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Mantovani - By Special Request - The Golden Age of Light Music Cole PORTER Begin The Beguine Benjamin FRANKEL/PURCELL Carriage And Pair Sydney BAYNES Destiny Waltz Nicholas BRODSZKY The Way To The Stars – theme from the film Morton GOULD Tropical Richard ADDINSELL Blithe Spirit – Waltz Theme – from the film Whirlwind - arranged Ronald BINGE, MANTOVANI September Nocturne – with Arthur Sandford, piano STANLEY/BORGUNO/ARRES The Timbalero – Rumba Phil CARDEW Passing Clouds Pedro MANILLA Blue Mantilla Dennis FERN Flying Saucers (Bees in the Bonnet) – with Arthur Sandford, piano A VILLOLDO El Choclo (Kiss Of Fire) (arranged Barry) Adrian ROSS/Lao SILESU Love Here Is My Heart DOELLE/MAIR When The Lilac Blooms Again Oscar STRAUSS, DUCREUX, PURCELL Love’s Roundabout (La Ronde de L’Amour) E DONATO A Media Luz Zdenek FIBICH Poème (My Moonlight Madonna) Alfons CZIBULKA Love’s Dream After The Ball BERGER Amoureuse (So Madly In Love) Paul REMY/Felix KING Chiquita Mia BIXIO/SIEVIER Love’s Last Word Is Spoken Josef RIXNER Blauer Himmel HEUBERGER/COCHRAN Suddenly (Im Chambre Separeé) Ian STEWART The Whistling Boy HANNAH/WILLIAM/KENNEDY
The Agnes Waltz Mantovani and his Orchestra Recorded 1943-53 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5110 [77.44] [JW]

Mantovani’s was the top band of its type and here’s a fine selection of its Deccas ... see Full Review

John McCormack. The McCormack Edition - Volume 1 Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor – Fra pocoa me ricivero; Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali, L’elisir d’Amore – Una furtive lagrima, La Fille du Régiment – Per viver vicino a Maria William BALFE (1808-1870) Killarney Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen – Il fior che avevi a me dato [sung in Italian] Charles BARNARD (Charlotte ALLINGTON) (1830-69) Come back to Erin Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème – Che gelida manina; O, Mimì, tu più non torni with Mario Sammarco (baritone) TRADITIONAL The Minstrel Boy, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, The Snowy Breasted Pearl - arranged ROBINSON My Lagan Love - arranged Hamilton HARTY Molly Bawn - arranged MacMURROUGH Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded? Lady John SCOTT Annie Laurie Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata – Lunge da lei Georges GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Salve dimora, casta e pura [sung in Italian] Charles MARSHALL (1808-74) I Hear You Calling Me, When Shadows Gather Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Lakmé – Immenso vienteso [sung in Italian] John McCormack (tenor) Victor Orchestra Recorded 1910 NAXOS 8.110328 [75.58] [JW]

A fine start to another essential vocal edition from Naxos ... see Full Review

Mystische Balladen und Lieder Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Erlkönig Christian Elsner (tenor) Hartmut Höll (piano) Der Jüngling auf dem Turme Franz Hawlata (bass) Helmut Deutsch (piano) Der König in Thule Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Hartmut Höll (piano) Der Zwerg Christian Elsner (tenor) Hartmut Höll (piano) Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Gesang Weylas Mitsuko Shirai (soprano)/Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin/David Shallon Carl LOEWE (1796-1869) Der König auf dem Turne Franz Hawlata (bass) Helmut Deutsch (piano) Der Totentanz Hermann Prey (baritone) Michael Endres (piano) Der Zauberlehrling Hermann Prey (baritone) Michael Endres (piano) Die Jungfrau und der Tod Juliane Banse (soprano) Franz Hawlata (bass) Helmut Deutsch (piano) Erlkönig Hermann Prey (baritone) Michael Endres (piano) Charles Martin LOEFFLER (1861-1935) La cloche fêlée Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Tabea Zimmermann (viola) Hartmut Höll (piano) Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Un Mitternacht Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Winterlied Op.19a No.3 Josef Protschka (tenor) Helmut Deutsch (piano) Hermann REUTTER (1900-1985) Sappho No.IV Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Tabea Zimmermann (viola) Hartmut Höll (piano) Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Jane Grey – Ballade Op.12 No.1 Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Hartmut Höll (piano) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Die Loreley Mitsuko Shirai (soprano) Hartmut Höll (piano) No recording locations or details; some released in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunks CAPRICCIO 67 103 [71.42] [JW]

