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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1132, February

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A Famous Name Revived-And More: Amplifiers Take Centre Stage This Month, from the Compact to the Massive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The new Marantz HD-AMP1 integrated amplifier (1), first previewed back in June last year and now going into the shops at 799 [pounds sterling], promises much. Not only is it a development of the HD-DAC1, the company's digital-to-analogue...
Alice Cooper: The Rock Singer on Discovering Rock 'N' Roll, His New Recording of Peter and the Wolf, and How Classical Music Has Influenced His Own Work
As a child I didn't hear any classical music. My dad was a fan of big band music. He liked Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Dorsey. I absolutely loved that music too. Then Elvis came along. I was six or seven years old at the time. One day my uncle, who...
A New Perspective: Rob Cowan on a Neglected Master and Peter Quantrill on Erik Satie, Whose 150th Anniversary Falls This May
Past assessments of the pianist Eugene Istomin (1925-2003) have too often delivered the metaphorical verdict 'always the bridesmaid, never the bride'. Istomin's profile is invariably associated with the distinguished triumvirate, the Stem-Rose-Istomin...
Ariosti: 'London-Arias for Alto'
Ariosti 'London--Arias for Alto' Aquilio Consolo--Rinasce amor. Caio Marzio Coriolano--Overture; Presto; lo spero che in quei guardi; Perdonate, o cari amori; Spirate, o iniqui marmi ... Voi d'un figlio tanto misero. Dario--Voi del del pietosi numi....
Audiolab 8300CD/8300A: The Latest Pairing from a Long-Established Brand Makes a Potent and Stylish Combination
A decade or so back, after a period as part of the ill-fated TAG McLaren Audio project, British company Audiolab found a home as part of IAG, which also takes in Mission, Quad, Wharfedale and Castle Acoustics, the products now being made in that company's...
Avison * D Scarlatti: Avison Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti No 3
Avison * D Scarlatti Avison Concerti grossi after Scarlatti No 3; No 4; No 5; No 6; No 9; No 11 D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata, Kk29 Concerto Koln Berlin Classics (F) 0300702BC (82' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fans of Avison's music...
Bartok: 'The Works for Violin and Piano'
Bartok 'The Works for Violin and Piano' Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 21 Sz75; No, Sz76; E minor. Solo Violin Sonata, Sz117. Rhapsodies--No 1, Sz86; No 2, Sz89. Andante. Romanian Folk Dances, Sz56 Carr Szekely). Piano Sonata, Sz80 Tanja Becker-Bender...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 4
Beethoven Symphonies--No 4, Op 60; No 5, Op 67 Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Sony Classical (F) 8887513645-2 (71' * DDD) Recorded live at the Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, May 8-11, 2015 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Beethoven: 'The Complete Piano Concertos'
Beethoven 'The Complete Piano Concertos' Denes Varjon pf Concerto Budapest/ Andrds Keller Hungaroton (F) (3) HCD32757/9 (176' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These home-grown Hungarian recordings of the five Beethoven piano concertos...
'Benita Valente, Vol 2'
'Benita Valente, Vol 2' Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118. Lied der Mignon, D877 Nos 2-4. Romanze, D787 Schumann Myrthen, Op 25-No 7, Die Lotosblume; No 24, Du bist wie eine Blume. Marienwurmchen, Op 79 No 13 R Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia,...
Boismortier: Don Quichotte Chez la Duchesse
Boismortier [DVD] Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse Francois-Nicolas Geslot ten Don Quichotte Marc Labonnette bar Sancho Panza Chantal Santon Jeffery sop Altisidore/Queen of Japan Marie-Pierre Wattiez...
Brahms * Hindemith: Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115
Brahms * Hindemith Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115 Hindemith Clarinet Quintet Raphael severe cl Prazak Quartet Mirare (F) MIR282 (58' * DDD) Brahms * Reger Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115 Reger Clarinet Quintet, Op 146 Sharon...
Brahms * Schubert: 'The Complete Duos, Vol 2'
Brahms * Schubert 'The Complete Duos, Vol 2' Brahms Cello Sonata No 1, Op 38 Schubert Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen', D802. Sonatina No 2, D385 Pieter Wispelwey vc Paolo Giacometti pf Evil Penguin (F) EPRC0021 (70' * DDD) Brahms...
Brahms: 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 3'
Brahms [G] 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 3' Variations on a Hungarian Melody, Op 21 No 2. Piano Pieces--Op 76; Op 118. Waltzes, Op 39 Jonathan Plowright pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2127 (81' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jonathan...
