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À Trois: Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Libertango; Tanti Anni Prima; Escualo. Nadia BOULANGER (1887-1979) Trois Pièces; Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonata No. 1 BWV 1027 (arr. Holger Reuning); Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Danse Oriental Op. 2 No. 2; Radames GNATTALI (1906-1979) unidentified piece; George BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen Suite (arr. Maxine Neuman); Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14 Belmont Trio rec. 11-13 November 2002. Auferstehungskirche Oberaudorf. DDD THOROFON CLASSICS CTH2479 [60’20] [NL]

I can recommend this disc to those who enjoy cello and guitar music ... Listened to individually, there is much pleasure to be gained but the sum is less than the parts. ... see Full Review

Géza Anda (1921-76) Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3 [20:17] Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonic Études (in the form of variations), Op.13 [21:55] Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Suite for Piano, Sz62 (Op.14) [9:25] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 [18:39] Géza Anda (piano) Rec. Freemason’s Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 23 August 1955. ADD BBC LEGENDS IMG ARTISTS/BBCL 4135-2 [70:50] [AN]

A lyrical pleasure ... emotional tenderness and humanity, Anda breathes life across a generous gamut of musical expression. ... see Full Review

Martha Argerich/Ivry Gitlis Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 2 Op.19 + Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Concerto Hob.XVIII-II + César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata * Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata * Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasie Op.17 Fantasiestücke Op.12 Martha Argerich (piano) Ivry Gitlis (violin) * London Sinfonietta/Martha Argerich (piano and direction) + Recorded 1976-80 RCA RED SEAL 74321 988362 [2 CDs: 74.08 + 64.18] [JW]

Lissom drive, rhythmic verve and incision ... a penetrating stillness and beauty of tone ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Sir Thomas Beecham (1879- 1961) - Great Conductors of the 20th Century CD 1 Gioacchino ROSSINI William Tell Overture Antonín DVOŘÁK Legend No. 2 Richard WAGNER Das Rheingold - Entry of Gods into Valhalla Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Divertimento No. 15 Frederick DELIUS Appalachia Carl Maria von WEBER Der Freischütz Overture CD 2 Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Antar Symphony Felix MENDELSSOHN Song without words Op. 102 Nos 2 and 3 Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 George Frideric HANDEL Amaryllis Suite - Sarabande Edith Furmedge (soprano) Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano) Sylvia Patriss (alto) Gwladys Garside (mezzo-soprano) Walter Widdop (tenor) George Chitty (tenor) Theo Herrmann (bass) Cuthbert Matthews (baritone) Cuthbert Matthews (bar) (Delius) Royal Opera Amateur Chorus (Delius) London Philharmonic Orchestra (Rossini, Dvořák, Weber, Delius); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rest) Rec. mono and stereo (only I from Tchaikovsky) - 1934-1958. ADD EMI CLASSICS/IMG 575938-2 [2CDs: ] [RB]

Some very special music making here and invaluable in its wholesale publication of many previously unissued originals. A stunner. ... see Full Review

Bells for Stokowski Tielman SUSATO (d. c.1561) The Danserye (1551) - Selections arranged by Patrick Dunnigan Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) English Folk Song Suite (1923) David DEL TREDICI (b.1937) In Wartime (2003) Michael DAUGHERTY (b.1954) Bells for Stokowski (2002) The University of Texas Wind Ensemble/Jerry Junkin Recorded at the Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas, May 2003 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR 104CD [64.49] [JW]

There’s something for everyone and very attractively played too. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Les Chemins d’Amour Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Le sommeil; Quelle aventure; La reine de cœur; Ba, be, bi, bo, bu; Les anges musiciens; Le carafon; Lune d’avril; Violon; C’est ainsi que tu es; Dernier poème; Les chemins d’amour Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Chevaux de bois; Beau soir; Fleurs des blés; Rondel chinois; Nuit d’étoiles Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Extase; Au pays où se fait la guerre; Chanson triste; Soupir; Le manoir de Rosemonde; Elégie; Phidylé; L’invitation au voyage Olga Pasiecznik (soprano), Ewa Pobłocka (piano) Recorded at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, 5th-6th January and 25th-26th February 2002 CD ACCORD ACD 078-2 [68:13] [CH]

