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20th CENTURY MUSIC FOR CLARINET AND PIANO FROM THE BRITISH ISLES Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907 – 1994) Fantasia (1979) Anthony POWERS (born 1953) Sea/Air (1985) Piers HELLAWELL (born 1956) High Citadels (1994) Harrison BIRTWISTLE (born 1934) Verses (1965) Richard Rodney BENNETT (born 1936) Scena III (1977) Hugh WOOD (born 1932) Paraphrase on Birds of Paradise Op.26 (1985) Gordon CROSSE (born 1937) A Year and a Day (1979) Martin BUTLER (born 1960) Capistrano Song (1984) Michael BERKELEY (born 1948) Flighting (1987) Kate Romano (clarinet); Alan Hicks (piano) Recorded: Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, July 1995 and March 1996 METIER MSV CD92013 [68:44] [HC]

Kate Romano, a wonderfully equipped musician, flawless technique and consummate musicianship. Well-thought out survey of the variety achieved by very different composers. … see Full Review


AFTER MOZART Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART 1756-1791) Serenata Notturno in D major, K.239 (1776) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G major, K.525 (1787) - Leopold MOZART (1719-1787) Kinder-Symphonie in C major (c. 1760) - Alexander RASTAKOV (b.1953) 5 Min. aus dem Leben von W.A.M. (1999) - Valentin SILVESTROV (b.1937) The Messenger (1996) - Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Moz-Art à la Haydn (1997) Kremeratica Baltica/Gidon Kremer - Recorded at various venues in Germany and Austria between October 1999 and June 2000 DDD NONESUCH 7559-79633-2 [66.26] [TH]

An absorbing experience, a witty and imaginative attempt to set Mozart ‘in the frame of our own time’ … see Full Review

Roberto ALAGNA (tenor) "BEL-CANTO" Arias from operas by:– BELLINI (La sonnambula, Norma, I puritani, and Il pirata) DONIZETTI (Poliuto, La Favorite, Don Pasquale, Roberto Devereux, Dom Sebastien, L'Elisir d'amore, La Fille du Régiment). London Voices London Philharmonic Orchestra/Evelino Pido - Recorded 1999. No 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. Full price. EMI CLASSICS 7243 3 557302 [67.13] [RJF]

I wonder if the fact that the recording sessions were in the autumn of 1999, and the disc is only just released, indicates that others had reservations too? … see Full Review

ALMA LATINA - Electroacoustic Music from Latin America - Edited by M. Rosas Cobian and Odaline de la Martinez M. Rosas COBIAN: Gato’s Raid Agustin FERNENDEZ:Silent Towers Rajmil FISCHMAN: Alma Latina Gabriela ORTIZ: Five Micro Études for tape Mario VERANDI: Dancescape M. Rosas COBIAN: Urbis #4; 2nd Run; Martellato/FYSOB; Cool/Bias
DDD LORELT LNT 113 [71:57] [US]

Full of inspiration, surprises and a wide range of ‘acousmatic’ music, ranging from the eclectic use of dance forms to the most sublime minimalism. … see Full Review

AMERICAN ANTHEM Popular Songs and music performed by Denyce Graves, Boston Pops Orchestra, James Galway and others. Denyce Graves, soprano DDD/ADD RCA BMG 09026 63888 2 [60.04] [RB]

A contrasted collection of American popular classics predominantly choral or at least vocal. ... see Full Review

Arias For Farinelli - Riccardo BROSCHI (c. 1701-1756): Idaspe: "Qual guerriero in campo armato" Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano) Akademie fur Alte Musik (Berlin) Rene Jacobs, conductor DDD HARMONIA MUNDI SP 068 [7'45"] [CMG]

Genaux, whose timbre and vocal production are somewhat reminiscent of Horne's in her youth, does her mentor proud … see Full Review

