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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1120, March

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AR Thomas: 'Music for Strings
AR Thomas 'Music for Strings, Featuring Young Musicians' Incantation (a). Passion Prayers (b). Violin Concerto No 1, 'Spirit Musings' (c). Jubilee (d). Cantos for Slava (e). Rumi Settings (f). Dancing Galaxy (9) (af) Stefan Hersh, (c) Marc Rovetti...
Beethoven: Kurpinski: Beethoven Symphony No 3, 'Eroica'
Beethoven * Kurpinski Beethoven Symphony No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55a Kurpinski Grand Battle Symphony, Op 15b Orchestra of the 18th Century / Frans Bruggen Fryderyk Chopin Institute (F) NIFCCD039 (68' * DDD) Recorded live at the a Warsaw...
Beethoven: Piano Concertos-No 1
Beethoven Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 15; No 2, Op 19 Louis Schwizgebel pf London Philharmonic Orchestra / Thierry Fischer Aparte (F) AP098 (65' * DDD) The Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel (he has dropped the 'Wang' portion of his...
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op 61a. Romances (a) -- No 1, Op 40; No 2, Op 50. Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Op 43 - Overture (a) Lorenzo Gatto vn Pelleas Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Levy Zig-Zag Territoires (F) ZZT354 (63' * DDD) Lorenzo...
Berg: Mendelssohn: Berg Lyric Suite
Berg * Mendelssohn (G) Berg Lyric Suite Mendelssohn String Quartet No 2, Op 13 Tetzlaff Quartet AVI-Music (F) AVI8553266 (58' * DDD) The Tetzlaff Quartet is unusual in consisting of four busy soloists who get together only intermittently....
Berg's Lyric Suite: Three Recordings That Came before the Tetzlaff Quartet's-And How Gramophone Rated Them
APRIL 1961 Berg Lyric Suite for String Quartet Ramor Quartet Vox mono (LP) DL530 (12in * 30s) The music must be fiendishly difficult to play, and one is reluctant to criticise the Ramor Quartet's very competent account of it--more particularly...
Bizet: Les Pecheurs De Perles
Bizet (DVD) (Blu-ray) Les pecheurs de perles Patrizia Ciofi sop Leila Dmitry Korchak ten Nadir Dario Soiari bar Zurga Roberto Tagliavini bass Nourabad Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples/Gabriele...
Bonis: Faure: Bonis Piano Quartet No 1, Op 69
Bonis * Faure Bonis Piano Quartet No 1, Op 69 Faure Piano Quartet No 1, Op 15 Giardini Quartet Evidence (F) EVCD004 (55' * DDD) Here's an enterprising programme from Quatuor Giardini. The marketplace is quite crowded where Faure's First...
Brahms: Reinecke: Brahms Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op 120
Brahms * Reinecke (G) Brahms Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op 120 Reinecke Undine, Op 167. Introduzione ed Allegro appassionato, Op 256 Michael Collins cl Michael McHale pf Chandos (F) CHAN10844 (70' * DDD) Brahms wrote his late clarinet...
Brahms: Schumann: Brahms der Schmied
Brahms * Schumann Brahms Der Schmied, Op 19 No 4. Wiegenlied, Op 49 No 4. Dein blaues Auge, Op 59 No 8. Meine Liebe ist grun, Op 63 No 5. Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen, Op 96 No 2. Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op 105 No 1. Standchen, Op 106 No...
Brett Dean: Dean Has Emerged from the Ranks of the Berlin Phil's Viola Section with a Distinctive Voice of His Own
Drifting through rainbows--or more often driven, by rhythmic energy--Brett Dean's music locks into one harmonic colour after another, generally with a rotating motif of just a few notes to keep the effect clear. Tonality here is expanded but anchored,...
Britten: Schubert: Britten Sechs Holderlin-Fragmente
Britten * Schubert Britten Sechs Holderlin-Fragmente, Op 61. Oft in the stilly night. The Minstrel Boy. At the mid hour of night. Rich and rare. The last rose of summer Schubert O Quell, was stromst du rasch und wild, D874. Im Fruhling, D882. Im...
