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Roberto Alagna: French Opera Arias Francois BAZIN (1816–1878) Romance: Je pense a vous  (Maitre Pathelin) (1856) Jules MASSENET (1842 - 1912) O Souverain, O Juge, O Pere (Le Cid) (1885) Luigi CHERUBINI (1760–1842) J’ai vu disparaitre l’espoir (Les Abencerages) (1813) Charles GOUNOD (1818–1893) Anges du paradis (Mireille) (1864) Andre-Ernest GRETRY (1741–1813) Serenade (L’Amant Jaloux) (1778) Fromental HALEVY (1799 –1862) Rachel, quand du Seigneur (La Juive) (1835) Ambroise THOMAS (1811–1896) Elle ne croyait pas (Mignon) (1866) Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791–1864) Pays, merveilleux (L’Africaine) (1865) Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Invocation a la nature (La Damnation de Faust) (1846) Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Unis des la plus tendre enfance (Iphigenie en Tauride) (1779) Georges BIZET (1836–1875) Romance: Je crois entendre encore (Les Pecheurs de Perles) (1863) Edouard LALO (1823–1892) Vainement, ma bien-aimee (Le Roi d’Ys) (1888) Etienne-Nicolas MEHUL (1763–1817) Champs paternel (Joseph) (1807) Camille SAINT-SAENS (1835–1921) Cois ma misere (Samson et Dalila) (1877) Alfred BRUNEAU (1857–1934) Je jour tombe (L’Attaque du moulin) (1892/3) Roberto Alagna (tenor) London Voices/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Bertrand de Billy rec. April 1999, January 2000, Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6280 [72.23] [RH]

Alagna brings to each aria his familiar intelligence and musicality. Don’t throw out your Georges Thill recitals, but definitely buy this one as well. ... see Full Review

Eugen d’Albert - The Centaur Pianist; complete studio recordings: 1910-28 Odeon recordings, c. 1910-1912. Bechstein piano:Grammophon recordings c. 1918-1922. Steinway piano: Grammophon recordings c. 1916-1922, German Vox, recorded c. 1923 Steinway piano, German Odeon, recorded on 13 October 1923 with Andreas Weissgerber (violin) Parlophone recording c. 1928; with Gotthelf Pistor, tenor, d'Albert conducting the Grosse Opernorchester, Staatskapelle, Berlin, Eugen d’Albert (piano) accompaniments, if any, as above rec. 1910-28 ARBITER 147 [78.35 + 78.28] [JW]

A comprehensive and magnificent, essential collection. Clearly no one interested in the history of the piano on record will be able to do without it. ... see Full Review

As I Walked Forth: Songs and Tunes of the Isles - Quadriga Consort[GH]

Highly infectious and affecting. Ancient melodies given new life, energy and passion so that they live again with vitality. A disc I shall play regularly and one I look forward to hearing again and playing to others. ... see Full Review

Artur Balsam - Concerto Album Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246 (1776) [23.04] 1,a Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 [387b] (1782) [24.56] 2,b Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto in D Major, Op. 61a (1807) – arrangement of Violin Concerto in D major (1806) [42.07] 1,c Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 85 (1815) [27.15] 1,d C.P.E. BACH (1714-1788) Piano Concerto in D minor H427 [Wq23] (1748) [23.24] 1,e Artur Balsam (piano) Winterthur Symphony Orchestra1 Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra2 Conductors: Walter Goehr a, Henry Swoboda b, Clemens Dahinden c, Otto Ackermann d, Victor Desarzens e rec. c1950-52 BRIDGE 9196 A/B [65.24 + 75.52] [JW]

Buoyant and affectionate performances … a successful entrant into the field ... see Full Review

Music for Bass Viols CD 1 Works for two and three bass viols Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Suite for 3 bass viols and bc in D (4e Livre) [23:04] Tombeau de Mr Meliton for 2 bass viols and bc (1er Livre) [09:20] Suite for 2 bass viols in G (1er Livre) [18:32] Antoine FORQUERAY (1672-1745) Pieces for 3 bass viols and bc in d minor [11:12] CD 2 Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Pièces de viole, Volume 2 Pieces for bass viol and bc in D minor (2e Livre) [23:40] Pieces for bass viol and bc in D (3e Livre) [10:44] Pieces for bass viol and bc in G (3e; 4e Livres) [20:29] Pieces for bass viol and bc in D (2e; 3e Livres) [08:12] Jérôme Hantaï, Kaori Uemura (CD 1), Alix Verzier (bass viol); Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord) rec. January 1999, March 2000, Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands. DDD VIRGIN VERITAS 4 82082 2 [62:31 + 63:08][JV]

This reissue of a cross-section of the music for viols by Marin Marais is a winner - the performances are warm and passionate and capture the spirit of the music brilliantly ... see Full Review

Captain Blood and other Swashbucklers Miklos ROZSA (1907-1995)
The King’s Thief (1955) Victor YOUNG (1900-1956) Scaramouche (1952) Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Captain Blood (1935) Max STEINER (1888-1971) The Three Musketeers (1935) Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Kaufman rec. Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany, 14-16 April, 15-21 June 1994. DDD NAXOS FILM MUSIC CLASSICS 8.557704 [65:16] [SA]

An object lesson in swashbuckling film music. A valuable issue altogether. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Helen Callus (viola) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Suite for viola and orchestra (Group I only) (1934) [7:53] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Elegy for viola, string quartet and string orchestra (1917) [10:37] William WALTON (1902-1983) Viola Concerto in A minor (1928-29, rev 1962) [27:31] York BOWEN (1884-1961) Viola Concerto in C minor, Op.25 (1907) [31:51] (cadenza by Helen Callus) Helen Callus (viola) solo string quartet (principals of the NZSO): Vesaa-Matti Leppanen (violin); David Gilling (violin); Vyvyan Yendoll  (viola); David Chickering (cello) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Marc Taddei rec. Michael Fowler Center Auditorium, Wellington, New Zealand, 9-11 February 2005. DDD ASV CD DCA 1181 [78:24] [JF]

As a compilation of essential English music for viola and orchestra this CD is a vital release. Feel absolutely no hesitation in rushing out and buying it as soon as the shops are open! ... see Full Review

Jae-Hyuck Cho (piano) Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata for piano No. 21 ‘Waldstein’ in C, Op.53 (1803-04) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Jeux d’eau (1901) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Sonata for piano No.2 in G minor, Op.22 (1833-38) Franz LISZT (1811-86) Mephisto Waltz No.1,‘Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke’ S514 (1859-60) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-49) Fantasie-impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66 (1835) Albert Hay MALOTTE (1895-1964) The Lord’s Prayer (1935) arranged for piano by Jae-Hyuck Cho Jae-Hyuck Cho (piano) rec. live, fifth Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, England, 26 August 2005. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0259 [66.03] [JW]

It’s too early to prognosticate about Cho’s future but this imperfect document shows that he needs seriously to ally his fine tonal qualities with a more rigorous and analytical approach to rhythm. ... see Full Review

Les Corps Glorieux - Music for Harp, Organ & Violoncello Henri BUSSËR (1872-1973) Le sommeil de l:enfant Jésus op. 3 [8:28] Marcel GRANDJANY (1891-1975) Aria in Classic Style for Harp and Organ op. 19 (1944) [5:51] Camillo SCHUMANN (1872-1946) Präludium in b minor op. 123 No. 2 [7:13] Recitativ und Adagio op. 9 (1898) [4:36] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Prière op. 158 (1919) [4:53] Ester MAGI (b. 1922) Dialog: Prelude with Choral [7:31] Chris DeBLASIO (1959-1993) transc. Drake God is our Righteousness (1992) [8:33] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) La Vierge: Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge (1877/78) [3:46] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto in B flat op. 4 No. 6: (i) Andante Allegro [4:21]; ii) Larghetto [4:21]; iii) Allegro moderato [2:44]) Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Les Corps glorieux: No 6 Joie et clarté (1939) [7:26] Nancianne Parrella (organ) Victoria Drake (harp) Arthur Fiacco, (cello) rec. St Ignatius Loyola, New York City, 26, 27, 31 January 2005. DDD MSR CLASSICS MS 1143 [75:42] [CB]

Despite some occasional interesting tracks, this is at best mood music. Actually I just find it boring. ... see Full Review

Samuil Feinberg - In Sound and Thought Moscow recordings, 1948-1962 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904 [8:20]††; Sinfonia in A major, BWV 798 [1:05]**; Toccata in D major, BWV 912 [9:22]†† Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) - Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 [11:17]‡ Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542/S 463 [9:15]** Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op. 52 [10:07]† Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Consolations Nos. 1 & 2 [1:17 + 3:22]** Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Preludes, Op. 23 - Nos. 1, 3, 7, 8 [2:41 + 3:26 + 2:21 + 2:55]** Étude tableau in D major, Op. 39 No 9 [3:20]** Alexander SCRIABIN (1871 [72]-1915) Sonata No 5, Op. 53 [10:09]* Samuil Feinberg (piano) rec. *Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, 22 January 1948; **1950s unspecified; †1952; ††1961; ‡1962 ARBITER 146 [79:43] [JW]

This mix of unpublished stereo recordings and live concerts proves once more how seemingly irreconcilable traits in Feinberg’s musical self are part of his true essence. Another important reclamation and powerfully recommended. ... see Full Review

The Fine Arts Quartet – 30th Anniversary Album Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) String Quartet No.3 in F Op.73  (1946) [29.00] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) String Quartet No.2 Op.92 (1942) [23.48] The Fine Arts Quartet
Recording location and date unspecified [1979] GASPARO GG-1024 [52.48] [JW]

This is one for admirers of the quartet – it’s not otherwise competitive. ... see Full Review

French Wind Quintets Paul TAFFANEL (1844-1908) Wind Quintet in G minor (c. 1900) [21.46] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) La Cheminée du Roi René, Suite for Wind Quintet, Op. 205 (1939) [11.24] Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Trois pièces brèves, for Wind Quintet (1930) [06.51] Jean FRANCAIX (1912-1997) Wind Quintet No. 1 (1948) [19.24] Afflatus Quintet: Roman Novotny, flute; Jana Brozkova, oboe; Vojtech Nydl, clarinet; Radek Baborak, French horn; Ondrej Roskovec, bassoon rec. 6-8 April 1999, Korunni Studio Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. DDD SUPRAPHON SU 3579-2 131 [59.45] [MC]

French wind quintets superbly performed by a superior Czech ensemble. ... see Full Review

Ronald Frost: Organ Music Volume 6 Stockport: Henry HERON (1730-96) Voluntary in G (1760) [3’00] Ronald FROST (b 1933) Partita on Conditor alme (1996) [6’47] Blackburn: Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Toccata and Fugue in F [5’10] Joseph BONNET (1884-1944) Elfes [3’15] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Liebster Jesu BWV 731 [3’44] Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: Michel CORRETTE (1709-1795) Magnificat [10’23] Flor PEETERS (1903-1986) King Jesus hath a garden [8’15] Theodore DUBOIS (1837-1924) Toccata (1886) [6’53] St Ann’s Church, Manchester: John R. WILLIAMSON (b 1929) Organ Sonata (1999) [19’30] Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester: Johann Sebastian BACH Fugue in E flat – St Anne [sic] BWV 552b [6’31] Ronald FROST Toccata for St Ann’s (1980) Ronald Frost (organs) rec. Mellor Parish Church, Stockport, Blackburn Cathedral, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, St Ann’s Church, Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0250 [78:18][CB]

This is only recommendable for those interested in recordings of less-known instruments, or maybe the sonata by Williamson. ... see Full Review

Walter Gieseking Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No.9 Op.47 Kreutzer (1802-03) [31.24] + Piano Concerto No.4 Op.57 (1806) [30.55] * Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasie in C (1836-38) [29.04] Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54 [29.18] # Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Op.15 (1854-1858) [45.10] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Preludes Op.11 (1888-1896) [27.03] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite bergamasque (1890 revised 1905) [15.34] Valse romantique [3.01] Danse (tarantella styrienne) [4.35] Estampes – Pagodes [4.03] Soiree dans Grenades [4.22] Images - Reflets dans l’eau [4.41] Preludes – Book I 10.10] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Miroirs [22.47] Walter Gieseking (piano) Gerhard Taschner (violin)+ RIAS/Antal Dorati * Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kurt Schröder # Recorded 1949-53 TAHRA TAH 409/412 [4 CDs 62.38 + 58.59 + 73.27 + 71.42] [JW]

These four discs make formidable claims on the collector’s wallet, as does the important discography. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli - The Gigli Edition vol. 13 - London Recordings 1947-1949 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Das Veilchen, K.476; Benjamin GODARD (1849–1895) Joselyn: Cachés dans cet asile (Berceuse); Victor HERBERT (1859–1924) Naughty Marietta: Ah! Sweet mystery of life; MOYA (? - ?) Song of songs; Antonio CALDARA (c 1670–1736) Come raggio di sol; La Costanza in amor cince l’inganno: Selve amiche, ombrose piante; Francesco DURANTE (1684–1755) Vergin, tutto amor; Antonio CESTI (1623–1669) I casti amori d’Orontea: Intorno all’idol mio; MAZZIOTTI (?) Mattinata siciliana; Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643) L’Arianna: Lasciatemi morire!; Giuseppe GIORDANI (c 1753–1798) Caro mio ben, credimi almen; Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660–1725) Il Pompeo: O cessate di piagarmi; Franco ALFANO (1876–1954) Don Juan de Mañara: Tu vedi in un bel ciel; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863–1945) L’amico Fritz: Ed anche Beppe amò ... O amore, o bella luce del cor; GIBILARO (?) Quattro miniature siciliane: ‘Carrettieri’: No. 3 Tango notturno; George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Atalanta: Care selve, ombre beate; Giovanni BONONCINI (1670–1747) Griselda: Per la Gloria d’adorarvi; Antonio CESTI (arr Parisotti) Tu mancavi a tormentarmi; Alessandro SCARLATTI L’onestà negli amori: Già il sole del Gange; FASOLO (?) Cangia, cangia tue voglie Beniamino Gigli (tenor) Orchestra/Rainaldo Zamboni (tracks 1–14), Vito Carnevali (tracks 15–20) rec. Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 12 December 1947 – 18 March 1949 Producer and Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.111102 [64:11][JW]

Lifelike, open, unproblematic and attractive transfers. The Gigli enthusiast will enjoy – maybe even come to love – his evocative and noble way with the aria antiche ... see Full Review

God So Loved the World: A Passiontide Sequence John STAINER (1840-1901) God so loved the world  [3:36] Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Drop, drop, slow tears [2:12] Edward BAIRSTOW (1847-1946) The Lamentation [7:58] Richard FARRANT (c.1525-1580) Call to Remembrance [2:07] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Ubi Caritas [2:24] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Like as the Hart  [5:10] Thomas TALLIS (1505-85) Salvator Mundi [2:45] Robert Lucas PEARSALL (1795-1856), arr. Richard SHEPHERD (b.1949) Take up thy Cross [2:34] Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Christus factus est [4:44] John SANDERS (1933-2003) The Reproaches  [8:50] Richard SHEPHARD (b.1949) Never weather-beaten sail [2:23] Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) Crucifixus [3:10] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Geistliches Lied [5:08] Harold DARKE (1888-1976) O Brother Man  [4:06] Edward BAIRSTOW (1847-1946) Jesu, grant me this, I pray [3:23] The Chapel Choir of University College, Durham / David Jackson; Oliver Bond (organ) rec. 15-17 July, 2005. York Minster LAMMAS LAMM 193D [60:37] [GPu]

This is a very accomplished student choir in a recital which offers much to admire and enjoy without quite being able to challenge the work of some more experienced choirs … see Full Review

Great Light orchestras salute Richard RODGERS Carousel Waltz (Rodgers, arr. Faith) – Percy Faith & his Orchestra The Blue Room (Rodgers, Hart, arr. Hill-Bowen) – Melachrino Strings/George Melachrino Lover (Rodgers, Hart) – Dolf Van Der Linden & his Orchestra Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers, Hammerstein, arr. Binge) Mantovani & his Orchestra Song of the High Seas (Rodgers) – Wally Stott & his Orchestra My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart) – Jackie Gleason & his Orchestra (trumpet solo: Bobby Hackett) The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers, Hart) – Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Stanley Black Failing in Love with Love (Rodgers, Hart) – David Rose & his Orchestra Little Girl Blue (Rodgers, Hart) – Andre Kostelanetz & his Orchestra Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Rodgers, Hammerstein) – Morton Gould & his Orchestra Beneath the Southern Cross (from "Victory At Sea") (Rodgers, arr. Russell Bennett) – Members of NBC Symphony Orchestra/Robert Russell Bennett March of the Siamese Children (Rodgers) – Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of NewYork/Richard Rodgers It's Easy to Remember (Rodgers & Hart, arr. Farnon) – Robert Farnon & his Orchestra Wait till You see Her (Rodgers, Hart) – Andre Kostelanetz & his Orchestra It might as well be Spring (Rodgers, Hammerstein) – Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Stanley Black Down by the River (Rodgers & Hart, arr. Farnon) – Robert Farnon & his Orchestra Bewitched (Rodgers, Hart) – David Rose & his Orchestra Spring is Here, title song (Rodgers, Hart) – Richard Hayman & his Orchestra Guadalcanal March (from 'Victory at Sea") (Rodgers, arr. Russell Bennett) – Ron Goodwin & his Concert Orchestra Richard Rodgers Suite: Dancing on the Ceiling, Johnny One Note, With a Song in My Heart The Girl Friend, There's a Small Hotel, Thou Swell, Little Girl Blue, Mountain Greenery, Where Or When, Here in my Arms, My Heart stood Still, The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers) – Louis Levy & his Concert Orchestra rec. 1949-1955. mono GUILD GLCD5123 [78:03] [RW]

Golden Age recordings of the works of Richard Rodgers ... see Full Review

The Hall of Fame: Volume 1 Holiday for Strings (Rose) – Morton Gould and his Orchestra Coronation Scot – Light Orchestra/Charles Williams Serenata (Anderson) – Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler Portrait of a Flirt (Farnon) – Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Robert Farnon Mad about the Boy (Coward) – Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra In Party Mood (Strachey) – West End Celebrity Orchestra/Louis Voss Gracious Gown (Melachrino) – Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino Bubbling Over (Gardebylaten) (Olsson, Faith) – Percy Faith and his Orchestra Vanity Fair (Collins) – London Promenade Orchestra/Anthony Collins In a Persian Market (KetèIbey) – New Symphony Orchestra/Stanford Robinson Vilia (Lehár) – Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra Brief Interlude (Wayne) – Music by Camarata Wooden Shoes (Herbert) – Harry Horlick and his Orchestra My Love to You (Fletcher) – Reginald King and his Orchestra Serenade No.1 (Ständchen) (Heykens) – Marek Weber and his Orchestra Wedding of the Rose (Jessel) – Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra An American in Paris (Gershwin) – David Rose and his Orchestra Say it isn't So (Berlin) – Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Stanley Black Four Centuries Suite, ‘Rhythm’ (Coates) – New Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Holiday Spirit (Richardson) – Queen's Light Orchestra/Robert Farnon Outward Bound (Richardson) – Queen's Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch London Fantasia (Richardson) – Columbia Light Symphony/Williams rec. 1930-1954, mono. GUILD GLCD 5120 [77:52] [RW]

The real appeal is to revisit the original wireless recordings as I remember them and to put names to the composers of music many of us know so well. ... see Full Review

Felix Hell Plays The Rieger-Kloss Organ Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Prelude, Fugue and Ciaconne in C Major BuxWV 137 [6:01] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541 [7:24]; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme [4:44]; Air on the G-String [3:12] Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Variations sur un Noël [12:08] Eugene GIGOUT (1844-1925) Toccata in B minor [2:58] Leon BOELLMANN (1862-1897) Suite Gothique op 25 [15:20] Charles-Marie WIDOR (1845-1937) Symphony No 5 [19:26]: i) Allegro; ii) Allegro Cantabile Max REGER (1873-1916) Variations and Fugue on America [7:40] Felix Hell (organ) rec. Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia, USA. No date given. DDD MSR CLASSICS MS 1162 [79:03] [CB]

This is of minimal interest. ... see Full Review

Vladimir Horowitz - Pictures At An Exhibition and eight Other Favourites Original mono recordings: 1942-1951 Vladimir HOROWITZ (1904-1989) Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen (1926) [3.32] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Funérailles S173 (1849) [10.23] Rákóczy March - Hungarian Rhapsody No.15 (arranged Horowitz) [5.08] Valse Oubliée No. 1 (1881) [2.50] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1810-1849) A Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding March and Variations (arranged Liszt, revised Horowitz) Op.61 (1842) [6.01] Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures At An Exhibition (arranged. Horowitz) (1874) [29.36] By The Water (arranged Horowitz) from Sunless, song cycle (1874) [3.58] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse Macabre Op.40 (arranged Liszt, revised Horowitz) (1874) [8.10] John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) The Stars And Stripes Forever (arranged Horowitz) (1897) [3.54] Vladimir Horowitz (piano) Recorded New York, 1942-51 LIVING ERA CLASSICS AJC 8560 [74.04] [JW]

There’s nothing else quite as exhaustingly magnificent as this ... see Full Review

Irish Rhapsody TRADITIONAL arr. Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) Irish Suite: The Irish Washerwoman [3:25]; The Minstrel Boy [3:35];, The Rakes of Mallow [3:06]; The Wearing of the Green [3:58]; The Last Rose of Summer [3:39]; The Girl I Left behind Me [3:27] Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Irish Rhapsody [14:36]; Eileen: The Irish Have a Great Day Tonight [1:47]; George M. COHAN (1878-1942) An Old Fashioned Sing-Along Medley [4:48]; Shamus O'CONNOR Macnamara's Band (arr. Richard HAYMAN) [3:53]; Richard HAYMAN My Darling Irish Rose [2:52]; arr. Richard HAYMAN Irish Tune from Country Derry [4:45]; Sing-Along Medley [4:29] Richard Hayman and His Orchestra rec. April, June 1989, Germany(?) NAXOS 8.555016 [58:17][IL]

Sensitive renderings of familiar Irish songs lovingly performed by the Hayman Orchestra. ... see Full Review

Mathias Kjellgren: Organ Greetings Fran orgeln I Norrtälje kyrka Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 “Wir Danken dir, Gott” (1731) [4:56]; Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D (1731) [3:48] Edward GRIEG (1843-1907) Late Spring (1882) [3:52] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Ritual Fire Dance (1915) [4:19] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pavane for a Dead Princess (1899) [5:47] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser: Pilgrims’ Chorus (1845) [3:31] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Liebesträume No. 3 (1850) [5:44] Camille SAINT-SÄENS (1835-1921) Fantasie E-flat major (1857) [5:40]; The Swan (1886) [3:22] Zdenek FIBICH (1850-1900) Poème (1879) [4:21] Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo (1890) [3:28] Edward “Duke” ELLINGTON (1899-1974) Freedom (1968) [2:15]; Heaven (1968) [3:27]; Come Sunday (1967) [4:17] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Salut d’amour (1889) [4:26] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de Lune (1882-84) [5:42] L.J.A. LEFÉBURE-WELY (1817-1869) Bolero de Concert [4:26] TRADITIONAL The Londonderry Air [4:36] Mathias Kjellgren (organ) rec. Winter 2005, Norrtälje Kyrka, Norrtälje, Sweden. DDD NOSAG RECORDS NOSAG CD 110 [77:57][WK]

The Norrtälje organ does not have a big sound but has a very bright one … the perfect type for an organist of Kjellgren’s abilities. ... see Full Review

Magdalena Kožená - Enchantment: compilation - see review for details Magdalena Kozená (mezzo) rec. dates and locations not supplied DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 615-3 [65:51 + 76:56] [KM]

A voice as beautiful as the singer ... see Full Review

Leipziger Streichquartett - Encores Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Movement D 703 in C minor Hugo WOLF (1860–1903) Intermezzo in E flat major Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Der Tag is thin, die Sonne gehet nieder Heinrich ISAAC (ca. 1450–1517) Sequentia (from Choralis Constantinus) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo from Quartet op. 130 Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Albumblatt (1881) Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992) Four, for Tango Anton BRUCKNER (1824–1896) Intermezzo for string quintet in D minor Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Variations on “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” from Quartet in C major Hob. III:77 (“Emperor Quartet”) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Crisantemi Paul HINDEMITH (1895–1963) Overture to the “Flying Dutchman” as played at Sight by a Second-Rate Concert Orchestra at the Village Well at 7 o’clock in the Morning Johann Sebastian BACH “ Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen” Charles IVES (1874–1954) Scherzo Leipziger Streichquartett, Hartmut Rohde (viola) (Bruckner) rec. Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, 24– 26 May 2005 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 307 1362-2 [73:23] [GF]

Goes straight to the top of the list. Anyone wanting a varied and thrilling collection of mainly shorter quartet pieces, ranging from Renaissance to late 20th century need look no further. ... see Full Review


Detailed listing (last two days)]
[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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