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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 1147, April

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Ades
Ades Asyla, Op 17a. Brahms, Op 21b. Polaris (Voyage for Orchestra)c. Tevotc Samuel Dale Johnson bar London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Ades LSO Live (F) ([SACD] + [BR]) LS00798 (63' * DDD/DSD * DTS-HD MA5.1 & LPCM stereo 24 bit/192kHz * T/t)...
Alwyn
Alwyn String Quartets--No 10, 'En voyage'; No 11; No 12,'Fantasia'; No 13 Tippett Quartet Somm (F) SOMMCDO165 (70' * DDD) Although William Alwyn's extensive catalogue includes three 'official' string quartets dating from 1953, 1975 and 1984,...
A Master Musician: Mstislav Rostropovich's Impact on Music Remains Unequalled
A recent BBC film surveyed 'Classic Cellists' of the last century. As the credits rolled, Mstislav Rostropovich brought the Rococo Variations to a finish of extraordinary elan. There was, so it seemed at the time, nothing left to say. This was as good...
A Scarlatti * Palestrina
A Scarlatti * Palestrina Palestrina Surrexit pastor bonus. Tu es Petrus A Scarlatti Messa Clementina. 0 magnum mysterium. Salve regina Le Parnasse Francais / Louis Castelain Paraty (F) PARATY316153 (51' * DDD * T/t) Missa Clementina, the first...
Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No 9, 'Choral', Op 125 Rachel Nicholls sop Kelley O'Connor mez John Mac Master ten Kevin Deas bass-bar Colorado Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Andrew Litton Colorado Symphony (F) [SACD] CSCD001 (66' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live...
Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No 2, Op 36. Overtures: Coriolan, Op 62; Egmont, Op 84; Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Op 43; Die Ruinen von Athen, Op 113; Zur Namensfeier, Op 115 Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn / Stefan Blunier Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) [SACD] MDG9371977-6...
Beethoven * Franck
Beethoven * Franck Beethoven Violin Sonata No 9, 'Kreutzer', Op 47 (arr Franchomme) Franck Violin Sonata (arr Delsart) Roberto Trainini ve Cristiano Burato pf Brilliant (B) 95191 (69'-DDD) 'Up high it sounds nasal, and down low it grumbles':...
Beethoven: 'Liszt-Beethoven Complete Symphonies, Vol 2'
'Liszt-Beethoven Complete Symphonies, Vol 2' Beethoven/Liszt Symphony No 3, 'Erolca', Op 55 (S464 No 3) Beethoven Bagatelles, Op 126 Gabriele Baldocci pf Dynamic (F) CDS7771 (72' * DVD) While Liszt's solo piano arrangements of Beethoven's symphonies...
'Beneath the Northern Star'
'Beneath the Northern Star' 'The Rise of English Polyphony, 1270-1430' Alanus Sub Arturo plebs/Fons citharizancium/ [In omnem terraml Anonymous Alleluia: Christo iubilemus. Ave mundi rosa. Credo--Old Hall Manuscript No 74; No 90. Kyrie Cuthberte...
Berlioz
Berlioz [DVD] Symphonie fantastique, Op 14 La Chambre Philharmonique / Emmanuel Krivine Video director Olivier Simonnet Alpha (F) [DVD] ALPHA714 (125' * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM stereo * 0 * S) Recorded live at the Cite de la Musique, Paris, May 27,2014....
Bizet
Bizet [DVD] [BR] Les pecheurs de perles Diana Damrau sop Leila Matthew Polenzani ten Nadir Mariusz Kwiecien bar Zurga Nicolas Teste bass-bar Nourabad Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Stage...
Brahms
Brahms 'Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: The First Recording' Symphonies--No 3. Op 90; No 4, Op 98 NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Hamburg / Thomas Hengelbrock Sony Classical (F) 88985 40508-2 (76' * DDD) These recordings are the first to be made in the...
Brahms: Ballades, Op 10: British Pianist Jonathan Plowright Shares Strong Opinions about This Music with Jeremy Nicholas
Jonathan Plowright is talking about the actual physical score from which he likes to play Brahms. 'I use the Henle edition--for consistency, the layout and other factors like the colour of the paper,' he says. 'All these small things make a difference....
