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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1101, September

'Arias for Caffarelli'
'Arias for Caffarelli' Cafaro L'lpermestra--Rendimi piu sereno Hasse Siroe--Fra l'orror della tempesta; Ebbi da te la vita Leo Demofoonte--Misero pargoletto; Sperai vicino il lido Manna Lucio Vero--Cara ti lascio, addio. Lucio Papiro--Odo il suono...
Artist of the Year: Variety Is What Alison Balsom Does Best-And Her Public Love Her for It, Voting Her Our Artist of the Year
Winner Alison Balsom, trumpeter Sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones Trumpeter Alison Balsom has had a busy summer. After a US tour and an appearance on Sky Arts' South Bank Show, she made her acting debut at the Globe Theatre in Samuel Adamson's...
Ashley Wass: Variety Is the Spice of Musical Life for the Pianist, Whose Month Is Chock-Full of Artistic Directing, Recording, Performing and Teaching
Of all the ingredients required to formulate a fulfilling career, top of my list is variety, and if there ever was a month that captured the varied nature of my life, this was it. I begin at Dillington House in Somerset, where I've been asked to...
At Long Last, a Violinist and Her Cherished Million-Pound Stradivarius Are Reunited
Three years is a long time to wait for the return of stolen property--and even more so when that property happens to be a rare Antonio Stradivarius violin worth some 1.2m [pounds sterling]. Such was the agonising wait faced by violinist Min-Jin Kym,...
'Bach to the Future': Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude
'Bach to the Future' Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude, 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639 Bach/Kurtag Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV687 (a). Cantata No 106--Sinfonia (a) Barber Piano Sonata, Op 26 Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Berg...
Baroque Instrumental: German Harpsichordist Andreas Staier's Compilation of Mid-Baroque Keyboard Music
Winner '... pour passer la melancolie' Here is a CD that could easily have been part of a DVD documentary, conceivably even of a feature film on the lines of the wonderful Tom les matins du monde. The late-17th-century harpsichord on which Andreas...
Baroque Vocal: John Eliot Gardiner and His Monteverdi Choir Revisit-And Revivify-Bach's Motets
Winner JS Bach Motets Occasionally a recording appears which you know represents a special landmark in a long-term collaboration. Amid a strong field in the vocal category (John Butt's stunningly probing vision of Bach's St John Passion, Harry...
Bartok * Hindemith * Prokofiev: 'Solo 2'
Bartok * Hindemith * Prokofiev 'Solo 2' Bartok Solo Violin Sonata, Sz117 Hindemith Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 31--No 1; No 2, 'Es ist so schones Wetter draussen ...' Prokofiev Solo Violin Sonata, Op 115 Ning Feng vn Channel Classics...
Bartok: Violin Concertos-No 1, Sz36
Bartok [G] [G*] Violin Concertos--No 1, Sz36; No 2, Sz112 Isabelle Faust vn Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding Harmonia Mundi [C] HMC90 2146 (58' * DDD) Faust extends her Bartok discography with the concertos Fancy...
Beethoven: Trios-'Gassenhauer'
Beethoven Trios--'Gassenhauer', Op 11; Wo037. Serenade, Op 25 Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group LAWO Classics (F) ** LAW01034 (69' * DDD) Beethoven's woodwind trios from principals of the Oslo Phil Not quite the surgery without anaesthetic...
Berg * Schoenberg: Berg Drei Orchesterstucke, Op 6
Berg * Schoenberg Berg Drei Orchesterstucke, Op 6 Schoenberg Pelleas und Melisande, Op 5 Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra / Jac van Steen Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) *** MDG901 1807-6 (61' * DDD/DSD) Dortmund orchestra with works straddling...
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op 14 Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orchestra / Andres Orozco-Estrada Oehms (F) OC869 (55' * DDD) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, October 7,2012 First recording of the Austrians under their new conductor...
Bicentennial Bayreuth: Adrian Mourby Witnesses an Important Ring Cycle, Which Throws Up Bigger Questions Than What Was Going on Onstage
Hundreds of pink and blue plastic Wagners lined the approach to the Festspielhaus this July. Each was three feet tall and looked like a giant version of those little cereal-packet toys from the 1970s. It was a light-hearted welcome to a Ring cycle...
