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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1150, July

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Adams * Korngold: Adams Violin Concerto
Adams * Korngold Adams Violin Concerto (a) Korngold Violin Concerto, Op 35 (b) llya Gringolts vn Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra / (a) Santtu-Matias Rouvali, (b) Julien Salemkour Orchid (F) ORC100066 (57' * DDD) Ilya Gringolts plays with a...
A Heavyweight All-in-One: One-Box Audio Solution Lives Up to Its Name with Great Sound-If You Have Room for the Packaging, That Is!
The other week, a friend said to me: 'You're so lucky: it must be like Christmas every day in your house, with all these exciting things turning up out of the blue.' Well, yes, it is, but occasionally the surprise is less welcome. I may have recounted...
'A la Russe': Balakirev Isalmey, Op 18
'A la russe' Balakirev Isalmey, Op 18 Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No 1, Op 28 Stravinsky The Firebird (transcr Guido Agosti)--Danse infernale; Berceuse; Finale Tchaikovsky Morceaux, Op 72--No 5, Meditation; No 17, Passe lointain. Scherzo a la russe,...
Alberto Reyes: JS Bach/Busoni Chaconne Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie
Alberto Reyes [G] JS Bach/Busoni Chaconne Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61 Franck Prelude, choral et fugue Schumann Piano Sonata No 2, Op 22 Alberto Reyes pf VAI (F) VAIA1284 (66' * DDD) I first encountered the cultivated and masterful pianism...
Andre Cluytens Recalled: 'The Most French of Belgian Conductors or the Most Belgian of French Conductors?'
Francois Laurent's meaningful quandary, expressed in the context of his perceptive booklet note (and quoted above), immediately sets the tone. If there's one thing that this magnificent collection proves beyond doubt it is that both as a man and as...
An Ever-Changing Industry Grows and Blooms
Every year, around this time, I report back from the annual gathering of the classical industry at the Classica:NEXT conference. Bringing labels, distributors, innovators and artists together always breeds good ideas, goodwill and a better, shared...
Arensky: Piano Trios-No 1
Arensky Piano Trios--No 1, Op 32; No 2, Op 73 The Wilkomirski Trio Dux (F) DUX1320 (66' * DDD) The Wilkomirski Trio are endorsed by the Wilkomirski Family Foundation, whose mission is to continue the artistic legacy of a distinguished 20th-century...
AVM Inspiration CS 2.2: It's a New Name to the UK, and among Its First Products Is This Very Appealing All-in-One Network Audio System
German manufacturer AVM has been in business for over 30 years, but has only just made it to the UK, courtesy of loudspeaker company PMC, which has just taken on distribution here. And as a result of that three-decade history AVM comes in with an extensive...
AV Receivers Embrace Streaming Features: With Increased Network Capabilities, Surround Amplifiers Become Comprehensive Entertainment Hubs
There's a lot of action on the AV receiver front of late, with new models being launched and existing ones gaining more features via firmware downloads. As well as delivering the latest surround soundtracks, including the 3D audio of Dolby Atmos and...
Bax * Delius: Bax Five Greek Folk Songs
Bax * Delius Bax Five Greek Folk Songs. I sing of a maiden that is makeless. Mater ora filium. Of a rose I sing a song. This Worldes Joie Delius An den Sonnenschein. Ave Maria. Durch den Wald. Fruhlingsanbruch. Yes, here we shall feast (Her ute...
Beethoven * Hummel * Mozart: 'The Enlightenment Influence'
Beethoven * Hummel * Mozart 'The Enlightenment Influence' Beethoven Five Pieces, Wo033. Two Preludes, Op 39. Fugue, Wo031 Hummel Prelude and Fugue, Op posth 7 Nos 1 & 2. Un poco Andante, Op posth 7 No 3. Fugue, Op posth 7 No 4. Ricercare, Op...
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Peter Quantrill and Caroline Gill weigh up the merits of Gardiner's first recording of Beethoven's mighty Missa solemnis, our Recording of the Year in 1991 Beethoven Missa solemnis Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists / John...
