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Mantovani By Special Request, Volume 2
Mantovani and his Orchestra Recorded 1940 – 1951 GUILD GLCD 5113 1 CD [76.50] [RH]

A fascinating disc as it gives us an opportunity to appreciate the wider aspects of Mantovani’s art. ... see Full Review

Nellie Melba - The Complete American Recordings: Volume 2
NAXOS 8.110335 [74.33]

A degree of surface noise but the voice is forward and perfectly audible; pitching has been carried out with acumen. ... see Full Review

Nathan Milstein Volume 1 Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Flight of the Bumblebee [1.16] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Meditation from Thais (same performance, two transfers) [3.45] Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor Op.16 (1856) [3.29] Caprice-Etude in A Op.18 [1.28] Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Violin Sonata in A major RV31 arr. RESPIGHI [5.54] Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.26 (1868) [24.01] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No.2 in A Op.100 (1886) [18.29] Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprices Op.1 Nos 5 and 17 [5.42] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Abendlied [2.35] Nathan Milstein (violin) with Valentin Pavlovsky (piano) Artur Balsam (piano) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Artur Rodzinski Recorded 1933-44 DOREMI DHR 7706 [74.04] [JW]

Milstein was seldom less than exalted in his playing and much of this programme is precisely that – Olympian. ... see Full Review

Missa Gregoriana Gregorian Chant Creator Alme Siderum (Introitus) [2:31] Gaudete [4:26] Kyrie Im 5. Ton (Kyrie) [2:06] Gloria Im 5. Ton (Gloria [3:13] Graduale: Viderunt Omnes (Epistula) [0:44] Halleluja: Vidimus Stella (Evangelium) [2:20] Marianische Antiphon Der Quadragese: Ave Regina Caelorum [1:41] Improperia: Popule Meus [9:00] Sequenz: Victimae Paschalis Laudes [2:04] Hymnus: Ad Christum Regem [4:13] Terra Tremuit (Offertorium) [1:27] Sanctus Im 5. Ton (Sanctus) [1:50] Agnus Dei Im 5. Ton (Agnus Dei) [1:32] Pascha Nostrum (Communio) [1:34] Hymnus: A Solis Ortus Cardine (Ite Missa Est) [5:04] Hymnus Eclesiae Hochfest Christi Himmelfahrt (Viri Galilaei) [3:05] Hochfest Der Pentecoste, Hymnus (Veni Creator Im 8. Ton) [3:40] Hochfest Des Pentecoste, Introitus (Spiritus Domini) [3:12] Fest Der Aufnahme Maria In Den Himmel (Signum Magnum) [3:02] Fest Maria Geburt (Solemnitas) [2:46] Marianische Antiphon (Salve Regina) [1:58] Magnificat [4:06] cantArte Regensburg/Hubert Velten Compilation dated 2005 from earlier recordings probably by Bayerischen Rundfunk (no date) DDD 5.0 Surround CAPRICCIO SACD 71051 [65:36][DB]

Medieval wallpaper – don’t bother. ... see Full Review

Mood Swings Elvis COSTELLO: My mood swings Elvis Costello, vocal Gordon Matthew SUMNER: Until... Gordon Matthew Sumner ("Sting"), vocal Kate CURTIS and Will SOUTH: The Abyss Jacqui Dankworth, vocal Blatchington Mill School Venus Flytrap Ian Shaw, vocal BJÖRK: I’ve Seen it All Björk, vocal Emma LUDLOW: Shallow Footsteps Sophie Grimmer, vocal Daniel MONK: Song Jacqui Dankworth, vocal Meredith MONK: Gotham Lullaby Meredith Monk, vocal Richard Rodney BENNET: I Never Went Away Richard Rodney Bennet, vocal Arieh MILLER: Swearing At the Moon Ian Shaw, vocal Emma TILYER: When Darkness Comes Adey Grummet, vocal Ron SEXSMITH: Dumptruck Ron Sexsmith, vocal Errolyn WALLEN: Daedalus Errolyn Wallen, vocal Randy NEWMAN: Real Emotional Girl Elvis Costello, vocal Performed and/or accompanied by the Brodsky Quartet Recorded at Snake Ranch Studio, London, UK, 2003 - 2004. Notes in English BRODSKY BRD 3501 [55.23] [PSh]

