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Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Das Schloss Durande Op.53 -  Opera in Four Acts (1941) Armand – Peter Anders (tenor) Priorin – Ret Berglund (soprano) Fraffin Morvaille – Marta Fuchs (soprano) Renald – Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (tenor) Gabriele – Maria Cebotari (soprano) Nicole – Josef Greindl (bass) Wildhuter – Otto Husch (tenor) Volksredner – Vasso Argyris (tenor) Jäger – Benno Arnold, Leo Laschet, Fritz Marcks, Hans Wrana, Felix Schneider Robert Heger Recorded live in April, 1943 Besuch in Urach – from the cycle Das holde Bescheiden (1948) [17.11] Hilde Schoeck (soprano) Othmar Schoeck (piano) Private recording, undated JECKLIN JD 692-2 [75.38][JW]

Typically astute Schoeck touches amid the broadly Wagnerian-Straussian ethos ... and the song a most important find ... see Full Review

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Six A Cappella Mixed Choruses, Op. 49:* Mein Herz in steten Treuen (My heart forever true) (1948) [04.08]; Der Mai tritt ein mit Freuden (May arrives with Joy) (1948) [02.05]; Herzlieblich Lieb, durch Scheiden (My Dearest Love, Through Our Parting) (1928); [01.30]; Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut (Two Good Maiden Friends) (1948) [03.21]; Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut (Two Good Maiden Friends) (1928) [03.21]; Schein uns, du liebe Sonne (Shine on Us, Dear Sun) (1928) [03.50] *** String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 (1907-08) [29.59]*** Suite in G major for String Orchestra (1934) [30.01] ** Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, of New York** Fred Sherry String Quartet***Jennifer Welch-Babidge, oprano***Simon Joly Singers* Robert Craft, conductor rec. Abbey Road, Studio, London, England 28 April 2005 (Six A Cappella Mixed Choruses); American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA, January 2005 (String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 and November 2004 (Suite in G major for String Orchestra) DDD NAXOS 8.557521 [78.18] [MC]

A thoroughly enjoyable release which should convert many to Schoenberg’s music. ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 60, Leningrad (1941) [71'12] Russian Federal Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania rec. Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, January 2003. DDD. ANGELOK1 CD-9915 [71'12][CC]

Notes are brief – the 'booklet' is one folded piece of card. They are as disappointing as the performance and recording ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 The Year 1905 (1957) [65:06] Jazz Suite No.1 (1934) [9:17] Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) arr Shostakovich (1940) Excursion Train Polka [2:22] Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Oleg Caetani rec. live, The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 20, 22 August 2005 ABC CLASSICS 476 8364 [76:45] [DC]

A hugely entertaining disc – unhesitatingly recommended ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata no. 20 in D-Major, D.959 (1828) [38:47] Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Suite for Piano Op. 25 (1921-3) [15:58]
Alfredo Perl (piano) rec. 20-22 April 2005, Sendesaal Radio Bremen. OEHMS CLASSICS OC 550 [54:56] [WK]

This disc has an impressive Schubert performance, but a very uneven one of the Schoenberg Suite....… see Full Review

Bernstein Conducts Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann (forms part of the 'Leonard Bernstein Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Collectors Edition') CD1 Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.8 in B minor, D.759 'Unfinished' (1822) [26.36] Symphony No.9 in C, D.944 'The Great' (1828) [50.09] CD2
Symphony No.5 in B flat, D.485 (1816) [29.48] Concertgebouw Amsterdam/Leonard Bernstein rec. Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland, June 1987 (D .485), Oct 1987 (D.759, D.944) Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 'Scottish'd (1842) [39.14] CD3 Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 'Italian'c (1833) [30.17] Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 'Reformation'c (1830) [30.55] Overture 'The Hebrides', Op.26 ('Fingal's Cave')d (1832) [09.54] Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein rec. Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israelc Oct 1978 (Op.90, Op.107) rec. Kongress Saal, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germanyd Aug 1979 (Op.29, Op.56) CD4 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No. 1 in B flat, Op.38 'Spring' (1841) [33.09] Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op.120 (1841) [32.24] CD5
Symphony No. 2 in C, Op.61 (1846) [42.30] Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129a (1850) [24.22] CD6 Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op.97 'Rhenish' (1850) [34.44] Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54b (1845) [31.26] Mischa Maisky, celloa Justus Frantz, pianob Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein rec. Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, Feb 1984 (Op.54, Op.120), Oct 1984 (Op.38, Op.97), Nov 1985 (Op.61, Op.129) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON DG 00289 477 5167 [6 CDs: 77.11 + 69.11 +  71.28 + 65.33 + 66.52 + 66.10]