Bruckner: Symphony No 3 (1873 Version, Ed Nowak)
Bruckner Symphony No 3 (1873 version, ed Nowak) Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra/Yannick Nezet-Seguin ATMA Classique (F) ACD2 2700 (67' * DDD) Recorded live at the Maison Symphonique, Montreal, June 2014 I came to Yannick Nezet-Seguin's...
Bruckner: Symphony No 5 (1878 Version)
Symphony No 5 (1878 version) Tapiola Sinfonietta / Mario Venzago CPO (F) CP0777 616-2 (60' * DDD) Turn straight to the Scherzo of Mario Venzago's Fifth for a Landler of considerable charm and subtle clumsiness, albeit on a chamber scale with...
Bruckner: Symphony No 8 (1887-90 Version, Ed Haas)
Bruckner Symphony No 8 (1887-90 version, ed Haas) Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Accentus (F) (DVD) ACC202178; (F) (Blu-ray) ACC102178 (85' * NTSC * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0). Recorded live at the Philharmonie,...
Building a Fantasy World
The diverse strands of Schumann's symphonic writing can come together to form something fantastical yet contained. Philip Clark explores why conductors such as Rattle, Holliger, Nezet-Seguin and Ticciati are immersing themselves in this highly individual...
Burry: Baby Kintyre
Burry Baby Kintyre Laura Albino sop Jill Benjamin Covey bar George James McLennan ten Bob Shannon Mercer sop Aunt Della Eileen Nash voc Rita Krisztina Szabo mez Alla Mae Giles Tomkins bass-bar Uncle Wesley...
Bystrom: Picnic at Hanging Rock
Bystrom Picnic at Hanging Rock (a). A Walk After Dark (b). Invisible Cities (a) (b) Ellen Nisbeth va (a) Malmo Symphony Orchestra; (b) Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra /Daniel Blendulf Daphne (F) DAPHNE1046 (67' * DDD) (b) Recorded live...
Catel: Les Bayaderes
Catel Les bayaderes Chantal Santon sop Lamea Philippe Do ten Demaly Mathias Vidal ten Rustan/Indian Chie Katia Velletaz sop Ixora/First Bayaderf Jennifer Borghi sop Divane/Second Bayaderf Melodie Ruvio...
Chausson: Ravel
Chausson Piano Trio, Op 3 Ravel Piano Trio Trio Solisti Bridge (F) BRIDGE9440 (57' * DDD) Two French trios one a classic, the other rarely played. But Ravel's beloved Trio in A minor doesn't eclipse Chausson's Trio in G minor on this splendid...
Chopin: Preludes-Op 28
Chopin Preludes--Op 28; Op 45; KK IVb No 7. Impromptu No 3, Op 51. Three Mazurkas, Op 59 Andrew Tyson pf Zig-Zag Territoires (F) ZZT347 (5V * DDD) Ex-Curtis and Juilliard, Andrew Tyson won fifth prize at the 2012 Leeds Competition....
Chopin: Waltzes-No 1
Chopin Waltzes--No 1, Op 18; No 2, Op 34 No 1; No 3, Op 34 No 2; No 4, Op 34 No 3; No 5, Op 42; No 6, 'Minute', Op 64 No 1; No 7, Op 64 No 2; No 8, Op 64 No 3; No 9, Op 69 No 1; No 10, Op 69 No 2; No 11, Op 70 No 1; No 12, Op 70 No 2; No 13, Op...
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur Magda Olivero sop Adriana Juan Oncina ten Maurizio Sesto Bruscantlni bar Michonnet Adriana Lazzarini mez Princesse de Bouillon Enrico Campi bass-bar Prince de Bouillon Piero de Palma ten Abbe de...
Classics Reconsidered
Critic Jeremy Nicholas and Andrew Lamb, for many years Gramophone's operetta specialist, reassess Decca's 1950 D'Oyly Carte recording of G&S's The Mikado. Has it stood the test of time? Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado D'Oyly Carte Opera...
CPE Bach Highlights: Richard Wigmore Picks the Most Comment-Worthy Discs from a Bumper Crop of 2014 Releases Celebrating CPE's Tercentenary
Competing with Gluck, Rameau and Richard Strauss, JS Bach's most famous son was always going to struggle for anniversary recognition in the concert hall. On disc, though, Carl Philipp Emanuel has never had it so good, with a plethora of tercentenary...
