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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1103, November

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Abrahamsen: 'Walden/Wald'
Abrahamsen 'Walden/Wald' Bei Anbruch (a). Walden (b). In den Waldern (b). Wald (c). Zur Nacht (b) (b) Calefax Reed Quintet; (c) AskolSchonberg Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw; (a) musique concrete Winter & Winter [F] 910 203-2 (50'...
A Fresh Perspective: Lindsay Kemp Talks to Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars about Re-Recording Taverner
'It's the only time I've decided to remake on old recording,' says Peter Phillips as we sit in his north London garden discussing A The Tallis Scholars' 40th-anniversary release of a new version of John Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi trinitas. 'It's...
Bartok * Prokofiev: Bartok Piano Concerto No 2, Sz95
Bartok * Prokofiev Bartok Piano Concerto No 2, Sz95 Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26 Lang Lang pf Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle Sony Classical [F] 88883 73226-2 (60' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lang Lang in...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73 (a). Symphony No 5, Op 67 a Sunwook Kim pf Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung DG [F] 481 0312GH (75' * DDD) Recorded live [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2006 Leeds winner...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 28, Op 101
Beethoven [GC] [GP] Piano Sonatas-No 28, Op 101; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106; No 30, Op 109; No 31, Op 110; No 32, Op 111 Igor Levit pf Sony Classical [B] [2] 88883 70387-2 (129' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Major sonatas from...
Beethoven * Romberg: 'Beethoven Explored, Vol 5'
Beethoven * Romberg 'Beethoven Explored, Vol 5' Beethoven Three Violin Sonatas, Op 12 Romberg Violin Sonata, Op 9 No 2 Peter Sheppard Skaerved vn Aaron Shorr pf Metier [F] MSVCD2007 (70' * DDD). Recorded 1999 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle
Bizet Le Docteur Miracle Marie-Benedicte Souquet sop Laurette Isabelle Druet mez Veronique Jerome Billy ten Silvio/Pasquin/Docteur Miracle Pierre-Yves Pruvot bar ...
Blomstedt's Bruckner: Richard Osborne Listens to a New Audiophile Cycle of the Austrian's Symphonies from a Veteran Conductor in Leipzig
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Conductors are famed for their longevity, which is not to say that they necessarily get better as they move into their ninth decade. For every Boult, Monteux or Wand, there are a dozen others whose hearing is impaired or whose...
Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38
Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99. Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (a) Opltelie Gaillard vc (a) Fablo Dl Casola cl Louis Schwizgebel-Wang pf A parte [F] AP053 (75' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gaillard...
Brahms on Brilliant
A 12-CD set of Brahms's 'Complete Chamber Music' on Brilliant Classics falls short only by failing to provide the passionate 'FAE' Scherzo but otherwise offers us the works. The missing viola sonatas are identical with the clarinet sonatas, and clarinettist...
Brahms: Symphonies-No 3, Op 90
Brahms Symphonies--No 3, Op 90; No 4, Op 98 Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young Oehms [F][SACD] OC677 (74' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The other half of Young's Hamburg Brahms...
Britten Live
This month, Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday is being celebrated worldwide by diverse ensembles performing even more diverse repertoire. Here's our pick of the best events A multitude of Britten performances have already taken place in the composer's...
Britten: Peter Grimes
Britten Peter Grimes Alan Oke ten Peter Grimes Giselle Allen sop Ellen Orford David Kempster bar Balstrode Gaynor Keeble mez Auntie Robert Murray ten Bob Boles Henry Waddington...
Britten's Vision for His Country's Post-War Music Life Led Him to Revive English Opera. but It Took Decades for Him to Be Acknowledged as the Pioneer He Truly Was
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many years after the event, WH Auden dissembled grandly about the failure of Paul Bunyan, the operetta he wrote with Benjamin Britten in 1941 for Columbia University. 'The result, I'm sorry to say, was a failure, for which...
Britten: Violin Concerto. Op 15
Britten Violin Concerto. Op 15 (a). Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op 33a (b) (a) Matthew Trusler vn Flanders Symphony Orchestra / (a) Seikyo Kim, (b) Jan Latham-Koenig Orchid [F] ORC100037 (50' * DDD) Recorded live [ILLUSTRATION...
Bruckner: Symphony No 1 ('Vienna' Version, 1891, Ed Brosche)
Bruckner [GC][GP] Symphony No 1 ('Vienna' version, 1891, ed Brosche) Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado Accentus [F] ACC30274 (50' * DDD) Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL, Lucerne, August 17 & 18,2012 [ILLUSTRATION...
