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The Golden Age of Light Music – Marching and Waltzing Various Orchestras rec. 1936-1956 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5136 [77:55] [JS]

A cautious welcome should be given ... see Full Review

Masters and Commanders – music from seafaring film classics Alfred NEWMAN (1901-1970) 1. Conquest from Captain from Castile [3:35]; Miklos ROZSA (1907-1995) 2. The Mayflower from Plymouth Adventure [3:56]; Klaus BADELT (b.1968) 3. The Medallion Calls [1:13]; 4. The Black Pearl [2:19]; 5. He’s a Pirate [1:16]; from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; Hans ZIMMER (b.1957) 6. Jack Sparrow [4:06]; 7. Hornpipe [1:22]; from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) 8. Overture to Captain Blood [3:22]; Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) 9. Los Manolos (from La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid) from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [3:27]; Elmer BERNSTEIN (1922-2004) 10. Prelude [3:17]; 11. Out to Sea [3:21]; from The Buccaneer; Franz WAXMAN (1906-1967) 12. Overture to Anne of the Indies [4:19]; Henry MANCINI (1924-1994) 13. Arctic Whale Hunt from The White Dawn [3:42]; KORNGOLD 14. Suite from The Sea Hawk [5:31]; Bronislau KAPER (1902-1983) 15. Main Title from Mutiny on the Bounty [2:07]; WAXMAN 16. Suite from Captains Courageous [5:37]; Morton GOULD (1913-1996) 17. Main Title ("The Ship") from Windjammer [3:04]; John DEBNEY (b.1956) 18. End Title from Cutthroat Island [5:08] The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel TELARC CD-80682 [61:42] [SA]

The music is well selected and beautifully played by a committed orchestra under a conductor who is equally enthusiastic about the film music genre. ... see Full Review

Zinka Milanov (1906-1989) sings Verdi Arias RCA Victor Orchestra, Renato Cellini, conductor NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI 7941 [79:40] [JW]

A recital brimming over with high points ... see Full Review

Mozart and Well Beyond Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Bassoon Concerto Marjan MOZETICH (b.1948) Concerto for bassoon and strings with Marimba Rodney SHARMAN (b.1958) At Dusk for bassoon, strings and harp Michael WELSH (b.1954) Serenade for solo bassoon, strings and harp Michael Sweeney (bassoon), Graham Hargrove (marimba), Erica Goodman (harp) Seiler Strings/Mayumi Seiler rec. 2003 AFICONDO A034401 [LB]

A must for all bassoon enthusiasts. Superb playing throughout and a fine rendition of the Mozart concerto ... see Full Review

Rosa Ponselle - American Recordings 1923-1929: Volume 4 Rosa Ponselle (soprano) rec. 1928-9 NAXOS 8.111141 [69:48][GF]

These were the last recordings Rosa Ponselle did for more than a decade and they are glorious documents of her singing during her heyday ... see Full Review

Premieres and Encores Henry Hugo PIERSON (1815-1873) Macbeth, Symphonic Poem Op. 54 (1859) [20:34] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Fantasy Overture. Cortèges (1945) [14:34] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth David MORGAN (b.1933) Contrasts (1974) [21:47] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Concert Overture: Helter Skelter (1949) [6:46] London Philharmonic Orchestra/John Pritchard Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Serenade for Strings (1922) [7:44] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Comedy Overture: Beckus the Dandipratt (1943) [7:52] London Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite rec. April 1976, Kingsway Hall (Morgan); Jan 1976, Kingsway Hall (Chagrin); Aug 1978, Kingsway Hall (Warlock); Sept 1978, Watford Town Hall (Harty) LYRITA SRCD.318 [79.22] [RB]

The welcome bouquet of this motley crew of premieres and encores from the Lyrita stable ... see Full Review

Protégé Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata in B minor (1852-53) [31:10] Julius REUBKE (1834-1858) Piano Sonata in B flat minor (1857) [29:00] Anthony Hewitt (piano) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 23-24 January 2006. DDD DIVINE ART DDA 25064 [60:10] [RC]

Particularly valuable for the Reubke; its importance is not fully appreciated and such a recording as this will win it many new converts. ... see Full Review

Restored to Glory - The Organ of Birmingham Town Hall Thomas Trotter rec. 2007 REGENT RECORDS REGCD265 [MC]

