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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1118, January

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Antipodean Chamber Music: William Yeoman Listens to a Handful of Recordings of Music That Reflects and Responds to the Landscapes of Australia and New Zealand
Musical conservatism is relative and isolation can just as easily explain radicalism. The composers of Australia and New Zealand have always embraced both extremes while at the same time exhibiting an Antipodean sensibility born of self-reliance and...
A Panufnik * Lutoslawski: A Panufnik String Quartets
A Panufnik * Lutostawski A Panufnik String Quartets; No 1; No 2, 'Messages'; No 3, 'Wycinanki' Lutostawski String Quartet Tippett Quartet Naxos [F] 8 573164 (80' * DDD) The Panufnik Quartets have been recorded before, by the Chilingirian...
A Panufnik * R Panufnik: 'Messages-Chamber Works for Strings'
A Panufnik * R Panufnik 'Messages--Chamber Works for Strings' A Panufnik String Quartets--No 1; No 2, 'Messages'; No 3, 'Wycinanki'. Song to the Virgin Mary (a) A Panufnik/R Panufnik Modlitwa (a) R Panufnik Memories of my Father Brodsky Quartet with...
A True 20th-Century Maestro
Just over 20 years ago in these pages (9/94), Jonathan Swain reviewed RCA's 15-disc Pierre Monteux Edition, his opening quote, from the pianist Leon Fleisher, 'under-heralded, under-sung, under-appreciated except by those who knew'. Hear, hear. Well,...
Averitt: Afro-American Fragments
Averitt Afro-American Fragments. The Deepness of the Blue. The Dream Keeper Lee Thompson, Melissa Loehnig pf Conservatory Singers / Robert Bode MSR Classics [F] MS1509 (47' * DDD) Recorded live at the White Recital Hall, James C Olson...
Bartok's Fifth Quartet
Three recordings that came before Meta4's and how Gramophone rated them APRIL 1962 Bartok String Quartet No 5 Fine Arts Quartet Saga [LP] XIP7003 (12in * 29s 6d) For Nos 5 and 6 I now think this new version by the Fine Arts Quartet the...
Bartok * Tchaikovsky: Bartok Divertimento
Bartok * Tchaikovsky Bart ok Divertimento, Sz113 Tchaikovsky Serenade, Op 48 London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble / Roman Simovic vn LSO Live [M] [SACD] LS00752 (56' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, October 27,...
Beethoven: Die Geschopfe Des Prometheus, Op 43-Overture
Beethoven Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Op 43--Overture. Fidelio--Overture, Op 72c; Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b. Egmont, Op 84--Overture. Coriolan, Op 62. Die Weihe des Hauses, Op 124 Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Paavo Jarvi RCA...
Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi
Bellini [DVD] [BR] I Capuleti e i Montecchi Nicole Cabell sop Giulietta Joyce DiDonato mez Romeo Saimir Pirgu ten Tebaldo Eric Owens bass-bar Capellio Ao Li bass-bar Lorenzo ...
Berio: Calmo
Berio [G] Calmo (a). Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata notturna di Madrid di L Boccherini. Sinfonia (a) Virpi Raisanen mez Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu Ondine [F] [SACD] ODE1227-5 (54' * DDD/DSD) From the last...
Brahms: Fest- Und Gedenkspruche
Brahms Fest- und Gedenkspruche, Op 109. Missa canonica, Op posth. Motets--Op 29; Op 74; Op 110 Swedish Radio Choir / Peter Dijkstra Channel Classics [F] CCSSA35814 (58' * DDD/DSD * T) These relaxed and often sensuous performances...
Brahms * Schubert: Brahms Piano Trio No 3
Brahms * Schubert Brahms Piano Trio No 3, Op 101 Schubert Piano Trio No 2, D929 Sitkovetsky Trio Wigmore Hall Live [M] WHLIVE0070 (69' * DDD) Recorded live, September 19,2013 An impressive opening to Brahms's Trio, Allegro energico...
