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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1110, June

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A Highly Competitive Digital-to-Analogue Converter from One of the Bigger Names in Mainstream Audio: No Job's Too Big or Too Small for This Value-for-Money Compact Desktop DAC
Now we're well into the Second Age of the DAC, things are shaping up much the same as they did first time round, when we were all being encouraged to upgrade our CD players. Back then, at the end of the 1980s, a trickle of specialist hi-fi companies...
Alkan's Solo Piano Concerto: Three Recordings That Came before Vincenzo Maltempo's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
JANUARY 1970 Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano Ronald Smith pf HMV [LP] HQS1204 (29s 1d) The power of this music is enormous. Perhaps the most original section comes late on in the first-movement development, where the music suggests Sibelius...
'Amor'
'Amor' Delibes Lakme--Bell Song Flotow Martha--Letzte Rose; Zum treuen Freunde geh Gounod Romeo et Juliette--Ah! Je veux vivre Handel Rinaldo Lascia ch'io pianga Mozart Don Giovanni--Vedrai, carino. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail--Durch Zartlichkeit...
A Vintage Procession Down the Appian Way
Pending a further collection of Mercury releases from Universal, it's been left to the likes of Pristine Classical and the Antal Dorati Centenary Society to search out various recordings that have not as yet made it to CD. One that has quite blown...
Bach's Easter Oratorio: Three Recordings That Came before John Eliot Gardiner's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
NOVEMBER 1952 1 JS Bach Easter Oratorio Soloists; Akademie Chorus; Vienna Chamber Orchestra / Felix Prohaska Nixa [LP] BLP307 (12in * 39s 6d) The sense of haste is expressed vividly in the quick opening section, in which trumpets and oboes...
'Basso Bailando'
'Basso bailando' Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas (arr van Prooijen) (a) Piazzolla Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (arr van Prooijen) (b) Rota Divertimento concertanto (c) Rick Stotijn db (b) Malin Broman vn (a) Lavinia Meijer hp (bc) Swedish...
Beethoven * Schubert * Wagner: Beethoven Symphony No 2
Beethoven * Schubert * Wagner Beethoven Symphony No 2, Op 36 (a) Schubert Symphony No 8, 'Unfinished', D759 (b) Wagner Siegfried Idyll (a) (a) Chamber Orchestra of Europe; (b) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Claudio Abbado Audite [F] AUDITE95 627...
Beethoven * Schumann: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5
Beethoven * Schumann Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor', Op 73a Schumann Fantasie, Op 17 Yundi pf (a) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Harding DG/Mercury [F] 481 0710DH (67' * DDD) The coupling of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto...
Beethoven: 'The Beethoven Journey'
Beethoven [GE][GP] 'The Beethoven Journey' Piano Concertos--No 2, Op 19; No 4, Op 58 Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Leif Ove Andsnes pf Sony Classical [F] 88883 70548-2 (64' * DDD) My reaction when asked to review this disc was a somewhat...
Beethoven: 'The Complete Piano Trios, Vol 3'
Beethoven 'The Complete Piano Trios, Vol 3' Trios--Op 11 (a); Op 38 (a). Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu', Op 121a Gould Piano Trio with (a) Robert Plane cl Somm Celeste [F] SOMMCD0135 (78' * DDD) Recorded live at St George's,...
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas-No 1
Beethoven Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 12 No 1; No 2, Op 12 No 2; No 3, Op 12 No 3; No 4, Op 23; No 5, 'Spring', Op 24 Elizabeth Wallfisch vn David Breitman fp Nimbus Alliance [B] [2] NI6245/6 (104' * DDD) Strangely miked, oddly presented....
Bernstein: West Side Story
Bernstein West Side Story Alexandra Silber sop Maria Cheyenne Jackson sgr Tony Jessica Vosk sgr Anita Kevin Vortmann sgr Riff Juliana Hansen sgr Rosalia...
