BACH: Chaconne in D minor. Prelude from Partita No. 3 in E. Ein' feste Burg. Aria on the G string. "Little Fugue" in G minor. Arioso from Sinfonia, Cantata No. 156. Sleepers, Awake. Komm, süsser Tod. WAGNER: Brünnhilde's Immolation from Götterdämmerung.
London Symphony Orhestra / Leopold Stokowski, cond.
DUTTON EPOCH SACD CDLX 7337 TT: 69:24
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VILLA-LOBOS: Suite from Magdalena. Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5. The Little Train of the Caipira. Prelude - Introduction from Bahianas Brasilieiras No. 5 .Modinha Preludio. FALLA: Jota (Final Dance) from The Three-Cornered Hat. Excerpts from El Amor Brujo. ALBENIZ: Triana. Marinela (Serrano) from La Canción del Olvido. GRANADOS: The Lady and the Nightingale. GLINKA: Jota Aragonese. CASALS: Song of the Birds. Sant Martí del Canigó. Ortchestras / Andre Kostelanetz, cond.
DUTTON EPOH SACD CDLK 4594 TT: 78:00
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VIVALDI: Concerto in D for Lute and Strings. Concerto in G for Two Lutes nd Strings. KOHAUT: Concerto in F for Lute and Strings.HANDEL: Concerto in B flat for two Lutes, Strings and Reorders. RODRIGO: Concerto de Aranjuez.;
Julian Bream, guitar. Montreverdi Orchestra / John Eliot Gardiner, cond.
DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7333 TT" 69:59
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This site praised recent SACD issues of organ music of Rheinberger played by E. Power Biggs (REVIEW), and music of Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns and Fala played by Arthur Rubinstein (REVIEW). These commentaries explain the history of these remarkable four-trak recordings now issued for the first time in quality surround sound. This Stokowski album is a treasure. The Bach performances were recorded in London's St. Giles' Church April 1973, and producer Richard Mohr has captured an incredibly rich string sonorities. The Wagner was recorded in November 1973 in London's Abbey Road studios. Audio is OK, but relatively little use was made of rear speakers.

The Andre Kostelanetz disk is a gem, beginning with colorful orchestral works by Portuguese-born Villa-Lobos.(1887 - 1949). We have orchestral excerpts from the opera Magdalena and several other lovely pieces. Of particular interest is the imaginative Little Train of the Caipira with its colorful description of a little train chugging through the mountains. This is richly orchestrated, and engineers have separated instruments among the four channels very effectively. Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 is truncated and it is unfortunate they didn't perform it with a soprano—after all, Marni Nixon was on the scene. The remainder is music of Spain featuring Marni Nixon in several works, and the two short pieces by Pablo Casals are welcome. Audio is outstanding on this issue. Recommended!

Master English guitarist Julian Bream (b. 1933) has become a legend. During his long career, he recorded profusely. However, none of his recordings sound as good as what is heard on this terrific SACD. For the works of Vivaldi, Kohaut and Handel, Bream performs on a replica of an early 17thy century lute. He is assisted by colleagues, Robert Spencer (chitarrone), Nicholas Kraemer (harpsichord / organ). These were recorded 1974-1975. The Rodrigo was recorded in England'sWalthamstow Town Hall November 1974. Perfect performances all, and engineers have captured a detailed, full, rich sound using the multi-channels effectively.

R.E.B. (June 2017)