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Géza AndaTroubadour of the Piano Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 [32.01] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik, recorded 1963 Symphonic Etudes for Piano (1837 revised 1852) Op. 13, recorded 1943 [18.25] Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6, recorded 1966 [29.39] Kreisleriana, Op. 16, recorded 1966 [27.32] Fantasia for Piano in C major, Op. 17, recorded 1963 [27.38] Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13, recorded 1963 [22.22] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 Concertgebouw Orchestra/Eduard Van Beinum, recorded 1943 [15.39] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mephisto Waltz Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" arranged BUSONI, recorded 1942 [4.20] Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 1, Waldesrauschen, recorded 1966 [3.36] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 [49.35] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Ferenc Fricsay, recorded 1960 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 1/Sz 27 [23.27] Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra /Ferenc Fricsay, recorded 1960 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120: no 8, recorded 1961 [38.40] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960, recorded 1963 [36.58] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28, recorded 1959 [37.14] Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" recorded 1959 [6.51] Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor, recorded 1943 [4.32] Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163, recorded 1943 [2.38] Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18, recorded 1943 [1.43] Géza Anda (piano) with accompanists as above DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 5289 [5 CDs: 75.55 + 76.53 + 75.45 + 81.18 + 75.06] [JW]

The poetry and the power can be heard throughout; as much as Anda was a troubadour he was surely every bit as much the poet. ... see Full Review

BASSINSTINCT Peter HERBERT Neige Grave [3:22] Wie gut wärs [4:12] Kurz-long [6:55] Filmrequiem [16:37] Marcel KHALIFE, arr. Peter HERBERT Tarquassim 3 [4:34] Charles MINGUS (1922-1979) arr. Michael RADANOVICS Meditations [10:58] Raphael WEISSENSTEINER, arr. Ernst WEISSENSTEINER Funky Freedom [2:30] Ernst WEISSENSTEINER Cujoo [4:45] Traditional Und i tua nur vorn Leit'n [1:43] Traditional, arr. Wolfgang PUSCHNIG It's (scho) quiet around the lake [4:00] BASSINSTINCT (Gerhard Muthspiel, Herbert Mayr, Georg Breinschmid, Ernst Weissensteiner, Peter Herbert and Tommaso Huber (double basses)) Rec. Symphonia Studio, Vienna in December 2004 and February 2005, DDD CAMERATA AUSTRO MECHANA CM-28089 [59:43][TP]

Those who like an eclectic blend of contemporary and world-music will find much to enjoy here. Worth seeking out. ... see Full Review

The Beecham Touch Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à d’après d’un faune (1897) [9.28] Giacomo ROSSINI (1792-1868) Arr. Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Rossiniana (1925) [16.47] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) La Jolie Fille de Perth – suite [15.38] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust (1828) - scenes 1. Menuet des follets [5.49] 2. Danse de Sylphes [2.54] 3. Marche hongrois [4.26] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Rhapsody No.3 in A flat [13.19] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham Recorded 1934-39 DUTTON CDBP 9753 [69.04][JW]

A warm welcome back to this selection – neatly transferred - which offers tempting repertoire and irresistible performances. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frank Braley (piano) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de pèlerinage, Book 2, Italie (1837-49) – No. 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarcha [7'27]; No. 5,  Sonetto 104 del Petrarcha [5'59]. La lugubre gondola II, S200 No. 2 [7'43]. Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes: Book 1 (1910) – No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie [5'57]; No. 9, La sérénade interrompu [2'31]; No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri [2'52]; No. 4, Les sons et les parfumes [3'06]; No. 12, Minstrels; No. 7, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest [3'14]; Book 2 (1913) – No. 3, La Puerta del Vino [3'25]; No. 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune [4'21]; No. 6,  Général Lavine – eccentric [2'35]. George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue (1924, version for solo piano) [15'24]. Frank Braley (piano). Rec. Live at La Roque d'Anthéron on August 11th, 2004. Director Yvon Gérault. Region 0. Picture format 16:9 (4:3 compatible). PAL. NAÏVE DR2114 [69'27][CC]

