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Aíres Látinos Antonio LAURO (1917-1986) Vals Venezolano no. 3 [3:21] Eduardo FALÚ (b. 1923) La Cuartelera [2:48] Domingo PRAT (1886-1944) Chacarera [1:43] Remo PIGNONI (1915-1988) Pa’ la Dorita (gato) [1:52]; Por el Sur (huella) [2:55] Gerónimo BIANQUI PIÑERO (b. 1905) Del Tiempo E’Naupa (milonga urbana) [3:28] Ariel RAMÍREZ (b. 1921) La Peregrinación (huella) [2:31] LAURO: Vals Venezolano no. 2 [1:43] Arahualpa YUPANQUI (1908-1992) La Pobrecita (zamba) [3:33] Anonymous: Viva Jujuy (Argentine folksong) [2:31] Jõao TEIXEIRA GUIMARAES (1883-1947) Sons de Carrilhões (Sounds of Bells) [2:23] Jorge CARDOSO (b. 1949) Pablo de los Regresos (huella) [2:01]; ilonga [3:59]; Gato [1:35] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Otoño Porteño (tango) [4:07]; Invierno Porteño (tango) [3:21]; Primavera Porteña (tango) [4:48] Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1948) Scherzino Mexicano [3:18] Pawel Nawara (guitar) Tomasz Kaszubowski (guitar) rec. Hard Record Studio, Warsaw, 5 December 2003; 17 January, 14 May, 4 June, 6 November 2004. DDD CD ACCORD ACD 139-2 [54:23] [BB]

Mostly unfamiliar Latin-American - predominantly Argentinean – music that proves very rewarding, and is very well-played by a young Polish guitar duo. ... see Full Review

Janet Baker - Full Circle: Her last year in opera Extracts from Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787); Mary Stuart by Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848); Dream of Gerontius by Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) rec. September 1981-July 1982, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, London Coliseum, Glyndebourne, Haddo House, Carnegie Hall, New York. Video Director: Bob Bentley NTSC 4:3; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo WARNER MUSIC DIVISION 50-51011-4855-2-7 [72:00] [CF]

She has about her an abundance of warmth, affection and sensitivity, not only as a human being but particularly as a consummate artist. ... see Full Review

The Birds and the Springs Nikolaus BRUHNS (1685–1697) Prelude and Fugue in E minor [8:55] Louis Claude DAQUIN (1694–1772) Noël Grand Jeu et Duo (c. 1645) [5:54] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c. 1637–1707) Choral Prelude Von Gott will ich nicht lassen [2:37] Louis VIERNE (1870–1937) Carillon de Westminster (1926) [6:48] Hans Friedrich MICHEELSEN (1902–1973) Toccata from Organ Concerto II, Es sungen drei Engel (1943) [6:12] Johann PACHELBEL (1653–1706) Ciacona in F minor [8:48] Nicolas Antoine LEBÈGUE (c. 1631–1702) Noël, cette journée [1:54] Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562–1621) Variations on Est-ce Mars [5:45] Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) Largo from Concerto for Sopranino and Strings in C (transcr. Bengt Berg) [3:13] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor [7:20] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Choral Prelude, O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig [9:07] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908–1992) Communion. Les oiseaux et les sources (The Birds and the Springs) from Messe de la Pentecôte (1950) [6:28] Bengt Berg (organ) rec. Matteus Church, Stockholm, May 1974 (Bruhns–Micheelsen), Vånga Church, Östergötland, 12–15 September 1974. PROPRIUS PRSACD 7742 [74:23][GF]

It is hard to believe that these marvellously played and reproduced recordings are more than thirty years old. ... see Full Review

Zdenek Bruderhans plays 20th Century Flute Concertos Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concerto for flute and orchestra [18.03]* Anatol VIERU (1926-1998) Concerto for flute, strings and percussion (1954-55) [21.59]** Josef MATEJ (1922-1992) Concerto for flute, strings and harpsichord (1967) [16.12] *** Andre JOLIVET (1905-1974) Second Concerto for flute, strings and percussion [15.48]**** Zdenek Bruderhans (flute) Prague Symphony Orchestra/Vaclav Smetacek*; Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra/Anatol Vieru**; Moravian Philharmonic/J Noheji ***; Elder Conservatoire Percussion Ensemble/G. Dudley**** rec. live, 15 May 1959 *, December 1967 **, 11 March 1968 ***, 28 July 1985 ****. No recording locations given ARBITRIUM (no CD number given) [72.20] ]ED]

