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'Manchester Accents'- Music by:- Walter CARROLL - Eric FOGG - Anthony GILBERT - Terence GREAVES - James LANGLEY - John McCABE - John MANDUELL - Thomas PITFIELD Northern Chamber Orchestra - Rec. DDD ASC CS CD45 [65.00?] [CSS]

Provincial northern accents predominate amid an urbane eclectic variety … see Full Review

Willem MENGELBERG (1871-1951) - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz - Overture, Euryanthe – Overture, Oberon – Overture, Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Scherzo from the Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Roman Carnival Overture - Three Excerpts from the damnation of Faust: Minuet of the Will-o’-the-wisp, Dance of the Sylphs, Hungarian March - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les Préludes - Concertgebouw Orchestra Willem Mengelberg - Recorded 1928-1942 NAXOS 8.110853 [66.43] [JW]

Drama and theatricality in profusion, colour and intense rubati, uniform portamenti and a highly individual and personalized approach to form … see Full Review

Benno Moiseiwitsch plays Chopin - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Twenty-Four Preludes Op 28 (Op Posth) - Nocturnes No 2 Op 9/2 (1837) - Polonaise No 9 Op 71/2 (1826) - Ballades 1-4 Opp 12, 38, 47, 52 (1831-42) Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano - Recorded Abbey Road, London 1938-48 APR 5575 [76.47] [JW]

Moiseiwitsch’s Chopin belongs in the highest company. Felicitously transferred, this is a pretty much a self-recommending disc. … see Full Review

Benno Moiseiwitsch plays Tchaikovsky Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No 1 Op 23 (1875 rev 1879 and 1889) - Piano Concerto No 2 Op 44 (1880) - Chanson triste Op 40/2 (1878) Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano - Roy Robertson, violin and Anthony Pini, cello (Piano Concerto No 2) - Philharmonia Orchestra (Piano Concerto No 1) - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano Concerto No 2) George Weldon - Recorded 1944 (Concerto No 2), 1945 (Concerto No 1, Chanson Triste) APR 5518 [68.33] [JW]

Marvellously lucid, unselfconscious and utterly musical without ostentation or grandiloquence. ... See Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: PIERRE MONTEUX - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 2 (1802) - North German Radio Symphony Orchestra - Rec 1 October 1960, Musikhalle, Hamburg - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Prelude and Liebestod: Tristan und Isolde (1865) - North German Radio Symphony Orchestra - Rec 14 February 1964, Musikhalle, Hamburg - Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphony: Mathis der Maler (1934) - Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Rec 12 October 1962, Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Three Nocturnes (1899) - Women of the Berkshire Festival Chorus - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Rec 15 August 1955, Symphony Hall, Boston - Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Music from The Sleeping Beauty, Opus 66 (1890) - London Symphony Orchestra - Rec 3-6 June 1957, Kingsway Hall, London - Claude-Joseph Rouget DE LISLE (1760-1836) La Marseillaise London Symphony Orchestra - Rec June 1962, Walthamstow Town Hall, London - In association with IMG Artists EMI CLASSICS CZ5 75474 2 [2CDs: 73.03; 74.07] [TB]

Monteux: venerable master of his craft, but the performances can be bettered elsewhere, at least as far as quality of sound is concerned. The Beethoven Symphony No. 2 is worth the money all on its own. … see Full Review

Music for Saxophone and Orchestra - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Rapsodie for orchestra and alto saxophone (original version) (1908 scored Roger-Ducasse 1919) - Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Scaramouche; suite for alto saxophone and orchestra (1937) - Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concertino da camera for alto saxophone and eleven instruments (1935) - Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Fantasia for soprano saxophone, three horns and strings (1948) - Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Concerto for alto saxophone and strings (1934) - Ekaterini KARAMESSINI (b 1967) Song of Dionysus; Concerto for saxophone and orchestra (2002) Theodore Kerkezos, saxophone - Philharmonia Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins - Recorded All Saint’s Church, London May 2002 NAXOS 8.557063 [71.08] [JW]