One of the disc’s highlights for me was Loewe’s Der König auf dem Turne, a strophic setting of pure beauty ... see Full Review

Anna Netrebko - Operatic Arias MOZART Quandro avran fine omai... Padre, germani, addio! (Idomeneo) [7'23] MOZART Crudele?... Ah, no, mio bene!... Non, mi dir [6'37] BERLIOZ Les belles fleurs!...Quand j'aurai votre age (Bevenuto Cellini) [7'44] MASSENET Suis-je gentille ainsi?... Obéissons, quand leur voix appelle (Manon) [6'35] DONIZETTI Ancor non glunse!.... Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor) [12'42] BELLINI Care compagne.... Come per me sereno (Las Sonnambula) [7'44] GOUNOD Les grands seigneurs... Ah! Je ris de me voir (Faust) [6'28] DVOŘÁK Song to the Moon (Rusalka) [5'07] PUCCINI Musette's Waltz (La Bohème) [2'39] Anna Netrebko (soprano) Vienna State Opera Chorus Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda rec Sept 2003 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 474 240-2 [67:45] [DW]

... she has lifted me to a great height and renewed my faith in my belief that the finest instrument in the world is the voice ... see Full Review

  A Night At The Opera Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto, Un di, se ben rammentomi ... Bella figlia del’amore (IT KJ.MP. MK) Don Carlo, Son io, mio Carlo (MK) Don Carlo, O Carlo, ascolta (MK) Il Trovatore, ‘D’amour sull’ali rosee (IT) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme, Vecchia zimara (VB) Gianni Schicchi, Avete torto (MP) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) La Clemenza Di Tito, Parto, parto (KJ) Don Giovanni, La ci darem la mano (KJ MK) Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust, Quel trouble…Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (MP) Faust, Alerte! Ou vous etes perdus! (IT KJ VR) Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffman, Barcarolle (IT KJ) Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Les Pecheurs de perles, Au fond du temple saint (MP MK) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Orlando, Sorge infausta una procella (VR) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) The Tempest, Arise, arise ye subterranean winds (VR) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ariadne Auf Naxos, Seien wir wiedergut! (KJ) Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I puritani, Suoni la tromba (MK.VR) Indra Thomas, (sop); Kristine Jepson, (mezzo); Matthew Polenzani, (ten); Mariusz Kwiecien, (bar); Valerian Ruminski, (bass) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Rosekrans Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England, August 2001 NAXOS 8.557309 [70.59][RF]

A rounded, richly enjoyable and varied issue introducing us to potential star singers of the future. ... see Full Review

Northern Delights Morten RÆHS (1702-1766) Allegro with variations in G Johann Helmich ROMAN (1694-1758) Sonata in D (1727) Sonata in E (1727) Johan AGRELL (1701-1765) Harpischord Sonata No 6 in G (1748) Francesco RUFFO
Suite in F Herr Variations on "Gestern Abend" ANONYMOUS Suite, from Jacob Mestmacher’s manuscript Murky, from Jacob Mestmacher’s manuscript Suite in A, from the Hertzberg manuscript Angloisi, from Jacob Mestmacher’s manuscript Nordic Baroque Quartet: Hans Olav Gorset (tranverse flute), Keren Bruce (viola da gamba), Vegard Lund (lute, theorbo, baroque guitar), Urban Westerlund (harpsichord) Rec. Sofienberg Church, Oslo in May 2003 SIMAX PSC 1224 [68:06] [PCW]

Just relax and listen to some unfamiliar but varied and attractive baroque music, this will do very nicely ... see Full Review

Musik für Oboe and Piano 1896-1999 Frank MARTIN (1890-1974)
Petite Compleinte (1941) Claus KÜHNL (b.1957) Morceau ’95 für Englischhorn und Klavier (1995) Hommage à Henri Dutilleux Matthew GREENBAUM (b.1950) Nod Quiet Ox (1994) Frank Michael BEYER (b.1928) Nachtstück (1993) Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Pastoral (1940) Aleksander VEPRIK (1889-1958) Kaddisch – Poem Op.6 (1925) Mari AMOR (b.1973) Zwei Stücke (1999) Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Epitaph – in memoriam Alan Richardson (1979) Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Au Loin – Chant Op.20 (1896) Fabian Menzel (oboe) Bernhard Endres (piano) Recorded Saalgebäude Alte Pastorei, Zetel, July 2003 ANTES BM CD 31.9199 [63.13] [JW]

