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Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Piano music: Le Danza del Re David (1925) [16:12]; Questo fu il carro della Morte (1913) [6:02]; Alt Wien (1923) [16:26]; I Naviganti (1919) [7:41]; Piedigrotta (1924) [20:37] Mark Bebbington (piano)rec. CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 3-4 Jan 2003 DDD SOMM SOMMCD 032 [66:56] [RB]

All credit to Bebbington and Somm for opening this stimulating door ... drifting suggestive half-lights and exuberant impressionism. ... see Full Review

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Naomi and Ruth, Op. 27 Ana María Martínez, soprano Academy and Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner Sacred Service for the Sabbath Eve, Op. 122 Ted Christopher, baritone Jeremy Cohen, tenor Rabbi Rodney Mariner, speaker Hugh Potton, organ The London Chorus/Ronald Corp Prayers My Grandfather Wrote (excerpts) Barbara Harbach, organ Memorial Service for the Departed (excerpts) Cantor Simon Spiro, tenor McNeil Robinson, organ New York Cantorial Choir/Neil Levin Rec. no dates given. 2000s? DDD NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559404 [69:40] [RB]

Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s musical sincerity and integrity shines through untarnished by Hollywood’s allure and materialism. ... see Full Review

Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894) España; Suite pastorale; Fête polonaise; Overture to ‘Gwendoline’; Danse slave; Joyeuse marche; Bourée fantasque. Albert ROUSSEL (1889-1937) Suite in F, Op.33 Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray Recorded in Ford Auditorium, 19 March 1957 (Bourée fantasque, Suite in F), Old Orchestra Hall, Detroit, 5 April 1959 (Joyeuse marche), Cass Technical High School, Detroit, 18 November 1959 (rest) MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 6183 [67’22] [TH]

An altogether outstanding disc. ... see Full Review

Jacobus CLEMENS NON PAPA (c.1510 – c.1555) Behold How Joyful Ecce quam bonum; Missa Ecce quam bonum; Acceserunt ad Jesum; Job tonso capite; Veni electa mea; Pascha nostrum; Carole, magnus eras The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice Recorded in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, 5-7 April 2003 SIGNUM SIGCD045 [70:54][RH]

A welcome addition to the catalogue; music by this neglected composer in good straight performances. ... see Full Review

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Suite Bergamasque: Clair de lune La plus que lente Arabesque No.1 Le petit nègre Children’s Corner Suite: The snow is dancing Children’s Corner Suite: The little shepherd Children’s Corner Suite: Golliwog’s cakewalk Trois Estampes: La soirée dans Grenade Trois Estampes: Jardins sous la pluie Arabesque No.2 Valse romantique Danse (Tarantelle styrienne) Pour le piano: Toccata Images: Reflets dans l’eau Images: Poissons d’or Mazurka Rêverie Préludes, Book I: La fille aux cheveux de lin Préludes, Book I: Minstrels Préludes, Book I: La cathédral engloutie
François-Joël Thiollier (piano) Rec. 28 November - 1 December 1994, 13-15 March 1995, 16-18 January 1996, 25-27 September 1996, Temple Saint Marcel, Paris.
NAXOS 8.555800 [78.10][JW]

It’s a pity that Thiollier has been done down by the recording. He is an astute colourist and technically fine but not quite the Debussy pianist that Kocsis and Gieseking are ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848) Lucia di Lammermoor - drama tragico in two parts Lord Enrico Ashton…Roberto Frontali (baritone) Lucia…Stefania Bonfadelli (soprano) Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood…Marcelo Álvarez (tenor) Lord Arturo BucklawCristiano Olivieri (tenor) Raimondo BidebentMirco Palazzi (bass) Alisa…Maria Castelli (mezzo soprano) Normanno…Giovanni Maini (tenor) Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice/Patrick Fournillier
Recorded live at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, June 2003. DVD
TDK DV-OPLDIL [145 mins] [RMcK]