A well-filled infectious delight of a disc … see Full Review

Music From Six Continents 2001 Series - Alan BRINGS (b. USA1934) Scherzi musicale; Betty BEATH (b. Australia 1932) Woman’s Song for Strings; Sonja GROSSNER (b. UK 1942) From Dark to Light - Moravian Philharmonic conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada - Maximilian KREUZ (b. Austria 1953) Mouvement symphonique No.3 - Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich - Tsippi FLEISCHER (b. Israel 1946) Symphony No.4 A Moving Shadow - Eyal Sela, folk winds and Yinon Muallem, folk percussion Members of the Prague Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Mikula - Recording details not available VIENNA MODERN MASTERS VMM 3053 [62.49] [GH]

A mixture of styles, compositional originality and expertise. The strengths lie with the Kreuzer and Fleischer … see Full Review

No Title Required: Chamber Music by RAINIER and HARRISON - Priaulx RAINIER (1903-1986) ‘Suite’ for clarinet and piano (1943); Five Pieces for keyboard (1951-55) Viola Sonata (1945) - Sadie HARRISON (b.1965) No title required (1994) - Three Expositions (1997) - After Colonna (2001) - Double Image: Carola Neilenger (flute) Andrew Sparing (clarinet) Philippa Ibbotson (violin) and David Carhart (piano) - Recorded in the Gateway Studios, Kingston, London, July 2001 METIER CD92056 [70.15] [GH]

This music will probably have limited appeal but I find it strong and brilliant, perhaps you will … see Full Review

The Piano G & Ts. Recordings from the Gramophone and Typewriter era (1900-1907); Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno and Natalia Janotha - Alfred GRÜNFELD (1852-1924) Serenade Op 32 - Etude a la tarantella Op 47/3 - Mazurka à la Viennoise Op 51 - Ungarische Fantasie Op 55 - Valse mignonne Op 51/4 - Romance Op 42 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Wohin - Die Forelle - Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Frühlingsstimmenwalzer arr Grünfeld - Georg Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite No 4 – Gavotte and Variations - Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonata in a L495 - Raoul PUGNO (1852-1914) Impromptu valse - Valse lente - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltz in A Flat Op 34/1 - Nocturne in F Sharp Op 15/2 - Impromptu in A Flat Op 29 - Berceuse in D Flat Op 57 - Sonata in B Flat Minor Op 35 – March funèbre - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without words Op 67/4 - Scherzo in E Minor Op 16/2 - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Valse folle - Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Scherzo-valse - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Fugue in A Minor - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without words Op 67/4 - Natalia JANOTHA (1856-1932) Polish carillon (extract) - Gavotte impériale Alfred Grünfeld, piano (all items from Grünfeld to Strauss) - Raoul Pugno, piano (all items from Handel to Mendelssohn’s Scherzo) - Natalia Janotha, piano (last four items) - Recorded Vienna, Paris and London 1903-1905 APR 5532 [77.13] [JW]

Incision, clarity of fingerwork and superb touch … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leontyne Price Rediscovered HANDEL , BRAHMS, GIORDANO, POULENC, BARBER, HOIBY, Spirituals, PUCCINI, CILEA Leontyne Price (soprano) David Garvey (piano) Recorded ‘live’ at Carnegie Hall, New York City on 28 February, 1965 RCA RED SEAL 09026 63908 2 [66’36] [JQ]

Recommended urgently to all lovers of the singing voice. If you only buy one disc of vocal music this year make sure it’s this one! … 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

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) Rec: April 2002, Hertford College, Oxford, SIGNUM SIGCD020 [69.00] [KM]

A fine disc for those who appreciate Elizabethan music, or a superb introduction for those interested in discovering its riches. … see Full Review

Romantic Symphonic Music by Flemish Composers - Vol. II Jef VAN HOOF (1886-1959)
Symphony No. 2 (1941) [32.32] Lodewijk MORTELMANS (1868-1952) Mythe der Lente (1895) [10.28] Peter BENOIT (1834-1901) In de Velden - Song for oboe and string orchestra (1869) [1.58] Arthur MEULEMANS (1884-1966) Symphony No. 7 Zwaneven - Een Heidesymfonie (Swan Heath - A Fenland Symphony) (1940) [29.02] Joost Gils (oboe) VRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Silveer Van den Broeck rec. Magdalenzaal, Brussels, 24-26 April 1996 DDD MARCO POLO 8.225101 [74.24] [RB]

