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ALPHORN CONCERTOS Leopold MOZART (1719-1787) Sinfonia Pastorella for Alphorn and String Orchestra Ferenc FARKAS (1905-2000) Concertino Rustico Jean DAETWYLER (1907-1994) Dialogue avec la nature Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra (no dates given) Jozsef Molnar, alphorn Capella Istrapolitana Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Urs Schneider Recorded in Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia, 3rd - 10th May 1987. NAXOS 8.555978 [61.47] [NH]

An excellent introduction to the unusual and beautiful music of Swiss composer Jean Daetwyler…….see Full Review

America the Beautiful. Great voices in patriotic song - The Star-Spangled Banner; America, the Beautiful; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Over There; Keep the Home; Fires Burning; For your country and my country; There’s a long, long trail; Send me away with a smile; God be with our boys tonight; When you come back; Taps; When the boys come home; America; My own United States; The Americans come; I spoke to Jefferson at Guadalcanal; The Army Air Corps; Wings over the Navy; The house I live in; God bless America Emma Eames, Louise Homer, Enrico Caruso, Rosa Ponselle, Frances Alda, Riccardo Stracciari, John McCormack, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Geraldine Farrar, Lucy Monroe, Lawrence Tibbett, Richard Crooks, Conrad Thibault, John Charles Thomas, Emile Renan, Lauritz Melchior, Lotte Lehmann, Leonard Warren – with various accompanists. Recorded 1905-50 ROMOPHONE 87002-2 [72’00] [RB]

Patriotic song by some of the stellar artists of the century and not a dull moment. … see Full Review

Anthems from King’s: English choral favourites Charles WOOD (1866-1926) Hail, Gladdening Light! John IRELAND (1879-1962) Greater love hath no man Sir Charles Hubert H. PARRY (1848-1918) I was glad William H. HARRIS (1883-1973) Bring us, Lord God, Faire is the heaven Edgar BAINTON (1880-1956) And I saw a new heaven Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Like as the hart Charles V. STANFORD (1852-1924) Gloria in excelsis, Beati quorum vita, Postlude in D Henry BALFOUR GARDINER (1877-1950) Evening Hymn Henry WALFORD DAVIES 91869-1941) God be in my head Edward W. NAYLOR (1867-1934) Vox dicentis: clama Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Let all the world Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (conductor) Plus a documentary about the boy choristers of King’s College, ‘The King’s Choristers’ with French and German subtitles BBC/Opus Arte OA 0834 D [92 minutes]

Despite the musical unevenness, this is thoroughly enjoyable. … see Full Review

AN ENGLISH CHORISTER’S SONGBOOK Salisbury Cathedral Choir directed by Richard Seal. *With David Hall / Thomas Blunt (organ) recorded in Salisbury Cathedral, 6 – 8 March 1996 METRONOME MET CD 1016 [74.00] [JQ]

Anyone wanting this precise programme or a memento of how the Salisbury choir sounded in 1996 will find the recital generally enjoyable. … see Full Review

Sir Thomas Beecham - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no. 7 in A, op. 92 - George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) (arr. Beecham) Love in Bath: Ballet Suite - Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden - Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Karelia Suite: Alla Marcia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded live, 20.10.1957, Palazzo delle Scuole, Ascona, Switzerland AURA AUR 142-2 [71’ 54"] [CH]

Some really great music-making. … see Full Review

The Beecham Collection:Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Mass in D Major Op 123 Missa Solemnis - Isobel Baillie, soprano - Mary Jarred, contralto - Heddle Nash, tenor - Keith Falkner, baritone - Leeds Festival Chorus - H Percy Richardson, organ London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham - Recorded live in Leeds Town Hall 5 October 1937 at the Leeds Triennial Music Festival. SOMM-BEECHAM 11 [78’10] [JW]

The earliest surviving performance of Missa Solemnis on record and one of the most incandescent and moving. … see Full Review

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano): Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) - Transcribed Ferruccio BUSONI Chaconne, Italian Concerto - Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonata in D major, K.96; Sonata in D major, K.29; Sonata in C minor, K.11; Sonata in C major, K.159; Sonata in A major, K.322; Sonata in D minor, K.9; Sonata in B minor, K.27; Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785) Presto in B flat major; Sonata No. 5 in C major Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) Recorded 20 May 1973, Teatro Kursal, Lugano (Chaconne), 20-22 January 1943, Italian Radio, Milan (Italian Concerto, Scarlatti K.96), 12 February 1952, Teatro Petrarca, Arezzo (K.29), 22 May 1969, Finnish Radio, Helsinki (K.11, K.159, K.322, K.9, K.27, Presto), December 1962, Turin (Sonata No. 5) AURA AUR 226-2 [70.54] [TB]

Mixed sound quality makes this an issue for enthusiasts rather than the general public. … see Full Review

Martha Argerich presents Evgheny Brakhman - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, KV.330 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 Tempest - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 Evgheny Brakhman (piano) - Recorded at Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, December 2001 EMI 7243 5 67935 2 1 [71.55][TH]

