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A Noble Entertainment: Music from Queen Anne’s London William WILLIAMS (?1675-1701) Trio Sonata No.6 in F major, ‘in immitation of Birds’ [6:35] Daniel PURCELL (c.1664-1717) Trio Sonata No.2 in G minor [4:19] William CORBETT (1680-1748) Trio Sonata in C major Op.2, No.4 [4:52] Nicola Francesco HAYM (1678-1729) Sonata in A minor / E minor for cello and basso continuo [3:57] James PAISIBLE (c.1656-1721) Suite No.4 in C minor [8:55] Johann Christian PEPUSCH (1667-1741) Trio Sonata in F major [4:55] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Suite No.2 in G minor for solo harpsichord [8:02] Gottfried KELLER (d.1704) Trio Sonata No.4 in B flat major [4:17] Gottfried FINGER (c.1665-1730) Trio Sonata in G minor [4:54] James PAISIBLE (c.1656-1721) Sonata in c minor, Op.1, No.3 for two treble recorders [9:27] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Trio Sonata in F major HWV405 [5:43] The Parnassian Ensemble: Sophie Middleditch, Helen Hooker (recorders); Joseph Crouch (cello); David Pollock (harpsichord) rec. 18-20 January, 2003, National Centre for Early Music, York. DDD AVIE AV2094 [66:19] [GPU]

A delightful anthology of chamber music from early eighteenth century London, played with insight and sensitivity and beautifully recorded …. see Full Review

Advent in Winchester: O Come, Emmanuel Plainsong Advent Prose. Plainsong – Mode 1 [4:04] William BYRD (1543-1623) Vigilate [4:13] Paul MANZ (b. 1919) E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come [2:53] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chorale Prelude: Wachet auf, BWV645* [4:02] Thomas WEELKES (?1576-1623) Hosanna to the Son of David [2:14] James MACMILLAN (b. 1959) Laudi alla Vergine Maria (2004)^ [7:14] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) A Spotless Rose [3:25] David WILLCOCKS (arr.) O come, O come, Emmanuel [3:54] Johann Sebastian BACH Chorale Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV599 [4:23] Franz BIEBL (1906-2001) Ave Maria [5:14] Patrick GOWERS (b. 1936) Ad te levavi [7:50] Edward NAYLOR (1867-1934) Vox dicentes: Clama [8:49] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Chorale Prelude: Es is ein’ Ros’ entsprungen [2:38] Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Benedictus in C [5:48] Winchester Cathedral Choir/Sarah Baldock &*Andrew Lumsden (organ)/dir. Andrew Lumsden. *First recording. rec. Winchester Cathedral, 16-19 January 2006 DDD GRIFFIN GCCD 4052 [66:48] [JQ]

This is a very enjoyable and satisfying seasonal disc. ... see Full Review

Miroslav Ambroš (violin) Il Virtuoso Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Concert Fantasy on Faust [12:00] Jota Aragonesa Op.27 [5:09] Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Dza more – Gypsy Ballad (1991) [5:27] Nicolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Cantabile in D major Op.17 (1823) [3:49] Moses Fantasy - Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s Moses (Dal tuo stellato soglio) (1819) [6:37] Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Scherzo tarantelle Op.16 (1856) [4:56] Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Salonstücke – No.1 Barcarole Op.135/1 91845-47) [3:28] Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Caprice Viennois Op.2 [4:18] Josef SUK (1874-1935) Violin solo from Fairy Tale, from the Suite from Raduz and Mahulena Op.16 (1897-98) arranged by Josef Suk Jr. [4:42] Antonio BAZZINI (1818-1897) Le Ronde des Lutins Op.25 (1852) [5:35] Miroslav Ambroš (violin) Zuzana Ambrošová (piano) rec. Martinů Hall, Lichtenstein Palace, Prague, undated (2006) ARCO DIVA UP 0089-2 131 [56:40][JW]

The general direction is essentially late nineteenth century … a barnstorming profile with some sensitive lyric pieces to leaven the virtuosity ... see Full Review

The Art of English Song - see review for details - Recorded at numerous locations and venues between 1949 and 2004 DECCA 476 5296 [75:33 + 74:27] [GPJ]

A hugely enjoyable if slightly quirky selection, then. I’d love to think that, in the fullness of time, this might turn out to be merely ‘Volume One’ – this is such a rich vein. ... see Full Review

