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Alpentöne - Highlights from the festival ’05 rec. in August 2005 in Switzerland

This is unpredictable music – sometimes sublime, sometimes violent, sometimes beautiful, sometimes even slightly repulsive – but never for a moment dull. Something for unprejudiced listeners. ... see Full Review

Andante CantabileCello Encores Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924) Après un rêve (arr. Milton Katims) [3:05] Maria Theresia von PARADIS (1759–1824) Sicilienne (arranged for violin by S. Dushkin, transcribed for cello by Lynn Harrell) [2:49] Gabriel FAURÉ Sicilienne Op. 78 [3:26] Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Beau soir (transc. Alexander Gretchaninoff) [2:30] Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) Pièce en forme de habanera [2:55] Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) Phidylé [5:36] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921) The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) (ed. Leonard Rose) [2:28] Manuel de FALLA (1876–1946) Nana (Suite populaire Espagnole) [2:14] Aleksandr GLAZUNOV (1865–1936) Spanish Serenade [2:52] Enrique GRANADOS (1867–1916) Intermezzo (Goyescas) [4:01] Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Moment musical in F minor, D 780 No 3 (arr. L. Schulz) [1:55]; An die Musik D 547 [2:34]; Nacht und Träume D 827 [4:17] Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Träumerei (Kinderszenen, Op. 15) [2:49] George Frederic HANDEL (1685–1759) Where’er you walk (Semele) [4:13] Arthur SULLIVAN (1842–1900) An Idyll [3:01] Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) Salut d’amour, Op. 12 [3:02] Paul-Joseph-Guillaume HILLEMACHER (1852–1933) Gavotte tendre [3:25] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810–1849) Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth. (transc. Piatigorsky) [4:05] Alfredo CATALANI (1854–1893) Ebben? … Ne andrò lontana (La Wally) (arr. Vladimir Cosma) [3:02] Rentaro TAKI (1879–1903) Kojo no tsuki (The Moon on the Ruined Castle) [1:12] Ernest BLOCH (1880–1959) Prayer (From Jewish Life – No. 1) [4:31] Lynn Harrell (cello) Bruno Canino (piano) rec. St. Barnabas, North Finchley, London, UK, June 1988 DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7487 [70:45] [GF]

‘Light music’ this may be classified as, but performed with such musicality and conviction even the most hackneyed pieces are shown in a new light. ... see Full Review

