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ALPHORN CONCERTOS Leopold MOZART (1719-1787) Sinfonia Pastorella for Alphorn and String Orchestra Ferenc FARKAS (1905-2000)
Concertino Rustico
Jean DAETWYLER (1907-1994) Dialogue avec la nature
Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra (no dates given) Jozsef Molnar, alphorn
Capella Istrapolitana Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Urs Schneider Recorded in Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia, 3rd - 10th May 1987. NAXOS 8.555978 [61.47] [HC]

An attractive collection of fine and entertaining works for a most unusual instrument. … see Full Review

American Images - Paul CHIHARA (born 1938) - Shōgun Trio (1989)a - David DIAMOND (born 1915) Duo for Violin and Clarinet (1999) - Marc SATTERWHITE (born 1954) Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (1994)c - Jonathan D. KRAMER (born 1942) Serbelloni Serenade (1995)b - John BIGGS (born 1932) Medieval Dance Suite (1994)a - Donald ERB (born 1927) Sunlit Peaks and Dark Valleys (1994)b Verdehr Trio (Walter Verdehr, violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Kim Schmidta, Gary Kirkpatrickb, Paul Barnesc, piano) - Recorded : WFMT Studios, Chicago and Grand Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art (Donald Erb), no dates given CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 942 [76:19] [HC]

Many fine works here that repay repeated hearings, especially in such outstanding performances. … see Full Review

American Images 2 Sebastian CURRIER (born 1959) Verge (1997) - Joan TOWER (born 1938) Rain Waves (1997) - William BROHN (born 1933) I Got Variations (1999) - Dan WELCHER (born 1948) Phaedrus (1996) - John BIGGS (born 1932) Renaissance Bouquet (1995) - Charles HOAG (born 1931) SweetMelancholy (1990) Verdehr Trio (Walter Verdehr, violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Silvia Roederer, piano) - Recorded: WFMT Studios, Chicago, no dates given CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 943 [73:41] [HC]

Well planned and magnificently played cross-section of works by American composers from various musical horizons … see Full Review

ARIAS FOR FARINELLI - Nicola Antonio PORPORA (1686-1768) Orfeo: Dall’amor più sventurato - Riccardo BROSCHI (c.1698-1756) Idaspe: Ombra fedele anch’io, Qual guerriero in campo - Geminiano GIACOMELLI (c.1692-1740) Adriano in Siria: Mancare Dio mi sento - Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Concerto à 4 in c - PORPORA Polifemo: Oh volesser gli Dei … Dolci freschi aurette - Added aria in Hasse’s Ataserse: Or la nube procellosa - Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Artaserse: Per questo dolce amplesso - GIACOMELLI Merope: Quell’usignolo Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs - Recorded January 2002, Teldex-Studio, Berlin HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901778 [77’ 35"] [CH]

A lot of trouble has been taken over the presentation of some unusual repertoire. … see Full Review

The Australian Album - Dulcie HOLLAND (1913-2000) Cradle Song (1947) [3.09] - Violin Sonata (1937) [14.53] - Miriam HYDE (b.1913)
Dryad's Dance (1936) [1.21] - Frank HUTCHENS (1892-1965) Always Afternoon (1934) [5.05] - Alfred HILL (1870-1960) In Such A Night (1935) [2.31] - Mazurka (1932) [3.25] - Blue Evening (1931) [2.47] - Valse Lente (1936) [2.42] - Waltz Caprice (1934) [2.20] - Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Violin Sonatina (1924) [15.25] Asmira Woodward-Page (violin) Scott Davie (piano) - rec Aug 2001, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia DDD ARTWORKS AW034 [53.40][RB]

Unmissable for students of the Idle Hill of Summer whether in Gloucester or New South Wales. … see Full Review