Bergman: And the Lad Went out in the Morning (Och Gossen Gick Sig Ut I Morgonstund)
Bergman And the lad went out in the morning (Och gossen gick sig ut i morgonstund). Four Songs for Mixed Chorus, Op 38a--The child piles up (Barnet travar); Film Manuscript (Filmmanuskript); A Spring Song (En varvisa). Four Songs for Mixed Chorus,...
Bloch: Cello Sonata
Bloch Cello Sonata. Suite. Nigun (arr Joseph Schuster). From Jewish Life. Meditation hebraique Raphael Wallfisch vc John York pf Nimbus (F) NI5943 (70' * DDD) Can it really be that the Ernest Bloch who wrote the Cello Sonata (1897) is the same...
Boykan: Impromptu
Boykan Impromptu (a). Violin Sonata No 2 (b). Piano Trio No 3, 'Rites of Passage' (c). Viola Sonata (d). Psalm 121 (e) (e) Pamela Dellal mez (e) Emil Altshuler, (ace) Yohanan Chendler, (b) Curtis Macomber vns (d) Mark Berger, (e) Mary Ruth Ray...
Brahms: String Quintets-No 1
Brahms String Quintets--No 1, Op 88; No 2, Op 111 WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 663 (59' * DDD/DSD) In their overarching feeling of balance and proportion, these interpretations by the WDR Symphony...
Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op 77
Brahms [G] Violin Concerto, Op 77 (a). Violin Sonata No 1, Op 78 (b). 'F-A-E' Scherzo, WoO2 (b) Vadim Gluzman vn (b) Angela Yoffepf (a) Lucerne Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2172 (73' * DDD/DSD) A student of, among others,...
Bruckner * Wagner: Bruckner Symphony No 3
Bruckner * Wagner Bruckner Symphony No 3 (1889 version, ed Nowak) Wagner Tannhauser--Overture Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Andris Nelsons DG (F) 479 8208GH (76' * DDD) Recorded live, June 2016 This first instalment of a new Bruckner series...
Chaminade: Piano Trios-No 1
Chaminade Piano Trios--No 1, Op 11; No 2, Op 34. Capriccio, Op 18. Trois Morceaux, Op 31. Romanza appassionata. Sommeil d'enfant Trio Parnassus Dabringhaus und Grimm (F) MDG303 2002-2 (73' * DDD) So far as I can see, this is only the second...
CH Graun: Armida-A Tanti Pianti Miei
CH Graun Armida--A tanti pianti miei; La Gloria Britannico Mi paventi il figlio indegno Coriolano--Senza di te, mio Bene Iphigenia in Aulis--Sforzero II Mithridate--Piangete L'Orfeo--II mir s'inalza e freme; D'ogni aura al mormorar; Sento una pena...
C Lindberg * Golijov: Golijov the Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
C Lindberg * Golijov Golijov The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (a) C Lindberg The Erratic Dreams of Mr Gronstedt (b) Emil Jonason cl (a) Vamlingbo Quartet; (b) Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra / Christian Lindberg BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2188...
Crosse: Elegy, Op 1
Crosse Elegy, Op 1 (a). Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, Op 8 (b). Concertino, Op 15 (c). Violin Concerto No 2, Op 26 (d) (d) Manoug Parikian vn (c) Melos Ensemble; (ad) BBC Symphony Orchestra / (d) Colin Davis, (a) Norman Del Mar; (b) Budapest Symphony...
David Vickers Admires a Reconstruction of Venetian Vespers Using Music from Monteverdi's Selve Morale E Spirituale, Superbly Performed by I Fagiolini and Robert Hollingwoth
[G] 'The Other Vespers' Castello Sonata in D minor Donati Dulcis amor iesu! Frescobaldi Toccata terza G Gabrieli Magnificat a 14 Monteverdi Beatus vir I. Confitebor tibi, Domine II. Dixit Dominus II. Laudate Dominum I. Laudate pueri I. Salve,...
