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Karel Ancerl. Volume 3 - Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto Op 104 (1895) - Piano Concerto Op 33 (1876) - Slavonic Dances Op 72 (1886) - Symphony No 7 Op 70 (1884) - Mstislav Rostropovich, cello - František Maxián, piano - Orchestra of the Hessischen Rundfunks (Piano Concerto March 1964, Symphony No 7 April 1968) - Toronto Symphony orchestra (Cello Concerto March 1972) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Slavonic Dances, Wellington, NZ September 1959) Karel Ancerl TAHRA 136-137 [75.58 and 76.39] [JW]

An unusually discerning release.… see Full Review

Artur Balsam and The Budapest String Quartet - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Quartet No 1 in G Minor Op 25 (1861) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Quintet in E Flat Major Op 44 (1842) - Recorded at the Coolidge Auditorium of The Library of Congress 18th December 1951 (Brahms) and 18th December 1953 (Schumann) BRIDGE 9110 [67.35] [JW]

Plenty to savour for the Quartet’s admirers … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John BARBIROLLI (1899-1970) Edward ELGAR (1863-1934) Serenade for Strings Op. 47 (1899) - Symphony No. 1 in Ab major Op. 55 (1902) Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli - Recorded at St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk on 24 July 1970 BBC LEGENDS SERIES BBCL 4106-2 [67. 14] [CF]

This may have been Barbirolli’s last Elgar, but it ranks as his best. … see Full Review

Jesús GURIDI (1886-1961)

Diez melodía vascas (1941) (1) [ca.21.30] José María USANDIZAGA (1887-1915) Fantasía para Violoncello y Orquesta (1908) (2) [13.59] Jesús ARÁMBARRI (1902-1960) Ocho Canciones populares vascas para soprano y orquesta (1931) (3) [ca.12.25] Andres ISASI (1890-1940) Berceuse trágica para violin y orquesta, Op. 22, No. 1 (1914) (4) [8.43] Francisco ESCUDERO (b.1912) El sueño de un Bailarín (5) [12.29] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Alborada del Gracioso (1918) (6) [6.57] Asier Polo (cello) (2) Maria Bayo (soprano) (3) Jonathan Carney (violin) (4) Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa (Basque National Orchestra), conducted by: Miguel A. Gómez Martínez (1) Gabriel Chmura (2) Cristian Mandeal (3) Enrique García Asensio (4) Arturo Tamayo (5) Gilbert Varga (6) Recorded in various sessions in San Sebastian between 1997 and 2001. Previously released on separate Claves Records discs in the Basque Music Collection. CLAVES CD50-2201 [75.56] [TM]

A tremendous compilation disc, offering stirring performances of rarely heard repertoire … see Full Review

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER Arthur Nikisch: Music Director 1895-1922: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.5 (1807) Wilhelm Furtwängler: Music Director 1922-1945 and 1952-1954: Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No.6 'Pathétique' (1893) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No.3 (1883) Herbert von Karajan: Music Director 1954-1989: Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) The Hebrides Overture (1830) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.29 (1774) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin Prelude to Act III (1850) / Tristan und Isolde Prelude (1865) Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No.2 (1901) Claudio Abbado: Music Director 1989-2000: Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Kammermusik No.1.(1922) Kammermusik No.5 (1927) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Clarinet Concerto (1791) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Requiem (1874): Dies irae - Tuba mirum - Sanctus Simon Rattle: Music Director 2002: Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.10 (1910) Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Candide Overture (1956) Erik SATIE (1866-1925)/ Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)Gymnopédie No.1 (1888) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No.3 in F Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance op.46 No.1 in C (1878) Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance op.46 No.3 in A flat (1878) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Ma mère l'Oye - Finale (1908) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)/ Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pictures at an Exhibition - The Great Gate of Kiev (1874) Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 (1907) Berliner Philharmoniker Artur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle music recorded between 1913-2002. ADD, DDD
Bargain price EMI 575612 2 [6CDs: 79’34, 73’12, 70.08. 67’11, 77,26, 35,20] [MB]

Useful for showing how far the playing of the BPO has changed but hardly recommendable as an example of its conductors’ finest work … see Full Review.

