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The Amoris Consort: Edwin CARR Waiheke Island - Leonard SALZEDO (1921-2000) Bailables Op. 127 - Sonata a Tré Op. 111 - Mátyás SEIBER arr. Leonard SALZEDO Leichte Tänze The Amoris Consort - Steven Nelson (Oboe, Musette) Jennifer Paull (Oboe d’Amore) Karen Strand (English horn) Marc Baudry (Bass Oboe) Christine Sartoretti (Harpsichord) - Recorded at Aiglon College Chapel, Villars, Switzerland, August 1996 DDD AMORIS EDITION AR 1002 [48:18] [CT]

An enjoyable collection of four pieces written and arranged for oboe d’amore specialist Jennifer Paull. … see Full Review

APPASSIONATO Feliks WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Légende Op.17 [7.14] Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Romance Op.40 No.1 [5.24] Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Meditation Op.32 [4.24] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Daisies (Margaritki) Op.38 No.3 [2.39] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Winter Fairy (Feya Zimy) Op.35b No.4 [4.18] Franz ERNST (1814-1865) Élégie Op.10 [6.11] Donaldo PORUMBESCU (1853-1883) Balada Op.29 [6.15] Josef SUK (1874-1935) Un poco triste Op.17 No.3 [4.45] /Appassionato Op.17 No.2 [4.27] Henri MASSENET (1842-1912) Méditation from Thais arr Roger Nichols [5.57] Johann SVENDSEN (1840-1911) Romanze Op.26 [7.51] Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Cantabile Op.17 [4.03] Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Sérénade andalouse Op.28 [4.57] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Liebesleid [3.18] Lydia Mordkovitch (violin) James Kirby (piano) No recording information provided CHANDOS CHAN 10028 [72.59] [CF]

Stylish sensitivity, underscoring the music’s simple poignancy or occasional fuller-toned passion … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Art of Conducting Great Conductors of the Past Barbirolli, Beecham, Bernstein, Busch, Furtwängler, Karajan, Klemperer, Koussevitsky, Nikisch, Reiner, Stokowski, R. Strauss, Szell, Toscanini, Walter and Weingartner. WARNER MUSIC VISION 0927 42667-2 DVD [164 mins] [JP]

A wonderful DVD, one which I will return to many, many times, and there could be no higher compliment made to a recording than this. … see Full Review

Sir John Barbirolli John BARBIROLLI (1899-1970)
An Elizabethan Suite Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony No 8 in D minor (1956) Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol Op 34 (1887) Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España – rapsodie (1883) Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
Recorded in concert at the Teatro Kursaal, Lugano on 11th April 1961 AURA AUR181-2 [60.48] [JW]

A most dramatic and persuasively alive performance and brimful with incident and colour and life … see Full Review

BAROQUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT Freiburger Barockorchester.German Brass, Barbara Bonney, Matthias Goerne Freiburger Domsingknaben and Spielleyt Rec.: 1999 Freiburg Cathedral. Sound format: PCM, AC3, DTS stereo Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP Picture format: 16:9 Picture standard: PAL TDK DV-FBBCC [60 min.] [KM]

In spite of some fine music and good performances, this DVD doesn't offer enough for the money… See full review.

JULES BASTIN – aux fil d’une carrière … Jerome KERN (1885-1945) Show Boat: Ol’ man River Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1968) Il Barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia BRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Silveer Vandenbrock (public performance, 1991) J BOCK Le Violon sur le Toit: Ah! Si j’étais riche RTB Chamber Orchestra/Edgard Doneux (1976) L GASTES So les bwèrds du nosst-Amblève (poem recited in Walloon) (1971) P VAN DAMME Li p’tit banc – mélodie wallonne Raymond Micha (pianoforte) (1977) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Der Doppelgänger, Der Atlas Ursula Kneihs (pianoforte) (1978) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Trepak, Song of the Flea (in French) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Die beiden Grenadiere SCHUBERT An die Musik
Lysette Levèque (pianoforte) (1965) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Wotan’s Farewell (in German) MUSSORGSKY Air de Boris (in French) Jules Bastin (bass) With pianoforte: from Brussels Royal Conservatoire Competition, 1958 PAVANE ADW 7400 [52.11] [CH]

