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Nellie Melba. Complete Gramophone Company Recordings Volume 2. The 1904 London Recordings. Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916) La Serenata - Goodbye - Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Romeo et Juliette – Je veux vivre dans ce rêve - Ah! Je ris de me voir (Jewel Song) - Herman BEMBERG (1859-1931) Chant Hindou - Sur le lac - L’amour est pur comme la flamme - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème – Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d’amore - Mi chiamano Mimi - TRADITIONAL God save the King - Auld Lang Syne - CLARIBEL (Mrs Charles BARNARD) Come back to Erin - Stephen FOSTER (1826-1864) Old Folks at Home - SCOTT-GATTY Good Night - Landon RONALD (1872-1938) Away on the Hill there runs a Stream - Henry BISHOP (1786-1855) Home Sweet Home - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) – Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Ave Maria - Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Pastorale - Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Le Roi d’Ys – Puisqu’on ne peut - Nellie Melba, soprano -With various accompaniments - Recorded 1904-06 NAXOS 8.110738 [61.58] [JW]

The uppermost register is still a little more effortful than in her very best, pre-recording days, but voice production is still free, unforced and easy. Her trills are quick and even … see Full Review

Yehudi Menuhin, violin: Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata No 4 in C Minor BWV 1017 - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No 10 in G Major Op 96 (1812) - Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Phantasy for Violin and Piano Op 47 (1949) Yehudi Menuhin, violin - Glenn Gould, piano - Recorded CBC Studio, Toronto October 25 and 26 1965 SONY SMK87856 [47.30] [JW]

If I find the performances uneven this was still a meeting of historic status and of lasting value. … see Full Review

Nathan Milstein and Arthur Balsam - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Adagio in E Major K261 - Rondo in C Major K373 - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita No 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 – Chaconne - Sonata in C Major BWV 1005 – finale (allegro assai) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No 5 in F Major Op 24 Spring - Niccolo PAGANNI (1782-1840) Caprice Op 1 No 11 in C Major - Caprice Op 1 No 5 in A Minor - Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Chanson russe trans Dushkin - Franz RIES (1846-1932) Perpetuum mobile Op 34/5 - Maria Theresia von PARADIS (1759-1824) Sicilienne Nathan Milstein, violin - Arthur Balsam, piano - Recorded Ascona 11 October 1957 AURA 121-2 [66.57] [JW]

Prime Milstein … fluent and communicative … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH "Miniatures for Flute and Guitar" Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Allegro, from BWV 1033 (2.30) Siciliano, from BWV 1031 (2.30) Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Rondo in G Major, from Wq 133 (2.44) Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Polacca in F Major (6.51) François Joseph GOSSEC 1734-1829 Tambourin (l.26)
Wolfgang Amadeus
MOZART (1756-1791) Alla turca, from K. 331 (3.04) Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Variations on a Theme by Rossini (6.58) (1924) Scott JOPLIN (1868-1917) Original Rags (4.17) Pjotr I. TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Valse sentimentale, Op.51/6 (2.17) Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 (4.56) (1945) Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Entr’acte (3.25) (1937) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de Habanera (2.58) (1908) Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Three Dances from "Gayaneh" (1943) Allegro (No.17) (2.33) Andante (No.23) (5.54) Allegro vivace (No.6) (2.40) Peter-Lukas Graf, Flute; Konrad Ragossnig, Guitar Recorded at Evangelische Kirche, Steinen-Endenburg, April 1986 CLAVES CD 50-2013 (56.20) [PSh]

Brilliant in every way, a perfect gift, a recording to cherish and hear over and over again… see Full Review

Pierre Monteux and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1881) [13’34"] Recorded 14 May 1962 Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68 (1876) [42’38"] Recorded 20 November 1963 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 (1879) [37’55"]* Recorded 12 October 1950 Symphony No 3 in F Major, Op. 90 (1883) [36’26"] Recorded 30 October 1960 Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957): Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 47 (1903, rev 1905) [29’53"]** Recorded 1 November 1950 Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Petrushka, Ballet in four tableaux (1911 version) [34’49"] Recorded 30 October 1960 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869): Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14a (1830-31) [48’59"] Recorded 20 May 1948 John Amis interviews Doris and Pierre Monteux, May 1963 [10’33"] * Nathan Milstein (violin) ** Jan Damen (violin) Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam conducted by Pierre Monteux Recorded in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. ADD or AAD TAHRA TAH 175-178 [255’ 59"] [JQ]

