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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1124, July

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'Agrippina'
'Agrippina' Graun Britannico--Se la mia vita, o figlio... Mi paventi il figlio indegno Handel Agrippina Ogni vento...Pensieri, voi mi tormentate...L'alma mia fra le tempeste Legrenzi Germanico sul reno--0 soavi tormenti dell'alma Magni Nerone infante--Date...
Arnold * Field: Arnold Fantasy on a Theme of John Field
Arnold * Field Arnold Fantasy on a Theme of John Field, Op 116 (a). Philharmonic Concerto, Op 120 (b). Symphony No 7, Op 113 (b) Field Nocturne No 7, 'Reverie' (c) (ac) Peter Donohoe pf (ab) Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Martin Yates...
Audio Sorcery from Merlin and the Roundtable: British Company Comes Up with a Different Spin on the All-in-One Computer Music System
Do you consider yourself a civilian? If so, the new Musical Fidelity system could be just the thing for you. Company founder Antony Michaelson explains that while audiophiles and other hi-fi enthusiasts are well served by his company's mainstream products,...
Barber * Bartok * Jarrett: Barber Piano Concerto
Barber * Bartok * Jarrett Barber Piano Concerto, Op 38 (a) Bartok Piano Concerto No 3, Sz119 (b) Jarrett Tokyo Encore: Nothing But the Truth (c) Keith Jarrett pf (a) Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies; (b) New...
Beethoven * Brahms: Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven * Brahms Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op 61 (a). Symphony No 8, Op 93 (b) Brahms String Sextet No 1, Op 18 (c) (c) Svetlin Roussev vn (c) Miguel da Silva, (a) Marie Chilemme vas (c) Henri Demarquette, (c) Aurelien Pascal vcs...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1
Beethoven [DVD] Piano Concerto No 1, Op 15 Martha Argerich pf Orchestra of the 18th Century / Frans Bruggen Fryderyk Chopin Institute [F] [DVD] NIFCDVD004 (92' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s) Recorded live at the...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 1
Beethoven Symphonies--No 1, Op 21; No 2, Op 36 Vienna Academy Orchestra / Martin Haselbock Alpha [F] ALPHA470 (57' * DDD) Recorded live at the Landhaussaal, Palais Niederosterreich, Vienna, December 7-9, 2014 As ever with Martin Haselbock,...
Beethoven: Symphony No 6
Beethoven Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', Op 68 (a). Egmont, Op 84--Overture (b) London Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt LPO [S] LP00085 (55' * ADD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, (b) September 26, 1991, (a) February...
Beethoven * Vaughan Williams: Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven * Vaughan Williams Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op 61 Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Sinfonietta Riga / Thomas Gould vn Edition [F] EDN1058 (60' * DDD) Recorded live at the Great Guild Hall, Riga, April 11 & 13,2014...
Bela Bartok
Bela Bartok By David Cooper Yale University Press, HB, 436pp, 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-300-14877-0 Like Bartok himself, David Cooper knows the value of pragmatic reserve. The enthusiast in him never outshines the scholar. This absorbing...
Berlioz: Harold En Italie
Berlioz Harold en Italie, Op 16 (a). Reverie et Caprice, Op 8 (b). Intrata di Rob-Roy Mac Gregor James Ehnes (b) vn/ (a) va Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5155 (64' * DDD/DSD) Chandos's new release...
Berlioz: 'Of Madness and Love'
Berlioz 'Of Madness and Love' La mort de Cleopatre (a). Overture, 'King Lear', Op 4. Reverie et Caprice, Op 8 (b). Romeo et Juliette, Op 17--Love Scene (a) Vesselina Kasarova mez (b) Soyoung Yoon vn Basel Symphony Orchestra / Ivor Bolton Solo...
Birtwistle: Birtwistle Angel Fighter
Birtwistle [G] Birtwistle Angel Fighter (a). In Broken Images. Virelai (Sus une fontayne) (a) Andrew Watts counterten (a) Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts ten (a) BBC Singers; London Sinfonietta / David Atherton NMC [F] NMCD211 (54' * DDD *...
