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BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Maiden & the Nightingale – Songs of Spain Enrique GRANADOS (1867–1916) 1. Goyescas (1916): La maja y el ruiseñor [6:11]; Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1912–2002) Cinco canciones negras (1946): (2. I. Cuba dentro de un piano [4:06]; 3. II. Punto de habanera [1:55]; 4. III. Chévere [1:55]; 5. IV. Canción de cuna para dormer a un negrito [2:20]; 6. V. Canto negro [1:18]) Enrique GRANADOS Colección de canciones amatorias (Góngora y Argote)(orch. Ferrer): (7. Llorad corazón [2:29]; 8. Iban al pinar [1:51]) Joaquín RODRIGO (1901–1999) Cuatro madrigales amatorios (Traditional): (9. I. E con qué la lavaré? [2:26]; 10. II. Vos me matasteis [2:32]; 11. III. De dónde venís, amore? [1:02]; 12. IV. De los álamos vengo, madre [1:55]) Tríptic de Mossén Cinto: (13. I. L’harpa ssagrada [4:10]; 14. II. Lo violí de Sant Francesc [3:02]; 15. III. Sant Francesc I la cigala [3:50]) Federico MOMPOU (1893–1987) El combat del somni (orch. Ros-Marba): (16. I. Damunt de tu, només les flors [4:41]; 17. II. Aquesta nit un mateix vent [2:53]; 18. III. Jo et pressentia com la mar [2:03]) Oscar ESPLÁ (1886–1976) Cinco canciones playeras españolas: (19. I. Rutas [1:25]; 20. II. Pregón [3:01]; 21. III. Las 12 [1:30]; 22. IV. El pescador sin dinero [3:20]; 23. V. Copilla [1:32]) Eduardo TOLDRÁ (1895–1962) 24. Cançó de grumet [2:02]; 25. Cançó incerta [2:43]; 26. Maig [4:01]; 27. Anacreóntica [2:17]; Xavier MONTSALVATGE 28. Madrical sobre un tema popular (El cant dels ocells) (1992) [4:58] Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), New Philharmonia Orchestra (1), Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (2–12, 19–23)/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux (13–18), Patronato Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona (24–27)/Antoni Ros-Marbá; Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona/Garcia Navarro (28); rec. Kingsway Hall, London, 18 April 1969 (1); Salle Wagram, Paris, 5–8, 10, 27, 28 February 1962 (2–12 and 19–23); 10–14 March 1969 (13–18), Palacio de la Música, Barcelona, 13, 14, 16, 17 January 1969 (24–27); Barcelona (soundtrack from the Closing Ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games)(28) EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 7243 5 62904 2 6 [78:13][GF]

Riches aplenty on this well-filled disc which shouldn’t be missing from any respectable collection of vocal music. ... see Full Review

The Ultimate Movie Music Collection see review for details Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel rec. various dates TELARC 4CD-80700 [56.03 + 57.55 + 58.48 + 61.23] [RM-O]

A worthwhile collection even if you’re not a movie buff … see Full Review

The Mystery of Christmas Arr. R. ANDERSON The Huron Carol (1641) [2:40] Robert EVANS Ring-a the News* (1989) [3:09] Trad. Arr. Noel EDISON O Come All Ye Faithful* [4:04] Harold DARKE In the Bleak Midwinter* [5:37] Healey WILLAN The Three Kings [2:59] Trad. Dutch King Jesus hath a Garden [2:29] Franz GRUBER Silent Night [3:10] Trad. English arr. David WILLCOCKS Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day [2:07] Arthur HONEGGER Laudate Dominum* [2:22] Francis POULENC Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël [11:45] Trad. French arr. David WILLCOCKS Ding-Dong Merrily on High* [2:09] Elizabeth POSTON Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (1967) [3:46] John RUTTER What Sweeter Music* [5:00] Trad. German The Linden Tree Carol [1:43] Benjamin BRITTEN A Hymn to the Virgin [3:17] Trad. Polish arr. Sir Malcolm SARGENT Star in the South [3:20] MENDELSSOHN arr. Noel EDISON Hark the Herald Angels Sing* [3:14] John TAVENER God is with Us – A Christmas Proclamation* (1987) [5:03] The Elora Festival Singers/*Michael Bloss (organ)/Noel Edison rec. The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto, June 1997. DDD NAXOS 8.554179 [66:52][TP]