One of the finest organ recitals that I have heard ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Romantic and Virtuoso Works for Organ Volume 2 Garth EDMUNSON (1900-1971), John IRELAND (1879-1962), Joseph KROMOLICKI (1882-1961), Oreste RAVANELLO (1871-1938),Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955), Louis VIERNE (1870-1937), Guy WEITZ (1883-1970) Jane Parker-Smith (organ) rec. 2007. DDD AVIE AV2144 [73:45] [CB]

Full marks for innovative programming, wonderful playing, a superb recording and excellent presentation. ... see Full Review

Amanda Roocroft - None but the Lonely Heart songs by Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918) Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Amanda Roocroft (soprano) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. Champs Hill, Pulborough, England, 14 April, 18-19 July 2007 Texts and English translations included. ONYX 4022 [67:02] [GF]

I derived a lot of pleasure from this but while that obvious wobble is there I will not be completely won over. Readers who feel cautious about vibrato are advised to listen before buying. ... see Full Review

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker, Act 2a Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Bolt - Suite Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Scènes de ballet BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky rec. 1981-7 BBC LEGENDS BBCL42042 [77:34][CC]

A most stimulating disc ... fairy-tale magic in the second act of Nutcracker. What shines through most, though, is the conductor's insatiable appetite for moments that delight or amuse ... see Full Review

Artur Rubinstein Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 4 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Concerto No. 2 Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Prole do bebê Book 1 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etude in E minor Op.25 No.5; Scherzo in B flat minor Op.31 Artur Rubinstein (piano) rec. 1957-1968 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4216-2 [76:38][JW]

Rubinstein mavens will find this an invaluable addition to their burgeoning discography. ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia - 1950s American Recordings: Volume 2 rec. 1952-55 NAXOS 8.111090 [76:18] [GF]

When the guru plays his followers should sit at his feet with ears wide open. Go get the disc and listen! The sound is stunning for a 50+ years old recording ... see Full Review

STOKOWSKI - The Heart of the Ballet Adolphe ADAM (1803-1865) Giselle (1841) - Variation of Giselle; Mad Scene; Memory of the Love Scene; Despair of Löys; Finale Act 1 [4:16] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Le Spectre de la Rose (Invitation to the Dance, orch. Berlioz) [9:10] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Les Sylphides (orch. Leroy Anderson* and Peter Bodge) Prelude in A major, Op.28 No.7*; Valse in G-flat major, Op.70 No.1; Mazurka in C major, Op.67 No.3 [5:00]: Grand Valse Brillante in E-flat major Op.18 No.1 [4:42] Léo DELIBES (1836-1891) Sylvia (1882) - Valse lente; Pizzicato [3:53] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Swan Lake Op.20 (1877) – Dance of the Swan Queen [4:58]: Dance of the Little Swans [4:57] Nutcracker Suite Op.71 (1891-92) [22:30] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) L'après-midi d'un faune (1894)[10:19] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Ballet des Sylphes - from The Damnation of Faust (1848) [2:54] Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra rec. Manhattan Centre, New York, 1949-51 CALA CACD 0547 [72:44] also
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Nutcracker Suite Op.71 (1891-92) [22:30] Sleeping Beauty (1890) as "Aurora’s Wedding" – one act ballet selected by Serge Diaghilev from Sleeping Beauty [42:03] Humoresque Op.10 No.2 transcribed Stokowski [2:03] Again, as before, alone (song) as "Solitude" Op.73 No.6 transcribed Stokowski [3:37] Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra rec. Manhattan Centre, New York, 1950-53 CAMEO CLASSICS CC9022CD [65:12] [JW]

Cameo: rawly transferred with pops and ticks but the Cala lacks immediacy and definition. ... see Full Review

Supremacy Stephen BULLA Concertante for Cornets and Band – First Movement (1996) [3:53] Traditional arr. Olaf RITMAN When I Survey [5:13] Brian BOWEN City of God [3:05] Eric BALL Songs in Exile [7:52] Rodney NEWTON The Pilgrim's Progress (2003) [13:49] Dean JONES Él Es El Señor [2:37] Supremacy [8:57] Dudley BRIGHT Life's Command [13:10]* Darren BARTLETT arr. Olaf RITMAN The Lord is Gracious [2:39] Keith GETTY & Stuart TOWNEND arr. Richard PHILLIPS In Christ Alone [3:33]^ Dudley Bright (trombone)*, Derick Kane (euphonium)^ The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army/Dr Stephen Cobb. rec. All Saints Church, East Finchley, 9-10 March 2007. DDD SALVATIONIST PUBLISHING & SUPPLIES SPS 228 CD [65:34] [TP]

