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Mad Songs see review for details Catherine Bott (soprano), New London Consort Recorded in Temple Church, London January and November 1990 DECCA THE BRITISH MUSIC COLLECTION 476 2099 [67:13] [EM]

Bott pulls this CD off well, imbuing the songs with wit and intelligence ... dramatic impersonations ... impeccable enunciation. ... see Full Review

John McCORMACK: Acoustic Recordings (1910-1911) John William CHERRY (?) 01. Dear Little Shamrock [04:05 Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) 02. Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore [03:50] with Nellie Melba, soprano / Mario Sammarco, baritone / Edna Thornton, contraltoCharles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) 03. Faust: All'erta! All'erta [02:52] with Nellie Melba, soprano / Mario Sammarco, baritone 04. Faust: All'erta! All'erta [02:51] with Nellie Melba, soprano / Mario Sammarco, baritoneGeorge A. BARKER (?) 05. The Irish Emigrant [04:00] Frederic Nicolls CROUCH (?) 06. Kathleen Mavourneen [03:43] Charles MARSHALL (c 1859 – 1927) 07. I Hear You Calling Me [03:49] Traditional08. Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms [03:20] Liza LEHMANN (1862 – 1918) 09. In a Persian Garden: Ah! Moon of My Delight [04:22] Traditional 10. Molly Bawn (arr. D. MacMurrough) [03:39]  Ernest R. BALL (?) / Chauncey OLCOTT (1858 – 1932) 11. Mother Machree [03:19] Victor HERBERT (1859 – 1924) 12. Naughty Marietta: I'm Falling in Love with Someone [03:14] Dermot MACMURROUGH (?) 13. Macushla [03:06] Jacob BLUMENTHAL (?) 14. An Evening Song [04:30] Traditional 15. She is Far from the Land [04:23] Attilo PARELLI (?) 16. The Happy Morning Waits (L'Alba Nascente) [02:50] Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875) 17. Les Pecheurs de Perles: Del tempio al limitar [03:11] with Mario Sammarco, baritone 18. Les Pecheurs de Perles: Del tempio al limitar [03:04] with Mario Sammarco, baritone Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) 19. Les Soirées Musicales, No. 12: Li Marinari [03:20] with Mario Sammarco, baritone 20. Les Soirées Musicales, No. 11: Mira la bianca luna [03:28] with Emmy Destinn, soprano 21. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: O il meglio mi cordavo... Numero guindici [03:27] with Mario Sammarco, baritone Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834 – 1886) 22. La Gioconda: Badoer questa notte... O grido di quest' anima [04:19] with Mario Sammarco, baritone John McCormack (tenor), Victor Orchestra (tracks 1, 5 – 19), New Symphony Orchestra/Landon Ronald (tracks 2 – 4), Studio Orchestra/Percy Pitt (tracks 20 – 22) Recorded 1910 - 1911Ward Marston, archivist and restoration producer John McCormack - Edition, Vol 2 NAXOS 8.110329 [78:41] [GF]

Can be safely recommended to everybody with an interest in masterly singing. A voice that could fine down to a thin, thin silver thread, absolutely steady. ... see Full Review

