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Björling Collection Volume 4: Opera Arias and Duets - 1945-1951 Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Romeo et Juliette, ‘Ah! Leve-toi, soleil’ Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon, ‘Je suis seul!…Ah! fuyez, douce image Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) L’Elisir d’amore, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’…’Quanto e bella’ Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) L’arlesiana, ‘E la solita storia’ ‘Come due tizzi accesi’ Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Manon Lescaut, ‘Donna’ non vidi mai’ Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana, ‘Ch’ella mi creda libera’; ‘Mamma! Quell vino e generoso’ Benjamin GODARD (1949-1895) Jocelyn, ‘Berceuse’ Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen, ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo, ‘Io I’ho perduta…Qual pallor…Dio, che nell’alma infondere’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone) Otello, ‘O monstruoso colpa…Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone) La forza del destino, ‘Solenne in quest’ora’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone) Aida, ‘Se quell guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida’ Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Les Pecheurs des perles, ‘Au fond du temple saint’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème, ‘In un coupe?..O Mimi, tu piu non torni’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone); ‘Che gelida manina’ Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda, ‘Cielo e mar!’ Jussi Björling (tenor) Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra and Swedish Radio Orchestra/Nils Grevillius. RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini  Various recording venues. Restoration Producer: Stefan Lindström. ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110788 [73.37] [CC]

Very much recommended as a vibrant example of Björling’s art. ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Romantic Songs Jussi Björling (tenor) The Royal Orchestra/Nils Grevillius Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Stig Westerberg * Recorded Stockholm, 1957-59 Functions as CD Rom with music, comments, photos and translations SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1100 [52.09] [JW]

Balladry and the bardic. Sometimes the recordings can be a touch raw but nothing to disperse the pleasure. Also CD-ROM biographical and archival material of real value .... see Full Review

Grace Bumbry: A Homage to Lotte Lehmann. Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Schwanengesang, D957 (1828) - No. 1, Liebesbotschaft [3’08]; No. 5, Aufenthalt [3’20]; No. 14, Die Taubenpost [3’51]. Rastlöse Liebe, D138 (1815) [1’27]. Refrainlieder, D866 (1828?) - No. 3, Die Männer sind méchant [3’00]. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Liebestreu, Op. 3 No. 1 (publ. 1854) [2’05]. Lerchengesang, Op. 70 No. 2 (publ 1877) [2’26]. Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4 (1889) [3’05]. Therese, Op. 86 No. 1 (publ. 1882) [1’44]. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Oh! Quand je dors, S282 (1842) [6’16]. Enfant, si j’étais roi, S283 (c1844) [3’29]. Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust (1846) – D’amour, l’ardente flamme [8’28]. Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Myrthen, Op. 25 (1840) - No. 1, Widmung [2’13]; No. 3, Der Nussbaum [3’37]. Lider und Gesänge III, Op. 77 (1840-50) - Aufträge, Op. 77 No. 5 [2’37]. Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2 [2’21]. Sehnsucht, Op. 32 No. 2 (1896) [4’00]. Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2 (1894) [2’23]. TRADITIONAL You can tell the World (arr. Margaret Bonds) [2’19]. Fernando OBRADORS (1897-1945) Canciones clásicas españolas (1920) - No. 7, Del cabello más sutil [2’27]. El Vito [1’53]. Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen (1875) - La Seguidilla [2’24]. Grace Bumbry (soprano); Helmut Deutsch (piano).Includes numerous interviews with Bumbry and Deutsch. Translations available on-screen. Rec. live, Théâtre Musical de Paris-Châtelet, France, May 5th, 2001. Video Aspect Ratio 16:9. Region Code PAL ALL. Format DVD-9. LPCM Stereo. Dolby Digital 5.0. TDK GREAT VOICES OF OUR TIME DV-VTGB-EUR [91’00] [CC]