Strongly recommended both to admirers of Pierre Monteux and to connoisseurs of great conducting. … see Full Review

Johnathan Woolf has also listened to this recording … see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Music for Trumpet and Organ - Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (arr. Thomas/Balsom) (1562-1621) Variations on "Mein junges Leben hat ein End" - Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Allemande from Partita II, BWV 1004 - Henry PURCELL (1659-95) Musike from "King Arthur" - Traditional (arr. Thomas) Shenandoah - George THALBEN-BALL (1896-1987) Elegy - Henri TOMASI (1901-71) Semaine Sainte a Cuzco (1960) - Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-92) Vocalise-Etude, pour voix élevées - Petr EBEN (1929-) Windows, after Marc Chagall (1980) Alison Balsom (trumpet) Quentin Thomas (organ) - Recorded at Paisley Abbey, Scotland, June 2002 DDD EMI CLASSICS "DEBUT" 7243 5 75683 2 6 [57:46] [CT]

An impressive debut disc by young trumpeter Alison Balsom, particularly worthwhile for an atmospheric performance of Eben’s Windows, after Marc Chagall … see Full Review

David Nadien. Volume 2. Romantic and Virtuosic music from the Golden Age of the Violin - Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen (1878) - Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor (1868) - Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Variations on a theme of Corelli in the style of Tartini (c 1910) - Recitative and scherzo-caprice Op 6 - Schön Rosmarin - Francesco Maria VERACINI (1690-1768) Largo - Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprice Op 1 No 20 arr Kreisler (1801-07) - Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Minuet in G Major - Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Serenade - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Träumerei (Kinderszenen Op 15 1838) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Waltz in A Minor arr Hochstein - Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Humoresque - Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme de Habanera (1907-08) - Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Scherzo-Tarantelle (1856) David Nadien, violin - Hungarian State Opera Orchestra/ Rudolph von Eltz - Boris Barere, piano all piano accompanied items except - David Hancock, piano (Ravel) and Samuel Sanders, piano (Schon Rosmarin) - Recorded Budapest 1973 (Bruch, Sarasate), items with Boris Barere April 1961, with David Hancock in 1962 and Samuel Sanders at Town Hall New York January 1973 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 117 [70.25] [JW]

A musician of delicacy and intimacy as well as panache and drive … see Full Review

THE PARSONS DANCE COMPANY - Fine Dining - Music by David LINTON *Brothers - STRAVINSKY: Concertino for 12 Instruments - Reflections of Four - MOZART: Adagio from Serenade K361 - Caught - Music by Robert FRIPP Scrutiny - Music by Michael RAYE The Envelope - Music by Gioacchino ROSSINI Nascimento - Music by Milton NASCIMENTO All choreographed by David Parsons and * by Daniel Ezralow - Produced by Denmark Radio and TV, 1992 - Directed by Thomas Grimm ARTHAUS DVD 100 264 [117"] [PQ]

Fans of contemporary dance will certainly want to see this, but it could grab anyone attracted by the latent beauty in human movement. … see Full Review

Plot in Fiction: Italian Music for ensemble - Enrico CORREGGIA (b.1933) Già l’Eolia di Notte … (1985) - Luca FRANCESCONI (b.1956) Viaggiatore Insonne (1983) - Giacinto SCELSI (1905-1988) Kya (1959) - Ada GENTILE (b.1947) In un Silenzio Ordinato (1985) - Dario MAGGI (b.1944) Im finsteren Wald (1993) - Luca FRANCESCONI Plot in Fiction (1986) - Alison Wells (soprano) Roger Heaton (clarinet) - Christopher Redgate (oboe and cor anglais) Firebird Ensemble/ Barrie Webb - Recorded live in concert, St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, June 1994-June 1997 DDD METIER MSV CD92018 [60:00] [CT]

A typically enterprising and challenging release of Italian music for ensemble in accomplished performances by Firebird. … see Full Review

