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The McCormack Edition. Vol. 1. 1910 Acoustic Recordings Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Lucia di Lammermoor, Fra poco a me ricovero. Tu che a Dio spiegasti 1'ali L'elisir d'Amore, Una furtiva lagrima La Fille du Régiment, Per viver vicino a Maria Michael BALFE (1808-1870) Killarney Georges BIZET (1838-1870) Carmen, Il fior che avevi a me dato Charlotte BARNARD (1830-1869) Come back to Erin Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme, Che gelida manina. O, Mimi, tu piu non torni (with Mario Sammarco, baritone) Anne, LADY JOHN SCOTT Annie Laurie Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata, Lunge da lei... De' miei, bollenti spiriti Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust, Salve dimora, casta e pura MARSHALL I Hear You Calling Me. When Shadows Gather Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Lakme, Immense vienteso ... Ah, vien al boscaglia English Traditional Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes Irish Traditional.
The Minstrel Boy The Snowy Breasted Pearl. (arr. Robinson) My Lagan Love. (arr. Sir Hamilton Harty) Molly Bawn (arr. MacMurrough) Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded? John McCormack (tenor) All tracks with the Victor Orchestra Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110328 [75.58] [RJF]

For those who do not know the voice, I strongly recommend the modest outlay and enjoy what many have long known and can now glory in anew. ... see Full Review

Voices of our time: Sylvia McNair Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Phidylé (1882) [4’57]. Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Au bord de l’eau (1875) [2’12]. Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992)Mélodies (1930) - No. 1, Pourquoi? ([2’02]. Erik SATIE (1866-1935) Gymnopédie No. 2 (1888) [2’34]. Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera (1907) [3’04]. Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Ariettes oubliées (publ. 1903) - No. 4, Chevaux de bois (1885) [3’11]. Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Siete canciones populares españolas (1914-15) [12’21]. John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) Mr Tambourine Man: Six Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) [30’22]. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Esultate, Jubilate, K165/K158a (1773) - Alleluia [4’24]. Sylvia McNair (soprano); Roger Vignoles (piano). Rec. Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet on 24 May 2000. TDK MEDIACTIVE VOICES OF OUR TIME DV-VTSMN-EUR [81’00] [CC]

Sylvia McNair’s contribution is simply superb. Thoroughly recommended. ... see Full Review

Zinka Milanov (1906-1989) Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma: Casta diva Norma: Mira, o Norma with Margaret Harshaw Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore: Tacea la notte placida with Margaret Roggero Il Trovatore: D’Amour sull’ali rosee Il Trovatore: Miserere with Jan Peerce La Forza del Delstino: Son giunta! ... Madre, pietosa Vergine La Forza del Destino: La Vergine degli angeli La Forza Del Destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio! Aida: Ritorna vincitor! Aida: Ritorna vincitor! Aida: Qui Radames vera... O patria mia Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda: Suicidio! Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o Mamma Zinka Milanov (soprano) with RCA Victor Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann; Renato Cellini Recorded 1945-53 PREISER 89593 [71.59] [JW]

Catches Milanov in her prime between 1945 and 1953 ... see Full Review

Guitar recital: Anabel Montesinos Dionysio AGUADO (1784-1849) Introduction and Rondo, Op. 2 No. 3 Napoleon COSTE (1805-1883) Serenade and Scherzo, Op. 23 Julian ARCAS (1832-1882) Andante Giulio REGONDI (1823-1872) Introduction and Caprice, Op. 23 Johann Kaspar MERTZ (1806-1856) Hungarian Fantasy Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Capricho Arabe, Preludes II, IX, X Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Scherzo-Vals, Variations on a theme by Sor Anabel Montesinos (guitar) Rec. 2004 Laureate Series - Guitar Recital NAXOS 8.557294 [62.15] [ZT]

Anabel Montesinos is a gifted guitarist, a fine musician, possessing qualities, which set her apart in a very crowded field. ... see Full Review

Michael Murray Plays the Great Organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine John DUNSTABLE (1370-1453) Agincourt Hymn (attrib.) [1:50] Antonio SOLER (1729-1783) The Emperor’s Fanfare for keyboard in D major (arr. E. Power Biggs) [3:22] Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739) Psalm 19 "The Heaven’s Declare the Glory of God" [2:44] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Trumpet Tune for harpsichord in C major ("Cibell") ZT678 [3:30] Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor op. 42 no. 2: V "Finale – Vivace" (1878) [8:38] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 533 "Cathedral" [6:26] Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) 24 Pièces en style libre for organ op. 31 (1913): Meditation [3:53] and Prelude [3:07] César FRANCK (1822-1890)
Chorale for organ No. 2 in B minor M39 (1890) [13:37] Marcel DUPRE (1886-1971)
Cortège et litanie for organ Op. 19 No. 2 (1921) [6:45] Seven Pieces for organ Op. 27 No. 7 "Final" (1933) [5:00] Rec. Aeolian-Skinner organ, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 27-28 July 1987. DDD TELARC CD-80169 [59:55] [GS]

