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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1140, September 15

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Albinoni: Twelve Trio Sonatas, Op 1
Albinoni Twelve Trio Sonatas, Op 1 L'Arte dell'Arco / Federico Guglielmo vn Brilliant Classics (S) (2) 94789 (88' * DDD) The fact that so very few recordings exist of Albinoni's Op 1 Trio Sonatas feels like a strange quirk of history, given...
'American First Sonatas' 'Anthology of American Piano Music, Vol 1'
'American First Sonatas' 'Anthology of American Piano Music, Vol 1' Griffes Piano Sonata E MacDowell Piano Sonata No 1, 'Tragica', Op 45 Reinagle Philadelphia Sonata I Siegmeister Piano Sonata No 1, 'American' Cecile Licad pf Danacord...
American Luthier: 'Carleen Hutchens-The Art and Science of the Violin'
American Luthier 'Carleen Hutchens--the Art and Science of the Violin' By Quincy Whitney ForEdge Press, HB, 312 pp, 29 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-61-168592-3 'A violin maker who crafted some of the finest instruments of her time,...
Artist of the Year: Winner Daniil Trifonov
No one could begrudge the choice by Gramophone's readership of Daniil Trifonov as Artist of the Year. Wherever he has played people have been enthralled. It has been claimed that among pianists a talent such as his is a phenomenon that appears no more...
Audiolab's Latest-Generation DAC: Compact Converter Offers Superb Sound and Wide-Ranging Format Compatibility
When it comes to digital-to analogue converters, Audiolab has been designing and making products almost as long as any manufacturer. Its first model, the 8000DAC, was launched to widespread acclaim back in the days when the brand was an independent...
'Ave Maria': Bingham God Be in My Head
'Ave Maria' Bingham God be in my head. Les Saintes Maries de la mer Burrell Magnificat & Nunc dimittis R Clarke Ave Maria Leighton Missa Cornelia, Op 81 J Marsh Evening Canticles, 'St Paul's Service' McDowall Ave Maria Tavener Missa brevis Wishart...
Baroque Instrumental: Winner Biber Rosary Sonatas
Rachel Podger's recordings are invariably, and righdy, well-received--she took this same Award back in 2003 for her Vivaldi La stravaganza--but, even so, her reading of Biber's Rosary Sonatas displays a level of detail and layers of subtlety that surpass...
Baroque Vocal: Winner Monteverdi Madrigali, Vol 1, 'Cremona'
As lovers bare their souls in this splendid selection of madrigals from Monteverdi's first three books, so the singers are also starkly exposed. This album, live and intimate, is one of the most closely recorded discs of its kind. More modest than...
Barrett: 'Music for Cello and Electronics'
Barrett 'Music for cello and electronics' Blattwerk. life-form, nacht und traume (a) Arne Deforce vc (a) Yutaka Oya pf Richard Barrett, Centre Henri Pousseur elecs Aeon (M) (2) AECD1648 (110' * DDD) Shortly after Boulez's death, Richard...
Bartok: Contrasts. Dance Suite. the Miraculous Mandarin
Bartok Contrasts (a). Dance Suite (b). The Miraculous Mandarin (c) (a) Mark van de Wiel cl (a) Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay vn (a) Yefim Bronfman pf (c) Philharmonia Voices; (bc) Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen Signum (F) SIGCD466 (69' *...
Bartok * Kodaly: Bartok Solo Violin Sonata, Sz117
Bartok * Kodaly Bartok Solo Violin Sonata, Sz117 Koddly Signs, Games and Messages--exes Simon Smith vn Resonus (F) RES10167 (57' * DDD) If dozens of recordings of Bartok's Solo Sonata are available, scarcely a handful of violinists have...
B Dean: 'Shadow Music'
B Dean 'Shadow Music' Beethoven String Quartet No 7, Op 59 No 1--Adagio molto e mesto (arr Dean) B Dean Etudenfest (a). Shadow Music. Short Stories. Testament (a) Magnus Skoldpf Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Brett Dean BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2194...
