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Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)

Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)

Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

UKCD 2021 – 053068202121

In 1975, Bernard Herrmann took to the studio to record the complete score he wrote for the Hitchcock film, Psycho. This particular recording is unique for being composer-conducted and in addition, features material which is omitted from the more commonly recorded Psycho Suite. Over the years, it has been one of the bestselling Unicorn titles.

Track Listing

Prelude;
The City;
Marion;
Marion And Sam;
Temptation;
Flight;
The Patrol Car;
The Car Lot;
The Package;
The Rainstorm;
Hotel Room;
The Window;
The Parlour;
The Madhouse;
The Peephole;
The Bathroom;
The Murder;
The Body;
The Office;
The Curtain;
The Water;
The Car;
The Swamp;
The Search;
The Shadow;
Phone Booth;
The Porch;
The Stairs;
The Knife;
The Search;
The First Floor;
Cabin 10;
Cabin 1;
The Hill;
The Bedroom;
The Toys;
The Cellar;
Discovery;
Finale

Peter Maxwell Davies: ‘Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot’ and ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’

Peter Maxwell Davies: ‘Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot’ and ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’

Peter Maxwell Davies: ‘Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot’ and ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’Mary Thomas, Julius Eastman, The Fires of London, Peter Maxwell Davies

DKPCD 9052 – 053068905220

In repertoire terms, this Unicorn record is an unrivalled release. Peter Maxwell Davies’ exploration of extreme mental states finds the Fires of London and Mary Thomas in fine form. A true testimony to the late composer’s art.

‘The Eight Songs are 18-years old now, and the Maggot is 13, but their shock-value has not yet worn off……. The performances are astonishingly accomplished (and the earlier of the two pieces is as much a pretext for astonishing performance as anything else)…. The Fires of London, in both their 1970 and 1984 line-ups, play with extraordinary pungency and precision, and both recordings have an alarming immediacy.’ Gramophone

Track Listing
  1. Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
  2. Eight Songs for a Mad King

66.54

Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns from Rig Veda (Groups 1-4); Two Eastern Pictures for women’s voices; Hymn to Dionysus

Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns from Rig Veda (Groups 1-4); Two Eastern Pictures for women’s voices; Hymn to Dionysus

Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns from Rig Veda (Groups 1-4); Two Eastern Pictures for women’s voices; Hymn to DionysusRPO, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, Sir David WiIllcocks

DKPCD 9046 – 053068904629

Rarities abound in this re-release of Holst’s choral music, expertly conducted by the late Sir David Willcocks.

‘The opportunity to hear again Sir David Willcocks directing these fine performances of works that reveal Holst’s gift for finding distinctive choral textures makes this a disc that collectors will want to snap up. The recording from the expert team of Christopher Palmer and Bob Auger is excellent.’ Bruce Reader – The Classical Reviewer, August 2016

‘the warmth and thrust of the music are beautifully caught…. The Hymn to Dionysus… a rarity…, makes a welcome and substantial fill-up…. Beautifully clean and atmospheric recording.’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

Track Listing

1. Hymn to Dionysus
2-5. Choral Hymns from Rig Veda (Groups 1-4)
6. Two Eastern Pictures for women’s voices

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of Scotland

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of Scotland

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of ScotlandScottish Chamber Orchestra, The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor and pianist)

DKPCD 9070 – 053068907026

Peter Maxwell Davies’ own recordings of his most popular works. A perennial bestseller.

‘Davies is a master story-teller in this vividly detailed tone painting…’ Gramophone (An Orkney Wedding)
Track Listing

1. An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
George McIlwham, Highland Bagpipes
2. Kinloche, his Fantassie
3–9. Seven Songs Home
The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School
10. Yesnaby Ground
Peter Maxwell Davies, solo piano
11. Dances from ‘The Two Fiddlers’
12. Jimmack the Postie
13. Farewell to Stromness
Peter Maxwell Davies, solo piano
14. Lullabye for Lucy
The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School
15–21. Renaissance Scottish Dances

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3London Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

UKCD 2006/7 – 5016908200621

2 CDs

The celebrated 1970 recording of Mahler’s third symphony with the LSO and Jascha Horenstein.

‘Horenstein is the most intensely committed… the result has the sort of frisson-creating quality one knew from Horenstein’s live performances and the recoding quality is both full and brilliant.’ Penguin Guide

RECORDING OF THE MONTH, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
‘Tony Duggan expressed the view that ‘This remains one of the greatest recordings of any Mahler symphony ever set down and I think it always will.’ I agree wholeheartedly.’ John Quinn, MusicWeb International, 2016

Track Listing
CD1
 
PART I

  1. No. 1 Kräftig. Entschieden

PART II

  1. No.2 Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig

Duration: 42:47
 
CD2
 
PART II (Contd.)

  1. No.3 Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
  2. No.4 Sehr Langsam. Misterioso
  3. No.5 Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
  4. No.6 Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

Duration: 54:28