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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1104, December

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18th-Century Concertos from Rostropovich Contest Winner
Haydn * Myslivecek Haydn Cello Concertos--No 1, HobVII6/1; No 2, HobVIIb/2 Myslivecek Cello Concerto Wendy Warner vc Camerata Chicago / Drostan Hall Cedille [F] CDR 90000142 (73' * DDD) Drostan Hall here conducts without the gestures...
2009 Leeds Winner with Debut Solo Recording on Champs Hill
Sofya Gulyak Medtner Four Fairy Tales, Op 26 Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 6, Op 82 Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op 42 Sofya Gulyak pf Champs Hill [F] CHRCD064 (69' x DDD) Sofya Gulyak, who has won first prizes in many competitions,...
A Bond Remembered: Rebecca Schmid Enjoys a Focus on Britten at the Gohrisch International Shostakovich Festival
In a 1963 letter to Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten wrote: 'There is no one composing today who has had an equal influence on me.' Shostakovich in turn praised the 'strength and sincerity' of Britten's talent. Their friendship began after the London...
Accentus and Friends in Rare Janacek Works for Voices
Janacek 'Mists of Childhood' Elegie na smrt scery Olgy (Elegy on the Death of his Daughter Olga) (a). Holubif ka (The Dove) (b). Kacena divoka (The Wild Duck) (b). Pladici fontana (The Fountain of Tears) (c). Rikadla (Nursery Rhymes) (d). Vlci stopa...
'Across the Snow-Covered Fields and Away into the Night': Jeremy Dibble Surveys the Available Recordings of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Chooses His Favourite
Ralph Vaughan Williams always retained a passion for the festival of Christmas. It was nourished early on by his love of the carol and of childhood memories of singing them from Stainer and Bramley's Christmas Carols New and Old (published between...
All Change at la Scala-But Will Chailly Take over When Barenboim Departs?
Change is on the horizon for La Scala, Milan, with the news that music director Daniel Barenboim is to leave his post earlier than anticipated and rumours rife surrounding his replacement. At the end of October it was announced that Barenboim would...
All Three Britten Quartets from the Endellion and Two from the Emperor
Britten String Quartets-No 1, Op 25; No 3, Op 94. Alla marcia Emperor Quartet BIS [F] [SACD] BIS1570 (56' * DDD/DSD) Britten Three String Quartets. Three Divertimenti Endellion Quartet Warner Classics [M] (2) 2564 64200-8 (89'...
Ashkenazy in Helsinki for Conflict-Fuelled Shostakovich
Shostakovich The Execution of Stepan Razin (a). Zoya Suite. Suite on Finnish Themes (b) (b) Mari Palo sop (b) Tuomas Katajala ten (a) Shenyang bass-bar State Choir 'Latvija'; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy Ondine...
Audio Gets More Personal with the Latest Arrivals: Deluxe Headphones, Elegant Wireless Speakers and a Sleak All-in-One System for Intimate Listening
Visiting Bang & Olufsen is always interesting, and while you can read more about why I was there in this month's Essay (page 129), what was also striking was the expansion of the company's B&O Play sub-brand, and how it's moving to integrate...
Becker-Bender's Hindemith on the Heels of Zimmermann
Hindemith Violin Sonatas--Op 11 No 1; Op 11 No 2; E major; C major. Nobilissima visione--Meditation Tanja Becker-Bender vn Peter Nagy pf Hyperion [F] CDA68014 (57' * DDD) No sooner has the dust settled on Frank Peter Zimmermann's wonderful...
Benjamin Britten: The Musical Character and Other Writings
Benjamin Britten The Musical Character and Other Writings By Hans Keller Edited by Christopher Wintle and Alison Garnham Plumbago Books, PB, 230pp, 16.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-9566007-5-2 The most important element of the Britten...
Berezovsky Plays the Original Version of the Second Concerto
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2, Op 44 (a). Theme and Variations, Op 19 No 6. Douze Morceaux, Op 40-No 2, Chanson triste; No 5, Mazurka; No 6, Chant sans paroles; No 7, Au village; No 8, Valse. Valse sentimentale, Op 51 No 6 (trans Kubatsky) (b). Andante...
