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2. Antico, Andrea. Two Intabulated Frottole (c1517). Anonymous. Five balli from Intabolatura nova (c1551). Anonymous. Ricercada. Frescobaldi, Girolamo. Partite sopra Ruggiero (c1608). Toccata undecima (c1608). de Maque, Giovanni. Seconda stravaganza. Merula, Tarquinio. Canzona. Pasquini, Ercole. Toccata (c1620). Rossi, Michelangelo. Toccata prima. Stella, Scipione. Romanesca. Storace, Bernardo. Balletto (c1660). Ballo della battaglia (c1664). Trabaci, Giovanni Maria. Canzona francese quarta (c1603). Edward Parmentier, Grimaldi harpsichord. Wildboar WLBR 8001 (c1980). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 98/96. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $25.00. Recorded in All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills. Mr. Parmentier alternately saunters, swaggers and gallops through these pieces. This is an invigorating outing. ****
3. Bach, C.P.E. Concerto for 'Cello and Strings in A Major (c1753). Robert Bex, 'cello. Concerto for Flute and Strings in D Minor (c.1747). Jean- Pierre Rampal, flute. Chamber Orchestra. Pierre Boulez, conductor. Dr. Rudy van Gelder, mastering engineer. Vox STLP 514.170 (c1964). Codes: VS-577 ARC RVG / VS-578 ARC RVG. 1st American Label. New Disq Playing Grade 93/96. New Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 98. Cover 96. $75.00. (1a)(4c). 'Cello Concerto, (4d)(4e)(4h)(4i)(5g). I've always thought of C. P. E. Bach's music as inventive, and certainly his 'Cello Concerto is full of surprises. With lively, rhythmic melodies, the piece twists and turns unpredictably to a happy, abrupt end. Although the work is not quite Baroque and not quite Classical, it is still fully satisfying. Also, I love Robert Bex's 'cello. Its sound is very French-woody and just a touch nasal. The Flute Concerto is the 'Cello Concerto's flighty partner. ****
4. Bach, C.P.E. Four Little Duets, Wq 115. Bach, Johann Christian. Sonata in G Major for Two Harpsichords, Op. 15, No. 5. Bach, J.S. Fourteen Canons, BWV 1087. Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann. Concerto in F Major for Two Harpsichords, F.10. Rolf Junghanns and Bradford Tracey, harpsichords. Nonesuch H-71357 (c1978). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 96/96. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Promotional Cover 95. $35.00 In soft, beautiful sound these two artists give us a charming performance of delightful and airy music. This is an unassuming yet tantalizing record. *****
5. Bach, J. S. Thirty-three Chorale Preludes (from an eighteenth-century German manuscript in the Yale Music Library, LM 4708) (c.1702-10). Joseph Payne, Bozeman-Gibson organ in St. Paul's Church, Brookline, Massachusetts. Harmonia Mundi HMC 5158 (c1985). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 93/93. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Album 98. $25.00. (2a)(3a)(4b)(5l). This slow-of-action, slightly wheezy organ serves Bach well. So do organist Joseph Payne and producer Robina Young. Altogether they give us a workmanlike, solid and serviceable record. ***
6. Barber, Samuel. Serenade, Op. 1 (c1929, arranged for strings c1944). Carter, Elliott. Elegy (c1943). Diamond, David. Rounds for String Orchestra (c1944). Fine, Irving. Serious Song-A Lament for String Orchestra (c1955). Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz, conductor. Marc J. Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz, record producers. Nonesuch DIGITAL D-79002 (c1980). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 93/93. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $20.00 Recorded in the Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena on April 2, 1980. (3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4i)(4k). This lithe, airy offering of modern string music is served well by digital technology for its sound is not self-consciously digital. ****
7. Bartók, Béla. Concerto for Orchestra (c1943). London Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Mercury Living Presence SR 90378 (c1964). Codes: SR-90378A RFR-1 RR / SR-90378B-RFR-1. 1st Promotional Vendor Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 98. Please write for the price of this record. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4e)(4f)(4g)(4i)(4p)(5b)(5i)(5j)(5k). In Concerto for Orchestra, Bartók writes challenging parts for all of the orchestra's sections and treats all of them about equally-almost as if they were soloists. Yet above all, this concerto is a study in orchestral color which Antal Dorati paints broadly. To do so maestro arranges his orchestra in the new manner. The first violins are heard on the far left, with the seconds toward the center. The violas are next to the seconds, further to the right, and the 'cellos are on the far right. The double basses are behind the cellos. The winds and brass are spread behind the strings and the percussion is heard at the back of the orchestra. (This arrangement and Mercury's 35mm recording technique are well suited to the work. ) *****(*)
