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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1099, August

A Bumper Time for New Loudspeakers: In the Past Month or Two, British Companies Have Been Busy Rolling out Loudspeaker Models
Something of a bumper time for new loudspeaker designs at the moment, with a number of British companies launching new models or upgrading current ranges to tempt the buyer. PMC, having recently announced that it has halted production of its two-way...
Agricola * Fitch: 'Colours in the Dark'
Agricola * Fitch 'Colours in the Dark' Agricola In minen Zin. De tous biens plaine. Tandernaken. Si congie prens. D.... Je ne puis plus. Cecus non judicat de coloribus. Fors seullement. Duo. Pater meus agricola est. Tout a par moy. Helas, madame...
Alfred Brendel: A Lifetime of Recording
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The pianist and one of the greatest musicians of our age reflects, in his own words, on his remarkable recording career. How did it come about, where should listeners begin in exploring his legacy--and...
Alkan: Nocturne, Op 22. Barcarolle, Op 65 No 6
Alkan Nocturne, Op 22. Barcarolle, Op 65 No 6. La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer. Op 31 No 8. Grand Sonate, 'Les quatre ages', Op 33. Esquisses, Op 63-No 1, La vision; No 4, Les cloches; No 11, Les soupirs Pascal Amoyel pf La Dolce...
... and Another Romanian Maestro
I wonder how many readers react to Constantin Silvestri's Philharmonia recording of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony (recently reissued in EMI's Silvestri 'Icon' box) as I do, generally admiring the emotive thrust of the playing but irritated by the oddly...
'An Immortal Legacy'
'An Immortal Legacy' Britten Choral Dances from Gloriana Byrd Laudibus in sanctis. This sweet and merry month of May Chilcott Tallis Canon Gibbons The Silver Swan MacMillan Strathclyde Motets--Mitte manum tuam; Sedebit Dominus Rex Morley April is...
An Imposing English Board: Fabrice Fitch Applauds Those Who Have Recorded Music from the Extraordinary Storehouse of Early English Polyphony That Is the Eton Choirbook-And (Reluctantly) Picks His Favourites
The Eton Choirbook is, quite simply, one of the most extraordinary collections of English music ever assembled. In the early 16th century there likely were many others just like it, but within a few years most were destroyed in the religious upheavals...
A Vision of Spain: Amanda Holloway Reports from a Novel Exploration of Spanish Music and Poetry in the Heart of London
Narrator Henry Goodman strolls on to the stage with a bottle of Rioja and three glasses, for himself, violinist Alexandre Da Costa and guitarist Raphael Aguirre. It's the prelude to an intoxicating, if brief, journey into Spanish culture. 'Lorca's...
Beethoven: 'A Beethoven Odyssey, Vol 1'
Beethoven 'A Beethoven Odyssey, Vol 1' Piano Sonatas--No 1, Op 2 No 1; No 3, Op 2 No 3; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57 James Brawn pf MSR Classics [F] MS1465 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Brawn begins Beethoven sonata 'odyssey'...
Beethoven * Brahms * Hayd: 'Europakonzert-The European Concert'
Beethoven * Brahms * Haydn [DVD] 'Europakonzert--The European Concert' Beethoven Symphony No 5, Op 67 Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'St Antoni Chorale', Op 56a Haydn Cello Concerto No 1, HobV11b/1 [a] Gautier Capugon vc Berlin...
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123
Beethoven [DVD-V] [Br] [CC] Missa solemnis, Op 123 Marlis Petersen sop Elisabeth Kulman contr Werner Gura ten Gerald Finley bass Netherlands Radio Choir; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Video director Joost Honselaar...
Beethoven 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3'
Beethoven 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3' Piano Sonatas-No 1, Op 2 No 1; No 2, Op 2 No 2: No 3, Op 2 No 3; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a; No 27, Op 90; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106; No 30, Op 109; No 31, Op 110; No 32, Op 111 Francois-Frederic Guy pf...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 4, Op 60
Beethoven Symphonies--No 4, Op 60 (a); No 7, Op 92 (b) Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan Philharmonia Baroque [F] PBP06 (75' * DDD) Recorded live at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA. (b) September 12-13, 2009; (a) November...
Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Op 125
Beethoven Symphony No 9, Op 125 Erin Wall sop Kendall Gladen mez William Burden ten Nathan Berg bass-bar San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas SFS Media [F][Do]. SFS0055 (7T * DDD) Recorded live at Davies Symphony...
Beethoven: 'The Complete Orchestral Works of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Vol 11
Beethoven 'The Complete Orchestral Works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Vol 11' Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Op 43. Twelve Menuets, Wo07. Twelve German Dances, Wo08 Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard Simax [M] [2] PSC1284 (102' * DDD) ...
'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 1': Britten Suite
'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 1' Britten Suite, Op 6 Ferguson Violin Sonata No 2, Op 10 Walton Violin Sonata. Two Pieces Tasmin Little vn Piers Lane pf Chandos [C] CHAN10770 (62' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First in a new British sonata series...
Britten * Shostakovich: Britten Violin Concerto, Op 15
Britten * Shostakovich Britten Violin Concerto, Op 15 Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Op 77 James Ehnes vn Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits Onyx [M] ONYX4113 (67' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Britten * J Berger Britten Violin...
Casella: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3
Casella [GC] [GP] 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3' Introduzione, Corale e Marcia, Op 57. Italia, Op 11. Symphony No 3, Op 63 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Chandos [F] CHAN10768 (70' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Third Casella disc...
'Choirbook for the Queen'
'Choirbook for the Queen' Bedford May God shield you on every step Bingham Corpus Christi Carol Burrell 0 joyful light PM Davies Advent Calendar Finnissy Sincerity Goehr Cities and thrones and powers Grier Prayer Osborne A Prayer and Two Blessings...
Debussy * Mozart * Tchaikovsky: Debussy Nocturnes-Fetes Mozart Symphony No 39
Debussy * Mozart * Tchaikovsky Debussy Nocturnes--Fetes Mozart Symphony No 39, K543 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4, Op 36 Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti ICA Classics [F] ICAD5100 (83' * NTSC * 4:3 * enhanced mono * 0) Recorded live at the...
d'Erlanger: Prelude Romantique
d'Erlanger Prelude romantique. Andante symphonique (a). Sursum corda!. Ballade (a). Concerto symphonique (b) (a) Guy Johnston vc (b) Victor Sangiorgio pf BBC Concert Orchestra / Johannes Wildner Dutton Epoch [M] CDLX7300 (79' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Dvorak * Schumann: Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 B63
Dvorak * Schumann Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 B63 Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 54 (a) Francesco Piemontesi pf BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jiri Belohlavek Naive [F] V5327 (74' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, December 1,2012 [ILLUSTRATION...
Dvorak's Piano Concerto
Three earlier recordings of this 'Cinderella' work, and how Gramophone rated them FEBRUARY 1967 Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 Rudolf Firkusny pf Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Laszlo Somogyi HMV [??] SXLP20092 (12in * 19s 4d) [ILLUSTRATION...
Empire Builder: A Theatre, a Concert Hall and Now the Budget-Breaking Opera House, Mariinsky II ... Geoffrey Norris Marvels at the Opulence of the Latest Addition to St Petersburg
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I wonder if Valery Gergiev realises that he shares a birthday with Catherine the Great? It was she as empress who gave such a fillip to the arts in Russia--particularly St Petersburg--during the last decades of the 18th century....
Excellence, Awards ... and Alfred Brendel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Appreciation of artistic excellence underpins almost everything we do here at Gramophone, though the past few months have seen our attention specially focused on exactly what that means. Our June issue's Hall of Fame celebrated...
Fairouz: Tahwidah
Fairouz Tahwidah (a). Chorale Fantasy (b). Native Informant (c). Posh (d). For Victims (e). Jebel Lebnan (f) (a) Melissa Hughes sop (d) Christopher Thompson baritenor (e) David Kravitz bar (a) David Krakauer (cl) (c) Rachel Barton Pine vn (d)...
Florian Uhlig: Debussy Fantaisie
Florian Uhlig Debussy Fantaisie Francaix Concertino Poulenc Piano Concerto Ravel Piano Concerto in G Florian Uhlig pf German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern / Pablo Gonzalez Hanssler Classic [F] CD93 302 (71' * DDD)...
