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Clarinet Classics

Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman – Clarinet Classics

HTGCD268 – 5060332660568

As a jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman had no peer. But his enthusiasm and virtuosity led him to interpret the most important works of the classical clarinet canon and to commission new works. This CD release gathers together some of his most notable achievements in the genre of classical music.

77 minutes

Track Listing

Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings K. 581
 

  1. Allegro  5.55
  2. Larghetto 5.31
  3. Menuetto 6.17
  4. Allegretto con variazioni 1-4; Adagio; Allegro 8.42
  5.  
    with the Budapest String Quartet – Joseph Roisman and Alexander Schneider (vlns), Boris Kroyt (vla), Mischa Schneider (vcl)

    (Rec. 25/4/38, New York, Victor 1885/7 and 14921 in set M 452; mats BS 022904-2, 022905-2, 022902-2, 022903-1, 022906-1, 022907-1, CS 022908-2, 022909-1)
     
    Bartok: Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano
     

  6. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance) 5.22
  7. Piheno (Relaxation) 4.28
  8. Sebes (Fast Dance) 6.49
  9.  
    with Bela Bartok (piano) and Joseph Szigeti (vln)

    (Rec. 13/5/40, Los Angeles, Col. 70362/3-D in set X 178; mats WXCO 26819-A, 26820-A, 26821-A, 26822-C)
     

  10. Debussy: First Rhapsody 7.17
  11.  
    with The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York and Sir John Barbirolli

    (Rec. 16/12/40, New York, Col. 11517-D, mats. XCO 29461/2, both Take 1)
     
    Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in E Flat for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2
     

  12. Allegro amabile 7.29
  13. Allegro appassionato 5.21
  14. Andante con moto (Theme and Variations)  6.24
  15.  
    with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

    (Rec. 26/12/45, New York, Col. 71813/5-D in set M 629; mats XCO 35536-1, 35537-1, 35538-2, 35539-2, 35540-1, 35541-1)
     

  16. Beethoven (arr. Bellison): Variations on a theme from Mozart’s Don Giovanni3.09
  17.  
    with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

    (from NBC Radio Broadcast, 2/9/46, New York)
     

  18. Weber: Rondo from Grand Duo Concertante in E Flat, Op. 48 (3rd Movt.) 3.39
  19.  
    with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

    (from NBC Radio Broadcast,15/7/46, New York)
     
    Total playing time:  77.15
     
    Transfers by David Lennick. Noise reduction by Graham Newton. Original 78s from the collections of David Lennick, David Burnham and Arthur Zimmerman.

     

The Art of Lionel Tertis

The Art of Lionel TertisHTGCD261 – 5060332660506

Lionel Tertis performed for his instrument the service that Casals did for his: that of raising it from the obscurity of orchestral rank-and-file to respected solo status. The present re-issue offers four of his most important recording including the Bax Sonata, written for Tertis, accompanied by the composer.

68 minutes

‘Tertis’s portamentos all feel right, the richness of his tone is extraordinary, and Cohen’s accompaniment is passionate and eloquent … Such is the quality of this performance [Delius’s Violin Sonata No. 2] that I would struggle to think of a recording of the original version that is more persuasive.’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, December 2014
Track Listing
  1. Bach: Chaconne (from Partita in D minor for solo Violin, BWV1004, transcribed for the viola by Tertis) 14.31

     

    (Recorded in London, 25 November 1924; AX-755/8, L-1644/5)

     

    Brahms: Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1

  2.  

  3. Allegro appassionato – Sostenuto ed espressivo. 7.38
  4. Andante un poco adagio. 5.17
  5. Allegretto grazioso. 4.22
  6. Vivace.4.57
    with Harriet Cohen, piano

     

    (Recorded in London, 17 February 1933; CAX-6704/9, LX-225/7)

     

    Delius: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (transcribed for the viola by Tertis)

  7.  

