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Articles from Vol. 90, February

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A Five-Star Cantata from Bach: Three Alternative Views of the Cantata 'Why Troublest Thou Thyself, My Heart
JUNE 1983 Bach Cantata No 138, 'Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz?' Soloists; Tolz Boys' Choir; Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Telefunken Das Alte Werke (F) (2) [??] EX6 35608 The methods Bach used to incorporate traditional...
A 'Historical' Approach to Brahms's Serenades
Brahms Serenades-No 1, Op 11 (a); No 2, Op 16 (b) Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/Nicholas McGegan Philharmonia Baroque (F) PBP05 (80' * DDD) Recorded live at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA, (a) February 13-14, 2010; (b) March 10-11, 2012...
Aida (1871): Verdi's Grandest Opera Crowned a Creative Period That Saw the Production of Simon Boccanegra, Un Ballo in Maschera and Don Carlos but Was Followed by More Than 15 Years of Silence
During the summer of 1868 Antonio Ghislanzoni, a writer and former baritone, was taken to visit Verdi at home on his estate at Sant' Agata. In his memoir of the visit Ghislanzoni paints a picture of middle-class ease and affluence. The composer is...
A New Group for Telemann's Characteristic Concertos
Telemann 'Complete Violin Concertos, Vol 5' Concertos--TWV51:A3; TWV51:B2; TWV51:F3; TWV51:fis1; TWV51:G5; TWV52:e4; TWV54:A1 Wallfisch Band/Elizabeth Wallfisch vn CPO (F) CPO777 550-2 (58' * DDD) For the fifth volume of Telemann's violin concertos,...
Anne Frank Oratorio by Former BBC Producer Whitbourn
Whitbourn Annelies (chamber version) Arianna Zukerman sop Westminster Williamson Voices; Lincoln Trio/James Jordan Naxos (S) 8 573070 (70' * DDD * T) It is difficult to look at the cover of the CD of a setting of excerpts from The Diary of Anne...
Arghamanyan Plays Big Four Concertante Works by Liszt
Liszt Piano Concertos--No 1, S124; No 2, S125. Totentanz, S126. Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123 Nareh Arghamanyan pf Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alain Altinoglu Pentatone (F) (SACD) PTC5186 397 (72' * DDD/DSD) Though there are myriad...
AVA Media Zara Premium: This British-Built Unit Makes Storing Music for Home Streaming Both Simple and Logical
Recent issues of Gramophone have seen a lot of coverage in these pages of streaming music players: devices able to access network-stored content on either a home computer or a dedicated networkattached storage (or NAS) unit, and play it through the...
AWS Play Music by Their 'Ideal Match' Composer
Bermel 'Canzonas Americanas' Canzonas Americanas. Three Rivers. At the End of the World. Hot Zone. Continental Divide. Natural Selection Alarm Will Sound/Alan Pierson Cantaloupe (F) CA21088 (64' * DDD) American composer/clarinettist Derek Bermel...
Bach Completed, Arranged, Pastiched and Performed
JS Bach 'Fantasy 1720' Fantasy and Fugue, BWV562 (a). Fantasia, BWV573 (a). Sonata, BWV1003 (b). Partita, BWV1004--Chaconne (b) ((a) compl/(b) arr Thomas Meyer-Fiebig) Aya Yoshida org Zoho (F) ZM201207 (61' * DDD) Played on the Jehmlich organ of...
Barton Pine's 'Period' Trio Take a Trip to Renaissance England
'An English Fancy' Baltzar John come kiss me now Byrd Sellinger's Round Hume Captaine Hume's Lamentation J Jenkins Suite No 2 Lawes Suite No 8 Locke Suite, 'For Several Friends' Purcell Bonduca--Overture. Distressed Innocence--Slow Air. The Virtuous...
Beethoven's Second, and a Rare Brahms Cantata in Vienna
Beethoven * Brahms Beethoven Symphony No 2, Op 36 Brahms Rinaldo, Op 50 (a) (a) Johan Botha ten (a) Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Bertrand de Billy Oehms Classics F (SACD) OC673 (69' * DDD/DSD) 'A gross enormity,...
Berlin Guitarist Hegel Pays Tribute to the Thomaskantor
JS Bach Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998. Suite, BWV1006a. Solo Cello Suite No 1, BWV1007-Prelude (a). Goldberg Variations, BWV988--Aria (a). Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV147 (a). Two-Part Invention No 1, BWV772 (a). Das wohltemperirte Clavier...
