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Making of A Medium Vol. 18: Music from Down Under Peter SCULTHORPE (b.1929) Baltimore Songlines Barry CONYNGHAM (b.1944) Playground Douglas KNEHANS (b.1957) rive Richard MILLS (b.1949) Four Miniatures Christopher MARSHALL (b.1956) Three Aspects of Spring Verdehr Trio rec. 2008 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD948 [67:22] [JW]

Admirers of Australiana should not fear to explore ... see Full Review 

David Martinez (guitar) Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas Giulio REGONDI (1822-1872) Introduction et Caprice J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Prelude, Fugue and Allegro Dionisio AGUADO (1784-1849) Andante and Rondo 3 Regino SAINZ de la MAZA Danzas Cervantinas Paco de LUCIA (b. 1947) Tarantas Francisco TARREGA (1852-1909) Recuerdos de la Alhambra & Lagrima rec. 2005 NAXOS 8.557808 [68:19] [ZT]

A relatively unrecognized and undiscovered treasure ... see Full Review

Medíterranea - Music by Guiraut RIQUIER, Ghirardello da FIRENZE, ANONYMOUS and Beatriz de DIA Alla Francesca En Trio rec. 2007 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090402 [63:14][GPu]

Full of beautiful things beautifully performed ... see Full Review

Metamorphose(n) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Réminiscences de Norma Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) The Gardens of Buitenzorg Ignaz FRIEDMAN (1882-1948) Voices of Spring Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Chamber Fantasy on Carmen Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Paraphrase of the Venusberg Bacchanale from Tannhäuser Joseph Moog (piano) rec. 2008 CLAVES 50-2905 [57:42] [JW]

Audacious and well recorded ... see Full Review

Mewton-Wood plays Twentieth Century Piano Concertos Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Piano Concerto (1938-39) [37.36] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Concerto for piano and wind instruments (1924) [20.06] Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings Op. 35 (1933) [21.08] Noel Mewton-Wood (piano) Harry Sevenstern (trumpet) (Shostakovich); Utrecht Symphony Orchestra (Bliss); Residentie Orchestra, The Hague (Stravinsky); Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra Walter Goehr (conductor) rec. 1952 (Bliss, Stravinsky); 1953 (Shostakovich). mono. ADD BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY HISTORIC BMS101CDH [79.00] [BBr]

This is a must-have…see Full Review 

Mortuus est Philippus Rex: Music for the life and death of the Spanish King Westminster Cathedral Ch/James O’Donnell rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55248 [65:54] [BW]

A relaxing and spiritual experience ... see Full Review

The Musicians' Table - The Perfection of Music - Masterpieces of the French Baroque V Music by Pierre-Danican PHILIDOR (1681-1731), Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER (1689-1755), Louis-Gabriel GUILLEMAIN (1705-1770) and Jean-Féry REBEL (1666-1747) Ensemble Battistin rec. 2005-6 ABC CLASSICS 4766996 [49:49][JV] 

Lively and engaging performances ... see Full Review

Music of Tribute: Volume 5 - J S Bach J.S. BACH (1685 -1750) Preludes and fugues Henri DUTILLEUX (b.1916) Hommage à Bach (Au gré des ondes) Arthur HONEGGER (1892 - 1955) Prelude, Arioso and Fughetta sur le nom de Bach Leopold GODOWSKY (1870 - 1938) Prelude and Fugue (B.A.C.H.) for the left hand alone Francis POULENC (1899 - 1963) Valse - Improvisation sur le nom de Bach Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887 - 1959) Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 Béla BARTÓK (1881 - 1945) Hommage à J.S.B. (Mikrokosmos Vol III) György KURTÁG (b. 1926) Hommage à J.S.B. (Jàtékok (Games) Vol 3) Terry RILEY (b. 1935) G Song Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 - 1975) Prelude and Fugue No.24 in D minor, op.87 Beatrice Berthold (piano) rec. 2005, DDD LABOR RECORDS LAB 7079 [76:44] [BBr]

