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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1139, September

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'Abrazo'
'Abrazo' The Havana Sessions' B Beck Jazz Instrumental Suite. Jazz Vocal Suite Bourland Alarcon Madrigals, Book 3 D Bowyer Bugs & Gas Brandman Warm Winds in Havana Carollo Burlesque TL Miller Hot Miami Nights. On an Autumn Day Mobley Coloring...
'Bach and the Stile Antico'
'Bach and the stile antico' JS Bach Aus tiefer Not, BWV686. Credo in unum Deum, BWV1081. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV671. Mass, BWV232--Symbolum Nicenum (Credo) Bassani Acroama Missale--No 5, Credo in unum Deum Caldara/JS Bach Suscepit Israel,...
Bach's Chaconne in D Minor: Kyung Wha Chung Discusses the Transcendental Solo Violin Masterpiece with Caroline Gill
I feel oddly emotional as I walk from the Tube to meet Kyung Wha Chung--it isn't often one finds oneself in the presence of one of the most respected artists of their age. Although subjective opinion on Chung is divided, she is without question a profoundly...
Barry: 'Barry Meets Beethoven'
Barry 'Barry Meets Beethoven' Beethoven (a). Oh Lord, how vain (b). The Coming of Winter (b). First Sorrow (c). Long Time (b). Schott & Sons, Mainzd (ad) Stephen Richardson bass (bd) Chamber Choir Ireland; "Crash Ensemble / (abd) Paul Hillier...
Bartok * Ghedini * Hindemith * Rota: 'Music for String Orchestra' Bartok Divertimento
Bartok * Ghedini * Hindemith * Rota 'Music for String Orchestra' Bartok Divertimento, Sz113 Ghedini Violin Concerto (a) Hindemith Trauermusik (b) Rota Concerto for Strings (a) Daniele Orlando vn (b) Francesco Fiore va I Solisti Aquilani / Flavio Emilio...
Beethoven * Mozart * Schubert: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1
Beethoven * Mozart * Schubert [DVD] Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1, Op 15 (a) Mozart Piano Concerto No 22, K482 (a) Schubert Symphony No 5, D485 Cappella Andrea Barca / Sir Andras Schiff (a) pf Video director Hella-Brit Giese C Major Entertainment...
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58 (a). Symphonies No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55 (b); No 7, Op 92 (c). Overture 'Coriolan', Op 62 (d) (a) Wilhelm Backhaus pf Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Hans Knappertsbusch Orfeo mono (B) (2) C901162B (139' * ADD)...
Beethoven: 'Resound, Vol 3' Egmont
Beethoven 'Resound, Vol 3' Egmont, Op 84 (a) (with (b) German and (c) English narration). Die Weihe des Hauses, Op 124 (a) Bernarda Bobro sop bHerbert Fottinger, (c) John Malkovich spkrs Vienna Academy Orchestra / Martin Haselbock Alpha (B) (2)...
Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli
Beethoven Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelll, Op 120 Christian Leotta pf ATMA Classique (F) ACD2 2485 (55' * DDD) The ups and downs characterising Christian Leotta's recent Beethoven sonata cycle spill over into his Diabelli Variations,...
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas-No 2
Beethoven Violin Sonatas--No 2, Op 2 No 2; No 4, Op 23; No 9, 'Kreutzer', Op 47 Lorenzo Gatto vn Julien Libeer pf Alpha (F) ALPHA240 (73' * DDD) A note in the booklet by these Belgian artists--still in their twenties--says that their duo...
Bell: Iain Bell's New Opera Takes David Jones's Epic Poem in Parenthesis as Its Source-With Memorable Results
Commissioned to mark both the 70th anniversary of Welsh National Opera and the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, In Parenthesis is a strong contribution to a century-long and troubled line of war operas stretching from Wozzeck through Die Soldaten...
Blow: 'Symphony Anthems'
Blow [G] 'Symphony Anthems' God spake sometime in visions. Hear my voice, O God. O sing unto the Lord. When the Son of Man. When Israel came out of Egypt. I was glad Choir of New College, Oxford; St James' Baroque / Robert Quinney Novum (F) NCR1389...
