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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1116, November

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Active Speakers That Look and Sound the Part: Adding Amplification to Compact Monitors for a Computer Audio Solution
Quad may be best known for its large electrostatic speakers and classic amplification components but the company has made a diverse range of products during the course of its near-80-year history, including models for professional use as well as the...
A Fond Farewell to Christopher Hogwood: David Vickers Pays Tribute to One of the Most Influential Musicians of the Past 50 Years, an Intellectually Curious Experimenter Who Challenged Centuries of Musical Tradition
Christopher Hogwood was an inquisitive performer of music ranging from medieval to Martinu and Stravinsky, an accomplished musicologist, harpsichordist (also an enthusiast of the clavichord and virginal), and an eminently readable author of numerous...
'After a Reading of ... Liszt!'
'After a Reading of ... Liszt!' Chopin Etudes, Op 10 Liszt Ballade No 2, S171. Ernani: Paraphrase de concert, S532 Lyapunov Elegie en memoire de Franz Liszt, Op 11 No 12 Piana Apres une lecture de Liszt Antonio Pompa-Baldi pf Two Pianists [F] TP1039305...
Aho: Horn Concerto
Aho Horn Concerto (a). Acht Jahreszeiten (b) (a) Annu Salminen hn (b) Carolina Eyck theremin Lapland Chamber Orchestra / John Storgdrds BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2036 (58' * DDD/DSD) Eighteen concertos, by the composer's own reckoning, for each of the main...
'All These Musicians Are Falling in Love with His Music, Saying They Want to Play It Again and Again'
Sir Andrzej Panufnik's widow is delighted that the centenary celebrations for her husband are reigniting an appreciation of his music. It's about time. I never met Andrzej Panufnik, though I did, over several years, become acquainted with his lifelong...
Antal Dorati: Rob Cowan Profiles the Hungarian-Born American Conductor and Composer Who Made a Difference Wherever He Went and Left a Vast and Varied Recording Legacy
Antal Dorati was one of a select number of notable 20th-century conductors whose professional image was shaped largely by the record company he was most readily associated with. The distinctive way in which his performances were recorded (most importantly...
'A Royal Trio'
'A Royal Trio' [G] Ariosti Coriolano--Spirate, o iniqui marmi ... Voi d'un figlio tanto misero. II naufragio vicino Freme I'onda. Vespasiano--Overture Bononcini Crispo--Cosi stanco Pellegrino; Torrente che scende. Griselda--Per la gloria d'adorarvi....
A Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice
A Tchaikowsky The Merchant of Venice [DVD][BR] Richard Angas bass Duke of Venice Christopher Ainslie counterten Antonio Charles Workman ten Bassanio Adrian Clarke bass Salerio Norman...
'A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki'
'A Tribute to [DVD] Krzysztof Penderecki' DVD Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. Duo concertante. Concerto grosso No 1. Credo Iwona Hossa, Ewa Vesin sops Agnieszka Rehlis mez Ratal Bartmihski ten Nikolaj Didenko bass Anne-Sophie Mutter vn Daniel...
'Barroco Espanol'
'Barroco espanol' Anonymous Xacara Boccherini Minuet. La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid Brunetti Sonata in D Murcia Canarios. Grabe Nebra Seguidilla Sanz Passacalles D Scarlatti Sonata, Kk208 A Soler Sonatas--G major; G minor. Fandango Nils...
Bartok: Kossuth, Sz75a. Two Portraits, Op 5 Sz37
Bartok Kossuth, Sz75a. Two Portraits, Op 5 Sz37 (a). Suite No1,Op3Sz60 (a) Michael Ludwig vn Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Naxos (B) 8 573307 (70' * DDD) Recorded live at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, November 22 & 23,2013...
BA Zimmermann: Alagoana
BA Zimmermann Alagoana. Sinfonie in einem Satz. Photoptosis. Stille und Umkehr Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz / Karl-Heinz Steffens Capriccio [F] C5213 (69' * DDD) That's a digger on the cover of this CD, but not just any digger. Look...