Freshen your reactions with these Flemish works enthusiastically put across and vividly recorded. ... see Full Review

Claude GERVAISE (????-1560) Pierre CERTON (????-1572) Clément JANNEQUIN (1485-1558) Claudin de SERMISY (1490?-1562) GERMAN COURTS Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) Melchior FRANCK (1580?-1639) Hening DEDEKIND (1544-1628) ROZMBERK COURT IN CESKY KRUMLOV Giovanni GASTOLDI (1550-1622) Francesco BENDUSI (????-1553?) Adriano BANCHIERI (1565-1634) Giorgio MAINERIO (1535-1582)
Rozmberk Consort, Prague, directed by Frantisek Pok Recorded in 1993 at the DAMU studios, Prague SUPRAPHON SU3194-2 931 [60.12] [WH]

Those who listened at Europe’s princely courts in the sixteenth century to artistry like this were lucky indeed. … see Full Review

SASHA plays Romantic Russian Rarities - Henryk WIENIAWSKI Souvenir de Moscou, Op. 6. Sergei PROKOFIEV (arr. Fikhtengoltz) Five Pieces from 'Cinderella'. Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Daisies. Romance, Op. 6 No. 1. Reinhold GLIERE (1875-1956) Romance, Op. 3. Mikhail Ivanovich GLINKA (1884-1887) Mazurka. Efrem ZIMBALIST (1889-1985) Fantasy on a Theme from Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Le coq d'or'. Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin); Olga Sitkovetsky (piano). Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, on 29th-31st October 2000. [DDD] EMI ANGEL 5 57025-2 [55'12] [CC]

Even at its best fails to ignite and excite. Symptomatic of the polished, squeaky-clean young virtuosi of today. … see Full Review

Berl Senofsky and Gary Graffman in Concert at the Library of Congress Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No 2 in A Major Op 100 Sonatensatz Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Sonata No 1 in F Minor Op 80 Berl Senofsky, violin Gary Graffman, piano Recorded in concert at The Library of Congress 14 March 1975 BRIDGE 9118 [57.09] [JW]

An admirable tribute to a fine violinist. … see Full Review

Daniil Shtoda (tenor): Piotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Serenade, Op.63 No. 6. The Nightingale, Op.60 No. 4. At the Ball, Op.38 No. 3. Again, as before, alone, Op.73 No. 6. Night, Op.73 No. 2. I should like in a single word. It was in the early spring, Op.38 No. 2. Why? Op.6 No. 5, Does the day reign? Op.47 No. 6. Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Embrace me and Kiss me. Spanish Song - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Octave, Op.45 No. 3. The clouds begin to scatter, Op.42 No. 3. The rose and the nightingale, Op.2 No. 2. Of what in the silence of the night, Op.40 No. 3. The Nymph, Op.56 No. 1 - César CUI (1835-1918) The burnt letter, Op. 33 No. 4. A statue in Tsarskoe, Op.57 No. 17. I loved you, Op.33 No. 3 - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Do you remember the evening?. Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5. They answered, Op.21 No. 4. At my window, Op. 26 No. 10. Oh do not sing to me, Op.4 No. 4. Fragment from A. de Musset, Op.21 No. 6. Daniil Shtoda (tenor); Larissa Gergieva (piano). Recorded in Potton Hall, Suffolk, in April 2000. [DDD] EMI CLASSICS DEBUT CDZ 5 74232 2 [64.29] [CC]

A variable recital, then. Shtoda is certainly worth watching, even if he did not quite deliver the goods on this occasion. … see Full Review

