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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1143, December

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Adams
Adams Scheherazade.2 Leila Josefowicz vn St Louis Symphony Orchestra / David Robertson Nonesuch (F) 7559 79435-1 (48' * DDD) Recorded live at Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis, MO, February 2016 For most music lovers, the word Scheherazade likely conjures...
Adams Harris: Adams Violin Concerto Harris Violin Concerto
Adams Harris [G] Adams Violin Concerto Harris Violin Concerto Tamsin Waley-Cohen vn BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton Signum (F) SIGCD468 (62' * DDD) John Adams coined the term 'hypermelody' to describe the solo part of his 1993 Violin Concerto,...
'As Dreams': Janson Nocturne Lachenmann Consolation II
'As Dreams' [G] Janson Nocturne Lachenmann Consolation II (Wessobrunner Gebet) Norgard Drommesange (Dream Songs). Singe die Garten, mein Herz Saariaho Nuits, adieux. Uberzeugung Xenakis Nuits The Norwegian Soloists' Choir; Oslo Slnfonletta / Grete...
'A Verlaine Songbook': Bordes Colloque Sentimental Chausson
'A Verlaine Songbook' Bordes Colloque sentimental Chausson Apaisement Debussy Arlettes oubliees. Fetes galantes, Book 1 Faure La bonne chanson, Op 61. Clair de lune, Op 46 No 2 Hahn L'heure exquise. Tous deux Poldowski Colombine. Cythere. En sourdine....
Babajanian * Clarke * Martin: 'Trios from Our Homelands'
Babajanian * Clarke * Martin 'Trios from Our Homelands' Babajanian Piano Trio Clarke Piano Trio Martin Trio sur des melodies populates irlandaises Lincoln Trio Cedille (F) CDR90000165 (64' * DDD) It's not exactly a recipe for cohesion--a collection...
Bach
Bach A Musical Biography By Peter Williams Cambridge University Press, HB, 718pp, 29.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-107-13925-1 One of the most powerful images we have of Bach today is of the eternally curious intellect meticulously seeking out...
Bartok: Prokofiev: Stravinsky
Bartok * Prokofiev * Stravinsky Bartok Piano Concerto No 3, Sz119 (a). The Miraculous Mandarin. Sz73--Suite Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet--Montagues and Capulets Stravinsky The Firebird (1910 version) (a) Yeflm Bronfman pf London Symphony Orchestra...
Bartok: String Quartets-No 2
Bartok String Quartets--No 2, Op 17 Sz67; No 4, Sz91; No 6, Sz114 Jerusalem Quartet Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2235 (79' * DDD) Relistening to the Emerson Quartet's Gramophone Award-winning Bartok cycle for September's Classics Reconsidered, I was...
Beethoven
Beethoven (DVD Video) (b) Complete Symphonies Ricarda Merbeth sop Daniela Sindram mez Robert Dean Smith ten Gunther Groissbock bass Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera National de Paris / Philippe Jordan ArtHaus Musik (F) [4] [DVD Video] 109 248;...
Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas
Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas Pierre Fouchenneret vn Romain Descharmes/V Aparte (M) (3) AP129 (3h 57' * DDD) Recorded live at Le Trident, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France, March 5-9, 2015 This set of the 10 Beethoven violin sonatas took me by surprise....
Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi
Bellini [DVD][Blu-ray] I Capuleti e i Montecchi Olga Kulchynska sop Giulietta Joyce DiDonato mez Romeo Benjamin Bernhelm ten Tebaldo Alexei Botnarciuctess Capellio Roberto...
Berio: Mahler
Berio * Mahler Berio Sinfonia (a) Mahler Friihe Lieder torch Berio) (b) (b) Matthias Goerne bar (a) Synergy Vocals; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Josep Pons Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2180 (6V * DDD * T/t) All the post-war masters looked to Mahler for...
Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1
Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99. Vier ernste Gesange, Op 121 Alexander Baillie vc John Thwaites pf Somm Celeste (F) S0MMCD0158 (71' * DDD) Talk about spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar. Actually, don't: the art of balancing piano...
