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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1107, March

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After Mahler
After Mahler Britten, Weill, Henze and Romantic Redemption By Stephen Downes Cambridge University Press, HB, 287pp, 65 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-107-00871-7 Gustav Mahler died in 1911 but it was not until around 1960 that his music began...
'Applause Is a Receipt, Not a Bill'
The formal programme is complete, the audience is on its feet clapping and cheering and, after the second or third return to the platform to acknowledge the applause, our soloist indicates that he or she is going to play something more. A brief pantomime...
Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'
Atterberg 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2' Symphonies--No 2, Op 6; No 8, Op 48 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5133 (61' * DDD/DSD) As has been remarked in these pages before, Atterberg's early Second Symphony...
'A Violino Solo'
'A violino solo' JS Bach Partita No 2, BWV1004 Baltzar Praeludium. Allemande Biber Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas--Passacaglia Telemann Fantaisies--TWV40:15; TWV40:17; TWV40:23; TWV40:25 Vilsmayr Artificiosus concentus pro camera--Partita No 5 Westhoff...
Bantock * Coke * C Scott: Bantock Violin Sonata No 3
Bantock * Coke * C Scott Bantock Violin Sonata No 3 Coke Violin Sonata No 1 C Scott Viola Sonata Rupert Marshall-Luck vn/va Matthew Rickard pf EM Records [F] EMRCD018 (75' * DDD) The works on this disc have been shrewdly chosen. Granville...
Bellini: La Sonnambula
Bellini [EC][DVD-V][BR] La Sonnambula Shalva Mukeria ten Elvino Jessica Pratt sop Amina Giovanni Battista Parodi bass Count Rodolfo Anna Viola sop Lisa Julie Mellor mez ...
Bizet: Carmen
Bizet [DVD-V][BR] Carmen Rinat Shaham mez Carmen Dmytro Popov ten Don Jose Nicole Car sop Micaela Andrew Jones bar Escamillo Ariya Sawadivong sop ...
Brahms: Symphonies
Brahms Symphonies--No 3, Op 90 (a); No 4, Op 98 (b) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski LPO [M] LP00075 (76' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, (a) October 27, 2010; (b) May 28, 2011 'In these concerts...
Britain's Role in the Worldwide Audio Industry Is Something We Should All Celebrate: Despite the Tendency of Many to Run Down the UK Audio Industry as Being out of Touch, There's Much to Applaud in Its Continued Success
Two things struck me as 2014 started. One was the emergence of figures from Britain's leading luxury car manufacturers, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, showing they had record sales in 2013 and are still expanding, with plans to invest and take on more staff...
Britten: 'Britten to America'
Britten 'Britten to America' The Ascent of F6 (a). An American in England (b). Roman Wall Blues (c). On the Frontier (d). Where do we go from here? (e) (a) Jean Rigby, (ce) Mary Carewe mezs (a) Andrew Kennedy ten (abd) Samuel West narr (ad)...
Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Britten The Turn of the Screw Andrew Kennedy ten Prologue/Peter Quint Catherine Wyn-Rogers mez Mrs Grose Sally Matthews sop Governess Katherine Broderick sop Miss...
Bronislaw Huberman: Rob Cowan on the Deeply Rewarding Recordings of a Polish Violinist Who Played for Brahms as a Child and Went on to Found What Was to Become the Israel Philharmonic
As a 14-year-old he played Brahms's Violin Concerto to the composer, who was stunned and allegedly wanted to write a rhapsody especially for him. For his Viennese concerts at around the same time (1896), the audience included the likes of Dvorak, Mahler,...
Carr: Seven Last Words from the Cross
Carr Seven Last Words from the Cross. Air for Strings. Ave Maria. The Beatitudes of Jesus. The Cloths of Heaven William Dazeley bar Chorus Angelorum; Bath Philharmonia / Gavin Carr Stone Records [F] 5060192 780376 (70' * DDD * T) [ILLUSTRATION...