Bloch * Caplet * Ravel: Bloch Schelomo
Bloch * Caplet * Ravel Bloch Schelomo. Voice in the Wilderness Caplet Epiphanie Ravel Kaddisch Raphael Wallfisch vc BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Benjamin Wallfisch Nimbus [F] NI5913 (75' * DDD) There are few composers of such...
Blower * Holbrooke * Howell: 'British Composers Premiere Collections
Blower * Holbrooke * Howell 'British Composers Premiere Collections, Vol 1' Blower Symphony Holbrooke Variations on 'The Girl I Left Behind Me' Howell Lamia Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra / Marius Stravinsky Cameo [F] CC9037CD (63' * DDD)...
Brahms: 'Complete Works for Cello and Piano'
Brahms [EC] [GP] 'Complete Works for Cello and Piano' Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99. Scherzo, 'F-A-E', Wo02 (arr Forbes). Violin Sonata No 1, Op 78. Five Hungarian Dances (arr Piatti). Liebestreu, Op 3 No 1. Wiegenlied, Op 49 No 4....
Brahms * Reinecke * Schumann: Brahms Horn Trio
Brahms * Reinecke * Schumann Brahms Horn Trio, Op 40a Reinecke Trio, Op 274b Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op 70 Jasper de Waal hn Frank van de Laar pf with (b) Hans Colbers cl (a) Candida Thompson vn Channel Classics [C] [SACD] CCSSA34014...
Carlo Maria Giulini: Richard Osborne Pays Tribute to the Great Italian Conductor Who Started His Career as a Viola Player, Headed la Scala, Milan, and Worked with the World's Greatest Orchestras
A modest man and a deeply religious one, Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) would not have enjoyed being called an icon. 'We are not musical geniuses,' he once said, 'we are not composers. We are performers. We serve and we should serve with love.' ...
Carter: '103Rd Birthday Concert'
Carter [DVD] '103rd Birthday Concert' Duettino. Figment IV. Mnemosyne. String Trio. Rigmarole. Bariolage. Trije glasbeniki. Double Trio. Retracing. Figment V. Hiyoku. A Sunbeam's Architecture. Plus 'On Carter: Tributes to Elliott Carter' Nicholas...
Causton
Causton Millennium Scenes (a). Notturno (b). As Kingfishers Catch Fire (b). The Persistence of Memory (b). Chamber Symphony (c) (bc) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / (b) Gerry Cornelius, (c) Ryan Wigglesworth; (a) Halle Orchestra / Nicholas...
Chopin: Etudes-Op 10
Chopin [H] Etudes--Op 10; Op 25 Vladimir Ashkenazy pf Melodiya [F] MELCD100 2108 (62' * ADD) Recorded 1959/60 This legendary disc was made in 1959 when Ashkenazy, aged 22, suffered confinement behind the Iron Curtain. His early recordings...
Chopin: Three Impromptus
Chopin Three Impromptus. Fantaisie-lmpromptu, Op 66. Nocturnes--No 3, Op 9 No 3; No 7, Op 27 No 1; No 8, Op 27 No 2; No 10, Op 32 No 2; No 14, Op 48 No 2. Piano Sonata No 3, Op 58 Louis Lortie pf Chandos (F) CHAN10813 (77' * DDD) In this...
Chopin: 'Vol 2-Ballades'
Chopin 'Vol 2--Ballades' Four Ballades. Barcarolle, Op 60. Four Mazurkas, Op 24. Nocturne No 3, Op 9 No 3. Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op 61 Helene Tysman pf Oehms [F] [2] OC894 (84' * DDD) For the second volume in her Chopin series, the...
Classics Reconsidered: Gavin Dixon and Tully Potter Discuss the Finer Points of Rudolf Barshai's Recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No 13, 'Babi Yar', with the WDR Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No 13 Sergei Alexashkin bass Choral Academy Moscow; WDR SO, Cologne / Rudolf Barshai Brilliant Classics [S] (11) 6324 A Brilliant Classics Rudolf Barshai symphony set finds the WDR Symphony Orchestra in persuasive...
