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Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Works for Piano Volume 1: The Études - Douze Études Op. 10 (1831) - Douze Études Op. 25 (1832-36) - Trois Études Nouvelles; No. 1 in F minor, No. 2 in D flat major No. 3 in A flat major (1839) Joyce Hatto (piano) - Recorded: Concert Artist Studios, March 1992 and April 1997 CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9035-2 [65.57] [JW]

A disc of high distinction, one of an increasing number in the Hatto series on Concert Artist. … see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Works For Piano, Volume 8 Piano Sonatas: No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4 (1828); No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1839); No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (1844).
Joyce Hatto (piano).Rec. Concert Artists Studios, July 6th, 1995, June 12th, 1997 and January 4th, 1998. DDD CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD9043-2 [74’20] [CC]

I had hoped for more. … see Full Review

CLAUDE DEBUSSY complete piano music Roy Howat TALL POPPIES TP094, TP123, TP164, TP165 Vol 1: [79:00] Vol 2: [71:38] Vol 3: [74:44] Vol 4: [73:04] [GPJ]

Sensitivity and vibrant imagination, allied to a transcendental technique … yet another indication of the great music-making with which Australia abounds these days. … see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucia di Lammermoor, (highlights) - Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood, Neil Schicoff (ten); Lucia, Edita Gruberova (sop); Lord Enrico Ashton, Alexandru Agache (bar); Raimondo Bidebent, Alastair Miles (bass); Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Bernard Lombardo (ten); Alisa, Diana Montague (mezzo) - 'Preludio'… 'Percorrete le spiagge vicine' - 'Cruda, funesta smania' - 'Regnava nel silenzio' - 'Quando, rapito in estasi' - 'Sulla tomba che rinserra' - 'Qui di sposa eterna fede'... 'Ah! Verranno a te sull'aure' - 'Soffriva net pianto' - 'Chi mi frena in tal momento?' - 'D'immenso giubilo' - 'Ah! cessate, ah cessate quel contento' - 'Oh giusto cielo!'... 'Il dolce suono' - 'Ohimè! sorge il tremendo fantasma' - 'S'avanza Enrico!' - 'Spargi d'amaro pianto' - 'Fra poco a me ricovero' - 'Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali' - The Ambrosian Singers London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Bonynge - Recorded at St. Augustine's Church, London, in September 1991 - Bargain Price ELATUS 2564-60128-2 [71.49] [RJF]

All things considered, this is a generous sample of an under-recorded singer performing music she knows and loves. It can be thoroughly enjoyed. … see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 (1907-8) [52’07"] - In The South (‘Alassio’), Op. 50 (1903-4) [20’54"] - In Moonlight (‘Canto Popolare’) (1904)* [2’59"] Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder - * Christine Price (mezzo-soprano); Mark Elder (piano) - Recorded in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 11-12, September 2001 (symphony) and 17 October 2002 (In Moonlight); BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester 7 July 2002 HALLÉ CD HLL 7500 [76’27"] [JQ]

These studio recordings are very successful. I greatly enjoyed this CD and I hope it presages more Elgar from this partnership. … see Full Review

Sir Edward ELGAR (1891 - 1934) Violin Concerto in b, Op 61 (1910) (40.37) Yehudi Menuhin, violin London Symphony Orchestra Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’) Op 36 (1899) (27.16) Royal Albert Hall Orchestra Edward Elgar, conductor Recorded No. 1 Studio Abbey Road, London, 15 July 1932 (concerto) and Queens’ Hall, London, 30 Aug 1926 (Enigma) Prism SNS Noise Shaping. ADD mono Notes by Michael Kennedy in English, French, and German. Photographs of the artists and of the dedicatees of the Variations Great Recordings of the Century EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 66979 2 8 [77.13] [PS]

Even if you own this recording on LP, you must have this release. If you don’t know the music, there’s no better place to start … see Full Review

Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946) Lost Lands performed by Topologies Dilok (1982) ¹º Delal (1984, revised 1988) ¹º Kulamen Dilan (1990) ²º Moon's Goin' Down (1980) ¹ Runnin' Wild (1978) ¹ Keroiylu (1981) ¹³ª Lost Lands (1977) ²*ª Christopher Redgate, oboe /oboe d'amore ¹ Julian Warburton, percussion º Andrew McNeil, soprano saxophone ² Philip Gibbon, bassoon ³ Ian Pace, piano ª Guy Cowley, E flat clarinet * Darragh Morgan, violin * Alan Thomas, guitar * METIER MSV CD92050 [66.09] [NH]

An excellent advocacy for some of Michael Finnissy's most understated yet visionary compositions … see Full Review

Johann Joseph FUX (1660-1741) Lux Æterna – Sacred Works - Introitus: Requiem Aeternam choraliter - Graduale in Missa pro Defunctis, K146 - Kirchensonate in G minor, K320 - Ave Regina choraliter - Ave Regina caelorum, K205 - Sonata a Santo Sepolcro, K376 - Alma Redemptoris Mater, K186 - Ave Maria choraliter - Ave Maria, K151 - Pastorale, K396 - Ad te, Domine levavi, K153 - Communio: Lux Æterna choraliter - In expositione funeris: Libera me Domine, K54 - Mieke van der Sluis, soprano - Carlos Mena, Alto - Bernhard Lambauer, tenor - Georg Nigl, baritone - Sergio Foresti, bass - Domkantorei Graz (Josef M. Doeller) - Herren der Grazer Choralschola - Cantor: Thomas Wasserfaller - Armonico Tributo Austria Lorenz Duftschmid, Director - Recorded September 2001, Krieglach, St. Jakob CPO 999 850-2 [54:24] [DS]

Not essential listening, but a marvel of engineering with sublime contributions from the soloists. Urgently recommended to baroque music enthusiasts and audiophiles. … see Full Review

Jerry GERBER (b.1951) The Art of MIDI Sequencing Symphony #5 (2002) [38.39]: Imagine This [11.54]; Lament [8.22]; Joy of Cannabis [6.12]; Gravity/Zero-Gravity [12.11] Essay for Virtual Orchestra (2001) [8.21] Jerry Gerber, sequencer controlled electronic music sampler synthesizers Notes in English OTTAVA 03-007 [67.27] [PS]

Unassailably authentic electronic performances of very new music with traditional leanings. … see Full Review

Gordon GETTY (b.1933) Joan and the Bells, Cantata for Soprano Baritone, Chorus & Orchestra (1998) (21.03) - Lisa Delan, s; Vladimir Chernov, bar; Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Stockholm - Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet, Suite #2, Op 64-ter (1936) (30.00) Russian National Orchestra/Alexander Vedernikov - Recorded at the Maison de la Culture de Bourges, France, 7 October 2002 - Composer’s note and English text of Joan and the Bells. Notes in English, Français and Deutsch. Photos of the artists and composer Getty. Hybrid multi-channel Super Audio CD PENTATONE CLASSICS 5186 017 [1 SACD: 51.00] [PS]

An excellent performance of the Prokofiev coupled with an intriguing new work both recorded in spectacular high definition SACD sound. … see Full Review

Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Obertura para el Fausto Criollo Op. 9 (1943) Ollantay Op. 17 Three symphonic movements (1947) Pampeana No. 3 Op. 24 Symphonic pastoral in three movements (1954) Dances from the Ballet Estancia Op. 8a (1941) Odense Symphony Orchestra/Jan Wagner Recorded in the Carl Nielsen Hall of Odense Koncerthaus, May 2001 BRIDGE 9130 [56.55]

Saturated in swaying delicacy: lyricism with a capital L, voluptuous and unmistakable. … see Full Review

Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990) Profiles from China (1945) Three Songs (1931) Mimic Heaven; Five Songs by A.E. Housman (1944) Sonata for Harp (1952) Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1948) Letters from Morocco (1952) Gerald English (tenor) and Roland Peelman (piano) all items except Harp Sonata – Marshall McGuire (harp) and Letters from Morocco – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Antony Walker Recorded 1993-94, Songs with piano in Llewellyn Hall, Canberra School of Music, Sonata for Harp in Studio 200, ABC Sydney and Letters from Morocco in Hobart TALL POPPIES TP112 [58.17] [JW]