Brahms * Mahler
Brahms * Mahler Brahms Piano Quartet No 2, Op 26 Mahler Piano Quartet Anton Barakhovsky vn Alexander Zemtsov va Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt vc Eldar Nebolsin pf Naxos (M) 8 572799 (60' * DDD) In January I enthused about the first instalment of Brahms...
Brahms: 'Rereading Brahms'
Brahms as [DVD] 'Rereading Brahms' The Complete Symphonies Svizzera Italiana Orchestra / Markus Poschner Sony Classical (F) [DVD] 88985 38886-9 (3h 12' * PAL * 16:9 * DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, October...
Brahms * Schumann
Brahms * Schumann Brahms Three Violin Sonatas Schumann Violin Sonata No 1, Op 105 Allegretto Ingolf Turban vn Gabriele Seidel-Hell pf Oehms (F) 0C1867 (7V * DDD) Recorded live in Munich, April 13,2016 Ingolf Turban marks 30 years of performing...
Brahms: 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 4'
'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 4' Four Ballades, Op 10. Four Piano Pieces, Op 119. Two Rhapsodies, Op 79. Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 35 Jonathan Plowright pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2137 (82' * DVD/DSD) As we reach Volume 4 of this...
Braunfels
Braunfels [DVD] Ulenspiegel Marc Horus ten Till Ulenspiegel Christa Ratzenbock mez Nele Joachim Goltz bar Provost Hans Peter Scheidegger bass Klas Andreas Jankowitsch...
'British Tone Poems, Vol 1'
'British Tone Poems, Vol 1' Alwyn Blackdown Austin Spring Bantock The Witch of Atlas HB Gardiner A Berkshire Idyll Gurney A Gloucestershire Rhapsody Vaughan Williams The Solent BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Rumon Gamba Chandos (F) CHAN10939...
Bruckner
Bruckner Symphony No 2 (1872 version, ed Carragan) Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra / Ivor Bolton Oehms (F) OC447 (72' * DDD) Recorded live at the Grosses Festsplelhaus, Salzburg, October 2-4,2015 Despite Ivor Bolton's Bruckner recordings having...
Bruckner: Symphony No 6 (Ed Haas)
Bruckner [DVD] [BR] Symphony No 6 (ed Haas) Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann Video director Henning Kasten C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 738208: (F) [BR] 738304 (63' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080I * DTS-HD MA5.0, DTS5.0 & PCM stereo * 0)...
Building a Bright Future for Classical Music
Great public architecture generally expresses eloquently the society which builds it. For much of modern history, it was about the glorification of God. In more recent centuries, politics and power became the stronger focus: think of the mercantile...
Carissimi
Carissimi 'Eight Motets' Audivi vocem. Christus factus est. Dixit Dominus. Hodie Salvator mundi. Silentium. Sustinuimus. Timete Domlnum. Usquequo peccatores Consortium Carissimi / Garrick Comeaux Naxos (M) 8 573258 (66' * DDD * T/t) Garrick Comeaux...
Chopin
Chopin 'The Complete Works. Vol 13--Parnassus' Barcarolle, Op 60. Berceuse, Op 57. Three Mazurkas, Op 56. Three Mazurkas, Op 59. Moderato, KKIVb/12. Two Nocturnes, Op 62. Piano Sonata No 3, Op 58 Ian Hobson pf Zephyr (F) Z147-16 (70' * DDD) ...
Chopin: Four Ballades. Fantaisie, Op 49
Four Ballades. Fantaisie, Op 49. Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35 Angela Brownridge pf Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72728 (67' * DVD/DSD) Angela Brownridge's robust and colourful pianism will quickly quash anyone's mental image of Chopin as weak and...
Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35. Preludes, Op 28
Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35. Preludes, Op 28 Julien Brocal pf Rubicon (F) RCD1001 (65' * DVD) * Julien Brocal's recordings of Chopin's Op 28 Preludes and Op 3 5 Sonata reveal a sensitive and talented pianist before us, although, interpretatively...
Classics Reconsidered: Harriet Smith and Richard Bratby Revisit the Gramophone Award-Winning DG Recording of Brahms's Piano Quintet Featuring Maurizio Pollini and the Quartette Italiano
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34 Maurizio PollinipfQuartetto Italiano DG Originals [M] 474 839-2. From 2531 197 The combination of such notable musicians arouses high hopes, and this is indeed a fascinating performance, even though...
