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Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909) Pepita Jiménez (1896) Plácido Domingo (tenor) – Don Luis de Vargas; Carol Vaness (soprano) – Pepita Jiménez; Jane Henschel (mezzo) – Antoñina; Enrique Baquerizo (baritone) – Don Pedro de Vargas; Carlos Chausson (bass) – Vicar; José Antonio López (baritone) – Count Genazahar; Federico Gallar (tenor) – 1st officer; Àngel Rodriguez (baritone) – 2nd officer Coro de Niños de la Comunidad de Madrid Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid/José De Eusebio rec. Torrelodones, Madrid, Teatro Bulevar, July 2004, June 2005. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6234 [44:29 + 46:23][GF]

Not a forgotten masterpiece perhaps but a lot of attractive music here, on the whole well performed but marred by the less than attractive singing of the main protagonist. ... see Full Review

Julian ANDERSON (b. 1967) Eden (2005)a [7:26] Imagin’d Corners (2001/2)b [10:13] Four American Choruses (2002/3)c [18:12] Symphony (2003)d [18:02] Book of Hours (2004)e [24:11] City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus/Simon Halseyc; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbinsa /Sakari Oramobd; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Oliver Knussene rec. (live) Cheltenham Town Hall, July 2005 (Eden); Symphony Hall, Birmingham, January 2006 (Imagin’d Corners) and December 2003 (Symphony); Hawksyard Priory, Lichfield, November 2005 (Four American Choruses) and RNCM, Manchester, January 2005 (Book of Hours) NMC D121 [79:52] [HC]

Contemporary music of the sort dear to me: complex and demanding, but ultimately often beautiful and strongly expressive. Not to be missed. ... see Full Review

Attilio ARIOSTI (1666-1729) The Flowering and Fading of Love: Cantata No. 1 'La Rosa', for soprano, transverse flute, violin and b.c. [09:51] Cantata No. 2 'L'Amore Onesto', for soprano and b.c. [09:38] Cantata No. 3 'L'Olmo', for soprano, transverse flute, violin and b.c. [13:07] Cantata No. 4 'Libertà acquistata in Amore', for alto and b.c. [09:12] Cantata No. 5 'Il Naufragio', for alto, transverse flute, violin and b.c. [11:21] Cantata No. 6 'La Gelosia', for alto and b.c. [09:24] Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Trio Sonata for transverse flute, violin and b.c. in e minor, op. 5,2 [08:58] Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Trio Sonata for transverse flute, violin and b.c. in D (RV 84) [07:19] Musica Solare: (Laurie Reviol, soprano; Truike van der Poel, contralto; Darja Großheide, transverse flute; Gabriele Nußberger, violin; Robert Nikolayczik, viola da gamba, cello; Toshinoro Ozaki, theorbo, guitar; Willi Kronenberg, harpsichord) rec. July 2003, Evangelische Kirche, Honrath, Germany. DDD NAXOS 8.557573 [78:50] [JV]

Excellent performances of six cantatas which make one understand why Ariosti was a successful opera composer ... see Full Review

Craig ARMSTRONG (b. 1958) World Trade Center – Original Music from the Motion Picture Alison Lawrence (cello) Susie Stevens Logan (soprano) Craig Armstrong (piano) Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood Film Chorale/Craig Armstrong rec. Newman Scoring Stage 20th Century Fox Studios, 2006. DDD SONY CLASSICAL 82876 880572 [57:35][PC]

The music is quite melancholy and evocative of just about everything everyone felt that day ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) The Malcolm Arnold Edition - Decca Universal Volume 1 – The Eleven Symphonies DECCA UNIVERSAL 4765337 [5CDs: 77:16 + 68:32 + 57:44 + 64:38 + 71:54] [RB]

An incontestably matchless sweep. Indispensable to anyone with an interest in the 20th century symphony. Handley is an inspired and majestic guide to works awesome in their command of emotion from delight to terror. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) The Malcolm Arnold Edition - Decca Universal Volume 2 – Seventeen Concertos DECCA UNIVERSAL 4765343 [4 CDs: 79:33 + 69:03 + 55:35 + 69:05] [RB]