Busoni: Doktor Faust
Busoni Doktor Faust Wolfgang Koch bass-bar Faust John Daszak ten Mephistopheles Steven Humes bass Wagner Raymond Very ten Duke of Parma Catherine Naglestad sop Duchess of...
Busoni: 'Late Piano Music'
Busoni [GC] 'Late Piano Music' Elegies, K249. Nuit de Noel, K251. Fantasia after JS Bach, K253 (a). Canonic Variations and Fugue, KB40. An die Jugend, K254--Book 3, Giga, bolero e variazione. Sonatinas--No 1, K257; No 2, 'Sonatina seconda', K259; No...
Chopin * Schumann: Chopin Preludes, Op 28-Selection
Chopin * Schumann Chopin Preludes, Op 28--selection Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15 Martin Humphreys pf Supermono [F] XOR0001 (54' * DDD). Recorded 1989 Janacek On an Overgrown Path--Book 1. Piano Sonata 1.X.1905. Two Moravian Folksongs...
Christopher Brown: The Director of the Ashmolean Museum on the Wisdom of Late Critic John Steane and the Rich Musical Life of Oxford
THE MUSIC I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT ... Mahler Das Lied von der Erde Kathleen Ferrier cont Julius Patzak ten Vienna PO / Bruno Walter Decca [M] 466 5762 (6/05) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My desert island recordings would be mainly opera and...
'Composing without the Picture'
Composing Without the Picture 'Concert Works by Film Composers' Gunning Variations on a Slavic Theme Heffes Touching the Void--Theme Marianelli I think I do remember him Morricone Riflessi Rozsa Toccata capricciosa, Op 36 Toch Impromptu, Op 90c...
CPE Bach: 'Solo Keyboard Music, Vol 25
CPE Bach 'Solo Keyboard Music, Vol 25' Sonatas: Wq62-No 6 H40; No 7 H41; Wq65-No 12 H23; No 14 H42; No 21 H52 Miklos Spanyi clav BIS [F] BIS-CD1819 (79' * DDD) CPE Bach 'Solo Keyboard Music, Vol 26' Sonatas, Wq51-No 1 H150; No...
Crisis Time for Minnesota's Orchestra and 'The People's Opera' in New York
There was rather sombre news for two American classical institutions as September gave way to October. First came the announcement that New York City Opera, founded in 1943 as 'the people's opera', was filing for bankruptcy, as frantic last-minute...
Delius * Holst: Delius: Sea Drift
Delius * Holst [GC] [GP] Delius Sea Drift (a). Cynara (b) Holst The Hymn of Jesus, Op 37 (c) (ab) Roderick Williams bar Halle (c) Youth Choir, (ac) Choir and Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Halid [F] CDHLL7535 (62' * DDD * T/t) (ac) Recorded live...
Dusapin: Go
Dusapin Go (a). Aria (b). Jetzt genaul (c). Quad, in memoriam Gilles Deleuze (d). Uncut (a) (b) Victor Pereira c/(d) Angel Gimeno vn (c) Nicolas Hodges pf (bcd) Remix Ensemble/ (b) Emilio Pomarico, (cd) Peter Rundel; (a) Oporto Symphony...
Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Op 53 B108
Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B108. Romance, Op 11 B39. Mazurek, Op 49 B90. Humoresque, Op 101 B187 No 7 (a) Anne-Sophie Mutter vn (a) Ayami Ikeba pf Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Manfred Honeck DG [F] 4791060GH (55' * DDD) Deluxe...
Edward Seckerson Is Wowed by the RLPO's Penultimate Shostakovich Symphony Disc
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Shostakovich Symphony No 4, Op 43 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Naxos [S] 8 573188 (65'* DDD) The opening goes off like a cartoon alarm clock, shrill and insistent, the ensuing march...
Eisler: Ernste Gesange
Eisler Ernste Gesange (a). An den kleinen Radio apparat (b). Ballade vom Wasserrad (b). Die Flucht (b). Fruhling (b). Die Heimkehr (b). Hotelzimmer 1942 (b). Der Kirschdieb (b). Die Landschaft des Exils (b). Lied von der belebenden Wirkung des Geldes...
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op 36
Elgar [DVD] Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op 36 BBC Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein Video director Humphrey Burton ICA Classics [F][DVD] ICAD5098 (65' * NTSC * 4:3 * LPCM stereo * 0) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Recorded...
