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Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere [12’31"] William MUNDY (c.1529-1591) Vox Patris cælestis [19’16"] Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) Missa Papæ Marcelli [36’34"] The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. Chapel of Merton College, Oxford. 1979-80? AAD GIMELL GIMSE 401 [68’40"] [JQ]

This is a disc which has attained something approaching classic status over the years, and rightly so. Now at bargain price ... see Full Review

William ALWYN (1905-1985) Symphony No. 5 Hydriotaphia (1973) [14:27] Lyra Angelica - concerto for harp and orchestra (1954) [28:12] Symphony No. 2 (1953) [27:22] Suzanne Willison (harp) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones
rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 4-6 Jan 2005. DDD NAXOS 8.557647 [69:52] [EM]

A remarkable ability to contrast severe and intense music with wonderfully luxurious and romantic themes ... see Full Review

Francesco D’AVALOS (b. 1930) Maria di Venosa: music drama for orchestra, soloists and chorus in two parts and fourteen scenes (1992) [112:28] Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa Maria d’Avalos: Princess of Venosa, Fabrizio Carafa: Duke of Andria, Giulio Gesualdo: Uncle of Carlo, Priest Musician: in the service of Carlo Gesualdo, Laura Scala: chief lady-in-waiting to Maria D’Avalos, Susan Bullock: soprano, Hilary Summers: contralto, Apollo Voices (Ruth Holten (sop), Helen Parker (sop) Robin Blaze (counter-tenor) Robert Johnstone (tenor) Christopher Foster (bass)) Philharmonia Chorus/David Hill Philharmonia Orchestra/Francesco D’Avalos Rec: All Saints Church, Tooting, Aug 1994 CHANDOS CHAN 10355(2) [53:38 + 59:00] [IB]

Something intriguing, and no mistake ... a music drama without an actual libretto ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne for solo violin, transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni (1894) [13:56] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Piano Sonata Op. 1 (1907/08) [10:18] Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) Three Piano Pieces Op. 11 (1909) [11:46] Piano Piece Op. 11 No. 2, Concert Interpretation by Ferruccio Busoni (1910) [7:27] Franz SCHREKER (1878-1934) Chamber Symphony (1916), transcribed for piano by Ignaz Strasfogel [24:50] Emma Schmidt (piano) rec. Hans Rosbaud-Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany, 22-24 Nov 2004. DDD Aufbruch und Tradition BELLA MUSICA ANTES EDITION BM-CD 14.9007 [69:08] [RHa]

I can thoroughly recommend this ... not least for its generally interesting and well-thought-out programme and the excellent Schreker item ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suite No. 1 in G BWV 1007 arr. Fuchs [16.52]Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 arr. Fuchs [19.09] Cello Suite No. 3 in C BWV 1009 arr. Fuchs [18.51] Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat BWV 1010 arr. Fuchs [20.31] Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011 arr. Fuchs [21.03] Cello Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012 arr. Fuchs [22.19] Lillian Fuchs (viola) Recorded c.1951-55 DOREMI DHR 7801/02 [54.57 + 65.47] [JW]

I have nothing but admiration for this release, capturing pioneering recordings by a superb violist at the height of her powers ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564 (c.1712) [16.11] Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525 (1727) [16.58] Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542 (c.1721) [13.19] Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV527 (1727) [16.44] Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV538 The Dorian (c.1712) [15.47] Kari Vuola (organ) rec. 16 October 2003 (BWV525, 542), 10 May 2004 (BWV527, 538, 564), Naantali Convent Church, Finland. DDD ALBA ABCD 209 [78.59][TB]

