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Music of Ancient Rome Volume 1 - Wind Instruments Synaulia/Walter Maiolo Recording dates and venue not given AMIATA ARNR 1396 [59.28] Volume 2 - String Instruments Synaulia/Walter MaioloRecording dates and venue not given AMIATA ARCD 1002 [57.43] [GH]

I have enjoyed these discs and will find them useful, but don't take them too seriously. ... see Full Review

Peter Anders: Arias and Duets Carl Maria von WEBER (1786 – 1826): Der Freischütz: Nein, länger trag ich nicht die Qualen; Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827): Fidelio: Gott! Welch Dunkel hier; Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883): Lohengrin: In fernem Land; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd; Morgenlich leuchtend Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901): La traviata: De’ miei bollente; Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858 – 1919): I Pagliacci: un tal gioco; Recitar … Vesti la giubba; No, Pagliaccio non son; Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875): Carmen: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée; Giuseppe VERDI: Otello: Già nella notte densa (w Sena Jurinac); Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924): La Bohème: Sono andati? (w Sena Jurinac); Madama Butterfly: Bimba, dagli occhi w Sena Jurinac); Bedrich SMETANA (1824 – 1884): The Bartered Bride: Armer Narr … Es muss gelingen; So find ich dich, Feinsliebchen hier (w Sena Jurinac) Peter Anders (tenor), Sena Jurinac (soprano), Orchester der Städtischen Oper Berlin/Arthur Rother; Südwestfunk-Orchester, Baden-Baden/Otto Ackermann; Württembergisches Staatsorchester, Stuttgart/Ferdinand Leitner; Münchener Philharmoniker/Leopold Ludwig & heinrich Hollreiser; RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester, Berlin/Kurt Gaebel Recorded 1950–1953 PREISER RECORDS 93436 [78:36] [GF]

This is honest singing and in some places something more than that. ... see Full Review

Marian Anderson - Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit (1930-1947) Franz Rupp (piano) Recorded 7 May 1947 NAXOS NOSTALGIA 8.120779 [60.52] [JW]

The product of a powerful classical technique ... see Full Review

Arie Antiche Giuseppe GIORDANI (1751-1798) Caro mio ben Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Già il sole del Gange, Sento nel core certo dolore, Ocessate di piagarmi Giulio CACCINI (c.1545-1618) Amarilli, Tu ch'hai le penne, amore Giovanni Battista CIMADOR (1761-1805) Bel Nume che adoro Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739) Quella fiamma che m'accende Antonio CALDARA (1671-1763) Sebben, crudele Come raggio di sol Niccolò PICCINNI (1728-1800) O nuit, Dèesse du mystère Johann Paul MARTINI (1741-1816) Plaisir d'amour Alessandro PARISOTTI (1835-1913) Se tu, m'ami
Domenico CIMAROSA (1749-1801)
Resta in pace, idolo mio Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Lasciatemi morire Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) O del mio dolce ardor Renato Bruson (baritone) RIAS Sinfonietta Berlin/Roberto Paternostro Recorded in Berlin, 1988 ARTS 47575-2 [56.50] [JW]

Bruson was in good, attractive voice for this recital ... see Full Review

The Berlin Philharmonic Story Documentary film featuring interviews with Roger Norrington, Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle, along with members of the orchestra. Musical excerpts (brief) from Brahms, Wagner, Beethoven, Schubert and Richard Strauss. Produced by Masaki Tazaki, Akira Sugiura and Paul Smaczny No specific dates given. Copyright date of 2001. EUROARTS DVD 2051807 [60:00] [KS]

An interesting hour, but not worth the investment of money or shelf space to own. ... see Full Review

Bethlehem Down Carols John Evanson (piano) Philip Langridge (tenor) Finchley Children’s Music Group/Grace Rossiter rec. 7-8 April 2004, 1891 chapel of St George’s VA School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. NAXOS 8.557581 [56.17] [CT][EM]

A delightful anthology of carols old and new sung with relish by an accomplished children’s choir. [CT] This must surely be some of the most superlative children’s singing I’ve ever encountered! [EM]... see Full Review

