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Missa Russica 2 Dimitri Moîsseîevich IAΪTCHKOV (1882-1953) Dostoïno iest (Hymn to the Mother of God) [3:52] Pavel Gripôrievitch TCHESNOKOV (1877-1944) Soviet prevetchnyi (Gabriel’s annunciation) [3:40] Serge RACHMANINOV (1875-1943) Nyné otpuchtchaîechi (Song of Simeon) [3:37] Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria) [2:44] Slava v vychnikh Bogou (Gloria in excelsis) [2:32] Tébé poïem [2:31] Nikolaï APOSTOLOV-STROUMSKI (late 19th early 20th c.) Velikoïe slavoslovié (Grand doxology) [10:40] Vladimir Ivanovich MARTINOV (b. 1946) Apocalypse, Missa Russica [30:32] Choeur orthodox Russe de Riga/Archiprêtre Johann Shenrock Recording venue and specific dates not given. Copyright 2004 EDITIONS HORTUS 034 [60:14] [KS]

Some simply sublime singing. A superb ensemble refined into one of the most uniformly blended, consistently-in-tune choirs that I have heard in some time ... see Full Review

Oboe Concertos Hugo SCHUNCKE (1823-1909) Concerto for oboe and orchestra in A minor (1845) [24.23] Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Fantasy Pieces for oboe and string orchestra Op.2 [4.07 plus 2.40] Johann Wenzelaus KALLIWODA (1801-1866) Morceau de Salon Op.28 [10.01] Josef Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Pastorale and Dances for oboe and orchestra [10.06] Lajos Lencses (oboe) Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, SWR/Bernhard Güller Recorded Stuttgart, SWR, Funkstudio, March 2001 and February 2002 CAPRICCIO 67 134 [51.48]

To say a disc is undemanding but enjoyable is often a critic’s shorthand indication of a tepid hour’s worth of listening – but in this case it’s nothing less than the truth. ... see Full Review

Music for Organ: Volume 5: Organ Music by Manchester Composers. John E. ELLIS (b.1943) Variations on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ (2002) Norman COCKER (1889-1953) Interlude*, Paean*, Angelus*, Trio*, Cradle Song** [* 1922; **1927] Ronald FROST (b.1933) Passacaglia for the birthday of St. Ann’s (1979) Ernest TOMLINSON (b.1924) Three Lyrical Pieces (1958) Douglas STEELE (1910-1999) Chorale Prelude – On Gibbons’ ‘Angel’s Song’ (1947) David ELLIS (b.1933) Vetrate di Ricercata (2002) Ronald Frost (organ, St. Ann’s Church, Manchester) Recorded in November 2002, January, February and July 2003. DUNELM RECORDS DRD0244 [67 39] [PS]

This is a desirable, varied and outstandingly interesting disc. ... see Full Review

Ivo Pogorelich Recital Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite No.2 in A minor BWV807 [23.22] English Suite No.3 in G minor BWV808 [25.16] Domenico SCARLATTI (1785-1757) Sonata in D minor K1 [2.30] Sonata in E major K20 [3.31] Sonata in E minor K98 [3.32] Sonata in C major K159 [2.54] Sonata in G minor K450 [3.37] Sonata in C major K487 [4.09] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No.11 in B flat major Op.22 [32.21] Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59 Für Elise [3.43] Ivo Pogorelich (piano) Recorded at the Palazzo Palladiana di Caldogno, Nordera near Vincenza, October 1986 (Bach), Schloss Eckartsau, near Vienna, January 1987 (Scarlatti, Beethoven) Picture Format NTSC Colour 4;3, region Code 0; Sound Formats PCM Stereo DTS 5;1; Menu Language, English Directed by Humphrey Burton; Executive Producer: Horant H Hohlfeld. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON UNITEL DVD 073 4045 [107:00] [JW]

Pogorelich’s concentrated stillness captured with simplicity and gimmick-free acuity ... see Full Review

William Primrose - Great Violists Henri CASADESUS (1879-1947) Viola Concerto in B minor in the style of Handel (1) [15:21] Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Viola Concerto (2) [22:33] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Harold in Italy op.16 (3) [41:47] William Primrose (viola), RCA Victor Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann (1), Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir William Walton (2), Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky (3) Recorded 8th May 1946 in New York City (1), 22nd-23rd July 1946 at the EMI Abbey Road Studio no. 1, London (2), 28th November 1944 in Symphony Hall, Boston (3) CD transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.110316 [79:43][CH]