Braunfels: Don Juan, Op 34
Braunfels Don Juan, Op 34. Symphonic Variations on an Old French Nursery Song, Op 15 Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra / Markus L Frank Capriccio (F) C5250 (50' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Braunfels's Don Juan dates from 1924,...
Bristow: Symphony No 2, 'Jullien', Op 24
Bristow Symphony No 2, 'Jullien', Op 24. Rip van Winkle--Overture. Overture, 'A Winter's Tale', Op 30 Royal Northern Sinfonia / Rebecca Miller New World (F) 80768-2 (62' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rebecca Miller follows up her disc...
Britten * Purcell * Schubert: Britten Winter Words, Op 52
Britten * Purcell * Schubert Britten Winter Words, Op 52. The Birds. Oliver Cromwell. 0 waly, waly Purcell Alleluia. In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190. Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198. We sing to him,...
Busch Complete Edition
Violinist/conductor Adolf Busch was very much in the Toscanini mould: a principled, strong--minded classicist with his eye consistently on the musical ball. Warner's 16-CD collection of its complete Busch, Busch Quartet, Busch Trio and Busch Chamber...
Callas on the Small Screen: Mike Ashman Revisits Three Films Offering Snapshots of the Great Soprano in Action, Now Available on Blu-Ray
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These performances were first issued on DVD in these combinations more than a decade ago. In this instance Blu-ray has not worked its habitual magic on old black-and-white stock, and neither picture nor sound (from the original...
Chopin: Complete Etudes
Chopin Complete Etudes Alessandro Deljavan pf Brilliant (B) 95207 (70'* DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It may be that the Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan is destined for a controversial career. He is a highly demonstrative player whose...
Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35
Chopin Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35. Preludes, Op 28. Nocturne No 13, Op 48 No 1. Polonaise No 6, Op 53 Seong-Jin Cho pf DG (F) 479 5332GH (73' * DDD) Recorded live at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, October 2015 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Chopin's Berceuse: This Piano Miniature Requires Great Virtuosity but Also Subtlety, Poetry and Poise. in His Assessment of the Available Recordings, Bryce Morrison Discovers That Only a Select Few Make the Grade
As far as I am aware, this is a first for the Gramophone Collection. After some gentle twisting of our Editor's arm he has allowed me to celebrate a miniature rather than an epic. For many, Chopin's Berceuse in D flat, Op 57, is a deeply personal love,...
Classical Musicians Recognised in the 2016 New Year's Honours List
A number of classical musicians have been recognised in the 2016 New Year's Honours List, including Radu Lupu, Steuart Bedford, Malcolm Martineau and Alina Ibragimova. The pianist Radu Lupu received a CBE for 'services to music'. Lupu rose to prominence...
Classics Reconsidered: Jeremy Nicholas and Rob Cowan Discuss the World-Premiere Recording of Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto with Jascha Heifetz from 1953
Korngold Violin Concerto in D, Op 35 Jascha Heifetz vn Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Alfred Wallenstein RCA 09026 61752--2. From HMV ALP1288 (12/55) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Written by Erich Korngold, one--time Wunderkind composer...
Contemporary Operas: Kate Molleson Takes the Current Temperature of Opera Comparing Five Recent Examples on Disc of the Art Form
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Opera is in vogue--everyone is at it. Rock operas, folk operas, hip-hoperas, operas on the history of university chemistry departments and operas on the history of radical improvised music collectives. No subject is too racy...
Cordless Headphones Offer Convenience on the Move and No-Compromise Performance
Bowers & Wilkins has, in recent years, done a rather good job of reinventing itself as not just a loudspeaker company but a manufacturer of a wide range of hi-fi products. Yes, its core business is still speakers, and in the past couple of years...
CPE Bach: 'Concertos & Symphonies, Vo 2'
CPE Bach 'Concertos & Symphonies, Vol 2' Sinfonias--H654 Wq179; H667. Flute Concerto, Wq169 H445 (a). Cello Concerto, Wq171 H436 (b) (a) JacquesZoon fl (b) Bruno Delepelaire vc Berlin Baroque Soloists / Reinhard Goebel Deutsche Harmonia...
D Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas-Kk8
D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk8; Kk9; Kk13; Kk27; Kk29; Kk69; Kk87; Kk96; Kk109; Kk113; Kk140; Kk141; Kk159; Kk380; Kk427; Kk430 Angela Hewitt pf Hyperion (F) CDA67613 (76' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is Angela Hewitt's first...