ShAron BeZaly - A to Z: volume 3: CD Brett DEAN (b.1961) Demons (2004) dedicated to Sharon Bezaly - world premiere recording [09:01] Ernst von DOHNANYI (1877-1960) Passacaglia (1959) [09:07] Carl-Axel DOMINIQUE (b.1939) Songlines (2004) dedicated to Sharon Bezaly - world premiere recording [13:10] Cecile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) Pièce romantique [02:07] Caspar DIETHELM (1926-1997) Zodiac, The Twelve signs plus prologue and epilogue - world premiere recording [25:33] Jean DONJON (1839-1912) Le chant du vent (from eight etudes de salon for solo flute) [02:20] Francois DEVIENNE (1759-1803) Sonata No. 4 in G major [11:21] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Syrinx (1913) [03:15] Sharon Bezaly: flute (Muramatsu 24k All Gold Model, No.60600) Recorded May-June, 2004, Osteraker Church, Sweden. DDD BIS SACD 1459 [78:05] [SA]

All in all an album to cherish though how many Bezaly and Bis can produce to get to Z I can’t imagine. ... see Full Review

Felicja Blumental – The Italian Collection Volume 1 Giovanni Battista VIOTTI (1755-1824) Piano Concerto in G minor [transcribed from Violin Concerto No.19 in G minor] Torino Symphony Orchestra/Alberto Zedda Giovanni Benedetto PIATTI (c.1692-1763) Piano Concerto No. 1 in G major Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Salzburg Symphony Orchestra/Theodore Guschlbauer Felicja Blumental (piano) – with accompaniments as above Recorded 1967-68 BRANA RECORDS BR0025 66.35][JW]

Gorgeous. Playing and recording above par – sometimes these ex-Vox LPs were scrappily enthusiastic but not here. Neat, tidy and affectionate. ... see Full Review

Felicja Blumental – The Italian Collection Volume 2 Vincenzo MANFREDINI (1737-1799) Piano Concerto in B flat major Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg/Michiyoshi Inoue Giovanni PAISIELLO (1740-1816) Piano Concerto in F major Torino Symphony Orchestra/Alberto Zedda Piano Concerto in C major Württemberg Chamber Orchestra/Jörg Faerber Felicja Blumental (piano) – with accompaniments as above Recorded 1972 (Manfredini – others undated) BRANA RECORDS BR0026 [63.34][JW]

It’s for the two Paisiello concertos that the disc is most valuable. ... daring and imagination – pert, athletic and humorous ... Performances are alert and warm, though hardly in the luxury class ... see Full Review

BBC Legends - Dennis Brain, horn Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quintet in E flat major, op.16 [22:23] Benjamin Britten (piano), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon) Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano, op.3 [20:55] Dennis Brain Wind Quintet – Gareth Morris (flute), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), George Malcolm (piano) Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for Horn and Piano [16:24] Dennis Brain (horn), Noel Mewton-Wood (piano) Gilbert VINTER (1909-1969) Hunter’s Moon [5:14] Dennis Brain (horn), BBC Concert Orchestra/Vilem Tausky
Recorded Aldeburgh Festival, 22nd June 1955 (Beethoven), BBC Studios London, 22nd July 1957 (Jacob), BBC Studios, London, 28th January 1953 (Hindemith), BBC Studios London, 16th June 1957 (Vinter) BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4164-2 [65:21]

As far as Brain goes - what a player, what a musician! A ‘Legend’ indeed. ... see Full Review

Cantor Benzion Miller – Cantorial Concert Masterpieces David ROITMAN (1884-1943) Hayyom T’amtzeinu Israel SCHORR (1886-1935) Sheyyibane Beit Hammikdash * Ribbon Ha’olamim Pierre PINCHIK (c.1893-1971) Der Khazn un der Gabe Pinchas JASSINOWSKY (1886-1954) The Prophecy of Isaiah David KUSEVITSKY (1911-1985) Ezrat Leib GLANTZ (1898-1964) Kol M’kaddesh Moshe GANCHOFF (1904-1997) Hashir Shehalviyyim Zavel ZILBERTS (1881-1949) Havdala + Aaron TISHKOWSKY (1899-1972) Hammavdil # William BOGZESTER (1904-1970) Psalm of David Cantor Benzion Miller (tenor) Vienna Boys Choir# Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Elli Jaffe Chorus Viennensis/Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Gerard Wirth# Jorge Mester+ Oxford Philomusica/Marios Papadopoulos* Recorded Centre Cultural de Sant Cugat, Barcelona, May 2000 except track 2 (The Warehouse, London, November 1998) tack 4 (Sala Sinfonica del Auditiri, Barcelona, June 2001) and track 10 (Baumgartner Casino, Vienna, May 2001) NAXOS 8.559416 [78.22] [JW]

