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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1145, February

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Aesthetic Technologies of Modernity, Subjectivity and Nature
Aesthetic Technologies of Modernity, Subjectivity and Nature By Richard Leppert University of California Press, HB, 348pp, 58.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-5202-8737-2 Professor Leppert has worked a lot both with German philosopher Theodor...
Ahmas: Kaarmesormus (Snake Ring)
Kaarmesormus (Snake Ring) Ulla Raiskio mez Zagros Ensemble / Petri Komulainen Alba (M, 2) ABCD394 (96' * DDD * S) You can appreciate why Harri Ahmas describes his 2008 work Kaarmesormus ('Snake Ring') as a 'chamber opera' but the title is far...
'All Who Wander'
'All Who Wander' [G] Dvorak Gypsy Songs, Op 55 B104 Mahler Ruckert-Lieder. Erinnerung. Ich ging mit Lust. Scheiden und Meiden Sibelius A Kiss's Hope, Op 13 No 2. Six Songs, Op 36--No 1, Black Roses; No 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh; No 5, March Song. Five...
An Alternative Approach to Brahms: Michael Gielen Offers Intelligent, Highly Musical Recordings of the Brahms Symphonies and Concertos (REPLAY: Rob Cowan's Monthly Survey of Historic Reissues and Archive Recordings)
No one with well-functioning ears could accuse Michael Gielen of being besotted with tonal glamour so don't expect his Brahms--the focal point of SWR Music's 'Michael Gielen Edition, Vol 3'--to deliver the heft, sweetness or regal polish of, say, Karajan...
Andras Schiff: 'The V International Tchaikovsky Competition'
Andras Schiff 'The V International Tchaikovsky Competition' Brahms Piano Concerto No 1, Op 15a. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op 24 Liszt La leggierezza, S144 No 2 Pirumov Scherzo Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 3, Op 28 Rachmaninov...
Animals in Music: There Are the Usual Suspects by Salnt-Saens, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and So on, but Here Harriet Smith Digs Deep to Find a Host of Less Obvious Examples of Pieces Inspired by the Animal Kingdom
Composers through the centuries have found great delight in depicting animals and birds of all shapes and sizes, domesticated or otherwise, real and imaginary. For some, it seems to bring a return to innocence, yielding music of almost childlike simplicity....
Bach
Bach Cello Suites Nos 1-6, BWV1007-1012 Pierre Fournier vc Archiv Produktion (o, e) 449 7112 Fournier is splendidly assured in technique and warm in tone throughout, and is excellently recorded (in rather more resonant surroundings than...
'Bach 2 the Future, Vol 2'
'Bach 2 the Future, Vol 2' [G] JS Bach Solo Violin Sonata No 3, BWV1005 Beamish Intrada e Fuga Maxwell Davies Sonatina for Violin Alone, Op 334 Sibelius En glad musikant Stravinsky Elegie Sutton Arpeggiare Variations Ysaye Solo Violin...
Bach's Flute Sonatas BWV 1030-1035: Caroline Gill Surveys Available Recordings of These Accompanied Sonatas, Which Present a Minefield in Terms of Dating, Attribution and Instrumentation, Reflecting Bach's Uncertain Relationship with the Flute
There has long been disagreement about whether Bach did or did not know very much about the flute, and still further dissent about whether he was particularly interested in it. One thing is definitely true: the Six Flute Sonatas, BWV1030-1035 (written...
Bartok * Krenek * Schoenberg: 'Elegy'
Bartok * krenek * Schoenberg 'Elegy' Bartok Piano Concerto No 3, Sz119a Krenek Symphonic Elegy, Op 105 Schoenberg Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op 34. Piano Concerto, Op 42 (a) (F) Pina Napolitano pf Liepaja Symphony Orchestra...
Bashful Baritone
His voice can move critics to tears but, with another disc due out, Christian Gerhaher prefers the focus to be on the music rather than himself finds Hugo Shirley Christian Gerhaher meets me in the foyer of a smart Berlin hotel by Potsdamer Platz,...
Bax * Finzi * Ireland
Bax I sing of a maiden that is makeless. This worldes joie Finzi God is gone up. Let us now praise famous men. Lo, the full, final sacrifice. Magnificat. My lovely one. Welcome sweet and sacred feast Ireland Ex ore innocentium. Greater love hath no...
