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Antonio CALDARA (1671-1736) Cantatas Amante recidivo (Che speravi),Non v’è pena , Chiacona, Vedrò senz’onde il mare, Da tuoi lumi , Sempre mi torna in mente Max Emanuel Cencic (counter-tenor) Ornamente 99/Karsten Erik Ose Recorded in Sendesaal, Cologne, October 2004 CAPRICCIO 67 124 [61.56] [JW]

Though not all these works are consistently engrossing, at their finest they make a marked impression ... wistful harmonies floated with perfect judgement. ... see Full Review

Christopher CALIENDO Caliente! - World Music for Flute and Guitar Sincerita – Caliente! – Allegria – Amor Perdido – Impulsa – Amanacer – Risorgimento – Coraggio – Lamento – Rinascimento – Remembranza – Contigo - Meditazione Christopher Caliendo (guitar) Laurel Zucker (flute) rec. in 2004 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California USA. DDD CANTILENA RECORDS 66032-2 [62'39] [RNB]

Not background music; the music, reinforced by the passion of the playing, wants to be heard. ... see Full Review

Chants d'Auvergne: La pastoura als camps; Bailero; Trois Bourrees; Pastourelle; L'Antoueno; Deux Bourrees; La delaissado; Passo pel prat; Lou boussu; Brezairola; Malurous qu'o uno fenno; Jou l'pount d'o Mirabel; Oi ayai; Lou coucut; Quand z'eyro petitoune; La-haut sur le rocher; Uno jionto postouro; Lo diziou be Véronique Gens (sop) Orchestre Nationale de Lille/Jean-Claude Casadesus Rec July 2004, Lille, France NAXOS 8.557491 [62:13] [RB]

A very good economical version of the Auvergne songs intelligently sung and acted and the orchestral role is given the attention its attractions clamantly demand. ... see Full Review

Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Chants d'Auvergne: La pastoura als camps; Bailero; Trois Bourrees; Pastourelle; L'Antoueno; Deux Bourrees; La delaissado; Passo pel prat; Lou boussu; Brezairola; Malurous qu'o uno fenno; Jou l'pount d'o Mirabel; Oi ayai; Lou coucut; Quand z'eyro petitoune; La-haut sur le rocher; Uno jionto postouro; Lo diziou be Véronique Gens (sop) Orchestre Nationale de Lille/Jean-Claude Casadesus Rec July 2004, Lille, France NAXOS 8.557491 [62:13] [AO]

This recording is so distinctive that I've little doubt it will be the definitive Chants d'Auvergne for many years to come. ... see Full Review

Antonio CARTELLIERI (1772-1807) Christmas Oratorio
Libretto by Luigi Prividali Katerina Beronova (sop) - ‘L’Amor divino’; Andreas Karasiak (ten) - John the Baptist; Ray M Wade Jnr. (ten) - Angel of Glory); Alexander Marco-Buhrmester (Bass) - Satan. Chorus Musicus-Koln ‘Das neue Orchester’/Christoph Spering Recorded at German Radio, Frankfurt December 2003 CAPRICCIO SACD 71015 [71:05] [GH]

Something of a rare work ... which has flashes of genius. Performance excellent giving the work every opportunity both vocally and instrumentally to shine. ... see Full Review

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1636 - 1704) Marches pour Les Trompettes H547 (1692) [4.18] Te Deum H146 (1692) [20.42] Dixit Dominus H202 (c.1688) [11.12] In honorem Sancti Ludovici Regis Galliae canticum H365 (1693) [15.14] Domine salvum fac regem H291 (1692) Messe de Monseur de Mauroy H6 (c. 1691) [65.51] Leçons de Ténèbres de la semaine sainte de 1692 H135-137 (1692) [42.51] Cinq Méditations pour le Carême H380-387 (1692) [15.35] Michel Chapuis (grand orgue) Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet Recorded Paris, Eglise Notre Dame du Liban, July 2000 (disc 1); Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thierache, Aisne, France, June 1999 (disc 2); Paris, Eglise Notre Dame du Liban, March 2001 (disc 3) GLOSSA GSP 980033 [3 CDs: 55.13 + 65.51 + 58.58] [RH]

