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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1125, August

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'20Th-Century Women Composers'
'20th-Century Women Composers' Beach Piano Trio, Op 50. Chanson d'amour, Op 21 No 1 (a). June, Op 51 No 3 (a). A Mirage, Op 100 No 1 (a). Stella viatoris, Op 100 No 2 (a) L Boulanger D'un matin de printemps. D'un spor triste R Clarke Piano Trio...
Anatole Kitain: 'The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1936-39'
Anatole Kitain [G][H] 'The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1936-39' Works by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov/Strimer, Schumann, Scriabin and R Strauss/Godowsky Anatole Kitain pf APR (B) (2) APR6017 (123' * ADD) From APR7029...
Apple Launches New Streaming Service: Apple Music
Apple recently unveiled Apple Music, the latest--and a highly significant--offshoot in its music offering. The announcement came as part of its latest Developers Conference, hosted by CEO Tim Cook in America. Why significant? When launched, iTunes--in...
Arnold Bax's Tintagel
Bax's inspiration for this tone-poem--a trip to Cornwall with his lover at an emotionally difficult time--finds a perfect vehicle in his stylistic eclecticism. But, as Jeremy Dibble finds, interpretations vary markedly 'The composer's intention...
Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3'
Atterberg 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3' Symphonies--No 1, Op 3; No 5, 'Sinfonia funebre', Op 20 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] CHSA5154 (63' * DDD/DSD) This latest volume in Chandos's Atterberg...
Babcock: Irrational Exuberance
Babcock Irrational Exuberance (a). This is what I know (b). Springscape (c). All unto me (d). Metaphor Two (e). Imagined/Remembered (f) (b) Juliana Gondek sop (ab) Doug Masek asax (f) Armen Ksajikian, (a) David Speltz vcs (b) Rakefet Hak, (ef)...
'Bach to Moog': 'A Realisation for Electronics and Orchestra' Brandenburg Concerto No 4
'Bach to Moog' 'A Realisation for Electronics and Orchestra' Brandenburg Concerto No 4, BWV1049. Cantatas: No 147--Jesus bliebet meine Freude; No 156--Sinfonia. Goldberg Canons, BWV1087. Goldberg Variations, BWV988--Aria. Orchestral Suite No 3,...
Barber * Bernstein * Copland * Thompson: Barber Agnus Dei
Barber Agnus Dei. Reincarnations, Op 6. Two Choruses, Op 8. Two Pieces, Op 42. A nun takes the veil, 'Heaven-haven', Op 13 No 1 Bernstein Missa brevis (a) Copland Four Motets Thompson Alleluia. Fare Well Polyphony / Stephen Layton with Robert Millett...
Bartok * Mendelssohn: Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112
Bartok * Mendelssohn Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op 64 Augustin Hadelich vn Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Miguel Harth-Bedoya Avie (F) AV2323 (62' * DDD) The musical logic behind this coupling isn't...
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Beethoven [G] Missa solemnis, Op 123 Genia Kuhmeier sop Elisabeth Kulman mez Mark Padmore ten Hanno Miiller-Brachmann bass-bar Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Bernard Haitink BR-Klassik (F) 900130 (79' * DDD) Recorded live at the...
Beethoven: Piano Concertos-No 4
Beethoven Piano Concertos--No 4, Op 58; No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73 Hannes Minnaarp Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] CC72672 (70' * DDD/DSD) I'm not sure who's the hero of the...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 6, 'Pastoral'
Beethoven Symphonies--No 6, 'Pastoral', Op 68; No 8, Op 93 Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn / Stefan Blunier Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] MDG9371883-6 (69' * DDD/DSD) It takes a mere four seconds to fathom the gist of Stefan...
Berlioz on Music: 'Selected Criticism 1824-37'
Berlioz on Music 'Selected Criticism 1824-37' Edited by Katherine Kolb OUP, HB, 328pp, 41.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978-0-19-939195-0 Like many of his composer contemporaries--Weber, Wagner, Liszt and, if you count him, Hoffmann Berlioz,...
Bliss: 'Piano Music, Vol 2' Masks
Bliss 'Piano Music, Vol 2' Masks. Two Interludes. Suite. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist. The Rout Trot. Triptych. 'Bliss' Mark Bebbington pf Somm Celeste (F) COMMCD0148 (62' * DDD) The second volume in Mark Bebbington's welcome and conspicuously...