Debussy Ravel: Debussy Images
Debussy Ravel Debussy Images. L'islejoyeuse Ravel Gaspard de la nuita. Jeux d'eau. La valse (a) Alessandro Taverna pf Somm (F) SOMMCDO168 (78' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, January 16, 2016 Alessandro...
Delius * Elgar: Delius String Quartet (with Alternative Versions of First Two Movts)
Delius * Elgar Delius String Quartet (with alternative versions of first two movts) Elgar String Quartet Villiers Quartet Naxos (M) 8 573586 (7V * DDD) Although it was well received at its November 1916 world premiere in London, Delius's String...
De Ritis: Amsterdam
De Ritis Amsterdam. Ballet (a). Pop Concerto (b). Riflessioni (c) (c) Patrick de Rltis bn (b) Eliot Fisk gtr (a) Duo X88 pfs Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose BMOP/sound (F) [SACD] 1051 (73' * DDD/DSD) Boston Modern Orchestra Project's...
Desyatnikov: Sketches to Sunset
Desyatnikov Sketches to Sunset (a). Russian Seasons (b) (b) Yana Ivanilova voc Roman Mints vn (a) Alexey Goribol pf (a)Brno Philharmonic Orchestra; (b)Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Philipp Chizhevsky Quartz (F) QTZ2122 (59' * DDD * T/t) Leonid...
D Matthews: Music for Solo Violin
D Matthews Music for Solo Violin, Vol 2' An Album Leaf for Sally. Four Australian Birds, Op 84a. Birthday Piece for Richard. Three Chants, Op 138. Fantasia on Paganini's Second Violin Concerto, Op 147 No 1. The National Anthem. Not Farewell. Fifteen...
Dreaming of New Vocal Challenges: She Made Her Name in Baroque Repertoire but Soprano Veronique Gens Doesn't Shy Away from Trying New Things-As Her 19th-Century Operas Recording Goes to Show
Those who have seen the DVD of Kasper Holten's Covent Garden production of Don Giovanni (Opus Arte, 12/14) will be familiar with the soundbites that precede the action. The singer taking the part of Donna Elvira comes across with an alarming fierceness:...
Dvorak: Mass, Op 86 B175
Dvora Mass, Op 86 B175 (a). Te Deum, Op 103 B176 Ewa Biegas sop (a) Marina Rodriguez-Cust mez (a) Javier Tome ten Jose Antonio Lopez bar Orfeon Pamplones; Navarre Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit Naxos (M) 8 573558 (63' * DDD * T/t) For the latest...
'El Amor Brujo': Excerpts from Falla El Amor Brujo
'El Amor brujo' Excerpts from Falla El Amor brujo plus music by Cantemir, Rodrigo, D Scarlatti, Tarrega and Traditional Euskal Baroque Ensemble / Enrike Solinis gtr/lavta Alia Vox (F) AV9921 (57' * DDD) 'A symbolic celebration of the 140th...
Elgar: 'Elgar Rediscovered: An Anthology of Forgotten Recordings'
Elgar [H] 'Elgar Rediscovered: An Anthology of Forgotten Recordings' Elgar La capricieuse. Op 17 (a). Coronation March, Op 65 (b). Coronation Ode, Op 44--Crown the King (c). The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38--Kyrie (d). Elegy, Op 58 (e). The Fringes...
Elias: Geranos
Elias Geranos (a). Meet me in the Green Glen (b). Once did I breathe another's breath (c). Electra Mourns (d) (bd) Susan Bickley mez (bc) Roderick Williams bar (d) Nicholas Daniel cor anglaisci (c) Iain Burnside pf (a) Psappha / Nicholas Kok; (d)...
Eliasson: Fogliame
Eliasson Fogliame. Notturno. Senza risposte. Trio Norrbotten NEO BIS (F) [SACD], BIS2270 (68' * DDD/DSD) Like his geographical neighbour Per Norgard, Anders Eliasson hit upon a harmonic formula early in his career that freed him to create...
