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All in the April Evening Sir Hugh ROBERTON (1874-1952) All in the April evening [3:12] TRADITIONAL (arr. Roberton) The Banks o'Doon [3:17]; An Eriskay Love Lilt [2:39]; Dream Angus [2:46]; The Wee Cooper o'Fife [1:44] TRADITIONAL (arr. Vaughan Wiliams) Ca' the yowes [4:40]; The Turtle Dove [2:49] TRADITIONAL (arr. Bantock) O can ye sew cushions? [3:11] TRADITIONAL (arr. Mansfield) Wi' a hundred pipers [2:34] TRADITIONAL (arr. Roberton) Drink to me only with thine eyes [3:29]; All through the night [2:10] Thomas MORLEY (1557-1602) Fyer! Fyer [2:07] John BENNET (?1575/80 -?) All creatures now are merry-minded [1:52] William BYRD (1539/40-1623) Ave verum corpus [3:25] TRADITIONAL (arr. Grant) Crimond [3:16] Sir C. Hubert H. PARRY (1848-1918) Never weather-beaten sail (Songs of Farewell) [2:54] Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) My love dwelt in a northern land [3:45]; As torrents in summer [2:10] Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Corpus Christi [4:47] Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1854-1924) The Blue Bird [3:08] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Three Shakespeare Songs [5:51] Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The long day closes [3:36] Laudibus/Michael Brewer rec. St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London 18-19 July 1998. DDD HYPERION HELIOS CDH55243 [71:46] [JQ]

As a tribute to Sir Hugh Roberton and his legendary Glasgow Orpheus Choir, this CD succeeds splendidly and it will also give great pleasure in its own right ... see Full Review

Amorous in Music William Cavendish in Antwerp (1648-1660) ANONYMOUS Daphne [4:10] Strawberry leaves [1:33] Tickle my toe [1:48] John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Pavan (Taffelconsort) (1621) [4:18] Lamentatio Henrici Noel [4:10] Galeazzo SABBATINI (1597-1662) Congregavit Dominus aquas [4:10] Nicholaes a KEMPIS (c.1600-1676) Symphonia No.1 Op.2 [5:01] Leonora DUARTE (1610-1678) Sinfonia No.1 [2:29] William LAWES (1602-1645) Up, Ladies, Up [1:46] Suite in G minor [6:28] Gather ye rosebuds [1:49] Henry LAWES (1596-1662) Now Lucatia now make haste [3:52] Orlando GIBBONS (1583-1625) Fantasia No.2 from Koninklycke Fantasien [2:37] Matthew LOCKE (c.1621-1677) Lucinda, wink or veil those eyes [2:36] Oh the brave jolly gypsy [1:15] John JENKINS (1592-1678) Newark Siege [6:04] Galliard [2:55] Nicholas LANIER (1588-1666) No more shall meads [3:02] Peter PHILLIPS (1561-1628) Pavan Dolorosa [4:54] Galliard [1:35] Angharad Gruffydd Jones (soprano) Concordia/Mark Levy rec. Academiezaal Sint-Truiden, January 2006 ETCETERA KTC 4019 [67:05][JW]

Plenty of variety here and quite some historical frisson as well. ... see Full Review

Rose Bampton (b. 1907) Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Alceste - Ah, malgré moi, mon faible coeur [4:43] Alceste - Non, ce n'est point un sacrifice[5:16] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni - Era gia alquanto... Or sai chi l'onore [4:51] Don Giovanni - Non mi dir, bell'idol mio [5:02] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La Cenerentola - Nacqui affanno... Non piu mesta [5:14] Semiramide - Bel raggio lusinghier [4:59] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Ernani - Sorte e la notte... Ernani, involami [5:06] Aida - Qui Radames verra!... O patria mia [5:15] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin - Einsam in trüben Tagen [4:41] Tristan und Isolde - Mild und leise [5:11] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca - Vissi d'arte [3:11] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Herodiade - Il est doux, il est bon [4:44] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust - D'amour l'ardente flamme [7:34] CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918) L'enfant prodigue - L'Année en vain chasse l'année [4:46] Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Atalanta - Come, beloved [3:36] John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951) Gitanjali - When I bring to you colour'd toys [2:28] Gitanjali - Light, my light [2:18] Rose Brampton (soprano) Victor Orchestra/Wilfred Pelletier RCA Victor Orchestra/Wilfred Pelletier Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/William Steinberg Wilfred Pelletier (piano) Charles O'Connell (piano) rec. 1932-1946 PREISER 89675 [79:03][JW]

If Bampton emerges as a somewhat lesser interpreter than she might once have seemed, there's still pleasure to be taken in hearing this agreeably wide-ranging conspectus ... see Full Review

