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Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Songs of the Auvergne: La pastoura als camps; Baïlèro; L'aio de rotso; Ound'onorèn gorda?; Obal din lou Limouzi; Pastourelle; La delaïssádo; N'ai pas ieu de mio; Lo calhe; Lo fiolairé; Passo pel prat; Lou boussu; Brezairola; Malurous qu'o uno fenno; Jou l'pount d'o Mirabel; Oï ayaï; Lou coucut; Quand z'eyro petitoune; Lá-haut, sur le rocher; Postouro, se tu m'aymo; Uno jionto pastouro; Lou diziou bé. Sara MacLiver (soprano) The Queensland Orchestra/Brett Kelly rec. 6-7, 9-10 February 2006, Queensland Orchestra Studios (Studio 420), ABC, Brisbane. DDD ABC CLASSICS 476 5703 [64:10][RB]

Strengths certainly, but not a top recommendation ... see Full Review

Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676) Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne (1640) [144.48] Apollo/Titone - Mario Zeffiri (tenor) Dafne - Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo) Aurora/Vener/Itaton - Marisa Martins (mezzo) Cefalo/Pan - Agustin Prunell-Friend (tenor) Filena/Procri 1st Musa - Assumpta Mateu (soprano) Alfesibeo/Peneo/Sonno/2nd Pastore - Carlo Lepore (bass) Cirilla/Morfeo/1st Pastore - Jose Ferrero (tenor) Amore - Soledad Cardoso(soprano) Giove/Panto - Ugo Guagliardo (bass) 2nd Musa/1st Ninfa - Fabiola Masino (soprano) 3rd Musa/2nd Ninfa - Luisa Maesso (mezzo) Orquesta Joven de la Sinfonica de Galicia/Alberto Zedda rec. May 2004, Teatro Rosalia Castro, La Coruña, Spain. DDD NAXOS 8.660187-88 [74.37 + 70.11][RH]

A welcome opportunity to hear one of Cavalli's earliest operas but don't listen if you dislike the idea of Cavalli filtered through 19th century sensibility. ... see Full Review

Cesare CIARDI (1818-1877) Gran Concerto in D minor, for flute and orchestra, Op.1291 L'Eco dell'Arno, Fantasia for flute and orchestra, Op.341 Il carnevale di Venezia, Op.221 Le Rossignol du Nord, Fantaisie for flute and piano, Op.452 Un sospiro del cuore, Elegia for flute and piano2 La Smorfiosetta, Capriccio for flute and piano2 Di Chi?, Polka Mazurka for flute and piano2 Piccola fantasia su due Stornelli napoletani, for flute and piano2 Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia/Stefan Fraas2 Massimiliano Damerini (piano)2 rec. April, 2004, The Auditorium, Udine. DDD NAXOS 8.557857 [63:24] [GPu]

Probably the first CD ever devoted to the music of this nineteenth century virtuoso and composer. The music is pleasant and attractive and the playing is perfectly competent - but the overall effect is rather lightweight. ... see Full Review

Eric COATES (1886-1957) Eric Coates conducts Eric Coates - For Your Delight CD1 For your delight - serenade (1937) [4:00] Light Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Calling all workers - march (1940) [2:59] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Wood nymphs - valsette (1917) [3:17] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Eric Coates Summer Days - suite (In a Country Lane; On the Edge of the Lake; At the Dance) (1919) [8:04] Light Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates By the Tamarisk - intermezzo (1925) [4:13] London Philharmonic Orchestra/Eric Coates The Three Bears phantasy (1926) [8:55] London Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates By the Sleepy Lagoon - valse serenade (1930) [4:35] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Cinderella - phantasy (1929) [13:02] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates A Song by the Way - romance (1931) [4:03] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates London Suite (Covent Garden - tarentelle; Westminster - meditation; Knightsbridge- march) (1932) [8:07] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Saxo-rhapsody in A minor (1936) [8:47] Sigurd Rascher (alto saxophone); symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Footlights - concert waltz (1939) [4:20] Light Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Sound and Vision - march (1955) [3:00] Concert Orchestra/Eric Coates CD2 London Again - suite (Oxford Street - march; Langham Place - elegy; Mayfair - valse) (1936) [13:29] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Springtime - suite (Fresh Morning - pastorale; Noonday Song - romance; Dance in the Twilight - valse) (1937) [16:21] Light Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates The Jester at the Wedding - ballet concert suite (The Princess Arrives - march; The Dance of the Orange Blossoms - Valse) (1932) [6:23] Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates Last Love - romance (1939) [3:55] Light Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates The Three Elizabeths - suite (Halcyon Days - Elizabeth Tudor; Springtime in Angus - Elizabeth of Glamis; Youth of Britain - The Princess Elizabeth) (1940-44) [19:08] National Orchestra/Eric Coates Four Centuries - suite (17th century - Prelude & Hornpipe; 18th Century - Pavane & Tambourin; 19th Century - Valse; 20th Century - Rhythm) (1941) [21:06] National Orchestra/Eric Coates The Dam Busters - March (The Dam Busters, film) (1954) [2:56] rec. London, 1933-1955. mono. ADD LIVING ERA CLASSICS CD AJD2013 [78:28 + 78:21][RB]

Across two generously packed CDs, old friends, surprising delights and tired classics jostle for places. A Coates treasury and no mistake. ... see Full Review