Bonfadelli alone justifies the purchase of this DVD ... see Full Review

Padre Jose Antonio DONOSTIA (1886-1956) Piano Works: Twenty-One Basque Preludes (1912-16); Andante for a Basque Sonata; Nostalgia; Heartfelt prayer to our Lady of Socorri; Basque Minuet; On the Banks of the Ter; Tiento and Song; Hommage to Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga Jordi Maso (piano) Rec: July 2000, Théâtre Ponent de Granollers, Barcelona, Spain. DDD NAXOS 8.557228 [78.35] [GH]

Attractive if undemanding music here given every chance to shine. ... see Full Review

Richard DRAKEFORD (b.1936) Cello Suite – for Rohan de Saram (1957-8) [9:22]John R. WILLIAMSON (b.1929) Cello Sonata No. 2 (2001) [22:46] Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) Solo Cello Sonata (1969) [19:27] Diane Porteous (cello); Kathryn Page (piano) Recorded in The Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester 2004 DUNELM RECORDS DRD0229 [51:35] [DHJ]

This recording is worth exploring for its little known repertoire and committed performances. The Williamson is something of a find and should now gain more recognition. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Solo Piano Music Recorded 5-8 October 1999, Studio 10, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Germany Stefan Veselka (piano) Dates and locations as above NAXOS 8.505205 [5:05:03] [JW]

Fine performances of seldom heard repertoire. Recording quality generally excellent. ... spice up your jaded repertoire. ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Complete Works For Piano Duet Slavonic Dances Op.46 (1878) Slavonic Dances Op.72 (1886) Legends Op.59 (1881) From The Bohemian Forest Op.68 (1884) Ingryd Thorson and Julian Thurber (pianos) Recorded Ski Church Hall, Oslo, December 1989 and June 1990 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92274 [69.17 + 63.25] [JW]

Consistently generous performances, idiomatically played ... music that moves irresistibly through the bloodstream infusing the body with its infectious brio. ... see Full Review

Baldassare GALUPPI (1706 – 1785) La Diavolessa Dorina – Kremena Dilcheva (alto) Giannino – Matthias Vieweg (baritone) Falco – Tom Allen (tenor) Count Nastri – Johnny Maldondo (alto) Countess Nastri – Bettina Pahn (soprano) Don Poppone – Egbert Junghanns (bass) Ghiandina – Doerthe Maria Sandmann (soprano) Lautten Compagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner Recording: Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin Dahlem; 6-10 Jan 2003 CPO 999 947-2 [61.53 + 63.18] [RH]

A welcome chance to hear one of Galuppi and Goldoni’s collaborations which helped revolutionise 18th century opera buffa. ... see Full Review

Jan GARBAREK (b. 1947) In Praise of Dreams As seen from above; In praise of dreams; One goes there alone; Knot of place and time; If you go far enough; Scene from afar; Cloud of unknowing; Without visible sign; Iceburn; Conversation with a stone; A tale begun Jan Garbarek, saxophones, keyboards, samplers, percussion Kim Kashkashian, viola Manu Katché, drums, samplers Recorded at Blue Jay Studio, MA, PC Studio, Paris, and Rainbow Studio, Oslo, during 2003. ECM NEW SERIES 1880 [53.25] [NH]

Garbarek's jazz/folk inspirations gain an extra dimension in the presence of Kashkashian's celebrated viola ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) The Concerto Project Vol. I Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2001) [30:47] Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra (2000) [24:27] Julian Lloyd-Webber, cello Evelyn Glennie and Jonathan Haas, timpanists Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Gerard SchwarzRecorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, recording dates undisclosed. DDD ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC 0014 [55:14] [PG]

I am struck by how powerful Glass’s music has become and how innovative he truly is ... see Full Review

