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20th CENTURY CLASSICS – VOLUME 2 - CD 1 [74:40] : Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874 – 1951) Chamber Symphony No.1 Op.9 (1906, rev. 1922) - Chamber Symphony No.2 Op.38 (1939) - Verklärte Nacht Op.4 (1899) - Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Heinz Holliger - CD 2 [36:58] : Samuel BARBER (1910 – 1981) Serenade for Strings Op.1 (1929) - Irving FINE (1914 – 1962) Serious Song (1955) - Eliott CARTER (born 1908) Elegy (1943) - David DIAMOND (born 1915) Rounds (1944) - Los Angeles Chamber orchestra; Paul Shure, director - CD 3 [66:25] : Béla BARTÓK (1881 – 1945) Concerto for Orchestra Sz.116 (1943) - Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913 – 1994) Concerto for Orchestra (1954) - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis - CD 4 [43:48] : Olivier MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992) Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (1941) - Eduard Brunner (clarinet); Trio Fontenay (Wolf harden, piano; Michael Mücke, violin; Niklas Schmidt, cello) - Recorded: CD 1 (Casino Zogernitz, Vienna, June 1989 and Teldec Studio, Berlin, September 1992); CD 2 (no information); CD 3 (Stockholm Concert Hall, February and March 1996) and CD 4 (WDR Studio, Cologne, September 1991) APEX 0927 49421-2 [HC]

All in all, this is a fine and welcome compilation. … see Full Review

20th Century concertos for flute and clarinet Hermann HALLER (1914 – 2002) Concerto for Flute, Clarinet and String Orchestra (1961) Wladimir VOGEL (1896 – 1984) Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra (1979) Robert BLUM (1900 – 1994) Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1974) Hans SCHAEUBLE (1906 – 1988) Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra Op.47 (1959) Philipp Jundt (flute); Elisabeth Häfliger (clarinet) Camerata Zürich/Räto Tschupp Recorded: Radio Studio Zürich, October 2001 (Blum, Haller) and January 2002 (Vogel, Schaeuble) GUILD GMCD 7250 [56:47] [GH]

Full of arresting ideas but nothing in any way individual. … see Full Review

Hermann Abendroth. Portrait Inédit Volume 1 - Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Overture: Iphigénie en Aulide (1779) - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 103 Drumroll (1795) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 39 K543 (1788) - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Overture: Midsummer Night’s Dream - Overture: The Hebrides Fingal’s Cave Op. 26 (1830) - Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Overture: Oberon (1826) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 9 Great (1825-28) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Gluck) - Leipzig Radio Orchestra (Haydn, Mendelssohn) - Bavarian State Orchestra (Weber) - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Schubert) Conducted by Herman Abendroth - Recorded between 1944 and 1956 TAHRA TAH 139-140 [2 CDs: 144.47] [JW]

Wildly exciting, drenched in effulgent lyricism and sporting proto-Beethovenian brass to stunning lyrico-dramatic effect. … see Full Review

American Breath - Music for Saxophone: David MASLANKA (born 1943) Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1988)a - Larry BELL (born 1952) Mahler in Blue Light Op.43 (1996)b - Russell PETERSON (born 1969) Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra (2000)c Russell Peterson (alto saxophone); Diane Tremaine (cello)b; Douglas Schneider (piano)ab; Tri-College Percussion Ensemblec; David Eylerc - Recorded: Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, July 1999 and October 2000 BARKING DOG RECORDS BDR 2181 [71:40] [HC]

A fairly unusual, though very attractive selection.see Full Review

An American Exhibition: David DeBoor CANFIELD (born 1950) Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (2000) - John CHEETHAM (born 1939) Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (2001) - Libby LARSEN (born 1950) Holy Roller (1997) - William Grant STILL (1895 - 1978) Romance (1966) - Leonard Mark LEWIS (born 1973) As in Stained Light (2002) - Jay VOSK (born 1948) Thaw (1994) - Walter HARTLEY (born 1927) Sonata for Baritone Saxophone and Piano (1976) Kenneth Tse (saxophone); Mami Nagai (piano) - Recorded: Roger Whitmore Recital Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, November 2001 and February 2002 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD657 [70:50] [HC]

