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Matangi Quartet - Première Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 ‘Quartettsatz’ (1820) [09:35] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet in D major, Op. 20/4 ‘Sun Quartets’ (1772) [28:28] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 (B.179) ‘American’ (1893) [25:43] Matangi Quartet: (Maria-Paula Majoor (violin); Daniel Torrico Menacho (violin); Karsten Kleijer (viola); Nander Cirkel (cello)) rec. Studio van Schuppen, Veenendaal, Holland. Date not provided. CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72164 [64:10] [MC]

On the evidence of this maiden release it is worth following the progress of the Matangi. Not surprisingly there is room for improvement in what is a promising debut ... see Full Review

Once were Christmas Angels. The Pure Sound of Boy Trebles -see review for details - Andrew Wicks/Chichester Cathedral Choir/John Birch rec. dates and venues not stated. From original LPs on the Abbey and Alpha Labels ADD GRIFFIN GCCD 4057 [72:48]

This disc will give a great deal of pleasure, I’m sure, and not just to aficionados of the treble voice ... see Full Review

Piano Archives: Volume 1 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat Op.35 (1840) [17:30] ¹ Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestucke Op.12 (1838) [24:10] ² LAZARE-LÉVY (1882-1964) Prelude No.1 [1:38] ² Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Masques – tres vif et fantasque [4:15] ² Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) Five Pieces pour piano ³: Aubade [3:51] Ballabile [1:19] Caprice [2:25] Feuillet d’album [1:52] Ronde champetre [3:20] Habanera [3:16] ³ Air de ballet [5:08] ³ Impromptu [2:58] ³ Joyeuse marche [3:41] ³ Yves Nat (piano) ¹ Lazare-Lévy (piano) ² Marcelle Meyer (piano) ³ rec. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, March 1953 (Chopin); Philharmonie de Varsavie, February 1955 (Schumann); Paris, 1929, commercial 78s (Debussy, Lazare-Lévy), RAI, Rome, May 1955 (Chabrier) TAHRA TAH 591 [76:33][JW]

A French pianistic trinity in a coherent selection of lasting value, if not always of equal musical distinction ... see Full Review

A Piano Trio Anthology CD1 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 (1880-1882) [29:19] Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 ‘In memory of a Great Artist’ (1881-82) [44:56] CD2 Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12 (c. 1803) [21:11] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Piano Trio in G major (1879-80) [22:34] Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (1894) [31:31] CD3 Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano Trio No. 4 in G major, Op. 65 (c. 1814-15) Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (1855) [29:18] CD4 Michael BRIMER (b. 1933) Piano Trio No. 1 (2001) [23:35] Ross EDWARDS (b. 1943) Piano Trio (1998) [19:01] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Piano Trio (1937) [16:10] The Australian Trio: Donald Hazelwood (violin); Catherine Hewgill (cello) (CD2, 3); Susan Blake (cello) (CD1, 4); Michael Brimer (piano) rec. April 1998 (CD2); September 1999 (CD3); June 2001 (CD1) and October 2001/February 2004 (CD4), Eugene Goossens Hall, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia. DDD  ABC CLASSICS 476 5235 [4 CDs: 74:17 + 75:22 + 47:41 + 58:47][MC]

This well performed and recorded box set containing a broad cross-section of fascinating repertoire is certainly worth searching out and will provide considerable rewards. ... see Full Review

Piano Trios CD1 Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 99, D.898 (1827) [38:25] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63 (1847) [29:35] CD2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80 (1847) [24.17] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1854 version) [42.31] CD 3 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 (1839) [25.21] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Tristia, La Vallée d'Obermann, S. 378c (LW D18) arrangement by E. Lassen for piano trio of sixth in the solo piano collection Années de pèlerinage, Premier année: Suisse (1848-1854) [16:41] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 110 (1851) [24.08] CD 4 Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (1846) [26.19] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke for piano, violin and cello, Op.88 (1842) [16.47] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 (1880-82) [26.17] Hyperion-Trio: (Hagen Schwarzrock (piano); Oliver Kipp (violin); Katharina Troe (cello)) rec. October 2004, February 2005, Bad Pyrmont, Weserbergland, Germany. DDD. THOROFON CLASSICS CTH 2533/6 [4 CDs: 68:08 + 66:55 + 66:28 + 69:40] [MC]

This is an attractively presented box set from the Thorofon label of ten wonderful Romantic piano trios well performed and recorded. ... see Full Review