Barbirolli: The British National Anthem* [1’12"] - Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971): Street Corner Overture** [5’06"] - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): Symphony No 8 in D minor*** [28’57"] - Arnold BAX (1883-1953): Oboe Quintet (arr. Barbirolli)**** [17’54"] - Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934): On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring***** [6’57"] - William WALTON (1902-1983): Crown Imperial: A Coronation March* [7’00"] - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934): Land of Hope and Glory****** [4’19"] - *The Trumpeters and Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall - ****Evelyn Rothwell (oboe) - ******Kathleen Ferrier (contralto); The Hallé Choir The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli - Recordings: * and ***** Royal Albert Hall, London, 19 November 1969; ** Royal Festival Hall, London 24 April 1968; *** Royal Albert Hall, London, 11 August 1967; **** BBC Studios, London, 13 November 1968; ****** Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 16 November 1951 BBC Legends BBCL 4100-2 [73’19"][JQ]

A heart-warming collection demonstrating Barbirolli’s essential humanity and innate sympathy for the music … see Full Review

Barbirolli: Alan RAWSTHORNE Street Corner Overture - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 8 - Arnold BAX Oboe Quintet arr. Barbirolli for strings - Frederick DELIUS On hearing the first cuckoo in spring - William WALTON Crown Imperial - Edward ELGAR Land of Hope and Glory - The British National Anthem - Evelyn Rothwell (oboe) - Kathleen Ferrier (alto) - Trumpeters and Band of Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli - Rec 1960s ADD BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4100-2 [72.19] [SL]

Certainly not without interest … see Full Review

BBC Legends – Barbirolli. Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony no 8 Arnold BAX (1883-1953) orch BARBIROLLI: Oboe Quintet Alan RAWSTHORNE (1900-1971) Street Corner Overture Frederick DELIUS (1865-1934) On Hearing the Last Cuckoo in Spring William WALTON (1900-1983) Crown Imperial Edward ELGAR (1865-1934) Land of Hope and Glory; British National Anthem.   Evelyn Rothwell (oboe) Kathleen Ferrier (alto) The Trumpeters and Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli Rec 1966, Manchester   BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4100-2 [73:19] [PC]

Spirited, impetuous and vibrant … see Full Review

Karl Böhm (1894-1981) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 4 - Violin Concerto - Wilhelm Backhaus, piano - Christian Ferras, violin - RSO Berlin (Piano Concerto. Recorded 9 October 1950) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Violin Concerto. Recorded 18 and 19 November 1951) - Karl Böhm TAHRA 448 [79’46] [JW]

Strength and power. Predominantly traditional performance. Sound is splendid. … see Full Review

British Light Music Classics No. 4 - Marshall ROSS(Ray MARTIN 1918-1988) Marching Strings (as used in Top of the Form) - Peter HOPE (b. 1930) Jaunting Car Trevor DUNCAN High Heels - Frederic CURZON (1899-1973) The Dance of the Ostracised Imp - John FOULDS (1880-1939) Keltic Lament - Charles WILLIAMS (1893-1978) Rhythm on the Rails (as used in BBC Morning Music) - Eric COATES (1886-1957) By the Sleepy Lagoon (as used in Desert Island Discs) - Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Jamaican Rumba - Albert KETÈLBEY (1875-1959) In a Monastery Garden - Charles WILLIAMS A Quiet Stroll (as used in BBC Farming) - Percy FLETCHER(1879-1932) Demoiselle Chic - Jack BEAVER (1900-1963) Cavalcade of Youth (as used in The Barlows of Beddington) - Frederic BAYCO (1913-1970) Elizabethan Masque - Henry BALFOUR GARDINER (1877-1950) Shepherd Fennel’s Dance - Charles ANCLIFFE Thrills - Frederick ROSSE (1867-1940) The Doge’s March - Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Petit Suite de Concert The New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp - recorded on 11 and 12 April 2002 HYPERION CDA67400 [77:53][IL]

Sheer delight, familiar light pieces played with charm and verve. … see Full Review