It would be difficult to imagine a better duo partnership for this music, in whose hands it wafts in and out of the consciousness as a perfect musical equivalent of Marcel Proust. ... see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Karl BÖHM Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Overture: Cosí fan tutte (1790) Philharmonia Orchestra
Rec. September 1962, Kingsway Hall, London Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 8 (Nowak edition, 1890) WDR Sinfonieorchester, Köln Rec. 27 September 1974, Bismarksaal, Cologne Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 91 in E flat major (1788)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rec. 22 September 1973, Musikverein, Vienna Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 9 in C major (1825) Dresden Staatskapelle
Rec. 12 January 1979, Kulturpalast, Dresden EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS 7243 5 75944 2 [2CDs: 78.50+77.44] [TB]

This is a fascinating example of the central achievements of a great conductor. ... see Full Review

The British Cello Phenomenon CD1 Douglas Cameron/National Symphony Orchestra ROSSINI William Tell Overture (Part I) [3'22"] John Barbirolli/Ethel Bartlett BACH Gamba Sonata BWV1027 Adagio [4'20"] W.H. Squire/Hamilton Harty Benjamin GODARD Berceuse de Jocelyn [3'32"] Beatrice Harrison/Orchestra/Eric Fenby DELIUS Elegy [3'19"] Cedric Sharpe/Cecil Dixon POPPER Polonaise de Concert Op. 14 [3'43"] Felix Salmond GRIEG To Spring [2'59"] Lauri Kennedy/Dorothy Kennedy POPPER Hungarian Fantasy [4'29"] Anthony Pini/Orchestra SAINT-SAËNS Softly Wakes My Heart from Samson and Dalila Op. 47 [2'54"] Raymond Clark/Orchestra of the ROH, Covent Garden/Constant Lambert TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty Op 66/ Vision Scene (Act II) [4'33"] Reg Kilbey/Jack Byfield MASSENET Elégie [3'59"] Denis Vigay/Academy of St Martins/Neville Marriner SUPPÉ Overture 'Morning, Noon and Night' (Part) [3'20"] Alan Dalziel/John Constable FAURÉ Elégie [6'29"] Thomas Igloi/Clifford Benson FAURÉ Sonata No. 2 Op. 117: Andante [6'08"] Keith Harvey/Lynn Hendry DEBUSSY arr. HARVEY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune [8'30"] Jacqueline du Pré/Christopher Finzi/Newbury String Players RUBBRA Soliloquy [16'24"] [CD2] Norman Jones/Philharmonia/Gardelli VERDI Overture to 'I Masnadieri' (part) [4'24"] Derek Simpson/Ernest Lush SCHUBERT Arpeggione Sonata: III Allegretto [9'53"] Douglas Cummings BACH Suite in d BWV 1008 Allemande [4'10"]; Courante [2'36"] Moray Welsh DUTILLEUX Strophe No. 3 [2’41"] Chris van Kampen/Ian Brown JANÁČEK Pohadka III [3'46"] Raphael Wallfisch/Lynn Hendry CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Figaro [5'31"] Colin Carr KODALY Solo Sonata Op. 8 Allegro molto vivace [11'39"] Alexander Baillie/Dominic Harlan GLIÈRE Albumblätter: No.5 [2'31"]; No.12 [2'13"] Robert Cohen/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton WALTON Concerto: II Allegro appassionato [6'24"] Steven Isserlis/Stephen Hough FAURÉ Après un Rêve [3'25"] Tim Hugh HANDEL/HALVORSEN Theme and Variations [5'36"] Clive Greensmith/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl Davis WOOD ‘Tom Bowling' from Fantasia on British Sea Songs [2'03"] Paul Watkins/BBC Symphony Orchestra HOLST Invocation [9'53"] Rec 1930s-1990s; mono/stereo CELLO CLASSICS CC1010 [77.45+79.23] [RB]

Cello enthusiasts as well as young and aspiring players, Du Pré collectors and British music fans will find this set packed with discoveries; absolutely fascinating. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Fancy That! John DANKWORTH (b.1927) Suite for Emma Leonard BERNSTEIN (1917-1990) Sonata for clarinet and piano Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Le Tombeau de Ravel Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Vocalise Robert MUCZYNSKI (b.1929) Time Pieces André PREVIN (b.1929) Passing Fancy Fancy Passing Alan Vivian, clarinet; Susanne Powell, piano Recorded at Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT, Australia, August 1998 REVOLVE AJM1314 [66:12] [GPJ]

A most distinguished disc, beautifully planned and executed, and the recording is ideal. ... see Full Review

