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Articles from Vol. 91, June

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After a Hiatus, Latest d'Indy from the Icelandic Orchestra
d'Indy 'Orchestral Works, Vol 5' Symphonie sur un chant montagnard francais, Op 25 (a). Fervaal--Prelude. Saugefleurie, Op 21. Medee, Op 47 (a) LouisLortie pf Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Rumon Gamba Chandos (F) CHAN10760 (74' *...
All Four Concertos from YouTube Sensation Lisitsa
Rachmaninov Piano Concertos--No1,Op1;No2,Op18; No3, Op 30; No 4, Op 40.Rhapsodyon a Theme of Paganini, Op 43 Valentina Lisitsa pf London SymphonyOrchestra/Michael Francis Decca (B) (2) 478 4890DX2 (146' * DDD) No doubt critics have been...
Anniversary Rite and More from Rattle's Berlin Phil
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (a). Symphonies of Wind Instruments (b). Apollon Musagete (c) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle EMI (F) 723611-2 (76' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, (b) September 20-22, 2007;...
Australian Cities United for Davis's Grainger Tribute
Grainger 'Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra' King Solomon's Espousals. Danny Deever. Marching Song of Democracy. The Wraith of Odin (a). The Hunter in his Career. Sir Eglamore (a). The Lads of Wamphray (a). The Bride's Tragedy. Tribute...
Austrian Opera's New Home
After years of planning, Linz finally has anew world-class opera house. Richard Lawrence joined the opening celebrations Lying between Salzburg and Vienna, close to the Czech border, Austria's third city is not notable for very much: the Mozart...
BBC Recordings of the Complete Canticles
Britten 'The Canticles' Canticles--No 1, 'My beloved is mine', Op 40 (a); No 2, 'Abraham and Isaac', Op 51 (b); No 3, 'Still falls the rain', Op 55 (c); No 4, 'The Journey of the Magi', Op 86 (d); No 5, 'The Death of St Narcissus', Op 89 (e) Ben...
Bebbington's Ireland Series Reaches Its Conclusion
Ireland 'Piano Music, Vol 4' Columbine. Epic March. Equinox. In Those Days. Leaves from a Child's Sketchbook. Meine Seele. Merry Andrew. Month's Mind. On a Birthday Morning. Pastoral. Soliloquy. Spring Will Not Wait. Summer Evening....
Biker and Violinist Carmignola Offers Vivaldi 'Con Moto'
Vivaldi Violin Concertos--RV187; RV232; RV243; RV254; RV281; RV283 Giuliano Carmignola vn Accademia Bizantina /Ottavio Dantone Archiv (F) 4791075AH (76' * DDD) These concertos all date from the latter part of Vivaldi's career and include...
Bringuier's Memorable 2010 Proms Debut Issued on DVD
'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' (GC) (DVD-V) (BLU) Berlioz Le corsaire, Op 21 (a) Chopin Piano Concerto No 2, Op 21 (b) Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice--Dance of the Blessed Spirits (trans Sgambati)c Ravel Daphnis et Chloe--Suite No 2 (a) Roussel Symphony...
Cantatas from the Pen of the 18th-Century Oxford Professor
W Hayes Six Cantatas set to Musick. Orpheus & Euridice: An Ode Mirjam Berli, Ulrike Hofbauer, Evelyn Tubb sops Daniel Cabena counterten Paul Bentley, David Munderloh tens SCBHayes Players/Anthony Rooley Glossa (M) (2) GCD922510 (90'...
Cellist Bertrand in Her First Concerto Disc for HM
Shostakoyich Cello Concerto No 1, Op 107 (a). Cello Sonata, Op 40 (b). Moderato (b) Emmanuelle Bertrand vc (b) Pascal Amoyel pf (a) BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Pascal Rophe Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2142 (63' * DDD) Emmanuelle...
Chamber and Orchestral Works from the South African-Born Composer
J Joubert String Quartets--No 1, Op 1; No 2, Op 91 (a); No 3, Op 112 Brodsky Quartet Somm Celeste (F) SOMMCD0113 (70' * DDD) (a) From SOMMCD0602 (8/07) J Joubert * Alwyn * Martelli Alwyn The Fairy Fiddler--Prelude; Derrybeg Fair ...