Prague Guitar Concertos Luboš FIŠER (b. 1935) Sonata per Leonardo (for guitar and string orchestra) (1994) Pastorale per Giuseppe Tartini (for guitar and string orchestra) (1995) Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Tre canzoni da suonare (for guitar and string orchestra) (1980-85) Dona nobis lucem¹ (for voice, violin, guitar and string orchestra) (1995) Otmar MÁCHA (b. 1922) Christmas Concertino (for guitar and string orchestra) (1995) Lubomír Brabec, guitar Václav Hudeček, violin¹ Zdena Kloubová, soprano¹ Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra/Jiří Bĕlohlávek Recorded in Domovina Studio, Prague, 30th-31st August 1996. SUPRAPHON SU 3272-2 031 [56.50] [NH]

Guitar music of real quality from a surprising source. I exhort you to investigate! … see Full Review

Dame Margaret Price (soprano): Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Lieder: Geheimnis D.491, Die Forelle D.550, Der Künig in Thule D.367, Gretchen am Spinnrade D.118, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D.965*, Auf dem Riesenkoppe D.611, Du bist die Ruh’ D.776, La Pastorella al Prato D.528, Heidenröslein D.257, Schwanengesang D.744, Wehmut D.404, Der blinde Knabe D.833b - Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Frauenliebe und Leben, op. 42 - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Songs (sung in Russian): None but the lonely heart, op. 6/5, Do not believe, my friend, op. 6/1, At the ball, op. 38/3 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Lieder: O lieb’, so lang du lieben kannst! S.298, Die Lorelei S.273, Die stille Wasserrose S.321, Es muss ein Wunderbares sein S.314, Kling leise, mein Lied S.301 Dame Margaret Price (soprano), James Lockhart (pianoforte), Jack Brymer (clarinet)* - Locations: St. Dunstan’s, Cheam, GB (Schubert), Barking Town Hall, GB (others) Dates: April 1971 (Schubert), August 1973 (others) EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 575 7732 [CH]

Some of the most beautiful singing you’re ever likely to hear. … see Full Review

Elisabeth SCHWARTZKOPF: A Self Portrait A film by Gérald Caillat. Concept: André Tubin and Gérald Caillat - Editor: Toby Trotter - PAL System 4:3 B&W/Colour No Region code - Subtitles: English/Deutsch/Français/Espagnol - Menu Languages: English/Français/Deutsch - Insert: essay by J.B. Steane EMI CLASSICS 7243 4 92852 9 3 [57.00] [PS]

An affectionate box of candy for Schwartzkopf fans. Lots of historical footage, excellent production values. … see Full Review

SEGOVIA Vincenzo GALILEI (c1530-1591) Six Pieces Robert de VISÉE (c1650-1725) Six Pieces from the Suites No.9 in D minor / No.12 in E minor Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Fugue in A minor (orig. G minor), BWV1000 Gavotte en Rondeau from the Suite in E Major, BWV1006a Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Menuetto from the Piano Sonata in G Major, D894 Alexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Cavatina Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Prelude No.1 in E minor Prelude No.3 in A minor Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO 1895-1968) Tonadilla on the name of Segovia, Op.170/5 Tarantella, Op.87/1 Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Danzas Espanolas, Op.37, Melancolica (Danza triste) in G Major Andrès Segovia (guitar) Recorded live: Edinburgh Festival, Freemason’s Hall on 28th August 1955 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4108-2 [70:57] [AD]

A must for Segovia devotees. Captures a moment in time: the legend weaving his spell. … see Full Review

Berl Senofsky. The Art of the Violin Volume 1 – Concert Favourites Maria Theresia von PARADIS (1759-1824)
Sicilienne Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Sonata in D Major Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata in D Major D384 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Four Preludes for piano Op 34 transc violin and piano Tsiganov Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in C Sharp minor arr Milstein Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Danse Espagnole from La Vida Breve arr Kreisler Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Berceuse Op 16 Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Guittare Op 45 No 2 arr Sarasate Nicolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprices Op 1 Nos 7 and 17 Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Melody Op 42 No 3 Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Caprice in A Minor arr Kreisler Polonaise Brillante op 4 Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714-1787) Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Alt Wien arr Heifetz Berl Senofsky, violin with Boris Barere, piano Julian Martin, piano Won Me Cho, piano Live recordings CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD106 [65.52] [JW]

