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Guillaume de MACHAUT(ca. 1300-1377) Je, Guillaumes dessus nommez, Le Jugement de Roi de Navarre * [65.25] Messe de Nostre Dame ** [56.45] Le vray remede díamour *** [68.25] Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard
Rec: * October 1994, Eglise de Grancey le Ch‚teau, France; ** September 1990, CollÈgiale Saint-Martin de Champeaux, France; *** October 1988, Eglise Saint-Martin de la Motte Trenant, France. CANTUS C9804/6 [190.35]

An excellent set of the works of Guillaume de Machaut, performed admirably by one of the best ensembles for this type of music. At a three-for-two price, you can't go wrong with this set.

Alexander MOYZES (1906-1984) Symphony No. 5 (1948) Symphony No. 6 (1951) Slovak Radio SO/Ladislav Slovák rec 2-5 Jan 1995, 28 Nov-1 Dec 1994, Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava MARCO POLO 8.225090 [62.06] [RB]

Moyzes is well advocated by this disc. You are very unlikely to be disappointed if you are at all sympathetic to folk-impressionism.

Georg MUFFAT (1653-1704) Concerti Grossi, Volume I Concerto No. 1 in D minor _ Buona nova, Concerto No. 2 in A major _ Cor vigilans, Concerto No. 3 in B major _ Convalescentia, Concerto No. 4 in G minor _ Dolce somnium, Concerto No. 5 in D major _ Saeculum, Concerto No. 6 in A minor _ Quis hic Musica Aeterna Bratislava Peter Zajcek Rec 13-15 Feb 1993, Moyzes Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava NAXOS 8.555096 [54.30] [TB]

This music gives much pleasure, and should appeal to anyone who enjoys baroque suites and concertos.

Modesty MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Piano Version & Orchestral Version (orchestrated Ravel) Arkady Sevidov (piano) Russian Philharmonic Orchestra Samuel Friedmann (conductor) Rec 1-4 Oct 1996, Russian Broadcast and Recording Department, Moscow Arte Nova 74321 46496-2 [68.49] [TB]

Of the two performances paired here, it is Arkady Sevidov playing the piano original which is the more successful. The Arte Nova recording gives a richly ambient acoustic for the music

Vitezslav NOVAK(1870-1949) In the Tatras (1902 rev 1907) [16.43] Eternal Longing (1904) [20.52] Zdenek FIBICH (1850-1900) The Water Goblin - melodrama on words by Karel Jaromir Erben (1883) [16.35] Christmas Day - melodrama on words by Karel Jaromir Erben (1875) [13.20] Vaclav Voska (orator in Water Goblin); Julie Charvatova (orator in Christmas Day) Czech PO/Karel Sejna
rec Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, 14-15 Feb 1966 (Novak - stereo); Fibich items in mono: 15 June 1959 (Water Goblin); 15 Sept 1954 (Christmas Day). SUPRAPHON SU 1922-2 911 [67.50] [RB]

Historic recordings from the Supraphon vaults. Fascinating for the Fibich. Gripping in the case of the Novak.

Henry PURCELL(1659-1695) The Fairy Queen English National Opera Titania - Yvonne Kenny Oberon - Thomas Randle Puck - Simon Rice Theseus/Hymen - Richard Van Allan The Indian Boy - Arthur Pita Orchestra and chorus of the English National Opera Leader - Barry Griffiths Chorus Master - James Moran Conducted by - Nicholas Kok Rec. 1995. ARTHAUS MUSIK 100 200 (16:9 DVD) [134.00] [KM]

This is a very good DVD of the ENO Fairy Queen. The production is noteworthy. In spite of the lighting, which can be a bit dim, this is a fine disc. Heartily recommended for lovers of baroque opera and, of course, Purcell.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Bells, choral symphony (Kolokola), Op. 35; The Rock, fantasy for orchestra (Utyos), Op. 7 Helen Field (soprano), Ivan Choupenitch (tenor), Oleg Melnikov (bass), RTE Philharmonic Choir, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/Alexander Anissimov Recorded in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland on the 7th December, 1996 and 24th and 25th March, 1997 NAXOS 8.550805 [51.48] [JL]

This is a well recorded competitive entry into the field of a major Russian choral work.

Carl REINECKE (1824-1910) Symphony No.1 in A Major, Op. 79 (1863) King Manfred, Op.93 (extracts) (1866) Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra/Alfred Walter Rec. 1987 Koblenz, Germany
NAXOS 8.555397
[53.58] [RW]

The performances of the two works are excellent and the recording is well balanced. The Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra plays with energy and competence under the fine direction of Alfred Walter.

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