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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1123, June

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Beethoven: 'Complete String Quartets, Vol 4
Beethoven 'Complete String Quartets, Vol 4' String Quartets--No 1, Op 18 No 1; No 14, Op 131 Cremona Quartet Audite (F) [SACD] AUDITE92 683 (68' * DDD/DSD) Audite's recording is close if not claustrophobic, close enough to differentiate the character...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 5
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 5, Op 10 No 1; No 6, Op 10 No 2; No 7, Op 10 No 3; No 21, 'Waldstein', Op 53; No 22, Op 54; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57 Paavali Jumppanen pf Ondine (B) (2) ODE1268-2D (116' * DDD) It's not certain if Paavali Jumppanen's...
"Bon Anniversaire, Maitre: Peter Quantrill on Three Commemorative Box-Sets to Mark Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez's 90th Birthday
The good and bad news about these three boxes of Boulez is that they act in happy complement to each other. Collectors will want all three, even if they already have RCA/Sony Classical's compendium (reviewed in March). The set from Deutsche Grammophon...
Borgstrom: Romanze, Op 12
Borgstrem Romanze, Op 12. Violin Sonata, Op 19. Serenade. Elegie. Berceuse Jonas B3tstrand vn Helge Kjekshus pf Simax (F) PSC1237 (52' * DDD) Like other Norwegian Romantics with ears open to modern trends --Grieg and Ibsen come immediately to...
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Christina Landshamer sop Florian Boesch bass SWR Vocal Ensemble; NDR Chorus; SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart / Sir Roger Norrington Hanssler Classic (F) CD93 327 (64' * DDD * T/t) At just over an hour,...
Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall
Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall Between Private and Public Performance Edited by Katy Hamilton and Natasha Loges Cambridge University Press, HB, 424pp, 65 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-10704-270-4 The cover does the job for me....
Brahms * Weiner: 'The Hungarian Connection'
Brahms * Weiner 'The Hungarian Connection' Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115. Hungarian Dances, WoO1--No 1; No 7. Liebeslieder Waltz, Op 52 No 6 Weiner K6t Tetel--two movts Traditional Dances from Transylvania Andreas Ottensamer d Leonidas Kavakos,...
Brian Couzens
BRIAN COUZENS Founder/producer of Chandos Records Born January 17, 1933 Died April 17, 2015 Chandos Records is today one of the leading independent classical music labels--not just in Britain, but internationally--and that is the finest...
Brian: Festal Dance. Symphonies-No 5, Wine of Summer
Brian Festal Dance. Symphonies--No 5, 'Wine of Summer' (a); No 19; No 27 (a) Roderick Williams bar Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins Dutton Epoch [F] [SACD] CDLX7314 (65' * DDD/DSD) This disc is something special. It features...
Bridging the Gap between Disc and Network: Combination CD Player and Streamer Mixes Convenience with Performance
How would you like your next generation music playback served? Do you want to buy a standalone network music player to add to your existing system? Perhaps replace your current CD player/amplifier with an all-in-one solution? Or maybe a network pre-amplifier...
British Royalty in Music
The lives of our royals have often sparked creativity says Jeremy Nicholas who, following on from the recent media interest in our Royal Family past and present, suggests 10 works inspired by royalty Royalty and classical composers have been intimately...
Bror Magnus Todenes: 'Remembering Jussi'
Bror Magnus Todenes 'Remembering Jussi' Adam O holy night Bizet Carmen--La fleur que tu m'avais jete Giordano Fedora--Amor ti vieta Grieg En dram. Jeg elsker dig. Stambogsrim. En svane Nordqvist Till havs Puccini La boheme --Che gelida manina. Madama...
Bruckner: Symphony No 3(1888/89 Version)
Bruckner Symphony No 3 (1888/89 version) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Stanistaw Skrowaczewski LPO (M) LP00084 (57' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, March 14,2014 To recap: in Gramophone's March 2015 issue, I nominated...
