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21st Century Cinema Classics HANDEL (1685-1750) La Réjouissance; Capella Istropolitana/Warchal (from Naxos 8.550109); and Hallelujah Chorus from 'Messiah' (from Naxos 8.553290); CHOPIN (1810-1849) 'Farewell Waltz' Idil Biret, piano (from Naxos 8.554539); PURCELL (1659-95) Dido's Lament, Kym Amps, soprano/Scholars Baroque Ensemble (from Naxos 8.553108;) GRIEG (1843-1907) In the hall of the mountain king from Peer Gynt, BBC Scottish SO/Jerzy Maksymiuk (from Naxos 8.554050); TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Scene from Swan Lake, Russian State SO/Yablonsky (Naxos 8.5553042); VERDI (1813-1901) La donna e mobile from Rigoletto. Yardy Ramiro, tenor with Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Rahbari from (Naxos 8.553042); SCHUMANN (1810-1849) Vom Fremden Landern from Kinderscenen, Jeno Jando from Naxos 8.550784; FAURE (1845-1924) Pie Jesu from Requiem, Lisa Beckley soprano, Oxford Camerata/Summerly (from Naxos 8.550765); HAYDN (1732-1809) 'Lark' Quartet Movement 3, Kodály Quartet (from Naxos 8.550674); MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Wedding March from Midsummer Night's Dream Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Bramall (from Naxos 8.554433) MOZART (1756-1791) Champagne Aria from Don Giovanni Bo Skovhus, baritone, Nicholas Esterhazy Sinfonia/Michael Halasz (from Naxos 8.660080-2); Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Blue Danube Waltz, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Wildner (from Naxos 8.554520). DEBUSSY (1864-1918) Clair de Lune, François-Joel Thiollier, piano (from Naxos 8.553290). SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Unfinished Symphony 1st Movement. Slovak Philharmonic/Halasz (from Naxos 8.550145) NAXOS 8.556698 [74.52] [GH]

A potentially useful introduction for listeners who are aware of music in film and who want to discover what they enjoyed. … see Full Review

20th century Harpsichord Music Volume 1 Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Deux pieces pour clavecin (1935) Sonate pour clavecin (1958) Deux impromptus pour clavencin (1959) Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) Four Portraits; Madame Kristians Tonny; eccentric dance Jamie Campbell; stretching Hommage to Mayra Freund and the Harp Max Kahn; Fanfare for France Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1987) Harpsichord Sonata No. 7 Op. 156 (1983-84) William ALBRIGHT (b 1944) Four Fancies for Harpsichord (1979) Samuel ADLER (b 1928) Sonata for Harpsichord (1982) Rick SOWASH (b 1950) The Unicorn (1976) Theme with Six Variations (1986) Alec TEMPLETON (1909-1963) Bach Goes To Town (1958) Barbara Harbach (harpsichord) Recorded at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1985 and 1989) GASPARO GSCD-251 [72.36] [JW]

Barbara Harbach is a superb guide to the repertoire, plaintive or driving, glinting or wit-fuelled. I hope this CD doesn’t get passed over. It’s addictive. … see Full Review

Adagio for choir and other choral transcriptions Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Agnus Dei op.11 Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Kein Deutsche Himmel (Adagietto from Symphony no.5) J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Immortal Bach (Komm süsser tod, BWV478) Frideryk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Lacrimosa (Etude op. 10 no.6) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Soupir Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Auf ein altes Bild Alban BERG (1885-1935) Die Nachtigall Gustav MAHLER Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Les Angélus Frideryk CHOPIN Lulajze, Jezuniu (Largo, Piano Sonata op.58) Accentus Chamber Choir/Laurence Equilbey Recorded in the Arsenal Hall of Metz, France, February 2001 NAÏVE V4965 [52:22] [GPJ]

A brilliantly performed disc, shedding new and valuable light on some familiar and great music [NH]
A well performed but fundamentally ill-conceived issue[GPJ]. … see Full Review

Allegri’s Miserere: Sacred Music of the Renaissance Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere a 5, 4 [12.22] Josquin DES PREZ (c.1440-1521) Ave Maria…virgo serena a 4 [5.25] William BYRD (1543-1623) Ave verum corpus a 4 [4.34] Robert PARSONS (c,1530-1570) Ave Maria a 4 [4.39] Guillaume DUFAY (c.1397-1474) Nuper rosarum flores a 6 [5.53] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) O magnum mysterium a 4 [3.54] Jean de OCKEGHEM (C.1410-1497) Deo gratias a 36 [4.29] Giovanni Perluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) Stabat Mater a 8 [11.20] Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) Crucifixus a 8 [3.32] Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) In dulci jubilo a 4 [2.22] Pierre DE LA RUE (1543-1623) O salutaris hostia a 4 [2.32] Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) Spem in alium a 40 [9.35] Cantillation dir. Antony Walker (dir. Brett Weymark in tracks 2,3 &5) rec 15-17 March 2002 and 21 Nov. 2001 (Allegri, Miserere), Eugene Goossens Hall of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia ABC CLASSICS 472 881-2 [72.09] [PWe]

Apart from a very well captured Spem in alium and an interesting piece of programming in the Deo gratias there is not enough of stellar quality to distinguish this from the crowd. … see Full Review


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH American Orchestral Compositions (1890-1916) Edward MACDOWELL (1860-1908)
Suite No. 1 in D minor Op. 42 (1891) [21.32] Suite No. 2 Indian Op. 48 (1892) [36.20] Horatio PARKER (1863-1919) Vathek - symphonic poem (1903) [14.54] Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Hero and Leander - symphonic poem Op. 33 (1900) [29.11] Arthur FARWELL (1877-1952) The Gods of the Mountains - suite Op. 52 (1916) [19.04] Henry HADLEY (1871-1939) Symphony No. 2 in F minor Op. 30 (1901) [45.15] Salome - symphonic poem (1905-6) [31.18] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Krueger rec. 1960s, stereo ADD. Recordings made by the Society for the Promotion of the American Musical Heritage BRIDGE 9124A/C [58.00+63.17+76.35] [RB]

Rapturous, restive and troubled late-romanticism … superlative playing and the close-up rugged analogue sound ... see Full Review

American Women Composers Ursula MAMLOK From My Garden (1983) Designs (1962) Sonata (1988) Ruth CRAWFORD (1901-1953) Sonata (1926) Louise TALMA (b 1906) Sonata (1962) Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH (b 1939) Sonata in Three Movements (1974) Catherine Tait (violin) Barry Snyder (piano) Recorded Eastman Theatre of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music 1995 GASPARO GSCD-300 [59.41] [JW]

Committed and understanding performances of this bracing music … see Full Review

The Art of the Clarinet - Philharmonic Soloists • Clarinet Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Trio in B flat major for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op.11 [20:39] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Trio in A minor for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op.114 [23:33] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5 [7:50] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Konzertstück No.1 in F minor for Clarinet, Basset-horn and Piano, Op.113 [8:21] Konzertstück No.2 in D minor for Clarinet, Basset-horn and Piano, Op.114 [8:10] Peter Schmidl (clarinet) Madoka Inui (piano) Teodora Miteva (cello) Pierre Pichler (basset-horn) Rec. ORF Funkhaus Vienna (Studio 3) from 17th-19th November, 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.557232 [68:33] [AN]

