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John ADAMS (b. 1947) Road Movies Road Movies (1995)* [15’14"} Hallelujah Junction (1996)** [16’25"] China Gates (1977)*** [4’30"] American Berserk (2001)*** [6’00"] Phrygian Gates (1977)**** [25’19"] * Leila Josefowicz (violin); John Novacek (piano) ** Nicholas Hodges and Rolf Hind (pianos) *** Nicholas Hodges (piano) ****Rolf Hind (piano) Recordings: 28-29 July, 2003, at Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London; and *27 September 2002 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City NONESUCH 7559-79699-2 [68’05"] [JQ]

Fascinating ... one of the most interesting musical voices around ... Recommended with enthusiasm. ... see Full Review

Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Symphonic Dances. Hommage à Uuno Klami (2001) Symphony No. 11 for six percussionists and orchestra (1997-98) Kroumata Percussion Ensemble Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä Recorded January 2002 (Symphonic Dances) February 2002 (Symphony) at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland DDD BIS BIS-CD-1336 [60:09] [CT]

Another fine instalment in BIS’s Complete Aho series ... see Full Review

Charles AVISON (1709-1770) Twelve Concertos Op.6 The Avison Ensemble/Pavlo Beznosiuk Rec. Jubilee Theatre, St Nicholas’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, January 2003 NAXOS 8.557553-54 [49.16 + 57.37] [JW]

The Avison do their namesake proud. Articulation is full of clarity, rhythms are buoyant; stylistic understanding and nuance. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Suite No. 4 in D Major BWV 1069, (1725) Suite No. 1 in C Major BWV 1066, (1725) Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068, (1725) Suite No. 2 in B Minor BWV 1067, (1725) Christopher Krueger (flute) in BWV1067 Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman (using period instruments) recorded in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, 24-26 Sept 2003 DDD TELARC CD-80619 [73’32"] [SV]

We can usually count on Pearlman for intelligent, dynamic "period" performances but this set is oddly variable. ... see Full Review

Carl Philip Emanuel BACH (1714 - 1788) Complete Keyboard Concertos Vol. 13 Sonatina in F, H.463, W.104 (1764) [20.37] Concerto in d, H. 425, W.22 (1747) [23.14] Sonatina in C, H.457, W.103 (1764) [22.35] Miklos Spányi, tangent piano and conducting Concerto Armonico, leader Péter Szüts. Recorded at Phoenix Studio, Budapest-Diósd, Hungary, November 1999 Notes in English, Deutsch, Français. Photos of the artists and the instrument. BIS CD-1307 [67.34] [PSh]

The latest instalment, and one of the finest in the whole magnificent series of Bach Keyboard Concerti recordings ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Suite No. 4 in D Major BWV 1069, (1725) Suite No. 1 in C Major BWV 1066, (1725) Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068, (1725) Suite No. 2 in B Minor BWV 1067, (1725)Christopher Krueger (flute) in BWV1067 Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman (using period instruments) recorded in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, 24-26 Sept 2003 DDD. TELARC CD-80619 [73’32"] [JPh]

I cannot recommend this disc too highly. It is a superb issue both in terms of performance and recording quality. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)Goldberg Variations (pub. 1741) Andras Schiff (piano) A concert recording on 30 October 2001 at the Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerland. ECM NEW SERIES 1825; 472 185-2 [71'04"] [JPo]

It all depends on how you like your Goldbergs - the yolk runny or more well done. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas 67, 108 and 127 Cantata No. 67, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, (Hold in remembrance Jesus Christ) BWV 67, for alto, tenor, bass; 4-part chorus, corno da tirassi, transverse flute, 2 oboes d’amore, 2 violins, viola, organ and continuo Cantata No. 108, Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe, (For you it is best that we be parted / It is for your good that I go) BWV 108, for alto, tenor, bass; 4-part chorus, 2 oboes d’amore, 2 violins, viola and continuo Cantata No. 127, Herr Jesu Christ, wahr'r Mensch und Gott, (Thou who, a God, as man yet come / Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God) BWV 127, for soprano, tenor, bass; 4-part chorus, trumpet, oboe, 2 flutes, 2 violins, viola and continuo Antonia Fahberg (soprano) Lilian Benningsen (contralto) Peter Pears (tenor) Keith Engen (bass) Edgar Shann (oboe d’amore on BWV 108 and 127) Fritz Sonnieithner (violin on BWV 108) Georg Donderer (trumpet on BWV 67 and 127) Hedwig Bilgram (organ) Münchner Bach-Chor Members of the Orchestra of Münchner Staatsoper/Karl Richter Recorded in the Haus des Sports, Munich, Germany, 1958 WARNER CLASSICS ELATUS 2564 613161-2 [61:07] [MC]

