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Juan de ANCHIETA (1462-1523) Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina Capilla Peñaflorida Loreto Fernández Imaz (organ) Ministriles de Marsias/Josep Cabré Recorded at Villabuena, Álava, October 2000 NAXOS 8.555772 [67.23] [JW]

Shows the sophisticated heights to which Anchieta could ascend …the artists respond with genuine understanding and unflagging enthusiasm. Let’s have more Anchieta from them … see Full Review

Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) Classical Juke Box, Syncopated Clock, Chicken Reel, Fiddle Faddle, Serenata, Sleigh Ride, Irish Suite, Saraband, Promenade, Trumpeter's Lullaby, Jazz Legato-Jazz Pizzicato, A Christmas Festival The Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler rec. 1947-1950. ADD NAXOS NOSTALGIA 8.120649 [57.07] [RB]

Fiedler in his element in this prime cut of US light music. ... see Full Review

David ARDITTI (b. 1964) String Quartet No. 1 in D minor Op. 7, String Quartet No. 2 in G minor Op. 31 Ludamus (1); Bingham Quartet (2) Recorded live at Stanmore Church, Stanmore, London, November 1998 (Quartet No. 1) and Chapel of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, 8 October 2003 (Quartet No. 2) Private release [45:19] [CT]

Arditti’s style is ultra-conservative but attractive in its melodic inspiration. … see Full Review

An Arnold Celebration Malcolm ARNOLD (b. 1921) Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo Op. 80 (arr. John P. Paynter) Tam O’ Shanter Overture Op. 51 (arr. John P. Paynter) Concertino for Saxophone and Winds (arr. Mamoru Nakata) The Inn of the Sixth Happiness: Suite from the film (arr. Munetoshi Senoo) Peterloo Overture Op. 87 (arr. Hisaatsu Kondo) Little Suite No. 1 Op. 53 (arr. Denis Bloodworth) Sarabande and Polka from Solitaire (arr. John P. Paynter) March: HRH the Duke of Cambridge Op. 60 Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra/Douglas Bostock Recorded at Sun Azalea, Saitama, March 2001, DDD KOSEI PUBLISHING COMPANY KOCD-8000 [CT]

Polished performances of a variety of familiar and not so familiar works by Arnold. … see Full Review

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) The Solo Keyboard Music 10: Sonatas and Suite (1749-1752) Sonata in F (Wq 62,9 / H 58) [13’43] Sonata in G (Wq 65,26 / H 64) [10:58] Suite in e minor (Wq 62,12 / H 66) [20:48] Sonata in g minor (Wq 65,27 / H 68) [11:11] Sonata in D (Wq 62,13 / H 67) [11:52] Miklós Spányi, clavichord (Joris Potvlieghe, Tollembeek, Belgium, 1999, after Gottfried Joseph Horn, Dresden, 1785) Recorded in July 2000 at the House of the Lumijoki Youth Association, Finland. DDD BIS-CD-1189 [70:10] [JV]

Miklos Spányi has added another fine recording to his series with all the keyboard music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The French Suites David Cates (harpsichord) Recorded in Takilma, Oregon, November 2001 MUSIC & ARTS 1124 [2CDs: 95:00] [DS]

A must for every Bach keyboard enthusiast and an excellent choice as one’s only version. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin, BWV1002 (1720) [24'58] Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV1003 (1720) [17'40] Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV1006 (1720) [16'06] Ilya Gringolts, violin Recorded in Mol (Belgium), Galaxy Studios, 11/2002 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 474 235-2GH [58'44] [JPo]

Disappointing … an artist who possibly suffers from the modern-day "hype" leading to increased expectations. Give another ten to fifteen years and try again. … see Full Review

Christopher Bunting plays Bach Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007 Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009 Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012 Christopher Bunting (cello) Record privately in the 1960s SYMPOSIUM 1338 [71.57] [JW]