I am grateful to this disc for alerting me to the fact that a singer I knew only by name may be more wide-ranging and important than I had supposed. But the programme as such is rather bitty. … see Full Review

Gabriela Beňačková in Prague Giulio CACCINI (1545-1618) Amarilli, mia bella Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Vado, ma dove, K.583, Bella mia fiamma --- resta, o cara, K. 528 Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Traum durch die Dämmerung, op. 29/1, Ich trage meine Minne, op. 32/1, Allerseelen, op. 10/8, Zueignung, op. 10/1, Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich Mikuláš SCHNEIDER-TRNAVSKÝ (1881-1958) Little flowers Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) In Folk Tone, op. 73, 8 Gypsy Melodies, op. 55 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Otello: Ave Maria Gabriela Beňačková-Čápová (soprano), Ronald Schneider (piano) Recorded live at Žofín, Prague, 8.10.1995 SUPRAPHON SU 3027-2 231 [79’23"] [CH]

A much-appreciated singer shows signs of decline. … see Full Review

Jussi Björling (1911-1960) Complete opera and operetta Recordings. Sung in Swedish (1930-38). Collection: Volume 1 Jussi Björling (tenor) with
Hjördis Schymberg (soprano) in Strauss and Millöcker’s Soll ich redden Nils Grevillius and his Orchestra except Hanns Binngang and his Orchestra in Du gar som en liten prinsessa; My Desert is Waiting and Jens Warny and his Orchestra in Heut’ Nacht hab’ ich getraumt von dir NAXOS 8.110722 [70.59] [JW]

Björling in all his youthful glory on the threshold of international fame. … see Full Review

A Carol Symphony and other Christmas orchestral favourites Bryan KELLY (b.1934) Improvisations on Christmas Carols (1969); Victor HELY-HUTCHINSON (1901-1947) A Carol Symphony (1927); Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) arr. Lane Bethlehem Down (1927/2002); Philip LANE (b.1950) Wassail Dances; Patric STANDFORD (b.1939) A Christmas Carol Symphony (1978); City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland Recorded at Mecky Studio, Prague May 2002 NAXOS 8.557099 [68.23] [GH]

Buy it now ready for next Advent and have it on your car CD player; it will offer you considerable fun. … see Full Review

JOSÉ CURA:Artist Portrait’. Operatic arias by:- VERDI, (Aida, Otello, Il Trovatore and Don Carlo). PUCCINI, (Turandot, La Boheme and La Rondine). MASCAGNI, (Cavalleria rusticana). LEONCAVALLO, (Pagliacci). GIORDANO, (Andrea Chenier and Fedora) CILEA, (Adriana Lecrouvreur). SAINT-SAËNS, (Samson and Delila). Argentinian songs by GUASTAVINO and GINASTERA. José Cura (tenor) - Eduardo Delgardo (piano) and Ernesto Bitetti (guitar) Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra/Placido Domingo, Sir Colin Davis - Mid price.
WARNER 0927 45339-2 [75.12] [RJF]

A good representation of his voice and interpretative skills in the heroic tenor repertoire … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH - GREAT BRITISH MUSIC - Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell, Opus 34 (1946) - Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, Opus 10 (1937) - Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia (Peter Grimes), Opus 33 (1945) - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis - Rec October 1990, St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London - WARNER APEX 0927 49423 2/1 [67.40] - Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Paris: The Song of a Great City (1900) - In a Summer Garden (1909) - Brigg Fair (1907) - The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1907) - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912) - Summer Night on the River (1912) - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis - Rec December 1992, St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London - WARNER APEX 0927 49423 2/2 [77.21] - Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) - Overture: Cockaigne, Opus 40 (1901) - Introduction and Allegro, Opus 47 (1905) - Serenade for String Orchestra, Opus 20 (1892) - Enigma Variations, Opus 36 (1899) - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis - Rec April 1991, St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London - WARNER APEX 0927 49423 2/3 [74.25] - Gustav HOLST (1857-1934) - The Planets, Opus 32 (1916) - Egdon Heath, Opus 47 (1927) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis - Rec December 1993, St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London - WARNER APEX 0927 49423 2/4 [74.07] WARNER APEX 0927 49423 2/1-4 [TB]