Dukas: 'Cantates, Choeurs et Musique Symphonique'
Dukas [G] 'Cantates, choeurs et musique symphonique' Les Sirenes. La fete des myrtes. Semele. Pensee des morts. Hymne au soleil. L'Ondine et le Pecheur. Cantate Velleda. Polyeucte. Villanelle Marianne Fiset, Catherine Hunold, Chantal Santon-Jeffery...
Dvorak: Piano Quartets-No 1, Op 23 B53
Dvorak Piano Quartets--No 1, Op 23 B53; No 2, Op 87 B162 London Bridge Trio with Gary Pomeroy va Champs Hill (F) CHRCD107 (67' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dvorak's masterly piano quartets find the augmented London Bridge Trio (Gary...
'Flourishes, Tales and Symphonies'
'Flourishes, Tales and Symphonies' Marlatt Earthscape Meechan Velvet Blue Saint-Saens Symphony No 3, 'Organ', Op 78--Adagio; Maestoso C Sharpe Flourishes. Prelude, Elegy and Scherzo Verdi La traviata--Brindisi Weinberger Schwanda the Bagpiper--Polka...
Forgotten Works of 'Victorian Britain: The 19th Century Has Traditionally Been Considered a Low Point in Britain in Terms of Musical Creativity but as Jeremy Dibble Points out, with a Little Bit of Detective Work, There Can Be Huge Rewards in Store
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of one of Britain's most neglected yet supremely talented composers. Born in Sheffield in 1816, William Sterndale Bennett possessed sparkling gifts as a composer and a pianist which...
Friedrich Cerha: As Vienna's Grand Old Man of Music Turns 90 on February 17, Liam Cagney Reflects on Friedrich Cerha's Life, Influences and Work
You could say it reads like the plot of a novel. A young Austrian musician, unwillingly conscripted into the Wehrmacht, deserts; he is caught; later, having deserted for a second time, he makes his way to the Tyrol, where he sees out the war living...
Ginastera: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 1'
Ginastera 'Orchestral Works, Vol 1' Estancia, Op 8 (a). Ollantay, Op 17. Pampeana No 3, Op 24 (a) Lucas Somoza Osterc spkr/bar BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Juanjo Mena Chandos (F) CHAN10884 (66' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Glass: String Quartet No 5
Glass String Quartet No 5. Suite from Dracula. String Sextet (arr Riesman) (a) Carducci Quartet with (a) Cian O'Duill va (a) Gemma Rosefield vc Naxos American Classics (B) 8 559766 (65' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Carducci...
Glinka * Tchaikovsky: 'Russian Piano Music for Four Hands'
'Russian Piano Music for Four Hands' Glinka Kamarinskaya (arr Balakirev). Valse-fantaisie (arr Lyapunov). Capriccio on Russian Themes. Two Trots de cavalerie (Sabre Dances). Polka initiale Tchaikovsky Fifty Russian Folksongs Cyprien Katsaris, Alexander...
Gluck: Iphiggnie En Tauride
Gluck Iphiggnie en Tauride Caitlin Hulcup mez Iphigenie Christopher Saunders ten Pylade Grant Doyle bar Oreste Margaret Plummer mez Diane/Priestess Christopher Richardson...
Gorecki: Symphony No 4
Gorecki Symphony No 4, 'Tansman Episodes' London Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrey Boreyko Nonesuch (F) 7559 79503-4 (36' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, April 12,2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over 30 years may...
Grainger: Anonymous Angelus Ad Virginem
Grainger Anonymous Angelus ad Virginem. Lisbon CPE Bach March (BWV Anh122) JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier: Book 1, Fugue No 4; Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No 5 Ferrabosco II The Four Note Pavan Grainger The Immovable Do. The Lonely Desert-Man...
Gramophone: Editor's Choice: Martin Cullingford's Pick of the Finest Recordings from This Month's Reviews
A hugely impressive recording, Vilde Frang's brilliant control and dramatic intensity as assured in the lush themes of Korngold's Concerto as in the technical extremes of Britten's. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RECORDING OF THE MONTH BRITTEN. KORNGOLD...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: David Gutman Welcomes a Unique Pairing of Two 20th-Century Violin Concertos-The Fulfilment of a Long-Held Wish by Its Star Soloist
[G] Britten Korngold Britten Violin Concerto, Op 15 Korngold Violin Concerto, Op 35 Vilde Frang vn Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan Warner Classics (F) 2564 60092-1 (58 * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Collectors...