Scintillatingly superb and poetically poignant performances. Crucial Arnold, handsome packaging and the price is right. Get it while you can – discoveries and rediscoveries aplenty. ... see Full Review

Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) The Malcolm Arnold Edition - Decca Universal Volume 3: Orchestral, Brass and Piano Music DECCA UNIVERSAL 4765348 [4CDs: 60:17 + 65:52 + 78:31 + 71:30] [RB]

Cannot escape the charge of miscellany – instead it heartily embraces it. Don’t let that put you off. There are some grand discoveries here ... see Full Review

Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op.20 (1949) [15:58] Oboe Concerto Op.39 (1952) [13:00] Concerto for Flute and Strings, Op.45 (1954) [10:41] Concerto No.2 for Horn and Strings, Op.58 (1956) [13:58] Concerto No.2 for Flute and Orchestra, Op.111 (1972) [12:42] Trumpet Concerto (1982) [8:02] Janet Hilton (clarinet) Gordon Hunt (oboe) Richard Adeney (flute) Alan Civil (French Horn) John Wallace (trumpet) Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar; Ronald Thomas (flute concertos) rec. Christchurch Priory, 3-4 September 1984 (in presence of composer) (flute concertos); Guildhall, Southampton, 10-11 April 1979; 1 July 1979. ADD (flute); DDD EMI CLASSICS 0946 3 70563 2 5 [79:34] [RB]

A splendidly balanced and recorded collection presenting most of the many facets of Malcolm Arnold. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas: Vol. 22 CD1 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 [21:58] Missa in G, BWV 236 [24:22] Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV 30 [31:09] CD2 Missa in F, BWV 233 [23:15] Missa in A, BWV 234 [30:27] Appendix: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Gaudete omnes populi (Latin version of BWV 80, 1 & 5) CD3 Angenehmes Wiederau, freue dich in deinen Auen, BWV 30a [32:54] Missa in G, BWV 235 [26:02] Sandrine Piau (BWV 30, 30a, 80), Johannette Zomer (BWV 233, 234, 236) (soprano); Bogna Bartosz, Nathalie Stutzmann (BWV 80) (alto); Jörg Dürmüller (BWV 235, 236), James Gilchrist (BWV 30, 80), Christoph Prégardien (BWV 30a) (tenor); Klaus Mertens (bass) Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir/Ton Koopman rec. May, September, October 2002, October 2003, October, November 2004, November 2005, Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam ANTOINE MARCHAND CC72222 [3 CDs: 77:58 + 62:43 + 59:16] [PB]

There is very little to fault in this excellent final volume of Koopman’s Bach cantatas project. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) CD 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 [17:21] Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 [11:00] Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 [10:49] Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Trio Sonata in C minor, "Sopr'il soggetto reale" [18:01] CD 2 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 [13:40] Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 [20:15] Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 [14:08] Harpsichord Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056 (arr. flute and orchestra) [9:19] Swiss Baroque Soloists/Andrés Gabetta (director) rec. Temple Saint Jean, Mulhouse, France, 25 April - 4 May 2005 NAXOS 8.557755-6 [57:11 + 57:21] [DC]

This is a cracking production with very much going for it. ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) CD 1 Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001 [16:39] Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 [28:30] Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003 [24:01] CD 2 Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004 [31:18] Sonata No.3 in C major BWV 1005 [24:10] Partita No.3 in E major BWV 1006 [18:15] Itzhak Perlman (violin) rec. Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, 12-16 June 1986, 6-9 January, 4-6 May, 2-4 June 1987 EMI CLASSICS 4768082 [69:11 + 73:45] [DC]

At mid-price, Perlman can stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone in this repertoire. ... see Full Review

Simon BAINBRIDGE (b.1952) Fantasia for Double Orchestra (1983-4) [18:19] Viola Concerto (1976) [27:32]Concertante in Moto Perpetuo (1979) [7:56] BBC Symphony Orchestra/Simon Bainbridge (Fantasia); Walter Trampler (viola), London Sinfonietta/Michael Tilson Thomas (Concerto); Composers Ensemble/Bainbridge (Concertante) rec. Barking Town Hall, 7 Dec.1989 (Fantasia); Watford Town Hall, 11-12 May 1982 (Concerto); Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead 16 March 1990 (Concertante) NMC ANCORA D126 [53.47] [TH]