David: Lalla Roukh
David Lalla Roukh Marianne Fiset sop Lalla Roukh Emiliano Gonzalez Toro ten Noureddin Nathalie Paulin sop Mirza Bernard Delete bass-bar Baskir David Newman bar Bakbara Andrew...
Devialet 170: Innovative Amplifier Does Things Its Own Way and Is a Highly Convincing Listen
Some will have you believe that there's nothing new in hi-fi. The basic design of everything from amplifiers to loudspeakers was laid down decades ago, they suggest, and all that's happened since is a range of variations on those ancient themes. Indeed,...
D Matthews: Symphony No 7
D Matthews Symphony No 7, Op 109 (a). Vespers, Op 66 (b) (b) Katie Bray mez (b) Matthew Long ten (b) The Bach Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / (a) John Carewe; (b) David Hill Dutton Epoch [M] CDLX7305 (69' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Dowland Refracted: Philip Clark Listens to Four Discs That Reimagine the Despair-Tinged Songs of John Dowland through the Prism of Later Musical Styles
John Dowland was a dreamer of anagogic dreams, a composer who inhabited an ancient world so far removed from our own that he will remain an eternal enigma. And yet Dowland songs like 'Flow my tears' and 'Come again' feel strikingly of the moment, their...
Dusapin: Reverso (Solo No 6)
Dusapin Reverso (Solo No 6). Uncut (Solo No 7). Morning in Long Island Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung DG/Discovery [F] 481 0786 (62' * DDD) Although he has been well served on disc, this is the first release on...
Dutch Master Restored
Previously available on Philips, the Dutch conductor Paul van Kempen's thrilling Tchaikovsky recordings with the Concertgebouw Orchestra hark back to the heady days of his compatriot Willem Mengelberg, without quite resorting to Mengelberg's dazzling...
Dvorak: Dvorak Symphony No 8
Dvorak Dvorak Symphony No 8, Op 88 B163 (a). String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179 (arr D Walter) (b) (b) Royal Flemish Philharmonic Wood Quintet; (b) Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra / Edo de Waart Royal Flemish Philharmonic...
Dyrud: Out of Darkness
Dyrud Out of Darkness Nidaros Cathedral Choir / Vivianne Sydnes 2L [F][2][SACD][Br] 2L099SABD (55' * DDD/DSD/DXD). Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 192kHz/24-bit 5.1 & LPCM 192kHz/24-bit stereo Hakon Gullvag's startlingly macabre cover work (The Resurrection)...
Edgar Moreau: 'Play'
Edgar Moreau 'Play' Bloch From Jewish Life--No 1, Prayer Chopin Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op 3 Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B173 Elgar Salut d'amour. Op 12 Faur6 Elegie, Op 24 Frangaix Mouvement perpetuel Glazunov Chant du menestrel,...
Elgar: 'Music for Powick Asylum'
Elgar 'Music for Powick Asylum' Menuetto. Andante and Allegro. Die junge Kokette. Maud. L'assomoir. Nelly. La brunette. La blonde. The Valentine. Duett. Paris. Helcia. A Singing Quadrille. Fugue. Blumine Innovation Chamber Ensemble / Barry...
Enescu: Two Cello Sonatas
Enescu Two Cello Sonatas, Op 26. Allegro (Sonata Movement). Nocturne et Saltarello Valentin Radutiu vc Per Rundberg pf Hanssler Classic [M] [2] CD98 021 (88' * DDD) Rarely can two works that share the one opus number have I hailed from...
Faure * Ravel: Faure la Bonne Chanson
Faure * Ravel Faure La bonne chanson, Op 61. Clair de lune, Op 46 No 2. Spleen, Op 51 No 3. Cinq Melodies, Op 58--No 1, Mandoline; No 2, En sourdine; No 3, Green; No 5, C'est I'extase langoureuse Ravel Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme. Chansons...
Feldman: For Philip Guston
Feldman For Philip Guston John Tilbury pf Carla Rees fl Simon Allen perc Atopos [M] [4] ATP022 (4h 50' * DDD) Recorded live at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield, 2012 If you consider Morton Feldman to be a challenging listen I then take it...
