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June 2006

DAILY CD REVIEWS



Hoffnung At Large
New
double CD lasting 2 hours of Gerard Hoffnung from the BBC.
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Hoffnung Music Festivals 1956,58,61
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This is a must for all Hoffnung enthusiasts.
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Available for the FIRST TIME
- a DVD of 7 animated Hoffnung cartoons as shown on the BBC in the 1960s in FULL COLOUR plus animated Gilbert and Sullivan Ruddigore. £14.99 Details
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Hoffnung - A Last Encore
On 2 CDs lasting 1 hour 45min, this contains all the recordings of Hoffnung preserved in the BBC archives. They include the famous and hilariously funny Bricklayer story from the Oxford Union. [mono]
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NEW and RECENT ARTICLES

Benjamin Britten Discography - update. Parts one and two of this update have now been completed by David Barker

Two new themed release review pages - Schubert Lieder on Naxos and Bach Collegium Japan on BIS

Never-to-be forgotten concerts Arthur Butterworth

Frank Bridge – Phantasie in F minor Centenary and Confusion - John France

György Ligeti (1923-2006) - An Obituary Evan Dickerson

For Classical Music - To iPOD or not to iPod? Ian Lace

A SINGER AND HIS SONGS: HUBERT EISDELL by Charles A. Hooey

A SINGER’S LIFE : Petra Lang talks to Jim Pritchard

THOUGHTS ON ELGAR'S 149th BIRTHDAY - Arthur Butterworth

Needs no handle to its name!- Arthur Butterworth

BENJAMIN FRANKEL: BMS Lecture-Recital given by Dimiti Kennaway

MusicWeb Reviewer’s Log: June 2006 Reviewer: Patrick C Waller

 

 



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Smetana String Quartets 1&2 Wihan Quartet UP0086-2 review RECORDING OF THE MONTH

Smetana Piano Trio Dvorak Dumky Czech Trio UP0017-2 review BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

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ACD158-2 Beethoven String Quartets Op. 130, Op.131 Shanghai Quartet
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ACD140-2 Lukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar) - Portrait
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Anthony Collins Sibelius Cycle
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BOOK REVIEWS

Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner’s Ring by Mark Berry 2006 274 pp Ashgate Publishing Limited. www.ashgate.com ISBN 0 7546 5356 0 (hardcover)

Just as coming to terms with the Ring is a commitment in time and imagination, this book will repay dividends in terms of insights into the music and the worldview it represents. ... see Full Review

Chopin. His Life and Music: Jeremy Nicholas Naxos Books (ISBN: 1-84379-115-3) [268 pages; illustrated in black & white and including 2CDs [75:14 + 79:41] of music spanning Chopin’s career + free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music to listen to, and other bonus material]

The target-group for this book is the general music-lover not the specialist, but even the latter will find grains of gold. A valuable addition to any music-lover’s music library. ... see Full Review

 

SCORE REVIEW

Ian Venables Song-Cycle Love’s Voice (Venetian Songs op 22) for High Voice and Piano Text: John Addington Symonds (Fortunate Isles; The Passing Stranger; The Invitation to the Gondola; Love’s Voice) Thames Publishing [CSS]

Both style and colour mark these evocative songs of Venables ... see Full Review



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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Passion According to St. John, BWV 245 (1724, rev. 1749) [108.49] Gerd Türk, tenor; Midori Suzuki, soprano; Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Chiyuki Urano, bass-baritone; Stephan MacLeod, bass; Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki rec. 28 July 2000, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Video direction by Shokichi Amano. Notes in English, Deutsch, and Français. Complete track list. Menus in English and Deutsch. Subtitles in English, Deutsch, Français. Sound 48kHz 16 bit PCM 2.0; Dolby Surround 5.1.; 16:9 anamorphic NTSC DVD 9 region 0 [all regions] Previews of other DVDs of Bach’s music [5.00] EUROARTS INVITATION 2050396 [117.00] [PSh]

The finest recorded version of this work, performance and recording, setting a standard for the future that may be equalled, but could not be surpassed.  If you don’t have a DVD player, buy one just to play this disk. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Brian FERNEYHOUGH (b. 1943) Shadowtime (2003-4) Libretto by Charles Bernstein Nicolas Hodges (piano, speaker); Mats Scheidegger (guitar) Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart; Nieuw Ensemble/Jurjen Hempel rec. live, English National Opera, London Coliseum, July 2005. DDD In conjunction with BBC Radio 3. NMC D123 [64:42 + 62:02][AOz]

