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Abide with me and other favourite hymns All people that on earth do dwell* [04:18] Dear Lord and Father of mankind [02:56] King of glory, King of peace [02:15] Ye watchers and ye holy ones* [03:40] Let all mortal flesh keep silent [03:05] Immortal, invisible, God only wise [02:29] All my hope on God is founded [03:09] The Lord's my shepherd [03:06] Tell out, my soul* [02:38] Christ is made the sure foundation [04:16] Come down, O Love divine [03:10] Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation [02:56] And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)* [02:33] Abide with me [03:44] Alleluya, sing to Jesus! [04:32] Ye holy angels bright* [02:29] My song is love unknown [03:04] Holy, holy, holy! [03:03] Glorious things of thee are spoken [03:33] O for a thousand tongues to sing [02:42] Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven* [02:45] O praise ye the Lord* [02:43] The Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle/Timothy Byram-Wigfield Marlow Brass Ensemble (*) Roger Judd, organ rec. April 2004, Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, UK. DDD NAXOS 8.557578 [69:06] [JV]

Although not a top class performance I recommend this disc to those who are not familiar with English hymns and want get to know them ... see Full Review

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)
Cello Concerto Op. 22 (1946) [26:54]
Chen YI (b. 1953)
Cello Concerto Eleanor’s Gift (1998/1999) [15:19] Behzad RANJBARAN (b. 1955) Cello Concerto (1998/2000) [29:49] Paul Tobias (cello) Virginia Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta rec. Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA, USA, 26 Jan 2001 (Ranjbaran); 15-16 Feb 2003 (Chen Yi, Barber). DDD world premiere recordings: Chen Yi and Behzad Ranjbaran ALBANY RECORDS TROY648 [72:08] [RB]

Three American cello concertos in contrasting styles. The Chen Yi is in a tough idiom contrasting with the frank romanticism of the Barber and the grace and optimistic favour of the Ranjbaran ... see Full Review

The Art of Galina Barinova Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata in A minor Arpeggione D821 arranged violin and piano [21.06] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Meditation from Thais Act II arranged Marsick [5.10] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Waltz in A major Op.39 No.15 arranged David Hochstein [2.31] Scherzo from F.A.E Sonata in C minor [5.39] Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Duet in G minor No.2 Ma Vlast (1878) [7.14] J de MONTASTERIO (1836-1903) Sierra Morena [5.00] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Legend [7.10] Juan MANEN (1883-1971) Turkey in the Straw [2.03] Clarence Cameron WHITE (1880-1960) Nobody Knows The Trouble I Seen – Negro Spiritual [4.22] Tor AULIN (1866-1914) Humoresque Op.12 No.1 [3.49] Gavotte and Musette Op.15 No.4 [4.43] Galina Barinova (violin) with Grigori Singer (piano), Igor Katayev (piano), Alexander Dedyukhin (piano) rec. 1940-60 MELODIYA MEL CD 10 00997 [69.51] [JW]

A specialist acquisition but let’s hope it heralds those big concertos ... see Full Review

Beyond Beethoven ... 20th Century Chamber Music Max REGER (1873-1916) Serenade, for flute, violin and viola in G major, Op. 141A (1915) [15.46] Árni EGILSSON (b. 1939) In the Twilight, for flute, violin and viola [14.02] Bruce BROUGHTON (b. 1945) The Fingerprints of Childhood, for flute, violin and viola [20.04] Les Amis Musicales: (Cynthia Ellis, flute; Jeanne Evans Skrocki, violin; Janet Lakatos, viola) rec. Reger: Little Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA, 16 March, 2004; Egilsson: Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn College of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, USA, 8 August, 2001; Broughton: Little Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA, 19 January 2004. DDD CENTAUR CRC 2778 [49.53] [MC]

An interesting release from those wanting accessible music away from the mainstream. ... see Full Review

Sharon Bezaly (flute) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (1943) [22:29] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Variations in E Minor on the song ‘Trockne Blumen’, D802 (1824) [19:28] Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonatina (1943) [9:15] André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Chant de Linos (1944) [10:26] Sharon Bezaly (flute) Ronald Brautigam (piano) rec. August 2005, Nybrokajen 11 (the former Academy of Music), Stockholm, Sweden. BIS-SACD-1429 [63:03][DC]