In summation: a safe recording of a wonderful run of pieces. An enjoyable listen. … see Full Review

Ascension James MacMillan (b. 1959) Tremunt videntes angeli (first recording) Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Preces and Responses (1964) Richard ALLAIN (b. 1965) 'The Exon Service': Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (first recording) Patrick GOWERS (b. 1936) Viri Galilaei Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L'ascension * Also includes two hymns and two psalm settings. Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh Susan Hamilton, soprano Rev. Philip Blackledge, cantor Simon Nieminski, organ Matthew Owens, conductor/solo organ* Recorded in St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, during February and June 2003. DELPHIAN DCD 34017 [76.22] [NH]

An unusually stimulating selection of (mainly) modern church music. Highly recommended … see Full Review

AUTUMN 2003 - New releases from ABC Classics ABC CLASSICS 472 907-2 [71:43]

What I discovered was a delight … see Full Review

Harold Bauer (piano) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke Op. 12 Novellette Op. 21/2 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Un Sospiro S144 No. 3 Waldesrauschen S145 No. 1 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Norwegian Bridal Procession Op. 19/2 Albumblatt Albumblatt Op. 28/3 Albumblatt Op. 28/1 Papillon Op. 43/1 To Spring Op. 43/6 Notturno Op. 54/4 Valse-Impromptu Op. 47/1 Humoresque Op. 6/3 Berceuse Op. 38/1 Harold Bauer (piano) Recorded 1935-42 BIDDULPH LHW 011 [74.41] [JW]

In every way a distinguished and exciting release illuminating Bauer’s musicianship to our lasting advantage. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts orchestral favourites Franz SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Ein Morge, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien – overture Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Morgenblätter Waltz Op 279 Georges BIZET (1838-1875) La Jolie Fille de Perth – Suite Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Overture in D Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La Cambiale di Matrimonio – overture Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1890) Les Contes d’Hoffmann – excerpts Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) German Dance K605 Die Schlittenfahrt German Dance in D K249 Haffner Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España – rapsodie Royal Philharmonic Chorus Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham Recorded 1950-1953 SONY CLASSICAL SMK91185 [73.40] [JW]

The concentrated vivacity of these delightful sessions. … see Full Review

The Best Of Baroque Music J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suite No.3, Air; Suite No.2, Badinerie; Suite No.4, Bourrée 1 and 2; from Naxos 8.554609. Brandenburg Concerto No.2 Movement 3; from Naxos 8.554607; Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, Largo; from Naxos 8.554604 CORELLI (1653-1713) Christmas Concerto, Pastorale; MARCELLO (1684-1750) Oboe Concerto in D minor, Adagio; ALBINONI (1671-1751) Oboe Concerto in D minor Op.9 no.2 (from Naxos 8.551077); TELEMANN Overture in D major "Darmstadt" from Naxos 8.554244) TELEMANN Recorder Suite in A minor - Réjouissance and Passepied I/II; HANDEL (1685-1759) Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Largo from ‘Serse’; PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Canon and Gigue; VIVALDI (1678-1741) Flautino Concerto in C major – Largo; ALBINONI/GIAZOTTO Adagio in G minor New Recordings made at Deutschland Radio, Cologne, April 2002 Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller-Bruhl NAXOS 8.557124 [68.18] [GH]

An attractive disc which will afford new listeners to classical music much pleasure and interest. … see Full Review

Jussi Björling, tenor (1911-1960). ‘Rediscovered’ Carnegie Hall Recital. September 24th 1955 Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) ‘Adelaide’ Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) ‘Frühingsglaube’, D 686 ‘Die Forelle’, D 550 ‘Ständchen’, 0 957 (from Schwanengesang) ‘Die böse Farbe’, D 795 (from Die schöne Müllerin) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) ‘Traum durch die Dämmerung’, Op. 29 No. 11 ‘Cäcilie’, Op. 27 No. 2 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) ‘Ständchen’, Op. 106 No. 11 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni, ‘Il mio tesoro’ Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chénier, ‘Come un bel di di Maggio’ Fedora, ‘Amor ti vieta’ Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen, ‘La Fleur que tu m'avais jetée’ (Flower Song) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon, ‘Instant charmant; En fermant les yeux’ Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) ‘En Svan’,(The Swan) Op. 25 No. 2. ‘En Drom’, (The Dream) Op. 48 No. 6 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) ‘Demanten på marssnön (Diamond on the March Snow), Op. 36 No. 6 ‘Säv, säv, susa’ ( Rushes, Whisper), Op. 36 No. 4 ‘Svarta rosor’ (Black Roses), Op. 36 No.1 Carl Leopold SJÖBERG (1873-1935) ‘Toterna’ Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana, ‘Addio alla madre’ Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) ‘Ideale’ ‘L'Alba separà della luce ombra’ Giacomo PUCCIN1 (1858-1924) Tosca, ‘E lucevan le stelle’ La Bohème, ‘Che gelida manina’ Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864) ‘Jeanie With the light Brown Hair’ Jussi Björling (tenor) Frederick Schauwecker (piano) Recorded live at The Carnegie Hall, New York. September 24th 1955 RCA RED SEAL 82876 53379 2 [79.36] [RF]

With the singer in such good voice, and generous with encores, all included, the recital must have been quite an occasion for those privileged to be present. … see Full Review

Richard Bonynge, conductor. The Undiscovered Recordings Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Cigale – Ballet in 2 Acts Enid Hartle (mezzo soprano) London Voices and National Philharmonic Orchestra Daniel François Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Cello Concerto No 1 orch. Douglas Gamley David POPPER (1843-1913) Cello Concerto in E minor Op 24 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra Jascha Silberstein (cello) L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Johann Christian BACH (1735-1782) Sinfonia Concertante in C T289/4 C43 for flute, oboe, violin, cello and orchestra ed. Bonynge Richard Adeney (flute), Peter Graeme (oboe), Emanuel Hurwitz (violin) and Keith Harvey (cello) with the English Chamber Orchestra Antonio SALIERI (1750-1825) Sinfonia in D (Veneziana) ed. Bonynge Concerto in C for flute, oboe and orchestra ed Bonynge Richard Adeney (flute), James Brown (oboe) English Chamber Orchestra Michael BALFE (1808-1870) Sventurata Ildegona from Ildegona nel Carcere Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Nour-Eddin, Roi de Lahore from Djamileh Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Al mio core from L’assedio di Calais orch Douglas Gamley Daniel François Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Ah pour un jeune Coeur from Le cheval de bronze Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) C’est sa tête que je réclame from Hérodiade Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Ah! Sgombro è il loco alfin from Oberto Nicola VACCAI (1790-1848) E questo il loco from Giulietta e Romeo Aimé MAILLART (1817-1871) Il m’aime, il m’aime from Les Dragons de Villars Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo soprano) L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Jean Paul MARTINI (1741-1816) Plaisir d’amor arr Douglas Gamley Giuseppe SARTI (1729-1802) Lungi dal caro bene from Giulio Sabino Giovanni Battista BONONCINI (1670-1747) Deh più a me non v’ascondete arr Douglas Gamley George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Verdi prati, selve amene from Alcina Frondi tenere…ombra mai fù Alesandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Le Violette arr Douglas Gamley Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Divinités du Styx from Alceste O del mio dolce ardour from Paride ed Elena Giovanni PAISELLO (1740-1816) Nel cor più non mi sento from La Molinara Chi vuol la zingarella from I zingari in fiera Giovanni PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stizzoso, mio Stizzoso fro La Serva Padrona Vincenzo CIAMPI (1710-1762) Tre giorni son che Nina from Gli tre cicisbei ridicoli Antonio VIVALDI (attributed) (1678-1741) Piango, gemo, sospiro arr Douglas Gamley Renata Tebaldi (soprano) New Philharmonia Orchestra Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Le sais tu? On dit! * Passionnément L’âme des fleurs Pensée d’automne Souvenance Le petit Jésus Les yeux clos * Ce que dissent les cloches La mélodie des baisers Pitchounette Nuit d’Espagne L’Éventail Je t’aime * Les amoureuse sont des folles Printemps dernier Rose d’Octobre Sérénade d’automne Souhait Elle s’en est allée Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo soprano) Reginald Kilbey (cello) * Richard Bonynge (piano) Recorded 1967-78 ABC CLASSICS 475 070 2 [4 CDs 304.49] [JW]

