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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1131, January

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A Little Liszt: Jeremy Nicholas Sifts through a Clutch of Recent Releases Exploring Familiar and Unfamiliar Works by the Great Hungarian
The Art of Remembering' is the intriguing title of Olivia Sham's multi-layered concept: a sequence of late works she imagines being played by the ageing Abbe as he looks back over his long career, interspersed with assorted earlier pieces. One track...
Alongside the Greats: Rob Cowan on a Fine Rudolf Barshai Memento, and James Jolly Welcomes Sets of Emil Gilel and the Quartetto Italiano
The fifth anniversary of viola-player and conductor Rudolf Barshai's death (in November 2010) is marked by the release of a fascinating and musically valuable 20-CD set from ICA, A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai, its rich contents a mixture of the familiar...
'Angel Devil Priest'
'Angel Devil Priest' Ledair Scylla et Glaucus--Air des demons. Violin Concerto, Op 10 No 6 Locatelli L'arte del violino. Op 3--No 1. Concerto grosso, 'II pianto d'Arianna', Op 7 No 6 Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins, RV514 Chouchane Siranossian...
'Arrangements & Adaptations'
'Arrangements & Adaptations' JS Bach St Matthew Passion--Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1 Mozart Requiem--Confutatis; Lacrymosa Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare Mountain (a) Nova Melody--Elegy (b) Puccini Crisantemi Schumann...
A Scriabin * J Scriabin * Pasternak: Pasternak Two Preludes
A Scriabin--J Scriabin * Pasternak Pasternak Two Preludes A Scriabin Piano Sonatas--No 4, Op 30; No 9, 'Black Mass', Op 68. Enigme, Op 52 No 2. Nuances, Op 56 No 3. Trois Pieces, Op 45. Poeme, Op 32 No 1. Preludes, Op 11--selection. Quasi valse,...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 21, 'Waldstein', Op 53
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 21, 'Waldstein', Op 53; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106 Sunwook Kimp Accentus (F) ACC303551 (66' * DDD) Korean-born Sunwook Kim came to prominence in 2006 at the age of 18, when he won the Leeds International...
Beethoven: Symphonies-No 2, Op 36
Beethoven Symphonies--No 2, Op 36; No 7, Op 92 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Karl Bohm Orfeo (F) C910151B (80' * AAD) Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 17, 1980 It's unusual, if not unwelcome, to find a company including...
Bern * Beethoven * Fuchs * Joachim: Beethoven Romance, Op 50
Bern * Beethoven * Fuchs * Joachim Beethoven Romance, Op 50a Berg Violin Concerto (a) Fuchs Nine Fantasy Pieces (b) Joachim Hebrew Melodies (c) Pinchas Zukerman (ab) vn/(c) va (bc) Marc Neikrug pf (a) London Philharmonic Orchestra /...
Big Screen to Small Screen: Mark Pullinger Watches a Selection of Performances from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Broadcast in Cinemas and Now Released on DVD and Blu-Ray
The Met in HD is now a well-established brand for live cinema screenings, reaching audiences across the globe. This latest clutch of Blu-ray and DVD releases means you don't even have to prise yourself from your armchair and venture out to your local...
Brahms * Bartok: Bartok Violin Concerto No 1, Sz36
Brahms * Bartok [G] Bartok Violin Concerto No 1, Sz36 (a) Brahms Violin Concerto, Op 77 (b) Janine Jansen vn (a) London Symphony Orchestra; (b) Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano Decca (F) 478 8412DH (59'...
Brahms * Dvorak: String Quintet No 2, Op 111
Brahms * Dvorak Brahms String Quintet No 2, Op 111 Mozart String Quintet No 3, K515 Voce Quartet with Lise Berthaud va Alpha (F) ALPHA214 (60' * DDD) Brahms Mozart Brahms String Quintet No 2, Op 111 Dvorak String Quintet No 3,...
Brahms: Symphonies-No 1, Op 68
Brahms Symphonies--No 1, Op 68; No 2, Op 73; No 3, Op 90; No 4, Op 98. Academic Festival Overture, Op 80. Tragic Overture, Op 81. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'St Antoni Chorale', Op 56a. Violin Concerto, Op 77 (a). Piano Concertos (b)--No 1,...