Braunfels: 'Orchestral Songs, Vol 2'
Braunfels 'Orchestral Songs, Vol 2' Drei chinesische Gesange, Op 19. Romantische Gesange, Op 58. Die Gott minnende Seele, Op 53. Der Tod der Kleopatra, Op 59. Vier japanische Gesange, Op 62 Camilla Nylund, Genia Kuhmeier, Ricarda Nlerbeth sops Berlin...
Bruckner
Bruckner Symphony No 2 (1877 version, ed Haas) Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra / Yannick Nezet-Seguin ATMA Classlque (F) ACD2 2708 (62' * DDD) Recorded live at the Maison Symphonique, Montreal, September 2015 Bruckner Symphony No 3 (1873 version,...
Bruckner * Zemlinsky: Bruckner String Quintet
Bruckner * Zemlinsky Bruckner String Quintet. Intermezzo Zemlinsky String Quintet Bartholdy Quintet AVI-Music (F) AVI8553348 (69' * DDD) The Bartholdy Quintet was formed in 2009 as a two-viola string quintet, and I can't, off the top of my head,...
Caldara: 'The Cervantes Operas'
Caldara 'The Cervantes Operas' Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa Introduzione; Addio, Signor Padrone; Giacche debe andar cosi; Penso di gia che appena; Primieramente, Saneio; Quel cor, che non vogl'io; Si I'abbiamo, Ricciardetto Sancio Panza Governatoredell'isola...
Castello
Castello Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro primo Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr hpd/org AAM (F) AAM005 (69' * DDD) Dario Castello has in recent years turned into one of the stars of 17th-century instrumental music, a thoroughly...
Championing UK Composers: Kate Molleson Listens to the Latest Batch of Releases from NMC, a Label Which Has Become a Central Part of Britain's New Music World
NMC is the record label founded by composer Colin Matthews in 1989 with the explicit aim of championing contemporary classical music from the British Isles. Apparently a significant instigator was a concert of new works at the Aldeburgh Festival in...
Charles Munch: The Boston Legacy: RCA Revisits the Complete Recordings from Charles Munch's Long and Fruitful New England Tenure
Charles Munch's tenure with the Boston Symphony (1949-62) witnessed the emergence of a supercharged and refined orchestral machine. Munch himself was the very epitome of unfettered spontaneity, ranging in musical style from imaginative reportage of...
Chopin
Chopin Ballades--No 1, Op 23; No 3, Op 47. Barcarolle, Op 60. Berceuse, Op 57. Mazurcas--No 30, Op 50 No 1; No 31, Op 50 No 2; No 32, Op 50 No 3. Nocturnes--No 5, Op 15 No 2; No 8, Op 27 No 2; No 13, Op 48 No 1; No 16, Op 55 No 2. Scherzo No 4,...
Chopin: Piano Sonatas-No 1
Chopin Piano Sonatas--No 1, Op 4; No 2, Op 35; No 3, Op 58 Joseph Moog pf Onyx (F) ONYX4152 (77 * DDD) This new, well-filled disc from Joseph Moog, Gramophone's 2015 Young Artist of the Year, gives us a chance to assess him in two of the great masterpieces...
Copland
Copland Appalachian Spring. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559806 (72' * DDD) Appalachian Spring is most frequently heard in the 1945 concert suite for full orchestra, which omits around...
Critics Choice 2016
Our critics each choose a favourite recording from the past 12 months. For the perfect Christmas gift guide, look no further! Andrew Achenbach Elgar Cello Concerto Walton Cello Concerto Holst Invocation I Holst The fall of the leaf Steven Isserlis...
'Danse Macabre'
'Danse macabre' Balakirev Tamara Dukas L'apprenti sorcier Dvorak The Noonday Witch, Op 108 B196 Ives Three Outdoor Scenes--Hallowe'en Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain (arr Rimsky-Korsakov) Saint-Saens Danse macabre, Op40 (a) (a) Andrew Wan vn...
