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Classical Editor: Rob Barnett,  Reviewers: Rob Barnett, Ian Lace, Len Mullenger, and:  Richard Adams, Colin Anderson, Terry Barfoot,  Marc Bridle, Arthur Butterworth, Colin Clarke, Paul Conway, Gary Dalkin, Andy Daly, Tony Duggan, Harry Downey,  Gerald Fenech,  Lewis Foreman, David Frieze, Malcolm Galloway,  Ian Marchant, John Phillips, Ailís Ní Ríain, Humphrey Smith, Philip Scowcroft, Colin Scott Sutherland, Andrew Seivewright, Richard Whitehouse, Reg Williamson, Peter Grahame Woolf, David Wright. A complete list of contributors can be seen here

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Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies: Symphony No. 5
CD-ROM review  BEETHOVEN Sonatas Op. 22, 26, 53 (Waldstein)   Maurizio Pollini (piano) Deutsche Grammophon 435 472-2 (CD-pluscore) [65'34"]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No: 9 'Choral'.   Aase Nordmo Lovberg, Christa Ludwig, Waldemar Kmentt, Hans Hotter. Philharmonia Orchestra Otto Klemperer. Testament SBT 1077 70m. ADD (Recorded in 1958).
Harrison BIRTWISTLE Harrison's Clocks Joanna MacGregor, piano.  Sound Circus SC004. 26'18"
BRITTEN Paul Bunyan Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Hickox   Chandos CHAN 9781(2) [63.29][47.02]
BUSONI: Piano Concerto Op. 39.   Marc Andre' Hamelin: Piano, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Mark Elder Hyperion CDA67143 74m DDD
John CAMERON (b.1944) Missa Celtica   Máire Ni Chathasaigh (folk singer and Irish harp); Lindsay Wagstaff (soprano); Emmanuel Lawler (Gaelic tenor); John Bowley (Latin tenor); Michael McGoldrich (uillean pipes) The Choir of New College Oxford and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer ERATO 3984-25494-2 [66:20]
AARON COPLAND An Outdoor Overture ,Appalachian Spring - suite (original version thirteen instruments),Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson   * Marni Nixon (soprano) Pacific SO/Keith Clark rec California 1982, 1986, 1985 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-22CD [ 57:40]
COUPERIN: Harpsichord Works.   Liesbeth Hoppen: Pleyel Harpsichord. Artis Classics 97013 68m DDD.
DUKELSKY Vladimir. Zéphyr et Flore; Epitaphe.   Ilma Achmadeeva (soprano), Netherlands Theatre Choir, Residential Orchestra of the Hague, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.  Chandos CHAN9766 [DDD] [55' 23"]. Première recordings.
ELGAR & BRIDGE Sonatas   Lowri Blake, cello & Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, piano LOWRI RECORDS 2000 * [55:02]Edward Elgar: Sonata in E minor, op. 82 (1919 - transcribed for cello and piano by Lowri Blake 1994) / Frank Bridge: Morning Song (1918), Sonata in D minor (1913-17)
Christmas Oratorio Sabine Ritterbusch (sop), Waltraud Hoffmann-Mucher (alto), Harry van Berne (ten), Jelle Draijer (bass) Alsfeder Vokalensemble & Bremer Domchor I Febiarmonici conducted by Wolfgang Helbich CPO 999 667-2 [70.11]
GERHARD Roberto: Libra; Leo; Gemini; Concert for 8; 3 Impromptus   Nieuw Ensemble cond. Ed Spanjaard Largo 5134 [63'33"]
Cecil Armstrong GIBBS (1889-1960) Dale and Fell - Music for Strings   Guildhall Strings directed by Robert Salter Hyperion CDA67093 [65:00]
BATTLE OF BRITAIN: RON GOODWIN and WILLIAM WALTON.   original MGM soundtracks. Goodwin conducted by Goodwin, Walton conducted by Malcolm Arnold   RYKODISC RCD 10747
Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955)  Pacific 231, Rugby, Symphony No 1 , Symphony No. 2 "for strings", Symphony No. 3 "Liturgique", Symphony No. 4 "Deliciae Basilienses", Symphony No. 5 "Di tre re"   Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Charles Dutoit ULTIMA 3984-21340-2 2CDs BARGAIN OF THE MONTH
ARTHUR HONEGGER Les Miserables (suite, 1933) La roue (overture, 1922) Mermoz (2 suites, 1943) Napoleon (suite, original version, 1926-7) The CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) Adriano   MARCO POLO 8.223134