Joseph Baldassarre Music of Western Europe, 1200-1450 ANONYMOUS Saltarello (15th century) [2:42] Guaçelm FAIDIT (c. 1160-1207) Chant e deport [1:31] ANONYMOUS Je’ porte membremant (15th century) [1:04] Jacopo DA BOLOGNA (fl. 1340-1360) Con lagrima begnando me [2:45] ANONYMOUS Under der Linden (14th century) [3:33]; Estampie (15th century) [0:55]; Saltarello (15th century) [1:33] Walther von der VOGELWEIDE (c. 1170-1230) Der Mai [2:00] Colin MUSET c. 1200-1250) Quant je voy yver [3:00] ANONYMOUS Estampie real (15th century) [2:51] Raimbaut de VAQUIERAS (c. 1150-1206) Kalenda Maya [12:19] ANONYMOUS Estampie real (15th century) [2:29] FAIDIT Fort chausa [1:31] ANONYMOUS John Barleycorn (15th century) [3:22] Johannes CICONIA (1335?-1412) Non al suo amante [2:36] ANONYMOUS She Moved through the Faire (15th century) [5:00]; Senti du l’amour (14th century) [0:51]; Munda Maria (15th century) [1:36] Joseph Baldasarre (lute, citole, oud, symphonia, vielle, recorder, flute, soprano flute, douçaine, crumhorn, tar, riq, tambourine, doumbek, vocals) Recording location and date not provided. TOAD RECORDS TR0306 [63:46] [BB]

Fans of early instrumental music should check this out.  It is not only an important introduction to a piece of music history, but fun to listen to as well. ... see Full Review

Jeanne Baxtresser A Collection of My Favorites Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) 1. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun [10:03] Béla BARTÓK  (1881–1945) Suite paysanne hongroise (arranged for flute by Paul Arma): 2. Chants populaires tristes [6:01] 3. Vieilles danses [6:54] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810–1849) 4. Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. Posth. (transcribed for flute by Julius Baker) [4:29] Friedrich KUHLAU (1786–1832) 5. Trio, Op. 119: Movement III [5:46] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) 6. Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3 (arranged for violin by Jascha Heifetz; transcribed for flute by Jeanne Baxtresser) [2:34] Samuel BARBER (1910–1981) 7. Canzone, Op. 38a [4:06] Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714–1788) 8. Concerto for Flute in D minor, Wq. 22: III. Allegro di molto [6:52] George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) 9. Someone to Watch Over Me [3:47] 10. Promenade [2:37] Claude BOLLING (b. 1930) Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: 11. Baroque and Blue [5:17] 12. Sentimentale [7:53] 13. Veloce [3:50] Henry COWELL (1897–1965) 14. Two Bits [4:23] Jeanne Baxtresser (flute) Andrew Davis (piano)(1–7), Toronto Chamber Orchestra/Andrew Davis (8), Julius Baker (flute), Toronto Ragtime Ensemble/Doug Riley (9), Toronto Ragtime Ensemble/Doug Riley (10), Eric Robertson Trio (11–13), Margaret Baxtresser (piano)(14). rec. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Church of Saint Timothy, June 1987 (1 – 7); Grace Church On-The-Hill, May 1986 (8), 1996 (9 – 13). rec. live in concert, June 1994 (14) MSR CLASSICS MS 1114 [74:32][GF]

Wonderful, charming and aristocratic playing!  It is also refreshing to have a collection of favourites that goes beyond the obvious lollipops and shows that there is so much more or less neglected music which is just as appealing. ... see Full Review

The Beecham Collection – RPO: The Early Days Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream; incidental music – Overture Op. 61 (1843) [11:44] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) - Prelude to Act III [7:09] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.40 in G minor K550 (1788) [23:45] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54 (1845) [28:05] Moura Lympany (piano) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham rec. live, Davis Theatre, Croydon, 10 November 1946. SOMM BEECHAM 19 [71:12] [JW]

An intriguing, and rare, look at the RPO in its early performances ... see Full Review

BBC Legends: Dennis Brain (horn) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K447 (c.1786) [15.04] (a) Divertimento No. 14 in B flat major, K270 (1777) I, IV (arr. Anthony Baines) [4.21] (d) Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (1944) [24.02] [b] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Adagio and Allegro in A flat major Op.70 (1848) [8.41] (c) Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) La Cheminé du Roi René (1939): VI Chasse à Valabre [1.59] (d) Peter Racine FRICKER (1920-1990) Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon Op. 5 (1947) [16.24] (e) Dennis Brain (horn) (a) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent, (b) Peter Pears BBC Symphony Orchestra/John Hollingsworth; (c) Benjamin Britten (piano); Dennis Brain Wind Quintet: Gareth Morris (flute), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon) rec. (a), (b) Royal Albert Hall, London, 30 July 1953; BBC Studios (d) London, 19 June 1956, (e) Freemason's Hall, Edinburgh, 24 August 1957; (Fricker): Aldeburgh Parish Church, 21 June 1956 BBC LEGENDS MONO BBCL 4192-2 [73.36] [DD]

