NEW ARRIVALS

 

1. Arnold, Malcolm. Four Cornish Dances, Op. 91 (c1968). Four Scottish Dances, Op. 59 (c1957). Eight English Dances (c1950-51). London Philharmonic. Malcolm Arnold, conductor. Lyrita SRCS 109 (c1979). Codes: SRCS 109 A1- NR && 3 MPT V JH NIMBUS ENGLAND / SCRS 109- B1 NR && 3 MPT V JH B NIMBUS ENGLAND. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $150.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4f)(4g)(5b). Pierre Monteux has said of composers conducting their own works, "The composer can do what he wants with his work but I have to play what is written." Whatever composer-conductor Malcolm Arnold has done, the result is gay, buoyant, and lighthearted. This is a happy record. *****

2. Bach, J. S. Cantata No. 55 Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht." Cantata No. 189 "Meine Seele rühmt und preist." Ernst Haefleger, tenor. Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra. Karl Richter, conductor. Motet BWV 228 "Fürchte dich nicht." Motet BWV 229 "Komm, Jesu, komm." Motet BWV 230 "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden." Leipzig Thomanerchor. Kurt Thomas, director. Archiv 198401 (c1960). 2nd Label (c1967). Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Album 95. $10.00. ***

3. Bach, J. S. Cantata No. 208 "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd." Irmgard Jacobeit and Erna Spoorenberg, sopranos. Tom Brand, tenor. Jacques Villisech, bass. Amsterdam Chamber Choir. André Rieu, director. Hamburg Monteverdi Choir. Jürgen Jürgens, director. Instrumental Soloists. Telefunken SAWT 9427 (c1967). 2nd Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/95. Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 96. $45.00. When, in the second movement, Diana sings "Jagen ist die Lust der Götten," I am ready to mount-up, ride, find, and shoot furry little animals. No other performance so inspires me. ****

4. Bach, J. S. Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin No. 1 in g, BWV 1001. Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin No. 2 in a, BWV 1003. Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin No. 3 in C, BWV 1005. Partita for Unaccompanied Violin No. 1 in b, BWV 1002. Partita for Unaccompanied Violin No. 2 in d, BWV 1004. Partita for Unaccompanied Violin No. 3 in E, BWV 1006. Nathan Milstein, violin. Deutsche Grammophon 2709 047 (c1975). 1st Labels. New Sealed Set. Box Grade 100. The set is legendary. 3 records. $600.00. ***** Ex Richard Adelman.

5. Barber, Samuel. A Hand of Bridge; Chamber Opera, Op. 35. Patricia Neway, soprano. Eunice Alberts, contralto. William Lewis, tenor. Philip Maero, bass. Music for a Scene from Shelley, Op. 7. Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15. Robert DeCormier Chorale. Symphony of the Air. Vladimir Golschmann, conductor. Vanguard VSD-2083 (c1960). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Album Grade 98. $250.00. ***** Ex Sandy Schneider.

6. Bizet, Georges. Jeux d'Enfants (c1871). Ravel, Maurice. Ma Mère l'Oye (c1908 rev. c1910). Stravinsky, Igor. L'Oiseau de Feu (c1919). Philharmonia. Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor. Angel S 35462 (c1958). 1st American Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Mercure Ed. Paris Insert 95. Deluxe Edition Cover 95. $35.00. ***

 

 

 

7. Boulez, Pierre. Eclat-Multiples (c1964­65). BBC Symphony. Rituel (c1974). Ensemble InterContemporain. Pierre Boulez, conductor. Didier Arditi and Robert Auger, recording engineers. Roy Emerson, Georges Kadar and Paul Myers, record producers. CBS Masterworks M 37850 (c1983). Codes: MAL 37850 G1B A1 / MBL37850-1F A7. 1st Label. Disq Playng Grade 95/96. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 96. Insert 98. Cover 98. $100.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(5k). It is said that Boulez' works are never finished-that they are in a state of perpetual composition or recomposition. An exception is Rituel, a memorial to Boulez' friend Bruno Maderna. Eclat-Multiples, a piece for tuned percussion, however, was incomplete at the time of this recording. I confess I cannot tell, for here the work provides a basis for an exciting production of lacy texture and delicately exploding sound. Rituel, an equally delicate work, is more melodic. This is a restrained yet exciting record. ****

8. 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. $650.00. (1a)(2a)(4a)(4e)(4i)(4j)(4k). The exceptionally clear recording allows us to hear this wonderful 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. *****

9. Buxtehude, Dietrich. Sonata for Violin, Viole de gamba and Continuo in B Flat, Op. 1 No. 4. Sonata for Violin, Viole de gamba and Continuo in 2, Op. 1 No. 3. Sonata for Violin, Viole de gamba and Continuo in g, Op. 2 No. 3. Sonata for Violin, Viole de gamba and Continuo in E, Op. 2 No. 6. The Boston Museum Trio. Harmonia mundi HM B 1089 (c1982). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 98/98. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $20.00. ****

 

 

 

 

10. Canteloube. Songs of the Auvergne. Rachmaninoff, Serge. Vocalise. Villa-Lobos, Hector. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Anna Moffo, soprano. American Symphony. Leopold Stokowski, conductor. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2795 (c1965). 2nd Label (8a). Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover 95. $15.00. ****

11. Carter, Elliott. Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras (c1959-61). Paul Jacobs, harpsichord. Contemporary Arts Chamber Ensemble. Arthur Weisberg, conductor. Duo for Violin and Piano (c1973-74). Paul Zukofsky, violin. Gilbert Kalish, piano. Elliott Carter, recording supervisor. Paul Goodman, or Helmut Kolbe and Robert Lattmann, recording engineers. Helmut Kolbe and Joanna Nickrenz, recording directors. Nonesuch 71314 (c1975). Codes: H-71314-A / H-73114-B. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 95/95. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 98. $100.00. Recorded at Phonag Studios, Lindau/Zurich and RCA Studios, New York City. I have always been captivated by this piece. Especially by its successful use of two so totally different solo instruments, and by their accompaniment by other very different kinds of instruments. I've also been fascinated by work's grouping and placement of forces. Its wide and deep performance stage is a severe test of a successful stereo recording. Elliott Carter writes, "The sections of the Concerto are symmetrically arranged. The brilliant Allegro scherzando and the Presto each features one of the two solo instruments, the piano in the former, the harpsichord in the latter; in each movement the featured instrument and its orchestra are frequently interrupted by the other instrument and its orchestra playing at a dynamic level opposite to that of the main group. In the central Adagio, the 'choreography' changes; the entire wind section, in center stage (although still divided into groups), plays slow music, while in the backround the two soloists, strings, and four percussionists surround the winds with accelerating and decelerating patterns that alternately move clockwise and counter-clockwise. The introduction and Coda also form a fundamentally symmetrical pair. The introduction 'breaks the silence'. . . The Coda begins with a crash and then, like a large gong . . . subsides to quiet close." *****

