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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1113, September

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Abbado on DVD: Peter Quantrill Watches Three Filmed Concerts Including What Was to Prove One of the Italian Maestro's Final Appearances
For what proved to be his last pair of concert programmes, Claudio Abbado placed in telling combination five Austro-German tragedies: an unquiet way to say goodbye--and he was mortally ill by then--yet rejuvenated by new thought and work. He found...
A Bel Canto Opera for the Violin
Paganini's Violin Concerto No 1 juxtaposes lyrical cantilenas against passages of breathtaking virtuosity, making huge demands on any soloist who dares to take it on. Jeremy Nicholas surveys the recordings and different versions of the work available,...
Alkan: 'The Complete Vianna Da Motta Transcriptions'
Alkan 'The Complete Vianna da Motta Transcriptions' Huit Prieres. Nine Preludes (a). Benedictus, Op 54 (a) Vincenzo Maltempo, 'Emanuele Delucchi pfs Toccata Classics [F] T0CC0237 (84' * DDD) I have yet to come across a masterpiece for the pedal...
'An Italian in Paris'
'An Italian in Paris' Bartolotti Chaconne M-A Charpentier Sonata in C for Eight Instruments Clerambault Chaconne in D F Couperin La Pucelle Duval Suite in G Jacquet de la Guerre Sonata No 4 Lully Chaconne Marais Prelude in E minor Rebel Violin Sonata...
'A Quattro Cori': Benevoli Missa in Diluvio Aquarum Multarum
'A quattro cori' Benevoli Missa In diluvio aquarum multarum (a) CFC Fasch Missa a 16 voci in quattro cori (b) Mendelssohn Hora est (a) NDR Choir / Philipp Ahmann with Christoph Harer vc Barbara Messmer won (a) Dennis Gotte theo (a) Klaus Eichhorn,...
Augusta Read Thomas: This Composer's Career May Have Been Spent in Teaching but Her Music Is Hardly Staid and Academic
American classical music this past quarter-century has been dominated by the minimalist aesthetic that came to the fore as a reaction against the modernist thinking which had previously held sway. Currently it represents a virtual lingua franca in...
'Balkan Fever'
'Balkan Fever' Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Op 11 No 1. Balkan Music and Trio Improvisations (a) MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kristjan Jarvi with Theodosii Spassov kaval Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic gtrs Naive [F] V5395 (76' *...
'Ballet Music'
'Ballet Music' Busoni Tanz-Walzer, Op 53 Korngold Straussiana Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1, 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke', S514 Schreker Ein Tanzspiel R Strauss Der Rosenkavalier--Waltz Sequence No 1. Salome--Dance of the Seven Veils Suisse Romande...
Becoming Bavouzet: Harriet Smith Meets the Gregarious Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to Talk about His New Recording of Haydn's Piano Concertos, Including Some Rather Provocative Cadenzas
For an era when musicians seem to be expected to emerge fully formed straight from the womb of the conservatoire, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is a striking example of an artist who simply grows and grows. For many, it was his recording of Ravel's complete...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73--original version (a); solo piano version (arr Katsaris) Cyprien Katsaris pf (a) Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner Piano21 [F] P21 051N (76' * DDD) This is a Beethoven Fifth...
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 1-9
Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1-9 Soloists; Vienna Singverein; Berlin PO / Karajan DG [M] [6] (incl 1 Blu-ray audio disc) 479 3442 This is easily the finest Ninth we have yet had in stereo ... The first movement is fiercely Toscaninian, but...
Belohlavek's Dvorak: Rob Cowan Listens to a New Six-Disc Set Containing the Czech Conductor's Latest Take on the Complete Symphonies and Concertos
Quite aside from a wealth of illuminating detail and an empathetic approach to Dvorak's symphonic oeuvre overall, the crowning virtue of this set is in the way it relates the composer's artistic growth. Jiri Belohlavek focuses the precise character...
Berenson: 'Lumen-Chamber Works'
Berenson 'Lumen--Chamber Works' String Quartets--No 1; No 3. Transpersonal, jnana--8; 10; 13; 18. Late 20th Century Stomp. Emotional Idiot. Prose Surrealism. Very soon mankind will no longer be a useless passion (Broadway melody of 1996). Rainer...
