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Giacomo CARISSIMI (1605-1674) Oratorios Historia di Jephte [21:38] Dai più riposti abissi, Serenade [12:09] Historia Ionae [19:30] Consortium Carissimi/Vittorio Zanon Recorded November 2003 at the Museo Civico, Marino, Italy DDD NAXOS 8.557390 [53:16][JV]

A largely inadequate recording of two of Carissimi's best-known oratorios … see Full Review

Henri CASADESUS (1879–1947) Viola Concerto in B minor in the Style of Handel [15.21] (1) William WALTON (1902–1983) Viola Concerto (1927) [22.33] (2) Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Harold in Italy (1834) [41.47] (3) William Primrose (viola) RCA Victor Orchestra/Frieder Weissmann (1); Philharmonia Orchestra/William Walton (2); Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitsky (3) Recorded: 8th May 1946, New York City (1); 22nd – 23rd July 1946, EMI Abbey Road Studio, London (2); 28th November 1944, Symphony Hall, Boston (3) NAXOS 8.110316 [79.43] [RH]

Outstanding performances; though these may be performances which people already have on other discs. Transfers exemplary as usual. ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830) [40.44] Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (1829-30) [31.07] Christian Zacharias (piano/conductor) Lausanne Chamber Orchestra rec. Metropol Lausanne, 21-22 March 2003 (Op. 21), 10-11 October 2004 (Op. 11) MD+G Gold MDG 340 1267-2 [72.05] [SV]

May well make you revise your estimate of these concerti upwards. Do make sure you have a higher-powered version as well ... see Full Review

James COOK (circa 1970) Organ Symphony Odyssey, (Heaven Taken by Storm) [10’56] Pneumatologia [6’08] Proem [3’05] Ultima (The Four Last Things) [10’15] Suite: Man’s Fourfold State In Eden [2’46] In Nature [1’57] In Grace [1’46] In Heaven [1’59] Two Voluntaries A Glimpse of Glory [2’03] A Glance of Heaven [4’30] Heaven and Hell Epitomised: 2 Sacred Lessons Calvaries of Love [8’22] The Everlasting Habitations [8’24] Myles Hartley, organ Rec: Harris Manchester College Chapel, Oxford, 19 November 2004. DDD DIVINE ART 25031 [62’15][CB]

Worth picking up for explorers of the organ repertoire’s more unknown corners ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Piano Fantasy (1955-1957) [29:19] Piano Sonata (1939-1941) [21:56] Piano Variations (1930) [11:53] Benjamin Pasternak, piano. rec. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 19-20 August 2003 NAXOS 8.559184 [63:08][JF]

The three masterworks for piano by one of the greatest American composers. The playing complements the vivacity, complexity and depth of this fine music. ... see Full Review

Joseph CURIALE (b. 1955) Gates of Gold (1993) [19:00] Awakening (Songs of Earth) (1995) [10:46] Adelina de Maya (1995-6) [11:08] The Multiples of One (1995) [5:17] Blue Windows (2000) [7:39] Doc Severinsen, trumpet Bryan Pezzone, piano Miriam Clarke, flute Jon Clarke, oboe Robert Becker, viola Larry Corbett, cello The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Joseph Curiale Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London July 1995 and January, December and June 1996; Blue Moon Studios, California, June, 1996 and at Air Studio, London in June 2001. ORCHARD ROAD RECORDS Bar code 6-3967971572-6 (No catalogue number given) [63:22] [KS]

Sit down in some quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, and let this wash of beauty bring you a moment or two of repose. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) L’Enfant Prodigue (1884) [34.15] Lia – Jeanine Micheau (soprano) Azaël – Michel Sénéchal (tenor) Siméon – Pierre Mollet (baritone) Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Symphony No.3 Liturgique –H186 (1946) [28.35] Choir and Orchestra of RAI, Turin/André Cluytens Recorded live in Turin in April (Debussy) and May (Honegger) 1962 ARTS ARCHIVES 43059-2 [63.54] [JW]

It’s an admirable performance of the Honegger and a warm one of the Debussy ... it reflects well on Arts to have released it. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartets – No. 12 in F, Op. 96/B179, 'American' (1893) [25'55]; No. 10 in E flat, Op. 51/B92 (1878/9) [31'21]. Cypresses, B152 (1887) - No. 1, I know that on my love to thee [3'42]; No. 2, In many a heart is death [2'38]; No. 3, In the sweet power of your eyes [2'31]; No. 11, Nature is held in light sleep [2'16]. Australian String Quartet (Natsuko Yoshimoto, James Cuddeford, violins; Jeremy Williams, viola; Niall Brown, cello). Rec. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide on October 4th-7th, 2004. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 7741 [68'30][CC]