  8. Con moto – Lento – Molto vivace.  11.35
    with George Reeves, piano

     

    (Recorded in London, 7 October 1929; WAX-5193/5, L-2342/3)

     

    Bax: Sonata for Viola and Piano

  9.  

  10. Molto moderato – Allegro.  7.51
  11. Allegro energico, ma non troppo presto.  5.45
  12. Molto lento  6.35
    with Arnold Bax, piano
     

    (Recorded In London, 27 May 1929; WAX-4949/54, unpublished in 78 rpm form, first published on LP, Pearl GEMM-201)

 

Total time: 68’29’’

 

Records from the collections of Lillian Tertis, R.L. Edwards and Harry Danks. Transcriptions effected by Charles Levin.

The Emanuel Feuermann Edition

The Emanuel Feuermann EditionHTGCD401 – 5060332660438

The first Heritage release to re-issue material from the Pearl catalogue. This 4 CD set brings together the complete English Columbia recordings and rare, early German Parlophone recordings of Emanuel Feuermann. Feuermann is the cellist’s cellist par excellence, and many would claim him as the greatest of the century. He did not however, in his lifetime, make the headway he deserved, partly because he died at such an early age and partly because he was forever overshadowed by the colossal figure of Pablo Caslas. This edition includes extensive biographical and discographical notes – an illuminating package which provides an invaluable overview of one of the most talented string players ever to have graced the stage.

‘This is an essential CD for all admirers of Dickinson’s eclectic style of composition in particular, and for approachable, sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable ‘modern’ music, in general.’
– John France, MusicWeb International, April 2016

‘Highly recommended.’
– R. James Tobin, Classical Net, April 2016

‘All of Feuermann’s recordings are remarkable… indispensable’
– American Record Guide

Track Listing

CD1
The English Columbia Recordings Volume 1
Haydn Concerto in D Major (Cadenzas by Klengel)

  1. Allegro moderato 13.49
  2. Adagio 5.20
  3. Allegro 5.04
  4. Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Malcolm Orchestra (conductor)
    (Recorded 16/11/35. Mats CAX 7676-83; LX 8227-30)

  5. Beethoven Variations on a theme from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflote’, G. 158 8.25
  6. Theo van der Pas (piano)
    (Recorded 7/34. Mats CAX 7216/7; LX 331)
    Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 ‘Arpeggione’

  7. Allegro moderato 7.09
  8. Adagio – Allegretto 11.14
  9. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 29/6/37. Mats CAX 8009-13; LX 8382-4)

  10. Chopin Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2 4.17
  11. with piano accompaniment
    (Recorded 1937. Mats 55142; LX 8382)

  12. Chopin Valse in A Minor, Op. 34 No. 2 3.26
  13. Theo van der Pas (piano)
    (Recorded 1934. Mats CA 14597; LB 18)

  14. Sgambati: Serenata Napoletanata 3.13
  15. Theo van der Pas (piano)
    (Recorded 1934. Mats CA 14598; LB 18)

  16. Gluck Melodie from ‘Orphee’ 3.07
  17. Theo van der Pas (piano)
    (Recorded 1934. Mats CAX 7218; LX 8172)
     
    Total time: 65.04

 
CD2
The English Columbia Recordings Volume 2
Brahms Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op. 38

  1. Allegro ma non troppo 9.02
  2. Allegretto quasi Menuetto – Trio 4.29
  3. Allegro 5.53
  4. Theo van der Pas (piano)
    (Recorded 7/34. Mats CAX 7211-15; LX 8172-74)
    Beethoven Serenade in D Major, Op. 8 for Violin, Viola and Cello

  5. Marcia (Allegro) – Adagio – Menuetto – Trio and Coda – Adagio – Scherzo – Adagio – Allegretto alla Polacca – Theme: Variations 1,2,3,4 – Allegro – Andante quasi Allegretto – Marcia (Allegro) 24.43
  6. Szymon Goldberg (violin), Paul Hindemith (viola)
    (Recorded 1934. Mats CAX 7067-72; LX 354-6)
    Reger Suite for Unaccompanied Cello in G Major, Op. 131c/1