8. Bartók, Béla. The Wooden Prince, Op. 13; complete (c1916). New York Philharmonic. Pierre Boulez, conductor. Milt Cherin, Ray Moore and Bud Graham, recording engineers. Andrew Kazdin, record producer. Columbia Masterworks M 34514 (c1977). Codes: MQAL 34514-1C / MQBL 34514-1G. 1st Quadraphonic Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/95. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $45.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4b)(4e)(4f)(5b)(5j). A quadraphonic production, this mastering is also an effective stereo record for it has a broad and deep performance setting. The work lends itself well to stereo recording as it is written for a huge orchestra. Although composed for a big orchestra, the work has a chamber music intimacy which is in large part the result of Bartók's skillful orchestration; however, the recording is in some part responsible, for it delicately reveals the orchestra's sections. This is accomplished through artful highlighting. Mixing such a large orchestra in recording is surely a daunting task and now and then a section or instrument seems to float about. Yet just when you know it's not your imagination, it assumes its proper perspective. Still, hovering instruments fit well in this fairy tale. **** Ex Ronald Penndorf.
9. Beethoven, Ludwig van. String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1 (c1797). String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 (c1797). Jascha Heifetz, violin. William Primrose, viola. Gregor Piatigorsky, 'cello. RCA Victor Red Seal LM 2186 (c1958). Codes: H2 RP6516-3S B1 I / H2 RP6517-4S B2 I. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 96. $200.00. (1a)(2b)(3b)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4i)(4k)(5e)(5f)(5g). A beautifully satin string tone characterizes this RCA Red Seal Division release. Played by virtuosi Jascha Heifetz, violin; William Primrose, viola; and Gregor Piatigorsky, 'cello, these performances were recorded in 1957; the record, however, was released in 1958 and only in monaural. On this disq the three virtuosi give us thoroughly modern performances. They are readings in which each part is given its full musical importance-a concept that results in a provocative interplay of voices and an exceptional clarity of texture. These are truly collective efforts, although the tenor of these performances seems to have been set by violinist Jascha Heifetz. In addition to the lovely RCA string tone, this recording offers, with breathtaking transparence, music "sounds which appear to have their sources distributed in space." This is as good a record as I have heard. *****
10. Berlioz, Hector. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17 (1839). Julia Hamari, mezzo-soprano. Jean Dupouy, tenor. José van Dam, bass-baritone. New England Conservatory Chorus. Boston Symphony. Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Thomas W. Mowrey, record producer. Hans-Peter Schweigmann, recording engineer. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft 2707 089 (c1976). Codes: 2530 694 = 2 SX1 1A 320 / 2530 694=2 S2 1 320 and 2530 695 SX3 N 320 / 2530 695 S4 1 320. 1st Labels. Disqs Playing Grade 94/93 and 94/95. Disqs Visual Grade 96/96 and 96/96. Inner Sleeves 98 and 98. Booklet 96. Box 98. 2 records. $150.00. Recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston. (1a)(2a) (3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4f)(4g)(4h)(4i)(4q)(5b)(5j)(5m). Berlioz' setting of this bittersweet tale is a large and lengthy one, calling for a substantial chorus and orchestra as well as four soloists, and lasting over an hour. It is difficult to successfully perform and record such a work. Successful recording involves resolving problems of scale, perspective and setting in order to convincingly present these large forces. Successful performance involves musically relating the disparate sections and different musicians and, most importantly, developing a sense of the work as a whole. Ozawa, Mowrey and Schweigmann beautifully resolve these problems. Ozawa's understanding of the work is so complete that the music seems to simply reveal itself. (This is a wonderful, wonderful set.) *****(*)