Debut Piano Recitals: Harriet Smith Listens to First Recordings by Four Players at the Outset of Their Careers
How do you make your mark on the musical world with a solo piano disc? Do you show your sheer range across the centuries, include contemporary music, give it a definite theme or show your expertise in a particular part of the repertoire? And do you...
'Dolce Vita'
'Dolce vita' Anzi Voglio vivere cosi Bixio Parlami d'amore, Mariii Cardillo Core ngrato Chiaramello Fenesta ca lucive Crescenzo Rondine al nido E Curtis Non ti scordar di me. Ti voglio tanto bene. Torna a Surriento Dalla Caruso Ferilll Un amore cosi...
Durufle: Requiem
Durufle Requiem, Op 9 (1961 version) (a). Messe Cum jubilo (1967 version) (b). Quatre Motets sur des themes gregoriens (a) Patricia Bardon mez [b] Ashley Riches bass-bar The Choir of King's College, Cambridge; (a) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment...
Dvorak
Dvorak [G] Slavonic Dances--Op 46; Op 72 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiri Belohlavek Decca (F) 478 9458 (76' * DDD) In my experience it's fairly rare that conductors who excel in Dvorak's first set of Slavonic Dances are quite as effective in...
Eastman: Femenine
Eastman Femenine SEM Ensemble Frozen Reeds (F) FR6 (72' * ADD) Recorded live at the Academy of the Holy Names, Albany, NY, November 6,1974 Gramophone readers will forever associate Julius Eastman with Peter Maxwell Davies's own 1970 recording of...
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Elgar [G] [DVD] The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38 Dame Janet Baker mez Sir Peter Pears ten John Shirley-Quirk bass-bar London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult ICA Classics (F) (2) [DVD] ICAD5140 (100' + 60' * NTSC * 4:3 * Stereo * 0...
F Couperin: Ariane Consolee Par Bacchus
F Couperin [G] Ariane consolee par Bacchus [a]. L'apotheose de Lulli. Le Parnasse, ou L'apotheose de Corelli [a] Stephane Degout bar Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Roussethpd Aparte (F) AP130 (60' * DDD * T/t) Here, for the first time, we can...
'Fire Music': 'Infernal Flames and Celestial Blaze'
'Fire Music' [G] 'Infernal Flames and Celestial Blaze' Anonymous Ardente sole. Chi vuol seguir la guerra. Claccona di Paradiso e dell'lnferno. Mundi renovatio. Pour faire I'arlkymie d'amours Byrd Memento homo Farnaby Sometimes she would Flecha Ensalada,...
Froberger: 23 Suites for Harpsichord
Froberger 23 Suites for Harpsichord. Tombeau. Lamentation Glen Wilson hpd Naxos (M) (2) 8 573493/4 (127' * DDD) One can sense Glen Wilson's frustration when in the booklet-note for this release he directs us towards a more extensive essay on the...
Gesualdo: Terzo Libro Di Madrigali
Gesualdo Terzo Libro di Madrigali La Compagnia del Madrigale Glossa (F) GCD922806 (64' * DDD * T/t) Ten years ago, when I reviewed the first three books of Gesualdo's madrigals in the recording from the Gesualdo Consort, Amsterdam (CPO, 2/06), I...
Ghedini
Ghedini Appunti per un Credo. Musica notturna (a). Studi per un affresco di battaglia. Sonata da concerto (b) (b) Andrea Oliva fl (a) Andrea Tacchi, (a) Chiara Morandi vns Orchestra della Toscana / Daniele Rustioni Sony Classical (F) 88985 36641-2...
Gilse: Eine Lebensmesse
Gilse Eine Lebensmesse Heidi Melton sop Gerhild Romberger contr Roman Sadnik ten Vladimir Baykov bass National Women's Youth Choir; Netherlands Radio Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra / Markus Stenz CPO (F) CP0777 924-2 (55' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live...