Better known pieces alongside works which deserve to be better known. I can highly recommend these recordings ... see Full Review

Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842) Requiem in D minor for Male Chorus and Orchestra (1836) [41’21"] Missa Solenne Breve in B Flat major for Chorus and Orchestra* (1821) [19’21"] Hradec Králové Male Chorus; *Boninfantes Boys Choir Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra/Douglas Bostock Recorded in usti n.O., Czech Republic, 6-7 September 2003. DDD CLASSICO CLASSCD 457 [60’50"] [JQ]

The performance of the Requiem seems to be a good one and admirers of Cherubini’s music will certainly want to investigate this CD. ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20 Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31 Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39 Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54 Introduction and Variations in E major, B14 Variations in B flat major on Mozart’s ‘là ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni, Op.2 Nikolai Demidenko (piano) Recorded 5 -6 December 1989 and 29-30 May 1990 at Snape Maltings, Suffolk DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55181 [62’55] [TH]

There is a very good case for getting Demidenko’s intelligently played account ... a real snip at the Helios budget price. ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-49) Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1839) [25’16]. Berceuse in D flat, Op. 57 (1844) [4’50]. Barcarolle in F sharp, Op. 60 (1846) [8’35]. Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (1931 version with borrowings from the 1913 version) [23’08]. Hélène Grimaud (piano). Rec. Siemens-Villa, Berlin in December 2004. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 5325 [62’07][CC]

Given the hype that Grimaud has been enjoying, this disc is ultimately somewhat disappointing, while remaining a rare occasion when the CD is preferable to the frisson of her recent RFH recital. ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900–1990) Fanfare for the Common Man [3:14] Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday [7:15]; Corral Nocturne [3:40]; Saturday Night Waltz [4:04]; Hoe-Down [3:12] Appalachian Spring suite [22:19] Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Louis Lane Recorded in Atlanta Symphony Hall on March 24th 1982 TELARC CD-80078 [44:15][GPJ]

A fine disc, with a first-class recording to match the high standards of the performers. Short playing time doesn’t help though ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Aaron COPLAND (1900 - 1990) Chamber Music of Aaron Copland Movement for String Quartet (1923) [5.52] Prelude for Piano Trio (1924) [4.39] Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano (1926) [10.09] Vocalise for Flute and Piano (1928) [4.53] Pieces (2) for String Quartet (1928) [8.29] Vitebsk for Piano Trio (1928) [11.55] Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano (1937 rev.) [14.25] Sonata for Violin and Piano (1943) [19.14] Quartet for Piano and Strings (1950) [21.08] Duo for Flute and Piano (1971) [14.34] Threnodies (2) for Flute and String Trio (1971) [7.39] Derek Bermel, clarinet; Michael Boriskin, piano; Paul Lustig Dunkel, flute; Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Wilhelmina Smith, cello. Borromeo String Quartet: Nicolas Kitchen, Wil Fedkenheuer, vv; Mai Motobuchi, vla; Yeesun Kim, vc., assisted by Jennifer Frautchi, Curtis Macomber, vv; Hsin-Yun Huang, Cynthia Phelps, vla. Rec. Dec 2000 - Mar 2003, various locations in New York and Boston, USA. Notes in English. Photo of composer and artists. No timings.* ARABESQUE Z6794-2 [60.18 + 62.33] [PSh]

Surprising, ingenious, and beautiful music from a composer you thought you knew. ... see Full Review

Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Violin Sonatas Op.5 Nos. 1-6 Lucy van Dael, violin; Bob van Asperen, harpsichord and organ Recorded at Dutch Reformed Church, Bennebroek, Netherlands, 7 November 2002 Notes in English and Deutsch. NAXOS 8.557165 [67.47] [JW]

The sonatas share rare imagination and a sense of fluid lyricism predicated on the stoutest of technical armouries. ... see Full Review

Peter Maxwell DAVIES (b. 1934) Naxos Quartet No. 1 (2002) [29:25] Naxos Quartet No. 2 (2003) [43:05] Maggini Quartet Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, September-October 2003 NAXOS 8.557396 [72:39] [HC]