British Light Overtures - William BLEZARD (b.1921) Caramba (1966) - Stanley BLACK (b.1913) Overture to a Costume Comedy (1955) - James LANGLEY (1927-1994) Overture and Beginners (1965) - Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Tantivy Towers Overture (1931) arr P. Lane - Herbert CHAPPELL (b.1934) Boy Wizard (2001) - Walter CARROLL (1869-1955) Festive Overture - Michael HURD (b.1928) Overture to an Unwritten Comedy (1970) - Lionel MONCKTON (1861-1924) The Arcadians (1909) arr A. Wood - Philip LANE (b.1950) A Spa Overture (1982) - Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999) Concert Overture (1950) - Paul LEWIS (b.1943) Sussex Symphony Overture (2000) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland - rec 21-23 Feb 2001, Henry Wood Hall, London - recorded with financial support from the Ida Carroll Trust ASV CD WHL 2133 [66.27] [RJW]

All are interesting well constructed pieces that give a valuable listening experience. … see Full Review

Fritz Busch - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Overture; Benvenuto Cellini - Max REGER (1873-1916) Variations on a theme of J A Hiller - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No 4 - NWDR Symphony Orchestra Fritz Busch - Recorded 25 and 26 February 1951 in the Musikhalle Hamburg TAHRA 447 [70’07] [JW]

Fluent, mobile, avoiding undue sentiment, swaggering drive and sense of delicacy … see Full Review

THE BASSOON BROTHERS "Captured" - Fanfare for the Common Bassoonist (Copland/Eubanks) Hey Jude (Lennon/McCartney/Luis) Mexican Hat Dance (Partichala/Young) My Funny Valentine(Rodgers/Hart/Eubanks) My Girl (Robinson/White/Eubanks) Carmen Crusader Suite (Bizet/Eubanks) Pigs (Ridout) Yankee Doodle (arr. Bartkowiak) Louie, Louie, Roll Out the Barrel (Berry/Eubanks) Send in the Clowns (Sondheim/Eubanks) Funeral March of a Marionette (Gounod/Solie) Three Little Maids from the Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan/Eubanks) The Godfather Suite (Rota/Eubanks) Pizzicato Polka (Strauss/Eubanks) Electronic Suite (arr. Eubanks) Londonderry Air (arr. Eubanks) Rec 2000 DDD CRYSTAL RECORDS CD875 [64.39] [WH]

One piece I’ll be going back is "Smokey" Robinson’s My Girl - in this case, both beautiful and even strangely moving. … see Full Revie

CHANSONS ARGENTINES … ET D’AILLEURS - Francisco Ernani BRAGA (1868-1945) A casinha pequenina (2), Cinco Canções Nordestinas da Folclore Brasileiro (2) - Carlos López BUCHARDO (1881-1948) Jujeña (2), Canción del carretero (2) - Francisco de CARO (1898-1976) Loca Bohemia (1), Flores negras (1) - Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000) Milonga de dos hermanos (2), Mi garganta (2), Romance de José Cubas (2), El Sampedrino (2) - Sebastián PIANO (1903-1994) Milanga sentimental (3) - Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga en ay menor (3), Balada para un organito (4), Los pájaros perdidas (3), Oblivión (2), Yo say Maria (3) - Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Je te veux (2) - Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Youkali (2), Je ne t’aime pas (2) - (1) = bandoneon; (2) = mezzo-soprano, piano; (3) = Mezzo-soprano, piano, bandoneon; (4) = piano, bandoneon Alicia Nafé (mezzo-soprano), Carmen Piazzini (piano), Alfredo Marcucci (bandoneon) - Rec. 24-27.07.2001, Studio 1, BR, Munich ARTE NOVA 74321 90850 2 [79’ 43"] [CH]

Recommended for some appealing repertoire. … see Full Review

Alfred Cortot. The Late Recordings. Volume 1 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kinderszenen - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne No 15 in F Minor Op 55/1 - Nocturne No 16 in E Flat Op 55/2 [two takes, one unpublished] - Trois Nouvelles Etudes - Prelude No 25 in C Sharp minor Op 45 - Polonaise No 7 in A Flat Op 61 (Polonaise Fantasie) - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Children’s Corner - La cathédrale engloutie Alfred Cortot, piano - Recorded Studio 3, Abbey Road, London October 1947 APR 5571 [66’53] [JW]