Brahms: 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 3'
Brahms 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 3' Piano Sonata No 2, Op 2. Waltzes, Op 39. Piano Pieces, Op 119--No 1; No 3. Intermezzo, Op 116 No 5. Theme with Variations (from String Sextet No 1, Op 18) Barry Douglas pf Chandos [F] CHAN10833 (67' * DDD)...
Bray: At the Speed of Stillness
Bray At the Speed of Stillness (a). Fire Burning in Snow (b). Oneiroi (c). Replay (d). Songs from Yellow Leaves (e). Caught in Treetops (f) (e) Clalre Booth sop (b) Lucy Schaufer mez (f) Alexandra Wood vn (cd) Huw Watkins, (e) Andrew Matthews-Owen...
Bresnick: Going Home-Vysoke
Bresnick Going Home--Vysoke, My Jerusalem (a). Ishi's Song (b). Josephine the Singer (c). Strange Devotion (b). A Message from the Emperor (d). Prayers Remain Forever (e) (c) Sarita Kwok vn (b) Lisa Moore pf (d) Michael Compitello, (d) Ian Rosenbaum...
Britten * Shostakovich: Britten Sinfonietta
Britten * Shostakovich [DVD] [BR] Britten Sinfonietta, Op 1 Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1, Op 107 (a). Symphony No 1, Op 10 (a) Steven Isserlis vc Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Teodor Currentzis EuroArts [F] [DVD] 205 9818; [F] [BR] 205...
Bruckner: Symphony No 5
Bruckner [DVD] [BR] Symphony No 5 Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann C Major Entertainment [F] [DVD] 717808; [F] [BR] 717904 (89' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at the Semperoper,...
Bumper Year for Vinyl as Annual LP Sales in Britain Exceed the One Million Mark
When annual LP sales last exceeded one million in Britain, John Major was the Prime Minister and the iPod wasn't even a glimmer in Steve Jobs's imagination (and he wasn't working for Apple, let alone running it). As we go to press, the Official...
Byrd: 'Infelix Ego'
Byrd 'Infelix ego' Byrd Ave Maria. Christe qui lux est. Emendemus in melius. Infelix ego. Mass for Five Voices Ferrabosco Peccantem me quotidie De Monte Miserere mei Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe PHI [F] LPH014 (49'...
Byrd's Mass for Five Voices: Three Recordings That Came before Philippe Herreweghe's and How Gramophone Rated Them
JUNE 1960 Byrd Mass for Five Voices Choir of King's College, Cambridge / David Willcocks Argo * ZRG5226 (12in * 30s) The performance of the Mass is a beautiful example of the sensitive and deeply musical singing that we have come to expect...
Carwithen * Jacob * Williamson: 'Concertos for Piano & Strings'
Carwithen * Jacob * Williamson 'Concertos for Piano & Strings' Carwithen Piano Concerto Jacob Piano Concerto No 1 Williamson Piano Concerto No 2 Mark Bebbington pf Innovation Chamber Ensemble / Richard Jenkinson Somm Celeste [F] SOMMCD254...
Cavalli: Elena
Cavalli [DVD] Elena Emoke Barath sop Elena/Venere Valer Barna-Sabadus counterten Menelao Fernando Guimaraes ten Teseo...
Chopin: Cello Sonata
Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Piano Trio, Op 8 (a) (a) Kolja Blacker vn Johannes Moser vc Ewa Kupiec pf Hanssler Classic [F] CD93 321 (58' * DDD) I find it odd that, with two works in which the piano takes the lead, it's Johannes Moser whose...
Chopin: Complete Mazurkas
Chopin Complete Mazurkas Janina Fialkowska pf ATMA Classique [F] (2) ACD2 2682 (150' * DDD) Janina Fialkowska continues her Chopin odyssey with a subtle and elusive challenge. The 55 Mazurkas (extended from what was once considered 52)...
