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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1142, November

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Abrahamsen * Sorensen: 'Air'
Abrahamsen * Sorensen 'Air' Abrahamsen Air. Three Little Nocturnes (a) Sorensen It is Pain Flowing Down Slowly on a White Wall (b). Sigrids Wiegenlied Frode Haltli accordion (a) Arditti Quartet; (b) Trondheim Soloists ECM New Series (F) 481 2802...
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
Absolutely on Music Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami Translated by Jay Rubin Harvill Seeker, HB, 352pp, 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84-655918-1 In Haruki Murakami's witty and fantastical coming-of! age novel Kafka...
'A Journey'
'A Journey' Bellini Beatrice di Tenda--Respira io qui...Ma la sola ... Ah, la pena in lor piombo. I Puritani O rendetemi la speme ... Qui la voce soave ... Vien, diletto (a) Delibes Lakme--Sous le dome epais (b) Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor--Ancor...
'Aksel!'
'Aksel!' JS Bach Bist du bei mir, BWV508. Cantata No 51 --Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen. Cantata No 68--Mein glaubiges Herze. Cantata No 205 Angenehmer Zephyrus. Magnificat, BWV243 --Quia respexit. St John Passion, BWV245--Ich folge dir gleichfalls...
Ancient and Modern: Andrew Mellor on a Batch of Recordings of Unaccompanied Choral Music
Even within the realms of largely unaccompanied vocal music sung by relatively small groups, there's an awful lot of variance in these five recordings. Perhaps the best way to deal with the singing is to slice each ensemble through the torso and examine...
An Oddity-And a Rarity
Another Praga Mravinsky anomaly appears on a disc that couples a sizzling Beethoven No 4 with Shostakovich's Tenth, both said to come from the same 1955 Prague Spring festival concert (PRD/DSD350 115). Being in stereo, the Beethoven must surely be...
Antheil: 'Ballet Mecanique'
Antheil 'Ballet mecanique' A Jazz Symphony (original version, 1925). Ballet pour instruments mecaniques et percussion (original version, 1924) Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose BMOP/sound (F) 1033 (40' * DDD) The milieu into which George...
A Ring from Hong Kong to Take on the World: Raised Eyebrows Initially Greeted Naxos's Ring Cycle, but Jaap Van Zweden's Hong Kong Forces Have Proved Their Mettle with das Rheingold and Now Die Walkure
Just over a year ago, I wrote in these pages about a heartening new development in the story of opera on record: a lavish studio recording of Aida being made by Warner Classics. That went on to win a Gramophone Award and suggested a return to a lost...
A Streaming Player So Simple
There's no shortage of very good network players out there these days, so who in their right mind would consider building their own? Well, when it's this easy, why not? 'Hi-fi used to be all about tinkering and experimentation, but digital killed...
Bartok: Allegro Barbaro, Sz49
Bartok Allegro barbaro, Sz49. Fourteen Bagatelles, Op 6 Sz38. Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op 20 Sz74. Mikrokosmos, Sz107--Book 5. Romanian Folk Dances, Sz56 Cedric Tiberghien pf Hyperion (F) CDA68133 (74' * DDD) Fortunately...
Beethoven: 'Complete Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano'
Beethoven 'Complete Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano' Gautier Capucon vc Frank Braley pf Erato (B) (2) 9029 59511-3 (144' * DDD) With this new release, Gautier Capucon and his regular pianist Frank Braley enter a field crowded with...
Beethoven * Liszt
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21, 'Waldstein', Op 53 Liszt Consolations, S172--No 1; No 2. Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No 6. Liebestraum, S541 No 3. Ouverture zu Tannhauser von Richard Wagner, S442. Reminiscences de Don Juan, S418 Sophie Pacini pf Warner...
Berg: Wozzeck
Berg [DVD][BR][G] Wozzeck Christian Gerhaher bar Wozzeck Gun-Brit Barkmin sop Marie Brandon Jovanovich ten Drum Major Mauro Peter ten Andres Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke ten ...