A most enjoyable disc. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
String Sextet in A major for two violins, two violas and two cellos, B.80, Op.48 (1878) [33:20] String Quintet in G major for two violins, viola, cello and double bass, B.49, Op.77 (1875) [33:37] Intermezzo in B for two violins, viola, cello and double bass, B.49 (1875) [04:32] The Nash Ensemble: (Marianne Thorsen, violin I; Malin Broman, violin II; Lawrence Power, viola; Garfield Jackson, viola II (tracks 1-4); Paul Watkins, cello; Natalie Clein, cello (tracks 1-4); Duncan McTier, double bass (tracks 5-9)) rec. St. Jude’s Church, Hampstead, London, UK, 30-31 Jan, 1 Feb 2004. DDD ASV GOLD GLD4011 [71:34] [MC]

An excellent release from the highly talented Nash Ensemble of two Dvořák chamber works that deserve to be better known. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Solo Piano Music Two Minuets Op.28 B58 (1876-77) [9.10] Dumka in D minor Op.35 B64 (1876) [7.01] Theme with Variations in A flat major Op.36 B65 (1876) [14.32] Album Leaves B109 (1880-88) [7.03] Album Leaf in E flat major B158 (1888) [0.47]Eight Waltzes Op.54 B101 (1880) [27.29] Moderato in A major B116 [2,10] Question B128a [0.27] Two Furiants Op.42 B85 (1878) [13.04] Four Eclogues Op.56 B103 (1880) [15.01] Six Pieces Op.52 B110 (1880) [17.41] Dumka and Furiant Op.12 B136 and B137 (1884) [7.27] Two Little Pearls B156 (1887) [2.55] Poetic Tone Pictures Op.85 B161 (1889) [57.35] Eight Humoresques Op.101 B187 (1892-95) [23.47] Six Mazurkas Op.56 B111 (1880) [15.05] Silhouettes Op.8 B98 (1879) [15.18] Polka in E major B3 (1860) [2.01] Scottish Dances Op.41 B74 (1877) [5.32] Humoresque B138 (1884) [2.23] Impromptu B129 (1883) [4.22]Suite in A "American" Op.98 B184 (1894) [16.25] Two Pieces Op Posthumous – Lullaby and Capriccio B188 (1894) [4.55] Inna Poroshina (piano) Recorded Kiev, 1997-98 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92606 [5 CDs: 50.35 + 61.10 + 47.33 + 57.35 + 58.53] [JW]

Swings and roundabouts then; on balance I think I would suggest this new Brilliant box ... see Full Review

Roland DYENS (b. 1955) 1. Tango en Skai (1978/1985)  [2:49] Triaela (2001/2002) [15:21] 2. Light Motif (Takemitsu au Bresil [4:52] 3. Black Horn (when Spain meets jazz) [5:03] 4. Clown Down (Gismonte au cirque) [5:14] 5. Songe Capricorne (1994) [6:04] Hommage ŕ Villa-Lobos (1987) [11:21] 6. Climazonie [2:35] 7. Danse caracterielle et bachianinha [3:56] 8. Andantinostalgie [2:39] 9. Tuhu [2:07] Trois Pieces Polyglottes [14:17] 10. Sols d’ięze (G sharp) (1992) [5:51] 11. Valse des loges (Green  Room Waltz)  (1998) [4:58] 12. Flying Wigs (Perruques volantes)  (1998) [3:22] 13. Lettre Encore (2000) [1:35] Libra Sonatine (1986) [16:30] 14. India [5:50] 15. Largo [7:02] 16. Fuoco [3:31] Elena Papandreou, guitar. rec. 25-28th January 2004 at Länna Church, Sweden. BIS CD 1366 [69:14][ZT]

This new release is recommended listening. ... see Full Review

Sir George DYSON (1883-1964) At the Tabard Inn – Overture [11’13"] Concerto da Chiesa for string orchestra [19’06"] Symphony in G minor [42’14"] Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones Recorded at the Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, 1-2 November 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557720 [72’33"] [JQ]

Good, musical and well-balanced sound. Performances full of life, warmth and vitality. Lloyd-Jones proves himself a doughty and effective champion of English music. ... see Full Review

Joseph Leopold EYBLER (1765-1846) Quintet in D major for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and Double Bass [42:37] Trio in C major for Violin, Viola and Cello [28:47] Quintett Momento Musicale Recorded Markkleeberg, Saxonia, August 2004 MDG 603 1321-2 [71:39][DS]

Exemplary. Anyone who loves the chamber music of Mozart and Haydn will likely derive great satisfaction from the music and performances ... see Full Review