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Music From The Hours;The Poet Acts [3:40] Morning Passages [5:30] Something She Has to Do [3:09] “For Your Own Benefit” [2:00] Vanessa and the Changelings [1:45] “I’m Going to Make a Cake” [4:01] An Unwelcome Friend [4:08] Dead Things [4:21] The Kiss [3:54] “Why Does Someone Have To Die?” [3:53] Tearing Herself Away [5:00] Escape! [3:48] Choosing Life [3:58] The Hours [7:44] Michael Riesman, piano; Arranged for Piano by Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly; Recorded at Baldwin, New York, NY, on 7-9 October, 2003 DDD ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC 0012 [57:25][PG]

A good, if unremarkable, collection of Glass’s music. ... see Full Review

Christoph GLUCK (1714-1787) Orfeo ed Euridice - Opera in three acts Orfeo - Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) Euridice - Elisabeth Speiser (soprano) Amore - Elizabeth Gale (soprano) Glyndebourne Festival Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra/Raymond Leppard Produced by Peter Hall Filmed at Glyndebourne in 1982. DVD NVC ARTS 5050467-3921-2-0 [124mins] [RMK]

A great DVD. Great performances. Great theatre. ... see Full Review

Christoph Willibald von GLUCK (1678-1741) Orfeo ed Euridice Kerstin Thorburg (mezzo soprano) – Orfeo Jarmila Novotna (soprano) – Euridice Marita Farell (soprano) – Amore Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf Recorded live, New York, 20 January 1940 Orfeo ed Euridice – extracts Kerstin Thorburg – Orfeo Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Artur Bodanzky Recorded New York, 26 November 1938 WALHALL WLCD 008 [72.18 + 77.57] [JW]

A cautious welcome to this set. ... see Full Review

Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Four Sketches, for Flute (or Violin), Violin and Piano (Legend; Serenade; Romance; Humoreske) Op. 5 (1913) [15:04] Three Pictures for Flute and Piano, (From the Belfry of Bruges (For my friend, Ary van Leeuwen); From Bredon in the Cotswolds; From a Balcony in Montparnasse) Op. 55 (1935) [18:28] Five Impressions of a Holiday (Cinq Impressions d'un séjour à la campagne) for Flute or Violin, Cello and Piano, (In the Hills (Parmi les collines); By the Rivers (Le Long des rivières); The Water Wheel (Le Petit Moulin à eau); The Village Church (L'Église du village); At the Fair (À la vogue)) Op. 7 (1914) [15:56] Suite, for Flute (or Violin), Violin and Harp (or Piano) (Impromptu; Serenade; Divertissement) Op. 6 (1914) [10:32] To Miss (Miriam) Timothy Pastorale et Arlequinade, for Flute (or Violin), Oboe (or Violin), and Piano Op. 41 (1924) [7:48] À Léon Goossens London Chamber Music Group: Susan Milan, flute; David Theodore, oboe; Jan Peter Schmolck, violin; John Heley, cello; Christina Rhys, harp; Ian Brown, piano Recorded in: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, 16-18 June 2003. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10259 [68:09] [RB]

A consummately successful collection. Goossens with a marked French accent and with currents flowing from the English countryside and the streets of Madrid and the Russian steppes. A very welcome and highly enjoyable disc ... see Full Review

Georges Ivanovitch GURDJIEFF (1877-1949) Chants, Hymns and Dances Original piano transcriptions of Gurdjieff by Thomas de Hartmann, arranged for this edition by Anja Lechner and Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Chant from a Holy Book; Bayaty; Prayer; Duduki; Interludes I and II; Assyrian Women Mourners; Armenian Song; No. 11; Woman's Prayer; Chant from a Holy Book, Var.1 Vassilis TSABROPOULOS (b.1966) Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins; Dance; Chant Anja Lechner, cello Vassilis Tsabropoulos, piano Recorded at the Festburgkirche, Frankfurt, December 2003. ECM NEW SERIES 9819613 [72.19] [NH]

Another excellent ECM release devoted to the musical history of the Caucasus...a little epiphany...see Full Review

Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) Despair; Sehnsucht (Longing); Song of the Summer Woods; The Sea [11:37]; Nocturne in B; Nocturne in A flat [12:47]; Nine Preludes (No. 9 recorded here in two versions) [18:44] Howard FERGUSON (1908-1999) Piano Sonata in F minor (1938-40) [22:54] Five Bagatelles (1944) [8:00] Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. St Paul's Church, Birmingham, 15-16 Apr 2004. DDD SOMM SOMMCD 038 [74:03] [RB]

Bebbington's touch is velvety smooth; drawing the percussive sting from the piano. Lovely playing indeed. ... see Full Review

Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 21 Nordic (1923) [26:42] Symphony No. 2 Op. 30 Romantic (1930) [27:54] The Song of Democracy (1957) [12:04] Eastman School of Music Chorus/Dr Herman H Genhart Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra/Howard Hanson rec. Eastman Theatre Rochester, New York, 6 May 1957 (Song); 4 May 1958 (2); 16 Dec 1958 (1). ADD Notes in English. Photos of composer/conductor. Hybrid SACD playable on SACD players and CD players MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 475 6181 [66:40]

The classic performance of the classic American Symphony in stunning high resolution sound, the cornerstone of any collection of American music...See Full Review

Hans Leo HASSLER (1564-1612) Lateinische Messen und Deutsche Madrigale (Latin Masses and German madrigals) Missa octo vocum (Mass for eight voices) [20’34"] (pub.1599) Deutsche Madrigale: Ihr Musici, frisch auf (6vv) [2’52"]; Ich bring meim Bruder (8vv) [1’52"]; Das Herz tut mir aufspringen (4vv) [1’11"]; Nun fanget an ein guts Liedlein zu singen (4vv) [1’12"]; Ach Lieb, hier ist das Herze (4 lower voices) [2’03"]; Frisch auf! Lasst uns ein guts Glas (6vv) [2’11"]; Ach weh des Leiden (5vv) [2’23"] (pub.1601); Feinslieb du hast mich g’fangen (4vv) [1’36"]; Tanzen und Springen (5vv) [1’19"]; Mit Tanzen, Jubilieren (6vv) [1’34"]; Im kühlen Maien (8vv) [1’44"] Missa Ecce quam bonum (5vv) [15’41"] Kammerchor der Augsburger Domsingknaben/ Reinhard Kammler
Recorded 28-31 July 2003 at the Aula der Grundschule Biberach ARS MUSICI AM 1366-2 [57’19"] [JPo]

A useful disc to acquaint oneself with this composer, accompanied by acceptable singing from a youthful choir. ... see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Piano Trios Vol. 6 Piano Trio in C major (No. 43) Hob.XV:27 (c.1795-97) Piano Trio in E major (No. 44) Hob.XV:28 (c.1795-97) Piano Trio in E flat major (No. 45) Hob.XV:29 (c.1795-97) Piano Trio in E flat major (No. 42) Hob.XV:30 (1797) Trio 1790 Annette Wehnert (violin) Mercedes Ruiz (cello) Harald Hoeren (fortepiano) Recording March 10-12, 2000 (Hob.XV:27, 28, 29), March 13-16, 2001 (Hob. XV:30) Sendesaal des DR Kohn DDD CPO 999 829-2 [76:26] [MC]

A strong release of wonderful music from a talented period instrument ensemble. A stimulating alternative to but never a threat to the genius of the Beaux Arts ... see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909 – 1996) Sinfonias I-IV Op.73 (1957/62) (+ bonus CD: Chairos) Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Hannu Koivula recorded: Danmarks Radio, Studio 2, 1997 DACAPO 8.226017/8 [56:52 + 57:00] [HC]