For avid Bumbry completists only, I would suggest. ... see Full Review

Ferruccio Busoni and his Pupils Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue no.1 in C (from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book I) [03:57], Chorale-Prelude – Rejoice, Beloved Christians (arr. Busoni) [01:55] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ecossaise in E flat (arr. Busoni) [01:57] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in F sharp, op.15/2 [03:34], Prelude in A, op.28/7 [01:04], Etude in G flat op.10/5 (two versions) [01:45, 01:53], Etude in E minor, op.25/5 [03:24] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody no.13 in A minor [06:15] Ferruccio Busoni (piano) Recorded 27th February 1922, London Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne in D minor, from Partita no. 2 for violin (arr. Busoni) [12:15] Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Albumblatt no.3: in der Art eines Choralvorspiels [04:40], Elegy no.2: All’Italia! In modo napolitano [04:56] Egon Petri (piano) Recorded in New York, June 1945 (Bach) and London 27th September 1938 (Busoni) Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Sonatina no.3: ad usum infantis [05:39], Sonatine no.5: in diem nativitatis Christi [06:02], Sonatine no.6: Chamber Fantasy on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen [06:18] Michael von Zadora (piano) Recorded 1929 (Sonatina 6) and 1938 (others) Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Indian Diary, Book 1: Allegro affettuoso, un poco agitato [02:35], Vivace [01:46], Andante [03:22], Maestoso ma andando [02:45] Edward Weiss (piano) Recorded 1952 Transfers by Ward Marston NAXOS 8.110777 [76:02] [CH]

Busoni’s recorded legacy no more than hints at his powers, but is worth a hearing nonetheless. ... see Full Review

Cantors at St.Thomas before Bach Sebastian KNUPFER (1633-1676) Ach Herr, strafe Mich nicht; Es haben mi ride Hoffartigen Johann KUHNAU (1660-1722) Gott, sei mir gnadig nach; O heilige Zeit Johann SCHELLE (1648-1701) Das ist mir lieb; Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein; Aus der Tieffen rufe ich, Herr zu dir Cantus Cöln/Konrad Junghanel Recorded at the church of St. Osdag, Manelsloh. February 1992 DDD DEUTSCHES HARMONIA MUNDI 74321 935632 [70.28] [GH]

A very fine disc of rare repertoire, superbly and beautifully performed, ravishingly recorded. ... see Full Review

CLASSICS AT THE POPS Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man (1942) [3’19"] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah (1877) [7’29"] Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Pines of the Appian Way from The Pines of Rome (1924) [5’36"]* Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934) [4’33"] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901), arr. KUNZEL Grand March from Act II of Aida (1871) [7’41"]* Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fêtes from Nocturnes ((1900) [6’22"] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Op.36 (1899) [4’14"] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Roman Carnival Overture, Op.9 (1844) [9’30"] Jaromir WEINBERGER (1896-1967) Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper (1927) [8’49"]* Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Festive Overture, Op.96 (1954) [6’54"]* Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel. Items marked * also with the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati Brass Choir Recorded at Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10-11 May 2003 TELARC CD-80595 [65’00"] [JPo]

One can do a lot better than this, particularly at mid-price. ... see Full Review

DIALOGUE FOR TWO ORGANS Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Sonata per due organi [8’04] Baldasarre GALUPPI (1706-1785) Sonata a due organi [5’42] Anonimo ITALIANO (19th Century) Sonata a due Organi [4’20] Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonata per due organi [10’41] Ferdinando BONAZZI (1754-1845) Suonata per due organi [5’35] Pastorale a due organi [4’30] Giuseppe BUSI (1808-1871) Sonata I: Allegro giusto [7’30] Sonata II: Adagio [6’44] Sonata III: Allegro [7’05] Sonata IV Largo [3’24] Francesco CANNETI (1807-1884) Finale a due organi nell’opera Aida di Giuseppe Verdi [3’51] Luigi Celeghin, Bianka Pezic, organs Recorded Basilica Pontificia Maria SS. Della Misericordia, S.S. Elpidio a Mare, Ascoli Piceno, Italy, 10th-12th June 2002 DDD NAXOS 8.557131 [67’35] [CB]

