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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1111, July

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'A French Baroque Diva'
'A French Baroque Diva' [EC] [EG] 'Arias for Marie Fel' Fiocco Laudate pueri--Laudate pueri; A solis ortu; Alleluia Lacoste Philomele--Ah! quand reviendront nos beaux jours? Lalande Exsurgat Deus, S71--Regna terrae. Te Deum laudamus, S32--Sinfonie;...
A Mahler * G Mahler: A Mahler: Funf Lieder
A Mahler * G Mahler A Mahler Funf Lieder G Mahler Ruckert-Lieder. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Karen Cargill mezSimon Lepper pf Linn [F] [SACD] CKD453 (53' * DDD/DSD * T/t) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Glasgow-based Linn Records continues...
'American Declarations'
'American Declarations' Buck Hymn to Music Dunphy What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? R Harris Symphony for Voices Helvey Three Teasdale Madrigals--Sunset: St Louis US Kay A Lincoln Letter Lekberg Lament Paulus Stabat mater Riegger Evil...
'Amorosi Pensieri'
'Amorosi pensieri' [EC] [EG] 'Songs for the Habsburg Court' Guyot En lieux d'esbatz m'assault melancolie. Je suis amoureux d'une fille. Vous estes si doulce et benigne. L'arbre d'amour ung fruict d'amaritude. Vous perdez temps de me dire mal...
A 'Passion' for Our Time
A Child of Our Time, premiered in 1944, was Tippett's reaction to tragic events that changed the course of world history. Geraint Lewis traces the genesis of this modern classic and follows its progress on disc. Seventy-five years ago on September...
A Question of Taste: Bernstein's Late-Period Recordings Are Controversial Yet Extraordinarily Personal
Writing in Gramophone's October 1989 issue about the newly released Dvorak New World Symphony by Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic, Edward Greenfield commented that Bernstein 'convinces us for the moment that this totally still, concentrated...
Arriaga: 'The Complete String Quartets'
Arriaga 'The Complete String Quartets' Three String Quartets. Tema variado en cuarteto, Op 17 La Ritirata Glossa [F] GCD923102 (77' * DDD) Not knowing anything about this repertoire or the personality behind it, one's initial reaction...
Arthur De Greef: 'The Complete Electric Solo and Concerto Recordings-The Complete Acoustic Solo Recordings and Selected Concerto Recordings'
Arthur de Greef [EC] [GP] [H] 'The Complete Electric Solo and Concerto Recordings--The Complete Acoustic Solo Recordings and Selected Concerto Recordings' Arthur de Greet pf APR [M] [4] APR7401 (4h 25' * ADD) Recorded 1917-31 The name...
'A Thousand Thoughts'
'A Thousand Thoughts' Bey Evic Taksim Burman Mera Kuchh Saaman Johnson Dark was the night, cold was the ground Karniol Sim Sholom Mekurya Aha Gedawo Piazzolla Five Tango Sensations--Asleep Riley Cry of a Lady Sakhi Rangin Kaman (exc) Souleyman La sidounak...
'A Tribute to Oscar Peterson'
'A Tribute to Oscar Peterson' Andrew Litton pf plays Oscar Peterson improvisations BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2034 (54' * DDD/DSD) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring The Bad Plus Sony Masterworks [F] 88843 02405-2 (39' * DDD) Andrew Litton...
Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Bartok Duke Bluebeard's Castle Sir John Tomlinson bass Bluebeard Michelle DeYoung mez Judith Juliet Stevenson Narrator Philharmonia Voices; Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen Signum [F] SIGCD372...
'Beecham's Mozart
A rather different manner of contrast between a relatively young musician and his older self is afforded by Pristine Audio, which has coupled a triple-bill of Mozart symphonies (Nos 31,35 and 36) recorded in the early 1950s by the Royal Philharmonic...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3, Op 37 (a). Piano Sonatas--No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 32, Op 111 Fazil Say pf (a) Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Naive [F] V5347 (73' * DDD) Fazil Say, a pianist with a...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Beethoven [H] Piano Sonatas--No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57; No 31, Op 110; No 32, Op 111 Claudio Arrau pf ICA Classics mono [M] ICAC5122 (75' * ADD) Broadcast performances, April 5,1960 Although Claudio Arrau's Beethoven hardly lacks...