Clerambault
Clerambault Magnificat, C136. Monstra te esse matrem, C132. Motet a 3 voix tire du Psaume 76, C130. Motet pour la canonisation de Saint Pie, C150. O piissima, o sanctissima mater, C135. Panis angelicus, C131. Salve regina, C114. Sub tuum praesidium,...
Countertenor Cool
Audiences are finally sitting up and paying attention to the countertenors, thanks to more Baroque opera on stage and the advocacy of some supremely talented singers. Lindsay Kemp speaks to Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Franco Fagioii...
Crane
Crane '6 Trios, 2 Solos and 1 Quintet' 10,000 Green Bottles. Air. Hugo Pine. Jurgen Hip. Klavierstucke opus 84 or 85, 'Keith Miller Project'. Len Valley Us. Piano Quintet. Processional. Trio for Ros and Peter Ives Ensemble Nimbus Alliance (F)...
Czerny
Prelude and Fugue, Op 607. Twenty Short Voluntaries, Op 698. Twelve Introductory or Intermediate Voluntaries, Op 627 Iain Quinn org Naxos (M) 8 573425 (75' * DVD) Played on the organ of Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ...
Debussy * Faure
Debussy: Faure 'Fetes galantes' Debussy Trois Chansons de Bilitis. Fetes Galantes--Set 2. Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme Faure Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op 58. La chanson d'Eve, Op 95 Bettina Smith mez Einar Rattingen pf LAWO Classics...
Debussy * Hosokawa
'Point and Line' Debussy Etudes Hosokawa Etudes l-VI Momo Kodama pf ECM New Series (F) 481 4738 (79' * DVD) As with her 2013 ECM solo debut (1/14), Momo Kodama's follow-up for the label aims to bridge cross-cultural influences between East...
Devienne
Devienne 'Flute Concertos, Vol 2' Flute Concertos--No 5; No 6; No 7; No 8 Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Patrick Gallois fl Naxos (M) 8 573464 (67' * DDD) Pity Francois Devienne, who died in the Charenton asylum of derangement brought about (according...
Dinu Lipatti: Bryce Morrison Pays Tribute to the 'Transcendental' Romanian Pianist Who Touched the Lives of Many through His Playing but Whose Own Life Was Tragically Cut Short by Illness
Was ever a pianist or (more inclusively) musician more garlanded with praise than Dinu Lipatti? Yehudi Menuhin spoke of him as 'a manifestation of a spiritual realm, resistant to all pain and suffering'. Cortot considered his playing 'perfection',...
'Discoveries'
'Discoveries' Corigliano Elegy Daugherty Rio Grande Dooley Masks and Machines Feld Divertimento Mackey Sasparilla Nagao The Planets for Trouvere--The Earth A Schoenberg American Symphony North Texas Wind Symphony / Eugene Migliaro Corporon GIA Wind...
D Matthews
D Matthews [G] Complete Piano Trios (a). Journeying Songs, Op 95 (b) (b) Gemma Rosefieid vc (a) Leonore Piano Trio Toccata Classics (F) TOCC0369 (75' * DDD) Is it a British thing? Confronted with composers who write fresh, communicative music,...
Donizetti * Mayr
Donizetti: Mayr Donizetti Messa di Gloria. Credo. Ave Maria Mayr Sanctus. Agnus Dei Siri Karoline Thornhill, Marie-Sophie Pollak sops Marie-Sande Papenmeyer contr Mark Adler ten Martin Berner bass Simon Mayr Choir; Members of the Bavarian State...
Dvorak
Dvorak Piano Trios--No 3, Op 65 B130; No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B166 Trio Wanderer Harmonia Mundi (F) HMM90 2248 (65' * DDD) Unlike the Florestan Trio, who celebrated their birth with these very two Dvorak trios, the Wanderer have waited 30 years...
Europe Festival
Aix-en-Provence Festival July 3-22 As ever, this major Provencal opera festival contains several new productions, most notably the opening world premiere: Philippe Boesmans' festival commission, Pinocchio, directed by Joel Pommerat and conducted...
F Caccini
F Caccini La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina Elena Biscuola mez Alcina Mauro Borgioni bass Ruggiero Gabriella Martellacci contr Melissa Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli sop Sirena Emanuela Galli sop...
