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Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez and Eric Idle Orchestra conducted by TODD ELLISON Directed by MIKE NICHOLS Rec.2005, DECCA BROADWAY 9880253 [52:14] [DC]

If you love high-kicking up-beat Broadway Musical with added humour then this could be your disc of the year. ... see Full Review

Highlights from Russian Operas Mikhail GLINKA (1804 – 1857) A Life for the Czar (1836) Act 2: After the battle the god of war (Polonaise and chorus); Act 4: They sense the truth (Ivan Susanin’s aria) Vladimir Matorin (bass) Alexander DARGOMIZHSKY (1813 – 1869) Rusalka (1856) Act 3: Some unknown power (Prince’s cavatina); Act 3: What does this mean? (Mad scene) Mikhail Gubsky (tenor) – Prince Alexander Naumenko (bass) – Miller Male chorus Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Iolanthe (1892) No, the charms of a voluptuous beauty (Vaudémont’s Romance) Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor) Pique Dame (1890) Act 3: It is close on midnight already (Lisa’s aria) Elena Zelenskaya (soprano) Mazeppa (1884) Act 2: O Marija, Marija (Mazeppa’s arioso) Yuri Nechaev (baritone) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Aleko (1893) The magic power of song (Old Gypsy’s Story) Taras Shtonda (bass) Male chorus Alexander BORODIN (1833 – 1887) Prince Igor (1890) Act 2: No sleep, no rest (Prince Igor’s aria) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) Act 2: Are you in good health, Prince? (Konchak’s aria) Act 2: Hey, bring the captive girls here! (Recitativo) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) Act 2: Polovtsian Dances Yuri Nechaev (baritone) – Prince Igor
Valery Gilmanov (bass) – Konchak) Chorus Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow/Alexander Vedernikov rec. Moscow, November 2005, February 2006. DDD PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC 5186 089 (SACD) [75:59] [GF]

Stunningly realistic sound, impressive playing and singing from orchestra and chorus and several excellent singers make this a desirable issue. ... see Full Review

My Own Country Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Orpheus with his lute [3:13]; Edward Gray [4:35] Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Weep you no more [2:27]; Willow, willow, willow [2:35] Arr. Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Over the mountains [2:08]; Drink to me only [2:34] George DYSON (1883-1964) A poet's hymn [3:49]; Song of the Cyclops [2:08] Cecil GIBBS (1889-1960) The stranger [2:34]; Five eyes [1:13] Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Down by the Salley Gardens [2:19]; Snow [2:30] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) 0, my deir hert [2:01]; King David [4:27] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) My own country [2:26]; Rest, sweet nymphs [2:13] Michael HEAD (1900-1976) Tewkesbury Road [2:41]; Lavender Pond [3:42] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-76) Tom Bowling [4:20]; The choirmaster's burial [4:10] Harry Sever (treble), Robert Bottone (piano) rec. New Hall, Winchester College, Hampshire, England, January 2005. DDD HERALD HAVPCD 311 [59:57] [RW]

A light treble voice best suited to the higher octaves, where he soars effortlessly. Good dynamics and an excellent vibrato on sustained high notes. ... see Full Review

Paralpin - Röseligarte Patricia DRAEGER Aufzug [4:04] Nimbus [5:48] Trad. Arr. DRAEGER Ich habe meis Müetli fast alles verloren [6:14] * Härz mis Härz Du bruchsch nid z’truure [7:27] Gueti Nacht mis Liebeli [5:49] * De Haslibacher [6:03] * Ich gieng emale bei der Nacht [6:41] * Mis Lieb isch gar wilt inne [4:48] * Patricia DRAEGER Joliduli [5:36] Trad. Arr. DRAEGER Schönster Abestärn [6:24] * K. SIMBIREV Egosuissemousse  [4:17] * from Der Röseligarten, edited Otto von Greyerz (1850) Paralpin: Patricia Draeger (accordion, flute, vocal); Sergej Simbirev (accordeon, schweizerörgeli, vocal); Daniel Häusler (clarinet, bass-clarinet, vocal); Marc Draeger (vibraphone, marimbaphone, percussion, vocal); Christoph Mächler (double bass, electric bass, jew’s harp, vocal); Marc Halbheer (percussion, vocal) rec. Altdorf, Switzerland, 17 August 2003 MUSIQUES SUISSES MGB CD 6225 [63:13][GPu]