Birth of a Tradition: Truro Cathedral Choir Remake History This Christmas as They Reconstruct the First Ever Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and Webcast the Results
Every Christmas somebody pops up to remind us that the iconic service of Nine Lessons and Carols originated not at King's College, Cambridge, but at England's most remote and westerly cathedral-Truro. You even get a nice little story into the bargain,...
Boult's Very Last Elgar Second Live from the 1977 Proms
Elgar * Wagner Elgar Symphony No 2, Op 63 (a) Wagner Tannhauser--Overture & Venusberg Music (b) (b) BBC Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult ICA Classics [F] ICAC5106 (74' * DDO) Recorded live at bBBC Maida Vale, December...
BPO Centenary Edition: Richard Osborne Listens to a Century's Worth of Berlin Philharmonic Recordings in a 50-Disc Set Chosen by Public Vote
A50-CD set of Berlin Philharmonic recordings derived from an important archive and retailing at around 75 [pounds sterling] promises rich pickings. The edition was based on a longlist of 280 mainly Deutsche Grammophon recordings which was later put...
British Mezzos Take on das Lied at Home and in the Netherlands
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde Alice Coote mez Burkhard Fritz ten Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Marc Albrecht Pentatone [F] [SACD]. PTC5186 502 (63' x DDD/DSD x T/t) Mahler [G] [GP] Das Lied von der Erde Sarah Connolly mez Toby...
Bryce Dessner: The National's Guitarist on His Double Life as a Rock Musician and a Classical Composer-And How Nico Muhly Helped Change His Life
THE RECORD I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT ... Cage String Quartet in Four Parts; Four Arditti Quartet Mode [F] MODE27 I bought this on vinyl a couple of years ago, but I've known it for a long time. It's absolutely beautiful. I grew up in a...
Cambridge Audio Minx Xi: Affordable All-in-One Streaming System Proves an Attractive Package
The idea of streaming music from a network store has definitely caught on here in the UK. While other markets may prefer the 'Macs and DACs' route of a wired connection between a computer and a digital-to-analogue converter, British consumers now have...
Central and Late Faure from the Kungsbacka and Dukes
Faure Piano Quartet No 1, Op 15 (a). Piano Trio, Op 120 (b). Pavane, Op 50 (trans Biisser) (b). Piece (c). Sicilienne, Op 78 (d) (ab) Kungsbacka Trio ((c) Malin Broman vn Jesper Svedberg vc (cd) Simon Crawford-Phillips pf) with (a) Philip...
Chandos's Star Pianist Plays US Concertos in Glasgow
Barber * Copland * Gershwin 'American Piano Concertos' Barber Piano Concerto, Op 38 Copland Piano Concerto Gershwin Piano Concerto Xiayin Wang pf Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Peter Oundjian Chandos [F] [SACD]. CHSA5128 (76'...
Critics' Choice 2013
Choosing a Christmas gift for a music lover can prove difficult, but fear not! Our expert critics offer their help, by recommending their recording highlights from the past 12 months Andrew Achenbach Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol 3 ...
David Tudor: Philip Clark Profiles a Disciple of Cage Who Moved from a Successful Career as a Pianist to Become a Leading Composer of Electronic Music
David Tudor was the icon that turned. Before 1963 he was a pianist, the argument pressed regularly that he was the New Music pianist of choice for a whole generation of go-getting, forward-thinking composers. The American premieres of Pierre Boulez's...
Davis Picks Up on Hickox's Unfinished Last Recording
Holst [CC] 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3' The Mystic Trumpeter, Op 18. First Choral Symphony, Op 41(a) Susan Gritton sop BBC Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5127 (69' x DDD/DSD x T) While this...
Diabellis and More on Two Pianos from Schiff
Beethoven [GC][GC] Diabelli Variations, Op 120 (two recordings). Piano Sonata No 32, Op 111. Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Andrds Schiff pfs ECM New Series (M)(2) 481 1446 (149' x DDD) The discography of the Diabelli Variations is already distinguished...
Disney Celebrations: Mark Swed Witnesses the 10th-Anniversary Concerts at Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall became a Los Angeles landmark the day it opened, its steel skin blinding in the unsheltered sunlight of a hot October 23, 2003. The interior has a surprisingly intimate feel for a 2265-seat facility, enhanced...
Dudamel's First Audio-Only Berlin Philharmonic Recording
R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30 (a). Don Juan, Op 20 (b). Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28 (b) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Dudamel DG [F] 4791041GH (70' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin,...