Boesmans: Au Monde
Boesmans Au monde Frode Olsen bass Le Pere Werner Van Mechelen bass bar Le Fils Aine Stephane Degout bar Ori Charlotte Hellekant mez La Filie Ainee...
Bottesini: Duetto
Bottesini Duetto (a). Capriccio, Op 19 (b). Gran Quintetto, Op 99 (c) (a) Alessandro Dorella c/ (ab) Davide Botto, (b) Davide Ghio dbs (ab) Elda Laro of (c) String Quintet of the Teatro Regio, Turin Chandos (F) CHAN10867 (52' * DDD) Your reviewer...
Brahms: Piano Trios-No 1
Brahms Piano Trios--No 1, Op 8 (revised version); No 2, Op 87; No 3, Op 101 Christian Tetzlaff vn Tanja Tetzlaff vc Lars Vogt pf Ondine (B)(2) ODE1271-2D (82' * DDD) Brahms's three piano trios make an obvious programme for disc, even if,...
Braunfels: 'Vol 2'
Braunfels 'Vol 2' Symphonic Variations on a French Children's Song, Op 15. Slnfonia brevis, Op 69. Der glaserne Berg, Op 39b-Suite BBC Concert Orchestra / Johannes Wildner Dutton Epoch (F) CDLX7316 (75' * DDD) Readers coming to this...
'British Works for Cello and Piano, Vol 4'
'British Works for Cello and Piano, Vol 4' RR Bennett Cello Sonata Hoddinott Cello Sonata No 2, Op 96 No 1 Leighton Partita, Op 35 Lutyens Constants, Op 110 Paul Watkins vc Huw Watkins pf Chandos (F) CHAN10862 (68' * DDD) In bringing together...
Bruckner: Symphony No 1
Bruckner [G] Symphony No 1 (1866 Linz edition, ed Nowak) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra /Jaap van Zweden Challenge Classics (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] A. CC72556 (51' * DDD/DSD) This release sees the completion of Jaap van Zweden's...
Bruckner: Symphony No 9
Bruckner Symphony No 9 (1894 original version, ed Cohrs) Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young Oehms (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] OC693 (59' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, October 25-27, 2014 Early releases...
Cage: Aria with Fontana Mix
Cage Aria with Fontana Mix. A Chant with Claps. Sonnekus2. Eight Whiskus. A Flower. The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs. Nowth Upon Nacht. Experiences No 2. Ryoanji Nicholas Isherwood bass-bar BIS (F) [SACD]. BIS2149 (45' * DDD/DSD) In her...
Cambridge CXN/CXA80: Its Brand Name May Have Been Shortened in Its Quest for a New Identity, but Cambridge's Network Player and Integrated Amplifier Are Long on Performance and Value
Cambridge Audio is, in the eyes of some audio enthusiasts, very much a 'second string' hi-fi brand: due to its past concentration on low-priced amplifiers, CD players and the like, it acquired an erroneous reputation as a budget brand, when in fact...
Campra: Tancrede
Campra Tancrede Benoit Arnould bar Tancrede Isabelle Druet mez Clorinde Chantal Santon sop Herminie Alain Buet bar Argant Eric Martin-Bonnet bass Ismenor Les Chantres du Centre...
'Cantar De Amor'
'Cantar de Amor' 'Juan Hidalgo and 17th-Century Spain' Falconieri Ciaccona a tre. Passacalle a tre Guerau Marionas Hidalgo Ay amor, ay ausencia. Ay, que me rio de amor. Esperar, sentir, morir. La noche tenebrosa. Rompa el aire en suspiros. Trompicavalas...
Chabrier * Debussy * Massenet * Ravel: 'France-Espagne'
Chabrier * Debussy * Massenet * Ravel 'France--Espagne' Chabrier Espana Debussy Images--Iberia Massenet Le Cid--Ballet Suite Ravel Alborada del gracioso Les Siecles / Francois-Xavier Roth Musicales Actes Sud (F) ASM17 (51' * DDD)...
Chopin: 'Wilde Plays Chopin
Chopin 'Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol 3' Three Ecossaises, Op 72 No 3. Etude, Op 10 No 3. Mazurkas--No 5, Op 7 No 1; No 6, Op 7 No 2. Nocturne No 13, Op 48 No 1. Polonaises--No 3, 'Military', Op 40 No 1; No 5, Op 44. Scherzo No 2, Op 31. Waltzes--No 3,...
