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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Mother and Child - Jonathan DOVE (b.1959): Seek him that maketh the seven stars (1995) [6’28"] - Francis POTT (b.1957): The souls of the righteous (2000)* [9’34"] - Giles SWAYNE (b.1946): Magnificat (1982) [4’05"] - John TAVENER (b.1944): Mother and child (2003)* [12’44] - Alexander L’ESTRANGE (b.1974): Lute-book lullaby* [4’17"] - Jeremy FILSELL (b.1964): O be joyful in the lord* [2’16"] - Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936): The seasons of his mercies [6’23"] - Francis POTT: My song is love unknown (2002)* [17’31"] - William Kendall (tenor) - Andrew Busher (tenor) - Carys Lane (soprano) - Jeremy Filsell (organ) Tenebrae directed by Nigel Short - Recorded in the Temple Church, London 4-7 March 2003 * first recording SIGNUM SIGCD501 [63’22"]

Even now, only half way through 2003 I feel certain that this most distinguished CD will be one of my Recordings of the Year - indeed, quite possibly the recording of the year. … see Full Review

New World Symphonies ANON ‘Hanaq pachap kusikuynin; Qhapaq eterno Dios; Juan PADILLA (1590-1664) Missa Ego flos campi; Gaspar FERNANDES (1570-1629) Xicochi conetzintle; Juan de ARAUJO (1648-1712) Los coflades de la estlaya; Ut queaent laxis; Alonso LOBO (c.1555-1617) Versa est in luctum; Hernando FRANCO (1532-1585) Salve Regina; Domenico ZIPOLI (1668-1726) Kyrie and Gloria from Missa San Ignacio; Juan de ZESPEDES (1619-1678) Convidando esta la noche Ex Cathedra/Geoffrey Skidmore Recorded All Saint’s Tooting, October 2002 HYPERION CDA 67380 [69.40] [GH]

This excellent disc can quite legitimately be subtitled ‘From Araujo to Zipoli - an A to Z of Latin American Music’...see Full Review

Prisms - Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915): Impromptu, Op. 14 No. 2 [4’28]. Two Poèmes, Op. 32 (1903) [5’15]. Feuillet d’album, Op. 45 No. 1 (1904/5) [1’32]. Nuances, Op. 56 No. 3 (1907) [1’42]. Piano Sonatas – No. 5 in F sharp, Op. 53 (1907) [12’39]; No. 7 in F sharp, Op. 64, ‘White Mass’ (1911) [14’40]. Caresse dansée, Op. 57 No. 2 (1910) [1’28]. Fragilité, Op. 51 No. 1 (1906) [2’06]. Etude in D sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 12 [2’42]. Leo TOLSTOY (1828-1910) Waltz [0’38]. Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor – Adagietto (1901/2) [10’26] (arr. Young). Hugh DOWNS (b. 1921) An Old Familiar Air which has its Own Tuxedo and will Travel [1’45]. Michel BLOCK (b. 1937) Un beau jour [12’55] John Bell Young (piano). Rec. John Addison Concert Hall, Fort Washington, Maryland, USA, on July 19th-23rd, 1999. DDD AMERICUS AMR19991013 [72.18] [CC]

A more thought-provoking disc than most, and one which will bring its fair share of rewards to the more adventurous listener. … see Full Review