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Fiori Musicali Vol II – Messa Della Madonna (Missa cum jubilo and Vesper) Canticum/Christoph Erkens Lorenzo Ghielmi – organ (in the church of San Maurizio in Monastero Maggiore, Milan rec 18-19 Oct 1994 in the church of San Maurizio in Monastero Maggiore, Milan, and 23-26 October 1994 in St Osdag, Mandelsloh. DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 74321 935472 [68.13][PW]

Undeniably enjoyable. Plainsong, pure tuning and fairly dense organ writing is probably going to make this disc more for the Frescobaldi devotee ... see Full Review

Kenneth FUCHS (b. 1956) An American Place (2004) [18:44] Eventide - concerto for english horn, harp, percussion and string orchestra (1980s) [21:24] Out of the Dark, suite for chamber orchestra after Three Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler (1980s) [15:09] Thomas Stacey (cor anglais) (Eventide) Timothy Jones (French horn) (Out of the Dark) London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. St Luke's, Finsbury, London, 6-7 September 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.559224 [55:16] [TP]

Altogether a strong release. All three works are accessible and rather lovely, and An American Place alone is worth the price of the disc. ... see Full Review

Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) Sonatas for Cello and Bass Continuo Op.5; Pièces de Clavecin Sonata in A Op.5 No 1 [11:31] Sonata in D minor Op.5 No 2 [11:02] Prelude (Lentement) and Vivement in D after Op.4 No 1 from Pièces de Clavecin (1743) [6:15] Sonata in C Op.5 No 3 [12:12] Tendrement in G minor after Op.1 No 6 from Pièces de Clavecin [3:34] Sonata in B flat Op.5 No 4 [5:39] Vivement in D after Op.4 No 4 from Pièces de Clavecin [3:50] Sonata in F Op.5 No 5 [7:15] Sonata in B flat after Op.5 No 4 from The Second Collection of Pieces for Harpsichord (1762) [4:48] Sonata in A minor Op.5 No 6 [8:49] Alison McGillivary (cello), David McGuinness (harpsichord), Eligio Quinteiro (alto guitar), Joseph Crouch (cello) Rec. St. Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, UK in August 2004 DDD/DSD Hybrid SACD playable on all CD players LINN CKD 251 [74:51] [PCW]

High quality playing and production of rarely heard music by a composer yet underestimated by history … see Full Review

Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Complete works for guitar and orchestra with Gran Quintetto op. 65 and Quintet op. 102 CD 1 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra No. 1 in A Major Op. 30 (Allegro maestoso [16:07]; Siciliana (Andantino) [5:38]; Polonaise (Allegreto) [9:18]) Concerto for Guitar “terzina” and Orchestra No. 3 in F Major Op. 70 (Allegro moderato [13:05]; Andantino alla Siliciano con variazoni [6:54]; Polonaise (Allegretto) [8:28]) CD 2 Concerto for Guitar and Strings in C Major Op. 36 (Maestro [14:44]; Andantino [4”52]; Ronda (Allegretto) [10:04]) Gran Quintetto for Guitar and Strings in C Major Op. 65 (Introduzione [1:38]; Theme and Variations [7:06]; Polonaise [8:36]) Variazioni su “Nume perdonami in tale istante” from Generali’s Baccanali di Roma, for Guitar “terzina” and string Quartet Op. 102 (Introduzione, Thema. Variations [7:53]) Claudio Maccari (guitar) (Opp. 30, 36); Paulo Pugliese (guitar) Orchestra “Esemble Ottecento” on original instruments/Andrea Rognoni rec. 1-8 Sept 2002, Chiesa di S. Defendente, Romano di Lombardia, Bergamo, Italy. BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92621 [59:49 + 55:19][ZT]

Listeners with a commitment to the ”original instrument” concept and an interest in evaluating the novel sounds the time will find this enjoyable ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Les Enfants Terribles – Children of the Game (1996) [1:29:57] Christine Arand, soprano (Lise) Philip Cutlip, bass-baritone (Paul) Hal Cazalet, tenor (Gerard, narrator) Valerie Komar, mezzo (Dargelos, Agathe) Philip Glass, Nelson Padgett, and Eleanor Sandresky, keyboards Karen Kemensek, conductor rec. Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, 9-12 September 2002; Church of St. Lorenz, Nuremberg, Germany, 25 January 2003 DDD ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0019 [49:06 + 40:51] [PG]

If the work is to be performed, this is a very good reference point. Otherwise this is probably a work for the Glass completist more than the casual listener. ... see Full Review

