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Christine Brewer Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser (1845) - Great hall of song [4'55] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni (1787) - He threatened my honour (Or sai chi l'onore)b [6'14] Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Alceste (1776) - Almighty gods of death! (Divinités du Styx) [4'41] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Oberon (1826) – Ocean! Thou mighty monster [8'49]. Euryanthe  (1823) - Fading is the star that guides me a [3'59] Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The Golden Legend - The night is calm and cloudless c [5'09] Emmerich KÁLMÁN (1882-1953) Countess Maritza (1924) – Where is love's kingdom? c [6'54] Richard RODGERS (1902-1979) Carousel (1945) – You'll never walk alone c [4'01] Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) Giuditta (1934) – On my lips ev'ry kiss is like wine (Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss) c [5'45] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Stabat mater (1832) – Blessed virgin, may the flame of love c [4'19] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ah! perfido (1795/6) [13'16] Bob MERRILL (b 1921) Carnival (1961) - Mira – can you imagine that? [4'26] Christine Brewer (soprano); aJanice Watson (soprano); bBarry Banks (tenor); cGeoffrey Mitchell Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra/David Parry. Rec. Blackheath Concert Halls, London, on March 7th, 9th and 10th, 2005. DDD Notes and text included. CHANDOS OPERA IN ENGLISH CHAN3127 [73'52][CC]

The generative impulse for this disc was Brewer's recording of Fidelio. Chandos's faith in Brewer has been justified, completely and utterly. ... see Full Review

Songs of the British Isles Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) CD transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.111081 [74:48] [CH]

Time is gradually taking its distance from the adored myth. Yet there is still so much that is beautiful and Naxos’s transfers (as well as their price) provide a good reason to explore. ... see Full Review

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: The Mastersinger Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Excerpts from Die Zauberflöte (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm, 1964), Cosí fan Tutte (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Eugen Jochum, 1963), Le nozze di Figaro (Orchestra of the German Opera/Karl Böhm, 1968) and Don Giovanni (Prague National Theatre Orchestra/Karl Böhm, 1967) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Orchestra of the German Opera /Eugen Jochum, 1976) and Das Rheingold (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan, 1968) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Excerpts from Serse (Munich Chamber Orchestra/Hans Stadlmair, 1978) and Giulio Cesare (Munich Bach Orchestra/Karl Richter, 1970) Christoph von GLUCK (1714-1787) Excerpt from Orfeo et Euridice (Munich Bach Orchestra/Karl Richter, 1968) Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Excerpts from Carmina Burana (Orchestra of the German Opera/Eugen Jochum, 1968) Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Excerpts from La traviata (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ferenc Fricsay, 1961), Macbeth (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Lamberto Gardelli, 1971), Rigoletto (Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Rafael Kubelik, 1964) and Don Carlo (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Georg Solti, 1976) Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Excerpt from Tosca (Orchestra of the Saint Cecilia Academy, Rome/Lorin Maazel, 1967) Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Excerpt from The Creation (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan, 1969) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Excerpts from Die Frau ohne Schatten (Bavarian State Orchestra/Joseph Keilberth, 1964), Arabella (Bavarian State Orchestra/Joseph Keilberth, 1964) Elektra (Dresden State Opera Orchestra/Karl Böhm, 1961) and Salome (Hamburg State Opera Orchestra/Karl Böhm, 1971) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Lieder: Im Frühling D882 (Sviatoslav Richter, piano 1978); Der Musensohn D764 (Jörg Demus, piano 1960) Ständchen D957/4, An Silvia D891, Die Forelle D550, Erlkönig D328 and Heidenröslein D257 (all Gerald Moore, piano 1969-1972) Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Ruckert Lieder: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm, 1964) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) with accompaniments as given above rec. locations not given, dates as above ADD Gramophone Awards Collection series DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON DG 476 7111 [78:58 + 75:27][PCW]

A most fitting tribute to a master singer and a stunningly versatile artist … see Full Review

