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In Memoriam Yehudi Menuhin - Hommage à Yehudi Menuhin Johannes Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Partita No.2 for solo violin in D, BWV1004 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No.4 K218 (1775) Yehudi Menuhin (violin) RIAS Symphony orchestra/Karl Böhm Recorded live in Berne, October 1968 (Bach) and in the Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, April 1951 (Mozart) TAHRA TAH 533 [50.38] [JW]

This is one for Menuhin specialists ... see Full Review

Inédits Pierre Monteux Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No.1 Op.15 # Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Firebird Suite Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Le carnaval romain Symphonie fantastique Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) # Concertgebouw Orchestra/Pierre Monteux Recorded in Amsterdam, 19th October 1950, except Symphonie Fantastique, recorded in Vienna, 4th June 1962. TAHRA TAH 541-542 [2 CDs 71.00 + 62.35] [JW]

There are valuable things here and some in relatively poor sound. For Monteux admirers I think – but valuable for them ... see Full Review

L’Art de Charles Munch Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Op.77 Ossy Renardy (violin)/Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded 1948 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.7 Op.92 Congratulation Minuet – Allegro (1823) Boston Symphony Orchestra, recorded 1949 Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique L’Orchestre de l’ORTF, recorded 1949 Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto – first movement only, rehearsal Michèle Auclair (violin)/Boston Symphony Orchestra, live 1951 Charles Munch (conductor) with orchestras above, as noted Recorded 1949-51 TAHRA TAH 528-29 [2 CDs 73.58 + 64.52] [JW]

A salutary couple of discs that introduce us to a younger Munch than we are generally used to. ... see Full Review

Compilation: Nationalistic Trends During The Romantic Era Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857) Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla (1837-42) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 5 and 6 (1873) Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor (1829-30) Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) The Moldau from ‘Ma Vlast’ (1972-9)  Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Finlandia (1899 rev. 1900) Tamara Kerzerov (piano) Russian Federal Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordiana no recording dates or locations given ANGELOK 1 CD-7751 [68:07] [IL]

Stirring performances of repertory favourites by a crack Russian orchestra. ... see Full Revie

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anna Netrebko - Sempre libera
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
La traviata: E’ strano … Ah, fors’è lui … sempre libera; Otello: Era più calmo? … Mia madre aveva una povera ancella … Piangea cantando nell’erma landa (Canzone del Salice) …Ave Maria Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) La sonnambula: Ah! Se una volta sola … Ah! Non credea mirarti … Ah! Non giunge uman pensiero, I puritani: O rendetemi la speme … Qui la voce sua soave … Ah! Tu sorridi e asciughi il pianto … Vien, diletto Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia di Lammermoor: O giusto cielo! … Il dolce suono … Ohimè" … sorge il tremendo fantasma … Ardon gli incensi … Spargi d’amaro pianto Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro Anna Netrebko (soprano) Sara Mingardo (mezzo-soprano), Saimir Pirgu (tenor), Nicola Ulivieri (bass-baritone), Andrea Concetti (bass), Sascha Reckart (glass harmonica) Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Claudio Abbado Recorded February-March 2004 at the Teatro Municipale Valli of Reggio Emilia SACD Surround, SACD Stereo, CD Audio DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 474 8812 [68:59] [CH]

Potentially the best soprano news since Caballé. ... see Full Review

Pastyme With Good Company: Music at the Court of Henry VIII HENRY VIII (1491-1547) Whereto should I expresse; Taunder naken; Withowt discord; If love now reynyd; Pastyme with good companye; Whoso that wyll for grace sew; Consorts IV;V;VIII;XII;XIII;XIV;XV and XVI; Greensleeves (attrib) arr. Irmhild Beutler HAYNE, VAN GHIZEGHEM (1445-1497) De tous biens plaine ; WILLIAM CORNYSH (c.1465-1523) Adew, adew, my heartis lust ; Blow thy horne hunter; A robyn; My love sche morneth. PIERRE ATTAIGNANT (1494-1552) Tourdion arr. Rosin. Anonymous, J'ay pryse amours; Dindiridin; Si fortune; Consort IX arr. Ripper Ensemble Dreiklung Berlin Irmhild Beutler, Martin Ripper, Sylvia C. Rosin - recorders with Michael Metzler, percussion Recorded at the Hochmeister-Saal Dreiklung Berlin October 2002 and February 2003 CHANDOS CHACONNE 0709 [56.02]

