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America’s Singers Recorded - The First Generation Frederic COWEN (1852-1935) The Promise of Life [3:02] Belle Cole Francisco Ernani BRAGA (1868-1945) La Serenata [2:59] Ada Adini   Walter DAMROSCH (1862-1950) Danny Deever [3:59] David Bispham Richard STRAUSS (1865-1949) Ständchen [3:04] Lilian Nordica  George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah Come unto him [3:22] Emma Juch Landon RONALD (1873-1938) Rosy Morn [1:58] Zelie de Lussan Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Les Huguenots - Nobil signor salute [3:46] Rosa Linde Wright William WALLACE (1860-1940) Lurline - Sweet spirit hear my prayer [2:51] Alice Esty André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Veronique - The swing song [4:37] Emma Eames and Emilio de Gogorza Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Die Ehre Gottes [2:47] Arthur van Eweyk Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Das Rheingold - Erdas Warnung [3:52] Edyth Walker George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Judas Maccabaeus - Sound an alarm [4:23] Evan Williams Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Zauberflöte - In diesen heil'gen Hallen [3:14]  Robert Blass Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer) Robert toi que j'aime [4:08] Auguez de Montalant TRADITIONAL  Believe me if all those endearing young charms [3:08] Dennis O’Sullivan Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria Rusticana - O Lola ch'ai di latti [2:28] George Hamlin Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen - Kartenarie [2:47] Sarah Jane Walker Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Hérodiade - Il est doux, il est bon [3:40] Susan Strong Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser - Gar viel und schön [4:06] Leon Rains Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur - Acerba volutta [4:10] Louise Homer Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre - Seek not o maid [4:04] Clarence Whitehill and Minnie Saltzmann-Stevens Charles HAWLEY (1858-1915) The sweetest flower [2:17] Emilio de Gogorza Leo STERN  Coquette [2:45] Suzanne Adams Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Les Vêpres Sicilienne - Merci, compagnons bien-aimés [1:59] Lilian Blauvelt Rec. 1901-13 SYMPOSIUM 1361 [79:40] [JW]

An evocative package. ... see Full Review

Amour cruel Michel LAMBERT (c.1610-1696) Vos mépris chaque jour, air for voice, 2 viols and theorbo [03:43] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE (17th century) Concert à deux violes esgales No. 58 'Les Roulades' [04:20] Sébastien LE CAMUS (c.1610-1677) Je veux me plaindre, air for voice, 2 viols and lute (arr. Susie Napper) [03:44] Laissez durer la nuit, air for voice and theorbo [05:48] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert à deux violes esgales No. 6 'La Duchesse' [05:54] Sébastien LE CAMUS Amour, cruel Amour, air for voice and 2 viols (arr. Susie Napper) [03:34] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert à deux violes esgales No. 9 'Le Suppliant' [06:19] Sébastien LE CAMUS Forêts solitaires, air for voice and theorbo [02:35] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert à deux violes esgales No. 48 'Le Raporté': chaconne [06:20] Michel LAMBERT Ombre de mon amant, air for voice, 2 viols and theorbo [06:07] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert à deux violes esgales No. 32 'L'Eslevé changé' [04:03] Sébastien LE CAMUS On n'entend rien, air for voice and lute [03:38] Jean DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert à deux violes esgales No. 3 'Le Tendre' [06:50] Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Stephen Stubbs (lute, theorbo), Les Voix Humaines (Susie Napper, Margaret Little, viola da gamba) rec. April 2000, Église Saint-Augustin, Saint-Augustin de Mirabel, Québec, Canada. DDD ATMA ACD2 2216 [62:58] [JV]

The main purpose of French music of the 17th century was to please the ear and that is exactly what both the music and the interpreters do here ... see Full Review

Australian Piano Trio - Anthology CD1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 (1880-1882) [29:19] Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 In memory of a Great Artist (1881-82) [44:56] CD2 Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12 (c. 1803) [21:11] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Trio in G major (1879-80) [22:34] Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (1894) [31:31] CD3 Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Trio No. 4 in G major, Op. 65 (c. 1814-15) Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (1855) [29:18] CD4 Michael BRIMER (b. 1933) Piano Trio No. 1 (2001) [23:35] Ross EDWARDS (b. 1943) Piano Trio (1998) [19:01] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Piano Trio (1937) [16:10] The Australian Piano Trio (Donald Hazelwood (violin), Catherine Hewgill (cello, discs 2 and 3), Susan Blake (cello, discs 1 and 4), Michael Brimer (piano)) rec. Eugene Goossens Hall, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, 15, 16, 18 June 2001 (disc 1); 2-3 April 1998 (Disc 2); 27 September 1999 (Disc 3); 18-19 October 2001, 24 February 2002 (Disc 4). DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 5235 [4 CDs: 74:17 + 75:22 + 47:41 + 58:47] [IB]