Chamber Works from Tognetti and Some ACO Colleagues
Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings (a).Octet,Op20 (b) (a) Polina Leschenko pf (b) members of the (c) Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti vn BIS (F) (SACD) BIS1984 (67' * DDD/DSD) Mendelssohn's Octet can present...
Chandos Issues First Outing for Pike and Poster as a Duo
Brahms * C Schumann * R Schumann Brahms Violin Sonata No 1, Op 78 CSchumann Three Romances, Op 22 RSchumann Violin Sonata No 1, Op 105 Jennifer Pike vn Tom Poster pf Chandos (F) CHAN10762 (54' * DDD) Brahms wrote his First Violin...
Channel 4's Production of Britten's Television Opera
Britten (DVD-V) (R) Owen Wingrave Gerald Finley bar Owen Wingrave Peter Savidge bass-bar Spencer Coyle Hilton Marlton ten Lechmere Josephine Barstow sop Miss Wingrave Anne Dawson sop MrsCoyle...
Choral Music Created and Sung in the Hudson Valley
The Valley Sings Copland Thou, O Jehovah, abideth forever J Fitzwilliam A Rose of Sharon Fryer Coventry Carol. Missa brevis--Kyrie. The time draws near Hedges Bagpipe. Bread Dough. Iceberg. Shield. Water Lundergan The Dark Hills. A noiseless, patient...
Classic Pairing from Cellist Walton under Ashkenazy
Dvorak * Schumann Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191. Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B182 Schumann Cello Concerto, Op 129 Jamie Walton vc Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy Signum (F) SIGCD322 (69' * DDD) Jamie Walton's latest...
Clifford Curzon: Bryce Morrison Listens to Decca's Complete Studio Recordings from the Pianist Who Claimed to Dislike the Recording Process
This 24-CD box of the complete recordings of Clifford Curzon is an astonishing tribute to one of the century's greatest musicians (a term Curzon would have preferred to pianist). Astonishing, because (like his mentor Artur Schnabel) he disliked recording,...
Compact All-in-One System Is an Intriguing Second-Room Solution: Combining Elements of the Company's Past and Up- To-Date Technology, This Unusual System Has Much to Offer
MARANTZ CONSOLETTE DOCK/STREAMING SYSTEM Price 899 [pounds sterling] Connectivity Line analogue and USB inputs, iOS dock with 30-pin connector, Wi-Fi connectivity for AirPlay, Android/ Windows wireless streaming, network audio and internet...
Concertos Including K595 from Bax in London and Hewitt in Italy
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 24, K491; No 27, K595 (a). Eight Variations on 'Come un agnello' by G Sarti, K460 Alessio Baxpf (a) Southbank Sinfonia / Simon Over Signum (F) SIGCD321 (73' * DDD) Mozart Piano Concertos--No 17, K453; No 27,...
Covent Garden Young Artists in Live Massenet and Berlioz
Massenet Le portrait de Manon (a) Berlioz Les nuits d'ete (b) ZhengZhong Zhou ba Des Grieux HannaHipp mez (b) Jean Pablo Bemsch ten (b) Tiberge Susana Gaspar sop (b) Aurore Southbank Sinfonia / (a) Geoffrey Paterson, (b) VolkerKrafft...
Dances by Piazzolla et Al Arranged for Violin and Guitar
'Histoire du Tango' Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas--No 1, El pano moruno; No 3, Asturiana; No 4, Jota; No 5, Nana; No 7, Polo Paganini Moses-Fantasie. Sonata concertata, MS2 Piazzolla Histoire du Tango Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op 20 Augustin...
Dave Barber: Senior Design Engineer, Naim: On the Thinking Behind the DAC-V1, and How to Stop Pianos Getting Clanky
Dave Barber says Naim's thinking on the DAC-V1 was simple: 'We wanted to create a product that allows the user to get great performance from their computer audio coupled with ease of use. The DAC-V1 and NAP 100 is a great desktop solution.' He points...
Decca's Polish Soprano at Home for Rossini Arias
Rossini 'Bel raggio' L'assedio di Corinto--Lora fatal s'appressa ... Giusto ciel! in tal periglio. Il barbierediSiviglia--Dunque io son ... tu non m'inganni?a. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra--Sento un'interna voce. Guglielmo Tell--S'allontanano...