Enescu: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol 1'
Enescu 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol 1' Violin Sonatas--No 2, Op 6: No 3, 'dans le caractere populaire roumain', Op 25; in A minor, 'Torso'. Impromptu concertant Axel Strauss vn Ilya Poletaev pf Naxos [S] 8 572691 (67' *...
Esoteric K-07: High-End SACD Player Doubles as a Top-Quality DAC
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The seemingly unstoppable rise of streaming audio systems might lead one to ask whether there's any room in the audio market for a 'conventional' CD player. After all, it's now possible to download many titles at beyond CD...
'French Trumpet Concertos'
'French Trumpet Concertos' Desenclos Incantation, thrdne et danse Jolivet Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings. Trumpet Concerto No 2 Planel Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra Tomasi Trumpet Concerto Ole Edvard Antonsen tpt...
Georg Friedrich Haas: Philip Clark on the Austrian Composer Championed by Today's Great Maestros
When the truth comes out that I write about music for a living, at parties, on planes or talking to taxi drivers, usually it's only a matter of time before someone starts asking questions about what's good, what's new or where classical music is likely...
Glass: Cello Concerto No 2
Glass Cello Concerto No 2, 'Naqoyqatsi' Matt Haimovitz vc Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies Orange Mountain Music [F] OMM0087 (40' * DDD) Recorded live at the Music Hall, Cincinnati, March 30 & 31,2012 [ILLUSTRATION...
Gramophone Reviewers
It all started with a rainy family holiday in Devon and a battered old cassette of (among other things) Pachelbel's Canon. My obsession with all things ground-bass traces back to those wet afternoons spent cross-legged, obsessively rewinding and replaying,...
'Great Works for Flute and Orchestra'
'Great Works for Flute and Orchestra' [GC][GP] Chaminade Concertino, Op 107 Griffes Poem Nielsen Flute Concerto, FS19 Poulenc Flute Sonata (orch Berkeley) Reinecke Flute Concerto, Op 283 Rimsky-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumble-Bee ...
'Guardian Angel'
'Guardian Angel' [GC] [GP] JS Bach Partita, BWV1013 Biber Mystery Sonatas-Passacaglia Matteis Other Ayrs, Preludes, Allmands, Sarabands--Passaggio rotto; Fantasia; Movimento incognito Montanari Sonata camera Giga Pisendel Solo Violin Sonata Tartini...
Harle: 'Art Music'
Harle 'Art Music' Painted Life (a). The Arrival of Spring (b). Innocent (c). In nomine (d). Arcadia (e) John Harle (acde) sop sax/(b) saxes/(bd) gtr/(a) bass gtr/(b) pf with (b) Marc Almond, (abd) Sarah Leonard vocs (b) Riccarda Kane...
Haydn: Mass No 11
Haydn Mass No 11, 'Missa in angustiis', 'Nelson Mass' (a). Symphony No 102 (a) Mary Wilson sop (a) Abigail Fischer mez (a) Keith James ten (a) Kevin Deas bass Boston Baroque / Martin Pearlman Linn [F] [SACD] CKD426 (62' * DDD/DSD)...
Haydn: String Quartets-Op 20 No 2
Haydn String Quartets--Op 20 No 2; Op 54 No 1; 'Rider', Op 74 No 3 Schuppanzigh Quartet Accent [F] ACC24223 (64' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Third disc of 'period' Haydn from Schuppanzigh Quartet This is the third of three volumes...
Haydn: Symphonies-No 6, 'Le Matin'; No 82, 'Bear'
Haydn Symphonies--No 6, 'Le matin'; No 82, 'Bear'. Violin Concerto, HobVlla/4 (a) (a) Aisslinn Nosky vn Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers Coro [F] COR16113 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, February 22...
Hersch: 'The Sudden Pianist'
Hersch 'The Sudden Pianist' The Vanishing Pavilions--Suite Michael Hersch pf Innova [F] [2] (CD + [DVD]) INNOVA859 (59' + 90' * DDD). Recorded live at Merkin Hall, New York, October 18,2011. DVD includes 'The Sudden Pianist', a film...
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber. Violin Concerto3. Konzertmusik, Op 50 (a) Midori vn NDR Symphony Orchestra / Christoph Eschenbach Ondine [F] ODE1214-2 (67' * DDD) Recorded live [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Midori...
Horowitz Live in New York
The greatest live piano collection ever? Rob Cowan opens a box of delights--Horowitz's complete Carnegie Hall recordings. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A revelatory set, and for a number of reasons. First, for exploding the myth that Horowitz was above...
