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Misc. A-L

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[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]

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Alison Balsom: Trumpet Concertos by Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837), Franz Joseph HAYDN  (1732-1809), Giuseppe TORELLI (1658-1709) and Jan Křtitel Jiři NERUDA (1711-1776) Alison Balsom (trumpet); Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen rec. 2008 EMI CLASSICS 2162130 [52:50][DJB] 

Glorious tone – top of the class … see Full Review

American Trios Ellen Taaffe ZWI LLICH (b. 1939) Piano Trio Leon KIRCHNER (b. 1919) Piano Trio, Piano Trio II Mason BATES (b. 1977) String Band  Paul SCHOENFELD (b. 1947) Café Music  Claremont Trio rec. 2008  TRIA RECORDS no catalogue number [75:07] [BBr]

A very attractive and interesting programme ... see Full Review

Cæli Porta: ‘Gateway of heaven and star of the sea’ 17thC Sacred Music form Lisbon and Granada Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford/Owen Rees Carlotte Philips (organ) rec. 2007/8, DDD. Booklet with texts and translations. GUILD GMCD7323 [60:32] [BW]

Attractive performances of strikingly beautiful music ... see Full Review

Christmas Carols with Kiri te Kanawa from Coventry Cathedral Dame Kiri te Kanawa (soprano); Choirs of Coventry and Lichfield Cathedrals; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Robin Stapleton rec. 1994 WARNER MUSIC 5186503472 [62:15 (CD) + 69:00 ][ST]

Serviceable Christmas fare though quite forgettable ... see Full Review

Sophie Cashell – Début; Music by Frédéric CHOPIN (1810 – 1849), Franz LISZT (1811 – 1886), Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937), Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918), Philip MARTIN (b 1947) and Nikolai KAPUSTIN (b 1937) Sophie Cashell (piano) UNIVERSAL CLASSICS AND JAZZ 4766459 [68:46][BBr] 

I really wish I could be more positive ... see Full Review

The Color of the Word Music by Hugo WOLF (1860 – 1903), André CAPLET (1878 -1925), Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839 – 1881), Claude DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918) and Henry PURCELL (1659 – 1695) Georgine Resick (soprano); Warren Jones (piano) rec. 2007 BRIDGE 9268 [70:13][BBr] 

I simply cannot bring myself to be more positive ... see Full Review

Placido Domingo in Concert - Placido Grandissimo Placido Domingo (tenor), Julia Migenes (soprano), Guadalupe Sanchez (soprano), Ernesto Bitetti (guitar), National Symphonic Orchestra of Spain /Eugene Kohn/Manuel Alejandro rec. live 1992, Includes Video Special: Composer Documentary CASCADE 82002 [DVD: c.60:00  + Video Extra c.35:00] [CH]

Essentially a television event. Once through will be enough ... see Full Review

Du Shtetl à New York Isabelle Georges (vocals) Sibra Octet rec. 2008  AMBROISIE AM173 [64:49] [JW]

I’m a convert ... see Full Review

Flagstad sings Brahms and Mahler Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Vier ernste Gesänge Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Kindertotenlieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Kirsten Flagstad (soprano); Edwin McArthur (piano); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1956-7 BEULAH 1PD28 [61:52][CH]

Not a first choice but Mahlerians can hardly leave it out of the reckoning ... see Full Review

The Georgian Composers Collection Sulkan TSINTSADZE (1925-1992) Four Miniatures Otar TAKTAKISHVILI (1924-1989) Megrelian Songs Redjeb JORDANIA Concerto Classico Zurab Sotkilava (tenor), Kharkov PO, Russian Federal O, Leningrad CO/Vakhtang Jordania rec. 1976/8 ANGELOK1 CD-7770 [61:51] [RB]