The Art of English Song CD 1 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872–1958) Silent noon (Rossetti) [3:36] Linden Lea (Barnes) [2:17] Thomas Frederick DUNHILL (1877–1946) The cloths of heaven (Yeats) [2:07] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Henry PURCELL (1659–1695) Fairest isle (from King Arthur) (Dryden) [2:31] Barbara Bonney (soprano) The Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood John DOWLAND (1563–1626) If my complaints could passions move (from First Booke of Songs) [4:38] Barbara Bonney (soprano), Jacob Heringman (lute) John WILBYE (1574–1638) Of joys and pleasing pains (from First Set of English Madrigals) [2:24] Orlando GIBBONS (1583–1625) Dainty fine bird (from Madrigals and Motets 1612) [1:44] The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley John DOWLAND In darkness let me dwell [4:16] Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor), Edin Karamazov (lute) Far from triumphing court [5:07] Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor) Edin Karamazov (lute), Christophe Coin (bass viol) Ivor GURNEY (1890–1937) Sleep (from Five Elizabethan Songs) (Fletcher) [3:08] Peter WARLOCK (1894–1930) Captain Stratton’s fancy (Masefield) [1:54] Haydn WOOD (1882–1959) A brown bird singing (Barrie) [2:45] James MOLLOY (1839–1909) Love’s old sweet song (Bingham) [4:46] Felicity Palmer (soprano), John Constable (piano) Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961) The sprig of thyme [2:33] The pretty maid milkin’ her cow [1:17] Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Bengt Forsberg (piano) Trad. (arr. Britten) Early one morning [2:57] The foggy foggy dew [2:27] Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) George BUTTERWORTH (1885–1916) Loveliest of trees (from 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad) (Housman) [2:40] Bredon Hill (from Bredon Hill and Other Songs) [4:44] John IRELAND (1879–1962) I must go down to the seas again (Masefield) [2:20] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Thomas CAMPION (1567–1620) Come let us sound [3:02] Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rooley (lute) Thomas MORLEY (1557–1602) It was a lover and his lass [2:24] Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Thomas ARNE (1710–1778) The soldier tir’d (from Artaxerxes) [4:04} George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Let the bright seraphim (from Samson) [5:52] Joan Sutherland (soprano), Harry Dilley (trumpet) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Francesco Molinari-Pradelli CD 2 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The vagabond (from Songs of Travel) (Stevenson) [3:14] Gerald FINZI (1901–1956) O mistress mine (from Let us garlands bring) (Shakespeare) [2:11] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Henry PURCELL (arr. Britten) The Blessed Virgin’s expostulation [8:29] Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano) trad. (arr. Leon) I am a poor wayfaring stranger [4:45]º Trad. The salley gardens (Yeats) [2:15] Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Edin Karamazov (lute)º Stacey Shames (harp), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Henry PURCELL If music be the food of love (Heveningham) [2:07] Barbara Bonney (soprano) The Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood Anon. (arr. Britten) The Lincolnshire poacher [2:03] Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Orlando GIBBONS (1583–1625) The silver swan (from Madrigals and Motets 1612) [1:17] The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley Anon. (arr. Britten) The plough boy [2:04] Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Henry ECCLES (1675?–1735?) I burn, my brain consumes to ashes [3:44]º Henry PURCELL I’ll sail upon the dog-star (D’Urfey) [1:33] Catherine Bott (soprano), David Roblou (harpsichord) Paula Chateauneuf (lute), Anthony Pleeth (cello)º trad. (arr. Leon) My love is like a red, red rose (Burns) [3:50] I will give my love an apple [2:35] Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Edin Karamazov (lute( Stacey Shames (harp), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra George Frideric HANDEL O had I Jubal’s lyre (from Joshua) [2:33] Janet Baker (mezzo), English Chamber Orchestra/Raymond Leppard Roger QUILTER (1877–1953) O mistress mine (from Three Shakespeare Songs) (Shakespeare) [1:38] Now sleeps the crimson petal (from Three Songs) (Tennyson) [2:18] Hubert PARRY (1848–1918) Love is a bable (trad.) [1:41] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Anon. (arr. Roberton) The fidgety bairn [2:49] Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), John Newmark (piano) Anon. (arr. Hughes) The stuttering lovers [1:42] Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Phyllis Spurr (piano) Anon. (arr. Whittaker) Blow the wind southerly [2:22] Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) Hubert PARRY Blow, blow, thou winter wind (Shakespeare) [1:58] Robert Tear (tenor), Philip Ledger (piano) Henry PURCELL Music for a while (from Oedipus) (Dryden, Lee) [2:51] Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS In dreams (from Songs of Travel) (Stevenson) [2:57] George BUTTERWORTH On the idle hill of summer (from Bredon Hill and Other Songs) (Housman) [3:08] Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano) Trad. (arr. Leon) I loved a lass [3:37] Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Edin Karamazov (lute) Stacey Shames (harp), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Henry PURCELL Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas) (Tate) [4:46] Barbara Bonney (soprano) The Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood rec. 1949–2004 DECCA 476 5296 [75:33 + 74:27] [GF]

Two-and-a-half hours of wonderful songs, wonderfully performed but presented without any discernible logic. For those who don’t bother about such matters this is a good, and cheap, way of getting a cross-section of the best of English songs. ... see Full Review