This Elatus release is worthy of inclusion in any collection of Bach Cantatas. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Conductors’ Transcriptions Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 Orchestrated by Stanislav Skrowaczewski (b. 1923) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, from Cantata, BWV147 Orchestrated by Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) Herzlich tut mich verlangen: Chorale Prelude, BWV727 Orchestrated by Erich Leinsdorf (1912-1993) Suite No. 6 for full orchestra Orchestrated by Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944) Air, from Suite No. 3, BWV1068 Orchestrated by Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967) Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata, BWV208 Orchestrated by Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542 Orchestrated by Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ: Chorale Prelude, BWV639 Orchestrated by Vittorio Gui (1885-1975) Bist du bei mir:, BWV508, from Clavierbüchlein Orchestrated by Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) A Mighty Fortress is Our God: Chroale Prelude, BWV720 Orchestrated by Walter Damrosch (1862-1950) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin Recorded 7-8 October 1003, All Saints’ Church, Tooting, London Hybrid SACD CHANDOS CHSA 5030 [63.20] [TB]

These wonderfully imaginative reincarnations of Bach’s originals bring with them a great deal of satisfaction ... see Full Review

Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Solo Piano Works, Volumes 1-5 Volume 1: 7 Sketches (Sz 44); Sonata 1926 (Sz 80); 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs and Dances (Sz 71); 4 Dirges (Sz 45); Allegro Barbaro (Sz 49) Volume 2: Suite (Sz 62); For Children "42 Hungarian Folk Songs" (Sz 42); 3 Burlesques (Sz 47) Volume 3: 6 Roumanian Folk Dances (Sz 56); 10 Easy Piano Pieces (Sz 39); 14 Bagatelles (Sz 38); 3 Rondos on Folk Tunes (Sz 84); Sonatina (Sz 55); Roumanian Dance No.1 (Sz 43) Volume 4: For Children "43 Slovakian Folk Songs" (Sz 42); Petite Suite (Sz 105) Volume 5: 2 Elegies (Sz 41); 3 Hungarian Folk Songs (Sz 35); 9 Little Piano Pieces (Sz 82); Improvisations (Sz 74); Out of Doors (Sz 81) June de Toth (piano) No recording information: DDD EROICA JDT 3000 [50:19 + 60:56 + 69:15 + 74:33 + 66:00] [RNB]

I thoroughly recommend this set ... performances well thought out and meticulously prepared ... see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra (1913-14) [46.03] Joyce Hatto (piano) Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley rec. 1965, Guildford CONCERT ARTIST CACD-9021-2 [46.03] [WH]

Hatto is the better guide by far through these red-blooded pages and this Concert Artist recording is highly recommended. ... see Full Review

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Piano Music Vol.1 Piano Sonata No.1 Piano Sonata No.2; Dream in Exile; Burlesque; Nereid; In a Vodka Shop Ashley Wass(piano) NAXOS CD 8.557439 [74:27] [GP]

I was most impressed by this first instalment in Ashley Wass’s cycle of Bax’s complete piano works and look forward to the remaining volumes with keen anticipation. ... see Full Review

Amy BEACH (1867-1944) Songs: The Rainy Day (1880), Ariette op.1/4 (1886), When far from her op.2/2 (1889), Empress of Night op.2/3 (1891), Le Secret op.14/2 (1891), Ecstasy op.19/2 (1892), Within thy Heart op.29/1 (1895), Sleep, Little Darling op.29/3 (1894), Nacht op.35/1 (1895), Forgotten op.41/3 (1894), Dearie op.43/1 (1899), Far Awa’ op.43/4 (1899), The Year’s at the Spring op.44/1 (1900), Ah, Love, but a day! op.44/2 (1900), I send my heart up to thee! op.44/3 (1900), Come, ah Come op.48/1 (1902), Canzonetta op.48/4 (1902), Ich sagte nicht op.51/1 (1903), Wir drei op.51/2 (1903), Juni op.51/3 (1903), Je demande à l’oiseau op.51/4 (1903), Go not too Far op.56/2 (1904), Shena Van op.56/4 (1904), Baby op.69/1 (1908), Hush, Baby Dear op.69/2 (1908), A Prelude op.71/1 (1910), O Sweet Content op.71/2 (1910), Ein altes Gebet op.72/1 (1914), Der Totenkranz op.73/2 (1914), The Candy Lion op.75/1 (1914), A Thanksgiving Fable op.75/2 (1914), In the Twilight op.85 (1921), The Host op.117/2 (1925), May Flowers op.137 (1932), I sought the Lord op.142 (1937), Though I take the wings of morning op.152 (1941) Katherine Kelton (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Bringerud (piano) Recorded 11th-12th June 1999 at The Lodge in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA NAXOS 8.559191 [77:39] [CH]