French Chamber Music: Geoffrey Norris Listens to a Selection of Recent Gallic Chamber Music Recordings, Ranging from Well-Known Gems to the Newly Discovered
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] And still the Theodore Gouvy discs keep coming. Hard on the heels of CPO's selection of his symphonies, Toccata Classics now releases a programme including three serenades for flute, string quartet and double bass. Without...
From Mega-Amplifiers and Vintage Horns to Pocket-Sized Streaming: Something for Everyone at Europe's-And Maybe the World's-Leading Audio Show
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The dust has settled after the annual High End Show, organised in Munich by Germany's High End Society-and while poor weather at least made it cooler in the glass-roofed halls, and it felt like there were fewer visitors than...
Gal * Schumann: Gal Symphony No 2
Gal * Schumann Gal Symphony No 2, Op 53 Schumann Symphony No 4, Op 120 Orchestra of the Swan / Kenneth Woods Avie [F] AV2232 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Vol 3 of Avie's experimental pairing of Gal with Schumann This is the third...
Gershwin: Strike Up the Band-Overture
Gershwin Strike Up the Band--Overture. Rhapsody in Blue (a). Promenade (b). Catfish Row (b) John Fullam cl (a) Orion Weiss pf Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Naxos American Classics [S] 8 559750 (54' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Gramophone Digital Round-Up: The Digital Concert Hall: Andrew Farach-Colton Tunes in to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's Subscription-Accessed Video Archive of Every Concert in Its Season
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Streaming video has suddenly become a major force in the entertainment industry, thanks to the increased availability and affordability of high-bandwidth internet connectivity. Now vast libraries of film and television programmes...
Gramophone Reviewers
Being invited to join the panel of reviewers on Gramophone was a pretty big deal for me back in the late 1980s. I had come of age as a collector and decisions about what I might and might not buy were often based on a consensus of opinions led by Gramophone....
G Scarlatti
G Scarlatti [DVD-V] [Br] Dove e amore e gelosia Lenka Macikova sop Marquise Clarice Ales Briscein ten Count Orazio Katerina Knezikova sop ...
Guy Johnston: The Cellist on Musical Discoveries, Finding the Perfect Work-Life Balance and Riding a Tandem Bike across Holland
When the phone rang on three separate occasions early in 2012, with people asking whether I would record works by David Matthews (Dark Pastoral), Ernest Moeran (Cello Concerto) and Frederic d'Erlanger, it marked the beginning of a busy and exciting...
Handel * A Scarlatti: Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV232
Handel * A Scarlatti Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV232 A Scarlatti Dixit Dominus. Concerto No 4 (a) Elin Manahan Thomas, Esther Brazil sops Sally Bruce-Payne contr Guy Cutting ten Matthew Brook bass Choir of Queen's College, Oxford; Brook...
Handel: 'Pure Handel'
Handel [CC] 'Pure Handel' Water Music--Suite No 1, HWV348. Concerto grosso, Op 6 No 2 HWV320. Admeto--Overture. Ero e Leandro, HWV150 (a). Ah! Che troppo ineguali, HWV230 (a). II trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a--Tu del del ministro...
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Janacek [GC] [GP] Sinfonietta. The Fiddler's Child. The Ballad of Blanik. Taras Bulba Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tomas Netopil Supraphon [F] SU4131-2 (69' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The young Czech's second symphonic disc for Supraphon...
Jonas Kaufmann Moves to Sony, While Decca Gains a Soprano from South Africa
Label hopping has been on the agenda for several high profile artists in recent months, with three major signings in June alone. The big winner to emerge from the shuffle is Sony Classical, which has managed to poach Jonas Kaufmann from Decca Classics--his...
JS Bach: 'Cantatas, Vol 53'
JS Bach [GC] [GP] 'Cantatas, Vol 53' Cantatas--No 9, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her; No 97, In alien meinen Taten; No 177, Ich rut zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ Hana Blazikova sop Robin Blaze counterten Gerd Turk ten Peter Kooij bass Bach...
JS Bach Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-12
JS Bach Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-12 Jan Vogler VC Sony Classical [R][2] 88697 89257-2 (132' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Vogler's Strad and his first recording of the Suites The German-born cellist Jan Vogler is a veteran of many...