Emmy Bettendorf (soprano) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Marriage of Figaro: Heil'ge Quelle reiner Triebe [3:34]; Nur zu flüchtig bist Du entschwunden [2:59]; Wenn die sanften Abendwinde with Mizzi Fink [3:11]; O säume länger nicht, geliebte Seele [4:03] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz -Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle [4:27] Georges GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust - Es war ein König in Thule [4:49] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore - In Deines Kerkers tiefe Nacht [3:31] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser - O Fürstin with Lauritz Melchior [8:50] Lohengrin - Einsam in trüben Tagen [4:46]; Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen [3:54] Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Gut'n Abend, Meister with Alfred Jerger [8:17] Peter CORNELIUS (1824-1874) Der Barbier von Bagdad - Er kommt, er kommt with Margarete Arndt-Ober and Waldemar Henke [7:04] Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Der Rosenkavalier - Kann mich auch an ein Mädl erinnern [4:25]; Quinquin, er soll jetzt gehn [4:42] Ariadne auf Naxos - Ein schönes war [7:55] Emmy Bettendorf (soprano) Orchester der Staatsoper Berlin/Paul Breisach, Fritz Stiedry, Frieder Weissmann, Bruno Weyersberg rec.1922-25 PREISER 89672 [76:34][JW]

This worthy salute to Bettendorf makes us impatient for more ... see Full Review

Jussi Björling - Radamès, Alfredo, Roméo CD 1 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida, act 1 (Sw.) [35:09] 1. Si, corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca [1:35]; 2. Se quell guerrier io fossi! - Celeste Aida [4:18]; 3. Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo! [3:16]; 4. Vieni, o diletta appressati [2:48]; 5. Alta cagion v'aduna [3:47]; 6. Su! del Nilo al sacro lido [2:12]; 7. Ritorna vincitor! [6:57]; 8. Possente Fthà - Tu che dal nulla hai tratto [3:06]; 9. Immenso Fthà! - Mortal, diletto ai Numi [3:05]; 10. Nume, custode e vindice [3:57]; Inez Köhler (soprano) - Aida; Gertrud Pålsson-Wettergren (mezzo) - Amneris; Jussi Björling (tenor) - Radamès; Georg Svedenbrant (baritone) - Messaggero; Folke Jonsson (bass) - Ramfis; Inez Wassner (soprano) - Sacerdotessa; Leon Björker (bass) - Il Re; Royal Orchestra and Chorus/Kurt Bendix rec. 29 March 1940 La traviata, Highlights (Sw.) [37:23] Act I 11. Libiamo ne'lieti calici [2:55]; 12. Un di, felice, eterea [6:06]; Act II 13. Lunge da lei - De'miei bollenti spiriti [4:09]; 14: Mi chiamaste? Che bramate? - Ogni suo aver tal femmina [9.56]; Act III 15: Signora! - Che t'accadde? - Parigi, o cara [5:28]; 16. Ah, non più, a un tempio - Ah! Gran Dio! Morir si giovine [3:03]; 17. Finale: Ah, Violetta! - Voi, signor! - Prendi, quest'è l'immagine - Se una pudica vergine [5:39] Hjördis Schymberg (soprano) - Violetta; Jussi Björling (tenor) - Alfredo; Margit Sehlmark (contralto) - Annina; Conny Molin (baritone) - Germont; Georg Svedenbrant (baritone) - Barone; Gösta Lindberg (bass) - Dottore; Royal Orchestra and Chorus/Herbert Sandberg rec. 29 August 1939 CD 2 Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) 1. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle [3:43]; 2. Turandot: Nessun dorma [3:01]; Stockholm Radio Orchestra/Sixten Ehrling rec. 10 July 1943 3. La bohème: Che gelida manina (Sw.) [4:24]; Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) 4. Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola (Sw.) [4:44]; Swedish Radio Orchestra/Nils Grevillius rec. 8 April 1937 5. Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma! Quel vino [4:37]; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Tor Mann rec. 10 November 1944 Giuseppe VERDI 6. Requiem: Ingemisco [3:47]; 7. Rigoletto: Questa o quella [1:53]; 8. Aida: Celeste Aida [4:18]; Giacomo PUCCINI 9. Che gelida manina [4:37]; Sw. Radio Orchestra/Sten Frykberg rec. Spring 1951 Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) 10. Fanal: Nu, bröder, Ändas våra strider (Act III Finale)(Sw.) [5:03]; Jussi Björling (tenor) - Martin Skarp; Helga Görlin (soprano) - Rosamund; Gösta Böckelin (tenor) - Vassal; Joel Berglund (bass-baritone) - Jost; Leon Björker (bass) - Duke; Royal Orchestra and Chorus/Nils Grevillius rec. 29 January 1934 Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust, act III, beginning [10:48] 11. Faites-lui mes aveux [4:18]; 12. C'est ici? [3:08]; 13. Salut! demeure chaste et pure (incomplete) [3:22]; Benna Lemon-Brundin (soprano) - Siebel; Jussi Björling (tenor) - Faust; Joel Berglund (bass-baritone) - Méphistophélès; Royal Orchestra/Nils Grevillius rec. 25 September 1944 Roméo et Juliette, Act II (Sw.) [27:22] 14. O nuit, sous tes ailes obscures[3:18]; 15. L'amour, l'amour! - Ah! lève-toi soleil [4:53]; 16. Hélas! moi le hair [8:16]; 17. O nuit divine! Je t'implore! [6:25]; 18. Va! repose en paix! [2:27] Hjördis Schymberg (soprano) - Juliette; Göta Allard (mezzo) - Gertrude; Jussi Björling (tenor) - Roméo; Sven d'Ailly (bass) - Gregorio; Royal Orchestra and Chorus/Nils Grevillius rec. 13 May 1943 BLUEBELL ABCD 103 [72:44 + 77:21][GF]

