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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1136, June

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21st-Century Cross-Currents: Arnold Whittall Listens to a Selection of Releases Featuring Orchestral Works by a New Generation of European Composers
The latest release in the Royal Flemish Philharmonic's own-label CD series features three large-scale works by Wim Henderickx (b1962). The booklet's useful essay by Tom Janssens makes much of the composer's multiculturalism; Henderickx has been inspired...
Ades: Norgard: Abrahamsen: Abrahamsen String Quartet No 1
Ades * Norgard * Abrahamsen Abrahamsen String Quartet No 1, '10 Preludes' Ades Arcadiana, Op 12 Norgard String Quartet No 1, 'Quartetto breve' Danish Quartet ECM New Series (F) 481 2385 (47' * DDD) Though recorded five months earlier, this disc...
Albeniz: Piano Concerto No 1
Albeniz Piano Concerto No 1, 'Concierto fantastico', Op 78 (a). Rapsodia espanola, Op 70 (a). Suite espanola (arr Fruhbeck de Burgos). Suite from 'The Magic Opal' (a) Martin Roscoe pf BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Juanjo Mena Chandos La Musica de...
All Change in the World of Consumer Electronics: Mergers, Moves and Acquisitions: Some of the Best-Known Names in Hi-Fi and Consumer Electronics Are Finding New Ways to Ensure Their Survival in a Difficult Market Place
You never know when the hi-fi and consumer electronics industries are going to wrong-foot you: over a period of not much more than a month, one of Japan's most famous electronics brands was sold to a Taiwanese company; a famous British name announced...
'American Visions'
'American Visions' Becker Elegy. The Four Curiosities--Passacaglia Copland Four Piano Blues--No 3. Our Town. Rodeo Gershwin Seven Virtuoso Etudes (arr Wild) --No 4, Embraceable you; No 7, Fascinatin' rhythm Rodgers Carousel Waltz. My favorite things...
'A Moveable Feast'
'A Moveable Feast' Falla El Amor brujo--Pantomime and Ritual Fire Dance Ravel Frontispice. Le tombeau de Couperin Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble Channel Classics (F) CCS36916 (58' * DDD) 'Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble':...
'Apasionado'
'Apasionado' Lalo Symphonie espagnole. Op 21 Ravel Tzigane Sarasate Romanza andaluza, Op 22. Zigeunerweisen, Op 20 Waxman Carmen Fantasy Ning Feng vn Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra / Rossen Milanov Channel Classics (F) CCS37916 (72'...
'A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch'
'A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch' [DVD] [BR] (H) Beethoven Overture 'Leonore No 3', Op 72a (a). Piano Concerto No 4, Op 48 (b) Wagner Tristan und Isolde--Prelude and Liebestod (c). Die Walkure-Act 1 (d) (c) Birgit Nilsson, (d) Claire Watson sops...
Bargain Boxes: James Jolly Introduces Some Recent Box-Sets
Sony Classical has recently mined the Conifer catalogue to compile an impressive 11 -CD Malcolm Arnold orchestral box-set (about 28 [pounds sterling]). Much of the conductorial duty falls to Vernon Handley who is in charge of the RPO and RLPO in the...
Bartok: Violin Concerto No 2
Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112 (a). Concerto for Orchestra, Sz116 (a) Augustin Dumay vn Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano Onyx (F) ONYX4138 (82' * DDD) Recorded live at the Maison de la Musique, Montreal, January 14 & 16, 2015 ...
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-9)
Beethoven Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-9) Annette Dasch sop Eva Vogel mez Christian Eisner ten Dimitry Ivashchenko bass Berlin Radio Choir; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle Berliner Philharmoniker (F)(5) (plus (3) [BR] BPHR160091 (5h...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 16, Op 31 No 1
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 16, Op 31 No 1; No 17, 'Tempest', Op 31 No 2; No 18, Op 31 No 3; No 24, Op 78; No 25, Op 79; No 26, les adieux', Op 81a; No 27, Op 90 Paavali Jumppanen pf Ondine (B)(2) ODE1290-2D (119' * DDD) Paavali Jumppanen's...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 3, Op 2 No 3
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 3, Op 2 No 3; No 25, Op 79; No 27, Op 90; No 28, Op 101 Jonathan Biss pf JB Recordings/Meyer Media (F) MM16030 (66' * DDD) As in Jonathan Biss's first four Beethoven discs, Vol 5 offers a mix of works from various...