Berlioz: La Captive
Berlioz La captive, Op 12. Herminie. La mort de Cleopatre Lisa Larsson sop Het Gelders Orkest / Antonello Manacorda Challenge Classics [F] [SACD] CC72639 (48' * DDD) The trend towards casting Berlioz with lighter voices, often with...
Biber: Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas
Biber [G] [G2] Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch vn Battalia Ondine [R] [C] ODE1243-2D (125' * DDD) Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's so-called Mystery Sonatas are the best-known works of a composer superficially remembered...
Bigham: Culebra (A)-Part 1 (IMRM)
Bigham Culebra (a)--Part 1 (IMRM); Part 2. An Caisteal (b). Glenfinglas (b). Sail Mhor (b). Portsonachan (b). The Auld Hoose (c). Caller Herrin' (c). Will he no come back again (c). The 100 Pipers (c). The Rowan Tree (c) (a) Polish National Radio...
Bjornstad: Sunrise
Bjornstad Sunrise Kari Bremnes voc Matias Bjornstad alto sax Aage Kvalbein vc Bjorn Kjellemyr db Ketil Bjornstad pf Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen perc Oslo Chamber Choir / Egil Fossum ECM [F] 374 5479 (79' * DDD) At a time when both Freudian...
B Lang: The Anatomy of Disaster (Monadologie IX)
B Lang The Anatomy of Disaster (Monadologie IX) Arditti Quartet Winter & Winter [F] 910 217-2 (68' * DDD) In the May 2014 issue of Gramophone, I recommended you check out Bernhard Lang's Monadologie XII--the vocabulary of big-band jazz...
Borup-Jorgensen: 'The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jorgensen'
Borup-Jorgensen 'The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jorgensen' Solo, Op 88 (a). Music for Percussion and Viola, Op 18 (b). La primavera, Op 973. Periphrasis, Op 156 (d). Winter Music, Op 113.1 (e) (d) Michala Petri rec (b) Tim Frederiksen perc...
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra: Balakirev: Islamey
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra Balakirev Islamey torch Lyapunov) Erkin Kocecke Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches, Op 10--No 2, In a Village; No 4, Procession of the Sardar Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade, Op 35 Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic...
Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38
Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99. Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (a) (a) Michael Collins cl Paul Watkins vc Ian Brown pf Chandos [F] CHAN10825 (81' * DDD) Non-committed beginnings, and a whiff of detachment pervades the first movement...
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Sally Matthews sop Christopher Maltman bar London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Valery Gergiev LSO Live [M] [SACD] LS00748 (64' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, March 30 & 31, 2013...
Bruckner's Symphony No 2: Three Recordings That Came before Giulini's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
SEPTEMBER 1961 Bruckner Symphony No 2 Linz Bruckner Symphony Orchestra / Georg Ludwig Jochum Saga (*) XID5102/3 (two 12in * 42s) The performance by the orchestra of Bruckner's home town has some roughnesses but in general seems to me...
Bruckner: Symphony No 9
Bruckner Symphony No 9 (ed Nowak) Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado DG [F] 479 3441GH (63' * DDD) Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL Lucerne, August 21-26, 2013 Most of the differences between this Bruckner Ninth Symphony, which...
Busoni * R Strauss: The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 16'
Busoni * R Strauss 'The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 16' Beethoven Missa solemnis, Op 123--Benedictus (arr Busoni) Busoni Violin Concerto, Op 35a R Strauss Violin Concerto, Op 8 Tanja Becker-Bender vn BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra...
Cambridge Audio Azur 851E and 851W: Mighty Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Fly in the Face of Fashion to Good Effect
The audio industry is as prone to fashion as any other. A few companies launch standalone DACs with computer inputs, and before you know it everyone is offering them; and right now we're seeing an explosion of multiroom audio systems on the coat-tails...
Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphee Aux Enfers
Charpentier [GC] [GP] La descente d'Orphee aux enfers Aaron Sheehan ten Orphee Amanda Forsythe sop Euridice Douglas Williams bass-bar Pluton Dorothee Mields sop Proserpine/Enone Jesse Blumberg...
Chopin: Piano Concertos-No 1
Chopin Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 11; No 2, Op 21 Nikolai Lugansky pf Sinfonia Varsovia / Alexander Vedernikov Ambroisie [F] AM212 (72' * DDD) Chopin's two oft-recorded piano concertos are here presented in the order of their composition...
