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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1117, December

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A Christmas Cornucopia: In Her Selection This Year, Caroline Gill Includes Both the Usual Suspects and More Extraordinary Repertoire to Delight Those Lucky Enough to Unwrap a Disc This Festive Season
'The glory days of the English carol tradition were the dark, ancient times of dances round the fire and festivals of cakes and ale,' says Andrew Gant in the epilogue to Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir, the companion volume to...
A Garden of Baroque Voices: Lindsay Kemp Meets Conductor William Christie, Founder of Les Arts Florissants and a Leading Light of the Early Music Movement, to Talk about His Ensemble's Past and Future
'Oh, what is the word? I'm losing my English!' Perhaps it is not surprising that William Christie often has to turn to French when talking about Les Arts Florissants. Few would dispute that the vocal and instrumental ensemble he founded in 1979 long...
'American Voices'
'American Voices' Dello Joio The Bluebird (a). Song of the Open Road (a) Gregorio Love, thricewise Lauridsen Chanson eloignee. O love be fed with apples while you may (a) Muehleisen Snow (The King's Trumpeter) (b). When all is done (b). Two River Nocturnes...
Barry Rose: Andrew Mellor Salutes the Organist and Choir Trainer, 80 This Year, Who Came from Nowhere to Change Procedures and Standards in Church Music-Making for Ever
On May 17, 1961, the first cathedral to be designed entirely to order in England since St Paul's was consecrated. Almost everything about the place and the event was unusual. The cathedral wasn't situated within the town it served, but overlooking...
Beethoven
Beethoven Symphonies--No 2, Op 36; No 8, Op 93 Orchestre Rbvolutionnaire et Romantique / John Eliot Gardiner Soli Deo Gloria [F] SDG721 (56' * DDD) Recorded live at Cadogan Hall, London, November 30, 2013 Sir John Eliot Gardiner directs...
Beethoven
Beethoven 'The Late String Quartets' String Quartet No 13, Op 130. Grosse Fuge, Op 133 Brentano Quartet Aeon [F] AECD1438 (61' * DDD) Initial brownie points on the issue of repeats, both in the first movement (fairly crucial in my...
Beethoven * Arapov * Scriabin
Beethoven * Arapov * Scriabin Arapov Piano Sonata No 2 (a). Concerto for Piano, Violin and Percussion (b) Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 7, Op 10 No 3 (c); No 27, Op 90d; No 32, Op 111 (e) Scriabin Piano Sonata No 3, Op 23 (f) Grigory Sokolov pf with...
Berg
Berg [G] [DVD] [BR] Lulu (three-act version, compl Friedrich Cerha) Barbara Hannigan sop Lulu Dietrich Henschel bar Dr Schon/Jack the Ripper Charles Workman ten ...
Berlioz
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op 14. Overture 'Waverley', Op 1 London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev LSO Live [S] [2] [SACD] [BR] LS00757 (66' * DDD/DSD * DTS-HD MA5.1) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, October 31 &...
Berlioz's New-Found Purity and Simplicity
In L'enfance du Christ, many early listeners thought they detected a radical change in Berlioz's musical style and manner; the composer begged to differ. Geoffrey Norris chooses his favourite recording 'What is the aim of religious music?' Berlioz...
Bizet
Bizet [DVD] [BR] Carmen Vesselina Kasarova mez Carmen Jonas Kauf mann ten Don Jose Michele Pertusi bass-bar Escamillo Isabel Rey sop Micaela Sen Guo sop Frasquita Judith Schmid mez Mercedes Gabriel...
Borodin
Borodin [DVD] [BR] Prince Igor Ildar Abdrazakov bass Igor Oksana Dyka sop Yaroslavna Sergey Semishkur ten Vladimir Mikhail Petrenko bass Galitsky Stefan Kocan bass ...
Bowers & Wilkins CM8 S2: Refined Speakers Also Deliver Drama and Excitement
Earlier this year the British speaker company Bowers & Wilkins rolled out its revised 600 S2 speaker range, the sixth generation of this popular, value-for-money line-up. Reviewing the DM684 S2 speakers in July, I commented that they delivered...
Brahms
Brahms Symphonies--No 3, Op 90 (a); No 4, Op 98 (b) London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev LSO Live [M] [SACD] LS00737 (77' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, December a11 & 18, b12 & 19, 2012 Brahms and Gergiev...