For the revelation of some fine repertoire, warmly sung, the disc is strongly recommended. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 6 in F major, Opus 68 (1808) Overture: Leonore No. 1, Opus 138 (1807) Overture: Leonore No. 2, Opus 72 (1805) Overture: Leonore No. 3, Opus 72a (1806) Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard Rec 21-24 May 2001 (Symphony), 3-7 June 2002 (Overtures), Örebro Concert Hall SIMAX CLASSICS PSC 1184 [73.47] [TB]

Dausgaard and his orchestra bring freshness and commitment to every bar ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Symphony No.6 in F major Op. 68 The Pastoral Symphony No.8 in F major Op. 93 Symphony No.9 in D minor Op. 125 The Choral New Philharmonia Orchestra, (No. 6) London Symphony Orchestra (Nos. 8 and 9), Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Anne Reynolds (contralto), Robert Tear (tenor) and John Shirley-Quirk (bass) and the London Symphony Chorus (No. 9), conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, London, in January and April 1968 (Pastoral), and Kingsway Hall, London in November 1972 (Nos. 8 and 9). (ADD – stereo). EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 585490-2 [72.39 + 72.32] [JPh]

Even at its low price the set is not in the least competitive and there are much better offerings to be had elsewhere. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15 (1801) Piano Sonata No 22 in F major Op. 54 (1804) Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor Op. 57 (1804) Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch recorded November 1960 ADD RCA RED SEAL 82876 594212 [71’59"] [JPh]

Recommended with enthusiasm ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"* [36’35"] 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, Wo080 [11’33"] Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Piano Sonata in C minor, D958 [29’25"] John Ogdon (piano) *BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra/Jascha Horenstein Recorded: BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London, 23 January, 1972; *Festhalle Viersen, Germany, 21 January, 1969 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4142-2 [77’55"] [JQ]

A fine souvenir of a much-missed artist ... I’m happy to recommend this CD. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Oboe Trio in C major, Op. 87 Variations in C major on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni', WoO 28 Anton WRANITZKY (1761-1820) Oboe Trio in C major John Abberger / Marc Schachman, oboes; Lani Spahr, cor anglais Recorded Connecticut, USA, 1999 NAXOS 8.554550 [59:20] [JL]

A delightful disc of light, late 18th century Viennese music, interestingly juxtaposing a great composer with a little known contemporary. Well played on authentic instruments. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (1797) [16:45] Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1797) [14:37] Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1798) [20:26] Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1798) [17:33] Maurizio Pollini, piano Recorded Herkulessaal, Munich, September 2002. DDD DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 474 810-2 [69:35] [DS]

Rather short on warm-hearted music ... takes some of the glow off the performances.. Pollini’s reputation for being on the cool side has some validity here ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonatas: op.54 in F; op. 57 in f – "Appassionata"; op.78 in F sharp; op.79 in G; op.81a in E flat – "Les Adieux". Artur Schnabel (piano) Recorded 11th April 1933 (opp. 54, 57), 21st March 1932 (op.78), 15th November 1935 (op.79), 13th April 1933 (op.81a) in EMI Abbey Road Studio no.3, London UK.
Transferred by Mark Obert-Thorn. NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110761 [66:04] [CH]

Recommended with all possible enthusiasm to those who are prepared to forgo modern sound in the pursuit of musical truth. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Contemporary Arrangements for Chamber Ensemble. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’ (1799, arr. publ.Haslinger). Symphonies: No. 1 in C, Op. 21 (1800, arr. publ. Simrock, c1803); No. 8 in F, Op. 93 (1814, arr. publ. Haslinger 1816) Locrian Ensemble/Rolf Wilson, Rita Ma. Rec. St. Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire on May 27th, 2002 (Op. 13); St. Silas Church, Chalk Farm, London, on January 13th-14th, 2002 (rest). GUILD GMCD7274 [DDD] [69’54] [CC]

Well worth investigation. The Locrian Ensemble excels itself. Do try and hear this disc. ... see Full Review

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Missa Solemnis in D, op.123 (1824) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Mass in C minor, K.427 Great (1782?) Sylvia McNair, soprano, Janice Taylor, mezzo-soprano, John Aler, tenor, Tom Krause, baritone (Beethoven), Edith Wiens, Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano, John Aler, tenor, William Stone, baritone Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Robert Shaw Recorded in Symphony Hall, Atlanta on Feb.22nd-25th and November 7th, 9th, 10th 1987 TELARC CD-80150 [64:50 + 74:09] [GPJ]