Morley and Gearhart Rediscovered Livingston GEARHART (1916-1996) Three Blind Mice (traditional) [2.39] Baby Boogie (1948) [2.17] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier (1911) [4.54] Manuel Da FALLA (1876-1946) Dance of Terror from El Amor Brujo (1915) [2.18] Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo (1915) [3.08] Jerome KERN (1885-1945) All The Things You Are (1939) [2.17] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Eight Waltzes from Op.39 Nos 6, 3, 5, 4, 10, 6, 8, 7 and recapitulation of No.6 (1865) [9.08] Waltz in A major Op.39 No.15 [1.46] Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Mouvements perpétuels (1918) [1.30] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) I Got Rhythm (1930) [2.33] An American in Paris (1928) [9.49] Concerto in F – finale only [4.26] Alberto DOMINGUEZ Frenesi (1940) [2.00] Irving BERLIN (1888-1989) Russian lullaby (1927) [1.41] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Nocturne from Shylock Op.57 (1889) [2.47] Vernon DUKE April in Paris (1932) [2.04] Hoagy CARMICHAEL (1899-1951) Star Dust (19260 [2.18] Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Blue Danube Waltz Op.314 [5.04] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de Habañera (1907) [2.23] Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy (1927) [3.18] Wendell KEENEY (1903-1989) Mountain Tune (1936) [2.42] Philip BRAHAM Limehouse Blues (1924) [3.06] Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892-1983)
La Tirelitentaine from Jeux de plein air [2.22] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Can-Can [1.24] Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Flight of the Bumblebee – The Tale of Tsar Saltan [1.10] Vincent YOUMANS (1898-1946) Tea for Two  (1925) [1.12] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltz in D Flat major Op. 64 No.1 Minute Waltz [2.02] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Fêtes – From Nocturnes [5.18] Felix ARNDT (1889-1918) Nola (1916) [2.04] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor [5.03] Jean LENOIR Parlez moi d’amour (c.1928) [1.48] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Cantata No.147 arranged GEARHART [3.34] In Thee Is Joy  - In dir ist Freude Organ Chorale [2.10] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G Minor Op.23 No.5 (1901) [3.50] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March from The Love of Three Oranges (1919) [1.32] Richard RODGERS (1902-1979) With A Song In My Heart (1929) [1.48] Zoltan KODÁLY (1882-1967) The Viennese Musical Clock – from Háry János (1926) [1.55]
Harold ARLEN Stormy Weather (1933) [2.54] Edward Zez CONFREY (1895-1971) Kitten on the Keys (1921) [1.36] Johnny GREEN Body and Soul [3.10] Egbert van ALSTYNE (1882-1951) Goodnight Ladies (1911) [1.08] Virginia Morley and Livingston Gearhart (pianos) All arrangements by Gearhart except Arensky, Brahms and Tailleferre Recorded New York and Pennsylvania 1947-54 IVORY CLASSICS 72004 [64.03 +60.45]

Transfers are spot-on – not too much filtering. If you fancy some two-piano wizardry you know where to find it.  ... see Full Review

My Lady Rich - her Teares and Joy anon How should I your true love know [00:28] Robert JONES (fl. 1597-1615) O he is gone [02:28] And is it night? [03:50] John DOWLAND (c. 1563-1626) Mr Dowland's Midnight [01:00] William BYRD (c. 1540-1623)
Weeping full sore [06:26] John DOWLAND My Lady Rich's galliard [01:52] anon Hampton Court Masque [02:05] John DOWLAND Come when I call [01:53] Charles TESSIER (fl. 1600) Casche toy, celeste soleil [03:16] Au joly bois [01:58] anon Vuestros ojos [01:17] Charles TESSIER Reveillez vous, belle Cattin [02:35] anon Corranto Lady Riche [01:17] William BYRD In fields abroad [04:28] anon My little sweet darling [01:14] A la volta Mistress Lettice Rich [00:32] John BARTLET (fl. 1606-1610) Surcharged with discontent [01:19] The thrush did pipe full clear [03:40] Then Hesperus on high [01:28] anon Sweet stay awhile [01:44]
A toy [01:01] He is dead and gone, lady [00:31] Anthony HOLBORNE (c. 1545-1602) The funerals [04:17] John COPRARIO (d. 1626) Funeral Teares [22:56] Emily Van Evera, soprano, recorder; Caroline Trevor, contralto; Daniel Norman, John Potter, tenor; Michael Dore, bass; Richard Campbell, Susanna Pell, Reiko Ichise, Asako Morikawa, Susanne Heinrich, viola da gamba; Christopher Mororngiello, lute; Lynda Sayce, bass lute, bandora; Jacob Heringman, cittern; Lucy Carolan, virginals Recorded in March 1997 and October 2003 at St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, UK. DDD AVIE AV0045 [74:35] [JV]

Good times and bad times in the life of an aristocratic lady of the Elizabethan era illustrated in music ... see Full Review