Ben Folds: The Ben Folds Five Frontman and Songwriter on the Influences Behind His Piano Concerto
I took piano lessons from the babysitter for a year when I was nine, and I got better than her pretty quickly. And at that time I was reading the music, and it was all going in a lot faster than it does now, I can tell you that! But my serious discipline...
Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2: Sensibly Priced and with an Attractive Sound, These Floorstanding Speakers Are a Fine Buy
The 600 Series speakers have been a major success for Bowers & Wilkins, one of the best-known British loudspeaker names on the worldwide audio market. B&W speakers can be found in studios worldwide, with various iterations of the 800 Series...
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
Brahms [EC] [GP] Clarinet Quintet, Op 115 [a]. Clarinet Trio, Op 114 [b]. Funf Lieder, Op 105 [c]--No 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir; No 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer. Feldeinsamkeit, Op 86 No 2 [c]. Madchenlied, Op 107 No 5 [c]. Die Mainacht,...
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Christiane Libor sop Thomas E Bauer bar Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Antoni Wit Naxos [S] 8 573061 (75' * DDD * T/t) Also available on [Br] NBD0039 A fine-sounding, sensitively paced German...
Brahms's Clarinet Quintet: Martin Frost Reveals the Secrets of Brahms's Introspective Late Masterpiece to Lindsay Kemp
'Richard Muhlfeld must have been unique,' says Martin Frost of the clarinettist for whom Brahms wrote two sonatas, a trio and a quintet. 'I'm quite sure that, besides the musicianship, the sound he produced must have been something special. I once...
Brahms's Clarinet Quintet: Three Recordings That Came before Martin Frost's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
MAY 1938 Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Op 115 Reginald Kell cl Busch Qt HMV [LP] DB3383/6 Perhaps some people may consider Mr Kell's restraint excessive, but I shall not agree with them. Where his instrument is scored for as part of the ensemble...
Brahms's Violin Sonatas: Duncan Druce Compares Four Duos in Brand New Recordings of Johannes Brahms's Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano-And More
The three Brahms sonatas have distinct, strongly differentiated characters, their variety offering a considerable challenge to performers. With Brahms there's no single, correct interpretation; his scores are full of suggestions to his players but...
Bridge * Britten: 'Reflections'
Bridge Britten 'Reflections' Bridge Viola (Cello) Sonata (arr Outram). There is a willow grows aslant a brook (arr Britten). Pensiero. Allegro appassionato Britten Reflection. Portrait No 2, 'EBB' (arr Outram). Lachrymae, Op 48. Elegy Martin...
Britten: Death in Venice
Britten [DVD-V] [Br] Death in Venice John Graham-Hall ten Gustav von Aschenbach Andrew Shore bar Travel ler/Elderly Fop/ Old Gondolier/Hotel Manager/Hotel Barber/ Leader of the Players/Voice of Dionysus Tim Mead counterten...
Britten: 'Three Suites for Cello'
Britten [DVD-V] 'Three Suites for Cello' A film by Paul Joyce Jamie Walton vc Signum [F] [SACD] SIGDVD011 Stereo * 0) The most striking thing about Jamie Walton in the interview that opens Paul Joyce's film of Benjamin Britten's three...
Britten * Weinberg: Britten: Violin Concerto, Op 15
Britten * Weinberg [EC][GP] Britten Violin Concerto, Op 15 Weinberg Violin Concerto, Op 67 Linus Roth vn Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Mihkel Kutson Challenge Classics [F] [SACD] CC72627 (63' * DDD/DSD) Weinberg's Violin...
Busch at His Best: Guild and Pristine Produce Collections That Celebrate the Artistry of Adolf Busch
When assessing the value of important reissues, the music and its performers are paramount. But in the case of three recent four-disc sets from Archiv's 'Archive' series that Jonathan Freeman-Attwood reviews in the Reissues section (see page 86) I...
Campbell: Things You Already Know
Campbell Things You Already Know Members of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Zoo Animal and Aaron & The Sea Innova [F] INNOVA860 (34' * DDD) Also available on [LP] INNOVA861 'Personal music demands personal music...
