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Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888) [49:30] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony No. 1 in B flat op.38 Spring (1841) [29:48] Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Kletzki rec. 1954 PREISER 90730 [79:23][CH]

Kletzki’s art deserves investigation, but this was perhaps not the place to start. ... see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 6 in A minor (1904-5) [73:46] Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell rec. October 1967, Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio. ADD SONY CLASSICAL GREAT PERFORMANCES 88697008132 [73:46][TB]

Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra achieved the highest standards, based upon a discipline that was second to none. Adequate rather than inspiring sound. A notable performance. ... see Full Review

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1880-1959) Complete Piano Music 1 8 Preludes, H181 [17:37]; Window on the Garden, H270 [8:03]; Fables, H138 [7:12]; Three Sketches H160 [5:42]; Christmas H167 [5:30]; Dance Sketches H220 [10:26]; Foxtrot H126 [2:40] Giorgio Koukl (piano) rec. RSI Lugano, Switzerland, 19 April, 15 August 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557914 [57:10] [SA]

Koukl brings off the whole recital with great aplomb and makes a powerful case for the wider dissemination of these works. A joyous disc! ... see Full Review

Nicholas MAW (b. 1935) Three Hymns (1989) [13.07] (1) Five Epigrams (1960) [6.40] The Angel Gabriel (1963) [2.24] Our Lady’s song (1961) [2.34] Balulalow (1964) [2.20] Corpus Christi Carol (1964) [3.25] (2) Swete Jesu (1992) [3.25] Five Irish Songs (1972) [15.13] One Foot in Eden still, I stand (1990) [7.52] Schola Cantorum of Oxford/Mark Shepherd Jeremy Filsell (organ) (1) Simon Jones (piano) (2) rec. Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, 12-14 March 2000 HYPERION CDA67615 [58.04] [RH]

It is good to have another disc of Maw’s music in the catalogue, particularly in performances as fine as these. If you are interested in choral music or well wrought contemporary music, then buy this disc. ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphony No.9 in C Minor for Strings (1823) [25:31] Symphony No.10 in B Minor for Strings (1823) [7:31] Symphony No.12 in G Minor for Strings (1823) [17:19] Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Strings (1822) [26:36]* John Ogdon (piano)* Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner rec. 1966; 1970* ADD DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 8460 [77:16] [TP]

If you are looking to experience more of the young Mendelssohn, then this is the disc for you. ... see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25 (1831) [20:06] Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40 (1837) [23:41] Piano Sonata in E major, Op.6 (1826) [23:20] Prelude and Fugue, Op.35 No.1 (1837) [8:14] Murray Perahia (piano) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner rec. CBS Studios, London, 23-24 August 1974 (concertos); Vanguard Studios, New York, 24 November, 10 December 1981 (rest). ADD/DDD SONY CLASSICAL GREAT PERFORMANCES 88697 00818 2 [75:23][TH]

If you are fans of the artists and couplings, don’t hesitate ... see Full Review

Richard MILLS (b. 1949) Cello Concerto (1990) [[24:57] a Violin Concerto (1992) [22:46] b Concerto for Violin and Viola (1994) [24:27] c Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello)a; Barbara Jane Gilby (violin)bc; Janet Rutherford (viola)c; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Richard Mills rec. Ballroom, Government House, Hobart, December 1996 ABC CLASSICS 462 016-2 [72:10][JW]

Performances first class and the orchestral accompaniment is spot-on. The recording captures the music with real warmth but without blunting detail. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K 453* (1784) [35:32] Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K 543 (1788) [34:42] Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein *(piano conductor) rec. Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, 3-11 October 1981. DDD Video Director: Humphrey Burton NTSC 4:3 Colour; Region Code 0 (worldwide); PCM Stereo; DD 5.1; DTS 5.1 EUROARTS 2072098 [72:13][MG]