Janacek: String Quartets-No 1
Janacek String Quartets--No 1, 'The Kreutzer Sonata'; No 2, 'Intimate Letters' Arcadia Quartet Orchid [F] ORC100036 (43' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Young Romanians record Janacek's two quartets There are now plenty of recorded...
JS Bach * Beethoven: JS Bach Partita No 2, BWV1004-Chaconne
JS Bach * Beethoven JS Bach Partita No 2, BWV1004-Chaconne (a) Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op 61 (b) Bin Huang vn (b) Genoa Philharmonic Youth Orchestra / Michele Trenti Dynamic [F] CDS7656 C6V * DDD) Recorded (a) 2000, (b) live at...
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 Paul Bernewitz, Friedrich Praetorius trebs Ingeborg Danz contr Christoph Genz, Martin Petzold tens Panajotis Iconomou bass St Thomas's Choir, Leipzig; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Georg Christoph Biller ...
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
JSBach Goldberg Variations, BWV988 Jeremy Denk pf Nonesuch [F] 7559 79586-9 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Denk's Goldbergs with his DVD contextualisations For his second Nonesuch project, Jeremy Denk follows in the footsteps...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 Werner Gura ten Evangelist Johannes Weisser bar ChristusSunhae Im, Christina Roterberg sops Bernarda Fink, Marie-Claude Chappuis contrs Topi Lehtipuu, Fabio Trumpy tens Konstantin Wolff, Artuu Kataja basses...
JS Bach * WF Bach: 'Harpsichord Concertos, Vol 2'
JS Bach * WF Bach 'Harpsichord Concertos, Vol 2' JS Bach Concertos (a)-BWV1054; BWV1055; BWV1057. Fantasia, BWV906 WF Bach Concerto, Fk40 (a) Helsinki Baroque Orchestra / Aapo Hakkinen hpd Aeolus [F][SACD] AE10067 (63' * DDD/DSD) ...
Langgaard Comes Home: Andrew Mellor Relishes an Opportunity to Hear Langgaard's Symphonies Live but It Is Wagner Who Provides the Surprises
When I wrote about Danish composer Rued Langgaard for the Icons feature in Gramophone's June 2012 issue, I didn't think I'd ever get the chance to hear his First Symphony--or any symphony performed live. Since then Thomas Dausgaard has conducted No...
Living in America
In 1939, Britten fled to the US where, for a time, he house-shared with fellow musicians, writers and a burlesque dancer. Philip Clark discovers how the experience shaped Britten as both a composer and a homesick 27-year-old Lady Luck was shining...
M-A Charpentier: 'Musique Sacree'
M-A Charpentier 'Musique sacree' Conserva me, Domine, H230. Caecilia Virgo et martyr, H397. De prof undis clamavi, H189 Choir of New College, Oxford; Oxford Baroque / Edward Higginbottom Novum [F] NCR1387 (73' * DDD * T/t) [ILLUSTRATION...
Machaut: 'Songs from le Voir Dit'
Machaut 'Songs from Le voir dit' Ploures dames. Dame, se vous n'avez aperceii. Ne que on porroit. Sans cuer dolens. Longuement me sui tenus, 'Le lay de Bon Esperance'. Dis et sept, cinq. Puis qu'en oubli. Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir. Se pour...
Maderna: 'Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol 5'
Maderna 'Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol 5' Violin Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b) (a) Thomas Zehetmair vn (b) Markus Bellheim pf Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Arturo Tamayo Neos [F][SACD]. NEOS10937 (46' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Mahler: Symphonies (Arr Walter)-No 1
Mahler Symphonies (arr Walter)--No 1; No 2, 'Resurrection' Piano Duo Trenkner/Speidel Dabringhaus und Grimm [F] [2] [DVD] MDG930 1778-6 (132' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Trenkner and Speldel play Walter's Mahler transcriptions...
Menahem Pressler: Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op 126
Menahem Pressler Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Mozart Rondo, K511 Schubert Piano Sonata No 18, D894 Menahem Pressler pf La Dolce Volta [F] LDV12 (74' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Viennese lynchpins from the former Beaux Arts pianist...
M Lindberg: Violin Concerto
M Lindberg Violin Concerto (a). Jubilees (b). Souvenir (b) (a) Tapiola Sinfonietta/(a) Pekka Kuusisto vn, (b) Magnus Lindberg Ondine [F] ODE1175-2 (67' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Kuusisto controls second taping of Lindberg's Concerto...