Flow My Tears
When Lassus wrote Lagrime di San Pietro he was weeping not only for the apostle's spiritual crisis but also for his own. His cycle of 20 madrigals and a motet unite Christ, Peter and the listener in a profound way, as Fabrice Fitch rediscovers during...
Gal * Schumann: Gal Symphony No 1
Gal * Schumann Gal Symphony No 1, Op 30 Schumann Symphony No 1, 'Spring', Op 38 Orchestra of the Swan / Kenneth Woods Avie (F) AV7733 (61' * DDD) Time was there were no Gal symphonies in the catalogue (indeed, precious little of his...
'Geringas Plays Bach Plus'
'Geringas Plays Bach Plus' JS Bach Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-12 Corigliano Fancy on a Bach Air--Fragment Geringas Sandigloria Gubaidulina Ten Preludes --No 3, 'Con sordino--senza sordino' Krenek Nachdenklich, Op 184a Senderovas Interludium...
Gesualdo: Responsoria et Alia Ad Officium
Gesualdo Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia La Compagnia del Madrigale Glossa [M] [3] GCD922803 (3h 6' * DDD) Gesualdo's Responsories for Holy Week need no introduction by now; not so La Compagnia del Madrigale,...
Glass: 'How Now Strung Out'
Glass 'How Now Strung Out' How Now (a). Strung Out (b) (b) Dorothy Pixley-Rothschild vn (a) Philip Glass org Orange Mountain Music [C] 0MM0093 (50' * ADD) Recorded live at the Filmmaker's Cinematheque, New York, May 19, 1968 The...
Gottfried August Homilius: Fabrice Fitch Listens to Three Discs from Carus's Series Aiming to Popularise the Music of a Saxon Contemporary of Bach's Sons
I confess that until now Gottfried August Homilius was known to me only by name. Born exactly 300 years ago, this Saxon composer spent most of his working life in the service of the churches of Dresden (from 1742), having studied previously for a time...
Graham Fitkin: Pwyll AP Sion Profiles an Artist Whose Inherent Modesty Belies His Position as an Essential Composer of Our Time
In an especially revealing interview with Liz Haddon in 2006, when asked where he saw himself within the British contemporary music scene, Fitkin answered by saying, 'I don't feel that I belong at all, actually ... I don't feel part of it and therefore...
Gramophone Hall of Fame
For the third year running Gramophone has invited readers to vote for the performers, producers, engineers and label executives who have shaped the classical music recording industry. In the following pages you can discover the 25--including five nominated...
Great Voices of the Last Century: Priceless Recordings of a Trio of Remarkable Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s
Last year marked the 125th anniversary of the great German soprano Lotte Lehmann's birth but Music & Arts' handsome four-disc tribute to her has only just reached these shores. I say 'four-disc', but you could justifiably claim that the set's highlight...
Haydn: String Quartets-Op 50 No 1
Haydn String Quartets--Op 50 No 1; Op 76 No 1; Op 77 No1 Modigliani Quartet Mirare [F] MIR231 (64' * DDD) As recently as the March issue I was pondering the thought processes involved in choosing a 60-plus-mmute recital of Haydn's string...
Hindemith: Tuttifantchen
Hindemith Tuttifantchen Bele Kumberger sop Tuttifantchen Herman Wallen bass Meister Tuttifant Nora Lentner sop Trudel Matthias Stier ten Peter Annika Schlicht mez...
Hosokawa: 'Orchestral Works
Hosokawa 'Orchestral Works, Vol 1' Horn Concerto, 'Moment of Blossoming' (a). Lotus Under the Moonlight (Hommage a Mozart) (b). Chant (c) (3) Stefan Dohr hn (c) Anssi Karttunen vc (b) Momo Kodama pf Royal Scottish National Orchestra...