Beethoven * Chopin Enescu
Beethoven * Chopin Enescu Beethoven Two Rondos, Op 51 Chopin Ballade No 3, Op 47. Introduction et Rondo, Op 16. Nocturne No 16, Op 55 No 2. Polonaise No 6, 'Heroic', Op 53 Enescu Suite No 2, Op 10 Charles Richard-Hamelin pf Analekta...
Beethoven: 'Complete Sonatas & Variations for Cello & Piano'
Beethoven 'Complete Sonatas & Variations for Cello & Piano' Ralph Kirshbaum ve Sha i Wosner pf Onyx (M) (2) ONYX4178 (134' * DDD) What better way to celebrate an important birthday than with the Beethoven cello sonatas? It's hard...
Bloch * Dallapiccola * Ligeti
Bloch * Dallapiccola * Ligeti [G] Bloch Three Solo Cello Suites Dallapiccola Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio Ligeti Solo Cello Sonata Natalie Clein vc Hyperion (F) CDA68155 (64' * DDD) Despite the appeal and popularity of Bloch's Schelomo,...
Boito: Mefistofele
Boito [DVD, BR] Boito Mefistofele Rene Pape bass Mefistofele Joseph Calleja ten Faust Kristine Opolais sop Margherita Karine Babajanyan sop Elena Heike Grotzinger mez Marta Andrea Borghini bar ...
Brahms: Piano Concertos
Brahms Piano Concertos No 1, Op 15; No 2, Op 83 Rudolf Buchbinder pf Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta Sony Classical (M) (2) 88985 37158-2 (9V * DDD) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, March 7-10,2015 This is a recording...
Bruckner: Symphony No 4
Bruckner [DVD][BR] Symphony No 4, Romantic' (1878-80 version, ed Haas) Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann Video director Agnes Meth C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 732508; (F) [BR] 732604 (75' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.0,...
Bryce Morrison Pays Tribute to This Colossus of 20th-Century British Piano Playing Whose Repertoire Was of Epic Proportions and Whose Relatively Short Life Was Far from Easy
The three iconic 20th-century British pianists are Solomon, Myra Hess and Clifford Curzon. But then there is John Ogdon, a pianist cut from different cloth. Different because although he was capable of delicate, luminous and fine-spun playing (shall...
'Caerulean'
'Caerulean' Aperghis Damespiel Barrett Flechtwerk (a) Cassidy The wreck of former boundaries Kagel Elegie. Pieza Morishita Skin, Gelatine, Soot Saunders Caerulean Carl Rosman cls (a) Mark Knoop pf Huddersfleld Contemporary Records (F) HCR12CD...
C Forster * Homilius * Rolle * Stolzel: 'Christmas Cantatas'
'Christmas Cantatas' C Forster Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe Homilius Erhohet die Tore der Welt Rolle Jauchze, du Tochter Zion. Siehe, Finsternis bedecket das Erdenreich Stolzel Kundlich gross ist das gottselige Geheimnis Hanna Herfurtner...
Cherubini * Plantade: Cherubini Requiem a la Memoire De Louis XVI Plantade Messe Des Morts a la Memoire De Marie-Antoinette
Cherubini Requiem a la memoire de Louis XVI Plantade Messe des morts a la memoire de Marie-Antoinette Le Concert Spirituel/Herve Niquet Alpha (F) ALPHA251 (69' * DDD * T/t) Herve Niquet brings together two posthumous tributes to Louis...
Chopin: 'Late Works'
Chopin 'Late Works' Barcarolle, Op 60. Three Mazurkas, Op 59. Three Mazurkas, Op 63. Mazurka, Op posth 68 No 4. Two Nocturnes, Op 62. Polonaise No 7, 'Polonaise-fantaisie', Op 61. Three Waltzes, Op 64 Maurizio Pollini pf nr, (F) 479 6127GH...
Classical Music Is Right to Champion the Young
There's an understandable, and important, tendency in classical music to place great emphasis on the past. This is true both in terms of repertoire--the bulk of what we hear on disc and in the concert hall having been written many years, often centuries,...
Crane: Events. John White in Berlin. Old Life
Crane Events. John White in Berlin. Old Life Was Rubbish. Riis. Sound of Horse Asamisimasa Hubro (F) HUBROCD2582; (F) (2) [LP] HUBROLP3582 (55' * DDD) These five scores by the British composer Laurence Crane were written over a period...
