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Akathistos Fragments Jouissance (Deborah Kayser - soprano; Jerzy Kozlowski - bass-baritone; Anne Norman – shakuhachi; Peter Neville – percussion; Nick Tsiavos – double bass/artistic director) rec. 8-9 July 2004, Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Southbank Centre, Melbourne ABC CLASSICS ABC 476 8064 [78.59] [RH]

Anyone who loves chant should be interested in this disc, though it should come with a health warning for purists. ... see Full Review

American Tapestry Leo KRAFT (b. 1922) L’Unicorno (2003)a [10:02] Hilary TANN (b. 1947) Water’s Edge (1993) Harold SCHIFFMAN (b. 1928) Concertino for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra (1977)b [13:15] Mark ALBURGER (b. 1957) Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 (2000) [22:21] David Jolley (horn)a; William Meredith (oboe)b The North/South Chamber Orchestra/Max Lifchitz rec. LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, January 2004 (Kraft, Tann) and Recital Hall of the Purchase College of Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY, January 2004 (Schiffman, Alburger) NORTH/SOUTH RECORDINGS NSR 1037 [55:10][HC]

A very enjoyable programme. One of the finest discs that I have heard from this label. ... see Full Review

Bandstand in the Park HOPWOOD, Lionel MONCKTON (1861-1924) Soldiers in the Park [2:14] BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Bertram Walton O’Donnell, MVO, ARAM later FRAM (1932) Jose PADILLA El Relicario [2:14] National Band of New Zealand/K.G.L. Smith (1953) Emil WALDTEUFEL (1837-1915) Acclamations Waltz [4:08] The Band of the Grenadier Guards/Lt.-Col. George Miller (1932) André de BASQUE, alias of Albert William KETČLBEY (1875-1959) A Japanese Carnival [3:06] Callender’s Senior Band (1938) PARTRIDGE Coronation Bells [2:48] The Band of the Grenadier Guards/Major F. J. Harris, MBE (1952) Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) arr. LANG The Syncopated Clock [2:40] The Capitol Symphonic Band/Louis Castellucci (1950) RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) arr. O’DONNELL Dance Of the Tumblers – from "The Snow Maiden" [3:27] BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Bertram Walton O’Donnell, MVO, ARAM later FRAM (1929) Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Royal Air Force March Past [2:34] Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander A. E. Sims, MBE (1951) Heini KRONBERGER; Mary MARRIOTT Frog King’s Parade National Band of New Zealand/K.G.L. Smith (1953) [2:25] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Golliwog’s Cakewalk – from "Children’s Corner" Suite [2:35] BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Bertram Walton O’Donnell, MVO, ARAM later FRAM (1929) KÜHNE Parade of the Puppets [3:00] Band of the Coldstream Guards/Major James Causeley Windram (1932) Eric COATES (1886 - 1957) London Bridge March [2:56] Band of HM Grenadier uards/Captain George Miller (1934) Moritz MOSZOWSKI (1854 - 1925) arr. LAKE Malaguena – from "Boabdil" [3:41] BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Bertram Walton O’Donnell, MVO, ARAM later FRAM (1935) WHEELER The Little Clock on the Mantle – Characteristic Piece [2:45] Eastbourne Municipal Band/H.G. Amers (1929) Carl Michael ZIEHRER (1843 - 1922) Auersperg March [2:54] Deutschmeister Kapelle/Julius Herrmann (1952) CANEVA & MCALLISTER Fiesta Paso Doble [2:51] Band of the Welsh Guards/Captain F. L. Statham (1949) Clare GRUNDMAN (1913-1996) An American Folk Rhapsody [5:18] Band of the Irish Guards (1948) Jack BEAVER (1900-1963) The Gay Cavalier [3:19] The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE (1954) Kenneth Anthony WRIGHT, arr. Arthur J. WOOD Dainty Lady [2:58] Callender’s Senior Band (1938) Roger BARSOTTI Mariquita [2:31] Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall)/Major M. Roberts (1944) Edrich SIEBERT alias of Stanley Smith MASTER (1903-1984) Three Jolly Sailormen [3:14] The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE (1952) Archibald JOYCE (1873-1963) Victorious – Military Waltz [2:42] Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall)/Major M. Roberts (1944) Hans MAINZER The Merry Musicians [2:43] Band of the Queen’s Royal Regiment/Roger Barsotti (1943) Ronald BINGE (1910-1979) Cornet Carillon [2:58] The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE (1954) Karl KOMZAK (1850-1905) Andreas Hofer March [3:28] Deutschmeister Kapelle/Julius Herrmann (1952) Dates of composers given where known Recordings re-mastered from a variety of recorded sources GUILD GLCD 5117 [76:52][JW]