Ginastera
Ginastera 'One Hundred' Harp Concerto, Op 25 (a). Pampeana No 1, Op 16 (b). Danzas argentinas, Op 2 (c). Guitar Sonata, Op 47 (d) (b) Gil Shaham vn (bc) Orli Shaham pf (a) Yolanda Kondonassis hp (d) Jason Vleaux gtr (a) Oberlin Orchestra / Raphael...
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli 'Edition Staatskapelle Dresden, Vol 35' Liszt Orpheus, S98 Schumann Symphony No 4, Op 120 Sinopoli Pour un livre a Venise--Hommage a Costanzo Porta. Lou Salome Symphonic Fragment (a). Tombeau d'Armor III (b) R Strauss Ein Heldenleben...
Glass: Music in Contrary Motion
Glass Music in Contrary Motion. Music in Fifths. Music in Similar Motion. Music With Changing Parts. Two Pages Cluster Ensemble Orange Mountain (S) (3) OMM0109 (145' * DDD) In his recent memoir, Words Without Music (Faber, 7/15), Philip Glass was...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
This is a really remarkable achievement. Bavouzet's playing seems to balance personality and precision, warm individuality with sendee to the score. Avery fine Beethoven sonata series reaches its end. ADAMS. HARRIS Violin Concertos Tamsin Waley-Cohen...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Stephen Plaistow Hails the Culmination of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's Beethoven Cycle, a Triumphant Traversal of Some of the Greatest Music Ever Written for the Piano
[G] Beethoven 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 3' Piano Sonatas--No 22, Op 54; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57; No 24, Op 78; No 25, Op 79; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a; No 27, Op 90; No 28, Op 101; No 29, 'Hammerklavier', Op 106; No 30, Op 109; No 31, Op 110; No 32,...
Half a Dozen Superb Box Sets
The death of the pianist Zoltan Kocsis (see page 141) prompts a rather belated notice for a superb set issued earlier this year by Decca, Bela Bartok Complete Works (32 CDs selling for about 55[pounds sterling]). It says much for the central role of...
Handel: 'Mitologia'
Handel 'Mitologia' Arianna in Creta--Bell'idol amato/Deh, taci crudel Atalanta--Caro/Cara, nel tuo bel volto Partenope Voglio amare infin ch'io moro Apollo e Dafne, HWV122--Felicissima quest'alma. Echeggiate, festeggiate numi eterni, HWV119. Hercules,...
Hark! the Christmas Choirs Sing: Andrew Mellor Listens to This Year's Most Interesting Seasonal Offerings, from the Sixteen and the King's Singers to the Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir
'It is a pity that in recent years arrangements of well-known carols have become so elaborate, to the extent that they almost obscure a well-loved tune.' So writes Harry Christophers in the booklet to The Sixteen's 'Song of the Nativity', and his comment...
Haydn
Haydn 'The Haydn Album' Cello Concerto No 1, HobVIIb/1 (a). Keyboard Concerto No 11, HobXVIII/11 (b). Symphony No 6, 'Le matin' (a) Daniel Yeadon vc (b) Erin Helyard hpd Australian Haydn Ensemble / Skye McIntosh ABC Classics (F) ABC481 2806 (69' *...
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (H): 'The American Recordings the Complete Victor Recordings
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (H) 'The American Recordings The Complete Victor Recordings, 1914-31' Ignacy Jan Paderewski pf APR mono (S) [5] APR7505 (6h 37' * ADD) Paderewski's fame as a pianist was on a par with that of Liszt and Anton Rubinstein, a fact...
In Praise of the Season: As Clare Colleges Liturgical Series on Harmonia Mundi Sets Its Sights on Epiphany, Martin Cullingford Talks about Choral Life with the Choir's Music Director Graham Ross
You may have in your hands our Christmas issue, but let us take you beyond the festivities, past the New Year celebrations, and into Epiphany. The season--most commonly associated with the visitation of the Magi, but which also marks Christ's Baptism...
John Rutter
If there's one composer associated with Christmas it's John Rutter. Alexandra Coghlan celebrates his appealing music John Rutter came early and instinctively to composing, picking out tunes on the 'old, out-of-tune, upright piano' in his parents'...
