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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1138, August

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Abrahamsen: 'Works for Wind Quintet'
Abrahamsen 'Works for Wind Quintet' Abrahamsen Landskaber (Landscapes). Wind Quintet No 2, 'Walden' Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15 (both arr Abrahamsen) Ensemble MidtVest Dacapo (F) 8 226090 (51' * DDD) ...
Adler: Symphony No 6. Cello Concerto
Adler Symphony No 6. Cello Concerto (a). Drifting on Winds and Currents (a) Maximilian Hornung vc Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jose Serebrier Linn (F) CKD545 (58' * DDD) Samuel Adler (b1928) is a very American symphonist. He...
Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 5'
Atterberg 'Orchestral Works, Vol 5' Symphonies--No 7, 'Sinfonia romantica', Op 45; No 9, 'Sinfonia visionaria', Op 54 (a) (a) Anna Larsson mez (a) Olle Persson ter Gothenburg Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi Chandos (F) [SACD]....
Auber: 'Overtures, Vol 1'
Auber 'Overtures, Vol 1' Overtures to the operas Le cheval de bronze, La circasslenne, Les diamants de la couronne, Le domino noir, L'enfant prodigue, La fiancee, Fra Diavolo and Marco Spada Orchestre de Cannes / Wolfgang Dorner Naxos...
Bantock: Omar Khayyam
Bantock Omar Khayyam (a). Fifine at the Fair (b). The Pierrot of the Minute (b) Sappho (c) (a) Sarah Walker, (c) Johanna Peters contrs (a) Anthony Rolfe Johnson ten (a) Brian Rayner Cook bar (a) BBC Singers; (a) BBC Symphony Orchestra; (bc) BBC...
Baroque Reworkings and Rediscoveries: Charlotte Gardner Embarks on a Grand Tour around the Music of the European Baroque with a Selection of New Recordings Reframing the Familiar and Unfamiliar
With the plethora of Baroque recordings hitting the shelves each month from a constantly growing roster of top-drawer Baroque ensembles and soloists, the question of how to make one's disc stand out is pressing as never before. Of course, there's the...
Barry Humphries: The Comedian and Actor's Journey from Discovering Classical Music in Melbourne to His New Show Celebrating the Music of the Weimar Republic
THE RECORD I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT Weill The Threepenny Opera Historic original recordings 1928-44 Capriccio This strange music, which isn't music hall, vaudeville or operetta, captivated me. And I still love it. When I was a schoolboy...
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Op 123
Beethoven [G] Missa solemnis, Op 123 Laura Aikin sop Elisabeth Kulman mez Johannes Chum ten Ruben Drole bass-bar Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Sony Classical (F) 88985 31359-2 (81' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 9
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 9, Op 14 No 1; No 16, Op 31 No 1; No 19, Op 49 No 1; No 20, Op 49 No 2; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a Angela Hewitt pf Hyperion (F) CDA68131 (75' * DDD) Angela Hewitt leaves few stones unturned in projecting the...
Bent Sorensen: Andrew Mellor Points Up the Dane's Stylistic Integrity-His Use of Silence and Decay and How He Seems Haunted by Music of the Past
The morning before the afternoon I'd set aside to start writing this appreciation of Danish composer Bent Sorensen, I found myself at a gallery in Abu Dhabi gazing upon works by the Syrian-American sculptor Diana Al-Hadid. The two artists work in different...
'Bouillabaisse'
'Bouillabaisse' Blavet Troisieme Livre de sonates--Sonata terza Jacquet de la Guerre Semele--Cantate avec Simphonie Rameau Cantate pour le jour de la fete de Saint Louis Traditional La fille au roi Louis. La Furstenberg. Une jeune fillette. Quand je...
Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1
Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99 Marie-Elisabeth Hecker vc Martin Helmchen pf Alpha (F) ALPHA223 (53' * DDD) When Brahms played through his First Cello Sonata with its dedicatee, Josef Gansbacher, the cellist apparently complained...