This six disc set showcases the mature Bernstein at his finest...… see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) CD1 [79:52] Piano Sonata in A minor, D784 (1823) [20:23] Piano Sonata in C major, D840 "Reliquie" (1825) [22:38] Piano Sonata in G major, D894 (1826) [36:24] CD2 [75:17] Piano Sonata in A major, D959 (1828) [38:16] Piano Sonata in B flat major, D960 (1828) [37:01] Alfred Brendel (piano) Live recordings: Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg, August 1984 (D784, 840); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, September 1998 (D894); The Maltings, Snape, June 1999 (D959); Royal Festival Hall, London, June 1997 (D960). PHILIPS 475 7191 [79:52 + 75:17] [DC]

This issue is one of those life-enhancing things which I think we are all seeking, and so rarely find when we clatter through the shelves in our local CD shop. ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 20 - Poets of Sensibility, Volume 3: Der Tod und das Mädchen D.531 [02:22], Der Leidende (3rd version) D.432 [01:48], Totengräberlied D.44 [02:03], Lied/Die Mutter Erde D.788 [03:50], Der Leidende D.432 (2nd version) D.432 [01:44], Die Nonne D.208 [08:25], Täglich zu singen D.533 [01:38], Klage D.371 [02:49], Stimme der Liebe D.412 [01:54], Seufzer D.198 [01:09], An eine Quelle D.530 [01:52], An die Apfelbäume, wo ich Julien erblickte D.197 [02:38], Die frühe Liebe D.430 [02:04], An den Mond D.193 [03:06], Abendlied D.499 [02:53], Klage D.436 [01:41], Auf den Tod einer Nachtigall (1st setting, fragment) D.201, Auf den Tod einer Nachtigall (2nd setting )D.399, Auf dem Wasser zu singen D.774 [03:55], Lied in der Abwesenheit (fragment) D.416 [01:43], Der Liebende D.207 [01:41], Minnelied D.429 [01:54], Der Traum D.213 [02:03], Seligkeit D.433 [02:12] Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), Ulrich Eisenlohr (Hammerflugel) rec. 30 November – 5 December, Bayerische Rundfunk Studio 2, Munich, Germany NAXOS 8.557568 [60:59] [CH]

Lieder singing as good as it comes, and with the added interest of a "Hammerflügel" accompaniment. ... see Full Review

Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7A (1835) [20'56]; Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17b (1846) [27'37]; Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22c (1853) [8'58]. Veronica Jochum (piano); bColin Carr (cello); aBamberg Symphony Orchestra/Joseph Silverstein (bcviolin). rec. 6-8 Jan 1988 (no venue given). DDD. TUDOR MUSIQUE OBLIGE 788 [57'58] [CC]

The Naxos was a MusicWeb 'Recording of the Month'. Along comes this Tudor offering, providing strong competition – plus an extra work thrown in. ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestucke Op. 12 * [27.17] Papillons Op. 2 ** [11.34] Etudes Symphoniques Op. 13 *** [25.52] Friedrich Gulda (piano) *; Ingrid Haebler (piano) **; Nikita Magaloff (piano) *** rec. Op. 12, Feb 1984; Op. 2, Aug 1959; Op. 13, 1960. DDD/ADD PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 470 6662 [64.49] [AD]

