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More Divine Than Human - Music from The Eton Choirbook John FAWKYNER (fl. late 15th century) Gaude rosa sine spina [16:35] William CORNYSH (d. c. 1502) Salve Regina [15:42] Walter LAMBE (b. 1450-51. d. after Michaelmas 1504) Magnificat [12:58] Richard DAVY (c. 1465-1535) In honore summe matris [17:42] John BROWNE (fl. c. 1480-1505) Stabat mater [15:16] The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Stephen Darlington
rec. 16-18 March 2009 in the Chapel, Merton College, Oxford DDD Latin texts and English translations included AVIE AV2167 [78:55] [JQ]

A fine disc containing some marvellous music. ... see Full Review

Nuages Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Nuages gris (1881) [3:45] La lugubre gondola I (1882) [4:07] Unstern (1880-1886) [5:35] Vallée d’Obermann (1848-1854) [15:24] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata no. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820) [20:51] Panyiotis DEMOPOULOS (b.1977) Tetraktys for solo piano (2000) [7:18] Panayiotis Demopoulos (piano) rec. Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, UK, 18 April, 28 May 2003, Dunelm Records. DDD. DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24142 [58:00] [BW]

An enjoyable mixed recital but look elsewhere for the Liszt and Beethoven, especially the latter ... see Full Review

O How Glorious is the Kingdom: Favourite Anthems Roger Judd (organ)
Ch St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle/Timothy Byram-Wigfield rec. 2005 DELPHIAN DCD34048 [69:42] [WH]

A satisfying collection of “Favourite Anthems”…see Full Review

Opera’s Greatest Choruses Opera Queensland Ch, Queensland O/Johannes Fritzsch rec. 2009 ABC CLASSICS 476 3489 [62:08] [AS]

Well presented and performed … you will find much enjoyment here ... see Full Review

Organ Odyssey Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933), Louis VIERNE (1870-1937), Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 -1847), Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937), Charles IVES (1874-1954), Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992), John LA MONTAINE (b. 1920), Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Mary Preston (organ) rec. 16-17 July 2007, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-113 [57:14] [DM]

Just too variable to warrant a recommendation ... see Full Review

Out of the Cool - Contemporary Music for Flute and Piano Richard Rodney BENNETT (b.1936) Winter Music, Summer Music Robert SAXTON (b. 1953) Krystallen Cecilia McDOWALL (b.1951) The Moon Dances Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b.1923) Aubade David HEATH (b.1956) Out of the Cool Brian LOCK (b.1967) Flute Sonata Susan Milan (flute) Andrew Ball (piano) rec. 2007 MÉTIER MSV28510 [70:16] [JW]

First class, characterful and unimpeachable ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Poems Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950) [30:29] Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915) Vers la flamme, Op. 72 (1914) [6 :26] Alban BERG (1885-1935) Sieben frühe Lieder (1905-8) [14:47] Pawel SZYMANSKI (b. 1954) Drei Lieder nach Trakl (2002) [12:10] Agata Zubel (soprano); Marcin Grabosz (piano) rec. Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw, December 2007–March 2008 CDACCORD ACD149-2 [63:59] [WH]

A magnificently planned recital, superbly sung and played. Unmissable … see Full Review  

Postcards from Paris Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Corcovado [2:28]; Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de habanera [3:14]; Francis KLEYNJANS (b.1951) Deux Arias Op. 92B [7:04], Deux Valses pour guitare solo Op. 64 [2:49]; Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Entr’acte [3:28], Pièce [4:41]; Louis MOYSE (1912 - 2007) Cantos de las Sierras [17:23]; Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Mouvements Perpétuels [6:25]; Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) The Girl with the Flaxen Hair [3:41]; Syrinx [2:40]; Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Trois Gymnopédies [7:49]; Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Berceuse [2:25]
Michaella LaPorte (flute); Gerald Saulter (guitar)
rec. May 2006, Serenade Music Studio, Saint James, New York. DDD
CENTAUR CRC 2883 [64:17]

An interesting range of repertoire and some enjoyable moments … see Full Review

Prima Voce Party NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 7839 [71:21]

A magnificent, fascinating, compilation. … see Full Review

Rediscovered Polish Songs Maksymilian GRECKI (c.1840 – 1870), Henryk OPIENSKI (1870 – 1942), Feliks NOWOWIEJSKI (1877 – 1946), Stanislaw WIECHOWICZ (1893 – 1963), Tadeusz SZELIGOWSKI (1896 – 1963), Andrzej KOSZEWSKI (b. 1922) Maria Pawlaczyk (soprano); Weronika Firlej-Kubasik (piano) rec. Radio ‘Merkury’, Poznan, 2000-2001 Polish texts enclosed ACTE PREALABLE MUZYKA POLSKA AP0080 [65:50] [GF]

