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Begun over thirty years ago, this collection, revised annually, comprises more than 1,600 published notes by ATES ORGA, many commissioned originally for concerts and recitals presented in London at the South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room), Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square and Blackheath Concert Halls. The resource features a variety of material written for festivals, music societies, local authority promoters, concert agents, universities, music colleges, symphony and chamber orchestras, and individual artists; in addition to general and specialist CD annotations for the British, European, American and Far Eastern markets. Representative examples follow the Orchestral, Chamber and Piano sections below.


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Ajemian-Mavisakalian: Rhapsody

Albinoni: Oboe Concerto, Op 7 No 3, in B flat

Arnold: English Dances Set II, Op 33 - various

Arnold: Symphony No 3, Op 63

Arnold: Symphony No 4, Op 71

Babadzhanian-Mavisakalian: Fantasy

Babadzhanian: Heroic Ballade, piano & orch

Babadzhanian: Nocturne, piano & orch

Bacewicz: Concerto for Strings

Bach, JC: Sinfonia, Op 3 No 1, in D

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G, BWV 1048

Bach: Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1060, violin & oboe

Bach: Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A, after BWV 1055

Bach: Suite (Overture) No 1 in C, BWV 1066

Bach: Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach: Violin Concerto No 2 in E, BWV 1042

Balakirev-Liapunov: Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 1

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin

Bazzini: La Ronde des Lutins, Op 25, violin & orch

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op 80, piano, chorus & orch

Beethoven: King Stephen, incidental music, Op 117

Beethoven: Overture, Consecration of the House, Op 124

Beethoven: Overture, Egmont, Op 84

Beethoven: Overture, Fidelio, Op 72b

Beethoven: Overture, King Stephen, Op 117

Beethoven: Overture, Prometheus, Op 43

Beethoven: Overture, Ruins of Athens, Op 113

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C, Op 15

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 19

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G, Op 58

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat (Emperor), Op 73

Beethoven: Prometheus, Op 43 (complete)

Beethoven: Ritterballett, Wo0 1

Beethoven: Romance in F, Op 50, violin & orch

Beethoven: Romance in G, Op 40, violin & orch

Beethoven: Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op 113

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C, Op 21

Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 36

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat (Eroica), Op 55

Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat, Op 60

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F (Pastoral), Op 68

Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A, Op 92

Beethoven: Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor (Choral), Op 125

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op 61

Berg: Lulu Suite

Berg: Lyric Suite - Three Pieces

Berg: Three Orchestral Pieces, Op 6

Berg: Violin Concerto

Berkeley, L: Antiphon for strings

Berkeley, L: Serenade for strings, Op 12

Berlioz: Fantastic Symphony, Op 14

Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos 1, 2

Bizet: Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite)

Blacher: Preussisches Marchen, Op 30

Bliss: Discourse for orchestra

Bliss: Miracle in the Gorbals

Bliss: Things to Come

Bloch: Schelomo, Hebrew Rhapsody, cello & orch

Borodin-Glazunov: Petite Suite

Borodin-Glazunov: Symphony No 3 in A minor

Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

Borodin: Mlada - Finale Act IV

Borodin: Nocturne for Strings

Borodin: Prince Igor - Dance of the Maidens

Borodin: Prince Igor - Overture

Borodin: Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances

Borodin: Prince Igor - Polovtsian March

Borodin: Symphony No 1 in E flat

Borodin: Symphony No 2 in B minor

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op 80

Brahms: Hungarian Dances (various orchestrations)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 83

Brahms: Serenade No 2 in A, Op 16

Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68

Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 73

Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F, Op 90

Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op 77

Brian: Symphony No 1 (Gothic)

Brian: Symphony No 5 (Das Siegeslied)

Brian: Symphony No 22 (Symphonia Brevis)

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op 31

Britten: Simple Symphony, Op 4, strings

Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op 10, strings

Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 15

Bruch: Kol nidrei, Op 47

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, violin & orch, Op 46

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26

Bruckner: Symphony No 7 in E

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor

Bruckner: Symphony "O", in D minor

Bush, A.: Africa, Op 73, piano& orch

Bush, A.: Piano Concerto, Op 18

Bush, A.: Variations, Nocturne and Finale, Op 60, piano & orch

Bush, A.: Scherzo for wind band, Op 68

Bush, A.: Time Remembered, Op 67

Bush, A.: Violin Concerto, Op 32

Camilleri: Andante religioso, strings

Camilleri: Malta Suite

Camilleri: Piano Concerto No 1 (Mediterranean)

Camilleri: Spaces, strings

Carter: Holiday Overture

Chabrier: Marche joyeuse

Chopin-Glazunov: Les Sylphides

Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op 22, piano & orch

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21

Chopin: Variations in B flat on "La ci darem la mano", Op 2, piano & orch

Copland: Dance Symphony

Copland: Inscape

Copland: Orchestral Variations

Copland: Rodeo - Four Dance Episodes

Copland: Symphonic Ode

Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op 6 No 8, in G minor (Christmas Concerto)

Crosse: Ceremony, Op 19, cello & orch

Crosse: Symphonies II, Op 23

Davies: Sinfonia, chamber orch

Debussy-Busser: Petite Suite

Debussy: Iberia (Images for orchestra)

Debussy: La mer

Debussy: Nocturnes

Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Debussy: Premiere Rapsodie, clarinet & orch

Delibes: Coppelia - Valse

Delius: La Calinda

Dvorak: Czech Suite in D, Op 39

Dvorak: Legends, Op 59

Dvorak: Serenade, Op 44, in D minor

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 46 (complete)

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 72 (complete)

Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 (From the New World)

Elgar: Overture, In the South (Alassio), Op 50

Elgar: Serenade in E minor, Op 20, for Strings

Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61

Falla: El Amor Brujo (complete)

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain, piano & orch

Falla: Three Cornered Hat (complete)

Falla: Three Cornered Hat - Three Dances

Forbes: Sinfonia No 3

Franck: Le chausseur maudit

Franck: Les Eolides

Franck: Symphony in D minor

Gabrieli: Canzon Noni Toni

Gabrieli: Canzon Septimi Toni

Gabrieli: Jubilate deo a 8

Gabrieli: Sonata Pian' e Forte

Gerhard-Howarth: Sardana No 2 in E flat, for brass band

Gerhard: Alegrias Suite

Gerhard: Don Quixote Suite

Ginastera: Impressions de la Puna, flute & strings

Glazunov: Cortege solennel, Op 50

Glazunov: Fantasie, Op 53 (From Darkness to Light)

Glazunov: Le Chant du Destin, Op 84

Glazunov: March on a Russian Theme, Op 76

Glazunov: Mazurka in G, Op 18

Glazunov: Stenka Razin, Op 13

Glazunov: Suite Caracteristique, Op 9

Glazunov: Symphony No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 16

Glazunov: Symphony No 7 in F, Op 77

Glazunov: Two Preludes for Large Orchestra, Op 85

Glazunov: Une fete slave, Op 26a

Glinka: Overture in D

Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Godard: Legende pastorale (Scenes ecossaises, Op 138), oboe & orch

Gregorian: Varak, strings

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op 40, strings

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No 1, Op 46

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No 2, Op 55

Handel: Concerto Grosso, Op 6 No 1, in G

Handel: Harp Concerto, Op 4 No 6, in B flat

Handel: Organ Concerto, Op 7 No 4, in D minor

Handel: Solomon Part III - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Handel: Water Music, Suites 1-3 (complete)

Haroutiunian: Trumpet Concerto in A flat

Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C

Haydn: Cello Concerto No 2 in D

Haydn: Overture, The Uninhabited Island

Haydn: Symphony No 43 in E flat (Mercury)

Haydn: Symphony No 44 in E minor (Trauer)

Haydn: Symphony No 48 in C (Maria Theresia)

Haydn: Symphony No 49 in F minor (La Passione)

Haydn: Symphony No 83 in G minor (La poule)

Haydn: Symphony No 85 in B flat (La Reine)

Haydn: Symphony No 88 in G

Haydn: Symphony No 96 in D (Miracle)

Haydn: Symphony No 99 in E flat

Hindemith: Cello Concerto (Kammermusik No 3), Op 36 No 2

Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Holst: The Perfect Fool - ballet music, Op 39

Holst: The Planets, Op 32

Honegger: Concertino, piano & orch

Honegger: Pacific 231

Hovanesyian (Oganesian): Marmar - Suite

Hovanesyian (Oganesian): Symphony No 3

Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations in F, Op 102, oboe & orch

Ives: Decoration Day

Janacek: Sinfonietta

Karamanov: Piano Concerto No 3 (Ave Maria)

Karamanov: Symphony No 3

Khachaturian: Concerto-Rhapsody in D flat, piano & orch

Khachaturian: Gayaneh - March

Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Suite

Khachaturian: Masquerade - Suite

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D flat

Khachaturian: Spartacus - Suite

Khachaturian: Symphony No 1

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta

Komitas-Aslamazian: Armenian Folk Songs and Dances, strings

Lambert: Piano Concerto

Larsson: Pastoral Suite, Op 19

Liadov: Kikimora, Op 63

Liszt-Linn: Hexameron (multiple pianos & orch version)

Liszt: Die Ideale

Liszt: Faust Symphony

Liszt: From the Cradle to the Grave

Liszt: Hamlet

Liszt: Hungarian Fantasy, piano & orch

Liszt: Mazeppa

Liszt: Orpheus

Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat

Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2 in A

Liszt: Totentanz in D minor, piano & orch

Lutoslawski: Jeux venetiens

Lutoslawski: Symphony No 2

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D (Titan)

Mahler: Symphony No 2 in C minor (Resurrection)

Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G

Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No 7

Marcello: Oboe Concerto in D minor

Martinu: Symphony No 5

Massenet: Thais - Meditation

Medtner: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 50

Medtner: Piano Concerto No 3 in E minor, Op 60

Mendelssohn: Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 21

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25

Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 12 in G minor

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor (Scottish), Op 56

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A (Italian), Op 90

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem

Milhaud: La creation du monde

Mirzoyan: Symphonic Dances - Lezginka

Mozart: Adagio in E, K 261, violin & orch

Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K 191

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K 622

Mozart: Concert Rondo in E flat, K 371, horn & orch

Mozart: Divertimento, K 136, in D, strings

Mozart: Divertimento No 3 in F, K 138

Mozart: Double Piano Concerto in E flat, K 365

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K 165, trumpet & orch

Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C, K 299

Mozart: Flute Concerto No 1 in G, K 313

Mozart: Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat, K 417

Mozart: Marches, K 335

Mozart: Minuet, K 409, in C

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K 314

Mozart: Overture, Don Giovanni, K 527

Mozart: Overture, La clemenza di Tito, K 621

Mozart: Overture, Le Niozze di Figaro, K 492

Mozart: Overture, The Impressario, K 486

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat, K 271

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 12 in A, K 414

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat, K 449

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K 453

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 19 in F, K 459

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K 466

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C, K 467

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K 488

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 26 in D, K 537 (Coronation)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K 595

