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Johanna Martzy Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No.3 Op.108 (1888) [21.43] Jean Antonietti (piano) recorded live, October 1953 Violin Concerto Op.77 (1879) - second and third movements only [16.45] Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Eugen Jochum, recorded live, December 1951 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 (1844) [27.32] NWDR Symphony Orchestra/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, recorded live, January 1954 Johanna Martzy (violin) with accompaniments as above TAHRA 553 [66.21] [JW]

Live Martzy is valuable and we find her here in her youthful prime.... see Full Review

A Mediterranean Christmas ANON. Takshim Farahfaza / Respondemos [3:58] Alfonso EL SABIO (1221-1284) Madre de Dios [3:25] ANON. Gregis pastor [3:08] ANON. Gloria ‘n Cielo [2:38] Folquet DE MARSEILLE (1150-1231) Senher Dieus / ANON. Lux refulget [3:46] Alfonso EL SABIO (1221-1284) Santa Maria, strela do dia [3:49] ANON. Polorum regina [2:24] Alfonso EL SABIO (1221-1284) Como sonos per conssello [5:57] ANON. Ave maris stella / ANON. O Maria, Deu maire [4:15] ANON. Mei amic e mei fiel [2:45] Alfonso EL SABIO (1221-1284) Todo logar mui ben / ANON. Taouchia [5:36] ANON. Noi siamo i magi [2:08] ANON. Quando el rey Nimrod [4:37] ANON. Heu! Heu! [1:57] ANON. Pastres, placatz vostre troupèu [3:48] ANON. En Belén tocan a fuego [4:31] ANON. Duérmete, niño, duérme [1:48] ANON. Nani na ya srira [1:19] ANON. Borea / Alfonso EL SABIO (1221-1284) Tant’ aos peccadores [9:34] The Boston Camerata / Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble: Hayet Adad, Anne Azéma, Equidad Barès, Anne Harley (voices); Hazel Brooks (vielle); Joes Cohen (lauta, guitar, voice); Steve Lundahl (recorders, slide trumpet, shofar, voice); Karim Nagi (riqq, tar, darabuka, duff, chifonie, voice); Boujema Razgui (tar, darabuka, nay, raita, voice); Kareem Roustom (oud, guitar, voice). Directed by Joel Cohen and Karim Nagi. rec. Church of the Covenant, Boston, 29 June-3 July 2005. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62560-2 [71:22] [GPu]

A glorious, life-enhancing CD, full of exuberant and joyful music, passionate and beautiful, splendidly performed ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Messe Noire Igor STRAVINSKY (1881-1971) Serenade in A (1925) [11'43]. Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61 (1942) [25'57]. Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat, Op. 83 (1939-42) [19'27]. Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Piano Sonata No. 9 in F, Op. 68, 'Messe noire' (1912/13) [8'45]. Alexei Lubimov (piano). Rec. Radio Studio DRS, Zurich in May 1998 and December 2000 (Prokofiev). ECM NEW SERIES 1679 (465 1372) [65:52] [CC]

This is an absolutely tremendous disc, from all angles. This will be one of my Records of the Year, of that I am sure. ... see Full Review

New French Song - new settings of French words by British composers (2003-2004) Tarik O'REGAN (b. 1972) Sainte (Mallarmè) [3.39] Sadie HARRISON (b. 1965) ..issu stellaire.. (Mallarmé) [6.12] Will TODD (b. 1970) Le Pont Mirabeau (Apollinaire) [5.09] Edwared COWIE (b. 1943) Les Hiboux (Baudelaire) [4.12] Bob CHILCOTT (b. 1955) L'enfant dort (Hugo) [1.42] John CASKEN (b. 1949) Colloque Sentimental (Verlaine) [6.12] Laurence CRANE (b. 1961) Tour de France Statistics 1903 – 2003 (Crane) [4.47] Adam GORB (b. 1958) La Cloche Fêlée (Baudelaire) [6.27] Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962) A la Mémoire de Claude Debussy (Cocteau) [3.24] Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946) Salomé (Laforgue) [3.09] Andrew KEELING (b. 1955) Artémis (de Nerval) [4.31] Hugh WOOD (b. 1932) Alicante (Prévert) [1.47] Diana BURRELL (b. 1948) Longtemps ce fut l'été (Bonnefoy) [2.15] Helen ROE (b. 1955) Pourquoi? (Verlaine) [5.48] Nicola LEFANU (b. 1947) Billet à Whistler (Mallarmè) [6.38] Edward MCGUIRE (b. 1948) Rêves de la Bonne Heure (McGuire) [4.52] Judith BINGHAM (b. 1952) La Jeune Morte (Heredia) [2.31] Roger REDGATE (b. 1958) Mirlitonnades (Beckett) [1.57] Howard SKEMPTON (b. 1947) Le Pont Mirabeau (Apollinaire) [1.34] Graham FITKIN (b. 1963) Les Aliments Blancs (Satie) [1.44] Alison Smart (soprano) Katharine Durran (piano) Recorded at the Turner Sims Concert Hall, 1-3 April 2005. DDD. MSV CD 92100 [79.36] [ED]

