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20th Century Variations Carlo DOMENICOMI (b.1947) Variations after an Anatolian folk song Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1948) Folia de España Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Nocturnal Op.70 (after John Dowland) Dale Kavanagh (guitar) HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.350 [48:53] [AD]

An artist of consummate quality. … see Full Review

ASPECTS OF NATURE English and Scottish Recorder Music. - Seascapes William ALWYN * - Variations on a ground Robert CRAWFORD - Three pastorals Robin ORR *æˇ
Whigmaleerie David DORWARD - The Long , the short and the tall David DORWARD - Three Flower Songs Arnold COOKE * - A Wayside daisy Robin HOLLOWAY - Rainbow John MCLEOD - Three two-part inventions Robert CRAWFORD æˇ - Rondeau des Oiseau Robin ORR - I wonder as I wander arr BRITTEN * - Watermusic Gordon CROSSE John Turner (recorders), *Eleanor Meynell (soprano) æˇ Tom Dunn (viola) Peter Lawson (piano). World Premiere Recordings DDD OLYMPIA OCD 614 [69.41] [DW]

Musicians must rejoice that Turner gave up a career in law to give us something better! … see Full Review

Sir John Barbirolli - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 – 1958) Symphony No. 8 in D minor – (1956) - Nicolai RIMSKY KORSAKOV (1844 – 1908) Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 - (1887) - Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841 – 1894) España – (1883) - John BARBIROLLI (1899 – 1970) An Elizabethan Suite, arranged from keyboard pieces by various composers – (1956) Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli. recorded in the Teatro Kursaal, Lugano on the 11th April 1961. AURA MUSIC AUR 181-2 [61’11"] [JP]

An unusual release, but not a definite purchase – in other words to be approached with caution. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Second Symphonies by Brahms and Beethoven - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no.2 - Recorded in 1956, Edinburgh, UK - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Symphony no.2 - Recorded in 1956, London, UK Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4099-2 [70:26] [CN]

Fantastic renditions of both works practically guaranteed – and delivered. … see Full Review

GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE 20th CENTURY 16: SIR ADRIAN BOULT - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Overture – "Rob Roy", op. 54 (1) - César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in d (2) - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Suite no. 3 in G, op. 55: Theme and Variations (3) - Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Portsmouth Point (4) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Coriolan Overture, op. 62 (5) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony no. 4 in d, op. 120 (6) - Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Italian Serenade (7) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony no. 4 in c, D.417 – "Tragic" (8) - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Tempest: Prelude (9) London Orchestra Society (2), London Philharmonic Orchestra (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), New Philharmonia Orchestra (5), Philharmonia Orchestra (7)/Sir Adrian Boult - Locations (all in London): Abbey Road Studios (3, 4), Kingsway Hall (5), Walthamstow Town Hall (1, 6, 7, 9), Watford Town Hall (2), Wembley Town Hall (8) - Dates: 15th-31st August 1956 (1, 6), 1st-12th September 1956 (9), 5th January 1957 (7), 23rd-27th February 1959 (8), 1st June 1959 (2), 27th July 1967 (4), 17th September 1970, 12th, 14th, 17th June 1974 (3) - in association with IMG Artists EMI CLASSICS CZ5 5 75459 2 [2CDs: 73’45"+75’35"] [CH]

A wonderful and revelatory tribute to a conductor whose work we believed we knew well already. … see Full Review

The Budapest String Quartet - Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Quartet in D Major Op 64 No 5 The Lark - Quartet in D Major Op 76 No 5 - Trio No 1 in G Major Hob XV;25 – Rondo all’Ongarese - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quartet in E Flat Major Op 16 - Budapest String Quartet (omit Alexander Schneider in the Beethoven Quartet) Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano - Recorded in the Coolidge Auditorium of The Library of Congress, Haydn Quartets 1940 and 1941, Trio April 1955, Beethoven Quartet April 1955 BRIDGE 9067 [64’03] [JW]

Raptly played … touching simplicity. … see Full Review

Budapest String Quartet. Souvenir. George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto for Harp and Strings Op 4 No 6 - Daniel Gregory MASON (1873-1953) String Quartet on Negro Themes Op 19 (1920) - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Danse sacrée et danse profane (1904) - Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Two Sketches based on Indian Themes (op posth) - Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet in F Major The American (1893) - ANONYMOUS ARRANGEMENT Dinah Budapest String Quartet - Marcel Grandjany, harp (Debussy) - Recorded Coolidge Auditorium of The Library of Congress 1941-49 BRIDGE 9077 [64’22] [JW]