12. Dvorák, Antonin. String Quartet in A Major, Op. 2 (c1887). String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American" (c1893). String Quartet in A Flat Major, Op. 105 (c1895). String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106 (c1895). Kohon Quartet. Ward Botsford, record producer. Dr. Rudy van Gelder, recording engineer. Vox SVBX 550 (c1966). Codes: VS-375A RVG / VS-375-B RVG, VS-375-C RVG / VS-375-D RVG, and VS375-E RVG / VS-375-F RVG. 1st Labels. New Disqs Playing Grade 92/93, 93/93 and 93/93. New Disqs Visual Grade 95/95, 95/94 and 95/94. Inner Sleeves 95, 95 and 95. Insert 96. Box 96. 3 records. $300.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c)(4d)(4i)(4l)(5e)(5f)(5g). One of Rudy van Gelder's few classical endeavors, these recordings present each of the quartet instruments with great clarity but the listener's room provides their setting. The Kohon Quartet had been together for nine years at the time of these recordings. Their energy is vigorous and their Dvorák is straightforward. The Kohon Quartet was quartet-in-residence at Columbia University and New York University. **** Ex Ronald Penndorf.

13. Frescobaldi-Ghedini. Quattro Pezzi. Petrassi, Goffredo. Concerto for Orchestra No. 1. Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. Fernando Previtali, conductor. London ffss CS 6112 (c1960). 1st U.S. Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover Grade 96. $350.00. ***** Ex Sandy Schneider.

14. Hadjidakis, Manos. Never on Sunday Suite (c1960). Orchestra. United Artist UAS 5070 (c1960). Codes: UAS-5070A A-3884 / 5070B U9S-1514 A3884 OSS 052461. 2nd Label (c1970). New Unplayed Disq. Inner Sleeve Graded 95. Cover 98. $150.00. (1a). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music observes of Manos Hadjidakis "He was entirely self-taught in music; his leanings toward folk and popular idioms found early expression in his reworkings of the urban folk idiom rebético. . . . His music incorporates elements as disparate as Greek folk music and Baroque styles. He won an Oscar in 1960 for the title song to Never on Sunday." This music, arranged from the movie soundtrack for record by Jack Lewis, is an effective suite-it is also an uplifting look at life and things Greek. The anonymous writer of this record's liner notes finds that the "score is a miracle of delight." *****

15. Handel Georg Frederick. Concerto Grosso in D, Op.6 No 5. Concerto Grosso in d, Op 6 No.10. Concerto Grosso in b, Op. 6 No. 12. Berlin Philharmonic. Herbert von Karajan, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft 139012 (c1969). New Sealed Disq. Cover Grade 98. $45.00. ***

16. Handel, Georg Frederick. Music for the Royal Fireworks. Holst, Gustav. Suite No. 1 in E Flat. Suite No. 2 in F. Bach, J. S. Fantasia in G. Cleveland Symphonic Winds. Frederick Fennell, conductor. Telarc S 5038 (c1978). 1st Audiophile Edition Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Album 98. $25.00. ****

17. Handel, Georg Frederick. Sonata for Oboe and Continuo, Op. 1, No. 6 in G Minor. Telemann, Georg Phillip. Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in C Minor. Harold Gomberg, oboe. Morris Newman, bassoon. Nathan Stutch, 'cello. Igor Kipnis, harpsichord. Telemann, Georg Phillip. Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Continuo in D Minor. Vivaldi, Antonio. Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Continuo, P. 306. Columbia Chamber Orchestra. Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Paul Meyers, record producer. Columbia Masterworks MS 6832 (c1965). Codes: XXSM111734-1E A11 T / XXSM111735-1D B1 o. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 96. $85.00. Harold Gomberg is an oboist of warmth, sensitivity and, almost incidentally, enormous technique. In all these works his playing is subtle, yet colorful, and his technique, never obvious, lets him concentrate on the music. His phrasing, for instance is always musical, and is almost never dictated by breathing requirements. This is particularly important in the Handel which was not necessarily written for a wind instrument. It contains long phrases not easily played on the oboe. Yet Gomberg performs the piece beautifully and with grace. The sonatas are especially well recorded with a realistic perspective, and the instruments in good scale. Gomberg is found on the left and the continuo on the right in the performance of both of the sonatas. The use of a bassoon in the continuo of the Telemann sonata is refreshing, the bassoon blending harmoniously with the oboe. In the two concertos Gomberg is easily heard. The oboe is an instrument that can dominate a work by its pitch and timbre, and it does so realistically here. ****

18. Haydn, Franz Joseph. Symphony No. 22 in E Flat Major "The Philosopher" (c1764). Symphony No. 55 in E Flat Major "The Schoolmaster" (c1774). St. Martin-in-the-Fields Academy. Neville Marriner, conductor. Philips 9500 198 (c1976). Codes: AA 9500 198 1Y1 670 03 11 / AA 9500 198 2Y 670 03 111. 1st Sample Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $100.00. (4c)(4e)(4g)(4i)(5i)(5j). Thomas Z. Shepard, the record producer for Columbia Masterworks and RCA's Red Seal Division has said "I love records because they provide the least cluttered communications between the composer and me . . ." This recording is a fine example of that, though here, Neville Marriner, the student of Pierre Monteux, is an important part of the "communications." ****

19. Hindemith, Paul. Concerto for Organ and Chamber Orchestra No. 2, Op. 46. Columbia Chamber Orchestra. Richard Burgin, conductor. Rheinberger, Joseph. Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 127. E. Power Biggs, organ. Columbia Masterworks ML 5199 (c1957). Codes: XXLP12520-3AA / XXLP41500-2D. 1st Demonstration Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 98. $250.00. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4e). Rheinberger, (5l). Hindemith, (4j)(4k)(5i)(5j)(5l). Graced with one of the more stunning covers found on a classical album, this record offers two very different kinds of music. Where the Rheinberger has the stormy chromaticism of a '30s horror picture soundtrack, the Hindemith is almost a playful work, with the organ often dancing above a bright chamber orchestra. *****

20. Hindemith, Paul. Symphony in E Flat (c1940). London Philharmonic. Adrian Boult, conductor. Everest SDBR 3008 (c1958). Reissue Label. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 96. $35.00. *****

21. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Adagio and Fugue in c, K. 546. Serenade in G, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik." Mozart, Leopold. Cassatio in G "Toy Symphony." Pachelbel, Johann. Canon and Fugue. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Neville Marriner, conductor. Philips DIGITAL R115530 ( c1987). 1st American Club Label. New Sealed Disq. Cover Grade 100. $20.00. ***

