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Ahmed Adnan SAYGUN (1907-1991) Symphony No. 1 (1953) [27.55] - Symphony No. 2 (1957) [27.29] Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Ari Rasilainen - rec 3-7 Sept 2001, Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie, Germany CPO 999 819-2 [55.26] [CC]

All praise to CPO for bringing these works to the record-buyer's attention, and to the orchestra for their dedication to promoting Saygun's music. Certainly worthy of investigation. … see Full Review

Ahmed Adnan SAYGUN (1907-1991) Symphony No. 1 (1953) [27.55]
Symphony No. 2 (1957) [27.29] Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Ari Rasilainen rec 3-7 Sept 2001, Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie, Germany CPO 999 819-2 [55.26] [RB]

Music that with distinction crosses Islamic-Western borders and has something to say to us ... see Full Review

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Keyboard Sonatas 1 Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord Rec: ? 2002, Haarlem, Netherlands. Ambroisie MIRARE MIR 9918 [68.10] [KM]

Hantaï widely praised for this recording, but not by me … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.9 in C major D.944 Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Voices of Spring Op.410 SWR Symphony Orchestra/Michael GielenRecorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 27 April 1996 (Schubert) and at the Konzerthaus, Freiburg on 4 September 1998 (Strauss) HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93. 057 [59. 07] [CF]

A tribute disc to mark the 75th birthday of the conductor Michael Gielen … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Quartet No 12 in C Minor D703 Quartettsatz (1820) - Quartet No 13 in A Minor D804 Rosamunde - Quartet No 14 in D Minor D810 Death and the Maiden (1826) - Quartet No 15 in G Minor D887 (1826) Juilliard String Quartet - No Recording dates or locations provided SONY SB2K89978 [2 CDs 66.42 and 67.25] [JW]

It must take an honoured and worthy place amongst the finer performances committed to disc … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet No.1 in C minor / B flat major, D.18 (circa. 1810-11) [16:06] - String Quartet No. 4 in C major, D. 46 (1813) [22.36] - String Quartet No. 8 in B flat major, D.112, Op.168 ( 1814) [25:49] Kodaly Quartet - Recorded in the Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary. 11th to 14th December 2000. DDD - Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 NAXOS 8.555921 [64:31] [MC]

A truthful and fresh sound combined with fine performances makes this release eminently recommendable. … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828)‘Die schöne Müllerin’ (1824) Matthias Goerne (bar) Eric Schneider (piano) Rec. 9-11 October 2001 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk DDD DECCA 470 025 - 2 [71.49] [ME]

A performance of incomparable tenderness, poignancy of feeling for the music and understanding … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) The Four Symphonies - Symphony No. 1 Spring (1841) [34.33] - Symphony No. 2 (1846) [39.05] - Symphony No. 3 Rhenish (1850) [32.50] - Symphony No. 4 (1841 rev 1851) [29.13] - Overture: Manfred (1848) [12.06] Bavarian Radio SO/Rafael Kubelik - rec Herkules-Saal, Munich, Germany, 18-26 May 1979 (1-3), 27-30 Sept 1978 (4, Manfred) ADD - Both discs available separately SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK48269 [76.13] (1 and 2) SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK48270 [73.54] (3 and 4) [RB]

Unassuming, confident, middle of the road performances very well recorded ... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata Number 1 in f sharp minor, Opus 11. - Piano Sonata Number 3 in f minor, Opus 14 (Concerto without orchestra) Bernd Glemser, piano - Recorded at the Radio Concert Hall, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-24 March 1997. DDD NAXOS 8.554275 [65’09"] [KS]

Fine playing indeed, and a worthy addition to any collection … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11 [1835] - Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.14 (Concert sans orchestre) [1836] Bernd Glemser (piano) - Recorded at the Radio Concert Hall, Lugano, Switzerland, March 22-24 1997 NAXOS 8.554275 [65.09] [TH]

