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Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736) Sinfonia: Morte e sepoltura di Christo (1724) [5:13] Missa Dolorosa (1735) [30:33] Motetti sacri, for two or three voices and continuo [1715]: Caro mea, for two sopranos [4:00]; Peccavi, for tenor, alto and bass [2:52]; Ad Dominum, for soprano and bass [2:14]; Exaudi Domine, for two sopranos and bass [3:29]; Transeunte Domino, for alto and tenor [3:26]; Ego Sum, for soprano and alto [2:32]; Transfige dulcissime, for alto and bass [3:23];O Sacrum Convivium, for two sopranos and bass [3:49] Danila Aita (soprano), Giovanni Aita (soprano), Debora Parodi (soprano), Gianluigi Ghiringhelli (alto), Filippo Pina Castiglioni (tenor), Riccardo Ristori (bass), Valentino Ermacora (harpsichord, organ) Schola cantorum S. Stefano, Orchestra barocca ‘Il Cimento degli Affetti’/Valentino Ermacora rec. 26-28 January 2005, Oratorio di S. Erasmo di Sori, Genoa. TACTUS TC 670303 [61:31][GPu]

A disappointing representation of an interesting composer ... see Full Review

Elliott CARTER (b. 1908) Dialogues (2003)a [13:28] Boston Concerto (2002)b [16:54] Cello Concerto (2001)c [20:06] ASKO Concerto (2000)d [10:38] Nicolas Hodges (piano)a; Fred Sherry (cello)c; BBC Symphony Orchestraabc; Asko Ensembled; Oliver Knussen rec. BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, January 2004 (Dialogues) and April 2004 (Boston Concerto, Cello Concerto); and (live) Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, April 2000 (ASKO Concerto) BRIDGE RECORDS 9184 [61:22][HC]

This superb disc is a major release and an absolute must for all Carter admirers. Strong stuff, but immensely rewarding. ... see Full Review

Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23 (1836) [8:53] Robert KEELEY (b.1960) Ballade (2001)[7:58] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana (Eight Fantasies), Op. 16 (1838 [29:57] Martin Roscoe (piano) rec. Whiteley Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, 23 August, 2005 DUNELM DRD0247 [47:18] [GPu]

The playing time is relatively meagre, but that need not be a reason to give this CD anything other than a warm welcome ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Cello Sonata in G minor op. 65 (1845-6) [26:14] Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Cello Sonata in A minor op. 36 (1883) [30:57] Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) Nina Kavtaradze (piano) rec. Mantziusgården, Birkerød, Denmark, 27-29 July 2005 DANACORD DACOCD 644 [57:18] [DC]

Playing that is expressive, impassioned and gently restrained turns, always sympathetic to the music ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) The Complete Nocturnes CD 1: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9, no. 1 [5’03], Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 [4’02], Nocturne in B major, Op. 9, No. 3 [6’43], Nocturne in F major, Op.15, No. 1 [3’59], Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2 [3’36], Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3 [3’58], Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1 [4’56], Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 [5’15], Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1 [4’37], Nocturne in A flat major, Op. 32, No. 2 [4’48], Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1 [6’35], Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2 [5’10]; CD 2: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 [5’57], Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2 [6’54], Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 [4’38], Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2 [5’04], Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 [6’41], Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 [5’55], Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No.1 [3’48] Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. [3’59] Nocturne in C minor, Op. posth. [2’34] Bernard D’Ascoli (piano) rec. Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (no date) ATHENE 23201 [47’19 + 57’18][TH]

Surely playing that the composer himself would have recognized ... a very considerable achievement, especially at not much above budget price ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 [40:29] Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21 [30:06] Arthur Rubinstein (piano) New Symphony Orchestra of London/Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (1) Symphony of the Air/Alfred Wallenstein (2) Rec. 1961 (1); 1958 (2). ADD. DSD. SACD BMG-RCA RED SEAL LIVING STEREO 82876 67902 2 [70:45] [IL]

Classic recordings of the two Chopin Concertos in immaculate SACD sound. ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Chopin: Alfred Cortot’s 78 rpm recordings - Vol.1 24 Preludes, Op.28 [33:47] rec. 22-23 March 1926 in HMV Studio A, Hayes Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45 [4:12] rec. 4 November 1949 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No.3, London Prelude in D flat major, Op.28, No.15 [4:44] rec. 30 October 1950 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No.3, London Berceuse in D flat major, Op.57 [4:09] rec. 4 November 1949 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No.3, London Impromptus [17:59] rec. 5 July 1933 EMI in Abbey Road Studio No.3, London Tarantelle in A flat major Op.43 [3:11] Alfred Cortot
rec. 13 May 1931 in Studio C, Queen’s Small Hall, London NAXOS 8.111023 [68:03] [DC]

Cortot’s ability to make Chopin solid and tangible, to communicate his art both on an earthily human as well as an elevated poetic level – simultaneously. ... see Full Review

George CRUMB (b. 1929) An Idyll for the Misbegotten (1985) [9.37] Zizi Mueller (flute); Gordon Gottlieb, Benjamin Herman, Stephen Paysen (percussion) rec. 28 April 1987, venue not given Vox Balaenae (The Voice of the Whale) (1969) [20.13] Zizi Mueller (flute); Fred Sherry (cello); James Cromwell (piano) rec. 22 May 1985, venue not given Madrigals: Books 1, 2 and 3 (1965-9) [33:27] Jan DeGaetani (mezzo) University of Pennsylvania Chamber Players rec. 24 October 1969, venue not given originally appeared on Acoustic Research LP 0654 085 NEW WORLD NW 357-2 [62.44][GH]

