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Samuel Adler (b.1928) Five Sephardic Choruses (1991) (I. Yom Gila [1:43]; II. Ya Ribbon Olam [1:11]; III. Ein Keloheinu [2:16]; IV. Adon Olam [2:09]; V. Zamm'ri Li [1:14]) Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano Helen Kruszewski, soprano (III. only) Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano Matthew Kirchner, tenor Gideon Dabi, baritone (III. only) Ted Christopher, baritone Pen Ying Fang, piano Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir/Patrick Gardner Recorded Plymouth Church of Pilgrims, Brooklyn NY May; November 2001 Nuptial Scene (1975) [8:59] Margaret Bishop Kohler, mezzo-soprano Eastman Players/Samuel Adler Recorded Kilbourn Hall/Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester NY February 1998 The Binding (excerpt) (1967) [8:57] Freda Herseth, soprano Joseph Evans, tenor Raphael Frieder, baritone Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Samuel Adler Recorded Slovak Radio Hall, Bratislavia, Slovak Republic, June 1998 Selected Liturgical Works: El Melekh Yoshev (Date not given) [2:59] Cantor Alberto Mizrahi Barbara Harbach, organ Rochester Singers/Samuel Adler Recorded Kilbourn Hall/Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester NY May 1992 Ahavat Olam (1960s) [1:56] Sim Shalom (Date not given) [2:02] Bar'khu (1976) [1:13] Sh'ma Yisra'el (1976) [1:34] V’ahavta and Mi Khamokha (1976) [3:36] Cantor Roslyn Jhunever Barak Barbara Harbach, organ Rochester Singers Samuel Adler, conductor Hashkivenu (1976) [4:46] Cantor Richard Botton Barbara Harbach, organ Rochester Singers/Samuel Adler Recorded Kilbourn Hall/Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester NY May 1992 Symphony No. 5 We Are the Echoes (1975) (I. We Go [3:41]; II. Even During War [4:52]; III. The Future [4:57]; IV. We Are the Echoes [6:39]; V. God Follows Me Everywhere [5:11]) Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Samuel Adler Jesus Christus Kirche Berlin, Germany July 1998 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS MILKEN ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN JEWISH MUSIC 8.559415 [70:39] [JF]

Even a superficial encounter with this recording reveals a composer that is competent and well able to change his style to suit the nature of the music. What makes him rare is that there is a definite consistency across his use of an eclectic range of styles. ... See Full Review

Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Iberia – Books I – IV (1905-08) [82.15] La vega (1897) [16.00] Yvonne en visite! (1909) [6.28] España; Souvenirs (1897) [12.18] Navarra (1909) – completed by William Bolcom (b.1938) [8.40] Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Recorded in Henry Wood Hall, London, April and August 2004 HYPERION CDA 67476-77 [62.01 + 63.56] [JW]

Sweep and clarity as well as Hamelin’s special brand of architectural understanding. Warm recorded sound - an auspicious and very welcome disc. ... see Full Review

Carl Philip Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Solo Keyboard Music Volume 13 Sinfonia in G, Wq 122/1, H 45 (1745) [9.45] Sonata in d, Wq 65/24, H 60 (1749) [6.42] Allegretto con Variazioni, Wq118/5 H65 (1750) [11.39] Sinfonia in F, Wq 122/2, H,104 (1755) [14.22] Fantasia and Fugue in c, Wq 119/7, H75.5 (1755) [7.08] Sonata in e, Wq 65/29, H 83 (1755) [14.55] Miklós Spányi, fortepiano by Michael Walker 1999, after Silbermann 1749. Recorded in a private residence in Ahlden, Germany, November 2001. Notes in English, Deutsch, and Français. BIS CD-1328 [66.16][PSh]

A superbly performed concert of music by a previously underrated composer whose day has finally arrived. ... see Full Review

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) St Matthew Passion (1785) (H 798) Isabella Stettner, soprano; Thomas Dewald (Evangelist), tenor; Daniel Jordan (Jesus), Jochen Kupfer, baritone Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie Berlin/Joshard Daus Recorded 4-5 April 2004, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany. DDD CAPRICCIO 60.113 [55:01][JV]

