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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1137, July

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Accordato': Violin Sonatas
Accordato' Violin sonatas by Bertali, Biber, RI Mayr, Schmelzer, Teubner and Viviani Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor vn Pan Classics (F) PC10334 (69' * DDD) The Manuscript XIV 726 of the Minorite Monastery in Vienna is one of the...
Ades: Dutilleux: Ravel: Ades Arcadiana Dutilleux Ainsi la Nuit
Ades * Dutilleux * Ravel Ades Arcadiana Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit Ravel String Quartet Varese Quartet NoMadMusic (F) NMM033 (66' * DDD) Time was that Ravel's String Quartet went with Debussy's on disc the way Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto...
Alan Curtis
The American musicologist, harpsichordist and conductor was a pioneer in early music performance, especially opera. Exactly one year after his death, David Vickers pays tribute Alan Curtis (1934-2015) possessed essential credentials as an innovator...
All Kinds of Add-Ons-And More: This Month's Crop of Audio Arrivals Includes a Range of Devices to Make More of Your Listening
Those of us who have spent time researching how to bring a particular capability to our systems will know how gratifying it is when a device pops up that can do just what we want. And that's a theme of the new products launched this month, which encompass...
Andre Watts, the 'Giant': Bryce Morrison Celebrates the Talent of Andre Watts Rob Cowan Explores the Bamberg SO's First 70 Years
'You see, I adore talent.' This simple declaration by Alice Pogorelich, during our time together as jury members of the Ivo Pogorelich Competition, returned to me as I listened to Sony Classical's 12-CD tribute to Andre Watts (retailing at about 30...
A Roon with a View of All Your Music
There's a confusing array of music sources out there, and juggling them can be tricky. Roon attempts to pull them all together Without a doubt the music landscape is changing. These days a library is as likely to be stored on a computer hard drive...
A Scarlatti: La Gloria Di Primavera
A Scarlatti [G] La gloria di Primavera Diana Moore mez Primavera Suzana OgrajenSek sop Estate Clint van der Linde counterten Autunno Nicholas Phan ten ...
Audio Analogue PUCCINI Anniversary
The Italian manufacturer has long done things its own way, launching its simple Puccini amplifier when the rivals were feature-laden. Two decades on, can the Anniversary compete? As a reminder of how long one has been involved with hi-fi, 'anniversary'...
Beethoven: Mozart: Schumann: 'Equal'
Beethoven * Mozart * Schumann 'Equal' Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op 61 Mozart Quintet, K452 (arr Francaix) Schumann Phantasie, Op 131 CHAARTS Chamber Artists / Sebastian Bohren vn RCA Red Seal (F) 88985 31717-2 (78' * DDD) It may...
'Bel Canto Amore Mio'
'Bel canto amore mio' Overtures to Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Donizetti Don Pasquale. Roberto Devereux. Ugo, conte di Parigi Meyerbeer Margherita d'Anjou Mercadante Emma d'Antiocha Rossini II barbiere di Siviglia. Tancredi Ile-de-France National...
'Bis'
'Bis' Achron Hebrew Melody Bartok-Szekely Romanian Folk Dances Brahms-Joachim Hungarian Dance No 1 Brahms-Kreisler Hungarian Dance No 17 Debussy-Roelens Clair de lune Debussy-Roques La plus que lent Gershwin-Heifetz Three Preludes Gluck-Kreisler Melodie...
Bowles: 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 1'
Bowles 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 1' Bernstein For Paul Bowles (b) Bowles Four Latin American Pieces(a). Two Portraits (b). Portrait of Fiveb. La Cuelgab. Constance Askew in the Garden (a). Folk Preludes (b). Three Piano Arrangements (b). Six Preludes...
Brahms: Bruce: Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115
Brahms: Bruce Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op 115 Bruce Gumboots Julian Bliss cl Carducci Quartet Signum (F) SIGCD448 (58' * DDD) Here's a double delight. First, an engaging new work which deserves a place in the chamber repertory; second,...