Another "must have" from BBC Legends. It’s been really interesting being reminded of a genius sadly taken away at about the same age as Mozart ... see Full Review

Dennis Brain – A Tribute Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Horn Concerto No. 1 in D, K. 412 (1791?) [8:22] ¹ Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat, K. 417 (1783) [13:48] ¹ Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 447 (1786-7) [15:45] ¹ Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 447 (1786-7) [14:47] ² Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat, K. 495 (1786) [16:21] ¹ Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat major (1942) [16:27] ~ Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for Four Horns (1952) [14:18] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in E Major Op 109 [14:32] ³ Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Adagio and Allegro for horn Op.70 (1849) [8:21] * Paul DUKAS (1895-1965) La Villanelle [5:56] # Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) La Basque [1:02] # Dennis Brain (horn) Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan ¹ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Wolfgang Sawallisch ~ SWF Orchestra/Hans Rosbaud ² Dennis Brain Ensemble Denis Matthews (piano) ³ Gerald Moore (piano) * Wilfred Parry (piano) # rec. London, 1944 (Beethoven) and 1953 (Mozart Concertos), Edinburgh, 1957 (Dukas, Marais), London, 1956 (Hindemith, Strauss), Stuttgart, 1953 (Mozart Concerto No.3) ANDROMEDA ANDRCD 5065 [69:10 + 59:49][JW]

Brain collectors will have all this. ... see Full Review

British Light Music New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp rec. CD1: 30 November-1 December 1995; CD2: 21-22 October 1996; CD3: 3-4 August 1999; CD4 11-12 April 2002. DDD Originally released at full price and still available as Hyperion CDA66868; CDA66968; CDA67148; CDA67400 respectively HYPERION CDS442614 [4 CDs: 76:53 + 76:25 + 78:45 + 77:58] [RB]

Prestigously presented and well thought through. Golden nostalgia with fidelity to a long departed but by many still cherished past. Riches indeed! ... see Full Review

From Byzantium to Andalusia - Medieval Poems and Songs - Christian-Arabic Tradition, Lebanon Kyrie eleison  [3:21] Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona), Italy, 13th century Fa mi cantar l’amor di la beata (Let me sing the love of the blessed one) [6:47] De la crudel morte de Cristo (Of the cruel death of Christ) [1:59] Laude novella [3:49] Yunus Embre (Bahileri), Turkey, 13th century Sallalahu ala Muhammed [4:42] Pesrev [1:29] Ey Dervisler [4:59] Laudario di Cortona Plangiamo quell crudel [4:07] Venite a laudare (Come and Praise) [2:40] Traditional Jewish, 12th century Keh Moshe [1:44] Traditional Sephardic, pre-1492 Adon Haselihot [3:21] Galeas, mis galeas [3:48] Traditional Andalusian School Jalla man [4:07] Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Catalonia, 14th century Stella spendens in monte (Star shining on the mountain) [8:23] Laudario di Cortona O Maria, d’omelia [5:00] Oni Wytars Ensemble Belinda Sykes (voice); Jeremy Avis (voice); Peter Rabanser (voice, ud, bagpipe, duduk); Marco Ambrosini (fiddle, keyed fiddle, rebec, Jew’s harp); Thomas Wimmer (fiddle, lute, rebec); Michael Posch (recorder, reed-flute); Riccardo Delfino (harp, hurdy-gurdy); Katharina Dustmann (bender, darabuka, zarp, riqq, davul); Peter Rabanser and Belinda Sykes (musical direction) rec. GroßeSendesaal, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, Germany, 14-16 December 2001. DDD NAXOS 8.557637[60:25] [PG]

For the casual fan of early music highly recommended. ... see Full Review

Change Ringing from St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Grandshire Caters [8:21] Stedman Cinques [12:58] Little Bob Maximus [9:05] Double Norwich Court Bob Major [6:01] Erin Caters [5:06] rec. 1973 (date not given) SAYDISC CD-SDL 243 [41:34][DC]