There is treasure here to be found amidst some problematic performances of three of Schumann’s masterpieces. ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Liederkreis, Op. 24 (1840) [22'14]; Der arme Peter, Op. 53 No. 3 (1840?) [5'08]; Belsazar, Op. 57 (1840) [4'20]; Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840) [30'53] Thomas E. Bauer (baritone); Uta Hielscher (piano). rec. Reitstadl, Neumarkt/Oberpfalz, Germany, 4-6 October 2004. DDD Notes included; texts and translations available at NAXOS 8.557075 [62'35]. [CC]

Hardly a meeting of equals and very difficult to recommend despite Hielscher's evident musicality. ... see Full Review

Salvatore SCIARRINO (b.1947) Quaderno di strada (2003) Otto Katzameier (baritone) Klangforum Wien/Sylvain Cambreling. rec. Klangforum Wien, Vienna, 8-10 February 2005. DDD KAIROS 0012482KAI [42:27] [GPu]

Recommended to the adventurous, or to those who have already discovered the highly individual sound world of Sciarrino ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Chamber Symphony op. 110a (from String Quartet No. 8 arr. by Rudolf Barshai) (1960) [25:12] Gyorgy SVIRIDOV (1915 - 1998) Chamber Symphony op. 14 (1940) [21:39] Moishei VAINBERG (1919 - 1996) Chamber Symphony No. 1 for String orchestra op. 145 (1986) [26:43] Moscow Soloists/Yuri Bashmet rec. Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany, 22– 25 June 2005. DDD ONYX 4007 [73:31] [JPh]

All of the works here are thoroughly enjoyable, and I hope the disc enjoys the success which it deserves. I look forward to hearing the next instalment. ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony no. 8 in C minor op. 65 (1943) (I. Adagio [30:08]; II. Allegretto [6:29]; III. Allegro non troppo [6:52]; IV. Largo [11:01]; V. Allegretto [16:14]) Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn/Roman Kofman rec. Heilig-Kreuz Kirche, Bad Godesberg, 26-28 October 2004, DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 937 1204-6 [70:59] [IB]

Overall this is a well-played, largely well-recorded disc of what sounds like a run-through or "work in progress" ... although I rather suspect it is not. ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 8 (1943) [53:05] Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi/Oleg Caetani Live recording: Auditorium di Milano, Italy, October 2004. DDD. SACD ARTS 47704-8 [53:05][TP]

I cannot really recommend this disc to anyone, which is a pity. ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No.4 in A minor op.63 [33:04]* Symphony No.6 in D minor op.104 [27:31]** BBC Symphony Orchestra*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra**/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 4 October 1951, The Criterion Theatre* (studio performance); 15 September 1954, Royal Albert Hall**, London (live performance from a Promenade Concert). ADD Not previously issued. Released in collaboration with the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust in support of the Scholarship Fund. SOMM SOMM-BEECHAM 18 [61:23] [CH]

An important record for the light it casts on two great symphonies and one of the composer’s greatest interpreters. For me this overweighs any sonic limitations. ... see Full Review

Louis SPOHR (1784–1859) The Complete String Quintets, Volume 4 String Quintet No. 7 in G minor, Op. 144 (1850) [32:01]a, c String Sextet in C major, Op. 140 (1848) [23:58]a, c, d Potpourri No. 2, for String Quintet, in B flat major, Op. 22 (1807) [13:30]a, b New Haydn Quarteta; Attila Falvay, violinb; Sándor Papp, 2nd violac; Tamás Varga, 2nd cellod rec. Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary, 6-10 September 1996 NAXOS 8.555968 [69.29][MC]

I love these well recorded chamber scores and it is great to have them back in the catalogue. Well worth obtaining. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann STRAUSS I (1804-1849) Strauss Edition, Vol. 7: Mittel gegen den Schlaf, Walzer op.65 (1833) [06:52] Jugendfeuer-Galopp (1836) [02:31] Emlék Pestre (Erinnerung an Pesth) Walzer op.66 (1834) [07:26] Cachucha-Galopp op.97 (1837) [02:07] Gabrielen-Walzer op.68 (1834) [07:36] Boulogner-Galopp, op.104 (1839) [01:58] Pfennig-Walzer op.70 (1834) [06:52] Der Carneval in Paris, Galopp op.100 (1838) [02:39] Iris-Walzer op.75 (1834) [06:25] Original-Parade-Marsch op.73 (1832) [01:56] Erinnerungen an Berlin, Walzer op.78 (1834) [07:59] Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina/Ernst Märzendorfer rec. 1-6 May 2004, Fatra Concert Hall, Žilina, Slovakia MARCO POLO 8.225283 [54:22][CH]