C Simpson: The Four Seasons
C Simpson [G] The Four Seasons Sirius Viols Deutsche Harmonia Mundl (F) 8887519098-2 (74' * DDD) Christopher Simpson's The Four Seasons is an unusual thing. Each season lasts about 15-20 minutes and consists of a Fancy (Fantasy), an...
Del Tredici * Herrmann: Del Tredici Magyar Madness
Del Tredici * Herrmann Del Tredici Magyar Madness (a) Herrmann Souvenirs de voyage (b) Michel Lethiec c/ Fine Arts Quartet Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559796 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at the Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuxa, Prades, France,...
'Distant Light'
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op 24 Bjork All is Full of Love. Joga. Virus (all arr Hans Eck) Hillborg The Strand Settings Renee Fleming sop Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo Decca (F) 483 0415DH (48' * DDD * T) Digital bonus...
Dove: An Airmail Letter from Mozart
An Airmail Letter from Mozart (a). For an Unknown Soldier (b) (b) Nicky Spence ten (b) Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir; (b) Oxford Bach Choir; "children's choirs of The Minster Junior School, Monks Orchard Primary School & Ecclesbourne...
Dvorak * R Strauss * Elizondo * Massenet: Dvorak Carnival
Dvorak * R Strauss * Elizondo * Massenet Dvorak Carnival, Op 92 B169a. Symphony No 8, Op 88 B163a Elizondo Danzas latinoamericanas, 'Otono en Buenos Aires' (b) Massenet Don Quichotte--Interlude No 2, 'La Tristesse de Dulcinee' R Strauss Don Quixote,...
Dvorak: Symphony No 9
Dvorak Symphony No 9, 'From the New World', Op 95 B178. The Noon Witch, Op 108 B196 Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra / Marcus Bosch Coviello (F) [SACD] COV91618 (56' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at the Meistersingerhalle, Nurnberg, May...
'Early Transcriptions'
'Early Transcriptions' JS Bach/Busonl Chaconne (Partita No 2, BWV1004) Handel/Liszt Sarabande und Chaconne zu dem Singspiel Almira, S181 Marcello/JS Bach Concerto, BWV974 Mozart/ Liszt/Howard Fantasie uber Themen aus die Oper Le nozze...
Elgar * Ligeti * Stravinsky * Wagner: Elgar Cello Concerto
Elgar * Ligeti * Stravinsky * Wagner [DVD] [BR] [G] Elgar Cello Concerto, Op 85 (a) Ligeti Atmospheres Stravinsky The Rite of Spring Wagner Lohengrin--Prelude, Act 1 (a) Sol Gabetta vc Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle Video...
'Encores after Beethoven'
'Encores after Beethoven' [G] JS Bach Keyboard Partita No 1, BWV825-Menuet; Gigue. Prelude and Fugue, BWV867 Beethoven Andante favori, Wo057 Haydn Keyboard Sonata, HobXVI/44 Mozart Eine kleine Gigue, 574 Schubert Allegretto, D915. Allegro assai,...
Enescu: Violin Sonatas
Enescu Violin Sonatas--No 2, Op 6; No 3, 'dans le caractere populaire roumain', Op 25. Impressions d'enfance, Op 28 Daniel Rowland vn Natacha Kudritskaya pf Champs Hill (F) CHRCD120 (74' * DDD) The piano ripples over the opening phrase...
Fau Re: Barcarolles
Fau re Barcarolles--No 3, Op 42; No 12, Op 1066/s. Impromptu No 5, Op 102. Nocturnes--No 1, Op 33 No 1; No 7, Op 74; No 13, Op 119. Nine Preludes, Op 103. Romance sans paroles, Op 17 No 3. Theme et variations, Op 73 Hannes Minnaar...
Gesualdo: 'O Dolce Mio Tesoro'
'O dolce mio tesoro' Madrigali a cinque voci. Libro sesto Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe PHI (F) LPH024 (65' * DDD * T/t) Along with the Fifth Book of Madrigals issued alongside it, Gesualdo's Sixth Book charts the culmination...
Giacomo Puccini and His World
Giacomo Puccini and His World Edited by Arman Schwartz & Emanuele Senici Princeton University Press, PB, 360pp, 24.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-6911-7286-6 Stemming from annual events at the Bard Music Festival, Princeton's 'composer...
Glass: Music for the Crucible
Glass Music for the Crucible Miranda Cuckson vn Jeffrey Zeigler vc Orange Mountain (F) 0MM0112 (4V * DDD) Glass has long maintained that he is a theatre composer rather than a minimalist, and has drawn inspiration from the medium over a...
