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Comparative Review WILLIAM WALTON Symphony  no 1 a comparative review: Previn, Haitink, Rattle, Gibson
Individual reviews
BAROQUE ARIAS Volume 2. Works by: Handel, Ahle, Schutz, Buxtehude and Bach. Yoshikazu Mera: counter-tenor. Bach Collegium Japan Masaaki Suzuki.
ENGLISH ORCHESTRAL SONGS: PARRY, STANFORD, FINZI, GURNEY Christopher Maltman (bar); BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins
THE FRENCH FLUTE (1920-1930) Music by Duruflé, Rhené-Baton, Hahn, Ropartz, Gallon Bent Larsen (flute), Lars Grunth (viola), Sverre Larsen (piano),
Collection: J.S. BACH: Four Orchestral Suites. HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in A minor. RAMEAU: Gavotte with 6 variations. GLUCK: 'Iphigenie en Aulide' - Overture. CHERUBINI: 'Anacreon' - Overture. Philhrmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra Otto Klemperer.
Collection: THE FRENCH TOUCH: Paul Dukas (1865-1935) - L' aprenti sorcier Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) - Le Rouet d'Omphale Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Ma mère l'Oye César Franck (1822-1890) - Le chasseur maudit • Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
GREAT AMERICAN COMPOSERS: HOWARD HANSON Symphony No. 2 Romantic: AARON COPLAND Billy The Kid ; Rodeo - Hoe-Down ; CHARLES GRIFFES : The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan; The White Peacock ; MORTON GOULD Tropical • conductor: Charles Gerhardt
RUSSIAN FUTURISM Russian Music of the 1920s: Music by:- Alexander MOSSOLOV (1900-1973) Alexander F GOEDICKE (1877-1957) Julian KREIN (1913-1996) Michail F GNESIN (1883-1957) Georg KIRKOR (1910-1980) Lev KNIPPER (1898-1974)
Collection: MUSIC FOR STRINGS: Sibelius: Suite Champêtre/Canzonetta; Dvorák: Waltzes in A and Dflat minor/Nocturne in B/Humoresque in G flat; Elgar: Salut d'amour/Sospiri; Grieg: Two Melodies: The Goal; The First Meeting/Nordic Melodies: In FolkStyle; Cow Call; Peasant Dance/Two Elegiac Pieces: The Wounded Heart; Last Spring • The Serenata of London/Barry Wilde
ARTHUR BUTTERWORTH (1923-) Symphony No. 1 (1957) [40:09] RUTH GIPPS (1921-99) Symphony No. 2 (1945) [23:57] Munich SO/Douglas Bostock
CHOPIN. Peter Katin Plays Chopin, Volume One. Ballade No 4 in F Minor, Op 52; Three Mazurkas, Op 59; Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op 58; Barcarolle, Op 60; Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op 61. Peter Katin (piano)
Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Suite in F sharp minor, The Veil of Pierrette, Variations on a Nursery Theme • Howard Shelley (piano); BBC Philharmonic conducted by Matthias Bamert
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) 'Rediscovered works for violin'• Marat Bisengaliev (violin); Benjamin Frith (piano)
John IRELAND (1879-1962) Piano Music Vol. II• John Lenehan (piano) FRANCIS JACKSON Daniel in Babylon. Monodrama with Music. Drama by John Stuart Anderson Francis Jackson, organ. John Stuart Anderson, narrator; St.Peter's Singers, directed by Simon Lindley
JOSEPH MARX (1882-1964) Romantic Piano Concerto in E major (1919) [36.39] ERICH KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand (1922) [27.35] • Marc-André Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish SO/Osmo Vänskä
JON LEIFS Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Pastoral Variations, Fine II, Dettifoss Iceland Symphony Orchestra En Shao•
F. LIZST: Grande Fantasie sur La Clochette and other first thoughts and second drafts. •Leslie Howard (piano)
MARK LOCKETT Hollowed Ground  •
EDWARD MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Fireside Tales (6) Woodland Sketches (10) New England Idylls (10). •Gerard van der Laan (piano)
WILLIAM MATHIAS Piano Sonatas no 1 & 2; JOHN PICKARD A Starlit Dome; Piano Sonata No 1. Raymond Clarke (piano)
DOMINIC MULDOWNEY Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) • London Voices/Terry Edwards, Endymion Ensemble/Dominic Muldowney Original Soundtrack - much never used.