Artistically enterprising and uncompromising, with excellent production values too, this Metier release is well worth exploring. ... see Full Review

David Oistrakh Collection: Volume 1 Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) String Quartet in D, Op. 11a (1871) [31'02]. Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67b (1943/4) [23'09]. Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810, 'Death and the Maiden' (1824) – Andante con motoc [12'21]. David Oistrakh, acPyotr Bondarenko (violins); acMikhail Terian (viola); acSviatoslav Knushevitsky, bMiloš Sádlo (cellos); bDmitri Shostakovich (piano). From Melodiya a295/8, c00205/6, bMercury DM21. Rec. 1946. ADD DOREMI LEGENDARY TREASURES DHR7701 [66'43] [CC]

A fabulous disc, musically. To have David Oistrakh and Knushevitsky together is special enough – to have the composer Shostakovich as pianist in his own music almost seems like spoiling us. ... see Full Review

Guher and Suher Pekinel Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918 – 1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1960) [20’12"] George GERSHWIN (1898 – 1937) Three Preludes (1926) [6’23"] Bela BARTOK (1881 – 1945) Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) [25’13"] Guher and Suher Pekinel (pianos) Peter Sadlo and Stefan Gagelmann (percussion). rec. Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, June 1988. DDD WARNER APEX 2564 62118-2 [52.01] [JPh]

An interesting disc, very well played and recorded, in addition to its extremely low price. If the repertoire attracts, then you will be well pleased with this disc in your collection. ... see Full Review

Peace - A Choral Album for our Times Tomas Luis De VICTORIA (c.1548-1611) O magnum mysterium [4:10] Randall THOMPSON (1899-1984) Alleluia [6:20] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Blazen muzh, op.37 [6:15] Morten LAURIDSEN (b.1943) O magnum mysterium [6:52] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Agnus Dei [7:11] John TAVENER (b.1944) Song for Athene [6:47] Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Friede auf Erden, op.13 [9:19] Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI (b.1933) Totus Tuus [11:15] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) To be sung of a summer night on the water [2:41] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Lux aeterna (‘Nimrod’) [4:16] Handel and Haydn Society Chorus/Grant Llewellyn rec. Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Mass., USA. 6-10 July 2003. DDD AVIE AV0039 [65:15] [JQ]

Lucky Boston! ... see Full Review

Pensiero Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841 - 1904) Terzetto in D, Op 74 (1887) (arr. David Johnson) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Trio in c, Op 9#3 (1798) Jim COCKEY (b. 1947) music available from Elegy to an Ancient Battlefield David Alan EARNEST (b. 1960) music available from String Trio #3: Allegretto (1998) The Langroise Trio: Geoffrey Trabichoff, violin; David Johnson, viola; Samuel Smith, cello Recorded in Langroise Hall, Caldwell, Idaho, USA, 19 December, 2003 No program notes. Cover photo of artists. LANGROISE TRIO 29757-78542 [71.34] [PSh]

Recommended without reservation to lovers of good trio playing, Shostakovich string quartets, and modern American music. ... see Full Review

Gregor Piatigorsky – Concertos and Encores Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto in A minor Op.129 [24.37] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Melody in F Op.3 No.1 arranged David POPPER [2.51] Romance in E flat Op.44 No.1 [3.07] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op.34 No.14 [3.17] Cesar CUI (1835-1918) Orientale Op.50 No.9 (from Kaleidoscope) [2.32] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Chanson triste Op.40 No.2 [2.58] None but the Lonely heart Op.6 No.6 [2.23] Valse Sentimentale Op.51 No.6 [2.14] Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) The Swan (carnival of the Animals) [2.35] Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor Op.33 [19.10] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment Musical in F minor [1.48] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Rondo (from Sonata No.3 for piano with violin obbligato) [2.25] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Intermezzo from Goyescas arranged Gaspar CASSADO [4.51] Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) LPO/John Barbirolli, recorded London 1934 (Schumann) RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, recorded 1950 (Saint-Saëns) Ralph Berkowitz (piano) NAXOS 8.111069 [77.58][JW]