With Sharon Bezaly taking up the tradition I for one am happy to follow her all the way to the checkout till. ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Collection Vol. 6: The ‘Erik Odde’ recordings and other popular songs in Swedish 1931 – 1935 Igor BORGANOFF (pseudonym for Sten Njurling) (1892 – 1945) När rosorna vissna och dö (When the roses wither and die); Jules SYLVAIN (pseudonym for Stig Hansson) (1900 – 1968) Det är något som binder mitt hjärta vid dig (Something is tying my heart to you); Helge LINDBERG (1898 – 1973) Bagdad (Baghdad); Bert CARSTEN (pseudonym for Bert Carsten Nordlander) (1905 – 1989) Varje litet ord av kärlek (Every little word of love); Sonja SAHLBERG (-Knoop) (1902 – 1968) Aj, aj, aj du (Now, now, boy); P. LESSO-VALERIO (pseudonym for Erich Plessow) (1899 – 1977) Varför? (Why?); Werner R. HEYMANN (1896 – 1961) Någonstans på vår jord (Somewhere on our earth); Erik BAUMANN (1889 – 1955) Läppar som le så röda (Smiling red lips); Umberto TOGNARELLI (? - ?) Allting som är vackert (Everything beautiful reminds me of you); Erik TILLING (1908 – 2000) Kanske att vi på samma drömmar bär (Maybe we are dreaming the same dreams); Per REIDARSON (1879 – 1954) Sommarens melodi är som poesi (Summer’s melody is like poetry); Jules SYLVAIN Dina blå ögon lovar mer än dina röda läppar (Your blue eyes promise more than your red lips give); Alice LEBEAU (pseudonym for Alice Henrikson) (1906 – 1977) Kärlekens sång (Song of love); Lilian RAY (d. 1949) Säg mig god natt (Say good night to me); Guy AMMANDT (pseudonym for Gunnar Ahlberg) (1886 – 1943) Slut dina ögon (Close your eyes); Adrian DAHL (1864 – 1935) Bachanal (Bacchanale); Carl Göran NYBLOM (1867 – 1920) Brinnande gula flod (Flaming golden stream); K.O.W.A. (pseudonym for Knut O. W. Almroth) (1900 – 1971) Tangoflickan (The tango girl); Jules SYLVAIN Säg, att du evigt håller mig kär (Say that you will love me for ever); Jacques ARMAND (pseudonym for Olof Thiel) (1892 – 1978) Var det en dröm? (Was it a dream?); Michael CHRISTGAU (1903 – 1976) Bröllopsvalsen (The wedding waltz); Georg ENDERS (1898 – 1954) Lilla prinsessa (Little princess) Jussi Björling (tenor)Trs 2 – 13 recorded under the pseudonym Erik Odde. Tr. 1 – 3 with Fred Winter and his Orchestra, 4-5, 7, 14 with Hanns Bingang and his Orchestra, 6 with Håkan von Eichwald and his Orchestra, 9-11 with Gösta Säfbom’s Soloist Orchestra, 12-13 with Sune Waldimir and the HMV Orchestra, 15 with Jens Warny and his Orchestra, 16-18 with Hjalmar Meissner and Orchestra, 19-22 with Sune Waldimir and his Orchestra. rec. 13 February 1931 – 1 May 1935 Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Stefan Lindström NAXOS 8.110790 [68:16][GF]

The musical material on this disc may be slender but the singing of it is anything but that. ... see Full Review

British Tuba Concertos Edward GREGSON (b. 1945) Tuba Concerto (1978) [18:52] Roger STEPTOE (b. 1953) Tuba Concerto (1983) [14:49] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Tuba Concerto in F minor (1954) [12:54] John GOLLAND (1946-1993) Tuba Concerto Op. 46 (1980s) [17:41] James Gourlay (tuba) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 3-5 Jan 2004, Phoenix Sound, Wembley. DDD NAXOS 8.557754 [64:15][HC]