Miller, when the song sits comfortably, displays virtuosic flair and florid drama as well as some reflective gentleness. ... see Full Review

British Guitar Music William WALTON (1902 – 1983) Five Bagatelles: Allegro – Lento – Alla Cubana – (Lento) – Con Slancio Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934) Farewell to Stromness Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905 – 1971) Elegy Lennox BERKELEY (1903 – 1989) Sonatina for Guitar: Allegretto – Lento – Rondo-Allegro non troppo; Theme and Variations for Guitar; Quatre Pièces pour la Guitare: Moderato ma con brio – Andante con moto – Lento (Sarabande) – Allegro energico Richard RODNEY BENNETT (b. 1936) Five Impromptus: Recitativo – Agitato – Elegiaco – Con fuoco – Arioso Graham Anthony Devine (guitar) rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 24-27 July 2003 NAXOS 8.557040 [62:04] [GF]

This disc is a winner in all respects. Listeners who normally fight shy of 20th century music need feel no fear: this is accessible music, sometimes even hummable. ... see Full Review

Annette Celine (soprano) Christopher Gould (piano) Cantigas BRANA RECORDS BR0003 [55.38] Songs With And Without Words BRANA RECORDS BR0006 [73.17] Was It A Dream? BRANA RECORDS BR0011 [68.55] Full details in the review [JW]

Her vibrato has widened alarmingly and the technique comes under too much pressure too often. ... see Full Review

Maurice Clerc (organ) MetamorphoseHector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) transc. Henri Büsser Marche Hongroise (Le Damnation de Faust) [5'35] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) transc. Harry Dexter Meditation (Thais) [5'33] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) transc. Maurice Clerc Intermezzo (Arlésienne Suite) [3'14] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) transc. Alexandre Guilmant Andante (Quatuor) [7'27] Petite Suite transc. Leon Roques; En bateau [3'46], Cortège [4'04] , Menuet [3'38], Ballet [3'58] Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) transc. David Titterington Fanfare (La Péri) [2'47] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) transc. P.O. Ferroud Trois Pieces (Ma Mère l'Oye): Pavane [1'34], Petit Poucet [3'16], Le jardin féërique [3'11] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Extraits de Pelleas et Melisande; transc. Léonce de Saint-Martin: Prelude [4'55], transc. Bryan Hesford: Sicilienne [3'33] Six Pieces (Dolly) transc. Maurice Clerc; Berceuse [2'52], Mi-a-ou [2'20], Le jardin de Dolly [2'37], Kitty-valse [2'47], Tendresse [3'58], Le Pas espagnol [2'37] Maurice Clerc, organ Rec. Cathedrale Saint-Benigne, Dijon, October 2003. DDD FESTIVO 6961.952 [73'54] [CB]

A good idea unfortunately let down, by poorly captured and rather out of tune organ and by unsubtle playing ... see Full Review

The Courts of Love: Music from the Time of Eleanor of Aquitaine Gui D‘USSEL (c.1170-1225) Se be-m partez, mala dompna, de vos; Raimbaut De VAQUIERAS (c.1150-1207) Kalenda maia ni fueills de faia; ANON (c.1190) l’on dit q’amors est dolce chose ; Bernart De VENTADORN (1125-1195) ‘Era-m cosselhatz’; Conortz, era sai ben; Can voi lauzeta move; CADNET (early 13th Century) S’anc fuy belha ni prezada; Giraut de BORNELH (fl.1185- 1200) S’ie-us quer conselh, bell ami- Alamanda; Gace BRULE (c.1160-c.1213) Quant je voie la noif remise; Quant voie le tens bel et cler; Quant flours et glais; Quant voi renverdir Sinfonye/Stevie Wishart Recorded in August 1989, venue not given. HYPERION CDH 55186 [63.19] [GH]

