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Juan CABANILES (1664 - 1712) Tientos y Passacailles Tiento 7° tono por Alamire [6.16] Pasacalles de 1º tono [4.45] Corrente Italiana [4.04] Tiento 1° tono en tersio a modo de Italia [3.17] Duo "El galán que ronda las calles" al Santísimo Sacramento, a 2 (SS) y continuo [5.14] Tiento 2° tono, portido de dos Tiples por G sol re ut [6.50] Tiento Lleno 5° tono por B quadrado [2.30] Tocata de mano Izquierda 5° tono [2.24] Tiento de falças, 1° tono [3.21] Pasacalles de 3ro tono [6.09] [strings] Tiento Lleno de 1° tono [8.01] Gallardas de 1° tono [6.22] Pasacalles de 4° tono [1.58] Villancico "Mortales que amáis", tono al Santísimo Sacramento, a 4 (SSAT) y continuo [6.28] Pasacalles de 1° tono [2.09] Tiento Lleno 2° tono 3.59] Maria Pilar Burgos, Beatriz Gimeno, sopranos; Susana Cabrero, contralto; José Pizarro, tenor; Pablo Prieto, Eduardo Fenoll, violins; Pedro Reula, viola dagamba; Jesús Alonso, theorbo.
Jan Willem Jansen, organ. [Fifteenth century, restored 1992.] Los Musicos de su Alteza/Luis Antonio Gonzáles, harpsichord and leader Recorded at the church of San Pablo, Zaragoza, Spain, 1998. Notes in Français and English. Texts in Castellano, French translations. Photos of artists. EDITION HORTUS 013 [75.05] [PSh]

A box of candy for enthusiasts of Spanish organs playing Spanish music, a disk that grows more dear with each hearing. Have your Petite Larousse handy. ... see Full Review

Giacomo CARISSIMI (1605 - 1674) Historia di Jepthe [21.38] Dai piu riposte abissi [12.09] Historia Jonae [19.30] Consortium Carissimi/Vittorio Zanon rec. Museo Civico (ex-church of Santa Lucia), Marino, Italy, 25–28 Nov 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557390 [55.16] [RH]

Performances that are never less than creditable but somehow just miss the mark. Nevertheless this disc makes an admirable introduction ... see Full Review

John CASKEN (b. 1949) Night, Fire, Sun, Silence Infanta Marina (1994) for Cor Anglais and small ensemble Rachael Pankhurst (cor anglais); Ensemble 10/10; Piano Quartet (1990) Members of the Psappho ensemble Recorded Manchester Music Dept Concert Hall, July 2002 Firewhirl (1980) for soprano and ensemble Patricia Rozario (sop); Ensemble 10/10 Amarantos (1978) for ensemble Ensemble 10/10/Clark Rundell Manchester University Rodewald Concert Hall, June 2003 Après Un Silence (1998) for violin and piano Lesley Hatfield (violin); Andrew Ball (piano) Salamandra – Fire Haunt (1986) for two pianos Andrew Ball and Julian Jacobson (pianos) Manchester Concert Hall, August 2002 Après Un Silence - version for violin and large ensemble Kyra Humphreys (violin) RNCM New Ensemble/Clark Rundell Distant Variations (1996) for saxophone quartet and wind orchestra Apollo Saxophone Quartet RCNM Wind Orchestra/Clark Rundell Royal Northern College of Music Hall, June 2003 METIER MSV CD 92076 [64.32 + 67.16] [GH]

You need time and patience with this music but it has its rewards. The performances seem perfect and totally involving. Recommended ... see Full Review

Carlos CHAVEZ (1899-1978) The Complete Symphonies Symphony No. 1 Sinfonia de Antigona (1933-35) [10.53] Symphony No. 2 Sinfonia India (1935) [12.41] Symphony No. 3 (1940) [30.57] Symphony No. 4 Sinfonia Romantica (1953) [21.54] Symphony No. 5 for strings (1953) [23.43] Symphony No. 6 (1963) [34.28] London Symphony Orchestra/Eduardo Mata Rec. London, 1981. DDD CD1 symphonies 1, 3, 4; CD2 symphonies 2, 5, 6. VOXBOX CDX5061 [63.58 + 71.03] [RB]

An impressive clutch of serious and vigorously-driven symphonies from Mexico resoundingly recorded. ... see Full Review

Erik CHISHOLM (1904-65) Music for Piano, Volume 2 Preludes from the True Edge of the Great World (1943) [36’01] – No. 1, Port a beul [1’59]; No. 2, Song of the Mavis [3’48]; No. 3, Sea-sorrow [1’53]; No. 4, The Sheiling [3’33]; No. 5, Sea Tangle [2’41]; No. 6, Spinning Song [3’50]; No. 8, Ossianic Lay [4’34]; No. 19, Stravaiging [4’17]; No. 23, Rudha Bàn [4’34]; No. 24, The Hour of the Sluagh [4’52]. Airs from the McDonald Collection (rev. 1951), Nos. 1-26 [35’13]. Five Movements from the Petite Suite (Nos. 27-31 of ‘Airs’ above) [5’50] – No. 1, Harris Dance [1’06]; No. 2, Mermaid’s Song [1’27]; No. 3, Skye Dance [0’50]; No. 4, Milking Croon [1’22]; No. 5, Love of my youth [1’08]. Murray McLachlan (piano) Rec. Whitely Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 26-27 Oct 2004. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0223 [77’13] [CC]