There are riches aplenty on these two discs. Björling completists need them of course but general collectors should also hear them and marvel at the divine voice. ... see Full Review

Blooming Sounds: Works for Unaccompanied Violin Vache SHARAFYAN (b.1966) Blooming sounds (2004) [8:59] 4 Adam KHOUDOYAN (1921-2000) Sonata (1980) [8:29] 2 Augusta Read THOMAS (b.1964) Pulsar (2004) [5:37] 2 Incantation (1995) [5:52] 5 Leif SEGERSTAM (b.1944) Why Yes or No (1975) [10:21] 2 David FELDER (b.1953) Another Face (1987) [13:11] 1 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata, Op.31, No.2 (1924) [13:13] 3 Movses Pogossian (violin) rec. Lippes Concert Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 14 January 2003 1; 10 February 2004 2; 8 March 2004 3; 25 September 2004 4; 21 February 2005 5 ALBANY TROY810 [65:46] [GPu]

An excellent CD of music for unaccompanied violin, which adds several adventurous contemporary pieces to one of Hindemith's sonatas, all played with utter technical assurance and emotional involvement ... see Full Review

Borodin Quartet 60th Anniversary Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887)
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (1885): (Allegro moderato [8:45]; Scherzo: Allegro [5:10]; Notturno: Andante [8:37]; Finale: Andante - Vivace [7:14]); Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Andante cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Major Op. 11)(1871) [7:22]; Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Romance (1889) [6:13]; Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D703 "Quartettsatz" (1820) [9:37]; Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Langsamer Satz (1905) [11:08]; Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Serenata alla Spagnola (1886) [2:18] Borodin Quartet rec. The Lutheran Church, Moscow, Russia, 2005 ONYX 4002 [66:28] [GF]

One of the finest string quartet discs I have heard for some time with all the music played con amore. ... see Full Review

Bridge across the Pyrenees - Flute Concertos Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) Concierto pastoral (1978) [25:19] François BORNE (1840-1920) Fantaisie brillante sur des airs de Carmen [11:09] Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Concerto for flute and orchestra (1934) [19:15] Sharon Bezaly (flute) São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/John Neschling rec. July 2005, Sala São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. BIS-SACD-1559 [56:50][DC]

With musicianship of this standard, who's complaining? ... see Full Review

Choral Favourites from King's Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Miserere mei, Deus a 9 (vv.1-4 & 17-20) [5:45] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Ave verum corpus K618 (1791) [3:03] Thomas TALLIS (c1505-1585) If ye love me [2:23] Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Gloria in excelsis Deo from Gloria RV589  [2:23] John TAVENER (b. 1944) The Lamb (1982) [3:28] John RUTTER (b. 1945) Requiem aeternam from Requiem (1985) [5:35] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Rejoice in the Lord alway [8:08] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah (1742) [4:23] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata 147 [3:30] Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The heavens are telling from The Creation (1798) [4:43] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Gott ist mein Hirt (Psalm 23) D706 [5:00] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Agnus Dei from Requiem (1888) [5:26] Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) To be sung of a summer night on the water [2:10] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Birth of Nicolas from Saint Nicolas (1948) [2:35] There is no rose from A Ceremony of Carols (1942) [2:20] William HARRIS (1883-1973) Faire is the heaven [4:43] Charles WOOD (1866-1926) Hail, gladdening light (1919) [3:07] John DYKES (1823-1876) arr. David Willcocks Holy, holy, holy [2:43] Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Land of hope and glory from Coronation Ode (1902) [4:32] Timothy Beasley-Murray (treble); Gerald Finley (baritone); Stephen Layton (organ); Michael Cockerham (alto); Andrew King (tenor); Nicholas Hayes (bass); Francis Grier (organ; Heather Harper (soprano); Robert Tear (tenor); Sir Philip Ledger (piano); John Wells (organ); Bruce Russell (treble); Andrew Davis and Ian Hare (piano); Ossian Ellis (harp); Ian Hare (organ); Dame Felicity Lott (soprano); Alfreda Hodgson (alto); Richard Morton (tenor); Stephen Roberts (bass). Cambridge Classical Players; Academy of Ancient Music; City of London Sinfonia; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble; Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus; Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall; New Philharmonia Orchestra. Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks; Sir Philip Ledger; Stephen Cleobury. Rec. no information given. ADD/DDD (Allegri, Mozart, Tallis, Vivaldi, Tavener and Rutter). EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 0946 3 75943 2 2 [76:43][TP]

