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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1126, September

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Adams: Absolute Jest
Adams Absolute Jest (a). Grand Pianola Music (b) (b) Orli Shaham, (b) Marc-Andre Hamelin pfs bSynergy Vocals; (a) St Lawrence Quartet; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra / (a) Michael Tilson Thomas, (b) John Adams Recorded live at Davies Symphony...
Albinoni: 'Opera Arias and Instrumental Music'
Albinoni 'Opera Arias and Instrumental Music' Ardelinda--Doppo tetra e tenebrosa (a); Se avessi piu d'un core (a). Eraclea--II mio crin su I'alto soglio (a); Ristoro degli affliti (a); Se premio alia costanza (a). La gare generoso--La mia gloria e...
'A Miracle!' Aida Returns to the Studio: Hugo Shirley Travels to Rome to Witness a Rare Event in Recent Musical History-A No-Expense-Spared Recording of a Grand Opera with a Starry Cast-And Talks to Its Conductor, Sir Antonio Pappano
Exactly 10 years ago, Gramophone welcomed EMI's recording of Tristan und Isolde from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Antonio Pappano. But in a double review in the September 2005 issue, both critics mentioned that the set, starring Nina...
A Perfect Pairing: Balanced Headphones and Amp Provide a Compelling Listen
As I have noted in these pages in the past, headphones are proving one of the consistent growth areas in the hi-fi market. Once a 'distress purchase', bought only to replace the earbuds supplied with personal players or to allow continued listening...
'Apres Un Reve'
'Apres un reve' Berlioz La captive (a) Chausson Chanson perpetuelle, Op 37 (a) Faure Andante, Op 75. Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 (a). Berceuse, Op 16. Pavane, Op 50. Romance, Op 69 Godard Jocelyn--Berceuse (a) Gounod L'absent (a). Romances sans paroles--Le...
Bartok: Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112
Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112 (a). Concerto for Orchestra, Sz116 (a) Tedi Papavrami vn Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Emmanuel Krivine Alpha (F) ALPHA205 (76' * DDD) A great idea, this, coupling what are surely Bartok's two...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 2, Op 2 No 2
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 2, Op 2 No 2; No 5, Op 10 No 1; No 24, Op 78; No 31, Op 110 Angela Hewitt pf Hyperion (F) CDA68086 (76' * DDD) As with previous instalments in Angela Hewitt's near-complete Beethoven cycle, this fifth volume,...
Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op 120: Perhaps No Pianist Can Fully Do It Justice but, as Jed Distler Reveals, This Large-Scale, Complex, Technically Challenging and Stylistically Eclectic Masterpiece Can Withstand Disparate Treatments on Record
You couldn't ignore Anton Diabelli if you were involved with music in Vienna in the early 19th century. He was a man about town, whose serious compositions and teaching pieces held sway, not to mention his success as a music publisher and his promotional...
Beethoven: Six String Quartets, Op 18
Beethoven Six String Quartets, Op 18 Jerusalem Quartet Harmonia Mundi (M) (2) HMC90 2207/8 (153' * DDD) With Haydn, Mozart and Schubert under their belt, it was only a matter of time before the Jerusalem Quartet turned their attention to...
Beethoven: 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 1'
Beethoven 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 1' Violin Sonatas--No 4, Op 23; No 9, 'Kreutzer', Op 47 Susanna Ogata vn Ian Watson fp Coro Connections (F) COR16138 (58' * DDD) Anyone who has heard a classical Viennese fortepiano live...
Benda: 'Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague'
Benda 'Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague' Selections from Sammlung vermischter Clavier- und Gesangstucke fur geubte und ungeiibte Spieler Ivana Bilej Broukova sop Helena Zemanova vn Hana Flekova, Marek Stryncl vcs Edita Keglerova hpd Supraphon...
Benno Moiseiwitsch: Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21
Benno Moiseiwitsch (H) Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21, 'Waldstein', Op 53a. Andante favori, WoO57 (a). Piano Concerto No 5, 'Emperor', Op 73 (b) Chopin Ballade No 3, Op 47 (c) Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (d) Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme...
Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony: Philip Clark Meets Conductor Marin Alsop to Discuss the Composer's Deeply Personal 1963 Work
'That's a beautiful thing!' Marin Alsop gasps admiringly as, from the depths of my bag, I proudly scoop out my score of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony (his third)--the original Schirmer edition, no less, into which I lovingly sank my student...
Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes
Biber Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor vn Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72676 (69' * DDD/DSD) The Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes were Biber's first published works, issued in 1676 in Salzburg,...
Birtwistle: 'Songs 1970-2006'
Birtwistle 'Songs 1970-2006' Cantus iambeus (a). Fantasia III (b). Frieze I (c). Lullaby (d). Nenia: The Death of Orpheus (e). Nine Setting of Lorine Niedecker (f). Orpheus Elegies (g). Songs by Myself (h) (df) Sophia Korber, (d) Sarah Lewark, (dh)...
Brahms: Brahms Piano Quartet No 1, Op 25
Brahms Brahms Piano Quartet No 1, Op 25 (orch Schoenberg) Schoenberg Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene, Op 34 Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht Pentatone (F)[SACD]. PTC5186 398 (5V * DDD/DSD) The same label, conductor...
Brahms: Piano Concertos-No 1, Op 15
Brahms Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 15; No 2, Op 83 Daniel Barenboim pf Staatskapelle Berlin / Gustavo Dudamel DG (M)(2) 479 4899GH2 (102' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, September 1-3, 2014 There is no musician before the...
Brahms * Schumann: Brahms Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38
Brahms * Schumann Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99 Schumann Fantasiestucke, Op 73 Bruno Philippe vc Tanguy de Williencourt pf Evidence (F) EVCD012 (65' * DDD) Jacqueline du Pre was only 23 when she recorded her heady account...
Brahms * Zemlinsky: Brahms Clarinet Quintet Zemlinsky Trio, Op 3
Brahms * Zemlinsky Brahms Clarinet Quintet (a) Zemlinsky Trio, Op 3 (b) Emma Johnson cl (b) Frans Helmerson vc (b) John Lenehan cl Michelangelo Quartet Nimbus Alliance (F) NI6310 (67' * DDD) The Brahms Quintet treats the clarinet as...
Bright Futures-And Poignant Farewells
This issue feels very much bookended by the passage of life. As our news pages report, in late June my colleague James Jolly and I found ourselves immersed in the world of music competitions, where the young, aspiring and gifted are thrust into the...
British Folksong in Classical Music
From Taverner to Tippett composers over many centuries have appropriated elements of British folksong into their compositions. Alexandra Coghlan offers a guide to the most convincing examples on record When we speak of folksong in classical music...
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (1896 Version, Ed Nowak)
Bruckner Symphony No 9 (1896 version, ed Nowak), with finale reconstructed by Nors S Josephson Aarhus Symphony Orchestra / John Gibbons Danacord (F) DACOCD754 (8V * DDD) The performing versions by William Carragan and Samale Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca...
'Carte Blanche'
'Carte blanche' Bartok Violin Sonata No 1, Sz75 (a) Beethoven Piano Trio No 5, 'Ghost', Op 70 No 1 (b) Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme of Paganini (c) Montero Improvisation on 'Happy Birthday' (d) Ravel Ma Mere l'Oye (e) Schubert Grand...
Cavalli: Vespero De Domeniche
Cavalli Vespero de Domeniche Claudio Monteverdi Choir, Crema; La Pifarescha / Bruno Gini Dynamic (F) CDS7714 (69' * DDD * T) In 1616 the 14-year-old Cavalli joined Monteverdi's choir at St Mark's in Venice, and eventually in 1668 he became its...
Chopin: 'Chopin Now'
Chopin 'Chopin Now' Four Ballades. Barcarolle, Op 60. Two Nocturnes, Op 62. Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61 Hakon Austbo pf Simax (F) PSC1347 (68' * DDD) 'Chopin Now' is the title of this new disc from the Norwegian pianist Hakon Austbo,...
Composition in the Digital World: 'Conversations with 21st-Century American Composers'
'Conversations with 21st-Century American Composers' By Robert Raines OUP, HB, 354pp, 25.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978-0-19-935703-1 Robert Raines has chosen his title carefully. Composition in the Digital World gives him plenty of wiggle-room...
