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American Jubilee John WILLIAMS Liberty Fanfare Traditional Yankee Doodle Dandy (arr. Richard Hayman) Charles IVES Variations on ‘America’ (orch. William Schuman) Louis Moreau GOTTSCHALK Three selections from Cakewalk George Whitefield CHADWICK Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches Daniel EMMETT Dixie (arr. Richard Hayman) William STEFFE Battle Hymn of the Republic* (arr. Peter Wilhousky) Aaron COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring Morton GOULD American Salute George M. COHANStar Spangled Spectacular (arr. John Cacavas) Irving BERLIN God Bless America* Samuel A. WARD America the Beautiful* (arr. Carmen Dragon) John Philip SOUSAThe Stars and Stripes Forever* Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel * With the May Festival Chorus rec. 1985-7; TELARC CD-80144 [65:17]

Hifi buffs will certainly rejoice in this spectacular recording but those who just want to hear the music will find plenty to enjoy as well ... see Full Review [DM]

American Virtuosa – Tribute to Maud Powell Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Romance Op.23 (1893) [7.31] Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Molly on the Shore (1914) [3.15] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1840-1904) Songs my mother sang (1880) [1.49] Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Musette (from King Christian II) (1898) [1.45] Mariona Eugenie BAUER (1882-1955) Up the Ocklawaha Op.6 (1912) [5.30] Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Minute Waltz Op.64 No.1 (1847) [2.00] Carl VENTH (1860-1938) Aria (1911) [5.05] Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) May Night (1907) [2.14] Samuel COLERIDGE TAYLOR (1875-1912) Deep River Op.59 No.10 (1904) [4.46] Antonín DVOŘÁK (1840-1904) Humoreske Op.101 No.7 (1894) [3.42] H.P. DANKS (1834-1903) Silver threads among the gold (Song) (1873) [3.06] Hermann BELLSTEDT JR (1858-1926) Caprice on Dixie for unaccompanied violin (1905) [3.41] Henry Holden HUSS (1862-1953) Romance (?1906) [5.19] Harry Mathena GILBERT (1879-1964) Marionettes (Scherzo) (1911) [3.00] Cecil BURLEIGH (1885-1980) Four Rocky Mountain Sketches Op.11 (1913) [9.56] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Twilight (1870-1872) [2.22] Max LIEBLING (1845-1927) Fantasia on Sousa Themes (1905) [7.46] J Rosamond JOHNSON (1873-1954) Nobody knows the trouble I see (1917) [4.43] Rachel Barton Pine (violin) Mathew Hagle (piano) rec. WFMT, Chicago, USA, 3-5 October, 1 November 2006 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR 90000 097 [78.45][CF]

I had anticipated dipping in to this disc, but found, like reading any truly good book, I could not put it down or, in listening terms, switch it off. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Arleen Augér (soprano) Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) 1. Widmung, Op. 25, No. 1 [2:29] 2. Röselein, Röselein!, Op. 89, No. 6 [2:44] 3. Er ist’s, Op. 79, No. 24 [1:29] 4. Des Sennen Abschied, Op. 79, No. 23 [1:46] 5. Mignon (“Kennst du das Land”), Op. 79, No. 29 [4:07] 6. Singet nicht in Trauertönen, Op. 98a, No. 7 [2:16] Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) 7. Frühlingsglaube, D686 [3:25] 8. Der Schmetterling, D633 [1:27] 9. Nacht und Träume, D827 [4:05] 10. Ariette: Liebe schwärmt auf allen Wegen, D239, No. 6 (From the unfinished Singspiel “Claudine von Villa Bella”)[1:23] 11. Erster Verlust, D226 [2:01] 12. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 [3:58] Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874–1951) Vier Lieder, Op. 2 13. No. 4: Waldsonne [3:48] 14. No. 1: Erwartung [3:53] 15. No. 2: Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm [3:55] 16. No. 3: Erhebung [1:13] Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) 17. Das Rosenband, Op. 36, No. 1 [3:08] 18. Mohnblumen, Op. 10, No. 7 [1:28] 19. Die Zeitlose, Op. 10, No. 7 [2:12] 20. Efeu, Op. 22, No. 3 [3:52] 21. Freundliche Vision, Op. 48, No. 1 [2:58] 22. Herr Lenz, Op. 37, No. 5 [1:20] Encores Franz SCHUBERT 23. Heidenröslein, D257 [2:14] Lee HOIBY (b. 1926) 24. The Serpent [4:17] Arleen Augér (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano) rec. live, BBC Studios, Pebble Mill, Birmingham, 2 January 1987 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4214-2 [66:01][GF]