Basically, if this particular collection appeals … go ahead. ... see Full Review

Jeanne Baxtresser: Chamber Music for flute François DEVIENNE (1759-1803) Duo for flute and viola in C minor Op.5 No.3 (1784) [8:20] ¹ Madeleine DRING (1923-1977) Trio for flute, oboe and piano (1968) [10:11] ² Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Three Watercolours for flute, cello and piano [16:02] ³ Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Canzone for flute and piano (1958) [4:16] # Summer Music for wind quintet Op.31 (1956) [11:40] + Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Duo for flute and piano (1969-70) [14:38] # Jeanne Baxtresser (flute) with Cynthia Phelps (viola) ¹ Joseph Robinson (oboe) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano) ² Alan Stepansky (cello) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano) ³ Israela Margalit (piano) # Joseph Robinson (oboe). Stanley Drucker (clarinet), Judith LeClair (bassoon) and Philip Myers (French horn) + rec. Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, June-July 1996 (Devienne, Dring and Gaubert), Recital Hall, State University of New York at Purchase, May 1994 (Barber) and Recital Hall, State University of New York at Purchase, July 1995 (Copland) CALA CACD 0544 [65:26][JW]

There’s plenty of variety here and some vivacious performances to boot ... see Full Review

Julian Bream My Life In Music Julian Bream (guitar) Directed and presented: Paul Balmer Produced: Judy Caine. rec. May 2003. PAL AVIE AV 2109 [195.00][ZT]

This is a splendid presentation with wide musical appeal but to guitarists it is an Aladdin’s cave. ... see Full Review

The Story of British Classical Music see review for details NAXOS 8.558193/4 [76:33 + 77:08] [RW]

One has to admire that all the pieces are of good performances, both from the playing and technical point of view ... see Full Review

Christmas Music from Eton College Jacob HANDL (1550-1591) Resonet in laudibus [1:04] Plainchant Hodie* [1:13] Josquin des PREZ (c.1450/55–1521) Ave Maria [4:11] Richard PYGOTT (c.1485-1549) Quid petis, O fili [7:57] Thomas RAVENSCROFT (c.1592-c.1635) Remember, O thou Man [1:46] Mateo FLECHA (1481?-1553?) Riu, riu, chiu [2:56] Robert PARSONS (c.1530-1572) Ave Maria [4:13] Trad. Gaudete [1:32] Jean de OCKEGHEM (c.1410-1497) Ave Maria [2:33] Plainchant Puer natus est nobis* [3:23] John TAVENER (b. 1944) God is with us [4:47] Pierre VILLETTE (1926-1998) Hymne à la Vierge [3:44] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Rosa Mystica [4:00] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Ave Maria [5:45] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Bethlehem Down 2:57] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Sing Lullaby [2:58] Elizabeth POSTON (1905-1987) Jesus Christ the Apple Tree [2:54] Peter CORNELIUS (1824-1874) arr. ATKINS The Three Kings [2:17] John GARDNER (b.1917) Tomorrow shall be my dancing day [2:04] Plainchant Ave Maria* Eton College Chapel Choir/Thomas Winpenny (organ)/*Francis Faux (director/cantor)/Ralph Allwood Recording dates and venue not stated. ADD RESONANCE CD RSN 3076 [65:21] [JQ]

This is a successful, very well executed and thoroughly enjoyable disc that should give a good deal of enjoyment this Christmas ... see Full Review

Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562–1621) Gaude et Laetare Plainchant Deus in adjutorium; Psalm 109; Psalm 110; Psalm 111; Psalm 112; Psalm 116; Apparuit benignitasResponsorium breve; Christe redemptor omnium; Crastina die Thomas TALLIS (c.1505–1585) Magnificat a 5 Plainchant Tonus Orationis Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548–1611) Alma redemptoris mater a 5 Plainchant Post partum; Elogium Heinrich SCHUTZ (1585–1672) Hodie Christus Natus Est Jean LANGLAIS (1907–1991) Fete The Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Martin Baker (Master of Music) Matthew Martin (organ) rec. Westminster Cathedral, 21, 22, 28 February, 1 March 2005 HYPERION CDA67522 [68.12] [RH]

