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Xaver SCHARWENKA (1850-1924) Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 32 (1873) [28.05] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 70 (1864) [31.23] Marc-André Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Michael Stern rec. 18-19 February 2005, Caird Hall, Dundee HYPERION CDA 67508 [59.41][TB]

Both concertos rate as worthy of our attention more than a century on, even though they are not as firmly positioned in the repertory as they used to be. ... see Full Review

Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Violin Sonata in D major Op.16 (1908-09) [17.39] Violin Sonata in E major Op.46 (1931) [19.16] Violin Sonata in D major WoO22 (1905 revised 1952) [19.40] Albumblatt WoO70 91908) [2.09] Simone Zgraggen (violin) Ulrich Koella (piano) Recorded at the Salle de Chatonneyre, Corseaux/Vevey, October 2004 CLAVES 50 2503 [58.35] [JW]

Zgraggen-Koella never over-play and there’s a proper balance between distance and emotive press. I enjoyed the playing and acoustic. Claves should be pleased ... see Full Review

Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Violin Sonata in D major Op.16 (1908-09) [17.39] Violin Sonata in E major Op.46 (1931) [19.16] Violin Sonata in D major WoO22 (1905 revised 1952) [19.40] Albumblatt WoO70 91908) [2.09] Simone Zgraggen (violin) Ulrich Koella (piano) rec. 25-27 Oct 2004, Salle de Châtonneyre, Corseaux, Vevey, Switzerland CLAVES 50-2503 [59:11] [RB]

Zgraggen takes a cleaner less overtly romanticised line than Barrett but is recorded with a shade less mystery ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) The Symphonies CD 1 [75:21] Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82 (1811-13) [27:47] Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 ‘Tragic’ (1816) [31:16] Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D590 (1817) [08:12] Overture in the Italian Style in C major, D591 (1817) [07:59] CD 2 [69:01] Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125 (1812) [33:58] Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589 ‘Little C Major’ (1818) [35:00] CD 3 [77:43] Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200 (1814) [24:26] Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485 (1816) [26:49] Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 ‘Unfinished’ (1822) [26:25] CD 4 [58:23] Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 ‘Great’ (1828) [58:23] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Recorded at performances at the Concertgebouw hall, Amsterdam, Holland during May and November 1992. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62323-2 [4 CDs: 75:21 + 69:01 + 77:43 + 58:23][MC]

Harnoncourt directs wonderful playing from the Concertgebouw and displays impressive sensitivity allowing the listener to appreciate nuance and detail ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet in G Major, op. posth. 161, D887 (1826) (orchestrated by Victor Kissine) Solo quartet: Gidon Kremer, violin; Andrejs Gojikovs, Violin; Daniil Grishin, viola; Kristine Blaumane, cello The Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer Recorded Lockenhaus, Austria, July 2003 ECM 1883 [55:02] [JL]

Schubert’s masterpiece is treated to some wayward arranging and interpretation but is superbly executed by the players ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Die schöne Müllerin D 795 Jan Kobow (tenor) Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) rec. St. Andreaskirche, Berlin, 3-6 Nov 2003 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD2 2315 [60:56] [GF]

One of the freshest and most uplifting interpretations of Die schöne Müllerin I have come across for a very long time. ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 19: Poets of Sensibility, Vols. 1 and 2 Lieder nach Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock Dem Unendlichen D 291☼; Selma und Selmar D 286♀♂; Furcht der Geliebten D 285♂; An Sie D 288♀; Edone D 445♂; Das Rosenband D280♀; Vaterlandslied D287♀; Hermann und Thusnelda D322♀♂; Die frühen Gräber D290♀; Die Sommernacht D289♂; Die Gestirne D444☼ Lieder nach Friedrich von Matthisson An Laura (als sie Klopstocks Auferstehungslied sang) D115♂; Erinnerung ("Totenopfer") D101☼; Die Betende D102♀; Trost. An Elisa D97♂; Die Sterbende D186♀; Vollendung D579A☼; Entzückung D413♂; Stimme der Liebe (1st setting) D187♀; Andenken D99☼; Erinnerungen D98♂; Der Geistertanz (1st setting, fragment) D15☼; Stimme der Liebe (2nd setting) D418☼; Lied aus der Ferne D107♂; Geist der Liebe D414♀; Der Geistertanz (2nd setting, fragment) D15☼; Lied der Liebe D109♂; Geisternähe D100☼; Der Abend D108♀; Der Geistertanz (3rd setting) D116☼; Lebenslied D508☼; Romanze D114☼; Die Erde D579B♀; Skolie D507☼; Naturgenuss D188♀; Die Schatten D50♂; Totenkranz für ein Kind D275♀; Klage D415☼; Julius an Theone D419♂; Adelaide D95♂ Simone Nold (soprano)♀, Marcus Ullmann (tenor)♂, Thomas Bauer (baritone)☼, Ulrich Eisenlohr (fortepiano) Recorded at Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany from November 10th to 14th, 2003, and from January 12 to 16th, 2004 NAXOS 8.557371-72 [50:45 + 56:20] [GF]