Brahms: Symphonies-No 1, Op 68; No 2, Op 73
Brahms Symphonies--No 1, Op 68; No 2, Op 73 Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt / Howard Griffiths Klanglogo (F) KL1513 (80' * DDD) Brahms Symphonies--No 3, Op 90; No 4. Op 98 Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt / Howard Griffiths...
Braunfels: 'Orchestral Songs, Vol 1'
Braunfels 'Orchestral Songs, Vol 1' Die Vogel--Prelude and Prologue of the Nightingale (a); Farewell to the Forest (b). Zwei Holderlin-Gesange, Op 27 (c). Auf ein Soldatengrab, Op 26 (c). Don Juan, Op 34 (ab) Valentina Farcas sop (b) Klaus Florian...
British Church Music: David Threasher and Geraint Lewis Explore Some of the Finest Anglican Music of the 20th Century. PLAYLISTS: Celebrating English Church Music; Weaving a Path through Centuries of Minimalism
With his haunting 'carol-anthem' in 1918 Herbert Howells changed the sound of English church music at a stroke by introducing sensuous chromatic harmony and sinewy flowing counterpoint often combined to ecstatic effect. His friend Patrick Hadley sent...
Bruckner: Symphony No 5 (Ed Nowak, 1878)
Bruckner Symphony No 5 (ed Nowak, 1878) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Stanislaw Skrowaczewski LPO (M) LP00090 (79' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, October 31, 2015 This concert recording of Bruckner's Fifth...
Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow. Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' (a). A Shropshire Lad--Rhapsody. Two English Idylls. Suite for String Quartette (orch Russman). Love Blows as the Wind Blows (a). Orchestral Fantasia (compl Russman) (a)...
Byron Janis: Jeremy Nicholas Pays Tribute to One of the Great American Pianists, 88 This Year, Who in Some Ways Surpassed Even His Teacher the Legendary Vladimir Horowitz
It's unlikely if you're given a name like Byron Janis that you will become a bus conductor or a farmer or a tax inspector. While you need not have swum the Hellespont (now the Dardanelles) or fought for Greek independence, there is something inherently...
Campra: Messe De Requiem
Campra Messe de Requiem (a). De profundis Salome Haller, (a) Sarah Gendrot sops Rolf Ehlers counterten Benoit Haller ten Philip Niederberger bass ensemble3 vocal et instrumental / Hans Michael Beuerle Carus (F) CARUS83 391 (60' * DDD * T/t) The...
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: 'What Think You I Take My Pen in My Hand to Record?'
Castelnuovo-Tedesco 'What think you I take my pen in my hand to record?' Leaves of Grass, Op 89b. Shakespeare Sonnets, Op 125--selection Salvatore Champagne ten Howard Lubin pf Oberlin Music (F) OC16-02 (70' * DDD * T) These two works were composed...
Cerha: Nacht. Drei Orchesterstucke
Cerha Nacht (a). Drei Orchesterstucke (b) (a) SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg / Emilio Pomarico; (b) WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Jukka-Pekka Saraste Kairos (F) 0015005KAI (64' * DDD) Recorded live at the bPhilharmonie,...
Chopin and Beyond: Harriet Smith Listens to the Latest Recordings to Come out of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Those at the Fryderyk Chopin Institute have been very busy of late and the discs just keep coming. On the one hand, we have 'The Real Chopin', the series aiming to put out his complete works played on period instruments. Then there's 'Music of Chopin's...
'Chorus Vel Organa'
'Chorus vel organa' Music from the Lost Palace of Westminster' Anonymous Felix namque. Sanete Dei pretiose Cornysh Magnificat Ludford Lady Mass Cycle. Missa Lapidaverunt Stephanum--Agnus Dei Sheppard Sancte Dei pretiose Choir of Gonville & Caius...
Classics Reconsidered: David Threasher and Geraint Lewis Reassess the 1970 David Willcocks Recording of Howells's Hymnus Paradisi
Howells Hymnus Paradisi Heather Harper sop Robert Tear ten Bach Choir; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; New Phllharmonia Orchestra / David Willcocks Warner Classics (F) [DO] 095405-2 From HMV ASD2600 Over 15 years ago The Record...