Overall this is a good conspectus of the concerto and chamber Piatigorsky, nicely transferred and annotated. ... see Full Review

Lucia Popp (soprano) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” BWV 51 (1730) [17’52”] From  Christmas Oratorio – Aria – “Grosser Herr und starker Konig” (1734) [5’22”] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) From Psalm 111 “Ich Danke dem Herren von ganzem Herzen.28 (1708) [2’44”] From Psalm 111 “Er sendet eine Erlosung seinem Volk” (1708) [2’17”] Georg Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) From The Messiah, Oratorio,(1742) The Trumpet Shall Sound” [9’34”] From Samson, Oratorio,(1743) “Let the bright Seraphim” [6’12”] Lucia Popp (soprano), Jorma Hynninen, (bass) Carol Dawn Reinhart (trumpet) Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra/Marinus Voorberg Recorded in Amsterdam, 1982. ADD ARTS ARCHIVES 43015–2  [44’45”][JPh]

Sheer delight from start to finish ... see Full Review

Prestilagoyana - Guitar Duos Pierre PETIT (1922-2000) 1.Tarantelle [6:53]; 9. Toccata [6:16] Ida PRESTI (1924-1967) 2. Prelude No.1 Allegretto [5:25]; 3. Danse D’Avila. Allegretto brillante [4:17] Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Sonatina Canonica op.196 [11:48]. 4. Mosso grazioso e leggero [3:42]; 5. Tempo di Siciliane [5:05]; 6. Fandango en Rondeau [2:56]; Fuga Elegiaca (1967). 13. Preludio-Fuga [5:16] Jean-Yves DANIEL-LESUR (1908-2002) 7. Elegie (1956) [6:45] Pierre WISSMER (1915-1992) 8. Prestilagoyana (1969). Allegro [6:43] Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999) Tondilla[13:17]. 10. Allegro ma non troppo [3:05]; 11.Minueto pomposo Andante [5:42 ] 12.Allegro vivace [4:23]
Joachim Schrader, Jan Erler (guitars) rec. 11-13 October 2004, Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee. MDG SZENE MDG 603 1348-2 [67:41] [ZT]

For reasons evident from the first few measures of track one, this new release is definitely recommended listening. ... see Full Review

Renaissance Christmas Music: Altdeutsche Weihnacht Johannes ECCARD (1553-1611) Ubers Gebirg Maria geht [6.09] Johann WALTER (1496-1570) Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ [3.25] Andreas REUSSNER (c.1660) Uns ist ein Kindlein heut geborn [2.57] Adam GUMPELZHAIMER (1559-1625) Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her [3.30] Arnolt SCHLICK (c1455-c1525) Maria zart [4.39] Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) In dulci jubilo [6.12] A solis ortus cardine [7.24] Es ist ein Ros entsprungen [3.52] Bartholomaus GESIUS (c 1560-1613) Christum wir sollen loben schon Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem Elly Ameling (soprano) Bernhard Michaelis (alto) Hans-Ulrich Mielsch (tenor) Barry McDaniel (baritone) Hans-Martin Linde (flute) Ilse Brix-Meinert and Ulrich Koch (viola da braccio) Johannes Koch (viola da gamba) Walter Gerwig (lute) Der Tolzer Knabenchor singt zur Weihnacht Motets Erhard BODENSCHATZ (1576-1636) Joseph, lieber Joseph mein [1.42] Orlando di LASSO (1532-1594) Angelus ad pastores ait [2.24] Resonet in laudibus [4.39] Jacob HANDL (GALLUS) (1550-1591) Omnes de Saba venient [1.46] Johannes ECCARD (1553-1611) Ich steh an diener Krippe hier [3.37] Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654)
O Jerusalem zart [2.02] Alpine Christmas Carols Jetz fangen wir sum Singen an (Salzburg) [3.24] Felsenharte Bethlehemiten (Munich) [2.53] Auf, auf! Ihr Hirten in dem Feld [2.35] Das allerschonst Kindl (Chiemgau) [2.39] Das himmlische Tor (Tirol) [1.12] Still, o Himmel! (Chiemgau) [3.49] Dort oben am Berge, da wehet der Wind [1.13] Wir woollen dankbar sein (Salzburg) [1.51] Tolzer Knabenchor Instrumental group/Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden Recorded 1961 (Altdeutsche Weihnacht) and 1965 (remainder) DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 2 CD 82876 69996 2 [41.51 + 35.53] [JW]

