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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sympathetically recorded, magnificently conducted ... To Atterberg enthusiasts current and future this box represents riches unimaginable. Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) The Nine Symphonies Rasilainen [RB]

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)The sound is rich and warm and individual brilliance is not lacking Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876) [50.25] Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (1877) Bychkov [TB]

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) The violin sound lacks warmth and body. A pity, since Mackerras brings plenty of attack and drama with sensitive attention to details of dynamic and some really distinguished playing. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876) [44.07] Symphony No. 1, initial version of second movement (before 1876) [8.35] Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880) [9.40] Mackerras [TB]

Saburo MOROI I started listening to this CD feeling slightly sceptical, but have been thoroughly won over (1903-1977) Sinfonietta in B flat ,Two Symphonic Movements, Symphony no.3 [GPJ]

Steve REICH (b.1936) The near-ideal representation of Reich’s considerable contribution to the string quartet genre. If you’re into Reich, don’t hesitate Triple Quartet (1999) [14’45] Duet (1994) [5’14] Different Trains (1988) [27’14] The Smith Quartet Recorded at TCM Studios, London, Jan.-Feb. 2005 (Different Trains) and Konk Studios, London, June 4-7 2005 (rest) SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD064 [46’59] [TH]

Ruth CRAWFORD SEEGER (1901-1953)This woman packs a modernist punch and you’ve been duly warned. Suite for five wind instruments and piano, Sonata for violin and piano' Two Ricercari , Prelude No.1, Prelude No.9 , Study in Mixed Accents, Diaphonic Suite No.1 for flute, Diaphonic Suite, Three Songs [JW]

Gaspare SPONTINI (1774-1850) This live 1954 La Scala performance has long been admired by Callas’s delirious worshippers. And quite rightly too .... but sound is pretty awful La Vestale (1807) Maria Callas (soprano) – Giulia Franco Corelli (tenor) [JW]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH As far as ballet DVDs are concerned, I have not enjoyed one so much for so long. If traditional productions are for you, then try this one – you will not be disappointed. Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) The Sleeping Beauty Bolshoi Kopilov [JPh]

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Lovers of the late-baroque music of Vivaldi might want to explore this CPO release but overall the result is disappointing. Six Violin Concertos for Anna Maria [MC]

A Tribute to Nadia Boulanger The warmth, energy, commitment and zeal are still audible to this day [JW]


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RONALD STEVENSON - The Man and His Music A Symposium edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland

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RONALD STEVENSON -As well as being a signal entry in Martin Anderson’s determinedly serious Toccata Press list, it also stands out as one of the major contributions to musical literature The Man and His Music A Symposium edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland publ. 2005 foreword by Lord Menuhin 507pp Toccata Press ISBN 0 907689 40 X hard ISBN 0 907689 41 8 paper

IAN VENABLES Song album (high) It is my belief that the personality of this composer as clearly discernible in these varied songs will, when the rest of his music (particularly the song cycles and the Piano Quintet) is better known, assume a stature in the pageant of English music in the 20th Century Thames Elkin 2004 Introduction (Graham J Lloyd)


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