Mozart: Rondo concertante in B flat, K 269, violin & orch

Mozart: Rondo in C, K 373, violin & orch

Mozart: Serenade, K 239, in D (Serenata notturna)

Mozart: Serenade No 9 in D, K 320 (Posthorn)

Mozart: Serenade No 10 in B flat, K 361, for 13 wind

Mozart: Symphony No 1 in E flat, K 16

Mozart: Symphony No 4 in D, K 19

Mozart: Symphony No 5 in B flat, K 22

Mozart: Symphony No 10 in G, K 74

Mozart: Symphony No 11 in D, K 84

Mozart: Symphony No 12 in G, K 110

Mozart: Symphony No 17 in G, K 129

Mozart: Symphony No 19 in E flat, K 132

Mozart: Symphony No 25 in G minor, K 183

Mozart: Symphony No 29 in A, K 201

Mozart: Symphony No 32 in G, K 318

Mozart: Symphony No 33 in B flat, K 319

Mozart: Symphony No 36 in C, K 425 (Linz)

Mozart: Symphony No 38 in D, K 504 (Prague)

Mozart: Symphony No 39 in E flat, K 543

Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550

Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C, K 551 (Jupiter)

Mozart: Symphony No 44 in D, K 81

Mozart: Symphony No 45 in D, K 95

Mozart: Symphony No 46 in C, K 96

Mozart: Symphony No 47 in D, K 97

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 1 in B flat, K 207

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 2 in D, K 211

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G, K 216

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 4 in D, K 218

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5 in A, K 219 (Turkish)

Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Khovanshchina - Prelude

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on the Bare Mountain

Mussorgsky: Intermezo in B minor

Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain (original version)

Mussorgsky: Scherzo in B flat (original version)

Mussorgsky: Triumphal March: The Capture of Kars (original version)

Nielsen: Overture, Helios, Op 17

Offenbach: Overture, Orpheus in the Underworld

Oganesian - see Hovanesyian

Pasculli: Variations on Donizetti's "La Favorita", oboe & orch

Penderecki: De Natura Sonoris No 1

Penderecki: Polymorphia

Penderecki: The Dream of Jacob

Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Prokofiev-Celibidache: Romeo and Juliet Suite

Prokofiev: Autumnal, Op 8

Prokofiev: Dreams, Op 6

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat, Op 10

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op 64, Suites Nos 1-3 (complete)

Prokofiev: Sinfonietta in A, Op 48

Prokofiev: Symphony No 1 in D (Classical), Op 25

Prokofiev: Symphony No 2 in D minor, Op 40

Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat, Op 100

Rachmaninov: Melodie & Polichinelle (from Op 3)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E, Op 27

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No 2

Ravel: l'Enfant et les Sortileges - Five o'clock Foxtrot

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte

Ravel: Piano Concerto in D (left hand)

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suites Nos 1-3 (complete)

Respighi: Concerto a cinque

Respighi: Concerto in modo misolidio, piano & orch

Respighi: Pines of Rome

Riegger: Concerto for Piano and Wind, Op 53

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op 34

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture, May Night

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture, The Maid of Pskov

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op 35

Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of Tsar Saltan - Flight of the Bumble Bee

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (guitar)

Rodrigo: Concierto pastoral (flute)

Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre (guitar)

Rossini: Overture, Aureliano in Palmira

Rossini: Overture, Cinderella

Rossini: Overture, The Barber of Seville

Rossini: String Sonata No 1 in G

Saint-Saens-Vidal: The Swan

Saint-Saens: Allegro appassionato in B minor, Op 43, cello & orch

Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33

Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 119

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

Saint-Saens: Suite in D minor, Op 16, cello & orch

Sarian: Symphonic Pictures

Satie-Debussy: Gymnopedies

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1 in E, Op 15

Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces, Op 16

Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op 42

Schubert: Overture, Die Zauberharfe (Rosamunde), D 644

Schubert: Rosamunde, D 797 - incidental music

Schubert: Symphony No 3 in D, D 200

Schubert: Symphony No 5 in B flat, D 485

Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129

Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op 131, violin & orch

Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op 92, piano & orch

Schumann: Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op 134, piano & orch

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54

Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp, Op 20

Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy, Op 54

Scriabin: Symphonic Poem in D minor, Op posth

Scriabin: Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 29

Scriabin: Symphony No 3 (Divine Poem), Op 43

Shostakovich: Age of Gold, Op 22a - Polka

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat, Op 107

Shostakovich: Five Days-Five Nights, Op 111a, incidental music

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 54

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor, Op 65

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93

Shostakovich: Symphony No 13 in B flat minor (Babi Yar), Op 113

Shostakovich: Symphony No 15 in A, Op 141

Shostakovich: The Gadfly, Op 97a, incidental music

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 99

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129

Sibelius: En Saga, Op 9 (1901 version)

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op 26

Sibelius: Legends (Lemminkäinen Suite), Op 22 (complete)

Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter, Op 49

Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela (from Op 22)

Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39

Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43

Sibelius: Symphony No 4 in A minor, Op 63

Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat, Op 82

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47

Smetana: The Bartered Bride - Dances

Spendiarian (Spendiarov): Yerevan Studies, Op 30

Spendiarov - see Spendiarian

Stockhausen: Carre, four orchestras & four choirs

Strauss, J: Overture, Die Fledermaus

Strauss, R: An Alpine Symphony, Op 64

Strauss, R: Death and Transfiguration, Op 24

Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op 20

Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben, Op 40

Strauss, R: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat, Op 11

Strauss, R: Oboe Concerto in D

Stravinsky: Concerto for piano and wind

Stravinsky: Firebird

Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

Stravinsky: Petrushka

Stravinsky: Renard

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Stravinsky: Symphony in C

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Suk: Symphony No 2, Op 27 (Asrael)

Svendsen: I Fjol gjaett'e Gjeitinn, strings

Svendsen: Icelandic Melodies, strings

Svendsen: Swedish Folk Songs, Op 27, strings

Takemitsu: The Dorian Horizon

Tchaikovsky-Taneiev: Andante and Finale, Op 79, piano & orch

Tchaikovsky: Concert Fantasia in G, Op 56, piano & orch

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin - excerpts

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op 32

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op 58

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Op 71 - excerpts

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor, Op 23

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2 in G, Op 44

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat, Op 73

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture,

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op 20 - excerpts

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor (Pathetique), Op 74

Tchaikovsky: Valse Scherzo in C, Op 34, violin & orch

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33, cello & orch

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op 35

Terterian: Symphony No 3

Terterian: Symphony No 4

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra

Tippett: Concerto for Orchestra

Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage - Ritual Dances

Tjeknavorian-Mavisakalian: Ararat Suite, Op 47 - Valse d'Amour in G minor

Tjeknavorian: Ballet Fantastique (Danses Fantastiques), Op 2

Tjeknavorian: Ballet Suite No 1, Op 13 (Dances and Arias)

Tjeknavorian: Armenia, Op 44

Tjeknavorian: Ballet Suite No 2, Op 14 (Songs and Dances)

Tjeknavorian: Erebouni,12 solo strings, Op 26a

Tjeknavorian: Piano Concerto, Op 4

Tjeknavorian: Symphony No 1 (Requiem for the Massacred), Op 20

Tjeknavorian: Symphony No 2 (Credo), Op 28

Tjeknavorian: Violin Concerto, Op 1a

Vaughan Williams: Job, a Masque for Dancing

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, violin & orch

Verdi: La Traviata - Prelude Act III

Verdi: Overture, La Forza del Destino

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vorisek: Symphony in D, Op 24

Wagner: Faust Overture

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Waxman: Carmen Fantasy, violin & orch

Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op 35, bassoon & orch

Weber: Konzertstuck in F minor, Op 79, piano & orch

Weber: Overture, Der Freischutz

Weber: Piano Concerto No 1 in C, Op 11

Weber: Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, Op 32

Webern: Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op 24

Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op 10

Webern: Five Pieces for Strings, Op 5

Webern: Symphony, Op 21

Wiren: Serenade in G, Op 11, strings

Wolf: Italian Serenade

Xenakis: Pithoprakta

Yeghiazarian: Sevan - Symphonic Suite

Zimmermann: Cello Concerto


Sample Note




Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44


I Allegro moderato

II Adagio ma non troppo

III Allegro


Last of the great Romantics, celebrated composer, legendary pianist, master conductor, chronicleer of emotions and visions, melancholic guardian of the spirit and senses of old Russia, Rachmaninov spent his childhood by the smoky hay banks of the Volkhov river between Novgorod and St Petersburg, son of a noble, bankrupt family. At the Moscow Conservatoire (1885-92) his teachers included Taneyev (the director) and Arensky for composition; and Zverev and Siloti (his cousin, a pupil of Liszt) for piano. Prominent among his friends were Scriabin, Lhevinne, Igumnov and Goldenweiser - the inspirational fathers-to-be of modern Russian super-pianism. Depression followed by recovery, adulation and triumph, defined each of the twin periods of his half century or so of professional life. Up to 1917, he was a Tsarist composer casting his own dreams; following the October Revolution and his move to Prohibition America, a homesick emigré pianist re-creating other people's. New audiences clamoured to be entertained, New York recording bosses had to be kept happy, new repertory needed to be learnt. With survival the uppermost priority, a composing energy once flowing turned fitful.- just five major works post-1926, compared with twenty-seven (and all the songs) pre-1917. Rachmaninov's final recital was in Knoxville, 17th February 1943, playing the Chopin B flat minor Sonata, the Funeral March - of which he was history's most idiosyncratically famous interpreter. In Beverley Hills less than six weeks later he was dead, from cancer. They buried him East, by a place called Valhalla.