Dietrich FISCHER-DIESKAU: Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon ACH cantatas BWV 56 and 82 BWV 4 HANDEL Guilio Cesare (arias and scenes) BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge WOLF Italiensiches Liederbuch VERDI Falstaff ORFF Carmina Burana SCHUMANN Dichterliebe; 7 Lieder; Kerner-lieder BRAHMS Die schöne Magelone; Heine-lieder HENZE Neapolitanisches Lieder FORTNER The Creation MARTIN Monologues from Jedermann GLUCK Orpheus and Eurydike MEYERBEER Lieder VARIOUS Goethe settings REICHARDT Petrach settings FISCHER-DIESKAU Erzähltes Leben (full track listing at end of review) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Karl Engel, Hertha Klust, Jörg Demus, Günther Wiessenborn, Joseph Metternich, Cornelis van Dijk, Maria Stader, Rita Streich Berliner Philharmoniker, Martin Kraus, Kammerorchester, Karl Ristenpart, Radio Symphonie Orchester, Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay, Sinfonie-orchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. Various recording dates. Partly mono. AAD/ADD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 28947 75270 [9 CDs: 80:10 + 78:10 + 75:58 + 69:48 + 76:41 + 68:49 + 69:43 + 78:59 + 81:10] [AO]

A true tribute, an excellent opportunity for those wanting an overview of Fischer-Dieskau's early career. Nine wonderful discs – good value for money. ... see Full Review

Four Seasons (Si Ji) Wang HUIRAN (arr. Yang) 1. Y Dance [5:56] He LUTING 2. Shepherd Boy with flute [2:58] Dietmar UNGERRANK Intonation 4 Sound-and-Image Compositions 3. Intonation [2:00] 4. Long out-stretched Pier with its Shadows [2:27] 5. Wind on The Hill [1:39] 6. Waiting for Guests [1:41] 7. Land Circus [1:55] Traditional 8. Heavenly Bird [1:11] 9. Lantern Song [1:43] 10. Mayila [2:14] Evan HIRSCHELMAN 11. Meditation No. 2 [2:05] 12. Meditation No. 1 [1:19] Stephen GOSS 13. The Blue Kite [4:01] 14. Yellow Earth [4:28] 15. Farewell My Concubine [2:38] Carlo DOMENICONI I Ching 16. 1 T’ai [2:08] 17. 3 Lin [3:06] 18. 4 T’ung Jen [1:17] 19. 5 Huan [1:44] 20. 6 K’uei [2:40] 21. 7 Chieh [3:43] Stephen Funk PEARSON 22. South China Sea Peace [4:59] Thierry ROUGIER Four Seasons 23. Spring [2:01] 24. Summer [1:50] 25. Autumn [2:19] 26. Winter [2:53] Xuefei Yang, guitar Rec. AC Studio, San Francisco. No date given GSP RECORDINGS GSP 1028CD [67:35][ZT]

Only by personal audition can an awareness of this CD’s unique beauty be acquired. Unreservedly recommended and definitely not to be missed. ... see Full Review

Das Gäsebuch (Geese Book) The Late Medieveal Liturgy of St Lorenz, Nuremberg Kaspar OTHMAYR (1515-1553) and Lucas OSIANDER (1534-1604) Bicnium and Chorale: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott [3:12] Anonymous Introitus: Viri Galilei [2:41] Hans KOTTER (ca. 1485-1541) Fantasia in C [1:21] Anonymous Mass for the Holy Lance and the Nails [12:37] Conrad BRUMANN (d. 1526) Carmen in G [1:19] Anonymous Mass for Saint Deocarus [4:55] Ludwig SENFL (ca. 1492-1555) Lied: Ewiger Gott [2:37] Anonymous Mass for Saint Sebaldus [12:56] Heinrich ISAAC (ca. 1450-1517) Ricercare in D minor [2:28] Anonymous Mass for Saint Monica [1:10] Arnold SCHLICK (ca. 1455-ca. 1525) Maria zart, von edler Art [2:18] Anonymous Mass for Saint Lawrence [1:48] Heinrich FINCK (1445-1527) Ich wird erlost [1:22] Anonymous Bells of the Church of St. Lorenz [0:53] Schola Hungarica/László Dobszay, Janka Szendrei, directors Matthias Ank, organrec. Lutheran Church, Wendelstein, 9-12 Sept 2002; Church of St. Lorenz, Nuremberg, Germany, 25 Jan 2003 DDD Naxos 8.557412 [70:53] [PG]

