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RAFF: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4.    Milton Keynes City Orchestra Hilary Davan Wetton Hyperion Helios CDH55017 79m DDD.

Alan RAWSTHORNE Chamber Music with Wind Instruments   The Fibonacci Sequence ASV CD DCA1061 rating not applied

MAX REGER (1873-1916) Violin Concerto (1908)   Manfred Scherzer (violin) Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt rec May 1981, Lukaskirche, Dresden BERLIN CLASSICS 0091242BC [57.40]

MAX REGER (1873-1916) Mozart Variations (1914) [34.00] Beethoven Variations (1904) [23.00] Bamberg SO/Horst Stein recorded 1991, Bamberg  KOCH SCHWANN 3-1141-2 [57.00]

MAX REGER (1873-1916) Hiller Variations (1907) [45.50] Ballet Suite (1913) [19.10]  Bamberg SO/Horst Stein recorded 1990 and 1991, Bamberg KOCH SCHWANN 3-11150-2 H1 [66.00]

MAX REGER (1873-1916) Comedy Overture (1911) [8.14] Symphonic Rhapsody for violin and orchestra (1916) [23.08] Suite for violin and orchestra [24.39] Scherzino for horn and orchestra [2.40].   Walter Forchert (violin) Marie Luise Neunecker (horn) Bamberg SO/Horst Stein recorded 1993 and 1995, Bamberg KOCH SCHWANN 3-1498-2 H1 [59.32]

MAX REGER (1873-1916) Suite in Olden Style (1906) [23.00] Serenade (1906) [42.08]   Bamberg SO/Horst Stein recorded 1993, Bamberg KOCH SCHWANN 3-1566-2 H1 [66.08]

Nino ROTA Il cappello di paglia di Firenza (The Florentine Straw Hat) A comic opera in 4 acts Daniella Mazzuccato; Viorica Cortez; Ugo Benelli; Mario Basiola; Alfredo Mariotti. Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma directed by Nino Rota BMG RICORDI 74321551092 2CDs [104:46]

JOLY BRAGA SANTOS (1924-88) Symphony No. 4 in e minor (1948)   'George Enescu' Choir Roumanian Radiotelevision SO/Silva Pereira Bucharest, November 1978 STRAUSS PORTUGALSOM SP4059 [47:31]


SHOSTAKOVICH. Piano Sonata No 1, Op 12; Piano Sonata No 2, Op 61; Twenty-four Preludes, Op 34; Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op 87 No 24  . Raymond Clarke (piano) Athene ATH CD18 [DDD] [75' 44"]

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Guntram - Opera in three Acts    Alan Woodrow; Elisabeth Wachutka Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana conducted by Gustav Kuhn ARTE NOVA 74321 61339 2 [100:22]

Peteris VASKS Violin Concerto, String Symphony   Gidon Kremer TELDEC 3984 22660 Tala Gaisma [28:58] Stimmen: Stimmen der Stille [6:01] Stimmen der Lebens [13:41] Stimmen der Gewissens [7:38]

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Mystical Songs, Five Tudor Portraits.    Sarah Walker: Soprano, Henry Allen: Baritone. Guildford Choral Society, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton Hyperion Helios CDH55004 66m DDD

MIKHAIL PLETNEV. Homage to Rachmaninov. RACHMANINOV. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42; Etudes Tableaux, Op 33 Nos 5,6,8 and 9. BEETHOVEN. Sonata in E flat, Op 81 Les Adieux. MENDELSSOHN. Andante Cantabile and Presto agitato; Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14. CHOPIN. Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op 22.  Mikhail Pletnev playing Rachmaninov's Steinway.   DG 459 634-2 [DDD] [74' 35"].

CELLO SONATAS. GREIG, Sonata in A minor, Op 36. CHOPIN, Sonata in G minor, Op 65. SCHUMANN, Adagio and Allegro, Op 70.     David Finckel (cello), Wu Han (piano) . ArtistLed 19701-2 [64' 39"].

CELLO SONATAS. STRAUSS, Richard: Sonata in F, Op 6. FRANCK: Sonata in A (originally for violin). FINCKEL, Edwin: Variations 'Willow Weep For Me'.     David Finckel (cello), Wu Han (piano) ArtistLed 19602-2 [59' 33"].

THE KENNEDY EXPERIENCE   Kennedy and associates: cello, guitar/dobro, guitar, flute, bass, oboe and cello. SONY SK 61687 [55:12]

BBC PROMS 99 VERY few short complete works and (MOSTLY) movements from works by: ELGAR, SARASATE, MOZART, PIAZZOLLA, IVES, RAVEL, BERNSTEIN, SIBELIUS, BARBER, HAYDN, BEETHOVEN, STRAUSS, PERGOLESI, POULENC, MESSIAEN, NIELSEN, RAMEAU, HOLST, BACH, FAURÉ, SAINT-SAENS.   Artists and Music from the BBC Proms 99 TELDEC 9548 3765912 2 CD set [circa 140 mins]

The music of George and Ira GERSHWIN, IRVING BERLIN; JEROME KERN and COLE PORTER for:-
FRED ASTAIRE (1899-1987) - Let's face the Music and Dance -
A centenary celebration. ASV CD AJA 5123 [77:52] Original Historic Mono Recordings

Spoken Word

GASTON LEROUX: The Phantom of the Opera.    Read by Jeremy Nicholas with Peter Yapp. Music by Berlioz, Franck, Massenet and Weber. Naxos Audiobooks NA211812 159m DDD

MARY SHELLEY: Frankenstein   Read by: Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Oliver and Chris Larkin . Naxos Audiobooks NA200312 156m DDD.

Book Reviews

Havergal Brian on Music - Volume I: British Music
Edited by Malcolm MacDonald

Composers by the Grace of God

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