A useful compilation of recordings by the first great modern violist. ... see Full Review

Rags and Tangos James SCOTT (1885-1938) Evergreen Rag (1915) [2:45]; Modesty Rag – A Classic (1920) [4:11]; Peace and Plenty Rag (1919) [2:56]; Troubador Rag (1919) [4:25] Ernesto NAZARETH (1863-1934) Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho - Choro (1915) [2:36]; Vitorioso - Tango (c. 1912) [4:31]; Odeon – Tango brasileiro (1910) [2:53]; Nove de Julho – Tango argentine (1917) [4:47]; Labrinto - Tango (1917) [3:59]; Guerreiro - Tango (1917) [3:10]; Plangente – Tango brasileiro (com estilo de Habanera) (c.1925) [5:54]; Tango brasileiro (1926) [2:15]; Fon-Fon! - Tango (1930) [2:34] Joseph F. LAMB (1877-1960) Ragtime Nightingale (1913) [4:16]; American Beauty Rag (1913) [3:50]; Bohemia Rag (1919) [4:09]; Topliner Rag (1916) [4:27] Joshua Rifkin, piano Recorded at St. George’s Church, Bristol, in August 1990 DDD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2445 [64:29][PG]

A collection of some very good piano performances of ragtime or early tangos ... see Full Review

Recorder Quartet: Italian and English Renaissance Consort Music
CD 1 Early Italian Recorder Music
Giovanni RICCIO (d. c.1620) Sonata No 4; Dario CASTELLO (d. 1629) Sonatas 15 and 16; Gianbattista GRILLO (d. 1622) Canzona II a 8; Giovanni GABRIELI (1567-1613) Canzon seconda and Canzon II a 8 and Canzon prima ‘La Spiritata’; Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1563-1643) Capriccio (di obligo di cantare) and Capriccio (sopra la bassa fiamenga); Constanzo PORTA (1528-1601) Girometta a 8; Giovanni TRABACI (1575-1647) Canzona franzesa settima; Giosette GUAMI (1540-1611) Canzon 25 a 8; Giovanni da PALESTRINA (1525-1594) Ricercar del terzon tuono
CD 2 Browning my dere – English Consort Music William BYRD (1543-1623)
The leaves be greene; In Nomine I and IV; Christopher TYE (1505-1572) In Nomine Reporte; In Nomine Crye; In Nomine Re la te; Sit fast; Henry STONINGS (16th century) Browning my dere; Clement WOODSTOCK (c. 1575) Browning my dere; John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Lacrimae Antiqua; Sir Henry Upton’s funeral; The Earle of Essex Galliard; Semper Dowland simper dolens; The King of Denmark’s Galliard; John BALDWIN (1560-1615) browning a 3; Proportions of a minim; Cuckow as I wake; Elway BEVAN (1564-1638) Browning; John WARD (1571-1638) Fantasia; Richard DEERING (1580-1630) Fantasia; John OKEOVER (1590-1663) Fantasia; Thomas SIMPSON (1562-1630) Canzon Flanders Recorder Quartet with Maria Verbruggen. CD1: Viol da Gamba ensemble and Guy Penson, (harpsichord) and Guy de Mey (tenor). rec. Studio Steurbout, Ghent, Belgium, 1992 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92504 [66.26 + 63.21] [GH]

I recommend this disc to everyone with an interest in Renaissance music and/or early chamber music. ... see Full Review

Severnside Composers’ Alliance: A recital by two pianists. Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Three Czech Dances (1949) [16:31]; David BEDFORD (b.1932) Hoquetus David (1987) [5:02]; John PITTS (b.1976) Changes (1995) [3:34]; Robin HOLLOWAY (b.1943) Gilded Goldbergs Suite (1997) [23:26]; Jolyon LAYCOCK (b.1946) Die! A1 Sparrow (2002) [11:51]; Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Élégie (1959) [6:15]; Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Paganini Variations (1941) [5:50]. Steven Kings and Christopher Northam (pianists). Recorded ‘LIVE’ at a recital given in the Bristol Music Club, 76, St. Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP, 14 May 2005. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0243 [73:14] [PSc][IM]

