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MAGNIFICAT ANON Magnificat, 'Motet a grand choeur par M' [24'07] Claude BALBASTRE (1727-1799) Joseph revenant un jour [5'45] Ou s'en vont ces gais berger? [5'39] Jean-Francois DANDRIEU (1682-1738) Or nous dites Marie [5'22] Louis-Claude DAQUIN (1694-1772) Noël sur les Flutes [7'04] Michel CORRETTE (1709-1795) Tous les bourgeois de Chastres [3'26] Tambourins [1'36] Daniel Meylan (organ) Agnieszka Kowalczyk, soprano, Jean-Francois Lombard, haute-contre, Bertrand Bochud, tenor, Olivier Bettens, basse, La Camerata Baroque, Arabesque/Daniel Meylan rec. Temple du Pampigny (Switzerland) 3-4 June 2005, St Jean-de-Losne (France), 28-29 August 2005. DDD HORTUS 043 [52'59] [CB]

Surely another little known treasure of 18th century French organ building. ... see Full Review

Trumpet Magic A Tribute To Rafael Méndez Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Hejre Kati arr. MÉNDEZ [3.24] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme arr. MÉNDEZ [3.15] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Caro nome from Rigoletto arr. MÉNDEZ [3.09] Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride arr. MÉNDEZ  [3.47] Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Bell Song from Lakmé arr. MÉNDEZ [4.03] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Habanera from Carmen arr. MÉNDEZ [3.56] Danse bohème from Carmen arr. MÉNDEZ [3.56] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Una voce poco fa from Barber of Seville arr. MÉNDEZ [5.21] Vittorio MONTI (1868-1922) Csárdás arr. MÉNDEZ [4.07] Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen arr. MÉNDEZ [6.02] Rafael MÉNDEZ (1906-81) Canto moro [3.21] Intermezzo [3.24] Plegaria Taurina [3.54] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor arr. MENDEZ/KOFF [3.32] Rafael CALLEJA (1874-1938)/ Tomas BARRERA (1870-1938) Farewell my Granada [4.14] arr. MÉNDEZ/KOFF Bernardino MONTERDEL a Virgen de la Macarena arr. MÉNDEZ/KOFF Geoffrey Payne (trumpet) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Jean-Louis Forestier rec. Iwaki Auditorium, ABC, Melbourne, March 2003, April 2004 ABC CLASSICS 476 9163 [64.06] [JW]

A faithful homage to Mexican trumpeter, Rafael Méndez ... see Full Review

Michelangeli plays Beethoven Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas: No. 3 in C, Op. 2 No. 3 (1794/5) [27'10]; No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1822) [29'00]. Also includes bonus items: Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Sonata No. 5 in C [16'17]. Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas: C minor, Kk11; C, Kk159; A, Kk322; B minor, Kk27. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano). rec. 1960s, RAI Turin (Beethoven 1962). LPCM. 4:3. All regions. mono OPUS ARTE MONO OA0939D [84'00][CC]

Warmly recommended as wholly representative of Michelangeli's art. Momentary glitches in picture quality should deter no-one. ... see Full Review

Paradisi Portas: Music from 17th Century Portugal Duarte LOBO (c.1565-1646) Audivi vocem de cælo [2:10] Manuel CARDOSO (1566-1650) Kyrie and Gloria, from Missa Paradisi portas [10:46] ANONYMOUS Obra de falsas cromáticas de 1° tono* [4:00] Manuel LEITÃO DE AVILES (d.1630) Tract: Adjuva nos [1:59] Manuel CARDOSO (1566-1650) Credo, from Missa Paradisi portas [8:33] Duarte LOBO (c.1565-1646) Pater peccavi [1:39] Manuel CARDOSO (1566-1650) Paradisi portas [2:31] Pablo BRUNA (1611-1679) Tiento de 1° tono de mano derecha* [4:26] Manuel CARDOSO (1566-1650) Sanctus, from Missa Paradisi portas [2:25] Sitivit anima mea [3:18] Benedictus and Agnus Dei, from Missa Paradisi portas [6:02] COMMUNION CHANT Manducaverunt, et saturati sunt [1:00] ANONYMOUS Tanto ergo sacramentum [2:23] Estêvão de BRITO (c.1575-1641) Heu, Domine [3:10] Gaspar dos REIS (?) (d.1674) Concertato sobre o canto chão de Ave Maria* [2:05] Estêvão Lopes MORAGO (c.1573-after 1630) Jesu redemptor, suscipe illam [1:27] Martinho Garcia de OLAGUE (dates unknown) Verso do 1° tom* [1:08] Luis de ARANDA (d.1627) Quomodo sedet sola [2:58] * organ solo The Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford/Owen Rees Tom Wilkinson (organ) rec. 19-21 April 2005, Chapel of the Queen’s College, Oxford GUILD GMCD 7296 [63:08][GPu]