A most desirable and lovely disc in every respect. ... see Full Review

In Celebration of Israel Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Hatikva (1947) [1:55] Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Karl Anton Rickenbacher Julius CHAJES (1910-1985) Old Jerusalem (1974) [4:44] Ana Maria Martinez (soprano) Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Elli Jaffe Herbert FROMM (1905-1995) Pioneers (Halutzim) (1971) [5:11] Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Samuel Adler Max HELFMAN (1901-1963) Israel Suite (1949) (orchestration: Charles DAVIDSON) [11:07](Hamisha; Laila had'mama; B'yom kayitz; Laila pele; Ma yafim halleilot; Sisu v'simhu)Martin Schebesta (piano)Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Gerald Wirth Julius CHAJES Hebrew Suite (1939, rev. 1965) [7:14] (Prayer; Walls of Zion; Hora) Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Karl Anton Rickenbacher Adarim (1939) [4:42] Benzion Miller (tenor) Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Jorge Mester Walter SCHARF (1910-2003) The Palestine Suite (1941) [10:00] (Andante; Danza Hebraica; River Jordan) Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia/Karl Anton Rickenbacher Herbert FROMM Yemenite Cycle (1961) [10:25] (Introduction; Yom ze f'yisra'el; Bammidbar; Zamm'ri Ii; Shalom l'vo Shabbat) Margaret Kohler (mezzo) Eastman Players/Samuel Adler Sholom SECUNDA (1894-1974) Yom b'kibbutz (1952) [10:44] * Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1998-2000, Barcelona, Bratislava, Vienna, Rochester NY, Berlin. DDD *Coproduction with Deutschland Radio Kultur and the ROC Berlin-GmbH NAXOS MILKEN ARCHIVE 8.559461 [66:00][RB]

A Jewish American light music anthology centred on the birth of Israel. It will appeal to both light music fans as well as followers of the Milken series. ... see Full Review

Cello! Celli! - Twenty Cellos Play Bach and Brubeck Dave BRUBECK (b. 1920) Elegy [7:45] God's Love Made Visible (1975) [3:28] Cello, Celli [11:25] The Desert and the Parched Land (1979) [4:29] Regret (2001) [7:11] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (1721) [16:02] Jésus Christ! Je t'implore [2:57] Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (1721) [11:49] Yale Cellos/Aldo Parisot rec. Morse Recital Hall, Sprague Memorial Hall, The School of Music, Yale University, Connecticut, 1-5 April 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557816 [65:10][TP]

All up, a rewarding disc that lovers of the cello will enjoy. ... see Full Review

Classic recital: Fernando Corena Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La Cenerentola - Miei rampolli femminini (5:19); Sia qualunque delle figlie (4:47); L’italiana in Algeri - Ho un gran peso sulla testa (4:28) Domenico CIMAROSA (1749-1801) Il matrimonio segreto (1766) - Udite, tutti, udite (4:59) Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Grisélidis (1894, rev. 1898) -  Jusqu’ici, sans dangers (4:12)* Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Le Caïd (1849) - Je comprends que la belle aime le militaire (5:15)* Charles SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Le pas d’armes du roi Jean (5:01)* Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Philémon et Baucis (1859-60) - Au bruit des lourds marteaux (2:55)* Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein (1866-7) - A cheval sur la discipline ...Pif paf pouf! (1:50)* Fernando Corena (bass) Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Gianandrea Gavazzeni * L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/James Walker rec. Teatro alla Pergola, Florence, September 1956, * Victoria Hall, Geneva, October 1956. ADD mono. DECCA 475 7170 [39:15][ED]

Corena - more a bass-baritone than a bass - wasn’t a great singer, but he wasn’t a dull one either and he is caught here in good form ... see Full Review

Expressions: The Heart of the Tuba Kerry TURNER (b. 1960) Sonatine for Tuba and Piano (1986): Allegro [3:52]; Hymn [3:54]; Allegro [3:09]; Four Duets: Introduction & Waltz [3:06]; Malaguena [3:34]; Intermezzo [2:48]; Trigger [2:27] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Adagio and Allegro transcribed by Kyle Turner [8:28] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata No. 3 In E Major BWV 1016, Adagio ma non troppo transcribed by Kyle Turner [5:43] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) One Hand, One Heart / Somewhere from West Side Story arranged by Walter Perkins [8:31] John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Irish Reel/Leaving Home, from Far and Away arranged by Tom Nelson [3:58] Zequinha ABREU (1880-1935) Tico Tico arranged by Tom Nelson [3:00] Vittorio MONTI (1868-1922) Czardas transcribed by Kyle Turner [4:33] L. SUBRAMANIAN (1947-1996) Farewell to Manju from Salaam Bombay arranged by Tom Nelson [2:59] Kyle Turner (tuba); Elizabeth DiFelice (piano); Joe Tomkins (percussion); Alan Baer (tuba).rec. 24-26 January 2005, Theatre C, State University of New York. DDD MSR CLASSICS MS1118 [60.01] [JuW]

This well-recorded album provides a revealing insight into the possibilities of an instrument rarely heard solo. It shows a versatility going well beyond its typical role ... see Full Review