Highly charged, passionate playing … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Manfred Overture (1852) [11.07] - Piano Concerto (1845) [30.40] - Introduction and Allegro Appassionato or Konzertstück in G major Op. 92 (1849) [15.42] - Introduction and Allegro Concertante in D minor Op. 134 (1852) [14.40] - Rudolf Serkin (piano) Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell - rec. 1960s, ADD SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK89901 [72.13] [RB]

Saturated up-front sound for classic readings of one of the world's best known piano concertos as well concertante works of comparative rarity... see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kerner-Lieder, Op. 35. Myrthen, Op. 25 - No. 1, Widmung; No. 2, Freisinn; No. 3, Der Nussbaum; No. 5, Auf dem Schenkerbuch im Divan I; No. 6, Auf dem Schenkerbuch im Divan II; No. 17, Venezianisches Lied I; No. 18, Venezianisches Lied II; No. 26, Zum Schluss. Gedichte aus Liebesfruhlung, Op. 37 - No. 1, Der Himmel hat eine Trane geweint; No. 5, Ich hab' in mich gesogen. Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Die stille Lotosblume, Op. 13 No. 6. O Lust, o Lust, Op. 23 No. 6. Geheimes Flustern hier und dort, Op. 23 No. 3. Sie liebten sich beide, Op. 13 No. 2. An einem lichten Morgen, Op. 23 No. 2. Liebeszauber. Liebst du um Schönheit, Op. 12. Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone); Imogen Cooper (piano). Recorded in the Jugenstiltheater, Vienna, on December 17th-21st, 1998. DDD PHILIPS 462 610-2 [66'48] [CC]

A fascinating and rewarding disc. … see Full Review

Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Piano Quartet (1903) [21.40] - Piano Quintet (1925) [39.19] London Piano Quartet with Marilyn Taylor (violin) - rec All Saints, East Finchley, London 11-13 June 2001 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7116 [61.13] [RB]

This should open the door to a Scott renaissance. Will appeal to those already committed to Fauré, Ravel, Foulds, Bonnal, d'Ollonne and Vierne... see Full Review

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Symphony No. 3 op. 43 "Le divin Poème" Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Berceuse élégiaque Op. 42 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Une barque sur l’océan Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Scherzo à la russe SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg Leitung/Michael Gielen Recorded Baden-Baden 1975 (Scriabin), 1995 (Busoni), 1997 (Ravel); in Freiburg 1998 (Stravinsky) HÄNSSLER CLASSIC LC10622 [65:39] [JL]

Scriabin’s cult following may rejoice at a "new " version of the Third Symphony, but this 1975 recording lacks the conviction that is essential if the work is to take off. … see Full Review


Peter SCULTHORPE (born 1929) Little Nourlangie (1990)a Music for Japan (1970)b Piano Concerto (1983)c The Song of Tailitnama (1974)d David Bury (organ)a; Mark Atkins (didjeridu)b; Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano)c; Kirsti Harms (mezzo-soprano)d; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart Recorded: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, February 1996 ABC CLASSICS 454 513-2 [52:35]
Memento mori (1993) Sun Song (1984) Sun Music I (1965) Sun Music II (1969) Sun Music III (1967) Sun Music IV (1967) From Uluru (1991) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; David Porcelijn Recorded: Adelaide Town Hall, November 1995 and November 1996 ABC CLASSICS 454 505-2 [60:49]
Earth Cry (1986) Irkanda IV (1961)a Small Town (1976)b Kakadu (1988) Mangrove (1979) Donald Hazelwood (violin)a; Guy Henderson (oboe)b; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Stuart Callender Recorded: Sydney Town Hall, February and July 1989 ABC CLASSICS 426 481-2 [56:20]
Port Arthur: In Memoriam (1996 [two versions]) Djilile (1988, arr. 1996) The Fifth Continent (1963)a Lament (1976, arr. 1991)b Little Suite (1983) Night Song (1976) Peter Sculthorpe (narrator)a; Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello)b; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; David Porcelijn
Recorded: Ballroom, Government House, Hobart, June 1996 and March 1997 (Port Arthur: In Memoriam) ABC CLASSICS 456 363-2 [63:24
Port Essington (1977) Lament for Strings (1976) Irkanda IV (1961)a Sonata No.1 for Strings (1983) Sonata No.2 for Strings (1988) Sonata No.3 for Strings (1994) Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti (violina and director) Recorded: Sir Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, March 1995 (Lament) and January 1996 ABC CLASSICS 454 504-2 [75:48] [HC]