Corbetta * De Visee: 'La Mascarade'
Corbetta * De Visee 'La Mascarade' Corbetta Passacaille. Partie de Chaconne. Sarabanda per la B. Caprice de Chaconne. Folie De Visee Preludes--A minor; D minor. Passacailles--B minor; D minor. Les Sylvains de Mr Couperin. La Mascarade. Chaconnes A...
CPE Bach * Hasse * Hertel: CPE Bach Cello Concerto
CPE Bach * Hasse * Hertel CPE Bach Cello Concerto, Wq170 H430 Hasse Cello Concerto in D Hertel Cello Concertos--in A; in A minor Musica Viva / Alexander Rudin vc Chandos Chaconne (F) CHAN0813 (71' * DDD) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Czerny * Viotti: Czerny Piano Concerto No 1, Op 214
Czerny * Viotti Czerny Piano Concerto No 1, Op 214 (a). Concerto for Piano Four Hands, Op 153 (b) Viotti Concerto No 19, Wi19 (c). Concerto No 3 for Violin and Piano, Wi9 (d) David Boidrini, (b) Elena Pinciaroli pf Rami Musicali Orchestra / (acd)...
Debussy * Takemitsu: Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 (Arr Morton)
Debussy * Takemitsu Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 (arr Morton). The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (arr C Matthews). Jimbo's Lullaby (arr Manson) Takemitsu Black Rain--Funeral Music. Jose Torres--Music of Training and Rest. Nostalghia Scottish Ensemble/Jonathan...
Dowland: Lachrimae
Dowland [G] Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares Phantasm with Elizabeth Kenny lute Linn (F) CKD527 (57' * DDD) How to describe Dowland's Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares? Seven pavans for five-part viol consort with lute, each a subtle transformation...
Dvorak: Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112
Dvorak Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112. Slavonic Dances--Op 46 B83 No 8; Op 72 B147 No 3 Houston Symphony Orchestra / Andres Orozco-Estrada Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 575 (52' * DDD/DSD) You can't fault the Houston Symphony for consistency....
Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Op 53 B108
Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B108 (a). Romance, Op 11 B38 (a). Mazurek, Op 49 B90 (a). Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 (b) Jan Mracek vn (b) Lukae Klansky pf (a) Czech National Symphony Orchestra / James Judd Onyx (F) ONYX4160 (68' * DDD)...
Eotvos: Violin Concerto No 2, 'DoReMi'
Eotvos Violin Concerto No 2, 'DoReMi' (a). Cello Concerto grosso (b). Speaking Drums (c) (a) Midori vn (b) Jean-Guihen Queyras vc (c) Martin Grubinger perc Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra / Peter Eotvus Alpha (F) ALPHA208 (71' * DDD) ...
Esenvalds: Passion According to St Luke
Esenvalds [G] Passion According to St Luke (a). A Drop In the Ocean (b). The First Tears (c). Litany of the Heavens (d) (b) Ieva Ezeriete sop (a) Ieva Parsa mez (b) Liga Paegle contr (a) Janis Kurievs ten (a) Daumants Kalnins bar (c) Aleksandrs...
Feldman: 'Beckett Material'
Feldman 'Beckett Material' Orchestra. Elemental Procedures (a). Routine Investigations (a) Claudia Barainky sop WDR (a) Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Peter Rundel Wergo (F) WER7325-2 (44' * DDD) If you're wondering,...
Field: Complete Nocturnes
Field Complete Nocturnes Elizabeth Joy Roe pf Decca (F) 478 9672 (86' * DDD) Not one but two sets of Field nocturnes have come my way this month (Ewa Poblocka's period-instrument set is reviewed on page 68). That in itself is pretty remarkable,...
Finnissy: Beat Generation Ballads
Finnissy Beat Generation Ballads. First Political Agenda Philip Thomas pf Huddersfield Contemporary Records (F) HCR11CD (69' * DDD) Finnissy 'Singular Voices' Beuk o' Newcassel Sangs (a). Lord Melbourne (a). Same as we. Song 1....