Performed by the first artists who tackled them ... fresh, exciting and controversial. They exude an air of authenticity and revolution. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)  Pelléas et Mélisande - Lyric drama in five acts and twelve scenes (1902) Libretto: Maurice Maeterlinck Mélisande: Christine Oelze (soprano) Pelléas: Richard Croft (tenor) Golaud: John Tomlinson (baritone) King Arkel: Gwynne Howell (bass) Geneviève: Jean Rigby (mezzo) Yniold: Jake Arditti (treble) Chorus of Glyndebourne Opera London Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis Directed for the stage by Graham Vick Directed for video by Humphrey Burton rec. Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1999 NVC ARTS 504678326-2 [163:00] [TH]

.. If you saw the Glyndebourne Pélleas, you will know whether this is the one for you,. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Works: Volume 3 Préludes (2ème Livre) (1910-1913) [37:57] Berceuse Héroïque (1914) [3:58] Pièce pour l'oeuvre du “Vêtement du Blessé” (1915) [1:11] Elégie (1915) [1:54] La Boîte à Joujoux (1913) [33:04] Noriko Ogawa (piano) rec. 21-24 July 2005 (trs. 1-12); 27-28 June 2005 (trs. 16-19), Nybrokajen, former Academy of Music, Stockholm, Sweden. DDD BIS BIS-CD-1355 [79:37] [JF]

Technical expertise and the brilliance characterises all of Ogawa’s performances on this stunning CD ... see Full Review

Hugo DISTLER (1908-1942) Geistliche Chormusik Op. 12 (1934-41) Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied op. 12, 1 Singet Frisch und wohlgemut op. 12, 4 Das ist je gewißlich what op. 12, 8 Führwahr, er trug unsere Klarnkheit op. 12, 9 Wacht auf, es tut Euch not! (1936) O Gott, in deiner Majesteit op. 12, 3 In der Welt habt ihr Angst op. 12, 7 Ich wollt, daß ich daheime wär op. 12, 5 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme op. 12, 6 MonteverdiChor München/Konrad von Abel rec. 2-3 February 2002, Aula of the Maria-Ward-Gymnasiums in Nymphenburg; 27 June 2004, Konzertzaal des Kulturzentrums in Ascheim (op. 12, 1, 3) THOROFON CTH 2463 [58:05] [DC]

While it may have limited appeal and is not for light listening, it should not be dismissed lightly either. ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) L’Elisir d’amore (1832) Ileana Cotrubas (soprano) – Adina; Placido Domingo (tenor) – Nemorino; Sir Geraint Evans (baritone) – Dulcamara; Ingvar Wixell (baritone) – Belcore; Lillian Watson (soprano) – Giannetta; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/John Pritchard rec. 1977, EMI Studios, London, England BMG-SONY CLASSICAL S2K 96458 [70:30 + 53:58] [GF]

This is still my preferred L’Elisir d’amore on CD and it can be safely recommended to newcomers and old-timers alike. ... see Full Review

Eustache DU CAURROY (1549-1609) Les Meslanges (1610) Psaume 129 [8:50] Chanson (‘Heureux le siècle premier’) [3:39] Chanson spirituelle (‘Susanne un jour’) [6:26] Cantique spirituel (‘Quand au dernier sommeil’) [5:59] Chanson (‘D’une mielleuse voix’) [4:40] Psaume 136 (’Le long des eaux’) [12:36] Psaume 25 (‘Juge ma cause’) [3:17] Chanson (‘Pour vous aymer’) [2:36] Chanson (‘Le juste que jugea’) [4:21] Chanson (‘Puis que le ciel’) [4:19] Noël (‘En cette nuit’) [2:27] Noël (‘Un enfant du ceil’) [2:37] Psaume 5 (‘Preste l’oreille à ma complainte’) [7:53] Doulce Mémoire: Véronique Bourin (soprano), Marcus Pontus (alto), Hugh Primard (tenor), Lucien Kandel (tenor), Guillaume Olry (baritone), Philippe Roche (bass), Judith Pacquier (cornett, flute), Elsa Frank, Jérémie Papasergio, Denis Raisin Dadre (flute, dulcian), Florence Bolton, Luc Gaugier (viola da gamba). Directed by Denis Raisin Dadre rec. October 2004, Abbaye de Valloires, Picardy, France NAIVE E8900 [69:10][GPu]

This thoroughly recommendable CD opens up a little-known musical territory and communicates the joy of discovery ... see Full Review

John DUNSTABLE (c. 1390-1435) Quam Pulchra es; Kyrie JD1; Gloria a 4 JD11; Credo a 4 JD12; Gloria Jesu Fili Christi JD15; Credo Jesu Fili Christi JD 16; Sanctus JD6; Credo Da gaudiorum premia JD17; Sanctus Da gaudiorum premia JD18; Agnus dei JD14; Veni Sancte Spiritus – Veni Creator JD32; Gloria in Canon Tonus Peregrinus/Antony Pitts rec. 5-9 January 2004, Chancelade Abbey, Dordogne. NAXOS 8.557341 [70.08][RH]

Some reservations but fine and sometimes stunning performances with a wonderful feeling of forward momentum. ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 (1910) [45.26] Recorded 28/29 Oct 1954, Kingsway Hall Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 (1844) [26.15] Recorded 1949 in the Kingsway Hall, London Alfredo Campoli (violin) London Philharmonic Orchestra Adrian Boult (Elgar) Eduard van Beinum (Mendelssohn) BEULAH 4PD10 [73.30][JW]