One of the recently rediscovered Passions by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which deserves a better performance than it receives here … see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Cantatas - Volume 2 Recorded: Protestant Church, Weinsberg, Germany, March 1957 Friedericke Sailer, Maria Friesenhausen, Agnes Giebel, Emiko Iiyama, Ingeborg Reichelt, Edith Selig, Hedy Graf (sopranos) Claudia Hellmann, Emmy Lisken, Barbara Scherler, Hertha Töpper (altos) Helmut Krebs, Georg Jelden, Theo Altmeyer, Friedrich Melzer, Kurt Huber (tenors) Erich Wenk, Jakob Stämpfli, Barry McDaniel, Franz Kelch, Bruce Abel (basses) Heinrich Schütz Choir, Heilbronn
Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra Württemberg Chamber Orchestra (BWV 102,137,150) Südwestfunk Orchestra, Baden-Baden (BWV 51, 104) Conducted by Fritz Werner WARNER ERATO 2564 61402-2 [10 CDs: 75’22 + 73’11" + 68’45" + 62’57" + 71’43" + 72’18" + 74’38" + 73’01" + 75’04" + 75’01". Total: 722’00"] [JQ]

I recommend this box and the other two with the greatest possible enthusiasm. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Mass in b, BWV 232 (1714 - 1749) [108.20] Sunhae Im, soprano; Marianne Beate Kielland, Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano;
Markus Schäfer, tenor; Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass-baritone. Dresden Chamber Choir.
Cologne Chamber Orchestra/Helmut Müller-Brühl Recorded by Deutschlandfunk in the Sendesaal, Cologne, Germany, November 2003. 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo on the SACD tracks, 2.0 stereo on the CD tracks. Notes in English and Deutsch. English translatison of Latin Text. Photos of artists. Hybrid SACD also playable on CD players NAXOS 6.110102-03 [53.27 + 54.38] Available on CD 8.55058586 DVD-audio 5.11010203 [PSh]

Bach "Lite," Bach cool, Bach for Freethinkers: An unusually thin, calm, and clear performance of this usually ecstatically performed work. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica" [50:10] Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 [28:29] Müchener Philharmoniker/Hans Knappertsbusch (Eroica) Berliner Philharmoniker/Hans Knappertsbusch rec. Live, Dec 1953 (Eroica), Munich. 27 Jan 1952 (Symphony 8), Berlin. ADD ARCHIPEL ARPCD 0223 [78:37] [KS]

There are too many fine performances of this music and at good prices to waste hard earned cash on this. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, ‘Kreutzera (1803) [31’01]. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108b (1888) [19’40]. César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata in Ac (1886) [25’08]. Jascha Heifetz (violin); aBenno Moiseiwitsch, bWilliam Kapell, cArtur Rubinstein (pianos). From RCA Victor aLM-1193, bLM-71, cHMV DB3206-08. Rec. Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London, on aMay 14th-15th, 1951, cApril 3rd, 1937 and bRCA Studios, Hollywood, on November 29th-30th, 1950. ADD NAXOS HISTORICAL GREAT VIOLINISTS 8.110990 [75’49][CC]

Those were the days. The roster of pianists here is almost beyond belief … and they’re all accompanying! Three truly great pianists in the company of one of the greatest violinists. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Eroica Variations, Op. 35 (1802) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 (1861) Seta Tanyel, piano Recorded Abbey Road Studios, London (date not provided)
originally released on Collins Classics HYPERION HELIOS CDH55201 [54:13] [DS]

I warmly recommend this Tanyel disc at budget price. Her playful Beethoven and loving Brahms make for a very attractive coupling ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Last Three Sonatas Sonata in E major Op.109 (1820) [20.06] Sonata in A flat major Op.110 (1821-22) [19.23] Sonata in C minor Op.111 (1822) [26.29] Jerome Rose (piano) Recorded at the CUNY Graduate Centre, New York, June 2001 MONARCH CLASSICS M20012 [66.14] [JW]

In short these are consistently elevated traversals, strong on structural command, powerful of utterance. They may not win over all listeners but their integrity and seriousness are never in doubt. ... see Full Review

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Puritani - grand opera in three acts (1835) Edita Gruberova (sop) Elvira; José Bros (ten) Arturo; Simón Orfila (bar) Giorgio; Carlos Alvarez (bar) Riccardo; Raquel Pierotti (mezzo) Enrichetta di Francia; Konstantin Gorny (bass) Lord Walton; Chorus and Symphonic Orchestra of the Liceu Theatre/Friedrich Haider Recorded live at the Liceu Theatre, Barcelona, Spain on 8 Feb. 2001 TDK DVD DV-OPIP [2 DVDs: 159:00] [RW]

A cast on fine form throughout but minimalistic scenery is bleak and scant ... see Full Review