Bernstein applies the Vienna Philharmonic’s luxury veneer to his highly responsive approach to Mozart and does so to distinctive effect. … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rare Recordings 1934-1970 Piano Concerto No.20 K466 [32:31] Les Petits Riens, ballet K299b [14:36] Symphony No.39 K543 [24:55] Horn Concerto No.2 K417 [13:39] Divertimento No.11 K251 [21:19] Symphony No.38 K504 [23:37] Sinfonia Concertante K364 [29:08] Serenata notturno K239 [Serenade No.6] [14:53] Symphony No.41 Jupiter K551 [26:26] La Betulia liberata K118 [72:31] Mitja Nikisch (piano) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rudolf Schulz-Dornburg, recorded 1934 (Piano Concerto) Winterthur Municipal Orchestra/Hermann Scherchen, recorded 1941 (Les Petits Riens) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig, recorded 1941 (Symphony No.39) Dennis Brain (horn), NDR Symphony Orchestra/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, live recording 1954 (Horn Concerto No.2) NDR Symphony Orchestra/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, live recording 1954 (Divertimento No.11) Orchestre National de France/Hans Rosbaud, recorded 1954 (Symphony No.38) Arthur Grumaiux (violin) William Primrose (viola) Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, live recording 1955 (Sinfonia Concertante) Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Hermann Scherchen, live recording 1965 (Serenata notturno) Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Karel Ancerl, live recording 1970 (Symphony No.41) Cesare Vallenti (Ozias); Myriam Pirazzini (Giuditta); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Amital); Boris Christoff (Achior); Luigia Vicenti (Cabri) Orchestra and Choir of RAI, Turin/Mario Rossi, live recording 1952 (La Betulia liberata) TAHRA 595-598 [4 CDs: 72:56 + 59:46 + 71:31 + 72:31][JW]

Specialist collector territory. An attractive and enticing mix of rare commercial recordings and equally rare preserved broadcasts ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat, K291 (1777) [34:35] Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K488 (1786) [27:19] Northern Sinfonia/Imogen Cooper (piano) rec. live, The Sage, Gateshead, 18-20 October 2005. DDD AVIE AV2100 [61:54] [CC]

There is little doubt that this disc will bring much joy. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat major, KV456 (1784) [32:37] (arr. J.N. Hummel) Symphony No.40 in G minor, KV550 (1788) [28:21] (arr. J.N. Hummel) Henrik Wiese (flute); Peter ClementeTibor Bényi (cello); Fumiko Shiraga (piano) rec. June 2006, Bavaria Music Studios, Munich, Germany. DDD BIS CD-1567 [61:56] [DC]

For those of you for whom Mozart currently falls on jaded ears, this CD might well provide just the cure you need. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ouverture (Intrada et fugue) in C K 399/285i (1782) [4:22] Adagio in C für Glasharmonika K 356 (1791) [3:28] Fugue en mi bémol majeur K 153/375f (1782) [2:17] Fugue en sol mineur K 154/(358k) (1782) [1:46] Andante mit Variationen K 501 (1786) [8:35] * Fugue en sol mineur K 401/375c (1782) [3:27] * Trio en sol majeur K 443/385l [1:55] * Adagio und Allegro in f für eine Orgelwalze K 594 (1791) [10:24] Ach  Gott, vom Himmel sien darein K 620b [3:22] Eine kleine Gigue en sol majeur K 574 (1789) [1:35] Andante in F für eine kleine kleine Orgelwalze K 616 (1791) [6:37] Zwei kleine Fuguen (Versetten) für Orgel K 154a (1782) [0:30] [0:24] Allegro und Andante in f für eine Orgelwalze K 608 (1791) [9’18] Olivier Vernet, organ, * with Cédric Meckler (4 mains) Rec: St Louis en L’ile, Paris, 25-27 May 2006 DDD LIGIA DIGITAL Lidi0104171-06 [59:31][CB]

It’s a shame given the beautiful instrument, and the undoubted talents of Olivier Vernet not to be able to be more enthusiastic ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Trio Sonata for flute, viola and harp (arr. Dezso d’Antalffy-Zsiross from Duo for violin and viola in G Major KV423 (1783)) [14:30] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Sonata for flute, viola and harp (1915) [17:53]André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Petite Suite for flute, viola and harp (1941) [11:44] Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)Serenade for flute, viola and harp (arr. Ami Maayani, 1936 from Serenade for flute, violin and viola in D major, Op. 25 (1801)) [20:12] Bohemia Luxembourg Trio: (Carlo Jans (flute); Jitka Hosprová (viola); Kateřina Englichová (harp)) rec. 27 February, 1-2 March 2006, Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic. DDD ARCODIVA UP 0088-2 131 [64:42] [MC]