Berl Senofsky: 'In Concert at EXPO '58 Brussels'
Berl Senofsky 'In Concert at EXPO '58 Brussels' JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004--Chaconne Bartdk Romanian Dances, Sz56 Brahms Hungarian Dance No 7. Violin Sonata No 2, Op 100--3rd movt, Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante) Creston Violin...
B Harbach: 'Chamber Music, Vol 5'
B Harbach 'Chamber Music, Vol 5' The Birth, Life and Death of Christ. Dorothy Parker Love Songs. Nocturne noir. Terezin Children's Songs Stella Markou, Marlissa Hudson sops Julia Sakharova, John McGrosso vns Alla Voskoboynikova pf St Louis Chamber...
Biber: Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas
Biber Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas Helene Schmitt vn Francois Guerrier claviorganum Massimo Moscardo archlute/theorbo Francisco Mahaiich va da gamba Jan Krigovsky violone Aeolus (F) (2) [SACD] AE10256 (146' * DDD/DSD) Recordings of Biber's Mystery...
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Britten [H][G] A Midsummer Night's Dream Jennifer Vyvyan sop Tytania Alfred Deller counterten Oberon April Cantelo sop Helena Marjorie Thomas contr Hermia Johanna Peters mez ...
Bruckner: Symphony No 4, 'Romantic'
Bruckner Symphony No 4, 'Romantic' (1878/80 version, ed Nowak) Munich Philharmonic Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Munchner Philharmoniker (F) MPHL0002 (68' * DDD) Recorded live at the Gasteig, Munich, September 22-23, 2015 Given their long history...
Bruckner: Symphony No 8
Bruckner Symphony No 8 (original version, 1887, ed Nowak) Philharmonia Zurich / Fabio Luisi Accentus/Philharmonia Rec (F) (2) PHR0105 (97 * DDD) Although the 1887 version of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is generally regarded as being inferior to...
'Chanson Perpetuelle'
'Chanson perpetuelle' Berlioz La captive (b) Caplet Viens--une flute invisible soupire (a) Chausson Chanson perpetuelle (c) Debussy Proses lyriques Gaubert Soir paien (a) Ravel Chansons madecasses (ab). Histoires naturelles Saint-Saens Une flute...
Chopin: 57 Mazurkas
Chopin 57 Mazurkas Janusz Olejniczakpf Fryderyk Chopin Institute (M) (2) NIFCCD035/6 (159' * DDD) Listening to Janusz Olejniczak's two-disc set of Mazurkas is like stepping back in time, to an age when interpretation of this most idiosyncratic...
Classics Reconsidered: Harriet Smith and Bryce Morrison Find More to Admire Than to Love in Mikhail Pletnev's Set of Scarlatti Piano Sonatas
Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas Mikhail Pletnev pf Erato (S) (2) 561 9612 A two-CD album seems hardly sufficient to contain the feast of thrilling and imaginative playing Pletnev offers here. But let's put the music first; 140 minutes of Scarlatti...
CPE Bach: Flute Concertos-Wq22 H425(H426 or 484/1)
CPE Bach Flute Concertos--Wq22 H425 (H426 or 484/1); Wq166 H430; Wq169 H445 Emmanuel Pahud fl Potsdam Chamber Academy / Trevor Pinnock hpd Warner Classics (F) 2564 62767-9 (67' * DDD) It's perhaps rather unorthodox to begin a review by dealing...
Czernowin: The Crescendo Trilogy-The Quiet
Czernowin The Crescendo Trilogy--The Quiet (a); Zohar iver (Blind Radiance) (b); Esh (c). White Wind Waiting (d). At the Fringe of Our Gaze (e) (c) Kai Wessel counterten (d) Stephan Schmidt gtr (b) Ensemble Nikel; (a) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra...
