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Articles from Vol. 90, May

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All Franck's Chamber Music from Principals of la Monnaie
Franck Complete Chamber Music David Lively pf Soloists of La Monnaie; Malibran Quartet Cypres (M) d CYP4637 (4h 24' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A four-CD set of Franck's chamber music might come as surprise when the only works to...
All Hess's Studio Recordings on Five Discs from APR
Myra Hess 'The Complete Solo and Concerto Studio Recordings' Includes The American Columbia Recordings, 1928-31, The English Columbia Recordings, 1933, The HMV 78rpm Recordings, 1937-49, and The HMV LPs, 1952-57 Dame Myra Hess pf APR (S) (5)...
Andrew Davis in Bergen for Berlioz Showpieces
Berlioz 'Overtures' Beatrice et Benedict-Overture. Benvenuto Cellini Overture. Le carnaval romain, Op 9. Le corsaire, Op 21. Les francs-juges, Op 3. Le roi Lear, Op 4. Waverley, Op 1 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis Chandos...
An Explosion of Virtuosity: Amanda Holloway Talks to Peter Donohoe about Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas
Peter Donohoe is loath to be pigeonholed, but his life is inextricably linked to the music of Prokofiev. It was with the First Piano Sonata, among other works, that he gained an ARCM diploma at the age of 17; Sonata No 6was part of his winning programme...
A Rich Celebration of German Art: Arnold Whittall Surveys the Major Recordings of the Only Comic Opera among Richard Wagner's Mature Works, Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg ('The Mastersingers of Nuremberg') evolved over a period of some 22 years: an initial prose draft dates from July 1845, soon after he had composed the first version of Tannhauser, and the full score was completed...
Assorted Concertos from RAM Visiting Professor Friedrich
'Russian Trumpet Concertos' Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto Bohme La Napolitaine, Op 25 Goedicke Concert Etude, Op 49 Shakhov Romantic Concerto Vasilenko Trumpet Concerto, 'Concert-Poem', Op 113 Reinhold Friedrich tpt Gottingen Symphony Orchestra/Christoph-Mathias...
Audophile Recording for Great Brits in Kansas City
Elgar * Vaughan Williams Elgar Variations on a Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op 36 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'. The Wasps--Aristophanic Suite Kansas City Symphony Orchestra/Michael Stern Reference Recordings (F) RR129 (61' * DDD)...
A Universal Century: Philip Clark Samples Decca and DG's '20C' Series, Devoted to the Compositional High Points of a Turbulent 100 Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1987 Michael Torke 's Adjustable Wrench might have sounded irresistibly smart, as if its ensemble funk was too cool for cats and knew it. But pop-nicked basslines and ingratiating melodic moves were standard issue pop-classical...
Bach's St John Passion: Three Early Recordings of the Work, and How Gramophone Rated Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MARCH 1954 Bach St John Passion, BWV245 Sols incl Hess & Gummer; Kantorei der Drelkomgskirche, Frankfurt; Collegium Musicum Orchestra/Kurt Thomas Oiseau-Lyre (3) * (109s 4 1/2d) In general there is a lack of...
Back on DG, Yundi Records Big Beethoven
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 8, 'Pathetique', Op 13; No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57 Yundi pf DG (F) 476 5049DH (57' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pianist Yundi has made recordings over the past dozen years...
Beethoven's C Minor Concerto: Three Recordings of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and What Gramophone Thought. (GRAMOPHONE Archive)\
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOVEMBER 1975 Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3, Op 37 Vladimir Ashkenazy pf Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Sir Georg Solti Decca SXL6653 (3.25 [pounds sterling]) This performance is well up to the standard already set....
Brilliant's Roman Respighi Cycle Continues
Respighi Impressioni brasiliane. Trittico botticelliano. Vetrate di chiesa. Concerto a cinque. Poema autunnale. Concerto all'antica Rome Symphony Orchestra/Francesco La Vecchia Brilliant Classics (S) (2) 94393 (141' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Britten's Sacred Choral Works from New College, Oxford
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia. A Wedding Anthem. Whoso dwelleth. Te Deum and Jubilate. Jubilate. Hymn to St Peter. A Ceremony of Carols. Rejoice in the Lamb. Festival Te Deum. Venite exultemus. A Hymn to the Virgin. Missa brevis. A Hymn of St Columba....