Beecham's Mozart
Choosing between pre- and post-war Mozart from Sir Thomas Beecham can lead to heated debate. Many prefer the swift and incisively played pre-war LPO recordings but my penchant for the 1950s American Columbia RPO sessions is clinched principally by...
Beethoven: 'A Beethoven Odyssey, Vol 3'
Beethoven 'A Beethoven Odyssey, Vol 3' Piano Sonatas--No 2, Op 2 No 2; No 17, 'Tempest', Op 31 No 2; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a James Brawn pf MSR Classics [F] MS1467 (7V * DDD) The British pianist James Brawn is recording his way through the 32...
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
Beethoven Anguish and Triumph By Jan Swafford Faber & Faber, HB, 1104pp, 30 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-618-05474-9 Not being a regular, or indeed an irregular, reader of the Daily Mail, I couldn't tell you how many music biographies...
Beethoven: 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective-Three Great Sonatas Encore'
Beethoven 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective Three Great Sonatas Encore' Piano Sonatas--No 8, 'Pathetique', Op 13; No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a--II; III Roberto McCausland Dieppa pf...
Beethoven: Brahms: Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106
Beethoven: Brahms Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106 Brahms Piano Sonata No 1, Op 1 Adam Golka pf First Hand [F] FHR33 (75'*DDD) After Brahms performed his First Piano Sonata, a friend mentioned the resemblance between its...
Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello and Piano
Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano Jean-Gulhen Queyras vc Alexander Melnikovpf Harmonia Mundi [M] [2] HMC90 2183/4 (139' * DDD) Jean-Guihen Queyras isn't the first cellist to record the Beethoven cello works with sparing use of vibrato...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73 (a). Piano Sonata No 32, Op 111 Nelson Freire pf (a) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Challly Decca [F] 478 6771DH (62' * DDD) Collectors who own the superlative set of the Brahms piano concertos...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106. Die Ruinen von Athen, Op 113 (arr Bax)--Chorus of Whirling Dervishes; Turkish March Alessio Bax pf Signum [F] SIGCD397 (62' * DDD) Often known as 'the Mount...
Benjamin Britten's Venetian Swansong-His Third Quartet
Although his String Quartet No 3 was first heard in his native Suffolk shortly after his death in 1976, Britten's final masterpiece was partly written in Venice. Geraint Lewis explores a rich harvest of recordings When the members of the Amadeus...
Best Box-Sets of 2014: In the First of a Two-Part Round-Up, James Jolly Recommends Some of the Year's Most Appealing Sets
The Big Box-Set is clearly now making a substantial contribution to the major companies' bottom line and there have been some very enticing releases during the past 12 months. This month and next, I'm going to feature some of the sets that have caught...
Beuger: Tschirtner Tunings for Twelve
Beuger tschirtner tunings for twelve Konzert Minimal Another Timbre [F] AT77 (79' * DDD) And after the silence, what next? Dutch composer and flautist Antoine Beuger has spent much of his time over the past 30 years ruminating about the implications...
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op 4
Britten Simple Symphony, Op 4. Rhapsody. Quartettino. Phantasy in F minor (a). String Quartet in F Emperor Quartet with (a) John Metcalfe va BIS [F] [SACD]. BIS1870 (75' * DDD) This release follows on from two earlier Britten discs by the Emperor...
Caldara: La Concordla De' Pianeti
Caldara La concordla de' pianeti Delphlne Galou contr Venere Veronica Cangemi sop Diana Ruxandra Donose mez Glove Franco Fagloli counterten Apollo Carlos Mena counterten Marte Daniel Behle ten ...
Cavalli: Giasone
Cavalli Giasone David Hansen counterten Giasone Celeste Lazarenko sop Medea Miriam Allan sop Isifile Andrew Goodwin ten Egeo Christopher Saunders ten Demo David Greco bass Orestes Nicholas Dinopoulos...
'Chanson D'avril
'Chanson d'avril' 'French chansons and melodies' Bizet Adieux de l'hotesse Arabe. Ouvre ton coeur. Pastorale. Chanson d'avril Duparc L'invitation au voyage. Chanson triste. Au pays ou se fait la guerre Liszt Enfant, si j'etais roi, S283. Oh! quand...