An attractive programme – much of it unfamiliar – very competently performed. Recommended to those with an interest in the period. ... see Full Review

Pops Caviar: Alexander BORODIN (1833 – 1887) In the Steppes of Central Asia [7:42]; Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 – 1908) Russian Easter Festival Overture [13:22]; Alexander BORODIN Prince Igor: Overture [10:07]; Polovtsian Dances [11:03] (rec. 20-21 June 1957); Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903 – 1978) Gayane: Lullaby [4:57]; Lezghinka [2:48]; Dance of the Rose Maidens [2:03] Dance of the Kurds [1:58]; Sabre Dance [2:28] (rec. 23 May 1958); Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumblebee [1:26] (rec. 30 May 1958) Piotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Eugene Onegin: Polonaise [4:34] (rec. 27 June 1958); The Sleeping Beauty: Waltz [4:32]; Aram KHACHATURIAN Masquerade Suite: Galop [2:40] (rec. 25 June 1959) Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler rec. Symphony Hall, Boston. recording dates see above. BMG-RCA Red Seal 82876716182 SACD [69:40] [GF]

If the programme appeals, why not give it a chance? Be warned though: turn the volume down, otherwise you may be blown out of your chair. ... see Full Review

Regina Caeli William HARRIS (1883 -1973) Bring us, O Lord God; Faire is the Heaven Tarik O’REGAN (b. 1978) Sub tuum praesidium Anton BRUCKNER (1824 – 1896) Ave Maria Traditional arr. Stephen CLEOBURY (b. 1948) Joys Seven Benjamin BRITTEN (1913 – 1976) A Hymn to the Virgin Edvard GRIEG (1943 – 1907) Ave Maris Stella Johannes ECCARD (1553 – 1611) Presentation of Christ in the Temple Igor STRAVINSKY (1882 – 1971) Ave Maria Carlo GESUALDO (1560 – 1613) O vos omnes Andrew MARCH (b. 1973) Phos Hilaron; Nunc Dimittis; Magnificat; Be still and know; Marian Antiphon No. 3; Spiritus; A Song of Revelation Henryk GORECKI (b. 1933) Totus Tuus Corpus Christi College Chapel Choir/Daniel Soper; Rebecca Drake rec. 21-22 March 2005, Corpus Christi College Chapel, Cambridge LAMMAS RECORDS  LAMM 188D [67.35][RH]

A live snapshot ... the young singers bring freshness and vitality ... see Full Review

Rosa Mystica Organ Music from Brentwood Cathedral played by James Devor Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844 – 1937) Finale from Symphonie VI [6:06] Jean LANGLAIS (1907 – 1991) Rosa mystica from Triptyque grégorien (1978) [4:32] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583 – 1643) Aria detto Ballestto [9:43] Herbert HOWELLS (1892 – 1983) Psalm-Prelude on Psalm 139 (1938) [6:42] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) arr. Marcel DUPRÉ Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 (1783; 1941) [4:18] Samuel BARBER (1910 – 1981) arr. CULLEN Adagio for Strings (1938) [8:09] Jeremiah CLARKE (c. 1670 – 1707) Trumpet Voluntary [2:18] Guy BOVET (b. 1942) Toccata Planyanska [5:25] Léon BOËLLMANN (1862 – 1897) Priére á Notre-Dame from Suite Gothique [4:22] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Prelude and Fugue in C Minor BWV 549 [5:27] Andrew WRIGHT (b. 1955) O Lamb of God I Come [3:42] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992) Dieu parmi nous (La nativité du Seigneur) (1935) [8:28] James Devor (organ) rec. Brentwood Cathedral, Brentwood, Essex, England, December 2004, January 2005. DDD HERALD HAVPCD308 [69:14] [TP]

Devor shows much promise in this recital that mixes old chestnuts, arrangements of famous works and more obscure pieces ... see Full Review

