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Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 (1899/1943) [26:23] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings (1945) [26:05] Streicherakademie Bozen/Accademia d’Archi Bolzano/ Frieder Bernius Rec. Grand Hotel, Toblach, Italy (Gustav-Mahler-Saal), July 1999/July 2001. DDD CARUS 83.198 [52:39] [AN]

An exciting recording. Powerful climaxes and wonderful palette of dynamics anchored in a rich and wholesome sonority. … see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1792 - 1828) Goethe Lieder, Vol 2. Ruth Ziesak (soprano) Christian Elsner (tenor) Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano) Recorded at Radiosudio, Zurich, 15th, 16th July 2002, 31st October, 1st November 2002 Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 13 - Goethe Lieder, Vol 2. NAXOS 8.554666 [69.16] [RH]

An attractively programmed recital, but Ruth Ziesak is perhaps a little disappointing … see Full Review

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 (1842) * Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47 (1842) Antonio De Secondi, 2nd Violin * Michelangelo Piano Quartet Recorded in Florence, Italy, August – September 2000 CHANDOS/CHACONNE CHAN 0698 [57:52] [DS]

My best recommendation is to acquire the Amon Ra disc … listen to idiomatic performances of two exceptional works. Burnett and company will take you into Schumann’s parlor … see Full Review

Harold SHAPERO (b 1920) Serenade in D for String Quintet (1945 for String Orchestra, arr. Quintet, 1999) String Quartet (1941) String Trio (1937) Lydian String Quartet in the Quartet Lydian String Quartet with Edwin Barker double bass) in the Quintet Daniel Stepner (violin), Mary Ruth Ray (viola) and Rhonda Rider of the Lydian String Quartet in the Trio Recorded Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts between 2000 and 2002 NEW WORLD RECORDS 80569-2 [67.58] [JW]

The performances are spirited, colourful and rhythmically acute … technically splendid … early works by an unfairly neglected composer of unquestionable status. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor Op. 35 (1933) [22.14] Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major Op. 102 (1957) [19.16] Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b.1932) Piano Concerto No. 2 (1966) [21.26] Marc-André Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton Rec. Caird Hall, Dundee, 31 Mar - 1 Apr 2003. DDD HYPERION CDA67425 [63.13] [RB]

An outright recommendation for this CD. Record of Year standing. Bitter and remorseless Shchedrin and the populist Shostakovich … see Full Review

Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (1943) [60’26]. Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio/Vladimir Fedoseyev. Rec. Live recording, venue unspecified, from 1999. [DDD] RELIEF CR991056 [60’20]. [CC]

Worth having as a supplement to the Eighths already extant in one’s collection, possibly. … see Full Review

Padre Antonio SOLER (1729-1783) Keyboard Sonatas Elena Riu, piano Recorded in the Wathen Hall, St. Paul’s School, London on 29-30 March 2002 DDD ENSAYO ENY-CD 9818 [66:38] [KS]

A nice alternative to harpsichord performances of this music … Lovely music splendidly played. Recommended. … see Full Review

Kaikhosru Shapurji SORABJI (1892-1988) Michael Habermann plays Sorabji: The Legendary Works for Piano Volume One: Early Works [55:34] Two Piano Pieces: In the Hothouse (1918) [6:05], Toccata (1920) [3:33] Fantaisie Espagnole (1919) [15':13] Valse Fantaisie: Hommage à Johann Strauss (1925) [15:22] Pastiche: Hindu Merchant's Song (Rimsky-Korsakov) (1922) [4:05] Pastiche: Habanera from Bizet's Carmen (1922) [4:38] Pastiche: Chopin's Valse, Op. 64, No. 1 (1922) [4:13] Michael HABERMANN (b.1950): A la manière de Sorabji: "Au clair de la lune" (August 1972) [1:50] Volume Two: Nocturnes [71:00] Le jardin parfumé - Poem for Piano (1923) [19:05] Nocturne: Djâmî (1928) [22:12] Gulistan (The Rose Garden) - Nocturne for Piano (1940) [29:32] Volume Three: Assertive Works [71:16] Introito and Preludio-Corale from Opus Clavicembalisticum (1929-1930) [13:15] Prelude, Interlude and Fugue (1920-22) [3:13, 5:44, 6:03] Fragment for Harold Rutland (1926, rev. 1937) [2:47] Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell'egregio porta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M'Diarmid (Tiny Little Fantasy on the Illustrious Name of the Distinguished Poet Christopher Grieve, i.e. Hugh M'Diarmid) (1961) [2:37] "Quære reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora" ("Seek the rest of this matter among the things that are more secret") [1940] [16:49] St. Bertrand de Comminges: "He was laughing in the tower" (1941) [20:20] Michael Habermann (piano)
Recordings made 1980-1995 (ADD/DDD) BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS427-429CD [55.34+71.00+71.16] [RB]