Much to admire, if ultimately falling short of the very best … see Full Review

Albert Dohmen (bass-baritone): Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) - Parsifal: "Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen …", "Du sieht, das ist nicht so …" Der fliegende Holländer: "Die Frist ist um …" Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: "Was duftet doch der Flieder …", "Wahn, Wahn, überall Wahn …", "Nun hört und versteht mich recht …" Die Walküre*: "Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber" Albert Dohmen (bass-baritone) - Orchestra del Teatro Massimo, Palermo *Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester/Stefan Anton Reck - Rec. 9.2001, *8.2000, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, *Bolzano ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 74321 90063 2 [58’ 29"] [CH]

Some splendid Wagner singing and conducting at a very low price. … see Full Review

ENGLISH SERENADE Edward ELGAR (1865 – 1934) Serenade for Strings Op.20 (1893) Christopher BALL (born 1936) On a Summer Daya, Celtic Moodsb
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 – 1958)
Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934)c William WALTON (1902 – 1983) Two Pieces from HenryV (1945) John MARSH Fantasy on David of the White Rockd Suite: The Quantockse Emeral Ensemble; Roger Armstrong (fluteac/alto fluteb); Paul Arden-Taylor (oboea/cor anglaisb); Ruth Faber (harp)c; Colin Hunt (organ)d; Roger Huckle (violin)e; Matthew Bale (conductor), Christopher Ball (conductor)ab Recorded: All Saints Church, Weston-Super-Mare, January 2002 DINMORE RECORDS DRD 014 [62:18] [HC]

Breathing the same air as some Delius, Vaughan Williams and Moeran these pieces are in the British pastoral school. … see Full Review

FANTASY TRUMPET Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke, op. 73 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonatas: no. 1 in f, op. 120/1, no. 2 in E flat, op. 120/2 John Wallace (trumpet), Simon Wright (pianoforte) Rec. 24-26.9.1999 at The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, UK GLOBAL MUSIC NETWORK GMNC0117 [53’01"] [CH]

A daring exploit, though a far more successful one than might have been imagined. In its middle-upper register the trumpet can produce a tone of liquid loveliness to match the clarinet’s own. … see Full Review
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Filippa GIORDANO Casta Diva (Short version) – from the opera "Norma", S’apre per te il mio cuor – from the opera "Samson & Dalila", Vissi d’Arte – from the opera "Tosca", Habanera – from the opera "Carmen", O mio babbino caro – from the opera "Gianni Schicchi", Ave Maria, Addio del passato – form the opera "La traviata", Lost boys calling, You are the one (sotto le stelle), Dissonanze (Mondo trash), Maria ( By the sea), Casta Diva ( Extended version) 1, 3-8, and 12 recorded and mixed at Fonoprint Studios – Bologna. WARNER ERATO 3984-29694-2 [44.43] [RM]

Giordano singing some great tunes in her personal style. … see Full Review

Great Pianists: Solomon - Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op. 23 (1875) LISZT: Etude in F minor, G. 57/2, "La Leggierezza" (recorded 1930) LISZT: Au bord d’une source, from Années du Pèlerinage, Première Année, G. 73/4 (recorded 1930) LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A minor, "Rakoczy March" (recorded 1932) CHOPIN: Polonaise No. 3 in A major, op. 40/1 "Military" (recorded 1932) CHOPIN: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49 (recorded 1932 CHOPIN: Etude in F major, Op. 25/3 (recorded 1934) CHOPIN: Etude in F major, Op. 10/8 (recorded 1934) CHOPIN: Etude in A flat major, Op. 25/1 (recorded 1932) CHOPIN: Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 "heroic" (recorded 1932) Solomon, piano - Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hamilton Harty - Recorded November 1929 and February 1930 in the Central Hall, Westminster, UK. NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110680 [74.34] [WH]

Playing of remarkable accomplishment which typifies the stereotype of the British way of doing things as seen from the Continent: serious, understated, refined, purposeful … see Full Review

Heifetz Rediscovered Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata No 3 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata No 1 Henri WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Etude Op 10 No 5 Caprice alla saltarella arr Kreisler Piotr I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin arr Auer Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Tambourin arr Achron J S BACH (1685-1750) Sicilienne from Flute Sonata BWV 1031 arr Auer Jose PADILLA (1889-1960) Valencia Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zapateado Jascha Heifetz, violin and piano (on Padilla’s Valencia) with Emanuel Bay, piano (Grieg and Brahms) Isidor Achron, piano (Wieniawski, Rameau, Bach, Padilla, Sarasate) Samuel Chotzinoff, piano (Tchaikovsky) Recorded 1922-36 RCA VICTOR 09026 63907-2 [65’38] [JW]

A disc of drama, excitement and real historical and musical value. … see Full Review

LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS DE L’OPÉRA FRANÇAIS Hidden Treasures of French opera Arias from: SAINT-SAËNS: Henry VIII/Etienne Marcel MASSENET: Hérodiade/Le Cid/Marie Magdeleine MEYERBER: Les Huguenots HALÉVY: La Juive
GOUNOD: Sapho/Faust BIZET: Noé FAURÉ: Pénélope REYER: Sigurd Anne-Sophie Schmidt (soprano) Orchestre Failoni de l’Opéra Hongrois/Jean-Luc Tingaud Recorded at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, 2001, DDD MANDALA MAN 5002 [71.06] [CF]

Approach this treasure trove with caution. … see Full Review

Herbert Von KARAJAN (1908-1989) A film by Gernot Friedel Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras Agnes Baltsa, Mirella Freni, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Vickers, et al. DVD 5 | PAL / Dolby Digital 2.0 DVD Video (Documentary) ARTHAUSMUSIK 100 252 [89 min] [PT]

Though it contains several memorable and even revelatory sequences, this anniversary publication is deeply disappointing. … see Full Review

Hans Knappertsbusch: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony no. 8 in F, op. 93 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no. 2 in D, op. 73 Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Hans Knappertsbusch - Recorded live 18.10.1956, Aule delle Scuole, Ascona, Switzerland AURA AUR 165-2 [72’14"] [CH]

The Beethoven is an interesting interpretation; orchestral standards are more of problem in the Brahms. Good sound for the date. … see Full Review

Clemens Krauss Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony no.41 K551 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no.1 op.68 Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra/Clemens Krauss Recorded in the Grosser Saal der Glocke, Bremen, 13 March 1952 TAHRA TAH455 (64’58") [PQ]

A musical organism breathing and playing as one to exhilarating effect. … see Full Review

François le Roux - Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Notturno (1932) - Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Dover Beach (1931) - Louis DUREY (1888-1979) Chansons Basques (1919) François le Roux (bar) Stanislas Quartet - rec. Radio-France Nancy-Lorraine, Salle Poirel, Nancy, July 1994, DDD GALLO CD-842 [55.09] [RB]

Baritone and quartet superb throughout this well put together recital. A connoisseur’s disc. ... see Full Review

THE LONDON TRUMPET SOUND, Vol. 1 - Louis PRIMA (1910-1978), arr. Paul Sarcich Sing, Sing, Sing (1) - Errol GARNER (1921-1977), arr. Alan Gout Misty (2) - TRAD, arr. Andrew Crowley Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) - John LENNON (1940-1980)/ Paul McCARTNEY (b. 1942), arr. Roger Harvey Penny Lane (3) - Jeremiah CLARKE (c.1674-1707), arr. Simon Wright The Prince of Denmark’s March (4) - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791), arr. John Humphries Rondo alla Turca - Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868), arr. Paul Archibald La Gazza Ladra: Overture - Joaquin RODRIGO (1901-1999), arr. Daryl Runswick Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez (5) - John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932), arr. Richard Payne - The Stars and Stripes Forever - Trumpets: Tony Adie, Bryan Alen, Paul Archibald (Solo Piccolo Trumpet, 3), Guy Barker (Solo Trumpet, 2), Paul Benniston, Roy Bilham, Martin Bunce, Robert Farley (Solo Natural Trumpet, 4), Tony Fisher, Rod Franks, Murray Greig, Tim Hawes, William Houghton, Mike Lovatt (Solo Trumpet, 1), Henry Lowther, Anne McAneny, Maurice Murphy (Solo Flugelhorn, 5), Paul Newton, John Wallace, James Watson, Patrick White, Adam Wright - Bass Trumpets: Brian Raby, Simon Gunton, Tim Smart, Simon Wills - Rhythm: Roy Babbington, Mitch Dalton, Harold Fisher, John Horler, Jim Richardson, Mike Smith - Percussion: Colin Currie, Russell Jordan, Anthony Kerr, Gary Kettel, Neil Percy, Sam Walton Conductor: Geoffrey Simon - Rec. 22-23.8.2001, BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, London and 24-25.8.2001, St. Jude-on-the-Hill, London CALA CACD 0113 [44’ 06"] [CH]

I expected to be bowled over by this and I’m sorry to report that I wasn’t. … see Full Review

Music for My Little Friends MOZART: Rondo alla turca; COULTER: Lament for the Wild Geese; IBERT, The Little White Donkey, SAINT-SAËNS, The Swan; FAURÉ, Pavane; FAURÉ, Sicilienne (Pelleas et Melisande); ROTA, Cinque Pezzi Facile (Five Easy Pieces); GOUBERT, Madrigal; RAVEL: Pièce en forme de habanera; TRADITIONAL. Danny Boy; GLUCK, Dance of the Blessed Spirits; DEBUSSY, Mandoline, SAINT-SAËNS, Romance. Sir James Galway, flute and conductor The London Mozart Players Phillip Moll, piano Recorded at Whitfield Studios, London February 16 and 17, and May 6, 1999 DDD RCA 09026637252 [59:30] [KS]

An hour of lovely music. Give it as a gift and keep a second copy for the end of a tiring workday. … see Full Review


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