Budapest Music Centre: Richard Whitehouse Listens to a Quartet of Choral Albums from the Adventurous Hungarian Label
For two decades the Budapest Music Center has issued a steady flow of recordings that takes in the extent of Hungarian music, not least its foremost living composers, Kurtag and Eotvos. Four recent releases focusing on a cappella choral music are considered...
Cage: 'Cage after Cage'
Cage 'Cage After Cage' Two Composed Improvisations. Variations I. Child of Tree. Inlets. 27T0.5554" Matthias Kaul perc Wergo (F) WER7320-2 (75' * DDD) Percussionist Matthias Kaul comes at Cage from a background in rock and jazz drumming,...
Cage * Cowell: 'Amiable Conversation'
Cage * Cowell 'Amiable Conversation' Cage Tossed as it is Untroubled. Soliloquy. Dream. In the Name of the Holocaust. Two Pieces. The Perilous Night. Primitive Cowell Sinister Resonance. Aeolian Harp. Three Irish Legends. The Banshee. Vestiges....
'Cantates et Petits Macarons'
'Cantates et petits macarons' Clerambault La muse de I'opera, ou Les caracteres lyriques F Couperin Le Parnasse, ou L'apotheose de Corelli Marais Sonnerie de Ste-Genevieve du Mont-de-Paris Monteclair Le retour de la paix Rameau Le berger fidele...
Carl Nielsen: A Local Celebration: A 30-Disc Set of Historical Recordings Celebrates Denmark's National Composer in His 150th-Birthday Year
It's always dangerous to align the music of a specific nation with local interpreters, as if they and they alone hold the key to authentic performance. Sibelius, for example, has fared especially well here in the UK, as well as in America, Germany...
Chausson * Duparc * Hahn: Sept Melodies, Op 2
Chausson puparc; Hahn [R] 'Neere' Chausson Sept Melodies, Op 2. La chanson bien douce. Le temps des lilas Duparc Chanson triste. Romance de Mignon. Phidyle. Au pays ou se fait la guerre. L'invitation au voyage Hahn Le printemps. Trois jours de...
Chopin: Preludes, Op 28
Chopin Preludes, Op 28. Barcarolle, Op 60. Berceuse, Op 57. Polonaise No 5, Op 44 Nelson Goerner pf Alpha (F) ALPHA224 (59' * DDD) This year the pianist Nelson Goerner has been more active than I usual on behalf of Chopin. In October...
Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op 28: With Great Enthusiasm, Nelson Goerner Opens Up to Lindsay Kemp about These Piano Gems
Talk to Nelson Goerner for half an hour about Chopin's 24 Preludes and you'll soon get a strong idea of his enthusiasm for them: 'I can't think of any single work that represents Chopin the composer as this one does,' he declares. 'If I had to choose...
Chord Creates a Little Sister for Hugo: Pocket-Sized DAC/headphone Amplifier Is a Go-Anywhere Bargain
Listen to Chord Electronics owner John Franks and you get the impression that the new Mojo, the company's smallest digital-to analogue converter/headphone amplifier to date, is actually a very big thing. He's done his sums, knows the size of the global...
Classics Reconsidered: Bryce Morisson and Harriet Smith Revisit the 1989 Philips Recording of Debussy's Ettudes from Mitsuko Uchida
Debussy Etudes Books 1 and 2 Mitsuko Uchida pf Decca The Originals (M) 475 7559 (47' * DDD) The appeal of Debussy's Etudes to composers and to discerning performers has never been in doubt. Boulez and Barraque are among those to have expressed...
'Coeur': 'French Courtly Songs from the Late 16th Century'
'Coeur' 'French Courtly Songs from the Late 16th Century' Anonymous Allons vieille imperfaite Beaulieu Helas que me faut-il faire Boyer Que feray-je? Caietan Mais voyez mon cher esmoy Carroubel Passpieds de Bretaigne. Spagnolette Costeley J'ayme...
'Danish Romantic Piano Trios'
Gade Piano Trio, Op 42. Piano Trio Movement Langgaard Fjeldblomster (Mountain Flowers) Lange-Muller Piano Trio, Op 53 The Danish Piano Trio Dacap [F] 8 226119 (75' * DDD) 'Five Danish Piano Trios' Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Moments musicaux Hegaard Like...
Debussy * Faure * Ravel: Debussy Fantaisie Faure Ballade, Op 19
Debussy * Faure * Ravel Debussy Fantaisie Faure Ballade, Op 19 Ravel Piano Concerto in G Valerie Tryon pf Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Jac van Steen Somm Celeste (F) SOMMCD0258 (63' * DDD) For her third Somm recording, Valerie Tryon...
