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Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.4 in G Major (1899-1900) Camilla Tilling (Soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Benjamin Zander Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London. June 6-8, 2000 Includes a free 70 minute discussion disc TELARC 2CD-80555 [77.21]

A patrician and thought-provoking guide to Mahler’s most approachable symphony casting the last movement in its correct perspective.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 12 String Quartet in A minor, Opus 7 Leipzig String Quartet Rec 22-25 May 2000, Rathaus, Markleeburg MDG 307 1055-2 [54.10] [TB]

The Leipzig Quartet score when it comes to points of detail, with the virtuosity of individual players allocated a higher priority in the recorded balance. Swings and roundabouts, then in a head-to-head with the ASV-Vellinger disc.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 12 String Quartet in A minor, Opus 7 Fugue in E flat major, Opus 81 No. 4 Vellinger String Quartet Rec 2-3 March 1999, St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol ASV CD QS 6236 [60.48] [TB]

In both performances the Vellingers play immaculately, but also with great expressive freedom. The attention to detail in matters of dynamic nuance brings much reward too: this is quartet playing of the highest order.

André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Véronique - operetta (complete with dialogue) Mady Mesplé (Hélène), Andrea Guiot, Denise Benoit, Michel Dens (Florestan), Jean-Christophe Benoit, Michel Dunand, Jacques Pruvost
René Duclos Choir Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean-Claude Hartemann Rec. Paris, 1969 EMI 72435 7407328 [CD1 48.46 CD2 47.33] [RW]

Messager's gift lies in warm melodies and harmonies that are easy on the ear. His orchestration has a classical suppleness and charm. The soloists both sing and act well with the required element of fun and delight.

Nikolai MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Symphony No. 6 (1923) Slovak National Opera Choir Czecho-Slovak Radio SO/Robert Stankovsky rec The Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, 25-30 Mar 1991 MARCO POLO 8.223301 [63.28] [RB]

Do not let this convincing and idiosyncratic symphony elude you. A successor in the line of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique.

Italo MONTEMEZZI (1875-1952) L’amore Dei Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings) A tragic poem in three acts Libretto by Sem Benelli after his play soloists, Orchestra Lirica e Coro di Milano della RAI Arturo Basile (conductor) Recorded (mono) Milan, 3 September 1950 WARNER FONIT (2 CDs) 8573 874787 - 2 [85.49] [CF]

A mono recording by Italian Radio. Despite shortcomings in the sound the drama completely takes you over. Very creditable singing from Petrella and Berdini. Bruscantini’s performance alone would justify this purchase.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Mozart Edition Volume 1 Concertos for Wind Instruments,Violin Concertos BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99713 7CDs [approx 454 minutes]

This first volume of Brilliant Classic’s complete Mozart set certainly bodes well for the other 23 volumes. The performances range from good to excellent, the sound is almost always fine. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Mozart Edition vol. 4 Piano Concertos [approx. 11 hours 25 min.] BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99720 [approx. 11 hours 25 min.] [KM]

Once again, Brilliant Classics comes up with a very good set of Mozart’s works. While not perfect, these performances and recordings are fine. The budget price is an additional incentive for those interested in discovering all of Mozart’s works for piano and orchestra. ...see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Symphony No. 41 in C Major (The Jupiter) – (1791) - Clarinet Concerto in A Major K.622 – (1791) Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major K.191 – (1774) - Jack Brymer (clarinet), Gwydion Brooke (Bassoon) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Sir Thomas Beecham. recorded in Studio No.1, Abbey Road, London (Symphony - 26,28/3/57 and Bassoon Concerto – 18/12/58) and Salle Wagram, Paris (Clarinet Concerto – 14,15/5/58), ADD STEREO. EMI CDM5 67596-2 [79.49] [JP]