The French Connection André CAPLET (1879-1925) Quintette (1898) [27:07] Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937)Divertissement, op. 6 (1905) [6:57] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) (arr. Arie Boers)Six Épigraphes Antiques (1914/1987) [16:37]Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Rhapsody, op. 70 (1922) [18:03] The Hexagon Ensemble: Wout van den Berg, flute, Henk Swinnen, oboe, Arno van Houtert, clarinet, Freek Sluijs, bassoon, Christiaan Boers, horn, Hans Eijsackers, piano Rec. Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, Hilversum, Netherlands, no dates given. DDD ETCETERA KTC 1259 [68:20] [KS]

There is nothing here that does not delight the ear. Recommended without hesitation. ... see Full Review

Enrico CARUSO, tenor (1873-1921): The Complete Recordings. Volume 12 (1919-1920) Recorded in Camden, New Jersey, in September 1919, January, and September 1920. Accompanied by the ‘Victor Orchestra’/Josef Pasternack except tr.18 played by the ‘Victor military band’ NAXOS HISTORICAL ‘GREAT SINGERS SERIES’ 8.110753 [68.50] [RJF]

The final distinguished volume in Ward Marston’s re-masterings of Caruso’s Victor recordings ... see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Albert COATES (1882-1953) Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1926) Oberon: Overture (KH, 25th October 1926) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mephisto Waltz no. 1 (KH, 14th October 1930) Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Symphony no. 2 in b (KH, 5th-6th November 1929) Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Mlada: Procession of the Nobles (KH, 14th October 1930) Piotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Francesca da Rimini, op. 32 (KH, 9th-10th October 1930) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak (KH, 23rd October 1929) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse (QH, 26th March 1926) Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser: Overture (KH, 16th September 1926), Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods, Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music, Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (QH, 26th January 1926), Tristan und Isolde: Love Duet* (Berlin, 13th September 1929, KH, 6th May 1929) Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hänsel und Gretel: Prelude (KH, 26th October 1926) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Tod und Verklärung (KH, 12th October 1928) Berlin State Opera Orchestra (first part of Tristan extract), London Symphony Orchestra (all others)/Albert Coates Dates and locations as above (KH = Kingsway Hall, London, QH = Queen’s Hall, London) Great Conductors Of The Twentieth Century Vol. 17 EMI CLASSICS/IMG ARTISTS CZS 5 75486 2 [2 CDs: 79:03+78:48] [CH]

Some thrilling music-making from an unjustly forgotten figure. ... see Full Review

Cancion De Cuna: Guitar Music from Cuba - Marco Tamayo Edward SIMON (b. 1969) El manicero (The Peanut Seller) [4:33] Nico ROJAS (b. 1921) Gunyun – El maestro [2:10]; En el abra del Yumuri (In Yumuri Bay) [4:52]; Francito y Alfronsito [2:38]; Lilliam [4:21]; Guajira a mi madre (Guajira for my mother) [4:10] Carlos FARINAS (1934-2002) Preludio [3:41] Aldo RODRIGUEZ (b. 1955) Cancion [3:03]; Danza [1:52] Harold GRAMATGES (b. 1918) Suite breve [8:01] Leo BROUWER (b. 1939) Cancion de cuna (Berceuse) [4:04]; Zapateo [2:19]; Ojos brujos (Bewitching eyes) [2:41] Carlos FARINAS (b. 1918) Cancion triste (Sad song) [2:55] Hector ANGULO (b. 1932) Cantos Yoruba de Cuba [13:58] Marco Tamayo (guitar)Rec. St. John Chrysostom Church, New Market, Ontario, Canada, 17-20 December 2002 DDD NAXOS 8.555887[65:31] [MC]

No problem with the sound quality here and an exceedingly well performed release ... see Full Review

Enrico Caruso – A life in words and music Enrico Caruso (tenor) Written and Narrated by David Timson NAXOS 8.558131-34 [4 CDs: 59.57+58.55+64.21+62.32] [RH]

The story of Caruso’s life, interspersed with thirty of his finest recordings. A fascinating, illuminating and well-put-together set. ... see Full Review

