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Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Piano Music - CD1 Suite Espagnole Op.47 (i. Granada, ii. Cataluna, iii. Sevilla, iv. Cadiz, vi. Aragon, viii. Cuba) (1889); Suite Iberia (i. Evocación, ii. El puerto, iii. Corpus Christi, iv. Rondeña, v. Almería, vi. Triana) (1906) - CD2 Suite Iberia (vii. El albaicín, viii. El polo, ix. Lavapiés, x. Málaga, xi. Jeréz, xii. Eritaña) (1906); Chants d'Espagne Op.232 (i. Prelude, ii. Orientale, iii. Sous le palmier, iv. Cordoba, v. Seguidillas) (1896) Ricardo Requejo (piano) - Rec. Kirche St Gerold Vorarlberg, Feb 1980 (Iberia); Kirche Seon Argau, July 1984 (Suite Espagnole and Chants d'Espagne) CLAVES CD-50-8003/4 [2 CDs: 144.00] [CW]

Playing untouched by that virtuosic flamboyance necessary to bring these sketches to life ... See Full Review

Tor AULIN (1866-1914) Concert Piece in G minor for violin and orchestra (1891) 16.34] Violin Concerto No. 2 (1893) [23.02] Gotland Dances (1910) [13.43] Swedish Dances (1913) [20.09] Tobias Ringborg (violin) Gävle SO/Niklas Willén Rec. Gävle Concert Hall, Sweden, 28-31 May, 23 Sept 2002 DDD STERLING CDS-1050-2 [73.35] [RB]

Handsomely done, superbly performed and recorded. Romantic violin concertos and folk dances. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 (1717-23) Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042 (1717-23) Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 [reconstructed from lost Violin Concerto] Violin Concerto in G minor BWV 1056 [transcribed from Harpsichord Concerto] Concerto for three violins in D major BWV 1064 [original lost, reconstructed from keyboard] Emmy Verhey (violin) with Camerata Antonio Lucio in all items except Rainer Kussmaul, Henk Rubingh and Thomas Hengelbrock (violins) with the Amsterdam Bach Soloists in the Concerto for three violins Recorded Amsterdam 1992 except the Concerto for three violins, recorded in Utrecht 1988 CLASSIC COLLECTION 99909 [79.57] [JW]

Attractively bright performances at a disarmingly cheap price … see Full Review

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas vol. 20 - Cantata No.184, ‘Erwünschtes Freudenlicht’, BWV 184 - Cantata No.173, ‘Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut’, BWV 173 - Cantata No.59, ‘Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten’ (I), BWV59 - Cantata No.44, ‘Sie werden euch in den Bann tun’, BWV 44 - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano - Mutsumi Hatano, alto - Gerd Türk, tenor - Peter Kooij, bass Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Rec: September 2001, Kobe Shoin Women’s University, Japan. BIS CD-1271 [61.50] [KM]

Another fine volume of Bach cantatas from Maasaki Suzuki, though some negatives mar this disc slightly… See Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) German Organ Mass (BWV 522, 669-689) from Klavierübung Part III (1740) Ronald Frost, clavichord, and organ - Recorded at Church of St. Ann, Manchester, England, April 2002 - Notes in English DUNELM RECORDS DRDO 190 [127.44] [PS]

A superb, uniquely lyrical performance of this great music which offers a valid alternative to other available versions … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Works, Volume 13 Third Part of the Clavierübung Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 Chorale Preludes: BWV 669-671, 676, 678, 680, 682, 684, 686 & 689 Gerhard Weinberger (organ) Rec. 3-5 October 2001, Christoph Treutmann organ (built 1737) Monastery Grauhof, Goslar CPO 999 867-2 [72.02] [TB]

Standards are very high. True also of the recorded sound and performances by this fine organist. … see Full Review


Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710-1784) Flute Concerto in D (>1744) (20.17) Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Flute Concerto in D, Wq. 13a (1744) (18.25) Leopold HOFMANN (1738-1793) Flute Concerto in D (17??) (16.34) Christian Gurtner, [wood] transverse flute Wiener Akademie/Martin Haselböck Booklet in German, English, and French, Recorded Hofburgkapelle, Hofburg, Vienna, November, 2001, and February, 2002. CPO CD 999 888-2 [55.38] [PS]

First rate performances of excellent and previously unknown music by major composers of their time. Highly recommended … see Full Review


Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) Epithalamion: Rhapsody for Full Orchestra (1929) Performing edition by Rodney Newton [13:12] An English Idyll for baritone and orchestra (1946): Pastoral. Andante, molto tranquillo; London. Andante grazioso con moto; The Cathedral. Andante, un poco mosso [18:15] *Hubert CLIFFORD (1904-1959) A Kentish Suite (1935): Dover. Introduction - Alla hornpipe; A Choral Prelude on 'Canterbury'. With dignity; Pastoral and Folk Song. Lento pastorale; Swift Nicks of Gad's Hill: A Scherzo. Allegro con brio; Greenwich: A Pageant of the River. Maestoso [19:48] The Casanova Melody from Carol Reed's production of The Third Man Written under the name of Michael Sarsfield (1949) Orchestral realisation by Rodney Newton (2000) [3:40]Five English Nursery Tunes: A Suite for Orchestra (1941): The Frog and the Mouse. Allegro capriccioso - Presto; The Evening Prayer. Lento; Lavender's Blue. Allegretto scherzando; Curly Locks. Andantino; London Bridge. Allegro molto [16.20] Shanagolden: An Irish Pastoral Sketch (1953) [4:08] Paul Whelan (baritone) * BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Rec. 30-31 October 2001, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester premiere recordings CHANDOS CHAN 10019 [76:02] [RB]

Strongly recommended especially for Epithalamion and Shanagolden. … see Full Review

Claude Bénigne BALBASTRE (1727-1799) Pièces de Clavecin - Premier Livre (1759) [67.10] Ursula Duetschler - 18th century French Harpsichord by Couchet-Blanchet-Taskin rec. April 1992, Musée de Chartres, France CLAVES CD 50-9206 [67.10] [PW]

Playing of imagination and considerable virtuoso flair … an excellent recital choice. … see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Symphony No. 6 (1934) - Into the Twilight (1908) - Summer Music (1920) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones - rec. 2002, Glasgow DDD NAXOS 8.557144 [57.46] [RB]

An outstanding Bax recording ... sensuous and violent ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (1802) [35’45] - Piano Sonatas – No. 21 in C, Op. 21, ‘Waldstein’ (1803/4) [25’57]; No. 24 in F sharp, Op. 78, ‘A Thérèse’ (1809) [10’39] - Till Fellner (piano) Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner (Op. 37) - Jean-Bernard Pommier (piano) (sonatas). Rec. Air Studios, London in November 1994 (Op. 37) and Fontfroide Abbey, Narbonne, France, in November 1991 (Sonatas). DDD WARNER APEX 0927 48944-2 [72’06] [CC]

Here is a sensible programme, eminently sensibly played. … A disappointment. ... See Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.1 in C major op.21 (1800) - Symphony No.2 in D major op.36 (1802) Heidelberger Sinfoniker/Thomas Fey - Recorded April-May 2000 at the Gesellschafthaus, Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund. DDD HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.375 [55:10] [MC]

Highly recommended and my first choice for these two symphonies. ... See Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat Op. 55 Eroica (1803) Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Hans Knappertsbusch - Recorded live 17 December 1953 TAHRA 294 [50.32] [JW]

This is Specialist territory but Knappertsbusch Specialists are avid and won’t need a second invitation. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Piano Sonatas Volume 2 - Piano Sonata No 12 in A flat Op. 26 (1800-01) - Piano Sonata No 13 in E flat Op. 27 No 1 (1800-01) - Piano Sonata No 15 in D major Op. 28 Pastoral (1801) Sergio Fiorentino (piano) - Recorded in Hornsey Town Hall (Op. 26 and 27/1 in January 1961) and Guildford Town Hall (Op. 28 in February 1966) CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO CACD 9204-2 [60.40] [JW]

Strong and persuasive performances, reflecting Fiorentino’s laudable qualities as a Beethovenian. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Piano Sonatas Volume 4 -
Piano Sonata No 26 in E flat Op. 81a Les Adieux (1809-10) - Piano Sonata No 27 in E minor Op. 90 (1814) - Piano Sonata No 28 in A major Op. 101 (1816) - Piano Sonata No 30 in E major Op. 109 (1820) Sergio Fiorentino (piano) - Recorded: Guildford Town Hall (Op. 26 February 1966), Hornsey Town Hall (Op. 27 May 1960), Conway Hall (Op. 28 July 1959) and Greenwich Borough Hall (Op. 109 July 1963) CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9206-2 [68.52] [JW]

