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Mischa MaiskySong of the Cello Mischa Maisky  (cello) with accompaniments rec. 1982-2006 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7442 [80:15 + 79:13]   [JW]

By its nature this is more for the casual listener ... see Full Review

Hans van Manen Choreographies Netherlands Dans Theater Set, Het Nationale Ballet Set rec. 2000-7 ARTHAUS 101501 [MM-B]

Definitely worth viewing more than once ... see Full Review

Monster Music (reconstructed and orchestrated by John Morgan) Frank SKINNER (1897–1968) Son of Frankenstein Frank SKINNER and Hans J SALTER (1896–1994) The Invisible Man Returns Frank SKINNER and Hans J SALTER with Charles PREVIN (1888–1973) The Wolf Man Moscow Symphony Orchestra/William Stromberg rec. 1994 NAXOS 8.557705 [75:41][BBr]

Another marvelous entry in your collection of Film Music Classics. I can’t wait to hear more ... see Full Review

Mysteries of Byzantine Chant Kontakion/Mihail Diaconescu rec. 1995 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4429629 [63:03][MS]

A gentle, rich, profound and wholly satisfying anthology of Byzantine chant. Beautiful textures and ethereal melodies ... see Full Review

Nederlands Dans Theater celebrates Jiří Kylián (b. 1947) Nederlands Dans Theater I, II & III rec. 1998-2005 ARTHAUS 102099 [128.00][MM-B]

A visionary, revolutionary artist who continues to contribute greatly to contemporary ballet ... see Full Review

Norwegian Brass Band Championships - 2007 DOYEN DOYCD216 [71:23 + 73.31][JF]

The playing is superb. The sound quality is great and allows the listener to enjoy these fine award-winning brass bands at their best ... see Full Review

Opera Fantasies for Violin Includes Jenö HUBAY (1858-1937) Fantasie brillante on Bizet's "Carmen" Joseph Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Duo on themes from Wagner’s Lohengrin Oswald GOLIJOV (b.1960) Ainadamar: Desde mi ventana Stephen PRUTSMAN (b.1960) Fantasy Extract on Themes from Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) " I Palpiti" - Introduction and Variations on “Di tanti Palpiti” from Rossini's Tancredi Livia Sohn (violin) Benjamin Loeb (piano) Geoff Nuttall (violin, viola) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570202 [JW]

Cannily selected and little heard pieces, played with flair and no little virtuosity ... see Full Review

Opera Fantasies for Violin Livia Sohn (violin), Benjamin Loeb (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570202 [66:15][GF]

Violin fanciers and opera lovers should derive a lot of pleasure from this ... see Full Review

Orphée Cyril Auvity (tenor) l'yriade rec. 2007 ZIGZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT071002 [JV]

The main attractions of this disc is the repertoire and the singing of Cyril Auvity and these outweigh its shortcomings ... see Full Review

Ouverture – Works for Trombone Quartet Michael PRAETORIUS Suite des Danses Johann Sebastian BACH Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Joseph Bodin de BOISMORTIER Sonata à 4 in A minor Gioachino ROSSINI Overture: William Tell Samuel BARBER Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 Claude DEBUSSY Petite Suite Johannes BRAHMS Hungarian Dances Nos. 3 and 4 Gaetano DONIZETTI Overture: Don Pasquale Munich Trombone Quartet rec. 1996 AUDITE 97.533 [52:27] [DM]

Well worth a spin, even if this isn’t your usual fare ... see Full Review

Itzhak Perlman - Virtuoso Violinist Christopher Nupen (director) ALLEGRO FILMS A08CND [169:00][AOz]

Reveals how an ordinary human being can achieve great things through integrity and faith … and talent and hard work ... see Full Review

Premieres and Encores Henry Hugo PIERSON (1815-1873) Macbeth, Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Fantasy Overture. Cortèges David MORGAN (1933-1988) Contrasts Francis CHAGRIN (1905-1972) Concert Overture: Helter Skelter Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Serenade for Strings Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Comedy Overture: Beckus the Dandipratt LYRITA SRCD.318 [79.22] [EMc]

An interesting collection, with some fine performances ... see Full Review

Romantic Piano Favourites Vol. 5 Balász Szokolay (piano) rec. 1988 NAXOS 8.550168 [64:35] [CH]

A charming hour-or-so of tuneful music very nicely played. So if that’s what you want ... see Full Review

Romantic Piano Favourites Vol. 9 Balász Szokolay (piano) rec. 1988/9 NAXOS 8.550218 [68:27] [CH]

Another agreeable collection, with a particular welcome for the Moszkowski and Albeniz items. ... see Full Review

Romantic Violin Concertos Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No.1 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Concerto No.2 Various artists rec. 8, 10 November 1958-1999 EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 5008992 [3 CDs] [TP]

Four good performances that are well worth hearing, but the second disc is disappointing ... see Full Review

Saxophone Voices from Five Countries Includes Ron NELSON (b.1929) Danza Capriccio Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Fantasia for soprano saxophone Toshiyuki and Naomi HONDA (b.1957) Four Jazz Etudes Keith R Young (saxophones) Judith Radell, Angelo Versace & Ron Warren (piano) rec. 1990-2007 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD659 [JW]

An unusual programme, generally well performed. Stylistically nothing too way out ... see Full Review

Singers of the Century 40 Greats of the twentieth century rec. 1948–1957 REGIS RRC2078 [77:28 + 78:27][GF]

Gems a-plenty and technical limitations are not serious enough to diminish listening pleasure ... see Full Review

Suites and Partitas of Modern Times Igor STRAVINSKY Suite Italienne ; Luigi DALLAPICCOLA Tartiniana Seconda (Divertimento) ; Frédéric van ROSSUM Graffiti; Alfred SCHNITTKE Suite im Altem Style; Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI Partita;
Don FREUND Sonapartita, noch nach Bach Daniel Rubenstein (violin) Muhiddin Dürrüoglu-Demiriz (piano) rec. Théâtre Saint-Michel, Brussels, 1-4 August 2002 TALENT DOM 2910 125 [75:53] [JS]

Six comparatively short works all influenced by baroque models ... see Full Review



Isolde Ahlgrim, Vienna and the Early Music Revival by Peter Watchorn. Ashgate Publishing Limited, (2007) 264pp., hardback. Includes 32 b&w illustrations and 23 music examples. £55.

A very interesting account of a neglected exponent of authentic performances of Early Music ... see Full Review


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