Has withstood the ravages of time, technological advance and successive critical judgements with lasting assurance ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cockaigne (In London Town) – Concert Overture, Op. 40 (1900-01)* Rec. 11 April 1933, EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’), Op. 36 (1898-99)** Rec. 28 April, 30 August 1926, Queen’s Hall, London Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op. 39 No. 1 in D major (1901)** Rec. 27 April 1926, Queen’s Hall, London No. 2 in A minor (1901)** Rec. 27 April 1926, Queen’s Hall, London No. 3 in C minor (1904)*** Rec. 15 July 1927, Queen’s Hall, London No. 4 in G major (1907)*** Rec. 15 July 1927, Queen’s Hall, London No. 5 in C major (1930) *** Rec. 18 September 1930, Kingsway Hall, London Side 3 of the Cockaigne Overture in "Accidental Stereo" Rec. 11 April 1933, EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Royal Albert Hall Orchestra ** London Symphony Orchestra *** BBC Symphony Orchestra * Edward Elgar (conductor) NAXOS 8.111022 [67:35] [DC]

There can be no doubting the historical value of this Naxos CD ... priceless! ... see Full Review

George ENESCU (1881-1955) Oedipe, Op. 23 - Tragédie lyrique en 4 actes et 6 tableaux (1936) Monte Pederson (bass-baritone) - Oedipe; Egils Silins (bass) - Tirésias; Davide Damiani (baritone) - Créon; Michael Roider (tenor) - Le berger (The Shepherd); Goran Simić (bass) - Le grand prêtre (The High Priest); Peter Köves (bass) - Phorbas; Walter Fink (bass) - Le veilleur (The Watchman); Yu Chen (baritone) - Thésée; Josef Hopferwieser (tenor) - Laïos; Marjana Lipovšcek (mezzo) - Jocaste/La Sphinge (The Sphinx); Ruxandra Donose (soprano) - Antigone; Mihaela Ungureanu (mezzo) - Mérope Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Boys Choir Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Stage Orchestra of the Austrian Federal Theatres/Michael Gielen rec. live, Vienna State Opera, 29 May 1997. DDD NAXOS 8.660163-64 [63:53 + 64:33] [GF]

.. a good and cheap way of getting to know this work - provided one is equipped with good nerves...see Full Review

Åke ERIKSON (b. 1937) Fanfar/Fanfare for brass sextet and timpani (1986) [0:38] The Linné Quintet Där himme och hav befaller/Where Heaven and Sea Command (1982) [8:10] Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala, Stefan Parkman (conductor) Regnskog/Rain forest for piano (1972-75) [6:34] Mats Persson (piano) Colours in Play for Omnibus (2003) [8:01] Omnibus Wind Ensemble Nocturne (1976) [5:07] Orphei Dränger, Robert Sund (conductor) Straight Out for brass quintet (1987) [7:09] The Linné Quintet Ur Skapelse utlämnad/from Creation betrayed (1986): Skapelse/Creation [10:26]; Re-paration – Rediviva [13:20] The Royal Academic Orchestra and Academic Chamber Choir, Uppsala. Uppsala Musikklasser/Carl Rune Larsson rec. 1. Studio 2, Radiohuset, Stockholm, 26 February 2004; 2. Theatre, University of Uppsala, 25 November 2004; 3. Studio 2, Radiohuset, Stockholm, 18 January 2004; 4. Studio 2, Radiohuset, Stockholm, 3 May 2004; 5. Theatre, University of Uppsala, 24 April 2004; 6. Studio 2, Radiohuset, Stockholm, 26 February 2004; 7. Theatre, University of Uppsala, 26 March 2004; 8, 9. Recorded live, Theatre, University of Uppsala, 22 May 1986. PHONO SUECIA PSCD 162 [71:33][DC]

It is an eclectic mix, but not an unattractive one. ... see Full Review

Johann Carl ESCHMANN (1826-1882) Lieder: Zwei Gedichte von Pauline E, op. 2; Fünf Lieder von J von Eichendorff, op. 7; Zwei Heimgekehehrte op. 10; Zweigesang, op. 11; An Louise von C. op. 32; Aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers op. 34; Aus glücklichen Tagen, op. 48; In stiller Nacht, op. 49 Yvonne Howard (mezzo); Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor); Kathron Sturrock (piano); Andrew Fuller (cello); Nicholas Korth (horn) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 20-25 November 2004. DDD GUILD GMCD 7295 [78:29] [AO]

An intimate portrait of friendship, music making and community values in the long lost world of 19th century Zürich ... see Full Review

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) String Quartet (1979) [78:35] The Group for Contemporary Music: Benjamin Hudson (violin); Carol Zeavin (violin); Lois Martin (viola); Joshua Gordon (cello) rec. Recital Hall, Music Division, State University, New York, Purchase, 11-12 Jan 1993 NAXOS 8.559190 [78:35] [DC]

You couldn’t imitate him in 1987 any more than you should try to now, but if you let him, he will keep you on the edge of your seat for nearly 80 minutes. ... see Full Review

Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) Peace on Earth-Sacred and Secular Music The silver swan, [1:08] Song 1, [1:21] Almighty and Everlasting, [2:32] Great Lord of Lords, [4:33] Song 46, [1:33] If ye be risen again with Christ, [4:33] Prelude, [2:19] Hosanna to the Son of David, [ 2:52] Nay let me weep, [8:39] This is the Record of John, [4:38] O Thou, the central orb, [4:13] Ground, [3:22] O God the King of Glory, [4:02] Oh Lord in thy wrath, [3:33] What is our life, [4:15] Pavan, [3:31] Song 44, [1:22] See see, the word is incarnate, [6:07] Matthew Reeve (counter-tenor) (Record of John) Truro Cathedral Choir/Robert Sharpe; Christopher Gray (organ) rec. Truro Cathedral, 20-23 June 2005. DDD LAMMAS RECORDS LAMM 190D [67:03] [DD]

A lovely selection which is well sung and performed of a great English composer. ... see Full Review