A breathless, fun loving spirit ... see Full Review

Music for Oboe and Strings Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91)
Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 Bernhard Henrik CRUSELL (1775-1838) Divertimento in C major, Op 9 Johann Christian BACH (1735-82) Oboe Quartet in B flat major, B60 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Oboe Quintet in C minor, K406 (K388) Max Artved (oboe), Elise Båtnes (violin), Tue Lautrup (violin, viola), Dimitri Golovanov (viola), Lars Holm Johansen (cello) recorded at the Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, 11-14 January 2002 NAXOS 8.557361 [56'52"]

Top-drawer oboe-playing, deserving of the most lavish praise! Unsurprisingly the sound is outstanding. Go buy yet another Naxos! ... see Full Review

Giulio Neri (1909-1958) Giacomo ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Der Barbier von Sevilla (Il Barbiere di Siviglia): La calunnia Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto: Quel vecchio maledivami (Der alte Mann verfluchte mich) with Giuseppe Taddei Simone Boccanegra: A te l´estremo addio (Leb wohl auf ewig, Palast der Väter) Don Carlos (Don Carlo): Son io dianzi al re with Nicola Rossi Lemeni Aida: Mortal, diletto ai Numi with Mario Filippeschi Aida: Vieni d´Iside al tempio with Giulietta Simionato Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda: Si, morir ella de´ La Gioconda: Bella così, Madonna with Fedora Barbieri Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra (Höre, du alter Mantel) Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918)
Mefistofele: Ave, Signor degli angeli Mefistofele: Olà, chi urla? With Gianni Poggi Mefistofele: Son lo spirito che nega (Ich, der Geist, der stets verneinet) With Gianni Poggi Mefistofele: Se tu mi doni unora di riposo With Gianni Poggi Mefistofele: La notte del Sabba With Gianni Poggi Mefistofele: Ecco il mondo With Gianni Poggi Giulio Neri (bass) with Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Radio Italiana/Arturo Basile, Angelo Questa and Antonio Votto Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Radio Italiana/Fernando Previtali, Vittorio Gui Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera di Milano/Franco Capuana Recorded 1951-53 PREISER 89580 [78.26] [JW]

Makes a good case for his place in the hierarchy of mid-century Italian basses. ... see Full Review

Nettle and Markham in France Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Scaramouche, Op.165b Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Berceuse (from "Dolly Suite") Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No.1 Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) Le Matin Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Le petit âne blanc (from "Histoires) Georges BIZET (1818-1875) Marche: Trompette et Tambour (from "Jeux d’enfants") Berceuse: La Poupée (from "Jeux d’enfants") Impromptu: La Toupie from ("Jeux d’enfants") Galop: Le Bal (from "Jeux d’enfants") Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Elégie L’Embarquement pour Cythère Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude (from "L’Enfant Prodigue") Cortège et Air de danse (from "L’Enfant Prodigue") Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Pour bercer un convalescent No.2 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes (from "Ma Mère l’Oye") Désiré-Emile INGHELBRECHT (1880-1965) Sur le pont d’Avignon (from "La Nursery", vol.3) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Fossiles (from "Carnaval des Animaux") Le Cygne (from "Carnaval des Animaux") Franck BARCELLINI (b.1920) Souvenirs de "Mon Oncle" Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Baiao Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Grande Ritournelle Cancan ‘Grand Mondain’ Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) L’Aïo de Rotso (from "chants d’Auvergne") Bailèro (from "chants d’Auvergne") Malorous qu’o uno fenno (from "chants d’Auvergne") Obal, din lou Limouzi (from "chants d’Auvergne") David Nettle and Richard Markham (pianos) rec. 7-9 June 1993, St. George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England. DDD NEMA NEMACD300 [75'23] [RNB]

Another winner from this splendid team! ... see Full Review

The 'Borderless' RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nostalgica Juan MARTÍN (b. 1943): Rumba Nostálgica; Astor PIAZZOLLA 1921 – 1992): Romance del Diablo; Roland DYENS (b. 1955): Tango en Skai; Béla BARTÓK (1881 – 1945): Romanian Folk Dances; Bill WHELAN (b. 1950): Riverdance (from Riverdance The Show); CELTIC TRADITIONAL: She Moved Through the Fair; Bill WHELAN: American Wake (from Riverdance The Show); CELTIC TRADITIONAL: The Salley Gardens; Nigel WESTLAKE (b. 1958): Six Fish; DEEP PURPLE: Highway Star. Saffire – The Australian Guitar Quartet (Antony Field, Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp, Gareth Koch). Recorded 4–16 June 2004, Jumpstart Studios, Brisbane, Australia. ABC CLASSICS 476 261-1 [54:39] [GF]

