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Madam d’Amours: Music for the six wives of Henry VIII Francisco de la TORRE (fl. c.1500) Danza Alta; William CORNYSSH (c.1480-1523) Whilles Lyfe or Breth; Blow thi horne; Matthieu de GASCOGNE (fl. c.1520) Nigra Sum; Antoine de FEVIN (c.1470-1534) Auditorium nostrum’; Vincenzo CAPIROLA (fl. 1480-1510) Ricercar; Jacques BARBIREAU (1457-1505) Een vroulic wesen; HENRY VIII (1491-1547) Time to pass with goodly sport; Quam pulcra est; John MARBECKE (c.1505-1585) A Virgine and a mother; Hugh ASTON (c.1485-1558) Ashton’s Marske’; ANONYMOUS My Lady Wynkfield’s Rownde; Adew le companye; My Lady Cary’s dump; La Gamba; Blame not my lute; Gentil prince; En vray amour; King Harry’s Pavan; Madame d’amours; Duke of Somerset’s dump; Ainxi bon youre; la Danse de Cleves; Prince Edwards Pavan; The Kynges marske; Adew Madame; Pavyn and Galliard of Albert Musica Antiqua of London/Philip Thorby Recorded in the National Centre for Early Music, York January 2004 SIGNUM CLASSICS CD044 [74.55] [GH]

All in all a CD which puts a unique slant on English Henrican court music. Performances demonstrating an ideal blend of panache, beauty and intelligence. ... see Full Review

NEWCOMER OF THE MONTH Denis Matsuev -Tribute to Horowitz Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année, S161 (1849) – Sonata, ‘Après une lecture de Dante’ [16’13]. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S514 (1859-60) [11’23]. Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 (1847, cadenza by Matsuev) [9’12]. Georges BIZET (1838-1875)/Vladimir HOROWITZ (1904-1984) Variations on a Theme from Carmen [3’21]. Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868)/Grigory GINZBURG (1904-1962) Fantasy on a Theme from Il barbiere di Siviglia [4’17]. Denis Matsuev (piano). Rec. Moscow, Russia, in October 2003. DDD BMG RUSSIA RCA RED SEAL 82876 61273 2 [44’25] [CC]

This is at times staggering virtuosity. Short measure at under 45 minutes, perhaps, but there are more notes here than in most 80 minute CDs ... see Full Review

Nellie Melba - The Complete American Recordings - Volume 1 Nellie Melba (soprano) with Enrico Caruso (tenor), Charles Gilibert (baritone), Ada Sassoli (harp), Charles K. North, Nellie Melba (piano) Unknown Orchestra/Walther B. Rogers Recorded 5th, 24th, 27th-30th March 1907, New York NAXOS 8.110334 [71.49] [JW]

A representative collection of Melba is more of a necessity than a luxury and admirers should have these 1907 sessions in their collection. ... see Full Review

Mixing Their Music Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) God is gone up [4’56"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) A Sequence for St. Michael [11’06"] Plainchant Alma redemptoris mater [2’13"] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Alma redemptoris mater [4’47"] Plainchant Regina cœli [1’54"] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA Regina cœli [4’04"] Johann Ludwig BACH (1677-1731) Unsere Trübsal [5’55"] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 [8’31"] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Richte mich, Gott [4’11"] Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk [4’00"] Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Te Deum* [7’04"] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Antiphon [7’06"] Malcolm SINGER (b. 1953) Jubilate* [2’09"] *First recording
St. Albans Chamber Choir/David Hansell. Roger Judd (organ) Recorded July 9-10, 2004 at Aldenham School Chapel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, UK LAMMAS LAMM 173D [68’02"] [JQ]

A mixed bag. I can’t give it a wholly unqualified recommendation but much here will give pleasure ... see Full Review