Wilhelm BACKHAUS - Complete British Acoustic Recordings 1908-25 - Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in C sharp Minor - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liebestraum No 3 - Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 - Georg Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Harmonious Blacksmith - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Prelude Op 28 No 1, Etude Op 10 No1, Fantasy-Impromptu Op 66, Etude Op 25 No 8, Etude Op 25 No 9, Etude Op 10 No 5, Etude Op 25 No 6, Etude No 25 No 1, Waltz Op 70 No 1, Waltz in E Op posthumous, Waltz Op 42, Etude Op 10 No 7, Waltz Op 64 No 1, Polonaise Op 53, Waltz Op 42, Berceuse Op 57 - Eduard GRIEG (1843-1907) Norwegian Bridal Procession, Concerto Movements 1 and 3 – abridged - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Sonata No 1 – Perpetuum mobile - Niccolo PAGANINI - arr LISZT (1782-1840) La Campanella - J S BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue No 3 - SEELING Etude in E flat Minor Op 10 No 12 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Novelette Op 21 No 7, Wildmung arr LISZT, Traumeswirren - Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Polka in F - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in F l188, Sonata in G L490 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment Musicale, Hark Hark the Lark arr LISZT - Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) arr DOHNANYI - Naila Waltz - Moritz MOSKOWSKI Caprice Espagnole Op 37 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) arr BACKHAUS Don Juan Serenade - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a theme of Paganini - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) arr HUTCHESON A Midsummer Night’s Scherzo - Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Triana (Iberia No 6) Wilhelm Backhaus, piano - Recorded 1908-1928 PEARL GEMS 0102 [2 CDs: 148’26] [JW]

These records will show you why Backhaus’s contemporaries held him in such esteem and why he continues to hold a sovereign place in the history of the piano. … see Full Review

Janet BAKER (b. 1933) The Very Best of Janet Baker CD1 J.S. Bach – Bereite dich Zion from the ‘Christmas Oratorio’, Handel – He was despised from ‘Messiah’, Mendelssohn – O rest in the Lord from ‘Elijah', Brahms – Alto Rhapsody, Mahler – Ich bin der Welt abhandonen gekommen, Duparc – L’invitation au voyage, Duruflé – Pie Jesu from Requiem
Elgar – Sea Pictures, Elgar – The Angel’s Farewell from ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ - CD2 Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea, Britten – Corpus Christi Carol, Warlock – Pretty Ring Time , Fauré: Prison; Soir; Clair de Lune, Schubert: Ave Maria; Gretchen; Wiegenlied; Die Forelle; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; An die Musik; An Sylvia; Nacht und Träume; Heidenröslein; Du bist die Ruh, Mendelssohn – Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Schumann: Mondnacht; Du Ring an meinem finger; Geistliches Wiegenlied, Richard Strauss: Befreit; Morgen Dame Janet Baker CH, mezzo-soprano, with various artists - Recorded at many different times and places throughout her career EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 75069 2 2 [2CDs: 79:00+76:04] [GPJ]

A fitting and musically satisfying recollection of a truly great artist, who gave everything she had to her public … see Full Review

Daniel Barenboim: Pierre BOULEZ (born 1925) Notations I-IV Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) The Three-Cornered Hat - Elisabéte Matos (mezzo-soprano) Chicago Symphony Orchestra Daniel Barenboim (conductor) Recorded live at the Kölner Philharmonie, 27-28 April 2000 TDK DV-MTKBA [PQ]

‘We have to be aware of the past but we must not be prisoners of the past’, concludes Boulez, and he appears to have learnt from his words better than any of his contemporaries. … see Full Review

Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler (1863-1927) - Reproducing Piano Rolls 1908-24 - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo op 31, Nocturne op 27 no 2, Nocturne op 48, Scherzo op 20, Waltz op 70 no 1, Waltz op 64 no 1, Piano Sonata op 35 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata op 111 - Ruins of Athens March transcribed Anton Rubinstein - Moritz MOSKOWSKI La Jongleuse, Frühling - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Pastorale transcribed Tausig - Capriccio transcribed Tausig - Howard BROCKWAY
Serenade - Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Barcarolle op 30 no 1 - Eduard SCHUTT (1856-1933) Croquis et Silhouettes op 87 no 4 - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without words op 62 no 4 - Cecile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) La Retour op 134 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Rhapsody op 119 no 4 - Eugen D’ALBERT (1864-1932) Suite op 1, Gavotte and Musette - J S BACH (1685-1750) Organ Toccata and Fugue transcribed Tausig

Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, piano - Reproducing Piano Rolls, recorded 1908-24 PIERIAN 003-004 [2 CDs 132’16] [JW]