Her music meanwhile has always filled me with the greatest admiration and this disc is recommended with undimmed enthusiasm. … see Full Review

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1935) Ballade Op.78 (1902) [9.35] - Symphony No.3 Op.33 (1888-1890) [50.15] BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Tadaaki Otaka - recorded in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales on 17/18 May 1998 and 4 March 1999 BIS-CD-1358 [60.23] [CF]

Its scherzo, a vivaciously whizzing movement reminiscent of Bordin's second symphony … the lyricism of Tchaikovsky in the pathos-laden slow third movement with its Tristan-like, if belated, tribute to Wagner … see Full Review

Aleksandr Konstatinovich GLAZUNOV (1865 - 1936) Symphony No. 8, Op. 83 (1906) [40.01] Cantata on the Centenary of the Birth of Pushkin, Op. 65 (1899) [15.56] Poème lyrique, Op. 12 (1887) [11.11] Ludmila Kuznetsova, mezzo; Vsevolod Grivnov, ten Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Capella/Valeri Polyansky Notes in English, Deutsch, and Français Parallel translations of Russian texts. Photos of the conductor and composer. Recorded Grand Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow, Russia, August 2002 CHANDOS CHAN 9961 [67.27] [PS]

An excellent performance of unjustly neglected music. … see Full Review

Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Java Suite (1925) - World Premiere Recording - Alexander TANSMAN (1900-) Exotique - La Flute de Bambou dans la foret de Bandoeng - Le Gamelang de Bali Esther Budiardjo (piano) - rec. 12-13 Aug 1999, New Jersey PROPIANO CD PPR224529 [60.38]

Budiardjo's vital playing …a Brangwyn-esque depth of colour: certainly gouache if not oils … see Full Review

Henryk Mikolaj GORECKI (b.1933) Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Op. 36 (1976) [I: 30.48; II: 10.22; III: 18.09 = 59.22] - Stefania Woytowicz (sop) Symphonieorchester des Südwestfunks-Baden-Baden/Ernest Bour - rec. 1985 Südwestfunk Baden-Baden ADD WARNER APEX 0927 49821-2 [59.22] [RB]

A modern classic that has found its way into many an otherwise popular collection ... see Full Review

Gregorian Requiem Plainchant Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola/Dr. Richard J. Pugsley (director) Recorded 1995, Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. GLORIAE DEI CANTORES GDCD021 [77.49] [RH]

A remarkably comprehensive disc of chants from the Officium Defunctorum, including not just the mass but the psalms and antiphons from before and after the mass … see Full Review

Jesús GURIDI (1886 - 1961) Diez melodías vascas, (1941) [22.40] - Así cantan los chicos (1934) [13.34] - Una aventura de Don Quijote (1916) [11.07] - En el barco fenicio (1927) [14.26] - Canta el gallo tempranero (1942) [3.38] - Isabel Álvarez, soprano Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Bilbao Conservatory/Juan José Mena - Notes in English, Castellano, and Deutsch. Castilian/English text of Así cantan. Recorded Euskalduna Concert Hall, Bilbao, Spain, 30 June 2000 NAXOS 8.557110 [65.25] [PS]

One of the most interesting and satisfying releases in the Naxos survey of modern Iberian music. Performances and recording are excellent. … see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) CORONATION Anthems - Silete Venti (motet for soprano and strings) [27:29] - Coronation Anthems (1727):- Zadok the Priest [5:39] - Let Thy Hand be Strengthened [5:35] - The King shall rejoice [11:08] - My Heart is inditing [12:49] - Rebecca Ryan, soprano (Silete Venti); Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen, soprano, David Bates, countertenor, Edward Lyon, tenor, Nicholas Warden, bass (My heart is inditing). The Tallis Chamber Choir Royal Academy Consort/Jeremy Summerly - Recorded Feb, Apr 2002, Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London DDD NAXOS 8.557003 [66:28] [KS]