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Brahms [BR] [R] Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Christine Schafer sop Christian Gerhaher bar Bavarian Radio Chorus; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Thielemann Video director Agnes Meth C Major Entertainment [F] [BR] 719904...
Brahms * Mahler * Schumann: Brahms Piano Quartet No 1
Brahms * Mahler * Schumann Brahms Piano Quartet No 1, Op 25 Mahler Piano Quartet Schumann Piano Quartet, Op 47 Daniel Hope vn David Finckel vc Paul Neubauer va Wu Han pf DG [F] 479 4609GH (77' * DDD) Recorded live at Alice Tully Hall,...
Brahms: Serenade No 2
Brahms [DVD] [BR] Serenade No 2, Op 16. Alto Rhapsody, Op 53 (a). Symphony No 2, Op 73 (a) Sara Mingardo contr (a) Bavarian Radio Choir; Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Andris Nelsons Video director Michael Beyer Accentus [F] [DVD] ACC20325;...
Brahms: Two Clarinet Sonatas
Brahms Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op 120 (a). Six Piano Pieces, Op 118 (a) Lorenzo Coppola cl Andreas Staier pf Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC90 2187 (62' * DDD) 'Placid and melodious' is how The Record Guide (1951/55) described these clarinet sonatas,...
Brian: Symphonies-No 6
Brian Symphonies--No 6, 'Sinfonia tragica'; No 28; No 29; No 31 New Russia State Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Walker Naxos [B] 8 573408 (70 * DDD) Mirabile dictu: a release of four Havergal Brian symphonies--cause for celebration in itself--two...
Bridge * d'Indy * Schulhoff: Bridge Sextet d'Indy Sextet
Bridge * d'indy * Schulhoff Bridge Sextet d'Indy Sextet, Op 92 Schuihoff Sextet Parnassus Akademie Etcetera [F] KTC1475 (73' * DDD) Ensemble-inresidence at Belgium's Cultureel Centrum Maasmechelen, the was founded by cellist Michael...
Bruno Walter: Richard Osborne on a Musician Who Worked with Mahler, Became One of Europe's Finest Conductors between the Wars and Enjoyed an Extraordinary Indian Summer in California
'A conductor of superior endowments and great experience' was Sir Adrian Boult's obituary tribute to Bruno Walter. It was Gustav Mahler who in 1894 spotted an unusually gifted 18-year-old repetiteur at the Hamburg Opera. And it was Mahler who invited...
Busoni * Mahler * Wagner * Zemlinsky: Busoni Berceuse Elegiaque (Arr Stein)
Busoni * Mahler * Wagner * Zemlinsky Busoni Berceuse elegiaque (arr Stein) Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr Schoenberg) (a) Wagner Siegfried Idyll Zemiinsky Sechs Gesange, Op 13 (arr Austin) (b) (b) Katie Bray mez (a) Gareth...
Caldara: Caldara Morte E Sepultura Di Christo
Caldara Caldara Morte e sepultura di Christo, with instrumental pieces by Caldara, Fux and Vivaldi Maria Grazia Schiavo, Silvia Frigato sops Martina Belli contr Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani ten Ugo Guagliardo bass Stavanger Symphony Orchestra / Fabio...
Cellist Andrew Yee ... about the Attacca Quartet's New Haydn Seven Last Words Disc
A new recording, but also a new version? It's a piece I've really loved for a very long time, and listened to constantly, but we didn't play it for several years. When we did, we were surprised by how different the music was from all of the versions...
Chaminade: Piano Sonata
Chaminade Piano Sonata, Op 21. Etude symphonique, Op 28. Etudes de concert, Op 35. Etude melodique, Op 118. Etude pathetique, Op 124. Etude romantique, Op 132. Etude humoristique, Op 138. Etude scolastique. Op 139. Souvenir d'enfance Johann Blanchard...
Classics Reconsidered
David Fallows and Ivan Moody reappraise Hyperion's hit 1981 recording of Hildegard of Bingen's 'A feather on the breath of God' 'A feather on the breath of God' Emma Kirkby sop Gothic Voices / Christopher Page Hyperion [M] CDA66039 (44' * DDD)...