Chausson * Franck * Grieg: Chausson Poeme
Chausson * Franck * Grieg Chausson Poeme, Op 25 Franck Violin Sonata Grieg Violin Sonata No 2, Op 13 Callum Smart vn Gordon Back pf Orchid [F] ORC100040 (62' * DDD) It's always a pleasure to welcome a new voice, especially one as talented...
Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2: Pianist Ingrid Filter Talks to Rebecca Schmid about Chopin's Breakthrough Concerto
Chopin wrote only a handful of orchestral scores, all but one before his 21st birthday. Although he would quickly discover his distaste for concert life, the two piano concertos served as vehicles for a virtuoso on the path towards international fame....
Classics Reconsidered: Guy Rickards and Caroline Gill Engage in an Entertaining Discussion of the Greatness of Peter Hurford's 1970s Account of Bach's Only Passacaglia and Fugue
JS Bach Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV582 Peter Hurford org Decca [S][2] 443 4852 'Hurford comes home with a splendidly spacious and grand account of the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV582--lucid in shape and noble in conception....
Conductors Who Compose
The podium has formed a springboard for a number of conductors to launch parallel careers as composers. Gavin Dixon chooses 10 conductors whose own works are worth hearing A surprising number of conductors feel the urge to write music of their own....
Corelli: Twelve Concerti Grossi
Corelli [R] Twelve Concerti grossi, Op 6 Modo Antiquo / Federico Maria Sardelli Tactus [M] [2] TB650391 (137' * DDD) Recorded 1997. From TC650307 (9/99) Corelli's performances in Rome were sponsored by patrons such as Cardinal Ottoboni...
Delius: 'Delius in Norway'
Delius 'Delius in Norway' Norwegian Bridal Procession. Paa vidderne (On the Mountains). Songs from the Norwegian (a) --No 3, Twilight Fancies; No 7, The Bird's Story. Sleigh Ride (Winter Night). Folkeraadet (The People's Parliament). On Hearing...
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
Donizetti [DVD-V][BR] Lucrezia Borgia Renee Fleming sop Lucrezia Borgia Michael Fabiano ten Gennaro Vitalij Kowaljow bass Il Duca Alfonso Elizabeth DeShong mez Maffio Orsini Christopher Jackson...
Dukas: L'apprenti Sorcier
Dukas L'apprenti sorcier (a). Velleda (b) Polyeucte (c) (b) Chantal Santon sop (b) Julien Dran ten (b) Jean-Manuel Candenot bass-bar Les Siecles / Francois-Xavier Roth Musicales Actes Sud [F] ASM12 (56' * DDD) Recorded live at the (ab) Scuola...
Dvorak * Smetana: Dvorak Piano Trio No 4
Dvorak * Smetana Dvorak Piano Trio No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B166. Slavonic Dances, Op 46--Nos 2, 3 & 8 Smetana Piano Trio, Op 15 Dvorak Trio Supraphon [F] SU4144-2 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These young musicians' performances...
'Early & Late'
'Early & Late' Glerup objets/decalages Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Together or Not Rasmussen Accvire Traditional Brestiskvaedi. Goodnight and Farewell. Ormurin Iangi & Regin Smidur. Qivittoq Song after Jakob Dorph (Nanortalik). Three Bridal Pieces...
Elder: O Magnum Mysterium
Elder O magnum mysterium. Elegy. In Your Light. A Breathing Peace. Drumsound Rises. The Heart's Reflection. Ballade to the Moon. Star Sonnet. Lullaby. Seven Last Words from the Cross. Twinkle, twinkle little star Westminster Choir / Joe Miller...
Elgar: Symphonies
Elgar Symphonies--No 1, Op 55; No 2, Op 63 (both transc Briggs) David Briggs org Acclaim Productions [M][2] APCD4016 (120' * DDD) Played on the organ of Worcester Cathedral It is one of the idiosyncrasies of the organ repertoire. Elgar's...
Erber: Flourish
Erber Flourish. The Traces Cycle. A Small Revelation. Ein andrer Hauch Matteo Cesari fl/picc Convivium [M] CR020 (73' * DDD) In Gareth Malone's Gareth Malone's Guide To Classical Music (William Collins, 2011), Gareth Malone considers...