An interesting disc that I will occasionally revisit ... see Full Review

Captain Blood and other Swashbucklers Miklós RÓZSA (1907–1995) The King’s Thief (1955) (reconstructed by Christopher Palmer) [7:37] Victor YOUNG (1900–1956) Scaramouche (1952) (reconstructed by William Stromberg) [18:44] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897–1957) Captain Blood (1935) (Reconstructed by John Morgan) [19:50] Max STEINER (1888–1971) The Three Musketeers (1935) (arranged by John Morgan) [18:50] Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Kaufman rec. Jesus Christ Church, Berlin (Dahlem), Germany, 14-16 April, 15-21 June 1994. DDD NAXOS 8.557704 [65:16] [GF]

Provided you have at least the remnants of a sweet tooth and don’t mind unabashed wallowing in lush late-romantic orchestral sounds, this can definitely be a disc for you. I won’t be separated easily from my copy. ... see Full Review

Chameleon Brass It’s All Been Arranged Freddie MERCURY (1946–1991) arr. Nock Bohemian Rhapsody [6:00] John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) arr. Battles Washington Post [2:36] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) arr.Fox Prelude [3:46] M. BENNETT (?) Five Towns: Banbury [0:56]; York [1:27]; Milton Keynes [1:13]; Salisbury [1:33]; Bath [1:26] TRAD arr. Fox Londonderry Air [5:53] GERSHWIN, arr. Thompson Porgy and Bess [13:57] Albert Eric MASCHWITZ (1901–1967) arr. Fowler A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square [2:58] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) arr. Frackenpohl William Tell Overture [2:32] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) arr., Frackenpohl Air on a G string [4:51] TRAD, arr Henderson Amazing Grace [3:44] Chameleon Brass (Giles Fowler (trumpet); Matthew Wells (trumpet); Ian Stott (horn); Stephen Thompson (trombone); Rich Fox (tuba)) rec. St. John’s Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, 9-10 April 2001. DDD LONDON INDEPENDENT RECORDS LIR009 [52:50] [GPJ]

These are gifted musicians who clearly enjoy making music together, and have an infectious sense of fun. ... see Full Review

Conciertango Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Double Concert (Hommage à Liége) (1985) [18:08] Oscar Emilio (Cacho) TIRAO (*1941) Conciertango Buenos Aires (1985) [22:57] Oliviero LACAGNINA (*1951) Concerto Serenata (Omaggio a Astor Piazzolla) (1994) [27:33] Edoardo Catemario (guitar)  Michael Zisman (bandoneon) Orchestra Vincenzo Galilei/Nicola Paszkowski rec. October 2005, Auditorium Latani, Fiesole, Italy ARTS 47728-8 SACD HYBRID [68:50][DC] 

An interesting release containing much good music: there is much to enjoy here, but it could all have been just that little bit better. see Full Review

Credo - John Paul II Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618 - Mozart Ave Maria - Caccini/Mercurio Sancta Maria - Mascagni, arr. Mercurio Ave Maria (arr. from Bach´s Prelude No.1 Bwv846) Panis Angelicus - Franck, orch. Michelot Domine Deus (Petite Messe Solennelle-Gloria) - Rossini Pietà, Signore - Niedermeyer, arr. Reynolds Gloria a Te, Cristo Gesù - (The Hymns of Great Jubilee) Proteggimi orch. Serio/ Sartori - F. Sartori/L. Quarantotto Frondi Tenere ...Ombra Mai Fu (Serse/ Act 1) - Handel Mille Cherubini in Coro - Schubert, arr Mercurio Ingemisco (Messa da Requiem) - Verdi Ave Maria "Ellens Gesang III, D 839 - Schubert, orch. Weingartner Agnus Dei - Bizet, arr. Guiraud Cujus Animam Gementem (Stabat Mater) - Rossini I Believe - Eric Levi EXTRA CONTENTS From: Meditations on the Genesis on the threshold of the Sistine Chapel by John Paul II
The Nativity Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) - Trad. arr. Mercurio Andrea Bocelli Live in Tor Vergata 2000 Ave Maria – Schubert Andrea Bocelli (tenor) Orchestra and Choir of Santa Cecilia National Academy/Myung-Whun Chung Alberto Michelini Elenco (director) Picture format: PAL 4:3 Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo WARNER DVD 2564 63367-2 [63:00] [DC]