Crucial milestones in Holmboe’s symphonic output ... important steps in his development of metamorphosis technique ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH André JOLIVET (1905 – 1974) The Erato Recordings Cello Concerto No.1 (1962)a Cello Concerto No.2 (1967)b Suite en concert (1965)a Harp Concerto (1952)c Trumpet Concerto No.1 (1948)d Trumpet Concerto No.2 (1954)d Ondes Martenot Concerto (1947)e Heptade (1970)d Arioso barocco (1968)d Flute Concerto No.1 (1949)f Suite en concert (1965/6)f Chant de Linos (1944)g Six Incantations (1936/7)f Sérénade avec hautbois principal (1944)g Cinq Danses rituelles (1939, orchestrated 1940/1) Bassoon Concerto (1954)h Suite liturgique (1942)i Poèmes intimes (1944)j Lily Laskine (harp)c; Jeanne Loriod (ondes Martenot)e; Colette Herzog (soprano)i; André Navarra (cello)a; Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)b; Maurice André (trumpet)d; Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute)f; Maurice Allard (bassoon)h; Maîtrise de l’ORTF, Jacques Jouineaui; Quintette Marie-Claire Jametg; Orchestre de l’association des Concerts Lamoureux; Orchestre National de l’ORTF; Orchestre Philharmonique de l’ORTF; Orchestre Jean-François Paillard; Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourgj; André Jolivet, Alain Lombardj Recorded: ORTF Studios, Paris, December 1968-January 1969 (Cello Concerto No.1, Cinq Danses), November 1967 (Harp Concerto, Ondes Martenot Concerto); and Eglise du Liban, Paris, May 1966 and April 1967 (flute works), and September 1967 (Bassoon Concerto). No further information concerning the other works WARNER ERATO 2564 61320-2 [78:04 + 71:32 + 76:48 + 71:58] [HC]

May be safely recommended to those who want to investigate Jolivet, in excellent performances and at quite approachable expense. ... see Full Review

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Violin Sonata (1932) [16:08] Elegy (1925) (transc. V. Mikhailovsky) [3:46] Dance (1926) [4:10] Song-Poem (1929) [5:28] Dance No. 1 (1925) [2:27] Lullaby from Gayaneh (1942) (transc. V. Mikhailovsky) [3:46] Nuneh Variation from Gayaneh (1942) (transc. L. Feigin) [1:29] Nocturne from Masquerade (1940) (transc. composer) [3:35] Ayesha's Dance from Gayaneh (1942) (transc. J. Heifetz) [3:17] Dance Egyna from Spartacus (1954) (transc. K. Mostras) [3:46] Grande Adagio from Spartacus (1954) (transc. V. Mikhailovsky) [7:42] Sabre Dance from Gayaneh (1942) (transc. J. Heifetz) [3:46] world premiere recordings Hideko Udagawa (violin) Boris Berezovsky (piano) rec. 5-6 July 2000, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, USA. DDD KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS 3-7571-2 HI [58:21] [RB]

Too many arrangements of orchestral favourites for my liking ... The original works are well worth hearing ... see Full Review

Tikhon Nikolayevich KHRENNIKOV (b. 1915) Symphony No. 1 Op. 4 (1936) [22:05] Symphony No. 2 Op. 9 (1942 rev. 1944) [34:45] Symphony No. 3 Op. 22 [17:11] USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1973, 1978, Moscow. ADD SCRIBENDUM SC029 [74:07] [RB]

Khrennikov's music, drubbed in many quarters, has its bright-eyed virtues. Some of it is sub-Shostakovich but much of it has a noble bearing and is impressively laid out. ... see Full Review

Giselher KLEBE (b. 1925) Poèma drammatico Op.130 (1999)a Soggetto cavato primo Op.122 (1996)b Soggetto cavato secondo Op.129 (1998)b Widmungen Op.115 (1970/88)c Zornige Lieder ohne Worte Op.118 (1994)d Meine Enkelkinder und ich Op.140 (2002)e Thema und 39 Variationen Op.142 (2003)f Silke-Thora Matthies (piano)abd; Christian Köhn (piano)abcef; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburga/Peter Ruzickaa Recorded: Konzerthaus Freiburg, April 2002 (Poèma) and Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, September 2003 MARCO POLO 8.225290 [75:00] [HC]