Classics Reconsidered: Critics Andrew Mellor and David Fanning Discuss the Merits and Pitfalls of Nielsen's Third Symphony from the San Francisco Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt
Nielsen Symphony No 3, 'Sinfonia Espansiva' Nancy Wait Kromm sop Kevin McMillan bar San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt Decca (S) [2] 460 9852 030' * DDD). (Recorded in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, in December 1989) Blomstedt is an...
Coke: Preludes-Op 33
Coke Preludes--Op 33; Op 34. Variations, Op 37 Simon Callaghan pf Somm Celeste (F) SOMMCD0147 (77' * DDD) Born into an affluent Derbyshire family with strong links to the military and ties stretching all the way back to King Edward III,...
Compere: Magnificat Primi Toni
Compere Magnificat primi toni. Tant ay d'ennuy/O vos omnes. Dictes moy toutes voz pensees. Une plaisant fillette ung matin se leva. Vous me faites morir d'envie. Ung franc archier. Ne doibt on prendre quant on donne. Au travail suis sans espoir de...
Daniel Okulitch: The Canadian Bass-Baritone on His Recording of American Art Songs
Explain the concept of the album ... With each of the four song-cycles, we tried to find a narrative within them. Even the two songs in Jake [Heggie]'s Of Gods and Cats have similar irreverence and therefore work together as a pair. Across the album,...
D Crumb: September Elegy
D Crumb September Elegy (a). Soundings (b). Red Desert Triptych (c). Primordial Fantasy (d) "Jerome Simas cl (b) Steve Vacchi bn (a) Fritz Gearhart vn (ab) Corey Hamm, (cd) Marcantonio Barone pf (d) ensemble / Robert Ponto Bridge (F) BRIDGE9450...
Denyer: Riverine Delusions
Denyer Riverine Delusions (a). Two Voices with Axe (b). Whispers (c). A Woman Singing (d). Woman with Jinashi Shakuhachi (e) Frank Denyer (bc) voc/(c) Ainsts (bd) Juliet Fraser voc (b) Jos Zwaanenburg fl (b) Benjamin Gilmore vn (b) cElisabeth Smalt...
Dukas: Piano Sonata
Dukas Piano Sonata. La plainte, au loin, du faune.... Prelude elegiaque sur le nom de Haydn. Variations, Interlude et Finale sur un theme de Rameau Herve Billaut pf Mirare (F) MIR242 (71' * DDD) Dukas's single Piano Sonata remains among...
Dvorak: Symphony No 9
Dvorak Symphony No 9, 'From the New World', Op 95 B178. American Suite, Op 98b B190 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Robin Ticciati Tudor (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] TUDOR7194 (67' * DDD/DSD) A big, bold New World, this, with a strong bass-line...
Emma Kirkby: Lindsay Kemp Profiles the Well-Loved Soprano Who in the Early Days of Period Performance Defined What an Early Music Voice Was-And Whose Sound Continues to Compel Today
In the late 1970s, distinguishing the iconic figures of the emerging British period-performance movement was not hard. But if the likes of Christopher Hogwood and Trevor Pinnock had a rather gentlemanly look compared with a Karajan or a Bernstein,...
Escaich: Claude
Escaich DVD [G] Claude Jean-Sebastien Bou bar Claude Jean-Philippe Lafont bar Le Directeur Rodrigo Ferreira counterten Albin Laurent Alvaro bass-bar...
Finland's Musician of the Forests
Sibelius has become almost inseparable from the Finnish landscapes that surrounded him. As we celebrate his 150th anniversary year, and Finland approaches the centenary of its independence, Andrew Mellor explores how his musics Tinnishness' can prove...
Finzi: Finzi Five Bagatelles
Finzi Finzi Five Bagatelles. Elegy. Romance. Introlt. Interlude. Prelude and Fugue Vaughan Williams/Ferguson/A Bush/ Rawsthorne/Lutyens/Maconchy/ Finzi/G Wllliams/Jacob Diabelleries Cologne Chamber Soloists Dabringhaus und Grimm (F)[SACD] MDG9031894-6...
