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A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 7

Previously: Symphony No.1  No. 2   No. 4  No.5  The Song of the Earth  

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La BOHÈME

A discussion of the opera followed by comparative reviews of five recordings comprising two classic versions, one new recording, one recent set and one super budget recording:-
by Ian Lace

The first in a series of comparative reviews of Puccini operas

The Authentic Voice
ALAN HOVHANESS conducts his own music on CRYSTAL RECORDS
(including many world premiere recordings)

A survey of various recordings
a complete list of works

Hugo ALFVÉN (1972-1960) Symphony No. 3 (1905) [35.11] Legend of the Skerries (1904) [18.11] Dalecarlian Rhapsody (1931) [24.48]   Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Niklas Willén rec Glasgow 1/2 Feb 1996 NAXOS 8.553729  [78.46] [RB]

J S BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Toccata and Fugue in F Major, 'Doric' Toccata and Fugue, Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major .Hans Helmut Tillmanns  Various Organs   Danacord DACOCD 528 55m DDD [GF].

J S BACH: Chorale Preludes/Choral Settings   Arnstadt Weimar Leipzig. Hans Helmut Tillmanns: Organ. Danacord DACOCD 527 70m DDD.[GF]

J. S. BACH St John Passion The Scholars Baroque Ensemble: artistic coordinator David van Asch, Organ: Bernhardt Junghänel   Naxos 8.550664-5

ORGAN MUSIC FROM THE BAROQUE AND ROMANTIC ERA. Works by: Bach, Mendelssohn, Reger, Grieg and Krebs.     Hans Helmut Tillmanns: Organ. Danacord DACOCD 61m DDD. [GF]

Jacobus BARBIREAU Missa Virgo with shorter works by Obrecht and Pipelare   The Clerks' Group, Edward Wickham ASV Gaudeamus CD GAU188 [68'57"] [PGW]

Arnold BAX Symphony No. 2; November Woods Royal Scottish National Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones. Naxos 8.554093 [RB] 

Arnold BAX: Symphony No.3. The Happy Forest   Royal Scottish National Orchestra   David Lloyd-Jones Naxos 8.553608 [CW]

Lennox BERKELEY  Chamber Music Concertino; Introduction & Allegro; Duo; Elegy & Toccata: Petite Suite; Sextet.   Endymion Ensemble Dutton CSDLX 7100 72'44" [DW]

BRAHMS Lieder Op. 3, 6, 7 & 14 (Complete Edition, Vol. 1)   Juliane Banse (soprano) Andreas Schmidt (baritone) Helmut Deutsch (piano) CPO 999 441-2 [54'41"] [PW]

BYRD vol 3 Early Latin Church Music. The Propers for Epiphany   The Cardinall’s Music/Carwood/Skinner ASV CD GAU179 71’17" [DR] rating not applied

JOHN CAGE (1912-1992) ONE 6 (13:40+15:35+17:35) ONE10 (24:30)   Christina Fong (violin) world premiere recordings OGRESS PRODUCTIONS The Orchard/Valley Media 66991-2746 [RB]

GEORGY CATOIRE: Piano Music   Marc André Hamelin: Piano Hyperion CDA67090 78m DDD [GF]

Paul CHIHARA The Tempest - ballet in two acts.    The Performing Arts Orchestra/Jean-Louis LeRoux   rec 7 April 1981 U.C. Berkeley REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-10CD ADD [74.30] [RB]

COUPERIN (Marc Roger Normand) Livre de Tablature   Davitt Moroney (harpsichord and virginal) Hyperion CDA67164 79'30" [PW]

Ernö DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra, Sonata for Cello and Piano, Ruralia Hungarica for Cello and Piano   Maria Kliegel (cello); Jeno Jandó (piano) Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia conducted by Michael Halász. NAXOS 8.554468 [62:29] [IL]

DVORAK Symphonies 8 & 9   LSO cond. Sir Colin Davis LSO 0001 LSO 0002 CD. [39'08"] & [44'20"] [PW]

JOHN FIELD (1782-1837) Piano Concertos Nos 2 (1815) and 3 (1815)   Andreas Staier (fortepiano) Concerto Köln/David Stern TELDEC 3984 21475 2 [61.77] [RB]