The authority of the disc is beyond question. Lovers of the contemporary English music scene cannot afford to ignore it, and those who are curious or adventurous will not be disappointed. ... see Full Review

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) Choral Music A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 (1940) [5.25] Under the Willow Tree from opera Vanessa, Op. 32, Act II (1956-57) [3.23] Two Pieces, Op. 42: (Twelfth Night, Op. 42/1 (1968) [4:32]; To be sung on the water, Op. 42/2 (1968-69) [2:48]) The Monk and his Cat from Hermit Songs, Op. 29, No. 8 (1953 arranged for chorus 1967) [2:13] Agnus Dei, Op. 11 (1967 vocal arrangement of Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 1936) [5:55] Reincarnations, a trio of Celtic part-songs, Op. 16 (1940): (Mary Hynes, Op. 16/1 [2:44]; Anthony O’Daly, Op. 16/2 [3:49]; The Coolin, Op. 16/3 [3:13]) Two Pieces, Op. 8: (The Virgin Martyrs, Op. 8/1 (1935) [3:39]; Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8/2 (1936) [1:53]) Two songs from the set of 4 Songs, Op. 13: (Heaven-haven, Op. 13/1 (1936, arr. for chorus 1961) [1:43]; Sure on this shining night, Op. 13/3 (1936, arr. for chorus 1941) [2:03]) Chorale for Ascension Day - Easter Chorale (1964) [3:02] Two choruses from opera Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40, Act III (1966): (On the death of Antony [3:11]; On the death of Cleopatra [2:51]) God’s Grandeur (1938) [7:44] Deborah Kayser (soprano) Grantley McDonald (tenor) Len Vorster (piano) Choir of Ormond College, University of Melbourne/Douglas Lawrence rec. August 2000, Ormond College Chapel, University of Melbourne, Australia. DDD NAXOS 8.559053 [60:09] [MC]

Barber’s growing band of supporters will relish this well sung Naxos release which is certainly worth exploring. ... see Full Review

Jeremy BECK (b. 1960) Pause and Feel and Hark Sonata No.3 Moon (1997)a [13:14] Songs without Words (1997)b [9:05] Black Waters (1994)c [40:16] Emilio Colón (cello)a; Heather Coltman (piano)a; Elizabeth Sadilek (flute)b; Gretchen Brumwell (harp)b; Jean McDonald (soprano)c; Robin Guy (piano)c rec. Florida Atlantic University, May 2003 (Sonata No.3); University of Northern Iowa, October 1998 (Songs without Words); May 1999 (Black Water) INNOVA 650 [62:43] [HC]

Beck’s music is yet another example of what can be successfully achieved within the boundaries of tradition, for it is never reactionary and holds enough harmonic and rhythmical surprises to sustain the interest. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1805) [32:50] Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (1812) [36:10] Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel rec. Aula Magna, Ciudad Universitaria, Caracas, February 2006 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 6228 [69:07] [GF]

Fine playing from these young musicians and their up-coming new star-conductor – and the seventh gets a really electrifying performance which should be heard by everyone who bothers about the future of classical music.. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trio in E Flat Major No.1 Op.1 (1794) [30:41] Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Dumky Trio, Op.90 (1891) [31:09] Max Brod Trio: Petr Matěják (violin); Marie Hixová (cello); Kerstin Strassburg (piano) rec. 5-6 August 2006, Domovina Studio, Prague. DDD ARCODIVA UP 0098 - 2 131 [62:00] [SH]

Great musicians with innate cohesion and sheer expertise relate music as it is. Their love of and sheer fun in making music is outstanding ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No.7 in C minor Op.30 No.2 (1802) [29:35] Violin Sonata No.8 in G major Op.30 No.3 (1802) [18:42] Violin Sonata No. 9 in A minor Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ (1803) [34:20] Violin Sonata No.10 in G major Op.96 (1812) [29:14] Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Trio in A minor Op.50 (1882) [43:06] Pinchas Zukerman (violin); Jacqueline du Pré (cello); Daniel Barenboim (piano) rec. Berlin, Dec. 1971, Aug.1972 and Abbey Road, London, June/July 1973 (Sonatas), and live, Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, July 1972 (Trio) ADD EMI CLASSICS GEMINI 365224 2 [77:51 + 77:41][TH]