Alexander Constantinovich GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Complete Songs and Romances 1888–1890 1. From Hafiz (Don’t be lured by warlike glory…) Words by A. Pushkin 2. The Belle. Words by A. Pushkin Two Songs to Words by A. Pushkin, op. 27 3. Oriental Romanza 4. Song (Why do I not hear the roar of joy?…) 1898 Six Songs, Op. 59
5. The Muse. Words by A. Pushkin 6. From Petrarca (We Used To Live At The Foot Of A Hill…) Russian version by Ap. Korinfsky 7. From Petrarca (When Your Eyes …) Russian version by Ap. Korinfsky 8. You Want To Love … Words by Ap. Korinfsky 9. Delia. Words by A. Pushkin 10. The Sky’s All Silver … Words by Ap. Maikov Six Songs, Op. 60 11. The Grace Cup. Words by A. Pushkin 12. Desire. Words by A. Pushkin 13. The Nereid. Words by A. Pushkin 14. Dream. Words by A. Pushkin 15. My Life Is Still Before Me … Words by Ap. Maikov 16. Near The Land Where Golden Venice Reigns … Words by A. Pushkin 1900
17. Hey You, My Free Song! A Duo. Words by P. Seversky 1905 18. Masha Is Told Not To Cross The River. Words of a traditional Russian song 1916 19. Shakespeare’s Sonnet LXVI ("For Restful Death I Cry…") Russian version by A. Kremlev 20. Nina’s Song. Op. 102, from the music to The Masquerade, a drama by M. Lermontov Young years - 1881–1882 21. Stifling! Words by H. Heine; Russian version by N. Nekrasov 22. Spanish Romanza. Words by A. Pushkin 23. Whenever I Hear Your Voice … Words by M. Lermontov 24. My Songs Are Venomous… Words by H. Heine, Russian version by N. Dobrolyubov 1881–1885
Five Songs, Op. 4 25. To Your Snow–White Bosom… Words by H. Heine, Russian version by N. Dobrolyubov 26. The Nightingale. Words by A. Koltsov 27. When I Look Into Your Eyes. Words by H. Heine, Russian version by M. Mikhailov 28. Arab Melody. Words from a traditional song 29. Spanish Song. Words from a traditional song Victoria Evtodieva, soprano (11 - 18, 20, 23) Lyudmila Shkirtil, mezzo (1, 3, 4, 17, 25 - 29) Mikhail Lukonin, baritone (2, 5-10, 19, 21, 22, 24) Yuri Serov, piano (1-29) rec. St. Catherine Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg, December 2003, February, May 2004 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF9925 [67:04] [RB]

If you have any thought for the Russian romance be sure to get this disc. Glazunov aims for the very best and proves that it is within his grasp. ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) Orfeo – Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano) Euridice – Hilde Gueden (soprano) Amore – Magda Gabory (soprano) Choir and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Wilhelm Furtwängler Recorded live 7th April 1951 WALHALL ETERNITY SERIES WLCD 0076 [59.10 + 54.05][JW]

Stressing the philosophic nobilities of the score, unhurried and weighty without courting ponderousness. ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK  (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice Kerstin Thorburg (mezzo soprano) – Orfeo Jarmila Novotna (soprano) – Euridice Marita Farell (soprano) – Amore Annamary Dickey (soprano) – Blessed Spirit Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf Recorded live, New York, 20 January 1940 Extract - Che faro senza Euridice (Gluck-Thorburg, sung in German) [3.17] Interview with Kerstin Thorburg (undated, in English) [18.16] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Das Rheingold – Weiche, Wotan, Weiche (Erda) [3.56] Die Walküre – So ist’s denn aus (Fricka) [2.48] Die Walküre – Deiner ew’gen Gattin (Fricka) [2.55] Götterdämmerung – Waltraute’s Narrative – Höre mit Sinn was ich sage! (Waltraute) [8.20] Tristan und Isolde – Act II Einsam wachend (Isolde) [4.32] Parsifal – Act II Ich sah das kind (Kundry) [5.31] Kerstin Thorburg (mezzo) with unidentified accompaniment (from Victor M707, recorded May 1940) GUILD GHCD 2317/18 [72.26 + 79.33][JW]

The gravity and nobility of Thorburg’s assumption is tangible ... see Full Review

Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Orchestral Works CD1 [79:55] Symphony No.1, Op.58 (1940) [42:02] Oboe Concerto, Op.45 (1927) [12:22] Tam O’Shanter, Op.17a (1919) [3:10] Concert Piece for two harps, oboe (doubling cor anglais) and orchestra, Op.65 (1958) [22:00] * Joel Marangella, oboe and cor anglais; Jane Geeson (harp); Sebastien Lipman (harp).West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley CD2 [61:57] Symphony No.2, Op.62 (1945) [38:26]* Concertino, Op.47 (1928) [13:05] * Fantasy for Nine Winds, Op.36 (1924) [9:58] Janet Webb (flute); Guy Henderson (oboe); Lawrence Dobell and Christopher Tingay (clarinet); John Cran and Fiona McNamara (bassoon); Robert Johnson and Clarence Mellor (horn); Daniel Mendelow (trumpet) Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley. CD 3 [76:12] Divertissement, Op.66 (1956-60) [18:37] Variations on a Chinese Theme, Op. 1 (1911–12) [27:58] The Eternal Rhythm, Op.5 (1913) [20:24] * Kaleidoscope, Op.18 (1917, 1933) [9:50] Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley * denotes world premiere recording 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] [JPh]

I enjoyed this set very much, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone looking for out of the ordinary music of the last century. ... see Full Review

Edvard Hagerup GRIEG (1843-1907) and Henrik IBSEN (1828-1906) Peer Gynt (1874/75) [112.42] Concert version of Henrik Ibsen’s play prepared by Svein Sturla Hungnes Peer Gynt – Håkon Hagegård (baritone), Svein Sturla Hungnes (actor) Solveig – Marita Solberg (soprano and actor) Anitra – Ingebjørg Kosmo (mezzo), Andrea Bræin Hovig (actor) 1st Herd Girl – Kari Postma (soprano) 2nd Herd Girl – Kilde Haraldsen Sceen (soprano) 3rd Herd Girl - Ingebjørg Kosmo (mezzo), Thief - Ikka Leppänen (baritone) Receiver – Torbjørn Gulbrandsøy (baritone) Ingrid/Woman in Green - Andrea Bræin Hovig (actor) Hegstad Farmer / Mountain King / Captain – Bjørn Willberg Andersen (actor) Boyg / Monsieur Ballon / Stranger / Begriffenfeldt / Button Moulder – Ståle Bjørnhaug (actor) KorVest (Bergen Vocal Ensemble) Arve Moen Bergset (Hardanger Fiddle) Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Kristian Ruud Recorded June 2003, Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway BIS BIS-SACD-1441/42 [53.29 + 60.01][RH]

I love the sound of the Norwegian language ... a wonderfully refreshing view of Grieg’s music, in fine idiomatic performances. Essential ... see Full Review

Jesús GURIDI (1886-1961) Piano Works Danzas viejas (Ancient Dances) (1939) [5:42] Cantos populares vascos (Basque Folksongs) (1917) [7:40] Vasconia (1924) [13:18] Ocho apuntes para piano (Eight Sketches) (1954) [15:38] Lamento e imprecación de Agar (Hagar’s Lament and Curse) (1958) [8:30] Vals de Mirentxu (Waltz from Mirentxu) (1915) [3:19] Amanecer (Dawn) [2:35] and Nostalgia [3:05] from Tres piezas breves (1910) Victoria Aja (piano) Rec. Estudio L’Auditorium de Anacrusi in July 2001 DDD NAXOS 8.557633 [60:04][PCW]

Perfect listening for a balmy summer evening … see Full Review

Emil HARTMANN (1836-1898) Violin Concerto in G minor Op 19 (1876) [25.15] Cello Concerto in D minor Op.26 (1879) [18.52] Piano Concerto in F minor Op.49 (1890) [26.02] Christina Ĺstrand (violin) Stanimir Todorov (cello) Per Salo (piano) Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu Recorded in Helsingborg Konserthus, September 2003 and August 2004 DACAPO SACD 6.220511 [70.09][JW]

None of these concertos is new to disc but all are nevertheless very welcome. ... see Full Review

Jonathan HARVEY (b. 1939) Curve with Plateaux (1982) [12:17] Advaya (1994)a [22:20] Arne DEFORCE (b. 1962) Limen (2000) [22:19] Riti (2000) [20:18] Arne Deforce (cello); Yutaka Oya (keyboard); Jonathan Harvey and CRFMW (electronics)a rec. Concertgebouw, Brugge, Belgium, July and September 2004 (Harvey) and (live) La Font Sainte Auvergne, France, November 2000 (Deforce) MEGADISC MDC 7806 [77:23][HC]

There is much substantial music on display here as well as some superb music-making. ... see Full Review

Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Sonatas and Trio Sonatas Trio Sonata for oboe, violin and b.c. in F [11:21] Trio Sonata for oboe, violin and b.c. in d minor [09:39] Sonata for violin and b.c. in e minor, op. 5,5 [11:38] Sonata for oboe and b.c. in G [08:13] Sonata for chalumeau, oboe, bassoon and b.c. in F [14:47] Trio Sonata for oboe, violin and b.c. in C [10:01] Epoca Barocca: Alessandro Piqué (oboe), Christian Leitherer (chalumeau), Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), Margarete Adorf (violin), Ilze Grudule (cello), Christoph Lehmann (harpsichord, organ) Recorded in October 2001 at the Broadcasting Hall of Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 0711 [66:15][JV]

