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Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection (1894) [83'44] Elizabeth Whitehouse (soprano); Bernadette Cullen (mezzo); Melbourne Chorale and Symphony Orchestra/Markus Stenz. rec. live, Arts Centre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, 2-4 December 2004. ABC CLASSICS 476 7738 [32'10 + 51'34] [CC]

An important event well preserved. That said, this is not a Second that will go down in the pantheon of greats - not by a long chalk ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No 5 in C# minor (1904) [68:10]
(I Trauermarsch [11:54]; II Stürmisch bewegt mit grösster Vehemenz [13:43]; III Scherzo: Kräftig nicht zu schnell [17:27]; IV Adagietto: Sehr langsam [10:01]; Rondo-Finale: Allegro [14:42]) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo Rec. live in Symphony Hall, Birmingham in October 2004 DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62055-2 [68:10] [PCW]

City of Birmingham fans will love this and anyone looking for a decent middle-of-the-road version in fine sound is unlikely to be disappointed … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 5 (1902) Orchestre Nationale de France/Bernard Haitink recorded in concert by Radio France, 30 June, 1 July 2004, Paris. DDD. NAÏVE V 5026 [78:00][AO]

Interesting for its elegiac formality, but lacking in a sense of musical trajectory ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Eighth Symphony (1907) Sylvia Greenberg, soprano; Lynne Dawson, soprano; Sally Matthews, soprano; Sophie Koch, alto; Elena Manistina, alto; Robert Gambill, tenor; Detlef Roth, baritone; Jan-Hendrik Rootering, bass. Rundfunkchor Berlin (Simon Halsey, director); MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig (Howard Arman, director); Windsbacher Knabenchor (Karl-Friedrich Beringer, director), Sigurd Brauns, organ. Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Kent Nagano Recorded in Berlin, April-May 2004 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901858.59 [24.12 and 63.59] [EM]

Possibly not the best Mahler Eight I’ve heard, but it’s certainly one of the showiest – everything about it is rather exaggerated, culminating in a flashy and dramatic, but impressive, performance ... see Full Review

Joseph MARX (1882-1964) Alt-Wiener Serenaden for large orchestra (1941-2) [18.26] Partita in modo antico (1937-8, arr. for string orchestra 1945) [31.08] Sinfonia in modo antico (1940-41, arr. for string orchestra 1944) [27.10] Bochum Symphony Orchestra/Steven Sloane rec. Stadhalle, Wuppertal, Germany, 24-30 April 2003 ASV CD DCA 1158 [76.45] [SV]

Typical Marx or not, this is immensely enjoyable music, and it sounds as if the orchestra was enjoying it as well.... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN–BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 12 (1829) [21:49] Fugues (1821): d minor [2:15]; F major [1:55]; g minor [2:31]; c minor [2:50] String quartet in e minor, Op. 42, No. 2 (1838) [25:48] Vogler String Quartet (Tim Vogler and Frank Reinecke, violins; Stefan Fehlandt, viola; Stephan Forck, cello)) rec. 3-7 March 2004. venue not listed PROFIL PH 04091 [57:08] [KS]

A taut sense of ensemble throughout with spot-on intonation, a rich warm tone, careful attention to detail, and a magnificent sense of voicing and collegial give and take. ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Organ Music, Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Opus 37 No. 1 (1833) [7.37] Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Opus 65 (1839) [17.33] Praeludium in D minor (1820) [5.24] Chorale Prelude in E minor: Nom von uns, Herr (1830) [3.28] Fugue in E minor (1839) [3.21] Duett Fugue in D major (with Martin Stacey) (1835 [3.56] Fughetta in A major (1840) [2.08] Andante and Variations in D major (1844) [5.36] Four Studies for organ (1844) [15.35] Allegro assai in C major (1845) [3.34] Jennifer Bate (organ) rec. July-October 2004; All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London; St John’s Church, Upper Norwood, London; St Matthew’s Church, Bayswater, London; St Stephen’s Church, Bournemouth; Temple Church, Fleet Street, London; Wimborne Minster, Dorset SOMM SOMMCD050 [72.25][TB]