Go ahead and purchase with confidence – not only do you get a superb trio of works and performances, you also get deluxe packaging and all at mid-price.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto no. 4 in D, K. 218 (1) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D, op. 61 (2) Joseph SZIGETI (violin), London Philharmonic Orch/Sir Thomas Beecham (1), British Symphony Orch/Bruno Walter (2) Recorded 8.10.1934, Abbey Road Studio no. 1 (1), 14.4.1932, Central Hall, Westminster (2) NAXOS Historical 8.110946 [66.56] [CH]

It is above all for the very humane, vocal manner of Szigeti’s playing that these performances are valuable.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Oboe Quartet in F K370, Clarinet Quintet in A K581, Clarinet Concerto in A K622 Gordon Hunt oboe Chilingirian Quartet Andrew Marriner clarinet Chilingirian Quartet London Mozart Players Jane Glover conductor Recorded Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead November 1984 (Clarinet Concerto) and Wigmore Hall December 1981 (Quintet and Quartet) EMI Classics for Pleasure 724357488327 [78,39] Budget Price [JW]

One magnificent recording and two very fine ones at super-budget price. A fine disc. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Divertimento in E flat, K. 563, Duo in B flat, K. 424*. Leopold String Trio (Marrianne Thorsen, violin*, Scott Dickinson, viola*, Kate Gould, violoncello) Recorded Champs Hill (GB), 23-25.11.2000 HYPERION CDA67246 [67.27] [CH]

The Leopold String Trio are very, very good, no mistake about it, but mightn’t they have been a little more outgoing?

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete String Quintets, Volume 2 Quintet in C minor, K406; Quintet in C major, K515 Ensemble Villa Musica Rec 3-5 Nov 2000, Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen MDG 304 1032-2 [59.03] [TB]

The Ensemble Villa Musica does the music proud, aided by a recording which is atmospheric and full of presence. It really is of 'demonstration quality'. The quality of the sound has a musical advantage, moreover, since the details in the texture and the rich sonorities are heard to full advantage.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Così fan tutte. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) Fiordiligi; Nan Merriman (mezzo) Dorabella; Lisa Otto (soprano) Despina; Léopold Simoneau (tenor) Ferrando; Rolando Panerai (baritone) Guglielmo; Sesto Bruscantini (baritone) Don Alfonso; Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan. Notes, text and translation included Recorded on July 7th 1954 in Kingsway Hall, London and July 14th-16th and 19th-21st, 1954 in No. 1 and No. 3 Studios, Abbey Road. [ADD] Mono EMI GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY CMS5 67064-2 [161.00]

Here is a recording that really deserves the label ‘Great’. This set surely represents the bright, busy epitome of comic opera. It is pure joy from beginning to end and will be making many return visits to my player.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni, opera (1787) Bo Skovhus (Don Giovanni), Renata Girolami (Leporello), Boaz Daniel (Masetto), Janusz Monarcha (Commendatore), Torsten Kerl (Don Ottavio), Adrianne Pieczonka (Donna Anna), Regina Schörg (Elvira), Ildiko Raimondi (Zerlina)
Hungarian Radio Chorus, Nicolaus Estherházy Sinfonia/Michael Halász
Rec. Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Nov. 2000 NAXOS 8.660080-82 [CD1 58.31, CD2 58.38, CD3 56.30] [RF]

This performance and recording stands ahead of many in the catalogue, even if not supplanting Giulini’s 1959 recording for EMI, which may never be bettered, but that is at full price. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Die Zauberflöte – Opera in two acts - (1791) Anton Dermota (Tamino), Irmgard Seefreid (Pamino), Erich Kunz (Papageno), Wilma Lipp (Queen of the Night), Ludwig Weber (Sarasto), George London (Speaker), Sena Jurinac, Freidl Riegler & Else Schurhoff (The three ladies), Emmy Loose (Papagena), Peter Klein (Monostatos). Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan.
recorded in the Brahmsaal,Vienna,2,3,6-9, 7-16, 20-21/12/50 ADD MONO.
EMI CMS5 67071-2 [129.07] [JP]

I cannot recommend this issue highly enough. Truly a Great Recording of the Century!