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K581
Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K581 (a). String Quartet No 15, K421 (a) Jorg Widmann c/ Arcanto Quartet Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2168 (59' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Widmann and the Arcanto play Mozart written for friends If you want...
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Miah Persson sop Fiordiligi Angela Brower mez Dorabella Mojca Erdmann sop Despina Rolando Villazon ten Ferrando Adam Plachetka bass-bar Guglielmo Alessandro Corbelli bar Don Alfonso...
Mozart: Requiem, K626
Mozart Requiem, K626 (ed Beyer/Levin) Anna Prohaska sop Sara Mingardo contr Maximilian Schmitt ten Rene Pape bass Bavarian Radio Choir; Swedish Radio Choir; Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado Accentus [F] [DVD] ACC20258; [F] [Br]...
Mozart: 'Symphonies, Vol 1'
Mozart 'Symphonies, Vol 1' Symphonies--No 1, K16; No 4, K19; K19a: No6,K22; K42a Danish National Chamber Orchestra / Adam Fischer Dacapo [F][SACD]. 6 220536 (54' * DDD/DSD) Mozart 'Symphonies, Vol 10' Symphonies--No 35, 'Haffner',...
Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
Music in the Castle of Heaven A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach By John Eliot Gardiner Allen Lane, HB, 672pp, 30 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-713-99662-3 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In one of many footnotes that harmonise like a well-oiled...
'Music & Monarchy'
'Music & Monarchy' [DVD] Presented by David Starkey Directed by Peter Sweasey, Christopher Walker Acorn Media [M] [2] [DVD] AV3092(4h 30' * NTSC * 16:9) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DVD release for Starkey's BBC documentary on royal music...
New Ideas for Some, a Return to Tradition for Others: McIntosh Launches Its First Receiver for 20 Years and Cambridge Audio Releases the Aero Range
One of the best-known names in American high-end audio, McIntosh Laboratory, has announced what's effectively its first receiver since 1993. Still using the company's 'unchanged since the 1950s' styling, and still hand-built in New York State, the...
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]--799 [pounds sterling] (S) Super-budget...
Nono: Intolleranza 1960
Nono Intolleranza 1960 Wolfgang Neumann ten An Emigrant Judy Berry sop His Companion Maria Kowollik contr A Woman Armin Kolarczyk bar ...
Obituaries: Two Leading Opera Directors --Lotfi Mansouri and Patrice Chereau
LOTFI MANSOURI Director Born June 15, 1929 Died August 30, 2013 Lotfollah ('Lotfi') Mansouri, opera administrator, stage director and occasional singer and actor, has died aged 84--from pancreatic cancer--at his home in San Francisco on...
'Over Hill, over Dale'
'Over Hill, Over Dale' Arnold Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra, Op 77 (a) Darke Fantasy, Op 39 (orch C Jenkins) Elgar Elegy, Op 58 Farnaby Seven Pieces (arr Bantock) P Fisher Variations on 'Widecombe Fair' in the Style of Paganinib...
Palestrina: 'Volumes 4'
Palestrina 'Volumes 4' Missa O magnum mysterium. Song of Songs--Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus mihi; Ecce, tu pulcher es, dilecte me; Introduxit me rex in cellam vinarium. A solis ortu cardine. lubilate Deo. Ad te levavi. Ave regina caelorum....
Porpora: 'Arias for Farinelli'
Porpora 'Arias for Farinelli' Arianna e Teseo--Mira in cielo Ifigenia in Aulide--Le limpid'onde; Nel gia bramoso petto Mitridate--La gioia ch'io sento (a) Orfeo--Dall'amor piu sventurato; Sente del mio martir Polifemo--Alto Giove; Nell'attendere...
Prokofiev: Symphony No 4, Op 112. the Prodigal Son, Op 46
Prokofiev Symphony No 4, Op 112. The Prodigal Son, Op 46 Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop Naxos [S] 8 573186 (78' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Second disc in Alsop's Sao Paulo Prokofiev cycle Things are finally looking...
Puccini: La Fandulla del West
Puccini [DVD] [Br] La fandulla del West Nina Stemme sop Minnie Aleksandrs Antonenko ten Dick Johnson John Lundgren bar Jack Ranee Niklas Bjorling Rygert ten Nick Michael Schmidberger...
Rachel Podger: The Violinist Prepares for a New Musical Season with a Focus on Italian Music of the 17th Century and a Dose of Bach and Handel
At the beginning of a new school year I perceive in my two girls the same feelings I myself had as a schoolgirl: anticipation and excitement, as well as slight apprehension with butterflies in my stomach, knowing I'd be facing various unknowns; new...