Debussy * Francaix * Nielsen: 'Clarinet Concertos'
Debussy Francaix * Nielsen 'Clarinet Concertos' Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie Frangaix Clarinet Concerto Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, Op 57 Vladimir Soltan cl Hamburg Symphony Orchestra / Jose Luiz Gomez Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) [SACD]. MDG9011964-6...
Debussy: Images
Debussy Images (a). Jeux (b). La plus que lente (c) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas SFS Media (F) [SACD] SFS0069 (60' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, (B) Hanuary 10-13, (C) September 26-28,...
Diepenbrock: 'Symphonic Poems'
Diepenbrock 'Symphonic Poems' Elektra--suite. Marsyas--incidental music. De Vogels--overture Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Antony Hermus CPO (F) CP0777 927-2 (68' * DDD) The Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) was one of music's great...
Dvorak: String Quintet No 3
Dvorak String Quintet No 3, 'American', Op 97 B180 (a). Piano Quintet No 2, Op 81 B155 (b) Vogler Quartet with (a) Tatjana Masurenko va (b) Oliver Triendl pf CPO (F) CP0555 022-2 (73' * DDD) Listening first time around to pianist Oliver Triendl...
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op 36. In the South (Alassio), Op 50. Carillon, Op 75 (a). Une voix dans le desert, Op 77 (b). Le drapeau beige, Op 79 (a). Pleading, Op 48 (c) (b) Kate Royal sop (x) Yann Ghiro cl (a) Florence Daguerre...
Elisabeth Soderstrom: Andrew Mellor Pays Tribute to the Swedish Soprano Whose Voice, Although Not Big, Had the Emotional Power to Tackle Darkly Introspective Roles Such as Those Created by Janacek
Asked by a TV reporter in the late 1980s about her 'responsibilities' as a performer, Elisabeth Soderstrom (1927-2009) launched immediately into a revealing response. Soderstrom was concerned, she admitted, for the mental well-being of her audience:...
Falla * Lorca: 'Encuentro'
Falla * Lorca 'Encuentro' Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas (a). El Amor brujo--Suite Lorca Canciones espanolas antiguas (a) (a) Estrella Morente sop Javier Perianes pf Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2246 (69' * DDD * T/t) This fascinating...
Faure: 'A Faure Recital, Vol 1'
Faure 'A Faure Recital, Vol 1' Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 (arr Grainger). Barcarolles--No 5, Op 66; No 6, Op 70; No 7, Op 90. Nocturnes, No 4, Op 36; No 6, Op 63. Pavane, Op 50 (transcr Lortie). Pelleas et Melisande--Suite (arr Faure/Cortot). Nine...
Faure: Requiem
Faure Requiem, Op 48 (a). Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11. Messe basse. Two Offertories, Op 65 (a) Richard Pittsinger treb (a) David Pittsinger bar St Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York; Orchestra of St Luke's / John Scott...
Francophone Icons
In France, Japan and belatedly Vienna, Georges Pretre has enjoyed a status worthy of inclusion in Warner Classics' 'Icon' series. His reputation in English-speaking countries as a useful 'studio' conductor is largely borne out by this uneven collection...
'French Elegance'
'French Elegance' Chausson Andante and Allegro Debussy Petite Piece. Premiere Rhapsodie Gaubert Fantaisie Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata, Op 167 Poulenc Clarinet Sonata Widor Introduction and Rondo, Op 72 Roeland Hendrikx cl Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort...
French Music from Berlin: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger: Daniele Gatti Guests with the Berlin Philharmonic for a Programme of Dutilleux, Debussy and Honegger
Metaboles has been the go-to piece for orchestras paying their own tribute to Dutilleux in his anniversary year, and understandably so: commissioned in 1959 for George Szell's Cleveland Orchestra, it's a concerto for orchestra with a full palette of...
Furrer: Enigma I-VI
Furrer Enigma I-VI (b). voices--still (b). ... cold and calm and moving (c) (ab) Helsinki Chamber Choir; (bc) Uusinta Ensemble / Nils Schweckendiek Toccata Classics (F) TOCC0360 (66' * DDD * T/t) Ambitious ensemble works such as Nuun and operas...