11. Bernstein, Leonard. Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" (c194749). Lukas Foss, piano. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon 2530 969 (c1978). Codes: 2530 969 3S1 320 / 2530 969 S 2 320. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 93/94. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Insert 98. Cover 98. $55.00. Recorded in 1977 at the Berliner Festwochen. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4e)(4f)(4g)(5c). As this is a highly programmatic piece, it is helpful to have read its inspiration, the W.H. Auden poem, before a careful listening, although the work does stand by itself as a piano-orchestra symphony. This record allowed me to more fully appreciate the work. *****
12. Bliss, Arthur. String Quartet No. 1 in B Flat Major (c1941). String Quartet No. 2 in F Minor (c1950). Delmé String Quartet. Hyperion A66178 (c1985). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/95. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $25.00. The Arthur Bliss First Quartet was given its premiere by the Pro Arte Quartet at the University of California, Berkeley, in April 1941. In March 1942 it was given its first performance in England by the Griller Quartet in a wartime concert at the National Gallery. Subsequently, the Griller became the quartet-in-residence at Berkeley, and I studied briefly with its 'cellist, Colin Hampton. Mostly I remember the beautiful sound of his Amati. When I was a student in Madison, the Pro Arte was in residence at the University of Wisconsin. I don't remember them playing Bliss, but I do remember a sparsely attended winter concert of the Second Viennese School. It seems the few in attendance got up and left during the Webern, leaving just me and W.D. This is a gently beautiful record-a highly polished, musical production. ****
13. Boccherini, Luigi. Concerto for 'Cello and Strings in B Flat Major. Vivaldi, Antonio. Concerto for 'Cello and Strings in D Major. Concerto for 'Cello and Strings in G Major (arr. J. S. Bach). Antonio Janigro, 'cello. Solisti di Zagreb. Arthur Bannister, recording engineer. Michael Williamson, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2365 (c1960). Codes: K2 RY4243-1S B1 I / K2 RY4244-7S B1 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/94. Disq Visual Grade 98/96. Inner Sleeve 96. Cover 98. $250.00. Boccherini, (2a)(3b)(4a)(4h)(4i)(4k)(5g). 'Cello folklore has it that the Boccherini B Flat Concerto was unplayable by late-nineteenth-century 'cellists. It is a challenging piece that calls for the 'cellist to move gracefully and precisely through the instrument's difficult upper registers but it is certainly playable. Antonio Janigro plays it beautifully and with ease-his "Adagio" is especially touching. Bannister and Williamson's recording is at the service of the music and the musicians. *****
14. Brahms, Johannes. Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 (c1861). Festival Quartet: Victor Babin, piano. Szymon Goldberg, first violin. William Primrose, viola. Nikolai Graudin, 'cello. Allan Ballantine, recording engineer. Peter Dellheim, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2517 (c1961). Codes: L2RY-1072-4S A2 I / L2RY-1073-1S A2 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. Please write for the price of this record. (1a)(2a)(4a)(4e)(4i)(4j)(4k). The exceptionally clear recording allows us to hear this wonder-filled performance in full detail. Brahms' passionate conversations between instruments, their agreements and disagreements are all easily heard, and so are the soothing reassurances. (The musicians are gifted, poetic participants.) *****(*)
15. Carter, Elliott. Suite from Pocahontas. Zurich Radio Orchestra. Jacques Monod, conductor. Piano Sonata (c1945-46). Charles Rosen, piano. EPIC BC 1250 (c1962). Codes: XXSB-57354-2A o / XXSB-57355-1D. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/95. Disq Visual Grade 95/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $150.00. Pocahontas, (2a)(3a)(4b)(4e)(4f)(4g)(5j)(5k). Pocahontas, a one act-ballet depicting the American Pocahontas legend, was mounted first by the Ballet Caravan in 1937. Elliott Carter composed the music originally as a piano score but rewrote it for full orchestra in 1939 for a performance in New York City with choreography by Lew Christensen. The four-movement concert suite was published in 1941. In this early work Carter already shows himself to be a master of orchestration. Through music alone, the colorful concert suite effectively tells the love story of John Smith and Princess Pocahontas and Monod's performance enhances the drama. The piano sonata, also written by Carter, is a very different kind of music and recording. ****