Cathy Newman: The Channel 4 News Anchor on Mastering the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto and Sharing Her Love of Classical Music with Her Two Daughters
My parents were teachers. My mum decided that my sister and I should be given the chance to play an instrument--perhaps because she'd never been given that chance herself. So she started me off on the piano, but I found it quite hard. One day my dad...
Charles Mackerras
Charles Mackerras Edited by Nigel Simeone and John Tyrrell Boydell Press, HB, 336pp. 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-84383-966-8 There must be many record collectors who treasure the classic Decca series of five Janacek opera recordings...
Chilcott: St John Passion
Chilcott St John Passion Ed Lyon ten Evangelist Neal Davies bass Christ Darren Jeffery bass-bar Pilate Laurie Ashworth sop Matthew Souter va Richard May vc Nick Baron tjrnp Jonathan Vaughn or a Wells Cathedral Choir, Oratorio Society and Voluntary...
Chopin * Franchomme: Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65
Chopin * Franchomme Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Polonaise brillante, Op 3. Etude, Op 25 No 7 (transcr Glazunov). Nocturne, Op 15 No 1 (transcr Franchomme) Chopin/Franchomme Grand duo concertant on Themes from Meyerbeer's 'Robert le diable' Franchomme...
Classe Sigma SSP and AMP 2: Canadian Company's More Affordable AV System Shines with Music in Stereo
The idea of products not quite being what they seem informed this review. Despite the 4250 [pounds sterling] Classe Sigma SSP being both a home cinema processor and a preamplifier, the company's claims that it's optimised for music playback led me...
Classics Reconsidered
David Patrick Stearns and Mike Ashman discuss the merits of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's classic 1965 recording of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs R Strauss Four Last Songs Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sop Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / George...
CPE Bach: 'Solo Keyboard Music, Vol 29'
CPE Bach 'Solo Keyboard Music, Vol 29' Sonatas: Wq52--No 4 H37; No 5 H163; No 6 H129; Wq65--No 47 H248; No 49 H298 Miklos Spanyi dav BIS (F) BIS2046 (76' * DDD) CPE Bach 'Sense and Sensibility' Sonatas--Wq55 No 5 H243; Wq57 No 4 H208; Wq57...
Donizetti: La Favorite
Donizetti [DVD] La favorite Kate Aldrich mez Leonor de Guzman Yijie Shi ten Fernand Ludovic Tezier bar Alphonse XI Giovanni Furlanetto bass Balthazar Marie-Benedicte Souquet sop Ines Alain Gabriel...
Donizetti: Les Martyrs
Donizetti (G) Les martyrs Joyce El-Khoury sop Pauline Michael Spyres ten Polyeucte David Kempster bar Severe Brindley Sherratt bass Felix Clive Bayley bass Callisthdnes Wynne Evans ten Nearque Simon Preece...
Dubois: Portrait
Dubois 'Portrait' Symphonies--No 2; 'Francaise'. Piano Quartet. Piano Sonata. Messe pontificale. Motets Chantal Santon sop Jennifer Borghi, Marie Kalinine mezs Mathias Vidal ten Alain Buet bar Romain Descharmes pf 'Francois Saint-Yves org Flemish...
Dvorak: Alfred
Dvorak Alfred Petra Froese sop Alvina Ferdinand von Bothmer ten Harald Felix Rumpf bar Alfred Jorg Sabrowski bar Gothron Peter Mikulas bass Sieward Tilmann Unger ten Dorset/Bote Jarmila...
Dvorak: Requiem
Dvorak Requiem, Op 89 Use Eerens sop Bernarda Fink contr Maximilian Schmitt ten Nathan Berg bass Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra / Philippe Hereweghe PHI (M) (2) LPH016 (93' * DDD * T/t) Just months after I reviewed...