From Classic Turntables to Celebratory Speakers: Pro-Ject Celebrates a Quarter of a Century in Style, and Bowers & Wilkins Completes Its New 800 Series
There's no sign of any let-up in the momentum of the vinyl revival, and one of the companies responsible for kick-starting the new interest in LPs--Vienna-based Pro-Ject--is celebrating. To mark its 25th anniversary, it has launched a new model, the...
FX Mozart * Clementi: 'The Classical Piano Concerto, Vol 3'
FX Mozart * Clementi 'The Classical Piano Concerto, Vol 3' Clementi Piano Concerto FX Mozart Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 14; No 2, Op 25 St Gallen Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley pf Hyperion (F) CDA68126 (71' * DDD) For the third volume...
Glazunov * Shostakovich: Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op 82
Glazunov * Shostakovich Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op 82 Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Op 99 Nicola Benedetti vn Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits Decca (F) 478 8758DH (59' * DDD) Chalk and cheese--or more aptly sweet...
Gounod: Cinq-Mars
Gounod Cinq-Mars Mathias Vidal ten Le Marquis de Cinq-Mars Veronique Gens sop La Princesse Marie de Gonzague Tassis Christoyannis bar Le Conseiller de Thou Andrew Foster-Williams bass-bar ...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews BACEWICZ Complete String Quartets Silesian Quartet Chandos * RICHARD BRATBY'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 28 This may be new music to you--it was to me--but these seven...
Gramophone Recording of the Month
Richard Bratby welcomes the complete quartets by a Polish composer whose works are worthy to stand alongside the cycles of Tippett, Britten, Shostakovich and Bartok [G] Grazyna Bacewicz Complete String Quartets Silesian Quartet Chandos...
Granados: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'
Granados 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2' Goyescas--Intermezzo. Danza de los ojos verdes. Danza gitana. La nit del mort (a). Dante (b) (b) Gemma Coma-Alabert mez (a) Jesus Alvarez Carrion ten (a) Lieder Camera; Barcelona Symphony Orchestra / Pablo Gonzalez...
Great Voices
Following imaginative leads from Decca/Universal's overseas branches in Australia (Eloquence) and Mexico (Most Wanted Recitals), the company's Decca Sound historical reissue boxes now reach their fifth issue with a large chronological survey of their...
Handel: Four Coronation Anthems
Handel Four Coronation Anthems (a). Esther(b)--Sinfonia; Shall we the God of Israel fear; Ye sons of Israel mourn; Tyrants may a while presume; Save us, O Lord; God is our hope NDR Chorus; Gottingen Festival Orchestra / Laurence Cummings Accent...
Handel in the Opera House: Alexandra Coghlan Watches a Trio of Handel Works-Two Operas and an Oratorio-In Very Different Stagings
Opera on film is an awkward compromise of an art form. At worst it's just an architect's plan, an aide memoire that preserves the outline of a production but nothing more. At best, though, it can actually heighten the dramatic essence of a show, bringing...
Haydn Ligeti: Haydn Plano Concertos
Haydn Ligeti Haydn Plano Concertos (a)--No 4, HobXVIII/4; No 11, HobXVIII/11. Capriccios--'Acht Sauschnelder mussen sein', HobXVII/1; Fantasia, HobXVII/4 Ligeti Piano Concerto (a). Two Capriccios Shai Wosner pf (a) Danish National Symphony...
Haydn: Piano Trios-No 5
Haydn Piano Trios--No 5, HobXV/1; No 13, HobXV/38; No 26, HobXV/13; No 39, 'Gypsy', HobXV/25 Riccardo Minasi vn Federico Toffano vc Maxim Emelyanychev fp Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 8887517878-2 (61' * DDD) Eighteenth-century keyboard trios...
Heller: 'Variations for Piano'
Heller 'Variations for Piano' Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 1. Variations brillante on a Polish Theme, Op 5. Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op 133 Biliana Tzinlikova pf Paladino (F) PMR0065 (64' * DDD) Heller Kinderszenen...
