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Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España [6:38]; Suite Pastorale [16:00]; Fête Polonaise and Danse Slave from Le Roi malgré lui [7:30; 5:12]; Overture: Gwendoline [8:44]; Joyeuse Marche [3:40]; Bourrée Fantasque [6:15] Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Suite in F Op. 33 [13:13] Detroit SO/Paul Paray rec. Ford Auditorium, Detroit 19 Mar 1957 (Bourrée; Suite in F); Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit 5 Apr 1959 (Joyeuse); Cass Technical High School, Detroit and Old Orchestra Hall 18 Nov 1959 (rest) ADD Originally issued Mercury LPs: SR90212; SR90211; SR90005; SR175100 (Suite F) SACD reviewed in CD mode MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 6183 [67:22] [RB]

The excellent and stylish Paray in French music both romantic and modernistic. ... see Full Review

Marc Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643 - 1704) Musiques pour les funérailles de la Reine Marie-Thérèse In obitum augustissimae nec no piisimae gallorum Reginae Imentum, H 409 (1) Elevation, H408 (2) Luctus de morte augustissimae Mariae Theresiae reginae Galliae (3) Faith – Bernadette Degelin (soprano) (1) Hope – Diane Verdoodt (soprano) (1) Charity – Marina Smolders (soprano) (1) Angel – Howard Crook (tenor) (1) Messenger – Zeger Vandersteene (tenor) (1) Three of the People – Ludwig van Gijsegem (tenor), Zeger Vandersteene (tenor), Kurt Widmer (bass) (1) One of the People – Henk Lauwers (bass), Kurt Widmer (bass) (1) Hunger – Bernadette Degelin (soprano) (2) Thirst – Diane Verdoodt (soprano) (2) Christ – Kurt Widmer (bass) (2) Howard Crook (tenor) (3) Zeger Vandersteene (tenor) (3) Kurt Widmer (bass) (3) Choeur de Chambre de Namur Musica Polyphonica/Louis Devos Recorded in the Institut Musical d’Education Pedagogique, Namur, Belgium, April 1988 WARNER APEX 2564 61743-2 [56.43] [GH]

Attractive performances of moving music by Charpentier for the funeral of the wife of Louis XIV. ... see Full Review

Carlos CHÀVEZ (1899 - 1978) Complete Chamber Music Volume 1 Invention #1 for piano solo (1958) [21.52] Gayle Blankenburg, piano Invention #2 for string trio (1965) [12.14] Christine Frank, violin; Jan Karlin, viola; Maggie Edmonson, cello. Invention #3 for harp solo (1967) [6.57] Amy Wilkins, harp Daughter of Colchis - Suite for Double Quartet (1943) [24.29] Dorothy Stone, flute; Stuart Horn, oboe, Jim Foschia, clarinet; Leslie Lasinsky, bassoon; Christine Frank, violin; Agnes Gottschewski, violin; Jan Karlin, viola, Maggie Edmonson, cello. Southwest Chamber Music/Jeff von der Schmit Upingos for Oboe (1957) [2.51] Stuart Horn, oboe Recorded between 26 May 1999 and 15 May 2002 at Los Angeles, California, USA. Notes in English. Pictures of the composer and a photo from the ballet Dark Meadow. CAMBRIA CD8850 [68.43] [PSh]

A long needed exposure of the genius of an under-appreciated composer. A real find, one you won’t want to miss ... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Straloch Suite (1933) [15:59]Scottish Airs for Children (1940s) [27:54]Sonata in A An Riobain Dearg (abridged version, 2004) (1939) Murray McLachlan, piano Rec. Whiteley Hall, Chethams School, Manchester, 5-7 April 2004. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0222/LC-12952 [77:24] [CSS]

A repressed excitement that is infectious. To be hoped that these exploratory excursions into Chisholm’s substantial output will unearth other revelations. ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Douze Etudes Op. 10 (à son ami Franz Liszt) 12 Etudes Op. 25 (A Madame la Comtesse d'Agoult) ,Trois Nouvelles Études Alfred Cortot (piano) Recorded Studio No 3 Abbey Road, London, 1933-34 and 1949 CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACH 7008-2 [60.12] [JW]

A representative Chopin collection without these sets is inconceivable ... see Full Review