James COOK (b. 1966?)  Exequy and Elysium CD 1 Sinfonia Lacrimosa (2005) [55:39] Exequy (from Quaternion) (2003-4) [2:11] Sinfonietta (2005) [22:03] CD 2 Symphonia Melodia (2005) [55:45] Two Sacred Fancies (Panegyris and Elysium) (2005) [10:31] Plerophoria (2003-4) [6:31] Euphony (from Quaternion) (2003-4) [6:30] Samuel Hudson (organ - Sinfonia Lacrimosa) Samuel Hayes (organ) Lucy Jack (contralto) rec. 14 December 2005, Girton College Cambridge (Sinfonia Lacrimosa); 16-17 August 2005, Queen's College Cambridge DIVINE ART 21206 [79:55 + 79:19] [DC]

Largely meditative and conventional organ sounds - raptly magnificent or turgidly dull, depending on your viewpoint or taste. ... see Full Review

Empyreum - Heroines in Heaven James COOK (b. 1963) There is a World above the Sun (2005) [1:28]; Symphony for Organ and Harp (2005) [37:45]*; In Heaven Shall All Be Love (1997) [2:28]; Trilogy for Organ and Harp (2005) [22:35]*; Heaven's Eternal Sunshine (2005) [3:08]* Samuel Hudson (organ)*; Tacye Phillipson (harp); Augusta Hebbert (soprano); Jennifer Clark (soprano); Voces Oxonienses/Rufus Frowde  rec. Girton College Chapel, Cambridge, 13-14 December 2005. DDD DIVERSIONS 24121 [67:26] [DB]

Unappealing sound with the larger works rather monochromatic. ... see Full Review

Copland and his American Contemporaries Adolphus HAILSTORK (b. 1941) The Song of Deborah (1994) [6:01] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) In the Beginning* (1947) [17:00] Libby LARSEN (b. 1950) I Will Sing and Raise a Psalm (1995)[4:46] Morten LAURIDSEN (b. 1943) O magnum mysterium (1994) [6:09] Ned ROREM (b. 1923) O Deus, ego amo te (1973) [3:38]; Oratio patris condren: O Jesu Vivens in Maria (1973) [2:01]; Thee, God... (1973) [2:58] Charles IVES (1875-1954) Psalm 67 (1894? rev. 1898) [2:26] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Dove Descending (1962) [2:26]; Mass (1944 - 1948) [17:05] Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Steal Away (from A Child of Our Time) (1941) [3:20] *Katherine Bond (mezzo) The Choir of New College Oxford/Edward Higginbottom
rec. New College Chapel, Oxford, 11-15 July 2005. DDD AVIE AV 2086 [68:00] [JQ]

A very good disc, which nicely rounds off a most stimulating mini-series. Collectors who have acquired the previous two volumes need not hesitate. ... see Full Review

Frederic COWEN (1852-1935) Symphony No.6 in E major The Idyllic (1897) [35:22] Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Symphony in A minor (1896) [36:44] Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Douglas Bostock rec. Frichsparken, Aarhus, 20-23 September 2005 CLASSICO CLASSCD 684 [71:50] [RB] [DK-W]

Two substantial invigorating and life-enhancing symphonies and both to all intents and purposes unknown even to enthusiasts. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Orchestral Works 1 La Mer (1904) [24:26] Trois Nocturnes (1900) [22:32] Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune (1894) [10:29] Marche écossaise (1891) [6:23] Berceuse héroïque (1914) [4:47] Musiques pour le Roi Lear (1904) [4:58] Jeux - poème dansé (1912) [18:15] Images (1905) [32:23] Printemps (1882) [16:00] (orch Henri BÜSSER) Orchestre National de l'ORTF/Jean Martinon rec. Salle Wagram, Paris, 1973-74 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 3 65235 2 [74:15 + 70:07]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Orchestral Works 2 Children's Corner (1908) [18:18] orch André CAPLET) Petite Suite (1888) [13:34] (orch Henri BÜSSER) Danse sacrée et danse profane (1903) [9:15] La Boîte à joujoux (1913) [31:40] (orch André CAPLET) Fantaisie pour piano et orchestra (1890) [23:53] (ed. André JOUVE) La plus que lente (1910) [6:00] Première Rapsodie pour orchestre avec clarinette principale (1903) [8:11] Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone solo (1905) [10:02] Khamma - légende dansée (1912) [20:24] (orch. Charles KOECHLIN) Danse: Tarantelle styrienne (1905) [5:44] (orch. Maurice RAVEL) Marie-Claire Jamet (harp) (Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane) Guy Dangain (clarinet) Jean-Marie Loneix (saxophone) Alain Marion (flute) (Faune) Michel Sedrez, Fabienne Boury (piano duet) (Printemps) Jules Goetgheluck (oboe) (Children's Corner) John Leach (cimbalom) (La plus) Fabienne Boury (piano) (Khamma) Choeurs de l'ORTF Orchestre National de l'ORTF/Jean Martinon rec. Salle Wagram, Paris, 1973-74 EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 3 65240 2 [72:54 + 74:54] [JW]

Lucid, imaginative, thoughtful and unselfconscious. Martinon has a special understanding of this repertoire and his clarity and care in balance and dynamics are merely two of his great virtues in Debussy conducting. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer (1903-5) [24:54] (1) Nocturnes (1897-99) [24:14] (2) Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune (1891-94) [10:00] (3) Hans-Jurgen Mohring (flute) (3), Kolner Rundfunkchor (2), Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester/Gary Bertini rec. live, Koln, Philharmonie, 6 November 1993 (1) , 3 August 1988 (2), 30 November 1987 (3) DDD CAPRICCIO 71 092 [59:45] [MG]

