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Erica Morini – Volume 3 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major Op.61 [42.15] New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann, recorded September 1944 Violin Sonata in F major Op.24 Spring [18.32]
N Schwalb, recorded November 1927 Erica Morini (violin) with accompanists as above DOREMI DHR 7783 [60.51] [JW]

This is the third in Doremi’s Morini edition ... long may that worthy retrieval continue. ... see Full Revie

Documents of the Munich Years Vol. 2 Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Variations for Orchestra (1954/5, rev. 1967) [23:56] Charles WUORINEN (b. 1938) Grand Bamboula (1971) [6:38] Roger SESSIONS (1896–1985) Piano Concerto (1955/6)a [20:44] Robert DI DOMENICA (b. 1927) Symphony (1961) [19:44] Robert Taub (piano)a; Münchner Philharmoniker/James Levine rec. Philharmonie im Gasteig, München, February 2002 and September 2003 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 502 [71:56][HC]

These pieces must have been unfamiliar to the orchestra. Most of them are really not easy. Levine leads his players with a sure hand throughout and delivers highly rewarding results. ... see Full Review

My name is Barbara Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12 (1908) [12’35"] Charles T GRIFFES (1864-1920) Three poems of Fiona Macleod, Op. 11 (1918) [9’59"] Aaron COPLAND Four early songs (1918-22) [9’40"] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) On this Island, Op. 11 (1938) – five songs for high voice and piano [13’30"] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) I hate music! (1943) – five kids songs for soprano and piano [6’45"] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Four songs, Op. 13 (1940) [8’33"] Barbara Bonney (soprano); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. St. Martin’s, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England. 21-24 February, 2005. DDD ONYX CLASSICS ONYX 4003 [62’04"] [JW]

Sadly it’s a hit and miss kind of disc. ... see Full Review

New Britain: The Roots of American Folksong Judicii Signum (Anonymous, Southern Europe, 10th century) [2.42] William Hite The Great Day (The Sacred Harp, Philadelphia, 1860) men Calenda Maia ( Provence, c1200) [6.19] Anne Azéma Cuando por el oriente (New Mexico, 1953) ensemble Rossignolet du bois joli (Québec, 1914) [1.49] Kenneth Fitch Rossignolet del bos jolin (Borlet, c1400) ensemble Dans Paris y-a-t-un’ barbière (Québec, 1914) [2.48] Don Saint-Jean Allons-nous faire la barbe (Loyset Compere, c 1500) instruments Mon père m’a mariée (Québec, 1914) [2.55] Roberta Anderson Mon père m’a mariée (Anonymous, c 1500) Kenneth Fitch, William Hite, Don Saint-Jean, David Ripley, instruments Gabriel Nazareth (Canada, c 1900) [3.26] men Une nymphe jolie (Jean Planson, 1587) William Hite, instruments C’est en passant par Varennes (Québec, 1914) [2.45] women Margot labourés les vignes (Jacob Arcadelt, c 1568) Anne Azéma, David Ripley, instruments Bransles de village (Jean-Baptiste Besard, 1603) [3.07] instruments Il était une Cendrillon (Québec, 1914) tenors C’est dans la ville de By town (Québec, 1914/ Amsterdam, c 1620/ Belgium, 20th century) [2.33] ensemble II est venu le petit oysillon (France, c1475) [2.44] Anne Azéma An jenem Tag, nach Davids sag (Germany, 1619) tenors Barbara Allen (England, 1859) William Hite Barbara Allen (Tennessee, 1937) Herman Hildebrand Heavenly Dove (Georgia, 1855) chorus Chevy Chase (Virginia, 1931) [2.15] Don Saint-Jean The King’s hunt is up (England, c 1550) David Ripley The English hunt’s up (England, c 1590) Joel Cohen My love gave me a cherry (Scotland, c 1650) [2.24] Jane Hershey I gave my love a cherry (Nova Scotia, 1950) Kenneth Fitch Hey ho, nobody at home (Thomas Ravenscroft, 1611) [0.44] chorus There were three crows (Texas, 1950) [4.59] Fred Raffensperger There were three ravens (Thomas Ravenscroft, 1611) Roberta Anderson, ensemble Lady Cassille's lilt (Scotland, c 1620) [4.52] Mack Ramsey, Marilyn Boenau Gypsy Davy (Ohio, 1925) David Ripley, ensemble The Jolly beggar (Scotland, 1790) [0.55] Laura Jeppesen Billy Boy (Thaunton, Massachusetts, 1934) [1.13] Margaret Swanson Billy Boy (Northern England, c1920) Joel Cohen, men Ricercada premara (Diego Ortiz, 1654) [2.55] Laura Jeppesen, instruments Betty Anne (North Carolina, 1916) Sharon Kelley, ensemble Singing School (The Social Harp (Georgia, 1855) [2.00] Sharon Kelley, ensemble Thomas-Town (William Billings (Boston, 1794) [2.37] tenors New Britain (Amazing grace) (The Sacred Harp (Philadelphia, 1860)) [4.19] ensemble Parting friends (The Social Harp) [3.19] Roberta Anderson. William Hite, Don Saint-Jean, David Ripley, instruments Hallelujah (The Social Harp) [3.36] ensemble Boston Camerata: Roberta Anderson. Anne Azéma, Sharon Kelley, Margaret Swanson (sopranos); Kenneth Fitch, Fred Raffensperger (counter-tenors); William Hite, Don Saint-Jean (tenors); Herman Hildebrand (baritone); David Ripley (bass); Marilyn Boenau (dulcian/krumhorn/recorder/shawm/bassoon); Mark Ramsey (alto horn/sackbut/flute/recorder/lute); Jane Hershey (treble and tenor viols/recorder/violin); Carol Lewis (treble & bass viols); Laura Jeppesen (treble and bass viols) Joel Cohen conductor/baritone/lute/guitar Recorded in Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1990 Notes in English, Français, Deutsch. Original texts and English translations. Originally released on the Erato label. WARNER APEX 2564 61984-2 [68.01][PSh]