Brian Chin's Five Commissions for Trumpet and Ensemble
'Eventide' E Castro Miniatures on Other Peoples Thoughts (a) Newby Prayer Song (c) Shakarian Eventideb Stover Chin Music (d) K Turner The Ballad of Annabel Leea Brian Chin tpt with (c) Cherie Hughes sop Morgan Smith bar (d) Heather Bentley, (bd)...
Britten's Cello Symphony: Our Review of the Original 1964 Recording of the Cello Symphony Played by Its Creators
DECEMBER 1964 Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Mstislav Rostropovich vc English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Britten Decca [??] SXL6138 (12in, 32s 3d) Performances by what one might call the original cast almost always have something...
Cellist Enders Reflects the Dual Cultures of His Parentage
Schumann * Yun Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op 70. Drei Fantasiestucke, Op 73. Funf Stucke im Volkston, Op 102. Mit Myrten und Rosen, Op 24 No 9 Yun Espace I. Nore Isang Enders vc Andreas Hering pf Berlin Classics (F) 0300430BC (64' * DDD) The...
Cello Symphonies from Muller-Schott in Cologne and Gerhardt in Glasgow
Britten * Prokofiev Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op 68 Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto, Op 125 Daniel Muller-Schott vc WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/Jukka-Pekka Saraste Orfeo (F) C847 121A (72' * DDD) Britten Symphony...
Chamber Music by Sound and Installation Artist Davies
H Davies Descent (a). End Canon (b). Cold in the Earth (c). Duosd-1; 3; 6. Albumleaf (e). Piano Pieces (e)--No 14; No 17; No 19; No 23. Variations (e). Sonatas in F (e). Bow Flurry (f). Apostrophe (g). Nocturne (g). Apus Apus Part 2 (h). (g) Heledd...
Chamber Works by Glasgow-Born Composer and Teacher
B Orr 'Chamber Music for Strings' String Quartets (a)--No 1, 'Refrains IV'; No 2. Duo for Baroque Violin and String Bass (b). String Trio (c) (a) Andrew Roberts vn bMaya Homburger bqvn (b) Barry Guy db (ac) Beethoven String Trio of London Toccata...
Classic Brahms Performances from London's Festival Hall
Brahms (GC) (GP) Symphonies--No 1, Op 68 (a); No 3, Op 90 (b) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt LPO (S) (2) LPO0068 (85' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, (b) April 7, 1983; (a) October 14, 1992 'He is a most...
'Company' Rodelindas from WNO in 1985 and the Met in 2011
Handel (R) Rodelinda Joan Sutherland sop Rodelinda Alicia Nafe mez Bertarido Curtis Rayam ten Grimoaldo Samuel Ramey bass Garibaldo Huguette Tourangeau mez Unulfo Isobel Buchanan sop Eduige Welsh National...
Concept Bach Programme with Stutzmann as Singing Director
JS Bach 'Une cantate imaginaire' Cantata No 4--Sinfonia. Cantata No 18--Sinfonia. Cantata No 21--Sinfonia. Cantata No 30--'Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sunder'. Cantata No 33--'Wie furchtsam wankten meine Schritte'. Cantata No 42 -Sinfonia. Cantata No...
Consort Music from Phantasm Including Lawes's Masterpiece
Lawes Consorts to the Organ Phantasm Linn (F) (SACD) CKD399 (78' * DDD/DSD) It is good to welcome a second disc of the Carolingian composer William Lawes (1602-45) so soon after the excellent ATMA issue of the Royall Consorts (9/12). Where on...
David Alden's Amsterdam Staging of Handel's Last Opera
Handel (DVD) (BLU) Deidamia Sally Matthews sop Deidamia Silvia Tro Santafe mez Ulisse Veronica Cangemi sop Nerea Olga Pasichnyk sop Achille Andrew Foster-Williams bass-bar Fenice Umberto...
Dealing with the Rough Corners: Vivien Schweitzer Talks to Christian Poltera about the Oddities of Barber's Cello Concerto
Before one of his first performances of the Barber Cello Concerto, Christian Poltera received an email from Steven Isserlis saying, 'Have fun with the thirds and sixths.' In a Japanese tea house near Carnegie Hall, Poltera opens the score and shows...
Dinos Constantinides: Peter Dickinson Greets a Series of Discs from the Louisiana-Based Centaur Label Celebrating the State's Leading Local Composer
There are so many composers in the US that some of them, even with international reputations and regular performances, lack profile in the UK. The Greek-American Dinos Constantinides (b1929) is an example. He started his career as a violinist in Greece...