Erika Sunnegardh: Beethoven Fidelio
Erika Sunnegardh Beethoven Fidelio--Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin R Strauss Salome--Ah, du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund kussen lassen (a). Vier letzte Lieder Wagner Der fliegende Hollander--Wie aus der Ferne (b). Tannhauser--Dich, teure Halle;...
Faure: Dolly
Faure Dolly, Op 56 (a). Masques et bergamasques, Op 112 (a). Souvenirs de Bayreuth (a). Fantaisie, Op 79 (b). Morceau de concours (b). Sicilienne, Op 78 (b/d). Piano Trio, Op 120 (c). Apres un reve (d) Eric Le Sage pf with (a) Alexandre Tharaud...
Flute Friends: Jeremy Nicholas Meets Some Acquaintances Old and New in an International Crop of Recent Recordings of Music for Flute
On two CDs, Musica ad Rhenum (Jed Wentz, transverse flute; Job ter Haar, cello; Michael Borgstede, harpsichord and fortepiano) present all 11 of CPE Bach's sonatas for flute and basso continuo Wq123-131, 133 and 134 (Wq132 is for solo flute). As Wentz...
Franck's Violin Sonata
The violinists who came before Callum Smart--and how Gramophone rated them MARCH 1955 Franck Violin Sonata David Oistrakh vn Vladimir Jampolskij pf Columbia [LP] 33CX1201 (12in * 36s 5 1/2 d) Oistrakh plays the Franck Sonata with...
Glass: Glassworks-Opening
Glass Glassworks--Opening. The Hours. Trilogy Sonata. Metamorphosis l-V. Modern Love Waltz Jeremy Limb pf Quartz [B][2] QTZ2102 (97' * DDD) With the number of recordings of Philip Glass's piano music now well into double figures, new releases...
Grieg: Grieg Ballade, Op 24
Grieg [EC][GP] Grieg Ballade, Op 24. Lyric Pieces: Op 38--No 7, Waltz; Op 43--No 1, Butterfly; No 4, Little Bird; Op 54--No 4. Nocturne; Op 65--No 2, Peasant's Song; No 6, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. Norwegian Peasant Dances (Slitter), Op 72--No...
Grieg: Grieg Landkjenning (Land-Sighting)
Grieg Grieg Landkjenning (Land-Sighting), Op 31 (a). Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op 22--Two Choruses (a); Incidental Music (b). Olav Trygvason, Op 50--Three Scenes (c). Neupert Resignation torch Grieg) (b) (a) Malmo Chamber Choir; (a) Lund Student Singers;...
Handel: 'Your Tuneful Voice-Oratorio Arias'
Handel 'Your Tuneful Voice--Oratorio Arias' Alexander Balus--Mighty love now calls to arm. Belshazzar--Oh sacred oracles of truth. The Choice of Hercules--Yet can I hear that dulcet lay. Esther--How can I stay, when love invites; Tune your harps...
H Andriessen: 'Symphonic Works, Vol 2'
H Andriessen 'Symphonic Works, Vol 2' Symphony No 2. Ricercare. Mascherata. Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn CPO [F] CP0777 722-2 (61' * DDD) Hendrik Andriessen (father of the better-known Louis)...
Haydn: 'Ladies First!'
Haydn 'Ladies First!' L'anima del filosofo--Numi possenti, aita! ... Dove, l'amato bene? ... Del mio core il voto estremo (a). Armida--Overture. L'infedelta delusa--E la pompa un grand'imbroglio; Trinche vaine allegramente. L'isola disabitata--Overture;...
'Hommage a Trois'
'Hommage a trois' Cimarosa Il maestro di cappella--Sinfonia; Se mi danno il permesso; Ci sposeremo fra suoni e canti Haydn L'anima del filosofo--Il pensier sta negli oggetti. Armida--Teco lo guida al campo. L'isola disabitata--Chi nel cammin d'onore....