Bingham: Wells Service
Bingham [G] [G*] Wells Service. Harvest. Missa brevis, 'Awake my soul'. The Shepherd. Ave verum corpus. Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum. Corpus Christi Carol. Christmas Past. Epiphany. Edington Service. God be in my head. Our faith is a light Wells...
Boulez's Complete Works
Complete? Well, almost. Philip Clark evaluates the collected DG recordings of a towering figure in the music of our time So by whose definition is this 13-CD anthology 'complete'? The front cover may proudly trumpet 'Pierre Boulez: Oeuvres Completes'...
Brahms: Violin Sonatas-No 1
Brahms Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 78; No 2, Op 100; No 3, Op 108 Sergey Khachatryan vn Lusine Khachatryan pf Naive (F) V5314 C75' * DDD) Khachatryan siblings with the three Brahms sonatas The Armenian brother-and-sister team give passionate,...
Britten: Three Cello Suites
Britten Three Cello Suites Jamie Walton vc Signum (F) SIGCD336 C6V * DDD) Britten Three Cello Suites Antoine Pierlot vc Transart Live (F) TR169 (72' * DDD) Britten's Suites for Rostropovich from cellists Walton and Pierlot ...
Bruckner: Mass No 3
Bruckner Mass No 3 Lenneke Ruiten sop Iris Vermillion mez Shawn Mathey ten Franz Josef Selig bass Berlin Radio Choir; Suisse Romande Orchestra / Marek Janowski Pentatone (F) ** PTC5186 501 (62' * DDD/DSD) The 'Great Mass' from Halsey's...
Bruckner: Symphony No 6
Bruckner Symphony No 6 (ed Nowak, 1952) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden Challenge Classics (F) ** CC72552 (56' * DDD) Bruckner Symphony No 6 (ed Haas, 1935) Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra / Yannick Nezet-Seguin...
Bruckner: Symphony No O
Bruckner Symphony No O Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young Oehms (F) *** OC685 (50' * DDD) Recorded live at the Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, May 20-21, 2012 Young's Hamburg Bruckner cycle takes in the D minor Don't be deceived...
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos
Castelnuovo-Tedesco Piano Concertos (a)--No 1, Op 46; No 2, Op 92. La sirenetta e il pesce turchino. Op 18. Vitalba e Biancospino, Op 21.1 naviganti, Op 13. Alghe, Op 12. Le danze di Re David, Op 37. Passatempi, Op 54. Onde, Op 86. Hommage a Paderewski....
'Chaconne': JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2
'Chaconne' JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004 Chaconne Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 (a) Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op 21--Intermezzo Mozart Violin Sonata No 26, K378b Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28 (a) Sarasate...
Chamber: Barnabas Kelemen and Zoltan Kocsis's Strong Partnership Prevails Again
WINNER Bartok Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2; Solo Violin Sonata Barnabas Kelemen is one of the finest violinists treading the current circuit, a fearless virtuoso whose grasp of the music he performs, and of Bartok's music in particular, squares...
Choral: Sir Mark Elder and His Halle Forces Excel in Elgar's Oratorio-Cum-Passion
WINNER Elgar The Apostles Elgar's The Apostles is well behind The Dream of Gerontius in popular appeal, partly because The Dream was eventually recognised as such an overwhelming masterpiece that it seemed an impossible act to follow. Sir Mark...
Contemporary: The Song Cycle with Barbara Hannigan Heads a Salonen-Conducted Disc of Music by the Late French Composer
WINNER Dutilleux Correspondances Taking its place in the strongest contemporary line-up for some years, this CD looked a winner even before Henri Dutilleux joined the sad parade of creative voices silenced since last year's Awards. Headlining...
Corelli: Trio Sonatas-Op 2
Corelli Trio Sonatas--Op 2; Op 4 Avison Ensemble Linn (M) (2) *** CKD413 (15V * DDD/DSD) Third instalment of the Avison's Corelli sonatas series The Avison Ensemble continue their stunning Corelli anniversary recording project with two...