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello
Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op 102 (a). Symphony No 4, Op 98 (b) (a) Amanda Forsyth vc Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra / Pinchas Zukerman (a) vn Analekta (F) AN2 8782 (73' * DDD) Recorded live at Southam Hall, National...
Bruckner: Symphony No 8
Bruckner Symphony No 8 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karl Bohm Testament (F) SBT1512 (74' * ADD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, November 26, 1969 Beethoven * Mozart * Stravinsky Beethoven Symphony No 2, Op 36 Mozart...
Bruckner: Wagner: Bruckner Symphony No 7
Bruckner * Wagner Bruckner Symphony No 7 (ed Haas) (a) Wagner Das Liebesmahl der Apostel (b) (b) Saxon State Opera Chorus; bCzech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno; (b) Dresden Symphony Chorus; (b)Czech National Chorus, Prague; (b) MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig;...
Butler: Dirty Beasts
Butler Dirty Beasts (a). Down--Hollow Winds (b). Fall (c). Lovesongs Waltzes (d). Preludes inegales (3). Rondes d'automne (f). Rumba Machine (e) (a) Simon Callow narr (c) Robert Manasse fl (d) Neyire Ashworth cl (f) Leon Bosch db (a)(c)(d)(e) Martin...
Caron: Missa L'homme Arme-Kyrie
Caron Missa L'homme arme--Kyrie. Missa Jhesus autem transiens--Gloria. Missa Sanguis sanctorum--Credo. Missa Clemens et benigna--Sanctus. Missa Accueilly m'a la belle--Agnus Dei. Accueilly m'a la belle. Le despourveu infortune. Corps contre corps....
Cavalli: 'Sospiri D'amore'
Cavalli 'Sospiri d'amore' Ciro--Corone ed honori. Egisto--Hor che l'Aurora. Elena--lo chiudo nel core. Eritrea--O luci belle. Muzio Scevola--L'aspetto feroce. Orimonte--Qui cade al tuo pie. Ormindo--D'Amor non si quereli; Si, si, che questa notte....
Chopin: Beethoven: Beethoven Bagatelles
Chopin * Beethoven Beethoven Bagatelles, Op 33 Chopin Preludes, Op 28 Cristian Budu pf Claves (F) 50-1602 (60' * DDD) Listening to his impressive new recording, it's easy to understand why Cristian Budu won the Clara Haskil Competition...
Chopin: 'Imogen Cooper's Chopin'
Chopin 'Imogen Cooper's Chopin' Ballades--No 1, Op 23; No 4, Op 52. Berceuse, Op 57. Fantaisie, Op 49. Nocturnes--No 8, Op 27 No 2; No 16, Op 55 No 2; No 17, Op 62 No 1; No 18, Op 62 No 2. Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61 Imogen Cooper pf Chandos (F)...
Chopin: 'Polonia'
Chopin 'Polonia' Polonaises--No 1, Op 26 No 1; No 2, Op 26 No 2; No 3, 'Military', Op 40 No 1; No 4, Op 40 No 2; No 5, Op 44; No 6, 'Heroic', Op 53; No 7, 'Polonaise-fantaisie', Op 61 Pascal Amoyel pf La Dolce Volta (F) LDV25 (64' * DDD) Pascal...
Chopins Fourth Ballade: Pianist Imogen Cooper Explores a Towering Masterpiece of the Repertoire with Hugo Shirley
'It's extraordinarily puzzling,' says Imogen Cooper of the opening of Chopin's Fourth Ballade. 'I adore starting this work almost more than any other, but I have no idea what it's about: I don't understand these first three lines,' she admits, before...
Classics Reconsidered: Andrew Lamb Is Joined by Richard Bratby to Revisit and Weigh Up the Pros and Cons of Carlos Kleiber's 1975 Die Fledermaus on DG
J Strauss II Die Fledermaus Julia Varady Rosalinde Lucia Popp Adele Hermann Prey Eisenstein Ivan Rebroff Orlofsky Rene Kotto Alfred Bernd Weikl Falke Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Carlos Kleiber DG Originals (M) (2)...
