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Anna Bajor Sings ... Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (1932) [10.33] Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Chants d'Auvergne (1925): Baïlero; Pastourelle; La Delaïssado; Pour l'enfant; Uno Jionto Pastouro; Lou Coucut [22.35] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Sieben Frühe Lieder (1910, 1928) [14.53] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Adagio (1936) [5.35] Anna Bajor (sop) Sinfonietta Cracovia/Jerzy Maksymiuk rec. St Catherine's Church, Cracow, Nov 1997. DDD DUX 0101 [54.27] [RB]

Voice fanciers should try to track down a copy of this. Bajor's voice is well worth catching. I see this becoming a collector's item. ... see Full Review

Baroque Organ Music, Volume 1Johann Jakob FROBERGER (1616-1667) Toccata I in A [04:30] Johann Caspar KERLL (1627-1693) Toccata cromatica con durezze e ligature in E [04:01] Johann Jakob FROBERGER Fantasia sopra Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La [06:56] Johannes SPETH (1664-c1720) Toccata I in d minor oder ‘Erstes Musicalisches Blumen-Feld’ [03:47] Georg MUFFAT (1653-1704) Toccata XII in G [06:05] Johann Caspar Ferdinand FISCHER (?-1746) Prelude and Fugue in C* [05:40] Johann Jakob FROBERGER Ricercare in g minor* [04:29] Capriccio in G* [03:34] Johann Caspar KERLL Canzona in d minor* [03:35] Johann PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Toccata in e minor* [02:25] Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, chorale prelude* [03:24] Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, chorale prelude* [02:25] Fugue in C* [02:44] Johannes SPETH Toccata V oder ‘Fünfftes Musicalisches Blumen-Feld’* [02:53] Herbert Tachezi, organ Rec. 1968, 1980, 1981, Stiftskirche, Ossiach; ‘Festorgel’ of the Stiftsbasilika Klosterneuburg*, Austria. ADD WARNER APEX 2564-60525-2 [57:29] [JV]

An attractive programme of organ music from the 17th and early 18th centuries, but the recording has too many shortcomings to be recommended … see Full Review

A Leaf - Beatles Piano Transcriptions Paul McCARTNEY A Leaf John LENNON and Paul McCARTNEY Short Fantasy on "Give Peace a Chance" (arr. Rzewski) Hey Jude (arr. I. Okashiro) Golden Slumbers (arr. Takemitsu) Michelle (arr. Monk-Feldman) Yesterday (arr. I. Okashiro) Aki 2.2 (Magical Mystery Tour) (arr. Sakamoto) Michel BLOCK "billet doux" Chitose Okashiro, piano Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, April 12th-13th 2003. CHÂTEAU C10002 [52.00] [NH]

A beautifully conceived and executed tribute to the timeless musical talents of Lennon and McCartney … see Full Review

MONTSERRAT CABALLÉ: Grandes héroïnes lyriques CD 1 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Otello: Mia madre aveva (Canzone del salice [not "Canzone Del Salince" as in the booklet]/Ave Maria) (1), Un ballo in maschera: Ecco l’orrido (2) Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Anna Bolena: Piangete voi? … Al dolce guidami (3) Gustave [not Marc-Antoine as in the booklet] CHARPENTIER (1860-1956) Louise: Depuis le jour (4) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca: Vissi d’arte (5) VERDI Macbeth: Nel dì della vittoria – Ambizioso spirto – Vieni! T’affretta – Or tutti sorgete (6), Il Trovatore: Che più t’arresti? – Tacea la notte placida – Di tale amor (7) Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete (8) PUCCINI Turandot: In questa reggia (9) CD 2 Alfredo CATALANI (1854-1893) La Wally: Ebben, ne andrò lontana (10) Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda: Suicidio (11) Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta (12) VERDI Il Trovatore: D’amor sull’ali rosee (13) PUCCINI Suor Angelica: Senza mamma (14) VERDI I vespri siciliani: Arrigo! Ah parli a un core (15), Un ballo in maschera: Morto ma prima in grazia (16), I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche (17), Rigoletto: Caro nome (18) Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur: Io sono l’umile ancella (19) Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) La Somnambula: Ah! Se una volta sola… Ah! non credea mirarti … Ah! Non giunge (20) Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona/Carlo [not "Caro" as in the booklet] Felice Cillario (1-5), Armando Gatto (6), Anton Guadagno [not "Guadano" as in the booklet] (7-12), Gianfranco Masini (13-20)
Recorded December 1964 (1-5), July 1976 (6-12), June 1974 (13-20) in Barcelona
Originally issued on Vergara (1-5) and Columbia (6-20) BMG RCA RED SEAL 82876 511892 [2 CDs: 71:37, 63:37] [CH]