This is a superb recital by an artist whose maturity and questing mind offer much. ... see Full Review

British Light Music Premieres - vol. 2 Philip LANE (b. 1950) Overture on French Carols (2003) [5:21] John FIELD (1782-1837) arr. Philip LANE Flute Concertino (1980s) [12:03] Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) British Rhapsody (1945) [9:16] Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) arr. Philip LANE Variations on a Theme of Glinka (1877) [8:49] Anthony HEDGES (b. 1931) Festival Dances op. 64 (1976) [19:01] Carlo MARTELLI (b. 1935) Romance; Greensleeves; Aubade [11:45] Richard ADDINSELL (1904-1977) arr. Gavin SUTHERLAND Harmony for False Lovers (1945) [2:40] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) arr. Leonard SALZEDO (1921-2000) Pas de Deux (from Carmen): Allegretto; Seguidilla; Adagio [7:13] Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland; Neil Thomson and his orchestra (Martelli); City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Julian Bigg (Bizet) rec. Whitfield Street Studios; Phoenix Sound, Wembley; Smecky Studios, Prague DUTTON CDLX 7151 [76:58][RB]

Some pleasingly inventive music here ... sincere, amicable and light on the aural palate. ... see Full Review

British Recorder Concertos Peter HOPE (b. 1930) Recorder Concerto (2003) [13:54] David BECK (b. 1941) Flûte-à-Beck (2002) [18:50] Hans GÁL (1890 – 1987) Recorder Concertino Op.82 (1961) [18:56] David ELLIS (b. 1933) Divertimento Elegiaco Op.54a (1996) [9:18] Ian PARROTT (b. 1916) Sinfonia Concertante (2001/3) [14:27] David DUBERY (b. 1948) Mrs Harris in Paris (2003/4) [3:55] John Turner (recorder) Camerata Ensemble/Philip McKenzie Recorded: Hallam Hall, Stockport Grammar School; July 2004 DUTTON CDLX 7154 [79:51] [HC]

Well-planned, varied and superbly played ... pure joy from first to last. ... see Full Review

Fernando Corena Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro; Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino [2.31] Le Nozze di Figaro; La vendetta, oh, la vendetta [3.20] Le Nozze di Figaro; Non più andrai [3.42] Le Nozze di Figaro; Aprite un po’ quel’occhi [4.09] Don Giovanni; Madamina, il catalogo é questo [5.59] Don Giovanni; Ah! Pieta [1.47] Così fan tutte; Donne miei [3.01] Die Zauberflöte; In diesen heil’gen Hallen [4.24] Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il Barbiere di Siviglia; A un Dottor della mia sorte [4.06] La Gazza ladra; Il mio piano e preparato [4.26] Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’Elisir d’amore; Udite, udite, o rustici [5.51] Don Pasquale; Ah! Un foco insolito [2.14] Don Pasquale; Cheti, cheti, immantinente with Afro Poli [6.42] Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda; Si! Morir ella de’! [4.54] La Gioconda; Qui chiamata with Miriam Pirazzini [7.11] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Forza del Destino; Toh!, toh! [3.41] La Forza del Destino; Che? Siete all’osteria? With Giuseppe Modesti Fernando Corena (bass) With L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Peter Maag Orchestra/Alberto Erede The Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Alberto Erede The Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Armando la Rosa Parodi Recorded 1951-52 PREISER 89597 [76.49] [JW]

The LPs used were clearly in fine condition and they’ve been well transferred ... Mozart and the Italians represent a fair distribution of Corena’s mature operatic career and this disc shows why he was in such consistent demand. ... see Full Review

Elijah's Violin David AMRAM (b. 1930) Violin Sonata (1951) [18:10] Abraham ELLSTEIN (1907-1963) Haftorah (1951) [18:10] Menahem AVIDOM (1908-1995) Concertino (1951) [18:10] Efrem ZIMBALIST (1889-1985) Orientale (1951) [18:10] Paul BEN-HAIM (1907-1984) Arabic Song; Improvisation and Dance (1951) [10:54] Julius CHAJES (1910-1985) Tefilah; Hecchasid (1951) [18:10] Paul KIRMAN (fl.1930s-1940s) Four Ancient Hebrew Airs: Sephardic Song; Danse Galicienne; Chanson Palestinienne; Yemenite Song (1940s?) [11:21] Zina Schiff (violin) Cameron Grant (piano) rec. 4-5 Oct 2000, Jazz City Production Studios, Greene St, New York City. DDD 4TAY CD-4030 [67:20] [RB]

