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Ballet for a Lonely Violinist - music for violin and piano Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-75) Violin Sonata, Op. 134 (1968) [32.43] Jazz Suite No. 1 for violin and piano, transcribed in 2005 by Michael Gluzman from the Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 (1968) [08.04] Lera AUERBACH (b. 1973) Lonely Suite (Ballet for a Lonely Violinist) for solo violin, Op. 70 (2002) [10.34] Violin Sonata No. 2 (September 11), Op. 63 (2001) [14.39] Vadim Gluzman (violin) Angela Yoffe (piano) rec. June-July 2005, Vasteras Concert Hall, Sweden. DDD BIS RECORDS BIS-CD-1592 [67.16] [MC]

Gluzman and Yoffe persuasively convey a sparse and austere atmosphere throughout. A fine performance ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Bella Domna: The Medieval Woman: Lover, Poet, Patroness and Saint Martin Codax (fl. early 13th century) Cantigas de amigo (13th century): Ondas do mar de vigo [3:37] Mandad’ ei comigo [2:36] Mia jrmana fremosa, treides comigo [2:57] Aj deus, se sab’ora meu amigo [6:01] Quantas sabedes amar amigo [6:11] Eno sagrado en vigo [2:37] Aj ondas que eu vin veer [1:34] ANONYMOUS (13th century) Domna, pos vos ay chausida [2:43] ANONYMOUS (13th century) Estampie Royal ‘No.3’ [2:46] Richart de FOURNIVAL (1201-1260) Onques n’amai tant que jou fui amee [6:06] Onques n’amai tant que jou fui amee [Version 2] [1:37] ANONYMOUS (13th century) Estampie Royal ‘No.6’ [2:59] Estampie Royal ‘No.4’ [2:28] La COMTESSE DE DIE (late 12th century?) A chantar m’er de so qu’ieu non volria [5:24] ANONYMOUS (13th century) Danse Royale ‘No.2’ [3:16] ANONYMOUS (early 14th century) Lasse, pour quoi refusai [6:36] Sinfonye: Mara Kriek (voice), Stevie Wishart (medieval fiddle, symphony), Andrew Lawrence-King (harps), Jim Denley (pandeiro, bendir) rec. 16-17 September 1987, All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55207 [GPu]

An important and influential collection, now reissued. It belongs in every collection of medieval song. ... see Full Review

Bravura Bassoon Johann Evangelist BRANDL (1760-1837) Quintet in B flat Op.52/1 (c.1824) [18.30] Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Suite for bassoon and string quartet (1969) [9.21] Bernhard HEIDEN (1910-2000) Serenade for bassoon, violin, viola and cello (1955) [22.09] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Corrupio, Bailado (1933) [2.18] + Gerardo DIRIÉ (b.1958) Anjo Breve for bassoon and string quintet (2001) [17.50] * Benjamin Coelho (bassoon) Maia String Quartet with Christine Rutledge (viola) Volkan Orhon (double bass) *+ Anthony Arnone (conductor)* rec. St Bridget’s Church, Morse, IA, undated CRYSTAL RECORDS CD844 [70.41][JW]

Nothing here is too serious and there’s plenty of stylistic variety. ... see Full Review

Britten Resonances Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Dramatic Fantasia (1906) [11:29]; Gargoyle (1926) [4:02] John IRELAND (1879-1962) Ballade of London Nights (published 1968) [6:22] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Five Waltzes (1923-25) [10:33]; A Little Idyll (1930) [2:29]; Night Piece – (Notturno) (1963) [5:21] Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Six Preludes Op.23 (1945) [10:20] Ronald STEVENSON (b. 1928) Sonata Serenissima (1977) [6:50] Colin MATTHEWS (b. 1946) Five Studies (1974-76) [14:23] Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 27-28 March 1991 (except track 9); Track 9, St John the Baptist Church, Alkborough, Lincolnshire, 15 August 2004. DIVERSIONS 24118 [71:46][JF]