This generously-filled disc of Bach’s organ music abounds in good things. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantata No. 170 Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelinlust [6:56]; Die Welt, das Sundenhaus [1:47]; Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen [7:25]; Wer sollte sich demnach [1:24]; Mir ekelt mehr zu leben [6:46]) Cantata No.82 Ich habe genug (Ich habe genug [9:41]; Ich habe genug [1:26]; Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen [11:12]; Mein Gott! Wann kommst das schone: Nun! [0:59]; Ich freue mich auf meinem Tod [4:07] Cantata No. 159, Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem (Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem [3:26]; Ich folge dir nach [4:58]; Nun will ich mich, mein Jesu, uber dich [1:28]; Es ist vollbracht [5:27]; Jesu, deine Passion [1:53]) Janet Baker (mezzo); Robert Tear (tenor); John Shirley-Quirk (bass) Philip Ledger (harpsichord continuo) St Anthony Singers Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner Recorded in the Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, January 1966 (BWV 159 and 170) and at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London, April 1964 (BWV 82) DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2684 [69:19][EM]

A wonderful disc of Bach cantatas with a star cast from Eloquence. ... see Full Review

Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Tamara - symphonic poem (1882) [21:47] Piano Concerto No. 1 (1855) [13:33] Symphony No. 1 (1864-97) [42:59] Oleg Marshev (piano) Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/James Loughran rec. Aarhus, Frichsparken, 18 Sept 2002, 3-7 Nov 2003. DDD DANACORD DACOCD 616 [78:41] [RB]

A slow-burn and one I happily recommend. ... see Full Review

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Music vol. 4 - for children (gyermekeknek) BB53, Sz.42 (revised 1943) Vol. 1 Based on Hungarian Folk tunes [37:07] Vol. 2 Based on Slovakian Folk tunes [39:12] Jenö Jandó (piano) Recorded at the Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary, 24-27 September, 2002. NAXOS 8.555998 [76:19] [SA]

I can’t single out any single piece from the 29 on this disc – I can say I never tired of them after at least six hearings. ... see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Winter Legends for piano and orchestra (1929) [39:39] A Mountain Mood (1915) [4:34] A Hill Tune (1920) [4:45] Viola Sonata (1920) [27:00] Harriet Cohen (piano) William Primrose (viola) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Clarence Raybould rec. BBC, London, 26 Nov 1954 (Winter). Columbia DX 1109, No. 3 Studio, Abbey Road, 20 Oct 1942 (solos), 22 July 1937 (Sonata). ADD original recordings courtesy of the Sir Arnold Bax Trust DUTTON CDBP 9751 [76:32]

Cohen's Bax Winter Legends documented officially for the first time ... invaluable ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’ in E flat major, Op. 73 (1810) [37:19] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909) [37:19] Vladimir Horowitz, piano RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner Rec. 26 April 1952 (Beethoven); 8, 10 April 1951 (Rachmaninov), Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110787 [74:49][MC]

It is good to have these historical accounts available but in truth this is a disc that will really only appeal to Horowitz fans. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet in D major Op.18 No.3 (1798-1800) [21.64] String Quartet in F minor Op.95 (1810) [21.39] The Griller Quartet Recorded in West Hampstead, London, 1948 DUTTON CDBP 9752 [44.06] [JW]

Performances that demonstrate energy, dynamism and timbral sensitivity ... see Full Review

Piano Trios: No. 5 in D, Op. 70 No. 1, 'Ghost' (1808) [27'48]; No. 6 in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2 (1808) [30'06]; Variations in E flat, Op. 44 (c1792, publ. 1804) [13'49] Xyrion Trio (Nina Tichman, piano; Ida Baker, violin; Maria Kliegel, cello). Rec. Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen, Germany, October 20th-22nd, 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557723 [71'43] [CC]

My recording of the month, without a shadow of a doubt. A wonderful disc, well recorded and containing some magnificent playing. Do hear this. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3 [18:52] Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" [22:04] Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" [32:55] Leonid Kogan, violin Emil Gilels, piano Recorded 29 March 1964, Leningrad, USSR. ADD. DOREMI DHR-7845 [74:03] [KS]