Goldberg: 'Beyond the Variations'
Goldberg 'Beyond the Variations' Sonatas--DurG10; DurG11; DurG12; DurG13; DurG14 Rebel / Jorg-Michael Schwarz vn Bridge (F) BRIDGE9478 (60' * DDD) Yes, it's that Goldberg, he of the Variations: the same one whose service as court...
Gramophone Collector New from Neos and Wergo: Richard Whitehouse Delves into a Pile of Discs Showcasing a Range of Modern European Composers
German labels remain steadfast in promoting new music, with this selection taking in seven composers born four decades apart. That York Holler (b1944) is the senior figure is evidence not of reaction, but of a perspective that has evolved across 50...
Gramophone Collector Strings to Brilliants Bow: Charlotte Gardner Listens to (Mostly Baroque) Italian String Music from Brilliant Classics, Ranging from the Familiar to the Obscure
There is no such thing as a "full price" Brilliant Classics CD', trumpets the company's website, and it's absolutely true; with the standard price for even a brand-new recording hovering around the 7 [pounds sterling] mark, the Dutch label even undercuts...
Gramophone: Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 1, 'Winter Daydreams'. The Tempest Orchestra of St Luke's /Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi * PETER QUANTRILL'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 26 Pablo...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Peter Quantrill Admires Pablo Heras-Casado's Classy Account of Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, Which So Vividly Places the Work in Its Post-Mendelssohn, Pre-Brahms Context
[G] Tchaikoysky Symphony No 1, 'Winter Daydreams', Op 13. The Tempest, Op 18 Orchestra of St Luke's / Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi (a) HMC90 2220 (68' * DDD) Victoria, Monteverdi, Carter, Boulez and a great deal in between: Pablo...
Greco: Geografias del Silencio
Greco Geografias del silencio (a). In Passing (b). Off with its Head! (c). Swallow (d) (b) Ellen Corver, (a) Duncan Gifford pf (b) Jan Kouwenhoven ob/cor ang (b) Peter Brunt vn (b) Arjen Uitenbogaard vc (c) Enigma Ensemble / Klaus Simon; Netherlands...
Gretry: L'epreuve Villageoise
L'epreuve villageoise Sophie Junker sop Denise TaliseTrevigne sop Madame Hubert Thomas DolieUar La France Francisco Fernandez-Rueda ten Andre Opera Lafayette / Ryan Brown Naxos (M)...
Guretzky * Cernohorsky: Cernohorsky
Guretzky * Cernohorsky Cernohorsky Fugue in A minor Guretzky Violin Concerto in D. Cello Concertos--D-WD573; D-WD574; D-WD575; D-WD577 The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen Chandos Chaconne (F) CHAN0816 (73' * DDD) The Harmonious...
Handel: Aure Soavi, E Liete, HWV84
Aure soavi, e liete, HWV84. Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV98. Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV102a. GiU nei Tartarei regni, HWV187. Pensieri notturni di Filli: nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV134. Tacete, ohime, tacete, HWV196. Tu fedel? Tu costante?, HWV171a ...
Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Haydn Piano Sonatas--HobXVI/20; HobXVI/34; HobXVi/50; HobXVI/52. Sonata (Un piccolo divertimento: Variations), HobXVII/6 Leon McCawley pf Somm Celeste (F) SOMMCD0162 (79' * DDD) No doubt about it, compared to the Mozart piano sonatas Haydn's...
Haydn * Schumann Scriabin: 'Klavierabend'
Haydn * Schumann Scriabin 'Klavierabend' Haydn Piano Sonata, HobXVI/52 Schumann Fantasie, Op 17 Scriabin Piano Sonata No 3, Op 23 Jasmin Arakawa pf MSR Classics (F) MS1619 (68' * DDD) A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs...
Haydn: String Quartets
Haydn String Quartets--Op 54; Op 55 The London Haydn Quartet Hyperion (c) (e) CDA68160 (153' * DDD) Is there a greater musical treat than sitting down to listen to a new set of Haydn quartets (well, apart from actually playing them)? The...
Henselt: Ballade
Henselt Ballade, Op 31. Berceuse (Wiegenlied), WoO (Op 45). Deux Nocturnes, Op 6. Deux Petites valses, Op 28. Four Impromptus. Grande valse, 'L'aurore boreale' ('Das Nordlicht'), Op 30. Mon chant du cygne (Mein Schwanengesang), WoO. Tableau musical:...