'Concord'
'Concord' Ives Piano Sonata No 2, 'Concord, Mass, 1840-60' Webern Piano Variations, Op 27 Berg Piano Sonata Op 1 Alexei Lubimov pf Zig-Zag Territoires [F] ZZT362 (61' * DDD) Pairing Ives with Second Viennese School composers is not usually...
Contemporary Quartets: Richard Whitehouse Assesses the State of the String Quartet in the 21st Century in a Selection of Six Recent Discs
For all its inherent abstraction, the string quartet continues to prove as versatile a medium as any--as this selection of new releases amply demonstrates. First up is the Jack Quartet, whose modernist credentials are to the fore in compressed yet...
'Coronation Music for Charles II'
'Coronation Music for Charles II' Adson Courtley Masquing Ayres a 5--No 19-21 Anonymous Almand a 6 Bassano Pavana and Galliarda a 5. Galliarda and Coranto a 5. Pavana a 6 Byrd In nomine a 5. Miserere a 4. Browning a 5, The leaves be green' Child...
Delalande: Symphonies Pour Les Soupers Du Roy
Delalande Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy: Suites --No 1; No 3; No 5; Caprices--No 1, 'Caprice de Villers-Cotterets'; No 3; Grande Piece, 'Fantaisie ou Caprice que le Roy demandoit souvent' Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg / Jurgen Gross...
d'Indy: 'Orchestral Works
d'Indy 'Orchestral Works, Vol 6' Wallenstein, Op 12. Fervaal--Act 3, Prelude. Lied, Op 19a. Suite dans le style ancien, Op 24. Serenade et Valse, Op 28 aBryndfs Halla Gylfadbttir vc Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Rumon Gamba Chandos...
Dvorak * Janacek * Suk: Dvorak Violin Concerto
Dvorak * Janacek * Suk Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B96 Janacek Violin Concerto, 'The Wandering of a Little Soul' Suk Fantasy, Op 24 Josef SpaCek vr Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiri BelohlSvek Supraphon [F] SU4182-2 (66' * DDD) ...
Dvorak: 'String Quartets, Vol 2'
Dvorak 'String Quartets, Vol 2' String Quartets--No 4, B19; No 13, Op 106 B192; No 14, Op 105 B193. Cypresses--No 4; No 5; No 8; No 9; No 10 Vogler Quartet CPO [F] [2] CP0777 625-2 (126' * DDD) Dvorak * Schulhoff 'Cesko' Dvorak...
Edward Watson: The Royal Ballet Principal on Working with Singers, Learning to Appreciate Schoenberg, and the Thrill of Getting 'Inside' the Music
My first encounter with classical music was in ballet class--I still remember those lessons in Longfield, Kent, with Mrs Richards at the piano. At home, though, it was all about pop music. We had a record player, and my dad would play Buddy Holly--he...
Ernst: 'Fantaisie Brillante-The Virtuoso Violin'
Ernst 'Fantaisie brillante--The Virtuoso Violin' Ernst Fantaisie brillante sur la Marche et la Romance de l'opera Otello de Rossini, Op 11. Rondino grazioso, Op 13 No 2. Morceaux de salon. Op 13 No 1. La Romanesca. Elegie, Op 10. String Quartet....
Esa-Pekka Salonen: A Powerful Understanding of the Symphony Orchestra Makes the Finnish Conductor an Inspiring Composer
'Conductor and composer' is the label frequently I applied to Esa-Pekka Salonen--whereas 'composer and conductor' is usually given to the likes of George Benjamin or Thomas Ades. In the volatile world of contemporary music, such verbal nuances are...
'Francois I'
'Francois I' Music of a Reign' Part 1--Mass for the Field of the Cloth of Gold: sacred works by Anonymous, Divitis, Ludford, Mouton, Sermila and Sermisy; Part 2--La chambre du roi: secular works by Anonymous, Attaingnant, Certon, Fevin, Gervaise,...
From Personal Audio to Multifunction CD Playback: The Latest Hi-Fi Products Have Something to Offer Almost Every Listener, Wherever They Are
A new high-resolution player/ pre-amplifier, a stylish all-inone system from a famous British name, and is there life in the SACD yet? Andrew Everard, Audio Editor JULY TEST DISCS Kuniko's third album for Linn is a thrilling and atmospheric...