Forgotten Romantic Violin Concertos
When it comes to violin concertos, concert programme content is pretty predictable. Jeremy Nicholas throws down the gauntlet to those responsible with a selection of lesser-known works showcased on disc Four years ago, my late colleague Duncan Druce...
Fricker
Fricker 'The String Quartets' String Quartets--No 1, Op 8; No 2, Op 20; No 3. Adagio and Scherzo Villiers Quartet Naxos (M) 8 571374 (70' * DDD) The success of the Heath Quartet's Gramophone Award-winning Tippett cycle spotlit the tip of the...
'Fruhling in Wien'
'Fruhling in Wien' Beethoven Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', Op 68-'Merry Gathering of Country Folk' Schonherr Praterfahrt anno 1880, Op 92 a. Tanze aus Osterreich, Op 25 E Strauss Wien iiber alies, Op 172 R Strauss Schlagobers, Op 70--Tanz des Kaffees;...
George Benjamin: Geraint Lewis Explores the Acutely Imagined Sound Worlds of One of Today's Most Important British Composers
That astonishing scene towards the end of George Benjamin's Written on Skin--when Agnes is forced by her husband to eat the cooked heart of her murdered young lover--must surely count as one of the most spine-chilling moments in the history of opera....
Glass
Glass Violin Concerto (a). Violin Sonatab. The Hours (b)--Escape!; Morning Passages Amy Dickson sax (b) Catherine Milledge pf Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Mikei Toms Sony Classical (F) 88985 41194-2 (57' * DDD) (a) From RCA 88697 37679-2 (3/10)...
Glass
Etudes--selection. Glassworks--Opening Vlkingur Olafsson pf with Siggi Quartet DG (F) 479 6918GH (80' * DVD) In 2015, when Glass's complete set of 20 Etudes for solo piano were presented tag-team-style --by five different pianists (including the...
Glinka
'Complete Piano Works, Vol 1--Variations' Variations--on a Original Theme; on a Theme from the Opera 'Faniska' by Cherubini; on Two Themes from the Ballet 'Chao-Kang'; on a Theme from 'Die Zauberflote' by Mozart; on the Romance 'Banetta sia la madre';...
Gramophone Editors Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews JS BACH St Matthew Passion Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner SDG * LINDSAY KEMP'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 44 Sir John Eliot Gardiner's...
'Great American Sonatas'
'Great American Sonatas' Bernstein Piano Sonata Copland Piano Sonata L Harrison Piano Sonata No 3. Largo ostinato Ives Three-Page Sonata. The Celestial Railroad Nathan Williamson pf Somm Celeste (F) SOMMCDO163 (78' * DDD) Aaron Copland's Piano...
Halvorsen * Nielsen * Svendsen
Halvorsen * Nielsen * Svendsen Halvorsen Violin Concerto, Op 28 Nielsen Violin Concerto, Op 33 Svendsen Romance Henning Kraggerud vn Malmo Symphony Orchestra / Bjarte Engeset Naxos (M) 8 573738 (62' * DDD) So is Johan Halvorsen's 1909 Violin...
Handel
Handel [DVD] Theodora Katherine Watson sop Theodora Stephanie d'Oustrac mez Irene Philippe Jaroussky counterten Didymus Kresimir Spicer ten Septimius Callum Thorpe bass Valens Sean Clayton ten...
Handel * Purcell
Handel * Purcell Handel Agrippina--Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spinga; Pensieri, voi mi tormentate!. Alcina--Ah, mio cor, schernito sei!; Tornami a vagheggiar. Giulio Cesare in Egitto--Non disperar, chi sa?; Se pieta me non senti. Rinaldo--Lascia...
Harbach
Harbach 'Orchestral Music, Vol 3: Portraits in Sound' Symphonies--No 7, 'O Pioneers!'; No 8, 'The Scarlet Letter'; No 9, 'Celestial Symphony'; No 10, 'Symphony for Ferguson' London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Angus MSR Classics (F) MS1614 (63'...
Hawes
Hawes Beatitudes (a). Be Still (a). The Edenham Eucharist The Lord's Prayer. Let Us Love (a). Revelation. The Word. Peace Beyond Thought. Quanta Qualia (b) The Elora Singers / Noel Edison with (b) John Johnson asax (a) Leslie De'Ath pf Naxos...