'Heracleitus'
Butterworth When the lad for longing sighs. Bredon Hill. On the Idle Hill of Summer. With rue my heart is laden. Fill a glass with golden wine. On the Way to Kew. Suite for String Quartet Gurney Ludlow and Teme. Adagio. The Cloths of Heaven. Severn...
Hillborg: The Swedish Composer Going Places
He has composed for leading orchestras in LA, Berlin, Chicago and Zurich, but Anders Hillborg s piece for Renee Fleming brought him home to Stockholm for a live recording that has now been released on Decca, writes Andrew Mellor Stockholm. In no...
Humperdinck: Hansel Und Gretel
Humperdinck [DVD, BR] Hansel und Gretel Daniela Sindram mez Hansel lleana Tonca sop Gretel Janina Baechle mez Gertrud Adrian Erod bar Peter Annika Gerhards sop Sandman/Dew Fairy...
JB Bach: Four Ouvertures
JB bach Four Ouvertures L'Acheron/Francois Joubert-Caillet bass viol Ricercar (F) RIC373 (77' * DDD) How many careless shoppers, I wonder, will buy this disc thinking it contains the four Ouvertures (or Orchestral Suites) of JS Bach? Given...
JS Bach: 'Actus Tragicus'
'Actus tragicus' Cantatas--No 12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen; No 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus); No 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir; No 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich Vox Luminis/ Lionel Meunier ...
JS Bach: 'Bach without Words'
JS Bach 'Bach Without Words' Instrumental movements and arrangements from Cantatas Nos 4, 17, 20, 26, 40, 42, 62, 68, 76, 97, 105, 120, 127, 131, 133, 140, 146, 150, 163, 166, 191 and 202 Lautten Compagney Deutsche Harmonia Mundl (F) 8887519467-2...
'L'Ange & le Diable'
'L'Ange & le Diable' Forqueray Suite No 5 (exes) Leclair Sonata, Op 9 No 8 Locatelli Sonata, Op 6 No 12 Tartini Sonata, 'The Devil's Trill', BG5 ChouchaneSiranossian vn Jos van Immerseel hpd Alpha (F) ALPHA255 (68' * DDD) This...
Liszt: Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies
Liszt Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies Vincenzo Maltempo pf Piano Classics (B) (S) PCLD0108 (150' * DDD) In 1968 Alfred Brendel shrewdly observed of Liszt's Rhapsodies, 'these are the pieces we perhaps have the most to make restitution to'....
'Madrigali Diminuti'
Anonymous Pacientia ognom mi dice. Padouana della Ragioni. Padouana La Ternarina. Se a vostra voglia De Barberis Fantasia sopra se mai provasti. Madonna qual certezza Lurano Aldi donna non dormire Tromboncino Nunquafu pena magiore Verdelot Ardenti...
Mahler: Symphony No 2
Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection' Olena Tokar sop Hermine Haselbock mez Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno; Lille National Orchestra / Jean-Claude Casadesus Evidence (F) (2) EVCD027 (84' * DDD) Recorded live at the Auditorium di Nouveau...
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff
Mascagni [G] Guglielmo Ratcliff Angelo Villari ten Guglielmo Ratcliff Mariangela Sicilia sop Maria David Stout bar Count Douglas Annunziata Vestri mez Margherita Gianluca Buratto...
Meyerbeer: 'Songs, Vol 2'
'Songs, Vol 2' A une jeune mere. A Venezia. Ballade dans la comedie Murillo. La barque legere. Chant des Moissonneurs vendeens. Fantaisie. La fille de l'air. Hirtenlied (a). La Marguerite du poete. La pauvre Louise. Le poete mourant. Pres de toi"....
Mondonville: Six Trio Sonatas
Mondonville Six Trio Sonatas, Op 2 Ensemble Diderot Audax (F) ADX13707 (67' * DDD) I've always rather liked the portrait of Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville. With his bonny face, playful smile and tidy steel-coloured wig with matching...
Mozart * Poulenc: Mozart Violin Sonatas
Mozart * Poulenc Mozart Violin Sonatas--No 18, K301; No 21, K304; No 26, K378 Poulenc Violin Sonata Esther Hoppe vn Alasdair Beatson pf Claves (F) 50-1701 (67' * DDD) Poulenc wasn't too sure about violin sonatas: 'The prima donna violin...