If you close your eyes you can almost smell the incense ... see Full Review

The Art of Peter Clinch - Classical Saxophone William LOVELOCK (1899-1986) Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra (1973) [18:43] Astra Chamber Orchestra/George Logie-Smith Three Sketches for Clarinet and Piano (1974) [8:08] Nehama Patkin (piano) Saxophone Sonata (1974) [17:03] Trevor Barnard (piano) Eric GROSS  (b. 1926) Saxophone Quintet in E flat (1976) [19:57] Petra String Quartet Geoffrey D'OMBRAIN (b. 1931) and Peter CLINCH (1930-1995) Introspections for Saxophone and Tape (1976) [3:44] James PENBERTHY  (1917-1999) Saxophone Concerto (1970) [7:57] West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Verdon Williams Peter Clinch (saxophone; and clarinet) rec. W&G Recording Studio, Melbourne, November 1975, from W&G LP BS5667 (Lovelock concerto; sonata); Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, April 1983 (Gross); Melbourne State College (D’Ombrain); ABC Studios from Festival LP SFC80026 (Penberthy). ADD but Three Sketches DDD DIVERSIONS 24120 [75:36][RB]

A progressive trajectory from the accessible conservative Lovelock through the expressive linguistic challenge of Gross and onwards to the extremes of Penberthy and D’Ombrain. ... see Full Review

Le Domaine musical (1956-1967) Vol. 1  CD1 - Le concert du 10e anniversaire Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (b. 1929) Kontra-punkte (1952) [11:26] Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Serenata [10:24] Pierre BOULEZ (b. 1925) Le Marteau sans maître (1952) [32:16] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Oiseaux exotiques (1956) [13:52] CD 2 - Les references françaises Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918): Syrinx (1912) [3:34] Edgard VARÈSE (1883-1965) Densité 21.5, (1936-46) [5:50] Hyperprism, (1923) [6:34] Octandre (1922) [4:40] Intégrales, (1923) [11:10] Oliver MESSIAEN Cantéyodjayă, (1948) [12:06] Sept Haïkaï (1962) [18:43] CD 3 - Le compositeur Boulez Pierre BOULEZ Structures, (1951) [14:21] Sonatine pour flûte et piano (1946) [11:44] Sonate No 2 pour piano (1948) [33:36] CD 4 - Les compagnons de route Maurizio KAGEL (b. 1931) Sextuor à cordes, (1953-7) [7:34] Luigi NONO (1924-1990) Incontri (1955) [6:01] Hans Werner HENZE (b 1926) Concerto per Il Marigny, (1956) [6:35] Henri POUSSEUR (b. 1929) Madrigal III, (1962) [12:01] Mobile pour 2 pianos (1958) [10:11] Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN Zeitmasse, (1956) [13:38] Klavierstück (1956) [17:03] PLUS bonus CD – first recording of Le Marteau sans maître and interview with Boulez Soloists and Orchestra of Domaine musical/Pierre Boulez rec. 1956-67 ADD ACCORD - UNIVERSAL CLASSICS 476 9209 [5 CDs: 66:54 + 62:32 + 59:46 + 73:15 + 79.38] [AOz]

The Domaine musical was an exciting experiment in new music, full of creative exchange and adventure. This set gives us an insight into what that world was like. ... see Full Review