Current: Airline Icarus
Current Airline Icarus Carla Huhtanen sop Ad Exec Krisztina Szabo mez Flight Attendant Graham Thomson ten Scholar Alexander Dobson bar Worker/Pilot Geoffrey Sirett Business Man ensemble / Brian Current...
'Echoes from an Empire'
'Echoes from an Empire' (G) Bartok Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes, Sz84 Berg Piano Sonata, Op 1 Enescu Suite No 2, Op 10 Janaoek Sonata 1.X.1905, 'From the Street' Schoenberg Drei Klavierstucke, Op 11 Webern Sonata Movement Karim Said pf Opus...
Esenvalds: Amazing Grace
Esenvalds Amazing Grace. The Earthly Rose (a). The Heavens' Flock. Merton College Service. The New Moon. Northern Lights. O Emmanuel. Only in sleep. O salutaris hostia. Psalm 67. Rivers of Light. Stars. Trinity Te Deum (b). Ubi caritas. Who can...
'Father & Son': Anonymous Weisst Du
'Father & Son' Anonymous Weisst du, wleviel Sternleln stehen Brahms Deutsche Volkslleder, Wo033--No 2, Erlaube mir, fein's Madchen; No 5, Die Sonne schelnt nicht mehr; No 6, Da unten im Tale; No 42, In stiller Nacht Bresgen O du stille Zeit...
Faulkes: Faulkes Festival Prelude on 'Ein' Feste Burg'
Faulkes Faulkes Festival Prelude on 'Ein' feste Burg'. Fantasia. Scherzo symphonique concertant. Theme (Varied). Barcarolle. Concert Overture. Fantasia on Old Welsh Airs. Legende and Finale Rubinstein Melodie (arr Faulkes) Duncan...
Francesconi
Francesconi Inquieta limina. Piano Concerto (a). Cobalt and Scarlet (a) Nicolas Hodges pf Remix Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra of the Casa da Musica, Oporto / Peter Rundel, Jonathan Stockhammer, TakuoYuasa Casa da Musica (F) CDM022 (50' *...
From High-End Hi-Fi to Affordable Audio: The Ever-Diversifying Audio Hardware Market Keeps on Finding Ways to Reinvent Itself
The Sony Walkman is back. Reinvented as a high-resolution player with a price tag just shy of 1000 [pounds sterling], the new NW-ZX2 (1) will play music at up to DSD5.6 quality from its onboard storage, has Bluetooth using the efficient LDAC codec,...
Gnattali: 'Alma Braslleira'
Gnattali 'Alma braslleira' Sonatina No 2 for Guitar and Piano (a). Sonata for Cello and Guitar (b). Alma brasileira. Danca brasileira. Petite suite. Toccata em ritmo de samba--No 1; No 2. Saudade. Moto continuo I. Negaceando. Canhoto. Vaidosa I....
'Graffiti': Chin Graffiti
'Graffiti' Chin Graffiti (a) Neuwirth Maramondo Multiplo (b) Sun Ra Outer Nothingness (c). Pleiades (c) (b) Marco Blaauw tpt (c) Frank Gratkowski sax Ensemble Musikfabrik / (a) Peter Rundel, (b) Christian Eggen Wergo (F) WER6861-2 (66'...
Gramophone Editor's Choice: Martin Cullingford's Pick of the Finest Recordings from This Month's Reviews
Assemble some of today's leading Baroque singers and instrumentalists, offer them a lesser-known opera rich in thrilling arias and elegant dance-like rhythms, and the result is a hugely enjoyable and impressive addition to the catalogue. [G] ...
Hahn: 'Le Rossignol Eperdu' Premiere Suite
Hahn 'Le rossignol eperdu' Premiere Suite. Orient. Carnet de voyage. Versailles Billy Eidipf Timpani (F) (2) 2C2229 (131' * DDD) 'Le rossignol eperdu' is to Hahn what Lieder ohne Worte is to Mendelssohn and Lyric Pieces to Grieg....
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Handel Israel in Egypt, HWV54 Julia Doyle, Maria Valdmaa sops David Allsopp counterten James Gilchrist ten Roderick Williams, Peter Harvey basses Netherlands Chamber Choir; Le Concert Lorrain / Roy Goodman Etcetera (F) (2) KTC1517 (112' * DDD)...