Chin: Cello Concerto
Chin Cello Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b). Su (c) (a) Alban Gerhardtvc (b) Sunwook Kim pf (c) Wu Wei sheng Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung DG [F] 481 0971GH (72' * DDD) (c) Recorded live at the Seoul Arts Centre, January 9 & 10,...
Chopin: Schumann
Chopin: Schumann Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Etude, Op 10 No 6 (arr Glazunov). Wiosna, Op 74 No 2 Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op 70. Traumerei, Op 15 No 7 (arr Davidoff). Im wunderschonen Monat Mai, Op 48 No 1 Orazio Ferrari db Marco Sanna pf Velut...
Chopin: 'Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol 2'
Chopin 'Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol 2' Fantaisie, Op 49. Nocturnes-No 2, Op 9 No 2; No 7, Op 27 No 1; No 8, Op 27 No 2. Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35. Polonaise No 6, 'Heroic', Op 53. 'Raindrop' Prelude, Op 28 No 15 David Wilde pf Delphian [F] DCD34138 (78'*DDD)...
Classics Reconsidered: Critics Jed Distler and Harriet Smith Revisit Pollini's Recording on DG of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata-A True Classic of Recorded Piano Music, Which Won a Gramophone Award
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29, Op 106, 'Hammerklavier' Maurizio Pollini pf DG [S] [2] 449 7402 Make no mistake, this is playing of the highest order of mastery. Indeed, I am not sure that Pollini's account of the Hammerklavier is not the...
Comebacks, Revisions and Impressive Innovations: An Old Name Reborn, a Famous Range Revitalised and More High-Resolution Options in the News This Month
THIS MONTH I explore a miniature amplifier from Project and explain how a jazz musician is leading the revival of a famous hi-fi brand. NOVEMBER TEST DISCS The Reference Recordings label is celebrated for its superb sound and this programme of...
'Courts of Heaven'
'Courts of Heaven' Music from The Eton Choirbook, Vol 3' Browne O mater venerabilis Fawkyner Gaude virgo salutata Hampton Salve regina Turges Gaude flore virginali Wylkynson Salve regina Christ Church Cathedral Choir / Stephen Darlington Avie [F] AV2314...
CPE Bach: 'Rondos & Fantasias'
CPE Bach 'Rondos & Fantasias' Fantasias-Wq58/6; Wq59/5; Wq59/6; Wq61/6. Rondos-Wq56/1; Wq56/5; Wq57/1; Wq57/3; Wq57/5; Wq58/3; Wq58/5; Wq59/4; Wq61/4 Christine Schornsheim tangent pf Capriccio [F] C5201 (74' * DDD) Although Christine Schornsheim...
David Matthews: Essays, Tributes and Criticism
David Matthews Essays, Tributes and Criticism Edited by Thomas Flyde Plumbago Books, HB/PB, 320pp, 45 [pounds sterling]/15.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-956-60076-9 The recorded coverage of David Matthews has become one of the most...
David Puttnam: The Producer of Films Including Chariots of Fire and Memphis Belle on How He Discovered Classical Music
I was very much a rock'n'roll kid of the late '50s and early '60s, but in 19641 was sent by the advertising agency I worked for to New York. The first night I was there, because of jet lag, I found myself in an all-night record store called Colony...
Debussy: Images, Books 1 & 2
Debussy Images, Books 1 & 2. Preludes, Book 2 Marc-Andre Hamelln pf Hyperion (F) CDA67920 (71' * DDD) Marc-Andre Hamelin's stature, extraordinary from the start, increases with every new issue. And here in his latest album he subdues his...
Debussy: Ravel: Debussy la Mer Ravel Bolero
Debussy * Ravel Debussy La mer Ravel Bolero. Daphnis et Chloe--Lever du jour. Pavane pour une infante defunte. La valse. Vaises nobles et sentimentales--No 2; No 3 (all arr Idenstam) Gunnar Idenstam org BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2049 (74' * DDD/DSD) Played...