Guild turns military in this latest entrant in their Light Music series. ... see Full Review

Gabriela Beňačková: Slovak Songs Mikuláš SCHNEIDER-TRNAVSKÝ (1881 – 1958) Songs about Mother: If Only They Knew; Mother; If I Knew; Little Flower: Far and Wide; The Nightingale; A Lovely Dream; Student Period Songs: The Settler; The Bowed Rose; Your Shy Eyes; The Girl Is Being Married; From My Heart: The Withering Tree; The Cuckoo; Roses Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) The Setting Sun – Seven Slovak Folk Songs for Two Voices, Harp and Piano: Bad News; I Gave Him a Little Feather; Sundown; Not Ploughing, Nor Sowing; Blow, Wind, Blow; Why?; Ask Balazs Bonus: Two Folk Songs: Forsaken by Her Lover; Nightingale’s Song Gabriela Beňačková (soprano); Štefan Margita (tenor) (Bodorová); Katarína Bachmannová (piano); Kateřina Englichová (harp)(Bororová); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Bohumil Gregor (bonus tracks) Recorded in Lichtenstein Palace, Prague, November 2005. Bonus tracks: Czech Radio Prague, live recording, Dvořák Hall, Prague Rudolfinum, 1 February 1986. ZENTIVA UP 0001-2 131 [57:11] [GF]

Wonderful Slovak songs performed by one of the most feted Slovak sopranos of recent times. ... see Full Review

The Best Ever Music for Relaxation Collection 3CDs - see review for details ABC Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Australis, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs & Orchestra ABC CLASSICS 476 2882 [3 CDs: 63:03 + 60:53 + 68:08] [DC]

I could quite happily fall asleep with these CDs on as an ambient backdrop, and with the disc changer on ‘repeat all’ could also imagine never waking again. ... see Full Review

Brasileira: Piano Music by Brazilian Women Maria Helena Rosas FERNANDES (b. 1933) Prelúdio [1:29]; Valsa [2:30] Kilza SETTI (b. 1932) Cinco Peças sobre Mucama Bonita [3:35] Adelaide Pereira da SILVA (b. 1928) Valsa-Chôro No. 2 [3:11]; Suite No. 2 [5:44] Chiquinha GONZAGA (1845-1935) Corta-Jaca (Brazilian Tango) [2:12]; Meditaçăo [2:26]; Atraente (Polka) [3:09] Nininha GREGORI (b. 1925) Cenas Brasileiras [13:32] Maria Luizi PRIOLLI (1915-2000) Arabesco [1:46]; Lundu Carioca [1:36] Clarisse LEITE (1917-2003) Suite Nordestina [7:54] Branca BILLHAR (1887-1936) Samba Sertanejo [4:13] Luciana Soares (piano) rec. January 2003; Marsh Auditorium, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. DDD CENTAUR RECORDS CRC 2680 [53:17][ABi]

Pleasant listening ... most of the pieces are short and light ... see Full Review

British Modern - The Louisville Orchestra
Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Discourse for Orchestra (first version) (1957) [19:41] Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Improvisation for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 89 (1955) [12:35] Malcolm ARNOLD (b. 1921) Concerto for Two Violins and Strings (1962) [17:25] John ADDISON (1920-1998) Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Percussion (1949) [17:48] Sidney Harth (violin) (Rubbra) Peter McHugh and Paul Kling (violins) (Arnold); Leon Rapier (trumpet) (Addison) The Louisville Orchestra/Robert Whitney (Bliss, Rubbra, mono); Jorge Mester (Arnold, Addison, 3, 4, stereo). rec. Louisville, 1955-1973 FIRST EDITION MUSIC FECD 1904 [67:36] [LF]

The tapes are perfectly preserved. Bliss the most interesting; Rubbra the most cherishable; Arnold the most eloquently performed and the Addison substantial and brilliant. ... see Full Review