Tse is a wonderful, technically assured musician … see Full Review

Karel Ancerl Edition: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Serenade No 13 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’, K525 (1797) [16’33”]* - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 107, ‘Reformation’ (1832) [27’50”]**** Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (1841, rev. 1851) [25’56”]*** Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 6 in F major, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’ [39’16”]***** Symphony No 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1812) [26’18”]* Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Vltava’ from Ma Vlast (1874-9) Rehearsal [48’25”] Performance [12’16”]** Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Karel Ancerl - Recorded: 10 November 1968; **5 February 1968; *** 9/10 December 1969; **** 16/17 December 1969; ***** 19 January 1972 TAHRA TAH 121-123 [3CDs: 205’10”][JQ]

Self-recommending to all admirers of this fine conductor but I recommend it also to other collectors as an example of quality conducting. … see Full Review

Karel Ančerl Edition Vol. 1 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No 93 in D major (1791) [21’05"]** Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Symphony No 9 in C major, D944 (1825) [47’10"]*** Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904): Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (1878) and Op. 72 (1886) [69’43"]**** Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908): Sheherazade (1888) [41’46"]* Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 and 2, Op. 64 a and b (excerpts) [26’35"]***** Recorded: *23 and 25 January 1957; **24 April 1957;***16 and 17 December 1957;****18, 20 and 21 June 1960; *****29 November 1961 Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra *****Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Conducted by Karel Ančerl TAHRA TAH 117-119 [206’19"] [JQ]

Devotees of this fine conductor will be keen to acquire this set. … see Full Review

KAREL ANCERL EDITION VOL. 2 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No 92 in G major, ‘Oxford’ (1789) [25’56"]* César FRANCK (1822-1890): Symphony in D minor (1888) [36’21"]* Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904): Symphony No 8 in G major, Op. 88 (1889) [34’59"]** Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Symphony No 1 Op. 25 ‘Classical’ (1917) [12’43"]*** Interview with Karel Ančerl, July 1968 [6’10”] Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Karel Ančerl Recorded live in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam *21 January 1970; **28 January 1970: ***23 February 1969 TAHRA TAH 124-125 [116’15"] [JQ]

Thoughtful, well prepared and thoroughly musical. A clear-sighted conductor who communicates the music lucidly and with conviction … see Full Review

Daniel Barenbiom Live from the Teatro Colón 2000 50th Anniversary of début recital - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Piano Sonata in C major, K.330 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D minor, Kk.9 - Sonata in F minor, Kk.159 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment Musicaux, No.3 in F minor D.780 - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) ‘Des Abends’ (from Fantasiestücke Op.12 No.1) - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-49) Etude in F minor, Op.25 No.2 - Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 No.2 - José RESTA
- Alberto GINASTERA (1916-83) Danza de la mozza donosa - Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Polichinelle - Recorded live at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 19 August 2000 EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 57416 2 [67’31] [TH]

I’m not sure there is anything here that is new or special enough to warrant rushing out and spending full price on. … see Full Review

Simon Barere, pianist. The Last Recording Sessions, March 1951 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Faust Waltz, after Gounod S104 (1861) - Concert Study No. 2 Gnomenreigen S145 (1862-63) - Liebesträume No. 3 S541 (c1850) - Année de Pèlerinage Petrarch Sonnet No. 104 S161 (1837-49) - Six Grande Etudes de Paganini - Etude No. 3 La Campanella S141 (1851) - Concert Etude No. 2 La Leggierezza S144 (c1848) - Valse Oubliée No. 1 S215 (1881-85) - Reminiscences de Don Juan, after Mozart S418 (1841) - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo in C sharp minor Op. 39 No. 3 (1839) - Ballade in G minor Op. 23 No. 1 (1831-42) Simon Barere (piano) - Recorded New York, March 1951 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 114 [64.05] [JW]

Even at the very end Barere’s admixture of virtuosity and poetry remained intact. … see Full Review