 

 

 

 

22. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E Flat Major, K. 365. Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra in F Major, K. 242. Pierre Sancan, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Catherine Silie, pianos. Lamoureux Orchestra. Dmitri Chorofas, conductor. Nonesuch H-71028 (c1964). Codes: H7-1028A 1 / H7-1028B1. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 96/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $350.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4e)(4i)(5c). When this record was released in the mid-sixties, I remember being captivated by its rolling piano sounds and its vigor -- I still am. (This is a very exciting record.) *****(*)

23. Orff, Carl. Trionfo di Afrodite (c1950­51). Renate Drahmer, Isabella Nawe and Regina Werner, sopranos. Eberhard Büchner and Horst Hiestermann, tenors. Karl-Heinz Stryczek, baritone. Reiner Süss, bass. Leipzig Radio Chorus. Horst Neumann, director. Berlin Radio Chorus. Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, director. Leipzig Radio Symphony. Herbert Kegel, conductor. Philips 9500 150 (c1976). Codes: AA 9500 150 1Y1 670 112 03 / AA 9500 150 2Y1 113 03. 1st Label. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 96. Insert 98. Cover 98. $150.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4q)(5m). The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music offers: "Orff's works seek to make contact with primitive kinds of musical behavior, as represented by ostinato, pulsation and direct vocal expression of emotion. [He produces] music of powerful pagan sensual appeal and physical excitement." Trionfo di Afrodite, like all his major works, is meant to be performed as a pageant on stage. (On this record it is completely successful as a pageant for the ear.) *****(*)

 

 


24. Rachmaninoff, Sergei. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in d, Op. 30. Byron Janis, piano. London Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Wilma Cozart, record producer. Harold Lawrence, music director, C. R. Fine, recording engineer. 35mm Mercury Living Presence SR 90283 (c1961). Codes: SR-90283A RFR6A P17 / SR-90283B-RFR5r. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $350.00. Recorded in Watford Town Hall on June 16, 17, and 18, 1961. The record is legendary. *****

25. Rochberg, George. String Quartet No. 1 (c1952). Concord String Quartet. Duo Concertante (c1955). Mark Sokol, violin. Ricordanza, Soliloquy for 'Cello and Piano (c1972). Norman Fischer, 'cello. George Rochberg, piano. CRI SD 337 (c1975). Codes: CRI SD 337A BD DBH MP Z6 / CRI SD 337B DBH MP Z6. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Autographed Cover 98. $150.00. Autographed by Concord Quartet members Andrew Jennings, second violin, and Norman Fischer, 'cello. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4j)(4k). According to The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music, Rochberg "studied at the Mannes School (1939­42) and with Scalero and Menotti at the Curtis Institute (1945­7). In 1950 he went to Rome and met Dallapiccola, becoming strongly impressed by Schoenbergian serialsim, followed c 1957 by a turn towards Webern. . . . During the mid-1960s he began to work with quotations, drawing on music from Bach to the present, which seems to have led him to an overtly Romantic style in most of his music since the early 1970s." This recorded recital of Rochberg's music touches on these different styles. The Quartet and Duo Concertante play with 12-tone techniques and the romantic Ricordanza quotes from Beethoven. But what is particularly enjoyable about the record is the sound of Quartet No. 1, a work of rich, varied texture and different sounds. The sound of the Concord Quartet's instruments is also appealing, for their tone is smooth, full and distinct, as is the tone of the Duo Concertante's violin and 'cello. But what involves the listener in the latter work is its exciting left-to-right music dialogue. All in all, this is an exciting record. ***** Ex Ronald Penndorf.

26. Rosenman, Leonard. The Cobweb Suite (c1957). M-G-M Studio Orchestra. Johnny Green, conductor. Edge of the City Suite (c.1957). Leonard Rosenman, conductor. MGM E3501ST (c1957). Codes: E3501 S1 A / E3501 S2 C. 1st Label. Mono Only. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve Grade 98. Cover 98. Please write for the price of this unique record. (1a)(5b). Leonard Rosenman is a gifted composer of American art music: a music that includes these compositions for film. The Harvard Bibliographic Dictionary of Music observes that Rosenman, "studied composition with Schoenberg, Sessions, and Dallapiccola . . . [and among] his compositions are several important film scores." Rosenman's music is not of the German Romantic tradition that influenced much of Hollywood film music. The writer of the record's liner notes comments: "Rosenman's harmonies, style and texture belong to our times. Emphasis is upon structure, clear orchestral voicing and a unique use of [counterpoint] not usually employed in film scores." Of the works on this record he observes: "Without adhering to the obvious and traditional rules of underscoring, he has succeeded in enhancing picture values, while, at the same time, he has written in a manner [that creates] a unified and musically complete composition, a suite. . . ." Rosenman's best-known film score was written for the 1955 James Dean movie, Rebel Without a Cause. ***** Ex Ronald Penndorf.

27. Saint-Saëns, Camille. Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 (c1873). Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich. Rococo Variations for 'Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33 (c1876). Janos Starker, 'cello. London Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Harold Lawrence, record producer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90409 (c1964). Codes: SR-90409A -RFR-1 RR B / SR-90409B-RFR-1 RR A. 1st Vendor Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Promotional Cover 95. $450.00. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4p)(5g). (These two works are not the heaven-storming concertos Starker is best known for, such as the Dvorák B Minor and the Brahms Double. They demand a different kind of virtuosity made up of a blend of refinement of tone and delicacy of phrasing, which Starker delivers with supreme artistry. Dorati, who brought the 'cellist to the United States in 1946, provides a marvelously responsive accompaniment.) H.L. ****

28. Searle, Humphrey. Symphony No. 1, Op 23 (c1952-53). London Symphony Adrian Boult, conductor. Seiber, Matyas. Elegy for Viola and Small Orchestra (c1954). London Philharmonic Members. Matyas Seiber, conductor. Cantata "Three Fragments from 'A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.'" Peter Pears, speaker. Dorian Singers. Melos ensemble. Matyas Seiber, conductor. London ffss CS 6196 (c1960). Codes: ZAL-4826-3E 1 U ET / ZAL-4827-1E 1 C ET. 1st U. S. Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $250.00. The Searle symphony is an exciting and imaginative work that is brilliantly presented by the London Symphony, Adrian Boult and the Decca production staff. It is an extraordinary composition, in fact, based on a tone row from a work by Anton Webern. Alfred Frankenstein observes in a period High Fidelity "For many years it seemed that Vaughan Williams alone was capable of providing British music with symphonies of major proportions, but now Vaughan Williams has a successor." This symphony recording was an unexpected and pleasant discovery. These are the premier recordings of the all the works. **** Ex Sandy Schneider.