An attractive and unhackneyed selection of music by Jewish composers much of it with an exotic edginess. ... see Full Review

English Clarinet Concertos John CARMICHAEL (b. 1930) Fêtes Champêtres (1963) [8:52] Leighton LUCAS (1903 – 1982) Clarinet Concerto (1957) [21:00] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 – 1958) Six Studies on English Folk Song (1926, orch. 1957) [8:42] Humphrey PROCTER-GREGG (1895 – 1980) Clarinet Concerto (c.1940) [25:40] Ian Scott (clarinet) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Barry Wordsworth Recorded: Cadogan Hall, London, January 2005 DUTTON CDLX 7153 [64:39] [HC]

This attractive collection of unfamiliar, but rewarding works deserving much more than the occasional hearing. ... see Full Review

Frederick Fennell Conducts CD1 475 6852 [64:38] Hands Across the Sea John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) Hands Across the Sea [2:50]; The US Field Artillery [2:20]; The Thunderer [2:30]; Washington Post [2:27]; King Cotton [2:36]; El Capitan [2:12]; The Stars and Stripes Forever [3:25]. Gustave Louis GANNE (1862-1923) Father of Victory [4:48] Mariano San MIGUEL (1880-1935) The Golden Ear [3:50] Carl TIEKE (1864-1922) Old Comrades [4:34] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) March op. 99 [2:12] Johannes HANSEN (1874-1967) Valdres March [3:45] Davide delle CESE (1856-1938) Inglesina [4:32] Eric COATES (1886-1957) Knightsbridge March [4:38] Frank W MEACHAM (1856?-1909) American Patrol [3:52] Edwin Franko GOLDMAN (1878-1956) On the Mall [3:06] Earl E McCOY (1884-1934) Lights Out [2:42] Karl L KING (1891-1971) Barnum and Bailey's Favorite [2:34] Kenneth J ALFORD (1991-1975) Colonel Bogey [3:20] John N KLOHR (1889-1956) The Billboard [2:08] Eastman Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell CD2 475 6853 [63:54] Country Gardens and other favourites Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Country Gardens [2:19]; Shepherd's Hey [2:07]; Colonial Song [6:04]; Children's March [4:13]; The Immovable Do [4:28]; Mock Morris [3:41]; Handel in the Strand [4:19]; Irish Tune from County Derry [3:35]; Spoon River [4:05]; My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone [4:09]; Molly on the Shore [4:26] Eric COATES (1886-1957) The Three Elizabeths [20;23] Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra/Frederick Fennell London 'Pops' Orchestra/Frederick Fennell CD3 475 6854 [67:45] Music by Leroy Anderson and Eric Coates Eric COATES (1886-1957) London Suite [14:38]; Four Ways Suite (two movements) [7:31]Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) Pirate Dance [1:59]; Suite of Carols (excerpts) [4:30]; A Christmas Festival [7:08]; Sandpaper Ballet [3:21]; Forgotten Dreams [2:05]; Trumpeter's Lullaby [2:38]; Pennywhistle Song [2:28]; Bugler's Holiday [2:39]; Irish Suite [18:37]. Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra/Frederick Fennell London 'Pops' Orchestra/Frederick Fennell CD4 475 6855 [61:32] British and American Band Classics Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) William Byrd Suite [18:23] William WALTON (1902-1983) Crown Imperial [9:56] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Hammersmith [13:42] Robert Russell BENNETT (1894-1981) Symphonic Songs for Band [13:48] Clifton WILLIAMS (1923-1976) Fanfare and Allegro [5:49] Eastman Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell rec. Eastman Theatre Rochester, NY; Watford Town Hall (Coates and Anderson) 1956-1966. ADD MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 6851 MM 4 [4 CDs: 64:38 + 63:54 + 67:45 + 61:32] [RB]