Autour de Messiaen Michèle REVERDY (b.1943)Concerto pour Orchestre (1994) [22:09] Tristan MURAIL (b.1947) Attracteurs étranges (1992) [11:03] Qigang CHEN (b.1955) Instants d'un opéra de Pékin (2000) [10:06] Gilles TREMBLAY (b.1932) Croissant, for String Quartet (2001) [19:32] Jean-Michelle Fonteneau (cello Murail) Mack McCray (Piano Chen) San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble/Ensemble Parallèle/Nicole Paiement rec. November 2002, University of California, Santa Cruz Recital Hall MSR CLASSICS MS 1151 [62:51] [DC]

An interesting collection, showing how varied are the voices which emerged from the Parisian ferment, orbiting one of the greatest names of 20th century music. ... see Full Review

Autumn: A Collection of Seasonal Classics Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Autumn from The Four Seasons, Op.8 [11:15] George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) La Rejouissance (The Rejoicing) from Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 (1749) [2:09] Hamish MACCUNN (1868-1759) Harvest Dance from Highland Memories, Op.30 (arr. Carse) (1997) [3:10] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) 'Late Swallows' 3rd movt. from String Quartet RTVIII/8 (1916) [11:105] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1952) 'Bloomsbury Square on a November Afternoon' 2nd movt. from A London Symphony (1913) [7:21] Christopher GUNNING (b. 1844) Autumn Festival from Yorkshire Glory Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Autumn Sketch , Op.8 (1910 rev. 1914, 1935) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Dream of a Witches' Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14 (1830) [10:13] Anatol Konstantinovich LIADOV (1855-1914) Baba Yaga, Op.56 (c.1891-1904) [3:19]; The Enchanted Lake, Op.62 (1909) [6:02] Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov (violin); Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Alexander Gibson, Jose Serebrier; Royal Ballet Sinfonia/John Wilson; Brodsky Quartet; Philharmonia Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Batiz; Orquestra Filarmonica de la Cuidad de Mexico/Enrique Batiz. rec. 1987-1999. DDD/ADD RESONANCE CD RSN 3074 [76:16] [JuW]

This disc has a noticeably better thematic progression than its companions in the series, from the golden glow of early autumn, through harvest festival to Halloween and the short wet days of November ... see Full Review

The Berlin Philharmonic Story A Film by Günther Attein Produced by Paul Smaczny and Masaki Tazaki Picture Format NTSC; 16:9 anamorphic; Sound Formats PCM Stereo; Languages English and German; Region Code 0 (worldwide); Disc Format DVD5 EUROARTS DVD 2051808 [60:00][JW]

A building site of a documentary…a kind of crypto-political Travelogue with a bit of music chucked in ... see Full Review

Zdenek Bruderhans plays music for solo flute Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Syrinx (1913) [2.23] Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Danse de la chèvre (1921) [3.00] Edgar VARÈSE (1883-1965) Density 21.5 (1936, rev. 1946) [3.35] André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Cinq Incantations (1936) [18.21] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Acht Stücke (1927) [6.00] Larry SITSKY (b.1934) First sonata for solo flute (1959) [12.49] Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Sequenza I (1958) [5.48] Anatol VIERU (1926-1998) Rezonante Bacovia (1963) [5.59] Zdenek Bruderhans (flute) rec. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1992-1994. ARBITRIUM 1110 [60.09] [ED]

A well-recorded disc showcasing a highly accomplished flautist. The repertoire ranges from the seminal to some equally interesting lesser-known works ... see Full Review

Adolf Busch plays Bach and Beethoven Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concerto in A minor BWV1041 [16:02]+ Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major Op.61 (1806) [40:42]* Romance No.1 in G major Op.40 [6:21]# Romance No.2 in F major Op.50 [7:57]# Adolf Busch (violin and director +) Busch Chamber Players rec. Town Hall NY, 26 March 1943+ New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Busch rec. Carnegie Hall, 8 February 1942* WOR Radio Orchestra/Alfred Wallenstein rec. 21 February 1942# MUSIC & ARTS CD 1183 [61:03] [JW]