Disc 2 in the Mandelring's Audite Mendelssohn Survey
Mendelssohn 'Complete Chamber Music for Strings, Vol 2' String Quartets--No 3, Op 44 No 1; No 4, Op 44 No 2; No 6, Op 80 Mandelring Quartet Audite (F) (SACD) AUDITE92 657 (77' * DDD/DSD) The Mandelring Quartet's first release in their complete...
Dutch Ensembles Explore Music from the Leiden Books
'Leiden Choirbooks, Vol 3' Anonymous Missa pro fidelibus defunctis a 4. Regina celi a 5. Regina celi a 6 Canis Missa Pastores loquebantur Clemens non Papa Advenit ignis divinus a 5. Cum esset anna a 5. Domine probasti a 5 Josquin Responde mihi (Vigili...
Dutton Explores McCabe's Catalogue of Concertos
McCabe (2) Les martinets noirs (a). Rainforest--I (b); II (c). Caravan (c) Angela Whelan tpt (a) Retorica (Harriet Mackenzie, Philippa Mo) vns Orchestra Nova (b) Ensemble/George Vass Dutton Epoch (M) CDLX7290 (79' * DDD) Among John McCabe's catalogue...
ECM Records More Silvestrov with His Home-Town Choir
Silvestrov 'Sacred Songs' Songs for Vespers. Psalms and Prayers. Two Psalms of David. Two Spiritual Refrains. Two Spiritual Songs. Three Spiritual Songs Kiev Chamber Choir/Mykola Hobdych EMC New Series (F) 476 4990 (75' * DDD) Described by Alfred...
European Song from Former Britten-Pears Young Artist
Brahms * Mahler * Schubert * Sibelius Brahms Zwei Gesange, Op 91 (a) Mahler Ruckert-Lieder Schubert Abendstern, D806. Nachtviolen, D752. Auf der Donau, D553 Sibelius Six Songs, Op 50 Julia Morgan mez Amanda Johnston pf (a) Jody Davenport va MSR...
Falstaff (1893): In His Late Seventies, Verdi Achieved a Lifetime Ambition: To Write a Great Comic Opera. the Composition Process Took Longer Than in His 'Galley Years' but His Musical Genius Remained Undimmed
Excellent! Excellent,' enthused Verdi to his friend Arrigo Boito on July 6, 1889. 'Now [Falstaff or Merry Wives] can take shape and become reality! When? How? Who knows?' The next day he wrote again to Boito having second thoughts, wondering if he...
Fink Sings a Potted History of 20th-Century Spanish Song
'Canciones espanolas' (GC) (GP) Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas. Trois Melodies. El pan de Ronda que sabe a verdad. Tus ojillos negros Granados Tonadillas en estilo antiguo Rodrigo Tres Canciones espanolas. Cuatro Canciones sefardies....
First Bach Cantatas for Herreweghe's Own Label
JS Bach (GC) (GP) Cantatas--No 25, Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe; No 46, Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei; No 105, Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht; No 138, Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz? Hana Blazikova...
First Recording of the New Harrison & Harrison at Bury
'St Edmundsbury Cathedral' 'The English Cathedral Series, Vol 17' Bridge Lento (a) Cocker Tuba Tune (b) Darke Andantinoa Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (arr Lemare) (a) Howells Rhapsody No 3, Op 17 No 3 (a) Messiaen Le banquet celesteb....
Fischer's Mozart Survey Reaches Paris and Beyond
Mozart 'Symphonies, Vol 9' Symphonies--No 31, 'Paris', K297 (incl both slow movts); No 33, K319; No 34, K338 Danish National Chamber Orchestra/Adam Fischer Dacapo (F) (SACD) 6 220544 (60' * DDD/DSD) Captivated by clarinets he had heard in Mannheim...
Forgotten 19th-Century Violin Concertos: The Flowering of the Violin Concerto in the 1800s Resulted in Many More Great Works Than Are Usually Heard in Our Concert Halls: Gramophone Critic Duncan Druce Seeks out the Best
In the 1800s, performances of concertos moved from the comparatively intimate surroundings where the works of Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart had been heard to spacious concert halls, with the soloist accompanied by a large orchestra. It was the age of the...