A varied collection: wind-band and orchestral. Technical mastery aplenty. These recordings sound astonishing for their half century age ... see Full Review

Renée Fleming: Sacred Songs J. S. BACH (1685-1750)/Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria (arr. Hazell) [3'16]. J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147  (1723) - Jesus bleibet meine Freude (arr. Hazell) [2'45]. Siegfried OCHS (1858-1929)/attrib. George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Dank sei dir, Herr [3'16]. Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria, D839 (1825) (arr. Hazell) [4'17]. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Mass No. 18 in C minor, K427/K417a (1782/3) - Laudamus te [4'53]. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339 (1780) - Laudate Dominum [4'22]. César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis angelicus (arr/ Hazell) (1872) [4'12]. Georg Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah, HWV56 (1742) - He shall feed His flock [5'12]; Rejoice greatly [4'40]. Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Mass (1971) - A Simple Song [4'06]. Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Op. 48 (1893) - Pie Jesu [4'03]. Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Gloria (1959) - Domine Deus [3'50]. Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 (1850-54) - Adieu des bergers (arr. Hazell) [4'09]. Max REGER (1873-1916) Wiegenlied [2'20]. Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hänsel und Gretel (1893) - Abends will ich schlafen gehen [3'30]. Renée Fleming (soprano); Susan Graham (mezzo) London Voices Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andreas Delfs. Rec. All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London on April 4th-10th, 2005. DDD DECCA 475 6925 [59'33][CC]

Is this really what the 'Classical Market' is coming to?. Don't know about you, but it frightens me ... ... see Full Review

MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND PERCUSSION Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) The History of the Tango (1985) [21:22] Michel LYSIGHT (b. 1958) Initiation [9:51]
Alec WILDER (1907-1980)
Flute and Bongos No.1 (1950s) [5:59] Frédéric DEVREESE (b. 1929) Butterfly [2:10] Keiko ABE (b. 1937) Wind in the Bamboo Grove [6:37] Karen YOUNG (b. 1951) Migrating Monarchs, from Ode to Nature (2004) [6:41] Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) [6:10] Ravi SHANKAR (b. 1920) Raga "The Enchanted Morning" [12:58] Marc Grauwels (flutes) Marie-Josée Simard (percussion) Rec. L'Eglise St François de Sales, Laval, Québec, Canada, February 2004, DDD NAXOS 8.557782 [71:47] [TP]

There are highlights, but not all of the music is of the same high quality, and the performances also vary, though to a lesser degree. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georgian Journey – Secular and Sacred Vocal Music Antchis Chati Choir/Malchaz Erkvanidze Tsinandali Choir Three elderly singers (Karlo Urushadze, Guri Sikharulidze, Tristan Sikharulidze) Recorded Summer 2003 on location in Georgia RAUM KLANG RK 2304-1/2 [78.43 + 67.45] [RH]

Should be of interest to many ... performances of immediacy and vibrancy .... completely entrancing ... the discs have accompanied us on the car stereo in many of our own journeys. ... see Full Review

Gruber and Maklar - Works for Two Guitars Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Valse Poeticos: 1. Introduction [1.20]; 2. Nr. 1 Melodioso [1:16]; 3. Nr.2 Tempo di Valse noble [1:20]; 4. Nr.3 Tempo di Valse lento [1:34]; 5. Nr. 4 Allegro umoristico, ritmico [0:41]; 6. Nr 5 Allegretto [1:38]; 7. Nr 6 Quasi ad libitum [1:00] 8. Nr. 7 Vivo [0:43]; 9. Epilog Presto [1:12]; 10 Nr.1 Melodioso [1:14] Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1948) 11. Scherzino Maya [0:55]; 12. Intermezzo [2:30]; 13. Scherzino [1:54]; 14. Scherzino Mexicano [2:21] Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Sonatina Canonica Op. 196: 15. I Mosso [3:04]; 16 II Tempo di Siciliane [3:29]; 17 III Fandango en Rondeau Ritmico e deciso [2:31] Leo BROUWER (b.1939) Micro Piezas: 18. I Tranquillo [1:38]; 19. II Allegro vivace [1:20]; 20. III Vivacissimo muy ritmico [0:57]; 21. IV [1:58] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) 22. Lo que vendra [4:23] Tango Suite (23. Allegro [4:59]; 24. Andante rubato, melancolico [4:54]; 25. Allegro [6:26]) Christian Gruber and Peter Maklar, guitar duo. rec. 9-12 Feb 17-18 March 1993, Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen. DDD SIGNUM CD SIG X43-00 [55:54][ZT]