A once-in-a-lifetime portrait of two very great and even somewhat enigmatic artists at the top of their form. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Rondo in A WoO 49 [03:13] (1); Minuet in E flat WoO 82 [03:44] (2); 7 Bagatelles op. 33 [21:22] (3); Six Variations on an Original Theme in F major op. 34 [15:12] (4); Variations and Fugue in E flat – "Eroica" op. 35 [23:35] (5); Fantasia in G minor op. 77 [09:37] (6); Bagatelle in A minor – "Für Elise" WoO 59 [02:48] (7) Artur Schnabel (piano) Recorded 14th January 1937 (1, 6), 11th January 1938 (4), 9th November 1938 (5), 10th November 1938 (2, 3, 7) in EMI Abbey Road Studio no. 3
Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.110764 [79:31] [CH]

Highly recommended, and enthusiastically so in the case of the "Eroica" variations. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Septet in E flat major, Op. 20 (1799-1800) [40.30] Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b (1795?) [15.51] The Gaudier Ensemble
rec. St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London, 8-10 July 1991 HELIOS CDH 55189 [56.35] [SV]

The genial, carefree side of the younger Beethoven .... a far cry from the philosophical introspection and dramatic turbulence of the composer's later years. ... see Full Review

Carl Michael BELLMAN (1740-1795) Songs and Epistles Arranged for Orchestra (arr: Claude Genetay) Movitz blåste en konsert op. 51; Gråt Fader Berg och spela op. 12; Blåsen nu alla op. 25; Vår Ulla låg i sängen op. 36; Skyarna tjockna, stjärnorna slockna op. 21; Kära syster, mig nu lyster op. 24; Nå skruva fiolen, hej spelman op. 2; Drick ur ditt glas op. 30; Hej, sade Fredman op. 11; Ulla! min Ulla! op. 71; Käraste bröder, systrar och vänner op. 9; Liksom en herdinna op. 80; Fader Bergström, fingra ditt oboe op. 16; Vila vid denna källa op. 82; Solen glimmar blank och trind op. 48; Aldrig en Iris op. 54; Fäll dina ögon och skäms op. 64; Käraste bröder, systrar och vänner op. 6; Undan ur vägen  op. 38; I januari månad, gutår song 17; Se, svarta böljans vita drägg song 5b; Supa klockan över tolv song 10; Joachim uti Babylon song 41; Nå ödmjukaste tjänare song 9; Opp Amaryllis vakna min lilla song 31; Träd fram du nattens gud song 32; Movitz skulle bli student song 28; Så vandra våra stora män song 5a; Så lunka vi så småningom song 21; Hur du dig vänder song 46; En Potifars hustru song 38; Fjäriln vingad syns på Haga song 64; Ur vägen, ur vägen song 27 The Drottningholm Chamber Orchestra/Stig Westerberg Recorded November 10th 1960 at the Drottningholm Court Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1099 [37:45][GF]

May not be essential listening but highly entertaining and many of the melodies should appeal even to non-Scandinavians. ... see Full Review

Victor BENDIX (1851-1926) Piano Concerto in G minor op. 17 (1884) [38:06] Rudolph SIMONSEN (1889-1974) Piano Concerto in F minor (1915) [30:42] Oleg Marshev (piano) Aalborg Symphony Orchestra/Matthias Aeschbacher rec. 21-27 Jan 2005, Aalborg, Denmark. DDD Danish Piano Concertos Vol. 4 - Romantic works for piano and orchestra DANACORD DACOCD 641 [69:07] [RB]

To be welcomed. Marshev is in total command and is a capably sympathetic advocate for these neglected romantic leviathans. ... see Full Review

Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Sonatina for violin and piano, Op. 17 (1942) [13.14] Five Short Pieces for piano, Op. 4 (1936) [6.40] Andantino for cello and piano, Op. 21 No. 2 (1955) [2.56] Three Pieces for clarinet solo (1939) [5.05] Mazurka for piano, Op. 101b (1982) [1.24] Duo for cello and piano, Op. 81 No. 1 (1971) [6.19] Six Preludes for piano, Op. 23 (1945) [11.45] Concertino for flute, violin, cello and piano, Op. 49 (1955) [14.12] Schirmer Ensemble Rec November 2000 (Duo), December 2000 (Sonatina, Concertino), April 2001 (Andantino), South Melbourne Town Hall; January 2003 (Five Short Pieces, Preludes, Mazurka), Melba Hall, University of Melbourne NAXOS 8.557324 [61:35][TB]