Early Music Reimagined on Shawm and Accordion
'Archipel Machaut' 'Medieval Music & New Music' S Corbett Archipel Machaut Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame. Douce dame jolie. Puis qu'en oubli. Moult sui de bonne heure nee. Tres douce dame. Ma fin est mon commencement Nemtsov Briefe--Heloisa Odeh-Tamimi...
Eight Singers from the Sixteen for Bach's 'Borrowed' Masses
JS Bach 'Lutheran Masses, Vol V Masses--BWV233; BWV235. Cantata No 102, 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben!' The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro [F] COR16115 (74' x DDD x T/t) Like the Christmas Oratorio, Bach's four settings...
Elder's Opera Rara Forces in Donizetti's 1836 Tragedy
Donizetti Belisario Alastair Miles toss Giustiniano Nicola Alaimo bar Belisario Joyce El-Khoury sop Antonina Camilla Roberts sop Irene Russell Thomas ten Alamiro Julia Sporsgn sop Eudora Peter Hoare...
Emmanuel Pahud: The Swiss Flautist and Berlin Philharmonic Principal on Balancing Life as a Globetrotting Orchestral Musician and Soloist
Funny weather--it is snowing in October and I'm on the way to Prince Regent's Theatre in Munich to perform the Jolivet Concerto and Boulez's Memorials with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich. It is the opening concert of their season,...
End of the Road for Suzuki's 18-Year Bach Cantata Journey
JS Bach [GC][GC] 'Cantatas, Vol 55' Cantatas--No 30, Freue dich, erloste Schar; No 69, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele; No 191, Gloria in excelsis Deo Hana BlaZikovd sop Robin Blaze counterten Gerd Turk ten Peter Kooij bass Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki...
Ensemble XX Jahrhundert Take the Pulse of Viennese Music
'21st Century Portraits' Nussbichler Schattenspiele IV: jeu de mime Ofenbauer Kommt Sirenen klagt Seidelmann Skulptur I (Mobile) Stankovski Spiegel--Maske--Gesicht M Wang Schwebende Fragmente II Ensemble XX Jahrhundert Capriccio [F] C5171 (62' * DDD)...
Fantastique Barbirolli: Two Accounts by 'Glorious John' of the Symphonie Fantastique Alongside Rediscoveries by Rankl and Hannikainen
Two warmly phrased though vividly characterised accounts of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique under Sir John Barbirolli make for interesting comparisons. As Lyndon Jenkins suggests in his excellent note for the ICA CD of a 1969 SWF SO broadcast recording,...
Fischer's Budapest Mahler Cycle Reaches the Pivotal Fifth
Mahler Symphony No 5 Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer Channel Classics [F] [DVD]. CCSSA34213 (74' * DDD/DSD) Mahler once said that conductors would take the central Scherzo of the Fifth Symphony the fulcrum of the piece--too fast...
Flemish Forces Record Elgar's Masterpiece under De Waart
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38 (a). Symphony No 1, Op 55 (a) Michelle Breedt mez (a)Peter Auty ten (a) John Hancock bar (a)Collegium Vocale, Ghent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Edo de Waart Pentatone [M] [LP] PTC5186...
Flutes on Screen from the Baden-Baden Festival and the Floating Stage at Bregenz
Mozart [DVD] [Br] Die Zauberflote Kate Royal sop Pamina Ana Durlovski sop Queen of the Night Pavol Breslik ten Tamino Michael Nagy bar Papageno Dimitry Ivashchenko bass ...
Frost and Friends Play the Concerto and the Kegelstatt
Mozart Clarinet Concerto. K622 (a). Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. 'Kegelstatt', K498 (b). Allegro, KSIG (c) (compI Levin) Martin Frost cl/ (a) dir (c) Boris Brovtsyn, (c) Janine Jansen vns (c) Maxim Rysanov, (b) Antoine Tamestit va (c) Torleif...
Gaigg Resurrects the Young Mozart's Metastasio Project
Mozart Betulia liberata, K118 Marelize Gerber, Ulrike Hofbauer, Barbara Kraus sops Margot Oitzinger contr Christian Zenker ten Markus Volpert bar L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra / Michi Gaigg Challenge Classics [F] [2] [SACD]-CC72590 023'...