Classics Reconsidered: Hugo Shirley and Richard Fairman Listen Again to the Legendary 1952 Recording of Mahler's das Lied Von der Erde by Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter with the Vienna Philharmonic
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde. Three Ruckert-Lieder Kathleen Ferrier contr Julius Patzak ten Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Bruno Walter Decca [M] 466 576-2DM (76' * ADD) Bruno Walter's deep understanding of Mahler is given every chance to show...
C Matthews: Aftertones
C Matthews Aftertones (a). Crossing the Alps (b). No Man's Land (c) (c) Ian Bostridge ten (a) Roderick Williams bar Halle (a) Choir, "Youth Choir and (ac)Orchestra / (ac) Nicholas Collon, (b) Richard Wilberforce Halle [F] CDHLL7538 (61' * DDD...
Connesson: Cello Concerto
Connesson Cello Concerto (a). Lucifer (a) Jerome Pernoo vc Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra / Jean-Christophe Spinosi DG/Discovery [F] 4811166 (66' * DDD) Listen blind and you'd never guess this was music by a Frenchman operating in the...
Dickinson: Violin Concerto
Dickinson Violin Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b). Organ Concerto (c). Merseyside Echoes (d) (a) Chloe Hanslip vn (b) Howard Shelley pf (c) Jennifer Bate org (bc) BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Atherton; (ad) BBC National Orchestra of Wales /...
Doderer: Piano Trios-No 1
Doderer Piano Trios--No 1; No 2; No 3, 'For the Gustav Mahler Jubilee 2010 and 201V; No 4, 'Morning' VilosTrio Capriccio [F] C5220 (59' * DDD) A composition pupil of Beat Furrer with six operas under her belt, Vienna-based Johanna Doderer...
Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Diana Damrau sop Lucia Joseph Calleja ten Edgardo Ludovic Tezier bar Enrico Nicolas Teste bass-bar Raimondo David Lee ten Arturo...
Dukas: L'apprenti Sorcier
Dukas L'apprenti sorcier. Symphony in C. La peri--Fanfare; Poeme danse RTE National Symphony Orchestra / Jean-Luc Tingaud Naxos [B] 8 573296 (72' * DDD) It's been a good few years since I last encountered a brand-new recording of Paul...
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 (a). Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 (b). Rondo, Op 94 B171 (a). Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B173 (a). Slavonic Dance, Op 46 B78 No 8 (b). Songs my mother taught me, Op 55 B104 No 4 (b) Daniel Muller-Schott vc (b)...
Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews MONTEVERDI 'Madrigali, Vol 2--Mantova' Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew Les Arts Florissants Editions [F] AF003 FABRICE FITCH'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE...
Elgar: 'The Binyon Settings' the Spirit of England
Elgar 'The Binyon Settings' The Spirit of England, Op 80 (a). With Proud Thanksgiving (a). Carillon, Op 75 (b). Arthur--incidental music (arr Palmer) (c) (a) Judith Howarth sop (b) Simon Callow spkr (a) London Symphony Chorus; (a) Philharmonia...
Ellis: Concert Music
Ellis Concert Music (a). Vale Royal Suite (a). Diversions (b). September Threnody (b). Celebration (c). Solus (d) (a) Manchester Sinfonia / Richard Howarth; (b) Northern Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Ward; (c) RNCM Sinfonia / Sir Edward Downes; (d)...
Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
The pianist Jean Miiller--whose recordings of Chopin and Liszt on the Fondamenta label have been greeted with great enthusiasm in Gramophone--offers an artist's guide to some key Liszt recordings by some of the greatest players of our time. Gramophone...
'Far Away': Barber Melodies Passageres
'Far Away' Barber Melodies passageres, Op 27 Beethoven An die feme Geliebte, Op 98 Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op 22 Eisler Hollywood Liederbuch Faure Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op 58 Weill Street Scene--Lonely House. Lady in the Dark--My...
'Flowers of the Field'
'Flowers of the Field' G Butterworth A Shropshire Lad--Rhapsody Finzi Requiem da camera (a) Gurney The Trumpet (b) Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy (c) (a) Roderick Williams bar (b) Jeremy Irons spkr (abc) City of London Choir; London Mozart Players...