Michael DAUGHERTY (b. 1954) Philadelphia Stories (2001) [28’39] UFO (1999) [35’37] Evelyn Glennie (percussion) Colorado Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop. Rec. Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14-17 Nov 2002. DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559165 [64’38] [CC]

Great production values, supremely dedicated performances … of music that manifestly does not deserve either. ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) The Song of the High Hills, Irmelin Prelude, Serenade and Intermezzo from Hassan, A Village Romeo and Juliet: Dennis Dowling (baritone), Frederick Sharp (baritone), Margaret Ritchie (soprano), Dorothy Bond (soprano), Rene Soames (tenor), Lorely Dyer, Gordon Clinton (baritone) Recorded May, July 1948 First issued on HMV DB 6751/62 Koanga: Final scene Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham All works recorded at Studio 1, Abbey Road, London ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110982-83 [71’ 57" + 71’ 47"] [EM]

I would strongly recommend the reader purchasing either the Mackerras or the Meredith Davies recordings before they too, in their turn, are no longer available, as both the sound quality and the interpretation are superior to this Beecham recording. ... see Full Review

David DIAMOND (b.1915) Psalma (1936) [8’39]. Kaddishb (1987) [10’44]. Symphony No. 3a (1945) [31’08]. bJanos Starker (cello); Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz Rec. a11-12 Sept 1990; b6 Jan 1991, Seattle Center Opera House From Delos DE3103 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559155 [50’33] [CC]

Fresh, devoted performances of music fully worthy of continued attention would be a fair reaction to this disc … A wonderful way to spend a fiver. ... see Full Review

Stephen DODGSON (b.1924) High Barbaree – the Music of Stephen Dodgson High Barbaree (1999) [6.48] Venus to the Muses (2002) [5.36] Daphne to Apollo (1997) [6.06] Duo Concertante (1968 [14.23] Shine and Shade (1975) [9.05] Quatre Rondeaux de Charles d’Orléans (1982): (i) Le Temps a laissié son manteau [1.56]; (ii) Quant j’ai le tabourin [1.44]; (iii) En regardant ces belles fleurs [2.26]; (iv) Allez vous en, allez, allez [2.41] Inventions for Harpsichord (Set 3) (1970): Vivace Assai [2.56]; Allegramente [2.21]; Largamente e Liberamente [3.04]; Spiritoso [3.00]Warbeck Trio (2002): Processional (the Uneasy Crowd) [3.14]; the Early of Huntly [1.47]; Edinburgh Revels [2.05]; Whitsand Bay to Tyburn [4.30] Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) John Turner (recorder) Graham Salvage (bassoon)Craig Ogden (guitar) Pamela Nash (harpsichord) Rec. 22-23 Sept 2003, Stephen Joseph Studio, Manchester University; in the presence of the composer to celebrate his 80th birthday. DDD. CAMPION CAMEO 2032 [65:42] [BK]

A fine introduction to Stephen Dodgson’s work which can be recommended, especially to those interested in recorders, guitar and harpsichord ... see Full Review

Richard DRAKEFORD (b.1936) Cello Suite – for Rohan de Saram (1957-8) [9:22]John R. WILLIAMSON (b.1929) Cello Sonata No.2 (2001) [22:46] Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Solo Cello Sonata (1969) [19:27] Diane Porteous (cello) Kathryn Page (piano) Recorded in The Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester 2004 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0229 [51:35] [IM]

Premiere recordings of three cello works brilliantly performed. ... see Full Review

Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Mélodies: Sérénade, Chanson triste, Le manoir de Rosemonde, L’invitation au voyage, Phidylé, Testament, Sérénade florentine, Soupir, La vague et la cloche, Extase, La vie antérieure, Le galop, Lamento, Elégie, La fuite* Paul Groves (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano), with Emily Pulley (soprano)* Recorded 10th-12th November 2003 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, Canada NAXOS 8.557219 [53:56] [CH]

A fair enough guide to most of Duparc’s songs. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony no.7 in D minor, op.70 [39:13] Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra, op.11 [11:40] Carnival Overture, op.92* [9:51] Thomas Zehetmair (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra/Eliahu Inbal London Philharmonic Orchestra*/James Conlon* Recorded at Brent Town Hall, London, October 1983 (overture), Snape Malting Concert Hall, December 1989 (Romance), St. Austin’s, London, October 1990 (symphony) WARNER APEX 2564 61427-2 [60:47] [GPJ]