  7. Praeludium (Vivace) 4.04
  8. Adagio 7.26
  9. Fuge (Allegro) 3.24
  10. (Recorded 2/39. Mats CAX 8439-2; LX 817/8)

  11. Mendelssohn Spring Song, Op. 62 No. 6 2.22
  12. Wolfgang Rebner (piano)
    (Recorded 4/36. Mats M 201722; Japanese Col. S 63)

  13. Schumann Traumerei (Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 7) 2.59
  14. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 1930. Mats M 55143; DX 855)

  15. Bach/Gounod Ave Maria 3.30
  16. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 1930. Mats M 55144; DX 855)

  17. Drigo Serenade (Les Millions d’Arlequin) 3.13
  18. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 2/8/39. Mats CA 17338; DB 1866)

  19. Cui Orientale (Kaleidoscope, Op. 50 No. 9) 2.43
  20. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 2/8/39. Mats CA 17338; DB 1860)

  21. Rimsky-Korsakov Hindu Song (Sadko) 2.56
  22. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 2/8/39. Mats CA 17339; DB 1866)
     
    Total time: 76.46

 
CD 3
The English Columbia Recordings Volume 3

  1. Hindemith Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, Op. 25 No. 3 8.13
  2. (Recorded 1/34. Mats CAX 7076/7; USA Col. 69001-D)

  3. Hindemith Scherzo for Viola and Cello 3.20
  4. Paul Hindemith (viola)
    (Recorded 1/34. Mats CA 14295; DB 1789)
    Hindemith Second String Trio (1933)

  5. Massig, Schnell 7.41
  6. Lebhaft 6.30
  7. Langsam 8.29
  8. Szymon Goldberg (violin), Paul Hindemith (viola)
    (Recorded 1/34. Mats CAX 7061-6; LX 31133)
    Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

  9. Allegro man non tanto 9.10
  10. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 3.15
  11. Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace 7.02
  12. Myra Hess (piano)
    (Recorded 6/37. Mats CAX 8004-8; USA Col. 69081-3-D)

  13. Weber Andantino (Konzertstuck, Op. 79) 4.23
  14. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 12/36. Mats CAX 7905; LX 8336)

  15. Albeniz Tango, Op. 165 No. 2 2.15
  16. Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded 2/8/39. Mats CA 17340; DB 1860)

  17. Saint-Saens Le Cygne (Le Carnival des Animaux, No. 13) 2.17
  18. Michael Taube (piano)
    Gerald Moore (piano)
    (Recorded c. 1930. Mats 2-20756; Japan Col. W 243)
     
    Total time: 62.37

There is a pitch fluctuation on the original recording at the beginning of Track 10 which has unfortunately been impossible to rectify.
 
CD 4
The Young Feuermann: rare, early German Parlophone recordings
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104

  1. Allegro 11.58
  2. Adagio ma non troppo 10.22
  3. Allegro moderato 10.29
  4. Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Michael Taube (conductor)
    (Recorded 5/28 {Movements 1&2}, 10/29 {Movement 3}. Mats W2-207/48-53/LS-221582-4; Parl. E 10856-60)

  5. Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47  8.26
  6. Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Frieder Weissmann (conductor)
    (Recorded 1930. Mats. 2-21649/50; Fr. Parl. 59.101)
    Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Op. 101

  7. Adagio 3.27
  8. Rondo 3.21
  9. Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Frieder Weissmann (conductor)
    (Recorded 21/12/21. Mats. unknown; Parl. P 1298)

  10. Popper Serenade, op. 54 No. 2 3.31
  11. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 4/27. Mats. W2-20215; Ger. Parl. 9123)

  12. Saint-Saens Allegro appassionato, Op. 43 3.15
  13. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 4/27. Mats. W2-20218; Parl. E. 10594)