ARTHUR HONEGGER Les Miserables from the 1933 film The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) conducted by Adriano     MARCO POLO 8.223181 [58:55]
ARTHUR HONEGGER Mayerling, Regain (suite I, 1937) Regain (suite II, 1937) Le demon de l'Himalaya (2 symphonic movements, 1935) The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) conducted by Adriano     Marco Polo 8.223467 [59:51]
THE FILM MUSIC OF ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892-1950) And JACQUES IBERT (1890-1962) A composite review by Didier C. Deutsch
Niccolò JOMMELLI  Veni Creator Spiritus Roberta Invernizzi (sop) Coro Mysterium Vocis (director: Rosario Totaro) Capella de'Turchini (director: Antonio Florio)Opus111 30-254
Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Piano Quintet in E Major. Suite Op. 23 (1930) Kathryn Brake (Piano); George Marsh (Violin); Claudia Chudacoff (violin); Nancy Thomas Weller (viola), Steven Honigberg (cello).   ALBANY TROY 348
MAHLER: "Titan - eine Tondichtung in Symphonieform" *(1893 Hamburg Version of the First Symphony) Piano Quartet in A Minor **(movement)   *Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud  **Mats Jansson and Members of the Holmen Quartet Simax PSC 1150
MAHLER: Symphony No.7  London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas RCA Red Seal 09026 63510 2
MAHLER: Das Lied Von Der Erde    Jon Villars (Tenor) Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo) Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue  Reference Recordings RR-88CD
MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana LEONCAVALLO: I Pagliacci.   Dennis O'Neill, Nelly Miricioiu, Philip Joll, Diana Montague, Elizabeth Bainbridge. Alan Opie, Peter Bronder, Rose Mannion, William Dazeley, Paul Parfitt, Peter Hall. Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, The Peter Kay Children's Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra David Parry Chandos Opera in English CHAN3005(2) 159m DDD.
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3, 'Espansiva', Symphony No. 5, Saul and David: Prelude, Act II.   Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra. Erik Tuxen. Dutton CDK1207 76m ADD (Rec 1946/50).
PAUL PARAY (1886-1979) Symphony No. 1 in C (CD premiere), Mass for the 800th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc  Lorna Haywood, soprano; Terry Patrick-Harris, mezzo soprano Joseph Harris, tenor; Josik Koc, bass-baritone Royal Scottish National Chorus Christopher Bell, Chorus Master Royal Scottish National Orchestra/James Paul recorded 14-15 September 1996 at City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-78CD [65.57]
HANS PFITZNER (1869-1949) The Orchestral Works and Concertos   All digital recordings apart from CD3 (1982-1992 - mostly 1989-1992) Five CD boxed set in card slipcase All CDs available separately CPO 999 249-2 [4 hours 43.23]
available at a special reduced price
Sergei RACHMANINOV Symphonic dances Op.45. The Bells Op.34.   Olga Lutsiv Ternovskaya Leonid Bomstein Vyacheslav Pochapsky  Russian State Symphony Orchestra Valery Polyansky Chandos CHAN9759 Full Price [73.05]
Alan RAWSTHORNE Piano Quintet, Concertante for violin and piano,Trio for piano, violin and cello, Viola sonata, Cello sonata  Rogeri Trio, John McCabe (piano), Mark Messenger, (violin) Helen Roberts (viola), Martin Outram  (viola), Julian Rolton (piano)   Naxos 8.554352
OTTORINO RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Sinfonia Drammatica (1914)    Slovak PO/Daniel Nazareth rec Feb 1986, Bratislava NAXOS 8.550951 [ 58.23]
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Scheherazade [44.00] Russian Easter Festival Overture [15.00]    Joakim Svenheden (violin) London PO/Jose Serebrier rec 9-10 March 1999, Watford Colosseum REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-89CD [59:26]
SCHUMANN: 'Carnaval': arr. Ravel, Kinderjahr: arr. Adorno. Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61.   Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Dirk Joeres BIS CD-1055 63m DDD.