MAX REGER (1873-1916) Piano Concerto in F minor (1910) • Gerhard Oppitz (piano) Bamberg SO/Horst Stein
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, 'Fantasie-Tableaux'; Op.5* •Sequeira Costa and Artur Pizarro* (pianos) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christopher Seaman
ROSSINI/RESPIGHI La Boutique Fantasque RESPIGHI Impressioni Brasiliane Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal conducted by Charles Dutoit
OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957) Elegie Op. 36 (1923) Song Cycle for Bass-Baritone and chamber orchestra• Arthur Loosli (bass-baritone) Berner Kammerensemble/Theo Hug
OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957) Nachhall (1954-55) * Five Eichendorff Songs ** Three Hesse Songs ** •* Arthur Loosli (bass bar) Radio Bern Chamber Ensemble/Theo Loosli ** Arthur Loosli (bass bar) Karl Grenacher (piano)
OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957) Der Postillon Op. 18 for male chorus, tenor and orchestra Fifteen Lieder• Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Wettinger Kammerchor und Seminarkor Wettingen, Wettinger Kammerorchester cond Karl Grenacher Haefliger and Karl Grenacher (piano) in the eighteen songs
ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Sonata for violin and chamber orchestra, Concerto Grosso for violin and string orchestra , KURT WEILL (1900-1950) Concerto for violin and wind orchestra , TORU TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) Nostalghia for violin and string orchestra • Daniel Hope (violin) English SO/William Boughton
SCHUBERT Drei Klavierstüke D946 Valses Nobles D969 Moments Musicaux D780 Peter Katin (piano)
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus D899 Four Impromptus D935 Peter Katin (piano)
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Der Rosenkavalier - Highlights (In English)• London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Parry
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5, Valiant-for-truth, The Pilgrim Pavement, Hymn-tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons, The Twenty-third Psalm, Prelude and Fugue in C minor. . • Ian Watson: Organ, Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Orchestra Richard Hickox
Anna Russell Encore? Anna Russell - Comedienne, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano; Tenor; Baritone; Pianist; Guitarist, Autriculatrix Extraordinary. Jimmy Carroll and his Miserable Five, José Rodriguez Lopez (piano)
Video Review

BEETHOVEN. Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125, Choral. Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, René Kollo, José van Dam, German Opera Chorus, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan.
Book Reviews
The Music of Aaron Copland by Neil Butterworth (with a Preface by André Previn) 
KLEMPERER ON MUSIC: Shavings from a Musician's Workbench. Edited by: Martin Anderson with a Foreward by Pierre Boulez.  
VILLA-LOBOS. His letters translated and edited by Lisa M Peppercorn.
Would you care to say something? The thirty year story of a successful music society by N K Scott

May 1999 Click here to see the reviews   return to index

Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphony No. 1 in B-minor*, op. 3  Symphony No. 4 in G-minor, op. 14 "Sinfonia Piccola"**   *Swedish Radio Orchestra conducted by Stig Westerberg  **Norrköping Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sten Fryberg
KURT ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Cello Sonata* Cello Concerto** Werner Thomas-Mifune (cello) Carmen Piazzini (piano) Berlin RSO/Karl Anton Rickenbacher
BACH: 'St Matthew Passion'. PERGOLESI: 'Stabat Mater' Kathleen Ferrier, Eric Greene, Elsie Suddaby, Henry Cummings. The Bach Choir, The Jacques Orchestra. Dr Reginald Jacques/Joan Taylor, The Nottingham Oriana Choir, The Boyd Neel String Orchestra Roy Henderson
ARNOLD BAX Symphony No. 2; November Woods   Royal Scottish National Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (ed. Carragan)  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Georg Tintner
Anton BRUCKNER: Symphony No.8 & Symphony No.9*   London Symphony Orchestra / BBC Symphony Orchestra*  Jascha Horenstein (technical appraisal)
IGNAZ BRULL: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2. Andante and Allegro   Martin Roscoe BBC Symphony Orchestra Martyn Brabbins
CHOPIN, First and last   A recital by Peter Katin playing his 1836 Collard & Collard square piano.
CONSTANT LAMBERT (1905-51) Pomona - A ballet in one act Tiresias - A ballet in three acts English Northern Philharmonia/David Lloyd--Jones
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) - Cello Concerto Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913- 1994) - Cello Concerto Pieter Wispelwey and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen.
GERALD FINZI (1901-1956) Clarinet Concerto, Five Bagatelles for clarinet and strings (orch Ashmore), Three Soliloquies, A Severn Rhapsody, Romance, Introit (Lesley Hatfield violin) Robert Plane (clarinet) Northern Sinfonia/Howard Griffiths
Hans HUBER (1852-1921) Symphony No. 5 in F major* (Romantic - 'The Fiddler of Gmünd') 'Summer Nights' Serenade Hansheinz Schneeberger (violin)* with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker conducted by Jörg-Peter Weigle
RONAN MAGILL. Titanic, an atmospheric poem in five pictures for piano solo played by the composer.