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B96 (a). Mazurek, Op 49 B89a. Romance, Op 11 B39 (a). Humoresque, Op 101 No 7 (arr Kreisler) (b). Slavonic Dance, Op 46 No 2 (arr Kreisler) (b). Sonatina, Op 100 B183 (b). Thomas Albertus Irnberger vn (b) Pavel Kaspar...
'English Hymn Anthems'
'English Hymn Anthems' (G) Bairstow Blessed city, heavenly Salem (a) HW Davies 0 sons and daughters (a) Dyson Praise (a) WH Harris 0 what their joy and their glory must beb Ireland Vexilla regis (a) Parry Hear my words, ye people (b). Eventide (c)...
Eotvos: Concertos
Eotyos 'Concertos' seven (a). Levitations (b). CAP-KO (c) (b) Richard Hosford, (b) John Bradbury cls (a) Akiko Suwanai vn (c) Pierre-Laurent Aimard pf (b) BBC Symphony Orchestra; (ac) Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Peter Eotvos Budapest Music Centre...
Franck * R Strauss: Franck Violin Sonata
Franck * R Strauss Franck Violin Sonata R Strauss Violin Sonata. Op 18. Allegretto, AV149. Morgen!, Op 27 No 4. Waldseligkeit, Op 49 No 1. Wiegenlied, Op 41 No 1 James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf Onyx (M) ONYX4141 (70' * DDD) Occupying the central...
French Songs and Arias: Geoffrey Norris Listens to a Batch of Discs Celebrating the Art of French Song-Both Solo and Choral-And Opera
Composed in 1844, and not without a nod in the direction of Berlioz, Felicien David's Le desert, a three-part 'ode-symphonie', was one of the by-products of his wanderings in the Near East. Here the landscape gave him the impetus, on returning to Paris,...
Gallagher: Symphony No 2, Ascendant
Gallagher Symphony No 2. 'Ascendant'. Quiet Reflections London Symphony Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta Naxos American Classics (B) 8 559768 (75' * DDD) Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Jack Gallagher studied composition, counterpoint and orchestration with...
Glass: Glassworks-Opening
Glass Glassworks--opening. The Truman Show Truman Sleeps (short version). The Hours (arr Riesman). How Now. The Olympian Lighting of the Torch. Mad Rush. Wichita Vortex Sutra. Metamorphosis I-V. Mishima closing (arr Riesman) Valentina Lisitsa pf...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews RECORDONG OF THE MONTH SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas Nos 18 & 21. Allegretto, D915. Impromptus, D935. Hungarian Melody, D817. Moments musicaux, D780 Sir Andres Schiff...
Gramophone Hall of Fame
For the fourth consecutive year, Gramophone has invited readers to vote for the performers, producers, engineers and label executives who have shaped the classical music recording industry. In the following pages you can discover the 10 names we welcome...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Stephen Plaistow Acclaims Andras Schiff's Two-CD Disc of Keyboard Music by Schubert-Played on a Piano Dating from the Composer's Lifetime
[G] Schubert Piano Sonatas--No 18, D894; No 21. D960. Allegretto, D915. Four Impromptus, D935. Hungarian Melody, D817. Six Moments musicaux, D780 Sir Andras Schiff pf ECM New Series (F) (2) 4811572 (145' * DDD) This is something...
Graupner * Heinichen * Telemann: Graupner Vergnugte Ruh
Graupner * Heinichen * Telemann Graupner Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, GWV1147 Heinichen Canticum Simeonis Telemann Ich hebe meine Augen auf zu den Bergen, TVWV7/17. Ouverture, TWV55:Es4 Veronika Winter sop Alex Potter counterten Hans Jorg...
Grieg: Lyric Pieces-Arietta
Grieg Lyric Pieces--Arietta, Op 12 No 1: Berceuse, Op 38 No 1; Elegy, Op 38 No 6; Six Lyric Pieces, Op 43; Valse-lmpromptu, Op 47 No 1; Melody, Op 47 No 3; Elegy, Op 47 No 7; March of the Trolls, Op 54 No 3; Nocturne, Op 54 No 4; Bell-Ringing, Op...