Haydn
Haydn Violin Concerto No 3, HobVlla/3a. Symphonies--No 8, 'Le soir'; No 84a aAisslinn Nosky vn Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers Coro (F) COR16148 (77' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, January 29 & 31, 2016 Harry...
Hellermann
Hellermann Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December Robert Dick fl New World (F) NW80789-2 (52' * DDD) Never mind that the title of William Hellermann's Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December has nothing to do with the music itself. The solo piece...
Hvoslef
Hvoslef 'Chamber Works No III' Bel canto (a). Inventiones I-III (a). Kirkeduo (b). Kvartoni (c). Sextet (Post) (d) (c) Hilde Haraldsen Sveen sop cFrode Thorsen recs (d) Gro Sandvik fl (d) Diego Lucchesi cl (d) Ilene Channon hn (ad) Ricardo Odrlozola...
'It Could Be That Streaming Music Is Coming of Age ...' the Case for Online Music Services Is Becoming More Persuasive
Two things since I wrote last month's Essay on voice-controlled devices have shown me how radically the music landscape is changing. A friend contacted me raving about the Amazon Echo device a relative had bought, and Tidal rolled out the first tranche...
Ives
Ives 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3' Symphonies--No 3, 'The Camp Meeting'; No 4 (a). Orchestral Set No 2 (b) (b) Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf Melbourne Symphony (ab) Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos (F) [SACD] CHSA5174 (71' * DDD/DSD) The...
JS Bach
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV244 James Gilchrist ten Evangelist Stephan Loges bass Christus Hannah Morrison, Zoe Brookshaw, Charlotte Ashley sops Eleanor Minney contr Reginald Mobley counterten Hugo Hymas ten Ashley Riches, Alex Ashworth, Jonathan...
JS Bach * Corelli * Telemann
JS Bach * Corelli * Telemann JS Bach Keyboard Concerto, BWV10573 Corelli Concerto grossi, Op 6(b)--No 4; No 8, 'Christmas Concerto' Telemann Wassermusik, Hamburger Ebb' und Flut', TWV55:C3. Concerto, TWV54:B2 abEmelie Roos rec (a) Anna Paradiso...
JS Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV846-893
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV846-893 Robert Costin org Stone Records (B) (4) 5060192 780697 (ST8069) (4h 40' * DVD) Played on the organ of Trinity College, Cambridge This project has clearly been a labour of love for Robert Costin,...
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
JS Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV988 Beatrice Rana pf Warner Classics (F) 9029 58801-8 (78' * DDD) Beatrice Rana has been making waves since her teens, notably at the 2013 Van Cliburn competition, where she won Silver Medal. Even so, is it really...
JS Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232
JS Bach: [DVD] Mass in B minor, BWV232 Christina Landshamer sop Anke Vondung mez Maximilian Schmitt ten Andreas Wolf bass-bar Bavarian Radio Chorus; Concerto Koln; Peter Dijkstra BR-Klassik (F) [DVD] 900516 (106' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS5.1 &...
JS Bach: Orchestral Suites-No 1
JS Bach [G] Orchestral Suites--No 1, BWV1066; No 3, BWV1068; No 4, BWV1069. Cantata No 119-Overture; Cantata No 194--Overture Zefiro / Alfredo Bernardini ob Arcana (F) A400 (77' * DDD) Scholars speculate that some or all of Bach's extant orchestral...
JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
JS Bach St John Passion, BWV245 Nicholas Phan ten Evangelist Jesse Blumberg bar Christus Jeffrey Strauss bar Pilatus Amanda Forsythe sop Terry Wey counterten Christian Immler tar Apollo's Singers; Apollo's Fire / Jeannette-Sorrell Avie (M)...
JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV245 (Sung in English)
JS Bach St John Passion, BWV245 (sung in English) Robert Murray ten Evangelist Ashley Riches bass-bar Christus Andrew Ashwin bar Pilatus Sophie Bevan, Rosemary Zolynski sops Robin Blaze counterten Benjamin Hulett, Robin Pieta tens Neal Davies...
Lang Lang Returns to Universal Following Seven Years with Sony
After seven years with Sony Music, Lang Lang has returned to Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon, the label he originally signed to in 2003 aged 20. His first recording for UMG will be 'The Piano Book', an album of educational solo piano...