Gasparini: II Bajazet
Gasparini [G] II Bajazet Leonardo De Lisi ten Bajazet Filippo Mineccia counterten Tamerlano Gluseppina Bridelli mez Asteria Ewa Gubanska mez Irene Antonio Giovannini counterten ...
Glass: Partita
Glass Partita. Einstein on the Beach--Knee 2. Book of Longing--solo violin music. Violin Concerto No 2--Interludes Tim Fain vn Orange Mountain Music [F] OMM0050 (46' * DDD) Tim Fain's combination of power, precision and deeply expressive...
Gorczycki: Anonymous St Mary's Bugle Call Gorczycki
Gorczycki Anonymous St Mary's bugle call Gorczycki In virtute tua Domine. 0 Rex gloriae, Domine. Illuxit sol. Missa Rorate. Conductus funebris. Sepulto Domino. Litania de Providentia Divina The Sixteen / Eamonn Dougan Coro [F] COR16130...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews YSAYE Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op 27 Alina Ibragimova vn Hyperion [F] CDA67993 * DUNCAN DRUCE'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 22 Fascinating, though fiendish, works, full...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Duncan Druce Enjoys a New Disc of Eugene Ysaye's Solo Sonatas, Works Fully Exploiting the Instrument's Techniques and Each Dedicated to One of His Violinist Colleagues and Friends
[G] Ysaye Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op 27 Alina Ibragimova vn Hyperion [F] CDA67993 (68' * DDD) Alina Ibragimova has made many fine recordings in recent years, but this solo Ysaye disc must count as one of her most memorable achievements....
Grieg * Hough * Mendelssohn: Grieg Cello Sonata
Grieg * Hough * Mendelssohn [G] Grieg Cello Sonata, Op 36 Hough Sonata for Cello and Piano Left Hand, 'Les adieux' Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No 2, Op 58 Steven Isserlis vc Stephen Hough pf Hyperion [F] CDA68079 (72' * DDD) Steven Isserlis...
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Grieg [G] Piano Concerto, Op 16a. Lyric Pieces--Op 12, No 1 'Arietta'; Op 38 No 8, 'Waltz'; Op 43 No 1, 'Butterfly'; Op 47 No 3, 'Melody'; Op 43 No 2, 'Lonely Wanderer'; Op 54 No 3, 'March of the Trolls'; Op 54 No 4, 'Nocturne'; Op 57 No 6, 'Homesickness';...
Haydn * Mozart: Haydn Sinfonia Concertante
Haydn * Mozart Haydn Sinfonia concertante, Hobl/105 (a) Mozart Oboe Concerto, K314 (b). Bassoon Concerto, K191 (c) (ab) Alfredo Bernardini ob (ac) Peter Whelan bn (a) llya Gringolts vn (b) Nicolas Altstaedt vc Arcangelo/ Jonathan Cohen...
Haydn: 'Paris Symphonies'
Haydn 'Paris Symphonies' Symphonies--No 82, 'Bear'; No 83, 'Hen'; No 84; No 85, 'La Reine', No 86; No 87 Zurich Chamber Orchestra / Sir Roger Norrington Sony Classical [S] [3] 88875 02133-2 (165' * DDD) Talking of 'far too fast', here...
Haydn * WF Bach: 'Haydn 2032-No 2, II Filosofo'
Haydn * WF Bach 'Haydn 2032--No 2, II Filosofo' WF Bach Symphony, BR C2 Fk67 Haydn Symphonies--No 22, 'Philosopher'; No 46; No 47 II Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini Alpha [F] ALPHA671 (75' * DDD) Giovanni Antonini's 'Haydn 2032'...
Henze: II Vitalino Raddoppiato
Henze II Vitalino raddoppiato (a). Violin Concerto No 2 (b) Peter Sheppard Skaerved vn/ (b) cond (b) Omar Ebrahim spkr (a) Longbow; (b) Parnassus Ensemble London / Hans Werner Henze Naxos [B] 8 573289 (68' * DDD) (b) Recorded 1991...