Seasonal bonhommie in revival from the 1960s: a selection that is attractively coloured and affectionately nuanced ... see Full Review

The Romantic Harp Marcel GRANDJANY (1891 – 1975) Fantasy on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 31; Marcel TOURNIER (1879 – 1951) Vers la source dans le bois; Nino ROTA (1911 – 1979) Sarabanda and Toccata; Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863 – 1937) Impromptu-Caprice, Op. 9; Manuel de FALLA (1876 – 1946) Spanish Dance No. 1 from ‘La Vida Breve’; Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924) Une Châtelaine en sa Tour, Op. 110; Impromptu, Op. 86; Kelly-Marie MURPHY (b. 1964) Harp Concerto ‘And then at night I paint the stars’ – III: Scintillation (Cadenza); Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) Prelude in C, Op. 12, No. 7; Carlos SALZÉDO (1885 – 1961) Ballade, Op. 28 Judy Loman (harp) rec. St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 13-16 July, 21-23 Aug 2003. NAXOS 8.554561 [59:25][JW]

‘Agreeable’ sounds rather a damning-with-faint-praise word, critically speaking, but this is a very agreeable recording. ... see Full Review

Martin Roscoe: A celebrity recital from the Fifth Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Four Ballades (1831-42): No.1 in G minor, Op.23 (1836) [8:53] Robert KEELEY (b.1960) Ballade (2001) [7:58] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana, (Eight Fantasies), Op.16 (1838) [29:57] Martin Roscoe (piano) rec. The Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 23 Aug 2005. DDD DUNELM DRD0247 [47:18] [IM]

The great value of this enterprising series of CDs is that it brings these splendid performances to far more people than could attend the recitals. ... see Full Review

Schubert Epilog Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Rendering per orchestra (1988-90) [34:07] Aribert REIMANN (b. 1936) Metamorphosen über ein Menuett von Schubert (D 600) für 19 Instrumente (1997) [7:57} Hans Werner HENZE (b. 1926) Der Erlkönig Orchesterfantasie aus "Le Fils de L’air) (1996) [5.33] Hans ZENDER (b. 1936) Schubert Chöre 1-4 (1996) [17:37] Kurt SCHWERTSIK (b. 1936) Epilog zu "Rosamund" (1978) [11.19] Chör der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symfoniker/Jonathan Nott rec. Joseph Keilberth Saal, Bamberg, July 2002-January 2003. DDD in conjunction with Bayerische Rundfunk München TUDOR 7131 [77:13] [AO]

An interesting recording showing how different contemporary composers have approached Schubert on their own terms ... see Full Review

Andrès Segovia and his Contemporaries - Vol. 4: Segovia and Maria Luisa Anido Isaak ALBÉNIZ (1860 - 1909) Asturias; Granada; Francisco TÁRREGA (1854 - 1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra; Variaciones sobre la Jota Aragonesa (Gran Jota); Sueño; Enrique GRANADOS (1867 - 1916) Danza No. 5; Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829 - 1894) Romance Op. 26 No. 1; Isaak ALBENIZ Cadiz; Luis MILAN (c. 1500 – c. 1561) Pavana VI; Pavana IV; Gaspar SANZ (1640 - 1710) Pavana; Anon. Canzone; Saltarello; Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891 - 1982) Burgalesa; Albada; Arada; Anon. El Noi de la Mare; El Testamente de Amelia; Francesco TARREGA Danza Mora; Minuet; Robert de VISEE (1660 – 1720) Entrada; Giga; Bourree; Minuet Maria Luisa Anido (guitar)(1–8), Andrès Segovia (guitar)(9–24) Recorded early 1930s (7-8), the Soviet Union 1956?(1–6), New York January 1944 (9–24) DOREMI DHR-7719 [65:22] [GF]

All in all a fascinating disc, for the opportunity to hear Anido and there is more to come. ... see Full Review