29. Sibelius, Jean. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47 (c1903, rev. c1905). Jascha Heifetz, violin. Chicago Symphony. Walter Hendl, conductor. Lewis Layton, recording engineer. John Pfeiffer, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2435 (c1960). Codes: K2RY-1842-1S A4 I / K2 RY1843-6S A1 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $750.00. Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago. (1a)(3a)(4a)(4e)(4g)(4i)(4p)(5e). This record is legendary and is my favorite performance and recording of this concerto. *****(*)

30. Soler, Antonio. Fandango. Harpsichord Sonata in B Minor. Harpsichord Sonata in D Minor. Anonymous. Minué. Xácara. Bassa, José. Minué. Cabanilles, Juan Bautista José. Batalla Imperial. Cabezon, Antonio de. Diferencias Sobre el Canto Llano del Cabellero. Diferencias Sobre la Gallarda Milanesa. Pavana con su Glosa. Olagúe, Bartolomeo de. Xácara. Torre, Francisco de la. Alta. Jonathan Woods, Rutkowski and Robinette harpsichord. Peter Borchard, recording engineer. Philip Greenspan, record producer. London ffrr CS7046 (c1976). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 98/98. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $45.00. (2a)(3a)(4a)(5h). The featured piece on this record is Juan Bautista José Cabanilles' Batalla Imperial. Though a skirmish compared to Beethoven's Wellington's Victory, it is still a worthy battle. ****

31. Strauss, Oscar. A Waltz Dream; highlights. Eva Kasper, Franzi. Else Liebesberg, Helene. Roland Neumann, Joachim XIII. Peter Minich, Niki. Elisabeth Sobota, Friederike. Hans Strohbauer, Montschi. Vienna Volksoper Orchestra and Chorus. Franz Bauer-Theussl, conductor. Canadian RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2407 (c1960). 1st Canadian Label. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover Grade 100/98. Please write for the price of this probably unique record. Of this release Jonathan Valin writes in his RCA book that it is "Viennese schmalz, well recorded [and ] . . . Light opera at its very best." *****

32. Strauss, Richard. Der Rosenkavalier. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano. Teresa Stich-Randall, soprano. Ljuba Welitsch, soprano. Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano. Kerstin Meyer, contralto. Nicolai Gedda, tenor. Gerhard Unger, tenor. Eberhard Wächter, baritone. Otto Edelmann, bass. Others. Philharmonia Chorus. Wilhelm Pitz, director. Philharmonia Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan, conductor. EMI SLS 810 (c1959). 3rd Labels. Disqs Playing Grade 93/93, 93/93, 93/93 and 93/93. Disqs Visual Grade 96/96, 96/96, 96/96 and 94/94. Booklet 98. Box 95. 4 records. $100.00. This is a legendary production. ****

33. Strauss, Richard. Don Quixote, Op 35 (c1897). Paul Tortieier, 'cello. Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28 (c1895). Berlin Philharmonic. Rudolf Kempe, conductor. Classics for Pleasure CFP 40372 (c1982). Reissue Label of EMI/HMV ASD 326 (c1960) and World Records ST 609. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $20.00. ****

34. Stravinsky, Igor. The Rite of Spring (c1911). Chicago Symphony. Georg Solti, conductor. London ffrr CS6885 (c1974). 2nd Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 95. $20.00. ****

35. Stravinsky, Igor. Song of the Nightingale (c1914). Fireworks (c1908). Four Etudes for Orchestra (c1929). Scherzo a la Russe (c1944). Tango (c1953). London Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Robert Eberenz, recording engineer. Harold Lawrence, record producer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90387 (c1965). Codes: SR-90387A-RFR-1 P17 / SR-90387B-RFR-1 RR. 1st Label. New Disq Grade 93/93. New Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 93. Cover 98. $400.00. Recorded in Watford Town Hall. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4e)(4f)(4p). Dorati is often at his best with program music, with music that tells a story, and the Song of the Nightingale is just such a piece. Dorati splendidly brings it to life. ***** For more about this recording read Some Stravinsky and Kurt Weill Records by Harold Lawrence.

 

 

 

36. Tippett, Michael. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major (c1935, rev. c1943). String Quartet No. 2 in F Sharp Major (c1942). String Quartet No. 3 (c1946). Lindsay String Quartet. John Dunkerley, recording engineer. L'Oiseau Lyre DSL010 (c1975). 1st Label. New Disq
Playing Grade 96/96. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 96. $75.00. (2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4j)(4l). Composed within a few years of each other, these are works of similar feeling. Characterized by jagged, sharp rhythms, meandering melody and harmonic dissonance, they are powerful, commanding pieces. The Lindsay String Quartet understands this. *****

37. Varèse, Edgard. Ecuatorial (c1934). Thomas Paul, bass. Intégrales (c1925). Octandre (c1923). Offrandes (c1921). Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano. Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Arthur Weisberg, conductor. Marc J. Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz, recording engineers. Nonesuch H-71269 (c1972). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 98/98.. Promotional Cover 94. $45.00. (2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4j)(4k)(4p)(5j)(5k)(5m). This is a recital of hot, raucous music. But one work's percussive texture is happily punctuated by the clean, cool voice of Jan DeGaetani. DeGaetani, Thomas Paul and the other musicians seem to be performing in your listening room. ****

38. Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Mass in C Minor for Double Choir (c1923). Bach, J. S. Cantata No. 4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden." Doralene McNelly, soprano. Alice Ann Yates, alto. Michael Carolan, tenor. Charles Scharbach, bass. Paul Salamunovich, cantor. Roger Wagner Chorale. Concert Arts Orchestra. Capitol SP 8535 (c1960). Codes: SP1-8535-N1#2 & / SP2-8535-D5X &. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 96. $350.00. (1a)(3b) Mass, (4a)(4d)(4e) (4q)(5m). With its simple left-to-right movement of sound, this Vaughan Williams mass is a typical early stereo recording. It is also a richly warm one that is in the service of its music. ****

39. Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Symphony No. 8 in D Minor (c1956). Bax, Arnold. The Garden of Fand (c1916). Butterworth, George. A Shropshire Lad (c1912). Hallé Orchestra. John Barbirolli, conductor. Mercury Living Presence SR90115 (c1959). Codes: SR 90115A FR1 A1 I PB 47 / SR 90115B-FR1 A1 I PB 47. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 96. Cover 95. Please write for the price of this disq. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4b)(4d)(4e)(4f)(4g)(4p). This is a concert of lovely English orchestral music. The illusion of live performing is particularly strong-this recording is not the least bit intrusive. A beautifully reproduced Karsh photo-portrait of Ralph Vaughan Williams graces the album's cover. This is a very rare record--one of which the Mercury staff is particularly proud. *****

40. Vivaldi, Antonio. 12 Concerti, Op. 4 "La Stravaganza." Monica Huggett, violin. Academy of Ancient Instruments. Christopher Hogwood, conductor. L'Oiseau-Lyre DIGITAL R 225016 (c1987). 1st Labels. New Unplayed Disqs Visual Grade 98/98 and 98/98. Box 96. 2 records. $30.00. **** Ex Sandy Schneider.

