Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pavane [5:41] Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Orchestra Pie Jesu [3:39] and Sanctus [3:29]from Requiem Judith Blegen (soprano) Robert Shaw Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Prelude [6:25] and Sicilienne [4:11] from Pelléas et Mélisande/ Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Salut, Dame Sainte [2:21]; and Seigneur, je vous en prie [1:19]; from Four Short Prayers of Saint Francis Christopher Cock (tenor) Robert Shaw/Robert Shaw Festival Singers; Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pavane pour une infante défunte [6:01] Paavo Järvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Allegro Moderato from Quartet in F [8:40] Cleveland Quartet; Eric SATIE (1866-1869) Gymnopédies Nos 1 [2:46] and 3 [3:18] Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (rec: Berlioz and Faure (Pelléas…) in Symphony Hall Atlanta in March and May 1985; Debussy Clair de lune in Recital Hall, Purchase, NY May 1992; the Arabesque at the Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio in November 1992; Fauré Pavane in Symphony Hall Atlanta, Georgia in May 1982 and the Requiem in Symphony Hall Atlanta in November 1985 and May 1986; Ravel (Pavane) in Music Hall, Cincinnati Feb and Sept 2003; and Quartet in First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lyons NY in Oct 1985; Poulenc in Church of St Pierre, Gramat, France in July 1989) TELARC CD-80653 [62:35] [IL]

Generally, sterling performances in very good sound of well-known French classics. ... see Full Review

British Light Music: Sir Vivian Dunn conducts the Light Music Society Orchestra CD1 Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Country Gardens [2.13]; Molly on the Shore [4:02]; Londonderry Air [3.30]; Handel in the Strand [4.36]; Mock Morris [3.42]; Shepherds hey [2.08] Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Children's Overture (1914) [11.12] Geoffrey TOYE (1889-1942) The Haunted Ballroom (1934) [5.17] Cecil ARMSTRONG GIBBS (1889-1960) Dusk (1936) [3.29] Henry BALFOUR GARDINER (1877-1950) Shepherd Fennel’s Dance (1911) [5.19] CD2 Gordon LANGFORD (b. 1930) March from Colour Suite [3.07] Robert FARNON (1917-2005) A La Claire Fontaine [6.21] Ernest TOMLINSON (b. 1924) Suite of English Folk Dances: Jenny Pluck Pears [3.13]; Ten Pound Lass [1.12]; Dick's Maggot [2.45]; Nonesuch [1.58]; Hunt the Squirrel [3.27]; Woodicock [1.38] Trevor DUNCAN (b. 1924) March from A Little Suite [3.07] Frederick CURZON (1899-1973) The Boulevardier [3.34] Ronald BINGE (1910-1979) The Watermill [3.59] Robert DOCKER (1918-1992) Tabarinage [3.16] Peter HOPE (b. 1930) Ring of Kerry Suite: Jaunting Car [2.40]; Lough Leane [3.37]; Killorglin Fair [3.06] The Light Music Society Orchestra/Sir Vivian Dunn Recorded in 1970, re-mastered in 2003 ADD DUTTON VOCALION CDLK 4182 [46.08 + 47.33] [EM]

This is a disc that I heartily recommend to any lovers of light music – although those who are suspicious of the genre would, I am sure, find much to surprise and beguile them here as well ... see Full Review

David Bruchez - Trombone Juraj FILAS (b. 1955) Sonata: "At the end of the century" for trombone and piano (1997) [12:41] François CATIN (b. 1972) Paroles – Pater Noster for soprano and trombone (2000) [2:29] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Romanze Il op. 94, "Einfach, innig" [3:31] Jean-François MICHEL (b. 1957) "In memoriam" for trombone (1999) [14:49] François CATIN (b. 1972) Paroles – Resurrection for soprano and trombone (2000) [3:24] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Romanze III op. 94 "Nicht schnell" [3:53] Jean-François MICHEL (b. 1957) Rogations for 4 trombones (1991) [6:47] François CATIN (b. 1972) Paroles – Glory Holy Spirit for soprano and trombone (2000) [4:16] Frank MARTIN (1890 - 1974) Ballade for trombone and piano (1940) [7:58] Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Hommage du trombone exprimant la tristesse de l’auteur absent (1921) [1:21] Ferdinand DAVID (1810-1873), arr. Ingo LUISConcertino op. 4 for 4 trombone and piano (1995) [8:55] David Bruchez, trombone Adrienne Haering, piano Antonella Lalli, soprano Recorded at Studio Varga à Grimisuat. 28-30 January, 2002 DDD MGB CTS-M 89 [70:11] [PG]

His timbre is warm and bright ... Bruchez has mastered the tenor trombone, and puts his considerable talents on display throughout the album. ... see Full Review