An echo inside a shadow wrapped in cellophane says the text: an apt description of this amazing, fascinating and complex masterpiece that repays repeated listening. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH John FOULDS (1880-1939) Dynamic Triptych for piano and orchestra Op. 88 (1927-29) [25:38] April - England (Impressions of Time and Place No. 1) for orchestra Op. 48 No. 1 (1926 orch. 1932) [7:56] Music-Pictures Group III op. 33 (1912) [19:06] The Song of Ram Dass (1935) [3:13] Keltic Lament Op. 29 No. 2 (Keltic Suite) (1911) [4:38] Peter Donohoe (piano) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo rec. Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 11, 13, 15-16 Jan 2006. DDD WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62999-2 [61:05] [JF]

This is big music. This is unique. This is essential. Donohoe’s playing is brilliant. What more can I say? ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No 7 (1905) Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado rec. live, Lucerne, August 2005 DVD - all regions EUROARTS 2054629 [78:00][AOz]

One day the Lucerne concerts will be appreciated for their role in developing Mahler performance practice ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Vespers - The complete 1610 publication: Disc 1: Vespers [70:25] Disc 2: Magnificat a 7 [18:15]; Magnificat a 6 [15:47]; Missa In illo tempore [32:24] Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram (soprano) Daniel Auchincloss, Nicholas Mulroy (high tenor) Charles Daniels, James Gilchrist (tenor) Peter Harvey, Robert Evans, Robert Macdonald (bass) The King’s Consort/Robert King rec. St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 6-11 February 2006 also available as SACDA67531/2 HYPERION CDA67531/2 [70:25 + 66:40] [DC]

Truly mind-blowing. Vespers virgins need seek no further. I can’t imagine it being replaced any time soon. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Così fan tutte - Dramma giocoso in two acts Fiordiligi … Edita Gruberova (soprano) Dorabella … Delores Ziegler (mezzo-soprano) Guglielmo … Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) Ferrando … Luis Lima (tenor) Despina … Teresa Stratas (soprano) Don Alfonso … Paolo Montarsolo (bass) Vienna Philharmonic/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Filmed at Munich, Bavaria Studios, 1-15 June 1988 Sound Recording: Vienna, Studio Rosenhügel, 25 February – 12 March 1988 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00440 073 4237 [90.59 + 84.30][RM]

What a thought provoking school for lovers … what a superb production. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Niccolò PAGANINI (1782–1840) Twenty-Four Caprices op. 1 (arr. for saxophone) Raaf Hekkema (alto saxophone; soprano saxophone) rec. 27–31 August 2005, Hervormde Kerk, Mijnsheerenland, The Netherlands MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 619 1379-2 [81:28][GF]

I can’t believe that anyone will be disappointed when hearing this – unless jealousy is a hampering factor. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Quasi una sonata for violin and chamber orchestra (1968/1987) [22:22] Moz-Art à la Haydn (1977) [11:43] Suite in the Old Style, arranged for chamber orchestra (1972/1987) [15:49] Concerto Grosso No.6 (1993) [13:12] Ulf Wallin (violin); Meri Englund (violin); Tero Latvala (violin); Ralf Gothóni (piano) Tapiola Sinfonietta/Ralf Gothóni rec. December 2003, Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland BIS-CD-1437 [64:26][DC]

Self-recommending. You can never have too much Schnittke, and with such excellent performances and recordings as these you can save yourself ever again needing to look out those scratchy old Melodiyas ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Piano Concerto No. 1 (1913-14) [30:42] Symphony No. 4 (1951-52)* [28:21] Early One Morning - Poem for Piano and Orchestra (1930-31, revised 1962) [13:54] Howard Shelley (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Martyn Brabbins rec. Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 8-9 September 2005 * premiere recording CHANDOS CHAN 10376 [73:05][RB]

A fine addition to the shelves of any collector of twentieth century melodic music. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor, op.77 (1947) (rev. 1955 as op.99) [43:23] Violin Concerto No.2 in C Sharp Minor, op.129 (1967) [33:03] Romance from The Gadfly, op.97 (arr. Levon Atovmian) (1955) [ 5:56] Daniel Hope (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Maxim Shostakovich rec. 7-9 November 2005, Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England. WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62546-2 [77:59] [SA]

I found it the most supremely listenable disc I have heard in a long time. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) String Quartet No.3 in F major, Op.73 (1946) [30:57] String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor, Op.108 (1960) [11:47] String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110 (1960) [20:21] Hagen Quartett: Lukas Hagen (1st violin); Rainer Schmidt (2nd violin); Veronika Hagen (viola); Clemens Hagen (cello) rec. November 2005, Große Universitätsaula, Salzburg DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6146 [63:25] [DC]