Bednall: Ave Maria
Bednall [G] Ave Maria (a). Marian Suite (b). Stabat mater (c) (ab) Jennifer Pike vn (ac) Benenden Chapel Choir / Edward Whiting with David Bednall org Regent (F) REGCD481 (74' * DDD * T/t) This is the fourth Regent CD to feature music by David...
Beethoven: Fidelio
Beethoven [DVD] [BR] Fidelio Adrianne Pieczonka sop Leonore Jonas Kaufmann ten Florestan Hans-Peter Konig bass Rocco Tomasz Konieczny bass-baritone Don Pizarro Olga Bezsmertna...
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106
Beethoven [G] Piano Sonata No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106 Grigory Sokolov pf Sony Classical (F) 88985 33607-2 (52' * DDD) Recorded 1975 Grigory Sokolov's 1975 recording of the Hammerklavier Sonata is a minute faster overall than his...
Beethoven's Eroica
The 'tremendous' Third Symphony is both great music and a force beyond music. How, asks Richard Osborne, have conductors met this challenge during the work's 90-year-long recorded history? Writing in his diary in Houston on February 10, 1966, Sir...
Bowles: 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 2'
Bowles 'Complete Piano Works, Vol 2' El Bejucoa. Blue Mountain Ballads (arr Kasparov). Cafe sin nombre (a). Carretera de Estepona (The High Way to Estepona) (a). Colloque sentimental (arr Gold/Fizdale). Cross Country. Four Miniatures (a). Impasse...
Brahms * Herzogenberg: Brahms String Quartet No 1, Op 51 No 1
Brahms * Herzogenberg Brahms String Quartet No 1, Op 51 No 1 Herzogenberg Three String Quartets, Op 42 Minguet Quartet CPO (F) (2) CP0777 084-2 029' * DDD) Brahms Brahms Two String Quartets, Op 51 New Zealand Quartet Naxos (M)...
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer
Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op 52a. Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op 65 (a). Funf Lieder, Op 94 (b). An eine Aolsharfe, Op 19 No 5 (c). Botschaft. Op 47 No 1 (d). Feldeinsamkeit, Op 86 No 2 (c). Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, Op 105 No 2 (c). Das...
Brahms * Schumann: 'For the Love of Brahms'
Brahms * Schumann 'For the Love of Brahms' Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello, 'Double', Op 102 (a). Piano Trio No 1, Op 8 (original version) (b) Schumann Violin Concerto, Wo023--Langsam (codetta by Britten) (a) (ab) Steven Isserlis vc (b)...
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
Britten [DVD] [BR] [G] The Rape of Lucretia Christine Rice mez Lucretia Allan Clayton ten Male Chorus Kate Royal sop Female Chorus Duncan Rock tot Tarquinius Matthew Rose bass ...
Celebrating Our Gold Medal Winners
Accolades come in many forms. You hold in your hands our annual celebration of the very best classical music recordings of the year, our tribute to the extraordinary life-affirming music-making from the greatest artists in the world. It's stating the...
'Cello Rising': Antonii Ricercata Decima Boccherini Sonatas G4
'Cello Rising' Antonii Ricercata decima Boccherini Sonatas G4 G8 Boismortier Sonata II D Gabrielli Sonata in G Galli Sonata III Telemann Sonata, TWV41:D6 Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann vc Bjorn GSfvert hpd Karl Nyhlin gtr BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2214 (70' *...
Chamber: Winner Tippett String Quartets
Peter Quantrill greeted this cycle in March as 'a tremendous achievement'. It assuredly is that, but it is also so much more: for this is the Heath Quartet's debut recording, in music of daunting technical and interpretative challenges, and was taken...
Chausson Saint-Saens: Chausson Piano Quartet, Op 30
Chausson Saint-Saens Chausson Piano Quartet, Op 30 Saint-Saens Piano Quartet, Op 41 Schubert Ensemble Chandos (F) CHAN10914 (68' * DDD) 'It would be hard to find a more vivid demonstration of the variety of French music-making in the...