Classics Reconsidered: Harriet Smith and Rob Cowan Compare the Finer Details of Artur Schnabel's Pioneering 1932 Recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 32, Part of the First Complete Recorded Survey of the Piano Sonatas
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32, Op 111 Artur Schnabel pf EMI [S] [8] 763765-2 (10h 5' * ADD) To most of his listeners Schnabel seems one of the very first pianists of our times. His perfection of touch and his absolute control of dynamics...
'Colores'
'Colores' Bascunana Morrina Ferrer Lua de vrau Grignon Triptic C Halffter Panxolina Mompou Combat del somni--Damunt de tu nomes les flors; Aquesta nit un mateix vent; Jo et pressentia com la mar; Fes me la vida transparent Sorozabal Siete Lieder--Six...
Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande
Constant Lambert Beyond the Rio Grande By Stephen Lloyd Boydell Press, HB, 622pp, [pounds sterling]45 ISBN 978-1-84383-898-2 Perhaps Lambert's greatest mistake was to quarrel with the great impresario Serge Diaghilev, whose Ballets Russes...
Cooper: Silver Threads
Cooper Silver Threads Mellissa Hughes sop Jacob Cooper elecs Nonesuch [F] 7559 79572-1 (50' * DDD) Jacob Cooper has a simple and logical explanation for why his song-cycle Silver Threads is set for electronics and voice, as opposed to the...
Corelli: 'Church Sonatas'
Corelli 'Church Sonatas' Trio Sonatas--Op 1; Op 3 Avison Ensemble / Pavlo Beznosiuk vn Linn [M] [2] [DVD] CKD411 (147' * DDD/DSD) This double set completes the Avison Ensemble's survey of Corelli's published opuses. Both of these Roman...
Desenclos * Poulenc * Villette: Desenclos: Messe De Requiem
Desenclos * Poulenc * Villette Desendos Messe de Requiem (a). Nos autem. Salve regina Poulenc Litanies a la Vierge noire (b) Villette Attende Domine. Hymne a la Vierge. O sacrum convivium The Choir of King's College London / David Trendell with...
Donizetti: Rita (Deux Hommes et Une Femme)
Donizetti Rita (Deux hommes et une femme) Katarina Karneus mez Rita Barry Banks ten Pepe Christopher Maltman bar Gasparo Halle Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Opera Rara [F] ORC50 (73' * ODD * S/T/t) The history...
Dowland: 'My Favourite Dowland'
Dowland 'My Favourite Dowland' My Lady Hunnsdon's Puffe, P54. The Shoemaker's Wife.-A Toy, P58. La mia Barbara, P95. Sir John Smith, his Almain, P47. A Fancy, P6. Sir John Langton, his Pavin, P14. The King of Denmark, his Galliard, P40. The Frog...
D Purcell: The Judgment of Paris
D Purcell The Judgment of Paris Anna Dennis sop Venus Amy Freston sop Pallas Ciara Hendrick mez Juno Samuel Boden ten Paris Ashley Riches bar Mercury...
Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191
Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 (a). Lasst mich allein. Op 82 B157 No 1 (arr Lenehan) (b). Rondo, Op 94 B171 (b). Goin' Home (Theme from Symphony No 9, arr Fisher/Lenehan) (b). Songs my mother taught me, Op 55 B104 No 4 (arr Grunfeld) (b). Silent...
Dvorak * Smetana * Suk: Dvorak Piano Trio No 3
Dvorak * Smetana * Suk Dvorak Piano Trio No 3, Op 65 B130 Smetana Piano Trio, Op 15 Suk Elegy, Op 23 Sitkovetsky Trio BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2059 (73' * DDD) Smetana's G minor Trio has one of the grandest openings in the entire piano trio...
Elgar: Symphony No 2, Op 63
Elgar Symphony No 2, Op 63 Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Decca [F] 478 6677DH (50' * DDD) Daniel Barenboim first recorded Elgar's great E flat Symphony with the London Philharmonic in 1972 and while the intervening four decades...