Gewandhaus Back to Brahms for Kavakos-Chailly Concerto
Brahms * Bartok Bartok Rhapsodies (a)--No 1, Sz86-88; No 2, Sz89-90 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op 77 (b). Hungarian Dances (arr Joachim) (a)--Nos 1,2,6 & 11 Leonidas Kavakos vn (a) Peter Nagy pf (b)Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo...
Gramophone Reviewers
Growing up on Anglesey in North Wales, I started composing by imagining in my mind how the music of other composers sounded. I was obsessed with the early symphony and our local library had a surprisingly varied selection--LP recordings of early Mozart...
Gringolts Moves to Orchid for 'Everest' of the Violin Repertoire
Paganini [GC][GC] 24 Caprices, Op 1 Ilya Gringolts vn Orchid [F] ORC100039 (77' x DDD) If we agree that mastering and then recording the Paganini Caprices is the violinist's version of climbing Everest, and acknowledge that many before...
Haselbock's Liszt Continues in Vienna with CPO
Liszt Six Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359 Vienna Academy Orchestra / Martin Haselbock CPO [F] CP0777 797-2 (70' * DDD) As with Martin Haselbock's fascinating period-instrument series of Liszt tone-poems for NCA, his set of the six Flungarian...
Herin and His Ensemble Debut on Glossa with 1748 Rameau
Rameau Les surprises de l'Amour Amel Brahim-Djelloul sop Adonis Virginie Pochon sop Amour/Parthenope Caroline Mutel sop Venus/Amour Karine Deshayes mez Diane/Uranie/La...
Holliger Launches Schumann Symphonic Cycle in Cologne
Schumann 'Complete Symphonic Works, Vol 1' Symphonies--No 1, 'Spring', Op 38; D minor (original version of No 4). Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op 52 WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Heinz Holliger Audite [F] AUDITE97 677 (72' * DDD)...
Humperdinck's Met-Premiered Opera Live from Frankfurt and Montpellier
Humperdinck Konigskinder Daniel Behle ten King's Son Amanda Majeski sop Goose Girl Nikolay Borchev bar Fiddler Julia Juon mez Witch Magnus Baldvinsson bass...
Hyperion's German Pianist in Hindemith's Three Sonatas
Hindemith Piano Sonatas--No 1; No 2; No 3. Variations Markus Becker pf Hyperion [F] CDA67977 (64' x DDD) With this release, Markus Becker joins the mere handful of pianists who have offered Hindemith's piano sonatas together as a cycle...
In Celebration of Music for the Voice
Christmas music means, for most, choral music. So I make no apology that we've focused so heavily on the voice in this issue, though via a variety of angles as you'll discover, from Truro to Japan. There's something deeply and emotionally direct...
In Harmony till the End
For 40 years, the Hilliard Ensemble have juxtaposed old with new, no more so than in their collaboration with Jan Garbarek, which blended sacred medieval vocal music with a soaring saxophone. Philip Clark catches up with the singers as they approach...
Innovative Use of a Traditional Material Delivers a Hugely Enjoyable Listen: French Manufacturers Look to the Past to Find the Perfect Material to Use in Their New Floorstanding Speakers
Speaker manufacturer Focal is unusual: it makes its own drive units and speakers at its factory in France, and the task it set itself for the new Aria range was finding a material for bass and midrange drivers able to deliver most of the performance...
Janowski's Live Philharmonie Wagner Cycle Reaches the Central Ring Operas
Wagner Die Walkure Robert Dean Smith ten Siegmund Melanie Diener sop Sieglinde Petra Lang sop Brunnhilde Tomasz Konieczny bar Wotan Iris Vermillion mez Fricka Timo Riihonen bass Hunding Berlin Radio Symphony...
Janowski's Suisse Romande Bruckner Cycle Concludes
Bruckner Symphony No 4, 'Romantic' (1878/80 version, ed Nowak) Suisse Romande Orchestra / Marek Janowski Pentatone [F] [SACD] PTC5186 450 (63' * DDD/DSD) Marek Janowski's Bruckner cycle, of which this is the last instalment, has enjoyed...
Jansen and Friends Include the Unusual Bach 'Double'
JS Bach Violin Concertos (a)--BWV1041; BWV1042. Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings, BWV1060 (b). Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord(c)-No 3, BWV1016; No 4, BWV1017 Janine Jansen vn with (b) Ramon Ortega Quero ob (a)(b) Boris Brovtsyn, (a)(b)Cindy...