Schubert completists will need this and anyone curious about some lesser known repertoire can rest assured that the singing is fully worthy of the songs. ... see Full Review

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in C minor D.958 [31:30] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without Words, op. 19: 1 [03.33], 2 [02:18], 3 [02:18], 5 [02:45], 6 [03:07] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in B flat minor op. 9/1 [06:27] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images, Book 1 [15:22], Hommage à Haydn [02:34], L’isle joyeuse [05:55] Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Recorded live at Szeged, Hungary in 1972 DOREMI DHR-7766 [76:07] [CH]

Best left for confirmed Richterites. ... see Full Review

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) Symphony No. 7 (1960) [28:57] Symphony No. 10 American Muse (1976) [31:51] Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec. S Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA. Nov 2003 (7); Sept 2004 (10). DDD NAXOS 8.559255 [60:48][RB]

As you would expect with Schwarz these readings breathe in the composer's inspiration but leave room for even more intensity. ... see Full Review

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Concerto no.2 in G major, op.126 (1966) (1. Largo [14:59]; 2. Allegretto [4:44]; 3. Allegretto [15:35]) Symphony no.12 in D minor, op.112 The Year 1917 – In Memory of Lenin (1961) (1. Revolutionary Petrograd [14:53]; 2. Razliv [12:19]; 3. Aurora [4:54]; 4. The Dawn of Humanity [10:55]) Jonathan Ayling (cello) London Shostakovich Orchestra/Christopher Cox Recorded live at St. Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street, London NW1, 14 November 2004 DUNELM RECORDS DRDO234 [78:54] [GPJ]

A highly enjoyable recording of a remarkable event, and a reminder of the riches of musical talent in which the UK abounds. ... see Full Review

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony no. 1 in E minor, op. 39 [34:17], Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 43 [42:07] Leopold Stokowski conducts his Symphony Orchestra (no. 1), the NBC Symphony Orchestra (no. 2) Recorded in New York on 11th and 13th July 1950 (no. 1), 15th, 16th and 23rd September (no. 2) CALA CACD0541 [76:25] [CH]

I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know how to write about this! ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 82 (1914) [29:06] En Saga (1892) [17:51] Swan of Tuonela (1893) [8:18] Valse Triste (1904) [4:58] Finlandia (1900) [8:32] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Schmidt (Charles Mackerras: Finlandia only)rec. CTS Studios, London, 1996. DDD REGIS RRC 1216 [69:08] [RB]

This is one of those discs that slips way into the background all too easily. Sibelians need this disc. Schmidt’s Fifth could easily stand as the only version in someone’s collection. ... see Full Review

Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) Symphonic Transcriptions Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) A Night on a Bare Mountain (1867, arr Stokowski 1939) [9'17]; Khovanshchina – Entr'acte to Act IV (1872-80, arr. 1922) [5'25]; Symphonic Synthesis of Boris Godunov (1874, arr. 1936) [24'21]; Pictures at an Exhibition (1874, arr. 1939) Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Morceaux, Op. 10 (1871) – No. 2, Humoresque (arr. 1941) [2'11]; Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'). Op. 73 No. 6 (1893, arr. 1936) [3'26] Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977)Traditional Slavic Christmas Music (1933) [3'18] Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. The Lighthouse, Poole, UK 21-23 September 2004. Also includes bonus disc of 'Russian Romantic Classics' – music from Glinka to Shostakovich from the Naxos catalogue [68'47]. DDD NAXOS NAXOS 8.557645 [76'47] [CC]

No wonder this is Naxos's self-appointed CD of the Month for September. An excellent release. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Works for violin and piano. Violin Sonata in D minor Op. 9 (1904) (Allegro moderato [9:38]; Andantino tranquillo e dolce [6:44]; Finale: Allegro molto, quasi presto [5:42]) Lullaby (La Berceuse d´Aitacho Enia) Op.52 (1925) [5:25] Nocturne from Op. 28 (1915) [5:52] Roxana´s Song (1924) [5:37] Dance of the Harnasie (1931) [6:43] Tarantella from Op. 28 [5:58] Mythes Op. 30 (1915) Arethusa´s Fountain [6:03]; Narcissus [7:33]; Pan and the Dryads [8:33]) Krzysztof Bakowski (violin) Anna Górecka (piano) rec. July 2001, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. DDD CD ACCORD ACD 077 [74.13] [[RB]