Not standard fare, by all means, but very attractive … see Full Review

Richter in Leipzig - The Complete Recital of 28 November 1963 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 30-32 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ballade, Intermezzos Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne PARNASSUS PACD96032 [78:52] [PB-W]

A disc to treasure ... see Full Review

Ride On, King Jesus: Florence Quivar sings black music of America Florence Quivar (mezzo) Larry Woodward, Joseph Joubert (piano) The Boys’ Choir of Harlem/Dr. Walter Turnbull EMI CLASSICS 9671382 [67:03] [NB]

A superb disc as a document of a magnificent singer at her considerable peak and as a sincere expression of Christian faith. ... see Full Review 

Serenade Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Serenade 1, Quartet Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Serenata in vano, Canto serioso Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Les Confidences d’un Jouer de Clarinette Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) Musica Leggera Radek Baborāk (French horn); Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet); Baborāk Ensemble rec. 2008 SUPRAPHON SU3998-2 [59:34] [LW]

Interesting and unusual chamber music very well performed … see Full Review 

Songs and Romances Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Mstislav Rostropovich (piano) WARNER APEX 2564 690457 [68:09 + 61:05] [BBr]

It is a real pleasure to hear this quality of singing … see Full Review 

Stokowski - Acoustic Vol. 1 Philadelphia O/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1917-24 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC192 [70:37] [RM]

Valuable historical documents ... see Full Review

Suites and Sweets Henry COWELL (1897-1965) Suite for violin and piano (1926) [11:28] Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Suite Italienne (1926) [18:27] Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Suite from Much Ado About Nothing (1918) [13:33] Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Canciones populares españolas (1914) arr. Kochanski [13:14] Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en Forme de Habanera [2:49] Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Meditation from Thais (1894) [4:38] Jessica Mathaes (violin) Rodney Waters (piano) rec. July 2008, KUHF Studios, Houston, Texas CENTAUR CRC 2993 [64:08] [JW]

Attractively done ... see Full Review

The Suk Trio play Beethoven and Schubert CD 1 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3 (1794) Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 Ghost (1808) CD 2 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 Archduke (1811) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 99 (1828) Suk Trio (Jan Panenka (piano); Josef Suk (violin); Josef Chuchro (cello)) rec. Domovina Studio Prague, 8-12 April 1963 (CD 1); Rudolfinum, Prague, 29 August – 1 September 1961 (CD 2 Beethoven); 7-9 September 1964 (CD 2 Schubert) SUPRAPHON ARCHIV SU 3959–2 [50:20 + 70:32] [PBW]

Classic performances of marvellous warmth, naturalness and spontaneity. Not to be missed! … see Full Review

The Sundance Trio Madeleine DRING (1923 – 1977) Trio Paul ANGERER (b.1927) Chanson Gaillarde Geoffrey BUSH (1920 – 1998) Trio David SARGENT (b.1941) Kaleidoscope Margaret GRIEBLING–HAIGH (b.1960) Trocadillos The Sundance Trio (Geralyn Giovannetti (oboe); Christian Smith (bassoon); Jed Moss (piano)) rec. 2007 CENTAUR CRC 2961 [67:37] [BBr]

Most entertaining and enjoyable … see Full Review

Toscanini Broadcasts Series: NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1940-43 Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphony 6 Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings Oscar Lorenzo FERNANDEZ (1897-1948) Reisado do pastoreio Batuque Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini rec. 1940/3 GUILD GHCD2348 [71:13] [BR]

Buy with confidence if you enjoy historical recordings and want to hear a great conductor leading energized live recordings of timeless late-romantic repertoire … see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Verismo Renée Fleming (soprano) Giuseppe Verdi SO & Ch, Milan/Marco Armiliato rec. 2008 DECCA 478 1533 [72:20] [MC]

A wonderful collection of verismo arias that is worthy of acclaim. Fleming’s creamy vocals are stunning and in beautiful condition ... see Full Review

A Very Pristine Christmas. A Collection of Historic Recordings PRISTINE AUDIO XR PAMX005 [67:50]

A festive feast from Pristine Audio … see Full Review


Landmarks in Music since 1950 - Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story by Nigel Simeone Ashgate Publishing, Farnham & Burlington 2009. ISBN 978-0-7546-6484-0 GBP35.00

As a source of information this is wonderful; the analysis I find less sound. … see Full Review

OXFORD COMPANION TO ENGLISH LITERATURE. Seventh edition edited by Dinah Birch. Oxford University Press, 2009; [xvii], 1,164pp.; ISBN 978-0-19-280687-1. £35.00 (hardback).

There are a great many references in these pages to music, composers, and the authors whose work inspired those composers. ... see Full Review

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