Hummel: 'Piano Trios, Vol 2'
Hummel 'Piano Trios, Vol 2' Piano Trios--No 1, Op 12; No 4, Op 65; No 5, 'Grand Trio concertante', Op 83 Gould Piano Trio Naxos [B] 8 573261 (62' * DDD) If your musical tastes err towards the sunny, optimistic and playful rather than...
'If the Owl Calls Again'
If the Owl Calls Again' [G] Bridge Three Songs Caplet Ecoute mon coeur Delage Quatre Poemes hindous Kanter Abboen. Onbot. Arapka Martin Trois Chants de Noel Marx Durch einsamkeiten. Adagio Mussorgsky Prayer. Evening Prayer. The soul flew quietly...
Is the Time Right for a DSD Revival? the Technology Behind the Super Audio CD, Far from Being Consigned to History, Is Making Something of a Comeback and Is Well Worth Exploring
Asked whether his company's future products would support DSD, Linn Technical Director Keith Robertson was pretty scathing. He suggested that while the format was a solution when it was launched back in 1999 as the technology behind the Super Audio...
Janacek: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'
Janacek 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2' Jealousy. Violin Concerto, The Wandering of a Little Soul' (a). The Ballad of Blanfk. The Fiddler's Child. The Danube (b). Taras Bulba bSusanna Andersson sop (a) James Ehnes vn Bergen Philharmonic...
Jorge Bolet: 'Vol 2: Ambassador from the Golden Age'
Jorge Bolet [H] 'Vol 2: Ambassador from the Golden Age' Piano works by Albeniz, JS Bach, Bizet, Brahms, Chasins, Chopin, Debussy, Franck, Godowsky, Grieg, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Moszkowski, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Rameau, Saint-Saens, Schubert,...
JS Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
JS Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV1014-1019 Lucy Russell vn John Butt hpd Linn [B] [2] CKD433 (85' * DDD) Linn's fast-building accumulation of core Baroque repertory continues here with the sonatas for violin and obbligato...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (arr Mendelssohn) Jorg Diirmuller ten Evangelist Marcos Fink toss Christus Judith can Wanroij sop Helena Rasker contr Maarten Koningsberger bass Consensus Vocalis; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra...
Keiser/Bruhns: Bruhns (Attrib Keiser) St Mark Passion
Keiser/Bruhns Bruhns (attrib Keiser) St Mark Passion Jan Kobow ten Evangelist Thomas E Bauer toss Jesus Ensemble Jacques Moderne; Gli Incogniti/Joel Suhubiette Mirare [F] MIR254 (76' * DDD * T/t) It is often claimed that Bach performed...
Kuhlau: Piano Quartets-No 1
Kuhlau Piano Quartets--No 1, Op 32; No 2, Op 50 Copenhagen Piano Quartet Dacapo [F] M. [SACD] 220596 (73' * DDD/DSD) Friedrich Daniel Rudolph Kuhlau (1786-1832): a good subject for a pub quiz. Can you name a one-eyed composer? Who, besides...
Liszt: 'Works for Two Pianos'
Liszt 'Works for Two Pianos' Concerto pathetique, S268. Grand Concert Piece on Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, S257. Hexameron, S654. Reminiscences de Norma, S655. Reminiscences de Don Juan, S656 Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov CPO [F] CP0777...
Liza Ferschtman: JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2
Liza Ferschtman JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2. BWV1004 Bartok Solo Violin Sonata, Sz117 Berio Sequenza VIII Biber Passacaglia, 'Guardian Angel' Liza Ferschtman vn Challenge Classics [F] [SACD] CC72635 (78' * DDD/DSD) 'Soli' ...
'Love I Obey'
'Love I Obey' Anonymous Bruton Town. Geordie. Hush you bye. A Hymn to the Evening. I once loved a lass. Jack Hall. 0 Death. Poor wayfaring stranger. Wagoner's Lad. What if a day Helstroffer Echoes Henry VIII Pastime with good company Lawes Love...
MacMillan: St Luke Passion
MacMillan St Luke Passion National Youth Choir; Netherlands Radio Choir; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/ Markus Stenz with Peter Dicke org Challenge Classics [F] [SACD] CC72671 (73' * DDD/DSD) Words taken from the Magnificat...