Perfectly elegant and passionate renditions. Excellent pacing and a blended, lovely choral sound. The orchestra is also of the first water, particularly the glorious trumpeters. … see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) The Abandoned Sorceress: Arias and Recitatives from Rinaldo, Alcina and Amadigi Simone Kermes (soprano) Maite Beaumont (contralto) Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis Recorded September 2002 Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth, Germany. Reviewed in multichannel. SACD Hybrid, Multichannel, Stereo: CD Stereo DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI /BMG 74321 95644 2 [60.29] [DB]

The music is stunning. I don’t think I had realised just how good Handel’s operatic music could be. A superb recital of great music magnificently recorded. … see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) Symphony #92 in g, "Oxford" (1784) [25.32] - Ariana a Naxos (1789) [22.21] - Scena di Berenice (1803) [14.47] - Cecilia Bartoli, soprano Concentus Musicus Wien Orchestra, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, conductor - Recorded at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, 14 July 2001. LPCM Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS digital 5.1 Video direction by Brian Large - PAL 16:9 anamorphic No region code Format DVD-9 - Special features: Styriarte: ‘Portrait of a Festival’ [6.36] ‘In rehearsal’ [14.27] - Subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish. Notes in English, German, and French BBC Opus Arte DVD OA 0821 D [83.00] [PS]

An up and down Oxford Symphony, but excellent performances of these less frequently heard vocal works, excellent sound, clear picture and effective video direction … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 (c.1765) Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (1783) Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb:4 (c.1770) Gautier Capuçon, cello Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding Recorded Wien, Jugendstiltheater, June 2002 VIRGIN CLASSICS 5455602 [65:50] [DS]

A fine alternative to the full-bodied Rostropovich. Lean and incisive performances of these vibrant concertos. Heartily recommended … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 31 in D major 'mit dem Hornsignal' (1765) Symphony No. 59 in A major 'Feuer'(1769) Symphony No. 73 in D major 'La Chasse'(1781) Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Rec. December 1992 (No. 73), November 1993 (Nos. 31, 59), Casino Zägernitz, Vienna ELATUS 2564 60033-2 [77.41] [TB]

'Original instrument' performances: carefully and lovingly shaped for maximum lyrical effect, painstaking attention to detail. The standard of playing is particularly high … see Full Review

Hans-Joachim HESPOS (b.1938) Splash (1969)a Duma (1980)b Kitara (1971)c
Monske (1996)d Leija (1992)e Pico (1978)f Čang (1976)g -Z...( ) (1969) L’Art pour l’Art (Astrid Schmeling, fluteb; Michael Schröder, guitarc; Stefan Schäfer, double bassa; Matthias Kaul, percussionadg; Eva Pressl, harpe; Martin Schmeding, recorderf) Recorded: Sendesaal Radio Bremen, July 2001 CPO 999 890-2 [67:16] [HC]

I cannot help but feel (and deplore) that much talent has been wasted for nothing on this superbly played and well produced disc … see Full Review

Hilmar Örn HILMARSSON (b. 1958) Children of Nature (Börn Náttúrunnar) - Ars Moriendi ¹ - Charon - Sudurgata ² - Farm ³ - Snatis's Death - Journey - Escape - Coffin º - Ascension - Titles * - Aerophilia ª - Pretty Angels All music composed, arranged and played by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson with contributions from Szymon Kuran, violin ¹ º * - Joolie Wood, violin ² ³ - Stefán Örn Arnarson, cello ¹ * - Chhimed Rig'dzin Rinpoche, kangling, damaru ³ - Sigtryggur Baldursson, percussion ª - Recorded at Studio S'yrland, Reykjavik (first issued in 1996) TOUCH T33.14 [40.14] [NH]

One of my favourite records, of any genre, released in the last decade, an absolute classic film soundtrack, the complete antithesis of many "bland out" crossover projects … see Full Review