Faure * D. Matthews: 'Romanza'
Faure * D Matthews 'Romanza' Faure Violin Sonata, Op 13. Romance, Op 28 D Matthews Adonis, Op 105. Aria, Op 41. Romanza, Op 119a Sara Trickey vn Daniel Tong pf Deux-Elles (F) DXL1172 (68' * DDD) On the face of it, Faure might not seem like...
Faure: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 2
Faure [G] 'The Complete Songs, Vol 2' La chanson d'Eve, Op 95 (a). Shylock, Op 57 (b). Reve d'amour, Op 5 No 2 (c). Hymne, Op 7 No 2 (c). Puisqu'ici-bas toute ame, Op 10 No 1 (d). Tarantelle, Op 10 No 2 (d). Aubade, Op 6 No 1 (e). Barcarolle, Op...
'Flux': 'New Music-New Dance'
'Flux' 'New Music--New Dance' Bowden Airs No Oceans Keep (a) Frances-Hoad The Madness Industry (b) Higgins Atomic Cafe (c) Quinta Themistocles is Captured (d) Whitley Duo (e) (e) Eloisa-Fleur Thorn vn (e) Asher Zaccardelli va (d) Quinta magnetic...
Fuchs: 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano'
Fuchs 'The Complete Works for Cello and Piano' Cello Sonatas--Op 29; Op 83. Seven Fantasy Pieces, Op 78 Martin Ostertag vc Oliver Triendl pf TYXart (F) TXA16078 (76' * DDD) It's always nice to receive a new disc of music by Robert Fuchs, the...
Furtwangler: Piano Quintet
Furtwangler [R] Piano Quintet Clarens Quintet Tacet (F) [BR] TACET B119 (80' * 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 & stereo) From TACET119 Furtwangler's father was an archaeologist who assisted Heinrich Schliemann in the uncovering (some would say imaginative...
Fux: 'Ave Regina'
Fux 'Ave regina' Alma redemptoris mater--K185; K187. Ave regina caelorum--K205; K206; K207; K208. Pia mater fons amoris, K176. Sonatas--K346; K367; K369; K377; K379; K397 Hana Blazikova sop Accentus Austria / Thomas Wimmer violone Deutsche...
G Benjamin: Into the Little Hill
G Benjamin Into the Little Hill (a). Dream of the Song (b). Flight (c) Hila Plitmann sop (a) Susan Bickley contr (b) Bejun Mehta counterten (c) Michael Cox fl (b) Netherlands Chamber Choir; (a) London Sinfonietta; (b) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
[G] From such an inventive ensemble, we'd have expected something both imaginative and impressive to mark Monteverdi's 450th anniversary: I Fagiolini do not disappoint! Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews...
Handel: Water Music, HWV348-350
Handel [G] Water Music, HWV348-350 (a). Concerto grosso, 'Alexander's Feast', HWV318 (b) Gottingen Festival Orchestra / Laurence Cummings Accent (F) ACC26407 (63' * DDD) Recorded live at the Stadthalle, Gottingen, (b) May 18, 2013; (a) May 15,...
Holst: Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 3
Holst Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 3. Three Pieces for Oboe and String Quartet. Terzetto. Wind Quintet, Op 14. Sextet Ensemble Arabesques Farao (F) B108098 (80' * DDD) 'Whatever his hand found to do he did it with his might', wrote Vaughan...
Howard Skempton: Arnold Whittall Profiles the British Composer Who Turns 70 in October, and Applauds His Blend of Accessibility and Unpredictability
A listing of the most prominent British composers born between 1943 and 1947 highlights the 20th century's remarkable musical diversity: and pairing Brian Ferneyhough with Gavin Bryars (they were born on the same day--January 16, 1943) or Michael Finnissy...
Johan Botha: Beethoven Fidelio-Gott
Johan Botha Beethoven Fidelio--Gott, welch Dunkel hier R Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos--Bin ich ein Gott, schuf mich ein Gott?. Daphne--Zu dir nun, Knabe! Die Frau ohne Schatten--Amme, wachst du? Wagner Lohengrin--Atmest du nicht. Die Meistersinger...