Performances to surprise you when you think you know the works ... see Full Review

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) Florida Suite (rev. ed. Beecham) (1886-87) [36:15] Paris - The Song of a Great City (1899) [21:22] Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody (1907) [16:02] Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox rec. Wessex Hall, Poole Centre, 7-8 May 1989. DDD EMI CLASSICS BRITISH COMPOSERS SERIES 370565 2 [76:02] [RB]

These are gorgeous performances and recordings of Delius favourites played unaffectedly yet con molto amore. ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) String Quartet No. 5 in E minor (1818) [21:04] String Quartet No. 4 in D major (1818) [14:45] String Quartet No. 6 in G major (1817-18) [13:09] Quartetto Bernini: (Marco Serino (violin); Yoko Ichihara (violin); Gianluca Saggini (viola); Valeriano Taddeo (cello)) rec. 25-27 January 2003, Church of SS. Pietro e Paolo, Salisano, Rieti, Italy. DDD TACTUS TC 790402 [48:58] [MC]

Despite evident enthusiasm and commitment from Quartetto Bernini this music comes across as rather tedious, lacking in memorability and uninspiring. ... see Full Review

John DOWLAND (1562-1626) Lute Works Volume 2: Lachrimae Pavan; Galliard to Lachrimae, Pavan (P16); The Earl of Essex, his Galliard; Pavan (P18); M. Giles Hobie's Galliard; Dowland's Tears; Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral; Sir John Langton's Pavan; Langton's Galliard; Piper's Pavan; Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard; Dowland's Adieu; Galliard (P30); Mignarda (Henry Noel's Galliard); Lachrimae (alternative version); Semper Dowland Semper Dolens Nigel North (lute) rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 16-19 June 2005 NAXOS 8.557862 [66.03] [RH]

There is only one thing to say about this wonderful recital: buy it! ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No. 13 in G, B192/Op. 106a (1896) [38:47]. Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Lettersb (1928) [25:49]. Artemis String Quartet. rec. Klaus-von-Bismarksaal, Cologne Radio, a 1-5 February 2003; b Stolberger Strasse Studio, Cologne, 20-22 June 2004. DDD VIRGIN CLASSICS 353399 2 [64:36][CC]

This is a remarkable release. It is not often one is made to think of standard repertoire in a new way, but that is exactly what this one forces one to do. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104 (1895) [38:15] Serenade for Winds in D minor, op. 44 (1878) [24:14] Nina Kotova (cello) Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Litton rec. Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, dates not given. SONY CLASSICAL 82876 821182 [62:44] [BB]

On the crowded battleground of the cello concerto, this issue simply cannot compete ... see Full Review

Heinrich Wilhelm ERNST (1814-1865) Fantasie Brillante sur la Marche et la Romance d'Otello de Rossini Op.11 (published 1839) [15:01] Concerto in F sharp minor Op.23 (Concerto Allegro-Pathétique) (published 1850) [19:46] Élégie sur la mort d'un objet chéri Op.10 (published 1840) [6:17] Concertino in D major Op.12 (published 1839) [20:25] Rondo Papageno Op.20 (published 1846) [9:01] Ilya Grubert (violin) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. Studio 5, Russian TV and Radio Kultura, Moscow, December 2004, May 2005 NAXOS 8.557565 [70:30] [JW]

Well-recorded and smartly played. The best of Ernst lay in his lyric moments but these and the virtuosic demands are adroitly met here ... see Full Review

In Flanders' Fields Vol. 18 Ernest VAN DER EYKEN (b. 1913) Elegie voor Bieke, Refereynen ende Liedekens, Poëma, Symphony for Strings BRTN PO/Fernand Terby, Ernest Van der Eyken rec. 1971-86 PHAEDRA 92018 [44:17] [HC]

One cannot but be grateful to smaller labels for recording and releasing music of quality such as this. ... see Full Review

Jindřich FELD (b.1925) Sonata for flute and string orchestra (1957 for flute and piano; arranged for flute and orchestra 1965) [19:47] Musique concertante for flute, viola, harp and strings (2005) [19:57] Zdeněk LUKÁŠ (b.1928) Music for Harp and Strings [15:58] Viktor KALABIS (1923-2006) Tristium - Concert Phantasy for viola and strings (1981) [12:11] Carlo Jans (flute) Jitka Hosprová (viola) Kateřina Englichová (harp) Prague Chamber Orchestra/Antonín Hradil rec. Domovina Studios, Prague, September 2006 ARCO DIVA UP 0097 - 2 131 [68:20] [JW]

Feld, Kalabis and Lukáš - three composers of humanity, facility and depth. ... see Full Review

For Feldman David TOUB (b. 1961) mf (1997/2004) [13:30] Morton FELDMAN (1921-2006) Two Pieces for String Quartet (1954) I [4:41] Two Pieces for String Quartet (1954) II [3:14] David KOTLOWY (b. 1959) of Shade to Light (2001) [14:20] Morton FELDMAN For String Quartet (1956) [3:07] John PROKOP (b. 1963) New England, Late Summer (2003) [15:45] Morton FELDMAN Three Pieces for String Quartet (1956) I [3:14] Three Pieces for String Quartet (1956) II [4:41] Three Pieces for String Quartet (1956) III [3:07] David BEARDSLEY (b. 1960) as beautiful as ... (2004) [30:00] Rangzen Quartet, Christina Fong rec. No recording information DVD-AUDIO OgreOgress Productions - No catalogue number [95:15] [KM]