A must-have disk for music schools and libraries and anyone interested in American and European folk music. ... see Full Review

Sir Roger Norrington in Rehearsal Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.39 in E flat K543 (1788) Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart/Sir Roger Norrington Recorded at the Schwetzingen Festspiele, 1996 PCM Stereo: NTSC: Aspect Ratio 4:3 Language: mainly English but see review: Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP: Subtitle Languages: D, F, SP: Released 2005 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101 070 [60:00]: [DB]

Norrington has a clear idea of the ebb and flow of the work and the orchestra is very responsive, no viewer is liable to get bored. It is all very enjoyable. ... see Full Review


Norwegian Heartland Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868) [29’06”] Johan HALVORSEN (1864-1935) Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 (1920) [11’35”] Bergensiana – Rococo Variations on an Old Tune from Bergen (1921) [11’10”] Entry of the Boyars (1895) [4.44] Harald SÆVERUD (1897-1992) Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op.28 (1947) [18’48”] Rondo Amoroso, Op.14a, No.7 (1940) [4’45”] Her Last Cradle Song, Op.22a, No.3 (1943) [3’10”] Canto Rivoltoso. Op.22a, No.5 (1943) [6’27”] Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911) Norwegian Rhapsody No.4,(1878) [12’19”] Norwegian Artist’s Carnival, Op.14 (1874) [6’18”] Geirr TVEITT (1908-1981) From A Hundred Folk-tunes from Hardanger, Op. 151 (1940-1970) Suite No.1, Nos. 1, 9 and 12 (1944 onwards) [8’37”] Suite No.2, No. 26 (1944 onwards) [3’40”] Suite No.4, Nos. 47 and 60 (1944 onwards) [3’46”] Suite No.5, No. 66 (1944 onwards) [3’29”] TRADITIONAL 4 greetings (unknown) [3’32”] Arve Moen Bergset, (vocal); Isa Katherina Gericke (soprano); Sigurd Slatterbrekk (piano) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Michail Jurowski rec. Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway, 5–6, 9–13, 16 August 2004. SACD SIMAX PSC 1260 [68’38” + 66’12”][JPh]

Intense enjoyment if you are prepared to try something a little out of the normal run. Shows why Norwegians are so proud of their country and its musical heritage ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF MONTH Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral LÉONIN (c.1163-1190) Viderunt Omnes PEROTIN (c. 1180-1225) Beata Viscera; Sederunt Omnes; ANON: Plainchant: Viderunt Omnes; Motet on Dominus; Vetus abit littera SCOLICA ENCHIRIADIS: Non Nobis omine Joanna Forbes (soprano) Rebecca Hickey (soprano) Kathryn Oswald (contralto) Alexander L'Estrange (counter-tenor) Richard Eteson (tenor) Alexander Hickey (tenor) Timothy Watson (tenor) Francis Brett (bass) Tonus Peregrinus/Antony Pitts rec. Chancelade Abbey, Dordogne, France<, 5-9 Jan 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557340 [70.04][GH]

A wonderful seventy minutes of the earliest polyphonic music. Praise cannot be high enough. Go out and buy instantly. ... see Full Review

Music for Organ Volume 5 John E. ELLIS (b. 1943) Variations on Veni Emmanuel (2002) [11:13] Norman COCKER (1889-1953) Interlude, Paean, Angelus and Trio (1922) [8:52] Cradle Song (1927) [7:45] Ronald FROST (b. 1933) Passacaglia for the birthday of St Ann's (1979) [7:04] Ernest TOMLINSON (b. 1924) Three Lyrical Pieces (1958) [15:08] Douglas STEELE (1910-1999) Chorale Prelude on Gibbons' Angel's Song (1947) [3:50] David ELLIS (b. 1933) Vetrate di Ricercata (2002) [14:47] Ronald Frost (organ) rec. St Ann's Church, Manchester, England, Nov 2002 to Jul 2003. DDD Music for Organ vol. 5: Organ Music by Manchester Composers DUNELM RECORDS DRD0244 [67:39][GHa]