Francaix: 'Tres Frangaix'
Francaix 'Tres Frangaix' Variations sur un theme plaisant. Quatuor. Sixtuor. Elegie. L'Fleure du Berger Jeremy Polmear ob and friends Oboe Classics [F] CC2029 (59' * DDD) Jean Francix's chamber music, whose great charm is difficult...
From Wireless Speakers to New Cables: More Ways to Listen, Including an All-in-One Soundbar from a Well-Known British Name
THIS MONTH Naim's first all-in-one system, a novel CD/streaming solution from Yamaha and my round-up of 2014's best audio products. A ream has become the latest company to add a soundbar to its range but the company says this isn't a speaker solely...
Godard: Barcarolles-No 2
Godard Barcarolles--No 2, Op 80; No 3, Op 105. Des scenes italiennes, Op 126.20 Pieces, Op 58 Alessandro Deljavan pf Piano Classics [F] PCL0072 (81' * DDD) Godard's fortunes have taken a decided turn for the better in recent years, with...
Godowsky: 'Piano Music, Vol 12'
Godowsky 'Piano Music, Vol 12' Six Waltz Poems for the Left Hand Alone. Concert Study, 'Grottesco', Op 11 No 1. Menuet. Gigue. Transcriptions: Am Meer (Schubert); Aufforderung zum Tanz (Weber); Du bist wie eine Blume (Schumann); Hochlandisches Wiegenlied...
Gramophone Talks to ... Canadian Composer Paul Dolden ... ... about the Un-Tempered Orchestra and Who Has the Biggest Sound?
Who Has the Biggest Sound? is the most substantial of the two pieces on the CD ... In this work, I go on a journey around the world, looking for sounds produced by insects and animals. Who has the most beautiful melody? Who can play the fastest?...
'Grounds for Pleasure'
Grounds for Pleasure' 'Keyboard Music from 17th-Century England' Anonymous My Lady Carey's Dompe Blow Ground in Gamut Flatt. Mortlack's Ground. Suite in D minor--Ground; Hornpipe; Minuet Byrd A Grounde. My Ladye Nevell's Grownde Croft Suite in A--Ground;...
Guiomar Novaes: 'The Complete Published 78rpm Recordings'
Guiomar Novaes [G] [H] 'The Complete Published 78rpm Recordings' Albeniz Espana, Op 165--No 2, Tango. Iberia Evocacion; Triana JS Bach Toccata, BWV912 Beethoven The Ruins of Athens--Turkish March Chopin Ballade No 3, Op 47. Mazurka No 23, Op 33...
Hahn: Ciboulette
Hahn [DVD] [BR] Ciboulette Julie Fuchs sop Ciboulette Jean-Frangois Lapointe bar Duparquet Julien Behr ten Antonin Eva Ganizate sop...
Handel: Siroe, Re Di Persia
Handel Siroe, re di Persia Yosemeh Adjei counterten Siroe Anna Dennis sop Emira Aleksandra Zamojska sop Laodice Antonio Giovannini counterten Medarse Lisandro Abadie bass-bar King Cosroe Ross...
Hasse: Siroe, Re Di Persia
Hasse [G] Siroe, re di Persia Max Emanuel Cencic counterten Siroe Mary-Ellen Nesi mez Emira Julia Lezhneva mez Laodice Franco Fagioli counterten Medarse Juan Sancho ten ...
Haydn Piano Sonatas-No 38
Haydn Piano Sonatas--No 38, HobXVI/23; No 39, HobXVI/24; No 47, HobXVI/32; No 59, HobXVI/49 Denis Kozhukhin pf Onyx [M] ONYX4118 (52' * DDD) Christa Landon's numbering 1 to 62 is followed. But her 1960s edition was superseded in 2009 when...
Hetu: String Quartets-No 1, Op 19
Hetu String Quartets--No 1, Op 19; No 2, Op 50. Scherzo, Op 54. Adagio and Rondo, Op 3 No 1a. Serenade, Op 45 (a). Sextet, Op 71 (b) New Orford Quartet with (a) Timothy Hutchins fl (b) Steven Dann va [F] Colin Carr vc Naxos Canadian...