Dett: 'My Cup Runneth Over'
Dett [G] 'My Cup Runneth Over' Complete Piano Works Clipper Erickson pf Navona (M) (2) NV6013 (148' * DDD) The piano works of Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) span his entire creative life, from early ragtime influences to the complexity...
Doderer: Symphony No 2, 'Bohinj'
Doderer Symphony No 2, 'Bohinj' (a). Violin Concerto No 2, 'In Breath of Time' (b) (a) Anne Schwanewilms sop (b) Yury Revich vn Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz / Ariane Matiakh Capriccio (F) C5245 (72' * DDD) While things...
Dutilleux: Le Loup
Dutilleux Le Loup. La fille du diable--excerpts. Trois Tableaux symphoniques. Trois Sonnets de Jean Cassou (a). Quatre Melodies (a) (a) Vincent Le Texier bar Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire / Pascal Rophe BIS (F) [SACD] BIS1651...
Elgar's 'Violin Sonata: Inspired by the Composer's Stay at a Secluded Cottage in West Sussex, Elgar's Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op 82, Challenges Both Violinist and Pianist. Jeremy Dibble Assesses the Available Interpretations on Record
Towards the end of the First World War, in poor health and on the insistence of his wife, Elgar took a cottage ('Brinkwells') at Fittleworth (in what is now West Sussex), sublet by the English landscape painter Rex Vicat Cole. There, in 1918 and 1919,...
Feldman * Cage * Satie: Cage Four
Feldman * Cage * Satie Cage Four (2a), ear for EAR (Antiphonies) (b). Five (a). In a Landscape (a) Feldman Rothko Chapel (d) Satie Gnossienes (c)--No 1; No 3; No 4. Ogives (c)--No 1; No 2 (d) Lauren Snouffer sop (d) Sonja Bruzauskas mez (b) L Wayne...
Forgotten Composers: David Threasher Listens to a Selection of Discs That Seek to Rehabilitate the Reputations of Musicians Who Have Fallen from Favour over the Past Two Centuries
What if Haydn had perished in one of the many fires that ravaged the Esterhazy residences? What if, along with Gregor Werner (ostensibly his boss), he had lived only until 1766? The history of the symphony would, of course, be rather different, and...
'French Connections'
'French Connections' L Berkeley Five Poems of WH Auden, Op 53 Britten The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op 35. Fancie Heggie Friendly Persuasions Poulenc Tel jour telle nuit. Bleuet. Fancy John Mark Ainsley ten Malcolm Martineau pf ...
Gernsheim: Violin Concertos-No 1, Op 42
Gernsheim Violin Concertos--No 1, Op 42; No 2, Op 86. Fantasiestiick, Op 33 Linus Roth vn Hamburg Symphony Orchestra / Johannes Zurl CPO (F) CP0777 861-2 (6V * DDD) Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916) clings to the footnotes of musical...
Godowsky: 'Piano Music, Vol 13-Transcriptions and Arrangements' Albeniz Tango
Godowsky 'Piano Music, Vol 13-Transcriptions and Arrangements' Albeniz Tango. Triana Bishop Home, Sweet Home Bizet Adagietto Chopin Arrangement du concert du Rondo, Op 16 Godard Canzonetta Godowsky Six Pieces for the Left Hand Alone. Symphonic Metamorphoses...
Gramophone: Editor's Choice: Martin Cullingford's Pick of the Finest Recordings from This Month's Reviews
WF BACH Keyboard Concertos II Convito / Maud Gratton hpd Mirare Spirited, elegant and lively performances, recorded in appropriately vivid sound, of music by the ever-intriguing figure of WF Bach, the eldest son of Bach. * REVIEW...
Gramophone Recording of the Month
Harriet Smith welcomes a new recording of Beethoven's cello-and-piano works--sublime music, brilliantly played by this French duo. [G] Beethoven 'Complete Works for Cello & Piano' Xavier Phillips vc Francois-Frederic Guy pf Evidence...
'He Drew the Past around Him like an Overcoat Yet Strained to Hear the Music of the Future'
His paradoxical approach to music--and to life--divided opinion, but 150 years after his birth Ferruccio Busoni continues to provoke fascination. Peter Quantrill explores this enigmatic pianist, composer and teacher, in conversation with two leading...