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain Op. 132 (1955) [19.23] - Symphony No. 50 Mount St Helens Op. 360 (1981) [29.16] - Symphony No. 66 Hymn to Glacier Peak Op. 428 (1991) [18.38] - Storm on Mount Wildcat Op. 2 No. 2 (1931) [3.37] Royal Liverpool PO/Gerard Schwarz - Rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 2002? DDD TELARC CD-80604 [71.45] [GD]

A highly recommended release for followers of the composer, of romantic, melodic 20th century American music … see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) The Cunning Little Vixen (1923) Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Kent Nagano BBC OPUS ARTE OA 0839 D [75 minutes]

A charming animated version of Janáček’s timeless opera, beautifully animated by Geoff Dunbar and musically overseen by Kent Nagano … see Full Review

Arthur KAPP (1878-1952) Hiob - Oratorio for soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra (1929-31) [75.37] libretto after the Bible in a version by Julius Kaljuve in an edition by Vardo Rumessen Taimo Toomast (bar) - Job Urve Tauts (mezzo) - Job's wife Mart Mikk (bass) - Satan Mati Palm (bass) - God Ines Maidre (organ) Estonian National Male Voice Choir Estonian Oratorio Choir Estonian Children's Choir choral directors: Ants Soots; Venno Laul Estonian State Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi Rec: concert recording 16 Aug 1997, Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, DDD ERES CD 21 [76.03] [RB]

A white-hot performance ... streams with a self-renewing life force and with severe reverence. ... see Full Review

Johannes Hieronymus (Giovanni Girolamo) KAPSBERGER (1575-1661). 14 Silver Strings; Toccatas, Partitas and Dances - Toccata IX (1640) [2.00] - Toccata X (1640) [2.09] - Passacaglia in a (1640) [4.23] - Canzone Prima (1640) [5.00] - Ballo Primo: Uscita (1640) [1.06]; Ballo [1.13]; Gagliarda [1.43]; Corrente [1.48] - Pasacaglia in d minor (1640) [5.15] - Toccata II (1640) [3.42] - "Kapsberger" (1640) [4.42] - Arppeggiata (1604) [2.48] - Canario (1640) [3.24] - Alessandro PICCININI (1566-1638) Toccata XIII (1623) [3.23] - Partite variate sopra la folia aria Romanesca (1623) [4.55] - Toccata III (1623) [3.54] - Gagliarda Prima (1623) [1.46] - Toccata VI (1623) [3.18] - Partite variate sopra quest’aria francese detta l’Alemana (1623) [5.05] - Crrente VI sopra l’Alemana (1623) [1.55] - Toccata X (1623) [2.41] Matthew Wadsworth, theorbo; Gary Cooper, harpsichord, organ; Mark Levy, Viola da gamba, lirone, violone Recorded at the National Center for Early Music, York, UK. June 2002 - The back of the jewelcase bears a note in Braille which reads: MAT[THE]W WADSWR[TH] MUSIC BY KAPSB[ER]G[ER] [AND] PI[CON][IN][IN]I - Notes in English, Deutsch, Français DEUX-ELLES DXL1044 [67.00] [PS]

A beautiful, sensual sounding disk, a must-have for enthusiasts of music for the plucked string, Renaissance music, and harpsichord music. If you like Ravi Shankar, check this one out. … see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violanta, Opera in One Act, on a libretto by Hans Müller Op. 8 (1916) [73.40] Simone Trovai, Walter Berry (bar) - Violanta, Eva Marton (sop) - Alfonso, Siegfried Jerusalem (ten) - Giovanni Bracca, Horst R. Laubenthal (ten) - Bice, Gertraut Stoklassa (sop) - Barbara, Ruth Hesse (con) - Mateo, Manfred Schmidt (ten) - First Soldier, Heinrich Weber (ten) - Second Soldier, Paul Hansen (bar) - First Maid, Karin Hautermann (sop) - Second Maid, Renate Freyer (mezz) - Munchener Rundfunk Chor - Heinz Mende (Chorus Director) - Munchener Rundfunk Orchester Berlin/Marek Janowski - George Korngold (Producer) - Rec. Concert Hall Munchener Rundfunks, Munich, 1980. ADD - Premiere Recording CBS MASTERWORKS MK 79229 [73.40] [VM]