I can only listen in awe ... see Full Review

Golden Age of Music series: Childhood Memories Playtime (Farnon) – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Farnon Jolly Juggler (Ellis) – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Farnon Children's Hour (Campbell) – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Farnon Tinkerbell (Morley) – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Farnon Skippy (Campbell) – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Farnon Clockwork Clown (White) – New Concert Orchestra/DumontPlaybox (Charrosin) – Louis Voss & his orchestra Little Boy Blue (Croudson) – Louis Voss & his orchestra Peter Pan (van der Linden) – Dolf Van Der Linden & his orchestra Hide and Seek  "Children's Playtime Suite" (Engleman) – West End Celebrity Orchestra Marbles "Children's Playtime Suite" (Engleman) – International Radio Orchestra Pick a Back, "Children's Playtime Suite" (Engleman) – Regent Classic Orchestra Ring o' Roses "Children's Playtime Suite" (Engleman) – Regent Classic Orchestra Children in the Park: Dancing for joy (Duncan) – NCO/Van Der Linden Dance of the Blue Marionettes (Clair) – Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Torch Fun Fair (Martin) – Ray Martin & his orchestra The Dancer at the Fair (Fortis) – Charles Shadwell & his orchestra Helter Skelter (Essex) – National Light Orchestra Time for Fun and Games (Brownsmith) – National Light Orchestra In the Circus: Cowboy's Horsemanship (Armandola) – London Concert Orchestra Clowneries (Roger) – Roger Roger and his Champs Elysees Orchestra Model Railway (Williams) – New Concert Orchestra/Leon Five o' Clock Tea in the Dolls' House (Rosen) – Regent Classic Orchestra The Music Lesson (Williams) – Charles Williams & his Concert Orchestra Parade of the Gnomes (Russell) – London Promenade Orchestra/Collins Toytown Parade (Ferraris) – London Promenade Orchestra/Collins Children's Overture (Quilter) – Sidney Torch & his orchestra Recorded in London, England between 1939-55 GUILD GLCD 5125 [77:11][RJW]

There is much to delight in 'easy listening' mode on this disc. Its welcome issue allows us to put a style to those composers of which little is heard. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christmas at St. John’s College, Cambridge Chapel Bell [0.35] Plainsong Rorate cæli [5:21] Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel [3:25] Antiphon: O Sapientia [1:00] Otto GOLDSCHMIDT (1829-1907) A Tender Shoot [2:08] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) A Spotless Rose (1919) [3:15] Hymn: Lo! He comes with clouds descending (descant by Christopher Robinson) [4:44] Antiphon: O Adonai [1:08] Edward NAYLOR (1867-1934) Vox dicentes: Clama (1911) [9:00] Antiphon: O Radix Jesse [1:02] Judith BINGHAM (b. 1952) The clouded Heaven (1998) [4:50] Antiphon: O Clavis David [1:09] John RUTTER (b. 1943) There is a flower (1986) [4:28] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) This have I done for my true love (1916) [5:29] Antiphon: O Oriens [0:57] Francis POTT (b. 1957) Lullay my liking (2004) [6:40] Antiphon: O Rex gentium [0:58] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) arr. David HILL Bethlehem Down (1927) [4:49] Antiphon: O Emmanuel [1:00] Morten LAURIDSEN (b. 1943) O magnum mysterium (1994) [6:50] Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (descant by David Hill) [3:54] Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est [1:07] The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge/Paul Provost (organ)/David Hill rec. St. John’s College Chapel, 13-15 January 2006. DDD HYPERION CDA67576 [74:41] [JQ]

This is a very distinguished package indeed. I shall be surprised if I encounter a finer CD of Christmas music this year ... see Full Review

Classic FM at the Movies CD 1 1. John WILLIAMS Superman: The Movie 2. Alan SILVESTRI Back To The Future 3. James HORNER Apollo 13 4. John WILLIAMS Star Wars 5. Ennio MORRICONE The Mission 6. Tan DUN Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 7. Nigel HESS Ladies in Lavender 8. Craig ARMSTRONG Love Actually 9. Maurice JARRE Ghost 10. Michael NYMAN The Piano 11. John BARRY Out of Africa 12. Maurice JARRE Witness 13. David ARNOLD The Stepford Wives 14. Danny ELFMAN Batman 15. John WILLIAMS Star Wars CD 2 1. John WILLIAMS E. T. 2. John WILLIAMS Harry Potter 3. Jan KACZMAREK Finding Neverland 4. Klaus BADELT Pirates Of The Caribbean 5. John WILLIAMS Raiders Of The Lost Ark 6. Alexandre DESPLAT Girl With A Pearl Earring 7. John BARRY Dances With Wolves 8. Debbie WISEMAN Arsene Lupin 9. Hans ZIMMER Gladiator 10. George FENTON Stage Beauty 11. Patrick DOYLE Shakespeare In Love 12. Craig ARMSTRONG Romeo And Juliet 13. Rachel PORTMAN Oliver Twist 14. Maurice JARRE Dr. Zhivago CD 3 1. Max STEINER Gone With The Wind 2. Richard ADDINSELL Dangerous Moonlight 3. John WILLIAMS Born On The 4th July 4. Samuel BARBER Platoon 5. John WILLIAMS Schlinder's List 6. John WILLIAMS Saving Private Ryan 7. Gabriel YARED The English Patient 8. Elmer BERNSTEIN The Magnificent Seven 9. Maurice JARRE Lawrence Of Arabia 10. Howard SHORE The Lord Of The Rings 11. Jerome MOROSS The Big Country CLASSIC FM CFMCD46 [3 CDs: 65:21 + 67:33 + 57: 13][RB]