'Helper and Protector'
'Helper and Protector' 'Italian Maestri in Poland' Bertolusi Ave verum corpus. Sancta Maria, mater Dei. Peccantem me quotidie. Timor Domini Marenzio Iniquos odio habui. Iubilate Deo omnis terra. Missa super Iniquos odio habui Pacelli Beata estis. Christus...
Henze: Symphony No 7. Sieben Boleros
Henze Symphony No 7. Sieben Boleros. Ouverture zu einem Theater. L'Upupa--Die blaue Stunde Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra / Markus Stenz Oehms (F) 0C446 (66' * DDD) Is it inevitable that Henze's most orthodox symphony is destined to receive more...
'Hora Cero': Carli la Diquera
'Hora Cero' Carli La Diquera. Para Oswaldo Tarantino Piazzolla Escualo. Doe de amor. Calambre. Lunfardo. Pedro y Pedro. Decarisimo. Soledad. Revirado. Llbertango. Buenos Aires hora cero. Clienta. Tres Minutos con la Realidad Salgan A Don Agustin...
How High Is High, and How Will It All End? the Upper Echelons of the Audio Industry Seem to Be Aiming Ever Higher with Their Statement' Products-But Just How Sustainable Is This Business Model?
Yes, it was called High End 2016, but wandering around the annual show in Munich a month or two back, two things struck me: one is that, as the show has grown in size, so the scope of products on show has expanded, and the other is that those companies...
JS Bach: 'All You Need Is Bach'
JS Bach 'All You Need is Bach' All You Need is Bach/Inventlon No 8, BWV779 (a). French Suite No 5, BWV816(a). Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080--Contrapunctus IX (a). O Mensch, bewein dein' Sunde gross, BWV622. Passacaglia and Fugue, BWV582. Prelude and...
JS Bach: Clavier-Ubung III
JS Bach Clavier-Ubung III Stephen Farr org Resonus (M) (2) RES10120 (105' * DDD) Played on the Metzler organ of Trinity College, Cambridge JS Bach Clavier-Ubung III James Johnstone org Metronome (M) (2) METCD1094 (107' * DDD)...
Juan Diego Florez Signs Exclusive Recording Deal with Sony Classical
Tenor Juan Diego Florez is joining the Sony Classical label after 15 years with Decca. Although Sony has yet to announce details of the first disc, a release date of autumn 2017 has been given. 'Recordings are such a different means of expression...
Klemperer in Philadelphia, Mengelberg in New York: Two Great European Conductors Cross the Pond to Wonderful Effect
Few great conductors of the past 70 years have enjoyed a healthier posthumous re-evaluation through first-release concert performances than Otto Klemperer. Most tapes have hailed from Europe but Pristine Audio brings us a batch of recordings (also...
Lescurel: 'The Love Songs of Jehan De Lescurel'
Lescurel 'The Love Songs of Jehan de Lescurel' Abundance de felonie. Amours, aus vrais cuers commune. Amours, cent mille mercyz. Amours, que vous ai meffait. Amours, trop vous doi cherir. Amour, voules vous acorder. A vous, douce debonnaire....
Lets Get Minimal! Jed Distler Traces the Path of Minimalism, from Purcell to Reich. PLAYLISTS: Celebrating English Church Music; Weaving a Path through Centuries of Minimalism
Minimalism in music extends far beyond, well, 'minimalism'. In fact, minimal and repetitious elements in music have been with us for centuries, long before they became an '-ism'. Think of Purcell's haunting Fantasy Upon One Note-, the rumbling E flat...
Liszt: 'Complete Piano Music, Vol 43-Transcriptions of Symphonic Poems'
Liszt 'Complete Piano Music, Vol 43--Transcriptions of Symphonic Poems' Les preludes (arr Karl Klauser). Orpheus (arr Friedrich Spiro). Kiinstlerfestzug (second version). Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe. Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus Faust--Der nachtliche...
'Live from Buenos Aires'
'Live from Buenos Aires' Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (a) Debussy En blanc et noir Schumann Six Canonic Etudes, Op 56 (arr Debussy) Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim pfs (a) Pedro Manuel Torrejon Gonzalez, (a) Lev Loftus perc DG...