Despite this CD’s lack of great music, it is difficult to be too critical. You might not want to listen to it too often, but it is a valuable reference piece. ... see Full Review

HOW SWEET THE SOUND Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music All arrangements by Joseph Jennings L. V. McCULLUM Jesus hits like an atom bomb [3’18”] W. H. BREWSTER Sr. Surely God is able* [3’48”] Traditional Amazing Grace* [7’26”]; Soon One Mornin’ Medley [10’17”]; (Soon One Mornin’; What You Gon’ Do When the World’s on Fire; You Can’t Hide; Run on for a Long Time); Didn’t It Rain* [3’27”]; Sit down Servant / Plenty Good Room [7’00”]; Keep Your Hand on the Plough (Hold On) [3’40”]; My Soul is a Witness* [5’38”]; There is a Balm in Gilead* [4’57”]; Poor Pilgrim Medley [10’25”] (Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow; Walk in Jerusalem) Joseph JENNINGS Be Still and Know that I’m God* [8’41”] *Bishop Yvette A. Flunder (singer) Chanticleer/Joseph Jennings Recorded in St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California, June 2003 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 60309-2 [68’39”][JQ]

Another fine CD from Chanticleer. One to dip into .. performances are first rate as usual. ... see Full Review

The English Connection Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending (sketched 1914; rev. f.p. 1920) * Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis † (1910) Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor (1892) Michael TIPPETT (b. 1934) Fantasia Concertante on a Theme by Corelli ◙(1953) * Iona Brown (violin) † Malcolm Latchem (violin), Stephen Shingles (viola) and Denis Vigay (cello) ◙ Kenneth Sillito (violin) and Denis Vigay (cello) Academy of St Martins in the Fields/Neville Marriner Reissue - recorded in Abbey Road Studios in 1983 ASV CD DCA 518 [61:48] [IL]

Sterling performances of some well-loved English works for strings. ... see Full Review

Gaudete TRAD. arr. Karl JENKINS (b.1944) Gaudete [1:43] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) arr. Alexander L’ESTRANGE Après un rêve [3:25] Sir John TAVENER (b.1944) The Lamb [3:54] TRAD. Gaudete (a cappella) [1:45] PACHELBEL (1653-1706) arr. L’ESTRANGE Canon [4:46] Sir John TAVENER (extract) Mother and Child [4:37] Steve REICH (b.1936) Clapping Music [5:33] Tenebrae: Grace Davidson, Julia Doyle (sopranos), Anna Stephany, Alexander L’Estrange (altos), Christopher Watson, Nigel Short, Andrew Busher, John Bunghard (tenors), Gabriel Crouch, Matthew Brook (baritones), Adrian Peacock, David Porter Thomas (basses)/Nigel Short, Director, with Jody Jenkins (percussion) Recorded at St. Michael’s Church Highgate, 12-13 May 2004 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIG CD 050 [25:45] [Single] [GPJ]

‘Passion and Precision’ is Tenebrae’s motto – and they amply live up to it here ... see Full Review

The Enlightenment in the New World: 18th Century American Harpsichord Music William Selby (c1738-1798) Voluntary VIII in A major [3.19] Mr. Newman (fl 1807-1810) Sonata III in D major [4.27] Alexander Reinagle (1756-1809) Lee Rigg - a Scots tune with 3 variations and a Gigg (qv) in A major [3.42] John Christopher Moller (1755-1803) Sinfonia in E flat major [3.36] Victor Pelissier (c 1745-c1820) Three Hornpipes [1.57] James Hewitt (1770 – 1827) Yankee Doodle with 9 variations [8.55] William Brown (fl 1783-1788) Rondo III in G major [4.56] Benjamin Carr (1768-1831) Sonata VI in B flat-major [5.20] Benjamin Carr The Maid of Lodi: Prelude Air and 4 variations in G major [2.44] James Hewitt The Battle of Trenton – A Favorite Historical Military Sonata dedicated to George Washington [10.50] Olivier Baumont, harpsichord Harpsichord built by Jacques Goermans, Paris 1774 Recorded in the Chateau de Bény-sur-Mer (Calvados) France on 31st January & 1st February 2001. WARNER ELATUS 2564 61571-2 [50.51][JQ]