Helmuth Rilling conducting Romantic Choral Music Franz SCHUBERT: (1797-1828): Mass in A flat major, D678 (1822) [44’57"] Donna Brown (soprano); Monica Groop (alto); James Taylor (tenor); Michael Volle (bass) - Oregon Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra - Recorded in the Hult Center, Eugene, Oregon July 1996 Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847): Psalm 42, Op. 42 (1837) [25’02"] - Sybilla Rubens (soprano); Scot Weir and Christoph Genz (tenors);Matthias Goerne (baritone); Thomas Mehnert (bass) - Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Stadthalle, Sindelfingen, May 1997 - Franz SCHUBERT: ‘Lazarus’ D689 (1820) (Fragment) [76’04"] Maria: Sybilla Rubens (soprano) - Martha: Camilla Nylund (soprano) - Jemima: Simone Nold (soprano) - Lazarus: Scot Weir (tenor) - Nathaniel: Kurt Azesberger (tenor) - Simon: Matthias Goerne (baritone) - Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, January 1996 -Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904): Stabat Mater Op. 58 (1880) [87’27"] Marina Shaguch (soprano); Ingeborg Danz (alto); James Taylor (tenor); Thomas Quastoff (bass) - Oregon Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra - Recorded in the Hult Center, Eugene, Oregon July 1995 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Schicksalslied Op. 54 (1871) [15’55"] Nänie Op. 82 (1881)[13’15"] - Gesang der Parzen Op. 89 (1882) [12’23"] - Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, April 1997 Johannes BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (1868) [73’15"] - Donna Brown (soprano); Gilles Cachemaille (bass) - Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, September 1991 Anton BRUCKNER: (1824-1896): Mass in F minor (1872) [62’08"] - Verena Schweizer (soprano); Elisabeth Glauser (alto) - Uwe Heilmann (tenor); Matthias Goerne (baritone) - Gächinger Kantorei - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, December 1992 Anton BRUCKNER: Psalm 150 (1892) [9’33"] - Pamela Coburn (soprano) - Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, June 1996 - Anton BRUCKNER: Mass in E minor (1869) [41’55"] Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium, Stuttgart - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, June 1996 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886): Stabat Mater from the oratorio ‘Christus’ (1866) [32’57"] Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano); Iris Vermillion (alto) - Michael Schade (tenor); Andreas Schmidt (bass) - Gächinger Kantorei - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, February 1997 - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924): Motetto per San Paolino: ‘Plaudite populi Lucensi antistiti’ (1877) [11’43"] - Matthias Goerne (baritone) - Gächinger Kantorei - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, December 1992 - César FRANCK (1822-1890): Les Béatitudes (1869-1879) (excerpts): Prologue [5’51"] No 1: ‘Bienheureux les pauvres d’esprit, parce que le royaume des cieux est à eux’ [13’51"]; No. 8 ‘Bienheureux ceux qui souffrent persecution pour la justice, parce que le royaume des cieux est à eux’ [21’40"] - Diane Montague (soprano); Cornelia Kallisch (alto); Keith Lewis, Scot Weir (tenors); Gilles Cachemaille (Christus), Juan Valse (Satan), Reinhard Hagen (basses) Gächinger Kantorei - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, March 1990 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901): ‘Libera me’ from Messa per Rossini (1874) [13’47"] - Gabriela Beňačková (soprano) - Gächinger Kantorei; Prague Philharmonic Choir - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR - Recorded in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, September 1989 All items conducted by Helmuth Rilling HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.460 [8 CDs: 69’59"+76’04"+66’27"+62’33"+73’15"+71’41"+74’52"+67’02"] [JQ]

A handsome tribute to a distinguished choral conductor. Many very fine performances and I’m sure it will give great pleasure to collectors … see Full Review

San Francisco Opera Gems - Volume One GUILD GHCD 2238/40 [3CDs:] [CH]

There is plenty in these three CDs to excite the most seasoned opera-lover. … see Full Review

San Marco: 1527-1740 Adrien WILLAERT (c.1490-1562) O magnum mysterium Claudio MERULO (1533 – 1604) Salvator noster, dilectissimi; Hodie Spiritus Sanctus; Adoramus te Andrea GABRIELI (c. 1510 – 1586) Magnificat; Maria stabat Giovanni BASSANO (c.1558-1617) Hodie Christus natus est; Dic nobis, Maria Gioseffo GUAMI (c.1540 - 1611) In die tribulationis Baldassare DONATO (c.1525 - 1603) Hei mihi! Domine Giovanni CROCE (c1557 - 1609) In spiritu humilitatis Giovanni GABRIELI (c.1553/1556 – 1612) Canzon duodecimi toni; Hodie Christus natus est; In ecclesiis; Sonata octavi toni; Exultet jam angelica Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567 – 1643) Missa da Capella "In illo tempore"; Gloria a 7 voci Franceso CAVALLI (1602 - 1676) Alma redemptoris mater Alessandro GRANDI (d.1630) Deus, qui nos in tantis Antonio LOTTI (1667 - 1740) Crucifixus Baldassare GALUPPI (1706 - 1785) Magnificat a 4 Gloriae Dei Cantores Gloriae Dei Cantores Instrumental Ensemble Gloriae Dei Cantores Brass Ensemble Elizabeth C. Patterson (conductor) Recorded 1993, Worcester, Massachusetts. GLORIAE DEI CANTORES GDCD 014 [2CDs: 59.08+60.59] [RH]

An interesting survey of music by composers working at St. Marks in Venice, though the performances are not ideal. … see Full Review