The series reaches a new level of excellence. ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Graduation Ball (arr. Antal Dorati) (1940) [40:59] Le Beau Danube (arr. Roger Desormière) (1924) [30:11] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Antal Dorati rec. Sofiensaal, Vienna, December 1976. ADD National Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Bonynge Rec. Kingsway Hall, London, April 1974. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7522 [71:19] [JPh]

Given the low price of this disc, I can give it a highly recommended tag. ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825 - 1899) On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 (1867) [10:54] Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op. 325 (1868) [14:16] Voices of Spring, Op. 410 (1883) [6:32] Artist’s Life, Op. 316 (1867) [9:08] Wine, Women and Song, Op. 333 (1869) [11:37] Roses from the South, Op. 388 (1880) [8:28] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Antal Dorati rec. Kingsway Hall, London, December 1966. Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler rec. Symphony Hall, Boston, December 1975, ADD. DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7864 [60:56] [JPh]

If this repertoire suits this is a disc that can be confidently recommended particularly so given the price. ... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Arabella - Lyrische Komödie in drei Aufzügen (1930-32) [157:41]Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Graf Waldner: Otto Edelmann (bass)Adelaide, his wife: Ira Malaniuk (mezzo) Arabella, their elder daughter: Lisa Della Casa (sop) Zdenka, their younger daughter: Anneliese Rothenberger (sop) Mandryka: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bar)Matteo: Kurt Ruesche (ten) Graf Elerner: Helmut Melchert (ten) Graf Dominik: Georg Stern (bar) Graf Lamoral: Karl Weber (bass) Die Flakermilli: Eta Köhrer (sop) Eine Kartenaufschlägerin: Kerstin Meyer (sop) Welko: Willi Lenninger Chor der Wiener Staatsoper Wiener Philharmoniker/Joseph Keilberth *Vier letzte Lieder AV 150 (1950) [20:08] Lisa Della Casa (soprano) Wiener Philharmoniker/Karl Böhm rec. live, 29 July, *30 July 1958, Festspielhaus, Salzburg. Mono AAD ORFEO C651 053D [3 CDs: 65:23 + 51:59 + 60:27]
Now with Addendum SBT2-1367 Lisa della Casa Elfride Trotschel Ira Malaniuk Hermann Uhde Bayern State Opera Orchestra Rudolf Kempe (BBC recording of performance at the Royal Opera House 21-Sep-1953 ) [JQ]

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Piano Works Four Etudes Op.7 (1908) [7.55] Sonate (1924) [11.06] Les cinq doigts – Eight pieces (1920-21) [6.46] Serenade in A (1925) [10.58] Three Movements from Petrouchka (1921): Danse Russe [2.40]; Chez Petrouchka [4.46]; La semaine grasse [9.03] Two Pieces from Pulcinella (1920): Scherzino [1.58]; Gavotta con variationi [4.03] Tango (1940) [3.33] Elena Kuschnerova (piano) Recorded Hans Rosbaud-Studio, Baden-Baden, undated ARS PRODUKTION 38 444 [63.40] [JW]

Fine, understanding playing. ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Piano Works - Volume 4 Nine Preludes, Op. 1 (c. 1896) [18:58] Variations in B flat minor (1901-1903) [11:11] Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 17-20 (1924-5) [10:15] Two Mazurkas, Op. 62 (1933-34) [5:44] Valse Romantique (1925) [3:43] Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 36 (1917) [18:58] Martin Roscoe, piano rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK, 15-17 April 2003. NAXOS 8.557168 [68:51][KS]

Martin Roscoe - a pianist of considerable ability - he has obviously dedicated a great deal of time to this composer, and the hard work pays off in spades. His readings are authoritative and convincing ... see Full Review