Critics Rob Cowan and Duncan Druce Reassess RCA's 1961 Recording of Mendelssohn's Octet with Its Spectacular Line-Up of Top-Notch Players Including Heifetz and Piatigorsky
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat, Op 20 Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Joseph Stepansky vns William Primrose, Virginia Majewski va Gregor Piatigorsky, Gabor Rejto vc Sony Classical (S) (103 discs) 88697 70050-2 (Recorded in the RCA...
Dallapiccola: 'Complete Songs'
Dallapiccola 'Complete Songs' Italian Songs of the 17th and 18th Centuries--Vol 1; Vol 2. Quattro Liriche dl Antonio Machado. Rencesvals: Trols fragments de 'La chanson de Roland' Alda Caiello, Monica Piccinini sops Elisabetta Pallucchi mez Roberto...
Desktop Audio and the Return of a High-End Name: Denon Thinks Small with Its Latest Models, While Luxman Thinks Big with the Arrival of Its Latest Amplification
THIS MONTH An excellent all-in-one network audio device, a headphone/amp ' combination with a twist and some hints for newcomers to computer audio. Andrew Everard, Audio Editor SEPTEMBER TEST DISCS The SCO's Mozart set (Linn) sounds delicious...
Discovering Fontanarosa
Violinist Patrice Fontanarosa was born to distinguished painter parents in Paris in 1942 but his image on the CD market here in the UK is, as of the present time, distinctly low-profile. Hopefully French Decca's 12-disc 'Portraits' collection will...
D Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas-Kk4
D Scarlatti [G] Keyboard Sonatas--Kk4; Kk6; Kk8; Kk13; Kk29; Kk31; Kk32; Kk35; Kk61; Kk76; Kk108; Kkl24; Kk125; Kk135; Kk140; Kk144; Kk146; Kk175; Kk206; Kk208; Kk213; Kk260; Kk278; Kk284; Kk296; Kk322; Kk397; Kk427; Kk443; Kk450; Kk454; Kk470;...
Ed Balls: The Labour Politician on Combining Being Shadow Chancellor with Learning the Piano, and the Terror of Performing Schumann in Concert
My parents met in a church choir in Norwich when they were 15, and singing in choirs was something they've done throughout their adult lives. So from the earliest I can remember there was music in the house, particularly choral music; I probably knew...
Edward Greenfield
EDWARD GREENFIELD Music critic and longtime Gramophone contributor Born July 3, 1928 Died July 1, 2015 Ted, as he was known to everyone aside from his readers (and for generations of Gramophone readers he was 'EG') was born in Westcliff-on-Sea...
'Ferveur, Louange et Passion'
'Ferveur, louange et passion' J Christoph Bach Mein Freund ist mein und ich bin sein C Bernhardt Fiirchtet euch nicht Buxtehude Klag-Lied, BuxWV76. Sonata, BuxWV257 Krynen Zu Gott sollst du nicht schreien Kiihnel Sonata a due Rosenmuller Das ist meine...
'French Flute Concertos'
'French Flute Concertos' Blavet Flute Concerto in A minor Boismortier Flute Concerto, Op 21 No 3--Affettuoso Buffardin Flute Concerto in E minor Corrette Flute Concerto, Op 4 No 4--Adagio Leclair Flute Concerto, Op 7 No 3 Naudot Flute Concerto,...
Glass: Symphony No 10
Glass Symphony No 10. Concert Overture Bruckner Orchestra, Linz / Dennis Russell Davies Orange Mountain Music (F) OMM0101 (41' * DDD) The background to Glass's Tenth Symphony is unusual. It was originally performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews RACHMANINOV. TRIFONOV Daniil Trifonov pf Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nezet-Seguin DG (F) 479 4970GH * TO READ JEREMY NICHOLAS'S REVIEW, TURN TO PAGE 36 ...
Gramophone: Recording of the Month: A Russian in America for Rachmaninov's Three Sets of Variations Jeremy Nicholas Welcomes a Recording That Is Up There with the Very Best
[G] Rachmaninov Trifonov Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43a. Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op 22. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op 42 Trifonov Rachmaniana (a) Daniil Trifonov pf Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nezet-Seguin...