An unsalvageable disaster of a disk ... unless it’s a friend of your daughter who wrote that song, in which case you’ll need a dozen copies for all the aunts and uncles... ... see Full Review

The Complete National Anthems of the World Eight CD Box: [9:36:40] Slovak Radio SO/Peter Breiner rec. Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1996-2004. DDD MARCO POLO 8.208009 [8 CDs: 73:31 + 73:37 + 69:57 + 70:47 + 66:24 + 72:59 + 71:43 + 77:42][RB]

Mandatory purchase for the nationality/sovereignty expert, major libraries, bandmasters, state musicians and organisers of international visits. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nordic Spell Kalevi AHO (b.1949) Concerto for flute and orchestra (2002) [30.34] Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä Haukur TÓMASSON (b.1960) Flute Concerto No.2 (2001) [21.43] Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Bernhardur Wilkinson Christian LINDBERG (b.1958) The World of Montuagretta (2001-02) [20.48] Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Christian Lindberg Sharon Bezaly (flute, alto flute) with accompanists as above Recorded in Sibelius Hall, Lahti, November 2003 (Aho), in Reykjavik, June 2004 (Tómasson), Orebro Concert Hall, November 2003 (Lindberg) BIS CD 1499 [74.27] [JW]

Wonderful stuff. Bis has been on a winner with Sharon Bezaly for some time now but this is surely the most splendid so far ... see Full Review

Nordisk romantik Peter Erasmus LANGE-MÜLLER (1850-1926) Tre Madonnasange Op.65 (1900) [7.24] Emil HARTMANN (1836-1898) Fire åndelige sange [13.14] Oskar LINDBERG (1887-1955) Frya andliga sånger med melodier från Dalarna (1945) [10.37] Pingst (1911) [1.56] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Fire Salmer Op.74 (1906) [25.25] Robert Bǿgelund Vinther Jysk Akademisk Kor/Sǿren Birch Recorded at Lystrup Church, September 2000 DANACORD DACOCD 558 [58.38] [JW]

The choir proves adept exponents ...recorded sound is sympathetic ... some congenial and attractive music ... see Full Review


Capturing, unearthing, re-issuing some of the most consistently memorable violin playing of the twentieth century in repertoire entirely congenial to Oistrakh. What are you waiting for? ... see Full Review

Magda Olivero (soprano) Operatic recital Magda Olivero (soprano) Orchestras conducted by Ugo Tansini, With Armando La Rosa Parodi, Alfredo Simonetto, Arturo Basile Ermelinda Magnetti (piano) + PREISER 89612 [78.16] [JW]

A consistently impressive musician whose sole complete commercial recording, of Turandot in 1938, deserved to be augmented. ... see Full Review

The Orpheus of Amsterdam Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562-1621) Toccata in C [4:27]; Malle Sijmen [1:39]; Ricercar [11:40] Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654) Echo ad manuale duplex, forte & lente [9:46] (Echo ad manuale duplex, forte & lente [5:46]; -Echo alio modo…cantus variante [4:00]) Est-ce Mars [10:34] (Thema-Est-ce Mars [0:43]; 1. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu [0:43]; 2. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [1:04]; 3. Variatio bicinium in cantu [0:58]; 4. Variatio a 4 voci triplici contrapuncto [0:51]; 5. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [0:55]; 6. Variatio bicinium duplici contrapuncto [0:59]; 7. Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato [1:03]; 8. Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato [1:11]; 9. Variatio a 3 voci in basso colorato [0:54]; 10 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [1:13]) Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (c.1595-1693) Magnificat VII toni [12:12]: (Versus 1 [1:55]; Versus 2 [3:15]; Versus auff 2 Clavier [4:50]; Versus pedaliter [2:12]) Gail Archer, organ Rec: Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 11 January 2004 DDD CALA CACD88043 [50:36] [CB]

There are countless other better recordings of this music than this, which is unfortunately let down by an organist seemingly out of her depth. ... see Full Review

Penny Merriments: Street Songs of 17th Century England The City Waites
Recorded at St Paul’s Church, New Southgate, London, September 2004 NAXOS 8.557672 [70.25] [JW]

Delicious entertainment. Bawdy, brave, nautical, noxious ... the zest is palpable, accents and colours infectious, instrumentation and vocal antics fusing with élan. ... see Full Review