At the price, you are unlikely to find a better album of choral favourites. ... see Full Review

Natalie Clein - The Romantic Cello Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 (1845) [24:48] Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 (1829) [9:01] Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (1901) [35:17] Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 (1912) [6.12] Natalie Clein (cello); Charles Owen (piano) rec. 17-20 May 2006, St Paul's School, Barnes, London EMI CLASSICS 3669382 [75:21] [TB]

Natalie Clein and Charles Owen prove themselves worthy interpreters of this wonderful music. The sound perspective seems ideal for duo performances, with pleasing cello tone and piano detail, always beautifully balanced. ... see Full Review

Continental Britons - The Émigré Composers CD 1 Egon WELLESZ (1885-1974) Octet Op.67 (1948) [30:48] Geistliches Lied (Sacred Song) for medium voice, violin, viola and piano Op.23 (1918/19) [9.29] Kirschblütenlieder (Cherry Blossom Songs) from the Japanese-style poems of Hans Bethge Op.8 (1911) [6:06] (Sehnsucht nach der Nachtigall; Der Blütenzweig; Blütenschnee; Leichtes Spiel; Blüten) Leopold SPINNER (1906-1980) Zwei Kleine Stücke (Two Small Pieces) for violin and piano (1934) [5:22] Berthold GOLDSCHMIDT (1903-1996) Fantasy for oboe, cello and harp (1991) [11.41] Peter GELLHORN (1912-2004) Intermezzo for violin and piano (1937) [4.28] Vilém TAUSKÝ (1910-2004) Coventry - A Meditation for string quartet (1941) [8.19] CD 2 Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Violin Sonata in B-flat minor Op.17 (1920) [23:59] Fünf Melodien (Five Songs) for medium voice and piano Op.33 (1917-21) [11:59] (Vergängliches; Der Wiesenbach; Vöglein Schwermut; Drei Prinzessinnen; Abend auf dem Fluss) Berthold GOLDSCHMIDT (1903-1996) The Old Ships (James Elroy Flecker) (1952) [4.31] Mátyás SEIBER (1905-1960) Violin Sonata Op. 17 (1960) [16:37] Franz REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968) Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (1934) [11:42] Karl RANKL (1898-1968) War - eleven songs Op.10 (1939-42) (No. 4 They; No. 5 Böhmisches Rekrutenlied) [3:39] Seven Songs for baritone and piano op.6 (1939-42) (No. 6 The Whim) [3.39] Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt (Dietmar Wiesner (flute); Catherine Milliken (oboe); Roland Diry (clarinet); Karl Ventulett (bassoon); Silke Schurack (horn); Manon Morris (harp); Freya Ritts-Kirby (violin); Thomas Hofer (violin); Susan Knight (viola); Eva Böcker (cello); Bruno Suys (double-bass); Nurit Pacht (violin); Konstantin Lifschitz (piano) Christian Immler (baritone); Erik Levi (piano) Paul Silverthorne (viola) rec. live, Wigmore Hall, London, June 2002. From a series of concerts sponsored and organised by Andante and the JMI International Forum for Suppressed Music. DDD NIMBUS NI 5730/1 [76:46 + 76:38] [RB]

An eye-opening collection of the music of composers swept along by the unforgiving tempest of the 1930s diaspora ... see Full Review

Creative Mix Dan WELCHER (b.1948) Kiva from Spirit Realms (1996) [4:51] Lynn GLASSOCK (b.1946) Three Days in May (2001) [14:52] Dana WILSON (b.1946) Pu Em Remu - (From The Tears) (1997) [8:57] Burt FENNER (b.1929) Music for flute and drums (1997) [13:06] Wolfgang HOFMANN (b.1922) Sonata piccolo for flute and multiple percussion (1975) [8:05] Peter TANNER (b.1936) Diversions for flute and marimba (1958) [9:22] The Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo (Eleanor Duncan Armstrong (flutes); Dan C. Armstrong (percussion)) rec. Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Campus, 2002 (Glassock and Fenner); Esber Recital Hall, Penn State School of Music March 2003 (remainder) GASPARO GSCD 364 [59:40] [JW]

The versatile performers bring effusive life to these demanding works. ... see Full Review

Danzas Niklas SIVELÖV (b. 1968) Tres Danzas (2005) [10.18] Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata for Tuba and Piano (1955) [10.52] Gordon JACOB (1895-1984) Tuba Suite (1972) [17.31] Leonard BERNSTEIN (1919-1990) Waltz for Mippy III (1948) [1.46] Anthony PLOG (b. 1947) Three Miniatures (1990) [6.02] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga del Angel [3.24]; Invierno Poroteno [2.18]; Adioa Nonino [3.36] Øystein Baadsvik (tuba) Niklas Sivelöv (piano) rec. June 2005, Nybokajen 11, Stockholm; March 2006, Danderyd Grammar School, Sweden BIS BIS-CD-1585 [57.38][RH]

