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American Concertos Benjamin LEES (b.1924) Violin Concerto (1958) [24.21] Robert STARER (b.1924) Concerto for Viola, Strings and Percussion (1958) [24.26] Meyer KUPFERMAN (b.1926) Concerto for Cello, Tape and Orchestra (1974) [26.43] Michael COLGRASS (b.1932) Concertmasters for Three Violins and Orchestra (1977) [22.09] Lou HARRISON (b.1917) Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra (1940, 1959) [15.49] Walter PISTON (1894-1976) Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1937) [13.39] William BERGSMA (b.1921) Violin Concerto (1965) [22.25] Lees: Ruggiero Ricci (violin), American S.O./Kazuyoshi Akiyama (rec. 1976) Starer: Melvin Berger (viola), English Chamber Orchestra/John Snashall (rec. 1965, first release on Pye LP) Kupferman: Laszlo Varga (cello), Music for Westchester S.O./Siegfried Landau (rec. 1975) Colgrass: Robert Rudie (violin), Masako Yanagita (violin), Ronald Oakland (violin), American S.O./Kazuyoshi Akiyama (rec. 1977) Harrison: Carroll Glenn (violin), Members of Percussion Ensemble of Eastman School of Music/John Beck (rec. 1972) Piston: Gary Steigerwalt (piano), Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York/Richard Kapp (rec. 1976) Bergsma: Edward Statkiewicz (violin), Polish Radio and Television Orchestra/Zdzislav Szostak (rec. 1969) VOXBOX CDX 5158 [2CDs: 76.11+74.17] [RB]

A generous and extremely economical selection of twentieth century American concertos from the traditional to the extreme outer rim ... see Full Review

‘baroque’ Johann Christian SCHICKHARDT (1680-1762) Concerto I for 4 treble recorders and bc in C [09:47] Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER (c1691-1755) Concerto IV for 5 recorders in b minor, op. 15,4 [07:57] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto for 4 recorders in E (arr by Markus Zahnhausen after the ‘Concerto a.4 - Violini Senza Basso’ in G [06:34] Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER Sonata VI for 4 recorders and bc in a minor, op. 34,6 [06:50] Johann Christian SCHICKHARDT Concerto II for 4 treble recorders and bc in d minor [10:19] Georg Philipp TELEMANN Concerto for 4 recorders in F (after the Concerto a.4. Violini Senza Basso’ in D [05:38] Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER Concerto II for 5 recorders and bc (ad lib) in a minor, op. 15,2 [07:30] - Sonata III for 4 recorders and bc in e minor, op. 34,3 [06:07] Johann Christian SCHICKHARDT Concerto III for 4 treble recorders and bc in G Sirena: Karina Agerbo, Marit Ernst, Pia Loman, Helle Nielsen, recorder - Dan Laurin, recorder; Mogens Rasmussen, viola da gamba; Fredrik Bock, theorbo, guitar; Leif Meyer, harpsichord, organ - Recorded in July 2001 at the Kastelskirken, Copenhagen DDD BIS–CD-1234 [70:30] [JVV]

This recording is recommendable mainly for the Concertos by Schickhardt; the arrangements are less convincing. … see Full Review

BETWEEN EARTH and SKY: the HOUR OF MEDITATION and PRAYER - The Great Interactive Opera Encyclopaedia Volume VII Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur, ‘lo son L'umile’ Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte, ‘In diesen heil’gen Hallen’ Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust, ‘Le Veau d’or’ Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Guillaume Tell, ‘Resta immobile’ Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Les Vêpres siciliennes’, ‘ O tu, Palermo, terra adorata’ - La forza del destino, ‘La Vergine degli angeli’ - La forza del destino, ‘Pace, pace mio Dio’ - Macbeth, ‘Pietá rispeto, amore’ - Nabucco, Dio di Guida!’ - Nabucco, ‘Tu sul labbro dei veggenti’ - Otello, ‘Ave Maria’ Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma, ‘Casta Diva’ Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucia di Lamermoor, ‘Tombi degli avi miei’ Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca, ‘Vissi d’arte’ Performed by ‘Compagnia d’Opera Italiana’. Cond. Antonello Gotto CANTOLOPERA 91057 CD-ROM [RJF]

Buy one of the series, if it appeals then get the rest and you will have an operatic diamond mine at your fingertips. … see Full Review

DOCUMENTARY: Dancer’s Dream: The Great Ballets of Rudolf Nureyev: Raymonda Music by Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Choreography and Stage Direction by Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa Les Etoiles, les Premiers Danseurs, le Corps de Ballet - et l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris. Musical Direction: Alexander Anissimov - A documentary dedicated to the great ballet productions, inspired by Rudolf Nureyev - of Raymonda at the Opéra National de Paris - With the participation and commentaries by Nureyev and dancers: Raymonda: Florence Clerc; Fanny Gaïda; Marie-Claude Pietragalla; Elisabeth Platel; Noëlla Pontois; Claude de Vulpian - Jean de Brienne: Charles Jude; Manuel Legris; José Martinez; Rudolf Nureyev - Abderam: Jean Guizerix; Laurent Hilaire; Wilfried Romoli - (Recorded:1999.But with excerpts from different Paris Opera productions of Raymonda stretching back to the early 1980s) TDK DVD Video DV-BLDDRAY [83 mins] [IL]

A documentary strictly for balletomanes. Not those wanting to see the ballet. … see Full Review