William Primrose; Great Violists Henri CASADESUS (1879-1947) Viola Concerto in B minor in the Style of Handel [15.21] RCA Victor Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann, recorded New York, May 1946 William WALTON (1902-1983) Viola Concerto (1929) [22.33] Philharmonia Orchestra/William Walton, recorded London, July 1946 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Harold in Italy H68 (1834) [41.47] Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky, recorded Boston, November 1944 William Primrose (viola) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110316 [79.43][JW]

Given the competition A/B listening hands the palm to Naxos. ... see Full Review

William Primrose Collection - Volume 1 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Harold in Italy H68 (1834) [41.09] Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky, recorded Boston, 1944 Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Viola Sonata (1922) [26.56] Harriet Cohen (piano), recorded London, 1937 William Primrose (viola) with accompanists as above DOREMI DHR 7708 [68.08] [JW]

Amongst the violist’s most significant recordings and all admirers will want them in their collection. ... see Full Review

Rarities of Piano Music - Schloss vor Husum 2004 Festival - vol. 16 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Capriccio in G major, Hob. XVII/1 (1765) [6:55] Edna Stern, piano Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) arr. Franz LISZT Meine Freuden [4:20] Salvatore SCIARRINO (b. 1947) Anamorfosi (1980) [1:39] Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) The Punch and Judy Show Op. 18/6 [0:38] Marc-André Hamelin - piano Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Thème varié (1951) [12:54] Anatol Ugorski - piano Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Ramble on the love-duet from Richard Strauss's `Der Rosenkavalier' (1927) [8:26] Igor Kamenz - piano Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Schmetterlingsgeschichten (world première recording): I Praeambulum [1:06]; II Von der Waldglockenblume [1:12]; III Von alter Sehnsucht [2:54] Jonathan Powell, piano Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) arr. J. S. BACH Concerto in D major BWV 972 (from Vivaldi Concerto Op. 3/9 RV 230) [10:44] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Tarentelle (Dargomizhsky) S.483 (1879) [5:04] Boris Bloch, piano Cèsar CUI (1835-1918) Far niente Op. 10/2 (1887) [9:50] Elena Kuschnerova, piano Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Caprice orientale Op 10/2 [3:59] Sergei BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952) Etude D flat major Op 15/8 [4:43] A. HARRINGTON GIBBS (1895-1956) arr. Art TATUM Runnin' Wild [1:45] Jonathan Plowright, piano Rec. live Husum Festival, Germany, 2004. DDD DANACORD DACOCD 649 [79:04] [RB]

Husum sets the unhackneyed agenda again. For that 'surprised by delight' experience do try this disc ... see Full Review

Rêveries: Saxophone and Organ VCHARPENTIER Prélude (Te Deum) [2.18] ELGAR Largamente (Pomp and Circumstance March) [2.02] SAINT-SAËNS Le Cygne [3.02] FRANCK Prélude [3.14] FAURÉ Pie Jesu (Requiem) [3.18] BACH Three minuets [4.40]; Badinerie (Suite No.2) [1.37] BAIWIR Planète océan (1987) [3.15] VIVALDI Largo (Winter from Four Seasons) [2.48] GRIEG Solveig’s Song [4.15] VIVALDI Adagio (violin concerto in A minor) [2.48] SATIE Gymnopédies 1 and 3 [2.48] CLARKE Trumpet tune [3.07] RACHMANINOV Vocalise [4.59] BOZZA Chanson à bercer (1964) [3.03] BACH Aria (Prepare thyself Zion - Xmas Oratorio) [5.16]; Bist du bei mir [2.42]; Louré (cello suite) [3.04] CIMAROSA Larghetto (oboe concerto) [2.53] RORIVE Novummonasterium (1976) [4.18] BACH Gavottes (Suite No.3) [3.47] Jean-Pierre Rorive (soprano saxophone) André Lamproye (organ) Recorded at Studio Récital, Liège, Eglise du Sacré-Coeur de Robermont et Eglise St-Remy de Huy in 1996 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7364 [71.38] [CF]

The title ‘Rêveries’ is a misnomer, it should be ‘Cauchemars’. ... see Full Review