This disc is up to the Hagen’s usual phenomenal standard. Right there at the ‘unsurpassed’ level ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartet No 1 in E minor From My Life (1876) [29:19] String Quartet No 2 in D minor (1883) [19:19] Wihan Quartet rec. Domovina Studio, Prague, October-November 2005. DDD ARCO DIVA UP 0086-2 131 [48:33][PCW]

The music making on this disc has a feeling of "rightness" that makes comparisons largely superfluous … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Songs of the Fleet, op.117 for baritone, chorus and orchestra (1910)* [26:04] The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet, op.24 for chorus and orchestra (1886) [25:17] Songs of the Sea, op.91 for baritone, male chorus and orchestra (1904) [18:00] Gerald Finley (baritone)* BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox rec. 6-8 July 2005, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales. DDD CHANDOS CHSA 5043 SACD [69:37] [CH]

The "popular" Stanford, and the best recordings so far of the two song-cycles. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard WAGNER (1860-1911) Siegfried (1876) Siegfried: Heinz Kruse, Mime: Graham Clark, Der Wanderer: John Bröcheler, Alberich: Henk Smit, Fafner: Carsten Stabell Erda: Anne Gjevang, Brünnhilde: Jeannine Altmeyer, Waldvogel: Stefan Pangratz, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Der Nederlandse Opera/ Hartmut Haenchen, Stage Director: Pierre Audi, rec. live, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 1999 DVD - all regions OPUS ARTE OA 0948D [3 DVDs: 273:00] [AO]

Haenchen is superb, galvanising a tight, precise and very animated performance. It’s faster paced than usual and surprisingly lucid. This is a Siegfried to listen to, as well as watch (though missing Clark’s Mime would be a shame) ... Very highly recommended ... 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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christianne Stotijn: Fantasies and Dream-Figures Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Im Walde D.708 [06:59]; An den Mond D.193 [05:09]; Nachtstück D.672 [05:20]; Der Zweig D.771 [05:15]; Abendstern D.806 [02:17]; Auflösung D.807 [02:24]; Nacht und Träume D.827 [03:35]; Erlkönig D.328 [04:22] Alban BERG (1885-1935) 4 Lieder op.2 [08:47] Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Mörike-Lieder: Die Geister am Mummelsee [03:48]; Gesang Weylas [02:10]; Elfenlied [02:19]; Um Mitternacht [03:38]; Auf eine Christblume I [06:25]; Lied von Winde [02:43] Christianne Stotijn (mezzo), Joseph Breinl (piano)
rec. 21-23 July 2005, Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, UK ONYX 4009 [63:33] [CH]

A highly original programme sung by an up-and-coming singer who can bear comparison with even the greatest lieder-singers ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Women's lives and loves Frauenliebe und –Leben - A Liederspiel devised by Graham Johnson [see review for full details] Felicity Lott (soprano) Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, 2-4 August 2005. DDD. HYPERION CDA67563 [71’46] [ED]

Deeply rewarding; a disc to live with and love. ... see Full Review

 


BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Luciano BERIO (1925 – 2003) Sequenzas I – XIV Nora Shulman (flute); Erica Goodman (harp); Tony Arnold (soprano); Boris Berman (piano); Alain Trudel (trombone); Steven Dann (viola); Matej Šarc (oboe); Jasper Wood (violin); Joaquin Valdepeñas (clarinet); Guy Few (trumpet); Pablo Sáinz Villegas (guitar); Ken Munday (bassoon); Joseph Petric (accordion); Darrett Adkins (cello); Wallace Halladay (saxophones) rec. St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 1998-2004 NAXOS 8.557661-63 [3 CDs: 63:02 + 60:09 + 58:48] [HC]

Splendid - a thirty-four year musical odyssey that will remain as one of the peaks of 20th century instrumental music. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 (1864-68) [25.21] Konzertstück for violin and orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 84 (1910) [17.53] Romance for violin and orchestra in A minor, Op. 42 (1874) [10.13] Maxim Fedotov, violin Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. Studio 5, Kultura TV and Radio Company, Moscow, Russia, 28 Nov-3 Dec 2004.  DDD NAXOS 8.557689  [53.27] [MC]