A worthy addition to what one hopes will be a continuing series ... see Full Review

David Oistrakh Collection Volume 6 Pyotr Ilyich TCHIAKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio in A Op.50 (1881-82) [46.12] Méditation for violin and piano Op.43 No.1 [9.24] Waltz-Scherzo for violin and piano Op.34 [5.20] Sérénade Mélancolique for violin and orchestra Op.26 [10.00] David Oistrakh (violin) with Sviatoslav Knushevitzky (cello) and Lev Oborin (piano) in the Trio, recorded March 1948 Vladimir Yampolsky (piano) in the Méditation and Waltz-Scherzo, recorded 1948 USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Kyrill Kondrashin, recorded 1945 David Oistrakh Collection Volume 6 DOREMI DHR 7742 [70.03] [JW]

The Oistrakh Trio’s recordings are an important part of the violinist’s discographic legacy and it’s good to see Doremi picking up on the Tchaikovsky ... see Full Review

Julian Olevsky - Volume 3 Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Violin Concertos Op.8 Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’ invenzione (1725)
Violin Concerto No.1 in E major La Primavera RV269 [12.11] Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor L’Estate RV315 [11.29] Violin Concerto No.3 in F major l’Autunno RV293 [10.18] Violin Concerto No.4 in F minor L’Inverno RV297 [11.22] Violin Concerto No.5 in E flat major La Tempesta di Mare RV253 [10.31] Violin Concerto No.6 in C major Il Piacere RV180 [9.45] Violin Concerto No.7 in D minor RV242 [10.27] Violin Concerto No.8 in G minor RV332 [12.16] Violin Concerto No.9 in D minor RV236 [10.54] Violin Concerto No.10 in B flat major La Caccia RV362 [9.39] Violin Concerto No.11 in D major RV210 [13.52] Violin Concerto No.12 in C major RV178 [12.33] Julian Olevsky (violin) Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Hermann Scherchen Recorded c.1954
DOREMI DHR 7837/38 [65.47 + 69.51] [JW]

Uneven but Olevsky was a fine player, elegant, warm if not opulently toned ... see Full Review

Orientale Adam GORB (b.1958) Yiddish Dances (2003) [14.52]* Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Caprice Arabe Op.96 (1894) [7.03]** Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880) [6.25]* Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Beni Mora – Oriental Suite in E minor Op.29 No.1 (1910) arranged Nora Day (1891-1985) performing edition by Anthony Goldstone (b.1944) [15.33]** Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956)
Orientale Op.38 No.17 (1908) [2.02]* Colin McPHEE (1900-1964) Balinese Ceremonial Music [9.27]** John MAYER (1930-2004) Sangit Alamkara Suite (1988) [16.42]* Joseph ACHRON (1886-1943) Hebrew Melody arranged Leopold Auer (1845-1930) arranged Anthony Goldstone (b.1944) [5.26]** Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (pianos) piano duet* two pianos** Recorded in St John the Baptist Church, Alkborough, Lincolnshire, 2005 except McPhee, recorded 1998 DIVINE ART 25032 [78.16] [JW]

Ornithologists will note the Golden Oriole on the booklet cover, a bird that ranges as freely as the music enshrined therein. ... see Full Review

The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck and his Pupils. Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562-1621) Toccata in C [4:27]; Malle Sijmen [1:39]; Ricercar [11:40] Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654) Echo ad manuale duplex, forte & lente [9:46] (Echo ad manuale duplex, forte & lente [5:46]; -Echo alio modo…cantus variante [4:00]) Est-ce Mars [10:34] (Thema-Est-ce Mars [0:43]; 1. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu [0:43]; 2. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [1:04]; 3. Variatio bicinium in cantu [0:58]; 4. Variatio a 4 voci triplici contrapuncto [0:51]; 5. Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [0:55]; 6. Variatio bicinium duplici contrapuncto [0:59]; 7. Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato [1:03]; 8. Variatio a 3 voci in cantu colorato [1:11]; 9. Variatio a 3 voci in basso colorato [0:54]; 10 Variatio a 4 voci in cantu colorato [1:13]) Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (c.1595-1693) Magnificat VII toni [12:12]: (Versus 1 [1:55]; Versus 2 [3:15]; Versus auff 2 Clavier [4:50]; Versus pedaliter [2:12]) Gail Archer, organ Rec: Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 11 January 2004 DDD CALA CACD88043 [50:36][CC]