Benny Goodman: Philip Clark Surveys the Career of a Clarinettist Who Recorded Mozart, Bartok and Copland While Changing the Course of Jazz History by Launching the Swing Era
When Benny Goodman died in June 1986, aged 77, he was in the middle of rehearsals for an appearance at that year's Mostly Mozart festival in New York City and his daughter Rachel has recounted the last time she saw her father--looking contented in...
Berg: Schoenberg: Webern: 'Complete Works for String Quartet'
Berg * Schoenberg * Webern [G] 'Complete Works for String Quartet' Berg String Quartet, Op 3. Lyric Suite (a) Schoenberg String Quartets--No 1, Op 7; No 2, Op 10 (b); No 3, Op 30; No 4, Op 37; in D (1897). Presto. Scherzo (1897) Webern String Quartets--Op...
'Bien Que L'amour ...'
'Bien que l'amour ...' d'Ambruys Le doux silence de nos bois La Barre Quand une ame est bien atteinte M-A Charpentier Aupres de feu, H446. Ayant bu du vin clairet, H447. Beaux petits yeux d'ecarlate, H448. Intermedes nouceaux du Mariage force, H494...
Brahms: Poulenc: Ravel: Brahms Three Piano Pieces, Op 117
Brahms * Poulenc * Ravel Brahms Three Piano Pieces, Op 117. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op 24 Poulenc Deux Novelettes. Novelette sur un theme de Manuel de Falla. Trois Pieces Toccata. Improvisations--No 1; No 3; No 6; No 13; No 15...
Brahms: String Quartet No 1
Brahms String Quartet No 1, Op 51 No 1. Piano Quintet, Op 34 (a) (a) Natacha Kudritskaya pf Brodsky Quartet Chandos (F) CHAN10892 (77' * DDD) This pairing of the C minor Quartet and Piano Quintet comes a couple of years after the Brodsky's first...
Braunfels: Don Gil Von Den Grunen Hosen, Op 35-No 1
Braunfels Don Gil von den grunen Hosen, Op 35-No 1, Prelude; No 2, Suite. Konzertstuck, Op 64 (a). Die Vogel, Op 30-No 2, Die Taubenhochzeit. Serenade, Op 20 (a) Piers Lane pf BBC Concert Orchestra / Johannes Wildner Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7327...
'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 2'
'British Violin Sonatas, Vol 2' Bliss Violin Sonata, F192 Bridge Violin Sonata, H39 Ireland Violin Sonata No 1W Lloyd Webber The Gardens at Eastwell Vaughan Williams Two Pieces Tasmin Little vn Piers Lane pf Chandos (F) CHAN10899 (66' * DDD) ...
Bruckner: Complete Symphonies
Bruckner [DO] Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-9) Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Peral (B)[DO] 481 2407 (9h 8' * DDD * peralmusic.com) Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin, June 20-27, 2010 (Nos 4-9); Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, June 7-9, 2012...
Cerys Matthews: How a Welsh Childhood Shaped the Musician and Presenter's Love of Music-Of All Kinds
My earliest memory is of singing. A huge sow had jumped out of a trailer in front of us and hobbled down the country lane. What did we do but burst into song--'Y Mochyn Du' ('The Black Pig'). It seemed my fate was sealed. For every event in life...
Chopin * Franchomme * 'A Mon Ami'
Chopin * Franchomme 'A mon ami' Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Introduction and Polonaise brillant. Op 3 Chopin/Franchomme Grand Duo on Themes from Meyerbeer's 'Robert le diable' Franchomme Three Themes with Variations, Op 22 Franchomme/Osborne Gran...