British Light Music Classics 4 - Ray MARTIN (1918-1988) Marching Strings (1952), used for BBC’s Top Of The Form - Peter HOPE (1930-) Jaunting Car (1965) - 'Trevor DUNCAN' (1924-) High Heels (1949) - Frederic CURZON (1899-1973) Dance of an Ostracised Imp (1940) - John FOULDS (1880-1939) Keltic Lament (1914) - Charles WILLIAMS (1893-1978) Rhythm on Rails (1956), used for BBC Morning Music - Eric COATES (1886-1957) By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930), used for BBC’s Desert Island Discs - Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Jamaican Rumba (1938) - Albert W KETÈLBEY (1875-1959) In a Monastery Garden (1910) - Charles WILLIAMS (1893-1978) A Quiet Stroll (1952), used for BBC Farming - Percy FLETCHER (1879-1932) Demoiselle Chic (1914) - Jack BEAVER (1900-1963) Cavalcade of Youth (1950), used for The Barlows Of Beddington - Fredric BAYCO (1913-1970) Elizabethan Masque (1957) - Henry Balfour GARDINER (1877-1932) Shepherd Fennel's Dance (1911) - Charles ANCLIFFE (1880-1952) Thrills (1917) - Frederick ROSSE (1867-1940) The Doge's March (1905) - Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Petite Suite de Concert (1910): La caprice de Nanette; Demande et réponse; Un sonnet d'amour; La tarantelle frétillante The New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp - Rec London 2001 DDD HYPERION CDA 67400 [77.53] [RJW]

... see Full Review

The Budapest String Quartet. The Library of Congress Recordings 1940-1945 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) - Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings K581 - Quartet in D Minor K421 - Quartet in A Major K464 - Quartet in E Flat major for Piano and Strings K493 - Divertimento in E Flat for Violin, Viola and Cello K563 Budapest String Quartet with Gustave Langenus, clarinet - George Szell, piano - Recorded at The Coolidge Auditorium of The Library of Congress in September 1940 (Clarinet Quintet), December 1943 (String Quartets), November 1944 (Divertimento), October 1945 (Piano Quartet) BRIDGE 9085 [2 CDs 69.47 and 62.24] [JW]

A splendidly engrossing set, full of life and engagement … see Full Review

Budapest String Quartet Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) String Quartet No 1 incomplete – two movements (1889), String Quartet No 2 incomplete – two movements (1896), Trio Élégiaque Op 9 (1893 rev 1907 and 1917) Budapest String Quartet Artur Balsam, piano - Recorded at the Coolidge Auditorium of The Library of Congress April 4th 1952 BRIDGE 9063 [72.00] [JW]

Tremendously interesting additions to the Budapest’s corpus of surviving works. … see Full Review

Clara Butt. A Critical Survey Volume 1. The Acoustic Years. Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Lusinghe piu care (Alesandro) - Rend’il sereno al ciglio (Sosarme) - Ombra mai fu (Serse) - Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Che faro (Orfeo) - Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Il segreto (Lucrezia Borgia) - O mio Fernando (La Favorita) - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) When all was young (Faust) - Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila) - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) O don fatale (Don Carlos) - Giuseppe GIORDANI (c1753-1798) Caro mio ben - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) In questa tomba oscura - Annie SCOTT Ama nesciri - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) En prière - Maud Valerie WHITE (1855-1937) A youth once loved a maiden - The tears that night - Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) A hymn for aviators - Sigurd LIE (1871-1904) Soft-footed snow - John Pike HULLAH (1812-1884) Three fishers went sailing - Raymond LOUGHBOROUGH Women of Inver - Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Have you news of my boy Jack? - Liza LEHMANN (1862-1918) Snowdrops - The birth of flowers - Lucy BROADWOOD (1858-1929) The keys of heaven - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius – selections - Where corals lie (Sea Pictures) - Alicia NEEDHAM Husheen - Joan TRAVALSA My treasure Herbert BREWER (1865-1928) The fairy pipers - John L HATTON (1809-1886) The enchantress - Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Will he come? - Teresa Clothilde Del RIEGO (1876-1968) My son - Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) The little silver ring - Franco LEONI (1864-1938/1949?) The leaves and the wind - Cuthbert HAWLEY The sweetest flower that blows - Arthur GORING THOMAS (1850-1892) A summer night - TRADITIONAL Barbara Allen - The Lover’s Curse arr Hughes - I know my love arr Hughes - Ye banks and braes - Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn - Wilfred SANDERSON (1878-1935) My dear soul - Frederick CROUCH (1808-1896) Kathleen Mavourneen - Robert BATTEN Peace and rest - Frederic COWEN (1852-1935) The promise of life - Samuel LIDDLE Abide with me Clara Butt, contralto with piano and various accompaniments; Orchestra conducted by Henry Wood except Beethoven (Hamilton Harty) and German (Thomas Beecham) Recorded 1909-1925 MARSTON 52029-2 [2 CDs 79.30 and 79.18] [JW]