The Golden Age of Singing is proved to have lasted at least as close to our own days as the prime years of Montserrat Caballé. … see Full Review

Montserrat CABALLÉ en récital: Recital "Los Encores" George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Semele: Oh, sleep! Why dost thou leave me? Giovanni Battista COSTANZI (1704-1778) Eupatre: Lusinga la speme Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Warnung, K.433 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Wonne der Wehmut, op. 83/1 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Aufträge, op. 77/5 Trad. German, arr. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Och Moder, ich well en Ding han Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Mausfallen-Sprüchlein Trad. Swiss, arr. GUND G’sätzli Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Nebbie L. CASTAGNARO Lasciati amare Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Cancion al arbol del olvido J. M. GALVEZ Variante de Petenera Xavier MONTSALVATGE (b.1912)
Canción de cuna para dormir un negritto Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) De los alamos vengo, madre Fernando J. OBRADORS (1897-1945) El molondron Sánchez José PADILLA (1889-1960) La violetera Recorded in Barcelona, 1964 12ème Festival de Grenade Franz SCHUBERT (1897-1828) Du bist die Ruh, D.776, Die Junge Nonne, D.828, An die Musik, D.547 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Ariettes oubliées: C’est l’extase langoureuse, Mandoline, Beau soir Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Siete canciones populares espanolas Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ständchen, op. 17/2, Heimliche Aufforderung, op. 27/3, Allerseelen, op. 10/8 Recorded in Barcelona, July 1963 Recital Richard Strauss Richard STRAUSS Ich liebe dich, op. 37/2, Ruhe, meine Seele! Op. 27/1, Ich schwebe, op. 48/2, Traum durch die Dämmerung, op. 29/1, Zueignung, op. 10/1, Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, op. 19/4, Wiegenlied, op. 41/1, Ich trage meine Minne, op. 32/1, Freundliches Vision, op. 48/1, Schlechtes Wetter, op. 69/5, Morgen! Op. 27/4, Befreit, op. 39/4, Die Nacht, op. 10/3, Cäcilie, op. 27/2 Recorded in Barcelona, 1964 Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Miguel Zanetti (piano) RCA RED SEAL 82876 511912 [2 CDs: 74:41, 53:45] [CH]

Not everything here is perfectly idiomatic, but there is much to treasure and the voice itself is a source of wonder. … see Full Review

Montserrat CABALLÉ EN DUO - Duos de Amor: Caballé and Marti Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chénier: Vicino a te Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlos: E dessa PUCCINI La Bohème: O soave fanciulla, Manon Lescaut: Tu, tu, amore? With Bernabé Marti (tenor), Orquesta Sinfonica Ricordi/Manno Wolf-Ferrari Recorded December 1964, Barcelona Duos de Amor: Caballé and Di Stefano Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon: Et je sais votre nom Georges BIZET (1838-1975) Les Pêcheurs de Perles: Ton cœur n’a pas compris Riccardo ZANDONAI (1883-1944) Francesca da Rimini: E così vada MASSENET Werther: Il faut nous séparer Antônio Carlos GOMES (1836-1896) Il Guarany: Sento una forza indomita Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’elisir d’amor: Una parola, o Adina With Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor), Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona/Gianfranco Masini Recorded April 1974, Madrid Duos de Zarzuela: Caballé and Marti F. MORENO TORROBA, F. ROMERO and G. FERNANDEZ SHAW Luisa Fernanda: Caballero del alto plumero Amadeo VIVES (1871-1932), PERRIN and PALACIOS La Generala: Mi dulce sueno de adolescente Jesus GURIDI (1886-1961), F. ROMERO and G. FERNANDEZ SHAW El caserio: Buenos dias M. FERNANDEZ CABALLERO and M. ECHEGARAY El duo de la Africana: Comprendo lo grave de mi situacion Tomás BRETÓN (1850-1923) La Dolores: Dolores mia ... aqui tu SOUTULLO and VERT La leyenda del beso: Amor, mi raza sabe conquistar With Bernabé Marti (tenor), Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona/Eugenio M. Marco Recorded January 1965, Barcelona Montserrat Caballé (soprano) RCA RED SEAL 82876 511902 [2 CDs: 68:21, 66:03] [CH]

