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BRUEGEL: Music of his time NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558147 [76’15"] [JPo]

I derived a great deal of pleasure from this disc. It may possibly be better to buy the individual CDs, but for anyone wanting to explore this period of great change in musical form this cross-section gives a good insight. ... see Full Review

Pablo CASALS – Encores and Transcriptions ● 3 Complete Acoustic Recordings ● 1 ELGAR Salut d’amour Op.12* HANDEL Largo from Xerxes * RUBINSTEIN Melody in F Op.3 * TARTINI Adagio from Concerto in D minor * BRUCH Kol Nidrei Op. 47 * POPPER Spanish Serenade Op.11 † SAINT-SAËNS The Swan CAMPAGNOLI † Romance FAURÉ (arr. Casals) Après un rêve SCHUMANN Träumerei Op.15 * POPPER Mazurka in G minor Op.11 † LISZT Liebestraum * J.S. BACH Air from Orchestral Suite No 3 BWV1068 * Cello Suite No 3 BWV1009 (Prelude; Sarabande; Bourrée; Gigue)
Pablo Casals (cello), * with orchestra and unknown conductor † with Charles A. Baker (piano) Rec. 1915-1916, venue not given ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110985 [63:14] [PCW]

It is good to hear Casals in his prime and in transfers which are almost miraculously vivid … if you are interested in the cello, this is a must ... see Full Review

DEGASMusic of His Time - see review for musical examples -Author: Hugh Griffith Slovak Radio Symphony/Andrew Mogrelia; Laurent Martin, Pierre-Alain Volondat, Patrick De Hooge, François-Joël Thiollier – Piano; CSR Symphony (Bratislava)/Ondrej Lenard; Slovak Philharmonic/Anthony Bramall; BRT Philharmonic (Brussels)/Alexander Rahbari Rec. various - unspecified NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558144 [76.19] [PW]

First rate throughout ... presentation excellent. Given Naxos’ budget pricing this is an admirable concept. First-rate stuff. Maximum marks for taking the compilation format onto a serious level. ... see Full Review

Zara Alexandrovna DOLUKHANOVA (mezzo) - born 1918 Lieder, Songs, Arias and Duets Sung in Russian, French, German, English, Latin, Spanish and Aramaic Recorded 1948-1954. No recording venues given but mainly derived from radio broadcasts. Various orchestral and piano accompanists. GUILD HISTORICAL THE RUSSIAN LEGACY SERIES GHCD 2281-84 [4CDs: 73.22 + 76.14 + 77.10 + 73.34] [RJF]

Despite some idiosyncrasies of style in the Mozart and the predominance of the Russian language this diverse collection should appeal to all lovers of singing. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacqueline DU PRE (1945-1987) - In Portrait (DVD) The Christopher Nupen Films Including full performances of: Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto in E minor op.85 Jacqueline du Pré, cello New Philharmonia Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio no.5 in D, op.70 no.1 (The Ghost) Daniel Barenboim, piano, Pinchas Zukerman, violin, Jacqueline du Pré, ‘cello Produced in this format 2004 DVD Producer, Ferenc van Damme DVD Executive Producers, Hans Petri, Christopher Nupen Allegro Films – The Christopher Nupen Films BBC OPUS ARTE OA CN0902 D [2:35 approx] [JQ]

This is a priceless document, as well as deeply satisfying viewing ... see Full Review

English Choral Music see review for details - Choir of St.John’s College Cambridge/Christopher Robinson NAXOS 8.557557-58 [2:29:51] [GPJ]

A beautiful and valuable issue, splendidly performed and recorded. ... see Full Review