More than the Matronly Conscience of the Empire. Roll on volume two. … see Full Review

The Calm. Inspired 20th Century classics. Paul HONEY (b 1963) Jesus and Morning from the sound track of the film Two Days, Nine Lives (2000) - Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Quatuor pour la fin du temps; Louange á l’Éternité de Jésus - Louange á L’Immortalité de Jésus - Arvo PÄRT (b 1935) Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) - Erik SATIE (1866-1925) 6 Gnossiennes (1890-1897) - Le Fils des étoiles – pastorale kaldeenne; three preludes for piano (1891) - Joseph CURIALE Forgiveness – Movement 2 from Awakenings (Songs of the Earth) (1995) - James MACMILLAN (b 1959) Angel (1993) - John ADAMS (b 1947) Alone…again or at last - The Artemis Sinfonietta (Honey) - Caroline Dearnley, cello and John Lenehan, piano (Messiaen Louange á l’Éternité de Jésus) - Rebecca Hirsch, violin and John Lenehan, piano (Messiaen Louange á L’Immortalité de Jésus; Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel) - John Lenehan, piano (Satie) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Joseph Curiale (Curiale) - John York, piano (Macmillan) - Simon Harley, saxophone and Liz Burley, keyboards (Adams) - Recorded Gateway Studios Kingston on May 1999 (Messiaen and Satie) and various locations, London between 1996-2000 BLACK BOX BBM1057 [71.00] [JW]

Such pleasure as I got from this disc derives almost entirely from the consonance between piece and performer … see Full Review

CRIMSON SONGS Robert DAVIDSON Strata (1993) Margaret SUTHERLAND (1897 – 1984) The Orange Tree (1938)a Roger SMALLEY (born 1943) Trio (1992/9) Gerard BROPHY (born 1953) Crimson Songs (1997)a Mary FINSTERER (born 1962) Kurz (2000) Peter SCULTHORPE (born 1929) From Nourlangie (1994)a Elena KATS-CHERNIN (born 1957) Langsam (1997)a Margaret Schindler (soprano)a; Perihelion (Patricia Pollet, viola; Philippa Robinson, clarinet; Carson Druon, piano; Andrew Shetliffe, cello) Recorded: Nickson Room, School of Music, University of Queensland, December 2000 ARTWORKS AW 032 [65:44] [HC]

A well-planned and varied collection of interesting and often fine works … see Full Review

Lella Cuberli (soprano): Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Bianca e Fernando (1826): Ove son?*, Che m’avvenne?* - Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Rosmonda d’Inghilterra (1834): Volgon tre lune …, Perché non ho del vento*, Torna, torna, o caro oggetto - Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’assedio di Corinto (1826): L’ora fatal s’appressa, Giusto ciel in tal periglio, Matilde di Shabran (1821): Matilde, ebben?*, Ami alfin? E chi non ama?, Non è vero? … Anzi è verissimo†, Ermione (1819): Esso corre al trionfo! …, Di che vedesti piangere, Ah! Voglio il ciel†‡, Amato, l’amai‡, Un’empio mel rap캇 Lella Cuberli (soprano), *Martine Dupuy (mezzo-soprano), †Francesco Ruta (bass), ‡Itala Calcagno (soprano), ºAldo Bertòlo (tenor), Milan RAI Chorus and Orchestra/Bruno Bartoletti - Recorded July 1983, Teatro Carcano, Milan WARNER FONIT 0927 43352-2 [58’ 51"] [CH]

Future generations will wonder why we used this singer so little; some rare and often very beautiful music can be heard in performances of the highest quality. … see Full Review

Dances from the 17th and 18th Centuries Smrti Tanec, U naseho Barty, Five Dances, Dances from Zlata Koruna, Valachica, Dances from Hana, Tanecna, Ten Folk Dances from the 18th Century, Kotec, Three Dances from the time of the National Revival Musica Bohemica conducted by Jaroslav Krcek.recorded in the Studio Martinek in Prague, May 15 – 17 1995. DDD PANTON 81 1430-2 [51.20] [JP]

We have sheer ebullience played with extreme gusto for our enjoyment … see Full Review

