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Roberto Alagna (tenor) Sacred Songs Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria [2.58] **; Repentir [5.24] * César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis Angelicus [4.00] Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Minuit, chrétiens! [4.55] * Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) O salutaris [3.26] César FRANCK La Procession [5.02] Charles GOUNOD Sanctus from ‘Messe solennelle de Sainte Cecile’ [6.11]; Salutation Angelique [3.48] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Sanctus from ‘Requiem’ [10.18] Jean-Baptiste FAURE (1830-1914) Crucifix [3.22] * Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Panis Angelicus [3.30] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Agnus Dei [4.44] André CAPLET (1878-1925) Panis Angelicus [4.56] Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918) Pie Jesu [4.23] * Arrangement and orchestration by Alain Kremski ** Arrangement by Thilo Winter Roberto Alagna (tenor) Petits Chanteurs à la Croix Potencée Chorus and Orchestra du Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson rec. Eglise Notre-Dame de la Daurade, Toulouse, 2-6 May 1996. Texts in Latin, English, German and French. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6278 [68.01][ED]

This is a welcome and most warmly recommendable reissue. ... see Full Review

Roberto Alagna - Bel Canto Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Poliuto: Veleno è l’aura ch’io respire! … Sfolforò divino raggio (Scena ed aria – Atto II) Vincenzo BELLINI (1801–1835) La sonnambula: Prendi, l’anel ti dono (Duetto – Atto I)* Gaetano DONIZETTI La Favorite: Un ange, une femme inconnue (Cavatine – Acte I); La maîtresse du roi? … Ange si pur (Récitatif et romance – Acte IV; Don Pasquale: Sogno soave e casto Vincenzo BELLINI Norma: Meco all’altar di Venere … Me protegge, me difende (Cavatina e cabaletta – Atto I) Gaetano DONIZETTI Roberto Devereux: Ed ancor la tremenda porta … A te dirò negli ultimi (Scena ed aria – Atto III); Dom Sébastien: Seul sur la terre (Cavatine – Acte II) Vincenzo BELLINI I puritani: A te, o cara (Parte I)* Gaetano DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore: Quanto è bella (Cavatina – Atto I); Una furtive lagrima (Romanza – Atto II) Vincenzo BELLINI Il pirata: Ascolta. Nel furor delle tempeste (Cavatina – Atto I) Gaetano DONIZETTI La Fille du régiment: Pour me rapprocher de Marie (Romance – Acte II); Ah, mes amis … Messieurs son père … Pour mon âme (Cavatine – Acte I) Roberto Alagna (tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)* London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Evelino Pidò rec. September-October 1999, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London; May 2001, Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6273 [67:13] [GF]

Alagna need not feel ashamed to be compared to the great Enrico ... tenor singing on a very high level. A distinguished issue ... warmly recommended. ... see Full Review

Roberto Alagna: Nessun dorma Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Turandot: Nessun dorma (Atto III) Umberto GIORDANO (1867–1948) Andrea Chenier: Colpito qui m’avete … Un di all’azzurro spazio (Improvviso)(Atto I); Come un bel di di maggio (Atto IV) Alfredo CATALANI (1854–1893) La Wally: Quando a Sölden (Atto IV) Riccardo ZANDONAI (1883–1944) Giulietta e Romeo: Giulietta, son io (Atto III) Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1858–1919) La Bohème: Non parlate cosi … Io non ho che una povera stanzetta (Atto II); Musetta! O gioia della mia dimora! … Testa adorata (Atto III) Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834–1886) La Gioconda: Cielo e mar! (Atto II) Pietro MASCAGNI (1863–1945) Cavalleria rusticana: Comare Lola … Viva il vino spumeggiante (Brindisi)(Atto I); Mamma, quel vino è generoso (Atto II) Francesco CILEA (1866–1950) Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie sorridente (Atto I); L’anima ho stanca, e la meta è lontana (Atto II) Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO I zingari: Dammi un amore selvaggio e ribelle (Atto I); Chatterton: Che più mi resta! Tu sola a me rimani (Atto II); Zazà: È un riso genti qual’alba d’april (Atto I); Mai più, Zazà, raggiar vedrò (Atto III) Umberto GIORDANO La cena delle beffe: Tornato è maggio dopo lungo viaggio (Atto IV); Fedora: Amor ti vieta (Atto II) Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876–1948) Sly: Un orso in musoliera innamorato (Atto I) Giacomo PUCCINI Turandot: Questa notte … Nessun dorma … O sole! Vita! Eternità! (Atto III) Roberto Alagna (tenor) London Voices, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Mark Elder rec. April – June 2003, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6276 [65:41] [GF]

Alagna sings lyrically with great feeling, fine sensitivity and intelligence. Another highly recommendable recital. ... see Full Review

Andreas Bach Buch Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1704) Ciacona in c BuxWV 159 [6'05] J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Fantasia in c BWV 1121 (Adagio) [3'24] Johann C.F. FISCHER (c1670-1746) Praeludium and Ciacona [5'23] J.S. BACH Fantasia and Imitatio in h BWV 563 [3'55] Christian RITTER (c1645-c1725) Suite in F-sharp mineur [13'36] Carlo Franceso POLLAROLO (c1653-1723) Capriccio (Allegro) [4'35] Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Suite d'Alcide (extracts) [7'42] Johann Adam REINCKEN (1643-1722) Ballet (10 variations) [8'00] J.S. BACH Toccata in c BWV 911 Benjamin Alard (organ and harpsichord) rec: Saint-Etienne, Baigorry, France, 27-31 October 2005. DDD HORTUS 045 [65'50] [CB]

An interesting selection of pieces from the Andreas Bach Buch ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH ¡Ay, Dulce Pena! - Tonos humanos del Barroco español Juan del VADO (c.1625-1691) A Pascal no le puede [4:58] Juan HIDALGO (1614-1685) ¡Ay de mi dolor! [7:47] José Martínez de ARCE (c.1660-1721) ¿Para qué son las iras? [3:26] ANONYMOUS ¿A quién me quejaré [6:04] ANONYMOUS ¿Qué quiere amor? [4:06] Juan HIDALGO (1614-1685) ¡Ay amor, ay ausencia! [6:15] ANONYMOUS Sobre las ramas de un sauce [3:51] Juan del VADO (c.1625-1691) Las campanas [10:34] Juan HIDALGO (1614-1685) Con tanto respeto adoran [5:37] ¡Ay, corazón amante! [7:34] ANONYMOUS Sarao de la minué francés [3:13] Marta Almajano (soprano), Juan Carlos Rivera (archlute, baroque guitar), Mike Fentross (baroque guitar), Ventura Rico (viola da gamba), Pedro Estevan (percussion) rec.11-13 February 2001, Church of Sant Corneli, de Collbató (Barcelona). HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1957028 [63:05][GPu]

