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The Essential Yo-Yo Ma CD 1 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prélude; Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Op. 8 No. 4: Largo; Johann Sebastian BACH Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147; Schafe können sicher weiden, BWV 208; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645; Camille SAINT-SAÊNS (1835–1921) The Swan from Carnival of the Animals; Havanaise, Op. 83 [8:54]; Jules MASSENET (1842–1912) Meditation from Thais; Fritz KREISLER (1875–1962) Liebesfreud; George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Three Preludes: Prelude No. 1; Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) Vocalise [6:24]; Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano Op. 40: Allegro; Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Andante Cantabile for Cello Solo and String Orchestra, Op. posth. [8:22]; Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Quartet No. 1 in G Minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 25: Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto [8:05]; Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904) Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104: Finale. Allegro moderato [12:50] CD 2 Cesar Camargo MARIANO (b. 1944) Cristal; Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959) A lenda do caboclo; Antonio Carlos JOBIM (1927–1994) Chega de saudade; Paquito d’RIVERA (b. 1948) Wapango; Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992) Libertango; Mark O’CONNOR (b. 1961) Appalachia Waltz (Solo Cello Version); Butterfly’s Day Out; Edgar MEYER (b. 1960) 1B; John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Three Pieces for Solo Cello: Pickin’; Trad. Simple Gifts; Ennio MORRICONE (b. 1928) The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe; The Falls; Tan DUN (b. 1957) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Eternal Vow; David WILDE (b. 1935) The Cellist of Sarajevo: A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo Cello, Op. 12 [7:00]; Filippo AZZAIOLO (1530–1569) Chi passa per’sta strada; Chinese Traditional Mido Mountain; Sandeep DAS and Indrajit DEY Mohini (Enchantment); Claude BOLLING (b. 1930) Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio: Baroque in Rhythm; Cole PORTER (1891–1964) Anything Goes; Frederick LOEWE (1901–1988) I Could Have Danced All Night Yo-Yo Ma (cello) various accompaniments and co-musicians, incl. Ton Koopman, Kathryn Stott, Bobby McFerrin, Emanuel Ax, Lorin Maazel, Isaac Stern, Kurt Masur, Rosa Passos, Nestor Marconi, Ennio Morricone, The Silk Road Ensemble, Claude Bolling, Stephane Grappelli and Steven Prutsman. Recorded 1978 – 2004 SONY S2K 93927 [76:56 + 76:05][GF]

What is never in doubt is the high quality of the playing and recording but whether this is “The Essential Yo-Yo Ma” is another question. ... see Full Review

Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble - Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon Enchantment: Mohini (Enchantment); Oasis; Distant Green Valley; Akhalqalaqi Dance; Echoes of a Lost City; Origins: Mountains are Far Away; Yanzi (Swallow Song); Battle Remembered; Summer in the High Grassland; New Beginnings: Kor Arab; Shikasta (Minstrel’s Song; Night at the Caravanserai; Gallop of a Thousand Horses; Tarang (Currents); Sacred Cloud Music Yo-Yo Ma (cello), The Silk Road Ensemble rec. 20-26 Sept 2004, Right Track Studios, New York City SONY SK 93962 [63:33][GF]

I have reviewed many discs this year that I will return to with pleasure but probably none that made me capitulate so unreservedly. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ana María Martínez: Soprano Songs and Arias Léo DELIBES (1836 – 1891) Les filles de Cadix; Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre; Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro; Franz LEHÁR (1870 – 1948) Die lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied; Pablo LUNA (1879 – 1942) El Niño Judío: De España vengo; Francis LÓPEZ (1916 – 1995) Violetas imperiales; Giacomo PUCCINI La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta; Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879 – 1937) Chants d’Auvergne: Baïlèro; Giacomo PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Un bel di vedremo; Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887 – 1959) Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for voice and 8 cellos: Aria (Cantilena); Dança (Martelo) Ana María Martínez (soprano) Prague Philharmonia/Steven Mercurio Recorded in the Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, in August 2000 NAXOS 8.557827 [53:26][GF]

One of the freshest, loveliest and most musical soprano voices to have appeared for some time. ... see Full Review

Masters, Monsters and Mazes SOLAGE (fl. 1390) Le basile [4:09] Mark RIMPLE En la maison Dedalus [2:35] Anon (c. 1375) En la maison Dedalus [4:16] GRIMACE (fl. 1370) Se Zephiras/Se Jupiter [3:43] Johannes CUVELIER (fl. 1372-1387) Se Galas [6:10] Thibaut de CHAMPAGNE (1201-1253) Ausi comme unicorne sui [5:05]
FRANCISCUS (fl. 1370) Phiton, beste tres venimeuse [4:25] Guillaume de MARCHAUL (c. 1300-1377) Phyton le merveilleus serpent [2:07] Baude CORDIER (early 15th century) Tout par compas [1:32] Anon (c. 1300-1400) Ung lion say [2:24] Johan ROBERT, called TREBOR (fl. 1390-1410) Se July Cesar [6:11] Jacob de SENLECHES (fl. 1378-1386) Le harpe de melodie [4:23] Pierre TAILLANDER (fl. 1390) Se Dedalus [5:29] Johannes SUZOY (fl. 1380) Pictagoras [4:09] Gaucelm FAIDIT (c. 1150-1220) Fortz chausa [4:46] Anon (fl. 1390-1400) Le Mon Aon [6:39] Trefoil: Drew Minter (counter-tenor, Memling 19-string harp), Mark Rimple (counter-tenor, 5-course plectrum lute, Ghent altar-piece gothic harp), Marcia Young (soprano, Cythara anglica) No recording date or location given MSR CLASSICS MS 1095 [68:02] [EM]

A delightful disc – well presented with some beautiful and entrancing works. ... see Full Review

Stina-Britta Melander ”Från 14 till 80 år” (From 14 to 80 years) CD 1 Otto LINDBLAD (1809 – 1864) Varför skall man tvinga mig att sjunga; Trad. Fjorton år trot jag visst att jag var; F GROTHE Illusion; Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Un ballo in maschera: Saper vorreste; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Die Zauberflöte: Papagena; O zittre nicht; Der Hölle Rache; Edmond AUDRAN (1840 – 1901) La mascotte: ”Jag älskar mina pullor små”; André MESSAGER (1853 – 1929) Veronique: Donkey duet; Charles LECOCQ (1832 – 1918) La fille de Madame Angot: ”Som Madame Angot”; André MESSAGER Veronique: Swing duet; Franz von SUPPÉ (1819 – 1895) Die schöne Galathea: ”Vackra yngling låt oss fly”; Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848) Don Pasquale: Son anchio la virtu magica; Jacques OFFENBACH (1819 – 1880) Orphée aux enfèr: ”Alltså. Du bedrar mig”; Giuseppe VERDI La traviata: E strano, e strano; Franz BERWALD (1796 – 1868) Jag går i kloster: Jag står vid klostrets dystra murar; Sköna blomma; Låt mig vara ifred; Hilding ROSENBERG (1892 – 1985) Lycksalighetens ö (Isle of Bliss): Den blyga aftonvinden; Allt övervinns av tiden CD 2 Trad. Paper of pins; Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) La Bohéme: Mi chiamano Mimi; Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879 – 1957) Chants d’Auvergne: L’aio de rotso; Malurous qu’o uno fenno; Jon LEIFS (1899 – 1968) Mariuljod; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Die Zauberflöte: Ach, ich fühl’s; Max REGER (1873 – 1916) Du meines Herzens Krönelein; Wenn die Linde bluht; Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809 – 1847) Andres Maienlied; Joseph MARX (1882 – 1964) Und gestern het er mit Rosen gebracht; Richard STRAUSS (1864 – 1949) Brentanolieder: Amor; Fritz ARLBERG (1830 – 1896) Förgäves uppå stigen; Isidor DANNSTRÖM (1812 – 1897) Långt bort I fjärran; Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) Pantomime; Claire de lune; Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY Elijah: Hear ye, Israel; Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893) Eugene Onegin: Triquet’s aria; Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa; Giacomo PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Un bel di vedremo; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Le nozze di Figaro: Non so più; Trad. 14 år tror jag visst att jag var Bonus Programme: Bergerettes (Shepherds’ Songs): Bergère légère; L’amour s’envole; Chanson les amours de Jean; menuet d’Exaudet; Jeunes fillettes; Chaque chose a son temps; maman, dires-moi; Non je n’irai plus au bois Stina-Britta Melander (soprano) with various accompaniments and co-singers, among them Hugo Hasslo, Gösta Kjellertz, Lars Ekman, Sven Erik Vikström, Erik Saedén and William Claussen Recorded 1938 – 2004 NOSAG CD 2108 [72:20 + 77:01][GF]

An opera singer that the world will hear about. Björling and Gigli can’t have been wrong and here is evidence aplenty that they weren’t. ... see Full Review

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: The Vatican Recordings CD 1 [53:53] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images I [15:33], Images II [14:00] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Gaspard de la Nuit [24:14] Recorded in the Sala Nervi of the Vatican, 13.06.1987 CD 2 [58:10] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Andante spianato et Grand Polonaise op.22 [15:18] DEBUSSY Préludes, Book I [42:46] Recorded in the Sala Nervi of the Vatican, 13.6.1987 (Chopin), 29.4.1977 (Debussy) CD 3 [64:36] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat op.73 – "Emperor" [37:09]*, Piano Sonata in C op.2/3 [27:24] Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI/Massimo Freccia* Recorded in the Sala della Benedizione of the Vatican, 28.4.1960 (concerto) and the Sala Nervi of the Vatican, 13.6.1987 (sonata) CD 4 [47:28] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor op.54 [29:48] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Totentanz [17:38] Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI/Gianandrea Gavazzeni Recorded in the Sala della Benedizione of the Vatican, 28.4.1962, in the presence of His Holiness Pope John XXIII Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) Orchestras, conductors, dates, locations and CD timings as above MEMORIA ABM DIVOX 999001 [4 CDs: 53:53 + 58:10 + 64:36 + 47:28] [CH]

The Liszt Totentanz is fantastic; elsewhere revelations alternate with enigmas. ... see Full Review

Roman MINTS - Game Over Ed BENNETT Sometimes It Rains [7:45] Artem VASSILIEV Story 1 [10:40] Alexander RAIKHELSON Criptophonic Piece [9:20] Ed BENNETT String Factory [12:36] Taras BUEVSKY Largo Recitare [6:45] Artem VASSILIEV Game Over [10:53] Roman Mints, violin Timur Yakubov, violin Dmitri Bugakov, oboe Ksenia Bashmet, piano Ed Bennett, Artem Vassiliev, Alexander Raikhelson, Taras Buevsky, electronics rec. Belfast Musicians Collective Studios, Belfast, N. Ireland, the Russian Academy of Music, Moscow Russia, and the home of Alexander Raikhelson in Moscow, Russia. DDD QUARTZ QTZ2010 [57:59][PG]

Quite possibly, a harbinger of the future of classical music. ... see Full Review

Leona Mitchell - Sings Favourite Soprano Arias Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le Nozze di Figaro: E Susanna non vien … Dove sono; Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimi; Madama Butterfly: Un bel di, vedremo; La Rondine: Il bel sogno di Doretta; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) L’Amico Fritz: Son pochi fiori; Giacomo PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro; Turandot: Tu che di gel sei cinta; Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) William Tell: Selva opaca; Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Ernani: Ernani! Ernani, involami Leona Mitchell (soprano) National Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Herbert Adler Recorded in 1980. No venue given. DECCA ELOQUENCE 466 903-2 [45:12][GF]

It is to be regretted that this was to be Leona Mitchell’s only solo album. ... see Full Review

Anna Moffo Sings Opera Arias Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893) Faust: Air des bijoux (Jewel Song); Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) La Bohème: Mi chiamano Mimi; Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791 – 1864) Dinorah: Ombre légère (Shadow Song); Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875) Carmen: Jed is que rien ne m’épouvante (Micaela’s Air); Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier; Giacomo PUCCINI Turandot: Signore, ascolta; Tu che di gel sei cinta; Léo DELIBES (1836 – 1891) Air des clochettes (Bell Song) Anna Moffo (soprano) Rome Opera Orchestra/Tullio Serafin rec. 20-30 July, 1 August 1960, Rome Opera House SONY/BMG LIVING STEREO 82876 67905 2 SACD [44:27] [GF]

Glorious singing of beautiful arias in stunning sound that could have been recorded yesterday. ... see Full Review

Johannes Möller plays Spanish Music Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy (1920) [3:20]; Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999) Junto al Generalife (1959) [4:56]; En los trigales (1938) [4:51]; Antonio JOSÉ (1902-1936) Sonata (1933) [21:24]; Eduardo SAINZ de la MAZA (1903-1982) Campanas del alba (1962) [3:52]; Homenaje a Toulouse-Lautrec (1967) [5:18]; Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1909) Preludio número 1 (1899) [1:32]; La alborada (1891) [1:46]; Preludio número 2 (1899) [2:18]; Recuerdos de la Alhambra (1897) [5:22] Johannes Möller (guitar) rec. Studio 3, Radio House, Stockholm, 2–3 April, 2–3 July 2005. DDD SFZ RECORDS CD SFZ 6014 [54:44][GF]

Möller’s beautiful tone is caught to perfection. A cornucopia of immaculately executed and artistically superb music-making ... see Full Review

Nuit Exotique Vittorio MONTI (1868-1922) Czardas [4.52] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No 1 Arranged Joachim [3.08] Hungarian Dance No.2 Arranged Joachim [3.03] Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Hejre Kati, Op. 32 [5.51] Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 [8.23] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Suite Populaire Espagnole; Nana [2.23] Pancho VLADIGEROV (1899-1978) Suite Bulgare; Chant, Op. 21/2 [5.57] TRADITIONAL Elli, Elli arranged by Mischa Elman [3.22] Joseph ACHRON (1886-1943) Hebrew Lullaby [2.34] Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Baal Shem; Nigun [6.22] Nuit Exotique [3.29] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de Habanera [2.40] Tzigane for violin and luthéal * [10.07] Ragin (violin) Rohan De Silva (piano and luthéal*) Recorded February 1996, Recital Hall, State University of New York at Purchase CENTAUR CRC 2392 [62.59][JW]

Not a disc that I felt comfortable with. ... see Full Review

Lili Paasikivi Joulu tullut on (Finnish Christmas Songs) Armas MAASALO (1885 – 1957): Joulun kellot Jean SIBELIUS (1865 – 1957): On hanget korkeat, nietokset op 1 No 5; En etsi valtaa, loistoa op 1 No 4; Jo joutuu ilta op 1 No 3; Joulu saapuu portin luo op 1 No 1; Tervehtii jo meitä op 1 No 2 P. J. HANNIKAINEN (1854 – 1924): Kautta tyynen, vienon yön Selim PALMGREN (1878 – 1951): Ja neitsyt pikku poijuttansa Karl COLLAN (1828 – 1871): Sylvian joululaulu Martti TURUNEN (1902 – 1979): Me käymme joulun viettohon Erkki MELARTIN (1875 – 1937): Kristuslapsen kehtolaulu Otto KOTILAINEN (1868 – 1936): Jouluyö P. J. HANNIKAINEN: Jouluattona Anon. (15th Century): Tuo armon valkokyyhky Otto KOTILAINEN: Varpunen jouluaamuna Erkki MELARTIN: Marian kehtolaulu P. J. HANNIKAINEN: Tuikkikaa, oi joulun tähtöset Joonas KOKKONEN (1921 – 1996): Metsän joulu; Legenda; Jouluna Lili Paasikivi (mezzo) Musica Choir/Pekka Kostiainen (tr 1, 14, 17) Jyväskylä Sinfonia/Ulf Söderblom, Recorded in Taulumäen Church, Jyväskylä in February 2003 ONDINE ODE 1036-2 [47:36] [GF]

A gorgeous voice used with utmost musicality, extremely beautiful, long legato phrases sung with fine shading, considerable power and dramatic temperament ... see Full Review

Gregor Piatigorsky – Great Cellists Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (1850) (a) [24:37] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Melody in F., Op. 3 No. 1, arranged by David POPPER (1843-1913) (b) [2:51] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 (b) [3:17] Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Song of India (from Sadko) (b) [3:11] Cesar CUI (1835-1918) Orientale (from Kaleidoscope), Op. 50 No. 9 (b) [2:32] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Chanson triste, Op. 40 No. 2 (b) [2:58] None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6 (b) [2:23] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals) (c) [2:35] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment Musical in F minor, Op. 94 No. 3 (c) [1:48] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6 (c) [2:14] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Rondo (from Sonata No. 3 for piano with violin obbligato) (c) [2:25] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Romance in E flat, Op. 44 No. 1 (c) [3:07] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Intermezzo (from Goyescas), arranged by Gaspar CASSADO (1897-1966) (c) [4:51] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op.33 (1872) (d) [19:10] Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) with (a) London Philharmonic Orchestra/John Barbirolli; (b) Ralph Berkovitz (piano); (c) RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner rec. (a) Abbey Road Studio No 1, London, 18 May, 1934 (b) New York City, 24 October, 1945 and 18 October, 1946 (c) Hollywood, 18 and 19 September, 1950 (d) Manhattan Center, New York City, 7 December, 1950 NAXOS 8.111069 [77.58] [GP]

Useful documentation of an important soloist, but also musically rewarding performances of two important concertos ... see Full Review

Racconti Niccolo PAGANINI (1782 – 1840) Centone di Sonate: Sonata I [7:12]; Sonata VI [4:01] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Rondo a capriccio Op. 129 (arr: David Härenstam) [6:44] Johann Helmich ROMAN (1694 – 1758) Sonata in E minor (Continuo part arranged by Harald Söderberg. Edited by Konrad Ragossnig) [11:05] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921 – 1992) Histoire du Tango (1986) [18:26] Eberhard EYSER (b. 1932) Racconti [21:46] Nils-Erik Sparf (violin and Baroque violin - Roman), David Härenstam (guitar), Bengt Forsberg (piano) (Eyser) rec. Studio 3, Swedish Radio, 26-27 July, 29 Oct 2004
NOSAG RECORDS CD 107 [69:25] [GF]

Goes a long way to prove that really good musicians are not hampered by boundaries ... This disc is good. It has an honoured place in my collection ... see Full Review

Antoine Rebstein Piano Left Hand Recital Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)/Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Chaconne from the partita no. 2 in D minor for solo violin (1877) [15:08] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) 6 Studies, op. 135 (1912) [19:27] Dinu LIPATTI (1917-1950) Sonatina (1941) [9:12] Alexandre SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Prelude op. 9 no.1 in C sharp minor [2:33], Nocturne op.9 no. 2, in D flat major (1894-5) [5:56] Ervín SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Suite, no. 3 (1926) [15:55] Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899), L. GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Symphonic Metamorphoses of the Schatz-Walzer - Themes from the Gypsy Baron (1928?) [11:23] Antoine Rebstein (piano) rec. La Chaux-de Fonds (Switzerland), Salle de Musique, 5-8 May 2005. CLAVES 50-2502 [79:09] [DC]

Rebstein makes us forget that his performances are single-handed. With graceful pianism and musicianship he guides us through a well thought-out programme ... see Full Review

The Road Less Traveled … Byways of American Music Stephen SHEWAN (b.1962) Celebration Overture (2000) [4:37] Moores School Symphony Orchestra/Franz Anton Krager Randall THOMPSON (1899-1984) Frostiana (1959/1965) [33:57] Roberts Weslyan College Chorale and Orchestra/Paul Shewan Ron NELSON (b.1929) Te Deum Laudamus (1985) [13:40] RWC Chorale and Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Paul Shewan Stephen SHEWAN For Dancing Hearts and Tunes (2000) [5:11] RWC Chorale and Chamber Orchestra/Stephen Shewan Light (2001) [5:13] RWC Chorale and Percussion Ensemble, Emily Shewan (horn)/Stephen Shewan Land of Rest(2004) [6:01] RWC Chorale and Strings, Ruth Shewan (soprano)/Matthew Curlee (organ), Robert Deutsch (cello)/Paul Shewan Vaclav NELHYBEL (1919-1996) Psalm 150 (1977) [7:53] RWC Chorale and Brass Quartet/Robert Shewan No recording details given ALBANY TROY783 [76:59][GPJ]

A pretty impressive musical manifesto for this great New York college. ... see Full Review

A Rococo Flirt: Light-hearted and frivolous songs Andreas HAMMERSCHMIDT (1611-1675) Die Kunst des Küssens [2:23] Johann Philipp KRIEGER (1649-1725) Ein Küssgen in Ehren [2:00] Im Dunkeln ist gut munkeln [2:06] Karl Heinrich GRAUN (1703-1759) Das Töchterchen [1:12] Johann Valentin RATHGEBER (1682-1750) Von den Weibsbildern [2:57] Johann Philipp KRIEGER (1649-1725) Die schlimmen Männer [1:14] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767] Geld [0:48] Johann Philipp KRIEGER (1649-1725) Coridon in Nöten [2:15] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767] Die ungekämmte Phillis [1:11] SPERONTES (1705-1750) Blaustrumpflied [3:21] Johann Valentin GÖRNER (1702-1762) Der ordentliche Hausstand [2:25] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767] Das Frauenzimmer [1:39] Ein reiches Weib [1:35] Willem de FESCH (1687-1757) Tu fai la superbetta [3:07] Johann Valentin GÖRNER (1702-1762) Der Kuss [2:24] SPERONTES (1705-1750) Liebe mich redlich [2:36] Jean-Baptiste de BOUSSET (1662-1725) Air à boire [1:00] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767] Die Lieb und auch die Flöh [1:08] Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU (1712-1778) Echo Edith Mathis (soprano), Benno Kusche (bass-baritone), Fritz Neumeyer (harpsichord), Reinhold Johannes Buhl (cello). Recorded Gütersloh, Germany, December 1961 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82876 70033 2 [38:46] [GPu]

Appallingly thin documentation and a meagre playing time, but a fascinating glimpse of a little-known musical landscape ... see Full Review

Martin Roscoe: A celebrity recital from the Fifth Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23 (1836) [8:53] Robert KEELEY (b. 1926) Ballade (2001) [7:58] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856): Kreisleriana Op. 16 (1838) [29:57] Martin Roscoe (piano) rec. Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 23 August 2005. DDD DUNELM DRD0247 [47:18] [WK]

The true selling point here is the Keeley Ballade. ... see Full Review

Russian Cello Sonatas Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Sonata for Cello and piano in g, Op. 19 (1901) [35.43] Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (1912) [6.14] Two Pieces, Op. 2 (1892) [10.13] Nicolai MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in d, Op. 12 (1911, rev. 1930) [19.41] Truls Mørk, cello Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Recorded St George’s Church, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK, 11 June 1994. Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in d, Op. 40 (1934) [28.24] Unico Wilhelm van WASSENAER (1692-1766) arr. Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) and Samuel DUSHKIN (1891-1976) Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano (1932) [17.59] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op. 119 (1949) [23.43] Truls Mørk, cello Lars Vogt, piano. Recorded in Eidsvoll Church, Eidsvoll, Norway, 10 May 1996. Notes in English, Deutsch, Français. Previously released as 45119 and 45274. VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 4 82067-2 5 [71.57 + 70.14][PSh]

A worthy program of the greatest modern cello and piano works beautifully played and recorded. ... see Full Review

St John the Baptist Plainchant Praecursor Domini venit [3:08]; Ut Queant laxis [1:06] Giovanni da PALESTRINA (?1525-1594) Fuit homo missus a Deo Philip WILBY (b. 1949) Proclamation* [3:24] Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) This is the record of John [3:42] Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Anthem of St. John the Baptist* [5:11] Michael EAST (c. 1580- c. 1648) As they departed* [7:17] Tarik O’REGAN (b. 1978) De Sancto Ioanne Baptista* [6:21] Heinrich ISAAC (c. 1450-55 – 1517) Introit for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist * [4:54] Ryan WIGGLESWORTH (b. 1979) Collect for St. John the Baptist* [2:23] William BYRD (c, 1539-1623) Benedictus, from the Short Service [3:58] Plainchant O nimis felix [3:34] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Hear my prayer [2:08]; Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei [6:30]; Remember not. Lord, our offences [3:03]; Lord, how long wilt thou be angry [3:49]; I was glad [4:13] The Choir of St. John’s College, Oxford/Ryan Wigglesworth, Duncan Whitmore and Peter Buisseret. David Baskeyfield (organ) rec. Merton College Chapel, Oxford, 6-8 December 2004; 18 April 2005 * world première recording CANTORIS CRCD6080 [69:38] [JQ]

I enjoyed the recital very much and am happy to recommend it. ... see Full Review

Tito Schipa - Schipa Edition 2: The Complete Victor Recordings 1924-1925, Vol. 2 Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) Rigoletto: È il sol dell’anima*; Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Lucia di Lammermoor: Verranno a te*; Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir che m’ami*; Richard BARTHELEMY (19th/20th Cent) Pesca d’ammore; Tito SCHIPA (1888–1965) Ave Maria; Vincenzo De CRESCENZO (1875-1964) Ce steve ‘na vota; CAMPERO (?) Madrigal español; Giuseppe VERDI Rigoletto: La donna è mobile; Manuel De FALLA (1876–1946) Jota (Siete canciones populares españolas); Eduardo Di CAPUA (1865-1917) O sole mio; Franz LISZT (1811–1886) Liebestraum (arr. Schipa)§; Tito SCHIPA A Cuba; Trad. La farfalletta (arr. Schipa)§; Anon. La girometta (arr. Cibelli)§; Arturo BUZZI-PECCIA (1854–1943) La niña querida; Mal d’amore; Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812-1883) Martha: M’appari; Gaetano DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore: Una furtiva lagrima (take 2 and 3); Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) La bohème: Sono andati?#; Oh! Dio, Mimi!#; Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller?; Leo DELIBES (1836-1891) Lakmé: Fantasie aux divins mensonges Tito Schipa (tenor) Amelita Galli-Curci (soprano)*, Lucrezia Bori (soprano)#, Victor Orchestra/Rosario Bourdon (except items marked § with piano accompaniment by José Echániz) Recorded 1924–1925 NAXOS 8.110333 [72:14] [GF]

A disc to return to over and over again and savour the delicacies – not perhaps in one continuous sitting but one or two titles at a time ... see Full Review

Schubert Dialog Jörg WIDMANN (b. 1973) Lied für Orchester (2003) [29:41] Wolfgang RIHM (b. 1952) Erscheinung (1978) [16:53] Bruno MANTOVANI (b. 1974) Mit Ausdruck (2003) [14:59] Dieter SCHNEBEL (b. 1930) Schubert-Phantasie (1978, revised 1989) [15:46] Peter Selwyn (piano) (Rihm) Alain Billard (bass clarinet) (Mantovani) Bamberg Symphony/Jonathan Nott rec. Sinfonie an der Regnitz, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, Bamberg, 11-12 Dec 2003 (Widmann); 28 May 2004 (Rihm); 16-17 Dec 2003 (Mantovani); 11-14 Oct 2002 (Schnebel). DDD TUDOR 7132 [77:47] [BB]

The Schubertian muse seems to have led these thorny European modernists to be uncharacteristically communicative and accessible. ... see Full Review

Second to None James CURNOW Fanfare and Flourishes The BEATLES arr. HIGGENS Echoes of an Era TRAD arr. Alfred REED Greensleeves Gioachino ROSSINI Introduction, Theme and Variations (clarinet solo: Colour Sgt Gareth Preston) TRAD arr. TICHELI Amazing Grace Richard RODGERS arr. DROVER My Funny Valentine (trombone solo: Sgt. David Desmond) Rob WIFFIN Songs of World War II (vocal solo: Musician James Scott) Alexander BORODIN Prince Igor - final movement Peter GRAHAM Gaelforce Douglas POPE Nightfall in Camp Val HAMM arr. Mackenzie ROGAN The Coldstream March: Milanollo National Anthem The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards/Major Graham Jones MBE Recorded live at the Opera House Buxton Executive Producer: Trevor Caffull Video producer David Nicholson. Video editing: Alex Nicholson. Video engineer: Nigel Griffiths Video Production: Timeline vision Cameras: Alex Nicholson, Alex Pearson, Daniel Mears. Sound Production: B&H Sound Services Ltd. Artwork & Cover Design: GK Design Ltd. Picture format: NTSC/Colour/4:3 No times given Sound formats: PCM Stereo. Menu language English., Region 2 encoding Plus bonus disc: Interviews and excerpts from "Bond of friendship"," Jupiter" from "The Planets" and "West Side Story" SP&S A WORLD OF BRASS PRODUCTION DVD VIDEO WOB 107 [DD]

Only works as a memento of the concert. Disappointing. Much more effort would have been needed to make this work as a commercial DVD... see Full Review

Singphonic Christmas - Christmas Songs from Europe Die Singphoniker and Guests: Alfons Brandl (tenor); Hubert Nettinger (alto and tenor); Ludwig Thomas (baritone); Thomas Hamberger (baritone); Michael Mantaj (bass-baritone); Christian Schmidt (bass); Willi Pirzer (bass); Berno Scharpf (baritone); Irmgard Gorzawski (harp) rec. Bayerischer Rundfunk, Studio Schornstraße, Germany, 29 April-29 June 2005. DDD CPO 777 067-2 [60:17] [RHa]

I enjoyed the CD very much, notwithstanding the occasional moment that sounded slightly forced. There were a good many new Christmas items from around Europe that I hadn't heard before, and which I enjoyed greatly. ... see Full Review

Concertos from Spain Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860 - 1909)
Rapsodia española (arr. 1959 Cristóbal Halffter) (1887) [17.57] Joaquín TURINA (1882 - 1949) Rapsodia Sinfónica, Op 66 (1931) [8.56] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Recorded Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, July 1983 Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1912 - 2002) Concerto Breve for Piano and Orchestra (1953) [24.12] Carlos SURINACH (1915 - 1997) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1973) [24.17] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Recorded Kingsway Hall, London, UK, October 1976 Alicia de Larrocha, piano DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2971 [75.35] [PSh]

Magnificent performances, demonstration quality sound, brilliantly colorful, enjoyable music in the Spanish style. ... see Full Review

Grete Sultan (piano): The Legacy – Volume 1 Arnold SCHOENBERG (1894-1951) Funf Klavierstücke, Op. 23 (1923) [13:19] 1. Sehr langsam 2. Sehr rasch 3. Langsam 4. Schwungvoll, mässige 5. Walzer Klavierstücke, Op. 33a (1928) [1:51] John CAGE (1912-1992) 7. Music of Changes, Part I (1951) [8.10] 8. The Perilous Night for prepared piano; the original first recording (1944) [13:34] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) from: Douze Etudes, Book II (1915) [21:21] 9. No. VII - pour les degrés chromatique [2:15]; 10. No. VIII - pour les agreements [5:05]; 11. No. IX - pour les notes répétées [3:27]; 12. No. X - pour les sonorités opposes [5:49]; 13. No. XI - pour les arpèges composés [4:28] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations [78:03] Grete Sultan (piano) Recorded 1959 (Bach) to 1990 (Schoenberg) LABOR RECORDS LAB 7037 [55.53 + 78.03] Grete Sultan (piano): The Legacy Volume 2 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 (1819-23) [52:14] Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1823) [17:27] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Piano Sonata (1939-41) [22:48] Episodes for piano 14:25 Ben WEBER (1916-1979) 4. Episode I; Interlude (1957); 5. Episode II (1957); 6. Episode III: Adagio (1957) Stefan WOLPE (1902-1972) Form for Piano (1959) 7. Remote and restless [3:34] Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Yenovk (The Troubadour), Partita for Piano (1951) [6:26]; 8. No. 1 Fantasy [3:02]; 9. No. 5 Gamelan. [1:05]; 10. No. 2 Canzona [1:48]; 11. No. 3 Pogh [1:24] Tui St. George TUCKER (b.1924) Tantum Ergo for piano [13:43] 12. Adagio with solemn ecstasy; Moderato; 13. Im Paradies: Allegro Moderato; 14. Amoroso: Adagio molto espressivo; 15. Laudate Dominum: Allegro; 16. Moderato; with Majestic Jubilation; 17. Moderato; Adagio John CAGE (1912-1992) Etudes Australes (1974) [15:34] 18. Book I, No. 8 [3:27]; 19. Book II, No. 12 [3:47]; 20. Book I, No. 6 [4:04]; 21. Book IV, No. 32 [4:13] Grete Sultan (piano) Recorded between 1969 and 1973 except the Cage, recorded c 1980s LABOR RECORDS LAB 7038-2 [2 CDs 69.41 + 75.10][JW]

A powerful sense of authority ... its intellectual strengths can’t be gainsaid. ... see Full Review

Joan Sutherland - Bel Canto Arias Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848) Il castello di Kenilworth: Par che mi dica ancora ... Fuggi l’immagine; Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Attila: Liberamente or piangi ... Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo; Vincenzo BELLINI (1801 – 1835) I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Eccomi in lieta vesta ... Oh! Quante volte; Gaetano DONIZETTI Betly: In questo semplice modesto asilo; La Favorite: L’ai-je bien entendu? ... O mon Fernand ... Mon arrêt descend du ciel; Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791 – 1864) l’Africaine: Sur mes genoux; Gioachino ROSSINI (1792 – 1868) Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt; Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa Joan Sutherland (soprano) Welsh National Opera Orchestra/Richard Bonynge Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, September 1985. DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2444 [49:25][GF]

It is hard to give this a wholehearted recommendation: too much compromised singing. There is still enough evidence that by 1985 the old lioness was still roaring. ... see Full Review

The Songs of Taizé Jacques BERTHIER (1923-1994) Bless the Child [5:12]; Jesus le Christ [3:50]; Nada ne Turbe [5:05]; Veni Sancte Spiritus [6:38]; Mon ame se repose [3:44]; Kyrie 1 [2:44]; Jubilate Coeli [2:44]; Singet dem Herren [3:53]; In the Lord [3:57]; Benissez le Seigneur [3:45] Joseph GELINEAU (b. 1920) Ubi Caritas Deus ibi est [4:04] and others Recorded during services at the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé, France, 1993-2001. ATELIERS ET PRESSES DE TAIZÉ CD T 567 [70:50] [WK]

A welcome change from the usual Christmas fare ... see Full Review

TIME SPAN Victoria BORISOVA-OLLAS (b. 1969) Adoration of the Magi in the Snow [11'04] Sergej DMITRIEV (b. 1964) Reminiscences of the Future [9'02] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen Zagen [15'44] William BYRD (1543-1623) The Firste Pavan and Galliarde [4'24] Fantasia in a BK 13 [1'33] J.S. BACH (1685-1750)/Antonio VIVALDI (c. 1675-1741) Concerto in a BWV 593: Allegro [3'53]; Adagio [3'25]; Allegro [3'53] Wir glauben all'an einen Gott BWV 740 [4'43] 'Dorian' Toccata and Fugue in d BWV 538: Toccata [5'15]; Fugue [6'58] Bengt Tribukait, organs Rec Orgryte Nya Kyrka, Goteborg, 28/29 May, 20 August 2003. DDD MUSICA REDIVIVA MRACD 010 [78'58] [CB]

A slightly eccentric disc but in general very well played ... the organs are gorgeous, the presentation first rate with some great photography and full registration details ... see Full Review

Music of Tribute, Volume 1: Villa-Lobos Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Two Cirandas: N’esta rua, n’esta rua (1926) [3:39]; Passa, passa, gavião (1926) [1:23] Mario FICARELLI (b.1935) Minimal Ciranda (1987) [3:09] Gilberto MENDES (b.1922) Viva-Villa (1987) [6:08] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Choros No. 5 – Alma Brasileira (1925) [5:53] Camargo GUARNIERI (1907-1993) Improviso No.2: Homenagem a Villa-Lobos (1960) [3:56] Almeida PRADO (b.1943) Noturnas Saudades do Rio Solimões (1987) [6:28] Wilhelm ZOBL (1950-1991) Aria Brasileira: Bachianas Européias No. 1 (1987) [2:28] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Ciclo Brasileiro (1936-7) Plantio do Caboclo [7:56] Impressões Seresteiras [7:00] Festa no Sertão [5:26] Dança do Indio branco [4:23] Jorge PEIXINHO (1940-1995) Villalbarosa: Homenagem a Villa-Lobos (1987) [5:11] Aurélio DE LA VEGA (b.1925) Homenagem (1987) [6:08] José Eduardo Martins (piano) Recorded Salle Bulgaria, Sofia, August 1996 LABOR RECORDS LAB 7031-2 [70:18][GPu]

A delightful, thought-provoking CD, combining the piano music of Villa-Lobos with some inventive and stylistically various tributes to him ... see Full Review

Virtuoso Cello Encores Gaspar CASSADÓ (1897 – 1966) Dance of the Green Devil; David POPPER (1843 – 1913) Fantasy on Little Russian Songs; Serenade, Op. 54, No. 2; Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Air from Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 (trans. Leonard Rose); Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Ständchen (Serenade)(trans. Henri Marteau); Franz SCHUBERT (1808 – 1878) Die Biene (The Bee) (trans. Werner Thomas-Mifune); Enrique GRANADOS (1867 – 1916) Intermezzo from Goyescas (trans. Gaspar Cassadó); Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 – 1975) Tarantella from The Gadfly, Op. 97 (trans. Jusas Tschelkauskas); Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Habanera (trans. Paul Bazelaire); Claude DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (trans. L.-R. Feuillard); Jean Baptiste SENAILLÉ (1687 – 1730) Allegro spiritoso trans. J. Salmon); Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820 – 1881) Cantilena, Op. 49, No. 24 (trans. Jénö Hubay); Siegfried BARCHET (1918 – 1982) Boulevard de Garavan; Jacques OFFENBACH (1819 – 1880) Danse bohémienne, Op. 28; Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (trans. Leonard Rose); George GERSHWIN (1898 – 1937) Short Story (trans. Samuel Dushkin) Maria Kliegel (cello), Raimund Havenith (piano) Recorded at Tonstudio van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany, from 5th to 7th November, 1990 NAXOS 8.557943 [75:14] [GF]

Good sound, good pianist, generous playing-time. If the programme appeals to you – don’t hesitate! ... see Full Review

Laurel ZUCKER - Inflorescence – Music for Solo Flute CD1 Pieces for solo flute Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Piece for Flute (1936) [4:59] Lowell LIEBERMAN (b. 1961) Soliloquy for solo flute, Op.44 (1994) [5:29] Robert MUCZYNSKI (b. 1929) Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Op. 18 (1962) [3:03] Jindrich FELD (b. 1925) Quatre Pièces for flute alone (1964) [6:34] Laurel ZUCKER (b. 1955) Three Solos for Flute alone (1983) [8:45] Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Danse de la Chèvre (1932) [4:00] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Eight Pieces for Flute solo (1927) [6:47] Friederich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Divertissement Op. 68, Nos. 1-2 [14:41] CD2 Inflorescence for solo flute Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-96) Air for flute (1996) [5:38] Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Sonata for Flute solo, Op. 118 (1967) [8:15] Kazuo FUKUSHIMA (b.1930) Requiem for solo flute (1956) [4:05] Mei for solo flute (1962) [4:46] Ulysses KAY (1917-1995) Prelude for Unaccompanied Flute (1943 rev. 1975) [3:09] Virgil THOMPSON (1896-1989) Sonata for flute alone (1944) [8:45] Stephen BLUMBERG (1962) Inflorescence (1995) [3:00] Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) The Children are Playing (1921) [1:16] Edgard VARESE (1883-1965) Density 21.5 for solo flute (1936) Friederich KUHLAU (1786-1832) Divertissement Op. 68, Nos. 3 - 6 [30:47] Laurel ZUCKER - solo flute Rec. The Unitarian Church, Kensington, California, 2000? CANTILENA RECORDS 66019-2 [56:16 + 76:40] [DC]

An ambitious and in general well-played sample of a wide variety of solo flute music. Takemitsu and even Fukushima don’t sound that difficult and modern after all ... see Full Review

Water Settings - Australian music for percussion duo Daryl PRATT Modern Dance (2002) [5.43] Tangos Nuevos II (2002) [5.00] A Room In The House (2004) [9.22] Water Settings (2005) [20.09 Michael SMETANIN (b.1958) Finger Funk (2004) [8.06] Andrew FORD (b.1957) The Crantock Gulls (2004) [7.07] Peter SCULTHORPE (b.1929) Djilile (1989) [6.12] Match; Daryl Pratt and Alison Eddington (percussion) rec. April-May 2005, Recital Room East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music TALL POPPIES TP183 [62.40] [JW]

I’m more a Monet man than a Pollock but there’s no doubt that some controlled splatter is good for the soul. ... see Full Review

Laurel Zucker – An American Flute Recital Laurel ZUCKER (b. 1955) Aviary for solo flute (1982)[3:25]; Aaron COPLAND (1900 – 1990) Duo for flute and piano (1971)[13:53]; Alec WILDER (1907 – 1980) Sonata No. 2 for flute and piano (1965) [11:36]; Laurel ZUCKER Effect Out for solo flute (1982) [3:05]; Kent KENNAN (b. 1913) Night Soliloquy for flute and piano (1936) [3:59]; Ernest BLOCH (1880 – 1959) Suite Modale for flute and piano (1956) [13:03]; Laurel ZUCKER Shining for solo flute (1982) [1:26]; Daniel KINGMAN (b. 1924) Scenario Musical II for flute and piano (1992) [11:17] Laurel Zucker (flute), Marc Shapiro (piano) Recorded in Cunningham Chapel in Belmont, California. No recording dates given. CANTILENA RECORDS 660022 [61:44] [GF]

An attractive disc with interesting repertoire, well played by Zucker and Shapiro ... see Full Review

Laurel Zucker and Susan Jolles: Images for flute and harp Ida GOTKOWSKY (b. 1933) Eolienne for flute and harp (1976) [13:34] Jean FRANCAIX (b. 1912) Cinque piccolo duetti for flute and harp (1975) [9:12] Theo SMIT SIBINGA (1899-1958) Trois Images for Flute and Harp (1954) [10:20] Victor FROST (b.1952) Sonatine for flute and harp (1998) [11:54] Katherine HOOVER (b. 1937) Dances and Variations for flute and harp (1996) [19:30] Laurel Zucker, flute Susan Jolles, harp rec. Suny Purchase Hall C, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, December 1999. CANTILENA 66016-2 [64:39][KS]

A complete winner ... an adventure in sound that deserves to be sought out by serious collectors and musicians, and by casual lovers of delightful music. ... see Full Review



British Music: The Journal of the British Music Society Volume 27 2005 Editor: Roger Carpenter
Alan Rawsthorne – Towards Unity by John McCabe
The Constancy of Lambert and some lesser-known aspects of the man by Stephen Lloyd
The Music of Thomas Attwood, Maritime Associations and His Near Contemporaries by Alastair Mitchell
William Alwyn at 100 by Hubert Culot
John Parry’s Nightingale – A British nineteenth century concert piece for duct flute by John Turner
Mátyás Seiber and the Dorian Singers by Alan Gibbs
Overshadowed: British Symphonism beyond Parry, Stanford and Elgar by Jürgen Schaawächter
Scott and Arnold: Is the Symphony out-dated? by Ian Parrott
Published by the British Music Society: 2005. [JF]

Altogether a fascinating issue. Most of the articles are extremely interesting, educative and informative. One in particular, is, to be polite, somewhat challenging! ... see Full Review


The Cambridge Companion to Haydn Edited by Caryl Clark 318 pages Cambridge University Press, 2005 Hardcover: 0521833477, £17.99, $17.99; Paperback: 052141077, £ 45, $75

A musicologist’s delight, perhaps, but beyond the ken of the average listener ... see Full Review

The Cambridge Companion to Liszt Edited by Kenneth Hamilton, University of Birmingham Series: Cambridge Companions to Music Cambridge University Press, September 2005 304 pages; 247 x 174 mm Paperback and Hardback (ISBN-10: 0521644623 | ISBN-13: 9780521644624) [JL]

A timely new book on Liszt’s work, splendidly comprehensive. Requires technical knowledge for some of it. ... see Full Review

Mozart: His Life and Music by Jeremy Siepmann Published by Naxos Books, 2005. Paperback. ISBN: 1-84379-110-2. 224pp. Includes two full CDs of music and accompanied by a free access dedicated website.

A well intentioned primer on both man and music; as such likely to be of most use to one approaching either for the first time ... see Full Review

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