An unashamedly engaging collection of repertoire not now associated with the heavyweight Budapest Quartet. … see Full Review

The Casals Festivals. Perpignan 1951. Volume III - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Quartet in F Major for Oboe and Strings K370 (1781) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio No 2 in G Major, Op 1 No 2 (1795) - Piano Trio No 4 in B Flat Major, Op 11 - Piano Trio No 6 in E Flat Major, Op 70 No 2 (1808) - Piano Trio No 7 in B Flat Major Op 97 Archduke (1814) - Marcel Tabuteau, oboe - Isaac Stern, violin - William Primrose, viola - Paul Tortelier, cello - Above in the Mozart Oboe Quartet, otherwise; Eugene Istomin, piano - Alexander Schneider, violin - Pablo Casals, cello - Recorded in the Palace of Kings of Majorca during the Perpignan Festival, July 1951 PEARL GEMS 0174 [2 CDs 149’24] [JW]

Noble, lofty, cherishable and of lasting artistic validity. … see Full Review

The Clerks’ Group; Brussels 5557 1 Kyrie Deus creator omnium Sarum Chant 2’20"
Walter FRYE (d. 1475)
Missa Flos Regalis John BEDYNGHAM (1422-60) 6 Myn hertis lust 2’16" 7 Fortune alas 1’55" 8 Mi verry joy 3’43" 9 Alas, alas, alas (Walter Frye) 3’22" 10 So ys emprentid (Frye?/Bedyngham?) 2’49" 11 Pryncesse of youthe (Anon) 2’27" John PLUMMER (d. c.1487) Missa Sine nomine The Clerks’ Group/Edward Wickham - director Recordings made in St Andrew’s Church, West Wratting on 26 and 27 May 1999 SIGNUM SIGCD015 [68’42"] [PW]

Interesting music here, and well presented, but as a listening experience this one is just too uncomfortable to bear repeated hearings. … see Full Review
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Maria CALLAS at Covent Garden 1962 and 1964 - Giuseppe VERDI * (1813-1901) Don Carlo (Act IV) Tu che le vanità - Georges BIZET * (1838-1875) Carmen: Prelude; Habanera (Act I); Entracte (Act III); Séguedille (Act I) - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca * (Act II) - Maria Callas (Tosca); Renata Cioni (Cavaradossi); Tito Gobbi (Scarpia) - Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Conducted by Georges Prêtre* and Carlo Felice Cillario - Stage Designer and Director: Franco Zeffirelli - Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 4th November 1962
and *9th February 1964 EMI 7243 4 92851 9 4 [70:00] [IL]

Should be in every Callas fan’s collection despite the grainy monochrome film. … see Full Review

Carmina Burana
Ensemble Unicorn directed by Michael Posch Ensemble Oni Wytars directed by Marco Ambrosini Recorded Karthause Mauerbach May 1997 NAXOS 8.554837 [59.08] [JW]

Enjoyable and touching in equal measure. … see Full Review

Concertos for Cello and Winds Mats LARSSON GOTHE (b.1965)
Concerto for cello and wind instruments (1999) [26.54] Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Concerto for cello, winds, percussion and piano (1924) [13.37] Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concerto for cello and wind instruments (1925) [13.18] Hilding ROSENBERG (1892-1985) Symphony for wind instruments and percussion (1966) [19.33] Torleif Thedéen (cello) Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker/Herman Bäumer rec 1-4 June 2000, Linköping Hall, Linköping, Sweden. DDD BIS BIS-CD-1136 [74.35] [RB]

Three unusual cello concertos and, at last, a previously unrecorded symphony by Rosenberg ... see Full Review


The Enchanted Isle - Australia's Musical Heritage Lindley EVANS (1895-1982) Lavender Time [1.52] Fragrance [5.25] Lullaby [3.11] Alfred HILL (1870-1960) One Came Fluting [3.11] Doves [2.34] The Poet Dreams [2.49] Valse Triste [3.59] Dancing Faun [1.51] Frank HUTCHENS (1892-1965) Two Little Birds [1.51] Sunday Morning [1.38] The Enchanted Isle [4.18] Cinderella [3.27] Fairy Ships [3.46] The Island [2.15] Weeping Mist [4.44] Minuet [2.39] Miriam HYDE (b.1913) The Fountain [2.35] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Irish Tune from County Derry [3.11] Roy AGNEW (1893-1944) Rabbit Hill [1.43] Sleeping Child [2.11] Fairy Dell [2.02] Starry Night [2.02] A Country Lane [1.46] Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) A Song with a Sad Ending [1.23] Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano) rec October 1996, Ron Craig's Acoustic Studio, Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia DDD ARTWORKS AW005 [68.14] [RB]

