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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1151, August

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Antheil: Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No 1 (a). A Jazz Symphony (b). Capital of the World. Archipelago 'Rhumba' (ab) Frank Dupree, (b) Adrian Brendle, (b) Uram Kim pfs Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Rhineland-Palatinate / Karl-Heinz Steffens Capriccio (F) C5309 (58' * DDD)...
'Arias for Nicolino'
'Arias for Nicolino' Handel Amadigi di Gaula--Slnfonia; T'amai, quant'il mio cor. Rinaldo--Overture; Prelude; Cara sposa, amante cara; Di speranza un bel raggio ... Venti, turbini,prestate; Tale stupor m'occupa i sensi, e tale ... Cor ingrato, ti rammembri...
'Back to Bach'
'Back to Bach' 'Tributes and Transcriptions' JS Bach/Busoni Chaconne. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland JS Bach/Rachmaninov Suite from the Solo Violin Partita No 3, BWV1006 Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on B-A-C-H, S529. Variations...
Beach * Klouda * C Schumann: 'Triptych'
Beach * Klouda * C Schumann 'Triptych' Beach Piano Trio, Op 150 Klouda Piano Trio No 1, 'Fantasy Triptych' C Schumann Piano Trio, Op 17 Monte Piano Trio Genuin (F) GEN17449 (55' * DDD) Surely the best music here is by Clara Schumann,...
Beaser: Guitar Concerto
Guitar Concerto (a). Evening Prayer. Ground O. Notes on a Southern Sky (a) (a) Eliot Fisk gtr Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jose Serebrier Linn (F) CKD528 (62' * DDD) The American composer Robert Beaser has the happy knack of writing...
Beethoven * Jost: Beethoven Symphony No 9, 'Choral', Op 125
Beethoven * Jost [DVD Video] [Blue-ray] Beethoven Symphony No 9, 'Choral', Op 125 (a). Overture, 'Coriolan', Op 62 Jost Fanfare. An die Hoffnung (b) (a) Camilla Nylund sop (a) Elena Zhidkova mez (ab) Klaus Florian Vogt ten (a) Rene Pape bass Vienna...
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas-No 24, Op 78
Beethoven Piano Sonatas--No 24, Op 78; No 28, Op 101; No 32, Op 111. Capriccio, 'Rage over a Lost Penny', Op 129 Ingrid Marsoner pf Gramola (F) 99111 (65' * DDD) Over the past decade and a half, the Austrian pianist Ingrid Marsoner has...
Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict
Berlioz [DVD] [BR] Beatrice et Benedict Stephanie d'Oustrac mez Beatrice Paul Appleby ten Benedict Sophie Karthauser sop Hero Katarina Bradid mez Ursule Philippe Sly bass-bar Claudio Lionel Lhote bar Somarone...
Bingham: Altartavla
Bingham Altartavla (a). Angel Fragments (a). Annunciation IV Meine Seel' erhebt den Herren (a). The Everlasting Crown (b). Glass Beatitude (a). Hadrian's Dream (a). Jacquet's Ghost (d). The Linnaeus Garden (c). Missa brevis 'Videntes stellam' (a)....
Brahms * Segerstam: Brahms Symphony No. 2
Brahms: Segerstam Brahms Symphony No 2, Op 73 Segerstam Symphony No 289, 'When a Cat Visited' (a) (a) Nobu Takizawa vn Turku Philharmonic Orchestra / Leif Segerstam Alba (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD)]. ABCD403 (69' * DDD/DSD) Conductor-composers...
Brian Elias: A Culturally Diverse Upbringing and an Idealistic Mindset Have Resulted in a Special Contemporary Voice, Writes Stephen Plaistow
Brian Elias was born in Bombay (modern Mumbai) and will be 70 in August next year. He was 13 when he first came to England and was in his early twenties when I got to know him through his teacher and mentor Elisabeth Lutyens; at the time he had just...
Britten * Purcell: 'Chaconnes and Fantasias'
Britten * Purcell 'Chaconnes and Fantasias' Britten String Quartets--No 2, Op 36; No 3, Op 94 Purcell Chacony, Z730. Fantazias--No 6, Z737; No 8, Z739; No 10, Z741; No 11, Z742 Emerson Quartet Decca (F) 481 5204 (74' * DDD) My first port of...
Bruckner: Symphony No 1 ('Vienna' Version, 1891, Ed Nowak)
Bruckner Symphony No 1 ('Vienna' version, 1891, ed Nowak). March, WAB96. Three Pieces, WAB97 Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Gimeno Pentatone (F)[SACD (Super Audio CD)] PTC5186 613 (63' * DDD/DSD) Should a composer's final...
Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (1878/80 Version, Ed Haas)
Bruckner Symphony No 4 (1878/80 version, ed Haas) Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann Profil (F) Compact disc(number of discs in set) PH16064 (73' * DDD) Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, May 17, 2015 Bruckner ...
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (with Finale Cptd Schaller)
Bruckner Symphony No 9 (with finale cptd Schaller) Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller Profil (F) (2) PH16089 (85' * DDD) Recorded live at Ebrach Abbey, Bavaria, July 2016 Recent advances in understanding of Bruckner's work on the unfinished...
Carbonelli: Six Sonate Da Camera
Carbonelli Six Sonate da camera Bojan Cicic vn The Illyria Consort Delphian [C] DCD34194 (64' * DDD) Of the crop of Italian violinist-composers who successfully made London their home in the early 18th century, Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli...
Chopin: 'A Chopin Diary'
Chopin 'A Chopin Diary' Complete Nocturnes. Etude, Op 25 No 7 (a) Claire Huangci pf with (a) Tristan Cornut vc Berlin Classics (M) [2] 0300905BC 017' * DDD) The Chinese-American pianist Claire Huangci has been warmly praised by my colleague...
Chris Beardshaw: The Plantsman, Designer and Broadcaster on Why Plants Love Music, and How Bach Inspired His Creation at This Year's Chelsea Flower Show
My musical background is as desert-like as you can imagine. My music teacher at secondary school singlehandedly destroyed any interest I had in classical music. My sole recollection is listening repeatedly to an old recording of Peter and the Wolf....
Composing from the Heart: The Music of Spanish Composer Enrique Granados, Born 150 Years Ago, Isn't Easy to Categorise Because, as He Freely Admitted, His Main Objective Was to Express His Feelings
Nobody is quite sure what to make of Enrique Granados. Take the fifth of his Danzas espanolas, 'Andaluza'. All 12 dances in the set were written for piano, but the thrumming bass line fits the guitar perfectly--and this from a Spanish composer who...
Copland: Symphony No 3
Copland Symphony No 3. Three Latin American Sketches Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559844 (55' * DDD) Copland described his Third Symphony (1946) as an 'end-of-war Piece--intended to reflect...
C Schumann * R Schumann: C Schumann Drei Romanzen, Op 22
C Schumann * R Schumann C Schumann Drei Romanzen, Op 22 R Schumann Fantasiestiicke, Op 73. Marchenerzahlungen, Op 132 (a). Drei Romanzen, Op 94. In der Nacht, Op 74 No 4 (a). Klavierstucke, Op 85--No 6, Trauer; No 12, Abendlied Patrick Messina cl...
Dean * Francesconi: Dean Dramatis Personae
Dean Francesconi Dean Dramatis personae Francesconi Hard Pace Hakan Hardenberger tpt Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / John Storgards BIS (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD)] BIS2067 (59' * DDD/DSD) I can't find any evidence to corroborate the...
Debussy * Haydn * Schubert: Debussy Estampes
Debussy * Haydn * Schubert Debussy Estampes Haydn Piano Sonata, HobXVI:46 Schubert Piano Sonata No 18, D894 Guillaume Bellom pf Claves (F) 501707 (72' * DDD) This is Guillaume Bellom's first solo CD and his debut on Claves. His programme...
Dennehy * Gilbert * Holt: 'Bracing Change'
Dennehy * Gilbert * Holt 'Bracing Change' Dennehy The weather of it (a) Gilbert Haven of Mysteries (b) Holt 3rd Quartet (c) bGuy Johnston vc (b) Carducci Quartet; (a) Doric Quartet; (c) Jack Quartet NMC (F) NMCD216 (68' * DDD) Recorded live at Wigmore...
Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Song: Jeremy Nicholas Listens to the Available Recordings of an 'Unfashionable' Gem-A Work for Orchestra and Solo Piano Which Cries out for an Uninhibited, Fun Approach from Its Performers
How many of us, I wonder, were encouraged as youngsters to explore the world of classical music after hearing this piece? There is the ominous, daunting Introduction, full of foreboding and menace. The sound builds thrillingly to a massive climax before...
Dove: My Love Is Mine
Dove My Love is Mine. Five Am'rous Sighs. All the Future Days. Cut My Shadow. Nights Not Spent Alone. All You Who Sleep Tonight Kitty Whately mez Simon Lepper pf Champs Hill (F) CHRCD125 (71' * DDD * T) For her second solo album, the British...