By no means a definitive but serves an important purpose in bringing Berkeley’s music before a wider public, and at bargain price too. ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15 [34’30"] La Mort de Cléopâtre* [23’08"] Overture Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23*** [10’23"] Overture Le Carnaval romain, Op. 9*** [9’15"] Overture Les Francs-Juges, Op. 3***[13’17"] Overture Le Corsaire, op. 21*** [8’31"] Les Troyens, excerpts**: Chasse royale et orage [14’10"]; Ballet [4’41"]; Marche troyenne [5’20"] Chorale Populaire de Paris Musique des Gardiens de la Paix/Désiré Dondeyne *Nadine Denize (mezzo-soprano) * **Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Gilbert Amy *** Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Alain Lombard Recorded: Notre-Dame, Paris, 1958; * and ** Studios of Radio France, Paris, 1980; *** Strasbourg, 1980 ADD WARNER APEX 2564 62183-2 [57’45" +65’51"] [JQ]

Useful and enjoyable. If you wish to explore some of the French master’s less frequently heard works this is a good and inexpensive anthology. ... see Full Review

Antonio BERTALI (1605-1669) Sonata à 6 [8:16] Leopoldus I (1640-1705) Regina coeli [7:15] Antonio BERTALI (1605-1699) Sonata à 2 [8:32] Sonata à 3 [3:57] Sonata à 5 [6:30] Sonata à 3 [6:29] Anonymous Sonatina à Viola de Gamba [15:42] Antonio BERTALI (1605-1699) Sonata à 3 [7:27] Sonata à 6 [6:44] Chiacona [8:20] Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot Recorded at the Church of Bra-sur-Lienne, 21-24 September, 2003. MIRARE 9969 [79:12] [JR]

Highly musical players who manage to imbue each piece with a special improvisatory feeling. ... see Full Review

Adolphe BLANC (1828-1885) Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass op. 40 [28:56] Trio for piano, clarinet and cello op. 23 [22:43] Quintet for piano, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon op. 37 [21:24] Les Vents de Montréal/André Moisan rec. 10-11 Mar 2000, 3-4 May 2001, Eglise St Augustin de Mirabel, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Québec, Canada. DDD ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD2 2224 [73:20] [RB]

A decently documented issue even if the music is more a curiosity than a desperately compelling addition to the repertoire. ... see Full Review

Manuel BLANCAFORT (1897-1987) Complete Piano Music volume 3
Camins (Roads) (1920-1923) [14:48] Cants íntims (Intimate Songs) (1919-1924) [16:41] El parc d'atraccions (Fun Fair) (1920-1924) [24:03] Pastoral en sol (Pastoral in G) (1926) [8:39] Miquel Villalba (piano)Rec: L'Auditorium, Jafre, Spain, 2-3 January 2004, DDD NAXOS 8.557334 [64:31] [TP]

Anyone who cares about early 20th century pianism in general, and French (or Catalonian) piano music in particular, will enjoy this disc and play it repeatedly. I certainly did. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Mêlée Fantasque (1921) [12.00] Checkmate - complete ballet (1937) [53.03] Royal Scottish National Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 1-9 August 2004, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow. DDD NAXOS 8.557641 [65.03] [TB]

These Scottish performers capture exactly the essential spirit of the music and the recording is among Naxos’s best: atmospheric, clear and bright. ... see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959): Concerto for violin and orchestra (1937) [33.06] (a) Concerto Grosso no. 1 (1925) [22.37] (b) Sherban Lupu (violin) (a) National Romanian Radio Orchestra/Ian Hobson (a) Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra/Ian Hobson (piano and conductor) (b) Rec. Bucharest, Romania, June 2003. DDD. ZEPHYR Z131-04-01 [55.45] [ED]