Distinctive music, based on folk traditions but finding room for much else in a heady mixture that makes for delightful listening … see Full Review

Polish Flute Music Ignacy Feliks DOBRZYNSKI (1807-1867) Andante e Rondo alla Polacca Op. 42 [11:17] Tadeusz SZELIGOWSKI (1896-1963) Sonata for Flute and Piano (1952) [15:25] Aleksander TANSMAN (1897-1986) Sonatine á Lois Fleury pour flute et piano [9:58] Bolesław WOYTOWICZ (1899-1980) Sonata for Flute and Piano (1952) [21:14] Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Krakowiak—Danse Polonaise Op. 9 No. 5 [3:26] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Variations in E major on Non piu mesta from Rossini’s La Cenerentola [4:39] Antoni Wierzbiński (flute) Elżbieta Tyszecka (piano) rec. Polskie Radio Łodź SA, June 2005 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0137 [66:06] [DB]

Rare repertoire of Polish composers, some of high interest, well-played. ... see Full Review

Romantic Russia Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Ludmilla - Overture (1842) [4:58] Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) arr. orch. Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Khovanschina - Prelude (1872) [4:59] Night on the Bare Mountain (1866) [11:08] Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) arr. orch. Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908); and Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) (overture) Prince Igor - Overture (1875) [10:46] Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances (1875) [13:42] London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Georg Solti rec. Kingsway Hall, January, February 1966. ADD DECCA 476 5310 [46:02][TP]

Legendary performances ... but seek out their Decca Legends incarnation if you can. ... see Full Review

Sacred - Inspirational and Spiritual Music for Choir and Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Robert Shaw John Aler (tenor) rec. Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, November 1984 TELARC CD-80671 [69:16] [MC]

Beautifully recorded and performed … Shaw conducts some remarkable choral singing on this aptly named release. ... see Full Review

Sacred Cantatas For Alto And For Tenor Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV35 (1726) [25:30] Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht, BWV55 (1726) [11:12] Melchior HOFFMANN (c.1679-1715) Mein Seele rühmt und preist (c.1714) [15.29] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Ich weiss, dass mein Erlösse lebt (c.1721) [10.30] Marianne Beate Kielland (alto) (Bach BWV35) Markus Schäfer (tenor) (Bach BWV55, Hoffmann, Telemann) Cologne Bach Choir (Bach BWV55) Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller-Bruhl rec. 1-3 June 2004 (Bach BWV55, Hoffmann, Telemann), 22-23 November 2004 (Bach BWV35), Deutschlandrundfunk, Sendesaal, Cologne NAXOS 8.557615 [62:41] [TB]

Since the Hoffmann and Telemann cantatas were long associated with Bach, there is no need to worry about their musical qualities, but the solo voices are recorded unnaturally with a ‘larger than life’ character. ... see Full Review

SILVESTRI conducts: Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cockaigne overture (In London Town), op.40 [15.27] *; Symphony No.1 in A flat major, op.55 [54.53] ** Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Beckus The Dandipratt – comedy overture, op.5 [7.51] *** Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Symphony No.2 in C minor, op.17 [32.40] **** Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Jeux – Poème Dansé [17.11] † Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Four Sea Interludes, op.33a [17.13] †† George ENESCU (1881-1955) Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op.11, No.1 [11.15] ‡ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri rec. live, Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, 6 December 1966* / 25 July 1968** / 23 February 1963*** / 12 November 1966**** / 10 November 1965† / 26 November 1966†† / Royal Festival Hall, London, 22 November 1966‡. ADD. All recordings except the Arnold overture are in mono sound. BBC LEGENDS BBCL 41822 [78.36 + 78.59] [ED]