MAHLER: Symphony No.4* Songs of a Wayfarer# Two songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn+ Joan Carlyle* Anna Reynolds#  Elly Ameling+ London Symphony Orchestra* English Chamber Orchestra#+ Conducted by Benjamin Britten
MAHLER: Symphony No.4  BERLIOZ: Overture Corsaire   BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir John Barbirolli
MAHLER Symphony No 9   Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander
FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974) Le vin herbé (1938-41) Sopranos: Basica Resitchitzka, Nata Tuscher (Iseut), Adrienne Comte (Branghien).Altos: Helen Morath (Iseut aux Blanches Mains), M L de Montmellin (mere de Iseut), Veria Diakoff. Tenors: Oleg de Nyzanowskyi , Eric Tappy (Tristan), Hans Jonelli (Kaherdin). Baritones: Heinz Rehfuss (Roi Marke), André Vessières (Duc Hoel), Bass: Derrik Olsen. Composer (piano) Ensemble from Stadtorchester, Winterthur/Victor Desarzens
Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Tango Ballet; Concierto Del Angel; Tres Piezas Para Orquesta De Camara. Gidon Kremer (violin) with Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon); Alois Posch (double bass); Vadim Sakharov (piano); Marta Sudraba (cello) and Ula Zebriunaite (viola); and Kremer ATA Baltica.
PREVIN A Streetcar Named Desire - An opera based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Renée Fleming; Elizabeth Futral; Rodney Gilfrey; Anthony Dean Giffey.San Francisco Opera conducted by André Previn
Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) - Orchestral Works: Concerto for String Orchestra, Concertante pastorale for flute, horn and strings, Light music for strings, Suite for recorder and string orchestra, Elegiac rhapsody for string orchestra, Divertimento for chamber orchestra. Conrad Marshall (flute), Rebecca Goldberg (horn), John Turner (recorder), Northern Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones
RAWSTHORNE Violin Concertos 1& 2, Fantasy Overture: Cortèges Rebecca Hirsch (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, cond. Lionel Friend
Albert RUBENSON (1826-1901) Drapa; Symphony in C-Major; Symphonic Intermezzo; Trois Pièces Symphoniques. Roy Goodman conducting the Umeå Symphony Orchestra
JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 (1902) Royal PO/John Barbirolli
SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5.   Philharmonia Orchestra Herbert von Karajan
SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, Finlandia.   Philharmonia Orchestra Herbert von Karajan.
Richard STRAUSS Elektra   Resnik, Nilsson, Collier, Stolze, Krause, Vienna Philharmonic, Solti
HANDEL: "Solomon': The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. DVORAK: Legend Op. 59 No. 3. OFFENBACH: Suite from: 'Tales of Hoffmann'. BIZET: 'Carmen'-Suite. DELIUS: 'La Calinda' from: 'Koanga'. MENDELSSOHN: Music from 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'. STRAUSS: Voices of Spring. BORODIN: Prince Igor - Excerpts.   London Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham
TOSCHA SEIDEL - the RCA Victor Recordings:  César FRANCK Sonata in A, Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Dimitri TIOMKIN arrangements of Strauss Waltzes plus music by Mozart; Wagner and Brahms etc. Erich Wolfgang Korngold (piano); Toscha Seidel (violin) and other artists .
Anna RUSSELL Anna Russell - Again? More musical spoofs
BOOK REVIEWS

BOULT ON MUSIC Foreword by Vernon Handley and Bernard Shore
LUIGI DALLAPICCOLA. On Opera. With a foreword by Antal Dorati.
HOLMBOE, Vagn. Experiencing Music, a composer's notes, translated, edited and introduced by Paul Rapoport with a foreword by Robert Simpson.
THE MUSIC OF E.J. MOERAN - Geoffrey Self
STRAVINSKY SEEN AND HEARD by Hans Keller and Milein Cosman 

April 1999 Click here to read the reviews   return to index

Eugen D'ALBERT Tiefland  Eva Marton; René Kollo; Bernd Weikl; Kurt Moll. Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Marek Janowski
MALCOLM ARNOLD (192Overtures:- A Sussex Overture, Beckus the Dandipratt,The Smoke, The Fair Field,Commonwealth Christmas Overture
Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphony No. 7 - 'Sinfonia Romantica'; Symphony No. 8 Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michail Jurowski
Anton BRUCKNER: Symphony No.8 & Symphony No.9*  London Symphony Orchestra / BBC Symphony Orchestra*  Jascha Horenstein
CLEMENTI, Muzio. Piano Sonatas: F sharp minor Op 25 no 5; B flat Op 24 no 2; G minor Op 7 no 3; Op 25 no 6; F minor Op 13 no 6.  Played on a Clementi square piano of 1832 by Peter Katin.
ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV Grand Adagio in D minor from Raymonda * cond Vladimir Fedosyev Concert Waltz no. 1 in D major * cond Gennadi Tcherkasov To the Memory of a Hero - Symphonic Elegy * cond Vladimir Fedosyev The Forest - Fantasia Moscow State SO/Veronika Dudarova * Moscow RTVSO
RIC GRAEBNER Works for tape. Venus in landscape (1995); Fulminar (1996); Resurge (1997); Divertimento of the Statues.