Works for occasional listening but given committed performances ...a great pity the recording ambience lets the violin concerto down. ... see Full Review

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, G. 74 [13:59] Sonata in G major for cello and continuo, G. 5 [13:00] Sonata in C minor for cello and continuo [13:14] Giacomo FACCO (1676-1753) Balletto No.3 in C major for two cellos (c. 1723) [7:26] Domenico PORRETTI (d. 1783) Sonata in D major for cello and continuo [19:04] Pablo VIDAL (d. 1808) Andante Gracioso for cello and continuo (c. 1798) [5:18] Josep Bassal (cello) Wolfgang Lehner (cello) rec. L'Auditorium, Gerona, Spain, 29-30 December 2004, DDD NAXOS 8.557795 [72:04] [TP]

Bassal and Lehner play with taste and refinement, a genteel view and though others may give the music more thrust and excitement, their playing remains satisfying. ... see Full Review

Alexander Porfir’yevich BORODIN (1833-1887) Prince Igor - highlights: 1. Overture; 2. I don’t like boredom (Galitzky’s Recitative and Aria, Act I); 3. Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens, Act II; 4. Daylight is fading (Konchakovna’s Cavatina, Act II); 5. Slowly the day was fading (Vladimir’s Cavatina, Act II); 6. There is neither sleep, nor rest (Igor’s Aria, Act II); 7. Choral version of the Polovtsian Dances, Act II; 8. Polovtsian March, Act III; In the Steppes of Central Asia Angelina Shvachka (mezzo) (tr. 4), Dmytro Popov (tenor) (tr. 5), Mykola Koval (baritone) (tr. 6), Taras Shtonda (bass) (tr. 2), Kiev Chamber Choir/Mykola Hobdych National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/Theodore Kuchar rec. Large Concert Studio, National Radio Company of Ukraine, Kiev, 12-16 Dec 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557456 [57:45][TP]

With such excellent performances in clear, well-balanced sound this disc is a bargain. Get to know Borodin a bit better. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 [44:51] Selection of Hungarian Dances London Philharmonic Orchestra/Marin Alsop rec. 21-22 March 2005, Blackheath Concert Hall, London; 28 March 2005, Watford Colosseum, UK. NAXOS 8.557429 [65:06] [KS]

Here the glory still belongs to the composer, and in Alsop’s hands is lovingly recreated, held aloft with the utmost respect. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D major Op.77 (1879) [38.12] Ossy Renardy (violin) Concertgebouw Orchestra/Charles Munch Recorded 1948 PRISTINE AUDIO PASCO13 [38.12] [JW]

A recording that many admire. A mix of measured control and strong accelerandi, the lyrical and the passionate ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Quintet in F minor for piano and strings Op.34 (1861-62) [38.13] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Quintet in A major for piano and strings Op.81 (1887) [35.17] Clifford Curzon (piano) Budapest String Quartet rec. Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, 1950 (Brahms) and 1953 (Dvořák) NAXOS 8.110307 [73.31][JW]

Completes the Naxos survey of the collaboration between Curzon and the Budapest. It produced many fine things but over these recordings hangs a certain, strangely unsatisfactory air. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Fantasien Op.116 (1892) Capriccio [2.28]; Intermezzo [4.26]; Capriccio [3.32]; Intermezzo [4.37]; Intermezzo [2.47]; Intermezzo [3.40]; Capriccio [2.13] Intermezzi Op.117 (1892) No.1 [4.42]; No.2 [4.05]; No.3 [6.10] Klavierstücke Op.118 (1893) Intermezzo  [1.52]; Intermezzo [6.18]; Ballade [3.25]; Intermezzo [2.44]; Romanze [3.53]; Intermezzo [5.06] Klavierstücke Op.119 (1893) Intermezzo [3.36]; Intermezzo [5.11]; Intermezzo [1.32]; Rhapsodie [4.22] Elena Kuschnerova (piano) Recorded Studios 1 and 2, Bavarian Radio, 2002-04 ARS PRODUKTION 38 436 [77.00][JW]

