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TWENTIETH CENTURY MUSIC FOR SOLO CELLO DUTILLEUX: Trois strophes sur le nom de SACHER (1976-82) HENZE: Serenade (1949) CRUMB: Sonata (1955) LIGETI: Sonata (1948-53) BACRI: Suite No. 4 (1994-96). Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello) Recorded: July 1999 HARMONIA MUNDI HMN 911699 [60.05] [JQ]

Throughout a programme which is demanding for both performer and listener Bertrand offers superb playing which is captured in excellent sound.

Alice Musik Produktion of Sweden
Albert de RIPPE Fantasias & Chansons Peter Söderberg (Renaissance Lute)
Alice Musik Produktion  ALCD022 [57.19]
The Contemporary Lute Peter Söderberg & Sven Aberg
Alice  ALCD004
Amando & Desiando Akantus Spanish & Italian music from the 16th Century
Alice ALCD 1010 [68 mins]
I'vo piangendo Akantus Music from 17th Century Italy
Alice ALCD 017 [65 mins]
Schola Buccina Music for Trombone Ensemble
ALICE ALCD 008 [37.40]
Claude Loyola ALLGÉN Fantasia Mats Persson (piano)
ALICE ALCD 020 [49 mins] [PGW]

A stimulating collection of early to 20th C. music, all meticulously presented and packaged with imagination, from the Swedish company ALICE. Albert de Rippe, an innovative composer who avoided publication to thwart imitators, was court lutenist in Mantua and his travels took him to England and the court of Henry VIII. The maverick Swedish composer Claude Loyola Allgén (1920-1990) never fitted into the Swedish establishment and was subject to 'malignant slander bordering on persecution'. And between those, some delectable CDs by the vocal and instrumental trio Akantus; my favourite I'vo piangendo, a programme of dolorous music from 17th Century Italy. Explore and enjoy!

AMERICAN SPIRITUALS : NEW PIANO WORKS Jeff NICHOLLS: Chelsea Square (1999) Jason ECKARDT: Echoes' White Veil (1996) Michael FINNISSY: North American Spirituals (1998) Milton BABBITT: Allegro Penseroso (1999) Marilyn Nonken (piano) Recorded 1997 (Eckhardt) and 2000 CRI CD 877 [57:32] [HC]

This release provides a superb anthology of recent, difficult piano works. Nonken plays all these pieces with remarkable technical assurance and fine musicianship.

AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY William SCHUMAN New England Triptych (1956) Charles GRIFFES White Peacock (1916) Charles IVES Three Places in New England (1914) Alan HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain (1955) Walter PISTON The Incredible Flutist - suite (10 movements) (1937) Dallas SO/Andrew Litton rec May 1995. DORIAN DOR-90224 DDD [73.00] [RB]

A very strong selection. One to be commended for its unhackneyed choices. A delight to come across such a collection devoid of Gershwin and Bernstein.

Rejoice! 20th Century British Church Music  Benjamin BRITTEN Festival Te Deum  Benjamin BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb  Michael TIPPETT Five Negro Spirituals  C. Hubert PARRY I was glad  William WALTON Set me as a seal  Ernest BULLOCK Give us the wings of faith  Herbert HOWELLS Like as the hart  Gerald FINZI God is gone up  William McKIE We wait for Thy loving kindness  Charles WOOD Expectans expectavi  John IRELAND Greater love  Charles Villiers STANFORD Coelos ascendit  Henry Balfour GARDINER Evening Hymn   Choir of Clare College,  Cambridge Timothy Brown   Regis RRC 1040 DDD [76:45] [CT]

Not a disc to listen to all the way through in one sitting perhaps, but I have enjoyed dipping into it regularly since it came my way.