Mahler: Symphonies-No 7
Mahler [DVD] [BR] Symphonies--No 7 (a); No 8 (b) (b) Anna Lucia Richter, (b) Ailish Tynan, (b) Erin Wall sops (b) Alice Coote, (b) Charlotte Hellekant mezs (b) Nikolai Schukoff ten (b) Michael Nagy bar (b) Ain Anger bass (b) Boys of Limburg Cathedral...
Making Music-What's It All about? in the Run-Up to Her Proms Concerts, Alina Ibragimova Talks to Hannah Nepil about Freedom, Vibrato, Period Performance and Recording Ysaye and Bach
Alina Ibragimova looks at me intently. I have just quizzed her on the demands of the six solo violin sonatas by the Belgian composer and violinist Eugene Ysaye a topic on which she is something of an expert. The Russian-born violinist began learning...
'Masterpieces in Miniature'
'Masterpieces in Miniature' Debussy La plus que lente Delibes Sylvia --Cortege de Bacchus Delius On hearing the first cuckoo in spring Dvorak Legend, Op 59 No 6 Faure Pavane, Op 50 Grieg The Last Spring, Op 34 No 2 Ives A Concord Symphony torch...
Mendelssohn: Overtures-Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Mendelssohn Overtures--Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op 27 (a); Ruy Bias, Op 95 (b). Symphony No 5, 'Reformation', Op 107 (a) London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner LSO Live [M] [2] ([SACD] + [BR]) LS00775 (47' * DDD/DSD...
Mendelssohn * Tchaikovsky: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn * Tchaikovsky Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op 64 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op 35 Arabella Steinbacher vn Suisse Romande Orchestra / Charles Dutoit Pentatone [F] [SACD] PTC5186 504 (68' * DDD/DSD) The competition is...
Metcalf: Under Milk Wood
Metcalf Under Milk Wood Elizabeth Donovan, Helen-Jane Howells, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers sops Karina Lucas mez Wyn Davies, Eamonn Mulhall tens Richard Morris, Paul Carey Jones bars Michael Douglas Jones bass-bar Jose Zalba-Smith fls Parmela Attariwala...
'Moldau'
'Moldau' Dvorak American Suite, Op 98 B184 Glinka Nocturne Khachaturian Oriental dance. Toccata Lyadov A Musical Snuffbox, Op 32 Liszt Le rossignol, S250 No 1 Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet --Morning Serenade; Montagues And Capulets Smetana Ma vlast--Vltava...
Monteverdi: 'Madrigali, Vol 1-Cremona'
Monteverdi [G] 'Madrigali, Vol 1--Cremona' Madrigals: Book 1--Ch'ami la vita mia; Baci soavi, e cari; La vaga pastorella; Poi che del mio dolore; Questa ordi il laccio; Fumia la pastorella; Ardo si ma non t'amo. Book 2--Cantai un tempo; Non si levav'ancor...
Mozart: Die Zauberflote
Mozart [H] Die Zauberflote Richard Lewis ten Tamino Joan Carlyle sop Pamina Joan Sutherland sop Queen of the Night Geraint Evans bar ...
Mozart: 'Opera Arias & Overtures'
Mozart 'Opera Arias & Overtures' La clemenza di Tito--Overture; S'altro che lacrime. Cosi fan tutte--Overture; Ei parte ... Per pieta. Don Giovanni--Overture; Batti, batti; Vedrai, carino. La finta giardiniera--Overture; Appena mi vedon. Idomeneo--Overture;...
Naim NAC-N 272: Combined Network Player/pre-amplifier/DAC Offers a High-Quality Streaming Alternative
There's rather more to the new Naim NAC-N 272 than meets the eye. At first glance, this appears to be no more than an upmarket version of the company's NAC-N 172XS network player/pre-amp, launched a couple of years back to offer newcomers and Naim...
Navigating Uncharted Waters for Recording
Last month was bookended by two events to offer tonic to anyone beset by pessimism about the classical musical world. First came the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, a celebration of live music-making in the UK--in many ways the live equivalent of...