An Enchanted Evening with Ezio Pinza Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) From Don Giovanni: Deh! Vieni alla finestra [1.41]; Fin ch'han dal vino [1.15]; La, ci darem la mano [3.18] * Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Dormiro sol nel Manto mio Regal [3.54] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Vecchia zimarra, senti [2.23] Giuseppe VERDI Vergine degli Angeli [4.33] ** Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Le Veau d'Or [1.47] Giuseppe VERDI Infelice! [3.13] Francesco TOSTI (1846-1916) La serenata [2.51] Henry BURLEIGH Deep river [2.28] LEVITZKI Do you remember? [2.01] Clara EDWARDS Into The Night [3.13] Richard RODGERS From South Pacific: Twin Soliloquies [2.25] ***; Some enchanted evening [3.01]; This nearly was mine [3.29]; Bali ha'i [3.14] Kurt WEILL September song [3.13] Agustin LARA You belong to my heart [3.03] Harold ARLEN Let me look at you [3.32] Isham JONES I'll see you in my dreams [3.28] Burton LANE Everything I have is yours [2.55] Jerome KERN All the things you are [3.02]; The way you look tonight [2.39] Salve D’ESPOSITO Anema e core [2.13] Antonio VIAN Luna rossa [2.16] Carl BÖHM Calm as the night [3.23] **** Ezio Pinza (bass-baritone) * with Elizabeth Rethberg (soprano); ** with Rosa Ponselle (soprano); *** with Mary Martin (soprano); **** with Nathan Milstein (violin) Accompanied by various orchestras, conductors, choruses and pianists. Mono recordings made between 1927 and 1952. ADD. LIVING ERA CD AJA 5618 [76.10][ED]

A good introduction to the lighter side of Pinza’s art. ... see Full Review

Primrose Piano Quartet Frank Bridge (1879-1941) Phantasy Piano Quartet in F# minor (1911) [12:08] Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.21 (1916-1917) [26:12] William Alwyn (1905-1985) Rhapsody for Piano Quartet (1938) [8:44] Cyril Scott (1879-1970) Piano Quartet Op.16 (1899) [19:29] Primrose Piano Quartet (Susanne Stanzeleit - violin; Susie Meszaros, viola; Bernard Gregor-Smith, cello; John Thwaites, piano) rec. ‘during’ September 2005, St Edward the Confessor’s, Mottingham, London SE9. MERIDIAN SOUND RECORDING CDE 84547 [66:33][JF]

A fine addition to the great undiscovered country of British chamber works. Essential listening.  ... see Full Review

Resonanzen: Paul Sacher – Conductor and Advocate in Music CD 1: Monumentum pro Igor Strawinsky Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa (1960) [6:57] Abraham and Isaac (1962-63) [12:27] A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer (1961) [16:00] Symphony in 3 Moments (1942-45) [21:52] CD 2: Klassik und Klassizistische Moderne Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonie in G minor Hob.I:39 (ca.1768) [18:35] Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Mahnmal für Lidice (1943) [7:52] Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Ballade für Cello und kleines Orchester (1949) [18:05] Bela BARTOK (1881-1945) Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta (1936) [28:58] CD 3: Jubiläum und Abschied Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Ritorno degli Snovidenia (1967) [19:57] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Les Malheurs d'Orphée op.85 (1924) [36:31] CD 4: An der Seite von Paul Sacher: Heinz Holliger Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Oboenkonzert C-Dur K314/285d (1777) [20:17] Wolfgang FORTNER (1907-1987) Aulodie (1966) [20:31] Heinz HOLLIGER (b.1939) Zwei Liszt-Transkriptionen für grosses Orchester (1986) [12:30] Turm-Musik für Flöte, kleines Orchester und Tonband (1984) [25:34] rec. CD 1 live, 19 November 1965, Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munchen; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; CD 2 8 December 1961 (Haydn), 2-3 April 1964 (Martinu), 16 January 1985 (Martin, Bartok). SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg; CD 3 live, 20 January 1977 (Berio), 7 May 1987 (Milhaud) Musiksaal, Basel. Basler Kammerchor (Milhaud); Basler Kammerorchester; CD 4 live, 26 May 1966 Baden-Baden (Mozart, Fortner), SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. 12 February 1987 BKO-konzert (Holliger), Basler Sinfonie-Orchester (locations not given).  Paul Sacher (conductor) Derrik Olsen (baritone – Abraham and Isaac) Heinrich Schiff (cello) – (Martin) Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) - (Berio) Heinz Holliger (oboe) – (Mozart, Fortner). Conductor: Liszt Transcriptionen, Turm-Musik Aurèle Nicolet (flute) (Turm-Musik) MUSIQUES SUISSES MGB CD 6240 [4 CDs: 57:20 + 73:36 + 56:38 + 78:56][DC]