Several works here that have never previously been recorded .... not perfect but certainly worthy of interest. ... see Full Review

Beniamino Gigli: The Gigli Edition Vol. 10 Beniamino Gigli (tenor), Maria Caniglia (soprano) (tracks 9, 10), Cloe Elmo (mezzo) (track 18), Giuseppe Noto (baritone)(track 23). Orchestras/Dino Olivieri (tracks 1–4, 15–16 and 20–21), Lawrance Collingwood (tracks 5–12), Luigi Ricci (tracks 13–14), Umberto Berrettoni (tracks 17–19 and 22–23) Recorded in Milan and London 1938 – 1940. NAXOS 8.110271 [77:29] [GF]

Can be confidently recommended to Gigli collectors and every other admirer of good tenor singing. ... see Full Review

In The Beginning: Choral Masterpieces of the 1940s Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Rejoice in the Lamb, op.30 (Festival Cantata) [17:53] Ildebrando PIZZETTI (1880-1968) Tre composizioni corali: I: Cade la sera [3:56]; II: Ululate [5:40]; III: Recordare, Domine [9:05] Gerald FINZI (1901-1956) Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, op.26 [15:32] Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) In the Beginning [18:17] Jonathan Hyde (treble), Jeremy Kenyon (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Allan Smith (bass), James Birchall (bass), Frances Bourne (mezzo-soprano), Robert Houssart (organ) Gloucester Cathedral Choir/Andrew Nethsingha (Chorister Voice Coach, Russell Burton) Recorded 15th, 16th, 28th and 29th April and 29th May 2005, Gloucester Cathedral AVIE AV2072 [70:39] [JQ]

Stimulating and enterprising, well executed. ... see Full Review

Vittorio Gui: The Last Concert Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98 [40:40] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K. 550 [26:28] Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Vittorio Gui Recorded live at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, 5th October 1975 WARNER FONIT 5046712012 [67:20] [CH]

Even in his 91st year Gui could generate a sense of occasion, but his memory might have been better served by something recorded ten or twenty years earlier. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Jascha Heifetz: Hora Staccato and other favourites Grigoras DINICU (1889 – 1949) Hora Staccato (1906); Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835 – 1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for violin and orchestra op. 28 (1863); Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854 – 1925) Guitarre Op. 45 No. 2 (arr. Sarasate); Manuel de FALLA (1876 – 1946) Spanish Dance No. 1 (from La Vida Breve) (1913) (arr. Kreisler); Pablo SARASATE (1844 – 1908) Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) for violin and orchestra Op. 20 No. 1 (1878); Antonio BAZZINI (1818 – 1897) La Ronde des Lutins – scherzo fantastique for violin and piano Op. 25 (1852); Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835 – 1880) Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D for violin and piano Op. 4 (1853); Camille SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise in E for violin and orchestra Op. 83 (1887); Manuel De FALLA Jota (Seven Popular Spanish Songs No. 4 (1915) (arr. Kochanski); Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 – 1957) Much Ado About Nothing – incidental music (1920) Garden Scene – Holzapfel und Schlehwein; Joseph ACHRON (1886 – 1943) Hebrew Melody for violin and piano Op. 33 (1911); Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) Gavotta from Four Pieces for piano Op. 32 No. 3 (1918) (arr. Heifetz) – March in F minor from Ten Pieces for piano Op. 12 No. 1 (1906) (arr. Heifetz); Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Daisies from Six Songs Op. 38 No. 3 (1916) (arr. Heifetz) – Oriental Sketch in B flat for piano (1917) (arr. Heifetz); William KROLL (1901 – 1980) Banjo And Fiddle; Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875) / Franz WAXMAN (1906 – 1967) Carmen Fantasia for violin and orchestra on themes from Bizet’s 1875 opera (1946) Jascha Heifetz (violin), Emanuel Bay (piano) (1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12 – 17), Arpad Sandor (piano) (3, 11), London Philharmonic Orchestra/John Barbirolli (2), London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli (5, 8), RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Donald Voorhees Recorded in London, Hollywood and New York 1934 – 1947. LIVING ERA CLASSICS AJC 8553 [77:16][GF]