Tone emerging with unimpaired beauty. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 (1800) Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 (1808) Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93 (1812) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado Directed by Bob Cole. recorded in February 2001 live at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome (DVD). TDK10 5116-9 DV BPAB 168 [75 minutes] [JP]

Don’t hesitate with this issue – it is a gem. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 1 in C major Op 21 (1800) Symphony No 2 in D major Op 36 (1801-02) Leonore Overture No 2 Op 72a (1805) Fidelio; Overture Op 72b (1814) The Ruins of Athens; Overture Op 113 (1812) The Creatures of Prometheus; Overture Op 43 (1801) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Symphony No 1 and The Creatures of Prometheus) London Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No 2, Leonore, The Ruins of Athens) London Philharmonic Orchestra (Fidelio) Felix Weingartner Recorded 1936-40 NAXOS 8.110856 [73.37] [JW]

A sense in which one feels the unfolding of a perfectly natural rhythm – nothing seems artificial or imposed or motoric. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 Eroica (1803) Symphony No. 8 in F minor Op. 93 (1812) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Hans Pfitzner Recorded Berlin 1929-33 NAXOS 8.110910 [69.40] [JW]

Seldom less than fascinating documents of a distinguished composer’s interpretative approach to a great one. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No 1 in F Op 2 No 1 (1793-95) - Piano Sonata No 2 in A major Op 2 No 2 (1794-95) - Piano Sonata no 3 in C major Op 2 No 3 (1794-95) Artur Schnabel (piano) - Recorded London 1933-34 NAXOS 8.110693 [66.26] [JW]

Beethoven Society recordings in all their profound and spiritual depth. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quintet for Piano and Winds Op.16 (1795/96) [27.16] - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Quintet for Piano and Winds K.452 (1784) [26.25] - Allan Vogel (oboe) - David Shifrin (clarinet) - Robin Graham (horn) - Ken Munday (bassoon) Carol Rosenberger (piano) - Rec: Santa Ana High School Auditorium, May 1984 DELOS DE 3024 [55.50] [CF]

Stylish performances … phrasing deftly and sensitively aware of the internal balance … see Full Review


Charles-Auguste de BÉRIOT (1802-1870)
Violin Concerto No 1 in D major Op 16 Military (1829) Violin Concerto No 8 in D major Op 99 (1855) Violin Concerto No 9 in A minor Op 104 (1858) Takako Nishizaki (violin) RTBF Symphony Orchestra, Brussels/Alfred Walter Recorded Maison de la Radio, Brussels, July 1986 NAXOS 8.555104 [49.52] [JW]

Adept performances of works that certainly deserve their place in the history of the early Romantic Violin Concerto. … see Full Review

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Trouble in Tahiti – an opera in seven scenes (1951-2) - Libretto by the composer; Sam – Karl Daymond (baritone); Dinah – Stephanie Novacek (soprano); Gardener – Tom Randle (tenor); Milkman – Toby Stafford-Allen (baritone); Female – Mary Hegarty (mezzo); City of London Sinfonia/Paul Daniel Directed by Tom Cairns - Filmed specially for television during 2001 BBC OPUS ART OA 0838 D [75’00] [TH]

As infectious a score as Bernstein penned. Pizzazz, Stravinskian spikiness, Coplandesque lyricism … all the inventiveness you would expect from the young American firebrand. … see Full Review

RECORD OF THE MONTH Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BIBER (1644-1704) Battalia à 10 [12.50] - Requiem à 15 in Concerto[44.27] - La Capella Reial de Catalunya Le Concerts des Nations/Jordi Savall - rec 24 May 1999, in Salzburg Cathedral (Requiem) and 11 February 2002 in the Collégiale du Châ teau de Cardona (Battalia) ALIA VOX AV 9825 [57.23] [PW]

Even if the Battalia were not there at all and the disc was only 44’ long it would be worth every penny for the Requiem alone … see Full Review

Heinrich Ignaz Franz BIBER (1644 - 1704) Sonata No. 11 A Major Sonata No. 5 E Major Sonata No. 9 B flat major Sonata No. 3 G minor Sonata No. 2 D major Georg MUFFAT (1653 - 1704) Sonata No. 2 G Minor Sonata No. 5 G major Freiburger Barockorchester Consort: (Petra Müllejans, Anna-Katharina Schreiber - Violins; Christa Kittel, Ulrike Kaufmann, Christian Goosses - Violas; Ute Petersilge - Violoncello; Richard Myron - Double Bass; Torsten Johann - Harpsichord) Recorded January and April 1993, Church of Maria Minor, Utrecht, Netherlands DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI - BAROQUE ESPRIT 05472 77844 2 [59:00] [RH]