Too many examples of musical indiscipline ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Piano Trios Vol. 2 Trio No. 2 for piano, violin and cello, in G minor, op.26, B.56 Trio No. 4 for piano, violin and cello, in E minor, op.90 ‘Dumky’ B.166 Vienna Piano Trio Recorded: December 18-20, 2003 Furstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG GOLD 342 1262-2 [60:28] [MC]

A fine Dvořák release which will only serve to enhance the reputation of the excellent Vienna Piano Trio. ... see Full Review

The Famous Oistrakh Trio Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Trio in F minor Op.65 Trio in E minor Op.90 Dumky David Oistrakh (violin) Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (cello) Lev Oborin (piano) No recording details PREISER RECORDS 90593 [73.08] [JW]

We edge nearer a proper realisation of those previously tough to find Trio recordings. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Solo Piano Music Recorded 5-8 October 1999, Studio 10, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Germany Stefan Veselka (piano)
Dates and locations as above NAXOS 8.505205 [5:05:03] [CH]

Some little-known but unfailingly attractive music, and Veselka’s love of it shines through. ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff, Symphonic Study in C minor, op.68 (1913) [35:40] Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra, op.62 (1910) [6:18] Cello Concerto in B minor, op.85 (1919) [28:32] Smoking Cantata (1919) [0:51] Heinrich Schiff, cello, Graham Salvage, bassoon, Andrew Shore, baritone Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder Recorded 21st-22nd July 2003 in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK (Falstaff, Romance), 11th-12th October 2003, in BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, UK (cello concerto, Smoking Cantata) HALLE CD HLL 7505 [69:42] [GPJ]

A masterly reading of a great score ... Elder draws stunning playing from the Hallé ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending Hilary Hahn, violin London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis Recorded, Oct 2003 (Elgar) and Dec 2003 (Vaughan Williams) Full Price DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4748732 [66’10] [MB]

One look at the front cover of the booklet and the blurred images of Hahn looking more like a diva than a violin player suggests that musical substance is lacking. Elgar suffers irrevocably because of that. ... see Full Review


Three Mantras from Avatara (1. Of Action and Vision of Terrestrial Avataras; 2. Of Bliss and Vision of Celestial Avataras; 3. Of Will and Vision of Cosmic Avataras) Op. 61b (1930) [26:28] Lyra Celtica - concerto for voice and orchestra Op. 50 (1925) [16:11] Apotheosis (Elegy) - Music Poem No. 4 for violin and orchestra Op. 18 (1907) [11:18] Mirage - Music Poem No. 5 for orchestra Op. 20 (1910) [23:49] Susan Bickley (mezzo) Daniel Hope (violin) City of Birmingham SO/Sakari Oramo rec. Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26-27 Feb 2004. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61525-2 [78:13] [RB]

Enigmatic but not difficult, lambent, delicate, ecstatic and non-conformist. There is light and air in this man's music as well as lyrical release... see Full Review

The Organ Music of Sandra GAY Variations on Faith Journey (2000) Meditation and Dance on 'Weisse Flaggen' (2000) A Host of Angels (2001) In God's Image (2001) Partita on a Hymn Tune of Tallis (1975) With Shouts of Loud Praise (2000) Carson COOMAN Jesus is the Sunlight (2001) From Past to Future (2001) When the Morning Stars Began to Sing (2001) With Quiet Joy and Inner Peace (2000) Sandra Gay and Carson Cooman, organ Rec. Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester, New York ZIMBEL ZR101 [66'54] [CB]

Both player/composers revel endlessly in the colourless celestes, though all playing on the disc is perfectly competent. ... see Full Review

Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar) (1836) A patriotic, heroic-tragic opera in four acts with an epilogue Libretto by Sergei Gorodetsky (sung in Russian) Ivan Susanin - Maxim Mikhailov (bass) Antonida, his daughter - Natalia Spiller (soprano) Vanya - Yelizaveta Antonova (mezzo soprano) Bogdan Sobinin - Georgi Nelepp (tenor) A Russian soldier - Alexander Hosson (bass) A Polish messenger - Ivan Skobtsov (tenor)
Sigismund - Fyodor Svetlanov (bass) Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre/Alexander Melik-Pashaev/Vassily Nebolsin (Epilogue) (conductors) Recorded in Moscow in 1947 no libretto GREAT HALL MVT CD 012-013 [73.37 + 79.46] [CF]