Pablo CASALS (1876-1973) - Encores and Transcriptions: Volume 2
Naxos - Historical Great Cellists Series
for track listing see review Pablo Casals (cello) Nicolai Mednikoff (piano) tracks 1-4 Blas Net (piano) tracks 5-17 Otto Schulhoff (piano) tracks 18-20 London Symphony Orchestra/Pablo Casals (conductor) track 21 Historical recordings made at various locations between 1927-1930 ADD NAXOS 8.110976 [74.47] [MC]

A fine historical document of the wonderful playing of Pablo Casals ... mainly for cello aficionados. ... see Full Review

THE CONVICT HARPSICHORDISTDomenico SCARLATTI (1685 - 1757) Sonata in F minor K 386, Sonata in F minor K 387, Sonata in E major K 380, Sonata in E major K 381, Sonata in D major K 32, Sonata in D major K 33 Pietro Domenico PARADIES (1707 - 1791) Sonata no. 10 in D major Johan Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Prelude and Fugue no. 24 in D Major BWV 893 Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G major BWV 884 George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759) Suite no. 5 in E major Padre Antonio SOLER (1729 - 1783) Sonata in C minor R18, Sonata in C minor R19 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) Ah vous dirai-je Maman KV265 Ron NOGORCKA (b. 1948) This Beauteous Wicked Place Elizabeth Anderson (harpsichord) Recorded 2003, Move Records, Eaglemont, Australia MOVE MD3242 [58.07] [RH]

An fascinating recital themed around the first harpsichord (and harpsichordist) to arrive in Australia in 1804 ... see Full Review

Dances of our Time Steven STUCKY (b.1949) Dream Waltzes (1986) [14’13] Chen YI (b.1953) Duo Ye (1985) [7’38] Arturo MARQUEZ (b.1950) Danzon No.2 (1993) [9’31] Bruce MacCROMBIE (b.1943) Chelsea Tango (1991) [11’05] Wojciech KILAR (b.1932) Krzesany (1974) [14’49] Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Lan Shui Recorded at Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, January 2002 BIS CD 1192 [58’49] [TH]

It makes a modern counterpart to the ‘orchestral lollipops’, or ‘concert-hall encores’ discs we all used to love, and is equally enjoyable on those terms. ... see Full Review

Panayiotis DEMOPOULOS - Nuages Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Nuages gris (Gray Clouds) (1881) [3:45]; La lugubre gondola I (The Funeral Gondola I) (1882) [4:07]; Unstern (Evil star) (1880-86) [5:35]; Vallée d’Obermann (1848-54) [15:24] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 [20:51] Panayiotis DEMOPOULOS (b. 1977) Tetractys for solo piano (2000) [8:18] Panayiotis Demopoulos, piano Rec. 18 April, 28 May 2003, Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. DDD DUNELM RECORDS DRD0213 [58:00] [PG]

Nothing particularly off-putting ... harmless enough. Hardly seems enough for a solid recommendation. Better luck on his next effort. ... see Full Review

Explorations Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Prelude, Hymn and Toccata Op. 96 (1987) Anthony HEDGES (b. 1931) Three Explorations Op. 145 (2002) Sonata Op. 53 (1974) Five Aphorisms Op. 113 (1990) Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) arr. Vally LASKER 1885-1978) Japanese Suite Op. 33 (1915) Ronald STEVENSON (b. 1928)
Two Chinese Folk-Songs (1966) Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (pianos)
Recorded in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Alkborough, North Lincolnshire, 2003 DDD THE DIVINE ART 25024 [76:51] [CT]

An interesting programme capped by Kenneth Leighton’s compelling Prelude, Hymn and Toccata. ... see Full Review

The Gigli Edition - Volume 4: Camden and New York Recordings 1926-27.
Beniamino Gigli (tenor) Orchestras conducted by Josef Pasternack, Nathaniel Shilkret and Rosario Bourdon Recorded New York and Camden, 1926-27 NAXOS 8.110265 [67.15] [JW]

The pleasure of Gigli’s voice, heard in all its resplendent youthful ardour, never pales. ... see Full Review

Carlo Maria Giulini: Classic Archive Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibitiona (1874) (orch. Ravel) [32’44]. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550b (1788) [24’24]. Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) El sombrero de tres picos (1919) – Suite No. 2b[13’20]. Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Les Vêpres siciliennes – Overturec (1855) [10’07]. aPhilharmonia Orchestra, bcNew Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini. Rec. aWatford Town Hall, London, on March 3rd, 1964, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, on bDecember 2nd, 1964, cJanuary 12th 1968. Also includes rehearsal sequence of Guido Cantelli rehearsing Rossini’s Semiramide Overture with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, filmed in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, in 1950 [3’47]. EMI CLASSIC ARCHIVE DVA 4901149 [84’20] [CC]