Brahmsn
Brahms Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op 74 No 1. Funf Gesange, Op 104. Schicksalslied, Op 54 (a). Drei Motettn, Op 110. Drei Quartette. Fest--und Gedenkspruche, Op 109. Intermezzo, Op 119 No 1a Cappella Amsterdam / Daniel Reuss with Philip Mayers,...
Brian
Brian [R] 'The Complete Music for Piano' Double Fugue. Four Miniatures. John Dowland's Fantasy. March from Turandot. Preludes and Fugues--D minor/major; C minor. Three Illuminations (a) Peter Hill pf with (a) Christopher Kay narr Cameo [F] CC9016CD...
Brumel
Brumel Missa de Beata Virgine. Ave caelorum domina. Beata es, Maria. Lauda Sion salvatorem. Nato canunt omnia The Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice Hyperion [F] CDA68065 (64' * DDD * T/t) The precise date of Antoine Brumel's death is not...
'Cancion Amorosa'
'Cancion amorosa' Alcala Todas las mananitas Bonet Haide Gomis Si la mar fuera de tinta Guridi Como quieres que adivine Lavilla Aldapeko, Mariya Montsalvatge Canto amorosa. Paisatge del Montseny Nin Pano murciano Toldr& Despues que te conod....
Chopin
Chopin 'Dedication' Ballade No 4, Op 52. Barcarolle, Op 60. Berceuse, Op 57. Fantaisie, Op 49. Two Nocturnes, Op 27. Scherzo No 3, Op 39 Roger Peltzman pf Astre [F] 1001 (55' * DDD) Entitled 'Dedication', Roger Peltzman's Chopin recital...
Christmas Carols
Christmas Carols From Village Green to Church Choir By Andrew Gant Profile Books, HB, 224pp, 9.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-781-25352-6 'English Christmas carols are a hotchpotch, like the English themselves,' opens Christmas Carols:...
Christmas Traditions Renewed
We live in a golden age of Christmas carol composition. Ivan Moody considers the challenges of writing new seasonal music and the ways in which they are met by today's composers Almost a decade ago, I threw up my hands in despair at the triteness...
Classical Style and More ... Harriet Smith on Two Box-Sets from Sony Classical Celebrating a Couple of Connoisseurs' Pianists, Charles Rosen and Nelson Freire
Charles Rosen--as anyone who ever met him, heard him or read him--was a man who did things his own way. Who else would have recorded such outlandishly out-of-fashion composers as Moriz Rosenthal and Leopold Godowsky in 1965 (under the subheading 'Electrifying...
Classics Reconsidered
Mike Ashman and David Patrick Stearns discuss the merits of Beecham's 1956 recording of La boheme--an impromptu affair that made opera history Puccini La boheme Sols incl Jussi Bjorling ten Victoria de los Angeles sop RCA Victor Chorus and Orch...
Clementi
Clementi Piano Concerto, Op 33 No 3 (a). Minuetto pastorale, WO36. Symphonies, Op 18--No 1; No 2 (a) Bruno Canino pf Rome Symphony Orchestra / Francesco La Vecchia Naxos [B] 8 573273 (58' * DDD) The single extant piano concerto of Clementi...
Critics Choice 2014
Looking for a recent recording to give as a gift? Help is at hand, as our expert critics recommend their recording highlights from the past 12 months Andrew Achenbach Walton: Symphony No 1. Violin Concerto Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5136 (7/14)...
Dallapiccola
Dallapiccola Partita (a). Due Pezzi. Piccola musica notturna. Variazioni. Three Questions with Two Answers (a) Arantza Ezenarro sop Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Karl-Heinz Steffens Capriccio [F] C5214 (67' * DDD) As...
Desktop and Portable Audio Options: Listening to Music on the Move and at Your Desk Is Getting More Attractive by the Month
THIS MONTH I've been looking at the latest speakers from a celebrated name, trying a new compact system, and wondering whether it's worth paying for music. Andrew Everard, Audio Editor MONTH TEST DISCS This pairing of Brahms's Third and Fourth...
D Scarlattis
D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk11; Kk17; Kk27; Kk29; Kk87; Kk96; Kk101; Kk109; Kk119; Kk135; Kk141; Kk146; Kk197; Kk209; Kk322; Kk380; Kk381; Kk492 Igor Kamenz pf Naive [F] V5399 (69' * DDD) D Scarlatti 'Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 15'...
