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18th Century Music from Manuscripts Johann Christoph MANN (1726-1782) Sonata per il Cembalo No.5 in D major Sonata per il Cembalo No.3 in F major Sonata per il Cembalo No.1 in A major Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL (1715-1777) Divertimento da Cembalo Vol.1 No.6 in A major Roderick E Simpson (performer) Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 1 INITIUM CD A001 [62.40]
Johann Christoph MANN (1726-1782) Sonata per il Cembalo No.4 in E flat major Sonata per il Cembalo No.2 in G major Sonata per il Cembalo No.6 in B flat major Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL (1715-1777) Divertimento da Cembalo Vol.1 No.4 in E flat major Roderick E Simpson (performer) Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 2 INITIUM CD A002 [70.11]
Georg Matthias MONN (1717 - 1750) Concerto in A major for Fortepiano and String Orchestra Concerto in B minor for harpsichord and String Orchestra Concerto in B flat major for organ and String Orchestra Roderick E. Simpson editor and synthesist, with "I Suoni Assaggiati" Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 3 INITIUM CD-A003 [59.39]
Georg Matthias MONN (1717-1750) Concerto for Harpsichord and String orchestra in G minor Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Violin and Basso in B flat major Sonata for Organ in G major No.1 (with alternative first movement) Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL (1715-1777) Concerto for Harpsichord and String orchestra in C major Johann Christoph MANN (1726-1782) Concert Piece for Fortepiano in B flat major No.1 I Suoni Assaggiati Roderick E Simpson (performer) Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 4 INITIUM CD A004 [68.58]
A Viennese Garden Palace Concert – 1786 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Mechanical Clock 7 and 9 pm Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Der Schauspieldirektor – Overture K486 Symphony in C major K338 with fragment of Menuetto Johann Christoph MANN (1726-1782) Minuetto and Trio No.2 in F major for harpsichord Minuetto and Trio No.3 in F major for harpsichord Giuseppe SARTI (1729-1802) Symphony in D major Martin y SOLER (1754-1806) Una Cosa Rara – Introduction and No.1 I Suoni Assaggiati Roderick E Simpson (performer) Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 5 INITIUM CD A005 [67.54]
Georg Christoff WAGENSEIL (1715 - 1777) Six Divertimentos for Cembalo Book 1 Nos. 1-6 (1750) Divertimento No.1 in A major Divertimento No.2 in B flat major Divertimento No.3 in C major Divertimento No 4 in E flat major Divertimento No.5 in D major Divertimento No 6 in A major Roderick E. Simpson (performer, editor and synthesist) Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 6 INITIUM CD-A006 [63.22]
Music performances in Church, Opera House Palace, Theatre – Year 1782 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) / Georg Matthias MONN (1717-1750) Antiphon – organ Georg Matthias MONN (1717-1750) Concerto in D major for Organ and Orchestra S15 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)Antiphon – Organ Symphony in C major K75a Concerto in D major for Piano and Orchestra K175 (1773)Rondo in D major for piano and Orchestra Allegretto grazioso Giuseppe SARTI (1729-1802) Symphony in C major in S: Benetto (1765) Roderick E. Simpson, editor and synthesist, Robert M. Vassar - Assistant / Confidant with I Suoni Assaggiati Series A 18th Century Music form Manuscripts Volume 7 INITIUM CD A007 [73:56]

At its best this set reveals tantalising things about a whole strata of Viennese composition ... broadens and deepens our awareness and admiration ... see Full Review

Bawdy Ballads of Old England: The Mufitians of Grope Lane The City Waites singers and musicians: Lucie Skeaping, soprano; baroque violin; Douglas Wooton, tenor; lute, bandora, cittern, tabor; Roddy Skeaping; baroque violin, bass viol, voice; Michael Brain; baroque bassoon, recorders, voice; Robin Jeffrey; baroque guitar, cittern; Mike Sargeant; Northumbrian bagpipes, Flemish bagpipes; David Chatterley; hurdy-gurdy Recorded at The Premises, London, Spring 1995 REGIS RRC 1175 [74:25] {RW}