Hume: 'Harke, Harke!-Lyra Violls Humors & Delights' A Careles Humor
Hume 'Harke, harke!--Lyra Violls Humors & Delights' A Careles Humor. A Humorous Pavin. A Jigge. A Souldiers Galliard. A Souldiers Resolution. Alas Poore Men. An Almaine. Captaine Hume's Galliard. Fain would I change that note. Good Againe. Hark,...
'I Dilettanti'
'I dilettanti' Astorga In queste amene selve Benedetti La Gelosia Bigaglia Piu ch'io cerco del mio bene Maccari Non mi si dica piu B Marcello Lucrezia Ruggieri Armida abbandonata--Deh m'adita, o bella Dea; Vinto son della mia fede Xavier Sabata...
'Il Pianto d'Orfeo'
'Il pianto d'Orfeo' 'The Birth of Opera' Music by Peri, Caccini, Monteverdi, Rossi, Landi and Sartorio Deborah York sop Scherzi Musicali / Nicolas Achten Deutsche Harmonia Mundi [F] 88843 07872-2 (73' * DDD * T) Nicolas Achten has thoughtfully...
'Invitation Au Voyage'
'Invitation au voyage' [G] L Boulanger Clairieres dans le del. Nous nous aimerons tant. Vous m'avez regarde avec toute votre ame Debussy Le balcon. Harmonie du soir. Le jet d'eau. Recueillement. La mort des amants. Soupir. Placet futile. Eventail...
JD & JH Berlin: JD Berlin Sinfonias-A 5 for Cornett and Strings
JD & JH Berlin JD Berlin Sinfonias--a 5 for Cornett and Strings (a); a 6 in A; a 8 in D. Violin Concerto in A (b) JH Berlin Sinfonia a 6 in C (a) Alexandra Opsahl cornett Norwegian Baroque Orchestra / Gottfried von der Goltz (b) vn ...
John Adams Celebrates That Rare Beast-A Composer Who Writes Music That Is Enjoyed by the Critics and the Public Alike
There are those who would have you believe that new music is a battleground--a deeply cratered landscape scarred by musical grenades flung by vengeful composers seeking with each new piece to finally silence all of their contemporaries who dare to...
Jongen * Lazzari: 'The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 18'
Jongen * Lazzari 'The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 18' Jongen Violin Concerto, Op 17. Adagio symphonique, Op 20. Fantasia, Op 12 Lazzari Rapsodie Philippe Graffin vn Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins Hyperion [F]...
Journey without End: Following a Spate of Highly Rated Recent Recordings of the Cycle, Richard Wigmore Tracks Down Some of the Singers and Pianists Who Have Embarked on Schubert's Bleak Winterreise
'That absolutely contemporary piece of music which will remain contemporary for ever' was Stravinsky's famous verdict on Beethoven's rebarbative Grosse Fuge. Move forwards two years, from 1825 to 1827, and his words could apply equally to Winterreise,...
'Joy Alone'
'Joy Alone' Adolphe A Thousand Years of Love--Valley Girl in Love Chapi Las hijas de Zebedeo--Las carceleras Cymbala He's been faithful Gershwin Porgy and Bess--Summertime Heggie Natural Selection--Animal Passion; Joy Alone. Paper Wings--A Route...
JS Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV846-893 John Butt hpd Linn [S] (4) [SACD] CKD463 (3h 33' * DDD/DSD) It's interesting that many harpsichordists purport to approach Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier with scholarly authority, yet still come...
JS Bach: Keyboard Concertos-BWV1052
JS Bach Keyboard Concertos--BWV1052; BWV1053; BWV1054; BWV1055; BWV1056; BWV1057; BWV1058 Zurich Chamber Orchestra / Yorck Kronenberg pf Genuin [F] (2) GEN14323 (112' * DDD) Performance intentions expressed in booklet interviews can often...