Gundula Janowitz: The Soprano Elizabeth Watts Pays Tribute to a Fellow Singer Who Made a Huge Impact on Her as a Teenager and Whose Pure, Silvery Voice Opened Her Ears to a Whole New Repertoire
In my well-thumbed, cherished 2001 Gramophone Good CD Guide, purchased using a small staff discount and a chunk of my hard-earned wages during my time at the sadly now defunct Sheffield Virgin Megastore, Gundula Janowitz (b1937) amasses a rather impressive...
Handel: Joshua
Handel Joshua, HWV64 Anna Dennis sop Renata Pokupic mez Joachim Duske, Kenneth Tarver tens Tobias Berndt bar NDR Choir; Gottingen Festival Orchestra / Laurence Cummings Accent (F) (2) ACC26403 (115' * DDD) Recorded live, May 29, 2014 Comparisons...
Handel: L'Allegro
Handel (G) L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderate (a). Concerti grossi--Op 6 No 1; Op 6 No 3; Op 7 No 1 (a) Gillian Webster sop (a) Laurence Kilsby treb (a) Jeremy Ovenden ten (a) Peter Harvey bar (a) Ashley Riches bass (a) William Whitehead org...
Haydns Drumroll Symphony No 103: Bridging Mozart's 39th and Beethoven's Eroica, Haydn's Penultimate Symphony Works Best on Record When Its Interpreters Engage with the Work's Inherent Spirit of Classical Disorder
Nine symphonies in E flat give notice that Haydn regarded the key as a vehicle for serious matters, in particular Nos 22 (The Philosopher) and 55 (The Schoolmaster), which play with contrasts of solo and tutti disposition to create a new kind of instrumental...
Hough * Vaughan William: Hough Missa Mirabilis
Hough * Vaughan William Hough Missa mirabilis Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem (a) (a) Sarah Fox sop (a) Christopher Maltman bar Colorado Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Andrew Litton Hyperion (F) CDA68096 (55' * DDD * T/t) Hard on the heels...
Howells * Corp: Corp Cello Concerto
Howells * Corp Corp Cello Concerto (a) Howells Cello Concerto (compl Clinch) (a). Two Pieces, Op 20 (a) Alice Neary vc Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Ronald Corp Dutton (F) CDLX7317 (72' * DDD) Herbert Howells made initial sketches for a...
Is Hi-Fi Slipping out of the Audio Industry's Control? Manufacturers Are Facing Increasing Demands to Keep Up with Technological Change
Once it was relatively easy to be a hi-fi manufacturer: you designed an amplifier or a CD player or whatever, packaged it into some casework ranging from utilitarian to exotic, set a price and hoped sufficient people would come forth to buy it. You...
'Italians in London!'
'Italians in London!' Carbonelli Sonata X (a) Castrucci Sonata, Op 1 No 7 (a) Geminiani Auld Bob Morrice (a). Sonata, Op 1 No 6 (a) Giardini Sonata, Op 1 No 6 (a) Matteis Ayres, Book 2 (a)--three pieces D Scarlatti Sonatas--Kk14; Kk52; Kk145 Veracini...
Jacquet of Mantua: Surge Petre
Jacquet of Mantua Surge Petre. Missa Surge Petre. Ave Maria. O vos omnes. In illo tempore ... Non turbetur. O pulcherrima inter mulieres. Domine, non secundum peccata nostra The Brabant Ensemble /Stephen Rice Hyperion (F) CDA68088 07 * DDD * T/t)...
Jennifer Higdon: Her Music May Be Melodic and Accessible, but Probe beneath the Surface and You'll Always Be Surprised
Jennifer Higdon's myriad accolades and accomplishments are impressive by any standard, but particularly in the world of contemporary classical music. She's won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. Her music is in such high demand that she's able to...