CAPTAIN COOK'S CELLO  Carl Vine Inner World (1994) for cello and pre-recorded CD Peter Sculthorpe Threnody (1992) Requiem (1979) John Keane ConFusion (2000) for multi-tracked cello and voice Colin Matthews Palinode (1992)  Ian Blake Verklärter Bungalow (2000) for multi-tracked cello and voice Lowri Blake (cello and voice) Lowri Records LOWRI 2003 [60 mins]  [PGW]

- - - a musician of the new century, blurring the distinction between 'classical' and other genres, and releasing a growing discography of discerning repertoire. In this collection of new music from England and Australia, Carl Vine's Inner World with pre-recorded CD is particularly striking, surrounding the live cello with electronically transformed cello sounds - -

EARTH AND MOON: Music for Brass Quartet Ian MCQUEEN The Heights of Halifax  Antony ROPER A String of Tones  Stuart SCOTT Fellscape  Andrew SEIVEWRIGHT Gowbarrow Gavotte  Donald BOUSTED Tears  Peter CRUMP The March of the Hare  David SOLOMON Pieces of Eight  Raymond PARFREY Tributes to Tunesmiths, Male Voices for Brass  Guto Pryderi PUW Visages  Michael REGAN Quartet  Colin BAYLISS Tuba Quartet No. 2, Ale & Arty  Hugh Collins RICE Earth and Moon  Derek WOOD Tubafusion    TUBALATE TCD 4 [PS]

Tubalate's concerts are certainly memorable - and once one has got used to the unusual instrumentation, there is much to enjoy here.

FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES  Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Finlandia Op.26; Valse Triste Op 44/1  Leevi MADETOJA (1887-1947) Elegy for Strings  Oskar MERIKANTO (1868-1924) Romance; Valse Lente  Heikki AALTOILA (1905-1992) Wedding Waltz of Akseli & Elina Heino KASKI (1885-1957) Prelude in Gb major, Op. 7 Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (1928-) Fiddlers Op. 1 Toivo KUULA (1883-1918) Wedding March Op.3 No.2 Erkki MELARTIN (1875-1937) Festive March Aulis SALLINEN (1935-) Sunrise Serenade Op. 63 Armas JÄRNEFELT (1869-1958) Prelude for Orchestra; Berceuse Uuno KLAMI (1900-1961) Nocturne-Song of the Watch (from Sea Pictures) Taneli KUUSISTO (1905-1988) Finnish Prayer Turku Philharmonic Orchestra/Jorma Panula  Finnish Chamber Orchestra/Okko Kamu (Sallinen) NAXOS 8.555773 [67.00] [JF]

Excellent introduction to the relatively obscure world of Finnish music. There is more to this nation's musical achievement than Sibelius. Light, tuneful and well crafted, every one of 'em.

FROM YESTERDAY TO PENNY LANE LENNON & McCARTNEY 8 songs GEORGE MARTIN Three American Sketches  Arranged for guitar and strings LEO BROUWER From Yesterday to Penny Lane.7 Songs after the Beatles arranged for guitar and strings GORAN SOLLSCHER - Guitar
PER ARNE GLORVIGEN - Bandoneon* Members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Mats Rondin
DG 459 692-2 [AD]

All in all, a very well produced, entertaining recording, however I do feel that novelty is an over-riding factor with this type of disc.

Good Order ! Ladies and Gentlemen please:Traditional singing & music from 'The Eel's Foot', Eastbridge, Suffolk recorded in the 1930s & 40s. VT140CD

'Order, Please !' For anybody interested in the roots of the folk-song tradition from which many an orchestral rhapsody sprang, this is a CD well worth investigating.


An essential purchase for all those who care about singing in the last 50 years or so.

HEIFETZ CENTENARY MEMORIAL EDITION Naxos 8.107001 - Set of 7 individual CDs in a cardboard presentation case [PSe]

Sounding, as you have every right to expect, exactly like much-loved, very well cared for, and rarely played 78s, this set is a treasure-house for both serious students of the art of violin-playing and those simply seeking something to rekindle their sense of wonder.