Not aimed at a specialist market but stylishly provides an attractive and inspiring populist flavour of cinema over the last thirty or so years. ... see Full Review

Concord of Sweet Sounds Pietro LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Sonata in G minor Op.2a No.3 [9:41] Johann Sebastian BACH attrib. (1685-1750) Sonata in C major BWV 1033 [8:50] Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Sonata in A minor W. 128 [9:56] Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Gran Duetto Concertante Op. 52 [15:15] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Waltzes (from Op. 9) (arr. A. Diabelli) [3:45] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Potpourri (arr. A. Diabelli) [9:40] Franz SCHUBERT Waltzes (from Op. 9) (arr. A. Diabelli) [2:23] Lisa Beznosiuk (One keyed boxwood flute, 8 keyed ebony flute) Nigel North (13 course lute, 6 string guitar) rec. Almondsbury Parish Church, nr. Bristol, UK November 1986 AMON RA CD-SAR 33 [60:02] [DC]

A sheer joy of a disc. ... see Full Review

Plácido Domingo - Moments of Passion Plácido DOMINGO Jr. 1. Willkommen bei uns [2:42] Opernchor des Saarländischen Staatstheaters, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken/Leonid Grin Giacomo PUCCINI 2. Turandot: Nessun dorma [2:58] Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Jesus Luis Cobos Augustin LARA 3. Granada [4:05] VVC Symphony/Beby Silvetti Giacomo PUCCINI 4. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle [3:05] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Zubin Mehta Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) 5. Rigoletto: La donna é mobile [2:15] London Symphony Orchestra/Nello Santi John DENVER 6. Perhaps Love [2:57] John Denver (guitar and vocals), Orchestra Lee Holdridge/Lee Holdridge Giuseppe VERDI 7. Aida: Se quell guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida [4:12] Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) 8. Giulio Cesare: Svegliatevi nel cor [5:22] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Downes Giuseppe VERDI 9. Rigoletto: Questa o quella [1:50] New Philharmonia Orchestra/Nello Santi Giacomo PUCCINI 10. Tosca: Dammi i colori … Recondita armonia [3:08] Paul Plishka (bass), New Philharmonia Orchestra/Zubin Mehta Friedrich von FLOTOW 11. Martha: M’appari [3:47] London Symphony Orchestra/Nello Santi Ernesto LECUONA 12. Andalucía [2:49] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lee Holdridge Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) 13. Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro [4:23] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Downes Giacomo PUCCINI 14. Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un albero fiorito [2:13] London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO 15. Pagliacci: Recitar! Mentre preso … Vesti la giubba [4:11] London Symphony Orchestra/Nello Santi Giacomo PUCCINI 16. La bohème: O soave fanciulla [3:56] Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Sherrill Milnes (baritone), London Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti Lee HOLDRIDGE/Carol CONNORS 17. A Love Until the End of Time [3:02] Maureen McGovern (vocals) Giuseppe VERDI 18. La traviata: Libiamo ne’ lieti calici (Brindisi) [3:11] Inva Mula-Tchako (soprano), Nina Stemme (soprano), Ainhoa Arteta (soprano), Kwangchul Youn (bass), Les Musiciens de l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris-Bastille/Eugene Kohn Plácido DOMINGO Jr. 19. Willkommen bei uns (Long version) [2:42] Opernchor des Saarländischen Staatstheaters, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken/Leonid Grin Plácido Domingo (tenor) rec. (tracks 1 and 19) 12 June, 2006 at Grosser Sendersaal, Studio 1, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Germany, and 18 June 2006 at Sony Music Studios, Tokyo, Japan No venues and dates given for the rest of the tracks. SONY 82876877052 [65:29][GF]

Marvellous singing from one of the great tenors of all times but slipshod and uninformative presentation that may lead unaware music lovers to think that these reissues are recent recordings. ... see Full Review  