How High-End and Low Energy Go Hand in Hand: From a Digital-Capable Integrated Amplifier to High-End Power Amps Designed to Use Less Electricity
High-end audio amplification isn't known for its energy efficiency, and when you factor in Class A designs, in which energy unused to drive the speakers is dissipated as heat, the idea of the audiophile with one ear on the music and one eye on the...
'If Pono Can Spread the Word about High-Quality Music on the Move, It Will Have Done Its Job'
Is the music revolution less revolutionary than promised? By adhering to current standards, it can only help everyone. There was a bit of an 'is that it?' reaction to the final announcement of Pono, the digital audio system long promoted by musician...
'In the Night'
'In the Night' Beethoven Piano Sonata No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2 Chopin Two Nocturnes, Op 27 Hough Piano Sonata No 2, 'Notturno luminoso' Schumann Carnaval, Op 9. Fantasiestucke, Op12-In der Nacht Stephen Hough pf Hyperion [C] CDA67996...
Iyer: 'Mutations'
Iyer 'Mutations' Spellbound and Sacrosanct, Cowrie Shells and the Shimmering Sea (a). Vuln, Part 2 (b). Mutations I-X (c). When We're Gone (b) Vijay Iyer pf/(b) elecs (c) Miranda Cuckson, Michi Wiancko vns (c) Kyle Armbrust va (c)...
JC Smith: The Seasons
JC Smith The Seasons Emma Kirkby sop Tim Mead counterten Hans Jorg Mammel ten Markus Simon bass Musica Franconia Festival Choir; La Banda / Wolfgang Riedelbauch Christophorus [M] [2] CHR77382 (93' * DDD) Ah yes: John Christopher Smith,...
John Studzinski: The Arts Patron and Banker on the Glories of the English Liturgical Music Tradition and the Work of His Genesis Foundation
Growing up in Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the winter and Tanglewood in the summer, music was always just there. You also couldn't grow up in America in the 1960s and '70s without being influenced by music. Leonard Bernstein really...
JS Bach: 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 18'
JS Bach 'Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year, Vol 18' Cantatas--No 9, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her; No 70, Wachet! betet! betet! wachetl; No 182, Himmelskonig, sei wilkommen Gerlinde Samann sop Petra Noskaiova contr Christoph Genz ten...
JS Bach: 'Complete Solo Keyboard Concertos'
JS Bach [R] 'Complete Solo Keyboard Concertos' Keyboard Concertos--BWV593 (after Vivaldi, RV565, transcr Zilberquit); BWV596 (after Vivaldi, RV522, transcr Zilberquit); BWV1052; BWV1053; BWV1054; BWV1055; BWV1056; BWV1057; BWV1058 Julia Zilberquit...
JS Bach: Easter Oratorio
JS Bach Easter Oratorio, BWV249. Cantata No 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, 'Actus tragicus' Hannah Morrison sop Meg Bragle mez Nicholas Mulroy ten Peter Harvey bass Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner Soli...
JS Bach: 'L'Epiphanie'
JS Bach 'L'Epiphanie' Cantatas--No 72, Alles nur nach Gottes Willen; No 81, Jesus schlaft, was soil ich hoffen?; No 155 Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange; No 156, Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe Monika Mauch sop Franziska Gottwald contr Charles...
JS Bach: 'Lutheran Masses, Vol 2'
JS Bach 'Lutheran Masses, Vol 2' Masses--BWV234; BWV236. Cantata No 79, Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro [F] COR16120 (74' * DDD * [T]/[t]) One of the most durable virtues of Harry Christophers...
KA Hartmann: Symphonies-No 1
KA Hartmann. Symphonies--No 1, 'Versuch eines Requiems' (a); No 2, 'Adagio' (b); No 3 (b); No 4 (c); No 5, 'Sinfonia concertante' (d); No 6 (e); No 7 (f); No 8 (g) (a) Kismara Pessati contr (abcefg) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; (d)...
