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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1129, November

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A Busy Time for New Product Launches: Technics Expands Its Range, a Classic Amplifier Revived, and a Novel Twist on Loudspeakers
This is the traditional season for major hi-fi announcements: something to do with us all spending more time listening to music, I guess. And autumn 2015 is living up to expectations, with classic designs updated, new models and innovations. One...
Anna Moffo: Mike Ashman Champions the Versatile, Charismatic, No-Nonsense American Soprano Who Had a Natural Way of Making Herself Heard and Could Leave Her Sound Forever Etched on the Memory
From the mid-1950s until at least the late 1960s the Italian-American soprano Anna Moffo (1932-2006) was trailed as opera's pin-up girl. Reviews, even of her records, kept on reminding one (in a manner that would now be considered sexist) that she...
'Anne Boleyn's Songbook'
'Anne Boleyn's Songbook' Music & Passions of a Tudor Queen' Anonymous Fer pietatis opem miseris mater. Forte si dulci Stigium boantem. Gentilz galans compaingnons. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes. Maria Magdalena et altera Maria. 0 Deathe...
At Home with the Halle
Martin Cullingford visits the Manchester orchestras impressive new residence, Halle St Peter's, during a recording session of Elgar's Sea Pictures Two years ago, Manchester's century-and-a-half old orchestra, the Halle, finally got a home of its...
Aulis Sallinen: Andrew Mellor Salutes the Finnish Composer, Recently Turned 80, Who Discovered a Wholly Distinctive Voice and Ignited the Country's Opera Boom
The writing, so to speak, was on the wall. A young arts administrator was travelling with his orchestra in Cologne in 1962 when a man was shot at the Berlin Wall by East German border guards. Saddened and furious, the administrator wrote a 10-minute...
Bartok * Hindson * Ravel: Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion Hindson Pulse Magnet Ravel Bolero Pascal & Ami Roge pfs Paul Clarvis, Joby Burgess perc Onyx (F) ONYX4128 (56' * DDD) Let's start in the middle: Matthew Hindson's piece is fun, kicking off with a lusty...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 1, Op 21
Beethoven [H] Symphonies--No 1, Op 21 (a); No 2, Op 36 (b); No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55 (two recordings) (a/c); No 4, Op 60 (b); No 5, Op 67 (b); No 6, 'Pastoral', Op 68 (a); No 7, Op 92 (b); No 8, Op 93 (a); No 9, 'Choral', Op 125 (with rehearsal) (d)....
Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Op 67
Beethoven Symphony No 5, Op 67 (a). Overture, 'Coriolan', Op 62 (b) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt LPO (S) LP00087 (43' * ADD) Recorded live at the "Royal Albert Hall, August 20, 1990; (b) Royal Festival Hall, February 23, 1992...
Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Valentina Farcas sop Giulietta Vivica Genaux mez Romeo Davide Giusti ten Tebaldo Ugo Guagliardo bass Capellio Fabrizio Beggi bass Lorenzo ...
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op 14. Lelio (a) (a) Mario Zeffiri ten (a) Ky le Ketelsen bass-bar (a) Gerard Depardieu narr Chicago Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Riccardo Muti CSO Resound (M) (2) CSOR9011501 (115' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live...
Biber: 'Baroque Splendor'
Biber 'Baroque Splendor' Biber Missa Salisburgensis. Battalia. Plaudite tympana. Sonata Sancti Polycarpi Riedl Fanfara La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespferion XXI; Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall Alia Vox [F] [SACD] AVSA9912 (72' *...
Bliss: Morning Heroes
Bliss Morning Heroes (a). Hymn to Apollo (a) Samuel West orator BBC Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis Chandos [F] [SACD] CHSA5159 (65' * DDD/DSD * T) It is over 40 years since the last recording of Bliss's choral symphony...
Brahms * Bruckner: Brahms Ave Maria, Op. 12
Brahms * Bruckner Brahms Ave Maria, Op 12 (b). Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45--How lovely are thy dwellings (b). Fest-und Gedenkspruche, Op 109. Geistliches Lied, Op 30 (b). Drei Motetten, Op 110 Bruckner Aequali (a)--No 1; No 2. Ave Maria. Christus...
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Lore Binon sop Tassis Christoyannis bar Flemish Radio Choir; Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra / Herve Niquet Evil Penguin [F] EPRC0019 (51' * DDD) Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 Genia Kuhmeier...