An interesting disc that presents some unknown contemporary composers. ... see Full Review

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

Foulds is a genius. Buy this disc - you won't be disappointed. ... see Full Review

Johann Joseph FUX (1660-1741) La Grandezza della Musica Imperiale - Composizioni per orchestra Ouverture in D N4 (c.1700) [20:08] Concerto in D (c.1700) [13:56] Intrada in C E62 (c.1700) [9:33] Suite in C N83 (c.1700) [15:08] Rondeau in C E111 (c.1700) [4:47] Freiburger Barockorcester/Gottfried von der Goltz (violin and director) rec. Paulussaal, Freiburg, April 2006 CARUS 83.308 [63:58] [JW]

Played with vigour and understanding; Fux followers will need no second invitation. ... see Full Review

Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Complete Works for Flute: Vol. 3 Deux esquisses [6:38] Nocturne et allegro scherzando [5:38] Sicilienne [2:56] Romance [7:07] Transcriptions (1910) [31:05] (Ronance: Assez lent [(1908) [3:44]; Fantaisie [6:49]; Sur l'eau [3:28]; Ballade [6:17]; Berceuse [3:30]) Fenwick Smith (flute) Sally Pinkas (piano) rec. Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts, 11 April 2003; 6, 25 January 2005 NAXOS 8.557307 [77:13][DB]

Lush music of a little known star. ... see Full Review

Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Le Rossiniane Rossiniana: No.1 op.119 (c.1820) [15:26]; No.2 op.120 (c.1821) [14:19]; No.3 op.121 (c.1821) [16:52]; No.4 op.122 (c.1824) [15:24]; No.5 op.123 (c.1824) [11:29]; No.6 op.124 (c.1828) [11:59] Variazioni, sulla Cavatina favorita "Nume perdonami" nei Baccanali di Roma del Sig. Generali, op.102 [8:37] Variazioni di un facilità progressiva, dall´'opera Cenerentola, op.146 [10:01] Variazioni brillanti e della più grande facilità, sulla Cavatina favorita "Di tanti palpiti" dall'opera Tancredi, op.87 [6:15] Variazioni, sulla Cavatina favorita "Deh! Calma o ciel" dall'opera Otello, op.101 [6:26] Frédéric Zigante (guitar) rec. Ivrea, Italy, 1-20 July 1992 ARTS 478302 [61:21 + 53:67] [GPu]

A useful complete recording of Giuliani's Rossiniane. Well-played, it should be of interest both to lovers of the guitar and to fans of Rossini ... see Full Review

François GLORIEUX (b. 1932) Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Manhattan for piano and large orchestra [21:25] * Divertimento for piano and strings [16:53] ** Mouvements for piano, percussion, and brass [19:15] * * Francois Glorieux (piano) Munich Radio Orchestra/Kurt Eichhorn ** Tobias Koch (piano) Kiev Chamber Orchestra/François Glorieux rec. 4 October 1974 (Manhattan), May 1994 (Divertimento), 16 April 1971 (Mouvements) TALENT RECORDS DOM 2910 504 [58:12] [DB]

A greatly enjoyable disc, if a touch overmuch at times. ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Don Juan (1761) [45:28]* George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Ariodante: Ouverture; Sinfonia pastorale; Ballo (1735) [17:33] Il pastor fido: Hunting scene (1712) [5.58] Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner rec. Decca Studios No. 3, West Hampstead, London, *May 1967; 1971 DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2440 [69:17][SV]

I'd recommend this album for the Handel tracks ... see Full Review

Filippo GRAGNANI (1767-1812) Quartetto Op. 8 [21.56] Trio Op. 13 [13.52] Duetto per due chitarre [15.48] Sestetto [16.59] Consortium Classicum rec. 3-5 November 2005, Paul Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 301 1415-2 [68.54] [GH]

It is difficult to imagine how the music could ever be performed any better. Well crafted, elegant, grace tinged with controlled passion ... see Full Review

Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) The Warriors The Warriors (Music to an Imaginary Ballet) (1913-16) [17:55] Irish Tune from County Derry (1902) [5:26] Danish Folk-Music Suite (1928, rev. 1941) [18:56]: (a) The Power of Love [3:32]; b) Lord Peter's Stable Boy [2:49]; c) The Nightingale and the Two Sisters [4:40]; d) Jutish Medley [7:49]) Hill Song No.1 (1901-02, rev. 1923)* [13:10] Beautiful Fresh Flower (1935) (arr. Peter Sculthorpe)* [2:34] Colleen Dhas (1904)* [3:05] Hill-Song No.2 (1907)* [4:47] Glen Riddle, Ben Martin, Denise Harvey (pianos in The Warriors) Claire Clements (piano in Danish Folk-Music Suite) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon rec. 22-28 February 1989, Town Hall, South Melbourne, Australia. DDD * World premiere recordings CALA RECORDS SUPER AUDIO CD CACDS4033 [66:46] [MC]

High excitement, earthy vitality and superbly recorded sound. This spirited account of The Warriors is the one to have. ... see Full Review