Recommended ... sheds interesting light on a little-known composer whose best music deserves to be heard ... some of these works are really fine. I hope that someone will record his orchestral music soon. ... see Full Review

Alexander KNAIFEL (b. 1943) Agnus Dei (1985) Louison Renault (percussion, electronics); Jean-Philippe Collard (keyboards, percussion, electronics); Serge Bertocchi (saxophones, keyboards, percussion, electronics); Jean-Paul Dessy (double bass, percussion, keyboards, electronics) Recorded: Igloo Studio, Brussels, February 2002 MEGADISC MDC 7808/07 [49:12 + 71:08] [HC]

A major release by any reckoning .... by no means easy stuff to come to terms with. Excellent performance and superb recorded sound ... see Full Review

Meyer KUPFERMAN (1926-2003) Orchestral Music Volume XVII Invisible Borders (2003) When the Air Moves ... (2003) And Five Quartets (Symphony for Strings) (1986) Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Paul Freeman No Recording details given (2003) SOUNDSPELLS CD136 [62.27] [JW]

Not always an easy listen and there’s little of his jazz-ward looking side here. Kupferman had integrity. ... see Full Review

Lori LAITMAN (b.1955) Mystery – the Songs of Lori Laitman The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs – selections (1991-92) Lauren Wagner (soprano) Frederick Weldy (piano) Mystery (1997-98) William Sharp (baritone) Lori Laitman (piano) The Love Poems of Marichiko (1993 revised 1994) Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano) Thomas Kraines (cello) Echo The Ballad Singer William Sharp (baritone) Lori Laitman (piano) I Never Saw Another Butterfly Lauren Wagner (soprano) Gary Louie (saxophone) Days and Nights Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano) Seth Knopp (piano) Recorded 1992-99 ALBANY TROY 393 [63.16] [JW]

A vein of melancholy and quicksilver that catches the spirit of these poems in a way that is both involving and provocative. ... see Full Review

Lori LAITMAN (b.1955) Dreaming, Four Dickinson Songs (1996) Jennifer Check (soprano) Warren Jones (piano) Men with Small Heads (2000) Randall Scarlata (baritone) Lori Laitman (piano) Sunflowers (1999) Sari Gruber (soprano) Lori Laitman (piano) Holocaust 1944 (1996 revised 1998) William Sharp (baritone) Gary Karr (double bass) The Years (2001) Patricia Green (mezzo soprano) Warren Jones (piano) Plums (1996) Jennifer Check (soprano) Warren Jones (piano) Between the Bliss and Me (1997) Jennifer Check (soprano) Warren Jones (piano) Little Elegy (2002) Sari Gruber (soprano) Lori Laitman (piano) Dreaming (1991) Jennifer Check (soprano) Randall Scarlata (baritone) Warren Jones (piano and additional vocals) Recorded at the Performing Arts Centre, Purchase College, State University of New York, 2002 ALBANY RECORDS TROY 570 [79.21] [JW]

Laitman is gaining ground in American art song performance. ... she understands the hermetic as much as the wild in Dickinson. And she sets her with vivid imagination. ... see Full Review

Jean LANGLAIS (1907 – 1991) Suite Brève (1947) Incantation pour un jour Saint (1949) Evocation (1964) Olivier MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992) Offrande au Saint Sacrement (1930s) Gaston LITAIZE (1909 – 1991) Scherzo (1932) Lied (1934) Epiphanie Guy ROPARTZ (1864 – 1955) Prélude Funèbre (1896) Louis VIERNE (1870 – 1937) Trois Improvisations (1928) Marcel DUPRE (1886 – 1971) Evocation Op.37 (1941) Colin Walsh at the organ of Lincoln Cathedral Recorded: Lincoln Cathedral, September 2003 GUILD GMCD 7278 [77:22] [HC]