QUANDARY OF THE MONTH Music For A While Baroque Melodies Benedetto FERRARI (1603 or 1604-1681) Amanti, io vi so dire [04:52] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Se l’aura spira [02:32]
Giulio CACCINI (1551-1618)
Dovrò dunque morire? [02:31] Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Ecco I dolci raggi [02:17], Quel sgardo sdegnosetto [01:58] Giovanni Girolamo KAPSBERGER (c.1580-1651) La Capona (theorbo solo) [01:27] MONTEVERDI Adagiati, Poppea (from "L’incoronazione di Poppea") [03:34] Barbara STROZZI (1619-1677) Udite, amanti [07:06] Bernardo STORACE (mid-17th Century) Ciaccona (harpsichord solo) [06:13] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Saraband with division (harpsichord solo) [01:15], Sweeter than roses [03:15], Dear, pretty youth [02:01], Music for a while [02:51], There’s not a swain [01:30], An Evening Hymn [03:41] KAPSBERGER Arpeggiata (theorbo solo) [02:18] John DOWLAND (1563-1626) In darkness let me dwell [04:26], Can she excuse my wrongs [02:39], Weep you no more, sad fountains [05:24], What if I never speed? [02:17] Robert JOHNSON (c.1583-1633) Fantasia (lute solo) [03:41] Annie Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Jory Vinikour (harpsichord, chamber organ), Jakob Lindberg (theorbo, lute, baroque guitar), Anders Ericson (theorbo) Recorded at the Sveriges Radio/Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. February 2004 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ARCHIV PRODUKTION 00289 477 5114 [67:48] [CH]

This has to be the greatest baroque/renaissance singing out – or the most awfullest - but you must find out!... see Full Review

Organ Dreams Volume 4 Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Marche du veilleur de nuit (Wachet Auf!) [4'04] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prélude, Fugue et Variation op. 18 [9'54] S.S. WESLEY (1810-1876) Andante in E flat major [4'18] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Sicilienne (from Suite op. 5) Harvey GRACE (1874-1944) Reverie: 'The God of Love my Shepherd is' [3'19] Charles-Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Prière [6'00] Herbert SUMSION (1899-1995) Air, Berceuse and Procession [16'56] Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911) Choral: Was Gott thut das ist wohlgetan [8'53] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen [18'07] Christopher Herrick, organ Rec: St Nikolai, Halmstad, Sweden, 2nd, 4th, 5th May, 2004. DDD HYPERION CDA67436 [78'15] [CB]

An interesting release this. Worth picking up to get to know the Sumsion alone. ... see Full Review

Paths Pavel HAAS (1899 – 1944) Suite for Oboe and Piano Op.17 (1939/41) [15:37] Stefan WOLPE (1902 – 1972) Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1938/41) [24:07] Hans GÁL (1890 – 1987) Sonata for Oboe and Piano Op.85 (1964) [21:01] Piet Van Bockstal (oboe); Yutaka Oya (piano) Recorded: Moscow Radio House, April 2002 MEGADISC MDC 7805 [60:48][HC]

Dedicated and convincing readings of three fairly unusual works ... see Full Review

Puzzles and Perfect Beauty: Italian Music at the end of the Middle Ages Gherardello de FIRENZE (d.1364) I’vo bene; Lorenzo da FIRENZE (d.1372) Donna e fu; Matteo da PERUGIA (fl.c.1400) Se je me plaing; Pers du soleil; Johannes CICONIA (1370-1412) Sus un fontayne; Antonella da CASERTA (fl.c1400) Beauté parfaite; Bartolina da PADUA arr, Faenza Codex (c.1410) La douce cere; J. de SENLECHES (fl.c.1380) En Attendant espérance; En ce gracieux temps; Fuions de ci; Philipoctus da CASERTA (fl.c.1370) De ma dolour; ANON Istampita Ghaetta The Newberry Consort/Mary Springfels Recorded at the AirWave centre, Chicago January 2004 NOYSE PRODUCTIONS no number given [61.04] [GH]

Minter’s firm and ideal counter-tenor ... the gorgeous soprano voice of Ellen Hargis ... The instrumental participation is colourful and always superbly rendered. ... see Full Review

Sviatoslav Richter in Concert Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.7 (1797-98) [27.23] Piano Sonata in C major Op.2 No.3 (1794-95) [26.57] Piano Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 (1802) [23.42] Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3 (1802) [22.20] Piano Sonata in E minor Op.90 (1814) [12.26] Piano Sonata in A major Op.101 (1816) [19.12] Piano Sonata in E major Op.109 (1820) [18.24] Piano Sonata in A flat major Op.110 (1821-22) [20.31] Piano Sonata in C minor Op.111 (1822) [23.07] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in B flat major D960 (1828) [43.56] Piano Sonata in B major D575 (1817) [24.49] Piano Sonata in E minor D566 (1817) [20.08] Piano Sonata in G major D894 (1826) [45.50] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata in B minor S178 (1852-53) [29.56] Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Recorded 1965-78 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92229 [5 CDs: 74.30 + 73.32 + 76.01 + 68.39 + 73.23] [JW]