One has to applaud Dunelm and the excellent pianist Murray McLachlan for their diligence as far as the music of Eric Chisholm is concerned. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Fryderyck CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzos, opp.20 [10:32], 31 [09:49], 39 [07:32], E [11:38], Preludes, op. 28: nos. 4-10, 13, 19, 11, 2, 23, 21 [20:46] Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Scherzi recorded 1977 by Ariola-Eurodisc for Mezhdunarodnaya KNIGA, Preludes recorded live at Kanagwa Kenmin Hall, Japan, 20th March 1979 REGIS RRC 1199 [60:17] [CH]

Simply stunning. ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Variations Brillantes op.12 [07:48], Four Mazurkas op.24 [12:14], Mazurka in F minor op.68/4 [04:44], Rondo in C minor op.1 [08:50], Souvenir de Paganini [04:03], Nocturne in C sharp minor [03:37], Three Waltzes op.64 [08:10], Sonata in C minor op.4: 3rd movement [03:52], Polonaise in G minor [03:08], Polonaise in B flat [02:25], Polonaise in A flat [03:19], Berceuse op.57 [05:05], Bolero op.19 [07:43] Peter Katin plays his Collard & Collard square piano (c.1836) Recorded in August 1996 at Peter Katin’s studio DIVERSIONS 24116 [74:58] [CH]

There is a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment to be found here. ... see Full Review

Pierre COCHEREAU (1924-1984) trans Jeanne Joulain Improvisations sur les Versets de Vêpres Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 4, 13 [11'16] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Passacaglia in c BWV 582 [12'29] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Choral No. 2 in b [12'04] Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5 [10'06] Leon BOËLLMANN (1862-1897) Suite Gothique op. 25; Introduction-Choral [2'03], Menuet gothique [2'40], Prière a Notre-Dame [4'34], Toccata [4'04] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) transc Imbert Extraits de Romeo et Juliette; La jeune Juliette [3'33], Padre Lorenzo [2'13], Montaigus et Capulets [3'31] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) transc Imbert Etude Op. 2 No. 1 [2'18] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) transc Imbert Vocalise [4'17] Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) transc Imbert
Valse No. 2 [3'34] Jean-Paul Imbert, organ Rec Basilique Notre-Dame du Perpetuel Secours, Paris, October 2004 FESTIVO 6962.012 [78'55] [CB]

Unfortunately this ugly instrument would never be on my itinerary of must-visit Parisian organs. This CD is only recommendable for the Cochereau. ... see Full Review

Billy the Kid (1938) [21:08] Appalachian Spring (1944) [35:52] Rodeo (1942) [19:15] San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas Recorded in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 19-23 May 1999 BMG CLASSICS (RCA RED SEAL) 82876 65840 2 [76:29] [PL]

This is a superb disc, and - frankly - I can't think of a single (even trivial) disappointment or imperfection with which to detain you. Time to go out and buy! ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Piano Fantasy (1955-57) [29’19] Piano Sonata (1939-41) [21’56] Piano Variations (1930) [11’53] Benjamin Pasternak (piano) Recorded at the Toronto Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada, 19-20 August 2003 NAXOS 8.559184 [63’08] [TH]

Three important scores ... high-calibre pianism at the usual giveaway Naxos price. ... see Full Review

Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Op. 5, Nos. 1-6:- Sonata in D [11:41] Sonata in B-flat [10:53] Sonata in C [12:06] Sonata in F [9:46] Sonata in g minor [11:06] Sonata in A [11:30] Lucy van Dael, violin Bob van Asperen, harpsichord and organ Recorded at the Dutch Reformed Church, Bennebroek, Holland from 4-7 November 2002. Performed on period instruments, A= 415Hz. NAXOS 8.557165 [67:47] [KS]

A fine performance, well worth the investment, hay fever and all. We can look forward with anticipation to volume 2 ... see Full Review

Carl DAVIS (b. 1936) A Simple Man –Dramatic Ballet by Gillian Lynne Lowry – Christopher Gable Lowry’s mother – Moira Shearer Northern Ballet Theatre BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl Davis Filmed 1987 DVD version 2005; Stereo. BBC OPUS ARTE DVD OA 0914 D [88:00] [AB]

A disk to be recommended to any of the many admirers of Lowry’s paintings. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun [9:23] Nocturnes [24:41] La mer [24:29] Berceuse héroïque [5:13] May Festival Chorus Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi Recorded in Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio January 25-26 and February 22-23, 2004. TELARC CD-80617 [64:15] [KS]

Exceptionally fine and beautifully paced ... seasoned collectors will want to add it to their trove, and first-timers can feel perfectly comfortable in choosing this as their single representation. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Book 1 (1910) [40:15] Préludes Book 2 (1910-13) [36:44] Pascal Rogé (piano) rec. Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, January 2004. DDD ONYX 4004 [78:09] [TH]

You will not be disappointed in Rogé: a subtle and experienced advocate in the piano music of his homeland. The recording is truly gorgeous, as is the piano sound. ... see Full Review

Max DEUTSCH (1892-1982) Der Schatz - A Film Symphony in five acts (1923) [74:04] Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Frank Strobel rec. 28-30 Aug 2002, Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie, DDD CPO 999 925-2 [74:04][RB]

An interesting and intriguingly inventive score which rises to some impressive imaginative coups. Overall does not linger in the mind.... see Full Review