Fux * Kerll
Fux * Kerll Fux Kaiserrequiem (a) Kerll Missa pro defunctis (b) Vox Luminis; (a) Scorpio Collectief; (b) L'Acheron / Lionel Meunier Ricercar (F) RIC368 (75' * DDD * T) Kerll's Missa pro defunctis (published 1689) was dedicated to Emperor Leopold...
G Benjamin * Ligeti * Murail
G Benjamin * Ligeti * Murail G Benjamin Palimpsests Ligeti Lontano Murail Le desenchantement du monde (a) (a) Pierre-Laurent Aimard pf Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / George Benjamin Neos (F) NEOS11422 (62' * DDD) Recorded live at the Herkulessaal,...
Gilded Goldbergs: Jed Distler Listens to Five New Recordings of Bach's Miraculous Variations, from First-Timers and Old Hands
Considering their once-esoteric reputation, Bach's Goldberg Variations are more ubiquitous than ever on disc, with more and more recordings flooding the marketplace each month (Gramophone's recent Recording of the Year version from Igor Levit on Sony...
Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila
Glinka [DVD] Ruslan and Lyudmila Mikhail Petrenko bass Ruslan Albina Shagimuratova sop Lyudmila Vladimir Ognovenko bass Svetozar Yuri Minenko counterten Ratmir Almas Svilpa bass-bar Farlaf Alexandrina...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews JS BACH French Suites, BWV812-817 Murray Perahia pf DG HARRIET SMITH'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 26 An artist whose insight and virtuosity always seem so profoundly at...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: As Murray Perahia Moves from Sony Classical to DG, Harriet Smith Welcomes His First Recording for the Yellow Label, Bach's Six French Suites
[G] Bach Six French Suites, BWV812-817 Murray Perahia pf DG (M) (2) 479 6565GH2 (92' * DDD) Recent research shows that, though divorce rates are falling in the UK, there's an upward trend among the over-50s. The theory is that now we're...
'Grand Tour'
Cardew Solo With Accompaniment Krauze One Piano Eight Hands Riley Keyboard Studies #2 Slkorski Echoes II Wolff Tilbury 3 John Tilbury, Zygmunt Krauze, Szabolcs Esztenyi pfs Hubert Zemler pf/perc Dux (F) DUX1288 (63' * DDD) This disc is an unofficial...
Grieg: 'Wonderland'
Grieg 'Wonderland' Piano Concerto, Op 16 (a). Lyric Pieces: Op 12--Nos 4 & 7; Op 43 Nos1&6; Op 54 Nos 3 & 4; Op 64 No 4; Op 65 Nos 5 & 6; Op 71 No 1. Peer Gynt--In the Hall of the Mountain King; Solveig's Song Alice Sara Ott pf (a)...
Harmony through Music: With Her New Album, 'In War and Peace', Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Reveals Her Determination to Use Music as a Beacon for Unity, Solidarity and Hope
The northern Italian town of Dobbiaco is best known to music lovers under its Austrian name, Toblach. It was here in the South Tyrol, for three summers between 1908 and 1910, that Gustav Mahler came to write his Ninth Symphony and Das Lied von der...
Haubenstock-Ramati: Konstellationen
Haubenstock-Ramati Konstellationen. Morendo--double/echo. Pluriel. Multiple 4. String Trio No 1, 'Ricercari' Vera Fischer fls Klangforum Wien Kairos (F) 0015003KAI (66' * DDD) Recorded live at the Semper-Depot, Vienna, October 30, 2010 This is...
Hill * Boyle: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 69'
Hill * Boyle 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 69' Boyle Piano Concerto (a) Hill Piano Concerto (a). Piano Sonata Piers Lane pf (a) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Johannes Fritzsch Hyperion (F) CDA68135 (80' * DDD) Few of us, I suspect, will have...