Representing technical and musical excellence, complemented by an enjoyable programme, this new disc is recommended listening. ... see Full Review

Hail Mary John TAVENER (b. 1944) Hymn to the Mother of God (1985) [2'31]. Magnificat (1986) – Collegium Regale [7'12]. Hieronymous PRAETORIUS (1560-1629) Magnificat: Tone V à 8 [8'04]. TRADITIONAL, arr. Edgar PETTMANN (1866-1943) The Angel Gabriel [2'38]. Andrew CARTER (b. 1939) Mary's Magnificat (1986) [3'22]. Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Ave Maria (1860) [3'05]. Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Ave Maris Stella, CW156/2 (1899) [3'39]. Giovanni Batista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater (1736) - Stabat Mater dolorosa [3'14]. Jean LANGLAIS (1907-1991) Triptique grégorienne (1978) – Rosa mystica [4'30]. Wayne MARSHALL (b. 1961) Magnificat in C [3'35]. Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Ave Maria [3'17]. Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Tota pulchra es, Maria, Op. 10 No. 2 (1960) [2'22]. ANONYMOUS There is no rose of such virtue [4'04]. Flor PEETERS (1903-1986) Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave Maris Stella, Op. 28 (1931) [8'19]. Plainchant: Virgo prudentissima [1'00 + 1'01]; Hodie Maria Virgo [0'33 + 0'33]. Lincoln Cathedral Choir/Aric Prentice, Charles Harrison (organ). Rec. Lincoln Cathedral on January 31st, February 1st & 3rd, 2005. DDD GUILD GMCD7291 [64'22][CC]

The UK's cathedral choirs are surely musical jewels in the crown. ... see Full Review

The Complete Josef Hofmann. Volume 8 BROADCAST Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 BELL TELEPHONE HOUR BROADCASTS Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Anatol LIADOV (1855-1914) BROADCASTS Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Piano Concerto No. 3 in G, op. 45, Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, op. 70, First Movement , Third Movement MARSTON 52044-2 [63.06 + 79.10] see review for details [JW]

A necessary purchase for Hofmann admirers. ... see Full Review

Hyde Park Shuffle Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Jamaican Rumba; From San Domingo; Caribbean Dance Henry KRIPS (1912-1987) Serenata Piccola; Romanze; Blue Mountains; Legend Mike KENNY (b. 1939) Ocean Road Katharine PARKER (1886-1971) arr. Percy GRAINGER Down Longford Way Frederick WHAITE (1887-1964) Argentina Eric JUPP (1923-2003) Bobsleigh Alfred HILL (1870-1960) arr. Henry KRIPS Waiata Poi Jack GRIMSLEY Rebecca's Dream Tommy TYCHO (b. 1928) Lifesavers' March George DREYFUS (b. 1926) Serenade for Small Orchestra William LOVELOCK (1899-1986) Hyde Park Shuffle Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Guy Noble rec. Studio 520, ABC Adelaide, 25-28 Aug 1998, 17-18 May 2001. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 272-2 [60:23] [RB]

It would be a serious mistake to let this pass you by if you are a British light music maven. ... see Full Review