Playing is first-class, so too the recorded sound, while the interpretations can challenge the best … see Full Review

Estonian Piano Music - Rudolf TOBIAS (1873-1918) Menuett (1895?) - Mart SAAR (1882-1963) Skizze (1910) - Heino ELLER (1887-1970) Glocken (1929) - Edgar ARRO (1911-1978) Simple Variations on the Estonian Theme (1955) - Ester MÄGI (b.1922) Lapland Joiks (1987) - Jaan KOHA (1929-1993) Rondo (1967) - Jaan RÄÄTS (b.1932) Two Estonian Preludes (1989) - Arvo PÄRT (b.1935) Four Dances (1959?) - René EESPERE (b.1953) Four Ostinatos (1977) - Peeter VÄHI (b.1955) Contemplation Symphony (1978) - Urmas SISASK (b.1960) Two pieces from the cycle Starry Sky (1987) Peep Lassmann (piano) - rec. 20-24 Oct 1994, House of the Blackheads, Tallinn, Estonia. DDD ERES CD 06 [67.21] [RB]

From proto-Beethovenian delicacy to the ultima thule aleatorics; from elfin fragility to Leifs-like fury. ... see Full Review

An Eternal Harmony - PLAINSONG ‘Dum sacrum mysterium; Robert CARVER (c.1487-1566) Credo from the Mass "Dum sacrum mysterium" and ‘O bone Jesu’ - James MACMILLAN (b.1959) O bone Jesu; Robert RAMSEY (d.1644) When David heard; In monte Olivetti; O vos omnes; How are the mighty fallen; William CORNYSH the elder (d.1502) Salve Regina and Ave Maria Mater Dei The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - Recorded at different venues listed below CORO 16010 [67.29] [RH]

Well balanced recital, beautifully sung, mixing old and new. A must for those interested in British choral music and a welcome return to the catalogue for some fine recordings … see Full Review

Aldo Ferraresi (violin). La storia discographica del violino Vol 5. La scuola italiani Vol 1 - Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Violin Concerto No 1 (? 1817) - Le Streghe (1813) - Nel cor più non mi sento, for solo violin (? 1820) Aldo Ferraresi (violin) - Augusto Ferraresi (piano) - Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma/Franco Gallini - Recorded in Rome studios in 1965 IDIS 6366 [51.25] [JW]

Much spirited and committed playing here … see Full Review

IN FLANDERS’ FIELDS – VOLUME 29 - August de BOECK (1865 – 1937) Fantasy (1926) - Victor LEGLEY (1915 – 1994) Concertino per Oboe ed Archi Op.100 (1982) - Frits CELIS (born 1929) Kareol Op.61b (1997, orch. 2002)a - Gabriël VERSCHRAEGEN (1919 – 1981) Drie Vlaamse Dansen - Jacques LEDUC (born 1932) Concertino Op.10 (1962) - Willem KERSTERS (1929 – 1998) Concertino Op.2 (1953) - Piet van Bockstal (oboe, cor anglaisa) Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra/Herman Engels - Recorded: Studio II, Czech Radio, Brno, October 2002 PHAEDRA 92029 [70:16] [HC]

Generous, varied and attractive selection … welcome for the quality of the music and the quality of the playing. … see Full Review

Glenn Gould Anniversary Edition - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Concertos Volume I: Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No 1 in D minor BWV 1052 - Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No 4 in A major BWV 1055 - Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No 5 in F minor BWV 1056 Glenn Gould (piano) - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann (except No 1 – Leonard Bernstein) - Recorded New York April 1957 SONY SMK87760 [48.20] - Keyboard Concertos Volume II: Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No 2 in E major BWV 1053 - Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No 3 in D major BWV 1054 - Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No 7 in G minor BWV 1058 Glenn Gould (piano) - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann - Recorded New York 1967-69 SONY SMK87761 [49.05]

Performances that are lively, personalised and, more germane perhaps, enjoyable. … see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz (violin) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major Op 61 (1806) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D major Op 77 (1878) - Jascha Heifetz (violin) - NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini (Beethoven) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky (Brahms) - Recorded 1939 (Brahms) and 1940 (Beethoven) NAXOS 8.110936 [76.39] [JW]