16. Chadwick, George Whitefield. Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee, Noël, Hobgoblin, A Vagrom Ballad (c18951904). Eastman Rochester Orchestra. Howard Hanson, conductor. Mercury Living Presence SR 90018 (c1958). Codes: SR-90018-A FR1 A4 I / SR-90018-B FR1 A2 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 96. Cover 98. Please write for the price of this record. (2a)(3b)(4a)(4e)(4f)(4p)(5k). One of Mercury's earliest stereo recordings, Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches was offered with the most startling of record covers-a grinning, bright red-haired, pale white and blue-black faced hobgoblin. He is much more ferocious than is Chadwick's whimsical music portrait. This is a winning recording despite its early origins. Harold Lawrence writes of the master-recording. "Wilma [Cozart] assigned me the task of editing a large batch of tapes dating back to November, 1955. These included Bartók's Second Suite (Dorati); Debussy's Iberia and La Mer; Chausson's Symphony; and a Wagner program (Paray); and Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches (Hanson). It was a logical introduction to my first assignment as musical supervisor at a Mercury Living Presence recording." ****
17. Copland, Aaron. Appalachian Spring Suite (c1945). Billy the Kid Suite (c1938). Philadelphia Orchestra. Eugene Ormandy, conductor. John Pfeiffer, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 3184 (c1970). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 98/94. New Disq Visual Grade 96/95. Cover 98. $25.00. Under Eugene Ormandy the Philadelphia Orchestra became a "fine instrument, full in tone and immaculate in technique." This record well documents the Philadelphia sound and Maestro Ormandy's elegance and restraint. This is refined Copland. ****
18. Corrette, Michel. Concerto for Four Bassoons and Harpsichord "The Phoenix." Raymond Droulez, Paul Hongne, Ange Maugendre and André Sennedat, bassoons. Anne-Marie Beckenstein, harpsichord. Concerto for Three Flutes and Organ, Op. 3. Robert Heriché, Christian Lardé, Jean-Pierre Rampal, flutes. Marie-Clair Alain, organ. Blavet, Michel. Concerto for Flute in A Minor. Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute. Leclair, Jean-Marie. Concerto for Oboe, Op. 7, No. 3. Pierre Pierlot, oboe. Jean-Marie Leclair Instrumental Ensemble. Jean-François Paillard, conductor. Westminster XWN 18694 (c1957). Codes: WXTV27115-1C / WXTV27116-1E. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 96. $150.00. (1a)(2b)(3b) Corrette, (4a)(4d)(4k) (5i)(5l). The bizarre charm of four bassoons and a harpsichord playing the fluffy French baroque "Phoenix" must be heard. Perhaps it is matched only by the three flutes and organ of the Concerto, Op. 3. I've loved this record since it came out in the late 'fifties, and I am not at all dissuaded by the writer in the Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music who assures me that "most of [Corrette's] music is facile and inconsequential and many of his works use popular tunes." (Imagine that-popular tunes! ) *****(*)
19. Couperin, Louis. Harpsichord Pieces; complete. Ruggero Gerlin, Pleyel harpsichord. Fantasies et simphonies pour Violes; selected. Peter Gibbs and Neville Marriner, violins. Desmond Dupré and Dennis Nesbitt, bass viols. Thurston Dart, chamber organ and conductor. Organ Pieces; selected. Pierre Cochereau, Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris organ. L'Oiseau-Lyre OL 50154 (c1958). Codes: TT-335-1B I K / TT-336-1B I C RT. Mono. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover Grade 96. $125.00. (2b)(4a)(5h). These are not turbine smooth, seamless performances. (But they are refreshingly human offerings.) *****(*) Ex Sandy Schneider
20. Cowell, Henry. Persian Set (c195657). Harrison, Lou. Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra (1951). Orchestra Members. Leopold Stokowski, conductor. Composers Recordings CRI-114 (c1957). Codes: CRI-114-A XTV26248-1A AB / CRI-114B XTV26249-1B AB A. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 94. $350.00. (1a)(2b)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4i)(4k)(5k). Not only is this a record of full-blown Stokowski, with all his musical and aural flair unfurled, but it is one of the great illusions of "sounds which appear to have their sources distributed by space, even when they are emitted by two loudspeakers." Although monaural, these recordings set standards for spatial effect, especially Cowell's Persian Set. In addition, the movement "First Gamelan: Allegro" from Harrison's suite presents the illusion of a double bass on record. (Both pieces are completely rich offerings of sound.) *****(*)