A sometimes uneven but always engaging musician, of splendid technique, high imagination and vibrant musicality. … see Full Review

BREAM: Adagios - Guitar favourites for romantic daydreams DEBUSSY Claire de lune DEBUSSY Reverie RAVEL Pavane for a dead Princess FAURÉ Berceuse (from the "Dolly Suite", Op.56) VIVALDI Largo (from "Concerto in D" for lute and strings, RV93) VIVALDI Andante (from "Concerto in G" for lute and strings, RV532) RODRIGO Españoleta (from "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre") RODRIGO Adagio (from "Concierto de Aranjuez") BOCCHERINI Adagio (from "Guitar Quintet in E minor", G, 451) GIULIANI Andante siciliano (from "Guitar Concerto in A", Op.30) SOR Cantabile (from "L’Encouragement", Op.34) CIMAROSA Sonata in C sharp minor CARULLI Larghetto (from "Serenade in A", Op.96) FAURÉ Dolly’s Garden (from the "Dolly Suite", Op.56) FAURÉ Tendresse (from the "Dolly Suite", Op. 56) Julian Bream – guitar RCA VICTOR 09026 63905 [71:44] [AD]

Will appeal to those who want music that is easy on the ear, relaxing and not too demanding in its appreciation. … see Full Review

Carnaval des Animaux - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Le Carnaval des Animaux (1886] [23’16"] Marc MATTHYS (b.1956) Camel Caravan [6’08"] Jan HUYLEBROECK (b.1956) Cortège des espèces bien mortes [9’42"] Frits CELIS (b.1929) Elégie pour un faun [9’31"] Petra VERMOTE (b.1968) Drakemie [2’50"] Roland CORYN (b.1938) Elephantasia [6’35"] Boudewijn BUCKINX (b.1945) Konijn [4’42"] Yves BONDUE (b.1966) Kameleon [6’37"] Lucien POSMAN (b.1952) Pauw [5’07"] Arco Balena Ensemble Recorded at Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium in October - November 2001 DEXIA codaex CX4003 [74.27] [JP]

In all these pieces the Ensemble gives very professional performances. An interesting disc; more for modernists than pure classicists. … see Full Review

Alicia de Larrocha: Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Songs without Words - Op. 19 No. 1 in E, Op. 102 No.3 in C, Op. 38 No.6 in A flat ‘Duetto’, Op. 67 No.4 in C ‘Spinning Song’, Caprice Op.33 No.1 in A minor Variations sérieuses, Op.54 in D minor - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-49) Nocturne Op.32 No.1 in B, Barcarolle Op.60 in F sharp, Berceuse Op.57 in D flat, Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61 in A flat Alicia de Larrocha (piano) Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, December 5–6, 1995 (Mendelssohn), August 3-4, 1997 (Chopin) DDD RCA RED SEAL 09026 68959 2 [63.15] [TH]

I’m afraid we get safety first, with any poetic vision or fiery temperament only fleetingly glimpsed. … see Full Review

The Eberle Quartet Philip GATES String Quartet No. 1 in A minor - Frank BRIDGE Three Idylls, Novelletten - Samuel BARBER String Quartet Op.11 The Eberle Quartet (Daphne Moody and Jennifer Gibbs - violins, Moira Alabaster - viola, Muriel Daniels - cello).
Recorded at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda's College, Oxford 28th - 30th January 1997 NAIM NAIMCD019 [58.30] [NH]

The all female Eberle quartet introduce an accessible and talented new voice … see Full Review

English Oboe Concertos Michael HURD (b. 1928) Concerto da Camera Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-88) Oboe Concerto (1953) William BLEZARD (b.1921) Two Celtic Pieces John GARDNER (b.1917) Oboe Concerto (1990) Philip LANE (b. 1950) Three Spanish Dances (1981) Jill Crowther (oboe) English Northern Philharmonia/Alan Cuckston rec Leeds 2000 ASV WHITELINE CD WHL 2130 [64.58] [PS]

Jill Crowther is a splendid advocate for this little known music. … see Full Review