Quality music in a lighter vein. Perfect for relaxing and for late night listening. A fascinating disc that will undoubtedly appeal to a wide range of listeners. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) K492 (sung in German) Irma Beilke (soprano) - Susanna Helena Braun (soprano) - Countess Almaviva Res Fischer (soprano) - Marcellina Liane Timm (soprano) - Barbarina Gerda Sommerschuh (mezzo) - Cherubino Josef Witt (tenor) - Don Basilio William Wernigk (tenor) - Don Curzio Hans Hotter (baritone) - Count Almaviva Erich Kunz (bass) - Figaro Gustav Neidlinger (bass) - Bartolo Franz Normann (bass) - Antonio Vienna State Opera Chorus and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Clemens Krauss rec. Salzburg, 5 August 1942 The (Decca) New Year Concert Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Egyptischer Marsch, 'Egyptian March' Op. 335 [4:34] Eljen a Magyar!, 'Hail to Hungary' Op. 332 [3:11] G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, 'Tales from the Vienna Woods’ Op. 325 [11:54] Im Krapfenwald Op. 336 [4:08] Pizzicato Polka [3:21] Vergnügungszug, 'Train' Op. 281- Die Fledermaus, 'The Bat' [2:54] Josef STRAUSS (1827-1870) Jokey, 'Jockey' Op. 278 [1:56] Die Libelle, 'The Dragonfly' Op. 204 [4:38] Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb und Lust 'The Course Op. 263 [7:03] Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Clemens Krauss rec. Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, September 1951 ANDROMEDA ANDRCD 5075 [3 CDs: 76:38 + 53:38 + 74:52] [JW]

A valuable historic document. Figaro captures Kunz and Hotter in their primes and Krauss in rare repertoire – pretty well recorded too. The Strauss family New Year disc is self-recommending ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) La finta giardiniera (1775) Daniel Ohlmann (tenor) – Don Anchise; Alexandra Reinprecht (soprano) – La Marchesa Violante (Sandrina); Norman Shankle (tenor) – Il Contino Belfiore; Cellia Costea (soprano) – Arminda; Helene Schneiderman (mezzo) – Il Cavaliere Ramiro; Irena Bespalovaite (soprano) – Serpetta; Rudolf Rosen (baritone) – Roberto (Nardo) Staatsorchester Stuttgart/Lothar Zagrosek, Director: Jean Jourdheuil; Stage Design and Costumes: Mark Lammert; Lighting: Klaus E. Zimmermann; Dramaturgy: Juliane Votteler; Directed for Television and Video by Hans Hulscher; Sound Format: PCM Stereo; Picture Format: 16:9 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101 253 [139:00] [GF]

Suppose you’ve always dreamt of seeing Basil Fawlty in the opera house, surrounded by some characters from an absurdist play – then this is for you. Minimalist setting, good singing and acting … a weird alternative to more straightforward productions. ... see Full Review

Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914–1991) Homage to Polish Music Old Polish Suite (1950, rev. 1955) [10:16] Concerto in Modo Antico (1951, rev. 1955)a [14:13] Jagiellonian Triptych (1966) [8:47] Divertimento after Janiewicz (1947, rev. 1955) [11:31] Hommage ŕ Chopin (1949, orch. 1966)b [13:10] Igor Cechoco (trumpet)a; Hanna Turonek (flute)b Polish Chamber Orchestra/Mariusz Smolij rec. W. Lutoławski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, June 2005 NAXOS 8.570032 [57:58] [HC]

Arrangements done with taste, subtlety and affection. A must for all Panufnik admirers. A lovely disc. ... see Full Review

Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Triodion (1998) [13.36] Tribute to Caesar (1997) [5.33] Nunc Dimittis (2001) [6.16] Ode VII (1994) [7.37] from Kanon Pokajanen I Am the True Vine (1994) [6.50] The Woman with the Alabaster Box (1997) [5.26] Dopo la vittoria (1996/1998) [10.39] Bogorodiste Djevo (1990) [1.28] Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 19–21 May 2006 NAXOS 8.570239 [57.26] [RH]