'Downloaded Audio Can't Just Match the CD-It Has the Potential to Go Way beyond the Quality We Now Enjoy'
Last month Andrew Everard explained why he shares the view that MP3 has become an irrelevance. Now he argues that we should look forward to listening to really big files As I write this, the rumours are beginning to circulate again that Apple Is...
Dumay and Lortie Cement Regular Partnership on Disc
Franck * R Strauss (GC) (GP) Franck Melancolie. Prelude, fugue et variation, Op 18 (arr Dumay/Lortie after Lemaitre). Violin Sonata R Strauss Violin Sonata, Op 18. Auf stillem Waldespfad (arr Heifetz) Augustin Dumay vn Louis Lortiepf ...
Early and Later Recordings from the 1966 Tchaikovsky Winner
Grigory Sokolov Beethoven 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op 120 Brahms Three Pieces, Op 117. Two Rhapsodies, Op 79 Chopin Etudes, Op 25 Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2, Op 22 Schumann Fantasy in C, Op 17. Piano Sonata No 2, Op 22...
EMI's Stars Unite for Britten Song Celebration
Britten Winter Words, Op 52 (a). Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op 22 (a). Six Holderlin Fragments, Op 61 (a). Who are these Children?, Op 84 (a). Songs from the Chinese, Op 58 (b). The Foggy, Foggy Dew (arr Nestor)b. O Waly, Waly (arr Nestor) (b)...
English String Works Including First Outing for Gurney's Sonata
Elgar * Gurney * Sainsbury Elgar Violin Sonata, Op 82 (a) Gurney Violin Sonata (a) Sainsbury Soliloquy, Op 21 Rupert Marshall-Luck vn (a) Matthew Rickard pf EM Records (F) EMRCD011 (68' * DDD) Ivor Gurney's story is among the saddest....
For Constanze, with Gratitude
Mozart's marriage inspired a grand new work of thanksgiving--the C minor Mass. He never finished it but, says David Threasher, this hasn't prevented a colourful abundance of recordings from appearing 'She is not ugly, but at the same time far from...
From Sweden, Concertante Saxophone Works and the Last Shout for Phono Suecia
Eliasson Ein schneller Blick ... ein kurzes Aufscheinen (a). Poem (b). Symphony No 3, 'Sinfonia concertante' (c) John-Edward Kelly (bc) asax/(a) cond (b) Bob Versteegh pf (a) Arcos Orchestra; (c) Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Leif...
Full-Disc Debut from Feted London Composer Tabakova
Tabakova 'String Paths' Insight. Concerto for Cello and Strings (a). Frozen Rover Flows. Suite in Old Style. Such Different Paths (a) Kristina Blaumane vc Janine Jansen, Roman Mints, Julia-Maria Kretz vns Amihai Grosz va Torleif Thedeen, Boris Andrianov...
Gramophone Hall of Fame
Last year we launched the Gramophone Hall of Fame to celebrate those performers, producers, engineers and label executives whose contributions to classical music recording, whether through artistic excellence, innovation or imagination, have proved...
Gramophone Reviewers
When I joined the team at Gramophone in the autumn of 1960, I had already been reading the magazine for more than 15 years and reviewing records for The Guardian and the BBC for five or six. But Gramophone has always offered the ideal platform for...
Gramophone Talks to ... Lori Sims: The Pianist on Her American Classics' Recording of Copland, Weber, Griffes and Barber
Why are these pieces 'American Classics'? They're all pretty old--they're not modern American pieces as such because they were all written in the early 20th century and they tend a lot more towards a Romantic bent. Even the [Ben] Weber Fantasia--which...
Grande Messe from St Paul's Becomes Memorial to Sir Colin
Berlioz Grande Messe des morts (Requiem), Op 5 Barry Banks ten London Philharmonic Choir; London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Colin Davis LSO Live (F) (2) [F]. LSO0729 (94' * DDD/DSD * T/t) Recorded live at St Paul's Cathedral, London, June...
Greats from the Japanese Archives: Tokyo's NHK Orchestra in a Fine Series of Live Performances under European Conductors
Once again the Tokyo-based NHK Symphony Orchestra provides raw material for a number of distinguished conductors, adjusting to their varied visions with total commitment and no lack of technical agility. There are some minor shortcomings but the best...