Hectoring opera duets with Marti, embarrassing ones with Di Stefano and some nicely done Zarzuela pieces which, in the absence of any information about them, are recommended only to Spanish speakers. … see Full Review

Montserrat CABALLÉ: Récital espagnol Eduardo TOLDRA (1895-1962) La Rosa als Llavis, Platxeria, Maig, Canticel, Romanca de Santa Lucia, A l’Ombra del Lledoner, Canço de Comiat, Canço de Bressol, Canço de Grumet, La Vida de la Galera Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona/Rafael Ferrer Recorded 1963, Barcelona Frederico MOMPOU (1893-1987) Combat del Somni: 1. Damunt de tu nomes les flors, 2. Aquesta nit un nateix vent, 3.Jo et pressent com la mar, Fes-me la vida transparent, Aureana do sil, Canço de la fira, Pastoral, Tres Comptines (1931): 1. Dalt d’un cotxe, 2. Margot la pie, 3. J’ai vu dans la lune, Tres Comptines (1943): 1. Asserin, asseran, 2. Petite fille de Paris, 3. Pito, pito, colorito, Cantar del alma, San Marti Frederico Mompou (piano) Recorded 1963, Barcelona Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Canciones amatorias, Tonadillas: La maja dolorosa 1-3, El tra la la y el punteado, El mirar de la maja, Callejeo, Amor y odio, El majo discreto, El majo timido, La maja de Goya Orquesta da Camara/Rafael Ferrer Recorded 1964, Barcelona
Romanzas de Zarzuelas J. SERRANO, R. ROMERO and G. FERNANDEZ SHAW

La cancion del olvido: Marinela, Marinela Ruperto CHAPI (1851-1909) and M. RAMOS CARRION El Rey que rabio: Mi tio se figuro Amadeo VIVES (1871-1932), PERRIN and PALACIOS Los Behomios: No quiero que aqui vengo yo M. FERNANDEZ CABALLERO, C. ARNICHES and CELSO LUCIO El cabo primero: Yo quiero a un hombre J. E. ARRIETA and F. CAMPRODON Marina: Pensar en el R. CHAPI, J. VEYAN and LOPEZ SILVA El Barquillero: Cuando esta tan hondo P. LUNA, A. PASO GARCIA ALVAREZ El nino judio: De Espana vengo J. GUERRERO, F. ROMERO and G. FERNANDEZ SHAW La rosa del Azafran: No me duele que se vaya Orquesta Sinfonica/Eugenio M. Marco Recorded 1965, Barcelona Montserrat Caballé (soprano)
RCA RED SEAL 82876 511882 [2 CDs: 76:23, 79:21] [CH]

More great singing from Caballé, but there are some drawbacks not imputable to her. … see Full Review