I could go on, but there is hardly ever a boring moment on this CD. Much thought has gone into varying the textures and colours of each piece. ... see Full Review

Itzhak Perlman rediscovered Niccolo PAGANINI (1782-1840) Caprices Op.1 Nos 1, 16 and 24 Paul BEN-HAIM (1897-1984) Berceuse Sfaradite Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Navarra Op.33 George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Sonata Op.1 No.15 in E Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonata Op.11 No.1 in E flat Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697 1764) Sonata Op. 9 No.3 in D Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Nigun (Baal Shem No.2) Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Spanish Dance No.1 (from La Vide breve, arranged Fritz Kreisler) Antonio BAZZINI (1818-1897) Le Ronde des Lutins Op.25 Itzhak Perlman (violin) David Garvey (piano – except the Paganini Caprices) Recorded New York, 1965 BMG-RCA 82876 62517-2 [63.18] [JW]

Three sonatas – all new to the Perlman discography ... a matter for rejoicing. ... see Full Review

Alfred Piccaver Volume II Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1868) Don Sebastiano – Deserto in terra Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto – Questa o quella Rigoletto – Pardi veder le lagrime Rigoletto – La donna è mobile Il Trovatore – Ah si ben mio Un Ballo in Maschera – Ma se m’è forza perditi Aida – Celeste Aida Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) L’Africana – O Paradiso! Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust – Salut demeure chaste et pure Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen – La fleur que tu m’avais jetée Amilcare PONCHIELLI (1834-1886) La Gioconda – Cielo e mar Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945)
Cavalleria rusticana – O Lola Cavalleria rusticana – Viva il ino Cavalleria rusticana – Mamma quell vino è generoso Ruggiero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) I Pagliacci – Vesti la giubba
I Pagliacci – No, Pagliaccio non son La Bohème – Testa adorata Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Manon Lescaut – Donna non vidi mai La Bohème – Che gelida manina Tosca – Recondita armonia Tosca – E lucevan le stele Madama Butterfly – Addio fiorito asil La Fanciulla del West – Ch’ella mi creda Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948) Fedora – Amor ti vieta Alfred Piccaver (tenor) with unnamed accompaniments Recorded 1923 PREISER 89601 [77.48] [JW]

Beauty of tone .... very much part of Piccaver’s vocal armoury ... a beautiful piece of singing. ... see Full Review

Punapaula (Red Ribbon) – A musical journey around the Baltic Sea Talla Vocal Ensemble DDD Recorded at Riihimäki Garrison Church August 2001 and Kulosaari Church, January 2002. FINLANDIA 2564-61484-2 [47:42] [BK]

Seventeen tracks of folk (or pseudo-folk) songs don’t seem the best selection to show off Talla’s undoubted talents ... see Full Review

Recorder Music from Renaissance England: A Concorde of Sweete Sound Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, 20-22 September 1991 DDD DECCA 476 1972 [58:17] [PG]

Should one wish to take a trip to Shakespearean England, this album might be a fair locale from which to start. ... see Full Review

Red Earth Colin BRIGHT (b.1949) Red Earth (1985) Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990) Concertino da Camera (1948) Neil CURRIE (b.1955) Ortigas Avenue (1986) David LUMSDAINE (b.1931) Bagatelles (1985) Ross EDWARDS (b.1943) Shadow D-Zone (1977) Vincent PLUSH (b.1950) On Shooting Stars (1981) Geoffrey Collins (Flute/piccolo) Cathy McCorkill (clarinet) John Harding (violin) Esther van Stralen (viola) David Pereira (cello) Daryl Pratt (percussion) Roger Brooke (bassoon) Ian Munro (piano) Tall Poppies Ensemble/David Stanhope Rec. July 1998, Studio 200, ABC Sydney DDD TALL POPPIES TP133 [67:46] [PW]