Not everything is must-have but it’s good to be able to welcome so much imaginative and affectionate music making back to the catalogue. … see Full Review

The Soul Of Orpheus: An album of songs inspired by ancient Greece Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903) Anakreons Grab, Goethe-Lieder #29 (1888-9) [2.48] Peter Warlock (pseud. of Philip Arnold Heseltine) (1894 - 1930) Heraclitus (1917, pub. 1923) [3.02] Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Ganymed, D.544, Op. 19, #3 (1817) [4.18] An die Leier, D.737, Op. 56 #1 (1823, pub. 1826) [4.07] Iphigenia, D.573, Op 98 #3 [2.40] Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677 [3.42] Der Musensohn, D.764, Op 92 #1 [2.01] Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Sapphische Ode, op. 94 #4 (1884) [2.09] Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) Trois Chansons de Bilitis (1898): La Flûte de Pan [3.08]; La Chevelure [3.43]; Le Tombeau des Naiades [2.47] Franz Josef Haydn (1732 - 1809) Arianna a Naxos (1790) [16.53] William Walton (1902 - 1983) Daphne (1970) [2.45] Sally Bradshaw, soprano; Philip Collin, piano Recorded at the Old Meeting House, Helmsley, Yorkshire, UK, August 2001 Notes in English including song texts in English. Photo of artists. SONGFUL RECORDS DMT051 [54.13] [PSh]

An unusual and appealing program of songs very well performed [PSh]
A good idea, but the performances are limited.[CH]... see Full Review

BRITISH FILM MUSIC - volumes 1-3 - various orchestras and conductors - PEARL GEM 0100; 0101; 0141 (available separately) Vol. 1 Brian EASDALE The Red Shoes (1948): Prelude; Ballet Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Scott of the Antarctic (1948) Arnold BAX Oliver Twist (1948) John IRELAND (arr. Ernest IRVING) The Overlanders (1946) Arthur BLISS Men of Two Worlds (1946): Baraza Lord BERNERS
Nicholas Nickleby
Charles WILLIAMS While I Live (1947): Incidental Music; Dream of Olwen PEARL GEM 0100 [74.39] Vol. 2 Arthur BLISS Things to Come (1936) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Coastal Command (1942) 49th Parallel (1941) The Story of a Flemish Farm (1943) Arnold BAX Malta G.C. (1943) Richard ADDINSELL Dangerous Moonlight - The Warsaw Concerto Guy WARRACK Theirs is the Glory - Men of Arnhem (1945) Clifton PARKER Western Approaches - Seascape (1944) Hubert BATH Cornish Rhapsody (1944) PEARL GEM 0101 [79.31] Vol. 3 William WALTON The First of the Few (1942) Henry V (1944) Miklos ROZSA Spellbound - theme (1940) Anthony COLLINS The Saga of Odette (1950) William ALWYN Desert Victory - March (1943)
The Rake's Progress (1945) Allan GRAY This Man is Mine (1946) Benjamin FRANKEL
Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948) So Long at the Fair (1950) Carriage and Pair ... Long Forgotten Melody Mischa SPOLIANSKY A Voice in the Night (1946) John GREENWOOD Hungry Hill (1946) Gordon JACOB Esther Waters - Derby Day 1886 (1947) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) Lambert WILLIAMSON Woman Hater (1948) Arthur WILKINSON The Weaker Sex (1948) PEARL GEM 0141 [74.39]

Experience the closest approach to the authentic sound of British film music ... three indispensable CDs. Wide-ranging and generous. ... see Full Review

Guila Bustabo – Ruggiero Ricci. The Great Violinists Volume XV Ottokar NOVACEK (1866-1900) Perpetuum Mobile Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (arr Achron) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne No.8 Op.27/2 (arr Wilhelmj) Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Danzas Españolas No.2 Habañera Op.21 No.2 Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprice in A minor Op.1 No.5 Concerto No.1 Op.6 – First movement Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op.34 No.14 (arr. Press) Pablo de SARASATE (1782-1840) Introduction and Tarantelle Op.43 Danzas Españolas No.2 Habañera Op.21 No.2 Zigeunerweisen Op.20 No.1 Eugene YSAŸE (1858-1931) Rêve d’enfant Josef SUK (1874-1935) Four Pieces Op.17 – No.4 Burlesque Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Mosè in Egitto – Dal tu stellato soglio (arr Paganini) Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Concerto No.2 in B minor Op.7 – Ronde à la clochette First seven items; Guila Bustabo (violin) with Gerald Moore (piano) recorded 1935 except Danzas Españolas No 2 Habañera with Heinz Schröter (piano) recorded ?1941 and the Paganini Concerto with the Städtischen Orkester, Berlin conducted by Fritz Zaun and recorded ?1941 Remainder; Ruggiero Ricci (violin) with Louis Persinger (piano) in Vocalise and Introduction and Tarantelle and the remainder with Karl Fürstner (piano) recorded 1938-39 SYMPOSIUM 1301 [78.39] [JW]

Captures two contemporaries whose lives took them in radically different directions but whose musical instincts never deserted them. … see Full Review


Celebration
CD1 John Maxwell GEDDES Galloway Bouquet Thomas WILSON Cartoon Edward MCGUIRE Sirocco Peter INNES Symphonic Ode Cedric Thorpe DAVIE The Wee Cooper o' Fife CD2 Bruce FRASER Celebrations Martin DALBY A Plain Man's Hammer William SWEENEY Lost Mountain Alan FERNIE Portrait of a City West Lothian Celebrity Winds/Nigel Boddice Rec. Howden Park Centre, Edinburgh - all except Cartoon which was recorded at RSAMD, Glasgow. WEST LOTHIAN CELEBRITY WINDS label - no number [2CDs: 35'35"+40'75"] [CSS]

A bold venture. Music that is immediately appealing … most of it tuneful. A joyous concoction … see Full Review

