Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

August 2003

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More Songs my Father Taught Me

More Songs my Father Taught Me


Ball, Ernest:

Mother Machree

Barri:

The Old Brigade

Clay:

I'll sing thee songs of Araby

Coates, E:

I heard you singing

Star of God

The Green Hills o' Somerset

Elliott, A:

There's a long, long trail a-winding

Hardelot:

Because

Harrison, A:

In the Gloaming

Hatton:

Simon the Cellarer

Jacobs-Bond:

Just a-wearyin' for you

A Perfect Day

Molloy:

Love's Old Sweet Song

Murray, A:

Will you go with me?

Sanderson, W:

Friend o' mine

Time to go

Sheldon, G M:

A Cradle Song

Somerset:

Echo

A Song of Sleep

Squire:

Mountain Lovers

Sterndale Bennett:

The Songs of Today

Sullivan, A:

Orpheus with his Lute

trad.:

Water o' Tyne

Down by the Salley Gardens

(arr. Herbert Hughes)

The Star of the County Down

(arr. Herbert Hughes)

She moved through the fair

Wallace, W V:

Yes! let me like a soldier fall

Wood, Haydn:

Roses of Picardy

Woodforde-Finden:

Kashmiri Song


Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

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Sculthorpe: Irkanda I for solo violin, etc.

Sculthorpe:

Irkanda I for solo violin

Irkanda IV for solo violin, strings & percussion

Lament (1991) for cello & strings

Second Sonata for Strings

Cello Dreaming

Djilile, for string orchestra


“The Australian Chamber Orchestra has consistently championed the music of its countryman Peter Sculthorpe. Cello Dreaming, premiered by Steven Isserlis and the BBC Philharmonic during the 1998 Manchester Cello Festival, is inspired by the sights, sounds and diverse cultural mix of Australia's northern coastline. It's a beguiling evocation, boasting nature music of imagination and local colour; Emma-Jane Murphy is an impressive soloist. The Aboriginal melody known as 'Djilile' was first used by Sculthorpe as far back as 1950 in his Fourth String Quartet. This transcription for strings is one in a series of reworkings of a tune that has haunted the composer for over 50 years. No less appealing is the substantial Second String Sonata (1988), an arrangement of the Ninth Quartet of 1975.
Shrewd programming frames the threnodic Irkanda IV for solo violin, strings and percussion (Sculthorpe's first real breakthrough from 1961, named after the Aboriginal word for a remote and lonely place) between Irkanda I for solo violin from 1955 (a beautifully proportioned essay which provides the first glimpse of the mature composer in its rapt identification with Australia's landscape and wildlife) and the moving 1976 Lament for strings. It isn't hard to detect a kinship, so naturally does each piece emerge from its predecessor.
Three tracks here (Irkanda IV, Lament and the Second Sonata) overlap with a rival ABC Classics release featuring these same artists. There's little to choose between the two in terms of performance (those earlier accounts are a degree more restrained), but Chandos's sound has the edge, possessing breathtaking definition and range. A very fine issue.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Piano Recital: Antti Siirala

Piano Recital: Antti Siirala


Godowsky:

Passacaglia

based on the first eight bars of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

Schubert:

Der stürmische Morgen (No. 18 from Winterreise)

transcribed by Liszt

Waltzes

transcribed by Prokofiev

Morgengruss (No. 8 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

transcribed by Godowsky

Erlkönig, D328

transcribed by Liszt

Overture D 556 in D major

transcribed by Busoni

Gute Nacht (No. 1 from Winterreise, D911)

transcribed by Godowsky

Der Lindenbaum (No. 5 from Winterreise, D911)

transcribed by Liszt

Im Dorfe (No. 17 from Winterreise, D911)

transcribed by Liszt


“This young Finnish prize-winning pianist makes his recorded début with a challenging and enterprising a programme of Schubert transcriptions by Liszt, Godowsky, Prokofiev and Busoni.
Schubert takes less kindly to arrangement than most; his profound simplicity is easily compromised. True Schubertians might well have winced at what Godowsky does to 'Morgengruss' from Die schöne Müllerin, where innocence is turned into experience and a tropical efflorescence. Yet if to some this is sacriligeous, others, will celebrate an act of engaging decadence. Liszt, for all his theatricality, is much more an ardent devotee than mischief-maker, often memorably true to both his own and Schubert's sharply opposed natures, whereas Prokofiev and Busoni's offerings are disappointingly more deferential than genuinely re-creative.
Siirala's performances are masterly and warmly sympathetic throughout, and never more so than in Godowsky's horrendously demanding Passacaglia on Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
Even Horowitz balked before this challenge, complaining that you needed six hands to encompass such fearsome difficulties.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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