Dedicated performances from the Maggini who have been and still are closely involved in this unique undertaking. ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor - opera seria in three acts Libretto by Salvatore Cammerano based on the novel ‘The Bride of Lammermoor’ by Sir Walter Scott. First produced at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples on 26th September 1835. Lucia, Maria Callas (sop); Edgardo, Giuseppe Di Stefano (ten); Enrico, Tito Gobbi (bar); Raimondo, Raffaele Arie (bass); Arturo, Valiano Natali (ten); Alisa, Anna Maria Canali (mez); Normanno, Gino Sam (ten) Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Tullio Serafin Recorded 29th and 30th January and 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th February 1953 in the Teatro Comunale, Florence Appendices. Highlights from Lucia di Lammermoor performed by Legendary Singers. Recorded 1910-1952 Cruda, funesta smania ..Il tuo dubbio e omai certezza ..La pietade in suo favore. Robert Merrill, (bar); Ezio Pinza, (bass); Luigi Vellucci, Tenor Recorded 8th March 1952 Ah, talor del tuo pensiero..Verranno a te sull'aure. Amelita Galli-Curci, (sop); Tito Schipa, (ten) Recorded 7th September 1928 Chi mi frena in tal momenta (sextet) Maria Barrientos, (sop); Charles Hackett, (ten); Riccardo Stracciari, (bar); Jose Mardones, (bass); George Meader, (ten); Emma Noe, (sop); Recorded 18th March 1920 in New York Dalle stanze ove Lucia. Ezio Pinza, Bass Recorded llth July 1923 in Milan [Ardon gli incensi:] splendon Ie sacrefaci Spargi d' amaro pianto. Toti Dal Monte, Soprano
Recorded 28th October and *5th November 1926 Tombe degli avi miei…Fra poco a me ricovero.. Beniamino Gigli, (ten) Recorded 10th April 1925 (Take unpublished on 78 rpm). Tu che a Dio spiegasti I'ali. John McCormack, (ten) Recorded 23rd March 1910 in New York
Reissue Producer and Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS HISTORICAL - GREAT OPERA RECORDINGS 8.110131-32 [69.01 + 78.28] [RJF]

Callas’s finest recording in terms of interpretation allied to security of singing and this re-mastering accords it full justice. ... see Full Review

Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Organ Works - Volume 6 see review for details Ben van Oosten, organ Rec: Eglise St-Jean Baptiste, Montréal, September, 2004 DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM AUDIOVISION MDG 316 1288-2 [59’21] [GMS]

Recommended without reserve. Player, music and instrument are perfectly matched. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphonic Poems and Overtures Czech Suite op. 39 My Home Overture op. 62 Husitska Overture op. 67 In Nature’s Realm Overture op. 91 Otello op. 93 Symphonic Variations op. 78 Carnival Overture op. 92 Water Goblin op. 107 Noon-Day Witch op. 108 Golden Spinning Wheel, op. 109 Wood Dove, op. 110 A Hero´s Song, op. 111 Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra/Theodore Kuchar Recorded 20-28 August 2004, Ostrava BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92297 [3 CDs: 71'37 + 63'12 + 66'14] [JW]

Kuchar tends to be brisk; not businesslike, if that implies superficiality and a lack of warmth and detail, but certainly fast-ish. ... see Full Review

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto Op.104 William WALTON (1902-1983) Cello Concerto Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch rec. Symphony Hall, Boston, February 1960 (Dvořák) and January 1957 (Walton) RCA RED SEAL LIVING STEREO SUPER AUDIO CD 82876 66375 2 [71.22][JW]

A classic coupling that has withstood the scrutiny of history. Piatigorsky had long been associated with the Dvořák and was the dedicatee of the Walton ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Mazurka for violin and orchestra Op.49 B90 (1879) Rondo for cello and orchestra Op.94 B181 (1893 arranged piano1881) Silent Woods (Klid) for cello and orchestra Op.68 No.5 B182 (1884) Seven Interludes for small orchestra B15 (1867) Polonaise in E flat major B100 (1879) Nocturne in B major Op.40 B48 (1875) Suite in A major American (1894 arranged orchestra 1895) Five Prague Waltzes B99 (1879) Polka in B flat major Op.53A/1 B114 Dmitry Yablonsky (cello) Alexander Trostianski (violin) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky Recorded in Studio 5, Radio House, Moscow, October 2003 NAXOS 8.557352 [78.42] [JW]