A delicious recital, which no one with an interest in seventeenth-century music should miss … see Full Review

Battalia! - Baroque Battle Music for Trumpet Consort Girolamo FANTINI (c1600-c1675) Entrata (e) Imperiale per sonare in Concerto [07:10] Pierre ATTAIGNANT (1494?-1552?) Pavanne de la Guerre [03:43] Anon J'ai vu le Cerf du Bois sailly, chanson a 4 [01:04] J'ai vu le Cerf du Bois sailly, madrigal a 6 (instr) [02:31] Cesare BENDINELLI (1542?-1617) Sonata con un clarino solo [04:49] Tielman SUSATO (1500?-1564) Pavane Bataille (Die Schlacht) [02:17] Danse de Hercules (Herkulestanz) [02:05] La Mourisque (Mohrentanz) [02:05] Orlandus LASSUS (1532?-1594) Fit Porta Christi pervia [02:05] Cesare BENDINELLI Rotta ò Sonata [02:54] Giovanni Giacomo GASTOLDI (1556?-1622) Amor vittorioso [01:34] Domenico GARSI (1542-1604) Battalia [04:26] Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) Courrant de Bataglia [01:54] Volte du Tambour [02:33] Bransle Gay [01:34] Girolamo FANTINI Seconda Imperiale [07:47] FANTINI/SUSATO/GARSI/PRAETORIUS Baroque Battle (with arms of the baroque period) [04:35] Gloria Moretti (soprano), Stefano Albarello (alto), Vincenzo Di Donato, Paolo Fanciulacci (tenor), Marco Spongano (bass)
Tibicines: Igino Conforzi, Andrea Di Mario, Marco Nesi, Gabriele Callegari, Tranquillo Forza (trumpet), Marco Ferrari, Anberto Ponchio, Linda Severi (ciaramella, bombarda), Mauro Morini (trombone, serpentone), David Jacus (trombones), Nicola Moneta (percussion); Andrea Macinanti (organ)/Igino Conforzi rec. May 2001, Bologna, Italy. DDD ARTS 47666-8 [55:12] [JV]

Music for wind band from the 16th and 17th centuries - the concept may be speculative but the performances are brilliant and a joy to listen to … see Full Review

Beatles for Harp - transcribed for harp by Jim Palmer John LENNON (1940–1980)/Paul McCARTNEY (b. 1942) Got To Get You Into My Life; It’s Only Love; Blackbird; George HARRISON (1943–2001) I Want To Tell You; John LENNON/ Paul McCARTNEY For No One; George HARRISON I Need You; John LENNON/ Paul McCARTNEY Here, There, and Everywhere; George HARRISON Here Comes The Sun; John LENNON/ Paul McCARTNEY You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away; Hello, Goodbye; Girl; Do You Want To Know a Secret?; All You Need Is Love; Strawberry Fields Forever; You Won’t See Me Jim Palmer (harp) rec. August 27-28, 2004, Reel Recording, Maryville, Missouri CENTAUR CRC 2728 [48:06][GF]

And who knows, John and George may be playing the harp with the angels today, why not in Jim Palmer’s transcriptions? ... see Full Review

Beck and Call Alex SHAPIRO (b.1962) Of Breath and Touch (1999) [10.26]; Deep [7.34] + André PREVIN (b.1929) Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1999) [14.56] Michal SPISAK (1914-1965) Duetto Concertante (1949) [14.00] Moshe ZORMAN  (b.1952) A Grizzly’s Dream (1984) [12.12] Marcel BITSCH (b.1921) Concertino (1948) [7.00] Don CHAMBERLAIN (b.1952) Beck and Call (1993) [6.47] + Carolyn Beck (bassoon); Delores Stevens (piano); Kira Blumberg (viola) With pre-recorded tracks + rec. October 2003-March 2005, acoustical pieces at Bridges Hall, Pomona College, CA. Beck and Call at Studio A, Citrus College, Azusa, CA and Deep at Dino Falls Studio, LA, CA. CRYSTAL RECORDS CD 846 [73.39] [JW]

Good new(ish) repertoire - confidently performed, reasonably recorded. ... see Full Review

A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music Featuring music of J.S. Bach, Boccherini, Britten, Charpentier, Clarke, Fauré, Franck, Gluck, Goss, Handel, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Pachelbel, Parry, Poston, Purcell, Satie, Schubert, Stanford, Vivaldi, Wagner, Walton and Widor. Detailed track listing at end of review NAXOS 8.557246-47 [72:28 + 72:26] [DJB]

Would this help a bride (and her mother) who felt they wanted music more significant than that of the pop diva of the moment?  I suspect it would … see Full Review

The Best of British, Vol. 1 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Flourish for Wind Band (1939) [02:33] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Lincolnshire Posy (ed. Fennell) (1936) [17:37] Alun HODDINOTT (b.1929) Welsh Airs and Dances (1975) [10:47] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Japanese Suite (arr. John Boyd) (1916) [11:08] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Pomp and Circumstance Marches op.39 (arr. M. Retford/Alfred Reed): 4 (1907) [05:09], 1 (1901) [06:11] GRAINGER  In a Nutshell: The Gum Suckers’ March (ed. R. Mark Rogers) (1914) [03:59] Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra/Douglas Bostock rec. 21-22 October 2003, Sun Azalea, Saitama, Japan KOSEI PUBLISHING COMPANY KOCD-8011 [57:46][CH]

A programme which should encourage foreigners to explore British music while at the same time providing some rarer items for the British collector. ... see Full Review