Gade: 'Chamber Works
Gade 'Chamber Works, Vol 1' String Sextet, Op 44 (plus early version of 1st movt). Piano Trio, Op 42 Ensemble MidtVest CPO (F) CP0777164-2 (62' * DDD) Just over two decades ago, Niels W Gade's 1864 Sextet was hailed in these pages as...
Gems from Melo: A Host of Radio Archive Recordings, an American Virtuoso Violoinist, and Thrills from Fritz Reiner and Janos Starker
Not only is Melo Classic issuing many fascinating never-before-released radio broadcasts (featuring fine artists quite unknown to a wider public), but also the transfers are unhindered by tiresome excessive filtering and the CDs include exhaustive...
Glazunov * Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky: Glazunov Concerto Ballata
Glazunov * Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky Glazunov Concerto ballata, Op 108. Chant du Menestrel, Op 71. Melodie, Op 20 No 1 Prokofiev Cello Concertino, Op 132 Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33. Nocturne, Op 19 No 4 Jamie Walton vc...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews RECORDING OF THE MONTH SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 10. Lady Macbeth--Passacaglia Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons DG (F) 479 5059GH * EDWARD SECKERSON'S...
Gramophone: Recording of the Month: Edward Seckerson Salutes a Thrilling First Disc in DG's New Relationship with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Shostakoyich 'Under Stalin's Shadow' Symphony No 10, Op 93. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District--Act 2, Interlude (Passacaglia) Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons DG (F) 479 5059GH (65' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall,...
Haydn * M Haydn * Mozart: Haydn Horn Concertos-No 1
Haydn * M Haydn * Mozart Haydn Horn Concertos--No 1, HobVlld/3; No 2, HobVlld/4 M Haydn Horn Concerto (Concertino) Mozart Horn Concerto, K370W371 (reconstr) Felix Klieser hn Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn / Ruben Gazarian Berlin...
Herbert Von Karajan at the Opera: James Jolly on the Final Instalment in DG's Reissue of the Conductor's Complete Discography
Anyone collecting DG's series of Herbert von Karajan boxes (the'1960s','1970s'and'1980s') will need little prompting to add the last volume, 'The Opera Recordings' (26 operas, 70 CDs and a substantial booklet that includes a thought-provoking essay...
Herz: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 66
Herz 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 66' Piano Concerto No 2, Op 74. Grande fantaisie militaire sur La filie du regiment, Op 163. Fantaisie et variations sur la marche d'Otello de Rossini, Op 67. Grande Polonaise brillante, Op 30 Tasmanian...
Hofmann: Charakterskizzen
Hofmann Charakterskizzen, Op 40. Etude for the Left Hand Alone, Op 32. Mazurkas--Op 16 No 1; B minor; D minor. Piano Sonata, Op 21. Theme with Variations and Fugue, Op 14 Artem Yasynskyy pf Grand Piano (F) GP675 (69' * DDD) Josef Hofmann...
Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc Au Bucher
Honegger [DVD] Jeanne d'Arc au bucher Marion Cotillard spkr Jeanne Xavier Gallais spkr Frere Dominique Yann Beuron ten Porcus/Herald I/Cleric Maria Hinjosa sop ...
'Hymnus'
'Hymnus' Alfven Praludium, Op 31 Carlsen Prelude and Intermezzo. Festforspil (Festival Prelude) Nielsen Commotio, Op 58 Sibelius Intrada, Op 111a. Surusoitto (Funeral Music), Op 111b Sinding Hymnus, Op 124 Anders Eidsten Dahl org LAWO Classics (F)...
'I Have Set My Hert So Hy'
'I have set my hert so hy' Anonymous Ave Maria I say. Bryd one brere (arr Lyons). Danger me hath, unskylfuly. Esperance. Le grant pleyser. Gresley Dances (arr Lyons). Hayl Mary, ful of grace. I have set my hert so hy. I rede that thu be joly and...
'Il Trionfo Di Dori'
'Il trionfo di Dori' The King's Singers Signum (C) SIGCD414 (73' * DDD * [T]/[t]) It has traditionally been something of a rarity for The King's Singers to produce either a single-composer disc or a compilation of exclusively early repertoire,...