Mikhail GLINKA (1804–1857) Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar) Opera in Four Acts and an Epilogue (1836) Maxim Mikhailov (bass) – Ivan Susanin; Natalia Spiller (soprano) – Antonida; Yelizaveta Antonova (alto) – Vanya; Georgi Nelepp (tenor) – Sobinin; Alexander Hosson (bass) – Commander of the Russian Detachment; Ivan Skobtsov (tenor) – Polish messenger; Fyodor Svetlanov (bass) – Commander of the Polish Detachment Chorus and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow/Alexander Melik-Pashayev (Acts 1 – 4), Vasili Nebolsin (Epilogue) Recorded in Moscow 1947 and 1950 (Epilogue) Appendix: Extracts from A Life for the Tsar, Acts 3 and 4 Act 3. Duet "When they killed the mother of the little bird". Sung by I.N. Sokolova and Mark Reizen (rec. 1950); Romance "I am not grieving over that, dear friends". Sung by Antonina Nezhdanova (rec. 1913). Act 4. "Brethren! In the storm." Sung by Helge Rosvaenge (in German) (rec. 1940); Aria "The poor horse fell in the field" Sung by Evgeniya Zbruyeva (rec. 1913); Aria "They sense the truth!" Sung by Feodor Chaliapin (rec. 1923, 1924) NAXOS 8.111078-80 [3 CDs: 73:21 + 49:41 + 79:49] [GF]

Considering the age of the recording the sound is quite good ... a lively and incisive performance but there are drawbacks ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Opera Arias: Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit [07:55]; Iphigénie en Aulide: Vous essayez en vain – Par la crainte [03:39]; Iphigénie en Tauride: Non, cet affreux devoir [04:25]; Iphigénie en Aulide: Adieu, conservez dans votre âme [03:28]; Alceste: Divinités du Styx [05:20]; La Rencontre Imprévue: Bel inconnu [01:59]; Je cherche à vous faire [02:51]; Paride ed Elena: Spiagge amate [02:00]; Oh, del mio dolce ardor [03:12]; Le belle immagini [03:36]; Di te scordarmi [04:46]; Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel [05:39]; Che farò senza Euridice [03:46] Dame Janet Baker (mezzo) English Chamber Orchestra/Raymond Leppard. rec. April 1975, London PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 476 2617 [52:36] [CH]

In general a thrillingly sung recital of music which, apart the two famous arias, is not particularly well-known. ... see Full Review

Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Orchestral Works CD1 [79:55] Symphony No.1, Op.58 (1940) [42:02] Oboe Concerto, Op.45 (1927) [12:22] Tam O’Shanter, Op.17a (1919) [3:10] Concert Piece for two harps, oboe (doubling cor anglais) and orchestra, Op.65 (1958) [22:00] * Joel Marangella, oboe and cor anglais; Jane Geeson (harp); Sebastien Lipman (harp).West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley CD2 [61:57] Symphony No.2, Op.62 (1945) [38:26]* Concertino, Op.47 (1928) [13:05] * Fantasy for Nine Winds, Op.36 (1924) [9:58] Janet Webb (flute); Guy Henderson (oboe); Lawrence Dobell and Christopher Tingay (clarinet); John Cran and Fiona McNamara (bassoon); Robert Johnson and Clarence Mellor (horn); Daniel Mendelow (trumpet) Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley.
CD 3 [76:12] Divertissement, Op.66 (1956-60) [18:37] Variations on a Chinese Theme, Op. 1 (1911–12) [27:58] The Eternal Rhythm, Op.5 (1913) [20:24] * Kaleidoscope, Op.18 (1917, 1933) [9:50] Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Vernon Handley * denotes world premiere recording rec. March; Nov 1996 Perth Concert Hall (CD1); Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House 19-20 Nov 1993, 30 Nov 1993 (Symphony 2, Concertino); Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Center, Sydney, 30 Nov 1993 (Fantasy); Oct 1995 Melbourne Concert Hall (CD3). DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 7632 [3 CDs: 79.55 + 61.57 + 76.12] [JW]

You think Goossens is inclined to grey modernism or windy rhetoric? Try this have your preconceptions well and truly shattered. ... see Full Review

Jack GOTTLIEB (b.1930) Three Candle Blessings a (1972) [6:22] Shalom Aleikhem with Candle Blessing b (1975) [3:15] Love Songs for Sabbath c (excerpts) (1965) [27:28] Set Me As a Seal d (1991) [3:07] Shout for Joy e (1967) [12:29] Psalmistry f (excerpts) (rev. 1999) (20:35) Y'varekh'kha g (1977) [2:47] a Tovah Feldshuh (reader), Rachel Gottlieb (soprano), Kirsten Chavez (mezzo-soprano), Carolina Chamber Chorale, Margery Dodds (organ) conducted by Timothy Koch. Recorded May 2002, Clinton Recording Studio, New York. b Cheryl Bensman Rowe (soprano), Neil Farrell (tenor), Kirsten Chavez (mezzo-soprano), The New York Motet Choir , Metropolitan Brass Ensemble conducted by Stephen Sturk. Recorded October 1990,  Union Theological Seminary, New York. c Tovah Feldshuh (reader), Karl Dent (tenor), Lisa Rogers (percussion), Sarah Graves (organ), Choir of Texas Tech University conducted by Kenneth Davis. Music recorded October 1999, First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas; reading recorded May 2002, Clinton recording Studio, New York. d  John Haspel Gilbert (violin), Clinton Barrick (piano), Choir of Texas Tech University conducted by Kenneth Davis. Recorded October 1999, First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas e The New York Motet Choir, Metropolitan Brass Ensemble, Harry Huff (organ) conducted by Stephen Sturk. Recorded October 1990, Union Theological Seminary, New York. f The Southern Chorale and Jazz Ensemble, University of Southern Mississippi conducted by Timothy Koch. Recorded April 1999, First Presbyterian Church, Hattisburg, Mississippi. g Cantor Robert Abelson, The New York Motet Choir conducted by Stephen Sturk. Recorded  October 1990, Union Theological Seminary, New York. NAXOS 8.559433 [76:20][GPu]