On paper this makes for an interesting recital ... it is almost a case of read the booklet and set yourself up for disappointment. ... see Full Review

Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941)
Minuet in G Op.14 – Book 1 No.1 (1887-88) [3.44] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 Moonlight (1801) – First Movement [4.55] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) La Campanella (etude d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini) S140 No.3 in A flat minor (1838) [4.51] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu in A flat D935 No.2 [4.55] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etude in E Op.10 No.3 (1829-32) [3.58] Etude in G flat Black Keys Op.10 No.5 (1829-32) [2.00] Nocturne in E flat Op.9 No.2 (1830-31) [3.49] Valse Brillante in E flat Op.18 (1831) [4.53] Mazurka in C sharp minor Op.63 No.3 (1846) [2.06] Etude in C minor Revolutionary Op.10 No.12 (1829-32) [2.32] Nocturne in E sharp Op.15 No.2 (1830-31) [3.28] Polonaise in E flat minor Op.26 No.2 (1834-35) [7.10] Prelude in D flat Raindrop Op.28 No.15 (1836-39) Prelude in A flat Op.28 No.17 (1836-39) [3.59] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Waldszenen – The Prophet Bird (Vogl als Prophet) Op.83 No.7 [3.37] Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) By the Brookside [2.26] Chant d’Amour Op.26 No.3 [4.04] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Reflets dans l’eau (Images, Set I) (1905) [4.15] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Valse Caprice in E flat 91870) [4.42] Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano) Recorded 1926-30 LIVING ERA AJC 8555 [77.16] [JW]

The electrics offer only partial glimpses, some still lordly, into Paderewski’s musicianship. Sympathetically transferred ... see Full Review

Penny Merriments – Street Songs of 17th Century England The Courtiers Health, or The Merry Boys of the Times [2:40] The Country Lass [4:07] The Crost People, or A Good Misfortune [7:12] The Countryman’s Joy [2:44] Seldom Cleanly [3:38] A Merry Jest of John Thomson and Jakaman His Wife [4:45] The Seven Merry Wives of London, or The Gossips Complaint [4:01] Old England Grown New [2:50] Good Advice to Batchelors, How to Court and Obtain a Young Lass [3:07] Neptune’s Raging Fury [3:13] The North Country Lovers [4:18] The Lunatick Lover [4:08] The Downfall of Dancing [6:14] The Saint Turn’d Sinner [3:51] And Old Song on the Spanish Armada [2:07] The Female Captain, or The Counterfeit Bridegroom [4:25] London Mourning in Ashes [4:07] The Famous Ratcatcher [2:57] The City Waites Recorded at St Paul’s Church, Southgate, London, 5th-6th September 2004 NAXOS 8.557672 [70:25] [EM]

These songs are great fun, and all the performers seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves, with energetic and vivacious renditions. ... see Full Review

The Power of Love Nicholas LANIER (1588-1666) Love and I of late did depart [1.44] Weep no more, my wearied eyes [4.08] Love’s Constancy [3.51] John WILSON (1585-1674) Fantasie no.21 in Ab minor [1.56] Anonymous Ask me no more [2.50] John WILSON (1585-1674) Stay, o stay, why dost thou fly me? [2.59] Anonymous I long for thy virginitie [1.20] Sweete Besse come over to me [2.40] I kissed her while she blushed [0.39] Hench me Malie Gray [0.42] She’s rare and good in all – Lilt Ladie Anne Gordonn [0.40] Buggle Bowe [1.50] Henry LAWES (1596-1662) Dearest, do not now delay me [1.11] The Marigold [2.16] The Rose [1.55] Farewell, despairing hopes [4.40] John WILSON (1585-1674) Fantasie no.26 in C minor [2.36] Venus and young Adonis [3.32] Beauty which all men admire [1.04] Fantasie no.1 in A minor [1.33] Nicholas LANIER (1588-1666) Nor com’st thou yet, my slothful love, nor yet [8.53] John WILSON (1585-1674) Fantasie no.30 in Eb minor [2.54] Charles COLMAN (ca. 1605-1664) Farewell, fond Love [4.22] Henry LAWES (1596-1662) Bid me but live [2.22] John WILSON (1585-1674) Fantasie no.10 in Eb minor [1.09] Wherefore peep’st thou, envious day? [1.52] Power of Love [3.21] Fantasie no.25 in Db major [2.14] Richard RODGERS (1902-1979) Lorenz HART (1895-1943) My funny Valentine [2.32] Ellen Hargis, soprano Paul O’Dette, lute, archlute and theorbo rec. Nichols Concert Hall, The Music Institute of Chicago, 15-18 February 2005 NOYSE PRODUCTIONS NPEHPOD01 [73.52] [EM]

I was charmed by this delightful compilation of seventeenth century songs ... see Full Review