A most desirable disc. One of the finest organ recitals that I have heard recently. ... see Full Review

Patrick LARLEY (b. 1951) On a Fine Morning: songs for solo voice and piano Song cycle: On a Fine Morning (Thomas Hardy): (A Church Romance; On a Fine Morning; If it’s ever Spring again; The Darkling Thrush; Great Things) Sonnet 116 (William Shakespeare) The Good-morrow (John Donne) My True Love hath my Heart (Sir Philip Sydney) Now is the time at hand - a lute song Some there are - a madrigal Oh be thou blest (Alexander Pope) Five British Folksongs (She moves through the Fair; Jock O’Hazeldene; The Nightingale; Barbara Allen; Sally Gardens) Two Christina Rossetti songs: (A Birthday; Song) Sue Tyson soprano Richard Roddis tenor Patrick Larley piano Rec. 14 July 2001. DDD PLCD 003 [48:31]
Patrick LARLEY (b. 1951) The Rose of Peace: a capella choral music A Girl for the Blue Three poems by W.B.Yeats: (The Lake Isle of Innisfree; The Rose of Peace; He wishes for the cloths of heaven) On the Edge of Glory. Two Divine poems by John Donne Two Medieval Carols The Lark in the clear air Linden Lea Vespers Chudleigh’s Companie/composer Rec. Ellesmere College Chapel, 7 March 1999. DDD PLCD 001 [49:46] [RB]

Two fine CDs representing Patrick Larley - a considerable and distinctive voice in the English vocal tradition. ... see Full Review

Nicola LEFANU (b. 1947) String Quartet No.2 (1996) Concertino for Clarinet and Strings (1986, rev. 1997)a Canción de la luna (1994)b Catena (1999) Fiona Cross (clarinet)a; Nicholas Clapton (counter-tenor)b Goldberg Ensemble/Malcolm Layfield Recorded: Sir John Lyons Concert Hall, University of York; July 2003 NAXOS 8.557389 [62:03] [HC]

Fine works in excellent performances, warmly recorded and all at Naxos’s bargain price. One could hardly want a better introduction to LeFanu’s music. ... see Full Review

György LIGETI (b.1923) The Ligeti Project, Vol.5 Aventures, Nouvelles Aventures (1962-65) Artikulation for tape (1958) Eight Pieces from ‘Musica ricercata’ (1950-53) Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53) The Big Turtle Fanfare from the South China Sea (1949) Ballad and Dance (1950) Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances (1949) Sarah Leonard (soprano), Linda Hirst (mezzo), Omar Ebrahim (baritone) Max Bonnay (accordion), David Geringas (cello), Peter Masseurs (trumpet) Asko Ensemble Schoenberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw Recorded at Studio for Electronic Music, WDR, Cologne, Feb.1958 (Artikulation), Sendesaal Deutschland Radio, Cologne, March 1995 (Musica ricercata), Stichting Muziekcentrum, Hilversum, Sept. 2000 (Fanfare), Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Sept. 2001 (Ballroom Dances, Ballad and Dance), Teldex Studio, Berlin, May 2002 (Cello Sonata) and live at the Theater Felix Merites, Amsterdam, May 2002 (Aventures, Nouvelles Aventures) TELDEC CLASSICS 8573-88262-2 [67’12] [TH]

This disc may not tell you anything terribly new about Ligeti, but once again high standards of production, performance and presentation are in evidence and make this a very fitting end to an invaluable series. ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 (Piano Transcription) S464/R128 (1863-5) Konstantin Scherbakov (piano) Rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk in June 2003 DDD NAXOS 8.557366 [63:05] [PCW]

Each time I have listened to it I have marvelled at Beethoven’s music, Liszt’s conception for the piano, and Scherbakov’s musicianship and virtuosity. ... see Full Review





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