While the less celebrated music does not here contain a blazing discovery, it is all well written and sensitively played ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Organ Music, Volume 2 Sonata No. 2 in C minor, Opus 65 (1839) [11.06] Sonata No. 6 in D minor, Opus 65 (1842) [15.13] Fugue in G minor (1820) [2.41] Fugue in D minor (1834) [4.20] Fugue in C minor (1839) [4.14] Chorale and Variation in D minor (1840) [5.18] Allegro in D major (1844) [5.08] Allegro in A flat major (1844) [3.38] Allegro moderato maestoso in C major (1844) [2.16] Allegro con brio in B flat major (1845) [4.45] Fugue in B flat major (1845) [4.35] Andante recitativo in F minor (1845) [4.22] Jennifer Bate (organ) Recorded November 2003, September 2004; All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London; St John’s Church, Upper Norwood, London; St Matthew’s Church, Bayswater, London; St Stephen’s Church, Bournemouth; Temple Church, Fleet Street, London; Wimborne Minster, Dorset SOMM SOMMCD051 [69.01][TB]

A complete survey such as this does Mendelssohn honour and he is a great composer ... see Full Review

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) L’incoronazione di Poppea - Dramma in musica in a prologue and three acts Poppea ... Cynthia Haymon (soprano) Nerone ... Brigitte Balleys (mezzo) Ottavia ... Ning Liang (mezzo) Ottone ... Michael Chance (counter-tenor) Seneca ... Harry van der Kamp (bass) Drusilla ... Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano) Arnalta ... Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor) Nutrice, Famigliare ... Dominique Visse (counter-tenor) Valletto ... Claron McFadden (soprano) Fortuna ... Elena Fink (soprano) Amore, Damigella ... Sandrine Piau (soprano) Virtù, Pallade ... Wilke Te Brummelstroete (mezzo) With Nathan Berg, Mark Tucker, Lynton Atkinson and Romain Bischof Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, July 1994 DVD OPUS ARTE OA0924D (PAL format) or OA0925D (NTSC format) [2 DVDs: 219 minutes][RM]

Interesting but not particularly enjoyable. ... see Full Review

Saburo MOROI (1903-1977) Sinfonietta in B flat op.24 ‘For Children’ (1943) [15:46] (1.Allegro grazioso [5:25]; 2. Andantino quasi Allegretto [3:16]; 3.Lento affabile [7:05]) Two Symphonic Movements, op.22 (1942) [19:09] (Andante grandioso [12:05]; Allegro con spirito [7:04]) Symphony no.3, op.25 (1944) [33:20] (A Tranquil Overture: Andante molto tranquillo e grandioso – Birth of Spirit and its Growth: Allegro vivace [15:09]; About Humour and Wit: Allegretto scherzando [4:31]; Aspects of Death: Adagio tranquillo [13:40]) National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/Takuo Yuasa rec. National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, 9–11 Sept 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.557162 [68:15] [GPJ]

I started listening to this CD feeling slightly sceptical, but have been thoroughly won over ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Trios CD 1 Divertimento in B flat major, K254 (1776) Piano Trio in G major, K496 (1786) Piano Trio in B flat major, K502 (1786)CD 2 Piano Trio in E major, K542 (1788) Piano Trio in C major, K548 (1788) Piano Trio in G major, K564 (1788) Trio Fontenay: (Wolf Harden (piano); Michael Mücke (violin); Niklas Schmidt (cello)) rec. Teldec Studios, Berlin, German Republic, January 1990. DDD WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 62189-2 [70:35 + 58:31][MC]