Congratulations to the Alliance for: putting on such a stimulating programme of this relatively little-known music. Strongly recommended to enterprising listeners. [PSc]
My repeated use of the adjective "brilliant" here is quite deliberate! Very well recommended.[IM] ... see Full Review

Martial Singher – French opera arias Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) Amadis - Bois épais, redouble ton ombre [4:03] André GRÉTRY (1741-1813) Richard, Coeur de Lion - Blondel's Air [4:11] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) The Damnation of Faust - Mephistopheles' Air [2:17]; Serenade [1:48]; Song of the Flea [1:39] Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Roméo et Juliette - Ballad of Queen Mab [2:55] Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Hamlet - Chanson Bachique [3:50] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Herodiade - Vision Fugitive [4:14] Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) The Tales of Hoffmann - Dapertutto's Air "Scintille diamant" [4:04] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen - Toreador Song [3:34] Martial Singher (baritone) Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Paul Breisach Recorded in 1945, released as Columbia Masterworks Set M-578 (71678-D - 71681-D) PRISTINE AUDIO MP3 Format download [32'40"][ED]

I defy anyone to play these tracks through once and not do so immediately again. Singher’s approach is so obviously right. Benchmark references ... see Full Review

Tango Infinito Ulysses PASSARELLA (b.1955) Suite Rioplatense [12.47] Preludio y Milonga [6.55] Pieza Rioplatense No.2 [4.27] Desolación (1997-2002) [11.41] Aníbal TROILO (1914-1975) Sur (arranged by H Ulysses PASSARELLA) [5.39] Lucio DEMARE (1906-1974) Malena (arranged by H Ulysses PASSARELLA) [3.33] Acho MANZI (b.1933) El ultimo organito (arranged by Jessica KUHN) [4.22] Juarés Lamarque PONS (1917-1982) Tres Ritmicas de Tango (orchestrated by H Ulysses PASSARELLA) [13.17] Recitations of poems by Homero Manzi by Acho Manzi Jessica Kuhn (cello) Anna Stümke and Ferenc Kölcze (violins) Clarissa Miller (viola) Thomas Herbst (bass) Recorded Marktoberdorf, December 2004 ANTES EDITION BM CD 31.9214 [69.10] [JW]

There’s enough variety here to keep "tango surfeit" at bay though nothing matches Piazzolla’s stunning memorability and emotional directness, though the performances are committed and commanding. ... see Full Review

Transcendent Journey Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No.645 - Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme, arranged Chuquisengo [4.55] Cantata No.147 – Jesus bleibet meine freude, arranged Chuquisengo [3.14] Toccata in C minor BWV911 John FOULDS (1880-1939) Gandharva-music Op.49 (1915 revised 1926) [3.29] April-England Op.48 No.1 (1926) [7.27] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Chaconne in G major HWV 435 [11.09] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) – Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Symphony No.7 – Allegretto (1811-12), arranged by Liszt S263d (1838) with a passage for four hands in multichannel technics [9.21] John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) Fantasia on an Ostinato (1985) [12.57] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Toccata in C major Op.7 (1833) [5.26] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Toccata in D minor Op.11 (1912) [4.29] Juan José Chuquisengo (piano) Recorded in Studio 2, Bavarian Radio, October-December 2003. Co-production with Bavarian Radio. SONY CLASSICAL SK93829 [72.40] [JW]

Chuquisengo is a questing musician ... a unique programme that attests to his intellectual and expressive powers. ... see Full Review

Madeleine de Valmalète: Rediscovered master Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasia in D minor, K.397* [4‘57"]; Sonata in D, K. 576 * [14‘01"] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin [19‘57"]; Jeux d’eau [4‘53"] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody no. 11 [5‘17"] Aleksandr LABIEFF arr. LISZT L’Alouette [3‘40"] Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Gopak [1‘23"] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Ritual Fire Dance [3‘06"] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March from Love of Three Oranges [1‘28"]Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Barcarolle, op. 10/3 [4‘08"]Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Feux d' artifice (Preludes Bk. II) [3‘36"] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Nocturne in E flat, op. 36* [6‘14"]; Impromptu in F minor, op. 31* [3‘25"] Madeleine de Valmalète - piano Rec. Berlin 1928, except Fauré (Dec, 1961) and Mozart (Grenoble, Feb. 1992). *first commercial release ADD/DDD ARBITER 144 [77:01] [ED]

