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Benno Moiseiwitsch Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto No 2 - Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano - London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Constant Lambert, November 1939 (Liszt) - London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Basil Cameron, April 1947 (Saint-Saens) - Hallé Orchestra conducted by Leslie Heward, October 1941 (Grieg) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110683 [64’43] [JW]

Accustomed sensitivity, weight of tonal resources and structural acuity brought to bear on these works. … see Full Review

MUSIC AND ART IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE 1. Anon. Saltarello el francosin 2. A. Coppini Tanto è la donna mia 3. Josquin Des Prez A l’heure que je vous 4, Anon. Rompeltier 5. Anon. Helas la fille Guillemin 6. B. Tromboncino Hor che’l ciel e la terra 7. J. Japart Amours amours amours 8. L Compère Le grant désir 9, A. Busnois Je ne fay plus 10. Anon. Dit le burguygnon 11. A Bruhier Latura tu 12. Anon. Pavana el bisson 13. Anon. Gagliarda la traditora 14. Anon. Se mai per maraviglia 15. J. A. Dalza Pavana alla venetiana 16. J. A. Dalza Saltarello 17. J. A. Dalza Piva 18. B. Tromboncino Vergine bella 19. Anon. Petits vriens 20. Anon. Hor oires un chanson 21. H. Isaac La morra 22. M. Cara Hor vendut’ ho la speranza Recordings made in St George’s Church, Chesterton, Cambridge on 28-30 April 1997 Concordia directed by Mark Levy METRONOME CD 1023 [72’27"] [PW]

A good gift for someone unfamiliar with the repertoire, but is possibly too much of a potpourri to be of much use to the Florentine aficionado. … see Full Review

New Zealand Composers Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Aotearoa Overture (1940) Anthony WATSON (1933-1973) Prelude and Allegro for Strings (1960) Anthony RITCHIE (b.1960) The Hanging Bulb (1989) Christopher BLAKE (b.1949) Till Human Voices Wake Us (1986) Gillian WHITEHEAD (b.1941) Resurgences (1989) Jenny McLEOD (b.1941) Little Symphony (1963) David FARQUHAR (b.1928) A short suite from "Ring Around the Moon" (1975) Larry PRUDEN (1925-1982) Harbour Nocturne (mid-1950s) (no specific given) Edwin CARR (b.1926) The Snow Maiden (1963) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Young Recorded, with the support of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Toi Aotearoa) in Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand, date not stated, disc released 1995 CONTINUUM CCD 1073-2 [61.09+62.57] [NH]

An interesting overview of the recent Antipodean classical scene, revealing some true unknown gems….See Full review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH NOS SOUVENIRS Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Rêve d’enfant, Op. 14 Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in A major, Op.13 Ernst CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Nos souvenirs Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) Sérénade espagnole César FRANCK (1822-1890) Sonata for violin and piano in A major Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Beau soir Laurent Korcia (violin) Jean-Marc Luisada (piano) Recorded in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 19-23 April, 2001 RCA RED SEAL 74321 877622 [69.00] [TH]

Subtlety and understatement, saving the virtuosic swagger and panache for the suitable climactic points. … see Full Review

(The) Queen's Goodnight: Tudor to Jacobean Instrumental Music - John JOHNSON (fl. 1579-1594): A Dump or The Queenes Treble - John DOWLAND (1563-1626): A Pavion Solus cum sola. - ANONYMOUS: Robin is to the Greenwood gone - Edward JOHNSON (fl. 1572-1601): A Medley. - Richard ALLISON (b. 1560-70, d. before 1610): Allison's Knell. - ANONYMOUS: Artheres Dump - Thomas ROBINSON (fl. 1589-1609): Twenty Waies upon the Bels - Thomas ROBINSON: The Queenes good Night - John DOWLAND: The most sacred Queene Elizabeth her Galliard - Giles FARNABY (c. 1563-1640): Rest - Tobias HUME (c. 1579-1645): Lamentations. - William BYRD (1540-1623): The Bells - Tobias HUME: Deth - Tobias HUME: Life - Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625): Fantasia - William CORKINE (fl. 1610-17) & Orlando GIBBONS: Whoope, doe me no harme good man. - John JOHNSON: The New Hunt is upp - ANONYMOUS: The Scottish Huntsupe & Jigg Charivari agréable (Susanne Heinrich - Treble, Tenor and Bass Viols; Kah-Ming Ng - Keyboards; Lynda Sayce - Lute) - Recorded at Hertford College, Oxford, April 2002  SIGNUM SIGCD020 [69.00] [PGW]

Heinrich/Ng/Sayce are in a fully comparable bracket of excellence with Cortot/Thibaud/Casals. … see Full Review

REJOICE; Sacred Choral Music Through the Ages Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones Recorded 24-26 November 2000, Chapel of Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne. ABC CLASSICS 472 310-2 [58’13"] [JP]