DACs and Flax Go into the Season's New Hi-Fi: Ranges Are Boosted as Autumn Arrives, While New Speakers Find an Ecological Way to Improve Performance
This month's featured review is of the much-delayed Marantz NA-11S1 network music player, but the company --which is celebrating its 60th anniversary now has a wide range of streaming products at a range of prices. One of its hi-fi success stories...
Dame Janet Baker: Geoffrey Norris Is Transported by a Collected Edition Issued to Celebrate the 80th Birthday of the Great English Mezzo-Soprano
I have two abiding memories of Janet Baker in the opera theatre, both of them from the London Coliseum of 30 or so years ago. The first is of her spine-tinglingly stealthy singing in 'Va tacito e nascosto' (translated by English National Opera as 'How...
David Matthews: Geraint Lewis Explores the Music of the British Composer in His 70th Birthday Year
It would be perverse to begin a portrait of David Matthews without reference to his younger brother Colin, though to see the two at a busy gathering (publisher's party, post-premiere bash) you'd hardly guess they were brothers. Colin is ebullient,...
'Down by the Sea'
'Down by the Sea' A Collection of British Folk Songs' Andrew All things are quite silent Bairstow The Oak and the Ash Bingham The Orphan Girl Burke Fare thee well Byrt Among the leaves so green, O Campbell Blow the wind southerly Campkin A Lover...
'Early Birds'
'Early Birds' Music by Caix d'Hervelois, F Couperin, Daquin, Van Eyck, Graupner, Handel, Hasse, Linley, Schwartzkopff, Telemann, Torri and Quignard Simon Borutzki rec Hofkapelle Schloss Seehaus Klanglogo/Rondeau Production (F) KL1503 (66' * DDD)...
Emerging Triumphant from the Flames
It was shunned at its premiere but Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto --wildly radical for its time--is now championed by countless performers. Geoffrey Norris discusses his selection of the best available recordings It's a chilly December evening...
'Ghirlanda Sacra'
'Ghirlanda Sacra' Motets by Arigoni, Barbarino, Berti, Bondioli, Bruni, Capriolo, Castello, Finetti, Freddi, Gallerano, Grandi, Martinengo, Massiccio, Milanuzzi, Monteverdi, Napolitano, Obizzi, Picchi, Pozzo, Priuli, Rovetta, Scorzuto, Stella and...
Godowsky: Piano Music
Godowsky 'Piano Music, Vol 11' Six Pieces for Both Hands (Concert Album). Marchen. Suite for the Left Hand Alone. Prelude and Fugue for the Left Hand Alone. Moto perpetuo. Symphonic Metamorphoses of the Schatz-Walzer (J Strauss II) Konstantin Scherbakov...
Gramophone 'Reviewers'
Coming from a background that embraced a wide spectrum of musical participation--church music, choirs, orchestras, chamber music, accompanying and playing the organ I owe much to Gramophone for opening up and sustaining my interest in the world of...
Guan Xia: Earth Requiem
Guan Xia Earth Requiem Yao Hong sop Liu Shan mez Jin Yongzhe ten Sun Li bar He Wangjin Qiang fl Shen Fanxiu org China National Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Michel Plasson Virgin Classics (F) 934119-2 (64' * DDD) Plasson conducts 'the...
Handel: Aci, Galatea E Polifemo, HWV72
Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72. Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV96--Senza occhi e senza accenti Roberta Invernizzi sop Aci Blandine Staskiewicz mez Galatea Lisandro Abadie bass Polifemo La Risonanza / Fabio Bonizzoni hpd Glossa...
Handel: 'Oratorio Arias'
Handel 'Oratorio Arias' Acis and Galatea, HWV49--Overture; I rage, I melt, I burn; 0 ruddier than the cherry; Whither, Fairest, art thou running (a); Cease to beauty. Alexander's Feast, HWV75--Overture; Revenge, Timotheus cries. Judas Maccabaeus,...
