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Schumann Sonata in G minor Liszt Concert Studies Debussy Suite Bergamasque Chopin Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 Review Selling like hot cakes!


Michael Balfe (1808-1870) The Maid of Artois A light romantic opera in 3 Acts, with ballet based on a Manon Lescaut plot Victorian Opera Northwest conducted by Philip Mackenzie CAMEO 2042/3 2CD set with libretto and essays £26 post free
This opera was premièred in London as the second of Balfe’s early English opera successes.
With melodious music and reconstructed score, this is only the second Balfe opera to appear in the CD catalogue.
The quality of Balfe’s music was known to Beecham who turned to his ‘Bohemian Girl’ to represent British operatic interests for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Purchase Review

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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Quite simply, one of the finest Bach discs I’ve heard in a very long time ... I don’t expect it to be surpassed for some considerable time. Cantatas - Loraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) [JQ]

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sensitive and thoughtful readings with no dearth of vitality or high enthusiasm. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major Thun, Op. 100 (1886) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 (1851)César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata in A major (1886)Rudens Turku [MC]

Franz DANZI (1752-1821) Good performances of pleasant music, the double concerto by Vanhal being a particularly interesting piece Bassoon Concertos Nos. 1&2 Johann Baptist VANHAL (1739-1813] Concerto for Two Bassoons in F major* [GPu]

César FRANCK (1822-1890) A fine recording that will appeal to many especially for the excellent performance of the Piano Quintet. Piano Quintet in F minor* (1878-79) [35.47] Violin Sonata in A major (1886) [28.51][MC]

Franz LEHÁR (1870 – 1948) Lehár excerpts - live recordings and enthusiastic performances, occasionally over-sentimental but generally lively and high-spirited Highlights (in French) Le Tsarévitch (Der Zarewitsch) Giuditt , Frédérique, Le Comte de Luxembourg, La danse de libellules[GF]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH It’s like a great painting which has been cleaned for the first time in generations – restoring and renewing the sense of awe Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 7 Michael Tilson Thomas [DC]


Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Polished and charming piano music for four hands, played with considerable panache Pieces for Piano Duet [GPu]

Alexander PEÇI (b. 1951) An extremely interesting release of contemporary Albanian music. And what you hear may surprise you. Albanian Lament [DB]

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Worth investigating if not a Ravelian front-runner Miroirs (1904-1905) [27'48]; Gaspard de la nuit (1908) [20'25]; Le tombeau de Couperin (1914-1917) [25'56] David Korevaar (piano) [CC]

Music of Tribute, Volume 4: Scarlatti A well-played, thought-provoking and entertaining anthology of pieces by – and in homage to – Domenico Scarlatti. Warmly recommended Domenico SCARLATTI , Jean FRANCAIX, Marcelle de Manziarly , Vlastimir NIKOLOVSKI , Charles-Valentin ALKAN , Raymond LEWENTHAL, Marc-André Hamelin , Leopold GODOWSKY, Walter STEFFENS, György KURTÁG (b.1926) [GPu]

Władisław ŻELEŃSKI (1837-1921) Not music of great individuality or originality, but there is much to enjoy for those fond of the piano music of the Nineteenth Century .. Piano Works 1 Joanna Ławrynowicz (piano)[GPu]



British Music: Altogether a fascinating issue. Most of the articles are extremely interesting, educative and informative. One in particular, is, to be polite, somewhat challenging! The Journal of the British Music Society Volume 27 2005 Editor: Roger Carpenter : Alan Rawsthorne, Constant Lambert, Thomas Attwood, William Alwyn, John Parry’s Nightingale, Mátyás Seiber, British Symphonism beyond Parry, Stanford and Elgar, Scott and Arnold [JF]

JOYCE HATTO by Ates Orga (illustrated)


Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) This set is a pinnacle in the history of recorded music The Complete Keyboard Sonatas Scott Ross (harpsichord)[PCW] Ongoing Review Review updated 29th January 2006


British Music: Altogether a fascinating issue. Most of the articles are extremely interesting, educative and informative. One in particular, is, to be polite, somewhat challenging! The Journal of the British Music Society Volume 27 2005 Editor: Roger Carpenter : Alan Rawsthorne, Constant Lambert, Thomas Attwood, William Alwyn, John Parry’s Nightingale, Mátyás Seiber, British Symphonism beyond Parry, Stanford and Elgar, Scott and Arnold [JF]

The Cambridge Companion to Haydn A musicologist’s delight, perhaps, but beyond the ken of the average listener Edited by Caryl Clark

The Cambridge Companion to Liszt Edited by Kenneth Hamilton, University of Birmingham Series: Cambridge Companions to Music Cambridge University Press, September 2005 304 pages; 247 x 174 mm Paperback and Hardback (ISBN-10: 0521644623 | ISBN-13: 9780521644624) [JL]

A timely new book on Liszt’s work, splendidly comprehensive. Requires technical knowledge for some of it. ... see Full Review

Mozart: His Life and Music by Jeremy Siepmann Published by Naxos Books, 2005. Paperback. ISBN: 1-84379-110-2. 224pp. Includes two full CDs of music and accompanied by a free access dedicated website.

A well intentioned primer on both man and music; as such likely to be of most use to one approaching either for the first time ... see Full Review



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