Might not be very high on everyone's wants list but I urge you to try it, you will discover some interesting repertoire and some very fine playing. ... see Full Review

Discover Opera Written and compiled by Nick Kimberley; Excerpts from operas by: Orazio VECCHI, Claudio MONTEVERDI, Francesco CAVALLI, Henry PURCELL, George Frideric HANDEL, Jean-Philippe RAMEAU, Christoph Willibald GLUCK, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART, Ludwig van BEETHOVEN, Richard WAGNER, Gioachino ROSSINI, Gaetano DONIZETTI, Giuseppe VERDI, Giacomo PUCCINI, Hector BERLIOZ, Georges BIZET, Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY, Claude DEBUSSY, Alban BERG, Leos JANÁČEK, Bela BARTÓK, IGOR STRAVINSKY, Benjamin BRITTEN, John ADAMS and Harrison BIRTWHISTLE incl. 25,000-word essay. Booklet illustrated with photographs. NAXOS 8.558196-97 [79:30 + 76:02][GF]

A cheap way of getting an introduction to the history of opera. The book alone will be a useful reference until the beginner has acquired so much basic knowledge that it is time for something more comprehensive. ... see Full Review

Divine Dancers - Live from Prague Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon (1884) - Act I Scene 2a (excerpt, arr. Lucas) [5:55] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Wie lange noch?b [5:04] Serge RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Mémoirec [6:25] SINATRA/ANKER My Wayd [5:07] Cesare PUGNI (1802-1870) La Fille du Pharaon (1862) - excerpte [5:47] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) The Moor's Pavanef [20:50] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Who cares?g [6:34] Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Sleeping Beauty (1890) - Grand Pas de deuxh [11:31] Jacques BREL (1929-1978) Amsterdami [3:39] Les Bourgeoisj [3:31] Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Raymonda (1898) - Act 2: Adagioe [6:21] aPolina Semionova, aIgor Zelensky, bNatalia Hoffmann, bAttin Kaftira, cDelphine Baey, dDaniil and Dimitri Simkin, eMaria Alexandrova, eSergey Filine, fCharles Jude, fStéphanie Roublot, fJean-Jacques Herment, fViviana Franciosi, gNatalia Hoffmann, gAltin Kaftira, hOksana Kutcheruk, hRoman Mikhalev, iDmitri Simkin, iMarek Tuma, jDaniil Simkin. rec. live, Prague State Opera, 11 January 2006. NTSC 16:9 anamorphic. Region 0. EUROARTS 2054708 [90:00][CC]

The spread of composers here is remarkably wide, from Purcell to Brel via Rachmaninov and Pugni ... Production values are of the highest. Recommended ... see Full Review

Down a River of Time Georg Philip TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concerto in D minor [9.44] Francois Joseph GARNIER (1755-1825) Concerto for Oboe and Strings [8.11] Giuseppe FERLENDIS (1785-1810) Concerto no. 1 in F major [13.31] Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Idillio-Concertino (1932) [19.36] Eric EWAZEN (b. 1954) Down a River of Time (1999) [24.57] Andrea Gullickson (oboe) Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra/Lucia Matos rec. July 2005, Czech Radio Studio One, Prague. CALA RECORDS CACD1037 [76.39][RH]

Out of the way repertoire and musical performances, a highly recommendable disc. ... see Full Review

Phillip Dyson - By Special Request Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata in E flat major K282 [14:27] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata in C minor Op.13 Pathetique (1798-99) [19:55] Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Impromptu in F sharp minor Op.36 (1839) [6:37] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Ballade No.2 in B minor [16:44] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images; Reflets dans l'eau (1903-07) [5:53] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Rhapsody in G minor Op.79 No.2 (1879) [6:57] Phillip Dyson (piano) rec. Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed, February 2004 MARIGOLD 011 [70:33][JW]

A 'By Request' programme of tried and tested favourites, ones with which Dyson feels entirely comfortable. ... see Full Review

Eighth Blackbird - Strange Imaginary Animals Jennifer HIGDON (b.1962) Zaka (2003) [12:50] Gordon FITZELL (b.1968) violence (2001) [9:46] Steven MACKEY (b.1966) Indigenous Instruments (1989) [17:34] David M. GORDON Friction Systems (2002; rev. 2005) [14:37] Gordon FITZELL (b.1968) evanescence (2006) [11:18] Dennis DESANTIS (b.1973) strange imaginary remix (2006) [5:33] Eighth Blackbird: (Lisa Kaplan (piano); Matt Albert (violin, viola); Nicholas Photinos (cello); Matthew Duvall (percussion); Michael J Macafferi (clarinet); Molly Alicia Barth (flute)) rec. Ball State University, 15-18 August 2005. DDD CEDILLE CDR 90000 094 [72:00][RB]

Modernistic stuff but if this style is to your taste the DeSantis, Higdon, Gordon and parts of the Mackey are well worth hearing. ... see Full Review