Sergei Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856-1915) Trio in D, Op. 21 (1880) [25.13] Mark J. LENZ Three by Three (1997) [8.31] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Fantasia No. 1, Z.732 (1680) [3.46] David Alan EARNEST (b.1960) String Trio No. 2 (1998) [20.17] music available from Langroise Trio: Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola, Samuel Smith, cello rec. 1999, Langroise Recital Hall, Campus of Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, USA.Notes in English. Photo of artists. LANGROISE TRIO 60355 36502 [58.10] [PSh]

This disk introduces us to exceptional music new to the string trio repertoire, beautifully, affectingly played, with grace and drama. ... see Full Review

Thomas TALLIS (c1505-1585) Spem in Alium (1573) [8.22] The King’s Singers: David Hurley, Robin Tyson, Paul Phoenix, Philip Lawson, Christopher Gabbitas, Stephen Connolly rec. Angel Studios, London, UK, 20 October 2004 CD tracks 2.0 Stereo; SACD Tracks 4.0 surround. Notes in English. Latin text with English translations. Photos of performers. Bonus feature: Interview with the King’s Singers [6.14] CD Single SACD / CD Hybrid SIGNUM CLASSICS SIG0071 [14.36] [PSh]

A clever idea, a failed experiment, a musical masterpiece badly served. ... see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, ‘Pathétique’ (1893) [48’39] Symphony No. 4 in F Minor Op. 36 (1877) [45.52] * Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No.7 – Adagio (1883-84) [22.49] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op. 120 (1853) [31.25] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Wilhelm Furtwängler TAHRA FURT 1099/1100 [71.33 + 77.30][JW]

A recommendable double from Tahra ... the Schumann is mandatory listening – you need it if you’re at all a Furtwängler devotee. ... see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (1874-5) [35:48] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1869) [30:45] Simon Tedeschi (piano) The Queensland Orchestra/Richard Bonynge rec. Studio 420, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Brisbane, 8-11 February 2005. ABC CLASSICS 476 8071 [66:49] [GPu]

Good, enjoyable performances, but the competition is very fierce … see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Eugene Onegin, Lyrical scenes in three acts (1879) Sarah Walker (mezzo) – Larina; Nuccia Focile (soprano) – Tatyana; Olga Borodina (mezzo) – Olga; Irina Arkhipova (mezzo) – Filipyevna; Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) – Eugene Onegin; Neil Shicoff (tenor) – Lensky; Alexander Anisimov (bass) – Prince Gremin; Francis Egerton (tenor) – Triquet; Hervé Hennequin (baritone) – A Captain); Sergei Zadvorny (bass) – Zaretsky) St Petersburg Chamber Choir Orchestre de Paris/Semyon Bychkov No recording dates or venues given but recording originally published in 1993 PHILIPS 475 7017 [70:36 + 71:07][GF]

Among the versions I have heard of this opera none can challenge this Philips recording and now that it reappears at mid-price it should be snapped up ... see Full Review

Singe-, Spiel- und Generalbass-Übungen (1733) TWV 25:39-85 Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Neues; Geld; Zufriedenheit; Seltenes Glück; Splitter-Richter; Getrost im Leiden; Redlichkeit; Wechsel; Ueber das niedersächsische Versapen; Die durstige Natur; Die Welt, das Vaterland; Die Frau; Die vergesserne Phillis;  Der Spiegel; Mutter-Söhne; Verwunderer; Sein Diener!; Heyraht; Gemüts=Ruhe; Die Jugend; Ohnesorge; Alterthum des Geschlechts; Beglückte Niedrichkeit; Die Einsamkeit; Sanfter Schlaf; Falschheit; Geizhals; Pastorell; Wind; Intressirte Heyraht; An den Tadler; Sommer-Lust; Glück; Mittel-Stand; Sein eigner Herr; Mässigkeit; Geputzte Frau; Beherzter Freyer; Toback; Verläumder; Freundschaft; Eine Durstige; HeuchlerM Grossthuer; Greiser Trinker; Andrer Last unsre Lust; Jeder sein eigner Richter Klaus Mertens (baritone), Ludger Rémy (harpsichord)  rec. Deutschlandfunk, Sendesaal des Funkhauses Köln, 27-30 April 2004. DDD  CPO 777 045-2 [70:14][GF]

