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The Best of British Vol. 1 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Flourish for Wind Band Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Lincolnshire Posy Alun HODDINOTT (b.1929) Welsh Airs and Dances Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) (arr. John Boyd) Japanese Suite Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) (arr. M. Retford) Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) (edited by R. Mark Rogers) The Gum Suckers’ March Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra/Douglas Bostock Recorded at Sun Azalea, Suitama, October 21 and 22, 2003 DDD KOSEI PUBLISHING COMPANY KOCD-8011 [57:46] [CT]

Fine playing from the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in the first of a series of discs celebrating British music. ... see Full Review

BEYOND THE DREAM Piet SWERTS (b. 1960) Droombeelden (1986) Paul GILSON (1865 – 1942) Rhapsody Alla marcia (1890) Wilfried WESTERLINCK (b. 1945) Landschappen II (1991) Arthur MEULEMANS (1884 – 1966) Adagio in C (1939)
Frits CELIS (b. 1929)
Fantasia Op.45b (1993) Raymond SCHROEYENS (b. 1933)
Al di la del Sonno (1997) Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Brno/Edmond Saveniers
Recorded: G-Studio, Brno, August 2003 PHAEDRA 92038 [65:37] [HC]

One of the loveliest discs that I have heard recently and one I warmly and unreservedly recommend. ... see Full Review

Jonathan Biss, piano: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77 (1809) Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor "Appassionata", Op. 57 (1804) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 (1837, rev. 1850) Jonathan Biss, piano Recorded Potton Hall, Suffolk, March/April 2003 EMI CLASSICS DEBUT 7243 5 85894 2 9 [65:58]

Much to enjoy in this new disc, and I give it a mild recommendation ... see Full Review

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 (1838-1870) 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 (1838-1870) Les Pecheurs de perles, ‘Au fond du temple saint’ (with Robert Merrill, baritone) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
La Boheme, ‘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 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110788 [73.37] [RJF]

Fine legato, excellent diction, elegant phrasing and that glowing golden tone that was Jussi Björling’s hallmark ... see Full Review

British Light Music Discoveries - Vol. 6 Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) March past of the Royal Air Force (1919) Gareth GLYN (b.1951) Legend of the Lake – Suite for small orchestra (1984 rev. 2002) Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941) Londonderry Air (1924)* John FIELD (1782-1837) Rondo in A flat (edited Philip Lane)+ Iain HAMILTON (1922-2000) Overture 1912 (1958) David FANSHAWE (b.1942) Tarka the Otter – extended theme (1978)++ Serenata; Mother and Child (2002)++ Christopher SLASKI (b.1974) Frank Lloyd Wright Suite (2002)** Robert Gibbs (violin)* Alan MacLean (piano)+ London Symphony Orchestra/Neil Thomson** Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/ Gavin Sutherland++ Recorded London and Prague, 2002-03
ASV WHITE LINE CD WHL 2149 [71.08] [JW]

Plenty of good nuggets here – but what a weird piece of programming. ... see Full Review

Bulgarian Soul - Kasarova - Kyurkchiyski Dilmano, Dilbero; Kalimanku, Denku ;Day mi, Bozhe, krila lebedovi (Give me, oh God, the wings of a swan) Zablyalo mi e agantse (A little lamb was bleating) Polegnala e Tudora * (Fair Tudora is dozing) Rofinka bolna lezhi (Rufinka lies ill) Melodiya Slantse ogreyalo (The sun is shining) Se ma yad, mamo (I'm so angry, mother) Malkata tsvetarka ¹ (The flowergirl) Vokaliza Mama Rada dumashe (Mama was telling Rada) Proshetna se Momchilitsa (Momchil's young wife) Ya kazhi mi, oblache le byalo (Tell me, little white cloud) (All traditional songs, arranged Kyurkchiyski, except * (Variations on a traditional song, composed by Kyurkchiyski) and ¹ (words by Smirnenski, music by Kyurkchiyski).) Vesselina Kasarova, mezzo-soprano Ermila Schweizer-Sekulinova, piano
Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria (Vania Moneva, chorus master) "Sofia Soloists" Chamber Orchestra Tzanko Dimitrov Delibozov, conductor Recorded at the Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, July 5th-9th 2002. BMG-RCA Red Seal 74321936582 [59.43] [NH]

Pure Bulgarian a capella meets classical - the latter undoubtedly gains, the former may seem diluted to "purists" or aficionados ... see Full Review

