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Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Iberia Evocación [5:15] El Puerto [3:30] El Corpus Christi en Sevilla [7:11] Rondeña [6:30] Almeria [8:01] Triana [5:38] El Albaicin [5:30] El Polo [5:55] Lavapiés [6:12] Màlaga [5:01] Jérez [9:33] Eritaña [5:16] Eduard Syomin, piano rec. 1980-1985.  Venue information not included MELODIYA MEL CD 10 00996 [74:25][DB]

A historic performance marred by two-dimensional recording aesthetic. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54 (19432-1958) [53:58] Andante religioso from Revelation Cantata, Op. 31 (1913) [3:49]* Norrköping Symphony Orchestra/Niklas Willén rec. De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden, 15-17 June 2004; 23-27 May, 2005*. DDD NAXOS 8.557612 [57:47][TP]

Lovers of the romantic symphony should invest in this disc without delay.  Whatever the faults of this music, its freshness, flashes of original genius and the stunning playing offer more than ample compensation. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles-Henri Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Douze Études dans les Tons Mineurs Op. 39 Comme le vent (Like the wind) (A minor) [5:30] En Rythme Molossique (In Molossian Rhythm) (D Minor) [8:44] Scherzo Diabolico (G minor) [4:30] Allegro (C minor) [10:37] Marche Funèbre (F minor) [6:53] Menuet (B-flat minor) [5:41] Finale (E-flat minor) [4:44] Allegro Assai (G-sharp minor) [30:48] Adagio (C-sharp minor) [11:51] Allegro alla Barbaresca (F-sharp minor) [11:03] Ouverture (B minor) [15:49] Le Festin d’Esope (Aesop’s Banquet) (E minor) [9:50] Stephanie McCallum (piano) rec. 28 July 2004 (4-7); 11 February 2005 (1-3); 6 October 2005 (8-10); 12 December 2005 (11); 6 December 1999 (12), Eugene Goossens Hall of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney. DDD ABC CLASSICS 4765335 [46:44 + 79:31] [WK]

A superlative set of the complete Op. 39 études-unsurpassed pianism and enthusiasm ... see Full Review

William ALWYN (1905-1985) Elizabethan Dances (1956-7) [17:33] The Innumerable Dance – An English Overture (1933) [10:37] Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Strings (1943-44) [18:51] Aphrodite in Aulis – An Eclogue for Small Orchestra after George Moore (1932) [5:09] Symphonic Prelude “The Magic Island” (1952) [10:53] Festival March (1951) [8:05] Jonathan Small (oboe) Eleanor Hudson (harp) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 19-22 January 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.570144 [71:08] [CT]

A fascinating further instalment in the Naxos Alwyn cycle that includes two premiere recordings. ... see Full Review

Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op.20 (1949) [15:58] Oboe Concerto Op.39 (1952) [13:00] Concerto for Flute and Strings, Op.45 (1954) [10:41] Concerto No.2 for Horn and Strings, Op.58 (1956) [13:58] Concerto No.2 for Flute and Orchestra, Op.111 (1972) [12:42] Trumpet Concerto (1982) [8:02] Janet Hilton (clarinet) Gordon Hunt (oboe) Richard Adeney (flute) Alan Civil (French Horn) John Wallace (trumpet) Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar; Ronald Thomas (flute concertos) rec. Christchurch Priory, 3-4 September 1984 (in presence of composer) (flute concertos); Guildhall, Southampton, 10-11 April 1979; 1 July 1979. ADD (flute); DDD EMI CLASSICS 0946 3 70563 2 5 [79:34][JW]

A fine collection. A stand-alone conspectus and an adjunct to those big Decca Arnold Edition boxes. Either way no disappointment ... see Full Review

Juan Crisóstomo de ARRIAGA (1806-1826) Obertura No.20 (1821) [12:02] Herminie (1825) [15:01] Air d’Oepide (1825) [8:43] Duo de Ma Tante Aurore (1825) [5:55] Agar dans le Désert (1825) [18:09] Stabat Mater (1821) [9:17] O Salutaris (1821) [4:07] María José Moreno (soprano) Joan Cabero (tenor) Coro Easo Abesbatza Euskadio Orkestra Sinfonikoa/Christian Mandeal rec. San Sebastian, March and June 2006 CLAVES CD50-2614 [73:09] [JW]

A well-documented disc, generously if not always neatly done. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Bach i Ålem see review for details Ulf Samuelsson, Johan Hammarström(organ); Olaus Petri Vocalis, Ålem Parish Choir rec. Ålem church, Sweden, 2005. DDD PROPRIUS PRSACD2039 [72:51] [GF]

Organ enthusiasts should give the disc a try, since this organ produces some of the loveliest sounds I have heard for a very long time …. You will have to search far and wide to find something better ... see Full Review

BARGAINS OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book I, BWV 846-869 (1722) [133.07] Wanda Landowska (Pleyel harpsichord) rec. 1949-1951, New York; Lakeville, Connecticut; USA. ADD Transfer produced by Mark Obert-Thorn. Notes in English. Original matrix numbers and recording dates and places. Photo of artist. NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110314-15 [64.00 + 69.07]
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
: Book II, BWV 870-893 (1742) [180.04] Prelude, Fugue, & Allegro, BWV 998 (1743) [12.50] Wanda Landowska (Pleyel harpsichord) rec. 1949-1951, Lakeville, Connecticut; USA. ADD Transfer produced by Mark Obert-Thorn. Notes in English. Original matrix numbers and recording dates and places. Photo of artist. NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111061-63 [3 CDs: 61.33 + 66.43 + 64.38] [PSh]

An untarnishable masterpiece of a recording, a musical monument, even if in some places it doesn’t sound very good. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Volume 22 Cantatas for Easter Sunday Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 [21:45] Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31* [18:26] Cantatas for Easter Monday Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66 [28:04] Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden [19:17] Cantatas for Easter Tuesday Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134 [23:57] Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145 [8:58] *Gillian Keith, Angharad Gruffydd Jones (sopranos); Daniel Taylor (alto); James Gilchrist (tenor); Stephen Varcoe (bass) The Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner. rec. Georgenkirche, Eisenach, 23-25 April 2000. DDD SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG 128 [68:26 + 52:13] [JQ]

There’s some magnificent music here and, once again, the Pilgrims’ performances are first rate. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (1742, arr. string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky) Julian Rachlin (violin); Nobuko Imai (viola); Mischa Maisky (cello) rec. Lukaskirche, Dresden, February 2006. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6378 [80:08] [CC]

There is much to admire on the present release, but alas I cannot justify a full recommendation. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto in F Major, BWV971 “Italian” [13:08] (a) Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV825 [11:31] Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV826 [15:17] Concerto in F Major, BWV971 “Italian” [15:40] (b) Concerto in D Minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV974 [9:51] Chromatic Fantasy in D Minor, BWV903a [6:18] Glenn Gould (piano) rec. Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, USA, 22-26 June 1959 (BWV826, 971-a); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, USA, 1, 8 May and 22 September 1959 (825); Eaton's Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, 29-30 August 1981 (971-b); Eaton's Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, 11 June 1979 (974); Eaton's Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, 11 October 1979 (903a). ADD SONY CLASSICAL GREAT PERFORMANCES 88697 00814 2 [72:05] [TP]

Gould's Bach performances should not be the only ones in your collection, but you really owe it to yourself to hear them if they have eluded you thus far. True to the branding, these really are great performances. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto C-Dur BWV 594 [18:28] Concerto a-Moll BWV 593 [12:58] Concerto G-Dur BWV 592 [7:44] Concerto C-Dur BWV 595 [10:28] Concerto d-Moll BWV 596 [10:42] Concerto F-Dur nach Italiaenischem Gusto BWV 971 [13:56] Christoph Bossert (organ) rec. Evangelische Stadtkirche, Bad Wimpfen, Germany. No date given. DDD ORGANUM CLASSICS OGM251129 [75:00] [CB]

There are interesting elements here, but this is too eccentric to make it really recommendable. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) Symphony No. 3 in C minor (1956) [42:09] Rutland BOUGHTON (1878-1960) Symphony No. 1 Oliver Cromwell (1905) [36:58] Roderick Williams (bar) (Boughton) BBC Concert Orchestra/Vernon Handley rec. Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford. 12-13 July 2006. DDD DUTTON CDLX 7185 [79:26] [RB]

Resplendently carried off. Bainton 3: treasurable, impressionistic, phantasmal and refulgently orchestrated … a work of ineffable beauty and wild insight. ... see Full Review

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Sonata (1903) [27:19] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Violin Sonata op.18 [28:37] Levon Ambartsumian (Violin) Anatoly Sheludyakov (Piano) rec. Hugh Hodgson Hall, University of Georgia Performing Art Centre, Athens, Georgia, 2005. DDD PHOENIX PHCD166 [55:56] [OW]

Immensely musical but, ultimately, rather urbane performances of some worthy late-Romantic repertoire. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.9 in D Minor Op.125 Choral (1824) Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (sop); Elisabeth Hoengen (cont); Hans Hopf (ten); Otto Edelmann (bass) Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 29 July 1951, Festpielhaus, Bayreuth. ADD Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.11060 [74:19] [SH]

Not just recommended but absolutely essential to any civilised person. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 (1805/6) [33:10] Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73, “Emperor” (1809) [39:16] Emil Gilels (piano) Philharmonia Orchestra/ Leopold Ludwig rec. No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 26-27, 30 April, 1 May 1957. ADD EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 4768282 [72:35] [DRD]

In conclusion these are splendid performances deservedly being given the GROC treatment after previously being less highly regarded than many inferior recordings. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 (1808) [33:03]* Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 (1877) [37:33] Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Vienna Symphony Orchestra*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm. rec. Studio Rosenhügel, Vienna, 3-9 April 1967*; Grosser Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, 3-9 April 1967. NTSC Colour 4:3 Region Code 0 EUROARTS 2072058 [73:00] [CC]

These Unitel films provide a TV screen-sized window onto another world, and we should be grateful to have the opportunity to relish these warm performances. ... see Full Review

Nathan Milstein – Great Violinists Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No.5 in F major Op.24 Spring [21:52] ¹ Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor Op.108 [21:23] ² Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor Op.102 [30:04] Nathan Milstein (violin) Artur Balsam (piano), rec. New York 1950 ¹ Vladimir Horowitz (piano) rec. New York 1950 ² Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia/Fritz Reiner, rec. Philadelphia, June 1951 ³ NAXOS 8.111051 [73:22][JW]

Aristocratic playing and transfers that sound extremely well – full of body and range. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18, No.6 ‘Lobkowitz’ (1798-1800) [24:38] String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127 (1822, 1824-25) [37:46] Henschel Quartet rec. December 6-9, 2004, Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, German Republic DDD ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 82876 63996 2 [62:55][DRD]

This is a good disc and in isolation very enjoyable and stimulating but the harsh fact remains that at the moment I prefer the Lindsays and the Hagens ... see Full Review

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2 (1795-1796) [23.02] Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81A ("Lebewohl"or "Les Adieux") (1809) [17.44] Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (c.1822) [29.48] Garrick Ohlsson (piano) rec. 2006, no other details given. DDD BRIDGE 9201 [71.17] [DD]

Sadly this disc falls into the "not needed on the voyage" category. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 (1797/8) [32:47] Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor (1803) [34:51] Mikhail Pletnev (piano) Russian National Orchestra/Christian Gansch rec. Live, Beethovenhalle, Bonn, 2 September 2006. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6415 [67:52] [CC]

Pletnev is nothing if not unpredictable. Ultimately, these are thought-provoking performances but not revelatory ones. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Overture to an Italian Comedy (1937) [6:21] Cotillon, A Suite of Dance Tunes (1938) [12:12] North American Square Dance Suite (1951) [13:48] Symphony (1945) [44:22] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Myer Fredman (overture); London Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite (Cotillon); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth (Dance Suite; Symphony) rec. 1971, 1982. ADD/DDD LYRITA SRCD.314 [76:50] [RB]

Benjamin’s light and serious sides generously represented in vivid performances and with recording to match ... see Full Review

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918–1990) Dybbuk (1974)a [45:16] Fancy Free (1944)b [28:59] Mel Ulrich (baritone), Mark Risinger (bass)a; Abby Burke (vocal), Stephen Kummer (piano), Roger Spencer (double bass), Samuel D. Bacco (drums)b Nashville Symphony/Andrew Mogrelia rec. Blair Hall, Nashville, May 2005 and MTSU Dept. of Recording Industry, July 2006 (Big Stuff) NAXOS 8.559280 [74:14] [HC]

A welcome release putting both sides of “Janus Bernstein” into sharp contrast. ... see Full Review

Boris BLACHER (1903-1975) Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op.26 (1947) [14:34] * Orchestral Ornament Op.44 (1953) [14:37] + Studie im Pianissimo Op.45 (1953) [7:48] Orchester Fantasie (1956) [19:19] Louisville Orchestra/Robert Whitney Louisville Orchestra/Jorge Mester+ Louisville Orchestra/Lawrence Leighton Smith * rec. Louisville, 1985 (Orchestral Variations) 1968 (Orchestral Ornament), 1954 (Studie im Pianissimo) and 1966 (Orchester Fantasie) FIRST EDITION FECD0040 [56:18] [JW]

Dedicated and affirmative traversals that still give a huge amount of pleasure. ... see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Baal Shem Suite (1923) [14:28] Suite hébraïque (1951) [11:37] Suite No.1 for solo violin (1958)  [11:10] Suite No.2 for solo violin (1958) [11:18] Paul BEN-HAÏM (1897-1984) Sonata in G minor for solo violin Op.44 (1951) [14:34] Berceuse sfaradite (1939) [3:22] Improvisation and Dance Op.30 (1939) [7:50] Hagai Shaham (violin) Arnon Erez (piano) rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, February and October 2004, Jerusalem Music Centre, May 2006 (solo violin works) HYPERION CDA67571 [74:23][JW]

Insightful, expressive, and thoroughly idiomatic. An articulate and important statement about both composers’ work. Reservations concerning actual recordings should be seen in that light. ... see Full Review

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Cello Sonatas Sonata in C major, G17 (with cello) (c.1772) [12:41] Sonata in E flat major, G10 (with cello) (c.1764) [11:56] Sonata in C minor, G2 (with bass) (c.1768) [13:13] Sonata in A major, G4 (with cello) [14:19] (c.1773) Sonata in B flat major G565 (with bass) [15:11] Richard Lester (cello) David Watkin (cello) Chi-Chi Nwanoku (double bass) rec. 31 January, 1-2 February 1994, All Saints Church, East Finchley, London. DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55219 [67:30] [MC]

The players are clearly at home with these sonatas providing high expression combined with superb technique. Crystal clear and well balanced sound. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Serenade No. 1 in D (1859-60) [46:47] Serenade No. 2 in A (1860/75) [30:24]* Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur rec. Leipzig, 1981; Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, April and September 1980 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 442 8298 [77:20] [SV]

Patchy ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) 7 Fantasien op.116 [24:22] 3 Intermezzi op.117 [17:01] 6 Klavierstücke op 118 [26:02] 4 Klavierstücke op.119 [17:23] Nicholas Angelich (piano) rec. 15-19 August 2006, MC2, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble VIRGIN CLASSICS 3793022 [24:22 + 60:38] [CH]

Anyone seeking a version in fine modern sound will find in Angelich a consistent and powerful interpreter. A distinctive achievement. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115 (1891) [34:39] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet movement in B flat major, K516 (c.1791) [8:26] Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Reverie Orientale, op. 14, no. 2 (1886) [6:54] Wiliiam SWEENEY (b. 1950) An Og-Mhadainn (1979) [11:45] Lesley Schatzberger (clarinets) Fitzwilliam String Quartet rec. National Centre for Early Music, York, 15-16, 19-20 May 2005. DDD LINN RECORDS CKD 278 [62:28] [MG]