Anyone with even a passing interest in the sultry, enigmatic and sensual music of Sorabji needs to have this set. … a most thoroughly engrossing anthology... see Full Review [RB]

Habermann’s staunch advocacy of this most fascinating yet elusive of composers, as in the case of the BIS disc, is of interest not only to pianomaniacs but also to the general music lover [CC]... see Full Review

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Anthems and Services Morning Service in C, op. 115 : Te deum [8:08] Benedictus [5:17] Three Latin Motets: Justorum Anime [3:21] Coelos ascendit hodie [2:05] Beati quorum via [3:33] Evening Service in C, op 115 : Magnificat [5:09] Nunc dimittis [3:23] Communion Service in C, op. 115: Kyrie [1:53] Credo [5:08] Sanctus [1:36] Benedictus [1:47] Agnus dei [2:33] Gloria [3:19] Prelude in g minor for organ [3:21] Evening Service in G, op.81: Magnificat [4:44] Nunc dimittis [4:21] Postlude in d minor for organ [4:44] For lo, I raise up, op. 145 [7:24] Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson, conductor Christopher Whitton, organ Recorded 12-13 July 2002 in St. John’s College Chapel, Cambridge DDD NAXOS 8.55794 [71:09] [KS]

A clarity and purity of tone that is a delight to hear, never shrill or over-produced. … see Full Review

Johann STRAUSS Senior (1804-1849)Johann Strauss 1 Edition: Vol. III Es ist nur ein Wien! (Walzer), op.22, Josephstädter-Tänze, op.23, Hietzinger Reunion (Walzer), op.24, Frohsinn im Gebirge (Walzer), op.26, Hirten-Galoppe, op.28, Wettrennen-Galoppe, op.29ª, Wilhelm Tell-Galoppe, op.29b, Sperls-Feswalzer, op.30, Des Verfassers beste Laune, op.31, Einzugs-Galopp, op.35, 3 Ungarische Galoppe oder Frischka, op.36, Sperl-Galopp, op.42, Contredanses, Oeuvre 44 Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina/Ernst Märzendorfer Recorded 21st-26th June 2002 at the Fatra Concert Hall, Žilina MARCO POLO 8.225253 [54:14] [CH]

Summary: This series began modestly but Vol. 3 is made essential both by Strauss I’s burgeoning lyricism and by the expert conducting of Märzendorfer.... see Full Review

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Arabella - opera in three acts (1932) Ashley Putnam … Arabella; John Bröcheler … Mandryka; Gianna Rolandi … Zdenka; Regina Sarfaty … Adelaide; Artur Korn … Count Waldner; Keith Lewis … Matteo; Gwendolyn Bradley … Die Fiakermilli ;London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink Recorded at the 1984 Glyndebourne Festival Opera Season NVC ARTS/WARNER MUSIC 0630-16912-2 [154mins] [IL]

A most satisfying production with Putnam well cast in the title role supported by a fine Zdenka in Gianna Rolandi. … see Full Review

Mieczyslaw SURZYNSKI (1866-1924) Organ Concerto Op. 35 Improvisation for Organ Op. 36 Improvisation on the Polish sacred song O Holy God Op. 38 Organ Sonata in D minor Op. 34 Jerzy Dziubinski (organ) Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jacek Rogala rec. Hillebrand Organ, Lutheran Holy Trinity Church, Warsaw, Sept 1999, March 2001. DDD DUX 0360 [54.27] [RB]

Kurzynski proves himself a Gallic-inclined songsmith for the organ ... see Full Review