"Sounds of the Basque Country" Jesús GURIDI (1886-1961) Diez melodías vascas (1941) Miguel A. Gómez Martinez, conductor José María USANDIZAGA (1887-1915) Fantasía para violoncello y orquesta (1908) Asier Polo, cello; Gabriel Chmura conductor Niccolo ARAMBARRI (1902-1960) Ocho Canciones populares vascas para soprano y orquesta (1931) Maria Bayo, soprano; Christian Mandeal, conductor Andres ISASI 1734-1829 Berceuse trágica para violín y orquesta, Op 22, #1 (1914) Jonathan Carney, violin; Enrique García Asensio, conductor Wolfgang Amadeus ESCUDERO (1912- ) El sueño de un Bailaria Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Alborada del Gracioso (1918) all with the Basque National Symphony Orchestra (Euskadio Orkesta Sinfonikoa) Booklet essay in Basque, Spanish (Castilian), English, German, and French. Recorded in San Sebastian, Spain, between IX 1997 and VI 2001. CLAVES CD 50-2201 [75.56] [PS]

A survey of selections from other CDs, the kind of record you used to get for free, for partisans and specialists … see Full Review

Thomas BEECHAM compilation
Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Gwendoline Overture (1885) España (1883) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Divertimento in D major K131 (excerpts) (1732) Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Brigg Fair (1907) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) L’Enfant prodigue Cortège et Air de danse (1884 – rev. 1906-08) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Le Rouet d’Omphale (1871-2) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Le Troyens – chasse royale et orage (1856-58) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) La vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la vierge (1880) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham Recorded at BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London at various times between 1955 and 1959 Mono BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4113-2 [76:35] [IL]

A nice souvenir of Beecham’s popular Lollipop encores. … see Full Review

Cantigas: Waldemar HENRIQUE (1905 – 1995) - Thirteen songs - Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887 – 1959) Canção Do Poeta Século XVIII - Nesta Rua - Vióla Quebrada - Jaime OVALE (1894 – 1955) Azulão - Lorenzo FERNÂNDEZ (1897 – 1948) Dentro da Noite - Alberto NEPOMUCENO (1864 – 1920) Cantigas - Xavier MONTSALVATGE (born 1912) Cradle Song - Consuelo VELASQUEZ (born 1924) Besame Mucho Annette Celine (soprano); Christopher Gould (piano) - Recorded: no information available BRANA RECORDS BR 0003 [55:38] [HC]

I am sorry not to be able to register more enthusiasm about this potentially promising release. … see Full Review

José Cura - Opera Arias - Hector PANIZZA (1875-1967) Aurora (1907): Canción a la Bandera; Intermezzo epico - Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma (1831): Act I Scene II: Pollione’s recitative and cavatina - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Corsaro (1848): Act I Scene I: Corrado’s recitative and aria - Luisa Miller (1849): Act II Finale II: Rodolfo’s scene and aria - Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) L’Africana (1864): Act IV:q< Vasco da Gama’s aria - Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele (1868): Act IV, Epilogue: Faust’s romance - Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda (1876): Act II: Enzo’s recitative and romance - Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) L’amico Fritz (1891): Act III Scene III: Fritz’s aria - Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Siberia (1903): Act II: Prelude, Vassili’s aria - Bonus track: recording back stage José Cura (tenor) - Sinfonia Varsovia/José Cura, with Gabriel Anechina (tenor) (Bellini) Location: Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio, Polish Radio - Dates: 18th-19th February, 1st-2nd March 2002 AVIE Cuibar AV 0010 [60’29"] [CH]

A fine voice and an enjoyable programme, but the most famous arias have been interpreted more memorably elsewhere. … see Full Review

The Art of John Denman (clarinet) Alfred PRATT Souvenir d’Ispahan Henri RABAUD (1873-1949) Solo de Concours Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739) Adagio arr. Denman Louis CAHUZAC (1880-1960) Variations sur un Thème de Pays d’Oc Georges MEISTER (1848-1902) Erwinn Fantasy arr. Gustav Langenus Ronald BINGE (1910-1979) The Watermill Bernhard CRUSELL (1775-1838) Introduction et air suédois varié Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Schön Rosmarin arr. Gustav Langenus Caprice Viennois arr. Gustav Langenus Jules MAZELLIER (1879-1959) Fantasie-Ballet Eugène BOZZA (1905-1991) Aria Gabriel GROVLEZ (1879-1944) Lamento et tarantelle John Denman (clarinet) Paula Fan (piano) No recording details CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9002 [69.32] [JW]