Jan Ladislav DUSSEK (Jan Ladislav DUSÍK) (1760-1812) Concerto in E flat major Op.70 C238 (1810) [27.50] Sonata in F sharp minor Op.61 C211 (1806) [14.20] Sonata in A flat major Op.64 C221 (1807) [30.06] Jan Novotný (piano) Prague Philharmonia/Leoš Svárovský Recorded at the Domovina Studio, Prague, May and June 1999 SUPRAPHON SU 3659-2 031 [72.28] [JW]

Genial performances, invariably sensitive; tempos aren’t rushed, timbral matters are well explored and there’s plenty of colour too ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dancesa: Op. 46/B83 (1878) [35'32]; Op. 82/B147 No. 7 in C (1886) [3'05]. Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Le Cid (1885) – Ballet Musicb [17'44]. Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864)/Constant LAMBERT (1905-51) Les Patineursb (1937, arrs. from Le Prophète, 1849 and l'Etoile du Nord, 1854) [20'18]. aLondon Symphony Orchestra, bIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra/Jean Martinon. Rec. aKingsway Hall, London, October 1959; bMann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel. May 1958. ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2742 [78'08] [CC]

In short, masses of fun all round ... A life-enhancing disc. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33/B63a (1876) [38’20] Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104/B191b (1895) [42’25]. aMartin Kasík (piano); bJiří Bárta (cello) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ aJiří Kout, bJiří Bělohlávek.Rec. live Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, aSeptember 9th, 2003; bMay 2nd, 2004. DDD Includes videos for Windows PC Real Player SUPRAPHON SU3774-2 [38’20 + 42’25] [CC]

Neither of these performances will be first choices but it is clear that the young generation of Czech soloists is a remarkably strong one. ... see Full Review

Chamber Music in Sanssouci Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 (1878) [26'37]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Octet in E flat, Op. 103 (1792/3) [21'42]. Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Philharmonische Bläser). Rec. Jaspissaal, Sanssouci, Potsdam in 2990. PCM Stereo. 4:3. Region 0 Worldwide. ARTHAUS 100 725 [58'00] [CC]

Despite the low playing time there is much to delight here. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No. 13 in G, B192/Op. 106a (1895) [38'48]. Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30b (1876) [35'10]. Vlach String Quartet Rec. Domovina Studio. Prague, on aMay 16th-20th, 1960 and bJune 17th-19th, 1963. ADD SUPRAPHON ARCHIV SU3783-2 [74'08] [CC]

Tremendous performances, both. A must for all lovers of great quartet playing. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra Op. 47 (1904-5) [15:24] Enigma Variations Op. 36 (1896-99) [32:08] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Our Hunting Fathers op. 8 (1936) [27:28] Heather Harper (soprano) Quartet: David Nolan (violin); Dermot Crehan (violin); Rusen Gunes (viola); Mark Jackson (cello). London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink rec. Royal Festival Hall, London, 27 Nov 1984 (Intro and Allegro), Royal Albert Hall, London, 14 Aug 1979 (Britten); 28 Aug 1986 (Enigma) LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO-0002 [75:18] [RB]

Life enhancing music-making. Essential supplementary listening for devotees of Elgar and Britten. Harper and Haitink add nitro-glycerine to Britten's early masterpiece. ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Enigma Variations, Op. 36 [37:06] A Hidden Portrait [48:52] BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis Documentary hosted by the conductor. Documentary filmed in Malvern Hills. Performance filmed in Worcester Cathedral. Original recording dates not given. This disc copyright 2004. BBC OPUS ARTE OA 0917 D [85:58] [KS]

This is certainly an item to add to your collection, both for the visuals and the splendid performance. Highly recommended. ... see Full Review

George ENESCU (1881-1955) CD 1 Romanian Rhapsodies: No. 1 in A major (1901); No. 2 in D major (1901) [11:46] [11:02] Poème Roumain Op. 1 (1897) [28:32] Suite No. 3 in D major Suite Villageoise Op. 27 (1937) [26:44] CD 2 Suite No. 1 in C major Op. 9 (1903) [29:32] Suite No. 2 in C major Op. 20 (1915) [26:39] Symphonie Concertante Op. 8 (1903) [22:59] Franco Maggio-Ormezowski (cello) Op. 8 Jean-Paul Barrellon (oboe) Op. 8 male voices of Choeur de l'Orchestre Colonne and Ensemble Audite Nova de Paris/Jean Sourisse Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo/Lawrence Foster rec. Palais de Congrès, Monte-Carlo, June 1983 and July 1984. DDD WARNER APEX 2564 62032-2 [78:04 + 79:10] [RB]

Enescu poetically sustained ... well upholstered Brahmsian textures ... convincingly done - look no further.... see Full Review

In The Shade of Forests George ENESCU (1881-1955) Impressions d’enfance Op.28 (1940) [22.01] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane – Rapsodie de concert for violin and luthéal (original version) (1924) [10.41] Sonata Op. posthumous (1897) [12.37] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata (1916-17) [13.14] Nocturne et Scherzo (1882) – re-adaptation by Phillipe Graffin [4.11] Il pleure dans mon Coeur – transcribed Arthur Hartmann in 1908 and 1943 [3.04] La fille aux cheveux de lin - transcribed Arthur Hartmann in 1910 [2.27] Minstrels - transcribed by Claude Debussy in 1914 [2.22] Beau Soir - transcribed Arthur Hartmann in 1941 [2.14] Philippe Graffin (violin) Claire Désert (piano and luthéal) Recorded at Doopsegezinde Kerk, Deventer and Musical Instrument Museum (Tzigane) September 2004 AVIE AV2059 [73.11] [ED]