Le Domaine musical (1956-1967) Vol. 2 CD1 - Stravinsky Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Concertino pour douze instruments (1952) [5:54] Trois pieces pour clarinette seule (1919) [4:10] Trois pieces pour quatuor à cordes (1914) [6:27], Symphonies d’instruments à vent (1947) [8:33] Renard (1916/7) [15:01] Agon (1953-570 [21:57]* CD 2 – L’Ècole de Vienne 1 Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht (1917) [31:12], Trois pièces pour 12 instruments (1910) [2:02] Pierrot Lunaire (1912) [31:50] Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Sechs Stücke für Orchester (1928) [10:17] CD 3 – L’Ècole de Vienne 2 Alban BERG (1885-1935) Sonate en si mineur (1908) [8:27] Drei Stücke für Orchester (1915) [5:02]* Arnold SCHOENBERG Kammersymphonie (1906) [17:15] Anton WEBERN Zwei Lieder (1910-25) [2:0] Vier Lieder (1914-22) [6:19] Cantate no 1 (1939) [8:28] Cantate no 2 (1943) [12:30] CD 4 – L’Ècole de Vienne 3 Arnold SCHOENBERG Sérénade (1920-23) [30:46] Suite for 7 instruments (1925) [24:31] Anton WEBERN Variations für Klavier (1936) [6:18] Symphonie (1928) [9:33] Soloists and Orchestra of Domaine musical/Pierre Boulez (conductor) * Orchester de Südwestrundfunks de Baden-Baden/Hans Rosbaud rec. Paris 1956-1967 ACCORD UNIVERSAL CLASSICS 476 8862 [4 CDs: 62:14 + 65:02 + 74:30 + 70:04] [AOz]

A time-capsule of an exciting period. Highly recommended for anyone seriously interested in new music and live performance ... see Full Review

Down a River of Time Georg Philip TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto in D minor [9:44] François-Joseph GARNIER (1755-1825) Concerto for oboe and strings [8:11] Giuseppe FERLENDIS (1755-1810) Concerto No.1 in F major (published 1802) [13:31] Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Idillio-Concertino (1932) [19:36] Eric EWAZEN (b.1954) Down a River of Time (1999) [24:57] Andrea Gullickson (oboe) Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra/Lucia Matos rec. Czech Radio Studio One, Prague, July 2005 CALA CACD1037 [76:39] [JW]

From the Baroque to the Present, featuring Wolf-Ferrari’s exquisitely songful little 1932 Idillio-Concertino, all in splendid performances. ... see Full Review

Empire Brass - Class Brass - Classical Favourites for Brass 1. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Procession of the Nobles from Mlada [4.23]; 2. BORODIN Dances from Prince Igor [3.33]; 3. COPLAND Buckaroo holiday from Rodeo [3.53]; 4. SMETANA Dance of the comedians from The Bartered Bride [2.47]; 5. GRIEG Anitra's dance from Peer Gynt [1.42]; 6. PROKOFIEV Morning dance from Romeo and Juliet [2.15]; 7. COPLAND Simple gifts [3.54]; 8. PROKOFIEV Wedding and Troika from Lt Kije [5.17]; 9. TCHAIKOVSKY Arabian dance from Nutcracker Suite [3.15]; 10. TCHAIKOVSKY Neapolitan dance from Swan Lake [3.12]; 11. VERDI Triumphal march from Aida [3.38]; 12. FAURE Pavane [5.33]; 13. BIZET Toreador song from Carmen [2.19]; 14. DVOŘÁK Slavonic dance no. 8 [1.53]; 15. BRAHMS Hungarian dance No. 5 [2.47]; 16. GINASTERA Estancia [5.23]; 17. RAVEL Pavane for a dead princess [5.36]; 18. MOUSSORGSKY Great gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition [2.22]; Empire Brass: Rolf Smedvig (solo trumpet); Jeffrey Curnow (trumpet); Martin Hackleman (horn); Scott A. Hartman (trombone); J. Samuel Pilafan (tuba); Richard Jensen (percussion); Arthur Press (percussion). Rec. no date or location details given TELARC CD-80220 [65.22][RMO]

Plenty of positives ... see Full Review

Engelkonzert Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Engelkonzert [10:44] J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Canonische Veränderungen über das Weihnachtslied ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her’ BWV 769a [14:09] Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Saluto angelico op 106 Nr 5 [4:06] Fritz GOLLER (1914-1986) Choralpartita ‘Unüberwindlich starker held, St Michael’ [6:01] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Angelus [7:45] Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Engelszene aus der Märchenoper ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ [10:31] Max REGER (1873-1916) Ave Maria op 63 Nr 7 [4:16] Théodore DUBOIS (1837-1924) In Paradisum [4:09] Jacques Georges Paul CHARPENTIER (b. 1933) L’Ange à la Trompette [8:27] Josef Still (organ) rec. Trier Dom, 6-8 September 2005 DDD ORGANUM CLASSICS OGM 267014 [70:59] [CB]

Still combines virtuosity with imagination to create a programme of engaging ‘Angel’ music ... see Full Review