JS Bach 'The Transcriptions of Concertos by Vivaldi'
JS Bach 'The Transcriptions of Concertos by Vivaldi' Concertos-BWV972; BWV973; BWV974; BWV975; BWV976; BWV978; BWV980; BWV981 Sophie Yates hpd Chandos Chaconne [F] CHAN0796 (76' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Yates and her Garlick...
JS Bach: Three Suites, BWV1007-09 (Trans Smith)
JS Bach Three Suites, BWV1007-09 (trans Smith) Hopkinson Smith theo Naive [F] E8937 (65' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Smith records his Cello Suites transcriptions for theorbo Hopkinson Smith's complete recording of JS Bach's Sonatas...
Kalitzke
Kalitzke Die Besessenen Hendrickje van Kerckhove sop Maya Noa Frenkel mez Madame Ocholowska Leigh Melrose bar Cholawicki Benjamin Hulett...
Kempff the Magician
Recorded recitals by Wilhelm Kempff are rare enough occurrences to be notable events in themselves, but even if they weren't, a 1962 mixed recital from the Schwetzingen Festival would warrant special attention. The best is familiar Kempff territory,...
Klemperer in Concert and in the Studio: Testament's Mono Masters Have the Edge over EMI's Stereo Studio Recordings
The 40th anniversary of Otto Klemperer's death has prompted two significant series of CDs: EMI's sequence of box-sets and a fascinating series from Testament that treats us to first-time releases of radio broadcasts from the Royal Festival Hall. With...
Leopold Godowsky: The Polish-American Pianist's Biographer Jeremy Nicholas Pays Tribute to the Musician Who Was Heard at His Best Only in the Company of Friends and Colleagues
When I met the silent film actress Dagmar Godowsky at a party in the early 1970s, I asked somewhat naively if she was any relation to the pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. Her first reaction was surprise that anyone as young as I was had ever...
'Live from Lugano 2012'
'Live from Lugano 2012' [GC] [GP] Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'St Antoni Chorale', Op 56b (a) Debussy La mer (arr Griguoli) (b) Dvorak Piano Quartet No 2, Op 87 B162 (c) Mahler Piano Quartet (d) Martucci Tema con variazioni, Op 58 (e) Medtner...
Mahler * Berg: Berg Lulu Suite Mahler das Klagende Lied
Mahler * Berg [CC] Berg Lulu Suite (a) Mahler Das klagende Lied (b) (a) Anna Prohaska, (b) Dorothea Roschmann sops (b) Anna Larsson confr (b) Johan Botha ten (b) Chorus of the Vienna State Opera; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Pierre Boulez...
Mahler: Symphony No 4
Mahler [DVD-V][Blu-ray][GC][GP] Symphony No 4 Christina Landshamer op Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly Video director Henning Kasten Accentus [F] [DVD-V] ACC20257; [F] [Blu-ray] ACC10257 (6V + 16' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1...
Misunderstood Genius
He was hailed by Busoni as one of the great post-Beethoven piano composers, yet his bicentenary may well pass by unnoticed. Jeremy Nicholas argues the case for Charles-Valentin Alkan What can we do about Alkan? He was born 200 years ago on November...
Mompou: Charmes-No 6
Mompou Charmes-No 6. ... pour appeler la joie. Damunt de tu nomes les flors (trans Volodos). Dialogues-1; II. Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonrien (trans Volodos). Musica callada-No 1, Angelico; No 2, Lent; No 6. Lento; No 11, Allegretto-, No 15,...
Monteverdi
Monteverdi [DVD-V] L'incoronazione di Poppea Sonya Yoncheva sop Poppea Max Emanuel Cendc counterten Nerone Ann Hallenberg mez ...
Mozart
Mozart [DVD-V] [Br] Le nozze di Figaro Vito Priante bass Figaro Lydia Teuscher sop Susanna Audun Iversen bar Count Almaviva...
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K622
Mozart [CC] Clarinet Concerto, K622. Clarinet Quintet, K581 Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Romain Guyot cl Mirare [F] MIR183 (64' * DDD) Mozart Flute Concerto No 2, K314 (a). Clarinet Concerto, K622 (b). Bassoon Concerto, K191 (c) (a) Jacques...