Clinio: Heroldt: Clinio Passio Secundum Joannem
Clinio * Heroldt Clinio Passio Secundum Joannem Heroldt Matthauspassion Theresa Dlouhy-Staber sop Terry Wey, Michael Gerzabek countertens Michael Paumgarten, Christian Paumgarten tens Ulfried Staber bass Ensemble Triagonale / Michael Paumgarten CPO...
Colin Matthews: In the Composer's 70th Birthday Year, Paul Griffiths Looks Back at the Prodigious Achievements of a Key Figure in New Music
Should one have to pick a single work that exemplifies the energy, the resilience, the fitness, the expressive urge and the colour of Colin Matthews's music, it would probably be Broken Symmetry, which he wrote for the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1991-92....
Costanzi: Sollima: Costanzi Cello Sonatas-In B Flat
Costanzi * Sollima Costanzi Cello Sonatas--in B flat; in C minor: in F; in G; in G minor. Sonatas for Two Cellos (a)--in C; in F Sollima II mandataro Giovanni Sollima, (a) Monika Leskovar VCS Arianna Art Ensemble Glossa (F) GCD923801 (73' * DDD) ...
'Dawn to Dust'
'Dawn to Dust' Muhly Control (Five Landscapes) A Norman Switch (a) Read Thomas EOS (Goddess of the Dawn) (a) Colin Currie perc Utah Symphony Orchestra / Thierry Fischer Reference Recordings (F) [BR] 719SACD (70' * DDD/DSD) Recorded...
'Decades'
'Decades' A Century of Song, Vol 1--1810-1820' Beethoven Drei Gesange, Op 83. Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel, WoO150 Fabry-Garat Plainte a Hortence Gail Bolleros Schubert An den Mond, D193. An den Mond, D259. Der Blumenbrief, D622. Erster Verlust,...
Delalande/Destouches: Les Elements
Delalande/Destouches Les elements Ensemble Les Surprises /Louis--Noel Bestion de Camboulas Ambronay (F) AMY046 (75' * DDD * T/t) Les Surprises was co--founded by Louis-Noel Bestion de Camboulas in 2010. In what has become a French tradition,...
Dufay: 'Les Messes a Teneur'
Dufay [G] 'Les Messes a teneur' Masses--Ave regina caelorum; Ecce ancilla Domini/Beata es Maria; L'homme arme; Se la face ay pale. Ave regina caelorum III. Se la face ay pale Cut Circle / Jesse Rodin Musique en Wallonie (M) (2) MEW1577/8 (137' * DDD...
Dvorak: Suk: Dvorak Symphony No 8
Dvorak * Suk Dvorak Symphony No 8, Op 88 B163 (a). Overture, 'Carnival', Op 92 B169 (a) Suk Serenade, Op 6 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons BR-Klassik (F) 900145 (73' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, Jaunary...
Elgar: Piano Quintet
Elgar Piano Quintet, Op 84 (a). Sea Pictures, Op 37 (b) (both orch Donald Fraser) (b) Rodolfus Choir; (b) English Chamber Orchestra; (a) English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods Avie (F) AV2362 (60' * DDD) It's a brave soul who decides to reorchestrate...
'English Romantic Madrigals'
'English Romantic Madrigals' Elgar To her beneath whose steadfast star Goodhart Lady on the silver throne Leslie My love is fair. Thine eyes so bright Parry La belle dame sans merci. Who can dwell with greatness! Pearsall Great God of love. Lay...
Erik Satie: A Parisian Composer and His World
Erik Satie: A Parisian Composer and his World By Caroline Potter Boydell Press, HB, 294pp, 29.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-78-327083-5 Satie the Mystic has been more than well covered and explored by previous literature in English. So too...
Exploring Max Reger: Gavin Dixon Celebrates the Centenary Composer's Impressively Broad Output
Writing this issue's in-depth feature on Max Reger (see page 16) gave me the wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with his music, which is well served by recordings--particularly on German labels. Reger's flowing melodic style is most...
