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19th Century Organ and Choral Music Theophil FORCHHAMMER (1847-1923) Sonate Nr.2 in e-Moll, op.15 ‘Zur Todtenfeier’ (pub. 1886) [25:04] Aus Acht Choralbearbeitungen, op.11 (pub. 1887) Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit [2:00] Jesus meine Zuversicht [2:33] Theodor KIRCHNER (1823-1903) Aus Orgelkompositionen, op.89 (pub. 1890) [14:33] Benedict JUCKER (1811-1876) Aus Neun Coral-Vorspiele, op.7 (1867) Mein Jesu den die Seraphinen [2:43] O’ wie so gar sanftmüthig [2:03] Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade [2:22] Josef Gabriel RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Messe in f-Moll, op.159 für Chor und Orgel (1889) [22:04] Ursna Caflisch (organ) Cantus Firmus/Clau Scherrer Rec. Katholische Pfarrkirche Ilanz, 27-31 October 2004 GUILD GMCD 7290 [74:36] [DC]

Greatly of interest to those seeking the less well-trodden byways of romantic organ repertoire ... this recording deserves a firm recommendation. ... see Full Review

A La Carte: Short Works for Winds Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Petite Offrande Musicale (1943) [3:44] Ferenc FARKAS (1905-2000) Early Hungarian Dances (1959) [9:36] Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Pastorale (1942) [2:52] Gunther SCHULLER (b.1925) Suite (1944) [5:27] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Walking Tune (1905) [4:02] Joseph TURRIN (b.1947) Three Summer Dances (1994) [5:49] Vincent PERSICHETTI (1915-1987) Pastoral (1943) [5:55] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) La Cheminé du Roi René (1939) [12:49] Giulio BRICCIALDI (1818-1881) Potpourri Fantastico (sul Barbiere di Siviglia) [9:35] Borealis Wind Quintet: Katherine Fink (flute), Tamar Beach Wells (oboe), Kathryn Taylor (clarinet), Dan Culpepper (horn), Wayne Hileman (bassoon). Recorded, Recital Hall, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Purchase, New York. No date given. MSR CLASSICS MS1128 [59:49] [GPU]

Not an ideal programme for repeated listening, but the playing is quite superb … see Full Review

La Belle Époque - French music for trumpet and piano Theo CHARLIER (1868-1944) Solo de concours [6.56] Francis THOMÉ (1850-1909) Fantaisie (1902) [5.10] J G PENNEQUIN Morceau de concert [6.45] Joseph Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Andante et Allegro [5.08] Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Cantabile et Scherzetto (1909) [4.43] Guillaume BELAY Andante et Allegretto [3.51] Camille ERLANGER (1863-1919) Solo de trompette chromatique (1901) [6.20] Alexandre GEORGES Légende de Larmor (1904) [6.08] George ENESCU (1881-1955) Légende (1906) [5.50] Gabriel PARES (1860-1934) Premier Solo (1897) [4.54] Fantaisie Caprice (1911) [4.20] Crepuscule [4.12] Andre GEDALGE (1856-1926) Piece [2.59] Augustin SAVARD (1861-1942) Morceau de concours (1903) [7.01] Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet and cornet) Thomas Duis (piano) rec. Sandhausen, Clara-Wieck-Auditorium, Tonstudio Teije van Geest, March 2005 CAPRICCIO 67 152 [74.49] [JW]

Not to be taken all at one sitting, certainly, but to be enjoyed one morceau at a time. ... see Full Review

Candlelight Carols - Christmas with Allmänna Sången Gunnar WENNERBERG (1817 – 1901) Gören portarna höga (Gates, raise your arches); Ivar WIDÉEN (1871 – 1951) Gläns över sjö och strand (Shine over lake and shore); Hugo ALFVÉN (1872 – 1960) Julsång (Christmas Song); Jean SIBELIUS (1865 – 1957) Julvisa ("Giv mig ej glans …") (Christmas Song "Give me no splendour, gold or pomp"); Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK 1562 – 1621) Hodie Christus natus est (Today Christ is born); Michael PRAETORIUS (c. 1571 – 1621)/Jan SANDSTRÖM (b. 1954) Det är en ros utsprungen (Behold a rose is springing); Benny ANDERSSON (b. 1947) Innan gryningen (Before Dawn); Trad/Otto OLSSON (1879 – 1964) Gammal julvisa (Old Christmas Song); Adolphe ADAM (1803 – 1856) O, Helga natt (O, Holy Night); Franz GRUBER (1787 – 1863) Stilla natt (Silent Night); Niels W. GADE (1817 – 1890) Barnens Julafton (The Children’s Christmas Eve); John RUTTER (b. 1945) Shepherd’s Pipe Carol; Candlelight Carol; Herbert HOWELLS (1892 – 1983) A Spotless Rose; Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809 – 1847) Hark! The Herald Angels sing Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (baritone) Allmänna Sången Uppsala Chamber Soloists/Cecilia Rydinger Alin Recorded in October 2004 at the University Hall, Uppsala, Sweden BIS-NL-CD-5028 [62:05] [GF]