HERITAGE AND LEGACY ELGAR Enigma Variations  VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Frederic AUSTIN Overture - The Sea Venturers  MACKENZIE Prelude to Colomba STANFORD Seamus O'Brien   RLPO/Douglas Bostock RLPO LIVE RLCD 301 [PS]

I applaud Douglas Bostock's and the RLPO's enterprise (and excellent playing) and recommend the release warmly.

DANIEL HOPE Edward ELGAR Sonata for Violin and Piano Gerald FINZI Elegy for Violin and Piano William WALTON Violin Sonata    Daniel Hope (violin); Simon Mulligan (piano)   NIMBUS NI 5666 [62.10] [PB]

Hope and Mulligan elicit subtlety, dense layers of regret and nostalgia from this music.


Gifts of the Spirit - Icelandic Church Music Thorkell SIGBJÖRNSSON The Lily; One God; Never Neglect; Jón LEIFS Three Church Songs; Lord's prayer; Jón NORDAL Toccata Hjálmar H RAGNARSSON God Creator of Light and Life Atli Heimir SVEINSSON A time to Learn Áskell JÓNSSON Adoration of Mary Árni THORSTEINSSON Peace on Earth Páll ISOLFSSON Adoration of Mary; Ostinato et Fughetta Ragnar BJÖRNSSON Heavenly flower Jón THORARINSSON
Jesus, my morning star Jónas TÓMASSON If; Magnificat Margrét Bóasdóttir (sop) Björn Steinar Sólbergsson (organ) ICELAND MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE ITM 8-11 [60.13] [RB]

Leifur THÓRARINNSSON Violin Concerto (1969-70) Symphony No. 2 (1997) Interview with composer Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir (violin) Iceland SO/Paul Schuyler Phillips (concerto); Petri Sakari (symphony) ICELAND MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE ITM 7-12 [62.36] [RB]

Thorkell SIGURBJÖRNSSON Kisum (1970) Gunnar Egilson clarinet, lngvar Jónasson viola, Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson piano Hässelby Quartet (1968) The Saulesco Quartet: Mirexa Saulesco, Claes Nilsson, Holger Hanson, Ake Olofsson Copenhagen Quartet (1978) The Copenhagen Quartet: Tutter Givskov, Mogens Durhoim, Mogens Bruun, Asger Lund Christiansen Visit Quartet (1993) The Oslo String Quartet: Geir Inge Lotsberg, Per Kristian Skalstad, Are Sandbakken, Oystein Sonstad ICELAND MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE ITM 7-11 [69.51] [RB]

Þorkell SIGURBJÖRNSSON Three Concertos Ulisse Ritorna - Cello Concerto (1981) Bükolla - Clarinet Concerto (1974) Fylgjur - Violin Concerto (1981) Hafli½ i Hallgrímsson (cello) Einar Jóhannesson (clarinet) Hannele Segerstam (violin) Iceland SO/Gu½ mundur Emilsson (cello); Petri Sakari (clarinet); Leif Segerstam (violin) rec Háskólabió, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1983-1989 - issued 1993 ICELAND MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE MEL-ED 1993 [52.35] [RB]

IN A MONASTERY GARDEN A compilation played on organ by J. Culp First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas GUILD GMCD7212 [76.03] [RW]

Well worth investigating for some too little-known pieces that are really very enjoyable. A very fine recording.

IN EVERY CORNER SING The Abbey Singers/Elizabeth Lamb Details from Peter Bowyer, tel +44 (0)1228 536146

This is a delicious disc which should bring much pleasure to lovers of British choral miniatures.

IRISH FANTASY Sir Hamilton Harty Irish Fantasy . Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Irish Fantasies, (6) Irish Sketches: Boat Song. Reel op.54. Melody op.153. Reel op.15 Howard Ferguson Sonata No.2 Trad.  Derry Air, Lark in the clear air, Coolin, Silent, O'Moyle, (The) last rose of summer Fionnuala Hunt (violin); Una Hunt (piano) CONTINUUM CCD 1051 [PS]

An attractive selection of Irish violin/piano music, well played and recorded.