Always well-crafted, some of this music is genuinely moving. A valuable addition to a fascinating series … see Full Review

Jack GOTTLIEB (b. 1930) Three Candle Blessings (1972) [6.22] (1); Shalom Aleikhem with Candle Blessing (1975) [3.15] (2); Love Songs for Sabbath (excerpts) (1965) [27.28] (3); Set me as a Seal (1991) [3.07] (4); Shout for Joy (1967) [12.29] (5); Psalmistry (excerpts) (1999) [20.25] (6); Y’varekh’kha (1977) [2.47] (7) Tova Felshuh (reader) (1, 3) Rachel Gottlieb (soprano) (1) Cheryl Bensman Rowe (soprano) (2) Kirsten Chavez (mezzo) (1) Neil Farrell (tenor) (2) Karl Dent (tenor) (3) Cantor Robert Abelson (7) Carolina Chamber Chorale (1) The New York Motet Choir (2, 5, 7) Choir of Texas Tech University (3, 4) Southern Chorale and Jazz Ensemble, University of Mississippi (6) Metropolitan Brass Ensemble (2, 5) Margery Dodds (organ) (1) Lisa Rogers (percussion) (3) Sarah Graves (organ) (3) John Haspel Gilbert (violin) (4) Clinton Barrick (piano) (4) Harry Huff (organ) (5) Timothy Koch (conductor) (1, 6) Stephen Sturk (conductor) (2, 5, 7) Kenneth Davies (conductor) (3, 4) rec. (1) New Fourth Tabernacle Baptist Church, Charleston, NC, May 2001. (Readings recorded May 2002, Clinton Recording Studio, NY); (2) Union Theological Seminary, New York, October 1990; (3) First United Methodist Church, Lubbox, TX, October 1999; (4) First United Methodist Church, Lubbox, TX, October 1999; (5) Union Theological Seminary, New York, October 1990; (6) First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS, April 1999; (7) Union Theological Seminary, New York, October 1990 NAXOS 8.559433 [76.20][RH]

For interested parties only. Relevant to those involved in, or with an interest in, Jewish music. The opening and closing tracks deserve to be better known. … see Full Review

Clytus GOTTWALD (b. 1925): Choral Transcriptions Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Sur le lagunes [6.09] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Soupir [4.14] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Les Angelus [2.52]; Des pas sur la neige [4.23] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Zwei Lieder [4.41] Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Vier Lieder [10.04] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Zwei Studien zu “Tristan und Isolde” [13.32] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Der Nachtigal [2.52] Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Vier Fruhe Lieder [8.08] Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Drei Lieder [17.59] KammerChor Saarbrücken/Georg Grün rec. 13 Nov 2004, 4-7 Feb 2005, Funkhaus Halberg, Saarbrücken CARUS 83.182 [74.55][RH]

I can recommend this disc to anyone who loves choral music; familiar pieces entrancingly re-created ... see Full Review

Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Jekyll and Hyde Variations (1957) [21.20] Fall River Legend (complete ballet) (1948) [52.28] James F Neal (narrator) Nashville Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Schermerhorn Recorded at Ingram Hall, Nashville, December 2004 NAXOS 8.559242 [73.48] [JW]

Allows us to see Gould in greater perspective than he is generally allowed .. a more than handy addition to the catalogue. ... see Full Review

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust - opera in five acts Faust – Léon Beyle (tenor) Méphistophélès – André Gresse (bass) Valentin – Jean Noté (baritone) Marguerite – Jeanne Campredon (soprano) Siébel – Marguerite d’Elty (soprano) Marthe - Jeanne Goulancourt (mezzo-soprano) Wagner – Pierre Dupré (baritone) Orchestra conducted by François Ruhlmann Recorded in 1911-12 MARSTON 53007-2 [3 CDs: 62.42 + 51.22 + 65.54] [JW]

A fine restoration to the catalogues of a performance never before released in its entirety ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1943-1907) Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1888) [15:34] Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 (1891) [17:22] Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 (1869) [30:36] Selected Lyric Pieces: Arietta and Elves’ Dance Op 12, Nos. 1 and 4 (1867) [2:34]; Butterfly and To Spring Op 43, Nos. 1 and 6 (1883) [4:42]; Notturno Op. 54, No. 4 (1861) [3:58]; Sylph Op 62, No. 1 (1891) [1:50]; Summer Evening Op. 71, No. 2 (1901) Ronan O’Hara (piano) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/James Judd (Piano Concerto); Mark Ermler (Peer Gynt) rec. 1993, All Saints, Petersham REGIS RRC 1218 [79:42][DB]

A gorgeous-sounding disc that unfortunately sacrifices some of the music to, erm, musicality. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Holberg Suite (1884) [19.52] Two Elegiac Melodies (1880) [8.58] Two Melodies (1890) [9:09] Two Nordic Melodies (1895) [12:00] Two Lyric Pieces (1899) [7:47] Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Kristian Ruud rec. Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway, June 2004. DDD BIS-SACD-1491 [59:15][IL]

Lovely, warm, sensitive performances of favourite Grieg pieces in superior SACD sound. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1943-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 (1869) [30:39] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Fantasie for piano and orchestra Op. 111 [14:30] Franz LISZT (1811-1886)/Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Rhapsodie Espagnole S524 (1863) [16:16] Felicja Blumental (piano) Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra/Hans Swarovski [Grieg] Philharmonia Orchestra/Rudolf Schwarz [Faure] Prague Symphony Orchestra/Helmut Froschauer [Liszt/Busoni] No recording dates or venues indicated BRANA BR0015 [61:08] [DB]

