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BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR
CHAMBER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS
INDEX

(INCLUDES INSTRUMENTAL)

The index below lists augmented captions for "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR", CROCKS Newsletter reviews of the "CHAMBER" (includes instrumental) genre, which earned their "BEST FIND" stripes back then (see the CLOFO homepage). They're alphabetically listed by caption category, i.e., "COMPOSER", "PERFORMER" or "ALBUM TITLE", under similarly marked headers.

Each augmented caption ends with a "Continue" link that not only calls up the parent newsletter, but moves to the starting point of its associated review. What's more, there's a product "AVAILABILITY" table below the commentary, showing retail web sites that stock the subject album. Clicking a retailer's name invokes their corresponding product page, thereby facilitating the ordering process.


CHAMBER
COMPOSER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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Dompierre: Par quatre chemins (stg qt); Ichmouratov: Stg Qt 4; Brady, T.: Stg Qt 2 "Journal"; NewOrf Qt [ATMA Cl]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Since 2012 three discs with music devoted to Canadian composers have earned CROCKS "Best Find" ratings (see 30 September 2012, 10 June 2014 and 31 October 2015). Now here's a fourth with some works for string quartet by three of their compatriots, and come next year, it will be joining those just mentioned. They're the only recordings of these currently available on disc.

The first selection is by François Dompierre (b. 1943), who studied at the Quebec Conservatory in Montreal. Entitled "Par quatre chemins", which is a French idiom meaning... Continue
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Gebel: Dbl Stg Qnt (4 vns, 2 vas & 4 vcs); Schuberth: Stg Oct (4 vns, 2 vas & 2 vcs); Hoffmeister Qt/WroBar O [Profil]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Lovers of Felix Mendelssohn's (1809-1847) Octet (4 violins, 2 Violas & 2 cellos; 1825) are in for a real treat with this adventurous, new release from Profil. It features two rarely heard, equally delightful, large-scale, string chamber works by a couple of his contemporaries, namely Franz Xaver Gebel (1787-1843) and Carl Schuberth (1811-1863).

Both men were German-born and trained, but around age thirty moved permanently to Russia, where they pursued highly successful musical careers. The selections on this CD were written... Continue
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Huang, A.: Pno Trios 1 & 2; Huang/Suleiman/Zhou [MD&G (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
Chinese-born, Canadian émigré An-lun Huang (b. 1949), began studying piano in 1956 at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. But the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-76) forced him to abandon his musical pursuits in 1969, when he was conscripted into a proletarian workforce.

However, An-lun continued them on his own, and in 1976 he was appointed assistant conductor as well as composer in residence of the China Central Opera, Beijing. The year 1980 saw him immigrate to Canada, where he took composition courses at the University of Toronto (see 31 May 2018). Then Huang would... Continue
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Leistner-Mayer: Stg Qts 5, 6 "7 Unbrave Bagatelles" & 7 "Ariadne Quartet"; Sojka Qt [TYXArt]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Born in Kraslice, Czech Republic, about eighty miles east of Prague, Roland Leistner-Mayer’s (b. 1945) name is a welcome addition to CLOFO's ever growing list of new noteworthy composers. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Hochschule für Musik und Theater), Munich, Germany from 1968 to 1973, and now works as a freelance composer in Brannenburg, Germany, some forty miles south-southeast of there.

The winner of several prestigious European music awards, as of this writing he's composed a significant body of works mostly in the orchestral, vocal and... Continue
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Ridout, A.: Cplt Stg Qts (1, 2, 3, 4 "Malden", 5 "Stocklinch" & 6 "Le Vitréen"); Coull Qt [Omnibus]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
The string quartet is a real test of a composer's abilities, and British-born Alan Ridout (1934-1996) comes through with flying colors on this new Omnibus Classics release featuring all six of his. These are the only recordings of them currently available on disc.

A newcomer to these pages, he began his musical studies at the Guildhall School and would move on to the Royal College of Music. He could count Herbert Howells (1892-1983), Gordon Jacob (1895-1984; see 28 February 2018 ), Michael Tippett (1905-1998) and Dutch composer Henk Badings (1907-1987; see 28 February 2016) among... Continue
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Stanford, C.: Stg Qts 3, 4 (ed C.Ferguson) & 7 (assm J.Dibble); Dante Qt [SOMM]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Not long ago we told you about a superb album with all of English composer Hubert Parry's (1848-1918) string quartets (see 31 October 2018). Now the adventurous SOMM label continues its investigation of those by his colleague, Irish-born Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), giving us three more of his eight (see 30 November 2016), all of which are world premiere recordings. Incidentally, each is in four movements, the first and last of which are sonata form ones.

The Third Quartet of September 1896 was for the most part written in... Continue

CHAMBER
PERFORMER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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CHAMBER
ALBUM TITLE AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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