Romanian Trombone Concertos Călin IOACHIMESCU (b. 1949) Concerto for Trombone, Double Bass and Orchestra (1986) [13:49] (a) Sorin LERESCU (b. 1953) Side Show (1997) [14:31] (b) Fred POPOVICI (b. 1948) to Traiect for Barrie (1997) [13:54] (b) Liviu DANCEANU (b. 1948) Şapte Zile – Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (1991) [24:03] (c) Barrie Webb (trombone) (a) Dorin Marc (double bass) Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra, Bacău/Ovidiu Bălan; (b) Traiect Ensemble / Sorin Lerescu; (c) Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra/Cristian Brâncuşi Rec. SMEI Studio, Bucharest, 2001. DDD. METIER MSV CD92021 [66:23][ED]

To be recommended to those in search of distinctive if sometimes unremitting voices that can reward attentive listening. ... see Full Review

Masters of Romantic Choral Music see review for details CAPRICCIO 67 136/38 [3 CDs: 68:26 + 69:30 + 66:19] [GPJ]

A highly enjoyable and interesting compilation, then, demonstrating the special qualities of German choral singing and featuring some attractive rarities. ... see Full Review

RUSSIAN OPERA AT THE BOLSHOI: The Vintage Years Excerpts from Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov), A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmilla (Glinka), Russalka (Dargomyzhsky), Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky), Cherevichki, Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades and Mazeppa (Tchaikovsky), plus Prokofiev's Vocalise. Fyodor Chaliapin, Mark Reizen, Ivan Petrov, Maxim Mikhailov, Aleksei Krivchenia, Alexander Ognivtsev, Elena Obraztsova, Grigorii Bolshakov, Pavel Lisitsian, Sergei Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Panteleimon Nortzov, Galina Vishnevskaya (singers). Archive excerpts from the Russian National Archives WARNER MUSIC VISION 50467-4772-3 [110'00][CC]

Here is a magnificent treat for all lovers of Russian opera. ... see Full Review

Tito Schipa – The Complete Victor Recordings 1922-24 Tito Schipa, tenor (all tracks) Tomas BARRERA and Rafael CALLEJA 01. Emigrantes: Granadinas [2:51] Victor Orchestra/Joseph A. Pasternak Recorded: 3 February 1922 Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) 02. Pagliacci: O Columbina, "Harlequin's Serenade" [2:06] Victor Orchestra/Joseph A. Pasternak Recorded: 3 February 1922 Jose PADILLA 03. La Corte del Amor: La de ojos azules ("Princesita Mariposa") [2:59] Victor Orchestra/Joseph A. Pasternak Recorded: 9 March 1922 TRADITIONAL 04. Ay, Ay, Ay "A soma te a la ventana" [3:56] Victor Orchestra/Joseph A. Pasternak Recorded: 28 March 1922 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) 05. Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux) [3:31] Victor Orchestra/Joseph A. Pasternak Recorded: 3 May 1922 Richard BARTHELEMY 06. Chi se nne scorda 'cchiu [2:53] Victor Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret Recorded: 3 November 1922 Pasquale Mario COSTA 07. Napulitanata [3:46] Victor Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret Recorded: 3 November 1922 Gonzalo ROIG 08. Quiereme mucho [3:34] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 12 March 1923 Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1946) 09. A la orilla de un palmar [3:01] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 12 March 1923 Pedro Palacios Y SOJO 10. A Granada, "Cancion andaluza" [3:02] Victor Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret Recorded: 31 May 1923 Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) 11. Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I: Ecco ridente in cielo [3:32] Victor Orchestra/Nathaniel Shilkret Recorded: 31 May 1923 Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) 12. La Sonnambula, Act I: Son geloso del zefiro [4:28] with Amelita Galli-Curci, soprano; Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 1 June 1923 Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) 13. Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I: Se il mio nome saper [2:56] Tito Schipa, tenor and guitar / Studio pianist, piano Recorded: 22 September 1923 Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) 14. Ah! non credevi (Elle ne croyait pas) [4:19] 15. Addio, Mignon, fa core (Adieu, Mignon, courage) [3:15] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 14 May 1924 Alfonso Esparza OTEO 16. Mi viejo amor [3:11] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 14 May 1924 Francesco CIMMINO 17. Serenata Medioevale (1st take) [3:24] 18. Serenata Medioevale (2nd take) [3:18] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 14 May 1924 Eduardo Sanchez De FUENTES 19. Rosalinda [2:47] Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 14 May 1924 Manuel DE FALLA (1876-1946) 20. 7 Canciones populares espanolas: IV. Jota [2:52] Victor Orchestra/Charles Adams Prince Recorded: 16 May 1924 Emile PALADILHE 21. Suzanne: Comme un petit oiseau [2:22] Victor Orchestra/Charles Adams Prince Recorded: 16 May 1924 Tito SCHIPA (1888-1965) 22. A Cuba [2:36] Victor Orchestra/Charles Adams Prince Recorded: 16 May 1924 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) 23. Un di felice eterea [3:20] 24. Parigi, o cara 03:41 with Amelita Galli-Curci, soprano; Rosario Bourdon, conductor Recorded: 17 September 1924 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110332 [77.42][JW]