Jonas Kaufmann to Sing 'Rule, Britannia!' at the Last Night of the Proms
The 2015 BBC Proms season has been unveiled: 92 concerts of classical music (from Friday July 17 to Saturday September 12), all of which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The Last Night will be conducted once again by Marin Alsop, who first...
JS Bach * Graupner * Telemann: 'Bach and His Rivals'
JS Bach * Graupner * Telemann 'Bach and his Rivals' JS Bach Cantatas--No 22, Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwolfe; No 81, Jesus schlaft, was soil ich hoffen Graupner Aus der Tiefen rufen wir, GWV1113/23a. Gott fiihrt die seinen wunderbar, GWV1115/24....
JS Bach * Schnittke: JS Bach Violin Concertos
JS Bach * Schnittke JS Bach Violin Concertos--BWV1041 (a); BWV1042 (b); Double Concerto, BWV1043 (ab). Two-Part Inventions (c)--BWV772; BWV779 Schnittke Concerto grosso No 3 (ab) (a) Deborah Nemtanu vn/ (c) va (bc) Sarah Nemtanu vn Paris Chamber...
JS Bach * S-D Sandstrom: JS Bach Jesu
JS Bach * S-D Sandstrom JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude, BWV227. Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV228. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225 S-D Sandstrom Komm, Jesu, komm. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden...
JS Bach: Six French Suites
JS Bach Six French Suites, BWV812-817. Fantasias and Fugues--'Chromatic', BWV903, BWV904 (two recordings) Sergey Schepkin pf Steinway & Sons (M) (2) STNS30046 (113' * DDD) Writing in his accompanying essay, Russian-American pianist...
JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites
JS Bach (G) Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 David Watkin vc Resonus (M) (2) RES10147 (145' * DDD) As with so much mainstream repertoire, the catalogue is so full of recordings--good and bad--that there often has to be some form of abstract...
JS Bach: St Mark Passion
JS Bach St Mark Passion, BWV247 (reconstr Grychtolik) Gudrun Sidonie Otto sop Terry Wey counterten Daniel Johannsen ten Stephan MacLeod, Hanno Muller-Brachmann basses Knaben Kantorei Basel; Capriccio Baroque Orchestra / Markus Teutschbein Rondeau...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (1727 version) Charles Daniels ten Evangelist Peter Harvey bass Christus Bethany Seymour, Helen Neeves sops Sally Bruce-Payne, Nancy Cole mezs Joseph Cornwell, Julian Podger tens Matthew Brook bass York Bach Choir;...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (1727 version) James Gilchrist ten Evangelist Matthew Rose bass Christus Elizabeth Watts sop Sarah Connolly contr Thomas Hobbs ten Christopher Maltman bass Choir of the AAM; Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr...
Kancheli: Symphonies-No 4
Kancheli (R) Symphonies--No 4 (a); No 5 (a); No 6 (b). Mourned by the Wind (c) (c) Yuri Bashmet, (b) Giya Chaduneli, (b) Archil Kharadze vas State Symphony Orchestra of Georgia / Jansug Kakhidze Melodiya (M) (2) MELCD100 2286 (124' * (ab) ADD/ (c)...
Kimiko Ishizaka: The German-Japanese Pianist on Her Well-Tempered Clavier Recording
Prior to recording The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 and, before that, the Goldbergs, you weren't playing much ... I had been a chamber musician with my two brothers in Germany. We had a good career but I felt 1 needed a new beginning. I wanted...
Lawes: The Royal Consort
Lawes The Royal Consort. Three Consorts to the Organ Phantasm with Elizabeth Kenny theo Emily Ashton tenor viol Daniel Hyde org Linn (F) (2) [SACD] CKD470 (144' * DDD/DSD) William Lawes's 10 Royal Consort sets (or suites) were probably composed...
Mahler's Ninth Symphony: Conductor Ivan Fischer Joins Rebecca Schmid to Talk about a Work Way Ahead of Its Time
Mahler didn't live to hear the Ninth Symphony, his last completed work. In an effort to escape the fateful number nine, which had marked the end for both Beethoven and Bruckner, he had given a non-numerical title to the preceding symphonic work Das...