Silvestri’s reputation as a serious and colourful maestro is well served by these vividly characterised performances: this 2 CD set is most enthusiastically recommended. ... see Full Review

Simply Summer Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’áprès-midi d’un faune London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons – ‘Summer’: Adagio Giuliano Carmignola (violin)/Venice Baroque Orchestra Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Summer Evening from Lyrische Stücke Gerhard Opitz (piano) Johannes BRAHMS (1933-1897) Intermezzo No. 2 in A Major, Op. 118 Emanuel Ax (piano) Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) June (Barcarolle) from The Seasons, Op. 37b Yefim Bronfman (piano) Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Midsummer Nocturne  Leo Smit (piano) George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Summertime from Porgy and Bess Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Michel Columbier Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Pastorale d'été New York Philharmonic OrchestraLeonard Bernstein Edward MACDOWELL (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51, No. 1 Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Crisantemi Manhattan String Quartet TRADITIONAL 'Tis The Last Rose Of Summer Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)/Eastman Wind Ensemble/Donald Hunsberger Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Pieds-en-l'air from Capriol Suite English Chamber Orchestra/Jose Luis Garcia Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) In a Summer Garden Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy Michel LEGRAND The Summer Knows from Summer of '42 Mancini Pops Orchestra/Henry Mancini No recording dates or locations given. SONY 82876 828492 [73.44] [DJB]

Simply summer?  Simply soporific! … see Full Review

Taize Community Christe Lux Mundi: Magnificat 3 [3: 04]; Cantarei ao Senhor [3:39] ; Behute mich, Gott [4:13]; Sit nomen Domini [3:37]; I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord [3:24]; Seigneur, tu gardes mon ames [3:21]; Viespatie, tu viska zinai [4:19]; Fiez-vous en Lui [3:19]; Canatate.... canticum novum [2:21]; Kyrie Eleison [3:30]; Frieden, Frieden [4:07]; Que j'exulte et jubile [4:06]; Christe lux mundi [3:50]; Dominus Spiritus est [3:07], Kristus, din Ande [3:54}; Bogoroditse Dievo 2 [2:34] Details of performers not supplied rec. 2006 at the Village Church, Taize ATELIERS ET PRESSES DE TAIZE T568 [56:32] [JuW]

The Taize style is musically simple, relying on repetitive character to create a meditative and contemplative approach to prayer and devotion. ... see Full Review