Let me say from the outset that this is a fantastic disc! ... see Full Review

FOR THE CURIOUS Nowhere left to go: Music for mandolin and guitar Claude ENGEL (b. 1948) Minstrels; Sonate; Danse Bulgare; Thomas SCHMIDT-KOWALSKI (b. 1949) Variationen über ein eigenes Thema op 92; Jürgen MEYER-METZENTHIN (b. 1955) Sphinx; Chris RUPERT (b. 1965) Nowhere left to go; Jeffrey HARRINGTON (b. 1955) Erg; Ivan SHEKOV (b. 1942) Suite Mediteran op 77 La Calle de Gibraltar – Provence – The Castle of Malta – Sicilia Daniel Ahlert (mandolin), Birgit Schwab (guitar) Recorded October, 2003 at Forum der Erich-Göpfert Stadthalle Unna. ANTES EDITION BM 31.9195 [58:18] [GF]

One of the most fascinating listening experiences for a long time! ... see Full Review

David Oistrakh plays Devil’s Violin Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata Op.12 No.1 Rondo-Allegro only* Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Violin Sonatina D574 – Andantino only* Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise (arranged violin and piano) Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) La Gitana Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Etude Caprice Op.18 No.5 Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Spanish Dance Op.37 No.5 Andaluza Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Widmung – Myrthen Op.25 Tomaso VITALI (1663-1745) Chaconne arranged Charlier Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Violin sonata in G minor Op.1 No.6 Devil’s Trill Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Melodie from Orfeo David Oistrakh (violin) Sviatoslav Richter (piano) * Vladimir Yampolsky (piano) Recorded 1947-72 AULOS MUSIC AMC2 048 [62.50] [JW]

Pure pleasure ... see Full Review

Adelina Patti Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro – Voi che sapete;Don Giovanni – Batti, batti O bel Masetto Antonio LOTTI (1667 - 1740) Arminio – Pur dicesti Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864) Old folks at home Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Ah! Je ris de me voir…O Dieu que de bijoux ARDITTI Il Bacio Frederick CROUCH (1808-1896) Kathleen Mavourneen – two versions Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Martha– ’Tis the last rose of summer arr. Moore – two versions Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) – Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria with Marianne Eissler (violin) Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) La Serenata – two versions ANONYMOUS Robin Adair; Comin’ thro’ the rye; On the banks of Allan Water arranged Horn Henry BISHOP (1786-1855) Clari or The Maid of Milan – Home, sweet home – twp versions Baroness Willy de ROTHSCHILD Si vous n’avez rien à me dire Adelina PATTI On Parting HOOK Within a mile of Edinboro’ town Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma – Casta diva! La Sonnambula – Ah, non credea mirarti Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon – Connais-tu le pays? YRADIER La Calesera Adelina Patti (soprano) Landon Ronald (piano) Alfredo Barili (piano) Recorded 1905-06 SYMPOSIUM CD 1324 [JW]

A number of these copies have come from illustrious collectors’ shelves. An important disc. ... see Full Review

The People’s Mass: Malcolm LINDSAY (b. 1959) Kyrie and Gloria - Days of Thunder Christine MCCOMBE (b. 1967) The Scottish Stone Tommy FOWLER (b. 1948) Credo and God is John GORMLEY (b. 1975) In praise of Saints and Sanctus Anthea HADDOW (b. 1969) Benedictus, La Muerta and Black over Red Epilogue Rebecca ROWE (b. 1970) Prayer and Agnus dei The Dunedin Consort/Ben Parry Recorded at Crichton Collegiate Church, Pathhead, Scotland, April 2003 DELPHIAN DCD 34018 [64:33] [GH]

At times very challenging music which they bring off, not just competently, but with a strong passion and understanding. ... see Full Review

Ivan PETROV (b.1920) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I Lombardi alla prima crociata: E anchor silenzio; Nabucco: Tu sul labbro dei veggenti - Zaccaria´s Invocation Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Mazeppa: The three Treasures - Kochubey´s Aria Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Maiden Fevronia: Oh vain illusion of glory Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda: Si,moror ella de! - The Alvise´s Aria (Sung in Russian) Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Lakmé: Lakmé! ton doux regard - Nilankantha´s Aria (Sung in Russian) DARGOMIJSKY Rusalka: You young girls are all alike - The Miller’s Aria Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust: Le veau d´or - Mephistopheles´ Serenade; Faust: Vous qui faites l’endormi - Mephistopheles´ Serenade Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Prince Igor: Are you well, Prince? - Khan Konchak´s Aria Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Aleko:The moon is high in the sky - Aleko´s Aria; Francesca da Rimini: There is no means to fight jealousy´s blazing flames - Lanceotto´s Monologue SEROV Power of Evil: Merry Shrovetide - Yeryomka´s Song Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Ludmilla: O say, ye fields! - Ruslan´s Aria Ivan Petrov (bass) with Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre/Kiril Kondrashin, Mark Ermler, Boris Khaikin, Michail Shukov, Vassili Nebolsin, Vladimir Fedoseyev USSR Radio Orchestra/Samuel Samosud, Nicolai Golovanov and Vassili Nebolsin Undated [c.1948-53?] PREISER 89588 [74.45] [JW]