Greek Pianist Profiles German Atonalist Mahnkopf
C-S Mahnkopf Beethoven-Kommentar. Funf kleine Lakunaritaten. Kammerminiatur. Kammerstuck. Prospero-Fragmente. La reve d'ange nouveau. Rhizom Ermis Theodorakis pf Neos (F) NEOS11207 (71' * DDD) Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, born in 1962...
Gyorgy Kurtag: The Intensity and Individuality of the Late-Modernist Master
'Songs of Despair and Sorrow' quoted a friend, reading from the CD cover: 'another heart-warming offering from Kurtag!' True, you do not expect laugh-out-loud comedy from this composer. As one of his biographers has probably said, Kurtag (1926) has...
Haydn's Surviving Cello Concertos on Eloquence Reissue and New Capriccio Disc
Haydn (R) Cello Concertos--No 1, HobVIIo/1; No 2, HobVIIo/2 Jian Wang vcGulbenkian Orchestra / Muhai Tang Eloquence (F) 480 6666 (52' * DDD) From DG 463 180-2GH (7/00) Haydn Cello Concertos--No 1, HobVIIo/1; No 2, HobVIIo/2 Harriet...
Herreweghe's Concertmaster Plays the Sonatas and Partitas
JS Bach (CC) 'Sei Solo' Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-06 Christine Busch vn PHI (F) (2) LPH008 (146' * DDD) This latest two-disc recording of the monumental Bach Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas sets new standards. Performing...
High-Resolution Homage to the Norwegian Continues
'Hommage a Grieg, Vol 3' Bjorklund Hommage a Grieg Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op 56b Plagge Grieg Metamorphosis, Op 160 Saint-Saens Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op 35 Dena Piano Duo 2L (F) (2) (SACD + (BLU)...
HM's Lieder Singers Unite for Schubert Ensemble Pieces
Schubert 'Lichtund Liebe- Lieder & Vocal Quartets' Der Tanz, D826. Die Unterscheidung, D866. Die Geselligkeit(Lebenslust), D609. Lieder der Delphine, D857/1. Der Sanger, D149. Der Hochzeitsbraten, D930. Licht und Liebe, D352. Des Tages Weihe,...
Israeli Clarinettist Joins the Jerusalem Quartet
Brahms String Quartet No 2, Op 51 No 2. Clarinet Quintet, Op 115 (a) (a) Sharon Kam cl Jerusalem Quartet Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2152 (71' * DDD) Few command Brahms's string quartets the way the Jerusalem do here in Op 51 No 2. Even...
Jarvi Begins Atterberg Cycle on the Composer's Home Turf
Atterberg 'Orchestral Works, Voir Symphonies--No 4, 'Sinfonia piccola', Op 14; No 6, 'Dollar Symphony', Op 31. Suite No 3, Op 19 No 1 (a). A Varmland Rhapsody, Op 36 (a) Sara Troback Hesselink vn (a) Per Hogberg va Gothenburg Symphony...
Johnson's Possible Precursor to Riley's in C
D Johnson 'November' Andy Lee pf Irritable Hedgehog (F) (4) IHM007M (4h 53' * DDD) Minimalism's musical origins may be said to have started with the sustained sounds of La Monte Young's Trio for Strings of 1958 and Terry Riley's busy, pattern-based...
Latest in Curtis's Acutely Cast Handel Opera Series for Virgin
Handel Glove in Argo Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani ten Arete (Giove) Ann Hallenberg mez Iside Vito Priante bass Erasto (Osiri) TheodoraBaka mez Diana Karina Gauvin sop Calisto JohannesWeisser...
Latest in Van Zweden's Dutch Bruckner Cycle
Bruckner Symphony No 3 (second version, 1877, ed Nowak) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden Challenge Classics (F) (SACD) CC72551 (60' * DDD/DSD) In his successive revisions to this, his textually most vexatious symphony,...
Levine's Divine Liturgy from Close Collaborators Tenebrae
Levine The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Tenebrae /Nigel Short Signum (F) SIGCD316 (77' * DDD * T/t) Tenebrae have already recorded an earlier work by the Moscow-born composer Alexander Levine, Prayers for Mankind (1/11), on texts...
Lionel Meunier: The Artistic Director of Vox Luminis Writes about Recording a Follow-Up to Last Year's Gramophone Recording of the Year
Two years after first deciding to record a reconstruction of English royal funeral music, there we were, last September, back in our favourite little church in the village of Beaufays, where we recorded our last two CDs. The sound and the inspiration...