The foundations of a major portion of European music from the last century are here, straight from the horse’s source. ... see Full Review

Louis Richard (baritone) – Songs and Arias see review for details Louis Richard (baritone) Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie/Maurice Bastin and Sylvain Dupuis Orchestra/Desire Defauw Orchestra/Elie Cohen Recorded between 1922 and 1936 MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE MEW 0526-0527 [2 CDs 73.36 + 68.06] [JW]

Altogether a very worthy and worthwhile tribute to one of Belgium’s leading baritones ... see Full Review

Romance de Amor Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Asturias [5:35]; Traditional: Romance de Amor [3:07]; Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra [3:53]; Joaquín RODRIGO (1900-1999) Zapateado [2:49]; John LENNON/ Paul McCARTNEY Michelle [3:02]; Stanley MYERS (1933-1993) Cavatina [3:31]; Julios Salvador SAGRERAS (1879-1942) El Colibri [1:07]; Paul SIMON/Daniel ROBLES/Jorge MILCHBERG El Condor Pasa [3:23]; Antonio LAURO (1917-1986) Seis por derecho [3:05]; Agustin Barrios MANGORE (1885-1944) Un Sueno en la Floresta [7:04]; Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Etude No. 7 [2:07]; Gerado Hernan Matos RODRIGUEZ (1900-1948) La Cumparsita [2:43]; Hyung Seck KIM/Jae-Sun YANG I Believe [3:25]; Traditional- Sakura [6:32]; Yu-Xian DENG/Lin-Qiu LI Spring Breeze [3:56]; Ferdinand P Freddie AGUILAR Anak [2:40] Xue Fei Yang (guitar) rec. no information provided. EMI CLASSICS 0946 3 70714 2 7 [76:34] [ZT]

This recording is an outstanding example of the solo classical guitar at its very best. ... see Full Review

Music At The Age of Rubens Petrus PHALESIUS (ca.1510–1573) Suite de Danses; Ungaresca et Saltarello; Fantasie et l’autre; Assiste parata pour deux luths’ Suite de Danses; Deux bransles simples; Bransles de la suite du contraint legier; L’Arbescello ballo furlane; Schiarazula marazula; Passomezzo + Reprince; Allemande et Saltarello “Poussinghe” Tielman SUSATO (1500–1564) La Bataille; Suite de Danses “Mille Ducas”; Basses Dances Nicolaas GOMBERT (1490–1556) Fantasie pour deux luths; Plus oultre pour deux luths Ivo de VENTO (1543–1575) Les ruisseaux qui coulent Carolus LUYTHON (1557–1620) Canzon all Francese Consortium Antiquum (Greet Gress: recorder, crumhorn, gamba; Dolf Liegois: descant viola; Wilfried Dierckx: recorder, crumhorn; Elisabeth Wersterlinck: tenor gamba; Victor Van Puyenbroeck: lute; Johan Lauwereins: sackbut, recorder, crumhorn; Janpieter Biesemans: positive organ, director) rec. 1975, 1977, 1999 TALENT DOM 1029 59 [57.55] [RH]

It would be possible to imagine a more sophisticated performance, it does conjure up an attractive picture of people dancing and enjoying themselves in Rubens’s Antwerp ... see Full Review

Sacred and Secular Music from Renaissance Germany Nicolaus GRENON (c.1377-1456) Nova vobis gaudia [02:21] anon (after Guillaume Dufay) Se la face ay pale [01:18] Guillaume DUFAY (c1400-1474) Se la face ay pale [02:29] anon (after Guillaume Dufay) Se la face ay pale [01:36] [textless piece] [01:42] Gaude virgo, mater Christe [01:58] Heinrich FINCK (c1445-1527) Wer ich eyn falck/Invicto regi jubilo [04:55] Heinrich ISAAC? (c1450-1517) Missa Je ne fay plus: Kyrie - Gloria [06:13] Fille, vous avez mal gardé [02:56] anon Alma chorus/O du arme Judas [02:18] Mein Herz in hohen Freuden ist [02:36] Gespiele, liebe Gespiele güt (arr. Adam Gilbert) [03:20] O plebs quae Deum amas [01:48] Jacob BARBIREAU (1455-1491) Een vroylic wesen [03:00] ADAM VON FULDA (c1445-1505) O Jupiter/O diva sollers virgo [01:36] anon Sancta Maria wohl uns bei [02:36] Johannes BEHAM (fl c1475) Komm Heiliger Geist [02:03] anon Komm Heiliger Geist [01:56] Johannes BEHAM (fl c1475) Komm Heiliger Geist [02:07] anon So steh ich hie auf dieser Erd [02:03] Uf dieser Erd [02:05] Mein Herz in hohen Freuden ist (arr Doug Milliken) [02:42] Adam GILBERT Fanfare Wer ich eyn falck [01:01] anon Dies est laetitiae [01:46] anon/ADAM VON FULDA Dies est laetitiae [05:39] anon Pleni sunt caeli [01:27] Ciaramella Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble: (Anna Levenstein, Mary E. Larew, Gail West (soprano), Debra Nagy (soprano, recorder, shawm), Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Doug Milliken (recorder, shawm, bagpipes), Erik Schmalz (sackbut), Kris Ingles (trumpet), Mahan Esfahani (organ)) rec. June and July 2004, St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Canada DDD NAXOS 8.557627 [65:34][JV]

