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A cappella Christmas - Traditional Christmas Carols from Southern Austria männerquartett schnittpunktvokal (Peter Paumgarten, alto; Christian Paumgarten, Michael Paumgarten, tenor; Josef Wagner, bass-baritone) Recorded in August 2002 at the Hubertuskirche, Sekirn, Austria DDD CPO 777 075-2 [49:24] [JV]

A fine but rather sophisticated interpretation of traditional carols from Carinthia in Southern Austria - the lack of lyrics and translations in the booklet is a serious omission ... see Full Review

American Ultramodernists: 1920-1950 Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985) Tetragram No.8 Primavera (1928) [9:42] Ruth Crawford (1901-1953) Preludes [9] (1924-1928) [28:59] Carl Ruggles (1876-1971) Angels (1922) [3:04] Evocations (1937-1943) [12:03] Organum (1944-1947) [6:43] Henry Cowell (1897-1965) Piece for Piano (1924) [5:20] The Snows of Fujiyama (1924) [3:31] Hommage à Rudhyar (1922) [0:42] The Harp of Life (1924) [6:13] Steffen Schleiermacher, piano Recorded December 2003 (location not stated) MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 613 1265-2 [78:48] [JF]

A fine introduction to American Ultramodernism - an extremely specialised area. Those who love piano music should not be afraid to explore some of these truly beautiful, if somewhat rarefied works ... see Full Review

The Art of the Cello Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Grand Sonata in A major for cello and piano Op. 104 (1824) [21:20] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Trio in G for flute, cello and piano Hob.XV:15 [18:49] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Sonata in G minor Op.65 (1848) [29:37] Franz Bartolomey (cello), Madoka Inui (piano), Monika Guca (flute) Rec. Studio 2, ORF Funkhaus, Vienna, October 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557708 [69:48][PCW]

As well as being an ideal introduction to the cello, this is a must for anyone interested in the instrument … see Full Review

The Spanish Soul - Teresa BERGANZA CD 1 Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El corregidor y la molinera Chamber orchestra of Lausanne/Jesus Lopez-Cobos Recorded December 1983, Salle Communale d'Epalinges Seven Popular Spanish songs: El pano moruno. Sequidilla murciana. Asturiana. Jota. Nana. Cancion. Polo Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo, (piano) Recorded October 1986, Church of Seon Switzerland CD 2
Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) La maja dolorosa: 1. La maja dolorosa 2. La maja dolorosa 3 El majo timido. El majo discreto. El tra la la y el punteado Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) Poems in form of canciones: Dedicatoria. Nunca olvida. Cantares. Los dos miedos. Las locas por amor. Saeta. Dios te salve, Macarena. El Fantasma. Farruca Jesus GURIDI (1886-1961) Six canciones castellanas: Alia arriba en aquella Montana. Sereno. Llamale con el panuelo. No quiero tus avellanas. Como quieres que adivine. Mananita de San Juan Eduardo TOLDRA (1895-1962) Six canciones: La zagale alegre. Madre, unos ojuelos vi. Mananita de San Juan. Nadie puede ser dichoso. Cantarcillo Después que te conoci Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo, (piano) Recorded October 1986, Church of Seon. Switzerland CD 3 Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Viola quebrada. Modinha de M de A Adeus Ema, ‘Minas Geraes’. Cancao do poeta do seculo XVIII, Alfredo Ferreira Samba classic, Desejo Guilherme de Almeida Xangô, Canto fetiche de Makumba do Brasil Francisco Ernani BRAGA (1868-1945) O'Kinimba, Cancion de Makumba Capim di pranta, Cancion Jongo 2'06 Nique-nique-ninhas, Cancion de cuna afro-brasilena Sao Joao-da-ra-rao, Cancion de ronda infantil, Piani Engenho novo, Cancion de trabajo, Rio Grande do Norte A casinha pequenina, Cancion amorosa Carlos GUASTAVINO (b.1912) Milonga de dos hermanos Jorge Luis Borges Hermano, Cancion del Sur Mi vina de Chapanay, Cueca La rosa y el sauce, Francisco Silva Pampamapa, Aire de Huelta Se equivocó la paloma, Rafael Alberti Abismo de sed, Zamba Bonita rama de sauce, Canción El Sampedrino, Canción Pampeana Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo, (piano) Recorded September 1983, Church of Seon. Switzerland BRILLIANT CLASSICS 6990 [47'20 + 64'32 + 57'13] [RJF]