Goldstone tackles more lesser performed British composers; this time around the theme of Benjamin Britten. Fresh, vital and essential ... see Full Review

From Byzantium to Andalusia: Medieval Music and Poetry Kyrie eleison [3:21] Fa mi cantar l’amor di la beata [6:47] De la cruel morte de Cristo [1:59] Laude novella [3:49] Sallalahu ala Mohammed [4:42] Pesrev [1:29] Ey Dervisler [4:59] Plangiamo quel crudel basciare [3:07] Venite a laudare [2:40] Keh moshe [1:44] Adon Haselihot [3:21] Galeas, mis galeas [3:48] Jalla man [4:07] Stella splendens in monte [8:23] O Maria, d’omelia [5:00] Oni Wytars Ensemble/Peter Rabinser. Belinda Sykes rec. Grosse Sendesaal, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, 14-16 December 2001. DDD NAXOS 8.557637 [60:25][WK]

Individual performers are very committed and very lively, though their performance style tends to favor the Islamic part of the Mediterranean equation ... see Full Review

Children of Our Time Anthony PITTS (b.1969) Thou knowest my lying down (1993) [3.29]; Nicholas O’NEILL (b.1970) Ave Verum Corpus (1994) [5.56]; Ruth BYRCHMORE (1966) In the Silence of the night (1995) [14.44]; Mark EDGELY SMITH (b.1955) Five Madrigals to poems of e.e.cummings (1995) [11.50]; Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Five Negro Spirituals (1958) [12.24]; Eugenio Manuel RODRIGUES (b.1958) Eres (1994) [6.03]; Francis POTT (b.1957) Amore langueo (1989) [15.41] Schola Cantorum of Oxford/Jeremy Summerly rec. Hertford College, Oxford, 10-11 March, 3 June 1995. DDD HYPERION CDA67575 [70.18] [GH]

All of the music makes a real and genuine impression with no weak links. A generally fine and interesting disc; well worth exploring. ... see Full Review

Jae-Hyuck Cho (piano) Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata for piano No. 21 ‘Waldstein’ in C, Op.53 (1803-04) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Jeux d’eau (1901) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Sonata for piano No.2 in G minor, Op.22 (1833-38) Franz LISZT (1811-86) Mephisto Waltz No.1,‘Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke’ S514 (1859-60) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-49) Fantasie-impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66 (1835) Albert Hay MALOTTE (1895-1964) The Lord’s Prayer (1935) arranged for piano by Jae-Hyuck Cho Jae-Hyuck Cho (piano) rec. live, fifth Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, England, 26 August 2005. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0259 [66.03][MC]

A really fine live recital from Cho but the competition in the feature scores is extremely fierce ... see Full Review

Alfred Cortot – The Master Classes Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) see review for full details Alfred Cortot (piano) Recorded in Master Classes at the École Normale de Musique, Paris between 1954 and 1960 SONY CLASSICAL S3K89698 [3 CDs: 65.03 + 75.42 + 56.50] [JW]

An important document, no question, from a psychologically acute teacher who fused the practical with the poetic and never shied away from questions of the heart, and the soul. ... see Full Review

Janet Craxton: Music for Oboe and Strings Francis ROUTH (b.1927) Oboe Quartet Op.34 (1977) [9:51] Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Oboe Quartet (1972) [15:57] Richard STOKER (b. 1938) Polemics for Oboe and String Trio (1970) [11:37] Nicola LEFANU (b. 1947) Variations for Oboe Quartet (1968) [10:51] Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Quartet for Oboe and String Trio (1967) [14:20] Elisabeth LUTYENS (1906-1983) Driving out the Death for Oboe and String Trio Op.81 (1971) [14:23] Janet Craxton (oboe) London Oboe Quartet (Perry Hart, violin; Brian Hawkins, viola; Kenneth Heath, cello (except Routh); Charles Tunnell, cello (Routh)) rec. Routh: studio recording, BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 September 1978; Maconchy: live, Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London, 22 March 1974; Stoker: studio recording, BBC Broadcasting House, London, 23 December 1971 (mono); LeFanu: studio recording, BBC Maida Vale Studios London, c.1973; Berkeley: live, Wigmore Hall, London 22 May 1968; Lutyens: live, Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London, 1 May 1975. ADD OBOE CLASSICS CC2011 [77:35][RB]