The Best Of British, Vol. 2 Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) First Suite in E flat op.28/1 (ed. Colin Matthews) (1909) [09:56] Second Suite in F op.28/2 (ed. Colin Matthews) (1911) [11:28] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) The Pageant of London (ed. P. Hindmarsh) (1911) [13:17] Frederic AUSTIN (1872-1952) Music for the Pageant of London (ed. J. Lee-Browne/D. Bostock) (1911) [07:36] Sir Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Checkmate – Suite (arr. Gerrard Williams) (1937): The Red Knight’s Mazurka [02:52], Funeral Procession of the Black Knight [02:10], Dance of the Four Knights [03:04] Alan BUSH (1900-1995) Scherzo op.68 (1969) [10:48] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Irish Tune from County Derry (1911) [04:13] Eric COATES (1886-1957) The Dam Busters March (arr. W.J. Duthoit) (1954) [03:52] Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra/Douglas Bostock rec. 21-22 October 2004, Sun Azalea, Saitama, Japan KOSEI PUBLISHING COMPANY KOCD-8012 [69:32][CH]

The Holst Suites are enough on their own to make purchase essential and the performances are superb. ... see Full Review

The Best of British, Vol. 3 Edward GREGSON (b.1945) Festivo (1985) [04:59] Alan BUSH (1900-1995) Dance Overture, op.12 (1930) [09:56] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folk Song Suite (4-movement version, 1923) [14:33] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Lads of Wamphray March (1904, rev.1938, ed. Kreines) [07:33] Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Giles Farnaby Suite (1922) [18:39] Philip SPARKE (b.1951) Gaudium: Concert Piece for Wind Symphony Orchestra  (1974) [07:39] Sir Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Royal Air Force March Past (arr. Dyson, 1918) [03:05] Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra/Douglas Bostock rec. 17-18 October 2005, Sun Azalea, Saitama KOSEI PUBLISHING COMPANY KOCD-8013 [67:06][CH]

Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Sparke are the highlights of this volume. ... see Full Review

British Cinema and Theatre Orchestras – Volume 2 GUILD GLCD 5122 [76:33] [RW]

This disc pays tribute to the music in vogue during that blossoming period of the talkies. ... 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][RB]

Four compact British tuba concertos with the solo instrument a stylish and lyrical singer ... see Full Review

From Byzantium to Andalusia. Medieval Music and Poetry ANONYMOUS
Kyrie eleison (Christian-Arabic Tradition, Lebanon) [3:21] Fa mi cantar l'amor di la beata (Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [6:47] De la crudel morte de Cristo (Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [1:59] Laude novella(Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [3:49] Sallalahu ala Muhammed (Yunus Emre (Ilahileri), Turkey, 13th century) [4:42] Pesrev (Yunus Emre (Ilahileri), Turkey, 13th century) [1:29] Ey Derviccsler (Yunus Emre (Ilahileri), Turkey, 13th century) [4:59] Plangiamo quel crudel basciare(Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [4:07] Venite a laudare (Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [2:40] Keh Moshe (Traditional Jewish, 12th century [1:44] Adon Haselihot (Traditional Sephardic, pre-1492) [3:21] Galeas, mis galeas (Traditional Sephardic, pre-1492) [3:48] Jalla man (Traditional Andalusian School) [4:07] Stella splendens in monte (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Catalonia, 14th century) [8:23] O Maria, d'omelia (Laudario di Cortona (Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortona)) [5:00] Peter Rabanser (voice, bagpipe, duduk, ud) Belinda Sykes (voice) Jeremy Avis (voice) Oni Wytars Ensemble rec. Grosse Sendesaal, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, December 2001 NAXOS 8.557637 [60.25] [JW]

The plausibility of the performances lies in their subsuming of the scholarly to the practical and in the living current of the performances, both joyous and reflective. ... see Full Review

Calliope: Volume the First - see review for content details - Emma Curtis ((contralto), The Frolick: Andrew McGinley (baroque lute, baroque guitar, theorbo), Markus Mőllenbeck (baroque cello), Giovanni Pessi (baroque harp), Muriel Bardon, Natia Gvilava (baroque violins), Annie Laflamme (transverse flute) rec.15-16, 20, 22 December 2005, 12 January 2006, Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart. DDD AVIE AV2102 [73:26 + 73:33] [GPu]

Engaging, intelligent performances of little-known English songs, many of which have a distinctive charm and power … see Full Review

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][RB]

An admirable anthology of British viola concertos … valuably and enjoyably widens our experience of British composers' approaches to the viola concerto .... see Full Review

Cello, Celli! Dave BRUBECK (b.1920) Elegy [7:45] God’s Love Made Visible [3:28] Cello, Celli! [11:25] The Desert and the Parched Land [4:29] Regret [7:11] J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No.6 [16:02] Jesus Christ! Je t’implore [2:57] Brandenburg Concerto No.3 [11:49] The Yale Cellos/Aldo Parisot rec. Morse Recital Hall, Sprague Memorial Hall, The School of Music, Yale University, Connecticut, 1-5 April, 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557816 [65:10] [SA]

Once again Naxos has gone where other record companies might fear to tread and thus we can explore repertoire we might otherwise never get to hear. ... see Full Review

Chimera Hugh WOOD (b.1932) Poem Op.35 (1993) [7:49] Huw WATKINS (b.1976) Corusaction; Reflection (1998) [6:41] Timothy SALTER (b.1942) Chimera (2003) [11:25] Philip CASHIAN (b.1963) Stobrod's Violin (1999) [7:03] Helen GRIME (b.1981) Romance (2003) [3:59] Colin MATTHEWS (b.1946) Chaconne with Chorale; Moto Perpetuo (1988) [5:55] Michael Zev GORDON (b.1963) False Relations (1994) [9:33] Daniel GIORGETTI (b.1971) Dialogue (2000) [6:38] Alexandra Wood (violin) Huw Watkins (piano) rec. 2005, Norden Farm, Maidenhead, Berkshire USK RECORDINGS USK 1226CD [60:12][DC]

I wish to compliment Wood and Watkins on their musicianship and excellent taste in providing us with such an intriguing and stimulating programme of new music. Thumbs up to such an enterprising release. ... see Full Review