Enrico CARUSO (tenor) (1873-1920) A Life in Words and Music Written and Narrated by David Timson CD 1 King of Tenors: Enrico Caruso, Family background, Early singing lessons, Caruso's first operatic roles, More auditions and Enrico meets Puccini,
Caruso meets Ada Giachetti, Enrico and Ada, 1898: St Petersburg, The 'monarch-in-waiting',
December 1900: debut at La Scala CD 2 Humiliation in Naples, 1900: Gaisberg records Caruso,
1902: Covent Garden debut with Nelly Melba, 1903: Caruso joins the New York Metropolitan Opera, The 'King' is crowned, 1904-6: international touring, An earthquake and a brush with the press, 1906: La Boheme at the Met.CD 3Caruso's health, 1908: family upsets, Family and health problems, The 1909-10 season at the Met. Mafia interest and a recording contract, Ill health 1912-13: back at the Met.,1913-14: Covent Garden, Tosca and Aida, The war years, Fund-raising concerts CD 4 Caruso's daily routine, Caruso's private life, 1918-20: marriage to Dorothy Park Benjamin, Dorothy in Italy; Caruso on tour, 1920: Cuba, 1920-21: injury and worsening health, Goodbye to the Met. - Caruso retires to Naples, The death of Caruso. Illustrated by 30 original recordings of songs and arias recorded between 1902 and 1920 and taken from Volumes 1-12 of the Naxos’ Caruso: The Complete Recordings series Superbudget Price NAXOS. 8.558131-34 [4CDs: 59.57+58.55+64.21+62.32] [RF]

An ideal complement to the Naxos complete series … also a worthy issue in its own right and so much more enjoyable than a dry as dust written biography. … see Full Review

Enrico CARUSO (tenor). 1873-1921 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata, ‘Brindisi: libiamo, libiamo’ Requiem, ‘Ingemisco’ Macbeth, ‘Ah, la paterno mano’Antonio Carlos GOMES (1836-1899)Il Guarany, ‘Sento una forza indomita’ SZULC ‘Hantise d’amour’ Georges BIZET (1838-1870) Carmen, ‘Parle-moi de ma mère’ Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) ‘La mia canzone’ ‘Luna d’estate’ PENNINO ‘Pecchè?’ CIOCIANO ‘Cielo turchino’ Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Il Duca d’Alba, ‘Angelo casto e bel’ Luigi DENZA (1846-1922) ‘Si vous l’aviez compris’ Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) ‘Les deux séreénades’ César FRANCK (1822-1890) ‘La Procession’ Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Le Cid, ‘Ah! Tout est bien fini…Ô souverain’ Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) ‘Luna d’estate’ DI CAPUA ‘O sole mio’ Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) La Reine de Saba, ‘Faiblesse de la race humaine’ ROTOLI ‘Mia sposa sarà la mia bandiera’ Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme, ‘Vecchia zimarra’ Adolphe ADAM ((1803-1856) ‘Cantique de Nöel’ Recorded in New York and Camden, New Jersey, in April 1914, January and February 1915 and February 1916. ‘Victor Orchestra’ and Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera/Walter B Rogers and Giulio Setti The Complete Recordings Volume 9. 1914-1916 Bargain Price NAXOS HISTORICAL GREAT SINGERS SERIES 8.110750 [78.14] [RF]

Those following this excellent series should not hesitate, not least for the rarity of many of the items included. … see Full Review

Enrico CARUSO (tenor) (1873-1921)
The Complete Recordings Volume 10 (1916-1917) Gabriel FAURÉ (1875-1947) ‘Sancta Maria’ CARUSO ‘Tiempo antico’ Folk Song, ‘Santa Lucia’ Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Eugene Onegin, ‘Pour moi ce jour est tout mystère’ (Lensky’s Aria). ‘Pourquoi’Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chenier, ‘ Come un bel di maggio’Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921)Samson et Dalila, ‘Vois ma misère , hélas' Georges BIZET (1838-1870) Les Pecheurs de perles, ‘Je crois entendre encore’ Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)Rigoletto, ‘Bella figlia del’amore’ (quartet) Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucia di Lamermoor, ‘Chi mi frena in tal momento’ (sextet) Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Martha, ‘M’appari’ GASTALDON ‘Musica probita’ DE CRESCENZO ‘Uocchie celeste’ Francesco Poalo TOSTI (1846-1916)‘L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra’ Anton RUBINSTEIN (1830-1894) Néron, ‘Ah! Lumiére du jour’ Caruso accompanied by the ‘Victor Orchestra’. cond. Walter B Rogers and Josef Pasternack Recorded in New York and Camden, New Jersey, in March 1916, January 1917 and April 1917. Bargain Price Great Singers Series NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110751 [76.59]