Lionel Tertis: The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola
Lionel Tertis The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola By John White Boydell Press, PB, 456pp, 16.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84383-790-9 What's the definition of a minor second? Two violas playing in unison. Why do viola players stand...
Liszt Miscellany from US-Based Serbian Pianist
Liszt Apres une lecture du Dante, S161 No 7. Les cloches de Geneve, S160 No 9. Fantasia and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H, S529. Grosses Konzertsolo, S176. Glanes de Woronince, S249. Hungarian Rhapsody, 'Carnival in Pest', S244 No 9. La...
Live from Jurowski, Mahler's First Symphony with 'Blumine'
Mahler Symphony No 1. Blumine London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski LPO (M) LPO0070 (61' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, December 4,2010 Like all great musicians, Vladimir Jurowski trusts his own instincts...
Liverpool Shostakovich Cycle Arrives at the Leningrad
Shostakovich Symphony No 7, Leningrad', Op 60 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Naxos (F) 8 573057 (79' * DDD) Vasily Petrenko's Shostakovich cycle continues to garner critical plaudits and no one collecting the series...
Lutoslawski Old and New from Los Angeles Phil
Lutostawski Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic (a). Symphonies--No 1 (a); No 2 (b); No 3 (c); No 4 (d) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-PekkaSalonen Sony Classical (F) (2) 88765 44083-2 (106' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at Walt...
Lyons Ensemble Offer Mixed-Voice Ockeghem
Ockeghem Alma redemptoris mater. Missa Prolationum. Salve regina Ensemble MusicaNova/Lucien Kandel counterten Agogique (F) AGO008 (57' * DDD) Even by the standards we normally expect of Ockeghem, the Missa Prolationumis at first glance...
Mark Heap: The Actor and Comedian-Whose Credits Include Green Wing, Spaced, Lark Rise to Candleford and Friday Night Dinner-On Medieval Recorder Music and Messiaen
My father was a Methodist minister. We didn't have much money, but I remember that there was a small pile of records, things like Beethoven's Fifth, the William Tell Overture and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. From about the age of nine, I would often...
Mediterranean Music for String Quartet
'In the South' Paganini Caprices, Op 1 (arrCassidy)--No 6; No 24 Piazzolla Four, for Tango Puccini Crisantemi Turina La oracion del torero, Op 34 Verdi String Quartet Wolf Italian Serenade Brodsky Quartet Chandos (F) CHAN10761 (66'...
Mendelssohn from Leipzig Bach Competition Winner
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1, Op 25 (a). Variations serieuses, Op 54. Lieder ohne Worte--Op 19 No 1; Op 30 No 6, 'Venetian Gondola Song'; Op 38 No 2; Op 38 No 6, Duetto'; Op 53 No 4; Op 62 No 6, Spring Song'; Op 67 No 1; Op 67 No 4, 'Spinnerlied:...
Meunier's Award-Winning Ensemble Turn to England
'English Royal Funeral Music' (GC) (GP) Morley I am the resurrection and the life. I know that my Redeemer liveth. We brought nothing into this world. Man that is born of a woman. In the midst of life. I heard a voice from heaven Paisible/Tollett...
Mields and Friends with Arias, Cantatas and Concertos
Telemann (GC) (GP) 'Hoffnung des Wiedersehens' Oboe d'amore Concerto, TWV51:e2 (a). Violin Concerto, TWV22:6 (for Keiser's Nebucadnezar) (b). Violin Concerto in Db. Stirbt mein Geist durch dein Verlangen. Vernunft, Geduld und Zeit. Mein Vergnugen...
Modigliani Follow Ebene's Lead with French Quartets
Debussy * Ravel * Saint-Saens Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 Ravel String Quartet Saint-Saens String Quartet No 1, Op 112 Modigliani Quartet Mirare (B) (2) MIR188 (85' * DDD) With each new disc the Quatuor Modigliani seem to burgeon....
Moeran's 'Supreme Achievement' from Belfast
Moeran Cello Concerto (a). Serenade. Lonely Waters (b). Whythorne's Shadow (b) Rebekah Coffey sop (a) Guy Johnston vc Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta Naxos (B) 8 573034 (65' * DDD) Moeran conceived the wistfully lyrical Cello Concerto...
