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CHOPIN Introduction and Variations in B flat on 'Je vends des scapulaires' from Hérold's Ludovic, Op. 12. Andante spianato and Grand polonaise in E flat, Op. 22. Berceuse in D flat, Op. 57. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. Posth. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35.
Katia Skanavi (piano).
ProPiano Records PPR224522 (full price, 55 minutes).

Michael Glover

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Rondine - a sequel to La Boheme?

A discussion of the opera followed by comparative reviews of three recordings by Ian Lace

The second in a series of comparative reviews of Puccini operas

A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan approaches the end of  his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 3

Previously: Symphony No.1  No. 2   No. 4  No.5 No.6 No.7  No.8 No. 9  The Song of the Earth  

Five Instrumental Anthology Discs from Crystal Records Inc.

Each includes a work by ALAN HOVHANESS

Duo 1 POINT 5
BILL PERCONTI (alto saxophone)

eight American brass quintets
CRYSTAL CD200 62.25 [RB]

Richard Giangiulio (trumpet) Paul Riedo (organ)

Paul Cortese (viola) Jon Klibonoff (piano)

The Piano Trio - Mozart, Hovhaness, Frescobaldi, Pasatieri, Bartok
The Verdehr Trio
CRYSTAL CD741 70.33 [RB]

String Quartet No.1 (1815) String Quartet No.3 (1825)
Beethoven Quartet :Dmitry Tsyganov (violin) Vassily Shirinsky (violin) Vadim Borisovsky (viola) Sergey Shirinsky (cello)
rec 1948 mono BOHEME CDBMR 907086 [49.36] [RB]

MALCOLM ARNOLD: Symphony No. 5, Divertimento No. 2, Symphonic Study: 'Machines', Sarabande and Polka,
The Belles of St. Trinians. Munich Symphony Orchestra Douglas Bostock. Classico CLASSCD294 61m DDD. [HC] [GF]

C.P.E.BACH Six keyboard sonatas
Carole Cerasi (harpsichord and fortepiano)
Metronome MET CD 1032. 67'27" [PW]

J.S.BACH Lute Suites BWV 995-998; Prelude, Fugue & Allegro BWV 998.
Paul Galbraith (guitar)
Delos DE 3258 59'38" [PW]

J S BACH: Goldberg Variations BWV988
Angela Hewitt: Piano.
Hyperion CDA67305. 79m DDD.[GF]

J.S.BACH Goldberg Variations arr. Labadie
Les Violons du Roy/Bernard Labadie
Dorian- 90281 79'30" [PW]

BACH: Cantatas BWV 94-96.
Helen Donath, Arleen Auger, Else Paaski, Marga Hoffgen. Gachinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart Helmuth Rilling.
Hanssler Classic Bach Akademie Vol 30 92.030 71m ADD/DDD. [GF]

BARTOK: First Rhapsody, Romanian Folkdances;
: Violin Sonata No.3;
: Mythes
, Op.30
Ida Haendel (violin) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
DECCA 455 488-2 [60' 55"] Plus bonus CD - "Ida Haendel: the Decca Years, 1940-47" [75'09"] [CA]

David BEDFORD Song of the White Horse also featuring Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon
Nash Ensemble & Queens College Choir conducted by Steuart Bedford, with Mike Ratledge and David Bedford, keyboards, soloist Diana Coulson (Song of the White Horse) / Chorus and Brass of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Star Clusters…) * produced and engineered by Mike Oldfield
Classicprint CPVP011CD * [48:52] [GD]

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4 in G Major. Op. 58 30.46
Armando José FERNANDES
Concerto in B Flat 27.20
Helena Sá E Costa (pno) Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional (Beethoven) Cond Efrem Kurtz Academia de instrumentistas de Câmera
Recorded Lisbon 12 Dec 1954; 2 May 1960 Strauss Potugalsom SP4238 ADD 58.10 [HD]

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 "Choral"
Aase Nordmo-Lovberg (soprano), Christa Ludwig (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Hans Hotter (bass); Philharmonia Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer
TESTAMENT SBT 1177 [70'48"] [CA]