Jongen
Jongen Symphonie concertante, Op 81 (a). Passacaglie et gigue, Op 90 (b). Sonata eroica, Op 94 (c) (ac) Christian Schmitt org (ab) Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern / Martin Haselbock CPO (F) [SACD] CP0777 593-2 (68' * DDD/DSD)...
Josquin Desprez
Josquin Desprez Missa Pange lingua The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips Gimell (M) (2) CDGIM009. From CDGIM206 This is absolutely superb. You need only compare the new performance of the Mass Pange lingua with the Ensemble Clement Janequin LP (Harmonia...
JS Bach: Six Keyboard Partitas
JS Bach Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV825-830 Charles Owen pf Avie (M) (2) AV2366 (143' * DDD) Technical polish, intelligent musicianship, well-reasoned tempi, and scrupulously executed ornaments characterise Charles Owen's Bach Partitas, along with...
JS Bach * Telemann: 'Sacred Cantatas'
JS Bach * Telemann 'Sacred Cantatas' JS Bach Cantatas--No 82, Ich habe genug; No 170, Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Telemann Die stille Nacht (Der am Olberg zagende Jesus), TWV1:364. Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen (Der sterbende Jesus), TWV1:983...
'Jubilo'
'Jubilo' JS Bach Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV649 (a). Cantata No 147--Jesu, joy of man's desiring (b). In dulci jubilo, BWV729 (a). Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter auf Erden, BWV650 (a). Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV648 (a)....
Juon: Ukrainian Folk Songs. Russian Folk Songs
Juon Ukrainian Folk Songs. Russian Folk Songs. Jewish Folk Songs. Die drei Schwestern, Op 99 No 2. Der einsame Pfeifer, Op 21 No 3. Erinnerung, Op 13 No 2. Jugend, Op 13 No 3. Klage der Gattin, Op 13 No 1. Das Madchen, Op 2 No 2. Marchen, Op 21 No...
Krogulski Nowakowski: Krogulski Piano Octet
Krogulski * Nowakowski [G] Krogulski Piano Octet, Op 6a Nowakowski Piano Quintet, Op 17 aJan Krzeszowiec ft aRadostaw Soroka cl aErzhan Kulibaev, Lena Neudauer vns Katarzyna Budnik-Gatqzka va Marcin Zdunik vc Stawomir Rozlach db Nelson Goerner pi Fryderyk...
MacMillan
MacMillan Violin Concerto (a). Symphony No 4 (b) (a) Vadlm Repin vn (a) Gillian de Groote spkr BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Donald Runnicles Onyx (F) ONYX4157 (65' * DDD) (b) Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, August 3, 2015 Now...
'Mater Ora Filium': 'Music for Epiphany'
'Mater ora filium' 'Music for Epiphany' Bax Mater ora filium L Berkeley I sing of a maiden Bingham Epiphany (a) Byrd Ecce advenit dominator Dominus Clemens non Papa Magi veniunt ab oriente Cornelius The Three Kings (arr Ivor Atkins) Howells Here is...
Mendelssohn: String Quartets-No 5
Mendelssohn String Quartets--No 5, Op 44 No 3; No 6, Op 80. Four Pieces, Op 81--No 3, Capriccio; No 4, Fugue Escher Quartet BIS (F) BIS2160 (71' * DDD/DSD) With this, we reach the concluding disc of the Mendelssohn cycle by the Escher Quartet. As...
'Moliere a L'opera': 'Vocal and Instrumental Pieces from the Comedies-Ballets Created by Moliere'
'Moliere a l'opera' 'Vocal and instrumental pieces from the comedies-ballets created by Moliere' Excerpts from Charpentier Le manage force. Le Sicilien Lully Les amants magnifiques. Le bourgeois gentilhomme. Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. Pastorale comique....
Morricone
Morricone '60 Years of Music' Chi Mai. Cinema Paradiso--Love Theme; Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. A Fistful of Dollars--Titoli. A Fistful of Dynamite--Main Theme. For a Few Dollars More--Main Theme. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly--The Ecstasy of Gold;...