Chopin: Mazurkas
Chopin [G] Mazurkas--No 1, Op 6 No 1; No 10, Op 17 No 1; No 11, Op 17 No 2; No 12, Op 17 No 3; No 13, Op 17 No 4; No 14, Op 24 No 1; No 15, Op 24 No 2; No 16, Op 24 No 3; No 17, Op 24 No 4; No 19, Op 30 No 2; No 22, Op 33 No 1; No 24, Op 33 No 3;...
Choral: Winner Schoenberg Gurrelieder
Reviewing Markus Stenz's Gurrelieder on its release, Hugo Shirley admired its 'fierce conviction and integrity', as well as describing it as a 'formidable' achievement technically. Made in the Cologne Philharmonic, and superbly engineered by Christian...
Clarke * Dale * Walthew * Warner: Clarke Viola Concerto (Orch Ruth Lomon)
Clarke * Dale * Walthew * Warner Clarke Viola Concerto (orch Ruth Lomon) Dale Suite, Op 2--Romance Walthew A Mosaic in Ten Pieces (with Dedication) Warner Suite, Op 58 torch Tim Seddon) Sarah-Jane Bradley va Halle Orchestra / Stephen Bell Dutton...
Classics Reconsidered: Tim Ashley and Andrew Farach-Colton on Decca's 1966 Recording of Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bartok, with Walter Berry and Christa Ludwig under Istvan Kertesz
Bartok Duke Bluebeard's Castle Walter Berry bass Duke Bluebeard Christa Ludwig mezjudith London Symphony Orchestra / Istvan Kertesz Decca Legends (B) 466 377-2 This issue of Bartok's early opera must count as one of Decca's great...
Concerto: Winner Britten. Korngoid Violin Concertos
Even if they are familiar with both concertos, most listeners will come to this recording with a distinct preference for one or the other. One of Vilde Frang's achievements is to make an impassioned case for considering them side by side and finding...
Contemporary: Winner Abrahamsen Let Me Tell You
Hans Abrahamsen's let me tell you is an orchestral song-cycle to texts by--well, not Shakespeare exactly, though all the words come from Shakespeare. Paul Griffiths's poems use only words spoken by Ophelia in Hamlet. So are these Ophelia's 'snatches...
Copland: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'
Copland 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2' Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (a). Symphonic Ode. Symphony No 2, 'Short Symphony'. Orchestral Variations (a) Jonathan Scott org BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson Chandos(F) [SACD] CHSA5171 (69' *...
David Lang: The Los Angeles Native Creates Music of Pristine Beauty through the Pared-Down Purity of His Scores
There's no mistaking a David Lang score. At 59 he has achieved what few composers do in their lifetime, or ever: a definitive sound that is popular, versatile, simple and instandy recognisable. He has written opera, dance, orchestral, chamber, solo,...
Debussy * Poulenc * Roussel: Debussy Six Epigraphes Antiques
Debussy * Poulenc * Roussel Debussy Six Epigraphes antiques (orch Ansermet) Poulenc Les biches--Suite Roussel Bacchus et Ariane, Op 43--Two Suites Suisse Romande Orchestra / Kazuki Yamada Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 558 (76' * DDD/DSD) Kazuki...
Debussy * Stravinsky: Debussy la Boite a Joujoux (Arr Caplet)
Debussy * Stravinsky Debussy La boite a joujoux (arr Caplet) Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version) (a) Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot Seattle Symphony Media (F) SSM1010 (69' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, June...
Debussy: 'The Edgar Allan Poe Operas'
Debussy [DVD] [BR] 'The Edgar Allan Poe Operas' La chute de la maison Usher William Dazeley bar Roderick Usher Eugene Villanueva bar Roderick's Friend Virgil Hartinger ten ...
D Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas
D Scarlatti [G] Keyboard Sonatas--Kk54; Kk133; Kk144; Kk201; Kk204a; Kk2081 Kk212; Kk247; Kk279; Kk302; Kk381; Kk402; Kk403; Kk405; Kk456; Kk457; Kk533 Pierre Hantaihpd Mirare (F) MIR285 (76' * DDD) That this is the fourth volume of Scarlatti...
'Duo Sessions': Halvorsen Passacaglia on a Theme by Handel
'Duo Sessions' Halvorsen Passacaglia on a Theme by Handel Kodaly Duo, Op 7 Ravel Sonata Schulhoff Duo Julia Fischer vn Daniel Muller-Schott vc Orfeo (F) C902161A (65' * DDD) There's plenty to enjoy here, though Julia Fischer and Daniel Muller-Schott...
Early Music: Winner Western Wind'
Barely 20 bars in length, who could have guessed that the 16th-century popular song 'Western wynde, when wilt thou blow' would yield such a musical legacy? Certainly not its anonymous author. Borrowed as the theme of Mass settings by Taverner, Tye...
Ellington: Sacred Concerts
Ellington Sacred Concerts Claudia Burghard mez Joachim Rust bar Gary Winters spkr Junges Vokalensemble Hannover; Big Band Fette Hupe / Jorn Marcussen-Wulff, Klaus-Jurgen Etzold Rondeau Production (F) ROP6112 (7V * DDD * T) What we need at...
'Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams': Massenet Thai's-Meditation Ravel Tzigane Saint-Saens Havanaise
'Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams' Massenet Thai's--Meditation Ravel Tzigane Saint-Saens Havanaise, Op 83. Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op 28 Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op 20 Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Waxman Carmen Fantasie Arabella...
Faure: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 1'
Faure 'The Complete Songs, Vol 1' Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op 58 (a). Le jardin clos, Op 106 (b). Poeme d'un jour, Op 21 (c). Le papillon et la fleur. Op 1 No 1s. Mai, Op 1 No 2s. Dans les ruines d'une abbaye, Op 2 No 1 (c). Les matelots, Op...
Fibich: The Bride of Messina
Fibich The Bride of Messina Lucia Cervoni mez Donna Isabella Thomas Florio bar Don Manuel Richard Samek ten Don Cesar Noa Danon sop Beatrice Johannes Stermann bass Diego Martin-Jan Nijhof bar...
Field: Piano Concerto No 7. Irish Concerto
Field Piano Concerto No 7 (a). Irish Concerto--Allegro moderato (b). Piano Sonata No 4 Benjamin Frith pf (a) Northern Sinfonia / David Haslam; (b) Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Andrew Mogrelia Naxos (M) 8 573262 (66' * DDD) (a) Recorded...
'Gaudeamus Igitur'
'Gaudeamus igitur' Anonymous Gaudeamus igitur Campra Idomenee--Rigaudon Guilmant Marche religieuse (March on a Theme of Handel) Handel Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76 Overture; March Hollins Concert Overture Leighton Et resurrexit McDowall Celebration...
Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones, Book 1
Gesualdo Sacrae cantiones, Book 1 The Marian Consort / Rory McCleery Delphian (F) DCD34176 (6V * DDD * T/t) Such is the musical mythology that has grown up around Carlo Gesualdo that it's impossible to discuss his music without mentioning...
Glinka: 'Piano Variations'
Glinka 'Piano Variations' A Greeting to my Homeland. Nocturnes-1828; 'La separation'. Variations--on Alyabyev's Romance 'The Nightingale'; on the Russian Song 'Down in the valley'; on an Original Theme; on a Theme from Bellini's 'I Capuleti e i...
Goldmark: Die Konigin Von Saba
Goldmark [G] Die Konigin von Saba Katerina HebelkovS mez Queen of Sheba Nuttaporn Tammathi ten .Assad Irma Mihelic sop Sulamith Karoly Szemeredy bass-bar King Solomon Kim-Lillian...