This disc pays attention to chamber music of one of history's most famous opera composers - not a 'must have' but good entertainment and well played ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Concertos Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in G major Hob.XVIII:4 (date unknown) [24:56] Concerto for Keyboard, Violin and Strings in F major Hob.XVIII:6 (c.1756) [19:37] Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra in D major Hob.XVIII:11 (1784) [19.36] Andreas Staier (pianoforte) Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Gottfried von der Goltz Teldex Studio Berlin March 2004. Stereo. DDD HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901854 [64:20][DB]

A terrific disc of concertos which seems to have provoked orchestra and pianist into the liveliest possible music making. ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Harmoniemesse (Harmony Mass) Hob.XXII No 14 (1802) Te Deum in C Hob.XXIIIc No 2 (1800) Sandra Piau (soprano), Monika Groop (mezzo), Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Harry van der Kamp (bass) Choeur de Chambre de Namur La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. Sept 1994, Begijnhofkerk, Ghent, Belgium DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 74321 935492 [51.43][PW]

Recordings of period instrument versions that have lost none of their freshness and élan ... see Full Review

Tobias HUME (1575?-1645) The Passion of Musick, Poeticall Musicke The Soldiers Song [01:59] A souldiers Galiard [01:44] Fain would I change that note [02:46] Tobacco is like love [01:47] M.S. Georges delight [02:21] Cease leaden slumber [05:21] The passion of musick [03:48] What greater griefe [04:21] Captain Hume Lamentation [08:28] Captaine Humes Musicall Humors Hark, hark [02:02] I'm falling [01:21] Beccus an hungarian lord his delight [04:44] Captain Hume Pavin [08:32] A Souldiers resolution [04:11] Deth [05:21] Life [01:56] A Pavin [05:55] Nima Ben David, bass viol; Pascale Boquet, tenor and bass lute, theorbo; Damien Guillon, alto; Bruno Boterf, tenor Consort de la Belle Feullie: (Ariane Maurette, descant and bass viol; Andréas Linos, tenor and bass viol; Nima Ben David, bass viol; Pascal Gallon, bass lute) rec. April 2003, Chapel of the Hospital Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, Paris, France. DDD ALPHA 061 [66:43] [JV]

A worthy tribute to one of the most interesting composers in English music history - strongly recommended… see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano and Violin Concerto Op.17 (1804) [36:44] Violin Concerto (completed Gregory Rose) (1806) [27:29] Alexander Trostiansky (violin) Polina Osetinskaya (piano) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Gregory Rose Rec. Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow in September 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557595 [64:21] [PCW]

A logical, interesting coupling and a worthwhile bargain ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF MONTH Michael JARRELL (b. 1958) Music for a While (1995)a [17:20] Formes-Fragments II b (1999)b [12:35] le pensé et l’ętre (2002)c [12:04] Essaims-Cribles (1986/8)d [18:06] Ernesto Molinari (bass clarinet)d Neue Vocalisten Stuttgartbc; Klangforum Wienabd; Emilio Pomárico rec. (live) Espace de projection, IRCAM, Paris, June 2004 AEON AECD 0531 [60:32][HC]

These performances, recorded live are excellent and committed. They serve Jarrell’s complex, but strongly expressive music well. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Violin Sonata (1932)a [19:32] Incantation (1937) [3:48] Suite rhapsodique (1965) [17:42] Violin Concerto (1972)b [37:59] Devy Erlih (violin); Manabu Sekiya (piano)a; Orchestre National, Marius Constantb rec. (live) Japan, 1991 (Violin Sonata); Château du Seuil, Aix-en-Provence, June 1977 (Incantation, Suite rhapsodique) and (live) Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, April 1975 (Violin Concerto) LYRINX LYR 242 [79:09][HC]

A very important release and a must for all Jolivet fans. I hope that it will draw violinists’ attention to the Violin Concerto - a long-neglected masterpiece. ... see Full Review

Antonio JOSE (Antonio José Martinez Palacios) (1902-1936) Sinfonia castellana (Castilian Symphony) (1924) [28:33] El mozo de mulas (The Muleteer) (Suite) (1936) [8:44] Evocaciones (Cuadros de danza campesinos) (1926, 1928) [6:48] Marcha para soldados de plomo (March of the Lead Soldiers) (orch. Alejandro Yagüe) (1931) [3:13] Suite ingenua for piano and strings (1931) [10:13] Alberto Rosado (piano) Castile and León Symphony Orchestra/Alejandro Posada rec. Teatro Lope de Vega, Valladolid, Spain 16-19 July 2003 NAXOS 8.557634 [57:30] [RB]