Ensemble Contrechamps Brian FERNEYHOUGH (b. 1943) Carceri d’Invenzione I (1982)a Hans Ulrich LEHMANN (b. 1931) Book of Songs (1998/9)b De-qing WEN (b. 1958) Piping and Drumming (2000)c Xavier DAYER (b. 1972) J’étais l’heure qui doit me rendre pur... (1997)d Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Asko Concerto (1999/2000)e Ensemble Contrechamps Johannes Schmidt (baritone)b; Alberto Guerra (bassoon)d; Nieuw Ensemblea; Ensemble Contrechamps; Jurjen Hempela, Olivier Cuendetc, Laurent Gayd, Heinz Holligere
Recorded: Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2 and Schweizer Radio DRS2, Geneva, March 1999 (Ferneyhough); Tonhall Zürich, November 1999 (Lehmann); Geneva, April 2000 (Wen); Geneva, March 1998 (Dayer) and Luzern, August 2001 (Carter) MGB CTS-M 82 [62:58] [HC]

A fine release brilliantly demonstrating the ensemble’s excellent playing and perfectly illustrating its wide-ranging contemporary repertoire ... see Full Review

Faire is the Heaven. Hymns and Anthems Gordon SLATER (1896-1979) arr. Paul HALLEY (b. 1952) Jesu, the very thought of Thee [4’45"] Healey WILLAN (1880-1968) Gloria Deo per immense saecula [7’46"] Sydney CAMPBELL (1909-1974) Sing we merrily unto God our strength [2’19] Healey WILLAN I beheld her [2’15]; Fair in face [2’19"]; Rise up my love [2’01"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Te Deum [8’22"] Samuel S. WESLEY (1810-1876) O Thou who camest from above [2’36"] Imant RAMINSH (b. 1943) Ave verum corpus [5’23"] John IRELAND (1879-1962) My song is love unknown (descant Paul Halley) [3’15"] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ave verum corpus [3’13"] Bryan KELLY (b. 1934) Magnificat [3’32"] W. H. MONK (1823-1904) Abide with me (descant Stephen Crisp) [3’09"] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Verleih uns Frieden [4’43"] William H. HARRIS (1883-1973) Faire is the heaven [5’16"] Rev. C. C. SCHOLEFIELD (1839-1904) The day Thou gavest (descant Paul Halley) [2’28"] Choir of St. John’s Church, Elora/Noel Edison Paul Halley (organ) Recorded at St. John’s Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada 2 – 6 February, 2002 DDD NAXOS 8.557037 [63’21"] [JQ]

Strongly recommended to all collectors interested in church music. Please, Naxos, let’s have more recordings from this excellent team. ... see Full Review

Forunderligt Svend S SCHULZ (1913-1998) Denmark Revisited - Four Choral Songs in the Danish Lyric style: Wild Flowers; Nightingale; Last Song. Jørgen JERSILD (1913-2004) Three Romantic Choral Songs; My Favourite Valley; Night Rain; Tedious Winter Ib NØRHOLM (b.1931) Americana Op. 89: Not Meagre; Snowfall in the afternoon; Song of the Demented Priest; Last Invocation; Charles Webster Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) arr. John HØYBE Nine Songs: Wildest Time; Often I'm Glad; Tonight; Must the Flower Wither; She has forgotten me; Lower your head Oh flower; How sweetly in the summer evening; Sunset; The Moon is slowly rising. Academic Choir of Aarhus/Uffe Most rec. 12-13 Sept, 3-4 Oct 2003, Lystrup Church, Danish Radio. DDD DANACORD DACOCD 621 [61.32] [RB]

The fresh air and lightly cooling delight of Danish song. ... see Full Review

French Spectacular Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) L’apprenti sorcier (1897) [11’30]. Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen (1875): Suite No. 1 - Les Toréadors [2’07]; Prélude [1’19]; Aragonaise [2’21]; Intermezzo [2’55]; Suite No. 2 - Habanera [2’07]; Danse bohémienne [4’31]. L’Arlésienne (1872): Suite No. 1 - Prélude [7’33]; Adagietto [3’26]; Suite No. 2 - Intermezzo [4’57]; Menuet [4’27]; Farandole [3’28]. Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880)/Manuel ROSENTHAL (1904-2003) Gaîté parisienne (1938) [17’25]. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Yutaka Sado. Rec. Salle Olivier Messiaen, Paris, 27-30 May 1997. DDD WARNER ELATUS 2564 61357-2 [67’32] [CC]