A charming and delightful disc … see Full Review

ELIZABETHAN SERENADE: CLASSICS of BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC - Ronald BINGE (1910-1979) Elizabethan Serenade - Eric COATES (1886-1957) Knightsbridge – March The Man about Town London Calling – March Dancing Nights – Concert waltz - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Chanson de Matin - Frederick ELLARD (fl. 1840-1855) Lady O’Connell (arr. Richard Divall) Albert KETÈLBEY (1875-1959) In a Persian Market - Kenneth ALFORD (1881-1945) Colonel Bogey – March - Leslie STUART (1863-1928) Soldiers of the Queen – March (arr. William Motzing) - Ron GOODWIN (b. 1925) 633 Squadron – Main Theme - The Barbican – Hornpipe - Richard ADDINSELL (1904-1977) Warsaw Concerto - Archibald JOYCE (1873-1963) Remembrance – Waltz - Ronald HANMER (1917-1994) - Pastorale - John LENNON (1940-1980) and Paul McCARTNEY (b. 1942) Nudging Dance/Michelle Pas de Deux - The Yesterday Concerto (arr. John Lanchbery) Sydney SO/Patrick Thomas (Binge) - West Australian SO/David Measham (Coates, Elgar, Goodwin) - State O of Victoria/Richard Divall (Ellard) - New SO and Chorus of London/Robert Sharples (Ketèlbey) - Australian Army Band, Perth/Captain Craig Johnston (Alford, Goodwin) - ABC Philharmonic O/William Motzing (Stuart) - Melbourne  SO/Patrick Thomas (with Isador Goodman, piano) (Addinsell) - Sydney SO/John Lanchbery (with Isador Goodman, piano) (Coates, Lennon/McCartney) - Queensland SO/Ronald Hanmer (Hanmer) - Sydney Balalaika Orchestra/Victor Serghie (Joyce) - Rec. Australia 1980-2002 ADD/DDD ABC CLASSICS 472 509-2 [76.21] [WH]

A well chosen programme to reflect a wide range of British light music … see Full Review

FOLIAS! Virtuoso Guitar Music of Seventeenth Century on Period Instruments Francisco CORBETTA (c1615-1681) Prelude al quinto tuono and Chaconna Gaspar SANZ (fl. 1665-1700) Pavanas por la D con Partidas Aire Español, Una Jiga Inglesa y Bailete Frances,Españoletas Passacalles por la C Clarines y Trompetas con Canciones muy curiosas Españolas y de Estanjeras Naciones La Cavalleria de Napoles con dos Clarines Canciones, La Garzona, La Coquina Francesa, Lantururu, La Esfachata de Napoles, La Miñona de Cataluña, La Minina de Portugal, Dos Trompetas de la Reyna de Suecia, Clarin de los Mosqueteros del Rey de Francia, Clarinea y Trompetas, Canarios, Folias Nicola MATTEIS (d. after 1713) Suite in G for guitar and continuo: Preludio; Aria I; Aria II; Aria III Nicolas DEROSIER / Francisco CORBETTA* Suite in C: Allemande; Courante; Air; Chacone*; Francois Le COCQ (fl. 1645-1729) Folias d’Espagne Taro Takeuchi (guitar) Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba) Eligio Quinteiro (narration) rec. no details supplied by reviewer DEUX-ELLES DXL 1030 [64:39] [AD]

For those seeking something a little different. … see Full Review

DVDs reviews Audio/Video Compilations: Naxos Musical Journeys:-
French Festival
Comprising visual images of Tarascon; Marseilles; Camargue; Arles; Port de Poussai; Cannes and Fréjus - set to:- CHABRIER Marche Joyeuse; RAVEL – Pavane pour une infante défunte; FAURÉSicilienne and Pavane; GODARDBerceuse; Debussy – La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune and Clair de lune OFFENBACH – Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffmann) SAINT-SAËNS Danse Macabre Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ondrej Lenárd recorded in Bratislava in 2000 NAXOS DVD DVDI 1022 [53 mins]
Italian Festival
Comprising visual images of Sestri Levante; Montepulciano and Contucci Vineyards; Genoa; Florence and Venice - set to: LEONCAVALLO
Mattinata; CUITarantelle; MASSENET - Scènes Napolitaines (La Danse, La Procession et l’Improvisateur, La Fête); GOUNODSaltarello; DENZAFuniculì, funiculà; GODARDScènes Italiennes (Serenade Florentine, Sicilienne, Tarantelle); LISZTTarantelle, MENDELSSOHN – Venetian Gondolier’s Song Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ondrej Lenárd recorded in Bratislava in 2000 NAXOS DVD DVDI 0993 [56 mins]