If you are looking for a tastefully compiled reminder of John Paul II’s long and influential career accompanied by appropriate and movingly performed sacred vocal music than you need look no further. ... see Full Review

Da Vinci - Music From His Time Josquin DESPREZ (c.1440-1521) 1 Tu solus qui facis mirabilia (motet) [3:26]; 2 Intrada [1:17] Serafino DALL’AQUILANO (1466-1500) 3 Quanus è misero l’uom [1:31] Philippe VERDELOT (c1500-1552) 4 Italia mia (madrigal) [3:34] ANONYMOUS 5 Pavana [2:43] Costanzo FESTA (c.1490-1545) 6 Frottola: Quando ritrovo la mia pastorella [3:11]; 7 Madrigal: Madonna oymè [4:32] Filippo DE LURANO (c.1475-1520) 8 Instrumental Frottola [2:25] ANONYMOUS (or Josquin DESPREZ) 9 Frottola: El grillo* [1:39]; 10 Frottola: In te, Domine, speravi* [2:51] Josquin DESPREZ 11 Ave Mariat (muter) [6:49] ANONYMOUS (Gregorian Antiphon with Falsobordone Psalm) 12 Venite adoremus/Venire exultemus [3:57]  Josquin DESPREZ 13 Inviolata, integra et casta es Maria (motet) [4:32]; 14 Doleo super te (motet) [2:36]; 15 Miserere mei, Deus (Psalm 50) (motet) [12:24]; 16 Gloria from Missa La sol fa re mi [4:18] Alexander AGRICOLA (1446-1506) 17 Sanctus from Missa Re fa mi re fa [3:46]; 18 Virgo sub ethereis (cantus super librum) [2:17] Johannes OCKEGHEM (c.1410-1497) 19 36-Voice Canon: Deo Gratias [2:09] Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel (2-8, 17-19); The Waverly Consort/Michael Jaffee (9-11); Capella Antiqua München/Konrad Rühland (1, 13-16); Niederaltaicher Scholaren/Konrad Rühland (12) SONY CLASSICAL 82876 82813 2 [70:00][JL]

An enjoyable, cleverly assembled anthology of 15th century music culled from some old recordings by four ensembles ... see Full Review

Das Partiturbuch: Instrumental Music at the Courts of 17th Century Germany Antonio BERTALI (1605-1669) Sonata a 4 in D minor for 2 violins, viola da gamba and bassoon [9:29]; Ciaconna in C major for solo violin [8:45]; Sonata a 3 in G major for 2 violins and bassoon [3:18] Johann Michael NICOLAI (1629-1685) Sonata a 2 in A minor for violin and viola da gamba [3:36]; Sonata a 2 in C major for violin and bassoon [5:40] ANON: Ciaconna a 3 in C major for 2 violins and viola da gamba [2:17] Johann Heinrich SCHMELZER (c. 1623-1680) Sonata variata in D minor for violin and viola da gamba [6:38] Adam DRESE (c. 1620-1701) Sonata a 3 in A minor for 2 violins and viola da gamba [4:32]; Sonata a 2 in A minor for two violins and viola da gamba [4:10] Samuel CAPRICORNUS (1628-1665) Ciaconna in D major for violin and viola da gamba [4:17] Nathanael SCHNITTELBACH (1633-1667) Ciaconna in A major for solo violin [9:36] Ensemble Echo du Danube/Christian Zincke rec. Studios of Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, Germany, 25-28 November 2002. NAXOS 8.557679 [62:28] [BB]

Hear the sounds of German court music in the 1600s, stuff that led courtiers from a good meal to an evening of toe-tapping and dancing. Check out this well-done disc. ... see Full Review

English String Miniatures 5 Pamela HARRISON (1915-1990) Suite for Timothy (1948) [18.13] Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Renaissance Suite (1969) [7.03] Percy FLETCHER (1879-1932) Folksong and Fiddle Dance (1914) [9.01] Paul LEWIS (b. 1943) Suite navarraise (2002) [10.55] Albert CAZABON (1883-1970) Giocoso (1950s) [2.56] Thomas ROSEINGRAVE (1690-1766) Three Pieces arranged by Humphrey SEARLE (1915-1982) Fugue I [4.26] Voluntary IV [2.49] Fugue III [2.29] John IRELAND (1879-1962) A Downland Suite (1932, revised 1941, completed by Geoffrey BUSH, 1978) [17.50] Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. The Warehouse, London, September 2002 NAXOS 8.557752 [75.43] [JW]

