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Annual Meeting of the Alan Rawsthorne Society 8th & 9th September 2001 Corpus Christi College Oxford
non-members welcome

Arts in residence Great Music in Wonderful Surroundings with Arts in Residence

NEW and RECENT ARTICLES

Malcolm Arnold's 80th Birthday Celebrations

Malcolm Arnold: The Scottish Dances by John France
Benjamin Britten 1913-1976 Ripe for Reassessment? by Roy Brewer
A 20th Century Tower of Babel

This lecture by Seen & Heard's founder and Emeritus Editor, given as part of the International Composers Master Class and Music Week at Bilbao, is a reflection not only of Dr Peter Woolf's personal interest in contemporary music but of his international standing as a critic on the subject. AN UNSUNG MODERNIST An Introduction to the music of Denis ApIvor by David Hackbridge Johnson
WHAT DOES A CLASSICAL DJ DO BETWEEN SELECTIONS? An insiders story from behind the microphone by Jim Stokes
THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC Reflections of a music publisher by Ernst Roth

Arthur Butterworth Writes: Musical Sports Days
HOW I CAME TO KNOW THE MUSIC OF EDMUND RUBBRA by Gary
Higginson
Music and the Brontes by Phil Scowcroft
Music and the Forsyte Saga by Phil Scowcroft
Horse Racing and Music by Phil Scowcroft

Music and the Lake District by Phil Scowcroft
British Composers in Literature by Phil Scowcroft
Music and J.B.Priestley by Phil Scowcroft
Robin Hood in Music by Phil Scowcroft


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There are 100 CD reviews for September on the next few pages

BOOK REVIEW

Julian Lloyd Webber - Married to Music
The Authorised biography by Margaret Campbell
Robson Books. 16:95. 206 pages hardback ISBN 1-86105-400-9

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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

DVD REVIEW
Richard WAGNER
(1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde (1856-1859) Isolde - Birgit Nilsson (sop) Tristan - Jon Vickers (ten) King Marke - Bengt Rundgren (bass) Kurwenal - Walter Berry (bar) Brangäne - Ruth Hesse (mez) Stanley Unruh - Melot (ten) Horst Laubenthal - Shepherd, Steersman & Sailor (ten) Orchestre National de l'ORTF & New Philharmonia Chorus, Karl Böhm Recorded on 7 July 1973 at a public performance, Orange, France DREAMLIFE CORPORATION [DLVC - 1019], [213 minutes] single DVD, Region encoded 0, NTSC format. Full Price [MB]

A simply fabulous historical document that catches breathtaking performances on the wing. It is unlikely to be surpassed.


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

Carlos CHAVEZ (1899-1978) The Complete Symphonies:- Nos. 1 (Sinfonia de Antigona); 2 (Sinfonia India); 3; 4 (Sinfonia Romantica); 5; 6 London Symphony Orchestra/Eduardo Mata
rec. 1981 VOX BOX CDX 5061 (2 discs, DDD) [135.01] £9.99 [PS]

With the exception of the popular Sinfonia India, these symphonies, contrapuntally complex as well as colourful, reveal Chavez to be both a serious symphonist and arguably Mexico's answer to J. S. Bach. The composer's compatriot, Eduardo Mata, gets the LSO players right on the edges of their seats, and the recording is spot on. This "cheap and cheerful" Vox Box would still be cheap at twice the price

Richard WAGNER Parsifal George London (A mfortas), Martti Talvela (Titurel), Hans Hotter (Gurnemanz), Jess Thomas (Parsifal), Gustav Neidlinger (Klingsor), Irene Dalis (Kundry) Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival Conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch Recorded live in the Festspielhaus at the 1962 Bayreuth Festival PHILIPS 50 GREAT RECORDINGS 464 756-2 4 CDs [250.12] [TD]

In so much as any recording can be called definitive, this is the definitive Parsifal. I doubt if it will ever be equalled

GREAT VOICES OF THE OPERA VOLUMES I, II AND III 1905-46, 1901-46, 1905-1949 120CDs see review for details

With the under-a-pound price for each disk and the wealth of repertory this is, for the opera buff, an astonishing purchase. If you have never heard the French baritone Gérard Souzay, for example (Box 2, Disk Case 15), this discovery alone could be worth the price of the entire set.

 


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