HAYDN. Piano Works. Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII: 6; Sonata in C, Hob. XVI: 35; Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI: 49; Sonata in C minor Hob. XVI: 20.  Joanna Leach (square piano)
PETER KATIN in recital. LISZT Piano Sonata; BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel Op 24; LISZT Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de Pélérinage, second year) Peter Katin (piano)
CONSTANT LAMBERT (1905-51) Pomona - A ballet in one act (1927) 19:45 Tiresias - A ballet in three acts (1950/1) 54:16   English Northern Philharmonia/David Lloyd--Jones
LOCKETT, Mark. Hollowed Ground. 12 pieces.
JOHN MCLEOD Piano Music. Twelve Preludes/Hebridean Dances/Four Impromptus/Piano Sonatas 1/3 Murray McLachlan, piano.
MENOTTI Violin Concerto, BARBER Violin Concerto Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Pacific SO/Keith Clark
NIKOLAI MIASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Cello Concerto in C minor (1944) 36.49, Cello Sonata No. 1 in D major (1946?) 20.09, Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor (1949) 21.58  Kyrill Rodin (cello), Andrei Pisarev (piano), Russian PO/Konstantin Krimets
MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel Miroirs  Andreas Boyde (piano)
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) IL TRITTICO: Il Tabarro (The Cloak); Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)*; Gianni Schicchi. Roberto Alagna; Angela Gheorghiu
RAUTAVAARA, Einojuhani. Cantus Arcticus, Op 61 (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra); Piano Concerto No 1, Op 45; Symphony No 3, Op 20.   Laura Mikkola (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hannu Lintu.
ROUTH, FRANCIS. A Sacred Tetralogy (I - III) for organ; The Manger Throne Op 3 (1959); Lumen Christi Op 15 (1969); Aeterne Rex Altissime Op 20 (1970).   Christopher Bowers-Broadbent at the organ of Coventry Cathedral.
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Complete (15) Symphonies.   Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Kyrill Kondrashin.
Richard STRAUSS Elektra Resnik, Nilsson, Collier, Stolze, Krause, Vienna Philharmonic, Solti
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Macbeth; Don Juan; Tod und Verklärung Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Günther Herbig
PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY Scenes from The Nutcracker (1890) Francesca da Rimini (1876)  Leningrad PO/Evgeny Mravinsky
PETER TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No 2 in G major (1879) DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No 9 in E flat major Op. 70 (1945)    Andreas Boyde (piano) Freiburg PO/Johannes Fritzsch
VERDI and Variations Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) String Quartet - arr for strings by Yuli Turovsky Marc-Olivier DUPIN (b. 1954) Fantasia on Arias from La Traviata  Antonio Pasculli (1842-1924)  Grand Concerto on Themes from Verdi's I vespri siciliani Philippe Magnan (oboe); Alexander Trostiansky (violin) I Musici De Montréal conducted by Yuli Turovsky
Stokowski's WAGNER Die Walküre: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music Tristan and Isolde: Symphonic Synthesis Parsifal: Symphonic Synthesis from Act III Matthias Bamert conducts the BBC Philharmonic
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 Bournemouth Stmphony Orchestra. Kees Bakels
Sir William WALTON Hamlet. As You Like It  Michael Sheen (Narrator) RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Andrew Penny
ALBERTO WILLIAMS (1862-1952) Symphony No. 7 in D major Op. 103 Eterno Reposo (1937) 38:48 Poema del Iguazu Op. 115 (1943) 35:11   Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria/Adrian Leaper
LORA DIMITROVA. Piano Works. BACH, Partita No 4 in D minor BWV 828; BARTÓK, Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos); SCHUMANN, Symphonic Studies Op 13.
You’d be SURPRISED Barbara Kennedy with Peter Lockwood (piano)
Book Reviews

How to Stay Awake During Anybody's Slow Movement (The Average Music Lover's Guide to Concert-going) by David E. WALDERWould you care to say something? The thirty year story of a successful music society by N K Scott CBE
The Proms & Natural Justice by Robert Simpson
Whom the Gods Love - the life and music of George Butterworth by Michael Barlow 
MARIO LANZA - Tenor in Exile by Roland L. Bessette  
March 1999 Click here to read the reviews     return to index
GUITAR RECITAL Jason Vieaux
THE BARTÓK ALBUM  Muzsikás featuring Márta Sebestyén (vocals) and Alexander Balanescu (violin)
Sir Arnold BAX In Memoriam/Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra, The Bard of the DimbovitzaJean Rigby (soprano); Margaret Fingerhut (piano) BBC Philharmonic conducted by Vernon Handley
BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis in D Op. 123. MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D K. 304, ‘Prague. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Nicola Zaccaria. Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien. Philharmonia Orchestra Herbert von Karajan.
HAKON BØRRESEN Symphony No 2 in A Major The Sea , Symphony No 3 in C major Frankfurt RSO/Ole Schmidt
JOHANNES BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D major ,Serenade No. 2 in A major Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia / Douglas Bostock
BUSH Alan. Relinquishment, Nocturne, Lyric Interlude, Voices of the Prophets ,English Suite Piers Lane (piano), Clio Gould and Sophia Rahman (violin and piano); Philip Langridge and Lionel Friend (tenor and piano); Northern Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas Ward.