Debussy: 'Songs, Vol 3'
Debussy 'Songs, Vol 3' Musique (a). Romance (Silence ineffable de I'heure) (a). La romance d'Ariel (a). Regret (a). L'archet (a). Chanson triste (b). Les baisers d'amour (b). Les Elfes (a). Aimons-nous et dormons (a). Souhait (a). Serenade (a)....
Debussy's Piano Images
Three recordings that came before Hamelin's, and how Gramophone rated them MARCH 1954 Debussy Images. Books 1 & 2 Walter Gieseking pf Columbia [LP] 33CX1137 (12in * 36s 5 1/2d) Walter Gieseking's Debussy performances are definitive,...
Dieupart: 'Les Suittes'
Dieupart 'Lessuittes' L Couperin Prelude Dieupart Suites -1; II; III; VI Corina Marti recs Tore Eketorp quinton Soma Salat-Zakarids va da gamba Yizhar Karshon hpd Ziv Braha theo Carpe Diem [F] CD16303 (58' * DDD) Dieupart's 1701 Six suittes de clavessin...
Dmitri Hvorostovsky: 'The Bells of Dawn-Russian Sacred and Folk Songs'
Dmitri Hvorostovsky [G] 'The Bells of Dawn--Russian Sacred and Folk Songs' Arkhangelsky Symbol of Faith Burmagin The Wise Thief Chesnokov Blessed is the man. Pre-Eternal Counsel. Hear my prayer. From My Youth Khristov Praise the name of the Lord...
Donatoni: In Cauda-II; III
Donatoni In Cauda--II; III. Esa (In Cauda V). Prom. Duo pour Bruno Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra / Yoichi Sugiyama Neos [F] NEOS11410 (74' * DDD) Recorded live at the Suntory Foundation for Arts' Summer Festival 2012 Discs by the Italian composer...
Double Bass Concertos
Many composers fail to engage fully with the double bass, therefore undermining its potential as a hugely expressive instrument. Philip Clark picks 10 pieces that oppose this tendency and recommends recordings William Parker, the great New York...
Dowland: 'Master Dowland's Midnight'
Dowland 'Master Dowland's Midnight' Awake, sweet love. Captain Digorie Pipers Galliard. A Coy Joy. A Fancy. Fortune. Frog Galliard. The King of Denmark, his Galliard. Lachrimae Pavan. Lady Hunsdon's Puffe. Lady Rich, her Galliard. Lord Strang's...
'Dumka'
'Dumka' Balakirev Dumka Dvorak Dumka and Furiant, Op 12 B136-37. Dumka, Op 35 B64 Liszt Glanes de Woronice, S2496--No 3, Complainte (Dumka) Lysenko Dumka-Shumka, Op 18 Martinu Three Dumkas Suk Dumka, Op 7 No 5 Tchalkovsky Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene),...
Editor's Choice
GRAMOPHONE Editor's choice October's fine pianist in this section--Igor Levit --is followed by another. Ingrid Fliter's contribution to recorded Chopin is beautiful and distinguished, as this la test disc of the Preludes demonstrates. Martin...
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op 383. Sea Pictures, Op 37 Sarah Connolly mez (a) Stuart Skelton ten (a) David Soar bass BBC Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos [F] [2]. CHSA5140 (125' * DDD/DSD * T) This is unquestionably...
Enlightened Empress
With her new album 'St Petersburg , Cecilia Bartoli opens a window on a hidden period of musical life in the Russian city, during which three visionary tsaritsas allowed music to thrive. Perhaps, writes James Jolly, they shared a kindred spirit with...
F Couperin: 'Apotheoses'
F Couperin 'Apotheoses' La Superbe. Apotheose de Lully. Le Pamasse, ou L'apotheose de Corelli. La Sultane Gli Incogniti / Amandine Beyer vn Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2193 (58' * DDD) Couperin waited until his last decade to publish his Italian-inspired...
Foulds: Carnival
Foulds Carnival. The Vision of Dante--Prelude. Lento e Scherzetto, Op 12 (a). Saint Joan Suite, Op 82. Hippolytus Prelude, Op 84 No 1. Puppet Ballet Suite. Badinage. Grand Durbar March [a] Benjamin Hughes vc BBC Concert Orchestra / Ronald Corp Dutton...