A neglected modestly fanciful, lyrical and sentimental strand in music of the twentieth century - unassuming and gently undemanding fantasy. ... see Full Review

Music in the Age of the Pyramids - Ancient Egypt Music variously composed, arranged and conducted by Rafael Pérez ARROYO Welcome to Ancient Egypt [0.17] Hymn 567 from the Pyramid Texts [7.07] Iba Dance [7.08] Hymn to the Seven Hathor [10.58] Hymn 573 from the Pyramid Texts [4.28] Pair Dance [4.37] Hymn 510 from the Pyramid Texts [9.45] The Three Seasons (Ashet) [1.32] Processional Hymn to Hathor, Dendera 2002 [9.59] The Palace is Beautiful [2.13] Hathor Ensemble rec. May-Oct 2001 NATURAL ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS NAR-0010-01 [58.35] [RB]

These sounds, across thousands of years, are likely to find ready ears in World Music and other circles ... see Full Review

Zarabande Lejana Fandango ISAAC ALBENIZ Cordoba MANUEL DE FALLA Romanza del Pescador Danza del Molinero ISAAC ALBENÍZ Asturias HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Preludes 1-5. MANUEL MARIA PONCE Sonatina Meridional Olivier Chassain - Guitar MET CD 1022 [70:00] [AD]

An interesting disc up to a point, but with some reservations. ...see Full Review
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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: Transcriptions for a mixed consort 1 William BYRD Walsingham
2 Giles FARNABY Loth to depart 3 Thomas MORLEY O Mystress Myne 4 Giles FARNABY Lord Zouches Maske
5 John BULL Ut re mi fa sol la 6 William BYRD Pavana; 7 William BYRD Galiarda 8 Giles FARNABY Daphne
9 Giles FARNABY Up [T]ails All 10 William INGLOTT The leaves bee greens 11 Martin PEARSON The Fall of the Leafe 12 John BULL The King’s Hunt 13 Orlando GIBBONS The Lord of Salisbury his Pavan 14 William BYRD Rowland 15 ANONYMOUS Alman 16 Jan SWEELINCK Praeludium Toccata 17 Peter PHILIPS Amarilli di Julio Romano 18 William BYRD Gipsies Round Charivari Agréable: Susanne Heinrich - viols; Lynda Sayce - flute and lute; Kah-Ming Ng - keyboards. With Rupert Jennings - tenor; Oliver Webber - violin; Susanna Pell and Reiko Ichese - bass viols; Jacob Heringman - cittern and lute Recordings made in St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire on 1-3 February 1999 SIGNUM SIGCD009 [70’17"] [PW]

Much to enjoy in this programme … see Full Review
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The Flowering of Genius Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Ars Virgo sanctissima Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) Suscipe quaeso Agnus Dei from Mass Puer natus Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) O vos omnes Vere languores O Domine Iesu Christe Super flumina Babylonis Vadam et circuibo Laudate Dominum omnes gebtes John SHEPPARD (1500-1558) Verbum caro Philippe de MONTE (1521-1603) Super flumina Babylonis William BYRD (1543-1623) Quomodo cantabimus The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Recorded St Jude’s on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb November 1997 and January 1998 CORO COR16001 [73’53] [JW]

Another in the increasingly long line of The Sixteen’s consummate productions. … see Full Review