Warsaw Philharmonic Archive David Oistrakh Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 (1916) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77 (1878) David Oistrakh (violin) Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Karol Stryja (Szymanowski) recorded live November 1961 Witold Rowicki (Brahms) recorded live October 1969 CD ACCORD ACD 118-2 [61.22] [JW]

Big tone and colossal vibrancy … exceptional ability to think in narrative terms … see Full Review

Pawel SZYMANSKI (b.1954) Partita III (1985-86) [16.16] Lux aeterna (1984) [9.28] Partita IV (1986) [14.34] Two Studies for Piano (1993) [13.39] Miserere (1993) [16.34] Szabolcs Esztenyi (piano) (Two Studies) Elzbieta Chojnacka (harpsichord) (Partita III) Bornus Consort (Miserere) Camerata Silesia (Lux aeterna) Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (Partita III; IV) cond. Marek Pijarowski (Partita III) cond. Antoni Wit (Partita IV) rec. Katowice, Feb 1992 (Partita III); Feb 1992 (Partita IV); June 1992 (Two Studies); May 1994 (Lux aeterna); June 1993 (Miserere) world premiere recordings CD ACCORD ACD 038-2 [71.03] [RB]

Extraordinary ... don't miss Partita III and Lux Aeterna. Much more to be heard from Szymanski. ... see Full Review

Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Five Violin Concertos Concerto for violin and strings in D major, D.15 Concerto for violin and strings in G major, D.78 Concerto for violin and strings in B flat major, D.123 Concerto for violin and strings in G major, D.80 Concerto for violin and strings in A minor, D.115 Gordan Nikolitch (violin) Orchestre d’Auvergne/Arie van Beek rec. Eglise de Saint-Saturnin, Puy-de-Dome, France, 1996. DDD Previously released material REGIS RECORDS RRC 1157 [76:09] [MC]

Attractive and polished … extremely acceptable. … frankly jaw-droppingly inexpensive … see Full Review

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Chamber Symphony (1967) [20.11] Signs of the Zodiac - cantata for soprano, harpsichord and strings (1974) [23.55] Four Preludes for chamber orchestra (1984) [12.23] Clarinet Concerto (1957) [12.29] Margarita Miroshnikova (sop) Grigory Korchmar (harpsichord) Adil Feodorov (clarinet) St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra/Edward Serov rec. Capella Concert Hall, St Petersburg, 1985 (Symphony, Preludes, Concerto); 1978 (Zodiac) DDD NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA 9918 [68.59] [RB]

Merits the attention of serious collectors. Do not miss the Clarinet Concerto. Both the song cycle and the Sinfonietta immediately proclaim an original and rewarding voice. ... see Full Review

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Symphonietta for string orchestra (1953) [20.56] Theme and Eight Variations (1984) [17.21] Mikhail KOLLONTAI (b.1952) Viola Concerto (1980) [35.05] Yuri Bashmet (viola) (Kollontai) Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio/Vladimir Fedoseyev rec. 1983 (Kollontai), 1986 (Tchaikovsky), Feb 1978 (Boris Tchaikovsky) ADD Recordings from Russian State Foundation of Radio and Television RELIEF CR991064[72.36] [RB]

Will satisfy the curiosity of those wanting to chart the progress of Soviet orchestral music. Both the Kollontai and the Boris Tchaikovsky Sinfonietta make an immediate and attractive impression. ... see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1896) 1. Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (1888) [44’31"] 2. Duet from Romeo and Juliet [11’42"] The Queen of Spades (excerpts) 3. Arioso of the Countess [6’19"] 4. Herman’s scene [5’51"] 5. Final Scene [3’05"] Marina Meshcheriakova (soprano) (2) Irina Christyakova (mezzo-soprano) (3) Vitaly Tarashchenko (tenor) (2,4 & 5) Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio/Vladimir Fedoseyev Live recordings: (1): 4 October 1998; (2): December 1998; (3-5): 24 May 1999 in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire RELIEF CR 991051 [71’37"] [JQ]

Plenty of Russian soul here as well as a graceful lilt. … see Full Review

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Quartet No. 7 in D major Quartet No. 8 in A minor Quartet No. 3 in A major Quartet in E minor Hortus Musicus: Andres Mustonen (violin and artistic director); Neeme Punder (flute); Peeter Klaas (viola da gamba); Tarmo Toom (cello); Imbi Tarum (harpsichord) Recorded at Linnahall Studio, Tallinn, Estonia in 1992 DDD WARNER APEX 2564 60636-2 [52:20] [MC]