Instrumental
Instrumental By James Rhodes Canongate, HB, 275pp, 14.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978-1-78211-338-6 My head was spinning every time I put this book down. Spinning with shock, compassion, confusion, inspiration, but mostly anger. Anger that...
Itzhak Perlman at 70: Rob Cowan on Deutsche Grammophon's Birthday Tribute to a Great Violinist as He Reaches a Major Milestone
Celebrating Itzhak Perlman at 70 will, I suspect, call up the broader picture of triumph in the face of adversity, Perlman having contracted polio at the age of four, which forced him to play while seated. Quite aside from his glittering stage career,...
James Horner
JAMES HORNER Composer Born August 14, 1953 Died June 22, 2013 The Oscar-winning film composer James Horner whose film scores include Titanic, Avatar, Braveheart and Apollo 13--has died in a plane crash in Southern California at the age...
Janacek: Jenufa
Janacek Jenufa Gal James sop Jenufa Iris Vermillion mez Kostelnicka Alee Briscein ten Laca Taylan Reinhard ten Steva Dunja Vejzovio sop Grandmother Buryja...
Janacek: Jenufa
Janacek [DVD] [Blu-ray] Jenufa Michaela Kaune sop Jenufa Jennifer Larmore mez Kostelnicka Will Hartmann ten Laca Ladislav Elgr ten Steva Hanna Schwarz mez Grandmother...
J Bach * J Christoph Bach * JM Bach: J Bach Sei Nun Wieder Zufrieden Meine Seele
J Bach * J Christoph Bach * JM Bach J Bach Sei nun wieder zufrieden meine Seele. Unser Leben ist ein Schatten. Weint nicht um meinen Tod J Christoph Bach Es ist nun aus. Furchte dich nicht. Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt. Herr, nun...
Jenna Russell: The Actress and Singer on Hanging out at Ronnie Scott's in Her Teens, Working with John Wilson and Admiring Maria Callas
My dad loved Judy Garland. We used to listen to a lot of the album 'Judy at Carnegie Hall' and also Judy and Liza's 'Live at the London Palladium'. And my mum was very into jazz, so we would listen to Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan--her album 'After Hours...
JS Bach: 'Bach in Montecassino'
JS Bach 'Bach in Montecassino' Chorale Preludes--Allein Gott in der Hoh sel Ehr, BWV675; Aus tiefer Not schrei Ich zu dir, BWV687; Jesu, melne Freude, BWV753; Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV683; Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein, BWV668a. 'Chromatic'...
JS Bach: Keyboard Partitas-No 1
JS Bach Keyboard Partitas--No 1, BWV825; No 2, BWV826. English Suite No 3, BWV808 Rudolf Buchbinder pf Sony Classical (F) 88875 05330-2 (57' * DDD) Rudolf Buchbinder offers Bach-playing of confidence and intelligence, unafraid to ornament...
JS Bach: Six Motets
JS Bach Six Motets, BWV225-230. Ich lasse dich nicht, BWVAnb159 Ca pella Cracoviensis / Fabio Bonizzoni Alpha (F) ALPHA199 (66' * DDD * T/t) JS Bach Six Motets, BWV225-230. Ich lasse dich nicht, BWVAnh159 Saint Thomas Choir of Men...
Kowalski: Acht Lieder Nach Gedichte Von Hafis
Kowalski Acht Lieder nach Gedichte von Hafis. Ein schoner Stern geht auf in meiner Nacht. Der Fruhling. Nachtgerausche. Reifefreuden. Pierrot lunaire. Ernste Stunde. Immer wieder. Der Panther. Liebeslied Wolfgang Holzmair bar Therese Lindquist of...
Lassus: Missa Super Dixit Joseph
Lassus Missa super Dixit Joseph. Dixit Joseph undecim fratribus suis. Confitemini Domino. In me transierunt irae tuae. O mors, quam amara est memoria tua. Deus, qui sedes super thronum. Si bona suscepimus. Deus, canticum novum. Veni dilecte mi....
Lesser-Known Chamber Music: Harriet Smith Listens to a Collection of Discs That Rediscover Some Forgotten String Quartets and Quintets from the 18th and 19th Centuries
CPO is a great champion of lesser-known chamber music, intrepidly introducing us to the Raffs and Grafs of this world. And there are certainly treasures to be found, reminding us how limited our concertgoing diet can be. The earliest music here...