A mixed bag on many counts but worth a listen for two relatively rare gems. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Missa Surge propera [31:12] Usquequo, Domine [5:24] Ave Maria [4:15] Hei mihi, Domine [4:21] Surge propera [7:21] Beata Dei genitrix [6:22] Ave virgo sanctissima [3:57] Regina caeli laetare [4:25] The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. September 2004, Temple Church, London. DDD GIMELL CDGIM 040 [66:57][ABi]

A substantial and welcome contribution to the Guerrero discography – a fantastic marriage of choir and repertoire. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Solomon - oratorio in three acts HWV 67 (1748)  Nancy Argenta (Pharao's Daughter, First Harlot), Laurie Reviol (Queen of Sheba, Second Harlot), soprano; Michael Chance (Solomon), alto; Julian Podger (Zadok), tenor; Steffen Balbach (Levite), bass   Maulbronner Kammerchor, Die Hannoversche Hofkapelle (on period instruments)/Jürgen Budday  rec. live 27-28 September 2003, Convent Maulbronn, Germany. DDD  K&K VERLAGSANSTALT - KUK 73 (ISBN 3-930643-73-1)[70:21 + 75:03] [JVV]

Given the overall level of this performance it is difficult to recommend this recording to anyone outside the circle of people who attended the event… see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Concerti Grossi Op. 3 HWV 312-317 (1734): no. 1 [8:00]; no. 2 [11:52]; no. 3 [7:41]; no. 4 [11:24]; no. 5 [9:20]; no. 6 [7:18] Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. MCO, Hilversum, Netherlands, 23-25 September 2004. DDD. SACD CHALLENGE CLASSICS SACC72140 [55:48] [TP]

Not exciting, perhaps, but very satisfying. ... see Full Review

Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941) A Comedy Overture (1906) [13:08] Fantasy Scenes (from an Eastern Romance) (1919) [11:56] Piano Concerto in B minor (1922) [30:05] Peter Donohoe (piano) Ulster Orchestra/Takuo Yuasa rec. 21-22 February 2005, Ulster Hall, Belfast. DDD NAXOS 8.557731 [55:09] [RB]

As a single disc invitation card to the refulgent talent of Hamilton Harty this Naxos CD is at the top of the list. ... see Full Review

Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 1 in D major [13.46]; Symphony No. 2 in C major [9.35]; Symphony No. 3 in G major [16.43] Symphony No. 4 in D major [13.46]; Symphony No. 5 in A major [17.47] (1759-1761) Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois Irina Zahharenkova (harpsichord continuo) Rec. Suolahti Hall, Finland. 26-28 May 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557571 [71.38] [GH]

Not my first choice but these attractive symphonies are well served here ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Twenty Variations in G major, Hob.XVII:2 (c.1765) [17:00] Theme and variations in C major, Hob. XVII:5 (1790) [6:31] Capriccio in G major, Hob.XVII:1 (1765) [7:10] Arietta con 12 Variazioni, Hob.XVII:3 (c.1770) [16:04] Variations on “Gott erhalte”, after Hob.III.77 (c.1797?) [8:02] Divertimento: Il maestro e lo Scolare*, Hob.XVIIa:1 (c.1767) [11:26] Jenő Jandó (piano), with Zsuzsa Kollár (piano)* rec. April 1996, Unitarian Church, Budapest. NAXOS 8.553972 [66:11][GPu]

Enjoyable, unpretentious music, but intelligent and subtle in many of its structures and effects, played with clarity and affection … see Full Review

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1825-1899) Symphony in G major La festa della Pace 1791 (1940) [23:53] Symphony in E major (1778) [19:07] Symphony in D major (1778) [18:33] London Mozart Players/Mathias Bamert rec. Church of St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, 25-26 April 2005. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10351 [61:43] [JPh]

Chandos are to be congratulated for providing such an enterprising and interesting series and for ensuring that it is in such capable hands. ... see Full Review

Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812) Wind Serenades Vol. 2 Esterhazy-Parthia No. 5 [13:05] Parthia No. 25 [21:32] Parthia No. 24 [24:55] Parthia No. 3 [13:34] Consortium Classicum: Dieter Klöcker (clarinet), Johannes Pieper (clarinet), Jan Schroeder (horn), Theodor Wiemes (horn), Helman Jung (bassoon), Albrecht Holder (bassoon), Michinori Bunya (double bass) rec. 8-11 March 2004, Kleiner Saal, Meistersinghalle, Nürnberg CPO 777 133-2 [73:13][GPu]

Subtle, unpretentious music, beautifully played ... see Full Review

Josef HOFMANN (1876-1957) Klavierwerke Ungarisch, Op. 19, Nr. 1 [3:04] Polnisch, Op. 19, Nr. 2 [3:44] Impromptu, Op. 20, Nr. 1 [4:53] Menuet, Op. 20, Nr. 2 [4:44] Elégie, Op. 20, Nr. 3 [2:56] VIII Preludes, Op. 30 [11:57]: Nr.1 in C-Dur / Nr.2 in a-moll / Nr.3 in G-Dur / Nr.4 in e-moll / Nr. 5 in D-Dur / Nr.6 in b-moll / Nr.7 in A-Dur / Nr.8 in As-Dur Vision, Op. 40, Nr. 1 [4:22] Jadis, Op. 40, Nr. 2 [2:55] Nenien, Op. 40, Nr. 3 [6:02] Kaleidoscope, Op. 40, Nr. 4 [4:35] Valse Caprice, Op. 53 [5:07] Composition under the Pseudonym "M. Dvorsky": Impression pour piano Nr. 2 "L' Orient et l'Occident" [4:03] Impression pour piano Nr. 3 "Le Sanctuaire" [3:03] Fabiana Biasini, piano. Recorded in Patrych Sound Studios New York, NY, USA September 2005. EDITION HERA HERA 02120 [61:32][JF]