At the price these very well filled discs can be given a thumbs up ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 (1808) [32:32] Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)  Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47 (1937) [43:30] Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli rec. Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1 December 1966 (Beethoven); BBC Studios, Manchester, 22 February 1963 (Shostakovich) BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4193-2 [76:04] [DC]

Barbirolli’s approach to Shostakovich is uncompromising and digs deep, and his Beethoven is honest and expressive – fans will not be disappointed. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 Eroica (1803) [49:54] Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1813) [25:25] Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä rec. June 2005, January 2006, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota. BIS SACD-1516 [76:16][MG]

Vänskä offers a fresh look at Beethoven based on highly cultivated playing and fidelity to his dynamic markings. This provides mixed blessings. … see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) CD 1 Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major op. 15 (1800) [36:57] Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major op. 19 (1798) [29:30] CD 2 Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37 (1803-4) [35:12] Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58 (1805-6) [33:02] CD 3 Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major op. 73 “Emperor” (1809) [38:30] Rondo in C major op. 51 no. 1 (1795) [7:00] Rondo in G major op. 51 no. 2 (1799) [8:35] Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul van Kempen rec. Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, May 1953 (Concertos); Beethovensaal, Hannover, January 1953 (Rondos), Mono DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ROSETTE COLLECTION 476 5299 [3 CDs: 66:34 + 68:21 + 54:42] [IB]

Crystalline beauty tells much of the story but doesn’t encompass the knotty, unpredictable but ultimately necessary side of the composer’s character nearly as well. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH BEETHOVEN: A JOURNEY Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) CD1 [77:03] Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.2 No. 1 (1795) [22:59] Piano Sonata in A major, Op.2 No. 2 (1795) [27:27] Piano Sonata in C major, Op.2 No. 3 (1795) [26:32] CD2 [77:24] Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 7 (1796-7) [27:20] Piano Sonata in C minor, op. 10 No. 1 (1796-8) [17:48] Piano Sonata in F major, Op, 10 No. 2 (1796-8) [16:37] Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 (1795-98) [7:27] Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 49 No. 2 (1795-96) [8:03] CD3 [72:20] Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 (1796-98) [22:15] Piano Sonata in C minor Op. 13, “Grande Sonate Pathétique” (1798-99) [19:13] Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 14 No. 1 (1798-99) [13:42] Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 14 No. 2 (1798-99) [17:03] CD4 76:30] Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 22 (1799-1800) [25:01] Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 26 (1800-01) [19:38] Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 27 No.1 Sonata quasi una Fantasia (1800-01) [16:18] Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 Sonata quasi una Fantasia, “Moonlight: (1801) [15:27] CD5 [75:11] Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 28, “Pastorale” (1801) [27:23] Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 31 No. 1 (1801-02) [23:58] Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 “The Tempest” (1801-02) [23:47] CD6 [69:19] Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 (1801-02) [24:40] Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” (1803-04) [25:13] Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 54 (1804) [11:21] Andante favori in F, WoO 57 (1803) [8:01] CD7 [74:38] Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” (1804-05) [24:06] Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 78 (1809) [10:02] Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 79 (1809) [9:07] Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81a, “Das Lebwohl” (“Les Adieux”) (1809-10) [17:55] Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90 (1814) [13:21] CD8 [62:50] Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101 (1816) [20:53] Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 106. “Für das Hammerklavier” (1817-18) [42:04] CD9 [64:13] Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 109 (1820) [19:06] Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110 (1821) [19:09] Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111 (1821-22) [25:56] Craig Sheppard (piano) Rec. live concerts, Meany Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA. January 2003- May 2004 DDD ROMÉO RECORDS 7233/41 [9 CDs: 77:03 + 77:24 + 72:20 + 76:30 + 75:11 + 69:19 + 74:38 + 62:50 + 64:13][JQ]