JS Bach: Kothener Trauermusik
JS Bach Kothener Trauermusik, BWV244a Sabine Devieilhe sop Damien Guillon counterten Thomas Hobbs ten Christian Immler bass Ensemble Pygmalion / Raphael Pichon Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2211 (74' * DDD) For Pygmalion's debut disc on Harmonia...
JS Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-1051
JS Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-1051 Florilegium Channel Classics [B] (2) [SACD] CCSSA35914 (94' * DDD/DSD) Florilegium put concert performances of the Brandenburg Concertos at the heart of their 20th-anniversary celebrations...
Keeley: Dances with Bears
Keeley Dances with Bears (a). Quetzalli (a). On the Tiles (b). Six Inventions (c). Tales from the Golden City (d) . Piano Concerto (e) (c) Rowland Sutherland fl (c) Andrew Sparling cl (b d) Caroline Balding vn (b) Dominic Saunders, (e) Mary Dullea...
Koppel: Marimba Concertos
Koppel Marimba Concertos (a)--No 1; No 2; No 3, 'Linzer'; No 4, 'In memory of things transient'. PS to a Concerto Marianna Bednarska mari (a) Aalborg Symphony Orchestra / Henrik Vagn Christensen Dacapo [F] [SACD] 6 220595 (79' * DDD/DSD) ...
Legacies Complete: Warner Classics and Erato Open Up Their Considerable Archives
A 31-disc Erato collection devoted to that wonderful Hungarian-born pianist Lili Kraus is divided into two sections, 'The LP era: Ducretet-Thomson & Les Discophiles Francais' and 'The 78rpm era: Parlophone'. Some items have appeared on CD before,...
Leontyne Price: The American Soprano Had a Gift for Fusing Voice, Words and Meaning, and Was Even Able to Adapt Her Vocal Colours to Her Conductor
Leontyne Price's story would appear to be spectacularly simple. She had the voice of velvet, used it with wisdom and artistry for SO years, set vocal and theatrical standards in Verdi, and then wound up her career not with a predictable return to the...
Mahler: Das Lied Von der Erde
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde Christa Ludwig contr Waldemar Kmentt ten Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Carlos Kleiber Wiener Symphoniker [F] WS007 (58' * ADD) Recorded live, June 7,1967 In Conversations with Carlos, Charles Barber describes the...
Maverick Tilson Thomas
He's headed up the San Francisco Symphony for almost 20 years and soon turns 70. Yet Michael Tilson Thomas has lost none of the adventurous spirit he first showed as a 'brash, self possessed kid fresh out of USC', says longtime MTT interviewer Richard...
Mendelssohn * Schumann: Mendelssohn Symphony No 3
Mendelssohn * Schumann [G] Mendelssohn Symphony No 3, 'Scottish', Op 56. The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), Op 26 Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 54 (a) (a) Maria Joao Pires pf London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner LSO Live [S]...
Mendelssohn: 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano'
Mendelssohn 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano' Mendelssohn Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 45; No 2, Op 58. Variations concertantes, Op 17 (two versions). Song Without Words, Op 109 Fanny Mendelssohn Albumblatt. Fantasia Nancy Green vc R...
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart [DVD] [BR] Don Giovanni Erwin Schrott bass-bar Don Giovanni Anna Netrebko sop Donna Anna Malena Ernman mez Donna Elvira Katija Dragojevic mez Zerlina Charles Castronovo ten ...
Mozart's Requiem: Listens to the Latest Batch of Recordings of Mozart's Fascinating, Frustrating Unfinished Masterpiece
Luck and white-goods failures traditionally come in threes--and so, it seems, do recordings of Mozart's Requiem. Barely a month goes by without yet another landing on the Reviews Editor's desk; and it says much for this endlessly fascinating (and frustrating)...
Music and Ethical Responsibility
Music and Ethical Responsibility By Jeff R Warren Cambridge UP, HB, 213pp, 60 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-107-04394-7 Ethical jazz is a term first coined in the 1990s by the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway. More accurate but...