Telemann lovers are being offered a real bargain here. I have no hesitation in recommending this release especially at super budget price. … see Full Review

Loris TJEKNAVORIAN (b.1937) Symphony No. 1 Op. 20 Requiem for the Massacred (1975) [27.31] Symphony No. 2 Op. 28 Credo (1980) [22.06] Armenian Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra/composer (1) Helsinki Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra/composer (2) rec. Athens, 1988 (1); Helsinki, 1980 (2) LORIS TJEKNAVORIAN RECORDS no number [49.37] [RB]

Two powerfully tragic 20th century symphonies - facets of a reaction to the same genocide ... see Full Review
Armenian String Music - From Classic to Modern Alexander HAROUTUNIAN (b.1920) Sinfonietta for Strings (1966) Loris TJEKNAVORIAN (b.1937) Serenade Lake Van Suite (1960?) Edvard MIRZOYAN (b.1921) arr. Loris TJEKNAVORIAN String Quartet - Theme and Variations (1947) Loris TJEKNAVORIAN (b.1937) Erebouni Sinfonietta for twelve solo strings (1968) Armenian String Virtuosi/Loris Tjeknavorian Rec. 2002. DDD LORIS TJEKNAVORIAN RECORDS LTR 2002 [68.54] [RB]

For connoisseurs of string music a disc to set beside Barbirolli’s Introduction and Allegro and Marriner’s Corelli Fantasia … see Full Review

Henri TOMASI (1901-1971) Four Concertos Violin Concerto Périple d'Ulysse (1963) [22.44] Flute Concerto Printemps (1966) [20.56] Guitar Concerto À la mémoire d'un poète assassiné, F.G. Lorca (1969) [24.54] Ballade écossaise for harp, string orchestra and wind trio (1966) [11.02] Devy Erlih (violin) Orchestre National de France/Georges Tzipine rec. 7 Jan 1964, Maison de la Radio, Paris (violin concerto) Marielle Nordmann (harp) Orchestre de Chambre des solistes de Marseille/Reynald Giovanetti rec. 23 Feb 1985, Salle des Saltimbanques (La Timone), Marseille (Ballade) Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) Orchestre de Chambre de l'ORTF/André Girard rec. 10 Mar 1966, Maison de la Radio, Paris (Flute Concerto) Alexandre Lagoya (guitar) Orchestre Symphonique de Radio Zagreb/Jean Périsson rec. 7 Apr 1969, Zagreb (Guitar Concerto) LYRINX LYR 227 [80.00] [RB]

I would want as many people as possible to hear this music ... from the finest imaginative cloth ... see Full Review

Peteris VASKS (b.1946) Cello Concerto (1993-94) [31.51] String Symphony - Voices (Balsis) (1991) [28.46] David Geringas (cello) Riga Philharmonic Orchestra/Jonas Aleksa rec. Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia, 8-12 Dec 1995 DDD CONIFER CLASSICS 75605 51271 2 [61.48] [RB]

Music that sings and calls amid an icily unwelcoming world. ... see Full Review

Peteris VASKS (b.1946) Cantabile for string orchestra (1979) [8.19] Cor Anglais Concerto (1989) [20.01] Message for string orchestra, percussion and two pianos (1982) [14.57] Musica Dolorosa for string orchestra (1983) [12.38] Lauda (1986) [20.27] Riga Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Krišs Rusmanis rec. Riga, Latvia, 24-27 May 1994. DDD CONIFER CLASSICS CDCF 236 - 75605 51236 2 [76.43] [RB]

Dark hued, unusually tense. ... whispering violin lines … strangely exultant ... see Full Review

Peteris VASKS (b.1946) String Quartets; No. 1 (revised version) (1977-1997) [15.33]; No. 2 Summer Tunes; No.3 (1995) [25.02]; Miami String Quartet rec. Purchase College, NY City, 211-23 May 1998. DDD CONIFER CLASSICS 75605 51334 2 [66.25] [RB]