Cembal d’Amour usefully fills some glaring historical gaps … see Full Review

Berl Senofsky. The Art of the Violin Volume 2. French and Russian Masterworks. Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Violin Sonata No 1 in A Major Op 13 (1875-76) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata in G Minor (1916-17) Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Sonata No 2 in D Major Op 94a – arr Prokofiev from Flute Sonata Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Suite Italienne (c1933) – arr Stravinsky and Dushkin from Pulcinella Berl Senofsky, violin Boris Barere, piano on all except Vanden Eynden, piano (Fauré) Recorded 1949-58 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 110 [75.52] [JW]

This disc charts the progress of an estimable talent. Let’s hope Cembal d’Amour can keep us busy with many more such in the years to come. … see Full Review

SubString Bridge: Anders HILLBORG (b. 1954) Close Up (1996) - Close Enough (remix of the above by Magnus Frykberg) - Åke PARMERUD (b. 1953) SubSring Bridge (1999) - Steve REICH (b. 1936) Electric Counterpoint (1987) - Escortic Joynt (remix of the above by Trio Escort) - Arne LÖTHMAN (b. 1954) Diptych - Toru TAKEMITSU (1930-1996) All in Twilight (1988) - Johan SÖDERQVIST (b. 1966) Epilogue (2000) - Åke PARMERUD SubSring Bridge, short version (multimedia track) Mats Bergström, guitar - Recorded at various locations in Sweden between 1996 and 2001 BIS NORTHERN LIGHTS BIS-NL-CD-5019 [55.54 plus 4.40 video track] [WH]

The visual element was even more devoid of interest and merit than the music. … see Full Review

TE DEUM Paul ENGEL (born 1949)
Venezianisches Déjà-vu (2001)a Te Deum (1988)b Cyrillus KREEK (1889 – 1962) David’s Psalms (1923)c Knut NYSTEDT (born 1915) Immortal Bach (1988)d Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 654e Chorvorspiel BWV 641e Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choirbcd; Franz Hauk (organ)be; Ensemble Art of Brass, Viennaab; Paul Engel Recorded: Dom St Jakob, Innsbruck, October and November 2001 GUILD GMCD 7245 [69:52] [HC]

Well-made, accessible and communicative choral music. … see Full Review

Alexander Tselyakov in Live Performance Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata in A flat op. 110 - Isaac ALBENIZ (1860-1909) Triana (from Iberia, Book II) - Srul Irving GLICK (b. 1934) Nistar (Secret) – Fantaisie Elégiaque - Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Waltz in c sharp op. 64/2, Study in b op. 25/10 - Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1840-1908) arr. Sergei RACHMANINOV Flight of the Bumble-Bee - Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1844-1893) October (Autumn Song) op. 37b/10 - Franz LISZT (1811-1886) La Campanella S.140/3a - Alexander ROSENBLUTT (b. 1955) Variations on a theme of Paganini Alexander Tselyakov (pianoforte) - Locations: Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto (except Liszt and Rosenblatt); Hart House, University of Toronto (Liszt, Rosenblatt) - Dates: November 1997, December 1997 (live performances) GOLOMB RECORDS GLDC 5701-2 [62’ 00"] [CH]

A more uneven disc than Tselyakov’s Russian Album. The Chopin is particularly noteworthy. … see Full Review