This is a thornier blend of oboe pieces than is usual from Oboe Classics but it’s well worth the effort.. ... see Full Review

Czech Classical Music Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Overture/The Bartered Bride Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) I.Introduction/Glagolitic Mass Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance No.1; III.Scherzo.Vivace/ Serenade in E major Bedřich SMETANA III.Finale.Presto/ Piano trio in G minor Leoš JANÁČEK III.Andantino/ In the Mists Josef SUK (1874-1935) Longing - Spring Antonín DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No.2 in A major; Biblical Song No.8; Slavonic Dance No.10 Bedřich SMETANA Why Shouldn´t We Be Happy from The Bartered Bride Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc/Milan Kaňák; Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Leoš Svárovský; Kristina Kasíková; Martin Kasík; Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice/Leoš Svárovský; Czech Trio; Tomáš Víšek; Wihan Quartet; Sergej Koptchak; Aleš Bárta; Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno; Czech Chamber Soloists´ Orchestra/Petr Fiala ARCO DIVA UP0094-2 131 DDD [48:56] [RB]

Recommendable, if you can find it inexpensively, as an entrée into the world of Czech music; even if it is limited to the nineteenth century. ... see Full Review

Danish Piano Concertos IV Victor BENDIX (1851-1926) Piano Concerto in G Minor Op. 17 (1884) [38:06] Rudolph SIMONSEN (1889-1947) Piano Concerto in F Minor (1915) [30:42]  Oleg Marshev (piano) Aalborg Symfoniorkester/Matthias Aeschbacher rec. Aalborg, Denmark, 21-27 January 2005 DANACORD DACOCD 641 [69:07] [WK]

A very worthwhile disc that I hope will help to bring to the fore two composers who should be much better known. ... see Full Review

Andrew Dewar (organ) Triumph and Tribulation - A Portrait of German Romanticism Gustav MERKEL (1827-1885) Variations for the Organ on a Theme of Beethoven (Sonata in E-Flat Op.109) Op.45 (1868) [15:26] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” (1859-1863) [20:00] Carl REINECKE (1824-1910) Sonata for Organ Op.284 (1909) [16:48] Max REGER (1873-1916) Three Pieces from Op.65 #9,7,8 (1901): (Kanzone Es-Dur [5:34]; Präludium d-Moll [6:16]; Fuge D-Dur [4:28]) Andrew Dewar (organ) rec. Walcker Organ, Sankt Maria Kirche, Schramberg, Germany (Merkel; Liszt); Späth Bros. Organ in the Heilige Geist Kirche, Schramberg (Reinecke; Reger). 26 April 2005, Sankt Maria Kirche, 25 April 2005, Heilige Geist Kirche. EDITION HERA HERA 02118 [69:62][WK]

Andrew Dewar shows himself an organist of promise and a gifted program creator. ... see Full Review

Sergei Dukachev  Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Meditation, Op.72 No.5 (1893) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Seven Preludes: C sharp minor, Op.3 No.2; B flat major, Op.23 No.2; D minor, Op.23 No.3; D major, Op.23 No.4; G minor, Op.23 No.5; G major, Op.32 No.5; G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet, Op.75 (1937) - No. 10 – Romeo and Juliet at parting Sonata No.2, Op.14 (1912) (Allegro ma non troppo; Allegro marcato; Andante; Vivace) Sergei Dukachev (piano) rec. lunchtime celebrity recital, Fifth Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, Whiteley Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, 24 August 2005, 28 August 2005 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0248 [55:50] [EB]