A most worthwhile survey ... It has the strength of its convictions ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833 – 1897) Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (sung in Italian) Rosanna Carteri (soprano); Boris Christoff (bass) Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI/Bruno Walter Recorded live 16 April 1952 at Auditorium Rai, Turin ADD Mono WARNER FONIT 5050467-7110-2-0 [69’26"] [JQ]

Completely uncompetitive .... an archive performance that should have been left to gather dust on the shelves. ... see Full Review

Principally Organ - Twentieth Century Organ Concertos Walter BRAUNFELS (1882-1954) Organ Concerto Op. 38 (1927) [39:16] Anton HEILLER (1923-1979) Organ Concerto (1963) [24:01] Max BAUMANN (1917-1999) Organ Concerto (organs, strings and timpani) Op. 70 (1964) [4:55] Thomas Schuster (organ) The Assumption Grotto Orchestra/Eduard Perrone rec. 4-5 Oct 1999, Austin Organ op. 2243, St Raymond Catholic Church, Detroit. DDD GROTTO PRODUCTIONS M5170X [68:25] [RB]

A refreshingly original anthology of organ concertos that breaks free from the predictable ... see Full Review

Havergal BRIAN (1876-1972) Songs for baritone and piano (1914-1921): When Icicles Hang by the Wall (Shakespeare); Take O Take Those Lips Away (Shakespeare); Sorrow Song (Samuel Daniel); The Message (Donne); Farewell (Bishop Reginald Heber); Care-Charmer Sleep (Samuel Daniel); Since Love is Dead (Frederick G Bowles); The Soul of Steel (C M Masterman); Why Dost Thou Wound and Break My Heart? (Herrick); On Parting (Temple Keble); Lady Ellayne (Temple Keble); Renunciation (Temple Keble); Love is a Merry Game (Temple Keble); Piping Down the Valleys Wild (Blake); The Chimney Sweeper (Blake); The Land of Dreams (Blake); The Defiled Sanctuary (Blake). Legend for violin and piano (1919?) Brian Rayner Cook (bar); Roger Vignoles (piano) Stephen Levine (violin); Peter Lawson (piano) rec. Wigmore Hall, London, 14 Mar, 13 Apr 1982 (songs); Craxton Studios, London NW3, 14-15 Dec 1981. ADD TOCCATA RECORDS TOCC0005 [56:39] [RB]

Outstanding performances of intriguing and impressive music .... there should be ready takers for this CD in the burgeoning market for British song and for the music of Havergal Brian.... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Eight Pieces Op.83 (1910) [36.10] (Andante [3.49]; Allegro con moto [2.35]; Andante con moto [6.41]; Allegro agitato [3.48]; Rumänische Melodie : Andante [5.12]; Nachtgesang (Nocturne) : Andante con moto [6.10]; Allegro vivace ma non troppo [3.22]; Moderato [4.34]) Vincent D’INDY (1851-1931) Trio Op.29 (1888) [35.53] (Overture: Modéré [14.11]; Divertissement: Vif et animé [6.00]; Chant élégiaque: Lent [6.00]; Finale: Animé [9.43]) Amici Ensemble rec. Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, Canada, 14-15 May 2003; 5-6 February 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557347 [72.03][CF]

This is a valuable addition to the catalogues and a must either for collectors of alternative versions or for lovers of Romantic music in general. ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) String Quintet in F major (1878-9) [45.11]* String Quartet in C minor (1861-2) [21.13] Leipzig String Quartet *with Hartmut Rohde (viola) rec. 27-30 January 2004 MD+G Gold MDG 307 1297-2 [66.39] [SV]

Music of lyric grandeur not neglecting the relaxed, rustic charm of its Austrian folk elements. ... see Full Review


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