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Bachs Schüler - Motets Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Johann Philipp Kirnberger (1721-1783) An den Flüssen Babylons Johann Friedrich Doles (1715-1797) Wer bin ich, Herr? Gottfried August Homilius (1714-1785) Die Elenden sollen essen Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) Erforsche mich, Gott Johann Christoph Altnickol (1719-1759) Befiehl du deine Wege Vocal Concert Dresden; Dresdner Instrumental-Concert/Peter Kopp rec. 2007 CARUS 83.263 [59:33] [BW]

An attractive programme well performed and recorded ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Janet BakerThe Beloved Mezzo various orchestras conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, Sir John Barbirolli, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Raymond Leppard, Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Neville Marriner; Robert Spencer (lute), Martin Isepp (harpsichord), Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons (piano) rec. 1964-86 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2080872 [5 CDs: 379:40] [GF]

Marvellous music in marvellous readings ... see Full Review

The Best of the Bolshoi Ballet Boris ASAFIEV (1884-1949) Dance of the Tartars Piotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Spanish Dance Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Spring Waters Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Polonaise and Cracovienne Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Walpurgisnacht Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) The Dying Swan Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Giselle Galina Ulanova, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Bolshoi Theatre Ballet rec. live 1956 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 0734425 [100:00] [RM]

I was very impressed ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Dennis Brain – The Horn Player Includes Mozart, Strauss and Hindemith concertos rec. various locations 1943-47 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2060102 [4 CDs: 76:42 + 76:58 + 75:21 + 77:03] [JS]

Irresistible for its sheer musical pleasure ... see Full Review

Byrdland Music by William BYRD and others Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor); Paragon Saxophone Quartet rec. 2007 LANDOR LAN280 [62:47][EM]

Interesting and engaging, and good for testing non-musician friends ... see Full Review

Maria Callas (soprano) Lyric and Coloratura Arias Maria Callas (soprano) Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala/Tullio Serafin rec. 1954-1955 EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 4768422 [71:02][SV] 

An album which I enjoyed immensely ... see Full Review

The Art of Fedor Chaliapin - Opera scenes and arias Fedor Chaliapin (bass) MELODIYA MELCD1001345 [70.21][RJF]

Excellent recorded sound for the greatest of singer-actors in favourite roles ... see Full Review

Carlo Colombara – Rencontres. Mélodies Françaises Music by Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924), Reynaldo HAHN (1875 – 1947), Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893), Henri DUPARC (1848 – 1933), Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963), Jacques IBERT (1890 – 1962) and Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Carlo Colombara (bass); Rani Calderon (piano) rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS583 [58:14][GF]

Uneven but at its best rises to considerable heights ... see Full Review

Composers at the Piano - Bowen and Reizenstein York BOWEN (1884-1961) CD 1 Ten Preludes from the Set Op. 102 (1938, publ.1950) [21:29] Partita Op. 156 (1960) [9:16] Berceuse Op. 83 (1928) [3:43] Moto Perpetuo (III from Suite Mignonne op. 39) (1915) [2:54] Toccata in A minor Op. 155 (1957) [4:53] York Bowen (piano) Franz REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968) CD 2 Piano Sonata in B Op. 19 (1944) [26:23] Legend Op. 24 (1949) [5:34] Scherzo Fantastique Op. 26 (1950) [9:01] Impromptu Op. 14 (1939) [5:07] Scherzo in A Op. 21 (1945) [5:28] Franz Reizenstein (piano) rec. mono, May 1960 (Bowen); October 1958 (Reizenstein). ADD Originally from LPs RCS 17 Bowen; RCS19 Reizenstein Mid Price Double LYRITA REAM.2105 [42:13 + 51:37] [RB]