Accustomed fluidity of expression and lyricism … one hears musical bedrock, the real thing. Rapt, celestial, relaxed and beautiful –I defy you to resist him ... see Full Review

Captain Blood and other Swashbucklers Miklos ROZSA (1907-1995) The King’s Thief (1955) [7:37] (reconstructed by Christopher Palmer) Victor YOUNG (1900-1956) Scaramouche (1952) [18:44] (reconstructed by William Stromberg) Main Title [1:34]; Vanished merchant [2:06]; The tomb, Andre and Aline [3:46]; Why? [1:48]; Pavane [2:19]; Andre escapes [1:37]; The Big Apple [1:23]; The Magic Box-Roses and Napoleon [3:25]; End Cast [0:46] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Captain Blood (1935) [19:50] (reconstructed by John Morgan) Main Title [2:49]; Slaves - Arabella and Blood [6:57]; Tortuga [1:45]; Port Royal – Island of Magra – English Pirate Ships [5:07]; Pirate’s Flag [1:39]; Finale [1:32] Max STEINER (1888-1971) The Three Musketeers (1935) [18:50] (reconstructed by John Morgan) To Paris – Fencing Demonstration [3:46]; Love Theme [4:08]; Fight behind Palace [2:06]; Night-time - Pigeons [2:56]; Carriage Ride [2:45]; Finale [3:08] Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Kaufman rec. Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany, 14-16 April, 15-21 June 1994. DDD NAXOS FILM MUSIC CLASSICS 8.557704 [65:16] [JW]

Splendidly realised and vitally performed all four scores sound thoroughly authentic, richly and painstakingly restored. ... see Full Review

José Carreras: The Vienna Comeback  Jules MASSENET: Ouvre tes yeux bleus Reynaldo HAHN: L’heure exquise Gabriel FAURE: Après un rêve Joaquín TURINA: Nunca olvida, Los dos miedos Tata NACHO: Tengo Nostalgia de ti, Intima Giacomo PUCCINI: Sole e amore, Terra e mare, Menti all’avviso  Franz LISZT: I vidi in terra angelici costume, Benedetto sia ’l giorno, Pace non trovo Francesco Paolo TOSTI: Apri, Non t’amo più, A vucchella, L’ultima canzone Encores: Salvatore CARDILLO: Catari Agustìn LARA: Granada Rodolfo FALVO: Dicitencello vuie Francesco CILEA: È la solita storia (Lamento di Frederico, from L’Arlesiana) Edvard GRIEG: Jeg elsker Dig José Carreras (tenor) Vincenzo Scalera (piano) rec. live concert. 16 September 1988, Opernhaus am Ring, Vienna Picture: 4.3; Sound: PCM Stereo ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 101401 [120:00] [DC]

Despite the technical deficiencies of this DVD it will always be a worthwhile document, representing a great artist’s will to survive and carry on creating. ... see Full Review

Chansons de Troubadours et Danses de Jongleurs ANON Dananza amoroso [4:19] Thibaut DE CHAMPAGNE Amour me fait commencer une chanson [3:05] Bernard DE VENTADORN Can vei la lauzeta mover [5:58] ANON Comminciamento di goia [5:18] Bernard DE VENTADORN Ben m an perdut [6:23] Gaucelm FAIDIT Fortz chausa es [10: 13] Beranguier DE PALOL Tantm'abelis [2:59] ANON La nova estampida real [4:41] Gaucelm FAIDIT Jamais nuill terns [5:54] Lo rossinholet selvatge [8:05] ANON Improvisation sur Quis dabit occuli mei [5:10] Millenarium (Carole Matras (voice and harp), Christophe Deslignes (organetto), Thierry Gomar (percussion)) rec. Notre-Dame de Centeilles, November 2000. DDD RICERCAR RIC 243 [63:10] [EM]

This is an enjoyable disc – a good collection of beautiful songs and dances. The performances are of a consistently high standard, and includes some amazing virtuosity ... see Full Review