There are riches galore on this disc. It can be confidently recommended to lovers of Yuletide music or of good choral singing or of good baritone singing ... or just lovers of good music well performed. ... see Full Review

Art and Music - Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Music of His Time Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) The Trojans at Carthage: Prelude [05:01] San Diego Symphony Orchestra/Yoav Talmi Georges BIZET (1838-1875) L’Arlésienne, Suite no. 2: Pastorale [05:47] Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Anthony Bramall Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) 10 Pièces pittoresques: Mélancolie [02:09], Improvisation [04:47] Georges Rabol (piano) Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Chanson triste [03:25], Le Manoir de Rosemonde [02:37], Elégie [03:07] Paul Groves (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Masques et Bergamasques op.112: Gavotte [03:44], Pastorale [04:22] RTE Sinfonietta/John Georgiadis Léon BOËLLMANN (1862-1897) Piano Quartet in F minor, op.10: Finale [07:50] Ilona Prunyi (piano), Béla Bánfalvi (violin), János Fejérvári (viola), Károly Botvay (cello) Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie no.1 [02:41] Klara Körmendi (piano) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune [10:33] BRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Rahbari Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) 24 Pièces en style libre op.31: Epitaphe [03:58] Simon Lindley (organ) DEBUSSY Nocturnes: Nuages [07:34] BRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Rahbari Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Miroirs: Noctuelles [04:18], Oiseaux tristes [03:47] François-Joël Thiollier (piano) Recording dates and locations not given NAXOS 8.558179 [76:37] [CH]

Given the premises, it’s nicely done. ... see Full Review

Christmas in Austria - a cappella Stille Nacht* [03:04] Dopolnjen je obljube čas** [01:36] Maria durch ein Dornwald ging* [02:24] Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her* [03:43] Es ist ein' Ros entsprungen* [02:30] Zdaj razsvetljena je noč** [02:09] Es blühn drei Rosen auf einem Zweig* [03:17] Verkündigungslied* [02:26] Gegrüsst seist du, Maria** [02:05] See und Blick sind zugefroren* [01:28] Wårtn tua ma* [01:37] Übar dö Stapflan* [02:20] Tiho lučka gori** [02:16] Der Langenwanger* [02:36] Geh, Hansl, påck dei Binggei* [02:09] Ihr Hirten auf und losts nar åll* [02:11] Viertausend Jahr verflossen sind** [02:34] Gute Nacht, o schönstes Jesulein* [03:07] Kommt her geschwind** [02:02] Geistliches Wiegenlied* [02:31] Ich komm her zu deiner Krippen** [03:21] Heilige Nacht* [02:17] Prišla je lepa sveta noč** [02:17] Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern* [02:24] Stille Nacht - Sveta noč*/** [03:07] männerquartett schnittpunktvokal (*) (Peter Paumgarten, alto; Christian Paumgarten, Michael Paumgarten, tenor; Josef Wagner, bass-baritone); Kvartet VITA (**); (Nina Šalamon, soprano; Darja Čremožnik, mezzo; Stanka Čremožnik, Breda Bider, contralto) Recorded in August 2004 at the Hubertuskirche, Sekirn, Austria. DDD GRAMOLA 98767 [63:43] [JV]

This disc of Christmas carols from Austria and German-speaking regions elsewhere in Europe is a model of creative programming and stylish performance - strongly recommended ... see Full Review