Makes it easy to explore Pärt’s unaccompanied vocal music at a very attractive price and in very fine performances. ... see Full Review

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater in F major for soprano, contralto, strings and basso continuo (1736) [33.18] Salve Regina in F minor for contralto, strings and basso continuo (1736) [13:04] Salve Regina in A minor for soprano, strings and basso continuo (1736) [10:22] Dorothea Röschmann (soprano) David Daniels (counter-tenor) Europa Galante/Fabio Biondin (direction, violin) rec. 6-9, 11-14 August 2005, Studio Flagey, Brussels, Belgium. DDD VIRGIN CLASSICS 3633402 [57:13] [MC]

Biondi, using authentically scaled forces, directs beautifully shaped performances that contain the appropriate balance of reverence and dramatic expression. I have yet to hear a finer account of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. ... see Full Review

Allan PETTERSSON (1911-1980) The Sixteen Symphonies Peter RUZICKA (b. 1948) … das Gesegnete, das Verflüchte (1991) [13:44] Various Artists rec. 1984, 1988, 1991-95, 2004. ADD/DDD CPO 777 247-2 [12 CDs: 57:11 + 78:21 + 65:24 + 60:38 + 44:35 + 50:24 + 69:52 + 52:45 + 53:05 + 67:03 + 47:00 + 52:24] [RB]

A significant and sensitive voice that continues to resonate and hold redemptive power … the composer’s ability to draw a tearful serene epiphany out of exhaustion and a battered spirit. ... see Full Review

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Sense of Tango Cuatro Estaciones Porteńas (1965-70) [26:37] Histoire du Tango: Café 1930 (1986) [6:50] Five Tango Sensations (1990) [27:57] Roberto Daris (accordion) Trieste String Trio rec. Artesuono Studio, Udine, Italy. No date given BELLA MUSICA BM31.7043 [61:24] [DC]

A highly enjoyable ‘chamber’ disc of some typically attractive and characteristic Piazzolla. ... see Full Review

Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) La Musique de Chambre (Vol. 1) CD 1 Fantaisie-Impromptu for violin and piano, Op. 4 (c.1885) [5:45]  Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 36 (1900) [22:40]  Sérénade for violin and piano, Op. 7 (pre-1881) [2:26]   Berceuse for violin and piano, Op. 8 (1880) [3:28]  Andante for violin and piano (pre-1881) [2:35] Quintet for piano and string quartet, Op. 41 (1916-17) [38:18] CD 2 Pastorale for woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, cor anglais) (c. 1886) [2:27] Canzonetta for clarinet and piano, Op. 19 (c. 1887) [3:45] Sonata da camera for flute, cello and piano, Op. 48 (1926) [13:53] Prélude de concert sur un thčme de Purcell for bassoon and piano, Op. 53 (1933) [5:21]  Prelude and Fugue for woodwind septet (2 flutes, oboe, clarinet, 2 bassoons, cor anglais), Op. 40/1 (1903-04) [5:25] Pičce in G minor for oboe and piano, Op. 5 (1884) Pastorale variée for wind septet (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, cor anglais, 2 bassoons), Op. 30 (1898) [6:44] Solo de concert for bassoon and piano, Op. 35 (1898) [5:37] La Danseuse espagnole for violin and piano (1925) [6:35] Giration, ballet for piano and ten instruments (1933) [8:47] Nuit divine for violin, harmonium and narrator (c. 1902 / Počme d'Albert Samain) [2:46] Soloists of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (full list of performers in each work listed below) DDD rec. 2005/06 Philharmonie, Luxembourg TIMPANI 2C 1110 [75:44 + 64:58] [MC]

Superbly performed but how one cries out for more variety and drama in these works. A disc for dipping into rather than listening to at one sitting.  ... see Full Review  

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Music for Queen Mary Come, ye sons of Art (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1694) (Z 323) [22:18] Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, verse anthem (Z 46)* [05:51] Love's goddess sure was blind (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1692) (Z 331)** [20:01] [Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695] Drum Processional [01:38] March (Z 860a) [01:49] Canzona (Z 860b) [03:01] Drum Recessional [01:39] [Funeral Sentences] Man that is born of a woman (Z 27)* [02:45] In the midst of life (Z 17b)* [04:44] Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (Z 58b)* [03:41] [Funeral Anthem of Queen Mary, 1695] Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (Z 58c) [02:32] Edward Phillips (treble) (*/**); Kate Royal (soprano); David Hansen, Tim Mead (alto); Andrew Staples (tenor) (**); Jacques Imbrailo (bass); Members of the King's College Choir; Cambridge (*) Choir of King's College, Cambridge; The Academy of Ancient Music/Stephen Cleobury rec. April 2005, Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, UK. DDD EMI CLASSICS 3 44438 2 [70:03] [JV]