Festal Sacred Music of Bavaria, c.1600 Hans-Leo HASSLER (1562 - 1612) Canzon 12. toni a 8 [04:01] Cantate Domino a 12 [03:47] [Introit] Christian ERBACH (c1570 - 1635) Sacerdotes Dei a 5 [04:49] Orlandus LASSUS (1532 - 1594) Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera a 8: Kyrie [02:30] Hans-Leo HASSLER Toccata in G (organ) [01:49] Orlandus LASSUS Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera a 8: Gloria [04:51] [Gradual] Christian ERBACH Canzona 2. toni (organ) [03:13] [Alleluia] Hic est sacerdos a 5 [02:39] Orlandus LASSUS Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera a 8: Credo [07:02] [Offertorio] Hans-Leo HASSLER Canzon 9. toni a 8 [04:50] Orlandus LASSUS Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera a 8: Sanctus & Benedictus [03:25] Christian ERBACH Fantasia sub Elevatione (organ) [01:53] Orlandus LASSUS Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera a 8: Agnus Dei [02:24] Christian ERBACH Toccata 8. toni [fragment] (organ) [00:52] [Communion] Hans-Leo HASSLER O sacrum convivium a 7 [05:25] Christian ERBACH Posuisti Domine a 5 [01:35] Canzon La Paglia a 5 [02:55] Hans-Leo HASSLER
Domine Dominus noster a 12 [04:24] The Choir of Westminster Cathedral His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts (Jeremy West); Timothy Roberts, Iain Simcock, Iris Schöllhorn (organ)/James O'Donnell rec. June 1993. DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55212 [63:24] [JV]

An excellent recording which gives a good idea of the splendour at the Bavarian court at the end of the 16th century ... see Full Review

Finnegan’s Wake – new music for violin and piano Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Sonata for Violin and Piano (1943) [19:27] Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi for violin solo (1984) [7:11] Ching-chu HU (b.1969) Passions for Violin and Piano (2001) [9:59] Jeremy Dale ROBERTS (b.1934) Capriccio for Violin and Piano (1965) [11:25] Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Spring of Chosroes for Violin and Piano (1977) [14:15] David GOMPPER (b.1954) Finnegan's Wake for Violin and Piano (1997) [7:45] Wolfgang David (violin), David Gompper (piano) rec. Gnessin Academy, Moscow, 19-23 April 2003. DDD ALBANY RECORDS TROY680 [70:06][DC]

In spite of my apostrophe fixation I think this CD deserves solid and unreserved recommendation. ... see Full Review

French Concertos for Two Pianos Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor (1932) [17.14] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1942) [17.03] Robert CASADESUS (1899-1972) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Op. 17 (1932-3) [19.25] Piano Duo: Genova and Dimitrov (pianos) SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern/Alun Francis rec. SWR Studio Kaiserslautern, June and December 2003 CPO 999 992-2 [54.14] [SV]

The pianists don't avoid a touch of glare, but, all things considered, they acquit themselves rather well ... see Full Review

A Garland of the Elizabethan John BENNETT (c. 1575 – ?) All creatures now; Weep, O mine eyes John FARMER (c. 1560 - ?) A little pretty bonny lass; Fair Phyllis I saw sitting John WILBYE(1574 - 1638) Lady when I beheld; Adieu sweet Amaryllis Thomas WEELKES (1575 - 1623) Since Robin Hood Richard John Samuel STEVENS (1757 - 1837) Ye spotted snakes; Doubt that the stars William SHIELD (1748 - 1829) Poor Barbara William HORSLEY (1774 - 1858) Slow fresh fount Traditional arr. John COTTON Drink to me only Franz SCHUBERT (1797 - 1858) arr. John COTTON Hark! Hark! The lark; Who is Silvia? Charles GOUNOD (1818 - 1893) arr. John COTTON My true love Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 - 1958) arr. John COTTON Orpheus with his lute Francis POULENC (1899 - 1963) arr. John COTTON Fancie William WALTON (1902 - 1983) arr. John COTTON Under the greenwood tree Richard PANTCHEFF (b. 1959) Five Elizabethan lyrics The Clerks of Christ Church (John Cotton, Tom King, Adrian Lowe, Brian Chapman, Angus Wilson, William Gaunt) rec. 20-22 February 2004, The Chapel of St. Edward’s School, Oxford SOMM SOMMCD 047 [62.07] [RH]