More Clarinet Sonatas from Collins and McHale
'British Clarinet Sonatas, Vol 2' Arnold Clarinet Sonatina, Op 29 A Benjamin Le tombeau de Ravel A Cooke Clarinet Sonata Gregson Tributes Horovitz Clarinet Sonatina Michael Collins cl Michael McHalepf Chandos (F) CHAN10758 (70' * DDD)...
Munich Radio Orchestra's Live Sweeney Todd
Sondheim Sweeney Todd Mark Stone bar Sweeney Todd Jane Henschel mez Nellie Lovett Adrian Dwyer ten Beadle Bamford Ronald Samm ten Adolfo Pirelli Pascal Charbonneau ten Tobias Ragg Rebecca Bottone sop Joanna...
Music from the Collections of Bach and His Family
'Bach's Library' JB Bach Overture No 2 JS Bach Orchestral Suite No 2, BWV1067 Dieupart Suite No 6 Marais Symphonies de l'opera d'Alcide mises sur le clavecin par un tres habile homme Steffani Ouverture 'La tempete' Bach Players ...
Naim DAC-V1 & NAP100: Just Add Speakers and a Computer for the Ultimate Desktop Audio System
SPECIFICATION NAIM DAC-V1 &NAP 100 NaimDACVI Type DAC/preamplifler Price 1250 [pounds sterling] Inputs Asynchronous USB (up to 24-blt/384kHz), three electrical and two optical digital (up to 24-bit/192kHz) Outputs Stereo analogue...
New'eggs', Amplifiers and Furniture: KEF Updates Its KHT Speaker System, Heavyweight Hi-Fi from the States, and an Audio Sideboard!
Way back when, the people at KEF got a bit sniffy when their little KHT-series speakers were referred to as 'eggs'. Perhaps they thought that such a description of the obviously ovoid satellite speakers diminished the true intent of the range, but...
Nicholas Daniel Headlines Nusgrave Chamber Selection
Musgrave 'Chamber Works for Oboe' Night Windows (a). Impromptus--No 1 (b); No 2 (c). Cantilena (d). Niobe (e). Trio (F). Take Two Oboes (g). Threnody (h) Nicholas Daniel ob/ (h) corang with (bcf) Emer McDonough fl (g) James Turnbull...
Norgard Songs from His Devotee Soprano Gjerris
Norgard Two Recitatives, Op 16 (a). Entwicklung (b). Plutonian Ode (a). Trois Chansons de 'L'amouret la poesie' (c). Three Love Songs (d). Day and Night (e). Solen sa jeg (F). Sanger fran aftonland (Songs from Evening Land), Op 17g. Schlafen gehen,...
Norwegian Musicians in Second Viennese Song
'Fruh' Berg Jugendlieder- Fraue, du Susse. Uber den Bergen. Tiefe Sehnsucht. Er klagt, dass der Fruhling so kortz bluht. Augenblicke. Winter. Am Strande. Traurigkeit. Hoffnung. Spaziergang. Flotenspielerin. Erster Verlust. Leukon Schoenberg Vier...
Odd-Numbered Cello Suites from Tamestit and His Viola
JS Bach Solo Viola (Cello) Suites--No 1, BWV1007; No 3, BWV1009; No 5, BWV1011 Antoine Tamestit va Naive (F) V5300 (59' * DDD) Whereas it could be argued that Antoine Tamestit's recording of Bach's violin music (Ambroisie, 8/07) became...
On Screen: Herreweghe's German Requiem from Poland
Brahms 'Hommage a Chopin' Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Ilse Eerens sop Andrew Foster-Williams bar Collegium Vocale Gent; Champs-Elysees Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe Fryderyk Chopin Institute (F) (DVD-V) NIFCDVD003 (66' * NTSC *...
Orchestral Works and a Quartet from Coates's Musical Galaxy
G Coates 'At Midnight' Holographic Universe. Where the Eagle Flies. Among the Asteroids (a). Lunar Loops. The Silver Eyed Soul (a) Kreutzer Quartet; Cambridge University Orchestra/Neil Thomson Tzadik (F) TZ8096 (67' * DDD) During...