A comprehensive and excellently played survey of Sculthorpe’s varied, colourful, sincere and often gripping music … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Quintet in G major, Op. 57 [1940] - Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Piano Quintet [1972-76] Constantine Orbelian (piano) - Moscow String Quartet - Recorded in the Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, May 1991 RUSSIAN DISC RD CD 10 031 [61.32] [TH]

Playing little short of inspired … see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 4 (1936) [62.26] - Symphony No. 10 (1953) [57.39] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - rec Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 17 Feb 1963 (4); 10-18 Apr 1968 (10) ADD SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SB2K62409 [69.50] [RB]

For the Fourth alone no Shostakovich expert can afford to be without this inexpensively coupled set. ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966) String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 (1970) String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 (1974) St. Petersburg String Quartet. Recorded in the St. Petersburg Recording Studio, Russia, December 2000 - January 2001. HYPERION CDA67157 [71.21] [NH]

Great music, superbly and idiomatically performed. Recommended without reservation … See Full Review.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto (1905) - Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto (1806) - Zino Francescatti (violin) - Columbia SO/Bruno Walter (Beethoven) - David Oistrakh (violin) Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (Sibelius) - rec Legion Hall, Hollywood, 23, 26 Jan 1961 (Beethoven); Philadelphia, 21 Dec 1959 (Sibelius) ADD SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK47659 [74.32] [RB]

Both Oistrakh and Francescatti in superb form. The only downside is the age of the recordings. … see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Complete String Quartets Sibelius Academy Quartet (E fl major, A minor, B fl major) New Helsinki Quartet (Voces Intimae) rec. Convent Church, Naantali Oct 1984 (A minor); Nov 1984, (B fl major), Järvenpää Hall, Dec 1988 (E fl major), Sigyn Hall, Sept 1997 (Voces Intimae), DDD FINLANDIA 0927-40872-2 [2CDs: 47.22+65.02] [RB]

Committed readings ripely advocated. A safe recommendation for Sibelius specialists ... see Full Review.

Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Ma Vlast (1879) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Vaclav Neumann - Recorded Leipzig 1968 BERLIN CLASSICS 0032342BC [79.56] [JW]

If you like your Ma Vlast on the distended side … see Full Review

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Sonatas for flute & harp Sonata in B-flat, Op. 16 Sonata in E-flat, Op. 113 Sonata in E-flat, Op. 114 Sonata in C minor Maxence Larrieu, flute Susanna Mildonian, harp Recorded in Studio "Right Place", Brussels, November 1998 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7423 [73.57] [OW]

Committed if unimaginative performances of some rarely heard early romantic German chamber music……. See Full Review
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THE STRAUSS ALBUM Johann STRAUSS Senior (1804-1849) Zampa-Galopp, Radetzky –Marsch, op. 228 (arr. Max Schönherr) Johann STRAUSS Junior (1825-1899) Perpetuum Mobile, op.257, Kaiser-Walzer, op. 437 (arr. M. Schönherr), Champagner-Polka, Die Fledermaus: Overture, In Krapfenwald’l Polka, op. 336, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op. 214, An der schönen, blauen Donau – Walzer, op. 314 (arr. M- Schönherr), Unter Donner und Blitz – Schnell-Polka, Errinerung an Covent Garden – Walzer, op. 329 Josef STRAUSS (1827-1870) Nachtschatten – Polka-Mazur, op. 229, Jokey – Polka Schnell, op. 278 (arr. M. Schönherr) Johann II and Josef STRAUSS Pizzicato Polka Eduard STRAUSS (1835-1916)
Innig und Sinnig – Polka française Johann Strauss Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green
Recorded 7th and 9th November 2000 at the Angel Studios, London Black Box BBM 1059 [67’ 48"] [CH]