Mozart
Mozart Piano Concertos--No 17, K453; No 25, K503 The Cleveland Orchestra / Mitsuko Uchida pf Decca (F) 483 0716DH (67' * DDD) Recorded live at Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH, February 11-13, 2016 Hot on the heels of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's vivacious...
Mozart
Mozart Violin Concertos--No 1, K207; No 2, K211; No 3, K216; No 4, K218; No 5, K219. Adagio, K261. Rondos--K269; K373 Isabelle Faust vn II Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini Harmonia Mundi (M) (2) HMC90 2230/31 (129' * DDD) Mozart's violin concertos...
Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito
Mozart La clemenza di Tito Carlo Allemano ten Tito Nina Bernsteiner sop Vitellia Kate Aldrich mez Sesto Ann-Beth Solvang mez Annio Dana Marbach sop Servilia Marcell Bakonyi bar Publio Chorus...
Mozart: Mass in C Minor
Mozart [G] Mass in C minor, K427 (a). Exsultate, jubilate, K165 (with two versions of opening aria) (b) (ab) Carolyn Sampson sop (a) Olivia Vermeulen mez (a) Makoto Sakurada ten (a) Christian Immler bar Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki BIS (F)...
Mozart's Mass in C Minor: Masaaki Suzuki Talks to David Vickers about the Mysteries Surrounding Mozart's Great Mass
Mozart's abandoned 'great' Mass in C minor (K427) is even more of an enigma than his unfinished Requiem. He must have worked on its score some time between his marriage to Constanze Weber at Vienna's Stephansdom (August 4, 1782) and writing in a letter...
Mozart: String Quintets-No 5
Mozart String Quintets--No 5, K593 (two versions of finale); No 6, K614. Quintet Fragment, K515c Chilingirian Quartet with Yuko Inoue va CRD (F) CRD3523 (6V * DDD) The Chilingirian's cycle of Mozart's six string quintets has been nine years in the...
Muhly/Teitur: Confessions
Muhly/Teitur Confessions Teitur voc Holland Baroque / Nico Muhly Nonesuch (F) 7559 79443-0 (48' * DDD * T) A song describing a cat stuck up a tree, another about the smell of a printer, and (even more bizarrely) one that joyfully charts the journey...
Musical Connections
Schoenberg's Second String Quartet launches two very different listening journeys Songs with/out words Schoenberg uses songs both with and without words in his Second Quartet, including a bitingly satirical instrumental quotation of an Austrian...
Music Competitions Guide
With an increasing number of music competitions now being streamed, it's not only first-class musicians who can participate. Our international guide includes information on how to enter, and also how to be in the audience--even if that's from the comfort...
Music Has a Message, If We Choose to Listen: Founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and Christopher Stone as 'An Organ of Candid Opinion for the Numerous Possessors of Gramophones'
Tempting as it might be to declare this column a politics-free zone, not least in this, the most festive of seasons, to do so wouldn't really do justice to the relevance we all know music has to the world in the widest sense, something I discussed...
Norma
Norma Overture Opera Guides (series editor Gary Kahn) Alma Classics, PB, 256pp, 12.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-847-49594-5 Ask any enthusiast to name the definitive bel canto opera and Bellini's Norma will be the likeliest response. It's certainly...
'Oh, Boy!': Chabrier L'etoile-O Petite Etoile!
'Oh, Boy!' Chabrier L'etoile--O petite etoile! (Romance de l'etoile) Gluck/Berlioz Orphee et Eurydice--Amour, viens rendre a mon ame Gounod Faust--Versez vos chagrins dans mon ame. Romeo et Juliette Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maitre...Que fais...
Onslow: 'String Quintets
Onslow 'String Quintets, Vol 1' String Quintets--No 20, Op 45; No 26, Op 67 Elan Quintet Naxos (M) 8 573600 (65' * DDD) Amateur chamber musicians will need no introduction to Georges Onslow. One of his 30-odd two-cello quintets usually gets pulled...