Next time I go to Australia I shall certainly be taking this disc with me and it will be getting some more airings before then. It’s a gem. … see Full Review

Leonard Rose (cello) Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor Op.33 + Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Schelomo + Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33 * Jules MASENET (1842-1912) Elégie # Edwin GREENE Sing me to sleep # Leonard Rose (cello) with
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Dmitri Mitropoulos + Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/George Szell * Gladys Swarthout (mezzo soprano) and Gibner King (piano) # Recorded 1949-52 BIDDULPH 80209-2 [67.20] [JW]

Rose emerges unhindered by relative audio-technical limitations. It’s good to have these sides back in business. ... see Full Review

San Francisco Opera Gems: Volume 2 Live recordings from the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco in Seasons 1936, 1938, and 1945 GUILD HISTORICAL IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES GHCD 2287-89 [3CDs: 66.38+59.27+73.21] [JW]

Guild’s booklet is as ever very attractive and full of background and there will, I am sure, be a collector’s market for these discs. Generalists will find it less satisfactory. ... see Full Review

Shakespeare in Song Matthew HARRIS (b. 1956) From 'Shakespeare Songs' [14:15] Hark! hark! the lark. Adagio (Book I No. 1) [1:22] Tell me where is fancy bred. Allegretto (Book II No. 2) [1:43] I shall no more to sea. Largo (Book V No. 1)* [1:19] When that I was and a little tiny boy. Moderato (Book V No. 4)* [2:33] It was a lover and his lass. Gently (Book III No. 1) [2:17] O mistress mine! Adagietto (Book III No. 4) [2:22] Robert Comeaux tenor solo When daffodils begin to peer. Lilting, with a beat (Book IV No. 3)* [2:16] Caroline Markham alto solo Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' [11:24] Come unto these yellow sands (Ariel's Song). Molto tranquillo [1:32] Carol Platt - Laura Inman - Cassandra Ewer soprano solo Full fathom five. Très calme [3:25] Jacob W. Herbert baritone solo Before you can say, 'Come,' and 'Go'. Allegro molto [0:56] You are three men of sin. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro [4:06] Janet Carlsen Campbell alto solo Where the bee sucks, there suck I. Allegretto grazioso [1:09] Steven SAMETZ (b. 1954) premiere recording When he shall die [4:03] Jaakko MÄNTYJÄRVI (b. 1963) Four Shakespeare Songs [11:19] Come away, come away, death. Andante moderato [3:25] Lullaby. Andante con moto [2:45] Double, double toil and trouble. Allegro non troppo ma feroce - Meno mosso [2:43] Full fathom five. Grave [2:14] Nils LINDBERG (b. 1933) Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? [2:26] from O, Mistress mine: A Garland of Elizabethan Poetry Dominick ARGENTO (b. 1927) Sonnet No. LXIV [3:20] premiere recording - In memoriam 9/11/01 Alan MURRAY (1890-1952) premiere recording O mistress mine! [1:23] Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Three Shakespeare Songs Full fathom five. Andante misterioso [3:09] The cloud-capp'd towers. Lento [2:31] Over hill, over dale. Allegro vivace [0:54] Phoenix Bach Choir/Charles Bruffy Rec: Camelback Bible Church, Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA 23, 26 May 2003 premiere recordings* SACD, DSD CHANDOS CHSA 5031 [55:52] [AO]

A bracing freshness ... quite charming. That bouncy chorus "a hey and a ho and a hey nonny no" spins around your head for days ... see Full Review