A Painted Tale: Lute Songs Thomas MORLEY (1557-1602) It was a lover and his lass; Who is it that this dark night; Will you buy a fine dog; A painted tale; Alfonso FERRABOSCO II (1575-1628) So beauty on the waters stood; Fly from the world; John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Flow my tears; A galliard to Lachrimae; If my complaints; Come again sweet love; Lady if you do spite me; In darkness let me dwell; Pierre GUERDON (1564-1620) Cesses mortels de soupier; Si jamais mo name blessee; Etienne MOULINE (c.1600-c.1670) Je suis ravi de mon Uranie; Enfin la beaute que j’adore; Joachim Thibault de COURVILLE (d.1581) Si je languis; Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Nigra Sum; O quam pulcra; Ego flos campi; Rec. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC’s Ultimo Centre, February 2003 Paul McMahon; tenor with Tommie Anderson lute; Daniel Yeadon, viola da gamba ABC CLASSICS 476 192-9 [72.08][GH]

All in all, a worthy and enjoyable disc of not always run-of–the–mill repertoire, nicely and naturally recorded. ... see Full Review

Four Temperaments Thomas TALLIS (c1505-1585) A Solfing Song [02:24] William BYRD (c1539-1623) Queen's Goodnight (Prelude and Ground) [05:29] Robert PARSONS (c1530-1571) A song of Mr Robert Parsons [01:42] Thomas TALLIS In nomine II a 4 [01:50] Robert PARSONS In nomine III a 5 [01:47] De la court [05:14] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I (1543-1588) Pavan a 5 [02:05] William BYRD Missa a 4: Kyrie [02:34] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I In nomine II a 5 [02:28] William BYRD Missa a 4: Gloria [05:35] Thomas TALLIS In nomine I a 4 [02:13] William BYRD Missa a 4: Credo [08:18] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I In nomine I a 5 [02:44] William BYRD Missa a 4: Sanctus [03:49] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I In nomine III a 5 [02:26] William BYRD Missa a 4: Agnus Dei [04:16] Robert PARSONS Ut re mi fa sol la [04:57] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I Fantasia a 4 [03:26] William BYRD Pavan a 6 [02:17] Galliard a 6 [01:29] Robert PARSONS A Song called Trumpets [02:03] Alfonso FERRABOSCO I Sur la Rousée (Fantasia a 6) [02:51] Phantasm Asako Morikawa, tenor and bass viols; Emilia Benjamin, bass viol Phantasm: Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and director; Wendy Gillespie, treble and tenor viols; Jonathan Manson, tenor viol; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol Recorded in August 2004 at St Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, UK DDD AVIE AV2054 [72:09] [JV]

Another outstanding recording by Phantasm, which presents English consort music in its full glory ... see Full Review

Nadia Reisenberg - 100th Anniversary Tribute Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Twenty-Four Preludes Op.38 (1943) [46.05] Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Twelve Pieces for Piano Op.40 (1878) [40.53] Romance in F minor Op.5 (1868) [5.19] Nocturne Op.10 No.1 (1872) [4.12] Humoresque Op.10 No.2 (1872) [2.39] Souvenir de Hapasal Op.2 (1867) [11.54] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Elegie Op.3 No.1 (1892) [5.41] Prelude in C sharp minor Op.3 No.2 (1892) [3.52] Melodie in E major Op.3 No.3 (1892)  [5.01] Serenade in B flat minor Op3 No. 5(1892)  [3.31] Polka de W.R (1911) [3.48] Waltz in A major Op.10 No.2 (1893-94) [3.57] Barcarolle in G major Op.10 No.3 (1893-94) [4.28] Mazurka in D flat major Op.10 No.7 (1893-94) [5.34] Nadia Reisenberg (piano) Recorded on Westminster LPs between June 1954 and May 1955 IVORY CLASSICS 74002 [75.44 + 74.15][JW]

