Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit
Les Arts Florissants/William Christie Recorded Grande Salle, Cité
de la Musique, Paris, 21-22 December 2000
ERATO 8573-85820-2 [57.02] [CF]
is a joyful celebration of Christmas and will make an ideal present
for the coming festivities.
opp. 6, 7, 17, 24, 30, 33, 41, 50, 56, 59, 63, 67, 68, "A Emile
Gaillard", "Notre temps"
Nina Milkina (pianoforte) Recorded in the Wigmore Hall, London, April
1970 UNTERSCHRIFT CLASSICS
(no number) [2 CDs, 68.33, 75.25] [CH]
world of Chopin's Mazurkas is so infinitely varied that no one artist
will have the best answer to every single piece. There are a number
of sets for which we have to be eternally grateful and Nina Milkina's
is among them.
(1997) Sonnets to Orpheus (1992)˛
Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson (baritone); London
Philharmonic Orchestra; Ying Huang (soprano)˛; Perspectives Ensemble˛;
Roger Nierenberg. Recorded : Henry Wood Hall, London, September 1998
(Elegies); American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City,
April 2000 (Sonnets)
SONY SK 60850 [65:27] [HC]
you respond to the music of Barber, Mennin or Piston you can not fail
to respond to Danielpour's beautifully crafted music.
Mitsuko Uchida (piano) (England April 1989)
Philips 464 698-2 [47 mins] [PGW]
is not very many years ago that Debussy's late piano music was considered
difficult to listen to and rarely performed. I love the fire and finesse
of Uchida's version and have relished many rehearings. Short measure?
Quality is what counts! [PGW]
DVORÁK (1841-1904) Cello
Concerto in B minor, B191. Camille
SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto No.
1 in A minor, Op. 33.
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Maria
Recorded in No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road on April 29th-30th and May 1st,
EMI GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY CDM5 67593-2 [62.39][CC]
coupling of these two concertos is a remarkably successful one, and
one which makes a straight play-through of the disc a positively life-enhancing
1948) Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya
(1989) Laments (1998)˛
Mary King (mezzo-soprano); Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)˛; BBC
Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins; Tadaaki Otaka˛ Recorded : BBC Studio
1, Maida Vale, London, December 1997; live, Royal festival Hall, London,
November 1999˛ NMC D
064 [54:25] [HC]
Elias's music definitely deserves wider exposure and this very fine
release will hopefully help achieving this.
Gabriel (1845-1924) Piano
Quartets: No.1 in C minor, Op.15. No.2 in
G minor, Op.45. Domus
Quartet. Susan Tomes (piano), Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Robin Ireland
(viola), Timothy Hugh (cello).Recorded in Rosslyn Chapel, Hampstead,
London, February 25-26 1985.
Hyperion CDA20166 Limited Edition [62.13] [RB]
disc comes garlanded with prestigious international awards and recommendations
for the original release (CDA66166), recorded in 1985 and now reissued
in this limited edition.
(1898 - 1979) Hommage
à Raphaël Fumet
L’Ange des Bois for piano solo, Lacrimosa for viola and piano, Barcarolle
for viola and piano, Ode Concertante for flute and piano, La Rose for
violin and piano, Toccata for organ, La Nuit for string orchestra
Rigutto, piano, Gérard Caussé, viola, Gabrielle Fumet,
flute, Jean Mouillère, violin, Jean Galard, organ, Ichiro Nodaïra,
piano, Chamber Orchestra/Jean-Jacques Wiederker, Anne Wiederker, solo
ARN 68475 [60:26] [GPJ]
music can fairly be described as conservative - influenced by great
figures of late Romanticism – Rachmaninov and Ravel seem to me to loom
SEVERN MEADOWS: Songs by Ivor GURNEY
Paul Agnew, tenor; Julius Drake, piano Recorded: Henry Wood Hall, November
2000 HYPERION CDA 67243
the finest song writer of his generation. Paul Agnew is an eloquent
exponent of these bitter-sweet, nostalgic and elegiac songs.
(1685-1759) The Complete Flute Sonatas
in G major HWV363b (Op 1 No 5), Sonata in E minor HWV379 (Op 1 No 1a),
Sonata in B minor HWV367b (Op 1 No 9), Sonata in E minor HWV359b (Op
1 No 1), Sonata in A minor HWV374 (Halle Sonata No 1í), Sonata
in E minor, HWV375 (Halle Sonata No 2í), Sonata in B minor HWV376
(Halle Sonata No 3í), Sonata in D major HWV378
flute, Richard Tunnicliffe cello, Paul Nicholson harpsichord - Rec:
June 1994 and January 2001.
HYPERION CDA67278 [72.30]
overall sound of this recording is sober and not unforgettable. These
works are not masterpieces, and, while they may interest Handel fans,
or those who especially like the flute, there is little to recommend
them to other, curious listeners.
(1732-1809) Piano Sonatas complete
Riko Fukuda, fortepiano Rec: September - October 2000.
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99671 [approx. 10 hours 41 mins]
only are the performances by all the pianists very good, but the sound
puts the instruments in a very flattering context. If you like Haydn's
piano sonatas, you owe yourself to buy this set - it will certainly
change the way you consider these works.