D Scarlatti: 'Sonatas, Vol 5'
D Scarlatti 'Sonatas, Vol 5' Keyboard Sonatas--Kk28; Kk87; Kk124; Kk157; Kk205; Kk211; Kk238; Kk252; Kk253; Kk277; Kk388; Kk401; Kk474; Kk475; Kk547; Kk551 Pierre Hantai hpd Mirare (F) MIR326 (78' * DDD) Pierre Hantai's discerning and unhurried...
Dusapin. (String Quartets-No 6, 'Hinterland'
Dusapin String Quartets--No 6, 'Hinterland' (a); No 7, 'OpenTime' Arditti Quartet; (a) Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra Aeon (F) AECD1753 (57' * DDD) Dusapin 'Item' If (a). lmago (b). Immer (b). Incisa (b). Invece (b). Lota (b). Ipso (a)....
Dvorak * Bloch: Bloch Schelomo Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No. 5 B182
Dvorak * Bloch Bloch Schelomo Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B182. Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 Marc Coppey vc Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Kirill Karabits Audite [C] AUDITE97 734 (69' * DDD) While not wishing to mislead with excessive...
Dvorak: String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179
Dvorak [G] String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179. String Quintet No 3, 'American', Op 97 B180 (a) Skampa Quartet with aKrzysztof Chorzelski va Champs Hill (F) CHRCD110 (61' * DDD) If you need a tonic, some relief from the insanity...
Eisler: Andere Die Welt, Sie Braucht Es
Eisler [G] Andere die Welt, sie braucht es. An die Oberlebenden. Ballade vom Baum und den Asten. Die Ballade vom Soldaten. Die Ballade vom Wasserrad, Op 45 No 11. Bankenlied, Op 48 No 1. Chorlied von der nutzlichen Missetat. Deutsches Lied 1937,...
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38 Catherine Wyn-Rogers mez Andrew Staples ten Thomas Hampson bar RIAS Chamber Choir; Berlin State Opera Chorus; Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Decca (M) (2) 4831585DH (94' * DDD * T) There is probably...
Elisabeth Brauss: Beethoven Piano Sonata No 7, Op 10 No 3
Elisabeth Brauss [G] Beethoven Piano Sonata No 7, Op 10 No 3 Chopin Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35 Denhoff Etude de couleurs, Op 115 (a) Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 2, Op 14 Elisabeth Brauss, (a) Fabian Muller pfe Oehms (F) OC460 (75' * DDD) This is apparently...
Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De Espana
Falla Noches en los jardines de Espana (a). El sombrero de tres picosb. La vida breve--Interlude and Dance. El Amor brujo--Ritual Fire Dance (b) Sophie Harmsen mez (a) Mari Kodama pf Suisse Romande Orchestra / Kazuki Yamada Pentatone (F) [SACD (Super...
'Fantasien'
'Fantasien' CPE Bach Fantasie, Wq67 H300 Beethoven Phantasie, Op 77 Brahms Piano Pieces, Op 116 Schubert Wanderer-Fantasie, D760 Anna Tsybuleva pf Champs Hill (F) CHRCD131 (68' * DDD) Piano fantasias may have started off as essentially improvisational...
Faure * Franck: Faure Violin Sonatas-No. 1, Op 13
Faure * Franck Faure Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 13; No 2, Op 108 Franck Violin Sonata Tedi Papavrami vn Nelson Goerner'/ Alpha (F) ALPHA271 (75' * DDD) What does a disc of Romantic French violin sonatas suggest to you? Subtle colours,...
'First Drop'
'First Drop' [G] L Andriessen Un beau baiser Gordon He saw a skull G Jackson L'homme arme D Lang when we were children Ortiz Five Motets Reich Clapping Music (arr Hillier). Know what is above you Riley Mexico City Blues Skempton More sweet than...
Five Action Sketches-No 1, Breathe
Czernowin Five Action Sketches--No 1, Breathe; No 2, So Narrow; No 4, Sliver; No 5, Sand. Wintersongs No 2, Stones; No 4, Wounds/Mistletoe; No 5, Forgotten Light Kai Wessel counterten Jeffrey Gavett bar International Contemporary Ensemble / Steven...
From a Tiny DAC to Whole New Speaker Ranges: There's No Shortage of Novel Products to Keep the Hi-Fi Enthusiast Happy and the Music Flowing
Reinventing a popular speaker range is always a risky business but that's just what KEF has done with its all-new Q Series (1), the eighth generation of one of the Kent-based company's most popular ranges. With models starting at 430 [pounds sterling]...
