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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Gurrelieder
Tove - Karita Mattila (soprano) Waldtaube - Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) Waldemar - Thomas Moser (tenor) Klaus-Narr – Philip Langridge (tenor) Bauer, Sprecher – Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone) Rundfunkchor Berlin MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig Ernst Senff Chor Chorus Director Simon Halsey Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle Recorded September 2001, Philharmonie, Berlin EMI Classics 7243 5 57303 2 9 [DDD] [59:46] [50:28] [CT]

Recorded just a week after the tragedy of September 11th this stunning performance of Gurrelieder heralds a new era both for Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic…see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-75) Chamber Symphony Op. 110a. Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-98)Concerto for Piano and Strings. Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Constantine Orbelian (piano).Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, 5 & 7 March 2000 DELOS DE 3259 [47:37] [CC]

There is not enough here, musically, to deserve a recommendation. Just over three-quarters of an hour is unacceptable these days, surely, especially at full price…see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) The Four Symphonies Genoveva Overture [9.17] Manfred Overture (1849) [11.56] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik rec Berlin, 1963, 1964, stereo, ADD Two discs each available separately ELOQUENCE Deutsche Grammophon 463 200-2 [78.06] (symphonies 1-2) ELOQUENCE Deutsche Grammophon 463 201-2 [75.14] (symphonies 3-4)

Blessedly sane readings with a really warm big Brahmsian sound. The brass and especially the French Horns are wondrous. These are readings you can live with and learn from. … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No. 1 in B flat "spring'
Symphony No. 2 in C major Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Rhenish' Symphony No. 4 in D minor Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Dresden Staatskapelle Wolfgang Sawallisch Rec September 1992, Lukaskirche, Dresden EMI Classics 5 67768-2 (2CDs: 77.16, 71.15) [TB]

With splendid standards of music making , recording and presentation this is a benchmark and self-recommending issue...see Full Review

Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Two Pieces Op 47 Lotus Land, Columbine Two Pierrot Pieces Op 35 Pierrette Poems Trois Danses tristes Op 74 Over the Prairie; Two Impressions Piano Sonata No 1 Op 66 Dennis Hennig, piano Recorded 1991 ABC CLASSICS ELOQUENCE 465 737-2 [79’27] [JW]

From the hot house of Lotus Land to the tough formalities of the Sonata this is a strongly recommended disc…see Full Review

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1916) Symphony No. 1 (1901) * Symphony No. 2 (1902) Symphony No. 3 Divine Poem (1905) Poem of Ecstasy (1908) ** Prometheus - Poem of Fire (1910) *** Stefania Toczyska (sop) * Michael Myers (ten) * Westminster Choir * Frank Kaderabek (trumpet) ** Dmitri Alexeev (piano) *** Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia *** Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti rec Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Feb 1985 (1), Feb 1989 (2), March 1990 (Ecstasy), Apr 1988 (3), Apr 1990 (Prometheus) EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 67720 2 1[CD1: 50.38; CD2: 68.16; CD3: 69.20] Budget[RB]

This is a splendid set with sumptuous sound and a propulsive pulse. A safe yet far from predictable choice. … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-75) Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54a.The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119b bAnatoly Lochak (bass) Russian State bSymphonic Cappella and Symphony Orchestra, Valeri Polyansky.Recorded in aMosfilm Studio on June 18th, 1999 and bGrand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on June 14th, 2000. CHANDOS CHAN9813 [59’00] [DDD] [CC]

Polyansky is a reliable guide in the Sixth but the disc is worth its price for Stepan Razin alone…see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Bolt: Suite from the Ballet Op.27a (1933) Suite No. 1 for Stage Variety Orchestra, Jazz Suite No. 1 (1934) Tahiti Trot Op. 16 (1928)
Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Yablonsky Moscow State Broadcasting and Recording House, Grand Studio 5 October 2001 DDD Stereo NAXOS CD 8.555949 [62:14] [DB]

Shostakovich with his hair down. An excellently recorded disc you will either love or loathe … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-75) String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110. Alexander BORODIN (1833-87) String Quartet No. 2 in D Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet in F Borodin String Quartet (Rostislav Dubinsky, Yaroslav Aleksandrov, violins; Dmitri Shebalin, viola; Valentin Berlinsky, cello). Recorded live in Leith Town Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival on August 29th (Borodin) and August 31st 1962 (Shostakovich/Ravel). BBC Legends/IMG Artists BBCL4063-2 [ADD] [73’42] [CC]