These essentially undemanding works played with buoyancy to animate them and not too much weight to submerge their real, if slight, charms ... see Full Review

Piano Concerto (sketches, drafts and recordings of his Piano Concerto realised for performance by Robert Walker) [36:40] (I. (Andante piacevole) – Nobilmente e semplice [18:15]; II. Poco Andante con rubato [6:23]; III. (Solenne quasi recitativo) – Allegro ma non troppo Vivace [12:02]) Suite of Four Edward Elgar Songs (transcribed for orchestra by Haydn Wood) [10:37] I. Rondel [1:28]; II. Queen Mary’s Song [3:00]; III. The Shepherd’s Song [2:48]; IV. Like to the Damask Rose [3:21] Adieu (orch: Henry Geehl) [2:38] So Many True Princesses (orch: Anthony Payne) ‡ [6:13] Spanish Serenade, op. 23 ‡ [4:22] The Immortal Legions (from ‘Pageant of Empire’) ‡ [4:00] Anthony COLLINS (1893-1963) Elegy in Memory of Edward Elgar [10:00] David Owen Norris (piano) † BBC Singers ‡ BBC Concert Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones world premiere recordings (except Suite of Four Songs, premiere stereo recordings; Collins). In association with BBC Radio 3, BBC Concert Orchestra, Elgar Society Recorded: Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, 18 and 19 October 2004. DDD DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7148 [74:40] [RB]

Concerto: majestic, extremely impressive ... captured with craggy mastery. Enthusiastically recommended to Elgarians everywhere. ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Nocturnes: E-flat, Op. 33. no. 1 [8:25]; B, Op. 33, no 2 [6:50]; D-flat, Op. 63 [10:11]; C-sharp minor, Op. 74 [9:47]; E minor, Op. 107 [7;29]; B minor Op. 119 [9:40] Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A, Op. 13 [26:32] Jean-Marc Luisada, piano Laurent Korcia, violin Recorded July 30 and August 2 1997 in the Grand Salle de L’Arsenal De Mets, France (Nocturnes) and April 19-23,2001, at The Snape Maltings Concert Hall, England. BMG-RCA 82876 62312 2 [79:20] [KS]

A winner ... it combines the better of two previous releases into a very satisfying recital. ... Highly recommendable ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) The Complete Songs – Volume 1 Les Matelots; Seule!; Chanson du pêcheur; Barcarolle; Tarantelle; Au bord de l’eau Les berceaux; Au cimetière; Larmes; Cinq melodies "de venise"; Pleurs d’or; Accompagnement; La fleur qui va sur l’eau; Mirages; C’est la paix; L’horizon chimérique. Felicity Lott (soprano); Jennifer Smith (soprano); Geraldine McGreevy (soprano); Stella Doufexis (soprano); John Mark Ainsley (tenor); Christopher Maltman (baritone); Stephen Varcoe (baritone); Graham Johnson (piano) Recorded 2002-2004 HYPERION CDA67333 [68:47] [IL]

An excellent beginning to what promises to be another memorable Hyperion French Song collection. 26 Fauré songs to enchant the ear. ... see Full Review

Lukas FOSS (b. 1922) Works for Solo Piano (complete) Scherzo Ricercato (1954) [06:16] Passacaglia (1940) [06:22] Grotesque Dance (1938) [04:29] Prelude in D major (1951) [03:22] Fantasy Rondo (1944) [09:24] Four Two-Part Inventions (1938) [09:02]For Lenny: Variation on "New York, New York" (1987) [02:31] Solo (1981) [13:17] Scott Dunn, piano rec. American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 22-23 March 2003. NAXOS 8.559179 [54.43] [JF]

One could not wish for a better recording of this rare but strangely essential repertoire. ... see Full Review