A great addition to the repertoire ... deserves to be explored by all those listeners who love romantic piano music that is well written and beautifully played. ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Quartet in G Op.posth [17:18] Piano Trio in G Op.35 (1811) [15:12] Grande Sonata in A for Cello and Piano Op.104 (1826) [23:26] Piano Trio in F Op.22 (1807) [13:26] The Music Collection: Susan Alexander-Max (fortepiano), Micaela Comberti (violin), Simon Standage (violin), Jane Rogers (viola), Pal Banda (cello) rec. Weston Parish Church, Hertfordshire in June 2002 and March 2003 DDD NAXOS 8.557694 [69:22] [PCW]

Fair value and an inexpensive way of sampling the music on offer ... see Full Review

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Fantasies Fantasie in G minor Op.123 [12:16] Fantasie in E flat Op.18 (1805) [23:24] Rondo quasi una fantasia in E Op.19 (1806) [8:24] La contemplazione in A flat (from Six Bagatelles Op.107) (1826) [9:01] Fantasie Recollections of Paganini (1832) [9:48] Fantasina in C on “Non piu andrai” Op.124 (1833) [5:44] Madoka Inui (piano) Rec. Studio 3, ORF Funkhaus, Vienna, July 2005 DDD NAXOS 8.557836 [68:38] [PCW]

There is enough here that is pleasurable to justify the modest cost and Madoka Inui is a name to watch out for … see Full Review

Elizabeth-Claude JACQUET DE LA GUERRE (c. 1664-1729)
Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-6
Suite No. 1 in D minor (1687) [24:26] Suite No. 2 in G minor (1687) [19:09] Suite No. 3 in A minor (1687) [21:36] Suite No. 4 in F (1687) [18:55] Suite No. 5 in D minor (1707) [43:29] Suite No. 6 in G (1707) [15:14] Elizabeth Farr (harpsichord)
rec. 3-6 August 2004, Orum Hall, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA NAXOS 8.557654-55 [65:11 + 77:39] [DB]

Rare work, given a florid presentation. ... see Full Review

Sidney JONES (1861-1946) The Geisha - A musical play in two acts (1896) Libretto: Owen Hall; Lyrics: Harry Greenbank Lillian Watson - O Mimosa San, (sop) Sarah Vivian - Juliette, (sop) Sarah Walker - Molly, (mezzo) Harry Nicoll - Katana, (tenor) Richard Suart - Wun-Hi, (bar) Michael Fitchew - Marquis Imari, (bar) Christopher Maltman - Fairfax, (bar) Jozik Koc - Cunningham, (bar) Michael Fitchew - Grimstone, (bar) Paul Parfitt - Cuddy, (bar) New London Light Opera and Orchestra/Ronald Corp rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, England, 19-21 June 1998. DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55245 [77:03] [RW]

Something of an experiment when first issued this delightful recording is now bargain priced and will consequently reach a wider audience. ... see Full Review

Antonio JOSÉ (1902-1936) Sinfonía castellana (Castilian Symphony) (1923) [28:33] Suite de la ópera El mozo de mulas (The Muleteer) (1934) [8:44] Evocaciones (Cuadros de danza campesina) (Sketches of country dancing) (1926) [6:48] Marcha para soldados de plomo (March of the lead soldiers) (orch. Alejandro Yagüe) (1931) [3:13] Suite ingenua, for piano and strings (1928) [10:13] Alberto Rosado, piano (Suite ingenua) Castile and León Symphony Orchestra/Alejandro Posada rec. Teatro Lope de Vega, Valladolid, Spain. July 16-19, 2003. NAXOS 8.557634 [57:30] [BB]

An important document for those curious to explore the by-ways of Spanish orchestral music ... see Full Review

Antonio JOSÉ (1902-1936) Sinfonía castellana (Castilian Symphony) (1923) [28:33]; Suite de la ópera ’El mozo de mulas’ (The Muleteer) (1934) [8:44]; Evocaciones (Cuadros de danza campesina) (Sketches of country dancing) (1928) [6:48]; Marcha para soldados de plomo (March of the lead soldiers) (orch. Alejandro Yagüe) [3:13]; Suite ingenua for piano and strings (1931) [10:13] Alberto Rosado (piano) (Suite ingenua) Castile and León Symphony Orchestra/Alejandro Posada rec. Teatro Lope de Vega, Valladolid, Spain, 16-19 July 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557634 [57:30][GF]

Adventurous listeners who feel tempted by the thought of hearing some Spanish Debussy should give the disc a try. ... see Full Review

Gershon KINGSLEY (b.1922) Voices from the Shadow1 (1997) [37:02] Jazz Psalms2 (1966) [12:25] Shabbat for Today3 (excerpts) (1968) [12:33] Shiru Ladonai4 (excerpts) (1970) [15:25] 1 Amy Goldstein (soprano), Mary Catherine George (soprano), Matthew Walley (tenor), Larry Picard (baritone), Derek Bernel (clarinet), Jorge Avila (violin), Robin Zeh (violin), Liuh-Wen Ting (viola), Sara Hewitt-Roth (cello), Milton Granger (piano) conducted by Gershon Kingsley; 2 Lisa Vroman (soprano), Harvey Estrin (flute), Patrick Rebillot (piano), John Beal (bass), Gordon Gottlieb (percussion), Daniel Gottlieb (percussion), The Kingsley Singers/Gershon Kingsley; 3 Cantor Howard M. Stahl, Harry Goz (narrator), The Kingsley Singers, Gershon Kingsley (synthesizers)/Gershon Kingsley; 4 Cantor Howard M. Stahl, Lisa Vroman (soprano), The Kingsley Singers, Gershon Kingsley (synthesizers)/Gershon Kingsley rec. May 1992, New York2,3,4; March 2001, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York1. NAXOS 8.559435 [77:35][GPu]