Franck: Grieg: Dvorak: Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150
Franck * Grieg * Dvorak Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 Franck Violin Sonata Grieg Violin Sonata No 3, Op 45 Renaud Capucon vri Khatia Buniatishvili of Erato [F] 2564 62501-8 (66' * DDD) Any violinist not relying on portamento to intensify...
Frandsen: Requiem
Frandsen Requiem Teitur voc Sine Bundgaard sop Andrea Pellegrini mez Peter Lodahl ten Halvor F Melien bass Danish National Concert Choir, Girls' Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Henrik Vagn Christensen Dacapo [F] [2]. [SACD] 220649/50 (96' * DDD/DSD)...
G Cooke: Holst: Vaughan Williams: 'A Forgotten English Romantic'
G Cooke * Holst * Vaughan Williams 'A Forgotten English Romantic' G Cooke Over the Hills: A Suite of Three Short Pieces. Bargain Basement: A Suite of Seven Pieces. Three Pieces. Gothic Prelude. High Marley Rest. Whispering Willows. In the Cathedral....
Gesualdo: Gesualdo Sacrarum Cantionum Liber Primus
Gesualdo Gesualdo Sacrarum cantionum liber primus Luzzaschi Ave maris Stella De Macque Intrada d'organo Trabaci Consonanze stravaganti Odhecaton; Ensemble Mare Nostrum / Paolo Da Col with Lieuwe Tamminga org Ricercar [F] RIC343 (64' * DDD) Those...
Goebbels: Zappa: 'Perfect Strangers'
Goebbels Zappa 'Perfect Strangers' Goebbels Suite for Sampler and Orchestra from Surrogate Cities Zappa The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat. Dupree's Paradise. The Perfect Stranger. G-Spot Tornado. Revised Music for Low Budget Orchestra Norwegian...
Goerne's Schubert Journey: As Matthias Goerne's Schubert Song Survey Ends, Hugo Shirley Listens to the Concluding Winterreise and Catches Up with Its Predecessors
Matthias Goerne's Schubertian journey on Harmonia Mundi comes to an end with a natural choice of work, Winterreise. He's recorded the cycle before: with Alfred Brendel (Philips, 9/04) a decade ago, and with Graham Johnson, in Hyperion's Schubert edition...
Gramophone Talks to ... Nancy Ellen Ogle, Soprano ... on Dear Darwin, the Song-Cycle Written for Her by Scott Brickman
How did this 'abecedarium'--26 songs, one for each letter of the alphabet--arise? I teach at the University of Maine, which is the home of the National Poetry Foundation. Kathleen Ellis, whose poetry was set by Scott Brickman for this collection,...
Guinjoan: Percussion Concerto
Guinjoan Percussion Concerto (a). In tribulatione mea invocavi Dominum (b). Pantonak (a) Miquel Bernat perc (b) Paiau Chamber Choir; (b) Orfeo Catali; (ac) Cadaques Orchestra / (c) Sir Neville Marriner, (a) Jaime Martin; (b) Galicia Symphony Orchestra...
Hakim: Toccata
Hakim Toccata. Petite Suite. Die Apostel (a). Ave Maria (Fantasy on a Lied by Franz Schubert). Hommage a Jean Langlais. Esquisses Gregoriennes. Arabesques Naji Hakim, (a) Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet org Signum [F] SIGCD389 (6T * DDD) Played on the...
Handel: 'Heroes from the Shadows'
Handel 'Heroes from the Shadows' Agrippina--Voi che udite il mio lamento. Amadigi di Gaula--Ballo di pastori e pastorelle; Pena tiranna. Alessandro--Sard qual vento. Arianna in Creta--Son qual stanco pellegrino. Ariodante Dover, giustizia, amor....
Handel: Keyboard Concertos-No 13, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', HWV295; No 14, HWV296; No 15, HWV304; No 16, HWV305a
Handel Keyboard Concertos--No 13, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', HWV295; No 14, HWV296; No 15, HWV304; No 16, HWV305a Matthias Kirschnereit pf Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss / Lavard Skou Larsen CPO [F] [SACD] CP0777 854-2 (56' * DDD/DSD) Chronologically,...