Mischa Elman The Art of Mischa Elman Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Slavonic Rhapsody, La Precieuse Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Russian Dance Op 40 No 10 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La plus que lente Christopher Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Largo William KROLL (1901-1980) Juanita Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) From San Domingo Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) From My Homeland No 2 Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Berceuse Cesar ESPEJO Airs, Tziganes Mischa Elman, violin Joseph Seiger, piano Recorded New York 1966 VANGUARD CLASSICS SVC-126 [47’36] [JW]

It’s a study in decline, the Last Testament of a once great individualist. … see Full Review

European Concert 2000 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat major, Op. 19 (1793, rev 1794-95) Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, OP. 125 (1822-24) Mikhail Pletnev, piano - Karita Mattila, mezzo-soprano, Violeta Urmana, alto, Thmas Moser, tenor, Eike Wilm Schulte, Baritone, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (Chorus master – Tonu Kaljuste) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado. recorded in the Philharmonie, Berlin, 1st May, 2000 - Video directed by Bob Cole. [90 minutes (main programme) + 28 minutes documentary] TDK DVD – EC10A [JP]

Edge of the seat playing, with all desks showing a concentration which is missing from many other orchestras. … see Full Review

EUROPEAN CONCERT 1996 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1832) Romances 1 and 2 for Violin and Orchestra (1802 and 1798) Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 (1812) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 - 1953) Excerpts from Romeo And Juliet – Ballet (1938) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Aleko’s Cavatina from Aleko, (1893) Anatoly Kocherga, Baritone (Rachmaninov), Kolja Blacher, Violin, (Beethoven) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado. recorded in the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1st May 1996. Video directed by Brian Large. TDK DVD - ECSPE [89 minutes (main programme) + 20 minutes documentary]. [JP]

The overall impression of this DVD is one of immense pleasure … see Full Review

European Concert 1998: Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883) The Flying Dutchman – Overture (1843) - Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) The Tempest, Op. 18 (1873) Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Three Nocturnes (1900) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Quattro Pezzi Sacri (1898) - Swedish Radio Choir and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (Debussy and Verdi) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado. recorded in the Vasa Museum, Stockholm, 1st May, 1998. Video directed by Bob Coles. TDK DVD - STOCK [99 minutes (main programme) + 19 minutes documentary] [JP]

A superb example of the video music event. This issue fires the imagination in tremendous fashion. … see Full Review

Andor FOLDES The Tono Recordings - 1950-51 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata Op 12 Pathétique Sonata Op 78 Sonata Op 79 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Abegg, Variations, Papillons, Aufschwung, Fantasiestücke Op 12/2) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Rhapsody in G minor Op 79/2 Intermezzo in E Flat Op 117/1 Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltz in A Flat Op 34/1 Polonaise in A Op 40/1 Andor Foldes, piano Recorded Bispebjerg Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 1950-51 APR 5580 [72’05] [JW]

Important that these long unavailable recordings are once more open to scrutiny and investigation. … see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: FERENC FRICSAY Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) L'Apprenti sorcier Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Rec 14 November 1961, Grosser Sendesaal, Berlin Zoltán KODALY (1882-1967) Dances of Galánta Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rec August 1961, Salzburg Festival Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 9 RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin Rec 30 April & 3 May 1954, Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphonic Metamorphoses of themes of Carl Maria von Weber RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin Rec 3-4 June 1952, Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Waltz: The Artist's Life RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin Rec 6 June 1950, Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Overture: Leonore No. 3 Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Rec 5 February 1961, Grosser Sendesaal, Berlin Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Overture: Cosí fan tutte RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin Rec 18 January 1951, Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS CZS 5 75109 2 [2CDs: 79.35, 77.32] Midprice

The issue with these performances tends to come back to the quality of the recorded sound, which, as I have tried to explain, is variable. … see Full Review

Italian Harp Music Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Andante and variations [5.09] Giovanni Battista VIOTTI (1755-1824) Sonata for Harp [16.42] Francesco POLLINI (1762-1843) Capriccio and aria with variations [11.26] Theme and variations [6.03] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Allegretto [1.12] Sonata for Harp [2.26] Andante and variations for Violin* and Harp [4.35] Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Sonata for Violin* and Harp [3.50] Nicolas Charles BOCHSA (1789-1856) Fantasia on Bellini’s ‘I Capuleti e Montecchi’ [5.24] Marianna CRETI DE ROCCHIS (1822?-1890?) Fantasia on Bellini’s ‘Casta Diva’ [8.56] Claudia Antonelli (harp), with *Alberto Ambrosini (violin) DDD: recorded in Montepulciano Siena, 18-20 August 1996 NAXOS 8.554252 [65.42] [PJL]