Chopin: Liszt: Mozart: Chopin Fantaisie, Op 49
Chopin * Liszt * Mozart Chopin Fantaisie, Op 49 Liszt Apres une lecture du Dante, S161 No 7. Aida di Giuseppe Verdi--Danza sacra e Duetto finale, S436 Mozart Piano Sonata No 6, K284 Yulianna Avdeeva pf Mirare (F) MIR301 (67' * DDD) Yulianna...
Choral Music from Signum: Alexandra Coghlan Listens to the Latest Releases from a Label That Is Making a Speciality of College and Professional Choirs
Founded in 1997, Signum has an eclectic approach to repertoire, covering everything from opera to early music and even jazz. But recently something of a specialism has begun to emerge. Choral music is occupying an ever-growing portion of the label's...
Classics Reconsidered: Rob Cowan and Andrew Achenbach Revisit and Reassess the 1972 Recording of Dvorak's New World Symphony by the Berlin Philharmonic under Kubelik on DG
Dvorak Symphony No 9 in B minor, 'From the New World' Berlin PO / Rafael Kubelik DG [R] 447 4122 (originally released on 2720 066; this review is of 2530 415) This new account does seem to me quite magnificent and its claims on the allegiance...
Concert Revelations Captured on Tape: Violinist Endre Wolf and Conductor Michael Gielen Are Celebrated in Two New Box-Sets
The accomplished Hungarian-born violinist Endre Wolf, son of a seamstress and a watchmaker, pupil of Hubay as well as a distinguished pedagogue, died in 2011 aged 97, having spent the war years leading the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in neutral Sweden...
'Conversations'
'Conversations' Guillemain Sonatas--Op 1 No 3; Op 3 No 4 Quentin Concerto, Op 12. Sonatas--Op 8 No 4; Op 10 No 5; Op 15 No 3 Nevermind Alpha (F) ALPHA235 (74' * DDD) Ensemble Nevermind took the title for their debut disc from Louis-Gabriel Guillemain's...
Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles Victoria Livengood mez Woman with Hat Kristinn Sigmundsson bass Louis XVI Scott Scully ten Marquis Christopher Maltman bar Beaumarchais Patricia Racette sop Marie...
'Crudo Amor'
'Crudo Amor' Corbetta Passachaglia JCF Fischer Passacaglia Kapsberger Toccata terza Steffani Begl'occhi, oh Dio, non piu piangete. Crudo Amor, morir me sento. Dimmi, dimmi, Cupido. Occhi, perche piangete?. Placidissime catene. Sol negl'occhi del...
Czerny: Grand Concerto
Czerny Grand Concerto, Op 214. Grand nocturne brillant, Op 95. Variations de concert sur la Marche des grecs de l'opera 'Le siege di Corinthe' de Rossini, Op 138 Rosemary Tuck pf English Chamber Orchestra / Richard Bonynge Naxos (B) 8 573417 (66'...
Debussy: Elgar: Respighi: Debussy Violin Sonata
Debussy * Elgar * Respighi Debussy Violin Sonata Elgar Violin Sonata, Op 82 Respighi Violin Sonata Sibelius Berceuse, Op79 No 6 James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf Onyx (F) ONYX4159 (69' * DDD) Is James Ehnes capable of making a sound that isn't...
Della Ciaia: Della Ciaia Lamentationi Sagre
Della Ciaia Della Ciaia Lamentationi sagre, plus toccatas by Bernia, Della Ciaia, Galilei and Saracini Roberta Invernizzi sop Laboratorio '600 / Franco Pavan theo/archlute Glossa (F) (2) GCD922903 (106' * DDD * T/t) Even diligent Italian Baroque...
Dickinson: A Birthday Surprise
Dickinson A Birthday Surprise. Satie Transformations. Five Diversions. Bach in Blue. Merseyside Echoes. Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners. Monologue for Strings BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Clark Rundell Heritage (F) HTGCD211 (70' * DDD)...