This is one of the best Pictures I have heard and it is for this, above all, that this DVD is most valuable. ... see Full Review

Compilation: Glyndebourne Gala Evening see review for details ARTHAUS DVD Video 100 432 [112 mins]

A fine souvenir of a glittering gala celebrating, with popular operatic excerpts, the first triumphant sixty years or so of Glyndebourne. ... see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz Live. Volume 4: Never before published and rare live recordings Introducing Mr Heifetz Maurice RAVEL Tzigane * Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Suite No. 3 in D – Second Movement; Air on the G string * Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1659-1695) Violin Concerto in D No. 4 K218 # Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Op.45 – Allegro espressivo alla Romanza + Grigoras DINICU Hora Staccato arr. Heifetz * Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumble-Bee < Giacomo ROSSINI Paraphrase on Largo al Factotum from The Barber of Seville arr. Castelnuovo- Tedesco* Percy GRAINGER Londonderry Air + CROWTHER Gweedore Brae * CHAUSSON Poème * Pablo de SARASATE Zapateado * Jascha Heifetz (violin) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky # The Bell Telephone Orchestra/Donald Voorhees * The Bell Telephone Orchestra/Robert Armsbruster < Emmanuel Bay (piano) + Recorded 1942-1950s CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD120 [72.23]

Though not all is gold here, there’s plenty that Heifetz admirers will want. Inimitable and unignorable he continues to excite. ... see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz Live. Volume 5: Never before published and rare live recordings Lionel Barrymore introduces Jascha Heifetz Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No.1 in G (arr. Joachim) Camille SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso The Swan + C.C. WHITE Levee Dance Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Violin Concerto No. 2 – Second Movement Erich KORNGOLD Suite; March Ado About Nothing – March Sergei PROKOFIEV Four Pieces Op.32 - Gavotte + Romeo and Juliet Op.75 – Pieces No. 5; Masques # Claude DEBUSSY Beau Soir + Clair de Lune Louis GRUENBERG Violin Concerto – Second Movement Cecil BURLEIGH Giant Hills Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Mélodie Edouard LALO Symphonie Espagnole Op.21 – Andante Maurice RAVEL Habanera + Pablo de SARASATE Romanza Andaluza Jascha Heifetz (violin) The Bell Telephone Orchestra/Donald Voorhees * Emmanuel Bay (piano) + Milton Kaye (piano) # Recorded 1943-50 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD121 [63.06] [JW]

A sumptuous array of encore material in more of less decent sound ... see Full Review

Italian Popular Songs: Vol. 1 Sung by: Jussi Björling, Tito Schipa, Beniamino Gigli, Joseph Schmidt and others No venues, orchestras or conductors indicated Record 1926-1953 in USA. Italy, Germany, Stockholm and England. NAXOS HISTORICAL. 8.110768 [78.17] [RJF]

Do you find their equal in those who have recorded in the last 30 years with modern technology? I do not, so enjoy the excellent singing skills that characterise and illuminate so much of this disc ... see Full Review

The Magic of Kasarova Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano), orchestras/conductors see review For such locations and dates as are given, see review BMG CLASSICS/RCA RED SEAL 82876 51933 2 [79:57] [CH]

Most of the recital and sets from which these items come are worth having so I wonder how much point there is to this compilation. Of the two live items, one is disappointing. ... see Full Review

Nancy Ambrose King plays Oboe Concertos Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Oboe Concerto in C K314 (1777) Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Oboe Concerto in One Movement (1927) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor (1944) Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra (1955) Nancy Ambrose King (oboe) Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Jeremy Swerling Recorded Vitkovice Dům Kulture, Ostrava, September 2000 and January 2002 CALA CACD 1035 [68.66] [JW]

The repertoire and performances are of serious interest to many and more than welcome. ... see Full Review

Elena Kuschnerova (piano) Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Theme and Variations Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op.26 Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in D flat Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Waltz arr. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images – Book I Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No 3 Elena Kuschnerova (piano) Recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, 1996 BELLA MUSICA BM 31.2173 [71.27] [JW]

Thoughtfulness and a deft ear for colour inform this recital. ... acutely judged poetry. The finesse of her playing is irreproachable. ... see Full Review

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