Lukas FOSS (b. 1922) Griffelkin (1955) Marion Day (contralto) Grandmother; Kendra Colton (soprano) Griffelkin; Elizabeth Keutsch (soprano) Statue; Yeghishe Manucharyan (tenor) Letterbox; Drew Poling (baritone) First Lion; David M. Cushing (bass) Second Lion, Oldest Devil; Emily Bowder (soprano) A Boy; Misa Ann Iwama (mezzo) A Girl; Janna Bety (soprano) Their Mother; Aaron Engebreth (baritone) Policeman; Lynn Torgrove (mezzo) Shopkeeper; Anne Harley (soprano) First Housewife; Anne Carolyn Bird (soprano) Second Housewife; Glorivy Arroyo (mezzo) Third Housewife Nack Bay Chorale; Members of Boston Children's Opera (and guests); Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose. Rec. Mechanics Hall, Worcester. Massachusetts, on April 1st-2nd, 2002. Notes and text included. CHANDOS CHAN10067 [61'45 + 40'50][CC]

It is evident that real care has gone into the casting, while the recording is simply superb. A life-enhancing project. ... see Full Review

Tommaso Bernardo GAFFI (1667-1744) La forza del divino amore - oratorio in 2 parts Marivì Blasco (S. Teresa), Leona Peleskova (Amor Divino), soprano; Sergio Foresti (Rodrigo), bass Ensemble 'Pian e Forte': Gabriele Cassone, natural trumpet; Enrico Onofri, Laura Mirrim violin; Claudio Frigerio, cello; Paolo Rizzi, double bass; Marta Graziolino, harp; Antonio Frigé, harpsichord; Gianluca Capuano, organ Dir: Antonio Frigé Recorded 27 October, 2 November 2003 at the Chiesa S. Francesco di Paola, Milan, Italy. DDD CHANDOS CHAN0710 [63:05] [JV]

One of the many oratorios written around 1700 in Italy - the quality of music and performance is rather uneven ... see Full Review

Seiji Ozawa conducts a Gershwin Night – with the Marcus Roberts Trio George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
An American in Paris Rhapsody in Blue arranged Marcus ROBERTS (b.1963) Concerto in F arranged Marcus ROBERTS (b.1963) Strike Up The Band arranged Don ROSE I Got Rhythm Marcus ROBERTS (b.1963) Cole After Midnight Paul LINCKE (1866-1946) Berliner Luft Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa Marcus Roberts Trio with Roland Guerin (bass) Jason Marsalis (drums) Bonus Documentary; They Got Rhythm Recorded at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 29 June 2003 Directed by Andreas Morrell Produced by Paul Smaczny Region Code 0, Sound Formats PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1, Languages English, German, French, Picture Format NTSC 16:9, Disc Format DVD9 DVD EUROARTS 2053098 [209 minutes] [JW]

The Berlin Philharmonic let down their collective hair in holiday mood under a canopy that resembled one of Jean-Paul Gautier’s Madonna bras ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843 – 1907) Symfoniska danser, Op 64 (1896 – 1897); Six Songs for voice and orchestra (Orch. 1894 – 1895): Solveig’s Song – Solveig’s Cradle Song – From Monte Pincio – A Swan – Springtide – Henrik Wergeland; Sigurd Jorsalfar – suite from incidental music, Op 56 (1872 rev. 1892): Prelude – Intermezzo – Homage March Solveig Kringelborn (soprano) Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky Recorded at Stockholm Concert Hall 12 – 14 May 1992 CHANDOS CHAN 10287 X [72:50] [GF]

It can be unhesitatingly recommended, in spite of some disappointment about the singing, both for the music and for the playing. ... see Full Review

Gabriella GULLIN (b. 1961) Requiem per il uomo innocente Jesper Taube, (baritone) Markus Leoson (percussion) Per Thunarf (organ) Sancta Clara Motet Choir/Michael Waldenby Recorded in the Sancta Clara Church, Stockholm, Sweden, 11 April 2002. DDD NOSAG CD 2078 [49:35 + 54:00] [MC]

A rather unusual work, imaginatively scored and extremely accessible. Fine performances too. ... see Full Review