Buchbinder with Live Mozart Concertos on a Fortepiano
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 23, K488; No 25, K503 Rudolf Buchbinder fp Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Sony Classical (F) 88765 40904-2 (56' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the concert hall, the still small voice of the...
Central European Violinists Recorded with Close Precision and Spacious Distance
JS Bach 'Bach privat--Vol 1:The Sonatas' Solo Violin Sonatas--No 1, BWV1001; No 2, BWV1003; No 3, BWV1005 Gunar Letzbor vn Pan Classics (F) PC10286 (62' * DDD) JS Bach 'Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol 1' Solo Violin Sonatas--No...
Chamber Music and Songs by Screen Composer Goldstein
Goldstein 'Cyclorama' Reverie. Notturno. Everywhere. Cras amet. Crystals. Elegy. Etude for Cello--I; II. Frozen Ground. Frozen Night. Memento mori. Diurno. Lavinia's Lament. Pavane. Prelude for Piano and Strings. Prisoner's Tale. Threnody. Valse...
Cheng and Friends Explore Light in the Two Composers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Messiaen * Saariaho Messiaen Preludes. Piece pour Piano et Quatuor a cordes (a) Saariaho Prelude. Ballade. Je sens un deuxieme coeur (b) Gloria Cheng pf with (b) members of the (a) Calder Quartet Harmonia Mundi (F)...
Choral McCabe from Hill and His BBC Singers
McCabe 'Visions--Choral Music' Three Marian Carols. Mangan Triptych. Amen/Alleluia. Proud Songsters. The Lily-White Rose. The Morning Watch (a). The Evening Watch (a). Great Lord of Lords (a). A Hymne to God the Father. The Last and Greatest Herald...
Chorus Centre Stage in Teatro Real's Ensemble Dance Project
'C(h)oers' (DVD) (BLU) Excerpts from the works of Verdi and Wagner Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid/ Marc Piollet Stage director Alain Platel Video director Andreas Morell Teatro Real (F) (DVD) TR97013DVD; (F) (BLU) TR97012BD...
Classic Dixit Pairing from Bates's London Ensemble
Handel * Vivaldi Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV232 Vivaldi Dixit Dominus, RV807. In furore, RV626 (a) (a) Lucy Crowe, Augusta Hebbert, Helen-Jane Howells, Anna Dennis sops Christopher Lowrey counterten Simon Wall, Tom Raskin tens James Arthur bass...
Concertos from the Brussels Phil and Its Own Principal
Carter * Corigliano 'American Clarinet Concertos' Carter Clarinet Concerto Corigliano Clarinet Concerto Eddy Vanoosthuyse cl Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Meyer Aeon (F) AECD1230 (50' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first recording...
Couperin's Lamentation Settings from King's Ensemble
F Couperin F Couperin Trois Lecons de Tenebres. Motet pour le jour de Paques. Magnificat anima mea Marais Tombeau pour Sieur de Ste Colombe. Chaconne in A Sainte-Colombe leflls Prelude in E minor Carolyn Sampson sop Marianne Beata Kielland mez ...
Davis's Nielsen Cycle with the LSO Concludes
Nielsen Symphonies--No 2, 'The Four Temperaments', Op 16 FS29 (a); No 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva', Op 27 FS60 (a) Lucy Hall sop (a) Marcus Farnsworth bar London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis LSO Live (M) (SACD) LSO0722 (67' * DDD/DSD) Recorded...
Desktop Audio and High-End Hi-Fi Grow Closer: Compact Computer Speakers from Ruark, Plus More Ways to Play Your Digital Files-And CDs, Too
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] News this month for those suggesting that the CD is dead: high-end US firm Audio Research would beg to differ, and it has the 12,000 [pounds sterling] CD player to prove it. AR's new CD9 combines...
Dudamel's Ninth, Live from Disney Hall
Mahler Symphony No 9 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel DG (B) (2) 479 0924GH2 (86' * DDD) Recorded live 2012 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This double album is billed as Gustavo Dudamel's first CD with the Los Angeles Philharmonic....