SIMPLE GIFTS: 34 Shaker Chants and Spirituals Come life, Shaker life [0.44], In yonder valley [1.42], Virgins clothed in a clean white garment [1.22], Mother [4.30], Father James’ Song [1.37], Followers of the Lamb [1.30], Mother Ann’s Song [2.20 ], I have a soul to be saved or lost [1.50], Heavenly comfort [2.28], A companion to stiff [1.00], Pinch’d up, nip’d up [0.36], I will fight and never slack [1.34 ], Celestial choir [2.14], Holy Angel [3.23], The lark [0.59], Nightingale’s song [1.23], Holy Order Song [1.26 ], Learned of Angel [1.36], Laughing John’s Interrogatory [0.53], I’ll beat my drum as I march along [1.14 ], Mother’s Warning [0.46], The Solemn Bell [1.33], Mother’s Cup of Tribulation [3.24], Sad Days [2.15], Encouragement [2.36], Verdant valley [1.12], In yonder valley (reprise) [1.30], Solemn Song [1.29], Turn to the right [0.46], O will you sing another song [1.26], The Spiritual sailor [3.24], Mother has come [0.42], Holy Mother’s protecting chain [3.11], Simple gifts [1.04] The Boston Camerata, The Schola Cantorum of Boston, Shaker Community of Sabbathday Lake, Maine/Joel Cohen.Recorded in 1995 in the USA. Originally released on the Erato label. Notes including full texts in English, Français, and Deutsch. WARNER CLASSICS APEX 2564 60367-2 [59.57] [PSh]

A document of early American religious music, of interest mostly to specialists ... see Full Review

Spanish And Portuguese Keyboard Music - Volume 1 Antonio SOLER (1729-83) Sonata in C# minor; Sonata in D major. Rafael ANGLES (1730-1816) Aria in D minor. Mateo Perez de ALBENIZ (1755-1831) Sonata in D major. CANTALLOS (born.c.1760) Sonata in C minor. Carlos SEIXAS (1704-1742) Sonata in A minor; Toccata in E minor; Sonata in Bb major; JACINTO (dates unknown) Toccata in D minor; Joao de Sousa CARVALHO (1745-1798) Toccata in G minor Felicja Blumental - piano Recording dates and venues not given BRANA RECORDS BR 0021 [45.40] Volume 2 ANGLES Adagietto and Fugato in Bb major; SOLER Sonata in G minor; Mateo FERRER (1788-1864) Sonata in D major; Joseph FREXANET (dates unknown) Sonata in A major; Anon Toccata in C major; SEIXAS Fuga in A minor; Sonata in C; Minuet in A minor; Toccata in D minor; Sonata in F minor; Sonata in C minor; Sonata in D minor Felicja Blumental: piano Recording dates and venues not given BRANA RECORDS BR 0022 [53.45] [GH]

These CDs are arguably period pieces but the repertoire is of interest from a rarity value and the performances are true to the music and to the time in which they were recorded. Worth exploring. ... see Full Review

Songs of the Spanish Jews in the Mediterranean and the Ottoman Empire The Balkans and the Ottoman Empire Una ramika de rud – Wedding Song/Bulgaria: Polvdiv Una Matika de Ruda – Wedding Song/Turkey: Istanbul Una Matika de Ruda/Wedding Song/Bosnia: Sarajevo A kasar el Rey – Romance/Bulgaria: Bosnia Anderleto – Lullaby/Bosnia Morikos – Lullaby/ Bosnia: Sarajevo Nani nani – Lullaby/Turkey: Greece Mediterranean Quien hubiesse tal ventura – Romance/composer Diego PISADOR (1552) Gerineldo – Romance/Morocco, lgeria: Oran Abenamar – Romance/Greece: Saloniki Tetuan; Alcazarquivir La rosa enflorese – Romance/Bulgaria: Sofia, Istanbul, Greece: Saloniki Libya, Jerusalem Ensemble Sarband/Vladimir Ivanoff Recorded in Beirut, Istanbul and Munich, 1994 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 74321 935642 [50.44] [JW]