Sovereign playing that is powerfully interior, digitally remarkable, and bursts into momentary sunshine like the sudden blaze of a Turner. ... see Full Review

Ballades for Saxophone and Orchestra Henri TOMASI (1901-1971) Ballade for saxophone and orchestra (1938) [15.31] Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Ballade for saxophone and orchestra (1938) [14.45] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) orch. A HOEREE Habanera for saxophone and chamber orchestra [3.04] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) adapted Theodore KERKEZOS Tango Suite for saxophone and orchestra (Preludio; Fuga; Misterio; Fuga; Oblivión; Adios Nonino; Libertango) [22.00] Dimitris DRAGATAKIS (1914-2001) Ballade for saxophone and strings [2.56] (world première recording) Pedro ITTURALDE (b.1929) orch. Javier ITTURALDE Czárdás for saxophone and orchestra [7.35] (world première recording) Theodore Kerkezos (saxophone) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Roberto Minczuk rec. 8/9 November 2003, Heraklion, Greece. DDD NAXOS 8.557454 [66’13][RNB]

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this ... see Full Review

So Rich a Crown James THOMAS (b. 1963) St. Edmund Prayer [2:54] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth [7:09] William BYRD (1543-1623) Sing Joyfully [2:57] Prevent Us O Lord [2:37] Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Blessed City, Heavenly Salem [9:35] Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Justorum animae [3:24] Coelos ascendit hodie [2:14] Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) O sacrum convivium [3:29] If ye Love Me [2:19] Verily Verily [2:13] Edward Woodall NAYLOR (1867-1934) Vox dicentes: Clama [9:08] Maurice GREEN (1696-1755) Lord, Let Me Know Mine End [5:56] Charles WOOD (1866-1926) Hail Gladdening Light [3:21] Occuli omnium [1:34] Charles H. H. PARRY (1848-1918) My Soul, There is a Country [3:52] Never Weather Beaten Sail [3:47] I Know My Soul Hath Power [2:15] Edward MILLER (1731-1807) When I survey the wondrous cross The Choir of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral/James Thomas Michael Bawtree, organist Recorded at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, England, 5-7 July 2004. LAMMAS LAMM 172D [73:12][KS]

Friends and fans of the choir will certainly want to own this, and it will be of interest to those who follow the work of English Cathedral choirs. ... see Full Review

Gérard Souzay and Dalton Baldwin - Recital: Canzone scordate [selection]; selected and harmonized by Arne Dørumsgaard Francesco CAVALLI (1599-1676) Son ancor pargoletta Raffaello RONTANI (?-1622) O primavera Vincenzo CALESTANI (C17) Accorta lusinghiera Domenico BRUNETTI (c.1580-1646) Deh girate Giulio CACCINI (1546-1618) Tu ch’hai le penne Amore Barbara STROZZI (1619-1677) Spesso per entro al petto Nicola MATTEIS (C17) Caro volto pallidetto Giacomo CARISSIMI (c.1605-1674) Soccorretemi, ch’io moro Bernardo PASQUINI (1637-1710) Quanto e folle; So ben s’io peno; Bela bocca Alonso de MUDARRA (c.1508-1580) Triste estaba el rey David Gabriel MENA (c.1500-c.1528) A la caza, sus, a caza Antonio de RIBERA (C16) Por unos puertos arriba Luis de MILAN (c.1500-c.1561) Quien amores ten Juan de ANCHIETA (1462-1523) Con amores, la mi madre Francesco de la TORRE (fl.1483-1523) Pampano verder ANONYMOUS Que bien me lo veo Cristobal de MORALES (c.1500-1533) De Antequera sale el moro Pablo ESTEVE (1730-1794) Alma, Sintamos! Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Eight Songs: Oh! Quand je dors; Le chasseur des Alpes; D’abord, j’etais près du désespoir; Dans le Rhin, dans ce beau fleuve; Cloches de Marling; Petit ange aux cheveux blonds; Prends un rayon de soleil; Ce doit être merveilleux. Gérard Souzay (baritone) Dalton Baldwin (piano) Recorded in August 1958 (Spanish and Italian Antique Arias) and in the Salle Champs-Elysées, Paris, July 1957 (Liszt) CLAVES 50-2412 [71.54][JW]

Sheer elegance and refinement; never narcissistic, always devoted to the musical line ... see Full Review