Lionel Tertis – The Complete Vocalion Recordings (1919-1924) Alfredo D’AMBROSIO (1897-1983) Petit Suite No. 2 [2:27] Aubade Rêverie – Morceaux Op.17  [3.24] William WOLSTENHOLME (1865-1931) The Answer [3:25]; Allegretto [3:05]; The Question [3:33] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Air on G String – Suite No.3 in D BWV 1068 [3:21]  Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) La Chasse in the style of Cartier [1:52]; La précieuse in the style of Couperin [3:09]; Tambourin chinois [3:24]; Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane in the style of Couperin [3:09]; Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani [3:51]; Rondino on a theme by Beethoven [2:58] John MCEWEN (1868-1948) Breath o’ June [3.57] Benjamin DALE (1885-1943) Suite in D Op.2 – Romance (1906) [4:34]  TRADITIONAL Londonderry Air arranged Lionel Tertis [2:50]; Molly on the Shore arranged Percy Grainger [3:11] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Après un rêve  - Chansons Op.7 (1878) [2:51]  Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1884) Melody in F – Melodies Op.3 (1852) [3.16]  Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Berceuse de Jocelyn (1888) [4:35]; Duettini Op. 18/1 “Souvenir de Champagne” [2:55]; Duettini Op. 18/5 “Minuit” [2:16] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Abendlied [2:53]  Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Phantasy Trio (1912) [5:51]  Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Trio in E-flat, K. 498 (1786) [12:34]; Trio in E, K. 542 (1788) [11:36]; Trio in G K564 (1788) [12:09]  Tod BOYD (d.1946) Samoan Lullaby [2.34] Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Le basque – Livre IV for viola da gamba and continuo (1717) [1:04] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Berceuse [3:00] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Chanson triste – Morceaux Op.40 No.2 (1878) [2:42]; Romance sans paroles [2:38]; None But the Lonely Heart – Songs Op.6 (1869) [2:30] Francis THOMÉ (1850-1909) Sous la feuillée Op.29 [2:45] Georg Frideric HANDEL (1686-1759) Passacaglia from Keyboard Suite No 7 arranged by Johann Halvorsen [3:45]; Sonata No.8 – Sonatas Op.1 No.8 (c.1731) [7:04]  Robert FUCHS (1847-1927) Duet for Violin and Viola Op.60 (1898) [3:59] Benjamin LEROUX Le Nil [3:44] Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Extase [2:46] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Trio in B flat D898 (1828) [15:51] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Spring Song - Songs without Words Op.62 No.6 (1842) [2:36] REBIKOV Les rêves Op.7 (1878) [2:56] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Élégie Op.24 [4:08] Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Barcarolle – The Seasons Op.37a (1875-76) [3:37] KALNINS Élégie [3:34] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria – Seven Songs No.6 D839 [3:44] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) I Love Thee [3.04] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) On Wings of Song – Songs Op.34 No.2 (1834) [3:05] Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Bagatelles Op.47 (1880): 1 Allegretto scherzando [3:57]; 2:  Tempo di minuetto [3:39]; 3:  Allegretto scherzando [3:36]; 5:  Poco Allegro [3:59] Lionel TERTIS (1876-1975) Rêverie [4:03]; Sunset [2:50] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liebestraum No.3 in A flat [3:58] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Slumber Song [3.26] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Sweet Remembrance - Songs without Words No.19 No.1 [2:08]; The Fleecy Cloud Songs without Words No.20 The Fleecy Cloud (1838) [2:52] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Sonata in C minor Op.45 [22:17] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Adagietto –L’Arlésienne Suite No.1 [3:16] John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Holy Boy [3:29] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Viola Sonata No.1 in F Op.120 (1894) [20:11] Lionel Tertis (viola) Albert Sammons (violin); Ethel Hobday (piano); Frank St. Leger (piano); F.B.Kiddle (piano); Zoia Rosovsky (soprano) rec. London, 1919-24 BIDDULPH 80219-2 [4 CDs: 74:00 + 72:27 + 63:53 + 71:16][JW]

A cornerstone collection of Tertis’s entire acoustic recordings…the transfers lack ambience and timbral variety but the performances are heroic and pioneering ... see Full Review

Alexander Tselyakov plays Variations on the Theme of Paganini T. Patrick CARRABRÉ (b. 1958) Paganini vs. Chopin — The Practice Room Exposé  [7:23] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 [24:58] Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994) Variations on a Theme of Paganini [10:13] Alexander ROSENBLATT (b. 1955) Variations on a Theme of Paganini* [10:25] Alexander Tselyakov (Piano) Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra/David Lockington (except *) rec. (1-3) live, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, 4 March 2005; (4) Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto. DDD GOLOMB GLDC 5701-7 [52:19] [DB]

An enjoyable disc, recommended for the new treatments of this familiar theme. ... see Full Review