This is a wee gem. Get out and buy it. I promise that all of these pieces will entertain, charm, impress and amuse you a great deal. ... see Full Review

The GIGLI Edition Volume 5: New York Recordings 1927-38. Georges BIZET (1838-75) Les pecheurs de perles (1863) – Del tempio al limitara [4’27]. Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-86) La Giocondabc – Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santafior! [two versions, 4’30 + 4’25]. Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) – Tombe degl’avi mieide [two versions, 5’01 + 4’46]; Giusto cielo, rispondetefg (two versions, 3’56 + 3’54]; Tu che a Dio spiegsati l’alihi (two versions, 4’27 + 4’27]; Chi mi frena in tal momento?j [4’24]. Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto (1851) – Bella figlia dell’amore [two versionskl, 4’12 + 4’26]. La traviata (1853) – De’ miei bollenti spiritim [4’16]. Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana (1890) – Viva il vino spumeggiante (Brindisi)n [3’42]. Ambroise THOMAS (1811-96) Mignono (1866) – Ah, non credevi tu [4’04]; Addio, Mignon, fa core [3’07]. Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) L’africaine (1865) – O paradisop [3’50]. Ernesto De CURTIS (1875-1937)
Voce ‘e notteq [3’44]. Canta pe’mer [3’27].
Beniamino Gigli (tenor); jklAmelita Galli-Curci (soprano); jklLouise Homer (contralto); jAngelo Bada (tenor); abcjklGiuseppe De Luca (baritone); fghijEzio Pinza (bass); abcorchestra/Rosario Bourdon; d-rMetropolitan Opera Orchestra/Giulio Senti. From Victor abc8084, d6876, fghi8096, jkl10012, mn8222, o6904, p7109, q6925, r1403, eunpublished on 78. Rec. Liederkranz Hall, New York on abcNovember 28th, defghiDecember 12th, jkl16th, pqr27th 1927, mMay 8th, nJanuary 5th, oNovember 30th, 1928. ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110266 [79’07] [CC]

A wonderful issue, in all. A very highly recommended snapshot of Gigli as he was in New York in the years 1927 and 1928. ... see Full Review

Facets. John Holt, trumpet. Music for solo and multiple trumpets.  James WINTLE (b.1942) Ballade (2202) Three Studies for Trumpet (2003) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Kyrie for Five Sopranos K89 (1770) Otto LUENING (1900-1996) Introduction and Allegro Herbert L CLARKE (1867-1945) From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific, The Southern Cross Ronald Lo PRESTI (1933-1986) Suite for Five Trumpets (1961) Flor PEETERS (1903-1986) Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (1943) Edward Kennedy "Duke" ELLINGTON (1899-1974) I’m Beginning To See The Light (1944) Sophisticated Lady Fisher TULL (1934-1994) Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets (1961) John Holt (trumpet) Natalia Bolshakova (piano) Trumpet ensemble Ricky Duhaime (conductor)  Recorded at the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Texas, May 2003 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD762 [64.35]  [JW]

Not essential listening – but frequently diverting. There are good covering notes; sound can be so-so, as in the Clarke, but at its best it’s fine. ... see Full Review

Lamentations Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA Stabat Mater* [11’16"] Gregorio ALLEGRI Miserere* [12’38"] Robert RAMSEY How are the mighty fallen *[7’41"] Thomas WEELKES When David Heard* [4’27"] Thomas TALLIS Lamentations of Jeremiah (First Set) [7’29"] Tomas Luis de VICTORIA O Vos Omnes [2’32"] Josquin des PREZ Déploration sur le mort d’Ockeghem [4’47"] Carlo GESUALDO O Vos Omnes [2’56"] Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA Super Flumina [3’47"] Josquin des PREZ Absalon Fili Mi [3’54"] William BYRD Civitas Sancti Tui [4’21"] Thomas TOMKINS When David Heard [4’40"] George KIRBYE Vox in Rama [4’32"] Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown Recorded in *Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge; All Saints Church, Aldwinckle, near Cambridge. No dates specified. PAL DVD 16:9 All formats BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92098 [74‘57"] [JQ]