Brahms: Lieder Und Gesange, Op 32
Brahms [G] Lleder und Gesange, Op 32. Vier ernste Gesange, Op 121. Sechs Lleder, Op 85--No 1, Sommerabend; No 2, Mondenschein. Vler Lieder, Op 96--No 1, Der Tod, das ist die kiihle Nacht; No 3, Es schauen die Blumen; No 4, Meerfahrt "Matthias Goerne...
Brahms: Serenade No 1
Brahms Serenade No 1, Op 11. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'Chorale St Antoni', Op 56 (a) The Hague Residentie Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72692 (63' * DDD/DSD) Would it be fanciful to suggest that there's...
Brahms: 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 6'
Brahms 'Works for Solo Piano, Vol 6' Canon, AnhIII No 2. Gavotte (Gluck), Anhla No 2. Gigues--WoO4 posth No 1; Wo04 posth No 2. Hungarian Dances, WoO1--No 2; No 4; No 6; No 7; No 8; No 9; No 10. Intermezzo, Op 118 No 6. Eight Piano Pieces, Op 76--No...
'Brandenburg Celebrates'
'Brandenburg Celebrates' Brescianello Chaconne. Violin Concerto, Op 1 No 4 (a) Geminiani Concerto grosso after Corelli No 12, 'La folia' Handel Zadok the Priest, HWV258 (b). Concerto grosso, Op 3 No 6 HWV317 Kats-Chernin Prelude and Cube (c) Telemann...
Bruckner: Mass No 3 (1893 Edition)
Bruckner [G] Mass No 3 (1893 edition) (a). Psalm 146 (a). Improvisation Sketches, Bad Ischl' (compl Erwin Horn) (b). Andante in D minor (b). Postlude in D minor (b). Prelude and Fugue in C minor (b). Fugue in D minor (b). 'Perger' Prelude in C minor...
'Carolus IV: Rex et Imperator'
'Carolus IV: Rex et Imperator' Music from the cathedral, university and street in 14th-century Prague Hana Blazikova sop Jakub Kydlicek, Monika Reslerova recs Jakub Eben perc Schola Gregoriana Pragensis/ David Eben Supraphon (F) SU4193-2 (69' * DDD...
Castro: Twelve Trio Sonatas
Castro Twelve Trio Sonatas, 'Trattenimenti armonici da camera', Op 1 La Real Camara Glossa (F) GCD920314 (57' * DDD) Trattenimenti armonici da camera (Bologna, 1695) was the first publication by Francisco Jose de Castro, an Andalusian Jesuit...
Catoire: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano'
Catoire 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano' Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 15; No 2, 'Poeme', Op 20. Elegy, Op 26 Laurence Kayaleh vn Stephane Lemelin of Naxos (M) 8 573345 (53' * DDD) A lightning-flash of piano semiquavers, the violin pulls itself...
Cerha: Five Movements
Cerha Five Movements (a). Rhapsody (b). Three Pieces (c). Six Inventions (d). Piano Trio--Nachtstuck (a) (a) Boulanger Trio ((bd) Birgit Erz vn (cd) Ilona Kindt vc (bc) Karla Haltenwanger (pf)) AVI-Music (F) AVI8553347 (59' * DDD) Through his...
Clarke: Clarke Cello (Viola) Sonata
Clarke Clarke Cello (Viola) Sonata. Epilogue. I'll bid my heart be still. Passacaglia. Rhapsody York Dialogue with Rebecca Clarke Raphael Wallflsch VC John York pf Lyrita (F) SRCD354 (68' * DDD) Perhaps Rebecca Clarke's time is finally approaching....
Classics Reconsidered: Robe Cowan and Richard Bratby Revisit the Emerson Quartet's Gramophone Award-Winning Recording of the Complete Bartok String Quartets
Bartok String Quartets Emerson Quartet DG (S) (2) 477 6322 The impression one gains from these recordings is of massive tonal projection and superlative clarity, each textural strand coloured and made audible to a degree possibly unrivalled...
'Come All Ye Songsters'
'Come all ye songsters' Anonymous Minuet Corbetta Passacaille Draghi An Italian Ground Purcell The cares of lovers. Come all ye songsters. A dance of fairies. Fairest isle. Fly swift, ye hours. From rosy bow'rs. Hark! The echoing air. I attempt...