There we are. End of review. Now grab your overcoat, Mr Grumble and everybody else, and run down to the store. There may still be a copy left. ... see Full Review

Jewish Tone Poems Aaron AVSHALOMOV (1894-1964) Four Biblical Tableauxa (1928) [12'05] Sheila SILVER (b. 1946) Shirat Sarab (1985) [22'32] Jan MEYEROWITZ (1915-1998) Symphony, 'Midrash Esther'c (1954) [28'26] Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestraac/Gerard Schwarza, Yoel Levic; Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarzb. Rec. Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, May 1999a, November 2000c, Banaroya Hallb, Seattle, WA, May 1999. DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS MILKEN ARCHIVE 8.559426 [63'19][CC]

A fascinating disc. Naxos is once more to be congratulated for its championing of the fringes of the repertoire. ... see Full Review

William Kapell (piano) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat, op.19 [27:24] (1) Franz SCHUBERT (1791-1828) Waltz in B, D.145/2 [00:55], Waltz in b, D.145/6 [01:07], Waltz in E, D.365/26 [00:38], Waltz in F, D.365/32 [01:01], German Dance in B flat, D.783/6 [00:35], German Dance in B flat, D.783/7 [00:44], Waltz in F, D.365/34 [00:47], Ländler in D, D.734/1 [00:59] (2) Sergei RACHMANINOV (1874-1942) Cello Sonata in G minor, op.19 [31:08] (3) William Kapell (piano) NBC Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Golschmann (1), Edmund Kurtz (cello) (3) Recorded 24th June 1946 in Carnegie Hall, NY (1), 3rd July 1952 at the RCA Studios, Hollywood (2), 23rd-24th April 1947 in RCA Studio no.2, NY (3) CD transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn NAXOS 8.110767 [65:17] [CH]

More evidence of what might have been. Those interested in the history of piano-playing in the 20th Century should not regret paying the modest Naxos price to hear it. ... see Full Review

L’Art de Paul van Kempen – Vol 1 Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Les Préludes* [15’38”] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 8 in F major** [24’24”] Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Overture: The Hebrides*** [8’59”] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Overture: William Tell**** [12’29”] Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Overture: Benvenuto Cellini***** [10’05”] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major ****** [45’05”] Adrian Aeschbacher (piano) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul van Kempen Recorded: * 22 December 1937; ** 7 April, 4 October 1940; *** 26-28 May 1951; **** 5 July 1951; ***** 6 July 1951;****** 14-21 January 1952. ADD TAHRA TAH 512-513 [61’27 + 55’12”][JQ]

Solid, musicianly and well prepared but lacking that last bit of distinction that separates the great performances from the good ones. ... see Full Review

Leaving Home: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century Episode one: Dancing on a Volcano Musical excerpts from Wagner, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Berg, Schönberg and Webern. Bonus features: Complete biographies of composers mentioned, and audio tracks of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Berg’s Violin Concerto. Gidon Kremer, violin Felicity Palmer, mezzo The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle, narrator and conductor Verklärte Nacht taken from NAXOS 8.554371 performed by the Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa, conductor. Berg’s concerto is taken from NAXOS 8.554755 performed by Rebecca Hirsch, violin, Eri Klas conducting the Netherland’s Radio Orchestra. (not identified in the booklet material) Directed by Peter West. ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 102033 [50:00] [KS]

There is much to be learned from this informative program, which for today’s lightning-fast society is exactly the right length. ... see Full Review


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