Elisabeth Schumann (1888-1952): Early Recordings 1915-1923 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Fidelio: O, wär ich schon mit dir vereint; Carl Maria von WEBER (1786–1826) Der Freischütz: Trübe Augen, Liebchen; Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen; Ambroise THOMAS (1811–1896) Connais-tu le pays?; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Le nozze di Figaro: Non so più; Voi che sapete; Don Giovanni: Vedrai, carino; Albert LORTZING (1801–1851) Der Wildschütz: Auf des Lebens raschen Wogen; Charles GOUNOD (1818–1893) Faust: Air des bijoux; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln; Welche Wonne, welche Lust; Don Giovanni: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto; François AUBER (1782–1871) Fra Diavolo: Quel bonheur; Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854–1921) Hänsel und Gretel: Wo bin ich? Wach ich? Ist es ein Traum?; Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Exultate, Jubilate: Allegro; Andante; Alleluia; Le nozze di Figaro: Deh vieni, non tardar; Die Zauberflöte: Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden; Elisabeth Schumann (soprano) with orchestra rec. 1915 (tracks 1-4), 1920 (tracks 5-14), 1922 (tracks 15-18) and 1923 (tracks 19-20). Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston. ADD NAXOS 8.111098 [77:10][AO]

Re-masterings of the early Edison and Polydor recordings give a glimpse of a great singer in her youth ... see Full Review

Stabat Mater Hildegard of BINGEN (1098-1179) O Euchari [05.41] Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater (1736) [35.00] Jean François LALLOUETTE (1651-1728) O mysterium ineffabile [02.01] Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1636-1704) Serve bone [02.19] Pulchra es [02.30] Richard DERING (c. 1580-1630) O bone Jesu [02.55] Jan Baptist VERRIJT (c. 1610-1650) In nomine Jesu [02.43] Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Ut queant laxis [03.26] Confitebor Terzo alla Francese [06.14] Emma Kirkby (soprano) Catherine Denley, (mezzo) London Baroque St Albans Abbey Girls Choir/Simon Johnson rec. Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 14-16 February, 11 May 2005. DDD LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 184D [63.42][MC]

Spirited and impassioned singing ... an abundance of confidence ... see Full Review

David Stanhope (Piano): A Virtuoso Recital Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Toccata Op.7 (1829-32) [4:59] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Ballade Op. 19 (1880) [13:41] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) 13 Preludes Op. 32 (1910) [38:05] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) arr. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Wedding March and Elves’ Dance from music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1843) [9:16] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) arr. David STANHOPE (b.1952) The Tryst (1899) [3:07] David Stanhope, piano rec. The Studio at Sydney Opera House, 21-22 July 2004. TALL POPPIES TP184 [69:40][WK]

A middle road between virtuosity and emotional depiction. ... see Full Review

Renata Tebaldi - Classic Recitals Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Don Carlo: Tu che le vanità; Un ballo in maschera: Ecco l’orrido campo … Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa; Morrò ma prima in grazia; Giovanna d’Arco: Oh ben s’addice questo torbido cielo … Sempre all’alba ed alla sera; Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) Turandot: In questa reggia; Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834 – 1886) La Gioconda: Suicidio!; Giacomo PUCCINI La rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863 – 1945) Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete; Francesco CILEA (1866 – 1950) L’Arlesiana: Esser madre è un inferno Renata Tebaldi (soprano) New Philharmonia Orchestra/ Oliviero de Fabritiis rec. Kingsway Hall, London, September 1964 DECCA 475 7166 [52:21][GF]

Fairly late Tebaldi. ... some steel but uncommonly inward readings with girlish timbre and the required power to make the climaxes tell ... cordially recommended. ... see Full Review

Though Lovers Be Lost - Music shadowing the two world wars Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Temporal Variations (1936) [12:58] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Interlude (1933-1936) arranged by Howard Ferguson for Oboe and Piano [12:21] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin – Prelude; Forlane; Menuet; Rigaudon (1914-17) arranged by Daniel Pailthorpe [18:29] Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1947) [11:13] Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Concerto in One Movement, Op. 45 (1927) [13:11] Emily Pailthorpe (oboe); Julian Milford (piano) rec. Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, 15-16 September 2000. DDD OBOE CLASSICS CC2008 [69:13][JF]

Less of a homogenous collection inspired by a particular theme than an opportunity to add a few desirable works to my collection of English chamber music. ... see Full Review

Valse Café Anatol LIADOV (1855-1914) The Musical Snuff Box Op.32 [1.58] A. SCHULZ-EVLER (1854-1905) Concert Arabesque on themes by Johann Strauss [12.31] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Waltz No.15 Op.39 [1.27] Johannes STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Frülingsstimmen Op. 410 (1883) – arranged by Ignaz FRIEDMAN (1882-1948) [10.40] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Soirée de Vienne No.7 arranged by Franz LISZT S427 (1852)(1811-1886) [6.21] Soirée de Vienne No.6 arranged by Franz LISZT S427 (1852) (1811-1886)  [6.23] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La plus que lente (1910) [4.22] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1927) La Valse (1919-20) arranged by Miguel Baselga [11.28] Miguel Baselga (piano) rec. Auditorium de Zaragoza, July 2005 COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0144 [56.28][JW]

