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Bartlett & Robertson

Magazine article Gramophone

Bartlett & Robertson

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Bartlett & Robertson [C]

'Selected Recordings 1927-1947'

Arensky Suite, Op 15--Valse JS Bach Fugue. 'Little', BWV578 (arr Mednikoff). Jesu, joy of man's desiring (arr Horne). Sheep may safely graze (arr Howe). Concerto, BWV1061 (a) Bax Moy Mell. Hardanger. Sonata for Two Pianos Debussy En blanc et noir Falla La vida breve--Spanish Dance No 1 (arr Kovacs) Granados Goyescas Quejas, o La maja y el ruiserior (arr Bartlett & Robertson) Infante Gracia (El vito) Lecuona Andalucia Suite--Malaguena (arr Nash) Liszt La campanella, S141 No 3 (arr Taylor). Liebestraum, S541 No 3 (arr Robertson) Saint-Saens Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op 35 Schumann Andante and Variations, Op 46. Etude in the Form of a Canon, Op 56 No 4 (arr Debussy) J Strauss II/Pavia Concert Fantasy on Themes from Die Fledermaus Various Cpsrs Elizabethan Suite (arr Bartlett)

Ethel Bartlett & Rae Robertson pf

(a) orchestra / John Barbirolli

APR [B] [2] APR6012 (153' * DDD)

Here is that ideal post-Christmas present--a box of delights if ever there was one. APR's two-disc album is an admirable reminder of the achievement of Tobias Matthay's students and of the once-legendary duo of Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson. The recordings date from 1927 to 1947 and range from Bach and Elizabethan music to Debussy's late masterpiece En blanc et noir, taking in en route 19th-century sparklers (their witty reworking of Liszt's 'La campanella' is enough to set even the finest solo version by the ears) and visits to Cuba and Spain. …

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