Dvorak
Dvorak Symphony No 8, Op 88 B163. Legends, Op 59 B122 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Jose Serebrier Warner Classics [F] 2564 62878-7 (77' * DDD) Good as it is in part, Jose Serebrier's 2014 Bournemouth Symphony Dvorak Eighth can't...
Editor's Choice
SCHUMANN Szenen aus Goethes Faust Soloists; Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Daniel Harding BR-Klassik [F] [2] 900122 PETER QUANTRILL'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 40 Daniel Harding conducts with a superb sense of pace, weight and colour,...
Faure
Faure Requiem. Op 48. Pavane, Op 50. Eight Songs torch Lubbock) Ilona Domnich sop Johnny Herford bar OSJ Voices; Orchestra of St John's / John Lubbock Orchestra of St John's [F] OSJCD01 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at St John's Smith Square, London,...
Faure * Pierne
Faure * Pierne Faure Piano Trio, Op 120 Pierne Piano Trio, Op 45 Trio Wanderer Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2192 (58' * DDD) Gabriel Pierne's star seems to be in the ascendant at the moment. A few months back there was a fine reading of...
Fizz and Flair Aplenty: In the Second of a Two-Part Round-Up, James Jolly Recommends Some of the Most Appealing Sets of 2014
The Vienna Philharmonic is unique among the great orchestras of the world in not having a principal conductor or music director (though in its guise as the orchestra of the State Opera House it does have one, a post almost guaranteed to end in tears)....
Gerald Barry: The Angular, Brazen and Fiercely Individual Music of This True Irishman Undergoes Colourful Analysis
In moments of exhilaration one may find one's mouth falling open, not knowing whether to laugh or scream. So it could be when listening to the music of Gerald Barry. There are holes in the harmony, and though the line keeps on going, it jumps and kicks...
Glass
Glass [DVD] Spuren der Verirrten (The Lost) Soloists and Choruses of the Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchestra, Linz / Dennis Russell Davies Stage director David Pountney Video director Felix Breisach Orange Mountain Music [B] (2) OMM0097; [F]...
Gramophone Talks to ... Matthew Malsky: The Composer on Writing Music, Recording It-And Listening Back to It
These works weren't 'designed' to sit together but you say you now recognise they share an 'underlying mission' ... I only came to think of them as being motivated by something consistent expressions of time and space--at the recording. I'd always...
Grieg
Grieg 'Complete Symphonic Works, Vol 4' Piano Concerto, Op 16 (a). Symphony in C minor (a) Herbert Schuch pf WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Ei vind Aadland Audite [F] [SACD] AUDITE92 670 (63' * DDD/DSD) 'Must never be performed'...
Grigory Sokolov Signs Exclusive Contract with Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon has announced the exclusive signing of one of the world's most enigmatic pianists, Grigory Sokolov. Sokolov, who according to DG's press release 'refuses to play pianos that are more than five years old' and who doesn't make studio...
Grime
Grime [G] Virga (a). Into the faded air (b). Clarinet Concerto (c). A Cold Spring (b). Everyone Sang (d). Night Songs (d). Near Midnight (a) (c) Lynsey Marsh c/ Halle (bc) Soloists/(a) Sir Mark Elder, (bcd) Jamie Phillips NMC Debut Discs...
Handel
Handel Messiah, HWV56 Lucy Crowe sop Tim Mead counterten Andrew Staples ten Christopher Purves bass Choir and Orchestra of Le Concert d'Astree / Emmanuelle Haim Erato [B] [2] 2564 62405-5 036' * DDD) Emmanuelle Haim plumps for a neatly...
Handel
Handel Faramondo Emily Fons mez Faramondo Anna Devin sop Clotilde Anna Starushkevych mez Rosimonda Njal Sparbo bass Gustavo Maarten Engeltjes counterten Adolfo Christopher Lowrey...
Handel's Messiah
Three 'period' recordings that came before Haim's and how Gramophone rated them APRIL 1980 Handel Messiah Soloists; Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood Decca [3] [LP] D189D3 (three 12in * 15.75 [pounds sterling] * nas) No...