CPE Bach: Cello Concertos-Wq170 H432
CPE Bach Cello Concertos--Wq170 H432; Wq171 H436; Wq172 H439 Nicolas Altstaedt VC Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Hyperion (F) CDA68112 (65' * DDD) As a general rule it's a bad idea to make sweeping generalisations in print, even if all your internal...
Denon DCD-2500NE/PMA-2500NE: SACD/CD Player and Amplifier Mark a 'New Era' for Denon but Show Plenty of Signs of the Company's Traditional Strengths and Values
Strange, isn't it, how perceptions can change over time? To many current buyers, the Denon brand is best known for its hi-tech AV receivers, while stablemate Marantz is most famous for its purist two-channel audio products, soon to be crowned with...
'Di Guerra E Di Pace'
Di guerra e di pace' 'Renaissance Music for Winds and Percussion' Ambrosio Amoroso Anonymous Allemande. Basse dance 1.0 partita crudele. Symphonia nobili sirene. Die votten Bruedren d'Estrees Les Bouffons Isaac La Morra Josquin Adieu mes amours. Mille...
Dohnanyi: Passacaglia, Op 6
Dohnanyi Passacaglia, Op 6. Three Singular Pieces, Op 44. Four Rhapsodies, Op 11 Daniel Rohmpf CPO (F) CP0777 970-2 (52' * DDD) Daniel Rohm (b1974, Boblingen, Germany) is a new name to me but a pianist who emerges from this recital with...
Donizetti: Poliuto
Donizetti [DVD] [BR] Poliuto Michael Fabiano ten Poliuto Ana Maria Martinez sop Paolina Igor Golovatenko bar Severo Matthew Rose bass Callistene Emanuele D'Aguanno...
Dvorak: Piano Trios-No 3
Dvorak Piano Trios--No 3, Op 65 B130; No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 8166 Busch Trio Alpha (F) ALPHA238 (77' * DDD) Naming your new trio after one of the greatest chamber ensembles of the 20th century certainly suggests noble aspirations, and yet...
Dynamic Duo
On paper Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis aren't the most obvious duo partners. But, finds Harriet Smith, the American violinist and British cellist share some fundamental music ideals, which proved more than useful when they recorded Brahms's Double...
'Favourite English Strings'
'Favourite English Strings' Bridge Three Idylls--Allegro poco lento. Two Old English Songs Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op 10 Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op 20 Flnzi Romance, Op 11 Ostrobothnlan Chamber Orchestra / Sakari Oramo...
'First Day'
'First Day' Bragato Graciela y Buenos Aires Burhans Phantasie Enescu Cello Sonata, Op 26 No 1 Glnastera Pampeana No 2, Op 21 Marais Improvisations sur les Folies d'Espagne Martinu Variations on a Slovak Folksong, H378 Poulenc Les chemins d'amour...
Frandsen: Lystens Liturgi
Frandsen Lystens liturgi (a). Winternachte (b). Songs of Innocence (c). Songs of Experience (d), rummet, hvor jeg engang boede (e). Seven Silly Songs (f) (ad) Lise Davldsen, (c) Liv Oddvelg Midtmageli sops (bf) Morten Grove Frandsen counterten (e)...
Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
Franz Liszt Musician, Celebrity, Superstar By Oliver Hilmes Translated by Stewart Spencer Yale University Press, HB, 368pp, 19.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-30-018293-4 Even now, 130 years after Liszt's death in Bayreuth, his long,...
George Guest: Geraint Lewis on the Legendary Cambridge Choirmaster and Organist Who Spent 40 Years Presiding at St John's College and Whose Legacy Lives on in His Choir, Pupils and Recordings
Attending a service in St John's College Chapel the other day, I opened a pristine Book of Common Prayer and found that it had been presented by Mrs Nan Guest in memory of her husband Dr George Guest, organist and choirmaster from 1951 to 1991. I soon...
Gershwin: Piano Concerto
Gershwin Piano Concerto (a). An American in Paris. Of Thee I Sing--Overture. Three Preludes (orch Bargy) (a) Lincoln Mayorga pf Harmonie Ensemble, New York / Steven Richman harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7658 (56' * DDD) Gershwin Piano Concerto...