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Famous Opera Arias Various WARNER CLASSICS APEX 0927 413762 [76.54] Bargain Price [RMK]

Some famous arias sung by some famous soloists and for the most part with great success. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Overture: Der Schauspieldirektor, Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat major, K365, Aria: L'amero, saro costante, K208 (Il re pastore), Concert Aria: Ma, che vi fege, o stelle, K368, Symphony in F major, K112 Clara Haskil, Géza Anda (pianos)
Erika Köth (soprano) Camerata Academica Salzburg Bernhard Paumgartner Rec 4 August 1957, Mozarteum Salzburg ORFEO C 572 011 B [60.57] [TB]

Some of the finest Mozart performers of their generation but their abundant freshness and vitality is rather undermined by the sound

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete Piano Variations Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) Recorded at Länna Church, Sweden, August 1997 BIS CD-1266/1267 [4 CDs: 60.37, 63.07, 61.37, 61.21] [CH]

Brautigam’s brilliance and enthusiasm, as well as the instrument itself, are just what is needed most of the time.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Overtures: The Nozze di Figaro K.492. Bastien und Bastienne, K.50. Der Schauspieldirektor, K.486. Lucio Silla K.75. Cosi fan Tutte, K.588. La Finta Giardiniera, K.196. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384. Il Re Pastorale, K.208. Idomeneo, K.366. La Clemenzo di Tito, K.621. Don Giovanni, K.527. Die Zauberflöte, K.620. Staatskapelle Dresden – Sir Colin Davis. recorded 1996 Lukas Kirche, Dresden, DDD, STEREO. RCA 74321 68004-2 [61.22] superbudget [JP]

It is a disc which you are unlikely to listen to entirely without a break, but if you do, as I did, you will be entranced by the quality of playing and recording. This recording was a bargain at full price and now at super-bargain ….

MOZART?! Volume 7 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Adagio in B flat, K484a. Serenade in B flat, K371a, ‘Gran Partita’ (arr. Gleissner). Collegium Classicum Recorded in the Stadthalle, Wuppertal on June 1st (Adagio), March 26th-30th, 2001 (Serenade) [DDD] Dabringhaus und Grimm Gold MDG301 1077-2 [60.01] [CC]

One of the most civilised, harmless discs I have ever come across. Play it while you cook the dinner.

Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY (1839-81) Piano Music, Vol. 2 Pictures at an Exhibition, Hopak de jeunes ukrainiens, Scène de foire, Sonata (piano duet), C major Nina Kavtaradze, piano Michail Voskresensky (sonata duet) DANACORD DACOCD 552 [56:47] [JL]

A disc that provides an authoritative performance of Pictures at an Exhibition plus some enjoyable and interesting lesser known Mussorgsky piano works. ...see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphony No.1 in G minor Op.7, Violin Concerto Op.33 Henrik Hannisdal (violin) Norwegian Radio Orchestra Ari Rasilainen, conductor (Symphony) Terje Mikkelsen, conductor (Violin Concerto) Recorded at NRK Broadcasting Hall, Oslo in June and October 1996 TELDEC APEX 0927 40622 2 [71.14] [CF]

Ari Rasilainen and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra give the symphony not only a good sense of pace but also draw out the kaleidoscopic moods of the first movement. Henrik Hannisdal’s playing in the concerto is sweet-toned especially in the higher positions on the E string, bringing a Bruch like quality to the music, and in the more virtuosic passages rather surprisingly evokes Mediterranean tone colours.