Anita Chen - Piano and Violin Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor (1867-68) [28:32] Julius Edwardovich Conus (1869-1942) Violin Concerto in E minor (1898) [19:10] Albert MARKOV (b. 1933) Excerpts from “Formosa” Suite (c. 1999): Taiwanese Improvisation [3:43]; Formosa Capriccio [7:58] Anita Chen (piano, violin) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dimitri Polyansky rec. March 2006, Moscow Radio Studio 5. DDD BEL AIR MUSIC BAM 2039 [59:26] [WK]

A force to be reckoned with on both the piano and violin. ... see Full Review

Con AmoreViolin Encores: Kyung Wha Chung Fritz KREISLER (1875–1962) La Gitana [3:00] Liebesleid [3:30] Ede POLDINI (1869–1957) Dancing Doll (arr. Fritz Kreisler)[2:23] Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835–1880) Scherzo-Tarantelle Op. 16 (ed. Zino Francescatti)[4:41] Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) Salut d’amour, Op. 12 [2:57] La Capricieuse, Op. 17 [4:26] Pjotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6 (arr. Michael Press) [2:28] Fritz KREISLER Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Gaetano Pugnani) [5:41] Ottokar NOVÁČEK (1866–1900) Moto perpetuo (arr. Josef Gingold) [3:01] Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Beau soir (arr. Jascha Heifetz) [2:21] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810–1849) Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. (arr. Nathan Milstein) [3:49] Henryk WIENIAWSKI Caprice in A minor (arr. Fritz Kreisler) [1:39] François-Joseph GOSSEC (1734–1829) Gavotte (arr. Fritz Meyer) [2:45] Fritz KREISLER Liebesfreud [3:13] Cécile CHAMINADE (1857–1944) Sérénade espagnole (arr. Fritz Kreisler) [2:33] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921) Caprice (after Étude en forme de valse, Op. 52 No. 6) (transc. Eugène Ysaÿe) [8:18] Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Hungarian Dance No. 1 (arr. Joseph Joachim) [3:14] Kyung Wha Chung (violin), Phillip Moll (piano) rec. Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, UK, October 1985 DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7554 [60:35] [GF]

For technically and musically accomplished violin lollipops, maybe lacking the last ounce of charm, no one need look further than this inexpensive collection ... see Full Review

Dolci miei sospiri - Arie antiche Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Dolci miei sospiri (1607) [03:31] Damigella tutta bella (1607) [01:44] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Entro nave dorata (1630) [02:36] O mio cor (1630) [07:04] Claudio MONTEVERDI Quando l'alba in oriente (1607) [03:24] Confitebor tibi Domine (1640/41) [06:26] John DOWLAND (1563-1626) In darkness let me dwell (1610) [04:21] Come again, sweet love (1597) [02:39] If my complaints (1597) [03:25] Go crystal tears (1597) [04:06] Sigismondo D'INDIA (1582?-1629?) Apertamente dice la gente (1609) [01:38] Piangono al pianger mio (1609) [04:17] Donna l' vorrei dir molto (1609) [01:41] Giulio CACCINI (1545?-1618) Dite o del foco mio (1614) [02:56] Amarilli mia bella (1602) [03:05] Robert JONES (1597-1615) Ite caldi sospiri (1609) [02:42] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Mi palpita il cor, cantata (HWV 132) [09:00] Giacomo CARISSIMI (1605-1674) Apritevi inferni, cantata [07:46] William Matteuzzi (tenor); Hubert Hoffmann (archlute) Münchner Barocksolisten (on period instruments)/Hans Ludwig Hirsch rec. October 1991, Alte Evangelische Kirche, Diessen am Ammersee, Germany. DDD ARTS 47711-2 [72:29] [JV]

When this programme was recorded, it was already out of step with the interpretation of early music at the time … see Full Review

