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CRC 2918

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Review [JF]

American Fantasies: Arnold Schoenberg and American Music
Arnold
Schoenberg (1874-1951) Phantasy for Violin with Piano accompaniment, Op.47 (1949) [9:51]
John
Cage (1912-1992) Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950) [12:20]
Gunther
Schuller (b.1925) Recitative and Rondo (1954) [14:59]
Donald
Harris (b.1931) Fantasy for Violin and Piano (1955) [8:18]
Leon
Kirchner (b. 1919) For Solo Violin (World Premiere Recording) (1985) [9:20] Duo No.2 for Violin and Piano (2001) [15:56]
Jean
Coulthard (1908-2000) Day-Dream (World Premiere Recording) (1970) [1:33]
Hasse Borup (violin); Mary Kathleen Ernst (piano)
rec. 20 December 2006 and 3-9 January 2007, National Slovenian Radio in Ljubljana. DDD
CENTAUR CRC 2918 [72:19]

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CRC 2861

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Review [CR]

Daniel KESSNER (b.1946) Circling (1981-82) [14.37]; Frank CAMPO (b.1927) Fantasy (2003) [6:31]; Daniel HOSKEN Clarinet, Interrupted (2002) [12:33]; Liviu MARINESCU Homage Collage (2005) [11:58]; Gary SCHOCKER (b.1959) Dear Diary (1995) [7:38] William TOUTANT (b.1948) Sonatina (2002) [9:38]
Julia Heinen (clarinet); Shari Raynor (piano)
rec. 23-25 May 2005, Recital Hall, California State University, Northridge. DDD
CENTAUR CRC 2861 [62:47]

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CRC 2842

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Joseph LIVINGSTONE (b. 1962)
The Futility Room: Uncreate [7:53]; The Aloner School [8:21]; Upon the Ground [4:27]; 1321 [3:40]; The Moon Gardener [3:48]; The Futility Room [0:51]; In The Decline [3:20]; The Damage Letters [6:21]; [2:04]; The Romance Languages [3:30]; Verloren [9:03].
Dave Rotheroe (live drums) [1, 8]
rec. Summer 2006, The Futility Room, Liverpool, England. DDD
CENTAUR CRC 2842 [51:36]

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CRC 2871

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Review [RB]

Dinos CONSTANTINIDES (b. 1929)
Celestial Symphony No. 6 [24:33]
Concerto for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra - Midnight Fantasy II (1989, rev. 1991) [16:57]
Concerto No. 3 for alto saxophone and orchestra [14:17]
Homage - A Folk Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra (1988) [17:19]
Theodore Kerkezos (alto saxophone)
Nürnberger Symphoniker/Stefanos Tsialis
rec. 2005, Nürnberger Symphoniker Hall. DDD
CENTAUR CRC 2871 [71:06]

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CRC 2828

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Review [DC]


Brian BANKS
Piano Sonata No.1 (2000) [14:37]
Five Pentatonic Preludes (1999) [7:28]
Piano Sonata No.2 ("Sequesto è un uomo") (2005) [22:34]
Piano Sonata No.3 ("Sonata for the Rainy Season") (2005) [14:38]
Port Townsend Preludes (2001) [7:14]
Geoffrey Burleson (piano)
rec. 2001-2006, Patrych Sound Studios, New York City
CENTAUR CRC 2893 [66:44]

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NIMBUS NI5818-20

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Review [DC]

 


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Complete String Quartets - Volume 1
American String Quartet (Peter Winograd (violin); Laurie Carney (violin); Daniel Avshalomov (viola); David Geber (cello))
rec. 1994-96, exact dates and locations not given.
NIMBUS NI 2508-10 [3 CDs: 58:15 + 68:58 + 59:36]

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NIMBUS NI5818-20

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Review [BBr]

 


Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000)
The Complete Piano Music

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NIMBUS NI 2511

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Review [TA]

Review [JW]

 


AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA

Duke Ellington: Four Symphonic Works

Nimbus NI 2511

 

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NIMBUS NI 2507

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Review [JL]

 


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 [79.32]
Vladimir Feltsman (piano)
rec. 26 October 1991, Moscow Conservatory
NIMBUS NI 2507 [79.32] 

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NIMBUS NI2506

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Aaron COPLAND (1900–1990)
Appalachian Spring – suite (1944) [24:48]
Nonet for Strings (1961) [16:28]
Two Pieces for String Quartet (1924/1928) [8:50]
St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble/Dennis Russell Davies
rec. October/November 1989, The Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, New York.
re-issue of MusicMasters 67055 (1990)
NIMBUS NI 2506 [50:06]

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Review [GF]


Nicolae BRETAN Horia - Opera in seven scenes. Libretto by the composer (1937) NIMBUS NI 5513/4

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NIMBUS 5424

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Nicolae BRETAN (1887-1968)
Golem, Opera in one act (1924)
Alexandru Apache (baritone) - Golem, The Man of Clay; Tamás Daróczy (tenor) - Rabbi Löw, Golem’s Creator; Sandra Sandru (soprano) - Anna, Löw’s Grand-daughter; Dan Zancu (bass) - Baruch, Löw’s Disciple;
Arald, Opera in one act (1939)
Dan Zancu (bass) - The Poet; Alexandru Agache (baritone) - The Seer; Jonel Voineag (tenor) - Arald, King of the Avars; Sandra Sandru (soprano) - Maria, Empress, Arald’s Beloved;
Philharmonic Orchestra Moldova, Iasi/Cristian Mandeal
rec. September 1987
Full texts in Romanian and translations into English, German and French enclosed
NIMBUS NI 5424 [73:28]

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NIMBUS 5463

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Review [GF]

 


Nicolae BRETAN (1887–1968)
Luceafărul (The Evening Star) - Opera in One Act, Prologue and Epilogue (1921)
Ionel Voineag (tenor) – The Evening Star; Bálint Szabó (bass) – Michael the Archangel; Elena Casian (mezzo) – The Lady-in-Waiting; Adriana Croitoru (soprano) – The King’s Daughter; Marius Budoiu (tenor) – The Mariner; Ioan Pojar (tenor) – The Page; Chorus,
Philharmonic Orchestra Transilvania, Cluj/Béla Hary
rec. September 1994, Cluj
Texts and translations into English, German and French
NIMBUS NI 5463 [60:57]

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NIMBUS NI5584

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Review [GF]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH


Nicolae BRETAN (1887–1968)
Sacred Songs

Ludovic Konya (baritone) (all except tr. 4, 5), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano)(tr. 4, 5, 7)
Texts with English and French translations and German summaries enclosed.
NIMBUS NI 5584 [76:06]

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NIMBUS NI5637

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Nicolae BRETAN My Lieder-Land: The Songs of Nicolae Bretan - Vol. 1. Ludovic Konya (baritone) etc. rec. 1973-76. NIMBUS NI 5637

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NIMBUS NI5640

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Review [GF]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH


Nicolae BRETAN My Lieder-Land: The Songs of Nicolae Bretan - Vol. 2. Ludovic Konya (baritone) etc. rec. 1973-76. NIMBUS NI 5640

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NIMBUS NI5260

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Review [RB]

 


William MATHIAS (1934-1992)
Symphony No.1 Op.31 (1966) [31:00]
Symphony No.2 (Summer Music) Op.90 (1983) [28:17]
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra/William Mathias
rec. Great Hall, Birmingham University, No. 1: 25 March 1990; No. 2: 18 March 1990. DDD
NIMBUS NI 5260 [59.25]

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NIMBUS NI5343

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Review [RB]

 