Feldman: Crumb: Crumb A Little Suite for Christmas
Feldman * Crumb Crumb A Little Suite for Christmas, AD 1979. Processional Feldman Extensions 3. Intermission 5. Palais de Mari. Piano Piece 1952 Steven Osborne pf Hyperion (F) CDA68108 (63' * DDD) I can't imagine Morton Feldman, cantankerous...
Gal: Mozart: Gal Piano Concerto
Gal * Mozart Gal Piano Concerto, Op 57 (a) Mozart Piano Concerto No 22, K482 (b) Sarah Beth Briggs pf/(b) co-dir Royal Northern Sinfonia / (a) Kenneth Woods, (b) Bradley Creswick co-dir Avie (F) AV2358 (69' * DDD) If there is a happier...
Gilse: Piano Concerto
Gilse Piano Concerto, 'Drei Tanzskizzen' (a) Variations on a Saint-Nicolas Song (a) Oliver Triendl pf Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn CPO (F) CP0777 934-2 (63' * DDD) The Dutch composer Jan [Pieter Hendrik] van Gilse...
Glass: Muhly: Glass in the Summer House
Glass: Muhly Glass In the Summer House. Mad Rush Muhly Four Studies. Honest Music Angela and Jennifer Chun vns Nico Muhly pf/kybd Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7599 (57' * DDD) Philip Glass may have studied with two of the 20th century's...
Godard: Symphonies-'Symphonie Gothique'
Godard Symphonies--'Symphonie gothique', Op 23; No 2, Op 57. Trois Morceaux, Op 51 Munich Radio Orchestra / David Reiland CPO (F) CP0555 044-2 (69' * DDD) Benjamin Godard's symphonic works met with a mixed response during his lifetime and...
Godard: Violin Sonatas-No 1, Op 1
Godard Violin Sonatas-No 1, Op 1; No 2, Op 2; No 3, Op 9; No 4, Op 12 Nicolas Dautricourt vn Dana Ciocarlie pf Aparte (M) (2) AP124 (88' * DDD) Benjamin Godard trained as a violinist before turning to composition. Though he soon expressed...
Gorecki: Korndorf: 'Whispers of Titans'
Gorecki * Korndorf 'Whispers of Titans' Gorecki Genesis I, Op 19 No 1 Korndorf In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH) Goeyvarts String Trio Challenge Classics (F) CC72713 (48' * DDD) His Symphony No 3 propelled him to chart-topping...
Gounod: Faust
Gounod [DVD] [BR] Faust Charles Castronovo ten Faust Irina Lungu sop Marguerite Ildar Abdrazakov bass Mephistopheles Vasilij Ladjuk bar Valentin Ketevan...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews 'DEDICATION' Piano Works by Liszt, Schumann and Chopin Nicholas Angelich pf Erato * PATRICK RUCKER S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 28 Both as soloist and with colleagues,...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Patrick Rucker Salutes the Near-Perfection Achieved by Nicholas Angelich in a Programme Linking Three Pillars of the Romantic Piano Repertoire
[G] 'Dedication' Chopin Etudes, Op 10--No 10; No 12, 'Revolutionary' Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 Schumann Kreisleriana, Op 16 Nicholas Angelich pf Erato (F) 019029 599067-1 (78' * DDD) Nicholas Angelich's new release, with its conceptual...
Granados: Mompou: 'Traces'
Granados * Mompou 'Traces' Granados Goyescas Mompou Variations sur un theme de Chopin Javier Negrin of Odradek (F) ODRCD325 (77' * DDD) Granados's Goyescas is more than a suite of piano pieces: it's a road trip where one encounters...
Grappling with the Issues Facing the Industry
Before beginning this, I turned to see what I'd written a year ago when I last returned from Classical:NEXT. This, by way of reminder, is the annual gathering of the classical industry --labels, distributors, representatives of artists and venues--where...
Harvey: The Annunciation
Harvey [G] The Annunciation. Come, Holy Ghost. I love the Lord. Laus Deo. Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. Missa brevis. Praise ye the Lord. The royal banners forward go. Toccata The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha with Edward...