21. Delibes, Leo. Coppélia (c1870). Minneapolis Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Mercury Golden Imports SRI 2 77004 (c1974). Reissue Label of SR 2 9005 (c1959). New Sealed Disqs. Album Grade 98. 2 records. $40.00. ****
22. Handel, Georg Frederick. Water Music Suite (c1771). Royal Fireworks Music (c1749). Berlin Philharmonic. Rafael Kubelik, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft SLPM 138 864 (c1963). Codes: 00 138 864 6A D7D V / 00 138864 4B M70 V. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 95/95. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $75.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4h)(4i)(4k)(5h)(5i)(5j). These are refreshing and quietly lovely performances and their recordings are easy, natural ones and not at all intrusive. (Listening to this record is almost like listening to live music.) *****(*)
23. Haydn, Franz Joseph. Piano Sonata No. 59 in E Flat Major, Hob. XVI 49 (c.1789). Piano Sonata No. 62 in E Flat Major, Hob. XVI 52 (c.1794). Malcolm Bilson, Stein or Walter fortepiano and record producer. Alex Perialis, recording engineer. Nonesuch 78018 (c.1983). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96 Cover 96. $25.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4e)(5c). Malcolm Bilson alternately bounces and meanders through these sonatas. It seems appropriate and it's certainly fun to hear. ****
24. Haydn, Franz Joseph. Twenty-four Minuets, H.IX/16. Philharmonia Hungarica. Antal Dorati, conductor. London ffrr STS 15359/60 (c1976). Codes: ZAL-14468-1A 1 BU / ZAL-14471-1A 2B BB and ZAL-14469-1A 1 B / ZAL-14470-1A 2B H. 1st American Label. New Disqs Playing Grade 95/95 and 95/95. New Disqs Visual Grade 98/98 and 98/98. Box 98. 2 records. $50.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4b)(4e)(4k). This set is a delight-it is so for its inviting recording style, its simple music and its bouncing, lighthearted performances. ***** Ex Nicholas Despotopoulos.
25. Herbert, Victor. Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra No. 2, Op. 30 (c1898). Bloch, Ernest. Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody for Violoncello and Orchestra (c1916). Georges Miquelle, 'cello. Eastman Rochester Symphony. Howard Hanson, conductor. Wilma Cozart, recording director. C.R. Fine, recording engineer. George Piros, tape-to-disc transfer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90286 (1962). Codes: SR-90286A-RFR-1 FR / SR-90286B-RFR-1. Reissue Label of SR 90163/1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/93. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 95. Please write for the price of this record. (1a)(2a)(3b). Herbert, (4b)(4d)(4e)(4h)(4i)(4p)(5g). In a live concerto concert the 'cello is often difficult to hear because it blends too well with the full orchestra in pitch and tone. The violin, on the other hand, though a much smaller instrument, is more easily heard because its high pitch and distinctive timbre can pierce the thick orchestral texture. Sometimes in a concert performance, in hopes that the 'cellist might be better heard, she is placed not only well forward of the orchestra but upon a resonating flat. This Mercury recording of the Herbert Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra is the most convincing presentation of live concerto playing that I know. The 'cello and orchestra are in exact scale and the fragile 'cello-orchestra balance is accurately presented. The work itself is well written for 'cello, with much of the music in the instrument's easily heard middle register. It is sometimes a demanding piece, but 'cellist Georges Miquelle moves lithely about his instrument. His performance is informed and always graceful. ******
26. Hindemith, Paul. String Quartet No. 3 , Op. 22 (c1921). Prague String Quartet. Honegger, Arthur. String Quartet No. 2. Dvorák Quartet. Crossroads 22 16 210 (c1967). 1st American Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/98. New Disq Visual Grade 95/96. Promotional Cover 94. $35.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c)(4d)(4e)(4l). Both the Hindemith and the Honegger string quartets contain complex, dynamic and somewhat dissonant music, also the performance settings of the two quartets are similar with the listener and performers in a small chamber or rehearsal hall. Though both recordings realistically present a string quartet, the Honegger, particularly, is an example of accurately rendered chamber music. For authenticity this record should be played back with tube equipment. *****