With fine sounding transfers, with shellac crackle to a minimum, and good quality originals employed, this is a fine start to the Naxos Schipa edition. ... see Full Review

David Theodor Schmidt (piano)Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811 (1906) [25.07] Transcriptions: Wachet auf (arr. Busoni) [3.25]; Nun freut euch (arr. Busoni) [2.08]; Ich ruf zu dir (arr. Busoni) [3.00]; Jesu, joy of man’s desiring (arr. Hess) [3.39]; Sinfonia: Dir danken dir (arr. Kempff) [4.21] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Prélude, Chorale et Fugue (1884) [18.59] David Theodor Schmidt (piano) Rec 13-15 April 2004, Heinrich Lades Halle, Erlangen FAMIRO 4 035766 500163 [61.11] [TB]

The pianism on display is that of a real talent with an exciting future. ... see Full Review

Sounds Baroque Georg MUFFAT (1653-1704) Toccata Secunda [5:41] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Voluntary in G [3:11] François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Kyries, (Messe pour les Paroisses): Plein chant du premier Kyrie, en Taille [1:15]; Fugue sur les jeux d’anches [2:06]; Recit de Cromhorne [2:21]; Dialogue sur la trompette et le Cromhorne [1:50]; Plein chant [1:11] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Allein Gott in der H·h sei Ehr BWV 663 [6:42] Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 538: Toccata [5:19]; Fugue [7:50] Jesu, meine Freude BWV 753 (completed Charleston) [2:29] Johann Philipp KIRNBERGER (1721-1783) Ich dank dir schon [2:10] J.S. BACH Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 709 [2:49] Georg BÖHM (1661-1733) Prelude and Fugue in C major: Prelude [2:02]; Fugue [2:37] J.S. BACH Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667 [2:36] François COUPERIN Benedictus Cromhorne en Taille (Messe pour les Parroisses) [4:05] Carl Phillip Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Sonata in A Wq 70/4: Allegro Assai [4:43]; Adagio [3:16]; Allegro [3:18] J. KIRNBERGER Musical Circle [3:23] John STANLEY (1712-1786) Voluntary op. 7 No. 7: Diapasons Adagio [1:54]; Cornet [2:30]; Voluntary op. 7 No. 9: Largo staccato [1:01]; Vivace [2:41] Terence Charleston, organ Rec: St Saviour:s Church, St Albans, 11-12 September, 10 October 2004. DDD LAMMAS LAMM 181D [79:11][CB]

The booklet is excellent, but it doesn’t save an otherwise all too opaque release. ... see Full Review

Janos Starker (cello) Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104 (1895) [38:06] Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidrei (1881) [09:56] Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme, op.33 (1876) [15:46] Janos Starker (cello) London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati Recorded 6th, 7th and 10th July 1962 (Dvořák, Bruch), 26th and 27th June 1964 (Tchaikovsky), in Watford Town Hall, UK MERCURY SACD 475 6608 [63:48] [CH]

The recordings come up newly minted, but I cannot warm to the performances. ... see Full Review