Playing that is splendid by anyone’s standard ... see Full Review

Roumi PETROVA Project Bacillus Bulgaricus Bacillus Bulgaricus for Piano Quartet (2003) (a) [26:48] Rodopa Suite for String Quartet (2001) (b) [10:39] Poem for Violin and String Quartet (2002) (c) (b) [8:09] Pictures from Bulgaria (1999) (b) [7:14] Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (2003) (d) [20:17] (a) Bulgarian Piano Quartet: Krasimira Ivanova (violin), Roumi Petrova (viola), Kalin Ivanov (cello), Elena Antimova (piano) (b) The Forte String Quartet: Mikhail Kuchov, Alexander Abeyev (violins), Roumi Petrova (viola), Kalin Ivanov (cello) (c) Yuri Kharenko (violin) (d) Kalin Ivanov (cello), Elena Antimova (piano) Rec. New York, 2003; DDD PETROVART PUBLISHING [65:11][ED]

Rhythmically catchy and tuneful ... contemporary composition can provide undemanding pleasure ... see Full Review

Psalms and Prophets David ZIEMS 23rd Psalm (2000) [3:10] Stephen SCHWARTZ On the Willows (Psalm 137) (1971) [3:05] John FOLEY S.J. Come to the Water (1978) [5:25] Alicia SOLOMON Wait on the Lord (Psalm 27) (2001) [5:25] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117) [2:27] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847) Rest in the Lord (Psalm 37) [3:00] George Frederick HANDEL (1685 – 1759) How Beautiful are the Feet 2:20] He Shall Feed His Flock [3:40] Dan SCHUTTE S.J. Here I Am, Lord * (1981) [4:05] Charles E. CONLEY What Return Can I Make to the Lord (Psalm 116) (1982) [5:30] Michael JONCAS On Eagle’s Wings (Psalm 91) (1979) [4:34] Alicia SOLOMON I Lift Mine Eyes (Psalm 121) (2001) [3:45] Alicia Solomon (mezzo-soprano) David Ziems (guitars, banjo, mandolin and backup vocal)*; Donese Mayfield and Alicia Solomon (keyboards); Giselle Vivian (viola) Rec. 2001 Albuquerque, New Mexico EROICA JDT 3090 [46.30] [BB]

Not profoundly moving music then, but it will find a place with listeners who find quiet, contemplative singing useful in aiding relaxation and assisting the reduction of stress. ... see Full Review

Raphael: The Music of the Courtier Josquin des PRES (1480-1520) Victimae paschali; A l’heure que je vous Heinrich ISAAC (c.1450-1517) J’ay pris amours; Easter Mass Loyset COMPERE (c.1450-1518) Crux triumphans; Chef a la ramacina; Scaramella Francisco SPINACINO (fl.1507) Ricercare; Malor me bat Marchetto CARA (1465-1525) Mentre io vo per questi boschi Francesco da MILANO (1497-1543) Ricercar (88); Ricercar La Compagna Orlando Consort; I Fagiolini; Concordia; Christopher Wilson (lute) Recording dates and venue not given The National Gallery promotion METRONOME MET CD 1075 [62.18] [GH]

I find it difficult to wholly recommend this disc. It does however give an overall view of music around 1510 and as an introduction to the music of that era it may well be useful. ... see Full Review

Salsa Nueva Cancion y Danza (Mompou). Worcestershire (Lorenz).Ancestro I. Ancestro 2 ( Estevez). La Salsa del Sr Ligeti (Riu). Fur Elena (Arismendi). Su-Muy-Key (Ortiz). One hand in. Solo-Clave (Perrin).Congabite (Toro). Conclave (lzarra). Tumbao (Leon). Toccatta Montuna (Finch). La Fiesta (Corea). Canto de Bemba (Leon). Recordando a Celia (Paredes). Sal-Cita (Rugeles). I wouldn't normally say (Wallen). Celtica o Salsa (Gribbin). Triple Enclave (Alvarez). Barnyard Song (Pritchard). Pan con Timba (Lopez-Gavilan). Elena Riu (piano); Wilmer Sifontes (Latin percussion) Recorded: St Philips, Norbury, London, August 2004 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD 237 [74:57] [HC]

The best thing to do with a disc such as this is to sit down, relax and enjoy. ... see Full Review