Berthold really cares for this music…see Full Review 

My Favorite Things - Virtuoso encores and transcriptions for solo piano
Stephen Hough (piano) rec. 1987, Theresa L. Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd Street, New York City, USA. DDD NIMBUS NI 2540 [63:07] [JW]

Convinces in the broad sweep but in the detail he can come up short ... see Full Review 

Joseph Nolan: The Organ of Saint Sulpice Music by Léon BOËLLMANN (1862-1897), Edward ELGAR (1857-1934), George THALBEN-BALL (1896-1987) and Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Joseph Nolan (organ) rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD167 [72:41][MC] 

An excellent organ recital on the remarkable organ of Saint Sulpice ... 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 (1922-12005) Laurentian Moods Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Oiseaux exotiques Toronto Wind Orchestra/Tony Gomes rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572248 [70:28] [JW]

Good things here - and not just for Canucks ... see Full Review

Organ Era Volume 14: Cavaillé-Coll à Paris Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ) rec. 2008 FUGA 9282 [77:00] [DM]

Awesome sonics and virtuoso playing - a must for organ buffs ... see Full Review

Pearl Fishers Duet - World-Famous Operatic Duets by BELLINI; BIZET; DONIZETTI; PUCCINI; VERDI Various singers and orchestras Full listing at end of review
rec. 1955-1992. ADD/DDD; Booklet English; sung texts not enclosed DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2614 [79.48] [MMB]

This compilation delighted me ... see Full Review

Piano40 Brian CHAPPLE (b. 1945) Burlesque Rory BOYLE (b. 1951) All blether Richard NYE (b. 1967) 8 'Til Late Charles CAMILLERI (1931 - 2009) Divertimento 1 Andrew PEGGIE Octo-Paganini John PAYNTER (b. 1931) Ouverture d'Urgence Cecilia MacDOWALL (b. 1951) Piano Forty Piano40 rec. 2002 REGENT REGCD194 [56:32] [HC]

Hugely entertaining - a nice selection of works played with zest … see Full Review

Recital at Ravinia Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) Peter Serkin (piano) rec. live, 2004 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907500 [76:39] [WH]

A beautiful recital from a singer whose career was cut tragically short ... see Full Review

Remembrance Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Kol Nidre Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Halil Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Baal Shem Eric ZEISL (1905-1959) Requiem Ebraico Stephen Bronk (speaker); Sharon Bezaly (flute); Vadim Gluzman (violin); Gabriella Pace (soprano); Luisa Francesconi (mezzo); Rodrigo Esteves (baritone) São Paulo SO & Ch/John Neschling rec. 2007 BIS BISCD1650 [63:04] [NB]

Demonstration quality … superb performances of rare but valuable repertoire ... see Full Review

The Russian Double Bass Works by Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Koussevitsky, Glière, Glinka & Shostakovich Leon Bosch (double-bass) Sung-Suk Kang (piano) rec. 2009 MERIDIAN CDE84564 [64:18] [JW]

Bosch is in the grand line of bass virtuosi ... see Full Review 

Russian Romantic Piano Sergey BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952) Piano Sonata 2 Nikolay MEDTNER (1880-1951) Meditation, Fairy Tale Anatol LIADOV (1855-1914) Preludes Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Fantasy Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Liebesleid, Liebesfreud Sergey RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Vocalise Sergey LIAPUNOV (1859-1924) Lesghinka Nadejda Vlaeva (piano) rec. 2007 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1224 [77:02] [CH]

Highly gifted … exquisite playing and a boldly sweeping Bortkiewicz sonata ... see Full Review 

Max Rostal (violin) Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Concerto No. 2 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No. 9 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Scherzo from F.A.E. Sonata Max Rostal (violin); London Symphony Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; Franz Osborn (piano) rec. 1949-51 RETROSPECTIVE 8400 [78:21][JW] 

Intellect and tonal roughness versus rich tone ... see Full Review

The Sacred Flame The Cambridge Singers, La Nuova Musica/John Rutter rec. 2009 COLLEGIUM COLCD 134 [78:26]  [EM]