Two towering choral masterpieces in loving, inspired readings – a very special issue. ... see Full Review

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BIBER (1644-1704) The Rosary Sonatas CD 1 Readings and sonatas 1-9 [79:47] CD 2 Readings and sonatas 10-15; Passacaglia [77:18] Pavlo Beznosiuk (violins) David Roblou (harpsichord, chamber organ) Paula Chateauneuf (theorbo, archlute) Richard Tunnicliffe (viola da gamba; violone) Timothy West (reader) Rec. 30 Nov – 4 Dec 2003 at St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, UK. DDD AVIE AV0038 [77:18 + 79:47 = 2:37:05] [PB]

If you are unfamiliar with Biber’s music, this is the ideal place to start. Hardcore Biber fans should not hesitate. A fabulous offering. ... see Full Review

Heinrich Ignaz von BIBER (1644-1704) The Rosary Sonatas (Die Rosenkranz-Sonaten) Volume 1: Sonatas 1-9 Sonnerie Monica Huggett (violin) Emilia Benjamin (viola da gamba/lirone) Elizabeth Kenny (archlute/theorbo/baroque guitar) Francis Kelly (harp) Matthew Halls (organ/harpsichord) Rec St Silas’s Kentish Town, London, May, December 2003, January 2004 GAUDEAMUS CD GAU 350 [60.27] [JW]

Huggett is not quite as susceptible to intense rapture however she finds warmth and a joyful dancing momentum ... see Full Review

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BIBER (1644-1704) Requiem à 15 in A Agostino STEFFANI (1654-1728) Stabat Mater Marta Almajano, Mieke van der Sluis – sopranos John Elwes, Mark Padmore – tenors Frans Huits – baritone; Harry van der Kamp - bass Koor and Barockorkest van de Nederlandse Bachvereniging/Gustav Leonhardt rec 22-24 October 1994, Pieterskerk, Utrecht, The Netherlands DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 05472 77344 2 [63.38] [PW]

Controlled grandeur of expression shown at its best. ... see Full Review

Manuel BLANCAFORT (1897-1987) Complete piano music vol.2: 6 Short Pieces; Country Games and Dances; Intimate Songs I; 8 Piano Pieces Miquel Villaba (piano) rec. 4-5 January 2003, L’Auditorium, Jafre, Spain DDD NAXOS 8.557333 [61'29] [RNB]

What I hear all the time in Blancafort is his "incomprehensible sadness" ... see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) String Quartets 1-4 CD 1 String Quartets No. 1 (1916) [58:23] String Quartet No. 3 (movements I-III) (1952) [15:30] CD 2 String Quartet No. 3 (movement IV) (1952) [8:17] String Quartets 2 (1945) [34:21] and 4 (1953) [29:40] Griller String Quartet (Sidney Griller (violin 1); Jack O’Brien (violin 2); Philip Burton (viola); Colin Hampton (cello)). Rec. Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, 28-30 June; 2, 5-6, 9, 19-20 July 1954 1: Decca LXT 5071; 2: Decca LXT 5072; 3 and 4: Decca LXT 5073; ADD MONO
DECCA 475 607-1 5 DC2 [74:12 + 72:49] [RB]

Gutsy performances and recordings. Music of opulent complexity ranging from impressionist-romantic to the spare and mesmerisingly tense. Works of the eminence of the Bartók, Foulds, Ravel and Debussy. ... see Full Review

Joseph BOULOGNE (c.1745 – 1799) also known as the Chevalier de SAINT-GEORGES Violin Concertos 2 Concerto in D major Op. posth. No.2 Concerto No.10 in G major Concerto in D major Op.3 No.1 Qian Zhou (violin) Toronto Camerata/Kevin Mallon
Recorded in Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto, April 2003 NAXOS 8.557322 [65.30] [JW]

Fully committed in the constituency for the disc is Violin School of Mozart ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphonies: 1 in C minor op.68; 2 in D op.73; 3 in F op.90; 4 in E minor op.98 Academic Festival Overture op.80; Tragic Overture op.81; Variations on a Theme of Haydn op.56a Piano Concertos(1): 1 in D minor op.15; 2 in B flat op.83 Violin Concerto in D op.77(2) Gerhard Oppitz (1), Kyoko Takezawa (2) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis First pub. 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, no other information given BMG CLASSICS/RCA RED SEAL 82876 60388 2 [5 CDs: 71:22 + 75:10 + 66:08 + 75:22 + 68:38] [CH]