Jon Snow: The Journalist and Presenter of Channel 4 News since 1989 Reveals How His Love of Music Was Instilled in Him from Early Childhood
My mother, a pianist, was at the Royal College of Music and so there was a lot of music in the house. My father liked Beethoven and she hated Beethoven--so there was a lot of tussle about that! (She loved Brahms, by the way.) It was singing away with...
JS Bach: Cantatas-No 152, Tritt Auf Die Glaubensbahn
JS Bach Cantatas--No 152, Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn (a). No 199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut. No 202, Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten ('Wedding Cantata') Carolyn Sampson sop (a) Andreas Wolf bass-bar Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Petra Mullejans...
Kreisler: Hommage a Fritz Kreisler'
Kreisler Hommage a Fritz Kreisler' Balogh Dirge of the North (arr Kreisler) Dvorak Humoreske, Op 101 No 7. Indian Lament. Slavonic Dance No 2 (all arr Kreisler) Heuberger Der Opernball--Midnight Bells (arr Kreisler) Kreisler Allegretto (in the style...
Krenek: 'Complete Piano Concertos, Vol 2'
Krenek 'Complete Piano Concertos, Vol 2' Piano Concerto No 4, Op 123. Concerto for Two Pianos, Op 127 (a). Double Concerto for Violin and Piano, Op 124 (b). Little Concerto for Piano and Organ, Op 88 (c) Mikhail Korzhev, (a) Eric Huebner pfs...
'L'arpa Notturna': Glinka Nocturne Hindemith
'L'arpa notturna' Glinka Nocturne Hindemith Harp Sonata Liszt Le rossignol, S250/1 Maayani Maqamat Posse Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice' Renie Legende d'apres 'Les elfes' de Leconte de Lisle Rota Sarabanda e toccata Schubert Nachtstuck, D672...
La Tombelle: 'Melodies'
La Tombelle 'Melodies' Ballade. Cavalier mongol. Chant-Priere pour les Morts de France. Couplets de Cherubin. La croix de bois. Croyez-moil. Elle est loin. Ha! les boeufs. Hier au soir. II me I'a dit. Ischia. Les larmes. Les papillons. Passez...
Leclair: Violin Concertos, Op 7-No 1
Leclair [G] Violin Concertos, Op 7--No 1; No 3; No 4; No 5 Europa Galante / Fabio Biondi vn Glossa (F) GCD923407 (59' * DDD) When so much historically informed Baroque performance necessarily incorporates a hefty proportion of guesswork, the...
Lindroth: 'In Our Time ...'
Lindroth 'in our time ...' Para dos violins (a). Des Menschen Wort vergeht (b). Rite Now (c). SXQ II (d). Night Musice (b) Christina Hogman sop (e) Bo Pettersson bcl Bjorn Malmqvist db (a) Cecilia & Martin Gelland, (b) Nils-Erik Sparf vns...
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Liszt 'Complete Piano Music, Vol 46-Berlioz Transcriptions' Benediction et serment: Deux motifs de Benvenuto Cellini, S396. Danse des sylphes de La Damnation de Faust, S475. L'idee fixe, S395. Marche au supplice de la Sinfonie fantastique, S470a....
Liszt: 'Life, Love & Afterlife'
Liszt 'Life, Love & Afterlife' Confutatis et Lacrymosa (Mozart), S550. Two Csardas, S225. Erlkonig (Schubert), S558 No 4. Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No 18. Isoldens Liebestod (Wagner), S447. Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este, S163 No 4. Liebestraum,...
Lully: Armide
Lully [G] Armide Marie-Adeline Henry sop Armide Antonio Figueroa ten Renaud Judith van Wanroij sop La Gloire/Phenice/Melisse Marie-Claude Chappuis mez La Sagesse/Sidonie/Lucinde Douglas...
Machaut: 'Sovereign Beauty'
Machaut [G] 'Sovereign Beauty' Comment qu'a moy lonteinne. Dame, a qui. Dame, ne regardes pas. De Bon Espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi. De desconfort. Foy porter. J'ay tant/Lasse! Je sui/Ego moriar pro te. Un lay de consolation, 'Pour ce que...
