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December 2006


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MusicWeb Recordings of the Year 2006


New LYRITA releases for January 2007

Two new complete books on-line
Cannons and Flowers - the memoirs of Georges Cziffra
The Music goes Round and Around by Basil Tschaikov

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) A conspectus of his life and a review of the audio and video recordings of his works by Robert Farr. PART 3: Verdi’s middle period: The eight operas from Stiffelio (1850) to Un ballo in Maschera (1859)

SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921–2006) - First Hon. Vice-President of the UK Sibelius Society - Edward Clarke

MusicWeb Reviewer’s Log: December 2006 Reviewer: Patrick C Waller

A New Kind of Record Collection by Kevin Sutton

Zoran Todorovich talks to Göran Forsling at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

The Flight of Jackie O - Creativity in Baroque Roles and Ornamentation : An interview with Vivica Genaux by Michael Ellison

There is no ‘passaggio’: Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo talks to Bill Kenny about musical training, singing and his personal philosophy

Klaus Heymann auf Naxos by Randolph Magri-Overend

How music works - an introduction to his new TV series by Howard Goodall

Amelia Farrugia – Driving Talent by Randolph Magri-Overend

Rohan de Saram on Berio and new musical horizons by Anne Ozorio


Maggie Cotton, former percussionist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, give the inside picture of what it is like working in an International Symphony Orchestra More details and ordering [now with specimen page] £9.99 plus postage: £10.50 UK, £11.50 World-wide.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it should be required reading for EVERY music student aspiring to become an orchestral musician; even if, hoping to remain above the common herd, so to speak, they only want to become a conductor! Not just music students though: concert-goers, music-lovers everywhere, this is THE book for you! - Arthur Butterworth

Reviews by Rob Barnett, Paul Serotsky and Arthur Butterworth


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 [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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Anthony Collins Sibelius Cycle - see review



Concert Artist
JOYCE HATTO plays MOZART The Piano Sonatas
5CD box (5for3) £37.50 German booklet available on request

JOYCE HATTO plays MESSIAEN Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
A 2CD set £25 postage paid world wide.

JOYCE HATTO plays DUKAS Piano Sonata etc.
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JOYCE HATTO plays GRANADOS Goyescas- Danzas espanolas Op37 - No 2. No.5; No 10 'Danza Triste'. El Pedele. Escenas romanticas
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JOYCE HATTO plays the Complete RAVEL piano Music purchase


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MusicWeb International reviewed 160 Classical CDs/DVDs in December. They can all be found on the following pages:

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