Deserves to be heard for Pantcheff’s settings of Elizabethan lyrics; the accompanying items are attractively done even if you might question their necessity in the programme. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli – The Gigli Edition, Volume 12 Jacques E. HALEVY (1779-1862) La Juive, Act IV: Rachel, quand du Seigneur [4:49] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 4 December 1946 Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Le Roi d'Ys, Act III: Puisqu’on ne peut...Vainement, ma bien-aimée! [3:27] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 4 December 1946 Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1848-1916) Parted! [3:27] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 4 December 1946 Alan MURRAY (1890- ) I'll walk beside you [2:41] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 4 December 1946 Salvatore CARDILLO (1874-1947) Core ‘ngrato [3.59] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 13 December 1946 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon, Act III: Je suis seul!..Ah! Fuyez, douce image [4:44] Beniamino Gigli, tenor Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 13 December 1946 Werther, Act III: Pourquoi me reveiller?  [3:08] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 13 December 1946 Rodolfo FALVO Dicitencello vuje  [3:19] Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 13 December 1946 TRADITIONAL Adeste fideles [2:44] Kitty Wilson, harp/Herbert Dawson, organ Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 26 November 1947 Franz GRUBER (1787-1863) Silent night, holy night  [2:32] Kitty Wilson, harp/Herbert Dawson, organ Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 26 November 1947 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ellens Gesang III, D. 839, "Ave Maria" [4:27] Kitty Wilson, harp/Herbert Dawson, organ Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 26 November 1947 Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola, "Siciliana"  [2:47] Kitty Wilson, harp rec. 26 November 1947 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Reviens mon amour [Etude No. 3 in E major, Op. 10] (arr. M. Melfi) [2:34] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 27 November 1947 Santiago CITTADINI Ninna nanna  [2:58] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 27 November 1947 Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1848-1916) Segreto  [4:44] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 27 November 1947 Santiago CITTADINI Nostalgia d'amore [3:21] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 27 November 1947 Alberto WILLIAMS Vidalita, Op. 45, No. 3  [2:49] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 30 November 1947 Carlos Lopez BUCHARDO 6 Canciones al estilo popular: Cancion del Carretero [3:22]  Studio Orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 30 November 1947 May Hannah BRAHE (1885-1956) Bless this House  [2.50] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 30 November 1947 Arthur A. PENN Smilin' through  [2:23] Studio orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni rec. 30 November 1947 Beniamino Gigli (tenor) accompaniments as above NAXOS 8.111101 [67.05][JW]

No escaping the uneven nature of these songs. Of all the Gigli volumes this is really the least important  ... see Full Review

The Gigli Edition : Vol. 12 - The London Recordings 1946-1947 Fromental HALÉVY (1799 – 1862) La Juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur* [4:49] Edouard LALO (1823 – 1892) Le Roi d’Ys: Puisqu’on ne peut … Vainement [ma] ô bien-aimée* [3:27] Paolo TOSTI (1846 – 1916) Parted* [3:27] Alan MURRAY (1890-1952) I’ll walk beside you* [2:41] Salvatore CARDILLO (1874-1947) Core ’ngrato* [3:59] Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Manon: Je suis seul! … Ah! Fuyez, douce image;* [4:44] Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller?* [3:08] Rodolfo FALVO (1873-1937) Dicitencello vuje* [3:19] Traditional Adeste fideles** [2:44] Franz GRUBER (1787 – 1863) Silent night, holy night** [2:32] Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Ave Maria** [4:27] Pietro MASCAGNI (1863 – 1945) Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola (Siciliana)*** [2:47] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810 – 1849) Reviens mon amour (from Étude in E major Op. 10 No. 3) [Tristesse]** [2:34] Santiago CITTADINI (18??-19??) Ninna nanna** [2:58] Paolo TOSTI (1846 – 1916) Segreto** [4:44] Santiago CITTADINI (18??-19??) Nostalgia d’amore** [3:21] Alberto WILLIAMS (1862-1952) Vidalita, Op. 45 No. 3** [2:49] Carlos Lopez BUCHARDO (1881-1948) Canción del Carretero (from Seis Canciónes al estilo popular)** [3:22] May BRAHE (1885 - 1956) Bless this house** [2:50] Arthur A. PENN (1876-1941) Smilin’ through** [2:23] Beniamino Gigli (tenor) *Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden/Rainaldo Zamboni; **Orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni, with chorus, Herbert Dawson, organ, and Kitty Wilson, harp; *** with Kitty Wilson (harp). rec. Studio: 4 December 1946, Abbey Road, London, (tr. 1 – 4); 13 December 1946, Kingsway Hall, London (tr. 5 – 8); 26 November, 1947, Kingsway Hall, London (tr. 9 – 12); 27 November 1947, Kingsway Hall, London (tr. 13 – 16); 30 November, 1947, Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, (tr. 17 – 20). NAXOS 8.111101 [67:05][GPu]