Cantorial Concert Masterpieces David ROITMAN (1884 – 1943), orchestrated and arranged Larry SPIVACK Hayyom T’amtzeinu [5.14] (1) Israel SCHORR (1886 – 1935) Sheyyibane Beit Hammikdash [9.01] (2) Pierre PINCHIK (1893? – 1971) Der Khazn un der Gabe [5.08] (1) Pinchas JASSINOWSKY (1886 – 1954) , orchestrated Robert ELHAI The Prophecy of Isaiah [8.01] (5) David KUSEVITZKY (1911 – 1985), orchestrated Stanley SILVERMAN Ezrat [5.48] (1) Israel SCHORR (1886 – 1935), orchestrated and arranged Elli JAFFE Ribbon Ha’olamim [12.43] (1) Leib GLANTZ (1898 – 1964), orchestrated and arranged Larry SPIVACK Kol M’kaddesh [3.57] (1) Moshe GANCHOFF (1907 – 1997), orchestrated and arranged Steve BARNETT Hashir Shehalviyyim [9.09] (1) Zavel ZILBERTS (1881 – 1949), orchestrated and arranged Warner BASS Havdala [3.34] (3) Aaron TISHKOWSKY (1899 – 1972), arranged Maurice GOLDMAN, orchestrated Larry SPIVACK Hammavdil [5.28] (4) William BOGZESTER (1904 – 1970), orchestrated Steve BARNETT Psalm of David [9.34] (1) Cantor Benzion Miller (1, 5) Barcelona Symphony Orchestra(National Orchestra of Catalonia)/Elli Jaffe (2) Oxford Philomusica/Marios Papadopoulos (3) Barcelona Symphony Orchestra(National Orchestra of Catalonia)/Jorge Mester (4) Vienna Boys Choir/Chorus Viennensis/Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Gerard Wirth Recorded: (1, 3) Centre Cultural de Sant Cugat, Barcelona, May 2000 (2) The Warehouse, London, UK, November 1998 (5) Sala Sinfonical del Auditori, Barcelona, May 2001 (4) Baumgartner Casino, Vienna, Austria, May 2001 NAXOS 8.559416 [78.22] [RH]

Makes fascinating listening, opening up an area of musical repertoire which is probably quite unknown to many people. ... see Full Review

Carmina Burana Twenty three medieval songs from the original Benedikbeuren manuscript c.1230 Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen Recorded in 1996 - no other details given WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 62084-2 [78.45] [GH]

I am really enjoying Cohen’s approach. More fun than Pickett. More musical than Clemencic. A step further on and more confident with his material than Binkley. ... see Full Review

Children’s Games Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Jeux d’enfants (1871) [10.14]* Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) [10.11] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Dolly Suite Op.56 orchestrated Rabaud (1894-97 orchestrated 1906) [17.20]** Anatole LIADOV (1855-1914) The Musical Box Op.32 (published 1893) [1.37]* Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker Suite Op.71a (1892) [23.21]+ Walter MOURANT (1937-1995) The Pied Piper [4.37]++ Marisa ROBLES (b.1937) Themes for Narnia – from The Narnia Suite (1981-82) [3.18]# Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Brazileira – from Scaramouche Op.165b (1937) [2.25]## Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Bátiz* Academy of St-Martin-in the-Fields/Neville Marriner** RPO/ Enrique Bátiz+ George MacDonald (clarinet)/Northern Sinfonia of England/Stuart Bedford++ The Marisa Robles Ensemble/Christopher Hyde-Smith (flute and piccolo)# Emma Johnson (clarinet) and Gordon Back (piano)## No recording dates or locations SANCTUARY CD RSN 3046 [73.21][JW]

If it encourages someone to take a chance and introduce classical music to an inquisitive child then I’m all for it. ... see Full Review

Dangerous Moonlight – Piano Classics for the Silver Screen Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) Warsaw Concerto [Dangerous Moonlight] (1941) [8:04] Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Paganini Rhapsody – 18th Variation (1934) [2:56] Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) Spellbound Concerto [Spellbound] (1945) [8:06] Lindley Evans (1895-1982) Idyll [7:14] George Gershwin (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue (1924) [16:06] Hubert Bath (1883-1945) Cornish Rhapsody [Love Story 1945] (1945) [5:29] Charles Litolff (1918-1982) Scherzo from the Concerto Symphonique No.4 [7:27] Isador Goodman (1909-1982) New Guinea Fantasy [8:13] Charles Williams (1893-1978) Dream of Olwen [Where I live] (1947) [3:04] Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No.2 – Adagio sostenuto [Brief Encounter] (1901) [10:44] Isador Goodman, piano Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Patrick Thomas Dates of the pieces given where noted on the sleeve or otherwise known. Associated film noted where known. Recording dates or locations not given. PHILIPS ELOQUENCE CD 476 7333 [79:04] [JF]