The complete Szymanowski for the genre matchlessly presented - Bakowski is a real discovery. Where has Poland been hiding him .... and why ... see Full Review

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Preludes, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7; Masques, Op. 34; Krakowiak (Four Polish Dances, Op. 47). Frideryk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes, Op. 55, Nos. 15 and 16; Polonaise No. 4, Op. 40/2; Ballade No. 4, Op. 52; Etude in A flat major, ‘Harp Study’, Op. 25 No. 1. Alicja Fiderkiewicz (piano) rec. celebrity recital, Fifth Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 21 Aug 2005. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0245 [64:18] [IM][PS]

Lovely, poetic interpretations ... a delightfully, well-contrasted recital. ... see Full Review [IM]
Fiderkiewicz is a distinguished concert artist and this CD is a memento of her celebrity recital at Chetham’s earlier this year ... see Full Review [PS]

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Six Concertos for Two Flutes with bassoon, strings and continuo (1712-1721): in A major TWV 53:A1; in E minor TWV 52:e2; in D major TWV 53:D1; in A minor TWV 53:a1; in G major TWV 53:G1; in B minor TWV 53:h1 John Solum and Richard Wyton (flutes) Hanoverian Ensemble rec. Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, August 2004. DDD MSR CLASSICS MS 1113 [64:45] [PCW]

Lovers of the baroque flute and "Telemaniacs" will wish to investigate these well-played world premières ... see Full Review

Joan TOWER (b. 1938) In Memory (2002)a [14:56] Big Sky (2000)b [7:11] Wild Purple (1998)c [7:18] Holding a Daisy (1996)d [3:54] Or Like Engine (1994)d [3:13] Vast Antique Cubes (2000)e [2:58] Throbbing Still (2000)e [7:38] Island Prelude (1989)f [11:17] Tokyo String Quartetaf; Chee-Yun (violin)b; André Emelianoff (cello)b; Joan Tower (piano)b; Paul Neubauer (viola)c; Ursula Oppens (piano)d; Melvin Chen (piano)e; Richard Woodhams (oboe)f Recorded: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, January 2004 NAXOS 8.559215 [58:26] [HC]

This well-planned release offering an introduction to Joan Tower’s attractive music: tensely lyrical, mildly dissonant, redolent of Bartók. ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlos Opera in Five Acts (1867 Paris version with additional music unused at the first production. (Sung in French). Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille Du Locle after Schiller’s dramatic poem ‘Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien’ of 1785-86. First performed at the Paris Opera on 11 March 1867 Philippe (King of Spain), Alastair Miles (bass); Don Carlos (Infante of Spain), Ramon Vargas (ten); Rodrigue (Marquis de Posa), Bo Skovhus (bar); Le Grande Inquisiteur, Simon yang (bass); Elisabeth de Valois (Philip's Queen), Iona Tamar (sop); Princesse Eboli (Elisabeth's lady-in-waiting), Nadja Michael (mezzo); Thiabault (Elisabeth's page), Cornelia Salje (sop); Le Comte de Lerme (A Royal Herald), Benedict Kobel (ten); An Old Monk, Johannes Gisser (bass); A Voice from Heaven, Inna Los (sop) Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera/Bertrand de Billy Live recording, 18 October 2004 ORFEO C648 054L [4 CDs: 53.28 + 79.17 + 62.57 + 50.13][RJF]

I welcome this opportunity to hear the opera as Verdi first intended it to be heard in Paris on March 11th 1867 ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo (1871) - Opera in four acts. Libretto revised by du Locle, translated to Italian by Zandarini, based on Schiller’s “Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien” and Cormon’s “Philippe II, roi d’Espagne”. Philip II - Robert Lloyd (bass) Don Carlo - Rolando Villazón (tenor) Elizabeth of Valois - Amanda Roocroft (soprano) Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa - Dwayne Croft (baritone) The Grand Inquisitor - Jaakko Ryhänen (bass) Princess Eboli - Violeta Urmana (mezzo) A monk - Giorgio Giuseppini (bass) De Nederlandse Opera Chorus Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly Stage Director: Willy Decker Rec. live at Het Muziektheatre Amsterdam, 2004 all regions OPUS ARTE OA0932 D [2 DVDs: 199:00][ED]