Carlo BUTI, tenor (1902-1963) - Bella ragazza - The Golden Voice of Italian Song see review for details Carlo Buti (tenor) All tracks recorded in Milan, 1934-1945. Various orchestras and conductors NAXOS Nostalgia 8.120596 [63.22] [RJF]

Buti - an accomplished tuneful singing entertainer ... this CD presents him and his style with accomplishment. ... see Full Review

Chants Juifs pour violoncello et piano Traditional, arr. Jean-Francois ZYGEL (b. 1960) Kol Nidre [5:27]; Prier [3:55]; Elegie [5:41] Jean-Francois ZYGEL Nigun [3:59]; Psalmodie [4:00]; Shema [3:12] Traditional, arr. Sonia WIEDER-ATHERTON Question [2:37]; Conversation [2:55]; Chanson [2:15]; Kaddish [5:08]; Incertitude [2:50]; Danse [2:12], Chant Hassidique [3:56] Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Nigun [6:05]; Priere [4:11]; Supplication [2:14]; Jewish Song [2:15]; Méditation Hébraïque [5:52] Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello Daria Hovora, piano Rec. Abbaye de Roumont, January 1989; Theatre de Poissy, September 1996 DDD BMG FRANCE 74321 425332 [69:41] [PG]

A rare treat - music with which most listeners will not be familiar. ... see Full Review

Christmas at Weissenau Louis-Claude DAQUIN (1694-1772) Noël 10 [05:51] Noël 2 [06:15] Noël 8 (Noël étranger) [03:38] Noël 9 (Noël sur les flûtes) [08:01] Guillaume LASCEUX (1740-1831) Simphonie concertante [07:00] Jean-Jacques BEAUVARLET-CHARPENTIER (1734-1794) Quartetto [07:37] Guillaume LASCEUX Choeur en Simphonie [07:20] Claude-Bénigne BALBASTRE (1727-1799) Concert de flûte et de voix humaine [03:21] Trio [04:29] Ariete lante [04:50] Nicolas SEJAN (1745-1819) Noël suisse [09:15] Ewald Kooiman, organ [Johann Nepomuk Holzhey, 1785-87] Recorded August 25, 1994 in the Abbey of the White Canons, Weissenau, Germany ADD CORONATA COR 1222 [62:39] [JV]

A programme of organ music by French composers from the early 18th to the early 19th century, which is given the best possible interpretation on a beautiful historical organ … see Full Review

Mirijam Contzen Johann Sebastian BACH (16.85-1750) Partita No. 3 in E Major BWV 1006: Preludio [3.22], Loure [3.46], Gavotte en Rondeau [2.53], Menuet 1 – Menuet II – Menuet I [3.57], Bourée [1.23]. Gigue [1.46] Tibor VARGA (1921-2003)
Le Serpent [6.41] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for solo violin Sz 117: Tempo die Ciaccona [9.14], Fuga [4.07], Melodia [6.36], Presto [5] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Élegie [5.26] Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Sonate Op. 27 No. 4: Allemande. Lento maestoso [6.16], Sarabande. Quasi lento [3.30], Finale. Presto ma non troppo [3.05] Mirijam Contzen (violin) Recorded Reitstadel Neumarkt, 12-14 January 2004 BMG ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 82876 57741 2 [67.53] [EM]

Not a disc I would personally recommend, but of its kind (publicity-machine compilation disc), it is probably one of the better. ... see Full Review

Régine Crespin chante L’Opéra français see review for details Orchestra Symphonique (a) Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (b) Jesus Etchéverry (conductor) (a) Alain Lombard (conductor) (b) Recorded: 1961 Vega (a); 1971 Decca (b) ACCORD 476 072 -2 [76.14] [RH]

One of France’s finest dramatic sopranos in a recital of French arias, a welcome opportunity to hear her in her native repertoire. ... see Full Review

Emily Dickinson in Song see review for titles Virginia Dupuy (mezzo soprano) Shields-Collins Bray (piano) * Tara Emerson (piano) # William Jordan (piano) + Recorded in Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, undated GASPARO GSCD 360 [62.24] [JW]