  14. Sarasate Zigeunerweisen Part I, Op. 20 No. 1 3.43
  15. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 4/27. Mats. W2-20217; Ger. Parl. P 9110)

  16. Granados Danse Espagnole, Op. 37 No. 5 3.34
  17. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 10/29. Mats. W2-20757; Parl. E 10838)

  18. Giordani Caro mio ben 3.25
  19. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 10/29. Mats. W2-20754; Ger. Parl. P 9270)

  20. Valensin Minuet 2.49
  21. Michael Taube (piano)
    (Recorded 4/27. Mats. W2-20220; Parl. E 10860)

  22. Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68
  23. with orchestra, Michael Taube (conductor)
    (Recorded c. 1924. Mats. Bn 2-8761/2; Parl. E 10505)
     
    Total time: 76.49

Baroque Oboe Concertos

Baroque Oboe ConcertosHTGCD400 – 5060332660353

Sarah Francis’s highly acclaimed performances of the complete solo oboe concertos of Albinoni, the complete oboe concertos and sonatas of Handel and the complete concertos of Telemann (including the glorious Triple Concerto for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore) appear in a beautifully presented slimline wallet box for the first time. Included is a lengthy essay by 18th century music authority Nicholas Anderson.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2013 – MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
‘In summary this is a gem of a set. The 4 discs contain some real gems, immaculately played and spaciously recorded. If you feel down in the dumps, give this a spin.’
– Music Web International 2013

CD 1 – THE COMPLETE SOLO OBOE CONCERTOS OF ALBINONI
‘I find it nearly impossible to believe that the Albinoni concertos could be given more musical readings than these.’
– The American Record Guide

CD 2 – THE COMPLETE OBOE CONCERTOS AND SONATAS OF HANDEL
‘She is a superb baroque oboist, at the same time directing the members of the London Harpsichord Ensemble with spirit and finesse. Miss Francis’s playing is memorable both for her appealing timbre and her sensitive, lyrical phrasing, where she varies her vibrato with the utmost subtlety. A collection which easily leads the field.’
– The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 4*

CDs 3&4 – The COMPLETE OBOE CONCERTOS OF TELEMANN AND THE TRIPLE CONCERTO FOR FLUTE, OBOE D’AMORE AND VIOLA D’AMORE
‘Sarah Francis plays here with intense ardour, while elsewhere her dance derived movements have fresh springy rhythms. Equally enticing is the triple concerto for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore.’
– BBC Music Magazine

Track Listing

CD 1

Albinoni Concertos for Solo Oboe

 
Op. 7, No. 6 in D
1. Allegro 2.59
2. Adagio 2.16
3. Allegro 2.20
 
Op. 7, No. 3 in B flat
4. Allegro 3.07
5. Adagio 2.38
6. Allegro 2.15
 
Op. 9, No. 5 in C
7. Allegro 3.53
8. Adagio 2.02
9. Allegro 3.18
 
Op. 9, No. 8 in G minor
10. Allegro 4.06
11. Adagio 2.10
12. Allegro 3.59
 
Op. 7, No. 12 in C
13. Allegro 3.17
14. Adagio 1.56
15. Allegro 2.14
 
Op. 7, No. 9 in F
16. Allegro 2.43
17. Adagio 0.58
18. Allegro 2.35
 
Op. 9, No. 2 in D minor
19. Allegro e non presto 4.12
20. Adagio 5.04
21. Allegro 3.00
 
Op. 9, No. 11 in B flat
22. Allegro 4.23
23. Adagio 3.16
24. Allegro 3.23
 
Total time: 73.30
 
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Sarah Francis: Oboe
Violins: Peter Stevens (leader), Penelope Howard, Peter Pople, Christine Read, Bridget Wallace, Madeleine Whitelaw
Violas: Marjorie Lempfert, Elizabeth Watson
Cello: Bernard Richards
Bass: Keith Hertley
Harpsichord: Christopher Kite

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recorded in St. Giles, Cripplegate in December 1988