English String Miniatures Vol. 6 Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) A Moorside Suite (1928) (arr. Philip Lane) Scherzo, Nocturne, March Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Chacony in G minor, Z.730 (ed. Benjamin Britten) Paul LEWIS (b.1943) Rosa Mundi (2003) Adam CARSE (1878-1958) The Winton Suite (1933) Prelude – Air – Dance – Song Finale Paul CARR (b.1961) A Very English Music (2002) Cuckmere Haven – Cornish Air – The Hunt Gathering Malcolm LIPKIN (b.1932) From Across La Manche (1998) Overture – Ballade – Dance-finale Lionel SAINSBURY (b.1958) Two Nocturnes (1990) Molto lento – Mesto e semplice Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Bethlehem Down (1927) Carol for strings (arr. Philip Lane) William LLOYD WEBBER (1914-1982) Waltz in E minor (1939) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London, Aug/Nov 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557753 [74:15] [RW]

A mixture of contemporary and classical. I question the mixing of styles. Modern recording of high calibre and readings that are alert and intuitive ... see Full Review

The Essential Hollywood CD 1: John WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Title [5:44] London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams Max STEINER/Alfred NEWMAN Gone With the Wind: “Selznick International Fanfare”; Main Title: Dixie; Mammy; Tara; Rhett [3:04] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt Maurice JARRE Doctor Zhivago: Prelude and Laura’s Theme [5:15] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Maurice Jarre David RAKSIN Laura: Main Theme [5:52] New Philharmonic Orchestra/David Raskin Bernard HERRMANN Psycho: Prelude; The Murder; Finale [4:57] Los Angeles Philharmonic/Esa-Pekka Salonen Maurice JARRE Lawrence of Arabia: Overture (Part II) [4:26] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Maurice Jarre Elmer BERNSTEIN The Magnificent Seven: Main Title and Calavera’s Visit [3:37] Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Elmer Bernstein John WILLIAMS E.T. – The Extraterrestrial: Flying Theme [3:42] London Philharmonic Orchestra/John Williams Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD The Adventures of Robin Hood: Robin Hood and His Merry Men [4:28] London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams John WILLIAMS Jaws: Main Theme [2:57] London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams Bernard HERRMANN Vertigo: Scene d’Amour [6:49] Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen Nina ROTA The Godfather Part II: End Title [4:11] Filarmonica delta Scala/Riccardo Muti CD: 2 Alfred NEWMAN 20th Century Fox Fanfare and “Street Scene” (from How to Marry a Millionaire) [4:22] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt Max STEINER Casablanca: Main Title; The Immigrants; Morocco; “Sam, I thought I told you never to play . . .”; As Time Goes By; Flashback; Rick Remembers Paris; Love Scene; The Airport; Major Strasser’s Death; “The beginning of a beautiful friendship” [8:36] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt Monty NORMAN Dr. No: The James Bond Theme [2:53] London Symphony Orchestra/John Barry Ennio MORRICONE The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Titles [3:04] Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Ennio Morricone John WILLIAMS Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Dialogue [3:28] Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams Max STEINER King Kong: The Forgotten Island; Natives; Sacrificial Dance; the Gate of King Kong; Kong in New York [7:16] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt Dimitri TIOMKIN High Noon: Theme [5:26] Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra/Dimitri Tiomkin Franz WAXMAN Sunset Boulevard: Main Title; Norma Desmond; The Studio Stroll; The Comeback; Norma as Salome [7:44] National Philharmonic Orchestra; Charles Gerhardt Henry MANCINI The Pink Panther: Theme [2:36] Henri Mancini and His Orchestra Miklos ROZSA Ben-Hur: Parade of the Charioteers [3:39] Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler Henry MANCINI Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Moon River [2:36] Henry Mancini and his Orchestra Bernard HERRMANN Citizen Kane: Rosebud; Finale [2:41] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD King’s Row: Main Title [1:39] National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt rec. 1970s-1990s. collection 2006 ADD, DDD SONY CLASSICAL 82876 77086 2 [54:50 + 47:24][PC]

One could hardly imagine a better collection of musical snippets from some of the greatest movies ever to come out of Hollywood. ... see Full Review

The Essential James Galway see review for details rec. 1976-99 SONY BMG 82876 80318 2 [66:15 + 68:12] [GF]

The sound is consistently good and James Galway’s famous golden tone is everywhere in evidence. ... see Full Review