Andrés Segovia : Guitar recital Vincenzo GALILEI (c.1530-1591): Six Pieces* [7’11"] - Robert de VISÉE (c.1650-c.1725): Six Pieces from the Suites No. 9 in D minor; and No. 12 in E minor * [10’29"] - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750): Fugue in A minor (orig. G minor), BWV1000* [4’49"]; Gavotte en Rondeau from Suite in E major, BWV1006a * [3’08"] - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Menuetto from Piano Sonata in G major, D894* [6’03"] - Alexander TANSMAN (1897-1986): Cavatina [14’56"] - Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Five Preludes: No 3 in A minor [5’06"]; No. 1 in E minor [4’02"] - Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Tonadilla on the Name of Andrés Segovia, Op 170/5 [5’13"]; Tarantella, Op. 87/1 [4’16"] - Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916); Danzas Españolas, Op. 37: No. 10 Melancolica (Danza triste) in G major [4’36"] - *Denotes arrangement by Andrés Segovia Andrés Segovia (guitar) - Recorded in the Freemason’s Hall, Edinburgh, 28 August 1955 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4108-2 [70’57] [JQ]

Self-recommending to all aficionados of guitar music. A fine addition to the BBC Legends catalogue. … see Full Review

A Sesquicentennial Music Tribute - One Hundred and Fifty - Robert CUNDICK (b.1926) Overture for a Celebration [5.46]; To Utah [23.20] - Leroy J. ROBERTSON (1896-1971) American Serenade (1945) [17.44] - Janice Kapp PERRY The Little Handcart [3.24]; Our Utah Pioneers [1.33] - Arthur SHEPHERD (1880-1978) From a Mountain Lake (1926) [5.35]; Gigue Fantastique (1931) [4.08] - Crawford GATES (b.1921) Pentameron - Reflections on the Trek (1992) [31.21] Grant Johannesen (piano) - Choir - unidentified - Utah Chamber Artists/Barlow Bradford - Utah Symphony/Crawford Gates - rec. live Sesquicentennial Musical Tribute concert, 15 August 1997, Maurice Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, DDD UTAH FAMILIES FOUNDATION SMT 01-02 [2CDs: 46.50+45.34] [RB]

Drawing on the undemonstrative conservative melodic-romantic tradition but doing so with subtelty and imagination ... see Full Review

Sixty Glorious Years: A Concert of 19th Century British Music Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Jubilee Hymn: O King of Kings John HULLAH (1812-1884) Three fishers went sailing Alexander MACKENZIE (1847-1935) Dormi, Jesu (The Virgin's Cradle Hymn) William STERNDALE BENNETT (1816-1875) No.2 of Three Romances Op. 14 Robert PEARSALL (1795-1856) O who will o'er the downs so free? [Chorus] Philip ARMES (1836-1901) Victoria [Madrigal] John HATTON (1809-1886) To Anthea Michael BALFE (1800-1880) When I beheld the anchor weigh'd John GOSS (1800-1880) If we believe that Jesus died Brinley RICHARDS (1817-1885) Pastorale PRINCE ALBERT (1819-1861) Grüss an den Bruder (Does my brother think of me?) George MACFARREN (1813-1887) Pack clouds away Walter CARROLL (1869-1955) The Stars; Nature Walter MACFARREN (1826-1905) L'Amitié Micahel BALFE (1800-1880) The Sands of Dee Maude WHITE (1855-1937) To Mary Henry BISHOP (786-1855) Home! Sweet Home! George MARTIN (1844-1916) Short Festival Te Deum Katy Morrell (soprano); Phillida Bannister (contralto); Campbell Russell (tenor); Fiona Murphy (cello); Wilfred Goddard (clarinet); Ian Wass (organ); John Talbot, (piano) The Midlands Chorale/Robert Williams Recorded at Tettenham College, Wolverhampton, November 1997 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS422CD [75.14] [RW]

We infrequently come across new recordings of vintage 19th Century songs, ballads and hymns so this CD is a rare and admirable find. … see Full Review

A Songbook for Isabella: Music from the Circle of Isabella d’Este c. 1500 Antoine BUSNOIS (d.1492) Fortuna desperate a 4; Johannes OCKEGHEM (d.1497) Prenez sur may; Firminus CARON (c.1480) Helas que pera adventure; Alexander AGRICOLA (d.1506) Si dedero; Josquin des PREZ (d.1525) In te domine speravi; Iannis PLICE (?) A la pesca a 4; Heinrich ISAAC (d.1517) La Mi a 4; Benedictus; Absque verbis a 3; Gratis acceptistis a 4; La Mara a3 a 4. Bartolemeo TROMBONCINO (c.1500) Or che son di preggion; Anon , Or su corere; Facia ognon in fin che po; A la cazza; Galliardo; Kyrie Eleison a 4; Columba senza fielle; Pavana regia; Ave Maris stella; O triumphale domine; Verbum caro factus est; Ne la digna stella; Recerchar and Benedictus; Salterello Zorzi; Forte cosa e la speranza Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano) - Musica Antiqua of London/Philip Thorby - Recorded at the National Centre for Early Music, York, September 2002 SIGNUM SIGCD 039 [75.26] [GH]