'Homages'
'Homages' Bach/Busoni Chaconne Chopin Barcarolle, Op 60 Franck Prelude, choral et fugue Liszt Venezia e Napoli, S162 Mendelssohn Preludes and Fugues, Op 35--No 1; No 5 Benjamin Grosvenor pf Decca (F) 483 0255DH (75' * DDD) There are few young...
'In War & Peace'
'In War & Peace' 'Harmony Through Music' Handel Agrippina--Pensieri, voi mi tormentate. Giulio Cesare--Da tempeste il legno infranto; Vani sono i lamenti ... Svegliatevi nel core; Cara speme (a) Jephtha, HWV70--Some dire event hangs o'er...
Jackson: 'Vox Clara'
Jackson [G] 'Vox clara' Aria for Joel and Vicki (a). Cantate Domino. Confirma hoc Deus. Factus est repente. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen?. Holy is the true light. Missa Triueriensis. Seven Advent Antiphons. That wind blowing and...
Jonathan Dove: Dove's Idiom, Couched in a Tonal Harmonic Language, Is Capable of Both Opulence and Simplicity, and Is Embraced by Performers and Audiences Alike
Although it has not been particularly well served by the major record labels, the music of the English composer Jonathan Dove (b 1959) has enjoyed deservedly widespread critical coverage and currency over the past 20 or so years. Blessed with a great...
Josquin: Masses-Di Dadi
Josquin Masses--Di dadi; Une mousse de Biscaye The Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips Gimell (F) CDGIM048 (71' * DDD * T/t) One of the sad things about Josquin research is that works are judged spurious--or even just possibly spurious--and then...
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 Mary Bevan, Joanne Lunn sops Clare Wilkinson, Ciara Hendrick mezs Nicholas Mulroy, Thomas Hobbs tens Matthew Brook, Konstantin Wolff bass-bars Dunedin Consort / John Butt Linn (M) (2) CKD499 (14V * DDD * T/t) The Christmas...
Khachaturian: Symphony No 2
Khachaturian Symphony No 2. Three Concert Arias (a) (a) Julia Bauer sop Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie / Frank Beermann CPO (F) CP0777 972-2 (72' * DDD * T/t) London bus syndrome strikes: you wait over 20 years for a new recording of Khachaturian's...
'La Famille Forqueray: Portrait(s)'
'La famille Forqueray: Portrait(s)' [G] F Couperin La Superbe, ou La Forqueray Duphly La Forqueray A Forqueray Prelude non mesure. Suite (transcr Taylor) J-B Forqueray Premiere Suite. Cinquieme Suite Justin Taylor hpd Alpha (F) ALPHA247 (79' * DDD)...
Lalo/Coquard: La Jacquerie
Lalo/Coquard La Jacquerie Veronique Gens sop Blanche de Sainte-Croix Nora Gubisch mez Jeanne Charles Castronovo ten Robert Boris Pinkhasovich bar Guillaume Jean-Sebastien...
Leo * Durante: 'Sacred Works'
Leo * Durante 'Sacred Works' Durante Organ Concerto No 4 Leo Salve regina --in C minor; in F. II figliuol prodigo. Lezione del Giovedi Santo. Toccatas--No 2; No 14 Ensemble &cetera / Ulrike Hofbauer Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 88875 05744-2...
Le Tout Haydn
Haydn didn't make life easy for the record companies: with 104 numbered symphonies to his name, he provided quite a challenge (and an expensive one at that). The 'traditional' instrument era gave us complete cycles from Antal Dorati (Decca), Adam Fischer...
Louis Kentner
Louis Kentner [H] Balakirev Islamey. Mazurka No 6. Piano Sonata. Reverie Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 Lyapunov Douze Etudes d'execution transcendente, Op 11 (two recordings of No 1) Louis Kentner pf APR mono (B) (2) APR6020 (143' * ADD) Recorded 1939-49...
Mahler: Symphony No 10 (Realised by Yoel Gamzou)
Mahler Symphony No 10 (realised by Yoel Gamzou) International Mahler Orchestra / Yoel Gamzou Wergo Colours (F) WER5122-2 (79' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, November 24 & 25, 2011 In the wake of Thomas Dausgaard's remarkably...
