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Great Conductors of the 20th Century: CHARLES MUNCH Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Overture: La Princesse jaune (1871) Boston Symphony Orchestra Rec 18 January 1951, Symphony Hall, Boston Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 'Choral' (1824) Leontyne Price (soprano), Maureen Forrester (mezzo soprano), David Poleri (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass) New England Conservatory Chorus Boston Symphony Orchestra Rec 21-22 December 1958, Symphony Hall, Boston Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Overture: Le Corsaire (1844) Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire Rec 27 May 1948, Maison de la Mutualité, Paris Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Scherzo (Octet, Opus 20; arranged for string orchestra) (1825) Boston Symphony Orchestra Rec 7 March 1960, Symphony Hall, Boston Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Symphony in C major (1855) Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française Rec 10-11 November 1966, Radio France Studios, Paris Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Symphony No. 6 'Fantaisies Symphoniques' (1953) Boston Symphony Orchestra Rec 23 April 1956, Symphony Hall, Boston Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo & Juliet: music from the ballet (1938) Boston Symphony Orchestra Rec 11-13 February 1957, Symphony Hall, Boston EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS CZ5 75477 2 [2CDs: 77.23; 79.04] [TB]

Compelling vision and sweep … see Full Review

MONTEUX (1875-1964): BBC LEGENDS SERIES - Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Overture: Anacréon (1803) [10.04] - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op.55 Eroica (1803) [45.52] - Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Tone poem: Don Juan Op.20 (1889) [16.46] - Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Rákóczy March from Le Damnation de Faust Op.24 (1845) [4.23] - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra Pierre Monteux (conductor) - Rec BBC Studios, London 25 Jan 1960, 12 Nov 1960, Milton Hall, Manchester 21 Dec 1960, and Kingsway Hall, London 15 Dec 1961 respectively BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4112-2 [77.56] [CF]

Sparkling accounts from the 'Maître' … see Full Review

Orgue historique de Hayange - W. A. MOZART Fantasia in D minor, K397- Felix MENDELSSOHN Three Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37 - Robert SCHUMANN Four Esquisses for Pedal Piano, Op. 58 - Franz LISZT Prelude and Fugue on BACH, BWV260. Philippe Lefebvre (organ). Played on the historic organ at St Martin de Hayange Church, Hayange on August 26th-28th, 1997. [DDD] K617 K617082 [58'39] [CC]

Much power and also much beauty. … see Full Review

Oboe Concertos from Bohemia - Joseph FIALA (1750-1816) Concerto in B-flat major for Oboe and Orchestra - Franz KROMMER (1759-1831) Concerto in F-major for Oboe and Orchestra, Op. 37 - Johann Wenzel KALLIWODA (1801-1866) Concertino in F-major for Oboe and Orchestra, Op.110 - Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra - Ingo Goritzki, oboe Polish Chamber Orchestra/Wojciech Rajski - Recorded at the Salle de la Philharmonie in Rzeszow, May 1990 CLAVES CD 50-9018 [75.46] [NH]

An excellently planned programme, showing a twentieth-century master in an unusual but pertinent context. Buy with confidence … see Full Review

THE OBOE D’AMORE COLLECTION VOLUME II William BLEZARD (born 1921) Two Contrasted Pieces (1994) Edwin CARR (born 1926) Four Pieces (1966/7) Two Mansfield Poems (1988) Prelude and Aria (1990) Harold SCHIFFMAN (born 1928) Tsiyahi Dikanogisdi (1996) Leonard SALZEDO (1921 – 2000) Cantiga Mozárabe Op.73 (1970) John RUSHBY-SMITH (born 1936) Monologue (1971) Wilfred JOSEPHS (1927 - 1997) Alice’s Reverie (1977, arr. 1996) John McCABE (born 1939) Dance-Prelude (1971) Jennifer Paull (oboe d’amore); Read Gainsford (piano) Recorded: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University, March 1997 AMORIS EDITION AR 1003 [59:16] [HC]

Delightful miniatures in immaculate performances … see Full Review


The Art of Ornamentation in Early Music [107.38] Various performers, including: Deller Consort Maureen Forrester Anton Heiller I Solisti di Zagreb Jaye Consort of Viols Igor Kipnis Gustav Leonhardt Rec: November - December 1966, Musikverein, Vienna. VANGUARD OVC 2537/38 [107.38] [KM]

Will help any lover of early and baroque music to better understand the art of ornamentation … see Full Review

Marie PODVALOVÁ (1909-1992) Golden Voices of Prague National Theatre: Operatic Recital Arias from: SMETANA: Dalibor DVOŘÁK: Rusalka FIBICH: Šárka SMETANA: Libuše Marie Podvalová (soprano) Prague National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus/Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Alois Klíma/Jaroslav Krombholc/Zdenek Chalabala (conductors) Recorded between 1949 and 1953 SUPRAPHON SU 3504-2 6 [75.40] [CF]

A voice richly dark in terms of colour, yet possessing a considerably varied warmth of sound, intense, tender, powerful and dramatic. … see Full Review

Regionals 2003 - Simon DOBSON - Lydian Pictures - Peter GRAHAM - Northern Landscapes - Wilfred HEATON (1918-2000) - Celestial Prospect - Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b. 1923) Passacaglia on a Theme of Brahms Op.87 - Judith BINGHAM (b. 1952) Prague - Besses O’ The Barn Band – Lynda Nicholson (Dobson) - Black Dyke Band – Nicholas J. Childs (Graham and Butterworth) - Eikanger Bjørsvik Musikklag – Howard Snell (Heaton) - Williams Fairey Band – James Gourlay (Bingham) - Recorded Morley Town Hall, July 2002 (Dobson) Pell Hall, Salford, July 2002 (Graham) Studio 7, BBC Manchester, 1996 (Bingham) DDD DOYEN DOYCD143 [57:52] [CT]