An unusual present for collectors with broad and unusual tastes. ... see Full Review

Victoria de los Angeles Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro – Porgi amor Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser – Dich, teure Halle + Lohengrin – Einsam in trüben Tagen + Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Il était un roi de Thulé Faust – O Dieu! Que de bijoux Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon – Adieu notre petite table Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) La vida breve – Vivan los que rien * La vida breve – Alli està riyendo * Siete canciónes populares españolas Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas – La maja y el ruiseñor + Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) Saeta Poema en forma de canciónes – No.3 Cantares Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Der Nussbaum Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Von ewiger Liebe Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Stornellatrice E se un giorno tornasse # Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) Orchestral accompaniment Philharmonia Orchestra/Walter Süsskind Philharmonia Orchestra/Anatole Fistoulari + Philharmonia Orchestra/Stanford Robinson* Piano Accompaniment Gerald Moore (piano) Ivor Newton (piano) # Recorded 1949-51 PREISER 89598 [77.31] [JW]

Transfers are very quiet and immediate; notes are good as well. A winner. ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Collection : vol. 4 NAXOS 8.110788 [73:37]

Well, what’s all the fuss about? ... see Full Review

Manhã de Carnaval — Guitar Music from Brazil Marco Pereira (b. 1956) Pixaim [3.20] João Pernambuco (1883-1947) Sons de Carilhões (Sounds of Bells) [2.28] Graúna (Blackbird) [2.55] Pó de Mico (Itching Powder) [2.59] Marco Pereira Plainte (Lament) [3.06] Num pagode em Planaltina (Gathering in Planaltina) [4.43] O Chôro de Juliana (Juliana's Chôro) [3.02] Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) Luiza [3.27] Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) [2.58] Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001) Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnival) [3.22 Sergio Assad (b. 1952) Aquarelle: I Divertimiento [7.32]; II Valseana [2.57]; III Preludio e Toccatina [2.57] Egberto Gismonti (b. 1947) Agua e Vinho (Water and Wine) [5.24] Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Sentimental Melody (1957) [4.20] Ronaldo Miranda (b. 1948) Appassionata [7.49] Graham Anthony Devine, Guitar by Andres D. Marvi, 2001; and by Hernandez Y Aguado 1965, fitted with Saverez Corum Strings. Recorded St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, ON, Canada, 30 January 2003 Notes in English and Deutsch
Naxos 8.557295 [68.36] [PSh]

A virtuoso guitar evokes a kaleidoscope of a Brazilian festival ... see Full Review

BRUEGEL: Music of his time NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558147 [76’15"]

The playing time is over 75 minutes, which is generous, especially given the general overall high standard of performances … Worthy of investigation. ... see Full Review

Cantus Sororum - Medieval Brigittine Songs from Naantali Convent Vox Silentii: Kirsti Autio, Johanna Korhonen, Hilkka-Liisa Vuori, voice Recorded in January 2001 at Naantali Church, Finland DDD PROPRIUS PRCD 2010 [63:16] [JV]

Liturgical chants related to a Finnish woman who founded a religious order based on her spiritual visions in a less than ideal performance … see Full Review

Pablo Casals – Encores and transcriptions: Volume 3 Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Salut d’amour George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Xerxes – Ombra mi fu Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Melody in F Op.3 Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770) Concerto in D minor – Adagio Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidrei Op.47 David POPPER (1843-1913) Spanish Serenade Op.11 Mazurka in G minor Op.11 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liebestraum Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) The Swan Bartolomeo CAMPAGNOLI Romance Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Après un rêve – arranged Casals Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Träumerei – from Kinderszenen Op.15 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Air from Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068 Suite for solo cello in C major – [4 movements] BWV 1009 Pablo Casals (cello) With unnamed orchestra and conductor Charles A Baker (piano) Recorded in New York, 1915-16 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110985 [63.14] [JW]

However many more discs there may be left in this series they will serve the catalogue well; Casals is the First Folio of cellists on record. ... see Full Review