Sanctuary G.F. HANDEL (1685-1759) Waft her angels, through the Skies’ from Jeptha; Cavatina:’Quando mai Spietata’ from Radamisto; ‘Ritorna, oh caro’ from Rodelinda; Where’er You Walk ‘from Semele; Evaristo Felice DALL’ABACO (1675-1742) Aria: Cantabile from Concerto Op. 6 no. 1; Concerto a piu instruments in D Op. 5 no. 6; Alessandro MARCELLO (1669-1747) Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and continuo; Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in G for Violin and cello; Antonio SARTORIO (1630-1680) Orfeo tu dormi? from L’Orfeo; Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and continuo Op. 9 no. 2 Kirsten Barry (baroque oboe); Lucinda Moon (baroque violin); Jamie Hey, (baroque cello). Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/Paul Dyer rec. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, September 2003. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 2840 [60.38][GH]

In the mood for late night arrangements of Italian arias and for oboe or string concertos then this is your ‘man’ ... see Full Review

Philip Scriven - Piping Hot Charles IVES (1874-1954) Variations on America [8'57] Joseph BONNET (1884-1944) Elfes [3'37] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prelude, Fugue et Variation [10'18] Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Scherzo (Symphony 2) [4'03] Simon PRESTON (b.1938) Alleluyas (1965) [5'13] Oskar LINDBERG (1887-1936) Gammal fabodpsalm [4'35] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Transports de joie (L'Ascension) [5'04] Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) Cantilene (Suite Breve) [5'20] Patrick GOWERS (b.1936) An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary (1995) [2'55] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) arr. William Strickland Adagio for strings [8'36] Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940) Litanies [4'26] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Prelude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain (1947) [11'55] Philip Scriven, organ Rec. Lichfield Cathedral, 25-26 May 2004. DDD REGENT REGCD210 [76'01][CB]

In an age when the organ CD market is swamped more than ever before, one has to offer so much more in order to make a really distinctive recording. ... see Full Review

Severnside Composers’ Alliance - Inaugural Piano Recital Geoffrey SELF Sonatina 1 Ivor GURNEY Preludes (first set) F sharp; A minor; D flat; D sharp minor; D. Jolyon LAYCOCK L’Abri Pataud Richard BARNARD On Erin Shore Steven KINGS Fingers pointing to the Moon Ivor GURNEY Preludes 2nd set –Fragment; F minor; D flat; C. F sharp. Susan COPPARD Round and Around John PITTS Aire 1; Fantasy 1; Fantasy 5.
James PATTEN Nocturne 3; Nocturne 4. Sulyen CARADON Dorian Dirge Ivor GURNEY Preludes 3rd set C minor; F sharp (unfinished). Raymond WARREN Monody; Chaconne. Peter Jacobs (piano) Recorded by Jim Pattison DUNELM DRDO238 [78.22] [CSS]

Peter Jacobs is to be congratulated for the careful programming ... see Full review

Songs of the Soul Carlos SURINACH (1915 - 1997) Canciones del Alma (Songs of the Soul) (1964) Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548 - 1611) Iste Sanctus; Senex puerum portabat; O Quam Gloriosum; Beati Immaculati Alan RIDOUT (1934 - 1996) O Flame of Love So Living Sasha Johnson MANNING (b.1963) Romanca VI Clare MACLEAN (b.1958) Aunque es de Noche Geoffrey BURGON (b.1941) But Have Been Found Again (1983) Carl RÜTTI (b.1949) An den Geist The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus/Philip Barnes
Recorded St. Margaret of Scotland Church, St. Louis, USA, 23-25 May 2004 GUILD GMCD 7272 [58.09] [RH]

An interesting programme with entirely creditable performances. Just occasionally I wished for a little more Latin bravura ... see Full Review

Sounds Parisian Naji HAKIM (b.1955) Le Tombeau d’Olivier Messiaen (Par ma vie, par ma mort [6’33]; Je rends grace à mon Dieu [6’25]; Christ avec le Saint-Esprit [6’02]) Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Apparition de l’Eglise éternelle [9’53] Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Messe Basse pour les enfants défunts: (Prélude [5’33]; Introit [4’43]; Offertoire [5’49]; Elevation [2’14]; Communion [5’59]; Défilé [9’33]) David Bednall, organ rec. Blackburn Cathedral, 31 May- 2 June 2004 LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 175D [73’42][GMS]