Special insights in pioneering recordings from the 1960s... see Full Review

Music for Euphonium and Orchestra Dominique ROGGEN (b. 1948) Euphonium Concerto Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Bassoon Concerto Carl Maria VON WEBER (1786-1826) Bassoon Concerto Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Andante cantabile (arr. Roland Froscher) Jean BALISSAT (1936-2007) Capriccio for euphonium and orchestra da camera Roland Froscher (euphonium) Cappella Istropolitana/Dominique Roggen rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.570725 [67:19] [BM]

Euphonium fans need not hesitate ... see Full Review

Rudolf Firkušný Music by Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881), Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828), Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959), Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) and Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Rudolf Firkušný (piano) rec. 1980 BBC LEGENDS BBCL42382 [75:54][JW]

A tremendous recital – glorious playing, excellently recorded ... see Full Review

Mirella FreniThe Opera Singer Mirella Freni (soprano); various accompanists rec. 1962–86 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2062532 [4 CDs: 76:43 + 78:32 + 77:30 + 77:57][GF]

One of the loveliest sopranos … no one can afford not to buy this set ... see Full Review

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales De Versailles Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Jean-Philippe RameaU (1683-1764), Henry Desmarest (1661-1741), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) and Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) Chœur de l’Opéra de Lausanne; Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 1994-2007 Naïve AMBROISIE AM167 [75:00][BW]

Duplication of existing recordings detracts from an otherwise very enjoyable CD ... see Full Review

Grétry traversant l'Achéron Music by André-Ernest-Modeste GRÉTRY (1741-1813); Armand-Louis COUPERIN (1727-1789); Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791); Dieudonné GAUBERT (1765-?), Alexandre-Pierre-François BOËLY (1785-1858), Félix GODEFROID (1818-1897) and César-Auguste FRANCK (1822-1890) Guy Penson (fortepiano, harpsichord); Sylvia Bernier (fortepiano); Dirk Vandaele (violin); rec. 1999 CYPRÈS CYP3618 [73:05][JV]

Testimony to Grétry’s great reputation … played with zest and assurance ... see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz Fireworks Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Havanaise Pablo DE SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Tzigane Jascha Heifetz (violin); Various accompanists rec. 1951-3 ISTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO IDIS6546 [71:35][DC]

Not just a great technician but a masterly artist ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jascha Heifetz - Violin Virtuoso Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin ConcertoEdouard LALO (1823-1892)Symphonie Espagnole George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Preludes 1-3,Porgy and Bess Suite Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Moderato assai Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Jamaican Rumba Jascha Heifetz (violin) Los Angeles PO/Alfred Wallenstein; RCA Victor SO/William Steinberg; Emanuel Bay (piano) rec. 1944-53 REGIS RRC1296 [74:04] [RM]

Hard to see how this utterly committed recording could be bettered ... see Full Review

Horowitz in Hamburg - The Last Concert Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Rondo, Piano Sonata K333 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Soirées de Vienne; Valse Caprice No.6 [7:36] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kinderszenen Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Mazurka, Polonaise 6 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Moment musical 3 Moritz MOSZKOWSKI Etincelles Vladimir Horowitz (piano) rec. live 1987 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7558 [73:37] [JW]

A memorable last concert, superbly recorded ... see Full Review

Mieczyslaw Horszowski Pablo CASALS (1876-1973) Prelude Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Sonata 3 Mazurkas Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) – Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Prelude and Fugue Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata K332 Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) A Mare Encheu, Passa, Passa Gaviao Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Song without Words Spinning Song Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) rec. 1984/7 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4230-2 [76:58] [JW]

A connoisseur’s choice of a disc ... see Full Review

Latvian Organ Landscape see review for details Martin Rost (organs) rec. 2007 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG3191503-2 [79:32] [CB]

A beautifully conceived and executed project ... see Full Review

Life Abundant Philip Cobb (cornet and trumpet), Cory Band/Dr Stephen Cobb. rec. 2007 EGON SFZ140 [59:33] [TP]

A very fine debut album featuring playing of the highest standard ... see Full Review

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[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
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