The Edge Of The World Cornelius CARDEW (1936-1981) Mountains (1977)* Christopher HOBBS (b.1950) Seventeen One-minute Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Casio MT750 (1992); Why Not? (1994) Dave SMITH (b.1949) Off-peak Single from Symi (1998) John WHITE (b.1936) A Little Souvenir from Costa Mijas (1989) Barney CHILDS (1926-2000) The Edge of the World (1981) Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet Christopher Hobbs, keyboards Recorded in Leicester, England (St. Mary de Castro Church, 1999 except * De Montfort University 1995). BLACK BOX BBM1052 [59.03] [NH]

An unusual and enriching set of chamber works for the often neglected bass clarinet … See Full Review.
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ENGLISH BASSOON CONCERTOS Eric FOGG (1903-1939) Bassoon Concerto (1930) - John ADDISON (1920-1998) Bassoon Concertino (1998) - Peter HOPE (b.1930) Bassoon Concertino (2000) - Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b.1923) Summer Music (1985) Graham Salvage (bassoon) - Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland (Butterworth conducted by composer) Rec 26/27 Feb 2001, Whitfield Street Studios, London ASV CD WHL 2132 [75.21] [RB]

An instrument of character, scatological humour, burly romance and mournful reverie. All on display here. … see Full Review

ENGLISH BASSOON CONCERTOS Eric FOGG (1903-1939) Bassoon Concerto (1930) John ADDISON (1920-1998) Bassoon Concertino (1998) Peter HOPE (b.1930) Bassoon Concertino (2000) Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b.1923) Summer Music (1985) Graham Salvage (bassoon) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland (Butterworth conducted by composer) Rec 26/27 Feb 2001, Whitfield Street Studios, London ASV CD WHL 2132 [75.21] [CSS]

Extremely expressive in a romantic sense. … see Full Review

An Eternal Harmony PLAINSONG ‘Dum sacrum mysterium; Robert CARVER (c.1487-1566) Credo from the Mass "Dum sacrum mysterium" and ‘O bone Jesu’ James MACMILLAN (b.1959) O bone Jesu; Robert RAMSEY (d.1644) When David heard; In monte Olivetti; O vos omnes; How are the mighty fallen; William CORNYSH the elder (d.1502) Salve Regina and Ave Maria Mater Dei The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Recorded at different venues listed below. CORO 16010 [67.29] [GH]

‘Caps off’ to what is an outstanding new release. … see Full Review

European Concert 1995 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1832) Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b - (1814) Boris BLACHER (1903 – 1975) Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op. 26 (1947) Nicolo PAGANINI (1782 – 1840) Violin Concerto No 1 in D Major, Op. 6 (1815) – (1st movement only) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882 – 1971) Petrushka Burlesque in 4 scenes. (1947) Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1904) Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 8 (1878) Sarah Chang - violin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta.recorded in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 1st May 1995. Video directed by Brian Large. TDK DVD – EUC95 [87 minutes (programme) + 20 minutes (documentary)] [JP]

Stunning performance … collective virtuosity of the players is never in doubt. … see Full Review

FANTAISIE: Romantic French Flute Music George HUË (1858-1948) Gigue (1901), Nocturne (1901) Pierre VILLETTE (1926-1998) Complainte (1954) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Romance, op. 37 (1871), Odelette, op. 162 (1920) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937), orch. Arthur HOÉRÉE Pièce en forme de habañera (1907) Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Suite, op. 116 Henri BÜSSER (1872-1973) Andalucia, op. 86 (1933) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924), orch Louis AUBERT Fantaisie, op. 111 (1898) Albert PÉRILHOU (1846-1936) Ballade (1903)
Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937)
Suite, op. 34 (1898): Scherzo (arr. Beckett), Romance (arr. Widor) Edward Beckett (flute) London Festival Orchestra/Ross Pople Recorded 2nd-3rd March 1999 at The Warehouse, London BLACK BOX BBM 1049 [66’ 36"] [CH]

There is a feel-good quality about this disc which should commend it even to those who are not especially enamoured of the flute. … see Full Review

Ron GRAINER, Robert FARNON, Wilfred JOSEPHS and Albert ELMS The Prisoner Original Television Soundtrack Vol. 1: SILVA SCREEN FILMCD 601-3 [PS]