A colourful and potent picture of life in the late 12th century court of Queen Eleanor ... see Full Review

The English Anthem - Vol.8 Samuel Sebastian WESLEY (1810-1876) Praise the Lord, my soul* [11’49”] Stanley VANN (b. 1910) Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is [2’38”] Percy WHITLOCK (1903-1946) Glorious in Heaven [3’15”] Christopher DEARNLEY (1930-2000) Jubilate Deo [1’35”] John SHEPPARD (c.1515-1558) Libera nos I [2’43”] Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) Great Lord of Lords* [5’01”] Sir John GOSS (1800-1880) O pray for the peace of Jerusalem* (from Prise the Lord, O my soul) [4’12”] Sir John STAINER (1840-1901) They that wait upon the Lord* (from O clap your hands) [3’50”] Sir Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Lord, I call upon thee* [4’52”] Sir William McKIE (1901-1984) We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God* [2’42”] Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Ye choirs of new Jerusalem* [5’08”] Sir C Hubert H PARRY (1848-1918) Lord, let me know mine end (No.6 from Songs of Farewell) [10’22] Hubert MIDDLETON (1890-1959) Let my prayer be set forth [1’43”] Dobrinka TABAKOVA (b.1980) Praise* [5’47”] John SCOTT (b.1956) Behold, O God our defender [2’46”] John RUTTER (b.1945) A crown of glory* [5’37”] The choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral/John Scott *Huw Williams (organ) rec. St. Paul’s Cathedral, London 15-16 February and 15-16 March 2004 DDD HYPERION CDA67483 [75’54”][JQ]

I enjoyed this CD greatly and have no hesitation in recommending it to all lovers of the English choral tradition. ... see Full Review

Facets 2 Eric EWAZEN (b.1954) Sonata (1995) Joseph TURRIN (b.1947) Two Portraits (1995) James WINTLE (b.1942) Northwest Miniatures (1998)* Merrill ELLIS (1916-1981) Trumpet Piece (1950) Fisher TULL (1934-1994) Vignette (1954) Francine TRESTER (b.1969) Patricia’s Aria (2004) George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Someone to Watch Over Me (1926) arranged Joseph TURRIN (b.1947) Kant KENNAN (1913-2003) Sonata (1956 revised 1986) John Holt (trumpet) Paul Fried (flute)* Natalia Bolshakova (piano) Recorded at the Mesquite Arts Centre, Texas, May 2004 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 764 [69.19][JW]

Performances are excellent and the sound quality thoroughly sympathetic ... see Full Review

Famous Historic Conductors from Germany Vol. 1 Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Air and Dance of the Slaves (Iphigénie en Tauride) [4:26] Tambourin-Gavotte-Chaconne (Iphigénie en Tauride) [8:26] Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Perpetuum mobile [4:23] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Ballet - Divertissement on Henry VIII [15:10] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pavane , Op. 50 [4:39] Friedrich Von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Overture to Martha [8:45] Franz Von SUPPÉ (1819-1895) Overture to Die Schöne Galathee [7:00] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Suite Aus Holbergs Zeit [20:50] 1-4: National Symphony Orchestra, New York Walter Damrosch, conductor. Recorded by Victor Records in 1929 5-6: Vienna Staatsopernorchester Leopold Reichwein, conductor. Recorded by Odeon in 1938 7: RIAS Symphonie Orchester Herbert Sandberg, conductor. Recorded by Deutsche Grammophon in 1955. VMS MUSICAL TREASURES 116 [76:06] [KS]

A release that will appeal to the specialists’ market, but any serious music lover will appreciate the overflowing bounty of really fine orchestral playing. ... see Full Review