Time shall not wither the validity of de Valmalète’s approach, nor age the execution of it. ... see Full Review

The Complete César Vezzani - Volume 2 - His Master’s Voice, France, 1924-1925 Complete Acoustic Recordings see review for details MARSTON 52045-2 [79.02 + 78.19] [JW]

Vezzani could not wish for a better arena in which to be heard than this splendidly produced and transferred double CD set. ... see Full Review

Pablo Sáinz Villegas - Guitar Recital Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) 1. Sevillana (Fantasia) [5.45] Hommage à Tárrega [4.51]: 2. I Garrotin [2.39] 3. II Soleares [2.12] Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891-1982) Sonata-Fantasía [17.07]: 4. I Lento-Allegretto [10.01] 5. II Allegretto [1.43] 6. III Allegro [5.23] From Castillos de España [5.42]: 7. Torija [3.33] 8. Sigüenza [2.10] Suite castellana [8.29]: 9. I Fandanguillo [1.42] 10. II Arada [4.07] 11. III Danza [2.40] Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) 12. En los trigales [3.59] 13. Invocación y danza (Homenaje a Manuel de Falla) [8.31] Manuel DE FALLA (1876-1946) 14. Homenaje ‘Le tombeau de Claude Debussy’ [3.45] Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) 15. Fantasia : Interlude in Cantares [4.39] Andrés SEGOVIA (1893-1987) Cinque Anecdotas [10.36]: 16. I Allegretto [2.39] 17. II Allegro moderato con grazia [1.06] 18. III Lento malinconico [2.55] 19. IV Molto tranquillo [1.09] 20. V Allegretto vivo [2.46] Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) 21. Maria-Gavota [1.28] Pablo Sáinz Villegas (guitar) Recorded 3-5 May 2004, Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, Bradford, Ontario, Canada NAXOS 8.557596 [75.36][CA]

It is always interesting to follow from the very beginning the career of young musicians who give signs of true promise to the music profession. Certainly Villegas is amongst them so we await his next CD ... see Full Review



Bach Performance Practice, 1945 - 1975: A Comprehensive Review of Sound Recordings and Literature by Dorottya Fabian University of New South Wales, Australia. October 2003. 42 illustrations and 17 music examples. Hardback, 328 pages, 234 x 156 mm. Including a CD consisting of brief excerpts from various performances of the Goldberg Variations, Brandenburg Concertos, and Passions from published recordings discussed in the text. ISBN 0 7546 0549 3. PURCHASE Through MusicWeb International £55 £50 post-free

A detailed and fascinating look at one of the most interesting periods in the history of music which answers as well as raises a number of interesting questions. ... see Full Review

Max Bruch - His Life and Works by Christopher Fifield 16 b/w illustrations 400 pages Size: 23 x 15 cm ISBN: 1843831368 Binding: Paperback First published in second edition: 2005 Price: 39.95 USD / 19.99 GBP [RB]

Fifield's humanising communicative faculty successfully elevates Bruch from the slough of one-work composers. ... see Full Review

Ferruccio Busoni: A Musical Ishmael Della Couling 2005 354 pp SCARECROW PRESS INC. ISBN 0 8108 5142 3 (hardcover) $45

Many thanks to Couling and Scarecrow for starting what could be a major shift in the assessment of modern thought and modern music. ... see Full Review

The Cambridge Companion to Elgar Edited by Daniel Grimley and Julian Rushton CUP 2004 ISBN 0 521 53363 5 Paperback £17.99 [EM]

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. ... see Full Review

IGOR STRAVINSKY - 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. St Petersburg: School of Music Publishing House (The Russian Institute for the History of the Arts), 2003 387 pages ISBN 5-9500057-1-6 $150 Includes a CD of historical recordings by Feodor Chaliapin [9:23]

All fascinated by Russian music and culture in the decade before the outbreak of the First World War will find much to please them ... see Full Review

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