Clemens non Papa – Priest and bon vivant Jacobus VAET (1529 - 1567) Continuo lacrimas [3.06] (4) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) c.1510–c.1556) Si mors dissolvit [3.43] (1) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa)/Antonio de CABAZON (c.1510-1566) Cancion francesca [1.59] (3) Anonymous Amy helas [1.14] (2) SANDRIN (Pierre Regnault) (c.1490–c.1561) Elas amy [1.49] (2) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) Adieu delices de mon coeur [3.28] (4); Godt es mijn licht [1.51] (1); Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa)/ Elias Nicolaus AMMERBACH (1530 –1597) Godt es mijn licht [2.39] (3) Jacobus FLORI (1569–1599) Godt es mijn licht [2.05] (4) Enriquez de VALDERRABANO (c.1500–1557) Fantasia I [1.27]; Sonetto [1.12] (2); Petercken sprack tho Petercken [2.35] (3); Fantasia II [1.19] (2) Thomas CRECQUILLON (c.1490–1557?) Dedens Tournay [1.28] (1) Anonymous / Piet STRIJKERS Suite after Sebastian Vreedman [3.18] (4) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) (c. 1510–c. 1556) La, la, la Maister Pierre [1.39] (1); Iuvons beau jour [2.28] (4); De lustelijcke mey [1.13]; Frisque et gaillart [1.46] (1); Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) (c. 1510–c. 1556) / Giovanni Bassano (1558 - 1617) Frisque et gaillart [3.16] (3) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) (c. 1510–c. 1556) Te schepe waert gaan [1.21] (1) Antonio de CABAZON (c.1510-1566) Diferencias sober la Pavana Italiana [3.24] (3) Thomas CRECQUILLON (c.1490–1557?) Oncques amour me fut [1.21] (2) Jacobus CLEMENS (Clemens non Papa) (c. 1510–c. 1556) Domine quando veneris [5.35] (1) Paulus BARONUS (?) Fantasia [4.41] (2) Hernando de CABEZON (1541 – 1602) Je prens en grey (Glossada) [3.33] (3) Capilla Flamenca (Marnix de Cat – countertenor, Jan Caals – tenor, Lleven Termont – baritone, Dirk Snellings – bass) (1); Jan van Outens (lute) (2); Joris Verdin (organ) (3); La Caccia (Patrick Denecker – pommer, recorder, Mirella Rulgrok – pommer, dulcian, Marleen Leicher – cornett, Christian Braun – trombone, Dani Pelagatti – pommer, shawn, dulcian – Bernhard Stilz – dulcian) (4) rec. 26-29 April 2005, Parkabdij, Heverlee ETCETERA KTC 1287 [63.20] [RH]

Pierre Phalese might not be known to you, but this charming disc provides an enjoyable means to learn more about the music printed by this influential publisher. ... see Full Review

Czech Avant-Garde Piano Music: 1918-1938 Pavel HAAS (1899-1944) Suite Op.13 (1935) [14.29] Jaroslav JEŽEK (1906-1942) Bugatti-Step (1931) [3.35] Bagatelles (1933) [13.20] Equatorial Rag (1929) [2.01] Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Five Pittoresken Op.31 (1919) [17.08] Frantisek E BURIAN (1904-1959) Waltz (1937) [1.40] Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Kleinseiten-Palais – Andante (1927) Untitled [0.39] Melodie (c.1923) [0.39] Nur blindes Schicksal? (1927) [0.57] Der goldene Ring (1928) [0.31] Ich erwarte Dich (1928) [1.38] Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Par T.S.F (1924) [1.01] Instructive Duo for the Nervous film en miniature (1925) [0.51] Tango [2.33] Scherzo [1.37] Berceuse [4.02] Valse [1.50] Chanson [1.38] Carillon [1.40] Steffen Schleiermacher (piano) rec. December 2001, unspecified location. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 613 1158-2 [73.42] [JW]

This disc has a life-affirming strength to it. There’s latitude in this repertoire for a variety of responses but if you want Ježek you must have Novotny. ... see Full Review

Dancing with the Orchestra - Transcriptions by Stravinsky, Bartók, Falla, Ravel Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Petrushka - Three movements (1910-11, arr. composer, 1921) Danse russe [2.49]; Chez Pétrouchka [05.32]; La semaine grasse [09.09] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Dance Suite for orchestra, Sz 77 (1923 arr. composer, 1925) [16.34] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El amor brujo (Love the Magician) - Three Scenes (1914-15 arr. composer, 1916) Pantomime [04.17]; Dance of Terror [02.20]; Ritual Fire Dance [04.10] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse (1920) [13.54] Davide Cabassi (piano) rec. 17-19 December 2004, Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany. DDD ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 82876 76969-2 [59.02][MC]

A very enjoyable recital from Davide Cabassi who is certainly a name to follow. ... see Full Review

Danny Boy – the Immortal Irish Song: Nineteen arrangements and interpretations of Danny Boy and its melody The Londonderry Air Arranged Frederick E Weatherley [3.39] Paul McMahon (tenor) Andrew Greene (piano) Arranged Percy Grainger, adapted Sean O’Boyle [4.15] Jane Rutter (flute) Queensland Orchestra/Sean O’Boyle Arranged Leo Arnaud [2.43] Judy Garland/MGM Studio Orchestra/Georgie Stoll Arranged Carlos Salzedo [3.38] Alice Giles (harp) Anonymous arrangers Mario Lanza (tenor) Orchestra/Ray Sinatra [3.02] Bing Crosby/John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra [3.20] Arranged Percy Grainger {Irish Tune from County Derry] Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Stuart Challender [3.57] Arranged Fritz Kreisler [3.46] Fritz Kreisler (violin) Victor Symphony Orchestra/Donald Voorhees Arranged George Sigerson [as Far Away] [2.22] Glasgow Orpheus Choir/Sir Hugh Roberton Arranged Douglas Gamley [3.33] Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Kamirski Arranged Percy Grainger adapted Fiona Walsh [2.55] Guitar Trek Arranged Percy Grainger for piano [3.20] Leslie Howard (piano) Arranged Lyle Chan [3.50] Cantillation/Paul McMahon (tenor)/Brett Weymark Arranged Percy Grainger for orchestra [5.29] Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon Arranged Percy Grainger for chorus [4.11] Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir/Anthony Walker Arranged John McCormack [3.23] John McCormack (tenor) Edwin Schneider (piano) Arranged Larry Adler [3.09] Larry Adler (harmonica) studio trio Arranged Glenn Miller and Chummy MacGregor [2.20] Glenn Miller Orchestra Arranged Tony Gould [6.11] Tony Gould (piano) rec. 1935-2006 ABC CLASSICS 476 9238 [69.08][JW]