Opera De Luxe and De Rigueurs
The major labels still seem to be a little unsure of exactly how to treat their extensive back catalogues. This is shown by the fact that Warner Classics has released, almost simultaneously, both a new batch of lavishly packaged remastered issues of...
Pleyel: String Quartets-Op 41 No 1
Pleyel String Quartets--Op 41 No 1; Op 41 No 2; Op 42 No 1; Op 42 No 2 Authentic Quartet Hungaroton (F) HCD32783 (62' * DDD) Ignaz Pleyel is one of those figures who seems to pop up everywhere: as both composition student of Haydn and his (it seems...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Op 64 Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko LAWO Classics (F) (2) LWC1105 (145' * DDD) Norwegian orchestras have been here before.. .up to a point. Mariss Jansons set down two suites from Romeo and Juliet with...
Psalms and Music
The contents of the biblical Book of Psalms have been treated in various ways down the centuries, and the traditions are still evolving. Andrew Mellor explores both chant-based renditions and composed settings When we speak of psalms--that's to...
Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil
This challenging 15-movement a cappella work, fully performable within an Orthodox liturgical context, has a patchy early recorded history, but today, finds Ivan Moody, Russian choirs have some serious competition Rachmaninov's unaccompanied choral...
Reger: 'Orchestral Songs'
Reger 'Orchestral Songs' Brahms Auf dem Kirchofe, Op 105 No 4 (a). Feldeinsamkelt, Op 86 No 2 (b). Immer lelser wird mein Schlummer, Op 105 No 2 (c). In Waldeinsamkeit, Op 85 No 6 (b). Sapphische Ode, Op 94 No 4 (c). Wir wandelten, wir zwei, Op 96...
Reich: WTC 9/11
Reich WTC 9/11. Different Trains Tana Quartet Megadisc (F) MDC7877 (43' * DDD) Steve Reich began transforming speech into music in the mid-1960s. I vividly remember my first encounter with Come Out (1966) as a young music student, and how my initial...
Reznicek
Reznicek Goldpirol. Wie Till Eulensplegel lebte. Konzertstuck (a). Prelude and Fugue. Nachtstuck (a) Sophie Jaffe vn Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Marcus Bosch CPO (F) CP0777 983-2 (69' * DDD) The works on this disc--part of a leisurely continuing...
Robert Russell Bennett
Robert Russell Bennett Suite of Old American Dances (a). Down to the Sea in Ships (b). Four Preludes (a). Symphonic Songs (b). Autobiography (a) Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra / (a) Clark Rundell, (b) Mark Heron Chandos (F)...
Rossini: Adelaide Di Borgogna-Salve
Rossini Adelaide di Borgogna--Salve, Italia ... O sacra alia Virtu ... Soffri la tua sventura. Serti intrecciar le Vergini ... Questi che a me presenta ... Vieni, tuo sposo e amante ... Al trono tuo primiero. Demetrio e Polibio--Pien di contento in...
Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet
Saint-Saens Piano Quintet, Op 14a. String Quartet No 1, Op 112 (a) Andrea Lumachi db (a) Andrea Lucchesini pf Cremona Quartet Audite (F) AUDITE97 728 (64' * DDD) The choice of the first of Saint-Saens's two string quartets is a rather apt pairing...
Schoenberg * Shostakovich: Schoenberg Kol Nidre
Schoenberg * Shostakovich Schoenberg Kol Nidre (a) Shostakovich Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti (b) Ildar Abdrazakov bass (a) Alberto Mizrahi narr Chicago Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Riccardo Muti CSO Resound (F) CSOR9011602 (57'...
Schubert: Four Impromptus
Schubert Four Impromptus, D899. Six German Dances, D820. Moments musicaux, D780 Lars Vogt pf Ondine (F) ODE1285-2 (67' * DDD) There's surprisingly little solo Schubert in Lars Vogt's discography, so this Ondine disc is welcome. What it reveals,...