Top class performances from the Trio Fontenay superbly presented by Warner Classics Apex. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No.3 in G K216 [23.37] Violin Concerto No.4 in D K218 [22.28] Adagio for violin and orchestra in E K261 [7.55] Rondo for violin and orchestra in B flat K269 [6.23] Julia Fischer (violin) Netherlands Chamber Orchestra/Yakov Kreizberg Recorded at the Eglise Wallon, Amsterdam, April 2005 PENTATONE CLASSICS SACD PTC5186 072 [60.45] [JW]

I welcome Fischer’s playing though it doesn’t efface primary recommendations (Grumiaux, Szeryng). I’d like to hear K364 with Fischer and Zimmerman. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1971) Complete piano works for four hands CD 1: Sonata in D major, K. 448 [23.44] Fugue in G minor, K.401 [3.26] Variations in G major, K.501: Andante [7.57] Sonata in F major, K.497 [34.41] CD 2: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 426 [6.56] Sonata in B-flat major, K. 358 [16.47] Sonata in C major, K. 19d [11.30] Fantasia in F minor for musical clockwork, K. 608 (arr. Busoni) [8.51] CD 3: Fantasia in F minor, K.594 [8.31] Sonata in C major, K. 521 [23.19] Sonata in D major, K. 381 [17.41] Sonata in C major, K. 545 (arr. Grieg) [12.12] Misha and Cipa Dichter (piano) Recording dates and locations unspecified. DDD. MUSICAL HERITAGE SOCIETY 5379317 [3CDs: 69.48 + 44.04 + 61.49] [ED]

This goes on my ‘Discs of the Year’ list without hesitation. Seminal listening in every respect. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos: No. 9 in E flat, K271a (1777). No. 12 in A, K414b (1783). No. 26 in D, K537, 'Coronation'c (1790). aMitsuko Uchida, cHomero Francesch (pianos); aMozarteum Orchestra Salzburg/Jeffrey Tate; bRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano/director); cDeutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Gerd Albrecht. Rec. aSalzburg Festival, 1989; bHampton Court Palace, 1990; cWiesbaden, 1990. NTSC. 4:3. PCM Stereo. Dolby digital 5.1. DTS 5.1. Region Code: 0 (Worldwide). Great Piano Concertos, Volume 1 EUROARTS 2010218 [95'00] [CC]

This product exudes the air of ongoing interpretative decrescendo. ... see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) [33.30] Piano Version Dénes Várjon (piano) Orchestrated version (1922) by Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) [32.10] Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gilbert Levine No recording details CAPRICCIO SACD 71 047 [65.46][JW]

Neither performance dents the marketplace and whilst not uninteresting this will probably prove undesirable. ... see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1838-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel) [32:30] Night on Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) [10:47] Nikolay RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnole [14:56] Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens [2:23] Polovtsian Dances [12:11] Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila [5:33] Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Alain Lombard Recorded in the Palais de Fêtes, Strasbourg on 2-3 February and 24 March 1976 and at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg on 9-10 and 12 September 1977. WARNER APEX 2564 62265 [79:32] [KS]

Collection gap filler perhaps, but otherwise, shop elsewhere. ... see Full Review

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) – Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) Symphonic Transcriptions Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
A Night on Bare Mountain (1866, Stokowski 1939) [9.17] Entr’acte to Act IV of Khovanschina (1922) [5.25] Symphonic Synthesis of Boris Godunov (1868, Stokowski 1936) [24.21] Pictures at an Exhibition (1874 Stokowski 1939) [28.49] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Humoresque Op.10 No.2 (1872, Stokowski 1941) [2.11] Solitude Op.73 No.6 (1936) [3.26] Leopold STOKOWSKI (1882-1977) Traditional Slavic Christmas Music (1933) [3.18] Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/José Serebrier Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, September 2004 NAXOS 6.110101 SACD [76.47] [JW]

A warm welcome for presenting Stokowski’s transcriptions with such finesse, power and elegance and such persuasive intelligence. ... see Full Review

Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) 24 Preludes for a Fugue: film directed by Dorian Supin Written, directed and filmed by Dorian Supin 24 Preludes for a Fugue [74:00] Cecilia (extracts of rehearsals) [27:00] Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Myung-Whun Chung Your Name [28:00] (Rehearsals and excerpt from première of ….which was the son of….) Voices of Europe/Thorgerdur Ingólfsdóttir Como cierva sedienta [36:00] Patricia Rozario (soprano), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Tönu Kaljuste IDEALE AUDIENCE DVD9D 509 [168:00][GPJ]

A delightful and rich experience ... films by Dorian Supin, a director exceptionally sensitive to Pärt’s music ... see Full Review

Harry PARTCH (1901-1974)Enclosure 2 - Historic Speech-Music Recordings from the Harry Partch Archives DISC A [67'46]: 1. I am Harry Partch [0'24] 2. By the Rivers of Babylon [3'25] 3. Texts and Music: A Wagnerian Wrestling Match [1'21] Ten Li Po Lyrics [17'45]: (4. A Dream [4'33]; 5. An Encounter in the Field [0'48]; 6. On Hearing the Flute [0'59]; 7. The Intruder [1'09]; 8. I Am a Peach Tree [1'25]; 9. With a Man of Leisure [0'44]; 10. A Midnight Farewell [1'16]; 11. Before the Cask of Wine [2'10]; 12. On the Ship of Spicewood [2'31]; 13. By the Great Wall [1'55]) 14. The Use of English in Serious Music [0’57] 15. Barstow - Eight Hitch-hikers’ Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California [8'26] 16. San Francisco – A Setting of the Cries of Two Newsboys on a Street Corner on a Foggy Night in the Twenties [2'29] 17. Life is too Precious to Spend It with Important People [1'29] 18. US Highball - A Musical Account of Slim’s Transcontinental Hobo Trip [26'45] 19. While my Heart Keeps Beating Time [1'36] 20. San Francisco II [2'50] DISC B [73'29]:1. I’m going to start right off by giving you some sounds . . . [0'29] Two Settings from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake [5'13] (2. Isobel [2'52]; 3. Annah the Allmaziful [2'21]) 4. Dark Brother [7'41] 5-23. A Quarter-Saw Section of Motivations and Intonations [60'06] DISC C [73'23]: 1-36. Extracts from "Bitter Music, A Hobo Journal" DISC D [67'42]: 1. Yankee Doodle Birds [0'36] 2. Y. D. Fantasy - On the Words of an Early American Tune [3'54] 3. O Frabjous Day! [3'10] 4. You are charged with being guilty. Are you drunk or not drunk? [1'02] 5. Ring Around the Moon – A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now [9'00] 6. Bless This Home [3'21] 7. Harrys Wake [46'23] INNOVA 401 [4 CDs: 67:46 + 73:29 + 73:23 + 67:42] [PSe]

Sometimes harrowing, sometimes amusing, sometimes perplexing, but never less than fascinating, this is at once a wide-ranging historical overview and a celebration of Harry Partch, the man and his Music. ... see Full Review

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas 1. Primavera Porteña 2. Verano Porteña 3. Otoňo Porteńa 4. Invierno Porteña Leo BROUWER (b.1942) El Decameron Negro 5. El Arpa del Guerrero 6. La Huida de los Amantes por el Valle de los Ecos 7. Ballada de la Doncella Enamorada Aleksander TANSMAN (1897-1986) Cavatina 8. Preludio 9. Sarabande 10. Scherzino 11. Barcarole 12. Danza Pomposa Agustin BARRIOS-MANGORÉ (1882-1944) 13. Choro da Saudade 14. Un Sueňo en la Floresta Carlo DOMENICONI (b.1947) Koyunbab - Suite for guitar, op.19 Robert Horna (guitar) Recorded between December 2004 and January 2005 in Enschede (Netherlands) CD ACCORD ACD 138-2 [73:20] [GPJ]