HEOS by Denon: A Well-Integrated Range of Products Makes This an Attractive Wireless Multiroom System
1 Of late we've seen an explosion in the range of wireless multiroom speaker systems. It's not hard to see why--the success of Sonos over the past decade has been a wake-up call for the established home audio industry, with research showing that once...
Holliger: Machaut Transcriptions
Holliger Machaut Transcriptions Muriel Cantoreggi, Genevieve Strosser, Jurg Dahler vas The Hilliard Ensemble ECM New Series (F) 476 5121 (65' * DDD) This is the first of two recordings in this issue in which a living composer dialogues...
How the Audio Industry Keeps on Reinventing Itself: For All the Doom-Laden Predictions That Hi-Fi Is on Its Last Legs, the Past Year Has Seen a Remarkable Range of Exciting New Products
Hardly a month seems to go by for me without reading somewhere that hi-fi is a thing of the past, overtaken by music streamed to smartphones and tablets and listened to using tiny ear-bud headphones. We're told that no one's buying big, old-fashioned...
Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky By Jonathan Cross Reaktion Books, 208pp, PB, 11.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-78023-494-6 'Jonathan Cross creates a literary masterpiece in his quest for the "real" Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.' So shrills the back-cover...
Isaac: Missa Misericordias Domini
Isaac Missa Misericordias Domini. Ave ancilla trinitatis. Ave regina caelorum. Inviolata. O decus Ecclesiae. Rogamus te. Quae est ista. Subtuum praesidium Cantica Symphonia / Giuseppe Maletto Glossa (F) GCDP31908 (70' * DDD * T/t)...
Josef Hofmann: Jeremy Nicholas Celebrates the Art and Artistry of the Polish-Born American Pianist Who Inspired a Generation of Musicians during a Career That Spanned More Than Half a Century
There are three pianists I've met over the years who heard Josef Hofmann in his prime. Earl Wild acknowledged Hofmann's style as the biggest influence on him gaining a fluid and flexible technique: 'His interpretations were always delivered with great...
J Wolfe: Anthracite Fields
J Wolfe Anthracite Fields The Choir of Trinity Wall Street / Julian Wachner; Bang on a Can All- Stars Cantaloupe (F) CA21111 (60' * DDD) Anthracite Fields is the Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio for choir and six-piece amplified ensemble...
Korngold: 'Complete Songs'
Korngold 'Complete Songs' Adrianne Pieczonka sop Konrad Jarnot bar Reinild Mees pf Capriccio (B) (2) C5252 (150' * DDD) Those who find Korngold's music difficult to take may blench at the thought of a two-disc collection of his complete...
Leroux: Quid Sit Musicus?
Leroux Leroux Quid sit musicus?. Cinq Poemes de Jean Grosjean Machaut Inviolata genitrix. Ma fin est mon commencement. Sans cuer Senleches La harpe de melodie Ensemble Solistes XXI / Rachid Saphir Soupir Editions (F) S228 (54' * DDD * T) Machaut's...
Life in the Spotlight: Violinist Janine Jansen Talks to Charlotte Gardner about Her New Recording of Brahms and Bartok, and the Busy Life of the Modern Virtuoso
Can a recording have some imperfection?' muses Janine Jansen. 'Of course it can. I never think, "Everything needs to be perfect". I'm not that kind of player. In one of my very earliest interviews I said, "Better a note played completely out of tune...
Lima: 'Rabbia, Furor, Dispetto'
Lima 'Rabbia, furor, dispetto' Eneo in Tracia--Sinfonia. Teseo--excerpts. Lo spirito di contradizzione--Sinfonia. La vera costanza--Sinfonia Monika Mauch sop Ensemble Concentus Peninsulae / Vasco Negreiros Paraty (F) PARATY715134 (58' * DDD * T/t)...
Liszt: Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses, S173
Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173 Michael Korstickpf CPO (B) (2) CP0777 951-2 (85' * DDD) At least until Liszt's bicentenary, complete recordings of his Harmonies poetiques et religieuses were something of a rarity. Even stalwart...
Liszt * Schubert: 'The Sound of Weimar'
Liszt * Schubert 'The Sound of Weimar' Liszt Trois Odes funebres, S112--No 1, Les morts: Oraison; No 2, La notte. Vexilla regis prodeunt, S185 Liszt/Schubert Wandererfantasie, D760/ S366 (a). Reitermarsch, D886 No 1. Trauermarsch, ...