Grieg * Eyju: Grieg Piano Concertos (A)-Op 16 (Ed Grainger)
Grieg * Eyju Grieg Piano Concertos (a)--Op 16 (ed Grainger); in B minor (fragments). With a Water Lily, Op 25 No 4. A Dream, Op 48 No 6 (both transcr Evju) Evju Piano Concerto (after Grieg) (a) Carl Peterssonpf Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra...
Grieg: Lyric Pieces: Op 12-No 1, Arietta
Grieg Lyric Pieces: Op 12--No 1, Arietta; No 5, Popular Melody; Op 38--No 1, Berceuse; No 7, Waltz; No 8, Canon; Op 43--No 1, Butterfly; No 4, Little Bird; Op 47--No 2, Album Leaf; No 3, Melody; No 4, Norwegian Dance; Op 54--No 3, March of the Trolls;...
Grieg * Moszkowski: Grieg Piano Concerto, Op 16
Grieg * Moszkowski [G] Grieg Piano Concerto, Op 16a Moszkowski Piano Concerto, Op 59 Joseph Moog pf Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern / Nicholas Milton Onyx (F) ONYX4144 (66' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Grosser Sendesaal,...
Grieg * Sibelius: 'Malinconia'
Grieg * Sibelius 'Malinconia' Grieg Cello Sonata, Op 36. Peer Gynt--Three Pieces. Allegretto. Intermezzo. Letzter Fruhling, Op 34 No 2 Sibelius Malinconia, Op 20. Valse triste, Op 44 No 1 David Geringas vc Ian Fountain pf Profil (F) PH15005...
Hahn: Le Bal De Beatrice d'Este
Hahn Le bal de Beatrice d'Este (a). Concerto provencale (b). Serenade (c). Divertissement pour une fete de nuit (a) (b) Julien Vern fl (b) Trancois Lemoine cl (b) Frank Sibold bn (b) Julien Desplanque hn (c) Ensemble Initium; (ab) Orchestre des...
Handel: Seven Trio Sonatas, Op 5 HWV396-402
Handel Seven Trio Sonatas, Op 5 HWV396-402 Al Ayre Espanol / Eduardo Lopez Banzo hpd Challenge Classics (F) CC72663 (77' * DDD) John Walsh published Handel's Op 5 Trio Sonatas in 1739 but Challenge's booklet-note insinuates naively that...
'Harmonische Freude'
'Harmonische Freude' JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude, BWV713a. Trio Sonata No 3, BWV527 Homilius Chorale Prelude, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gemein. Oboe Sonata Kauffmann Chorale Preludes--Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein; Gelobet seist du, Jesu...
Haydn * D Scarlatti: 'Chiaro E Scuro'
Haydn * D Scarlatti 'Chiaro e scuro' Haydn Piano Sonatas--No 13, HobXVI/6; No 38, HobXVI/23; No 39, HobXVI/24; No 50, HobXVI/37. Divertimento, HobXIV/10 D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk128; Kk342; Kk425; Kk432; Kk495 Olivier Cave pf Aeon (F)...
Heinz Holliger: Arnold Whittall Delves into the Swiss Composer's Dark, Intense and Unsettling Sound World Inspired by Expressionism
Heinz Holliger ([flat]1939) first found fame as an outstanding oboe player, fearless in tackling the most challenging contemporary scores and extending the possibilities of the instrument by way of multiphonics and new fingering techniques. Berio wrote...
'Hor, Kristenhait!'
'Hor, Kristenhait!' 'Sacred Songs by the Last of the Minnesingers' Anonymous Indescort. Maria tusolacium. Pulcherrima de virgine. Virginem mire pulchritudinis Beheim Vom heiling geist/ Heiliger Geist, rat und volleist Loqueville O regina clementissima...
'Insomnia'
'Insomnia' Britten Nocturne, Op 60 (a) Buck/Mills/Stipe I've been high (arr Tognetti) (a) F Couperin Les barricades misterleuses (arr Ades) Dean Pastoral Symphony Gurney Sleep (a) (arr Farrington) Lennon/McCartney Blackbird (a) (arr Farrington)...