A very welcome bargain-priced collection of Berganza’s art, in repertoire central to her concert performances.Strongly recommended to lovers of this singer’s outstanding vocal qualities and of her commitment to her own culture. ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Lieder and Songs (1939-1952) see review for details Jussi Björling (tenor), Harry Ebert (piano - 1-8), Frederick Schauwecker (piano - 9-24) Recorded July 15, 1939 (1-3), January 30, 1940 (4-7), March 1, 1940 (8), April 11, 1952 (9-24) Stefan Lindstrom, Restoration Engineer NAXOS 8.110789 [77:32] [GF]

Jussi Björling may not have been the ideal Lieder singer but as pure singing of wonderful songs this is still hard to beat. ... see Full Review

MARIA CALLAS: Living and Dying for Art and Love Documentary on the life and art of Maria Callas Featuring Grace Bumbry, Placido Domingo, Tito Gobbi, Antonio Pappano and Franco Zefirelli. Directed by Steve Cole Produced by Chris Hunt and Alan Sievewright. TDK DVUS-DOCMC [71:00][KS]

Nothing to make it stand out amongst the hundreds of other similar efforts. For Callas fanatics only. ... see Full Review

Contemporary Works for String Quartet and Accordion Gunnar VALKARE (b. 1943) Taang (2001) [10:50] eX (2000) [10:56] Daniel NELSON (b. 1965) My Inner Disco (2002) [9:15] Jörgen DAFGÅRD (b. 1964) Quartet I (1993/8) [10:31] Staffan MOSSENMARK (b. 1961) Kraftspiel (1991) [13:41] Geir Draugsvoll (accordion); Aniara Quartet Recorded: Malmö College of Music, Rosenberg Hall, February 2003 INTIM MUSIK IMCD 088 [55:15][HC]

Maybe not towering masterpieces, but certainly a very interesting and most enjoyable programme ... see Full Review

Jeanne Demessieux plays the Hamburg Organs Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Trumpet Tune [3'01] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Preludium und Fuge in a moll BWV 543 [10'04] Choralvorspiel Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier [4'12] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prelude, fugue et variation [10'09] Jean BERVEILLER (1904-1976) Mouvement [2'17] Jeanne DEMESSIEUX (1921-1968) Te Deum op11 [7'50] Consolateur, (Sept Meditations) [6'57] Etude en Tierce [3'39] Improvisation uber den Choral, 'O grosser Gott der Treu' (J.S. Bach, Cantata 146) [7'44] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Dieu Parmi Nous, (La Nativité) [7'11] Jeanne Demessieux, organ Rec. St Sophienkirche, St Michaeliskirche, Christianskirche, Hamburg, May 1959, November 1962, June 1958 ADD FESTIVO 6961.862 [71'00] [CB]

These recordings offer a fascinating insight into a unique character, tragically taken from the organ world far too early. ... see Full Review

English String Classics 2 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': (Theme [3:32]; Variant I [1:00]; Variant II [2:09]; Variant III [1:46]; Variant IV [00:58]; Variant V [2:37]) Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol Suite: (Basse-Danse [1:17]; Pavane [1:48]; Tordion [00:56]; Bransles [1:52]; Pieds-en-l'air [2:07]; Mattachins [1:00]) Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Two Aquarelles (arr. Fenby): (Lento, ma non troppo [2:31]; Gaily, but not quickly [1:53] Michael TIPPETT (1905-1995)
Little Music for Strings [11:17] (Prelude: Maestoso; Fugue: Allegro moderato; Air: Andante espressivo; Finale: Vivace) Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sospiri [4:06] 
Gustav HOLST (1874-1934)
Brook Green Suite: (Prelude [1:28]; Air [2:23]; Dance [2:17] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Introduction and Allegro [14:15] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Clio Gould Recorded in Cadogan Hall, London, 20-21 September 2004. DDD WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 62114-2 [62.02] [EM]

The notes are all there, and usually well-played, but the soul is out. ... see Full Review

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) Songs of the British Isles see review for details Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Phyllis Spurr (piano, tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 10-21), John Newmark (piano, tracks 7 and 9), Frederick Stone (piano, tracks 22-30) Tracks 1-21 recorded at the Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, London, between February 1949 and December 1951. Tracks 22-20 from BBC Broadcast given in Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London, 5th June 1952 ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111081 [74.48] [EM]