'I Am Claudio to Everyone': His Insistence That He Was on an Equal Level to His Musicians Resulted in Radiant Music-Making That Was Totally Free of Ego, Writes James Jolly in a Tribute to the Late, Great Claudio Abbado
Some conductors use rehearsals to prepare their performance in minute detail, dotting every 'i', crossing every 't', so that when the concert comes round, the musicians have few surprises and simply deliver what they've essentially been taught. Then...
'In 27 Pieces'
'In 27 Pieces' 'The Hilary Hahn Encores' Abril Third Sigh Ali-Zadeh Impulse Auerbach Speak, Memory R Barrett shade M Bates Ford's Farm B-C Lam Solitude d'automne T Davidson Blue Curve of the Earth Dorman Memory Games Du Yun When a Tiger Meets...
Ireland: 'The Complete John Ireland Songbook, Vol 1'
Ireland 'The Complete John Ireland Songbook, Vol 1' Sea Fever. The Bells of San Marie. The Vagabond. Hope the Hornblower. The East Riding. In Praise of Neptune. Here's to the Ships. Song from O'er the Hill. The Land of Lost Content. The Heart's...
JC Vogel: La Toison D'or
JC Vogel La toison d'or Marie Kalinine mez Medee Jean-Sebastien Bou bar Jason Judith Van Wanroij sop Hipsiphile Jennifer Borghi sop ...
John McCabe: Guy Rickards Surveys the Achievements of This Great Exponent of the Composer-Pianist Tradition as He Approaches His 75th Birthday
There are very few musicians like John McCabe, who celebrates his 75th birthday in April. One of Britain's finest composers in the past half-century, his prolific output covers every major genre bar grand opera (although he has written operas for children--The...
JS Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV846-893
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV846-893 Daniel-Ben Pienaar pf Avie [B] (4) AV2299 (3h 38' * DDD) JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier--Book 2, BWV870-893 Christophe Rousset hpd Aparte [M] [2] AP070 (157' * DDD) After complete...
JS Bach: 'Missae Breves-Complete Recordings'
JS Bach [R] 'Missae breves--Complete Recordings' Masses--BWV232 (1733 version) (a); BWV233 (b); BWV234 (c); BWV235 (c); BWV236 (b). Motet, 'Der Gerechte kommt um' (after Kuhnau) (c). Cantata No 118, O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht (b) Pygmalion...
'Jubilees'
'Jubilees' G Benjamin Shadowlines Cashian Six Pieces after Paintings by Ben Hartley G King Six Piano Etudes M Lindberg Piano Jubilees George King pf Odradek [F] ODRCD308 (60' * DDD) Here are four cycles of short, intelligently crafted and...
Kodaly: String Quartets
Kodaly String Quartets--No 1, Op 2; No 2, Op 10. Gavotte. Intermezzo Dante Quartet Hyperion [F] CDA67999 (67' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Kodaly's two string quartets tend to linger under the shadow of the mighty 'six pack' that his...
Ligeti: String Quartets
Ligeti [CC] String Quartets (a)--No 1, 'Metamorphoses nocturnes'; No 2. Solo Cello Sonata (b) (a) Bela Quartet (Julien Dieudegard, Frederic Aurier vns Julian Boutin va (b) Luc Dedreuil vc) Aeon [F] AECD1332 (50' * DDD) Thinking about the...
Liszt: Ad Nos
Liszt Ad nos, ad salutarem undam (arr Dupre) (ab). Orpheus (a). Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H (arr Bischof) (b). Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (arr Weiner) (b) (a) Christian Schmitt org (b) German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarbrucken &...
Lyapunov: 'Works for Piano, Vol 1'
Lyapunov 'Works for Piano, Vol 1' Valse pensive, Op 20. Tarantella, Op 25. Eight Mazurkas. Three Valse-impromptus Florian Noack pf ARS Produktion [F][SACD] ARS38132 (75' * DDD/DSD) Lyapunov Three Pieces, Op 1. Two Mazurkas, Op 9....
Maazel's London Mahler
How does Maazel's 2011 Festival Hall Mahler cycle compare with his earlier Viennese one? Rob Cowan listens to the first installment Lorin Maazel's Mahler cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic was nothing if not tonally distinctive, the Fourth and Seventh...