M Abel: Home Is a Harbor
M Abel Home is a Harbor (a). The Palm Trees are Restless (b) (a) Jamie Chamberlin, (a) Ariel Pisturino, (b) Hila Plitmann sops (a) Janelle DeStefano mez (a) Jon Lee Keenan ten (a) Babatunde Aklnboboye, (a) E Scott Levin bars (a) Carver Cossey bass...
Machaut: 'A Burning Heart'
Machaut 'A Burning Heart' Aucune gent/Qui plus aimme/Fiat voluntas tua. Cinc, un, trese. Esperance qui m'asseure. He, dame de vaillance. Helas, pour quoy se demente et complaint. Pas de tor en thies pais. Plus dure que un dyamant. Seje me pleing...
MacMillan: Since It Was the Day of Preparation
MacMillan [G] Since it was the Day of Preparation ... Brindley Sherratt bass Synergy Vocals; Hebrides Ensemble / William Conway vc Delphian (F) DCD34168 (72' * DDD * T) Few composers in recent times have so unequivocally brought their faith into...
Madin: Te Deum, HM28
Madin Te Deum, HM28. Diligam te, Domine, HM22 Anne Magouet, Michiko Takahashi sops Robert Getchell, Alban Dufourt tens Alain Buet, Geoffroy Buffiere basses Les Cris de Paris; Stradivaria / Daniel Cuiller Alpha (F) ALPHA963 (69' * DDD * T/t) Recorded...
Martha Argerich: 'Early Recordings'
Martha Argerich [G] [H] 'Early Recordings' Beethoven Piano Sonata No 7, Op 10 No 3 (a) Mozart Piano Sonata No 18, D576 (b) Prokofiev Toccata, Op 11 (c). Piano Sonatas--No 3, Op 28 (c); No 7, Op 83 (d) Ravel Gaspard de la nuit (c). Sonatine (a)...
Massenet: 'Integrale Plano Music'
Massenet 'Integrale Plano Music' Valse folle. Dix Pieces de genre, Op 10. Musique pour bercer les petits enfants. Toccata. Deux Impressions. Valse tres lente. Deux Pieces pour piano. Un Momento musicale. Improvisations. Devant la Madone. Aragonaise...
Meyerbeer: Dinorah
Meyerbeer Dinorah Patrizia Ciofi sop Dinorah Etienne Dupuis bar Hoel Philippe Talbot ten Corentin Elebenita Kajtazi sop Goatherd Christina Sidak mez Goatgirl Seth Carico bass-bar Huntsman Gideon Poppe ten ...
Michael McManus Invites 10 of Today's Leading Pianists to Discuss 10 Great Examples of the Piano Concerto
The great Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski once said: 'I love traditional instruments --though of course they are anachronisms ... Satellites run around our planet, but we still play bassoons ... It's ridiculous.' At around the time he expressed...
Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail
Mozart Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail [DVD] [BR] Sally Matthews sop Konstanze Mari Eriksmoen sop Blonde Edgaras Montvldas ten Belmonte Brenden Gunnell ten Pedrillo Tobias Kehrer bass...
Mozart: 'Mozart with Friends'
Mozart 'Mozart With Friends' Trio, 'Kegelstatt', K498. Violin Sonatas--No 9, K14; No 15, K30. Duo, K423. Modulating Prelude, Kdeesf. London Sketchbook, K15--exes Nils Monkemeyer va with Sabine Meyer cl Julia Fischer vn William Youn pf Sony...
Mozart: Violin Concertos-No 3, K216
Mozart Violin Concertos--No 3, K216; No 4. K218; No 5, K219 Norwegian Chamber Orchestra / Henning Kraggerud vn Naxos (B) 8 573513 (66' * DDD) Mozart Complete Violin Concertos. Rondos--K269/261a; K373. Adagio. K261 Hungarian Chamber...