Du Mont: 'O Mysterium: Motets & Elevations
Du Mont 'O Mysterium: Motets & Elevations pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV' Allemande grave. Ave regina caelorum. Desidero te millies. Jesu dulcedo cordium. Memorare. O aeterne misericors Deus. O dulcissima. O Mysterium. O praecelsum. Quam pulchra...
Early Keyboard Rarities: Philip Kennicott Listens to a Trio of Recordings of Baroque Keyboard Works Played on Period-Appropriate Instruments
The strongest of three recent releases from Brilliant Classics, all devoted to keyboard music performed on historically appropriate instruments, turns out to be the recording that documents the least well-known composer. Sebastian de Albero (1722-56),...
Embracing the Power of the Human Voice
There's an interesting exhibition currently running at London's Wellcome Collection entitled 'This is a voice'. The ongoing mission of this museum-cum-gallery--the public face of a major health-research charity--is to explore the connections between...
Erik Satie: Eccentric, Revolutionary, Utterly Unique
The Frenchman drew on ancient chant, music hall and jazz in music that reflected the sound of Paris during La Belle Epoque and the Roaring Twenties yet that remained distinctly his own. Exactly 150 years after the composer's birth, Peter Quantrill...
Fairouz: After the Revels (E)
Fairouz After the Revels (e). Annabel Lee (e). German Romantic Song (c). Jeder Mensch (a). No Orpheus (b). Refugee Blues (a). The Stolen Child (d). Three Fragments from Ibn Khafajahd. We Are Seven (e) (cd) Kiera Duffy sop (ab) Kate Lindsey mez (e)...
Finzi's Clarinet Concerto
It took almost three decades for this 1949 work to be recorded, and even then there's been more of a steady trickle than a glut of further offerings. Most, however, are worthy of a listen, discovers Mark Pullinger The popular image of Gerald Finzi,...
'FolksLied'
'FolksLied' Beethoven Schottische Lieder, Op 108 (a)--No 2, Sunset; No 3, Oh! sweet were the hours; No 13. Come fill, fill, my good fellow!; No 16, Could this ill world; No 20, Faithfu' Johnie Britten At the mid hour of night. Avenging and bright....
Franck: Debussy: Debussy String Quartet
Franck * Debussy (G) Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 Franck Piano Quintet3 (a) Marc-Andre Hamelin pf Takacs Quartet Hyperion (F) CDA68061 (62' * DDD) When the seasoned artistry of the Takacs Quartet blends with the thoughtful brilliance of Marc-Andre...
'Gershwin in Hollywood'
'Gershwin in Hollywood' Overture (Rhapsody in Blue). Treat me rough (ab). But not for me (a). Slap that bass (b). They can't take that away from me (b). Strike up the band (ab). Funny face (b). How long has this been going on? (a). Let's kiss and...
Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore: Conductor Richard Egarr and Jeremy Nicholas Discuss the Authentic Way to Perform G&S
'There is so much we can learn from listening to old piano recordings--Carl Reinecke, Saint-Saens, A Cortot, Rachmaninov. It's something I encourage all my students to do.' This is how Richard Egarr enthusiastically begins our conversation. Hang on!...
Ginastera: 'The Vocal Album'
Ginastera 'The Vocal Album' Cinco Canciones populares argentinas, Op 10 (orch Shimon Cohen)". Don Rodrigo (b)--Duo d'amore (Act 2); Aria da chiesa; Romance; Finale (Act 3). Milena, Op 37 (c) 'Ana Maria Martinez, (bc) Virginia Tola sops bPlacido Domingo...
Godard: 'Melodies'
Godard 'Melodies' Six Fables de La Fontaine. Nouvelles chansons du vieux temps. Les adieux du berger. Le banc de pierre. Chanson. Chanson du berger. Dieu, qui sourit et qui donne. Elle. Guitare. L'invitation au voyage. Jacotte. Je ne veux pas...
Goldmark: Symphony
Goldmark Symphony, 'Rustic Wedding', Op 26. Overture, 'Der gefesselte Prometheus', Op 38 Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie / Frank Beermann CPO (F) CP0777 484-2 (59' * DDD) 'Clear cut and faultless' was Brahms's judgement on Karl Goldmark's Rustic...