Richard RODNEY BENNETT (b. 1936) Sea Change – The Choral Music of Richard Rodney Bennett Sea Change (1983) (17:05) A Farewell to Arms (2001) (11:47) A Good-Night (1999) (2:36) Verses (1964) (6:31) Missa Brevis (1990) (15:40) Five Carols (1967) (10:04) Lullay mine liking (1984) (3:37) What sweeter music (1968) (3:38) Puer nobis (1980) (2:26) The Cambridge Singers/John Rutter Sue Dorey (cello) rec. LSO St. Luke’s, London, August 2004 DDD COLLEGIUM RECORDS CSACD 901 [74:28] [CT]

A beautifully performed survey of Richard Rodney Bennett’s often neglected choral music. ... a fine disc in every way ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Roméo et Juliette op.17 (1838) (A) (B) [2 versions: 91:27, 91:31], Les Nuits d’Été op.7 (1838, orchestral version 1856) (C) [30:14], Les Troyens (1856-58): Chasse royale et orage (D) [10:59], La Damnation de Faust op.24 (1845-6) (E) [121:52], Béatrice et Bénédict (1862): Overture (F) (G) [2 versions: 07:18, 07:17], Le Corsaire op.21 (1844-55) (H) [07:58], Benvenuto Cellini op.23 (1834-1837): Overture (I) [10:26], L’enfance du Christ op.25 (1850-54) (J) [93:26], Harold en Italie op.16 (1834) (K) [37:44], Le carnaval romain op.9 (1843) (L) [08:01], Grande messe des morts op.5 (1837) (M) [83:33], Symphonie fantastique op.14 (1830) (N) (O) [2 versions: 46:20, 48:54] Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) (C), Suzanne Danco (soprano) (E), Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano) (B), Margaret Roggero (mezzo-soprano) (A), Florence Kopleff (contralto) (J), Leslie Chabay (tenor) (A), David Poleri (tenor) (E), Léopold Simoneau (tenor) (M), Cesare Valletti (tenor) (B) (J),  Lucien Oliver (baritone) (J), Martial Singher (baritone) (E), Gérald Souzay (baritone) (J), Donald Gramm (bass) (E), McHenry Boatwright (bass) (E), Yi-Kwei Sze (bass) (A), Giorgio Tozzi (bass) (B) (J), William Primrose (viola) (K), Harvard Glee Club (A) (E), New England Conservatory Chorus (B) (J) (M), Radcliffe Choral Society (A) (E) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch (all items) Recorded 1949 (F), 22nd-23rd February 1953 (A), 21st-22nd February 1954 (E), 14th-15th November 1954 (N), 12th-13th April 1955 (C), 23rd-24th December 1956 (J), 1st December 1958 (G) (H) (L), 6th April 1959 (D) (I), 26th-27th April 1959 (M), 23rd-24th April 1961 (B), 9th April 1962 (O) in the Symphony Hall, Boston BMG RCA RED SEAL 82876-60393-2 [10 CDs: 67:24 + 66:06 + 74:26 +74:04 + 72:50 + 66:52 + 60:26 + 69:50 + 73:14 + 75:06][JW]

All of these performances are special and this box is the most comprehensive evidence yet of Munch’s status as a Berlioz conductor. ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Les francs-juges Overture [12’26"] Waverley Overture, Op. 1 [10’24"] Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4 [15’57"] Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 [9’29"] Béatrice et Bénédict Overture [8’06"] Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 [8’44"] Benvenuto Cellini Overture, Op. 23 [10’07"] Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis Recorded 13-18 January, 1997, Lukaskirche, Dresden DDD BMG RCA Red Seal 82876 65839 2 [75’15"] [JQ]

Surely an essential purchase for all those who love the music of that wayward, original, exciting genius, Hector Berlioz. ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Requiem - “Grande Messe des Morts,” Op 5 (1837) (84.44) Leopold Simoneau, tenor New England Conservatory Chorus/Lorna Cook de Varon. Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch Recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 27 April 1959 Notes in English with text in Latin and English translation. Technical notes in English, Français, and Deutsch. Remastered in DSD by John Newton, Soundmirror, Inc. Hybrid SACD also playable on CD players. 3.0 and 2.0 stereo SACD tracks. 2.0 stereo cd tracks. BMG RCA RED SEAL “LIVING STEREO” 82876 663732-2 (2) [39.13 + 45.31][PSh]

One of the very best Berlioz Requiems ever recorded in brilliant new high resolution sound. ... see Full Review

