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MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde 3 Rückert-Lieder: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, Ich atmet' einen linden Duft, Um Mitternacht Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Julius Patzak (tenor)* Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Bruno Walter Decca 466 576-2 [76' 02"] Recorded in 1952 [CH]
.....So get it if you don't have it already, but don't spoil it by listening to it too often, choose a good modern version for everyday use and take this out from time to time to remind yourself that these moments really happen.
Heinz MARTI Portrait (orchestral & chamber works) Grammont CTS-P 22-2
Marti's idiom tends to be reserved, but with emotional intensity not far below the surface. Serious, exploratory music that repays repeated hearing.
MARTINU (1890-1959) Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 4 National SO of the Ukraine/Arthur Fagen rec Kiev 15-18 March 1995 NAXOS 8.553349 [60.59] [RB]
Performances of visceral charge - a good choice for budget purchase.
MASSENET WERTHER Opera in four acts :Werther George Thill, Charlotte Ninon Vallin, Sophie Germaine Féraldy, Albert Marcel Rocque, Plus Georges Thill singing arias from other Massenet operas: Le Cid; Hérodiade; Manon and Sapho.Children's Chorus of the Cantoria, Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Elie Cohen (recorded in January 1931) NAXOS 8.110061-62 (Historical) 2 CDs [145:59] [IL]
This is a classic reading. Conductor Elie Cohen, his choir, orchestra (utilising wooden flutes and gut strings) and soloists are all steeped in the French style and the performance is smooth and perfectly balanced; its ardour and excitement growing naturally and organically.
MOZART Symphonies 36 in C, K.425 "Linz", 38 in D, K.504 - "Prague" 40 in g, K.550, 41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate EMI CZS 5 74185 2 [2 CDs, 67' 35", 66' 06"][CH]
The andante of the G minor is among the finest I have heard.....With the string semi-quavers really enunciated and a beautifully phrased second group the music is given a range of expression we do not often hear....this is an important version of the symphony.
MOZART (1756-91) Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat, K452. Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Quintet for Piano and Wind in C minor, Op. 52. Hexagon Ensemble. AC Classics AC99067 [DDD] [54'00] [CC]
This is a strikingly imaginative coupling, a positive breath of fresh air If you enjoy the Spohr a fraction as much as I did, you will not have wasted your money.
Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La belle Hélène Opera buffa in three acts ARTHAUS DVD VIDEO 100 086 Subtitle languages in English and German [124 mins] [IL]
A delightful and very witty entertainment
ROBIN ORR Italian Overture; From the Book of Philip Sparrow; Rhapsody for string orchestra; Journeys and Places. Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)/ Northern Sinfonia/Howard Griffiths. GUILD GMCD 7196.
Any disc containing exclusively the music of Robin Orr is to be welcomed, especially one so well played and recorded. A well-planned and richly deserved tribute to a distinguished composer.[HC] [PC]
POULENC (1899-1963) Dialogues Des Carmélites Schmidt, Fassbender, Petibon, Denize, Henry, Dale
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg Choeurs de l'Opéra National du Rhin Conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig ARTHAUS DVD 100 004 With subtitles in English, German and Dutch [149 mins] [IL]
A rewarding experience for the adventurous.
Sergei PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky, Op.78 Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano) Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra Conducted by Fritz Reiner Aram KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto* Leonid Kogan (Violin) Boston Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Pierre Monteux (Recorded in 1958* and 1959) RCA Victor "Living Stereo" 0902663708 2 [76.39] [TD]
A classic recording restored in its best sound.
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)Comparative Reviews of Recordings of Manon Lescaut Lyric Drama in Four Acts by Ian Lace
RAVEL L'enfant et les sortileges NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER PROKOFIEV
Peter and the Wolf ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL ARTHAUS 100 102 [82 mins] [PW]
.........L'enfant et les sortileges, which creates real magic as a visual accompaniment to Lorin Maazel's recorded performance with prestigious soloists and the Paris Orchestre National with the Choeur & Maitrise of RTF. The sound is well balanced and the texts by Collette are available in subtitles in the language of your choice, which is a real bonus of the new system.
REGER 30 Lieder. Frauke May (mezzosoprano) Bernhard Renzikowski (piano) Arte Nova Classics 74321 75076-2 [61.25] [PGW]
A diligent and worthy production, with limitations. The singer has a basically attractive voice and the accompaniment is satisfactory. The presentation is fatally flawed for most of us by having the words in German only.
Nino ROTA (1911-79) Chamber Music: Sonata for flute and harp (1937), Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (1973), String Quartet (1948), Quintet for flute, oboe, viola, cello and harp, (1935), Trio for flute, violin and piano (1958), Piccola Offerta Musicale for wind quintet (1943) Ex Novo Ensemble ASV CD DCA 1072 [72.39] [RB]
Life-enhancing and largely undemanding music. Too easily overlooked. Lovingly played and recorded.
EDMUND RUBBRA CHAMBER WORKS Phantasy for two violins and piano Op 16; Meditazioni sopra Coeurs Desolez Op 67 [version for oboe and piano]; Suite The Buddha for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello Op 64; Piano Trio No 1 in one movement Op 68; Sonata in C for oboe and piano Op 100; Piano Trio No 2 Op 138; Duo for Cor Anglais and piano Op 156 Endymion Ensemble Dutton CDLX 7106 [GH]
Excellent release in every way - hopefully a pointer to a third Rubbra CD from Dutton
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Classical Editor: Rob Barnett, Reviewers: Rob Barnett, Ian Lace, Len Mullenger, and: Richard Adams, Colin Anderson, Arthur Baker, Terry Barfoot, Marc Bridle, Arthur Butterworth, Colin Clarke, Paul Conway, Gary Dalkin, Andy Daly, Tony Duggan, Harry Downey, Christopher Fifield, Lewis Foreman, Simon Foster, Christopher Howell, John Phillips, Ailís Ní Ríain, Humphrey Smith, Philip Scowcroft, Colin Scott-Sutherland, Andrew Seivewright, Christopher Thomas, Richard Whitehouse, Peter Grahame Woolf, David Wright. A complete list of contributors can be seen here
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