Gramophone Editor's Choice [G]: Martin Cullingford's Pick of the Finest Recordings from This Month's Reviews
This highly gifted pianist's well-chosen survey of Rachmaninov's solo works reveals a remarkable instinct for getting to the heart of the composer's music, and then making it his own. RACHMANINOV Etudes-tableaux, Op 39. Moments musicaux, Op...
Gramophone Hall of Fame
This is the fifth year that Gramophone has invited readers to vote for the people who have most shaped the classical music recording industry. In the following pages you can discover the 10 names we've welcomed into our Hall of Fame for 2016, who are...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Patrick Rucker Reviews Boris Giltburg's First All-Rachmaninov Disc and Welcomes a Recording of Refreshing Individuality and Originality
[G] Etudes-tableaux, Op 39. Moments musicaux. Op 16 Boris Giltburg of Naxos (B) 8 573469 (71' * DDD) Boris Giltburg, the Russian-born Israeli pianist who won the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is that genuine rarity: a pianist whose...
Handel: 'Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo'
Handel Sinfonia, HWV339. Trio Sonatas HWV50a; HWV386a; HWV392; HWV393; HWV394; HWV403 The Brook Street Band Avie (F) AV2357 (76' * DDD) Having made enjoyable recordings of the Op 2 (c1731) and Op 5 (1739) collections of trio sonatas, it makes...
Hans Christian Andersen: The Dane's Writings Are Known the World over and, as Demonstrated by Andrew Mellor's Recording Selection, Their Fantastical Nature and Clear Narrative Have Inspired Composers from the 19th-Century to the Present Day
A few years ago, after endless delays and admirable persistence, an amusement park opened in Shanghai dedicated to the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Chinese children and their families are invited to clamber over fabricated ugly ducklings,...
Ireland: 'Music for String Orchestra'
Ireland 'Music for String Orchestra' Cello Sonata (a). Bagatelle (a). Berceuse (a). Cavatina (a). A Downland Suite. Sarnia--In a May Morning. Soliloquy (a). Summer Evening (a) Raphael Wallfisch vc Orchestra of the Swan / David Curtis Naxos (B) 8...
JS Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier- Book 1
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier--Book 1, BWV846-869 Christophe Rousset hpd Aparte (M)(2) AP120 (125' * DDD) No one could accuse Christophe Rousset of rushing to record The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 arrives a year after Book 2 (3/15),...
JS Bach: St John Passion
JS Bach St John Passion, BWV245 Werner Gura ten Evangelist Johannes Weisser bass Christus Sunhae Im sop Benno Schachtner counterten Sebastian Kohlhepp ten RIAS Chamber Choir; Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin / Rene Jacobs Harmonia Mundi (F) (2)...
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 Tilman Lichdi ten Evangelist Christian Immler bass Christus Hannah Morrison sop Sophie Harmsen contr Peter Harvey bass Stuttgart Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra / Frieder Bernius Carus (B) (3) CARUS83 285...
JS Bach: 'Testament'
JS Bach 'Testament' Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006 Rachel Barton Pine vn Avie (M)(2) AV2360 (126' * DDD) Alarm bells always start to ring when the cover of a performance of solo Bach gives the disc a moniker and prints...
Komitas: Seven Songs (A)
Komitas Seven Songs (a). Seven Dances (a). Al Ayloughs (b). Chinar Es (b). Garun A (b). Haberban (b). Hoy Nazan (b). Kagavi Yerg (b). Kele-Kele (b). Keler Tsoler (b). Khoumar (b). Krounk (b). Shoger Djan (b). Shoushiki (b). Vagharshapati Par (b)....
Kyung Wha Chung Returns to the Recording Studio after a 15-Year Hiatus
Violinist Kyung Wha Chung has returned to the studio after a break of 15 years--and 45 years after the release of her first record. For her return she's chosen to record the complete Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas. Details of future releases have...