Liselotte Selbiger plays Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Suite No. 2, in G minor, Z 661 [4:17] Studio production by Danmarks Radio, 1951 François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Le Rossignol en-amour (14° ordre) [3:36] Les Graces Naturèles (11° ordre) [3:02] COL LD3, 1949 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sarabande. From Partita BWV 825 [4:28] HMV DB 5296, 1949 Two-part Inventions No. 4 in D minor BWV 775 [0:54] No. 6 in E major BWV 777 [2:16] No. 8 in F major BWV 779 [0:55] COL LDX 7016, 1950 From The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I BWV 846, 847, 854, 855 [13:41] COL SELK 1003, 1951 Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D minor Longo 413 [2:12] Sonata in E major Longo 23 [3:38] Sonata in C major Longo 104 [2:04] Toccata in D minor Longo 422 [3:41] BE OK 1014, c.1953 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Preludes BWV 933-938 [8:39] From Four Duets (Klavierübung III) BWV 804-805 [5:55] Studio production by Danmarks Radio, c. 1952 Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Sonata V in F major Wq 55 [6:31] Studio production by Danmarks Radio, c. 1952 Bonus CD Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Suite in E minor [15:33] COL 33 KC2, 1955 François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Les Folies françoises, ou les Dominos (13° ordre) [7:04] Passacaille (8° ordre) [7:52] COL 33 KC2, 1955 Liselotte Selbiger (harpsichord and clavichord) Recording dates and locations, if known, noted above DANACORD DACOCD 645 [72.42 + 32.18] [JW]

A more equable and less temperamental approach to the repertoire ... see Full Review

Arias for Senesino George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Bel contento gia gode quest’alma [5:53] Pompe vane di morte! [2:13] Dove sei, amato bene? [4:58] Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751) Stelle ingrate [3:15] Selvagge amenita [3:47] Antonio LOTTI (1667-1740) Discordi pensieri [6:52] Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Del ciel sui giri [5:07] Antonio LOTTI (1667-1740) Fosti caro agi’occhi miei [5:10] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Dall’ondoso periglio [1:42] Aure, deh, per pieta [5:31] Al lampo dell’armi [2:52] Cara sposa [9:21] Nicola PORPORA (1686-1768) Va per la vene il sangue [8:06] Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor Choir of the King’s Consort Academia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone rec. Auditorium di Milano, 25-26, 28-30 June 2004. DDD DECCA 475 6569 [65:31] [EM]

A very pure, piercing voice, full of dramatic intensity and lyrical beauty, with great dynamic control and fantastic expression. ... see Full Review

Shall I Compare Thee? Choral settings on Shakespeare Texts Kevin OLSON (b.1970)
Summer Sonnet [4.46] Martha SULLIVAN (b.1964) Blow, blow thou winter wind [2.37] Jaakko MÄNTYJÄRVI (b.1963) Four Shakespeare Songs (1984) [11.53] Matthew HARRIS (b.1956) It was a Lover and his Lass [3.09] Take O Take Those Lips Away [1.35] Who is Sylvia? [1.21] And Will A’Not Come Again? [2.39] John RUTTER (b.1945) It was a Lover and his Lass (1975) [2.28] Nils LINDBERG (b.1933) Shall I compare? (1998) [2.26] Håkan PARKMAN (1955-1988) Madrigal (Take O Take Those Lips Away) [1.37] Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) [3.03] György ORBÁN (b.1947) Orpheus with his lute (early 1990s) [2.20] O Mistress mine! [1.03] Juhani KOMULAINEN (b.1953) Four Ballads of Shakespeare [10.00] Robert APPLEBAUM (b.1941) Spring [2.51] Witches’ Blues [4.53] Sonnet 18 (Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?) [3.13] Chicago a cappella Jonathan Miller (bass and artistic director) Recorded at Northeastern Illinois University, November 2004 and March 2005-11-14 CEDILLE CDR 90000 085 [63.00] [JW]

However adeptly sung these are examples of composers unable to make linguistic, expressive and intellectual connections with their material. ... see Full Review

Show Some Emotion Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) [6:23] Sonatine (1903/05) [11:30] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Spanish Dance, Op. 37 no. 2 "Oriental" (1890) [4:41] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) A Lenda do Caboclo (1920) [4:04] Claudio SANTORO (1919-1989) Paulistana no. 1 (1953) [1:30] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque (1890) [17:23] Robert CASADESUS (1899-1972) Prelude, Op. 5 no. 24 (1924) [5:03] Rick ROBERTSON (b. 1960) Romance (2003) [3:03] Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892-1983) Deux Pièces: Larghetto (1946) [3:19], Valse Lente (1948) [2:04] David DeLucia, piano rec. Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, Connecticut, February 2005 PERSONAL LABEL 09419 [59:10] [DS]