A fascinating overview of the instrumental music played at festive occasions in the renaissance - very well played by Ciaramella, which also adds some contributions of its own … see Full Review

The Great Female Pianists: Volume 5 – Paquita Madriguera Segovia Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Aragón - Suite española Op. 47 (1886) [3:51] Sevillianas - Serenata española Op. 181 (1890) [3:50] Spanish Serenade [3:50] Cecile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) La Morena Op.67 [3:21] DELAHAYE La Mouche Op.12 [2:48] Paquita Madriguera SEGOVIA (1900-?) Serenade [3:26] Pastorale No.1 Dance of Satyr and Nymphs [1:08] Pastorale No.2 Caravan [1:00] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Arabesque No. 2 in G major [3:03] Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Allegro de concierto [6:25] Intermezzo from Goyescas [3:11] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Consolation No. 3 in D flat major [3:51] Moriz MOSZKOWSKI (1845-1925) Spanish Dance No.2 [2:49] Spanish Dance No.5 Bolero [2:45] Sparks Op.36 No.6 [3:04] Spanish Caprice Op.37 [6:21] OLSEN Butterflies Op.50 No.5 [1:57] Paquita Madriguera Segovia (piano) rolls recorded 1916-20 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD015 [57:51] [JW]

Shows a definite flair and self-confidence ... see Full Review

The Art of Yulian Sitovetsky Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concerto No. 1 in a minor, op. 77 (1948) [34:22] Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto in d minor (1940) [34:27] Yulian Sitkovetsky (violin) USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Gauk (Shostakovich); Aram Khachaturian rec. 1956, recording locations not given ARTEK AR-0031-2 [68:49] [KS]

Sitkovetsky is a master, and his deep sense of commitment and passion swiftly belies his youth and we are quickly caught up in the masterful music making on display here. ... see Full Review

There is a Spirit : Music from Worcester College, Oxford Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929–1988) A Christmas Caroll Op.21 (1953) [7:15] Missa Brevis Op.50 (1968) [12:35] Edmund RUBBRA (1901–1986) Infant Holy Op.121 (1963) [3:07] Three Motets Op.76 (1952) [8:48] And when the Builders Op.125 (1964) [3:33] A Hymn to the Virgin Op.13 No.2 (1925) [2:42] Robert SAXTON (b. 1953) The Child of Light (1985) [3:36] Robert SHERLAW JOHNSON (1932–2000) Missa Aedis Christi (1992) [10:16] Stephen OLIVER (1950–1992) Psalm 150 [4:17] Andrew GRANT (b. 1963) Ave Verum (1995) [4:00] A good-night (2002) [3:00] The Chapel Choir of Worcester College, Oxford; Daniel Chambers (organ); Thomas Primrose rec. Chapel of Worcester College, Oxford, December 2005 LAMMAS LAMM 195D [64:16] [HC]

In short, this is a most desirable selection of unfamiliar choral works by some of the finest British composers of the 20th century in excellent performances and very fine recorded sound. ... see Full Review

Twentieth Century Swiss String Quartets Hans SCHAEUBLE (1906–1988) Music for String Quartet Op.19 (1936) [20:10] Meinrad SCHÜTTER (1910–2006) String Quartet (1990, rev. 1996) [15:25] Erich SCHMID (1907–2000) String Quartet Op.4 (1930/1) [20:31] CasalQuartett Zurich rec. Reformierte Kirche Bachs, Switzerland, 2004 and 2005 GUILD GMCD 7303 [56:38] [HC][RB]