M Simpson: Night Music
M Simpson Night Music (a). Ariel (b). Barkham Fantasy (c). Echoes and Embers (d). Lov(escape) (e). Un regalo*. Windflower (g). Nur Musik (h) (g) Nicholas Daniel, (h)Jonathan Small obs (de) Mark Simpson cl (a) Leonard Elschenbroich, (f) Guy Johnston...
Neat Iota Alpha Loudspeakers: Compact Stylish and Innovative, the Second Speaker in Neat's Iota Range Proves a Highly Attractive Performer
Never let it be said that Neat Acoustics lacks innovation. From its massive Ultimatum speakers with their extra upward-firing tweeters to its tiny Iota model, perfect for desktop use and in small rooms, this relatively small British company, based...
New Releases Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Download
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]...
Obituaries: A Much-Missed Record Executive and a Trio of Distinctive Singers
CHARLES RODIER Lawyer, EMI Born January 20, 1944 Died June 3, 2016 Charles Rodier joined EMI in 1964 as a member of the Secretariat of the International Classical Repertoire Committee. After leaving to acquire legal qualifications, he rejoined...
Palmgren: 'The River'
Palmgren 'The River' Piano Concertos (a)--No 1; No 2, 'The River'; No 3, 'Metamorphoses'. Pieces, Op 78 (b) Henri Sigfridsson pf (a) Pori Sinfonietta / Jan Soderblom (b) vn Alba (F) [SACD] ABCD385 (72' * DDD/DSD) The most interesting...
Pianistic Fireworks at a Knock-Down Price
Be still my beating heart! For a fledgling pianorak in the late 1960s and early 70s there was no sight that gladdened the eye more than the gold and black livery of a new Vox Candide recording. Each one, you knew, would contain another first recording...
Pioneer XDP-100R: The Latest Entrant in the Fast-Growing Personal Audio Market: Can Pioneer's Extra Features Give It the Edge?
Personal audio is big news right now. The boom in headphone sales is well-documented--initially driven by the popularity of smartphones able to play music, but going on to evolve into the whole 'head-fi' sector --and of late we've also seen the growth...
Poole: Alman
Poole Alman. Chacone. Courante. Division Ayrs--I; III; IV; V; VI. Division to a Ground. A Division upon a Ground Basse. Fantasia. Saraband. A Second Division upon a Ground Basse. Sonata a 3. St Justinas Transports Publics Musica Ficta (F)...
Poulenc: Fifteen Improvisations
Poulenc Fifteen Improvisations. Three Novelettes. Sonata for Four Hands (a). L'embarquement pour Cythere (a). Concerto for Two Pianos (a) Lucille Chung, (a) Alessio Bax pfs Signum (F) SIGCD455 (62' * DDD) Lucille Chung's new Poulenc disc is doubly...
Prokofiev: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3'
Prokofiev 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3' Piano Sonatas--No 6, Op 82; No 7, Op 83; No 8, Op 84 Peter Donohoe pf Somm (F) SOMMCD259 (70' * DDD) Soon after his shared second-prize success in the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition, Peter Donohoe recorded...
Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas-No 1
Prokofiev Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 80; No 2, Op 94a. Five Melodies, Op 35b Franziska Pietsch vn Detlev Eisinger pf Audite (F) AUDITE97 722 (68' * DDD) It is tempting, for simplicity's sake, to describe Prokofiev's violin sonatas as polar...
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Puccini [DVD] [BR] Gianni Schicchi Placido Domingo bar Gianni Schicchi Andriana Chuchman sop Lauretta Arturo Chacon-Cruz ten Rinuccio Meredith Arwady contr Zita Greg Fedderly...
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Tchaikovsky By Philip Ross Bullock Reaktion Books, PB, 224pp, 11.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-78-023654-4 The temptation with any new book on Tchaikovsky these days is to turn to the back and see how it ends. The kerfuffle over his...
Rachmaninov's Second Symphony: Mariss Jansons Talks to Geoffey Norris about a Work He Has Recorded for the Third Time
What's this I'm hearing? Are my ears deceiving me? Or is one of the two conductors I admire most in the entire world telling me that Rachmaninov's Second Symphony is 'a bit on the long side'? Cuts in Rachmaninov have always been a controversial issue....
