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Hoffnung Music Festivals 1956,58,61
$31 £19 World $33 £21 post free
This is a must for all Hoffnung enthusiasts.
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Hoffnung - A Last Encore
On 2 CDs lasting 1 hour 45min, this contains all the recordings of Hoffnung preserved in the BBC archives. They include the famous and hilariously funny Bricklayer story. $22 £14 post free world-wide Purchase

Music Books for sale Elgar's Oratorios, Michael Tippet, Malcolm Arnold,etc.


NEW and RECENT ARTICLES

The Siena Piano – that was a World War II booby trap, a beehive, an incubator and a butcher’s refrigerator by Ian Lace

Following Bax to Glencolumcille by Ian Lace

All this and Heaven Too A Mendelssohn’s Link to Murder, Suicide and the Downfall of a French King by Ian Lace

British Music Society CDs can now be bought on-line from MusicWeb. You do not need to be a member of the BMS

Latest releases in Great Recordings of the Century (reviews are being added)

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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no. 3 in E flat Eroica - Symphony no. 4 in B flat Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart/Sir Roger Norrington. Rec. 1999? SWR HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD93.085 [74.53] [DCFW]

If you do not add it to your collection you will be missing something of unequalled excellence and will be all the poorer! … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Requiem in d minor, K. 626 for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, chorus and orchestra [50:33] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) in conversation with Donald Mitchell [26:00] Heather Harper, soprano Alfreda Hodgson, mezzo-soprano Peter Pears, tenor John Shirley-Quirk, bass Aldeburgh Festival Chorus English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Britten Recorded 20 June 1971, Aldeburgh Festival Concert Hall (Requiem) Recorded February 1969 (Interview) Great Performers of the 20th Century series BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4119-2 [76:33] [JS]

It is said that when the angels sing, they sing Mozart: if that is true, then when the angels mourn, they sing the Requiem thus … see Full Review

 


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 (1892-1895) [53.29] - Richard STRAUSS (1864 -1949) Burleske (1885-1886) [20.09] - Lisa della Casa (soprano) - Byron Janis (piano) Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner - recorded in 1958 RCA RED SEAL 09026 64002 2 [73.38] [CF]

A recording worth its weight in gold for the stylish Reiner and the exemplary playing of the CSO. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde (1907-8) Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) Philharmonia then New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London 19-22 February 1964 No 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 7-8 November 1964 and 6-9 July 1966 Great Recordings of the Century series EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 66892 2 0 [64’07"] [JQ]

One of the finest accounts of Das Lied von der Erde ever committed to disc. … see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) - The Seven Symphonies - Symphony No. 1 (1898) [38.03] - Symphony No. 2 (1902) [47.14] - Symphony No. 3 (1907) [29.31] - Symphony No. 4 (1911) [36.05] - Symphony No. 5 (1917) [31.35] - Symphony No. 6 (1918) [28.50] - Symphony No. 7 (1920) [23.29] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2, 4-7) - Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra (1, 3) - Okko Kamu (1-3) - Herbert von Karajan (4-7) - rec. Helsinki, Oct 1972 (1,3); Berlin Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Feb 1970 (2), Feb, May, Sept 1965 (4), Feb 1965 (5), Apr, Sept 1967 (6, 7). ADD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON TRIO 474 353-2 [3CDs: 78.57+77.47+78.39] [RB]

A classic ... fresh as an analogue daisy. ... stands proud and unblushing in the Sibelius stakes ... see Full Review

Peter Il'ych Tchaikovsky (1850-1893) Swan Lake - Grand Ballet in Three Acts (1877) Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky - Rec. Studio 5 Moscow State Broadcasting and Recording House, July 2001 NAXOS 8.555873-874 [2CDs: 147.56] [JF]

A great concert performance. Allows us to come to terms with this great music as if it were a Straussian tone poem. Recommended. … see Full Review