To his public, in his black concert tails, Rachmaninov emtombed the kind of inscrutable character you might meet in the shadow-lands of a Boris Karloff film. Even as a young man - tall, patrician-faced, stooped-shouldered - he was gaunt. He rarely smiled, his voice was deep, in the Russian way he smoked fatalistically. At the piano his quiet, unspectacular platform manner was considered impeccably correct. Neither body nor eyebrow moved, just wrists and fingers, thinly aristocratic. His hands were massive, encompassing an octave-and-a-fifth. Music, Neville Cardus was to observe, was "his instintive means of expressing experience." He believed, impassionedly, Slavonically, that it should "speak from the heart.," that it should tell of a composer's "love affairs, his religion, the books which have influenced him, the pictures he loves.... I am a Russian composer, and the land of my birth has influenced my temperament, and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament" (1941).


"Finished. I thank God!" Completed between the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Symphonic Dances, the Third Symphony (Senar near Lucerne, 18th June1935-30th June 1936, rev 1938) was premiered 6th November 1936 by the composer's favourite American orchestra, the Philadelphia, under Leopold Stokowski. Three years later, on 11th December 1939, they recorded it with Rachmaninov himself, an enduring memorial to a partnership forged early in the '20s. Lingering moments of bitter-sweet sadness laced with (an almost Shostakovichian) irony and fury course through its Indian summer pages. Romantic memories contrast fragments of Orthodox chant. Its palette is sumptuous, a glowing, spontaneous banquet of nostalgic sigh and precision virtuosity. Rachmaninov was convinced of its worth. But not his critics, who complained of an apparent sterility ("a chewing over again of something that never had importance to start with"), a lack of variety, length ("would not a pair of shears benefit the proportions"), and an over-elaboration of detail. Portraying times and traditions past, its sound and imagery, its cameoed Muscovite imperialism, its "sombre, lyrical, defiant" genius (Lawrence Gilman), confirm it today as the most intrinsically "Russian" of the Rachmaninov symphonies.


Scored for triple wind and brass, percussion (including xylophone), two harps and strings, the work is in three movements, the first (in A minor) cross-referenced by a recurrent modal motto (suggestively reminiscent of Tchaikovsky's Little Russian ) heard in the brief slow introduction. The lush C sharp major middle movement, cinematically tangible, opens in vintage Rachmaninov style, with harp, horn and solo violin unfurling a theme of magical dawning and sunrise. Acknowledging familiar concerto precedent, the central section is a vigorous Allegro vivace - not quite a scherzo but turbulent enough - framed by a rocking motif interesting for anticipating the first of the Symphonic Dances. Martial rhetoric, heady seduction, fuguing battles, Dies irae tones, a delirious meeting of eyes and souls, is the stuff of the A major finale, a brilliantly consuming chapter for all its episodic construction. Maybe in life Rachmaninov cut a skeletal figure - but his music could not have been more flesh and blood.






Bach: Arias - various

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op 98, song-cycle

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Op 80, piano, chorus & orch

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Choral), Op 125

Bennett, W.S.: "Come live with me"

Bennett, W.S.: "God is a Spirit"

Bennett, W.S.: "In Thee, O Lord"

Bennett, W.S.: "Sweet stream that glides"

Berg: Seven Early Songs

Berlioz: Childhood of Christ, Op 25 - excerpts

Berlioz: La mort d'Orphee

Blacher: Preussisches Marchen, Op 30

Bloch, A.: Meditations

Borodin: Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances (choral version)

Brahms: German Requiem, Op 45

Brahms: Liebeslieder, Op 52

Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op 65

Brahms: Songs, Op 63

Brahms: Songs, Op 86

Brahms: Zigeunerlieder, Op 103, vocal quartet & piano

Brian: Symphony No 1 (Gothic)

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op 31

Britten: "Tit for Tat", baritone & piano

Bruckner: Antiphon - "Tota pulchra es Maria"

Bruckner: Gradual - "Christus factus est pro nobis obediens"

Bruckner: Motet - "Ecce sacerdos"

Camilleri: Missa brevis

Camilleri: Stone Island Within..., soprano, cello, percussion

Chopin: Polish Songs, Op 74

Crosse: Meet My Folks!, Op 10

Debussy-Boulez: Chansons de Bilitis

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (genesis, reception, libretto digest)

Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Denisov: The Turning Point, song cycle

Dohnanyi: The Tenor

Dvorak: Moravian Duets, Op 32

Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Op 38

Foerster: Three Songs, Op 85

Gade: Songs - various

Gerhard: Cancionero de Pedrell, voice & chamber ensemble

Gerhard: Seven Haiku

Gerhard: The Akond of Swat

Granados: Coleccion de tonadillas, escritas en estile antiguo

Granados: La maja dolorosa

Handel: Coronation Anthem No 1, "Zadok the Priest"

Handel: Dixit Dominus

Handel: Messiah - excerpts

Haydn: Cantata - Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2

Haydn: Mass No 4 in B flat (Theresienmesse)

Haydn: Mass No 14 in B flat (Harmoniemesse)

Henze: Five Neapolitan Songs

Hovanesyian (Oganesian): Erebouni

Hovanesyian (Oganesian): Sardarapat

Lindblad: Songs - various

Liszt: Christus, oratorio

Liszt: Faust Symphony

Lutoslawski: Paroles Tissees

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler: Ruckertlieder

Mahler: Symphony No 2 in C minor (Resurrection)

Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G

Mendelssohn: Choral Songs, Op 59

Mendelssohn: Songs, Op 63

Mendelssohn: Songs, Op 86

Mendelssohn: Volkslieder, Op 41

Monteverdi: Vespers (1610)

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K 165, soprano & orch

Mozart: "Non piu, tutto ascoltai", scena and rondo K 490

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Destruction of Sennacherib

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Joshua

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Oedipus in Athens

Mussorgsky-Rimsky-Korsakov: Salammbo

Mussorgsky-Shostakovich: Songs and Dances of Death

Mussorgsky: The Nursery

Obukhov: Two Balmont Songs

Orff: Carmina Burana

Penderecki: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis

Penderecki: From the Psalms of David

Penderecki: Magnificat

Penderecki: St Luke Passion

Penderecki: Strophes, soprano, reciter, 10 instruments

Poulenc: Four Christmas Motets

Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, cantata Op 78

Rachmaninov: "Love's Flame". Op 14 No 10

Rachmaninov: "O Stay, my love", Op 4 No 1

Rachmaninov: Songs - various

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Op 35

Ravel: Don Quichotte a Dulcinee

Ravel: Trois poemes de Mallarme

Rossini: Petite messe solennelle

Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, Op 46

Schoenberg: Erwartung, Op 17

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder - Song of the Wood Dove

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op 21

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op 39

Schumann: Part-Songs, Op 59

Schumann: Songs, Op 36

Schumann: Songs, Op 79

Schumann: Songs, Op 89

Seiber: Four Greek Folk songs, voice & strings

Shostakovich: Six Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, Op 143

Sibelius: Luonnotar, Op 70

Smetana: Evening Songs, T 124

Stravinsky: Abraham and Isaac

Stravinsky: In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Stravinsky: Renard

Stravinsky: Soldier's Tale

Tchaikovsky-Taneiev: Romeo and Juliet, Duet, Op posth

Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Russian Mass Op 41

Tchaikovsky: Songs - various

Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage - Act II

Tjeknavorian: My Fatherland (My Armenia), Op 45

Verdi: Requiem Mass

Vivaldi: Gloria in D

Volkonsky: The Laments of Shchazi, soprano & chamber ensemble

Wieck-Schumann, C.: Songs, Op 13

Williamson: The Violins of Saint-Jacques




Albeniz, MP de: Harp Sonata in D

Albinoni: Trio Sonata, Op 1 No 12, in B flat

Amirov: Six Pieces, flute & piano

Amram: Songs for Marlboro, horn & cello

Arriaga: String Quartet No 3 in E flat

Babadzhanian: Piano Trio in F sharp minor

Babadzhanian: Violin Sonata in B flat

Bach, CPE: Flute Sonata in A minor, Wq 132

Bach, JC: Quintet, Op 11 No 1, in C, flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello

Bach-Archibald: Suite, brass quintet

Bach: Cello Suite No 3 in C, BWV 1009

Bach: Cello Suite No 4 in E flat, BWV 1010

Bach: Cello Suite No 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Bach: Flute Sonata, BWV 1013, in A minor

Bach: Flute Sonata, BWV 1035, in E

Bach: Partita No 1 in B minor, BWV 1002, violin

Bach: Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, violin

Bach: Partita No 3 in E, BWV 1006, violin

Bach: Sonata No 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, violin

Bach: Sonata No 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, violin

Bach: Sonata No 3 in C, BWV 1005, violin

Bach: Violin Sonata, BWV 1016, in E

Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op 6

Bartok-Arma: Suite paysanne hongroise, flute & piano

Bartok: Rhapsody No 1, violin/cello & piano

Bartok: Sonata, solo violin

Bartok: String Quartet No 2

Bartok: String Quartet No 5

Bartok: String Quartet No 6

Bazil: Ararat, flute

Bazzini: La Ronde des Lutins, Op 25, violin & piano

Beethoven-Levinson: Double Bass Sonata in A

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op 133, string quartet

Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F, Op 17

Beethoven: Piano Trio No 4 in D, Op 70 No 1 (Ghost)

Beethoven: Piano Trio No 5 in E flat, Op 70 No 2

Beethoven: Serenade in D, Op 41

Beethoven: String Quartet No 3 in D, Op 18 No 3

Beethoven: String Quartet No 7 in F, Op 59 No 1 (Rasumovsky)

Beethoven: String Quartet No 8 in E minor, Op 59 No 2 (Razumovsky)

Beethoven: String Quartet No 9 in C, Op 59 No 3 (Rasumovsky)

Beethoven: String Quartet No 10 in E flat, Op 74 (Harp)

Beethoven: String Quartet No 13 in B flat, Op 130

Beethoven: String Trio Op 9 No 3, in C minor

Beethoven: Variations, Op 66 ("Ein Madchen oder Weibchen"), cello & piano

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 1 in D, Op 12 No 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 4 in A minor, Op 23

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 5 in F, Op 24 (Spring)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 9 in A, Op 47 (Kreutzer)

Benjamin, A: Sonatina in A minor, cello & piano

Bennett, R.R.: Sonata No 2, solo violin

Berg, C: Why Else Do You Have an English Horn?, cor anglais & narrator

Bernstein: Brass Music (complete)

Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata

Bernstein: Elegy for Mippy I, horn & piano

Bernstein: Elegy for Mippy II, trombone

Bernstein: Fanfare for Bima, trumpet, horn, trombone & tuba

Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey, trumpet & piano

Bernstein: Violin Sonata

Bernstein: Waltz for Mippy III, tuba & piano

Bizet-Waxman: Carmen Fantasy, violin & piano

Boccherini: Minuet in A, string quintet

Boismortier: Concerto in E minor, flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord

Borodin: String Quartet No 2 in D

Boyce: Trio Sonata No 10 in E minor

Brahms: Cello Sonata in D, from Violin Sonata in G, Op 78 (arr Klengel)

Brahms: Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38

Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34

Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B, Op 8 (revised version)

Brahms: Piano Trio No 2 in C, Op 87

Brahms: Piano Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 101

Brahms: String Quintet No 2 in G, Op 111

Brahms: Violin Sonata No 2 in A, Op 100

Brahms: Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108

Bridge: Three Idylls, string quartet

Britten: Cello Suite No 1, Op 72

Britten: Cello Suite No 2, op 80

Britten: Cello Suite No 3, Op 87

Britten: Lachrymae (Dowland), Op 48, viola & piano

Britten: Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49, oboe

Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op 2, oboe, string trio

Broughton: Concert Piece for 8 trumpets

Cabezon: Pavan & Variations, harp

Camilleri: Cello Sonata, Op 32

Camilleri: Fantasia Concertante No 1, solo cello

Camilleri: Fantasia Concertante No 3, solo percussion

Camilleri: Flower and the Wind, flute

Camilleri: Piano Trio

Cardon: Harp Sonata

Carlo: Cor Anglais Sonata in F minor

Chavez: Sonata for four horns

Chopin, attrib: Variations on Rossini's La Cenerentola, B 9, flute & piano

Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C, Op 3, cello & piano

Corelli: Violin Sonata, Op 5 No 3, in C

Corigliano: Soliloquy (Clarinet Concerto), clarinet & string quartet

Corigliano: Violin Sonata

Crosse: Carol, Op 7, flute & piano

Crosse: Three Inventions, Op 3, flute & clarinet

Debussy: Petite Piece, clarinet & piano

Debussy: Premiere Rapsodie, clarinet & piano

Debussy: Syrinx, solo flute

Debussy: Violin Sonata

Demillac: Petite suite medievale, flute & guitar

Devienne: Duo, Op 5 No 3, in C minor for flute & viola

Dick: Four Elegies and an Epilogue for solo cello

Dodgson: Sonata No 4, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord

Downey: Lydian Suite for solo cello

Downey: Soliloquy, unaccompanied cor anglais

Dring: Trio for flute, oboe & piano

Dvorak: Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75, violin & piano

Dvorak: Serenade, Op 44, in D minor

Dvorak: String Quartet No 12 in F, Op 96 (American)

Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op 48

Elgar: Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2, violin & piano

Elkjer: Tribute to JJ Johnson, five trombones & rhythm section

Enescu: Cantabile and Presto, flute & piano

Enescu: Konzertstuck for viola & piano

Enescu: Legende in C minor, trumpet & piano

Enescu: Violin Sonata No 2 in F minor, Op 6

Ewazen: Trio in E flat, trumpet, violin & piano

Ewazen: Trombone Sonata

Faure: Berceuse, violin & piano

Faure: Fantaisie, Op 79, flute & piano

Faure: Sicilienne, cello & piano

Forbes: Concert Prelude for brass quintet

Francaix: Wind Quintet

Franck: Cello Sonata in A

Franck: Violin Sonata in A

Fuchs: Face of the Night, oboe, cor anglais & chamber ensemble

Gade: Violin Sonata No 2 in D minor, Op 21

Gaubert: Three Water Colours, flute, cello & piano

Gerhard-Atherton: Don Quixote Suite

Gerhard-Atherton: Pandora Suite

Gerhard-Howarth: Sardana No 2 in E flat, for brass band

Gerhard: Capriccio, solo flute

Gerhard: Cello Sonata

Gerhard: Chaconne, solo violin

Gerhard: Concert for Eight

Gerhard: Fantasia, solo guitar

Gerhard: Gemini, violin & piano

Gerhard: Hymnody

Gerhard: Leo

Gerhard: Libra

Gerhard: Nonet

Gerhard: Piano Trio

Gerhard: Sardana No 1

Gerhard: Sardana No 2

Gerhard: String Quartet No 1

Gerhard: String Quartet No 2

Gerhard: Wind Quintet

Gershwin-Turrin: Someone to Watch over Me

Gharabekian: Three Momentums, brass quartet, piano

Gieseking: Flute Sonata in E minor

Gilbert, A.: The Incredible Flute Music

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits, flute & piano

Godard: Legende pastorale (Scenes ecossaises, Op 138), oboe & piano

Godefroid: Etude de concert, harp

Granados-Robles: Jota, Op 5 No 6, harps

Grieg: Cello Sonata in A minor, Op 36

Guridi: Three Basque Melodies, harp

Guridi: Viejo Zortzico, harp

Handel: Flute Sonata, Op 1 No 11, in F

Handel: Trio Sonata, Op 2 No 8, in G minor

Handel: Variations, harp

Handel: Violin Sonata, Op 1 No 12, in F

Hasselmans: La patrouille - etude de concert, harp

Hasselmans: La source - etude de concert, harp

Haydn: Piano Trio No 30 in E flat

Haydn: String Quartet Op 20 No 4, in D

Haydn: String Quartet Op 33 No 2, in E flat (Joke)

Haydn: String Quartet Op 54 No 2, in C

Haydn: String Quartet Op 55 No 2, in F minor (Razor)

Haydn: String Quartet Op 74 No 3, in G (Rider)

Haydn: String Quartet Op 76 No 1, in G

Haydn: String Quartet Op 76 No 5, in D

Haydn: Trio No 1 in C, Hob IV:1, two flutes, cello

Henze: Violin Sonatina

Hindemith: Double Bass Sonata

Hindemith: Kammermusik No 3 (Cello Concerto), Op 36 No 2

Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op 25 No 1 (unaccompanied)

Hinner: Duo No 1 in F

Hovhaness: Shatakh, Op 73 No 1, violin & piano

Hovhaness: Yakamochi, Op 193 No 2, solo cello

Ireland: Fantasy-Sonata, clarinet & piano

Janacek: Capriccio, piano (left hand) & chamber ensemble

Janacek: Concertino, piano, string & wind septet

Janacek: March of the Blue Boys, piccolo & piano

Janacek: Mladi, wind septet

Janacek: Prohadka, cello & piano

Janacek: String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)

Janacek: String Quartet No 2 (Intimate Letters)

Janacek: Violin Sonata in A flat minor

Joachim: Variations in E, Op 10, viola & piano

Jolas: J.D.E., chamber ensemble

Kalajian: Flute Sonata

Khachaturian, A.: Trio in G minor, clarinet, violin & piano

Khachaturian, A: Dance in B flat, violin & piano

Khachaturian, A: Sonata-Fantasia in C, cello

Khachaturian, A: Sonata-Monologue, violin

Khachaturian, K.: Violin Sonata in G minor, Op 1

Khachaturian: Song-Poem in F sharp minor, violin & piano

Khrennikov: Three Pieces, Op 26, violin & piano

Kodaly: Cello Sonata, Op 4

Kodaly: Sonata for solo cello, Op 8

Kodaly: Three Chorale Preludes, cello & piano

Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing - Four Pieces, Op 11, violin & piano

Koussevitzky: Valse Miniature, Op 1 No 2, double bass & piano

Kreisler: Schon Rosmarin, violin & piano

Kuhlau: Flute Quartet Op 51 No 2, in E

Kuhlau: Flute Quintet Op 51 No 1, in D

Kuhlau: Flute Quintet Op 51 No 3, in A

Kurtag: Hommage a Mihaly Andras - Mikroludiums, Op 13, string quartet

Leclair: Violin Sonata in D

Liszt-Orga: Die Wiege, four violins

Liszt: Grand Duo Concertante, violin & piano

Lutoslawski: Mini Overture, brass quintet

MacDowell-Bulla: To a Wild Rose, trumpet & piano

MacMillan: Kiss on Wood, violin & piano

Mansurian: Allegro Barbaro, cello & piano

Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne

Martin: Ballade, flute & piano

Martin: Petite complainte, oboe & piano

Martinu: Three Madrigals, H 313, violin & viola

Massenet: Thais - Meditation, violin & piano

Maw: Night Thoughts, flute solo

Mayzumi: Prelude

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No 2 in D, Op 58

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op 20

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, Op 66

Mendelssohn: Song without Words in D, Op 109, cello & piano

Mendelssohn: String Quartet, Op 13, in A minor

Mendelssohn: String Quartet, Op 44 No 2, in E minor

Merrick: Cello Sonata (with Steven Isserlis)

Messiaen: Le merle noir, flute & piano

Mirzoyan: String Quartet in D minor

Moszkowski: Suite in G minor, Op 71, two violins & piano

Mozart, attrib: Theme, Variations & Rondo pastorale, harp

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K 581

Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K app 229 No 2, two clarinets, bassoon

Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K 563, string trio

Mozart: Duo No 2 in B flat, K 424, violin & viola

Mozart: Flute Quartet, K 285, in D

Mozart: Flute Quartet, K 285a, in G

Mozart: Flute Quartet, K 285b, in C

Mozart: Flute Quartet, K 298, in A

Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat, K 407

Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F, K 370

Mozart: Piano Trio, K 502, in B flat

Mozart: Piano Trio, K 542, in E

Mozart: Piano Trio, K 564, in G

Mozart: String Quartet K 387, in G

Mozart: String Quartet K 421, in D minor

Mozart: String Quartet K 458, in B flat (Hunt)

Mozart: String Quartet K 464, in A

Mozart: String Quartet K 465, in C (Dissonance)

Mozart: String Quartet K 589, in B flat

Mozart: String Quintet K 515, in C

Mozart: Trio in E flat, K 498, clarinet, viola & piano (Kegelstatt)

Mozart: Violin Sonata, K 376, in F

Mozart: Violin Sonata, K 379, in G

Mozart: Violin Sonata, K 454, in B flat

Mozart: Violin Sonata, K 481, in E flat

Mozart: Wind Serenade, K 361, in B flat

Mozart: Wind Serenade, K 375, in E flat

Mozart: Wind Serenade, K 388, in E flat

Naderman & Tulou: Nocturne, Tyrolienne and Rondoletto, flute & harp

Naderman: Harp Sonatina No 6

Narvaez: Popular Variations, harp

Nielsen: Fantasy Pieces, Op 2, oboe & piano

Orga: Aria and Rondo, Op 7, clarinet & piano

Orga: Flute Sonata, Op 9 (unaccompanied)