Early-20th-Century British Quintets on Disc at Last
Bridge * C Scott Bridge Piano Quintet, H49a C Scott Piano Quintet No 1 Raphael Terroni pf Bingham Quartet BMS (F) BMS442CD (67' * DDD) Recorded 1989. From BMS411 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The British Music Society originally issued these pioneer...
East Meets West: Hannah Nepil Travels to Abu Dhabi, Where Musical Traditions from Diverse Cultures Converge with Knockout Vitality
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several thousand feet above Abu Dhabi airport, I come face-to-face with Placido Domingo. There he is, on my in-flight entertainment screen, half-smiling benignly in the name of the annual Abu Dhabi Festival. After copious...
Fine Arts in Polyphony-Strewn Works from Saint-Saens's Pen
Saint-Saens Piano Quartet, Op 41. Piano Quintet, Op 14. Barcarolle, Op 108 Cristina Ortiz pf Fine Arts Quartet Naxos (S) 8 572904 (71' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The tightly worked counterpoint in the second movement of the Bflat...
First Disc in De Vriend's New Mendelssohn Symphony Cycle
Mendelssohn (GC) (GP) 'Complete Symphonies, Vol 1' Symphony No 2, 'Lobgesang', Op 52 Judith van Wanroij, Machteld Baumanssops Patrick Henckens ten Consensus Vocalis; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra/Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics (F)...
First Recording for Dutilleux's Touchstone Correspondances
Dutilleux Correspondances (a). Cello Concerto, 'Tout un mondelointain' (b). The Shadows of Time (c) (a) Barbara Hannigan sop (b) Anssi Karttunen vc (c) Basile Buffin, 'Alexandre Selvestrel, (c) Armand Sztykgold trebs Radio France Philharmonic...
First Recording from El Sistema's String Quartet
Dvorak * Ginastera * Shostakovich Dvorak String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179 Ginastera String Quartet No 1 Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 Simon Bolivar Quartet DG (F) 479 0429GH (69' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like...
First Recordings of the Pole's Harpsichord Concertos
Du Grain Complete Harpsichord Concertos Alina Ratkowska hpd Joanna Huszcza, Anna Nowak vns Dymitr Olszewski va Tomasz Pokrzywiriski vc Michat Bak db Sarton (F) 006-1 (60' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Johann Jeremias du Grain ranks...
Florio Dusts Down Scores from Naples's San Gennaro Chapel
'Il tesoro di San Gennaro' 'Sacred Music in Early 18th-Century Naples' Caresana Canzona a 4 'per S Gennaro' Fago Confitebor a 3. Stabat mater a 4 D Scarlatti Antra valles. Sinfonias--a 4 in D; a 4 in G; a 5 in C Veneziano Ave maris stella. Iste...
Forgotten Viennese Quartets Rediscovered by the NYPQ
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Korngold * Marx Korngold Suite, Op 23 Marx Rhapsodie New York Piano Quartet Urlicht Audiovisual (F) UAV5996 (70' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The New York Piano Quartet could be considered a corporate musical...
Franck's Symphony from His Home Town's Orchestra
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Franck Symphony. Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne. Hulda Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Christian Arming Fuga Libera (F) FUG596 (81' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the D minor Symphony creeps into life...
Freiburg and Its Two Directors in the Bach Violin Concertos
JS Bach Violin Concertos--BWV1041 (a); BWV1042 (b). Concerto for Two Violins and Strings, BWV1043 (c). Concerto for Three Violins and Strings, after BWV1064 (d) (a,c,d) Petra Mullejans, (b,c,d) Gottfried von der Goltz, d Anne Katharina Schreiber...
Fruits of Holmboe's Attraction to the Guitar
Holmboe Guitar Sonatas--No 1, Op 141; No 2, Op 142. Five Intermezzi, Op 149. Parlare del piii e del meno, Op 176. Canto e Danza, Op 191 (a). Seven Folk Ballads (a). Duo concertato, Op 167 (b) Jesper Sivebcek gtr (a) Bolette Roed rec (b) Johannes...
Gavin Bryars: Pwyll AP Sion Finds Beauty and Intellectual Rigour in Bryars's Synthesis of 'High and Low'
It is perhaps one of those strange coincidences that British composers Gavin Bryars and Brian Ferneyhough share exactly the same birthday. Strange, because for the past 40 years they have often been placed at opposite ends of the contemporary music...