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Kindertotenlieder. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Ruckert-Lieder Alice Coote mez Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 576 (62' * DDD/DSD) The breadth and variety of the catalogue for these...
Mahler's Ruckert-Lieder: Alice Coote Talks to James Jolly about One of Gustav Mahler's Most Intense Sets of Songs
For Hugo Wolf it was Eduard Morike, for Robert Schumann it was Heinrich Heine, and for Gustav Mahler it was Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866)--three extraordinary partnerships between composer and poet, as Richard Wigmore reminded us in his Gramophone...
Mayr: Telemaco
Mayr Telemaco Siri Karoline Thornhill sop Telemaco Andrea Lauren Brown sop Calipso Jaewon Yun sop Eucari Markus Schafer ten Mentore Katharina...
Messiaen Krakauer * Socalled: 'Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time'
Messiaen Krakauer * Socalled 'Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time' Krakauer Akoka Messian Quatuor pour la fin du temps Socalled Meanwhile ... David Krakauer cl Jonathan Crow vn Matt Haimovitzi vc Geoffrey Burleson pf...
Messiaen: La Nativite Du Seigneur
Messiaen La Nativite du Seigneur. Offrande au Saint-Sacrement Andrew Canning org Sheva Collection (F) SH163 (65' * DDD) Played on the Ruffatti organ of Uppsala Cathedral There is no shortage of excellent recordings of Messiaen's second substantial...
Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux
Messiaen Les corps glorieux. Messe de la Pentecote Tom Winpenny org Naxos (M) 8 573682 (72' * DDD) Played on the main organ of Hildesheim Cathedral This is the third in Tom Winpenny's Messiaen series for Naxos. Previous discs were recorded...
Monteverdi: Vespro Delia Beata Vergine
Monteverdi Vespro delia Beata Vergine La Compagnia del Madrigale; Cantica Symphonia; La Pifarescha / Giuseppe Maletto Glossa (F) (2) GCD922807 (124' * DDD * T/t) This is a Vespers to catch attention, that's for sure: La Compagnia del Madrigale,...
Moscow Nights
The Van Cliburn Story: How One Man and his Piano Transformed the Cold War By Nigel Cliff Harper, HB, 464pp, 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-062-33316-2 When the World Stopped to Listen Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and its Aftermath By Stuart...
Mozart: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
Mozart [DVD] Mitridate, re di Ponto Michael Spyres ten Mitridate Patricia Petibon sop Aspasia Myrto Papatanasiu sop Sifare Christophe Dumaux counterten Farnace Sabine...
Mozart: 'Mozart in Havana'
Mozart 'Mozart in Havana' Piano Concertos--No 21, K467; No 23, K488 Simone Dinnerstein pf Havana Lyceum Orchestra / Jose Antonio Mendez Padron Sony Classical (F) 88985 38244-2 (56' * DDD) For her first Mozart release, Simone Dinnerstein chooses...
Mozart: Trio, 'Kegelstatt', K498
Mozart Trio, 'Kegelstatt', K498 (a). Oboe Quartet, K370 (b). Piano Quartet No 2,K493 (c) (b) Thomas Gallant ob (c) Sally Pinkas pf (bc) Adaskin String Trio; (a) Ensemble Schumann MSR Classics (F) MS1447 (62' * DDD) Mozart made it possible for...
Mstislav Rostropovich: JS Bach Cantata No 41-Jesu, Nun Sei Gepreiset
Mstislav Rostropovich JS Bach Cantata No 41--Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (a). Solo Cello Suite No 3, BWV1009 Britten Cello Sonata, Op 65 (b) Debussy Cello Sonata (b) Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, D821 (b) Schumann Fiinf Stiicke im Volkston, Op 102 (b)...
Musical Connections: Revisiting Karajan's Ring Inspires Two Different Musical Journeys through His Discography
Karajan and Wagner As the anniversary of the launch of Herbert von Karajan's Wagner Ring cycle is commemorated on this month's cover, it's worth remembering the relationship between the conductor and the composer. Wagner provided many milestones...