Music for Gainsborough Sonata no 1 in G major - C. F. ABEL;‘Trust me wou’d you taste true pleasure’ - J. C. BACH;[‘In diesen heil’gen Hallen] arr from Die Zauberflöte - ANON.;‘I will never vow truth at the feet fair’ - T. LINLEY sen. ;Vivace - C. F. ABEL; ‘If thy too creul bow be bent’ - T. LINLEY jun. ;Fantasie - R. STRAUBE ;Windsor Forest - R. STRAUBE ;Allegro - R. STRAUBE; [The lass of Peatie’s Mill] - R. STRAUBE; Hornpipe - R. STRAUBE; Menuets I & II - R. STRAUBE; Andante from Sonata Op13 no2 - F de GIARDINI; Sonata Op17 no5 in A major - J. C. BACH; Adagio from Sonata 1 - R. STRAUBE; ‘Ah could you possibly know’ - T. LINLEY sen.;
Sonata in G major WKO 147 - C. F. ABEL Charivari Agréable: Susanne Heinrich, Kah-Ming Ng, and Lynda Sayce with Reiko Ichise Recording made in St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England on 15-17 January 2000 SIGNUM SIGCD026 [72’48"] [PWells]

Interesting collection from a period unjustly neglected … the performances are imaginative … see Full Review

GALA NIGHT Opera and Operetta: BIZET/GLINKA/KÁLMÁN/KÜNNEKE/MACKEBEN/OFFENBACH/J.STRAUSS/PUCCINI/ROSSINI/TCHAIKOVSKY - Musicals: BERLIN/BERNSTEIN/GÉRARD/GERSHWIN/KANDER/MORRICONE/SCHÖNBERG/SONDHEIM/ WEBBER/WILLIAMS - CD 1 OPERA AND OPERETTA - G. Rossini, Overture La Cenerentola - G. Rossini, Una voce poco fa - G. Puccini, Nessun dorma - M.Glinka, Overture Ruslan und Ludmilla - P. Tschaikowsky, Song Lyubvi vsye - G. Bizet, Farandole - G. Rossini, Siete voi - T. Mackeben, Overture Rubens - J. Offenbach, Leuchte heller Spiegel mir - E. Künneke, Pasodoble - E. Künneke, Immerzu singt mein Herz - E. Kalman, Overture Die Csardasfurstin - E. Kalman, Ganz ohne Weilber - J. Offenbach, Can Can - E. Kalman, Jaj, Mamam Bruderherz - J.Strauss, Unter Donner und Blitz - CD2 MUSICAL - J. Williams, Star Wars - C.M. Schonberg, Nur für mich - C.M. Schonberg, Sun and moon - G. Gershwin, I got rhythm - E. Morricone, Once upon a time - J. Kander, Cabaret - A.L. Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar - A.L. Webber, Love changes everything - S. Sondheim, Send in the clowns - P. Gerard, Rififi - H. Arlen, G. Gershwin, L. Bernstein, J. Kander, I. Berlin, Medley - Vesselina Kasarowa, Jewgenij Nesterenko and others SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserlautern/Peter Falk - Rec. Alte Opera, Frankfurt; Philharmonie Cologne; 1995/97/98/99 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD92.020 [CD1 73.40; CD2 54.33] [RW]

Ideal for someone wanting to dip their toe into operatic delights or others wanting a relaxing moment. … see Full Review

The Gentle Muse Barbara STROZZI (1619-1677) Amor dormiglione; Giusta negativa; Tradimento; L’eraclito amoroso; La travagliata; Tra le speranze; Pensaciben mio core; La fanciulletta semplice; La sol fa mi re do; Lamento. Isabella LEONARDA (1620-1704) Jubilo Gaude; Vane linge, o munde infide Francesca CACCINI (1587-1641) Maria, dolce Maria; Che t’ho fatt’io; Nonso se quell sorriso. Jane Edwards, soprano with Erin Helyard, harpsichord and Marshall McGuire, baroque harp. Recorded in St. Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe, Sydney June 2001 ARTWORKS AW 033 [70.16]