M-A Charpentier * Boyvin: 'Motets Pour Une Princesse'
M-A Charpentier * Boyvin 'Motets pour une princesse' Boyvin Grand Prelude. Trio. Cornet ou Tierce. Dialogue de recits et de trios. Duo. Tierce en taille. Dialogue en fugue M-A Charpentier Pour un reposoir, H523. Ave verum corpus, H329. Domine...
Magnus Lindberg: The Influential Finnish Composer's Creative Output Continues to Resist Easy Categorization
The soundbite we hear most often in relation to Magnus Lindberg is probably his affirmation that 'only the extreme is interesting'. But it's worth, for once, putting that quote in context. Lindberg was talking about his studies with Vinko Globokar...
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream-Incidental Music, Op 61
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream--incidental music, Op 61 (a). The Hebrides, Op 32. Die schone Melusine, Op 26 (a) Camilla Tilling, (a) Magdalena Risberg sops (a) Swedish Radio Choir; Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard BIS...
Mendelssohn: 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 4'
Mendelssohn 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 4' Andante cantabile e Presto agitato, W0O6. Lied in A. Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Book 5, Op 62. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op 35 Howard Shelley pf Hyperion (F) CDA68125 (67' * DDD) ...
Modern Mastery
The great Russian pianist Emil Gilels left a substantial legacy on Deutsche Grammophon, for which he recorded from 1972 until his death, aged 69, in 1985. A box-set of 24 CDs has been issued that gathers together that legacy to mark the centenary of...
Moszkowski: Five Spanish Dances (Arr Sauret)
Moszkowski Five Spanish Dances (arr Sauret). Four Pieces, Op 82. Zwei Concertstucke, Op 16. Suite for Two Violins, Op 71. Etincelles, Op 36 No 6 (arr Heifetz). Guitarre, Op 45 No 2 (transcr Sarasate). Serenata (arr Rehfeld) Nazrin Rashidova vns...
Mozart: Concertos for Two Pianos
Mozart [G] Concertos for Two Pianos (a)--No 7, 'Lodron', K242; No 10, K365. Piano Duet Sonata, K381 Lucas Jussen, Arthur Jussen pfs (a) Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner DG (F) 481 2130 (66' * DDD) Mozart's...
Mozart: Davide Penitente, K469
Mozart Davide penitente, K469 (a). Adagio and Fugue, K546 (a) Christiane Karg sop (a) Marlanne Crebassa mez (a) Stanislas de Barbeyrac ten (a) Salzburg Bach Choir; Les Musiciens du Louvre / Marc Minkowski C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 731608;...
Mozart: 'Keyboard Music, Vols 8 & 9' Piano Sonatas-No 1, K279
Mozart 'Keyboard Music, Vols 8 & 9' Piano Sonatas--No 1, K279; No 2, K280; No 16, K545; No 18, K576. Variations--K179; K352: K573. Suite, K399. Allegros--K312; K400. Gigue, K574. Kleiner Trauermarsch, K453a. Menuetto, K355. Modulating Prelude,...
Mozart: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4' Piano Sonatas-No 7, K309
Mozart [G] 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4' Piano Sonatas--No 7, K309; No 11, K331; No 15, K533/494; No 18, K576 Christian Blackshaw pf Wigmore Hall Live [R] (F) WHLIVE0078 (93' * DDD) Recorded live, January 5, 2013 Hoist with my own petard,...
Mozart: Symphonies-No 35, Haffner', K385
Mozart Symphonies--No 35, Haffner', K385; No 36, 'Linz', K425; No 41, 'Jupiter', K551 (arr Hummel) Uwe Grodd ft Friedemann Eichhorn vn Martin Rummel vc Roland Kruger pf Naxos (B) 8 572842 (7V * DDD) Mozart Piano Concertos--No 18,...
'Music, When Soft Voices Die'
'Music, When Soft Voices Die' Bridge Autumn. The Bee. Music, when soft voices die. O weary hearts Elgar Three Part-Songs, Op 18--No 1,0 happy eyes; No 2, Love Moeran Songs of Springtime Parry Six Modern Lyrics Stanford At the mid-hour of night. It...