Mussorgsky * Prokofiev: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch Ravel)
Mussorgsky * Prokofiev Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (orch Ravel) Prokofiev Symphony No 1, 'Classical', Op 25 Orchestra of the Opera National de Paris / Philippe Jordan Erato (F) 9029 58779-1 (48' * DDD) The Orchestre de 1'Opera...
Mussorgsky * Ravel * Schubert: 'Poems & Pictures'
Mussorgsky * Ravel * Schubert 'Poems & Pictures' Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Ravel Gaspard de la nuit Schubert/Liszt Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774 S558. Der Muller und der Bach, D795 No19S565 Leticia Gomez-Tagle pf Ars Produktion...
New Releases Index
The latest release on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray and download CD & SACD ACCENT Bach, JS Six Motets (r1990s). Petite Bande/Kuijken, S. (M) (R) ACC24331 Handel Neun deutsche Arien. Schoder/Batzdorf...
'New York': Cage Music for Wind Instruments
'New York' Cage Music for Wind Instruments Carter Clarinet Concerto3 Feldman Instruments I Fulmer Within his bending sickle's compass Come (b) Reich WTC 9/11S Shepherd Blur Varese Integrales (a) Jerome Comte c/ (b) Jens McManama hn Ensemble Intercontemporain...
Obituaries
JIRI BELOHLAVEK Conductor Born February 24, 1946 Died June 1, 2017 The conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died at the age of 71. His career began in his native Czechoslovakia--as it then was when he won the Czech National Conducting Competition...
'Pace E Guerra': Gasparini II Bajazet-A Dispetto
'Pace e guerra' Gasparini II Bajazet--A dispetto Handel Lotario Non disperi peregrino. Partenope--Rosmira, ove ti guida (a) ... Ch'io parta ... Furibondo spira il vento Hasse Demetrio--Dal mio ben che tanto amai (a) Pollarolo Ariodante--Gia mi par...
'Pange Lingua': 'Music for Corpus Christi'
'Pange lingua' 'Music for Corpus Christi' Bairstow Let all mortal flesh keep silence Byrd Cibavit eos Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice Grier Panis angelicus Josquin Missa Pange lingua La Rue O salutaris hostia Messiaen 0 sacrum convivium Plainsong...
'Parfum': Britten Quatre Chansons Francaises
'Parfum' Britten Quatre Chansons francaises Debussy/Adams Le livre de Baudelaire Duparc L'invitation au voyage. Phidyle. La vie anterieure Koechlin Epiphanie, Op 17 No 3 Ravel Sheherazade Christiane Karg sop Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / David...
Part: 'Arvo Part Live'
Part 'Arvo Part Live' Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (a). Cecilia, vergine romana (a). Collage uber B-A-C-H (b). Litany (c). Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen (d) (c) The Hilliard Ensemble; Bavarian Radio Chorus; Munich Radio Orchestra / (d)...
'Perfido!' Beethoven Ah! Perfido, Op 65
'Perfido!' Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op 65. No, non turbati ... Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?, Wo092a Haydn Scena di Berenice, HobXXIVa: 10. Solo e pensoso, HobXXIVb>:20 Mozart Ah, lo previdi ... Ah, t'invola agl'occhi miei, K272. Basta, vincesti....
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 Opera House, Covent Garden & UK cinemas Jonas Kaufmann sings Otello, June 28 This new production of Verdi's Otello from director Keith Warner has been widely anticipated. First because tenor Jonas Kaufmann is making his role debut as...
Petter: 'Ablaze with Light'
Petter 'Ablaze With Light' St Magnus Mass. Vigil Mass. Come down, O love divine. The Good Shepherd Has Risen. The Lord's Prayer. The Rose Singers / Peter Foggitt with Paul Plummer org Novum (F) NCR1393 (49' * DDD * T/t) When the composer...