Eminently listenable … the sound is most impressive. … further enhances Ward Marston’s reputation for fine restorations. Highly recommended. … see Full Review

Christmas from a Golden Age Original recordings 1925-1950. ADD Seth B. Winner Studios Inc., Restoration Engineer NAXOS 8.110296 [77.28] [RB][BK]

Predominantly a nostalgia fix for those who recall or would like to recall Christmases of the 1920s to 1950s.[RB]
There are clearly good things on this disc in abundance, as well as some that are less good. Which is which is a matter for debate [BK]... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christmas Music by Candlelight. Alleluya a new work John TAVENER (b.1944) O, do not move* Gustav HOLST (1874-1934): In the bleak mid-winter Morten LAURIDSEN (b. 1943): O magnum Mysterium Peter WISHART (1921-84): Alleluya, a new work is come on hand Roderick WILLIAMS (b. 1965): O Adonai* Samuel BARBER (1910-81): Twelfth Night Philip SHEPPARD (b. 1969): Christmas at sea* Trad. Czech: Teče voda teče Daryl RUNSWICK (b. 1946): O Clavis David* Ritual 1631: Hanacpachap cussicuinin Sidney CARTER (b. 1915): Every star shall sing a carol Peter WARLOCK: (1894-1930): Bethlehem Down Pierre VILLETTE (1926-98): Hymne à la Vierge John GOULD (b. 1940): Sans Day Carol Fyfe HUTCHINS: (b. 1980): O Emmanuel* Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-76): A Boy was born J. S. BACH (1685-1750): How shall I fitly meet Thee? *First recording Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore Philip Sheppard (electric cello) Recorded in Hawksyard Priory, Staffordshire 19 – 21 July 2002 EX CATHEDRA EXCCD003 [73’37"] [JQ]

If you only buy one CD of Christmas music this year, make sure it’s this one. … see Full Review

Encore! An anthology of recital encores Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Invitation to the Dance Op. 65 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Rondo a capriccio in G minor Op. 129 (pub. 1828) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Marche Militaire arr. Tausig Hark, Hark the Lark arr. Liszt Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Widmung S566 arr. Liszt Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Lyric Pieces – Book Six; Heimweh Op. 57/6 (1893) Lyric Pieces – Book Five; March of the Trolls Op. 54/3 (1891) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Plus que lente (1910) Arabesque in G major (1888/91) Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Caprice espagnole Op. 37 Étincelles Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Humoresque in E minor Op. 10/2 (1871) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34 Étude-Tableau in E flat minor Op. 39/5 Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Liebesleid - transcribed Rachmaninov Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Étude in B flat minor Op. 4/3 (1902) Joyce Hatto (piano) Recorded [2002?] CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9168-2 [71.20] [JW]

It’s good to see that Joyce Hatto can let her hair down for Concert Artist … see Full Review

Explore America: Volume 1 Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring (excerpt) Charles CADMAN (1881-1946) From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water John CARPENTER (1876-1951) Adventures in a Perambulator - The Hurdy Gurdy Ned ROREM (b.1923) Nightingale Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Violin Concerto - presto Gloria COATES (b.1938) String Quartet No. 1 - Protestation Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Cello Concerto - allegro Charles IVES (1874-1954) Symphony No. 3 - Old Folks Gatherin' George MCKAY (1899-1970) Americanistic Etude Irving BERLIN (1888-1989) Alexander's Ragtime Band (excerpt) Ferde GROFE (1892-1972) Hollywood Suite - Production Number Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) West Side Story - Tonight Leo ORNSTEIN (1892-2002) A morning in the woods Florence PRICE (1888-1953) Song to Dark Virgin Michael TORKE (b.1961) Rapture - Drums and Woods (excerpt) John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) The National Game various artists NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559187 [56.08] [RB]

Artfully planned to intrigue and stir interest - if so it will have served its purpose ... see Full Review