Up for engaging nationalist-impressionist music with sympathies paralleling those of Frederico de Freitas, Canteloube, de Falla and Ravel then look no further. ... see Full Review

Sholom KALIB (b. 1929) The Day of Rest Abraham KAPLAN (b. 1931) Psalms of Abraham Cantor Naftali Herstik Cantor Shimon Craimer Vienna Boys Choir Chorus Viennensis Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Gerald Wirth Recorded Baumgartner Casino, Vienna, Austria, 7-19 May 2001; Casino Zoegernitz, Vienna Austria, May 2000 NAXOS 8.559419 [66.17] [RH]

I wish I could be more enthusiastic but neither composer has completely transcended the limitations placed on him ... see Full Review

Lieder: Őszel születtem [02:22]; A hol te jársz [02:17]; Őrök mámor [01:29]; Egyedül [03:11]; Bujdokolva járok [02:51]; Virágének [01:54]; Hajdu tánc [00:45]; Nincsen apám [02:39]; Öszi estén [03:39]; Tüzet rak a német tábor [02:23]; Sárvári nóta [02:52]; Székely Anna [01:53]; Piano pieces: Reverie [03:03]; Intermezzo [03:19]; Scherzo [05:11]; Intermezzo [03:09]; Lieder: Emlékezés [04:56]; Kurucok tábori dala [02:11]; Sólyom dal [02:01]; Tréfas bordal [02:10]; Nem tudom én [04:06]; Nagy Lajos karabeli banderista… [04:44]; Kinyillott az idö [03:01]; Fülemüle nota [02:06] Anna Korondi (soprano); István Kovács (baritone); Peter Stamm (piano) rec. Kleiner Sendesaal, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, 18-23 March 2004 CPO 777 059-2 [68:26] [CH]

The songs are a real find. ... see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Film Music The Sea Wolf - film music (1941) [55:04] plus trailer [4:40] The Adventures of Robin Hood suite from film music (1938) [16:22] BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Rumon Gamba rec. Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester; 1, 3 Sept 2004. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10336 [76:22] [IL]

The complete Sea Wolf - powerfully dramatic and eerily atmospheric – played with conviction and intensity. A must for all Korngold admirers. ... see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Russian and Slavonic Miniatures – all arrangements by Fritz Kreisler Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Hymn to the Sun from The Golden Cockerel [4.15] Oriental Dance [4.35] Scheherazade – Arab Song [4.31] Chant Hindou from Sadko [3.24] Fantasy (on various themes) [9.06] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Songs My Mother Taught Me; Gypsy Melodies [2.57] Slavonic Dance No.1 - Op.46 No.2 [3.34] Slavonic Dance No.2 – Op.72 No.10 [5.08] Slavonic Dance No.3 – Op.72 No.16 [3.34] Sonatina Op.100 – Larghetto “Indian Lament” [4.41] Humoresque Op.101 No.7 [2.53] Slavonic Fantasy [5.05] Symphony No.9 –Largo “Negro Spiritual Melody”  [5.31] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Scherzo from Souvenir de Hapsal [4.10] Humoresque – Deux Morceaux Op.10 No.2 [2.24] Chant sans paroles from Souvenir de Hapsal [3.23] Andante cantabile from String Quartet No.1 [5.32] Nicolas Koeckert (violin) Milana Chernyavska (piano) Recorded in the Clara-Wieck-Suditorium, Sandhausen, December 2003 NAXOS 8.557388 [76.47][JW]