International Tchaikovsky Competition Webcasts Receive Nine Million Views
Ever since the American pianist Van Cliburn stormed his way to victory at the inaugural competition in Moscow in 1958, the International Tchaikovsky Competition has attracted the most gifted young musicians from around the world to compete for this...
Itzhak Perlman: As the Violinist Prepares to Celebrate His 70th Birthday, Tully Potter Champions the Artistry of This Master Musician Who Overcame Disability to Dominate Both the Stage and the Studio
In the last quarter of the 20th century, Itzhak Perlman was in a class of his own as a violinist, hailed by critics, audiences and his peers. Since the turn of this century, he has slightly withdrawn from the travelling virtuoso life particularly stressful...
Jon Vickers
JON VICKERS Tenor Born October 29, 1926 Died July to, 2015 The Canadian tenor Jon Vickers has died following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease: he was 88 years old. Celebrated for his intense performances of the Heldentenor repertoire,...
'Joyce & Tony'
'Live at Wigmore Hall' Arlen Over the Rainbow I Berlin I love a piano Bolcom Amor E Curtis Non ti scordar di me C Dougherty Love in the dictionary S Foster Beautiful Dreamer Haydn Arianna a Naxos, HobXXVIb/2 Kern Leave it to Jane--The Siren's Song,...
JS Bach: 'Cello Suites, Vol 1' Solo Cello Suites-No 1, BWV1007
JS Bach 'Cello Suites, Vol 1' Solo Cello Suites--No 1, BWV1007; No 3, BWV1009; No 4, BWV1010 Joachim Eijlander vc Navis (F) NC15003 (65' * DDD) With works recorded as often as Bach's Cello Suites, it is essential for the listener, if her...
JS Bach * Glass: JS Bach Fantasia, BWV572
JS Bach Glass JS Bach Fantasia, BWV572. Passacaglia, BWV582. Pastorale, BWV590. Preludes and Fugues--BWV532; BWV541; 'St Anne', BWV552. Toccata and Fugue, BWV565 Glass Dances No 2; No 4. Mad Rush. Music in Contrary Motion. Satyagraha--Finale...
JS Bach: 'Lutheran Masses, Vol 1'
JS Bach 'Lutheran Masses, Vol 1' Masses--BWV235; BWV236; BWV/Anh26--Kyrie. SanctuS--BWV237; BWV238; BWV240; BWV241; BWV242 Hana Blazikova, Joanne Lunn sops Robin Blaze counterten Gerd Turk ten Peter Kooij bass Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki...
Karg-Elert: 'Wagner Operas for Harmonium and Plano'
Karg-Elert 'Wagner Operas for Harmonium and Plano' Excerpts from Derfliegende Hollander, Gotterdammerung, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Parsifal, Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde and Die Walkure Jan Hennig harmonium Ernst Breidenbach...
Karpman: Ask Your Mama
Karpman Ask Your Mama Angela Brown, Janai Brugger sops Nnenna Freelon voc Blackthought, Questlove, Medusa hip-hop artists San Francisco Ballet Orchestra / George Manahan Avie (M) (2) AV2346 (10V * DDD) Be prepared for sensory overload...
Kern: Show Boat
Kern Show Boat Heidi Stober sop Magnolia Hawks Michael Todd Simpson bar Gaylord Ravenal Bill Irwin sngr Cap'n Andy Hawks Patricia Racette sop Julie La Verne Morris Robinson bass Joe Angela...
'L'arte Dei Piffari'
'L'arte dei piffari' 'Cornetts and Sackbuts in Early Baroque Italy' Anonymous El bisson e sua gagliarda Bassano O doctor optime Casa Jubilate Deo A Gabrieli Marla stabat ad monumentum G Gabrieli Domine exaudi Gussago Sonata undecima 'La Marina'...
Laura Karpman: The American Film Composer on Bringing Langston Hughes to Life
What attracted you to Langston Hughes's poem 'Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz? When I came across Ask Your Mama in a bookstore, my jaw dropped. There was this profoundly amazing patriotism through truth that I found myself gravitating towards....