If you are looking for romantic music played with devotion, David DeLucia is certainly your man. ... see Full Review

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon Sandeep DAS and Indrajit DEY, arranged by LJOVA Mohini (Enchatnment) [1:47] Ensemble Improvisation Oasis [3:00] Zhao JIPING and Zhao LIN Distant Green Valley [7:06] Georgian/Armenian traditional, arranged Gevorg DABAGHYAN Akhalqalaqi Dance [1:22] Zhao JIPING Echoes of a Lost City [1:18] Kayhan Kalhor, arranged LJOVA Mountains are Far Away [6:09] Kazakh/Chinese traditional, arranged Zhao LIN Yanzi (Swallow Song) [3:25] Zhao LIN Battle Remembered [4:00] Zhao JIPING Summer in the High Grassland [4:37] Fikret AMIROV Kor Arab [4:08] Uzeyir HAJIBEYOV Shikasta (Minstrel’s Song) [1:48] Turkish traditional, arranged Shane SHANAHAN Night at the Caravanserai [7:56] Kayhan KALHOR Gallop of a Thousand Horses [5:07] Sandeep DAS Tarang (Currents) [6:27] Zhao JIPING Sacred Cloud Music [5:30] Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble Alan Pierson, conductor. Recorded: Right Track Studios, New York, September 20-26, 2004. SONY CLASSICAL SD 93962 [63:33] [GPu]

Sophisticated, richly collaborative music, often beautiful, often very moving … see Full Review

Stokowski conducts Percy Grainger Favourites and others Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Country Gardens* [1:32]; Mock Morris [2:55]; Early One Morning [3:30]; Shepherd's Hey* [1:36]; Irish Tune from County Derry [3:30]; Molly on the Shore [3:26]; Handel in the Strand* [3:45] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Berceuse from The Tempest (arr. Stokowski) [4:59]; Valse Triste from Kuolema [4:30] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis [16:03] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise [7:51] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Intermezzo from Goyescas (arr. Otto Langey) [4:46] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de Lune (orch. Stokowski) [5:29] Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Escales (Ports of Call) (I. Rome-Palermo; II. Tunis-Nefta; III. Valencia) [14:09] Leopold Stokowski conducts his Symphony Orchestra * Percy Grainger at the piano rec. 31 May, 8 Nov 1950 (Grainger); 15 Mar 1950, 4 Oct 1949 (Sibelius); 3 Sept 1952 (RVW); 25 Feb 1953 (Rachmaninov); 11 Dec 1947 (Granados); 24 May 1947 (Debussy); 11 Feb 1951 (Ibert) CALA CACD0542 [77:58][RB]