Some of the music is like written-down improvisation - very well presented by David Bednall ... see Full Review

The Spinning Girl Stanislaw MONIUSZKO (1819-1872) The Spinning Girl arranged Melcer [3.00] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Siciliana arranged Galston [3.24] Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Sarabanda [1.40] Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo – Dance of the Spirits – Menuet [5.16] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27/2 Moonlight (1801) [14.42] Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1823) Sonatine in C Op.20 No.1 (1819) [8.40] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu No.1 in F minor D935 (1828) [9.39] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in A minor Op.68 No.2 (1827) [1.56] Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Etude No.1 Op.4 (1902) [3.38] Etude No.3 Op.4 (1902) [4.57] Prelude Op.1 No.1 (1900) [1.51] Prelude Op.1 No.7 (1900) [2.42] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) The Three Maries [3.29] Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978)
Toccata (1932) [3.54] Dmitri KABELEVSKY (1904-1987) Sonatine in C Op.13 No.1 (1930) [4.54] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Tango Ballade [2.59] Felicja Blumental (piano)
No recording location or date BRANA RECORDS BR0014 [76.59] [JW]

Something of a mixed bag. An odds and ends feel to it ... see Full Review

Strike: New Zealand percussion music Gareth FARR Volume Pig [11:21] Ross HARRIS Ricochet (1999) [7:35] Miriama YOUNG Iron Tongue [5:05] Don McGLASHAN Work Songs (1989) [9:43] David DOWNES Painting with Breath [6:03] Murray HICKMAN Cube (1999) [23:12] Traditional, arr. George UPU Taku Manu E [5:43] Percussion: Jeremy Fitzsimons, Alison Low Choy, Murray Hickman, Tim Whitta With Gareth Farr, Bruce McKinnon and Ryan Reiss, percussion, and Rolf Gjelsten, accordion rec. Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 31 Jan–3 Feb 2000 DDD CREATIVE NZ MMT2030 [68:42] [PG]

Fans of percussion music or other drum ensembles are encouraged to give this album due attention. Just make sure you don’t turn it up too loud. ... see Full Review

Anu Tali – Action Passion Illusion Erkki-Sven TÜÜR (b.1959) Zeitraum for orchestra (1992) [12:38] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Wood Nymph, op.15 (1894) [10:18] Melodrama for narrator, two horns, piano and strings Erkki-Sven TÜÜR Action Passion Illusion for string orchestra (1993) [17:17] Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Three Russian Songs, op.41 (1927) [12:25] Lasse Pöysti (narrator), Tanel Joamets (piano) State Choir Latvja Nordic Symphony Orchestra (Lev Klychkov, leader)/Anu Tali Recorded: Estonia Concert Hall, 19th and 21stFebruary 2003 (Action Passion Illusion), 19th and 21st April, 2003 (Zeitraum, 3 Russian Songs), 3rd September 2004 (Wood Nymph orchestra) and 28th November 2004 (Wood Nymph narrator) WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61992-2 [53:16][GPJ]

Anu Tali extends her repertoire to take in the younger generation of Estonian composers ... see Full Review

Tango Dorado Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Verano Porteno; Adios Nonino; Balada para un loco; Milonga del Angel; Neotango; Zum; Escualo; Sur: Los Suenos; Tangata; Libertango Osvaldo PUGLIESE (1905-1995) La Yumba Alejandro SCARPINO Seguime Si Podes Domingo FEDERICO (1916-2000) Saludos Juan Carlos COBIAN Los Mareados Manuel ROMERO/Azucena MAIZANI/Oreste CUFARO Cancion de Buenos Aires Gerardo MATOS RODRIGUEZ (1897-1948) La Cumparsita; La Cumparsita (Live version) Osvaldo RUGGIERO Bordoneo Y 900 Homero Aldo EXPOSITO/Virgilio Hugo EXPOSITO Absurdo Homero Aldo EXPOSITO/Enrique Mario FRANCINI/Hector STAMPONI Pedacito de Cielo Agustin BARDI (1884-1941) Galla Ciego Julian PLAZA (1928-2003) Nocturna Alfredo Le PERA/Carlos GARDEL (1890-1935) Volver Arrangements and transcriptions by Christiaan van Hemert Tango Dorado/Christiaan van Hemert (bandoneón) Jacqueline Edeling (bandoneón) Alexandre Mota Kanji (violin) Derk Lottman (violin) Margreet Markerink (piano) Eelco van de Meeberg (guitar) Maaike Wierda (double-bass) Richard Prada (vocals) Claudia Copier (vocals) Recorded at the Cristofori Amsterdam, Holland, July 1 - 2, 2004 (CD 2) and the Lucent Danstheater, The Hague, Holland, March 11, 2004 (CD 1) DDD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 6933 [47:24 + 46:09][MC]