Only the Gubbay-like jamboree finale disappoints in what is otherwise a largely stylish performance ... see Full Review

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas (1911) [53.01] Danzas espańolas (selection) (1892-1900) [25.49] Alicia de Larrocha (piano) Rec 4-6 December 1989, 11 April 1990 (Goyescas), 25-28 March 1994 (Danzas), American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City BMG RCA RED SEAL 82876 60863-2 [78.56] [TB]

Performances that have attained a truly legendary status ... few players can match her insights and sensitivity. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Concert Overture: In Autumn, Op. 11 [11.06] Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 [29.23] Symphonic Dances, Op. 64 [31.17] Håvard Gimse (piano) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Bjarte Engeset Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 13-15 May 2003 DDD NAXOS 8.557279 [71.47] [EM]

This excellent CD should be regarded as good news for Grieg lovers everywhere ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus HWV 232 (1707) Antonio CALDARA (c.1670-1736) Missa dolorosa – Messa a 4 voci (1735) Crucifixus a 16 voci Balthasar-Neumann-Chor Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble/Thomas Hengelbrock
Recorded at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, March 2003
SACD DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82976 58792 2 [63.07] [JW]

Certainly a must for the Caldara; if you have the Dixit Dominus you may well pause but there is real merit in this performance. ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Solomon (edited and arranged Beecham) Solomon – John Cameron (baritone) Zadok, the High Priest – Alexander Young (tenor) Queen, Pharaoh’s Daughter/Peasant Girl – Elsie Morison (soprano) Nicaule, Queen of Sheba – Lois Marshall (soprano) Beecham Choral Society Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham Recorded London, 1955-56 SOMM-BEECHAM 17 [52.18 + 51.05] [JW]

A heartfelt, noble and stirring achievement and, like the Boy King’s tomb, full of wonderful things. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) The Ways of Zion do Mourn, HWV 264 , Utrecht Te Deum, HWV 278 Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt (b) WARNER APEX 2564 61142-2 [69.00] [RH]

A welcome re-issue of two archive recordings of two of Handel’s finest occasional works. ... see Full Review

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 21 Nordic (1923) [26:42] Symphony No. 2 Op. 30 Romantic (1930) [27:54] The Song of Democracy (1957) [12:04] Eastman School of Music Chorus/Dr Herman H Genhart Eastman-Rochester SO/Howard Hanson rec. Eastman Theatre Rochester, New York, 6 May 1957 (Song); 4 May 1958 (2); 16 Dec 1958 (1). ADD SACD reviewed in CD mode MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 6181 [66:40] [RB]

Definitive vibrant recordings by the composer and his orchestra ... see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (1798) An Oratorio in three parts for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra Teresa Seidl, soprano (Gabriel, Eva) Algirdas Janutas, tenor (Uriel) Benno Schollum, bass (Rafael, Adam) Kaunas State Choir Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin Recorded live at the Rheingau Music Festival, 11 July 1998. [DDD] WARNER APEX 2564 60714-2 [55:44 + 48:19] [KS]

This live performance is a bit of a mixed bag, not altogether successful but by no means unworthy. ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung (1798) Edita Gruberova, soprano - Gabriel, Eva Josef Protschka, tenor - Uriel Robert Holl, bass - Raphael, Adam Arnold Schoenberg Chor Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Konzerthaus, Vienna 10/11 April 1986 WARNER APEX 2564 61593-2 [58.54 + 56.04] [PW]

Harnoncourt has the balance of cleanliness, style and charm about right, as well as providing an abundance of brilliant moments ... see Full Review

Jennifer HIGDON (b. 1962) Concerto for Orchestra (2002) [34:58] City Scape (2002) [30:52] Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Robert Spano Rec. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 12, 14 Sept 2003. DDD TELARC CD-80620 [66:17] [JQ]

This is one of the most communicative and enjoyable discs of new music to come my way in a long time. The music is accessible and enjoyable ... see Full Review