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) El Pelele [4:39] Goyescas (1911): Los requiebros [9:31]; Coloquio en la reja [11:21]; El fandango de candil [6:25]; Quejas, ola maja y el ruiseñor [6:45]; El amor y la muerte [13:43]; Epilogo - Serenata del espectro [8:11] Danzas Espanolas, Op.37: Oriental, Op.37 No.2 [4:51]; Andaluza, Op.37 No.5 [3:58]; Tonadilla, Op.37 No.10 [3:45] Escenas Romanticas: El Poeta y el ruiseñor [5:12] Joyce Hatto (piano) rec. Concert Artist Studios, Cambridge, England, Nov. 2001 (Danzas, Escenas), Jan. 2003 and Sept.2005 (rest) CONCERT ARTIST CD 92492 [78:23] [TH]

These glorious pieces deserve more than one recording in your collection, so whoever you have playing them Joyce Hatto will sit very nicely alongside. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas (Los majos enamorados) (1909-11) [55:57] El Pelele (The Straw Man) [5:49] (arranged for guitars by Christophe Dejour) Trio Campanella: (Christophe Dejour; Frank Massa; Thomas Winthereik, (guitars)) rec. Torpen Chapel, Denmark, December 2006, April 2006. NAXOS 8.557709 [61:47][KS]

To put it simply, this is the finest recording of music for guitars that I have ever heard ... see Full Review

Grieg for Piano Duo Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16[28:39] Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46 [13:01] Norwegian Dances Op. 35 [15:04] Mozart Piano Sonata in C, K. 545 (with extra piano part by Edvard Grieg) [13:02] Homage March from Sigurd Jorsalfar Op. 56 No. 3 [7:46] Caroline Clemmow (piano) Anthony Goldstone (piano) rec. 2006 St. John the Baptist Church, Alkborough, N. Lincs. England DIVINE ART 25042 [77:35] [DB]

An astutely-performed disc of rarely-heard Grieg. ... see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Olav Trygvason, opera fragment, Op. 50 (Text: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [34:10] 1. Scene 1 [7:46]; 2. Scene 2 [14:59]; 3. Scene 3 [11:22] 4. Foran Sydens Kloster (At the Cloister Gate) Op. 20 (Text: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [10:15] Six Songs with Orchestra [29:03] 5. I. Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song), Op. 23 No. 19 (Henrik Ibsen) [5:27] 6. II. Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song), Op. 23 No. 26 (Henrik Ibsen) [4:00] 7. III. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), Op. 39 No. 1 (Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson) [4:58] 8. IV. En Svane (A Swan), Op. 25 No. 2 (Henrik Ibsen) [2:21] 9. V. Våren (The Last Spring), Op. 33 No. 2 (A. O. Vinje) [8:17] 10. VI. Henrik Wergeland Op. 58 No. 3 (John Paulsen) [3:30] 11. Ved Rondane (In the Hills), Op. 33 No. 9 (A. O. Vinje) (arr. Johan Halvorsen) [3:03] Solveig Kringelborn (soprano) (1, 4), Ingebjørg Kosmo (mezzo-soprano) (2, 4), Trond Halstein Moe (baritone) (1, 2), Marita Solberg (soprano) (5-11); Bergen Philharmonic Choir (1-3), Kor Vest (Bergen Vocal Ensemble) (1-3), Voci Nobili (4); Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ole Kristian Ruud rec. Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway, November 2005 (1-4), June 2004 (5-11) BIS SACD-1531 [77:38] [GF]

Some fascinating rare Grieg here in terrific sound and truly lovely singing by Marita Solberg in the orchestral songs. ... see Full Review

Symphonic Jazz Ferde GROFÉ (1892-1972) Mississippi Suite, Gallodoro's Serenade for Saxophone and Piano, Grand Canyon Suite George GERSHWIN (1898-1939) Second Rhapsody Harmonie Ensemble, New York/Steven Richman rec. 2004 BRIDGE 9212 [63:48] [JW]

Symphonic Jazz was always a much-abused term but in these surroundings it goes down like a good Sauvignon. ... see Full Review

Francisco GUERRERO (1527-1598) Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales (1589) Hombres Victoria, Victoria [2:24] ¿De dónde vienes, Pascual? [1:52] Niño Dios d'amor herido [2:23] Claros y hermosos ojos [35] La tierra se está gozando [2:49] A un niño llorando [5:00] Acaba de matarme [3:04] Juicios sobre una estrella [3:30] Mi ofensa's grande [5:09] Virgen Sancta [3:59] ¡O, celestial medcina! [2:25] Al resplandor se una estrella [4:43] ¡O qué mesa y qué manuar! [2:48] Apuestan zagales dos [2:52] ¿Sabes lo que heziste? [6:05] O, Virgen, quando's miro [2:09] Zagales sin seso vengo [2:03] Quando's miro mi Dios [4:21] Los Reyes siguen la'strella [3:08] La Trulla de Bozes: María Espada (soprano); Carlos Sandúa (counter-tenor); Karim Farhan (tenor); Juan D´az de Corcuera (tenor); Xavier Pagés (baritone); Instrumental Ensemble: Raúl del Toro (organ); Manuel Vilas (harp) Eyal Street (dulcian)/Carlos Sandúa rec. Monastery of Loreto, Seville, June 2005. DDD ALMAVIVA DS-0143 [65:17] [GPu]

The more intimate side of a great composer of the Spanish Renaissance, sung with control and energy ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah (Dublin version, 1742) [140:05] Susan Hamilton (soprano) Annie Gill, Claire Wilkinson (contraltos) Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) Matthew Brook (bass) Dunedin Consort and Players/John Butt rec. Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 1-4 May 2006. DDD LINN RECORDS CKD 285 [76:37 + 63:28][MG]