Getting a Kick out of Copland: For John Wilson, Cole Porter and Copland Go Hand in Hand, Finds Kate Molleson as She Meets the Conductor during Recording Sessions for His Second Copland Disc on Chandos
'The byways of music have always fascinated me,' says conductor John Wilson, picking up the score to Aaron Copland's Second Symphony and half-studying the typeface while he talks. 'Back at college when all my friends were getting in a lather about...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews BRAHMS Violin Sonatas Christian Tetzlaff vn Lars Vogt pf Ondine * ANDREW FARACH-COLTON'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 42 Two acclaimed soloists unite, with a wonderful rapport,...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Andrew Farach-Colton Welcomes Tetzlaff and Vogt's Return to the Three Brahms Violin Sonatas-More Spontaneous Even Than Their 2002 Live Recording
[G] Editor's Choice Brahms Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 78; No 2, Op 100; No 3, Op 108. TAE' Sonata--Scherzo, WoO2 Christian Tetzlaff vn Lars Vogt pf Ondine (F) ODE1284-2D (73' * DDD) Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt first recorded the three Brahms...
'Granada 1013-1502'
'Granada 1013-1502' Lior Elmaleh sngr Waed Bouhassoun, Driss El Maloumi sgrs/oud La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hesperion XXI / Jordi Savall Alia Vox (F) [SACD] AVSA9915 (79' * DDD/DSD * T/t) The indefatigable Jordi Savall continues to unite...
Gunning: Violin Concerto
Gunning Violin Concerto (a). Cello Concerto (b). Birdflight (a) Harriet Mackenzie vn (b) Richard Harwood vc Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Christopher Gunning Discovery Music & Vision (F) DMV119 (75' * DDD) In the booklet Christopher Gunning...
Haydn: Cello Concertos-No 1
Haydn Cello Concertos--No 1, HobVIIb/1; No 2, HobVIIb>/2. Violin Concerto No 1, HobVIIa/1--Adagio (arr Gomziakov). Symphony No 13--Adagio cantabile Pavel Gomziakov vc Gulbenkian Orchestra Onyx (F) ONYX4151 (60' * DDD) Great musical instruments...
Henze: Being Beauteous
Henze Being beauteous (a). Kammermusik 1958 (b) (a) Anna Prohaska sop (a) Sophia Whitson harp (a) Andreas Griinkorn vc (a) Fabian Diederichs vc (a) Katharina Kuhl vc (a) Valentin Preibus vc (b) Peter Gijsbertsen ten (b) Jurgen Ruck gtr (b) NDR Symphony...
Italian Baroque Oratorios: With Our Consumption of Oratorios Generally Stopping at the Usual Suspects by Bach, Handel et Al, David Vickers Aims to Familiarise Us with Less Well-Known Yet Equally Extraordinary Examples on Disc
The term 'oratorio' is immediately associated with perennial favourites such as Bach's Passions, Handel's Messiah (1742), Haydn's The Creation (1798) and Mendelssohn's Elijah (1846). Among this Protestant majority the devoutly Catholic Haydn may seem...
Ives: 'Con Slugarocko'
Ives 'Con Slugarocko' Violin Sonatas--No 1; No 2; No 3; No 4 Annabelle Berthome-Reynolds vn Dirk Herten pf White (F) 2016 (79' * DDD) The four violin sonatas that Charles Ives assembled between 1902 and 1915 have never been big hitters...
John Corigliano: One of the US's Most Open-Minded Composers Has Embraced Everything from Film Soundtracks to Opera
In 1963 an exuberant, abundantly inventive and unambiguously masterful violin sonata by a 25-year-old composer seemingly appeared from out of nowhere. Its sound world was American through and through, with wide interval leaps, polytonal flirtations,...
Jose Iturbi: 'His Complete Solo Repertoire on RCA Victor and HMV'
Jose Iturbi (H)(G) 'His complete solo repertoire on RCA Victor and HMV' Albeniz Cordoba, Op 232 No 4. Malaguena, Op 165 No 3. Sevilla, Op 47 No 3 JS Bach Fantasia, BWV906 Beethoven Andante favori, Wo057. Fur Ellse, Wo059 Chopin Etude, Op 10 No 12....