Former Fulbright Scholar Plowright with Brahms on BIS
Brahms (GC) (GP) Piano Sonata No 3, Op 5. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op 24 Jonathan Plowright pf BIS (F) (SACD) BIS2047 (73' * DDD/DSD) For many pianists there is a long-standing ambition to record a particular composer. For Mitsuko...
Four American Landmarks from MTT in San Francisco
'American Mavericks' (GC) (GP) Cowell Synchrony (a). Piano Concerto (b) L Harrison Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra (c) Varese Ameriques (1927 version) (d) (b) Jeremy Denk pf (c) Paul Jacobs org San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael...
Galina Vishnevskaya
Soprano Born October 25, 1926 Died December 11, 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya's autobiography, Galina: a Russian Story, tells a blistering tale of early poverty, life-threatening illnesses, against-the-odds survival through the Siege of Leningrad...
Gerhardt Records Britten
Andrew Keener revels in an art that conceals art. 'I'm trying to bring an interpretation to a medium that is essentially a lie,' says the producer. 'Sometimes there's no alternative but to push a fader. In performance you can see the cellist pitting...
German Quartet Begins Dvorak Chamber Cycle
Dvorak (GC) (GP) 'String Quartets, Vol 1' String Quartets--No 9, Op 34 B75; No 10, Op 51 B92; No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179. Bagatelles, Op 47 B79 (a). Cypresses, B152 Vogler Quartet with (a) Oliver Treindl harm CPO (F) (2) CPO777 624-2 (126' *...
Giacometti Pits Erard Ravel against Steinway Ravel
Ravel 'Erard versus Steinway Compared' Sonatine. Gaspard de la nuit. Menuet antique. Le tombeau de Couperin (all played on both pianos) Paolo Giacometti pfs Channel Classics (F) (2) (SACD) CCSSA31612 (134' * DDD/DSD) Paolo Giacometti asks 'authentic...
Gramphone Talks to ... Rachel Barton Pine: Trio Settecento's Violinist on Recording a Collection of English Renaissance and Baroque Works
'An English Fancy' is your final CD surveying 17th- and 18th-century European music ... Doing these national survey discs has been a chance to not only present our trio to the early music world but also to give an overview of the range of Baroque...
Habsburg-Hatched Programme for Stravaganza's Aparte Foray
'Concert at the Hapsburg Court' HIF Biber Sonatas (1681)--No 3; No 5. Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas--No 10, 'The Crucifixion' Froberger Lamentation for Ferdinand III Schmelzer Sonatae unarum fidium--Sonata tertia JJ Walther Suite No 8 Ensemble Stravaganza...
Hagstedt's Film-Inspired Work for Two Violins
Hagstedt Sinfonia per due violini. Depurazione Duo Gelland (Cecilia & Martin Gelland vns) Nosag (F) NOSAGCD192 (73' * DDD) If Swedish music often seems to present a case of missed opportunities, there is no lack of worthy composers with such...
'High-Resolution Music Can Be Striking but HD Surround Done Properly Has the Power to Amaze': There's More to the Blu-Ray Player and Surround System Than Just Hollywood Films and Live Opera Videos-It Also Has Plenty of Potential to Make More of Music
Audio demonstrations are always something of a hit-and-miss affair. At best you'll be listening to a new component in a system with which you're familiar but the chances are the room will be rather unlike the one in which you listen at home--well,...
How to Write Music for Children: From Noye's Fludde to Zimbe! What's the Recipe for a Successful Children's Piece?
What makes good music for children either to sing or to play has long been a subject of contention among educationalists, musicians, conductors and composers. This year's Britten centenary celebrations will undoubtedly see a veritable 'Noye's fludde'...
Iowa Musicians in Sollberger's Journey Back to Tradition
Sollberger 'Spillville & Gilead' Spillville (a). Perhaps Gilead (b) (ab) Jan Boland fl (b) Nancy McFarland Gaub, (b) Miera Kim vns (a) Anthony Devroye, bLisa Ponton vas (b) Carey Bostian vc (ab) John Dowdall gtr Fleur de Son (F) FDS58016 (56'...
Italian Songbook at the Heart of Williams's Wigmore Recital
Roderick Williams Korngold Vier Lieder des Abschieds, Op 14 Mahler Aus! Aus!. Erinnerung. Ich ging mit Lust. Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen Schumann Zwolf Gedichte, Op 35 Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch--Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund;...