Handel: 'Music for Queen Caroline' the King Shall Rejoice
Handel 'Music for Queen Caroline' The King shall rejoice, HWV260. Te Deum, HWV280. The ways of Zion do mourn, HWV264 Tim Mead counterten Sean Clayton ten Lisandro Abadie bass-bar Les Arts Florissants / William Christie Les Arts Florissants Editions...
Harry Partch: Hobo Composer
Harry Partch: Hobo Composer By S Andrew Granade University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer, HB, 368pp, 19.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978-1-58046-495-6 It is difficult to imagine a career more likely to end in total failure than...
Haydn: Gluck: Haydn 2032 - No 1
Haydn * Gluck 'Haydn 2032 - No 1, La Passlone' Gluck Don Juan (original version) Haydn Symphonies - No 1; No 39; No 49, 'La Passione' II Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini Alpha (F) ALPHA670 (71' * DDD) Gluck is never likely to...
Haydn: Hummel: Haydn Piano Trios-HobXV/1
Haydn * Hummel (G) Haydn Piano Trios--HobXV/1; HobXV/12; HobXV/27 Hummel Piano Trio No 2, Op 22 TrioChausson Mirare (F) MIR271 (63' * DDD) Not always Haydn of good cheer. There was an arcane side; and, from his letters to Marianne von Genzinger,...
Henderickx Disappearing in Light
Henderickx Disappearing in Light. Raga III. The Four Elements HERMESensemble HERMESensemble (F) 8714 835 085669 (74' * DDD) Breathy notes on shakuhachi answered by an eerily floating mezzo-soprano vocalise, punctuated by splashes of...
Hindemith: Violin Sonata
Hindemith (G) Violin Sonata (a). Cello Sonata (b). Trumpet Sonata (c). Trombone Sonata (d). Althorn Sonata (e) (a) Isabelle Faust vn (b) Alexander Rudin vc (c) Jeroen Berwaerts tpt (d) Gerard Costes tbn (e) Teunis van der Zwart althorn Alexander...
Hoddinott: 'Landscapes: Song-Cycles and Folk Songs' Landscapes (Ynys Mon)
'Landscapes: Song-Cycles and Folk Songs' Landscapes (Ynys Mon), Op 87 (a). Two Songs from Glamorgan (a). The Silver Hound, Op 12l (a). One must always have love, Op 152 No 3 (b). Towy Landscape, Op 190 (c). Six Welsh Folksongs (a) (bc) Claire Booth...
Is This the Year Streaming Gets Serious? A New Format Designed to Give Hi-Res Quality without the Hefty Data Rates, and More Lossless Content-Is Streaming about to Go Audiophile?
The debate about streaming music services rattles on, with continued disenchantment from some artists about the way their music is handled --not to mention how much they get paid for it--being countered by streaming providers claiming the artists are...
Ives: Mozart: Verdi: Ives String Quartet No 2
Ives * Mozart Verdi Ives String Quartet No 2 Mozart String Quartet No 21, K575 Verdi String Quartet Schumann Quartet Ars Produktlon (F) (SACD) ARS38156 (69' * DDD/DSD) The Schumann Quartet--not named after Robert but after the three...
Jon Kimura Parker: The Canadian Pianist on His Virtuoso Solo Recording, 'Fantasy'
What's your definition of a fantasy? It's a combination of things. The word is used by composers to say Tm not writing a sonata' --there aren't those structural expectations. But, especially with Schumann, it's the idea of the world of imagination...
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 Sunhae Im sop Petra Noskaiova contr Stephan Scherpe ten Jan Van der Crabben bass La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken Challenge Classics (F) (2) (SACD) CC72394 (139' * DDD/DSD) Sigiswald Kuijken's...
JS Bach: Ysaye: JS Bach Solo Violin Sonata No 1, BWV1001
JS Bach * Ysaye JS Bach Solo Violin Sonata No 1, BWV1001. Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004 Ysaye Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 27--No 1; No 2 Antje Weithaas vn AVI-Music (F) AVI8553320 (62' * DDD) The overt references to the Bach unaccompanied...