Not, consistently, the very greatest of Gigli, but there is much to enjoy and admire if you can take the sentimentalism of some of the material ... see Full Review

The young Emil Gilels Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 [36.44] Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.53 Appassionata [20.41] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050 [20.46] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 [30.08] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25 [35.51] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor K457 [21.01] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No.2 Op.14 [16.37] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Moment musical No.5 Op.16 [3.29] Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Islamey (Oriental Fantasy) [7.44] Emil Gilels (piano) Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kyrill Kondrashin, recorded 1947 (Beethoven Concerto) N Kharkovsky (flute) USSR State Symphony Orchestra/ Kyrill Kondrashin, recorded 1948 (Bach) Members of the Beethoven Quartet, recorded 1948 (Brahms) rec. 1947-51. ADD ANDROMEDA ANDRCD 5046 [3 CDs: 57.21 + 66.05 + 70.01] [JW]

The playing throughout is sovereign but given concerns about provenance you will need to view this set with some caution. ... see Full Review

Hope – Music from Israel and South America for soprano, flute and guitar Daniel AKIVA (b.1953) Siniza I Fumo [2:55]; Lunes 15 March 1943 [2:59]; La Galaksia Eskuresida [2:54]; El Milagro de la Lingua [3:27] for soprano, flute and guitar Astor PIAZZOLLA (1914-1992) Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar (Bordel 1900 [3:35]; Café 1930 [3:15]; Night-club 1960 [6:03]; Concert d’aujourd’hui [3:15]) Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Distribution of the Flowers for flute and guitar [4:11] Haim PERMONT (b.1950) Hope for soprano, flute and guitar (2003) [5:48]; Bagatelle for flute and guitar [3:14] Daniel AKIVA Ya Vien El Cativa for soprano and flute [3:55] Jerusalem de España for flute and guitar: (Cancion [1:11]; Desielda a la Morena [3:37]; Los Jardines de España [1:00]; Meskito [1:41]; Paisages de España [1:59]; Blanco Flor [1:31]) Las Estreyas for soprano, flute and guitar [3:13] Durme Hermoza Hijoco for soprano, flute and guitar [3:13] Ronit Widmann-Levy (soprano); Laurel Zucker (flute); Daniel Akiva (guitar) rec. Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, USA, 2004 CANTILENA RECORDS 66027-2 [65:41][SA]

I really enjoyed this disc and can be sure that I’ll be playing it often and what greater compliment can one give? ... see Full Review

Music for and By Fanny Hünerwadel Alexander MÜLLER (1808-1863) Tempo di Mazurka [4:24] Johann Carl ESCHMANN (1826-1882) Kleine Studie [1:11] Heinrich Wilhelm ERNST (1814-1865) Moderato [0:43] Ferdinand (Fürchtegott) HUBER (1791-1863) Sehnsucht nach der Heimat [0:59] Friedrich Wilhelm EICHLER (1809-1859) Himmel auf Erden [4:27] Max SEIFRIZ (1827-1885) O du glückliches Vögelein [1:35] Julius EDELE (1811-1863) Ein Lied ohne Worte [2:55] Johann Wenzel KALLIWODA (1801-1866) Wanderlied [2:29] Carl Leopold BÖHM (1806-?) Über Nacht [4:10] Franz ABT (1819-1885) Von Dir [2:33] Christian Gustav Gottlieb RABE (1815-1876) Warme und kalte Genüße [0:38] Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Andante espressivo [2:00] Teresa MILANOLLO (1827-1904) Allegro moderato [0:31] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfrieds Tod [4:02] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) á Fanny H. [1:29] Fanny HÜNERWADEL (1826-1854) Sechs Lieder [17:28] Sonntagsfrühe [4:38] (Anonymous) Vocalizzo [1:29] Wilhelm BAUMGARTNER (1820-1867) Sechs kleine Lieder [16:52] Yvonne Howard (mezzo) Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor) Kathron Sturrock (piano) Jack Liebeck (violin in solos) Ileana Ruhemann (flute) Niamh Molloy (cello) Charles Sewart (violin) Ursula Gough (violin) Yuko Inoue (viola) Andrew Fuller (cello) The Fibonacci Sequence rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 20-25 November 2004 GUILD GMCD 7293 [76:16] [DB]