Effulgent, romantic, imprecise, draining and irresistible. ... see Full Review

The Playful Pachyderm - Classic miniatures for bassoon and orchestra Johann Wilhelm GANGLBERGER (1876-1938) Mein Teddybär – polka [5:06] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Romance op.62 [5:29] Jean Baptiste SENAILLÉ (c.1688-1730) Allegro Spiritoso – arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [2:55] Traditional Swedish folk melody ‘Gånglåt fra Äppelbo’ - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [3:30] ‘Mist-covered Mountains’ - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins, with Catriona McKay, clairsach Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pièce - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [3:28] Gilbert VINTER (1909-1969) The Playful Pachyderm – orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [6:33] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Four Studies in English Folk-Song – orchestrated by Robert Stanton [5:10] Traditional Northumbrian folk melody Bonny at Morn - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [4:03] Fred GODFREY (1837-1882) Lucy Long – edited by Laurence Perkins [4:03] Charles-François GOUNOD (1818-1893) Funeral March of a Marionette - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [4:40] Julius FUČIK (1872-1916) Der Alte Brummbär - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [4:37] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de habañera – orchestrated by Arthur Hoërée [3:11] James Ord HUME (1864-1932) The Carnival - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins [5:42] J. Quentyn ASHLYN (fl. 1900) The Bassoon - arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins, with Richard Suart, baritone [3:28] Laurence Perkins (bassoon) New London Symphony Orchestra/Ronald Corp
Recorded in St. Jude-on-the-hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 3-4 July 2003 HYPERION CDA67453 [68:43] [GPJ]

I admire Perkins’ playing very much; it is expressive and highly polished. A most entertaining and engaging collection. ... see Full Review

Lucia Popp – Operatic Arias Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte – Ach, ich fühl’s (Pamina – Act II) Le Nozze di Figaro – E Susanna non vien…Dove sono (Contessa - Act III) Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Die Freischütz – Wie nahte mir der Schlummer (Agatha – Act II) Hermann GOETZ (1840-1876) Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung – Die Kraft versagt (Katharina - Act IV) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto – Caro nome (Gilda – Act II) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Gianni Schicchi – O mio babbino caro (Lauretta) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon – Allons! (Manon – Act II) Gustave CHARPENTIER (1860-1956) Louise – Depuis le jour (Louise – Act III) Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) The Bartered Bride – Oh! Jàky zal! (Maria – Act III) Rusalka – O Silver Moon (Mesícku nanebi hlubokém) (Act II) Lucia Popp (soprano) Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Kurt Eichhorn Recorded in Munich, 1982 ARTS 47517-2 [55.22] [JW]

Very much a tribute to Popp ... most assuredly for her many admirers and they will find all her many virtues here, undimmed and untainted by time. ... see Full Review

Maud Powell (1867-1920) The Complete 1904-1917 Recordings - Volume 4 Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Quintet in E major – Tempo di Menuetto arranged Powell Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Orphée ed Eurydice – mélodie arranged Powell [2 versions] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Divertimento in D major; Minuet Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64; Finale Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Thais – Meditation Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Bouquet americain – St Patrick’s Day Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor – Romance Capriccio Valse Francois SCHUBERT The Bee Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Minute Waltz arranged Powell Emile SAURET (1852-1920) Farfalla (Will-o’-the-wisp) Rene de BOISDEFFRE (1834-1906) Au bord d’un ruisseau Op 52 (At the brook) NERUDA (1843-1915) Slavonic Cradle Song Op 11 [2 versions] Franz DRDLA (1868-1944) Souvenir [2 versions] BOROWSKI Adoration [previously unpublished] Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen Maud Powell (violin) George Falkenstein and Arthur Loesser (pianos) Francis Lapitino (harp) Howard Rattay (violin) Fruncillo (viola) Rosario Bourdon (cello) Other unknown accompanists Recorded 1904-1916 NAXOS 8.110993 [65.29] [JW]

A major undertaking - Powell’s complete, issued output now available in four budget priced CDs ... see Full Review

Vadim Repin Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Op.35 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Op.47 (1903) London Symphony Orchestra/Emmanuel Krivine Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No.2 in D major K211 Violin Concerto No.3 in G major K216 Violin Concerto No.5 in A major K219 Wiener Kammerorchester/Yehudi Menuhin Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Sonata No.1 Op.80 (1946) Violin Sonata No.2 Op.94bis (1943) Five Melodies Op.35bis (1920 transcribed violin and piano) Boris Berezovsky (piano) Sonata for Two Violins in C major Op.56 (1932) Anton Barachovsky (violin I) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata in G minor (1917) Boris Berezovsky (piano) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Violin Sonata (1917) – Blues only Boris Berezovsky (piano) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Grand Duo in A major D574 (1817) Ralf Gothoni (piano) Grigoras DINICU (1889-1949) arranged Roby LAKATOS (b.1965) Hora di Mars Roby Lakatos Ensemble Vadim Repin (violin) with accompanists as noted Recorded 1994-99 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61756-2 [4 CDs: 76.22 + 75.37 + 62.33 + 57.00][JW]