Rather a miscellaneous programme, in truth, and most of the pieces are very short. But you’ll certainly find a nugget or two ... see Full Review

Oboe Wizardry Casimer-Theophile LAILLIET (1837-1892) Fantaisie on Flotow's Martha Grigoras DINICU (1889-1949) Hora Staccato arranged HEIFETZ, Martino BITTI (1656-1743) Sonata in C minor Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Turkish March Pietro di SIMONI (1758-1811) Presto from Concerto in C Robert STEPHENSON (b.1949) Twinkle Variations for Solo Oboe Christian Frederik BARTH (1787-1861) Sonata Brillant in Bb Major Mark Weiger (oboe) Arthur Rowe (piano) Recorded University of Victoria, BC, November 2000 and 2001 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD278 [67.50] [JW]

Weiger’s playing does, well ... take the breath away. ... see Full Review

Piano Rolls and Discs – Selected Comparisons SYMPOSIUM CD1211 [79.37] [JW]

Certainly entertaining if somewhat eccentric ... see Full Review

Praise and Thanksgiving: Anthems from Salisbury Cathedral Richard SHEPHARD (b.1949) And When the Builders (1980) [5'10"] Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Locus Iste (1869) [2'55"] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) How Lovely are Thy Dwellings (1857-68) [6'13"] Bernard ROSE (1916-1996) Lord I Have Loved [2'20"]
Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Adagio in E (1905) [6'39"] Richard SHEPHARD Canticles in Memoriam Lionel Dakers: Magnificat [3'41"]; Nunc Dimittis [2'21"] Jonathan DOVE (b.1959) Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars (1995) [7'20"] Simon LOLE (b.1957) A Song for Mary Magdalene [2'29"] David HALLS (b.1963) Te Deum (2002) [5'48"] Francis JACKSON (b.1917) Prelude on East Acklam [4'39"] William HARRIS (1883-1973) Holy is the True Light [1'37"] Malcolm WILLIAMSON (b.1931) Dignus est Agnus [2'15"] Richard LLOYD (b.1933) View me, Lord [2'40"] Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) I was Glad (1902) [5'35"] Salisbury Cathedral Choir/Simon Lole. Organ: David Halls. Recorded in Salisbury Cathedral, June 2004 GRIFFIN GCCD 4046 [61'47"] [JPo]

A disc in two halves: very interesting for the modern compositions, but disappointing in the more traditional field. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Leontyne PRICE Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aidaa (1871) – Ritorna vincitor! [6’55]; Qui Radamès verrà [1’32]; O patria mia [5’14]. Il trovatore (1853) – Che più t’arrestib? [2’28]; Tacea la notteb [4’31]; Di tale amor che dirsib [1’25]; Timor di me? … D’amor sull’ali rosee [5’19]c. Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Madama Butterflyd (1904) – Un bel dì vedremo; Tu? Tu? piccolo Iddio! (Morte di Butterfly) [2’50]. La rondine (1917) – Chi il bel sogno di Dorettae [2’48]. Tosca (1900) – Vissi d’artee [3’15]. Turandotf (1926) – Signore, ascolta! [2’33]; Tu che di gel sei cinta [2’34]. Leontyne Price, bLaura Londi (sopranos) Rome Opera Orchestra/adefOliviero de Fabritiis, bcArturo Basile. Rec. June a27th, d29th, ef28th, f29th, 1960, bcJuly 15th & 22nd, 1959. ADD RCA RED SEAL LIVING STEREO SACD 82876 61395 2 [46’18] [GF]

I do not expect to hear a better recital this side New Year’s Eve, probably not afterwards either. ... see Full Review


Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2003 Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Les Soirées de Nazelles Jonathan Plowright (piano) Pierre de BRÉVILLE (1861-1949)
Portraits de maîtres Florent SCHMITT
(1870-1958) Valse-Nocturne No 1 Marie-Catherine Girod (piano) Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2001) Bailecito Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Dansa do Indio Branco (Ciclo Brasileiro No 4) Arturo Sudbrack Jamardo (piano) Wilhelm STENHAMMAR (1871-1927) Poco allegretto (Sensommernätter, op 33 no 5) Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Quatre Préludes, op. 22 Kaikhosru SORABJI (1892-1988) Etude transcendante No. 13 Fredrik Ullén (piano) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Romanza in fa (1844) Julian SCRIABIN (1908-1919) Prélude, op 2 (1918) 2 Préludes, op 3 (1918) Prélude (1919) Andrea Bacchetti (piano) Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Brilliant Variations (on a Donizetti theme "Anna Bolena", 1831) Elena Kuschnerova (piano) Recorded at the Husum Festival, August 2003 DANACORD DACOCD 619 [74.53] [JW]

A bit of a One-Off as well and mainly for the omnivorous pianophile. You know who you are. ... see Full Review

The Poetic Oboe Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Drei Romanzen Op.94 (1849) Madeleine DRING (1923-1977) Three Piece Suite Andrea CLEARFIELD (b.1960) Unremembered Wings (2001) André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Sérénade (1945) Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Drei Romanzen Op.22 (1853) Andrea Gullickson (oboe) Karen Enns (piano) Recorded in Philip T. Young Recital Hall, Victoria, B.C., June 2003 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD727 [66.24] [JW]

Romantic and modern - sound that is well focused and warm ... see Full Review

Rembrandt - Music of His Time see review for details NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558118 [72'18"] [JPO]

If this type of presentation appeals, one will not be disappointed, particularly at bargain price. ... see Full Review

The Romantic Oboe CD1 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Songs played by oboe and piano Sonata for oboe and piano, op.166 Bart Schneemann (oboe), Paolo Giacometti (piano) CD2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Oboe Concerto in C major K.314 Bart Schneemann (oboe), Amsteerdam Sinfonietta/Lev Markiz Ludwig August LEBRUN (1752-1790) Oboe Concerto in C major Lajos Lencsés (oboe), Kammerorchester Mannheim/WolfganHoffmann Vicenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Oboe Concerto in E flat major Francesco Quarantar (oboe), Konzertensemble Salzburg/Alberto Veronese Antonio ROSETTI (1750-1792) Oboe Concerto in D major Burkhardt Glaetzner, oboe, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie/Romely Pfund Alessandro MARCELLO (1669-1747) Oboe Concerto in D minor Robin Williams (oboe), Heidelberger Kammerorchester Recorded at Hervormde Kerk Rhoom, 1997 (CD1). No details for CD2 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92449 [60:04 + 77:09] [GPJ]

Sometimes, these cheap and cheerful compilations can turn out to be worth the very low outlay for just one high-class track or item; not so here, I’m afraid. The whole thing smacks of the cutting-room floor. ... see Full Review

The Salley Gardens - A Treasury of English Song Trad. Arr. Phyllis TATE (1911-1985) The Lark in the Clear Air Trad. Arr. Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Salley Gardens; How Sweet the Answer; O Waly, Waly; I Will Give my Love an Apple; The Ash Grove; The Minstrel Boy Trad. Arr. Herbert HUGHES (1882-1937) She Moved thro' the Fair; I Know Where I'm Goin' Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Linden Lea; Silent Noon Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal; Believe me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms; Love's Philosophy; Barbara Allen Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Heart Worships Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Come to me in my Dreams; Love Went a-Riding Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Rann of Exile Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Sleep
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Like to the Damask Rose Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Sleep Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Twilight Fancies; Young Venevil Alicia SPOTTISWOODE (1810-1900) Annie Laurie Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Caroline Almonte piano Rec 6-11 April 2003, IwakiAuditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 158-1 [62.19] [RJF]

I recommend this disc to all lovers of English song and of this singer’s art in particular. ... see Full Review

András Schiff: Artist Portrait see review for details WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61588-2 [71:50] [GF]

A mixed bag but everything is on the highest possible level. I recommend it dearly to anyone interested in top-flight piano-playing. Don’t hesitate! ... 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] [EM]

Singing excellent ... Terfel has a gorgeous rich, deep tone, and Martineau is a faultless accompanist ... see Full Review

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] [RB]