English String Miniatures Vol. 5 Pamela HARRISON (1915-1990) Suite for Timothy (1948) [18:13] Francis CHAGRIN (1905-72) Renaissance Suite (1969) [07:03] Percy FLETCHER (1879-1932) Folksong and Fiddle Dance (1914) [09:01] Paul LEWIS (b.1943) Suite navarraise (2002) [10:55] Albert CAZABON (1883-1970) Giocoso (1950s) [02:56] Thomas ROSEINGRAVE (1690-1766) Three Pieces arranged by Humphrey Searle (c.1966): Fugue I [4.26] Voluntary IV [2.49] Fugues III [2.29] John IRELAND (1879-1962) A Downland Suite (1932), completed by Geoffrey Bush (1978) [17:47] Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland rec. 18-20 September 2002, The Warehouse, London, England. DDD NAXOS 8.557752 [75.43] [MC]

For me this fifth volume has been the least satisfying of the ‘English String Miniatures’ series. Thank goodness for the inclusion of Ireland's A Downland Suite ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Juan Diego Flórez: Sentimiento latino Pedro Elías GUTIÉRREZ (1870–1954) 1. Alma llanera (1914) [3:18] José Alfredo JIMÉNEZ (1926–1973) 2. Ella (1950s) [3:44] María Isabel GRANDA LARCO (Chabuca GRANDA) (1920–1983) 3. La flor de la canela [3:42] Carlos GARDEL (1890–1935) and Alfredo Le PERA 4. El día quem e quieras(1935) [4:38] Agustin LARA (1900–1969) 5. Granada (1932) [4:15]Trad. (arr. Flórez) 6. La jarra de oro [3:16] José PADILLA (1889–1960) 7. Princesita  (from La corte del amor) (1916) [3:10] María GREVER (1884–1951) 8. Júrame (1920s) [3:37] Manuel María PONCE (1882–1948) 9. Estrellita (1914) [3:04] María Isabel GRANDA LARCO (Chabuca GRANDA) and Eduardo Óscar ROVIRA 10. Fina estampa [2:34] Noel ESTRADA (1918–1979) 11. En mi viejo San Juan (1940s?) [4:44] Ernesto LECUONA (1895–1963) 12. Siboney (1929) [4:00] Nilo MENÉNDEZ and Adolfo UTRERA 13. Aquellos ojos verdes [4:14] María Isabel GRANDA LARCO (Chabuca GRANDA) 14. Bello durmiente [2:38] Jesús Monge RAMIREZ (1910–1964) 15. México lindo (1940s) [4:03] Juan Diego Flórez (tenor), Daniel Binelli (bandoneon) (4, 7, 8), David Gálvez (guitar) (2, 3, 9, 10, 14), Shields-Collins Bray (piano) (7, 9), Juan Diego Flórez (bongos (10), Mariachi de Oro with Swang Lin, Eugene Cherkasov, Xiao-Hua Sheng (violin) (2), Michael Shih, Adriana Voirin De Costa (violin) (7, 9), Laura Bruton (viola) (7, 9), Karen Basrak (cello) (7, 9), William Clay (bass) (7, 9), Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra/Miguel Harth-Bedoya (1, 3-6, 8, 11-13, 15) rec. 25 September–2 October 2004, Landreth Auditorium, Fort Worth, Texas DECCA 475 7576 [55:08] [GF]

Sensible, sensitive, intelligent, technically impeccable, extremely beautiful –not a trace of bad behaviour. Singing of this calibre can refine even the slightest of material – and this is not all that slight. ... see Full Review

French Choral Music Jean ABSIL (1893-1974) Bestiaire - Cinq petite pièces pour quatuor vocal mixte Op 58 (1944) [7.07] Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sept Chansons pour choeur mixte a capella (1936) [14.57]; Un Soir de Neige - Petite cantata de chamber pour six voix mixtes (1944) [7.16] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Trois Chansons (1917) [7.15] Claude DEBUSSY (1864-1918) Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans (1898/1908) [6.33] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Six Chansons (1939) [8.24] Europa Chor Akademie/Sylvain Cambreling rec. Radio Bremen, Sendesaal, 4-5 February 2005 CAPRICCIO 67 151 [51.31] [GH]