Schubert: Piano Sonatas
Schubert Piano Sonatas--No 16, D845; No 19, D958 Louis Schwizgebel pf Aparte (F) AP133 (70' * DDD) It seems strange that my first thought on hearing Louis Schwizgebel's Schubert was that it feels insufficiently Beethovenian--or at least less so...
Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets
Shostakovich Complete String Quartets Brodsky Quartet Chandos (R) (F) CHAN10917 (6h 37' * DDD) Recorded live at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, March 4-6, 2016 With this live set, captured last March in Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw (not to be confused...
Simon Preston: Marc Rochester Celebrates the British Organist Who Made a Significant Contribution to the World of English Cathedral Music-Making before Becoming a Global Organ Sensation
It is a warm September evening in 1966. A tubby 12-year-old boy sits in a capacity audience at London's Royal Albert Hall eagerly awaiting the start of a concert in aid of the Royal College of Organists centenary appeal. He has been learning the organ...
'Sonnets': Aikin Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day
'Sonnets' Aikin Shall I compare thee to a summer's day Bowerman When most I wink Brahms Ein Sonett, Op 14 No 4 Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo. To lie flat on the back Caplet Doux tout le trait Liszt Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S270 Parry Bright...
Sony Classical Snaps Up Natalie Dessay as Sheku Kanneh-Mason Joins Decca
Sony Music Entertainment France has signed a long-term recording contract with French soprano Natalie Dessay, who said: 'I'm thrilled to work with Sony, who will accompany me in my new artistic life and new projects like "Pictures of America", Michel...
Standing Up for the Trumpet
Alison Balsom knows her own mind. Carving out a profession as a trumpet soloist--one of just a handful across the world--would be nigh on impossible without the ability to have a vision and stick to it. So I'm not surprised at her response when I ask...
Stepping Inside the World's Greatest Music Competitions: With Advances in Streaming and Online Interactivity, the Best Competitions Are as Exciting for Remote Audiences as They Are for Those Attending in the Flesh
The computer scientist Alan Kay once described technology as 'anything that wasn't around when you were born', but writing Gramophone's annual Competitions Guide again this year has been a pertinent reminder of how long even a single year can be in...
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4, Op 36. The Nutcracker. Op 71 Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Mariinsky (M) (2) [SACD]. MAR0593 (129' * DDD/DSD) A Nutcracker is for life, not just for Christmas. Or perhaps not. Valery Gergiev has abandoned his 1998...
Tchaikovsky: String Quartets-No 1
Tchaikovsky String Quartets--No 1, Op 11; No 3, Op 30 Heath Quartet Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7665 (66' * DDD) Although only five years separate Tchaikovsky's first and last string quartets, they are stylistically very different. The First, written...
Time Travel
An offshoot of the much older L'Oiseau-Lyre label, the Florilegium series was the brainchild of the producer Peter Wadland, who oversaw it until his untimely death in 1992. This handsome box set includes 50 recordings made between 1974 (the year in...
'Transformations'
'Transformations' D Lang Are You Experienced? (a) Schuller Contrabass Tuba Concerto No 2 (b) Stockhausen Harmonien D Wilson Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble (c) Aaron Tindall tuba (a) Steven Stucky narr (a) Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra; (b)...
'Tribute to Evgeny Svetlanov'
'Tribute to Evgeny Svetlanov' [DVD] Bartok Piano Concerto No 3, Sz119 (a) Prokofiev Seven, They Are Seven, Op 30 (b). Two Poems, Op 7 (c). Rachmaninov The Bells (d) (d) Tatiana Pavlovskaya sop (bd) Vsevolod Grivnov ten (d) Sergei Leiferkus bar (a)...
Verismo and Its Environs: Hugo Shirley Explores New Productions of Cornerstones of the Romantic Opera Repertory, from Cav & Pag to Otello
The big opera houses of the world have been clearing out their old productions of repertory staples--the lavish, detailed period productions by the likes of Franco Zeffirelli--for a while now. But the question as to what to replace them with has been...
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