Placido Domingo - Italia ti amo Furio RENDINE (1920-1987) Vurrio [3:31] Stanislao GASTALDON (1861-1939) Musica proibita [3:01] Cesare Andrea BIXIO (1896-1978) Mamma [3:44] Ernesto TAGUAFERRI (1888-1937) Nun me sceta [4:01] Lorena TASSINARI (b. 1970) Al di la del cielo [4:36] Ernesto de CURTIS (1875-1937) Tu ca nun chiagne [2:48] Eldo di LAZZARO (1902-1968) Chitarra romana [3:08] Emanuele NUTILE (1862-1932) Mamma mia, che vo' sapeI [3:46] Rodolfo FALVO (1873-1937) Dicitencello vuje [3:46] Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) Non t'amo piu [4:30] Placido DOMINGO Jr (b. 1965) Quarant'anni [3:56] Eduardo di CAPUA (1865-1917) /Alfredo MAZZUCCHI (1878-1972) I' te vurria vasa [3:15] Virgilio PANZUTI (1919-1994) Mandulinate 'e sera [4:05] Giuseppe CIOFFI (1901-1976) Na sera 'e maggio [3:13] Ernesto TAGUAFERRI (1888-1937)/Nicola VALENTE (1881-1946) Passione [4:10] Salvatore CARDILLO (Domenico CARDILLO) (1874-1947) Catari', Catari' (Core 'ngrato) [5:07] Placido Domingo (tenor) Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra/Eugene Kohn rec. Italian Cultural Institute, Budapest. July-August 2005 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON. 00289 477 5565 GH [60:36] [RJF]

Domingo has left it late in his career to record this popular tenor repertoire. That he can still reflect the several moods of these pieces with passion and involvement is cause for rejoicing. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH English String Miniatures 6 Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) A Moorside Suite (1928) (arr. Philip Lane) [14:02] Scherzo [3:13]; Nocturne [6:30]; March [4:20] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Chacony in G minor, Z.730 (ed. Benjamin Britten) [7:07] Paul LEWIS (b.1943) Rosa Mundi (2003) [3:36] Adam CARSE (1878-1958) The Winton Suite (1933) [12:40] Prelude [2:22]; Air [2:17]; Dance [1:34]; Song [3:39]; Finale [2:47] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Bethlehem Down (1927) (A carol for strings arr. Philip Lane) [4:07] Paul CARR (b.1961) A Very English Music (2002) [7:42] Cuckmere Haven [2:39]; Cornish Air [3:08]; The Hunt Gathering [1:55] William Lloyd WEBBER (1914-1982) Waltz in E minor (1939) [4:36] Lionel SAINSBURY (b.1958) Two Nocturnes (1990) [4:49] Molto lento [2:23]; Mesto e semplice [2:26] Malcolm LIPKIN (b.1932) From Across La Manche (1998) [15:34] Overture [4:34]; Ballade [5:23]; Dance-finale [5:37] Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. (tracks 1 – 17): Phoenix Sound, Wembley , London, UK. 10-11 November 2003; (tracks 18-20): Sony Studios London UK, 12 August 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.557753 [74:15] [GPJ]RB]

I hope this isn’t the last in what is proving to be an astonishingly rich series from Naxos. The recording is typically excellent, the playing committed, the conducting by Gavin Sutherland assured and stylish [GPJ]
This is a classic collection and varied enough to be listenable at a single sitting ... the RBS and Gavin Sutherland happily catch the half-lights as well as the dazzle and the dark [RB] ... see Full Review

Era di maggio: Italian music of the 16th and 17th century ANONYMOUS (XVI century) Era di Maggio [1:23] Paolo SCOTO (XVI century) Turlurlu la capra è moza [2:28] ANONYMOUS (XVI century) Zorzi [0:54] Bartolomeo TROMBONCINO (1470-c.1536) Vergine bella [2:04] Andrea ANTICO (1478-c.1556) Vergine bella che del sol vestita [2:28] ANONYMOUS (XVI century) Pan de miglio caldo [2:32] Francesco PATAVINO (c.1478-1556) Un Cavalier di Spagna [3:23] Giorgio MAINIERO (c.1535-1582) Ballo francese [1:24] Ballo inglese [1:22] Putta nera ballo furlano [1:29] Ludovico FOGLIANO (c.1475-c.1542) La zotta [1:34] ANONYMOUS (XVI Century) La pastorella si leva per tempo [3:25] El bisson [1:26] La rocha el fuso [0:42] Giovanni DA NOLA (c.1510-c.1592) Cingari simo [1:57] Gabriele FALLAMELO (XVI century) Siate avvertiti [4:05] Johannes Hieronymus KAPSBERGER (c.1580-1661) Toccata Quinta [3:12] Giovanni Felice SANCES (1600-1679) Cntada a voce sola sopra il passacaglie [7:01] Angelo NOTARI (1566-c.1664) Canzone Passaggiata [4:43] Giovanni STEFANI (XVII century) Ninfa Sconoscente [4:10] Giovanni Battista RICCIO (XVI-XVII centuries) Jubilent omnes [4:31] Canzon la grimaneta [4:31] Giuseppe GIAMBERTI (c.1600-c.1662) Villan di Spagna [1:16] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Canzona ottava detta ‘l’ambitiosa  [3:33] Vincenzo CALESTANI (1589-after 1617) Damigella tutta bella [2:24] Ensemble del Riccio: Marco Beasley (voice, percussion, bells); Lorenzo Girodo (flutes, crumhorn); Luca Bonvini (sackbut); Ottavio Dantone (spinet, harpsichord); Giorgio Ferraris (lute, theorbo, chitarrino); Gianni Rivolta (flutes) rec. 1990. DDD CONCERTO CD 2017 [67:01][GPu]