A brave cross-section: two hits and a miss ... see Full Review

The Grand Piano Era
Ignaz Friedman, Frederic Lamond, Harold Bauer, Nikolai Medtner, Ignaz Jan Paderewski, Ferruccio Busoni, Percy Grainger, Josef Hofmann
NIMBUS NI 8801 [70:45]
The Polish Virtuoso:Josef Hofmann, Ignaz Friedman, Ignaz Jan Paderewski NIMBUS NI 8802 [71:19]
Schumann - Harold Bauer, Percy GraingerHarold Bauer NIMBUS NI 8804 [71:36]
Ignaz Friedman plays Liszt and Chopin NIMBUS NI 8805 [78:49]
Brahms - Harold Bauer, Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin Fischer, Carl Friedberg, Myra Hess, Arthur Rubinstein NIMBUS NI 8806 [74:51]
Debussy - Eugen d'Albert, George Copeland, Percy Grainger, Myra Hess, Robert Lortat, Paquita Madriguera, Ignaz Jan Paderewski, Artur Rubinstein, Elie Robert Schmitz NIMBUS NI 8807 [67:22]
Percy Grainger plays Grainger NIMBUS NI 8809 [76:24]
Ferruccio Busoni plays Liszt, Bach, Busoni & Chopin NIMBUS NI 8810 [63:33]
Alfred Cortot plays Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Skriabin Saint-Saëns & Chabrier NIMBUS NI 8814 [75:08] [JW]

Valuable and fascinating ... see Full Review

Jascha Heifetz – the Master Violinist rec. 1925-49 EMI CLASSICS ICON 2173122 [6 CDs: 455:58] [JW]

A well-chosen selection of vintage Heifetz ... see Full Review

Barbara Hendricks - Orchestral Songs Hector BERLIOZ (1803 - 1869) Les Nuits d’Été Benjamin BRITTEN (1913 - 1976) Les Illuminations Maurice RAVEL (1875 - 1937) Shéhérazade, Deux Melodies hébraïques, Cinq Mélodies populaires grècques, Vocalise en forme de habañera Henri DUPARC (1848 - 1933) L’Invitation au voyage, Au pays où se fait la guerre, La vie antérieure, Le Manoir de Rosemonde, Phidylé, Chanson Triste Barbara Hendricks (soprano) English CO/Colin Davis (Berlioz, Britten) Lyons Opera O/John Eliot Gardiner (Ravel, Duparc) rec. 1988/92 EMI CLASSICS 2344022 [56.18 + 55.28] [RH]

A fascinating portrait of a talented and well-loved artist ... see Full Review

Marilyn Horne – A Profile rec. 1994 EMI CLASSICS 2165819 [50.35 + bonus 25.23][RJF]

Insight into the career of one of the century’s greatest opera singers ... see Full Review

Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) First RhapsodyFranz LISZT (1811-1886) Die Zelle in NonnenwerthDavid POPPER (1843-1913) Mazurka, SerenadeZoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) AdagioErnő DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Ruralia Hungarica, Cello SonataMiklós RÓSZA (1907-1995) Toccata capricciosa Mark Kosower (cello) Jee-Won Oh (piano) rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.570570 [74:08] [JW]

A winning recital ... see Full Review

Gundula Janowitz in Concert George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Giulio Cesare: Overture [5:00]; Da tempeste il legno infranto [8:08] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Don Giovanni: Crudele?... Non mi dir [7:23] Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer… Leise, leise [8:18] Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I Vespri Siciliani: Overture [8:27] Attila: Santo di Patria… Allor che i forti [6:37] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca: Vissi d’arte [3:30] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhauser: Dich, teure halle [6:14] Gundula Janowitz (soprano) Graz Philharmonic Orchestra/Berislav Klobucar rec. live, in concert, Stefaniensaal, Graz, 1970 Region Code 0, Aspect Ration 4:3, Mono only VAI 4458 [RMo]

I’d be willing to stay up all night to hear her ... see Full Review

Karajan: A Profile Directed by Gernot Friedl EMI CLASSICS 2165739 [87:00] [ST]

I wish they’d left it on the shelf ... see Full Review

Mindru Katz plays Concert Favourites by Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809), Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827), Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1898) and Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Mindru Katz (piano) rec. 1960s CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD136 [66:29][JW]

An artist of great artistry and eloquence ... see Full Review

Latvian Music Series - Volume 1: Music by Romualds JERMAKS (b.1931), Talivaldis KENINS (b. 1919), Imants MEZARAUPS (b. 1958), Selga MENCE (b.1953), Imants ZEMZARIS (b. 1951), Dace APERANS (b. 1951) and Andris VECUMIEKS (b.1964) Antra and Normunds Visne (piano duo) ANGELOK1 CD-7701 [79:57] Latvian Music Series - Volume 2: Music by Juris ABOLS (b. 1950), Arturs GRINUPS (1931-1989), Vilnis SMIDBERGS (b.1944) and Imants ZEMZARIS (b.1951) Bulavs Chamber Ensemble rec. 2001-2004 ANGELOK1 CD-7702 [70:47][RB] 

Latvian music delightfully advocated - grim, gritty, beautiful  ... see Full Review

 


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[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]


 

 



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