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Liszt 'Complete Piano Music, Vol 42--Paganini Studies' Etudes s'execution transcendante d'apres Paganini, S140. Grandes etudes de Paganini, S141. La Carnaval de Venise, S700 Goran Filipec pf Naxos (B) 8 573458 (69' * DDD) Paganini was already...
Llobet: Manen: Mompou: 'Cancons I Danses Catalanes'
Llobet * Manen * Mompou 'Cancons i danses catalanes' Llobet 13 Cancons populars Manen Fantasia-Sonata, Op A-22 Mompou Suite compostelana. Cancons i danses--No 10; No 13 Franz Halasz gtr BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2092 (61' * DDD/DSD) The Spanish nationalism...
Lucas Debargue: Chopin Ballade No 4, Op 52
Lucas Debargue Chopin Ballade No 4, Op 52 Grieg Melody, Op 47 No 3 Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1, S514 Ravel Gaspard de la nuit D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas --Kk24; Kk132; Kk141; Kk208 D Scarlatti/ Debargue Variation I (on Sonata, Kk208) Schubert Moment...
Machaut: Messe De Nostre Dame
Machaut [G] Messe de Nostre Dame. Inviolata genitrix/Felix virgo/Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes. Piange, regni respublica/Tu qui gregem tuum ducis/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge Graindelavoix / Bjorn Schmelzer Glossa (F) GCDP32110...
Members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions
Members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions * WORLD FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITIONS FEDERATION MONDIALE DES CONCOURS INTERNATIONAUX DE MUSIQUE ALESSANDRIA Michele Pittaluga International Guitar and ...
Mendelssohn: Elias, Op 70
Mendelssohn Elias, Op 70 Marlis Petersen sop Lioba Braun mez Maximilian Schmitt ten Thomas Oliemans bar RIAS Chamber Choir; Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin / Hans-Christoph Rademann Accentus (F) (2) ACC30356 (126' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the...
Miniature Amps Have Power That Belies Their Size: It May Be One of Britain's Lesser-Known Audio Manufacturers but This Combination Shows That Leema Acoustics Has the Ability to Mix It with the Big Names
Behind the best-known names of British audio--the likes of Bowers & Wilkins, Linn, Meridian, Naim and Tannoy--there's a phalanx of lesser-known brands, or rather brands known and followed by avid enthusiasts. Many of them are still manufacturing...
Monteverdi: Frescobaldi Two Toccatas Monteverdi II Pianto Della Madonna
Monteverdi Frescobaldi Two Toccatas Monteverdi II pianto della Madonna. Letaniae della Beata Vergine. Selva morale e sprituali--E questa vita un lampo. Spiritual contrafacta--Adoramus te, Christe. Cantate Domino. Christe, adoramus te. Domine, ne...
Monteverdi: 'Messa a Quattro Voci et Salmi of 1650
Monteverdi 'Messa a quattro voci et salmi of 1650, Vol T Cavalli Magnificat Monteverdi Beatus vir a 7. Confitebor tibi Domine (secondo) a due voci. Dixit Dominus (primo) a 8. Laudate pueri a 5. Laetaniae della Beata Vergine a 6. Laetatus sum a 5....
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 1
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 1, K37; No 17, K453; No 20, K466 Ingrid Jacoby pf Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner ICA Classics (F) ICAC5137 (80' * DDD) Brave is the soul who dares to allow him or herself to be compared to...
Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Kate Molleson Listens to a Collection of Discs Featuring Music That Mixes Traditional Forms and Innovative Evocations of the Natural World
There's a photograph in the booklet that accompanies the new Kreutzer Quartet recording of Edward Cowie's String Quartets Nos 3-5. It shows the septuagenarian Birmingham-born composer in vest and cargo trousers, shades and backwards baseball cap, sketching...
'Neglected Works for Piano'
'Neglected Works for Piano' [G] Almen Piano Sonata, Op 2 Aulin Feuille d'album. Valse elegiaque Bacewicz Sonatina Beach Scottish Legend, Op 54 No 1 Carwithen Sonatina Crawford Seeger Prelude No 6, Andante mystico Kapralova April Preludes, Op 13 Tailleferre...