Duo la Valse Sommerregn Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931): 3 songs: O hvor er jeg glad idag; Den spillemand spiller pä strenge; Tidt er jeg glad Christian SINDING (1856-1941): Frühlingsrauschen, Op:32:3 Ludolf NIELSEN (1876-1939):For Vinden danser, fra Foraar, Op.15.3; Ved Solnedgang Op.47:1.3Piano pieces, Op.21: Paa Legepladsen; Polichinel: Godnat. Stemninger, Op.23: Hvide Sejl; Paa Kirkegãrden; Sommerregn. 4 Piano pieces, Op.17: La Joie, Le douleur, Menuet, Tarantelle, Alfer Smaa, som lege (fra operaen Isbella) Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907): 8 Piano pieces, Op.12; Arietta; Vals; Vægtersang; Alfedans; Folkevise; Norsk; Albumblad; Fædrelandssang. 2 Sange, Op.5: To brune øjne; Jeg elsker Dig Pauline Kehlet (soprano), Nicolai Kjølsen (piano) Recorded 2002 at Focus Studio and Soundtrack Studio, Copenhagen UK distributor Discovery Records (www.danacord.dk) DANACORD DACOCD 605 [53.00] [RBr]

An innocence and freshness that is fully realised by both performers … see Full Review

In Concert: Dusolina GIANNINI (soprano) (1902-1986) Arias and Duets Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida (1871) - Ritorna vincitor [6’37]. La forza del destino (1862) - Son giunta! ... Madre, pietosa vergine [6’38]; Pace, pace mio dio [5’29] Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon (1866) - Connais-tu le pays? [6’08]Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda (1876) – Suicidio [4’19] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca (1900) - Vissi d’arte [3’12] Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana (1890) - Dite, Mamma Lucia…Sono scomunicata … Voi lo sapete, o mamma [9’01]; Intermezzo [3’28] Carrie JACOBS-BOND (1862-1946) I Love You Truly [1’52] Ethelbert NEVIN (1901-1939) The Rosary [2’32] Dusolina Giannini (soprano); Claramae Turner (contralto, Mascagni); San Francisco Opera Orchestra/Gaetano Merola; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Pietro Cinini (Thomas and Ponchielli) - Broadcast performances from the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco on September 19th, 1943 (Verdi Forza and Mascagni) and January 30th, 1944 (Verdi Aida, Puccini, Nevin and Jacobs-Bond) and from the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles on August 15th, 1943 (Thomas and Ponchielli). ADD mono NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110145 [50.24] [CC]

This disc is definitely worth the small outlay. With the exception of some discomfort at climaxes, sound is perfectly acceptable … see Full Review

In Dulci Jubilo Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Choral "Jesu meine Freude" (Cantata 147) Bohuslav CERNOHORSKY (1684 - 1742) Toccata in C minor Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637 - 1707) - In Dulci Jubilo Johann PACHELBEL (1653 - 1706) Von Himmel Hoch Domenico ZIPOLO (1688 - 1726) Pastorale Louis DAQUIN (1694 - 1772) Noel Louis VIERNE (1870 - 1937) Carillon de Westminster Alexandre GUILMANT (1837 - 1911) Pastorale Johannes BRAHMS (1833 - 1897) – Es is ein Ros’entsprungen César FRANCK (1822 - 1890) - Pastorale Opus 19 Ferdinand Klinda (organ) OPUS 99435 [45.07] [RH]

A rather frustrating recital by the Slovakian organist Ferdinand Klinda with no details at all of the organ that he is playing. … see Full Review

Eastern European Piano Music Galina USTVOLSKAYA (b 1919) Concerto for Piano, String Orchestra and Timpani (1946) [17’23] - Sofia GUBAIDULINA (b 1913) Introitus’ Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1978) [24’22] - Henryk GÓRECKI (b 1933) Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, Op. 40 (1980) [8’11]. Georgs PELÉCIS (b 1947) Concertino bianco for Piano and Chamber Orchestra in C major (1984) [13’32] Alexei Lubimov (piano) - Deutsche Kamerphilharmonie Bremen/Heinrich Schiff - Rec. at St. Cosmas und Damian, Thedinghausen-Lunsen, Germany, on September 28th-29th, 1995. DDD WARNER APEX 2564 60491-2 [63’55] [CC]

This die-hard modernist never wants to hear the Concerto bianco again. … see Full Review

English Music (1842-1900): England, My England The Spirit Of England and Pastoral England Kenneth ALFORD (1881-1945) Colonel Bogey, from A Bridge on the River Kwai (1914) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Pizzicato Polka, from Simple Symphony (1946) George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) The Banks of Green Willow (1913) Eric COATES (1886-1957) Dam Busters March (1954) Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) La Calinda (1904) On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912) Edward ELGAR (1865-1935) Chanson de Matin (1901) - Cockaigne (1901) - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (1901) - Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 (1907) - Symphony No.1 (Opening theme) (1908) - Land of Hope and Glory (1914) - Nimrod, Enigma Variations (1899) - Cello Concerto (1st movement) (1919) - John GOSS (1800-1880) Praise my Soul the King of Heaven Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Country Gardens (1918) - Shepherd's Hey (1918) Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Jupiter, The Planets Suite (1916) C.H.H. PARRY (1848-1918) Jerusalem (1916) William WALTON (1902-1983) Orb and Sceptre (1953) - The Battle of Agincourt from Henry V (1944) Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol Suite (1926) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folk SongSuite: 6 movements (1913) - The Lark Ascending (1914) - Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934) White Cliffs of Dover Sung by Vera Lynn and introduced by Sir Winston Churchill - Various orchestras/Boult/Britten/Marriner/Solti Mid-price DECCA 443 936-2 [2CDs: 152.24] [RJW]

If the intention is to provide an easy listening set to engage those who like light pieces I don't think this compilation is particularly ideal. … see Full Review


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