 
CD 2

Handel Oboe Concertos and Sonatas
Concerto No. 1 in B flat major (HWV 301)

 
1. Adagio 1.35
2. Allegro 1.47
3. Siciliano – Largo 2.13
4. Vivace 1.32
 
Sonata in F major (HWV 363a)
5. Adagio 1.39
6. Allegro 2.09
7. Adagio 2.01
8. Bouree Angloise 0.59
9. Menuetto 1.12
 
Sonata in G minor (Op. 1/6; HWV 364a)
10. Larghetto 1.55
11. Allegro 1.47
12. Adagio 0.41
13. Allegro 2.02
 
Concerto No. 2 in B flat major (HWV 302a)
14. Vivace 2.10
15. Fuga – Allegro 2.13
16. Andante 2.16
17. Allegro 1.54
 
Sonata in G minor (HWV 404)
18. Andante 2.12
19. Allegro 1.56
20. Adagio 1.06
21. Allegro 2.46
 
Sonata in B flat Major (HWV 357)
22. Allegro 3.03
23. Grave 1.27
24. Allegro 2.38
 
Sonata in C minor (Op.1/8, HWV 366)
25. Largo 1.52
26. Allegro 1.46
27. Adagio 1.47
28. Allegro 0.54
 
Concerto No. 3 in G minor (HWV 287)
29. Grave 2.55
30. Allegro 1.52
31. Sarabande – Largo 2.36
32. Allegro 2.05
 
Total time: 62.25
 
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Sarah Francis: Oboe
Violins: Peter Stevens (leader), Bridget Wallace
Cello: Bernard Richards
Harpsichord: Jane Dodd
Additional players: tracks 1-4, 14-17, 29-32
Violins: Joan Atherton, Madeleine Whitelaw, Christine Read, Penelope Howard
Violas: Elizabeth Watson, Graeme Scott
Bass: Keith Hartley

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recorded in St. Michael’s Church Highgate in February 1994

 
CD 3

Georg Philip Telemann Oboe Concertos Vol. 1
Concerto in E flat

 
1. Allegro 4.37
2. Largo 3.15
3. Allegro 3.50
 
Concerto in C minor
4. Adagio 2.05
5. Allegro 1.32
6. Adagio 2.15
7. Allegro 2.09
 
Concerto in G for oboe d’amore
8. Soave 3.05
9. Allegro 5.03
10. Adagio 2.10
11. Vivace 6.06
 
Concerto in E minor
12. Andante 3.07
13. Allegro molto 2.50
14. Largo 4.24
15. Allegro 2.42
 
‘Concerto gratioso’ in D
16. Gratioso 2.38
17. Vivace 2.53
18. Adagio 2.29
19. Scherzando 2.13
 
Concerto in F minor
20. Allegro 3.36
21. Largo e piano 2.29
22. Vivace 2.22
 
Total time: 67:49
 
Sarah Francis: Oboe, oboe d’amore
London Harpsichord Ensemble

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recording at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel in January 1992

 
CD 4

Georg Philip Telemann Oboe Concertos Vol. 2
Concerto in D minor

 
1. Adagio 2.27
2. Allegro 3.18
3. Adagio 0.49
4. Allegro 2.15
 
Concerto in F minor
5. Allegro 3.01
6. Recitative 1.22
7. Vivace 2.43
 
Concerto in A major for oboe d’amore
8. Siciliano 3.04
9. Allegro 3.14
10. Largo 4.07
11. Vivace 5.21
 
Concerto in C minor
12. Grave 1.40
13. Allegro 2.35
14. Adagio 1.59
15. Allegro 3.17
 
Concerto in E minor for oboe d’amore
16. Allegro 3.22
17. Adagio 1.27
18. Vivace 2.37
 
Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore
19. Andante 4.03
20. Allegro 6.04
21. Siciliano 3.16
22. Vivace 4.39
 
Total time: 66:37
 
Sarah Francis: oboe and oboe d’amore
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Graham Mayger: flute (tracks 19-22)
Elizabeth Watson: viola d’amore (tracks 19-22)

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recorded in St. Michael’s Church Highgate in January 1993

Blue Clavichord

Blue ClavichordHTGCD259 – 5060332660407

A very unusual disc of 20th Century music for clavichord, harpsichord and recorder. The Verdher Trio, Jane Chapman, John Turner and Peter Dickinson play chamber music for varying ensembles by Duke Ellington, Alan Ridout, Alun Hoddinott, Jeremy Dale Roberts and Peter Dickinson.