Michael Rabin Collection Volume 1 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No.8 Op.30 No.3 (1801-02)  [17.24] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata No.1 Op.13 (1875-77) [22.51] Niccolò PAGANINI (1784-1840) Caprice Op.1 No.17 (c.1819) [3.16] Michael Rabin (violin) Lothar Broddack (piano) Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra/Donald Voorhees Recorded by RIAS, Berlin, October 1961 and 1962 (sonatas), New York, August 1950 (Paganini) DOREMI DHR 7715 [43.29][JW]

Valuable for the preserved radio recordings representing items otherwise absent from Rabin’s meagre discography. Fine work by Doremi ... see Full Review

Daniel Röhn - Virtuoso Pieces for Violin and Piano Christian SINDING (1856-1941) Suite in A minor Op.10 [12.07] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantasy in C major Op. posth. 159 D934 [22.40] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No.17 – arranged Fritz KREISLER [3.52] Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Estrellita arranged Jascha HEIFETZ [3.05] Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864) Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair arranged Jascha HEIFETZ [2.54] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Menuet from Petite Suite – arranged Daniel RÖHN [2.39] Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Guitarre Op.45 No.2 arranged Pablo de SARASATE [3.08] Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Nel cor più non mi sento (Paisiello) for solo violin arranged Vaša PŘÍHODA [8.51] Franz WAXMAN (1906-1967) Carmen Fantasy [9.59] Daniel Röhn (violin) Milana Chernyavska (piano) rec. Bavarian Radio studio 2, Munich, March, September, November 2002 CLAVES 50-2507 [69.56] [JW]

Playing that is multi-hued, bold, full of panache and colourful expressive gestures. ... see Full Review

Salve, o Regina Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Salve, o regina [5.37] Iam moriar mi Fili, Pianto della Madonna [8.32] – sopra Il Lamento di Arianna [8.32] Tarquinio MERULA (c.1590-1665) Hor ch’e il tempo di dormire [7.55] Giovanni LEGRENZI (1626-1690) Sonata III [5.29] Congratulamini Filiae Sion (1634) Giovanni Girolamo KAPSBERGER (c.1575-1661) Toccata IV – Toccata II arpeggiata [5.19] Ave sanctissima Maria [3.05] Toccata IX [1.35] Preludio II [0.46] Sancta Maria [3.03] Sebastiano CHERICI (1647-1704) Sonata [5.04] Mortales Plaudite [5.44] Alessandro PICCININI (c.1566-1638) Passacagli [4.16] Giovanni Felice SANCES (c.1600-1679) Stabat Mater [11.08] Natale MONFERRATO (1603-1685) Alma Redemptoris Mater [5.00] Claudine Ansermet (soprano) Paolo Cherici (archlute and theorbo) Recorded in Rosazzo, September 2003 STRADIVARIUS STR 33654 [79.16][JW]

Poised and attractive music-making that treats texts with respect and brings them to life with real acumen and colour. ... see Full Review

Andres Segovia and his contemporaries - Volume 3 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne (from Violin Partita No.2) BWV 1004 [12.15] Gavottes 1 and 2 (from Violin Partita No.3) BWV 1006 [2.52] Prelude for Lute BWV 999 [1.15] Courante (from Cello Suite No.3) BWV 1009 [2.44] Sarabande (from Lute Suite No.1) BWV 996 [3.24] Bourree (from Lute Suite No.1) BWV 996 [1.28] Gavottes 1 and 2 (from Cello Suite No.6) BWV 1012 [3.48] Fugue (from Violin Sonata No.1) BWV 1000 [4.24] Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Gran Jota edited ROCH [3.13] Dominici: Italienisch Fantasie [3.31] K FREISNEGG Variations on Schubert's " Die Forelle " [3.35] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1809-1847) Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 [3.39] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ständchen [2.57] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Minuet for Guitar, Viola and Flute [2.50] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Schumann: Träumerei [2.50] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Waltz in A flat [2.38] Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Minuet and Allegro [6.11] Recorded 1932 and 1934 Andres Segovia (guitar) all Bach items, recorded in 1947 Luise Walker (guitar) remainder, recorded in 1932 and 1934 DOREMI DHR 7709 [63.58] [JW]

An enjoyable collection, representing two very sides of the guitar transcribers’ art. ... see Full Review

