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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1101, September 15

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'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's the Art of Fugue: Three Chamber Versions of Bach's Contrapuntal Compendium, and How Gramophone Rated Them
JUNE 1992 JS Bach The Art of Fugue, BWV1080 Juilliard Quartet Sony Classical (F) (2) CD45937 (90' * DDD) From an expressive standpoint this is very much a 20th-century performance but one in which vibrato, portamento and the like are kept...
'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: 'A Single Breath: Beethoven's Last Three Piano Sonatas'
Beethoven 'A Single Breath: Beethoven's Last Three Piano Sonatas' Piano Sonatas--No 30, Op 109; No 31, Op 110; No 32, Op 111 Beth Levin pf Navona (F) NV5908 (67' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Brooklyn-based pianist takes on Beethoven's...
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 * C Schumann: Brahms Symphonies-No 2, Op 73
Brahms * C Schumann 'Beloved Brahms' Brahms Symphonies (a)--No 2, Op 73; No 4, Op 98 C Schumann Am Strandef Ich stand in dunklen Traumen (c). Der Abendstern (c). Die stille Lotusblume (c). Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (c). Liebst du um...
Brahms: Piano Concertos-No 1, Op 15a
Brahms Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 15a; No 2, Op 83b Helene Grimaud pf (a) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; (b) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra /Andris Nelsons DG (B) (2) 479 1058GH2 (101' * DDD) Recorded live at the 'Herkulessaal, Munich,...
Brahms's Piano Concertos: Three Older Recordings of the Concertos, and How Gramophone Rated Them
MARCH 1930 Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 Arthur Rubinstein pf London Symphony Orchestra / Albert Coates HMV @ D1746/50 (five 12in * 32s 6d) The soloist's rhythmic light-footedness, which makes him so brilliant an expositor of much contemporary...
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: Symphonies-No 3 (Third Version, 1889)
Bruckner Symphonies--No 3 (third version, 1889); No 6 Berne Symphony Orchestra / Mario Venzago CPO (F) (2) CP0777 690-2 (105' * DDD) Venzago's multi-orchestra symphony cycle continues Mario Venzago is a Bruckner revisionist, a man who...
Bruckner: Symphony No 2 (1877 Version, Ed Carragan)
Bruckner Symphony No 2 (1877 version, ed Carragan) Suisse Romande Orchestra / Marek Janowski Pentatone (F) *** PTC5186 448 (55' * DDD/DSD) Penultimate disc in Janowski's SRO Bruckner symphony cycle Marek Janowski's choice of the 'final'...
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....
Celebrating the Awards and the Art of Recording
If awards are to be worth anything, those bestowing the accolades must be able to proclaim proudly that they offer to the wider world an account of the very best. We're confident that we do. The various stages of critical listening, which draw on the...
'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)...
Early Music: Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players Win Again-23 Years On
Winner 'A New Venetian Coronation 1595' While the music of Giovanni Gabrieli and his uncle Andrea is always welcome in the catalogue, there are very few recordings that put it in its full liturgical context in this way--not just with works by...
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...
Gershwin * Rachmaninov: Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin * Rachmaninov Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, Op 18 Denis Matsuev pf New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert RCA Red Seal (F) 88765 49260-2 (49' * DDD) Tchaikovsky Competition winner in New...
'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...
Helene Grimaud: The French Pianist Talks to Jed Distler about Getting to Know Brahms's Second Concerto
Although Brahms's music has long figured in Helene Grimaud's career, the Second Concerto is relatively new to her repertoire --and it was not love at first sight. 'For me the First Concerto was a revelation when I first heard the recording with Arrau...
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: 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 16'
JS Bach 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 16' Cantatas--No 34, O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe; No 129--Gelobet sei der Herr; No 173--Erhohtes Fleisch und Blut; No 184, Erwunschtes Freudenlicht Gerlinde Samann sop Petra Noskaiova...
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...
Lifetime Achievement: Picking Up Segovia's Mantle, the Guitarist Inspired the Leading Composers of His Day to Write for His Instrument
Winner Julian Bream The recipient of Gramophone's Lifetime Achievement Award should have achieved more than success and longevity. Many achieve that, but few receive the accolade. The recipient should, through a lifetime devoted to performing,...
Ligeti * Barber: Barber String Quartet
Ligeti Barber Barber String Quartet, Op 11--Molto adagio Ligeti String Quartets--No 1, 'Metamorphoses nocturnes'; No 2 Keller Quartet ECM New Series (F) 481 0026 (5V * DDD) Budapest-based quartet 'bridges musical worlds' Paul Griffiths's...
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...
Liszt's Don Juan Fantasy: Three Pianists Who Came before Christopher O'Riley, and How Gramophone Rated Them
OCTOBER 1954 Liszt Don Juan Fantasy Shura Cherkassky pf HMV @ ALP1154 (12in' * 36s 5 1/2d) As an exhibition of keyboard mechanics, Shura Cherkassky's performance is formidable. But as music-making--that is another matter! His performance...
Marantz NA-11S1: Much-Delayed High-End Network Player Was Worth the Wait
We should be getting used to extended lead-times in the consumer electronics world: such is the level of competition between brands that products are sometimes revealed by over-enthusiastic sales teams before they're actually ready for market. The...
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...
'Oblivion': Bernstein West Side Story-Somewhere
'Oblivion' Bernstein West Side Story--Somewhere (a) Brahms Hungarian Dance No 6 Dinicu Hor di Mars (The Clock) Enescu Rhapsodie roumaine Godard Berceuse (b) Janoska Musette pour Fritz (Hommage a Fritz Kreisler) Kreisler Caprice viennois. Marche...
Opera: Sir Antonio Pappano's New Rendering of This Triptych Produces a World-Beating Combination of Virtues
WINNER Puccini Il trittico Once DVDs had been rolled into this year's contenders for the Opera award, there was a good chance this disc would win. It has everything a prize-winning DVD of Puccini's Il trittico could need--an interesting and emotionally...
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' *...
Recording of the Month: Malcolm Riley Welcomes Pappanos Compelling Advocacy of Verdi's Late Choral Works
[G] Verdi 'Sacred Verdi' Quattro Pezzi sacri. Ave Maria (1880)(a). Messa per Rossini--Libera me (a) (a) Maria Agresta sop Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome / Sir Antonio Pappano Warner Classics...
Recording of the Year: Concerto: Patricia Kopatchinskaja Plays a Thrilling Sequence of Concertos by Hungarian Composers from Three Generations
Winner Bartok Violin Concerto No 2 Ligeti Violin Concerto Eotvos seven If history really is 'one damn thing after another', as the historian Arnold Toynbee wearily put it, this disc of violin concertos by Bela Bartok, Gyorgy Ligeti and Peter...
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...
Returning to Mercury: Antal Dorati Is the Most Prolific Conductor Featured in a Second Box of Delights
An overriding reaction to the first of the Mercury Living Presence box-sets (5/12) was the need for a second. Happily, Vol 2 gathers together, in one chunky cube, a further 55 highly collectable CDs. There's one attractive new arrival (actually a 'bonus'...
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'
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