78 minutes

‘This CD is a modern take on an instrument from an earlier era and can be enjoyed for its sheer wealth of experimental sonorities undreamt of by composers from that far off time.’
– British Music Society Journal, July 2015

‘intriguing and delightful… subtle and entertaining, the enjoyment enhanced by Dickinson’s detailed booklet notes’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, November 2014

‘With relatively little twentieth-century music for clavichord available on CD, this disc provides welcome and fascinating listening.’
– The British Clavichord Society Newsletter, June 2014
 
‘A disc packed with unusual delights, well worth hearing.’
– Gramophone January 2014
 
‘This is quirky album: I do not believe that the performers and producers of this CD would deny that fact. When it landed on my doorstep, I wondered just what to make of it. If I am honest, I was tempted not to review it – I wondered what on earth I could say about it. However, I was wrong, wrong, wrong! This is a captivating exploration of some interesting musical byways typically arranged or devised for clavichord, but also featuring harpsichord, piano, recorder, violin and clarinet. I have come to realise that the clavichord can be just as effective in the performance of ‘contemporary’ music as it is of Bach… The presentation of all these works is convincing and committed. The liner notes by Peter Dickinson are ideal and the sound quality is excellent.’
– Music Web International 2013
 
‘The intimacy of the clavichord is ideally suited to the CD, but very few 20th Century pieces have been recorded, which makes these performances of unusual repertoire particularly welcome and frequently entertaining.’
– Christopher Hogwood

Track Listing

PETER DICKINSON

Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners for clavichord (1983)

1. Blues – 1.36

2. Jig – 1.50

3. March – 1.27

4. Dirge – 3.14

5. Waltz – 3.14

6. Blues – 1.21

 
ALAN RIDOUT

Suite for clavichord (1960)

7. I – 3.19

8. II – 1.15

9. III – 1.28

10. IV – 1.01

11. V – 2.37

 
PETER DICKINSON

Variations on a French Folk Song for harpsichord (1957)

12. Theme – 0.28

13. Fairly broad – 0.40

14. Lightly – 0.28

15. Lively – 0.28

16. Rhythmic but not fast – 0.44

17. Slow and quiet – 2.07

18. Gentle and tranquil – 0.41

19. Waltz – 0.51

20. Very fast, rhythmic – 1.44

 
JEREMY DALE ROBERTS

21. Hymn for recorder and piano (1958/2012) – 1.52

 
PETER DICKINSON

Pastorale, Blues and Homage for recorder and piano

22. A James Joyce Pastorale (1955/2012) – 1.41

23. A Robert Burns Blues (1967/2012) – 3.32

24. Homage to Poulenc (1963/2008) – 2.46

 
PETER DICKINSON

25. Bach in Blue for violin, clarinet and piano (2004/2010) – 6.05

 
PETER DICKINSON

Five Diversions for clavichord (1963)

26. Prelude – 1.23

27. Aria – 2.54

28. Ragtime – 1.38

29. Sarabande – 2.00

30. Finale – 1.42

 
ALUN HODDINOTT

Sonatina, Op. 18, for clavichord (1959-63)