Horna’s playing is stunning; a technical assurance which is transcendental, allied to an unusual ability to transmit powerfully the character of the music ... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca (1900) Eva Marton (soprano) Tosca; Giacomo Aragall (tenor) Cavaradossi; Ingvar Wixell (baritone) Scarpia; Alfredo Giacomotti (bass) Angelotti; Graziano Polodori (bass) Sacristan; Mario Ferrara (tenor) Spoletta; Giuseppe Zecchillo (bass) Sciarrone; Gianna Brunelli (bass) Jailer; Mario Bonizzato (treble) Shepherd; Chorus and Orchestra of the Arena di Verona/Daniel Oren Rec. Arena di Verona, around 1984? NTSC 4:3. Subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Japanese. NVC ARTS/WARNER MUSIC VISION 4509-99219-2 [124'00][CC]

The Italian press loved this Tosca. I cannot agree, but this is still worth catching. Stick with the Domingo DG in your library. ... see Full Review

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) A Purcell Songbook Hark! Hark! How all things [1.43] Crown the altar, deck the shrine [2.28] If music be the food of love [3.25] Not all my torments [1.58] O, O let me weep [6.32] I attempt from love's sickness to fly [1.20] Olinda in the shades unseen [1.03] Urge me no more [3.17] Bess of Bedlam [3.43] Lovely, lovely Albina [2.10] Sweeter than roses [3.12] Dear pretty youth [1.55] When first Amintas sued for a kiss [1.55] The cares of lovers [1.47] Ye gentle spirits of the air [1.50] An evening Hymn [4.17] Emma Kirkby (soprano); Christopher Hogwood (organ and spinet); Richard Campbell (viola da gamba); Catherine Mackintosh (violin); Anthony Rooley (lute) Rec. Forde Abbey, October 1982. DDD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7467 [46.09][ED]

Classic Kirkby and Purcell, and quality from first note to last. ... see Full Review

Joseph Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Symphony No. 1 in D major An das Vaterland op. 96 (1859-1861) [67:47] Bamberger Symphoniker/Hans Stadlmair rec. 22-26 May 2000, Sinfonie an der Regnitz, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, Bamberg, Bayerischer Rundfunk. DDD TUDOR 7099 [67:47][RB]

Low key picturesque delights. Not to be underestimated for fluency and atmospheric charm ... see Full Review

Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Violin Concerto No.1 in B minor Op.161 (1870-71) [23.35] Violin Concerto No.2 in A minor Op.206 (1877) [32.54] Cavatina for violin and orchestra Op.85 No.3 (1859) orchestrated Singer 1874 [4.48] Ungarischer for violin and orchestra Op.203 (1876) orchestrated Raff 1877 [8.21] Michaela Paetsch Neftel (violin) Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Hans Stadlmair Recorded in Bamberg, May 1999 TUDOR 7086 [70.07] [JW]

These performances are adept and attractive, well recorded and offer an entertaining 70-minutes of music-making. ... see Full Review

Joseph Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Cello Concerto No 1 in D minor Op.193 (1874) [23:09] Cello Concerto No 2 in G Op. posth. (1876) [29:54] "Begegnung" Phantasie-Stück for Cello and Piano Op. 86 No 1* (1854) [7:23] Duo for Cello and Piano in A Op.59* (1848) [15:35] Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) *Robert Kulek (piano) Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Hans Stadlmair rec. Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, Bamberg, June 2003, January 2004. DDD TUDOR 7121 [76:26] [PCW]

Fine performances of lyrical, romantic works for the cello ... worth investigating ... see Full Review