An extremely fine and consistent cycle of the symphonies but the concertos do not add as much as they might. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op 68 [44:45] Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 [39:33] Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie/Edouard Lindenberg Recorded at St.-Martin Kirche, Minden, Germany in 1969. ADD WARNER APEX 0927 49879 2 [84:16] [KS]

Skip this one for a set that is trustworthier. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quintet in G major, op.111 (1890) String Quintet in F major, op. 88 (1882) Leipzig String Quartet Hartmut Rohde (viola) Rec: 16-17 Feb; 23-24 Apr 2003, Lindensaal Markkleberg, Germany. DDD MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 307 1251-2 [54:56] [MC]

This is a really high class recording. Recommended! ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Gesang der Parzen, op.89 Rhapsody, op.53 Rinaldo, op.50 Anna Larsen, contralto, Stig Andersen, tenor Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Gerd Albrecht Recorded at Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, November 8-9th 2001 (Gesang der Parzen), May 10th-13th 2002(Rinaldo) and August 26th 2003 (Rhapsody) CHANDOS CHAN 10215 [63:21] [GPJ]

A creditable disc, then, rather than an outstanding one, and if you are after these particular pieces, you could certainly do worse. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Die schöne Magelone op.33 (including a narration of Tieck’s novella from which the poems are drawn) Inge Borkh (reciter), Konrad Jarnot (Baritone), Carl-Heinz März (piano) Recorded 4th-6th April and 28th August 2002 in Studios 2 and 6 of the Bavarian Radio ORFEO C 050 041 A [77:12] [CH]

Jarnot and März remind us that this cycle was the work of a still youthful Brahms, intent on recapturing the spirit of a romantic fairy story he had loved since his childhood. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 Kathleen Battle, soprano Håkan Hagegård, baritone Chicago Symphony Chorus/Margaret Hillis Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James Levine Recorded 5-6 July, 1983 in Orchestra Hall, Chicago [DDD] BMG-RCA 82876 60861 2 [71:03] [KS]

Not the very best recording of the German Requiem but certainly amongst my top ten. ... see Full Review

Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Enter Spring (1927), Summer (1914), Two Poems (1915), The Sea (1911) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Judd Recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 11th-15th November 2002 NAXOS 8.557167 [62:17] [CH]

Well prepared, sympathetic performances, but Groves in the three principal works is something of a classic. ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
War Requiem, op.66 Lorna Haywood, soprano, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor, Benjamin Luxon, baritone Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Boy Choir Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Robert Shaw Recorded in Symphony Hall, Atlanta on 5, 7-8 Nov 1988 TELARC-80157 [2CDs: 83:18] [GPJ]

This current re-issue from the not-so-very-recent past deserves a warm and enthusiastic welcome back to the catalogue. ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of the Screw (1954) A Chamber Opera in Two Acts with Prologue Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, based on the novel by Henry James Governess: Helen Field, soprano Mrs. Grose: Menai Davies, mezzo-soprano Peter Quint/Prologue: Richard Greager, tenor Miss Jessel: Phyllis Cannan, mezzo-soprano Flora: Machiko Obata, soprano Miles: Samuel Linay, treble Stage direction: Michael Hampe Set design: John Gunter Directed for Video and Television: Claus Viller The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Steuart Bedford A joint production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Cologne Opera for the 1990 Schwetzinger Festspiele. Special features include a six-minute introduction to the opera and an eight-minute promotional trailer. Subtitled in English, French and Spanish. ARTHAUS DVD 100 199 [108:00] [KS]

No lover of opera will want to be without this ... the work of a master composer at the top of his game. ... see Full Review

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c. 1637-1707) Complete Organ Works, Volume 1: Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149 Nun Komm , der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 189 Puer Natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV 217 Der Tag der ist so freudenreich, BuxWV 182 In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197 Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzu gleich, BuxWV 202 Ciacona in C minor, BuxWV 159 Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV 160 Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 148 Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BuxWV 198 Komm, Heilger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199 Nun bitten wir den Heilgen Geist, BuxWV 209 Nun bitten wir den Heilgen Geist, BuxWV 208 Komm, Heilger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 200 Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BuxWV 190 Praeludium in C, BuxWV 137 Bine Bryndorf, organ Recorded on Buxtehude Organ at St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark, June 2002 DACAPO 8.226002 [65’36] [DS]

Much to enjoy ... exuberance, sharpness of phrasing, and ceremonial elements. Bine Bryndorf takes a clear stand on this music ... see Full Review


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