Good quality performances of standard and non-standard repertoire from a golden age of French choral music. ... see Full Review

German Romantic Wind Music Heinrich Kaspar SCHMID (1874-1953) Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon in B-flat, Op. 28 (1919) [19:07] Karl GOEPFART (1859-1942) Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon in d minor, Op. 93 (1907) [14:24] August REUSS (1871-1935) Octet for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons in B Major*, Op. 37 (1918) [26:02] Renaissance City Winds World premier recording* rec. June 1996, Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, Penn., USA. DDD CENTAUR CRC 2594 [59:33] [MC]

These are well performed and recorded scores that will appeal to those willing to be adventurous ... see Full Review

The Golden Age of Light Music - The 1950s - Volume 3: Say It With Music Irving BERLIN (1888-1989) Say It With Music Stanley Black and his Orchestra [3:02] Harold ARLEN (1905-1986) That Old Black Magic David Rose Orchestra [3:18] Mario NASCIMBENE (1913-2002) Song of the Barefoot Contessa (My Gypsy Heart) Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra [2:50] Edward WHITE (1910-1994) White Wedding New Concert Orchestra/Dolf Van Der Linden [2:54] Leroy ANDERSON (1908-1975) Sandpaper Ballet (Leroy Anderson) Leroy Anderson and his 'Pops' Concert Orchestra [3:17] Georges AURIC (1899-1983) Sur Le Pavé (Pavements of Paris) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra [2:32] Richard ADDINSELL (1904-1977) Out Of The Clouds – theme arr. Laurie Johnson) Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson with Laurie Johnson and his Orchestra [2:51] Richard ROGERS and Lorenz HART Manhattan Les Baxter and his Orchestra [3:07] Philippe-GERARD (real name Philippe BLOCH) (b.1924) Without My Lover Geoff Love and his Orchestra [2:51] Eddie HAYWOOD (1915-1989) Rainfall Percy Faith and his Orchestra featuring Bernie Leighton, harpsichord [2:35] Roger ROGER (1911-1995) The Toy Shop Window Roger Roger and his Champs Elysées Orchestra [2:33] Frank PERKINS (b.1908) Barbara Frank Perkins and his 'Pops' Orchestra [2:45] D ARENDO (real name Arend HONHOFF) (b.1918) Eleanora Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra [2:15] Len STEVENS (d.1989) Easy Street (Len Stevens) Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon [2:26] Philip GREEN (1910-1982) Wagon Trail (featured in the film Golden Ivory) Philip Green and his Orchestra [2:30] VERCOLIER Starlight Lullaby William Hill-Bowen and his Orchestra [2:27] Arthur SCHWARTZ (1900-1984) If There is Someone Lovelier Than You arr. Robert Farnon Robert Farnon Orchestra [2:34] Benjamin FRANKEL (1906-1973) A Kid For Two Farthings - theme arr. Wally Stott Wally Stott and his Orchestra [2:13] Frederic CURZON (1899-1973) Savoir Faire New Concert Orchestra/Dolf Van Der Linden [3:12] George MELACHRINO (1909-1965) Waltz - In Water Colours Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino [3:09] Arden E CLAR Port of Spain Richard Hayman and his Orchestra [2:41] Oscar STRAUS (1870-1954) Waltz Dream (Ein Walzertraum) Augmented Hamburg Radio Orchestra/Harry Hermann [3:26] Robert FARNON (1917-2005) En Route Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon [2:37] Francis MEILLEAR (real name Frank CORDELL) (1918-1980) Big Ben Waltz Frank Cordell and his Orchestra [2:05] Peter DENNIS (real name Dennis BERRY) Holiday In Hollywood Dolf Van Der Linden and his Metropole Orchestra [2:57] Jerome KERN, P.G. WODEHOUSE, Guy BOLTON Till The Clouds Roll By arr. Gordon Jenkins Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra [3:16] Joyce COCHRANE Prelude to Peace Geraldo and his New Concert Orchestra - Sidney Bright, piano [3:21] rec. 1952-55 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5119 [77.14] [JF]