M-A Charpentier: Symphonies Pour Un Reposoir
M-A Charpentier Symphonies pour un reposoir, H508. Noels sur les instruments. Sonate a huit, H548 Namur Chamber Choir; Freddy Eichelberger org Les Dominos; Les Agremens / Florence Malgioire Ricercar [F] RIC338 (75' * DDD) Following her...
Mahler * Rihm: Mahler Lieder Aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
Mahler * Rihm Mahler Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'--Lob des hohen Verstandes; Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen; Revelge; Rheinlegendchen; Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht; Urlicht. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Rihm Rainer Maria Rilke: Vier Gedichte...
Mahler: Symphony No 2
Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection' Miah Persson sop Sarah Connolly mez Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra / Benjamin Zander Linn [B] [2] [SACD] CKD452 (90' * DDD/DSD * [T]/[t]) Benjamin Zander's continuing exploration of Mahler's symphonies...
Mahler: Symphony No 6
Mahler [DVD-V][BR] Symphony No 6 Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly Video director Ute Feudel Accentus [F] [DVD-V] ACC20268; [F] [BR] ACC10268 (86' +18' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS-HD MA, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live,...
Mercadante: Omaggio a Bellini
Mercadante Omaggio a Bellini: Fantasia a grande orchestra. Seconda Sinfonia caratteristica napoletana. Gran Sinfonia sopra motivi dello Stabat mater del celebre Rossini. Clarinet Concerto No 2, Op 101 (a). Garibaldi: Sinfonia a grand orchestra sopra...
Milos Karadaglic: Falla Danza del Molinero
Milos Karadaglic [EC][GP] Falla Danza del Molinero. Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez (a). Fantasia para un gentilhombre (a). Invocacion y danza MiloS Karadaglic gtr (a) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick...
Mining the Archives: Jed Distler Has Been Listening to Some Recent Large Boxed Collections
When Louis Botto founded the San Francisco-based Chanticleer in 1978, did he envision fame, fortune and increasingly eclectic repertoire beyond Baroque? To mark the 12-man vocal group's 35th anniversary, Teldec presents 14 albums in original jacket...
Monteverdi: 'Love and Loss'
Monteverdi 'Love and Loss' Merula Ciaconna Monteverdi Madrigals: Book 6--Ohime il bel viso; Sestina, 'Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata'; Zefiro torna; Book 7--Ohime, dov'e il mio ben; Book 8--Ballo, 'Volgendo il ciel ... Movete al mio...
'Monteverdi's 20-Minute Burst of Violence and Emotion: In His Search for the Ultimate Recording, Lindsay Kemp Finds Surprisingly Consistent Treatment of Il Combattimento Di Tancredi E Clorinda-The Groundbreaking Stage Work That Defies Convention
Dramatic madrigal, scena, musico-literary fling--however you care to classify Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda ('The Fight between Tancred and Clorinda'), one thing is certain: it's a one-off. First presented in 1624 at a private performance...
Mozart: 'Complete Horn Concertos'
Mozart 'Complete Horn Concertos' Horn Concertos--No 1, K412+514 (K3866); No 2, K417; No 3, K447; No 4, K495; K3706+371; Fragment, K494a Roger Montgomery hn Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Margaret Faultless vn Signum [F] SIGCD345...
Mozart: Lenozzedi Figaro
Mozart Lenozzedi Figaro Christian van Horn bass-bar Figaro Fanie Antonelou sop Susanna Andrei Bondarenko bar Count Almaviva Simone Kermes sop Countess Almaviva Mary-Ellen Nesi...
Mozart Piano Concertos: David Threasher Listens to Three New Discs of Concertos by Mozart, Including What Must Be One of Claudio Abbado's Last Recordings
A disc of Mozart piano concertos recorded in concert by Martha Argerich with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart was always going to be a delicious prospect. Hearing of Abbado's death as I write these words turns the pleasure of hearing it into something...