Disappointing performances despite some nice moments ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphonic Dances, Op. 45a (1940) [32:00] Suitesb – No. 1, Op. 5, Fantaisie-Tableaux (1893) [22:58]; No. 2, Op. 17 (1900) [22:43] Peter Donohoe, Martin Roscoe (pianos) rec. aHenry Wood Hall, London, 24-25 September 2004; bRNCM, Manchester, 5 April 2002. DDD NAXOS 8.557062 [77:42][CC]

A real bargain at the price and a testament to the stature of two of the UK's best pianists. See Full Review

Sergei RachmaninoV (1873-1943) Thirteen Preludes for Piano Op. 32 (1910) No. 1 Allegro vivace [1:43] No. 2 Allegretto [3:45] No. 3 Allegro vivace [3:00] No. 4 Allegro con brio [6:35] No. 5 Moderato [3:24] No. 6 Allegro appassionato [1:49] No. 7 Moderato [2:54] No. 8 Vivo [2:10] No. 9 Allegro moderato [3:25] No. 10 Lento [5:40] No. 11 Allegretto [2:34] No. 12 Allegro [2:44] No. 13 Grave [5:24] Kenneth Saxon (piano) rec. 2005 PLUM CDS PLUM052 [45:12] [WK]

An uneven rendition by a pianist who excels in the more gentle Preludes. ... see Full Review

Giulio REGONDI (1823-1872) Souvenir d’amitié Remembrance [14:40] A Set of Three Waltzes [10:25] Hexaméron du concertiniste [26:22] Souvenir d’amitié [16:42] Helmut C. Jacobs (accordion) rec. 2-4 November 2005, Oranienburg Schloss Nordkirchen. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG9031420-6 [68:39] [DB]

Rarely-heard, well-presented and pleasing repertoire given an excellent presentation. Recommended especially for those who enjoy the lighter music of the mid-nineteenth century. … see Full Review

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Ballad of the Gnomes (1920) [15:02] Three Botticelli Pictures (1927) [18:09] Suite in G major for strings and organ (1902-05) [22:28] Adagio with Variations for cello and orchestra (1921) [13:08] Leslie Pearson (organ) Alexander Baillie (cello) Philharmonia Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon rec. 19-22 December 1990, Goldsmiths College, London. CALA CADS 4028 [69:04][GPu]

A fascinating collection of orchestral works by Respighi, three out of the four pieces being relatively unfamiliar, in outstandingly good recorded sound. All admirers of Respighi will want this reissued disc …see Full Review

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Christus - Cantata biblica in due parti per soli, coro e orchestra (1898-99) [66:34] St Matthew - Carlo Gaifa (ten); Christ - Roland Hermann (bar); Judas - Gastone Sarti (bass-bar) Coro della Radio Svizzera Italiana Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana/Marco Balderi rec. live, Auditorium RTSI, 2 June 1991. DDD LA BOTTEGA DISCANTICA BDI125 [66:34] [RB]

Not pallid juvenilia. Respighians will have to have this as will anyone with a weakness for the Requiems by Verdi and Stanford ... see Full Review

Emil Niklaus von REZNICEK (1860-1945) Tanz-Symphonie (Symphony No.5) (1926) [49:39] Ballet Music from Donna Diana (1898) [4:20] Waltz Music from Donna Diana (1898) [4:12] Danube Philharmonic, Vienna/Manfred Mussauer No recording details ANTES EDITION BM-CD 31.9222 [58:07] [JW]

Admirers of the lighter Reznicek will take to the Tanz-Symphonie in these attractively committed although not especially distinguished performances. Intriguing ... see Full Review