'El Maestro Farinelli'
'El maestro Farinelli' CPE Bach Sinfonia, 'Fandango', Wq178 H653 Conforto La festa cinese--Overture Corradini Baile de las mascaras--exes Hasse Sinfonia, Op 5 No 6 Jommelli Periodical Overture Marcolini La diucha en la desgracia y vida campestre--Overture...
Faure: 'Works for Violin and Piano'
Faure 'Works for Violin and Piano' Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 13; No 2, Op 108. Andante, Op 75. Berceuse, Op 16. Morceau de lecture. Romance, Op 28 Daishin Kashimoto vn Eric Le Sage pf Alpha [F] ALPHA604 (68' * DDD) Daishin Kashimoto...
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Gershwin [DVD-V] [Br] Porgy and Bess Eric Owens bass-bar Porgy Laquita Mitchell sop Bess Angel Blue sop Clara Chauncey Packer ten Sportin' Life Eric Greene bar Jake...
Glerup: Divertimento [A]
Glerup Divertimento [a]. dust encapsulated--#1 (counting is OK) [b]; #2 [c]. objets/decalages [d]. Sonata in Seven Movements [e] [e] Neel Bramsnaes Teilmann pf [b] Matthias Friis-Hansen perc [d] Gaman; [ac] Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen...
Grieg * Lidholm * Sibelius: 'Nordic Cello Soul'
Grieg * Lidholm * Sibelius 'Nordic Cello Soul' Grieg Cello Sonata, Op 36. Intermezzo. Allegretto (arr from Violin Sonata, Op 45) Lidholm Four Pieces Sibelius Andantino. Andantino molto. Tempo di valse, 'Lulu Waltz'. Theme and Variations...
Handel: 'Duetti Da Camera'
Handel 'Duetti da camera' A miravi io son intento, HWV178. Beato in ver chi pu6, HWV181. Conservate, raddoppiate, HWV185. Fronda leggiera e mobile, HWV186. Langue, geme, sospira, HWV188. No, di voi non vuo' fidarmi, HWV190. Se tu non lasci amore,...
Handel: Orlando
Handel Orlando Bejun Mehta counterten Orlando Sophie Karthauser sop Angelica Kristina Hammarstrom mez Medoro Sunhaelm sop Dorinda Konstantin Wolff bass-bar Zoroastro B'Rock Orchestra Ghent /...
Henze: Symphonies-No 2; No 10
Henze Symphonies--No 2; No 10 Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Marek Janowski Wergo [F] WER6725-2 (57' * DDD) Wergo's cycle of Henze's symphonies is now done, and more complete than any rival with its inclusion of the composer's final...
Hibla Gerzmava: Bellini Norma-Overture
Hibla Gerzmava Bellini Norma--Overture; Ah! bello a me ritorna Donizetti L'elisir d'amore--Quanto amore (a). Lucia di Lammermoor--Regnava nel silenzio ... Quando rapito in estasi Mozart La clemenza di Tito--Overture. Vesperae solennes de confessore,...
High-Class In-Car Sounds Are the Naim of the Game: The Best-Sounding On-Road Sound System Has a New Home in the Latest Flying Spur
Almost 10 years have passed since work started on the 'Naim for Bentley' project, which saw the British hi-fi manufacturer partnering with the luxury car maker to design a premium in-car audio system. Having seen its development from a dusty Bentley...
High-End Hi-Fi Is Alive and Well: Top-Notch Audio Equipment Just Keeps on Coming, from Headphones to Complete Systems
As I explain in this month's Audio Essay (page 119), it only took one day to reassure me that the market for high-quality, high-end audio equipment apparently remains viable enough for manufacturers to invest in research and development. To spend the...
'House of Dreams'
'House of Dreams' [DVD-V] Featuring excerpts from works by JS Bach, Handel, Marais, Purcell, Sweelinck, Telemann and Vivaldi Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Jeanne Lamon vn Tafelmusik Media [M] [2] (CD + [DVD-V]) TMK1020DVDCD (72' + 90' * DDD...
Impressions of War
It's easy enough to see how music written during and in the aftermath of the First World War may have been shaped by the horrors witnessed, but when it comes to exploring pieces written in the lead-up to hostilities, we must, warns Philip Clark, resist...
Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!-A Memoir
Jessye Norman Stand Up Straight and Sing!--A Memoir Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HB, 336pp, [pounds sterling] 20 ISBN 978-0-544-00340-8 Jessye Norman was born in into a class that was, to America's eternal shame, subject to the Jim Crow laws...
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood on an Archiv Archive Revival and Philip Clark on a Mega-Bernstein Box: Ancient and Modern-Ish: Three Classic Collections of Early Music Return to the Catalogue
The birth of 'early music' is measured by many defining staging posts, according to where you're from and who you are. Yet DG's distinctive place in the heart of post-war collectors as the most blue-blooded of phonographic dispensers, for the culturally...
JS Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232
JS Bach [DVD-V] [Br] Mass in B minor, BWV232 Reglint Buhler sop Susanne Krumbiegel mez Susanne Langner contr Martin Lattke ten Markus Flaig bass St Thomas's Choir, Leipzig: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Georg Christoph Biller Accentus [F] [DVD-V]...
JS Bach * Mozart: 'Adagios and Fugues'
JS Bach * Mozart 'Adagios and Fugues' JS Bach/Mozart Adagio and Fugue, K405/3 (after BWV878). Larghetto cantabile and Fugue, K405/5 (after BWV874). Prelude and Fugue, K405/4 (after BWV877) JS Bach/Anonymous Adagio and Fugue (after BWV849--two...
JS Bach * Schelle: JS Bach: Cantatas-No 44
JS Bach * Schelle JS Bach Cantatas--No 44, Sie werden euch in den Bann tun; No 48, Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen; No 73, Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir; No 109, Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilt meinem Unglauben Schelle Komm, Jesu,...
JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites
JS Bach [EC] [GP] Solo Cello Suites (arr for viola)-No 2, BWV1008; No 3, BWV1009; No 6, BWV1012 Maxim Rysanov va BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2033 (65' * DDD/DSD) Finally, the Ukrainian viola player Maxim Rysanov has completed his collection of JS...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 Julian Pregardien ten Evangelist Karl-Magnus Frediksson bar Christus Karina Gauvin sop Gerhild Romberger mez Maximilian Schmitt ten Michael Nagy bar Regensburg Cathedral Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus; Concerto...
JS Bach: Three Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Harpsichord
JS Bach Three Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord, BWV1027-1029. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No 6, BWV1019 Marianne Muller va da gamba Francoise Lengelie hpd Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT340 (71' * DDD) Repeated listening...
Julius Katchen: Beethoven Rondo a Capriccio, 'Rage over a Lost Penny', Op 129
Julius Katchen [H] Beethoven Rondo a capriccio, 'Rage over a lost penny', Op 129. Variations on an Original Theme, W0O8O Brahms Piano Pieces--Op 116; Op 118. Scherzo, Op 4 Chopin Ballade No 3, Op 47 Berceuse, Op 57. Nocturnes--No 2, Op 9 No 2; No...
Krauze: Fete Galante et Pastorale
Krauze Fete galante et pastorale (a). Piano Concerto No 1 (b). Suite de danses et de chansons (c). Violin Concerto (d) (d) Konstanty Andrzej Kulka vn (b) Zygmunt Krauze pf (c) Elzbieta Chojnacka hpd (a) Music Workshop; (ac) Polish Radio...
'Le Jardin De Monsieur Rameau'
'Le jardin de Monsieur Rameau' 'A wander through the heart of French vocal art from the Enlightenment' With music from operas by Campra, Dau vergne, Gluck, Grandval, Monteclair and Rameau Daniela Skorka sop Emilie Renard mez Benedetta Mazzucato...
'Love Duets'
'Love Duets' Bernstein West Side Story--One hand, one heart Donizetti L'elisir d'amore--Caro elisir! ... Esulti pur la barbara Forrest Kismet--And this is my beloved Gounod Faust--II se fait tard! Adieu! Loesser Guys and Dolls--I'll Know Mascagni...
Mahler * Strauss: Mahler: Piano Quartet
Mahler * Strauss Mahler Piano Quartet. Erinnerung [a]. Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen [a] R Strauss Piano Quartet, Op 13. Acht Lieder aus letzte Blatter [a], Op 10--No 1, Zueignung; No 3, Die Nacht; No 8, Allerseelen. Vier Lieder [a],...