A couple of rarities and a lot of verve; but less satisfactory performances of the two famous waltzes. ...see Full Review

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Ballet: Petrushka (1911) (revised version, 1947) - Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Ballet: The Miraculous Mandarin (1919) London Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano - Rec February-April 1997, The Colosseum, Watford ELATUS 0927 46725-2 [66.54][TB]

Extraordinary intensity and atmosphere … biting rhythmic attack … see Full Review

Josef SUK (1874-1905) Asrael Symphony (1905) Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon/Peter Schneider - rec live-Radio France, 15 Nov 1996, Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, DDD ACTES SUD AT34105 [59.11] [RB]

This does not unseat Kubelik, Bĕlohlávek or Talich but admirers of Asrael will find many fresh facets in this interpretation ... see Full Review

Sergey Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856-1915) Symphony No. 2 in B flat major (1880?) [35.54] - Symphony No. 4 in C minor (1898) [39.21] Russian State SO/Valeri Polyansky - rec Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, April 2001 (4); May 2001 (2) DDD CHANDOS CHAN 9998 [75.22] [RB]

Stonkingly good performances ... see Full Review

Pytor Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 - (1892)
Antonin DVORÁK (1841 - 1904) - String Sextet in A, Op. 48 – (1878) Sarah Chang, Bernhard Hartog (violins), Wolfram Christ, Tanya Christ (violas), Georg Faust, Olaf Maninger (’cellos). recorded in Teldex Studios, Berlin, March 2001. DDD EMI CLASSICS 5 57243-2 [67.48] [JP]

Superb playing, so well integrated … sometimes unbearably lovely … see Full Review

Pytor Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 - 1893) Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - (1878) - Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Violin Concerto No 1, in A minor, Op. 77 - (1948) - Ilya Gringolts (violin),with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman - recorded in the Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, December 2001. DDD DG 471 616-2 [72.39] [JP]

The distractions are too great to overcome the good points. A great shame. … see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 4 (1877) [45.16] - Overture - 1812 (1881) [16.54] - Marche Slave (1876) [10.45] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Richard P Condie (1812) - Valley Forge Military Academy Band/Col. Keith Feltham (1812) - rec 1960s ADD SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK46334 [73.13] [RB]

Two warhorses one of which is a very mixed bag and a superbly opulent Fourth. ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 5 (1888) [47.32] - Serenade for Strings (1880) [21.37] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - rec Broadwood Hotel Philadelphia, PA, USA, 25 Jan 1959 (Sym 5); 10 Apr 1960 (Serenade) ADD SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SBK46538 [69.50] [RB]

The Symphony suffers from tape distortion in the first movement {- a shame when the strings sound as radiantly cinematographic as they do here. ... see Full Review

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Souvenir de Florence Op.70 (1890-92) Serenade for Strings Op.48 (1881) The Irish Chamber Orchestra/Fionnula Hunt Recorded at the University Concert Hall, Limerick, c.1999 BLACK BOX BBM 3004 [63.46] [TH]

Flexible phrasing and lighter rhythmic pointing. Elegance and grace … see Full Review

Eduard TUBIN (1905-1982) Concertino for piano and orchestra (1945) [23.18] Music for Strings (1963) [14.15] Concerto for flute and string orchestra (1979) [22.14] Lauri Väinmaa (piano) Estonian National SO/Arvo Volmer (concertino) Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Juha Kanga (Music) Maarika Järvi (flute) Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Kristjan Järvi (concerto) rec. May 1997, Kaustinen Church, Finland (Music); May/June 1997 Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (Concertino); 7 Sept 2000, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (Concerto) DDD WARNER APEX 0927 48196 2 [59.47] [RB]