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Chamber Music Fantasiestücke for string quartet, Five Negro Melodies for piano trio, Nonet in F minor The Coleridge Ensemble (leader: John McLaughlin Williams)
ERNESTO CORDERO Tres Conciertos del Caribe Tropical Concerti: Concierto de Bayoán para Guitarra y Orquesta (performed by Iván Rijos) Concierto Criollo para Cuatro y Orquesta, (performed by Edwin Colón Zayas) Concierto Evocativo para Guitarra y Orquesta, (performed by Leonardo Egúrbida) Orquesta San Juan Pops under Musical Director Roselín Pabón
THOMAS DUNHILL Violin Sonata No. 1; songs; piano music. David Dunhill
ANTONIN DVORÁK Slavonic Dances (selection of 13 of the 16) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Douglas Bostock
FINE Irving. Orchestral Music. Blue Towers; Music for Orchestra ; Diversions for Orchestra; Toccata Concertante; Symphony (1962). Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Joel Spiegelman.
HOWARD HANSON Merry Mount conducted by Tullio Serafin
Howard HANSON SYMPHONIES Nos. 1-7.Piano Concerto in G Major; Suite from "Merry Mount"; Lament for Beowulf; Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth. Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings; Mosaics; Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky. Carol Rosenberger (piano); Gerard Schwarz conducting The Seattle Symphony, The Seattle Symphony Chorale and the New York Chamber Symphony
JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony Nos. 88 in G major , 89 in F major , Overtures: Acide e Galatea , Lo speziale , L'incontro improvisoChamber Philharmonic of Bohemia conducted by Douglas Bostock
Gustav HOLST The Planets, The Perfect Fool* and Egdon Heath*. Sir Adrian Boult/New Philharmonia Orchestra, Andre Previn*/London Symphony Orchestra
LITHUANIAN ORCHESTRAL MUSIC Symphony Music - Live: Vytautas BARKAUSKAS Konzerstück No. 2 Feliksas BAJORAS Exodus II  Vytautas GERMANAVICIUS Affluente Algirdas MARTINAITIS Unfinished Symphony Remigius MERKELYS Existence Lithuanian National SO cond Juozas Domarkas /Robertas Servenikas /Leon Botstein
MAHLER: Symphony No.5Transcribed for and played on the organ of Gloucester Cathedral by David Briggs
NICOLAI MEDTNER (1901-37) The complete (14) piano sonatas Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
E.J. MOERAN  Violin Concerto Albert Sammons/BBCSO/Boult Fantasy Quartet Leon Goossens/Carter String Trio Serenade London Symphony Orch./ Cameron
LUDOLF NIELSEN Symphony No. 1 in B minor Op. 3 (1902-3) From the Mountains - Symphonic Suite Op. 8 (1903-5) Danish PO/Frank Cramer.
Silvestre Revueltas.  La Coronela, Itinerarios, Colorines Santa Barbara Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Gisèle Ben-Dor
Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mikhail GLINKA Overture Russlan and Ludmilla, Modest MUSSORGSKY/RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Night on Bald Mountain, Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Galop, "Moscow Cheremushki" The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Altrichter-conductor, Malcolm Stewart-solo violin.
ROSSINI. The Barber of Seville. Metropolitan Opera 1989. Conductor Ralf Weiker. Stage production John Cox. Video.
LIONEL SAINSBURY Twelve Preludes; Cuban Fantasy; Nocturne; Andalusian Fantasy; South American Suite Lionel Sainsbury (piano)
SAINT-SAËNS Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1* The Swan; Allegro appassionato; Suite op. 16 Mischa Maisky (cello); Daria Hovora* (piano); Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI Stabat Mater EMANUEL D'ASORGA Stabat Mater (circa 1707) Camerata Polifonica Siciliana cnducted by Douglas Bostock
FRANZ SCHMIDT (1874-1939) Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln (The Book of the Seven Seals) (1937)Stig Andersen (ten) Rene Pape (bass) Christiane Oelze (sop) Lothar Odinius (ten) Friedemann Winklhofer (organ) Bavarian Radio Choir Bavarian Radio SO/Franz Welser-Möst
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN Symphony No 3 in C minor 'Le Divin Poème' Concertgebouw Orchestra/Kiril Kondrashin
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN Universe - Mysterium: Prefatory Act ARAM KHACHATURYAN Piano Concerto Alexei Lyubimov (piano - in Scriabin) Irina Orlova (organ - in Scriabin) USSR State Academic Chorus (in Scriabin) Yakov Flier (piano - in Khachaturyan) Moscow PO/Kyrill Kondrashin
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A Cotswold Romance/Death of TintagilesLondon Philharmonic Choir/London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox
EGON WELLESZ: Violin Concerto, Op. 84. Prosperos Beschwörungen, Op. 53. Andrea Duka Lowenstein (violin), Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien/Gerd Albrecht.
