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Nathan Milstein Rarities Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865–1936) Violin Concerto in A minor Antonín DVOŘAK (1841–1904) Violin Concerto in A minor Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Violin Concerto in D Nathan Milstein (violin) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg (Glazunov and Dvorák); Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Frederick Stock (Tchaikovsky) rec. 1957, 1940 DYNAMIC IDIS 6589 [78:02] [BBr]

An exciting issue… see Full Review 

Mountain Songs – A cycle of American folk music Eliot Fisk (guitar) Paula Robison (flute) rec. 1986 NIMBUS NI 2560 [54:09] [JW]

These delightful performances still continue to give pleasure ... see Full Review

The Neapolitan Masters Domenico SCARLATTI, Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI, Domenico CIMAROSA, Sigismund THALBERG, Giuseppe MARTUCCI, Alessandro LONGO, Giuseppe DEVASTATO Giuseppe Devastato (piano) rec. 2009 SHEVA COLLECTION 024 [74:55] [JW]

Some up-and-down moments here ... see Full Review

O muse, comt nv voort - Dutch songs of love and freedom 1550-1750 Duo Seraphim rec. 2008 ALIUD ACDHJ040-2 [64:42] [JV]

First-rate texts and beautiful tunes ... see Full Review 

Off the Beaten Path Ian Hominick (pno), rec. 2007 MSR CLASSICS MS1341 [67.46] [RH]

Charmingly unfamiliar bon-bons … and a few grittier pieces ... see Full Review

Player Piano 10 György LIGETI (1923-2006) Études pour Piano; Continuum (1968) Drei Stücke für zwei Pianos (1976) Francis BOWDREY (b.1962) Canon 10/27/12/80 Kyoshi FURUKAWA (b.1959) 12 Formen für Player Piano (1995/99) Gergard STÄBLER (b.1949) playmanic für zwei Player Pianos (1998/99) Jürgen Hocker (Bösendorfer Grand Piano with Ampico Player Piano Mechanism (1927); Fischer Grand Piano with Ampico Player Piano Mechanism (1925)) rec.2005, MDG 645 1410-2 [67:52] [DC]

Another terrific instalment. ... see Full Review

Ruggiero Ricci: Romantic Violin Concertos Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Max BRUCH (1838–1920) No. 1 Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2080 [70:07 + 55:57]
Virtuoso Violin Concertos Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Sérénade mélancolique; Souvenir d’un lieu cher Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen; Carmen Fantasy Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Havanaise; Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2083 [74:14 + 78:00]
Sonatas for Violin Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Elégie Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2086 [66:42 + 56:28]

Part of the outstanding legacy committed to disc by the indefatigable and seemingly indestructible Ruggiero Ricci ... see Full Review

Scandinavian Classics - Vol. 2 Danish State RSO/Erik Tuxen, Launy Grøndahl rec. 1942-52 DANACORD DACOCD 673-674 [73:57 + 72:34] [JW]

Enter into the spirit of this welcome enterprise ... see Full Review 

Hermann Scherchen - Westminster Archives: Volume VI Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsodies Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Carnival of the Animals Lucretia West (contralto) Vienna State Opera O, Royal PO/Hermann Scherchen rec. 1954-8 TAHRA WEST3011-12 [66:47 + 71:29] [JW]

An invaluable series for Scherchen collectors - well transferred and covering interesting repertoire ... see Full Review 

Songs Discovered Judith Buckle (mezzo); Peter Bailey (piano) rec. 2008, WRIGHT MUSIC CD 101 [41:16] [JW]

All novelties valuably brought to our listening attention ... see Full Review

Soviet Russian Viola Music Viola sonatas by Kryukov, Vasilenko, Frid, Krein & Bogdanov-Berezovsky Igor Redotov (viola) Leonid Vechkhayzer, Gary Hammond (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572247 [74:37] [JW]

Well worth getting to know ... see Full Review 

Juliana Steinbach: Tableaux: Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Estampes; L’Isle Joyeuse; Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Tableaux d’une Exposition Juliana Steinbach (piano) rec. 2010 PARATY 110.111 [55:29] [GD]

Prodigious talent well served by this recording ... see Full Review 

TARQUINIA Peter WELFFENS (1924 – 2003) Wandelen met Eva (1988) Joseph JONGEN (1873 – 1953) Rhapsodie Op.70 (1922) Frits CELIS (b. 1929) Tarquinia (2005)a Alain CRAENS (b. 1957) Three Summer Pieces (2008) Hubert Damen (reciter)a; Enamon Ensemble/Raf de Keninck rec.2009 PHAEDRA 92062 [69:19] [HC]