Gergiev's New In-Concert Ring Launches with Die Walkure
Wagner Die Walkure Jonas Kaufmann ten Siegmund Anja Kampe sop Sieglinde Nina Stemme sop Brunnhilde Rene Pape bass Wotan Ekaterina Gubanova mez Fricka Mikhail Petrenko bass ...
Gerhardt and Power as Strauss's Don and Panza
Strauss Don Quixote, Op 35 (a). Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28 (a) Lawrence Power va (a) Alban Gerhardt vc Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra/Markus Stenz Hyperion (F) CDA67960 (55' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Oddly enough, just...
Glass's Mystic Oratorio Recorded in Orange County
Glass The Passion of Ramakrishna Janice Chandler Eteme sop I-Chin Feinblatt mez Nicholas Preston ten Christopheren Nomura bar Kevin Deas bass Pacific Chorale; Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Carl St Clair Orange Mountain Music (F) OMM0080 (44'...
Gluck's Operatic Pair on Screen from the Netherlands Opera
Gluck (GC) (DVD) (BLU) Iphigenie en Aulide Veronique Gens sop Iphigenie Nicolas Teste bass Agamemnon Anne Sofie von Otter mez Clytemnestra Frederic Antoun ten Achilles Martijn Cornet bar Patroclus...
Goossens Back in Australia as Davis Conducts the MSO
Goossens Goossens Four Conceits, Op 20. Concert Piece, Op 65 (a). Don Juan de Manara--Intermezzo. Three Greek Dances, Op44. Kaleidoscope, Op 18. Two Nature Poems, Op 25. Tam o'Shanter, Op 17 (a) Bax/Bridge/Goossens/Ireland Variations on 'Cadet...
Gottschick Transcribes and Orders Songs by Charles Ives
Ives Memories. The Circus Band. The Things Our Fathers Loved. Old Home Day. Tom Sails Away. Down East. Intermezzo: Scherzo: All the Way Around and Back. The See'r. Grantchester. The Housatonic at Stockbridge. Intermezzo: No 96. The New River. Walking....
Hanslip Adds to Hyperion's Romantic Concerto Series
Glazunov * Schoeck 'The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 14' Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op 82. Meditation, Op 32. Mazurka-oberek Schoeck Concerto quasi una fantasia, Op 21 Chloe Hanslip vn Svizzera Italiana Orchestra/Alexander Vedernikov Hyperion...
Helseth with Stott for Her 'Perfect Evening of Music'
'Tine' (GC) (GP) Enescu Legend Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas Glazunov Album Leaf Hagerup Bull Perpetuum mobile Hindemith Trumpet Sonata Ibert Impromptu Kreisler Marche miniature viennoise. Toy Soldiers' March Puccini Avanti Urania; Canto...
Hermann Scherchen: Philip Clark Recalls a Conductor Whose Championing of New Music Was Fruitfully Balanced by a Devotion to Beethoven-And a Penchant for Classical Lollipops
'The force, the ferocity and the genius of his talent carried orchestras, often against their will, along a totally different path of aesthetic sensibility--fine, powerful, luminous and absolute,' wrote Iannis Xenakis in his preface to a 1980s French...
Holten Conducts His Former Choir in His Own Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Holten 'Venus' Wheel' Holten Cantigas d'amigo. Romische Elegien (a). Rota Veneris (b). Handel With Care (Variations on Darwin). Psalm 23, 'Dominus regit me' Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (arr Holten) (c)...
Hope Explores the Music of Planetary Movement
'Spheres' Auerbach Preludes, Op 46--Adagio sognando; Andante JS Bach Prelude, BWV855 (arr Foures) (a) Baranowski Biafra. Musica universalis (b) Einaudi Igiorni. Passaggio Faure Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11 (arr Rutter) (c) Glass Echorus (d) Gundermann...
How Music Works
Philip Clark reviews David Byrne's philosophical treatise on music '"How Music Works" isn't about classical music as much as it isn't about pop music either' How Music Works By David Byrne Canon gate, HB, 345pp, 25 [pounds sterling] ...
