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250 Years of English Song – An Anthology of English Song: 1530-1709
full track-list at end of review Norma Burrowes (soprano); Wendy Eathorne (soprano); Charles Brett (counter-tenor); Neil Jenkins (tenor); Philip Langridge (tenor); Benjamin Luxon (baritone); Robert Lloyd (bass-baritone); rec. 1976, ADD LYRITA SRCD.2309 [74:39 + 78:39] [JW]

A revealing conspectus of the times in strong-grained performances ... see Full Review

Amel Chante la Méditerranée - Souvenirs d'Al-Andalus Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano) Ensemble Amedyez/Rachid Brahim-Djelloul, Dahmane Khalfa (derbouka, percussion); Sofia Djemai (mandolin); Mohammed Maakni (guitar) rec. 2008 AME SON ASCP0814 [68:27] [RB]

Exotic - something rich and strange, indeed ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Victoria de los Angeles The Voice of an Angel The Early Recordings, Great Italian Operas, Great French Operas, Popular Songs & Zarzuela Arias, Chants d’Auvergne, Art Songs & Lieder, Songs of Spain rec. 1948-74 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2173082 [7 CDs: 533:27] [GF]

A treasure-trove to last a lifetime ... see Full Review

Ettore Bastianini (baritone) A Life in Opera Arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi & Ponchielli various soloists, orchestras and conductors rec. 1955-58 URANIA URN 22.368 [77.02] [RMo]

A uniquely vibrant voice ... see Full Review

Ronald Borror (trombone) - Music by Halsey STEVENS (1908-1989), Henry COWELL (1897-1965), Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990), Karl KROEGER (b.1932), Otto LUENING (1900-1996) and Arthur PRYOR (1870-1942) Ronald Borror (trombone); Edmund Niemann (piano); Lucy Shelton (soprano) rec. 1982  CRYSTAL RECORDS CD388 [47:27][JW]

A well balanced programme ... see Full Review

Christine Brewer - Great Operatic Arias 2 Christine Brewer (soprano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/David Parry rec. 2004-8 CHANDOS OPERA IN ENGLISH CHAN3159 [69:30][GF]

Ups and downs but there are some outstanding numbers ... see Full Review

British Light Music New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp rec. 1995-2002 HYPERION CDS442614 [4 CDs: 76:53 + 76:25 + 78:45 + 77:58][EM]

A real love and understanding of the music … superb ... see Full Review

Carmina Luxembourgiana Guillaume DE MACHAUT (1300 – 1377) arr. Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Messe de Notre Dame: Agnus Dei [4.00] Josef SUK (1874 – 1935) Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslas’, Op. 35a (1914) [6.25] Otmar MÁCHA (1922 – 2006) Sinfonietta da Camera (1992-93) [18.53]
Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Carmina lucemburiana for Strings (2008-09) [15.08] Marcel WENGLER (b. 1946) Novelette for alto Saxophone and Strings (1991) [11.54] Rene MERTZIG (1911 – 1986) Trois Esquisse pour orchestra ŕ cordes (1955) [12.34] Guillaume DE MACHAUT (1300 – 1377) arr. Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Messe de Notre Dame: Ite Missa Est [1.06] Irvin Venys (saxophone); Marketa Mazourova (percussion) Quattro Orchestra/Marek Stilec rec. Domovina Studio Prague and Chapel of Bohemian Brethren, Prague, January 2009 ARCO DIVA UP0113-2 131 [70.33] [RH]

Unusual and striking ... see Full Review

Lewis CARROLL (1832-1898) Alice in Wonderland (1865) Alice through the Looking Glass (1871) Abridged by Adrian Farmer Sir John Gielgud (reader) rec. Wyastone Leys, Monmouthshire, U.K., March 1987 and May 1991 NIMBUS NI 1723 [4 CDs: 59.42 + 57.55 (Wonderland); 63.19 + 73.16 (Looking Glass)] [WH]

Each character brought vividly to life ... see Full Review

Classical Love Songs rec. 1964-2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4778112 [77:45] [RMo]

A survey of fine singing in favourite items ... see Full Review

Delectamentum: The Feast of Corpus Christi Schola Hungarica/Janka Szendrei rec. 2007 Budapest Music Center Recordings BMCCD140 [60:40][BW] 

A most attractive recording ... see Full Review

Ŕ Deux Klaus Paier (accordion, bandoneon) Asja Valcic (cello) rec. 2008  ACT 9478-2 [53:23]  [JW]

A breath of fresh air ... see Full Review

The Division Violin - Part 1 Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg rec. 2007 AMBITUS AMB96941 [69:34][JV]

Captivating and highly entertaining ... see Full Review

English Love - Songs of Passion, Pain and Pleasure Mark Stone (baritone) Stephen Barlow (piano) rec. 2008 STONE RECORDS 5060192780000 [73:47] [JQ]

An intelligently planned and well-executed recital ... see Full Review

English Piano Works William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) Sonata William Thomas Best (1826-1897) Grande Mouvement de Danse Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) Shulbrede Tunes Simon Callaghan (piano) rec. 2007 DE RODE POMP RP/GMA 069/073 [71:75] [JF]