It’s been a fascinating and very rewarding experience to make this Journey with Craig Sheppard as my highly reliable and stimulating guide. I urge those who take Beethoven’s piano music seriously to take this Journey for themselves. ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Luciano BERIO (1925-2003) The Complete Sequenzas, Alternate Sequenzas CD1 Sequenza I for flute, (1958) [7:56] Paula Robison, rec. 1996 Sequenza II for harp (1963) [10:15] Susan Jolles, rec. 1995Sequenza III for woman’s voice (1965) [8:46] Isabelle Ganz, rec. 1996Sequenza IV for piano (1966) [12:05] Aki Takahashi, rec. 1999Sequenza V for trombone (1966) [5:02] Stuart Dempster, rec. 1995Sequenza VI for viola (1967) [13:16] Garth Knox, rec. 1995Sequenza VII for oboe (1969/2000) [7:36] Jacqueline Leclair, rec. 2004 CD2 Sequenza VIII for violin (1976) [13:56] Irvine Arditti, rec. 1995Sequenza IXa for clarinet (1980) [16:04] Carol Robinson, rec. 2000Sequenza IXb for alto saxophone (1981) [17:50] Kelland Thomas, rec. 1967Sequenza X for trumpet and piano resonance (1984) [15:16] William Foreman, rec. 2001)Sequenza XI for guitar (1987/8) [18:42] Seth Josel., rec. 2003 CD3 Sequenza XII for bassoon (1995) [17:07] Noriko Shimada, rec. 2001Sequenza XIII for accordion “Chanson” 1995) [10:10] Stefan Hussong, rec. 2000*Sequenza XIVa for cello (2002) [11:38] Rohan de Saram, rec. 2004*Sequenza VIb for cello (1981) [15:34] Rohan de Saram, rec. 2001*Sequenza VIIb for soprano saxophone (1995) [7:29] Ulrich Krieger, rec. 2004Sequenza IXc for bass clarinet (1980) [13:37] Alain Billard, rec. 2005 CD4 Sequenza XIVb for contrabass (2004) [12:56] Stefano Scodanibbio, rec. 2005*Rounds for harpsichord (1964/5) [2:08] Jane Chapman, rec. 2005Gesti for recorder (1966) [5:20] Lucia Mense, rec. 1995Fa-Si for organ (1975) [9:47] Gary Verkade, rec. 2005Les mots sont allés…for cello (1978) [4:03] Rohan de Saram, rec. 2004Lied for clarinet (1983) [5:04] Comma for clarinet (1987) [1:34] Carol Robinson, rec. 2005*Psy for contrabass (1989) [1:57] Michael Cameron, rec. date unknown Chanson pour Pierre Boulez for cello (2000) [2:46] Rohan de Saram, rec. 2006*Gute Nacht for trumpet (1986) [1:04] Brian McWhorter, rec. 2005 *first recording All Sequenzas are preceded by verses of Edoardo Sanguinetti performed by Enzo Salomane MODE 161/3 [4 CDs: 66:43 + 78:11 + 76:36 + 47:02] [AOz]

The most complete collection of Sequenzas and related pieces, with outstanding first performances – essential listening for any serious Berio fan ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Te Deum Op. 22 [1849] [51.43] Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Die Meistersinger (Overture) [11.35] Jose Carreras (tenor) Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus; The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Tolzer Boys Choir; Aurelius Boys Choir Martin Haselbock (organ) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado rec. live, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, 12 September 1992. DVD. (PCM Stereo) ARTHAUS MUSIK 102 029 [66:00][JPh]

9 out of 10 for performance and recording and 0 out of 10 for presentation. ... see Full Review

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Cello Music Meditation Hébraïque for cello and piano (1924) [6:44] From Jewish Life for cello and piano (Prayer, Supplication, Jewish Dance) (1924) [10:17] Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello (1956-7) [14:26] Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello (1956-7) [22:18] Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello (1956-7) [14:21] Parry Karp (cello) Francis Karp (piano) rec. Gilbert Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA, 5 January 1990 (suites); 15 August 1992. ADD LAUREL LR-865CD [68:19][RB]

These performances are uniformly magnificent with - commitment and communicative passion ... see Full Review