If you’re looking for something of this ilk (nothing here to strain the intellect or the emotions), this will fit the bill nicely. ... see Full Review

GREAT BRITISH LIGHT ORCHESTRAS The Golden Age of Light Music Recorded in London, England 1946-55 GUILD GLCD5104 [78.04] [JW]

Guild is proving happily fecund in their Light Music series ... offers plenty of entertainment and enjoyment ... see Full Review

Andreas Haefliger: perspectives I Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in A minor, D537 (1817) [20’54]. Thomas ADÈS (b. 1971) Darknesse Visible (1992) [6’59]. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat, D570 (1789) [16’26]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1822) [26’03]. Andreas Haefliger (piano). Rec. Reitstadel-Neumarkt/Oberpfalz, Germany, 17-19 October 2003. DDD AVIE AV0041 [70’52] [CC]

Within the context of this disc this Op. 111 … works as a thought-provoking climax to a fascinating 71 minutes’ worth of listening. Markus Heilan’s recording is true, vivid and spacious. Recommended. ... see Full Review

Heaven to Earth Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Agnus Dei [8’26"] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) from Requiem; Requiem æternam [3’23"]; Kyrie [4’08"] Charles IVES (1874-1954) Psalm 90 [11’10"] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) from Chichester Psalms; Psalm 23* [5’34"] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Credo [3’34"]; Pater noster [1’45"] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) from Five Mystical Songs**: Love bade me welcome [5’37"]; The Call [2’05"] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) from Quattro pezzi sacri: Ave Maria [5’49"] Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Friede auf Erden [10’11"] *François Suhr (treble) **Charles Robert Stephens (baritone) The Westminster Choir/Joseph Flummerfelt Nancianne Parella (organ) Recorded at Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey in June 2002, June 2003 and February 2004 DSD Hybrid Multichannel SACD AVIE 0046 [62’07"] [JQ]

This is a fine choral CD which will give much pleasure if the eclectic but thoughtful programme appeals. Recommended ... see Full Review

"Invitation to the Seraglio - Period Dances, Marches, and Occasional Pieces" W.P.R COPE (fl. 1800) The Turkish Ambassador’s Grand March (1794) [2.00] Sultan ABDÜLAZIZ (1830- 1876) La Gondole barcarolle (1861) [4.31] Invitation à la valse (1861) [2.35] Callisto GUATELLI (1819 - 1900) Aziziye March (1861) [3.59] Osmaniye March (1861) [3.37] Marche de l’exposition Ottomane (1863) [3.30] Herman Louis KOENIG (fl. 1850) The City of the Sultan Polka (1855) [2.41] SAIDE [wife of Ömer Pasha] (1834 - ) Silistre [Cinq Marches militaires pour piano (1854) #5] [1.35] Tchitaté [ibid #3] [1.25] William SMALLWOOD (1831 - 1897) The Turkish War March* (1881) [3.55] Charles Louis Napoleon D’ALBERT (1809 - 1886) The Sultan’s Polka (1850) [2.38] Constantinople Quadrille (1855) [5.48] The War Galop (1855) [4.35] Modest MUSORGSKY (1839 - 1881) Near the Southern Shore of the Crimea (1880) [4.25] Giuseppe DONIZETTI (1788 - 1846) Medidiye March (1839) [3.01] Gran marcia militare imperiale (1840) [3.22] Luigi ARDITI (1822 - 1903) Inno turco (1867) [7.04] Henry William GOODBAN (1816 - ?) The Omar Pacha Waltzes (1853) [6.13] Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Marcia militare (Pas-redoublé) (1852) [3.55] Rifat BEY (1820 - 1888) Prière pour S.M. le Sultain Mourad (1876) [2.45] Emre ARACI ( 1968 - ) The Turkish Ambassador’s Grand March, Op 5 (1998) [3.58] Emre Araci, the London Academy of Ottoman Court Music, Cihat Askin, violin. Arrangements by Emre Araci. Notes in English, Français, Deutsch, Turkish. Colour photographs of rulers. Recorded at The Warehouse, London, UK, 21 January 2000. WARNER 2564 61472-2 [77.38] [PSh]