41. Weill, Kurt. Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (c1928). Milhaud, Darius. La Création du Monde (c1923). Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Arthur Weisberg, conductor. Marc J. Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz, recording engineers. Teresa Stern, record producer. Nonesuch 71281 (c1973). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover 96. $45.00. (1a)(2a) (3a)(4a). Weill, (4d)(4e)(4j)(4k)(5c)(5i)(5k). Milhaud, (4d)(4e)(4j)(4k)(4p)(5c)(5e)(5i)(5j)(5k). Written at about the same time, these pieces have a jazzy, honky-tonk flavor. The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble understands this yet treats the music respectfully. Of the two pieces, the Weill, perhaps, is the more seedy. The Nonesuch production staff turns your listening room into a cabaret as they make these musicians appear in front of you. (During equipment-testing, Harold Lawrence remarked on hearing the Kurt Weill, "That's a very good recording!" ) *****(*)

42. Zemlinsky, Alexander v. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15 (c1910­12). LaSalle Quartet. Rainer Brock, record producer. Klaus Scheibe, recording engineer. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft 2530 982 (c1978). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $75.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c)(4d)(4e)(4j)(4k)(4l). In this passionate, wildly romantic work, the members of the LaSalle Quartet play their hearts out. Rainer Brock and Klaus Scheibe capture this clearly. ****

43. Xenakis, Iannis. Eonta (c1963­64). Yuji Takahashi, piano. Instrumental Ensemble for Contemporary Music of Paris. Konstantin Simonovic, conductor. Metastasis (c1953­54). Pithoprakta (c1955­56). French National Radio Orchestra. Maurice Le Roux, conductor. Vanguard Cardinal VCS 10030 (c1967). Codes: VCS-10030A XSV124816-1A C1 / VCS-10030B XSV124817-1A P C3. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 96. Insert 98. Cover 98. $100.00 (2a)(3a)(4a)(4e). Whatever were its careful mathematical origins, this is glorious "bonka, bonka" music. The recordings render the music exactly-the performance stages bursting with sound. ****

 

44. An Evening with Julian Bream. Julian Bream, guitar. RCA Victor Red Seal CRL2-2212 (c1977). Reissue Labels. Disqs Playing Grade 93/93 and 93/93. Disqs Visual Grade 96/96 and 96/96. Album 98. 2 records. $30.00. ****

45. An Evening with Sigmund Romberg. Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra. Carmen Dragon, conductor. Dick Jones, record producer. Angel S 37309 (c1978). Reissue Label of Capitol SW 1804. New Disq Playing Grade 93/96. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Promotional Cover 98. $50.00. Above all, this record is a collection of beautiful songs. Beautiful too, is Carmen Dragon's setting of these melodies. He often places them in the mid-range of the string section, giving them an inviting warmth. This is a wonderful record of lightly arranged melody. **** Ex Ronald Penndorf.

46. Ancient Spanish Liturgie: Mozarabic Mass, Liturgic Melodies. Cor de Monjes de la Abadía de Santo Domingo de Silos. Dom Ismel Fernández de la Cuesta, director. Harald Baudis, record producer. Archiv 198459 (c1968). Codes: 00 198459 S1 A3 L9 BA V / 00 198459 S2 L9 BA V. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 96. Album 96. $100.00. Recorded October 1968 at Abadía de Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4b)(4q)(5m). This music is very much Medieval chant, and it is also very Spanish. It is disarmingly passionate and sensual. And although recorded in Burgos, Spain, its setting is other-worldly. *****

47. The Art of the Spanish Guitar. Julian Bream, guitar. RCA Victor Red Seal VCS-7057 (c1970). Reissue Labels. Disqs Playing Grade 93/93 and 93/93. Disqs Visual Grade 96/96 and 96/96. Album 98. 2 records. $30.00. ****

48. Ballet Favorites: Highlights from The Nutcracker; Carnaval; Coppélia and Giselle. Royal Opera House Orchestra. Ernest Ansermet, conductor. Michael Williamson, record producer. Kenneth E. Wilkinson, recording engineer. RCA Victrola VICS 1066 (c1964). Reissue Label of RCA Soria LDS 6065. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 95. $75.00. Recorded in Kingsway Hall. (1a)(2a)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4g)(5b). How wonderful it is to hear all this talent in the service of fluff. This record gives me hope for the soundtrack-suite as an art form. ****

49. The Fox Touch Volume One. Virgil Fox, Fatelli-Ruffatti organ of the Garden Grove Community Church, Garden Grove. Ed (Wynn) Wodenjak, record producer. Bert Whyte, recording engineer. Crystal Clear Records CCS 7001 (c1977). 1st Limited Edition Label. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 95. $65.00. (1a)(2a)(4a)(4e)(5l). In the '60s, when someone came into Campus Records asking for Virgil Fox, we were skeptical of the "good taste" of the customer and the record. Fox just wasn't a "real" organist-probably because our sensibilities were European and probably because we were snobs. Time has shown Mr. Fox to indeed be a serious organist. This is a wizz-bang record of great organ music-and it is a stunning direct-to-disc production. ****

50. Henryk Szeryng Plays Favorite Violin Pieces by Fritz Kreisler. Henryk Szeryng, violin. Charles Reiner, piano. Wilma Cozart, recording director. Harold Lawrence, music supervisor. George Piros, tape-to-disc transfer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90348 (c1963). Codes: SR-90348A-RFR-4 RR / SR-90348-RFR-1 RR P17. 1st Label. Promotional Disq Graded 96/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 96. Please write for the price of this disq. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4d)(5c)(5e). (Seven days after we began to record this tribute to Kreisler, the great Viennese violinist died in New York, a few blocks from Fine Recording's Studio A on 57th Street, which made this project especially memorable. In the program notes for the album, Szeryng wrote that Kreisler had "a tone of miraculous purity"-- a highly apt description of the playing of the Polish-born violinist.) H. L. *****

51. Laudate II: Baroque Music from the Düben Collection. Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör. Drottningholms Barockensemble. Anders Eby, conductor. Jacob Boëthius, record producer. Proprius PROP 7860 (c1981). Codes: PROP 7860 A2 GP / PROP 7860 B3 GP. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 95/95. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 96. Insert 98. Cover 98. $100.00. (A)(B)(E). (1a)(2a)(3a)(4b)(4d)(4e)(4k)(4q). This performance of relaxing 17th-century music is rendered by the best of recordings-it is a realistic and beautiful aural model. It is a seductive illusion of a fine performance in a beautiful hall. ****