A very pleasant disc. ... see Full Review

Intermedio - Latin American guitar music: Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) America from West Side Story, arr. Jorge MOREL (solo: Vincea) [2:11]; Alfonso MONTES (b.1955) Suite Latina (duo) [14:59]; Leo BROUWER (b.1939) 11 studies for guitar (solo: Vincea) [12:75], Micro Piezas (duo) [5:08]; Fernando BUSTAMANTE (arr. MOREL), Misionera (solo: Vincea) [2:45]; Paulo BELLINATI (b.1950) Contatos (solo: Vincea) [3:15]; Agustin BARRIOS MANGORÉ (1885-1944) Cancion de la Hilandera (solo: Vincea) [3:12]; Roland DYENS (b.1955), Tango en Skai (solo: Vincea) [2:34]; Celso MACHADO (b.1953) Sambinha (duo) [2:07]; Jorge CARDOSO (b.1949) Milonga (solo, duo) [3:39] Vincea McClelland, Raymond Cousté (guitar solos and duets) rec. Sept 2000, Studio Marine, Carrières-sur-Seine, France. CODA PRODUCTIONS DDD 6001-1 [52:20] [ZT]

This recording has been around for several years but those who may have missed it can confidently add it to their priority wish-list... see Full Review

The Jerwood Series: Volume 1 Tansy DAVIES (b.1973) neon (2004) [10:19]
Stuart MACRAE (b.1976)
Interact (2003) [21:34] John Wallace (trumpet) London Sinfonietta/David Porcelijn; H.K. Gruber rec. 19 February 2005 (Davies); 10 May 2003 (MacRae), Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. DDD LONDON SINFONIETTA LABEL CD1-2006 [31:53] [CT]

A promising start to a projected series of six London Sinfonietta discs celebrating the talent of the younger generation of British composers. ... see Full Review

The Jerwood Series: Volumes 1&2 Tansy DAVIES (b.1973) neon (2004) [10: 19] Stuart MACRAE (b.1976) Interact (2003) [21: 34] John Wallace (trumpet) London Sinfonietta/David Porcelijn; H.K. Gruber rec. BBC Radio live recordings, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London, 19 February 2005 (neon); 10 May 2003 (Interact) LONDON SINFONIETTA – JERWOOD SERIES 1 SINF CD1-2006 [31:53]
Morgan HAYES (b.1973) Dark Room (2002/3) [12: 23] Jonny GREENWOOD (b.1971) smear (2004, rev. 2005) [9: 57] Dai FUJIKURA (b.1977) Fifth Station (2003) [15: 28] Louise Hopkins (cello) Valérie Hartmann-Claverie; Bruno Perrault (ondes martenots) London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins rec. BBC Radio live recordings, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre London, 14 February 2004 (Dark Room; Fifth Station), Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London, 27 March 2005 (smear). LONDON SINFONIETTA – JERWOOD SERIES 2 SINF CD2-2006 [37:48] [DC]

Each piece has a freshly-minted quality, and for those of you who want to be up-to-date with recent compositional work these issues are a must. ... see Full Review

Kay Johannsen (organ) Lieder zu Advent und Weihnachten Macht hoch die Tür [2:04] Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [1:57] Ihr lieben Christen, freut euch nun [1:15] O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf [1:40] Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen [2:06] O komm, o komm, du Morgenstern [1:33] Wie soll ich dich empfangen [3:17] Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen [2:22] Tochter Zion, freue dich [1;36] Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her [2:25] Es ist ein Ros entsprungen [2:41] Kommt und lasst uns Christus ehren [1:27] Brich an, du schönes Morgenlicht [1:28] Lobt Gott, ihr Christen all gleich [1:17] Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ [2:32] Nun singet und seid froh [1:15] Zu Bethlehem geboren [2:31] Kommet, ihr Hirten [1:31] Herbei, o ihr Gläub’gen [1:18] Ihr Kinderlein, kommet [1:17] Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier [2:56] Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen [1:57] Hört, der Engel helle Lieder [2:12] Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht [4:55] O du fröhliche [1:58] Kay Johannsen Mühleisen organ, Stiftskirche, Stuttgart rec. 9-10, 12, 15 October 2005. DDD CARUS 83.179 [51:30][GPu]

If you are at all fond of organ recitals and/or contemporary organs, don’t wait until next Christmas to hear this excellent CD. A delight and a joy from beginning to end! … see Full Review