August HALM (1869-1929) Symphony in A major (1911-1924) [53:40] Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Peter Borin Rec. 2-3 June 2004, Reutlingen, Germany. Südwestrundfunk. DDD STERLING CDS-1064-2 [53:40] [KS]

A gem-let worthy of occasional hearing. Alas, does not quite meet the standards of greatness. ... see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Admetus, King of Thessaly – Opera in three acts; English translation by Geoffrey Dunn Maureen Lehane (mezzo soprano) – Admetus Sheila Armstrong (soprano) – Antigona Janet Baker (mezzo soprano) – Alcestis John Kitchener – Hercules Margaret Lenski – Thrasymedes Jean Temperley (mezzo soprano) – Orindo Norman Welsby (baritone) – Meraspes and The Oracle of Apollo The Baroque Opera Orchestra/Sir Anthony Lewis Recorded May 1968 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Geist und seele; cantata BWV 35 Janet Baker (mezzo soprano) English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Britten Recorded at Blythburgh Church, June 12th 1969 PONTO PO 1029 [3 CDs: 63.55 + 71.32 + 77.09] [JW]

For Baker’s admirers this is a welcome example of her art, albeit not in the main role; there may be less of her than you’d ideally like. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Organ Concertos - see review for full details Christian Schmitt (organ) Charlotte Balzereit (harp) Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Nicol Matt Recorded Summer/Autumn 2004, Evangelische Schlosskapelle Solitude BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99296 [5 CDs: 52.40 + 62.19 + 53.46 + 61.05 + 35.09] [RH]

A cautious welcome; the advantage of completeness and uses the most recent edition of the concertos. But I find myself returning to earlier sets, such as the one by Ton Koopman, with a great deal of pleasure. ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Andreas Staier Edition: Haydn Sonatas and Variations CD 1 Late Sonatas Sonata in C Major H.XVI:48 Sonata in E Flat Major H.XVI:49 Sonata in C major H.XVI:50 Sonata in D Major H.XVI:51 Sonata in E Flat Major H.XVI:52 CD 2 Opera XXX Sonata in C Major H.XVI:35 Sonata in C Sharp Minor H.XVI:36 Sonata in D major H.XVI:37 Sonata in E Flat Major H.XVI:38 Sonata in G Major H.XVI:39 Sonata in C Minor H.XVI:20 CD 3 Variations and Sonatas for Fortepiano Arietta con 12 Variazioni in E Flat major H.XVII:3 Sonata in E Minor H.XVI:34 Andante con 12 Variazioni in F minor H.XVII:6 Sonata in D major H.XVI:33 Variation on the hymn ‘Gott erhalte’ H.III/77(?) Andreas Staier, fortepiano Recorded at Schulzentrum, Lindlar, German Republic. 27-30 November 1989 (CD 1), 9-12 October 1992 (CD 2) and 8-11 June 1992 (CD 3). DDD DHM DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82876 67376 2 [3 CDs: 71:50 + 77:49 + 72:14][MC]

Haydn’s piano sonatas offer many delights and certainly deserve to be better known. These accounts performed on the fortepiano are rather an acquired taste. If possible I would recommend a listen before purchase. ... see Full Review

[Johann] Michael HAYDN (1737 - 1806) Symphony P.4 (1764) [15.26] Symphony P.9 (1766) [13.29] Symphony P.44 (1771) [23.04] Symphony P.15 (1782) [23.08] Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Harold Farberman Recorded at Christchurch Priory, Dorset, UK, June 1885 Notes in English. Key signatures of the works not given. REGIS RRC 1188 [75.28] [PSh]

More delightful music from the enigmatic, adventuresome, Michael Haydn. ... see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra, Op.17 (1939) (I. Molto moderato [18'04]; II. Molto allegro [6'52]) Concerto No. 3 for clarinet and orchestra, Op.21 (1940) (I. Allegro non troppo [11'00]; II. Allegro giocoso [5'41]) Concerto No. 7 for oboe and orchestra, Op.37 (1944-45) (I. Molto moderato - Allegro non troppo [12'31]; II. Allegretto con moto [5'13] Beatus Parvo for choir and orchestra, Op.117 (1973) text: Psalm 32) [I. Beati quorum [4'25]; II. Quoniam tacui [3'25]; III. Delictum meum [4'54]; IV. Multa flagella [4'31] Gordon Hunt, oboe Martin Fröst, clarinet Noriko Ogawa, piano Danish National Opera Choir Aalborg Symphony Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes rec. Jan 1998 (3; Beatus); May-June 1999 (7); May 2002 (1). Aalborghallen, Aalborg, Denmark. DDD BIS-CD-1176 [78:06] [RB]