Soldier, Soldier: Barrack Room Ballads of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) - Gerard F COBB To T.A; Gunga Din; Ford o'Kabul River; The Young British Soldier; Lichtenberg; Fuzzy Wuzzy; Belts; 'Oonts; Snarleyow - J P MCCALL Boots; Route Marchin'; Cells; W WARD-HIGGS Troopin'; The Widow's Party; Bill 'Awkins - Gordon SUTHERLAND The Widow at Windsor - Maurice BELL Follow me 'ome - Walter DAMROSCH Danny Deever - Oley SPEAKS On the Road to Mandalay - Mary CARMICHAEL Tommy - Percy GRAINGER Soldier, Soldier Michael Halliwell (bar) - David Miller (piano) - rec Nov 2000, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia. DDD ARTWORKS AW028 [76.00] [RB]

Vivid and full-blooded characterisation ... a voice of outstanding quality ... glorious lyrically rounded tone. ... see Full Review

Sonatas for Double Bass Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata in a for Arpeggione and pianoforte, D.821 (1824) Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for double-bass and pianoforte (1949) František HERTL Sonata for double-bass and pianoforte Duncan McTier (double-bass), Kathron Sturrock (pianoforte) Recorded 18th-19th November 1999, 28th March 2000 (Hertl) at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England BLACK BOX BBM1007 [57’ 41"] [CH]

If you want to know what a double-bass can do, and maybe even if you think you don’t, you should get this. … see Full Review

"Songs from the Exotic" (Accompanied Songs). Manuel de FALLA (1874 - 1946) ‘Siete canciones populares españolas’ - Judith WEIR (b.1954) ‘Songs from the Exotic’ - Joaquin RODRIGO (1901 - 1999) ‘Madrigales amatorios’ - Luciano BERIO (b.1925) ‘Quattro Canzoni Populari’ Polly May (mezzo) - Lucy Walker (piano) - Recorded 27th to 29th January 2001 at the Reid Concert Hall Edinburgh, Scotland. DELPHIAN DCD 34002 [43.36] [SM]

Voice and piano very well captured within an acoustic that is airy and clear, quite deep and just a little "dark". … see Full Review

Songs of Winter Nights Vitezslav NOVAK (1870-1949)
Songs of Winter Nights Op 30 Josef Bohuslav FOERSTER (1859-1951) Dreaming Op 47 Zdenek FIBICH (1850-1900) Two Scherzi Op 4 Leos JANACEK (1854-1928) Intimate Sketches Moravian Dances Marian Lapsansky, piano Recorded Martinů Hall, Prague March and September 1995 SUPRAPHON SU 3016-2 131 [73’40] [JW]

Adds materially to Lapsansky’s reputation as a connoisseur exponent of his native literature. … see Full Review

Spectrum 3: 25 Contemporary works for piano from around the globe Pēteris PLAKIDIS (Latvia b.1947) Distant Song Param VIR (India b.1952) White Light Chorale Karen TANAKA (Japan b.1961) Lavender Field Javier ALVAREZ (Mexico b.1956) n mambo Detlev GLANERT (Germany b.1960) Lied im Berg Sohrab UDUMAN (Sri Lanka b.1962) Still, Suspended Victoria BORISOVA-OLLAS (Russia b.1969) Silent Island Aulis SALLINEN (Finland b.1935) King Lear’s Distant War Joyce BEE TUAN KOH (Singapore b.1968) la Pierre magenta Gerald BARRY (Eire b.1952) Root Position Lyell CRESSWELL (New Zealand b.1944) Apteryx Toek NUMAN (Netherlands b.1971) Bergen Julia WOLFE (USA b.1958) Earring Alexandre LUNSQUI (Brazil b.1969) tempo absurdo Peter SCULTHORPE (Australia b.1929) Song for a Penny Poul RUDERS (Denmark b.1949) Shooting Stars Faidros KAVALLARIS (Cyprus b.1950) Yassemí Naji HAKIM (Lebanon b.1955) Dumia Jean-Marc SINGIER (France b.1954) Fragments distincts, fouillis d’instants Sylvie BODOROVÁ (Czech Republic b.1954) Carousel Julian YU (China b.1957) Yellow Beanleaves Rodney SHARMAN (Canada b.1958) The Anglo Tango Ramon LAZKANO (Spain b.1968) Zortziko Haflidi HALLGRIMSSON (Iceland b.1941) Drymla Kevin VOLANS (South Africa b.1949) Wrist Rock Thalia Myers - Piano Recorded at Challow Park, Berkshire on 18 and 19 February 2001 DDD METRONOME MET CD 1053 [40:15] [CT]