Brahms * JS Bach: JS Bach Prelude and Fugue
Brahms * JS Bach JS Bach Prelude and Fugue, 'St Anne', BWV552 Brahms Piano Quartet No 1, Op 25 (both orch Schoenberg) Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Jacek Kaspszyk Warner Classics (F) 2564 60751-7 (60' * DDD) The engineered sound offers a realistic...
Brahms: Symphony No 4, Op 98
Brahms Symphony No 4, Op 98. Hungarian Dances--No 3; No 7; No 11 Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer Channel Classics (F) [SACD]. CCSSA35315 (51' * DDD/DSD) From the first, there has been debate over how Brahms's tragic Fourth Symphony...
'Brazilian Adventures'
'Brazilian Adventures' Anonymous Matais de incendios Cyro de Souza Ascendit Deus Lobo de Mesquita Ave Maria. Gloria. Padre nosso Nunes Garcia Missa pastoril para a noite de natal Pinto Beata virgo. Licao de solfejo No 25. Oh! Pulchra es Silva...
Casella: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 4'
Casella [G] 'Orchestral Works, Vol 4' Elegia eroica, Op 29. Symphony No 1, Op 5. Symphonic Fragments from 'Le couvent surl'eau', Op19 (a) (a) Gillian Keith sop BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Chandos (F) CHAN10880 (77' * DDD) ...
Cavalli: 'Heroines of the Venetian Baroque'
Cavalli 'Heroines of the Venetian Baroque' Arias and excerpts from Gli amore de Apollo e di Daf ne, Artemisia, La Calisto, II Ciro, Didone, La Doriclea, Egisto, Elena, Eliogabalo, Ercole amante, Erismena, L'Eritrea, Giasone, Hipermestra, Mutio Scevola,...
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11
Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11 (a). Cello Sonata, Op 65 (b). Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op 3 (b) (b) Mischa Maisky vc Martha Argerich pf (a) Sinfonia Varsovia / Jacek Kaspszyk Fryderyk Chopin Institute (F) NIFCCD038 (79' * DDD)...
Chopin: Preludes-Op 28
Chopin Preludes--Op 28; Op 45; Op posth Yundi pf DG/Mercury [F] 4811910DH (39' * DDD) Chopin Preludes, Op 28. Variations brillantes, Op 12. Berceuse, Op 57. Barcarolle, Op 60 Dong Hyek Lim pf Warner Classics [F] 2564 60688-8...
Chopin * Rachmaninov: Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65
Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Introduction and Polonaise brillante. Op 3. Etude, Op 25 No 7 (arr Franchomme) Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, Op 19. Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 Alisa Weilerstein vc Inon Barnatan pf Decca (F) 478 8416DH (81' * DDD) It's a bold...
'Crimson & Lace': Bilotta the Song of the Hermit Thrush
'Crimson & Lace' Bilotta The Song of the Hermit Thrush (a) DeVasto Winter Seven (b) Diehl Anyone (c). Wedding Day (c) (b) Sarita Cannon sop (c) Bradford Gleim, (a) Scott Uddenberg bars (a) Jennie Brown fl (a)Ben Weber va (a) Soyoung Kee, (c) Chiharu...
Debussy * GAO Ping: 'Distant Voices'
Debussy * Gao Ping 'Distant Voices' Debussy Estampes--Jardins sous la pluie; Pagodes. Images. Reverie. Suite bergamasque Claire de lune Gao Ping Blue Flower. Concealed Kisses No 1. Evenings in Suburban Moscow. Katyusha: Homage to Shostakovich....
Duncan Druce
DUNCAN DRUCE Composer, performer and Gramophone contributor Born May 23, 1939 Died October 13, 2015 I Duncan Druce, who has written for Gramophone since 1997, has died at the age of 78. He was born in Cheshire and studied at King's College,...
Dvorak * Bartok * Dohnanyi: Bartok String Quartet No 2, Op 17 Sz67
Bartok String Quartet No 2, Op 17 Sz67 Dohnanyi String Quartet No 3, Op 33 Dvorak String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179 Modigliani Quartet Mirare (F) MIR269 (80 * DDD) Dvorak * Schulhoff * Suk 'Alla Czeca' Dvorak String Quartet No 13,...
Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191
Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 (a). Piano Trio No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B166 (b) Sebastian Klinger vc (b) Lisa Batiashvili vn (b) Milana Chernyavskaya pf (a) Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern / Simon Gaudenz Oehms (F) OC1828...
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37
Elgar Sea Pictures, Op 37 (a). Polonia, Op 76. Five Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39 (a) Alice Coote mez Halle Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Halle (F) CDHLL7536 (65' * DDD * T) Alice Coote, partnered with exquisite grace and scrupulous care...
EM Records: Jeremy Dibble Listens to a Selection of Releases from an Enteprising Label That Continues to Explore Music of the British Lies
Over the last few months EM Records, a label that prides itself in specialising in the promotion of English music, has released six new discs ranging across a wide spectrum of styles and idioms. Among them are Havas, orchestral works by Judith Bailey...
English Music of Remembrance
November is a time for remembrance, when we pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedom. Geraint Lewis offers a guide to 10 works by English composers that are filled with the spirit of mourning At 10.30 on the Sunday morning nearest November...
Ferneyhough: 'Complete Piano Works'
Ferneyhough 'Complete Piano Works' Lemma-Icon-Epigram. Quirl. Opus Contra Naturam. Invention. Epigrams. Three Pieces. Sonata for Two Pianos (a) Nicolas Hodges, (a) Rolf Hind pfs Neos [F] [2] NEOS11501/2 (98' * DDD) Nicolas Hodges...
'Gesualdo': Dean Carlo
'Gesualdo' Dean Carlo (a) Gesualdo Moro lasso. O crux benedicta Tuur L'ombra della croce. Psalmody (a) Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Tbnu Kaljuste ECM New Series (F) 4811800 (58' * DDD) If you're casting...
Gombert: Ave Mater Matris Dei
Gombert Ave mater matris Dei. Ave salus mundi. Benedicta es. Descendi in hortum meum. Domine, non secundum peccata. Emendus in melius. O beata Maria. O, Crux, splendidior. O, Domina mundi. O, flos campi. O, Jesu Christe. Peccata mea. Salve regina....
Gramophone Editor's Choice [G]
Igor Levit is clearly one of his generation's most remarkable pianists. In these three works--all sets of variations--he reveals a virtuosity and reflective maturity that compel attention. Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: David Fanning Is Astonished by Igor Levit's Latest Three-Disc Offering, Which Presents the Foremost Variation Sets of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries-Three Themes, 99 Variations
[G] Igor Levit JS Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV988 Beethoven Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op 120 Rzewski The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Igor Levit pf Sony Classical (B)(3) 88875 06096-2 (3h 13' * DDD) Igor Levit's...
Graugaard: Venus
Graugaard Venus (a). Book of Throws (b). Layers of Earth (c). Three Places (d) (c) Ian Shafer ob (a) Patti Kilroy vn (a) Patrick Swoboda db (b) Jean-Michel Pile pf NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra /...
Handel: Agrippina
Handel Agrippina Ulrike Schneider mez Agrippina Jake Arditti counterten Nerone Ida Falk Winland sop Poppea Joao Fernandes bass Claudio Crristopher Ainslie counterten...
Handel: 'The Power of Love'
Handel 'The Power of Love' Alcina--Tornami a vegheggiar. Almira--Geloso tormento. Ariodante--Il primo ardor. Giulio Cesare --Da tempeste; Piangero. Orlando--Amor e qual vento. Partenope--Qual farfalleta. Rinaldo Dunque i lacci ... Ah crudel....
Haydn: Symphonies-No 102
Haydn Symphonies--No 102; No 103, 'Drumroll'; No 104, 'London' Cappella Coloniensis / Bruno Well Ars Produktion [M] [2] [SACD] ARS38 064 77' + 36 * DDD/DSD). Second disc includes introductions to the symphonies by Bruno Weil Recorded live at...
Haydn: Symphonies-No 52
Haydn Symphonies--No 52; No 53. 'L'Imperiale'; No 59, 'Fire' Royal Northern Sinfonia / Rebecca Miller Signum [F] SIGCD434 (70' * DDD) Rebecca Miller has already proved her credentials at the more angsty end of the 18th-century symphony...