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 'Rhenish', 'Des Sangers Fluch'  . Hanne Fischer, Marianne Rorholm, Roland Wagenfuhrer, Dietrich Henschel, Bo Anker Hansen. Danish National Radio Choir, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Michael Schonwandt. Chandos CHAN 9760 74m DDD.
JOSE SEREBRIER (b. 1938) Partita (symphony No. 2), Fantasia (string orchestra), Sonata for solo violin, Winterreise (orchestra)   * Gonzalo Acosta London PO/composer REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-90CD [60:14]
A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS From Kings College, Cambridge   Choir of Kings College, Cambridge directed by Stephen Cleobury   EMI 2CD set CZS5 73693 2
THE ENGLISH HYMN: Volume 1, 'Christ Triumphant'.   The Choir of Wells Cathedral Rupert Gough: Organ, Malcolm Archer. Hyperion CDP 12101 68m DDD.
GLORIOUS JOHN….A Tribute. Works by various composers. Hallé/VPO/NYPSO/Orchestras Sir John 'Tita' Barbirolli.  Dutton Laboratories CDJSB1999 155m ADD.
ELGAR: 'In the South': Concert Overture, WALTON: Partita for Orchestra, BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.   Hallé Orchestra/BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir John Barbirolli BBC Legends BBCL 4013-2 78m Stereo/Mono
OBOE CONCERTOS Vol 2. Haydn, Marcello, Corelli, CPE Bach, Loeillet, Handel, Nicholas, Telemann, Head.   Evelyn Rothwell: Oboe, Halle' Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra Sir John Barbirolli, Valda Aveling, Wilfred Parry, Dennis Nesbitt. Dutton Barbirolli Society Edition CDSJB 1016 78m ADD.
COLLECTION: MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5, 'Reformation', REZNICEK: 'Donna Diana': Overture, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Overture: 'May Night', BERLIOZ: Excerpts from 'The Trojans', SIBELIUS: 'Karelia Suite'*, BORODIN: Overture: 'Prince Igor'.   London Philharmonic Orchestra/*BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham. Dutton Concert Classics CDEA5508 73m ADD (Rec: 1945).
Various composers Song of the Black Swan   Lowri Blake, cello & Hugh Webb, harp LOWRI RECORDS - LOWRI 2001 [55:39]
Educational CD-Rom India Musica (Interactive Guide to Hindustani Music)   Magic Software pvt ltd
Collection: The Only Opera Album You'll Ever Need Various Performers RCA Victor/BMG 75605 513562 * CD1 [68:10] / CD2 [72: 46] mid-price
Collection: THE ONLY MUSICALS ALBUM YOU'LL EVER NEED! Various artists including: Michael Ball, Elaine Paige; Marti Webb; Philip Schofield; Julie Andrews and Marilyn Monroe  RCA VICTOR 2-CDs 74321-60825 2 Mid-price
SAMUEL BARBER (1910-81) The complete published piano music Daniel Pollack (piano) rec Santa Rosa, California, 10-12 Apr 1995 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559015 [72:16]
ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT (1894-1981) Abraham Lincoln Symphony (1929) [29.32] Sights and Sounds - an orchestral entertainment (1929) [22.56]  Moscow SO/William T Stromberg NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559004 [53.27]
JOHN CAGE (1912-1992) Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (1946-48)  Boris Berman (piano) NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559042 [63:36]
ZEZ CONFREY (1895-1971) Piano Music   Eteri Andjaparidze (piano) NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559016 [62:29]
ARTHUR FOOTE (18.53-1937) Chamber Music Vol. 1  James Barbagallo (piano) Da Vinci Quartet Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado, 27-30 August, 11-14 December 1995 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559009 [75.58]
ARTHUR FOOTE (18.53-1937) Chamber Music Vol. 2   James Barbagallo (piano) Jeani Muhonen Foster (flute) Da Vinci Quartet  Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado, 27-30 August, 11-14 December 1995 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559014 [71.05]
CHARLES TOMLINSON GRIFFES (1884-1920) Complete Piano Works Vol. 1  Michael Lewin (piano) rec 7-9 June 1995 Santa Rosa, California NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559023 [66.45]