A Christmas Carol Bill PERRY Prelude/Resurrection [2:57] Irving BERLIN (arr. Perry) White Christmas [3:15] HANDEL/WATTS (arr. Perry) Joy to the World [2:44] DAVIS-ONOTARI-SIMEONE (arr. Perry) Little Drummer Boy [4:49] M. LEONTOVICH (arr. Perry) Carol of the Bells [4:04] Bill PERRY Josylvia Winter [3:18] MOHR-GRUBER (arr. Perry) Silent Night [4:54] Bill PERRY Angeli Musicanti/Music of the Angels [3:44] Felix MENDELSSOHN (arr. Perry) Hark the Herald Angels Sing [4:20] Bill PERRY A Christmas Carol [10:37] Bill Perry (guitar) Rec. Blackwater Sound, Webster, New Hampshire (no date given) EROICA RECORDINGS JDT 3197 [48:26] [BB]

Interesting for those into new-age easy listening but given the ever-present squeaks I would have a hard time recommending it even then. ... see Full Review

An Elizabethan Songbook Richard EDWARDS Where grypinge griefs [4:05] Thomas CAMPION Come let us sound [3:02] John DOWLAND In this trembling shadow [8:05] John DANYEL Like us the lute delights [3:39] John DOWLAND I saw my Ladye weepe [5:35] Francis PILKINGTON Rest sweet Nimphs [3:45] Thomas CAMPION When to her Lute [1:41] Francis PILKINGTON Musick deare sollace [5:05] Thomas MORLEY I saw my Ladye weeping [3:40] Robert JONES If in this flesh [4:07] Francis PILKINGTON Come all ye [4:06] John BARTLETT Sweete birdes deprive us never [6:09] Emma Kirby, soprano Anthony Rooley, lute rec. Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, June 1978. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7466 [53.19] [EM]

This a wonderful disc. Delightful songs. Kirkby’s clear, pure voice complemented by Rooley’s sympathetic lute accompaniment. ... see Full Review

Renee Fleming – Sacred Songs Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Ave Maria (arr. Gounod & Hazell) (1730) [3’16”] Jesu bleibet meine freunde BWV 147 (arr. Hazell) (1723) [2’45”] Siegfried OCHS (1858 - 1929) Dank sei dir, Herr (attrib. Handel) [5’22”] Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1828) Ave Maria D839 (arr. Hazell) (1825) [4’17”] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Laudamus te from Mass C Minor K427 (1783) [4’53”] César FRANCK (1822 – 1890) Panis Angelicus (arr. Hazell) (1872) [4’12”]  * Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1750) He Shall Feed His Flock from Messiah (1742) [5’12”] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 - 1990) A Simple Song from Mass (1971) [4’06”] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 - 1924) Pie Jesu from Requiem (1900) [4’03”] Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) Domine Deus from Gloria (1959) [3’50”]  * Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore K339 (1780) [4’22”]  * Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1750) Rejoice Greatly from Messiah (1742) [4’40”] Hector BERLIOZ (1803 - 1869)L’adieu des Bergers from L’Enfance du Christ (1854) [4’09”]  * Max REGER (1873 - 1916) Maria Wegenlied  (1900) [2’20”] Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854 – 1921) Abends will ich schlafen gehn from Hansel and Gretel (1893) [3’30”] Renee Fleming (soprano) Susan Graham (Humperdinck) * London Voices Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andeas Delfs Recorded in All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak, London, 4–10 April 2005. DDD DECCA 475 6925 [59’33”][JPh]

Maybe commercial pressures are more important than the singer’s love of the repertoire. ... see Full Review

Genesis Suite - A Musical Collaboration (1945)Arnold SCHOENBERG Prelude Nathaniel SHILKRET Creation* Alexandre TANSMAN Adam and Eve* Darius MILHAUD Cain and Abel Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO The Flood Ernst TOCH The Covenant (The Rainbow)* Igor STRAVINSKY Babel Sung in English * Orchestrations reconstructed by Patrick Russ Tovah Feldshuh, speaker Barbara Feldon, speaker David Margulies, speaker Fritz Weaver, speaker Isaiah Sheffer, speaker Ernst Senff Chor/Sigurd Brauns Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Gerard Schwarz Rec. Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, December 2000, Deutschland Radio; narration: Clinton Studios, New York, April 2003. DDD Milken Archive of American Jewish Music NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559442 [56:45] [TP]