All in all, what we get is a fine recital, only spoiled by the odd bit of extraneous noise, and perhaps by the slightly bitty programme. ... see Full Review

Renate Eggebrecht: Violin Solo 2 Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Sonata for solo violin (1927) [10.19] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for solo violin (1944) [26.06] Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969) Sonata for solo violin (1958) [10.24] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Sonatine pastorale for violin solo Op.383 [4.00] Dimitri NICOLAU (b.1946) Solo Violin Sonata in Greek Mood Op.228 (2002) [18.57] Renate Eggebrecht (violin) rec. Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg-Sandhausen, July, September 2005  TROUBADISC TRO-SACD 01429 [70.16][JW]

If you want a conspectus this will certainly fill a need but for really authoritative performances you must go elsewhere. ... see Full Review

Finnegan’s Wake – New music for violin and piano Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Sonata for violin and piano (1943) [19:27] Elliott CARTER (b.1908) Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi, for violin solo (1984) [7:11] Ching-chu HU (b.1969) Passions, for violin and piano (2001) [9:59] Jeremy Dale ROBERTS (b.1934) Capriccio, for violin and piano (1977) [11:25] Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Spring of Chosroes, for violin and piano (1977) [14:15] David GOMPPER (b.1954) Finnegan’s Wake, for violin and piano (1997) [7:45] Wolfgang David (violin), David Gompper (piano) rec. 19-23 April 2003, Gnessin Academy, Moscow. DDD. ALBANY RECORDS TROY680 [70:06][GPu]

A richly various and enjoyable programme, which contains three important works and three of genuine interest. Well-played and decently recorded ... see Full Review

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Haydn and Mozart Discoveries Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Un cor sì tenero (Il disertore) [3:39] Spann’ deine langen Ohren (La vera costanza) [2:34] Tergi I vezzosi rai (Acide e Galatea) [6:06] Dice benissimo (La scuola de’ gelosi) [2:34] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Männer suchen stehts zu naschen, K.433 [2:11] Ich möchte wohl der Kaiser sein, K.539 [2:48] Nach der welschen Art (La finta giardiniera [German version]) [3:07] Mentre ti lascio, K.513 [8:01] Così dunque tradisci … Aspri rimorsi atroci, K.432 [4:19] Un bacio di mano, K.451 [2:05] Hai già vinta la causa … Vedrò mentr’io sospiro (Le nozze di Figaro) [4:56] Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Wiener Haydn-Orchester/Reinhard Peters rec. October, 1969, Vienna DECCA 475 7169 [42:56] [GPu]

A rewarding collection, characterised by some fine singing – but presented in thoroughly unhelpful fashion ... see Full Review

Sacred songs - Renée Flemingin concert from Mainz Cathedral George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Alla Hornpipe (Water Music, Suite II in D major, HWV 349) Messiah: Rejoice greatly (HWV 56) Andreas HAMMERSCHMIDT (c.1612-1675) Machet die Tore weit* César FRANCK (1822-1890) Panis angelicus* arr. Chris Hazell Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Berceuse (Dolly, op.56) orch. Henri Rabaud Max REGER (1873-1916) Mariä Wiegenlied Traditional, arr. Thiel Adeste fideles* Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hansel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn (Abendsegen) (with five boys from the Mainzer Domchor) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria, (D839) arr. Hazell Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Laudamus te (Mass in C minor, K427) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) L'Enfance du Christ: L'Adieu des bergers* arr. Hazell Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Réjouissance (Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major, BWV 1069) Siegfried OCHS (1858-1929) (attrib. Handel) Dank sei dir, Herr Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Cantique de Noël. O Holy Night*. arr. Hazell Renée Fleming (soprano) Mainzer Domchor*/Mathias Breitschaft Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Trevor Pinnock rec. live, 13 November 2005 Bonus Songs* Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) A Simple Song (Mass, 1971) Traditional arr. Rob Mathes The Holly and the Ivy Franz Xaver GRUBER (1787-1863) Silent Night. arr. Hazell Renée Fleming (soprano) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andreas Delfs DECCA DVD VIDEO 074 3129 DH [70:00] [RJF]