I can thoroughly recommend this disc ... craftsmanship that is quite incredible ... remarkable control ... a masterful, spirited and dynamic touch. ... see Full Review

FÊTE - French organ music from the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Joseph BONNET (1884-1944) Variations de Concert, op1 [8'49] Louis VIERNE (1870-1937)
Two pieces from Pieces de Fantaisie op30: Scherzetto [3'17]; Pastorale [4'33]; Carillon de Westminster [6'22] Louis James Alfred LEFEBURE-WELY (1817-1869) Sortie in E-flat [4'12]; Andante in F [3'48] Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1992) Fete [5'04] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Choral No 1 in E [17'32] Marcel DUPRE (1886-1971) Magnificat V from Vespres du Commun de la Sainte Vierge [3'27] Pierre COGEN Offrande [2'57] Andrew Cantrill, organ Rec. Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, New Zealand, 12, 13, 15 May 2002 DDD MORRISON MUSIC TRUST MMT 2032 [60'03] [CB]

Lacks space, insight and a feeling for harmonic tension ... see Full Review

Fiddler Tam: The music of Thomas ERSKINE, 6th Earl of Kellie (1732-1781) Overture in C op. 1 No. 2: "Death is now my only Treasure", Quartet in C minor (Kilravock No. 8), "The Lover’s Message", Overture in B flat ‘The Maid of the Mill’, Quartet in A (Kilravock no 9), Trio Sonata No 5 in E, Lord Kelly’s Reel, Trio Sonata No 6 in G. Concerto Caledonia/David McGuiness Mhairi Lawson soprano Recorded at Crichton Collegiate Church, Midlothian. 12.11.2003 LINN RECORDS CKD 240 [76’49"] [CSS]

If we are unable to assess what might have been, then it should not lessen our enjoyment of this selection played with warm enthusiasm by Concerto Caledonia. ... see Full Review

French Flute Music Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sonata for flute and piano (1957) [11:51] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Le Merle Noir (1951) [5:42] Pierre SANCAN (b. 1916) Sonatine (1946) [9:08] André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Chant de Linos (1944) [10:25] Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonatine (1942) [9:30] Pierre BOULEZ (b.1925) Sonatine (1946) [12:58] Patrick Gallois (flute), Lydia Wong (piano) rec. The Country Day School, King City, Ontario, June 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557328 [59:35][PCW]

Music that spans a mere 15 years but covers a lot of ground ... see Full Review

Daniella Ganvera: Time For Marimba Minoru MIKI (b. 1930) Marimba Spiritual (1983-4) [14:43] Keiko ABE (b. 1937) Dream of the Cherry Blossoms [5:31] Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) Rain Tree [14:30] Minoru MIKI (b. 1930) Time For Marimba (1968) [9:57] Akira YUYAMA (b. 1932) Divertimento [14:46] Toshimitsu TANAKA (b. 1927) Two movements for Marimba (1965) [10:09] Daniella Ganeva, mallet percussion
Gary Kettel, Graham Instrall, Graham Cole, and Gillian McDonagh, additional percussion
Simon Haram, alto saxophone Recorded at St. Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London. DDD SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD057 [69:35] [PG]

It is always a great joy to find an album such as this ... often relaxing and sometimes energetic and vibrant. An album worth finding. ... see Full Review

  The Gigli Edition v. 8 - Beniamino Gigli: Milan, London and Berlin Recordings 1933-1935 see review for details NAXOS HISTORICAL GIGLI EDITION 8.110269 [74’06] [CC]

Caught at the height of his powers (as here), Gigli was magnificent. Transfers are of the highest standard. ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music – reflections of Tranquillity various Orchestras GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5112 [77.29] [JW]