Even great quartets have off days, and it does rather seem that this disc represents two of them. Disappointing…see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Opera in four acts Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano) Nicolai Gedda (tenor) Ambrosian Opera Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra Mstislav Rostropovich EMI Classics CMS 5 67776 2 [CD1: 77.50 CD2: 77.03] ADD Midprice [RM]

A stunning recording. You might not like it or even enjoy it but overcome your prejudice and buy it…see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Complete Symphonies Symphony No. 1- 7,Kullervo Symphony,Tempest Suites Nos. 1and 2 Iceland SO/Petri Sakari (apart from Kullervo) Johanna Rusanen (sop); Esa Ruutunen (bar); Laulun Ystavet Male Choir/Turku PO/Jorma Panula (Kullervo) NAXOS WHITE BOX 8.505179 [5 hours 58mins]

Sakari patently loves this music. Many smaller details register with finely calculated compulsion. Music imbued with vitality and an icy quickening. see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 2 [43.38] Symphony No. 7 [22.31] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy rec Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, 17 Mar 1957 (2); 1 May 1960 (7) SONY CLASSICAL SBK 53509 [66.25] [RB]

I have been hearing a lot of Sibelius recently and I will very happily return to this disc for listening pleasure. ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Four Lemminkainen Legends (1895) Pohjola's Daughter (1906) The Bard (1913) London SO/Colin Davis rec 17-19 Jan 2000, Watford Colosseum, Watford, UK RCA BMG 74321 68945 2 [75.25] [RB]

Davis's Lemminkainen lacks the very roguish vigour that is central to the antiheroes exploits. Good interpretations of The Bard and Pohjola. ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Maiden in the Tower (1896) [36.40] Pelléas et Mélisande (1905) [25.46] Valse Triste (1903) [4.47] Solveig Kringelborn (sop) Lilli Paaskivi (mezzo) Lars-Erik Jonsson (ten) Garry Magee (bar) Ellerhein Girls' Choir Estonian National Male Choir Estonian National SO/Paavo Järvi rec 23-26 March 2001, Estonia concert hall, Tallinn VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 45493 2 8 [67.38] [RB]

If you are curious (and you should be) you need not hesitate. Virgin for Sibelius's Maiden. ... see Full Review

Valentin SILVESTROV (1937-) Symphony No. 5 (1980-82) [45.49] Exegi Monumentum (1985-87) [22.16] Sergej Jakovenko (bar) (Exegi only) Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Yekaterinenburg/Andrej Borejko rec 1992, Yekaterinburg Philharmonia, in presence of composer who was also present for the editing and remastering of these recordings. MEGADISC CLASSICS MDC 7836 [68.10] [RB]

Silvestrov 5 rears up in striking beauty - voluptuously done; the theme swelling, rising and bursting in languorous technicolour. ... see Full Review

Robert SIMPSON AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STRING QUARTETS An Illustrated Talk by Malcolm Macdonald £10.00 + 95p p&p (£8.00 + 70p p&p) from 2 Park Close, Glossop, Derbys. SK13 7RQ DUNELM RECORDS DRD 0110 (CD) (DR0110(mc) cassette) [67.00?]

Simpson’s quartets are much less frequently heard in live concerts than the Shostakovich or Bartók but they are a comparable achievement. This issue will, I hope, argue their case and is strongly recommended. … see Full Review

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Má Vlast (My Country) A cycle of symphonic poems Vyšehrad (1874) [14.16] Vltava (The Moldau) (1874) [12.29] Šárka (1875) [9.50] Z českých luhů a hájů (From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields) (1875) [12.13] Tábor (1878) [12.17]
Blaník (1879) [13.42] Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Karel Ančerl AAD: recorded at the Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum, Prague on 7/10/13/14 January 1963 SUPRAPHON 11 1925-2 011 [75.05] [PL]

Ančerl and his wonderful orchestra are the ‘real thing’. Buy, hear and believe!... see Full review

Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) The Troubadisc Chamber Music and Lieder cycle
Four Volumes:- Volume 1 and 2 TRO-CD 03 (2CDs) Volume 3 TRO-CD 01405 Volume 4 TRO-CD 01417 Volume 1
Violin Sonata op. 7 (1887) [27.08] String Quintet op. 1 (1883) [26.58] Volume 2 Cello Sonata op. 5 (1887) [20.42] String Quartet in e minor (1902, 1912) [38.12] Renate Eggebrecht-Kupsa (violin) (violin sonata) Friedemann Kupsa (cello) (cello sonata) Céline Dutilly (piano) (sonatas) Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet (quartet and quintet) Johanna Varner (cello) (quintet only) rec 6, 7, 13, 14 Aug 1990; 1, 12, 13 Nov 1990, Studio 3 des Bayerischen Rundfunks, München, Germany ADD TROUBADISC TRO-CD 03 [2CDs: 54.33+59.20] Volume 3 Four Songs for mezzo and chamber ensemble (1907) [20.20]: Odelette; La Danse; Chrysilla; Ode AnacréontiqueThree Songs for mezzo and piano (1913) [14.06]: The Clown; Possession; On the Road Double Concerto for violin, horn and piano (1926) [26.24] Melinda Paulsen (mezzo) (all songs)
Ensemble: Ulrike Siebler (flute); Renate Eggebrecht-Kupsa (violin); Georgi Georgiev (viola); Friedemann Kupsa (cello); Corinna Zirkelbach (harp); Alexander Gotowtschikow (percussion); Johannes Schmeller (ltg) Angela Gassenhuber (piano) (Three Songs) Renate Eggebrecht-Kupsa (violin); Franz Draxinger (horn); Céline Dutilly (piano); (Double Concerto) rec 1, 2 May, 7, 8, 28 July 1992, Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany DD TROUBADISC TRO-CD 01405 [61.37] Volume 4 Five Lieder Op. 4 for baritone and piano (1877) [15.27]: Tanzlied (Büchner); Schlummerlied (v. Wildenbruch); Mittagsruh (v. Eichendorff); Nachreiter (Groth); Nachtgedanken (Heyse) Five Songs Op. 4 for baritone and piano [13.22] (1877) Vom Berge; Der verirrte Jäger; Bei eine Linde; Es wandelt was wir schauen; Schön Rohraut (all v. Eichendorff apart from last song which is Mörike) Cello Sonata in c minor (1880) [26.11] Three Moods of the Sea for baritone and piano (1913) [11.40]: Requies; Before the Squall; After Sunset (all Arthur Symons) rec 27, 28 Mar, 1, 2 Oct 1997, Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany, DDD TROUBADISC TRO-CD 01417 [67.53] [RB]

The Troubadisc series is invaluable with some surprising pleasures as well as some predictably joyous inspirations. … see Full Review

Padre Antonio SOLER (1729 - 1783) Sonatas for harpsichord Volume 8 Gilbert Rowland (harpsichord) Recorded in Epsom College Concert Hall, July 2000 DDD Stereo NAXOS CD 8.555031 [76.26] [DB]

A superb and well filled disc of brilliant sonatas, well played, well recorded and a must have purchase. … see Full Review

David W SOLOMONS Songs of Solomons Stephen Taylor (counter-tenor) Jonathan Leonard (piano) DA CAPO MUSIC LTD NCC2003 [PS]

Mr Taylor’s accomplished and sensitive singing does much for these songs … see Full Review

Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Songs and Devotional works Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Thomas Allen (baritone), Timothy Byram-Wigfield (tenor), Timothy Barber (treble) Choirs of King's and St John's Colleges, Cambridge Frederick Stone (piano) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conds. George Guest/Edward Higginbottom/David Hill/Roger Norrington Rec. BBC Studios, London 1952; Winchester Cathedral 1990; The Colosseum, Watford 1996; New College Chapel, Oxford 2000 The British Music Collection, Decca DECCA 470 384-2 [62.07] Midprice[RW]

Not a balanced view of the composer's output; more reflective of what is available in the Decca catalogue. … see Full Review

Maximilian STEINBERG (1883-1946) Symphony No. 2 (1909) Variations for Orchestra (1905) Göteborgs SO/Neeme Järvi rec Göteborg Concert Hall, Aug/Oct 1998 DG 471 198-2 [49.53] [RB]

Torrid Slavonic performances of both the graceful variations and the gloomily brilliant symphony. No doubt symphonies 3, 4 and 5 will follow over the next few years. If so they are unlikely to find a more dedicated team than DG, Järvi and the orchestra at Göteborg. ... see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Josef STRAUSS (1827-1880) Eduard STRAUSS (1835-1916) Waltzes and Polkas Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna Willi Boskovsky Rec 1980-1985, Baumgartner-Kasino, Studio Rosenhügel, Polyhymnia Sudio, Vienna EMI FRANCE 5 74528 2 (5CDs) [TB]

Willi Boskowsky (1909-1991) remains the world's most famous interpreter of this repertoire. Even more than a decade after his death his influence is still profound, his reputation every bit as strong. And this set of five CDs from French EMI tells us why.... see Full Review

