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HOFFNUNG Give someone a chuckle for Christmas

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Galina USTVOLSKAYA and the Piano

(Peter Grahame Woolf pays tribute to one of Russia's most creative yet little-known geniuses: composer Galina Ustvolskaya)



Six Symphonies, Three Quartets and a sprinkling of shorter orchestral genre pieces.

A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 4

Previously: Symphony No.1  No. 2    The Song of the Earth  

HUGO ALFVÉN (1972-1960) Symphony No. 3 (1905) [35.11] Legend of the Skerries (1904) [18.11] Dalecarlian Rhapsody (1931) [24.48]  Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Niklas Willén.   rec Glasgow 1/2 Feb 1996 NAXOS 8.553729 [78.46]

Maurice André Music for Trumpet  Jane Parker-Smith and Alfred Mitterhofer (organ) and English Chamber Orchestra (cond. Mackerras) & London Philharmonic Orchestra (cond Lopez-Cobos) EMI Classics 2CDs CZS 7243 5 73374 2 7 (148 mins)

J.S.BACH: By Arrangement  Colin Booth Harpsichord SOUNDBOARD SBCD 981[75.09]

BACH Suite in D minor BWV 1011/995; Trio in A BWV 1025 (after Weiss); Sonata in G minor BWV 1029.  Hille Perl (viola da gamba) with Lee Santana (lute), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp), Veronika Skuplik (violin) and Barbara Messmer (second viola da gamba).  Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77515 2; 65 mins.

Sally BEAMISH River. Viola Concerto; Cello Concerto "River" Tam Lin. Philip Dukes (viola) Robert Cohen (cello) Gordon Hunt (oboe) Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Ola Rudner   BIS CD-971

VICTOR EMANUEL BENDIX The Four Symphonies Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra Evgeny Shestakov   Danacord DACOCD 436-437 131m DDD.

H.I.F. BIBER: Missa Salisburgensis  The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir directed by Ton Koopman ERATO 3984-25506-2 [51.39]

Sir Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) The Sacred Choral Music: Shield of Faith; The World is Charged With The Grandeur of God; O Give Thanks Unto the Lord; Seek the Lord; Lord Who Will Abide in Thy Tabernacle; Stand Up And Bless The Lord Thy God.   The Collegiate Singers and Richard Moorhouse (organ) with members of the New London Orchestra. Directed by Andrew Millinger   PRIORY PRCD 645 [74:26]

BOCCHERINI: Stabat Mater. D'ASTORGA: Stabat Mater.   Susan Gritton, Sarah Fox, Susan Bickley, Paul Agnew, Peter Harvey. The King's Consort, Robert King.   Hyperion CDA67108. 73m DDD.

YORK BOWEN (1884-1961) Piano Music   Stephen Hough (piano) rec London, Sept 1995 HYPERION CDA66838 [77.20]

BRAHMS, FRÜHLING Clarinet Trios SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen Träumerei   Michael Collins (clarinet); Steven Isserlis (cello); Stephen Hough (piano)  RCA RED SEAL 09026 63504-2 [69:19]

MAX BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto No. 3 38.28 Symphony No. 2 in F minor 37.36 * Andreas Krecher (violin) Wuppertal SO/Gernot Schmalfuss MUSIK PRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 335 0868-2 Distributed in UK by Chandos [76.23]

BYRD Consort Songs  James Bowman, counter tenor, with Ricercar Consort Ricercar 206 442 [61 mins.]

WILLIAM BYRD: The Complete Keyboard Music.   Davitt Moroney: Harpsichords, Muselar Virginal, Organ, Chamber organ, Clavichord.   Hyperion CDA66551/7 7 discs 498m DDD.

HENRY COWELL 1897-1965 Symphony No 7 *(1952) 25.58 Symphony No 16 Icelandic** (1962) 24.59 Variations for Orchestra ***(1956) 18.34  *Vienna SO ** Iceland SO ***Polish National RSO all conducted by William Strickland rec, 1966, 1964, 1961 mono recordings apart from Variations CRI AMERICAN MASTERS CD740 [68.41]

Delius & Gurney Songs Ian & Jennifer Partridge (tenor & piano)   ETCETERA KTC 1063 [48'30"]

Sir Edward ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius   Richard Lewis, Dame Janet Baker, Kim Borg  The combined Hallé Choir and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus Conducted by Sir John Barbirolli EMI CZS5 73579 2; 2 CDs [98:15]


EDWARD ELGAR Cello Concerto (1919) [30.00] BENJAMIN BRITTEN Cello Symphony (1963) [35.46]  Truls Mørk (cello) City of Birmingham SO/Simon Rattle   VIRGIN CLASSICS VC5 45356 2 [65.11]

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