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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli The Early Recordings Vol. 1 - 1939-48 Includes Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Italian Concerto, Chaconne Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a theme by Paganini NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111351 [79:44] [JW]

Promised much and it delivered ... see Full Review

Pierre Monteux in Boston Igor STRAVINSKY (1882–1971) Firebird Suite Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949) Rosenkavalier Suite César FRANCK (1822–1890) Psyché Suite Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Piano Concerto No. 1 Igor STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite Boston Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux rec.1953-7 WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6012 [68:36 + 68:08][JQ]

A splendid set ... see Full Review

La Nilsson Birgit Nilsson (soprano) Åke Levén (organ) Royal Opera House O/Sir Edward Downes rec. 1963 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0901 [72:21] [GF]

Should be heard by every lover of great singing ... see Full Review

Northern Lights – British String Quartets by John CASKEN (b.1949), Judith WEIR (b.1954) and Robert SAXTON (b.1953) Kreutzer Quartet rec. 1999-2002 METIER MSV28507 [63:02][JW]

Well done to Metier ... see Full Review

Northern Winds Louis APPLEBAUM (1918–2000) High Spirits Michael COLGRASS (b.1932) Dream Dancer Henry KUCHARZYK (b.1953) Some Assembly Required Gary KULESHA (b.1954) Ensembles Henry FREEDMAN (1922–2005) Laurentian Moods Olivier MESSIAEN (1908–1992) Oiseaux Exotiques Wallace Halliday (saxophone); Simon Docking (piano) Toronto Wind O/Tony Gomes rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572248 [70:30] [JWi]

Versatility and challenge in this complex and innovative music ... see Full Review

Ervin Nyiregyházi in Performance Ervin Nyiregyházi (piano) rec. 1972-82 MUSIC AND ARTS CD-1202 [76:28 + 74:51][JW]

One of the more bizarre heralds of the keyboard ... see Full Review

Play me my songs John ECCLES (c.1668-1735) Suite from 'The Mad Lover' Giovanni BONONCINI (1670-1747) Barbara Ninfa ingrata Charles AVISON (1709-1770) Concerto Francesco GEMINIANI (1687-1762) A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick, Sonata George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) English Songs Francesco BARSANTI (1690-1772) Ouverture Ensemble Il Falcone rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS612 [64:49] [JV]

Attractive original programming, theatrical performances but some shortcomings ... see Full Review

Jacqueline Du Pré's Musical Stories Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (1936)1 Leopold MOZART (1719-1787) Cassation in G for Orchestra and Toys2 Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) L’Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) (1897)3 Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse macabre, Op.40 (1874)4 Jacqueline du Pré (narrator)1; Luben Yordanoff (solo violin)4 English Chamber Orchestra1,2; Orchestre de Paris/Daniel Barenboim3,4 rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, October, 1979 (Prokofiev, Mozart); Notre Dame du Liban, Paris, January, 1977 (Dukas); Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, October, 1980 (Saint-Saëns).   ADD. Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence 480 0475 [68:46] [BW]

Nothing seriously amiss, but will it really appeal to today’s children? ... see Full Review

Red Priest
Priest on the Run RP001
Dazzlingly fast with daemonic lurches ... see Full Review
Nightmare in Venice RP002
Entertaining, naughty ... see Full Review
Vivaldi/Corelli RP003
Simultaneously sui generis and bananas ... see Full Review 
Pirates of the Baroque RO004
there’s no one quite like Red Priest ... see Full Review

Rhapsodie - Fantasie - Poème Music by Jean-Michel DAMASE (b. 1928), Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950), Jean-Michel DAMASE (b. 1928), Paul DUKAS (1865-1935), Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) and G.W.L. MARSHALL-HALL (1862-1915) Ben Jacks (horn); Orchestra Victoria, The Queensland Orchestra/Barry Tuckwell rec. 2006-8 MELBA RECORDINGS MR301117 [71:11][RB]