MY BELOVED SPAKE - Music for Strings and Voices: Gerald FINZI - God is gone up; Magnificat John RUTTER - Musica Dei donum; Lord, make me an instrument of they peace;  A Choral Amen; O be joyful in the Lord; O how amiable are thy dwellings;  The Lord bless you and keep you Patrick HADLEY - My beloved spake George DYSON - Hierusalem Frank BRIDGE - A Prayer Gustav HOLST - Ave Maria Soloists, The Hampstead Singers, The Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mark Denza GUILD GMCD 7200 [77:25] [SF]

This CD displays Denza's valuable and enthusiastic dedication to British composition from, perhaps, its Golden Age.

PLAY THE GAME Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs. Claud HILL: Cycling Song; James GALLATLY: a Rugger Song; Algernon DRUMMOND: Eton Boating Song; Henry WATSON: The Glorious Twelfth; Herbert PRESTON-THOMAS: The Cricketer's Carol; franklin ARDELLE; Won't You Come Over and Play Croquet?; Harriet KENDAL: A Game of Tennis; Henry PETHER: Our Football Supper; Odoardo BARRI: The Rival Blues; Harry BALL: The Newmarket Coat; J.C. MACY: Little Tommy Went A Fishing; Herbert SCHARTAU: Caddie; Charles COOTE: Jnr; I Won Her Heart At Billiards; Samuel CORBETT: Captain Webb, The Champion Swimmer; Leo KERBUSCH: Mountaineer Song: Thomas CHILVERS: Boxing Song; Alfred SILVER: A Hunting Morning. Ian Partridge (tenor), Peter Savidge (baritone), Jennifer Partridge (piano). The Song And Supper Club JUST ACCORD MUSIC JUSCD 001 [PLS]

A particular gift for lighter music. I warmly recommend this CD.

THE POWER OF LOVE BRITISH OPERA ARIAS  Rare repertoire- see review for listing Deborah Riedel (soprano), Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra/Bonynge Rec. St Scholastica Chapel, Sidney in August 1999 MELBA 301082 [69.49]

A collection of rare British Opera arias brought to life again by the advocacy of Richard Bonynge

SALVE REGINA Sacred music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries
Giovanni ROVETTA Salve Regina; Alessandro GRANDI Amo Christum, Ave maris Stella; Biagio MARINI Sonata 'per sonar con due corde'; Francesco MARINI Jesu dulcis memoria; Dario CASTELLA Exultate deo; Claudio MONTEVERDI Iam moriar mi filli (Pianto della Madonna) Giovanni RIGATTI Cum invocarium; Nunc Dimittis; Giovanni LEGRENZI Sonata in G major 'La Pezzoli'; O mirandum mysterium; Johann ROSENMULLER Ascendit Christus in altum Robin Blaze (counter-tenor)/The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman Recorded at St. Jude's on the Hill London, June 2000 HYPERION CDA 67225 [GH]

I would recommend this disc to anyone with a love for baroque vocal music.

STOKOWSKI GABRIELI Sonata pian e forte TIPPETT Concerto for double string orchestra
LISZT Mephisto waltz no. 1 London Symphony Orchestra recorded Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 22 August 1961
NIELSEN Symphony no. 6 (Sinfonia semplice) New Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded Maida Vale, London 12 September 1965  Leopold Stokowski BBC Music BBCL 4059- 2, Mono (ADD) (72.40) [DW]

The sound is very good. But I don't know whether to recommend this CD or not. It depends on your evaluation of a conductor's role.

SWAGMAN'S PROMENADE Australian Light Classics for Orchestra Music by Colin BRUMBY (b. 1933), Lindley EVANS (1895-1982), George DREYFUS (b. 1928), John CARMICHAEL (b. 1930), Miriam HYDE (b. 1913), Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960), Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990), Ronald HAMNER (1917-1994), Michael HURST (b.1925) ABC CLASSICS 442 374-2 2CDs CD1 [71.51] CD2 [72.05] [RB]

A resounding welcome for this set.