Heggie: 'The Moon's a Gong, Hung in the Wild'
Heggie 'The moon's a gong, hung in the wild' The Breaking Waves--Advent; Darkness; Music. Folksong Arrangements. Songs to the Moon. Statuesque--Henry Moore: Reclining Figure in Elmwood; Pablo Picasso: Head of a Woman; Winged Vitory: We're Through....
Hindemith: Symphonies-Mathis der Maler
Hindemith Symphonies--Mathis der Maler; in E flat NDR Symphony Orchestra / Christoph Eschenbach Ondine [F] ODE1275-2 (68' * DDD) The second disc in Christoph Eschenbach's Hindemith series with the NDR Sinfonieorchester brings together the...
In a World of Your Own: Could These Be the Perfect Earphones for People Who Don't like Earphones?
To say that I'm not the world's biggest fan of in-ear headphones is something of an understatement: I own several pairs, not least because I'm always trying to find a set with which I can get on, and then only for use when I travel long distances and...
'Inspiration': Dvorak Serenade, Op 22 B52 Herbert Ghazel
'Inspiration' Dvorak Serenade, Op 22 B52 Herbert Ghazel. Punchinello. Yesterthoughts Suk Serenade, Op 6. Love Song, Op 7 No 1 (arr Schmidt) Metamorphosen Berlin / Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt vc Sony Classical [F] 8887513020-2 (71' * DDD) A...
'Intermezzi del Verismo'
'Intermezzi del Verismo' Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur--Act 2, Intermezzo Giordano Fedora--Act 2, Intermezzo Leoncavallo Pagliacci--Intermezzo Mascagni L'amico Fritz--Intermezzo. Cavalleria rusticana--Intermezzo. Le maschere--Sinfonia ...
Ivan Moravec: 'Twelfth Night Recital'
Ivan Moravec [G] 'Twelfth Night Recital' JS Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV903 Beethoven Piano Sonata No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2 Chopin Ballade No 4, Op 52. Mazurkas--No 32, Op 50 No 3; No 41, Op 63 No 3. Nocturnes--No 5, Op 15 No...
Janacek * Scriabin: Janacek Piano Sonata "1.X.1905
Janacek * Scriabin Janacek Piano Sonata "1.X.1905, From the Street'. On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 Scriabin Piano Sonatas--No 4, Op 30; No 5, Op 53. Poeme, Op 32 No 1. Vers la flamme, Op 72 Stephen Hough pf Hyperion [F] CDA67895 (73' * DDD) ...
Joueurs De Flute: Mark Pullinger Listens to Recitals by Five Flautists and Muses on the Ingredients Required for the Ideal Mixed Programme
What makes an effective instrumental recital disc? As an artist, do you take it as an opportunity to put your stamp on established classics, setting down your interpretation for posterity? Or is it a chance to demonstrate different facets of your playing?...
JS Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol 5: Birthday Cantatas
JS Bach 'Secular Cantatas, Vol 5: Birthday Cantatas' Cantatas--No 213, Lasst uns sorgen, lasst uns wachen; No 214, Tonet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! Joanne Lunn sop Robin Blaze counterten Makoto Sakurada ten Dominik Worner bass Bach Collegium...
JS Bach: Six Solo Cello Suites
JS Bach Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 Matt Flaimovitz vc Pentatone Originale [F] [2] [SACD] PTC5186 555 (135' * DDD/DSD) The reverence with which some cellists choose to treat Bach's Cello Suites can produce results that disappear...
JS Bach: Violin Concertos
JS Bach Violin Concertos--BWV1041: BWV1042; BWV1052R; BWV1055R; BWV1056R Alina Ibragimova vn Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Hyperion (F) CDA68068 (69)' * DDD) In all likelihood, Bach composed 20 or more violin concertos, mainly at Weimar and...
Kim Brandstrup
THE RECORD I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT Bach Goldberg Variations Murray Perahia pf Sony [R] SK89243 (12/00) My Goldberg project was back in 2009 but even now, when I listen to the piece, I find new things. The Danish-born, London-residing...
Korngold: 'The Korngold Project'
Korngold 'The Korngold Project' Piano Trio, Op 1. Suite, Op 23 (a) Daniel Rowland, (a) Priya Mitchell vns Julian Arp vc Luis Magalhaes ph Two Pianists [F] TP1039282 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University,...