I can certainly recommend this conspectus. Maturity and sensitivity in equal measure. ... see Full Review

Tilman Riemenschneider (c.1460-1531) - The Music of His Time ANONYMOUS Mein Herz in Freuden sich erquicket; Basse Danse ‘La Magdalena’; Tourdion; Basse Danse ‘La gatta’; Zenner, greiner, wie gefelt dir das?; Groß Sehnen ich im Herzen trag; Ich tät mir auserwählen; Der gestreifft Dantz – Gassenhaur; Se hyn mein hercz; Ich spring an diesem ringe; Wir zogen in das Feld; Es solt ein man kein mole farn; Der wallt hat sich entlaubet; Ich sachs eins mals; Elselein; Der Vöglein Art; Katzenpfote; Alle furf; Canto dei lanzi allegri; Es wolt ein Jäger jagen; Alma redemptoris mater Jean MOUTON (before 1459-1522) Jamais Heinrich FINCK (1444/5-1527) Greiner, zanner Paul HOFHAIMER (1459-1537) Greyner, zanner, eifrer Johann WALTER (1496-1570) Aus tiefer Not Thomas STOLTZER (c. 1480-1526) Ich klag den Tag; Entlaubet ist der Walde Heinrich ISAAC (c. 1450-1517) Innsbruc, ich muß dich lassen Erasmus LAPICIDA (c. 1440-1547) Tanderlanken Jacob OBRECHT (c. 1457/8 – 1505) Rompeltier (Rumfeltiere, Rumfeldare); Missa Caput: Kyrie Johannes OCKEGHEM (c. 1410-1497) Alma redemptoris mater; Venit ad Petrum Il Curioso: Melanie Bogisch – recorder, flute, crumhorn, bombarde, rauschpfeife; Johanna Klinger – recorder, flute, crumhorn, bombarde, percussion; Nadine Merzbacher – recorder, crumhorn, shawm, percussion; Bernhard Böhm – recorder, flute, crumhorn, rauschpfeife, shawm; Martin Hummel - baritone; Bernhard Böhm, Director Hedos Ensemble: Harmut Hein – baritone; Bernhard Böhm – recorder, transverse flutes, bagpipe, rauschpfeife; Jürgen Hübscher – renaissance lutes, vihuela, percussion (spoons); Michael Spengler – viola da gamba. Rec. Hedos Ensemble recorded by CPO; Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly from Naxos 8.554297; Il Curioso, Studio Franken, Germany. September 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.558145 [74:54] [GH]

As fine an introduction to the world of German Renaissance music as I know. Everyone associated with its creation should be warmly applauded. ... see Full Review

Romantic Music for Cello Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Song without Words, Op. 109 (1845?) [4.29] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Rondo, Op. 94 (1891) [7:40] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Elégie, Op. 24 (1880) [6:59] Sicilienne, Op. 78 (1893) [3:36] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3 (1829/30) [9:03] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Phantasiestücke, Op. 73 (1849) [11:42] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Le carnaval des animaux: The Swan (1886) [2:42] David POPPER (1843-1913) Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 [8:13] Benjamin Shapira (cello) Shulamith Shapira (piano) rec. The Classical Studio, August 2003 IRC 202 USA [54.50] [SV]

A bare-bones presentation does this unhackneyed program a disservice ... see Full Review

Silent Noon Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Three Shakespeare Songs: Come away, Death [2.46] O Mistress mine [1.35] Blow,blow, thou Winter Wind [2.29] Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Sleep [3.13] Frederick KEEL (1871-1954) Three Salt-water Ballads: I. Port of many Ships [2.16] II. Trade Winds [2.13] III. Mother Carey [1.41] Dilys ELWYN-EDWARDS (*1918) The Cloths of Heaven [2.32] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Silent Noon [3.35] Linden Lea [2.21] Roger QUILTER Now sleeps the Crimson Petal [2.15] Weep you no more [2.28] Go, lovely Rose [2.51] Arthur SOMERVELL (1863-1937) A Shropshire Lad: I. Loveliest of Trees the Cherry now [1.56] II. When I was one-and-twenty [1.16] III. There pass the careless People [1.37] IV. In Summertime on Bredon [3.24] V. The Street sounds to the Soldiers’ tread [2.12] VI. On the idle hill of Summer [2.37] VII. White in the moon the long road lies [3.03] VIII. Think no more, Lad; laugh, be jolly [1.49] IX. Into my Heart an Air that kills [1.54] X. The Lads in their hundreds [2.42] Michael HEAD (1900-1976) Money, O! [2.14] The Lord’s Prayer [2.15] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Folksong Arrangements: The Sally Gardens [2.15] Oliver Cromwell [0.46] The foggy, foggy Dew [2.32] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Captain Stratton’s Fancy [1.57] Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) Love is a Bable [1.43] Thomas Frederick DUNHILL (1877-1946) The Cloths of Heaven [2.13] Carel DROFNATZKI (Charles Villiers STANFORD, 1852-1924) The Aquiline Snub [2.05] The Compleat Virtuoso [1.23] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, London in July 2003 and July 2004. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 474 2192 [74.23] [MC]