Ian Bostridge: The English Tenor Draws Breath to Reflect on What Has, So Far, Been a Busy Year Celebrating Britten's Centenary
It's Britten year, of course, 100 years since his birth, and my year is full as never before with Britten projects. It started with songs in Birmingham and Brussels, in recital with Julius Drake. Juxtaposing Britten (Winter Words) and Schubert (the...
'If MP3 Goes the Way of All Things, I Certainly Won't Be Shedding Too Many Tears': The Outspoken Boss of Linn, Gilad Tiefenbrun, Has Suggested That We Don't Need MP3 Music Files Any More and That Studio Quality Downloads Are the Way Forward
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? The news that Linn MD Gilad Tiefenbrun is suggesting MP3 music files are living on borrowed time and that the future is in 'full fat' uncompressed downloads and playback won't come as...
Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni: The Founder of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust on Her Early Musical Experiences and Her Desire to Help Young Musicians
My earliest memories stem from when I was very small, about five or six. My family had a box at La Scala and I remember being very intrigued by Puccini--the stories of operas like Turandot are fascinating for children, because they are like fairy-tales....
'In the Early F Major Concerto, Marc-Andre Hamelin Weaves an Enchangting Spell, Approaching an Almost Mozartian Pathos': David Threasher Delights in a New Recording of Haydn's Three Keyboard Concertos
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Haydn Keyboard Concertos--HobXVIII/3; HobXVIII/4; HobXVIII/11 Marc-Andre Hamelin pf Les Violonsdu Roy/Bernard Labadie Hyperion (F) CDA67925 (62' * DDD) Hard to believe it's as long ago as spring 2000 that Leif Ove Andsnes...
Isserlis with a Classic Coupling and a New Work from Hough
Bloch * Bridge * Hough (GC) (GP) Bloch Schelomo (a) Bridge Oration (a) Hough The Loneliest Wilderness (b) Steven Isserlis vc (a) Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Hugh Wolff; (b) Tapiola Sinfonietta/Gabor Takacs-Nagy BIS (F) (SACD) BIS1992...
Jansons Conquers Japan: Mariss Jansons's Tokyo Odyssey to Record a Complete Live Set of the Beethoven Symphonies with His Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Marks the Pinnacle of His Affinity with Both His Players and the Master Himself, Writes Guest-on-Tour and Longtime Jansons Admirer
The logistics of the under taking are ominous: a full-size symphony orchestra, transplanted, with instruments, secretariat and roadies, from southern Germany to the Far East, for slightly more than two weeks. For the final weekend of the tour, they...
Karabtchevsky's Villa-Lobos Cycle for Naxos Continues
Villa-Lobos Symphonies--No 3, 'War'; No 4, 'Victory' Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Isaac Karabtchevsky Naxos (S) 8 573151 (63' * DDD) Let's face it, traditional forms--with the notable exception of the string quartet--did not bring out the...
Kaufmann and Runnicles with Anniversary Salute to Wagner
Wagner (GC) (GP) Lohengrin--In fernem Land (original version) (a,b). Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg--Am stillen Herd. Rienzi--Allachtiger Vater, blick herab!. Siegfried Dass der mein Vater nicht ist. Tannhauser--Inbrunst im Herzen (a). Die Walkure--Ein...
Keith Robertson: Technical Director, Linn: The Marketability of Classical Piano and Listening Solo to Symphonie Fantastique
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Keith Robertson was born into one of those households where music was a part of life: 'My family have always had a piano in the house and my sisters and I were very fortunate to have piano lessons from a very young age.' ...
Kelemen and Kocsis Follow Concertos with Sonatas
Bartok Violin Sonatas (a)--No 1, Sz 75; No 2, Sz 76. Solo Violin Sonata, Sz 117 Barnabas Kelemen vn (a) Zoltan Kocsis pf Hungaroton (F) (SACD) HSACD32515 (76' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The unprecedented abundance of top-grade...
King-Dabbs's Solti Film as Broadcast in November 2012
'Maestro or Mephisto' (DVD) The Real Georg Solti' A film by Andy King-Dabbs Art Haus Musik (F) (DVD) 101 662 (59' * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM stereo * 0 * s) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This likeable documentary was first broadcast in the UK last...
Koopman on a Kroesbergen for Bach's Keyboard Partitas
JS Bach Six Partitas, BWV825-30 Ton Koopman hpd Challenge Classics (M) (2) CC72574 (145' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This recording of Bach's first published keyboard collection was decades in the making, delayed by harpsichordist...