Does valiant service to the cause of these composers and provides rich rewards indeed ... see Full Review

Johann Karl ESCHMANN (1826-1882) Caprice-Etude, op. 36 [06:45], Poesie-Blumen, op. 1: 1. Ziemlich langsam [07:41], Frühlingsblüthen, op. 14: 5. Landschaft [06:25], 6. Lustiger [02:28], 7. Nicht schnell [01:41], Was einem so in der Dämmerung einfällt, op. 8: 4. Nachtfalter [01:14], 5. Salon-Etude [03:21], 12. Epilog [04:11], Fortsetzung und Schluss [03:34], 4 lyrische Blätter, op. 15 [23:21], 4 lyrische Blätter, op. 12 [15:50] Jeremy Filsell (piano) Recorded 27th April 1999 in St. Silas Church, Chalk Farm and St. Paul’s School, Barnes, London GUILD GMCD 7273 [78:18] [CH]

Just one piece stands out from its unremarkable companions. ... see Full Review

Joseph A ESTORNINHO (b. 1959) Requiem for the Innocents Anna Johnstone (soprano); Makiko Hiratsuka (mezzo); David Clasen (tenor) Voices of Little Venice, The St. Cecilia Choir/John Harmar-Smith rec. Church of St Alban the Martyr, Brooke Street, London, 14-15 February 2004. DDD HERALD HAVPCD295 [35:19] [AO]

Genuine compassion and spirituality lift this moving work above the norm: a recommendation ... see Full Review

Manuel de FALLA (1876 – 1946) El Amor Brujo* (Love, the Magician) Second version, (1924); El Sombrero de Tres Picos **(The Three-Cornered Hat) Ballet in two acts (1917 – 19); Danza from La Vida Breve (1914) María José Martos (soprano)**, Alicia Nafé (mezzo-soprano)*, Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA)/Maximiano Valdés
rec. Auditorio Principe Felipe, Oviedo, Asturias, 13–15 Feb, 12–14 Oct (Vida Breve), 2002 NAXOS 8.557800 [68:00] [RB]

Good versions though not the very best. For that you need to seek out the recordings made by Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos in the 1960s. ... see Full Review

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Trois Romances sans paroles (1863) [6:30] Valse Caprice No. 1 (1882) [8:07] Nocturne No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 33/1 (1875) [7:04] Barcarolle No. 1 in A minor, Op. 26 (1881) [5:04] Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63 (1894) [9:05] Barcarolle No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 70 (1894) [7:40] Barcarolle No. 6 in D minor, Op. 90 (1896) [3:48] Thème et Variations, Op. 73 (1896) [16:18] Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 84 (1902) [3:01] Nocturne No. 13 in B minor, Op. 119 (1922) [7:43] Paul Crossley (piano) recorded at the Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, 1983-7: original CRD recordings remastered for Regis by Paul Arden-Taylor REGIS RRC 1187 [75:25] [PL]

I'm willing to bet that every other person who buys this disc will end up ordering the complete 5-CD set from which it comes. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Oh Fair to see: I say "I’ll seek her side"; Oh fair to see; As I lay in the early sun; Only the Wanderer; To Joy; Harvest; Since we have loved. Til Earth Outwears : Let me enjoy the earth; In years defaced; The market-girl; I look into my glass; It never looks like summer here; At a lunar eclipse; Life laughs onwards. A Young Man’s Exhortation: A Young man’s exhortation; Ditty; Budmouth dears; Her temple; The comet at Yell’ham; Shortening Days; The sigh; Former Beauties; Transformations; The dance continued. James Gilchrist (tenor); Anna Tilbrook (piano) rec. Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, March 2004 HDCD LINN RECORDS CKD 253 [63'15"] [AO]

A breathtakingly good recording, performance wise and sound wise – without doubt the top recommendation for Finzi tenor songs. ... see Full Review

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) I Said To Love Op.19b (collected 1956) [13.34] Let Us Garlands Bring Op.18 (1938-40) [15.02] Before and After Summer Op.16 (1932-49) [32.43] Roderick Williams (baritone) Iain Burnside (piano) Recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk, August 2004 NAXOS 8.557644 [61.19] [JW]

Thoughtfully and attractively done and at its price bracket you won’t be short-changed. ... see Full Review

Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Sonata Op.4 No.1 in D major [11.04] Sonata Op.4 No.8 in D minor [11.44] Sonata Op.4 No 9 in C minor [13.22] Sonata Op.4 No.10 in A major [8.22] Francesco Maria VERACINI (1690-1768) Sonata Op.1 No.7 in A major [10.51] Sonata Op.1 No 8 in B flat major [12.52] Lyriarte - Rüdiger Lotter (baroque violin) and Olga Watts (harpsichord) Recorded in Studio 2, Munich, April 2004 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 356 [68.54] [JW]

A good calling card for these two younger musicians in repertoire in which they clearly feel at home. ... see Full Review

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Cuban Overture [9’52"] John HARBISON (b. 1938) Symphony No. 3 [24’50"] Charles IVES (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2 [ 41’10"] Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine Recorded 30-31 December 2001, 11-13 January 2002, 1–3 February 2002, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich Documents of the Munich Years Vol 7. OEHMS CLASSICS OC 507 [77’59"] [JQ]

Very rewarding. An important collection of American music. In Levine Boston have made rather a shrewd selection. I enjoyed this disc very much and I strongly recommend it. ... see Full Review

Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842) Ivan Petrov (bass) Ruslan; Vera Firsova (soprano) Lydumila; Vladimir Gavryushov (bass) Svetozar; Yekaterina Verbizkaya (contralto) Ratmir; Alexei Krivtchenya (bass) Farlaf; Nina Pokrovskaya (soprano) Gorislava; Georgi Nelepp (tenor) Finn; Elena Korneeva (mezzo) Naina; Sergei Lemeshev (tenor) Bayan Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow/Kirill Kondrashin Rec. Moscow 1950(?).ADD GREAT HALL MVT CD006/008 [3 CDs: 63'50 + 67'40 + 71'27] [CC]

Unfortunately there are some sonic failings ... but the performance is a major document. It widens our appreciation of the art of Kondrashin, and that in itself is valuable. ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787)
Orphée et Euridice (1774 Paris version) [85:43] Jean-Paul Gouchécourt (Orphée, tenor), Catherine Dubosc (Euridice, soprano), Suzie Le Blanc (Amour, soprano), Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus/Ryan Brown rec. 11-15 Jan 2002, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, USA NAXOS 8.660185-86 [41:03 + 44:60] [CH]

It’s salutary to be made to think again about a well-known work but for me the baby’s gone out with the bathwater. ... see Full Review

Karoly GOLDMARK (1830-1915) Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor Op.28 (1875-78) [31.50] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello in A minor Op.102 (1887) [32.57] Benjamin Schmid (violin) Ramon Jaffé (cello) Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic, Wroclaw/Daniel Raiskin Recorded in Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall, December 2003 (Goldmark) and Brahms 2004 (Brahms) OEHMS CLASSICS OC 359 [65.09] [JW]

The Brahms suffers from orchestral weaknesses but the Goldmark is sweetly spun ... see Full Review


Orchestral Works
CD1 [79.55] Symphony No. 1 (1940) [42.02] Oboe Concerto (1927) [12.22] Tam O’Shanter (1919) [3.10] Concert Piece for two harps, oboe (doubling cor anglais) and orchestra (1958) [22.00] West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley CD2 [61.57] Symphony No 2 (1944) Concertino (1927) Fantasy for Nine Winds (1924) Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley. CD 3 [76.12] Divertissement (1959-60) 18.37 Variations on a Chinese Theme (1911-12) [27.18] The Eternal Rhythm (1913) [20.24] Kaleidoscope (1917, 1933) [9.50] Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley rec. March; Nov 1996 Perth Concert Hall (CD1); Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House 19-20 Nov 1993, 30 Nov 1993 (Symphony 2, Concertino); Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Center, Sydney, 30 Nov 1993 (Fantasy); Oct 1995 Melbourne Concert Hall (CD3). DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 7632 [3 CDs: 79.55 + 61.57 + 76.12] [RB]

This set is most warmly recommended. If you enjoy Bax, Bridge, Szymanowski, Scriabin, Schmitt and the French voluptuaries this is for you. Glorious! ... see Full Review

André Modeste GRÉTRY (1741-1813) Pierre le Grand (1790).Maxim Mironov (tenor) Peter the Great; Elena Voznessenskaya (soprano) Catherine; Nikolai Galin (bass) Lefort; Mikhail Davidov (baritone) Georges; Elena Guschina (mezzo) Genevieva; Ekaterina Oblezova (soprano) Caroline; Vladimir Bolotin (tenor) Alexis; Victor Verzhbitsky, Menshikoff; Sergey Kostyuk (baritone) Maturin; Chorus and Orchestra of the Helikon Opera/Sergey Stadler. the Helikon Opera in 2002. PCM Stereo. DVD 9. NTSC. Picture format 4:3. ARTHAUS 101 097 [94’00] [CC]

Is it worth the price? Probably not in the final analysis although it is worth a look if you can hire it. ... see Full Review

Jesús GURIDI (1886-1961) Sinfonía Pirenaica (1945) [49:14] Espatadanza (from Amaya Act II Scene 4) (1920) [3:28] Bilbao Symphony Orchestra/Juan José Mena rec. 17-21 Feb 2003, Euskalduna Concert Hall, Bilbao. DDD NAXOS 8.557631 [49:14] [RB]

An extremely attractive complement to the earlier Guridi Naxos collection ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord Sonata in G minor [7:25] Sonata in A minor [10:18] Sonata in C major [10:19] Sonata in F major [7:09] Sonata in B flat major [5:21] Sonata in D minor [15:13] Michala Petri (recorders) and Keith Jarrett (harpsichord) Recorded at Keith Jarrett's Cavelight Studios, Oxford, New Jersey, 1-3 June 1990 BMG CLASSICS (RCA RED SEAL) 82876 65835 2 [56:11] [PL]

What do you get when two 'big' names join forces to record 'little' music such as these sonatas? This disc gives you your answer: it's a rare treat! ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Organ Concertos (ca. 1735-1751) CD1 [75:22] Concerto in G minor, Op. 4 No. 1 [15:32] Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 2 [9:22] Concerto in G minor, Op. 4 No. 3 [10:07] Concerto in F major, Op. 4 No. 4* [14:26] Concerto in F major, Op. 4 No. 5 [8:12] Concerto in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 3 [17:21] CD2 [78:36] Concerto in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1 [15:46] Concerto in A major, Op. 7 No. 2 [14:50] Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6¶ [13:05] Concerto in D minor, Op. 7 No. 4 [13:58] Concerto in G minor, Op. 7 No. 5 [12:01] Concerto in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 6 [8:37] Paul Nicholson (organ) [¶Op. 4 No. 6: Frances Kelly (harp)] The Brandenburg Consort/Roy Goodman *Choir of Clare College Cambridge/Timothy Brown Recorded in St Lawrence, Whitchurch between 31 May, 5 June, 1996 HYPERION DYAD CDD22052 [78:36 + 75:22] [PL]