Zara Alexandrovna DOLUKHANOVA (mezzo) - born 1918 Lieder, Songs, Arias and Duets Sung in Russian, French, German, English, Latin, Spanish and Aramaic
Recorded 1948-1954. No recording venues given but mainly derived from radio broadcasts. Various orchestral and piano accompanists. GUILD HISTORICAL THE RUSSIAN LEGACY SERIES GHCD 2281-84 [4CDs: 73.22 + 76.14 + 77.10 + 73.34] [JW]

The manifold pleasures of nearly five hours in the captivating, versatile company of Zara Dolukhanova ... see Full Review

The English Connection Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending (1914) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op.20 (1892) Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli (1953) Iona Brown (violin) Malcolm Latchem (violin) Kenneth Sillito (violin) Stephen Shingles (viola) Denis Vigay (cello) Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields/Neville Marriner Recorded 1983 ASV CD DCA 518 [61.48] [JW]

An outright recommendation will depend on your priorities but the playing itself is of a notably high standard ... see Full Review

Europa-Konzert from Lisbon: 2003 Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin (1920) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor K466 (1785) Béla BARTÓK (1881 – 1945) Concerto for Orchestra (1943) Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Fêtes from Trois Nocturnes (1900) Maria João Pires (piano) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Pierre Boulez. recorded in the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Lisbon 1st May, 2003 Video directed by Bob Coles. Euroarts DVD 2053079 [120:00] [JPh]

I expect that the 16th Century building has rarely hosted music-making of this standard. I can heartily recommend this richly enjoyable DVD. ... see Full Review

Faire Is The Heaven - Hymns and Anthems The Choir of St. John’s Church, Elora/Noel Edison Paul Halley (organ) Recorded at St. John’s Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada 2-6 Feb 2002. NAXOS 8.557037 [63:21] [JPo]

The choice of music shows a deal of flair. The hymns are well known, but given new arrangements with varying harmony, and an imaginative descant on the final verse. All in all, an interesting disc ... see Full Review

Edwin Fischer joue et dirge Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No.20 K466 Concerto for Two Pianos K365 + Symphony No.40 in G minor K550 Orchestre Municipal de Strasbourg Edwin Fischer (piano and conductor) Harry Datyner (piano) + Recorded live at the Strasbourg Festival, 12 June 1953 TAHRA TAH 534 [78.14] [JW]

Given the provenance of these discs – the acetates needed "extensive restoration" - this is for specialists ... see Full Review

Ignaz Friedman Complete Recordings Volume 4. English Columbia 1930-31 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without Words Op.19 No.3 in A major Op.19 No.6 in G major Op.102 No.5 in A major Op.30 No.6 in F sharp minor Op.38 No.2 in C minor Op.38 No.6 in A flat major Op.53 No.2 in E flat major Op.53 No.4 in F major Op.67 No.2 in F sharp minor Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No.9 in A major Op.47 Kreutzer * With alternative take of the First Movement Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 Ignaz Friedman (piano) with Bronislaw Huberman (violin) * Recorded in London, 1930 and 1931 NAXOS 8.110736 [75.14] [JW]

Vivid transfers that are impressive and lifelike. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli - The Gigli Edition Volume 5. Camden and New York Recordings 1927-28. Beniamino Gigli (tenor) Orchestra conducted by Rosario Bourdon Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by Giulio Setti Recorded 1927-28 NAXOS 8.110266 [79.07] [JW]

Fine transfers allow us untrammelled access to Gigli’s commanding musicianship. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli. New York Recordings 1929-30. Gigli Edition: Volume 6 With Elisabeth Rethberg (soprano), Ezio Pinza (bass) Beniamino Gigli (tenor) with singers as noted above and orchestras conducted by Bruno Reibold and Rosario Bourdon Recorded New York, 1929-30 NAXOS 8.110267 [66.51] [JW]

Volume Six is one that will appeal mostly to Gigli Completists. ... see Full Review