Keith Emerson: The Emerson, Lake & Palmer Keyboardist on Learning the Piano, Discovering the Organ, and the Role of Classical Music in His Work
While we were at school, we went to the Worthing Assembly Hall where an orchestra played a variety of things that they thought would appeal to 10-year-olds, such as Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. I can still remember the themes. One of the first things I...
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Korngold Violin Concerto, Op 35 (a). Violin Sonata, Op 6 (b) Kristof Barati vn (b) Gabor Farkas pf (a) South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Otto Tausk Brilliant Classics (B) 95006 (76' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Muziekgebouw,...
'La Vida Breve'
'La vida breve' Assad Menino Cassado Requiebros Falla La vida breve. Siete Canciones populares espanolas Gardel Volver Gismonti Agua e vinho Granados Danzas espanolas--Oriental. Goyescas--Intermezzo Lara Granada Plazzolla Ubertango. Nightclub 1960....
'Le Temps Derobe'
'Le temps derobe' (DVD) A film by RaphaeRe Aellig Regnier Alexandre Tharaud pf Erato (F) (DVD) 2564 62209-7 (93' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s) Bonus: Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23, K488, performed live by Tharaud with Les Violons...
Ligeti: Cello Concerto
Ligeti Cello Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b). Mysteries of the Macabre (c) (b) Marco Blaauw tpt (a) Nicolas Altstaedt vc (a) Alberto Rosado pf PluralEnsemble / Fabian Panisello NEOS (F) NE0S11013 (45' * DDD) Of Ligeti's five concertos,...
Liszt: Piano Sonata, S178
Liszt Piano Sonata, S178. Annees de pelerinage--annee 2: Italie, S161--Three Petrarch Sonnets; Apres une lecture du Dante Angela Hewitt pf Hyperion (F) CDA68067 (75' * DDD) Writing in her personal and engaging notes, Angela Hewitt...
Liszt: 'Venezia E Napoli'
Liszt 'Venezia e Napoli' Canzone napoletana, S248. Der Gondelfahrer (Schubert, D809), S559. La lugubre gondola II, S200. Nuits d'ete a Pausilippe, S399. RW--Venezia, S201. Soirees musicales de Rossini, S424--No 2, La regata veneziana; No 4, La...
Machaut: Le Grant (Attrib) Se Je Chant Mains Que Ne Suelh
Machaut 'The Dart of Love' Le Grant (attrib) Se je chant mains que ne suelh. Machaut Ay mi, dame de valour. Dame, je sui cils/Fins cuers dous/Fins cuers dous. Helas, tant ay doleur et peinne. II m'est avis qu'il n'est dons de nature. Lasse! comment...
Mahler: Symphonies-No 1
Mahler (DVD) (Blu-ray) Symphonies--No 1 (a); No 2, 'Resurrection' (b) "Camilla Tilling sop (b) Lilli Paasikivi mez (b) Chorus of Bavarian Radio; (b) NDR Chorus; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Jarvi C Major Entertainment (F) (2) (DVD) 718008;...
Medtner: Scriabin: Medtner Piano Concerto No 3
Medtner * Scriabin Medtner Piano Concerto No 3, 'Ballade', Op 60 Scriabin Piano Concerto, Op 20 Yevgeny Sudbin pf Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton BIS (F) (SACD) BIS2088 (63' * DDD/DSD) Hit's perhaps not surprising that...
Mendelssohn: Symphonies-No 4
Mendelssohn Symphonies--No 4, 'Italian', Op 90; No 5, 'Reformation', Op 107 The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vrlend Challenge Classics (F) (SACD) CC72658 (69' * DDD/DSD) Reviewing Jan Willem de Vriend's 2011/12 recording...
Menuhin on Film: Rob Cowan Delves into a Box-Set Gathering 18 Hours of Footage from Bruno Monsalngeon's Celebrated Portraits of the Great Violinist
If anyone had the ability to make great music meaningful on the widest possible scale it was Yehudi Menuhin, and this second volume of the 'Bruno Monsaingeon Edition' is in effect an epic celebration of a truly remarkable musician. The beauty of Monsaingeon's...