An automatic recommendation? On the whole, yes. And Decker’s production is the clincher ... really great drama. ... see Full Review

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo (Four act version) (1867) Jerome Hines (bass) - Filippo II; Eleanor Steber (soprano) - Elisabetta; Richard Tucker (tenor) - Don Carlo; Blanche Thebom (mezzo-soprano) - Eboli; Ettore Bastianini (baritone) - Rodrigo; Nicola Moscona (bass) - L’Inquisitore; Vilma Georgiou (soprano) - Tebaldo; Charles Anthony (tenor) - Lerma; Gabor Carelli (tenor) - Un araldo; Louis Sgarro (bass) - Un frate; Shakeh Vartenissian (soprano) - Una voce dal Cielo Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Kurt Adler Live recording from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 5 March 1955 ANDROMEDA ANDRCD 5018 [75:25 + 78:06][GF]

I can’t think that this will ever be someone’s first choice of Don Carlo, but admirers of Ettore Bastianini should definitely search it out and there is enough of good singing elsewhere too to make it a fairly attractive proposition. ... see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione op. 8 - L'Estro Armonico op. 3 Stefano Montanari, Fiorenza De Donatis (*), Paolo Zinzani (**), Laura Mirri (**), violin; Mauro Valli, cello Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone ARTS 47750-2

Warm and passionate performances of Vivaldi's two most famous sets of concertos - recommended for repeated listening and enjoying … see Full Review

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons - concertos for violin, strings and basso continuo Op. 8, Nos 1-4 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione) (1. Spring, in E major, RV 269; 2. Summer, in G minor, RV 315; 3. Autumn, in F major RV 293; 4. Winter, in F minor, RV 297) Concerto for three violins, strings and basso continuo in F major, RV 551 Concerto for strings and basso continuo, in D minor RV 128 Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca/Giuliano Carmignola (baroque violin) Recorded at the Church of San Vigilico, Col S. Martino, Treviso, Italy on March and October, 1992 DDD DIVOX ANTIQUA CDX-79404 [53:00] [MC]

Excellent playing but insufficient variation in expression and dynamic and a slightly cool ambience convey a clinical and astringent effect ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813 – 1883) Lohengrin (1850) Lauritz Melchior (tenor) – Lohengrin; Astrid Varnay (soprano) – Elsa of Brabant; Alexander Sved (baritone) – Friedrich von Telramund; Kerstin Thorborg (mezzo) – Ortrud; Norman Cordon (bass) – Henry the Fowler, King of Germany; Mack Harrell (baritone) – Herald Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York/Erich Leinsdorf Recorded at live broadcast on 2nd January 1943 Appendix: Bridal Chamber Scene (Act III, Scene 2) sung by Lauritz Melchior and Emmy Bettendorf. Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann Recorded in Berlin 1926 NAXOS 8.110235-37 [3 CDs: 55:05 + 69:49 + 74:26] [GF]

Despite a glassy string sound this is a thrilling Lohengrin ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre (1851-6) Siegmund – Poul Elming (tenor) Hunding – Matthias Hoelle (bass) Wotan – John Tomlinson (bass) Sieglinde – Nadine Secunda (soprano) Brünnhilde – Anne Evans (soprano) Fricke/Siegrune – Linda Finnie (mezzo) Gerhilde – Eva Johansson (soprano) Ortlinde – Ruth Floeren (soprano) Waltraute – Shirley Close (mezzo) Helmwige – Eva-Marie Bundschuh (soprano) Rossweisse – Hebe Dijkstra (mezzo) Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim Directed for the stage by Harry Kupfer Directed for video by Horant Hohlfeld Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival Theatre, June/July 1992 WARNER CLASSICS UNITEL 2564 62319-2 [2 DVDs: 237:00][TH]

We should be grateful that this highly-praised cycle is now reaching us on DVD  – as recent Rings go, it takes the biscuit for me. Roll on the rest! ... see Full Review

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung – Act II complete Brünnhilde – Frieda Leider (soprano) Siegfried - Lauritz Melchior (tenor) Gunther – Herbert Janssen (baritone) Waltraute - Kerstin Thorborg (mezzo) Hagen – Ludwig Weber (bass)/Emanuel List (bass) Alberich - Edouard Habich (bass-baritone) Gutrune – Maria Nezadal (soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Thomas Beecham Recorded 14th and 29th May 1936 with interpolations; includes Act I Scene 2 Hagen’s Hier sitz to the end of the Act and Act III Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene with Elfriede Maherr-Wagner (Gutrune)/Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Leo Blech, recorded 1928 Excerpts from Frieda Leider’s Wagner; War es so schamlich (Die Walküre Act III Scene 3) [7.33] Heil dir sonne! (Siegfried Act III Scene 3) [4.24] Ewig war ich (Siegfried Act III Scene 3) [8.31] Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Leo Blech, recorded 1927 GUILD GHCD 2311/12 [67.26 + 73.47] [JW]