From the Merry Life of a Spy Music for Brass Quintet Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Quintet No. 1 Op. 79 (1961-2) [12.41]; Quintet No. 2 Op. 136 (1978) [12.22] Ib NORHOLM (b.1931) From the Merry Life of a Spy Op. 156 (1999) [8.43] Anders NORDENTOFT (b.1957) Three Studies (1984) [12.01] Axel JORGENSEN (1881-1947) Quintet (1942) [16.17] Mogens ANDERSEN (b.1945) Three Norwegian Dances (1990) [10.14] Art of Brass Copenhagen rec. 16-22 June 2001, Lyngby Parkkapel DACAPO 8.226001 [72.18] [RB]

This is a stunning recording capturing the high trumpet transients as well as the gruff edge of the tuba and trombone. Cracking stuff! ... see Full Review

Golden Slumbers: Folk and Traditional Melodies from the British Isles Fiddler Man; The Girl I left behind; O waly, waly; The British Grenadiers; Golden Slumbers; Dashing away with the Smoothing Iron; It was a lover and his lass composed or arranged by John RUTTER (b.1944); Charm me asleep by Henry LESLIE (1822-1896); Waters of Elle by Robert Lucas de PEARSALL (1795-1856); Sweet Nightingale arranged by Goff RICHARDS; The Oak and the Ash arranged by Gordon LANGFORD; Loch Lomond arranged by David OVERTON; Londonderry Air arranged by Peter Knight; Migildi Magildi arranged by Grayston IVES; Irish Lullaby arranged by Keith ABBS Hannover Harmonists THOROFON CTH 2485 [38.38] [GH]

The choir excel in pronunciation, tuning, speed, articulation, ensemble and timbre but have not discovered the real earthy nature of English folk music … see Full Review

Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Zigeunerlieder, op. 103 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Proses lyriques Alban BERG (1885-1935) Siebe frühe Lieder Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Les p’tites Michu: Vois-tu, je m’en veux, L’amour masqué: J’ai deux amants Moïses SIMONS (1888-1945) Toi c’est moi: C’est ça la vie, c’est ça l’amour Encores: Reynaldo HAHN (1874-1947) A Chloris DEBUSSY Fantoches Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Liebst du um Schönheit Ben MOORE (b.1960) Sexy Lady Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Recorded live at the Carnegie Hall, 14th April 2003 ERATO 2564 60293-2 [74:50] [CH]

Although we are assured that the song recital is in its death agonies, Susan Graham seems to pack the hall without much difficulty and here she is before a cheering Carnegie Hall audience to prove it. … see Full Review

Humanity Classics Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1792) Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K453a (1784) [31’12]. Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring (1943/4) [25’50]. Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Concerto Grosso No. 6ab (1993) [12’14]. aFalko Steinbach (piano); bYosif Raduinov (violin); Bulgarian Orpheus Chamber Orchestra /Raitscho Christov. DDD The proceeds of the CD go to the home for mentally retarded women in Malko Scharkovo, Bulgaria. ANTES EDITION BM-CD31.9187 [70’07]

It would be difficult to recommend this disc at any price. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH ‘Istanpitta – Festive music for the Visconti court, 14th century’ anon Prelude – Salterello [06:06] Isabella (istanpitta) [06:06] Prelude – Salterello [01:02 – 06:21] Tre Fontane (istanpitta] [08:04] Non formo christi (ballata) [04:00] Principio di virtu (prelude – istanpitta) [01:47 – 06:45] In pro (istanpitta) [07:40] traditional (Italian) Prelude – Gliu pecoraru revota revota (salterello) [03:12] anon Salterello [01:08] Lamento di Tristano (prelude – lamento – rotta) [03:49 – 06:56 – 01:54] Alla Francesca: Birgit Goris, Lucas Guimaraes-Peres (vièle à archet), Benoït Toïgo (recorder), Pierre Hamon (recorders, cornamuse, string drum & direction), Angélique Mauillon (gothic harp), Begoña Olavide (psaltery), Michaël Grébil (cistre, lute), Carlo Rizzo (voice, drums) Recorded in September 2002 at the Auditorium di Pigna (Corsica), France DDD OPUS 111 OP30325 [64:49] [JV]