Naim's Record-Breaking Amp Makes a Statement: Plus the Latest Hi-Fi Launches, Including the Arrival of a New British Brand with a Familiar Look
This month I herald an outburst of excellent new amplifiers, go computer audio with Quad's Platinum DMP and Stereo amplifier, and get carried away with a little pair of speakers Naim's new amplifier might take some beating. Called Statement, it...
New Releases Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-Ray
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-ray Key: [F] Full price 11 [pounds sterling] and over [M] Medium price 8 [pounds sterling]--10.99 [pounds sterling] [B] Budget price 6 [pounds sterling]--7.99 [pounds sterling] [S] Super-budget...
Nine Centuries in 10 Discs: James Jolly on a Wide-Ranging Batch of Budget-Price Recordings from HM
A new batch of 10 Musique d'Abord discs speaks volumes of Harmonia Mundi's eclectic approach to A&R. The CDs, which retail for 6.75 [pounds sterling] (Presto Classical), come in cardboard double-gatefold sleeves with a slim booklet (no texts) housed...
Nordgren: Concerto for Clarinet
Nordgren Concerto for Clarinet, Folk Instruments and Small Orchestra, Op 14 (a). Symphony No 1, Op 20 (a) Christoffer Sundqvist cl (a) Anna-Karin Korhonen kantele (a) Ilkka Heinonen bowed hp (a) Markku Lepisto acco Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra...
'Octuorissimo'
'Octuorissimo' 'Le Maitre & l'Eleve' Golijov Last Round (a) Mellits Octet (b) Piazzolla Tango Ballet (c) Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Quartet (d). Two Pieces, Op 11 (b) (abc) Arranoa Quartet; (abd) Debussy Quartet with (a) Simon...
'Odes, Songs, Sonatas &C'
'Odes, Songs, Sonatas &c' J Clark To Myra Gunn An Occasional Ballad. Solo Sonatas--No 4; No 6 J Harris Gentle air, thou breath of lovers. Invocation Mudge Non nobis Domine Pixell An Hymn to the Supreme Being. An Invitation to the Red-Breast....
Part: 'Fur Anna Maria-Complete Piano Music'
Part 'Fur Anna Maria--Complete Piano Music' Fur Alina (four recordings). Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka. Ukuaru valss. Fur Anna Maria (two recordings). Spiegel im Spiegel (a). Pari intervallo (a). Hymn to a Great City (a). Fratres (a)....
Quad Platinum DMP/stereo: A Modern Take on Classic System Design
The Quad Platinum may have arrived in the shops relatively recently but I seem to have seen it in various forms at a number of shows for at least half a decade. I get the impression Quad did a bit of a 'finger in the wind' exercise with this line-up,...
Radigue: Naldjorlak I, II, III
Radigue Naldjorlak I, II, III Charles Curtis vc Carol Robinson, Bruno Martinez basset-hns Shiiin [F] SHIIIN3 (59' * DDD) For 30 years Eliane Radigue devoted all her energies to creating electronic music until, one epiphanic night in...
Recording of the Month: Rob Cowan Enjoys a Superb Prokofiev Piano Concerto Cycle from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
[EC] Prokofiev Complete Piano Concertos Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Chandos [M] [2] CHAN10802 (122' * DDD) You could say, with some justification, that many pianists who excel in Haydn also...
Reger: 'The Major Organ Works'
Reger 'The Major Organ Works' Reger Introduction, Variations and Fugue, Op 73. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue. Op 127. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op 56 Bach/Reger Preludes and Fugues--BWV849; BWV884 David Goode org Signum [M][2]...
'Remember Me My Deir'
'Remember me my deir' [EC][GP] 'Jacobean Songs of Love and Loss' Anonymous And will he not come again (two melodies). Ane Scottis Dance. Bonny sweet Robin. Canaries. Go from my window. Grein greus ye rasses, a Daunce. Gypsies Lilt. How should...
R Ford: Salome Fast
R Ford Salome Fast (a). Comma (b). Chain (c). Westron Wind (d). The Disk (e). Al-Fatiha (f). Liedje voor Annette (for music box) (d) Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek sop (b) Derek Bermel cl (d) Rebecca Wexler va (f) Koen Kaptijn tbn (b) Guy Livingston...