An excellently performed and recorded release from Naxos that will provide considerable pleasure. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH André CAPLET (1878-1925) Conte fantastique after Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death (1919) [17:08] Elisabeth Glab (violin), Marie-Josée Ritchot (violin), Michel Renard (viola), Isabelle Veyrier (cello), Laurence Cabel (harp)  Les prières (1917) [9:12] Elisabeth Glab (violin), Marie-Josée Ritchot (violin), Michel Renard (viola), Isabelle Veyrier (cello), Laurence Cabel (harp), Sharon Coste (soprano) Divertissements (2) for harp (1924) [9:56] Laurence Cabel (harp) Sonnets (2) for soprano and harp (1924) [3:37] Laurence Cabel (harp), Sandrine Piau (soprano) Septet for three female voices and string quartet (1909) [14:24] Sharon Coste (Soprano), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Sylvie Deguy (mezzo), Elisabeth Glab (violin), Marie-Josée Ritchot (violin), Michel Renard (viola), Isabelle Veyrier (cello) Ensemble: Musique Oblique rec. February 1992, Arsenal de Metz, Salle de l'Esplanade. DDD HARMONIA MUNDI HAR MUSIQUE D'ABORD HMA1951417 [55:18][RB]

Music for connoisseurs and especially for those with an interest to follow up in Debussy's circle … but do not expect a Debussy apprentice.  ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Organ Concertos Op. 4: No. 1 in G minor HWV 289 (1738) [15.27]; No. 2 in B flat major HWV 290 (1738) [10.26]; No. 3 in G minor HWV 291 (1738) [10.01]; No. 4 in F major HWV 292 (1738) [13.48]; No. 5 in F major HWV 293 (1738) [8.16]; No. 6 in B flat major HWV 294 (1738) [11.35] Organ Concertos Op. 7: No. 1 in B flat major HWV 306 (1761) [17.26]; No. 2 in A major HWV 307 (1761) [12.09]; No. 3 in B flat major HWV 308 (1761) [14.15]; No. 4 in D minor HWV 309 (1761) [16.13]; No. 5 in G minor HWV 310 (1761) [12.37]; No. 6 in B flat major HWV 311 (1761) [7.50] Ton Koopman (organ) Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra rec. Sint Bartholomeuskerk, Beek-Ubbergen, Netherlands, 1984 WARNER APEX 2564 62760-2 [72.40 + 78.43][RH]

A major milestone in the performance of Handel’s organ concertos and one to which I have returned regularly since it was first issued. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Overtures: Le nozze di Figaro K492 [4.17]; Bastien und Bastienne K50 [1.47]; Der Schauspieldirektor K486 [4.11]; Lucio Silla K135 [7.38]; Così fan tutte K588 [4.41]; La finta giardiniera K196 [7.15]; Die Entführung aus dem Serail K384 [5.24]; Il re pastore K208 [3.28]; Idomeneo K366 [5.00]; La clemenza di Tito K621 [5.01]; Don Giovanni K527 [5.47]; Die Zauberflöte K620 [6.50]
Staatskapelle Dresden/Colin Davis rec. Lukaskirche, Dresden, 1999. DDD BMG-RCA RED SEAL CLASSIC LIBRARY 82876 762352 [61.22] [JW]

Davis cleaves to traditional values with his superlative orchestra, splendidly recorded. Look no further. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Hans PFITZNER (1869-1949) String Quartet No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 36 (1925) [33'57]. Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37 (1936) [33'12]. Wihan String Quartet (Leos Cepicky, Jan Schulmeister, violins; Jirí Zigmund, viola; Ales Kasprík, cello). rec. 3-4 (Pfitzner), 7, 20 (Schoenberg) April 2000. DDD ARCO DIVA UP 0028-2 [67:20] [CC]

An inspired coupling from Arco Diva. The Pfitzner is an impressive work ... the recording is a fine one ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ned ROREM (b.1923) Pilgrims (1958) [7:14] Flute Concerto (2002) [31:21] Violin Concerto (1985) [24:07] Jeffrey Khaner (flute) Philippe Quint (violin) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/José Serebrier rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, June 2005. DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559278 [62:42] [PCW]

Just click on the “Buy Now” link right away … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet in C Quartettsatz, D103 (1814) [8:01] Five Minuets and Trios, D89 (1813) [12:38] String Quartet No. 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden, D810 (1824) [37:59] Maggini Quartet (David Juritz (violin); David Angel (violin); Martin Outram (viola); Michal Kaznowski (cello)) rec. live, Wigmore Hall, London, 1 June 1993 (Death and the Maiden); remainder All Saints, Petersham, 21 April 1994. DDD RESONANCE CD RSN 3036 [59:00][JWi]