Music for Choral Evensong: Often Conceived for Specific Choirs and Sound Spaces, Recordings of Choral Evensong Can Capture Unique Moments in Time and There Are Many Fine Discs to Treasure
A part from Gothic vaults and Great East Windows, Choral Evensong is arguably the Church of England's greatest asset these days, and a reason why cathedrals, college chapels and other places where choirs sing still flourish while most parish churches...
Mu-So by Naim: Accomplished All-In One System Well Worth the Wait
Even by Naim standards, the mu-so has been a while coming: it was at the Bristol Sound and Vision show back in February that Naim MD Paul Stephenson cornered me and said 'We've got something we're working on I'd like you to take a listen sometime soon.'...
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 776[pounds sterling]-999[pounds sterling] [B] Budget price 6.25[pounds sterling]-775[pounds stling] [S]...
Nielsen's Symphony No 5: Alan Gilbert Discusses the Intricacies of the Newest Addition to His Nielsen Cycle with Andrew Mellor
There's a neat little story about Nielsen's Fifth Symphony. In 1927, Wilhelm Furtwangler was in Frankfurt conducting one of the first performances of the piece outside Denmark. Nielsen had been invited along to the rehearsals with a friend. During...
Orff: Carmina Burana
Orff Carmina Burana Yeree Suh sop Yves Saelens ten Thomas Bauer bar Collegium Vocale Gent; Cantate Domino; Anima Eterna Brugge / Jos van Immerseel Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT353 (64' * DDD * T/t) It was inevitable that a ripe choral warhorse...
Papa Haydn Celebrated
Aficionados of the art of string quartet-playing on disc have for years been waiting for an intelligently planned and well-transferred reissue of the Haydn recordings that the Schneider Quartet made between 1951 and 1954 for the Haydn Society. So Music...
Paulus: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
Paulus Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, 'Three Places of Enlightenment' (a). To Be Certain of the Dawn--Weil of Tears (b). Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (c) (a) Jun Iwasaki, (a) Carolyn Wann Bailey vns (a) Daniel Reinker...
P Glass: Symphony No 4
P Glass Symphony No 4, 'Heroes' Basle Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies Orange Mountain Music [F] OMM0096 (48' * DDD) If Philip Glass's Symphony No 2 is his 'Beethoven' symphony (its ending almost quotes the famous theme from Beethoven...
'Prayer'
'Prayer' Bloch From Jewish Life (a). Baal Shem--Nigun (a). Meditation hebraique (a). Schelomo (b) Casals El cant dels ocells (The Song of the Birds) (c) Shostakovich From Jewish Folk Poetry--exes (a) (a)Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Candida Thomson;...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 1
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 1, 'Classical', Op 25; No 2, Op 40. Sinfonietta, Op 5/48. Autumnal Sketch Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits Onyx [M] ONYX4139 (79' * DDD) This is the second release in Kirill Karabits's Prokofiev...
Przybylski
Przybylski Passio.... et desiderabunt mori.... Miserere Solistenensemble Phonix16 / Timo Kreuser Dux [F] (2) DUX1119/20 (153' * DDD) Born in Poland in 1984, Dariusz Przybylski studied in Germany with York Holler and Wolfgang Rihm; this...
Rachmaninov: 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 1'
Rachmaninov 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 1' Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op 42. Piano Sonata No 2, Op 36 (revised version, 1931). Moments musicaux, Op 16. Morceaux de salon, Op 10. Etudes-tableaux, Op 39 Artur Pizarro pf Odradek [M] (2)...
Rachmaninov's Romantic Second: Premiered in 1908, It Was Almost 70 Years before Rachmaninov's Second Symphony Came in from the Cold
Despite composing in what the musicologist Richard Taruskin teasingly labels a 'new stile antico', Rachmaninov now looks like a major symphonist. At the London Proms, this least confrontational, most 'conservative' of his works in the form has been...
Raiding the Archives
In his eulogy on the death of the conductor-composer Roger Desormiere in 1963, Pierre Boulez cited the older man's stated goal: 'extreme sobriety ... [but] sobriety of gesture does not mean a failure to carry expressiveness to its highest pitch, nor...