There’s a large amount of Golden Age Light Music and Guild is mining the best of it. ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music The 1950s Volume 2 – Midnight Matinee Len STEVENS (d.1969) Midnight Matinee; Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon Leslie Julian JONES (b.1910) Postman’s Knock; Wally Stott and his Orchestra Bernie WAYNE (1919-1993) The Magic Touch; Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra; Veradero Geoff Love and his orchestra Cyril ORNADEL (b.1924) Moonlight Fiesta; Winifred Atwell with Cyril Ornadel and his orchestra Belle FENSTOCK (b.1914) Simonetta; Hamburg Radio Orchestra/Harry Hermann Jack BEAVER (1900-1963) Holiday Funfair; Dolf van der Linden and his orchestra Paul DUBOIS [Clive RICHARDSON] (1909-1998) Shadow waltz; Nelson Riddle and his orchestra Ronnie PLEYDELL (d.1994) On Fifth Avenue; Ronnie Pleydell and his concert orchestra HILLIER, NEWMAN Boulevard Waltz; Reg Tilsley and his orchestra Laurie JOHNSON Frenchman’s Creek; Laurie Johnson and his orchestra Jose BELMONTE [Philip GREEN] (1910-1982) Ecstasy; Edmundo Ros and his orchestra STEGGARDA Bahama Buggy Ride; Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra Robert FARNON (b.1917) Poodle Parade; Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon Ray MARTIN (1918-1988) Ballet of the Bells; Johnny Douglas and his orchestra David GREER A Girl called Linda; Jeff Morley and his orchestra Philip GREEN (1910-1982) Park Plaza – film; Philip Green and the Cameo Players; Follow Me Around; Dolf van der Linden and his orchestra Charles STROUSE Ditto; Michael Fredericks and his orchestra Trevor DUNCAN (b.1924) Panoramic Splendour; New Concert Orchestra/R de Porten Charles E HENDERSON, Edward HEYMAN Carefree; Axel Stordahl and his orchestra George SIRAVO (1916-2000) Palsy Walsy; George Siravo and his orchestra Eric SPEAR Midnight Blue; Ron Goodwin and his orchestra Anthony COLLINS (1893-1963) With Emma to Town; London Promenade Orchestra/Anthony Collins Charles CHAPLIN (1889-1977) Limelight – theme and incidental music; Wally Stott and his orchestra Recorded 1952-54 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5111 [76.29][JW]

The mix is a good, entertaining one ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music - Light Music from the Silver Screen Robert FARNON (arr.) Early One Morning from "Spring In Park Lane" Robert Farnon and his Orchestra, 1953 ORTELLI / PIGARELLI Song of the Mountains (La Montanara) from film "The Glass Mountain" Sidney Torch and his Orchestra, 1950 Arthur SCHWARTZ Dancing in the Dark soundtrack recording from "The Band Wagon" MGM Studio Orchestra conducted by Adolph Deutsch, 1953 Bronislau KAPER Adoration soundtrack recording from "Lili" MGM Studio Orchestra conducted by Hans Sommer, 1953 Victor YOUNG Call of the Faraway Hills from film "Shane" Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra, 1953 Francis CHAGRIN The Beggar's Theme from film "Last Holiday" Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra, 1950 Clifton PARKER Seascape from film "Western Approaches" London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson, 1946 John ADDISON Theme from the film "The Man Between" Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra with Dave Shand, saxophone, 1953 Mischa SPOLIANSKY Dedication from film "Idol Of Paris" Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch with Mischa Spoliansky, piano, 1948 José PADILLA La Violetera from film "City Lights" Philip Green and his Orchestra, 1951 Allan GRAY Theme from the film "This Man Is Mine" Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams, 1947 Guy WARRACK Men of Arnhem – March from film "Theirs Is The Glory" London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson, 1947 Philip GREEN Romance from film "The Magic Bow" Louis Levy and his "Music From The Movies" with Reginald Leopold, violin, 1947 Andre MATHIEU Quebec Concerto from film "Whispering City" Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra with Arthur Dulay, piano, 1949 Maurice JAUBERT Valse Grise from film "Le Carnet De Bal" Sidney Torch and his Orchestra, 1952 Charles WILLIAMS Throughout the Years from film "Flesh And Blood" Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra, 1951 George MELACHRINO Vision d'Amour from film "Woman To Woman" Melachrino Strings conducted by George Melachrino, 1947 Philip GREEN Hour of Meditation from film "Twenty-Four Hours Of A Woman's Life" Sidney Torch and his Orchestra, 1952 Anthony COLLINS Saga of Odette from film "Odette" Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra, 1950 George MELACHRINO Danse d'Extase from film "No Orchids For Miss Blandish" The Melachrino Orchestra conducted by George Melachrino, 1948 Kenneth LESLIE-SMITH Mansell Concerto from film "The Woman's angle" Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra – piano Arthur Sandford, 1952 Philip GREEN Gaelic Fantasia from film "Saints And Sinners" Philip Green and his Orchestra, 1949 Recordings made between 1946 and 1953 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5109 [78.31][JL]