L Berkeley: String Trio, Op 19. Sextet, Op 47
L Berkeley String Trio, Op 19. Sextet, Op 47. Introduction and Allegro, Op 80. Sonatine. Piece. In memoriam Igor Stravinsky. Three Pieces Berkeley Ensemble Resonus (F) RES10149 (60' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This brilliant young...
'Leiden Choirbooks, Vol 6'
'Leiden Choirbooks, Vol 6' 'The Leiden Choirbooks--Codex F' Music by Flamingus, Hellinck, Manchicourt, Mergot, Sermisy and Anonymous Egidius Kwartet and College Etcetera [F] [2] KTC1415 (157 * DDD * T/t) The traversal of an idiosyncratic corner...
'Les Grandes Repetitions'
'Les grandes repetitions' [DVD] Two films by Luc Ferrari and Gerard Pattis 'Karlheinz Stockhausen: Momente' (1965) Martina Arroyo sop Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky elec orgs Choir and Orchestra of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Karlheinz Stockhausen...
Liszt: Etudes D'execution Transcendante
Liszt Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139 Jozsef Balog pf Hungaroton (F) HCD32736 (68' * DDD) Liszt's 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante in their final 1852 form place huge technical and musical demands on the player. Few are those...
London Calling: He May Be 60 but Rattle Has a Flurry of Recordings Due out, Is Taking Risks with Repertoire, and Plans to Unite Players and Community When He Heads Up the LSO in 2017
The tiling about becoming 60,' admits Sir Simon Rattle, 'is simply wanting more free time, more time to think and read, more time to do things other than music and to bring up the family.' Most of us, particularly those of us for whom the age of 60...
Lutostawski: Piano Concerto
Lutostawski [G] Piano Concerto (a). Symphony No 2 (b) (a) Krystian Zimerman pf Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle DG (F) 479 4518GH (52' * DDD) (b) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, September 2013 Commissioned by the...
Mahler: Symphonies-No 7
Mahler Symphonies--No 7a; No 8b; No 9C (b) Sally Matthews, (b) Ai!ish Tynan, (b) Sarah Tynan sops (b) Sarah Connolly, (b) Anne-Marie Owens mezs (b) Stefan Vinke ten (b) Mark Stone bar (b) Stephen Gadd bass (b) Boys of the Eton College Chapel Choir;...
Mendelssohn * JS Bach: Mendelssohn Piano Trios-No 1, Op 49
Mendelssohn * JS Bach Mendelssohn Piano Trios--No 1, Op 49; No 2, Op 66 JS Bach Chorale Preludes--Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659 Trio Dali Zig-Zag Territoires (F) ZZT364 (60' * DDD) Mendelssohn...
Mendelssohn: Symphonies-No 4, 'Italian', Op 90
Mendelssohn Symphonies--No 4, 'Italian', Op 90; No 5, 'Reformation', Op 107 Tonkunstler Orchestra / Andres Orozco-Estrada Oehms (F) OC1834 (56' * DDD). Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, April 3,4 & 6,2014 When reviewing...
Monteverdi: Orfeo
Monteverdi [R] Orfeo Furio Zanasi ar Orfeo Arianna Savall sop Eu ridice Montserrat Figueras sop La Musica Sara Mingardo contr Messenger Cecile van de Sant mez Speranza Antonio Abete bass Caronte Adriana Fernandez...
'Morgen!'
'Morgen!' [G] Brahms Funf Lieder, Op 72--No 1, Alte Liebe; No 4, Verzagen. Da unten im Tale, WoO33 No 6. Die Mainacht, Op 43 No 2. Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen, Op 32 No 2. Standchen, Op 106 No 1. Wiegenlied, Op 49 No 4 Reger Sechszehn Gesange, Op 62--No...
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera
Mozart [DVD][BR] La finta giardiniera Erin Morley sop Sandrina Enea Scala ten Belfiore Marie-Adeline Henry sop Arminda Marie-Claude Chappuis mez Ramiro Cario Allemano ten Podesta Maria Savastano sop ...
My Life with Wagner
My Life with Wagner By Christian Thielemann (translated by Anthea Bell) Weidenfeld & Nicolson, HB, 320pp, 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-297-60855-4 It is always cheering, where one of the mastodons of the musical forest is concerned,...
'Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds'
'Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds' A Agricola Cecus non iudicat de coloribus Anchieta Con amores, la mi madre (a) Anonymous And I were a maiden (a). Biblis. De tous biens plaine. Fortuna desperata. In te Domine sperabo. La quercia. La Spagna Cornysh...
New Release 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 price...
New to Computer Audio? Start Here ... If You've Decided to Store Your Music on Hard Drive for Instant Playback, the Options Can Be Confusing Unless You Have the Right Guidance to Hand
You know where you are with a CD player--you put the CD in a drawer, press 'play' and you have sound. Yet to music enthusiasts of more than 30 years ago, used to cleaning records, lowering the stylus with (hopefully not too) trembling fingers and listening...
Novafidelity X40: Upgraded Network Ripper/server Provides More Than a Taste of the High End
Just over a year ago these pages featured the all-in-one Cocktail Audio X30 (8/14), able to rip CDs, store and serve music, act as a network client for offboard music storage and even provide access to internet radio, not to mention having a built-in...
Palestrina: 'Volume 6'
Palestrina 'Volume 6' Missa L'homme arme a 5. Song of Songs--No 16, Surge, arnica mea, speciosa mea; No 17, Dllectus meus mihl; No 18, Surgam et clrcuibo civitatem. De profundis clamavi. Parce mihi, Domine. Peccantem me quotidie. Si ambulavero...
Part: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo'
Part 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo' Diagramme. Fratres3. Fur Alina. Fur Anna Maria (two versions). Partita. Passacaglia (a). Sonatinas--No 1; No 2. Spiegel im Spiegel (a). Ukuaru valss. Variations for the Healing of...
Piano Works Old and New: Jed Distler Listens to Four Sets Which Combine Staple Repertoire with New Music That Views It through a Contemporary Prism
Old and new music intermingle throughout these four releases, starting with Gabriela Montero, who describes her composition for piano and orchestra Ex patria as a response to the repressive policies and dire living conditions in her native Venezuela,...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
Birmingham Conservatoire's new Principal Julian Lloyd Webber on the city's music, composer Jocekyn Pook on works that conjure memories and Rebecca Schmid on JS Bach celebrated in music. 'Birmingham in music Julian Lloyd Webber chooses tracks...
Poulenc: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 5'
Poulenc 'The Complete Songs, Vol 5' Le bal masque (a). Banalltes (b). Le bestialre (c). Quatre Poemes d'Apollinaire (d). Quatre Poemes de Max Jacob (e). Rapsodie negre (f). Vocalise (g) (g) Sarah Fox sop (d) Ann Murray, (b) Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezs...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 4, Op 47 (1930 Version)
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 4, Op 47 (1930 version); No 5, Op 100. Dreams, Op 6 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits Onyx (F) ONYX4147 (77' * DDD) This third release in Kirill Karabits's Prokofiev symphony cycle will not disappoint...
Puumala: Anna Liisa
Puumala [G] Anna Liisa Helena Juntunen sop Anna Liisa Jorma Hynninen bar Kortesuo Tanja Kauppinen sop Riikka Ville Rusanen bar Mikko Sanna Kurki-Suonio sngr Husso Juha Hostikka ten Johannes Anu Hostikka...
Radical Tonality: Philip Clark Sifts through a Selection of Discs of Piano-Based Works That Seek out a New Relationship with Traditional Musical Languages
Six releases arrive on my desk, all dealing in what, for argument's sake, I'm going to term 'radical tonality'. All this music works directly with, or alludes to, or actively searches for common triads and chord sequences. But these composers reactivate...
Ravel
Ravel L'enfant et les sortileges (a). Sheherazade (b) Alborada del gracioso (a) Isabel Leonard mez L'Enfant (a) Paul Gay bass-bar Le Fauteuil/L'Arbre (a) Yvonne Naef mez ...
Ripeness Is All: Peter Quantrill on Karl Bohm's Indian Summer and James Jolly on a Magnificent Beaux Arts Trio Box-Set
Handsomely produced in a glossy box with lift-off lid, with more than one eye on the Japanese market--which these days remains particularly significant for such omnium gatherums of maestro-worship DG's box of Karl Bohm--Late Recordings begins and ends...