Orga: String Quartet, Op 11

Osborne, W: Rhapsody, solo bassoon

Paganini-Kreisler: Campanella (Violin Concerto No 2, Op 7), violin & piano

Paganini-Schumann: Caprices, Op 1, violin & piano - various

Paganini: Cantabile in D, Op 17, violin & piano

Paganini: Caprices, Op 1, solo violin - various

Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Rossini's Mose (G string)

Paradis: Sicilienne in E flat

Pasculli: Variations on Donizetti's "La Favorita", oboe & piano

Paulus: Seven for the Flowers Near the River, viola & piano

Peaslee: Arrows of Time, trombone & piano

Penderecki: String Quartet No 1

Pierne: Impromptu-Caprice, Op 9, harp

Piston: Suite, oboe & piano

Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata

Poulenc: Flute Sonata

Poulenc: Oboe Sonata

Poulenc: Sextet for piano and wind quintet

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet & Bassoon

Poulenc: Sonata for Two Clarinets

Poulenc: Trio for oboe, bassoon & piano

Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore

Previn: Four Outings, brass quintet

Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D, Op 94

Prokofiev: Sonata in C, Op 56, two violins

Prokofiev: Sonata in D, Op 115, solo violin

Prokofiev: String Quartet No 2 in F, Op 92

Quantz: Trio Sonata in C minor, flute, oboe & continuo

Rachmaninov: Trio Elegiaque No 1 in G minor

Rachmaninov: Trio elegiaque No 2 in D minor, Op 9

Ramey: Elegy for horn & piano

Ranjbaran: Dance of Life, violin & double bass

Ravel-Bazelaire: Piece en forme de habanera, bassoon & piano

Ravel-Orvid: Pavane for a Dead Princess, trumpet & piano

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Ravel: Sonata for Violin & Cello

Ravel: String Quartet in F

Ravel: Violin Sonata

Read: Phantasmagoria, Op 147, oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais

Reger: Albumblatt in E flat, clarinet & piano

Reger: Chaconne in G minor, Op 117 No 4, solo violin

Reger: Clarinet Sonata No 3, Op 107

Reger: Tarantella in G minor, clarinet & piano

Reger: Violin Sonata in C minor, Op 139

Reicha: Wind Quintet, Op 88 No 2, in E flat

Reynolds: Fantasy Etudes, bassoon & percussion

Riegger: Concerto for Piano and Wind, Op 53

Robles: An Irish Folk Suite, harps

Robles: Narnia Suite, harps

Ropartz: Andante and Allegro, trumpet & piano

Ropartz: Concert Piece in E flat minor, trombone & piano

Roslavets: Two Dances, violin & piano

Rush: Rebellion, trombone, piano & percussion

Saint-Saens: Havanaise, Op 83, violin & piano

Saint-Saens: Oboe Sonata in D, Op 166

Salzedo: Chanson dans la nuit, harp

Sammartini-Tortelier: Cello Sonata in G

Sanders: Horn Sonata in B flat

Sarasate: Fantasy on Carmen, Op 25, violin & piano

Satie: Choses vues a droite et a gauche (sans lunettes), violin & piano

Scarlatti-Archibald: Three Sonatas, brass quintet

Schickele: Gardens, oboe & piano

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1 in E, Op 9, 15 solo instruments

Schubert: Arpegionne Sonata in A minor, D 821, cello & piano

Schubert: Octet in F, D 803

Schubert: Piano Trio No 1 in B flat, D 898

Schubert: Piano Trio No 2 in E flat, D 929

Schubert: String Quartet, D 87, in E flat

Schubert: String Quartet, D 112, in B flat

Schubert: String Quartet, D 804, in A minor (Rosamunde)

Schubert: String Quartet, D 810, in D minor (Death and the Maiden)

Schubert: String Quartet, D 887, in G (Great)

Schubert: String Trio, D 471, in B flat

Schuller: Duets for unaccompanied horns

Schuller: Trois Hommages, horn & piano

Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op 131, violin & piano

Schumann: Marchenbilder, Op 113, viola & piano

Schumann: Marchenerzahlungen, Op 132, piano, clarinet & viola

Schumann: Phantasiestuck, Op 88, piano trio

Schumann: Phantasiestucke, Op 73, clarinet & piano

Schumann: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op posth

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op 47

Schumann: Pieces in Folk Style, Op 102, cello & piano

Schumann: Romances, Op 94, oboe & piano

Schumann: String Quartet Op 41 No 1, in A minor

Schumann: String Quartet Op 41 No 2, in F

Schumann: String Quartet Op 41 No 3, in A

Shostakovich: Duets for Two Violins & Piano

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 1, Op 8

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C, Op 49

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 4 in D, Op 83

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 7 in F sharp minor, Op 108

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Op 122

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144

Siegmeister: Prelude, Blues and Finale, two clarinets & piano

Smetana: String Quartet No 1 in E minor (From my Life)

Steptoe: Chamber Sonata No 3 (The Knight of the Sun)

Still: Incantation and Dance, oboe & piano

Stockhausen: Momente

Strauss, R: Capriccio Sextet, Op 85

Strauss, R: Violin Sonata in E flat, Op 18

Stravinsky-Dushkin: Russian Maiden Song (Mavra) `

Stravinsky: Divertimento (Le baiser de la fee), violin & piano

Stravinsky: Wind Octet

Taktakishvili: Flute Sonata in C

Tchaikovsky-Levinson: Meditation in D, Op 72 No 5, double bass & piano

Tchaikovsky: Meditation, Op 42 No 1, violin & piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op 70, string sextet

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 in D, Op 11

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 2 in F, Op 22

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 3 in E flat minor, Op 30

Tchaikovsky: Valse Scherzo in C, Op 34, violin & piano

Telemann: Fantasias for solo flute - various

Telemann: Quartet in D minor (Tafelmusik, II/2)

Telemann: Quartet in G (Tafelmusik I/2)

Thompson-Everson: There's a Great Day Coming, 6 trumpets

Tjeknavorian: Ballet Fantastique (Danses Fantastiques), Op 2

Tjeknavorian: Moods, oboe & percussion, Op 23

Tjeknavorian: Wind Quintet, Op 1b

Tomasi: Triptyque, trumpet & piano

Tortelier: Sonata Breve (Bucephale), cello & piano

Tournier: Au matin (Etude de concert in F), harp

Tournier: Preludes, Op 16, harp(s)

Turrin-Smith (arr): Amazing Grace, trumpet & piano

Turrin: Festival Fanfare for 8 trumpets

Turrin: Intrada, trumpet & piano

Turrin: Two Portraits, trumpet & piano

Varese: Density 21.5, solo flute

Varese: Deserts

Vaughan Williams: Studies in English Folk Song, cello & piano

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata, Op 1 No 12, in D minor

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata, RV 83, in C minor

Vorisek: Violin Sonata in G minor, Op 5

Watkins: At the Horizon, flute & piano

Waxman: Carmen Fantasy, violin & piano

Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op 35, bassoon & piano

Weber: Grand duo concertante in E flat, Op 48, clarinet & piano

Webern: Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op 24

Webern: String Quartet (1905)

Widor: Suite, Op 34, flute & piano

Wieck-Schumann, C: Romances, Op 22, violin & piano

Wieniawski: Legende, Op 17, violin & piano

Wieniawski: Polonaise brillante in D, Op 4, violin & piano

Williams: Images of a Mind, cello & piano

Williams: Quatre Cantilenes, cello & piano

Williams: Sonata for solo cello

Williams: Spring Requiem, cello & piano

Wolf: Italian Serenade in G, string quartet

Xenakis: Morsima-Amorsima

Yardumian: Monologue, violin

Ysaye: Poeme Extase, Op 21, violin & piano


Sample Note




String Quartet No 7 in F, Op 59 No 1 (Rasumovsky)



Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando

Adagio molto e mesto -

Theme russe: Allegro


Darkened by Napoleon's first occupation of Vienna, 1806, paradoxically, was a year in Beethoven's life of supremely lyrical outpouring. To it belong the three great so-called Rasumovsky Quartets, Op 59, the Fourth Piano Concerto, the Fourth Symphony, the Violin Concerto - each testaments of supremacy in art that future generations, if not always Beethoven's contemporaries, were to cherish and celebrate.


The three Quartets Op 59 were commissioned by one Count Andreas Kyrillowitsch Rasumovsky, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna. Half Cossack, Rasumovsky was a colourful character whose reputation in diplomatic circles had been achieved apparently "less through his skill in diplomacy than through his lavish expenditure and his love affairs with ladies of the highest standing, not excluding the Queen of Naples" (Thayer). A contemporary (Schnitzler, 1863) reported that he "lived in Vienna like a prince, encouraging art and science, surrounded by a luxurious library and other collections and admired and envied by all; what advantages accrued from all this to Russian affairs is another matter". Beethoven, in deference to his patron, Czerny says, "pledged himself to weave a Russian melody into every quartet" - dubiously so, however, if at all, in the case of the last.


"Not for you, but for a later age" (Beethoven). From the outset the Op 59 cycle was given a hostile reception. "Perhaps no work of Beethoven's," Thayer wrote, "met a more discouraging reception from musicians than these now famous quartets". According to Czerny "when Schuppanzigh first played the Rasumovsky Quartet in F [No 1], they laughed and were convinced that Beethoven was playing a joke and that it was not the quartet which had been promised". Others found it "crazy music". The Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung (27 February 1807), on the other hand, was more qualified, reporting that "three new, very long and difficult Beethoven string quartets ... are ... attracting the attention of all connoisseurs... The conception is profound and excellently wrought but not easily intelligible - except perhaps for the third [this evening's work], whose originality, melody, and harmonic power will surely win over every educated music lover".


Soaring in concept, commanding in sweep, a quartet where, as Basil Lam says (1975), "Beethoven finds everywhere ... a new way of writing for the four strings, no less spacious and majestic in sonority than the treatment of the classical orchestra in the Eroica ", the first Rasumovsky is made up of four imposingly imagined movements, all , uniquely for their time, in sonata-form, a severe discipline.