Haydn: Six String Quartets
Haydn Six String Quartets, Op 33 London Haydn Quartet Hyperion (F) (two CDs for the price of one) CDA67955 (134' * DDD) Op 33 on gut strings and from contemporary editions The London Haydn Quartet reach the landmark Op 33 in their...
Haydn: Symphonies-No 25
Haydn Symphonies--No 25; No 36; No 43, 'Mercury' Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Fey Hanssler Classic (F) CD98 012 (63' * DDD) Twentieth disc in Fey's Heidelberg Haydn odyssey Thomas Fey can always be relied upon to do something...
Hindemith: 'Complete Viola Works
Hindemith [G][G*] 'Complete Viola Works, Vol 1: Viola & Orchestra' Der Schwanendreher. Kammermusik No 5, Op 36 No 4. Konzertmusik, Op 48a (first version). Trauermusik Tabea Zimmermann va Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Hans...
Instrumental: Steven Osborne's Pianism Beats off a Strong Line-Up, Even with Mussorgsky's Famously 'Unpianistic' Work
WINNER Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Prokofiev Visions fugitives. Sarcasms This is Steven Osborne's first Instrumental Award, though his second Gramophone Award, following on from his 2009 Britten concerto disc. He has been a consistent...
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
JS Bach [G] [G*] Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-51 Dunedin Consort/John Butt Linn (M) (2) ***. CKD430 (93' * DDD/DSD) Dunedin minus the voices for Butt's Bach Brandenburgs Expertly stylish recordings of the six concertos Bach presented...
JS Bach: 'Organ Works
JS Bach [G][G*][C] 'Organ Works, Vol 2' Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr--BWV662; BWV663; BWV664. Passacaglia, BWV582. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV564. Toccatas and Fugues BWV540; BWV565. Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV739 Robert Quinney...
'Kreek's Notebook'
'Kreek's Notebook' Korvits Kreegi vihik (Kreek's Notebook). The night is darkening round me Maskats Lacrimosa. Lugums naktij (Prayer to the Night) Plakidis In memoriam. Fatamorgana (Mirage) Choir of Royal Holloway; Britten Sinfonia / Rupert Gough...
Label of the Year: Renewing Tradition, Nurturing Musicians and Enriching Lives: The Decca Message in 2013
Winner Decca Classics There are many theories about how to run a classical label at the start of the 21st century. If you're an independent you arguably have more flexibility--your overheads are lower and you can probably take more risks. If...
L Berkeley: 'Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin'
L Berkeley 'Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin' Violin Sonatas (a)--No 1; No 2, Op 1. Sonatina, Op 17 (a). Elegy, Op 33 No 1 (a). Toccata, Op 33 No 2 (a). Introduction and Allegro, Op 24. Theme and Variations, Op 33 No 1...
Liszt: Fruhlingsglaube (Schubert)
Liszt Fruhlingsglaube (Schubert), S557c. Friihlingsnacht (Schumann). S568. Reminiscences de Don Juan (Mozart), S418. Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz), S470. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Liebestod, S447 (arr Moszkowski/O'Riley) Christopher O'Riley...
Mendelssohn: String Quintets-No 1
Mendelssohn String Quintets--No 1, Op 18; No 2, Op 87 Leipzig Quartet with Barbara Buntrock va Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) MDG3071806-2 (57' * DDD) Leipzig Quartet add a viola and I move to Mendelssohn for five The Leipzig Quartet have...
Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable
Meyerbeer DVD *** Robert le diable Bryan Hymel ten Robert John Relyea bass-bar Bertram Marina Poplavskaya sop Alice Patrizia Ciofi sop Isabelle Jean-Francois Borras...
Monteverdi: 'Heaven and Earth'
Monteverdi 'Heaven and Earth' Madrigals--Book 5; Cruda Amarilli; Book 6: A Dio, Florida bella; Lamento d'Arianna, 'Lasciatemi morire'; Book 7: Chiome d'oro; Interrotte speranze; O come sei gentile; Ohime, dov'e il mio ben; Book 8; Hor che 'I...