Despite political complications, errant fingers and poor health he remains an unforgettably great musician. … see Full Review

Dance of the Wild Men - Early 20th Century Australian Piano Music - Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Gum-Suckers' March (1916) [5.07] - Colonial Song (1913) [6.15] - The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol (1911) [2.38] - Mirrie HILL (1892-1986) The Leafy Lanes of Kent (1950) [3.53] - Alfred HILL (1870-1960) Come Again Summer (1937) [3.31] - Frank HUTCHENS (1892-1965) At the Bathing Pool (1932) [3.11] - By the River (1947) [3.31] - Evening (1954) [2.42] - Roy AGNEW (1893-1944) An Autumn Morning (1927) [3.48] - Toccata (1933) [3.56] - A Child's Dream (1929) [3.20] - Trains (1935) [2.20] - Before Dawn (1935) [2.44] - Dance of the Wild Men (1921) [2.38] - Lindley EVANS (1895-1982) Vignette (1949) [3.17] - Merrythought (1930) [1.07] - Rhapsody (1927) [5.36] Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano) - rec June 1999, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia DDD ARTWORKS AW023 [59.36] [RB]

Enchantment of the Old World by New World composers. ... see Full Review

FROM THE NEW WORLDGeorge GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Overture ‘Strike Up the Band’; ‘Lullaby’ for strings; Overture ‘Girl Crazy’. Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) ‘Danzon Cubano’; Jose Pablo MONCAYO (1912-1958) ‘Huapango’. Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) North American Square Dance. Jay LIVINGSTON (b.1915) Mr. Christopher Columbus; Scott JOPLIN (1868-1917) Two Ragtimes. Richard RODGERS (1902-1979) Oklahoma-Medley. Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) A simple song from ‘Mass’. SWR Rudfunkorchester Kaiserslautern/Klaus Arp, Saul Schechtmann, Ernst Wedam, Caspar Richter - Recorded in 1990/91/92/93/99 No further details given HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.021 [66.33] [GH]

Character and individuality … see Full Review

Filippa Giordano, soprano - BELLINI, Casta Diva, SAINT-SAËNS, S’apre per te il mio cuor, PUCCINI, Vissi D’arte, Bizet, Habenera, BACH-GOUNOD, Ave Maria; VERDI, Addio del passato; MORRICONE/WATERS, Lost Boys Calling, SARTORI, You are the One, SARTORI, Dissonanze, SARTORI, Maria (by the sea); BELLINI, Casta diva (longer version). Recorded in London with sundry studio musicians. No recording dates specified. [DDD] ERATO 3984-29694-2 [44’33"] [KS]

I can find no redeeming virtue in this release. … see Full Review

Great Pianists: Ignaz Friedman - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in C sharp Op 63 No 3, Minute Waltz, Mazurka in D Major Op 33 No 2, Prelude in E Flat Major Op 28 No 19, Etude Op 25 No 6, Ballade in A Flat Op 47 No3, Mazurka in D Major, Etude Op 10 No 12 Revolutionary, Etude op 10 No7, Waltz in A Minor Op 34 No 2, Prelude in D Flat Op 25 No 15, Mazurka in B Minor - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Hark hark the lark arranged Franz Liszt - GAERTNER –FRIEDMANN Viennese Dance No 1 - Jan Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837)
Rondo in E Flat Major - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rondo alla Turca From Sonata in A - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Pastorale - Moritz MOSKOWSKI (1854-1925) Serenata Op 15 No 1 - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Scherzo in E Minor - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in C Sharp Minor Moonlight - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) La Campanella arranged Ferruccio Busoni - Ignaz FRIEDMAN (1882-1948) Elle Danse Op 10 Ignaz Friedman, piano - Recorded 1923-26 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110684 [74’57] [JW]

A splendid start to what promises to be a major instalment in Naxos’s Great Pianists series. … see Full Review

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) 'Live from Covent Garden' Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, London/Ion Marin. Rec 2001? Full price EMI CDC 5 57264-2 [51.00] [RF]