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at 125: The RCO Augments the Seven Volumes of Its Anthology Series with Collections Devoted to Its Past Chiefs
I've praised the Royal Concertgebouw's various CD anthologies many times in these pages, but now that virtually the whole series has been gathered together in a single, handsome two-tier case released to coincide with the orchestra's 125th birthday...
R Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20
R Strauss [EC][GP] Don Juan, Op 20. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28. Tod und Verklarung, Op 24 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck Reference Recordings [F] [SACD] FR707 (59' * DDD/DSD) Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh...
'Sacred Spirit of Russia'
'Sacred Spirit of Russia' [EC][GP] Anonymous Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity Chesnokov Cherubic Hymn, Op 7 No 1. Come, let us worship. Op 8 No 2. Do not cast me off in my old age, Op 40 No 5. Praise the Lord from the heavens, Op 42 No...
Schreker: Der Schatzgraber
Schreker Der Schatzgraber Raymond Very ten Elis Manuela Uhl sop Els Tijl Faveyts bass The King Graham Clark ten The Fool Gordon Gietz ten Albi Chorus of the Netherlands Opera; Netherlands Philharmonic...
Schubert: Abschied
Schubert Abschied, D475. Auf der Bruck, D853. Auf der Donau, D553. Aus Heliopolis--I, D753; II, D754. Die Gotter Griechenlands, D677. Das Heimweh, D456. Herbst, D945. Im Walde, 'Waldesnacht', D708. Der Kreuzzug, D932. Lied, 'Die Mutter Erde', D788....
Schumann: Carnaval
Schumann Carnaval, Op 9. Papillon, Op 2. Piano Sonata No 2. Op 22 Jon Nakamatsu pf Harmonia Mundi [F] HMU90 7503 (65' * DDD) Timing can sometimes be cruel. Only a couple of months ago I was blown away by Mitsuko Uchida's fiery and fearless...
Schumann * Norgard: Schumann Kreisleriana
Schumann * Norgard Schumann Kreisleriana, Op 16 Nergard Grooving. Turn. Unfolding Katrine Gislinge pf Danacord [F] DACOCD741 (63' * DDD) Katrine Gislinge's rendition of Kreisleriana is full of fantasy, poetry, and ebb and flow. So, of...
'Serenade'
'Serenade' 'Songs for Clarinet' Brahms Feldeinsamkeit, Op 86 No 2. Gestillte Sehnsucht, Op 91 No 1. Lerchengesang, Op 70 No 2 Grieg Ich liebe dich, Op 5 No 3. Peer Gynt, Op 23--Solveig's Song. Ein Traum, Op 48 No 6 Mozart Abendempfindung, K523....
Shostakovich * Schnittke: 'The Soviet Experience, Vol 4'
Shostakovich * Schnittke 'The Soviet Experience, Vol 4' Schnittke String Quartet No 3 Shostakovich String Quartets--No 13, Op 138; No 14, Op 142; No 15, Op 144 Pacifica Quartet Cedille [B] [2] CDR90000145 (104' * DDD) With so many...
S Rossi: 'Il Mantovano Hebreo'
S Rossi 'Il Mantovano Hebreo' Italian madrigals, Hebrew prayers and instrumental music Profeti della Quinta Linn [F][SACD] CKD429 (60' * DDD/DSD * [T]/[t]) Basle-based Israeli vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta were worthy winners of...
Superb Little Speakers at a Bargain Price: Bespoke Design Leads to Persuasive Performance
Time was when the UK was known as the home of the 100 [pounds sterling]-a-pair speaker. Just about every manufacturer had such a model in its range and the intense competition between them meant these bargain speakers just kept on getting better. In...
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op 20
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Op 20 James Ehnes vn Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos [F] [2] [SACD] CHSA5124 (155' * DDD/DSD) This is a lively and characterful Swan Lake from Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra....
The Artist in Portrait: We Present Two Extracts from Edward Greenfield's New Book, Portrait Gallery
Edward Greenfield has been a Gramophone contributor since 1960 and in that time has met some of the greatest classical musicians of our age, many of whom he writes about in his new book, Portrait Gallery--A Life in Classical Music. In these excerpts,...