Chopin * Tchaikovsky: Chopin Piano Concerto No 1
Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23 Ingolf Wunder pf St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy DG [F] 479 0670GH (73' * DDD) Recorded live at St Petersburg's White Nights, June 2012...
Church Choirs of Britain
Adrian Edwards listens to a selection of recent recordings from cathedral and college choirs of varying configurations These seven recordings can be neatly divided into composer-led discs and mixed-repertoire CDs. The disc by the Chapel Choir of...
'Concertos Parlando'
'Concertos Parlando' Dvarionas Pezzo elegiaco, 'By the Lake' (a) Shchedrin Concerto Parlando (b) Prokofiev Five Melodies, Op 35bis torch Prokofiev/Shchedrin) (a) Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op 35a Philippe Graffin vn (b) Martin Hurrell tpt (b)...
Delbos * Messiaen:. 'Pour Mi'
Delbos * Messiaen 'Pour Mi' Delbos L'ame en bourgeon Messiaen Poemes pour Mi. Trois Melodies Liv Elise Nordskog sop Signe Bakke pf LAWO Classics [F] [SACD] LWC1051 (52' * DDD/DSD * T) Messiaen's song-cycle Poemes pour Mi and his first...
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Donizetti [DVD-V] [Br] Don Pasquale Alessandro Corbelli bar Don Pasquale Nikolay Borchev bar Dr Malatesta Alek Shrader ten Ernesto Danielle de Niese sop Norina James Platt bass...
'Full Well She Sang': 'Women's Music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance'
'Full Well She Sang' 'Women's Music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance' Anonymous Casta catholica. Je vous pri. La Quarte Estampie Royal. And I were a maiden. John come kiss me now. Puer nobis nascitur. The Queine of Ingland's Paven. St Thomas...
Gluck: 'Opera Arias'
Gluck 'Opera Arias' Antigono--Quercia annosa sull'erte pendici. Le cinesi--Son lungi e non mi brami. La contesa de' numi--Qual ira intempestiva ... Oggi per me non sudi. Ezio--Se povero il ruscello. Ipermestra--Non hai cor per un'impresa. Iphigenie...
Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice
Gluck [GC] [DVD-V] [Br] Orfeo ed Euridice Bejun Mehta counterten Orfeo Eva Liebau sop Euridice Regula Muhlemann sop Amore Collegium Vocale 1704; Collegium 1704 / Vaclav Luks A film by Ondrej Havelka...
Goves: 'Just Stuff People Do'
Goves 'Just stuff people do' Trends in personal relationships (a), the terminus wreck (b). Things that are blue, things that are white and things that are black (c) (b) Oliver Coates vc (c) Sarah Nicolls pf (c) Sound Intermedia; (a)(c) London...
Gramophone Talks to ... Nancy Dahn: Duo Concertante's Violinist Tells of a Meeting of Minds in the Kreutzer
Some say that the early Op 12 sonatas are unnatural and uningratiating for violinists ... They are awkward in places (for me at least!) and it's partly because Beethoven uses the low register so often; you need to work more in order to project over...
Gregson: Aztec Dances
Gregson Aztec Dances (a). Concerto for Orchestra. Dream Song. Horn Concerto (b) (a) Wissam Boustany fl (b) Richard Watkins hn BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Bramweli Tovey Chandos [F] CHAN10822 (75' * DDD) Edward Gregson has a formidable...
Handel: Jephtha, HWV70
Handel Jephtha, HWV70 Sophie Bevan, Grace Davidson sops Susan Bickley mez Robin Blaze counterten James Gilchrist ten Matthew Brook bass The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro [F] [3] COR16121 (176' * DDD) Jephtha (1752) dramatises...
Handel's Last, Great Oratorio: Harry Christophers Talks to Lindsay Kemp about the Drama of Jephtha
It's no wonder Jephtha is considered probably Handel's I finest oratorio,' says Harry Christophers. 'He always had A this insight into character and personality, an ability to dig a little deeper, and there are parts of Jephtha's character that are...
Harp Fantasies: Jeremy Nicholas Listens to Four Discs on Which Four Harpists Explore the History and Reach of Their Enigmatic Instrument
Margret Koll is one of today's foremost historical harp exponents. Her mission on 'L'arpa di Partenope' is to introduce us to early Baroque harp music from Naples. May I suggest that, for those of us unfamiliar with 16th-century Neopolitan harp music...
Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten, HobXXI/3
Haydn [GC] [GP] Die Jahreszeiten, HobXXI/3 Christina Landshamer sop Maximilian Schmitt ten Florian Boesch bass Collegium Vocale Gent; Champs-Elysees Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe PHI [M] [2] LPH013 (129' * DDD * T/t) Haydn's glorious...
Haydn: Keyboard Concertos
Haydn [G][G2] Keyboard Concertos-- HobVIII/3; HobVIII/4; HobVIII/11 Jean-Efflam Bavouzetpf Manchester Camerata / Gabor Takacs-Nagy Chandos [F] CHAN10808 (61' * DDD) Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has proved himself one of today's leading Haydn...
Haydn: The Creation (Sung in English)
Haydn The Creation (sung in English) Ida Falk Winland sop Andrew Staples ten Robert Davies bar David Stout bass-bar Musica Saeculorum / Philipp von Steinaecker Fra Bernardo [M] [2] FB1301272 (102' * DDD) For obvious commercial reasons,...
Haydn: 'The London Sonatas'
Haydn 'The London Sonatas' Keyboard Sonatas--No 59, HobXVI/49; No 60, HobXVI/50; No 61, HobXVI/51; No 62, HobXVI/52. Sonata (un piccolo divertimento: Variations), HobXVII/6 Gottlieb Wallischof Linn [F] [SACD] CKD464 (75' * DDD/DSD) There's something...
'Homecoming'
'Homecoming' 'A Scottish Fantasy' Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Op 46 (a) Burns Ae fond kiss (a). Auld lang syne (a). Loch Lomond (a). My love is like a red, red rose (a) Cunningham Aberlady (b). The gentle light that wakes me (b) Skinner The Dean...
'Horizon 5'
'Horizon 5' Anonymous Hodie puer nascitur torch MacMillan) (a). Glanert Insomnium (b). Rijnvos Antarctique (c). Saariaho Circle Map (d). deVries Providence (e) (d) Arshia Cont spkr (a) Huelgas Ensemble/ Paul Van Nevel; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra...
Howells: 'The Complete Works for Violin and Piano'
Howells 'The Complete Works for Violin and Piano' Violin Sonatas--B minor (1911); No 1. Op 18; No 2, Op 26; No 3. Op 38. Cradle Song, Op 9 No 1. Country Tune. Lento, assai espressivo. Slow Air. Three Pieces, Op 28 Rupert Marshall-Luck vn Matthew...
James Rhodes: '5'
James Rhodes '5' JS Bach Partita No 1, BWV825 Beethoven Piano Sonata No 15, 'Pastoral', Op 28 Chopin Ballade No 3, Op 47. Scherzo No 2, Op 31 Gluck/Sgambati Orfeo Melody Schumann/Liszt Fruhlingsnacht, S568 James Rhodes pf Instrumental/Signum...
Jilly Cooper: The Writer of the Racing Set Has Always Loved Music, and Her Novel Appassionata Features a Voluptuous Violinist and an Evil Conductor
My father played the violin beautifully, and he also played the piano. My mother played the piano a bit so we had a lot of singing around the piano. I was taken constantly to the Winter Gardens as we lived near Ilkley. Amazing musicians like Denis...
Joncieres: Dimitri
Joncieres Dimitri Philippine Talbot ten Dimitri Gabrielle Philiponet sop Marina Nora Gubisch mez Marpha Andrew Foster-Williams bass-bar Le Comte de Lusace Jennifer Borghi sop ...
JS Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier-Book 1
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier--Book 1, BWV846-869 Pierre-Laurent Aimard pf DG [F][2] 479 2784GH2 (113' * DDD) As I've become better acquainted with it I've warmed to this recording, a little, but I know I shan't often be revisiting it. How...
JS Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge
JS Bach Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080 Cedric Pescia pf Aeon [M] [2] AECD1333 (99' * DDD) In his debut Goldberg Variations (Claves, 5/05), Cedric Pescia's pianistically oriented Bach-playing was vital and direct. It's now self-aware and pretentious....