Better left in the archives … see Full Review

HITS OF 1930 - "Happy Days Are Here Again!" Original recordings by Rudy Vallee, Maurice Chevalier, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby, Guy Lombardo, Gus Arnheim, Harry Richman, George Olsen, Al Jolson, Ben Selvin, Isham Jones, Bert Lowen, Ted Lewis, Victor Arden/Phil Ohman, Waring’s Pennsylvanians. NAXOS NOSTALGIA 8.120634 [63.23] [JD]

One to buy and keep no matter what age you are. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Julius KATCHEN, piano - Volume 1: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 1 - Piano Concerto No 2 - Rondo in B Flat Major - Piano Concerto No 3 - Piano Concerto No 5 - LSO - Piero Gamba DECCA 460 822-2 [2 CDs 149’59] - Volume 2: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 5 - Choral Fantasia - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No 13 K415 - Piano Concerto No 20 K466 - Piano Concerto No 25 K503 - Piano Sonata in A Major K331 - LSO conducted by Piero Gamba (Beethoven) - New Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by Peter Maag (K415) - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Munchinger (K466, K503) DECCA 460 825-2 [2 CDs 152’54] - Volume 3: Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No 1 - Piano Concerto No 2 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto - Fantasie in C Major - LSO conducted by Pierre Monteux (Brahms No 1) - LSO conducted by Janos Ferencsik (Brahms No 2) - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Istvan Kertesz (Schumann) DECCA 460 828-2 [2 CDs 157’24] - Volume 4: Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No 1 - Piano Concerto No 2 - Mephisto waltz - Funerailles - Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 - Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto - Modest MUSSOURGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition - Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Islamey - LPO conducted by Ataulfo Argenta (Liszt Concertos) - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Istvan Kertesz (Grieg) DECCA 460 831-2 [2 CDs 134’41] - Volume 5: Pyotr I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No 1 - Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concerto No 3 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Fantasie - Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No 2 - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Erno DOHNANYI (1877-1960) Variations on a Nursery Theme - LSO conducted by Piero Gamba (Tchaikovsky, Liszt) - LSO conducted by Istvan Kertesz (Prokofiev) - LSO conducted by Georg Solti (Rachmaninov No 2) - LPO conducted by Adrian Boult (Rachmaninov Rhapsody and Dohnányi) DECCA 460 834-2 [2 CDs 152’22] - Volume 6: George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Piano Concerto in F - Rhapsody in Blue - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concerto for the Left Hand - Piano Concerto in G - Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Diversions for Piano (left hand) and Orchestra - Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Concerto No 3 - Mantovani and his Orchestra (Piano Concerto in F) - LSO conducted by Istvan Kertesz (Ravel, Rhapsody in Blue, Bartok) - LSO conducted by Benjamin Britten (Britten) DECCA 460 837-2 [2 CDs135’10] - Volume 7: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata Op 111 - Piano Sonata op 57 Appassionata - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli Op 120 - Six Bagatelles Op 126 - Polonaise Op 89 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata in C Major K545 - Piano Sonata in B Flat Major K333/315c DECCA 466 714-2 [2 CDs 142’39] - Volume 8: Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasie in C Major Fantasie - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval - Toccata in C - Arabeske - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de lune - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Ritual Fire Dance - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata No 2 Op 35 - Piano Sonata No 3 Op 58 - Fantasie-Polonaise Op 66 - Polonaise Op 53 - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Rondo Capriccioso - On Wings of Song Arr Liszt - J S BACH (1685-1750) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Arr Hess DECCA 466 717-2 [2 CDs 145’34] [JW] - All recordings Volumes 1-8 made between 1955-69

Pianism and musicality such as Katchen’s come but rarely and should be embraced when they do. A set of major importance. … see Full Review

Erich Kleiber - Piotr I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No 4 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No 3 - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Berenice, Overture NBC Symphony Orchestra/Erich Kleiber - Recorded March 1946 (Handel, Schubert), January 1948 (Tchaikovsky) TAHRA TAH 450 [68’13] [JW]