Violent Viola - Esther Apituley Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Adagio for viola and piano (1905) [8:24] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1960) Sonata in five parts for solo viola, Op.25 No.1 (1922) [17:19] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1973) Lachrymae (Reflections on a Song of Dowland) for viola and piano Op.48 (1950) [15:49] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Adagio for solo viola, BWV1001 (1720)* [5:02] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Kaddish for viola and piano (1914)* [5:33] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Chanson Russe for viola and piano (1937)* [4.20] John DOWLAND (1563-1626) ‘Burst forth my tears’, for viola quartet [1:51]; ‘If my complaints could passions move’, for viola quartet [2:30] Esther APITULEY Pizzicato, for viola quartet [1:58] ANONYMOUS ‘Song from Georgia’ for viola trio [2:50] Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Elegie for viola and piano, Op.30 (c. 1854) [7:51] originally composed for violin and piano* Esther Apituley (viola); Rië Tanaka (piano); Amsterdam Viola Quartet: Esther Apituley; Rogier van der Tak; Mieke Honingh; Ernst Grapperhaus rec. January 2004, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, Holland. DDD CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72156 [73:35] [MC]

Those looking for a collection of rewarding and approachable string music that tends to avoid the mainstream need not hesitate. Esther Apituley plays her ‘Violent Viola’ with distinction. ... see Full Review

Camilla Wicks Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto in D minor (1903 revised 1905) [31:54]¹ Fartein VALEN (1887-1952) Violin Concerto Op.37 (1940) [12:52]² Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Nigun – Baal Shem (1923) [6:17]³ Dimitri KABELEVSKY (1907-1987) Improvisation Op.21 [4:17]³ Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March from The Love of Three Oranges [1:28]³ Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Polka from The Age of Gold – arranged Grunes [2:01]³ Preludes Op.34 transcribed for violin and piano by Dmitri Tziganov ³ Prelude No.10 [1:01] Prelude No.15 [1:03] Prelude No.16 [1:16] Prelude No.24 [2:02] Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Spanish Dances Op.21 No.1 - Malagueña [4:25] Julian AGUIRRE (1868-1924) Huella arranged Jascha Heifetz [2:39] Edgar Daniele del VALLE (1861-1920 Ao Pé da Fogueira (Preludio XV) arranged Jascha Heifetz  [1:35] Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) From San Domingo (1946) [2:45] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Pastorale [2:54] Camilla Wicks (violin) Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sixten Ehrling¹ Oslo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Oivin Fjeldstad² Sixten Ehrling (piano) ³ Unidentified pianist Recorded 1949-52 BIDDULPH 80218-2 [78:32] [JW]

Wicks’ Sibelius is the stuff of legend…one of the great recordings of the Concerto and Valen’s concerto is a real rarity. A class act all round ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Women At The Piano - Volume 1 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Etudes, Op. 111 (1899) – No. 6, Toccata après le Cinquième Concertoa (1899) [3:06] Isidor PHILIPP (1863-1958) Feux-follets (Will-of-the-Wisp), Op. 24/3b [1:54] Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) Spring, Op. 47 (1915) – No. 1, Evening Whispersc [2:55] Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Characteristic Pieces, Op. 36 (1894) – No. 13, Etude de Concert in F sharpd [2:29] François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Pièces de Clavecin – Troisième Livre, 14e ordre (1722) – Le Carillon de Cithèree [2:44] Riccardo PICK-MICHELANGELI La Danza di Olaf, Op. 33/2f [3:36] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images II (1908) - No. 3, Poissons d’org [3:36] David GUION (1892-1981) Country Jig in G h (1936) [2:28] Frutuoso VIANNA (1896-1976) Corta-Jaca i (1931) [3:27] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Music for Children, Op. 65 (1935) - No. 2, Valsej [1:17] Georg Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite No. 7 in G minor (publ. 1720) - Passacagliak [3:18] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Piezas Espanolas - No. 4, Andaluzal (1906/9) [3:17] Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Paeanm (1920) [3:40] Bernard STAVENHAGEN (1862-1914) Menuetto scherzando, Op. 5n [3:23] Darius MILHAUD (1862-1974) L’Automne, Op. 115 - No. 2, Alfamao (1932) [2:37] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G minor, Op. 23/5p (1903) [3:22] Alfred GRÜNFELD (1852-1924) Soirée de Vienne (Concert Paraphrase on Johann Strauss’ Waltz motifs), Op. 56q [6:01] Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Bourée fantasquer (1891) [5:53] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etudes d’exécution transcendante, S139 - No. 5, Feux folletss [3:33]; Années de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année, S163 - No. 4, Les Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Estet (1867-77) [7:54] Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Etude de Concert, Op. 13u [4:04] Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Humoresques de Concert, Op. 14 (1887-88) - Cracovienne fantasque in B minorv [2:37] aMonique de la Brouchollerie; bGuiomar Novaes; cIris Loveridge; dMarie Novello; eGaby Casadesus; fSari Biro; gMyra Hess; h Jeanne Behrend; iReah Sadowsky; jRay Lev; kMaryla Jonas; lAline Isabelle van Barentzen; mHarriet Cohen; nEileen Joyce; oMarguerite Long; pRuth Slenczynska; qHilde Somer; rEmma Boynet; sJeanne-Marie Darré; tMoura Lympany; uLucette Descraves; vUna Mabel Bourne. rec. a22 October, 1947, c27 November 1946, b3 January, d1 May, 1947, e1945, f20 October 1944, g17 February, 1928, h3 July, 1940, i1948, j1946, k3 September 1947, l11 June, 1928, m7 July 1938, n11 January 1937, o10 May 1935, p1945, q1952, r31 March, 1938, s1 May 1944, t22 December, 1947, u3 October 1946, v22 December 1947. ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111120 [77:28] [CC]