Tito Schipa: Schipa Edition 1 - The Complete 1922-1924 Recordings, Vol. 1 BARRERA and CALLEJA Emigrantes: Granadinas Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Pagliacci: O Columbina (Harlequin’s Serenade) José PADILLA (1889-1960) La Corte del Amor: La de ojos azules (Princesita ‘Mariposa’) TRADITIONAL CREOLE SONG Ay, Ay, Ay (A sóma te a la ventana) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux) Richard BARTHÉLEMY (19th/20th Cent) Chi se une scorda ‘cchiù Pasquale Mario COSTA (1858-1933) Napulitanata Gonzalo ROIG Quiéreme mucho Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) A la orilla de un palmar PALACIOS Y SOJO A Granada ‘Canción andaluza’ Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) La sonnambula: Son geloso del zefiro (with Amelita Galli-Curci, soprano) Gioachino ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome saper (Serenade) Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon: Ah! non credevi tu (Elle ne croyait pas) – Addio, Mignon, fa core (Adieu, Mignon, courage) OTEO Mi viejo amor CIMMINO Serenata medioevale (2 versions) DE FUENTES Rosalinda Manuel De FALLA (1876-1946) Jota (from Siete canciones populares españolas) Emil PALADILHE (1844-1926) Comme un petit oiseau Tito SCHIPA (1888-1965) A Cuba Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La traviata: Un di felice eterea – Parigi, o cara (both with Amelita Galli-Curci, soprano) Tito Schipa (tenor), Victor Orchestra/Joseph Pasternack (tracks 1 – 5), Nathaniel Shilkret (6, 7, 10, 11), Rosario Bourdon (8, 9, 12, 14 – 19, 23, 24), Charles Adams Prince (20 – 22); Tito Schipa (guitar) and anonymous pianist (track 13) Recorded February 1922 – September 1924 NAXOS 8.110332 [77:42][GF]

There isn’t much better – and tasteful - tenor singing anywhere in recorded history! ... see Full Review

S’lihot for the First DayThe Entire Midnight Service According to Orthodox and Traditional Ritual Leib GLANTZ (1898–1964) Ashrei (1) Moshe KOUSSEVITZKY (1899–1966) Einei khol (1) Joshua LIND (1890–1973) Va’ahahnu (1) Todrosh GREENBERG (1846–1927), Abrham KALECHNIK (1846–1927) Hatzi kaddish (1) Isaac KAMINSKY (1871–1943) L’khu n’rann’na (1) Israel SCHORR (1886–1935) Hattei (1) Zavel ZILBERTS (1881–1949) El melekh yoshev (1) Arnold MILLER (1922–1997), Isaac KAMINSKY (1871–1943), Joshua LIND (1890–1973), Herman ZALIS (1885–1969), Ira BIGELEISEN (contemporary), Meyer MACHTENBERG (1884–1979) B’motza’ei m’nuha (1) Joshua LIND (1890–1973) T’vi’enu (1) Joshua RUMSHINSKY (1881-1956) Sh’ma kolenu (1) Mozhe KOUSSEVITZKY(1899-1966) arr. Neil LEVIN Ashamnu (1) Joshua LIND (1890–1973) Rahamana (1) Dan FROHMAN (1903-1977) Maran d’vishmayya (1) Yossele ROSENBLATT (1882–1933) arr. R. GOLDSTEIN Shomer yisra’el (1) Jacob GOTTLIEB (Yankl der HEIZERIKER) (1852-1900) Kaddish Shalem (1) Pierre PINCHIK (Pinchas SEGAL) Mar’eh kohen (2) Sholom SECUNDA Yir’u eineinu (2)
Meyer MACHTENBERG R’tze (2) Moshe KOUSSEVITZKY (1899–1966) Untanne tokef (2) Cantor Benzion Miller Cantor Ira Bigeleisen Schola Hebraica/Neil Levin (1) London Synagogue Singers/Neil Levin (2) Recorded: New West End Synagogue, London, July 2000, July 2001 (1); New West End Synagogue, London, November 1998 (2) NAXOS 8.559428-29 [65.48 + 51.02] [RH]

I would urge anyone with an interest in religion and religious history to listen to this set ... see Full Review

Stokowski - Rhapsodies Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor [8.41] Georges ENESCO (1881-1955) Rumanian Rhapsody No.1 in A Op.11 [11.33] Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Ma Vlast – Vltava [12.21] The Bartered Bride – Overture [7.04] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde – Act III Prelude [10.13]* Tannhäuser – Overture and Venusberg Music [25.09]* RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Symphony of the Air and Chorus * Leopold Stokowski Recorded 1960 and 1961 RCA RED SEAL LIVING STEREO 82876 67903 2 [75.36] [JW]

More notable Stokowskian fare, then, in rhapsodic vein for the most part and persuasively successful in the main. ... see Full Review

Tatjana Vassilieva (cello) Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Sonata for solo cello Op.8 (1915) [30.34] Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931) Sonata for solo cello Op.28 (1924) [13.21] Alexandre TCHÉREPNINE (1899-1977) Suite for solo cello Op.76 [6.48] Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897-1966) Suite for solo cello (1926) [15.18] Tatjana Vassilieva (cello) Recorded Temple de Bons Secours, Paris, January 2005 ACCORD 476 7191 [66.10][JW]

The frequently violent and resinous attack of cellist Vassilieva. Outsize and personality-rich attacks will cause your blood pressure to rise ... see Full Review