I can see myself returning to this disc gladly each December, and think you will too.  Treat yourself to a copy this Christmas. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anna Netrebko Russian Album Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Iolanta (1892): Arioso No. 1 [2:58]; Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Song Op. 21 No. 7 “It is beautiful here” (1902) [2:24]; Song Op. 4 No. 4 “Oh, do not sing to me” (1893) [5:04]; Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 – 1908) The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1900): Aria from act 4 [3:27]; The Snow Maiden (1882): Scene and Aria from Prologue [4:28]¹; Finale from act 4 [5:31]²; The Tsar’s Bride (1899): Scene and Aria from Act 4 [5:29]; Peter TCHAIKOVSKY Romance Op. 38 No. 6 Pimpinella – Florentine Song [2:45]; Mikhail GLINKA (1804 – 1857) A Life for the Tsar (1836): Cavatina and Rondo from Act 1 [6:41]; Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) War and Peace (1944): Excerpt from Scene 4 [8:11]³; Sergei RACHMANINOV Francesca da Rimini (1906): Excerpt from Tableau 2 [3:16]; Peter TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (1879): Letter Scene from Act 1 [13:03]; Anna Netrebko (soprano), Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo)¹³, Dmitry Voropaev (tenor)²³, Alexander Morozov (bass-baritone)²³, Ilya Bannik (bass)¹ Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev rec.  Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, December 2005, January, May, June 2006 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6384 [63:19][GF]

Readers who trust my judgement need read no further. My advice is: Place your orders! ... see Full Review

The Night before Christmas Leopold MOZART (1719-87) Arr. Philip LANE (b. 1950) Classic Sleighride [3:11] Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Arr. Sydney BAYNES (1879-1938) Christmas Overture [5:53] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) The Last Sleep of the Virgin (from La Vierge) [4:49] Philip LANE (b. 1950) Overture on French Carols [5:05] The Night before Christmas [6:10] Otto NICOLAI (1810-49) Christmas Overture (based on the chorale Von Himmel Hoch [11:26] John CARMICHAEL (b. 1930) Orchestrated by Philip LANE Sleighride to Thredbo [1:57] Franz LISZT (1811-86) Arr. By Anthony Collins (1893-1963) The Christmas Tree Suite [10:35] Doreen CARWITHEN (1922-2003) Reconstructed by Philip LANE On the Twelfth Day [20:24] Stephen Fry (narrator) BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers/Barry Wordsworth rec. The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 11-12 September 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.570331 [69:30]

An appealingly different Christmas disc marked out by the contributions of Philip Lane. ... see Full Review

At North Terrace Josef BOISMORTIER (1691-1765) Concerto for five flutes [7:28]1 Antonin REJCHA (1770-1836) Three Romances for Two Flutes [6:42]2 Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Sonata in E major for two flutes [7:40]2 Petr EBEN (b. 1929) Sonata for flute and marimbaphone3 Jan KLUSAK (b. 1934) 1-4-3-2-5-6-7-10-9-8-11 - Invenzionetta for flute [5:30] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Andante in C Major [5:34]4 Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Dance of the blessed spirits [3:28]4 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme d'Habanera [2:49]4 Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Moto perpetuo[3:41]4 Zdenĕk Bruderhans (flute) A. Aungles; E. Kariks; C. Webb; M. Elphinstone1; Christine Draeger2; Amanda Grigg3; Eva Bruderhansova4 ; Analogue recordings of live concerts, made by Radio 5UV, except Eben's Sonata which was recorded digitally (Sony PCM, Beta video). Dates not given. ADD/DDD ARBITRIUM RECORDS 1116 [55:55] [SA]

A joyous disc. Arbitrium are to be congratulated for giving us the chance to hear what the flute can achieve and for allowing us to hear some less well known repertoire ... see Full Review

Oboe Solo Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita in G minor BWV 1013 [12:39] Gilles SILVESTRINI (b.1961) Six études pour hautbois [15:26] Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Sonata for solo oboe Wq132 [11:29] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Tango-études pour hautbois seul [23:36] Yeon-Hee Kwak (oboe) rec. Oranienburg Schoβ Nordkirchen 20-22 January 200? DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 603 1423-2 [63:29][PCW]