A pleasant package, especially at the always-tempting Naxos price. … see Full Review

Myra Hess. Live recordings from the University of Illinois - Volume 1 Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Fantasie in F minor op. 49 Waltz No 1 in E flat op. 18 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata No 21 in B flat D960 German Dances – selection Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Intermezzo in C Op.119/3 Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in G, L387 Myra Hess, piano Recorded University of Illinois, 17 and 18 March 1949 APR 5520 [69’39] [JW]

A splendid start to a major series and unreservedly recommended. … see Full Review

Myra Hess. Live recordings from the University of Illinois. Volume 2 Ludwig Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No 21 in C K467 Repeat of Finale Piano Concerto No 9 in E Flat K271 Closing speech Myra Hess, piano University of Illinois Sinfonietta/John M Kuypers Recorded 17 and 18 March 1949 APR 5539 [66’53] [JW]

Hess, at fifty-nine, playing her beloved Mozart in the most congenial of surroundings and still in infectiously good form. … see Full Review

Myra Hess. Live recordings from the University of Illinois. Volume 3 J S BACH (1685-1750) Partita No 4 BWV 828 French Suite No 5 BWV 816 – Gigue Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No 17 Op.31/2 Tempest Eduard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Op.16 – First Movement * Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etudes Op.25 Nos 1 and 3 Myra Hess, piano Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Kolar * Recorded 18 March 1949 (Bach Partita No 4, Beethoven) and 7 March 1937 Ford Sunday Evening Hour Broadcast (Grieg, Chopin, Bach French Suite – Gigue) APR 5549 [68’51] [JW]

Hess on buoyant and generous form … see Full Review

GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE 20th CENTURY: 10 SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY (1874-1951) Peter Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony no. 5 in e minor, op. 64 (1) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Isle of the Dead, op. 29 (2) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mephisto Waltz no. 1 (3) Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony no. 7 in C, op. 105 (4) Roy HARRIS (1898-1979) Symphony no. 3 (5) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no. 5 in c minor, op. 67 (6) Boston Symphony Orchestra (1, 2, 3, 5), BBC Symphony Orchestra (4), London Philharmonic Orchestra (6)/Serge Koussevitzky Locations: Symphony Hall, Boston (1, 2, 3, 5), Queen’s Hall, London (4, recorded live), Abbey Road Studios, London (6) Dates: 22 Nov. 1944 (1), 23 April 1945 (2), 8 May 1936 (3), 1 May 1933 (4), 8 Nov. 1939 (5), 3-4 Sep. 1934 (6) EMI CLASSICS CZS 5 75118 2 [2 CDs: 77’ 36"+71’ 04"] [CH]

An enthusiastic recommendation for some wonderful music-making. I seemed to be hearing Tchaikovsky 5 for the first time. … see Full Review

GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE 20th CENTURY 12: IGOR MARKEVICH Piotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony, op. 58 (1) Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) A Life for the Tsar: Overture, Polonaise, Krakowiak, Waltz (2) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Forza del Destino: Overture (3) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer (4) Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España (5) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis and Chloë: Suite no. 2 (6) (live) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28 (7) (live) Belgrade Opera Chorus (2), North German Radio Chorus (6), French National Radio Orchestra (7), Lamoureux Orchestra (2, 4), London Symphony Orchestra (1), New Philharmonia Orchestra (3), North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (6), Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (5)/Igor Markevich EMI CLASSICS CZS 5 75124 2 [2 CDs: 77’ 49", 74’ 50"] [CH]

The inner tensions behind this music-making create enthralling if exhausting listening. In the case of the Tchaikovsky this makes for a classic performance. … see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: EUGENE ORMANDY - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 Philadelphia Orchestra - Rec 25 October 1967, Town Hall, Philadelphia - Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Rec 12 June 1959, Kongressaal, Deutsches Museum, Munich - Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Im Sommerwind Philadelphia Orchestra - Rec 17 February 1963, Town Hall, Philadelphia - Dimitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Overture: Colas Breugnon - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Rec 15 November 1965, Studio P1, Bavarian Radio, Munich - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 2 Philadelphia Orchestra - Rec 18-19 December 1973, Scottish Tite Cathedral, Philadelphia - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Return of Lemminkainen Philadelphia Orchestra - Rec 20 February 1978, The Old Met, Philadelphia EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS CZ5 75127 2 [2CDs: 70.36, 67.35] [TB]