A Tubin triptych representative of three phases: neo-romantic heroism; neo-classical restraint and singing simplicity. ... see Full Review

Nancy VAN DER VATE A Peacock southwest flew, concerto for pipa and orchestra; Western Front; Harp Concerto; Choral Suite from Nemo Vojtech Dyk (boy soprano) Ars Brunensis Chorus Gao Hong (pipa) Adriana Antalova (harp) Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra/Toshiyuki Shimada Rec. 2000? DDD VIENNA MODERN MASTERS VMM 3043 [73.53] [DW]

I enjoyed much of this disc but I fear it is unlikely that I will listen to it again ... or, if I do, it will be from necessity. … see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Falstaff (1893) - Sir John Falstaff – Giacomo Rimini, baritone; Mrs Alice Ford - Pia Tassinari, soprano; Nannetta - Ines Alfani Tellini, soprano; Mrs Quickly - Aurora Buades, mezzo-soprano; Fenton - Roberto D’Alessio, tenor; Mrs Meg page - Rita Monticone, mezzo-soprano; Ford - Emilio Ghirardini, baritone; Pistola - Salvatore Baccaloni, bass; Dr Cajus - Emilio Venturini, tenor; Bardolfo - Giuseppe Nessi, tenor Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan/Lorenzo Molajoli - Recorded Milan 30th March-15th April 1932 - With a selection of arias sung by Pia Tassinari with various accompaniments - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro; De Vieni non tarder - Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin; Einsam in truben Tagen and Euch luften die mein Klagen [in Italian] - Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Werther; Letter scene [in Italian] - Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) L’Amico Fritz; Son pochi fiori - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème; Donde lieta usci and Dunque è proprio finita - Turandot; Signore, ascolta! Non piangere, Lui NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110198-99 [2 CDs 146.35] [JW]

As with most premiere recordings there is also something about this Falstaff that, whatever its limitations and imperfections, grips tight and won’t let go. … see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Requiem Mass (1874) - Rosamund Illing, soprano, Bernadette Cullen, mezzo-soprano, Dennis O’Neill, tenor, Bruce Martin, bass, Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra/Simone Young - Recorded live Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, January 22nd, 24th 2001
ABC Classics 472 430-2 [78:06] [GPJ]

Will revive memories of what was probably a very special occasion for performers and audience like; as a commercial recording, it isn’t really a competitor. … see Full Review

Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) The Call of the Beloved Motet; Laetatus sum a 12, Mass Laetatus sum a 12, Hymn; Veni creator spiritus a 4, Motet; Vadam et circuibo civitatem a 6, Motet; Vidi speciosam a 6, Hymn; Ad caenam Agni providi a 4, Magnificat Sexti toni a 12 The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Recorded St Judes on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb. No recording date [1998?] CORO COR16007 [68’36] [JW]

The high pitch and mixed voice spirituality conveyed by The Sixteen is overwhelming … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons - Johann Caspar Ferdinand FISCHER (1656-1746) Overture No 4 in D Minor - Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Symphony for Strings in B Flat Major Wq182/2 - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto grosso in A Major Op 6 No 11 - Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Concerto grosso No 4 in B Minor - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major BWV1048 - Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687-1755) Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Basso Continuo - Johann PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Canon and Gigue - Barbara Jane Gilbey, violin (The Four Seasons, Pisendel) - Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players Geoffrey Lancaster, director and harpsichord - Recorded Government House Ballroom, Hobart March 1989 (Vivaldi, Fischer) and same location July 1990 (remainder) ABC 472 424-2 [2 CDs 51’19 + 64’13] [JW]

Well, live by the sword, die by the sword - it sounds awful. … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Complete Recorder Concertos: Concerto for soprano recorder in C major, RV 443 [11:52] Concerto for soprano recorder in A minor, RV 445 [10:50] Concerto for soprano recorder in C major, RV 444 [10:18] Concerto for treble recorder in F major, RV 442 (circa. 1728) [8:54] Concerto for treble recorder in C minor, RV 441 [11:00] Small Concerto in D major, RV 95 ‘La Pastorella’ [10:57] Laszlo Kecskemeti (treble and soprano recorder), Laszlo Czidra (treble recorder), Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia/Tamas Zalay Recorded in the Reformed Church, Diosd, Hungary, from 26th-27th January 2001. DDD NAXOS 8.553829 [63:51] [MC]