Lassus: Prophetiae Sybillarum
Lassus Prophetiae sybillarum. Angelus ad pastores ait. Ave Maria. Dixit Dominus. Magnificat superaurora lucis rutilat. Quern vidistis pastores. Videntes stellam Vocalconsort Berlin / Daniel Reuss Accent [F] ACC24307 (49' * DDD) Of Lassus's...
'Le Concert Royal De la Nuit'
'Le Concert Royal de la Nuit' [G] after 'Ballet Royal de la Nuit', with music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli, Luigi Rossi and Anonymous Ensemble Correspondences / Sebastien Dauce Harmonia...
Magnard: Violin Sonata
Magnard Violin Sonata, Op 13. Piano Trio, Op 18 (a) Genevieve Laurenceau vn (a) Maximilian Hornung vc Oliver Triendl pf CPO [F] CP0777 765-2 (78' * DDD) The latest addition to the slowly growing Alberic Magnard discography presents us...
Mahler: Symphony No 4
Mahler Symphony No 4 Dorothea Roschmann sop Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons RCO Live [F] [SACD] RC015004 (60' * DDD/DSD * T/t) Recorded live, February 11 & 12, 2015 With an engagement on disc stretching from the...
Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler
Malevolent Muse The Life of Alma Mahler By Oliver Hilmes; translated by Donald Arthur Northeastern University Press, 331 pp, HB, 29.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-55553-789-0 Alma Mahler-Werfel nee Schindler (1879-1964) published her...
Mark Pullinger and David Gutman Revisit Mravinsky's Extraordinary 1960 DG Stereo Recording of Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' with the Leningrad Philharmonic Originally Panned in Gramophone
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique' Leningrad PO / Yevgeny Mravinsky DG [G] (2) 477 5911 (originally SLPM138659) This is no more than an imitation, almost a caricature, of the superlative account of this symphony by the same artists...
Martland: American Invention
Martland [G] [R] American Invention [a]. Beat the Retreat [b]. Crossing the Border [a]. Eternal Delight [b]. Mr Anderson's Pavane [b]. Patrol [c]. Shoulder to Shoulder [a] [a] The Steve Martland Band / Steve Martland; [b] The Smith Quartet ...
Meinardus: Luther in Worms
Meinardus Luther in Worms Catalina Bertucci sop Annette Gutjahr contr Clemens Loschmann, Corby Welch tens Ansgar Eimann, Markus Flaig, Clemens Heidrich, Matthias Vierweg basses Rheinische Kantorei; Concert Koln / Hermann Max CPO [F]...
Mendelssohn: Fanny Mendelssohn Songs without Words-Op 2
Mendelssohn Fanny Mendelssohn Songs Without Words--Op 2; Op 6; Op 8. Pastorella Mendelssohn Complete Songs Without Words Matthias Kirschnereit pf Berlin Classics [M] [3] 0300639BC (3h 10' * DDD) Mendelssohn Complete Songs Without Words...
'Metamorphoses': Brahms Intermezzos
'Metamorphoses' Brahms Intermezzos: Op 116--No 2; No 4; Op 119 -No 1. Ballade, Op 118 No 3 Haydn String Quartet, Op 54 No 2 Ligeti String Quartet No 1, 'Metamorphoses nocturnes' Dudok Quartet Resonus [F] RES10150 (57' * DDD) Comparisons may be of...
Mining the Horowitz Archives: Rob Cowan Enthuses about a Horowitz Treasure Trove and Peter Quantrill Welcomes a Celebration of Marcel Dupre
Another Sony Horowitz blockbuster collection--Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983--that in some respects is even more revealing than 'Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall' (11/13), and that's saying something. The reason?...
Mozart: Il Re Pastore
Mozart [G] Il re pastore John Mark Ainsley ten Alessandro Sarah Fox sop Aminta Ailish Tynan sop Elisa Anna Devin sop Tamiri Benjamin Hulett ten ...
Mozart: 'Mozart and the Weber Sisters'
Mozart 'Mozart and the Weber Sisters' Ah, vous dirai-je maman, K265 (a). Alcandro, lo confesso ... Non so d'onde viene, K294. Dans un bois solitaire, K308a. Kanonisches Adagio, K410. Mass No 17, K427--Et incarnatus est. Musik fur einer Faschingspantomime,...
Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart
Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart By Ralph P Locke Cambridge University Press, 471pp, HB, 84.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-10701-237-0 Ralph Locke's latest survey, Music and the Exotic, is essentially a prequel to his...
'Music for Winds': 'Twentieth-Century Chamber Works for Winds
'Music for Winds' 'Twentieth-Century Chamber Works for Winds' Barber Summer Music, Op 31 Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik, Op 24 No 2 Janatek Miadi Ligeti Six Bagatelles Nielsen Wind Quintet, Op 43 London Winds Chandos [F] CHAN10876 (80' * DDD) The...
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]-7.75 [pounds sterling]...
Offenbach: Overtures-Barbe-Bleue
Offenbach Overtures--Barbe-bleue; La belle Helene; La fille du tambour-major; La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein; Le mariage aux lanternes; Orphee aux Enters; Vert-Vert; La vie parisienne; Le voyage dans la lune. Les contes d'Hoffmann-Intermede; Barcarolle...
Organs of England: Jeremy Nicholas Sets off Down Some Unexplored Byways of British Repertoire with a Handful Discs from Priory and Regent
Thomas Tertius Noble (1867-1953) was organist of York Minster from 1897 to 1913 and is remembered today, if at all, for his choral rather than organ music. From the organ-specialist label Priory comes the first of three volumes of his complete works...
Part: Passacaglia-The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project
Part 'Passacaglia--The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project' Credo. Dart ich.... Festina lente [a]. Fratres [a]. Fratres (in memoriam Eduard Tubin). Mein Weg. Summa. Passacaglia [a]. La Sindone [a] Anne Akiko Meyers vn MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Chorus...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
Three musicians--conductors Hannu Lintu and Laurence Equilbey and pianist James Baillieu--share the music that they listen to when they're not performing. Beyond Sibelius The conductor Hannu Lintu shares his passion for the music of his native...
'Poetry in Music'
'Poetry in Music' [G] Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia East When David heard Gurney Since I believe in God the Father Almighty WH Harris Bring us, 0 Lord God. Faire is the heaven Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing MacMillan The Gallant Weaver...
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Puccini [DVD Video] [Blu-Ray] Manon Lescaut Kristine Opolais sop Manon Lescaut Jonas Kaufmann ten Des Grieux Christopher Maitman bar Lescaut Maurizio Muraro bass Geronte Benjamin Hulett ten...
Puccini: Turandot
Puccini [DVD Video] [Blu-Ray] Turandot Mlada Khudoley sop Turandot Riccardo Mass! ten Calaf Guanqun Yu sop Liu Andre Schuen bar Ping Taylan Reinhard bar ...
Quad Vena: Old Meets New in an Attractive Amplifier Solution
For many readers of a certain age, and those of us with a penchant for a taste of hi-fi's past, Quad is the classic British hi-fi name. It's hardly surprising, given that 2016 will mark 80 years since Peter Walker started the company in London as SP...
Rachmaninov * Liadov: Liadov the Enchanted Lake, Op 62
Rachmaninov * Liadov Liadov The Enchanted Lake, Op 62 Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Op 27 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton BIS [F] [DVD] BIS2071 (7V * DDD/DSD) In returning to a Rachmaninov symphony he recorded previously with...
Rachmaninov: Suites-No 1
Rachmaninov Suites--No 1, Op 5; No 2, Op 17. Symphonic Dances, Op 45 Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier pfs Chandos [F] CHAN10882 (79' * DDD) The Canadian pianist Helene Mercier has appeared in these pages on and off for more than 20 years,...
Rameau Operas: Richard Lawrence Delves into a Trio of Recent Rameau Releases on CD and DVD: Les Indes Galantes and Zais from Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, Plus a Premiere Recording of the 1754 Anacreon from the OAE
Following his comprehensive division of plays into categories--Pastoral-Comical, Tragical-Historical and so on--Polonius would have enjoyed boring Hamlet with a breakdown of Rameau's stage works: tragedie en musique, opera-ballet, comedie-ballet, pastorale-heroique,...
Ravel * Faure: Faure Ballade, Op 19
Ravel * Faure [G] Faure Ballade, Op 19 Ravel Piano Concertos--in G; for the Left Hand [a] Yuja Wang pf [a] Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra / Lionel Bringuier DG [F] 479 4954GH (50' * DDD) Ravel * Schmitt Ravel Piano Concertos--in G; for...