It is a privilege to hear such a glorious voice in this wonderful repertoire. I look forward to another volume in the future. A quite superb release. ... see Full Review

Paul Schöffler (1897-1977) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Die Walküre: Leb´ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Gut´n Abend, Meister with Maria Reining+ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wahn, Wahn, überall Wahn Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder+ Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Lieder op. 43: Nr. 2 Die Mainacht* Lieder op. 32: Nr. 9 Wie bist du, meine Königin* Lieder op. 86: Nr. 2 Feldeinsamkeit* Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte: O Isis und Osiris Die Zauberflöte: In diesen heil´gen Hallen Le nozze di Figaro: Se vuol ballare# Don Giovanni: Deh vieni alla finestra# Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Liederkreis op. 39: Nr. 5 Mondnacht* Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Othello (Otello): Credo in un Dio crudele Othello (Otello): Era la notte Paul Schöffler (bass baritone) with The National Symphony Orchestra/Clemens Krauss #; Karl Rankl LSO, LPO/Karl Rankl Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Hans Knappertsbusch+ Ernest Lush (piano) * Recorded 1946-49 PREISER 89590 [74.23] [JW]

Attention to specifics of enunciation laudable ... the voice intrinsically splendid ... see Full Review

RECOMMENDED Song of the Birds - English Music for Cello and Orchestra Herbert MURRILL (1909-1952) Cello Concerto No. 2 The Song of the Birds (1951) [15:41] George DYSON (1883-1964) Prelude, Fantasy and Chaconne for cello and orchestra (1936) [23:27] Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Soliloquy for cello and orchestra (1943-44) [13:48] Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) Philharmonic Variations for cello and orchestra (1939) [16:36] Raphael Wallfisch (cello) BBC Concert Orchestra/Vernon Handley Rec. BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, 19-20 May 2003. DDD SANCTUARY CLASSICS WHITE LINE CD WHL 2153 [67:34] [JW]

Listen to this alongside Cello Classics’ British Cellists’ disc and you’ll get a strong picture of healthy cellistic life in composition and execution. ... see Full Review

Gladys Swarthout (1904-1969) Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Margarethe (Faust): Faites-lui mes aveux Roméo et Juliette: Que fais-tu Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896)
Mignon: Connais-tu le pays? Mignon: Je connais un pauvre enfant Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Pique Dame: Paulines Romanze Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen: L' amour est un oiseau rebelle Carmen: Pres des ramparts with Ramon Vinay Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient with Thelma Votipka and Lucielle Browning Carmen: Melons, Coupons...En vain pour eviter with Thelma Votipka and Lucielle Browning Carmen: C'est toi...C'est moi with Ramon Vinay Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Périchole: Je t'adore Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Werther: Qui m'aurait Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Samson und Dalila; Printemps qui commence Samson und Dalila: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse Samson und Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta vois Joseph CANTELOUBE (1897-1957) Chants d'Auvergne: Nr. 2 Baïlèro Gladys Swarthout (mezzo soprano) with
RCA Victor Orchestra/Wilfred Pelletier (first four items) RCA Victor Orchestra/Alexander Smallens, Erich Leinsdorf and Jean Paul Morel (remainder) Recorded 1942-1951 PREISER 89561 [75.57] [JW]

The selection has been well made and the copies used are in good, clear condition. ... see Full Review

Take Wing Daniel DORFF (b.1956) Sonatine de Giverny * Allen KRANTZ (b.1951) Song of Spring with little Variations and Fantasies (2002)+ Willard S. ELLIOT (1926-2000) Fantasy (1952)* David LOEB (b.1939) Preludes for solo piccolo Vol.4 (2000) Michael DAUGHERTY (b.1954) The High and the Mighty (2000)* Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1987) Parable for Solo Piccolo Op.125 Stephen MAGER (b.1956) The Saltarello (The Falcon) – from Illuminations (2002)# Howard J BUSS (b.1951) Night Flight*^ Lois Bliss Herbine (piccolo) with Charles Abramovic (piano) * Allison Herz (clarinet)^ Sophie Bruno (harp)# Allen Krantz (guitar)+ Recorded at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 2000-2002 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 713 [59.11][JW]