Buried TreasuresThe Golden Age of Light Music Kenneth ESSEX (real name Rufus Isaacs) Castles In The Air [2:32] Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, 1952 Robert FARNON Swing-Hoe [2:34] Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon, 1951 Stanford ROBINSON Valse Serenade [4:30] BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader: Alfred Barker)/Stanford Robinson, 1946 Larry COLEMAN, Alfredo CORENZO Venezuela [2:30] Wally Stott and his orchestra, 1954 Ray MARTIN Parlour Game [2:59] Harmonic Orchestra/Wal-Berg, 1950 Leroy ANDERSON Penny Whistle Song [2:25] Sidney Torch and his orchestra, 1953 George MELACHRINO London - March [4:27] Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino, 1947 Philip GREEN Song of Soho: Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra [6:27] – from the film "Murder Without Crime". Associated British Picture Corporation Orchestra/Philip Green; pianist William McGuffie, 1950 John HOLLIDAY Dickon O'Devon [2:15] Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams, 1946 Edward WHITE Effervescence [2:49] Dolf van der Linden and his orchestra, 1954 Malcolm LOCKYER Pizzicato Rag [3:01] Malcolm Lockyer and his orchestra, 1954 Trevor DUNCAN Rhythm For Romance [2:42] New Concert Orchestra/Frederic Curzon, 1953 Leighton LUCAS Target For Tonight - Theme from the Film [2:18] Leighton Lucas and his orchestra, 1947 Hugo de GROOT Automation [2:11] Celebrity Symphony Orchestra/Hugo De Groot, 1953 arr. George MELACHRINO There Is A Tavern In The Town – Juke Box Fantasy [4:03] Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino, 1947 William HILL-BOWEN The Girl From Cuba [2:51] William Hill-Bowen and his orchestra, 1953 Anita MISHELL Serbian Sunset [3:56] Mischa Michaeloff and his orchestra, 1951 Edward STANELLI, real name Edward Stanley de GROOT Atlantis [8:22] Sidney Torch and his orchestra, 1948 Charles ANCLIFFE Secrets [3:07] Harry Davidson and his orchestra, 1952 Lambert WILLIAMSON This Is The Business [2.26] Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch, 1948 Robert STOLZ Selection of Popular Melodies: Don't Ask Me Why, Springtime In Vienna, White Horse Inn, Hallo! Sweet Fairy Doll, Hallo You, The Woods Of Vienna Are Calling, White Horse Inn, Little Melody From Vienna, Spring Parade. [8:12] The Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich/Robert Stolz, 1949 GUILD GLCD 5118 [77.44][JW]

Another fine layer of excavation from Guild ... see Full Review

Annette Celine: Was it a Dream? Jean SIBELIUS (1865 – 1957) Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, sedges, sigh) Op. 36 No. 4; Svarta rosor (Black roses) Op. 26 No.1; Flickan kom ifrĺn sin älsklings mote (The girl came from meeting her lover); Var det en dröm? (Was it a dream?) Op. 37 No. 4; Demanten pĺ marssnön (The diamond on the March snow) Op. 36 No. 6; Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Oh! Si les fleurs avaient des yeux; Ouvre tes yeux bleus; Heure vécue?; Plus vite; Voix Supręme; Henri DUPARC (1848 – 1933) Au pays oů se fait la guerre; Romance de Mignon; Chanson triste; Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924) Au bord de l’eau; Pablo LUNA (1880 – 1942) De Espana vengo; Pablo SOROZÁBAL (1897 – 1988) Noche Hermosa; Sebastián de YRADIER (1809 – 1865) La Paloma; Leo DELIBES (1836 – 1891) Avril; Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (None but the lonely heart) Op. 6 No. 6; Inmitten des Balles (At the ball) Op. 38 No. 3; Marguerite MONNOT (1930 – 1961) Hymne a l’amour; Dino OLIVIERI (?) J’attendrai; Louis GUGLIEMI (?) La vie en rose Annette Celine (soprano) Christopher Gould (piano) rec. St Paul’s School, London, August 2003 BRANA RECORDS BR0011 [68:55][GF]

I am afraid that the only recommendation I can give is: Don’t buy this disc! ... see Full Review

Paul CÉZANNE - Music of His Time Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) The Trojans at Carthage – Prelude [5:01] San Diego Symphony Orchestra/Yoav Talmi Georges BIZET (1838-1875) L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2 – Pastorale [5:47] Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Anthony Bramall Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) 10 Pičces pittoresques: Mélancolie [2:09]; Improvisation [4:47] Georges Rabol (piano) Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Chanson triste [3:25]; Le Manoir de Rosemonde [2:37]; Elégie [3:07] Paul Groves (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112: Gavotte [3:44]; Pastoral [4:22] RTE Sinfonietta/John Georgiadis Léon BOËLLMANN (1862-1897) Piano Quartet in F minor, Op. 10: Finale: Allegro [7:50] Ilona Prunyi (piano), Béla Bánfalvi (violin), János Fejérvári (viola), Károly Botvay (cello) Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No. 1: Lent et douloureaux [2:41] Klara Körmendi (piano) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude ŕ l’aprčs-midi d’un faune [10:33] Jan van Reeth (flute), BRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Rahbari Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) 24 Pičces en style libre, Op. 31: Epitaphe [3:58] Claude DEBUSSY Nocturnes: Nuages [7:34] BRT Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Rahbari Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Miroirs: Noctuelles [4:18]; Oiseaux tristes [3:47] François-Joël Thiollier (piano) NAXOS 8.558179 [76:37][DC]

Well done Naxos - absinthe all round! ... see Full Review

Class Brass on the Edge Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Sabre Dance from Gayne (1940) [2:18] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah (1877) [7:13]+ Georges BIZET (1837-1875) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Farandole from L'Arlésienne (1872) [3:28]* Aragonaise from Carmen (1875) [2:21]+ Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) arr. J Samuel PILAFIAN Festive Overture (1954) [6:34]+ Mikhail IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1837-1875) arr. E SMEDVIG Procession of the Sardar from Caucasian Sketches [4:35] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Pié Jesu from Requiem (1887) [3:33] Georges ENESCU (1881-1955) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 (1901) [11:07] Sergei PROKOVIEV (1891-1953) arr. E SMEDVIG March from The Love for Three Oranges (1921) [2:45] Leoš JANÁCEK (1854-1928) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Allegretto from Sinfonietta (1926) [2:23]+ Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) arr. E SMEDVIG Russian Sailor's Dance from The Red Poppy (1927) [2:58] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Berceuse from The Firebird (1910) [3:05] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Overture to Candide (1956) [4:17] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) arr. J Samuel PILAFIAN Saturday Night Waltz from Rodeo (1942) [4:04] Jaques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) arr. Rolf SMEDVIG Cancan (1858) [1:32] Empire Brass Timothy Morrison (trumpet)+ Andrew Roe (trumpet)* Richard Jensen and Frank Epstein (percussion) rec. Berkshire Performing Arts Center, Lennox, Massachusetts, 29-30 August 1992. DDD TELARC CD-80305 [63:27] [TP]

If the repertoire appeals it will be unlikely to disappoint at this price. ... see Full Review

Concertos for Four Horns Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Konzertstück for four horns (1849) [17:12] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto in F major (c.1746) [6:16] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Overture in F major (1725) [23:46]
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Symphony No.31 in D major, ‘Horn Signal’ (1765) [28:07] American Horn Quartet: Kerry Turner, Charles Putnam, David Johnson, Geoffrey Winter. Sinfonia Varsovia/Dariusz Wišniewski rec. Polish Radio Studios, Warsaw, 18-20 July 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557747 [75:40] [GPu]

An enjoyable CD, and the American Horn Quartet are certainly fine musicians. There are, though, better performances of all the music to be had elsewhere ... see Full Review

Four Seasons Spring Classics 1. Antonio VIVALDI: Spring, from The Four Seasons, Allegro 3:29 2. Antonio VIVALDI: Spring, from The Four Seasons, Largo 2:52 3. Antonio VIVALDI: Spring, from The Four Seasons, Danza pastorale 4:26 4. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Overture 3:41 5. Edvard GRIEG: An der Frühling (To the Spring) 2:23 6. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Für Elise 2:46 7. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz, from Serenade for Strings 3:51 8. Edvard GRIEG: Morgenstimmung 4:17 9. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Allegro, from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 5:16 10. Georges BIZET, Habanera, from Carmen 2:15 11. Luigi BOCCHERINI: Menuet 3:28 12. Antonio VIVALDI: Allegro from Flute Concerto " Il Gardellino 4:02 13. Robert SCHUMANN: Des Abends 3:20 14. Felix MENDELSSOHN: Frühlingslied 2:54 15. Christian SINDING: Frühlingsrauschen 2:44 16. Robert SCHUMANN: Larghetto, from Symphony No. 1 "Spring" 5:27 17. Franz SCHUBERT: Andante con moto, from Symphony No. 5 8:37 18. Johann STRAUSS: Rosen aus dem Süden 9:42 Slovak Chamber Orchestra/Bohdan Warchal (1-3) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Batiz (4) Hak˘n Austbö, piano (5) Misha Goldstein (6,13) Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Zdenek Kosler (7) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mark Ermler (8) Kammerorchester Mannheim, Florian Heyerick (9) Orchestra Filarmonica de Mexico/Enrique Batiz (10) New York Harp Ensemble (11) Jed Wentz, flute; Musica ad Rhenum (12) Daniel Benkö, guitar (14) Opus Chamber Orchestra (15) Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner (16) Hanover Band/Roy Goodman (17) Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra/Otto Aebi (18) Summer Classics 1. Antonio VIVALDI: Summer, from The Four Seasons, Allegro non molto 5:55 2. Antonio VIVALDI: Summer, from The Four Seasons, Adagio-presto 2:25 3. Antonio VIVALDI: Summer, from The Four Seasons, Presto 3:02 4. Camille SAINT-SAËNS: The Swan 2:54 5. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Rondo alla Turca 3:24 6. Georges BIZET: Les Toréadors, from Carmen 2:19 7. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Scene from Swan Lake 3:10 8. Leo DELIBES: Flower Duet, from Lakmé 5:57 9. Jacques OFFENBACH: Can Can 3:14 10. Franz LISZT: Liebestraum 4:31 11. Robert SCHUMANN: Träumerei 3:07 12. Leo DELIBES: Notturno, from Coppelia 2:39 13. Johann STRAUSS: Wiener Bonbons 3:49 14. Felix MENDELSSOHN: Venetian Gondola Song 2:57 15. Frédéric CHOPIN: Nocturne Op. 9/2 4:16 16. George Frideric HANDEL: Réjouissance, from Fireworks Music 1:53 17. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Barcarolle, June, from the Seasons 3:46 18. Antonín DVOŘÁK: Waldesruhe, for cello and orchestra 4:53 19. Claude DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune 4:53 20. Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumblebee 1:13 21. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Andante "Elvira Madigan" from Piano Concerto No. 21 6:26 Slovak Chamber Orchestra/Bohdan Warchal (1-3) Wladislav Warenberg, cello; Sara Crombach, piano (4) Klára Würtz, piano (5) Orchestra Filarmonica de Mexico/Enrique Batiz (6) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Batiz (7, 8, 12) Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ondrej Lenard (9, 13) Misha Goldstein, piano (10, 11, 14, 15, 19) Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner (16) Alexander Warenberg, piano (17) Zara Nelsova, cello; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Walter Susskind (18) Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra/Loris Tjeknavorian (20) Derek Han, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra/Paul Freeman (21) Autumn Classics 1. Antonio VIVALDI: Autumn, from The Four Seasons, Allegro 5:26 2. Antonio VIVALDI: Autumn, from The Four Seasons, Adagio 2:17 3. Antonio VIVALDI: Autumn, from The Four Seasons, Allegro 3:29 4. Jacques OFFENBACH: Barcarolle 2:51 5. Johann Sebastian BACH: Air 4:44 6. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Adagio "Out of Africa" from Clarinet Concerto 6:24 7. Gabriel FAURÉ: Sicilienne 3:24 8. Johann STRAUSS: Wein, Weib und Gesang 4:37 9. Johannes BRAHMS: Lullaby (Wiegenlied) 1:35 10. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Adagio Pathetique 4:42 11. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Mélodie 3:14 12. Claude DEBUSSY: Arabesque No. 1 4:04 13. Johannes BRAHMS: Allegretto, from Symphony No. 3 6:00 4. Frédéric CHOPIN: Raindrop Prelude 4:42 15. Edvard GRIEG: Nocturne, from Lyric Suite 4:27 16. Franz LISZT: Waldesrauschen 4:04 17. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY: Autumn Song 3:23 18. Gabriel FAURÉ: Berceuse 3:26 Slovak Chamber Orchestra/Bohdan Warchal (1-3) New York Harp Ensemble (4) London Baroque Soloists (5) Harmen de Boer, clarinet; Sinfonietta Amsterdam/Lev Markiz (6) Marc Grauwels, flute; Orchestra de Télévision Belgique/André Vandernoot (7, 18) Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra/Otto Aebi (8) Karin Lechner, piano (9) Misha Goldstein (10, 12, 14) Borika van den Booren, violin; Kiev Chamber Orchestra/Roman Kofman (11) Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden (13) London Symphony Orchestra/Yondani Butt (15) Klára Würtz, piano (16) Alexander Warenberg, piano (17) Winter Classics 1. Antonio VIVALDI: Winter, from The Four Seasons, Allegro non molto 3:42 2. Antonio VIVALDI: Winter, from The Four Seasons, Largo 2:18 3. Antonio VIVALDI: Winter, from The Four Seasons, Allegro 3:52 4. Frédéric CHOPIN: Minute Waltz 1:42 5. Giuseppe VERDI: Choir of the Hebrew Slaves, from Nabucco 4:53 6. Johannes BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 1 3:01 7. Edvard GRIEG: Aases Tod, from Peer Gynt 5:11 8. Antonín DVOŘÁK: Humoreske 3:24 9. Richard WAGNER: Ride of the Valkyries (Walkürenritt) 4:49 10. Alessandro MARCELLO: Adagio from Oboe and Strings 3:42 11. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Adagio Mondschein Sonate 5:34 12. Jules MASSENET: Meditation, from Thais 5:16 13. Gabriel FAURÉ: Élégie, for Cello and Orchestra 6:22 14. Erik SATIE: Gymnopédie 3:17 15. Modest MUSSORGSKY: The Old Castle 5:09 16. Georg Frideric HANDEL: Allegro moderato, from Harp Concerto 6:02 Slovak Chamber Orchestra/Bohdan Warchal (1-3) Martijn van den Hoek, piano (4) Bulgarian National Choir/Georgi Robev (5) Györ Philharmonic Orchestra/Janos Sandor (6) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mark Ermler (7) Anna Holblingova, violin; Jan Szalay, piano (8) Philharmonia Orchestra/Yuri Simonov (9) Robin Williams, oboe; Heidelberger Kammerorchester (10) Misha Goldstein, piano (11) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Frank Shipway (12) Timora Rosler, cello; Zilina Chamber Orchestra/Dwight Bennet (13) Hakřn Austbö, piano (14) Alexander Warenberg, piano (15) Maria Grafova, harp; Janacek Philharmonic/Hartmut Haenchen (16) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92760 [4 CDs: 76:16  + 77:51 + 73:09 + 68:44][DC]

Safe gift fodder then, for all grandmothers and relatives who have ‘good taste’. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Emil Gilels Edition
Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No. 1,
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35 , Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 "Heroic", Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major Op. 36, Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata in B minor , Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 "Rákoczy March",Piano Sonata in B minor ,Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 "Peszter Carnaval" , Valse oubliée No. 1,Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 11 , Arabesque in C major Op. 18 ,Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (with original finale) , Carnaval, Op. 9 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 14, Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28, Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major Op. 84,Visions fugitives (selection) Op.22 , Toccata Op. 11, March from "Love for Three Oranges" Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1916) Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor Op. 23, Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp minor Op. 30,Préludes Op. 74 Nicolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Sonata in G minor Op. 22 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Pour le Piano, Images, book I Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Prélude, Forlane, Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Pavane pour une infante défunte ,Jeux d'eau Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) 6 Morceaux, Op. 19 Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Piano Sonata No. 2 in E minor Op. 75 Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Daisies Op. 38 No. 3, Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14. Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2, Prelude in B flat major Op. 23 No. 2, Prelude in G flat major Op. 23 No. 10, Prelude in B major Op. 32 No. 11, Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5,
Etude-tableau in E flat minor Op. 39 No. 5, Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Four Ballades Op. 10 , Fantasien Op. 116 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Piano Sonata in A flat major Op. 39 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11, Andante Spianato et grande polonaise Brillante in E flat major Op. 22 Emil Gilels (piano) USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin Recording: 1-1949 (1), 10-1962 (2-4), 6-1952 (5/6) BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92615 [10 CDs: 68.50 + 73.57 + 78.38 + 70.21 + 50.54 + 66.08 + 78.37 + 72.18 + 71.27 + 72.12] [JW]

Only the most sanguine of Gilels admirers can afford to be without it. The sound can be problematic, the provenance not yet fully established but the performances are, for the most part, magnificent. ... see Full Review

The Great Female Pianists: Volume 1 – Masters of the Piano Roll Series Wanda Landowska (piano) Myra Hess (piano) Rolls recorded 1924-26 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD 011 [73.11] The Great Female Pianists Volume 2 – Masters of the Piano Roll Series Cécile Chaminade (piano) Rolls recorded 1921 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD 012 [73.21]

Dal Segno is undertaking an extensive series of piano roll issues based on 1992 transfers. ... here are the first two volumes ... see Full Review

The History of Brass Band Music The Modern Era: 1970-2000 Robert Simpson (1921-1997) Energy (1971) [10:20] Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000) Contest Music (1972) [15:25] Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926) Euphonium Concerto (1972) [16:50] Edward Gregson (b. 1945) Connotations (1976) [12:39] Philip Wilby (b. 1949) Jazz (1974) [14:32] Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band/Elgar Howarth rec. Dewsbury Town Hall, 16-17 April 2005. DDD DOYEN DOY CD163 [69:46] [JF]

Not only is the music great and the recording excellent, but the CD itself is value for money ... a major addition to the archive of brass recorded sound. ... see Full Review

Horowitz in Moscow Domenico SCARLATTI Sonata in B minor L33 Sonata in E major L23 Sonata in E major L224 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata No.10 in C major K330 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G major Op.32 No.5 Prelude in G sharp minor Op.32 No.12 Alexander SCRIABIN (1873-1916) Etude in C sharp minor Etude in D sharp minor Op.8 No.12 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu in B flat major D935 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Valse caprice No.6 from Soirées de Vienne after Schubert Sonetto 104 del Petrarca Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in C sharp minor Op.30 No.4 Mazurka in F minor Op.7 No.3 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Traumerei from Kinderszenen Op.15 Moritz MOSZKOWSKI Étincelles from Morceaux caractéristiques Op.36 No.6 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Polka de W.R. Vladimir Horowitz (piano) Recorded in Moscow in 1986 No encoding information provided. Directed by Brain Large. SONY DVD SVD 64545 [104:00] [JW]

The film captures the clamour of the audience, their raptness, the occasional weeping ... see Full Review

Masters of the Piano Roll: Fauré plays Fauré – Strauss plays Strauss Rolls recorded 1905-27 and in all cases played by the composers, with the exception of the Grainger, which is played by the composer and Rose Grainger as a duet. recorded in 1918 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD 010 [72.58] [JW]

Given caveats this has been reasonably well done ... see Full Review

Howard Hanson conducts American Masterworks CD 1 Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Capricorn Concerto Walter PISTON (1894-1976) The Incredible Flutist Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Poem for Flute and Orchestra Kent KENNAN (1914-2003) Three Pieces for Orchestra William McCAULEY (1917-1999) Five Miniatures for Flute and Strings William BERGSMA (1921-1994) Gold and the Señor Commandante - Ballet Suite CD 2 Charles IVES (1874-1954) Three Places in New England; Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting" William SCHUMAN (1910-1992) New England Triptych Peter MENNIN (1923-1983) Symphony No. 5 CD 3 Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Spirituals; Fall River Legend - Ballet Suite Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Medea - Ballet Suite CD 4
George Whitefield CHADWICK (1854-1931) Symphonic Sketches Edward MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Suite for Large Orchestra Johan Friedrich PETER (1746-1813) Sinfonia in G CD 5 Douglas MOORE (1893-1969) Pageant of P. T. Barnum John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951) Adventures in a Perambulator Bernard ROGERS (1893-1968) Once upon a time - Suite of Five Fairy Tales Burrill PHILLIPS (1907-1988) Selections from McGuffey's Reader Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Howard Hanson Rec. rec. 1956-1963, Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY, USA. ADD MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 627-4 0 MM5 [5 CDs: 72:02 + 77:08 + 63:14 + 69:16 + 74:13] [JW]

You can safely purchase this ... performances are authoritative and delivered with relish and affection ... well recorded too. ... see Full Review

Images of Three Centuries Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Sonata for Piano [14:33] Mark FISH (b. 1969) Three Ages of Woman [6:00] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images Book 1 [15:19] Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition [32:24] Aileen Chanco (piano) rec. 2005, Hollcraft Studios. DDD CON BRIO RECORDINGS CBR251 [69:29][ABi]

This disc gives Chanco ample opportunity to showcase her considerable talents as a pianist. ... see Full Review

The Italian Dramatic Lament Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Lamento d’Arianna [10:47] Jacopo PERI (1561-1633) Al fonte al prato [01:44] Giovanni Girolamo KAPSBERGER (c.1575-c.1661) Sferraina (from Libro Quarto) [03:37], Capona (from Libro Quarto) [03:21] PERI Lungi dal vostro lume [02:54] Giulio CACCINI (1545-1618) Vedrň ’l mio sol [04:01] PERI Se tu parti da me [04:14] MONTEVERDI Si dolce č il tormento [04:25] KAPSBERGER Passacaglia (from Libro Quarto [09:13] CACCINI Amarilli [03:16] Richardo ROGNIONO (fl. c.1620) Ancor che col partire [02:56] PERI Uccidimi dolore [09:38] CACCINI Amor ch’attendi [01:56] The Catacoustic Consort (Annalisa Pappano, Artistic Director, lirone and treble viola da gamba, Catherine Webster, soprano, Michael Leopold, theorbo, Becky Baxter, baroque triple harp) rec. 29 April-2 May 2004, St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. DDD NAXOS 8.557538 [62:03][CH]

A very attractive programme excellently performed. ... see Full Review

Goran Krivokapić (guitar) Franz WERTHMÜLLER (1769-1841)(transcribed Franz Pfeifer) Sonata in A major, Op. 17 [13:41] J.S. BACH (1685-1750)(transcribed Goran Krivokapić) Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 (orig. violin solo) [18:36] Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) (transcribed Carlo Manchione) Sonata K. 162: Andante [7:16] Sonata K. 208: Andante et cantabile [4:11] Sonata K. 209: Allegro [5:06] Dušan BOGDANOVIĆ (b. 1955) Sonata No. 2 for Guitar (1985) [12:21] Goran Krivokapić (guitar) rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 28 April–1 May 2005. NAXOS 8.557809 [61:11][DC]

A must for guitarists, of great interest to seekers of new and stimulating repertoire and a recording of demonstration quality ... see Full Review

Laudario Di Cortona: Devotional Songs of the Thirteenth Century Salve, salve, virgo pia [2:55] De la crudel morte de Cristo [3:22] Ave donna santissima [2:18]Laudar vollio per amore [3:11] O divina virgo, flore [2:18] Altissima luce [2:22] Laude novella [3:17] Ave regina gloriosa [3:30] Alta trinitŕ beata [3:45] Peccatrice nominata [3:46] Ciascun ke fede sente [2:56] Magdalena degna da laudari [3:37] Sia laudato san Francesco [2;33] Madonna santa Maria [4:10] Omne homo [4:34] Gloria n’ cielo [2:24] Ensemble Vocale La Dolce Vista: Giulia Galasso (soprano), Angela Bucci (soprano), Raffaella Siniscalchi (mezzo), Daniela Trailo (alto), Christine Steubühr (alto), Dario Paolini (tenor) Luigi Polsini (viol, lute), Antonio Addamiano (recorder, harp), Sandro Pippa (percussion, cialamello, tambourin de Béarn), Giovanni Caruso (lute, percussion) Directed by Giovanni Caruso Recorded 11-13 June, 2004, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Salisano, Rieti TACTUS TC 270001 [50:58][GPu]

A lovely recording of fascinating music, well sung and with some attractive instrumental colours ... see Full Review

Life is Beautiful with ABC Classic FM: Volume 2 Johann Sebastian BACH (1985-1750) Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 BWV1068 [3:26] * Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Dawn on the Moscow River from Khovanshchina [5:32] # Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Idylle from Suite Pastorale [4:59] * Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Prelude in D-Flat Op. 28 No.4 "Raindrop" [4:42] % Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Chanson de matin Op. 15 No.2 [3:51] # Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936)
The Dove from The Birds [4:30] + Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) In paradisum from Requiem [3:30] £ Pavane Op. 50 [5:27] ^ George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ombra mai fú (Largo) from Xerxes [3:37] # Alessandro MARCELLO (1669-1747) arr. Johann Sebastian BACH (1985-1750)  Adagio from Concerto in D Minor BWV974 [4:44] % Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Adagio from Clarinet Concerto [7:31] ¥ Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) The Swan from Carnival of the Animals [3:02] º Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)  Allegro from Flute Concerto No.3 "The Goldfinch" [4:05] ¢ Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Largo from Symphony No.9 "From the New World" (excerpt) [4:08] § Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1741-1787) Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orphée et Eurydice [6:03] ¤ Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pavane pour infante défunte [6:20] *
Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Morning from Peer Gynt [4:02] * Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/David Stanhope * and Omri Hadri +; West Australian Symphony Orchestra/David Measham #; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Richard Divall ¤; Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Matthias Bamert ^, José Serebrier §, Robert Pikler ¥ and David McBride ¢; Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra/Anthony Walker £ Donald Westlake (clarinet) ¥; John Champ (piano) %; David Pereira (cello), Anthony Baldwin and David Bollard (pianos) º; Paul Curtis (flute) ¢ Various recording dates and locations. ADD/DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 8775 [78:36] [TP]

This disc is certainly not for classaholics, but as a gift for those making their first forays into classical music, or for those wanting a "mood" disc to help them relax, this CD is unlikely to disappoint… see Full Review

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 Bartok); 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) rec. CD 1 Mozart: Recorded at the Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire, UK, 27-28 January 1997; Schubert: Bishopsgate Hall, London, UK. No recording date given; CD 2 Ravel: Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire, UK, 5-7 July 1994; Haydn: Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire, UK, 26-28 April 1999; Mendelssohn: live, Blackheath Concert Halls, London, UK, September 1988; CD 3 Dvořák: Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK. No recording date given; Beethoven: Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire, UK, 25-27 June 2001; Borodin: Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire, UK, 24-26 July 2002; CD 4 Janáček: Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK. No recording date given; Tippett: Wigmore Hall, London, UK, 21-23 December 1992; Bartók: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK. No recording date given; CD 5 Schubert and Brahms: live, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK during The Lindsays weekend of farewell concerts, the 29 July 2005 (Schubert), 30 July 2005 (Brahms). SANCTUARY CLASSICS RESONANCE CDRSB404 [5 CDs: 72:22 + 72:18 + 76:33 + 76:11 + 77:53][MC]


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