Spanish Legends Regino SAINZ DE LA MAZA (1896-1981) 1 Zapateado [2:23]; 2 Rondena [3:31] Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Ten Canciones Populares Catalanas: 3 El Testament D’Amelia [2:27]; 4 Canco del Lladre [1:48]; 5 La Filadora [1:09]; 6 Lo Fill del Rei [1:19]; 7 Lo Rosinyol [0.52]; 8 Plany [1:52]; 9 El Mestre [3:57]; 10 L’Hereu Riera [0.47]; 11 La Filla del Marxant [3:18]; 12 La Nit de Nadal [1:15]; 13 Scherzo-Vals [3:19] Andres SEGOVIA (1893-1987) 14 Estudio Sin Luz [3:21]; 15 Anecdotas 2 [1:27]; 16 Anecdotas 5 [2:54]; 17 Remembranza (Estudio II) [2:48] Emilio PUJOL (1886-1980) 18 Seguidilla [3:23]; 19 Impromptu [2:52]; 20 Triquilandia [1:13]; (Jugando al Escondite); 21 El Abejorro [1:33]; 22 Cancion Amatoria [2:37]; 23 Festivola [2:55]; 24 Tango [3:05]; 25 Tonadilla (Manola de Lavapies) [2;30]; 26 Guajira [4:06] David Russell (guitar) Recorded at Peggy and Yale Gordon Centre for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland, June 11-13, 2004 TELARC CD-80633 [65:00] [ZT]

"Spanish Legends" may have insufficient programme "grunt" for hardened aficionados but if you have a smouldering penchant for the classical guitar it will be a catalyst, turning smoke into flame. ... see Full Review

Richard Tauber: Opera Arias, Volume 2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1781/2) – Konstanze, Konstanze … O wie angstlich [4’17"] Die Zauberflöte (1791) - Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (rec.1938) [3’51"]; (rec.1946) [3’53"] Don Giovanni (1787) – Dalla sua pace (a) [4’10"]; Il mio tesoro (a) [4’14"] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz (1821) – Nein, langer trag’ ich nicht … Durch die Walder [6’21"] MÉHUL Joseph – Vaterland ich musst’ dich fruh lassen [4’39"] Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Martha (1847) – Ach so fromm [2’49"] GODARD Jocelyn – Berceuse [3’10"] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les contes d’Hoffmann (1880) – Il était une fois a la cour d’Eisenach [4’13"]; Ha, wie in meiner Seele [2’44"] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen (1845) – La fleur que tu m’avais jetée [3’33"] Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Sadko (1896) – Hindulied [3’12"] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (1867) – Am stillen Herd [3’39"]; Morgenlich leuchtend [3’33"] NESSLER Trompeter von Sakkingen – Behut dich Gott [3’40"] Wilhelm KIENZL (1857-1941) Der Evangelimann (1894) – Selig sind die Verfolgung leiden [2’49"] Eugen D’ALBERT (1864-1932) Tiefland (1902/5) – Wie ich nun gestern Abend [3’51"]; Mein Leben wagt’ ich drum [3’21"] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Turandot (1924) – O weine nicht, Liu [2’47"]; Keiner schlafe [3’01"] All tracks sung in German, except (a) sung in Italian; (b) sung in French (c) with Dajos Bela, violin and Mischa Spoliansky, piano Recorded 1926-1946, British Parlophone, French Odeon and German Odeon. ADD. NAXOS HISTORICAL GREAT SINGERS 8.111001 [77’48"] [ED]

Highly recommended then, aside from some deficiency in documentation ... Young singers of today should listen and learn from a master ... see Full Review

Lawrence Tibbett Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Largo al factotum (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) (1) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Eri tu (Un Ballo in Maschera) (1) Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883) Wie Todesahnung Dämm’rung (Tannhäuser) (2) Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Avant de quitter ces lieux (Faust) (2) Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875) Toreador’s song (Carmen) (3) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Dinne ... alcun la non vedesti?; Plebe! Patrizii! Popolo (Simon Boccanegra) (4) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Inaffia l’ugola! trinca, tracana; Credo in un Dio crudel; Era la notte; Si el ciel (Otello) (5) Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857 – 1919) Prologue: Si puo (I Pagliacci) (6) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) Te Deum (Tosca) (7) Deems TAYLOR (1885 – 1996) Oh Caesar, great wert thou!; Nay, Maccus, lay him down (The King’s Henchman) (8) Louis GRUENBERG (1884 – 1964) Standin’ in the need of prayer (Emperor Jones) (9) Howard HANSON (1896 – 1981) Oh, tis an Earth Defiled (Merry Mount) (9) Lawrence Tibbett (baritone) Rose Bampton (soprano) (4); Giovanni Martinelli (tenor) (4, 5); Leonard Warren (baritone) (4); Robert Nicholson (bass) (4); Nicolas Massue (tenor) (5); Herman Dreeben (baritone) (5); Unknown Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret (1, 2); Unknown Orchestra/Wilfred Pelletier (4, 5, 8, 9); Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra/Giulio Setti (3, 7); Unknown Orchestra/Rosario Bourdon (6) Rec. 15 April 1930 (1); 20 April 1934 (2); 8 April 1929 (3); 3 May 1939 (4); 3, 5 May 1939 (5); 7 June 1929 (6); 3 April 1929 (7); 5 April 1928 (8); 19 Jan 1934 (9) mono PREISER LEBENDIG VERGANGENHEIT 89576 [77.32][RH]