Frances Gray (piano) The Evocative Piano William BAINES (1899-1922) Tides, Seven Preludes: no.2, Twilight Pieces: 1. Twilight Wood Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Three Preludes Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Lotus Land op.47/1, Karma: 2. The Piper in the Desert, Vistas: 2. In the Forest, Rainbow Trout E. J. MOERAN (1894-1950) Three Pieces: 1. The Lake Island, Irish Love Song, Three Fancies: 1. Windmills John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Darkened Valley, Decorations: 1. The Island Spell Leo SMITH (1881-1952) Three Pieces: 1. The Song Sparrow John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951) Impromptu Charles GRIFFES (1884-1920) Three Tone Pictures Frances Gray (piano) Recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, January 2002 WRC8-7667 [68:18] [CH]

A nice idea but in too many of these pieces Gray gives us only half the story. ... see Full Review

Frances Gray (piano) Poems For Piano Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Poems of the Sea Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Three Poems Edward MacDOWELL (1861-1908) Four Little Poems op.32: 4. Winter, Six Poems after Heine op.31: 2. Scotch Poem, 6. Monologue Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Poems Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915)
2 Poèmes op.32, Poème op.41, 2 Poèmes op.44, 2 Poèmes op.63, Vers la flamme: Poème op.72 Frances Gray (piano) Recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; date not given but published in 1997 WRC8-7148 [71:22] [CH]

Carefully prepared and sympathetic performances up to a point ... see Full Review

Great American Light Orchestras: The Golden Age of Light Music Fiddle Faddle (Leroy Anderson) The Bad and the Beautiful – theme from film (David Raksin) Brazilian Sleigh Bells (Percy Faith) Anna (Roman, Giordano, Godfrey) No Strings Attached (Richard Hayman) Rain (Eugene Ford) Holiday in Rio (Terig Tucci) Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, arr. Gould) Marguerite Waltz (Meredith Willson) Blue Violins (Ray Martin) No other Love (Richard Rodgers) Three o'clock in the Morning (Robledo, Terriiss) La Mer (Charles Trenet) If You are but a Dream (Jaffe, Fulton, Bronx – adapted from 'Romance' by Rubinstein) Satan and the Polar Bear (David Rose) Carriage Trade (Richard Hayman)Tradewinds (David Carroll) Manhattan Serenade (Louis Alter) The Cavalier's Ball (Nicolas Acquaviva) Tropicana (Bernie Wayne) Smoke gets in your Eyes (Jerome Kern) Andalucia (Ernesto Lecuona, arr. Gould) Dance of the Violins (Jeanjean) Tic-Tac-Toe (Lou Singer) Toyland Waltz – from "Babes in Toyland" (Victor Herbert) Manhattan Masquerade (Louis Alter) Recorded in the USA GUILD GLCD5105 [78.04] [JW]

The majority of the transfers sound warm and pleasing ... certainly to be welcomed ... see Full Review

Harp of wild and dreamlike Strain: Victorian Fairy Harp Music Felix GODEFROID Ballade de la Fée [6:19] Charles OBETHÜR A Fairy Legend [8:19] Giorgio LORENZI Ondina (Waterspirit) [5:53] John Balsir CHATTERTON Recollections of the Enchantress [6:40] Charles OBERTHÜR Two Musical Poems: In Twilight Hour [4:50] Charles OBERTHÜR Two Musical Poems: In Fairyland [2:40] Charles OBERTHÜR Conte de Fées [8:58] Charles OBERTHÜR Le Réveil des Elfes [7:28] Felix GODEFROID Choeur de Nymphes [4:06] Angelo BOVIO La Danza degli Spiriti [9:52] Elizabeth Jane Baldry (harp)Recorded at Buckland Manor, Devonshire, UK, recording dates undisclosed DDD CAMEO 2025 [65:42] [PG]

Surely the faeries would be glad to know that they could bring so much joy with their song ... see Full Review