Lovers of the oboe will surely enjoy this imaginative and beautifully played recital, and it should also win new friends for the instrument … see Full Review

Organ Spectacular Louis James LEFÉBURE-WÉLY (1817-1869) Sortie in E flat [3:54] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Rhosymedre [4:01] Théodore DUBOIS (1837-1924) Toccata (1886) [6:38] Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) Ballet des Matelotz (arr. Noel Rawsthorne) [1:57] Sir George THALBEN-BALL (1896-1987) Elegy (1944) [5:28] Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911) Interlude Op.19 [1:52] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Capriccio (1911) [5:06] Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Coronation March (1849) (arr: Bryan Hesford) [4:04] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Master Tallis’s Testament (1940) [6:44] Sir Edward BAIRSTOW (1874-1946) Organ Sonata in E flat – Scherzo (1937) [3:46] Guy BOVET (b. 1942) Hamburg (Prelude No.3) from Trois Preludes Hambourgeois  [5:09] Percy WHITLOCK (1903-1946) Folk Tune [3:58] Eugène GIGOUT (1844-1925) Scherzo (1892) [4:28] Herbert MURRILL (1909-1952) Carillon (1949) [2:23] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Rondeau from ‘Abdelazar’ (arr. Christopher Gower) [1:29] William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Processional (1965) [3:31] Jeremiah CLARKE (1673-1707) Trumpet Voluntary (arr: Desmond Radcliffe) [2:30] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Nimrod (arr: W. H. Harris) [3:53] Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Toccata (1880) [5:35] Huw Williams (organ) rec. St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, 8–10 February 2005. DDD GUILD GMCD 7304 [77:44] [CB]

Poorly conceived programme ... Williams comes into his own in the English repertoire ... excellent command of the organ ... see Full Review

Betrachte, meine Seel – Thomas Quasthoff Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 1. Aria: Grosser Herr, o starker König [4:45]; 2. Duetto: Herr, dein Mitleid, dein Erbarmen [7:34]; Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 3. Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel [2:31]; 4. Aria and Choral: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen – Jesu, der du warest tot [4:08]; Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244 5. Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein [6:19]; George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Messiah HMV 56 6. Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery – Aria: The trumpet shall sound [9:17]; Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Die Jahreszeiten 7. Recitativo: Vom Widder strahlet jetzt – Aria: Schon eilet froh der Ackersmann [4:25]; 8. Aria and Recitativo: Erblicke hier, betörter Mensch – Die bleibt allein und leitet uns [4:42]; Die Schöpfung 9. Recitativo: Und Gott sprach – Aria: Rollend in schäumenden Wellen [4:50]; Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809–1847) Elias, Op. 70 10. Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams [3:28]; 11. Aria: Es ist genug! [5:15]; Paulus, Op. 36 12. Aria: Gott, sei mir gnädig [5:38]; trad. 13. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Meyer) Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone), Sibylla Rubens (soprano) (2), Markus Schmutzler (trumpet) (1, 6), Andreas Lorenz, Bernhard Mühlbach (oboe d’amore) (2), Jürg Kettmann, Ulrich Scobel (viola d’amore), Stefan Maass (lute) (3); Staatsopernchor Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden/Sebastian Weigle rec. Palais im Grossen Garten, Dresden, June 2006 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6230 [66:10] [GF]

Quasthoff’s lieder-like approach to these well-known sacred arias makes this an uncommonly expressive disc. ... see Full Review