Ravel: L'heure Espagnole
Ravel L'heure espagnole Gaelle Arquez mez Concepcion Julien Behr ten Gonzalve Mathias Vidal ten Torquemada Alexandre Duhamel bar Ramiro Lionel...
Reflections of an American Harpsichordist
Reflections of an American Harpsichordist Edited by Meredith Kirkpatrick Boydell & Brewer, HB, 226pp, 76 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-580-46591-5 For people who know it, the name of Ralph Kirkpatrick and its importance to the history of...
Rontgen: Symphonies-No 9: 'The Bitonal'
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R Strauss: Metamorphosen
R Strauss Metamorphosen (a). Serenade, Op 7 (b). Sonatina No 2, 'Frohliche Werkstatt' (b) Aldeburgh (b) Winds and (a) Strings / (b) Nicholas Daniel, (a) Markus Daunert Linn (F) CKD538 (78' * DDD) Richard Strauss didn't do himself any favours...
Saint-Saens: 'Piano Concertos, Vol 2'
Saint-Saens 'Piano Concertos, Vol 2' Piano Concerto No 3, Op 29. Africa, Op 89. Caprice-Valse, 'Wedding Cake', Op 76. Rhapsodie d'Auvergne, Op 73 Romain Descharmes Malmo Symphony Orchestra / Marc Soustrot Naxos (M) 8 573477 (57' * DDD) I was...
Schmidt * R Strauss: Schmidt Symphony No 2
Schmidt * R Strauss Schmidt Symphony No 2 R Strauss Intermezzo--Traumerei am Kamin Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Semyon Bychkov Sony Classical (F) 88985 35552-2 (55' * DDD) Semyon Bychkov and the Vienna Philharmonic brought Franz Schmidt's...
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, D795
Schubert Die schone Mullerin, D795 Bo Skovhus Oar Stefan Vladar pf Capriccio [C] C5290 (59' * DDD * T/t) Released 20 years on from his first recording of the cycle, Bo Skovhus's new Schone Mullerin could hardly be more different from its predecessor....
Schubert: Fantasie, D940
Schubert Fantasie, D940. Vier Landler, D814. Marche caracteristique, D886 No 1. Variations on an Original Theme, D813. Grande marche, D819. Polonaise, D824. Rondo, D951 Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov fp Harmonia Mundi (F) HMM90 2227 (73' * DDD)...
Schuricht on Decca
It's ironic that Carl Schuricht's 1952 Decca recording of Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien opens to a blaze of trumpets that could easily hail from Russia during the same period, the stridency of the Paris Conservatoire brass sounding distinctly Muscovite....
Sergey Rachmaninov: 'Solo Piano Recordings
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Shostakovich: Symphony No 8, Op 65
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Sir Malcolm Sargent: Half a Century after the Conductor's Death, Andrew Achenbach Praises the Oft-Maligned British Musician Who Supported Fellow Artists and Was Capable of Great Things on the Podium
For more than 40 years, no British conductor enjoyed greater celebrity status or was more successful at introducing classical music to the public than Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967). With his immaculate Savile Row attire and white carnation buttonhole,...
Stanford: Eternal Father, Op 135
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Still Learning Still Evolving: Herbert Blomstedt Turns 90 Later This Year, but His Desire to Strike a Balance between Musicality and Intellectualism Continues to Drive Him, Most Recently in Beethoven
The morning after a life-enhancing performance of Beethoven's Choral Symphony with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt is warmly greeting some old family friends backstage at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and I fear that I'm intruding. But...
Still Wielding the Ring's Power: Recorded 50 Years Ago, Karajan's Interpretation Tends to Be Overshadowed by Solti's-But It Needs to Be Judged on Its Own Terms
There's a famous photograph taken in 1967, during rehearsals for the first Salzburg Easter Festival's production of Die Walkure. It shows the tenor Jon Vickers kneeling. Herbert von Karajan, playing Sieglinde to his Siegmund, is collapsed in front...
'Strauss in St Petersburg': J Strauss II Abschied Von St Petersburg, Op 210
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Suk: Symphony, 'Asrael', Op 27
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