With a scholarly yet accessible approach and attractive consistency of character, this is a performance which convincingly conveys spirituality in a fresh and immediate recording. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias Ariodante (1735): Qui d'amor [2:22]; T'amerò dunque - Con l'ali di costanza [7:08]; Scherza infida [9:27]; Dopo notte [6:41]; Giulio Cesare (1724): Svegliatevi nel core [3:58]; Cara speme [4:55]; L'angue offeso [5:08]; Arianna in Creta (1733): Sdegnata sei [5:54]; Oh patria! - Sol ristoro [4:12]; Salda quercia [5:41]; Ove son - Qui ti sfido [5:37]; Qual leon [5:27] Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo) Kammerorchester Basel/Laurence Cummings rec. Landgasthof Riehen, Basel, Switzerland, 11-15 August 2006 SONY CLASSICAL 82876889522 [67:41][GF]

This disc is another highly attractive addition to my already impressive collection of present-day mezzos. ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah (1742) Judith Raskin (soprano) Florence Kopleff (contralto) Richard Lewis (tenor) Thomas Paul (bass) Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra/Robert Shaw rec. Webster Hall, New York City, June 1966 BMG-RCA RED SEAL 82876-62317-2 [74:12 + 74:47] [SV]

This is a performance that deserves a hearing and rewards study. But it's probably not the performance to have if you're having only one. ... see Full Review

Sir William Henry HARRIS (1883-1973) O hearken thou; Strengthen ye the weak hands; Faire is the Heaven; Love of Love; King of glory; Praise the Lord; The night is come; The shepherd-men; O joyful light; From a heart made whole; I said to the main; Bring us, O Lord God Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor/Timothy Byram-Wigfield Roger Judd (organ) rec. St George's Chapel, Windsor, 23-25 January 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.570148 [65.45] [RH]

They perform their old master's music with passion, commitment and a remarkable degree of accuracy. What more could you want? ... see Full Review

Magne HEGDAL (b. 1944) Herbarium II (1974/2002) [59:03] Herbert Henck (piano) rec. 12-13 October 2004, Sofienberg kirke, Oslo, Norway. DDD AURORA ACD 5041 [59:03] [DB]

Clearly recorded and performed. Recommended for fans of contemporary piano music ... see Full Review

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Ludus tonalis, Suite 1922 for piano Boris Berezovsky rec. 2006 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 63412-2 [72:11] [MC]

In this important recital of Hindemith piano works Berezovsky plays with magnificent keyboard mastery. ... see Full Review

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra, Op. 32 (1916) [51.12] Colin MATTHEWS (b.1946) Pluto, the Renewer (2000) [6.12] Kaija SAARIAHO (b.1952) Asteroid 4179: Toutatis* (2006) [4.36] Matthias PINTSCHER (b.1971) Towards Osiris* (2006) [7.55] Mark-Anthony TURNAGE (b.1960) Ceres* (2006) [6.40] Brett DEAN (b.1961) Komarov's Fall* (2006) [7.49] Rundfunkchor Berlin/Robin Gritton Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle; rec. Philharmonie Hall, Berlin, Germany, 18 March 2006. Notes in English. Photo of Saturn. Enhanced CD video special: The Making of the Planets and Asteroids [10.28], directed by Paul Bates: computer animation interviews with conductor and with the composers. EMI CLASSICS 0946 3 69690-2 2 (2) [57.24 + 37.27**][PSh]

An excellent new recording of this popular piece enhanced with additional planets and a video interview. ... see Full Review

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Lambert's Clavichord - Twelve pieces for clavichord, Op. 41 (1927) 1 Lambert's Fireside [1:33]; 2 Fellowes's Delight [1:32]; 3 Hughes's Ballet [1:05]; 4 Wortham's Grounde [2:59]; 5 Sargent's Fantastic Sprite [1:09]; 6 Foss's Dump [1:39]; 7 My Lord Sandwich's Dreame [2:35]; 8 Samuel's Air [2:23]; 9 De la Mare's Pavane [2:56]; 10 Sir Hugh's Galliard [1:04]; 11 H H His Fancy [3:19]; 12 Sir Richard's Toye [0:57] Howells' Clavichord - Twenty pieces for clavichord or piano (1941, 1961) 1 Goff's Fireside [2:40]; 2 Patrick's Siciliano [2:21]; 3 Jacob's Brawl [1:33]; 4 Dart's Sarabande [3:00]; 5 Arnold's Antic [2:06]; 6 Andrews: Air [2:22]; 7 Boult's Brangill [2:02]; 8 Rubbra's Soliloquy [3:48]; 9 Newman's Flight [2:11]; 10 Dyson's Delight [2:21]; 11 E B's Fanfarando [1:15]; 12 Ralph's Pavane [4:53]; 13 Ralph's Galliard [2:35]; 14 Finzi's Rest [5:03]; 15 Berkeley's Hunt [1:39]; 16 Malcolm's Vision [4:19]; 17 Bliss's Ballet [1:42]; 18 Julian's Dream [3:52]; 19 Jacques's Mask [2:26]; 20 Walton's Toye [1:58] John McCabe (piano) rec. 31 July-1 Aug 1993. DDD Originally issued as CDA66689 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55152 [78:50][EM]

This highly commendable version from John McCabe is one that I value highly. ... see Full Review