Songes et Élémens Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) Passacaille d’Armide (1686) transc. d’Anglebert [5’10] Les Songes Agréables d’Atys (1676) transc. d’Anglebert [2’55] Marche de la Cérémonie turque/Menuet pour les Faunes (1670) [3’00] Nicolas DE GRIGNY (1672-1703) Veni Creator (1699): en Taille a 5 [2’32; Fugue a 5 [2’28]; Duo [2’50]; Récit de Cromorne [3’49]; Dialogue sur les grand jeux [3’25] Louis-Nicolas CLERAMBAULT (1676-1749) Suite du Deuxième Ton (1710/1714): Plein jeu [2’37]; Duo, Gay [1’35]; Trio, Gracieusement [2’21]; Basse de Cromorne, Gay [1’40]; Flutes [3’08]; Récit de nazard, Gayement et gracieusement [2’28]; Caprice sur les grands jeux, Gayement [2’11] Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Les Boreades (1764) transc. Thilo Muster: -Entrée [4’38]; Entrée de Peuples [3’36]; Gavotte pour les Heures et les Zephyrs [2’47]; Contredanse en Rondeau [2’47] Jean-Féry REBEL (1666-1747) Les Eléments (1737) - Loure: la Terre et l’eau – Chaconne: le Feu [5’00] Michel CORRETTE (1707-1795) Pièces de mon Livre de Clavecin qui se peuvent toucher sur l’orgue (1734) Feste Sauvage – Tambourin [1’59] Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Te Deum (1690) - Prelude [1’42] Olivier Vernet, organ rec: St Croix, Bordeaux, 29th April 2004 DDD LIGIA DIGITAL LIDI 0104154-05 [68’20] [CB]

Despite being slightly brutally recorded, this is hugely entertaining and highly recommended. ... see Full Review

Spirito Latino Francois BORNE (1840 - 1920), arr. Iwan Roth and Raymond Meylan Fantasie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen Manuel de FALLA (1876 - 1946), arr. Daniel Gauthier Siete Canciones populares Españolas Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918) Rapsodie Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875), arr. Paul Harvey Spanish Serenade Enrique GRANADOS (1867 - 1916), arr. Larry Teal Intermezzo (from Goyescas) Christian GUILLONEAU (b. 1958) Bal pour Baptiste Darius MILHAUD (1892 - 1974) Scaramouche Vadim NESELOVSKYI (b. 1977) San Felio Daniel Gauthier (saxophone) Jang Eun Bae (piano) Recorded 17-18 August 2004, Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen MUSIK DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 6003 1324-2 1CD [65.26] [RH]

Imaginative and well thought out programme ... charming and sometimes thoughtful listening. ... see Full Review

Trumpet masterpieces Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for trumpet and piano [16.48] Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Sonatine for trumpet and piano [7.16] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Kaddisch [4.14] George ENESCU (1881-1955) Légende [6.14] Thorvald HANSEN (1847-1915) Sonata for trumpet and piano [9.48] Karl PILSS (1902-1979) Sonata for trumpet and piano [15.52] James Watson (trumpet) Simon Wright (piano) Rec. Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, 2005. DDD. DEUX-ELLES DXL 1109 [60.10] [ED]

Despite obviously competent performances this was a pleasing rather than seminal release; though trumpet lovers may find it of more lasting value. ... see Full Review

Zeynep Ucbasaran (piano) Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas: K1 in D minor [02:07], K9 in D minor [03:49], K11 in C minor [02:59], K146 in G [02:40] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 7 Bagatelles op.33 (1802) [20:19] Ahmet Adnan SAYGUN (1907-1991) Inci’s Book op.10 (1934) [08:48], 12 Preludes on Aksak Rhythms op.45 (1967): nos. 1 [01:56], 4 [02:20], 7 [02:38], 10 [02:21], 11 [00:55] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Touches (Chorale, 8 Variations, Coda) (1980) [08:45] Robert MUCZYNSKI (b.1929)
6 Preludes op.6 (1953-4) [06:59] Zeynep Ucbasaran (piano) Recorded January 24th-26th 2005 at the Abravanel Hall, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California EROICA JDT3223 [66:47] [CH]

A very fine performance of the Beethoven Bagatelles and some interesting excursions into contemporary byways. ... see Full Review


FERRIER - A CAREER RECORDED by Paul Campion Thames Elkin ISBN 0-903413-71-X 244pp. Ł19.99

A highly enjoyable read, lavishly illustrated with ... clearly a must for all Ferrier enthusiasts. She will never grow old. ... see Full Review

IAN VENABLES Song album (high) Thames Elkin 2004 Introduction (Graham J Lloyd)

It is my belief that the personality of this composer as clearly discernible in these varied songs will, when the rest of his music (particularly the song cycles and the Piano Quintet) is better known, assume a stature in the pageant of English music in the 20th Century.... see Full Review

[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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