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 12, K414
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 12, K414; No 13, K415; No 14, K449 Gottlieb Wallisch pf Piatti Quartet Linn [F] [SACD] CKD424 (69' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Piatti Quartet play Mozart's own concerto arrangements To maximise sales, Mozart...
Musical Revolutions: Harriet Smith Witnesses Thomas Hampson Lend His Voice to the Rebirth of an Orchestra amid Violence Erupting in Istanbul
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A lot can happen in three years. When I last visited Istanbul in early 2010, it was gearing up for its 12 months in the spotlight as a European Capital of Culture, and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra's chief conductor...
Music for Two Pianos
Of the works written for two pianos, David Threasher picks 10 recordings of the best of them, whose composers were well aware of the scintillating effects possible on a pair of instruments [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Starting in the late 18th century...
Nalen Anthoni Is Impressed by the Completion of the Belcea Quartet's Beethoven Cycle
[G] Beethoven 'The Complete String Quartets, Vol 2' String Quartets--No 3, Op 18 No 3; No 5, Op 18 No 5; No 7, Op 59 No 1; No 8, Op 59 No 2; No 10, 'Harp', Op 74; No 13, Op 130; No 15, Op 132; No 16, Op 135. Grosse Fuge, Op 133 Belcea Quartet ...
New Releases Index
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...
'Nigunim': 'Hebrew Melodies'
'Nigunim' 'Hebrew Melodies' Achron Hebrew Melody, Op 33. Two Hebrew Pieces, Op 35 Bloch Baal Shem Bonime Danse hebraique Dorman Violin Sonata No 3, 'Nigunim' J Williams Three Pieces from Schindler's List Zeitlin Eli Zion (trans Achron) Gil Shaham...
Osmo Vanska: Andrew Mellor Talks to the Finn about His Second Recording of Sibelius's Fourth
Here are some things we know about Sibelius's life in 1909. We know he'd undergone an operation to remove a tumour in his throat the year before, and been ordered to abstain from his two most steadfast companions, alcohol and tobacco. We know he'd...
Pergolesi
Pergolesi [DVD-V] [Br] La Salustia Vittorio Prato bar Marziano Serena Malfi mez Salustia Laura Polverelli mez Giulia Florin...
'Phantasmagoria': 'Danish Piano Trios'
'Phantasmagoria' 'Danish Piano Trios' Abrahamsen Traumlieder Norgard Spell Sorensen Phantasmagoria Trio Con Brio Copenhagen Dacapo [F] 8 226108 (49' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Copenhagen ensemble play piano trios by living Danes...
Philip Glass: Pwyll AP Sion on a Minimalist Whose Huge Influence Extends from the Concert Hall to the Movie Theatre and Opera House
During a recent interview about his latest opera, The Perfect American, Glass said: 'The whole idea of high and low art nobody cares about that any more.' Throughout a prolific career spanning five decades and more than 200 works, Glass has never really...
Reinventing Bach
Reinventing Bach By Paul Elie Union Books, HB, 498pp, 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-90-852639-7 The fly-leaf tells us that 'Bach--celebrated pipe organist, court composer and master of sacred music--was also a technical pioneer'. Paul...
R Strauss
R Strauss [DVD-V] [Br] Die schweigsame Frau Franz Hawlata bass Sir Morosus Monika Straube contr Housekeeper Andreas Kindschuh bar ...
Schubert: Piano Trios-No 1, D898; No 2, D929
Schubert Piano Trios--No 1, D898; No 2, D929. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (arr Hazell/Lin). Schwanengesang, D957--Standchen (arr Lin) Oliver Schnyder Trio RCA Red Seal [F] [2] 88765 44344-2 (109' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First disc...
Schubert * Schoenberg: Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht
Schubert * Schoenberg Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht (a) Schubert String Quintet, D956 Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn vns Amihai Grosz, (a) Maxim Rysanov vas Jens Peter Maintz, Torleif Thedeen vcs Decca [F] 478 3551DH (83' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op 12
Schumann Fantasiestucke, Op 12. Etudes symphoniques. Op 13. Blumenstuck, Op 19 Freddy Kempf pf BIS [F][SACD] BIS2010 (70' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imposing works for Kempf's second Schumann disc for BIS Right from the opening...