In Flanders Fields Vol. 49 Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Suite en forme de sonate Op.60 (1918) [29:23] Sonatine Op.88 (1929) [9:18] Georges LONQUE (1900-1969) Tableaux d'une chambre bleue Op.43 (1952) [5:49] Nuit d'automne Op.11 (1929) [5:20] Nocturne Op.45 (1955) [5:09] Danse espagnole Op.10 (1929) [2:39] Danse mauresque Op.29 (1942) [5:04] Voilier Op.42 (1952) [4:09] Hans Ryckelynck (piano) rec. Academiezaal, Sint-Truiden, Belgium, July 2005 PHAEDRA 92049 [70:14] [HC]

Another welcome and worthy release from Phaedra, one that might help renew interest in Lonque's long absent yet elegant music. ... see Full Review

Mauricio KAGEL (b. 1931) The Mauricio Kagel Edition CD I: Kagel plays and sings Pandorasbox, bandoneonpiece (1960/....) [12:32] Tango Alemán (1977-78) [9:48] Bestiarium (1974-75) [34:51] CD II: (Hörspiel) Ein Aufnahmezustand (1969) Speak softly [6:29] Lullaby [3:03] Spinning top [9:12] Acoustic lessons for children [1:18] Ethnophonation [5:32] Excursus about the love in the Christian theology [4:52] Onomatopoeia and musical pictures [12:28] DVD-Video Ludwig van (Film - 1969) [90:41] CD I, Musicians: Mauricio Kagel, Alejandro Barletta, Jorge Risi, Carlos Roqué Alsina, Beth Griffith, Mesías Maiguashca CD II, Musicians: Peter Brötzmann, Heinz-Georg Thor, Michael Vetter, Alfred Feussner, Deborah Kagel, Mauricio Kagel, William Pearson, Christoph Caskel DVD-Video, Cast: Joseph Beuys, Günther Boehnert, Carlos Feller, Werner Höfer, Mauricio Kagel, Rudolf Körösi, Linda Klaudius-Mann, Klaus Lindemann, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, José Montes, Schuldt, Victor Staub, Otto Tomek, Ferry Waldoff, Ursula Burghardt, Robert Filliou, Diter Rot, Stefan Wewerka rec. WDR Köln, Germany, 7 January, 7 November 1965 (Pandorasbox); 19 May 1978 (Tango Alemán), 3 March 1976 (Bestarium); 18 May-7 June 1969 (Hörspiel); 23 September-October 1969, WDR Köln and locations near Köln and Bonn, Germany (Ludwig van) WINTER & WINTER 910128-2 [57:10 + 42:55 + 90:41][DC]

An entirely fascinating and absorbing (re)issue, and a must-have for fans. ... see Full Review

Mauricio KAGEL (b.1931) Szenario (1981-82) [12:39] Duodramen (1999) [23:29] Liturgien (1989-90) [23:15] Margaret Chalker (soprano), Roland Hermann (baritone Duodramen); Martyn Hill (tenor), Romain Bischoff (baritone), Wout Oosterkamp (Bass) Gulbenkian Chorus, Lisbon (Liturgien) Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mauricio Kagel rec. 19 January 1994, Musikstudio 1, Funkhaus Halberg, Saarbrücken (Szenario); 3-5 December, 2001, Musikstudio 1, Funkhaus Halberg, Saarbrücken (Duodramen); live, 13 May 1998, Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisbon (Liturgien). DDD NAXOS 8.570179 [59:33][DC]

Naxos has made a sound move in releasing these recordings - conducted by the composer, and unlikely to be repeated or bettered any time soon. ... see Full Review

Barbara KASZUBA (b.1983) My Music Remembrance Janusz Korczak for solo violin (1995-97) [6:29] Toccata for piano (1998) [9:41] Contemplations for violin solo (1996-98) [8:38] A Swashbuckling Trio for string trio (1999) [5:38] Tanezzo for accordion (2002) [4:39] Humoresque for violin and accordion (2000) [2:50] Suoni per sei violinisti (2003) [10:16] Islands of Happiness - trio for flute (violin), cello and piano (2003) [12:29] On a Summit Glade for chamber orchestra (1999) [10:00] Soloists: Maria Machowska (violin - Remembrance); Stanislaw Drzewiecki (piano - Toccata); Jaroslaw Nadrzycki (violin - Contemplations); Damian Walisiak (accordion - Tanezzo); Barbara Kaszuba (violin) & Katarzyna Zwierzchlewska (accordion - Humoresque) Amadeus Orchestra of Polish Radio (Summit Glade) rec. Academy of Music Poznań, September, October 2004; Polski Radio S.A., Warsaw, Studio S2, December 2004. DDD ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0119 [71:07] [DC]

As a showcase for Barbara Kaszuba's work this disc is the best calling-card one could wish for. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jerome KERN (1885-1945) Show Boat (1927) Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Magnolia Hawks - Frederica von Stade (sop); Gaylord Ravenal - Jerry Hadley (tenor); Julie Laverne - Teresa Stratas (sop) ; Joe - Bruce Hubbard (bass); Queenie - Karla Burns (mezzo); Frank Schultz - David Garrison (tenor); Ellie May Chipley - Paige O'Hara (sop); Captain Andy Hawks - Robert Nichols (baritone); Parthy Ann Hawks - Nancy Kulp ; Lady on levee - Lillian Gish Ambrosian Chorus London Sinfonietta/John McGlinn rec. Abbey Road Studio 1, London, June-September 1987. EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 3615432 [3 CDs: 70:26 + 74:55 + 76:10] [TH]