Mario Lanza At His Best: Twelve Neapolitan Songs, The Vagabond King selection Mario Lanza (tenor) Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Franco Ferrara (songs) and Constantine Callinicos (Vagabond King) rec. Italy, Nov-Dec 1958 (songs) and July 1959 (Vagabond King) BMG RCA LIVING STEREO 8287671625-2 SACD [79:15] [TH]

The transfers are generally excellent and this release will be welcomed by Lanza’s legion of admirers, many of whom rate the Neapolitan album as one of his finest achievements. ... see Full Review

Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn Felix MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Jadglied Op. 84, No. 3 (1831-1839) [2:23] Altdeutsches Frühlingslied Op. 86 No 6 (1826-1847) [3:30] Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Scheiden und Meiden - from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit (1880-1890) [2:24] Ablösung im Sommer from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit [1:33] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Marienwürmchen - from Lieder-Album für die Jungend Op. 79 No. 13 (1848) [1:51] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Der Überläufer – from Sieben Lieder mit Begleitung des Pianoforte Op. 48 No. 2 (1855) [1:16] Liebesklage eines Mädchens - from Sieben Lieder mit Begleitung des Pianoforte Op. 48 No. 3 (1855) [1:45] Gustav MAHLER Nicht Wiedersehen! - from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit [4:46] Carl LOEWE (1796-1869) Herr Oluf – from Drei Balladen Op, 2 No. 2 (1821) [5:56] Gustav MAHLER Ich ging mit Lust - from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit [4:00] Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen - from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit [1:51] Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz’- from Lieder uns Gesänge aus der Jungendzeit [4:21] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1947) Himmelsboten Op. 32 No. 5 (1896) [3:09] Junggesellenschwur Op. 49. No 6 (1902) [2:03] Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Das bucklichte Männlein (1934) [2:58] Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) Wie Georg von Frundsberg von sich selber sang – from Sechs Lieder Op. 3 No 1 (1899) [2:29] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Abendsegen – from Acht Volkslieder für Gesang und Klavier Op. 64 No 5 (1819) [5:21] Johannes BRAHMS Wiegenlied – from Fünf Lieder mit Begleitung des Pianoforte Op. 49 No. 4 (1864-1868) [1:03] Thomas Hampson (baritone); Geoffrey Parsons (piano) rec. Siemensvilla, Berlin, March 1989. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2292 44923-2 [54:16][JQ]

Hampson in sovereign voice ... revel in the sound of an intelligent singer at the height of his very considerable powers. ... see Full Review

Live in Ramallah Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, KAnh.9 (297b)* [29:42] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67  [31:35] Speech by Daniel Barenboim. [4:34] Encore Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36 [4:06] *Mohamed Saleh (oboe); Kinan Azmeh (clarinet); Mor Biron (bassoon); Sharon Polyak (horn) West Eastern Divan Orchestra/ Daniel Barenboim rec. live, Cultural Palace, Ramallah, 21 August 2005. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62791-2 [69:57][JQ]

A very fine and rewarding disc. The playing is excellent and the performances are thoroughly musical and enjoyable. Most stimulating and enjoyable ... see Full Review

Love Me Sweet – Songs of love through the ages Giulio CACCINI (1551-1618) Amarilli, mia bella [3.21] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Se l’aura spira [1.30] John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Sorrow, stay [3.39] Can She Excuse My Wrongs? [2.17] A Shepherd in a Shade [1.57] Carl VINE (b.1954) Love Me Sweet [2.35] Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal Op.3/2 [2.10] Music, When Soft Voices Die Op.25/5  [1.41] Barbara Allen [3.45] Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes [2.44] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Auf Flügeln des Gesanges Op.34/2 [2.46] Max REGER (1873-1916) Maria Wiegenlied Op.76 No.52 [2.01] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Mit einem gemalten Band Op.83 No.3  [2.16] Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Sleep [2.53] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Sky above the Roof [2.31] Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990) Come Sleep [2.06] Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) The Daises Op.2/1 [0.53] Robert JOHNSON (c. 1583-1633) As I Walked Forth [3.21] Full Fathom Five [1.32] Where the Bee Sucks [0.56] Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) Reverie [2.40] A Chloris [2.57] Jane Edwards (soprano) Marshall McGuire (harp) rec. St.Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe, Sydney, February 1999 ABC CLASSICS 476 9108 [52.35][JW]

A calling card and an interesting if somewhat uneven programme. ... see Full Review


Detailed listing (last two days)]
[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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