If you want the musical equivalent of nursery food then this CD is for you. These tunes are a kind of musical ginger sponge with hot custard. ... see Full Review

Great Pianists: Gieseking Concerto Recordings Vol. 1 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54 [29:11]* Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 16 [26:09]** César FRANCK (1822-1890)*** Variations symphoniques [15:27] Walter Gieseking (piano) Dresden State Orchestra/ Karl Böhm* Berlin State Opera Orchestra/Hans Rosbaud** London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Henry Wood*** rec. c.1940-1942 Dresden*, Electrola-Saal No. 2, Berlin 28 April and 13 October 1937**, Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 31 October 1932*** NAXOS 8.111110 [70:48] [DB]

Vintage recordings of popular works performed with cool reserve ... see Full Review

Hear my Prayer Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Justorum animae, Op. 38, No. 1 [3:08] Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Magnificat [5:36] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) O God, Thou art my God [4:08] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Hear my prayer [12:34] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 [5:54] Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Four Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10: No. 1: Ubi caritas et amor [2:35] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) God is gone up, Op. 27, No. 2 [5:03] Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) And I saw a new Heaven [5:37] Henry PURCELL Remember not, O Lord [3:08] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K. 339: Laudate Dominum [4:23] Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740) Crucifixus [3:41] Eleanor DALEY (b.1955) Requiem: In Remembrance [2:35] Stephen CHATMAN (b.1950) Remember [2:49] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Lux aeterna [3:51] César FRANK (1822-1890) Panis angelicus [4:14] Karina Gauvin (soprano) Matthew Larkin (organ) Choir of St John's, Elora/Noel Edison rec. St John's Church, Elora, Canada, 21-25 January 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557493 [69:17] [EM]

The lack of immediacy in the recording produces muffled results and this is not a disc that I can easily recommend. ... see Full Review

Michalis Kontaxakis - Guitar Recital Manuel Maria PONCE (1882-1948) Sonata III (1927) [15:45]: Allegro Moderato; Chanson; Allegro non troppo Joaquín CLERCH (b.1965) Preludios de Primavera:Homenaje a Francisco Tárrega (2005): Primavera [3:37]; Las olas de Moncofa [0:32]; Homenaje a Tchaikovsky [1:33]; El Adios [2:44]; Y si pienso en la Habana [1:10]; Souvenir de Granada [2:00];  Cuando tu no estás [2:07] Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Quatre pièces brèves pour la guitar (1933): Prelude [2:42]; Air [1:42]; Plainte [2:47]; Comme une Gigue [2:17] Ernst KRENEK (1900-1991) Suite, Op.164 (1957): Allegro moderato [0:56]; Andante sostenuto [1:35]; Allegretto [0:43]; Larghetto [1:40]; Allegro [1:11] Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Fantasy on themes from La Traviata [7:11]; Marieta: Mazurka[2:34]; Maria: Gavota [1:27] Aram Il’yich KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Prelude for Guitar [1:47] Michalis Kontaxakis (guitar) rec. 23-26 March 2006, St. John Chrysostom  Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada NAXOS  8.570191 [58:01] [ZT]

The programme is interesting and refreshing, however the very capable playing is overall too sedate. ... see Full Review

Lang Lang: Memory Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano sonata in C, K.330 [19.42] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano sonata no. 3 in B minor, op.35 [38.03] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kinderszenen, op.15 (1838) [21.32] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) (arr. Vladimir HOROWITZ): Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 in C sharp minor [9.05] Lang Lang (piano) rec. Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, August 2005. DDD. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 5976 [79.51 + 9.05] [ED]

A gifted pianist who mixes thoughtful and showy elements. Growing artistic maturity, even if he does not yet fully meet the challenge ... see Full Review


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