The closest thing to hot cakes in years. Snap it up now ... see Full Review

Romantic Treasures Music by Antonin DVORÁK (1841–1904), Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949), Claude DEBUSSY (1962–1918) and Camille SAINT–SAËNS (1835–1921) Sergiu Schwartz (violin); Alec Chien (piano) rec. 2008 ROMÉO RECORDS 7263 [70:58][BBr]

A rather nice recital, well planned, well played and very interesting ... see Full Review

Schmidt-Isserstedt Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe (Overture) Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt rec. 1971 BBC LEGENDS BBCL42352 [70:07][DRD] 

A very fine and imaginative selection … an underrated conductor ... see Full Review

Giuseppe Di Stefano sings Verdi and Puccini Full listing at the bottom of the review Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor) NIMBUS Prima Voce NI7957/8 [76.16 + 72.04] [RMo]

Subtlety, energy and commitment ... see Full Review

Sweet Swan of Avon Yvonne Howard (mezzo); Jamie MacDougall (tenor); English Serenata/Guy Woolfenden MERIDIAN CDE84301 [68.04][EM]

A huge variety of works … extremely attractive ... see Full Review

Three Coins in the Fountain music by Victor Young Original Soundtrack recording (but without Frank Sinatra’s rendition of the song: ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ – Music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Sammy Cahn) VARĖSE SARABANDE VCL 1104 1033  [49:28] [Limited Edition] [IL]

A lovely souvenir of a film that must be an endearing memory for so many .. see Full Review

20th Century Tuba Concertos Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Concerto for Bass Tuba Alexander ARUTIUNIAN (b. 1920) Tuba Concerto Torbjörn Iwan LUNDQUIST (1920-2000) Landscape John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) Tuba Concerto Øystein Baadsvik (tuba) Singapore SO/Anne Manson BIS BIS-CD-1515 [58:14] [CT]

Entertaining and enjoyable … eminently listenable ... see Full Review

Unheard of – again - Music by Henrik STRINDBERG (b. 1954), Karen REHNQVIST (b. 1957), Djuro ZIVKOVIC (b. 1975), Victoria BORISOVA-OLLAS (b. 1969), Pär FRID (b. 1977), Mattias LYSELL (b. 1971), Benjamin STAERN (b. 1978) Chamber Ensemble Sonanza/Jan Risberg rec. 2008 PHONO SUECIA PSCD180 [59:20][HC]

Well worth more than the occasional hearing … includes some appealing works ... see Full Review

The Voice in the Garden Spanish Songs and Motets 1480-1550 Christopher Wilson (vihuela) Andrew Lawrence-King (medieval harp) Gothic Voices/Chrisopher Page rec. 1993 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55298 [52.06] [RH]

Listen again and re-tune your ears ... see Full Review

Witches’ Brew Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Tam O’Shanter Overture,
Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Gnomus (from Pictures from an Exhibition) A Night on the Bare Mountain (1867) (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse macabre, Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Witch’s Ride (from Hänsel und Gretel) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mephisto Waltz No. 1 Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Funeral March of a Marionette, Faust: Ballet Music New Symphony Orchestra of London; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden/Sir Alexander Gibson rec.1959, 1964 ADD Decca Eloquence 442 9985 [65:32] [BW]

The Arnold and Gounod items are worth having ... see Full Review

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Bach's St. Matthew Passion A Closer Look by Victor Lederer; Magnum Opus series publ. 2008 Continuum [GD]

Something here for everybody ... see Full Review

Miecio. Letters and postcards of Janina Roza Horszowska 1900-1904 Edited by Bice Horszowski Costa; preface by Elisabetta Fava Erga edizioni 2008 147 pp with numerous colour reproductions and CD ISBN 978 888163550 4 $30

An evocative reflection of the last fluttering years of the Double Eagle ... see Full Review

Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) - Biography by Adrián Rius Espinós I.S.B.N. 84-95026-93-7 PILES, Editorial de Musica S.A. Archena, 33-46014 Valencia (Espana) [ZT]

Essential reading for anyone interested in Tarrega’s life and times ... see Full Review

 


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