An essential purchase for all enthusiasts of British piano music ... see Full Review

Essentials – works for solo violin Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz 117 (1944) [25:04] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 [28:51] Eugčne YSAźE (1858-1931) Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27 (1923): No. 3 (‘Ballade’) in D minor [6:48] Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949) Sonata for solo violin (1925) [12:41] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice Op.6 (1911) [4:54] Herwig Zack (violin) rec. Kammermusiksaal der Hochschule,  fur Müsik, Würzburg, 2007-08 AVIE AV2155 [78:45] [JW]

An excellent, revealing programme, chosen with intelligence ... see Full Review

Europa Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928) Violin Sonata Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882–1937) Mythes Georges ENESCO (1881–1955) Violin Sonata 3 Béla BARTÓK (1881–1945) First Rhapsody David Grimal (violin); Georges Pludermacher (piano) rec. 2008 NAĎVE AMBROISIE AM163 [72:49] [BBr]

A marvellous exposition of these pieces ... see Full Review

Festive Overtures and Preludes Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Jubel-Overture (1818) [8:13]; Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) “Die Feen” Overture (1834) [12:02]; Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) “Werther” Prelude (1892) [5:12]; Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Fest-Overture (1862) [15:01]; Georges BIZET (1838-1875) “Les Pęcheurs des Perles” Prelude (1863) [2:50]; Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) “Fatinitza” Overture (1876) [7:13]; Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) “Fierrabras” Overture (1823) [8:53] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Walter Proost rec. 19-20 December 1999, The Colossum, Watford. SACD TALENT DOM 2929 101 [59:40] [JS]

An interesting and attractive disc opportunity wasted ... see Full Review

Zino Francescatti Legendary Treasures Vol. 3 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Double Concerto Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto 1 (finale) ANONYMOUS Londonderry Air Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Schön Rosmarin Zino Francescatti (violin); Samuel Mayes (cello) Boston SO/Charles Munch, Bell Telephone Hour O/Donald Voorhees rec. 1925-58 DOREMI DHR-7888 [79:50] [JW]

Pellucid charm and aristocracy of utterance ... see Full Review

Flemish Rhapsodies Michel BRUSSELMANNS (1886 – 1960) Flemish Rhapsody (1931) [12:30] Maurice SCHOEMAKER (1890 – 1964) Flemish Rhapsody (1931) [9:45] Marinus de JONG (1891 – 1984) Flemish Rhapsody (1935) [9:49] Jean ABSIL (1893 – 1974) Flemish Rhapsody, op.4 (1928) [13:32] Albert ROUSSEL (1869 – 1937) Flemish Rhapsody, op.56 (1936) [9:40] August de BOECK (1865 – 1937) Dahomeyan Rhapsody (1893) [4:38] BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra (Brussels)/Alexander Rahbari rec. 1992, . DDD TALENT DOM 291187 [60:02] [BBr]

Enjoyable unknown pieces, very fine performances, delightful music ... see Full Review

Mirella Freni and Cesare Siepi in Concert Mirella Freni (soprano); Cesare Siepi (bass); Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana/Bruno Amaducci rec. 1985 VAI 4482 [75:00][RMo]

Lovely, classical singing from two great artists ... see Full Review

The Gallant Weaver - Choral settings of words by Robert Burns The Mayfield Singers/Neil Price rec. 2007 BIRNAM CD MSCD001 [77:07][CSS]

Ravishing colour ... see Full Review

Hilde Güden Recorded throughout the 1950s NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7952/53 [78:48 + 78:58]

A game of two musical halves ... see Full Review

The History of Brass Band Music Vol. 6 - New Adventures Derek BOURGEOIS (b. 1941) Concerto 1 Chris SANSOM (b. 1950) Trumpet Concerto Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) Garden Rain Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934) Grimethorpe Aria Hans Werner HENZE (b. 1926) Ragtimes and Habaneras Richard Marshall (trumpet) Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Elgar Howarth rec. 1977/2005 DOYEN DOYCD165 [75:33] [RB]

Just beautifully recorded - a shining delight! ... see Full Review

Angelika Kirchschlager sings Christmas Carols Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo); Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich/Alfred Eschwé; Venice Baroque Orchestra/Andrea Marcon rec. 2002-7 SONY BMG 88697199412 [57.26][MM-B]

Abraham Lincoln Portraits Charles IVES (1874-1954) Lincoln, the Great Commoner Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1987) A Lincoln Address Roy HARRIS (1898-1979) Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight Ernst BACON (1898-1990) Ford’s Theatre Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Lincoln Legend George Frederick MCKAY (1899-1970) To a Liberator Paul TUROK (b. 1929) Variations on an American Song Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Lincoln Portrait Nashville SO/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2007/8 NAXOS 8.559373-74 [60:54 + 51:43] [RB][JS]

An interesting and imaginatively presented collection [JS] ... A stimulating anthology [RB] ... see Full Review


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