Radiant performances ... see Full Review

Sacred Hearts, Secret Music ANONYMOUS Cantabant sancti canticum novum [1:31] Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (1525-1594) Surge illuminare Ierusalem (Motettorum liber tertius, 1575) [2:33] ANONYMOUS Beata Agnes in medio flammarum [1:27] Amo Christum, in cuius thalamum introivi [3:09] Agnes, beatæ Virginis [2:48] PALESTRINA Missa Veni Sponsa Christi (Missarum liber nonus, 1599) [21:58] ANONYMOUS Sequenza in onore Sant’Agnese [1:29] Cipriano da RORE (1515-1565) Magnificat sexti toni (1554) [8:21] ANONYMOUS Stans beata Agnes in medio flammarum [1:03] PALESTRINAAlma redemptoris mater [4:55] Lamentations for Holy Saturday (Book 3, Lectiones I-III) (1560s?) [26:02] da RORE Regina cæli lætare (1551) [3:46] Musica Secreta; Celestial Sirens/Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras rec. St Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK, 27-29 April 2009. DDD. Texts and translations included. DIVINE ART DDA25077 [79:31]

Very good but with reservations about the lack of male voices ... see Full Review

Hermann Scherchen – Westminster Archives: Volume 4 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 2 Edith Farnadi (piano); Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera/Hermann Scherchen rec. Vienna 1952-3 TAHRA WEST3007-08 [68:40 + 63:39][JW]

Restorations worthily returned to the catalogue ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Song of the Stars Voices of Ascension/Dennis Keene rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570533 [62:44][GPu] 

An outstanding recording, rare repertoire of real quality, good sound and excellent performances .... see Full Review

Nikolai Tokarev - French Album Music by Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764), Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918), Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) and César FRANCK (1822-1890) Nikolai Tokarev (piano) rec. 2008 SONY-BMG 88697075832 [56:43][PPLL] 

Exceptional playing … commendable depth of interpretation ... see Full Review

Triocca: Trios for Flute, Viola and Harp by Arnold BAX (1883-1953), Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918), Eric SWEENEY (b. 1948), Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767), Philip MARTIN (b. 1947) and Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941) Triocca rec. 2009 RTÉ LYRIC FM CD122 [61:09][HC]

A wonderfully played and agreeably varied programme … see Full Review

Vento Chiaro David MASLANKA (b.1943) Quintet for Winds 3 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Italian Concerto Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871 - 1942) Humoreske Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Novelette Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Overture to Candide Vento Chiaro rec. 2008 ONGAKU 024-120 [53:19] [CR]

Precision and musical excellence ... see Full Review

Ye Sacred Muses - Music from the House of Tudor Flautando Köln, Franz Vitzthum (counter-tenor); Andrea Cordula Baur (lute); Katrin Krauss (flute) rec. 2008 CARUS 83.433 [64:02] [GH]

A beautifully performed overall view of the musical delights of the Tudors ... see Full Review  

Zodiac Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Elegiac Trio William MATTHIAS (1934-1992) Zodiac Trio Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) Sonata after Syrinx Jan BACH (b.1937) Eisteddfod Aureole Trio rec. 2000 KOCH KIC-CD 7538 [64:25] [JW]

A very good niche purchase ... see Full Review 


Erik Chisholm, Scottish Modernist 1904-1965 ‘Chasing a Restless Muse’
by John Purser The Boydell Press, hardback, 283 pages ISBN 978-1-84383-460-1

Expensive but an essential purchase ... see Full Review 

FLUTE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, [by] RICHARD ADENEY. Brimstone Press, 2009; ix, 222pp.; ISBN 978-1-906385-20-0. £12.50 (paperback). [GHu]

A highly recommendable book ... see Full Review

Musical Heroes a personal view of music and the musical world over sixty years, by Robert Ponsonby Giles de la Mare Publishers Limited, 2009; xi, 196pp.; ISBN 978-1-900357-29-6. £14.99 (paperback).

Affectionate reminiscences vividly brought to life ... see Full Review

Trafford Publishing, 2009;xxiii, 564pp.; ISBN 978-1-4251-8911-2. £21.63 (paperback).


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