A good selection of ‘silver screen’ romantic favourites for piano and orchestra. ... see Full Review

English Song Album Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Thomas Augustine ARNE (1710-1778) George MUNRO (?-1731) Rutland BOUGHTON (1878-1960) George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) Liza LEHMAN (1862-1918) Amy WOODFORDE-FINDEN (1860-1919) Roger QUILTER (1877-1935) Astra Desmond, contralto. Recorded 12, 14 June 1944 (1-4); John Heddle Nash, baritone. 28 January 1954 (5-8) and 28 April 1954 (24-27); Ernest Lush, piano. 28 January 1954 (5-8); Richard Lewis, tenor. 20 December 1948 (9, 10); John Cameron, baritone. 10-11 February 1954 and 16 August 1954 (11-21); Gerald Moore, piano. 10-11 February 1954 and 16 August 1954 (11-21); and 6 April 1952 (28, 29); Gwen Catley. 28 September 1951 (22); Alfred Piccaver. 1928 (23); Walter Midgley. 6 April 1952 (28, 29); Owen Brannigan. 1 February 1952 (30) DUTTON VOCALION CDLX 7104 [74:31] [EM]

This is a fascinating disc, and includes some wonderful performances – not least Nash’s Quilter songs and Cameron’s Butterworth. The sound is, as a general rule, remarkably good ... see Full Review

Wilhelm Furtwängler - Live in Lucerne 26 August 1953 CD 1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77 [39:48] Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Furtwängler. (Taken from 78s recorded by the Gramophone Co. for HMV DB 9448 on 7 October 1949) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No. 4 in D Minor Op.120 [29:17] Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Furtwängler. (Live recording on 26 August 1953 in the Kunsthaus) CD 2 Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat Op. 55 (Eroica) [52:11] Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Furtwängler (Live recording on 26 August 1953 in the Kunsthaus) Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 [6:08] (part of second movement) Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Furtwängler (Live recording on 15 August 1951 in the Kunsthaus) Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 120 (Choral) (extract from finale) [7.25] (E. Schwarzkopf (sop); E. Cavelti (alto); E. Häfliger (tenor); O. Edelmann (bass) Lucerne Festival Chorus(?) Philharmonia Orchestra/Furtwängler (Live recording on 22 August 1954 in the Kunsthaus) TAHRA FURT 1088-1089 [69.48 + 66.24][MW]

All in all then, a splendid document illustrating the art and musicianship of a very great conductor who died prematurely (for a conductor) at the age of 68. A sad loss! ... see Full Review

An American Songbook: Marilyn Horne Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864), arr. David MATTHEWS Jeanie with the light brown hair [4:17] Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864), arr. Colin MATTHEWS Beautiful Dreamer [3:33] Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864), arr. David CULLEN If you’ve only got a moustache [3:01] Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864), arr. David CULLEN Camptown Races [2:14] Traditional, arr. Carl DAVIS Sometimes I feel like a motherless child [4:40] Traditional, arr. Carl DAVIS I’ve just come from the fountain [1:27] Alfred MALOTTE, arr. Carl DAVIS The Lord’s Prayer [3:53] Traditional, arr. Carl DAVIS Shenandoah [3:06] Traditional, arr. David MATTHEWS Billy Boy [1:48] Traditional, arr. Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Five Songs from ‘Old American Songs’ [12:10] George M. COHAN (1878-1942), arr. Carl DAVIS You’re a grand old flag [3:44] Traditional, arr. David MATTHEWS When Johnny comes marching home [2:00] Irving BERLIN (1888-1989), arr. Carl DAVIS God Bless America [3:01]
Alfred BRYAN (1871-1958)/Al PIANTADOSI (1884-1955), arr. Carl DAVIS I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier [2:20] Traditional, arr. Carl DAVIS Battle Hymn of the Republic [3:53] Marilyn Horne (mezzo) Osian Ellis, harp (Jeanie with the light brown hair)
Ambrosian Singers English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London in August, 1985. DDD ELOQUENCE 476 2743 [60:01][PG]

This is certainly better than average among the large number of collections of American songs and Horne’s "Shenandoah" is as good as any put on record ... see Full Review