Schumann's Violin Sonatas: Three Past Recordings of the Sonatas for Violin and Piano, and How Gramophone Rated Them
MAY 1966 Schumann Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2 Christian Ferras vn Pierre Barbizet pf DG [??] SLPM138998 (12in * 32s 3d) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The two violin sonatas have never been concert-hall favourites, partly, no doubt, because...
Schumann: Violin Sonatas-No 1, Op 105
Schumann Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 105; No 2, Op 121; No 3, WoO27 Anthony Marwood vn Aleksandar Madzar pf Wigmore Hall Live [M] WHLIVE0059 (68' * DDD) Recorded live, September 19.2010, January 9 and May 15, 2011 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Marwood...
Scodanibbio: 'Reinventions'
Scodanibbio 'Reinventions' Aguado Andante Alavez Cancion mixteca JS Bach Die Kunst der Fuge--Contrapunctus I; Contrapunctus IV; Contrapunctus V Bilbao Sandunga Jimenez Cuando sale la luna Llobet El testament d'Amelia Sor Studio Tarrega Lagrima Traditional...
Sergiu Celibidache-Triumphant in Vienna
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While the ageing Klemperer earned himself a justified reputation for sleepy tempi, in later life the Romanian maverick mystic Sergiu Celibidache could sound positively catatonic. Celi's Munich Philharmonic legacy includes...
Session Report: Noseda Records Casella
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Work Casella's Third Symphony | Artists BBC Philharmonic Venue Media City UK, | Conductor Gianandrea Noseda Producer Mike George Engineer Stephen Rinker Date of session November 6, 2120 | Words Geoffrey Norris ...
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10, Op 93
Shostakovich Symphony No 10, Op 93 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons RCO Live [F] [SACD] RC013001 (53' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live, January 29, February 1 & 4, 2009 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Live 10th from 2009 on the Concertgebouw's...
Shostakovich * Weinberg: 'The Soviet Experience, Vol 3'
Shostakovich * Weinberg 'The Soviet Experience, Vol 3' Shostakovich String Quartets--No 9, Op 117; No 10, Op 118; No 11, Op 122; No 12, Op 133 Weinberg String Quartet No 6, Op 35 Pacifica Quartet Cedille [B] [2] CDR90000138 (129' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
Sibelius * Britten * Schubert: Britten Serenade for Tenor
Sibelius * Britten * Schubert Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op 31 (a) Schubert Symphony No 4, 'Tragic', D417 Sibelius Symphony No 2, Op 43 (a) Gerald English ten (a) Hermann Baumann hn Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sir John...
Sibelius: Symphonies-No 1, Op 39
Sibelius [GC][GP] Symphonies--No 1, Op 39; No 4, Op 63 Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vanska BIS [F] [SACD] BIS1996 (74' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Vanska's second Sibelius symphony cycle continues Osmo Vanska's new Sibelius cycle continues...
Sikorski * Tilbury: Sikorski Autograph
Sikorski * Tilbury Sikorski Autograph. Rondo. Zerstreutes Hinausschauen Tilbury Improvisation for Tomasz Sikorski John Tilbury pf Dux [F] DUX0917 (35' * DDD) Cardew [R] 'Piano Music 1959-70' February Piece 1959. February Piece 1960....
Sorensen: Sieben Sehnsuchte
Sorensen Sieben Sehnsiichte (a). The Masque of the Red Death. La notte (b) Rolf Hind pf (a) David Alberman vn (b) BBC Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schonwandt Dacapo [F] 8 226045 (56' * DDD) (b) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, April...
Stopford: Episcopal Jubilate
Stopford Episcopal Jubilate. Collect for the Queen. Lord's Prayer. Truro Evening Canticles. Teach me, O Lord. The Spirit of the Lord. Ave regina coelorum. Do not be afraid. Hope. Drop, drop, slow tears. For the beauty of the earth. Renaissance Jubilate....
Stravinsky: 'Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra'
Stravinsky 'Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra' Song of the Volga Boatmen. Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. Capriccio. Movements. Concerto in D. Canon (on a Russian Popular Tune) Steven Osborne pf BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra /...