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]-999 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling]-7.75 [pounds sterling]...
New Speakers, Receivers and Turntable Add-Ons: Whatever Your Area of Hi-Fi Interest There's Always Something Vying for Your Attention
One of the most famous names in British audio is marking the birthday of its founder with some special-edition speakers. The ATC Signature Edition SCM10SE speakers (1) arrive as Billy Woodman reaches 70, and the model is a celebratory version of one...
Nico Muhly: Kate Molleson Charts the Inexorable Rise of Philip Glass's Former Assistant, Who Has Gone on to Become One of the Most Sought after and Commissioned Composers of His Generation
Nico Muhly is a buzz, a controversy, a Zeitgeist. He's a phenomenon beyond the music he writes. A decade ago he was the precocious assistant to Philip Glass; now 34, he's the busiest and most commercially successful classical composer of his generation,...
'Nocturnos De Andalucia'
'Nocturnos de Andalucia' Malats Serenata espanola Palomo Nocturnos de Andalucia Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Christoph Denoth gtr London Symphony Orchestra / Jesus Ldpez-Cobos Signum (F) SIGCD444 (68' * DDD) 'Guitar Concertos' Brouwer...
Obituaries
A former Music Director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, a leading countertenor, and a violinist, concertmaster and professor ROYSTON NASH Conductor Born July 23, 1933 Died April 4, 2016 Best known as Music School of Music. He later...
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffman
Offenbach (DVD) [BR] Les contes d'Hoffmann Daniel Johansson ten Hoffmann Kerstin Avemo sop Olympia/Giulietta Mandy Fredrich sop Antonia/Giulietta...
'On Fire': 'The Virtuoso Violin'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'On Fire' 'The Virtuoso Violin' Glazunov Meditation, Op 32 Dvarionas Pezzo elegiaco Kabalevsky Rondo, Op 69 Karayev Waltz Kreisler Tambourin chinois, Op 3 Kroll Banjo and Fiddle Rota Improvviso Skoryk Melody. Spanish Dance...
Orchestrating the Nation
Orchestrating the Nation The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise By Douglas W Shadle Oxford University Press, HB, 330 pp, 35.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-19-935864-9 Edgar Allen Poe never really knew success. He was...
'Overtures from the British Isles, Vol 2'
'Overtures from the British Isles, Vol 2' Ansell Plymouth Hoe Bowen Fantasy Overture, Op 115 Coates The Merrymakers Foulds Le Cabaret, Op 72a Leigh Agincourt (Jubilee Overture) Mackenzie Britannia, Op 52 Parry Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy Quilter...
Palestrina: 'How Fair Thou Art-Biblical Passions'
Palestrina 'How Fair Thou Art--Biblical Passions' Alma redemptoris mater. Ave regina coelorum. Descendi in hortum meum. Ecce tu pulcher es. Nigra sum, sed formosa. Osculetur me. Pulchrae sunt genae tuae. Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui. Regina coeli....
Penderecki: 'Concertos for String Instruments and Orchestra'
Penderecki 'Concertos for String Instruments and Orchestra' Violin Concerto (a). Viola Concerto (version for cello) (b). Cello Concerto (c). Largo (c) (a) Patrycja Piekutowska vn (b) Ivan Monighetti, (c) Jakob Spahn, (d) Claudio Bohorquez vcs The...
Performances & Events: Live Music-Making and Reviews of Online Concerts, Including Salonen's Stravinsky Tribute, and Three Symphonies from Major Maestros at the Helms of a Trio of Scandinavian Orchestras
Cinemas nationwide Teatro alia Scala: The Temple of Wonders, May 26 This beautifully shot docu-film tells the story of Milan's La Scala, leading the viewer through the main historical, musical, social and political events in the opera house's...
Playlists: Two Listening Guides: One from John Rutter, and One That Fuses Classical Music with Art
Composer-conductor John Rutter creates a playlist based on his musical friendships, while James Jolly's celebrates painters in music. Listen to them both at gramophone.co.uk/playlists Musical friends John Rutter picks tracks linked to his longstanding...
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5
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