A fascinating example of rare repertoire that should be explored by anyone interested in the early baroque … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH GIELEN EDITION: 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no.8 in F op.93 Recorded 21 and 22 January 2000, Konzerthaus, Freiburg Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor op.37 Stefan Litwin (piano) Recorded 20 April 1994, Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden Grosse Fuge in B flat op.133 (arr. Gielen) Recorded September and October 1993, Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK 93.056 [74’30"] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Symphony no.9 in C D944, ‘Great’ Recorded live, 27 April 1996, Royal Festival Hall, London Johann STRAUSS the younger (1825-1899) Voices of Spring, waltz op.410 Recorded 4 September 1998, Konzerthaus, Freiburg HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK 93.057 [59’07"] Anton BRUCKNER (1894-1896) Symphony no.6 in A Recorded 29 March, 2001, Konzerthaus, Freiburg Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) orch Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Prelude and Fugue in E flat BWV552, ‘St Anne’ Recorded 22 August 1996, Konzerthaus, Freiburg HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK 93.058 [71’33"] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Symphony no.3 op.43, ‘Le divin Poéme’ Recorded 22 and 23 May 1975, Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Berceuse Elégiaque op.42 Recorded 3 February 1995, Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Une Barque sur l’océan Recorded 9 January 1997, Konzerthaus, Freiburg Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Scherzo à la Russe Recorded 17 April 1998, Konzerthaus, Freiburg HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK 93.059 [65’39"] Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Die Gluckliche Hand op.18 John Brocheler (baritone) Rundfunkchor Berlin Alban BERG (1885-1935) Der Wein Melanie Diener (soprano) Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Five pieces for Orchestra op.10 Cantata no.1 op.29 Christiane Oelze (soprano) Anton Webern-Choir, Freiburg Eduard STEUERMANN (1892-1964) Variations for orchestra Michael GIELEN (born 1927) Pflicht und Neigung HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK 93.060 [78’08"] SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Michael Gielen Recorded 1990-2001 in Freiburg and Baden-Baden HÄNSSLER FASZINATION MUZIK - FIVE DISCS 93.080[PQ]

A joy to listen to from beginning to end … see Full Review

Grand Duo: Selections of German music for Clarinet and Piano - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Grand Duo Concertante Op. 48 (1816) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Phantasie Stücke Op. 73 (no date given) - Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1939) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sonata in F minor Opus 120, No.1 (1894) Håkan Rosengren, clarinet - Anders Kilström, piano - Recorded in Helsingborg Concert Hall, Sweden, 7th - 9th October 1996. NYTORP MUSIK - NYTORP9901 [72.29] [NH]

I urge you to investigate these absolutely stunning versions of some great clarinet music. ………See Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hilary Hahn: Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto - Leonard BERNSTEIN Serenade for violin, strings, harp and percussion. Hilary Hahn (violin) Baltimore SO/David Zinman - Rec. DDD SONY CLASSICS SK60584 [74 36] [DW]

This is the best Beethoven Violin Concerto recording. Of that I cannot be gainsaid. … see Full Review

Hodie. An English Christmas Collection. William WALTON (1902-1983) Make we joy now in this fest Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Coventry Carol Peter Racine FRICKER (1929-1990) A babe is born Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) The Virgin’s Cradle Song Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Hymn to the Virgin A Ceremony of Carols John TAVERNER (b 1944) The Lamb Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Sing lullaby A spotless rose Peter HAYWARD (b 1955) Lute book lullaby Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Corpus Christi Bululalow John GARDNER (b 1917) Tomorrow shall be my dancing day The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Recorded St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London January 1990 and September 1992 CORO 16004 [59’22] [JW]

Full of ardent musicality … see Full Review
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Italian concertos for 4 violins - Giuseppe TORELLI (1658-1709) Concerto for 4 violins, in A minor [6:57] - Giovanni MOSSI (around 1700) Concerto for 4 violins, in G minor op. 4 no. 12 [13:53] - Giuseppe VALENTINI (1680-1759) Concerto for 4 violins, in A minor op. 7 no. 11 [19:28) - Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Concerto for 4 violins, in F major op.4 no. 12 [12:10] - Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) Concerto for 4 violins, in D major [12:57] - Musica Antiqua Köln - (Played on authentic instruments) Director: Reinhard Goebel - Concertino from: Violins: Anton Steck, Katherina Wolff, Manfred Kraemer, Laura Johnson, Werner Ehrhardt and Andrea Keller. - Ripieno: Violin Florian Geldsetzer; Violas Claudio Steepe and Raimund Nolte; Cello Phoebe Carrai; Violone Eberhard Maldfeld; Cembalo Andreas Spering; Organ Christoph Spering. Recording: Köln, Deutschlandfunk, Sendesaal, January 1991. DDD ARCHIV PRODUKTION 445 612-2 [65:38] [MC]