Orfeo for Parrott and His Consort's Second Avie Disc
Monteverdi Orfeo CharlesDaniels ten Orfeo Faye Newton sop Euridice David Hurley counterten La Musica Emily VanEvera sop Messenger/Proserpina Clare Wilkinson mez Speranza Curtis...
Pappano Directs Rossini's Not-So-Petite Mass Setting
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle Marina Rebeka sop Sara Mingardo contr Francesco Meli ten AlexEsposito bass Danieli Rossi org Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano EMI (F) (2) 416742-2 (83' * DDD)...
Paragon Ragtime Explore Black Music before Jazz
'Black Manhattan, Vol 2' Accooe Black Patti Waltzes E Blake Fizz Water E Blake/Vodery Shuffle Along Overture Bryan The Bell Hop Rag Brymn Valse Angelique WM Cook Returned: A Negro Ballad Dabney Oh! You Devil Dabney/Europe The Castle Walk WH Dixon...
Parrott's Monteverdi
St Michael and All Angels in the Oxford suburb of Summertown is not the oldest, grandest or most historic venue in a university city renowned for cultural treasures and musical traditions. The quiet church has, however, been transformed into a comfortable...
Philips's 1613 Motet Collection from Royal Holloway's Choir
Philips Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus (1613)-Benedictus Deus noster; Oquam suavis II; Jubilate Deo omnis terra; Benedictus Dominus; Beati estis; Ecce panis angelorum; Salve regina, vita, dulcedo; Regina caeli laetare; Panis sancte, panis vive;...
Piano and Flute Concertos under Wit in Warsaw
Penderecki Piano Concerto, 'Resurrection' (a). Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra (b). (b) tukasz Dtugosz fl (a) BarryDouglas pf Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Antoni Wit Naxos (S) 8 572696 (61' * DDD) Penderecki reminds me of...
Piano Works by Turn-of-the-20th-Century US Composer
Griffes De profundis. Fantasy Pieces, Op 6. Piano Sonata. Roman Sketches, Op 7. Three Preludes. Three Tone Pictures, Op 5. Winter Landscape Garrick Ohlsson pf Hyperion (F) CDA67907 (79' * DDD) Charles Tomlinson Griffes died in 1920...
Plowright Goes Polish for 59th in the Rom-Con Piano Series
Zarzycki * Zelenski 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 59' Zarzycki Piano Concerto, Op 17. Grande Polonaise, Op 7 Zelenski Piano Concerto, Op 60 Jonathan Plowright pf BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / tukasz Borowicz Hyperion (F) CDA67958...
Quartets from the Pioneer of New Vocal Techniques
Sciarrino String Quartets--No 7; No 8. Sei Quartetti brevi Prometeo Quartet Kairos (F) 0013212KAI (46' * DDD) Franco Donatoni, Luigi Nono, Aldo Clementi, Niccolo Castiglioni--it's difficult to think of a mid-20th-century Italian composer...
Ravel's String Quartet.: Three Recordings of Ravel's F Major String Quartet-And What Gramophone Thought
JANUARY 1934 Ravel String Quartet Lener Quartet Columbia (4) (F) LX270-3 (24s) The Lener Quartet realise notably the general Character and all the varying moods of the work, especially the Tres doux first movement (their tone there is wonderfully...
Recording of the Month: Geoffrey Norris Is Exhilarated by Robin Ticciati's Second Berlioz Recording for Linn
(GC) Berlioz Les nuits d'ete, Op 7. Romeo et Juliette-Love Scene. La mort de Cleopatre Karen Cargill mez Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Robin Ticciati Linn (F) (SACD) CKD421 (66' * DDD/DSD * T/t) The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and...
Rising Canadian Star Plays Concertante Lalo
Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (a). Namouna Suite No 1; Suite No 2. Scherzo (a) Alexandre DaCosta vn Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar Warner Classics (F) 2564 65711-4 (77' * DDD) The performance of Symphonie...
Roocroft Charts the Course of a Love Affair in Song
'Tell me the truth about love' Barber Rain has fallen L Boulanger Vousm'avez regarde avec toute votre ame Brahms Am Sonntag Morgen, Op 49 No 1. Du sprichst, dass ich mich tauschte, Op 32 No 6. Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen, Op 96 No 2 Bridge...