An entertaining and interesting collection of piano miniatures written with young players and amateurs in mind, reflecting the diversity and eclecticism of the current international contemporary music scene. … see Full Review
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Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977): Great Conductors of the 20th Century - CD1: Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony no. 1 (1899) - National Philharmonic Orchestra. Rec. West Ham Central Mission, London, 2nd, 4th, 5th Nov 1976 - Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphony no.2 "The Four Temperaments" (1902) - Danish State Symphony Orchestra. Rec. live, Odd Fellow Palæt, Copenhagen,4th Aug 1967 - Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Handel in the Strand (1932) - Country Gardens (1908-18) - Shepherd’s Hey (1911) - Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra. Rec. The Manhattan Centre, New York City, 31st May 1950 - CD2: Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) La Péri – Fanfare (1912) - Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra. Rec. Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City, 12th Feb.1957. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Tragic Overture, op.81 (1881) - National Philharmonic Orchestra. Rec. Abbey Rd. Studios, London, 9th April 1977 - Franz LISZT(1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody in F minor, S359 No.1 (date unknown) - Members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Rec. The Manhattan Centre, New York City, 10th Feb. 1955 - Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) La oración de torero, op.34 (1925) - Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra. Rec. Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City, 19th Feb.1958. Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Escales – Symphonic Poem (1924) - Orchestre National de la Radioffusion Française - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde (1859): Love Music - Philadelphia Orchestra. Rec. Broadwood Hall, Philadelphia, Feb. 25th 1960 Reinhold GLIERE (1875-1956) - The Red Poppy – Concert Suite op.70, Russian Sailors’ Dance (1927) Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra. Rec. Riverside Plaza Hotel, New York City, 14th Feb.1953. National Philharmonic Orchestra; Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra; Members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestre National de la Radioffusion Française; Leopold Stokowski and His Orchestra; Percy Grainger/Leopold Stokowski - Great Conductors of the 20th Century EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS 7243 5 75480 2 1 [2CDs: 78:43+78:45] [GPJ]

Stokowski illuminated the expressive essence of the music he loved in an inimitable way … see Full Review

Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic Volume 1 - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) The Flying Dutchman – Overture (1843), Die Walküre – Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music (arr Stokowski) (1850) - Mikhail IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1859-1935) Caucasian Sketches – No 2 In the Village (1894) - Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L’Ascension – Four Symphonic Meditations (1933) - Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Roman Sketches – The White Peacock - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Sir John in Love – Fantasia on Greensleeves (arr Ralph Greaves) (1934) - Piotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Francesca da Rimini (1876) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski - Recorded New York 1947-49 CALA CACD0533 [76.47] [JW]

Proselytiser, synthesiser, occasional tyrant, never a dull moment … see Full Review

Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic Volume 2 - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Rienzi – Overture (1842), Die Götterdämmerung (1876) – Siegfried’s Rhine Journey; Siegfried’s Funeral Music - Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Masquerade Suite - Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Serenade for Strings (1880) – Waltz - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Swanwhite - Maiden with the Roses - Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Gurrelieder – Song of the Wood-Dove (arr Erwin Stein) (1900-03 rev 1910-11) - Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Billy the Kid (1938 concert suite 1939) – Prairie Night; Celebration Dance New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski - Recorded New York 1947-49 CALA CACD0534 [76.40] [JW]

Not essential Stokowski but readings of flair and vigour, too long buried in the vaults … see Full Review

Leopold Stokowski Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried Idyll (1870) - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1909) - Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht (1899) The Symphony of the Air/Leopold Stokowski - Recorded in concert at The Library of Congress November 17th 1960 BRIDGE 9074 [63.39] [JW]

Naturalness, simplicity, numerous delicious touches – the portamento is discreet and sparing, used to heighten expressive quality … see Full Review