EGON WELLESZ: Piano Concerto, Op. 49. Divertimento, Op. 107. Drei Skizzen, Op. 6. Eklogen, Op. 11. Triptychon, Op. 98. Karl-Andreas Kolly (piano), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester/ Howard Griffiths.  
AN ANNIVERSARY BOUQUET. Fourteen chamber works by various composers
You'd be SURPRISED! Barbara Kennedy with Peter Lockwood (piano) Songs of Love and Laughter by Irving Berlin; George Gershwin; Marve Fisher; Cole Porter; Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern; Noel Coward; Stephen Sondheim; and Flanders and Swann.
Book Reviews
Getting a Handel on Messiah by David W. Barber
A Working Musician's Joke Book by Daniel G. Theaker
When the Fat Lady Sings   by David W. Barber

February 1999 Click here to read the reviews   return to index


ARENSKY Egyptian Nights  Moscow SO/ Dmitry Yablonsky  
Howard BLAKE A Month in the Country; Violin Concerto "The Leeds"; Sinfonietta for 10 brass instruments/Christiane Edinger (violin) English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel
ERNEST BLOCH - BLOCH PERFORMS BLOCH Schelomo, From Jewish Life , Sacred Service /Jewish Musical Heritage Recordings
BRITTEN Violin Concerto ** WALTON Violin Concerto */Sergej Azizian (violin)/ Copenhagen PO * cond Giordano Bellincampi ** cond Osmo Vanska
Anton BRUCKNER Symphony No.4 in E flat major, "Romantic" /Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by George Tintner
EISLER The Hollywood Songbook /Matthias Goerne (baritone) and Eric Schneider (piano)
Edward ELGAR: In the South (Alassio) Op. 50*. Enigma Variations Op. 36$. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5$. Chanson de Nuit, Chanson de Matin. Op. 15*, The Starlight Express Op. 78^. /National Symphony Orchestra Boyd Neel*, Sir Malcolm Sargent$, Sir Charles Groves^
MANUEL DE FALLA Grabaciones Históricas - Historic Recordings
GABRIEL FAURÉ Requiem (1893 version), Pelléas et Mélisande suite ,Three Mélodies (Dream Sequence), Pavane, Pueri Gaudentes/Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia/Douglas Bostock
ZDENEK FIBICH Hippodamia Trilogy (1889-91) - three melodramas 1. The Courtship of Pelops 2. The Atonement of Tantalus 3. Hippodamia’s Death
G.F.HANDEL: FURY WITH RED SPARKLING EYES Dramatic arias by Handel /JENNIFER LANE (mezzo)  Brewer Chamber Orcestra conducter by Rudolph Palmer
KARL AMADEUS HARTMANN (1905-63) The Eight Symphonies & Gesangs-Szene /Bavarian Radio SO
Joseph HOROVITZ Trumpet Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Jubilee Serenade; Sinfonietta;Canzonet; Rondino/Nicholas Daniel (oboe); James Watson (trumpet) with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Joseph Horovitz
Sidney JONES The Geisha/ Lilian Watson; Christopher Maltman; SarahWalker; Richard Suart; the New London Light Opera Chorus and Orchestraconducted by Ronald Corp
ARAM KHACHATURYAN (1903-1978) Violin Concerto in D minor  Leonid Kogan (vn)/Grand SO/composer Concerto-Rhapsody in B minor for violin and orchestra - Leonid Kogan (vn)/Moscow SO/Kondrashin
MARTIN KISZKO The Battle of the Sexes / City of Prague PO/Harry Rabinowitz
David LYON Light Music/Michael Thompson (horn) with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones
CZESLAW MAREK Suite for orchestra Op 25, Meditations Op 14 , Sinfonia Op 28/Philharmonia/Gary Brain.
CZESLAW MAREK Orchestral Works Vols 1-2, Capriccio Op 15 , Serenade for violin and orchestra , (Ingolf Turban - violin) Sinfonietta
CZESLAW MAREKVol. 3: Rural Scenes - seven songs for high voice and orchestra, Village Songs - seven songs for high voice and orchestra, Polish Hymn, Death Melody, Greeting, A Look Backwards/Elzbieta Szmytka (soprano) Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra/Gary Brain
FRANK MARTIN Golgotha - Passion Oratorio/Martina von Bargen (sop) Margit Hungerbühler (con) Friedhelm Decker (ten) Joachim Gebhardt (bar) - Christus Martin Blasius (Bass) Chor der Erlöserkirche, Bad Homburg Offenbacher Kammmerorkester cond: Hayko Siemens
JOSEPH MARX  Violin Sonata (No. 1) in A major /Tobias Ringborg (violin) Daniel Blumenthal (piano)
NIKOLAI MIASKOVSKY  Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 3 State SO of the Ministry of CultureSymphony No. 5 in D Op. 18 State Academic SO of the USSR Gennadi Rozhdestvenski.