Knauer Records Concertos from a Revolutionary Year
Beethoven * Haydn * Mozart 'Vienna 1789' Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2, Op 19 (a) Haydn Piano Sonata HobXVI/49 Mozart Piano Concerto No 27, K595 (c) Sebastian Knauer (pf) (a) Zurich Chamber Orchestra / Sir Roger Norrington Berlin...
L'enfance Du Christ: Conductor Robin Ticciati Joins Geoffrey Norris to Discuss Berlioz's Seasonal Oratorio
'I grappled a really long time with this piece,' Robin Ticciati I admits as we sit down to talk about Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ. 'There's an element in it of "Where's Berlioz gone?", or at least that's what people say. But once you trust it as...
Les Arts Launch Own Label with Handel's 1745 Oratorio
Handel Belshazzar, HWV61 Rosemary Joshua sop Caitlin Hulcup mez lestyn Davies counterten Allan Clayton ten Jonathan Lemalu bass Les Arts Florissants/William Christie Les Arts Florissants Editions [M][3] AFOO1 (166' x DDD x T) ...
Live Anniversary War Requiems from Jansons in Munich and Pappano in Rome
Britten War Requiem, Op 66 Emily Magee sop Mark Padmore ten Christian Gerhaher tor T5lz Boys'Choir; Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Mariss Jansons BR-Klassik [M][2] 900120 (87' x DDD x T/t) Recorded live at the Philharmonie...
Live Mozart from Blackshaw's Wigmore Hall Sonata Series
Mozart [GC][GC] 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 1' Piano Sonatas--No 1, K279; No 2, K280; No 8, K310; No 9, K311; No 17, K570 Christian Blackshaw pf Wigmore Hall Live (B) (2) WHLIVE0061/2 (93' x DDD) Recorded live, January 6, 2012 The first four...
Luks Moves from the 'Czech Bach' to the Leipzig One
JS Bach Mass in B minor, BWV232 Hana Blazikova sop Sophie Harmsen mez Terry Wey counterten Erik Stoklossa ten Tomas Kral, Marian Krejcik basses Collegium Vocale 1704; Collegium 1704/ Vaclav Luks Accent [M][2] ACC24283 (101' x DDD...
Magnificent Rosbaud
Hans Rosbaud was something of a conducting miracle. An overriding musical intelligence dominates a remarkable programme on ICA and although the Cologne RSO (now the WDR SO, Cologne) is certainly not the most refined band on earth--or wasn't between...
Major Repertoire from the 2006 Young Musician Winner
Schubert Impromptus--D899; D935.17 Landler, D366 Cordelia Williams pf Somm New Horizons [F] SOMMCD0127 (80' x DDD) Cordelia Williams was winner of the keyboard final of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year, a competition that, in pianistic...
Melbourne Trio Play Works Written between 2008 and 2011
'Romantic Piano Trios' Hurlstone Piano Trio Hyde Fantasy Trio d'Ollone Piano Trio Wiren Piano Trio No 1, Op 6 Trio AnimaMundi Divine Art [B] [2] DDA25102 (84' * DDD) This pair of discs on the Divine Art label brings together four consistently...
Michael Finnissy: A Prolific English Composer Whose Inclusive Approach and Restless Invention Separate Him from the Crowd
When introducing undergraduate students to composition, I like to propose a number of (very loose) categories of 'compositional animal', which define composers in terms of their relation to society and the world around them. One of these is the 'Socratic...
Mozart's a Minor Sonata: Three Recordings That Came before Christian Blackshaw, and How Gramophone Rated Them
MARCH 1940 Mozart Piano Sonata No 8, K310 Artur Schnabel pf HMV [LP] DB3778/80 (three 12in x 18s) Schnabel does not seem quite happy with the first movement. The treatment of the opening theme lacks a little the heroic style with which...
Mozart's Gran Partita and Two 'Notturni' by Beethoven's Pupil
Mozart * Ries Mozart Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361 Ries Notturni-No 1, Wo050; No 2, W0O6O Swiss Wind Ensemble CPO [F] CP0777 618-2 (65' * DDD) CPO are certainly flying the flag for Beethoven's friend and one-time pupil Ferdinand...