Mussorgsky: 'Songs and Romances'
Mussorgsky 'Songs and Romances' Songs and Dances of Death. Sunless. Night. Gathering Mushrooms. Desire. Darling Savishna. Hebrew Song. Tell me why, dear maiden. Apparition. Where are you, little star? Katherine Broderick sop Sergey Rybin pf Stone...
'My Armenia'
'My Armenia' [G] Babadjanian Six Pictures Bagdasaryan Rhapsody (a). Nocturne (a) Khachaturian Gayane Two Dances (a). Poem-song (a) Mirzoyan Introduction and Perpetuum mobile (a) Komitas Seven Folk Dances. Garun-a (It is spring). Krunk (The Crane) (a)....
My Life in Music
My Life in Music By Dame Fanny Waterman Faber Music, 184pp, HB, 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-57153-918-1 It is difficult for a review of a book by Dame Fanny Waterman to be about anything other than the Leeds International Piano Competition,...
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] (S) Super-budget...
Playlists: Explore Music Via Our Themed Listening Suggestions-And Why Not Create Your Own Too?
A pair of playlists to launch the new year--explore the music at: gramophone.co.uk/playlists Richard Rodney Bennett James Jolly celebrates one of the most eclectic of British composers Few musicians, with perhaps the exception of Leonard Bernstein,...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 3, Op 44
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 3, Op 44; No 4 (first version), Op 47 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/James Gaffigan Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72584 (58' * DDD/DSD) It's the Shostakovich effect all over again. You might feel...
Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
Puccini [DVD] [BR] La fanciulla del West Nina Stemme sop Minnie Jonas Kaufmann ten Dick Johnson Tomasz Konieczny bass-bar Jack Ranee Norbert Ernst ten Nick Paolo Rumetz bar Ashby Boaz...
Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31
Rachmaninov Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 Berlin Radio Chorus / Nicolas Fink Carus (F) CARUS83 407 (60' * DDD * T/t) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Less well known than his setting of the All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Rachmaninov's earlier...
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Op 44
Rachmaninov Symphony No 3, Op 44. Symphonic Dances, Op 45 Gurzenich Orchestra, Cologne / Dmitri Kitaenko Oehms (F) OC442 (8V * DDD) The variably transliterated Dmitri Kitaenko, who recorded The Bells for Chandos in the 1990s (2/92),...
'Return to Chicago'
'Return to Chicago' Chopin Mazurkas--No 7, Op 7 No 3; No 41, Op 63 No 3. Scherzo No 1, Op 20 Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S161 No 5. Soiree de Vienne, S427 No 6 Moszkowski Etincelles, Op 36 No 6 Mozart Adagio, K540. Rondo, K485. Piano Sonata...
Rowan Williams: The Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Former Archbishop of Canterbury on Britten, Bach and the Importance of Plainsong
I first became aware of classical music when I was a small boy, listening to the radio, and to bits of Tchaikovsky and Handel. But it was only in my teens that I started to listen harder, and probably around my middle teens when I started getting interested...
R Strauss * Magnard: Magnard Chant Funebre, Op 9
R Strauss * Magnard Magnard Chant funebre, Op 9 R Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 Orchestre National de Lille / Jean-Claude Casadesus Naxos (B) 8 573563 (6V * DDD) This disc marks a double celebration: 40 years since the foundation...
Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos-No 1, Op 33
Saint-Saens Cello Concertos (a)--No 1, Op 33; No 2, Op 119. Le carnaval des animaux (b). Caprice-valse, 'Wedding Cake', Op 76 (c). Africa, Op 89 (c) (ab) Truls Mork vc (bc) Louis Lortie, (b) Helene Mercier pfs Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra...
Schubert: Fantasie, D940
Schubert Fantasie, D940. Variations on an Original Theme, D813. Allegro, 'Lebensstiirme', D947. Andantino varie, D823 Claire Desert, Emmanuel Strosser pf Mirare (F) MIR280 (57' * DDD) Debate often rages here at Gramophone Towers:...
Schubert: Winterreise, D911
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Stephan Genz bar Michel Dalberto pf Claves (F) 50-1606 (68' * DDD) Genz and Dalberto set out their stall in the opening 'Gute Nacht': a brisk, inexorably trudging tempo, sparse staccato textures, broad-spanned...