52. Monteverdi's Contemporaries: Instrumental and Vocal Music by Busatti, D'India, Donati, Grandi, Guami, Lappi, Mainerio, Porta, Prioli. Early Music Consort of London. David Munrow, director. Stuart Eltham, recording engineer. John Willan, record producer. Angel S-37524 (c1978). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/93. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 96. $45.00. This is a splendidly rendered concert of 16th and 17th century Italian music. It is a concert of great variety and fine taste. ****

53. More Beecham Lollipops including; Marche troyenne (Berlioz), Menuet des Follets (Berlioz), Cortège et Air de Danse (Debussy), Waltz from "Eugene Onegin" (Tchaikovsky). Royal Philharmonic. Thomas Beecham, conductor . Angel S 35865 (c1962). 1st American Label. New Sealed Disq. Cover Grade 98. Please write for the price of this unique copy. ***** Ex Sandy Schneider.

54. Play of Daniel. New York Pro Musica. Russell Oberlin, Belshazzar's Prince. Betty Wilson, Belshazzar's Queen. Brayton Lewis, Belshazzar. Charles Bressler, Daniel. Noah Greenberg, director. Decca DL 9402 (c1958). Codes: MG6234T7 1P / MG6235T2 1P. 1st Label. Mono. Disq Graded 93/93. Inner Sleeve 95. Album 95. $250.00. (1a)(2b)(3b)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4k)(5m). I had lunch with Noah Greenberg about the time of this record's release and remember being dumbfounded at his remark that much of this music had to be interpreted-that the Pro Musica had to study the music, culture and performance practices of the period. Of course this is now commonplace. Still, at the time, it was upsetting to learn that the beautiful, otherworldly music wasn't naturally revealed to the musicians. This Medieval play was performed regularly by the New York Pro Musica during the holiday season in The Cloisters in New York City. The mono recording beautifully renders this setting as well as the music, and it is most musically focused. This recorded performance is historic. *****

55. Romeo and Juliet Suites: Berlioz, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. San Francisco Symphony. Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Jack Hunt, recording engineer. Thomas Mowrey, record producer. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft 2530 308 (c1972). Codes: 2530 308 3 S1 320 / 2530 308 2 S2 320. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Album 96. $250.00. Recorded June 22­24, 1972, at the Calvin C. Flint Center for the Performing Arts, De Anza College, Cupertino, California. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4b)(4d)(4e)(4f)(4g)(4i)(5b)(5k). A disq that is extraordinarily difficult to find in investment grade, it is Seiji Ozawa's most beautiful San Francisco Symphony record. *****

56. Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Lute Music. Michel Podolski, lute. Period SPL 577 (c1953). Codes: E3KP-6677-7D B1 R / E3 KP 6678-1B A1 R. 1st Label. Mono Only. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 93. Cover 96. Please write for the price of this unique disq. (1a)(2b)(3b)(4a)(4e)(5d). This is the first lute record of my memory, and fifty years after its release it is still musically revealing. For faithful reproduction it should be played through tube equipment. ****

57. The Sound of the Early Harpsichord; Performances on the historic instrument built in 1640 by Jan Ruckers, Antwerp. Works by Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667). Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord. RCA Victrola VICS 1494 (c1970). Codes: ZVRS-3527-1S A1 I / ZVRS-3528-1S A1 I. 1st American Label. New Disq Playing Grade 96/96. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98. $100.00. (1a)(2a)(4b)(5h). Like all recordings of harpsichord music, this one should be played softly to best capture the instrument's natural sound and its concert setting. Gustav Leonhardt is heard playing as if he was in a Baroque salon, with his Jan Ruckers harpsichord facing the listener. Though much of the music is slightly rough and a touch sharp, it is very appealing as it meanders through harmony and dissonance. The performance is a flowing one. ****

58. Songs of Stephen Foster: Volume II. Jan DeGaetani, soprano. Leslie Guinn, bass. Camerata Chorus of Washington. Gilbert Kalish, melodeon or piano. Douglas Koeppe, flute or piccolo. Howard Bass, guitar. Marc J. Aubort, recording engineer. Teresa Sterne, record producer. Nonesuch H-71333 (c1976). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Album 95. $45.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4k). These players and singers give us a zesty recital of Victorian parlor entertainment. *****

59. Stephen Foster's Social Orchestra: A Collection of Popular Melodies. Columbia Social Orchestra. Gregg Smith, director. Milton Cherin, Edward T. Graham and Arthur Kendy, recording engineers. Thomas Frost, record producer. Columbia Masterworks M 32577 (c1973). Codes: MAL 32577-1A D2 / MBL 32577-1G A4. 1st Label . Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $75.00. (1a)(2a) (3a)(4a)(4a)(4e)(4k). This record is best heard as an evening of grand party music. ****

60. Tarentule-Tarentelle. Atrium Musicae de Madrid. Grégorio Paniagua, director. Harmonia Mundi HM 379 (c1976). Codes: HMU 379 LPL 4900 1Y DU1 380 CIDIS / HMU 379 LPL4900 2Y DU1 380 CIDIS. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/95. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 94. Album 96. $100.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c)(4d)(4e)(4k). This record is legendary. *****

 

 

 

1. Bouzouki Philosophy of Zambetas. Ensemble. George Zambetas, director. P.I. Records PI-LPS-49 (c1976). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 96/96. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 95. $45.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4d)(4e). This is a well-detailed and realistic aural model-the illusion that we are in a small club enjoying bouzouki is convincing. ****

2. Chieftains 2. Chieftains. Claddagh Records CC 7 (c1969). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 96/96. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $75.00. Recorded at Craighall Studios, Edinburgh in April 1969. (3a)(4c)(4e)(4i)(5i)(5k). Although a studio album, these seem like live performances. ****

3. Danny Boy and Other Irish Ballads. Robert White, tenor. National Philharmonic. Charles Gerhardt, conductor. Charles Gerhardt, record producer. RCA Victor Red Seal ARL 1 3442 (c1979). Codes: ARL1 3442A 1 A2 I / ARL1 3442B 2 A1 I. 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 94/94. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Inner Sleeve 98. Demonstration Cover 98. $150.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4i)(5m). Robert White is a fine Irish tenor. His voice is pure, and his heartfelt singing fills these often bittersweet songs with life and warmth. He is supported beautifully by Charles Gerhardt's arrangements and his conducting. (This is my favorite recorded version of "Danny Boy.") *****(*)