Not many can encompass the diverse styles of this recital as well as Fleming. Add the magnificent setting, the assured orchestral accompaniment and the superb choir, and lovers of great singing should not hesitate. ... see Full Review

For the Left Hand: Vol. 1 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D (1929/1930) [20:34] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Nocturne, Op 9 No 2 (1895) [5:40] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1875-1937) Six Etudes Op 135 No 1 (1912) [19:13] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)/Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Chaconne (Study No 5) [13:17] João Carlos Martins (piano) Bulgarian National Symphony/Boris Spassov rec. June 2001, Salle Bulgaria, Sofia. LABOR LAB 7033-2 [58:46] [DB]

People can look into this for the less-often-encountered works such as the Saint-Saëns and Bach/Brahms, but overall, the Ravel and Scriabin can be found on far more enjoyable terms elsewhere. ... see Full Review

The Great Pianists: Walter Gieseking - Vol. 1 Robert SCHUMANN (1811-1855) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1841-1845) [25:11] Edvard GRIEG (1811-1855) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868) [26:09] Cesar FRANCK (1811-1855) Symphonic Variations (1885) [15:27]   Walter Gieseking (piano) Dresden Staatskapelle/Karl Böhm (Schumann)  Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Hans Rosbaud (Grieg) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Henry Wood (Franck), rec. c.1940-42  (Schumann); 28 April, 13 October 1937 (Grieg), 31 October 1932 (Franck) NAXOS 8.111110 [70:48][DRD]

The Franck is good, otherwise a slightly nondescript collection of two warhorses which fall below the top rank. ... see Full Review

The Griller Quartet play English rarities Arnold BAX (1883-1953) String Quartet no.1 in G major (1918) [24:29] Cecil ARMSTRONG GIBBS (1889-1960) String Quartet in A major op.73 (1932) [17:07] Elizabeth MACONCHY (1907-1994) Quintet for Oboe and Strings (1932) [12:05] Edric CUNDELL (1893-1961) String Quartet in C op.27 (1932) [17:53] Griller Quartet with Helen Gaskell (oboe) rec. 17 and 25 April 1941 AK1009/12 (Bax); 3 May 1933 B4450/2 (Gibbs); 21 April 1933 B4448/9 (Maconchy); 18 April 1933 B4442/4 (Cundell). ADD DUTTON CDBP 9762 [72:34] [RB]

Three string quartets and an oboe quintet. Apart from the Bax none of these could be described as music of forthright lyricism but the sense of change and chill is strong in the three 1932 works ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music – The Hall of Fame: Volume 1 David ROSE (1910-1990) Holiday For Strings Vivian ELLIS (1903-1996) Coronation Scot Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) Serenata Robert FARNON (1917-2005) Portrait Of A Flirt Noel COWARD Mad About The Boy Jack STRACHEY In Party Mood George MELACHRINO Gracious Gown H OLSSON and Percy FAITH (1908-1976) Bubbling Over (Gardebylaten) Anthony COLLINS Vanity Fair Albert KETÈLBEY (1875-1959) In A Persian Market Franz LEHAR (1870-1948) Vilia Bernie WAYNE Brief Interlude Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Wooden Shoes Percy FLETCHER (1879-1932) My Love To You Jonny HEYKENS Serenade No. 1 (Ständchen) Leon JESSEL Wedding of the Rose George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) An American in Paris Irving BERLIN (1888-1989) Say It Isn't So arranged by Robert Farnon Eric COATES (1886-1957) Four Centuries Suite : Rhythm - 20th Century (Eric Coates) Clive RICHARDSON (1909-1998) Holiday Spirit, Outward Bound, London Fantasia Recorded 1930-55 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5120 [77.53] [JW]