31. Prelude – 3.38

32. Scherzo – 1.55

33. Elegy – 2.11

34. Finale – 2.28

 
DUKE ELLINGTON

Five Songs arranged Dickinson for clavichord

35. In a sentimental mood (1935) – 2.27

36. Don’t get around much anymore (1942) – 2.06

37. Prelude to a kiss (1938) – 2.49

38. Sophisticated Lady (1932) – 2.42

39. It don’t mean a thing (1932) – 1.41

Vivaldi Chamber Concertos

London Harpsichord Ensemble

Vivaldi Chamber ConcertosHTGCD251 – 5060332660315

Just twenty of Vivaldi’s 500 or so concertos are written as chamber concertos, scored for between three and six instruments without any accompaniment except continuo. Six are featured here in highly acclaimed recordings by the London Harpsichord Ensemble. The booklet features a four page essay by Vivaldi authority, Michael Talbot.

58 minutes

‘A highly engaging group of chamber concertos. The players persuasively work together as a team, creating a most attractive intimacy, and the truthful and well balanced recording adds to the listener’s pleasure.’
– Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
Track Listing

Concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and continuo

Concerto in F RV 99

  1. Allegro       3.49
  2. Largo          1.49
  3. Allegro       2.21

Concerto in G minor RV 107

  1. Allegro       2.27
  2. Largo          4.24
  3. Allegro       2.40

Concerto in C RV 88

  1. Allegro       3.22
  2. Largo cantabile  2.23
  3. Allegro molto     2.15

Concerto in D RV 94

  1. Allegro      3.52
  2. Largo         3.51
  3. Allegro      3.51

Concerto in G minor RV 106 (flute, violin, bassoon and continuo)

  1. Allegro        2.52
  2. Largo           4.03
  3. Allegro        2.25

Concerto in D RV 90 (Il gardellino)

  1. Allegro       4.25
  2. Largo          2.33
  3. Allegro       3.37

Total time:  58 minutes

The London Harpsichord Ensemble, Sarah Francis (director)

Graham Mayger (flute), Sarah Francis (oboe), Peter Stevens (violin), Robert Jordan (bassoon), Bernard Richards (cello), Christopher Kite (harpsichord)

Recording engineer: Nick Parker, Recording producer: Martin Compton

Recorded in St. Paul’s Church, Southgate in 1988

Italian and Spanish Guitar Music

Italian and Spanish Guitar Music

Julian Bream

Italian and Spanish Guitar MusicHTGCD242 – 5060332660001

Legendary instrumentalist, Julian Bream, performs the guitar music of Italy and Spain. Composers include Frecobaldi, Scarlatti, Cimarosa, Rodgrigo, Albeniz and Sor.

78 minutes

Track Listing
  1. Frescobaldi – Aria detta la Frescobalda (con variazioni)
  2. Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in C minor K.11 (played in E minor, arr. Bream)
  3. Domenico Scarlatti  – Sonata in B minor K. 87 (played in E minor, arr. Bream)
  4. Cimarosa – Sonata in C sharp minor (arr. Bream)
  5. Cimarosa  – Sonata in A major (arr. Bream)
  6. Rodrigo – En los trigales
  7. Albeniz – Sonata in D major
  8. Sor – Minuetto from Sonata in C major Op. 22
  9. Sor – Andante Largo from 6 Little Pieces Op. 5
  10. Sor – Etude No. 20 in A minor op. 31
  11. Sor – Estudio No. 5 in B minor
  12. Sor – Estudio No. 12 in A major
  13. Sor – Largo from Fantasia Op. 7
  14. Sor – Rondo Allegretto from Sonata  in C major Op. 22
  15. Turina – Homenaje a Tarrega Op. 69: Garrotin
  16. Turina  – Homenaje a Tarrega Op. 69: Soleares
  17. Turina – Fandanguillo Op. 36
  18. Turina  – Rafaga
  19. De Falla – Homenaje ‘Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy’
  20. Torroba – Preludio in E major
  21. Torroba  – Sonatina in A major: Andante
  22. Torroba  – Sonatina in A major: Allegro
  23. Torroba  – Burgalesa in F sharp major
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A Tribute to Ralph Holmes

Ralph Holmes and Peter Dickinson

HTGCD228 – 5013993891697

Ralph Holmes was one of the leading violinists of his generation. This release aims to supplement the small Holmes repertoire on CD and catch him at the height of his powers. With the exception of the Bartók (which appears here courtesy of Decca), the performances were made for the BBC in the 1980s and are previously unpublished, displaying Holmes’ versatility as an artist.