Eine Orgelmesse in Dom zu Freiberg Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616-1674) Toccata I FbWV 101 [4:16] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 662 [7:54] J.J. FROBERGER Canzon III FbWV 303 [4:00] J.S. BACH Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 651 [5:48] J.J. FROBERGER Toccata III FbWV 103 [3:10] Fantasia III FbWV 203 [5:47] J.S. BACH Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654 [6:59] J.J. FROBERGER Toccata IV FbWV 106 [5:41] J.S. BACH Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 665 [5:25] O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 656 [9:27] J.J. FROBERGER Canzon V FbWV 305 [2:26] J.S. BACH Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist BWV 667 [2:13] Christian Skobowsky (organ) rec. October 2004, Freiberg Dom. DDD ORGANUM CLASSICS OGM250078 [69:08][CB]

Clever programming - marvellous organ - Froberger more convincing than Bach ... see Full Review 

Mario Filippeschi Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) Norma - Meco all'altar di Venere (with Paolo Caroli) [5:44] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Gugliemo Tell - Ah Matilde, io t'amo (with Giuseppe Taddei) [9:16]; Troncar suoi di (with Giuseppe Taddei and Giorgio Tozzi) [3:25]; O muto asil del pianto [8:12] Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Gli Ugonotti - Bianca al par [5:29] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore - Ah si ben mio coll'essere [3:24]; Di quella pira [2:08] La forza del destino - La vita e inferno all'infelice [6:14] Aida - Celeste Aida [4:22]; Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida (with Caterina Mancini, Giulio Neri, Giulietta Simionato, Rolando Panerai) [12:21]; Gia i sacerdoti adunansi [6:51] Otello - Ora per sempre [2:17] Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Andrea Chenier - Un di all'azzurro spazio [4:37] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La fanciulla del west - Ch'ella mi creda [2:02] Turandot - Nessun dorma [3:05] Mario Filippeschi (tenor) Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Tullio Serafin Orchestra and Chorus of Radio Italiana, Turin/Mario Rossi Orchestra of Radio Italiano, Turin/Argeo Quadri Orchestra of Radio Italiano, Rome/Vittorio Gui Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano/Argeo Quadri rec. 1951-56 PREISER 89671 [79:37] [JW]

Filippeschi's famed "voz de oro" - core-centred and powerful, well supported and well projected. ... see Full Review

Three French Pianists 1. Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Improvised cadenza on Afrique - suite for piano and orchestra Op.89 [2:47] Valse mignonne Op.104 [2:37] Valse nonchalante Op.110 [3:14] Piano Concerto No.2 in G Op.22 - extracts [3:57] Rhapsodie d'Auvergne Op.73 [2:28] Ascanio - Air of Scozzone [2:28] Réverie [3:08] La Solitaire (Mélodie Persane) [2:25] Samson et Dalila - Printemps qui commence [3:37] Le Déluge - Prelude Op.45 [3:31] Elégie Op.143 [4:29] Première Mazurka Op.21 [2:59] Réverie du soir - Blidah (Suite Algérienne Op.60/3) [3:48] Marche militaire française (Suite Algérienne Op.60/4) [3:41] Valse mignonne Op.104 [2:23] Camille Saint-Saëns (piano) with Gabriel Willaume (violin) Meyrianne Héglon (mezzo-soprano) rec. 1904 and 1919 2. Cécile CHAMINADE (1857-1944) - Air de Ballet Op.30 [2:53] Pas des écharpes (Callirhoe Op.37) [1:38] Courante (Danse ancienne Op.95/3) [1:23] Les Sylvains Op.60 [2:20] Danse Créole Op.94 [2:14] L'Enjoleuse - La Lisonjera Op.50 [2:47] Pierrette Op.41 [2:33] Cecile Chaminade (piano) rec. 1901 3. Louis DIÉMER Grande Valse de concert in D flat Op.37 [2:31] Chant du nautonier [3:15] 4. Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Valse chromatique [3:09] 5. Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Songs without Words - No.34 in C major Op.67/4 La Fileuse [1:45] 6. Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in D flat Op.27/2 [3:49] Louis Diémer (piano) rec. 1904 SYMPOSIUM 1305 [77:34] [JW]

Essential items for your specialist pianophile shelves. ... see Full Review

Golden Age series: Light Music While You Work: Calling All Workers etc. see review for details rec. Decca Studios, London, 1943-1951. ADD GUILD GLCD 5128 [77:52] [RW]

Once again we have a memorable library of nostalgic reminiscences thanks to Guild, David Ades and Alan Bunting ... see Full Review