Haydn's Symphony No 48, Maria Theresia
Should timpani and trumpets be included? What about continuo? 'Lost autographs equal polarised opinions,' says Nalen Anthoni, who explores these through the many available recordings of this symphony The components of this symphony's story are somewhat...
'Her Heavenly Harmony'
'Her Heavenly Harmony' 'Profane Music from the Royal Court' Byrd And think ye nymphs. Compel the hawk. The eagle's force. Ye sacred Muses Gibbons Ah, dear heart. Dainty fine bird. Fair is the rose. The silver swan Morley Arise, awake. Hard by a crystal...
Hesketh: Horae (Pro Clara)
Hesketh Horae (pro Clara). Notte oscura. Three Japanese Miniatures. Through Magic Casements Clare Hammond pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2193 (67' * DDD/DSD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The CD of Kenneth Hesketh's instrumental compositions released...
Highlighting Musical Masters in Prague and Manchester: Two Valuable Archive Sets from Supraphon and a Mammoth Concert from Barbirolli
Fresh off the presses from Supraphon comes a well-transferred four-CD set devoted to the Czech Chamber Orchestra directed from the violin by Josef Vlach, an ensemble that in terms of precision and tonal lustre is surely the equal of Rudolf Barshai's...
Hindemith: Viola Sonatas-Op 11 No 4
Hindemith Viola Sonatas--Op 11 No 4; Op 25 No 4. Solo Viola Sonatas-Op 11 No 5; Op 25 No 1 Christian Euler va Paul Rivinius pf Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) [SACD], MDG9031952-6 (69' * DDD/DSD) Dabringhaus und Grimm served Hindemith's sonatas...
'Horizon 7'
G Benjamin Dream of the Song (a) M Lindberg Era (b) Rijnvos fuoco e fumo (c) Tan Dun The Wolf (a) Bejun Mehta counterten "Dominic Seldis db Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / (a) George Benjamin, (c) Daniel Harding, (b) David Robertson, Tan Dun RCO Live...
JS Bach: JS Bach Six French Suites
JS Bach JS Bach Six French Suites, BWV812-817 Froberger Partita II, FbWV602 Telemann Suite, TWV32:14 (attrib Bach, BWV824) Julian Perkins clav Resonus (M) (2) RES10163 (116' * DDD) JS Bach JS Bach Six French Suites, BWV812-817 ...
Juon: 'Complete String Quartets'
Juon 'Complete String Quartets' String Quartets-Op 5; Op 11; Op 29; Op 67 Sarastro Quartet CPO (F) (2) CP0777 883-2 (130' * DDD) Paul Juon (1872-1940) enjoyed a brief vogue in Gramophone during the 1930s thanks to a set of the Chamber...
Klenau: Symphony No 9
Klenau Symphony No 9 Cornelia Ptassek sop Susanne Resmark contr Michael Weinius ten Steffen Bruun bass Danish National Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schonwandt Dacapo (B) (2) 8 226098/9 (89' * DDD * T/t) Recorded...
Korvits: 'Mirror'
Korvits 'Mirror' Korvits Reflections from a Plain (a). Labyrinths (b). Seven Dreams of Seven Birds (c). Lauld Korvits/ Tormis Plainland Song (e). The Last Ship (f) (e) Kadri Voorand sgr (acd) Anja Lechner vc (e) Tonu Korvits kannel (acf) Estonian Philharmonic...
Lawes: Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol
Lawes [G] Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol Richard Boothby lyra viol Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7625 (60' * DDD) Lock the doors, close the curtains and turn the lights down before putting this disc on. Here is music for an intimate space:...
'Legende'
'Legende' Bernstein Rondo for Lifey Enescu Legende FranQaix Sonatine Gershwin Someone to watch over me (arr Turrin) Goedicke Concert-etude (arr Dokshitser) Hindemith Trumpet Sonata Kern The way you look tonight (arr Poster) Martinu Sonatine Maxwell...
Leoncavallo: Zaza
Leoncavallo Zaza Ermonela Jaho sop Zaza Stephen Gaertner bar Cascart Riccardo Massi ten Milio Dufresne Patricia Bardon mez Anaide Kathryn Rudge mez Natalia...