Stanley BLACK (1913-2002) Film Music: Battle of the Sexes (1960) [8:07] Sands of the Desert (1960) [9:11] Stormy Crossing (1957) [17:12] Blood of the Vampire (1958) [10:58] Jack the Ripper (1959) [13:52] Three Steps to the Gallows (1954) [7:09] The Young Ones (1961) [3:16] BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth rec. Watford Colosseum, England,; 23 and 24 November 2004 CHANDOS CHAN 10306 [70:20] [IL]

Commendable enthusiasm yet one cannot help feeling that it is not exactly the most inspired of Chandos’s British Film Music series ... see Full Review

Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER (1689-1755) Six Concertos for five Flutes Suite for transverse flute in b minor, op. 35,5* [08:22] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in G, op. 15,1 [07:32] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in a minor, op. 15,2 [07:58] Sonata for 3 transverse flutes in d minor, op. 7,4*/**/*** [11:43] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in D, op. 15,3 [07:59] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in b minor, op. 15,4 [07:46] Concerto for 2 transverse flutes in G, op. 38,3*/*** [06:23] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in A, op. 15,5 [07:36] Concerto for 5 transverse flutes in e, op. 15,6 [07:00] Barthold Kuijken (*), Frank Theuns (**), Marc Hantaï (***), Daniel Etienne, Serge Saïtta, transverse flute Recorded September 1995 at the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, the Netherlands DDD ACCENT ACC 24161 [72:32] [JV]

Sparkling performances of nine grains of gold from Boismortier's oeuvre... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15a (1854-8) [53’24] Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1861, orch. SCHOENBERG 1938) [46’16]. aDaniel Barenboim (piano) Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle. Rec. Herodes Atticus Odeon, Athens on May 1st, 2004. Includes ‘bonus film’, ‘The European Concert in Olympic Athens’ [18’17]. PAL. 16:9 anamorphic. PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. Format DVD9. EUROARTS 2053659 [127’00] [CC]

What an occasion this must have been! A superb DVD, and one of the best orchestral DVDs I have yet seen. Enjoy the concert! ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D major Op.77 [40.21] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto in D major Op.35 [38.20] Gioconda de Vito (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra/Rudolf Schwarz (Brahms, recorded in 1953) Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI/Mario Rossi (Tchaikovsky, recorded live in 1954) ARCHIPEL ARPCD 0249 [76.39] [JW]

An important document for de Vito adherents and should be noted ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Four Hand Piano Music Vol. 14 Piano Quartet No 2 in A Op.26 (Arr. composer for Piano Duet) (i) Allegro non troppo [14:37] (ii) Poco Adagio (iii) Scherzo: Poco Allegro (iv) Finale: Allegro [9:16] Five Waltzes Op.39 (Arr. composer for Two Pianos) No 1 in B [1:00] No 2 in E [1:21] No 11 in B minor [1:16] No 14 in G# minor [1:12] No 15 in A flat [1:44] Silke-Thora Matthies, Christian Köhn (piano(s)) Rec. Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen, Germany, October and November 2000. DDD NAXOS 8.554821 [52:24][PCW]

Great music is great music in any format ... it is hard to imagine the quartet being better done in this arrangement ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) German Folk Songs (1894) No. 16 Wach auf, mein Herzensschöne No. 6 Da unten im Tale No. 3 Gar lieblich hat sich gesellet No. 35 Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen No. 20 Schönster Schatz No. 17 Ach Gott, wie weh tut Scheiden No. 41 Es steht ein’ Lind No. 36 Es wohnet ein Fiedler No. 28 Es reit’t ein Herr No. 7 Gunhilde No. 31 Dort in den Weiden No. 2 Erlaube mir, fein’s Mädchen No. 8 Ach, englische Schäferin No. 11 Jungfräulein, soll ich mit Euch gehn No. 5 Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr No. 10 Es ritt ein Ritter No. 29 Es war ein Markgraf No. 1 Sagt mir, o schönste Schäf’rin mein No. 12 Feinsliebchen, du sollst No. 25 Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund No. 21 Es ging ein Maidlein zarte No. 24 Mir ist ein schön’s braun’s Maidelein No. 27 Ich stand auf hohem Berge No. 40 Ich weiss mir’n Maidlein No. 30 All mein’ Gedanken No. 37 Du mein einzig Licht No. 34 Wie komm’ ich denn zur Tür herein No. 42 In stiller Nacht Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano) Recorded in the Teldec Studio, Berlin, in December 1998 WARNER APEX 2564 61910-2 [59:13][GF]