Handel's Messiah: Emmanuelle Haim Joins Richard Lawrence to Discuss the Great Seasonal Oratorio
A cool, grey day at the end of October. The city is teeming with Everton Football Club supporters over for a match with the local team. The fans are well behaved at first; later there are scuffles with the police, and the main square is a sea of beer...
Hasse
Hasse Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli sop Cleopatra Vivica Genaux mez Mark Antony Le Musiche Nove / Claudio Osele Deutsche Harmonia Mundi [M] (2) 88883 72187-2 (90' * DDD) Gender-bending, sometimes with...
Holbergs Reimagined: Mike Ashman Listens to Three Contemporary Takes on the Norwegian Master's Endearing Recollection of Baroque Dance Forms-And More
Grieg's innovative bicentennial tribute to Ludvig Holberg, Norwegian writer/philosopher/ historian and fellow son of Bergen, is not a set of variations of one musical theme but of 18th-century dance forms Sarabande, Gavotte/Musette, Air and Rigaudon....
Howells
Howells [G] 'When first thine eies unveil' Mass in the Dorian Mode. Walking in the snow. Long, long ago. Levavi oculos meos. In youth is pleasure. Before me careless lying. O salutaris hostia. Salve regina. My eyes for beauty pine. When first thine...
How the Hi-Fi Landscape Keeps Changing: Unlikely Alliances, Takeovers and New Products Have Shaped the Audio World in 2014: Where We Go from Here Is Anybody's Guess
However you assumed the hi-fi market would develop as we went into 2014 is probably wrong by now. A massive computer company has bought a leading headphone brand; one of the most specialist British hi-fi names has launched an all-in-one system, on...
'Hymns to St Cecilia'
'Hymns to St Cecilia' RR Bennett Verses on St Cecilia's Day Bliss Sing, mortals! Britten Hymn to St Cecilia, Op 27 Dyson Live for ever, glorious Lord Elgar There is sweet music, Op 53 No 1 J Gardner A Song for St Cecilia's Day, Op 119 Howells A...
I Muller
I Muller Clarinet Concertos--No 3; No 4; No 5; No 6. Duo concertante (a) Friederike Roth, (a) Johannes Gmeinder cls Cottbus State Theatre Philharmonic Orchestra / Evan Christ Dabringhaus und Grimm [F] [SACD]. MDG9011846-6 (66' * DDD/DSD)...
'Invocation'
'Invocation' JS Bach Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV659 (both arr Busoni). Cantata No 127--Die Seele ruht in Jesu Handen (arr Bauer) Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173--No 3, Benediction de...
Janacek's Sinfonietta
Three recordings that came before Edward Gardner's, and how Gramophone rated them SEPTEMBER 1971 Janacek Sinfonietta Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Kubelik DGG [LP] 2530 075 (2-35 [pounds sterling]) Kubelik gets off to a...
John Bird: Social Entrepreneur, Founder of the Big Issue and Author of the Necessity of Poverty on Discovering Music and the Joy of Singing
My father, even though he was a builder's labourer, was obsessed with Caruso, and I inherited that. We were always listening to Caruso on a Sunday morning as the dinner was being made. I always remember that and it's incredible that my father should...
Jorge Bolet: Bryce Morrison Greets a 10-Disc Set Gathering Together the Cuban-American Pianist's Recordings for RCA and Columbia
Large-scale recorded tributes to iconic pianists can leave you at once exhausted and elated. Post-Horowitz, you are both shaken and stirred. The Argerich experience is akin to having an acetylene flare placed dangerously close to one's face. And now...
JS Bach
JS Bach Six Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 Viola de Hoog vc Vivat [B] [2] VIVAT107 (135' * DDD) Viola de Hoog was the cellist of the Schoenberg Quartet. However, alongside her affinity with the music of the Second Viennese School, she has developed...
JS Bach
JS Bach French Overture, BWV831. Aria variata alla maniera italiana, BWV989. Concerto (after Marcello), BWV974. Italian Concerto, BWV971 Vladimir Ashkenazy pf Decca [F] 478 6773DH (67' * DDD) The high standards of Vladimir Ashkenazy's previous...
J Ward
J Ward Fantasias a 4, VDGS21-26. Down, caitiff wretch (Part 1). Mount up, my soul. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord. Let God Arise. Praise the Lord, O my soul. Prayer is an endless chain (Part 2). This is a joyful, happy holy day Choir of Magdalen...