NICOLAI MIASKOVSKY Symphony No. 2 in C sharp minor Op. 11, Symphony No. 22 Symphonic Ballad Op. 54 /State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (No 2); State Symphony of the USSR, Evgeny Svetlanov (No.22).
OSKAR NEDBAL Orchestral Music/Carlsbad SO/Douglas Bostock
ALLAN PETTERSSON Symphonies 10 and 11 /Hannover Radio PO (NDR)/Alun Francis
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concerto in G major. Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major*. Valse nobles et sentimentales /Krystian Zimerman (piano); Pierre Boulez conducting The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra*
Nicholas SACKMAN String Quartet No. 2  George NICHOLSON String Quartet No.3/Bochmann Quartet
John SCOTT A Colchester Symphony/The Colchester Institute Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Phelps
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) The Film Album/ Riccardo Chailly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
RUDI STEPHAN Liebeszauber (Magic of Love) for baritone and orchestra Music for Orchestra,Music for violin and orchestra , Music for seven stringed instruments /Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Hans Maile (violin) Deutsches SO, Berlin/Hans Zender
Michael TIPPETT Sonata no 2; Nicholas SACKMAN Sonata; Robert SAXTON, Chacony for the left hand; Justin CONNOLLY, Sonatina in five studies Op 1/ Steven Neugarten (piano)
Michael TIPPETT Sonata No.3;  John McCABE Fantasy on a theme of Liszt ; Paul PATTERSON  A Tunnel of Time Op 66; Nigel CLARKE Solstice /Graham Caskie (piano)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5; Valiant-for-truth; The Pilgrim Pavement; Hymn-tune Preludeon Song 13; Psalm 23; Prelude and Fugue in C minor. /Ian Watson (organ);Richard Hickox Singers; London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox Chandos
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 6; In the Fen Country; On Wenlock Edge./Ian Bostridge (tenor);London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
GERARD VICTORY Ultima Rerum /Virginia Kerr (sop) Bernadette Greevy (mezzo) Adrian Thompson (ten) Alan Opie (bar) RTE Philharmonic Choir Cór na Óg RTE National Chamber Choir/Colin Mawby National SO Ireland/Colman Pearce
ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI Violin Concerto,Serenade for strings / Ulf Hoelscher (violin) Frankfurt Radio SO/Alun Francis
ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI Cello Concerto "Invocazione" ,Sinfonia Brevis/Gustav Rivinius (cello) Frankfurt Radio SO/Alun Francis
Brian Kay's BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC Classics/Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland
ENGLISH ORGAN MUSIC/Matthew Morley at the organ of St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, London
O SPRITE HEROIC: The life, love and death of Sir Philip Sidney explored/The Trinity Consort recorded in St Paul's Church, Rusthall.
TWENTY-SIX DANISH VIOLIN CONCERTOS - PLAYED BY KAI LAURSEN
RUSSIAN VIOLIN CONCERTOS Knipper, Khrennikov, Karayev, Rakov
RARE RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES Vol. 2.Rostislav BOIKO (1931-) No 2 Revol BUNIN (1924-1976) No 6 Revaz GABICHVADZE (1913-) for strings, piano & timps
RARE RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES Vol 3: Boris PARSADANIAN (1925-) No 2 Arif MELIKOV (1923-) No 2
Albert GINASTERA Panambí , Estancia 
Silvestre REVUELTAS Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca, Sensemaya, New Philharmonia Orchestra: Eduardo Mata  Ocho X Radio, Toccata, Alcancías, Planos London Sinfonietta: David AthertonLa Noche de los Mayas  Orquesta Sinfónica de Jalapa: Luis Herrera de la Fuente
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS  Gênesis, Erosão, Amazonas, Dawn in a Tropical Forest/Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra - Roberto Duarte
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS  Symphony No. 4 "Victoria", Cello Concerto No.2, Amazonas/Simon-Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Andrés Díaz Cello, conductor: Enrique Arturo Diemecke



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BMG Melodiya Series
MILY BALAKIREV   symphonies and other works/ USSRSO/Evgeny Svetlanov
SERGEI RACHMANINOV  symphonies/vocalise/Evgeny Svetlanov
NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  symphonies/sheherezade/Evgeny Svetlanov
RODION SHCHEDRIN  Orchestral and concerto works/Rostropovich/Svetlanov
TCHAIKOVSKY/ SIBELIUS Violin Concertos/David Oistrakh
TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Serenade for Strings, Capriccio Italien /Evgeny Svetlanov
TCHAIKOVSKY Suites1-4 USSR SO/Evgeny Svetlanov
ARAM KHACHATURYAN Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto in D minor, Concerto Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, Concerto Rhapsody for cello and orchestra, Gayaneh excerpts, Spartacus - Adagio/Aram Khachaturyan
SERGEI PROKOFIEV War and Peace /Bolshoi


OTHMAR SCHOECK Cello Concerto, Sommernacht /Johnannes Goritzki (cello and conductor)
OTHMAR SCHOECK Das Schloss Dürande - excerpts/Recording of highlights - German Imperial Radio. April 1943.