Thrives on the contrasts that Dickinson’s poetry provokes and the evocations of time and place cleaving to the mainstream-lyric ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH English Choral Music Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924): Magnificat in G, op. 81* [4’13"] Nunc Dimittis in G, Op. 81 [4’18"] Justorum Animae from Three Latin Motets [3’24"] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934): Ave verum corpus, Op. 2, No 1 [2’39"] Give unto the Lord (Psalm XXIX), Op. 74 [7’50"] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): The Call* [2’05"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983): Magnificat, St. Paul’s [6’33"] Nunc Dimittis, St. Paul’s [4’59"] Paean for organ ** [6’03"] Take him, earth, for cherishing [7’44"] Peter HURFORD (b. 1930): Litany to the Holy Spirit* [2’56"] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956): Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast, Op. 27, No. 3 [7’31"] Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986): Tenebrae Motets – Third Nocturne, Op. 72: I Eram quasi agnus innocens [2’50"]; II Una hora non potuistis [2’02"]; III Seniores populi [2’22"] Magnificat in A flat [4’18"] Gerald FINZI: God is gone up, Op. 27, No. 2 [4’24"] Sir William WALTON (1902-1983): Set me as a seal upon thine heart [3’34"] Soloists: Oliver Lepage-Dean (treble) and Edward Lyon (tenor) Coronation Te Deum (arr. Simon Preston & Mark Blatchly) [9’50"] Gloria from Missa Brevis [3’24"] Soloists: Oliver Lepage-Dean (treble) and Geoffrey Silver (tenor) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976): A Hymn to the Virgin [3’06"] Soloists: William Goldring (treble); Christopher de la Hoyde (alto); Simon Wall (tenor); Reuben Thomas (bass) Jubilate Deo [2’38"] Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27 [10’20"] Soloists: Benedict Giles, Ben Harrison (trebles); Richard Moore (alto); Jonathan Bungard (tenor); Reuben Thomas (bass) Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989): The Lord is my Shepherd, Op.91, No. 1 [4’21"] Soloist: Benjamin Durrant (treble) Crux Fidelis, Op. 43, No. 2 [6’53"] Soloist: Alan Clayton (tenor) Look up, Sweet Babe, Op. 43, No.2 [4’34"] Soloist: James Geidt (treble) Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988): Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniese {8’16"] An Easter Sequence – Sortie [4’11"] Soloist: Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet) Sir John TAVENER (b. 1944) The Lamb [3’47"] The Lord’s Prayer [3’30"] Song for Athene [5’43"] *Oliver Lepage-Dean (treble) **Iain Farrington (organ) The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge/Christopher Robinson Recorded in the chapel of St. John’s College, Cambridge on: 13 - 16 March, 1999 (Howells); 13 - 15 July, 1999 (Britten); 24 – 26 March, 2000 (Rubbra); 11 – 13 July, 2000 (Tavener); 17 – 19 March, 2001 (Finzi); 10 – 12 July, 2001 (Walton); 9 – 11 July, 2002 (Leighton); 12-13 July, 2002 (Stanford); 20 – 22 March, 2003 (Berkeley); 8 – 10 July, 2003 (Elgar); * February 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.557557-58 [2 CDs: 149’51"] [JQ]

I recommend this excellent and enjoyable collection with great enthusiasm. ... see Full Review

An English Choral Tradition Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) God is gone up [4’55"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Like as the hart [7’02"]; Magnificat (St. Paul’s) [6’49"] Herbert SUMSION (1899-1995) In Exile [8’22"] Donald HUNT (b. 1930) God be gracious [5’42"] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Nunc Dimittis [4’04"] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Lord Thou has been our refuge [8’05"]; Mass in G minor [ 24’23"] Worcester Cathedral Choir/Donald Hunt Adrian Partington (organ) Rec. Worcester Cathedral, April 1990. DDD GRIFFIN GCCD 4043 [70’24"] [JQ]

A very welcome reissue. Celebrates the choral tradition of the Three Choirs counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire ... see Full Review

English String Classics Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1934) Simple Symphony George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) The Banks of Green Willow Edward ELGAR (1858-1934) Serenade in E minor for Strings Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) St. Paul’s Suite Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green Recorded in Watford Colosseum, 20th and 21st March, 2002 WARNER APEX 2564 61437 [67:12] [GPJ]

This disc was a delightful surprise. ... a brilliant bargain. ... see Full Review