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016: Celebrating the Best of the Best
Editor-in-Chief James Jolly introduces this years Award-winners I can't recall a year of listening that has provided such enjoyment. Every category has offered discoveries and vivid new imaginings of the classics in equal measure. And nowhere is...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
This is a very impressive Mahler Tentli. Playing is of the highest order throughout, but, as is crucial in this work, Dausgaard's vision is both compelling and beautifully conveyed. Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: David Gutman Is Enthralled by a New Disc of Mahler's Unfinished Tenth Symphony from Seattle That All but Trumps Its Many Predecessors
Mahler Symphony No 10 (performing version by Deryck Cooke) Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard Seattle Symphony Media (F) SSM1011 (72' * DDD) Recorded live at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, November 19,21 & 22,2015 'It seems...
Hambraeus * Lenners: Hambraeus Piano Concerto
Hambraeus * Lenners Hambraeus Piano Concerto (a) Lenners Piano Concerto, 'Phaeton' (b) Ortwin Stunner pf (b) Saarbriicken Radio Symphony Orchestra / Gilbert Amy; (a) SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden & Freiburg / Israel Yinon Neos (F) NEOS11311...
Haydn: Piano Trios-'Gypsy Rondo', HobXV/25
Haydn Piano Trios--'Gypsy Rondo', HobXV/25; HobXV/26; HobXV/27; HobXV/30 Grieg Trio Simax (F) PSC1267 (65' * DDD) This is the hardest sort of disc to write about: good, thoroughly musical playing, yet without the enlivening, illuminating...
Haydn's Non-Nicknamed Symphonies
Most of Haydn's numerous symphonies that enjoy regular performances have popular nicknames--but at least 77 of the total 107 are without such labels. Geraint Lewis explores these unfairly neglected treasures When I was a child, I was introduced...
Haydn: String Quartets, 'Sun', Op 20-No 1; No 2; No 3
Haydn String Quartets, 'Sun', Op 20-No 1; No 2; No 3 Chiaroscuro Quartet BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2158 (75' * DDD/DSD) North German critics with a humour bypass had taken Haydn to task for 'the odd mix of the comic and the serious, of the frivolous...
Henze: 'Complete Music for Solo Guitar'
Henze 'Complete Music for Solo Guitar' 'Drei Tentos' aus Kammermusik 1958. Sonatas on Shakespearean Characters--No 1. 'Royal Winter Music'; No 2 Andrea Died gtr Brilliant Classics (F) 95186 (73' * DDD) It's often said that Hans Werner...
'Hidden Music of the Russian Church': 'Sacred Chants after the Revolution 1917'
'Hidden Music of the Russian Church' [G] 'Sacred Chants after the Revolution 1917' Alexandrov Bless the Lord, 0 my soul. In thy kingdom remember us, 0 Lord. We hymn thee. The Lord's Prayer. Praise the Name of the Lord (two versions). From My...
Hi-Fi Can Always Spring Surprises: The Ability of the Audio Industry to Reinvent Itself Is Clear in the Year's Most Unusual All-in-One System
Every rime you think you've seen everything possible in hi-fi, along comes something new to take you by surprise--and that's exactly what the Sonus faber Sf16 (1) is. An all-in-one system, set to be built at the rate of just 200 a year, and selling...
Igor Levit on Bach, Beethoven and Rzewski
This album is basically the culmination of a concentration on the three most important composer-figures in my life so far: Bach, Beethoven and Frederic Rzewski. The variation has always been the musical form that is closest to me. It all started with...
Instrumental: Winner Bach. Beethoven. Rzewski Variations
This year's Awards featured a particularly stunning line-up of solo recordings, and the fact that neither Bertrand Chamayou's shimmering and subtly-lit Ravel nor Yevgeny Sudbin's rampagingly exciting Scarlatti took the palm gives an idea of the level....
J Jones: Eight Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord
J Jones Eight Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord. Brillante (1761) Mitzi Meyerson hpd Glossa (F) (2) GCD921808 007' * DDD) Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson has tremendous fun with these Eight Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord by the...