Mahler: Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection' Anne Schwanewilms sop Olga Borodina mez Munich Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Munchner Philharmoniker(F) MPHL0001 (81' * DDD). Recorded live at the Gasteig, Munich, September 15-20, 2015 ...
Maier: 'Volume 1'
Maier 'Volume 1' Maier Violin Concerto (a). Piano Quartet (b) Maier/Rontgen Swedish Tunes and Dances (c) Gregory Maytan vn (b) Bernt Lysell va (b) Sara Wijk vc (bc) Ann-Sofi Klingberg pf (a) Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra / Andreas Stohr dB Productions...
Marantz CD6006/PM6006
Some suggest CD players and amplifiers are out of favour but these cost-effective components serve Marantz well when it comes to sales. The latest versions are better than ever Once, it was simple for the newcomer to hi-fi to decide which equipment...
Mendelssohn: Six Organ Sonatas
Mendelssohn Six Organ Sonatas, Op 65 Benjamin Righetti org Claves (F) 50-1615 (76' * DDD) Played on the Aloys Mooser organ of the Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas, Fribourg, Switzerland Mendelssohn's six organ sonatas do not crop up all that often on...
Michael Gielen's Bruckner Challenge: Controversial and Exciting, a Set of Bruckner Symphonies Not to Miss; Plus Praga Offerings Both Great and So-So
Having relished the Vol 1 of SWR Music's Michael Gielen Edition back in June, I'm delighted to welcome Volume 2, which is devoted entirely to Bruckner's symphonies (nine out of a potential 11 completed works, that is), readings that, in the main, communicate...
Moszkowski: 'From Foreign Lands-Rediscovered Orchestral Works' Fackeltanz
Moszkowski 'From Foreign Lands--Rediscovered Orchestral Works' Fackeltanz, Op 51. Aus aller Herren Lander, Op 23. Habanera, Op 65 No 3. Pres du berceau. Op 58 No 3. Six Airs de ballet, Op 56. Gondoliera, Op 41 torch Otto Langey). Spanische Tanze,...
Mozart
Cosi fan tutte--Un'aura amorosa del nostro tesoro. Don Giovanni--Dalla sua pace: II mio tesoro intanto. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail--Ich baue ganz auf deine Starke; Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen! ... O wie angstlich. Idomeneo--Fuor del mar ho un...
Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas
Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas Fazil Say pf Warner Classics (S) (6) 2564 69420-6 (6h 14' * DDD) According to the blurb on the back cover of his Mozart sonata cycle, Fazil Say aims to capture 'a certain naturalness' in his interpretations. That...
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart Don Giovanni Dimitris Tiliakos bar Don Giovanni Myrto Papatanasiu sop Donna Anna Karina Gauvin sop Donna Elvira Christina Gansch sop Zerlina Kenneth Tarver ten Don Ottavio Vito Priante bar ...
Mozart Piano Concertos: David Threasher Listens to a Selection of Recent Releases of Some of the Salzburger's Most Consistently Inspired Music
Listening to this handful of recordings straight after a series of three BBC Proms that paired Mozart piano concertos with Bruckner symphonies turned out to be a most instructive experience. Listeners may remember that week early in September: on the...
Mozart: Serenade No 10
Mozart Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361 (arr Schwenke). Die Zauberflote--Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen Ewald Demeyere fp Dialogues Quartet Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72697 (52' * DDD/DSD) Mozart Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail--Harmoniemusik...
Mozart's Requiem Launches Two Very Different Listening Journeys
The road to the Requiem Mozart's Requiem is the earliest such work to have broken free front its liturgical bonds and become a regular fixture in the concert hall and on record. Even in its unfinished state, it represents the peak of Mozart's mature...
Mravimky Anomaly
At first glance, a high priority among Praga Digital's latest trawl is one of two releases devoted to Yevgeny Mravinsky: a mostly-Sibelius concert that opens with a work that until now has been absent from Mravinsky's repertoire on disc--Sibelius's...