Lalo's First Opera in Its First Performance and Recording
Lalo Fiesque Roberto Alagna ten Fiesque Michelle Canniccioni sop Leonore BeatriceUria-Monzon mez Julie Franck Ferrari bar Verrina Jean-Sebastien Bou bar Hassan Armando Gabba bar ...
Latest from Fey and Haydn Suddenly Moves to Grandeur
Haydn 'Complete Symphonies, Vol 19' Symphonies--No 26, 'Lamentatione'; No 27; No 42 Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Fey Hanssler Classic (F) CD98 005 (66' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Haydn's Symphony No 42 is a remarkable work....
Lezhneva's First Disc since Signing to Decca
Alleluia (GC) (GP) Handel Saeviat tellus inter rigores, HWV240 Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, K165 Porpora In caelostele clare Vivaldi In furore, RV626 Julia Lezhneva sop Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini Decca (F) 478 5242DH (61' * DDD...
Linn Akurate DSM: This Isn't Linn's Most Expensive Streaming Player but It Is Capable of Superb Sound
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Networked music has come a long way: now anyone with a computer and a home network can store their music collection to a relatively inexpensive Network Attached Storage device, then stream it out...
Little and Collins Join Gardner for Fourth Lutoslawski Disc
Lutoslawski (GC) (GP) Orchestral Works, Vol 4' Symphony No 1. Partita (a). Chain 2 (a). Dance Preludes (b) (b) Michael Collins cl (a) Tasmin Little vn BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner Chandos (F) I CHSA5108 (71' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Live Recording of Benjamin's Opera at Its Provence Premiere
G Benjamin Written on Skin (a) Christopher Purves bass The Protector Barbara Hannigan sop Agnes Bejun Mehta counterten Angel 1/The Boy Rebecca Jo Loeb mez Angel 2/Marie Allan Clayton ten Angel 3/John Duet (b)...
Lucy Crowe Sings Vivaldi
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lucy Crowe is a woman possessed as she rages through Vivaldi's frantic, steepling coloratura. 'In furore iustissimae irae' ('In the fury of the most just wrath') runs the motet text. No danger of divine fury being undersold...
Marshall Crosses Genres on the Luxembourg Schuke Organ
'Gershwin & Bernstein Improvised' Bernstein Wonderful Town--Overture. Improvisations on themes from Bernstein Candide. West Side Story Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Styne Funny Girl--People Wayne Marshall org Fugue State (F) FSRCD006 (70'...
Metier's New Music for Oboe Project Launches
Finnissy * Roxburgh 'New Music for a New Oboe, Vol 1' Finnissy Awaz-e Niyaza Roxburgh The Well Tempered Oboe (b) Christopher Redgate ob/(a) lupophon (a) Michael Finnissy, (b) Stephen Robbings pf Metier (F) MSV28529 (80' * DDD) ...
Mid-Century Michelangeli in a Classic Concerto Pairing
Grieg * Schumann 'Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli--The Early Recordings, Vol 3' Debussy Images--Reflets dans l'eau Grieg Piano Concerto, Op 16 (a). Lyric Pieces Op 43 No 5; Op 47 No 5; Op 68 No 5 Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 54 (b) Arturo Benedetti...
Moments Musicaux and a Sonata Apiece from Daniel Tong and Fabrizio Chiovetta
Schubert Piano Sonata No 20, D959. Six Moments musicaux, D780 Daniel Tong pf Quartz (F) QTZ2093 (76' * DDD) Schubert Piano Sonata No 21, D960. Six Moments musicaux, D780 Fabrizio Chiovetta pf Claves (F) 50 1213 (75' * DDD) ...
More Home Repertoire from the Polish Quartet
Lutosiawski * Penderecki Lutosiawski String Quartet Penderecki String Quartets--No 1; No 2; No 3, 'Leaves of an Unwritten Diary' Royal Quartet Hyperion (F) CDA67943 (59' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After their impressive traversal of...
Multiple Rites of Spring: Rob Cowan Journeys through the Decades in the Company of 38 Recordings of Stravinsky's Revolutionary Masterpiece, the Rite of Spring
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Releasing this set was almost as brave an undertaking as Stravinsky's original score. Thirty-eight recordings of the one work, spanning over 60 years? What we have here is in effect an absorbing overview of how this epoch-making...