Lesser-Known 18th-Century Composers: David Threasher Listens to Some Discs of Music by Contemporaries of Mozart and Haydn
There's more to the musical late 18th century than Mozart and Haydn, and sometimes it doesn't hurt to be reminded of the fact. There were hoards of Kapellmeisters and composers working alongside the two giants of the Austro-German Classical world,...
'Les Voyages De l'Amour': Boismortier Premier Ballet De Village En Trio, Op 52
'Les voyages de l'Amour' Boismortier Premier Ballet de village en trio, Op 52. Concerto, Op 37. Sonatas-Op 14 No 3; Op 37 No 4. Les voyages de I'Amour, Op 60 Simphonie pour I'arrivee des Genies Elementaires Corrette Concerto comique, 'Le plaisir des...
Little Speakers That Do a Lot: Compact British-Made Active Speakers Keep It Simple-To Impressive Effect
As company reinventions go, AVI's is pretty impressive. Older readers may remember it as a supplier of high-quality, meticulously built hi-fi separates, from amplification through to source components such as CD players and tuners, all designed and...
'Live from Lugano 2015'
'Live from Lugano 2015' Bacalov Portena (a) Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Sz56 (arr Szekely) (b) Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (c). Scherzo (F-A-E Sonata) (d). Viola (Horn) Trio, Op 40 (e) Debussy En blanc et noir (f) Ginastera Estancia, Op 8a--Dances...
Lobo: Guerrero: Guerrero Maria Magdalene et Altera Maria Lobo Lamentations
Lobo * Guerrero Guerrero Maria Magdalene et altera Maria Lobo Lamentations. Missa Maria Magdalene. O quam suavis est, Domine. Regina caeli The Choir of Westminster Cathedral / Martin Baker Hyperion (F) CDA68106 (69' * DDD * T/t) The Choir of...
Martin Shaw: The Musical Passions of the Star of TV Dramas Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently
The music I listened to growing up was fairly eclectic. My parents bought me a Dansette record player and we would' play The Everly Brothers and Cliff Richard. My mum loved soft rock'n'roll and used to dance around the room to it. There was an all-too-brief...
Meister: Il Giardino del Piacere-No 1
Meister Il giardino del piacere-No 1; No 3; No 7; No 8: No 9; No 12 Ensemble Diderot / Johannes Pramsohler Audax (F) ADX13705 (66' * DDD) Back in 2011, four years after Reinhard Goebel's Musica Antiqua Koln had disbanded, they issued a...
Mendelssohn: Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op 60 (a). Overtures--Die Hebriden, Op 26; Ruy Blas, Op 95; Die schone Melusine, Op 32 (a) Birgit Remmert cortr (a) Jorg Furmuller ten (a) Ruben Drole bar (a) Reinhard Mayr bass (a) Zurich Sing-Akademie;...
Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte-Book 5
Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte--Book 5, Op 62; Book 6, Op 67; Book 7, Op 85; Book 8, Op 102. Five Individual Lieder ohne Worte. Sechs Kinderstucke, Op 72. Zwei Stucke aus dem Notenalbum fur Eduard Benecke Ronald Brautigam pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS1983...
Mondonville: 'Grands Motets'
Mondonville 'Grands motets' Cantate Domino. De profundis. Magnus Dominus. Nisi Dominus Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Daniela Skorka sops Mathias Vidal, Jeffrey Thompson tens Alain Buet bass Purcell Choir; Orfeo Orchestra / Gyorgy Vashegyi...
Moszkowski: Schulz-Evler: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 68'
Moszkowski * Schulz-Evler 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 68' Moszkowski Piano Concerto, Op 3 Schulz-Evler Russian Rhapsody, Op 14 Ludmil Angelov pf BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Kiradjiev Hyperion (F) CDA68109 (65'...