Rachmaninov 2: a fine performance sumptuously recorded - no lack of expressive emotional tension … see Full Review

DE ANGELIS De angelis Schola Cantorum Riga Raimonds Tiguls, keyboards Rec: No information given. UPE CLASSICS 4750404002822 [38.54] [KM]

All the charm of elevator music or background music for spiritual supermarkets. … see Full Review

Eastertide – Music for lent, Passiontide and Easter TRADITIONAL: Forty days and Forty Nights Richard FARRANT: Call to Remembrance, O Lord John Dykes BOWER: Praise to the Holiest in the Height PURCELL: Hear my Prayer PURCELL: Remember not, Lord, our Offences John MUDD: Let thy Merciful ears Maurice GREENE: Lord, let me know mine end BYRD: Bow thine Ear, O Lord IRELAND: My Song is Love Unknown John GOSS: O Saviour of the World GIBBONS: Drop, drop, slow tears CASALS: O vos omnes IRELAND: Ex ore innocentium BAIRSTOW: Lamentation TALLIS: Salvator mundi LOTTI: Crucifixus St. Mary’s, Warwick: Easter Bells Barry ROSE: Easter Flourish Trad. arr. WOOD: This joyful Eastertide BYRD: Adora te S S WESLEY: Blessed be the God and Father Henry GAUNTLET: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir/Andrew Sackett, (with Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick/Simon Lole; Wells Cathedral Choir/Malcolm Archer; Worcester Cathedral Choir/Donald Hunt; Westminster Abbey Choir/Martin Neary.
Date/location of recordings unspecified. GRIFFIN GCCD 4033 [72.37] [WH]

Programme well chosen, but lack of variety which has its origin in the subject matter means that not everyone will want to sit and listen right through. … see Full Review

"The Edwardian Gentleman’s Songbook" - HENRY BISHOP: My Pretty Jane. - HATTON: Come Gentle Zephyr. - G SMART: The Squirrel. STANFORD: Lullaby; A Japanese Lullaby; The Unknown Sea; Fairy Lives; The City Child. PEARSALL: Waters of Elle. FREDERICK BRIDGE: Two Snails; The Goslings. SULLIVAN: Once Again; How Many Hired Servants (from The Prodigal Son) DIBDIN: Tom Bowling. B COOKE: Epitaph on a Dormouse. F H COWEN: The Children’s Garden. TRAD (arr. various): The Last Rose of Summer; The Snowy Breasted Pearl; Ye Banks and Braes. James Griffett (tenor) Pro Cantione Antiqua, directed by Mark Brown - Rec 1980s? REGIS RRC 1083 [63.00?] [PLS]

The Edwardian of the title must have had old-fashioned tastes. The recording is excellent and this is highly recommendable. … see Full Review

FESTIVE HANSEATIC MUSICWorks by Julius Johann Weiland, Julius Ernst Rautenstein, Heinrich Albert, Andreas Hakenberger, Philipp Dulichius, Christoph Bernhard, Dietrich Becker, Matthias Weckmann, Jocaob Obrecht, Orlando Di Lasso, Andries Pevernage and Clemens non papa. WESER-RENAISSANCE Manfred Cordes - Recording: June 17, July 1 and 29, August 19, 2000. Sendesaal Radio Bremen DDD CPO 999 782-2 [74:00] [US]

Newly discovered repertoire from an almost forgotten ‘terra incognita’ of music history. … see Full Review

Guitar Music Of Argentina Máximo Diego PUJOL (b.1957) Tres Piezas Rioplatenes Suite del Plata, No.1 Narciso SAUL (b.1957) Boulevard San Jorge Hector AYALA (1914-1990) Serie Americana Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000) Sonata No. 1 Juan FALU (b.1948) Tres Piezas Walter HEINZE (b.1943) Concordancias Victor Villadangos - guitar NAXOS 8.555058 [70:42] [AD]