Instruments from the Raymond Russell Collection Volume I anon Gailliarda la Reyne d'Écosse [01:09] Queen of Scots Galliard [01:23] Tarquinio MERULA (1594/95-1665) Capriccio cromatico [03:23] William BYRD (1542/43-1623) Pavana The Earle of Salisbury [01:28] Galiarda [01:20] Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562-1621) Ballo del granduca [05:22] Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in f minor (K 481) [05:41] Sonata in G (K 471) [03:13] Maurice GREENE (1695-1755) Suite in F [05:43] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and fugue in E flat (BWV 876) [05:31] (from 'Wohltemperirtes Clavier', II) John STANLEY (1712-1786) Voluntary in G, Op. 7,9 [04:21] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Fugue in a minor [03:53] (from 'Six Fugues or Voluntarys, Op. 3') Antoine FORQUERAY (1672-1745) 3e Suite in D: La Régente; La Du Vaucel; La Morangis ou La Plissay [17:03] Armand-Louis COUPERIN (1727-1789) L'Affligée [05:59] George Frideric HANDEL Overture Rodelinda [04:21] Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Sonatina in D, Op. 36,6 [05:59] John Kitchen (clavichord, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, spinet, virginal) rec. December 2000, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh, UK. DDD DELPHIAN DCD 34001 [75:53]   Instruments from the Raymond Russell Collection, Volume II George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Suite in d minor (HWV 437) [08:28] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) March [00:52] Minuet [00:45] A new Ground [02:10] A new Scotch Tune [01:04] A new Irish Tune [01:19] (from 'Musick's Handmaid', 1689) anon Fy gar rub her o'er with Straw [02:15] The Flowers of the Forrest [01:59] Maggy Lauder [01:56] (from Robert Bremner's 'The Harpsichord or Spinnet Miscellany', 1765) Michelangelo ROSSI (1601/02-1656) Toccata VII [04:50] Thomas TOMKINS (1572-1656) A sad Pavan for these distracted times [05:37] John BLOW (1649-1708) Voluntary in C [05:02] Johann Christoph Friedrich BACH (1732-1795) Marche [02:49] Menuet [02:25] Adagio [01:49] Andante [01:38] Marche [02:00] (from: 'Musikalische Nebenstunden', 1787-88) Franz Xaver MOZART (1791-1844) Polonaise mélancolique No 1 in c minor [03:47] Polonaise mélancolique No 2 in a minor [04:01] Armand-Louis COUPERIN (1727-1789) Les Tendres Sentimens [03:25] L'Affligée [06:23] L'Enjouée [04:19] Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Partita in E 'November': praeludium; menuet; gavotte; chaconne [08:24] John Kitchen (clavichord, harpsichord, organ, spinet, square piano, virginal) rec. April 2005, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh, UK. DDD DELPHIAN DCD 34039 [77:22][JV]

These two discs bring some instruments from the famous Russell Collection in Edinburgh to life with repertoire which explores their characteristics ... see Full Review

Salon Orchestra Favourites IV – German Hit Songs of the 1930s Werner Richard HEYMANN (1896-1961), Gerhard WINKLER (1906-1977), Peter KREUDER (1905-1981) Annette Postel (vocals) Salonorchester Schwanen/Georg Huber rec. 15-17 April 2005 Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen Germany NAXOS 8.557768 [65:43] [DB]

Pleasant performances of overlooked German chestnuts. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Best of Andreas Scholl see review for details Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor) Barbara Bonney (soprano) Edin Karamazov (lute, archlute) Stacey Shames, Hyun-Sun Na, Siobhán Armstrong (harp) Harvey Brough (psaltery) Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo) Baroque String Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Roger Norrington, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/Paul Dyer, Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone, Les Talents Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. various locations 1998–2004 DECCA 475 7667 [77:26] [GF]

I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. A marvellous disc! ... see Full Review

The Art of Yulian Sitkovetsky Volumes I -IV full details in the review ARTEK AR 0026/30-2 [72:18] [JW]

Sitkovetsky admirers will snap these up … Sitkovetsky was a wonderful, comet-like talent ... see Full Review

Star Wars John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Star Wars: 1. Main title theme [5.26] 2. Pincess Lela’s theme [4.36] 3. The battle [7.18] 4. Cantina band [2.18] 5. The little people [5.53] 6. The throne room [6.40] John WILLIAMS Close encounters of the third kind (main theme) [7.04] Larry ROSENTHAL (b. 1926) Meteor (main theme) [3.40] Jerry GOLDSMITH (b. 1929) Alien (main theme) [4.45] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) arr R. HAYMAN 2001 A space odyssey (main theme) [3.13] Glen A LARSON (b. 1937) and Stu PHILLIPS (b. 1926) Battlestar Galactica (main theme) [6.29] Richard Hayman and his Orchestra rec. February-June 1989. DDD NAXOS 8.555020 [57.23] [RMO]