Reubke: Piano Sonata
Reubke Piano Sonata. Sonata on the 94th Psalm. Adagio Julius Becker pf Hyperion [F] CDA68119 (59' * DDD) Julius Reubke was a remarkable talent whose life was cut tragically sort: he died in 1858 aged just 24. The work by which he is best...
Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos-No 2, Op 22a
Saint-Saens Piano Concertos--No 2, Op 22a; No 5, 'Egyptian', Op 103b Louis Schwizgebel Symphony Orchestra / [b] Martyn Brabbins, [a] Fabien Gabel Aparte [F] AP112 (50' * DDD) [a] Recorded live at Maida Vale Studios, London, February 18,...
'Satiesfictions': 'Promenades with Erik Satie'
'Satiesfictions' [DVD] [G] 'Promenades with Erik Satie' A film by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov Accentus [F] [DVD] ACC20312 (56' +15' * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM stereo * 0 * S) Befitting its extraordinary subject, Anne-Kathrin Peitz...
Scaling the Heights of Bach's B Minor Mass for a Second Time
Thirty years ago, Sir John Eliot Gardiner made his first recording of this towering summit of Western music. Now he's returning to it again with the same forces as before--but, as he tells Lindsay Kemp, at 72 he's even better equipped to bring out...
Schmitt: Antoine et Cleopatre-Two Suites, Op 69
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Schubert: String Quartet No 15
Schubert String Quartet No 15, D887. Quartettsatz, D703 Terpsycordes Quartet Ambronay [F] AMY044 (58' * DDD) If you haven't previously encountered Quatuor Terpsycordes, they're a Geneva-based period-instrument group who formed in 1997;...
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos-No 1, Op 107
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Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1: Gautier Capucon Tells Ariane Todes about How He Conserves Energy in This Exhausting Work
The score that French cellist Gautier Capucon uses for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1 is the one he had when he first learnt the piece, aged 12. Its pages are like archaeology, exposing the layers of his history with the piece. The cover bears...
Sibelius Celebrated: Anthony Collins's Symphony Cycle Leads off a Scintillating 11-Disc Set of Early Sibelius Recordings Mined from the Decca Archives
As Robert Layton says in an excellent note that accompanies this valuable set of Sibelius 'historical', Anthony Collins's 1950s Sibelius symphony cycle --only the second ever made by a single conductor and orchestra--is 'remarkably faithful'. Remarkably...
Sibelius: Humoresques
Sibelius Humoresques (a)--Op 87; Op 89. Two Pieces, Op 77 (a). Two Serenades, Op 69 (a). Suite, Op 117 (a). Five Pieces, Op 81 (b). Pieces, Op 2 (b) Nicolas Dautricourt vn (b) Juho Pohjonen pf (a) Orquestra Vigo 430 / Alejandro Garrido Porras...
Sibelius: Swanwhite-Complete Incidental Music
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'Siegfried Idyll': Brahms Capriccios
'Siegfried Idyll' Brahms Capriccios, Op 76--No 2; No 5. Intermezzos: Op 117 No 1; Op 118-No 1; No 2; No 6; Op 119 No 3 Liszt Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S202. Funerailles, S173 No 7. Nuages gris, S199 Wagner Siegfried Idyll (arr J Rubinstein) David Deveau...
'Songs from the Arc of Life'
'Songs from the Arc of Life' JS Bach/Gounod Ave Maria Brahms Wiegenlied, Op 49 No 4 Debussy Beau soir Delius Romance Dvorak Songs my mother taught me, Op 55 No 4 Elgar Salut d'amour, Op 12 Faure Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1. Papillon, Op 77 J Gade Tango...
Stepping Up to an Unenviable Task: Bowers & Wilkins Speakers Are Used in Studios Worldwide, So Replacing Its Flagship Models Presented a Big Challenge
Having been to more hyperbole-packed product launches than most, I freely admit to a certain degree of cynicism when I'm told 'This changes everything': it's a neat enough slogan, but in an industry making pretty mature technology it's unusual for...
Stradella: San Giovanni Cristostomo
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (Revised 1947 Version)
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Taverner: Missa Corona Spinea
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Telemann: Violin Sonatas
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'Time and Its Passing'
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