'Light and Shadows'
'Light and Shadows' Beethoven Piano Sonata No 15, 'Pastoral', Op 28 Chopin Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35 Janacek Christ the Lord Is born Schumann Waldszenen, Op 82 Tom Poster pf Edition (F) EDN1060 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Liszt: Grand Duo Concertant Sur la Romance De M Lafont 'Le Marin'
Liszt Grand duo concertant sur la Romance de M Lafont 'Le marin', S128. Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S382bis. Epithalam zu Eduard Remenyi's Vermahlungsfeier, S129. Hungarian Rhapsody No 12, S379a. Elegy No 2 S131 bis. Romance oubliee, S132. La lugubre...
Liszt * Mendelssohn * Reubke: Liszt Fantasy and Fugue on 'Ad Nos
Liszt * Mendelssohn * Reubke Liszt Fantasy and Fugue on 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam', S259 Mendelssohn Organ Sonata No 6, Op 65 No 6 Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm Stephen Cleobury org King's College (F) [SACD]. KGS0010 (69' * DDD/DSD) Played...
'Live from Lugano 2014'
'Live from Lugano 2014' Beethoven Variations on 'Bei Mannern', WoO46 (a) Borodin Piano Quintet (b) Bridge Cello Sonatac Mendelssohn Symphony No 1, Op 11 (arr Busoni) (d) Milhaud La creation du monde, Op 81b (e) Mozart Plano Concerto No 20, K466...
Mahler: Schoenberg: Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Kindertotenlieder. Ruckert-Lieder. Des Knaben Wunderhorn--Das irdische Leben; Scheiden und Meiden; Aus! Aus! Schoenberg Lieder, Op 2 Anne Schwanewilms sop Malcolm Martineau pf Onyx (F) ONYX4146 (67' * DDD * T/t) This second Onyx...
Mahler: Symphonies-No 9
Mahler [DVD] [Blu-ray] Symphonies--No 9 (a); No 10--Adagio (b) Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra /Paavo Jarvi Video director Michael Ciniselli C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 729708; (F) [Blu-ray] 729804 (136' +19' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080I * DTS-HD MA5.1,...
Mahler: Symphony No 9
Mahler Symphony No 9 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung DG (F) 4811109GH (80' * DDD) Recorded live at Seoul Arts Center, August 29-30, 2013 Regular readers will have their own pantheon of classic Mahler Ninths. My list is...
Mehul: Symphonies-No 3
Mehul Symphonies--No 3; No 4; No 5, 'Unfinished' Kapella 19 / Eric Juteau Kapella 19 (F) 0742832 392211 (61' * DDD) Available from kapella19.de Etienne-Nicolas Mehul (1763-1817) was perhaps the most important opera composer in France...
Mendelssohn: String Quartets-E Flat
Mendelssohn String Quartets--E flat; No 1, Op 12; No 4, Op 44 No 2 Escher Quartet BIS (F) [SACD] SACD (Super Audio CD). BIS1960 (80' * DDD/DSD) Since their Zemlinsky recordings (Naxos, 10/13, 9/14), the Escher Quartet has acquired a new...
Modern Masters and More: Philip Clark Enthuses over Sony Classical's Focus on Some Unusual 20th-Century Fare
Sony Classical has gone out on a limb here. True enough, the company owns this material and cheaply repackaging back-catalogue music is a complete commercial win-win. But sitting alongside some certified modernist classics--Boulez's Le marteau sans...
Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail
Mozart Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Diana Damrau sop Konstanze Anna Prohaska sop Blonde Rolando Viliazon ten Belmonte Paul Schweinester ten Pedrillo Franz-Josef Selig bass ...
Mozart: Piano Sonatas
Mozart 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3' Plano Sonatas--No 6, K284; No 12, K332; No 14, K457; No 16, K545. Fantasy, K475 Christian Blackshaw pf Wigmore Hall Live (B) (2) WHLIVE0076 (103' * DDD) Recorded live, September 25,2012 Angular or strident...
M Steinberg: Rimsky-Korsakov: M Steinberg Passion Week
M Steinberg Passion Week, Op 13 Rimsky-Korsakov Chant Arrangements for Holy Week Cappella Romana / Alexander Lingas Cappella Romana (F) CR414CD (62' * DDD * T/t) This important and exciting release from the Portland, Oregonbased 26-strong...