One of the most satisfying song recitals I have heard for a long time. This disc will, I am sure, figure high on my list of favourite recordings of 2007. ... see Full Review

Awake Sweet Love John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Can she excuse my wrongs? [3:01] Flow, my tears, fall from your springs [3:37] A Fancy solo lute [2:40] Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears [3:14] The most sacred Queen Elizabeth, her Galliard solo lute [1:19] Go nightly cares, the enemy to rest [6:59] Now, oh now I needs must part [5:16] Preludium solo lute [1:02] A Fantasie solo lute [4:48] Say, Love, if ever thou didst find [2:05] I die whenas I do not see [1:50] The Frog Galliard solo lute [1:55] Awake, sweet love, thou art returned [2:39] Tell me, true Love [4:34] Thomas CAMPION (c.1567-1620) Author of light, revive my dying sprite [2:52] Oft have I sigh'd for him that hears me not [2:33] ANONYMOUS Come tread the paths of pensive pangs [3:41] Thomas FORD (d.1648) Since first I saw your face [2:33] Edward JOHNSON (fl 1572-1601) Eliza is the fairest Queen [1:57] John DANYEL (1564-1626) Eyes, look no more [4:18] Thou pretty bird, how do I see   [1:23] Alfonso FERRABOSCO (1543-1588) Pavin solo lute [3:05] William HUNNIS (attributed) (d.1597) In terrors trapp'd with thraldom thrust   [3:48] James Bowman (counter-tenor) David Miller (lute) The viols of The King’s Consort rec. February 1990 HELIOS CDH 55241 [72:22][JW]

Finely attuned to the melancholy, to the gravity of the music .. considerable refinement and beauty of tone. ... see Full Review

Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill Silence is the End of Our Song (1983) - Royal Danish Ballet, music by Victor Para, Violetta Parra and Horacio Salinas; Rooster (1994) - Geneva Ballet, music by The Rolling Stones; Swansong (1989) - English National Ballet, music by Philip Chambon. rec. DR-studios Arhus, Denmark ARTHAUS MUSIK 100 426 [104:00][JWi]

At times important rather than uplifting viewing but shows the power of artistic expression in a political context. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Castle of Fair Welcome: Courtly songs of the later 15th century Robert MORTON (c.1430-c.1479) Le souvenir de vous me tue bcdf [3:15] Johannes REGIS (c.1425-c.1496) Puisque ma damme/Je m’en voy abcdf [3:06] ANON Las je ne puis nullement durer h [1:48] Robert MORTON Que pourroit plus bdg [5:20] John BEDYNGHAM (d.1459/60) Myn hertis lust hi [1:36] Gilles BINCHOIS (c.1400-1460) Dueil angoisseux bcef [8:12] Guillaume DUFAY (c.1400-1474) Ne je ne dors bdf [4:52] ANON En amours n’a si non bien b [2:14] Johannes VINCENET de BRUECQUET (d.before1480) La pena sin ser sabida bdef [2:24] ANON Mi ut re ut (Venise) i [4:03] Robert MORTON Plus j’ay le monde regardé acd [3:26] Walter FRYE (d.1475) So ys emprinted hi [1:56] ? CHARLES THE BOLD, Duke of Burgundy (1433-1477) Ma dame, trop vous mesprenés acf [1:36] ENRIQUE (d.1488) Pues serviçio vos desplaze bcef [1:59] Gothic Voices (Gill Ross (soprano)a; Margaret Philpot (contralto)b; Rogers Covey- Crump (tenor)c; Mark Ainsley (tenor)d; Leigh Nixon (tenor)e; Peter Harvey (baritone); Patrick Ardagh-Walter (bass)g)/Christopher Page (medieval harp); with Christopher Wilson (lute)i rec. St Jude’s Church, Golders Green, London, 16-17 October 1985. DDD. Booklet with notes in English and French, texts and translations HYPERION HELIOS CDH55274 [47:04][BW]