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Op 27
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Op 27 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons RCO Live (F) [SACD] RCO16004 (56' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, January 28, 29 & 31, 2010 This is the third time Mariss Jansons...
Racine in Music
The work of France's greatest tragic dramatist inspired composers as varied as Handel, Mendelssohn and Britten. Tim Ashley explores the powerful musical responses to Racine's stage works across three centuries Jean Racine is in some respects among...
Radecke: Symphony, Op 50
Radecke Symphony, Op 50. Overture 'Shakespeare's Konig Johann', Op 25. Nachtstuck, Op 55. Two Scherzos, Op 52 Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra / Kaspar Zehnder CPO (F) CPO777 995-2 (65' * DDD) With his high collars and long flowing...
Riley: 'Four Four Three'
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Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims
Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Laura Giordano sop Corinna Alessandra Marianelli sop Madama Cortese Sofia Mchedlishvili sop Contessa di Folleville Marianna Pizzolato contr Marchesa Melibea Bogdan Mihai ten...
Rouse: Odna Zhizn
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Satie: Sept Gnossiennes
Satie Sept Gnossiennes. Le Piccadilly (Marche). Chapitres tournes en tous sens. Avant-dernieres pensees. Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois. Sonatine bureaucratique. Poudre d'or (Valse). Embryons desseches. Descriptions automatiques. Heures...
Schoenberg and Van Kempen Conduct Mahler
Pristine Audio has just released the only known example of Arnold Schoenberg conducting music other than his own, the second movement of Mahler's Second Symphony--a 1934 concert performance with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra that vies with Walter's...
Schoenberg's Moses Und Aron: David Patrick Stearns Explains the Reasons Why He Is Drawn to This Unfinished Religious and Philosophical Opera-A Wild and Brutal Work That Is Impossible to Take Lightly, Resulting in a Strong Discography
Although still considered a barely approachable modernist peak, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron was among my first favourite operas, handily winning over Tosca (which I first encountered around the same time), and for highly specific reasons. To my...
Schubert: Abendstern, D806
Schubert Abendstern, D806. Am Tage aller Seelen (Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen), D343. An den Mond, D259. An die Musik (second version), D547. An mein Herz, D860. Du bist die Ruh, D776. Erster Verlust, D226. Der Fischer, D225. Fischerweise, D881....
Schumann: 'Complete Symphonic Works, Vol 6'
Schumann 'Complete Symphonic Works, Vol 6' Shymphony, 'Zwickau', Wo029. Genoveva, Op 81--Overture. Szenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO3--Overture. Overtures--Die Braut von Messina, Op 100; Hermann und Dorothea, Op 136; Julius Caesar, Op 128; Manfred,...
Schumann: 'Fantasy & Romance'
Schumann 'Fantasy & Romance' Fantasiestucke, Op 73. Adagio and Allegro, Op 70. Drei Romanzen, Op 94. Marchenbilder, Op 113. Funf Stucke im Volkston, Op 102. Abendlied, Op 85 No 12. Traiimerei, Op 15 No 7 Emanuel Gruber vc Keiko Sekino pf Delos...
Schutz: Johannespassion, SWV481
Schutz Johannespassion, SWV481. Litania, 'Kyrie eleison'. Unser Herr Jesus Christus in der Nacht, da er verraten ward, SWV495. Ach Herr, du Sohn Davids, SWVAnh2 Jan Kobow ten Evangelist Harry van der Kamp bass Jesus Ulrike Hofbauer, Marie Luise...
Scriabin * Stockhausen: Scriabin 24 Preludes, Op 11
Scriabin * Stockhausen Scriabin 24 Preludes, Op 11. Three Pieces, Op 2. Etude, Op 8 No 12 Stockhausen Klavierstuck XII: Examination from 'Donnerstag aus Licht' Vanessa Benelli Mosell pf Decca (F) 481 2491 (63' * DDD) In the booklet interview...
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