If you enjoy the music of South America and that of Argentina in particular this disc is for you. A bargain at twice the price. … see Full Review

Ben HEPPNER (ten) French Arias by BERLIOZ, HALÉVY, MASSENET, MEYERBEER and DE LISLE London Voices London Symphony Orchestra/Myung-Whun Chung Recorded All Saints Church, London June/July 2001. Full Price DG 471 372-2 GH [74.05] [RF]

What Heppner brings to the whole collection is open-throated, musically intelligent, performances with a good variety of tonal colours and elegance of phrase. … see Full Review

Stephen Hough’s English Piano Album Alan RAWSTHORNE Four Bagatelles Stephen REYNOLDS Two Poems in Homage to Delius, Two Poems in Homage to Fauré Stephen HOUGH Valses Enigmatiques Nos. 1 and 2 Edward ELGAR In Smyrna. Granville BANTOCK arr. HOUGH Song to the Seals. York BOWEN Reverie d’Amour; Serious Dance; The Way to Polden (an ambling tune) Frank BRIDGE The Dew Fairy; Heart’s Ease Kenneth LEIGHTON Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op.56. Stephen Hough (piano) Rec 2001 DDD HYPERION CDA 67267 [73’42"] [PS]

This very attractive Hyperion release is representative of Hough's skills and is of especial interest to lovers of British music. Few of the items will be widely known. … see Full Review

Jonathan Lemalu (b. bar). Songs by Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Finzi, Ireland, Keel, Head Johannes BRAHMS (1833-87) Vier ernste Gesänge Op.121 (Four Serious Songs), Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh, Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle, O'Tod, wie bitter bist dim, Wenn ich mit Menschen -und mit Engelszungen redete - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1825) Der Wanderer an den Mond, D.870, Auf der Donau, D.553, Der Schiffer, D.536, Der Wanderer, D.489 - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) L'Horizon chimérique, Op.118 (The Illusory Horizon), La mer est infinie, Je me suis embarqué, Diane, Séléné, Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons almés. Gerald FINZI (1901-56) Rollicum-rorum, To Lizbie Browne (from Earth and Air and Rain), Op.15 - TRAD, arr. VIGNOLES Lowlands (Sea shantv) - John IRELAND (1879-1962) Sea Fever - Frederick KEEL (1871-1934) Trade Winds - Michael HEAD (1900-1976) The Estuary Roger Vignoles (piano). Recorded Potton Hall, Suffolk, England. 2002. Full price. EMI 'DEBUT SERIES'. 7242 5752032 [60.46] [RJF]

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Josef Lhevinne (1874-1944) The Complete Recordings - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in D for two pianos K448 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Toccata in C, Frühlingsnacht arr LISZT, El Contrabandista ARR TAUSIG - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etude Op 10 No 6, Etude Op 25 Nos 6, 10, 11, Prelude Op 28 No s 16 and 17, Polonaise Op 53 - Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Blue Danube Waltz arr SCHULZ-EVLER - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fetes arr RAVEL - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ecossaises - Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Trepak - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G Minor Josef Lhevinne, piano - Rosina Lhevinne, piano (Mozart, Debussy) Recorded 1920-1937 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110681 [71’05] [JW]

Among the greatest seventy-one minutes you will spend with a pianist. … see Full Review

LIVONIA Laulan Mere Maaksi - Old Estonian Songs and Dances - Suur tamm, Laula, kuni elad, Òhtu iruà, Sööge, laungud, Lambamäng, Sarvetants, Rikas ja vaene, Laulan, mere maaksi, Lòpe, pòld, Jaanilaul, Lòikuslaul, Kadrilaul, Oh, jumal, Valmi, vòike, Hällilaul, Käokiri, Iluaeg, Kullast Kodu Svea Juckum-Bentz, voice, violin, hurdy-gurdy, recorder, harp
Roland Bentz, voice, bass-veille, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, recorder, harp, percussion - Gottfried Madner, percussion - Rec: No information given. LIVONIA LIV 2001 [50.41] [KM]

As music from other cultures becomes increasingly prominent, it is essential to have available such works that date back into the shadows of time. … see Full Review

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