Jose Carreras: Richard Fairman Celebrates the Career of the Barcelona-Born Star Who Sang for Karajan and Bernstein before Conquering Illness and Becoming Part of the Three Tenors Phenomenon
Memorably, it was only a year or two into his international career that I first heard a promising young Spanish tenor called Jose Carreras. The occasion was La traviata at the Royal Opera House in 1974, when he was paired with another up-and-coming...
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
JS Bach Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-1051 Capella Savaria / Zsolt Kallo Hungaroton (F) (2) HCD32786/7 (87' * DDD) There is not much Bach in the Capella Savaria discography but this Brandenburg Concertos set follows on from a violin concertos...
JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006
JS Bach Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006 Kyung Wha Chung vn Warner Classics (F) (F) 0190295 944162 037' * DDD) Kyung Wha Chung's solo Bach has changed since she last recorded some more than 40 years ago, but then, whose hasn't?...
Krenek * Zemlinsky: Krenek Reisebuch Aus Den Osterreichischen Alpen
Krenek * Zemlinsky [G] Krenek Reisebuch aus den osterreichischen Alpen, Op 62 Zemlinsky In der Feme. Die schlanke Wasserlilie. Waldgesprach. Wandl' ich imWalddes Abends Florian Boesch bar Roger Vignoles pf Hyperion (F) CDA68158 (59' * DDD * T/t)...
Kurtag * JS Bach * Schubert: 'Games, Chorals and Fantasy'
Kurtag * JS Bach Schubert 'Games, Chorals and Fantasy' JS Bach/Kurtdg Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fliichtig, BWV644. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV687. Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV611 (two recordings)....
Label of the Year: Winner Warner Classics
Warner Classics, the guardians since 2013 of both the EMI catalogue and its many labels as well as those of Teldec and Erato, has had a very impressive year. Of course it's no surprise to us at Gramophone, because the guiding light behind the label...
Langgaard: Eight Emil Rittershaus Songs
Langgaard Eight Emil Rittershaus Songs. Funf Lieder. Five Erotic Poems Jens Krogsgaard ten Jan Ole Christiansen pf Danacord (F) DACOCD771 (58' * DDD * T/t) Straight off the back of Paul von Klenau's Ninth Symphony (Dacapo, 7/16), it's...
La Rue: Magnificat Sexti Toni
La Rue Magnificat sexti toni. Missa Inviolata. Missa Nuncqua fue pena mayor. Salve regina VI The Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice Hyperion (F) CDA68150 (79' * DDD * T/t) After 10 years of recordings with Hyperion, Stephen Rice and The Brabant...
L Berkeley * M Berkeley: 'Stabat Mater'
L Berkeley * M Berkeley 'Stabat mater' L Berkeley Stabat mater. Mass for Five Voices. Judica me M Berkeley Touch Light The Marian Consort: Berkeley Ensemble / David Wordsworth Delphian (F) DCD34180 (61' * DDD * T/t) L Berkeley (F) 'Sacred...
Leopold I: Missa Pro Defunctis
Leopold I Missa pro defunctis. Motetto de Septem Doloribus Beatae Mariae Virginis, 'Vertatur in luctum cythara nostra'. Stabat mater. Lectio prima: Nocturni pro defunctis Piae Claudiae Felici Cappella Murensis; Les Cornets Noirs / Johannes Strobl...
Lifetime Achievement: Winner Christa Ludwig
Mezzo-sopranos rarely make waves as sopranos or tenors do. It's not in their nature. 'I am a woman of the middle' Christa Ludwig once observed. 'What Eastern people call centred. Not extreme, either in my voice or my wishes, but happy with my lot.'...
Mahler: Symphony No 9
Mahler Symphony No 9 Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 750408; (F) [BR] 252 750504 (79' + 22' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie, April...