An abundance of heart and soul and with the true spirit of the Tango. A fine release that will provide considerable pleasure. ... see Full Review

Richard Tauber: Opera Arias, Vol. 2 Richard Tauber (tenor) with orchestra except Sadko with piano accompaniment by Mischa Spoliansky and violin by Dajos Bela Recorded 1926 – 1946 NAXOS 8.111001 [77 48] [GF]

At least one Tauber disc should be in every serious collection of vocal music. ... see Full Review

Great Conductors: Toscanini Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 88 in G major* [20’40"] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550** [22’44"] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135: Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo [8’25"]; Vivace [2’58"]*** [11’23"] Nicolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) arr. Toscanini Moto Perpetuo**** [4’40"] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) William Tell Overture***** [11’43"] NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini Recorded in NBC Studio 8H, New York City *8 Mar 1938; **7 Mar 1938 and 27 Feb 1939; *** 8 Mar 1938; ****17 Apr 1939; ***** 1 and 29 Mar 1939 ADD NAXOS HISTORIC 8.110895 [71’56"] [JQ]

An interesting and recommendable CD that captures the great conductor at the start of the last phase of his career. ... see Full Review

Ukraine Composers’ Series (Set One) Ilya POLSKY (b. 1924) Overture [11:06] Volodimir PODGORNY (b. 1928) Concerto for Domra and Orchestra [12:00] (b. a) Alexandre MAMANTOV Concert Polonaise [4:12] Dmitro KLEBANOV (b. 1907) Suite no. 2 for String Orchestra [12:10]; Four Preludes and Fugues for Orchestra [22:50] Grigory TSITSALUK (b. 1923) Elegy for French Horn and String Orchestra [4:40] (b. b) Nicholai STETSUN (b. 1942) Youth Overture [3:35] Anatoly GAYDENKO (b. 1934) Kursky Karagody [11:26] Vitaly GUBARENKO (b. 1934) Kupalo [6:35]; Chamber Symphony no. 2 [20:40] (b. c); Choreographic scenes from ‘Zaporozhtsy’ [33:10] Boris Michaev (domra) Mikkola Ostrovsky (French horn) Bogodar Kotorovich (violin) Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania Rec. Philharmonic Hall, Kharkov, 2004 ANGELOK1 CD-7710/11 [71:09 + 71:28] [ED]

Tonal parallels with the officially acceptable compositions of Shostakovich or Prokofiev though none of the composers here possesses a comparable imagination or technique. ... see Full Review

Astrid Varnay Richard WAGNER (1813-83) Der fliegende Holländer (1843) – Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiffa [7’54]; Tannhäuser (1845) – Dich teure Halle!b [5’34]; Lohengrin (1850) – Einsam in truben Tagenc [5’09]; Die Walküre (1870) – Du bist der Lenzd; War er so schmähliche; Tristan und Isolde (1865) – Mild und leisef [6’19] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio (1814) – Abscheulicher!f [7’22] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)Simon Boccanegra (1857) – Come in quest’ora brunaf [4’18]; Il trovatore (1853) – Vanne, lasciami … d’amor sull’ali roseef [6’19]; Macbeth (1847) – La luce languef; Don Carlo (1867) – O don fatalef [4’09]; Ludovic HALÉVY (1833-1908) La Juive (1835) – Il va venirf [4’28] Astrid Varnay (soprano) eGeorge London (baritone); aSinfonieorchester des Saarlandisches Rundfunks/Rudolf Michl; beSinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, dfNiederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester/bdefHermann Weigert; cRIAS Symphony Orchestra/Richard Kraus. Rec. abde1954, c1953, fJune 19th-20th, 1951. ADD ARCHIPEL RECORDS ARPCD0221 [78’00] [CC]