17th century chamber music given in infectiously brilliant performances, an irresistible record … see Full Review

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743 - 1805) Cello Concertos - Concerto #1 in E flat, G 474 (17.24) - Concerto #2 in A, G 475 (12.41) - Concerto #3 in D, G 476 (14.45) - Concerto #4 in C, G 477 (13.44) (pub. 1770) - Concerto #5 in D, G 478 (23.31) - Concerto #6 in D, G 479 (17.15) (pub. 1770) - Concerto #7 in G, G 480 (16.32) (pub. 1770) - Concerto #8 in C, G 481 (16.21) (pub. 1771) - Concerto #9 in B flat, G 482 (18.53) - Concerto #10 in D, G 483 (21.59) (pub. 1785) - Concerto #11 in C, G 573 (15.57) - Concerto #12 in E flat, (no G#) (13.36) - David Geringas, violoncello Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto/Bruno Giuranna, Recorded at Villa Congarini, Padua, Italy, June-October 1988 - Liner notes in Italian, German, French, and English CLAVES CD 50-8814/15/16 [202.38] [PS]

A set every music lover will cherish and play over and over again … see Full Review


João Domingos BOMTEMPO (1775-1842)
Kyrie and Gloria Véronique Glens (soprano) Helena Rasker (mezzo-soprano) John Bowen (tenor) Luís Rodrigues (baritone) Michel Brodard (bass) Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra/Michel Corboz Recorded 18 and 19 December 1997 in the Grand Auditorium of the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon STRAUSS SP 4383 [58.14] [JW]

No reason at all not to investigate a charmingly assured work such as this. … see Full Review

York BOWEN (1884-1961) String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Op. 41 (c.1918) [28.29] String Quartet No. 3 in G major Op. 46(b) (1919) [27.04] Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet Op. 93 (1932) [14.02] Timothy Lines (bass clarinet) Archaeus Quartet rec Recital Room, Tonbridge School, Kent, 16, 18, 20 Dec 2001 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS426CD [70.17] [MC]

Marvel that such rich English music has lain undiscovered until now … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) - Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major Op. 78 (1878-79) - Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major Op. 100 (1886) - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108 (1886-88) Elmar Oliveira (violin) - Jorge Frederico Osorio (piano) - Recorded Loho Studios, New York August 2000 ARTEK AR-0008-2 [67.29] [JW]

Recommended to those who enjoy high octane Brahms sonatas … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, Op 120, #1 in f [22.49] and #2 in Eb [21.34] (1894) - Robert SCHUMANN (1810 - 1858) Fantasiestücke (3) for clarinet and piano, Op 73 (1849) [11.19] David Shifrin, clarinet; Carol Rosenberger, Bösendorfer piano - Notes in English - Recorded in Santa Ana High School Auditorium, California, USA, May 1984 DELOS D/CD 3025 [56.01] [PS]

Excellent performances of excellent music, perhaps the best recording available … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Four Ballades Op. 10 - Intermezzi; Op. 76 Nos. 6 in A major and 7 in A minor - Op. 116 No. 4 in E major - Op. 117 Nos. 1 in E flat major, 2 in B flat minor and 3 in C sharp minor - Op. 118 Nos. 1 in A minor, 2 in A major and 6 in E flat minor - Op. 119 No. 1 in B minor Glenn Gould (piano) - Recorded 1961 (Intermezzi) and 1982 (Ballades) SONY SMK87859 [72.16] [JW]

Opacity and formlessness. Count me out … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97) Symphony No. 1 in C minor op. 68 (1876) Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73 (1877) Symphony No. 3 in F major op. 90 (1883) Symphony No. 4 in E minor op. 98 (1885) ‘Eleven Choral Preludes’, for organ op. Post. (1896) arranged by Henk de Vlieger Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam/Jaap van Zweden Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland/Jaap van Zweden* Recorded June-August 2002, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Holland; Recorded April 1999, MCO Studio Hilversum, Holland* DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99946 [46:31+74:39+72:09] [[MC]

At super-budget price this release from Brilliant Classics is certainly worth a listen. A "live"-sounding set, honestly presented. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat, op. 83 (1), Klavierstücke, op. 118 Joyce Hatto (piano) National Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra/René Köhler (1) Recorded 4th March 1992 and 19th May 1998, Concert Artist Studios CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 8001-2 [75:25] [CH]