Baroque enthusiasts shouldn't hesitate but general listeners with a taste for good melodic songs should also give it a try...… see Full Review

Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Piano Sonata No. 1 (1936-7, Rev. 1942) [19:18] Piano Sonata No. 2 in one movement (1962) [11:46] Piano Sonata No. 3 (1973) [22:30] Peter Donohoe (piano) rec. 21 May, 13 December 2004, Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK. DDD NAXOS 8.557611 [53:34] [DB]

Well recorded and bargain-priced, a good combination for Tippett fans. ... see Full Review

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Sonata romántica sobre un tema español, Op. 3 (1909) [20:28] Sonata Fantasía, Op. 59 (1930) [12:34] Rincón mágico (Desfile en forma de sonata), Op. 97 (1941) [24:00] Concierto sin orquesta, Op. 88 (1935) [10:45] Jordi Masó, piano rec. Auditorium, Jafre, Spain, 5-6 July 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557438 [67:47][JF]

Turina’s piano music often impresses me and moves me more than much of that by Ravel and Debussy. ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony No. 2 A London Symphony (1913) [45:54] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830) [39:38] Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) [11:46] Ewa Kupiec (piano) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Seaman rec. live, The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, 6-7 May 2005 ABC CLASSICS 476 8363 [45:54 + 51:26] [DC]

Potent glimpses into some of the world class music-making which goes on in Australia ... vivid and memorable performances. ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1873-1958) Toward the Unknown Region (1907) [11:39] Willow-Wood (1909) [13:55] The Voice of the Whirlwind (1947) [5:15] Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus (1939) [11:38] The Sons of Light (1951) [19:24] Roderick Williams (baritone) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 20 Feb, 8 May 2005. DDD NAXOS 8.557798 [61:51] [AO]

Principally interesting for the first recording of Willow-Wood and the surprisingly modern Voice out of the Whirlwind ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Songs: Ave Maria [06:49], In solitaria stanza [03:47], Nell’orror di notte oscura [03:47], More, Elisa, lo stanco poeta [02:53], Non t’accostare all’urna [04:09], Stornello [01:51], Il tramonto [03:25], Ad una stella [02:58], Il mistero [04:25], Lo spazzacamino [02:31], Il poveretto [02:34], La seduzione [02:48], Brindisi (1st version – autograph score) [02:11], Chi i bei dì m’adduce ancora [02:44], L’esule [08:18], Brindisi (2nd version – published edition) [02:13] Dennis O’Neill (tenor), Ingrid Surgenor (piano) rec. 27-29 October 1997, St. Silas’ Church, St. Silas’ Place, London NAXOS 8.557778 [57:24] [CH]

Some authentically Italian singing ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem for soprano, mezzo, tenor, bass, chorus and orchestra (1868-69/1873-75) [87.43] Eva Mei, soprano, Bernarda Fink, mezzo, Michael Schade, tenor, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, bass, The Arnold Schoenberg Choir Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. live Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 6-11 Dec 2004. DDD RCA RED SEAL SACD 82876 61244 2 [47:15 + 40:28] [MC]

This is a recording of Verdi’s Requiem that gave me considerable pleasure. It will sit proudly in my collection. Enthusiastically recommended. ... see Full Review

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Erosão: Sorimáo u Ipirungáua (Erosion: The Origin of the Amazon River)1 (1950) [15:46] Alvorada Na Floresta Tropical (Dawn in a Tropical Forest)2 (1953) [8:02] Danses Africaines (1929) [11:50] Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 (1945) [24:12] Louisville Orchestra/Robert S. Whitney1,2; Jorge Mester3,4 rec. 13 January 1952, Columbia Auditorium, Louisville, Kentucky1; February 1954, Columbia Auditorium, Louisville, Kentucky2; 7 May, 1969, Macauley Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky3; 10 May 1977, Macauley Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky4. ADD FIRST EDITION MUSIC FECD-0016 [59:50][GPu]