Melartin: The Blue Pearl, Op 160-Suite
Melartin The Blue Pearl, Op 160--Suite. Marjatta, Op 79 (a). Traumgesicht, Op 70 (a) Soile Isokoski sop Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu Ondine (F) ODE1283-2 (57' * DDD * T/t) Seeking to identify the author of Traumgesicht...
Mendelssohn * Mozart: Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2
Mendelssohn * Mozart Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2, Op 40 Mozart Piano Concerto No 21, K467 Danae Dorken pf Royal Northern Sinfonia / Lars Vogt Ars Produktion (F) [SACD] ARS38 210 (52' * DDD/DSD) Lars Vogt here swaps the keyboard...
Mendelssohn * Schumann: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn * Schumann Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op 64 Schumann Violin Concerto, Wo023 Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Carolin Widmann vn ECM New Series (F) 4812635 (59' * DDD) Perhaps we shouldn't enquire too deeply into the reasons...
Mendelssohn: String Quartets-No 3, Op 44 No 1
Mendelssohn String Quartets--No 3, Op 44 No 1; No 5, Op 44 No 3 Parker Quartet Nimbus Alliance (F) NI6327 (62' * DDD) Any quartet that wins a Grammy for a disc of Ligeti quartets gets my attention, and the Boston-based Parker Quartet...
Morales: The Seven Lamentations
Morales The Seven Lamentations Utopia Etcetera (F) KTC1538 (63' * DDD * T) Founded just a year ago, Utopia are among the proliferating number of young ensembles to combine a softer continental sound with steely accuracy in one-per-part...
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Mozart [DVD] [BR] Le nozze di Figaro Adam Plachetka bass-bar Figaro Martina Jankova sop Susanna Luca Pisaroni bass-bar Count Almaviva Anett Fritsch sop Countess Almaviva Margarita Gritskova mez ...
Musical Connections: Strauss's Four Last Songs Is the Starting Point for Two Very Different Listening Journeys
Hailing the soprano voice The Four Last Songs marks a staging point on the long musical journey that has found composers luxuriating in the soprano voice. Strauss, more than many others, understood this most quintessentially feminine of voices and...
My Beloved Man: 'The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears'
My Beloved Man 'The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' Edited by Vicki P Stroeher, Nicholas Clark and Jude Brimmer Boydell Press, HB, 440pp, 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-1-78-327108-5 Imagine if we had the wealth of primary...
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]...
Nicholas Parsons: The Entertainer and Presenter of Radio 4's 'Just a Minute' on Missed Opportunities, Hearing Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson and Encountering Live Music for the First Time
My childhood wasn't musical, exactly, but the artistic side was there. My father was a doctor, but he was very creative he did lovely paintings and was a brilliant photographer. My mother used to play the piano but, having married someone for whom...
Nights at the Round Table: Peter Quantrill on an Eclectic Batch of Vinyl Releases
Annoyingly, all it took was a vacuum cleaner. Snagged in the Medusa's locks of my so-called wireless network, the hose brought crashing to the floor a 2TB hard drive, and with it the equivalent of 20 metres of shelf space. Twenty Rings, 30 St Matthew...
Nordal: 'Choralis'
Nordal 'Choralis' Adagio. Choralis. Epitafion. Langnaetti. Leidsla Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Johannes Gustavsson Ondine (F) ODE1282-2 (67' * DDD) Jon Nordal (M 926) was an acolyte of Paul Hindemith, whose visit to Darmstadt in 1957...
Nordqvist * Tegner: 'Sang, Var Sang!'
Nordqvist * Tegner 'Sang, var sang!' Nordqvist Davids 23:dje psalm. Sang, var sang!. Bed, att det dagas. Davids 100:de psalm. Allenast i Gud. Lovsang. Sommarvisa. Liljekonvaljer. Skaden liljorna. I juletid. Jul, jul, strilande jul. Betlehemsstjarnan...
O Buck: 'Sinfonietta Works'
O Buck 'Sinfonietta Works' Fiori di ghiaccio. Flower Ornament Music. A Tree. [Untitled] Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen / Jesper Nordin Dacapo (F) 8 226589 (59' * DDD) Ole Buck (b 1945) is one of the only composers to have emerged...