It is salutary to be reminded of the heights to which his music making aspired in these admirable performances. Bunting has tended to be undervalued. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suites 1-4, BWV 1066-1069 Suite no. 1: Adolf Busch Chamber Players, recorded 28.10.1936, Abbey Road Studio no. 2, London Suite no. 2: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg, recorded 2.6.1931, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Suite no. 3: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra/Felix Weingartner, recorded 11.5.1939, Studio Albert, Paris Suite no. 3 – Air (arr. Mahler): New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg, recorded 16.1.1929, Carnegie Hall, New York Suite no. 4: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky, recorded 14.8.1946, Tanglewood Music Shed, Lenox, Massachusetts Brandenburg Concertos 1-6, BWV 1046-1051 Brandenburg no. 1: Szymon Goldberg (violin), Gustav Kern (oboe), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Alois Melichar Brandenburg no. 2: Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski, recorded 27-29.9.1928, Academy of Music, Philadelphia Brandenburg no. 3: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler, recorded 1930, Hochschule für Musik, Berlin Brandenburg no. 4: Gabriel Bourdon (violin), Mm. Cortet and Marceau (flutes), L’Orchestra de Chamber de l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot, recorded 29.5.1933, Paris Brandenburg no. 5: Adolf Busch (violin), Marcel Moyse (flute), Rudolf Serkin (piano), Adolf Busch Chamber Players, recorded 10.1935, Abbey Road Studio no. 1, London Brandenburg no. 6: William Lincer, Nicholas Bird (violas), Chamber Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, recorded 27.10.1949, New York ANDANTE 69948 71986 2 3 [3 CDs: 65:66, 68:40, 57:35] [CH]

Much food for thought is offered by this collection of "unauthentic" Bach performances. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Harpsichord Concertos Vol. 1 Concerto for harpsichord and strings, in D minor, BWV 1052 Concerto for harpsichord and strings, in D major, BWV 1054 Concerto for harpsichord and strings, in E major, BWV 1053 Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen (music direction and harpsichord) Rec. 19-21 May, 2002 at Mantzuisgarden, Birkerod. DDD CPO 999 989-2 [55:57] [MC]

It is hard to imagine better performances of these rewarding and appealing concertos. Everything about this CPO release is out of the top-drawer. Highly recommended. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No.20, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort", BWV 20 Cantata No.7, "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam", BWV 7 Cantata No.94, "Was frag ich nach der Welt", BWV 94 Peter Kooij, bass Robin Blaze, counter-tenor Jan Kobow, tenor Yukari Nonoshita, soprano Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki (harpsichord) Rec.: 19-24 April 2002, Kobe Shoin Women’s University Chapel, Japan. DDD Cantatas vol. 22: Cantatas from Leipzig 1724 BIS-CD-1321 [73:17] [MC]

Inspired grandeur … a real sense of ceremony … dignified and highly impressive … a dance-like interpretation … expressive and extremely uplifting. … See Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1727) Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) Evangelist Michael George (bass) Jesus Emma Kirkby (soprano) Michael Chance (alto) Martyn Hill (tenor) David Thomas (bass) Choirs of King’s and Jesus Colleges Cambridge The Brandenburg Consort/Stephen Cleobury. recorded in King’s College Chapel, directed by Ferenc van Damme and Dirk-Jan Bijker, other recording details unknown. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99781 [165.43] [JP]

Visual images first class but otherwise often perfunctory … mundane; a great pity. … see Full Review


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B Minor CD 1 Kyrie
Kyrie eleison (Chorus) Christe eleison (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Kathleen Ferrier) Kyrie eleison (Chorus) Gloria Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus) Laudamus te (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf) Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus) Domine Deus (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Ludwig) Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus) Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Kathleen Ferrier) Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Paul Schöffler) Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) Credo Credo in unum Deum (Chorus) Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus) Et in unum Dominum (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Kathleen Ferrier) Et incarnatus est (Chorus) Crucifixus (Chorus) CD2 Et resurrexit (Chorus) Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem (Paul Schöffler) Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus) Sanctus and Benedictus Sanctus (Chorus) Osanna in excelsis (Chorus) Benedictus (Walter Ludwig) Agnus Dei Agnus Dei (Kathleen Ferrier) Dona nobis pacem (Chorus) Vienna Singverein Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan Broadcast on 15 June 1950: 200th anniversary of the composer’s death. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897). Four Serious Songs. Opus 121. (Vier Ernste Gesänge) ‘One thing befalleth’ ‘So I returned’ ‘O death, how bitter art thou’ ‘Though I speak with the tongues of man’ BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent. Broadcast 12 January 1949 CD 3 Oslo Recital Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) The Fairy Queen, ‘Hark! The echoing air’ George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Atlanta, (1736) ‘Like as the love-lorn Turtle’ Admeto, (1727) ‘How changed the vision’ Hugo WOLF (1860-1903). 'Secrecy – Veborgenheit’. ‘The Gardener’. ‘On gazing at an old picture- Auf ein altes Bild’. ‘Travelling’ Oslo Recital, October 1949 Adolf JENSEN (1879-?). ‘Altar’ London Recital Henry PURCELL (1659-1695). arr. Britten (1913-1976). ‘From silent shades’ Sir Charles V STANFORD (1852-1924). ‘The Fairy Lough’. ‘A soft day’ Joseph PARRY (1848-1918). ‘Love is a bable’ Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958). ‘Silent Noon’ Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941). ‘Go not, happy day’ Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) ‘Sleep’. ‘Pretty ring time’ TRADITIONAL arr. Britten ‘Come you not from Newcastle?’ arr. Hughes ‘Kitty my love’ Broadcast by the BBC on 5 June 1952 Immortal Performances Series - Bargain Price GUILD GHCD 2260-62 [3CDs: 74.47+65.10+60.23] [RF]