Whether one’s interest is The Prisoner or the popular music of a generation ago, or both these attractively presented discs can be recommended with confidence. … see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century:Carlo Maria Giulini Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Egmont Overture, Op. 84 - (1810) (4) Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 - (1812) (2) Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875) Jeux d’enfants, Op. 48 – (1871) (1) Maurice RAVEL (1875 - 1937) Ma Mère l’oye, Op. 48 – (1911) (3) Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Tancredi Overture – (1813) (1) Robert SCHUMANN (1810 - 1856) Symphony No. 3 – Rhenish (reorchestrated by Mahler), Op. 97 – (1850) (1) Johann STRAUSS (1825 - 1899) Kaiser Walzer, Op. 437 – (1889) (5) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882 - 1971) The Firebird - Suite, – (1919) (1) Philharmonia Orchestra (1), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,(3), Turin Radio Symphony Orchestra (4). Vienna Symphony Orchestra (5) conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini. recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, Oct. 1956, (Stravinsky / Bizet), June 1958, (Schumann), April 1964, (Rossini), Auditorium di Torino della RAI, January 1968 (Egmont), Medinah Temple, Chicago, March 1971, (Beethoven 7th), ORF Studios, Vienna, April 1974 (Strauss), Herkulessaal, Munich, January 1979 (Ravel). DDD
Volume 18 in the Great Conductor Series In association with IMG Artists EMI CLASSICS 5754622[156.14] [JP]

Flexible rhythms and warm, vital performances … see Full Review

Vallo JÄRVI conducts Estonian Orchestral Music - Heino ELLER (1887-1970) Five Pieces for Strings [Romance; Dance; Homeland Tune] (1953) [11.59] - Eugen KAPP (1908-1996) Dances from Ballet - Kalevipoeg (1948) [15.05] - Artur KAPP (1878-1952) Symphonic Prelude - Graves (1917) [10.18] - Evald AAV (1900-1939) Tone Poem - Life (1935) [34.56] Estonian Radio SO/Vallo Järvi - AAD recordings from the archives of Finnish Radio - rec 1970, 1962, 1967, 1960 respectively ESTONIAN RADIO ERCD 017 [72.02] [RB]

It took some mettle to bring out a disc of completely unheard of Estonian music and in sound that, while overwhelmingly secure, is not in the first flush of youth. Another step towards the renaissance of Estonian music. More please. … see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century:PAUL KLETZKI - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Benvenuti Cellini - Overturea. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64b. Capriccio italien, Op. 45c. Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde - Entr'acte after Act 3d. Antonin DVORAK Slavonic Dancese - D, Op. 46 No. 6; C minor, Op. 46 No. 7; C, Op. 72 No. 7. Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27f. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98g. Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Wesendonck-Lieder - No. 5, Traumeh. hHugh Bean (violin); achPhilharmonia Orchestra, bBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, dRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, eFrench National Radio Orchestra, fIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra, gCzech Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Kletzki. [ADD] In association with IMG Artists - Recorded at acdhKingsway Hall, London on aSeptember 6th, 1951 cSeptember 3rd-4th, dOctober 29th, 1958, h1958, blive performance at the Herkulesaal, Munich on May 19th, 1967, eFrench Radio Studios, Paris, in July 1961, fTel Aviv on May 25th, 1954, glive performance at the Rudolfinium, Prague, on December 20th, 1965. EMI CLASSICS CZS5 75468-2 [2CDs: 147'47] [CC]

Certainly this is an interesting compilation, although none of the recordings could constitute a primary recommendation ... The set shows Kletzki's strengths as well as his weaknesses. … see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century Vaclav Talich Georg BENDA (1722 - 1795) Symphony for String Orchestra in B Flat major, Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841 - 1904) The Water Goblin, Op. 107 – (1896) Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (From the New World), Op. 95 – (1893) Leoš JANÁČEK (1854 - 1928) The Cunning Little Vixen: Suite arr. by Vaclav Talich, from the opera – (1924) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Symphony No 33 in B Flat, K319 – (1779) Vitezslav NOVÁK (1870 - 1949) Moravian–Slovak Suite: Amorous Couple, Op. 32 – (1903) Bedrich SMETANA (1824 - 1884) Prague Carnival – Introduction and Polonaise (1883) Sarka (1875) – from Ma Vlast Josef SUK (1874 - 1935) Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 6 – (1892) Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Suite No. 4 in G (Mozartiana), Op. 61 - (1887) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Tchaikovsky only), conducted by Vaclav Talich. recorded in Studio Domovina, Prague, 30/3/54 – (Benda), Rudolfinum, Prague, 19-21/2/51 – (Suk), June/53 – (Prague Carnival and Novak), 13/4/54 – (Janacek), 10/6/54 – (Sarka), 28-30/9/54 – (New World), Smetana Hall, Prague, 17/5/54 – (Water Goblin), 9/6/54 – (Mozart) both live, Bratislava, 1951 – (Tchaikovsky). MONO Volume 24 in the Great Conductor Series. In association with IMG Artists EMI CLASSICS CZS5 75483-2 [157.20]