Sutherland invariably gets the best out of his bands, and so it proves here, even if not everything is from either the top or even middle drawers. ... see Full Review

Eileen Farrell: Puccini Arias and Others in the Great Tradition Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro; La bohème: Quando m’en vo’ soletta per la via; Si, mi chiamano Mimi; Donde lieta uscì; La rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta; Tosca: Non la sospiri; Vissi d’arte Madama Butterfly: Spira sul mare; Un bel di vedremo; Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide Turandot: Tu che di gel sei cinta; In questa reggia Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Alceste: Grands dieux! Du destin, qui m’accable Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Ah perfido! Op. 65 Fidelio: Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin? Carl Maria von WEBER (1786–1826) Der Freischütz: Leise, leise, fromme Weise; Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle Eileen Farrell (mezzo) Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Max Rudolf rec. Columbia 30th Street Studio, 15, 22 September 1959 (Puccini), 2 April 1958 (Ah perfido!), 6 February, 13 May 1959 SONY CLASSICAL 82876 78763 2 [76:16] [GF]

One of the truly great sopranos of the last fifty or so years. ... see Full Review

The Complete Félia Litvinne (1860-1936) and Natalya Yermolenko-Yuzhina (1881-c.1937)  see review for details Félia Litvinne (soprano) various accompanists and orchestras, including Alfred Cortot (piano) rec. c.1902-c1911; Natalya Yermolenko-Yuzhina (soprano) unknown accompaniments rec. 1908-09 MARSTON 52049-2 [75.38 + 77.18] [JW]

My last encounter with Marston’s vocal output was their splendid Mary Lewis reclamation; this one is just as good. ... see Full Review

First Impression: The Band Of Oboes Rob ROGERS 1. The Key to Happiness [2:51] 2. Mr Cheesy Smiles [2:25] 3. El Gato Inglès [3:02] 4. Dalyan [6:37] 5. Desiderata [4:44] 6. Inside Out [4:14] Onomatopoeia - 7. Ba-ba-diddly doo-dah [0:52] 8. Doo…..doo-wah [2:12] 9. Ma-na, ma-na [1:30] 10. Lost Cause – a ballad [3:03] 11. Reel motivation [3:18] Tell me, man – A minor sonata - 12. Cool breeze from Sicly [1:55] 13. …..enthusiastically spirited [2:05] 14. Walking calmly [2:18] 15. Swingin’ vivaciously [1:36] 16. Reed all about it [3:36] The Band of Oboes: Rob Rogers (oboes, oboe d’amore, cor anglais); Steve Lock (bassoon, contra); Mark Robinson (guitar); Adrian Knight (piano); Brian Strong (bass); Will Rogers (drums and percussion) rec. Mill Farm Studio, May–November 2005. DDD ZEN ZZCD9823 [47:19][GPJ]

Rogers has brought together a superb band of highly talented players, and there’s the promise of more CDs in this vein.  This really is something different, unassuming, yet pulled off with aplomb. ... see Full Review

Flute Waves Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL (1685-1759) Entrance of the Queen of Sheba [3:00] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin [11:18] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata: preludio [3:28] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro: Overture [4:22] Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Ein Sommernachtstraum: Scherzo [4:44] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto BWV 1060 C minor [13:19] Siegfried MATTHUS (b. 1934) Des Meeres und der Flöten Wellen [6:08] Grigoras DINICU (1889-1949) Hora Staccato [2:29] Henry MANCINI (1924-1994) The Pink Panther Suite [10:34] Die 14 Berliner Flötisten (Thomas Beyer, Wolfgang Dasbach, Rudolf Döbler; Wolfgang Dünschede, Christina Fassbender, Jochen Hoffmann, Christiane Hupka, Hiko Iizuka, Frauke Leopold, Robert Lerch, Ulf-Dieter Schaaff, Beate-Gabriela Schmitt, Werner Tast, Birgit Roth (special guest))Andreas Blau (music director) rec. 20-22 June 2005, Christuskirche, Berlin-Oberschöneweide MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 908 1393-6 [60:18][DC]

This is a warmly recommended issue for everyone interested in flutes of all shapes and sizes. ... see Full Review 