Mahler: Symphony No 4
Mahler Symphony No 4. Des Knaben Wunderhorn Das irdische Leben; Lob des hohen Verstandes; Verlorne Muh' Lisa Larsson sop Het Gelders Orkest / An tonello Manacorda Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72659 (69' * DDD/DSD * T/t) There are numerous...
Mahler: Symphony No 4
Mahler Symphony No 4 Elizabeth Watts sop Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht Pentatone [SACD] PTC5186 487 (58' * DDD/DSD) In a pre-concert interview around the time of this recording in June 2014, Elizabeth Watts discussed how...
Mahler: Symphony No 9
Mahler Symphony No 9 Halle Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Halle (B) (2) CDHLD7541 (82' * DDD). Recorded live at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, May 22,2014 Mahler Symphony No 9 Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer Channel Classics (F)...
Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto
Martinu [G] Rhapsody-Concerto, H337 (a). Three Madrigals (Duo No 1), H313 (b). Duo No 2, H331 (b). Viola Sonata, H355 (c) Maxim Rysanov va (b) Alexander Sitkovetsky vn [c] Katya Apekisheva pf (a) BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jiff Belohlavek BIS (F)...
'Masques'
'Masques' Debussy Masques Liszt Apres une lecture du Dante, S161 No 7 Lu Wencheng La lune d'automne au-dessus du lac tranquille (arr Chen Peixun) Schubert Drei Klavierstucke, D946 Scriabin Masque, Op 63 No 1 Szymanowski Three Masques, Op 34 Jiang...
Mendelssohn * Chopin: Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11
Mendelssohn * Chopin Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11 torch Balakirev) (a) Mendelssohn Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde--Overture. Piano Concerto in E minor (compl Yates) (a) (a) Victor Sangiorgio pf Royal Northern Sinfonia / Martin Yates Dutton Epoch...
M Gordon: Dystopia
M Gordon Dystopia (a). Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (b) (b) Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jonathan Nott; (a) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / David Robertson Canteloupe (F) CA21105 (53' * DDD) Recorded live at the (b) Beethovenfest,...
Monteverdi: II Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
Monteverdi II ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Fernando Guimaraes ten Ulisse Jennifer Rivera mez Penelope Aaron Sheehan ten Telemaco Leah Wool mez Minerva Joao Fernandes bass II Tempo/Nettuno...
Mozart: Keys to Mozart
Mozart 'Keys to Mozart' Piano Sonatas--No 4, K282; No 11, K331; No 12, K332; No 2, K280--Adagio. Fantasia, K396. Eine kleine Gigue, K574 Daria van den Bercken pf Sony Classical (F) 88875 06011-2 (65' * DDD) Wittily entitled 'Keys to Mozart',...
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 15
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 15, K450; No 16, K451. Rondo, K382 Ronald Brautigam fp Cologne Academy / Michael Alexander Widens BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2064 (54' * DDD/DSD) A pianist of prodigious technique, a musician of unpredictable temperament: such...
Mozart: The Six String Quartets Dedicated to Haydn
Mozart 'The Six String Quartets Dedicated to Haydn' String Quartets--No 14, K387; No 15, K421; No 16, K428; No 17, 'Hunt', K458; No 18, K464; No 19, 'Dissonance', K465 Cambini-Paris Quartet Ambroisie (M) (3) AM213 (3h 32' * DDD) The Quatuor Cambini-Paris...
Music for Recorder: Richard Whitehouse Listens to Four Discs Showcasing the Ancient and Modern Extremes of Repertoire for the Recorder
The recorder has enjoyed its own particular renaissance over recent decades, in terms of both core music from the 16th and 17th centuries, and that plethora of new pieces which has transformed the instrument's profile. This selection comprises four...
'Music of the Realm'
'Music of the Realm' 'Tudor Music for Men's Voices' Byrd Attend mine humble prayer. Haec dies. O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God. Lift up your heads. O Lord in thy wrath Morley Haec dies. Laboravi...