27. Hovhaness, Alan. The Flowering Peach Suite, Op. 125 (c 1954). Is There Survival, Op. 59 "King Vahaken" (c1949). Orbit No. 1, Op. 90, No. 2 (c1952). Chamber Ensemble. Alan Hovhaness, conductor. MGM E3164 (c1955). Codes: E3164 S1 C / E3164 S2 E. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. Please write for the price of this record. (1a)(2b)(3b)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4k). The Flowering Peach Suite is made up of the incidental music that Hovhaness wrote for Clifford Odets' Broadway play. The play is a comic re-telling of the Noah's Ark story. The music is light, the recording crisp and the performance lively. And it's a pleasure to hear the composer conduct his own work. The two smaller works are appealing companions. *****
28. Ives, Charles. Chromatimelodtune. From the Steeples and the Mountains. The Pond, and All the Way Around and Back. The Rainbow and Ann Street. Set No. 1. Set No. 2: The Indians and The Last Reader. Set No. 3. Tone Roads No. 1. Tone Roads No. 3. Orchestra. Gunter Schuller, conductor. Edward T. Graham, John Guerriere and Raymond Moore, recording engineers. Leroy Parkins, record producer. Columbia Masterworks MS 7318 (c1970). Codes: XXSM150422-1B A1 / XSM150421-1B A6. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Insert 98. Cover 94. $100.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c)(4d)(4e)(4j). This is a sometimes cacophonous concert of Ives' chamber pieces. And it is a provocative and often exciting one as well. Just two pieces are performed from Set No. 2. The others exist in fragments too small to be reconstructed. One fragment, "Gup, the Blood or Hearst! Which is Worst?" seems to have excited Ives. Notes scribbled on its manuscript include: "Gup-a prominent criminal gets the gallows; Hearst-another prominent criminal gets the money." *****
29. Ives, Charles. Piano Sonata No. 1 (c190210). William Masselos, piano. Richard Gardner, recording engineer. Max Wilcox, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2941 (c1967). Codes: TRRS-2226-1S A2 I / TRRS-2227-1S A3 I. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/96. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $150.00. (1a)(2a)(3a) (4a)(4e)(5c). This sonata is, as Jimmy Durante was fond of saying, a "handful a' keys." It is also a-sometimes very funny-work of genius. ***** Ex Ronald Penndorf.
30. Janácek, Leos. "Taras Bulba" (c191518). Sinfonietta for Orchestra (c1926). Piet Westhoeve, organ. Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. David Zinman, conductor. Philips 9500 874 (c1980). Codes: 9500 874 1Y1 670 03 112 / 9500 874 2Y2 670 03 112. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 96. $75.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4f)(4g). With full understanding of the scores, David Zinman gives us startlingly, revealing performances. Details sparkle, colors flash and yet we are always aware of the musical whole. (This is a thrilling record.) *****(*)
31. Kabalevsky, Dmitri. Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 77 (c1964). Daniel Shafran, 'cello. Leningrad Philharmonic. Dmitri Kabalevsky, conductor. Boccherini, Luigi. Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra in B Flat Major (Friedrich Grützmacher, arranger) (c1895). Arvid Jansons, conductor. Melodiya/Angel SR 40065 (c1968). Codes: SRI-40065-A1 IAM / SR2-40065A1 IAM. 1st American Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $150.00. (1a)(2a)(3a) (4a)(4d)(4e)(5b)(5g). Daniel Shafran always brings great focus and agility to his 'cello playing. Here, with a sharply honed tone, he cuts his way through Kabalevsky's lean work. The effect is stunning. His approach to the familiar Boccherini concerto is more lyrical, as is the piece. Still, his playing is filled with an intense energy. (This record is a brilliant showcase for Daniel Shafran's talent.) *****(*)
Giovanni Girolamo. Il Tedesco della Tiorba: Selections. Paul
O'Dette, lute. Robina G. Young, record producer. Peter McGrath,
recording engineer. Harmonia Mundi HMU 7020 (c1990). Codes: 7020-A-M
TML-M 28968(3) / 7020-B-M TML-M 28969 (3). 1st Label. Disq Playing
Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 95. $25.00. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4c)(4e)(5d).
This is a tasteful chamber recital. With a perfect balance of
melody and embellishment Paul O'Dette gently reveals these pieces-a
revelation captured with elegance by Robina Young and Peter McGrath.
This is an endearing record. *****