It All Started When a Maori Taught My Father to Play Steel-String Guitar While They Were Both Shearing in New Zealand
It all started when a Maori taught my father to play steel-string guitar while they were both shearing in New Zealand. Back home in Australia, his subsequent impromptu country music recitals, invariably accompanied by the imbibing of copious amounts...
James Dreyfus: The Actor on His Obsession with Minimalist Music, His Secret Life as a Singer and Why He Would Have Loved to Learn the Marimba
We weren't a musical household. I did struggle with the violin and piano for a couple of years, and I was in the choir at school, but I didn't have the discipline really, or the musical ear. At home, my mum and stepdad listened to Dolly Parton and...
Janowski's Live Berlin Wagner Project Continues with Tristan
Wagner Tristan und Isolde Stephen Gould ten Tristan Nina Stemme sop Isolde Michelle Breedt mez Brangane Kwangchul Youn bass King Marke Johan Reuter bar Kurwenal Simon Pauly ten Melot Clemens...
Kalevi Aho: David Fanning Argues That the Finnish Composer Has a Strong Claim to the Title of Greatest Living Symphonist
On May 5, 2004, the now sadly defunct Manchester International Cello Festival saw the premiere of Kalevi Aho's Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra. The remarkable thing about this event was not just the music's confident sweep, its teemingly imaginative...
Kent's Glyndebourne Turn of the Screw Filmed in 2011
Britten (DVD) (BLU) The Turn of the Screw Toby Spence ten Prologue/Peter Quint Susan Bickley mez Mrs Grose Miah Persson sop Governess Giselle Allen sop Miss Jessel Thomas Parfitt treb ...
Koh and Her 1727 Stradivarius in Testing Works for Solo Violin
'Bach and Beyond, Part 1' JS Bach Solo Violin Partitas--No 2, BWV1004; No 3, BWV1006 Mazzoli Dissolve, O my heart Saariaho Nocturne Ysaye Solo Violin Sonata, Op 27 No 2 Jennifer Koh vn Cedille (F) CDR90000 134 (79' * DDD) The backbone of this...
La Traviata (1853): In the Six Years Following the Premiere of Macbeth, Verdi Produced Nine Operas, Including Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, but None Was More Emotionally Powerful Than la Traviata
With Macbeth, Verdi scored a success with a setting of a classic English tragedy (rather than the French or Spanish potboilers habitually loved by contemporary Italian opera) that by no means stuck to the musical and structural rules that Bellini/...
Lennox Berkeley and Friends
Lennox Berkeley and Friends Writings, Letters and Interviews Edited by Peter Dickinson Boydell Press, HB, 344pp, 45[pounds sterling] 978-1-84383-785-5 Peter Dickinson has previously invested words on John Cage, Samuel Barber and Lord...
Liszt for the Italian Pianist's Second Recording on Brilliant
Liszt Valse impromptu, S213. Capriccio alla turca, S388. La leggierezza, S144 No 2. Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244--No 6; No 10; No 11; No 12. Liebestraum, S541 No 3. Galop russe, S478i. La danza, S424 No 9. Grand galop chromatique, S219 Vanessa Benelli...
Liszt Pupil's Quintet Led by Argerich on Screen and Plowright through Speakers
Zarebski * Zelenski Zarebski Piano Quintet, Op 34 Zelenski Piano Quartet, Op 61 Jonathan Plowright pf Szymanowski Quartet Hyperion (F) CDA67905 (72' * DDD) Zarebski (DVD) Piano Quintet, Op 34 Martha Argerich pf Bartlomiej Niziol, Agata Szymczewska...
Little and Lane Play Small-Scale Works by Big-Scale Composers
Respighi * R Strauss Respighi Violin Sonata, P110. Sei Pezzi, P31--No 2, Melodia; No 4, Valse caressante; No 5, Serenata R Strauss Violin Sonata, Op 18 Tasmin Little vn Piers Lane pf Chandos (F) CHAN10749 (66' * DDD) Both Respighi and Richard...
Live Khachaturian Suites with Daphnis from St Petersburg
Khachaturian * Ravel Khachaturian Spartacus--Suite (a). Gayaneh--Suite (a) Ravel Daphnis et Chloe--Suite No 2 (b) St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov Signum (F) SIGCD310 (59' * DDD) Recorded live at the Great Philharmonic Hall,...