JS Bach: Keyboard Concertos-BWV1052
JS Bach Keyboard Concertos--BWV1052; BWV1053. Violin Concertos--BWV1041; BWV1042 Mira Glodeanu vn Ausonia / Frederick Haas hpd Hitasura (F) HSP001 (71' * DDD) This is an unusual Bach coupling, but to give solo spotlights to both the founding...
JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas-No 1
JS Bach Solo Violin Sonatas--No 1, BWV1001; No 2, BWV1003; No 3, BWV1005 Midori Seiler vn Berlin Classics (F) 0300721BC (68' * DDD) Midori Seiler's recording of the unaccompanied Partitas of JS Bach (released five years ago--4/11), had...
Khachaturian * Rautavaara: Khachaturian Flute Concerto Rautavaara Dances with the Winds
Khachaturian * Rautavaara Khachaturian Flute Concerto (a) Rautavaara Dances with the Winds, Op 69 (two versions) (b) Sharon Bezaly f/(a) Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Enrique Diemecke; (b) Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk BIS (F) [SACD]...
Legrenzi: 'Sonate E Balleti'
Legrenzi 'SonateeBalleti' Sonate, libro primo, Op 2--La Cornara; La Foscari; La Frangipana; La Zabarella. Sonate da chiesa e da camera, Op 4--Alemanda terza, 'La Piloni'; Balletto quarto; Corrente terza; La Forni; La Pezzoli; Sarabanda prima. Sonate,...
Lehar: Giuditta
Lehar Giuditta Christiane Libor sop Giuditta Nikolai Schukoff ten Octavio Rupert Bergmann bass-bar Manuele Biffi Laura Scherwitzl sop Anita Ralf Simon ten Pierrino Mauro Peter ten ...
Liszt: 'Angelus-Sacred Piano Music'
Liszt 'Angelus--Sacred Piano Music' Angelus! Priere aux anges gardiens, S163 No 1. Ave Maria (Die Glocken von Rom), S182. Ave Maria II, S504. Deux Legendes, S175. Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173--No 3, Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude;...
Liszt: Etudes D'execution Transcendante
Liszt Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139 Kirill Gerstein pf Myrios (F) [SACD] MYR019 (64' * DDD/DSD) Kirill Gerstein's last appearance in these pages was for his premiere recording of Tchaikovsky's B flat minor Concerto using what is,...
Mahler: Symphony No 5
Mahler [DVD] Symphony No 5. Des Knaben Wunderhorn (a)--Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt; Das irdische Leben; Revelge; Rheinlegendchen; Der Tamboursg'sell; Urlicht; Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen (a) Matthias Goerne bar Lucerne Festival Orchestra...
Marni Nixon
MARNI NIXON Soprano Born February 22, 1930 Died July 24, 2016 If various iconic singers throughout recorded history have been nicknamed 'The Voice', Marni Nixon, who has died aged 86, might have been dubbed 'The Voice Without A Face'. 'Dubbed'...
Martinu: Julietta (Sung in German)
Martinu Julietta (sung in German) Juanita Lascarro sop Julietta Kurt Streit ten Michel Other roles sung by Marta Herman, Judita Nagyova, Maria Pantiukhova, Nina Tarandek mezs Beau Gibson, Michael McCown tens Boris Grappe bar Magnus Baldvinsson,...
Mellifluous Mozart
Vienna is also the focus for a highly desirable 11-CD set which showcases the artistry of that superb Austrian clarinettist Leopold Wlach, who died 60 years ago this year. Wlach was famed for his mellifluous tone and as a much sought-after teacher...
Mendelssohn * Widmann: Mendelssohn Symphonies-No 1
Mendelssohn * Widmann Mendelssohn Symphonies--No 1, Op 11; No 4, 'Italian'. Op 90 Widmann Ad absurdum (a) (a) Sergei Nakariakov tpt Irish Chamber Orchestra / Jorg Widmann Orfeo (F) C914 161A (72' * DDD) The teenage Mendelssohn laid down a gauntlet...