Gaude Birgitta Chants by Saint Bridget of Sweden Latuit in blando; Rubens rosa; Gaude Birgitta; Rosa rorans bonitatem; Missus Gabriel; Caelestis erat curia; Maria, Maria; Sicut spinarum; O Birgitta; Videte miraculum; Benedictus sis tu dignissime; Tota pulcra es; Omnem potestatem; Annucietur; Eva mater; In hijs solemnijs; Trina celi; Schola Gothia Recorded in Vadsten Klosterkyrka Abbey Church, Sweden, October 2002 PROPRIUS PRCD 2026 [58.18]

Videte Miraculum Medieval Chants from Naantali Convent in honour of Saint Bridget Summe Trinitati; Te sanctum Dominum; Benedicta terra; Eva mater; Veni creator spiritus; Benedictus sis tu; Corrige virgo; Videte miraculum; Percinniter sit benedicta; Rogatus Deus rumpere; O virgo ; Beata es Virgo Maria; Gaudendum nobis est Vox Silentii Recorded at Naantali Church, Finland May 2002 PROPRIUS PRCD 2021 [63.16]

Cantus Sororum Medieval Chants from Naantali Convent in honour of Saint Bridget Ave Maria; Rosa rorans bonitatem; Benedicta sis tu Maria; Sicut spinarum vicinitas; Multe tribulaciones; Benedicamus; Maria summe trinitatis; Magnificeture rex celestis; Stirps Jesse; Errorum pleno tenebris; Vidit virgo; Tremor terre; Salve Regina Vox Silentii Recorded at the Naantali Church, Finland, January 2001 PROPRIUS PRCD 2010 [48.58] [GH]

For any lover of early chant at least one of these discs would make a wonderful Christmas present. … see Full Review

CINEMA CLASSICS 2003: Classical Music Made Famous In Films Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The flight of the Bumble Bee [1.38] Eric SATIE Gnossienne No.4 [2.57] Joseph HAYDN Piano Concerto No. 11 (1st movement) [7.11] Federico MOMPOU Cançons I dances No 6 [3.53] J S BACH/Charles GOUNOD Ave Maria [2.40] Frederic CHOPIN "Raindrop" Prelude [5.49] Johann STRAUSS II Wiener Blut [8.37] J S BACH Piano concerto No 5 (2nd movement) [2.45] Johannes BRAHMS
Hungarian Dance No 5 [2.14] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN "Moonlight" Sonata (1st movement) [5.16] Giacomo PUCCINI Nessun Dorma from "Turandot" [3.00] Frederic CHOPIN Ballade No 1 in g minor [9.56] W A MOZART Der Hölle Rache from "Die Zauberflöte [2.51] W A MOZART Piano Sonata no 11 (1st movement) [14.29] Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Anthony Bramall; Klára Körmendi; Hae-won Chang/Camerata Cassovia/Robert Stankovsky; Jordi Masó; Ingrid Kertesi/Camerata Budapest/Laszlo Kovács; Idill Biret; Tanzquartett Wien; Budapest Symphony Orchestra/István Bogár; Jenö Jandó; Thomas Harper/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Michael Halász; Hellen Kwon/Failoni Chamber Orchestra Budapest. rec Various dates and Locations - unspecified N

AXOS 8.556696 [73.32] [PW]

This disc is cheap, tatty rubbish and is highly avoidable. Would anyone like the reviewers copy? … see Full Review

Classical Brubeck Dave BRUBECK (b. 1920) Beloved Son (1978) * ¹ Pange Lingua Variations (1983) Voice of the Holy Spirit (Tongues of Fire) (1985) * Regret (2001) Alan Opie, baritone* Thomasin Trezise, soprano ¹ London Voices (Terry Edwards, chorus master) Dave Brubeck Quartet London Oratory School Schola (Michael McCarthy, chorus master) London Symphony Orchestra/Russell Gloyd Recorded at Studio One, Abbey Road, London, May 25th-29th 2002. TELARC 2CD-80621 [131.58] [NH]

Another fine meeting of minds from opposite ends of the jazz/classical musical continuum … see Full Review

The Crown of Thorns: Music from the Eton Choirbook Richard DAVY (c.1465-1507) Motet - Stabat Mater [13’13] John BROWNE (fl.c.1490) Carol - Jesu, mercy, how may this be? [9’32] William CORNYSH the elder (d.1502) Motet - Stabat Mater [16’52] SHERYNGHAM (fl.c.1500) Carol - Ah. gentle Jesu [10’51] John BROWNE (fl.c.1490) Motet - Stabat Mater [13’31] The Sixteen/Harry Christophers Recorded January 1992 at St. Bartholomew’s, Orford Originally released on Collins 1316-2 CORO COR16012 [64’32] [JPo]

A pleasure to welcome back this invaluable disc and music. A treasured document reflective of a time of upheaval in English life and music. … see Full Review

Dallas Trumpets Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Carillon Sonnerie (1921) Bert TRUAX (b 1954) Adagio and Allegro (1979) HENRI TOMASI (1901-1971) Suite for Three (1964) Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1982) Parable XIV for Solo Trumpet (1975) Parable XXV for Two Trumpets (1991) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Fanfare for St Edmundsbury (1959) Stanley FRIEDMAN (b 1951) Antiphonia IV (1976) Anthony PLOG (b 1947) Four Concert Duets (1980) Thomas STEVENS (b 1938) The Moudon Fanfares (1979) Ulysses KAY (1917-1995) Three Fanfares for Four Trumpets (1964) Dallas Symphony Trumpet Section (with Thomas Stevens and friends) CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 230 [49.13] [JW]

Rewards for brass enthusiasts in the ways in which the Fanfare can be used, subverted, extended and elaborated to fruitful musical effect. … see Full Review

Deep Purple – Close Harmony Arrangements RUTTER Birthday Madrigals SHEARING, arr. CARTER Lullaby of Birdland SHERWIN, arr. DREWERY A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square CHILCOTT Dances in the streets MANCINI, arr. WARNICK Moon River KOSMA, arr. CARTER) Autumn Leaves DE ROSE, arr. CARTER & BLACKWELL Deep Purple IVES Calico Pie LOESSER, arr. IVES Sit down you’re rocking the boat GERSHWIN, arr. STICKLES Summertime arr. NAYLOR Love is here to stay KERN, arr. NAYLOR Long ago and far away arr. SWINGLE All the things you are SWINGLE It was a lover and his lass JOPLIN, arr. SWINGLE Weeping Willow BEIDERBECKE, arr. SWINGLE In a mist French trad., arr SWINGLE L’amour de moi
American trad., arr. SWINGLE Country Dances Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse
Recorded Potton Hall, Suffolk, March 8-9 2003 GUILD GMCD 7267 [77:36] [GPJ]

The sort of CD which provides terrific publicity for the choir, and will sell like hot cakes at their concerts[GPJ]
A well sung disc, mainly of jazzy arrangements with new pieces by Rutter and Chilcott, but perhaps not of interest everyone.[RH]
I thoroughly enjoyed the disc and will be purchasing copies as Christmas presents for a couple of choral enthusiast friends who, I am sure, will be rapturous [RF]… see Full Review