Arthur HONEGGER (1892 - 1955) Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique," H.186 (1945) [33.00] [Mouvement Symphonique No. 1], H.53, "Pacific 231" (1923) [6.17] Mouvement Symphonique [No. 2], H.67, "Rugby" (1928) [7.49] Mouvement Symphonique No. 3, H.83 (1933) [10.05] Pastorale d’été, H.31 (1920) [7.52] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Takuo Yuasa Recorded at Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, 25 January 2002 Notes in English, Deutsch, Français. NAXOS 8.555974 [65.04] [PSh]

Essential Twentieth Century classics in brilliant new recordings ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) King's Herald, for full orchestra and organ from the suite Pageantry (1934) [4:24] Paradise Rondel (1925) [9:32] Fantasia for cello and orchestra (1936/7) [17:23] Threnody for cello and orchestra, orchestrated Christopher Palmer (1935) [9:02] Pastoral Rhapsody (1923) [12:16] Procession (1920) [4:37] Moray Welsh, cello London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox Rec: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, 8-9 February 1995 CHANDOS CHAN 9410 [60:15] [RB]

The neglected Howells ... on display both in intimacy and in public celebration. ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Suite: The Bs Op.13 (Overture: Bublum; Lament: Bartholomew; Scherzo: Blissy; 'Mazurka' alias 'Minuet': Bunny; March: Benjee) [32:22] Three Dances for Violin and Orchestra Op. 7 [14:31] In Green Ways Op.43 (Under the Greenwood Tree; The Goat Paths; Merry Margaret; Wanderer's Night Song; On the Merry First of May) [18:12] Lydia Mordkovitch, violin Yvonne Kenny, soprano London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox Rec. Blackheath Halls, London, 27-28 July 1996 CHANDOS CHAN 9557 [65:03] [RB]

Essential listening for pursuers of the English pastoral vein. ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Hymnus Paradisi (Preludio; Requiem aeternam; The Lord is my Shepherd; Sanctus: I will lift up mine eyes; I Heard a Voice from Heaven; Holy is the True Light) * [46:42] A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song† [18:21] Joan Rodgers soprano*†; Anthony Rolfe Johnson tenor*; Bruce Ogston baritone† BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox Rec: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, 2-3, 7 November 1998 CHANDOS CHAN 9744 [65:01] [RB]

Howells represented as introvert (Hymnus) and extrovert (Kent) ... see Full Review

Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860" [42.54] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Piano Sonata, Op. 26 [19.15] Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Jamie Martin, flute Recorded Henry Wood Hall, London on April 5-6, 2004 HYPERION CDA67469 [62:09] [SM]

Hamelin seems more attuned to Ives’ sound-world than any other pianist I’ve heard ... see Full Review

André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Piano Sonata No. 1 (1945) [22:16] Piano Sonata No. 2 (1957) [19:53] Cinq Danses rituelles (1939) [25:38] Philip Adamson, piano Recorded Von Kuster Hall, London, Ontario, July 2001 CENTAUR CRC 2641 [67:07] [DS]

Should make converts of those willing to extend themselves beyond traditional lyricism and enter the strongly dissonant sound-world of 20th century French music. ... see Full Review

Scott JOPLIN (1868-1917) Piano Rags Alexander Peskanov (piano) Recorded at the Performing Arts Centre, The Country Day School, Ontario, July 2002 NAXOS 8.559114 [65.29] [JW]

Mixed views about Peskanov – much is warm and understanding but some of the playing lacks a sense of vitality and verve. ... see Full Review

Ondrej KUKAL (b. 1964) Violin Concerto, Op.7 Danse Symphonique for Large Orchestra, Op.10 Clarinettino Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op.11 Present Duo for Violin & Cello String Quartet No. 1, Op.9. Composer (violin); South Bohemia Chamber Philharmonic/ Vladimir Valek (Violin Concerto); Prague Radio Orchestra/composer (Danse Symphonique); Ludmilla Peterkova, clarinet, Jakub Waldman, doublebass, and New Vlach String Quartet (Clarinettino); Jana Vlachova, violin, and Mikael Ericsson, ’cello (Present); New Vlach Quartet (Quartet) rec 1997 Czech Radio studio and Ceske Budejovice CAMPION RRCD 1343 [68:02] [BB]