Bravo! An amazing tribute. Pure triumph. The scope of repertoire is amazing, yet the sheer excellence of the performances impresses the most. ... see Full Review

Wondrous Love Wondrous Love (The Southern Harmony, 1835) [1:10] Motherless Child (Traditional Spiritual, arr. Adolphus HAILSTORK (b. 1941)) [4:14] Neil FARRELL (b. 1959) Drop, Drop, Slow Tears [3:08] PÉROTIN (ca. 1183 – ca. 1238) Organum quadruplum: Sederunt [3:19] Lament of Rachel (From Slaughter of the Innocents, Fleury, France, 13th century) [3:02] Carlo GESUALDO (ca. 1561-1613) O vos omnes [3:29] Crux Fidelis and Pange lingua (Gallician liturgy, late 6th century) [4:47] Calvin HAMPSON (1938-1984) Faithful Cross [5:22] Misereris omnium, Domine (Gregorian chant; Introit for Ash Wednesday) [3:37] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 [8:09] Neil FARRELL Hosanna Filio David [2:34] John KENNEDY (b. 1959) Someday [8:03] Thomas TALLIS (ca. 1505-1585) O Sacrum Convivium [3:37] Kevin OLDHAM (1960-1993) Chorale [3:31] James MACMILLAN (b. 1959) Christus Vincit [5:52] K. Scott WARREN (b. 1971) Hallelu [3:27] Jacob PRAETORIUS II (1585-1651) Gaudete omnes [2:23] Phoebe P. KNAPP (1839-1908) arr. Nancy WERTSCH (b. 1948) Blessed Assurance [4:36] Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola/Kent Tritle rec. Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City, 6, 7, 9, 21 September 2005 MSR CLASSICS MS1144 [74:39] [JQ]

On the whole this is a fine and nicely varied programme that is executed with skill and élan by a fine choir ... see Full Review

Book review

Andrew ASHBEE The Harmonious Musick of John Jenkins: Volume 1, The Fantasias for Viols 359 pages First Published 1992 Toccata Press ISBN 0-907-689-34-5 [RH]

Clearly and lucid but not a light book. Fascinating biographical chapters. If you have any interest in viol consorts then this is profoundly illuminating. ... see Full Review

SUMMER WITH BAX: A fresh take on reality. By Dilys Gater with Paul Gater. 2006 139pp Anecdotes Publishing ISBN 1-898690-09-9 [CC]

Fascinating, indeed addictive, reading. ... see Full Review


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