KA Hartmann
KA Hartmann [G] Simplicius Simplicissimus Juliane Banse sop Simplicius Will Hartmann ten Hermit Peter Marsch ten Governor Ashley Holland bar Landsknecht Michael Eder bass Captain Harry Peeters spkr Speaker Netherlands...
'La Fauvette Passerinette'
'La fauvette passerinette' [G] J Anderson Etude No 1G Benjamin Fantasy on lambic Rhythm Dutilleux D'ombre et de silence Messiaen Huit Preludes--No 1, La colombe. Piece pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas. Quatre Etudes de rythme--No 1, lie de feu I. Catalogue...
Langgaard
Langgaard [G] 'String Quartets, Vol 3' String Quartets--No 1, BVN68; No 5, BVN189. Quartet Movement, Italian Scherzo', BVN408 Nightingale Quartet Dacapo [F] [DVD] 6 220577 (69' * DDD/DSD) Gramophone's conferment of Young Artists of...
Liszt * R Strauss * Wagner
Liszt * R Strauss * Wagner 'Reminiscences' Liszt Premiere Elegie, S130fer. Romance oubliee, S132fer. Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S135 R Strauss Violin Sonata, Op 18. An einsamer Quelle, Op 9 No 2. Cacilie, Op 27 No 2 Wagner Mignonne. Wesendonck-Lieder--Traume....
Ludvig Irgens-Jensen
Ludvig Irgens-Jensen The Life and Music of a Norwegian Composer By Arvid O Vollsnes Toccata Press, HB, 368pp, 45 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-907689-73-7 If you've not heard (or heard of) Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894-1969), check out his...
Lully
Lully Amadis Cyril Auvity ten Amadis Judith van Wanroij sop Oriane Ingrid Perruche sop Arcabonne Edwin Crossley-Mercer bar ...
Lully
Lully Atys Romain Champion ten Atys Amaya Dominguez mez Cybele Benedicte Tauran sop Sangaride Aimery Lefevre bar Celenus Matthieu Heim bass Idas Maud Ryaux sop Doris Mailys...
MacMillan
MacMillan Clemency David Kravitz bar Abraham Michelle Trainor sop Hagar Christine Abraham sop Sarah Neal Ferreira, Samuel Levine tens David McFerrin bar Three Travellers Brett Hodgdon pf Boston Lyric Opera...
Mahler
Mahler Symphony No 5 WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/Jukka-Pekka Saraste Profil [F] PH14045 (70' * DDD) First impressions are of an imposing acoustic (Cologne Philharmonie) and--on the back of an unflinching down-the-line trumpet solo--a...
Malsky
Malsky 'Geographies & Geometries--Chamber Works' Archipelago of Regrets3. -42.489[degrees] 108.756[degrees] (Elegy) (a). Escaping the Delta (b). Same River Twice (c). Subtending the Right Angle (d) (a) Worcester Chamber Music Society; (b) C-Squared;...
Maria Luigia Borsi
Maria Luigia Borsi 'Italian Soprano Arias' Catalani La Wally--Ebben? Ne andro lontana Puccini La boheme--Donde lieta usci. Gianni Schicchi--O mio babbino caro. Madama Butterfly --Un bel di vedremo. La rondine--Chi il bel sogno di Doretta. Suor Angelica--Senza...
M Brouwer
M Brouwer 'Shattered--Chamber Music' Shattered Glass (a). Clarinet Quintet (b). Whom do you call angel now? (c). Lonely Lake (d). Two Arrangements for Blue Streak Ensemble (d) (c) Sandra Simon sop (b) Daniel Silver cl (b) Maia Quartet; (ad) Blue Streak...
Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn Songs Without Words: Op 19--Nos 1 & 6; Op 30 No 6; Op 38 No 6; Op 53--Nos 1 & 3; Op 62 No 5; Op 67 Nos 1-3 & 6; Op 85 No 4; Op 102 Nos 1, 4 & 6. Andante con variazioni, Op 82. Prelude and Fugue, Op 35 No 1. Rondo capriccioso....
Monteverdi
Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro [F] [2] COR16126 (106' * DDD * T/t) Having released on three separate discs Monteverdi's late (1641) published collection of sacred music, Selva morale e spirituale...