These performances are extremely enjoyable, and the recorded sound is very believable. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias Rinaldo – Laschia ch’io pianga – Act II Scene IV HWV 7 (1710) [4.16] Alcina – Tornami a vagheggiar – Act I Scene XV HWV34 (1735) [4.18] Alcina - Ah! Mio cor – Act II Scene VIII XV HWV34 (1735) [8.48] Concerto in D major Op.6 No.5 – Allegro –HWV323 (1739) [2.31] Giulio Cesare in Egitto -E pur così in giorno…Piangerò la sorte mia – Recitative and Aria Act III Scene II HWV 17 (1724) [6.19] Giulio Cesare in Egitto - V’adoro pupille - Sinfonia and aria, Act II Scene II HWV 17 (1724) [5.59] Guilio Cesare in Egitto - Da tempeste - Act III Scene VII HWV 17 (1724) [5.30] Semele – Overture (Grave) HWV 58 (1743) [6.44] Semele – Oh Sleep why dost thou leave me - Act II Scene II HWV 58 (1743) [3.02] Overture (Gavotte) HWV 58 (1743) [1.40] Myself I shall adore – Act III Scene III - HWV 58 (1743) [6.40] Xerxes – Ne men con l’ombre – Act I Scene VII - HWV 40 (1738) [2.30] Xerxes – Chi cede al furore – Act II Scene XIV - HWV 40 (1738) [4.06] Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/Paul Dyer Recorded in the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, September 1997 ABC CLASSICS 456 689-2 [63.50] [JW]

Voluptuaries will like to know there’s a (chaste) photograph of her in her bath in Julius Caesar. You never get that with James Bowman. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1740) [170.43] Linda Perillo (soprano) Barbara Hannigan (soprano) Knut Schoch (tenor) Stephan MacLeod (bass) Junge Kantorei Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra/Joachim Carlos Martini rec. live Kloster Eberbach, Eltville im Rheingau, Germany, May 2002 NAXOS 8.557057-58 [59.12 + 71.31] [RH]

Sober and a little dutiful; severely lacking in charm and humour. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus - Israel in Egypt - Concerti grossi op. 3 CD 1 Dixit Dominus (HWV 232)* [34:55] Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No. 1) (HWV 258) [07:02] Margaret Marshall (*), Felicity Palmer (*), soprano; Charles Brett (*), John Angelo Messana (*), alto; Richard Morton (*), Alistair Thompson (*), tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, bass (*) Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner rec. October 1976, January 1977, Henry Wood Hall, London, UK. ADD WARNER ERATO 2292-45136-2 [41:35] CD 2 Concerto grosso in F, op. 3, 4a (HWV 315) [12:51] Concerto grosso in d minor, op. 3, 5 (HWV 316) [10:24] Concerto grosso in D, op. 3, 6 (HWV 317) [07:04] Concerto grosso in B flat, op. 3, 2 (HWV 313) [12:05] Concerto grosso in G, op. 3, 3 (HWV 314) [07:55] Concerto grosso in B flat, op. 3, 1 (HWV 312) [09:58] English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 1982. ADD
WARNER APEX 0927 48602 2 [60:16] CDs 3-4 Israel in Egypt, oratorio in 2 parts (HWV 54)* [1.33:55] The ways of Zion do mourn (Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline) (HWV 264)** [43:54] Norma Burrows (**), Daryl Greene (*), Jean Knibbs (*), Elisabeth Priday (*), Marilyn Troth (*), soprano; Charles Brett (**), Julian Clarkson (*), Brian Gordon (*), Christopher Royall (*), Ashley Stafford (*), alto; Paul Elliott (*), Martyn Hill (**), William Kendall (*), tenor; Charles Stewart (*), Stephen Varcoe, bass Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner rec. October 1978, All Saints', Tooting, London, UK (*); January 1978, Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (**). ADD WARNER ERATO 2292-45399-2 [69:32 + 68:32] Box: WARNER CLASSICS 2564 61757-2 [JV]

A box of Handel recordings by Gardiner, apparently haphazardly put together - most of the recordings are old-fashioned according to Gardiner's own standards of today ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Lotario (1729) - Highlights Nuria Rial (soprano) – Adelaide Lawrence Zazzo (counter tenor) – Lotario Andreas Karasiak (tenor) - Berengario Annette Markert (alto) - Matilde Huub Claessens (bass) - Clodomiro Kammerorchester Basel Barok/Paul Goodwin Recorded live at the Martinskirche, Basel, June 5th 2004 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 902 [70.01] [JW]

These stand-alone highlights make a sure showing ... see Full Review

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung, HobXXI:2 (1798) Max Emanuel Cencic (male soprano) Gabriel; Christian Bauer (tenor) Uriel; Ernst Jankowitsch (bass) Raphael, Adam; Gertraud Schmid (soprano) Vienna Boys Choir; Chorus Viennensis Symphonieorchester der Wiener Volksoper/Peter Marschik. Live performance from the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, on May 25th-26th, 1994. Includes documentary 'The story of the Creation' (28:00) Dolby Digital 5.1. NTSC. Colour. 4:3. Region Code: 0 (Worldwide). CAPRICCIO 93 507 [104'00] [CC]