You’d have to be very partial to this immortal tune to sit through an hour and ten minutes of it ... partial and possibly deranged ... see Full Review

Placido Domingo: Great Scenes Johann STRAUSS (1825 – 1899) Die Fledermaus: Celeste Aida Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Ernani: Dell’esiglio nel dolore; A te, scegli, seguimi Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) Manon Lescaut: Mi tradisce il tuo folle pensier; Ah, non vi avvicinate; Vedi, vedi, son io che piango Jacques OFFENBACH (1819 – 1880) Les contes d’Hoffmann: Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach!; Ils se sont éloignés enfin! Giacomo PUCCINI La fanciulla del West: Una parola sola!; Ch’ella mi creda Umberto GIORDANO (1867 – 1948) Andrea Chénier: Si, fu soldato; Come un bel di di maggio; Vicino a te see review for details WARNER MUSIC VISION 50-51011-2771-2-2 DVD [57:00] [GF]

This Domingo compilation is definitely worth a visit to the nearest DVD store. ... see Full Review

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2004 Andreas DOHMEN (b. 1962) Lautung (2003/4) [16:34]* Rebecca SAUNDERS (b. 1967) Miata (2004) [32:14]** Michel VAN DER AA (b. 1970) Second Self (2004) [14:25]* Pierluigi BILLONE (b. 1960) Mani, de Leonardis, Hands (2004) [15:54] *** Christian Dierstein (percussionist)*** Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart/Roland Kluttig* SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart** SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg/Hans Zender** rec. live, Donaueschinger Musiktage, October 2004. DDD COL LEGNO WWE 1CD 20245 [79:09] [AO]

The Donaueschinger Musiktage have been the cutting edge festival for new music since 1921 ... see Full Review

Jacqueline du Pré Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto, op. 85. (1919) [30.02] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Suites for Cello, BWV1007-12 (c.1721) No. 1 in G, BWV1007 [19.48] No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008 [21.41] Jacqueline Du Pré, cello, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli (Elgar) rec live, Prague, 3 January 1967 (Stereo BBC recording) (Elgar); London, 1962, (Mono BBC Studio) (Bach). ADD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL SBT 1388 [71.38] [DRD]

I’m pleased that this has been released but it falls into the Interesting rather than Essential category and effectively offers only 30 minutes of worthwhile listening. ... see Full Review

Experiments on a MARCH Charles IVES (1874-1954) Country Band March (c.1903) [4:24] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695) [8:36] Mauricio KAGEL (b.1931) Zehn Märsche um den Sieg zu verfehlen (1978-79) (Marsch 1-4) [6:56] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Huldigungsmarsch, WWV 97 (1864) [5:42] Mauricio KAGEL Zehn Märsche um den Sieg zu verfehlen (Marsch 5-8) [5:53] Richard WAGNER Trauermusik, WWV 73 (1844) [5:14] Mauricio KAGEL Zehn Märsche um den Sieg zu verfehlen (Marsch 9 & 10) [4:12] Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) March in E flat major, WAB 116 (1865) [2:53] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Berlin im Licht (1928) [1:26] Marcel WENGLER (b.1946) Versuche über einen Marsch (1981) [16:01] Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra/Clark Rundell rec. Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 6-7 May 2005. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10367 [62:17] [DC]

Extremely proficient and consummately professional and musical, a combination which makes this disc more listenable than some ‘prize-winning band’ discs I could name. ... see Full Review

Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) - In Sound and Thought: Moscow recordings, 1948-1962 Samuil Feinberg (piano) rec. *Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, 22 January 1948; **1950s unspecified; †1952; ††1961; ‡1962 ADD Mono, §Stereo ARBITER 146 [79:43] [AtOr]

Unknown and private recordings from Samuil Feinberg, legendary composer-pianist of the Soviet old guard ... see Full Review

The Great Female Pianists - Volume 3. Masters of the Piano Roll Series: Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler (1863-1927) Reproducing Piano Rolls 1908-24 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Toccata and Fugue transcribed Tausig [8.36] Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Gondoliera Op.41 [4.21] Love Waltzes Op.57 No.1 [4.17] La Jongleuse Op.52 No.4 [1.24] Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo –Melodie arranged Sgambati [2.48] Eduard SCHÜTT (1856-1933) Croquis et Silhouettes op 87 no 4 [2.36] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31 [11.07] Nocturne in C sharp minor op 27 no 1 [4.22] Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No.2 [5.13] Nocturne in C minor Op.48 No.1 [5.35] Piano Sonata No.2 Op 35 [22.45] Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler (piano) Piano Rolls made between 1907 and 1920 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD 013 [73.58] The Great Female Pianists - Volume 4. Masters of the Piano Roll Series: Guiomar Novaes Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Tango arranged Leopold Godowsky [3.53] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Spring Song in A Op.62/6 [2.46] Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Guitarre Op.45/2 [3.15] Ignace Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Nocturne in B flat Op.16/4 [4.20] Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Xerxes – Largo [Ombra mai fu] [5.40] MORET Waltz No.1 [2.15] Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1895) Nocturne in G Op.75/8 [5.00] Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Ballet of the Butterflies Op.69 [3.15] Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Gavotte in A arranged Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) [4.11] Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841-1914) Landler (Tirolese) [2.20] Theodor LESCHETIZKY (1830-1915) Heroic Study Op.48/3 [2.26] Jacques IBERT (1890-1965) The Little White Donkey [2.03] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Prelude op.28 No.15 Raindrop [6.12] Nocturne in F sharp Op.15 No.2 [4.17] Berceuse in D Op.57 [4.29] Etude in G flat Op.25 No.9 Butterfly [1.03] Etude in G flat Op.10 No.5 Black Key [1.39] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Gnomenreigen Etude de Concert S145 (1844) [2.59] Louis GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869) Grand Fantasy on the Brazilian National Anthem [7.46] Guiomar Novaes (piano) Piano rolls made 1918-1926 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD 014 [71.01] [JW]

I’m really not convinced that this series is on the right lines. ... see Full Review