A concert of truly delightful dance music from 150 years ago, a refreshing wind from the past, a tonic for noise-deadened nerves ... see Full Review

Jigs, Airs and Reels Franz REIZENSTEIN (1911 – 1968)
Partita Op.13 (1939, arr. 1953) John JEFFREYS (b. 1927) Prelude and Jig for John Turner (2000, rev. 2001) Malcolm ARNOLD (b. 1921) Fantasy Op.140 (1991) William Lewarne HARRIS (b. 1929) Quintet (2002) Robin WALKER (b. 1953) Dances from The Bells of Blue Island (2001, rev. 2003) Edward GREGSON (b. 1945) Romance (1964, rev. 2003) Philip COWLIN (b. 1920) Concertino (2003) Ernest TOMLINSON (b. 1924) Chadkirk Idyll (2002, rev. 2003) John VEALE (b. 1922) Triptych (2003) John Turner (recorder); Camerata Ensemble Recorded: Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University, September 2003 CAMPION CAMEO 2034 [76:59] [DW]

I recommend this disc but I have to repeat the reservation that some of the music is not particularly good ... see Full Review

Lang Lang Live at Carnegie Hall CD1: Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Abegg-Variationen, Op. 1 (1829-30) [8’18] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonata No. 60 in C, HobXVI:50 (c1794/5) [15’11] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasia in C, D760, ‘Wanderer’ (1822) [22’51] TAN DUN (born 1957) Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1 (1978-9) [14’59] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27 No. 2 [6’41] CD2: Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Réminiscences de Don Juan de Mozart, S418 (1841) [16’14]. Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (c1850) [5’46]. Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (1838) - Träumerei [4’11]. TRADITIONAL, after Huang Hai Hwai, Chen Rao Xing and Shen Li Qun, arr. Lang Lang and Lang Guo-ren Horses [2’52] Lang Lang (piano); Lang Guo-ren (erhu) Rec. live at Carnegie Hall, New York, on November 7th, 2003 DG 474 820-2 [68’24 + 29’12] [CC]

Memorable moments, then, and a useful memento of what was obviously quite an occasion ... see Full Review

The Last Night of the Proms 2003 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Aristophanic Suite: The Wasps - Overture (1909) [9'03"] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op.28 (1863) for violin and orchestra [9'54"] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pavane, Op.50 (1887) - Choral version [6'04"] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Thaïs: Méditation, for violin and orchestra [5'42"] Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances, for ladies voices, chorus and orchestra [11'27"] George GRIGORIOU (1927-1999) Valurile Dundrii (1974) - Muzica, for Soprano and orchestra [2'56"] Alfredo CATALANI (1854-1893) La Wally (1892) - Ebben? andrò lontana for soprano and orchestra [3'33"] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D Major [6'42"] Sir Henry WOOD (1869-1944) and Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) for chorus and orchestra (arr. John Wilson & Stephen Jackson) Fantasia on British Sea Songs [18'54"] Sir Charles Hubert PARRY (1848-1918), orch. Sir Edward ELGAR for chorus, organ and orchestra Jerusalem [2'43"] Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) Leila Josefowicz (violin) BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Chorus (Chorus master: Stephen jackson) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms on 13 September 2003 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61552-2 [77'02"] [JPo]

Fine if you want the hype and fireworks; I can happily live without them. ... see Full Review

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