You could not wish for a more authentic feel for this repertoire than we get here. … see Full Review

Ernst Levy; Forgotten Genius plays Beethoven, Liszt and Levy - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No 29 Op 106 Hammerklavier (1818) - Piano Sonata No 32 Op 111 (1822) - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) - Piano Sonata in B Minor S178 (1852-53) - Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses No 3 Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude S173 (1845-52) - Années de Pèlerinage, Seconde Année No 1 Sposalizio S161 (1837-49) - Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 S244 (1846-85) - Ernst LEVY (1895-1981) - Pieces for Piano Nos 6, 7, 8, 9 and 18 Ernst Levy, piano - Recorded 1954-58 except Liszt’s Sposalizio recorded on a Sonabel 78 in 1928 MARSTON 52007-2 [2 CDs 156.59] [JW]

The fiery, dramatic, occasionally vexatious playing of Levy. … see Full Review

Ernst Levy 2; Forgotten Genius plays Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonata No 31 Hob XVI/46 (1778) - Piano Sonata No 47 Hob XVI/32 (1776) - Piano Sonata No 60 Hob XVI/50 (c1794-1795) - Piano Sonata No 61 Hob XVI/51 (c1794-1795) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No 23 Op 57 Appassionata (1804) - Piano Sonata No 27 Op 90 (1814) - Piano Sonata No 28 Op 101 (1816) - Piano Sonata No 30 Op 109 (1820) - Piano Sonata No 31 Op 110 (1821-22) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasy in D Minor K397 (1782 or 1786-87) - Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Frühlingsstimmen Op 410 (1883) Ernst Levy, piano - Recorded on Unicorn Records 1956 (Haydn, Beethoven Sonatas Nos 23, 30, 31) 1958 (Beethoven Sonatas No 27, 28), Mozart and Strauss from Sonabel 78s recorded in c1929 MARSTON 52021-2 [2 CDs 79.26 and 71.33] [JW]

A pianist who demands to be heard. … See Full Review

Live from State of the Nation 2001 - Jo THOMAS (b.1972) Wolfie (1999) - David HORNE (b.1970) Broken Instruments (1999) - Fraser TRAINER (b.1967) The Colour of Scars (2001) - Rolf HIND (b.1964) Solgata (1999-2000) - Larry GOVES (b.1980) walking underground (2000) - Tansy DAVIES (b.1973) Small Black Stone (1999-2000) - Luke BEDFORD (b.1978) Five Abstracts Nos. 2, 4 and 5 (2001) - Joe CUTLER (b.1968) Without Fear of Vertigo (2001) - Richard AYRES (b.1965) No. 24 Noncerto for alto trombone (1995) - Peter BATCHELOR (b.1974) Steamin’ (2000) - Rolf Hind (piano) London Sinfonietta – Pierre-André Valade - Recorded live at State of the Nation 2001, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, April 2001 DDD NMC D078 [77:25] [CT]

A valuable musical overview of some of the names to watch amongst the younger generation of British composers in typically energetic performances by the London Sinfonietta. … see Full Review

Lyrical Gems for the Horn - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) transcribed by Sterling Procter: Nell, Les Berceaux, Ici-bas, Au bord de l’eau, Aprés un Rêve. Nicolas von KRUFFT (1779-1818): Sonata in F. Alexander SCRIABIN (1871-1915): Romance. Vaclav NELHYBEL (1919-1996): Scherzo Concertante. Carl REINECKE (1824-1910): Notturno. Jean FRANCAIX (1912-1997) Canon in Octave. Gilbert VINTER (1909-1969) Hunter’s Moon. Reinhold GLIERE (1875-1956): Nocturne, Romance, Intermezzo, Valse Triste. Eugene BOZZA (1905-1991) En Forêt. Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Le Basque. (transcribed by Marvin MCCOY) Gregory Hustis, horn - Steven Harlos, piano - Recorded April 7-9, 1998 at the Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite, Texas DDD CRYSTAL RECORDS CD770 [65:46] [KS]

Anyone who appreciates fine musicianship and pleasant, appealing repertoire will appreciate this outing. … see Full Review


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