Film Noir Disc 1: F. WAXMAN Rebecca: Prelude (1940) [1:52] B. HERRMANN Citizen Kane: Prelude (1941) [3:47] A. DEUTSCH The Maltese Falcon: Main Title (1941) [2:42] M. ROZSA Double Indemnity: Main Title (1944) [2:47] B. KAPER Gaslight: Main Title and Opening Theme (1944) [4:02] M. STEINER The Big Sleep: Main Title (1946) [2:23] M. ROZSA The Killers: Main Title (1946) [2:31] R. WEBB Notorious: Alex in the Wine Cellar (1946) [3:28] G. BASSMAN The Postman Always Rings Twice: Main Title (1946) [1:42] R. WEBB Out of the Post: Main Title (1947) [1:57] H. ROEMHELD The Lady From Shanghai: Main Title (1947) [2:41] H. FRIEDHOFER Body and Soul: Main Title (1947) [1:58] M. STEINER Key Largo: Main Title (1948) [1:41] A. KARAS The Third Man: Third Man Theme (1949) [3:07] F. WAXMAN Sunset Boulevard: Sunset Boulevard Prelude (1950) [3:20] Disc 2: D. TIOMKIN Strangers On a Train: Prologue/Duet For Four Feet (1951) [2:20] G. FRIED The Killing: Main Title (1956) [2:57] B. HERRMANN Vertigo: Vertigo Prelude and Rooftop (1958) [4:46] D. AMRAM The Manchurian Candidate: Theme From The Manchurian Candidate (1962) [1:50] L. SCHIFRIN Bullitt: Bullitt Main Theme (1968) [2:24] M. SMALL Klute: The Tape (Main Title) (1971) [2:12] L. SCHIFRIN Dirty Harry: Main Theme (1971) [4:03] M. THEODORAKIS Serpico: Theme From Serpico (1973) [3:25] J. GOLDSMITH Chinatown: Love Theme (Main Title) (1974) [3:39] D. SHIRE Farewell My Lovely: Main Title (Marlowe’s Theme) (1975) [2:29] D. GRUSIN Three Days of the Condor: Condor! Theme from Three Days of the Condor) (1975) [2:58] J. BARRY Body Heat: Main Title (1981) [3:54] VANGELIS Blade Runner: Main Title (1982) [3:35] C. BURWELL Blood Simple: Blood Simple (1984) [3:52] Disc 3: A. BADALAMENTI Blue Velvet: Main Title (1986) [1:27] R. McNAUGHTON, K.HALE, and S. JONES Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Henry’s Theme (1990) [2:12] C. ISAAC Wild at Heart: Wicked Game (1990) [4:01] A. BADALAMENTI Wild at Heart: Dark Spanish Symphony (edited string version) (1990) [2:08] J. GOLDSMITH Basic Instinct: Main Title (Theme from Basic Instinct) (1992) [2:11] E. GOLDENTHAL Heat: Main Title (1995) [4:29] J. OTTMAN The Usual Suspects: Main Title (1995) [3:47] H. SHORE Se7en: Portrait of John Doe (1995) [4:43] C. BURWELL Fargo: Fargo, North Dakota/The Ozone (1996) [3:05] J. GOLDSMITH L.A. Confidential: The Victor (1997) [2:24] D. JUYLYAN Memento: Opening Titles (2000) [7:02] A. BADALAMENTI Mullholland Drive: Mullholland Drive/Love Theme (2001) [6:13] C. BURWELL The Man Who Wasn’t There: The Trial of Ed Crane (2001) [3:52] G. REVELL and R. RODRIGUEZ Sin City: Marv (2005) [2:26] R. RODRIGUEZ Sin City: End Titles (2005) [3:23] Music and vocals performed by The Global Stage Orchestra Recording location and dates undisclosed DDD GOLDEN STARS GSS 5427 [39:54 + 44:24 + 53:30] [PG]

It can only be hoped that this is the final offering from The Global Stage Orchestra. ... see Full Review

Flying Kites - A Trafford Miscellany Sasha Johnson MANNING (b.1963) Flying Kites for recorder and piano [3:15] Robert ELLIOTT (1932-2002) Piano Sonatina op. 2 [5:58] Robin WALKER (b.1953) Four Nursery Rhymes to texts by Thomas Pitfield for reciter, recorder and piano (2003) [3:26] Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999) Xylophone Sonata [7:32]; The Skeleton Bride for reciter and piano [3:10]; Rain for reciter, xylophone and piano [1:15]; Bones for reciter and xylophone [1:29]; Bagatelle No. 3 for piano [1:55] David BECK (b.1941) A Dunham Pastoral for recorder and piano (2004) [6:01] John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Island Spell for piano (1912) [3:28]; Annabel Lee for reciter and piano (1910) [3:53] Martin ELLERBY (b.1957) River Dances for recorder and piano (2005) [12:19] James LANGLEY (1927-1994) Five Shakespeare Dances for recorder (1992) [9:06] Christopher COTTON (b. 1947) Rural Rondo for recorder and piano [4:52] Richard Baker (reciter), John Turner (recorder), Keith Swallow (piano), Damien Harron (percussion) rec. The King’s School, Macclesfield, 29-30 March 2005. DDD CAMPION CAMEO 2044 [60:52]

An hour’s very entertaining divertissement - and much to be recommended! [CSS]
An attractive miscellany themed around reciter, recorder and the North West ... see Full Review [RB]

Foreign Insult Nicola MATTEIS (mid 17th century–after 1714) Ground after the Scotch Humour (1685) [4.09] Gottfried FINGER (1660–1730) Sonata Op. 5, no. 10 in C major (1701) [5.09] George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1739) Concerto HWV287 in G minor [8.25]; Trio Sonata HWV 383 in F major [10.14] Francesco BARSANTI (1690–1722) A collection of Old Scots tunes (selection) (1742) [9.13] Johann Christian BACH (1735–1782) Quintet op. 11, no. 6 in D major (1774) [13.18] Carl Friedrich ABEL (1723–1787) Concert in E minor [14.53] La Ricordanza (Brian Berryman – flute, Annette Berryman – oboe/recorder, Christoph Heidemann and Katharina Huch-Kohn – violins, Bettina Ihrig – viola, Dorothee Palm – cello, Barbara Hormann – violone, Eckhart Kuper – harpsichord) rec. 5-7 October 2004, Schloss Gifhorn. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIM MDG 505 1381-2 [65.58] [RH]