The Changing Link between Maestros and Labels
Shortly after the death of Claudio Abbado, the Sunday Express asked me to write its main arts feature on the great maestros of the past, and how they differ from today's. The newspaper ran it over two pages: it's clearly a subject which fascinates...
The Music of Herbert Howells
The Music of Herbert Howells Edited by Phillip A Cooke and David Maw Boydell Press, HB, 382pp, 50 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84383-879-1 Herbert Howells became Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, in 1966 and it was a college...
The Scene: An Eclectic Mix Is Offered This Month, with a Festival of Minimalism, Live Silent-Film Music by a Former Member of a British Rock Band, and Mozart as Both Composer And-An Apparently 'Jazzy'-Arranger
LOS ANGELES, CA Musicians of the LA Philharmonic Minimalist Jukebox (April 5-19) The Los Angeles Philharmonic continues its Minimalist Jukebox Festival into April. This citywide festival embraces minimalism as America's greatest contribution...
Tito Gobbi: '100Th Anniversary Edition'
Tito Gobbi [H][DVD-V] '100th Anniversary Edition' Highlights from Puccini Gianni Schicchi (a). Tosca (b) Verdi Rigoletto (c) Tito Gobbi bar (c) New Philharmonia Orchestra; (a) New Symphony Orchestra; bRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward...
Van Camp: The Feasts of Fear and Agony
Van Camp The Feasts of Fear and Agony (a). Music for Three Instruments. Improvisations (a) Liesbeth Devos sop Het Collectief / Vykintas Baltakas Fuga Libera [F] FUG715 (64' * DDD) Formerly a professional violinist, the Belgian composer...
Verdi: Ernani
Verdi Ernani Neil Shicoff ten Ernani Michele Crider sop Elvira Carlos Alvarez bar Don Carlo Roberto Scandiuzzi bass Don Ruy Gomez de Silva Liliana Ciuca mez ...
Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
Verdi [DVD-V][BR] Messa da Requiem Juliana DiGiacomo sop Michelle DeYoung mez Vittorio Grigolo ten Ildebrando D'Arcangelo bass Los Angeles Master Chorale; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Dudamel Video director Michael Beyer C...
Verdi's Requiem
Three recordings that came before Gustavo Dudamel--and how Gramophone rated them SEPTEMBER 1945 Verdi Requiem Mass Sols; Orch of the Royal Opera House, Rome / Tullio Serafin HMV [LP] DB6210/19 (nine 12in * 4 [pounds sterling] 19s 2ds) ...
Vivaldi: 'Estro Armonico-Libro Secondo'
Vivaldi 'Estro armonico--Libro secondo' L'estro armonico, Op 3--No 7, RV567; No 8, RV522; No 9, RV230; No 10, RV580; No 11, RV565; No 12, RV265. Cello Concerto, RV414. Concerto for Violin and Cello, 'Il Proteo o sia il Mondo al rovescio', RV544...
Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico
Three earlier recordings of Vivaldi's concerto collection--and how Gramophone rated them APRIL 1973 Vivaldi L'estro armonico, Op 3 Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner Argo [2] [LP] ZRG733/4 (4.54 [pounds sterling]) ...
Well-Tempered Clavier
Three recordings that came before Pienaar and Rousset--and how Gramophone rated them MARCH 1955 Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier--Books 1 & 2 Rosalyn Tureck pf Brunswick [LP] AXTL1036/41 (six 12in * 10 [pounds sterling] 18s 9d) This complete...
'What Would People Do with New Encores? I'm Curious ...': Martin Cullingford Speaks to Violinist Hilary Hahn about Her Project to Commission 27 Encores from the Same Number of Composers, Breathing New Life into a Much-Misunderstood Genre
'A n encore is, for me, a sound world--a full piece in about three or four minutes that leaves the audience with a distinct impression, but doesn't erase the impression of everything they'd experienced right before. That's a tricky thing.' In disarmingly...
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