Moura Lympany: 'The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952'
Moura Lympany [G] [G*] 'The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' Albeniz/Godowsky Tango, Op 165 No 2 Brahms Intermezzo, Op 117 No 2. Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 35 Book 2 Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op 66 Debussy Suite bergamasque--Clair de lune...
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart DVD *** Don Giovanni Bo Skovhus bar Don Giovanni Marlis Petersen sop Donna Anna Kristine Opolais sop Donna Elvira Kerstin Avemo sop Zerlina Colin Balzer ten Don Ottavio Kyle Ketelsen bar ...
Mozart: Symphonies-No 39
Mozart Symphonies--No 39, K543; No 40, K550; No 41, 'Jupiter', K551 Champs-Elysees Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe PHI (M) (2) LPH011 (98' * DDD) Herreweghe's orchestra with the last three symphonies Strings--violins separated--are a...
'Night Sessions'
'Night Sessions' Improvisations on medieval poetry, plus Attaingnant Prelude Bernartde Ventadorn First Triage Dalza Recercar Solage Fumeux fume The Dowland Project ECM New Series (F) 476 5968 (72' * DDD) The Dowland Project's spontaneous nocturnal...
Nino Machaidze: 'Arias & Scenes'
Nino Machaidze 'Arias & Scenes' Bizet Les pecheurs de perles--Me voila seule dans la nuit Massenet Manon--Toil Vous! ... N'est-ce plus ma main (a). Thai's--Ah! je suis seule enfin ... Dis-mois que je suis belle Puccini La bohhme--Quando m'en...
'Nordic Spring': Atterberg Suite
'Nordic Spring' Atterberg Suite, Op 19 No 3 (a) Braein Serenade (b) Grieg Holberg Suite, Op 40 Nielsen Little Suite, Op 1 Sibelius Valse triste, Op 44 Svendsen Romance, Op 26c (ab) Lars Anders Tomter va Norwegian Chamber Orchestra / Terje...
'Nova'
'Nova' Chan Daughter's Lullaby Engebretson Two Duos Ivanova Aftertouch CJ Kim 9 Years LM Lewis Three Etudes P Schroeder Metaphors A Sternfeld-Dunn Alto Saxophone Sonata Szewczyk Apparitions Courtney Huffman sop Phillip Schroeder narr/bass gtr Michael...
Obituaries: We Mark the Passing of Four Much-Loved Figures from the Music World
REGINA RESNIK Mezzo-soprano Born August 30, 1922 Died August 8, 2013 The American soprano Regina Resnik--who gave 328 performances at New York's Met in 39 roles--has died at the age of 90. Resnik (originally Resnick), who was born in the...
Orchestral: There's a Special Glow to Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC SO's Intimacy with the Czech Master's Music
WINNER Suk Prague. A Summer's Tale. Jiri Belohlavek's innate affinity with a whole spectrum of Czech music--celebrated last year with a Gramophone Award for his recording of the six Martini symphonies--shines through with a special glow in this...
Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, 'Song of Songs'
Palestrina Canticum canticorum, 'Song of Songs'. Afferentur Regi virgines post earn. Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui Palestrina Ensemble Munich / Venanz Schubert Naxos (S) (2) 8 573096/7 (127' * DDD) Song of Songs from a student vocal ensemble...
Parry: String Quartet No 3
Parry String Quartet No 3. String Quintet (a) Bridge Quartet with (a) Robert Gibbs va EM Records (F) EMRCD016 (63' * DDD) First time on disc for important early Parry chamber works It is not before time that both these substantial Parry...
Prokofiev: The Gambler
Prokofiev DVD *** The Gambler Vladimir Galuzin ten Alexei Tatiana Pavlovskaya sop Polina Sergei Aleksashkin bass General Larisa Dyadkova mez Babulenka Nikolai Gassiev ten Marquis Nadezhda...
Rautavaara: Missa a Cappella
Rautavaara Missa a cappella. Psalm of Invocation. Evening Hymn. Missa duodecanonica. Ave Maria, gratia plena. Canticum Mariae Virginis. Our Joyful'st Feast. Die erste Elegie Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Klava Ondine (F) ODE1223-2 (64' *...