A sometimes astringent world view that seems almost religious - the religion of open spaces, solitude and nature ... see Full Review

Peteris VASKS (b.1946) String Quartet No. 4 (1999) [32. 10] Kronos Quartet. rec. DDD WARNER NONESUCH 7559-79695-2 [32.10] [RB]

In a world fraught with tragedy this meditation and its healingly consolatory songs are not to be missed … benison and transcendence. … see Full Review

Peteris VASKS (b.1946) Landscape with Birds (1980) [8.22] Fantasia - Landscape of a burnt-out earth (1992) [17.03] Episodi e canto perpetuo - Hommage a O. Messiaen (1985) [26.45] Music for a Deceased Friend (1981) [10.17] Book (1978) [13.48] Dita Krenberga (flute) Landscape Inara Zandmane (piano) Fantasia Latvian Philharmonic Trio Episodi e canto perpetuo Riga Wind Quintet Music for a Deceased Friend Kristine Blaumane (cello) Book rec. Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia, 8-12 Dec 1995. DDD CONIFER CLASSICS 75605 51272 2 [76.40] [RB]

Angry impacts and an introspective reflection that does not comfort. ... see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)* Norfolk Rhapsody no.1 (1906)** The Lark Ascending (1914)† In the Fen Country (1909, rev.1935)†† On Wenlock Edge (1909, orch. version f.p. 1924)‡ Sarah Chang (violin), Ian Bostridge (tenor) London Philharmonic/Bernard Haitink Recorded in No.1 Studio, Abbey Rd., London, *8-9th October 1986, **†17-18th December 1994, and ††‡The Colosseum, Watford, 13-14 December 1997. EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 85151 2 1 [77:10] [GPJ]

Fine though much of the rest of the disc is, On Wenlock Edge, delivered by one of the world’s finest lyric tenors, are undoubtedly worth the price all on their own. … see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida (1871). Renata Tebaldi (soprano) Aida; Mario del Monaco (tenor) Radamès; Ebe Stignani (mezzo) Amneris; Aldo Protti (baritone) Amonasro; Fernando Corena (bass) King; Dario Caselli (bass) Ramfis; Piero de Palma (tenor) Messenger; Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Alberto Erede. Rec. Rome in August 1952. ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110129/30 [144’33: 67’52 + 76’41] [CC]

An important reissue. Now that it has been made available at super-budget price, there really is no excuse for not buying it. … see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) An Introduction to...Il Trovatore Background: Italy's history in the 19th century, Verdi's popularity, The operas, Rigoletto, La traviata Il Trovatore, Genesis of Il Trovatore, Principal characters and the story so far, The gypsy woman, Leonora's entrance aria, The role of Inez, Count di Luna and his place as Manrico's rival Act II: the gypsies' encampment; Azucena's 'Stride la vampa!' Azucena continues her story , Who is Manrico? At the convent, Act II finale Act III: Di Luna's soldiers, Manrico: 'Ah! S! ben mio'; 'Di quella pira' Act IV: Leonora's 'D'amor sull' ali rosee' , Leonora and Di Luna , Azucena and Manrico share a prison cell, Conclusion Narrative written by Thomson Smillie and spoken by David Timson Musical extracts taken from complete Naxos recording (8.660023-24) conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi Superbuget Price NAXOS EDUCATIONAL 8.558079 [79.18]

If my previous reviews have converted the reader to this series, do not let my minor criticisms deter from the purchase of this issue. This disc will greatly help anybody new to the work. It is one of Verdi’s most tuneful operas from that glorious middle period. … see Full Review

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Suite Floral (1917-1918) [7:47] Ciclo Brasileiro (1936) [21:34] Brinquedo de Roda (1912) [11:41] Danças Características Africanas (1915) [11:32] Tristorosa (1910) [4:51] Chόros No. 1 “Tνpico" (1920) [4:59] Chόros No. 2 (ca 1920) [2:45] Chόros No. 5 “Alma Brasileira”(1925) Sonia Rubinsky, piano Recorded in Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto, Canada, 19-23 September 2000 DDD Piano Music, Volume 3 NAXOS 8.555286 [70:05] [KS]