Snap up this gorgeously lyrical hymn to the British cello and its place during the first half of the last century ... see Full Review

Sounds French Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) 1. Entrée Grand Orgue (from ‘Les Offices du Dimanche’, 1974) transcribed by David Briggs [2.23] Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) 2. Scherzo Symphonique (1968) transcribed by David Briggs [7.04] César FRANCK (1822-1890) 5. Choral no.1 (1890) [15.17] David BRIGGS (b. 1962) Symphonie en Improvisation (22 June 2003) 4. Moderato [5.26] 5. Scherzo [3.37] 6. Adagio [4.30] 7. Final [6.00] Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) Messe Alme Pater (1985) 8. Kyrie [1.40] 9. Gloria [2.42] 10. Sanctus [0.57] 11. Agnus Dei [1.37] Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) 12. Incantation pour un jour Saint (1949)[5.38] Jeanne DEMESSIEUX (1921-1968) 13. Attende Domine from ’12 Chorals-Preludes’(1950) [3.59] Marcel DUPRE (1886-1971) 14. Allegro Deciso (Evocation, Op.37) (1941) [6.50] David Briggs (Organ) Organ of Blackburn Cathedral, UK (Walker, 1969, restored by David Wood, 2002) LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 164D [64.47] [CAnt]

In the very good acoustics of Blackburn Cathedral, the Walker organ sounds at its best after its restoration ... and remarkably French! ... see Full Review

Spire - Organ Works Past Present and Future Leif ELGGREN Royal Organ Z'EV If only that love lets letting happen (organ music for organs) Philip JECK Stops Sigtryggur Berg SIGMARSSON Details of a New Discovery BJ NILSEN Zephyr* Breathe* Marcus DAVIDSON Organ Psalm V* Scott MINOR/Christian FENNESZ dwan Finbogi PÉTURSSON Diabolus BIOSPHERE (aka Geir JENSSEN) Visible Invisible Toshiya TSUNODA Layered Tom RECCHION Shut-eye Train Lary SEVEN/Jeff PETERSON Disorganised Scott TAYLOR Droner Jacob KIRKEGAARDEpiludio Patetico: a tribute to Ruud Langgaard Oren AMBARCHI/Tom RECCHION Remake Chris WATSON Askam Wind Cluster All music performed by composers except * by Charles Matthews on the organs of the Collegiate Church of St. Mary's, Warwick, England, March 2003. Compiled at EMS, Stockholm and The Embassy, London, October 2003.
TOUCH TONE 20 [52.08 + 53.53] [NH]

An interesting and varied musical "metahistory" of the instrument we know as the organ ... see Full Review

Stockholm Saxophone Quartet – Encores Daniel NELSON (b.1965) Full Throttle (1999) Dror FEILER (b.1951) Ki (1998) Jonas BOHLIN (b.1963) Deep Beeps (1998) Karin REHNQVIST (b.1957) Rädda mig ur dyn (1994) Ingvar KARKOFF (b.1958) Tzivaeri (1995) Johan JEVERUD (b.1962) Piece in Colours of Autumn (1989) Erik FÖRARE (b.1955) Tre dikter (1999) Arne MELLNÄS (1933-2002) No Roses For Madame F (1991) Erland von KOCH (b.1910) Dans Nr. 2 (1938) Sten MELIN (b.1957) Källarbacksvariationer (1993) Sergej DMITRIEV (b.1964) Intrada (1993) Vikingen kommer (1998) S Pat SIMMERUD (b.1963) Soli (1997) Jan W MORTHENSON (b.1940) Hymn (1987) Mats Larsson GOTHE (b.1965) Gopak (1989) Stockholm Saxophone Quartet with Eva Runefelt (recitation in Tre dikter) and Jens Maimkvist (baritone in Soli) Recorded in Studios 2 and 3, Radiohuset, Stockholm 2002 (except The Stan Melin, recorded in Studio 2 in 1997) Functions as hybrid multichannel SACD PHONO SUECIA PSSACD 146 [58.37] [JW]

Pugnacious, hymnal, jazz-inflected, morose. Playing superlative and nothing outstays its welcome. ... see Full Review

Sunset Classics Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra/Emil Tabakov No recording details CAPRICCIO 67 107/08 [67.47 + 70.26] [JW]