There is Sweet Music: English Choral Songs 1890-1950 - Charles Villiers Stanford The Blue Bird; Quick we have but a second (arr.) - Frederick Delius: Two Unaccompanied part-songs - Edward Elgar: There is sweet music; My love dwelt in a Northern Land - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs - E.J. Moeran: The Sailor & young Nancy (arr.) - Percy Grainger: Brigg Fair (arr); Londonderry Air (arr.) - Edward T Chapman: The three ravens (arr.) - Gustav Holst: My sweetheart's like Venus (arr.) - Edward Bairstow: The oak and the ash (arr.) - Benjamin Britten: Five Flower Songs The Cambridge Singers: directed by John Rutter - Recorded in the Great Hall of University College School, London, February 1986 COLLEGIUM RECORDS CSCD 505 [56.27] [JF]

A good introduction to the English Choral Tradition from the first half of the 20th century … see Full Review

Swiss Concertos of the Twentieth Century: Flute and Clarinet - Hermann HALLER (1914-2002) Flute and Clarinet Concerto (1961) [17.03] - Wladimir VOGEL (1896-1984) Flute Concertino (1979) [11.19] - Robert BLUM (1900-1994) Clarinet Concertino (1974) [11.29] - Hans SCHAEUBLE (1906-1988) Flute Concertino (1959) [15.58] - Philipp Jundt (flute) - Elisabeth Häfliger (clarinet) - Camerata Zürich (strings)/Räto Tschupp - rec. Radio Studio, Zürich, Oct 2001 (Blum; Haller); Jan 2002 (Vogel; Schaeuble) GUILD GMCD 7250 [56.47] [RB]

The answer to 'what next after the Nielsen wind concertos' ... see Full Review

A Trinity Christmas - Phillipp NICOLAI (1556-1608) harm. Michael PRAETORIUS (c1571-1621): ‘Wake, O wake with tidings thrilling’ [1’23"] Anon (13th century). ‘Edi beo thu hevene quene’ [0’54"] Arr. D. WILLCOCKS (b.1919): ‘Of the Father’s heart begotten’ [3’27"] Anon (14th century): ‘Angelus ad virginem’ [1’42"] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): ‘Es is ein Ros’ entsprungen’* [2’23"] Patrick HADLEY (1899-1973): ‘I sing of a maiden’ [2’30"] Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654): ‘A child is born in Bethlehem’ [2’08"] H. J. GAUNTLETT (1805-1876): ‘Once in royal David’s city’ [2’25"] G. R. WOODWARD (1848-1934): ‘Up! Good Christen folk, and listen’ [1’22"] Czech trad. arr. D. WILLCOCKS: ‘Rocking’ [1’47"] English trad. Arr. H. Walford DAVIES (1869-1941): ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ [3’27"] John IRELAND (1879-1962): ‘The Holy boy’* [2’42"] M. PRAETORIUS, arr. R. MARLOW (b.1939): ‘A great and mighty wonder’ [4’04"] Arr. Edgar PETTMAN (1865-1943): ‘I saw a maiden’ [3’19"] William MATHIAS (1934-1992): Sir Christémas’ [1’31"] Trad. German, harm. J. S. BACH (1685-1750):’O little one sweet’ [2’10"] Richard Rodney BENNETT (b. 1936): ‘Out of your sleep’ [1’41"] Henri MULET (1878-1967): ‘Noël’** [2’36"] English trad. Arr. D. WILLCOCKS: ‘Tomorrow shall be my dancing day’ [1’53"] Anon. Arr. D. WILLCOCKS: ‘O come, all ye faithful’ [3’38"] Trad. German, arr. R. L. PEARSALL (1795-1856): ‘In dulci jubilo’ [3’38"] J. S. BACH: ‘In dulci jubilo’ ** [2’22"] English trad. Arr. D. WILLCOCKS: ‘I saw three ships’ [1’50"] French trad. Arr. Martin SHAW (1875-1958): ‘Noël nouvelet’ [2’38"] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847), arr. D. WILLCOCKS: Hark! the herald angels sing’ [3’01"] JeanFrançois DANDRIEU (c 1682-1738): ‘Le Roy des cieux’ ** [0’51"] Peter CORNELIUS (1824-1874), arr. Ivor ATKINS (1869-1987); ‘The three kings’ [2’26"] Elizabeth POSTON (1905-1987); ’Jesus Christ, the apple tree’ [3’04"] Felix MENDELSSOHN: ‘Frohlokket, ihr Völker auf Erden’ (Op.79/1) [1’28"] Conrad KOCHER (1786-1872), arr. D. WILLCOCKS: ‘As with gladness men of old’ [2’41"] The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Richard Marlow - *Douglas Paine and **Benjamin Woodward (organ) - Recorded in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, July 4-6 2001
GMN CO118 [71’01] [JQ]