JS Bach: Schubler Chorales
JS Bach Schubler Chorales, BWV645-650. Eighteen Chorales, 'Leipzig Chorales', BWV651-668. Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch', BWV769 KSre Nordstoga org LAWO Classics [F][2][SACD] LWC1056 (13V * DDD/DSD). Played on the Schnitger organ of the...
Kempff Plays Brahms
Eloquence has also placed us in its debt by reissuing the complete run of solo Brahms recordings that Wilhelm Kempff made for Decca in the early 1950s, adding a fluent set of Handel Variations, a rather tightlipped stereo account of the great F minor...
'Leiden Choirbooks, Vol 4': The Leiden Choirbooks-Codex D
'Leiden Choirbooks, Vol 4' The Leiden Choirbooks--Codex D Music by Barbion, Clemens non Papa, Crecquillon, Flamingus, IJsenbaert, Jonckers, Lupi, Payen, Richafort, Rore and Verdelot Egidius Kwartet and College Etcetera [F] [2] KTC1413 (111' *...
Lorin Maazel
Conductor and composer Born March 6,1930 Died July 13,2014 The American conductor Lorin Maazel has died, aged 84, from complications due to pneumonia. A child prodigy--he first conducted at the age of nine--Maazel went on to become one of...
'Love Songs': 'Dedicated to Ensemble Recherche'
'Love Songs' 'Dedicated to Ensemble Recherche' Abrahamsen Liebeslied M Andre iv 9 Bauckholt Liebeslied Claren MBRMMPP Czernowin Lovesong C Fox Lines of desire GF Haas Drei Liebeslieder Huber An die Musik Kroll mit innigster Empfindung Lazkano Lied...
Maazels Mahler, Part 2: Rob Cowan Listens to the Second Instalment of the Late Conductor's Mahler Cycle, Taking in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies
The broad principles of Lorin Maazel's Mahler, whether in Vienna in the early eighties or at London's Royal Festival Hall in 2011, are not difficult to itemise: ears cocked rather than heart-on-sleeve, widely spaced dynamics, weighty chords, imposing...
MacMillan: MacMillan Series, Vol 3: Work for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists'
MacMillan 'MacMillan Series, Vol 3: Work for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists' From Ayrshire (a). Tuireadh (b). Kiss on Wood (c).... as others see us ... (b) Lars Wouters van den Oudeweijer c/ (a)Linus Roth vn (c) Julius Berger vc Netherlands...
Mahler: Symphony No 9
Mahler Symphony No 9 Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schonwandt Challenge Classics [M] [2] CC72636 (80' * DDD) Recorded live 2012 Michael Schonwandt's own programme notes are candid and concise: an assignment taken at four...
Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
Messiaen Turangalila-Symphonie Angela Hewitt pf Valerie Hartmann-Claverie ondes martenot Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu Ondine [F] [SACD] ODE1251-5 (75' * DDD/DSD) Juanjo Mena's 2012 Turangalila-Symphonie for Hyperion...
Monk: 'Piano Songs'
Monk 'Piano Songs' Obsolete Objects. Ellis Island. Folkdance. urban march (shadow). Tower. Paris. Railroad (Travel Song). Parlour Games. St Petersburg Waltz. Window in 7's. totentanz. Phantom Waltz Ursula Oppens, Bruce Brubaker pfs ECM New...
'Motets Francais': Bleuse in Manus Tuas
'Motets francais' Bleuse In manus tuas, Domine (d) Boesset Domine salvum fac regem (a). Magnificat (a) Bouzignac Tota pulchra es Busser Regina coeli, Op 115 No 2 Campra Diligam te Domine (b). Tota pulchra es (a) Danielis Adoro te (a). Jesu dulcissime...
'Motherland'
'Motherland' JS Bach Cantata No 208--Sheep may safely graze Brahms Intermezzo, Op 117 No 2 Chopin Etude, Op 25 No 7 Debussy Suite Bergamasque --Clair de Iune Dvorak Slavonic Dance No 10, Op 72 No 2a Grieg Homesickness, Op 57 No 6 Handel Minuet,...
Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito
La clemenza di Tito--Overture; Non piu di fiori (a). Cost fan tutte--In uomini! In soldati; Temerari, sortite fuori di questo loco!...Come scoglio immoto resta. Lucio Silla--Overture. Le nozze di Figaro--Giunse alfin il momenta ... Deh vieni, non tardar....