A pleasant, but unremarkable, miscellany of Italian Renaissance music … see Full Review

French Clarinet Music Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Sonata in E flat major for clarinet and piano, Op. 167 (1921) [17:26] Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Fantaisie for clarinet and piano (1911) [07:20] Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Andante et Allegro for clarinet and piano (1881) [09:45] Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Canzonetta for clarinet and piano, Op. 19 (1888) [03:36] Henri RABAUD (1873-1949) Solo de Concours for clarinet and piano (1901) [06:14] André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Solo de Concours for clarinet and piano (1899) [06:46] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano (1909-10) [07:56] Walter Boeykens (clarinet) Robert Groslot (piano)
rec. dates and venue not provided. DDD CLASSIC TALENT DOM 2910 51 [59:36] [MC]

These are first-rate performances even if they would not necessarily be my first choice. A disc certainly worth hearing. ... see Full Review

Grisha - Alma Flamenca Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Torre Bermeja [4:37]; Cádiz [4:14]; Granada [5:42]; Asturias [6:08]. SABICAS (1912-1990) Malagueña [3:56]; Danza Mora [6:23]; Soleá [5:49]; Bulerias [2:40]. Paco de LUCIA (b. 1947) Guajira [3:27]; Fandangos [3:38]; Taranta [6:26]; Bulerias [5:29]. Grigory Goryachev (guitar) rec. San Franciso, CA. (no date given) VGo RECORDINGS VG 1012 [58:29][ZT]

If fame and fortune are to be his companions it will be as a flamenco player not as a classical guitarist. ... see Full Review

Heinavanker - Loomiselaul ANONYMOUS Matänan Sind [2:37] Johannes OCKEGHEM (1417-1497) Salve Regina [8:40] Ave Maria [4:36] ANONYMOUS Mu Süda Ärka Üles [3:08] Johannes OCKEGHEM (1417-1497) Credo sine nomine [6:41] ANONYMOUS Rahva Önnistegija [2:42] Johannes OCKEGHEM (1417-1497) Sanctis cuiusvis toni [5:40] ANONYMOUS Oh Jeesus, sinu vale [4:19] Johannes OCKEGHEM (1417-1497) Agnus Dei cuiusvis toni [3:58] ANONYMOUS Kas sureb nij mu koige armsam elu [4:07] Loomiselaul [6:18] GREGORIAN CHANT Veni Creator Spiritus [0:23] ANONYMOUS Oh jumal looja püha vaim [3:12] Mu mano tulge latse [4:14] Heinavanker: Eve Kopli (soprano); Kadri Hunt (alto); Margo Kölar (tenor); Anto Önnis (tenor); Taniel Kirikal (baritone); Vambola Krigul (bass) rec. June 2005, Maulbronn Monastery, Germany. DDD K&K Verlagsanstalt KUK 21 [60:43][GPu]

An interesting disc, most valuable for the performances of traditional Estonian music rather than for those of Ockeghem … see Full Review

BBC Legends Myra Hess Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 (1798) [30:44] ¹ Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54 (1846) [30:58] ² Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Toccata in G major BWV916 [7:29] ³ Myra Hess (piano) Scottish National Orchestra/Alexander Gibson ¹ BBC Symphony Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent ² rec. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 30 August 1960 ¹, Royal Albert Hall, London, 18 September 1958 ², BBC Studios, London, 13 October 1950 ³ BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4178-2 [69:59] [JW]

The highlight is the Sargent-led Schumann, a real find for Hess admirers, which will surprise them with its athletic poeticism and wonderful playing ... see Full Review

Jascha Horenstein Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.6 in A Minor Tragic (1904) [84:31] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868) Semiramide Overture (1822) [12:23] Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 (1922) [34:27] BBC Symphony Orchestra (Rossini); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Mahler); New Philharmonia Orchestra (Nielsen)/Jascha Horenstein rec. BBC Studios, 6 November 1957, Winter Gardens, Bournemouth; 10 January 1969, Albert Hall, Nottingham, 26 February 1971 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4191-2 [64:19 + 74:00] [JP]

This is a very welcome addition to the list of recordings available from this very able European conductor. ... see Full Review