A very civilized disc with music to charm and excite. Performers clear about their objectives and knowing musically how to achieve them. … see Full Review

SONGS IN SEASON Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Frühlingslied, op. 34/3 - Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Våren, op. 33/2 - Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Il giardino - Staffan STORM (b. 1964) Ur "Våren på Djurgården" - Solomadrigal - Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Nature, the Gentlest Mother, No. 1 - Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) L’été - Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Ablösung in Sommer - Hans GEFORS (b. 1952) Förra sommorn - Franz SCHREKER (1878-1934) Sie sind so schön - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Automne, op. 18/3 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Es rauschen die Winde - Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Before and after Summer, op. 16/2 - Jan SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Arioso, op. 3 - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Winter Evening, op. 54/7 - Thomas JENNEFELT (b. 1954) Isarna Malena Ernman (mezzo-soprano), Francisca Skoogh (piano) - Recorded 8-11 January 2002, Studio 2, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden NYTORP MUSIK NYTORP6 [56:10] [CH]

A super singer! … see Full Review

Songs of Springtime Ernest John MOERAN (1894-1950) Songs of Springtime (1933) [13’54"]; ‘Weep Ye No More, Sad Fountains’* (1922) [2’27"]; ‘Gather Ye Rosebuds’* (1924) [1’11"]; ‘Robin Hood Borne on his Bier’* (1923) [2’59"]; ‘The Jolly Carter’ (1949) [2’06"]; ‘The Sailor and Young Nancy’ (1949) [3’00]; ‘Irish Elegy’ arr. Desmond Ratcliffe*(1948/1955) [2’30"] Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Three Mystical Songs* (1925) [5’14"] Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) ‘Open Thy Gates’ (1931) [2’16"]; ‘Night’* (1911) [2’11"]; ‘In the Wilderness’ (1922) [3’54"] Leslie HEWARD (1897-1943) ‘The Witches’ Sabbath’* (1919) [6’09] * first recording City Chamber Choir of London/Stephen Jones Recorded in the Vestry Hall, London College of Music 28 – 29 October 1995 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS417CD [49’35"] [JQ]

Extremely enterprising … a valuable release which will be of great interest to collectors of choral discs … see Full Review

Leopold Stokowski - Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839 - 1881) Boris Godunov, opera in 4 acts (1874) (Suite arr. Stokowski) [51.45] - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, bass, as Boris and Varlaam - Lawrence Mason, tenor, as the Simpleton; Raymond Cauwet, soprano, as Feodor - San Francisco Opera Chorus, Kurt Herbert Adler, Chorus Director - San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, Madi Bacon, Director - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski. Recorded 10 December 1952. First released as RCA Red Seal mono LP LM 1764 - Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883) Parsifal, A Festival piece in Three Acts (1879) - Good Friday Spell [11.07] - ‘Symphonic Synthesis’ of Act III (arr. Stokowski) [16.40] Leopold Stokowski conducting His Symphony Orchestra - Recorded 24 September 1952. First released as RCA Red Seal LP mono LM 1730 - Notes in English. Transliterated Russian and English text. Photo of Rossi-Lemeni. Recorded locations not given. [ADD] CALA CACD 0535 [79.34] [PS]

Welcome reissue of some of Stokowski’s most distinguished recordings of excerpts from two great operas. A must for Stokowski fans and opera historians and connoisseurs … see Full Review

The Essential Tallis Scholars CD 1 Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) 1 Miserere (12.28) - Tomás Luis da VICTORIA (1548-1611) 2 Ave Maria (double choir) (4.49) - Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) 3 Sicut lilium I (4.45) - JOSQUIN des Prés (c.1440-1521) 4 Praeter rerum seriem (7.21) - Thomas CRECQUILLON (c.1505/10-1557) 5 Pater peccavi (8.39) - Jacob CLEMENS Non Papa (c.1510-c.1555) 6 Ego flos campi (4.09) - Heinrich ISAAC (c.1450-1517) 7 Tota pulchra es (8.57) - Cipriano de RORE (c.1515-c.1565) 8 Descendi in hortum meum (5.26) - Orlandus LASSUS (1532-1594) 9 Alma Redemptoris Mater (3.07) - 10 Salve Regina (3.58) - 11 Ave Regina caelorum (3.52) - Antoine BRUMEL (c.1450-c.1520) 12 Missa Et ecce terrae motus: Gloria (9.36) - CD 2 John SHEPPARD (c.1515-c.1559) 1 Media vita (21.34) - Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) 2 In manus tuas (2.11) - 3 O nata lux (2.05) - 4 Audivi vocem (4.11) Robert WHITE (c.1538-1574) 5 Exaudiat te Dominus (9.46) - William CORNYSH (d.1523) 6 Ah, Robin (2.31) - 7 Salve regina (13.51) - William BYRD (1543-1623) Mass for five voices - 8 Kyrie (1.27) - 9 Gloria (4.57) - 10 Credo (8.42) - 11 Sanctus & Benedictus (3.48) - 12 Agnus Dei (3.29) Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips - All works recorded between 1980 to 1995 at either Merton College Chapel, Oxford, England and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Salle, Norfolk, England GIMELL CDGIM201 [2CDs: 155.00] [MC]