Performances are fluent and attractive and the recorded sound is good ... see Full Review

Blanche Thebom Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carloa (1867) - Nei giardin del ballo Saracin [3’30]; O don fatale [4’43]. Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-86) La Gioconda (1876) - Voce di donnab [4’51]. Richard WAGNER (1813-83) Tristan und Isolde (1865) - Einsam wachendc [3’54]. Das Rheingold (1869) - Weiche, Wotan, weiched [4’37]. Die Walküre (1870) - So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Götternc [5’22]. Götterdämmerung (1876) - Höre mit Sinne [9’07]. Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Samson et Dalilaf (1877) - Printemps qui commence [4’55]; Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix [5’00]. Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Lieder eines fahrenden Geselleng (1885) [15’17]. Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Auf einer Wanderung (1878)h [3’10]. Eichendorff Lieder (1880-88) - Verschwiegene Liebeh [2’20]. Verschling der Abgrundh [1’23]. Um Mitternacht [3’35]. Möricke Lieder (1888) - Schlafendes Jesukindh [3’24]; Elfenliedh [1’46]. Spanisches Liederbuch (1891) - Auf den grünen Balkonh [2’19]. Blanche Thebom (mezzo);afLondon Symphony Orchestra/Warwick Braithwaite; bcdeRCA Victor Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann; gorchestra/Sir Adrian Boult; From HMV aDB21494, fDB21263, gDB9576, RCA Victor b11-9795, c11-8928, d11-9795, e11-9296, Rec. afg1950, bcde1945, h1948. mono PREISER LEBENDIGE VERGANGENHEIT 89559 [79’13] [CC]

Well worth acquiring, then. As I said, they just don’t make ‘em like this any more. ... see Full Review

Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960) Giacomo ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che macchiavi Simone Boccanegra: Dinne...alcun là non vedesti? Simone Boccanegra: Plebe! Patrizii! Popolo Othello (Otello): Inaffia l´ugola! trinca, tracana Othello (Otello): Vanne...Credo in un Dio crudel Othello (Otello): E qual certezza sognate...Era la notte Othello (Otello): Oh, mostruosa colpa!...Si, pel ciel Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser: Wie Todesahnung Dämm’rung Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Margarethe (Faust): Avant de quitter ces lieux Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875) Carmen: Votre toast je peux vous le render Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) I Pagliacci: Si può? Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza Deems TAYLOR The King’s Henchman: Oh, Caesar, great wert thou!
The King’s Henchman: Nay, Maccus, lay him down Louis GRUENBERG (1884-1964) Emperor Jones: Standin` in the need of prayer Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Merry Mount; Oh ‘tis an Earth Defiled Lawrence Tibbett (baritone) Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret and Rosario Bourdon Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra/Giulio Setti and Wilfred Pelletier Recorded 1926-39 PREISER 89576 [77.32] [JW]

The singing is powerful, sensitive and illuminated by lightening application of senza vibrato ... see Full Review

Jennie Tourel (1900-1973) Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les contes d’Hoffmann: Belle nuit, oh nuit d’Amour; La Périchole: Ah, quel diner je viens de faire; La Périchole: Je t’adore; La Périchole: Ah, que les hommes sont bêtes; La vie parisienne ;La Périchole: O mon cher amant, je te jure Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient; Carmen: En vain pour eviter; Carmen: Pres des ramparts; Carmen: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma: Sgombro e la sacra selva Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) La Cenerentola: Nacqui all´affanno; L’Italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte; Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier; Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa Jennie Tourel (soprano) Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera Association/Pietro Cimara and Fausto Cleva Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Maurice Abravanel and Jean Morel Recorded 1946-52 PREISER 89589 [78.22] [JW]

A floated lightness of production and a wonderfully equalized scale. Not incendiary but then Tourel wasn’t that kind of inflammatory artist. ... see Full Review

The Universe of Sound – Classic Spectacular see review for details CAPRICCIO SACD 71 023 [62.37] [JW]

As a promotional tool it does very nicely and in SACD format as well ... see Full Review

Variations – Felicja Blumenthal (piano) Carl CZERNY (1791-1857) Variations on a theme by (F.J.) Haydn for piano and orchestra Op 73* [27:12] Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Froschauer Recorded: Vienna. 1968 (Tracks 1-9) Carl Philipp STAMITZ (1745-1801) Piano Concerto in F major* [21:33] Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn/Jörg Faerber Recorded: Württemberg (Tracks 10-12) Georg Joseph VOGLER (1749-1814) Variations on the L’air de "Marlborough s'en va-t-en guerre" for piano and orchestra, (1791)* [22:16] Prague New Chamber Orchestra/Alberto Zedda Recorded: Teatro Angelicum, Milan. 1963 (Tracks 13-25) * World Premier Recordings AAD
BRANA RECORDS BR0024 [71:02] [GS]