If not a perfect selection as a tribute to Ferrier’s memory, there is much to enjoy for lovers of her singing. Commended. … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No. 82 Ich habe genug (BWV 82) [23:50] Cantata No. 199 Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (BWV 199) [26:50] Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) The Orchestra of Emmanuel Music/Craig Smith Recorded in May 2002 at Emmanuel Church, Boston, USA. DDD NONESUCH 7559-79692-2 [50:40] [JV]

Two of Bach’s most beloved and brilliant cantatas, in a pretty old-fashioned performance ... see Full Review

Samuel BARBER (1910-81) Compilation: The Best of Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (1947, arr. for soprano and chamber orchestra 1950* +) Overture: The School for Scandal (1931) + Violin Concerto – Andante (1939) + Piano Concerto – Canzone (1962)◘ + Adagio for Strings (1938) ● Agnus Dei (based on Adagio for Strings) ♪ * Sylvia McNair (soprano) + Robert McDuffie (violin) ◘ Jon Kimura Parker (piano) Robert Shaw Festival Singers/Robert Shaw ♪ Atlanta Symphony + and Saint Louis ● Symphony Orchestras/Yoel Levi Overture and Knoxville were recorded in April 1991; the Concertos in July 1996; all in the Woodruff Arts Centre, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia. The Adagio for Strings was recorded in the Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis, Missouri in March 1981 and the Agnus Dei in the Church of St Pierre, Gramat, France in July 1994 TELARC CD-80632 [61:17] [IL]

A compilation of short works and excerpts recommended to those beginning to appreciate the music of Barber. A moving performance, in full, of Knoxville. … see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) First Recordings 1925-49 Fanfare for a Cheerful Occasion [00.49] Kneller Hall Musicians/Capt H.E. Adkins - rec. 17 June 1932 Mater Ora Filium (1922) [11.30] Leeds Festival Choir/Albert Coates - rec. 29 Oct 1925 Tintagel (1917-1919) [11.59] New Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goossens - rec. 17 May 1928 Mediterranean (1921) [3.07] New Symphony Orchestra/Eugene Goossens - rec. 23 May 1928 Overture to a Picaresque Comedy (1934) [8.57] orch/Hamilton Harty - rec. 18 Apr 1935 Morning Song - Maytime in Sussex (1947) [8.22] Harriet Cohen (piano); orch/Malcolm Sargent - rec. 7 Feb 1947 Oliver Twist: Theme [7.40]; Pickpocketing [00.57]; Chase [1.33]; Fagin's Romp [1.48]; Finale (1948) [4.04] Philharmonia Orchestra/Muir Mathieson - rec. 1 Sept 1948 Malta GC: Quiet Interlude [1.56]; Gay March (1942) [1.24] London Symphony Orchestra/Muir Mathieson - rec. 1944? Fanfares for the Royal Wedding of T.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh (1952) [00.56+1.33] Trumpeters Royal Military School of Music/Capt M Roberts - rec. 4 Dec 1947 Talk by Arnold Bax (1949) [10.05] rec. 6 June 1949 BBC SYMPOSIUM RECORDS 1336 [78.24] [JW]