Fratres John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963) [22:17] Arvo PÄRT (B. 1935) Fratres (1977) [11:14] Paul MORAVEC (b. 1957) Sonata for Violin and Piano (1992) [22:11] Albert GLINSKY (b. 1952) Toccata-Scherzo (1992) [4:55] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Praise to the Immortality of Jesus (1940) [7:20] Maria Bachman, violin Jon Klibonoff, pianorec. BMG Studio A, New York City, 23, 24, 26 March 2003 DDD RCA/BMG CLASSICS 8287664298 2 [68:39] [PG]

Far more than simply listenable. Will appeal to casual fans of classical music and to more adventurous ears wishing to explore the music of the past twenty years. ... see Full Review

French Concertos for Two Pianos Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in d minor (1932) [17:14] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1942) [17:03] Robert CASADESUS (1899-1972) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, op. 17 (1932-33) [19:25] Piano Duo Genova and Dimitrov SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern/Alun Francis rec. June 10-14, December 15-17, 2003, SWR Studios, Kaiserslautern, Germany CPO 999 992 2 [54:14][KS]

Recommended without hesitation to lovers of fantastic music and Scrabble players everywhere. ... see Full Review

French Music for Wind Quintet Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sextet for piano and wind quintet (1940) [18:40] Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Trois pieces brèves (1930) [6:57] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) La cheminée du roi René (1939) [12:49] Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Wind Quintet no.1 (1948) [20:27] The Wind Quintet of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR; Ralf Gothóni (piano) Recorded in Studio 1, Radio House, Copenhagen, 3rd and 4th January, and 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th March 2001 NAXOS 8.557356 [58:53] [GPJ]

A fine disc and an immensely entertaining one. ... see Full Review

Gala from St Petersburg Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Festive Overture, Op. 96f (1954) [6’07]. Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28cg (1863) [11’03]. Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Concerto for Piano Left-Hand and Orchestradg (1930) [21’07]. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Eugene Onegin (1879) – Polonaiseg [5’05]; Pique Dame (1890) – Vy tak pechalny … Ya vas lyublyubf [7’02]. Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) – Regnava del silenzioaf [9’15]. Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème (1896) – Quando men voaf [4’25]. Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo (1867) – O Carlo, ascoltabf [5’08]. Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Adagio con variazioni, Op. 133ef (1903-10. orch 1921) [12’45]. Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidrei, Op. 47ef (1881) [12’11]. Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Pagliacci (1892) – Nedda! … Silvio! A quest’oraabf [12’44]. Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Fanfaref [1’13]. aAnna Netrebko (soprano); bDmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone); cViktor Tretyakov (violin); dElisso Virsaladze (piano); eMischa Maisky (cello); St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/fYuri Temirkanov, gNikolai Alekseev. Rec. live at St Petersburg Grand Hall on June 1st, 2003. TDK/EUROARTS DV-COGSP [112’00] [IL]

A most impressive Gala concert, an adventurous programme - especially the little known Respighi work - delivered in quality performances. Highly recommended. ... see Full Review

A Garland for Presteigne - Twelve New Songs Celebrating the Welsh Borders James Francis BROWN (b. 1969) Words John McCABE (b. 1939) Two Gladestry Quatrains: Gwaithla Brook; Cefn hir Hilary TANN (b. 1947) Wings of the Grasses Rhian SAMUEL (b. 1944) A Perfect View Geraint LEWIS (b. 1958) My Paradise Garden John JOUBERT (b. 1927) Shropshire Hills Cecilia McDOWALL (b. 1951) The Buzzard Michael BERKELEY (b. 1948) Nettles; Tall Nettles David MATTHEWS b. 1943) For a Wine Festival Adrian WILLIAMS (b. 1956) Red Kite Flying Gillian Keith (soprano) Simon Lepper (piano) Recorded 3rd and 4th January 2004, Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London DDD METRONOME MET CD 1065 [43:00] [CT]

A fitting coming of age tribute to twenty one years of the Presteigne Festival ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli - The Gigli Edition, Vol. 7 Beniamino Gigli (tenor), Dusolina Giannini (soprano)(Mascagni); Orchestras/John Barbirolli, Eugene Goossens, Nathaniel Shilkret; La Scala Orchestra/Carlo Sabajno Recorded in London, New York and Milano 1931 - 1932 NAXOS 8.110269 [72:44] [GF]