Genz’s less sophisticated, more naturally flowing, readings are just as valid. Lovers of this music need both Genz and Schwarzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op.10 (1937) [26.21] Simple Symphony Op.4 (1933-34) [15.31] Prelude and Fugue Op.29 (1943) [8.28] Northern Sinfonia of England/Richard Hickox Recorded at All Saints Quayside Church, Newcastle, 1987 SANCTUARY RESONANCE CDRSN 3043 [50.28] [JW]

Fine, impressive and frequently exhilarating performances. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1973) CD 1 String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (1941)  [26:13] String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op 36 (1945)  [31:47] CD 2 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94 (1975)  [25:44] Three Divertimenti for String Quartet (1936)  [10:31]  Belcea Quartet Recorded: String Quartet No. 3, July 2003 and remaining works 28 June to 3 July 2004 at Potton Hall, Suffolk, U.K.  EMI CLASSICS 5 57968 2 [58:10 + 36:24][MC]

I feel truly privileged to have this spectacular release from the Belceas in my collection. My advice is to obtain it immediately. A stunning set! ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Folk Song Arrangements Felicity Lott (soprano); Philip Langridge (tenor); Graham Johnson (piano); Carlos Bonell (guitar); Christopher Van Kampen (cello) Recorded at St Giles Cripplegate Church, London, March 1995 (disc 1, tracks 1-8 and 10-24, disc 2 tracks 1-24), at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London in June 1995 (disc 1 track 9) and at Henry Wood Hall, London in March 1995 (disc 1 tracks 25 and 26 and disc 2 tracks 25 and 26) DDD NAXOS 8.557220-21 [65.34 + 67.03] [ED]

Anyone wanting Britten’s folk-song arrangements can safely acquire this pleasurable set without fear of disappointment ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of the Screw (1954) Mark Padmore (tenor) Quint; Lisa Milne (soprano) Governess; Catrin Wyn Davies (soprano) Miss Jessel; Diana Montague (mezzo) Mrs Grose; Nicholas Kirby Johnson (treble) Miles; Caroline Wise (girl soprano) Flora City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox. TV Producer Fiona Morris. TV Director Katie Mitchell. Extras includes spoken synopsis and cast gallery. NTSC. LPCM Stereo. Dolby Digital. 16:9. BBC OPUS ARTE OA 0907 D [117'00] [CC]

The transference of opera to film can be fraught with difficulty. In the present case, it is a wonderful success. James' story in Britten's setting emerges magnificently. ... see Full Review

Dave BRUBECK (b.1920)
Songs: All my love (1,3) [5:25]; Strange meadowlark (1,3) [4:45]; The things you never remember (1,3) [5:59]; So lonely (1,3) [5:28]; Don’t forget me (1,3) [4:26]; There’ll be no tomorrow (1,3) [4:50]; The time of our madness (1,3) [2:09]; Tao (1) [2:50]; Final curve/Search (1,4) [3:15]; Dream dust/Hold fast to dreams (1,4) [2:57]; Hold fast to dreams (2,4) [5:23]; The dream keeper (1,2,4) [5:06]; Day after day (1,4) [4:47]; Once when I was very young (1,4) [3:42] John De Haan: tenor (1); Jane Giering De Haan: soprano (2); Dave Brubeck: piano (3); Cliff Jackson: piano (4) rec. Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Frost School of Music, 9-11 Jan 2004 NAXOS 8.559220 [61:02] [SA]

Likeable enough but I can’t help thinking that the songs may have been better served by different singers ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 8 (1887 version) [80.36] Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 10 March 2004, Brucknerhaus, Linz ARTE NOVA 82876 62856 2 [28.29 + 51.57] [TB]

There is an appropriate warmth and atmosphere, while the playing is altogether admirable. Davies keeps the music flowing in this recording of the Bruckner’s original version ... see Full Review

Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Suite for Solo Violin in D minor, BWV1004 – Chaconne (Bach/Busoni, 1892) [16’33]. Elegien: Neue Klavierstücke, K249 – Turandots Frauen (1907/8) [3’49]. Chamber-Fantasy on Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, K284 (Sonatine No. 6, 1920) [8’47]. Fantasia Contrappuntistica, K255/6 (Edizione Definitiva, 1910) [29’02]. Murray McLachlan (piano) Rec. Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 22 Aug 2004. DDD DUNELM DRD0232 [58’36] [CC]

This recording is no small achievement – McLachlan manages to give more than workable accounts of music that drips with difficulties. ... see Full Review


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