Respighi: Complete Orchestral Music
Respighi 'Complete Orchestral Music, Vol 3' Canto gregoriano (a). Toccata (b). Adagio con variazioni (c). Sinfonia drammatica. Fantasia slava (d) (a) Vadim Berezovsky vn (c) Andrea Noferini vc (c) Chiara Bertoglio, (d) Desiree Scuccuglia pfs Rome...
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle Simon Bucher pf Andreas Grasle harm Kirchheim Vocal Consort / Tonu Kaljuste Carus (F) CARUS83 406 (79' * DDD * T/t) Rossini's Mass with the eight voices it demands More than 40 years have passed...
Rossini: Semiramide
Rossini Semiramide Alex Penda sop Semiramide Marianna Pizzolato contr Arsace Lorenzo Regazzo bass Assur John Osborn ten Idreno Marija Jokovic sop Azema Andrea Mastroni bass ...
'Royal Recorder Concertos'
'Royal Recorder Concertos' 'Music from the Court of King Frederik IV' Anonymous The Princess's Suite (arr Prochaska) JG Graun Double Concerto, WilG3 Graupner Ouverture, GWV447. Concerto, GWV323 Scheibe Concerto a quattro Schickhardt...
Sakamoto: 'Three'
Sakamoto 'Three' Happy End. The Last Emperor. Bibo No Aozora. High Heels. Seven Samurai. A Flower is not a Flower. Still Life in A. Nostalgia. Tango. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. Ichimei (Harakiri--Death of a Samurai). Tamago 2004. Parolibre...
Schubert: String Quartets-No 12
Schubert String Quartets--No 12, 'Quartettsatz', D703; No 15, D887 Wihan Quartet Nimbus Alliance (F) NI6221 (62' * DDD) Second disc in the Wihan's Schubert quartet series The Wihan Quartet are long-established fixtures on the quartet...
Schubert: Winterreise, D911
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Kurt Moll bass Cord Garben pf Orfeo (F) CO42 831A (82' * DDD) Recorded 1982. From C042 831H (1/86) Schubert DVD *** (G) (G*) Winterreise, D911 Christoph Pregardien ten Michael Gees pf Challenge Classics...
'Sempre Libera'
'Sempre libera' G Charpentier Louise--Depuis le jour Donizetti La fille du regiment--C'en est done fait ... Par le rang et par l'opulence ... Salut a la France. Lucia di Lammermoor--Regnava nel silenzio ... Quando rapito in estasi Massenet Manon--Je...
Session Report: Bonizzoni Records Handel
Work Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72 | Artist La Risonanza / Fabio Bonizzoni (hpd) | Venue Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-Thierache Producer Tini Mathot | Engineer Adriaan Verstijnen Dates of sessions June 25-30, 2012 | Words David Vickers The...
Simplified Streaming System Has Just Add Speakers' Appeal: Linn's New Network Player Is like a Kiko but Lets You Choose What You Want to Hear Your Music Through
You may remember the stir created by the launch of Linn's Kiko system around this time last year (A/12). Now Linn has launched an alternative for those wanting to choose their own speakers. Selling for 1750 [pounds sterling], the Sneaky DSM is a 'just...
Special Achievement Award: Gramophone Salutes-And Rewards-The A&R Genius of a Man of Exquisite Musical Taste
Winner Alain Lanceron If you possess a recording by Natalie Dessay, Philippe Jaroussky, Rolando Villazon, the Capucpn brothers, Nicholas Angelich, Max Emanuel Cenciri Joyce DiDonato, Valery Sokolov or Diana Damrau then you'll have engaged with...
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (a). Le chant du rossignol Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra / Michel Tabachnik BPR (F) BPR004 (53' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Cite de la Musique, Paris, February 26,2009 Stravinsky The Rite of Spring....
The Best of the Best: As We Unveil the Gramophone Awards 2013, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly Explains How the Winners Emerged from a Lengthy and Rigorous Voting Process by Our Panel of Critics
The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, given this year once again in association with EFG International, Steinway & Sons and Mrs Joan Jones, have delivered another striking line-up of recordings to celebrate. A couple of changes this time...