The Verbier Festival - 10th Anniversary Piano Extravaganza Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for Four Keyboards and Strings in A minor, BWV1065 Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) arr. Patrick Russ Jamaican Rumba Louis Moreau GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869) arr. Samuel Adler/Martin Russ L’Union: paraphrase de concert sur les airs nationaux Morton GOULD (1913-1996) arr. Michael Rot The Stars and Stripes Forever Suite; after John Philip SOUSA Peter HEIDRICH (b.1935) Variations on `Happy Birthday' (excerpts) Happy Birthday to You Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata for Two Pianos in C, K521 Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Flight of the bumblebee Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) arr. Carl Czerny/Rico Gulda Semiramide — Overture Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) Sonata in one movement in E minor Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) arr. Richard Blackford Die Walküre — Ride of the Valkyries Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Claude Frank, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, James Levine, Mikhail Pletnev, Staffan Scheja (piano) with Barbara Hendricks (sop) Birthday Festival Orchestra recorded live July 22, 2003 Video director: Andy Sommer format 16:9; sound PCM stereo, 5.1 and DTS 5.1 BMG-RCA RED SEAL DVD 82876 60942-9 [100:00][AB]

Throughout the musicians were clearly enjoying themselves as was the audience ... the atmosphere is caught very well. ... see Full Review

Elisso Virsaladze: Les Pianos de la Nuit Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana, op.16 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano sonata no. 2 in D minor, op.14; Sarcasms no. 3, op.17; Toccata in D minor, op.11 Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Natha-Valse in A major, op.51 Elisso Virsaladze (piano) Rec. live 8 August 2004, La Roque d’Arthéron, France. DVD Region 0. Co-production between ARTE France / France 3 / Mezzo / Ideale /Naïve NAÏVE DR 2117 [69.26][ED]

The faint-hearted are warned that a firecracker is lit upon pressing ‘play’, so stand well back. ... see Full Review

Virtuoso Timpani Concertos (edited and published by Harrison POWLEY) Georg DRUSCHETZKY (1784-1819) Concerto per 6 Timpani and Orchestra (late 1790s) [15.26] Partita in C (late 1790s) [15.07] André PHILIDOR (c. 1647-1730) and Jacques PHILIDOR (1657-1708) Marche de timballes (1685) [3.37] Johann Carl Christian FISCHER (1752-1807) Symphonie mit acht obligaten pauken (1780s) [14.39] Johann Melchior MOLTER (1697-1765) Sinfonia No. 99 (1750) [15.12] Johann Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Sinfonia a 2 corni, timpani, 2 violini, viola, e cembalo (1747) [14.46] Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Orchestra/Alexander Peter, solo timpanist and conductor. Recorded at the Lutherkirche, Radebul, Germany, 10 September 2003. Notes in English and Deutsch. Photo of orchestra with listing of all players and photo and full credits of score editor Harrison Powley. NAXOS 8.557610 [78.38][PSh]

A unique sound, interesting but not substantial music, a disk for someone who thought she had everything. ... see Full Review

Gunter Wand. My Life, My Music Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.4 in B flat Op.60 – Adagio-Allegro vivace [12.27] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Serenade in D Posthorn K320 [3.59] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No.1 in C minor Op.68 – Andante sostenuto [9.26] + Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.9 in C The Great D944 – Finale; Allegro vivace [11.20] * Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No.5 in B flat (original version) – Introduction; Adagio - Allegro [21.30] # NDR Symphony Orchestra Chicago Symphony Orchestra + Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra * Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra # Gunter Wand Recorded April 2001 (Beethoven and Mozart), January 1989 (Brahms), March 1977 (Schubert), January 1996 (Bruckner) A DVD Video documentary of Gunter Wand. Bonus audio CD featuring complete performances of music heard in the DVD documentary from the artist’s RCA Red Seal legacy.
Executive producer Christian Leins. Director Robert Reiter RCA RED SEAL 82876 63887 9 [DVD 130.00 + CD 58.40] [JW]

I’m sure admirers will find their appreciation of Wand enriched –but the Wand-agnostic may find parts of the documentary rather turgid. ... see Full Review