A great recording of a great opera with specially marvellous conducting and singing that shouldn’t have trouble holding its reference recording title should any new recordings arrive ... see Full Review

Rolf LIEBERMANN (1910-1999) Furioso for Orchestra (1947); Geigy Festival Concerto (1958)*; Media-Monolog (1990) ***; Les Echanges (Symphonie) (1962) arr.; for 7 percussionists by Seigfried Fink (1971); Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra (1954) ** Alfons Greider (percussion) * NDR Bigband/Simon Nabatov ** Rachael Tovey (soprano) *** Darmstadt choir - women’s voices - Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra/Gunter Neuhold - Recorded July 2001 during concerts and sessions at the Die Glocke, Bremen NAXOS 8.555884 [64.32] [GH]

This is music that offers the open-minded listener considerable interest and pleasure and at such a price should not be missed ... See Full Review

György LIGETI (b.1923) The Ligeti Project Vol.4 - Hamburg Concerto for Solo Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1998/99,2003) - Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra (1972) - Ramifications for 12 solo strings (1968/69) - Requiem (1963/65) - Marie Luise Neunecker (horn); Heinz Holliger (oboe); Jacques Zoon (flute); Asko Ensemble; Schoenberg Ensemble; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; London Voices. Jonathan Nott (conductor, Requiem) - Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor, rest) - Recordings: Philharmonie, Berlin (Requiem, live Nov. 8-11 2002); Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht (rest, Sept.16 2001, Oct. 2-3 2002) TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-88263-2 [66’01] [TH]

Singing and playing of great beauty and phenomenal accuracy. … cosmic clouds of quarter-tone harmony and almost hysterical choral textures … see Full Review

György LIGETI (b.1923) ETUDES Book I (1985) I - Désordre II - Cordes à vide III - Touches bloquées IV - Fanfares V - Arc-en-ciel VI - Automne à Varsovie Book II (1988-94) VII - Galamb Borong VIII - Fém IX - Vertige X - Der Zauberlehring XI - En suspens XII - Entrelacs XIII - L'escalier du diable XIV - Coloana infinitå XIVa - Coloana fara sfârsit Idil Biret, piano Recorded in the Clara-Wieck-Auditorium, Sandhausen, 17th-18th February, 5th-7th May and 14th-15th June, 2001. NAXOS 8.555777 [53.42] [NH]

An excellent introduction to Ligeti's piano music which places it firmly within the 20th century tradition … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Transcriptions of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 Pastoral S464/R128) - Symphony No.4 in B Flat Major, Op.60 [33:01] - Symphony No.6 in F Major, Op.69 Pastoral [39:30] Konstantin Scherbakov (piano) - Recorded at Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, 5-7 December 2000 (No.4); 5-7 June 2002 (No.6) - Liszt Complete Piano Music – Volume 19 NAXOS 8.557170 [72:31] [SA]

Scherbakov plays with white-hot intensity … thrilling listening … you are in for a treat. I am eager to explore the rest of this series. … see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Douze Études d’exécution transcendante S.139 (1852) Joyce Hatto (piano) - Recorded the Concert Artist Studios, 28 December 1990 and 6 January 2001 CONCERT ARTIST/FIELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9084-2 [64.46] [JW]

Precision and clarity paying dividends … intimate and idyllic … Hatto breathes in a fresh air landscape; healthy, robust with a ringing grandeur to it. … see Full Review

Bent LORENTZEN (b 1935) Piano Works Colori (1978) Goldranken (1987) Nachtigall (1988/2000) * Angrund (1994) Five Easy Piano Pieces (1971) Erik Kaltoft (piano) Jens Schou (bass clarinet) * Recorded, Danish Royal Academy of Music, Århus, February, March, July 2002 DACAPO 8.224246 [64.54] [JW]

Doubtless it is my loss that much of the piano music of Bent Lorentzen has caused me little but disappointment. … see Full Review



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