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: 'Complete Symphonies'
Nielsen 'Complete Symphonies' Symphonies--No 1, Op 7; No 2, The Four Temperaments', Op 16; No 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva', Op 127 (a); No 4, 'The Inextinguishable', Op 29; No 5, Op 50; No 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' (a) Gillian Keith sop (a)...
Part: Te Deum
Part [G] Te Deum. Wallfahrtslied. Berliner Messe. Dopo la vittoria Bavarian Radio Chorus; Munich Radio Orchestra / Peter Dijkstra BR-Klassik [F] 900511 (67' * ODD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An 80th-birthday presents go, this handsomely...
Pejacevic: Overture
Pejaceyic Overture, Op 49. Verwandlung, Op 37 (a). Liebeslied, Op 39 (a). Zwei Schmetterlingslieder, Op 52 (a). Piano Concerto, Op 33 (b) (a) Ingeborg Danz contr (b) Oliver Triendl pf Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt / Howard Griffiths...
Penderecki: Magnificat
Penderecki Magnificat (a). Kadisz (b) (b) Olga Pasichnyk sop (b) Alberto Mizrahi ten (a) Wojtek Gierlach bass (b) Daniel Olbrychski spkr (a) Male vocal ensemble; (a) Warsaw Boys' Choir; (a) Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; (b) Warsaw Philharmonic...
Piano Transcriptions: Jeremy Nicholas Listens to Five Discs of Reimaginings of Earlier Music by Pianist-Composers Ranging from Liszt to Escaich
Liszt's transcription of all nine Beethoven symphonies is surely one of the greatest altruistic acts in music history. His remarkably faithful arrangements appeal on several levels: their pianistic ingenuity, the light they shed on the originals, and...
Player and Instrument Partnerships: There Are Many Partnerships of Renown between Players and Instruments but, as String Instrument Specialist Caroline Gill Discovers in Her Choice of 10 Favourite Recordings, There's Often More to It Than Just the Pairing Itself
Great partnerships between players and their instruments have, throughout history, created stories as engaging and varied as great love affairs. David Oistrakh and the 'Marsick' Stradivari violin (now played byjames Ehnes); Peter Schidlof and the 'Macdonald'...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions
Pianist and former Rubinstein pupil, Janina Fialkowska celebrates a Golden Age of Chopin playing. Gramophone reviewer William Yeoman listens to the music of his homeland, Australia, and Gramophone's Editor-inChief, James Jolly gathers music that explores...
'Powerhouse Pianists II': Adams Hallelujah Junction
'Powerhouse Pianists II' Adams Hallelujah Junction Childs Kilter Corigliano Chiaroscuro Harberg Tenement Rhapsody--Subway Opel Dilukkenjon Paterson Deep Blue Ocean Rzewski Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Stephen Gosling, Blair McMillen...
'Power of Life'
'Power of Life' Dupre Ave maris Stella Monnikendam Toccata No 2 Mozart Andante and Variations, K501 Petrali Allegro festoso Saint-Saens Rhapsodie sur des cantiques bretons, Op 7 No 3 Shearing Amazing Grace Stamm Rapsodia alia latina Takle Power...
'Purcell's Revenge'
'Purcell's Revenge' 'Sweeter than Roses?' Chaney Cassiopeia Oswald Moonlight on the Green Purcell Abdelazer--Jigg; Rondeau. Aminta one night had occasion to piss. Amphitryon--Scotch Tune. Close thine eyes. An Evening Hymn. Fairest isle. The Fairy...
Rachmaninov: 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 2'
Rachmaninov 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 2' Preludes--Op 23; Op 32. Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3. Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op 22 Artur Pizarro pf Odradek [M] [2] ODRCD316 (134' * DDD) If the outwardly enviable, note-perfect professionalism...
'Rachmaninovs Studes-Tableaux, Op 39: The Essence of These Piano Pieces Is, as Bryce Morrison Finds, Best Captured by the Russian Piano Elite
The transition in critical estimates of Rachmaninov from 'salon' (or, worse still, 'popular') to 'serious' has been slow. Today, the 1927 edition of Grove claiming that he is 'too cosmopolitan in idiom to be of lasting significance' is laughed to scorn...