Something of a voyage, musically and geographically ... see Full Review

Stokowski conducts Baroque Masterworks in Phase 4 Stereo Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons Hugh Bean (violin) New Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah – Highlights Sheila Armstrong (soprano) Norma Procter (contralto) Kenneth Bowen (tenor) John Cameron (bass) LSO and Chorus/Leopold Stokowski Recorded London, June (Vivaldi) and September (Handel) 1966 CALA CACD 0538 [45.50 + 58.05] [JW]

Recordings warm, deep, rich. Admirers of Stokowski won’t hesitate; even detractors might like to lend an ear. ... see Full Review

VĖL – Lithuanian Chamber Music 1991-2001 Bronius KUTAVIČIUS (b. 1932) Aštuonios Stasio miniatiūros (2000) Onuté NARBUTAITÉ (b. 1956) Winterserenade (1997) Mozartsommer (1991)a Remigijus MERKELYS (b. 1964) FlaVio (2001) Osvaldas BALAKAUSKAS (b. 1937) Rex Re (2000)a Mindaugas URBAITIS (b. 1952) Der Fall Wagner (1999) Carsten Hustedt (flute); Ingrida Armonaité (violin); Audroné Pšibilskiené (viola); Ute Stoecklin (piano)a Rec. SWR, Hans-Rosbaud-Studio, Baden-Baden, June 2001 GUILD GMCD 7283 [67:12] [HC]

Recommended wholeheartedly for the quality and variety of the works, excellent performances and global quality of the production. Well worth investigating. ... see Full Review

Charles Williams and the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra Recordings from the Chappell Recorded Music Library Eric COATES (1886-1957) London Calling, Mirage Charles SHADWELL (1898-1979) Morning at Bilbury, Lulworth Cove John HOLLIDAY Frontier March, May Day at Helston Charles WILLIAMS (1893-1978) The Future, Seaford Head, Marianne, Witches’ Ride, Rhythm on Rails, Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, Summer Garden Percy FLETCHER (1879-1932) Dancing on the Green, At the Court of Cleopatra Billy REID (1902-1974) Moon in the Sky Sinclair LOGAN Minuet in F Denis WRIGHT (1895-1967) Empire Jubilee March Frank TAPP (1883-1953) Beachy Head Overture Haydn WOOD (1882-1959) Virginia – A Southern Rhapsody, Manx Rhapsody John ANSELL (1874-1948) Overture to an Irish Comedy Montague PHILLIPS (1885-1969) Forest Melody,
Hillside Melody Clive RICHARDSON (1909-1998) Naval Splendour Kenneth LESLIE-SMITH (?-1993) Always,Mulberry Clifton PARKER (1905-1989) The Glass Slipper – Overture The Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams Recorded London, c.1942-45 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5107 [76.30] [JW]

Unpretentious and lively. And that goes for most of the items on this well filled and entertaining disc. I enjoyed it immensely. ... see Full Review


David Fanning Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 Ashgate, ISBN 0 7546 0699 6
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The general achievement of this book is positive, and does justice to one of the greatest works in the chamber music literature of the 20th century. ... see Full Review

THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO SIBELIUS Edited by Daniel M. Grimley Published February 2004 294 pages 2 line diagrams 1 half-tone 57 music examples Paperback ISBN: 0521894603 £18.99 [RB]

A pleasingly mixed bag drawn from contemporary Sibelian scholarship. Plenty to inform, enthuse and stimulate. Well structured and user-friendly. ... see Full Review

György KURTÁG: The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza Op. 7 A "concerto" for soprano and piano Rachel Beckles Willson 2004 188 pp. CD recording included MusicWeb price £35.00 reduced to £32.50 post free in the UK

Willson's sensitivity and understanding is a model of musical analysis and depth. She has certainly made me feel close to this work and develop my feelings. ... see Full Review

Paul Maloney Scotland and the Music Hall 1850-1914 Manchester University Press 0 7190 6147 4 Paperback £14.99 2003

Examines ideas and the social and cultural history of the Scottish Music Hall; in doing so it is compared and contrasted against the English model ... see Full Review



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