James Galway – My Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, K. 299 (297c) (1778): Allegro (Cadenza: Carl Reinecke) [11:00]; Andantino (Cadenza: John Thomas) [9:31]; Rondeau: Allegro (Cadenza: Carl Reinecke) [8:50]; Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, arranged by Andreas N. Tarkmann) (1785) [6:18]; Theme and Variations (Andante grazioso) from Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331 (300i) (1781-3) (for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, arranged by Andreas N. Tarkmann) [6:43]; “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” (Tempo di Menuetto grazioso) from Zaide, act I, scene 3, K. 344 (366b) (1779-80) (for Flute and Orchestra, arranged by Matthias Spindler) [5:44]; The Magic Flutes, for two Flutes and Orchestra (A journey through the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, devised and freely arranged for two solo flutes and orchestra for James and Jeanne Galway by David Overton): Adagio – Allegro con brio [9:18]; Minuet [5:27]; Allegro [7:26]; Rondo alla turca from Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331 (300i) (1781-3) (for two Flutes and Orchestra, arranged for James and Jeanne Galway by David Overton) [3:17] Lady Jeanne Galway (flute), Catrin Finch (harp), Sinfonia Varsovia/Sir James Galway (flute and conductor) rec. Polish Radio, Witold Lutoslawski Studio, Warsaw, January 2006 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6233 [73:46][GF]

Well-filled, well-played and with good liner notes this is a disc that should attract many music lovers. It may not be an essential buy but it is definitely ‘Music for Pleasure’ – and shouldn’t music always be so? ... see Full Review

Glenn Gould Hereafter A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon Picture Format 16:9; TV system NTSC; Sound Dolby Stereo and 5.0; DVD Format DVD9; will play on NTSC-compatible set-ups only; DVD contains a DVD-ROM section with booklet files in German, Spanish and Japanese IDEALE AUDIENCE INTERNATIONAL DVD9DM20 [106.00] [JW]

A curiously compelling half-portrait of a chimerical presence. ... see Full Review

Harps of the Ancient Temples Conceived and Performed by Gail LAUGHTON The Hebrews 425 AD Japan 375 AD Pompeii 76 AD Greece 300 BC The Mayans 700 BC Crete 1400 BC Babylon 1500 BC Stonehenge 1600 BC Egypt 1700 BC Lemuria 16,000 BC Atlantis 21,000 BC Gail Laughton (harp) Rec. 1978. Remastered from original vinyl LP. ADD LAUREL LR-811CD [28:26][RB]

For those who delight in allusive speculative time travel courtesy of the harp or who must have every speck of music from the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade-Runner. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anja Harteros – Bella Voce Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Oh smania! O Furie! ... D'Oreste e d'Ajace [6.25] from Idomeneo K. 366; Porgi, amor [3.25] from Le nozze di Figaro K. 492; Temerari ... Come scoglio [5.43]; Ei parte - senti! Ah no! ... Per pieta, ben mio perdona all'error [8.57] from Così fan tutte K 588; Ah, lo previdi! - Ah, t'invola agl'occhi miei - Deh, non varcar K.272 [13.16]; Vado, ma dove? O Dei! K. 583 [4.09]; Misera! dove son? L'aure del Tebro - Ah! non son io che parlo, K.369 [6.49] Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Scena di Berenice Hob.XXIVa;10 [12.20] Cantata composra per la Signora Banti in Antigono di Pietro Metastasio Anja Harteros (soprano) Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Pinchas Steinberg rec. 7–11 December 2005, Baumgartner-Casino, Vienna. DDD. BMG-RCA RED SEAL 82876771432 [62.01] [ED]

May her next solo discs explore other areas of her repertoire as thrillingly as this one has. But, please, don’t make me wait another seven years! ... see Full Review

