Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

July 2001

Editor's Choice

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Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

Giuseppe Sabbatini (Faust), Enkelejda Shkosa (Marguerite), Michele Pertusi (Méphistophélès), David Wilson-Johnson (Brander)

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis

“The greatest Berlioz conductor of his generation in a triumphant benchmark live recording … outshines previous sets at whatever price” Gramophone Magazine

“Performance and sound which in every way match and even outshine any rival in a strongly competitive field ... An astonishing bargain.” Penguin Guide

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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Butterworth, G:

The Banks of Green Willow

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony'

original 1913 version

“It was during the summer of 1911 that George Butterworth, whose enchanting 1913 idyll, The Banks of Green Willow, comprises the achingly poignant curtainraiser here, first suggested to Vaughan Williams that he should write a purely orchestral symphony.
VW dug out some sketches h'd made for a symphonic poem about London, while at the same time deriving fruitful inspiration from HG Wells's 1908 novel, Tono-Bungay. Geoffrey Toye gave the successful Queen's Hall premiere in March 1914, and VW subsequently dedicated the score to Butterworth's memory.
Over the next two decades or so, the work underwent three revisions (including much judicious pruning) and was published twice (in 1920 and 1936). In his compelling 1941 recording with the Cincinnati SO, Eugene Goossens employed the 1920 version, which adds about three minutes of music to that definitive 1936 'revised edition'. Now Richard Hickox at long last gives us the chance to hear VW's original, hour-long canvas – and riveting listening it makes too! Whereas the opening movement is as we know it today, the ensuing, expanded Lento acquires an intriguingly mournful, even worldweary demeanour. Unnervingly, the ecstatic full flowering of that glorious E major Largamente idea, first heard at fig F in the final revision, never materialises, and the skies glower menacingly thereafter. Towards the end of the Scherzo comes a haunting episode that Arnold Bax was particularly sad to see cut ('a mysterious passage of strange and fascinating cacophony' was how he described it). The finale, too, contains a wealth of additional material, most strikingly a liturgical theme of wondrous lyrical beauty, and, in the epilogue, a gripping paragraph that looks back to the work's introduction as well as forward to the first movement of A Pastoral Symphony. Sprawling it may be, but this epic conception evinces a prodigal inventiveness, poetry, mystery and vitality that do not pall with repeated hearings. Hickox and the LSO respond with an unquenchable spirit, generous flexibility and tender affection that suit VW's ambitious inspiration to a T, and Chandos's sound is big and bold to match. An essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in British music.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra have come up with a recording that you can cheerfully measure against most others in the catalogue, before you consider its unique extra charms!” John Armstrong,, 20th November 2002

“Hickox and the LSO strike again in this award-winning recording, which turns back the clock on the various revisions to the symphony and presents the original 1913 version.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

1st December 2008

GGramophone Awards 2001

Record of the Year

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Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

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Trois Histoires Sacrees

Trois Histoires Sacrees

Charpentier, M-A:

Mors Saülis et Jonathae H 403

Sacrificium Abrahae H 402

In Circumcisione Domini / Dialogus inter angelum et pastores H 406

“French countertenor Gérard Lesne and Il Seminario Musicale manage to bring Charpentier's three miniature oratorios vividly to life. The works employ narrators – sometimes a solo voice, sometimes the chorus – in a highly dramatic series of instrumental and vocal movements, carefully tinged with suspensions and chromatic inflections. Both Mors Saülis etJonathae and Sacrificium Abrahae rely on tightly constructed dialogues cast in recitative. Lesne intensifies the characterisation by associating particular combinations of continuo instruments and organ stops with each of the interlocutors.
Melodic, melismatic movements are reserved for moments of powerful emotion, as when David weeps for his brother Saül.
Although Il Seminario Musicale take pride in performing without a conductor, they wouldn't produce the precision of ensemble so evident in this recording but for the vigilance of the continuo players. The absence of a principal interpreter is audible and here, as in less complex chamber music, the effect is highly desirable.
Lesne delivers a string of inspiring performances in a raft of roles – as do Jean-François Novelli as David and Abraham and the bass Raimonds Spogis as Samuel.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Naive - E8821



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Les Plaisirs du Palais

Les Plaisirs du Palais


C'est tout abus

Triquedon daine

Si vous n'avez madame

La Brosse - basse danse pour violes

Pavane et Gagliarde de "La Guerre"


Je pers espoir

Musae Jovis


Pour quelque paine que j'endure

Baston, J:

Ung souvenir me conforte


Las il n'a nul mal


En languissant avoir secours j'attens

Que n'est elle aupres de moy

La, la, la, je ne l'ose dire


Priere devant le repas, O souverain Pasteur

Une fillette bien gorriere

Imcessament suis triste et doloreux

Du laid tetin


Nous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouyn

Coste, G:

Celle fillette a qui le tetin point


Secouez moy


En Tour la feste Saint Martin


Scaramella va alla guerra


Souspir d'amours, pensée de plaisir

La Fricassée


La chasse au lievre

Mille regres

Puisqu'ainsi est

Je prens congies

A bien grant tort


Or oiez les introites de taverne


Ung vray musicien

Ramonez moy ma cheminée




Laissons amour

Petit, N:

N'as tu poinct mis ton hault bonnet


Fors seulement

Roy, A Le:

Bransle de Champaigne - Alemande du pied de cheval - Bransle de Poictou

Rue, P:

Autant en emporte le vent


Hau, hau je boys

Aupres de vous à 2 voix

Aupres de vous à 4 voix

Je ne menge point de porc

Vien tost

Las je m'y plains - pièce d'orgue


Priere apres le repas, Pere esternel


Ce n'est pas trop


Dessus le marché darras

Clement Janequin Ensemble, Dominique Visse

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Lebrun - Oboe Concertos Volume 1

Lebrun - Oboe Concertos Volume 1

Lebrun, L:

Oboe Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Oboe Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Oboe Concerto No. 4 in B flat minor

Bart Schneemann (oboe)

Radio Chamber Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend

“If relatively little interest has been shown in Lebrun before, perhaps that is because it is hard to imagine him ever having been performed as well as he is here. Playing a modern oboe, Bart Schneemann mixes creamy smoothness with nimble articulation, negotiating Lebrun’s high notes without damage to tone or poise, and breathing an exquisite lyricism in the slow movements. Such is his finely detailed musicianship that he can even rescue those weaker passages that might otherwise fall flat.” Gramophone

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Channel Canal Grande - CG06011



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