Immortal Fire – Music for Female Saints Herbert HOWELLS (1892–1983) A Hymn for St. Cecilia; Salve Regina Judith BINGHAM (b. 1952) Margaret, Forsaken (2004) Flor PEETERS (1903–1986) Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on Ave Maris Stella, Op. 28 Hildegard of BINGEN (1098–1179) Studium divinitas Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902– 1986) Tota pulchra es Maria Hildegard of BINGEN (1098–1179) De Patria etiam earum Benjamin BRITTEN (1913–1976) A Hymn to the Virgin Hildegard of BINGEN (1098–1179) Deus enim in prima muliere praesignavit Benjamin BRITTEN (1913–1976) Hymn to St. Cecilia Op. 27 Marcel DUPRÉ (1886–1971) Magnificat Op. 18 Gustav HOLST (1874–1934) Ave Maria Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) Ave Maria, Op. 2 No. 2 Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907) Ave maris stella Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks of Winchester Cathedral/Sarah Baldock Andrew Lumsden (organ) Recorded Winchester Cathedral, January 2005 GRIFFIN GCCD 4049 [74.27][RH]

A well chosen programme mixing an attractive variety of including many items not typically associated with the Cathedral liturgical repertoire ... see Full Review

Kalin Ivanov (cello) Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Sonata Op.6 or Cello and Piano Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) Sonata No.5 in E minor Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Fantasiestücke Op.73 for Cello and Piano Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Sonata No.1 in E minor Op.38 for Cello and Piano Kalin Ivanov (cello) Emily White (piano) Rec. Patrych Sound Studio, New York, 2004 GEGA NEW GD 285 [69:21][LB]

Mr Kalinov is a cellist of admirable expressive capability, from whom I have no doubt we shall hear more in future. ... see Full Review

The Kiri Te Kanawa Songbook Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) arr. Benjamin Britten The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation [8’29"] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Die Lorelei [6’19"]; Comment, disaient-ils [2’05"]; Oh, quand je dors [5’05"]; Pace non trovo [6’29"] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Cinq Mélodies populaires greques [7’50"] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise [5’03"] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) La maja y el ruiseñor [6’13"] Fernando OBRADORS (1897-1945) Cinco canciones clásìcas españolas [8’53"] Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) Roger Vignoles (piano) Recorded; St. Peter’s Church, Morden, UK, April-May 1989 DDD DECCA AUSTRALIAN ELOQUENCE 476 2446 [57’03"]

Those collectors who, like me, are admirers of this gorgeous singer need not hesitate. ... see Full Review

Ernst Levy - Forgotten Genius in Concert: Volume 3 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 (1897-98) [25.08] Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 Pastorale (1801) [19.52] Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 Waldstein (1803-04) [25.59] Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 Appassionata (1804) [20.43] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonic Etudes Op.13 (1834-37, revised 1852) [18.33] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel Op.24 (1861)[21.58] Klavierstücke Op.118 (1892) Intermezzo in A minor No.1 [1.56] Intermezzo in A No.2 [6.54] Ballade in G minor No.3 [3.09] Ernst Levy (piano) Recorded in recital – Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Beethoven Opp. 10/3 and 53) December 1955, Huntington Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Beethoven Op.13) January 1955, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Mass (Beethoven Op.57), February 1955, Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Brahms-Handel), March 1959, Cambridge, Mass (Schumann, Brahms Klavierstücke), November 1954. MARSTON 52039-2 [71.03 + 73.14] [JW]

I suggest you beg or borrow this disc and prepare to be appalled, shocked, horrified, amazed, stunned, bewildered, elated, confused or just plain pole-axed. ... see Full Review

Life is Beautiful George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon) [3.02] (1) Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No. 1 [3.06] (2) Léo DÉLIBES (1836-1891) Sous le dome épais (Flower Duet) (Lakmé) [5.12] (3) Gareth KOCH (b. 1962) Rumba Flamenca [3.31] (4) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Méditation (Thais) [5.33] (5) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Virgin, Mother of God (All Night Vigil - Vespers) [2.46] (6) Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Allegretto grazioso (Symphony No. 8) [5.04] (7) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Allegro (Brandenburg Concerto No. 2) [4.55] (8) Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Intermezzo (Caveleria Rusticana) [3.00] (9) Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere excerpt [7.42] (10) Johann PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Canon in D [4.29] (11) Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Gloria in excelsis Deo (Gloria) [2.17] (12) Bela BARTÓK (1881– 1945) arranged Andrea KELLER No. 126 Change of Time (Mikrokosmos) [5.23] (13) Ross EDWARDS (b. 1943) Dawn Mantras [7.14] (14) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) An die Freude, excerpt from Final movement (Symphony No. 9) [8.41] (15) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Montagues and Capulets (Romeo and Juliet) [3.54] (16) Giulio CACCINI (1551-1618) arranged Daniel WALKER Ave Maria [3.22] (17) artist details: see review Compiled 2005 from a variety of ABC recordings ABC CLASSICS 476 7492 [79.53] [RH]

A disc which, with its fine array of Australian artists, should be of wide interest, enabling us to hear many artists who are underplayed in Europe. ... 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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