Two out of three is not bad and the playing is truly remarkable. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre. ... see Full Review

Vienna Boys’ Choir - Sacred Choral Music HANDEL From Messiah, Hallelujah MOZART Ave verum Corpus MOZART From "Coronation" Mass, Gloria SCHUBERT Ave Maria HAYDN from The Creation, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes Johann Ritter VON HERBECK Pueri concinite HANDEL From Messiah, For Unto Us a Child is Born BACH From Cantata BWV 21, Sei nun wieder zufrieden MOZART, from Requiem, Dies irae; Lacrimosa BRUCKNER Ave Maria HAYDN from The Creation, Von deiner Güt, o Herr und Gott MOZART from Requiem, Benedictus HUMPERDINCK Abendsegen
HANDEL from Messiah, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain – Amen Academy of London, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and others/Peter Marschik; Helmuth Froschauer Recorded at various locations between 1993 and 1995 SACD CAPRICCIO 71 020 [60.02] [WH]

In the event, regretful though it be, these were the only two pieces on the disc which gave this reviewer any pleasure. ... see Full Review

The Art of the Vienna Horn Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Horn Sonata in F major, Op 17 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Auf dem Strom, D943, Op posth 119 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op 70 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97) Trio in E flat major, for piano, violin and horn, Op 40 Wolfgang Tomboeck (horn), Madoka Inui (piano), Genia Kühmeier (soprano - Schubert only), Johannes Tomboeck (violin - Brahms only) recorded at Studio 3 of the ORF Funkhaus Vienna, 10-14 November and 4/10 December 2003 NAXOS 8.557471 [60'48"] [PL]

Horn playing simply doesn’t get better than this! ... see Full Review

Guitar Recital
Joaquín TURINA (1882 – 1949): Sevillana (Fantasia); Hommage à Tarrega; Federico MORENO TORROBA (1891 – 1982): Sonata – Fantasia; Two movements from Castillos de España; Suite castellana; Joaquín RODRIGO (1901 – 1999): En los trigales; Invocación y danza (Homenaje a Manuel de Falla); Manuel DE FALLA (1876 – 1946): Homenaje Le tombeau de Claude Debussy; Roberto GERHARD (1896 – 1970): Fantasia: Interlude in Cantares; Andrés SEGOVIA (1893 – 1987): 5 Anecdotas; Francisco TÁRREGA (1852 – 1909): Maria – Gavota Pablo Sáinz Villegas (guitar). Rec. 3-5 May 2004, Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, Bradford, Ontario, Canada.. DDD NAXOS 8.557596 [75:36] [GF]

An interesting, unhackneyed programme and, as I have implied, a superlative young artist ... see Full Review

A Survey of European Zonophone Recordings 1901-1903
SYMPOSIUM 1281 [79.11] [JW]

Some names still burn with lustre whilst others have dimmed almost to oblivion. ... see Full Review



Malcolm Arnold - Rogue Genius: The Life and Music of Britain’s most misunderstood composer by Anthony Meredith and Paul Harris 529 pages Published by Thames/Elkin, ISBN 0 903413 54 X Price £30.

For anyone wanting to get to know and understand Britain's greatest living composer, up close and in intimate detail, this illuminating book now takes pride of place: it is absolutely essential reading. ... see Full Review

British Music: The Journal of the British Music Society Volume 26 2004Editor: Roger Carpenter Celebratory Music of the Masters of the Queen’s (King’s) Musick in the Twentieth Century; Alastair Mitchell Frederic Austin - "a most versatile musician"; Martin Lee-Browne Edwin Rose (1898-1958): the diffident ‘genius’; Alan Gibbs "Waking up England": W Denis Browne and The Comic Spirit; Philip Lancaster "What the Minstrel told us" -Ronald Stevenson, Bax and the North; Cohn Scott-Sutherland Published by the British Music Society [JL]

I enjoyed reading this Journal and am resolved to ensure I catch up with it annually from now on. I liked the balance between detailed musical discussion and entertaining biography. ... see Full Review

GERALD FINZI: A Bio-Bibliography by John C. Dressler Greenwood Press 1997 xiii, 200pp £55.50 Hardback ISBN 0 313 28693 0.[RB]

Finzians who may have joined the ‘select’ since 1997 should be reminded of this book and should order it now. It remains uniquely valuable.... see Full Review

Alan RAWSTHORNE - A Bio-Bibliography By John C. Dressler Music Bio-Bibliographies No. 97 (ISSN: 0742-6968) Praeger Publishers. Westport, Conn. 2004. 382 pages LC 2004053431. ISBN 0-313-30589-7 $99.95

An essential purchase for Rawsthorne enthusiasts, for those wanting total documentation of the first golden age of the British film industry and other outright enthusiasts of the genre and era ... see Full Review



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