Muthel: The Five Keyboard Concertos
Muthel The Five Keyboard Concertos Arte del Suonatorl / Marcin Swigtkiewicz hpd BIS (F) (2) BIS2179 (127' * DDD) 'Who was Johann Gottfried Muthel?' asks the booklet-note, with good reason. For some his name might strike a faint bell as one of...
'New Music with Guitar, Vol 9'
'New Music With Guitar, Vol 9' Lansky With the Grain (a) Ruders Schrodinger's Cat (b) Wernick The Name of the Game (c) David Starobin gtr (b) Amalia Hall vn (a) Alabama Symphony Orchestra / Justin Brown; (c) International Contemporary Ensemble /...
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]-999 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling]--775 [pounds sterling]...
Nielsen: Songs for Choir
Nielsen Songs for Choir Ars Nova Copenhagen / Michael Bojesen Dacapo (F) [SACD] 6 220569 (64' * DDD/DSD * T/t) While Sibelius long held a deluded idea of himself as a 'man of the people', Nielsen actually was one--in both biological and...
Nielsen: Symphonies-No 2
Nielsen Symphonies--No 2. 'The Four Temperaments', Op 16; No 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2128 (65' * DDD/DSD) Sakari Oramo's cycle of Nielsen symphonies roars to its conclusion...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions
Harpsichordist and founder of La Risonanza Fabio Bonizzoni explores the themes of love and death in music, while Gramophone critics Alexandra Coghlan and Pwyll ap Sion take inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and English experimentalism. All about...
'Poema'
'Poema' 'Works for Cello and Strings' Kangas Cello Concerto Nordgren HATE-LOVE, Op 71 Sallinen Chamber Music VIII, 'Paavo Haavikko in memoriam', Op 94 Salmenhaara Poema Marko Yldnen vc Ostrobothnain Chamber Orchestra / Juha Kangas Alba (F) [SACD]...
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3
Prokofiev Symphony No 3, Op 44. Scythian Suite, Op 20. Autumn, Op 8 S3o Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop Naxos (B) 8 573452 (6V * DDD) Prokofiev, who never liked playing second fiddle to anyone, must have been piqued by Shostakovich's Soviet...
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5
Prokofiev Symphony No 5, Op 100. Scythian Suite, Op 20 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton BIS (F) [SACD]. BIS2124 (67' * DDD/DSD) Andrew Litton began his Prokofiev symphony cycle with a successful reading of the profound yet problematic...
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Purcell [DVD] Dido and Aeneas Vivica Genaux mez Dido Henk Neven bar Aeneas Marc Mauillon bar Sorceress Ana Quintans sop Belinda Accentus; Le Poeme Harmonique / Vincent Dumestre Stage directors Cecile Roussat and Julien Lubek...
Rameau: Pieces De Clavecin-1706
Rameau Pieces de clavecin -1706; 1724. Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin. Pieces de clavecin en concerts--exes Bertrand Cuiller hpd Mirare (F) (2) MIR266 (15V * DDD) The stream of keyboard tributes to Rameau's 250th anniversary...
Rethinking the Way a System Sounds: Linn's SPACE Optimisation Leads the Latest Audio Launches This Month
JUNE TEST DISCS With a live presence and vitality typical of LSO Live, this recording of Harold en Italie finds the orchestra at its best and provides a thrilling test for a system. Another disc with a fine live feel, this Sibelius coupling with...
'Revolution'
'Revolution' Devienne Flute Concerto No 7 Gianella Flute Concerto No 1 Gluck Flute Concerto, Op 4 Pleyel Flute Concerto, Ben106 Emmanuel Pahud fl Basle Chamber Orchestra / Giovanni Antonini Warner Classics (F) 2564 62767-8 (73' * DDD) These four...