Even with the disc’s catchy title, this repertoire can seem a little forbidding. Don’t let that put you off. Be caught up in the spell of these performances. ... 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][GF]

Gigli completists will need it but so will anyone interested in good singing ... see Full Review

Alice Giles (harp) - Song in the Night John STEVENSON (1761-1833) arr. Carlos SALZEDO (1885-1961) Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms Carlos SALZEDO Jolly Piper - Concert Fantasy on the theme of "The Sailor's Hornpipe" Trad. IRISH arr. Frederick E. WEATHERLY (1848-1928) and Salzedo Londonderry Air Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) arr. Salzedo Menuet d'amour from Therese George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) arr. Salzedo The Harmonious Blacksmith - Air and Variations Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) arr. Salzedo Spring Song from Songs without Words, Book 5 Carlos SALZEDO Traipsin' thru Arkansaw - Concert Fantasy on the theme of "The Arkansas Traveller" Trad. SCOTTISH arr. Salzedo Annie Laurie Negro Spiritual arr. Salzedo Deep River Carlos SALZEDO Dixie Parade - Concert Fantasy on the theme of "Dixie" Stephen C. FOSTER (1826-1864) arr. Salzedo My Old Kentucky Home Carlos SALZEDO Turkey Strut - Concert Fantasy on the theme of "Turkey in the Straw" Trad. IRISH arr. Salzedo The Last Rose of Summer Carlos SALZEDO Chanson dans la nuit (Song in the Night); La Desirade Agustin LARA (1897-1970) arr. Salzedo Concert Fantasy on "Granada" George Frideric HANDEL arr. Salzedo Largo from Xerxes Antonin DVORAK (1841-1904) arr. Salzedo Humoreske, Op. 101 No. 7 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) arr. Salzedo Paraphrase on Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) arr. Salzedo Melody in F, Op. 3 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) arr. Salzedo Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15; Lullaby, Op. 49 No. 4 Alice Giles (harp) rec. May 1999, St Scholastica's Chapel, Glebe, Australia. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 5250 [68:48][RB]

There is not a great deal to be said about this music except that it is typically delightful and is presented with evident pleasure by Alice Giles ... see Full Review

Hear My Prayer - Hymns and Anthems Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) 3 Motets, Op. 38: No. 1. Justorum animae (c. 1905) [03.08] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Magnificat (1945) [05.36] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) O God, thou art my God, Z. 35 (c. 1680) [04.08] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Hear My Prayer, "O, for the wings of a dove" (1844) [12.34] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 (1865) [05.54] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Four Motets, Op. 10: No. 1: Ubi caritas et amor (1960) [02.35] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Three Anthems, Op. 27: No. 2. God is gone up (1951) [05.03] Edgar L. BAINTON (1880-1956) Anthem: And I saw a new Heaven (1928) [05.37] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Remember not, O Lord, Z. 50 (c. 1680) [03.08] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K. 339, ‘Solemn Vespers’: V. Laudate Dominum (1780) [04.23] Antonio LOTTI (c1667-1740) Crucifixus a 8 (c. 1720) [03.41] Eleanor DALEY (b. 1955) Requiem: In Remembrance [02.35] Stephen CHATMAN (b.1950) Remember [02.49] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Lux aeterna (choral arr. of Elgar's ‘Nimrod’ Variation) (1899) [03.51] César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis angelicus (1872) [04.14] Karina Gauvin (soprano) Matthew Larkin (organ) Choir of St John's, Elora/Noel Edison rec. St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada, 21-25 January 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557493 [69.17][MC]

I wonder if I will hear a finer release of sacred choral music this year. ... see Full Review

Highlights from La Scala Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Ernani. Opera in four acts (1843) Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on Victor Hugo’s play Hernani. First performed at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice, 9 March 1843 Ernani, the bandit, Placido Domingo (ten); Don Carlo, King of Spain, Renato Bruson (bar); Don Ruy de Silva, a Spanish grandee, Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass); Elvira, Mirella Freni (sop) Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti  Directed by Luca Ronconi. rec. live, December 1982 Nabucco. Opera in four parts (1842) Originally known as Nabucadonosor after the play from which Temistocle Solera derived the libretto First performed at La Scala, Milan, 9 March 1842 Nabucco, King of Babylon, Renato Bruson (bar); Zaccaria, High Priest of the Hebrews, Paata Burchuladze (bass); Abigaille, slave, believed to be the eldest daughter of Nabucco, Ghena Dimitrova (sop); Fenena, daughter of Nabucco, Raquel Pierotti (sop); Ismaele, Hebrew in love with Fenena, Bruno Beccaria (ten); Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti  Directed by Roberto de Simone. rec. live December 1986 I Lombardi. Opera in four acts (1843) Libretto by Temistocle Solera derived from Tomasso Grossi’s epic poem I Lombardi alla prima crociata First performed at La Scala, Milan, 1 February 1843 Griselda, Ghena Dimitrova (sop); Oronte, son of the tyrant of Antioch, José Carrerras (ten); Pagano, Silvano Carroli (bar) Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Gianandrea Gavazenni Directed by Gabriele Lavia. rec. live April 1984 Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chénier - Historical dramatic opera in four acts (1896) Libretto by Luigi Illica First performed La Scala, Milan, 28 March 1896 Andrea Chenier, poet, José Carreras (ten); Carlo Gérard, former servant in the Coigny household and also in love with Maddalena, Piero CappuccIlli (bar); Maddalena, in love with Chenier, Eva Marton (sop) Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Riccardo Chailly  Directed by Lamberto Puggelli. rec. live, July 1985 Picture format: NTSC 4:3.Colour. Linear – PCM stereo. Subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Japanese WARNER MUSIC VISION DVD VIDEO 50-51011-2323-2-9 [59:00][RJF]

Viscerally exciting performances at a modest price. ... see Full Review

Hindemith as Interpreter – the Amar-Hindemith Quartet Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) String Quartet in E flat K428 [23.46] Béla BARTÓK String Quartet No.2 [33.23] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartet in F, Op.95 [19.27] The Amar-Hindemith String Quartet rec. 1926 ARBITER 139 [76.47] [JW]