Choice of music and dedication of performance remind us, as all good Christmas music should, what the season is really about. … See Full Review

Maxim Vengerov: Eugène YSÄYE (1858-1931) Sonatas for solo violin, Opus 27: No. 2, No.3, No. 4, No. 6 (1923) - Rodion SHCHEDRIN (born 1932) Echo Sonata, Opus 69 (1985) - Balalaika, Opus 100 (2000) - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata for solo violin in A minor, BWV565 (c1717) Maxim Vengerov (violin) - Rec 22-25 May 2002, Potton Hall, Suffolk; 24 May 2002, Barbican, London (Schedrin Balalaika) EMI CLASSICS 5 57384 2 [66.42] [TB]

Performance that are compelling … great fire and commitment. … see Full Review

Victoria de los Angeles - Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725): ‘Le violette’ [2’26"] - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759): ‘So shall the Lute and Harp Awake’ (from Judas Maccabaeus) [4’28"] - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): ‘Mein!’ (from Die Schöne Müllerin, D795) [2’33"] - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856): ‘Widmung’, Op.25 No.1 [2’27"] - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): ‘Nachtigall’, Op. 97 No. 1 [2’51"]; ‘Meine Liebe ist grün’, Op.63 No.5 [1’31"] - Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): ‘Pastorale’ [2’01"] - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937): ‘Vocalise-étude en forme de habañera’ [2’59"] - Henri DUPARC (1848-1933): ‘L’Invitation au voyage’ [4’17"] - Ernesto HALFFTER (1905-1989): ‘La corza blanca’ [1’35"]; ‘La niña que se va al mar’ [3’01"] - Amadeo VIVES (1871-1932): ‘La presumida’ [2’23"]; ‘El retrato de Isabela’ [2’09"] - Joaquín NIN (1879-1949): ‘Montañesa’ [2’26"];‘Paño murciano’ [1145"] - Fernando OBRADORS (1897-1945): Chiquitita la novia’ [2’57"] - Léo DELIBES (1836-1891): Bonjour, Suzon!’ [2’46"] - Joaquín VALVERDE (1846-1910): ‘Clavelitos’ [1’58"] - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869): Les Nuits d’été, Op. 7* (‘Villanelle’ [2’27"]; ‘Le Spèctre de la rose’ [6’41"]; ‘L’île inconnue’ [3’47"]) - Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) - Gerald Moore (piano) - *BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Schwarz - Recorded in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 25 August 1957 - *Royal Festival Hall, London, 24 April 1957 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4101-2 [61’57"] [JQ]

The real value of this release lies in the Edinburgh Festival items and all admirers of this great singer will want to acquire it for these alone. … see Full Review

WARNER ARTIST PORTRAIT Series: Details only: Hélène Grimaud Warner Portrait 0927481732 ; William Christie and Les Arts Florissants Warner Portrait 0927479852; Alban Berg Quartet Warner Portrait 0927479822 ; Il Giardino Armonico Warner Portrait 0927481742 ; Andreas Staier Warner Portrait 0927479842; Maxim Vengerov Warner Portrait 0927481762

Fritz WUNDERLICH (tenor) Sacred Songs Historical Recordings: 1956-8 ADD
[76.09] [DW]

Why isn't all early music performed like this in this simple, direct unostentatious way? … see Full Review
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WILLIAM WALTON The Romantic Loner: A centenary portrait album by Humphrey Burton and Maureen Murray Published by Oxford University Press in January 2002 £25, hardback ISBN 0-19-816235-9 [DW]


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