Carl NIELSEN (1865 – 1931) Symphony No. 1, Op. 7 (1891-92)
Symphony No. 2, "The Four Temperaments", Op. 16 (1901-02) Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Jukka-Pekka Saraste recorded in the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland, 26-27 March 2001 (No.1) and 2-3 March 2001 No. 2 - DDD. FINLANDIA 8573-85574-2 [63.31] [JP]

The overall characteristic is that of vitality and both of these performances display this characteristic to the full. The Finlandia recording is superb, and the orchestra is set in a fully believable acoustic.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphony No. 2 Four Temperaments (1902) Symphony No. 4 Inextinguishable (1902) Danish State Radio SO/Thomas Jensen Danish State Radio SO Launy Grøndahl Mono ADD Rec Concert Hall, Danish State Radio, 3 Oct 1947 (Sym 2); 17-19 Aug 1951 (Sym 4) DUTTON LABORATORIES CDCLP4001 [68.00] [RB]

Recordings of performances that are not merely vivacious but of eruptive ferocity. Historic rather than merely historical! Superbly transferred by Dutton in good sound. ...see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphony No. 1 (1893) Symphony No. 5 (1922) Helios Overture (1904) Danish State Radio SO/Thomas Jensen Danish State Radio SO/Erik Tuxen. Mono ADD Rec Concert Hall, Danish State Radio, 14-15 June 1952 (Sym 1); 7 Apr 1954 (Sym 5); 8 June 1952 (Helios) DUTTON LABORATORIES CDLXT2502 [78.36] [RB]

Robert Layton's notes and Dutton's discriminating decision to use reproductions of the original LP sleeves complete a catalogue-significant issue. ... see Full Review

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Belle Hélène
Felicity Lott Hélène, Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble Marc Minkowski Rec October 2000, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris VIRGIN CLASSICS 5 45477-2 0 [2CDs: total time 118.11] [TB]

Many regard La belle Hélène as Offenbach most enjoyable operetta. This recording does much to encourage that view.

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Périchole (1868) Opéra comique (mono recording complete, with dialogue in French) Susanne Lafaye (sop) (La Périchole), Raymond Amade (ten) (Piquillo), Louis Noguera (bass) (Don Andrès), Jean-Christophe Benoit (bar) (Le Comte), Pierre Germain (ten) (Don Pedro), Janette Vivalda (sop) (Guadalena), Monique Linval (mezz) (Berginella), Denise Monteil (sop) (Mastrilla), Agnès Disney (mezz) (Frasquinella), Jacques Pruvost (ten) & Christian Asse (ten) (Notaries) René Duclos Choir Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Igor Markevitch Rec. Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, June 1958 EMI 574 0882 [CD1 48.20 CD2 45.16] Mono ADD Midprice [RW]

This well-priced mono reissue should not dissuade the listener for the balance and clarity is good and does not distract from the confident performance and charming music. ... see Full Review

Max d'OLLONE (1875-1959) Piano Quartet (1949) String Quartet (1898) Piano Trio (1920) Patrice d'Ollone (piano) Quatuor Athenaeum Enesco
rec Jan 1999, Salle des fêtes de l'Académie de Paris PIERRE VERANY PV799061 [69.03] [RB]

Chamber music fans need to hear this as much as Arion's recent Bonnal disc. ...see Full Review

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana Bo Skovhus (baritone), Jochen Kowalski (alto), Sumi Jo (soprano) Southend Boys' Choir London Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra Zubin Mehta (conductor) Rec 1993, The Maltings, Snape APEX 09274 13772 (60.27) [TB]

The extensive percussion is spectacularly well captured. The tam-tam and timpani can rarely have sounded so thrilling in a recorded performance. Mehta conducts with consummate control of his massed forces though he is occasionally a little indulgent with slow tempi. ... see Full Review

Andrei PETROV (born 1930) Suite from the Ballet The Shore of Hope (1959) St Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Eduard Serov Symphonic Cycle The Songs of our Days (1964) St Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Arvid Jansons Suite no 3 from the Ballet Creation of the World (1975) Leningrad Orchestra of Early and Modern Music/Eduard Serov
All recorded in the St Petersburg Recording Studio: the dating is unclear. BOHEME MUSIC CDBMR 012198 [AAS]

Not recommended to those who worship at the shrine of the avant-garde, but for middle-of-the-road music-lovers this disc will be a delight.