When the Empire Calls Gerard COBB (1838-1904) To T.A (1892).[1.03] Gunga Din [5.30] Ford o’ Kabul River (1893) [4.11] The Young British Soldier Op.24 No.1 [4.14] Lichtenberg (1904) [4.49] Snarleyow Op.29 No.6 [4.41] J P MCCALL (1882-1961) Boots (1928) [2.43] Cells (1930) [3.21] Route Marchin’ (1930) [3.36] Fuzzy-Wuzzy Op.24 No.5 (1892) [2.52] Belts Op.29 No.1 [4.22] Oonts Op.29 No.5 [3.30] W WARD-HIGGS (1866-1936) Troopin’ (1906) [2.24] The Widow’s Party (1906) [3.21] Bill ‘Awkins (1906) [1.46] Gordon SUTHERLAND The Widow at Windsor (1893) [3.14] Maurice BELL Follow me ‘Ome (1909) [4.12] Walter DAMROSCH (1862-1950) Danny Deever Op.2 No.7 (1897) [3.51] Olly SPEAKS (1874-1948) On The Road To Mandalay (1907) [4.57] Mary CARMICHAEL Tommy (1892) [4.10] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Soldier, Soldier (1898) [3.11] Paul BARNES Good-bye Dolly Gray (1897) [1.42] Alfred HILL (1870-1960)
When the Empire Calls 91900) [2.05] Felix MCGLENNON Comrades (1887) [3.52] Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The Absent-Minded Beggar (1899) [3.26] George F ROOT (1820-1895) The Vacant Chair (1862) [4.19] Arthur SOMERVELL (1863-1937) The Handy Man (1900) [2.34] Theodore MORSE (1873-1924) Blue Bell (1904) [4.01] Joseph GILLOTT Sons of the Southern Sea (1900) [3.55] Charles K HARRIS (1867-1930) Break the News to Mother (1891) [4.32] A L HARRINGTON KYLE Strathcona’s Horse; Regimental Song (1900) [3.12] C W MURPHY The Baby’s Name (1900) [2.12] Theodore F MORSE Two Little Boys (1903) [2.50] Reginald DE KOVEN (1859-1920) Recessional (1898) [4.36] J L H SCHUMANN The Boer Prisoner’s Prayer (1900) [4.09] John BRADFORD Sons of Our Empire (1900) [3.38] Paul DRESSER (1859-1906) The Pardon Came Too Late (1898) [4.26] Alfred H WEST Mafekin’ Night (1900) [2.26] John FINUCANE Just Knock at the Door, and Ask for Us (1909) [2.01] W C ROBEY The Pretoria Dinner Party, or In Walked England (1900) [4.10] G D WHEELER Bravo! Dublin Fusiliers [2.25] George EVERARD Good-Bye, Daddy [2.49] Medley including Soldiers of the Queen, Sarie Marais, Ramp! Tramp! Tramp! Waltzing Matilda, Good-bye, Dolly Gray [5.39]
Michael Halliwell (baritone) David Miller (piano) Recorded Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, November 2000 and the Music Workshop of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, December 2002 ABC CLASSICS 476 8063 [76.02 + 76.51] [JW]

There’s plenty of good stuff here to remind one of the days when a third of the globe was painted red and dreadnoughts were still in dry dock. ... see Full Review

Wisconsin Brass Quintet - The Feast Awaits Enrique CRESPO (b.1941) Suite Americana no.1 (1977) [19:13] (1. Ragtime [1:44]; 2 Bossa Nova [4:05]; 3. Vals Peruano [3:39]; 4. Zamba Gaucha [5:37]; 5. Son de Mexico [4:09]) Douglas HILL (b.1946) Tribal Images [14:27] (6. Where the Thunder Leads [4:20]; 7. Let the Prayers Rise Upward [4:26]; 8. The Feast Awaits [3:06]; 9. Arise Friend and Walk We Away [2:23]) John STEVENS (b.1951) Footprints (2000) [23:09] (10. Potawatomi Trail [6:55]; 11. May Snowfall [3:47]; 12. Mr.Oie’s Ice House [5:18]; 13. Slip-Streaming [6:50]) Douglas HILL Timepieces (1977) [20:03] (14. Good Times [4:07]; 15. Upon a Time [4:18]; 16. Another Time [2:38]; 17. Simpler Times [5:12]; 18. Party Time! [3:33]) Wisconsin Brass Quintet (John Aley and Alan Campbell, trumpets; Douglas Hill, horn; James Campbell and William Richardson, trombones; John Stevens, tuba and euphonium) with Paul Rowe (bass-baritone), Anthony DiSanza, Jason Richins and Christopher Fashun (percussion). Recording published 2005 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD567 [77:29] [GPJ]

All in all, an ideal disc to celebrate the beauties of brass ensemble music and the remarkable talents of these fine musicians. ... see Full Review





Gary Evans Music Inspired by Art: A guide to recordings Pub. Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2002 ISBN 0-8108-4509-1 [317 pages, hard cover] £46.00

The more I delved into this book I became fascinated by the questions it plainly doesn’t attempt at answering: the whys and wherefores of inspiration. ... see Full Review

GERALD FINZI: His Life and Music by Diana McVeagh 25 b/w illustrations 1 line illustration 306 pages Size: 23 x 15 cm ISBN: 1843831708 Binding: Hardback Publication date: September 2005 Price: 49.95 USD/25.00 GBP Imprint: Boydell Press

Self-recommending but I recommend it anyway. ... see Full Review

RONALD STEVENSON - 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

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. ... 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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