The five works selected as test pieces for the 2003 National Brass Band Championship Regional contests. … see Full Review

Ruggiero Ricci. A Life for the Violin DYNAMIC CDS 393/1-10 [10 CDs - total timing 10 hours 3 minutes] [JW]

A salute to Ruggiero Ricci – a ten CD box full of some coruscating delights. … see Full Review

Hermann Scherchen rehearses and conducts Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 (1807) Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana/Hermann Scherchen - Recorded during rehearsal and concert performance 24-26 February 1965, Auditorium RTSI Lugano AURA 138-2 [77.38] [JW]

Undimmed passion and unbridled fury … see Full Review

Hermann Scherchen - Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104 (1894-95) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90 (1883) - Pierre Fournier (cello) Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Hermann Scherchen - Recorded Teatro Apollo, Lugano, 25 April 1962 AURA 177-2 [73.40] [JW]

Wondrous, with shades of tone and balance, breathtaking to hear. … see Full Review

Craig Sheppard (piano): Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes Opp. 28 and 45 - Alexander SCRIABIN (1871-1915) Twenty-Four Preludes Op. 11 Craig Sheppard (piano) - Recorded live at the Meany Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle, October 1994 (Chopin) and May 1995 (Scriabin) AT 00-00549 [74.00] [JW]

Unfailingly beautiful, enhanced by the naturalness of the recording, generous in exploration of texture and colour. … see Full Review

The White Peacock Andrea STERN (born 1957) Mosaic Salvador BROTONS (born 1959) Tre Divertimenti Op.68 Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884 – 1920) The White Peacock (1915)a Daniel DORFF (born 1956) Serenade to Eve, After Rodin (1999) Joaquín RODRIGO (1901 – 1999) Serenata al Alba del Dia (1982) Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Le Petit Berger (1906/8) Le Petit Nègre (1909) Jean-Michel DAMASE (born 1928) Quatre Façettes (1999) Debora Harris (flute); Mike Coates (guitar); Russell Peterson (bassoon)a Recorded: Raptor Studios, Fargo, North Dakota, June-July 2002 BARKING DOG RECORDS BDR 022 [47:15] [HC]

Recommended for pleasure’s sake, but a bit short in terms of playing time. … see Full Review

Trails of Creativity 1918 – 1938: Music from between the wars: for violin and piano - CD1: Hans GÁL (1890 – 1987)* Sonata for Violin and Piano in D (1933) - Karl RATHAUS (1895 – 1954) Suite, Op.27 (1927)* - Frederick ROSSE (1867 – 1940) arr. Albert Sammons (1886 – 1957) Suite: The Merchant of Venice (1905, arr.1921)* - Erich KORNGOLD (1897 – 1957) Suite: Much Ado About Nothing. Op.11 (1920) - CD2: William WALTON (1902 – 1983) Toccata for Violin and Piano(1922-23)* - Adolf BUSCH (1891 – 1952) Suite for Violin and Piano in G minor. Op.38 (1927) - Egon WELLESZ 1885 – 1974) Suite for Violin and Piano, Op 56 (1937, rev. 1957)* - Kurt WEILL (1900 – 1950) Seven Pieces from The Threepenny Opera (1930) - Ivor GURNEY (1890 – 1937) The Apple Orchard (1919) - Scherzo(1920)*Premiere Recording David Frühwirth (violin), Henri Sigfridsson (piano) - Recorded July/August 2002, Berkshire, England AVIE RECORDS AV0009 [2CDs: 138:12] [JL]

There’s something for everybody in this excellently played between-the-wars anthology of music for violin and piano which includes six welcome first recordings. … see Full Review

Fritz WUNDERLICH tenor (1930-1966): Historical Recordings 1954-1965 - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901): La donna e mobile, from Rigoletto - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924): Cavaradossi's Act III Aria, from Tosca (sung in German) - Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948): The Czarevitsch's Song, from Der Zarewitsch - Cesare Andrea BIXIO:
Sprich mir von der Liebe, Mariu Lied, song - Hans ANDERS: Wenn der Mund schweigt Lied, song - Ignaz HOLZBAUER (1711-1783): Günther's Aria, from Günther von Schwarzburg - Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725): Quel povero core, Aria from Rosaura - Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787): Alte Eiche an schwindeinden Hangen, Aria of Valerius from Die gerechtfertigte Unschuld - Robert STOLZ (1880-1975): Einmal hat mir zur Frühlingszeit das Gluck gelacht - Hans' Song from Princess Ti-Ti-Pa - Charles Emmerich KALMAN (1882-1953): Wann kommt die eine, die ich liebe, song - from Wir reisen um die Welb - Nico DOSTAL (1895-1981): Harry's Song from Extrablätter - Robert STOLZ: Arrivederci, bella Italia, from Signorina - Leo FALL (1873-1925): O Rose von Stambul, Achmed's song from Die Rose von Stambul - Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1948): Estrellita, Mexican song - Hans ANDERS: Wolken geh'n am Himmel Lied, song - Franz LEHÁR: Octavio's Song, from Giuditta - Hans MAY: Ein Lied geht um die Welt, from the film Lied aus dem gleichnamigen - Ralph ERWIN: Ich küsse ihre Hand Madame, from the film Lied aus dem gleichnamigen - Franz Josef BREUER arr. Italian Folk song: Tiritomba - Agustin LARA: Granada, Spanish song SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserlautern/Emmerich Smola - Recorded at SWR studios. 1954-1965 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.003 [73.02] [RJF]

A full toned lyric voice in its prime … see Full Review

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