Into the Light: Music for Orchestras in the Community Philip WOOD (b.1972) Partita (1. Allegretto grazioso [1:42]; 2. Larghetto [4:51]; 3. Allegro con brio) David ELLIS (b.1933) 4. Fantasia upon one note [7:11] Richard HOWARTH 5. Playtime [1:29] David FORSHAW (b.1938) 6. Into the Light [9:58] Peter CROSSLEY-HOLLAND (1916-2001) 7.Lullaby [2:00] David ELLIS 8. Fantasia on a Ground [4:27] Joaquin TURINA Y PEREZ (1882-1949) 9. La Oracion del Torero [7:56] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) 10. Elegy for viola and strings [8:11] Francois GOSSEC (1734-1829) Symphony in D major (11. Allegro [5:22]; 12. Andante un poco allegretto [3:19]; 13. Presto [3:56] ) Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) 14. Chacony in G minor [5:16] Jules MASSENET (1814-1912) 15.The Last Sleep of the Virgin [4:21] David ELLIS Suite Francaise (16. Allemande [1:14]; 17. Forlane [1:40]; 18. Pavane [2:29]; 19. Galliard [2:02]) Richard Howarth (violin solo track 7); Richard Muncey (solo viola track 10); Robert Glenton (track 15) Manchester Camerata Ensemble/Richard Howarth (tracks 1-8, 16-19) Northern Chamber Orchestra/Nicholas Ward rec. Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Cheshire, England, 16 December 2005; 23 January 2006 (Manchester Camerata Ensemble); Studio 7 BBC Manchester, December 1991) ASC ASC CD86 [79:57] [GPJ]

An unassuming but highly enjoyable disc ... see Full Review

In Memoriam Erich Kleiber The voice of Erich Kleiber [2:13] Dr Friedrich Schanpp talks of Kleiber [4:22] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No.36 in C K425 Linz (1783) – Movements one and two only [14:24] ¹ Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.4 in B Flat Major Op.60 (1806) [24:02] ² Symphony No.5 in C Minor Op.67 (1807) [21:06] ¹ Symphony No.6 in F Major Pastoral Op.68 (1808) [43:32] ³ Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B minor Op.104 (1895) [39:06] ³ Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les Préludes R414 (1854) [13:57] ª Antonio Janigro (cello)³, NWDR Symphony Orchestra¹, Concertgebouw Orchestra², Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra³, Czech Philharmonic Orchestraª/Erich Kleiber rec. March 1955, Hamburg (Mozart, and Beethoven No.5); April 1955, Funkhaus Wallraffplatz (Beethoven No.6, Dvořák); April 1950 (Beethoven No.4); June 1936, Berlin (commercial 78s) (Liszt) TAHRA TAH 581-583 [3 CDs: 55:27 + 74:54 + 53:14] [JW]

Some arresting and exciting things here for the Kleiber collector. ... see Full Review

Nina Koshetz – Complete Victor and Schirmer recordings 1928/29 and 1940 and Odarka Trifonieva Sprishevskaya – Victor recordings 1928 see review for details Nina Koshetz (soprano) with Celius Dougherty (piano); Pavelvsky (piano); Leboshutz (piano); Linton (organ); Grechaninov (piano – on the Grechaninov songs); Nina Koshetz (self accompanied at the piano); Bruno Reibold (conductor) Odarka Trifonieva Sprishevskaya (soprano) with unidentified accompaniment NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7935-36 [64:44 + 53:34] [JW]

A most persuasive and finely executed conspectus of Koshetz’s art – her entire electric recordings including the famed Schirmer Rachmaninoff set ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lighten our Darkness: Music for the Close of Day, including The Office of Compline Evening Prayers John SHEPPARD (c1515-1558) In pace [5:16]; Libera nos, salva nos [3:49] Orlande de LASSUS (1532-1594) Justorum animae [3:06] Jacob HANDL (1550-1591) Pater noster [4:22] William MUNDY (c1528-1591) O Lord, the Maker of all thing [2:51] William BYRD (1543-1623) Visita, quaesumus Domine [5:04] Josef RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Abendlied [3:23] Evening Hymns William BYRD O Christ who art the light and day [4:29] Louis BOURGEOIS (c1510-1559) O gladsome light [1:54] Thomas TALLIS (c1505-1585) Te lucis ante terminum [2:24] Motets of the Virgin Mary Tomas Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Alma Redemptoris Mater [6:52]; Ave Regina caelorum [3:18]; Regina caeli laetare [3:35]; Salve Regina [10:32] Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599) Ave Maria [5:06] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria) [2:38] Two Commendations William BYRD In manus tuas [3:25] John SHEPPARD In manus tuas [3:56] The Office of Compline* [22:42] John Harte (Reader)/Simon Wall (Precentor) The Cambridge Singers/John Rutter rec. The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, January 2006. DDD COLLEGIUM COLCD 131 [77:33 + 22:42][JQ]

This is a lovingly performed and deeply satisfying pair of discs that should be self-recommending to all lovers of the music of the English church. ... see Full Review


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