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Victoria De Los AngelesThe Modest Prima Donna see review for content details Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), other artists as above Years of recording as above, no other information REGIS RRC 1232 [78:15] [CH]

You’d do better to get the complete Madama Butterfly with Victoria de los Angeles, also on Regis. ... see Full Review

Arp-Schnitger-Orge Norden Matthias WECKMANN (1615/16-1674) Magnificat II toni [7'10] William BYRD (1542/43-1623) Passamezzo Pavana [6'57] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c1637-1707) Canzona in C BuxWV 166 [5'11] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) An Wasserflussen Babylon BWV 653b [5'03] Toccata in F 540/1 [9'01] Arnolt SCHLICK (before 1460-after 1520/1) Ascendo ad patrem meum, 2nd verse [2'17] Francisco CORREA DE ARAUXO (1584-1654) Tiento LIII de medio registro de dos tiples de sugundo tono [5'25] Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654) Echo ad manuale duplex forte e lene SSWV 128 [8'14] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BuxWV 188 [8'30] Georg BOHM (1661-1733) Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fluchtig [5'59] Dietrich BUXTEHUDE Toccata in d BuxWV 155 [7'18] Agnes Luchterhandt (1-6), Thiemo Janssen (6-11) (organ) rec. Ludgerikirche, Norden, Germany, 25-27 April 2005. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 906 1363-6 [72'08] [CB]

This is fabulous music played on one of Europe's greatest organs with panache and flair. ... see Full Review

Bella España: Music Inspired by Spain Georges BIZET (1838-1895) (arr. William Kanengiser) excerpts from Carmen Suite [8:35] Los Angeles Guitar Quartet rec. Studio A, O’Henry Studios, Burbank, California, 11-14 Dec 2001. Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) excerpts from The Three-Cornered Hat [5:52] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos rec. Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, 31 Jan-1 Feb 1987. Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Jota (Rondo Aragonesa) [4:24] Angel and Celedonio Romero, guitars rec. Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, California, 20-22 Mar and 23-25 Jul 1990. Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez [9:40] David Russell, guitar Naples Philharmonic Orchestra/Erich Kunzel rec. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida, 29-30 Apr 1997. Anonymous Romance [4:19] Angel Romero, guitar rec. Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, California, 6-8 Mar 1989. RODRIGO/Andrew YORK (b. 1958) En Aranjuez con tu amor [4:08] Los Angeles Guitar Quartet rec. Studio A, O’Henry Studios, Burbank, California, 11-14 Dec 2001. Ernesto LECUONA (1896-1963)/Morton GOULD (1913-1996) Malagueña [4:17] Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel rec. Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, 21 June 1998. Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Málaga from Iberia: Book IV [5:45] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos rec. Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11-12 May 1997. ALBÉNIZ Asturias from Suite española, op. 47 [6:18] Francisco TÁRREGA Capricho Arabe [5:13] David Russell, guitar rec. The Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owing Mills, Maryland, 5-7 Mar 2001. TELARC CD-80662 [59:26][BB]

A good first introduction to music inspired by Spain ... see Full Review

The Best Ever Russian Orchestral Music Collection
ABC CLASSICS 476 8087 [3 CDs: 71:33 + 75:55 + 73:08] [BB]

May provide an enticing introduction to listeners new to classical music, it will prove a disappointment to anyone familiar with more capable and more inspired renditions of these, taken singly, oft-recorded pieces. ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling Collection: Volume 6. The “Erik Odde” Recordings and other popular songs in Swedish - 1931-35 see review for content details Jussi Björling (tenor) singing as Erik Odde or in popular song under his own name rec. 1931-35 NAXOS 8.110790 [68.16] [JWo]

The great tenor in unaccustomed mode ... depends on how much of a Björling completist you really are ... see Full Review

BORDERLANDS Contemporary British Piano Trios Camden REEVES (b.1974) Starlight Squid (2001) Paul MEALOR (b.1975) Borderlands (2004) John PICKARD (b.1963) Piano Trio (1990) Philip GRANGE (b.1956) Piano Trio: Homage to Chagall (1995) Chagall Trio (Nicoline Kraamwinkel (violin); Tim Gill (cello); Julian Rolton (piano)) rec. 7-8 August 2004, Cosmo Rodewald Hall, University of Manchester. DDD CAMPION CAMEO 2053 [49:49] [CT]

Piano Trios by four talented British composers, in vibrant and committed performances by the Chagall Trio. ... see Full Review

Alfred Brendel (piano) Philips Celebrates Alfred Brendel at 75: Brendel plays Beethoven Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) CD1 Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) [20.09] Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820) [18.21] Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1822) [27.41] CD2 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (1807) [33.08] A Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 Waldstein (1803) [25.02] Alfred Brendel (piano) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle A rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, England,  March 1984 (Op. 126), February 1996 (Op. 109); The Maltings, Snape, England, December 1995 (Op. 111); Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, December 1997 (Op. 58); Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany, April 1993 (Op. 53). DDD PHILIPS  475 7182 [66.33 + 58.13] Philips Celebrates Alfred Brendel at 75: Brendel plays Haydn and Mozart CD1 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonata in E minor, H.XVI:34 (c.1781-82) [14.25] Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:40 (c.1782-84) [12.13] Piano Sonata in D major, H.XVI:42 (c.1782-84) [12.41] Piano Sonata in E-flat major, H.XVI:52 (1794) [21.11] CD2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata in F major, K332 (1778) [19.45] Fantasia in D minor for solo piano, K397 (1782) [05.18] Rondo in A minor for solo piano, K511 (1787) [10.05] Concerto Rondo in D major for piano and orchestra, K382 (1782) [10.00] B D Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (1785) [30.24] C Alfred Brendel (piano) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner B Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Charles Mackerras C rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, England, March 1984 (H.XVI:34 and 42) and July 1985 (H.XVI:40 and 52); Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1998 (K466); The Maltings, Snape, England, June 1999 (K511); Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, England, January 2000 (K332); Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland, July 2002 (K397). Recording date and location for K382 is not provided. DDD/ADD D PHILIPS  475 7185 [63.01 + 75.49][MC]

These performances continue to provide considerable pleasure. ... see Full Review

British Trumpet Concertos John CARMICHAEL (b.1930) Trumpet Concerto (1972) [21:51] Iain HAMILTON (1922-2000) Concerto for jazz trumpet, Op.37 (1958) [12:50] Rutland BOUGHTON (1878-1960) Trumpet Concerto (1943) [20:33] Tony HEWITT-JONES (1926-1989) Concerto for trumpet and strings (1986) [18:18] John Wallace (trumpet) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Simon Wright World premiere recordings apart from Carmichael rec. no details given. WHITE LINE CD CDWHL2159 [73:55][JW]

Fine performances all round. Wallace can get around these works with silken ease and has the stylistic chops to do a Harry James as much as to burnish the Boughton. ... see Full Review

British Tuba Concertos Edward GREGSON (b. 1945) Tuba Concerto (1978) [18:52] Roger STEPTOE (b. 1953) Tuba Concerto (1983) [14:49] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Tuba Concerto in F minor (1954) [12:54] John GOLLAND (1946-1993) Tuba Concerto Op. 46 (1980s) [17:41] James Gourlay (tuba) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 3-5 Jan 2004, Phoenix Sound, Wembley. DDD NAXOS 8.557754 [64:15][CT]

Four eminently listenable concertos for the tuba in first class performances by James Gourlay. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The John Browning Edition 4 Volumes See review for details MSR CLASSICS MS 1120-3 [63.59]

A heart-warming selection and shows just what a powerful and impressive musician he was. Gives a strong insight into the younger Browning’s sensitive musicianship. ... see Full Review

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) Maria Callas sings Puccini Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide; Sola, perduta, abbandonata; La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimi; Donde lieta usci; Suor Angelica: Senza mamma; Gianni Schicchi: I mio babbino caro; Turandot: Signore, ascolta; In questa reggia; Tu che di gel sei cinta; Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera ... Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia ... Vogliatemi bene (with Nicolai Gedda, tenor, and Lucia Danieli, mezzo-soprano); Un bel di vedremo; Che tua madre; Una nave da Guerra ... Scuoti quella fronda di cillegio (with Lucia Danieli); Con onor muore ... Tu? tu? tu? tu? tu? tu? tu? Piccolo Iddio (with Nicolai Gedda) Maria Callas (soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Tullio Serafin The Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Herbert von Karajan (Madama Butterfly) rec. London, 15–21 September 1954, Milan 1–6 August 1955 (Madama Butterfly) REGIS RRC1234 [72:16] [GF]

A good buy – and cheap for those who want to upgrade. Newcomers could also with advantage start here. ... see Full Review

This Is Clarity Billy AMSTELL (1914-2005) Stick o’Liquorice arr. Paul Harvey [2.56] Raymond DECANCQ (b.1935) Two Contrasts [5.27] Mari MIURA Clover Fantasy for Clarinet Quartet [9.16] Heiner WIBERNY (b.1944) Ulla in Africa (1976) [4.29] Paul HARVEY (b.1935) Quartet for Three B flat clarinets and bass clarinet [8.40] TRADITIONAL Waltzing Matilda – Historical views for Clarinet Quartet arr. Terry Stirzaker [9.51] Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No.1 arr. Canham [2.37] Yvonne DESPORTES (1907-1993) Normandie – Suite on Ancient Airs from Normandie [12.02] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga del Angel (1965) arr. Canham [4.23] La Muerte del Angel (1962) arr. Canham [1.56] William BYRD (1543-1623) Pavana arr. Skolnik [1.53] Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Perpetuum Mobile arr. Heau [2.51] Gershon KINGSLEY (b.1922) Popcorn arr. Canham [2.34] Clarity Clarinet Quartet Recorded at Wesley Music Centre, September-October 2005 MOVE MCD 306 [69.10] [JW]

No po faces here and God knows the scene has its fair share, so instrumentally eloquent performances such as these can be enjoyed guilt-free. ... see Full Review

Concertos for Four Horns Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Konzertstück Op. 86 (1849) [17:12] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto in F major (1746) [6:16] Georg Philip 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 Sinfonia Varsovia/Dariusz Wišniewski rec. Polish Radio Studios, Warsaw, Poland, 18-20 July 2003. NAXOS 8.557747 [75:40][DC]

The nicest thing is that they sound as if they are having fun. ... see Full Review

Janet Craxton: Music for Oboe and Strings Francis Routh (b.1927) Oboe Quartet Op.34 (1977) [9:51] Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) Oboe Quartet (1972) [15:57] Richard Stoker (b. 1938) Polemics for Oboe and String Trio (1970) [11:37] Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) Variations for Oboe Quartet (1968) [10:51] Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) Quartet for Oboe and String Trio (1967) [14:20] Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) Driving out the Death for Oboe and String Trio Op.81 (1971) [14:23] Janet Craxton (oboe) London Oboe Quartet (Perry Hart, violin; Brian Hawkins, viola; Kenneth Heath, cello (except Routh); Charles Tunnell, cello (Routh)) OBOE CLASSICS CC2011 [77:35] [JF]

Five works inspired by the playing of Janet Craxton – each composer was able to compose a work that exploited her unique talents. Minor masterpieces within a genre that is less represented than it deserves. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Delectatio Angeli: Music of love, longing and lament John BEDYNGHAM (c.1460) O rosa bella [3.38]; Bernart de VENTADORN (1125-1195) Can vei la lauzete mover [7.15]; Jehan VAILLANT (fl.c.1360-90) Par maintes foys [2.49]; Etienne de MEAUX (fl.c.1300) Trop est mes maris jalos [3.28]; Francesco LANDINI (1325-1397) Giunta vaga bilta [2.35]; Matheus de PERUSIO (d.1418) le greygnour bien [4.36]; Johannes CICONIA (1335-1411) Per quella strada [3.19]; Guillaume DUFAY (c.1397-1474) Hélas mon dueil [3.14]; L’alta belleza tua [1.38]; Anon English 13th Century English Dance; Anon Spanish c.1300 Four Planctus (La Huelgas ms) [15.54] Catherine Bott and friends (Pavlo Beznosiuk and Mark Levy (medieval fiddles)) rec. Angel Studios, Islington, London, April 2001. HYPERION CDA 67549 [62.26] [GH]

I enjoyed practically everything that this disc offered with the Dufay being the star. I know of no just cause or impediment why everyone else shouldn’t do so as well. ... see Full Review

An English Renaissance: music for oboe and strings inspired by Leon Goossens Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Quintet for Oboe and Strings (1932) [11:21] Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet (1926) [21:26] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings (1932) [14:08] Dorothy GOW (1893-1982) Oboe Quintet in One movement (1936) [14:00] E.J. MOERAN (1894-1950) Fantasy Quartet (1946) [13:27] George Caird (oboe) Simon Blendis, violin; Louise Williams, violin; Jane Salmon, cello; Alison Dods, second violin in the Maconchy/Gow and David Adams, second violin in the Bliss. rec. St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London on January 27th 2004. OBOE CLASSICS CC2009 [75:14][JF]

If it is just for the Dorothy Gow I would suggest that you drop everything and rush out to the shops to buy this CD today! ... see Full Review

The Exquisite Hour Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Arianna a Naxos [19:09] Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Ständchen Op. 106, No 1 (c.1888) [1:40] Da unten im Tale (Deutsche Volkslieder No. 6) (1894) [1:48] Nachtwandler Op. 86, No. 3 (c. 1877) [3:29] Feldeinsamkeit Op. 86, No. 2 (c. 1879) [3:03] Alte Liebe Op. 72, No 1 (c. 1876) [3:00] Die Mainacht Op. 43, No. 2 (c. 1866) [3:31] Von ewiger Liebe Op. 43, No.1 (1864) [4:43] Reynaldo HAHN (1875-1947) À Chloris [2:59] L’Énamourée [3:22] Trois jours de vendange [3:12] L’Heure exquise [2:30] Quand je fus pris au pavillon [1:21] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Glückwunsch Op. 38, No.1 (1947) [2:34] Alt-Spanisch op. 38, No 3 (1940) [1:24] Sterbelied Op. 14, No 1 [3:46] Gefasster Abschied Op. 14 No. 4 [3:22] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Lost in the Stars (from Lost in the Stars) [2:50] Speak Low (from One Touch of Venus) [2:29] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Her Song [2:57] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Tit for Tat [2:05] Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Eugene Asti (piano) rec. live, St. John’s, Smith Square, London, 3 October 2005. DDD SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD072 [75:18] [JQ]

A gem of a disc. An exquisite recital which I enjoyed immensely ... see Full Review

Friends and Rivals: Mozart and Clementi Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto in E flat, K271, 'Jeunehomme'a (1777) [33'34] Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832) Piano Concerto in Cb (1796) [22'50] Felicja Blumental (piano);aMozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg/Leopold Hager;b Prague Symphony Orchestra/ Alberto Zedda. rec. Salzburg, a1976 and b1980. ADD BRANA RECORDS BR0008 [56'24] [CC]

Polish pianist Blumental was intensely musical as these recordings clearly show. Worth investigating. The low playing time is somewhat mitigated by the low retail price. ... see Full Review

Maria Callas: Lyric and Coloratura Arias Francesco CILEA (1866–1950) driana Lecouvreur: Io son l’umile nacelle; Poveri fiori; Alfredo CATALANI (1854–1893) La Wally: Ebben? Ne andro lontana; Umberto GIORDANO (1867–1948) Andrea Chenier: La mamma morta; Arrigo BOITO (1842–1918) Mefistofele: L’altra notte in fondo al mare; Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792–1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa; Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791–1864) Dinorah: Ombre légère; Leo DELIBES (1836–1891) Lakmé: Où va la jeune Indoue (Bell Song); Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amici; Gioacchino ROSSINI Il Turco in Italia: Non si dà follia maggiore; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Martern aller Arten; Gustave CHARPENTIER (1860–1956) Louise: Depuis le jour; Gioacchino ROSSINI Armida: D’amore al dolce impero Maria Callas (soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra/Tullio Serafin (trs 1 – 9), Orchestra La Scala Milan/Gianandrea Gavazzeni (tr. 10), Orchestra RAI, Milan/Alfredo Simonetto rec. Watford Town Hall, 17–21 September 1954 (tracks 1 – 9); Milan, 31 August–8 September 1954 (tr. 10), live broadcast, San Remo, December 1954 (tracks 11 – 13). ADD REGIS RRC 1233 [72:57] [GF]

Includes tracks showing Callas at her very best. Not the last word in sonics but enjoyable anyway. ... see Full Review

Das Gänsebuch (The Geese Book) - German Medieval Chant Kaspar OTHMAYR (1515-1553)/Lucas OSIANDER (1534-1604) Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, bicinium and chorale* [03:12] plainchant Mass for Ascension: Viri Galilei, introitus [02:41] Hans KOTTER (c1485-1541) Fantasia in C* [01:21] plainchant Mass for the Holy Lance and the Nails [12:37] Conrad BRUMANN (d1526) Carmen in G* [01:19] plainchant Mass for Saint Deocarus: Justus germinabit, alleluia; Dilectus deo et hominibus, sequentia [04:55] Ludwig SENFL (c1492-c1555) Lied: Ewiger Gott* [02:37] plainchant Mass for Saint Sebaldus [12:56] Heinrich ISAAC (c1450-1517) Ricercare in d minor* [02:28] plainchant
Mass for Saint Monica: Jesu transfixi vulnera, offertorium [01:10] Conrad PAUMANN (c1415-c1473) Kyrie Angelicum* [02:25] plainchant Mass for Saint Martha [16:50] Arnolt SCHLICK (c1455-c1525) Maria zart, von edler Art* [02:18] plainchant Mass for Saint Lawrence: Confessio et pulchritudo in conspectu eius, introitus [01:48] Heinrich FINCK (1445-1527) Ich werd erlost* [01:22] [Bells of the Church of St Lorenz] [00:53] Schola Hungarica/László Dobszay, Janka Szendrei Matthias Ank, organ (*) rec. September 2002, Lutheran Church of Wendelstein, February 2003, St Lorenz in Nuremberg, Germany. DDD NAXOS 8.557412 [70:53] [JV]

Considering the historical importance of this repertoire and the quality of both music and performance I recommend this disc to anyone interested in liturgical music … see Full Review

The Gigli Edition Vol. 12: London Recordings 1946-1947 Fromental HALÉVY (1799 – 1862) La Juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur; Edouard LALO (1823 – 1892) Le Roi d’Ys: Puisq’on ne peut … Vainement [ma] ô bien-aimée; Paolo TOSTI (1846 – 1916) Parted; MURRAY I’ll walk beside you; Salvatore CARDILLO (19th/20th Cent) Core ‘ngrato; Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Manon: Je suis seul! … Ah! Fuyez, douce image; Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller?; FALVO (?) Dicitencello vuje; Traditional Adeste fideles; Franz GRUBER (1787 – 1863) Silent night, holy night; Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Ave Maria; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863 – 1945) Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola (Siciliana); Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810 – 1849) Reviens mon amour (from Étude in E major Op. 10 No. 3) [Tristesse]; CITTADINI (?) Ninna nanna; Paolo TOSTI Segreto; CITTADINI Nostalgia d’amore; WILLIAMS (?) Vidalita, Op. 45 No. 3; BUCHARDO (?) Canción del Carretero (from Seis Canciónes al estilo popular); May BRAHE (1885 - 1956) Bless this house; PENN (?) Smilin’ through Beniamino Gigli (tenor) Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden (tr. 1 – 8), Orchestra (tr. 9 – 11, 13 – 20)/Rainaldo Zamboni. tr. 9 with chorus, Herbert Dawson, organ, and Kitty Wilson, harp, tr. 10 – 11 with Herbert Dawson, organ, and Kitty Wilson, harp, tr 12 with harp accompaniment by Kitty Wilson rec. Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, 4 December, 1946 (tr. 1 – 4), 13 December 1946 (tr. 5 – 8), in Kingsway Hall, London, 26 November, 1947 (tr. 9 – 12), 27 November 1947 (tr. 13 – 16), Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, 30 November 1947 (tr. 17 – 20) NAXOS 8.111101 [67:05] [GF]

Another "must buy" for the Gigli enthusiast. ... see Full Review

The Complete Leopold Godowsky: Volume 2 - The Brunswick Recordings 1922-25 see review for content details Leopold Godowsky (piano) Recorded 1922-25 MARSTON 52051-2 [77.45 + 75.01] [JW]

These Brunswicks lack the obvious Romantic pile-drivers but he was a master of the subtler canvas. His uneven recordings point to a personality unsettled by the mechanical and by contrivance - ... see Full Review

Guitarra: The Guitar in Spain DVD 1 First Movement, Prelude: The Golden Century [25:46]; Second Movement, Country Dances: The Baroque Guitar [25:58]; Third Movement, Rondo: The Guitar in the Classical Period [26:01]; Fourth Movement, Serenade: Flamenco and Romantic Guitar [25:50] DVD 2 Fifth Movement, Rhapsody: Granados and Nationalism [26:46]; Sixth Movement, Evocation: Isaac Albéniz [25:20]; Seventh Movement, Homage: The Guitar in the Twentieth Century [24:59]; Eighth Movement, Finale: The Concierto de Aránjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo [25:35] Julian Bream (guitar) The Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Sir Charles Groves Devised and presented by Julian Bream Director: Barrie Gavin; Producer: Laurence Boulting Region Code: 0; NTSC ARTHAUS MUSIK 102 003 DVD [103:35 + 102:41][ZT]

‘Guitarra’ is highly recommended viewing, and a fine tribute to a great guitarist. ... see Full Review

Jewish String Quartets Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Études sur des thèmes liturgiques du Comtat Venaissin (1973) (Modéré 4:53; Animé 2:05; Modéré 1:51) Juilliard String Quartet (Joel Smirnoff, violin; Ronald Copes, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello) Abraham Wolf BINDER (1895-1966) Two Hassidic Moods (1934) (I. Meditation 4:41 5. II. Dance 7:09) Bochmann String Quartet (Michael Bochmann, violin; Mark Messenger, violin; Helen Roberts, viola; Peter Adams, cello) Ruth SCHONTHAL (b. 1924) String Quartet No. 3, In Memoriam Holocaust (1997) (I. Grave 8:00; II. Lament and Prayer 10:49) Bingham String Quartet (Stephen Bingham, violin; Sally-Ann Weeks, violin; Brenda Stewart, viola; James Halsey, cello) John ZORN Kol Nidre (1996) 6:20 Ilya Kaler, violin; Perrin Yang, violin; George Taylor, viola; Steven Doane, cello Sholom SECUNDA (1894-1974) String Quartet in C Minor (1945) (I. Allegretto 9:15; II. Adagio 4:02; III. Allegro 7:47; IV. Allegro con fuoco 10:30) Bochmann String Quartet rec. Oct 2001, AAAL, NYC (Milhaud); Nov 1998 (Binder, Secunda), Feb 1999 (Schonthal), St Silas, London; Sept 1999, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, Rochester, USA (Zorn) NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS MILKEN ARCHIVE 8.559451 [77:49] [RB]

A refreshing anthology of generally accessible unknown music for string quartet ... see Full Review

A Joker's Tales Daniel BÖRTZ (b. 1943) A Joker’s Tales* (1999-2000) [20:16] Ingvar KARKOFF (b. 1958) Concerto for Recorder and Wind Orchestra** (2000) [20:28] Fredrik ÖSTERLING (b. 1966) Les voix du silence (Voices of Silence), Six movements for recorder trio*** (2003) [16.50] Dan Laurin (recorder) Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Alan Gilbert* Östgöta Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Petter Sundkvist** Trio Paradox*** rec. May 2002, Nybrokajen 11 (the former Academy of Music), Stockholm (Karkoff); December 2002, Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden (Börtz); July 2005, Länna Church, Sweden (Österling). DDD BIS-CD-1425 [58:35] [DC]

A new CD of high quality, substantial and original new music has certainly done Bis no disservice. ... see Full Review

Live in Ramallah Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, KAnh.9 (297b)* [29:42] Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 [31:35] Speech by Daniel Barenboim. [4:34] Encore Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36 [4:06] *Mohamed Saleh (oboe); Kinan Azmeh (clarinet); Mor Biron (bassoon); Sharon Polyak (horn) West Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim rec. live, Cultural Palace, Ramallah, 21 August 2005. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62791-2 [69:57] [DD]

A marvellous score set alight by these young players, going for broke in Gaza ...see Full Review

Gérard Souzay (baritone) French songs Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Chanson triste [03:05], L’invitation au voyage [04:32] (rec. 1952) Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Les papillons op.2/3 [01:09], Le temps de lilas [04:14], Le colibri op.2/7 [03:09], Le charme op.2/2 [02:08] (rec. 1954) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Histoires naturelles [15:24] (Rec. 1952), Don Quichotte à Dulcinée* [06:15] (rec. 1950) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La grotte* [02:20], Mandoline* [01:16] (rec. 1950) Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Spleen op.51/3 [02:45], Green op.58/3 [02:06], C’est l’extase op.58/5 [02:47], Prison op.83/1 [02:17], Mandoline op.58/1 [1:42] (rec.1951), Clair de lune op.46/2 [02:57], Après un rêve op.7/1 [02:39], Au bord de l’eau op.8/1 [02:19], Arpège op.76/2 [02:02], En sourdine op.58/2 [03:17], L’horizon chimérique [07:38] (rec. 1950) Gérard Souzay (baritone) with Jacqueline Bonneau (piano) except items marked* which are with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra/Edouard Lindberg [Lindenberg?] Recorded in the years given above, no other information CD transfers by Tony Watts REGIS RRC 1236 [76:15] [CH]

Classic French singing but the transfers are not of the best. ... see Full Review

Wanda Landowska: Treasury of Harpsichord Music and Dances of Ancient Poland Treasury of Harpsichord Music: Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Fantasia in C minor, BWV 919; Domenico SCARLATTI (1685 – 1757) Sonata in D major, L. 418; Sonata in D minor, L. 423; Jacques Champion de CHAMBONNIÈRES (ca 1601 – ca 1672) Sarabande in D minor; Jean Philippe RAMEAU (1683 – 1764) La Dauphine; François COUPERIN (1668 – 1733) Les barricades mystérieuses; L’arlequine; William CROFT (1678 – 1727) (attrib. Purcell) Ground in C minor; Anonymous The Nightingale; George Frederic HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Air and Doubles from Suite No. 5 in E major “The Harmonious Blacksmith”; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Rondo in D major, K 485; Rondo alla Turca from Sonata in A major, K 331 “Turkish March”; Minuet in D major, K 355; Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741) (trans. J.S. BACH) Concerto No. 1 in D major: Allegro; Larghetto; Allegrissimo Dances of Ancient Poland: Michael Cleophas OGIŃSKI (1765 – 1833) (trans. Landowska) Polonaise in A minor; Jacob le POLONAIS (b. ca 1550) (trans. Landowska) Gagliarda; Wanda LANDOWSKA (1879 – 1959) Bourée d’Auvergne; Diomedes CATO (ca 1560 – ca 1618) Chorea Polonica; Michael Cleophas OGIŃSKI Polonaise in G major; Jean Philippe RAMEAU Air grave pour deux polonaise from “Les Indes Galantes”; François COUPERIN Air dans le gout polonaise; Three Polish Dances of the 17th Century (trans. Landowska): No. 1 POLONAIS: Courante; No. 2 Anonymous; No. 3 Anonymous; Wanda LANDOWSKA The Hop (Wedding Folk Song); Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810 – 1849) Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56, No. 2 Wanda Landowska (harpsichord) rec. Lotus Club, New York City, various dates 1946 (Treasury of Harpsichord Music) and in Lakeville, Connecticut, 12– 27 May 1951. ADD NAXOS 8.111055 [77:39] [GF]

Wilful but utterly stimulating ... 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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