CÉSAR FRANCK. Piano Trio in F sharp minor Op 1 no 1; Violin Sonata  The Bekova Sisters Chandos CHAN 9680 [DDD] [64' 40"] [DW]

GERMAN, Edward. Piano Music    Alan Cuckston (piano)    FEW 114 CD. Available from Foxglove Audio.
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ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Orchestral Works  A Naxos Series. The first 10 discs [RB]

Group review

Georg Friedrich HAAS: Einklang Freier Wesen; '...'; Nacht-Schatten; 1 Streichquartett.   Georg Schulz - accordion; Dmitrios Polisolidis - viola; Klangforum Wien, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. Edition Zeit-ton ORF 194 [JW]

Asger HAMERIK: Jewish Trilogy, Concert romance for Cello and Orchestra. Ebbe HAMERIK: Cantus firmus V, Concerto molto breve for oboe and orchestra.   Henrik Steensgard: Cello, Jorgen Frederiksen: Oboe, The Danish Philharmonic Orchestra, South Jutland Moshe Atzmon. Danacord DACOCD 526 63m DDD. [GF]

Jean HASSE KINKH   played by Jean Hasse (composer, piano and flutes) with four percussionists and David Matthews (voice) Visible Music VM-CD 101 [74'49"] [PW]

F. J. HAYDN: Missa Sancta Bernardi von Offida': 'Heiligmesse'. Missa Sancti Nicolai.   Lorna Anderson, Pamela Helen Stephen, Marc Padmore, Stephen Varcoe. Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox. Chandos Chaconne CHAN0645 63m DDD. [GF]

Niccolò JOMMELLI  Veni Creator Spiritus Roberta Invernizzi (sop) Coro Mysterium Vocis (director: Rosario Totaro) Capella de'Turchini (director: Antonio Florio) Opus111 OPS 30-254 [HS]

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (b.1632 Florence - d.1687 Paris) L'ORCHESTRE DU ROI SOLEIL - Symphonies, Overtures, and Airs à jouer   Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall. Alia Vox AV 9807 [64:19] [IL]

MAHLER: Symphony No. 5   Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rafael Kubelik Audite 95.465 72m DDD. [GF]

MARTINU. Piano Trio no 2; Piano Trio no 3; Nocturnes for cello and piano; Czech Rhapsody for violin and piano   The Bekova Sisters Chandos CHAN9632 [DDD] [70' 19"] [DW]

MOZART AND SALIERI: Castrato arias and motets   Arno Raunig: sopranist. Wien Landstrasse Chamber Choir and Amadeus Ensemble, Vienna Walter Kobera Campion Cameo 2003 57m DDD [GF]

Francis POULENC (1899-1963)  Libertè - Francis Poulenc a cappella   Grex Vocalis Directed by Carl Høgset SIMAX PSC 1151 [61:22] [IL]

MAX REGER (1873-1916) The complete string quartets   Berner String Quartet   rec 1992-94 co-production with Swiss Radio - Schweizer Radio DRS 3CDs nas CPO 999 069-2

JOSEPH RYELANDT (1870-1965) Symphony No. 4 (for chorus and orchestra) (1912-13) [47 mins] Idylle Mystique (for soprano and orchestra) (1901) [16 mins]    Mireille Capelle (sop) Koor Novecento-Gent Musica Flandrorum-Harelbeke Het Symfoniorkest van Vlaanderen/Fabrice Bollon   rec 26-27 December 1995 World premiere recording CYPRES CYP1616 [63.11] [RB]

FRANZ SCHMIDT Symphony No. 4 (1933) 45.10
ANTON BRUCKNER Three Orchestral Movements (1862); March in D minor (1862) 14.00   Bruckner Orchestra Linz / Martin Sieghart recorded Bruckner Hall, Linz, Austria, Feb 1996 CHESKY CD143 [58.51] [RB]

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Seven Symphonies   Kurt Sanderling conducts the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester recorded 1970-77  all recordings made in the Christuskirche, Berlin ADD stereo recordings digitally remastered BERLIN CLASSICS 0020592BC (EDEL) set first issued in 1996 4 CDs [280.10] [RB] 

JOSEF SUK 1874-1935 A Summer's Tale (1907) [50.41] A Winter's Tale (1894 rev 1926) [14.49]    Slovak RSO/Andrew Mogrelia rec Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava, 12-17 Jan 1996 NAXOS 8.553703 [65.30] [RB]

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