Gade: 'Chamber Works, Vol 3'
Gade 'Chamber Works, Vol 3' String Octet, Op 17 (a). String Quartet Movement, String Quartet (unfinished, 1840) Ensemble MidtVest; (a) Danish Quartet CPO (F) CP0555 077-2 (56' * DDD) When we tot up the profit-and-loss account of Niels...
Gluck: 'Heroes in Love'
Gluck 'Heroes in Love' Demetrio--Dal suo gentil sembiante. Demofoonte --Sperai vicino il lido. Ezio--Se fedele mi brama il regnante; Se il fulmine sospendi. Ipermestra Sinfonia. Ippolito--Se tu vedessi come vegg'io. Semiramidericonosciuta--Sinfonia;...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews DOVE In Damascus Mark Padmore ten Charles Owen pf Sacconi Quartet Signum > MALCOLM RILEY'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 28 Two highly engaging Chamber work...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Malcolm Riley Welcomes a Impressive and Moving Disc of Three Chamber Works by Jonathan Dove, with Outstanding Performances Captured in Gorgeous Recorded Sound
[G] Dove In Damascus (a). Out of Time. Piano Qintet (b) (a) Mark Padmore ten (b) Charles Owen pf Sacconi Quartet Signum (F) SIGCDA487 (73' * DDD * T) Signum Classics' advocacy of the music of Jonathan Dove continues apace with this...
Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV202-2103
Handel Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-2103. Brockes Passion, HWV48--exes InaSiedlaczek sop Lautten Compagney / Wolfgang Katschner Audite (F) AUDITE97 729 (65' * DDD * T/t) Handel Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-210a. Trio Sonatas--Op 2 No...
Harpsichord Royalty: Two Great Players Return with the Music of JS Bach and His Family: Rob Cowan's Monthly Survey of Historic Reissues and Archive Recordings
Hard on the heals of Erato's magnificent 20-CD set devoted to the art of the nonagenarian harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova in mostly solo Bach (Replay, January) comes a generously-filled Supraphon double-pack of the seven solo Bach concertos with robust,...
Haydn: 'Symphonies, Vol 23'
'Symphonies, Vol 23' Symphonies--No 6, 'Le matin' (a); No 7, 'Le midi' (a); No 8, 'Le soir' (a); No 35 (b); No 46 (b); No 51 (b) Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra /(a) Thomas Fey, (b) Benjamin Spillner vn Hanssler Classic (M) [2] HC16088 (148'...
Hefty Integrated Amp Delivers Sonic Thrills: The Looks May Be Deceptive: What Initially Seems like an Ordinary Amplifier, Albeit on the Grand Scale, Is Actually Something Very Special Indeed
At first glance, the Marantz PM-10 looks rather ordinary. Yes, it may be hefty, and both solidly constructed and beautifully finished, but there doesn't seem to be much to set it apart from its manufacturer's other integrated amplifiers--well, apart...
'Heroic Proportions'
'Heroic Proportions' JS Bach Prelude and Fugue, 'St Anne', BWV552 Barber Adagio (arr Strickland) Franck Piece heroique Stewart Sonetto Willan Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue Felix Hell org MSR Classics (F) MS1542 (6V * DDD) Played...
Hindemith * Weisgall: Hindemith Ludus Tonalis Weisgall Plano Sonata
Hindemith * Weisgall Hindemith Ludus tonalis Weisgall Plano Sonata Martin Perry pf Bridge (F) BRIDGE9487 (70' * DDD) Hindemith's 1942 contrapuntal tour de force Ludus tonalis turns up less frequently on disc than certain other large-scale...
Holzbauer * Mozart * Pleyel: 'Sinfonia Concertante'
Holzbauer * Mozart * Pleyel 'Sinfonia concertante' Holzbauer Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Cello Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Winds, K2976 (reconstr Levin) Pleyel Sinfonia concertante, B113 Basel Chamber Orchestra / Umberto Benedetti...
How Music Can Always Offer Us Something New
Recently I used this space to praise those who support contemporary music, who ensure that music written today is an integral part of our listening life. The occasion then was that James MacMillan's Stabat mater was our Recording of the Month. Well,...
JS Bach: 'Bach Stories'
JS Bach 'Bach Stories' Three Sonatas, BWV1027-1029. Cantatas: No 147--Jesus bleibet meine Freunde; No 170 Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust; No 208 Schafe konnen sicher weiden. Erbarm' dich, o Herre Gott, BWV721. Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel...
JS Bach * Beethoven: JS Bach Die Kunst der Fuge
JS Bach: Beethoven [G] JS Bach Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080 Contrapuncti I-IV Beethoven String Quartet No 13, Op 130 (with Grosse Fuge, Op 133) