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PART 7
Misc M-Z

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The McCormack Edition Volume 6: 1915-16 Acoustic Recordings John McCormack (tenor) rec. 1915/6 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111316 [78:17] [GF]

More than worth the price for the unsurpassed recording of Il mio tesoro alone ... see Full Review

Irén Marik - From Mozart to Messiaen Irén Marik (piano) rec. 1952-1981 ARBITER 152 [79:51 + 78:41][JW]

Arbiter honours Marik’s memory with great commitment and assurance ... see Full Review

Matins for Ascension Day The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral/Colin Walsh rec. 1993 PRIORY PRCD5028 [60.46] [RH]

You really do feel as if you are eavesdropping on a service at the Cathedral ... see Full Review

Musique à Versailles Includes Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Les Folies d’Espagne Marin MARAIS Suite Michel-Richard DELALANDE (1657-1726) Symphonies de Noël François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Concerto Trio Marie-Antoinette rec. 1999 CAMPANELLA MUSICA C130090 [68:41] [BW]

An attractive and entertaining hour of refined music-making ... see Full Review

Opera Night Deutsche Oper Berlin 2007 Orchestra and Chorus from the Deutsche Oper Berlin/Lawrence Foster Gala rec. 2007 ARTHAUS 101455 [122.00][MM-B]

The public responded warmly and one is left with an uplifting, cheerful feeling ... see Full Review

Operetta Favourites - Arias and Duets from operettas by Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) and Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); various accompanists REGIS RRC1291 [75:11][JS] 

I very much enjoyed this disc … quite simply too good to carp over ... see Full Review

Orpheus 400 Twenty electroacoustic pieces Stefan Fricke (curator) CYBELE 960.209 [76:17] [CR]

Musical ideas, thoughts and experimentations, varied, successful and inspiring ... see Full Review

Emmanuel Pahud - Flute Concertos by Marc-André DALBAVIE (b. 1961), Michael JARRELL (b. 1958) and Matthias PINTSCHER (b. 1971) Emmanuel Pahud (flute); Orchestre Philharmoniqe de Radio France/various conductors rec. 2006-7 EMI CLASSICS 5012262 [54:59][KS]

Hit and miss new music which will mainly appeal to the esoterica set ... see Full Review

Rolando Panerai Arias Rolando Panerai (baritone) Mattiwilda Dobbs (soprano) ; Margherita Carosio (soprano) ; and others rec. 1953/1954 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7949 [72:46] [JW]

Shows Panerai’s strengths and weaknesses with fidelity ... see Full Review

Ezio Pinza - Volume V rec. 1950-54 PREISER 89707 [74:17] [JW]

Many nourishing and likeable, echt-Pinza moments ... see Full Review

Romantic Organ Music William H.  HARRIS (1883-1973) Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Campion Peggy HADDON (1931-2004) Suite Piccanin Josef RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Sonata 18 Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Chanson de Nuit, Severn Suite Roger Fisher (organ) Peta-Ann Holdcroft (cello). rec. 2007 PRIORY PRCD895 [70:33] [CB]

Fisher plays the late Romantic literature with great panache ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia - 1950s American Recordings Vol. 4 see review for details rec. 1952–1957 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111092 [71:06] [JF]

Music to be savoured - not taken at a gulp ... see Full Review

Lars Sellergren Plays: Volume 3 Music by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) and Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Lars Sellergren (piano) rec. 1966-1981 STERLING CDA1662-63-2 [73:41 + 68:44][BW]

Decent performances, well recorded, but the programme is too disparate to warrant an overall recommendation ... see Full Review

Berl Senofsky - The Art of the Violin Vol. 3 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Concerto 2 Boston SO/Pierre Monteux, American SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. live 1958-66 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD126 [70:57] [JW]

Senofsky plays with enviable assurance ... see Full Review

Cesare Siepi - Giuseppe VERDI etc Orchestra Sinfonica Radio Italiana/Arturo Basile (1-6); unknown (7, 9, 10); Alfredo Simonetto (8), remaining items unknown rec. 1947-1948 NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7942 [72:59] [JW]

Siepi’s youthful élan permeates this wholesome and impressive selection ... see Full Review