STRAUSS GALA Unidentified soloists (CDs 4-5), Radio Bratislava Symphony Orchestra/Otto Aebi Location and recording date not given BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99083 [5 CDs, 61’33", 63’04", 56’12", 71’13", 61’37"] [CH]

An overall recommendation is difficult. Two out of three orchestral discs are fairly good and the operettas will give you a nice guessing game. ...see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Marianne Schech (soprano) Kurt Böhme (bass) Irmgard Seefried (soprano) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Rita Streich (soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Dresden Opera Karl Böhm (conductor)Recorded at the Lukaskirche, Dresden, in December 1958DG 463 668-2 [3CDs: 187’38"] [CF]

This is a set to listen to from start to finish, omitting nothing. … see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Petroushka and Rite of Spring (Boston S.O./Pierre Monteux) – recorded 1959, 1951. ADD Song of the Nightingale and The Fairy’s Kiss (Chicago S.O./Fritz Reiner) – recorded 1956, 1958 ADD Dumbarton Oaks (NDR SO/Günter Wand). – recorded 1984 BMG RCA 74321 846092 (2 CDs) [66.23+61.09]

Monteux brings a special authenticity to these performances unsurpassed in grasping the correct blend of drama, pathos and irony. A useful alternative to the supercharged versions which are now routine. … see Full Review

Arthur SULLIVAN The Church Music Keble College Choir (Mark Laflin, with Gavin Plumley, organ) (in conjunction with the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society) PRIORY RECORDS PRCD 691 [65.00?] [PS]

Sullivan was a master of melody and he did not stop writing tunes when he composed for the church. Strongly recommended. … see Full Review

Sir Arthur SULLIVANThe Martyr of Antioch Catherine Foster (sop); Gillian Knight (contr.); Stephen Brown (ten.); Gareth Jones (bar.); Stephen Godward (bass); Clive Woods (organ); Northern Chamber Orchestra and Sullivan Chorus Conducted by Richard Balcombe Recording of performance at Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton, August 2000 SYMPOSIUM 1289 [78.41] Midprice [PS]

A committed and accomplished performance and while occasionally one has to bear in mind this is a "live" recording, the release is highly recommendable in shedding light on a long-dark corner of English oratorio… see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 4 (1877-8) [44.48] Francesca da Rimini (1876) [24.34] Bamberger Symphoniker/José Serebrier rec Konzert und Kongresshalle 'Sinfonie an der Regnitz', Bamberg, Feb 2001 (Sym), Feb 2000 (Francesca) BIS-CD-1273 [70.20] [RB]

Impressive in the myriad freshly imagined details rather than the overall span. ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 5 (1888) [54.54] Marche Slave (1876) [9.49] West Australian SO/Vladimir Verbitsky rec 1994 Australian Broadcasting Corporation DDD ABC CLASSICS ELOQUENCE 446 058-2 [54.30] [RB]

Verbitsky is well served by orchestra and by ABC in a sane yet far from workaday interpretation of the Symphony. ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6 Pathétique (1892) [44.40] Romeo and Juliet (1870) [20.19] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado (6) Boston SO/Claudio Abbado (Romeo and Juliet) rec 1974 (6); 1971 (Romeo) ADD DG ELOQUENCE 457 309-2 [67.47] [RB]

Lower key but emotionally well shaped performances with the highlight being the Boston Romeo. ... see Full Review

Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprices op 1 Ruggiero Ricci, violin New Symphony Orchestra Malcolm Sargent Recorded 1950 PEARL GEM 0136 [70.47] [JW]

A fine, mid-period salute to a violinist of exceptional and highly personalized gifts. … see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto (1878) [35.37] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet (selection from the two suites) (1935) [21.52] Václav Hudecek (violin) Czech PO/David Oistrakh rec Smetana Hall, Municipal House, Prague, 20 May 1972, The Prague Spring Festival, AAD. SUPRAPHON SU 0216-2011 [57.33] [RB]

Welcome as a record of the event but not a Tchaikovsky interpretation to fell the favourites ... vivid Prokofiev though! ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor
1812 Overture
Arkady Sevidov, piano Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Samuel Friedmann
Concerto recorded October 1996, Overture recorded July 1996, Russian Broadcast and Recording Department, Studio 5, Moscow ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 74321 43327 [50:06] Superbudget [GPJ]

If you are desperate for this particular coupling, you might try this to see whether you can live with the performances – otherwise my advice would be ‘steer clear’! … see Full Review

Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Etude in F minor La leggierezza, Au bord d’une source,Hungarian Rhapsody No 15 Rakoczy March Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise No 3 Op 40 No 1 Military,Polonaise in A Flat major Op 53, Heroic Fantasie Op 49 Etude Op 25 No 3 Etude Op 10 No 8 Etude Op 25 No 1 Solomon, piano Halle Orchestra Hamilton Harty Recorded 1929-1932 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110680 [74’34] [JW]

Solomon’s earliest recordings. Elegant and fascinatingly aristocratic this disc will go some way to showing why he deserves the soubriquet "great"…see Full Review

Ernst TOCH (1887-1964) Symphonies No. 2, Op. 73 and No. 3, Op. 75. Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraAlun FrancisRecorded in the Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin in April and June 1999. CPO 999 705-2 [DDD] [60’11] [CC]

This is a superb disc of wonderfully fascinating music just waiting to be discovered…see Full Review

Percy TURNBULL (1902-1976) The Songs and Part Songs - Nancy Argenta (soprano) Roderick Williams (Baritone) Robin Bowman (piano) The Joyful Company of Singers - Director Peter Broadbent SOMM CD 020 [63.00?] [CSS]

Songs full of felicities. Dark moments are few. Melody lines, essentially simple, nevertheless take some lovely turns. Well served here. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 –1958) Symphony no.4 in f minor (1934)
Mass in g minor (1923) Six Choral Songs (1944)
London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Richard Hickox Singers/Richard Hickox Recorded at All Saints’ Church Tooting January 2001 (symphony and songs) and January 2002 (mass) CHANDOS CHAN 9984 [68:20] [GPJ]

From shattering aggression via spirituality to honest populism those who have been waiting with bated breath for this issue are not going to be disappointed in any way – hurry, hurry, hurry! … see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): SYMPHONIES 1 – 8
Symphony 1, "A Sea Symphony", with Isobel Baillie, soprano, John Cameron, baritone, London Philharmonic Choir, 450 144-2 [67.48] Symphony 2, "A London Symphony"; Partita for Double String Orchestra, 461 008-2 [72.18] Symphony 3, "A Pastoral Symphony", with Margaret Ritchie, soprano; Symphony 5 in D, 461 118-2 [72.16] Symphony 4 in F minor; 6 in E minor, 461 117-2 [74.27] Symphony 7, "Sinfonia Antartica", with Margaret Ritchie, soprano, and Sir John Gielgud, speaker, London Philharmonic Choir; Symphony 8 in D minor, 461 116-2 [73.22] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Boult Recorded MONO 1952 - 1958 DECCA ELOQUENCE (AUSTRALIA) Symphony 1: 450 144-2 [67.48]Symphony 2, 461 008-2 [72.18]Symphony 3/ 5 461 118-2 [72.16]Symphony 4/6 461 117-2 [74.27]Symphony 7/8 in D minor, 461 116-2 [73.22] [JH]

True classics of the gramophone. Not one of these performances is less than magnificent. Dated sound though the ear soon adjusts to the limitations. … see Full Review

Francois VERCKEN Lucernaire (Office of the Body and Blood of Christ) Les Petits Chanteurs de Lyon/various instrumentalists/Jean-Francois Duchamp Recording of a live performance given at a conference of L’Association Art d’Église in the church of St Jacques, Rheims, on 4 June 1994. PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7331 [49.00] [AAS]

The bleak opening bars (sample 1) provide an ominous warning of the pain in store. … see Full Review

Richard WAGNER Der Ring Des Nibelungen Sung in German Badische Staatskapelle
Günter Neuhold (conductor) Recorded live at the Badischen Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany between 1993 and 1995 Das Rheingold [149’29"] Die Walküre [216’17"] Siegfried [233’25"] Götterdämmerung [245’29"] BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99801 [14CDs: 14 hours 4’40"]

For those who are as yet uninitiated into this miraculous music, it is an inexpensive introduction and for that alone one should be grateful. … see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Tannhäuser Peter Seiffert , Jane Eaglen, Thomas Hampson,Waltraud Meier Staatsopernchor Berlin Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim Rec June 2001, NLG Berlin TELDEC 8573 88064 2 [3CDs: 66.38+71.50+56.14] [TB]

Although slow and introspective at times Barenboim with great concentration ensures dramatic variety and tension while maintaining the flow of the musical design. … see Full Review