An imposing addition to the 1930s Wagnerian discography - and in better-than-hoped-for sound. ... see Full Review

Franz WAXMAN (1906-1967) Rebecca - film score (1940) [72.32] Viktor Šimčisko (violin) Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano Recorded in the Concert Hall of Slovak Radio in Bratislava, November 1990 and January-February 1991 NAXOS 8.557549 [72.32][JW]

At budget price interested parties could hardly refuse such a textually intelligent, well-played and con amore production. ... see Full Review

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe (1823) Hertha Wilfert – Euryanthe Howard Vandenburg – Adolar Inge Borkh – Eglantine Karl Kamann – Lysiart Alaxander Welitsch – King Ludwig VI Hanny Steffek – Bertha Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Carlo Maria Giulini Recorded live in Florence, 8 May 1954 WALHALL ETERNITY SERIES WLCD 0074 [70.01 + 65.15] [JW]

All told this is a disappointment. For Giulini completists only... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Symphony no.2 (1933-34) [29:40] (1. Sostenuto – Allegro molto [9:47]; 2. Largo [13:10]; 3. Allegro vivace [6:43]) Symphony no.1 (1921) [26:50] Lady in the Dark – Symphonic Nocturne (Concert Suite arr. Robert Russell Bennett) [17:32]
(1. Andante misterioso ‘My Ship’ [2:53]; 2. ‘Girl of the Moment’ [1:58]; 3. Bolero ‘This is New’ [3:46]; 4. Allegro alla Marcia [1:09]; 5. ‘Dance of the Tumblers’ [1:47]; 6. ‘The Saga of Jenny’ [5:58]) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop rec. Lighthouse Concert Hall, Poole, UK, 12-14 Jan 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557481[74:02] [GPJ]

If you are tempted to think of Kurt Weill as nothing more than a Sullivan to Bertolt Brecht’s Gilbert then I beg you to listen to this outstanding disc. ... see Full Review

Kurt WEILL (1900-1950)
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op.12 (1924) [26’27] Pëteris VASKS (b.1946) Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra ‘Distant Light’ (1996-7) [30’31] Anthony Marwood (violin/conductor) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Recorded in Henry Wood Hall London, 7-9 December 2004. DDD HYPERION CDA 67496 [57’05] [TH]

If you don’t know either piece and fancy the coupling, don’t hesitate. ... see Full Review

Adrian WILLAERT (1490-1562) Inclite Sfortiadum princeps (1) Domine Jesu Christi (2) Ne projicias nos, Domine (2) Victor io salve (1) In convertendo (Psalm 125) (1,2) Jachet of MANTUA (1483-1559) Hesperiae ultimae invicto Regi (1, 2) Enceladi Coeique Soror (2) Missa Eceladi Coeique Soror (1,2) O Angele Dei (1) Dum vastos Adriae fluctus (2) Jachet of MANTUA and Adrian WILLAERT Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126) (1,2) Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue (2) Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse (1) Recorded Prieuré de Froville, September 2003 CALLIOPE CAL 9342 [58.20] [RH]

An attractive and intelligently put together programme. The shame is that stylistic issues mean the performances are less than ideal; worth exploring all the same ... see Full Review

Ernst Wilhelm WOLF (1735-1792) Symphonies: E flat [16'51]; F [23'51]; C (1786) [17'20]; D [6'54]. Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Weimar/Nicolás Pasquet. rec. Concert Hall of the Franz Liszt University of Music, Weimar, 4-6 April 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557132 [64'56] [CC]

The world of the Wind Serenade is never too far away yet Wolf can attain depths of expression that seem to post-date his period. Recommended. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH (b. 1939) Violin Concertoa (1998) [26'03] Rituals for Five Percussionists and Orchestrab (2002) [25'59] aPamela Frank (violin); bNEXUS/IRIS Chamber Orchestra aSaarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Michael Stern. aLive recording in the Kongresshalle, Stuttgart, Germany on October 18th, 1998, bGermantown Performing Arts Centre, Tennessee, USA on March 7th, 2004 Studio recording). DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559268 [52'04] [CC]

Recommended, especially for the Violin Concerto. There is an integrity to the works on this disc that is most impressive. ... see Full Review

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Prepared by Michael Herman

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Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

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Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
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