Families - Volume 5
HELSTED Carl (1818-1904)
Symphony No. 1 in D (c.1841/42) Overture
in d (1841) HELSTED Gustav(1857-1924)
Romance for Violin & Orchestra (1888) Concerto for
Cello & Orchestra in C Op.35 (1919)
Karsten Dalsgaard Madsen - Violin Henrik Dam Thomsen - 'Cello Giordano
Bellincampi, conductor The Danish Philharmonic Orchestra, South Jutland.
Recorded Musikhuset, Sonderborg August 2000
DANACORD DACOCD 537 [68.02] [JF]
CD is full of interesting, if slightly uninspiring music. It is an essential
addition to the corpus of Danish works available on CD. 7 out of 10
for the Helsted but full marks plus a gold star for the entire Harmonious
Families CD series!
Gustav HOLST (1874-1934)
Planets, Suite for Orchestra H125 (Op. 35) (1920)
Colin MATTHEWS (1946) Pluto -
The Renewer (2000) Gustav HOLST
(1874-1934) Lyric Movement for Viola and small orchestra
(1933) Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Neptune
from The Planets, H125 (Op. 35) (1920) (with original ending)
Timothy Pooley (viola), Hallé Orchestra and Ladies of the Hallé
Choir - Mark Elder recorded 27 - 28/3/01, in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
- DDD HYPERION CDA67270
is lucky to have been able to record this scoop and hit the market with
Songs for bass and piano - volume 1
Ara Berberian (bass)/Alan Hovhaness (piano) rec c. 1969
CRYSTAL RECORDS CD815 [50.12] [RB]
disc to open ears to Hovhaness's pianism and to Berberian's sturdy devotional
Maki ISHII/Jiri KYLIAN Kaguyahime
Theater; The Circle Ensemble cond. Maki Ishii
Arthaus 100 162 [PAL,
Ishii fuses European and traditional
Japanese music. For this full length ballet he combines western percussion
with Japanese drums, woodwind instruments and Gagaku court music. Jiri
Kylian's choreography is as inventive as followers of his Nederlands
Dans Theaterwill expect and the 1994 production is supported by superb
camera work and lighting. A feast for eyes and ears to See and Hear.
Piano Works Vol. 2 Walzerszenen
op. 45 (1901), 4 Klavierstücke op. 23 (1903), Aus dem Norden op.
18 (1903), Patina op. 64 (1924), Reisebilder op. 7 (1895)
Ernst Breidenbach (pianoforte)
Recorded at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt, 9-13.10.2000
CPO 999 711-2 [79.56] [CH]
mixed bag, and I wonder if it is such a good idea to record "complete"
works as people tend to nowadays
- Prelude and Carnival Op.8 (1916) Schauspiel overture Op.4
(1911) Märchenbilder (Fairytale Pictures) Op.3 (1910) Straussiana
(1953) Theme and variations Op.42 (1953) Tales of Strauss
Op.21 (1927) orch. Kopriva
Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Caspar Richter Recorded Brucknerhaus, Linz,
2001 ASV CD DCA 1108
is a no-holds-barred style and no quarter is given, enjoyable music
with not a dull track anywhere.
Concertos Op 29 & Op 140; Double Concerto
Op 124. Peter Rosenberg
(violin)/Gabriel Rosenberg (piano)/Bamberger Symphoniker/Florian Merz
Rcd: 1998, Konzerthalle, Bamberg]
Koch-Schwann 3-6408-2 [73 mins] [PGW]
- a valuable collection of three concertos involving the violin and
a welcome contribution to the rehabilitation of a prolific, stylistic
chameleon of a composer.
Poèmes Symphoniques En Forêt
Symphonic Poem)(1932) Valse Triste for piano & orchestra
Brocéliande au Matin (1909) La Brière (1926)
of Brittany/Stefan Sanderling Rec. Rennes, September 2000
PIERRE VERANY PV700021 [56.38] [RW]
orchestra of Brittany plays well under the direction of Sanderling and
this disc is nicely presented in an attractive full colour card case
in place of the dull and crackable jewel case.
Families Volume 4 Siegfried LANGGAARD
Concerto No.1 (c.1885) Rued LANGGAARD
(1893-1952) "From Arild" - Piano Concerto (BVN B29) (c.1937)
Oleg Marshev - Piano The
Danish Philharmonic Orchestra, South Jutland. Matthias Aeschbacher,
conductor Recorded Musikhuset, Sonderborg November 1999
DANACORD DACOCD535 [71.45] [JF]
The Siegfried Langgaard Piano Concerto is one
of the very best of romantic works. Up there with the Rachmaninov 2
and the Tchaikovsky 1. This deserves to be known the world over. My
discovery of 2001.
(1857 - 1944) Piano
Trio op. 13 in G minor Sonata for violin and piano op.
24 in E Trio de France
Recorded May 1996 at Radio-France Studio 106
ARION 68360 [75.24] [GP-J]
performances here, by members of the Trio de France are, as I say, wonderfully
convincing, conveying both the music's passion and a belief in its intrinsic
quality. I hope string players (and pianists) will take up these works
and give them the airings they so richly deserve.
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