Another excellent reissue, strongly recommended … see Full Review

Ceremonial Music for Trumpet and Symphonic Organ Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1634-1704) Te Deum [2:29] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) March and Gigue, from Suite for Trumpet and Organ [3:40] Trumpet Tune in D major [2:47] Jean-Joseph MOURET (1682-1738) Rondeau, from Suite de Symphonies [1:45] Maria-Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) Sicilienne [2:39] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) La Réjouissance [0:50] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on Greensleeves [4:17] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)/Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria [3:01] Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring [3:12] Sheep May Safely Graze [5:18] Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) If Love’s Sweet Passion, from The Fairy Queen [3:18] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ave Maria [4:04] Jeremiah CLARKE (1674-1707) Trumpet Tune in D Major [2:59] Jacques-Alexandre de SAINT-LUC (c.1616-1708?) Rigaudon and Passepied from Suite in D [2:33] Giambattista MARTINI (1706-1784) Toccata [2:27] Alan HOVHANESS (b.1911) The Prayer of Saint Gregory [5:53] * Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream [4:42] Rolf Smedvig (trumpet, arranger) Michael Murray (organ); *Martin Hackleman (horn) rec. 27-28 June, 1992, First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio; * 20 September 1989, Church of the Advent, Boston, Massachussets TELARC CD-80341 [57:21] [GPu]

A varied programme, mixing the unfamiliar and the (over)familiar, in good sound, from two very accomplished musicians … see Full Review

Chamber Music for Piano and Wind Instruments Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Sextet for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, S 100 (1932, rev.39) [20:02] Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Quintet in B flat major for piano, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Op. posth. (1876) [29:33] Jean FRANCAIX (1912-1997) LHeure du berger for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (1947) [7:41] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Caprice sur des airs danois et russes for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, Op. 79 (1887) [12:20] Vincent D'INDY (1851-1931) Sarabande et Menuet for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Op. 72 (1918) arranged from Suite dans le style ancien, Op. 24 (1886) [8:03] Vovka Ashkenazy (piano); Reykjavík Wind Quintet: (Bernharour Wilkinson (flute); Daoi Kolbeinsson (oboe); Einar Johannesson (clarinet); Joseph Ognibene (horn); Hafsteinn Gudmundsson (bassoon)) rec. April 1999, Vioistaoakirkja, Hafnarfjörour, Iceland CHANDOS CHAN 10420 [77:39][MC]

Vovka Ashkenazy and the Reykjavík Wind Quintet perform these scores persuasively without any tendency for histrionics. ... see Full Review

Shura Cherkassky (piano) Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Air and Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith" (pub.1720) [4:31] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations and Fugue on Theme by Handel, Op.24 (1861) [27:03] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Piano Sonata, Op.1 (1908) [9:42] Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949) 15 Little Variations [6:26] Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Toccata in D minor, Op.11 (1912) [4:34] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 (1844) [26:32] Shura Cherkassky (piano) rec. BBC Studios, London, 21 April 1963 except Chopin, BBC Studios, London, 15 December 1964 BBC MUSIC BBCL 4212-2 [79:36][DC]

Shows a great pianist in some significant repertoire at the mid point of a vastly long career. ... see Full Review

Clarinet Concertos Karol KURPÍNSKI (1785-1857) (arr. Jerzy Młodziejowski and Marcin Zieliński) Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra: Allegro (1823) [13:59] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Fantasia and Rondo, from Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello in B flat, Op. 34 (1815) [12:07] Marcin ZIELIŃSKI (b.1975) Concertino for Clarinet solo and strings [10:18] Tobias SCHWENKE (b.1974) Concerto for Clarinet solo and fifteen strings (2000) [12:43] Artur Pachlewski (clarinet) Consonare per Varsavia and friends/Jan Stanienda (violin/conductor) rec. Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, New Town, Warsaw, May and September 2002 DUX 0396 [49:09] [GPu]

A mixed bag, stylistically speaking, but never without interest even if a little frustrating in some respects … see Full Review