A nicely varied programme of Belgian music by composers of different generations … see Full Review

Trendsetters Paul HINDEMITH Symphony in B flat Gustav HOLST First Suite in E flat for Military Band Joseph SCHWANTNER … and the mountains rising nowhere Percy Aldridge GRAINGER Lincolnshire Posy The Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble/Harlan D. Parker rec. 1998, 2001, 2007, 2008 NAXOS 8.572242 [56:36] [JQ]

Performances of a very high standard and recorded sound shows them off to good advantage… see Full Review 

Jean Tubery conducts Charpentier and Tabart Caroline Pelon (soprano); Pascal Bertin (alto); Hans-Jörg Mammel (tenor); Jean-Claude Sarragosse (bass) Chœur de Chambre de Namur; Ensemble Jacques Moderne; Ensemble La Fenice/Jean Tubery rec. 1999, 2001 VIRGIN VERITAS 6285032 [62:38 + 67:07] [MS]

A truly splendid collection, faithfully reproduced. Compelling religious vocal music performed by musicians highly suited to making much of the repertoire and on top form ... see Full Review 

Twisted Folk Rachel Payne (soprano) Reiko Füting (piano) Private CD [52:21] [JW]

Payne and Füting are fine ambassadors for this ‘new’ music … well recorded too ... see Full Review

Great Swedish Singers: Arne Tyrén BLUEBELL ABCD113 [78:48] [GF]

Listeners, who never heard Tyrén in the flesh will appreciate his personality and lively readings ... see Full Review 

Great Singers Of The 20th Century Vol. 1 - Benita Valente rec. 1969-1989 BRIDGE 9316 [69:01] [GF]

Worth anyone’s money… see Full Review 

Venezuela Clara Rodriguez (piano) rec 1-2 February 2010, Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth. DDD NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6122 [74:24] [BBr]

Well worth having … see Full Review

Vintage Children’s Favourites – 48 original mono recordings from 1926 to 1959 Various artists ADD Detailed Track-List at end of review RETROSPECTIVE RTS 4162 [79:03 + 78:57] [BBr]

Go out and treat yourself … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Visions – Lavinia Meijer Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Suite, Op. 83 (1969) Paul PATTERSON (b. 1947) Spiders, Op. 48 (1985) Bugs, Op. 93 (2006) Garrett BYRNES (b. 1971) Visions in Twilight (2000) Isang YUN (1917-1995) In Balance (1987) Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) Stanza II for harp and tape (1971) Lavinia Meijer (harp) rec. 2009 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS SA 29709 [63:08] [DM]

A must-have for harp aficionados and audio buffs alike. ... see Full Review

Paul and Huw Watkins – British Cello Sonatas Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Cello Sonata in D minor Op.125 (1917) [Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Cello Sonata in C Op.65 (1961) Alexander GOEHR (b.1932) Cello Sonata Op.45 (1984) Huw WATKINS (b.1976) Cello Sonata (2000) Paul Watkins (cello); Huw Watkins (piano) rec. June 2001, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth NIMBUS NI 5699 [69:53] [JW]

The past and the living present. ... see Full Review

Sir Henry Wood – Volume 1 Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Symphony No 94 in G major Surprise César FRANCK (1822–1890) Symphony in D minor Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921) Danse Macabre Joachim RAFF (1822–1882) Cavatina for violin and orchestra Armas JÄRNEFELT (1869–1958) Praeludium for Orchestra Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873–1943) Prelude in C sharp minor New Queen’s Hall Orchestra/Henry Wood rec. 1916, 1922, 1924, 1925 HISTORIC RECORDINGS HRCD00011 [61:51] [JW]

Wood: a more-than-merely bluff practitioner of his art. Some really fine things… see Full Review 


SHOSTAKOVICH IN DIALOGUE: Form, Imagery and Ideas in Quartets 1-7, by Judith Kuhn, 2010, Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 296pp £57 [GD]

A well researched and well written study that most readers should find both informative and provocative ... see Full Review

Michael Steen, The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, London, Icon Books, 2010. 984pp. Ł7.78. ISBN 978-184831-135-0. [BW]

An interesting read, but no match for the Concise Grove or the Oxford Companion to Music ... see Full Review

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