Ferdinand RIES (1784–1838) Complete Symphonies CD1 Symphony No. 1 in D major Op. 23 (1809) [26:37] Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 80 (1814) [25:26] CD2 Symphony No. 3 in E Flat major Op. 112 (1815) [24:26] Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 90 (1813) [30:02] CD3 Symphony No. 4 in F major Op. 110 (1818) [32:34] Symphony No. 6 in D major Op. 146 (1822) [31:38] CD4 Symphony No. 7 in A minor Op. 181 (1835) [33:59] Symphony No. 8 in E Flat major, WoO 30 (1822) [32:56] Zürcher Kammerorchester/Howard Griffiths. rec. 1999 (1, 2), 2001 (4, 6), 2002 (7, 8), Neumünsterkirche, Zurich, Switzerland; 1997 (3, 5), Zurich Radio Studio. DDD CPO 777 216-2 [4 CDs: 52:30 + 54:02 + 64:34 + 67:16][RB]

Fine and insinuatingly pleasurable symphonies played with eager delight and thoughtful attention to flickering dynamics and antiphonal effect ... see Full Review

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (1865/1884) [25:18] Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6 (1867/1887) [6:46] Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 32 (1874/1886) [33:51] Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra/Kees Bakels rec. Dewan Filhamonik Petronas Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2002 BIS BIS-CD-1477 [66:48][SV]

In the mood for a Russian nationalist symphony brimming with gorgeous tunes and extrovert Russian spirit? The Rimsky Third will do nicely. Mystery and magic in this glowing performance but the First doesn't grab you the same way. ... see Full Review

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Adelaide Di Borgogna - music drama in two acts (1817) Adelaide, widow of Lotario, King of Italy - Majella Cullagh (sop); Ottone, Emperor of Germany - Jennifer Larmore (mezzo); Adelberto, Berengario’s son - Bruce Ford (ten); Berengario - Mirco Palazzi (bass); Eurice, Berengario’s wife - Rebecca Bottone (sop); Ernesto, an officer - Ashley Catling (ten); Iroldo, former governor of Canosso - Mark Wilde (ten) Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus/Giuliano Carella rec. live, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 19 August 2005, Edinburgh International Festival. DDD OPERA RARA ORC 32 [77.07 + 52.01][RJF]

Opera Rara are making a good habit of performing and recording Rossini opera seria at the Edinburgh Festival. This issue continues that tradition and makes this rarely heard work more readily available than in the past. ... see Full Review

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Piano Works Péchés de Vieillesse, Volume 7: Gammes et Spécimens Petite promenade de Passy à Courbevoie, la percourant (homéopathiquement et à la pesarese) [3:31] Un cauchemar [11:52] Tourniquet sur la gamme chromatique [5:24] Spécimen de l’ancien régime [18:07] Gamme, Des montées et des descentes; Deux gammes chinoises, suivies d’une mélodie analogue: Première montée et descente [2:19] Deuxième montée et descente [0:55] Première Gamme chinoise, Montante et descendante [0:45] Deuxième Gamme chinoise, Montante et descendante [0:39] L’amour à Pekin, Petite mélodie sur la gamme chinoise [4:23] * Spécimen de mon temps [10:42] Des tritons s’il vous plait, Montée – Descente [1:24] Encore unpeu de blague, Montée – Descente [2:55] Spécimen de l’avenir [11:42] Ritournelle gothique [3:42] Stefan Irmer (piano) * Michaela Dobmeir (alto) rec. 20-22 April, 2006, Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen. MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 618 1426-2 [79:34] [Gpu]

A well-filled, well-played selection of extraordinary piano pieces, in exemplary sound … see Full Review

Nino ROTA (1911-1979) Mysterium - Oratorio per soli, coro, coro voci bianche e orchestra in 7 parti (1962) Gino Sinimberghi (ten); Ugo Trama (basso); Angelica Tuccari (sop); Corinna Vozza (mezzo) Cori della Pro Civitate Christiana di Assisi/Giulio Sani Orchestra della Pro Civitate Christiana di Assisi/Armando Renzi rec. 1962. ADD LA BOTTEGA DISCANTICA BDI124 [70:33] [RB]

Brooding, passionately devotional, regretfully nostalgic, romantic, blazing and gritty, rhythmically inventive, ringing with fervent sincerity and even operatic .... see Full Review


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