Beethoven: Spring Sonata
Bartók: Sonata for solo violin
Bax: Sonata No. 3
Delius: Lullaby for a Modern Baby

69 minutes

‘Their performance is a zestful and dazzling rediscovery of a familiar masterpiece … enchantingly done.’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review – November 2014

‘Holmes and Dickinson interpret the Beethoven ‘Spring Sonata’ with zest and appeal, the luscious tones of the violin supported with lively and lucid piano textures… a highly individual and arresting interpretation’
– Arietta (The Journal of the Beethoven Society in Europe) Vol. 8, 2014
 
‘In Holmes and Dickinson’s hands Beethoven’s evergreen (most popular)Violin Sonata, No 5, ‘The Spring’, has an invigorating spontaneity with currents of burgeoning growth. It’s quite the equal of any recording from within the ranks of the elect: Elman, Erica Morini, Adolf Busch with Rudolf Serkin, Menuhin and Kempff or the monumentally vaunted Anne Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis.’
– Music and Vision August 2012
 
‘His firm tone and strongly shaped phrasing are impressively consistent and help to bring an almost epic quality to this powerful, uncompromising music.’
– Gramophone of Bartók
 
‘Three previously unreleased BBC recordings and a CD transfer remind us of an illustrious British violinist who died tragically young (1937-84). The account of Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, OP 24 in F, has a brilliant, soaring freshness (echoed by Dickinson’s playing), a forwardness of sound not matched by this version of Bartok’s solo Sonata, taken from an Argo LP, though the interpretative intensity here is powerful. Arnold Bax’s chromatically ardent two-movement Sonata No 3 is made sumptuous and vivid; and the encore, Delius’s tiny Lullaby for a Modern Baby, for piano, with an obbligato to be hummed or, as here, taken by muted violin, is sweet and captivating.’
– Sunday Times ‘This Week’ – ‘On Record’

Track Listing

Beethoven – Sonata for Piano and Violin, Opus 24, The Spring
 

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio molto espressivo
  3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  4. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
  5.  
    Bartok – Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)
     

  6. Tempo di ciaccona
  7.  Fuga
  8. Melodia
  9. Presto
  10.  
    Bax – Sonata No. 3 in G minor for Violin and Piano (1927)
     

  11. Moderato
  12. Allegro molto
  13.  

  14. Delius – Lullaby for a Modern Baby (1922-23)
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British Piano Trios

The Hartley Trio

HTGCD218 – 5013993884897

The Hartley Trio gives critically-acclaimed performances of three British piano trios, the Phantasie in A minor by John Ireland, the Phantasie in C minor by Frank Bridge and the Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano by Rebecca Clarke. Clarke’s outstanding Viola Sonata is also included, played by one of the UK’s finest violists, Philip Dukes.

75 minutes

‘An eloquent performance.’
Gramophone of Clarke Trio

 ‘The recording is first-rate … and the Hartley Trio’s performance is a thrilling example of convincing advocacy.’
Gramophone of Bridge

 ‘The recording is admirable’
Gramophone of Ireland

 ‘(An) imposingly big performance.’
Gramophone of Clarke Sonata

Track Listing

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano
 

  1. Moderato ma appassionato
  2. Andante molto semplice
  3. Allegro vigoroso
  4.  
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
     

  5. Phantasie in A minor
  6.  
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
     

  7. Phantasie in C minor
  8.  
    The Hartley Trio
     
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
    Viola Sonata
     

  9. Impetuoso
  10. Vivace
  11. Adagio

 
Philip Dukes and Sophia Rahman