Musical Connections: James Jolly Embarks on Two Musical Journeys Inspired
German song-cycles The invention of the song-cycle is usually credited to Beethoven and Weber, and both composers' cycles are rewarding listens. The Beethoven is a wonderful creation which elevates the piano's role to that of equal (especially given...
'New South American Discoveries'
Agudelo El sombreron Errazuriz La Caravana Fernandez Una musica escondida (a) Gervasoni Icarus Grossmann Wayra Luzuriaga Responsorio Vega Musica muisca Vergara Mecanica (a) Kristian Ofstad Lindbert, Sveinung Bjelland pf Norwegian...
New Year Honours for Dame Evelyn Glennie, Bryn Terfel and Iestyn Davies
Several classical musicians were recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours list, including a knighthood for Bryn Terfel and an MBE for Iestyn Davies. Dame Evelyn Glennie became a Companion of Honour, which is conferred by the Queen on a very select...
Obituaries: A Conductor Who Recorded with Maria Callas, a Superb Cellist and a Much-Loved British Pianist
GEORGES PRETRE Conductor Born August 24, 1924 Died January 4, 2017 The veteran conductor Georges Pretre has died at his home in the South West of France; he was 92. He is perhaps best known as the conductor of two of Maria Callas's late...
Onkyo DP-X1: It May Share Some Technology with Its Pioneer Stablemate but This Hi-Res Player Is Much More Than a 'Me Too' Machine
Recent years have seen all kinds of alliances formed in the consumer electronics industry, as companies have joined forces the better to weather the currently tricky market conditions and emerge stronger, and even once-fierce rivals have found themselves...
'Opera Gala'
'Opera Gala' (g, h) 'Live from Baden-Baden' Arias and ensembles from Bizet Carmen Boito Mefistofele Bock Fiddler on the Roof Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur Gounod Faust Lehar Das Land des Lachelns Mascagni L'amico Fritz. Cavalleria rusticana Puccini Tosca...
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
Barbican Hall, London & BBC Radio 3 Violinist Carolin Widmann premieres Zev Gordon's concerto, February 3, broadcast on February 6 This Barbican concert from the BBC Symphony Orchestra contains the world premiere of a BBC commission, British...
Peter Eotvos: The Hungarian Composer's Works, Rooted in Contemporary Social Issues, Combine Tradition and Innovation
Bartok (b1881) and Kodaly (b1882); Ligeti (b1923) and Gyorgy Kurtag (b1926): on that basis, tidy-minded music historians might have confidently predicted that the next pair of internationally celebrated Hungarian composers would be born during the...
Pintscher: Bereshit
Pintscher Bereshit (a). Songs from Solomon's Garden (b). Uriel (c) (b) Evan Hughes toarcE ric-Maria Couturier vc (c) Dimitri Vassilakis pf (ab) Ensemble Intercontemporain/Matthias Pintscher Alpha (F) ALPHA218 (74' * DDD * T/t) I'd...
Pioneers of Power: For Composers from Stockhausen to Skelton, Electronic Music Has Provided an Opportunity to Explore the Emotional Interior of Exterior Sounds, Argues Philip Clark
Electricity, you might have noticed, is all the rage, and all music today, to a greater or lesser extent, is electronic. That performance you heard last night at Wigmore Hall of Schubert's C major String Quintet likely built on a relationship with...
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas
Prokofiev Piano Sonatas--No 2, Op 14; No 6, Op 82; No 8, Op 84 Alexander Melnikovpf Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2202 (70' * DDD) To listeners who know Alexander Melnikov's cultivated musicality and fastidious pianism--so beautifully manifest...
Prokofiev * Rachmaninov * Scriabin: Prokofiev Cello Sonata
Prokofiev * Rachmaninov * Scriabin Prokofiev Cello Sonata, Op 119. Cinderella, Op 97bis--Adagio Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, Op 19. Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 Scriabin Romance Johannes Moser vc Andrei Korobeinikov pf Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186...
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No 1, Op 80. Five Melodies, Op 35b. Five Pieces from Cinderella. Suite from Romeo and Juliet Lisa Oshima vn Stefan Stroissnig pf Quartz (F) QTZ2119 (70' * DDD) The Japanese violinist Lisa Oshima has by no means...
