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A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

This month Tony Duggan starts a series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No. 1

BRITISH CHAMBER MUSIC for clarinet and string quartet. Clarinet Quintets by BLISS, RAWSTHORNE AND ROUTH.    Redcliffe Ensemble Redcliffe Recordings RR010 [63' 31"]

THE LION IN THE LUTE Sir William WALTON (1902-1982) Five Bagatelles Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Elegy    Sir Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Sonatina Op 51 Theme and Variations Op 77 Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) The Blue Guitar Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Nocturnal Op 70 ANDERS MIOLIN-ten-stringed guitar BIS-CD 826 [77.29]

SPECTRUM and SPECTRUM 2    Thalia Myers, piano NMC D057

BACEWICZ, Grazyna. String Quartets nos. 4, 6, and 7.    The Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet Troubadisc TRO-CD04 [ADO] [55' 05"]

J.S. BACH: 'Organ Conrnucopia' Short organ works including unfinished pieces and attributions    The Metzler Organ of Pfarrkirche, St. Michael, Kaisten Switzerland. Christopher Herrick Hyperion CDA 67139 75m DDD.

J.S.BACH: 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' - Book 2 24 Preludes and Fugues BWV870-893.    Angela Hewitt: Piano. Hyperion CDA67303/4 147m DDD.

Leonard BERNSTEIN Wonderful Town   Kim Criswell; Audra McDonald and Thomas Hampson. The London Voices and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Simon Rattle. EMI  CDC5 56753 2 [66:46]

BRITTEN: Works for String Orchestra: Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, Simple Symphony, Lachrymae, Prelude and Fugue for 18-part string orchestra. Orchestral Works: Four Sea Interludes from: 'Peter Grimes', Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A Time there Was', The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, The Courtly Dances from 'Gloriana'. Vocal Works: Les Illuminations, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Nocturne for Tenor and Strings.    Jerry Hadley, English String Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton. . Nimbus NI1751, three discs 197m DDD. £19.99

BRUCKNER: Symphony in F minor; Adagio from the String Quintet (arranged for string orchestra by Fritz Oeser)   . Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Ondine ODE 920-2 [60’04"]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No.5 in B flat (Schalk edition).    London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein TELARC CD-80509 [56’53"]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No.5 in B flat.    Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, conducted by Eugen Jochum. TAHRA TAH 247 [two discs, 82’35"]

John CAGE  Sonatas and Interludes and The Perilous Night with commissioned works for prepared piano, and electroacoustic compositions by students of Liverpool Hope   Joanna MacGregor, prepared piano Sound Circus SC 003 (Available from Unknown Public)

JOHN CAGE (1912-1992) Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (1946-48)   Boris Berman (piano) Naxos 8.559042 [63:36]

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