Robert PLANQUETTE (1848-1903) Les Cloches de Corneville (The Chimes of Normandy) operetta (1877) (complete, with dialogue in French) Mady Mesplé (Germaine), Christiane Stutzmann (Serpolette), Charles Burles (Grenicheux), Bernard Sinclair (Henri de Corneville), Jean Giraudeau (Le Bailli), Jean-Christophe Beniot (Gaspard) Choir of the Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris/Jean Doussard Rec. Salle Wagram, Paris, June 1973 EMI 574 0912 [CD1 63.30 CD2 57.06] Midprice [RW]

This is a strong cast headed by Mady Mesplé who with her characteristically light soprano voice and rapid vibrato seems right for Germaine. ...see Full Review

UGIS PRAULINS  ODI ET AMO - music composed and arranged for Boys and Men's choir Riga Dome Boys' Choir/Martins Klisans UPE RECORDING COMPANY UPE CD 010 [51.48] [RB]

A choir of world calibre. If you get a chance to hear them do not miss the opportunity such is their precision, golden tone and attack. I would very much like to hear them in some more classically orientated repertoire.

Yves PRIN (b. 1933) Dioscures (1977/revised 1984) a Concerto grosso for flute, clarinet and chamber orchestra; Ephèmeres (1973/revised 1992) a Capriccio for Violin and chamber orchestra; Le Souffle d’Iris (1986/revised 1992) a Concerto for flute and orchestra Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Bruno Ferrandis Flute; Pierre Yves Artaud, Violin; Philippe Graffin, Clarinet; Pascal Post Recorded in the Studios of Radio France, June 1997 NAXOS 8.555347 [41.03] [GH]

Three fascinating but challenging works. Prin shares with Dutilleux the ability to think in long, lyrical lines as at the end of ‘Dioscures’.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Madam Butterfly (in English) Cheryl Barker (Cio-Cio-San), Jean Rigby (Suzuki), Paul Charles Clarke (Pinkerton), Gregory Yurisch (Sharpless), Stuart Kale (Goro), Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra/Yves Abel Recorded Blackheath Halls, London, 13-17.12.2000 CHANDOS CHAN 3070 (2) [2 CDs, 64’37", 72’33"] [CH]

This is opera in English at its best. Only the very elite of the "authentic" Butterflies can actually boast a finer overall performance. …see full review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Opus 7 Etudes-Tableaux (orchestrated Respighi) Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Valeri Polyansky Rec April 1999, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory CHANDOS CHAN 9822 [72.00]

Russian State SO and Valeri Polyansky enter a competitive field with heads held high. The recording is ambient and allows the rich textures of Rachmaninov's scoring to be heard to excellent effect. There is still a special colour and intensity about a Russian performance of this music.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32 No. 12. Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33 – No. 1 in F minor; No. 2 in C; No. 9 in C sharp minor. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42. Hélène Grimaud (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy Recorded in Watford Coliseum on September 15th-16th, 2000 (Concerto); Teldec Studios, Berlin on June 3rd-5th, 2000 (Preludes and Etudes-tableaux) and January 28th-30th, 2001 (Corelli Variations). [DDD] TELDEC 8573-84376-2 [59.47] [CC]

Here is a clear case of marketing gone, if not barking mad, certainly disturbingly cuckoo. Grimaud can and should stand perfectly well on her own ten fingers without props such as this, especially as this is such a well-planned Rachmaninov disc.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in C sharp minor, Opus 3 No. 2, Ten Preludes, Opus 23, Six Moments musicaux, Opus 16 Nikolai Lugansky (piano) Rec 18-22 September 2000, Teldec Studio, Berlin Erato 85738 57702 [65.28] Fullprice

Frankly thrilling: no other word will do. Rhythmic drive and phrasing heard in an excellently delivered balance. Lugansky has the measure of the rhythmic tautness so central to Rachmaninov's style.