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Puccini Manon Lescaut Anna Netrebko sop Manon Lescaut Yusif Eyvazov ten Des Grieux Armando Pina bar Lescaut Carlos Chausson bass-bar Geronte Benjamin Bernheim ten Edmondo Vienna State Opera...
Reger: Violin Concerto
Reger Violin Concerto, Op 101 (adaptation by Rudolf Kolisch) Elena Denisova vn Gustav Mahler Ensemble / Alexei Kornienko Oehms (F) OC1862 (47' * DDD) Recorded 2003 This is a fascinating slant on an effective arrangement, though...
Saariaho: 'Chamber Music for Strings, Vol 2'
Saariaho 'Chamber Music for Strings, Vol 2' Die Aussicht (a). Aure. Changing Light (b). ... de la terre (b). Du gick, flog (a). Fleurs de neige. Nocturne. Terra memoria (a) Pia Freund sop (b) Marko Myohanen elees Meta4 Ondine (F) ODE1242-2...
Salieri: La Scuola De' Gelosi
Salieri La scuola de' gelosi Emiliano d'Aguanno ten Conte Bandiera Francesca Mazzulli Lombardi sop Contessa Federico Sacchi bass Blasio Roberta Mameli sop Ernestina Florian Gotz bar ...
Schubert: 'Ladies Only-Love and Lament'
'Ladies Only--Love and Lament' Claudine von Villa Bella, D239--Arietta di Claudine. Delphine, D857. Ellen's Erster Gesang, D837. Ellen's Zweiter Gesang, D838. Ellen's Dritter Gesang, D839. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D126. Gretchen's Bitte, D564. Iphigenia,...
Schubert: String Quartets
Schubert [G] String Quartets--No 12, 'Quartettsatz', D703; No 15, D887 Doric Quartet Chandos (F) CHAN10931 (62' * DDD) Here we have a follow-up to the Doric's acclaimed 2012 disc pairing the Rosamunde and Death and the Maiden, this time...
Schulhoff: 'Forbidden Music'
'Forbidden Music' Piano Concerto [No 2], Op 43 (a). Suite No 3. Suite dansante en jazz. Ironies, Op 34 (b) Daahoud Salim, bNadezda Filippova pf (a) Amsterdam Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Grams Challenge Classics (F) CC72730 (59'...
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op 48. Funf Lieder, Op 40
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Schumann: 'In Search of Original Sound'
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Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas
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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
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Sibelius: 'In the Stream of Life'
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Stewart Copeland: The Co-Founder and Drummer of the Police on Taming the Complicated Beast' That Is the Orchestra
My grandmother was a diva at the Paris Opera. My father was a trumpet player--he even played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on one occasion. But then the war happened and he became a CIA agent. I was born in Langley, Virginia, the headquarters for...
Stravinsky * Nikolaev: Nikolaev
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Stravinsky's the Firebird: Conductor Ludovic Morlot Shares His Insights about Stravinsky's Ballet with Thomas May
Stravinsky's The Firebird is one of the most frequently performed of his works--yet aspects of this score remain paradoxically little-known. One reason for that is the somewhat dismissive attitude the composer himself later voiced, though he conducted...
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies-No 4
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The Best Thing Samsung Can Do with the High-End Brands It Now Owns Is Leave Them Well Alone: The Twists and Turns of Who Owns What in Hi-Fi Continued throughout the Past Year
So it wasn't quite the deal we were expecting, but it it was quite a deal! Back in November a story surfaced in the Korean business press that Samsung, the enormous family-owned company with interests in everything from cars to supermarkets to the...
The 'Essential Toscanini; Richard Osborne on an Invigorating Toscanini Set and Rob Cowan Revisits the Best of David Oistrakh
Arturo Toscanini's association with the gramophone and his long-time record company, RCA Victor, began in Camden, New Jersey in the winter of 1920-21. From the gramophone's point of view, it was love at first sight, such was the purity and beauty of...
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David Oistrakh's early prime marked something of a revolution in violin playing. Nothing quite like it had been heard before, 'the way [his] Brahms was like a big coat' (Anne-Sophie Mutter), where 'every note taken care of 100 per cent' (Nicola Benedetti),...
The Full Monteverdi: Iain Fenlon Examines a Variety of Approaches to the Music of Monteverdi and His Contemporaries
Trained at the cathedral in provincial Cremona, Monteverdi was just 17 when he published his book of three-voice canzonette. Designed for the domestic market of amateur performers, its light and airy contents are presented now by Armoniosoincanto in...
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