Classic American Love Songs Harold ARLEN (1905-1986) Casbah: What's Good About Goodbye? [2:41] Last Night When We Were Young [4:30] When the Sun Comes Out [3:31] Casbah: It was Written in the Stars [2:44] Bloomer Girl: Right as the Rain [2:45] St. Louis Woman: I had Myself a True Love [3:40] Life Begins at 8:40: Fun to be Fooled [2:42] Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) One Touch of Venus: Love in a Mist [2:06] Lady in the Dark: Unforgettable [1:29] The River is So Blue [2:56] The Picture on the Wall [2:05] The Romance Of A Lifetime [1:47] Arthur SCHWARTZ (1900-1984) Revenge with Music: You and the Night and the Music [3:49] The Band Wagon: Dancing in the Dark [3:33] Between the Devil: I See Your Face Before Me [3:38] Three's a Crowd: Something To Remember You By 3:22] George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Poppyland [2:17] Isn't It a Pity? [3:30] Of Thee I Sing: Love is Sweeping the Country [2:04] Boy! What Love has Done to Me! [2:57] Rosalie: How Long Has This Been Going On? [3;31] Strike Up The Band: Soon [3:36] Carole Farley (soprano) John Constable (piano) rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, May 2006  NAXOS 8.559314 [66:11][JW]

Just what were they thinking of before this one hit the processing plant? ... see Full Review

Claire Dux (1885-1967) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Marriage of Figaro (1791) – Nur zu flüchtig [4:30] Marriage of Figaro (1791) – Endlich nacht sich die Stunde [4:54] Il re pastore (1775) – Dein bin ich [4:36] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz (1820) – Wie nahte mir der Schlummer [4:25] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto (1850) – Schon seit drei Monden [3:31] Il Trovatore (1853) – Es glänzte schon [3:52] Il Trovatore (1853)  – In deines Kerkers tiefe Nacht [4:17] Il Trovatore (1853) – Befreit, o welche Seligkeit [2:12] ¹ Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust (1859) – Es war König in Thule [3:35] Faust (1859) – Ha, welch’ Glück [3:24] Georges BIZET (1838-1875) The Pearlfishers (1863)– O süsse Stund’ [4:18] Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon (1866) – Kennst du das Land [4:16] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème (1896) – Man nennt mich Mimi [4:20] La Bohème (1896) – Will ich allein des Abends…[2:34] La Bohème (1896) – Sind wir allein? [7:59] ² Madame Butterfly (1904) – Eines Tages she’n wir [4:09] Tosca (1900) – Vissi d’arte [3:35] Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Königskinder (1910) – Ach, bin ich allein [3:31] Königskinder (1910) – Sieh her, ob mir Hunger die Glieder entziert [2:35] Claire Dux (soprano) Joseph Schwarz (baritone) ¹ Carl Jörn (tenor) ² Unidentified orchestras rec. 1911-20 PREISER 89688 [78:17][JW]

A memorable singer, not always convincing theatrically perhaps, but who possessed much beauty of voice. And in the end that counts for a lot. ... see Full Review

Claire Edwardes (percussion): Coil Gerard BROPHY (b. 1953) Coil (1996) [8:39] Andrew FORD (b. 1957) The Armed man (2004) [5:42] Ross EDWARDS (b. 1943) More marimba Dances (2004) [7:05] Andrew SCHULTZ (b. 1960) Winter Ground (2000) [12:05] Dominik KARSKI (b. 1972) Beginnings to no End (1999) [7:45] Damien RICKETSON (b. 1973) Hol-Spannen-Luiden (1997) Mark POLLARD (b. 1957) Just a Moment (1996) [3:20] One Sweet Moment (1997) [3:00] Claire Edwardes (percussion) rec. 2006, Recital Halls East and West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. TALL POPPIES TP193 [66:29][DC]

Claire Edwardes is a marvellous advocate for her profession and this repertoire. ... see Full Review

Concertos for Two Pianos Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1932) [19:19] Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Second Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion (1961) [20:16] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra (1943) [25:25] Quattro Mani: Susan Grace; Alice Rybak (pianos) John Kinzle; David Colson; Michael Tetreault (percussion) Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra/Scott Yoo rec. June 2006 (Bartók; Poulenc), September 2006 (Milhaud), Packard Auditorium, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA. DDD BRIDGE 9224 [65:21] [DM]