Compilation: DEGAS Music of his Time - includes music by: Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Giselle: Allegro un peu louré and Galop general Slovak Radio Orchestra/Andrew Mogrélia Charles-Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Prelude Op. 31, No. 13 ‘J’étais endormie, mais mon coeur veillait’ Prelude, Op. 31, No. 17 ‘Rêve d’amour’ Esquisse, Op. 63 No. 5 ‘Les Initiés’ Esquisse, Op. 63 No. 16 ‘Fantaisie’ Laurent Martin (piano) Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust Ballet Music CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)/Ondrej Lenard Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Coppélia – Ballet Music from Act I Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Mogrélia Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen Suite No. 1 Gabriel FAURÉ (1838-1875) Dolly Suite Pierre-Alain Volondat/Patrick De Hooge (piano) Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Joyeuse Marche Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/Hervé Niquet Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Arabesque No. 2 Rêverie Pour le piano Toccata Françoise-Joël Thiollier (piano) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Firebird Suite (1919) Berceuse and Finale NAXOS Art and Music 8.558144 [76:19] [IL][BK]

An alluring compilation.[IL]
Griffith relates the artist’s life very carefully to the musical life of 19th century Paris including his personal relationships with many of the important musicians of his time [BK]… see Full Review

Diamonds - 20th Century Masterpieces for Male Choir Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise (1948) Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Psaume 121 (1921) Daniel BÖRTZ (b. 1943) Gryningsvind (Dawn Breeze) (1976) * Veljo TORMIS (b. 1930) Muistse mere laulud (Songs of the Ancient Sea) (1979) * Toivo KUULA (1883-1918) Iltapilviä (Evening Clouds), Op. 27a No. 5 (1914) * Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Saltarelle, Op. 74 (1885) * Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Traumlicht, No. 2 of Drei Männerchöre, AV 123 (1935) * Randall THOMPSON (1899-1984) Tarantella (1937) Michio MAMIYA (b. 1929) Composition for Chorus No. 6:2 (1968) * Eugen SUCHOŇ (1908-1993) Slovenská pieseň (Slovakian song) (1973) Jaroslav KŘIČKA (1882-1969) Three pieces from 'Zornička' (The Morning Star), Op. 28 (1919-20) Anders HILLBORG (b. 1954) muoaiyouum (1983/2000) Orphei Drängar (male choir) Robert Sund and Folke Alin*, conductors Recorded at Studio 2, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden, during March* and October 2002. BIS CD-1233 [74.06] [NH]

A magnificent disc which totally negates any conservative and negative preconceptions of what a male voice choir is about … see Full Review

Dreamer. A Portrait of Langston Hughes (1902-1967) My People* [0’22"]
Robert OWENS (b. 1929): "Heart" from Heart on the Wall (1968?) [1’34"] John MUSTO (b. 1954): "Island" from Shadow of the Blues [1’31"] - The Weary Blues* [2’10"] John MUSTO: "Litany" from Shadow of the Blues [3’26"] William Grant STILL (1895-1978): "A Black Pierrot" from Songs of Separation [2’05"] Hale SMITH (b. 1925): "March Moon" from Beyond the Rim of Day (1950) [2’25"] - Negro* [1’02"] Margaret BONDS (1913-1972): The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1935) [4’24"] Ricky Ian GORDON (b. 1958): "My People" from Genius Child [3’28"] Florence PRICE (1888-1953): Song to the Dark Virgin [2’08"] - Evil* [0’13"] Howard SWANSON (b. 1907): Joy [0’51"] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950): "Lonely House" from Street Scene (1946) [3’48"] Margaret BONDS: "Minstrel Man" from Three Dream Portraits (1932) [2’15"] Sunday Morning Prophecy* [1’11"] Harriette DAVISON (1923-1978): "In Time of Silver Rain" from Fields of Wonder (1947) [1’16"] Jean BERGER (b. 1909): "Carolina Cabin" from Four Songs of Langston Hughes (1951) [2’08"] - Madam and the Census Taker* [0’50"] Harry T. BURLEIGH: Lovely, Dark and Lonely One (1934) [2’02"] Sylvester’s Dying Bed* [1’16"] Eric SANTOS: Dreamer** (2000) [24’37"] Still Here* [0’35"] Darryl Taylor (tenor) - Maria Corley (piano) *William Warfield (speaker) ** Eric Santos (piano); Patricia Terry-Ross (harp) - Sandy Nordahl (percussion) Recorded at the studios of WFMT Radio, Chicago 23 July 2001 and at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Great Hall, 18-21 December 2001 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559136 [67’18"]
[JQ]

This is an unusual and interesting release. At the price collectors with an interest in twentieth century musical Americana can safely indulge their curiosity. … see Full Review

Alfred Dubois and Marcel Maas Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor (1801-02) César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata in A (1886) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata in G minor (1916-17) Georg VOGLER (1749-1814) Aria, Chasse and Minuetto Recorded 1931-36 BIDDULPH BID 80172 [68.18] [JW]

Dubois was a connoisseur’s violinist. Be a connoisseur and admire his remarkable musicianship. … see Full Review

Flûtes d’Accordes: Sounds and Substance Peter MACGARR (b.1953) Fieldthread (1998)a Christopher TOON (b.1935) Alice ’98 (1998)b Paul FARRER (b.1973) Flute Quartet No.1 Two English Seasons (1998)c Daryl RUNSWICK (b.1946)
Flutz (1998)d Stephen DEUTSCH The Windows in Ann’s Flute (1998)e Flûtes d’Accordes (Kenneth Bellab, Douglas Townshendabc, Ann Cherryabe, Susan FitzGeraldabcde, David Olivercd, Lynda Coffincd) Recorded: Jazzmouse Studios and Centre for Sound and Music design, Bournemouth University (Deutsch) AMALIE RECORDS ALACD 1202 [57:46] [HC]

Flûtes d’Accordes play most convincingly throughout. A most welcome release exploring some unfamiliar repertoire for a fairly unfamiliar medium and hopefully paving the way for further original flute quartet music. … see Full Review

A Recital of French Music César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prélude, choral et fugue (1884) Prélude, aria et final (1886) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Six Preludes:
La cathédrale engloutie (Book I No X) La Danse de Puck (Book I No XI) Minstrels (Book I No XII) La Puerta del vino (Book II No III) Bruyères (Book II No V) Feux d’artifice (Book II No XII) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Étude en forme de valse Op. 52 No. 6 (1877) Joyce Hatto (piano) Recorded Concert Artist Studios, Cambridge, March 1996 and April 1998 CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9110-2 [70.19] [JW]

I’ve greatly enjoyed this latest addition to the Hatto discography. It’s full of character and dedicated musicality and very attractively recorded as well. … see Full Review

Virtuoso French Organ Music Léon BOELLMANN (1862-1897) Suite Gothique, Op.25 (1895) Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911) 5. Cantilène Pastorale (1861) [6.16] 6. March on ‘Lift up your Heads’ (1861) [6.42] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) 7. Improvisation No.7 (1917) [3.38] Lois VIERNE (1870-1937) 8. Impromptu, Op.54, No.2 (1927) [3.32] 9. Clair de Lune, Op.53, No.5 (1926) [8.34] 10. Divertissement, Op.31, No.11 (1914) [2.05] 11. Carillon de longpont, Op.31, No.21 (1914) [4.00] Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1992) Triptyque (1957) Eugène GIGOUT (1844-1925) 15. Toccata in B minor (1890) [3.12] 16. Scherzo (1890) [4.50] 17. Grand Choeur Dialogué (18810 [6.18] Jennifer Bate (Organ)
Organ of St Pierre de Beauvais Cathedral (Danion-Gonzalez,1979) Recorded at St Pierre de Beauvais Cathedral, September 1982 REGIS RRC 1147 [75.45] [CAnt]

