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Classical Schoenburg Gurrelieder Haveman /Jovanovich / Gurzenich Orchestra / Stentz SCHOENBERG'S songcycle cum cantata is grandiose, gargantuan and a gorgeous late flowering of musical romanticism. Finished in 1911 this work for huge orchestral and choral forces, with its supernatural and mythic story, is saturated in Wagner's music, Tristan and the Ring especially.

This new recording has many merits: fine or-rchestral playing from the (highly reinforced) Cologne orchestra and six choirs, plus a wideranging recording which reveals the score's many beauties.

The male soloists are a strong team, with the American tenor Brandon Jovanovich a freshvoiced, virile and heroic Waldemar as good as any on disc. Claudia Mahnke's Wood Dove is serviceable but unimaginatively phrased: listen to Brigitte Fassbaender (for Chailly) and hear a different level of vocal acting.

Barbara Haveman's vibrato-laden Tove sounded ponderous and no match for the glorious Jessye Norman (for Ozawa). The lean intense Chailly (Decca) and Rattle's luxuriously upholstered Berlin set (EMI) remain the top rec-c ommendations.

Norman Stinchcombe Jazz Today (Legacy Edition) Elvis Presley This 40th anniversary edition of Elvis Presley's last ever major studio sessions is every fan's dream.

You can't argue with the legendary king of rock and roll, and this album features him singing some of his biggest hits, rare studio material, as well as interpretations of classic songs by artists such as Tom Jones.

It includes live versions, in which you can listen to Elvis interacting with screaming fans, and this adds an authenticity to tracks such as Hound Dog and Burning Love, managing to make them sound even more exciting - as well as making you really wish you were there.

Alongside staples such as Love Me Tender and All Shook Up, it includes tracks such as T-R-OU-B-L-E. The album has been reissued for the pur-rpose of revisiting and raising the profile of Elvis' often overlooked album, so some people may be discovering music they didn't even realise Elvis had recorded. The king continues to reign.

Catherine Wylie Rock & Pop The Road Tom Moriarty LONDON.BASED singer-songwriter Tom Moriarty has taken more than four years to record this follow-up to his debut, Fire In The Doll's House, and his perseverance has paid dividends with a set of songs which are a quantum leap forward both lyrically and musically.

Economics graduate Moriarty, who spent six months with concussion after hitting his head in January 2014, feared for his life and musical career following his injury.

The 10 songs on The Road are uniformly excellent, with Moriarty's gravelly vocals bringing to mind the likes of Ray Lamontagne. Primarily acoustic, the likes of the title track, the stunning Me And The Sun, gorgeous They Sing For You and closer Rise Again, showcase a performer of rare talent. Well worth check-k ing out.

Kim Mayo

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 13, 2015
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