William MATHIAS (1934-1992)
Helios, Op. 76 (1977) [15.02]
Oboe Concerto (1989) [16:26]
Requiescat, Op. 79 (1977) [8.51]
Symphony No. 3 (1991) [31:24]
David Cowley (oboe)
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn
rec. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, 11 November 1991; 11 February 1992. DDD
NIMBUS NI 5343 [72.22]

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NIMBUS NI5821

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Review [RB]

 


Egon WELLESZ (1885-1974)
String Quartet No. 3 op. 25 (1918) [29:30]
String Quartet No. 4 op. 28 (1920) [18:23]
String Quartet No. 6 op. 64 (1947) [14:35]
Artis Quartett Wien
rec. Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK, 11-13 December 2005. DDD
NIMBUS NI 5821 [62:35]

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NIMBUS NI5816

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Review [GH]


Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Cinq Mélodies Op.35 (1920) (transcr. for cello and orchestra by Rodion Shchedrin (nos. 1,3,4, 5) and Serge Prokofiev (no.2) [15:20]
Concertino Op.132 (orch. Vladimir Blok) [19:43]
Classical Symphony Op.25 (1926) [14:32]
Rodion SHCHEDRIN (b.1932)

Parabola Concertante for cello, strings and timpani (2001) [16:27]
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
Southbank Sinfonia/Simon Over
rec. Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, 1-2 July 2007
NIMBUS RECORDS NI 5816 [66:05]

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NIMBUS NI5807

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Review [JWi]


Kaddish
Kurt WEILL (1900-1950) Berliner Requiem (1928) [21:39];
Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) A Survivor from Warsaw for narrator, male choir and orchestra, Op. 46 (1947) [7:41];
Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Symphony No. 3 Kaddish (1963, rev. 1977) [42:39]
Samuel Pisar (narrator) (Bernstein); Noam Sherrif (narrator) (Schoenberg); Abbie Furmansky (soprano); Jan Remmers (tenor); Christain Immler (baritone);
Rundfunkchoir-Berlin; Voices of the Staatschor and of the Domchor, Berlin
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (LSO)/John Axelrod
rec. 29 August 2006, KKL Luzern Konsertsaal
NIMBUS NI 5807 [75:15]

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NIMBUS NI2505

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Review [ZT]


Nicoló PAGANINI (1782-1840)
24 Caprices Op. 1
Eliot Fisk (guitar)
NIMBUS NI 2505 [79:21]

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NIMBUS NI5544

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Amor de Lonh: The Distant Love of the Troubadors
Martin Best Consort
NIMBUS NI 5544[65.11]

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NIMBUS NI5817

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Review [CR]


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Sonata in D major BWV 1028 [14:42]
Sonata in G major BWV 1039 [12:41]
Sonata in D minor BWV 1036 [11:08]
Sonata in G minor BWV 1029 [14:21]
Sonata in G major BWV 1038 [7:52]
Hansgeorg Schmeiser and Jan Ostrý (flutes)
Ingomar Rainer (harpsichord)
Othmar Müller (cello)
rec. Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK, 20-23 September 2006
NIMBUS NI 5817 [60:47]

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NIMBUS NI5260

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Wliiam Mathias
Symphonies 1&2
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
William Mathias, conductor
NIMBUS NI 5260

 

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NIMBUS NI5343

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Wliiam Mathias
Symphony No. 3, Helios
Oboe Concerto, Requiescat
David Cowley, oboe
BBC Welsh Symphony Orcestra
Grant Llewellyn, conductor

 

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NIMBUS NI7950

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Review [GF]


Alexander Kipnis (1891–1978)

NIMBUS NI 7950 [68:17]

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NIMBUS NI7949

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Review [JW]


Rolando Panerai (baritone)
NIMBUS Prima voce NI 7949 [72:46]

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NIMBUS NI7946

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Review [JW]


Tito Gobbi (baritone)
PRIMA VOCE NI 7946

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NIMBUS NI7948

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Zinka Milanov
In Recital
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Zinka Milanov (soprano).
rec. 1943-55.
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PRIMA VOCE NI 7948 [61:42]

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