The Amar-Hindemith legacy has been unavailable for many years. A necessary acquisition for anyone with any interest in the string quartet on disc in the first half of the twentieth century. ... see Full Review

Ikon - Music for the Soul and Spirit Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rejoice, O Virgin (Bogoroditse Devo) [3:15]; We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem) [2:22]; The Cherubic Hymn (Izhe kheruvimi) [5:01] John TAVENER (b. 1944) Song for Athene [6:18]; Exhortation [3:17]; Kohima [1:49] Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) De Profundis [6:21]; The Woman with the Alabaster Box [6:05]; O Weisheit [1:40] James MACMILLAN (b. 1959) A Child’s Prayer [4:03]; A New Song [5:43] Victor KALINNIKOV (1870-1927) Lord, now lettest Thou (Ninye otpushchayevshi) [2:48] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Pater Noster [1:25]; Ave Maria [2:02] Pavel CHESNOKOV (1877-1944) Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Ghospoda) [2:22]; We Hymn Thee (Tebe poyem) [2:59] Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Nunc Dimittis [3:33] The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec.25-27 October 2005, Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. DDD UNIVERSAL UCJ 476 3160 [63:09][JQ]

The music on this disc is very demanding but The Sixteen are on fine form and they perform all of it superbly. A most enjoyable and rewarding disc ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wilhelm Kempff Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in F K.332 [16:37] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata in B flat D.960 [36:53] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in A op.101 [19:13] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Intermezzi: B minor op.119/1 [03:13], C major op.119/3 [01:45] Wilhelm Kempff (piano) rec. 7 October 1967, Whitworth Hall, Manchester University. ADD BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4169-2 [78:14] [CH]

Kempff the free spirit in glorious form ... see Full Review

Lukasz Kuropaczewski: Portrait Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750) Preludium, Fuge und Allegro, BWV 998; Alexandre TANSMAN (1897–1986) Hommage à Chopin (1966); Mauro GIULIANI (1781–1829) Rossiniana No. 3, Op. 121 Lukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar) rec. Matki Bozej Wniebowzietej Church, Puszczykowo, Poland, 2005. DDD CD ACCORD ACD 140 2 [38:27] [GF]

Less than impressed by the Bach. The Tansman was a valuable addition and the Giuliani was sheer joy. Black marks, though, for the lack of documentation and the poor playing time. ... see Full Review

La Folia de la Spagna Fons vitae; Dementia praecox angelorum; Supra solfamirevt [5:55] Extravagans; Laurea minima; In vitro [2:07] Oratio pro-folia; Fama volat; Citrus – Hesperides [2:26] Principalis. Fermescens; Indica exacta; Adverso flumine [8:11] Parsimonia aristocraciae  [3:14] Subtilis; De profundis – Extra muros [1:29] Vulgaris – Sine populi notione; Vagula et blandula [1:38] Nordica et desolata; Aurea mediocritas [5:04] Nobilissima; Degredans et corruptae [2:21] De pastribus; Mathematica dies irae; Crepuscularis; Sine nomine; Tristis est anima mea; Equites fortis armaturae; Audaces fortuna juvat; Sine praeputium; Ecclesiastica [5:14] Theatralis et hipocritae; Ruralis; Alter indica perfecta  [1:57] De tolerentia aethera; Fuga ficta et carus triumphalis [4:30] Atrium Musicae de Madrid: Gregorio Paniagua (guitar, jew’s harp, cromorne, viola da gamba, vielle à roue), Eduardo Paniagua (recorders, jew’s harp), Daniel del Rio (violin, pochette, tambour), Andreas Prittwitz (recorders, cromorne, clarinet), Luis Paniagua (double bass, tabla, sitar, crotales, castanets, derbouka), Albertina do Huete (harpsichord, xylophone, metallophone, grelots); Gregorio Paniagua (director). rec. June, 1980, no location given. HARMONIA MUNDI MUSIQUE D’ABORD HMA 1951050 [44:06][GPu]

Not for those of a nervous disposition, nor to early-music purists. Those with a taste for the unusual, for music that is effectively beyond all normal categories, will find much to intrigue them here ... see Full Review

Jennifer Larmore Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice (1762): Che farò senza Euridice? [04:29] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro (1786): Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio [02:58] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Tancredi (1813): Oh patria! … Di tanti palpiti [07:29] La donna del lago (1819): Mura felici [09:24] Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (1830): Lieto del dolce incarico … La tremenda [07:54] Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucrezia Borgia (1833): Il segreto [03:28] Anna Bolena (1830): E’ sgombro il loco … Ah! parea [08:04] Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Les Huguenots (1836): Nobles seigneurs [04:12] Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust (1859): Faites-lui mes aveux [02:39] Roméo et Juliette (1867): Depuis hier … Que fais-tu [07:50] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) La Pucelle d’Orléans (1881): Oui, Dieu le veut! … Adieu, forêts [07:50] Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Die Fledermaus (1874): Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein [03:35]; From time to time I entertain (English version of preceding) [03:29] Jennifer Larmore (mezzo) Welsh National Opera Orchestra/Carlo Rizzi rec. August 1995, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 62761-2 [71:05] [CH]

Only the Italian arias are fully convincing.  ... see Full Review

From Leipzig to London - Duo Sonatas from the 18th and 20th Centuries Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Sonatina for oboe and harpsichord (1963) [9:30] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata in D for oboe d'amore and harpsichord BMV 1028 [14:35] Stephen DODGSON (b. 1924) Sonatina for oboe and harpsichord (1972) [8:41] Johann Sebastian BACH  (1685-1750) Sonata in G for cor anglais and harpsichord BWV 1027 [13:11] Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Three Bagatelles for oboe and harpsichord (1972) [8:29] Johann Sebastian BACH  (1685-1750) Sonata in G minor for oboe and harpsichord BWV 1020 [9:19] Michael HEAD (1900-1976) Siciliana for oboe and harpsichord (1972) [5:50] Althea Ifeka (oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais) Katharine May (harpsichord) rec. Church of St Edward the Confessor, Mottingham, London, 7-9 July 2005. DDD OBOE CLASSICS CC2013 [69:44][RB]

No enthusiast of the oboe can afford to be without this collection. This is music-making of the highest order. ... see Full Review




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