Mozart
Mozart 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 2' Piano Sonatas--No 3, K281; No 4, K282; No 5, K283; No 10, K330; No 13, K333 Christian Blackshaw pf Wigmore Hall Live [B] [2] WHLIVE0069 (99' * DDD) Recorded live, May 23, 2012 No angularities or vertically...
Mozart
Mozart [DVD] [BR] Don Giovanni Mariusz Kwiecien bar Don Giovanni Malin Bystrom sop Donna Anna Wronique Gens sop Donna Elvira Elizabeth Watts sop Zerlina Antonio Poli ten Don...
Mozart
Mozart 'Desperate Heroines' Don Giovanni--Non mi dir. La finta giardiniera--Crudeli, oh Dio! fermate ... Ah dal pianto; Geme la tortorella. Idomeneo--Se il padre perdei. Lucio Silla --Fra i pensieri. Mitridate, re di Ponto--Pallid'ombre. Le nozze...
Mozart * Nielsen
Mozart * Nielsen Mozart Clarinet Concerto, K622. Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl, K119 (arr Bliss). No, che non sei capace, K419 (arr Bliss) Nielsen Clarinet Concerto Julian Bliss c/Royal Northern Sinfonia / Mario Venzago Signum [F]...
Music Competitions Guide
Many of the world's leading classical artists, including Murray Perahia, Nicola Benedetti and Vladimir Ashkenazy, have had their careers launched by a competition victory--who will be next? UNITED KINGDOM Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition...
Music of the Low Countries: Arnold Whittall Ponders the Relative Neglect of Dutch and Belgian Composers Compared with Their French and German Counterparts
Whenever previously unknown names appear on new recordings it's natural to wonder whether the filtering process of canon formation, especially in orchestral music, has been grossly unjust to those composers excluded. Have Adolphe Samuel, Joseph Callaerts...
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]--775 [pounds sterling]...
Nielsen
Nielsen Symphonies--No 1, Op 7; No 4, 'Inextinguishable', Op 29 New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert Dacapo [F] [SACD] 6 220624 (69' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, March 12-15, 2014 ...
Orchestral Christmas Carols
Music for Christmas takes many forms, as we all know. This year Jeremy Nicholas recommends recordings of pieces in the medley-esque orchestral and/or choral genre based on selections of popular carols There are Christmas cantatas, there are Christmas...
'Ostsee'
'Ostsee' Bertouch Du Tochter Zion, freu dich sehr. Mein Herz ist bereit. Sonatas--No 10; No 13 Theile Ach, dass ich horen solte dass Gott. Die Seele Christi heilige mich Vierdanck Suite Ingeborg Dalheim sop Marianne Beate Kielland contr Njal Sparbo...
Performances & Events: Rattle Conducts Sibelius in Berlin, a Feast of Choral Music at London's Temple Church, and Broadcasts of Annual and Much-Loved Institutions from Vienna and Cambridge
Gothenburg Concert Hall and GSO Play Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Mahler's Sixth, December 11 and 12 Following his well-received recording of Mahler's Fifth (see review on page 48), Jukka-Pekka Saraste nips over the Finnish border to Sweden to...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
Seasonal fare from Gramophone's Editor for one of this month's playlists as he steers you towards some of his favourite Christmas music. And if the Christmas festivities stop you getting out to the opera house, Hugo Shirley serves up the equivalent...
Ponce
Ponce Piano Concertos (a)--No 1, 'Concierto romantico'; No 2. Preludios encadenados. Ferial. Cuatro Danzas mexicanas (a) Rodolfo Ritter pf San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra / Zaeth Ritter Sterling [F] CDS1102-2 (76' * DDD) Having...
Porpora
Porpora 'Il maestro' Carlo il Calvo--Spesso di nubi cinto. Didone abbandonata--Gia si desta la tempesta. Ericlea-Torbido intorno al core. Ezio--Se tu la reggi al volo. Meride e Selinunte--Con alma intrepida. Polifemo--Alto giove. Semiramide riconosciuta--Il...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Op 64--Suite Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti CSO Resound [F] CS0R9011402 (49' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Centre, Chicago, October 2013 As I write, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 1, 'Classical', Op 25; No 2, Op 40. Dreams, Op 6 Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop Naxos [B] 8 573353 (57' * DDD) As Marin Alsop has remarked, Prokofiev consistently bucked prevailing trends, whether political,...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Piano Sonatas--No 5, Op 38/135; No 6, Op 82. Trois Pensees, Op 62. Music for Children, Op 65 Yury Martynov pf Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT346 (71' * DDD) Though the track list has it as Op 38, the Fifth Sonata should really...