Impressive release - recommended without hesitation. … see Full Review

Thomas Jensen conducts the Aarhus Civic Orchestra Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Overture: William Shakespeare* - Svend Erik TARP (1908-1994) The Raven, from Suite on Danish Folktunes* - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Ballet music from Le Cid* - Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Serenade for Strings in e, op. 20, Salut d’Amour* - C. C MØLLER (1823-1893) Aarhus Tattoo* - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune** - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Marche Slave, op. 31** - Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Sabre Dance from Gayaneh** - Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride** - Johann II STRAUSS (1825-1899) Schatzwalzer, op. 418, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op. 214** - Johann I STRAUSS (1804-1849) Radetzky March** Aarhus Civic Orchestra/Thomas Jensen - Recorded in Aarhus, November 1948*, October 1956** DANACORD DACOCD 497 [73’56"] [CH]

An interesting piece of Danish musical history, but there is something heartwarming about Jensen’s musicianship too. … see Full Review

Thomas Jensen conducts Scandinavian Classics Johan Peter Emilius HARTMANN (1805-1900) Thrymskviden: Triumphal March of the Nordic Gods (1) - Niels GADE (1817-1890) Echoes of Ossian, op. 1 (2) - Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911)
Romance, op. 26 (3) - Fini HENRIQUES (1867-1940) Voelund the Smith: Prelude (4) - Peter Erasmus LANGE-MÜLLER (1850-1926) Renaissance: Prelude (5) - Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Little Suite for Strings, op. 1 (6), Helios, overture, op. 17 (7), The Mother: March (8), Saul and David: Act 2 Prelude (9) - Jan SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Finlandia, op. 26 (10), Valse triste, op. 44/1 (11), Valse lyrique, op. 98a (12) - Finn HØFFDING (1899-1997) "It is perfectly true" – Symphonic Fantasy after Andersen (13) - Svend Erik TARP (1908-1994) Mosaik – Miniature Suite (14) - Knudåge RIISAGER (1897-1974) Little Overture for Strings (15), Concertino for Trumpet and Strings (16), Twelve by the Mail-coach, Ballet: January, May, August, October (17), Paradise of Fools – Suite (18), Two Beggar-pupils’ Songs (19), On the Occasion of – (20) Carlo Andersen (violin) (3), George Eskdale (trumpet) (16), Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra (1, 2, 3, 18, 19, 20), Danish State Radio Orchestra (15, 16), Royal [Danish] Orchestra (6, 7, 8), Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra (4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17)/Thomas Jensen - Recorded in Copenhagen, 8th September 1937 (18), 7th July 1938 (19, 20), August 31st 1939 (3), January 31st & February 22nd 1941 (6), Summer 1942 (1, 2, 7, 8), July 2nd 1942 (9, 10), 7th-8th September 1942 (5), 7th & 9th September 1942 (14), 24th-25th January 1945 (17), 23rd June 1947 (11, 13), 4th September 1947 (12), 7th September 1948 (4), 27th-28th January 1949 (15, 16) DANACORD DACOCD 523-524 [2 CDs: 71’37"+72’05"] [CH]

Jensen played under both Nielsen and Sibelius. His interpretations of these composers are exceptional; but there is much else to enjoy here. … see Full Review

London Landmarks - David WATTS (b.1952) Metropolis (1999) - Angela MORLEY (b.1923) Rotten Row (1960) - Philip LANE (b.1950) London Salute (1982) - Christopher GUNNING (b.1944) Saxophone Concerto On Hungerford Bridge (1998) - Phyllis TATE (1911-1985) London Fields - suite (1958) - Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) London Landmarks - suite (1946) - Paul LEWIS (b.1943) Festival of London March (1970) - John Harle (saxophone) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland - Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Gunning/Lewis - rec 20-21 June 2001, Angel Studios, London; 11 Oct 1999, Lansdowne Recording Studios ASV WHITELINE CD WHL 2138 [76.48] [RB]

Many and varied attractions. A ready market in and around London. The Gunning is no easy listen. Add this to your ASV British Light Music shelves. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Love Letters Martin Scott KOSINS (b.1947) Love Letters, A dialogue for flute and piano; Winter Moods, for unaccompanied flute, Francois BORNE (1840-1920), Fantasie Brilliante (on themes from Bizet’s Carmen, Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin, Theobold BOEHM (1794-1881), Variations Brillantes sur un Air Allemand, Grigoras DINICU (1889-1949), Hora Staccato. David Shostac, flute Anita Swearengin, piano Recorded 1984 and 2001. [ADD and DDD] CRYSTAL RECORDS CD314 [48:55] [KS]

My rule is to listen to a disc twice before writing about it. I have now listened to this program six times in two weeks. … see Full Review


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