Miles Jupp: The Comedian and Actor on the Joy of Belting out a Hymn, and the Thrill of Pounding the Bass Drum in a School Performance of Verdi's Requiem
I was not a chorister when at St George's School, Windsor, but I did a lot of music there. There was a thing called a Supers' Choir--we would sing Evensong once a term, and that would be our focus. It's like the difference between club level and professional...
Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail
Mozart Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail Jane Archibald sop Konstanze Rachele Gilmore sop Blonde Norman Reinhardt ten Belmonte David Portillo ten Pedrillo Mischa Schelomianski bass Osmin Christoph...
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Mozart Lenozzedi Figaro Luca Pisaroni bass-bar Figaro Christiane Karg sop Susanna Thomas Hampson bar Count Almaviva Sonya Yoncheva sop Countess Almaviva Angela Brower mez ...
Muffat * Bertali * Biber * Schmelzer: Bertali Sonata a 13
Muffat * Bertali * Biber * Schmelzer Bertali Sonata a 13. Sonata Sancti Placidi Biber Sonatas--VI; VIII Muffat Missa in labore requies Schmelzer Sonata XII Cappella Murensis; Les Cornets Noirs / Johannes Strobl Audite (F) AUDITE97 539 (71' * DDD)...
Multi-Medium Stravinsky: David Gutman Listens to a Trio of Discs Focusing on Stravinsky's Ballets and Showing Them in Their Orchestral and Pianistic Guises
Before the advent of commercial recording, orchestral works often found their biggest audiences through piano transcriptions designed to be performed at home. But why the contemporary vogue for monochrome Stravinsky on disc? There are some valid arguments...
'Music at the Habsburg Court'
'Music at the Habsburg Court' Ragazzi Sonatas, Op 1--No 6; No 8 Timmer Concerto for Violin, Strings and Continuo Umstatt Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo--No 5; No 6 Vivaldi Violin Concerto, Op 9 No 5 RV358 Cappella Gabetta / Andres Gabetta...
Music Can Help to Heal the Divisions in Society
We live in a world of division--though of course, sadly, we always have. Sometimes we ignore it, muddling on or turning away. But sometimes events force those divisions unavoidably into the public eye. The horrific massacre in Nice; the following day...
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]...
'Polish Violin Concertos'
'Polish Violin Concertos' Bacewicz Violin Concerto No 1 Panufnik Violin Concerto3 Spisak Andante and Allegro Tansman Five Pieces Piotr Plawner vn Berlin Chamber Symphony Orchestra / Jurgen Bruns Naxos (B) 8 573496 (56' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at...
Rachmaninov: Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden, Op 4 No 4
Rachmaninov Sing not to me, beautiful maiden, Op 4 No 4. Six Songs, Op 8-No 2, Child, thou art as beautiful as a flower; No 4,1 fell in love, to my sorrow; No 5, The Dream. Six Songs, Op 38-No 3, Daisies; No 4, The Rat-Catcher; No 6, A-ool. Twelve...
Rachmaninov: Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
Rachmaninov Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil', Op 37 Christine Jasper contr Dan Owers ten London Symphony Chorus / Simon Halsey LSO Live (M)[SACD]. LS00781 (53' * DDD/DSD * T/t) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, November 26,2014 Rachmaninov [G]...
Reger: Four Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 42
Reger Four Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 42 Ulf Wallin vn CPO (F) CP0777 762-2 (57' * DDD) JS Bach hovers very audibly behind of these four wonderful works, sometimes, metaphorically speaking, even stepping forwards to take the fiddle from Reger's...
Reich: Double Sextet
Reich Double Sextet. Radio Rewrite Ensemble Signal / Brad Lubman Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7671 (40' * DDD) Reich Sextet. Clapping Music. Music for Pieces of Wood LSO Percussion Ensemble LSO Live (M) [SACD] LS05073 (43' * DDD/DSD)...
Ribera: Rex Autem David
Ribera Rex autem David. Gloriosae virginis Mariae. Beata mater. Dimitte me ergo. Magnificats Primus tonus I; Secundus tonus I; Quartus tonus II. Vox in Rama. Regina caeli. Virgo prudentissima. Conserva me. Domine. Assumpsit Jesus Petrum. Hodie completi...