MTT New to the Helm of the Boston Symphony
Ives * Sibelius * Wagner as [DVD Video] Ives Three Places in New England (a) Sibelius Symphony No 4. Op 63 (a) Wagner Gotterdammerung--Dawn & Siegfried's Rhine Journey (b) Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas ICA...
Musical Exoticism from Biber et Al on Suitable Fiddles
'Spicy' '"Exotic" Music for Violin' Biber Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa-Partias III & IV. Sonata violino solo representativa Fux Turcaria, K331AA Schmelzer Die Fechtschule. Sonata, 'Die Turkenschlacht bei Wien 1683' Les Passions de I'Ame / Meret...
Music and the Spiritual: Composers and Politics in the 20th Century
Music and the Spiritual Composers and Politics in the 20th Century By Antony Copley Ziggurat Books, PB, 352pp, 14.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-956-65798-5 A book on music with no musicology--it's the classical equivalent of 'A Fine...
Music Competitions Guide
Competitions can offer the most remarkable musicians a gateway into a musical career, as well as furnishing them with helpful prizes and performance opportunities at a crucial stage of their lives. They're also a guide to the names to watch out for:...
Mystical Maillard for Marian Consort's Third Delphian Disc
Maillard Maillard Missa Je suis desheritee. Laudate Dominum. Omnes gentes attendite. Victimae Paschali laudes. Ascendo ad Patrem meum. Fratres mei alongaverunt. Hodie Maria Virgo. In pace. As5umpta est Maria. Gaudent in caelis. In me transierunt Cadeac...
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 Key: (F) Full price 11 [pounds sterling] and over (M) Medium price 8 [pounds sterling]-10-99 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6 [pounds sterling]--7-99 [pounds sterling] (S) Super-budget...
New Works Woven among Masses for Troubled Times
'Times go by Turns' RR Bennett A Colloquy With God Byrd Mass for Four Voices G Jackson Ite missa est Plummer Missa sine nomine A Smith Kyrie: Cunctipotens Genitor Deus Tallis Mass for Four Voices New York Polyphony BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2037 (78' * DDD/DSD...
Nezet-Seguin's First DG Disc with His Rotterdam Phil
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6. Pathetique', Op 74 (a). Romances (b): Op6- Nos 1.2,5, & 6; Op 73, Nos 2,4 & 6 (b) Lisa Batlashvili vn (a) Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Yanick Nezet-Seguin (b) pf DG [F] 479 0835GH (65' * DDD) ...
NMC Marks Cashian's 50th with Chamber Retrospective
Cashian Cello Concerto3. Dark Flight11. The House of Night *. Piano Concertod. Tableaux' (c) Christopher Redgate ob (a) Darrett Adkins vc (d) Sarah Nicolls pf (d) London Sinfonietta / Zsolt Nagy; (e) Northern Sinfonia / Thomas Zehetmair; 'Oberlin Contemporary...
Nott and His Bamberg Musicians in Two New Additions to Their Tudor Mahler Cycle
Mahler Symphony No 6 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jonathan Nott Tudor [F] [SACD] TUDOR7191 (81 * DDD/DSD) Mahler Symphony No 8 Michaela Kaune, Marisol Montalvo, Manuela Uhl sops Janina Baechle, Lioba Braun contrs Stefan Vinke ten...
Obituaries: A Pianist Who Put the Music First and a Hugely Influential British Composer
BERNARD ROBERTS Pianist Born July 23,1933 Died November 3, 2013 Bernard Roberts, who has died aged 80, was not a glamorous pianist but he had a large and devoted following precisely because he was not. But if glamour was limited to the...
Orchestral Suites Complement la Petite Bande's Cantata Cycle
JS Bach Four Orchestral Suites, BWV1066-69 La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken Accent [F] ACC24279 (79' * DDD) There are few musicians who appear more steeped in their worlds than Sigiswald Kuijken and one senses that Bach's pure instrumental...
Over Two Decades after Solti's, Muti's Concert Chicago Otello
Verdi Otello Aleksandrs Antonenko ten Otello Carlo Guelfi bar Iago Krassimira Stoyanova sop Desdemona Juan Francisco Gatell ten Cassio Michael Spyres ten Roderigo Eric Owens bass-bar Lodovico Paolo Battaglia...