Sir George Henschel (1850-1934) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Die Schöne Müllerin - No.1 Das Wandern (1794-1827) [2:19] Winterreise - No.24 Der Leiermannd D911 (1827) [2:33] Lachen und Weinen D777 [1:56] Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583 [3:09] Carl LOEWE (1796–1869) Heinrich der Vogler [3:03] Der Erlkönig (1818) [3:21] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Dichterliebe - No.7 Ich grolle nicht Op.48 (1840) [1:42] Lied eines Schmiedes [1:21] Die beiden Grenadiere Op.49 No.1 [3:33] J W FRANCK Wait thou still [3:16] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Ten Biblical Songs Op.99 - No.7 By the Waters of Babylon (1894) [3:14] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 (1799-1800) [26:45] Orchestra of the Royal Philharmonic Society recorded in the Scala Theatre, London Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sarabande in D arranged Henschel from Suites for solo Cello No.6 BWV 1012 [3:50] Sarabande in E flat arranged Henschel from Suites for solo Cello No. 4 BWV 1010 [3:05] George HENSCHEL (1850-1934) Sicilienne [2:46] Beatrice Harrison (cello) and George Henschel (piano) Spring  [3:19] Emma Eames (soprano) with George Henschel (piano) Morning Hymn [2:31]   Gervase Elwes (tenor) with George Henschel (piano) Mein müdes Augen [1:54] George Henschel (baritone and piano) rec. 1908-29 SYMPOSIUM 1362 [73:54][JW]

A valuable Henschel compilation – conductor, singer, pianist ... see Full Review

In Dulci Jubilo ANONYMOUS: In Dulci Jubilo [3:17] Remember O thou Man [3:03] Gently the Fragrance [3:11] Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day [1:43] Vous qui désirez sans fin [1:30] Chrétiens qui suives l’église [3:54] Grâce soit renduë [1:30] Philipp Friedrich BÖDDECKER (1607-1683) Veni Salvator hominum [6:22} Michel CORRETTE (1709-1795) Quartrième Symphonie en quatuor [9:24] Noël Provençal [2:01] Nikolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697) Jauxhzet dem Herrn, alle Welt [12:45] Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Musettes from Les Fêtes d’hébé [3:27] Rigadouns from Les Fêtes d’hébé [1:57] Francois COUPERIN (1668-1733) Musette from Troisième Concert Royal 2:20] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Bereitet die Wege, beritet die Bahn (from BWV 132) [5:40] Mit zarten und vergnügten Trieben (from BWV 36b) [6:28] The Aulos Ensemble: Christopher Krueger (flute and recorder); Marc Schachman (oboe); Linda Quan (violin); Myrnon Lutzke (cello); Arthur Hass (harpsichord and organ); Julianne Baird (soprano). rec. 19-21 May 2006, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. CENTAUR CRC 2831 [68:38] [KS]

Performed with a graceful simplicity that was most fetching…Christopher Krueger lives up to his well-earned reputation as a flute virtuoso. ... see Full Review

Inventions - Duos for violin and cello Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Selection from 20 Duos for violin and cello (arranged by Frederick Neumann): Invention No.2 in F major, BWV 779 [0:56]; Aria in C minor, (French Suite No.2) BWV 813 [2:38]; Prelude in D major, (Book I, The Well-tempered Clavier) BWV 850 [1:31]; Menuet in C minor, (French Suite No.2) BWV 813 [1:22]; Gavotte in G minor, (English Suite No.3) BWV 808 [3:20]; Gigue in A minor, (English Suite No.2) BWV 807 [2:31]; Invention No.13 in A minor, BWV 784 [1:11] Hanns EISLER (1898-1962) Duo for violin and cello, Op.7, No. 1 (1924) [6:54] Karol BEFFA (b. 1973) Masques I for violin and cello [9:52] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Mélodies populaires hongroises for violin and cello (arranged by Karl Kraeuter): (Allegro ironico [0:33]; Allegretto [0:35]; Moderato [1:04]; Choral: Andante [2:31]; Allegretto [0:34]; Con moto [0:24]; Vivace [0:33]) Karol BEFFA (b. 1973) Masques II for violin and cello [12:57] Gideon KLEIN (1919-1945) Duo for violin and cello (c.1939-41) [8:40] Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Duo for violin and cello, No.2, H371 (1958) [10:05] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Marche miniature viennoise for violin, cello & pianoA[3:19] Renaud Capuçon (violin) Gautier Capuçon (cello) Aude Capuçon (piano)A rec. 21-24 March, 2005, IRCAM, Paris, France. DDD  VIRGIN CLASSICS 3326262 [72:58][MC]

A fascinating and superbly performed recital which is worthy of considerable attention. ... see Full Review