Mancini: 'Solos for a Flute'
Mancini 'Solos for a Flute' Recorder Sonatas--No 1; No 2; No 4; No 5; No 6; No 10; No 11; No 12 Gwyn Roberts recs/fl Tempesta di Mare Chandos Chaconne [F] CHAN0801 (68' * DDD) Francesco Mancini (1672-1737) spent all of his working...
Marttinen: Violin Concerto
Marttinen Violin Concerto, Op 13 MV63 (a). Phantasy, Op 154 MV84 (b). Piano Concerto No 1, 'Concerto classico', Op 154 MV65 (c) (a) Philippe Graff in vn (b) Marko Ylonen vc (c) Ralph Van Raat pf (ac) Turku Philharmonic Orchestra / Ari Rasilainen;...
Master Marriner
The founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is returning to the Proms at the grand old age of 90. James Jolly meets the still-sprightly Sir Neville to discover the secret of his ensemble's unique sound as well as its stylistic approach to...
Mendelssohn: String Quartets-No 2, Op 13
Mendelssohn String Quartets--No 2, Op 13; No 3, Op 44 No 1; No 6, Op 80 Artemis Quartet Erato [B] [2] 2564 63669-0 (88' * DDD) Four notes--G sharp, A, F natural and E--opening Beethoven's A minor Quartet, Op 132, must have intrigued Mendelssohn;...
Modernist String Quartets: Philip Clark Listens to New Recordings of String Quartets by Three of the Most Outspoken and Influential Modernists of Our Times
Paul Desmond, the great jazz saxophonist, once was asked by a doting fan desperate to engage him in conversation, 'but how many of there are you in the quartet?'--a question which might have been better directed at the composers under discussion here,...
'Mortale, Che Pensi?'
'Mortale, che pensi?' 'Reliquie di Roma, Vol 3' Anonymous A pie del sanguinoso tronco Carissimi Deh, memoria. Jephte--Plorate, filli Israel Leone Sonata XXIX terzo tono Marazzoli Lamento d'Armida Mazzocchi Dialogi e sonetti--Lagrime amare;...
Mozart [EC][GP]: Piano Concertos-No 18, K456; No 22, K482
Mozart [EC][GP] Piano Concertos--No 18, K456; No 22, K482 Ronald Brautigam fp Cologne Academy / Michael Alexander Widens BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2044 (60' * DDD/DSD) In a letter to his daughter Nannerl, Leopold Mozart expressed his pleasure...
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 14, K449
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 14, K449; No 27, K595. Rondo, K382 Ingrid Jacoby pf Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner ICA Classics [M] ICAC5125 (67' * DDD) Ingrid Jacoby pairs two of Mozart's most delectable concertos...
Myung-Whun Chung: Beethoven: Bagatelle, 'Fur Elise'
Myung-Whun Chung Beethoven Bagatelle, 'Fur Elise', Wo059 Chopin Nocturnes--No 8, Op 27 No 2; No 20, Op posth Debussy Suite bergamasque--Clair de lune Mozart Variations on 'Ah! vous dirai-je, maman', K265 Schubert Impromptus, D899--No 2; No 3 Schumann...
New English Choral Music: Adrian Edwards Listens to New Works Large and Small That Build on Britain's Choral Tradition and Long-Standing Sense of Musical Spirituality
'Voices of Exile', reissued by Nimbus Alliance, is the main work in this survey of choral and vocal music V by English composers. Richard Blackford has a penchant for highlighting events from recent history: the musical King, based on the life of Martin...
New Release 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 10 [pounds sterling] and over [M] Medium price 7.76 [pounds sterling]--9.99 [pounds sterling] [B] Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling] -775 [pounds sterling] [S]...
Nyman: 'Chasing Pianos'
Nyman 'Chasing Pianos' Music from Carrington, The Claim, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Draughtsman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers, The End of the Affair, Gattaca, Man with a Movie Camera, The Piano, Wonderland and A Zed and Two Noughts Valentina...
O'Connell: Four Orchestral Pieces
O'Connell Four Orchestral Pieces. North. Symphony RTF National Symphony Orchestra / Gavin Maloney RTF Lyric FM [F] CD144 (78' * DDD) Kevin O'Connell (b1958) is a Northern Irish composer, resident since 1997 in Dublin. The three orchestral...