Rota: Variazioni E Fuga Nei Dodici Toni Sul Nome Di Bach
Rota Variazioni e fuga nei dodici toni sul nome di Bach. Quindici Preludi. Valzer. Ippolito Gioca. Sette Pezzi difficili per bambini. Fantasia Christian Seibert pf CPO (F) CP0555 019-2 (70' * DDD) Considering his formidable keyboard facility,...
Rott: Symphony No 1
Rott Symphony No 1 Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra / Constantin Trinks Profil (F) PH15051 (58' * DDD) Recorded live at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, November 8, 2015 Expanded for the occasion, the Mozarteum Orchestra gets off to a sluggish...
Schnittke: Violin Sonatas-No 1
Schnittke Violin Sonatas--No 1; No 2, 'Quasi una sonata': No 3. Gratulationsrondo. Polka. Stille Nacht. Suite in Old Style (a) Roman Mints vn/(a) d'amore Katya Apekisheva pf (a) Olga Martynova hpd (a) Andrey Doynikov, (a) Dmitri Vlassik perc Quartz...
Schoenberg: 'Insights-The String Quartets'
Schoenberg (G) 'Insights--The String Quartets' String Quartets--No 1, Op 7; No 2, Op 10a; No 3, Op 30; No 4, Op 37 Asasello Quartet with (a) Eva Resch sop Genuin (F) (2) GEN16429 (143' * DDD) The Cologne-based Asasello Quartet have programmed...
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin
Schubert Die schone Mullerin, D795 Robert Murray ten Andrew West pf Stone Records (F) 5060192 780628 (64' * DDD * T/t) This Schone Mullerin brings Stone Records' excellent series of the Schubert song-cycles to a conclusion in style. Unlike...
Schubert: Winterreise, D911
Schubert Winterreise, D911 Dimitris Tiliakos bar Vassilis Varvaresos pf Navis (F) NC16008 (76' * DDD * T) Spontaneous scribblings made in the course of Gramophone listening are usually best kept to oneself. Yet, glib as it might sound, 'Better at...
Scriabin: Complete Piano Preludes
Scriabin Complete Piano Preludes Anthony Hewitt pf Champs Hill (M) (2) CHRCD072 (135' * DDD) From the first prelude in B major to the last one in no designated key, the 90 miniatures on this fine two-disc set from Anthony Hewitt trace the...
Season Preview 2016-17
Our comprehensive guide to the new concert season, featuring the best live classical music events and opera productions from across the UK, Europe and North America UNITED KINGDOM Academy of Ancient Music Celebration and directorial debuts...
Shostakovich: Piano Trios-No 1
Shostakovich Piano Trios (a)--No 1, Op 8; No 2, Op 67. Viola Sonata, Op 147 (b) (a) Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay vn (b) Ada Meinich va (a) Mats Lidstrom VC Vladimir Ashkenazy pf Decca (F) 478 9382DH (72' * DDD) It is becoming ever more routine...
Shostakovich's Symphony No 10
Love it or hate it, the work has attracted countless Interpreters--from both the East and the West. David Gutman relishes these aural riches Could this be Shostakovich's greatest symphony? It was certainly one of his more immediately successful....
Sibelius: Symphonies-No 3
Sibelius [G] Symphonies--No 3, Op 52; No 6. Op 104; No 7, Op 105 Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vanska BIS (F) [DVD] BIS2006 (82' * DDD) As Osmo Vanska powers into the home straight of his Minnesota Sibelius cycle, the first thing that strikes...
Simply the Best: Bryce Morrison on Two Great Pianists of Our Time in Three Fine Reissue Box-Sets
Superficially Martha Argerich and Maria Joao Pires are opposites, the one associated with volatility, the other with a more classically sculpted reserve. Yet to say this is an insult to Argerich's lyrical introspection, as remarkable as her incandescence,...
Sleepless in Seattle: Since Joining the Seattle Symphony in 2011, Conductor Ludovic Morlot Has Worked Tirelessly to Hone Its Identity for the 21st Century-Most Recently with Dutilleux
Though its home city is perched in a distant corner of the continent, in recent seasons the Seattle Symphony has found itself increasingly at the centre of attention. The orchestra's commission of Become Ocean from John Luther Adams resulted in a Pulitzer...