Musica Beata in Choral Songs from England
'Songs of Springtime' J Bennet All creatures now Elgar Three Choral Songs, Op 18. How calmly the evening. The Shower, Op 71 No 1 Moeran Songs of Springtime Pearsall Lay a garland (a) Stanford My love's an arbutus. Peace, come away. Phoebe Vaughan...
Navona Releases Latest Fruits of Summer's Shakespeare Project
Summer 'Shakespeare's Memory' Summer With Mirth in Funeral (a). On the Death of a Fair Infant (b). Leda and the Swan (c). Full Fathom Five (d). Sonnets-No 3 (e); No 135 (f); No 116 (g); Nos 97 & 98 (h). He shall with speed to England (a)....
New Releases Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-Ray
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-ray CD & SACD ACANTA Stravinsky Oedipus rex. Apollon Musagete. Sols incl Pears & Modl/Cologne Rad SO/Stravinsky (B) (2) 233694 Various Cpsrs Operette. Migenes/Cologne...
North-West Artists Profile Manchester Composer Whalley
Whalley 'A Feast for the Senses' A Very Serious Game (a). Tachophobia (b). Ad infinitum (c) Intoxicating Orchids (d). Three Worlds (e) (d) John Barker sax (c) Caroline Balding vn (b) Oliver Coates vc (e) Richard Whalley pf (a) Ensemble 10/10/Clark...
Off-Piste Goldbergs: Jed Distler Listens to Some Recent Recordings of Bach's Great Variation Set-On Harpsichord, Piano, String Trio, Orchestra and Even Accordion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although Bach specifically wrote his Goldberg Variations for a dual-manual harpsichord, that hasn't stopped non-harpsichordists from claiming the work as their own. Dmitry Sitkovetsky's 1984 recording of his string trio arrangement...
On Screen: The Berlin Phil's 2010 Singapore Concert
Mahler * Rachmaninov (DVD) (BLU) Mahler Symphony No 1 Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op 45 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle EuroArts (F) v 205 8908; (F) (BLU) 205 8904 (120' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA, DTS5.1 &...
Orchestral Experiments from Jazz Man Kulakowski
Kutakowski Piano Concerto (a). Sketches' (b) (a) Bogdan Kutakowski, (b) Leszek Kutakowski pf bPiotr Kutakowski db (b) Jacek Pelcperc Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Gdansk/Szymon Bywalec Dux (F) DUX0387 (54' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Overtures and More from the Austrian Operetta Master
Suppe 'Overtures and Marches' Boccaccio--Overture; March. Dichter und Bauer Overture. Isabella--Overture. Leichte Kavallerie Overture. Das Modell--Overture. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien--Overture. Pique Dame--Overture. Die schone...
Overtures from Chailly and the Orchestra Verdi Knew So Well
Verdi 'Viva Verdi--Ouvertures & Preludes' Aida--Prelude, Act 1. Alzira--Sinfonia. Il corsaro Prelude, Act 1. La forza del destino--Sinfonia. Giovanna d'Arco-Sinfonia. Jerusalem--Introduction; Airs de ballet. Macbeth--Prelude, Act 1. Nabucco--Sinfonia....
Pedersen's Ensemble in Germanic-Tinged Choral Song
'Refractions' Berg Die Nachtigall (arr Gottwald) Messlaen Cinq Rechants. Osacrum convivium Valen Ave Maria, Op 4. Hvad est du dog skion, Op 12. Kom regn fra det hoie, Op 25. Psalm 121 Webern Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, Op 2. Zwei Lieder, Op 19...
Phelan's Jenufa on Screen from Southern Sweden
Janacek (DVD) (BLU) Jenufa ErikaSunnegardh sop Jenufa Daniel Frank ten Laca Gitta-Maria Sjoberg sop Kostelnicka Joachim Backstrom ten Steva Ingrid Tobiasson mez Grandmother Buryja...
Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist Records the Complete Sonatas
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Piano Etudes: Jeremy Nicholas Surveys Some of the Greatest Sets of Piano Studies, Works That Celebrate Technique and Often Transcend 'Studying' to Become Creations of Pure Musical Poetry
Scales and studies: they're the bane of every young musician's life--and the basis of a strong, reliable technique. For pianists, the Italian studio or essercizio can be found occasionally in the works of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), but it was...
Piano Works by Stevenson and His Compositional Heroes
Stevenson Stevenson Prelude and Chorale (An Easter Offering). L'art nouveau du chant applique au piano. Scottish Ballad No 1, 'Lord Randal'. Fugue on a Fragment of Chopin. Pensees sur des Preludes de Chopin. Variations-Study on a Chopin Waltz. Etudette...
Pike, Poster and the Dorics in Fin De Siecle Chausson
Chausson Concert, Op 21 (a). String Quartet, Op 35 Doric Quartet with Jennifer Pike vn (a) Tom Poster pf Chandos (F) CHAN10754 (68' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Chausson's premature death in 1899 in a cycling accident left his String...
Polish Period-Instrument Group Takes to Telemann
Telemann 'Ouvertures pittoresques' Ouvertures--TWV55: D15; 'Volker-Ouverture', TWV55: B5; 'Ouverture jointe d'une suite tragicomique', TWV55:D22. Concertos polonoises--TWV43: B3; TWV43: G7 Arte dei Suonatori /Martin Gester BIS (F) (SACD)...
Portraits of the Windy City from the Gaudete Players
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Chicago Moves' Baxter A Great Commercial City Cheetham Sonata for Brass Quintet Deemer Brass Garrop Helios Sampson Chicago Moves Tower Copperwave Woodward Gaudete Gaudete Brass Cedille (F) CDR900 00136 (63' * DDD) ...
Prohaska and Arcangelo in Forests English and Italian
'Enchanted Forest' Cavalli Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne--Opiu d'ogni ricchezza. Calisto--Restino imbalsamate Handel Alcina--Tornami a vagheggiar. Apollo e Dafne Felicissima quest'alma; Come in ciel benigna stella. Giove in Argo--Combattuta da piu...
Prokofiev for Dutch Duo's Fourth Disc on Challenge
Prokofiev Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 80; No 2, Op 94 bis. Cinq Melodies, Op 35a Isabelle van Keulen vn Ronald Brautigam pf Challenge Classics (F) CC72580 (61' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These musicians of rare versatility perform regularly...
Rare Mass from the Brabants and Third Disc in the Sixteen's Palestrina Project
Palestrina Missa Ad coenam Agni. Ad coenam Agni providi. Surrexit pastor bonus a 8. Regina caeli a 8. Haec dies a 6. Alleluia, Tulerunt Dominum a 5. Terra tremuit a 5. Angelus Domini II a 5. Deus, Deus meus a 5. Lauda anima mea a 5. Benedicite gentes...
Reissue for DG's 1975 Lucio, Now at Budget Price
Mozart Lucio Silla Peter Schreier ten Lucio Silla Arleen Auger sop Giunia Julia Varady sop Cecilio Edith Mathis sop Lucio Cinna Helen Donath sop Celia Werner Krenn ten Aufidio Salzburg Radio and Mozarteum Chorus;...
Reissue for Paley's Rubinstein Concertos
Rubinstein (R) Piano Concertos--No 2, Op 25; No 4, Op 70 Alexander Paley pf State Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Igor Golovchin Delos (F) DRD2013 (77' * DDD) From Russian Disc originals [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] No one in his lifetime doubted...
Return to Schubert for Keyboard Giant Pires
Schubert (GC) (GP) Piano Sonatas--No 16, D845; No 21, D960 Maria Joao Pires pf DG (F) 477 8107GH (83' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Never sing louder than lovely was Dame Isobel Baillie's advice to singers. Someone must have said much...
Richard Wagner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Arnold Whittall on a bicentenary reassessment of Richard Wagner: 'This book has much of value to say about the music, while avoiding technical theoretical mystification' Richard Wagner The Sorcerer of Bayreuth ...
Richter's June 1975 London Recital a Week after Aldeburgh
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 3, Op 2 No 3; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106. Bagatelles, Op 126--Nos 1, 4 & 6 Sviatoslav Richter pf ICA Classics (F) ICAC5084 (81' * ADD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, June 18, 1975 [ILLUSTRATION...