Kitzke: Mad Coyote Madly Sings
Kitzke [R] Mad Coyote Madly Sings. A Keening Wish. The Animist Child. The Big Gesture. Breath and Bone. We Need to Dream All This Again. The Character of American Sunlight Jerome Kitzke voc/toy pt/whistler Lisa Karrer voc Guy Klucevsek acco The...
'La Bella Piu Bella'
'La bella piu bella' [EC] [GP] 'Songs from Early Baroque Italy' Caccini Dalla porta d'oriente; Dolcissimo sospiro; Torna, deh torna Carissimi Piangete, aure piangete Castaldi Tasteggio soave--Sonata prima B Ferrari Son ruinato, appassionato d'India...
'L'Amour'
'L'Amour' Adam Le postilion de Lonjumeau--Mes amis, ecoutez l'histoire Berlioz Les Troyens--O blonde Ceres Bizet La jolie fille de Perth--Elle est la ... A la voix d'un amant fidele Boi'eldieu La Dame blanche--Oh, quel plasir d'etre soldati; Viens,...
Larcher: Smart Dust
Larcher Smart Dust (a). Poems (a). What Becomes (a). A Padmore Cycle (b) (b) Mark Padmore ten (b) Thomas Larcher, (a) Tamara Stefanovich pf Harmonia Mundi [F] HMU90 7604 (73' * DDD * [T]/[t]) Coming to this disc as a Mark Padmore admirer--rather...
Liszt: 'Verdi: Complete Paraphrases and Free Transcriptions'
Liszt 'Verdi: Complete Paraphrases and Free Transcriptions' Verdi/Liszt Don Carlos--Coro di testa e marcia funebre, S435.1 Lombardi (Jerusalem)--Salve Maria, S431 (first version). Rigoletto--Concert Paraphrase, S434. Ernani--Premiere paraphrase...
Mahan Esfahani: JS Bach Musikalisches Opfer
Mahan Esfahani [EC] [GP] JS Bach Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079--Ricercar a 3; Ricercar a 6; Canon a 2 per tonos Byrd Clarifica me, Pater I-III. John come kiss me now. Pavan and Galliard--No 1; No 5. The Marche before the Battell. Fancie (My Ladye...
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Kindertotenlieder. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Riickert-Lieder Christian Gerhaher bar Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano Sony Classical [F] 88883 70133-2 (55' * DDD) With Thomas Quasthoff retired, many would nominate...
Mendelssohn: 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano'
Mendelssohn 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano' Cello Sonatas--No 1. Op 45; No 2, Op 58. Assai tranquillo. Lied ohne Worte, Op 109. Variations concertantes, Op 17 Marie Macleod vc Martin Sturfalt pf Stone Records [F] 5060192 780383...
New Berlin Phil Label Is a Defining Moment
The Berlin Philharmonic has launched an in-house label: it is, I think, something of a defining moment in the evolution of the classical music recording industry. It isn't the first orchestra to do so--in fact you could argue it's slightly behind 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 Ell 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 price 5.99...
Operas in One Act
The discipline of producing a short taut single-act opera often brings the best out of a composer. Here, Richard Lawrence introduces 10 one-act operas that are the musical and dramatic highlights of the genre One-act operas come in two guises. There's...
'Paganini Variations'
'Paganini Variations' Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 35 Liszt Six Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141 Lutostawski Variations on a Theme by Paganini Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op 43 (a) Tzimon Barto p' (a) Schleswig-Holstein...
Panufnik: 'Symphonic Works, Vol 7'
Panufnik [EC] [GP] 'Symphonic Works, Vol 7' Symphony No 5, 'Sinfonia di Sfere' (a). Bassoon Concerto (b). Love Song (c). Landscape (d) (c) Sarah van der Kemp mez (b) Michael von Schonermark bn (abc) Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra; (d) Polish...
Pavarotti: The First Decade: Mike Ashman Delves into Decca's Sumptuous New Box Collating the Great Tenor's First 10 Years of Recording, 50 Years after His First Disc Was Made
Seven years after the tenor's death, Decca launches a belated full-scale tribute. We are some way here from the later stadium star who shared stages with Sting and Bono (not to mention his Three Tenors colleagues for numerous World Cups), who attempted...