Poème Héroïque (1907-11) 10.34
Rapsodie Wallonne (1910) 26.11
Contes d'Orient (1909) 36.23
Diane Andersen (piano) Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté Française/Pierre Bartholomée
rec 15 16 Jan; 8 19 July 1998  CYPRES CYP7605 [74.20] [RB]

Trenmor - symphonic poem (1905) 15.54
Symphony (1908) 28.03
Two Sonnets for cello and orchestra (1909-13) 14.41
Luc Dewez (cello) Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté Française/Pierre Bartholomée
rec Conservatoire Royal de Liège, 16-19 October 1995 CYPRES CYP3601 [58.53] [RB]

BLUMENFELD Complete Preludes & Impromptus
Philip Thomson (piano)
Ivory Classics 71002. 75'02" [PW]

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743 - 1805) Flute Quintets Op.55 58'34"
Michael Faust (flute) Auryn Quartet
Recorded February 12 -15 1996 Sendesaal. Germany. DDD cpo 999 382-2 [HD]

Christopher BOCHMANN (b 1950) Aleafonia Concertante No 3 (1983) 11'44" Em Homagem (1984) 9'51" Epitaph (1991) 16'54" Misere Mei (1994) 11'54" Metaphors (1997) 10'41"
Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil Christopher Bockmann
Recorded Lisbon. 25 March '99; 29 June '99; 10 Nov '99 Strauss  Portugalsom ST 2246 DDD [61'28"] [HD]

BRUCH: Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 3.
Lydia Mordkovitch: Violin London Symphony Orchestra Richard Hickox.
CHAN9784 72m DDD.[GF]

BRUCKNER: The Symphonies
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
conducted by Georg Tintner

a review of the series

ANTON BRUCKNER (1824 - 1896)
Symphony No 00 in F Minor "Study Symphony" 37.25
"Volkfest" Finale to Symphony No 4 in E Flat major. 19.03
Royal Scottish National Orchestra  Cond. Georg Tintner
Recorded Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow. 3/4 Sept 1998  Naxos 8.554432 [56.37] [TD] [HD]


BRUCKNER: Symphony No.5
BBC Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Jascha Horenstein
BBC Legends BBCL 4033-2 [TD]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No.7 Rameau: Gavotte with Six Variations
Philharmonia and New Philharmonia Orchestras Conducted by Otto Klemperer
EMI "The Klemperer Legacy" CDM5 67330 2 [TD]

JOHN CAGE (1912-92)
Seventy-Four for orchestra - Version 1 (1992) 12.11
The Seasons - Ballet in one act (1947) 16.35
Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1950/51) 20.39
Seventy-Four for orchestra - Version 2 12.03
Suite for Toy Piano (1948) 7.13
Suite for Toy Piano (orch Lou Harrison) 6.30
Margaret Leng Tan (piano)
American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
ECM NEW SERIES 1696 - 465 140-2 [75.11] [RB]

ANDRE CAPLET (1878-1925) Le Mystère de Jésus (1923)
Brigitte Desnoues (mezzo) Maîtrise de Radio France Orchestre des Pays de Savoie/Mark Foster
rec Radio France, Paris, 23-25 Nov 1996 MARCO POLO 8.225043 [61.13] [RB]

ANDRÉ CAPLET (1878-1925)
Quintet for piano and winds (1898) 26.26
Le Tombeau de Couperin 17.06
Pavane pour une Infante Défunte 5.11
Ma Mère l'Oye 15.18
(all three Ravel pieces transcribed by David Walter)
Claire Désert (piano) Quintette Moraguès rec Lausanne, 24-27 June 1999
LE CHANT DU MONDE LDC 2781116 [65.10] [RB]

PAUL CRESTON (1906-1985)
The First Three Symphonies
Symphony No. 1 (1940) 23.32 Symphony No. 2 (1944) 22.23 Symphony No. 3 (1950) 26.38
National SO of the Ukraine/Theodore Kuchar
rec Kiev, 25-29 December 1998 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559034 [72.39] [RB]
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