Schumann * Janacek * Mendelssohn: Janacek Violin Sonata Mendelssohn Violin Sonata (1838) Schumann Violin Sonata No 2, Op 121
Schumann * Janacek * Mendelssohn Janacek Violin Sonata Mendelssohn Violin Sonata (1838) Schumann Violin Sonata No 2, Op 121 Simone Lamsma vn Robert Kulek pf Challenge Classics (F) [SACD]. CC72677 (74' * DDD/DSD) Schumann * R Strauss...
Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op 54
Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 54 (a). Introduction and Allegro appassionato. Op 92 (a). Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op 134 (a). Traumerei, Op 15 No 7 Jan Lisiecki pt (a)Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano...
Sessions: Duo
Sessions Duo (a). Adagio (b). Waltz for Brenda (b). Sonata for Violin (c). Second Sonata (b) (ac) David Bowlin vn (ab) David Holzman pf Bridge (F) BRIDGE9453 (62' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He was unfashionable before anyone knew...
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-7)
Sibelius [DVD] [BR] [G] Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-7) Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu ArtHaus Musik (F) (5) [DVD] 101 796; (F) (3) [BR] 101 797 (9h 47' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 *...
Smetana: Dalibor
Smetana [DVD] [BR] Dalibor Dana Buresova sop Milada Richard Samek ten Dalibor Ivan Kusnjer bar. Vladislav Alzbeta Polackova sop. Jitka Jan Stava bass. Benes Svatopluk Sem bar. Budijov...
Soler: 'Sol De Mi Fortuna'
Soler 'Sol demifortuna' Harpsichord Sonatas from the Morgan Library Diego Ares hpd Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2232 (73' * DDD) It is easy to think of Antonio Soler as the Scarlatti pupil who perpetuated his master's sonata style with the...
'So Low'
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Steibelt: 'The Classical Piano Concerto, Vol 2'
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Szymanowski: King Roger
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Tavener * Moody: 'Tavener Conducts Tavener'
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Telemann: Sonatas, TWV41-B3
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The Boston Symphony's Admired Concertmaster
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The Future Is Digital-Or Maybe Analogue: From DSD-Capable DACs to Digital Speakers and New Turntables, the Latest Arrivals Have Something for All
Putting plenty of digital processing power in your pocket is nothing new. After all, today's smartphones are real do-everything devices. However, the audio industry is catching up and bringing better sound for mobile listeners. The latest arrival is...
The Future's Bright-However You Listen
I've spent many happy hours over the past month or so talking to record companies about what the year ahead holds, the better to plan Gramophone's coverage. I say happy hours, because despite some of what you read about the recording industry, it remains...
The German Baroque: Fabrice Fitch Listens to a Selection of Discs of Chamber Works from Lesser-Known Baroque Composers of the German-Speaking Lands
Seven chamber recordings of the German Baroque and not a note of Biber, Bach (JS) or Handel, and hardly any Telemann! True, the Bach family is represented by all but one of Sebastian's composing sons, and much of the best music in this round-up comes...
The Serenade in the 20th Century: Most Will Associate the Serenade with the Traditional, Benign Form of Musical Greeting Sung in the Evening to a Beloved, but David Gutman's Wide-Ranging Selection Demonstrates Its Diversity and Surprising Endurance
While the indeterminate label of 'serenade' might not seem a natural fit for compositional effort in modern times, its aesthetic implications continued to inspire creative endeavour throughout the 20th century. Archetypally pertaining to the musical...
'The Soul of Lady Harmsworth'
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The Two Sides of Henri Dutilleux: As His Hometown of Angers Prepares to Celebrate the Centenary of His Birth by Naming a Street after Him, Dutilleux Is Being Represented on Disc by Pascal Rophe and His Loire Orchestra-But in a Rather Different Light to That of Grand-Scale Symphonist
'There are no streets in France named after Henri Dutilleux,' laments conductor Pascal Rophe. The French take municipal honours seriously, so this is a major omission. But Rophe has the matter in hand. He has the support of the Mayor of Angers, the...
Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos-RV108
Vivaldi Recorder Concertos--RV108; 'II gardellino', RV428; 'La tempesta di mare', Op 10 No 1 RV433; 'La notte', Op 10 No 2 RV439; RV440; RV441; Op 3 No 11 RV565- Largo La Simphonie du Marais / Hugo Reyne rec Musiques a la Chabotterie (F) 605012...
Wagner: Lohengrin
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Wagner: Tannhauser
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Weber: Der Freischutz
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Weigl: Violin Concerto
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