A hugely enjoyable and highly recommended … see Full Review

Ferenc Fricsay. A life in music Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.1 in C major Berlin Philharmonic 1953 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture; and incidental music Rita Streich (soprano) Diana Eustrati (contralto) RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic 1950 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No.1 Classical Op.25 RIAS Berlin 1954 Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Rückert Lieder Maureen Forrester (contralto) RIAS Berlin 1958 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No.6 in B minor Pathetique Op.74
RIAS Berlin 1959 Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) orchestrated Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) La Boutique Fantasque RIAS Berlin 1955 Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Scheherazade Op.35 RIAS Berlin 1956 Johann STRAUS II (1825-1899) The Blue Danube Op.314 Vienna Blood Op.354 Perpetuum mobile Op.257 Pizzicato-Polka O Die Fledermaus; Overture Der Zigeunerbaron Overture Frülingsstimmen (Waltzer) Op.410 Rosen aus dem Süden Op.388 Morgenblätter Op.279 Annen-Polka Op.117 Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Op.214 Johann STRAUSS I (1804-1849) Radetzky-Marsch Op.228 All with RIAS Berlin 1949-52 Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Nights in the Gardens of Spain Margrit Weber (piano) RIAS Berlin 1957 Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Concertino for Piano and Orchestra Margrit Weber (piano) RIAS Berlin 1956 Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Concertino for Piano and Orchestra Margrit Weber (piano) RIAS Berlin 1955 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Variations Symphoniques Margrit Weber (piano) RIAS Berlin 1957 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43 Margrit Weber (piano) RIAS Berlin 1960 Gottfried von EINEM (1918-1996) Dantons Tod; Interlude RIAS Berlin 1949 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphonic Dances RIAS Berlin 1950
Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963)
Symphony No.6 RIAS Berlin 1955 Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Petite Symphonie Concertante Gerty Herzog (piano) Sylvia Kind (harpsichord) Irmgard Helmis (harp) and RIAS 1950 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Seasons Maria Stader (soprano) Ernst Haefliger (tenor) Josef Greindl (bass) Choir of St Hedwigs Cathedral and RIAS Berlin 1961 Ferenc Fricsay; a life retold; excerpts from commercial discs DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ORIGINAL MASTERS 474 383-2 [9 CDs 650.48] [JW]

At its competitive price this latest Original Masters box is a highly desirable acquisition. … see Full Review

Martin Fröst The Pied Piper of the Opera Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra (based on La Donna del Lago) Ivar HALLSTRÖM (1826-1901) "Spinn, spin, gyllne sländan min! Spin, spin my golden distaff"Ingeborg’s aria from Den Bergtagna – The Bride of the Mountain King Franz DANZI (1763-1826) Phäntasie uber "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart’s Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) "Ach, Ich fuhl’s" Pamina’s aria from Die Zauberflöte Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)"Leise, leise fromme Weise" Agathe’s aria from Der Freischütz Donato LOVREGLIO (1841-1907) Fantasia di Concerto su motivi de La Traviata di G. Verdi op.45 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) "Printemps qui commence" Delilah’s aria from Samson et Dalila Wilfried HILLER (b.1941) Am Calvarienberg No.3 from Hamelin – 3 Klangbilder aus der Oper Der Rattenfänger Martin Fröst, clarinet Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Lan Shui Rec. September 1999, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore. DDD BIS CD-301053 S [62.32] [BK]

Fröst’s command of his instrument is certainly impressive and here he offers a fine selection of operatic arias arranged for clarinet and orchestra … see Full Review

Philippe GAUBERT conducts Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Overture; Roi d’Ys Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Joyeuse Marche Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Coppelia; Mazurka Valse Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis et Chloe (excpts) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Ballade Op 19 Pelleas et Melisande; Sicilienne Shylock; Nocturne No 5 Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) L’Apprenti Sorcier Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust – Marche hongroise Orchestre de La Société des Concerts du Conservatoire Orchestre des Concerts Straram Philippe Gaubert Recorded 1929-38 MALIBRAN CDRG 141 [73.26] [JW]

Delicacy, luminosity and drive. … see Full Review

Gerusalemme Liberata Volume One ARMIDA Stafano BERNARDI Sinfonia Prima a 6 [2.28] Guilio SANTO PIETRO DE’ NEGRI L’Armida in stile recitativo [1.54] Claudio MONTEVERDI Sinfonia [1.18] Giaches DE WERT Vezzosi augelli [2.10] Sigismondo D’INDIA Forsennata gridava [2.10] Giaches DE WERT Qual musico gentil [2.40] Claudio MONTEVERDI Vattene pur, crudel [6.18] Là tra’l sangue e le morti, Poi ch’ella in sé tornò Francesco EREDI L’Armida del Tasso Rimanti in pace [1.43] Vattene pur crudel [2.07] Or che farà [2.10] Poi ch’ella in sé tornò [2.10] Che fa più meco il pianto [1.57] Misera Armida [2.25] Questa bellezza mia [2.04] Sigismondo D’INDIA Là tra ‘l sangue e le morti [2.38] Domenico MAZZOCCHI Chiudesti i lumi Armida [1.18] CLORINDA Claudio MONTEVERDI "Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" [20.17]  
Volume Two SOFRONIA Biagio MARINI
Canzon VIII [2.51] Francesco FIAMENGO
Dialogo di Sofronia e Olindo [11.32] ERMINIA Giovanni Battista GRILLO Sonata Prima a 7 [4.11] Antonio CIFRA Era La Notte [4.35] Claudio MONTEVERDI Piang’e sospira [3.31] Sigismondo D’INDIA Ma che? Squallido e oscuro [1.58] Biagio MARINI
Le Lagrime d’Erminia [14.29] Biagio MARINI La bella Erminia [5.58] Adriana Fernandez and Marinella Pennicchi – soprano Alicia Borges – mezzo soprano Martin Barrera Oro – Countertenor Giovanni Caccamo and Mario Cecchetti – tenor Furio Zanasi – baritone Daniele Carnovich – bass Ensemble Elyma/Gabriel Garrido rec 18-23 July 1997, Church of San Martino, Erice, Italy K617 K617076 [2CDs: 60.37+49.48] [PW]

This is a good double disc, generously filled with music of the most wonderful beauty … see Full Review

The Gigli Edition Volume 1: The Milan Recordings 1918-1919 Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele, ‘Dai campi, dai prati';‘Se tu mi doni'; ‘Lontano, lontano'; ‘Giunto sul passo estremo'; ‘Rivolgi a me lo sguardo' Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) La Favorita, ‘Addio, fuggir mi lascia'; >‘Spirto gentil' Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945), Iris, ‘Apri la tua finestra', Lodoletta, ‘Ah! Ritrovarlo nella sua capanna', Cavalleria rusticana, ‘Mamma! Quell vino e generoso' Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda, ‘Cielo e mar!'; ‘Deh, non tremar….Laggiu nelle nebbie remote'; ‘Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santifior' Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme, ‘O soave fanciulla', Tosca, ‘Dammi I colori…Recondita armonia'; ‘E lucevan le stelle' Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust, ‘Salve, dimora, dimora casta e pura';‘Tardi si fa! Addio'; ‘Sempre amar' CANNIO ‘O surdato ‘nnamurato' Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) (tenor) Recorded in Milan in November and December 1918, and 5th December 1919 All orchestral accompaniments conducted by Carlo Sabajno Bargain Price NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.11062 [67.34] [RJF]