Handel: 'Duetti E Terzetti Italiani'
Handel [G] 'Duetti e terzetti italiani' Amore gioie mi porge, HWV180. Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV182a. Che vai pensando, folle pensier, HWV184. Giu nei tartarei regni, HWV187. Quando in calma ride il mare, HWV191. Quel fior che all'alba ride,...
'Harmonie & Turcherie'
'Harmonie & Turcherie' Donizetti Sinfonia for Winds Giuseppe Donizetti Marcia di Mahmoud (arr Bernardini) M Haydn Marcia turchesca, ST610/P65 J Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte, HobXX/2--Introduzione alia seconda parte Mendelssohn Nocturno, MWV...
Hillborg: Beast Sampler
Hillborg Beast Sampler (a). O dessa ogon (b). Cold Heat (c). Sirens (d) (a)(b) Hannah Holgersson, (d) Ida Falk Winland sops (d) Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; (d) Swedish Radio Choir; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / (a)(b) Sakari...
Hiller * Schumann: Hiller Piano Quintet, Op 156
Hiller * Schumann Hiller Piano Quintet, Op 156 Schumann Piano Quintet, Op 44 Tobias Koch pf Pleyel Quartet, Cologne AVI-Music (F) AVI8553337 (66' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Period-instrument recordings of Schumann's chamber masterpiece...
Hosokawa: Arc Song
Hosokawa Arc Song (a). Lied (b). Stunden-Blumen: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen (c). Voyage-VIII (d); X, 'Nozarashi' (e) "Helen Bledsoe fl (a) Peter Vealeo ob (d) "Melvyn Poore tuba (e) Tadashi Tajima shakuhachib (b) Ulrich Loftier pf (a) Mirjam...
Is the Audio Market Changing? or Just Diversifying? Too Many Commentators Say the Way We Listen Has Been Altered Forever but the Truth Is That We Just Have More Choice of How and When We Enjoy Music
Now we're well into a new year, perhaps the hubbub of retrospection, introspection and haruspicy will die down a bit. Recent months have seen commentators looking back at how the audio industry is on its last legs, asking 'What can be done to save...
Ives: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'
Ives 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2' A Symphony: New England Holidays. Orchestral Set No 1, Three Places in New England'. Central Park in the Dark. The Unanswered Question Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos (F) [SACD]....
I Wanted to Say I've Been There, I've Climbed That Mountain: She May Be Better Known for Mastering Romantic Repertoire and Forgotten British Gems, but Tasmin Little Isn't Afraid to Step outside Her Comfort Zone, as Her New Recording of the Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas Proves
'The Beethovens are probably the most important works for piano and violin in the repertoire,' says Tasmin Little. 'They're works that I always wanted to record, just for myself, so that I could say that I've been there, I've climbed that mountain....
JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006
JS Bach Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006 Pavel Sporcl vn Supraphon (M) (2) SU4186-2 (149' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From the sound you might expect this performance by the Czech violinist Pavel Sporcl to be a straightforward...
Julian Anderson, Composer and Committed Advocate of Boulez's Music, Reflects on the Debt We Owe Him
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You'd have to go back to Wagner to find a musical figure who has marked both their own profession and culture at large so lastingly and in such diverse ways as Pierre Boulez. His achievements as composer alone are remarkable....
Kapustin: Piano Sonatas-No 1
Kapustin Piano Sonatas--No 1, 'Sonata-Fantasia', Op 39; No 7, Op 64. Ten Bagatelles, Op 59 - No 6, Comodo; No 9, Allegretto. Eight Concert Etudes, Op 40--No 1, Prelude; No 7, Intermezzo. Variations, Op 41 Sun Hee You pf Piano Classics (M)...
Kodaly * Cassado: Cassado Solo Cello Suite Kodaly Solo Cello Suite
Kodaly * Cassado Cassado Solo Cello Suite Kodaly Solo Cello Suite, Op 8. Duo, Op 7(a) Antonio Meneses vc (a) Claudio Cruz vrt Avie (F) AV2351 (73' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two key aspects of Zoltan Kodaly's groundbreaking Solo...
Lalo: 'Complete Songs'
Lalo 'Complete Songs' Tassis Christoyannis bar Jeff Cohen pf Aparte (B)(2) AP110 (130' * DDD * T/t) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Edouard Lalo wrote some 23 songs between 1848 and 1887, a significant contribution to his smallish but invariably...
