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The index below lists augmented captions for "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR", CROCKS Newsletter reviews of the "ORCHESTRAL" 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.


ORCHESTRAL
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Beliczay: Sym 1, Seren; Gál/BudaMÁV SO [Sterling]
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Once again Stockholm-based Sterling Records unearths more buried symphonic treasure (see 30 September 2016) with this release devoted to music by romantic Hungarian composer Gyula Beliczay (aka Julius von Beliczay or Julius von Beliczy, 1835-1893). Born some fifty miles northeast of Budapest in Komárom along the Slovak Republic border, he'd first study piano there, and later in Bratislava.

The year 1851 saw him move to Vienna, where he continued his education in the fields of science as well as music. Having gotten a Master of Science and Engineering in 1857, Beliczay pursued a career with a Viennese railway company, while teaching and composing... Continue
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Bériot, C.-A. de; Vn Concs 4, 6 & 7, Air varié No. 4 "Montagnard", Scčne de ballet;
Tsuji/Halász/CzPard ChPO [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Like Pierre Rode (1774-1830; see 30 March 2015), Belgian-born Charles-Auguste de Bériot (1802-1870) studied with the celebrated founder of the French violin school, Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824). Charles would become a renowned virtuoso and the toast of Europe, finally settling in Brussels (1843), where he established the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing. His students would include the great violinist-composer Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881).

Bériot's oeuvre would subsume ten concertos for his instrument, which are... Continue
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Casella, Alf.: Divert for Fulvia (orch; w Donatoni, Ghedini & G.F.Malipiero); Iorio/SvizItaliana O [Naxos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Here's an orchestral antipasto whipped up by those discerning Naxos people featuring works by each of four Italian composers born between 1882 and 1927. These are the only versions of them currently available on disc, and three are world premiere recordings indicated by "WPR" after their titles.

The program begins with Alfredo Casella's (1883-1947; see 13 July 2012) eight-movement Divertimento for Fulvia of 1940. This honors his daughter of that name (b. 1928), and the music has an interesting... Continue
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Curci, A.: Vn Concs 1 "Conc romantico", 2, 3, Suite Italiana… (vn & orch); Gulli/Capuana/ Studio O [First Hand]
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Here are four sleepers by Italian violinist-composer Alberto Curci (1886-1973). Moreover, all three of these three-movement concertos as well as the suite for violin and orchestra were originally released on monaural LPs back in 1963-4. But as it turns out, they were studio, two-channel recordings, and thanks to First Hand Records they've been remastered, and are presented here for the first time on a single stereo CD.

Born in Naples, Alberto was a violin wunderkind, who would first study at home, and then in Berlin with the great Hungarian violinist-conductor-composer... Continue
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Laks: Sinfa for Stgs, Sinfta for Stgs; Jarnach: Musik zum Gedächtnis... (stg orch); Rohde/NFMLeop ChO [CPO]
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This new CPO release offers some twentieth century works for string orchestra by two European composers. Although they came from and had careers in different countries, you'll find stylistic affinities in their music. These are the only recordings of the three selections included here currently available on disc.

The program begins with two pieces by Simon Laks (also spelled Szymon, 1901-1983), who was born in Warsaw to a Jewish family, and began studying mathematics and philosophy, but switched to music in 1921. He initially made a living teaching, playing the piano for... Continue
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Levina: Pno Concs 1 & 2; Lettberg/Matiakh/Ber RSO [Capriccio]
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Female composers have been far and few between in these pages, let alone Slavic ones. But joining such greats as Polish Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969; see 28 April 2013), please welcome Ukrainian-born Zara Levina (1906-1976). Almost an exact contemporary of Graznya, Zara began as a keyboard wunderkind, who gave her first recital when she was only eight. She then studied piano at the Odessa Conservatory, completing her training at the tender age of fourteen.

Then having decided to become a composer, Zara moved to the Russian Capital, and attended classes at the Moscow Conservatory, where her teachers included fellow... Continue
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O'Brien, C.: Cpte Orch Wks V3 (Ellangowan Conc Ov, Waltz Suite, Suite Humoristique); Mann/Liepaja SO [Toccata]
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Here's the third and final installment in Toccata's survey of Scottish composer Charles O'Brien's (1882-1968) complete orchestral music (see 31 May 2016) with three more world premiere recordings based on new critical editions by conductor Paul Mann. The first volume in this series issued a couple of years ago (see 31 August 2015) began with the composer's almost eighteen-minute Ellangowan concert overture (Op. 12, 1909), and now as promised then, we get a shorter version for smaller forces just over thirteen.

Despite its "Op. 10" designation, this is most likely a later reworking prompted by... Continue
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Papandopulo: Pno Conc 3, Vn Conc; Triendl/Zhu/Matvejeff/RijekaOp SO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Almost three years ago CPO introduced us to the second of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo's (1906-1991) three numbered piano concertos (see 8 September 2014. Now they give us the third paired with his only violin concerto. Separated by some fifteen years, they're good representations of his eclectic, changing style. These are the only recordings of them currently available on disc.

Like the music of Leos Janácek (1854-1928) being written in the Czech Republic just to the north, Boris's early efforts are folk-influenced, and of late romantic, nationalistic... Continue
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Shostakovich/Barshai: Chbr Syms 2 & 3 (tr Barshai of Stg Qts 10 & 3); Yablonsky/Kiev Virtuosi [Naxos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Generally speaking, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's (1906-1975) fifteen string quartets (1935-74) are intimate expressions of the composer's most private thoughts during a period of great political and cultural upheaval in his country, particularly when it was known as the Soviet Union (1922-91). Then between 1960 and 1995 his countryman violist-conductor Rudolf Barshai (1924-2010) transcribed five of them, keeping their same movement layout, into what he called "Chamber Symphonies". The order in which his arrangements followed one another differs from that of the parent works, and their scoring varies as indicated in... Continue

ORCHESTRAL
PERFORMER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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ORCHESTRAL
ALBUM TITLE AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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British Tone Poems V1 (6; Austin, Alwyn, Bantock, Gurney, Gardiner, Vaughan Williams); Gamba/BBCWalNa O [Chandos]
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Here's the beginning of what promises to be an invaluable survey of British tone poems from Chandos. The six on this CD are each by different composers, and were written between 1902 and 1926. Four of them are the only currently available representations on disc, and so indicated by "OCAR" after their titles.

The concert opens with a dollop of discovery dished up from Frederic Austin's (1872-1952; see 14 May 2012) little-known works, namely his Spring Rhapsody for Large Orchestra (1902-7; OCAR). This is music of renewal in five conjoined... Continue



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