French Organ Masterworks Jules GRISON (1842-1896) Toccata in F [6:19] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Scherzo, op 2 (1924) [5:48] Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911) Scherzo, from Organ Sonata No 5 in c op 80 [5:39] Maurice DURUFLÉ Meditation op posth. (1964) [3:37] Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Scherzando, from 3 Pieces for Organ op 29, No 3 [4:53] Samuel ROUSSEAU (1853-1904) Scherzo [3:48] Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Scherzetto op 108 (1938) [3:07] Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940) Choral Phyrgien, from 2 Chorals for Organ (1935) [3’07] Joseph BONNET (1884-1944) Toccata, from 12 Pièces for organ op 5 No 3 (1910) [4:26] Alexandre GUILMANT Scherzo, from Organ Sonata No 8 in A op 91 (1906) [6:04] Jehan ALAIN Choral Dorien, from 2 Chorals for Organ (1935) [4:05] Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Toccata, from Organ Symphonie No 5 in F minor op 42 No 1 (1880) [5:17] Scherzo, from Organ Symphonie No 4 in F minor op 13 No 4 (1876) [5:21] Vincent D’INDY (1851-1931) Prelude in E flat minor op 66 (1913) [4:02] Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Impromptu, from Pièces de Fantaisie – Suite No 3 op 54 No 2 (1927) [3:04] Charles Marie WIDOR Finale, from Organ Symphonie No 8, op 42, No 4 (1887/1901) [6:06] David M. Patrick (organ) rec. Gloucester Cathedral, July 2004, August 2005. ADD SANCTUARY CLASSICS CD RSN 3073 [74:45] [CB]

An exciting collection of bonbons…phenomenal technique…perhaps lacking a little space and grandeur ... see Full Review

Guitar Music of Argentina 2 Quique SINESI (b. 1960) Somidos de aquel día (Sounds from that Day) [3:54]; Contramarca (Opposing Tide) [4:26]; Cielo abierto (Open Sky) [5:35] Carlos MOSCARDINI (b. 1959) Doña Carmen (Vals Criollo) [3:22] Diego Máximo PUJOL (b. 1957) Elegia por la muerte de un tanguero [9:49] Sergio NATALI (b. 1964) Mate dulce (Sweet Maté) [4:05]; Mate caliente (Hot Maté) [2:19] Victor VILLADANGOS (b. 1958) Hora libre (Free Hour) [1:49]; Tucututá [2:59] Pepe FERRER (b. 1958) El Felipe (Gato) [1:45] Marcelo CORONEL (b. 1962) Imaginario popular Argentino (Popular Argentine Legends) [9:06] Julio SANTILLÁN (b. 1974) Estudio No. 4 “Mal ando” (Badly Off) [2:33] Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000) Sonata no. 3 [14;56] Victor Villadangos (guitar) rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. 6-9 August 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557658 [66:39] [BB]

Villadangos sounds like he was born to play this music, both in terms of traditional classical technique and also in its unique rhythmic and percussive character ... see Full Review

Heifetz Transcriptions Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Nocturne Op. 55, No.2 [5:27] Alexander Krein (1883-1951) Dance No. 4 [1:09] Stephen Foster (1826-1864) Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (1854) [3:16] Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) The Tale of Tsar Saltan: Flight of the Bumblebee (1900) [1:17] Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787) Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (1762) [3:15] Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) The Love for Three Oranges: March (1921) [1:40] Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894) [8:10]; Children’s Corner Suite: No. 6 Golliwog’s Cakewalk (1906-08) [3:07] Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) Tango (1921-25) [1:42] Trad. Afro-American: Deep River [2:29] Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Masks (1935) [2:09] Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Stimmungsbilder No. 1 - Auf stillen Waldespfad (1883-84) [2:49] Flausino Vale (1894-1954) Preludio 15: Ao pé da foguiera [1:26] Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) Suite Espanŏla: No. 3 Sevilla (1886) [4:15] Grigoraş Dinicu (1889-1949) Hora Staccato (1906) [2:08] Ernö von Dohnanyi (1877-1960) Suite in F-sharp Minor: Romanza (1908-1909) [4:37] Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) Estrellita (1912) [3:16] George Gershwin (1898-1937) Porgy and Bess: A Woman is a Sometime Thing (1935) [4:23] Su Yeon Lee (violin); Michael Chertok (piano) rec. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 1-3 September 2004 NAXOS 8.557670 [57:38] [WK]

A violinist of fine technique. When she can apply equal energy to all types of music she will be a formidable performer. ... see Full Review