Lassus: 'Biographie Musicale, Vol 5-Lassus l'Europeen'
Lassus 'Biographie musicale, Vol 5--Lassus l'Europeen' A ce matin. Come la cera al foco. Concupiscendo concupiscit. Creator omnium Deus. Cum invocarem exaudibit me. Deus misereatur nostri. Domine, quid multiplicati sunt. Ecce Maria genuit nobis....
Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus
Leclair [G] Scylla et Glaucus Emoke Barath sop Scylla Anders J Dahlin ten Glaucus Caroline Mutel sop Circe Virginie Pochon...
Leonid Kogan: Tully Potter Celebrates the Greatest Violinist He Ever Heard in Concert, the Soviet Player Leonid Kogan, Whose Rare Talent Is Happily Well Represented on a Host of Recordings
Mention Leonid Kogan's name, and violin connoisseurs' eyes light up. He remains the greatest violinist I have seen in concert. Often bracketed with David Oistrakh, he was very different: Kogan's training was pure Leopold Auer--his initial teacher Philip...
'Les Elements': 'Tempetes, Orages et Fetes Marines'
'Les elements' 'Tempetes, orages et fetes marines' Locke Music for The Tempest Marais Alcyone--Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons Rameau Les Boreades--Contredansetres vive. Hippolyte et Aricie--Tonnerre. Les Indes galantes--Air pour les Zephirs;...
'Liaisons'
'Liaisons' 'Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano' Songs by Sondheim 'reimagined' by Andy Akiho, Mason Bates, Eve Beglarian, Derek Bermel, Jherek Bischoff, William Bolcom, Jason Robert Brown, Kenji Bunch, Mary Ellen Childs, Michael Daugherty, Peter...
Lieder and Followers: Richard Wigmore Listens to a Clutch of German Song Discs That Venture Well beyond the Obvious
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What would one give to eavesdrop on the world's first great Lieder duos: Franz Schubert in tandem with his two favoured interpreters, Johann Michael Vogl and Baron Carl von Schonstein? According to a mutual friend, the collaborations...
Liszt: 'Symphonic Scenes'
Liszt 'Symphonic Scenes' Der nachtliche Zug, S513a. Le triomphe funebre du Tasse, S517. Salve Polonia, S113 No 2. Three Mephisto Waltzes--S514; S515; S216 Kit Armstrong pf Sony Classical (F) 8887516373-2 (70' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION...
'L'orgue Symphonique'
'L'orgue symphonique' Durufle Suite, Op 5 Roger-Ducasse Pastorale Vierne Symphony No 2, Op 20 Richard Pinel org Resonus (F) RES10160 (75' * DDD) Played on the organ of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Richard...
Martin * Fletcher * Grunert: Fletcher Festival Offertorium
Fletcher Festival Offertorium. Fountain Reverie. Festival Toccata Grunert Agnus Dei. Pater noster Martin Missa Chamber Choir of the Fraeunkirche, Dresden / Matthias Grunert org Rondeau Production (F) ROP6111 (55' * DDD * T) [ILLUSTRATION...
Mayr: Requiem
Mayr Requiem Sir! Karoline Thornhill, Katharina Ruckgaber sops Theresa Holzhauser, Brigitte Thoma contrs Markus Schafer, Robert Sellier tens Martin Berner, Ludwig Mittelhammer, Virgil Mischok basses Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble / Franz...
Medtner * Rachmaninov: Medtner Canzona Matinata
Medtner * Rachmaninov [G] Medtner Canzona matinata, Op 39 No 4. Skazki (Fairy Tales)--Op 20 No 1; Op 26 No 1; Op 51 No 3. Sonata-Reminiscenza, Op 38 No 1. Sonata tragica, Op 39 No 5. Stimmungsbilder, Op 1 Prologue Rachmaninov Preludes: Op 23--No...
Members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions
Members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions Alessandria Michele Pittaluga International Guitar and Composition for Classical Guitar Competitions "Premio Citta di Alessandria" Auckland...
Mendelssohn: 'Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol 4'
Mendelssohn 'Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol 4' Violin Concerto, Op 64 (a). A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61--Incidental Music (b) (b) Rhian Lois, (b) Keri Fuge sops (a) Jennifer Pike vn (b) CBSO Youth Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony...