Mozart: 'Mozart's Instrumental Oratorium'
Mozart 'Mozart's Instrumental Oratorium' Symphonies--No 39, K543; No 40, K550; No 41, 'Jupiter', K551 Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Sony Classical [B] [2] 88843 02635-2 (104' * DDD) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna,...
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 22
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 22, K482; No 24, K491 Angela Hewitt pf National Arts Centre Orchestra / Hannu Lintu Hyperion [F] CDA68049 (63' * DDD) Angela Hewitt continues her Mozart series with Hannu Lintu, switching from her Italian orchestra...
Multiroom Audio: Can Anyone Catch Sonos? Hi-Fi's Major Names Have Stopped Standing in Awe of the Sonos Success Story and Are Starting to Compete-But Are Their Efforts a Case of Too Little, Too Late?
The Sonos story is a remarkable one by any standards. Founded in 2002 by John McFarlane, whose previous business had been email server software in the early days of companies using such systems, it has grown very rapidly into a major force in the audio...
Musical Alchemy: The Most Unlikely Collaborations Can Delivery the Most Extraordinary Results, as Lindsay Kemp Discovers When He Drops in on Lang Lang and Harnoncourt Recording Mozart in Vienna
The Vienna Musikverein does not look this morning like it does at the New Year's Day Concert. There is no audience, no glittering jewels or fulsomely regimented flowers, and chairs have been piled into the side aisles and loggias, many of them unceremoniously...
Music for Clarinet: Duncan Druce Reviews a Range of Discs Presenting Music Both Old and New for Clarinet with Piano, Chamber Group and Orchestra
Three of these eight discs feature family partnerships. Husband-and-wife Jean Johnson and Steven Osborne give searching performances of the two Brahms sonatas. Initially I wondered whether Johnson was too cool a player to do justice to this passionate...
Music in Print and Beyond
Music in Print and Beyond Hildegard von Bingen to The Beatles Edited by Craig A Monson and Roberta Montemorra Marvin University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer, HB, 327pp, 60 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978-1-58046-416-1 This book belongs...
New Releases Index
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray and download 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]-7.75 [pounds sterling]...
Palestrina: 'Volume 5'
Palestrina 'Volume 5' Missa lam Christus astra ascenderat. Dum complerentur. Loquebantur variis linguis. Veni Creator Spiritus. lam Christus astra ascenderat. Veni Sancte Spiritus. Song of Songs--No 13, Laeva eius sub capite meo; No 14 Vox dilecti...
Penderecki: 'Choral Works, Vol 2'
Penderecki 'Choral Works, Vol 2' Missa brevis. Psalms of David. Iz glubiny wozzwach k tiebie (Gospodi Psalm 129). Utrenja II--Ashche i wo grob z jutrzni II. Kaddish. O gloriosa virginum Polish Chamber Choir; Haba Percussion Group; Krakbw Philharmonic...
Pergament: The Jewish Song
Pergament The Jewish Song Birgit Nordin sop Sven-Olof Eliasson ten Stockholm Philharmonic Choir; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / James DePreist Caprice [F] CAP21 834 (76' * ADD) Recorded live at the Stockholm Concert Hall,...
'Portrait'
'Portrait' Faure Morceau de concours. Sicilienne, Op 78 Jolivet Chant de Linos Sancan Sonatine Schubert Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen', D802 Sveinsson Intermezzo from Dimmalimm Younis Rising from the Ashes Emilia Ros Sigf usdottir...
Prokofiev * Stravinsky: Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 8
Prokofiev * Stravinsky Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 8, Op 84. Four Etudes, Op 2 Stravinsky The Song of the Nightingale. Four Etudes, Op 7 Veronika Bohmova pf Supraphon [F] SU4148-2 (69' * DDD) Stravinsky and Prokofiev had a long friendship, if that...
Puw: ... Onyt Agoraf Y Drws
Puw '... onyt agoraf y drws ...' ('... unless I open the door ...'). Oboe Concerto (a). Reservoirs. Hologram. Overture 'Torri'r Garreg' ('Break the Stone') (a) David Cowley ob BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Jac van Steen Signum [F] SIGCD378...
Raihala: 'Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm'
Raihala 'Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm' Barlinnie Nine (a). Soliloque 2: La tornade (b). Aflao Highway (c). Rautasade (Iron Rain) (d). Ardbeg (d) (b) Jukka Harju hn (c) Matilda Karkkainen pf (ad) Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra /...