Haydn: 'Complete Symphonies, Vol 22'
Haydn 'Complete Symphonies, Vol 22' Symphonies--No 98; No 103, 'DrumroU' Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Fey Hanssler Classic [F] CD98 031 (59' * DDD) Well over halfway through his cycle by now, Thomas Fey alights on two 'London' Symphonies,...
Haydn: Die Schopfung
Haydn Die Schopfung Camilla Tilling sop Mark Padmore ten Hanno Muller-Brachmann bass-bar Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra /Bernard Haitink BR-Klassik [F] [2] 900125 (101 * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the Herkulessaal, Munich, December...
Haydn: Mozart: 'Jeunehomme'
Haydn * Mozart 'Jeunehomme' Haydn Piano Concerto, HobXVIII/11 Mozart Piano Concerto No 9, 'Jeunehomme', K271. Rondo, K386. Ch'io mi scordi di te, K505 (a) Alexandre Tharaud pf (a) Joyce DiDonato mez Les Violons du Roy / Bernard Labadie Erato [F] 2564...
Hindemith: Organ Sonatas-No 1; No 2; No 3, 'Nach Alten Volksliedern'
Hindemith Organ Sonatas--No 1; No 2; No 3, 'Nach alten Volksliedern'. Two Organ Pieces. Ludus tonalis--Eleven Interludes (transcr Dorfmuller) Kirsten Sturm org Naxos (B) 8 573194 (72' * DDD) Played on the Hubert Sandtner organ of St Martin's Cathedral....
Honegger: Konig David
Honegger Konig David Devid Striesow narr Irm Hermann spkr Narine Yeghiyan sop Rowan Hellier contr Jan Remmers ten Junges Ensemble Berlin Chor; Prometheus Ensemble Berlin / Frank Markowitsch Rondeau Production [F] R0P6088 (72' * DDD) Konig David?...
Howells: Stabat Mater
Howells [G] Stabat mater (a). Te Deum. Sine nomine (b) (b) Alison Hill sop (ab) Benjamin Hulett ten The Bach Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / David Hill Naxos [B] 8 573176 (70' * DDD * T/t) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is now 20 years...
If You Want to Relaunch a Famous Hi-Fi Name, It's Obvious What You Need to Do-Get a Musician! How a Former Audio Engineer and Accomplished Jazz Pianist Is Reviving the Technics Brand
We're all used to the orchestrated hype of the global press conference, in which every utterance by a CEO or chief designer is met with orchestrated whoops and hollers from the faithful. However, it's rare that the appearance of a single word on a...
James Dillon: Embraced by the Proms and Showered with Awards, Here Is an Enigmatic Composer Who Stands Apart
James Dillon said nothing publically during the recent debate about Scottish independence, partly you suspect because the wider media weren't interested in soliciting the views of a composer who writes music that obstinately refuses to dance to the...
JL Adams: Become Ocean
JL Adams Become Ocean Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot Cantaloupe [F] CA21101 (42' * DDD) Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Become Ocean is set to finally extricate John Luther Adams from the shadow of his near-namesake....
JS Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232
JS Bach [G] Mass in B minor, BWV232 Lydia Teuscher, Ida Falk Winland sops Tim Mead counterten Samuel Boden ten Neal Davies bass Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Hyperion [F] [2] CDA68051/2 015'*DDD*T/t) With major Bach vocal works now appearing on...
JS Bach: Pachelbel (R)
JS Bach Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080 (a). Komm, susser Tod, BWV478 (a) Pachelbel Canon (b). Chorale Preludes (b). Chaconne (b) Barbara Harbach org MSR Classics [F] [2] MS1442 048' * DDD) Played on the Fisk organs of aDowntown United Presbyterian...
JS Bach: Six Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012
JS Bach Six Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 Nina Kotova vc Warner Classics [B] [2] 2564 63941-1 (137' * DDD) JS Bach Cello Suites-No 2, BWV1008; No 4, BWV1010; No 6, BWV1012 Ditta Rohmann vc Hungaroton [F] HCD32732 (73' * DDD) If...
JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
JS Bach PVP [DVD][BR] St John Passion, BWV245 Mark Padmore ten Evangelist Roderick Williams bass Christus Camilla Tilling sop Magdalena Kozena mez Topi Lehtipuu ten Christian Gerhaher bass Berlin Radio Choir; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra /SirSimon...
JS Bach: Violin Concertos-BWV1041; BWV1042
JS Bach [G] Violin Concertos--BWV1041; BWV1042. Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004--Chaconne (arr Mendelssohn, orch Milone). Solo Violin Partita No 3, BWV1006--Gavotte en rondeau (arr Schumann, orch Milone). Orchestral Suite No 3, BWV1068--Air Academy...
JS Bach: Violin Concertos-BWV1041; BWV1042; BWV1043; BWV1052R; BWV1056R
JS Bach Violin Concertos--BWV1041; BWV1042; BWV1043 (a); BWV1052R; BWV1056R Giuliano Carmignola, (a) Mayumi Hirasaki vns Concerto Koln Archiv [F] 479 2695AH (74' * DDD) For all the 'con moto' hype of modern-day Italian Baroque musicians in recent...
'La Belle Excentrique'
'La belle excentrique' Cockenpot Colchiques dans les pres Faure Spleen, Op 51 No 3. En sourdine, Op 58 No 2. Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1 Ferre Jolie mome-Gavrochinette. On saimera Hahn Pholoe. A Chloris Poulenc Voyage a Paris. Hier. Autre Chansons...
'Latin American Guitar Favourites'
'Latin American Guitar Favourites' Barrios Mangore La Catedral--Preludio. Julia Florida (Barcarola). Una limosna por el amor de Dios (La ultima cancion). Prelude in C minor. Villancico de Navidad L Brouwer Dos Aires populares cubanos--Guajira Criolla;...
Mahler: Ruckert-Lieder
Mahler Ruckert-Lieder (a). Kindertotenlieder (b). Ich ging mit Lust durch einem griinen Wald (b). Aus! Aus! (b). Nicht wiedersehen! (b). Winterlied (b) Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-bar (b) Sharolyn Kimmorley pf (a) Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Marko...
Mahler: Symphony No 5
Mahler [G] [DVD video] [BR] Symphony No 5 Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly Accentus [F] [DVD video] ACC20284; [F] [BR] ACC10284 (74' + 28' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Video director Henning Kasten...
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios-No 1, Op 49; No 2, Op 66
Mendelssohn Piano Trios--No 1, Op 49; No 2, Op 66. Albumblatt, Op 117. Song Without Words, Op 109. Variations concertantes, Op 17 Gould Piano Trio Champs Hill [F] CHRCD088 (73' * DDD) For a long time Mendelssohn's First Piano Trio has been much...
Milford: Stanford: Holst: 'The Fire That Breaks from Thee'
Milford * Stanford * Holst 'The Fire That Breaks From Thee' Holst Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7 Milford Violin Concerto, Op 47 (a) Stanford Violin Concerto No 2, Op 162 (a) (a) Rupert Marshall-Luck vn BBC Concert Orchestra / Owain Arwel Hughes EM Records...
'Moderate Cantabile'
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Muhly: Two Boys
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New Releases Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray, and Download
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'Paris' Kosma Les feuilles mortes Legrand/Marnay/ Barclay La valse des lilas Messiaen Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus--No 15, Le baiser de iEnfant-Jesus Piazzolla Histoire du tango: Cafe 1930. Oblivion Ravel Vocalise-etude en forme de habanera. Piano...
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For this, the second instalment of our Playlists feature, pianist Alice Sara Ott introduces 10 tracks by composers who wrote for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes that tie in with her latest album for two pianos, 'Scandale' (reviewed in the July issue). Gramophone's...
Pro-Ject MaiA: Ultra-Compact Amplifier with Remarkable Flexibility
Last month I looked at the striking NAD D 3020 digital amplifier, with its unusual vertical design and volume control vaguely reminiscent of a Dalek. This month it's another compact integrated amp, this time with a more conventional format--only smaller....
Prokofiev: Tchaikovsky: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3, Op 26 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Op 23
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