Puccini
Puccini [DVD] [BR] Tosca Emily Magee sop Tosca Jonas Kaufmann ten Cavaradossi Thomas Hampson bar Scarpia Valeriy Murga bar Angelotti Giuseppe Scorsin bass Sacristan...
Quilter
Quilter 'The Complete Quilter Songbook, Vol 2' Five Jacobean Lyrics, Op 28. Two Songs (1903). Fairy Lullaby. Three Songs of William Blake, Op 20. Island of Dreams. At close of day. The Answer. Five English Love Lyrics, Op 24. Three Songs, Op 18...
Rameau
Rameau Les Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour Chantal Saton-Jeffery sop Orthesie/Orie Carolyn Sampson sop L'Amour/Memphis Blandine Staskiewicz mez L'Hymen/Egyptian Shepherdess Jennifer Borghi...
Rameau's Pieces De Clavecin: Julie Anne Sadie Listens to a Selection of Recordings of Rameau's Works for Keyboard in Both Solo and Ensemble Performances
Some of die finest harpsichordists of our day have celebrated Rameau's 250th anniversary with versions of his highly regarded if relatively little-known solo and concerted harpsichord works: highly innovative music for supremely accomplished practitioners....
Recording of the Month: Peter Quantrill Listens to a Vivid Live Recording of Schumann's Troubled Faust Cantata
[G] Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO3 Christiane Karg, Mari Eriksmoen sops Bernarda Fink mez Andrew Staples ten Christian Gerhaher bar Alastair Miles, Kurt Rydl, Tareq Nazmi basses Soloists and Chamber Choir of the Augsburger Domsingknaben; Bavarian...
Reich
Reich Radio Rewrite (a). Electric Counterpoint (b). Piano Counterpoint (c) (c) Vicky Chow pf (b) Jonny Greenwood gtr (a) Alarm Will Sound / Alan Pierson Nonesuch [F] 7559 79547-0 (46' * DDD) Over the years a significant number of...
Renee Fleming
Renee Fleming [DVD] [Blu-ray] 'Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century' Gershwin Porgy and Bess--Summertime Korngold Sterbelied, Op 14 No 1. Das Heldengrab am Pruth, Op 9 No 5. Was du mir bist, Op 22 No 1. Das eilende Bachlein, Op 27 No 2. Die tote...
Rossini
Rossini [DVD] [BL] L'italiana in Algeri Alex Esposito bar Mustafa Mariangela Sicilia sop Elvira Raffaella Lupinacci mez Zulma Davide Luciano bar Haly Yijie Shi ten ...
R Strauss
R Strauss 'Tone Poems, Vol 3' Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30. Aus Italien, Op 16 SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg / Francois-Xavier Roth Hanssler Classic [F] CD93 320 (78' * DDD) Both pieces open on an auspicious pedal...
R Strauss * Varese
R Strauss Varese R Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 Varese Ameriques Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Ingo Metzmacher Challenge Classics [F] CC72644 (71' * DDD) First, Ein Heldenleben, remarkable primarily for the forward momentum...
Russian Perspectives: Four Box-Sets That Have an Element of 'Completeness'-All from Russian Composers, Conductors and Performers
Familiarity breeds contempt --a simple enough cliche, occasionally justified, but when it comes to recordings, the greater the performance, the more we respond to repeated hearings. One such case is Sergey Rachmaninov's legacy (as pianist) for RCA,...
Schubert
Schubert '1828' Piano Sonata No 20, D959. Rondo, D951 (a). Allegro, 'Lebenssturme', D947 (a). Fantasie, D940 (a) Philippe Cassard, (a) Cedric Pescia pf La Dolce Volta [F] LDV15 (78' * DDD) The title '1828' refers to Schubert's final...
Schubert
Schubert Piano Sonatas--No 13, D664; No 16, D845. Wandererfantasie, D760 Garrick Ohlsson pf Dux [F] DUX0930 (78' * DDD) This recital is all about contrasts: at its centre, that most unpianistic of pieces--the Wanderer Fantasy--bookended...
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