Live Snapshot of the 2011 Spannungen Festival
Ravel * Smetana * H Watkins Ravel Piano Trio (a) Smetana Piano Trio (b) H Watkins Speak Seven Seas (c) (c) Sebastian Manz cl Florian Donderer (a) vn/(c) va (b) Antje Weithaas vn (b) Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, (a) Tanja Tetzlaff vcs (ab) Lars Vogt,...
Live Video Streaming from Covent Garden Opens the Doors to a Global Audience
During the past few years, the concert-going experience has broadened to encompass far more than the standard two-hour event in a dedicated concert hall or church. From Wigmore Lates @ 36, which presents music in the bar, to Berlin's Yellow Lounge,...
Macbeth (1847): Verdi's Early Life, Musical Education and First Forays into Opera Would Have Led Few to Anticipate the Tragic Masterpiece That He Would Suddenly Produce in His Early Thirties
Habitually pessimistic, prone to melancholy, Verdi was always at pains to emphasise his lowly origins. Late in life the composer who became a national icon and a patriarch of the newly united Italy told his French biographer Camille Bellaigue, 'I had...
MacMillan's Durham Mass Sung by Durham's Girls
MacMillan MacMillan Missa Dunelmi (Durham Mass) Allain Cana's Guest M Berkeley Advent Anthem Darke O gladsome light Demessieux Te Deum, Op 11 Fleming Kindle a light to lighten the darkness Franck Panis angelicus B Kelly Summer in winter Lioncourt...
Madiba's Generation: Philip Clark Finds out What Life Is like for Young Classical Musicians Hoping to Make a Career in Today's Cape Town
The students who are currently passing through Franklin Larey's piano class at the University of Cape Town (UCT) were all born after Nelson Mandela became South African president in 1994. 'I call them Madiba's generation--they're happy to study traditional...
Malaysian Dvorak Cycle Arrives at the New World
Dvorak Symphony No 9, 'From the New World', Op 95 B178. Czech Suite, Op 39 B93. Overture 'My Home', Op 62 B125a Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra/Claus Peter Flor BIS (F) (SACD) BIS-1856SACD (77' * DDD/DSD) Rob Cowan rightly heaped praise upon...
Middle-Period Dvorak and Beguiling Early Janacek
Dvorak * Janacek Dvorak Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112 Janacek Idyll Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz Naxos (S) 8 572698 (77' * DDD) As with Jose Serebrier's and Marin Alsop's versions of the Sixth Symphony, Gerard Schwarz observes the important...
Mixed Student Choir Sing Ubiquitous and Rare Sibelius
Sibelius 'Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island)' Rakastava. Four Songs, Op 18. Min rastas raataa. Isanmaalle. Italian Folksong Arrangements. Listen to the Water Mill. Ej med klagan. Man fran slatten och havet. On lapsonen syntynyt meille. Terve ruhtinatar....
Mozart Sonatas with Vogt for Tetzlaff's Ondine Debut
Mozart (GC) (GP) Violin Sonatas--No 27, K379; No 32, K454; No 35, K526 Lars Vogt pf Christian Tetzlaff vn Ondine (F) ODE1204-2 (66' * DDD) This disc brings together two musicians absolutely at the top of their game and with long experience of...
Music Born from Tragedy as Dux's Kilar Survey Continues
Kilar Paschal Hymn. Lamento. Missa pro pace--Dona nobis pacem. Agnus Dei. Apotheosis. Veni Creator (a) Camerata Silesia; aAUKSO Chamber Orchestra, Tychy/Anna Szostak DUX (F) DUX0856 (56' * DDD) Personal tragedy prompted the Polish composer Wojciech...
National Music Plan-One Year On: What Are the Effects of the UK Government's Shake-Up in Music Education?
The UK government's first ever National Plan for Music Education was unveiled over a year ago, in November 2011. Its ambitions amounted to a complete shake-up of the system, with music education no longer being delivered by local authorities and county...
Navona Pairs Mexican Elizondo with Bostonian Tanner
'Of Birds and Lemons' Elizondo Estampas mexicanas. Danzas latinoamericanas (a). Leyenda del quetzal y la serpiente Tanner Pocket Symphony. Tango of the Lemons (b). I'll come to thee by moonlight (c). Tyger (c) Zuzana Rzounkova hn Moravian Philharmonic...
New Front-Runner for Schumann's Neglected Mass
Schumann (2) 'Missa Sacra' Mass, Op 147 (a). Vier doppelchorige Gesange, Op 141 aMarianne Crebassa mez Les Cris de Paris Chorus and (a) Orchestra/Geoffroy Jourdain Aparte (F) AP044 (58' * DDD * T/t) Schumann's choral music is perhaps the most...