An entertaining disc that should appeal to all lovers of the genre. ... see Full Review

Essential Dyke - Volume VII Clive BARRACLOUGH Simoraine [2:48] Felix MENDELSSOHN (arr. Lorriman) Fingal’s Cave [10:46] Percy CODE Zelda [7:25] Bill WHELAN (arr. Farr) Riverdance [6:20] Rodney NEWTON Capriccio [8:40] Paul LOVATT-COOPER Where Eagles Sing [4:02] John MILES (arr. Broadbent) Music [6:18] Traditional (arr. Lovatt-Cooper) Donegal Bay [4:05] LENNON and McCARTNEY (arr. Fernie) Yellow Submarine [3:40] Philip WILBY Vienna Nights [16:12] Black Dyke Band/Nicholas Childs rec. Morley Town Hall December 2006, January 2007 except Vienna Nights, live, British Open Championship, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, September 2006. DDD DOYEN BANDSTAND SERIES DOY CD227 [71:04][CT]

A disc that deserves its “essential” tag as a result of one staggering performance of Philip Wilby’s Vienna Nights ... see Full Review

Flame of Ireland - Medieval Irish Plainchant for the Office of St. Brigit Hymn ‘Aest dies leticie’ (from first vespers) [3.05] Matins for the Feast of St. Brigit [67.01] Antiphona ‘Deo Carnis edidit’ (from First vespers) [1.04] Antiphona ‘Verna pollens’ (from lauds) [0.57] Antiphona ‘Lux Brigida’ (from Second Vespers) [1.17] Hymn ‘Christo canamus gloriam’ (from Lauds) [3.04] Canty (Libby Crabtree; Ruth Dean; Anne Lewis; Rebecca Tavener) William Taylor (wire-stringed clarsach harp) rec. St. Mary’s Church, Haddington, East Lothian, October 2002, January 2004 ASV GAUDEAMUS CD GAU 354 [76.32] [GH]

A beautiful, relaxing and spiritual experience. The music is most sensitively performed, unique in its sound-world. It is a disc I will play regularly. ... see Full Review

From a Far-off World Shaun NAIDOO Waking in the Dirt [14.10] Demetrius SPANEAS Interlude 1 (Intension) [6.14] Jane BROCKMAN Tagore Songs (adapted for soprano saxophone, 2004) (1997) [11.00] Sean HEIM Blood Memory [7.23] Demetrius SPANEAS Interlude 2 (Reflection) [2.49] Shaun NAIDOO Blood on the Pattern [13.32] (2004) Demetrius Spaneas (saxophones and bass clarinet) rec. May 2006 CAPSTONE RECORDS CPS8761 [55.08] [LB]

Definitely for contemporary music specialists only ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Garden of Zephirus - Courtly songs of the early fifteenth century Guillaume DUFAY (c.1400-1474) J’atendray tant qu’i1 vous playra rondeau b,c,e [2:22] ANONYMOUS N’a pas long temps que trouvay Zephirus chanson c,g [1:52] Anthonello Da CASERTA Amour m’a le cuer mis en tel martire ballade stanza b,c,f [3:44] BRIQUET Ma seul amour et ma belle maistresse rondeau b,d [3:28] Francesco LANDINI Nessun ponga sperança ballata c,d,f [4:05] Guillaume DUFAY Mon cuer me fait tous dis penser rondeau a,b,c,e [6:05] Gacien REYNEAU Va t’en, mon cuer, avent mes yeux rondeau a,c,d [3:28] Matheus De SANCTO JOHANNE Fortune, faulce, parverse rondeau a,b,c,d [4:23] Francus De INSULA Amours n’ont cure de tristresse rondeau b,c,f [5:35] (Bartholomeus?) BROLLO Qui le sien vuelt bien maintenir ballade b,c,f [3 :28] Francesco LANDINI Giunta vaga biltà ballata b,g [3:21] ANONYMOUS Je la remire, la belle rondeau b,c,f [2:35] Guillaume DUFAY Adieu ces bons vins de Lannoys: rondeau b,c,f [3:57] Gothic Voices (Gill Ross (soprano) a; Margaret Philpot (contralto) b; Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) c; Andrew King (tenor) d; John Mark Ainsley (tenor) e; Leigh Nixon (tenor) f with Imogen Barford (medieval harp) g/Christopher Page (director) rec. St Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London, 28-29 June 1984, DDD. HYPERION HELIOS CDH55289 [49:35][BW]