The title work of the CD is a fine, brave piece which deserves to find many listeners. The other works are altogether less interesting ... see Full Review

Karel KOMZÁK I (1823-1893) Moldauwellen, Walzer [8.02] Feldzugmeister, Marsch [3.26] Rabin Lebéjicer, Polka [3.22] Karel KOMZÁK II (1850-1905) Den blonden Mädchen, Walzer [11.18] Caraffa Marsch [2.31] Warschauer, Walzer [9.55] Kaiser Marsch [3.26] Die Mühle am Bach, Polka française [3.42] Petite valse [5.32] Obstructionspolka [3.25] Sub Rosa, Polka mazurka [4.00] Maiblümchen, Polka française [4.03] Dein gedenk’ich, Walzer [10.31] Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Christian Pollack rec. 6-9 June 2005, Radio Slovak Concert Hall. DDD MARCO POLO 8.225327 [73.14] [TB]

The musical range here is wide and makes for a satisfying sequence, mixing waltzes, polkas and marches. ... see Full Review

Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Melodies and Songs: Aprile [01:52], L’Addio [02:40], Se… [02:11], C’è nel tuo sguardo [02:25], Déclaration [02:19], La Chanson des Yeux [02:34], Hymne à la Lyre [03:09], Qu’à jamais le soleil [03:34], Lasciati amar [03:13], Vieni amor mio [02:47], Canzone d’amore [03:14], Donna, vorrei morir [02:36], Ne m’oubliez pas [02:42], Invocation à la Muse [03:54], Nuit de décembre [03:27], Pensiero [03:11], Serenata francese [03:40], Mandolinata [02:11], Mattinata [02:39] Fausto Tenzi (tenor), Roberto Negri (piano) rec. 8 May 1993, RSI Studio Auditorio of Lugano. DDD ARTS 47509-2 [54:26] [CH]

Recommended for thoroughly Italianate performances of rare and attractive repertoire. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Bo LINDE (1933-1970) Violin Concerto Op. 18 (1958) [26:15] Cello Concerto Op. 29 (1965) [30:03] Karen Gomyo (violin) Maria Kliegel (cello) Gävle Symphony Orchestra/Petter Sundkvist rec. 5-7 March 2003; 26-28 April 2004, Gevaliasalen, Gävle, Sweden first issued on Swedish Society Discofil, 2005 NAXOS 8.557855 [56:18] [RB]

Two romantic-dramatic concertos full of explosive action and searing sunny lyricism. I don’t buy the suggestion that Linde is a neo-classicist. Not to be missed ... see Full Review

Christer LINDWALL (b. 1950) Rhizome A Certain Ratio (1998-99) [11:41] Stefan Österjö (guitar), Quartetto Ars Nova Earth Bow (1996) [9:47] Ensemble SON En millemeter av ljus (1996-97) [11:47] Ensemble Ars Nova Wenn sie so, dann ich so und Pferd fliegt (2000) [17:01] Kulchural Archipelagos Quintet White Nights (2000-02) [23:57] Stefan Österjö (alto guitar), The Gageego! Ensemble/Pierre-André Valade rec. Rosenbergssalen, Musikhögskolan, Malmö, 14 March 2004 (1), Studio 3, Radiohuset, 7-8 June 2004 (2), Helsingborg Concert Hall, 10 September 2004 (4), TV4 Studio, Göteborg, 25-26 January 2005 (5), SR studio 7, Radiohuset, Malmö, 21 October 1997 (3). PHONO SUECIA PSCD 154 [74:37] [DC]

Try before you buy. I’m off down the pub ... see Full Review

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Invocation (1847) [2'57]; Hymne à la nuit, S173a No. 1 (1847) [6'39]; Wiegenlied – Chant du berceau, S198 (1881). Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort, S203 (1883) [2'37]; Grosses Konzertsolo, S176 (?1849) [17'08]; Bagatelle ohne Tonart (Mephisto Waltz No. 4), S216a (1885). La Notte, S516a (1883) [11'37]; Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch, S206 (1885) [6'42]; Hymne du matin., S173a No. 2 (1847) [3'43]; En rêve, S207 (1885) [2'26] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde (1865) – Prelude (arr. Kocsis) [8'08]; Isoldens Liebestod (arr. Liszt 1867, S447) [6'10]. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) rec. Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen, 23-25 November 2005. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM SCENE MDG604 1350-2 [75'13] [CC]

A superb recital, excellently recorded and delivered by a pianist of real stature... see Full Review

Antonio DE LITERES (1673-1747) Los Elementos, Opera armonica al estilo Ytaliano Marta Almajano (El Ayre, La Aurora), Anne Grimm (El Agua), soprano; Lola Casariego (La Tierra), Xenia Meijer (El Fuego), mezzo; Carlos Mena, alto; Jordi Ricart (El Tiempo), baritone Al Ayre Español/Eduardo López Banzo rec. July 1997, Les Hospices, Beaune, France. DDD DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 74321 935502 [60:53] [JV]

'Los Elementos' combines elements of Spanish musical tradition with the Italian opera style of the early 18th century. The result is pretty exciting, also thanks to the splendid performance ... see Full Review


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[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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