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Richard STRAUSS Lieder   Gundula Janowitz (soprano); Ray Still (oboe); Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin); Pavel Gililov (piano); Academy of London/Richard Stamp. Virgin Classics VBD5 61766-2

David Patmore

A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 8

Previously: Symphony No.1  No. 2   No. 4  No.5 No.6 No.7  No. 9  The Song of the Earth  

The col legno collage edition Peter Grahame Woolf

Anon. El Cant de la Sibil - La: Mallorca -Valencia 1400-1560 Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya directed by Jordi Savall ALIA VOX AV9806 [61:11] [GD]

BACH Organ Works Volume 5.
Gerhard Weinberger at the Joachim Wagner organ, St Marien, Angermünde.
CPO 999 654 - 2 [DDD] [67' 22"]. [DW]

JS BACH arranged by Max REGER Suite in G Minor, Suite for Flute and Strings Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davis Jean-Claude Gérard MDG GOLD 321 0940-2 [51:01][GD]

BACH: Cantatas: BWV 97-99, BWV 91-93. Helen Donath, Arleen Auger, soloists, Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach Collegium Stuttgart Helmuth Rilling. Hanssler Classics BachAkademie Vols 31 & 32 92.031 (BWV 97-99)   92.029 (BWV 91-93) two discs oas 61m and 69m ADD. [GF] rating not applied

Johann Sebastian BACH
A Book of Chorale-Settings: Passion
Helmuth Rilling Bach-Collegium Stuttgart Sibylla Rubens, Soprano Ingerborg Danz, Alto James Taylor, Tenor Andreas Schmidt, Baritone Gerhard Gnann, Organ
hänssler CD.92.79 [79:16]

A Book of Chorale-Settings: Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity
Helmuth Rilling Bach-Collegium Stuttgart Sibylla Rubens, Soprano Ingerborg Danz, Alto James Taylor, Tenor Andreas Schmidt, Baritone Gerhard Gnann, Organ hänssler CD 92.080 [78:42]

Bela BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra, The Miraculous Mandarin  Igor STRAVINSKY Petrushka. 1911 Version, Agon, Fireworks     Melbourne Symphony Orchestra  Hiroyuki Iwaki  Recorded Melbourne. April/May 1989 Virgin Classics. VBD 5 61754 2 [HD]

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5; Choral Fantasia. Daniel Barenboim (piano), John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer EMI Classics 7243 5 67329 2 6 64'06" [PW]

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN String Quartets (1779 - 1827)
Borodin String Quartet.
Recorded Forde Abbey, Somerset. June/July 1988 (Op 18/4) St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay. Feb 1989 Virgin Classics 7243 5 61748 2 5 [HD]

BEETHOVEN Op 18 1-6 and new string quartets by Alvarez, Beamish, Firsova, Jegede, Smirnov and Tanaka.
Vanguard Classics 99212. 73'52", 70'13" & 76'51". [PW]

Gustaf BENGTSSON (1886-1965) 'Vettern' Symphonic Poem  Symphony No. 1 in C minor  'I Vadstena kloster' Three Tone Pictures for Orchestra Gävle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mats Liljefors STERLING CDS-1008-2 [56:20] [IL]

NIELS-VIGGO BENTZON (b.1919) Det Tempererede Klaver - The Tempered Piano (1964-1996) in 13 volumes on 15 CDs played by the composer ClassicO CLASSCD 210-225 [RB]

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN (c.1179) A Feather on the Breath of God Doreen Muskett (symphony) Robert White (reed drones). Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec Hampstead, London 14 Sept 1981 HYPERION CDA66039.[43 mins] [RB]

Sir Arthur BLISS A Knot of Riddles, Angels of the Mind - and other songs Geraldine McGreevy (soprano); Toby Spence (tenor); Henry Herford (baritone), Kathron Sturrock (piano) The Nash Ensemble conducted by Martyn Brabbins   HYPERION 2CDs CDA67188/9 [61:46]; [60:45] [IL]

ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959) Hiver-Printemps (1905) Poèmes d'Automne (1906) In the Night (1922) Deux Psaumes (1912-14)
Psaume 22 (1913-14) Mireille Delunsch (sop) Brigitte Balleys (mezzo) Vincent Le Texier (bar) Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/David Shallon rec Luxembourg, July and September 1999 TIMPANI 1C1052 [63.43] [RB]

BRAHMS: Four Symphonies & Tragic Overture, Alto Rhapsody, Variations on a Theme by Haydn London Symphony Orchestra & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult DISKY705412 3 discs [70:52, 60:28 & 73:16] Price around £15 from Crotchet (incl. postage of £1.50) [MB]

BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture, Alto Rhapsody*, Symphony No. 1 in C minor op. 68.   London Symphony Orchestra/London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Clemens Krauss. * with Kathleen Ferrier: alto. Concertegebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam Eduard van Beinum.
Dutton Laboratories CDK1210 66m ADD (Transferred from Decca originals 1947). [GF]

BRAHMS Choral Works Danish National Radio Choir - Stefan Parkman Bengt Forsberg - piano * Chandos CHAN 9806 digital - full price - made in conjunction with Danish Radio [62.00 ] [JP]

BRUCKNER: Symphonies No 7 in E major, No 8 in C minor and No 9 in D minor. SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Celibidache DG 445 471-2 4 discs (66'32, 57'16, 54'05 & 59'18) + bonus rehearsal disc  Full Price - Volume V of the Stuttgart Recordings [MB]

FERRUCCIO BUSONI (1866-1924) Brautwahl Suite (1913) 33.06 Geharnischte Suite (1895-1903) 28.14 Orchestre Philharmonique de Timisoara/Jean-Francois Antoniolirec Timisoara, September 1998 TIMPANI 1C1054 [64.16] [RB]

CHAVEZ piano works Hsuan-Ya Chen (piano) Elan 82406 (122'52") [PW]

CHOPIN 24 Preludes Op 28; Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35; Polonaise in A flat Op 53. Evgeny Kissin RCA Red Seal 09026 63535 2 [DDD] [67' 08"]. [DW]

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