A heart-warming experience and another GROC to savour ... see Full Review

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) String Sextet in D major Op.10 (1914-15) [36:04] Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) String Sextet in E flat major (1912) [29:31] Concertante rec. Performing Arts Centre, Purchase College, State University of New York, October 2005 KLEOS CLASSICS KL 5142 [66:08] [JW]

One for those who prefer some pepper with their Bridge and Korngold sextets. ... see Full Review

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Original Compositions and Arrangements Original compositions: 1. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 [3:45]; 2. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 [3:27]; 3. Schön Rosmarin [1:58]; 4. La gitana [3:08]; 5. Liebesleid [3:36]; 6. Liebesfreud [3:14]; 7. Polichinelle (Serenade) [2:20]; 8. Rondino on a theme of Beethoven [2:27]; Original compositions, in the style of - 9. La Précieuse (in the style of Couperin) [3:22]; 10. Chanson Louis XIII & Pavane (in the style of Couperin) [3:38]; 11. Scherzo (in the style of Dittersdorf) [3:22]; Arrangements: 12. Gavotte (Partita No. 3 BWV 1006) (Bach) [3:16]; 13. The Londonderry Air (Trad.) [3:39]; 14. Ballet No. 2 (Rosamunde D797) (Schubert) [3:00] 15. The Old Refrain (Brandl) [3:12]; 16. Poupée valsante (Poldini) [2:24]; 17. Andante cantabile (String Quartet No. 1) (Tchaikovsky) [4:31]; 18. Humoresque, Op. 101 No. 7 (Dvořák) [3:40]; 19. Sérénade espagnole, Op. 20 No. 2 (Glazunov) [2:39]; 20. Larghetto (Violin Sonata No. 1) (Weber) [2:43]; 21. Midnight Bells (Der Opernball) (Heuberger) [3:13]; 22. Chanson hindoue (Sadko) (Rimsky-Korsakov) [3:15]; 23. Lotus Land, Op. 47 No. 1 (Cyril Scott) [4:07]; 24. Danza espagñola (La vida breve) (Falla) [3:32]; Fritz Kreisler (violin) Franz Rupp (piano) (1-6, 8, 12, 13, 16-18, 22-24); Michael Raucheisen (piano) (7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 19-21); Kreisler String Quartet (11) rec. Beethovensaal, Berlin, 13 February 1930 (15, 19), 14 February 1930 (7, 9, 10, 14, 20, 21); No. 3 Studio, Abbey Road, 7 April 1935 (11); Berlin, 28 September 1936 (1, 2); No. 3 Studio, Abbey Road, 14 February 1938) (8, 12, 18, 22, 23), 15 February 1938 (3-6, 13, 16, 24). ADD EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 4768402 [78:32] [GF]

Every lover of violin playing should of course have these recordings in one version or another ... see Full Review

Santiago LANCHARES (b. 1952) Complete Piano Works Anandamania (2002) [7:24] Dos Piezas para Alicia (2003) [1:41] Dos Danzas y un Interludio (1995/1999) [10:45] Cinco Amigos (1984) [3:00] Dodecaedro Irregular (1998) [3:27] Sonata for Piano (2001) [19:57] En el Sendero (1999) [0:54] Dos Invenciones (2000) [6:26] Contra la Corriente (1991) [12:33] Renacimiento de Castor (2004) [5:26] Ananda Sukarlan (piano) rec. Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Getafe, Madrid, 12 May 2003, 28 May 2004 VERSO VRS 2028 [73:45][DB]

New Spanish music, excellently presented. ... see Full Review

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Symphony No. 12 Hélsingeborg, BVN 318 (1946) [7:06] Symphony No. 13 Undertro (Belief in Wonders), BVN 319 (1946-47) [27:40] Symphony No. 14 Morgenen (The Morning) - Suite for chorus and orchestra, BVN 336 (1947-48/1951) [28:55] Danish National Choir/DR Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR/Thomas Dausgaard, rec. Danish Radio Concert Hall, 29 October 2004 (Symphony No. 12), 9-10 June 2006; (Symphony No. 14; 15-16 June 2006 (Symphony No. 13). DDD Dacapo Records acknowledges, with gratitude, the financial support of Langgaard Fonden. This SACD has been recorded in cooperation with the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation. DACAPO 6.220517 [63:48][RB]

Fascinating and vulnerable music that still has the capacity to surprise and enchant. ... see Full Review

Morten LAURIDSEN (b. 1943) Mid-Winter Songs, Les Chansons des roses, I will lift up mine eyes, O come, let us sing unto the Lord, Ave, dulcissima Maria, Nocturnes Polyphony/Stephen Layton rec. 2006 HYPERION CDA67580 [65:17] [JP]

Make no mistake, this is a superb issue, with the engineers capturing the full sonority of the choir, orchestra and soloists to perfection and with diction being as clear as crystal throughout. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) A Faust Symphony (1857) (i) Faust [30:16]; (ii) Gretchen [23:19]; (iii) Mephistopheles [25:58] Kenneth Riegel (tenor) Tanglewood Festival Chorus Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein rec. Symphony Hall, Boston, 26 July 1976. ADD Directed by Humphrey Burton Picture format NTSC 4:3; Sound Formats PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1; Region Code 0; Disc Format DVD 9; subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish EUROARTS 2072078 [83:00] [PCW]

A stupendous one-off occasion - you may struggle to find something better than this in any format ... see Full Review


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