Mozart: Five Violin Concertos
Mozart Five Violin Concertos. Sinfonia concertante, K364 (a) Rachel Barton Pine vn (a) Matthew Lipman va Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner Avie (M) (2) AV2317 (147' * DDD) 'Youthful music of yearning ... imbued...
Mozart: Myslivecek: Mozart la Finta Giardiniera-Geme la Tortorella
Mozart * Myslivecek Mozart La finta giardiniera--Geme la tortorella. Idomeneo--Andro ramingo e solo; Se il padre perdei. Lucio Silla--Ah, se il crudel periglio; Vanne, t'affretta Myslivecek Artaserse--Deh, resprirar lasciatemi; Va tra le selve Ircane....
Mozart: Serenade No 5
Mozart Serenade No 5, K204/213a. Divertimento No 10, K247 Zurich Chamber Orchestra / Roger Norrington Sony Classical (F) 88883 79391-2 (72' * DDD) Recordings of Mozart's orchestral serenades are still relatively uncommon, so this disc...
Mussorgsky: Schumann: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky * Schumann Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Schumann Fantasie, Op 17 Paul Lewis pf Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2096 (65' * DDD) A number of highly cultivated pianists have been drawn to Mussorgsky's Pictures over the past...
Nadia Reisenberg: '110Th Anniversary Tribute' Kabalevsky Preludes
Nadia Reisenberg (R) '110th Anniversary Tribute' Kabalevsky Preludes, Op 38 Rachmaninov Morceaux de fantaisle, Op 3--No 1, Elegie; No 2, Prelude; No 3, Melodie; No 5, Serenade. Polka de WR. Morceaux de salon, Op 10--No 2, Waltz; No 3, Barcarolle;...
Naming an Airport after Sibelius Is No Bad Thing
According to reports, a campaign is underway to have Helsinki Airport renamed after the country's most famous composer, Sibelius, to mark his 150th anniversary. The idea is not without precedence. Poland offers travellers the Warsaw Chopin Airport,...
New Music for Organ: Marc Rochester Listens to Four New Discs on Which Living Composers Turn Their Craft towards the King of Instruments
Where are they now? Forty years ago any organist worth their salt would have been able to name at least a dozen living composers producing fine music for the instrument which regularly found its way into recital programmes and on to CD. Today all but...
New Music from Ireland: Arnold Whittall Listens to Orchestral and Operatic Music by Leading Irish Composers Recorded by State Broadcaster RTE
These releases from the Dublin-based RTE National Symphony Orchestra have a strong international flavour. Though long resident in Ireland, Kevin Volans was born in South Africa, and, like Gerald Barry--both were born in 1949--owes much to his years...
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 7.75 [pounds sterling] [S]...
Nielsen: Symphonies-No 1
Nielsen Symphonies--No 1, Op 7; No 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva', Op 27 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo BIS (F) (SACD) BIS2048 (72' * DDD/DSD) Bracing and genial by Turns, I guess you might characterise these symphonies...
Nono
Nono 'Seguente' A Carlo Scarpa (a). A Pierre (b). Guai al gelidi mostri (c). La terra e la compagna (d). Caminantes ... Ayacucho (e). No hay caminos, hay que caminar ... Andrej Tarkowskij (f) (d) Margot Laminet sop (e) Susanne Otto mez (b)...
Obituaries: Two Fine Pianists, Two Conductors, a Tenor and the Founder of a Record Label Remembered
ALDO CICCOLINI Pianist Born August 14, 1924 Died February 1, 2014 Aldo Ciccolini, born in Naples but a French citizen since 1949, has died aged 89. As a nine-year-old he entered the Naples Conservatory, where he studied with Paolo Denza,...
Performances & Events: Michael Tilson Thomas's 70th Birthday Gala with the LSO, Beethoven in Berlin from Bernard Haitink and Isabelle Faust, and Sir Andras Schiff's Solo Recital at Carnegie Hall
Berlin Philharmonie & Digital Concert Hall A Beethoven evening with Bernard Haitink and Isabelle Faust, March 6 Isabelle Faust won the Gramophone Concerto Award in 2012 for her recording of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos with Orchestra...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
The sea in music, composers who settled in the UK and made a huge impact on our musical life, and the roots of Hungarian music these are the three playlists we offer this month. Andrew Achenbach offers a collection of music inspired by the sea, and...