Italian Baroque Trumpet Music Alessandro STRADELLA (1639-1686) Sonata a 8 viole con una Tromba [07:04] Vincenzo ALBRICI (1631-1696) Sonata a 5, 2 Trombette, 2 Violini con Fagotto [02:35] Girolamo FANTINI (b c1600) Sonata a due Trombe detta del Gucciardini [01:34] Balletto detto la Squilletti [00:56] Brando detto l'Albizi [00:51] Saltarello detto del Naldi [00:36] Carlo PALLAVICINO (d 1688) Sinfonia to Il Diocletiano [03:13] Nicola MATTEIS (d c1695) Concerto di Trombe a tre Trombette [04:02] Francesco MANCINI (1672-1737) Sinfonia to Gl'Amanti Generosi [03:39] Petronio FRANCESCHINI (c1650-1680) Suonate a 7 Con due Trombe [06:16] Maurizio CAZZATI (c1620-1677) Sonata a 5 'La Bianchina' [04:30] Giovanni Buonaventura VIVIANI (1638-1692) Sonata I per Trombetta sola [04:33] Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) Sonata in D [04:48] Giovanni BONONCINI (1670-1747) Sinfonia X a 7 [08:17] Crispian Steele-Perkins, Stephen Keavy (natural trumpet) The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman Recorded in March 1987. DDD HELIOS CDH55192 [53:35][JV]

A well-chosen programme of music for the trumpet by Italian composers of the 17th century, in excellent performances by two specialists on the natural trumpet ... see Full Review

William Kapell (piano) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 19A (1793-5) [27'24]. Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1791-1828) Waltzes (1815-21)b – B, D145 No. 2 [0'55]; B minor, D145 No. 6 [1'07]; E, D365 No. 26 [0'38]; F, D365 No. 32 [1'01]; F, D365 No. 34 [0'47]. German Dances (1823/4)b – B flat, D783 No. 6 [0'44]; B flat, D783 No. 7 [0'44]. Ländler in D, D734 No. 1 (c1822) [0'59]. Sergei RACHMANINOV (1874-1942) Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19c (1901) [31'08]. William Kapell (piano); cEfrem Kurtz (cello); aNBC Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann. From RCA Victor originals. Rec. aCarnegie Hall, New York City on June 26th, 1946, bRCA Studios, Hollywood on July 3rd, 1952, RCA Studio No. 2, New York City, on April 23rd and 24th, 1947. ADD NAXOS GREAT PIANISTS 8.110767 [65'17] [JW]

It’s galling to consider how much more of the sonata repertoire Kapell might have committed to disc had his tragic death not intervened. ... see Full Review

Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962) Russian and Slavonic Miniatures - Transcriptions for Violin and Piano Nicolas Koeckert (violin), Milana Chernyavska (piano) rec. Clara-Wieck-Auditorium, Sandhausen, Germany, 14-16 December 2003 NAXOS 8.557388 [76:47] [GF]

Charming music very well played in excellent modern sound and at an affordable price ... see Full Review

Kreisler plays Kreisler - Original Compositions and Transcriptions Fritz KREISLER (1875 – 1962) Caprice Viennois – Tambourin Chinois – Liebesfreud – Liebesleid – Schön Rosmarin – La gitana; Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) (arr. Kreisler) Gavotte (from Partita No. 3 in E); Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) (arr. Kreisler) Rondo (from the Haffner-Serenade, K 250); Fritz KREISLER Rondino on a theme of Beethoven; Frederic CHOPIN (1810 – 1849) (arr. Kreisler) Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4; Johannes BRAHMS (1833 – 1897) (arr. David Hochstein) Waltz in A, Op. 39, No. 15; Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1904) (arr. Kreisler) Humoresque (from Humoresques, Op. 101, No. 7); Pjotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) (arr. Kreisler) Andante cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1); Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 – 1908) (arr. Kreisler) Hymn to the Sun (from The Golden Cockerel) – Chant Hindou (from Sadko); Manuel de FALLA (1876 – 1946) (arr. Kreisler) Spanish dance (from La vida breve); Ede POLDINI (1869 - 1957) (arr. Kreisler) Dancing Doll; Cyril SCOTT (1879 - 1970) (arr. Kreisler) Lotus Land; TRADITIONAL (arr. Kreisler) Londonderry Air Fritz Kreisler (violin); Franz Rupp (piano) Recorded 28th September, 1936 in the Electrola Studios, Berlin (tracks 1, 2), 14-15 February 1938 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London NAXOS 8.110992 [67:08] [GF]