Rachmaninov: 'Heritage-Works for Two Pianos
Rachmaninov 'Heritage--Works for Two Pianos' Suites--No 1, Op 5; No 2, Op 17. Symphonic Dances. Op 45 Alexander Kobrin, Frederic D'Oria-Nicolas pfs Fondamenta [F] [4] FON1302011 (84' * DDD) Issued in both 'Fidelity Mastering' and...
'Rarities of Piano Music 2012'
'Rarities of Piano Music 2012' [GC] [GP] Chabrier Trois valses romantiques--No 3 (a) Delvincourt Croquembouches (b)--No 4, Grenadine; No 6, Plum pudding; No 10, Pets de nonne; No 12, Huile de ricin Faure Ballade, Op 19 (b) Fontana A la mazurka (c)...
Ravel: L'heure Espagnole
Ravel [DVD] [Br] [GC] L'heure espagnole Stephanie d'Oustrac mez Concepcion Alek Shrader ten Gonzalve Francois Piolino ten Torquemada Elliot Madore bar Ramiro Paul Gay bass-bar Don Inigo Gomez...
R Hanson: 'Thanksgiving'
R Hanson 'Thanksgiving' Thanksgiving Music (a). Violin Sonata (b) (a) Sarah Leonard sop (b) Jane Gordon vn (a) Jonathan Powell, (b) Jan Rautio pf Cala [F] CACD77014 (62' * DDD * T) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Robert Hanson's tributes...
Robert Schumann: The Life and Work of a Romantic Composer
Robert Schumann The Life and Work of a Romantic Composer By Martin Geek, translated by Stewart Spencer University of Chicago Press, HB, 304pp, 24.50 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-226-28469-9 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Of all the great...
Schubert: Piano Sonatas-No 19. D958
Schubert Piano Sonatas--No 19. D958; No 20, D959. Impromptu, D899 No 3 Inon Barnatan pf Avie [F] AV2283 (72' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Barnatan follows acclaimed Avie debut disc with Schubert Seven years have passed since Inon...
Schubert: Symphonies-No 3. D200; No 4, 'Tragic', D417
Schubert Symphonies-No 3. D200; No 4, 'Tragic', D417 Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Cassado Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2154 (55' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fast-rising Spanish conductor's first disc for Harmonia Mundi This...
Schumann: Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Op 112
Schumann Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Op 112. Requiem, Op 148 Britta Stallmeister, Antonia Bourvg sops Olivia Vermeuien mez Daniel Behle ten Tobias Berndt bar Chorus Musicus, Cologne; Das Neue Orchester / Christoph Spering Oehms [F] [2] OC871 (101'...
Session Report: Layton Records Bach for Hyperion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Work Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 Artists Soloists; Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Stephen Layton Venue Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge Producer Stephen Johns ...
Shura Cherkassky: Mozart Piano Sonata No 8
Shura Cherkassky Mozart Piano Sonata No 8, K310 Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 Grieg Piano Sonata, Op 7 Mana Zucca Burleske, Op 261 Pabst Paraphrase on 'Eugene Onegin' (Tchaikovsky), Op 81 Scriabin Etude, Op 1 No 2 Stravinsky Petrushka--Russian Dance...
Slovak Paradise: Hannah Nepil Reports from the Industrious Indian Summer Music Festival Located in the Idyllic Medieval Town of Levoca
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a valley between the Tatra Mountains and a natural beauty spot known as the 'Slovak Paradise' lies Levoca, home of the Indian Summer festival of classical music. A World Heritage Site since 2009, this medieval town boasts...
Sony's New Commitment to High-Resolution Audio Is More Than an Exercise in Playing Catch-Up: The Industry Is Buzzing with Excitement That High-Resolution Could Be about to Move Emphatically into the Mainstream-So What Has Sony Got to Offer?
Sony's announcement that it was putting at least some of its eggs in the high-resolution audio basket was one of the major talking points of the Internationale Funkausstellung--otherwise known as IFA--in Berlin at the end of the summer. The company...
Steffani: Stabat Mater
Steffani Stabat mater (a). Beatus vir (b). Non plus me ligate (c). Triduanas a Domino (b). Laudate pueri (d). Sperate in Deo (e). Qui diligit Mariam (f) (acf) Cedlia Bartoli mez with (de) Nuria Rial, (de) Yetzabel Arias Fernandez sops (de) Elena...
Stenhammar: 'String Quartets, Vol 1
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