This is a challenging disc for all the right reasons. Not always comfortable listening but rewarding. And a great range of perspectives. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein Deutsches Requiem (1868) [60.03] Geistliches Lied (1856) [4.36] Clare Seaton (soprano) Colin Campbell (baritone) The Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse, Jeremy Filsell and Roderick Chadwick (piano duet). rec. St. Jude’s Church, Hampstead, London, U.K., 24-26 October 2003. DDD GUILD GMCD7302 [64.39] [WH]

One no longer wants or expects a marmoreal German Requiem, but this one is positively brisk in places. …the reading of the beautiful Geistliches Lied is much more pleasing. ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Eight Pieces, Op. 83 (1910) [36:10] Vincent d'INDY (1851-1931) Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 29 (1888) [35:53] Amici Ensemble rec. Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, May 2003 and February 2004 NAXOS 8.557347 [72:03][SV]

The engineering is ideal for this sort of project - you don't notice it, yet everything sounds beautiful. There's plenty to enjoy here, and at minimal cost, besides. ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 (1868) [23.33] Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole Op. 21 (1873) [33.09] Isaac Stern (violin) Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy rec. Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 February 1967 (Lalo); 22 February 1966 (Bruch). ADD SONY CLASSICS 88697 00817 2 [57.02] [GH]

Unlike some others in Sony’s so called ‘Great Performances’ series this is truly what it is cracked up to be. This is a version you could safely give to your mother-in-law. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 in E (1881-83, ed. Haas) [65:39] NDR Symphony Orchestra/Günter Wand rec. live, Musik- und Kongresshalle, Lübeck, 28 August 1999. DDD TDK DVWW-COWAND8 [65:39][CC]

Unhesitatingly recommended to all Brucknerians. This DVD cycle is a lasting monument to one of the great Bruckner conductors. ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 4 in E flat Romantic (1878-80) [63:59] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Munich, 29 October 1951 Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (1876) [68:34] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Berlin, 25-28 October 1942 Symphony No. 6 in A major (1879-81) minus the first movement [36:11] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Berlin, 13-16 November 1943 Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-84) [63:52] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Rome, 1 May 1951 Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1884-87, rev. 1889-90) [77:08] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Vienna, 17 October 1944 Symphony No 9 in D minor, (1891-1896) [59:00] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Berlin 7 October 1944 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Nocturnes (1899): Nuages [7:30]; Fêtes [7:01] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rec. Rome, 1 May 1951 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser; Overture (1845) [13:34] Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela rec. Caracas, 21 March 1954 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde; Ballet Music No.2 [5:43]; Entr’acte No.3 (1820) [6:46] Teatro Colón Orchestra rec. Buenos Aires, 5 May 1950 Wilhelm Furtwängler ANDROMEDA ANDRCD 9008 [6 CDs: 63:59 + 68:34 + 76:49 + 63:52 + 77:08 + 59:00] [JW]

Andromeda is not known for effecting any significant changes to source material. The advantages of this set, are twofold - price and drawing together disparate material into one box. ... see Full Review

Ferruccio BUSONI (1886-1924) Piano Music - Volume 3: J.S. Bach/Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV546 (c1900) [17:03]; Trois Morceaux, K197  (1883/4) [9:40]; Second Ballet Scene, Op; 20/K209 [5:31]; Two Dance Pieces, Op; 30a/K235a (1889) [6:18]; Fourth Ballet Scene, Op; 33a/K238 (1894) [7:39]; Tanzwalzer (1920, arr. Von Zadora, 1921) [8:42]; Indianische Tagebuch, Book 1, K267 (1915) [10:58] Wolf Harden (piano) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 11-12 March 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.550249 [69:40][CC]

Congratulations to Naxos for foregrounding the music of Busoni, a composer often thought of as 'difficult' and hard to approach. A fascinating disc, with a value-for-money playing time. ... see Full Review

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Complete Organ Works Harald Vogel (organ) rec. 1986-1993. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 314 1438-2 [7 CDs: 69:38 + 60:42 + 61:22 + 68:45 + 77:10 + 70:52 + 76:15] [DC]

This set has to be considered the current standard bearer. ... see Full Review

 


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