Stravinsky * Debussy * Ravel: Debussy Prelude a Lapres-Midi D'un Faune
Stravinsky * Debussy * Ravel Debussy Prelude a Lapres-midi d'un faune Ravel Bolero Stravinsky The Rite of Spring Paris Opera Orchestra / Philippe Jordan Naive [F] V5332 (57' * DDD) Stravinsky [DVD-V][Blu-ray] Debussy Prelude a L'aprfes-midi d'un...
Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories
Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories By Robert Craft Naxos Books, HB, 400pp. 19.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84379-753-1 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was in April 1948 that conductor and author Robert Craft (b1923) got to know Igor Stravinsky....
'Summer Sounds, Op 1'
'Summer Sounds, Op 1' Griebling-Haigh Alegrias. Sinfonia concertante Mozart String Quartet No 14, K387 (a) Rathbun Phases Members of the Cleveland Orchestra and faculty from Kent State University; (a) Miami Quartet Kent/Blossom Music...
Sviatoslav Richter Edition: Jeremy Nicholas Listens to a Selection of Recent Discs from the Praga Digitals Label's Series Celebrating the Great Russian Pianist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each booklet informs us that 'Richter has 2550 hours of mainly live broadcast recordings to his credit'. I can believe it. Every note the great man played seems to have been captured for posterity. So for Richter collectors...
TEAC Reference 501 Series: The New System Is Nothing Less Than State-of-the-Art Audio Made Smaller
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have less space--well, at least, most of us do. As living space has contracted, so has some hi-fi equipment, packing more into ever-smaller enclosures. Denon was one of the leaders in the move to these compact components...
The Insider's Guide: Gramophone Selects August's Unmissable Musical Events
1 London, Riverside Studios Tete a Tete's Opera Festival returns with more than 100 performances of 30 new works in the theatre and on the streets. Works include composer Errollyn Warren and librettist David Poutney's first-time collaboration on...
Tom Conti: The Renowned Actor's Cherished Memories of Witnessing Gigli and Bjorling Live in Concert and Playing Flamenco Alongside Paco Pena
I grew up with classical music. My father was Italian, so of course he was an opera lover--I started on Verdi and Puccini. He had worked for a year at the Rome Opera, as a scene-shifter or something like that, and had found that great fun. When I heard...
Valen: String Quartets-No 1, Op 10; No 2, Op 13; Op O
Valen String Quartets--No 1, Op 10; No 2, Op 13; Op O. Three Poems by Goethe, Op 6 (arr Halvorsen) (a) (a) Hilde Haraldsen Sveen sop Hansa Quartet 2L [F] [SACD] + [Br] 2L089SABD (55' * DDD/DSD/DXD 352kHz/24 bit * DTS-HD MA5.1192kHz/24 bit)...
Verdi
Verdi [DVD-V] [Br] Attila Ildar Abdrazakov bass Attila Anna Markarova sop Odabella Vladislav Sulimsky bar Ezio Sergei Skorokhodov...
Villa-Lobos: Five Preludes
Villa-Lobos Five Preludes. Guitar Concerto (a). Melodia sentimental (arr Chmielarz) (b) Krzysztof Meisinger gtr (b) Andrew Haveron vn (ab) Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Jose Maria Florencio Fuga Libera [F] FUG599 (52' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
'Voyages': Monk Railroad (Travel Song) Rachmaninov Preludes-Op 23
'Voyages' Monk Railroad (Travel Song) Rachmaninov Preludes--Op 23: No 2; No 7; Op 32: No 5; No 10; No 12 Ravel Gaspard de la nuit Tao vestiges. iridescence (a) Conrad Tao pf/(a) iPad EMI [F] 934476-2 (64' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Weber
Weber Der Freischutz Christine Brewer sop Agathe Simon O'Neill ten Max Sally Matthews sop Aennchen Lars Woldt bass-bar...
Widmann: Violin Concerto
Widmann Violin Concerto (a). Antiphon. Insel der Sirenen (a) (a) Christian Tetzlaff vn Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding Ondine [F] ODE1215-2 (60' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Music by leading young German composer Widmann...
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