Errollyn WALLEN Dervish for cello and piano, Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? five simple songs for soprano and string quartet, Louis' Loops for toy piano, Horseplay for ensemble, In our lifetime for baritone and tape, The girl in my alphabet for two pianos Matthew Sharp (cello); Dominic Harlan (piano) (Dervish) Patricia Rosario (sop); David le Page (violin); Kirsty Staines (violin); David Aspin (viola); Joseph Spooner (cello); Philip Headlam (conductor) (Five Simple Songs) Margaret Leng Tan (two toy pianos) (Louis' Loops) Continuum Ensemble/Philip Headlam (Horseplay) Mike Henry (bar) (In Our Lifetime) Douglas Finch; Errollyn Wallen (pianos) (The Girl in My Alphabet) rec Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Centre, San Francisco, USA (Louis' Loops); March 1990, Wallen Music Centre, London (In Our Lifetime); 8-9 Oct 2001, Potton Hall, Suffolk, England; 25 March 1999 AVIE AV 0006 [70.11] [RB]

Wallen is a brashly creative, open-minded composer striding with confident abandon from jazz, to Tippett, to spirituals, to Schoenberg, to Mediterranean mystery. ... see Full Review

Johann Gottfried WALTHER (1684-1748) Concerto by Meck (Antonio Vivaldi RV 275) Concerto by Torelli, Concerto by Gregori, Concerto by Taglietti, Partita on the Choral Meinen Jesum lass ist nicht, Partita on the Choral Jesu meine Freude, Choral Hilf, Gott, das mirs gelinge Thierry LANCINO (b 1954) Prisme Dominique Ferran, organ Recorded on the Yves Severe organ, Notre-Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers, March 1998 K617090 [71.50] [JW]

On this fine disc we hear four of the transcriptions, two Partitas and a Choral Prelude. Makes a splendid case for Walther … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) The Centenary Edition CD1: Cello Concerto Symphony No. 1 CD2: Scapino: A Comedy Overture Violin Concerto Symphony No. 2 CD3: Façade, Suites Nos I and II Viola Concerto Variations on a Theme by Hindemith CD4: Coronation March: Crown Imperial Coronation March: Orb and Sceptre* Belshazzar's Feast Coronation Te Deum* Suite: Henry V (adapted by Muir Mathieson) Robert Cohen (cello), Tasmin Little (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola) Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Timothy Bryam-Wingfield (organ) Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Waynflete Singers, L'inviti, Choir of Winchester Cathedral Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Andrew Litton, *David Hill Rec Nov 1993 (CD1), March 1994 (CD2), March 1996 (CD3), Guildhall, Southampton; May 1991 (CD4: Coronation Te Deum, Orb and Sceptre), February 1995 (CD4: remainder), Winchester Cathedral DECCA 470 508 2 [4CDs: 73.57, 68.31, 71.25, 78.51] budget price [TB]

This reissue warmly welcomed as an outstanding contribution to the centenary year. … see Full Review

Takashi YOSHIMATSU (b.1953) Symphony No. 4 Op. 82 (2000) Trombone Concerto, Orion Machine’ Op. 55 (1993) Atom Hearts Club Suite No. 1 Op.70b (1997/2000) Ian Bousfield, trombone BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Sachio Fujioka Recorded at Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, March 2001 Chandos CHAN 9960 DDD [61:22] [CT]

Much of this music is delightful, particularly the symphony where Yoshimatsu wears his heart unselfconsciously on his sleeve. The BBC Philharmonic plays beautifully with Ian Bousfield a fine soloist in the concerto…see Full Review

Domenico ZIPOLI (1688-1726) Cantate: Dell’offese a vendicarmi (1), Mia Bella Irene (2), Sonata for violin and basso continuo (3), Sonate d’Intavolature: Canzoni in D minor, F, E minor, C, G minor, Toccata, All’Elevazione in F, All’Elevazione in C, All’Offertorio, Al Post comunio, Pastorale (4) Adriana Fernandez (soprano) (2), Victor Torres (baritone) (1), Pablo Valetti (3), Ensemble Elyma [Eduardo Egüez (arch-lute), Hannelore Devaere (harp), Ricardo Massun (viola da gamba, baroque violoncello)]/Gabriel Garrido (1-3), Dominique Ferran (organ) (1-4) Recorded 27-30 August 1993, Córdoba (Argentina) (1-3), 8-10 Oct. 1993, Monticello (Corsica) (4) K617 K617037 [65.39] [CH]

An excellent overall presentation of a composer – and organ – worth knowing. … see Full Review



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