Petrassi: Flute Concerto
Petrassi Flute Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b). La follia di Orlando--Symphonic Suite (a) Mario Ancillotti fl (b) Bruno Canino pf Rome Symphony Orchestra / Francesco La Vecchia Naxos [S] 8 573073 (72' * DDD) 'I consider the score a...
Piano Man: A Life of John Ogdon
Piano Man: A Life of John Ogdon By Charles Beauclerk Simon & Schuster, HB, 432pp, 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-85720-011-2 Had he lived, John Ogdon would have turned 77 this year. Had he not gone mad, there is no reason to suppose...
'Pohadka'
'Pohadka' Dvorak Rondo, Op 94 B171. Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B173. Songs my mother taught me, Op 55 B104 No 4 Janacek Pohadka (Fairy Tale). Presto Mahler Kindertotenlieder (arr Derevianko). Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen--Ging' heut morgen ubers...
Popper: 'Complete Suites for Cello'
Popper 'Complete Suites for Cello' Suite for Two Cellos, Op 16. Tempo di marcia--Op 16a; Op 16albis. Waltz Suite, Op 60. Suite, Op 69. Suite, Op 16 bis. Im Walde. Requiem, Op 66 Alexander Hiilshoff, Martin Rummel, Bertin Christelbauer vcs...
Poulenc: 'Integrate Des Melodies Pour Voix et Piano'
Poulenc 'Integrate des melodies pour voix et piano' Pascale Beaudin, Julie Fuchs, Ftelene Guilmette sops Julie Boulianne mez Marc Boucher, Francois Le Roux bars Olivier Godin pf ATMA Classique [S] [5] ACD2 2688 (5h 10' * DDD * [T]) Among French...
'Power Players'
'Power Players' 'Russian Arias for Bass' Borodin Prince Igor--There's no sleep, no repose Glinka A Life for the Tsar--They suspect the truth!. Ruslan and Lyudmila--Farlaf's Rondo; Oh field, field Mussorgsky Boris Godunov At Kazan, where long...
Prokofiev's Seventh Symphony: Kirill Karabits Tells Philip Clark Why He Started His Prokofiev Cycle at the End
Kirill Karabits and I are attempting to march through Sergey Prokofiev's Symphony No 7 chronologically--each movement, each moment of each movement, in order--but the restless nature of Prokofiev's material keeps defying our best intentions. The opening...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 3
Prokofiev [EC] [GP] Symphonies--No 3, Op 44; No 7, Op 131 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits Onyx [M] ONYX4137 (65' * DDD) This is not the first distinguished Onyx release from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its young...
Purcell: 'Serenading Songs & Grounds'
Purcell 'Serenading Songs & Grounds' Hark how the wild musicians sing, Z542. Soft notes and gently raised (A Serenading Song) Z510. Sonata, Z795. King Arthur--Fairest Isle; Hornpipe (Act 3). A New Irish Tune, Z646. A Ground in Gamut, Z645....
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Rameau Castor et Pollux Jeffrey Thompson ten Castor Hadleigh Adams bar Pollux Celeste Lazarenko sop Telaire Pascal Herington ten Mercure/Athlete...
Recording of the Month: Bryce Morrison Marvels at the Depth and Variety of Marc-Andre Hamelin's Many-Sided Virtuosity
[GE] Janacek * Schumann Janacek On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15, Waldszenen, Op 82 Marc-Andre Hamelin pf Hyperion [F] CDA68030 (74' * DDD) Marc-Andre Hamelin's normally genial features cloud at the description...
Record-Makers: Herbert Blomstedt in California and Sir Neville Marriner in London
Decca has a long and successful history of cultivating orchestra-conductor pairings that became powerful recording partnerships with a truly international reach--think of the Suisse Romande Orchestra and Ernest Ansermet in the early stereo age or the...