New Label and Line-Up as Gatti's Group Reaches Corelli's Op 4
Corelli Twelve Trio Sonatas, Op 4 Ensemble Aurora/Enrico Gatti Glossa (F) (2) GCD921207 (86' * DDD) If Enrico Gatti is thinking of recording all four of Corelli's sets of trio sonatas, it may take a while; this release of Op 4 follows on from...
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 52CREATIONS 52creations.com Van den Werf Kall Qctu(nlMOnks of Gyuto. (F) 520003 ACCENT Moll quaVnCons.Steck/ArpaFestal...
Nostalgic Style and a Relaxed, Appealing Sound: Wharfedale Celebrates Eight Decades in Business with a Homage to a Classic Design
The thorny question of how to celebrate a significant anniversary is one confronting many consumer electronics companies of late. Now we have Wharfedale celebrating, with the 'Denton 80th Anniversary Edition' loudspeakers, even though it is the company,...
Nyman Chamber Works in the First of a New Own-Label Series
Nyman 'Chamber Music, Vol 1: Piano Trios 1992-2010' Poczatek. The Photography of Chance. Yellow Beach. Time Will Pronounce Fidelio Trio MN Records (F) MNRCD120 (63' * DDD) The popularity and success of Michael Nyman's film soundtracks has in...
Off-Air: Guilini's 1960 Covent Garden Barber of Seville
Rossini 1 II barbiere di Siviglia Rolando Panerai bar Teresa Berganza mez Rosina Luigi Alva ten Almaviva Fernando Corena bass Doctor Bartolo Ivo Vinco bass Don Basilio Josephine Veasey mez ...
Off the Record
Off the Record Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing By Neal Peres da Costa Oxford University Press, HB, 384pp, 30[pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-19-538691-2 This book initially intrigued me, then irritated, and finally won my...
Old Ideas Reinvented and Some New Thinking: A Classic Speaker Design's New Incarnation, a Fresh Idea for Equipment Storage-And More Headphones
Along-running affinity has existed between Gramophone and one of the best-known names in British audio equipment--Quad. Now Quad is owned by IAG, which has managed to defy those who saw the takeover as 'hell in a handcart': it has not just maintained...
Opera Australia: David Patrick Stearns Watches and Listens as Performances from Australia's National Opera Company Are Issued on CD and DVD
Opera Australia's clutch of DVD releases, some simultaneously issued on CD, may well enhance the company's international standing even if the actual content isn't competitive with what's already on the market. Time and again you wish you were there....
Orchestral Outreach: Hannah Nepil Explores a Wide Variety of Schemes in the UK and America
Recitals in care homes; projects in prisons; workshops in aquariums: these are just some of the ways in which orchestras are striving to open up their work to the wider community. In running education schemes, creating music-making opportunities and...
Pelerinage Highlights from Wales's Pre-Eminent Pianist
Liszt Annees de pelerinage--annee 2: Italie, S161--No 3, Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa; No 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca; No 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; No 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca; No 7, Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata. Venezia...
Period Instruments for Debussy Orchestral Works
Debussy Images. La mer. Prelude a L'apres-midi d'un faune Anima Eterna/Jos van Immerseel Zig-Zag Territoires (F) ZZT313 (77' * DDD) Anima Eterna's 'instruments of the period' policy has come a long way since those early days in the 1980s when...
Poltera Plays Barber's Lyrical Works for Cello
Barber (GC) (GP) Cello Concerto, Op 22 (a). Cello Sonata, Op 6 (b). Adagio (c) (ab) Christian Poltera vc (b) Kathryn Stott pf (ac) Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton BIS (F) (SACD) BIS1827SACD (54' * DDD) There are three hits here on...
Pro Arte Quartet: Tully Potter Pays Tribute, 100 Years after Their First Concert, to a String Quartet Whose Total Mastery Was as Complete in Modern Music as It Was in Haydn
To recreate the Pro Arte Quartet, the legendary Belgian string ensemble that flourished in the interwar years, you would need DNA from four modern groups: the Panocha's balance and homogeneity, the Ebene's Gallic suavity, the Arditti's expertise with...
Pushing the Boundaries: Two Valuable Collections of Trailblazing European Modernism
The claim that a particular performance carries historical weight doesn't necessarily guarantee its interpretative significance. However, Audite's four-disc set devoted to The RIAS Second Viennese School Project, which is centred around German Radio...