Another well annotated and transferred disc, slightly treble-suppressant once again. A high ratio of classics. Newcomers particular will find much to stimulate and entertain. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH A Golden Year Peter GRAHAM (b. 1952) Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2005) [14.54] Johan de MEIJ (b. 1953) Extreme Make-over (2005) [15.54] Philip WILBY (b. 1949) Northern Lights (2005) [13.16] Bramwell TOVEY (b. 1953) The Night to Sing (2005) [16.50] John PICKARD (b. 1963) Eden (2005) [14.46] Black Dyke Band/Nicholas J. Childs rec. Morley Town Hall, May, October 2005 (Graham, de Meij, Wilby, Pickard); live recording of winning performance British Open 2005, Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Tovey). DDD DOYEN DOYCD205 [75:45] [CT]

A fabulous recording charting Black Dyke’s 150th Anniversary year in music. ... see Full Review

Jascha HEIFETZ (1901–1987) Transcriptions for Violin and Piano Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810–1849) Nocturne, Op. 55, No. 2; Alexander KREIN (1883–1951) Dance No. 4; Stephen FOSTER (1826–1864) Jeanie with the light brown hair; Nikolay RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908) The Tale of Tsar Saltan: Flight of the bumble-bee; Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787) Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891–1953) The Love for Three Oranges: March; Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun; Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895–1968) Tango; Traditional Negro Deep River; Sergei PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: Masks; Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Stimmungsbilder: No. 1 Auf stillen Waldespfad (Along the silent forest path); Flausino Rodrigues VALE (1894–1954) Ao pé da fogueria (By the bonfire)(Preludio 15); Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860–1909) Suite Española: No. 3: Sevilla; Grigoraş DINICU (1889–1949) Hora staccato; Claude DEBUSSY Children’s Corner Suite: No. 6 Golliwogg’s Cake-walk; Ernö DOHNÁNYI (1877–1960) Suite in F sharp minor: Romanza; Manuel PONCE (1882–1948) Estrellita (My little star); George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Porgy and Bess: A woman is a sometime thing Su Yeon Lee (violin), Michael Chertock (piano) rec. Robert J Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 1–3 September 2004 NAXOS 8.557670 [57:38][GF]

Miss Lee more or less skims the surface, beautifully, cleanly, musically immaculately but without yet showing her heart. ... see Full Review

Horowitz in Moscow Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in B minor, L.33, Sonata in E, L.23, Sonata in E, L.224 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sonata in C, K.330 Serghey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Prelude in G, op.32/5, Prelude in G sharp minor, op.32/12 Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Etude in C sharp minor, op.2/1, Etude in D sharp minor op.8/12 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu in B flat, D.935/3 SCHUBERT trans. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Valse Caprice no.6 from "Soirées de Vienne" LISZT Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, from "Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie". Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka in C sharp minor, op.30/4, Mazurka in F minor, op.7/3, Polonaise in A flat, op.53 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Traumerei, from "Kinderszenen" Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Etincelles, op.36/6 RACHMANINOV Polka de VR Vladimir Horowitz (piano) rec. Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, 1986 Introduction and interval includes various footage, interviews etc. SONY SVD 64545 [104:00] [CH]