'Polyphonies Oubliees': Anonymous Ave Consurgens Aurora
'Polyphonies oubliees' Anonymous Ave consurgens aurora. Lumen ad revelationem & Nunc dimittis. Credo in unum Deum. Mater regis angelorum. Nunc dimittis/Ayn apolis/Magnum nomen Domini. Litaniae B Mariae Virginis. Miserere. Creator omnium. Laudate...
'Portraits': Schubert Vier Gesange Aus 'Wilhelm Meister'
'Portraits' Schubert Vier Gesange aus 'Wilhelm Meister', D877--No 2, Fleiss mich nicht reden; No 3, So lasst mich scheinen; No 4, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt. Mignon, D321. Der Konig in Thule, D367. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118. Gretchens Bitte,...
Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites
Poulenc (DVD) (Blu-ray) Dialogues des Carmelites Philippe Rouillon bar Marquis de la Force Patricia Petibon sop Blanche de la Force Topi Lehtipuu ten Chevalier de la Force Rosalind Plowright mez ...
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Puccini Manon Lescaut Ana Maria Martinez sop Manon Lescau Andrea Bocelli ten Des Grieu: Javier Arrey bar Lescau MaurizIoMuraro bass Geronti Matthew Pena ten Edmondr Chorus of the Generalltat Valenciana;...
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45
Rachmaninov G Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (a). Suites--No 1, Op 5 (b); No 2, Op 17 (c). Six Duets, Op 11 (d). Romance and Waltz (e). Russian Rhapsody (f) (abcd) Martha Argerich pf with (e) Anton Gerzenberg, (e) Daniel Gerzenberg, (a) Nelson Goerner,...
Recording of the Month: David Vickers Listens to a Recording of a 17th-Century Operatic Discovery That Really Does It Justice
Steffani (DVD) (Blu-ray) Niobe, regina diTebe Karina Gauvin sop Niobe Philippe Jaroussky counterten Anfione Amanda Forsythe sop Manto Christian Immler toss Tiresia Aaron Sheehan...
'Romance Oubliee'
'Romance oubliee' Glazunov Elegie, Op 44 Kodaly Adagio Kreisler Romance. Aucassin et Nicolette Liszt Romance gramophone.co.uk oubliee, S527 Sitt Sechs Albumblatter, Op 39 Vierne Deux Pieces Vieuxtemps Elegie, Op 30 Wieniawski Reverie...
R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 30
R Strauss (G) (DVD) (Blu-ray) Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30 (a). Macbeth, Op 23 (b). Till Eulensplegels lustlge Streiche, Op 28 (b) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Andris Nelsons Video director (a) Joost Honselaar, (b) Ferenc Soeteman...
Sargent's Rachmaninov
Listening to Sir Malcolm Sargent conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov's Third Symphony which, as annotator Robert Matthew-Walker helpfully tells us, Sargent conducted no fewer than five times at the Proms, is a little like witnessing passion...
Schubert: Winterreise, D911
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Jan Van Elsacker ten Tom Beghin fp Evil Penguin (F) EPRC016 (70' * DDD) Schubert (F) Winterreise, D911 (a). Die schone Mullerin, D795 (b). Schwanengesang, D957 (c). Die Taubenpost, D965ac. Sehnsucht, D879 (c). Der...
Schumann: Carnaval, Op 9. Davidsbundlertanze
Schumann Carnaval, Op 9. Davidsbundlertanze, Op 6. Papillons, Op 2 Boris Giltburgpf Naxos (B) 8 573399 (77' * DDD) This is Boris Giltburg's first disc since he signed to Naxos. His previous recordings on Orchid, of barnstorming repertoire...
Schumann: Violin Concerto
Schumann Violin Concerto, WoO23 (a). Piano Trio No 3, Op 110 (b) Isabelle Faust vn (b) Jean-Guihen Queyras vc (b) Alexander Melnikov pf (a) Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras Casado Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2196 (62' * DDD)...
Shining a Light on Schumann: Schumann's Music Has Often Been Met with Incomprehension, but Isabelle Faust, Alex Ander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras Are Seeking to Change Perceptions by Recording the Trios and Concertos on Period Instruments
The Teldex studio is not an easy place to find: seemingly beyond the reach of the average satnav, it perplexed more than one Berlin taxi driver during my visit. The route, though circuitous, was certainly scenic. 'Leafy suburb' may be a cliche but...