All tracks here have something valuable to offer. Those who are not yet collecting this series could just as well start here. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli - The Gigli Edition, Vol. 8 Beniamino Gigli (tenor), Iva Pacetti (soprano), La Scala Orchestra/Carlo Sabajno, Franco Ghione, Dino Oliveri, Orchestra/John Barbirolli, Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Alois Melichar Recorded in Milan, London and Berlin 1933 – 1935 NAXOS 8.110269 [74:06] [JW]

Another welcome dose of Gigli comes courtesy of Naxos ... see Full Review

An Introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan Written by Thomson Smillie, Narrated by David Timson Produced 2005 24 page booklet NAXOS OPERA EXPLAINED 8.558166-67 [79:29 + 78.40] [JL]

This generous double-disc package in Naxos’ Opera Explained series may inspire newcomers to G&S and satisfy old hands with its wealth of old favourites. ... see Full Review

Goldberg Jazz Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Jazz  [Aria from the Goldberg Variations BWV988] Allemanda [Partita No.1 BWV825] Invenzione a due voci [No.14 BWV785] Sarabanda [Sarabande, Cello Suite No.5 in C minor BWV1011] Preludio II [Well Tempered Clavier Book I, Prelude No.2 in C minor BWV847] Preludio XII [Well Tempered Clavier Book II, Prelude No.12 in F minor BWV881] Largo [Harpsichord Concerto in F minor BWV1056] Prelude [Prelude from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV1008] Sarabande [Sarabande from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV1008] Piccolo Preludio [prelude in D minor BWV926] Carl Phillip Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Solfeggetto in C minor Nicolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Capriccios Op.1 Nos 4, 9, 19 and 24 Perpetuo Jazz [Moto Perpetuo Op.11] Vernizzi Jazz Quartet and Corrado Giuffredi; Rino Vernizzi (bassoon), Corrado Giuffredi (clarinet) Mauro Zazzarini (soprano saxophone) Gianluca Renzi (bass) Giampaolo Ascolese (drums) Recorded [1998] ARTS 49001-2 [54.13][JW]

Obviously it shouldn’t work and indeed it often doesn’t ... see Full Review

Francisco GOYA (1746-1828) - Music of his Time Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Suite from Daphnis et Eglé 1 Overture [5:54] Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) 2 Sonata in F minor K.467 [3:12] François-Joseph GOSSEC (1734-1829) Messe des morts: 3 Requiem aeternam [3.09] 4 Des irae [3:22] 5 Pie Jesus [4:33] Antonio SOLER (1729-1783) 6 Sonata No.15 in D minor [4:08] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) 7 Overture to Il rê pastore [3:21] Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) 8 Movement 4: 12 variations on “La ritirata di Madrid” from Guitar Quintet G 453 [6:08] Marcos Antonio PORTUGAL (1762-1830) 9 Overture to Il duca di Foix [4:44] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 10 Prisoner’s Chorus: “O welche Lust” from Fidelio [7:01] Nicolô PAGANINI (1782-1840) 11 Caprice in A minor, Op.1 No.24 [4.51] Fernando SOR (1778-1839) 12 Minuet Op.11 No.6 [2:18] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) 13 Recitativo e cavatina: ‘O patria… Di tanti palpiti’ from Tancredi [8:15] Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) 14 Lección 26 [1:38] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 15 Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo from String Quartet in B flat, opus 130 [6:19] NAXOS 8.558178 [70.03][ZT]

For listeners wishing to expand their musical experience and knowledge this anthology represents a most worthwhile acquisition. The Gossec alone will richly reward you for the investment. ... see Full Review

Jakob Henriques plays guitar music from the 19th century Johann Kaspar MERTZ (1806 – 1856) Fantaisie Hongroise op 65, No 1 [6:36]; Antonio Giménez MANJÓN (1866 – 1919) Aire Vasco [7:50]; Johann Kaspar MERTZ Elegie [9:10]; Fernando SOR (1778 – 1839) Introduction et variations sur un thème de Mozart, op 9 [9:08]; Dionisio AGUADO (1784 – 1849) Andante – Rondo No 2 [9:49]; Mauro GIULIANI (1781 – 1829) Rossiniana No 1 op 119 [17:40] Jakob Henriques (guitar) Recorded in Gåsinge Church, Sweden, 2004 NOSAG RECORDS NOSAG CD 096 [60:13][GF]