This DVD conserves a complete concert by one of the greatest of all pianists, with the added emotion of his return to his homeland after 61 years. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hans Hotter and Birgit Nilsson Arias & Scenes from Der fliegende Holländer and Die Walküre + Schubert lieder Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Der fliegende Holländer: Wie aus der Ferne (Love Duet, act II) [15:06]; Die Walküre: Complete Final Scene [37:24]; Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um (The Dutchman’s Monologue, act I) [7:33] Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Selected Lieder: An die Musik, D. 547 [2:37]; Meeresstille, D. 216 [1:56]; Am Bach im Frühling, D. 882 [3:26]; Im Frühling, D. 547 [4:02] Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Hans Hotter (bass) Philharmonia Orchestra/ Leopold Ludwig (Wagner) rec. London, May 1957. Gerald Moore (piano) (Schubert) rec. London, 1949. Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/ Bruno Walter (Die Frist ist um) rec. 1936 ARCHIPEL RECORDS ARPCD 0334 [72:06] [GF]

It was with the anticipation of something extraordinary that I put the CD in the player. I was not let down. ... see Full Review

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

A Jewish quintet of quartets and quartet movements although many will have to dig deep to excavate ostensible signs of that Jewish element ... see Full Review

Wilhelm Kempff in Caracas Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466 [30.31] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)Piano Concerto No.4 in G [34.31] Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major [40.38] Ecossaise in E flat [3.10] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptu No.3 D899 [4.55] Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Gavotte [3.38] arranged Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Venezuela Symphony Orchestra [O.S.V.]/Rios Reyna rec. live, Caracas, March 1956 INSTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS 6481/82 [71.09 + 45.16] [JW]

Pass by. ... see Full Review

The Kiss of a Divine Nature - The Contemporary Perotin Disc 1: A film by Uli Aumuller - Music performed by the Hilliard Ensemble [93:24] Disc 2: Bonus feature: The Perotin Symposium. - Who was Perotinus Magnus Myth or History/ Perotinus Magnus - The Vision of the Film Project [116:20] Disc 3: The Soundtrack with the Hilliard Ensemble [73:23] Language: German with subtitles GB; F; SP; JP Sound Format: PCM Stereo OD Picture Format: 16.9 ARTHAUS MUSIK 100695 [360:00] [GH]

The whole Gothic period is quite fascinating and deserves this kind of detailed approach. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Le Jeu d’amour Moniot d’ARRAS (c.1213-1239) Ce fu en mai, au dous tens gai [3:12] Thibault de CHAMPAGNE (1201-1253) Amors me fait commencier [3:52] ANONYMOUS L’on dit q’amors est dolce chose [4:16] Jehannot de l’ESCUREL (d.1304) Bien se lace (2:07] Adam de la HALLE (c.1237-1288) Je muir d’amourete [1:33] Jean de FLAGY ‘Et tout les gens …’ [0:30] ANONYMOUS Lai de Kievrefuel [14:00] Guillaume dAMIENS (13th century) Je mais ne serai saous [1:08] Guillaume le VINIER (d.1245) Pastourelle: Valuru, valuraine [4:53] Guillaume de DOLE ‘Main à main…’ [0:19] ANONYMOUS Caroles on ‘La verte olive’: La jus desous la verte olive; C’est desoz l’olive; C’est la jus par dessous l’olive   [7:45] Guillaume d’AMIENS (13th century) Prendés i garde our cest rivage ANONYMOUS Prendés i garde [1:34] Colin MUSET (13th century) En mai [2:25] ANONYMOUS Margot, Margot grief sunt li mau d’amer [1:40] ANONYMOUS Trois serors sor rive mer [1:11] ANONYMOUS En un vergier [6:08] ANONYMOUS Tuit cil qui sunt enamourat [2:52] Anne Azema (soprano); Catharine Joussselin; Ellen Santaniello; John Fleagle; Noël Bisson (voice); Shira Kammen (vielle; rebec; harp); Jesse Lepkoff (flute; recorder); Robert Mealy (vielle; harp); Margriet Tindemans (vielle; gittern; harp). rec. 20-25 January 1976, Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts. WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 62685-2 [59:43][GPu]

A delightful recital, equally full of musicality and scholarship. Unreservedly recommended ... see Full Review



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[Part 1 New]  
[Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L]
[Part 7 Misc M-Z]

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