Three quartets fascinating in their variety though the Schmid and Schutter are clearly the work of adherents of the true Schoenbergian temple. Schaeuble is the romantic in this company ... see Full Review

Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters Disc 1 Aphex TWIN (b.1971) Prepared Piano Pieces 1 & 2 [4:20] Conlon NANCARROW (b.1912) arr. Yvar Mikjhashoff Study no. 7 [10:58] John CAGE (1912-1992) Sonatas 1 & 2 (from Sonatas & Interludes 1946-48) [4:37] Steve REICH (b.1936) Violin Phase (1967) [9:38] John CAGE First Construction in Metal (1939) [9:04] SQUAREPUSHER (b.1975) arr. David Horne The Tide [5:59] Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (b.1928) Spiral (1968) [20:01] Disc 2 John CAGE Sonata 12 (from Sonatas & Interludes) [2:55] Edgard VARÈSE (1883-1965) Ionization (1929-31) [6:31] Steve REICH Six Marimbas (1986) [18:04] SQUAREPUSHER arr. Fraser Trainer & Sound Intermedia Conc 2 Symmetriac [1:34] John CAGE Sonatas 5 & 6 (from Sonatas & Interludes) [4:12] Aphex TWIN arr. David Horne AFX237 V7 [5:59] György LIGETI (1923-2006) Chamber Concerto (1969) [18:05] Aphex TWIN arr. Kenneth Hesketh Polygon Window [9:02] London Sinfonietta rec. live, 8 March 2003, Royal Festival Hall, London. 25 March 2004, Brighton Dome. 26 March 2004, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall WARP RECORDS WARPCD144P [64:39 + 66:27][DC]

Offers something beyond the ordinary – which is what you want, isn’t it?... see Full Review

Winter Lullabies César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis Angelicus [3.35] Charles GOUNOD Salutation Angélique [3.17] Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd D706 [4.46] Ave Maria Op.52 No.6 [6.02] Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924) En prière [3.01] Cantique de Jean Racine [4.41] Ave Verum, Op. 65 No 1 [3.29] Howard GOODALL (b. 1958) Winter Lullabies [18.40]: (Inc. Now when winter nights enlarge, Stille Nacht, Crossing the border, Duérmete mi niño, Sorrowful Lullaby, Lullaby of Winter) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) The harp resounds with wild refrain (from Four songs Op17.1) [4.00] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ombra mai fu (‘Handel’s Largo') [2.41] Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856 Cantique de Noël [5.14] The Boys of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford/Stephen Darlington Catrin Finch (harp) rec. St Michael’s Church Lonsdale Road Oxford, 3-5 July 2006 THE GIFT OF MUSIC CCL CDG1155 [64.38] [DRD]

A very good selection based around a striking and thought-provoking sequence from the pen of a very talented and inspirational composer. Definitely one for the Christmas stocking! ... see Full Review

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

BEETHOVEN: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Max Rostal Translation by Horace and Anna Rosenberg Foreword by the Amadeus Quartet With a Pianist’s Postscript by Günter Ludwig And a History of Performance Practice by Paul Rolland 1985 £15.95/17.50

I would have thought that no Beethoven-playing violinist could afford not to have this book on their shelves. ... see Full Review

Down a Path of Wonder: Memoirs of Stravinsky, Schoenberg and other cultural figures by Robert Craft pub. 2006, 544 pp NAXOS BOOKS ISBN 0 84379-217-8 (hardcover)

This book matters because it's Craft's personal take on events, and as source material, it's unique. ... see Full Review

Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882 - 1934 by Stephen A. Walsh, © 1999. "A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf" New York, ISBN 0-679-41484-3. "Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.". Hard cover, 537 pages, appendix, notes, index, work list to 1935, bibliography, 16 pages b/w photographs. USD35.00. Also published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London. [Currently out of print at the publishers but is available in paperback from Amazon.]

One of the best biographies of anyone ever written, of particular interest equally to non-musicians as well as to musicians. Beware: it will make of you a Stravinsky fan, or more of one than you already are. ... see Full Review

Stravinsky: The Second Exile, France and America, 1934 - 1971 by Stephen Walsh, © 2006. "A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf" New York, 2006. "Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc." ISBN 0-373-40752-9. Hard cover, 572 pages, notes, index, work list 1935-1971, bibliography, 16 pages b/w photographs. USD40.00. Also published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London.

I was instantly captivated by the quality and depth of the writing, the fascination of the material, and read carefully every word from start to finish ... see Full Review


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