Indispensable listening which can be recommended without any hesitation. … see Full Review

Viennese Operetta Gems Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Der Zigeunerbaron ‘Als flotter Geist, doch früh verwaist’ Charles Kullman (ten) - Der Zigeunerbaron ‘Vem oss har vigt?’ Jussi Björling (ten), Hjördis Schymberg (sop). Sung in Swedish - Die Fledermaus ‘Mein Herr Marquis’ Elisabeth Schumann (sop) - Die Fledermaus ‘Trinke, Liebchen, trinke schnell’ Franz Völker (ten), Elsa Kochhann (sop) - Eine Nacht in Venedig ‘Lagunenwalzer’ Julius Patzak (ten) Franz von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Boccaccio ‘Hab’ich nur deine Liebe’ Julius Patzak (ten) Carl ZELLER (1842-1898) Der Vogelhändler ‘Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol’ Walter Ludwig (ten), Lille Claus (sop) Carl MILLÖCKER (1842-1889) Der Bettelstudent ‘Ich’hab kein geld’ Franz Völker (ten) Emmerich KÁLMÁN (1882-1953) Gräfin Maritza ‘Komm, Zigan’ Marcel Wittrisch (ten) - Die Bajadare ‘Act 1 finale’ Gitta Alpár (sop), Herb Ernst Groh (ten) Karl Michael ZIEHRER (1843-1922) Die Landstreicher Sei gepriesen’ Elisabeth Schumann (sop) Richard HEUBERGER (1850-1914) Der Opernball ‘In Chambre séparée’ Richard Tauber (ten) Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Die lustige Witwe ‘Lippen schweigen’ Dusolina Giannini (sop), Marcel Wittrisch (ten) - Zigeunerliebe ‘ Ich bin ein Zigeunerkind’ Joseph Schmidt (ten) - Friederike ‘Oh Mädchen, mein Mädchen’ Franz Völker (ten) - Schön ist die Welt Bin verliebt, bin so verliebt’ Gitta Alpár (sop) - Giuditta ‘Schön wie die blaue Sommernacht’ Jarmila Novotná (sop), Richard Tauber (ten) - Paganini ‘liebe, du Himmel auf Erden' Hilde Gueden (sop) Nico DOSTAL (1895-1981) Monika ‘Heimatland’ Anna Frind (sop) Robert STOLZ (1880-1975) Zauber der Bohème ‘Ich liebe dich’ Marcel Wittrisch (ten) Various Orchestras and conductors - Recorded between 1927 and 1949 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110292 [61.48] [RJF]

A nice balance between the popular and the lesser known, both composers and singers, in works from a genre that many know and love. … see Full Review


Britten, Voice and Piano Lectures on the Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten by Graham Johnson, senior professor of accompaniment, GSAMD Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research Studies 2 ISBN 0-7546-3872-3 Paperback with 2CDs 254pp plus 15pp index; ix pp foreword Co-published by The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Ashgate Publishing Limited. [RB]

Does Graham Johnson ever sleep, I wonder? An invaluable further addition to the Britten library. ... see Full Review

Belonging - A memoir by Renée Goossens ABC Books 272 pages Paperback ISBN 0-7333-1244-6 [RB]

Much of ‘Belonging’ is about pain but also about joy ... joy as an eluate out of the experience of pain. ... see Full Review

Piano Notes, The Hidden World of the Pianist By Charles Rosen

Extremely interesting commentary on all aspects of music by an unusually reflective, intelligent, and eloquent pianist … see Full Review

The Zarzuela Companion by Christopher Webber Scarecrow Press Inc ISBN 0-8108-4447-8 hardback, 341pp, £34.00 [RB]

Its value is as a reliable and apparently thorough reference ... the key to an enclosed garden that promises pleasures and a lifetime's pursuit. Very happily recommended ... see Full Review



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