Artur Rubinstein (piano) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Op.15 (1854-58) [46:59] ¹ Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K488 (1786) [26:56] ² Artur Rubinstein (piano) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis ¹ English Chamber Orchestra/Colin Davis ² rec. Royal Festival Hall, 4 December 1968 (Brahms); Guildhall, City of London (Mozart) 13 July 1962 BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4187-2 [76:40][JW]

Singularly impressive examples of Rubinstein’s art ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein Deutsches Requiem Op.45 (1869-1870) Susan Gritton (soprano), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone), Evgenia Rubinova (piano I), José Gallardo (piano II) Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Stephen Cleobury (director) rec. 22-25 April 2006, Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge. EMI CLASSICS 3 66948 2 [65:14][DC]

A well produced performance and excellent recording which can safely be recommended to aficionados and curious newcomers alike. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein Deutsches Requiem (1868) [60.03] Geistliches Lied (1856) [4.36] Clare Seaton (soprano) Colin Campbell (baritone) The Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. St. Jude’s Hampstead, London NW1, 24-26 October 2003 GUILD MUSIC GMCD7302 [64.39] [RH]

There are other versions of this arrangement and you might be well advised to try listening to some of them before deciding which you should buy. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1880) [12:41] Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 Double (1887) [32:58] Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1868) [24:33] David Oistrakh (violin) Pierre Fournier (cello) Philharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Galliera; London Symphony Orchestra/Lovro von Matacic (Bruch) rec. Kingsway Hall, London, 29 February, 1-2 March 1958 (Brahms concerto); 2 November 1956 (Tragic); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 17-18 November 1954 (Bruch). ADD EMI CLASSICS GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY 3 45758 2 [70:25] [RB]

Fine revivals from the EMI stable and a pleasure to welcome them back. ... see Full Review

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Orchestral Song-Cycles vol. 2 Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31a (1943) [22:57]; Nocturne, Op. 60b (1958) [26:35]; Phaedra, Op. 93c (1975) [14:57]. abPhilip Langridge (tenor); aFrank Lloyd (horn); cAnn Murray (mezzo); acEnglish Chamber Orchestra, bNorthern Sinfonia/Steuart Bedford. rec. acHenry Wood Hall, London; bSt Nicholas, Newcastle, July 1994. DDD Originally released on Collins Classics in 1994. Texts included. NAXOS 8.557199 [64:29][SH]

This superb Naxos CD ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866) [23:09] Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 (1880) [28:44] Arthur Grumiaux (violin) New Philharmonia Orchestra/Heinz Wallberg rec. London, September 1973 PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 476 8485 [52:00][SV]

For collectors, this Eloquence issue will prove a valuable, even endearing supplement. ... see Full Review

Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Zwei Lieder (1879-90) [6:43] Album Vocale (1880-4) [14:42] Zwei altdeutsche Lieder (1884)[3:45] Hebräische Lieder (1884) [7:47] Zwei Lieder (1885) [6:34] Der Sängers Fluch (1878) [17:34] Goethe-Lieder (1918-1924) [10:19] Reminiscenza Rossiniana (1924) [1:39] Martin Bruns (baritone); Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano) rec. Munich, September 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557245 [69:03] [AOz]

Busoni’s distinctive, witty Goethe-Lieder are the main draw of this recording ... see Full Review

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707) Harpsichord Works Toccata in G (BuxWV 165) [04:58] La Capricciosa - 32 Variations on 'Bergamasca' (BuxWV 250) [17:39] Auf meinen lieben Gott, chorale partita (BuxWV 179) [05:36] Praeludium in G (BuxWV 162) [05:26] Air with 2 Variations in a minor (BuxWV 249) [06:44] Praeludium in g minor (BuxWV 163) [07:31] Suite in g minor (BuxWV 241) [05:18] Canzonetta in G (BuxWV 171) [02:06] Glen Wilson (harpsichord) rec. July 2003, Schüttbau in Rügheim, Germany. DDD NAXOS 8.557413 [55:19] [PSh]

A representative choice from Buxtehude's oeuvre for harpsichord, played in gestural and rhetorical manner ... see Full Review


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