A VICTORIAN GENTLEMAN'S SONG BOOK. Ballads and Glees. James Griffett (tenor)/Pro Cantione Antiqua/Mark Brown REGIS RRC 1023 [PS]

Excellent advocates on a well recorded disc making it recommendable at super-bargain price a few faults in presentation notwithstanding.

The World of English String Music Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Introduction and Allegro Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Chacony in G minor Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Capriol Suite Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Little Music for Strings William WALTON (1902-1983) Two Pieces from Henry V Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis DECCA 467 784-2 [64.22] [TB]

An interesting collection of performances of some of the best music from the English string orchestra repertoire, featuring leading ensembles and artists.


RUSSELL MARTIN Beethoven's Hair Bloomsbury £14.99 ISBN 0-7679-0350-1 [CF]

Hopefully this book will not spawn any others - the prospect of 'Mozart's teeth' or 'Bach's feet' is too ghastly and gruesome to contemplate.

RADIE BRITAIN - A bio-bibliography by Walter B Bailey and Nancy Gisbrecht Bailey Greenwood Press, 1990 hardback. 173pp. $52.95 ISBN 0-313-26277-2

If you are out to make a splash for your orchestra do get hold of this authoritative and intriguing book.

ROY HARRIS: A Bio-Bibliography By Dan Stehman Bio-Bibliographies in Music No. 40 (ISSN: 0742-6968)  Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. 1991. 488 pages  LC 91-21554. ISBN 0-313-25079-0. $79.95 (Reference Book)

This is a rewarding book and just as valuable and fascinating to enthusiasts as it was when first produced in 1991.

MUSIC AND BRITISH CULTURE 1785-1914: Essays in Honour of Cyril Ehrlich.
Edited by Christina Bashford and Learne Langley. Oxford 2000. ISBN 0-19-816730-X £60.00 [PLS]

Interest in music in 19th Century Britain is booming.

RANDALL THOMPSON: A Bio-Bibliography  By Caroline Cepin Benser and David Francis Urrows   No. 38 (ISSN: 0742-6968)  Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. 1991. 248 pages  LC 90-29279. ISBN 0-313-25521-0. BRO/ $55.00 [RB]

Much more than a book of lists. Make it your companion to an exploration of the music of Randall Thompson


Malcolm Arnold - A Flourish for Orchestra op. 112. Faber Music 20 pages ISBN: 0-571-52018-9 [AP]

Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Three Orchestral Full Scores from Faber Music Enter Spring (1927)
057150518X £14.95 70 pages; Oration - Concerto Elegiaco (1930)  0571505589 £14.95 70 pages; Mid of the Night (1903) 0571520200 £24.95 104 pages Faber Music

Three fine scores extremely well presented and from distinct stages in Bridge's development. The Symphonic Poem will be of great interest. The other two scores are Twentieth Century Classics.

Gerald FINZI Three short elegies op.5 for mixed voices a cappella (words by William Drummond). London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1936 [1999 printing]. ISMN M-060-03044-4.

Gerald FINZI Songs to poems by Christina Rossetti op.1 for unison and two-part voices and piano. London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1999. ISMN M-060-11036-8

Drummond settings: Trouble in preparing these will be rewarded - well worth the effort.
Rossetti settings: Fun to read through, and good to see them back in print in this centenary year.

A paean for Peter Warlock - ten pieces for organ by Frank Bayford, Brian Collins, Timothy Craig Harrison, Trevor Hold, Anthony Ingle,. John Mitchell, Ian Parrott, Betty Roe, Keith Glennie Smith and Eric Wetherell. 51 pages
Thames Publishing, distributed by William Elkin Music Services, Station Road Industrial Estate, Salhouse, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6NS [AP]

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