Ravishing performances of underrated and extremely engaging music … see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Prelude to Act 1, Good Friday Music and Finale to Act 3: Parsifal Prelude: Act 1 Tristan and Isolde Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey: Siegfried Funeral March: Götterdämmerung Siegfried Idyll SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart/Carl Schuricht Historical recordings 1950-1966 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93. 019 [74.59] [CF]

The galvanised intensity of the playing is electrifying throughout. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Carl Maria Von WEBER (1786-1826)
Symphony No. 1 (1812) [24.51] Symphony No. 2 (1813) [18.16] Piano Concerto No. 1 (1810) [20.26] Piano Concerto No. 2 (1812) [23.04] Konzertstück (1821) [17.04] Euryanthe Overture (1823) [8.34] Abu Hassan Overture (1811) [3.32] Preziosa Overture (1820) [8.13] Beherrscher der Geister Overture (1804?) [5.39] Oberon Overture (1826) [8.48] Jubel-Ouvertüre (1818) [7.46] Der Freischütz Overture (1821) [10.04] Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner (symphonies) rec. Abbey Road Studios, London, 1982, DDD Peter Rösel (piano) Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt (piano concertos) Lukaskirche, resden, Germany, 1984, DDD Staatskapelle Dresden/Gustav Kuhn Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany, 1985, DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99935 [43.43+60.59+53.22] [RB]

A pretty decent representation of this accomplished early romantic composer. Excellent performances. ... see Full Review

Margaret WEGENER (b.1920) Music to my Listening - Songs of Margaret Wegener Georgina Colwell (sop) ‡ Stephen Varcoe (bar) † Nigel Foster (piano) rec 3 Jan 2002, Culford School, Bury St Edmunds full ordering details at foot of review MUSICA ARIOSA no number [49.30] [RB]

Short playing time but treasurable songs placed four-square in the British lyric songmaking tradition. If you appreciate the songs of Orr, Howells, Finzi, Head and Venables this disc is a must for you. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Songs, Abridgements and Extracts Die Dreigroschenoper (1928) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1930) Rudolf NELSON (1878-1960) Das Nachtgespenst Peter Friedrich HOLLAENDER (1896-1976) Guck doch nicht immer nach dem Tangogeiger hin, Jonny Wilhelm GROSZ (1894-1939) Vom Seemann Kuttel Daddeldu Lotte Lenya, TELDEC TELEFUNKEN LEGACY 927 42663 2 [78.09] [JW]

A momentous collection and an indispensable one for the shelves. … see Full Review

Sylvius Leopold WEISS Lute Sonatas, Volume 5 Sonata No. 38 in C Major, Tombeau sur la mort de M. Cajetan Baron d’Hartig, Sonata No.43 in A minor Robert Barto – Baroque Lute NAXOS 8.554833 [68:20] [AD]

The best yet … see [AD] A simply gorgeous sense of cantabile and line … his work in faster, technical passages can be breathtaking.[KS] Full Review

John R WILLIAMSON (b.1940s) Twelve Housman Songs - The Isle of Portland - As I gird on for fighting - Now hollow fires burn out to black - When I came last to Ludlow - Oh, stay at home my lad, and plough - Delight it is in youth and May - With rue my heart is laden - I wake from dreams and turning - The mill stream - When Adam walked in Eden young - It nods and curtseys - The farms of home - Nigel Shaw (bar) John R Williamson (piano) - rec: 5 Sept 1999, DDD DUNELM RECORDS 0133.DR.1299 [19.23] [RB]

Williamson maps the winding path separating rural idyll and death - the lyric and the dissonant. ... see Full Review


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