n Villa-Lobos: Complete symphonies / Isaac Karabtchevsky / Erlanger: Piano Quintet / Dunhill: Piano Quintet: Muller: Wind Quintets

VILLA-LOBOS: Symphony No. 1 "O Imprevisto." (1916). Symphony No 2 "Ascensãoi." (1917 - 1955). Symphony No. 3 "War." (1919). Symphony No. 4 "Victory." (1919). Symphony No. 6 "On the Outlie of the Moountains of Brazil. (1944). Symphony No. 7 (1945). Symphony No. 8 (1950). Symphony No. 9 (1952). . Symphony No.10 "Almeríndi." (Sumé, Father of Fathers."Symphony No. 11 (194) Symphny No. 12 (1957). Uirapuru (1917). Mandu-Carará (1940)
São Paulo Symphny Orchestra / Isaac Karaabtchevsky, cond.
NAXOS 8506039 (6 disks)

D'ERLANGER: Piano Quintet. DUNHILL: Quintet in C minor, Op. 20
Puers Lane, piano. Goldner String Quartet
HYPERION CDA 68296 TT: 73:14

MÜLLER: Wind Quinet No. No 1 in E flat ( Wind Quitet No. 2 i C minor Wind Quint3t No. 2 in A
Richards Wind Qintet
CRYSTAL CD 252 TT: 47:-4

Naxos is to be commended for their enterprise m recording superb performances of music neglected by most other companies. They already have released many disks of music by Brazilian HeitorVilla-Lobos including most of his symphonies. These are performed by the superb São Paulo Symphony conducted by Isaac Karabitchevsy. This site has praised reordings of Symphonies 3 and 4 (REVIEW), Symphonies 6 and 7 (REVIEW),.Symphonies 8, 9 and 11 (REVIEW), Symphony No. 10 (REVIEW) and SymphonyNo. 12 (REVIEW) Now we have this set of all of thesse. The virtuoso orchestra is made to order for this music and these performances coud be considered definitive. This music is unjusty neglected, and here is an opportunity to acquire al of these at budget price Recommended! A fabulous issue!

Hyperion also ventures often into the realm of obscure composers. This disk presents music of Frederic D'Erlanger (1868- 1943) and Thomas Dunhill (1877 - 1946). D'Erlanger's father was German, his mother American. He spent most of his life in London, and as a member of a wealthy banking family was able to play an important part on the musical scene. He was known for his operas and other works, and his music was championed by leading artists of the time. Both Fritz Kreisler and Albert Sammons played the Violin Concerto: there is a recording of it on Hyperion. D'Erlanger was well-known during his time, particularly in the opera house , sometimes with leading singers of the time Barbirolli made an early recording of one of his most famous works, Midnight Rose; Antal Dorati recorded his ballet Les cent baisers. The Piano Quintet was premiered March 1, 1902. It is lengthy (37:49) in four movements with a delightful Scherzo. Thomas Frederick Dunhill also was a prolific composer on the London music scene, best known today for his light music as well as chamber music. There are a number of recordings of his music, and now we have the Piano Quintet composed in 1904. It also has four movements ending with a lively Prestissimo finale. Both of these piano quintets are played to perfection by the superb Goldner String Quartet (Dene Olding and Dimitry Halll, violins, Irina Morozova, viola, and cellist Julian Smiles. British pianist Piers Lane again joins them. This site praised their recording of piano quintets of Bartok and Korngold (REVIEW). The recording was made in England's Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, February 2019, and audio is superb. An outstanding, unusualal issue.

Now we have more quintets composed well over a century before those listed above. Another label that emphasizes unusual repertory is Crystal Records. For decades they have released superb chamber music recordings, usually of lesser-known repertory. Now they have issued on CD a recording made in 1976: the three wind quiets written by a virtually unknown German composer, Johann Peter Müller (1791 - 1877). These apparently were composed around 1874. The scores were lost but after much research were recovered by bassoonist William Waterhouse. They are delightful additions to the wind ensemble library, played to perfection by the Richards Wind Quartet: Israel Borouchoff, flute; Daniel Stolper, oboe; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Edgar Kirk, bassoon; and Douglas Campbell, horn. This recording originally isssued on LP in 1976 has been remastered. It is well-balanced audio and deserves this CD reissue

R.E.B. (January 2021)