Pawel Lukaszewski: Guy Rickards Listens to Polish Label Dux's Four-Disc Survey of the Composer's Spiritually Inclined Music
Dawel Lukaszewski (A 1968) is one of the leading Polish composers of the middle generation. He has built an enviable reputation not just in his homeland but further afield, not least in Britain, where his music has already appeared on disc (Hyperion,...
Penderecki's Symphonies: Philip Kennicott Welcomes a Special Edition of the Polish Modernist Composer's Own Recordings of His Symphonic Output
Krzysztof Penderecki began conducting publicly in the early 1970s to champion his own music, gradually expanding his range and skills to the point that throughout his career he has been as devoted to performing other people's music as he is to making...
Penultimate Disc in Pollini's Beethoven Sonata Cycle
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 4, Op 7; No 9, Op 14 No 1; No 10, Op 14 No 2; No 11, Op 22 Maurizio Pollini pf DG [F] 477 8806GH (73' x DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Beethoven's Op 7 Sonata, Maurizio Pollini pounces on the composer's Allegro...
Picture of Hungary through the Prism of Two Strings
'Works for Violin and Cello' Bartok 44 Duos--selection Kodaly Duo, Op 7 Ligeti Hommage a Hilding Rosenberg Rozsa Tema con variazioni, Op 29a Seiber Chamber Sonata Szekely Polyphon et homophon, Op 2 Friedemann Eichhorn vn Alexander Hulshoff VC Hanssler...
Pires/Meneses's Wigmore Hall Concert from January 2012
'The Wigmore Hall Recital' JS Bach Pastorale, BWV590--Aria (arr Roemaet-Rosanoff) (a) Brahms Cello Sonata No 1, Op 38 (a). Three Pieces, Op 177 Mendelssohn Song Without Words, Op 109 (a) Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, D821 (a) (a) Antonio Meneses VC Maria...
Priory Launches Complete Stanford Organ Works Series
Stanford 'The Complete Organ Works, Vol 1' Fantasia and Toccata. Op 57. Organ Sonatas --No 1, Op 149: No 2. Op 151. Six Preludes, Op 88 Daniel Cook org Priory [F] PRCD1095 (80' x DDD) Played on the organ of Salisbury Cathedral ...
Prosseda and Shelley Explore Gounod's Pedal Piano Output
Gounod 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 62--The Complete Works for Pedal Piano and Orchestra' Suite concertante. Pedal Piano Concerto. Fantaisie sur l'hymne national russe. Danse roumaine Roberto Prosseda pedal pf Svizzera Italiana Orchestra...
Recent Works Inspired by Rumi, Angelou and Mozart
Danielpour Darkness in the Ancient Valley (Symphony in Five Movements) (a) Lacrimae Beati (b). A Woman's Life (c) (c) Angela Brown, (a) Hila Plitmann sops Nashville Symphony Orchestra / Giancarlo Guerrero Naxos American Classics [S] 8 559707...
Richard Osborne Listens to an Exceptional and Individual Beethoven Symphony Cycle
[G] Beethoven 'The Symphonies and Reflections' Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1-9 Staud Maniai Mochizuki Nirai Shchedrin Beethovens Heiligenstadter Testament SerkSnyte Fires Kancheli Dixi Widmann Con brio Christiane Karg sop Mihoko Fujimura contr Michael...
Russian Celebration for Dutch Ensemble's 25th Anniversary
Shostakovich * Weinberg Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies (arr Barshai) Op 110a; Op 118a Weinberg Concertino, Op 42 Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Candida Thompson vn Channel Classics [F] [SACD] CCSSA34313 (66' * DDD/DSD) Includes bonus DVD: 'Amsterdam...
Schumann's First Symphony: Three Recordings That Came before Heinz Holliger's, and How Gramophone Rated Them
FEBRUARY 1958 Schumann Symphony No 1, 'Spring' LSO / Josef Krips Decca [LP] LXT5347 (12in * 39s 11 1/24d) I should have expected Krips to be a good Schumann conductor (which is a department of conducting all on its own, needing a judgement...
Seasonal Organ Showpieces: Jeremy Nicholas Explores the Yuletide Tradition of Solo Organ Improvisations on Favourite Noels, Chorales and Carols, Selecting the Very Best Recordings to Stir the Christmas Spirit
'The playing of the merry organ / Sweet singing in the choir ...' If the thought of Christmas --the cost, the organising, the relatives, the bloated stomach and aching head--fills you with dread, then the annual carol service can lift the spirits....