OTHMAR SCHOECK Violin Sonatas, Albumblatt/ Paul Barritt violin Catherine Edwards piano 
OTHMAR SCHOECK Complete String Quartets/ Minguet Quartett  
OTHMAR SCHOECK Massimilla Doni
OTHMAR SCHOECK Violin Concerto (Stefi Geyer), Horn Concerto (Dennis Brain, )
OTHMAR SCHOECK Violin Concerto, Quasi Una Fantasia, Suite from the opera Penthesilea (Bettina Boller)
OTHMAR SCHOECK Prelude, Horn Concerto , Serenade, Suite for Strings/Schneider (horn)
OTHMAR SCHOECK Elegie
THREE WORKS FOR FRENCH HORN AND ORCHESTRA :OTHMAR SCHOECK Horn Concerto: CHARLES KOECHLIN Poeme : ETHEL SMYTH Concerto for violin, horn and orchestra


Three Catalan recordings
CATALAN CONCERTOS:SALVADOR BROTONS Trombone Concerto XAVIER MONTSALVATGE Concerto Capriccio, Serenade for Lydia de Cadaques LLUÍS BENEJAM Saxophone Concerto
JESUS GURIDI - HIS ORCHESTRAL WORKS: Diez Melodias Vascas, Homenaje a Walt Disney, Una Aventura de Don Quijote, Euzko Irudiak
JOSE MARIA USANDIZAGA Dans la Mer - Poema Sinfónico, Fantasía para Violoncello y Orquesta , Hassan y Melihah: Fantasía Danza, Irurak Bat: Rapsodia sobre 3 cantos populares, Obertura Sinfonica sobre un Tema de Canto Llano, Suite en La


ARNOLD BAX Symphony No 6 (1934) Tintagel (1920) Overture to Adventure
DEREK BELL · Variations and Musical Quotations Come on Northern Ireland, Come On · Divertissement · Toccata Burlesca · Symphony No 2 The Violet Flame· Comte de Saint Germain  & BEINSA DOUNO Izgyava slunteseto · Vehadi for tenor and harp · Kiamen Zenu · Gospodi. kolko te obicham
Leonard BERNSTEIN - Reaching for the note - his life in music
HAVERGAL BRIAN The Complete Piano Music
ELEGY - 20th CENTURY BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC. Richards, Tommis, Williamson, Biberian, Harrison, Tavene,. Croucher,  Rawsthorne.
MANUEL DE FALLA Atlantida
Zdenek FIBICH The complete symphonies /Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Baltic Violin Concertos: by Ivanovs, Sibelius and Sallinen
GORDON JACOB Symphony No 2 in C major, A Little Symphony, A Festival Overture
ANDRZEJ KORZYNSKI Music to the films of Andrzej Wajda
ROBERT LAMB The Children of Lir
RONAN MAGILL Titanic 10th-15th April 1912
Gustav MAHLER Symphony No.3 in D minor  comparative review Barbirolli/Rattle
WILLIAM MATHIAS Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 23 Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 46
VITEZSLAV NOVAK   South Bohemian Suite , Eight Nocturnes
JOHN PICKARD A Starlit Dome Piano Sonata
ALLAN PETTERSSON Symphonies No 5 & No 16  
ALLAN PETTERSSON  Symphonies No 8  &No 10
Edmund RUBBRA Four Medieval Latin Lyrics , Five Spenser Sonnets , Amoretti, Sinfonietta
SAINT-SAENS Africa, Symphonies: No. 2 in A; in F, “Urbs Roma”
FLORENT SCHMITT Sonate Libre, Trois Rapsodies , Hasards, Sonate: Régis Pasquier; Huseyin Sermet.  Rapsodies: Sermet; Kun Woo Paik Hasards: Haridas Greif; Pasquier (Régis and Bruno);
HUMPHREY SEARLE Symphonies 1-5 ,Night Music, Overture to a Drama
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN Symphony No 3 in C minor 'Le Divin Poème'
RUDI STEPHAN Liebeszauber, Music for Orchestra, Music for violin and orchestra, Music for seven stringed instruments
PETER TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No 2 in G major  & DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 9
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 7 ‘Sinfonia Antartica’ Symphony No. 8.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Job, Prelude on an old carol tune; Variations for orchestra (orch - Gordon Jacob).
MATTHIJS VERMEULEN The Seven Symphonies
GERARD VICTORY Ultima Rerum
THOMAS WILSON Violin Concerto SHOSTAKOVICH Festival Overture HOLST Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (The Planets).


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