Nelson: 'Watercolors'
Nelson 'Watercolors' Bowls (a) On the Question of Angels (b). Sapphire (c) Two Cabaret Songs (d). Two Love Lyrics (d). Watercolors (d). Zoo Stories (e) Sonja Bruzauskas mez (c) Anne Leek ob (a) Alexander Potiomkin cl (e) Brian Thomas hn (ac) Christopher...
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]...
Norgard: Symphonies-No 4; No 5
Norgard Symphonies--No 4; No 5 Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgards Dacapo (F) [BR]. 6 220646 (56' * DDD/DSD) Norgard Symphonies--No 2 in One Movement; No 6, 'At the End of the Day' Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgards...
Obituaries
An influential harpsichordist and a pioneering Decca engineer HUGUETTE DREYFUS Harpsichordist Born November 30, 1928 Died May 17, 2016 One of the leading figures in the revival of the harpsichord in France, and a major player in the...
'Orchestral Transcriptions of Leopold Stokowski'
'Orchestral Transcriptions of Leopold Stokowski' JS Bach Jesu, joy of man's desiring. Orchestral Suite No 3, BWV1068--Air. Toccata and Fugue, BWV565. Wachet auf, BWV645 Buxtehude Sarabande and Courante Byrd Pavane and Gigue Chopin Piano Sonata No...
'Paradis Sur Terre'
'Paradis sur terre' 'A French Songbook' L Boulanger Clairieres dans le del Caplet Les prieres Chaminade Melodies Debussy Trois Melodies de Verlaine Nicky Spence ten Malcolm Martineau pf Chandos (F) CHAN10893 (65' * DDD * T/t) The sacred and the...
'Pardessus De Viole'
'Pardessus de viole' Barriere Sonates pour le pardessus de viole avec la basse continue, Livre 5 (e)--Sonata No 4 (Book 5) Boismortier Sonata, Op 61 No 2 Dolle Sonates, duo & pieces pour le pardessus de viole, livre second-La favoritte; La precieuse;...
Puccini: La Rondine
Puccini [DVD] [BR] [G] La rondine Dinara Alieva sop Magda de Civry Siobhan Stagg sop Yvette Elbenita Kajtazi sop Bianca Charles Castronovo ten Ruggero Alvaro...
Ravel: 'Complete Orchestral Works'
Ravel 'Complete Orchestral Works' Alborado del gracioso. Une barque sur l'ocean. Bolero. Daphnis et Chloe (a). Fanfare pour L'eventail de Jeanne. Ma Mere I'Oye. Pavane pour une infante defunte. Piano Concertos (b)--15 in G; for the Left Hand. Rapsodie...
Reger: Drei Motetten, Op 110
Reger [G] Drei Motetten, Op 110. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden Sabine Czinczel mez Johannes Kaleschke ten SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart / Frieder Bernius Carus (F) CARUS83 288 (59' * DDD * T/t) Reger Auferstanden, auferstanden....
Reger: Mein Traum, Op 31 No 5
Reger Mein Traum, Op 31 No 5. Unbegehrt, Op 31 No 3. Flieder, Op 35 No 4. Volkslied, Op 37 No 2. Gluckes genug, Op 37 No 3. Zwischen zwei Nachten, Op 43 No 1. Meinem Kinde, Op 43 No 3. Wiegenlied, Op 43 No 5. Sag es nicht, Op 43 No 8. Am Dorfsee,...
Reger the Organ King
The greatest German organ composer since Bach, Max Reger blazed a trail for modernism - yet his music remains neglected. A century after his death, Gavin Dixon argues for recognition of his entire output, including the chamber and orchestral works...
'Reves d'Espagne'
'Reves d'Espagne' Albeniz Iberia--El puerto Darumsgaard Spanish Traditional Songs (a) Granados Oriental, Op 37 No 2 Ibert Chansons de Don Quichotte (a) Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinee (a) Shostakovich Six Spanish Songs, Op 100 (a) (a) Henk Neven...
Ring out Those Hells! Hannah Nepil Recommends Works Whose Origins Are in the Sounds of Bell-Ringing
Bell-ringing has been around for millennia. Small wonder that Messiaen, in works like Couleurs de la Cite celeste, uses it to convey timelessness. But not all composers have pursued that path. After all, the ringing of bells is a familiar soundtrack...