Mendelssohn: Two String Quartets
Mendelssohn [G] Two String Quartets, Op 44 Cecilia Quartet Analekta (F) AN2 9844 (52' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Cecilia Quartet came to international attention when they won the 2010 Banff Quartet Competition. These days they...
Modern Music from Megadisc Classics: Philip Clark Welcomes the Return of a Label Devoted to Contemporary Fare
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During the formative days of Megadisc Classics in the early 1990s, the label was associated with erstwhile Soviet bloc composers such as Ustvolskaya and Silvestrov, but the music it now aims to document has broadened exponentially....
Montanari: Violin Concertos, Op 1-No 1
Montanari [G] Violin Concertos, Op 1-No 1; No 5; No 6; No 7; No 8. Violin Concerto, 'Dresden' Ensemble Diderot / Johannes Pramsohler vn Audax (F) ADX13704 (59' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'One is right always to be more than a little...
Monteverdi DVD: Vespro Della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi DVD Vespro della Beata Vergine Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner Alpha (F)(2) ([DVD] + -S) ALPHA705 (105' * NTSC * 16:9 * DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at the Chapelle Royale, Versailles,...
Muffat: Florilegium Primum
Muffat Florilegium primum Ensemble Salzburg Barock Challenge Classics (F) [DVD]. CC72678 (71 * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Performers' interest in the music of Georg Muffat has always centred on his Armonico tributo of 1682, in which...
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]...
Nielsen: Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-6)
Nielsen Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-6) Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra /Paavo Jarvi RCA Red Seal (S) (3) 8887517880-2 (3h 30' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'I still don't understand how there can be no word for "please" and no phrase...
Nielsen: Works for Violin, Vol 2'
Nielsen [G] Works for Violin, Vol 2' Violin Concerto, Op 33. Prelude and Theme with Variations, Op 48. Prelude and Presto, Op 52 Cecilia Zilliacus vn Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Blendulf dB Productions (F) DBCD162 (66' *...
Nikolai Malko Live: Broadcast Performances from the Itter Collection That Augment the Conductor's Studio Discography
Lyrita's well--transferred collection of BBC broadcasts (1957-60) featuring the Corporation's Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nikolai Malko, part of the Itter Broadcast Collection, has to be one of the most significant 'historical' orchestral...
Obituaries
A conductor and diplomat; a champion of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony; and a young mezzo [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] KURT MASUR Conductor Born July 18, 1927 Died December 19. 2015 Kurt Masur, former Chief Conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus...
Part: The Beatitudes
Part The Beatitudes (a). Berliner Messe (a). Cantate Domino (a). Annum per annumb. Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentaler (b). Pari intervallo (b). Trivium (b). Spiegel im Spiegel (b) (b) Thomas Leech org (a) Leeds Cathedral Choir / Benjamin Saunders...
Pierre Boulez-Integrity and Controversy
Many are the great musicians we mourn monthly in our obituary pages: conductors, artists, as well as label executives and critics who have left their mark on recordings and repertoire. Rightly honoured by the musical world, they might however register...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-This Month with a Choral Focus
Music for Lent Alexandra Coghlan chooses 10 works that explore the meaning of Lent For a time of abstinence, Lent has a surprisingly rich musical life. Solo organ music might be discouraged in church, Alleluias silenced and Glorias omitted, but...
'Pollini:De Main De Maitre'
'Pollini:De main de maitre' [DVD] A film by Bruno Monsaingeon Maurizio Pollini pf DG (F) [DVD] 073 5212GH (54' * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM stereo * 0 * s) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bruno Monsaingeon's reputation precedes him. With films such as The Enigma...
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos-No 4, Op 53
Prokofiev Piano Concertos--No 4, Op 53 (a); No 5, Op 55 (b). Symphonies--No 4 (revised version), Op 112; No 6, Op 111; No 7, Op131 (c) (b) Sergei Babayan, (a) Alexei Volodin pf Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Mariinsky (M) (2)...
Rediscovering Haydn, Period Style
Ottavio Dantone's new disc marks the premiere recordings on period instruments of Haydn's Symphonies Nos 79 and 81. Comprising part of a forthcoming complete period symphony cycle from three different conductors, this recording is further evidence...
Remebering Boulez: Musical Modernist, Paradoxical Pioneer
He embraced the avant-garde cause, then appeared to dilute those principles in his own music. He issued polemics against composers, then recorded their work. In person, he was at times waspish, at others charming. And yet, writes Philip Clark, Pierre...
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances-Suite No 1
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