Recommended as a generally spirited account, but bear in mind some reservations ... see Full Review

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Arias and Cantatas: Scene di Berenice, Hob XXIVa:10 (1795) [12’20]; Son pietosa, son bonina, Hob XXXIIb:1 (c1789) [4’30]; Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2 (orchestral version, 1791, arr. anon) [17’59]; Solo e pensoso, Hob XXIVb:20 (1798) [7’17]; Miseri noi, misera patria!, Hob XXIVa:7 (before 1786) [10’41] Arleen Auger (soprano) Handel and Haydn Society/Christopher Hogwood. Rec. Methuen Memorial Hall, Massachusetts, USA, on October 18th-20th, 1988. DDD Texts and translations included. AVIE AV2066 [53’02] [CC]

This is a lovely, lovely record … Very little to quibble about here, and a great deal to applaud. ... see Full Review

Adolf von HENSELT (1814-1889) Concert Etudes (12), Op. 2 [31:07] Poème d'amour - Andante and Etude in B major, Op. 3 [7:26] Salon Etudes (12), Op. 5 [40:05] Piers Lane, piano rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, May 2004 HYPERION CDA67495 [78:38] [DS]

Not a must-have recording, but the excellent music and performances mandate a strong recommendation for those who love Romantic era piano works. ... see Full Review

Richard HOL (1825-1904) Symphonies: No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44 (1866) [32’49]; No. 4 in A (1889) [29’33]. Residentie Orchestra The Hague/Matthias Bamert. Rec. Dr Anton Philipszaal, The Hague, Netherlands, on March 21st-23rd, 2001. DDD CHANDOS CHAN9952 [62’35] [CC]

This is an excellent disc that merits investigation. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hänsel und Gretel [106’40"] Hänsel: Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) Gretel: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) Peter: Josef Metternich (baritone) Getrud: Maria von Ilosvay (soprano) The Witch: Else Schürhoff (contralto) The Sandman: Amy Felbermayer (soprano) The Dew Fairy: Amy Felbermayer (soprano) Loughton High School for Girls Choir; Bancroft’s School Choir Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan Recorded 27, 29, 30 June, 1, 2 July, 1953, Kingsway Hall, London Appendix: Highlights from Hänsel und Gretel. Historical Recordings 1928-1937 All ADD NAXOS 8.110897-98 [62’45" + 64’36"] [JQ]

This is an unmissable bargain, which I cannot recommend highly enough. ... see Full Review

William HURLSTONE (1876-1906) Piano Quartet in E minor op. 43 (1904) [24:31] Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Gipsy Life (1935) [5:24] Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Piano Quartet in B minor op. 16 (1903) [31:58] Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Piano Quartet in One Movement (1922) [11:26] The Primrose Piano Quartet: Susanne Stanzeleit (violin); Susie Mézáros (viola); Bernard Gregor-Smith (cello); John Thwaites (piano) rec. 5-7 September 2003. DDD MERIDIAN CDE 84519 [73:15] [RB]

A classic and generous collection of rare English chamber music. ... see Full Review

Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Film Music Macbeth (Suite) (1948) [30.23] Golgotha (Suite) (1935) [34.54]* Don Quichotte (1933) [11.51]+ Henry Kiichli (bass) + Jacques Tchamkerten (ondes martenot) * Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano Recorded at the Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava, July 1989 (Golgotha), January 1990 (Don Quichotte and Macbeth) NAXOS 8.557607 [77.19] [JW]

A pleasure to welcome this back to the fold, not least at such a tempting price. ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) CD 1: Gayne - Ballet (1942) † Spartacus - Excerpts (1954) * Masquerade Suite (1944) *Russian Fantasy (1944) * [5'24] National Philharmonic Orchestra (), London Symphony Orchestra (*)/Loris Tjeknavorian Rec. 27, 29 October 1976, West Ham Central Mission, London (), May 1981, St. Barnabas Church, London BMG-RCA Red Seal 82876-65836-2 [75'44 + 71'19] [PSe]

The fillers may be fun, but the main course is compulsive listening. In this superbly recorded and remastered Gayne, Tjeknavorian’s interpretation reveals the humanity behind Khachaturian’s brash façade ... see Full Review

Patrick LARLEY (b. 1953) A Mass of a Thousand Ages (2000) Sarah Castle (mezzo) Richard Strivens (bass) Andrew Mildinhall (organ) Nantwich Choral Society Nantwich Youth Choir Millennium Winds/Patrick Larley rec. live, 8 April 2000, St Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, premiere PATRICK LARLEY PLCD003 [69:43] [RB]

I commend this major statement keeping faith with audiences dry for accessible musical-mystical intercession ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Complete solo piano works CD 1: Five Studies Op.22 (1952) [13:09] Sonatina No 1 Op.1a (1946) [7:34] Variations Op.30 (1955) [16:19] Sonata No 1 Op.2 (1948) [18:55] Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op.56 (1969) [18:38] CD 2: Sonata No 2 Op.17 (1953) [19:48] Conflicts (Fantasy on Two Themes) Op.51 (1967) [19:46] Four Romantic Pieces Op.95 (1986) [22:42] Fantasia Contrappuntistica (Homage to Bach) Op.24 (1956) [14:46] CD 3: Sonatina No 2 Op.1b (1947) [7:16] Nine Variations Op.36 (1959) [13:01] Sonata Op.64 (1972) [20:57] Household Pets Op.86 (1981) [12:07] Jack-in-the-Box (1959) [0:44] Study (1965) [0:59] Lazy-bones (1965) [1:40] Pieces for Angela Op.47 (1966) [10:04] Five Preludes (1988) [10:53] Angela Brownridge (piano) rec. Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, 16-18 March, 6-7 April, 2-4 July 2004. DDD DELPHIAN DCD34301-3 [74:56+74:20+77:59] [PCW]{RB]