Joyce Hatto is a pianist who demands to be heard and the op. 118 pieces are alone worth the price of the record. The concerto gets a rewarding performance. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quintet No.1 in F Op.88 (1882) [28.24] - String Quartet No.3 in Bb Op.67 (1875) [36.54] Shanghai Quartet - Arnold Steinhardt (viola) - Rec: Church of the Ascension, New York City DELOS DE 3198 [65.18] [CF]

Responsive to the broad sweep of Brahmsian melody, eloquent phrasing and rugged textures … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Complete Original Works for Piano 4 Hands, Vol. 1 Twenty-One Hungarian Dances (1852-1869) Sixteen Waltzes, Opus 39 (1865) Duo Crommelynck (piano - four hands) Recorded 1980 (Dances), 1981 (Waltzes), Ghent CLAVES CD 50-8710 [67.09] [TB]

A sensible option for any collector … rewarding performances … see Full Review

Michel-Georges BRÉGENT (1948-1993) Les Variations Parallèles (1986) (44.51) - Claude VIVIER (1948-1983) Shiraz (1977) (13.44) Louis-Philippe Pelletier, piano - Booklet in French and English. Recorded in Salle Pollack, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada 1999 PELLEAS CD-0111 [58.42] [PS]

Fascinating modern Quebeçois-Canadian music reminiscent of Messiaen and Sorabji … see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Symphony No.3 in E Op.51 (1883) [38.01] - Suite on Russian Themes Op.79b (1903) [21.08] Hungarian State SO/Manfred Honeck - rec in the Hungaroton Studio, Budapest 28-31 May 1987 NAXOS 8.555985 [59.09] [CF]

I wish I had not pulled it down from the shelf. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 6 in A major (1879-81 [54’09"] Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-84) [60’36"] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink Recorded in Amsterdam in November 1966 (Symphony No. 7) and December 1970 (Symphony No. 6) PHILIPS DUO 473 301-2 [114’45"] [JQ]

Highly distinguished performances … fine playing captured in excellent, spacious, natural sound. … one of the finest Brucknerians of our age … see Full Review

Gavin BRYARS (b. 1943) A Portrait (60th Birthday Celebration) Cello Concerto (Farewell to Philosophy) (1995) ¹ One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing (1994) º Les Fiançailles (1983, revised 1996) ² Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1975, this version 1993) (single - A & B "sides")+ The Green Ray (1991) ³ Adnan Songbook (1992-96) ²* Titanic Lament from "The Sinking of The Titanic" (1975, this version 1994) ² The North Shore (1994) ² Julian Lloyd Webber, cello¹ English Chamber Orchestra¹/James Judd, conductor¹ Nexusº Gavin Bryars Ensemble² Tom Waits, voice+ John Harle, saxophone³ Bournemouth Sinfonietta³/Ivor Bolton, conductor³ Valerie Anderson, soprano* Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, November 1995 (Cello Concerto), Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, May 1995 (One Last Bar), Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, October 1996 (Fiançailles) and November 1997 (Adnan Songbook, North Shore) Looking Glass Studios, NY and Prairie Inn Studio, California (Jesus' Blood), Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, July 1991 (Green Ray) and Le Chateau d'Eau, Bourges, Westleton Church Suffolk, DAT Studios, London, Dave Hunt Studio, London, 1994 (Titanic). PHILIPS 473 296-2 [77.05 + 73.14] [NH]

A superb and varied 60th birthday tribute to one of Britain's most important living composers[NH]
A fair survey of Bryars’ personal sound world and sincere music making. A splendid birthday present [HC]… see Full Review

Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Turandot Suite Op.41 (1917) 1. Scene 1: The Execution, the City Gate and the Departure 2. Scene 2: Truffaldino's March 3. Scene 3: Altoum's March 4. Scene 4: Turandot's March 5. Scene 5: Turandot's Chamber 6. Scenes 5/6: Dance and Song 7. Scene 7: Night Waltz 8. Scene 8: Quasi-Funeral March and Finale alla Turca Two Studies for Doktor Faust Op.51 (1916-24) 9. Sarabande 10. Cortège 11. Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42 (1909) Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Samuel Wong Recorded at Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong, 22-23 January 2001 NAXOS 8.555373 [70:50] [RH]

A continual sense of grotesquerie and foreboding … vivid and brilliant. I love the disk. … see Full Review



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