Sunleif RASMUSSEN (b. 1961) Symphony No.1 Oceanic Days (1995/7) [41:25] Saxophone Concerto Dem Licht entgegen  (2001)a [20:32] Jeanette Balland (saxophone)a; Danish National Symphony Orchestra DR/Hannu Lintu rec. Danish Radio Concert Hall, May 2003 DACAPO 6.220506 [61:57][HC]

Performances and recording excellent - a superb release ... see Full Review

Steve REICH (b.1936) 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]

The near-ideal representation of Reich’s considerable contribution to the string quartet genre. If you’re into Reich, don’t hesitate. ... see Full Review

Anton REICHA (1770-1836) Woodwind Quintets, Volume 6 Quintet in A major, Op. 91, No. 5 [38’38"] Quintet in C minor, Op. 91, No. 6 [38’39"] Westwood Wind Quintet (John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; Eugene Zoro, clarinet; Jack Herrick, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon) rec. 28-29 Feb, 24-25 June 2004, Crystal Chamber Hall, Camas, Washington, USA CRYSTAL RECORDS CD266 [77’24"] [JQ]

Fresh and appealing works ... these recordings are labour of love by the Westwood Quintet. They and Crystal have done Reicha proud ... see Full Review

Ferdinand RIES (1784-1837) Grand Septet in E flat major for piano, clarinet, two horns, violin, cello and double bass, Op. 25 (1808) [33:18] Grand Octet in A flat minor for piano, violin, viola, clarinet, horn, bassoon, cello and double bass Op. 128 (1816) [22:03] Linos Ensemble Recorded at the Sendesaal des BR, November, 2002. DDD CPO 999 937-2 [55:23] [MC]

Well presented and admirably recorded. These colourful chamber works deserve to be better known. Will delight those who like to explore the lesser-known music of the late classical period. ... see Full Review

George ROCHBERG (1918-2005) Symphony No. 2 (1955-56) [31:28] Imago Mundi (1973) [24:06] Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Lyndon-Gee rec. Großes Sendesaal, Funkhaus Halberg, Saarbrücken, Germany, 19-20 Dec 2000 (Symphony); 30 Jan 2001 (Imago). DDD NAXOS 8.559182 [55.34][RB]

A powerful angry dodecaphonic symphony and a convincing surreal Gagaku fantasy.... see Full Review

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Guillaume Tell, Opera in four acts. Libretto by Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy, Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis and Armand Marrast and based on Schiller’s play. First performed at The Paris Opéra on August 3rd 1829 Guillaume Tell - Thomas Hampson (bar); Arnold - Giuseppe Sabbatini (ten); Walter Furst - Wojtek Smilek (bass); Melcthal - Walter Fink (ten); Jemmy, Tell’s son - Dawn Kotoski (sop); Gesler, Governor of the Cantons of Schwyz and Uri - Egils Silins (bass); Rodolphe - John Dickie (ten); Mathilde, Princess of the House of Habsburg - Nancy Gustafson (sop); Hedwige, Tell’s wife - Mihaela Ungureanu (sop); Chorus and Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper/Fabio Luisi Live performance recorded 24th October 1998 ORFEO C 640 053 D [3 CDs: 65:44 + 58:32 + 67:58][RJF]

I enjoyed the fluency and vibrancy of this live performance ... a cohesive and meaningful dramatic whole ... Well worth investigating. ... see Full Review

Fred RZEWSKI (b. 1938) Pocket Symphony (2000) [27:38] Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) [11:38] Coming Together arr. Matt Albert (1971) [18:51] Eighth Blackbird (Molly Alicia Barth (flutes); Michael J Maccaferri (clarinets); Matt Albert (violin/narration); Nicholas Photinos (cello); Matthew Duvall (percussion); Lisa Kaplan (piano)) rec. Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 14-17 July 2002, 28 Oct 2004. DDD CEDILLE CDR 90000 084 [58:30][RB]

Two minimalist pieces still packing the punch of their thirty plus year old agenda plus a fully confident aural fantasy-mural. ... see Full Review


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[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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