Kukal - an expressive composer in an array of moods ... a winning facility for music that dares to be melodic, even attractive. ... see Full Review

Orlandus LASSUS (c.1532 - 1594) Quam pulchra es, Veni in hortum meum, Surge propera amica mea, Missa surge propera, Tota pulchra es, Osculetur me, Vulnerasti cor meum, Veni dilecte mi, Magnificat quarti toni, The Cardinalls Music (Carys Lane (soprano), Rebecca Outram (soprano), David Clegg (alto), Patrick Craig (alto), Julian Stocker (tenor), Nathan Vale (tenor), Simon Wall (tenor), Robert Evans (baritone), Robert MacDonald (bass), Michael McCarthy (bass))/Andrew Carwood Recorded 15-17 April 2002, Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle. GAUDEAMUS CD GAU 310 [63.36] [RH]

A fine recital combining Lassus’s motets from the Song of Songs with his parody mass based on one of the motets. ... see Full Review

Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Orchestral Music Festival Overture (1940) [8.26] A Song of Islands (1946) [16.15] Suite for Orchestra (1955) [16.00] A Birthday Offering (1955) [12.15] Drysdale Overture (1937) [9.37] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Sir William Southgate Recording venue: 1996? Lower Hutt Town Hall CONTINUUM CCD 1076 [62.33] [LN]

An artist who has pierced to the root of things to find out something true ... grappling all his life with the same bit of native soil. Highly recommended. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) A Faust Symphony:- Part One - Faust [28:42]; Part Two - Gretchen [21:17] Part Three - Mephistopheles [23:29] John Aler (tenor) Mužský Sbor Sl’ovenskej Fil’harmonie, Bratislava Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/James Conlon Recorded in De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 1983 WARNER APEX 2564 61 460-2 [73:43] [GPJ]

The recording is of high quality, and the heady Romantic drama of Liszt’s music comes across vividly ... see Full Review

Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Guitar Music: Scherzo Vals; Estudio Capricho Mazurka; 13 Catalan Folksongs; Respuesta (Impromptu); 5 Preludes; Mazurka for Federico Bufaletti; 4 Folksongs; Study in E Major; Romanza; Variations on a theme by Sor Lorenzo Micheli (guitar) Rec. Aula Magna, Seminario Arcivescovile, Ivrea (Turin) April, October 2002 DDD NAXOS 8.557351 [73:42] [PCW]

A disc to relax with at the end of a hard day … worth checking out ... see Full Review

Carl LOEWE (1796-1869) Balladen Vol. 19 Der Feldherr op. 66, 1; Der Weichdorn op. 75, 2; Die Einladung op. 70, 1; Maisuna am Brunnen, 10 H. II, 1;Ali und Fatme op. 10 H. II, 2; Serbischer Liederkreis op. 15, 1-6; Allmacht Gottes, op. 89, 3; Mädchens Wunsch op. 89, 4; Die Oasis op. 10 ,4; Lied eines Vögleins op. 10 ,5; Die Sterne op. 69, 4; Die Jungfrau und der Tod op. 9 . II, 5; An die Muse; Graf Eberhard op. 9 H. IV, 5; Der fünften Mai, ;St. Johannes und das Würmlein op. 35, 1; Salvum fac regen ;Der Teufel op, 129, 1; Ewige Liebe Ingeborg Danz (soprano); Cord Garben (piano) recorded Stuttgart 18-20 Sept 2002 DDD CPO 999 906-2 [66'50"] [AO]

Definitely one of the best volumes in this series, which shows CPO's foresight in bringing Loewe into prominence ... see Full Review

ZHOU LONG(b. 1953) Poems from Tang (1995)a The Rhyme of Taigu (2003) Da Qu (1990/1)b The Future of Fire (2001, rev. 2003)c Shanghai Quarteta; Jonathan Fox (percussion)b; Philharmonic Chamber Choirc Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Lan Shui Recorded: Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, August 2003 BIS CD-1322 [69:52] [HC]

Zhou’s is a personal, distinctive voice; and his beautifully crafted music achieves a remarkable synthesis of West and East with musically rewarding results. ... vital and colourful readings ... see Full Review




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