Assuredly an evocative and gap-filling selection of Bax recordings. All inquisitive Bax admirers should acquire. … see Full Review

Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Quartet for Strings Op. 89 (1921-29) Violin Sonata Op. 34 (1896) * Pastorale Op. 151 (1921-41) Dreaming Op. 15 No. 3 (for Piano 1892; transcribed for Cello and Piano by the composer 1927) Ambache (Helen Keen (flute) Jeremy Polmear (oboe) Joan-Enric Lluna (clarinet) Brian Sewell (bassoon) Timothy Brown (horn) Gabrielle Lester (violin*- Violin Sonata) Ruth Ehrlich (violin) Martin Outram (viola) Judith Herbert (cello) Diana Ambache (piano)) Recorded St Michael’s Church, Highgate, October 2002 CHANDOS CHAN 10162 [55.41] [JW]

An attractively presented disc… generous recorded sound is a definite bonus and the programme sufficiently enjoyable to tempt. … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1826) Symphonies 1-9: S.464 arr. 1837-1865 by Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) Cyprien Katsaris, piano Recorded 1985-1989, location not given. Notes in English, Français, Deutsch TELDEC CLASSICS 2564 60865-2 [6CDs: 61.15+53.48+71.23+44.06+66.41+65.36] [PSh]

The best set of these amazing transcriptions which every Beethoven lover must own—even a Beethoven hater might like them … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 [35’03"] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 [36’46"] Wiener Symphoniker/Fritz Busch Recorded: Vienna, 1950 URANIA RM 11.907 [71’54"] [JQ]

Unless you’re a Busch completist I’d suggest you look elsewhere. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos: No. 1 in C, Op. 15a (1795) [32’10]; No. 2 in B flat, Op. 19b (1798) [27’54]; No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (1800) [33’19]c, [32’37]d; No. 4 in G, Op. 58 (1806) [29’00]e, [33’23]f; No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73 (1809) [37’37]g, [37’09]h.aAnia Dorfmann, bWilliam Kapell, cMarguerite Long, dArtur Rubinstein, eWalter Gieseking, fClara Haskil, gRudolf Serkin, hArtur Schnabel (pianos); abdNBC Symphony Orchestra/adArturo Toscanini, bVladimir Golschmann; cOrchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris/Felix Weingartner; eSaxon State Orchestra/Karl Böhm; fLondon Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl Zecchi; gPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York/Bruno Walter; hPhilharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Galliera.historical recordings ANDANTE AND1995 [4CDs: 263’09: 60’04+65’56+62’23+74’46] [CC]

All students of Beethoven, or of piano playing, should have at least a listen to this set. Bravo brave Andante. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Egmont Overture Op. 84 (1810) Johannes BRAHMS (1833 - 1897) Violin Concerto in D Op. 77 (1878) Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841 - 1904) Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, From the New World Op. 95 (1893) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 - 1901) I Vespri siciliani Overture (1855) Gil Shaham (violin) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado.recorded in the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1st May, 2002. Video directed by Bob Coles TDK DVD EUC02 [90 minutes main programme + 28 minutes documentary] [JP]

Fizzes with excitement. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No 1 in F Op. 2 No. 1 (1793-95) Piano Sonata No 2 in A major Op. 2 No. 2 (1794-95) Piano Sonata no 3 in C major Op. 2 No. 3 (1794-95) Joyce Hatto (piano) Recorded Concert Artist Studios, Cambridge, August and December 1995 The Complete Piano Sonata Volume 1 CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 8002-2 [67.08] [JW]

A well characterised and effortlessly fluent disc. … see Full Review

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Sonata #8 in d, Op. 13, "Pathétique" (1798) [16.50] Sonata #21 in C, , Op. 53, "Waldsteinsonate" (1804) [22.01] Sonata #23 in f, , Op. 57, "Appassionata" (1805) [21.53] Rondo a Capriccio Op. 129, "Rage over a lost penny" (1795) [5.54] Wilhelm Kempff, piano Restored from 78 rpms: THS Studio Hogler Siedler, Dormager, Germany. ADD Notes included consist of listing and timings of works, issue and matrix numbers. Note: "Free download of the booklet at www.haenssler-classic.de" See comments. HAENSSLER CD 94.046 [67.08] [PSh]