Gigli's even vocal emission, from chest through passage into head voice, is even and long-breathed, with the voice perfectly supported and the diction clear. see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli (tenor) (1890-1975). The Gigli Edition Volume 1. The Milan Recordings 1918-19 (as above) NAXOS 8.110262 [67.34]
Beniamino Gigli (tenor) (1890-1975)
The Gigli Edition Volume 2; The Milan Recordings 1919, Camden and New York Recordings 1921-22
Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945)
L’Amico Fritz – Suzel buon dì Georges BIZET (1838-1875) The Pearl Fishers – Au fond du temple saint Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Fedora – Amor ti vieta Fedora – Vedi, io piango Andrea Chénier – Un di all’azzurro spazio
Andrea Chénier – Come un bel dì di maggio Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele – Dai campi, dai prati Giunto sul passo estremo Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca – Recondita armonia Tosca – E lucevan le stele Tosca – O dolci mani Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda – Cielo e mar! Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) La favorita – Spirto gentil Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Salve, dimora casta e pura Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Iris – Apri la tua finestra Ernesto DE CURTIS (1875-1937) Tu sola E A MARIO (1884 - ?) Santa Lucia luntana Riccardo DRIGO (1846-1930) I millioni d’Arlecchino – Notturno d’amore Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Le Roi d’Ys – Vainement, ma bien aimée Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Pagliacci – Vesti la giubba Enrico TOSELLI (1883-1926) Serenata With singing partners as noted above and anonymous orchestras conducted by Carlo Sabajno, Josef Pasternack and Nathaniel Shilkret Recorded 1919-22 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110263 [73.14] [JW]

Volume 1 A perfect point of entry – excellent transfers of some occasionally problematic Italian sessions
Volume 2 These transfers very much reclaim the central place in the young Gigli’s discography … see Full Review

The Great Pianists CD1 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major played by Edwin Fischer (1186-1960) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op.27, No.2 "Moonlight" played by Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948) Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (1st.movement from Piano Concerto No.1) Played by Vladimir Horowitz (1904-1989) Johann STRAUSS (1793-1866) Blue Danube Waltz played by Joseph Lhevinne (1874-1944) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Allegro vivace (3rd.movement from Piano Concerto in A Minor) Played by Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3, No.2 played by William Kapell (1922-1953) Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Allegro molto moderato (1st movement of Piano Concerto in A Minor) played by Benno Moseiwitsch (1890-1963) CD2 Sergei RACHMANINOV Adagio sostenuto (2nd.movement of Piano Concerto No.2) played by Sergei Rachmaninov Frederyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in E Minor, Op.72, No.1 played by Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Adagio (2nd.movement of Piano Concerto No.1) played by Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Vivace (3rd.movement of Piano Concerto No.4, Op.58) Played by Artur Schnabel (1882-1951) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata No.5 in G Major, K283 played by Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) Frederyk CHOPIN Larghetto (2nd.movement of Piano Concerto No.2, Op.21) Played by Alfred Cortot (1877-1962) Johannes BRAHMS Rhapsody in B Minor, Op.79, No.1: Agitato played by Egon Petri (1881-1962) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Andante-Allegro (1st.movement of Piano Concerto No.3 in C) Played by Sergei Prokofiev NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110783-84 [76:55+68:49] [GH]

A wonderful compilation of fabulous talent from musical history … a valuable document for study, as well as for pure enjoyment … see Full Review

Andrew GRIFFITHS - baritone WILLIAMS: ‘My Little Welsh Home’; ‘Llanfihangel Bachellaeth’; ‘Gwynfyd’; ’Crwys’Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni, ‘Madamina! Il catalogo é questo’ George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) ‘Thou Art Gone Up On High’ TRADITIONAL ‘Dafydd y Garreg Wen’ (David of the White Rock) LEWIS ‘Cân Yr Arad Goch’ SCHÖNBERGStars’; ‘Empty Chairs At Empty Tables’ (Sir) Arthur SULLIVAN ‘The Lost Chord’ Mitch LEIGH ‘Man of La Mancha’ Vaughan THOMAS ‘Berwyn’Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser, ‘O du Mein Holder Abendstern’(Sir) William Sterndale BENNETT (1816-1875) ‘The Carol Singers’ Andrew Griffiths (baritone) (b.1968) Accompanist. Annette Brynn Parry (piano) Recorded at the Tabernacl, Machynlleth, Wales. 2003 BERSE RECORDS BECD 1 [50.07] [RF]

The virtue of this disc lies in its variety. While never scaling the operatic heights Griffiths’ singing will give pleasure in the lighter repertoire and, to his compatriots, in the Welsh language songs. … see Full Review

Hat Box: Music for Recorder and Guitar Alan BULLARD Hat Box Stepan RAK Arioso ANON Greensleeves to a Ground Ernest TOMLINSON Chadkirk Idyll David ELLIS Fred's Blue Ginger Staircase Music Van EYK Variations on Dowland's Comagin John GOLLAND New World Dances: Three Pieces from the Select Cabinet John DUARTE Un Petit Jazz and Un Petit Bis Peter HOPE Bramall Hall Dances The Turner/Smith Duo: (John Turner, recorder, Neil Smith, guitar) Recorded at Chadkirk Chapel, Romiley and Manchester University Dept of Music. CAMPION CAMEO 2020 [67'81"] [CSS]

Infectious probably describes the music best. … see Full Review

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan play:- Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Tango Suite [17:56] 1. Deciso [5:41] 2. Andante [5:19] 3. Allegro [6:56] Eduard GRIGORYAN (b. 1955) 4. Kolobok Radames GNATTALI (1906-1988) Retratos [20:16] 5. Pixinguinha (choro) [5:11] 6. Ernesto Nazareth (valsa) [5:50] 7. Anacleto de Medeiros (schottisch) [4:22] 8. Chinquinha Gonzaga (corta-jaca) [4:53] Andrew YORK (b.1958) 9. Evening Dance Eduard GRIGORYAN 10. Day dreams [4:18] Slava and Leonard Grigoryan (guitars) Recorded 10-16 December 2002 in Avalon Studio, Australia ABC CLASSICS 472 824-2 [59:24] [SA]

