Notes & Reviews:
Many eminent 20th-century composers have been fascinated by the expressive capabilities of the harpsichord, and this selection unites the instrument's traditional idioms with progressive and highly personal sensibilities. Sir Lennox Berkley's music evinces a distinctive French influence, while Howell's Clavichord is a series of musical portraits of the composer's distinguished friends. Gavin Bryars has deep roots in the avant-garde, but After Handel's "Vesper" is virtuosic yet expressive, while John Jeffreys' Four Little English Dances are delightful tributes to the harpsichord's lyricism. Christopher D. Lewis's other Naxos harpsichord recordings of French music and works by Philip Glass are available on 8.573364 and 8.573146.
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Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Suite sobre cantos gallegos (Suite on Galician songs); Torrijos (Incidental Music) / Cor Madrigal, Barcelona SO, Pablo Gonzalez
Martinu: Orchestral Suites (3) from 'Spalicek'; Rhapsody-Concerto for viola & orchestra / Mikhail Zemtsov, viola; Estonian Nat'l SO, Neeme Jarvi
Paul Bowles (1910-1999): Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Andrey Kasparov, Oksana Lutsyshyn, piano
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons
Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915): String Quintet No. 1; Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936): String Quintet / Gringolts Quartet; Christian Poltéra, cello
F.J. Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/1-6 / Doric String Quartet
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Tasmin Little, violin; Martin Roscoe, piano
Alec Roth (b.1948): A Time to Dance; Hatfield Service; Men & Angels / Grace Davidson, soprano; Matthew Venner, alto; Samuel Boden, tenor; Greg Skidmore, bass; Tim Harper, organ; Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
Copland: Orchestral Works 1 - Ballets: Suites from Billy the Kid & Appalachian Spring; 4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Fanfare for the Common Man; El Salon México / BBC PO