Fellowship of Brass - Barrow Shipyard Band SOUSA El Capitan Howard SHORE arr. A DUNCAN Fellowship of the Ring TRAD arr. DURRANT La Virgen de la Macarena arr. DUNCAN Cartoon Classics; HENDLER arr. GELDARD Hot Toddy
Arr. CORRIE The Golden Ear - Sa Miguel CHABRIER arr. G.LANGFORD Espana Peter KNEALE Blue John JAMES arr. GELDARD Trumpet Blues and Cantabile arr. DURRANT Guantanamera; Quincy JONES arr. DUNCAN Soul Bossa Nova; John HALTON Blue Ice LECUONA arr. FREEH Malaguena John WILLIAMS arr. SYKES Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Barrow Shipyard Band/John Durrant; Kevin Donaldson Rec. Buccleuch Hall, Lindal-in-Furness, Cumbria (no date given) With sponsorship from Cedar Finance AMADEUS AMS CD 063 [56.42] [GH]

Both technically and musically these are fine performances and the whole thing is complemented by a bright but utterly natural recording ... 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 Waltzfrom "Babes in Toyland" (Victor Herbert) Manhattan Masquerade (Louis Alter) Recorded in the USA GUILD: GLCD5105 [78.04] [RW]

Hotel music from the 1940s and 50s ...see Full Review

GREAT BRITISH LIGHT ORCHESTRAS The Golden Age of Light Music Honey Child (Joyce Cochrane arr. Farnon) Gypsy Fiddler (Raphael) Carnavalito (Linda, Zaidiver) Romantic Interlude (Clive Richardson) Magic Circles (Ray Martin) Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be (Trad., arr Cordell) Television March (Eric Coates) April in Portugal (Ferrao) Cactus Polka (Trad., arr. E. H. Plumb, G. Waiter) Kashmiri Song - from 'Four Indian Love Lyrics' (Amy Woodforde-Finden) Rainbow Run (Edy Mers) Prelude To A Memory (Frank Chacksfield) Goodwood Galop (Robert Farnon) The Roundabout (Edward White) Spring Morning (George Melachrino) Songs My Mother Taught Me (Dvorak, arr. Yorke) Sand In My Shoes (Victor Schertzinger) Canadian Capers (Chandler, White, Cohen - arr. Morley) Rhapsody In Rhythm (Henry Croudson) The Jolly Brothers (Robert Volistedt) From Here To Eternity (Karger Wells) Parade Of The Clowns (David Rose) One Summer Day (Reginald King) Ragamuffin (Joe Rixner) Valencia (José Padilla) Oklahoma Selection (Rodgers, Hammerstein II- arr. Torch) I cain't say No, Oh what a Beautiful Mornin', People will say we're in Love, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Out of my Dreams, Oklahoma! Recorded in London, England 1946-55 GUILD: GLCD5104 [78.04] [RW]

Remember Music While you Work? ...see Full Review

Famous Historic Conductors From Germany, Volume 1. Walter Damrosch (1862-1950), Leopold Reichwein (1878-1945) and Herbert Sandberg (1902-1966) see review for details VMS 116 [76.06] [JW]

Though a miscellaneous collection of no great depth, it does reasonable justice to a trio of conductors unjustly forgotten. ... see Full Review

Christian Lindberg plays Classical Trombone Concertos Michael HAYDN (1737-1806) Concerto in D major for Alto Trombone (1764) [16:41] Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL (1715-1777) Concerto in E flat major for Alto Trombone [8:03] Johann Georg ALBRECHTSBERGER (1736-1809) Concerto in B flat major for Alto Trombone [14:09] Leopold MOZART Concerto in D major for Alto Trombone (1755) [11:30] Christian LINDBERG (b. 1958) Dreams of Arkandia [5:17] Mats LARSSON GOTHE (b. 1965) Prelude and Dance [5:09] Christian Lindberg, alto trombone Austrian Chamber Orchestra/Richard TognettiRecorded December 2002 at Sydney Conservatorium, Australia DDD BIS-CD-1248 [62:28] [PG]

Delightful. Any lover of rarely recorded works will doubtlessly enjoy this album. ... It cannot be more highly recommended ... see Full Review

Felicity Lott (soprano) (b.1947) - Voices of our time - Night and Day. ‘Love Songs Round the Clock’ From the Théâtre Musical de Paris – Châtelet Recorded 2002. Accompanied by Graham Johnson (piano) TDK DVVTFL[91min] [RJF]

I cannot bring to mind another female singer to match her. Lovers of fine singing should not miss it. ... see Full Review

Gregorian Chant Kunigunde: Nova Historia Schola Bamberg/Werner Pees Recorded 10-11 November 2003, Studio Cavalli-Records, Bamberg CHRISTOPHORUS CHR 77269 [61.22] [RH]

A lovely disc of 13th century German plainchant devoted to Saint Kunigonde in fine, idiomatic performances from a German ensemble. ... see Full Review

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