Masterworks in a genre often disdained. When played like this they should be owned and heard. Strongly recommended! ... see Full Review

The Last Rose of Summer Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Sonata for viola and piano [27.50] Michael RADULESCU (b.1943) Sonata for viola solo [10.32] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Recitative and Scherzo Caprice for viola solo [4.05] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Desire, Mazurka, Prelude for viola and piano [4.24] Mikhail KUGEL (b.1946) Prelude Ysaÿe for viola solo [4.09] Evgeni ZEMTSOV (b.1940) Melodia for viola and piano [4.01] Wilhelm ERNST (1814-1865) The Last Rose of Summer for viola solo arranged Mikhail Kugel [10.20] Mikhail Zemtsov (viola) Irina Shishkina (piano) Recorded live at Castle Duivenvoorde, November 2004 Henri CASADESUS (1879-1947) Concerto for Viola – attributed HANDEL, First movement Dana Zemtsov (viola) Unattributed piano accompaniment Recorded when Dana Zemtsov was twelve years old STEMRA NA 5001CD [73.29][JW]

Zemtsov is a bold player with wide interests in the viola’s literature. ... see Full Review

Rudolf Laubenthal Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen [03:05] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz: Nein, länger trag ich nicht die Qualen [06:29] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Grüss Gott, mein Junker [08:24] Abendlich glühend [04:13] Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert [02:56] Dass der mien Vater nicht ist [04:33] Heiss ward mir von der harten Last [03:31] Götterdämmerung: Mime, hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg [11:52] Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Die Hugenotten: Ihr Wangenpaar  [04:06] Die Afrikanerin: Land so wunderbar [03:21] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore: Dass nur für mich dein Herz erbebt [03:50] Lodern zum Himmel seh' ich die Flammen [01:31] Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884) The Bartered Bride: Es muss gelingen [03:24] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Eugen Onegin: Wohin seid ihr entschwunden [06:51] Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Bajazzo: Jetzt spielen... Hüll dich in Tand nur [03:18] Rudolf Laubenthal (tenor); London Symphony Orchestra/Albert Coates; Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Leo Blech; Opera of the German Opera/Eduard Möricke; Ignatz Waghalter (piano) Recorded 1919-1930 PREISER 89606 [71.33][JW]

An animated and lyrical voice ... innately tasteful. Not intrinsically beautiful but cutting, bright and tremendously incisive ... capable of considerable sensitivity ... see Full Review

Leaving Home: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century Volume 4: Three Journeys through Dark Landscapes The music of Bartók, Shostakovich and Lutosławski Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo) Willard White (bass) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle (conductor and narrator) Directed by Barrie Gavin ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 102039 [50 minutes]
Volume 5: The American Way
Musical extracts from Gershwin, Ives, Cage, Copland, Carter, Weill, Feldman, Adams, Riley and Bernstein Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor) Wayne Marshall (piano) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Sir Simon Rattle (conductor and narrator) Directed by Deborah May ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 102041 [50 minutes] [TH]

If you admired these illustrated talks first time round, you won’t need any persuading ... the power and persuasion of Rattle in this sort of repertoire is pretty unbeatable. ... see Full Review

Tonya Lemoh - piano Franz LISZT (1811-1886) La Vallée d'Obermann [11:45] Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Sonata in B minor Op. 35 no. 2 [19:17] Charles GRIFFES (1884-1920) The White Peacock (Roman Sketches Op. 7 no. 1), The Fountain of the Acqua Paola (Roman Sketches op. 7 no. 3) [4:16; 2:55] Niels Viggo BENTZON (1919-2000) Suite (Ouverture, Rigaudon, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet, Réjouissance, Sicilienne, Gigue) [10:08] Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Danzas Argentinas (Danza del viejo boyero; Danze de la moza danosa; Danza del gaucho matrero) [7:49] J.S. BACH arr F. BUSONI Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639 [3:27] Tonya Lemoh (piano) rec. live, Musikhuset Aarhus 3 Nov 2004. CLASSICO CLASSCD913 [60:35] [JW]

Rewarding things here and Lemoh’s proselytising on behalf of Bentzon is especially to be welcomed. ... see Full Review


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