Testament to Kleiber’s dynamism and orchestral mastery … see Full Review

Erich KLEIBER (1890-1956) Serenade: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525 MOZART - Overture: Preciosa WEBER - Symphony No.8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ SCHUBERT - Tarantella LISZT - Danse macabre SAINT-SAËNS - Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche STRAUSS - Overture: Light Cavalry SUPPÉ - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlin State Opera Orchestra Erich Kleiber (conductor) - Recorded at the Singakademie or Studio Wilhelmsaue, Berlin between 1930 and 1935 TELDEC: TELEFUNKEN LEGACY SERIES 0927 42664 2 [77.43] [CF]

Tenderly paced, stylishly phrased, full of stately grace … see Full Review

Joanne Kong, piano: Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Goldberg Variations BWV 988 [69.23] Joanne Kong, harpsichord - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1773-1825) Diabelli Variations, op. 120 [55.22] Joanne Kong, piano - Rec: August, December 2001. BRIOSO BR 133 [124.45] [KM]

Kong’s Diabellis far outshine the Goldbergs … see Full Review

Mario LANZA (tenor) (1921-1959) - Songs and arias from "The Great Caruso" and "The Toast Of New Orleans" - 1 RIGOLETTO (Verdi): Questa o quella, 2. RIGOLETTO (Verdi): La donna e mobile, 3. RIGOLETTO (Verdi): Ella mi fu rapita, 4. LA TRAVIATA (Verdi): Brindisi - Libiamo, libiamo, 5. MARTA (Flotow): M’appari tutt'amor, 6. CARMEN (Bizet): La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (The Flower Song), 7. L’ELISIR d’AMORE (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima, 8. LA GIOCONDA (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar!, 9. L’AFRICANA (Meyerbeer): O paradiso!, 10. TOSCA (Puccini): Recondita armonia, 11. TOSCA (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle, 12. I PAGLIACCI (Leoncavallo):Vesti la giubba, 13. MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini): Love duet, 14. AIDA (Verdi): Se quell guerriero io fossi!... Celeste Aida, 15. Mamma mia, che vo'sape (Nutile), 16. The Loveliest Night of the Year (Aaronson), 17. The Bayou Lullaby (Brodsky), 18. Be My Love (Brodsky), 19 Lolita (Peccia), 20 Granada (Lara) RCA. Victor Orchestra, Cond. Constantine Callinicos and Ray Sinatra (tr17-20). Rec. 1949-1951. Produced and transferred by Roger Beardsley. PEARL (Pavilion Records) GEM 0182 [73.33] [RJF]

The full Lanza treatment of emotional communication and held high notes, glory in nostalgia and hang the purists … see Full Review

Martha Argerich presents: Dong-Hyek Lim - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Opus 31 - Nocturne in D flat, Opus 27 No. 2 -
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Opus 23 - Étude in C, Opus 10 No. 1 - Franz SCHUBERT (1796-1828) - Four Impromptus, D.899 - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) -
La Valse Dong-Hyek Lim (piano) - Recorded May 2001, Henry Wood Hall, London EMI CLASSICS CDM 5 67933 2 [62.40] [TB]

The Chopin performances are particularly good, with technical command allied to a grasp of structure … see Full Review

The London Trumpet Sound Volume 1 - PRIMA/SARCICH, Sing, Sing, Sing; GARNER/Gout, Misty; TRADITIONAL/Crowley, Jarabe Taptio (Mexican Hat Dance), LENNON and MCCARTNEY/Harvey, Penny Lane; CLARKE/Wright, The Prince of Denmark’s March; MOZART/Humphries, Rondo Alla Turca; ROSSINI/Archibald, The Thieving Magpie Overture; RODRIGO/Runswick, Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez, SOUSA/Payne, The Stars and Stripes Forever 27 London trumpet players with rhythm and percussion, Geoffrey Simon, conductor. Recorded in London on August 22-25, 2001. [DDD] CALA CACD0113 [44:06] [KS]

Recommended only to die-hard trumpet aficionados. … see Full Review


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