A wonderful concept deserving of far better treatment than found in these dreary musical journeys. … see Full Review

Ignaz Friedman (piano) Complete recordings Volume 2 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Scherzo in E minor Op. 16/2 Ignaz FRIEDMAN (1882-1948) Elle danse Op. 10, Tabatière à musique, Marquis et Marquise Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27/2 Moonlight – Allegretto and Presto agitato Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise in A flat Op. 53 Sonata in B flat minor Op. 35 – Marche funèbre and Presto, Mazurka in B flat Op. 7/1 Berceuse Op. 57, Etude in G flat Op. 25/9, Etude in G flat Op. 10/5 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Romance in E flat Op 44/1 Josef SUK (1874-1935) Suite Op. 21 – Minuet
Franz MITTLER (1893-1970)
Little Nana’s Music Box Op. 2/2 Ignaz Friedman (piano)
Recorded 1927-28 NAXOS 8.110686 [65.15] [JW]

Friedman lives again in all his bold, vexatious glory. … see Full Review

Hail! Queen of Heaven: Music in honour of the Virgin Mary
Gregorian chant: Alma Redemptoris Mater [1’50"] Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599): Ave Virgo sanctissima [3’45"] Fifteenth Century English: There is no rose of such virtue [3’52"] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611): Ave Maria (à 4) [1’48"] Richard DERING (c1580-1630): Ave Virgo gloriosa [1’58"] Gregorian chant: Ave Regina caelorum [1’30"] Giovanni Perluigi da PALESTRINA (1525-1594): Stabat Mater [8’08"] Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896): Ave Maria [3’10"] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901): Laudi alla Vergine Maria [4’55"] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Ave Maria [1’56"] Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Dostoino Yest [2’18"] Gregorian chant: Regina caeli laetare [1’32"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983): Regina caeli [2’58"] Arr Charles WOOD (1866-1926): Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary [1’52"] Pierre VILLETTE (b.1926): Hymne à la Vierge [3’27"] Giles SWAYNE (b. 1946): Magnificat [3’40"] Gregorian chant: Salve Regina [2’23"] William BYRD (1543-1623): alleluia. Ave Maria [4’15"] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA: Vidi speciosam [5’40"] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934): Ave Maria [4’15"] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA: Ave Maria (for double choir) [4’20"] The Cambridge Singers directed by John Rutter Recorded in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral in January 1991 COLLEGIUM CSCD 508 [71’27"] [JQ]

Hard to imagine a lovelier disc … see Full Review

Insula Feminarum: Résonances mediévales de la Féminité Celte Songs and dances from the 12th to the 15th Centuries La Reverdie: Claudia Caffagni; Livia Caffagni; Elisabetta de Mircovich; Ella de Mircovich; Doron David Sherwin; Claudia Pasetto. Recorded at the Abbey de Rosazzo (Undine Italy) March 1997 ARCANA A311 [64.15] [GH]

A very enjoyable and well-produced disc by a very fine group of musicians, which will give much pleasure....see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH - Hesperos - 20th Century Songs - Switzerland - Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Zwölf Eichendorff-Lieder Op. 30 (1917-18):- Waldeinsamkeit; Kurze fahrt; Winternacht; Im wandern; Sterbeglocken; Ergebung; Nachklang; Der versspätete Wanderer; Nacht; An die Lützowschen Jäger; Auf dem Rhein - Meinrad SCHÜTTER (b.1910) Ausgewählte Lieder (1931-1994):- Dumonda (Bitte); Herbsttag; Der Tod; Die Müden sterne; Nächtliche Lampe; Zona dal Plaschair (Zone des Vergnügens); Favuogn (Föhnmorgen) - Andrea Lorenzo SCARTAZZINI (b. 1971) Sappho-Lieder (2002):- Dieser morgen war; In der mitte des tages; Hesperos du bist der; Der mond in der dämerrung; Die sterne gehen wie kienspäne; An meinem bett stand sie. Michael Leibundgut (bass) - Ute Stoecklin (piano) - rec Theodor-Egel-Saal, Freiburg, Germany 16-17 Jan 2002 (Schoeck; Schütter; 4 May 2002 (Scartazzini), DDD GUILD GMCD 7254 [55.23] [GH]