Igor Gorin in Opera and Song: Victor Recordings 1938-42 Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Khovanshchina - All is quiet in the camp [5:33] Hopak [3:12] Sorochintsy Fair - Reverie of the young peasant [4:16] The garden by the Don [1:55] Forgotten [2:21] Where art thou, little star? [3:42] Songs and Dances of Death - Lullaby [4:27]; Serenade [4:15]; Trepak [4:35]; The Field-Marshal [4:52] Alexander GRECHANINOV (1864-1956) Over the Steppe [3:08] Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) None but the lonely heart [3:22] Karoly GOLDMARK (1830-1915) Die Königin von Saba - Lift thine eyes [3:48] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957)   Die Tote Stadt - My Longing, My Yearning [4:52] Tito MATTEI Non è ver [4:37] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868)   Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Largo al factotum [4:40] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)  Attila - Dagli immortal vertici [4:47] Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919) Pagliacci - Prologue Si può? Un nido di memorie [5:36] Igor Gorin (baritone) Orchestra/Charles O'Connell Orchestra/Wilfred Pelletier Orchestra/Bruno Reibold Max Rabinowitsch (piano)   rec.1938-42  NIMBUS PRIMA VOCE NI7937 [74:07] [JW]

This is a most diverting and perceptive recital and one hopes it will garner Gorin some new admirers - and more reissues. ... see Full Review

Marc-André Hamelin - It's All About the Music Part I It's all about the music: The Art of Marc-André Hamelin [47'48] A documentary film, featuring Marc-André Hamelin, which looks at the music-making of virtuoso composer-pianists from both the present and 'golden age'. Including interviews with Ronald Stevenson, Robert Rimm and Andrew Keener, plus Marc-André Hamelin performing music by Albéniz, Alkan, Busoni, Dukas, Godowsky, Hamelin, Kapustin, Liszt, Medtner, Rzewski and Schubert. Part II Recital: Hamelin in Charlevoix, Quebec [47:50] including interview with Marc-André Roberge (Professor of Musicology, Laval University) Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Seven Studies on Chopin's Études The Gardens of Buitenzorg from Java Suite Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Isoldes Liebestod, S447 Ernani - Paraphrase de Concert, S432 Salvatore SCIARRINO (b 1947) Anamorfosi George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Piano Sonata No. 4 'Jazz Sonata' Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Reflets dans l'eau from Images II Part III Extra features [25:45] Interview with Jay Reise (composer) Interview with Harvey Wedeen (Professor of Piano, Temple University) Robert Rimm (author of The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight) Concert performance of Busoni's Piano Concerto Op. 39, fourth movement, All'Italiana Marc-André Hamelin; Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä Sound format: Dolby Digital 2.0 Subtitle languages: EN, FR, DE, JP Picture format: 16:9 Picture standard: NTSC Region code: 0 (all regions) HYPERION DVD DVDA68000 [121:00][KM]

An interesting look at one of today's finest pianists. ... see Full Review

Harps of the Ancient Temples Gail Laughton (harp and bells) rec. 1978 LAUREL RECORDS LR811 [28.26][PSh]

Welcome to the CD catalog a best-selling classic LP, one of the earliest - and best - New Age meditation recordings ever. ... see Full Review

Hommage à Poulenc - Music for flute and piano Paul TAFFANEL (1844-1908) Andante Pastoral (1907) [3:33] Scherzettino [1:55] Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Sonate op.52 (1913) [11 :58] Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sonate (1957) [11:53] Bart VISMAN (b.1962) Mélodie (2004) [7:42] Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Sonatine (1943) [9:05] Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Danse de la chévre (1921) [3:15] Jan BUS (b.1961) Cherchez l'Orange (2003) [9:54] Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892-1983) Forlane (1972) [3:00] Dick KATTENBURG (1919-1944) Sonate Op.5 (1937) [10:17] Abbie de Quant (flute) Elizabeth van Malde (piano) rec. July 2006, Toonzaal, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands FINELINE CLASSICAL FL72410 [72:33] [DC]

As recital discs go this has to be declared a great success. ... see Full Review

Otto Klemperer Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Grosse Fuge in B flat op.133 (1825) [16:31] (rec. 26-27 March 1956) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Adagio and Fugue in c K.546 (1788) [08:37] (rec. 27 March 1956) Serenade in D K.239 - 'Serenata notturna' (1776) [12:59] (rec. 25 March 1956) Serenade in G K.525 - 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (1787) [17:37] (rec. 25 March 1956) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto Grosso in a op.6/4 (1739) [15:27] (rec. 28 March, 26 July 1956) Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer rec. No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, dates as above EMI CLASSICS 3773642 [71:29] [CH]

The Grosse Fuge is an essential recording, well worth the price of the disc. The rest is best left to those who wish to gain the fullest picture of a great but sometimes infuriating musician. ... see Full Review