4. Fiddle-Faddle, Belle of the Ball, Blue Tango, Chicken Reel, Classical Juke-Box, Jazz Legato, Jazz Pizzicato, Plink, Plank, Plunk!, Saraband, The Serenity, Sleigh Ride, Syncopated Clock, The Waltzing Cat. Boston Pop. Arthur Fiedler, conductor. Peter Dellheim, record producer. Anthony Salvatore, recording engineer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2638 (c1962). Codes: N2 RY22750-1S A1 I / N2K Y 2751-1S A1 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 96/94. $350.00. One of the great fluff-productions -- all this talent is in the service of listening-fun. *****

5. Flamenco. Carlos Montoya, guitar. Lydia Ibarrondo, singer. Remington R-199-143 (c1953). Codes: RE33 990 2 / RE33 991 1. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $450.00. (1a)(2b)(3b)(4c)(4e)(5d). This very early LP captures live performing fully. This is a lifelike portrait of music making. *****

6. Frederick Fennell Conducts Cole Porter (Ray Wright, arranger). Orchestra. Frederick Fennell, conductor. Wilma Cozart, record producer. Harold Lawrence, music supervisor. C. R. Fine, recording engineer. Mercury Perfect Presence PPS 6024 (c1961). Codes: PPS-6024A-RFR-4 F P17 / PPS-6024B RFR-4 F P17. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 95. Album 94. $200.00. Recorded in the Bayside Studio, Long Island. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a)(4e). Filled with beautiful melody, heartfelt playing and full-bodied sound, this is an honest record of mood music. *****

7. Great French Carousel Organs: Featuring Nine Limonaires and Mechanical Organs from the Collection of Paul Bocuse and Marc Fournier. RCA Victor Red Seal FRL 1-7006 (c1975). Codes: FRL1 7006A 1 I / FRL1 7006B 1 I. 1st Label. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 96. Cover 98. $150.00. (1a). The Limonaire is a French mechanical organ. If you like the reedy sound of a baroque organ and have a sense of humor, you will love this record. *****

8. Japan: Traditional Vocal and Instrumental Music. Azuma Jishi. Edo Lullaby. Esashi Oiwake. Godanginuta. Kumoi Jishi. Ogi no Mato ("The Folding Fan as a Target"). Ozatsuma. Sachiko Miyamoto and Keiko Nosaka, koto. Ayako Handa, biwa or voice. Kohachiro Miyata, shakuhachi. Hirokazu Sugiura, shamisen. Minoru Miki, bells. Minoru Miki, director. David Lewiston, record producer. David Lewiston and Larry Mericka, recording engineers. Nonesuch H-72072 (c1976). New Disq Playing Grade 96/96. New Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $25.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c). A crystal clear rendering of music from other worlds, this record will soothe, even hypnotize. ****

9. Kashmir: Traditional Songs and Dances, Volume II. David Lewiston, recording engineer and record producer. Nonesuch H-72069 (c1976). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/95. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $35.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4c). With almost frightening realism David Lewiston materializes these musicians for you. The illusion is crisp--the music exciting. ****

10. Mexico; Its Cultural Life in Music and Art. Mexican Chorus and Orchestra. Carlos Chavez, conductor. Columbia Legacy Collection LS 1016 (c1965). Codes: XXSM-76003-1A 1 C3 / XXSM-76004-1A. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 94. Deluxe Book 98. Book Case 98. $750.00. (1a)(3a)(4a)(5b). This stunning set is a celebration of Mexico and things Mexican. On its record Carlos Chavez leads the chorus and orchestra through enthusiastic, rousing performances of Mexican compositions, and magnificent black-and-white and color illustrations of Mexican culture make up its beautiful hardbound book. This production is as informative as it is beautiful. *****

11. Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Heart Tradition. Anonymous. Alabama. Evening Shade (c1911). Wondrous Love. Cagle, A. Marcus. Soar Away (c1935). Dare, E. K. (attributed) Kedron (c1799). Davisson, Ananias. Idumea (c1815). Denson, Paine. Peace and Joy (c1950). Dumas, Edmund. White (c1856). Holden, Oliver. Cowper (c1779). Ingalls, Jeremiah. New Jerusalem (c1804). Northfield (c1804). Oliver, Henry K. Morning (c1832). Osborne, R. R. North Port (c1859). Parris, O. A. The Better Land (c1936). Read, Daniel. Greenwich (c1793). Windham (c1785). Reese, J. P. Eternal Day (c1859). Stephenson, Joseph. Milford (c 1760). Traditional. Parting Friends (Arr. John G. McCurry, c1846). Weeping Mary (Arr. John G. McCurry and Power, c1852). Walker, William. Sweet Prospect (c1833). Word of Mouth Chorus. Andy Christiansen, Mary Alice Copeland, Mark Dannenhauer, Juanita Kyle and Cynthia Ross, treble. Mary Eldridge, Ellie Hayes, Kathy Munson, Joanne Schultz and Anne Zuckerman, altos. Peter Amidon, Heidi Broner, Fred Carlson, Trudi Cohen and Ralph Denzer, tenors. John Bell, Larry Gordon, Ron Kelly and Steven Light, bass. David Griesinger, recording engineer. Nonesuch H-71360 (c1979). Codes: H-71360-A-RE-1 / H-71360-B-RE-1. 1st Label. Disq Graded 93/94. Inner Sleeve 96. Insert 98. Promotional Cover 94. $45.00. (1a)(2a)(3a)(4a). Here, these rousing hymns of the Sacred Heart Tradition are presented simply. *****

12. Screamers! Eastman Wind Ensemble. Frederick Fennell, director. Wilma Cozart, recording director. Robert Eberenz and C.R. Fine, recording engineers. Harold Lawrence, music supervisor. George Piros, tape to disc transfer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90314 (c1963). Codes: SR-90314A-RFR-1 AC1 P17 / SR-90314B-RFR-1 P126. 1st Promotional Label. Disq Graded 94/94. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 98. $950.00. (1a)(2a)(3b) (4a)(4e)(5i)(5j). (Recorded on May 6, 1962, Screamers is a collection of sixteen circus marches composed between 1895-1955, selected by Fennell and performed to a fare-thee-well by the virtuosic 45-member Eastman Wind Ensemble. There actually is a march called "Screamer," composed by Fred Jewell. In "Whip and Spur" [a traditional rodeo tune], Fennell personally wielded a whip to achieve the rousing whiplash effect.) H.L. *****