A treasury of film music from around 1950, some very fine and available on CD for the first time. ... see Full Review

Grigory Ginzburg: Live Recordings Vol. 1 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat, S.124 [17:45]*, Piano Concerto no.2 in A major, S.125 [20:01]*, Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254 (arr. Busoni) [13:31]*, Ständchen (after Schubert), S.560/7 [06:13], La campanella (after Paganini), S.140/3 [4.25] Grigory GINZBURG (1904-1961) Fantasia on a theme of "Largo al factotum" from Rossini’s "Il barbiere di Siviglia" [04:45] Grigory Ginzburg (piano) * USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Nikolai Anosov Recorded February 24th 1949 in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire VOX AETERNA VACD 00101 [66:11] [CH]

If you are a fan of great pianism you cannot afford to miss this issue. ... see Full Review

Grigory Ginzburg: Live Recordings Vol. III. CD 1 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (trans. Busoni) [09:38], Siciliano from Sonata no.2 for flute and keyboard BWV 1031 (trans. G. Galston) [04:54], Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532 [12:46], Prelude “Ich ruf’ zu dir Herr Jesu Christ” BWV 639, from the “Orgelbuchlein” (trans. Busoni) [03:38], Chaconne from Partita no. 2 for solo violin BWV 1004 (trans. Busoni) [14:53]. Grigory Ginzburg (piano) Recorded live in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, December 25th 1957 VOX AETERNA VACD00105 [45:49][CH]

Unashamedly romantic Bach; perhaps the best of Ginzburg is elsewhere. ... see Full Review

Grigory Ginzburg: Live Recordings Vol. III. CD 2 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata no.3 in A minor op.28 [06:58] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) 12 Etudes op.8: 1 in C sharp minor [01:27], 7 in B flat minor [02:01], 11 in B flat minor [04:29], 12 in D sharp minor [02:01] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Three Preludes [06:48] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Réminiscences de “Don Juan”, S.418 [16:29] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in A minor op.17/4 [03:34] Grigory Ginzburg (piano) Recorded Live in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, December 25th 1957 VOX AETERNA VACD00106 [43:41][CH]

A great performance of the Liszt; in other repertoire Ginzburg seems less certainly at home. ... see Full Review

An Introduction to ... Gilbert & Sullivan William Schwenk GILBERT (1836-1911) and Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Written by Thomson Smillie David Timson, narrator Musical examples taken from the catalogue of The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and New Promenade Orchestra/Isidore Godfrey Overtures: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Andrew Penny DDD NAXOS 8.558166-67 [79:29 + 78:40][PG]

I doubt that one can find an adult in the English speaking world that has never encountered the works of Gilbert & Sullivan in some form. ... see Full Review

Joan Hammond (soprano) – Last Rose of Summer Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Boheme: Yes, They Call Me Mimi [4:50] City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Leslie Heward Recorded at Town Hall, Birmingham. 1941 La Boheme: Lovely Maid In The Moonlight (with David Lloyd, tenor) [3:31] La Boheme: To The Home That She Left [2:54] Tosca: Love And Music [3:00] Halle Orchestra/Leslie Heward Recorded at Belle Vue Gardens Concert Hall, Manchester. 1941 Madame Butterfly: Love Duet: Ah, Love Me A Little (with Webster Booth, tenor) [6:33] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent Recorded: 1943 Madame Butterfly: One Fine Day [3:58] City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Leslie Heward Recorded at Town Hall, Birmingham. 1941 Gianni Schicchi: O My Beloved Father [2:20] Halle Orchestra/Leslie Heward Recorded at Belle Vue Gardens Concert Hall, Manchester. 1941 Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide [2:31] Philharmonia Orchestra/Lawrence Collingwood Recorded: 1947 Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur: Troppo, signori...Io sono l’umile ancella [3:04] Recorded: 1949 Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori [3:08] Philharmonia Orchestra/Walter Susskind Recorded: 1953 Alfredo CATALANI (1854-1893) La Wally: Ebben, ne andro lontana [4:00] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Forza del Destino: Son giunta!...Madre, pietosa Vergine (with Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) [6:40] Philharmonia Orchestra/Walter Susskind Recorded: 1949 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Rusalka: O Silver Moon [4:34] Philharmonia Orchestra/Vilem Tauský Recorded: 1952 Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Eugene Onegin: Tatiana’s Letter Scene: I Write To You [11:40] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Constant Lambert Recorded: 1943 TRADITIONAL (arr. Moore) The Last Rose Of Summer [3:38] Sir Henry Rowley BISHOP (1786-1855) Clari: Home, Sweet Home [3:40] Ernest Lush (piano) Recorded: 1950 Eric COATES (1886-1957) Green Hills o’Somerset [3:34] Gerald Moore (piano) Recorded: 1941 AAD REGIS RRC-1197 [75:40][GWS]