I enjoyed both the musical and visual aspects of this DVD very much. If the programme appeals, you can invest with confidence. ... see Full Review

Marcello Giordani - Tenor arias Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 - 1868) Asile héreditaire from Guillaume Tell Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 - 1848) Ah! mes amis, quell jour de fête from La fille du régiment, Un ange, une femme inconnue from La favorite Vincenzo BELLINI(1801 - 1835) Nel furor delle tempeste; Per te di vane lagrime from Il Pirata, Torna, vezzosa Fillide Giovanni PACINI (1796 - 1867) Son giunto from La fidanzata corsa Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875) La fleur que to m’availa jetée from Carmen Giuseppe VERDI (1813 - 1901) La mia letitzia infondere from I Lombardi all prima crociata, Quando le sere al placido from Luisa Miller, Ah, sib en mio coll’essere’; Di quall pira l’orreno foco’ from Il trovatore Pietro MASCAGNI (1863 - 1945) Mamma, quell vino e generoso from Cavalleria Rusticana Marcello Giordani (tenor) Giovanni Guagliardo (baritone) Maria Arghiracopulos (mezzo-soprano) Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Bellini Theatre, Catania/Steven Mercurio Recorded 10th – 16th December 2001 NAXOS 8.557269 [58.29] [RH]

An attractive recital which showcases the talents of this Sicilian tenor. ... see Full Review

Plainte Calme Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) 3e Impromptu in A flat, op.34 [4:57] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Préludes: 1. La colombe [02:02], 2. Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste [06:45], 3. Le nombre léger [01:39], 4. Instants défunts [04:40], 5. Les sons impalpables du rêve [03:16], 6. Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu [08:35], 7. Plainte calme [03:21], 8. Un reflet dans le vent [04:59] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) 1er Impromptu in E flat, op.25 [04:00], 4e Impromptu in D flat, op.91 [04 :39], 2e Impromptu in F minor, op.31 [03 :45] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Gaspard de la Nuit: 1. Ondine [06:40], 2. Le Gibet [07:26], 3. Scarbo [09:31] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) 5e Impromptu in F sharp minor, op.102 [02 :09] Alexander Lonquich (piano) Recorded January 2002 in the Radio Studio DRS, Zurich ECM NEW SERIES 1821 472 4002 [79:42][CH]

A truly magical “Gaspard de la Nuit” from an important pianist. ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music; the 1930sArthur WOOD Curtain Up – from "Ballerina Suite" BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell with Reginald Foort, Organ [3:08] Leon JESSEL Wedding Of The Rose Jack Hylton and his Orchestra [3:14] Eric COATES Westwards from "Four Ways Suite" New Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Lewis [4:03] L. NOIRET Tea Dolls’ Parade) West End Celebrity Orchestra – [3:05] John ANSELL Plymouth Hoe Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Ansell [6:51] Paul LINCKE Glow Worm Idyll New Light Symphony Orchestra [3:32] Frederic CURZON March Of The Bowmen – from "Robin Hood Suite" London Palladium Orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood [3:56] Reginald KING The Immortals – Concert Overture London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr [7:23] Sherman MYERS Butterflies In The Rain Fred Hartley’s Quintet [2:40] May Day Overture (Haydn WOOD) Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Haydn Wood [6:24] DOLPHE, GORDON, RANDAL Moths Around The Candle Flame Alfredo Campoli and his Salon Orchestra [2:15] Eduard KÜNNEKE Overture from "Tänzerische Suite" (Dance Suite) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard Künneke [7:10] RECKTENWALD The Nightingale’s Morning Greeting Marek Weber and his Orchestra [2:49] Richard RODGERS, Lorenz HART Slaughter On Tenth Avenue – from ‘On Your Toes’ Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra [7:58] Kennedy RUSSELL Dance Of The Icicles – from "The Wooing of the Snowflakes" Leslie Jeffries and his Orchestra [2:30] Carl ROBRECHT, arr. Phil CARDEW Samum BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Henry Hall [2:33] Music From The Movies – 1937 selection March of the Movies, We Saw the Sea, Would You? Top Hat, My Heart and I, Broadway Rhythm, Where Are You? September in the Rain, Thanks a Million, Lovely Lady, I Saw a Ship a-sailing, March of the Movie Louis Levy And His Gaumont-British Symphony [8:36]
Recorded 1931-38 GUILD GLCD 5106 [78.16] [JW]

