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Summer CD Review

With Andrew McGregor. Including Vivaldi: Grosso Mogul Concerto in D, RV208; Mercury's Living Presence archive; three recordings of Britten's War Requiem; Hindemith: Violin Concerto.

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3 hours, 12 minutes

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Sat 24 Aug 2013 09:00


Vivaldi: A Tale of Two Seasons

VIVALDI: Violin Concerto, RV 191 in C major; Quel rossor che in volto miri (Montezuma); In mezzo alla procella (Motezuma); Concerto In B Flat Major RV 367; Concerto for Violin “Il Grosso Mogul” in D major RV 208; Ferri, ceppi, sangue, morte (L’incoronazione di Dario); Io sento in questo seno (Arsilda Regina di Ponto); Sentiro fra ramo (L'incoronazione di Dario); Sinfonia to L'Incoronazione di Dario RV719 for strings & continuo

Sally Bruce-Payne (mezzo-soprano), La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (violin, director)

AVIE AV2287 (CD)


WAGNER: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg; Siegfried Idyll; Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene' (Gotterdammerung); Gotterdammerung: Dawn, Siegfried's Rhine Journey & Funeral March

Petra Lang (soprano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)



Purcell: Complete Music For Strings

PURCELL: Twelve Sonatas of three parts (1683); Ten Sonatas in Four Parts (1697); Fantazia 1 in D minor, Z. 732; Fantazia 10 in E minor, Z. 741; Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742; Fantazia 12 in D minor, Z. 743; Fantazia 13 in A minor, Z. 744; Fantazia 2 in F major, Z, 733; Fantazia 3 in G minor, Z. 734; Fantazia 4 in G minor, Z. 735; Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736; Fantazia 6 in F major, Z. 737; Fantazia 7 in C minor, Z. 738; Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739; Fantazia 9 in A minor, Z. 740; Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745; Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746; Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian"

Musica Amphion, Pieter-Jan Belder (conductor)



Purcell: How pleasant ‘tis to Love!

PURCELL: Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335; Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353; O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406; Almand in D minor; Song Tune 'Still I'm wishing', Z627 - lute solo; Seek not to know (The Indian Queen, Z630); Corant & Hornpipe in D minor; Music for a while, Z583; Sweeter than Roses (Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585); A New Ground in E minor, Z. T682; Tis Nature's voice (Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z328); An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193; In vain the am'rous flute (Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328); Strike the Viol (Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323); Roundo in D minor; Ground in D minor, ZD222; Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (The Fairy Queen, Z629); Ah! how happy are we; They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630; Hornpipe in E minor; From Rosy Bow'rs (Don Quixote)

Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor), Scherzi Musicali, Nicholas Achten (baritone, harp, director)



Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge

CHARPENTIER, M-A: Miserere des Jesuites H193-193a; Antienne H526; Annunciate superi H333; Overture H536; Litanies de la Vierge, H83

Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce



Mercury Living Presence 2

Various, including:

BARTOK: The Miraculous Mandarin Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet & suite)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

BULL, J: The King's Hunt

CHABRIER: Bourree Fantasque

COATES: London Suite


DVORAK: Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70

HANSON: Symphony No. 2 Op. 30 'Romantic'

HOLST: Suite No. 1 for Military Band in E flat major Op. 28 No. 1, H105

MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor Op. 42 No. 2: Allegro


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BRITTEN: War Requiem Op. 66; The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34; Spring Symphony Op. 44

Nadežda Kniplova (soprano), Gerald English (tenor), John Cameron (baritone), Milada Šubrtova (soprano), Vera Soukupova (alto), Prague Philharmonic Choir, Kuhn Children’s Chorus, Beno Blachut (tenor), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl (conductor)

SUPRAPHON SU41352 (2CD mid-price)


Britten War Requiem - 2013 HD Remaster

BRITTEN: War Requiem Op. 66

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

DECCA 4785433 (2CD + Bluray audio, mid-price)


BRITTEN: War Requiem Op. 66

Susan Gritton (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme, Trebles of The Choir of New College Oxford, Gabrieli Consort, Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

SIGNUM SIGCD340 (2CD budget)


Hindemith: Violinkonzert, Symphonic Metamorphosis & Konzertmusik Op. 50

HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto; Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; Konzertmusik Op. 50 for strings & brass

Midori Goto (violin), North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)



Hindemith: Violin Concerto and Sonatas

HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto; Sonata for Solo Violin Op. 31 No. 2 'Es ist so schones Wetter draussen...'; Sonata for Violin & Piano in E flat major Op. 11 No. 1; Sonata for Violin & Piano in E major; Sonata for Violin & Piano in C major

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Enrico Pace (piano), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor)

BIS BIS2024 (Hybrid SACD)

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