None of this music approaches greatness, but perhaps the extra-musical considerations make it worth hearing. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli - The Gigli Edition: Volume 11 Francesco CILEA (1866 - 1950) L’Arlesiana: E’ la solita storia; Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 - 1924) Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon, mi tradisce; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863 - 1945) Lodoletta: Se Franz dicesse … Ah! Ritrovarla; Umberto GIORDANO (1867 - 1948) Andrea Chenier: Un di all’azzurro spazio; Pietro MASCAGNI Isabeau: Non colombelle! … Tu ch’odi lo mio; E passera la viva creatura; Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) La forza del destino: La vita e inferno – O tu che in seno; Giovanni MILITELLO (?) Ninna nanna grigioverde; Tenerezza; Ernesto TAGLIAFERRI (1889 - 1937)/Nicola VALENTE (? - ?) Passione; Giuseppe CIOFFI (19th /20th Cent.) Tre rose; Georges BIZET (1838 - 1875) Carmen: Quels regards! … Parle-moi de ma mčre – Votre mčre avec moi … Ma mčre, je la vois (with Rina Gigli, soprano); Evemero NARDELLA (19th/20th Cent.) Surdate; Giuseppe CIOFFI ‘Na sera ‘e maggio; Vincenzo VALENTE (1855 - 1921) Troppo ‘nnammurato; Dino OLIVERI (? - ?) Son poche rose; Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858 - 1919) Pagliacci: Si puo? ( Prologue); Karl MILLÖCKER (1842 - 1899) Der Feldprediger: Nur ein Traum, flücht’ger schaum aber doch; Cesare Andrea BIXIO (20th Cent.) Cinefollia; Dimmi tu, primavera Beniamino Gigli (tenor) La Scala Orchestra/Umberto Berrettoni (tr. 1 – 8, 13 and 14), Giovanni Militello (tr. 9 and 10), Orchestra/Dino Oliveri (tr. 11 and 12, 15 – 18), Prussian State Orchestra/Bruno Seidler-Winkler (tr. 19 and 20), Orchestra and Chorus of the Rome Opera House/Luigi Ricci Recorded in Milan 14th – 17th June 1941 (tr. 1 – 8), in the Conservatorio Milan 23rd November 1941 (tr. 9 and 10), in Milan 20th – 24th February 1942 (tr. 11 – 18), in the Electrola Studios, Berlin 10th August 1942 (tr. 19 and 20), in Rome 29th June 1943 (tr. 21 and 22) Milan, Berlin and Rome recordings 1941-43 NAXOS 8.110272 [76:51][JW]

If you’ve collected thus far you will inevitably need this volume ... see Full Review

Glass Sky Jack GABEL (b. 1949) Through a Gentle Rain (2004) [8.43] Bernard ANDRČS (b. 1941) Narthex (1971) [7.47] Mark FISH Pictures of Miró (2004) [19.00] Volkmar ANDREAE (1879 - 1962) Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 43 (1942) [14.17] Tessa BRINCKMAN Glass Sky (2004) [9.29] D’Arcy REYNOLDS Cloven Dreams (2004) [9.28] Tessa Brinckman (flute) Daniel Rouslin (violin) Victoria Gunn Pich (viola) Lori Presthus (cello) Victoria Ehrlich (cello) Jenny Lindner (harp) Mmitsuki Dazai (koto) Recorded at First Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon, Summer 2004 NORTH PACIFIC MUSIC NPM LD 021 [69.13][RH]

Brinckman and her colleagues give pleasure in all of the pieces. Not everything played is a masterpiece, but all the pieces are interesting and imaginative. ... see Full Review

Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for keyboard in D minor BWV1052 [24.33] + Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Six Moments Musicaux D780 [22.42] Four Impromptus D935 [31.27] Piano Sonata in B flat D960 [34.53] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491 [31.17] * Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) Musica Aeterna/Frederic Waldman+ Festival Orchestra (San Juan)/Alexander Schneider *Recorded 1966-68 ARBITER 145 [78.51 + 66.15] [JW]

A fine survey of live Horszowski then, in otherwise commercially unrecorded performances. ... see Full Review

Goran Krivokapić (guitar recital) Franz WERTHMÜLLER (1769-1841) Sonata in A major Op.17 (transcribed by Franz Pfeifer) [13.41] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata No.3 in C major for solo violin BWV1005 (transcribed by Goran Krivokapić) [18.36] Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata K.162 [7.16] (transcribed by Carlo Marchione) Sonata K 208 [4.11] (transcribed by Carlo Marchione) Sonata K. 209 [5.06] (transcribed by Carlo Marchione) Dušan BOGDANOVIĆ (b.1955) Sonata No.2 for Guitar (1985) [12.21] Goran Krivokapić (guitar) Recorded at St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, April-May 2005 NAXOS 8.557809 [61.11] [JW]