'Sonata Brasileira'
'Sonata brasileira' Amazonas Sonatina. 'Hommage a Francis Poulenc' Guarnieri Piano Sonata Mehmari Piano Sonata Villani Cortes Piano Sonata No 1 Antonio Vas Lemes pf Odradek (F) ODRCD332 (58' * DDD) Here are four sonatas by four Brazilian composers...
Stepping Up Both Sound and Battery Life
Can a slip-on case really turn a phone from a multifunction device Into an optimised music player? One British company thinks so Recent years have seen Cambridgeshire-based Arcam reinventing itself. From being a company best known for making reliable...
Stokowski and Sargent in Their Element
A deafening din of teenage approval greets jazz trombonist Tommy Dorsey for the 1945 world premiere performance of a Dorsey commission, Nathaniel Shilkret's Trombone Concerto, with the New York City Symphony under Leopold Stokowski. Shilkret, you may...
Stradella: La Circe
Stradella La Circe Jenny Campanella sop L'Ombra di Circe Teresa Nesci sop Zeffiro Marco Scavazza bar Algido Concerto Madrigalesco / Guglielmi Luca org/hpd Stradivarius (F) STR37040 (52' * DDD * T/t) Recorded...
Strong Signs of a Hi-Fi Revival: For Those Who Had Conventional Audio Components Consigned to History, There's Much in the Latest Arrivals to Refute That Argument
Look at the sales figures for audio components, and while some things seem to be going according to trend--in that CD player sales are declining and interest in turntables keeps growing--there are some surprises for those who had the traditional separates...
Suicide in Opera: Soprano Anna Prohaska Highlights 10 Arias Sung by Characters in Extremis
Suicide often marks the end of an existence worn down by years of depression. Music theatre has exploited the more glamorous, dramatic side of this tragic act, often bending time and stretching a character's vital force beyond reality. It has long...
Super Audio-Just without the CD Part: The Rise of DSD as a High-Resolution Computer Audio' Format Seems Unstoppable, with Ever More Devices Appearing That Can Play It
Among most of the music-buying public, the Super Audio CD, or SACD, is a footnote in history. Tried as a replacement for the ubiquitous compact disc, it was admittedly more popular than the rival DVD-Audio format, which just about vanished without...
Telemann: Ihr Volker Hort
Telemann Ihr Volker hort, TWV1:921 (a). Concertos--TWV43:a3; TWV51:D2; TWV52:a1; TWV53: 1 [pounds sterling]. Overture for Monseigneur le Landgrave de Darmstadt, TWV55:F16 (a) Clare Wilkinson mez Florilegium / Ashley Solomon fl Channel Classics...
The Baroque Flute: Nathaniel Gore Explores the Varying Tone of the Flute as the Instrument Evolved
The flute repertoire went through its greatest mutations in the Baroque period. From a minor instrument exclusively used in small-scale chamber music it became an integral part of the orchestra as we know it today. Its popularity began in France at...
'The Pleasures of the Imagination'
'The Pleasures of the Imagination' Arne Sonata No 3 JC Bach Sonata, Op 17 No 2 Blow Dr Blow's Chacone in Faut. Morlake Ground Clarke Suite No 2 Croft Suite Greene Suite of Lessons R Jones Third Set of Lessons Sophie Yates hpd Chandos Chaconne (F) CHAN0814...
The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
The Ring of Truth The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung By Roger Scruton Allen Lane, HB, 401pp,25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-241-18855-2 However determinedly musicologists try to confine the serious study of Wagner to developments...
The Shortlist
Its been a very strong year for classical recording, and our critics have enjoyed voting on the many hundreds of releases we considered for this year's Awards. We can now reveal the top three recordings in each category. On August 22--atgramophone.co.uk...
Vocal Variations: Tim Ashley Listens to Some Recent Releases of Lieder, Song and Vocal Ensembles
On the first of four recitals from Capriccio that form the basis of this round-up, all with Charles Spencer as accompanist, Anne Schwanewilms offers a programme of songs by Schubert, Schreker and Korngold that tackles complex themes of transience,...
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