'Radiance': Barber Three Songs
'Radiance' Barber Three Songs, Op 10 (a) Hallman Trumpet Sonata (a) D Ludwig Radiance (b) McMichael Totem Voices (a) J Stephenson 'Croatian' Trio (c) Turrin Arabesque (d). Escapade3. Fandango (e) Mary Elizabeth Bowden tpts (c) Mercedes Smith fl...
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Rameau Castor et Pollux Colin Ainsworth ten Castor Florian Sempey bar Pollux Emmanuelle de Negri sop Telaire Clementine Margaine mez Phebe Sabine Devieilhe sop Cleone Christian Immler bar...
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Reich Music for 18 Musicians Ensemble Signal / Brad Lubman Harmonia Mundi [F] HMU90 7608 (59' * DDD) As recently as the mid-1990s it seemed inconceivable that Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians would be performed and recorded by any ensemble...
Reimann: Lear
Reimann [DVD] [BR] Lear Bo Skovhus bar Konig Lear Katja Pieweck mez Gonerii Hellen Kwon sop Regan Siobhan Stagg sop Cordelia Erwin...
'Richard Strauss Gala'
'Richard Strauss Gala' [DVD] [BR] Die agyptische Helena--Zweite Brautnacht! Arabella--Mein Elemer! Daphne--Ich komme, grunende Bruder. Elektra--Allein! Weh, ganz allein. Feuersnot--Love Scene. Intermezzo--Symphonic Interlude No 2. Der Rosenkavalier...
Rihm: Et Lux
Rihm Et lux Huelgas Ensemble; Minguet Quartet/Paul Van Nevel ECM New Series [F] 4811585 (62' * DDD) Wolfgang Rihm originally conceived Et lux for the four voices of the all-male Hilliard Ensemble and the Arditti String Quartet, who gave...
'Romaria'
'Romaria' 'Choral Music from Brazil' Aguiar Antiquae preces christianae Almeida Prado Oraculo Araneda Ismalia Escobar Missa breve sobre ritmos populares brasieiros Curitiba Metaphors Lacerda Romaria Pinto Fonseca Jubiaba Santoro Ave-Maria Traditional...
Rossini: Guillaume Tell
Rossini [DVD] [BR] Guillaume Tell Nicola Alaimo bar Guillaume Tell Marina Rebeka sop Mathilde Juan Diego Florez ten Arnold Simon Orfila bass-bar Walter Furst Simone Alberghini bass-bar Melchtal...
'Scene!'
'Scene!' [G] Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op 65 Haydn Miseri noi, misera patria, HobXXIVa/7. Scena di Berenice, HobXXIVa/10 Mendelssohn Infelice pensier ... Ah, ritorna, eta dell'oro, Op 94 (b) Mozart Ch'io mi scordi di te, K505 (a). Misera dove son...Ah!...
Schubert: String Quintet
Schubert String Quintet, D956 Kuijken Quartet; Michel Boulanger vc Challenge Classics [F] [SACD]. CC72647 (53' * DDD) You might well assume that the name 'Kuijken' would mean this is a period-instrument account of Schubert's mighty Quintet....
Schubert: Symphony No 9
Schubert Symphony No 9, D944 Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado DG [F] 479 4652GH; [F] [LP] 479 5087GH2 (63' * DDD) Recorded live at the Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna, September 19-23,2011, and the Bolzano Auditorium, September 24-25,2011 There...
Shostakovich: 'Cantatas'
Shostakovich 'Cantatas' The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op 119. The Sun Shines Over Our Motherland, Op 90. The Song of the Forests, Op 81 Kostiantin Andrejev ten Aleksei Tanovitski bass Narva Boys' Choir; Estonian Concert Choir; Estonian National...
Shostakovich: String Quartets-No 1
Shostakovich String Quartets--No 1, Op 49; No 8, Op 110; No 14, Op 142. Three Pieces, Op 36a Borodin Quartet Decca [F] 478 8205DH (76' * DDD) However many incarnations it goes through, the Borodin Quartet brand somehow never loses its cachet,...
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Op 99 (a). Symphony No 9, Op 70 (b) (a) Leonidas Kavakos vn Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Mariinsky [F] [SACD] MAR0524 (64' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky ...
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