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Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) This final issue in the Chandos cycle contains mainly smaller pieces but the songs, in particular, have much to offer Songs and Orchestral pieces [CH]

John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) Excellent performances making up an attractive and varied programme of accessible music that fully repays repeat hearings Clarinet Concerto (1977) ZHOU Long (b. 1953) The Immortal (2004) Kaija SAARIAHO (b. 1952) Orion (2002)[HC]

Charles IVES (1874-1954) A compelling listening experience, and recommended to all those who are interested in Ives’ music or twentieth century music in general. A Continuum Portrait 3: Piano, Chamber, and Vocal Works [SM]

Harald SAEVERUD (1897 – 1992) Music often understated avoiding grandiloquence. Speaks directly in a concise, "straight-to-the-point" manner ... one of its most endearing qualities. Symphony No. 5 Quasi una fantasia Op.16 (1941) Oboe Concerto Op. 15 (1939) Entrata regale Op. 41 (1960) Sonata Giubilata Op. 47 (1969) [HC]

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) A "live" performance with all the problems that raises but these considerations are more than compensated for by the sense of occasion conveyed by this very recommendable release. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.2 in G major, Op.126 (1966) Symphony No.12 in D minor, Op.112 (1960-61) The Year 1917 (in Memory of Lenin) Jonathan Ayling (cello) [PS]
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Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) A most moving and memorable CD. Highly recommended. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.1 in E flat, Op.107 (1959) ; Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.2 in G major, Op.126 (1966) Jonathan Ayling (cello)[IM]

Georges TACONET (1889-1962) I was pleased to make Taconet's acquaintance - another of the neglecteds of France ... subtly fragranced songs and a sonata emotionally anchored by its substantial andante Fourteen Songs, Violin Sonata in D minor (1927) [RB]

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) The playing and singing is beautifully tailored to the score ... an endless kaleidoscope of subtle colours ... a delightful experience Oberon or The Elf King’s Oath - Hillevi Martinpelto, Steve Davislim/Sir John Eliot Gardiner [MC]

Cantorial Concert Masterpieces Makes fascinating listening, opening up an area of musical repertoire which is probably quite unknown to many people. Cantor Benzion Miller [RH]

Music for Organ: Volume 5: This is a desirable, varied and outstandingly interesting disc Organ Music by Manchester Composers. John E. ELLIS (b.1943) Norman COCKER (1889-1953)Ronald FROST (b.1933) Ernest TOMLINSON (b.1924) Douglas STEELE (1910-1999) David ELLIS (b.1933) [PS]


Max Bruch - His Life and Works Fifield's humanising communicative faculty successfully elevates Bruch from the slough of one-work composers. by Christopher Fifield [RB]

IGOR STRAVINSKY - All fascinated by Russian music and culture in the decade before the outbreak of the First World War will find much to please them Orchestrations of The Song of the Flea by Modest Mussorgsky. The Song of the Flea by Ludwig van Beethoven. Publication and Commentary by Arkady Klimovitsky. [LF]



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Interview: Towards the Edinburgh Isolde: an in-depth interview with US soprano Christine Brewer by David Harbin © July 2005

Jaroslav Krombholc - An Anniversary Remembrance by Alan Watkins

Bach Without Fear
Who is entitled to play Bach? The music director of a period-instrument orchestra reclaims baroque music for modern players.
By Nicholas McGegan


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Max Bruch - His Life and Works Fifield's humanising communicative faculty successfully elevates Bruch from the slough of one-work composers by Christopher Fifield [RB]

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The Cambridge Companion to Elgar Contains some fascinating and original material on this great composer ... I would recommend it to any true Elgar enthusiast already familiar with other books on the market. Edited by Daniel Grimley and Julian Rushton CUP 2004 ISBN 0 521 53363 5 Paperback £17.99 [EM]

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This is great big palatial book; that's the first impression and the impression stays. Its splendour is its detail and its finish and it is very readable - packed with good stories but with a fascinating narrative sweep across the decades. ... see Full Review

London - A Musical Gazetteer by Lewis Foreman and Susan Foreman Illustrations: 100 illustrations Number of Pages: 352 Paperback ISBN 0 300 10402 2 PRICE: £15.99 PUB DATE: 31 Mar 2005 [RB]

Indispensable to a world of lovers and addicts of London as well as to those researching classical musical subjects of one sort or another. ... see Full Review

Eric Charles Blake I recommend this volume without hesitation to anyone wanting to get a wider picture of the times. There is much to interest and indeed entertainment Wars, Dictators and the Gramophone 1898-1945 pp320; illustrated; laminated cover.published by Sessions of York, Huntingdon Rd, York YO31 9HS, England Buy from MusicWeb £10 plus postage - immediate delivery

The Singer's Ego This is a book that should sit well used on the shelves of all singers, aspiring singers and teachers. It won’t take you long to read it, and it is well worth an annual re-read. Recommended highly Finding Balance between Music and Life By: Lynn Eustis

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Bach Without Fear
Who is entitled to play Bach? The music director of a period-instrument orchestra reclaims baroque music for modern players.
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Towards the Edinburgh Isolde: an in-depth interview with US soprano Christine Brewer by David Harbin © July 2005

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