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Mass in G minor* (1922) [21’41"] - Festival Te Deum in F major** (1937) [7’35"] - Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) ‘My love dwelt in a northern land’, Op. 18 No.3 (1890) [4’18"] - Two Choral Songs, Op. 71 (1914): ‘The Shower’ [2’26"]; ‘The Fountain’ [3’56"] - ‘Go, song of mine’, Op. 57 (1909) [4’24"] - ‘Death on the hills’, Op. 72 (1914) [3’14"] - Two Choral Songs, Op. 73 (1914): ‘Serenade’ [2’07"]; ‘Love’s tempest’ [2’59"] - *Isobel Collyer (soprano); Joya Logan (alto); Christopher Mercer (tenor); Martin Johnson (bass) - ** John Birch (organ) The Holst Singers/Hilary Davan Wetton - Recorded in St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Brook Green, London in April 1990 REGIS RRC 1135 [54’13"] [JQ]

With top-drawer performances this Regis CD is an outstanding bargain in every way. It’s reissue is warmly to be welcomed and I recommend it with great enthusiasm. … see Full Review

Leonard Bernstein. The Original Jacket Collection Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 Eroica Bernstein Talk; How a Great Symphony Was Written [14.22] Recorded January 1964 and December 1965 [talk] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story orch. Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront Recorded March 1861 [West Side Story] and May 1960 [On the Waterfront] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Rodeo – four dance episodes Billy the Kid – orchestral suite Recorded May 1960 [Rodeo] and October 1959 [Billy the Kid] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue orch. Ferde Grofé An American in Paris Recorded June 1959 [Rhapsody in Blue] and June 1958 [An American in Paris] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 82 Hob 1; 82 The Bear Symphony No. 83 Hob 1; 83 The Hen Recorded May 1962 [The Bear] and April 1962 [The Hen] Charles IVES (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2 Bernstein Talk; Leonard Bernstein discusses Charles Ives Recorded October 1958 and June 1966 [Talk] Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 7 in E minor Op 55 Recorded December 1965 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5 Op 47 Recorded October 1959 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 5 Op 82 Pohjola’s Daughter Op 49 Recorded March 1961 [Symphony] and May 1964 [Pohjola’s Daughter] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le Sacre du Printemps (1913 version) Recorded January 1958 New York Philharmonic Orchestra Leonard Bernstein (piano/conductor) SONY CLASSICAL SX10K89750 [10 CDs 484.28] [JW]

Bernstein - a man for most seasons … this box gives us many imperishable first thoughts in repertoire in much of which he was a towering master. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of the Screw – opera in 2 Acts (1954) - The Prologue - Philip Langridge, tenor; The Governess - Felicity Lott, soprano; Miles - Sam Pay, treble (young child in her charge); Flora - Eileen Hulse, soprano (young child in her charge); Mrs.Grose, the housekeeper - Phyllis Cannan, mezzo-soprano; Quint, a former manservant - Philip Langridge, tenor; Miss Jessel, a former governess - Nadine Secunde, soprano Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, Brindisi Quartet/Steuart Bedford. Recorded in October 1993 in The Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, UK NAXOS OPERA CLASSICS 8.660109 [2CDs: 53:06+53:17] [GPJ]

As soon as I’d finished listening to this, I immediately wanted to hear it again … an exceptionally powerful musical and dramatic experience. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) String Quartet No. 1 (1918) - String Quartet No. 2 (1925) - String Quartet No. 3 (1929) - String Quartet No. 4 Concerto da Camera (1937) - String Quartet No. 5 (1938) - String Quartet No. 6 (1946) - String Quartet No. 7 Concerto da Camera (1947) - Madrigals for Violin and Viola (1947) - String Trio No. 2 (1934) - Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartet No. 1 in E minor From My Life (1880) - String Quartet No. 2 in D minor (1882-83) - Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata (1923) - String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters (1928) Stamitz Quartet - Recorded in Prague 1988 (Janácek), 1990 (Smetana and Martinu) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 6473 [5 CDs 245.48] [JW]

A warm welcome to this disarmingly cheap set. I heartily recommend this comprehensive traversal of the unpredictable, occasionally highly impressive Martinů Quartets. … see Full Review


BOOK REVIEW

Peter Maxwell Davies: Source book Edited by Stewart Craggs Published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2002 Hardback 318 pages ISBN 1-85928-042-0 £49.50
MusicWeb price £42.50

Likely to be the definitive source of information on the composer’s works for some years to come. … see Full Review


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