Might be too many glow wormy and nightingaley things here for more austere tastes – but these were part and parcel of the genre ... see Full Review

The Hallé Tradition Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Carnival Overture Symphony No.9 in E minor Op.95 From The New World Nocturne in B major Op.40 + Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 in F sharp minor and 6 in D flat major Hallé Orchestra /Sir Hamilton Harty Hallé Orchestra/Leslie Heward + Recorded 1927 (Symphony and Carnival) 1929 (Brahms) and 1941 (Nocturne) Also functions as CD-ROM with details of the disc and promotional material for the orchestra HALLÉ TRADITION CD HLT8000 [54.00] [JW]

I’m genuinely sorry but I can’t recommend these transfers at all; they don’t do justice to the Hallé legacy. ... see Full Review

The Hallé Tradition Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) – Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Concerto in A minor adapted from the Arpeggione Sonata by Cassadó Rosamunde D797 Overture and excerpts: Overture from Alfonso and Estrella D732; Incidental Music, Entr’acte No.1; Ballet Music No.1; Incidental Music, Entr’acte No.2 and Hirtenmelodie; Incidental Music, Entr’acte No.3; Ballet Music No.2; Overture to Rosamunde [The Magic Harp] Gaspar Cassadó (cello) Hallé Orchestra/Hamilton Harty Recorded at the old Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1927-29 Functions as CD-ROM with information about the recording and promotional material for the Hallé Orchestra HALLÉ TRADITION CD HLT8003 [60.11] [JW]

But the transfers are, once more, veiled and subterranean. I’m sorry – but this is not good enough. ... see Full Review

IMPERIAL FANFARES Fanfares from the 17th-19th Centuries The Art of Trumpet, Vienna/Leonhard Leeb Recorded 11th-13th November 2001 in the Minoritenkirche, Vienna NAXOS 8.555879 [68:28] [CH] [JW]

If you want 76 fanfares you know where to get them.[CH]
Who is this disc for? Who will listen to it? How did I manage to write this much? I have no answers to any of these questions – but I am off to listen to Bruckner 7.[JW] ... see Full Review ... see Full Review

Lamentations Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA Stabat Mater* [11’16"] Gregorio ALLEGRI Miserere* [12’38"] Robert RAMSEY How are the mighty fallen *[7’41"] Thomas WEELKES When David Heard* [4’27"] Thomas TALLIS Lamentations of Jeremiah (First Set) [7’29"] Tomas Luis de VICTORIA O Vos Omnes [2’32"] Josquin des PREZ Déploration sur le mort d’Ockeghem [4’47"] Carlo GESUALDO O Vos Omnes [2’56"] Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA Super Flumina [3’47"] Josquin des PREZ Absalon Fili Mi [3’54"] William BYRD Civitas Sancti Tui [4’21"] Thomas TOMKINS When David Heard [4’40"] George KIRBYE Vox in Rama [4’32"] Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Timothy Brown Recorded in *Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge; All Saints Church, Aldwinckle, near Cambridge. No dates specified. PAL DVD 16:9 All formats BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92098 [74‘57"] [JQ]

I enjoyed both the musical and visual aspects of this DVD very much. If the programme appeals, you can invest with confidence. ... see Full Review

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[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]  [Part 7 Misc M-Z]

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