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from the Rodger Mirrey Collection
John Kitchen (keyboards) rec. 2008-10
DELPHIAN DCD34057 [75:48]
fine demonstration of instruments from a unique collection of historical
Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music
Works by Berlioz, Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Franck, Roussel,
d'Indy & Fauré
Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1954-58
WEST HILL RADIO ARCHIVES WHRA6027 [6 CDs: 410:25]
something here even for those with an extensive collection of Munch’s
recordings. The previously unreleased items are the obvious draw.
from the English Courts HANDEL, DOWLAND,
GIBBONS, LANIER, ADSON,
Fine Arts Brass Ensemble with Tristram Fry (percussion) rec. 1994,
NIMBUS NI 5546 [58:46]
this recital has its jaunty moments, it also has very serious ones too.
Arias by Verdi, Mozart, Wagner & Strauss
PREISER 93475 [79:34]
disc’s necessarily uneven pleasures provide a measure of justice.
James Bowman (counter-tenor) Oxford Liedertafel rec. 2010
MAPROOM MR0071 [46.59]
Liedertafel is a talented group of singers and this disc will undoubtedly
appeal to all their admirers.
Great Pas de Deux
CLASSICS 6486352 [77:21 + 78:14]
set offers more than 2½ hours of music that passes by in less
than half the time and provides a great deal of pleasure.
Flauto - Italian Recorder Music of the 17th Century
Ganassi-Consort, rec. 1988
MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 308 0301-2 [58:10]
having been recorded more than 20 years ago this disc makes for great
NILSSON (b.1956) Phonetasy Niklas
BREMAN (b.1966) Dinkum Thinkum II Gunnar
JANSSON (b.1944) Saxophone Quartet 1 Fredrik
SÖDERBERG (b.1966) Ocellatus Marie
SAMUELSSON (b.1956) Siren Jan
LEVANDER (b.1959) Nisse
Swedish Saxophone Qt 'Rollin' Phones' rec. 2009/10
PHONO SUECIA PSCD187 [70:11]
wealth of intriguing, sometimes excellent music.
TELEMANN, VERDI, ORFF,
Prague Brass Ensemble rec. National Theatre, Prague. No date given.
ARCODIVA UP0131-2 131 [64:06]
Prague Brass Ensemble perform well enough on this CD, but the programme
is hardly profound or difficult.
French works for violin and orchestra Gabriel
FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Concerto Camille
SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Morceau de concert
Ernest GUIRAUD (1837-1892) Caprice Joseph
CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Počme
Philippe Graffin (violin) Ulster O/Thierry Fischer rec. 2001
HYPERION HELIOS CDH55396 [71:11]
deep-pile rarities from the long-sustained Gallic-romantic sunset.
Rarities Felix MENDELSSOHN
(1809-1847) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Christoph
Willibald von GLUCK (1714-1787) Dance of the Blessed
Spirits Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Totentanz Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY
Robin Hood Dell O Philadelphia, RCA Victor SO/Fritz Reiner rec. 1950-53
AUDIO PASC235 [78:37]
an especially intellectually demanding programme but rarity is invariably
a boon for the specialist collector.
a cappella Polyphony from Spain’s Golden Age by de Montserrat,
Guerrero, Lobo, John IV, Victoria, Cardoso & Rogier
Monteverdi Ch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2004
SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG710 [66:36]
perceptively planned and superbly executed programme of music from the
Golden Age of Iberian polyphony.
the Brave —
A celebration of Scotland in music and dance
Queensland Pops Ch & O/Sean O’Boyle rec. 2010
076 2795 [116:00] 476 4130 [49:08 + 56:02] [JW]
the audience pleased, and excited.
OF THE MONTH The Spirits of
England and France - Vol. 5
Missa Veterem hominem
Gothic Voices/Christopher Page rec. 1996
HYPERION HELIOS CDH55285 [65.23]
original impression was not especially favourable but I have become
quite excited about the Mass and about the singing - it’s a revelation.
Music from the Trecento
Ensemble Syntagma/Alexandre Danilevski rec. 2007
CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72195 [58:13]
performances of highly sophisticated repertoire from 14th-century Italy.
Sutherland – Art of the Prima Donna
Joan Sutherland (soprano) Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden/Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
rec. 1960. ADD. Stereo Taken from a 2 CD set entitled Joan Sutherland
- Art of Prima Donna Decca Legends - Legendary Performances 4671152
ALC 1125 [75:40]
historic recital from the start of a legendary career.
Broadcast Series - Gala Concert 1945 Joseph
HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 101 Ottorino
RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Pini di Roma Jean
SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Swan of Tuonela Richard
WAGNER (1813-1883) Siegfried’s Funeral Music Carl
Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Euryanthe overture
New York P-SO/Arturo Toscanini rec.1945
GUILD GHCD 2368 [78:32]
musical virtues of this disc are manifold, and even those jaded by the
Toscanini Question will find much to enjoy here.
Creators of Verismo–
Bellincioni, Pandolfini, and the Siberia creator-recordings
MARSTON 52062-2 [70:50 + 79:37]
claims of verismo are superbly documented in this engrossing set.
EMI CLASSICS 6487572 [4 CDs: 307:11]
diverse collection is good in parts.
for a Medici Pope - Works by De Silva, Willaert, Josquin,
Mouton & Festa
Cappella Pratensis/Joshua Rifkin rec. 2010
CC72366 [64:56] [JV]
fine and interesting recording with a good mixture of well-known and
and the Gypsies of Moscow Songs and Arrangements
Talisman ensemble rec. 2007
HANSSLER PROFIL PH10027 [60:47]
vivid doorway opened into Moscow's infatuation with gypsy music.
Class Marches of The Salvation Army Vol. II
Black Dyke Band/Dr Nicholas Childs rec. 2010
DOYEN DOY CD223 [TP]
really is a lot of terrific music here.
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