Magnificent performances: notable Ibert, Sibelius, Debussy and Vaughan Williams tracks. Other items hold a dreadful fascination including a succulently over the top Vocalise. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Zoltán Székely and the Hungarian String Quartet Historical recordings and previously unissued public performances, 1937-1968. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Quartet K 456 ("Dissonant") (*Menton Festival, 13 July 1958) [25.08] Quartet in D minor K 421(Rec. for HMV in London 1946) [25.45] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden") (*Menton Festival, 22 July 1958) [37.42] Quartet No. 15 in G Major, Op. 161 (*Menton Festival, 22 July 1958) [39.31] Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden") (Chamber Music Society LP CM-17, rec. 1952) [35.50] Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Quartet in C major Op 74 No 1 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 5 July 1950) Quartet in D Major Op 64 No. 5 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1951) Quartet in D Major Op 64 No. 5 (from 78s) (Rec. for HMV in London, 1946) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quartet in C, Op. 59 No. 3 (*Menton Festival, 21 July 1961) [25.52] Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131 (*Menton Festival, 21 July 1961) [34.25] Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 (*Budapest, Academy of Music,20 Dec. 1968)[38.54] Zoltan KODÁLY (1882-1967) String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1157, rec. 1952) [17.13] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Fifth String Quartet (*Menton Festival, July 1961) [30.42] Sixth String Quartet (*Menton Festival, July 1961) [28.23] Third String Quartet (*Budapest, Academy of Music. 20 Dec. 1968) [15.03] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Quartet in A minor Op. 51 No. 2 (Budapest, Academy of Music. 20 Dec. 1968) [31.12] Nicola Antonio PORPORA (1686-1768) Sonata II in G (from Sonate XII di Violino e Basso (osia di Cimbalo e violoncello)) (Amer. Decca 78 G-25877). Zoltán Székely with Géza Fried, piano [8.19]. Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Quartet in D Major, Op. 11 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1183, rec. 1952) [25.10] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 ("American") (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1157, rec. 1952) [26.10] Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 (Dutch Decca 78 set X-10110, rec. 1942).[20.56] Székely, with Hague Residence Orchestra conducted by Willem van Otterloo Cinq Novellettes pour Quatuor d'archets, Op. 15 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1183 rec. 1952 [28.31] Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Guitarre (Dutch Decca 78 set X-10110, rec. 1942) Székely with Jean Antonietti, piano.[3.27] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1 July 1951) [21.35] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1 Aug. 1951) [22.22] Hungarian String Quartet – [1] Székely--Moskowsky-Koromzay-Palotai. [2] Székely-Moszkowsky-Koromzay-Magyar. [3] Székely-Moskowsky-Halleux-Palotai. [4] Székely-Kuttner-Koromzay-Magyar. * Public performances. Technical reconstruction (2004) by Maggi Payne. Issued with the kind cooperation of Prof. Gabriel Magyar and the Székely Estate. MUSIC & ARTS CD1161[8 CDs: 78.41 + 75.27 + 77.47 + 73.46 + 77.39 + 68.27 + 78.52 + 74.30] [JW]

That’s it. One of my Records of the Year wrapped up this side of Christmas. I know quartet records don’t sell well - but this one deserves to. ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music Travellin’ Light - Great American Light Orchestra Volume 2
see review for details Recorded 1948 - 1954 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5114 [76.49] [RH]

Perhaps the selection will not create many new light music devotees but it will certainly make existing ones very happy. ... see Full Review

Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey: Matins The bells of Westminster Abbey [1’17"] Thomas TOMKINS (1572-1656) The Preces [1’19"] Sir George ELVEY (1816-1893) Psalm 115 [3’57"] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Te Deum in C [8’21"] Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Jubilate [3’51"] Thomas TOMKINS and John FARMER (fl.1591-1601) The Responses [5’25"] Eucharist Francis GRIER (b. 1955) Missa Trinitatis Sanctae [15’05"] Evensong Sir Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Psalm 107 [9’48"] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Magnificat [5’22"} and Nunc Dimittis [3’02"] ‘Westminster Service’ Sir John STAINER (1840-1901) I saw the Lord [7’15"] Sir Charles STANFORD (1852-1924) Fantasia and Toccata in D minor, Op. 57 [12’40] The Choir of Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell Robert Quinney (organ) rec. Westminster Abbey, 15-16, 21-22 June 2005. DDD HYPERION CDA 67557 [78’02"] [JQ]

This is a splendid and stimulating disc, which I’ve enjoyed very much. More please! ... see Full Review

Tzigane: a treasury of Gypsy-inspired music Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) arr. Anthony Goldstone: Dances of Galánta [16.07] * Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) arr. Anthony Goldstone: ‘Gypsy rondo’ – Rondo all’ongarese (presto) from Trio in G major, Hob. XV:25, with a cadenza by Franz Schubert [3.30] * Franz LISZT (1811-1886): Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6 [7.15] Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924): Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen [7.51] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) arr. Anthony Goldstone: Hungarian Dance no. 11 [3.07] * Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Hungarian Dance no. 2 [3.02] Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960): Rhapsody in F sharp minor, op.11, no. 2 [6.54] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946): Fantasia bætica (Andalusian Fantasy) [12.12] Augusta HOLMÈS (1847-1903): Rêverie tzigane [4.09] * George ENESCU (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no. 1, in the composer’s concert transcription [12.23] Anthony Goldstone (piano) Recorded in St John the Baptist church, Alkborough, 2005. DDD. * = first recording DIVINE ART 25033 [77.30] [ED]

A pianistic tour de force without a doubt, and most warmly recommended. ... see Full Review