'Road 66'
'Road 66' Adams China Gates Barber Souvenirs, Op 28--Pas de deux Beach Young Birches Bernstein For Felicia Montealegre. Interlude. For Aaron Copland Cage In a Landscape Copland Piano Blues No 1 for Leo Smit AK Evans Waltz for Debby B Evans The Peace...
Scarlatti Splinters: Jed Distler Listens to Three Wholly Different Approaches to Domenico Scarlatti's Endlessly Inventive Keyboard Sonatas
David Greilsammer's previous Sony releases pitted old and new pieces against each other in surprisingly effective programmes. Here the pianist offers a similar game plan as he goes back and forth between Scarlatti sonatas and individual movements from...
Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 1-4
Scharwenka Piano Concertos Nos 1-4 Alexander Markovich pf Estonian National Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos [B] [2] CHAN10814 (140' * DDD) On the surface this Chandos release is to be welcomed for, if you had never encountered...
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos-No 1
Shostakovich Cello Concertos--No 1, Op 107; No 2, Op 126 Truls Mork vc Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Ondine (F) ODE1218-2 (64' * DDD) Truls Merk signs in at the opening of Shostakovich's First Concerto with a fine combination...
Shostakovich: Symphony No 14
Shostakovich [EC] [GP] Symphony No 14, Op 135 Gal James sop Alexander Vinogradov bar Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Naxos [S] 8 573132 (50' * DDD * T/t) However uncompromising its moral and ideological outlook,...
Sibelius from Storgards: Andrew Achenbach Listens to the Sibelius Symphonies Recorded in Manchester by John Storgards and His BBC Philharmonic Charges
Since his appointment in January 2012 as the BBC Philharmonic's principal guest conductor, John Storgards has been programming plenty of Sibelius with his new colleagues, culminating in a cycle of all seven numbered symphonies last summer in Manchester's...
Spohr: Clarinet Concertos-No 1
Spohr Clarinet Concertos--No 1, Op 26; No 2, Op 57; No 3; No 4 Maria du Toit cl Cape Philharmonic Orchestra / Arjan Tien Brilliant Classics [S] [2] 94837 (99' * DDD) Missing autographs raise problems. Three of these concertos survive only...
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky [DVD] The Rite of Spring. Capricco (a). Symphony of Psalms (b) (a) Michel Beroff pf (b) English Bach Festival Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein Video director Humphrey Burton ICA Classics [F] [DVD] ICAD5124...
'Symphonies of Wind Instruments
'Symphonies of Wind instruments Hindemith Konzertmusik, Op 41. Symphony in B flat Schoenberg Theme and Variations, Op 43a Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments Wallin Changes Royal Norwegian Navy Band / Ingar Bergby 2L [F] [2] ([SACD] + [Br])...
The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony
The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony Edited by Julian Horton Cambridge University Press, PB, 466pp, 19.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-521-71195-1 In North American conversation, 'the Symphony' is as likely to reference an orchestra...
The Scene
Andris Nelsons joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Dudamel leads an all-star Beethoven gala at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Bard Music Festival celebrates the music of Schubert LENOX, MA Tanglewood Andris Nelsons in Boston (July...
'Underwater Princess Waltz'
'Underwater Princess Waltz' 'A Collection of One-Page Pieces' by Karl H Berger, Earle Brown, Alvin Curran, Nick & Leo Didkovsky, Joel Ford, Daniel Goode, Clinton McCallum, Larry Polansky and Christian Wolff Zwerm and guests New World [F]...
Vadym Kholodenko: JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 3
Vadym Kholodenko JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 3, BWV10063 (a)--Prelude; Gavotte; Gigue Kreisler Liebesleid (a). Liebesfreud (a) Medtner Piano Sonata, 'Night Wind', Op 25 No 2 Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61--Scherzo (a) Rachmaninov...
Verdi: Don Carlo
Verdi Don Carlo Jose Carreras ten Don Carlo Mirella Freni sop Elisabetta di Valois Piero Cappuccilli bar Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa Agnes Baltsa mez Princess Eboli Ruggero Raimondi bass-bar...
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