Russian Pianist Champions Concertos by Bach and Sons
CPE Bach * JC Bach * JS Bach CPE Bach Keyboard Concerto, H472 Wq43/2 JC Bach Keyboard Concertos, Op 7--No 3; No 5 JS Bach Keyboard Concerto, BWV1053 Anastasia Injushina pf Hamburg Camerata / Ralf Gothoni Ondine (F) ODE1224-2 (69'...
Schubert's Seminal Song-Cycle: Studio and Live, Male and Female
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Wolfgang Holzmair bar Andreas Haefliger pf Capriccio (F) C5149 (74' * DDD) Schubert Winterreise, D911 Alice Coote mez Julius Drake pf Wigmore Hall Live (F) WHLIVE0057 (79' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live,...
Schumann for Helmchen's Second Solo Disc on Pentatone
Schumann Arabeske, Op 18. Etudes symphoniques, Op 13. Waldszenen, Op 82 Martin Helmchen pf Pentatone (F) (SACD) PTC5186 452 (61' * DDD/DSD) Martin Helmchen's programme explores the extremes of Schumann as a piano composer, at both his...
Second Eton Choirbook Disc from Christ Church, Oxford
'Choirs of Angels' 'Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol 2' Browne O Maria salvatoris mater a 8 Cornysh Ave Maria mater Dei a 4 Davy Salve Jesu mater vera a 5 Lambe O Maria plena gracia a 6 Wylkynson Salve regina a 9 Christ Church Cathedral Choir...
Singing for the Future: Caroline Gill Joins the 30th-Anniversary Celebrations of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall
It feels a bit odd, somehow, sitting down in the Royal Albert Hall to hear a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers. Surely we should be in an ornate Venetian-style church somewhere, where the main visual stimulus is an intricate fresco decorated around...
Sinkovsky and His Ruggeri on the 52nd Vivaldi Edition Disc
Vivaldi 'Violin Concertos, Vol 5--Concertos for Pisendel' Violin Concertos--RV177; RV212a; RV242; RV246; RV328; RV370; RV379 Il Pomo d'Oro/Dmitry Sinkovsky vn Naive (F) OP30538 (78' * DDD) This 52nd volume in Naive's intended complete...
Sir Colin Davis: Born September 25,1927; Died April 14, 2013: Sir Colin Davis's Remarkable Career Conducting Many of the World's Finest Ensembles Has Forever Enriched the Catalogue
The English conductor Sir Colin Davis died on April 14 at the age of 85. Davis's career started in earnest when he was appointed assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra (now the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) in 1957, where he was able...
Sonatas from the St Cecilia Academy's Principal Flute
JS Bach Flute Sonatas--BWV1020; BWV1030; BWV1031; BWV1033; BWV1034; BWV1035 Andrea Oliva fl Angela Hewitt pf Hyperion (F) CDA67897 (78' * DDD) Bach's six flute sonatas (three with obbligato keyboard, the rest with continuo) come down to...
Suite and Sheherazade from Temirkanov and His Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade, Op 35. The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh-Paean to the Wilderness; Wedding Procession and Tartar Invasion; Battle of Kershenets St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov Signum (F) SIGCD320 (58' * DDD) ...
Symphonic and Stage Prokofiev from Norway
Prokofiev Symphony No 6, Op 111. Lieutenant Kije-Symphonic Suite, Op 60 (a). The Love for Three Oranges--Symphonic Suite, Op33b (a) Andrei Bondarenko bar Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton BIS (F) (SACD) BIS1994 (79' * DDD/DSD...
Symphony in Shorthand: Geoffrey Norris Talks to Vasily Petrenko about Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony
The first thing I notice when Vasily Petrenko opens his score of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony is that its pages are littered with pencilled hieroglyphs. Atriangle here, parallel vertical lines there, an Sonits side and along wiggly arrow--what...
Takacs-Nagy Conducts Martin's 1942 Cinderella-Themed Ballet
Martin Das Marchen vom Aschenbrodel Clemence Tilquin, Alexandra Hewson sops Varduhi Khachatryan contr David Hernandez Anfruns ten Orchestra of Geneva University of Music/Gabor Takacs-Nagy Claves (F) 50 1202 (68' * DDD * T) This 2010...
Tenebrae's First Disc for Relaunched Archiv Label
Gesualdo * Victoria Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday. Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia--Miserere Victoria Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae-Lamentations for Holy Saturday Tenebrae/Nigel Short...
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