Vocalise Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op.34 No.14 transcribed by Leonard Rose [6.46] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Pezzo Capriccioso Op.62 revised by Karl Maria Schwamberger [6.34] Wilhelm PETERSON-BERGER (1867-1942) Till Rosorna [3.32] E[vert] TAUBE (1890-1957) Nocturne transcribed by Mats Bergstrom [2.54] Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Asturias revised by W Thomas-Mifume [6.34] Cuba revised by W Thomas-Mifume [5.14] Sevilla revised by W Thomas-Mifume [3.53] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March transcribed by Gregor Piatigorsky [1.30] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande Op.80 transcribed by Mats Bergstrom [4.22] Berceuse Op.16 transcribed by Mats Bergstrom [3.44] Après un rêve transcribed by Pablo Casals [3.01] Mats Rodin (cello) Staffan Scheja (piano) Mats Bergstrom (guitar) Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello) Recorded at Swedish Radio studio 3, Stockholm, August 1994 DAPHNE 1024 [49.25] [JW]

A cello recital with a twist of lime. ... see Full Review

Welte-Mignon Piano Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Aufforderung zum Tanz Op.65 – Rondo brilliant [8.40] Artur Schnabel Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Valse lente from Coppelia [3.06] Arthur Nikisch Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana [2.18] Georg Zscherneck Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liebesträume No.3 [3.35] Eugen d’Albert La Campanella [4.03] Ferruccio Busoni Reminiscences of Norma – Grande Fantasie [11.37] Ferruccio Busoni Matthias van den GHEYN (1721-1785) Prelude, Coucou (Carillon) [2.13] Fanny Davies Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (17560-1791) Sonata K576- first movement [3.38] Raoul Pugno Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No.18 Op.53 Waldstein – first movement [7.00] Teresa Carreño Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise Op.71 No 2 – [5.06] Theodor Leschetizky Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Gavotte Op.16 No.3 [2.14] Lazzaro Uzielli Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Hochzeitsmarsch und Elfenreigen – Midsummer Night’s Dream arranged Franz LISZT [7.00] Felix Dreyschok Paul de SCHLOZER (1841-1898) Etude in E flat [2,40] Josef Lhevinne Emil von SAUER (1862-1942) Echo of Vienna – Concert Waltz [5.36] Emil von Sauer Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls made between 1905 and 1909; pianists noted as above, reproduced and recorded in the Waldhaus salon TUDOR 7104 [70.04] [JW]

Not a convincing example of the Welte roll and, like the system itself, a very great deal needs to be taken on trust. ... see Full Review

Laurel Zucker – Virtuoso Flautist Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata in D major for flute and piano, Op.94 [25:42] Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sonata for flute and piano [13:05] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Syrinx for solo flute [3:15] Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1918) Concertino for flute and piano, Op. 107 Laurel Zucker (flute) Robin Sutherland (piano) No recording date or location given CANTELINA RECORDS 660012 [50:08][DC]

It’s the best demo disc I’ve heard for  long time. ... see Full Review

20th Century Swiss Organ Music Paul MÜLLER-ZÜRICH (1898 – 1993) Fantasia (1970) [3:33] Canzone (1970) [1:45] Introitus (1970) [4:29] Arthur HONEGGER (1892 – 1955) Deux Pièces (1917) [7:05] Hans VOLLENWEIDER (1918 – 1993) Vorspiel (1970) [2:32] Frank MARTIN (1890 – 1974) Passacaille (1944) [12:47] Agnus Dei (1966) [4:04] Ernst HESS (1912 – 1968) Präludium Op.60/4 [2:22] Chaconne Op.60/1 [3:29] Conrad BECK (1901 – 1968) Zwei Präludien (1932) [18:15] Max KUHN (1896 – 1994) Präludium und Fuge in C [2:30] Pastorale und Fuge (1976) [2:36] Präludium und Fuge in A [2:50] Phantasie und Fuge (1975) [5:50] Jeremy Filsell, organ of the evang.-ref. Kirche Küsnacht rec. evang.-ref. Kirche, Küsnacht, November 2004 GUILD GMCD 7285 [74:58][HC]

Filsell plays superbly throughout this generous programme of mostly unfamiliar and rewarding music ... see Full Review



The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto, edited by Simon P. Keefe Pub: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (1st ed.) 309 pp. Paperback: ISBN 052154257X £17.99 Hardback: ISBN 052183483X £45.00 [ED]

Has the potential to be informative in the right hands ... serves as the springboard for further reading on this absorbing musical genre. ... see Full Review

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