Rieti: Music for Harpsichord and Instruments
Rieti 'Music for Harpsichord and Instruments' Triptych (a). Concertino for Five Instruments (b). Sonata breve (c). Pastorale e fughetta (d). Sonata all'antica (e). Variations on Two Cantigas de Santa Maria (f) (ac) Mark Kroll, (abdef) Marina Minkin...
Riley: In C Mali
Riley In C Mali Brian Eno, Bijou, Olugbenga vocs Adama Koita Kamel ngoni Alou Coulibaly calabash Andi Toma percussion/kalimba Andre de Ridder vn/bar gtr/ kalimba Badou Mbaye djembe/perc Cheick Diallo fls Damon Albarn melodica Djelifily Sako,...
Rossini: Guillaume Tell
Rossini Guillaume Tell Andrew Foster-Williams bar Guillaume Tell Judith Howarth sop Mathilde Michael Spyres ten Arnold Nahuel Di Piero bass Walter Furst/Melchtal Tara Stafford sop Jemmy Alessandra Volpe...
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle Julia Lezhneva sop Delphine Galou contr Michael Spyres ten Alexander Vinogradov bass Christophe Henry org Accentus; Paris Chamber Orchestra / Ottavio Dantone Naive (F) V5409 (77' * DDD * T/t) There is a theory...
R Schumann * C Schumann: C Schumann Three Romances, Op 22
R Schumann * C Schumann C Schumann Three Romances, Op 22 R Schumann Violin Sonata No 2, Op 121. Marchenbilder Nurit Stark vn/va Cedric Pescia pf Claves (F) 501502 (56' * DDD) Programmes of Robert and Clara Schumann are becoming increasingly popular...
Sallinen: Cello Sonata, Op 86
Sallinen Cello Sonata, Op 86. From a Swan Song, Op 67. Piano Trio, Op 96 (a) (a) Elina Vahala vn Arto Noras vc Ralf Gothpni pf CPO (F) CP0777 814-2 (55' * DDD) In his Piano Trio, completed in 2010, Aulis Sallinen imagined 'the sensuous world...
Schubert: Complete Works for Violin and Piano
Schubert (R) 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano' Three Sonatinas--D384; D384; D408. Sonata, 'Grand Duo', D574. Rondeau brillant, D895. Fantasie, D934. Fantasie, D940 (a) Julia Fischer vn/ (a) pf Martin Helmchen pf Pentatone (M) (2) [SACD] PTC5186...
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin
Schubert Die schone Mullerin, D795 Pavol Breslik ten Amir Katz pf Orfeo (F) C737151A (68' * DDD * T/t) Now in his mid-thirties, Pavol Breslik has made his name primarily as a Mozart and Donizetti tenor. On this showing he is also an attractive...
Shchedrin: The Left-Hander
Shchedrin The Left-Hander Andrei Popov ten The Left-Hander Edward Tsanga bass-bar Ataman Platov Vladimir Moroz bar Alexander I/Nicholas I Kristina Alieva sop The Flea Maria Maksakova mez ...
Shostakovich: String Quartets-No 4
Shostakovich String Quartets--No 4, Op 83; No 8, Op 110; No 11, Op 122 Carducci Quartet Signum [C] SIGCD418 (63' * DDD) Here is n more than Respectable calling-card for the young Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet, who clearly have the technical measure...
'Sounds of War'
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Stokowski Disc Premieres: An Unmissable Treasure Trove: Rare 78s of Stokowski's American Performances Transferred to CD for the First Time
Just the other day I was luxuriating in the last of Leopold Stokowski's commercial Philadelphia recordings of the Love Music from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, as impassioned a statement of purely orchestral Wagner as it is possible to imagine, skilfully...
Suchon: Metamorphoses
Suchon Metamorphoses. Balladic Suite, Op 9. Symfonietta rustica Estonian National Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos (F) CHAN10849 (64' * ODD) Eugen Suchon's early Balladic Suite (1935) here receives its third recording that I can trace,...
Tansman: Romance
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