Delightfully infectious and wonderfully played … see Full Review

Fanny Heldy (soprano) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) L’heure espagnole – Ah, la pitoyable aventure Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Le merchand de Venise – La Sentence! # Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Roméo et Juliette – Valse de Juliette Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata – Quel trouble…Folie! La Traviata – Adieu, tout ce que j’aime Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème – Oui, on m’appelle Mimi Gustave CHARPENTIER (1860-1950) Louise – Depuis le jour Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Thaïs – Air du miroir Thaïs – Duo de l’oasis with Marcel Journet (tenor) Manon – Je suis encore Manon – Restons ici Manon – Adieu, notre petite table Manon – Toi! Vous! Manon – Suis-je gentile ainsi? * Manon – Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle * Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Ballade du Roi de Thulé Faust – Trio, finale with Fernand Ansseau (bass) and Marcel Journet (tenor) Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen – Duet: Parle-moi de ma mère with Fernand Ansseau (bass) Fanny Heldy (soprano) with soloists as noted above and Orchestras conducted by Piero Coppola and Reynaldo Hahn # Orchestra conducted by Henri Büsser Paris 1923 * Recorded 1923-36 MALIBRAN CDRG 163 [75.32] [JW]

Heldy’s innate charm and effortless stylishness. … see Full Review

Infinite Heartbeat Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Garden Scene from Much Ado About Nothing Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918) Nocturne John CORIGLIANO (b 1938) Andantino from Violin Sonata Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga sin palabras Le Grand Tango Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Polo Asturiana and Jota from Suite Populaire Espagnole Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op 34/14 TRADITIONAL Drink to me only with thine eyes arr Roger QUILTER Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Intermezzo from Violin Sonata Stacy GARROP (b 1970) Lotsachotomy from Neurotichotomy Matthew HINDSON (b 1968) Little Chrissietina’a Magic Fantasy Stuart GREENBAUM (b 1966) The Infinite Heart from Violin Sonata Gordon KERRY (b 1961) Dream Miki Tsunoda (violin) Caroline Almonte (piano) Recorded Iwaki Auditorium of the ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne 2001-2003 ABC 476 097-2 [63.16] [JW]

In truth I’ve no idea at whom this disc is aimed but in the spirit of its compilation I hope its appeal will be geographically widespread. … see Full Review

Anja Ignatius – Emil Telmanyi. The Great Violinists Volume XVII Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Op. 47 (1903 rev. 1905) Emil Telmanyi (violin) Städtisches Orkester Berlin/Armas Järnefelt recorded Berlin, January 1943 Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Violin Concerto Op. 33 (1911) Anja Ignatius (violin)Copenhagen Royal Opera Orchestra/Egisto Tango recorded Copenhagen, June 1947 SYMPOSIUM 1310 [67.22] [JW]

I recommend these recordings as still vital and living embodiments of tradition, as selfless and sympathetic interpretations … see Full Review


Tom Jenkins. The Great Violinists Volume XI Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Gypsy Songs No. 4; Songs my Mother taught me arr Kreisler Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Estrellita arr. Heifetz Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Scherzo tarantelle Op.16 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No.156 – Sinfonia transcribed Franko as Arioso Franz RIES (1846-1932) La Capricciosa – two versions Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Wiegenlied arr Elman Schwanengesang No.4 – Ständchen arr Byfield Michael SPIVAKOVSKY (1919-1983) Valse Burlesque Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne No.2 Op.9 No.2 arr. Sarasate Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Caprice Viennois Josef SUK (1874-1935) Four Pieces Op.17 No.4 Burleska Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lindi di Chamonix – O luce di quest’anima Eric COATES (1886-1957) Bird Songs at eventide Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Tom Jones – Waltz Song Donald O’KEEFE Give a helping hand Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Olympia’s Song SKALKA Dobra dobra Tom Jenkins (violin) with Sydney Ffoulkes (piano) Reginald Kilbey (cello) Dorothy Bond (soprano) Recorded 1939-52 live broadcasts SYMPOSIUM 1269 [63.12] [JW]

Light music has its own great exponents, of whom Jenkins was assuredly one. … see Full Review

Hans Kindler. World Premiere Recordings with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) (attributed) – Cassado/arr Kindler Toccata TRADITIONAL Two Dutch Tunes of the Sixteenth Century In Times Of Stress, See How Strong This Struggling Nation, Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in D minor [Overture in D minor] from Chandos Anthem No. 2 and Concerto Grosso No. 5 arr. Kindler Jaromir WEINBERGER (1896-1967) Czech Rhapsody
Franz LISZT
(1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 arr. Kindler Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Love Music from Boris Godunov Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Etude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor – orch. LaSalle Spier Etude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor – orch. LaSalle Spier Ernesto LECUONA (1896-1963) Andalucia arr. Morton Gould
George Whitefield CHADWICK (1854-1931)
Noel – from Symphonic Sketches Dai-Keong LEE (b 1915) Prelude and Hula Mary HOWE (1882-1964) Stars William SCHUMAN (1913-1992) Academic Festival Overture National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC/Hans Kindler Recorded 1940-42 BIDDULPH WHL 063 [79.10] [JW]

A fine and well-timed celebration of the musical life of a now unjustly forgotten musician. … see Full Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Paganini (1925) Romantic operetta (complete, with abridged dialogue in French) Robert Massard (ten) Paganini; Roméo Carles (bar) Pimpinelli; Colette Riedinger (sop) Anna-Elisa; Geori Boue (sop) Bella Henri Merckel (violin) Orchestre and choirs under the direction of Pierre Dervaux Rec. Universal (Decca) France Studios, Antony, France 1955 Mono 2 CDs for the price of one DISCOVERY/ACCORD OPERETTE SERIES 472 868-2 [82:51] [RW]

Sparkle and atmosphere … catchy rhythms and tender moments. … see Full Review

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (arr. Busoni), BWV 599 "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" (arr. Busoni), BWV 639 "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (arr. Hess) from Cantata BWV 147 Siciliano (arr. Kempff) from Sonata in E flat for Flute & Harpsichord, BWV 1031 Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in E major, Kk.380 * Sonata in D minor, Kk.9 "Pastorale" * Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K.310 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu in G flat, D.899, no.3 ** Impromptu in E flat, D.899, no.2 ** Dinu Lipatti, piano Recorded Studio 2, Radio-Genève, Switzerland, 1950 No. 3 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 1947 * Salle du Parlement, Besançon, France, 1950 ** "Great Recordings of the Century" EMI CLASSICS 66988 [60:42] [DS]

Unaffected pianism at the service of the music. That Lipatti succeeds with every composer’s music he plays is an accomplishment few pianists ever attain … see Full Review

The Art of Yolanda Marcoulescou-Stern Volume 1 Yolanda Marcoulescou-Stern (soprano) Katja Phillabaum (piano) except Robert Goodberg (flute) * Unattributed orchestra and conductor in the operatic selections Recorded pre 1968 (operatic selection) and post 1974 remainder GASPARO GG3-1004 [3 CDs 209.50] [JW]

A small, subtle and intensely flexible vocal instrument, deployed with bewitching intellectual acumen. Incremental revelation of text, Gallic finesse, exploration of words and music in synchronous understanding. … see Full Review

The Art of Yolanda Marcoulescou-Stern (soprano) Volume 2 Yolanda Marcoulescou-Stern (soprano) Jeffrey Peterson (piano) unless otherwise noted Dalton Baldwin (piano) > John Downey (piano) # Robert Goodberg (flute) + Recorded c1970s with the exception of the Opera Excerpts, pre 1968 GASPARO GG3-1005 [3 CDs 192.24] [JW]

Marcoulescou-Stern’s voice is small, clear, pure and intensely flexible. No heaviness or excessive vibrato attends to it and it loses little in fervour or power. … see Full Review

 

Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]  [Part 7 Misc M-Z]




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