I would re-iterate that this is a lively and exciting performance of a stirring work, and a disc I have found most enjoyable. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 B104 (1855) [29:28] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, Dumky, B 166 (1891) [32:39] Czech Trio (Milan Langer (piano), Dana Vlachova (violin), Miroslav Petras (cello)) rec. Domovina Studio Prague, 6-7 July 1999. DDD ULTRAPHON UP 0017- 2 131 [62.16] [DD]

Two dark Czech trios performed by a trio that must know them very well. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Healey WILLAN (1880-1968) Hymns, Anthems, Motets In the heavenly kingdom, Op. 380 B380 (1924 completed F.R.C.Clarke 1979) [8:45] St Osmund, Op. 449 B449 (1927) [3:20] Sun of Righteousness, Op. 438 B438 [3:22] How they so softly rest, Op. 302  [B302] (1917) [3:48] Anthem on Ye watchers and ye holy ones, Op. 403 B403 [4:35] Missa Brevis No. 11, "Sancti Johannis Baptistae", Op. 226 B266 Kyrie [2:05]  Sanctus [1:05] Benedictus qui venit [1:20] Agnus Dei [2:40] I looked, and behold a white cloud, Op. 344 B344 (1907) [7:16] (Joseph Schnurr, tenor / Matthew Larkin, organ) Preserve us, O Lord, Op. 310 B310 (1928-37) [1:44] O King all glorious, Op. 311 B311 [2:44] Anthem on Picardy, Op. 405 B405 [5:06] Christ hath a garden, Op. 352 B352 (1940) [3:33] Anthem on O quanta qualia, Op. 394 B394 [3:52] O how glorious, Op. 304 [1:35] O praise the Lord, Op. 377 B377 (revised 1963) [7:50] Rise up, my love, my fair one, Op. 314 B314 [2:26]  Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison, Matthew Larkin (organ) rec.St John’s Church, Elora, November 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557734 [67.07] [JW]

Appetites whetted for more Willan have been handsomely met with this release ... 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

HISTORICAL RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) His Complete Recordings BMG-RCA RED SEAL 82876-67892-2 [10 CDs: 67:49 + 62:45 + 62:30 + 65:03 + 66:00 + 58:14 + 58:54 + 71:52 + 65:39] Superbudget [CH]

In spite of the booklet, the opportunity to gather the entire legacy of one of the greatest of all pianists in a single box is not one to be missed. ... see Full Review

 


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MusicWeb - The International Web Site Founder: Len Mullenger [UK], Classical Editor: Rob Barnett [UK],  Regular Reviewers:   Steve Arloff [UK], Guy Aron [Australia], Tony Augarde [UK], Terry Barfoot [UK], Melinda Bargreen [USA], David J. Barker [Australia], Rob Barnett [UK], Nick Barnard [UK], Robert Beattie [UK], Dave Billinge [UK], Peter Bright [UK], Byzantion [UK], Colin Clarke [UK], Dominy Clements [Netherlands], Michael Cookson [UK], Hubert Culot [Belgium], Evan Dickerson [UK], Gavin Dixon [UK], Robert J. Farr [UK], Christopher Fifield [UK], Göran Forsling [Sweden], John France [UK], Patrick Gary [USA], Pierre Giroux [CAN], Paul C. Godfrey [UK], Michael Greenhalgh [UK], William Hedley [France], Gary Higginson [UK], Neil Horner [UK], Robert Hugill UK], David Jennings [UK], Bill Kenny [UK], William S Kreindler [USA], Ian Lace [UK], Em Marshall-Luck [UK], Oleg Ledeniov [USA]Rob Maynard [UK], David A McConnell [USA], Kirk McElhearn [France], Robert McKechnie [UK], Ralph Moore [RMo] [UK], Dan Morgan [UK], Margarida Mota-Bull [UK], Glyn Pursglove [UK], John Quinn [UK], Carla Rees [UK], Brian Reinhart [USA], Donald Satz [USA], Mark Sealey [USA], John Sheppard [UK], George Stacy, Kevin Sutton [USA], Bert Thompson [USA], Simon Thompson [UK], Zane Turner [Australia], Steve Vasta [UK], Johan van Veen [Netherlands], Raymond Walker [UK], Derek Warby [UK], Brian Wilson [UK], Jonathan Woolf [UK] Leslie Wright [USA]. A complete list of contributors can be seen here




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