To early 19th century sensibility a "rock of offence" (Thayer), the first, of symphonic aspiration, is notable for the way Beethoven consciously abandons the usual repeat of the exposition; for the textural toughness and intensity of its central working-out; and for the development and character of its large-scale coda. "This strange and stupendous movement," the late Robert Simpson declared (1971), "with its vast calm fugato in the middle and its extraordinary blend of serenity and inner force, is, like all Beethoven's great conceptions, unique. In it fate does not knock at the door - it stares through the window". The complex B flat "scherzo", placed second, is a statement of often extreme tonal adventure and rhythmic ingenuity, where melody and harmony in the conventional sense are all but abandoned. Continual development and variation rather than obvious repetition or segmentation is its essence. "Crazy" indeed must it have seemed to its first listeners. Writing of it in 1859, Marx believed: "One can find no defined meaning in this dance, whose outward aspects are ever changing yet always akin; perhaps it is that this light-hearted fantasy finds in itself its own meaning and its own purpose. But it is the fantasy of an eager and sensitive spirit; joy and sorrow are reflected like sunlight and shadow flickering over a vast plain as the clouds move across the sun."


The romantically-inflexioned, elegiac F minor Adagio is a scena of inventive sonority and instrumental resource, of elegant embellishment, of harmonically-telling incident. Unlike the bright finale - a theme russe of teasing Dorian modality diatonically harmonised that fairly hurtles its way across the galaxy (taken from Ivan Prach's collection of popular Russian songs published in St Petersburg in 1790) - the message it conveys is one of deeply private contemplation, of enshrined stillness, of sepulchral shadow. Above the manuscript Beethoven wrote "A willow or acacia over my brother's grave" - curious, enigmatic words in remembrance maybe of a long-dead infant brother, of the first-born Ludwig? Who today can say ...?







Alkan: Chant, Op 38 No 1, in E

Alkan: Concerto, Op 39 Nos 8-10

Alkan: Le tambour bat aux champs, Op 50 No 2

Alkan: Trois Grandes Etudes, Op 76

Arensky: Suite No 1, Op 15, two pianos

Arensky: Suite No 2, Op 23 (Silhouettes), two pianos

Arensky: Suite No 3, Op 33 (Variations), two pianos

Arensky: Suite No 4, Op 62, two pianos

Arensky: Suite No 5 in canon form (Children's Suite), Op 65, two pianos

Aristakesyan: Sonata

Babadzhanian: Suite

Bach, CPE: Variations, Wq 118/9, in D minor (Folies d'Espagne)

Bach, JCF: Theme & Variations, Su IV:8 in G

Bach-Alkan: Siciliano in E flat

Bach-Brahms: Chaconne in D minor, Anh Ia/1: v, left hand

Bach-Brahms: Presto in G minor, Anh Ia/1: iii, iv

Bach-Busoni: Capriccio in B flat, BWV 992

Bach-Busoni: Chorale Prelude "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 639

Bach-Busoni: Chorale Prelude "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein", BWV 734

Bach-Busoni: Chorale Prelude "Nun kommder heiden Heiland", BWV 659

Bach-Busoni: Prelude and Fugue, BWV 552, in E flat (St Anne)

Bach-Busoni: Toccata and Fugue, BWV 565, in D minor,

Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564, in C

Bach-Godowsky: Sonata No 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

Bach-Godowsky: Sonata No 2 in B minor, BWV 1002 (Partita)

Bach-Godowsky: Sonata No 3 in A minor, BWV 1003

Bach-Orga: Partita No 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabande

Bach-Rachmaninov: Partita in E, BWV 1006 - Suite

Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903

Bach: English Suite No 6 in D minor, BWV 811

Bach: Partita in B minor (French Overture), BWV 831

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (Forty-Eight), Vol 1

Bachoodarian: Rondo and Scherzo

Baghdassarian: Three Preludes

Balakirev: Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Barber: Sonata in E flat minor, Op 26

Bartok: Hungarian Peasant Songs

Bartok: Sonata

Bartok: Sonatina

Bartok: Suite, Op 14

Beethoven-Alkan: Piano Concerto No 3, first movement

Beethoven-Liszt: An die ferne Geliebte

Beethoven-Orga: Sonata in C, Wo0 51

Beethoven-Rubinstein-Rachmaninov: Ruins of Athens - Turkish March

Beethoven: Allegretto in C minor, Wo0 53

Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op 126

Beethoven: Ecossaises in E flat, Wo0 83

Beethoven: Fantasia in G minor, Op 77

Beethoven: Polonaise in C, Op 89

Beethoven: Rondos, Op 51

Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, from the Op 3 String Trio

Beethoven: Sonata No 2 in A, Op 2 No 2

Beethoven: Sonata No 3 in C, Op 2 No 3

Beethoven: Sonata No 7 in D, Op 10 No 3

Beethoven: Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13 (Pathetique)

Beethoven: Sonata No 10 in G, Op 14 No 2

Beethoven: Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight)

Beethoven: Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 (Tempest)

Beethoven: Sonata No 20 in G, Op 49 No 2

Beethoven: Sonata No 21 in C, Op 53 (Waldstein)

Beethoven: Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op 57 (Appassionata)

Beethoven: Sonata No 28 in A, Op 101

Beethoven: Sonata No 29 in B flat, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E, Op 109

Beethoven: Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110

Beethoven: Sonata, Wo0 47 No 1, in E flat

Beethoven: Sonata, Wo0 47 No 2, in F minor

Beethoven: Sonata, Wo0 47 No 3, in D

Beethoven: Variations and Fugue, Op 35, in E flat (Prometheus-Eroica)

Beethoven: Variations, Op 34, in F

Beethoven: Variations, Op 76, in D (Turkish March)

Beethoven: Variations, Op 120, in C (Diabelli)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 63, in C minor (Dressler)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 64, in F (Swiss Song)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 65, in D (Righini)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 66, in A (Dittersdorf)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 68, in C (Vigano)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 69, in A (Paisiello)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 70, in G ("Nel cor piu non mi sento")

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 71, in A (Wranitzky)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 72, in C (Gretry)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 73, in B flat (Salieri)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 75, in F (Winter)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 76, in F (Sussmayer)

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 77, in G

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 78, in C ("God Save the King")

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 79, in D ("Rule Britannia")

Beethoven: Variations, Wo0 80, in C minor

Bellini-Liszt: Hexameron

Bellini-Liszt: Norma Reminiscences

Berg, A: Sonata in B minor, Op 1

Berlioz-Liszt: Fantastic Symphony

Brahms-Biret: Die schone Magelone, song transcriptions

Brahms: Ballades, Op 10

Brahms: Cadenzas (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart concertos)

Brahms: Canon in F minor, Anh posth III/2

Brahms: Exercises, Wo06

Brahms: Fantasies, Op 116

Brahms: Five Studies, Anh Ia/1

Brahms: Gavottes, Wo0 posth 3

Brahms: Gigues, Wo0 posth 4

Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos 1-10, Wo0 1, piano arr composer

Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos 1-21, duet (complete)

Brahms: Intermezzi, Op 117

Brahms: Klavierstucke in B flat, Anh posth III/4

Brahms: Klavierstucke, Op 76

Brahms: Klavierstucke, Op 118

Brahms: Klavierstucke, Op 119

Brahms: Liebeslieder, Op 52 duet version

Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op 65a duet version

Brahms: Rakoczy March, Anh posth III/10

Brahms: Rhapsodies, Op 79

Brahms: Sarabandes, Wo0 posth 5

Brahms: Scherzo in E flat minor, Op 4

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op 34a, two pianos

Brahms: Sonata No 1 in C, Op 1

Brahms: Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2

Brahms: Sonata No 3 in F minor, Op 5

Brahms: Souvenir de la Russie, Anh IV/6 duet

Brahms: Variations and Fugue, Op 24, in B flat (Handel)

Brahms: Variations, GA posth XV/9, in D minor

Brahms: Variations, Op 9, in F sharp minor (Schumann)

Brahms: Variations, Op 21 No 1, in D

Brahms: Variations, Op 21 No 2, in D (Hungarian Song)

Brahms: Variations, Op 23, in E flat (Schumann), duet

Brahms: Variations, Op 35, in A minor (Paganini)

Brahms: Variations, Op 56a, in B flat (Haydn), two pianos

Brahms: Waltzes, Op 39 duet version

Brahms: Waltzes, Op 39 solo versions i & ii

Britten: Holiday Diary Suite, Op 5

Busoni-Bach - see Bach-Busoni

Busoni: Sonatina No 6 (Carmen Fantasy)

Buxtehude-Prokofiev: Praeludium (and Fugue) in D minor

Camilleri: African Dreams

Camilleri: Hemda

Camilleri: Mantra

Camilleri: Missa Mundi, organ

Camilleri: Noospheres

Camilleri: Sonatina No 1

Camilleri: Taqsim, two pianos

Camilleri: Times of Day

Chopin-Balakirev: Romanza (Piano Concerto No 1)

Chopin-Brahms: Study in F minor, Anh Ia/1: i

Chopin-Liszt: Chants polonais

Chopin-Orga: Bourrees, B160b

Chopin-Orga: Wiosna, B117

Chopin: Albumleaf in E, B 151

Chopin: Allegro de concert in A, Op 46

Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat, Op 22

Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23

Chopin: Ballade No 2 in F, Op 38

Chopin: Ballade No 3 in A flat, Op 47

Chopin: Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52

Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60

Chopin: Berceuse in D flat, Op 57

Chopin: Bolero in A minor, Op 19

Chopin: Cantabile in B flat, B 84

Chopin: Contredanse in G flat, B 17

Chopin: Ecossaises, Op 72 No 3

Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66

Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op 49

Chopin: Fugue in A minor, B 144

Chopin: Funeral March in C minor, Op 72 No 2

Chopin: Impromptu No 1 in A flat, Op 29

Chopin: Impromptu No 2 in F sharp, Op 36

Chopin: Impromptu No 3 in G flat, Op 51

Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brillant in C, Op 3, cello & piano