Recent Commissions from the Sinfonietta's New Music Scheme
'New Music Show' Feshareki Valentine's Rhapsody E Finnis Veneer (a) Hodgkinson The Glow & Zig-Zag (b) Khroustaliov Zoetrope MacLeod Diesisc Suckling Candlebird (d) (d) Leigh Melrose bar (b) Michael Thompson hn (a) Paul Silverthorne va (c) Enno...
Recent Works from Pittsburgh University's Composition Chair
Rosenblum Yonah's Dream (a). Circadian Rhythms (b). Two Harmonies (c). Under the Rainbow (d). The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata) (e) (d) Lindsey Goodman fl/afl/picc (c) Wendy Richman va (b) Dave Eggar vc cShirley Yoo pf (b) Rob Frankenberry...
Recording Firsts for London and Paris Operas by Johann Christian Bach
JC Bach Zanaida Sara Hershkowitz sop Zanaida Marina De Liso mez Tamasse Pierrick Boisseau bar Mustafa Chantal Santan sop Roselane Daphne Touchais sop Cisseo Vannina Santoni sop Osira Julie Fioretti sop ...
Recording of the Month: Malcolm Riley Is Awed by a Sublime Recording of Rachmaninov's Choral Vespers
Rachmaninov Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil', Op 37 Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava Ondine (F) (SACD) ODE12065 (63' * DDD * T/t) In a 1939 interview, Rachmaninov confessed that stylistically he 'felt like a ghost wandering in a world grown...
Reger's Expansive Violin Concerto Recorded in Finland and Germany
Reger Violin Concerto, Op 101 (a). Chaconne, Op 117 No 4 Benjamin Schmid vn (a) Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Hannu Lintu Ondine (F) ODE1203-2 (64' * DDD) Reger Violin Concerto, Op 101. Aria, Op 103a No 3 Ulf Wallin vn Munich Radio Orchestra/Ulf...
Richter Reimagines Vivaldi's Ubiquitous Concerto Cycle
Richter 'Recomposed by Max Richter' Vivaldi The Four Seasons Daniel Hope vn Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra/Andre de Ridder DG F 481 0044 (44' * DDD) Also available on [??] 476 5041 Composers throughout history have revamped and updated...
Rose and Marian Consorts Open Dow's Oxford Books
'An Emerald in a Work of Gold' 'Music from the Dow Partbooks' Anonymous Come, Holy Ghost. Dum transisset Sabbatum ('Roose') Byrd La verginella. O Lord, how vain Giles Vestigia mea dirige Maillard Ascendo ad Patrem meum Mallory (attrib) Miserere...
Russian Sudbin's First Liszt for BIS
Yevgeny Sudbin Liszt Funerailles, S173 No 7. Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139--No 10, Appassionata; No 11, Harmonies du soir. Annees de pelerinage-annee 2: Italie, S161--No 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca; No 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; No 6,...
Sacred Works by the Man Who Helped Spawn 'Opera-Ballet'
Campra * Dandrieu Campra Beati omnes. Immensus, es, Domine. O Jesu amantissime. Quam dilecta. Salvum me fac Deus Dandrieu Magnificat--excs. Trio Sonata No 1 Jean-Francois Lombard counterten Jean-Francois Novelli ten Marc Labonnette bass Les Folies...
Sailing Too Close to the Wind: Richard Fairman Selects Some Striking Recordings of Britten's Peter Grimes-A Disturbing Tale Whose Uncomfortable Resonance Persists
'Sadler's Wells! Any more for Peter Grimes, the sadistic fisherman!' It was June 1945 and the bus conductor on route 38 did not want his opera-loving passengers to miss their stop. Even as we smile at his wry humour, the story is a vivid sign of how...
Second Disc in Naxos's Weinberg Traversal
Weinberg Symphony No 19, 'Bright May', Op 142. The Banners of Peace, Op 143 St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Lande Naxos (S) 8 572752 (56' * DDD) Naxos is boldly stepping into the breach vacated by Chandos to give us the few remaining...
Second Disc in Roscoe's Hyperion Dohnanyi Cycle
Dohnanyi 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 2' Four Piano Pieces, Op 2. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of EG, Op 4. Humoresques in the Form of a Suite, Op 17. Valses nobles, after Schubert Martin Roscoe pf Hyperion (F) CDA67932 (80' * DDD) ...
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