Performances often breathtaking in their musicality and, at times, virtuosity … see Full Review

Josef Hofmann (1876-1957) The Complete Josef Hofmann Volume 6 - The Casimir Hall Recital Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight (1801) Plus three performances of the First Movement recorded 1916 and 1944 Sonata Op. 53 Waldstein (1803-04) Piano Concerto No. 4 Op. 58 (1805-06) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in F Sharp Op. 15 No. 2 (1837) Nocturne in B Op. 9 No. 3 (1837) Waltz in A Flat Op. 42 Waltz in E Flat Op. 18 Minute Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 Polonaise in E Flat Minor Op. 26 No. 2 (1826) Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Op. 52 (1831-42) Josef HOFMANN (1876-1957) Kaleidoskop Op. 40 No. 4 Penguine Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana Op. 16 (1838) Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Caprice Orientale Op. 10 No. 2 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment Musicale Op. 94 No. 3 arr. Godowsky (1822-38) Josef Hofmann, piano Unnamed Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli Recorded 1916-1944 MARSTON 52014-2 [2 CDs: 149.02] [JW]

So exciting, so unpredictable and so great a musician … see Full Review

Centenaire Eugen Jochum (1902-1987). Volume 1. Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Tannhäuser Overture (1845) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 (1855-76) Symphony No. 3 Op. 90 (1883) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 (1812) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra except Brahms Symphony No 3 (Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra) Eugen Jochum Recorded 1938-39 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 40 K550 (1788) Symphony No. 41 Jupiter K551 (1788) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 (1807) Max REGER (1873-1916) Serenade op. 95 (1905) Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Sonata Op. 5 – No. 12 La Follia arranged for orchestra Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart Symphony No. 41, Beethoven Symphony No. 5) Concertgebouw Orchestra (Reger, Mozart Symphony No. 40), Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Corelli) Eugen Jochum Recorded 1941-45 TAHRA 466/69 [4 CDs 267.21] [JW]

At a stroke these boxes become gold standard purchases for Jochum admirers … see Full Review

Centenaire Eugen Jochum (1902-1987). Volume II. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Symphony No. 33 K319 (1779) [Two performances] Piano Concerto No. 9 Jeunehomme K271 (1777) Serenade No. 13 Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525 (1787) Concerto for Oboe K314 (1777) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 6 Pastoral Op 68 (1808) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (1857-68) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Songs and Dances of Death (1877) Clara Haskil (piano) Haakon Stotijn (oboe) Kim Borg (bass) Clara Ebers (soprano) and Karl Schmitt-Walter (baritone) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart Symphony 33, Beethoven Symphony 6) Concertgebouw Orchestra (Mussorgsky, Mozart Oboe Concert and Eine kleine Nachtmusik) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Brahms and Mozart Piano Concerto 9)
Eugen Jochum Recorded commercially and live between 1948 and 1961 TAHRA 470/473 [4 CDs 250.53] [JW]

Jochum always had wise and important things to say … another warm welcome to Volume II in this splendid series. … see Full Review

Centenaire Eugen Jochum (1902-1987). Volume III. Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Nocturnes (1900) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Benvenuto Cellini – Overture (1838) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal (1882) - Good Friday Music Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) – Overture Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No. 202; Wedding Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in D minor (1886-88) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 (1884-85) Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto (1868) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 9 Great (1825-28) Emil Gilels (piano) in the Grieg Concerto Elly Ameling (soprano) Hermann Krebbers (violin) and Cees van der Kraan (oboe) in the Bach Cantata Concertgebouw Orchestra Orchestra of RIAS Berlin (Schubert only) Eugen Jochum Recorded live 1963-86 TAHRA 474-477 [4 CDs 247.54] [JW]

A conspicuously fine example of thoughtful intelligence applied to a most worthy object of homage. … see Full Review


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