Recording of the Month
Bryce Morrison reviews the latest disc from 'the most remarkable young pianist of our time'. Benjamin Grosyenor 'Dances' Albeniz Espana, Op 165--Tango No 2 (arr Godowsky) JS Bach Partita No 4, BWV828 Chopin Andante spianato and Grande...
R Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie Op 64
R Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64 (a) Saito Kinen Orchestra / Daniel Harding Decca [F] 478 6422DH (52' * DDD) Recorded live at Kissei Culture Hall, Nagano, August 23 & 25, 2012 R Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64a. Intermezzo--Four...
R Strauss: Elektra
R Strauss [DVD-V] [Br] Elektra Evelyn Herlitzius sop Elektra Waltraud Meier mez Klytemnestra Adrianne Pieczonka sop Chrysothemis Tom Randle ten Aegisthus Mikhail Petrenko bass ...
Ruders: 'The Music of Poul Ruders, Vol 9'
Ruders 'The Music of Poul Ruders, Vol 9' New Rochelle Suite (a). Twinkle Bells (Piano Etude No 2) (b). Schrodinger's Cat (c). Romances (d). Thirteen Postludes (b) (c) Amalia Hall vn (d) Hsin-Yun Huang va (b) David Holzman, (d) Sarah Rothenburg...
Schubert: Winterreise, D911
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Jan Kobow ten Christoph Hammer pf ATMA Classique [F] ACD2 2536 (63' * DDD) Though Schubert's great song-cycle has had its day with period instruments, this recording has some differences that allow it to stand...
Schulhoff: Schulhoff Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra Op 43
Schulhoff Schulhoff Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra, Op 43 (a). Concerto doppio (b). Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Ensemble (c) Beethoven Rondo a capriccio, 'Rage Over a Lost Penny', Op 129 (arr Schulhoff) (ab) Frank-Immo Zichner...
Schumann * Janacek: Schumann Davidsbundlertanze
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Schumann: Symphonies-No 1
Schumann Symphonies--No 1, 'Spring', Op 38; No 2, Op 61; No 3, 'Rhenish', Op 97; No 4, Op 120 Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Robin Ticciati Linn [F] [2] [SACD] CKD450 033' * DDD/DSD) What blessed times these are for Schumannistas. Hard on...
Season Preview 2014-15
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Seiji Ozawa: Philip Clark on the Career Highlights and Key Recordings of a Conductor, First Championed by Karajan and Bernstein, Who Has Often Been Noted for His Balletic Grace on the Podium
Seiji Ozawa chalked up his first Gramophone appearance in September 1968 with a warmly received pairing of Messiaen's Turangallla-symphonie and Takemitsu's November Steps; and in a review of Ozawa's The Rite of Spring with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,...
'Semiramide': Bernasconi Semiramide
'Semiramide' [GC] [GP] Bernasconi Semiramide--Ah non e vano il pianto Bianchi La vendetta di Nino--Sinfonia Borghi La morte de Semiramide--Figlio diletto e caro Caldara Semiramide in Ascalona--Introduzione; Povera navicella Catel Semiramis--Dance...
Shostakovich * Prokofiev: Prokofiev
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Shostakovich: Symphonies-No 4
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Sound Sculptor: For Robin Ticciati, Whose Scottish Chamber Orchestra Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary This Year, Sound Is Everything-Especially When Approaching Schumanns Symphonies
For many years you could identify orchestras by their sound; you could even identify the sound that particular conductors drew from their ensembles. There was an Ormandy-Philadelphia sound, there was a Karajan-Berlin sound, there was a Mravinsky-Leningrad...
Spohr: Der Fall Babylons, WoO63
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SS Smith: 'A River Rose: Music for Violin'
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Stanford: 'Organ Works
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Strauss by Strauss & Krauss: Richard Osborne on Two Historic 150th Anniversary Sets-Richard Strauss as Conductor and Strauss Conducted by One of His Most Loyal Champions
'Krauss for Strauss' used to be the watchword .and after hearing these superbly characterised Strauss recordings which Clemens Krauss made with the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca in 1950-53 one is reminded why. The son of a dancer turned singer who...
Stravinsky: Petrushka
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