Sit back, shut your eyes, bask in the southern sunlight and enjoy the wonderful playing of this superb musician. Strongly recommended. ... see Full Review

Himmel und Hölle Aivars KALEJS (b.1951) Toccata uber den Choral von J.S. Bach, "Allein Gott in der Hoh Sei Ehr" [4'32] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Legende Nr 1: Die Vogelpredigt des Hl Franziskus von Assisi (transc G Berger) [12'20] Der Hl Franziskus von Paula auf den Wogen schreitend (transc Max Reger) [11'15] Petr EBEN (b.1929) Walpurgisnacht VIII aus dem Faust-Zyklus [8'02] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Toccata aus der Suite op. 5 [7'55] Naji HAKIM (b.1955) Quatre Etudes-Caprices (Pedal Solo) [12'49] Sir George THALBEN-BALL (1896-1987) Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Pedal Solo) [7'55] Sergei PROKOFIEV transc Jean Guillou Toccata op.11 [4'13] March from The Love of Three Oranges op.33 [1'46] Iveta Apkalna, organ Rec: St Martin, Wangen, Allgau, 16-18 September 2004 DDD EDITION HERA HERA02117 [71'58][CB]

Recommended for the unusual repertoire and the sheer virtuosity of the playing. ... see Full Review

I Fiamminghi In Italia - Italian madrigals by Flemish composers Orlando di LASSUS (1532-1594) Chi chilichi (two versions); Come la cera al foco; Di pensier in pensier; S’io esca vivo; Hor vi riconfortate; Madonna mia pieta (intab for lute for Adriaenssen); Hai, Lucia bona cosa; Catalina apra finestra. Cipriano de RORE (1515-1565) Lieta vivo e contente; Ancor che col partire (intab for lute by Paldino) Vieni dolce Himineo. Giaces de WERT (1535-1596) M’ha punt’amor; Donna, tu sei si bella; Se lestelle cascassero; Non mi conosci tu; Guinto alla tomba; vezzosi augelli; Forsonnata gridava; usciva omai dal molle e fresco grembo; Sovente all’or; Misera, non credea ch’a; Qual musico gentil; Grazie ch’a pochi; Sorgi e rischiara The Song Company/Roland Peelman Tommie Andersson, lute Recorded May, June, October 1996, Chapel of St.Scholastica Convent, Glebe, Sydney ABC CLASSICS 454 518-2 [78.42][GH]

Highly recommendable ... a young and very promising group singing standard Italian madrigal repertoire in a lively, colourful manner ... see Full Review

Ilona Jánky (pianist) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Italian Concerto Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Sonata in F minor Op.5 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Sonata in F sharp minor Op.11 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1809-1847) Sonata in B minor Op.58 Ballade in G Ballade in F Ballade in A flat Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata No.8 in B flat Op.84 Ilona Jánky Práda (piano) Concert recordings made between 1965-82 NOSAG CD 2081 [78.52 + 77.55] [JW]

This is a feeling tribute to Ilona Jánky Práda who has clearly been a force for musical good in her native country. ... see Full Review