Opera: Winner Verdi Aida
Verdi's Aida is 'the most classically concise of the great 19th-century grand operas yet it remains the one most closely associated with theatrical excess. To savour its qualities, it should be heard first, seen later, which is why the gramophone has...
Orchestral: Winner Shostakovich Symphony No 10
Andris Nelsons's first commercial venture with the Boston Symphony--a Sibelius Second Symphony of unstinting ardour, keen temperament and inspiring eloquence released on the orchestra's in-house label (6/15) --promised great things. This initial instalment...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 6, Op 111; No 7, Op 131
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 6, Op 111; No 7, Op 131 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / James Gaffigan Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72714 (73' * DDD/DSD) Here is the second release in James Gaffigan's projected Prokofiev symphony...
Prokofiev: Violin Concertos
Prokofiev Violin Concertos (a)--No 1, Op 19; No 2, Op 63. Solo Violin Sonata, Op 115 Vadim Gluzman vn (a) Estonian National Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2142 (60' * DDD/DSD) Like James Ehnes before him, Vadim...
Puts: Flute Concerto. River's Rush. Symphony No 2
Puts Flute Concerto (a). River's Rush. Symphony No 2 (a) Adam Walker ft Peabody Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559794 (57' * DDD) Kevin Puts's music has an optimism and directness that, at least on its...
Quartets for Our Time: Richard Bratby Listens to a Clutch of Releases Demonstrating Contemporary Approaches to the Classic Medium
A grand minor-key flourish, and the players of the Arcadia Quartet dig passionately, gutsily into their strings. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like: the sonata-form first movement of a big, stormy string quartet in four movements, complete with...
Rachmaninov * Balakirev: Balakirev Tamara
Rachmaninov * Balakirev Balakirev Tamara Rachmaninov Symphony No 1, Op 13 London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev LSO Live (M) [SACD] LS00784 (61' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Barbican. London, February 19,2015 'Vengeance...
Recital: Winner Mozart the Weber Sisters'
When Mozart first encountered the Weber sisters he wrote to his father: 'I have become so fond of this unfortunate family that my dearest wish is to make them happy'. He was to be inspired by them and infatuated. They would provide him trusted interpreters...
'Rhythm of Silence'
'Rhythm of Silence' Di Fiore Miniature Eisenga Theme from Wiek Mellits Agu Sommacal I Buried the Truth Susman Quiet Rhythms: Prologue and Action No 4; No 9; No 18 Erika Tazawa pf Belarca (F) BELARCA005 (55' * DDD) Elements of minimalism, repeating...
Rossini: II Barbiere Di Siviglia-Contro Un Cor
Rossini II barbiere di Siviglia--Contro un cor; Temporale; Una voce poco fa. La Cenerentola--Nacqui all'affanno; Temporale. La donna del lago--Tanti affetti in tal momenta. Otello--Assisa a pie d'un salice; Deh calma, o ciel. Semiramide--Bel raggio...
Rotel RA-1592: A Heavyweight Stereo Amplifier That Offers Competitive Specification, Great Sound-And Remarkable Value for Money
After a period when it seemed the audio amplifier market was splitting into affordable entry-level integrated models, a mid-market dominated by AV receivers and then a high-end populated by pre-amplifier/power amplifier combinations, it seems big onebox...
Rozycki * Friedman: Friedman Piano Quintet
Rozycki * Friedman Friedman Piano Quintet Rozycki Piano Quintet, Op 35 Jonathan Plowright pf Szymanowski Quartet Hyperion (F) CDA68124 (80' * DDD) This is the second time this year that Ludomir Rozicki has featured in Gramophone--a composer...
R Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
R Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano Farao (F) B108091 (51' * DDD) The booklet-note for this release makes some bold claims regarding Kent Nagano's account of Eine Alpensinfonie with his Gothenburg...
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