Go out and buy this CD – and the other Gothic Voices reissues on Helios … see Full Review

Golden Age of Light Music series: Four Decades of Light Music – Volume 1: 1920s & 1930s The 1920s Northwards (COATES) – Regal Cinema Orchestra/Emanuel Starkey [3:56] Flapperette (GREER) – Nat Shilkret & his Orchestra [3:17] Estudiantina Waltz (WALDTEUFEL) – London Palladium Orchestra/Horace Sheldon [3:57] Pearl o’ Mine - Lyrical Melody (FLETCHER) – Plaza Theatre Orchestra/Frank Tours [2:44] Laughing Marionette (COLLINS) – Debroy Somers Band [2:42] Martial Moments – London Coliseum Orchestra/Alfred Dove [5:26] In A Clock Store (ORTH) – New Light Symphony Orchestra [4:17] The Selfish Giant (COATES) – Julian Fuhs’ Symphony Orchestra [7:36] Lustspiel - Overture (BÉLA, arr. LOTTER) – Athenaeum Light Orchestra [3:07] The 1930s Frog King’s Parade (KRONBERGER; MARRIOTT) – West End Celeb. Orchestra [2:48] Lullaby of the Leaves (PETKERE) – Reginald King’s Orchestra [3:04] Parade of the Tin Soldiers (JESSEL) – New Light Symphony Orchestra [2:46] Blues (KÜNNEKE) – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Eduard Künneke [5:35] In a Merry Mood (HARINGER) – Barnabas Von Geczy & his Orchestra [2:49] Dancing Clock (EWING) – Orchestre Raymonde [2:50] "Sunny Side Up" – film selection (DE SYLVA/BROWN/HENDERSON) – Scala Salon Orchestra [5:50] Raindrops - Pizzicati for Strings (T. DE LA RIVIERA) – Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra/Sir Dan Godfrey [3:13] Teddy Bears’ Picnic (BRATTON) – Commodore Grand Orchestra/Joseph Muscant [2:59] Monckton Melodies (MONCKTON) – BBC Theatre Orchestra/Stanford Robinson [8:23] rec. London, Bournemouth, England; Berlin, Germany, 1921-38. ADD GUILD GLCD 5134 [78:21] [RW]

This disc contains much to delight those mentally tuned-in to 'easy listening' mode. ... see Full Review

Erich Kleiber conducts Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 4 in F Minor Op.36 (1877) [41:14] Symphony No..6 in B minor Op.74 Pathétique (1893) [45:55] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 5 D485 (1816) [23:31] Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished D759 (1822) [21:59] West German Radio Orchestra/Erich Kleiber, rec. 1955 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Erich Kleiber, commercially rec. January 1935 NBC Symphony Orchestra/Erich Kleiber, rec. New York/Erich Kleiber, January 1948 NDR symphony Orchestra/Erich Kleiber, rec. Hamburg/Erich Kleiber, January 1953 IDIS 6505/06 [67:59 + 64:40][JW]

IDIS has trawled persistently with this disc. It’s done no meaningfully helpful restorative work and there are no notes, as with so many of this kind of production ... see Full Review

Paul Kletzki in Moscow Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ D 759 (1822) [23:15] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Oberon - overture in D major (1826) [9:22] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Tragic Overture in D minor Op.81 (1880) [13:42] USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Paul Kletzki rec. Moscow, 1968 MELODIYA MEL CD 10 01155 [46:19] [JW]

Fine playing and an auspicious, well recorded concert. Only Kletzki admirers would really be satisfied with the short playing time. ... see Full Review