Sergei RACHMANINOV Cello Sonata in G minor, op 19 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonata, Op 40 Gwyneth George (cello) Alberto Portugheis (piano) Rec Swansea, 1970/71 (ADD) GUILD GMCD 7219 [54.56] [DW]

I have never heard the scherzo of the Rachmaninov played better. It is, a complete revelation and I have known and loved this sonata for almost 40 years.[DW]
The present performances, recorded as far back as the early 1970s, are very fine and quite satisfying, though the recorded sound may at times show its age. They have much to offer.[HC]

Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Piano trios. Op 112 in G; Op 155 in A minor. Trio Opus 8 Rec: Germany, 2000? (DDD) CPO 999 800-2 [64.42]

The sound is good and the performances are fine although there is a slight over-emphasis on emotional content, I feel.

Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Sonata for violin and piano (1959) Theme and Variations for two violins (1938) John McCABE (b.1939) Maze Dances for violin (1973) Star Preludes for violin and piano (1978) Peter Sheppard Skærved and Christine Sohn (violins) Tamami Honma (piano) Recorded in the church of St. Mary’s, Dinton, Wiltshire 2nd June 1999 (tracks 6-15) and 28th June 1999 (track I) and in Challow Park, Wantage, Oxon on 12th September 1999 (tracks 2-5 and 16) DDD METIER MSV CD92029 [61:56] [CT]

This is a worthwhile disc, which it is to be hoped encourages the same advocacy of McCabe’s little recorded chamber output as Rawsthorne’s has received in recent times.

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) The Fountains of Rome, The Pines of Rome, Roman Festivals, Oregon Symphony Orchestra/James DePreist Rec 9-10 January 2001 (Fountains, Pines), 28-29 May 1987 (Festivals), Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, Oregon DELOS DE 3287 [65.50] [TB]

What immediately impresses is the quality of the sound, both of the recording itself and of the playing. And since these are the prerequisites for a recording of this music, the standard set initially is encouraging and satisfying.

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Sheherazade - Symphonic Suite, Russian Easter Festival Overture, Capriccio Espagnol Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy Rec: Town Hall Philadelphia 11 Feb 1962 (Sheherazade); 17 Feb 1965 (Capriccio); Broadwood Hotel Philadelphia 1 Apr 1959 (Overture) SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK46537 [74.57] Budget Price [RB]

Ormandy imbues the interpretations and playing with guts, ferocity and passion. The sound is unsubtle but the effect is edge-of-seat. ... see Full Review

Nikolay Andreyevich RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The 1001 Nights - Sheherazade, Op. 35  Sinbad the Sailor,   The Story of a Dervish, The Prince and Princess, The Story of the Second Dervish Narrated by Bernard Cribbins David Nolan, violin Philharmonia Orchestra, London/ Enrique Bátiz NAXOS 8.555889 [79:07] [JL]

A first class Philharmonia performance of Sheherazade packaged with tales from the Arabian Nights ably narrated by Bernard Cribbins.

Josephe GUY-ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Ouverture, Variations et Final (1914) Musiques au Jardin (1920) Nocturne No. 3 (1922) Francoise Thinat (piano) rec 1983 ARION ARN 68184 [53.42] [RB]

Ropartz in bardic and in impressionistic garb. Well advocated by Thinat and Arion. ... see Full Review

Arnold ROSNER (b1945) String Quartet No. 4 (1972)
Lester TRIMBLE (1923-86) String Quartet No. 1 (1950) Irwin SWACK (b1919) String Quartet No. 4 (1986-90) Alorian (Rosner); Ondine (Trimble); Sierra (Swack). rec not announced
OPUS ONE 150CD [69.33] [RB]

De rigueur listening for twentieth century quartet specialists. Impressive for the gritty Rosner and the promising Swack.


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