Pretty consistent; thoroughly proficient, well-executed, well supported, avoiding easy gestures and crude simplicities; thoughtful and discreet musicianship but misses the heart of these works with regularity. ... see Full Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles) - operetta in three acts (1929) [74:03 + 12:02] Libretto by Ludwig Herzer and Fritz Löhner Lisa ... Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) Prince Sou-Chong ... Nicolai Gedda (tenor) Gustl ... Erich Kunz (baritone) Mi ... Emmy Loose (soprano) Tschang ... Otakar Kraus (baritone) Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Otto Ackermann rec.17, 19-21 April, 28 June 1953, Kingsway Hall, London. ADD Plus bonus tracks – Excerpts from Lehár Operettas [66:19]:- Die Lustige Witwe (1905) ‘Vilja Lied’ – Dusolina Giannini (soprano) rec. 1938 Frasquitta (1922) ‘Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbelt’– Richard Tauber (tenor) rec. 1927 Der Zarewitsch (1927) ‘Einer wird kommen’ – Ester Rethy (sopraono with Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer rec. 1942 Friederike (1928) ‘Sah’ ein Knab’ ein Röslein steh’n’ and ‘Oh Mädchen, mein Mädchen’ – Leonardo Aramesco (tenor) rec. 1933 Eva (1911) ‘Wär es auch nichts als ein Augenblick’ – Lotte Lehmann (soprano) rec. 1938 Das Land des Lächelns (1929) (selections) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) and Rupert Glawitsch (tenor) rec. 1940 Paganini (1925) (selections) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) and Rupert Glawitsch (tenor) rec. 1939 Schön ist die Welt (1930) ‘Ich bin verliebt’ – Ester Rethy (soprano) with Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer rec. 1942; ‘Liebste, glaub’ an mich’ and ‘Schön ist die Welt’ – Marcel Wittrisch (tenor) rec. 1930 Der Fürst der Berge (1915?) ‘Kindchen, sie hübsch brav’ and ‘’Alt und jung’ - Irene Eisinger (soprano) rec. 1930 Giuditta (1934) ‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss’ – Jarmila Novotna (soprano) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer rec. 1934; ‘Du bist meine Sonne’ and ‘Freunde, da Lebens ist lebenswert’ - Helge Rosvaenge (tenor) rec. 1943. NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111016-17 [2 CDs: 74:03 + 78:21][IL]

A classic recording of a favourite Lehár operetta with superb performances. At Naxos’s super budget price don’t hesitate. ... see Full Review

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (1905) An operetta in three acts, with words by Victor Léon (Viktor Hirschfeld) and Leo Stein (Leo Rosenstein). dialogue and lyrics in German Dagmar Schellenberger (sop) - Hanna; Rodney Gilfry (ten) - Danilo; Rudolf A. Hartmann - Baron Zeta; Ute Gfrerer - Valencienne; Piotr Beczala (ten) - Camille; Herbert Prikopa (bar) - Njegus. Orchestra and Choir of the Opera House Zurich/Franz Welser-Möst rec. live, Zurich Opera House, Switzerland, 2004 DVD Region 0 ARTHAUS MUSIK 100451 [125:00][RJW]

Captivating ...  always a pleasure to find a modern operatic production, well sung, acted and played and enhanced with good staging and appealing scenery. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Deux Légendes, S. 175 (1863) [16.07] Consolations, S. 172 (1850) [18.11] Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H S. 529 (1870) [11.25] Ballade No. 2 in B, S. 171 (1853) [12.46] Valse oubliée No. 1 in F#, S. 215 (1885) [3.07] Impromptu in F#, S. 191 (1872) [3.14] Lilya Zilberstein (piano) Recorded Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany, March 1995 Notes in English DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ELOQUENCE 476 2463 [65.11][PSh]

Big, brilliant Liszt playing coupled with sensitive Consolations - a perfect disk to start or extend your Liszt collection. ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) The Complete Works Inspired by J S Bach – Volume 2 Prelude after Bach’s Weinen, Klagen (1859) [6.16] Variations on Weinen, Klagen (1875) [16.37] Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H (1870) [12.32] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita No.6 BWV 830 [26.58] Toccata in F sharp minor BWV910 (1720) [13.10] Joyce Hatto (piano) Recorded at the Concert Artists Studios, Cambridge, November 2004 (Liszt) and June 1992 (Bach) CONCERT ARTIST/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CACD 9101-2 [75.44] [JW]

Clarity, no fudging of technical problems, fine attention to text; diminuendi, powerful voicings – in short, passionate but controlled. ... see Full Review

Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) L’arte del violino Op.3 - Concertos Nos.1-12: No 1 in D major [22.37]; No.2 in C minor [22.36]; No.3 in F major [21.27]; No.4 in E major [19.04]; No.5 in C major [16.13]; No.6 in G minor [15.05]; No.7 in B flat major [18.47]; No.8 in E minor [18.10]; No.9 in G major [18.36]; No.10 in F major [17.58]; No.11 in D major [17.03]; No.12 in D major [22.15] Mela Tenenbaum (violin) Pro Musica Prague Philharmonia Virtuosi (Concertos 1 and 3) Pro Musica Kiev (Concertos 2, 4, 5 and 6) Directed by Richard Kapp Recorded Kiev 1994/95 (Concertos 1-6), Prague, 1998 (concertos 7-12) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92608 [4 CDs: 65.27 + 50.58 + 56.30 + 57.48][JW]

Locatelli by the scruff of the neck and the vitality and innovation is better revealed here in these performances, imperfect though they may sometimes be. ... see Full Review



Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]  [Part 7 Misc M-Z]

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