Jigs, Airs and Reels, Music for recorder and string quartet Malcolm ARNOLD Fantasy op.140 (1991); Philip COWLIN Concertino (2003); Edward GREGSON Romance (1964/2003); William Lewarne HARRIS Quintet (2002); John JEFFREYS Prelude and Jig for John Turner (2000/01); Franz REIZENSTEIN Partita for recorder and string trio (1939/53); Ernest TOMLINSON Chadkirk Idyll (2002/03); John VEALE Triptych (2003); Robin WALKER Dances from "The Bells of Blue Island" for recorder, violin and cello. John Turner (recorder), Camerata Ensemble Rec. 2003 CAMPION CAMEO 2034 [76.59]
Fantasising, Chamber Music from Wales: Ian PARROTT
Fantasising on a Welsh Tune for recorder, oboe, bassoon and piano (1993/2002); Rondo Giocoso for bassoon and piano (1998); Autumn Landscape for oboe and piano (1983); Devil’s Bridge Jaunt for bassoon and piano (1974/2004); Portraits for recorder and piano (1999); Peter CROSSLEY-HOLLAND Andante for bassoon and piano (1934); Alun HODDINOTT Lizard: Variants op.166 no.2 for solo recorder (1998); Jeffrey LEWIS Risoluto for recorder, oboe, bassoon and piano (2004); William MATHIAS Concertino op.65 for recorder, oboe, bassoon and harpsichord (1974). John Turner (recorder), Richard Simpson (oboe), Graham Salvage (bassoon), Janet Simpson (piano and harpsichord) Rec. 2004 CAMPION CAMEO 2038 [64.50] [RC]

In a more enlightened musical culture these two discs would rank as ‘easy listening’ ... see Full Review


Erich Kunz: Opera and Operetta Arias and Viennese Songs Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791): Le nozze di Figaro: Cinque, dieci (w Irmgard Seefried); Se vuol ballare; Non piu andra; Tutto è disposto; Così fan tutte: Questa piccola offerta (w Blanche Thebom); Don Giovanni: Madamina! Il catalogo è questo; Die Zauberflöte: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja; Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen; Papagena! Papagena! (with Elisabeth Rutgers and Three Wiener Sängerknaben); Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883): Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Ein Werbelied! (w Paul Schöffler); Johann STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899): Der lustige Krieg: Nur für Natur; Eine Nacht in Venedig: Treu sein, das liegt mir nicht; Komm in die Gondel; Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau’n; Der Zigeunerbaron: Ja das Schreiben und das Lesen; Carl ZELLER (1842 – 1898): Der Vogelhändler: Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr; Edmund EYSLER (1874 – 1949): Mutterl, lieb’s Mutterl; FELLNER – SCHNEIDER: ’s Nussdorfer Sternderl; KRAKAUER: Du guater Himmelvater; Gustav PICK (1832 – 1921): Fiakerlied Erich Kunz (baritone), Irmgard Seefried (soprano), Blanche Thebom (mezzo), Elisabeth Rutgers (soprano), Paul Schöffler (bass baritone), Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Moralt, Otto Ackermann, Karl Böhm; Orchestra of the Glyndebourne Festival/Fritz Busch; Orchester der Wiener Volksoper/Anton Paulik; Faltl-Kemmeter-Schrammeln Recorded in Vienna and Glyndebourne 1944, 1947 – 1951 PREISER RECORDS 90550 [79:28] [GF]

Treat yourself to this, the most charming of singers, in the repertoire he took to his heart. You will take Erich Kunz to your heart, too! ... see Full Review

Christian Lindberg conducts the Swedish Wind Ensemble Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960), arr. Anders Högstedt Suite from ‘The Mountain King’ (1923) [22:01] Edgard VARÈSE (1883-1965) rev. Chou Wen-Chung Intégrales (1925) [10:18] Mats Larsson GOTHE (b. 1965) Prelude and Dance (1988) [5:09] Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960), arr. Anders Högstedt Fest-Overture (1909) [7:12] Christian LINDBERG (b.1958) Concerto for Winds and Percussion (2003) [15:13] Swedish Wind Ensemble/Christian Lindberg Recording Venue: 30th June – 3rd July 2004 at Danderyd Grammar School (Danderyds Gymnasium), Sweden Michael HAYDN (1737-1806) Concert in D major for Alto Trombone, mvt III [3:13] Christian Lindberg (alto trombone), Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti Recorded December 2002 at Sydney Conservatorium, Australia Christian LINDBERG (b. 1958) Dream of Arkandia [5:17] Sharon Bezaly (flute; alto flute), Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Christian Lindberg Recording Venue: undisclosed. DDD BIS BIS-CD-1268 [70:00][PG]

It would be difficult to conceive of a better debut disc for Christian Lindberg, the conductor. ... see Full Review



Detailed listing (last two days)]
[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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