There is plenty of challenging writing for band in the works by Jones, Ball, Bulla, Newton and Bright, but the ISB rises to the challenge each time. ... see Full Review

Symphonic Organ Naji HAKIM (b. 1955) Ouverture Libanaise Robert Maximilian HELMSCHROTT (b. 1938) Furioso Infernal – Symphonische Fantasie Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L’Ascension – Quatre Méditations Symphoniques Robert Maximilian HELMSCHROTT Dans la lumière Naji HAKIM Pange lingua Franz Hauk (organ) rec. 1997-2001 GUILD GMCD7309 [73:49][CB]

Well conceived, sometimes thrilling and worth buying ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Terezín/Theresienstadt Songs and chamber works Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776546 [SA]

An absolute must for anyone interested in sampling music by those whose lives were cruelly cut short by a monstrous ideology ... see Full Review

That Yongë Child - Christmas Music for Voices and Brass Fine Arts Brass, Worcester Cathedral Choir/Adrian Lucas Christopher Allsop (organ) rec. 2007. DDD GRIFFIN GCCD 4062 [66:08]

Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of Worcester Cathedral, a disc that effectively merges the familiar and the new, reflecting both the intimacy and joy of Christmas. ... see Full Review

The Venetian Brass Album Andrea GABRIELI (1510-1586) Ricercar del duodecimo tuono Gioseppi GUAMI (1540-1611) Canzon 6 Claudio MERULO (1533-1604) Canzon vigesima terza à 5 A. GABRIELI Ricercar del sesto tuono Constanzo ANTEGNATI (1549-1624) Canzon vigesima Antegnati Canzon à 9 Giralomo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Canzon vigesima prima à 5 Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1612) Canzon seconda à 4 GUAMI Canzon vigesimaquarta à 8 Bastian CHILESE Canzon trigesimaseconda Orindio BARTOLINI Canzon trigesima à 8 Pietro LAPPI Canzon 26, G. GABRIELI Canzon vigesimaottava FRESCOBALDI Canzon vigesimanona à 8 Peter Sacco (1928-2000) Three Psalms for Brass Quintet and Tenor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & San Francisco Symphony Orchestra brass sections/Lester Remsen rec. 1978 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD122 [40:02][WK]

Tremendous performances from a golden age of American brass-playing ... see Full Review

Viva Villazón!The Best of Rolando Villazón VIRGIN CLASSICS 3952452 [GF]

This collection should be snapped up by all lovers of great singing ... see Full Review

Leonard Warren VERDI and popular song.RCA Victor Orchestra/Frank Black rec. 1950 Leonard Warren (baritone) with accompaniments NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7939/40 [76:22 + 76:31] [JW]

A powerful presence, the voice impressively though occasionally immovably big. ... see Full Review

Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (Christmas at Bremen Cathedral) Dorothee Mields (soprano); Waltraud Hoffmann-Mucher (alto); Matthias Gerchen (bass); Beate Röllecke (organ continuo); Tim Fischer (guitar); Wolfgang Baumgratz (Sauer-organ); Bremer Domchor (Bremen Cathedral Choir); Mädchenchor der Bremer Domsingschule (Girls’ Choir of Bremen Cathedral Music School); Kammer Sinfonie Bremen/Wolfgang Helbic rec. 2006. Notes in German, English and French. Texts in Latin and German with English translations. CPO 777 238-2 [59:13] [BW]

Aimed at a German- rather than an English-speaking audience and pensive rather than exuberant ... see Full Review

Wien bleibt Wien Waltzes & polkas by Lanner, Schrammel and the Strausses Thomas Christian Ensemble rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG603 1466-2 [GF]

An utterly delightful programme, played with charm and elegance ... see Full Review



Malcolm Williamson - A Mischievous Muse Authors: Paul Harris; Anthony Meredith Publisher: Omnibus Press ISBN: 9781847721020

An indulgent and provocatively Rabelaisian read at any time of year. ... see Full Review

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