Music for Solo Harp Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Liebesträume No. 3 (arr. Renié) Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Harp Solo from Lucia di Lammermoor (arr. Zabel) Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Nocturne Hugo REINHOLD (1854-1935) Impromptu Op.28 No. 3 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etude Op.25 No. 1 (arr. Posse) Franz ROSETTI (c.1750-1792) Sonata No. 2 Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Fantasie Op.35 Wilhelm POSSE (1852-1925) Etudes Nos. 2, 7 Elias Parish ALVARS (1808-1849)
Serenade Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Un Sospiro (arr. Renié) Elizabeth Hainen (Harp)
Rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, March 2001 DDD NAXOS 8.555791 [61:56] [PCW]

The best recorded harp sound I have yet heard ... an ideal introduction to the solo harp ... see Full Review

‘Hortus deliciarum – twelfth-century gregorian chants’ Discantus: Emmanuelle Gal, Anne Guidet, Lucie Jolivet, Nicole Jolliet, Brigitte Le Baron, Brigitte Lesne, Catherine Schroeder, Catherine Sergent, voice Dir: Brigitte Lesne Recorded in January 1998 at the Abbaye Royale of Fontevraud, France DDD NAÏVE/OPUS 111 OP 30390 [67:07] [JV]

This disc gives ample evidence of the richness and variety of sacred music in the 12th century … see Full Review

In Every Corner Sing Lichfield Cathedral Bells (Grandsire Caters) [1’50"] Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) I was glad [5’17"] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jesu, joy of man’s desiring [2’51"] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis angelicus [3’34"] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Let all the world in every corner sing [3’21"] Grayston IVES (b. 1948) Listen sweet dove [2’55"] Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) If ye love me [2’04"] Brian KELLY (b. 1943) Magnificat in C [3’55"] French trad. Arr. Andrew LUMSDEN Now the green blade riseth [2’51"] Marcel GODARD (b. 1917) Celui qui a mangé [2’27"] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Ave Maria [2’06"] Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Jubilate in C [3’20"] Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Psalm 23 [2’34"] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) How lovely are thy dwellings [5’36"] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ave verum Corpus [2’59"] Richard FARRANT (c1530-1580) (attrib.) Lord, for thy tender mercies’ sake [2’08"] Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Hallelujah! [4’12"] John RUTTER (b. 1945) The Lord bless you and keep you [2’45"] Bells (Oxford Treble Bob Royal ) [2’04"] Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir/Nigel Argust Alexander Mason (organ) Recorded in Lichfield Cathedral, 28-29 September 2003 DDD REGENT REGCD196 [58’50"] [JQ]

I liked this disc very much and envy the people of Lichfield for having such a talented choir in their midst. I doubt that anyone purchasing this CD will be disappointed. ... see Full Review

In Tune with Heaven Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Blest Pair of Sirens [10.39] My Soul, there is a country [3.56] I know my soul hath Power [2.10] Never Weather Beaten Sail [3.10] There is an old belief [3.49] William HARRIS (1883-1973) Faire is the Heaven [5.22] Come, my Way [3.15] Come down, O Love Divine [3.49] Bring us, O Lord God [3.30] Strengthen Ye the Weak Hands [7.36] Charles STANFORD (1852-1924) O for a Closer Walk with God [3.26] Justorum Animae [3.09] Coelos Ascendit Hodie [1.58] Beati Quorum Via [3.23] Magnificat in G [4.15] Nunc Dimittis in G [4.04] A Song of Peace [4.43] The girls and men of Norwich Cathedral Choir/Julian Thomas Thomas Leech (organ) LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 169D [72.23] [EM]

Brilliantly programmed compilation... The downside is the men’s ropy singing and the girls' voices naive and unprofessional, lacking the purity, clarity and sheer radiance of boys' voices. ... see Full Review