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Rameau [DVD] Hippolyte et Aricie Topi Lehtipuu ten Hippolyte Anne-Catherine Gillet sop Aricie Sarah Connolly mez Phedre Stephane Degout bar ...
Recording of the Month: Fabric Fitch Welcomes a French Consort's First Foray into the Madrigals of Monteverdi
[G] Monteverdi 'Madrigali, Vol 2--Mantova' Madrigals: Book 4--Sfogava con le stelle: Si ch'io vorrei morire; Voi pur da me partite; Anima dolorosa; Piagn' e sospira, e quand' i caldi raggi. Book 5--Cruda Amarilli; O Mirtillo, Mirtill' anima...
'Road Movies'
'Road Movies' Adams Road Movies Lysight Gemini Sonata Part Fratres. Passacaglia. Spiegel im Spiegel Duo Gemini Pavane [F] ADW7562 (57' * DDD) Plangent sounds and punchy rhythms permeate the five compositions for violin and piano played...
Roger Allam: One of the UK's Most Versatile Actors, Who Has Appeared in Everything from Shakespeare to the Thick of It, on Combining Words and Music
I went to Christ's Hospital school, which has a very good music reputation, and sang in the choir there. We sang for services and also special choral concerts--we did Handel's Messiah when my voice had broken, and I did the baritone solos. There was...
Scheherazade: Bortkiewicz Five Melodies from 'A Thousand and One Nights'
'Scheherazade' Bortkiewicz Five Melodies from 'A Thousand and One Nights' Khachaturian Clarinet Trio Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade, Op 35 Zurich Ensemble Paladino [F] PMR0036 (71' * DDD) Sheherazade as chamber music? Reduced to four members?...
Schubert * Mazzoli: Mazzoli Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos
Schubert--Mazzoli Mazzoli Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos Schubert Piano Sonata No 20, D959. Moments musicaux, D780 Shai Wosner pf Onyx [M] ONYX4136 (77' * DDD) Shai Wosner muses in his booklet essay on the notion of Schubert and...
Schubert: Schwanengesang
Schubert Schwanengesang, D957. Gesange des Harfners (Harfenspieler)--D478; D479; D480. Grenzen der Menschheit, D716. Prometheus, D674 Florian Boesch bar Malcolm Martineau pf Onyx [M] ONYX4131 (67' * DDD * T/t) Florian Boesch is never a...
Schubert: Symphonies-No 2
Schubert Symphonies--No 2, D125 (a); No 6, D589 (b) Basle Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies Sinfonieorchester Basel [F] SOB07 (59' * DDD) Recorded live at the Stadtcasino, Basle, (a) August 28 & 29, "November 12-14, 2013 ...
Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques, Op 13
Schumann Etudes symphoniques, Op 13. Kreisleriana, Op 16. Toccata, Op 7 Nelson Goerner pf Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT352 (71 * DDD) Nelson Goerner presents some of Schumann's wildest children in this finely recorded recital, beginning...
Sculthorpe: 'Complete Works for Solo Piano'
Sculthorpe 'Complete Works for Solo Piano' Tamara-Anna Cislowska pf ABC Classics [B] (2) ABC4811181 (159' * DDD) The last time I saw Peter Sculthorpe, who died in August aged 85, was two years ago when I visited the small studio behind...
'Sing, Ye Birds, a Joyous Song'
'Sing, ye birds, a joyous song' 'Music of the English Renaissance and 20th Century' RR Bennett The Glory and the Dream (a) Gibbons Glorious and powerful God (b). Second Evening Service (b) Tallis Te lucis ante terminum Taverner Mass. 'Western...
'Spirit, Strength & Sorrow'
'Spirit, Strength & Sorrow' [G] Settings of the Stabat mater by Casciolini, Firsova, Korvits, M Martin and D Scarlatti The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro [F] COR16127 (69' * DDD * T/t) Ever innovative in their programming, Harry Christophers...
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