May well appeal given the relative novelty of many pieces – you’ll have squeaks to contend with above and beyond the Bream quotient. ... see Full Review

Wanda Landowska (1879-1959): Treasury of Harpsichord Music and Dances of Ancient Poland Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Fantasia in C minor BWV 919 [1:31]* Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D major L. 418 [5:35]* Sonata in D minor L. 423 [2:09]* Jacques Champion CHAMBONNIÈRES (1601-1672) Sarabande in D minor [1:54]* Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) La Dauphine [3 :24]* François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Les baricades mystérieuses [2 :28]* François COUPERIN (1668-1733) L’arlequine [1:43]* William CROFT (1678-1727) (attrib. Henry PURCELL(1659-1695)) Ground in C minor [2:39]* ANONYMOUS The Nightingale [2:01]* George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Air and Doubles from Suite No. 5 in E major, ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ [4:22]* Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rondo in D major, K. 485 [6:07]* Rondo all Turca from Sonata in A major, K. 331, ‘Turkish March’ [2:20]* Minuet in D major, K. 355 [2:04]* Antonio VIVALDI (1685-1741) (transcribed by Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)) Concerto No. 1 in D major [8:52]* Michal Cleophas OGIŃSKI (1768-1833) (transcribed by Landowska) Polonaise in A minor [5:21]** Jacob le POLONAIS (i.e. Jakub REYS (c. 1550-c.1605) (transcribed by Landowska) Gagliarda [2:35]** Wanda LANDOWSKA (1879-1959) Bourré d’Auvergne [2:56]** Diomedes CATO (c.1560-c.1610) (transcribed by Landowska) Chorea Polonica [2:16]** Michal Cleophas OGIŃSKI (1768-1833) (transcribed by Landowska) Polonaise in G major [2:22]** Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Air grave pour deux polonaise, from Les Indes Galantes [3:03]** François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Air dans le goût polonais [1 :52]** Three Polish Dances of the 17th Century: No.1: Jacob le POLONAIS (i.e. Jakub REYS (c. 1550-c.1605) Courante [0:54]** No.2 ANONYMOUS [1:41]** No. 3 ANONYMOUS [1:36]** Wanda LANDOWSKA (1879-1959) The Hop (Wedding Folk Song) [3:44]** Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56 No. 2 [2:10]** Wanda Landowska (harpsichord) Recorded: 1946, Lotos Club, New York City*; May, 1951, Lakeville, Connecticut** NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111055 [77:39] [GPu]

Authenticity’ of a different kind. This isn’t for the purist, but there is striking music-making going on here … see Full Review

The Light of the World: Choral music George Frederick HANDEL Eternal source of light [3.40] Walter ALCOCK Sanctus [2.25] Geoffrey BURGON Nunc Dimittis [3.09] John DANKWORTH The Light of the World [2.35] Felix MENDELSSOHN I waited for the Lord [4.39] George Frederick HANDEL How beautiful are the feet [2.16] Samuel Sebastian WESLEY Blessed be the God and Father [7.44] Franz SCHUBERT Ave Maria [5.45] Robert SCHUMANN The Angels' Goodnight [1.29] C. Hubert H. PARRY Long since in Egypt's plenteous land [4.15] TRAD., arr. Malcolm ARCHER Brother James' Air [3.15] Benjamin BRITTEN Balulalow (A Ceremony of Carols) [1.24] enjamin BRITTEN This little babe (A Ceremony of Carols) [1.38] John RUTTER The Lord bless you and keep you [2.56] Gabriel FAURÉ Pie Jesu [3.22] Colin MAWBY Ave verum corpus [4.10] TRAD I would be true (Londonderry Air). [1.26] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Ave verum corpus [3.24] Morten LAURISDEN Ubi caritas et amor [8.57] John RUTTER A Gaelic Blessing [2.18] Amazing Grace (American folk-hymn melody) [3.18] Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir/Benjamin Nicholas Carleton Etherington (organ)
Stephen Taylor (singing teacher) Recorded at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, England, October 2005 SIGNUM SIGCD068 [74:08] [RW]

An enjoyable diversion during this festive season ... see Full Review


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