13. The Sea Hawk: The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. National Philharmonic. Charles Gerhardt, conductor. George Korngold, record producer. Kenneth E. Wilkinson, recording engineer. RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 3330 (c1972). Codes: BRRS 3819 2S A1 I / BRRS 3820 1S A3 I. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Insert 98. Cover 96. $100.00. Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London. (2a)(3a)(4b)(4g)(4i)(5b). Though a beautifully drawn, inviting portrait of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, this record is foremost a celebration of 1930s and '40s films. With the sensitive playing of themes from these great motion pictures, Charles Gerhardt takes us back through these films. They are wonderful. *****

14. Shakuhachi: The Japanese Flute. Kohachiro Miyata, shakuhachi. David Lewiston and Larry Mericka, recording engineers. Teresa Sterne, record producer. Nonesuch H 72076 (c1977). 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Promotional Cover 98. $45.00. (5d)(5i). This is a magical recording, as it materializes shakuhachi player Kohachiro Miyata in your listening room. Invited there, he plays beautiful and mysterious music. *****

15. Songs of New Nations: Congo; Ghana; Kenya; Israel; Nigeria. De Paur Chorus with Drums and Percussion. Harold Lawrence, record producer. George Piros, recording engineer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90382 (c1964). Codes: SR-90382A-CCFR-1 / SR-90382B-CCFR-1. 1st Label. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 98. Cover 100. $350.00. (1a)(2a) (3b)(4a)(4d)(4e)(4q)(5k)(5m). This is a revolutionary record and to best hear this it should be played back with tube equipment. Though Harold Lawrence produced this record and the record label and jacket are printed with "Mercury Living Presence," this is NOT a Living Presence production. It is, however, an astounding record. *****


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Basie, Count. Basie Land. Verve V6-8597 (c1964). Codes : V685976.DE-1 64-V8S-568-RE1 V6-8597 S.DE-2 64V&S-569. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 96. $125.00. ****

2. Coleman, Ornette. Ornette! Atlantic SD1378 (c1961). 2nd Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover 98. $45.00. ****

3. Coleman, Ornette. The Ornette Coleman Trio at the "Golden Circle" Stockholm Volume Two. Pathé Marconi Blue Note BST 84225 (c1983). Reissue of Blue Note BST 84225 (c1965). Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Cover 98. $35.00. ****

4. Hodges, Johnny Johnny Hodges and His Strings Play the Prettiest Gershwin. Verve MG V-8314 (c1959). Mono. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Cover 95. $85.00. *****

5. Holiday, Billie. A Recital by Billie Holiday. Verve MGV-8027 (c1961). Mono Only. 2nd Verve Label. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. David Stone Martin Cover 96. $50.00. ***

6. Johnson, Robert. "King of the Delta Blue Singers." Stanley Weiss, remastering engineer. Columbia CL 1654 (c1961). Codes: XLP53016-2D BH1 / XLP53017-2C BH1. 1st LP Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/94. Inner Sleeve 98. Cover 94/98. $400.00. This is one of the original Blues collectibles. *****

 

 

7. McLean, Jackie. The Connection. Jackie McLean, alto saxophone. Freddie Redd, piano. Michael Mattos, bass. Larry Ritchie, drums. Pathé Marconi Blue Note BST 84027 (c1983). Reissue Label. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover 94. $25.00. **** Ex Richard Adelman.

8. Metronome All-Stars. Metronome All-Stars 1956. Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams, singers. Count Basie Band Members. Count Basie Band. "Billies Bounce" Al Cohn, tenor saxophone. Lee Konitz, alto saxophone. Serge Chaloff, baritone saxophone. Tony Scott, clarinet. Thad Jones, trumpet. Theodore C. Cohen, vibraphone. Billy Taylor, piano. Tal Farlow, guitar. Charles Mingus, bass. Art Blakey, drums. "Lady Fair." George Wallington, piano. Clef MGC-743 (c1956). Codes: MGC 743A-1 1140 A1 / MGC 743B-1 11741. 1st Label. Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 95/95.Disq Visual Grade 96/96. Inner Sleeve 94. Cover 98. Please write for the price of this disq. ****

9. Mobley, Hank. No Room for Squares. Blue Note BST-84149 (c1963). 3rd Label (3b). Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Cover 96. $35.00. ****

10. Mulligan, Gerry. The Concert Jazz Band. Gene Allen, Dick Moldonian, Gerry, Mulligan and Zoot Sims or Jim Rider, saxophone. Gene Quill, clarinet or saxophone. Conte Candoli or Phil Sunkel, Don Ferrara, Nick Travis or Don Stiles, trumpet. Wanye Andre, Bob Brookmeyer and Alan Ralph, trombone. Dave Bailey or Buddy Clark, bass. Mel Lewis or Bill Takas, drums. Verve MG V-8388 (c1960). Mono. 2nd Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/95 Cover 95. $75.00. ****

11. Quebec, Ike. Heavy Soul. Ike Quebec, tenor saxophone. Freddie Roach, electric organ. Milt Hinton, bass. Al Harewood, drums. Blue Note BLP 4093 (c1961). Mono. Codes: BN-LP-4093A RVG / BN-LP-4093B RVG. 2nd Label (1c). Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. Please write for the price of this record. ****

12. Roach, Max. Max. Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone. Kenny Dorham, trumpet. Ramsey Lewis, piano. George Morrow, bass. Max Roach, drums. Argo LP 623 (c1958). Codes: A 848 JO8P -1147 -21 A2 I / A 849 JO8P- 1148 -1 A1 I. 1st Label. Mono. Disq Playing Grade 93/93. Disq Visual Grade 95/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95. $250.00. This disq was manufactured by RCA at their Indianapolis plant. Warm tube sound combines with good session playing in this very rare record. For my memories of an earlier Max Roach Quintet read I Learned to Love Records: They hadn't listened to as many records as we had. ***

13. Rollins, Sonny. The Solo album. Milestone M-9137 (c1985). 1st Label. New Disq Playing Grade 95/95. New Disq Visual Grade 98/98. Cover 98. $35.00. ***** Ex Sandy Schneider.

14. Rollins, Sonny. Newk's Time. Blue Note BST-84001 (c1958). 3rd Label (3a). New Disq Playing Grade 95/95. New Disq Visual Grade 94/94. Cover 98. $50.00. ****

15. Smith, Keely and the Billy May Orchestra. Politely! Capitol T 1073 (c1958). Codes: T1-1073-D6" / T2-1073-D3" #3. Mono. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 94/94. Disq Visual Grade 95/94. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 98/96. Please write for the price of this disq. *****

16. Tatum, Art. The Genius of Art Tatum # 2. Verve -8037 (c1957). 3rd Label (c1961). Mono Only. Disq Playing Grade 95/95. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Cover 98. $75.00. *****

17. Waters, "Muddy." Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live. Blue Sky JZ 35712 (c1979). 1st Label. New Unplayed Disq Visual Grade 96/95. Cover 98. $35.00. ****


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