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Ravel: Music for Two Pianos

Rapsodie Espagnole
Introduction & Allegro
Entre cloches
Shéhérazade - Ouverture de féerie
Frontispice (for five hands)
La Valse

Stephen Coombs and Christopher Scott

Regis - RRC1356 [Recorded 1990]

I have been mystified by a batch of these budget CDs from Regis; quality variable, mostly good; liner notes mostly perfunctory, unsigned, unattributed notes & images and lacking essential information re sources etc...

In that respect, this is one of the worst, though the disc itself and its re-issue is eminently worthwhile. Help is at hand through Gramophone's archive, with a review which clears up all the mysteries. Most of the items are arrangements; we told so only for La Valse...

The recording quality is fine and the disc well filled and entirely delectable.

French Orchestral Music

Chausson: Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (suite)
Honegger: Movement symphonique No. 2 'Rugby'
Movement symphonique No. 1 'Pacific 231'
Pastorale d'été

Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands/Jean Fournet

Regis - RRC1328 [75 mins]

This is highly recommendable at the Regis price; a compelling account of my favourite of Chausson's music and good to have the Honegger pieces together again. Relevant documentation for once...

Dupré Organ music

I am far less enthusiastic about Jeremy Filsell's Dupré from Ely Cathedral [RRC1321]. The composer certainly did not die in 1931 (!) but some of the music sounds as if he well might have done...

Peter Grahame Woolf