An interesting document of an important musical venture, but there are too many shortcomings for this to be generally recommendable ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Tito Manlio (Titus Manlius), Dramma per musica, RV 738 (1719) Roman Side: Titus Manlius, Sergio Foresti, bass Vitellia, Rosa Dominguez, mezzo Young Manlius, Elisabeth Scholl, soprano Decius, Thierry Grégoire, counter-tenor Latin Side: Servilia, Lucia Sciannimanico, mezzo Lucius, Nicky Kennedy, soprano Geminius, Davide Livermore, tenor Lindus, Bruno Taddia, baritone Modo Antiquo/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso, Barga, Tuscany, Italy, 13-21 July 2003. DDD World premiere and complete recording on original instruments CPO 777 096-2  [3 CDs: 67.03 + 60.06 + 67.45][MC]

Stylish ... infused with immediacy and vivacity ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried - music drama in three acts (1871) Gustav Neidlinger (bass) ... Alberich Hans Hotter (bass) ... Wanderer/Wotan Josef Greindl (bass) ... Fafner Paul Kuen (ten) ... Mime Maria von Ilosvay (alto) ... ErdaAstrid Varnay (sop) ... BrunnhildeWolfgang Windgassen (ten) ... Siegfried Ilse Hollweg (sop) ... WoodbirdBayreuth Festival Orchestra/Joseph Keilberth recorded live in stereo at the 1955 Bayreuth Festival TESTAMENT SBT4 1392 [4 CDs - timings not supplied] [DH]

I keep relistening to Keilberth's forging scene closing Act I...see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard Wetz (1875-1935) Requiem Op. 50 in B minor (c. 1920) [60:06] (Requiem and Kyrie [12:04]; Dies Irae [13:31]; Domine Jesu [8:15]; Sanctus and Benedictus [13:14]; Agnus Die [13:02]) Marietta Zumbült (sop); Mario Hoff (bar) Dombergchor Erfurt/Silvius von Kessel Philharmonischer Chor Weimar/Andreas Korn Thüringisches Kammerorchester Weimar/George Alexander Albrecht rec. live, St. Severi, Erfurt, 27 September 2003. DDD CPO 777 152-2 [60:06] [JF]

One of the great unsung requiems in the liturgical literature. ... see Full Review

John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams Also includes Bonus DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey narrated by Ian McDiarmid rec. Abbey Studios, London. 2005 SONY CLASSICAL SK94220 [73:00]  [M Walker FMotW]

A magnificent achievement as a single score ... Revenge of the Sith immediately takes a place in the select canon of unarguably great film music. ... see Full Review

Judith Lang ZAIMONT (b.1945) Sacred Service for the Sabbath Evening1 (excerpts) (1976) [27:29] A Woman of Valor2 (1977) [6:39] Parable: A Tale of Abram and Isaac3 (1986) [16:35] Meditations at the Time of the New Year4 (1997) [13:05] 1 James Maddalena (baritone), Ernst Senff Choir, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Gerard Schwarz; 2 Margaret Kohler (soprano), Everest String Quartet (Stephen Rose and Jeanne Preucil Rose, violins, Joan DerHovsepian, viola, Brant Taylor, (cello)/Samuel Adler; 3 Frances Lucey (soprano), John Aler (tenor), Randall Scarlata (baritone), Harold Lester (harpsichord), The Ruskin Ensemble, Laudibus Choir/Michael Brewer; 4 Martha Cowan (soprano), Kimball Wheeler (mezzo-soprano), Theresa Diamond (glockenspiel), Timm Boatman (tubular bells), Choral Society of Southern California/Nick Strimple. rec. August 1992, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York2; May, 1999, Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, Beverley Hills, California4; April 2000, Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin1; July 2000, The Warehouse, London3. NAXOS 8.559444 [66:12] [GPu]

This is one of the most consistently rewarding of the fascinating Milken Archive series. So much so that it leaves one wanting to hear more. ... see Full Review


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[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]  [Part 7 Misc M-Z]

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