Should have been left on the shelf. … see Full Review

Tenebrae John TAVENER (b. 1944) Song for Athene (1993) [6:11] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Ex ore innocentium [4:05] John TAVENER The Lamb* (1982) [3:51] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Hymn to the Cherubim [4:39] Count Alexander SHEREMETIEV (1859-1931) Now ye heavenly powers [3:42] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Hymn to St. Cecilia* (1942) [10:59] Pavel LUKASZEWSKI (b.1968) Ave Maria [3:57]Antonio LOTTI (1667-1740) 8-part Crucifixus [3:39] Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere [11:59] Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Esti Dal** [3:08] Traditional (arr. Nigel SHORT) The Dying Soldier [4:34] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Psalm 148, Lord who hast made us for Thine own [4:53] William Henry HARRIS (1883-1973) Faire is the Heaven [5:23] Tenebrae/Nigel Short Jeremy Filsell (organ) rec. St. Jude’s on the Hill, Hampstead, London, 5, 7 January 2006; *St. Michael’s, Highgate, London, 17 May 2004; **All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, 8 July 2005 DDD SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD085 [71:03] [JQ]

Another winner from Tenebrae! ... see Full Review

Victor Tretiakov (violin) Compendium (see review for details) Mikhael Erokhin (piano) Victor Tretiakov (violin) rec 1965-90 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 93005 [10 CDs: 72:14 + 73:24 + 71:33 + 72:01 + 67:24 + 62:13 + 72:14 + 75:18 + 69:43 + 73:34] [JW]

Tretiakov discs are not that plentiful and it’s an opportune time to salute this powerful figure on his sixtieth birthday. ... see Full Review

Twenty Great Violinists Adolf Busch, Mischa Elman, Zino Francescatti, Fritz Kreisler, Ida Haendel, Jascha Heifetz, Bronislaw Huberman, Leonid Kogan, Georg Kulenkampff, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Erica Morini, Ricardo Odnoposof, David Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Albert Spalding, Isaac Stern, Josef Szigeti, Efrem Zimbalist - see review for perfomance details LIVING ERA CLASSICS AJC8562 [75:30] [RM-O]

A highly recommended album … even if it is still in its original mono! ... see Full Review


The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs Yearbook 2006/7 Best Buys in Classical Music Compiled by Ivan March, Edward Greenfield and Robert Layton Penguin Books; Paperback; 700 pages; ISBN 0-141-02723 1 UK £20; Can $32; U.S.A. $21 [IL]

Reviews of new CDs issued since the main Guide was published. For the ‘not-too-serious’ listener requiring guidance on best recordings this Yearbook is an invaluable ‘stand-alone’ reference ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: a Biography [Originally published as WAM: La Vita e il Tempo de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gius. Laterza & Figli, 2003] by Piero Melograni. Translated into English by Lydia G. Cochrane [PSh]

The best biography of Mozart — and one of the best biographies of anyone — I’ve ever read ... see Full Review

Wrong Sex, Wrong Instrument by Maggie Cotton Foreword: Christopher Morley Pages: 364 paperback ISBN: 1-904444-71-7; 978-1-904444-71-8 Apex Publishing Limited, PO Box 7068, Clacton-on-Sea CO15  5WN £9.99 [ABu]

A more appropriate title could not be imagined for this splendid, heartening and truly stunning book about orchestral life seen and heard from the inside. ... see Full Review

LIONEL TERTIS - The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola by John White. First published 2006, 40 b/w illustrations, 424 pages. Size: 23 x 15 cm, Binding: Hardback, ISBN-10: 184383278X; ISBN-13: 9781843832782 BOYDELL PRESS Price: 47.95 USD / 25.00 GBP [ABu]

This is an excellent book and deserves the attention of all who have a lively interest in the annals of British music. ... see Full Review

The Music of Franz Schmidt Volume 1: The Orchestral Music by Harold Truscott [PCW]

Essential reading for those in the English-speaking world interested in a composer not yet fully recognised by it … see Full Review

Roz SOUTHEY (b.1952) Music-Making in North-East England during the Eighteenth Century Published 2006 Ashgate Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-5097-3 259 pages £55.00 [RH]

Adds enormously to our picture of music-making; more importantly it examines what was happening in ordinary places away from the glare of celebrity ... see Full Review



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