Leopold Simoneau & Pierrette Alarie - Vol. 1 Pierrette Alarie (soprano), Leopold Simoneau (tenor) rec. 1952-67 DOREMI DHR79169 [79:46 + 78:32 + 79:41 + 78:09][GF] 

There is a lot of valuable material here and it is a pity that the quality of the transfers isn’t better ... see Full Review

Songs by Great Conductors Hans von BÜLOW (1830–1894) Fünf Lieder Bruno WALTER (1876–1962) Drei Lieder nach Joseph v. Eichendorff; Drei Lieder nach Heine Clemens KRAUSS (1893–1954) Acht Gesänge nach Gedichten von Rainer Maria Rilke Petra Lang (soprano), Michael Volle (baritone), Adrian Baianu (piano) rec. 2004-7 OEHMS CLASSICS OC808 [58:29][GF] 

It is difficult to imagine better advocates for this music ... see Full Review

Songs Without Words: Music for Flute and Harp Andrea Kollé (flute); Jasmine Vollmer (harp) rec. 2007 GUILD GMCD7316 [58:28] [CR]

Sensitivity, intelligence and excellent communication …... see Full Review

Leopold Stokowski and the NBC Symphony Orchestra Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Suite from The Love of Three Oranges Op.33a (1921) [8:26] Edward MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.23 – movements 1 and 2 only (1888-89) [18:11] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98 (1884-85) [35:48] Deems TAYLOR (1885-1966) Ramuntcho – Introduction and Ballet Music, Act III (1942) [8:12] NBC Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1941/2/3 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2335 [73:52] [JW]

A balanced and valuable programme for the assiduous collector ... see Full Review

La Superbe - French Harpsichord Music from the 18th Century Louis-Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749) Pièces de Clavecin François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Pièces de Clavecin, Troisième Livre, Dixseptième Ordre Jacques DUPHLY (1715-1789) Pièces de Clavecin, Troisième Livre Albert-Jan Roelofs (harpsichord) Elisabeth Wallfisch (violin) rec. 2004 Private recording [54:23] [DC]

Superbe! ... see Full Review

Teatro Lirico Includes Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Improvisation I on the Folia bass Giulio CACCINI (c.1550-1618) Amarilli, mia bella Carlo FARINA (c.1600-c.1640) Sonata II detta La desperata Giovanni Battista GRANATA (c.1620-c.1687) Sonata di chitarra, e violino, con il suo basso continuo anon/Johann Caspar HORN (c.1630-c.1685) Suite Teatro Lirico/Stephen Stubbs rec. 2004 ECM NEW SERIES 1893 (4763101) [74:22] [JV]

An interesting programme of mostly Italian music, showing the skills and fine musicianship of Teatro Lirico ... see Full Review

Günter Wand Edition Vol. 19 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 4 Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 92 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concerto, BWV1041 Robert Casadesus (piano); Roland Greutter (violin) Kölner RSO, NDR SO/Günter Wand rec. 1967-92 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH06006 [68:40] [KS]

Bold and ripe performances of some established classics. Casadesus is in perfect form! ... see Full Review

Camilla Wicks: Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000 – Volume 3 Includes Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865 - 1936) Violin Concerto Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending Bjarne BRUSTAD (1895-1978) Suite for solo violin Camilla Wicks (violin) Bergen PO/Karsten Andersen rec. 1950-75 SIMAX PSC1832 [61:22] [JW]

Tremendously attractive playing; unforced, unpressed, subtly tinted and voiced ... see Full Review

Wind Trios Music by Georges AURIC (1899-1983), Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741), Georges BARBOTEU (b. 1924), Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) and Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Trio Quantz rec. 1999 QUANTUM QM7009 [51:01][KS]

A lovely little collection of hidden gems ... see Full Review

Dolora Zajick - The Art of the Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano Dolora Zajick (mezzo); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Rosekrans rec. 1999 TELARC CD80557 [69.25][RJF]

I welcome the all too rare opportunity to wallow in a disc devoted to this voice type from one of the few singers capable of doing justice to the fach ... see Full Review

 

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Discover Music of the Classical Era by Stephen Johnson NAXOS BOOKS [MMB]

Delightful. I would recommend it to any person who loves music ... see Full Review

 


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