Lotte Lehmann – Lieder Recordings: Vol. 3 (1941) Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856) Frauenliebe und –Leben, Op. 42 (1840) [20:23] Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840) [27:03] Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Winterreise, D 911 (1827), excerpts [30:22] No. 1 Gute Nacht [4:23] No. 3 Gefrorne Tränen [2:49] No. 4 Erstarrung [2:54] No. 6 Wasserflut [3:25] No. 10 Rast [4:07] No. 11 Frühlingstraum [4:13] No. 12 Einsamkeit [2:41] No. 16 Letzte Hoffnung [2:26] No. 24 Der Leiermann [3:20] Lotte Lehmann (soprano) Bruno Walter (piano) (Schumann); Paul Ulanowsky (piano) (Schubert) rec. Los Angeles, 24 June 1941 (Frauenliebe); 13 August 1941 (Dichterliebe), 14, 19 March 1941 (Winterreise) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111244 [77:48][JW]

Lehmann in the full flood of her intensely communicative and overwhelmingly passionate maturity. ... see Full Review

Lotte Lehmann - Lieder Recordings, Vol. 4 (1941) Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) 1. Die Mainacht, Op. 43, No. 2 [3:54] 2. Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss geh’n (Volkslied) [3:39] 3. An die Nachtigall, Op. 46, No. 4 [2:59] 4. Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105, No. 4 [2:38] 5. Wie bist du, meine Königin, Op. 32, No. 9 [3:20] 6. Wir wandelten, Op. 96, No. 2 [3:11] 7. Erlaube mir, fein’s Mädchen (Volkslied) [1:43] 8. Da unten im Tale (Volkslied) [2:00] 9. Sonntag, Op. 47, No. 3 [1:37] 10. O liebliche Wangen, Op. 47, No. 4 [1:44] 11. Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 [1:46] 12. Ständchen, Op. 106, No. 1 [1:39] Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Wesendoncklieder 13. Der Engel [2:45] 14. Im Treibhaus [4:34] 15. Schmerzen [2:36] 16. Träume [4:38] Hugo WOLF (1860–1903) 17. Verborgenheit [3:02] 18. Zur Ruh, zur Ruh [2:43] 19. Gesang Weylas [2:00] 20. Wer tat deinem F’usslein weh? [2:46] Rudolf SIECZYNSKY (1879–1952) 21. Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume [3:17] Ernst ARNOLD (1890–1962) 22. Da draussen in der Wachau [3:15] Robert STOLZ (1880–1975) 23. Im Prater blüh’n wieder die Bäume [3:24] LEOPOLDI (?-?) 24. Wien, sterbende Märchenstadt [2:48] Ralph BENATZKY (1884–1957) 25. Ich muss wieder einmal in Grinzing sein [2:07] Johann STRAUSS II (1825–1899)(Arr. Nico Dostal) 26. Heut’ macht die Welt Sonntag für mich [2:48] Lotte Lehmann (soprano) Paul Ulanowsky (piano) rec. USA, 19 March 1941 (1-10), 30 June 1941 (11, 12, 17-19), 2 July 1941 (15), 9 July 1941 (13, 14, 16, 20, 21) and 14 July 1941 (22-26) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111095 [72:49][GF]

In short: some of the best Lieder singing from a golden era and the charming Viennese songs are sung with just as much feeling as the rest. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Long Day Closes - English Romantic Partsongs Robert Pearsall (1795-1856) Lay a Garland on her Hearse [2:51]; Who shall have my Lady Fair? [1:46] Joseph Barnby (1838-1896) Sweet and Low [2:43] Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) O Sing unto my roundelay [3:29] Thomas F. Walmisley (1783-1866) Music, all powerful [5:48] George Macfarren (1813-1887) When daisies pied [2:14] Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) Summer is gone [3:20] Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) Echoes [2:16] The long day closes [4:27] Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Heraclitus [2:27]; The Blue Bird [3:02] Charles Wood (1866-1926) Full fathom five [1:28] Edward Elgar (1857-1934) As torrents in summer [2:19]; My love dwelt in a Northern Land [4:38]; Go, song of mine [4:53] Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) My soul, there is a country [3:31]; O love they wrong thee much [2:40]; You gentle nymphs [1:23]; Love is a sickness [1:42]; Music, when soft voices die [2:46]; My delight and thy delight [2:21] Canzonetta Chamber Choir/Jeffrey Wynn Davies rec. Manchester University Department of Music, 4-5 February 1995. DDD SOMM SOMMCD 204 [66:06] [JF]

Memorable and finely judged performances of these beautiful and accomplished minor works of art ... see Full Review

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