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A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 9

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

WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985)

The complete symphonies on CHANDOS by Rob Barnett

with further reviews by Hubert Culot and a biography by Ian Carmalt

VAGN HOLMBOE (1909-1996)

A compact biography and survey of the BIS recored cycle of the Symphonies by Rob Barnett




The RUBBRA Recorded Cycle on CHANDOS

A major review by Rob Barnett with Gary Higginson, Hubert Culot, Michael Freeman and Paul Conway



Single Reviews

George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Concert Music: Symphony No. 4 ('1942'); Symphony No. 6  McKonkey's Ferry (Washington at Trenton); A Concert Overture  Theodore Kuchar conducts the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. NAXOS 8.559033 [67:43] [IL]

ARNE: ALFRED An English Masque Jennifer Smith, Christine Brandis, David Daniels, Jamie MacDougall, Philharmonis Baroque Orchestra and chorale  cond. Nicholas McGegan   Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 75 605 51314 2 [PS]

EDGAR BAINTON Symphony No. 2 in D minor HUBERT CLIFFORD Symphony 1940 JOHN GOUGH Serenade for small Orchestra   BBCPO/Vernon Handley  CHANDOS CHAN 9757 [73 min] [HC]

BARTOK: Duke Bluebeard's Castle Op. 11, Cantata profana Sz 94. Hertha Topper, Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Helmut Krebs. RIAS Kammerchor, Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Ferenc Fricsay  DG Originals Mono/Stereo 457-756-2 73m ADD (Recorded 1951/58) [GF]

Bernstein West Side Story symphonic dances; Gershwin Cuban Overture & Rhapsody in Blue; Grainger Fantasy on Porgy & Bess   Jocelyn Abbott & Laura O'Gorman (piano duet) Cubitt Music ( A Quatre Mains) AOGCD 1. 64' 56" [PW]

SIR ARTHUR BLISS A Knot of Riddles, Angels of the Mind and other songs. Geraldine McGreevy (sop); Toby Spence (ten); Henry Hurford (bar); Kathron Sturrock (pf); Nash Ensemble conducted by Martyn Brabbins  Hyperion CDA 67188/9 (2 CD set) 122' 31" [LF] rating not applied

SERGEI BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952) Symphony No. 1 in D Aus Meiner Heimat (1935-36) [36.11] Symphony No. 2 in E flat (1937) [32.10] orchestrated and played on the electronic SYNTHESISER by Daniel Oke  The Bhagwan Thadani Bortkiewicz project. Bortkiewicz Vol. 11 - CD-23 [68.21]

BRUCH: Symphony No. 2 op. 36. Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra. Andreas Krecher: violin. Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra Gernot Schmalfuss MDG Gold MDG335 0868-2 76m DDD. [GF]

BUSONI 24 Preludes Op 37  BLISS Piano Sonata   Trevor Barnard (piano )   Divine Art 2.5011 [DDD] [72' 58"]. [DW]

Frederic DEVREESE Gemini: Orchestral & Piano Works BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra - Brussels, various conductors including the composer Daniel Blumenthal - piano (and Robert Groslot on Gemini: suite for two pianos) CYPRES CYP1619 [2CDs: disc one - orchestral works: 58:10 / disc two - piano works: 56:19] [GD]

ELGAR - The Sketches for Symphony no 3 elaborated by Anthony Payne. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Paul Daniel.   NAXOS 8.554719 [54' 59''] [PC]

THE SONGS OF EDWARD ELGAR Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo-soprano), Neil Mackie (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)   Somm SOMMCD 220 [PS]

JENNIFER BATE plays British organ music ELGAR AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES Jennifer Bate (organ)  ASV Quicksilva CD ASV 6160 [AS] [RB]

AN IMAGE OF TRUTH The music of DAVID ELLIS Alison Wells, soprano - John Turner, recorder - Joanna Patton, clarinet - Peter Lawson and Keith Swallow, pianos - Jonathan Price, cello - Keith Elcombe, harpsichord - Coull String Quartet William Byrd Singers conducted by Stephen Wilkinson   ASC RECORDS ASC CS CD6 [HC]

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