'La Storia Di Orfeo'
'La storia di Orfeo' Arias and scenes from Monteverdi L'Orfeo Rossi Orfeo Sartorio L'Orfeo Philippe Jaroussky counterten Orfeo Emoke Barath sop Euridice Chorus of Radiotelevisione Svizzera; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis Erato...
Leighton
'Complete Organ Works' Stephen Farr org with Nicky Spence ten Chloe Hanslip (vn) John Butt org Resonus (M) (3) RES10178 (3h 28' * DVD) Played on the organs of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and St Paul's Church,...
Ligeti
Ligeti Cello Concerto (a). Piano Concerto (b). Chamber Concerto. Melodlen (a) Christian Poltera vc (b) Joonas Ahonen pf BIT20 Ensemble / Baldur Bronnimann BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2209 (72' * DDD/DSD) Gyorgy Ligeti's 1966 Cello Concerto is meant to...
Liszt
'Liszt Transfigured--Operatic Fantasies' Grande fantaisie sur des themes de l'opera Niobe de Pacini, S419. Reminiscences de La Juive, S409a. Reminiscences de Don Juan, S418. Fantasie uber Themen aus Mozarts Figaro und Don Giovanni, S697 Chiyan Wong...
Liszt
Liszt Drei Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell, S292. Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, S270. Angiolin dal biondo crin, S269. Comment, disaient-lls, S276. Enfant, si j'etais rol, S283. Go not, happy day, S335. Ihr Glocken von Marling, S328. Jugendgluck, S323....
Liszt: Wagner
Liszt Annees de pelerinage--annee 2: italie, S161 --Sposalizio; li penseroso; Canzonetta dei Salvator Rosa; Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a. Gretchen, S513. La lugubre gondola, S200/1. Nuages gris, S199. Valse oubliee, S215/2...
Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue
Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue By Charles Youmans Indiana University Press, 310pp, HB, 28.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-25302-159-5 One of the most fascinating questions regarding AustroGerman music in the post-Wagnerian era is how--and...
Marantz Seeks the Best of Both Worlds: An Unashamedly High-End Digital Front-End to Make the Most of Both Discs and Computer-Stored Media-Using Some Very Novel Digital Technology
To listen to some enthusiasts, you might think there's another hi-fi format war under way. Physical media are being challenged by downloads and computer-stored and streamed music as never before, and to some the whole idea of buying music on disc has...
Marc-Andre Hamelin: Reinventing the Repertoire: For the Virtuoso Canadian Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, Championing the Lesser-Known Composers Will Always Be at the Heart of What He Does, Albeit with a Little Rachmaninov and Schubert Thrown In
Some of the highlights of my concert-going life have been courtesy of Marc-Andre Hamelin, be they his late-night Liszt recital at the 2011 Proms, Rzewski's The People United at Wigmore Hall or a Busoni Piano Concerto with the CBSO and Sir Mark Elder,...
Mawby
Mawby Alma redemptoris mater. Ave Maria. Ave regina caelorum. Ave verum corpus. Cantate. Caro mea. Celtic Blessing. Crux fidelis. Liverpool Mass--Gloria. Magnificat octavi toni. Magnificat priml toni. O sacrum convivium. Pater noster. Placare Christe...
Medtner * Rachmaninov
Medtner * Rachmaninov Medtner Piano Concerto No 2, Op 50 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, Op 30 Marc-Andre Hamelin pf London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski Hyperion (F) CDA68145 (82' * DDD) What an apt coupling this is. The two composers...
Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream--Overture, Op 21; Incidental Music, Op 61 (exes) Ceri-lyn Cissone, Alexander Knox, Frankie Wakefield actors Monteverdi Choir; London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner LSO Live (F) ([SACD] + [BR])...
Monteverdi
Monteverdi 'Madrigali, Vol 3--Venezia' Madrigals: Book 7--Al lume delle stelle; Chiome d'oro; Con che soavita; Interrotte speranze; Lettera amorosa; Tempro la cetra; Tirsi e Clori. Book 8--Altri canti d'Amor; II combattlmento di Tancredi e Clorinda;...
Montgeroult
Montgeroult Piano Sonata No 9, Op 5 No 3. Complete Course for the Instruction of the Pianoforte -12 Etudes Edna Stern pf Orchid (F) ORC100063 (53' * DDD) So far as I can see, this is the first time that Helene de Montgeroult (1764-1836) has graced...