Hi-Fi  Fiedler Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908) Le Coq d’Or: Suite (1908)  [25.01] rec 25 November 1956 Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868) William Tell: Overture (1829) [11.46] rec. 25 November 1956 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) Marche Slav (1876) [9.41] rec. 25 November 1956 Emmanuel ChAbrier (1841 - 1894) España (1883) [6.22] rec. 25 June 1958 Franz LISZT (1811 - 1886) Hungarian Rhapsody #2, S.242m/359b (1847) [9.34] rec. 3 January 1960 Rákóczy March, S.117 (1871) [6.42] rec. 4 January 1960 Boston “Pops” Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler rec. Symphony Hall, Boston, USA CD tracks, 2.0 stereo. SACD Tracks 2.0 stereo and 3.0 surround sound. ADD Hybrid SACD Notes in English, technical note also in Deutsch and Français. SONY BMG 82876 67895 2 [69.40][PSh]

An exciting evening at “the Pops,” possibly the best Coq d’Or you can buy, but otherwise not always the very best performances and newer digital recordings of this music might be a more satisfactory choice. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Art of the Lindsays CD 1 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) String Quartet in C major, K465 Dissonance (1785) [38.15] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet No.13 in A minor, Rosamunde D804 (1824) [34.05] CD 2 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) String Quartet in F major (1902-1903) [28.42] Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet in E flat, Op.64 No.6 (1790) [18.37] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 (1847) [24.49] CD 3 Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 (B.179) American (1893) [27.18] Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet in F minor, Op.95, Serioso (1810) [20.80] Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) String Quartet No.2 in D major (1885) [28.37] CD 4 Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet No.1 The Kreutzer Sonata (1923) [17.15] Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) String Quartet No.5 (1990-1991) [27.57] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) String Quartet No.6, Sz.114 (1938) [30.41] CD 5 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Quintet in A major, D667, The Trout (1819) [37.53] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115 (1891) [39.57] The Lindsays: (Peter Cropper, violin; Ronald Birks, violin (all tracks except Schubert Quintet); Robin Ireland, viola (all tracks except Bartók); Bernard Gregor-Smith, cello) Roger Bigley, viola (on Bartók only) Kathryn Stott, piano (Schubert Quintet only); Leon Bosch, double-bass (Schubert Quintet only); Janet Hilton, clarinet (Brahms Quintet only) see review for recording details SANCTUARY CLASSICS RESONANCE CDRSB404 [5 CDs: 72:22 + 72:18 + 76:33 + 76:11 + 77:53] [DRD]

I really can’t recommend this highly enough. It was a source of joy on our recent holiday and will make excellent Christmas presents. A really great advertisement for chamber music. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH L’invitation au voyageMélodies from La belle époque Jules CRESSONNOIS (1823–1883) L’invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire) [3:29] Léo DELIBES (1836–1891) Départ (Èmile Augier) [4:23] Bonjour, Suzon! (Alfred de Musset) [2:59] Regrets! (Armand Silvestre) [4:58] Charles LECOCQ (1832–1918) La cigale et la fourmi (Jean de La Fontaine) [1:45] La chauve-souris et les deux belettes (Jean de La Fontaine) [3:16] Émile PESSARD (1843–1917) Le spectre de la rose (Théophile Gautier) [4:42] Oh! quand je dors (Victor Hugo) [2:34] Benjamin GODARD (1849–1895) Chanson du berger (Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian) [1:56] Guitare (Victor Hugo) [2:35] L’invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire) [4:13] Viens! (Victor Hugo) [2:49] Paul PUGET (1848–1917) Madrid (Alfred de Musset) [3:27] Comment, disaient-ils (Victor Hugo) [2:27] Paul (1852–1933) and Lucien (1860–1909) HILLEMACHER Soupir (Sully Prudhomme) [3:31] Si mes vers avaient des ailes (Victor Hugo) [1:34] L’invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire) [1:52] Ici-bas (Sully Prudhomme) [1:59] Sérénade (Alfred de Musset) [2:09] Émile PALADILHE (1844–1926) Psyché (Pierre Corneille) [2:44] Les papillons (Théophile Gautier) [2:59] La chanson des blondes (Jean Aicard) [3:27] Danse indienne (Jean Lahor) [6:06] Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) L’invitation au voyage ((Charles Baudelaire) [4:26] John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano) rec. All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, 2-4 August 2004. DDD HYPERION CDA67523 [78:14] [DC]

There isn’t a dull moment in this long recital. Good songs need not be masterpieces to be enjoyed, especially when performed this well ... see Full Review


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[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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