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]...
Nik Kershaw: The Singer-Songwriter on His Early Listening Habits, the Pros and Cons of Streaming Music, and Working with the London Philharmonic
My dad was an architect but he would have rather run away to join the circus. He played the flute in local orchestras in Ipswich, Suffolk, where I was brought up, and in the orchestra for a G&S Society. My mum was trained as an opera singer but...
Novel Technology Sharpens This Little Unit's Sound: This Sleek All-in-One Network audio/CD System Proves It Has Sufficient Substance to Back Up Its Not Inconsiderable Style
Given all the hullabaloo with which Technics made its return to the audio market a couple of years back, you might be forgiven for thinking that things have all gone a bit quiet of late. Yes, the company followed up with the revival of its classic...
Part: Da Pacem Domine
Part Da pacem Domine. Dopo la vittoria. Seven Magnificat Antiphons. Nunc dimittis. The Woman with the Alabaster Box. Tribute to Caesar. Triodion. Virgencita Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards K|ava Ondine (F) ODE1286-2 (73' * DDD * T/t) Part 'The...
Penderecki: 'Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Vol 1'
Penderecki 'Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Vol 1' Dies ilia (a). Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert. Hymne an denn heiligen Daniel. Psalms of David (a) Johanna Rusanen sop (a) Agnieszka Refills rriez (a) Nikolai Didenko bass Warsaw Philharmonic Choir...
Pepusch: Venus and Adonis
Pepusch Venus and Adonis Ciara Hendrick mez Venus Philippa Hyde sop Adonis Richard Edgar-Wilson ten Mars The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen / Robert Rawson Ramee (F) RAM1502 (85' * DDD * T/t) ...
Performances & Events: Presenting Live Concert and Opera Performances from around the World, and Reviews of Archived Music-Making Available Online to Stream When You Want, Where You Want
Royal Festival Hall, London & in shops Carl Davis celebrates his 80th, conducting his score for the 1927 film, Napoleon, November 6 Carl Davis celebrated his 80th birthday on October 28. So, given he has been such a driving force behind the...
Preserving the Sound of American Music: With a 50th Recording Now Released on Its Own Label, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Is as Committed as Ever to Championing Contemporary American Composers
Suffice to say, it was not an especially good omen. It was 2006 and Gil Rose, founder and artistic director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project--America's only orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing and recording 20thand...
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos-No 1
Prokofiev Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 10; No 3, Op 26; No 4, Op 53 Olli Mustonenpf Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu Ondine (F) ODE1244-2 (70' * DDD) How many times have I regretted a shortage of fantasy, flair and fairy-tale imagination...
Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 4 (Revised Version, 1947)
Prokofiev Symphonies--No 4 (revised version, 1947), Op 112; No 7, Op 131 (two versions of finale) Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2134 (82' * DDD/DSD) Is Valery Gergiev unchallengeable in this repertoire? He may...
Rachmaninov: 'Troika'
Rachmaninov [DVD] 'Troika' Aleko Kostas Smoriginas bass-bar Aleko Sergey Semishkur ten Young Gypsy Alexander Vassiliev bass Old Gypsy Anna Nechaeva sop Zemfira Yaroslava Kozina mez ...
'Rarities of Piano Music 2015'
'Rarities of Piano Music 2015' Alkan Grande Sonate, Op 33--'40 ans--Un heureux menage' (a) Craxton Siciliano and Rigadon (b) Dobrowen Poem, Op 3 No 2 (c) Fina Bumble Boogie (b) Guastavino La nina del Rio Dulce (d) Hummel La bella capricciosa, Op...
Richard Strauss's ein Heldenleben: Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada Tells Peter Quantrill How the Tone-Poem Is about Life Itself
Andres Orozco-Estrada has done his homework. The water bottles are neady laid out and so is his score of Ein Heldenleben, covered in red, blue and green markings. He is generous with his time on a rare free morning, the most readily frank and enthusiastic...
R Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64
R Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64 Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra / Sebastian Weigle Oehms (F) OC891 (51' * DDD) Recorded live at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, November 1 & 2, 2015 Kent Nagano's recent recording of Eine Alpensinfonie (Farao,...
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
R Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40. Macbeth, Op 23 Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Andres Orozco-Estrada Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 582 (66' * DDD/DSD) If this is disc is anything to go by, Andres Orozco-Estrada is a fine Straussian. He...
Schubert: Piano Trios-No 1
Schubert Piano Trios--No 1, D898; No 2, D929. Notturno, D897 Daniel Sepec vn Roel Dieltiens vc Andreas Staier fp Harmonia Mundi (F) (2) HMC90 2233/4 (97' * DDD) Three leading period instrumentalists play three of the finest chamber works of...
Sibelius: Danses Champetres
Sibelius Danses champetres, Op 106. Four Pieces, Op 78. Five Pieces, Op 81. Sonatine, Op 80 Carlos Damas vn Anna Tomasik pf Etcetera (F) KTC1564 (53' * DDD) These national stereotypes are nothing if not persistent. In direct contrast to the cool,...
Sir Neville Marriner: Born April 15, 1924; Died October 2, 2016: James Jolly Fondly Remembers One of the Most Prolific Recording Artists of All Time
Back in Gramophone's June 1983 issue, Edward Greenfield welcomed a new Philips recording of Beethoven's Eroica from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner with palpable enthusiasm: 'Even in a very long list, Marriner's version...
Soler: Six Concerti for Two Keyboards
Soler Six Concerti for Two Keyboards Philippe LeRoy, Jory Vinikour hpds Delos (F) DE3491 (74' * DDD) Despite their title, Antonio Soler's Seis Conciertos de dos organos obligados are most definitely works for two harpsichords. All but one made...
'Songs from Our Ancestors'
'Songs From Our Ancestors' Anonymous Flowing Water Argento Letters from Composers--Chopin; Schubert Britten Gloriana--The Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex (arr Bream) Chen Yi Shuo Chang Dowland Come again, sweet love doth now invite. Flow my...
Tallis: Blessed Are Those That Be Undefiled
Tallis Blessed are those that be undefiled. God grant with grace. Hear the voice and prayer. Hodie nobis caelorum rex. In ieiunio et fletu. My soul cleaveth to the dust. O do well unto thy servant. O Lord, in thee is all my trust. O sacrum convivium....
Tatyana Nikolaieva
Tatyana Nikolaieva JS Bach French Suite No 4, BWV815. Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079--Ricercar a 3 Borodin Petite Suite--No 1, In the Monastery Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition--No 5, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Prokofiev Prelude, Op 12 No...
Tchaikovsky: 'Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra' Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky 'Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra' Violin Concerto, Op 35. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op 42 torch Glazunov). Serenade melancolique, Op 26. Valse-Scherzo, Op 34 Jennifer Koh vn Odense Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Vedernikov Cedille...
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2, Op 44. Concert Fantasy, Op 56 Eldar Nebolsin pf New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Michael Stern Naxos (M) 8 573462 (72' * DDD) If Tchaikovsky became the 'uncrowned composer laureate' of Imperial Russia, as Richard...
The Music of Betrayal: Betrayal in Music Probably Brings to Mind Opera and Its Vengeful Lovers, or Works Based on Biblical Stories. David Gutman Finds It Also in More Unusual, Perhaps Unexpected, Places-And Suggests Some Recordings
The music of betrayal is rarely conceived in a vacuum. Related instrumental abstractions have been attempted but duplicity in all its manifestations is most readily evoked through an alliance of words and music, rebooting shared mythologies or literary...
'The Old Colony Collection'
'The Old Colony Collection' Avison Sound the loud timbrel Chappie It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. I waited patiently for the Lord. O come, let us sing unto the Lord Handel Israel in Egypt--And Miriam the prophetess; For the host...
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