Selby Reissues Classic Germani to Help Fund Organ Overhaul
Fernando Germani [GC][GC][H] 'Fernando Germani at Selby Abbey' Franck Three Chorales (a)--No 1; No 2 Frescobaldi Toccata Ib. Canzone quarta (b). Toccata V (b). Capriccio pastorale (b) Liszt Prelude and Fugue on the Name BACH, S260 (c) Reger Chorale...
Session Report: Donizetti from Opera Rara
Work Donizetti Belisario Conductor Sir Mark Elder Producer Michael Haas Date of sessions October 2012 Artists Soloists, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra Venue BBC Maida Vale Studios, London Engineer Neil Pemberton Record Label...
Solo Debut from Winner of the 2012 Lappeenranta Contest
'Airs chantes' Kuula Suutelo (The Kiss), Op 8 No 1. Songs, Op 23--No 1, Sinipiika (The Wood Nymph); No 2, Ave Maria. Jaakukkia (Ice Flowers), Op 24 No 2. Purjein kuutamolla (Sailing in the moonlight), Op 31a No 1 Poulenc Airs chantes. Fiangailles pour...
Solo Works from the Former Bavarian RSO Principal
Hindemith Raphael Hindemith Solo Viola Sonatas--Op 11 No 5; Op 25 No 1. Raphael Solo Viola Sonatas, Op 46--No 3; No 4 Jurgen Weber va Genuin [F] GEN13265 (69' x DDD) It may seem that the only music for solo viola written in the middle...
Spicer's Student Secular Choral Series Alights on Stanford
Stanford 'Partsongs' On Time. Heraclitus. To Chloris. Corydon, arise!. The Swallow. Praised be Diana. Like Desert Woods. To his Flocks. On a hill there grows a flower. The Blue Bird. Shall we go dance?. When Mary thro' the garden went. Diaphenia. The...
Tenebrae Sing Victoria at St Alban the Martyr, Holborn
Victoria [G][GP] Tenebrae Responsories Tenebrae/Nigel Short Signum [F] SIGCD344 (72' x DDD x T/t) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Up until now, choosing a recording of Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories was an easy task. If you wanted glossy thickness...
Testament Issues the War Requiem's Coventry Premiere
Britten War Requiem, Op 66 Heather Harper sop Peter Pears ten Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau bar Coventry Festival Choir; Boys of Holy Trinity, Leamington, and Holy Trinity, Stafford; Melos Ensemble / Benjamin Britten; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra...
The Ability of the Audio Industry to Keep Reinventing and Refining Its Technology Would Seem to Know No Limits: Linn and Bang & Olufsen Prove That Well-Established Technologies Still Have Scope for New Materials, New Designs and New Thinking
You'd have thought that by now every possible twist on loudspeakers would have been explored. After all, the basic design has been unchanged for many decades, involving one or more drive units in an 'infinite baffle' box, designed to stop energy from...
The Chopin Preludes from Van Bloss at Wyastone and Trifonov at Carnegie Hall
Chopin Piano Sonata No 3, Op 58. Preludes, Op 28 Nick van Bloss pf Nimbus Alliance [F] NI6215 (70' x DDD) Chopin * Liszt * Scriabin 'The Carnegie Recital' Chopin Preludes, Op 28 Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 Medtner Fairy Tale, Op 26...
The Chopin Specialist from Poland Plays the Polonaises
Chopin [GC][GC] Polonaises--No 1, Op 26 No 1; No 2, Op 26 No 2; No 3, 'Military', Op 40 No 1; No 4, Op 40 No 2; No 5, Op 44; No 6, 'Heroic', Op 53; No 7, 'Polonaise-fantaisie', Op 61 Ratal Blechacz pf DG [F] 479 0928GH (60' x DDD) For many Chopin...
The Spirit of Christmas: Caroline Gill Ploughs Her Way through the Avalanche of Christmas-Themed Releases and Picks the Eight Most Impressive
Not so expected, maybe, but still very much festive in spirit is a collection of Christmas music by the Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Unlike their usual bold repertoire, Ros--Songs of Christmas is a gentle and contemplative survey of traditional Christmas...
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