Truly stunning and luminous singing ... see Full Review

Heifetz in Performance Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rondo from Serenade in D major Haffner K250 transcribed Kreisler [5.00] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March from The Love for Three Oranges transcribed Heifetz [1.26] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Fille avec cheveux de lin – Preludes Book I No.8 transcribed Hartmann [2.24] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Daisies Op.38 No.3 [1.50] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) It Ain’t Necessarily So – from Porgy and Bess arranged Heifetz [2.45] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004 – Chaconne [12.45] Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Scottish Fantasy Op.46* [25.34] Grigoras DINICU (1889-1949) Hora Staccato arranged Heifetz + [2.06] Jascha Heifetz (violin) with Brooks Smith (piano) except + Emmanuel Bay (piano) Osian Ellis (harp) New Symphony Orchestra of London/Malcolm Sargent * Documentary copyright 1971, CD recordings 1970 except Bruch, 1961, and Dinicu, 1950 A DVD video documentary about the legendary performer. Bonus audio CD featuring complete performances of music heard in the DVD documentary from the artist's RCA Red Seal Legacy. Narration in English and optional Japanese subtitles. Link to and more extra features RCA RED SEAL 82876 638869 [DVD: 63.00 CD: 53.53][JW]

I can put up with a lot to watch the Master in action. So, if you’ve read this far, can you. ... see Full Review

Hör, o Vater - Prayer in songs of the romantic era. Josef RHEINBERGER (1839 – 1901) Praeludium op. 156:1 from Zwölf charakteristische Tonstücke Sechs religiöse Gesänge op. 157: (Sehet, weiche Liebe; Ich bin des Herrn!; Wenn Alle untrue warden; Vater unser; Nachtgebet; Ave Maria) Introduction und Fuge from Orgelsonate Nr. 12 op. 154 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1904) Biblische Lieder op. 99: (Gott ist mein Hirte (No. 4); Hör, o Vater (No. 6); Singet ein neues Lied (No. 10)) Josef RHEINBERGER Abendfriede op. 156:10 from Zwölf charakteristische Tonstücke Pater noster qui es in coelis (gregorian chant) Peter CORNELIUS (1824 – 1874) Vater unser – Neun geistliche Lieder op. 2: (Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel; Geheiliget werde dein Name; Zu uns komme dein Reich; Die Wille geschehe; Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute; Vergib uns unsre Schuld; Also auch wir vergeben unsem Schuldigern; Führe uns nicht in Versuchung; Erlöse uns vom Übel) Markus Lemke (bass-baritone), Thomas Berning (organ) Recorded in May 2004 in St Gallus Church, Ladenburg, Germany CHRISTOPHORUS CHE 0117-2 [69:48] [[GF]

Some valuable additions to the sacred repertoire but some reservations. Approach with caution. Try to listen before purchase. ... see Full Review

Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano) Duets with Juan Diego Florez (ten); Eva Mei (sop); Ramon Vargas (ten) Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Armida (1817) Amor... possente nome!... Vacilla a quegli accenti (with Juan Diego Florez ) Münchnen Rundfunkorchester/Arthur Fagen Recorded April 1998 Tancredi (1813) Recitative and Duet, L'aura che intorno spiri. (with Eva Mei) Recitative and Duet, M'abbraccia, Argirio. (with Ramon Vargas) Recitative and Duet, Lasciami: non t'ascolto (with Eva Mei) Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Roberto Abbado Recorded 1996 Maometto II (1820) In questi estremi istanti. (with Juan Diego Florez and Anna: Barbara Lavarian) Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi/Vjekoslav Sutej Recorded April 2003 Otello (1816) Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangue (with Juan Diego Florez ) Munchner Rundfunkorchester/Arthur Fagen Recorded April 1998
La cenerentola (1817) Tutto e deserto... Una volta c'era... Un soave non so che. (with Juan Diego Florez, Monica Schmitt and Henrike Paede) Munchner Rundfunkorchester Arthur Fagen
Recorded April 1998Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1830) Scena e Duet, Deserto e il luogo… Arresta. Qual mesto suon echeggia? (with Ramon Vargas) Choir of Bayerischen Rundfunks/ Münchner Rundfunkorchester /Roberto Abbado Recorded June 1997 BMG RCA RED SEAL 82876 52929 2 [72.16] [RJF]

The disc might well have been titled bel canto duets for both its repertoire and much fine singing. ... see Full Review

Joanna Kozlowska sings Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Si, mi chiamano Mimi - La Bohème (Mimi) Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore - La Bohème (Mimi) Un bel di, vedremo - Madama Butterfly (Butterfly) Tu … Piccolo Iddio - Madama Butterfly (Butterfly) Signore ascolta - Turandot (Liù) Tu che di gel sei cinta - Turandot (Liù) Vissi d´arte - Tosca (Tosca) O mio babbino caro - Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Pace, mio Dio - The Force of Destiny (Leonora) Era più calmo?… Emilia, te ne prego … Piangea cantando … Ave Maria - Otello (Desdemona) Joanna Kozlowska (soprano) Symphony Orchestra of the Poznan Philharmonic/Grzegorz Nowak Recorded at the Adam Mickiewicz University Concert Hall, Poznan, Poland in August 26-28, 30, 2004. DDD CD ACCORD ACD 135-2 [50:00][MC]

The career of Joanna Kozlowska is well worth following and her performance on this collection is worthy of praise. ... see Full Review

Gérard Lesne Marc Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Leçons de Ténèbres: Office du Mecredi Saint Psalm 69 (plainchant) First Lesson, H120 First Response, H117 Seniores populi Second Lesson, H138 Second Response, H126 Tristis est anima mea Third Lesson, H141 Third Response, H131 Ecce quomodo Psalm 50, Miserere Mei H173 Office du Jeudi Saint Prelude a 4 in G minor, H528 Psalm 14 (plainchant and faux-bourdon) First Lesson, H121 (De Lamentatione Jeremiae Jerusalem from H120) First Resposne, H144 Omnes amici mei Prelude en D minor a 3, H510 Second Lesson, H139 (Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt Jerusalem from H138) Second Response, H128 Velum temple Third Lesson H136 (Jerusalem from H135) Third Response Tenebrae factae sung (plainchant) Prelude a 4 in F major, H521 Miserere (plainchant and faux-bourdon) Office du Vendredi Saint Psalm 26 (plainchant and faux-bourdon) First Lesson, H99 with instrumental ritornello H100 First reponse, H133 Tanquam ad latronem Second Lesson, H140 Second Response, H130 Jerusalem surge Third Lesson, H95 Third Response (plainchant) Psalm 50 Miserere (plainchant and faux-bourdon) Sébastien de BROSSARD (1655-1730) – Leçons des morts (1st, 3rd and 4th lessons only); Sonata en trio no. 1 en mi mineur; Dialogus poenitentis animae cum Deo Nicolas CLERAMBAULT (1676-1749) – Panis angelicus C131; Exultet omnium C112; Domine salvum C152; Domine C158; O deliciis affluens C109; Magnificat C136; Salve Regina  C114; O piissima, o Sanctissima C135; Domine salvum C157 Catherine Greuillet (dessus) (disc1) Caroline Pelon (dessus) (disc 1) Sandrine Piau (dessus) (disc 2) Agnes Mellon (dessus) (disc 3) Veronique Gens (dessus) (disc 4) Gérard Lesne (alto) Lenaick Gicquel (haut-contre) (disc 2) Ian Honeyman (taille) (discs 2, 3) Etienne Fouss (taille) (disc 2) Frederic Richard (taille) (disc 2) Mark Padmore (taille) (disc 5) Christopher Purves (basse-taille) (disc 1) Peter Harvey (basse-taille) (disc 2) Paul Haddad (basse-taille) (disc 2) Jacques Bona (basse-taille) (disc 3) Josep-Miquel Ramon I Monzo (basse) (disc 5) Il Seminario Musicale Discs originally published 1993 - 2000 VIRGIN VERITAS 7243 3 82013 2 4 [5 CDs: 63.54 + 66.16 + 70.56 + 53.40 + 63.10][RH]

This wonderfully priced boxed set means that Lesne’s artistry easily available ... see Full Review


Detailed listing (last two days)]
[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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