Mozart
Mozart [G] 'Violin Sonatas, Vol 3' Violin Sonatas--No 12, K27; No 16, K31; No 17, K296; No 23, K306; No 32, K454; No 36, K547 Alina Ibragimova vn Cedric Tiberghien vn Hyperion (B) (2) CDA68143 004' * DDD) If you are going to play Mozart's fragile...
Mozart
Mozart 'Whispering Mozart' Abendempfindung, K523. Als Luise die Briefe, K520. An Chloe, K524. An die Bescheidenheit, K392. An die Einsamkeit, K391. An die Freude, K53. An die Freundschaft, K148/125h. An die Hoffnung, K390. Die betrogene Welt, K474....
Mozart
Mozart La clemenza di Tito Kurt Streit fen Tito Karina Gauvin sop Vitellia Kate Lindsey mez Sesto Julie Boulianne mez Annie Julie Fuchs sop Servilia Robert Gleadow bass-bar Publio Ensemble...
Mozart
Mozart [G] Cosi fan tutte--Ei parte...Per pieta, ben mio; Temerari! SortiteL.Come scoglio; Una donna a qulndici anni. Don Giovanni--Ah fuggi II traditor; In quali eccessL.Mi tradi quell' alma; Non me lo credi?... Batti, battl, o bel Masetto. Le...
Mozart * Schumann
Mozart * Schumann Mozart Fantasia, K475. Piano Sonata No 14, K457 Schumann Fantasie, Op 17. Thema mit Variationen, 'Geistervariationen', WoO24 Piotr Anderszewski pf Warner Classics (F) (CD + [DVD]) 9029 58885-5 (79' + 36' * DDD * NTSC * 16:9 * PCM...
Musical Connections: Two Varying Listening Journeys Launched by the High Male Voice
Back to where it all began 'Mr Deller uses his voice with great art and it shows no trace of the flabby tone of some singers of his kind; it has indeed considerable resonance and a beautiful flexibility.' So wrote Gramophone in August 1949 of perhaps...
'New Era'
'New Era' Danzi Concertino, Op 47 (a). Fantasy on 'La ci darem la mano' Mozart Don Giovanni--Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (b). Mitrldate, re di Ponto--Se viver non degg'io (b) (both arr Stephan Koncz) C Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No 7 J Stamitz Clarinet...
New from Proper Music
DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 SOFIA GUBAIDULINA IN TEMPUS PRAESENS (VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2)--SIMONE LAMSMA, VIOLIN; THE NETHERLANDS RADIO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA; JAMES GAFFIGAN, CONDUCTOR CHALLENGE CLASSICS One of the best violinists...
New Releases Index
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] - 775 [pounds sterling]...
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Nielsen Complete Organ Works Bine Bryndorf org with Torsten Nielsen bar Dacapo (F) [SACD] 6 220635 (78' * DDD/DSD) Played on the organ of Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen This CD is considerably enriched by Bine Bryndorf's detailed and informative...
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Nilsson * Skog Nilsson Violin Concerto (a) Skog Violin Concerto No 1 (b) Cecilia Zilliacus vn (b) Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/ Anna-Maria Helsing; (a) Vasteras Sinfonietta / Fredrik Burstedt dB Productions (F) DBCD179 (64' * DDD) Recordings...
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Aspen Music Festival and School June 29-August 20 The 69th season of this festival presents more than 400 orchestral concerts, recitals, operas, masterclasses and family events. Music director Robert Spano leads a season themed 'Enchantment';...
Obituaries: Four Fine Musicians Remembered-Two Singers, Two Conductors
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O'Regan A Celestial Map of the Sky (a). Latent Manifest. Rai. Chaabi. Fragments from Heart of Darkness (a) The Manchester Grammar School Choir; Halle (a) Youth Choir and Orchestra / (a) Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips NMC (F) NMCD220 (73' * DDD *...
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'Orpheus' Noble Strings' Campion To music bent is my retired mind Corkine Almaine. Come live with me, and be my love. Coranto. Down, down, proud mind. Mounsiers Almaine. Prelude. Truth, trying time Danyel Can doleful notes. Like as the lute delights....
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Komische Oper Berlin & streamed live on Opera Europa Mussorgsky's Sorochinsky Fair, April 2 Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochinsky is something of a rarity on the operatic stage, and that's because this was the opera he left unfinished. This...
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