Superb versions of these familiar works—very good sound, legendary artistry … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Quartets String Quartet No. 1 in F Op. 18 No. 1 (1798-1800) String Quartet No. 2 in G Op. 18 No. 2 (1798-1800) BOHEME CDBMR 009155 [56.26] String Quartet No. 3 in D Op. 18 No. 3 (1798-1800) String Quartet No. 4 in C minor Op. 18 No. 4 (1798-1800) BOHEME CDBMR 009156 [49.53] String Quartet No. 5 in A Op. 18 No. 5 (1798-1800) String Quartet No. 6 in B flat Op. 18 No. 6 (1798-1800) BOHEME CDBMR 009157 [54.01] String Quartet No. 7 in F Razumovsky Op. 59 No. 1 (1805-06) String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Harp Op. 74 (1809) BOHEME CDBMR 009158 [73.42] String Quartet No. 8 in E minor Razumovsky Op 59. No. 2 (1805-06) String Quartet No. 9 in C Razumovsky Op. 59 No. 3 (1805-06) BOHEME CDBMR 009159 [72.59] String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Serioso Op. 95 (1810) String Quartet No. 12 in E flat Op. 127 (1823-24) BOHEME CDBMR 009160 [59.32] String Quartet No. 13 in B flat Op. 130 (1825-26) Grosse Fuge in B flat Op. 133 (1825-26) BOHEME CDBMR 009161 [53.18] String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131 (1826) String Quartet No. 16 in F Op. 135 (1826) BOHEME CDBMR 009162 [60.43] String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132 (1825) Sextet for two French horns and string quartet in E flat Op. 81b (? 1795) BOHEME CDBMR 009163 [61.15] Taneyev Quartet Vitali Buyanovsky and Vladimir Shalty (French horns) Recorded 1971 (Sextet) and between 1981 and 1988 in the St Petersburg Recording Studio BOHEME CDBMR 009155-009163 (as noted above, all available singly) [JW]

The sound is warm and fine … gifted, intellectually … slow movements and tempi generally point to profundity and elevation of expression. In the end though I found myself relatively unmoved … somewhat aloof. … see Full Review

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartets, Volume 1: Rasumovsky Quartets String Quartet, in F major Rasumovsky Op.59 No.1 [39:57] String Quartet, in C major Rasumovsky Op.59 No.3 [32:58] Borodin Quartet (Ruben Aharonian (violin); Andrei Abramenkov (violin); Igor Naidin (viola); Valentin Berlinsky (cello)) Recorded at the Small Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, Moscow; March 2003. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10178 [72:59] [MC]

Clarity and real presence. High quality performances certainly worth consideration but the competition is exceptionally fierce … see Full Review

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Puritani - opera in three Acts Elvira, Maria Callas (sop); Arturo, Giuseppe di Stefano (ten); Riccardo, Rolando Panerai (bar); Giorgio, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (bass); Bruno, Angelo Mercuriali (ten); Gualtiero Valton, Carlo Forti (bass); Enrichetta, Aurora Cattelani (sop) Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Tullio Serafin Recorded March and April 1953 in the Basilica di Santa Eufemia, Milan Bargain Price NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110259-60 [2CDs: 69.09+73.19] [RF]

Callas gives one of her best performances on record in terms of characterization and vocal quality. … see Full Review

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801 - 1835) Introduction and Druids’ Chorus (Norma) Giuseppe VERDI (1813 - 1901) Te Deum Arrigo BOITO (1842 - 1918) Prologue (Mefistofele) Nicola Moscona (bass) Boys’ Chorus, Mixed Chorus NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini Recorded Studio 8-H, 2 December 1945. ADD GUILD GHCD 2263 [50.32] [RH]

An important historical document which is, perhaps, lacking in choral intensity. … see Full Review

Georg Anton [Jirí Antonín] BENDA (1722 - 1795) Clavier Sonatas1-6 Antonio Piricone (piano) Recorded at the Royal Academy, Aarhus, 4 August 2002 CLASSICO CLASSCD 488 [65.52] [JW]

Piricone is alive to Benda’s grace as well as his lyricism, to the courtly phrase as much as to the more interior one … see Full Review