Chopin: Largo in E flat, B 109

Chopin: Mazurka No 52 in B flat, B 16 No 2

Chopin: Mazurka No 54 in D, B 31

Chopin: Mazurka No 56 in B flat, B 73

Chopin: Mazurka No 58 in A flat, B 85

Chopin: Mazurka, B 4, in D

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 7 No 5, in C

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 17 No 4, in A minor

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 24 No 2, in C

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 63 No 3, in C sharp minor

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 67 No 3, in C

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 68 No 2, in A minor

Chopin: Mazurka, Op 68 No 4, in F minor

Chopin: Mazurkas Op 50

Chopin: Mazurkas Op 59

Chopin: Nocturne, B 49, in C sharp minor

Chopin: Nocturne, B 108, in C minor

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 9 No 2, in E flat

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 15 No 1, in F

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 15 No 2, in F sharp

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 27 No 1, in C sharp minor

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 32 No 1, in B

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 48 No 1, in C minor

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 48 No 2, in F sharp minor

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 62 No 1, in B

Chopin: Polonaise No 6 in A flat, Op 53

Chopin: Polonaise No 7 - see Polonaise-Fantasy

Chopin: Polonaise No 10 in F minor, Op 71 No 3

Chopin: Polonaise No 11 in G minor, B1

Chopin: Polonaise No 12 in B flat, B3

Chopin: Polonaise No 13 in A flat, B5

Chopin: Polonaise No 14 in G sharp minor, B6

Chopin: Polonaise No 15 in B flat minor, B13

Chopin: Polonaise No 16 in G flat, B36

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat, Op 61

Chopin: Rondo, Op 16, in E flat

Chopin: Rondo, Op 73a, in C, solo piano

Chopin: Rondo, Op 73b, in C, two pianos

Chopin: Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20

Chopin: Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31

Chopin: Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 39

Chopin: Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54

Chopin: Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 4

Chopin: Sonata No 2 in B flat minor (Funeral March), Op 35

Chopin: Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58

Chopin: Souvenir de Paganini in A, B 37

Chopin: Studies, Op 10 (complete)

Chopin: Studies, Op 25 (complete)

Chopin: Tarantella in A flat, Op 43

Chopin: Trois Nouvelles Etudes, B 130

Chopin: Variations, B 14, in E, on a German National Air (Cattleboy)

Chopin: Variations, Op 2, in B flat, on "La ci darem la mano" (solo version)

Chopin: Waltz, B 133, in E flat

Chopin: Waltz, B 150, in A minor

Chopin: Waltzes Nos 1-15 - various

Clementi: Sonata Op 24 No 2, in B flat

Clementi: Sonata Op 25 No 5, in F sharp minor (Op 26 No 2)

Clementi: Sonata Op 40 No 2, in B minor

Clementi: Sonata Op 40 No 3, in D major

Copland: Danzon Cubano, two pianos

Copland: Four Piano Blues

Copland: Night Thoughts (Hommage to Ives)

Copland: Scherzo Humoristique: The Cat and the Mouse

Corelli-Godowsky: Pastorale (Angelus)

Cui: Preludes, Op 64 (complete)

Czerny: Variations on La Ricordanza, Op 33

Dandrieu-Godowsky: Capriccio (Le Caquet)

Debussy: Arabesques

Debussy: Ballade

Debussy: Children's Corner

Debussy: Estampes

Debussy: Images, Book 1

Debussy: Images, Book 2

Debussy: L'isle joyeuse

Debussy: Pour le piano

Debussy: Preludes, Book 1 (complete)

Debussy: Preludes, Book 2 (complete)

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Delibes-Dohnanyi: Coppelia Waltzes

Delibes-Dohnanyi: Naila Waltzes

Donizetti-Thalberg: Don Pasquale Fantasy, Op 67

Dubois: Sonata

Dubois: Ten Preludes

Dussek: Sonata in F sharp minor, Op 61

Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest, Op 68 duet

Dvorak: Legends, Op 59 duet

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 46 duet

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 72 duet

Eberl: Sonata in G minor, Op 27

Falla: El Amor Brujo - Ritual Fire Dance

Faure: Nocturne No 6 in D flat, Op 63

Faure: Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 74

Field: Fantasy in A on Martin y Soler's Andante, Op 3

Field: Nocturne (Romance), H 30, in E flat

Field: Rondo, H 13, in E (Midi)

Field: Sonata No 1 in E flat, Op 1 No 1

Field: Sonata No 2 in A, Op 1 No 2

Field: Sonata No 3 in C minor, Op 1 No 3

Field: Sonata No 4 in B, H 17

Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

Gade: Sonata in E minor, Op 28

Gerhard-Bennett: Alegrias Suite, two pianos

Gerhard: Dos Apunts (Sketches)

Gerhard: Three Impromptus

Glazunov: Sonata No 1 in B flat minor, Op 74

Glazunov: Sonata No 2 in E minor, Op 75

Gluck-Brahms: Gavotte in A, Anh Ia/2

Godowsky: Airs of the 18th Century

Godowsky: Five Miniatures

Godowsky: Four Poems

Godowsky: Java Suite - The Gardens of Buitenzorg

Godowsky: Passacaglia in B minor (on Schubert's Unfinished Symphony)

Godowsky: Polonaise in C

Godowsky: Renaissance (16 settings)

Godowsky: Three Pieces, Op 12

Godowsky: Three Pieces, Op 14

Godowsky: Three Pieces, Op 15

Godowsky: Toccata in G flat, Op 13

Godowsky: Two Waltz Poems

Gubaidulina: Ciacona

Handel-Liszt: Almira - Sarabande and Chaconne

Handel: Chaconne in G, with 21 Variations, HGII:69

Handel: Suite No 9 in B flat, HWV 434, harpsichord

Haroutiunian: Three Musical Pictures

Haydn: Sonata No 30 in A

Haydn: Sonata No 32 in B minor

Haydn: Sonata No 33 in D

Haydn: Sonata No 36 in C sharp minor

Haydn: Sonata No 46 in A flat

Haydn: Sonata No 50, in C

Haydn: Variations in F minor, Hob XVII:6 (Andante)

Holst: The Perfect Fool - ballet music, Op 39, two pianos

Holst: The Planets, Op 32, two pianos

Hovhaness: Lake of Van Sonata

Ibert: Histoires

Janacek: Allegro

Janacek: Dumka

Janacek: In the Mist

Janacek: Moravian Dances

Janacek: Music for Gymnastic Exercises

Janacek: On an overgrown path, 1st series

Janacek: On an overgrown path, 2nd series

Janacek: Recollection

Janacek: Romance in E

Janacek: Street Scene 1 X 1905 (Sonata in E flat minor)

Janacek: Zdenka Variations in B flat, Op 1

Kalkbrenner: Nocturne in A flat, Op 129 (Harpe Eolienne)

Khachaturian: A Glimpse of the Ballet - Invention (Gayaneh Adagio)

Khachaturian: Pictures of Childhood

Khachaturian: Recitatives and Fugues

Khachaturian: Sonatina

Khachaturian: Toccata

Lambert: Sonata

Liszt: Au bord d'une source (AP)

Liszt: Campanella (Paganini, 1838 version)

Liszt: Concert Study No 3 in D flat (Un sospiro)

Liszt: Consolations (complete)

Liszt: Die Trauer-Gondel II

Liszt: En reve (Nocturne in B)

Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", organ

Liszt: Faust Symphony - Gretchen

Liszt: Funerailles: October 1849 (HPR)

Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini (1851 version, complete)

Liszt: Grosses Konzertsolo in E minor

Liszt: Hexameron

Liszt: Hungarian Historical Portraits (complete)

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 5 in E minor

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 in C sharp minor

Liszt: Hymne de l'enfant a son reveil (HPR)

Liszt: Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este (AP)

Liszt: La lugubre gondola I

Liszt: Legends

Liszt: Liebestraume No 3 in A flat

Liszt: Mazurka Brillante in A

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1

Liszt: Nuages gris

Liszt: Pater Noster (HPR)

Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet 123 (AP)

Liszt: Reminiscences de Don Juan (Don Giovanni Fantasy), solo version

Liszt: Reminiscences de Don Juan, two pianos

Liszt: Richard Wagner - Venezia

Liszt: Sarabande and Chaconne from Handel's Almira

Liszt: Scherzo and March

Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody

Liszt: Totentanz in D minor (solo version)

Liszt: Transcendental Studies - various

Liszt: Trauer-Vorspiel

Liszt: Unstern!

Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann (AP)

Liszt: Variations in F minor on a Theme of Bach

Loeillet-Godowsky: Gigue

Lully-Godowsky: Courante

Lully-Godowsky: Sarabande

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, two pianos

Martin: Eight Preludes

Medtner: Canzona Matinata, Op 39 No 4, in G

Medtner: Canzona Serenata, Op 38 No 6

Medtner: Danza festiva, Op 38 No 3

Medtner: Dithyramb Op 10 No 2, in E flat

Medtner: Fairy Tales, Op 20

Medtner: Sonata Elegia in D minor, Op 11 No 2

Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza in A minor, Op 38 No 1

Medtner: Sonata Tragica in C minor, Op 39 No 4

Medtner: Sonata-Ballade in F sharp minor, Op 27

Medtner: Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, Op 55

Medtner: Two Pieces, Op 58, two pianos

Mendelssohn-Rachmaninov: Scherzo in G minor

Mendelssohn: Andante cantabile and Presto agitato in B

Mendelssohn: Capriccio, Op 5, in F sharp minor

Mendelssohn: Capriccio, Op 118, in E

Mendelssohn: Etude in F minor

Mendelssohn: Fantasy, Op 15, on The Last Rose of Summer

Mendelssohn: Fantasy, Op 28, in F sharp minor

Mendelssohn: Scherzo a capriccio in F sharp minor

Mendelssohn: Sonata, Op 105, in G minor

Mendelssohn: Songs without Words (complete)

Mendelssohn: Variations, Op 83, in B flat

Messiaen: Canteyodjaya

Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus - extracts

Mirzoyan: Poeme

Mompou: Scenes d'enfants

Mozart-Busoni: Fantasia, K 608, in F minor, two pianos

Mozart-Liszt-Busoni: Figaro Fantasy

Mozart-Liszt: Don Giovanni Fantasy

Mozart: Andante and Variations, K 501, in G, duet

Mozart: Fantasia and Sonata, K 475/457, in C minor

Mozart: Rondo, K 511, in A minor

Mozart: Sonata, K 331, in A

Mozart: Sonata, K 332, in F

Mozart: Sonata, K 448, in D, two pianos

Mozart: Sonata, K 457, in C minor

Mozart: Sonata, K 570, in B flat

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella (1838 version)

Prokofiev: Love of Three Oranges - March

Prokofiev: Old Grandmother's Tales, Op 31

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Ten Pieces Op 75

Prokofiev: Sonata No 2 in D minor, Op 14

Prokofiev: Sonata No 3 in A minor, Op 28

Prokofiev: Sonata No 4 in C minor, Op 29

Prokofiev: Sonata No 7 in B flat, Op 83

Prokofiev: Sonata No 8 in B flat, Op 84

Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op 11

Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Op 22

Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op 33

Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op 39

Rachmaninov: Melodie in E, Op 3 No 3 (1940 revision)