'Pace Mio Dio'
'Pace mio Dio' Catalani La Wally--Ebben? Ne andro lontana Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur--lo son l'umile ancella Leoncavallo Pagliacci--Qual fiamma avea nel guardo! ... Hui! Stridono lassu Puccini Gianni Schicchi--O mio babbino caro. Madama Butterfly...
Panufnik: Bassoon Concerto
Panufnik Bassoon Concerto (a). Symphony No 9, 'Sinfonia di speranza' (a) Robert Thompson bn BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andrzej Panufnik Heritage [M] HTGCD266 (67' * DDD) Recorded 1987 Marking the centenary of Sir Andrzej Panufnik's...
Pierre Monteux: Nalen Anthoni Profiles the French-Born American Conductor Who at the Age of 86 Secured a Principal-Conductorship and Worked Successfully Right Up until His Death
Boggle your mind. An 86-year old stipulates a 25-year contract with a 25-year option. And he gets it. The London Symphony Orchestra is honoured to appoint Pierre Monteux as its principal conductor, on his own terms. This was 1961, climaxing a gestation...
Purcell * Morley: 'A Purcell Collection'
Purcell * Morley 'A Purcell Collection' Morley Second Dirge Anthem Purcell Dido and Aeneas--To the hills and the vales. Dioclesian--Behold, 0 mightiest of gods. King Arthur--Fairest isle; Flow happy the lover; What power art thou?. The Tempest--Full...
Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op 37
Rachmaninov Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op 37. The Theotokos Netherlands Radio Choir / Kaspars Putnins BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2039 (60' * DDD/DSD) It seems these days as though every self-respecting chamber choir is keen to record Rachmaninov's monumental...
Recording of the Month: Andrew Achenbach Listens to a Walton Pairing That Compares with the Composer's Own Recordings
[EC] Walton Violin Concerto (a). Symphony No 1 (a) Tasmin Little vn BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5136 (77' * DDD/DSD) Edward Gardner presides over blisteringly eloquent and splendidly unbuttoned accounts...
Rossini: Otello
Rossini [EC] [DVD-V] [Br] Otello John Osborn ten Otello Cecilia Bartoli mez Desdemona Peter Kalman bar Elmiro Balberigo Edgardo Rocha ten lago Liliana Nikiteanu mez ...
Royer: Pyrrhus
Royer Pyrrhus Alain Buet bass Pyrrhus Jeffrey Thompson ten Acamas Emmanuellede Negri sop Polyxfene Nicole Dubrovitch sop Ismene Guillemette Laurens mez Eriphile...
R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 30. Don Juan, Op 20
R Strauss [EC][GP] Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30. Don Juan, Op 20. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons Orfeo [F] C878141A (66' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, September...
R Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20
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R Strauss: 'Notturno'
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Schubert: Piano Sonatas
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Shostakovich Symphonies--No 1, Op 10 (a); No 15, Op 141 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth BIS [F] [SACD] BIS1643 (79' * DDD/DSD) From (a) BIS-SACD1603 (9/12) Mark Wigglesworth has an excellent nose for this...
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Celebrating His 80th Birthday This Year, the Master of the Queen's Music Shows No Sign of Slowing Down
There are whole books to be compiled about the extraordinary diversity of the music written by British composers born during the 1930s; Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Nicholas Maw, Cornelius Cardew, Gordon Crosse, Jonathan...
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Stravinsky Oedipus rex. Apollon musagete Stuart Skelton ten Oedipus Jennifer Johnston mez Jocasta Gidon Saks bass-bar Creon David Shipley bass Tiresias Benedict Quirkefen Shepherd Alexander Ashworth bar Messenger...
Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex: Three Oedipus Recordings That Came before Gardiner's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
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The Art of Melancholy: Dowland All Ye
The Art of Melancholy Dowland All ye, whom Love or Fortune hath betray'd. Behold a wonder here. Burst forth my tears. Can she excuse my wrongs?. Come again, sweet love doth now invite. Come away, come, sweet love. Come heavy sleep. Flow my teares....
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