Anyone interested in singing will find this recital highly rewarding. I cannot recommend the disc too highly. ... see Full Review

Arturo Toscanini Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Symphony No.88 in G (1787) [20.40] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Symphony No.40 in G minor K.550 (1788) [22.44] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1832) String Quartet in F major Op. 135, Lento assai and vivace (1826) [11.23] Nicolo PAGANINI (1782 - 1840) Moto Perpetuo, arr. Toscanini (c.1830) [4.40] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) William Tell Overture (1829) [11.43] NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini.All recorded in NBC Studio H, New York City on the 8th March, 1938, (Haydn), 7th March 1938 and 27th February 1939, (Mozart), 8th March 1938, (Beethoven), 17th April 1939 (Paganini), and 1st and 29th March 1939. Original recordings restored by Mark Obert-Thorn. ADD NAXOS 8.110895 [71’56"] [JPh]

Direct, unfussy performances at an extremely low outlay, which will impress you greatly. Of this I have no doubt. ... see Full Review

UNA VOCE POCO FA Jun NAGAO (b. 1964) Rhapsody on Carmen de George Bizet [15.48] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Overture from Il barbiere di Siviglia (arranged Sebastian Pottmeier) [7.38] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)/Andreas HILNER Fantasy after Tosca [15.03] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)/Sylvain DEDENON Suite after Themes of Porgy and Bess [15.45] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)/Chikage IMAI Seductive Realm [10.58] Alliage Quartet (Daniel Gaulthier (soprano saxophone), Lutz Koppetsch (alto saxophone), Martin Hilner (tenor saxophone), Sebastian Pottmeier (baritone saxophone)) Jang Eun Bae (piano) Recorded 15-17 June 2004, Historische Reitbahn Bad Arolsen MUSIK DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 603 1272-2 [65.49] [RH]

There is some stunning saxophone playing on the disc and these arrangements can be pure fun, when the arranger is not taking things too seriously. ... see Full Review

Les Vendredis Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865 - 1936) Novelettes (5) Op 15 (1886) [27.37] Nicolai ARTIBOUCHEFF (1858 - 1937) Serenade (1899) [3.57] Maximilien d’OSTEN-SACKEN (18?? - 1920?) Berceuse (1899) [2.38] Anatole LIADOV (1855 - 1914) Mazurka (1899) [2.47] Sarabande (1899) [2.51] Felix BLUMENFELD (1963 - 1931) Sarabande (1899) [4.25] Nikolai SOKOLOW (1858 - 1922) Polka (1899) [5.01] Mazurka (1899) [1.37] Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 - 1908) Allegro (1899) [7.49]Alexander BORODIN (1833 - 1887) Scherzo (1882) [9.46] Alexander KOPYLOV (1854 - 1911) Polka (1899) [2.45] Vertavo String Quartet: Øyvor Volle, Berit Cardas, vv; Henninge Landaas, vla; Bjørg Værnes, vc; Recorded in Sofienberg Kirche, Oslo, Norway, 17 September 2003. Notes in English, Deutsch, Français. SIMAX CLASSICS PSC 1178 [71.21] [PSh]

A fine recording of Glazunov’s excellent Novelettes and historically — but not musically very — interesting fillers. ... see Full Review