A lot of fine singing though a cautious welcome … a certain lack of intimacy in these very inward looking works … see Full Review

RUSH Stephen MACKEY (born 1956) Feels So Baaada Martin WESLEY-SMITH (born 1945) For Marimba and Tape Mark GLENTWORTH Blues for Gilbert Graham INSTRALL Chasmb Relatec David HORNE (born 1970) Rush Piers HELLAWELL (born 1956) Let’s Dance Daniella Ganeva (percussion); Graham Instrall (percussion)abc; David Le Page (violin)a; Mike Watkinson (electric guitar)a; Cantata Youth Choirb; Michael Kibblewhite (conductor)bRecorded: St Silas’ Presbytery, Chalk Farm, London, January 1997 GMN C 0111 [60:07] [HC]

I approached this with much trepidation and was slightly disappointed. This has nothing to do with Daniella Ganeva’s technical and performing skills … see Full Review

Victor de Sabata Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto op.77 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no.5 op.67 Nathan Milstein (violin) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Victor de Sabata Recorded live in Carnegie Hall, New York, 16 March 1950 TAHRA TAH449 [69’57"] [PQ]

A quite superhuman accuracy of intonation … phrase after phrase rings true … see Full Review

SACRED BRASS: Works by PALESTRINA, ALLEGRI, and GESUALDO - Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) Ascendo ad Patrem - Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere - Carlo GESUALDO (c1560-1613) Io parto e non piu dissi, Io pur respiro, Resta di darmi noia, Moro, lasso; Palestrina Exultate Deo, Missa Ascendo ad Patrem. The Canadian Brass (Jens Lindemann and Ronald Romm, trumpets, Christopher Cooper, horn, Eugene Watts, trombone, Charles Daellenbach, contrabass trombone. Vocal soloists: Ariel Harwood Jones, soprano, Mary Beth Daellenbach, mezzo-soprano, Laura Pudwell, alto, David Arnot, tenor, John Pepper, bass. Ivars Taurtins, conductor. Recorded at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, June 21-23, 1999. DDD RCA RED SEAL 09026-638682 [62’24] [KS]

Perry Mason couldn’t acquit this one. … see Full Review

Andrew SHORE (baritone) Great Operatic Arias. (Sung in English). The Elixir of Love, DONIZETTI - 1 Attention! Attention! You country folk!, 2 Good doctor, beg your pardon – It was Tristan who employed it with Barry Banks (Nemorino), 3 How he loved me! – With a look of love and laughter with Mary Plazas (Adina) Act II finale, 4 It will give you cheeks like peaches with Mary Plazas (Adina), Barry Banks (Nemorino) Ashley Holland (Belcore) and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir - The Barber of Seville, ROSSINI - 5 Dare you offer such excuses - The Italian Girl in Algiers, ROSSINI - 6 All the changes in my fortune – All, yes, as friends united with Della Jones (Isabella) - Don Giovanni, MOZART - 7 Leporello’s Catalogue Aria - Don Pasquale, DONIZETTI - 8 She'll he here by midday – Quite unexpectedly passions inflame me with Jason Howard (Malatesta), 9 Well, good evening! You're in a hurry with Lynne Dawson (Norina), 10 Our brother – a living corpse is standing here before you with Jason Howard (Malatesta) - Falstaff, VERDI - 11 Honour Monologue
Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and ENO Orchestra, with various conductors - Recorded 1994-2000, in Blackheath Halls, London (except track 5 in Goldsmiths College, London). CHANDOS Opera in English Series CHAN 3077 [70.40] [RJF]

A deserved tribute to a very fine English singer actor who has given much pleasure on disc and in the theatre, and who has we hope much more to give. … see Full Review

Un Siècle De Mélodies FrançaisesEmmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894)
L’Île heureuse, Les cigales, Villanelle des petits canards, Ballade des gros dindons, Lied, Chanson pour Jean Charles GOUNOD (1801-1893) Ah! Ma belle rebelle, Venise, Ce que je suis sans toi, Les gazons sont verts Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) 3 Ballades de François Villon Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Histoires naturelles Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Voyage à Paris, La grenouillère, Le disparu, Dernier poème, Fêtes galantes, Nuage Erik SATIE (1866-1925) La statue de bronze, Daphénéo, Le chapelier Franck Leguérinel (baritone), Irène Aïtoff (piano) Rec. July 1992 at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, using a 1930 Pleyel grand piano ARION ARN 68215 [69’09"] [CH]