A well-packed disc with a nice balance struck between the concertos and a rarely encountered choral-orchestral work. ... see Full Review

Gottfried August HOMILIUS (1714-1785) Sehet, welch eine Liebe - Motets Da es nun Abend ward a 8 [03:11] Die mit Tränen säen a 4 [05:50] Wast hast du, Mensch a 8 [01:58] Herr, wenn Trübsal da ist a 4 [02:00] Die richtig für sich gewandelt haben a 4 [05:06] Ihr sollt nicht sorgen und sagen a 4 [02:10] Machet die Tore weit a 8 [02:45] Wünschet Jerusalem Glück a 8 [02:10] So gehst du nun, mein Jesu, hin a 4 [03:00] Siehe, das ist Gottes Lamm a 8 [03:53] Herr, lehre uns bedenken a 4 [04:24] Unser Leben währet siebenzig Jahr a 4 [03:50] Selig sind die Toten a 4 [05:39] Sehet, welch eine Liebe a 4 [03:05] Ob jemand sündiget a 4 [02:10] Seid fröhlich in Hoffnung a 8 [03:09] Unser Vater in dem Himmel a 4 [04:23] Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius Recorded in February 2004 at the Evangelische Kirche in Reutlingen-Gönningen, Germany. DDD CARUS 83.210 [58:53] [JV]

Very expressive motets by a pupil of Bach in an outstanding performance - strongly recommended ... see Full Review

Joaquim HOMS (1906 – 2003) Three Sardanes (1951)a [9:15] Andante (1940)a [3:46] Piano Sonata No.2 (1955) [11:12] Nine Sketches (1925/6) [6:51] Toccata (1948) [6:36] Diptych II (1994) [6:36] Record del mar (1995) [1:04] Vals de suburbi (1931) [0:56] Presčncies (1967) [21:34] Jordi Masó (piano); Miquel Villalba (piano)a Recorded: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain, July-August 2003 MARCO POLO 8.225294 [68:29][HC]

Masó plays as beautifully as ever; and his dedicated advocacy and impeccable technique pay high dividends ... see Full Review

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Les Misérables - complete film score (1934) [59:00] Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano rec. Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio, Bratislava, 2-5 July 1989. DDD NAXOS 8.557486 [59:00][PG]

It is dramatic, lyrical, utterly tonal and familiar, without straying to the pedantic or hackneyed. ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) String Quartet in C major, Op. 30 No. 1 (1804) [25.19] String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 30 No. 2 (1804) [25.24) String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 30 No. 3 (1804) [26.54] Delmé String Quartet Rec 9-11 September 1991 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55166 [78.01] [TB]

An enthusiastic recommendation for some fine performances of worthwhile music. ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Trios - Volume 1 Piano Trio No.2 Op.22 Piano Trio No.5 Op.83 Piano Trio No.6 Op.93 Voces Intimae - Riccardo Cecchetti (fortepiano), Luigi De Filippi (violin), Sandro Meo (cello) Recorded at Teldex Studio, Berlin, March 2004 THOROFON CTH 2510 [60.52] [JW]

These original instrument traversals they have the merits of tangy sonorities and a keen ear for colour. ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Complete Piano Trios Disc 1:
Trio in E flat major, Op. 93 [19:27] Trio in G major, Op. 65 [14:47] Trio in E major, Op. 83 [26:28] Disc 2: Trio in E flat major, Op. 12 [17:42] Trio in E flat major, Op. 22 [12:46] Trio in G major, Op. 35 [13:19] Trio in E flat major, Op. 96 [16:29] Trio Parnassus: Friedemann Rieger, piano; Wolf-Dieter Streicher, violin; Michael GroB, cello Recorded 1980s, location not provided MDG 303 0307-2 [60:59 + 60:40] [DS]