Laurent Korcia - Doubles jeux Django REINHARDT (1910-1953)/Stephane GRAPPELLI (1908-1997) 1. Minor Swing [2:54] Michel PORTAL (b. 1935) 2. Minor Waltz [3:56] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) 3. Blues [5:30] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Sonata for violin and piano (1916-17) 4. Allegro vivo [4:34] 5. Intermède. Fantasque et léger [4:08] 6. Finale. Très animé [4:36] Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) 7. Étude-caprice No. 1 Op. 18 [4:00] Laurent KORCIA (b. 1964) 8. Minor tango [2:56] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Duos for 2 violins, Sz.98: 9. No. 35 [1:11] 10. No. 18 [0:48] 11. No. 28 [2:03] 12. No. 44 [1:45] Gideon KLEIN (1919-1945) 13. Duo: Allegro con fuoco [4:36] Django REINHARDT/Stéphane GRAPPELLI 14. Tears [3:29] Michel LEGRAND (b. 1932) 15. Les parapluies de Cherbourg (theme) [3:23] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) 16. Elégie [3:05] Luigi DENZA (1846-1922) 17. Si vous l'aviez compris [3:25] Laurent Korcia (violin) Florin Niculescu (violin) (1, 14, 15), Christophe Lartilleux (guitar)(1, 14, 15), Jean-Philippe Viret (double bass) (1, 14, 15), Michel Portal (bandoneon) (2, 8), Pierre Boussaguet (double bass) (2, 8), Michael Wendeberg (piano) (3-6, 16, 17), Nemanja Radulovic (violin) (7, 9-12), Tatjana Vassiljeva (cello) (13), Jean-Louis Aubert (vocals) (16, 17) No recording dates or venues given. NAÏVE V 5066 [57:12][GF]

A fascinating programme, where borders are removed between genres and doors are opened to new experiences. ... see Full Review

Landscape and Time Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) The Seasons of his Mercies (1992) [6.39] John McCABE (b.1939) Scenes in America Deserta (1986) [14.57] Cyrillus KREEK (1889-1962) Taaveti laulud [12:51] Jackson HILL (b.1941) Remembered Love (2004) [8.27] Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934) House of Winter (1986) [11.52] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Rakastava (1893) [7.46] Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Esti Dal (1938) [3.17] Bob CHILCOTT (b.1955) Even Such is Time (1993) [2.50] * The King's Singers, Andrew Swait (treble)* rec. St Andrew's Toddington, UK, 9-11 May, 19-20 June 2006. DDD SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD090 [68.44] [TP]

Lovers of serious choral repertoire and admirers of excellent ensemble singing will be well pleased with this disc. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Libre comme un oiseau Aurelian-Octav POPA (b.1937) Perpetuum mobile [10.05] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Prélude from The Fairy Queen [1.33] Martian NEGREA (1893-1973) Le mois de Mars [2.40] Henry PURCELL Prélude from The Fairy Queen [1.46] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Three Pieces for solo clarinet [5.13] Henry PURCELL Hornpipe from The Fairy Queen [0.56] Tiberiu OLAH (1928-2002) Sonata for solo clarinet [6.40] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita [2.37] Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Abîme des Oiseaux [6.31] François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Les petits moulins à vent [1.21] John CAGE (1912-1992) Sonata [4.36] Hans-Ulrich LEHMANN (1937-) Mosaïk [7.05] Carl Philippe Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Solfegietto [1.32] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Cadenza [3.35] Corneliu CEZAR (1937-1998) Théâtrale [1.28] Olivier MESSIAEN Subtilité des Corps Glorieux [3.34] Mihnea BRUMARIU (b.1958) Musique pour Aurelian [5.10] Olivier MESSIAEN Hymne des passereaux au lever du jour [1.13] Aurelian-Octav Popa (clarinet) rec. IRCAM, Espace de Projection, December 2004. DDD. CALLIOPE CAL 9354 [69.30][ED]

A most engaging recital. Let your imagination take flight! ... see Full Review

Eileen Monger: The Lilting Banshee: Traditional Airs & Dances for Celtic Harp TRADITIONAL King of the Fairies/The Lilting Banshee [4:19] Poll Ha penny/Pains of boyle/Cnoc na gClarach Slides [4:46] O South Wind/Great High Wind [4:50] The Wild Geese [4:13] Bonny Portmore [2:07] The Morning Dew/The Ivy Leaf [2:34] TRADITIONAL and Rory Dall O'CATHAIN Limerick's Lamentation/Give Me Your Hand [3:42] TRADITIONAL The Drunken Sailor [2:24] Neil GOW and Dougie MACLEAN Neil Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife/Farewell to Craigie Dhu [4:37] TRADITIONAL Kerry Polkas [3:00] Fingal's Cave [3:03] Morris Tunes: Orange in Bloom (Sherborne)/Step Back (Field Town)/Idbury Hill (Bledington) [3:54] Howard JONES (b. 1955) Hide and Seek [4:21] Eileen Monger (Celtic harp) Mike Billinge (bodhran) Jenny McLeod (Uilleann pipes and whistles) George Monger (hammer dulcimer) rec. The Meeting House, Frenchay, Bristol, UK, dates undisclosed. DDD SAYDISC CD-SDL 348 [47:56] [PG]

Well recorded and enjoyably performed tracks. A solid collection of performances, worth the time of any fans of folk harp or Celtic music ... see Full Review

Dinu Lipatti - The Chopin Experience - The Complete Chopin Recordings 1941-1950 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) see review for details Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concerto No.1 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Dinu Lipatti rec. 1941-50 ANDROMEDA ANDRCD5072 [3 CDs: 75:32 + 76:35 + 76:56] [JW]

Obviously indispensable traversals ... see Full Review


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