Johannes Vermeer: Music of His Time William BYRD (c.1540-1623) Mass for Four Voices – Kyrie (a) [2’25”] Pavan (b) [3’01”] Johann NAUWACH (c.1595-c.1630) Ach Liebste laβ uns eilen (c) [1’54”] Thomas SELLE (1599-1663) Sag mir doch, liebes Echo mein (c) [1’50”] Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (c.1595-1663) Praeambulum in C (d) [2’19”] Louis COUPERIN (c.1626-1661) Prelude in C (e) [2’29”]; Allemande in C (e) [3’13”]; Prelude in A (e) [2’04”]; Pavane in F sharp minor (e) [6’32”]; Prelude in F (f) [2’12”]; Allemande grave in F (f) [3’27”]; Prelude a l’imitation de M. Froberger (f) [6’27”] William LAWES (1602-1645) Concert Set a 5 in C – Fantazy; Paven; Aire (b, g) [9’46”] Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Laudate pueri (h) [6’20”]; Salve regina (h) [6’26”] Christoph BERNHARD (1628-1692) Scheiden bringt Leiden (c) [2’51”] Andreas HAMMERSCHMIDT (1611/12-1675) Wie er wolle gekusset seyn (c) [2’11”] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Membra Jesu nostril III: Ad manus (i) [9’30”] (a) Oxford Camerata / Jeremy Summerly; (b) Rose Consort of Viols; (c) Martin Hummel (baritone) / Karl-Ernst Schroder (lute); (d) Pieter van Dijk (organ); (e) Glen Wilson (harpsichord); (f) Laurence Cummings (harpsichord); (g) Timothy Roberts (lute); (h) Le Concert Spirituel / Herve Niquet (i) Choir of Radio Svizzera, Lugano / Sonatori de la Giocosa Marca, Treviso / Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Verona / Diego Fasolis. NAXOS EDUCATIONAL ART AND MUSIC 8.558159 [75:51][ED]

An interesting release if you want a taster of mid-seventeenth century music, but the knowledgeable should go straight to the complete recordings that this disc advocates. ... see Full Review

The Wanderer Fantasy Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata in G, K283a (1775) [8’10]. Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasy in C, D760, Wanderera (1822) [20’13]. Franz Peter SCHUBERT/Franz LISZT (1811-86) Schubert Lieder, S558a – Frühlingsglaube [3’01]; Der Erlkönig [4’25]; Schwanengesang, S560a – No. 3, Aufenthalt [3’10]; No. 8 Ihr Bild [2’28]. Die Forelle, S564 [3’20]a. Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No. 6 in Ab (1940) [26’42]. Marina Kolomiitseva (piano) Rec. aEugene Goossens Hall, ABC’s Ultimo Centre on March 28th, 2002, bStudio 620, ABC Perth on March 18th, 2002. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 160-3 [72’19][CC]

Ultimately a very disappointing disc. ... see Full Review

Westminster Cathedral Choir Colin MAWBY (b.1936) Ave verum corpus [3:21] William MATHIAS  (1934-1992) The Doctrine of Wisdom (1990) [5:13] John TAVENER (b. 1944) Funeral Ikos (1981)  [9:09] Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici (1948) [17:06] Arvo PÄRT  (b. 1935) The Beatitudes (1990/91)  [8:51] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Salve regina (1915) [4:56] Westminster Cathedral Choir The City of London Sinfonia/James O’Donnell Andrew Reid, organ Recording dates and locations are not given. WARNER APEX 2564 60447 2 [48:41][KS]

Hit and miss music with a more miss than hit performance. ... see Full Review

Giovanni Zenatello II (1876-1949) see review for details PREISER LEBENDIGE VERGANGENHEIT 89575 [78’40] [CC]

Zenatello’s vocal timbre shines through like a beacon … Recommended. ... see Full Review

BOOK REVIEWS

Eric Charles Blake Wars, Dictators and the Gramophone 1898-1945 pp320; illustrated; laminated cover.published by Sessions of York, Huntingdon Rd, York YO31 9HS, England

The book is well written and has good illustrations; it is strongly recommended. ... see Full Review

The Cambridge Companion to Verdi Edited by Scott L. Balthazar Cambridge University Press 2004. First published 2004 ISBN 0 521 63228 5 hardback (£36.63 - amazon.co.uk). ISBN 0 521 635537 paperback (£17.99) Notes on contributors [page x-xii] Preface [xiii-xvi] Chronology [xvii-xxvi]

This Cambridge Companion is more a book for scholars and as such provides different and sometimes unusual insights, albeit often from narrow perspectives. ... see Full Review

SCORE REVIEW

Eight Songs of Francis George SCOTT Transcribed for Piano by Ronald STEVENSON Goodmusic under the Roberton imprint (9548)

 

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