Durable examples of superior musicianship – though arguably not ones tinged with metaphysical depths … see Full Review

L’Art de Veronica Jochum Volume 2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No 6 in B flat K238 (1776) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op 54 (1841-45) Veronica Jochum (piano) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Martin Turnovsky (Mozart, 29 October 1969) National Orchestra of France/Eugen Jochum (Schumann, 14 May 1982) TAHRA 487 [50.43] [JW]

An attractive coupling and one that will remind people that there is more than one Jochum in the musical firmament. … see Full Review

Arthur Loesser (piano) (1894-1969) in Recital - Jan Dismas DUSSEK (1761-1812) La Chasse - Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) La Galante; Introduction and Rondo Brillant Op 107 - John FIELD (1782-1837) Nocturne No 9 in E minor - Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonata in B flat Op 47 No 2 - Adolf JENSEN (1837-1879) Eros from Erotikon Op 44 - Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Prelude and Fugue in F minor Op 53 No 2 - Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Rigaudon Op 204 No 3 - Ignace Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Légende Op 16 No 1 - Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Bourée Fantasque - Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) The Gardens of Buitenzorg from Java Suite - Max REGER (1873-1916) From My Diary Op 82 Adagio in E minor and Vivace in D minor - Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) Two Contrasts; Grazioso and Anti-Grazioso - Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Sonatina No 2 - Moritz MOSKOWSKI (1854-1925) Valse in E Op 34 - Edward MacDOWELL (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose Op 41 No 1 - RAVINA Etude de Style Op 14 No 1 - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata in D BWV 912 - The Well Tempered Clavier: Prelude and Fugues in F sharp (Book I No 13) - Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor (Book I No 22) - Prelude and Fugue in F (Book II No 11) - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1909-1847) Prelude and Fugue in E minor Op 35 No 1 - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonata No 42 in D Hob XVI/42 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Variations on Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen - Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata No 5 Op 38/135 - Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in B Op 9 No 3 - Variations Brillantes op 12 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Gigue in G K574 Arthur Loesser (piano) - Recorded in recital at town Hall, New York October 1967, at Cleveland Institute of Music in January and June 1967 and at the 4-H Club Chevy Chase, Maryland in September 1964 MARSTON 52036-2 [2 CDs 78.59 and 78.41] [JW]

I’ve seldom enjoyed time with a pianist more than these two hours plus with the impish, convivial, enormously talented Arthur Loesser. … See Full Review

Lollipops - Gordon LANGFORD (b. 1930) London Miniatures - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV arr. John FLETCHER Flight of the Bumble Bee - Trad. Japanese arr. John IVESON Hamabe No Uta (Song of the Seashore) - J. B. ARBAN arr. Roger HARVEY Variations on a Tyrolean Theme - Jan KOETSIER (b. 1910) Kleiner Zirkusmarsch Op. 79 - Edvard GRIEG arr. Roger HARVEY Norwegian Dance Op. 35 No. 2 - Scott JOPLIN arr. John IVESON Bethena - Jim PARKER (b. 1934) A Londoner in New York Philip Jones Brass Ensemble - John Fletcher (tuba) Frank Lloyd (horn) - Recorded at St. Lukes Church, Hampstead, London, January 1985 DDD CLAVES CD 50-8503 [46:22] [CT]

Characteristically slick playing from the PJBE, showcasing the lighter side of their repertoire. … see Full Review


Elegy (2000)a Johan FAVOREEL (born 1957) Zebusa Alain CRAENS (born 1957)
Divertimento (1985)b Experience (1992)ac Wilfried WESTERLINCK (born 1945)
Pierrot (1999)b York BOWEN (1884 – 1961) Fantasy Quintet Op.93 (1932)a Akira YUYAMA (born 1932) Divertimento (1968)c Charles CAMILLERI (born 1931)
Duo-Sonata (1999)c Jan Guns (bass clarinet); Rita Rommes (percussion)c; Trio Classicumb; The Moscow Chamber Soloistsa Recorded: "Toots" Studio, VRT, Brussels, November 1999 and April 2000 PHAEDRA 92020 [75:42] [HC]

A varied and well played selection of works for a still rather unusual instrument that has nevertheless caught composers’ attention … much to enjoy here. … see Full Review

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