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 We review all the good CDs we get, but we don' t get every new release. Only the very best of the new recordings we receive each month are reviewed in the printed version of LSM. If a new release is not mentioned in print, it does not imply it is inferior.


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Dvorák: Romantic Music's Most Versatile Genius
David Hurwitz
Amadeus Press (New Jersey) Trade Paperback 176 pages

Rodolphe Mathieu – L'émergence du statut professionnel de compositeur au Québec, 1890-1962
Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre
Éditions du Septentrion, Cahiers des Amériques, collection Musique - Québec, 2004, 280 p.

Les chercheurs de sons – Instruments inventés, machines musicales, sculptures et installations
Gérard Nicollet et Vincent Brunot
Éditions Alternatives, Paris, 2004, 155 p.

Leaving Home : Orchestral Music in the 20th Century
A Conducted Tour by Sir Simon Rattle
Volume 1 :Dancing on a Volcano
Arthaus Musik 102 033 (50 min) stéréo

Aristoxenus of Tarentum and The Birth of Musicology
Sophie Gibso
Routledge, New York & London, 2005, 265 p.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Rasputin
Matti Salminen (Rasputin), Lili Paasikivi (Alexandra), Jorma Hynninen (Tsar Nicholas), Jyrki Anttila (Felix Yusupov), et al, Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Mikko Franck
Stage Direction: Vilppu Kiljunen; Video Direction: Teuvo Karhu
Ondine ODV 4003 (150 min) Sound: 5.1 & 2.0

Wagner: Parsifal
Christopher Ventris, Waltraud Meier, Matti Salminen, Thomas Hampson, Tom Fox
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Kent Nagano, conductor
Opus Arte OA 0915 D (3 DVDs 317 min)

Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe
Dagmar Schellenberger, Rodney Gilfry, Ute Gfrerer, Rudolf Hartmann, Piotr Beczala
Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Arthaus DVD 100451 (125 min)

Chopin
Préludes op. 28, Études op. 10 et 25, Sonate op. 35
Alfredo Perl, Freddy Kempf et Angela Hewitt, piano
Opus Arte OA 0893 D (135 min)

Chopin
Préludes op. 28, Études op. 10 et 25, Sonate op. 35
Alfredo Perl, Freddy Kempf et Angela Hewitt, piano
Opus Arte OA 0893 D (135 min)

The Great Composers: Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Brilliant Classics 92502 (DVD : 52 min ; 2 CD : 152 min 44 s)

Kurt Weill: Orchestral Works
Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocturne (Concert Suite arranged by Robert Russell Bennett): Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8557481 (74 min 02 s)

Scènes d'enfance
Schumann, Kinderszenen op. 15 ; John Rea, Las Meninas ; Denis Dion, L'enfance des autres
Denise Trudel, piano
MIREs MIR 25-017 (70 min 59 s)

Acoustica
Alarm Will Sound performs Aphex Twin
Cantaloupe Music CA21028 (68 min 14 s)

Ferrucio Busoni
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 : Indianische Fantasie, Lustspiel-Ouverture, Gesang vom Reigen der Geister, Suite from 'Die Brautwahl'
Nelson Goerner, piano, BBC Philharmonic / Neeme Jarvi
Chandos CHAN 10302 (64 min 34 s)

William Schuman
Symphonies nos 4 et 9, Orchestra Song, Circus Overture
Seattle Symphony / Gerard Schwarz
Naxos, American Classics, 8.559254 (63 min 25 s)

Capital BrassWorks From Russia with Brass
Arrangements de pièces de Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glière, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin et Moussorgsky
CBC Records SMCD 5235 (67 min 19 s)

Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 3, 7 and 8
Symphony No 8: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
RCO Live RCO 05003 (85 min 45 s) Hybrid SACD

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9
Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano), Annelies Burmeister (mezzo-soprano), Peter Scheier (tenor), Theo Adam (bass), Radio Choir Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Kurt Masur
PentaTone 5186 146 (68 min 32 s) Hybrid SACD

Dernières Sonates Beethoven : Sonate op. 111 no 32; Schubert : Sonate D 960 no 21
Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano
Mandala MAN 5085 (66 min 45 s)

Rachmaninov Préludes op. 3 no 2, op. 23 et op. 32
Boris Berezovsky, piano
Mirare MIR 004 (77 min 52 s)

Arcangelo Corelli Sonate a violino e violone o cimbalo Op. V
Enrico Gatti, violon ; Gaetano Nasillo, violoncelle ; Guido Morini, clavecin
Arcana A423 2 cd (126 min 40 s)

Canadian Brass Joyful Sounds
Avec The Festival Singer, Elmer Iseler, dir., et Douglas Haas, orgue
Opening Day Recordings ODR 9332 (52 min 55 s)

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier Sonates pour basses
Le Concert spirituel / Hervé Niquet
Glossa GCD 921609 (57 min 19 s)

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Michael Schade, tenor
Malcolm Martineau, piano
CBC Records MVCD 1170 (64 min 29 s)

J. S. Bach The Keyboard Concertos
Vol 1 : Concerto no 1, BWV 1052 ; Concerto no 5, BWV 1050, Concerto no 7, BWV 1058, Triple concerto BWV 1044. Vol. 2 : Concertos no 2-6, BWV 1053-1057.
Angela Hewitt, piano, Autralian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti
Hyperion SACDA67307 (76 min 58 s) SACDA67308 (75 min 29 s)

Conradi Ariadne
Karina Gauvin (Ariane), Barbara Borden (Phèdre) et Ellen Hargis (Pasiphaé), sopranos ; Matthew White (Evanthes et Bacchus), contre-ténor ; James Taylor (Thésée), Julian Podger (Pirithoüs) et Jan Kobow (Pamphilius), ténors ; Marek Rzepka (Minos), basse
Orchestre et Chœur du Boston Early Music Festival / Paul O'Dette et Stephen Stubbs
CPO 777 073-2 (3 CD : 175 min 44 s)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5; Verdi: Overture, La forza del destino; Sibelius: Valse triste; West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
Warner Classics 2564 62190-5 (58 min 35 s) Issued with DVD of August 2004 concert in Geneva, and Documentaries: Lessons in Harmony and In Conversation: Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said (175 min)

Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 3, 7 and 8
Symphony No 3: Symhponieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Klaus Tennstedt
Profil PH04093 (52 min 10 s)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9
Maria Stader (soprano), Katharina Marti (contralto), Waldemar Kmett (tenor), Heinz Rehfuss (bass), L'Union chorale de La-Tour-de-Peilz, Chœur de Chailly-sur-Clarens,
Orchestra Nationale / Carl Schuricht
Music & Arts CD-1166 (66 min 03 s)

Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 3, 7 and 8
Symphony No 7: Wiener Symphoniker/Yakov Kriesberg
PentaTone 5186 051 (67 min 54 s) Hybrid SACD

Hearing Cultures, Essays on Sound, Listening and Modernity
Veit Erlmann (sous la direction de)
Berg, Oxford, 2004, p. 239. ISBN 1-85973-828-1

The Great Composers: Antonio Vivaldi
Brilliant Classics 92427 (DVD : 55 min ; 2 CD : 115 min)