TRANQUILITY: A collection of beautiful melodies and arias - Giulio CACCINI (1545 – 1618) Ave Maria (arr. Nick Ingman) - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 - 1924)Donde lieta usci (Mimi’s Farewell) (La Boheme – 1895) - Antonín DVORÁK (1841 – 1904) Songs my Mother taught me from ‘Gipsy Melodies B104 Opus 55’ - 1880 - Albert Hay MALOTTE (1895 – 1964) – The Lord’s Prayer - Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) La Vergina degli angeli (La Forza del Destino – 1862) - George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) - Ombra mai fù (Serse HWV40 - 1737) - Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854 – 1921) – Prayer (Hänsel und Gretel - 1893) - Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1881 – 1959) – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria (Cantilena)- 1938 - Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828) Ave Maria (Ellen’s Gesang III), D839 (Op.52, No. 6 – 1825) - Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 - 1924) Vissi D’Arte (Tosca - 1900) - Cesar FRANCK (1822 - 1890) Panis Angelicus - 1872 - Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791)– Vedrai Carino (Don Giovanni K527 – 1787)) - Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)Ständchen (Horch! Horch! die Lerch') D889 - Gabriel FAURÉ (1845 – 1924)– Pie Jesu (Messe de Requiem Op. 48, 1886/7 - Karl JENKINS (b.1944) – He Wishes for the cloths of heaven - 2001 - Vincenzo BELLINI (1801 - 1835)Casta Diva (Norma - 1831) Lesley Garrett (Soprano) - Britten Sinfonia and Chorus - Ivor Bolton, conductor - The Anthony Pleeth Cello Ensemble - London Voices - Terry Edwards, Directory - BBC Concert Orchestra - Peter Robinson, conductor BMG 74321 96300 2 [61.57] [RH]

A compilation album, pleasant enough but really for Lesley Garrett fans only … see Full Review

VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE: String Quartets by female composers - Lucie VELLERE (1996-1966) Quartet No.3 (1951) - Sarah ADERHOLT (b.1955) String Quartet (1978) - Ruth SCHÖNTAL (b.1924) String Quartet (1981) - Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Quartet for Strings Op.89 (1942) - Priaulx RAINIER (1903-1986) Quartet for Strings (1936/9) The Crescent Quartet recorded in 1981 and the Alard Quartet (Rainier only) recorded in 1983. CD transfer 1994 - originally on LP LEONARDO LE 336 [66.33] [GH]

Well worth exploring. … see Full Review

VOICES OF AFRICA. Roelof TEMMINGH (b. 1946) - Himne - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) - Psalm 100 (Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt) - Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) - Os Justi - Psalm 36, 30-31 - Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) - Pater Noster - Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) - Magnificat - Lars JANSSON (b. 1951) - To the Mothers of Brazil - arr. Gunnar ERIKSSON (1936) - Veljo TORMIS (b. 1930) - Raua Needmine - (Curse upon Iron) - Sven-Eric JOHANSON (1919-1997) - Dilemma - Thomas JENNEFELT (b. 1954) - Villarosa sarialdi - Niel van der WATT (b. 1962) - I am the Voice of Africa - text: Lindsey Reyburn - Jaakko MÄNTYJÄRVI - Pseudo-Yoik- Deep River (Spiritual) - arr. Anders PAULSSON - William Spevery - Operator - arr. Niel van der WATT - Soloists: Werner Badenhorst, Pieter Odendaal, Marko Fourie, Christo Burger, Brandon Hill - Hannie van Zyl (piano) tr.1, Marc Botha (sax) tr.6, Barend Stapelberg (percussion) University of Pretoria Camerata/Johann van der Sandt. Recorded: Musaion of the University of Pretoria and St Alban's Cathedral, Pretoria, October 1999 and October 2000. Full price GUILD GMCD 7246 [72.52] [RJF]

So much variety of expression and nuance … see Full Review



THE CLASSICAL GUITAR BOOK: A Complete History by John Morrish Creative Director: Nigel Osborne Published by Backbeat Books ISBN 0-87930-725-0

At the price of £19.95 (my copy is soft backed) this book is an absolute gift. Not only is it a visual feast it is also packed with facts and information that one can return to with pleasure time after time. … see Full Review

Classical Music: The Essential Listening Companion ed. Alexander J. Morin The Third Ear BACKBEAT BOOKS ISBN 0-87930-638-6 softback 1202pp 2002

Not as up to date as it might have been but you will come away from reading these lively, sometimes iconoclastic pages better informed and enthused to explore and compare. ... see Full Review

David Rattray Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making; Important stringed instruments from the collection at the Royal Academy of Music
Balafon Books £75 ISBN 187154792X [JW]

Explores the subject with clarity and elegance, details individual histories, reflects upon construction techniques with acuity and presents the instruments in photographic glory. … see Full Review

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