FERDE GROFÉ (1892-1972) Mississippi Suite (1926) [13.35 ] Grand Canyon Suite (1931) [32.00 ] Niagara Falls Suite (1961) [22.11] Bournemouth SO/William T Stromberg recorded Poole, 27-28 July 1998 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559007 [67.45]
VICTOR HERBERT (18.59-1924) Orchestral Music from the Musicals Babes in Toyland   The Red Mill Rasumovsky Orchestra/Keith Brion rec Bratislava Sept 1996 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559025 [56.50]
BENJAMIN LEES b. 1924 Symphony No 4 Memorial Candles (198.5) Kimball Wheeler (mezzo) James Buswell (violin) National SO of the Ukraine/Theodore Kuchar rec 15-19, 31 May 1998 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559002 [61.42]
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Music Vol. 1 James Barbagallo (piano)  rec 14-18 May 1993, Novato, California NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559010 [63.49]
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Music Vol. 2 James Barbagallo (piano) rec 2-5 May 1994, Santa Rosa, California NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559011 [59.59]
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Music Vol. 3 James Barbagallo (piano) recorded August 1994 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559019 [64:56]
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Music Vol. 4 James Barbagallo (piano) recorded August 1994 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559030 [55:27]
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) The Complete Songs (1889-1902) Steven Tharp (tenor) James Barbagallo (piano) rec 1-3 August 1995, Santa Rosa, California NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559032 [6836]
ROBERT MUCZYNSKI (b. 1929) Complete flute music Alexandra Hawley (flute) Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) Stanford Woodwind Quintet  rec 21-26 Jan 1995 and 26 Feb 1996 San Rafael, California NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559001 [6841]
WALTER PISTON (1894-1976) Violin Concerto No. 1 (1939) [21.30]  Violin Concerto No. 2 (1960) [25.00]   Fantasia for violin and orchestra (1970) [14.31] James Buswell (violin) National SO of the Ukraine/Theodore Kuchar   rec 27-31 May 1998, Kiev  NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559003 [60.49]
ANTHONY LOUIS SCARMOLIN (1890-1969) orchestral works (1919-1964) *Janacek PO/Joel Eric Suben Slovak RSO/ Joel Eric Suben rec 1995 and 1996 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559012 [75.08]
ELIE SIEGMEISTER (1909-1991) Piano music - Vol. 1 Kenneth Boulton (piano)  rec 1995-1997 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559020 [73.51]
ELIE SIEGMEISTER (1909-1991) Piano music - Vol. 2 Kenneth Boulton (piano)  rec Philadelphia 1995-1997 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559021 [71.47]
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA (1854-1932) Vol. 1 SOUSA on stage Rasumovsky Orchestra/Keith Brion rec Bratislava 1995 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559008 [60.42]
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA (1854-1932) Vol. 2 Sousa at the Symphony Orchestral Music for the concert hall and bandstand Rasumovsky Orchestra/Keith Brion rec Bratislava 1996 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559013 [62.12]
LEO SOWERBY (1895-1968) works for organ and orchestra David Craighead (organ) David Mulbury (organ)   The Fairfield Orchestra/John Welsh rec New York City May 1994 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559028 [70.29]
GEORGE TEMPLETON STRONG (1856-1948) Symphony No. 2 Sintram (1887-88) Chorale on a Theme of Leo Hassler (1929) 7.09   Moscow SO/Adriano rec March  1998, Moscow NAXOS 8.559018 [66.35]
MEREDITH WILLSON (1902-1984) Symphony No. 1 in F minor A Symphony of San Francisco (1936) 39 mins Symphony No. 2 in E minor The Missions of California (1939) 31 mins  Moscow SO/William T. Stromberg rec Moscow, June 1998 NAXOS 8.559006 [70:38]

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