'Romantic Metamorphoses'
'Romantic Metamorphoses' Bloch Suite Vieuxtemps Viola Sonata, Op 36 Waxman Carmen Fantasy E Zemtsov Melodie im Alten Stil Dana Zemtsov va Cathelijne Noorland pf Channel Classics (F) [SACD] CCSSA37215 (72' * DDD/DSD) In some respects,...
Rore: 'Doulce Memoire'
Rore 'Doulce memoire' Missa Doulce memoire. Parce mihi Domine/ Peccavi, quid faciam tibi. Agimus tibi gratias. Infelix ego/Ad te igitur Laudantes Consort / Guy Janssens Sonamusica (F) SONA1504 (54' * DDD * T/t) Rore's discography hardly reflects...
R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
R Strauss [DVD][BR] Der Rosenkavalier Kate Royal sop Die Feldmarschallin Tara Erraught mez Octavian Lars Woldt bass Baron Ochs Teodora Gheorghiu sop Sophie Michael Kraus ten ...
Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3, 'Organ', Op 78
Saint-Saens[G] Symphony No 3, 'Organ', Op 78 (a). Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28 (b). La muse et le poete, Op 132 (c) (b)(c)Noah Geller vn (c) Mark Gibbs vc (a) Jan Kraybill org Kansas City Symphony Orchestra / Michael Stern...
Scelsi: Suites-No 8, 'Bot Ba'
Scelsi Suites--No 8, 'Bot Ba'; No 9, Ttai' Steffen Schleiermacher pf Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) MDG6131777-2 (68' * DDD) Scelsi Suites--No 9, 'Ttai'; No 10, 'Ka' Sabine Liebner pf Wergo (F) WER6794-2 (60' * DDD) Composers...
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op 21
Schoenberg [DVD][G] Pierrot lunaire, Op 21 Documentary: Solar Plexus of Modernism Barbara Sukowa voc Marina Piccinini fl Anthony McGill cl Mark Steinberg vn Clemens Hagen vc Mitsuko Uchida pf Belvedere [F] [DVD] 10130 (40' + 52' *...
Schubert: Fierrabras
Schubert [DVD][BR] Fierrabras Michael Schade ten Fierrabras Julia Kleiter sop Emma Georg Zeppenfeld bass Charlemagne Markus Werba bar Roland Benjamin Bernheim ten Eginhard Peter Kalman bar ...
Schubert: 'Songs, Vol 2'
Schubert 'Songs, Vol 2' Abendbilder, D650. Atys, D585. Auf der Briicke, D853. Auf der Rlesenkoppe, D611. Aus Heliopolis -1, D753; II, D754. Dass sie hier gewesen, D775. Des Fischers Liebesgluck, D933. Fischerwelse, D881. Die Forelle, D550. Gehelmnis,...
Schumann: Piano Concerto Op 54
Schumann [G] Piano Concerto, Op 54 (a). Piano Trio No 2, Op 80 (b) Alexander Melnikov pf (b) Isabelle Faust violin (b) Jean-Gulhen Queyras vc (a) Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi (F) (CD + [DVD]) HMC90 2198 (57'...
Schumann: Symphonies-No 1, 'Spring', Op 38
Schumann Symphonies--No 1, 'Spring', Op 38; No 2, Op 61; No 3, 'Rhenish', Op 97; No 4, Op 120 Odense Symphony Orchestra / Simon Gaudenz CPO (F) (2) [SACD] CPO777 925-2 (124' * DDD/DSD) Schumann symphony cycles have been arriving thick and...
Season Preview 2015-16
Our comprehensive guide to the new concert season, featuring the best live classical music events and opera productions from across the UK, Europe and North America UNITED KINGDOM Academy of Ancient Music The AAM opens its season at London's...
Seefried Gems: Australian Eloquence Presents the Artistry of the Great German Soprano in Thematically Arranged Single Discs at a Bargain Price
Of the German soprano Irmgard Seefried, a much-loved stalwart at the Vienna State Opera from the early 1940s through to the mid-1970s, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf famously observed: 'All of us envied her, because what we had to achieve laboriously worked...
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