Murail: Le Partage Des Eaux
Murail Le partage des eaux (a). Contes cruels (b). Sillages (c) (b) Wiek Hijmans, (b) Seth Josel elec gtrs (a) BBC Symphony Orchestra; (bc) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Pierre-Andre Valade Aeon (F) AECD1222 (62' * DDD) Le partage...
Neo-Classicism
Early last century, post-Romantic music that lent a modern twist to Classical and Baroque styles and forms became described as neo-classical. David Gutman recommends 10 of the best examples of the concept The 20th century was characterised by a...
New Amps and Speakers, and a DAC Called DAVE: The Latest Audio Product Launches Indicate No Shortage of Original Thinking and Tempting Designs
An exciting range from a top British audio name, and the perfect radio for summer evenings. Plus, do audio demos play things too safe? Andrew Everard, Audio Editor AUGUST TEST DISCS For Linn Records, Pinnock delivers a demonstrationquality...
New Release Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-Ray
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-ray 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]-7.75 [pounds sterling] (S) Super-budget...
'New Seasons': Glass Violin Concerto No 2
'New Seasons' Glass Violin Concerto No 2, The American Four Seasons' Kancheli Ex contrario Part Estonian Lullaby (a) Umebayashi In the Mood for Love-Yumeji's Theme Kremerata Baltica / Gidon Kremer vn (a) Girls' Choir of the Vilnius Choir-Singing...
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Nielsen Flute Concerto (a). Clarinet Concerto, Op 57 (b). Violin Concerto, Op 33 (c) (a) Robert Langevin fl (a) Anthony McGill cl (c) Nikolaj Znaider vn New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert Dacapo (F) [SACD] 6 220556 (77' * DDD/DSD)...
Nielsen: Maskarade
Nielsen [G] Maskarade Stephen Milling bass Jeronimus Johan Reuter bass Henrik Nielsen Jurgen Riis ten Leander Stig Fogh Andersen ten Leonard Denise Beck sop Leonora Anne Margrethe...
Onslow: String Quartets-Op 8 No 1
Onslow String Quartets--Op 8 No 1; Op 8 No 3; Op 10 No 3 Ruggieri Quartet Aparte (F) AP105 (62' * DDD) Born in Clermont-Ferrand of Anglo-French parentage (his father was a maverick MP who fled England to avoid prosecution, his mother an...
Part: 'Babel'
'Babel' Magnificat. Beaitudines. Nunc dimittis. Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fatima. The Deer's Cry. Da pacem Domine. An den Wassern zu Babel sassen wir und weinten. Littlemore Tractus. Vater unser Wilten Boys' Choir/ Johannes Stecher org/pf Col Legno...
'Planctus'
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Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
Gramophone critic Philip Clark pays tribute to a late jazz legend who enjoyed (or not) some important classical encounters. Tim Ashley, newly welcomed to the reviewers' roster, recommends the music recalled in DH Lawrence's novel Aaron's Rod, while...
Praetorius: H Praetorius Magnificat Quarti Toni
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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
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Ravel's Sheherazade: Susan Graham Discusses the Song-Cycle's Imagery and Exoticism with Joshua Kosman
With its dog-eared page corners and and its spine bound and rebound with library tape, Susan Graham's score of Ravel's Sheherazade is a tattered palimpsest that holds a record of her history with this song-cycle. Inside the back cover the American...
'[R]evolution'
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Rites of Passage: David Fanning Listens to Five Recent Recordings of Stravinsky's Most Famous Ballet Score in Its Reduction for Two Pianists
A couple of years after the centenary of the infamous first performance of The Rite of Spring we have a spate of recordings of Stravinsky's piano four-hands version. What a fly-on-the-wall moment it must have been when he first introduced Diaghilev...
R Strauss: Feuersnot
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R Strauss: Symphonla Domestica
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Ruark R1 Mk3: The Perfect Portable Radio for House and Garden: Subtle Tweaks to a Classic Design Make This Newest Version Ideal for the Proms Season
The new Ruark R1 Mk3 table radio looks, at first glance, just like the previous version, and indeed the original, which was launched getting on for a decade ago. But then, having come up with what was more or less instantly a classic back in 2006,...
Rudorff: Sextet, Op 5
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Salieri: Les Danaides
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'Salvator Mundi'
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