Without fail, this disc meets one of the crucial demands of a series: it makes one want to go immediately to seek out the other volumes. … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Complete Bassoon Concertos Volume 1
Concerto in C major for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 476, Concerto in F major for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 487, Concerto in C major for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 471, Concerto in A minor for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 498, Concerto in C minor for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 480, Concerto in B flat major for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 503, Concerto in G major for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 493 Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon) Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia/Bela Drahos Recorded at the Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary, 3-7 March 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.555937 [61:32] [MC]

Wins convincingly on virtuosity, style and character and augurs well for the later volumes … see Full Review

Wladimir VOGEL (1896 – 1984) Vier Etüden für Orchester (1930/2) Tripartita (1934) Preludio – Interludio lirico – Postludio (1954) Sinfonieorchester Basel/Israel Yinon Recorded: Casino Basel Musiksaal, October 2001 REALSOUND RS 051-0037 [79:52] [HC]

Committed playing, hard-to-resist conviction, excellent recording … musically satisfying … see Full Review

John Ward (ca. 1589 - 1638) Upon a Bank with Roses / Consort Music
Rose Consort of Viols Recorded in April 1998 at Forde Abbey DDD CPO 999 928-2 [71:38] [PB]

Strange and beautiful seventeenth century music, exquisitely played by this excellent ensemble ... see Full Review

Matthias WECKMANN (1616?-1674) ‘Sacred Works’ Zion spricht: Der Herr hat mich verlassen [09:18] Wenn der Herr die Gefangenen zu Zion erlösen wird [10:16] Gegrüßet seist du, Holdselige [05:56] Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe [06:00] Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste [14:51] Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg [03:54] Freue dich des Weibes deiner Jugend [02:27] Weine nicht, es hat überwunden der Löwe [13:25] Himlische Cantorey: Veronika Winter, Hedwig Voss (soprano), Henning Voss (alto), Jan Kobow, Henning Kaiser (tenor), Ralf Grobe (bass), Elisabeth Schwanda, Katrin Krauß (recorder), Ulla Bundies, Anette Sichelschmidt, Fiona Stevens (violin), Hille Perl, Friederike Heumann, Frauke Hess (viola da gamba), Irmelin Heiseke (viola da gamba, violone), Michael Freimuth (theorbo), Jörg Jacobi, Alexander Weimann (organ) Recorded in June 2002 in the Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg, Germany DDD CPO 999 944-2 [67:36] [JV]

Sacred music of one of Germany’s most theatrical composers of the 17th century in a slightly disappointing performance ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (Moise VAINBERG) (1919-1996) Symphony No. 5 Op. 76 (1962) [45.32] Sinfonietta No. 1 Op. 41 (1948) [22.08] National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice/Gabriel Chmura rec. Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland, 3-7 March 2003. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10128 [67.51] [RB]

A classic entry. Don't miss it if you have a taste for tragic symphonic statements. ... see Full Review

Charles WILLIAMS (1893-1978) Light Music for Films, Radio, TV: Devil’s Galop (Dick Barton, Special Agent); Jealous Lover (The Apartment)*; The Dream of Olwen (While I Live)*; High Adventure (Friday Night is Music Night); Model Railway; Young Ballerina (The Potter’s Wheel); The Bells of St Clements; Cutty Sark; Nursery Clock; The Night Has Eyes; Starlings; The Voice of London; The Music Lesson*; Girls in Grey (TV Newsreel); The Humming Top; Destruction By Fire; The Old Clockmaker (Jennings at School); Little Tyrolean; Throughout the Years; Blue Devils; Rhythm on the Rails; Sally Tries the Ballet; Cross Country; London Fair * Roderick Elms (piano) BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth WHITE LINE - BBC RADIO 3 - SANCTUARY CLASSICS CD WHL 2151 [75:01] [IL]

One of the best albums of light music I have heard for years. A nostalgic wallow - wonderful, memorable tunes. First class performances and sound. … see Full Review

Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Die Seejungfrau - fantasy for orchestra (1902-03) Symphony in D minor (1892-93) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Antony Beaumont Recorded in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague in March 2003 CHANDOS CHAN 10138 [70:35] [IL]

The second Chandos recording of the richly romantic Die Seejungfrau … although powerful enough, I prefer the original 1997 recording, the more relaxed, more poetic, yet exciting view of Dausgaard … see Full Review

Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
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