The Musical Work of Nadia Boulanger
The Musical Work of Nadia Boulanger Performing Past and Future Between the Wars By Jeanice Brooks Cambridge University Press, HB, 304pp, 55 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-107-00914-1 The first thing to be said about this book is that it...
The Pride of Catalonia: Andrew Mellor Visits the Festival De Torroella De Montgri, Where a New Venue Has Changed More Than the Acoustic
'Sometimes I think I'm in a dream.' You can certainly appreciate where Josep Lloret, director of the Festival de Torroella de Montgri, is coming from. Weeks before Spain tumbled into an economic tailspin, he got the right signatures on the right documents...
The Specialist's Guide to ... Bassi Profondi: James Inverne Lays Bare the Unique Qualities of the Much-Misunderstood Voice Type That Is the Basso Profondo-And Picks Recordings of Performers Who Have Made a Particularly Strong Impression
Certain voice types have super-exposed, signal moments, and by those moments shall their talents largely be defined. It's not fair, but that doesn't alter the harsh fact. A certain kind of soprano has Liu's limpid high note in 'Signore, ascolta' ('Turandot),...
The Subtle Power of Understatement
Just as Reger rarely receives his due as one of the early-20th century's true musical masters, the German pianist Gerhard Oppitz has yet to enjoy the level of recognition that he surely deserves, at least here in the UK. A Kempff pupil who has inherited...
'Toscanini the Maestro'
'Toscanini the Maestro' (R) DVD A film by Peter Rosen RCA Red Seal (F) DVD 88765 43713-9 (98' * NTSC * 4:3 * DD stereo * 0 * s) From 82876 58242-9 (7/04) Reissue for Rosen's Toscanmi documentary Peter Rosen's 1985 film, scripted by...
Tyberg: Symphony No 2
Tyberg Symphony No 2 (a). Piano Sonata No 2 (b) (b) Fabio Bidini pf (a) Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Naxos (s) 8 572822 (75' * DDD) Second disc in Falletta's Tyberg rehabilitation project Marcel Tyberg was a victim...
Verdi: 'The Verdi Album'
Verdi 'The Verdi Album' Aida--Se quel guerrier io fossi ... Celeste Aida. Un ballo in maschera--Di tu se feddele; Forse la soglia attinse ... Ma se m'e forza perderi. Don Carlo--E lui! desso, l'infante ... Dio, che nell'alma infondere (a). La forza...
Victoria Wood: The Comedian and Playwright on the Need for Music Education and Her Love of Choirs
Classical music is a big presence in my life; I listen to it all the time. I did O level and A level Music and, of course, I've been exposed to much more since then. My piano-playing these days, though, is minimal and sporadic. I can read music, I...
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot
Wagner Das Liebesverbot Michael Nagy bar Friedrich Peter Bronder ten Luzio Charles Reid ten Claudio Simon Bode ten Antonio Franz Mayer ten Angelo Christiane Libor sop ...
Wagner: 'Wagner at the Organ: The Transcriptions of Edwin Lemare'
Wagner 'Wagner at the Organ: The Transcriptions of Edwin Lemare' Gotterdammerung--Siegfried's Funeral March. Lohengrin--Act 1, Prelude; Act 3, Prelude; Bridal Music. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg--Overture. Tannhauser--Pilgrims' Chorus. Tristan...
Wagner: 'Wagner in Switzerland'
Wagner 'Wagner in Switzerland' Der fliegende Hollander--Overture; Die Frist ist uma. Das Rheingold--Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Augea. Die Walkure--The Ride of the Valkyries; Leb wohl, du kuhnes herrliches Kind (a). Gotterdammerung--Sunrise and...
What We Really Do
What We Really Do By Peter Phillips The Musical Times Publications, PB, 344pp, 27.25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-954-57772-8 The running gag here concerns Allegri's Miserere, the only piece later than their normal time-slot that the Tallis...
Wolf: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 5'
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