Rarities here but somewhat exhausting listening though a recital without much intellectual gruel is not in itself especially damning. ... see Full Review

Vienne 1900 Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Also sprach Zarathustra - Introduction (1896) [1:50] Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine/Alain Lombard Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Langsammer Satz (1905) [8:18] Quatuor Arditti Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Intermezzo, Op. 117 no. 1 (1892) [4:48] Ballade, Op. 118 No. 3 (1892) [3:33] Andrea Bonatta (piano) Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht –Sehr Ruhig (1899) [4:02] Quatuor Arditti with Thomas Kakuska (viola) and Valentin Erben (cello) Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphonie No. 5 (1904) – Adagietto [10:26] Symphony No. 6 (1906) – Scherzo [13:15] Orchestre National de France/Bernard Haitink Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) arr. Arnold SCHOENBERG Rosen aus dem Süden (1880) [10:10] Quatuor Arditti with Louise Bessette (piano) and Hakon Austbö (harmonium) Aloexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Une Tragédie Florentine (1916) – Overture [4:44] Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Armin Jordan Alban BERG (1885-1935) Quatour, Op. 3 (1910) – Langsam [9:28] Quatuor Arditti Gustav MAHLER arr. Clytus GOTTWALD (b. 1925) Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (1901-04) [6:04] Chœur de Chambre Accentus/Laurence Equilbey Arnold SCHOENBERG Quatuor en ré majeur (1897) 1. Allegro Molto [6:56] Quatuor Arditti Richard STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel (1895) [15:34] Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine/Alain Lombard Anton WEBERN Cinq Mouvements pour quatuor à cordes, Op. 5 (1909) [11:16] Quatuor Arditti Franz SCHREKER (1876-1934) Gesänge für tiefe Stimme (1909): Die Dunkelheit sinkt schwer wie Blei [2:21] Sie sind so schön [2:52] Anna Holroyd (mezzo-soprano); Camerata Versailles/Amaury du Closel Arnold SCHOENBERG Quatuor à cordes II, Op. 10 (1907) – 3. Litanei [5:53] Dawn Upshaw (soprano); Quatuor Arditti Richard STRAUSS Sonate pour violincelle et piano, Op. 6 (1883) – Andante ma non troppo [8:15] Anne Gastinel (cello); Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Johannes BRAHMS Quintette, Op. 111 (1890) – Adagio [7:43] Quatuor Danois with Serge Collot (viola) Gustav MAHLER arr. Arnold SCHOENBERG Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1885) – Die zwei blauen Augen [5:18] Jean-Luc Chaignaux (baritone); Quatuor Arditti; Marc Marder (double bass); Michel Moragues (flute); Paul Meyer (clarinet); Hakon Austbö (harmonium); Isabelle Berteletti (percussion); Louise Bessette (piano) Alban BERG 5 Variations sur un thème de Schumann (1906-07) [1:36] Quatuor Arditti Thème et 5 Variations pour violon et piano (1906-07) [3:52] Irvine Arditti; Stefan Litwin (piano) rec. locations and dates not supplied NAÏVE V 5039 [77:12 + 72:20] [JQ]

An introduction to the musical world that the Great War and atonality swept away .... see Full Review

Rozezni mne láskou… [Touch my Heart-strings] Josef SUK (1874-1935)
Píseň lásky Op.7/1 [6.30] Idylky 1 Op.7/4 [1.57] Capriccietto Op.7/6 [1.45] Karel BENDL (1838-1897) Ukolébavka [3.26] Máj [2.21] Intermezzo Op.109b [4.10] Serenáda Op.109c [5.56] Milostná scena Op.109a [5.19] Zdeněk FIBICH (1850-1900) Poème Op.41 IV/14 [1.16] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Na starém hradě [from Poetic Tone Pictures] Op.85/3 [4.54] Vitěslav NOVÁK (1870-1949) Písně zimních nocí [Songs of Winter Nights] Op.30 [18.03] Tomáš Víšek (piano) Recorded at the Music School in Brandys nad Labem, Czech Republic, July 1999 TOMÁS VÍŠEK TV 0001-1154 [55.44] [JW]

A Czech pianist really inside his repertoire and one who promotes it with warmth and imagination. ... see Full Review



Catherine Parsonage - The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880-1935

The Mahler Family Letters Edited, translated, and annotated by Stephen McClatchie Published in hardback by OUP (New York, 2006) ISBN 0-19-514065-6

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