A whole disc devoted to some of the most complex forms of medieval music – fascinating repertoire, inspired performance … see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music at ‘Schloss vor Husum’ - Volume 14, 2002 Nikolai Medtner (1879-1951) Fairy Tales Op. 20 Nos. 1 and 2 Steven Osborne (piano) Nikolai Medtner (1879-1951) Sonata-Ballade in F# minor Op. 27 Konstantin Lifschitz (piano) Mikolajus CIurlionis (1875-1911) Three Preludes Op. 20 Jean Dubé (piano) William Baines (1899-1921) Tides – The Lone Wreck and Goodnight to Flamboro Nicolas Walker (piano) Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) Mazurka Op. 62 No. 2 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Prelude in A minor (1913) Max Reger (1873-1916) Marsch der Stiftsdamen Kolja Lessing (piano) Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) March, Gavotte and Caprice from 10 Pieces Op. 12 Enrico Pace (piano) Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) O Polichinello Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915) Etude in C# minor Op. 2 No. 1 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Saint-Saëns/Meinders Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ (Samson and Dalila) Fats Waller /Meinders Ain’t Misbehavin’ Frédéric Meinders
Choro Frédéric Meinders (piano) Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948) Five Waltzes (piano 4-hands) Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethhuysen (pianos) Recorded live at Husum, August 2002 DDD DANACORD DACOCD 609 [78.21] [JF]

A fine selection of little known works by well known and obscure composers each a masterpiece or a forgotten gem. Superbly played. A real treasure. … see Full Review

Hans KNAPPERTSBUSCH – in Concert Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Leonore No. 3, Op. 72a - Overture, (1821) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883) Tristan und Isolde – Vorspiel und Liebestod. (1865) Birgit Nilsson, (soprano), Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Hans Knappertsbusch recorded 31st May 1962 in the Theater an der Wien, part of the Vienna Festival, (DVD). co-production with ORF, directed by Hermann Lanske. TDK DV CLHK62 [81 minutes] [JP]

A most satisfying programme. … see Full Review

Late Gothic and Renaissance Masterworks. ,From the tablatures of the Basle Humanist Bonifacius Amerbach (1495-1562)Doulce Memoire Chansons, Madrigals, Songs, Motets and Preludes fomr the Tablature of Matthäaus Waissel (1540-1602) René Clemencic (clavichord) Rec. January 2002, W*A*R Tonstudio, Vienna ARTE NOVA 74321 99053 2 [3CDs: 58.50+62.28+60.05] [RH]

A highly important, recommendable set though best dipped into rather than swallowed whole. … see Full Review

Dame Felicity Lott sings French Song Ernest CHAUSSON (1855 – 1899) Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer Op.19 (1890) Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Shéhérazade (1903) Henri DUPARC (1848 – 1933) L’invitation au voyage (1892/5) Chanson triste (1868, rev. 1902, orch. 1911) Phidylé (1882, orch. 1891/2) Felicity Lott (soprano); Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Armin Jordan Recorded: Victoria Hall, Geneva, August 2001 (Chausson, Ravel) and October 2002 (Duparc) AEON AECD 0314 [61:55] [HC]

A recital of French orchestral songs performed by artists with a long expertise of the music … superbly recorded … see Full Review

Gudny Gudmundsdottir (violin) Polarinn JONSSON (1900 - 1974) Prelude and Double fugue on the Name B-A-C-H (1927) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Sonata No. 1 in G Minor BWV 1001 for solo violin (1720) Hallgrimur HELGASON (1914 - 1994) Sonata for solo violin (1972) Haflioi HALGRIMSSON (b.1941) Offerto – In memory of Karl Kvaran (1991) Gudny Gudmundsdottir (violin)recorded in Seltjarnarneskirkja, Iceland, 20 – 24 September 1999. DDD POLARFONIA CLASSICS PFCD 02.04.007 [67’22"] [JP]

This has been an extremely interesting disc to review, and I recommend it heartily. … see Full Review


Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]  [Part 7 Misc M-Z]

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