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
R Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 (a). Intermezzo--Four Symphonic Interludes (b) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis ABC Classics (F) ABC481 2425 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, (b) August 21 and (a) September...
Rutter: Pslamfest
Rutter Pslamfest (a). This is the day (b). Lord, thou hast been our refuge (c). Psalm 150 (d) (a) Elizabeth Cragg sop (a) Pascal Charbonneau ten (c) Mike Allen tpt (cd) Tom Winpenny org St Albans Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls Choir; (abd) Royal...
Schubert: Alinde, D904
Schubert [G] Alinde, D904. Am Bach im Fruhling, D361. An den Tod, D518. An die Leier, D737. Fischerweise, D881. Die Gebusche, D646. Geheimes, D719. Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D583. Im Abendrot, D799. Im Freien, D880. Der Kampf, D594. Das Lied im Grunen,...
Schumann Rare, Late and Great: Harriet Smith Listens to a Selection of Releases Focusing on Some Lesser-Known Late Schumann
The re-evaluation of Schumann's late piano music is a welcome one and the discs just keep coming. Of the six that arrived for this survey, there were no fewer than three Ghost Variations, two Gesange der Fruhe and one account of the Six Pieces in Canonic...
Scriabin: Symphonies-No 1 (A)
Scriabin Symphonies--No 1a; No 2, Op 29b Ekaterina Sergeeva mez Alexander Timchenko ten London Symphony aChorus and Orchestra / Valery Gergiev LSO Live (B) (2) [BR]. LS00770 (9V * DDD/DSD * T/t) Recorded live at the Barbican, London,...
Showcasing a Fine Orchestra-70 Years On
Complex memories hover over the founding of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, which sprang to life 70 years ago and was made up in the main of musicians who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic of Prague. Josef Keilberth was Principal...
'Spain': Debussy Lindaraja
'Spain' Debussy Lindaraja (a). La puerta del vino. La soiree dans Grenade Falla El Amor brujo--Suite. Fantasia betica. Homenaje: 'Le tombeau de Claude Debussy'. El sombrero de tres picos Dances. La vida breve--Two Spanish Dances (a) Vanessa Perez,...
Standing Tall: The Violinist out to Change the World
Nicola Benedetti has come a long way since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year but she's still breaking down barriers, both in the repertoire she's recording and in her education work, finds Charlotte Gardner Surely it's a testament to the extraordinary...
Stanford: Piano Concerto No 2
Stanford Piano Concerto No 2, Op 126 (a). Dante Rhapsodies, Op 92. Six Characteristic Pieces, Op 132--No 2, Study; No 4, Roundel. Tempo di valse, Op 136 No 5 Benjamin Frith pf (a) BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Andrew Gourlay Champs...
Stradella: Santa Editta
Stradella Santa Editta Veronica Cangemi, Francesca Aspromonte, Claudia Di Carlo sops Gabriella Martellacci contr Fernando Guimaraes ten Sergio Foresti bass Ensemble Mare Nostrum / Andrea De Carlo Arcana (F) A396 (56' * DDD * T/t) ...
Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete
Stravinsky Apollon musagete. Concerto in D. Pulcinella-Suite Tapiola Sinfonietta / Masaaki Suzuki BIS (F) M. BIS2211 (65' * DDD/DSD) Intentionally or not, Masaaki Suzuki's first foray into 20th-century repertoire on disc recalls that of...
Tchaikovsky: Dvorak: Dvorak Rusalka Fantasy (Arr Honeck/Ille)
Tchaikovsky * Dvorak Dvorak Rusalka Fantasy (arr Honeck/llle) Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck Reference Recordings (F) [BR] FR720SACD (67' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at Heinz...
'The Fate of a Symphony': The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra App Presents Classical Music in a Truly Multimedia Environment
When the new century dawned, the record industry found itself in a very different landscape to the one it had occupied for at least the second half of the 20th century: the difference between 'majors' and 'indies' had narrowed and the driving ethos...
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