Gunnar BERG (1909-1989) Piano and Orchestra - Volume 1 Essai acoustique (1954) - pour piano et orchestre (1959) Frise (1961) Uculang (1967) Aloys Kontarsky (piano) Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Ole Schmidt rec. 7 Oct 1977 (Essai) Béatrice Berg (piano) Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Miltiades Caridis rec. 28 Sept 1966 (-pour) Elisabeth Klein (piano) members of Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Tamás Vetö rec. 18 Oct 1977 (Frise) Béatrice Berg (piano) Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Kari Tikka rec. 7 Oct 1977 (Uculang)
ADD variously from LP releases (Unicorn, DMA) and Danish Radio studio recordings. DANACORD DACOCD 611-612 [44.48+47.55] [RB]

Pointillist modernism rattling with explosive discontinuity. Not for the faint-hearted or the melody-reliant. ... see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Piano Quintet No. 1 (1923) [32.56] Piano Quintet No. 2 (1957) [17.59] Ivan Klánský (piano) Kocian Quartet rec. Domovina Studio, Prague, 21-22 Jan 2002. DDD PRAGA DIGITALS PRD 250185 [50.46] [RB]

Masterfully concentrated and at times mystic .... aggression and excitement ... see Full Review

Claude BOLLING (b 1930) Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio Suite No. 2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio Roselli Quartet (Giovanni Roselli (flute) Alberto Alibrandi (piano) Marco Panascia – Suite No. 1 - and Gianni Stocco – Suite No. 2 - (bass) Ruggero Ratolo (drums)) Recorded May 1997 (Suite No. 1) and May 1999 (Suite No. 2) at the Studio Tape of Catania NAXOS 8.554848 [57.30] [JW][CMT]

This is an entertaining addition to Naxos’ Light Classics line, with excellent recorded sound and first-rate performances. … [JW]
Finely attentive, precisely accurate; I can't imagine these being more carefully and lovingly recreated but these are not musicians on the edge risking themselves and surprising their listeners …[CMT] see Full Review

York BOWEN (1884-1961) Flute Sonata Op. 120 (1946) [17.04] Oboe Sonata Op. 85 (1927) [15.51] Clarinet Sonata Op. 109 (1943) [15.42] Horn Sonata Op. 101 (1937) [15.44] Endymion Ensemble: Helen Keen (flute); Melinda Maxwell (oboe); Mark van de Wiel (clarinet); Stephen Stirling (horn); Michael Dussek (piano). rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, 3-5 Sept 2002. DDD DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7129 [65.36] [RB]

Strongly recommended to the growing legion of music-lovers who have discovered Bowen occupying the territory marked out by Rachmaninov and Medtner. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op 15 (1854-58) Tragic Overture Op 81 (1880 rev 1811) Erik Then-Bergh (piano) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Karel Ančerl Recorded in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, February 1958 (Concerto) and October 1963 (Tragic Overture) Karel Ančerl Gold Edition Volume 15 SUPRAPHON SU 3675-2 001 [61.02] [JW]

This is no routine run-through and will command the kind of respect that is its due. see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Op. 83 (1878-1881) Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 (1880) Alexis Weissenberg (piano) Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Turin/Peter Maag Recorded February 1960 live in Turin ARTS 43038-2 [58.15] [JW]

In a crowded market for historical performances, let alone current contenders, this is strictly for admirers of pianist and conductor. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini [42’30"] Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, 10 March 1941 Source: Victor M-875 (18467/18471 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski [42’08"] Recorded: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 15 January 1936 Source: Victor M-301 (8971/8975) Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux [36’24"] Recorded: War Memorial Auditorium, San Francisco, 19 March 1945 Source: Victor DM-1065 (11-9241/9244) Vienna Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler [39’12"] Recorded: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, 28 January 1945 Source: RRG recording taped for broadcast Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter [30’02"] Recorded: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, 18-19 May 1936 Source: HMV DB 2933/2936 Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg [35’17"] Recorded: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 10 May 1932 Source: Columbia (France) LFX 305/308 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Victor de Sabata [40’38"] Recorded: Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin, 11, 13, 14, 17 March 1939 Source: Deutsche Grammophon 67490/67495 London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Weingartner [37’18"] Recorded: EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, 14 February 1938 Source: Columbia (UK) LX 705/709 ANDANTE RE-A-1030 [4CDs: 72’37"+77’27"+77’06"+76’34"] [JQ]