Rachmaninov: Moments musicaux, Op 16

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Fantasie, Op 3 (1892 original version)

Rachmaninov: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3 No 2

Rachmaninov: Preludes, Op 23

Rachmaninov: Preludes, Op 32

Rachmaninov: Russian Rhapsody in E minor, two pianos

Rachmaninov: Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 (rev version)

Rachmaninov: Suite No 2 in C, Op 17, two pianos

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45, two-piano version

Rachmaninov: Variations, Op 22, in C minor on a Theme of Chopin

Rachmaninov: Variations, Op 42, in D minor on a Theme of Corelli

Rameau-Godowsky: Elegie

Rameau-Godowsky: Gavotte and Musette

Rameau-Godowsky: Menuet in A minor

Rameau-Godowsky: Menuet in G minor

Rameau-Godowsky: Musette en Rondeau

Rameau-Godowsky: Rigaudon

Rameau-Godowsky: Sarabande in A

Rameau-Godowsky: Sarabande in E

Rameau-Godowsky: Tambourin

Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin (1728) - various

Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin (1724/31) - various

Ravel: Jeux d'eau

Ravel: l'Enfant et les Sortileges - Five o'clock Foxtrot

Ravel: Miroirs (complete)

Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante defunte

Ravel: Sonatine in F sharp minor

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Rubinstein: Barcarolle No 5 in A minor, Op 93

Saint-Saens-Bizet: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, arr piano

Saint-Saens-Godowsky: The Swan

Satie: Gymnopedies

Scarlatti-Godowsky: Concert Allegro in A

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 1 (L 366), in D minor

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 9 (L 413), in D minor

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 11 (L 352), in C minor

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 24 (L 495), in A

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 27 (L 449), in B minor

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 113 (L 345), in A

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 162 (L 21), in E

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 322 (L 483), in A

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 377 (L 263), in B minor

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 380 (L 23), in E

Scarlatti: Sonata, K 381 (L 225), in E

Schobert-Godowsky: Menuet

Schoenberg: Five Pieces, Op 23

Schoenberg: Piano Piece, Op 33a

Schoenberg: Piano Piece, Op 33b

Schoenberg: Six Little Pieces, Op 19

Schoenberg: Suite, Op 25

Schoenberg: Three Pieces, Op 11

Schubert-Brahms: Impromptu in E flat, Anh posth IV/2

Schubert-Brahms: Landler, Anh posth Ia/6

Schubert-Godowsky: An Mignon

Schubert-Godowsky: Die Forelle

Schubert-Godowsky: Gute Nacht

Schubert-Liszt: Hungarian March

Schubert-Liszt: Soirees de Vienne - Valse Caprice No 6

Schubert-Liszt: Song transcriptions, various

Schubert-Prokofiev: Waltzes for two pianos

Schubert: Allegretto in C minor, D 915

Schubert: Fantasy, D 760, in C (Wanderer)

Schubert: Fantasy, D 940, in F minor, piano duet

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D 899

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D 935

Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D 780

Schubert: Sonata, D 840, in C (Reliquie)

Schubert: Sonata, D 845, in A minor

Schubert: Sonata, D 894, in G (Fantasy)

Schubert: Sonata, D 958, in C minor

Schubert: Sonata, D 960, in B flat

Schumann-Brahms: Scherzo in E flat (Piano Quintet), Anh posth Ia/7

Schumann: ABEGG Variations, Op 1

Schumann: Album for the Young, Op 68 - excerpts

Schumann: Arabesque in C, Op 18

Schumann: Carnaval, Op 9

Schumann: Chorale Prelude "Wenn mein Stundlein vorhanden ist"

Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op 12

Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op 17

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op 26

Schumann: Four Pieces, Op 32

Schumann: Humoresque, Op 20

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op 16

Schumann: Novelletes, Op 21

Schumann: Papillons, Op 2

Schumann: Romance in F sharp, Op 28 No 2

Schumann: Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 11

Schumann: Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 22

Schumann: Sonata No 3 in F minor, Op 14

Schumann: Studies after Paganini, Op 3

Schumann: Studies/Exercises on Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Op posth

Schumann: Symphonic Studies in C sharp minor, Op 13

Schumann: Toccata in C, Op 7

Schumann: Variations in E flat, Op posth

Schumann: Variations on a Theme of Clara Wieck (Sonata No 3)

Schunke: Sonata in G minor, Op 3

Scriabin: Etudes Op 8 - various

Scriabin: Etudes Op 42

Scriabin: Etudes, Op 65

Scriabin: Fantaisie, Op 28

Scriabin: Pieces, Op 51

Scriabin: Preludes, Op 11

Scriabin: Preludes, Op 22 - various

Scriabin: Sonata No 2 in G sharp minor, Op 19 (Sonata-Fantasia)

Scriabin: Sonata No 3 in F sharp minor, Op 23

Scriabin: Sonata No 4 in F sharp, Op 30

Scriabin: Sonata No 9 (Black Mass), Op 68

Scriabin: Vers la flamme, Op 72

Shostakovich: Age of Gold - Polka

Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, Op 87 - various

Skalkottas: 32 Piano Pieces - various

Stanchinsky: Sonata in E flat minor

Stanchinsky: Sonata No 1 in F

Stanchinsky: Sonata No 2 in G

Stanchinsky: Twelve Sketches

Stevenson: Harpischord Sonata

Stevenson: Le festin d'Alkan

Stevenson: Passacaglia on DSCH

Stevenson: Peter Grimes Fantasy

Stevenson: Prelude, Fugue and Fantasy on Busoni's Faust

Stevenson: Twentieth Century Music Diary

Stockhausen: Mantra, two pianos

Strauss-Schulz-Evler: Blue Danube Concert Arabesques

Szymanowski: Fantasia in C, Op 14

Szymanowski: Masques, Op 34

Szymanowski: Mazurkas, Op 50

Szymanowski: Preludes Op 1

Szymanowski: Variations in B minor on a Polish Folk Tune, Op 10

Tchaikovsky: Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op 59

Tchaikovsky: Seasons, Op 37a

Tchaikovsky: Sonata in G, Op 37

Terzian: Juegos para Diana

Tjeknavorian: Nine Miniatures

Verdi-Liszt: Il Trovatore

Verdi-Liszt: Rigoletto

Vivaldi-Bach-Stradal: Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596

Vorisek: Fantasia in C, Op 12

Vorisek: Impromptus, Op 7

Vorisek: Rhapsodies, Op 1

Vorisek: Sonata in B flat minor, Op 20

Vorisek: Variations in B flat, Op 19

Wagner-Liszt: Phantasiestuck on Rienzi

Wagner-Liszt: Tannhauser Overture

Wagner-Liszt: Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod

Weber-Brahms: Rondo in C (Sonata No 1), Anh Ia/1: ii

Weber-Tausig: Invitation to the Dance, Op 65

Weber: Sonata No 2 in A flat, Op 39

Wieck-Schumann, C: Romance, Op 5 No 3


Sample Note




Concerto for solo piano

from Twelve Etudes Op 39


I: G`sharp minor: Allegro assai [No 8] - II: C sharp minor: Adagio [No 9] - III: F sharp minor: Allegretto alla barbaresca [No 10]


Franco-Ashkenazi Jewish, contemporary of Wagner and Verdi, friend of Chopin, recluse, man of mystery and enigma, dreamer of the fantastic, creator of extraordinary future worlds out of antique pasts, Classical ghosts and Romantic wraiths, dedicatee of Anton Rubinstein's Fifth Concerto, Charles-Valentin Alkan stands among the mighty individual forces of the Romantic age - a (reclusive) artist in the complexity and simplicity, eccentricity and esotericism, dramatic and emotional temperature of whose music flow currents as central to our understanding of the European stage and psyche of his lifetime as anything in the oeuvre of his bettter-known contemporaries. Busoni revered him among the "greatest 'piano' composers" of all time - the equal of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt - and in his historic Berlin recitals of 1901-03 defied the hostility of German critics ("preposterous French rubbish") by playing several of the Op 35 Etudes in Major Keys, the Military Caprices Op 50, and other pieces - a revival to be continued famously by his students.


Alkan may have composed almost exclusively for the piano - but his music (as Hans von Bulow recognised early on) traverses a range of sonorities, a cosmos of textural spacings and extremes, a span of melodic dialogues and chordal balances as brilliantly lit and theatrically charged in their associative imagery as anything orchestral. More than once he aspires to plains extraordinarily Mahlerian in their vision of innocence and wisdom, of the beautiful and the celestial, the pastoral, the worldly, the imploring, the grand, the bold, the bizarre.


An epic compendium of modern piano super-technique to place by the Liszt Transcendentals or the two Chopin sets, the Twelve Etudes in Minor Keys, Op 39, were published in Paris in 1857. Ingeniously incorporating a Symphony (Nos 4-7), Concerto (8-10) and Overture (No 11) together with a celebrated closing variation sequence (Le festin d'Esope ), the cycle represents, Ronald Smith believes (1987), "the most complete manifestation of Alkan's many-sided genius". Aflame with creative originality, imaginative resource and ever-expanding keyboard invention, "its dark passion," he says, "its vital rhythmic drive, its pungent harmony, its masterly construction, its occasionally outrageous humour and, above all, its uncompromising piano writing" provide us with "our only remaining evidence of a technique that caused even Liszt to feel uneasy when playing in Alkan's presence". In the long journey of its 277 pages it "charts a voyage of discovery as tortuous and craggy as a Himalayan ascent; yet he who undertakes it will be rewarded with a panorama as awe-inspiring as any to be discovered in the piano literature of the 19th century".


"Arguably the most stupendously resplendent pianistic creation of the 19th century" is how Adrian Corleonis has described the Alkan Concerto. A huge 28 minute-plus first movement, classically modelled (with intricately conceived "tutti" and "solo" textures demarcating a Prelude-Exposition- Ritornello-Middle Episode/Development-Recapitulation-Coda design). A chilling central lament of anguished dialogue and brooding recitative, of pounding hammer-blows to the heart. A stamping, boots-and-spurs finale where court and ghetto, polonaise and Jew dance, Parisian ladies and Hungarian horsemen entwine in exultant delirium. Its totality, its quasi-orchestral suggestion, its delicacy no less than its power, is quite extraordinary.



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