A splendid set covering some of Hummel's most rewarding music in performances that cannot be improved upon. ... see Full Review

Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 11 In the Hungarian Style (1860) [47:15] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77 (1879) [43:20] Rachel Barton (violin) Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar rec. 2-3 July 2002, Orchestra Hall, Chicago. DDD CEDILLE CDR 90000 068 [47:15 + 43:20] [RB]

An utterly satisfying and imaginative coupling, agreeably priced introducing a novelty that is far from being a piece of fluff ... also a weightily estimable performance of the Brahms. ... see Full Review

Emmerich KÁLMÁN (1882-1953) Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess) - Operetta in Three Acts (1913-1915) Libretto by Leo Stein and Bela Jenbach (German Libretto may be accessed via the Internet) [Plus bonus tracks of orchestral selections from some of Kálmán’s other operettas: Der Zigeunerprimás; Die Faschingsfee; Das Hollandweibschen and Der Teufelsreiter] Sylva Varescu ... Yvonne Kenny () Edwin Ronald...Michael Roider () Countess Stasi ... Mojca Erdmann () Count Boni ... Marko Kathol () Feri von Kerekes/The Notary ... Karl-Michael Ebner () General Rohnsdorff ... Hellmuth Klumpp () The Prince ... Heinz Holecek () The Princess ... Yvonne Kálmán () Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Chorus/Richard Bonynge rec. Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava, 9–17 December 2002. 5.1 Surround Sound SACD/CD Hybrid Disc Plays on all CD and SACD players NAXOS 6.110075-76 [56:20 + 57:17] [IL]

A sparkling production of Kálmán’s tune-filled operetta. Hugely enjoyable ... see Full Review

Giya KANCHELI (b. 1935) Symphony No. 1 (1967) (1. Allegro con fuoco; 2. Largo) [20:33] Symphony No. 4 (1975) [18:39] Symphony No. 5 (1976) [19:49] Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/James DePreist rec. Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, June 1994 ONDINE ODE 8290 [59:21] [RB]

The extremes in which Kancheli is such an adept are here in full splendour.... see Full Review

Leopold Antonín KOŽELUCH (1747-1818) Symphony in A major [19:33] Piano Concerto in D major [28:03] * Symphony in G minor [19:09] Karl-Andreas Kolly, piano * Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Paul Goodwin Recorded at Radio Studio, Zurich, April 2000 NOVALIS 150 160-2 [67:16] [DS]

The best I can give this Koželuch disc is a mild recommendation ... see Full Review

Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) Esquisse gothique No. 3 pour 2 orgues [8'41] Esquisse gothique No. 2 pour 2 orgues [3'26] Esquisse romane No. 3 pour 2 orgues [6'47] Oh qui viens, Seigneur Jésus [6'32] La Cinquieme trompette [12'49] Il était, Le est, et Il vient [10'25] Double Fantaisie pour 2 organistes [9'22] 2čme Fantaisie pour 2 organistes [6'14] 3čme Fantaisie pour 2 organistes [5'32] Marie-Louise Langlais and Sylvie Mallet, organ Rec: Hofkirche, Luzern 2003 DDD FESTIVO 6961.962 [69'48][CB]

Langlais's late music remain elusive for me, but there is much to admire here, not least the excellent playing and the programme notes which are full of fascinating insight. ... see Full Review

Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) L’arte del violino Op.13 Concertos Nos.1-12 Nos. 1-3 ARTS 47307-2 [64.26] Nos. 4-6 ARTS 47308-2 [65.03] Nos 7-9 ARTS 47309-2 [55.30] Nos. 10-12 ARTS 47310-2 [58.40] Rudolfo Bonucci (violin) Orchestra da Camera di Santa Cecilia Recorded in Rome, 1990 ARTS 4772-2 [4 CDs in slipcase, individual details as above][JW]

Bonucci remains elegant and generally unruffled by the exorbitant demands placed on him. ... see Full Review



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