Anyone interested in the composer will need to have this set …[PCW]
Leightonites must have this and those who have any interest in the piano music of the 20th century will be generously rewarded when they buy this set. ... see Full Review [RB]

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Cello Concerto Op. 31 (1955) [32:22] Symphony No. 3 Laudes Musicae Op. 90 () [27:10] Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Neil Mackie (ten) Scottish National Orchestra/Bryden Thomson rec. Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 23-24 Jan 1989. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10307 X [59:44] [RB]

A cornerstone to Leighton's representation in the catalogue - his rhapsodic Waltonian-Rozsa-like concerto and the Third Symphony - a successful synthesis of song cycle and symphony. ... see Full Review

Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Zazà (1900) Clara Petrella (Zazà), Elinor Parker (Anaide), Tito Nava (Courtois), Adriana Buda (Floriana), Tito Turtura (Cascart), Giuseppe Campora (Milio Dufresne), Duilio Contoli (Bussy), Ernesto Sormani (Augusto, Marco), Elena Barcis (Natalia), Zoe Papadaki (Madame Dufresne), Daniela Campora (Totò) Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI/Alfredo Silipigni Recorded 3rd-6th September 1969 in the Auditorium del Conservatorio, Turin WARNER FONIT CETRA OPERA COLLECTION 5050467-7799-2-1 [38:61 + 41:48] [CH]

This heavily abridged version does not really present a credible picture of a notable opera. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1866) Bergsymphonie (Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne) (1848) [32:56] Prometheus (1850-1855) [14.02] Mazeppa (1851-1854) [15.28]
Etude after Paganini no. 5 in E major [2:31] Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 - The Carnival at Pesth [10:15] Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nikolai Golovanov Emil Gilels (piano) (Etude; Rhapsody) Rec. Moscow, 1952-3 (Liszt); live, 1946 (Gilels). Mono. ADD ARCHIPEL ARPCD 0279 [76.07] [RB]

Extraordinary music-making but the way still lies open for a Golovanov set of the Liszt tone poems. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music: vol. 22 Deux Polonaises S223: (i) Polonaise mélancolique in C minor (1851) [12:08]; (ii) Polonaise in E major (1851) [8:47]; Ballade No 1 in D flat Le chant du croisé S170 (1845-8) [7:37]; Ballade No 2 in B minor S171 (1853) [14:21]; Au bord d’une source S156 (1835-6) [5:08]; Trois morceaux suisses S156a (1836): (i) Ranz de vaches: Mélodie de Ferdinand Huber, avec variations [10:16]; (ii) Un soir dans la montagne: Mélodie d’Ernest Knop: Nocturne [8:28]; (iii) Ranz de chèvres: Mélodie de Ferdinand Huber: Rondeau [7:44] Jean Dubé (piano) Rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk in June 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557364 [74:28][PCW]

There is much fine pianism to be heard on this disc ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music: Volume 22 Deux Polonaises, S233 (1851) [20’55]; Ballades: No; 1 in D flat, S170 (1845-8) [7’37]; No; 2 in B minor, S171 (1853) [14’21]; Album d'un voyageur, S156 (1835/6) – Au bord d’une source, [5’08]; Trois morceaux suisses, S156a (1877) [26’28] Jean Dubé (piano) Rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, on June 16th-17th, 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557364 [74’28] [CC]

Well worth hearing. Dubé is a pianist to watch. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sonata in B minor (1853) [29.30] Don Juan Fantasy (1841) [17.51] Mephisto Waltz (1860) [10.17] Jerome Rose (piano) Recorded at CUNY Graduate Centre, New York, June 2004 MEDICI CLASSICS M30092 [57.53] [JW]

A recital marked by powerful understanding and decisive panache. Rewarding. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Praeludium und Fuge uber BACH [13'27] Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen [17'27] Fantasie und Fuge uber den Choral 'Ad nos ad salutarem undam' [31'56] Kay Johannsen, organ Rec: Stiftskirche, Stuttgart, 27-29 September 2004 DDD CARUS 83.171 [63'13] [CB]

So, while I admire Johannsen's first-rate performances, I would still look elsewhere. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811 - 1886) Via Crucis, S53, R534 (1879) [42.44] Text compiled from traditional sources by Caroline Sayn-Wittgenstein. Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, S179, R382 (1863) [17.29] Les Morts, S268/2, R390b (1870) [10.33] Chœur Sacrum/Andris Veismanis. Vincent Genvrin, Walcker organ; Edvin Sprouds, tuner and voicer. rec. Riga Cathedral, Lithuania, 26 February 1994 Notes in Français, English, Deutsch. Latin text, French translation. Pictures of artists. Limited edition of 500, the first 15 containing an original art work, the next 40 containing one hand-coloured print, the remaining 445 containing a lithographed print. EDITIONS HORTUS 002 [71.05] [PSh]

The very finest Via Crucis and highly dynamic and powerful solo organ performances, extremely well recorded in stunning surround sound. ... see Full Review



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