It’s not a cheap set to acquire but the rewards for doing so are great. … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) FOUR HAND PIANO MUSIC Volume 10 String Quartet in C minor, Opus 51 No. 1 (1873) String Quartet in A minor, Opus 51 No. 2 (1873) Silke-Thora Matthies; Christian Köhn (piano) Recorded 7-9 August 1997, Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen, Germany NAXOS 8.557056 [69.02] [TB]

This rewarding disc will give much pleasure and will convince most listeners that the music works perfectly well in this format … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Coronation March (1911) [6’46] Summer (1914) [10’42] Phantasm, for piano and orchestra (1927) [24’21] There is a Willow Grows aslant a Brook (1927) [11’18] Vignettes de danse (1938) [11’20] Sir Roger de Coverley (A Christmas Dance) (1922) [4’41] Howard Shelley (piano) BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox Recorded at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Nov.28-29 2002 Bridge Orchestral Works Vol.3 CHANDOS CHAN 10112 [69’55] [TH]

It may seem a little tiresome to recommend yet another Chandos/Hickox collaboration wholeheartedly, but I’m going to anyway. … see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Suite from the ballet The Prince of the Pagodas (1997) [51’14] (arranged by Donald Mitchell and Mervyn Cooke) Colin McPHEE (1900-1964) Tabuh-Tabuhan, toccata for orchestra and two pianos (1936) [19’08] Balinese Ceremonial Music, transcribed for two pianos (1940) [7’00] Benjamin Britten, Colin McPhee (pianos – Ceremonial Music) Elizabeth Birley, John Alley (pianos – Tabuh-Tabuhan) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin Recorded at Watford Colosseum, London, 9-10 January, 2003 Ceremonial Music rec. for the publishers by Britten and McPhee in New York, 1941 CHANDOS CHAN 10111 [77’40] [TH]

Does full justice to the exoticism of the music, with great clarity and spatial depth. … a very desirable issue. … see Full Review


Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
St. Nicolas, Op. 42 (1948) [45:20] Christ’s Nativity (1931) [16:16] Psalm 150, Op 67 (1962) [4:21] Philip Langridge, tenor, David Owen Norris, piano, Rolf Hind, piano, Joseph Cullen, organ, Nicholas Elstob, the young Nicolas, Tom Jackman, Sebastian Stent and Henry Manning, the pickled boys. The Tallis Chamber Choir, The English Chamber Orchestra (St. Nicolas) The BBC Singers (Christ’s Nativity); The New London Children’s Choir, London Schools Symphony Orchestra (Psalm 150). Steuart Bedford, conductor. Recorded on 16-17 March 1996 (Nicolas, Psalm) and 21 March 1996 (Christ’s Nativity) at All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London. DDD NAXOS 8.557203 [66:00] [KS]

Music that is always accessible, but never condescending … see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Complete Symphonies CD1: Symphony in F minor (No. 00) (1863); Overture in G minor (1863) [47.59] Recorded 6-10 March 2001 CD2: Symphony in D minor (No. 0) (1869) [60.56] Recorded 22-25 March 1999 CD3: Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1866) [46.01] Recorded 13-18 June 1995 CD4: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1872, revised 1877) [59.02] Recorded 23-26 October 1999 CD5: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1889 version) [55.20] Recorded 5 October 1996 CD6: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major (1880 version) [70.32] Recorded 25-28 October 1998 CD7: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (1876) [73.23] Recorded 7-11 October 1996 CD8: Symphony No. 6 in A major (1880)
[56.53] Recorded 3-4 March 1997 CD9: Symphony No. 7 in E major (1883) [68.45] ecorded 27-29 September 1991 CD10 & CD11: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 version) [60.03 & 22.19] Recorded 8-9 October 1993 CD12: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (1891-6, unfinished)
[61.21] Recorded 12-18 January 2001 Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Stanislaw Skrowaczewski OEHMS CLASSICS (ARTE NOVA) OC207 [12 CDs - timings above] [TB]

A hearty recommendation to this truly excellent collection of the complete symphonic output of this wonderful composer. Even the collector who already possesses this repertoire in alternative performances will find this set well worth exploring... see Full Review

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