A thoroughly recommendable disc of mélodies which sees a promising young baritone in the company of an 88-year-old grande dame. … see Full Review
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Seven Suites Of Swedish Folk Tunes 1-8 Dalasvit I (Dalecarlian Suite No.1) 9-16 Svit från Jämtland (Suite from Jämtland) 17-23 Svit från Värmland (Suite from Värmland) for lute mandorée 24-29 Svit från Uppland (Suite from Uppland) 30-38 Hälsingesvit I (Hälsing Suite No.1) for guitar 39-42 Hälsingesvit II (Hälsing Suite No.2) 43-48 Dalasvit II (Dalecarlian Suite No.2) Jakob Lindberg (lute and guitar) rec Sweden 2001 BIS-CD-1199 [64.00?] [AD]

Further justifies Jakob Lindberg’s position as one of the leading lutenists of his generation … see Full Review

THREE BY RAMBERT Intimate Pages, Choreography by Christopher Bruce, Music by Janacek Lonely Town, Lonely Street, Choreography by Robert North, Music written and performed by Bill Withers Sergeant Early’s Dream, Choreography by Christopher Bruce Rambert Dance Company, directed and produced by Thomas Grimm. Recorded by DANMARKS RADIO ADR / RM ARTS Co-Production in Association with CHANNEL FOUR Photography CATHERINE ASHMORE Recorded 1986
DVD Aspect ratio 4:3 ARTHAUS MUSIK 100284 (101 minutes) [DD]

I believe that the entire disc makes an ideal, well balanced introduction to the modern dance form (not a tutu in sight), and will give pleasure to tyro and expert alike... see Full Review

TrioMats Tribute: Contemporary Swedish Piano Trios Anders NILSSON (b.1954) Piano Trio (1998) Sven-David SANDSTRÖM (b.1942) Fantasia (1989) Johann JEVERUD (b.1962) Chamber Music Chapter 2 (1990) Gösta F HANSSON (b.1957) Tribute (2002) Mats Widlund; Mats Rondin, Mats Zetterqvist Recorded in Berwaldhallen, Jan 2001 and Swedish Radio S2 Feb 2002 DAPHNE 1015 [58.01] [GH]

Keep a good look out for these superb young musicians. … see Full Review

"Two Upon A Ground" - Christopher SIMPSON: Divisions in A, F, F & G. Thomas TOMKINS: Voluntary, Prelude, What is a Day, Worster Brawls. Godfrey FINGER: Division on C; Sonata Solo in G. John JENKINS: Divisions in C & A. Matthew LOCKE: Fantazia and Courant. E GAILTIER: La Pompe Funebre. Tobias HUME: Love’s Farewell; Pavan. PURCELL: Two in One Upon a Ground. Charivari Agréable SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD 007 [78’28"] [PLS]

Performed in admirable style. Lawes, Locke and, despite their relatively limited field, Simpson and Jenkins, deserve to be remembered. … see Full Review

BRUNO WALTER

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97) Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter Recorded "live" at the Titania Palast, Berlin on 25th September 1950 TAHRA TAH452 [63.33] [TD]

The Brahms offers a performance of great stature. … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.8 "Unfinished" D759 Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.1 in D minor Bavarian State Orchestra/Bruno Walter Recorded "live" at the Kongresssaal des Deutsches Museums in Munich on 2nd October 1950 ORFEO D’OR C562021B [72.43] [TD]

As a piece of history in sound I found these performances fascinating and very enjoyable. … see Full Review

THE WALTZ ALBUM: CLÉLIA IRUZUN - Waltzes for the piano - CHOPIN Grande Valse Brillante Op.34 No.1/ Valse Op.69 No.1; WEBER Invitation to the Waltz Op.65; VILLA-LOBOS Valsa da dor; MIGNONE Valse de Esquina No.1; FERNANDEZ Valsa Suburbana Op.70; GRANADOS Valses Poeticos; BRAHMS Waltz Op.39 No.15; GODOWSKY Alt-Wien; J STRAUSS/A SCHULZ-EVLER Arabesques on the Blue Danube Waltz; LEVITZKI Valse de Concert; LISZT Mephisto Waltz No.1 Clélia Iruzun (piano) - Recorded at Swedish Radio, Göteborg on May 14th & 16th 2001 INTIM MUSIK IMCD077 [75’29"] [CF]

A mix of the familiar with comparative rarities such as Mignone and Fernando; an apt choice by this talented young Brazilian pianist. … see Full Review

BOOK REVIEWS

WILLIAM S. GILBERT (1838-1910) and ARTHUR S. SULLIVAN (1842-1900): A MOST INGENIOUS PARADOX - The Art of Gilbert & Sullivan by Gayden Wren Oxford University Press: ISBN 0-19-514514-3 pp396 £25

Wren is a gifted writer and gives his honest views with confidence, providing clear style of presentation, clarity of description and much to get one thinking. … see Full Review

William WALTON The Romantic Loner A centenary Portrait Album By Humphrey Burton and Maureen Murray OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. Hardback. 182 pages. ISBN 0-19-816235-9 £25

For film music fans and lovers of Walton’s music, highly recommended – a coffee table format book to be treasured. … see Full Review

 

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