Shostakovich: Stravinsky: Shostakovich Symphony No 8
Shostakovich * Stravinsky Shostakovich Symphony No 8, Op 65 Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds (a) (a) Olli Mustonen pf Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Berglund Testament (F) (2) SBT21500 (85' * ADD) Recorded live at the...
Shostakovich: Symphony No 14
Shostakovich Symphony No 14, Op 135 Gal James sop Thomas Oliemans bass Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Gordan Nikolitch Challenge Classics (F) (SACD) CC72654 (55' * DDD/DSD) With its twin themes of death and resistance, Shostakovich's...
Sibelius's Symphony No 7: Thomas Sondergard Talks to Rebecca Schmid about Sibelius's Final Symphony
Sibelius's Seventh Symphony emerged during a creatively fertile period that included the Sixth Symphony, the tone-poem Tapiola and incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest. Presented as the Fantasia sinfonica No 1 upon its 1924 premiere, the symphony...
Sibelius: Symphonies-No 2, Op 43
Sibelius Symphonies--No 2, Op 43; No 7, Op 105 BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Thomas Sondergard Linn (F) 29 (SACD) CKD462 (62' * DDD/DSD) Disappointing. Part of the problem here is the chilly ambience of BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff and...
Sleeping in Temples
Sleeping in Temples By Susan Tomes Boydell Press, HB, 263pp, 19.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84383-975-0 I've always remembered a brief but telling anecdote Susan Tomes tells in an earlier book of hers. In Out of Silence (Boydell Press:...
Small but Mighty: Ultra-Compact Ripper/streamer Is a One-Box Computer Music System-Without the Computer
As you may have gathered from these pages in recent times, there's no shortage of ways to connect your computer to a hi-fi system for music playback. There are add-on USB wireless systems, or a simple cable to an amplifier or receiver with asynchronous...
Solberg> 'Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music'
Solberg 'Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music' Fantasy and Fugue on the Folk Tune 'Se solens skjonne lys og prakt' (a). Good Friday Meditation (b). Norse March (c). Pastorale (c). Ver Sacrum (c). Symphony (c) (b) Anna Su ndstrom Otervik rnez (b)...
Stanford: 'The Complete Organ Works
Stanford 'The Complete Organ Works, Vol 2' Fantasia and Fugue, Op 103. Six Preludes and Postludes, Set 1, Op 101. Sonata No 3, Op 152. In modo dorico, Op 132. Prelude on Jesu dulcis memoria'. Fantasia, 'Te Deum laudamus', Op 116 No 1 Daniel Cook...
Sviatoslav Richter at 100: The Legendary RCA and Columbia Recordings by the Mercurial Russian Pianist All in One Box-Set
This month (March) marks the centenary of the birth of Sviatoslav Richter, a unique figure in the annals of piano-playing, a performing colossus with a repertoire to match; austere, mercurial, cool one moment, burningly intense the next; and, when...
Sviatoslav Richter: Jed Distler Looks at the Career and Recordings of One of the Greatest Pianists of the 20th Century, a Performer Whose Range of Repertoire Was as Large as It Was Idiosyncratic
Great pianists often have one trait that dominates others: Sergey Rachmaninov's left-hand thrusts, Alfred Cortot's rubato, Vladimir Horowitz's thundering sonority, Glenn Gould's detache articulation, and so forth. By contrast, Sviatoslav Richter was...
Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers
Sviridov Hymns and Prayers Ivanna Bondaruksop Yuliya Zuveya mez Roman Podlubnyak, Roman Pachashynsky tens Nazar Yakobenchuk bar Tarasiy Mudrak bass Credo Chamber Choir / Bogdan Plish Toccata Classics (F) TOCC0123 (79' * DDD) Sviridov's...
Technics Premium C700 Series: New System from a Famous Name from the Past-Has Technics Reinvented Itself for Today's Listening World?
You could say it's usual to describe any new product launch--let alone the re-emergence of an entire brand --as 'eagerly anticipated', but that wasn't quite how the relaunch of Technics happened. Instead, the parent company did one of those classic...
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