Still. Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, put this rum old bugger in a relative’s hat. ... see Full Review


Arturo Toscanini. Music for Freedom Concert Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Holberg Suite Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No.4 in A minor Op.63 Includes rehearsal [30.50] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Les Eolides Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse Concert for the Liberty of Italy Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 – first movement only Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Overture - William Tell, Garibaldi’s War Hymn, Star Spangled Banner, Broadcast commentaries included NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini Recorded; Concert for the Liberty of Italy, 9 September 1943; remainder 27 April 1940 with the Sibelius rehearsal recorded on 25 April GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2298/99 [68.50 + 69.41] [JW]

Toscanini - gimlet eyed and full of insinuation and menacing drive ... see Full Review

Wayfaring Stranger: Songs for voice and guitar Five American Folksongs arranged by Carlos Barbarosa-Lima and John Jacob Niles) Four Bergerettes - 18th Century French Folksongs (arranged by Siegfried Behrend, revised by Sharon Isbin) Four French Folksongs (arranged by Mátyás Seiber) Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999) Aranjuez, ma pensée (text by Victoria Kamhi) Regino SAINZ de la MAZA (1896-1981) Zapateado Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Spanish Dance No.5 (arr. Miguel Llobet) Jean-Paul MARTINI (1741-1816) Plaisir d'amour (arr. Laurindo Almeida) Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) Capricho Arabe Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) ThreeLieder (Ständchen; Heidenröslein; Nachtstück) Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano Sharon Isbin, guitar Recorded in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, 25th-29th March 1998. WARNER ELATUS 2564 61755-2 [68.20] [NH]

A typically interesting, eclectic and well executed record by top guitarist Sharon Isbin ... see Full Review

World Wide Webster The Webster Trio plays Dvořák, Debussy, Brahms and Gottschalk Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances arranged Webster Op.46 No.6 Op.46 No.8 Op.72 No.4 Op.72 No.5 Op.72 No.6 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Petite Suite (1889) arranged Webster Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances arranged Webster Nos. 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 21 Louis Moreau GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869) La Jota Aragonesa (1851) arranged Webster Souvenir de la Havane (1859) arranged Webster Souvenir de Cuba (1860) arranged Webster Grande Tarantelle arranged Webster The Webster Trio - Leone Buyse (flute), Michael Webster (clarinet) Robert Moeling (piano) Recorded in Stude Hall, Rice University, May 2002 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 357 [64.22] [JW]

A fine idea well executed and recorded. Good fun. ... see Full Review

Yearning For The Bell, Volume One: Breath-Sight Sakkaan [7’34]; San An [7’34]; Nesasaha Shirabe [5’49]; Nesasaha Tôri [5’41]; Ajikan [9’54]; Shingetsu [7’10]; Nesasaha Sagari Ha [5’52]; Reibo [17’22]; Tamuka [5’51]. Riley Lee (shakuhachi) Rec. Chapel of St Patrick’s College, Manly, Sydney, May 31st, 1992. DDD TALL POPPIES TP015 [74’02] [CC]

Very, very beautiful indeed. ... see Full Review



THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO BRUCKNER John Williamson (editor) £47.50 hardback £17.99 paperback 303pp Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0 521 80404 3 hardback. 0 521 00878 6 [TB]

A fine addition to the Bruckner bibliography but decidedly not a book for the beginner, not for the uninitiated. ... see Full Review

The Cambridge Companion to the Lied edited by James Parsons 2004 333 pp. Cambridge University Press [AO]

Disappointing that, despite excellent inner chapters, the book does not, ultimately, live up to its premise. ... see Full Review

The Penguin Companion to Classical Music By Paul Griffiths Hardcover 896 pages Penguin Books Ltd 153 x 234mm ISBN: 0141009241 £30.00 - £21.00 (incl post and packing) on [RB]

Penguin continue to push out the boundaries of their reference library and have done so successfully and with distinct character in Paul Griffiths’ book. ... see Full Review

The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs: Yearbook 2004/5 - Best Buys in Classical Music by Ivan March, Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton Assistant Editor: Paul Czajkowski paperback 153 x 234mm 768 pages ISBN 0140515232 Penguin [RB]

Set against its many rewards the flaws, although not to be forgotten, should not blind us to a valuable contribution to the music-lover’s shelves. ... see Full Review


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