Katherine Jenkins – Première 1. Questo è per te (Ralph Lovland arr. Morgan Pochin) [3:38] 2. The Ash Grove (Trad. Arr.Pochin/Robbins) [3:09] 3. Ave Maria (Caccini arr. Pochin/Jenkins) [3:00] 4. Baïlèro (Trad. Arr. Pochin) [2:50] 5. The Lord is my Shepherd (Rutter) [4:22] 6. Ar Lan y Môr (Trad. Arr. Pochin/Robbins) [2:29] 7. Sweetest Love (J.S. Bach arr. Pochin) [3:57] 8. Habanera (Bizet arr. Pochin) [2:47] 9. Cymru fach (David Richards/H.E.Lewis, arr. Pochin) [3:54] 10. Caro mio ben (Giordano arr. Pochin) [2:14] 11. Lascia ch’io pange (Handel arr. Pochin/Jenkins) [3:14] 12. Miserere (Allegri, arr. Pochin) [3.53] 13. Absence (Satie arr. Pochin) [2:59] 14. Cwm Rhondda (John Hughes arr. Pochin) [2:47] Catherine Jenkins (voice) The Arcadian Singers and Ensemble/James Morgan Recorded at Cavalier, Four Fives Studios, Gateway and Dreamhouse Studios UCJ 986 606-4 [45:44] [TSC]

A staggeringly modest voice (to put it politely) ... see Full Review

Erich Kleiber. Decca Recordings 1949-1955 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55 Eroica Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded May 1950 Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55 Eroica Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded April 1953 Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded September 1953 Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68 Pastoral Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded September 1953 Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68 Pastoral London Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded February 1948 Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded May 1950 Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 Choral Hilde Gueden (soprano), Sieglinde Wagner (contralto), Anton Dermota (tenor), Ludwig Weber (bass) Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded June 1952 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Symphony No.1 in C major Op.19 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, recorded January 1956 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.40 in G minor K550 London Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded April 1949 Four Deutsche Tanze K600 No.1, K600 No.5, K602 No.3, K605 No.3 Symphony No.39 in E flat major K543 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, recorded January 1956 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.9 in C major Great D944 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, recorded November 1953 Erich Kleiber, with orchestras and recording dates as noted above DECCA ORIGINAL MASTERS 475 6080 [6 CDs: 79.51 + 73.09 + 71.30 + 66.05 + 61.11 + 80.58] [JW]

Housed in a double CD sized box and with brief but pertinent notes this is a mandatory purchase for Kleiber admirers ... see Full Review

Mischa Levitzki. Complete Recordings Volume 3. Gramophone/RCA Victor Recordings 1927-38 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Prelude in C major Op.28 Prelude in A major Op.28 No.7 [2 versions] Prelude in F major Op.28 No.23 Waltz in A flat major Op.64 No.3 Waltz in G flat major Op.70 No.1 Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2 Etude [Black Key] Op.10 No.5 [2 versions] Ballade No.3 in A flat major Op.47 [2 versions] Nocturne in F sharp major Op.15 No.2 Nocturne in C minor Op.48 No.1 Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 Scherzo in C sharp minor Op.39 Camille SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22 – second movement Ford Symphony Orchestra/Victor Kolar Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Staccato Etude Op.23 No.2 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G minor Op.23 No.5 Mischa LEVITZKI (1898-1941) Waltz in A major Op.2 Arabesque valsante Op.6 [2 versions] Mischa Levitzki (piano) with accompaniment as above Recorded 1927-38. Live broadcast material from 1935 NAXOS 8.110774 [76.47] [JW]

Admirers of the pianist should certainly keep faith with this Levitzki volume. Erratic but full of personality and the transfers have depth ... see Full Review

Living Bread Samuel Sebastian WESLEY (1810-1876) Wash me thoroughly [4:42] Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c. 1525-1594) Ego sum panis vivus [3:58] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Hear my prayer [11:02] Jonathan BATTISHILL (1738-1801) O Lord, look down from heaven [4:16] Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere mei, Deus [12:31] William WALTON (1902-1983) A Litany [3:22] Alonso LOBO (1555-1617) Versa est in luctum [4:14] Michael WISE (c. 1647-1687) The ways of Sion do mourn [8:25] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis Angelicus [3:51] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Lo, the full, final sacrifice [15:33] Truro Cathedral Choir/Robert Sharpe Christopher Gray, organ Recorded Truro Cathedral, 14-16 July, 2003 DDD LAMMAS LAMM 166D [71:59] [JQ]

A very nice set of performances ... an album that the choir should truly take pride in and be proud of. ... see Full Review

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