Recommended if you don’t have these wonderful examples of great singing already ... see Full Review

Viennese Waltzes and Polkas Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899): Künstlerleben Waltz op. 316; Éljen a Magyar Schnell-Polka; Wo die Zitronen Blühen Waltz; Schatzwalzer from Der Zigeunerbaron op. 418 (arr. Anton Webern); Wein, Weib und Gesang Waltz op. 333 (arr. Alban Berg) Josef STRAUSS (1827-1870) Dynamiden (Geheime Anziehungskräfte) Waltz op. 173; Frauenherz-Polka op. 166 Johann STRAUSS II and Josef STRAUSS Pizzicato-Polka Wiener Streichsextet Recorded at ‘Schloss Grafenegg’, Haitzendorf, Austria 11/02 DDD PAN CLASSICS 510 159 [50:42] [AB]

A fine memento of the Vienna String Sextet, but for general listening many will prefer the full orchestral versions rather than transcriptions for string sextet. ... see Full Review

Earl Wild at 30: Live Radio Broadcasts from the 1940s. Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D major K96 L465 [4.04] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Capriccio from Three Fantasies for Piano Op.16 (1829) [2.20] Louis-Claude DAQUIN (1694-1772) Le Coucou from Premier livre de pièces for harpsichord [2.06] Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Ein Kinderscherz (1859) [2,25] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Polichinelle Op.3 No.4 from 5 Morceaux de fantasie (1892) [3.12] Prelude in G major from Preludes Op.32 (1910) [2.20] Edward MacDOWELL (1860-1908) Hexentanz from Two Fantastic pieces Op.17 (1884) [2.42] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sonata in B minor (1853) [27.48] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 Heroic (1836) [5.52] Earl Wild (piano) Recorded in NYC on ABC and NBC during the 1940s. IVORY CLASSICS 74003 [53.40] [JW]

Warm, natural-sounding ... often fluent, eventful and infused with life ... see Full Review


New PETER WARLOCK Critical Edition - Volumes 1-6 Thames Publishing Price is £9.95 for each volume Available from: William Elkin Music Services Wood Green Industrial Estate, Station Road, Salhouse, Norwich, NR13 6NY Telephone +44(0)1603 721302 Fax +44(0)1603 721801 Web: E-Mail:

Warlock’s songs range from exquisitely, sublimely beautiful, and heart-rendingly tender, to boisterously rollicking and rowdy. ... see Full Review



Eric Charles Blake Wars, Dictators and the Gramophone 1898-1945 pp320; illustrated; laminated cover. published by Sessions of York, Huntingdon Rd, York YO31 9HS, England Buy from MusicWeb £10 plus postage - immediate delivery

I recommend this volume without hesitation to anyone wanting to get a wider picture of the times. There is much to interest and indeed entertainment ... see Full Review

LONDON – a Musical Gazetteer By Lewis and Susan Foreman Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005 ISBN 0-300-10402-2 (chalk.paper) 384 pp 107 b/w illus large format paperback ISBN 0 300 10402 2 £15:99.

.....must find itself a place on music-lovers’ shelves beside the British Music Yearbook and is excellent value for the quite modest price. see Full Review

The Singer’s Ego Finding Balance between Music and Life By: Lynn Eustis 162 pp. Published by GIA Publications, Inc. Chicago, IL. USA

This is a book that should sit well used on the shelves of all singers, aspiring singers and teachers. It won’t take you long to read it, and it is well worth an annual re-read. Recommended highly. ... see Full Review

THE MAHLER SYMPHONIES - An Owner’s Manual by David Hurwitz 195 pages, Amadeus Press, 2005; 1-57467-099-9

All in all, this is the ideal book for a would-be Mahlerite, or for evangelical Mahlerites to give to others who they would like to convert ... see Full Review


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