Inventions - Duos for violin and cello  Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Twenty Duets for violin and cello (transcribed Frederick Neumann) (extracts) Invention No.2 in F major BWV 77 [0:56] Aria (Suite Française No.2 in C minor BWV 813 [2:38] Prélude in D major (Well Tempered Clavier, I, 5) [1:31] Menuet (Suite Française No.2 in C minor BWV 813 [1:22] Gavotte (Suite Anglaise No.3 in G minor BWV 808 [3:20] Gigue (Suite Anglaise No.2 in A minor BWV 807 [2:31] Invention No.13 in A minor BWV 784 [1:11] Hanns EISLER (1898-1962) Duet for violin and cello Op.7 No.1 (1924) Tempo di minuetto [3:52] Allegretto vivace [3:02] Karol BEFFA (b.1973) Masques I (modéré) [9:52] Masques II (rythmiquement souple) [12 :57] Béla BARTOK (1881-1945)      Mélodies populaires hongroises (transcribed Karl Kraeuter) [6:14] (Allegro ironico; Allegretto; Moderato; Choral: Andante; Allegretto; Con moto; Vivace) Gideon KLEIN (1919-1945) Duet for violin and cello (1939) Allegro con fuoco [6:03] Lento (unfinished) [2:37] Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1891-1959) Duo  for violin and cello No.2 H.371 (1958) [10:06] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Marche miniature viennoise (tempo di marcia) [3:19]* Renaud Capuçon (violin) Gautier Capuçon (cello) Aude Capuçon (piano) * Rec. IRCAM, Paris, March 2005 VIRGIN CLASSICS 332626 2 [72:58] [JW]

Only intermittently effective. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Simon Keenlyside - Tales of Opera Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792–1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum della città [4:56]; Guillaume Tell: Sois immobile [2:25]; Jules MASSENET (1842–1912) Hérodiade: Vision fugitive [4:23]; Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Don Carlo: Per me giunto è il di [8:17]; Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima [6:00]; La traviata: Di Provenza il mar [4:16]; Ambroise THOMAS (1811–1896) Hamlet: O vin, dissipe la tristesse [3:53]; Vincenzo BELLINI (1801–1835) I puritani: Ah! Per sempre io ti perdei [5:22]; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Die Zauberflöte: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen [4:07]; Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858–1919) Pagliacci: Si può, si può [5:23]; Francesco CILEA (1866–1950) L’Arlesiana: Come due tizzi accesi [3:36]; Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Pique Dame: Ja vas ljublju [4:49]; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Don Giovanni: Dah vieni alla finestra [2:09]; Zaide: Nur Mut, mein Herz, versuche dein Glück [5:22]; Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Tannhäuser: Oh, du mein holder Abendstern [5:14] Simon Keenlyside (baritone) Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Ulf Schirmer rec. Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich 29 May–2 June, 2006 SONY CLASSICAL 82876884822 [70:12] [GF]

A splendid well-filled, well-sung and well recorded recital with some of the finest baritone arias and with two rarities as an extra bonus. Not to be missed! ... see Full Review

Kids Love Christmas PIERPONT, arr. GOULD 'Jingle bells' 16th century French, arr. WILLCOCKS 'Ding dong merrily on high'  BRITTEN 'This little babe'  TRAD, arr. WARRELL 'We wish you a merry Christmas'  ANDERSON 'Sleigh ride'  HOPKINS 'We three kings of orient are'  TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker - suite, op.71a: Danse de la Fée Dragée (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy); Danse Russe (Trepak); 'Valses des Fleurs (Waltz of the Flowers)'  TRAD, arr. RUTTER 'Nativity carol'  KIRKPATRICK, arr WILLCOCKS 'Away in a manger'  BLAKE, arr. QUIRK 'Walking in the air'  MOHR/GRUBER 'Stille nacht (silent night)'  COOTS/GILLESPIE, arr. HAINES 'Santa Claus is coming to town'  GAUNTLETT, arr. WILLCOCKS 'Once in Royal David's city'  PROKOFIEV 'Troika’ from Lieutenant Kije Suite, op.60  PLAINSONG 'Christmas fanfare'  TRAD. Arr. David WILLCOCKS 'The first Nowell'  TRAD. Arr. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, 1872-1958, re-arr. David WILLCOCKS 'O little town of Bethlehem' TRAD. Arr. Henry WALFORD DAVIES 'The holly and the ivy'  WADE arr WILLCOCKS 'O come, all ye faithful'  Various artists SANCTUARY CLASSICS CD CDRSN3078 [76.44][RB]

A traditional 1950s-style Christmas collection with a classical accent ... 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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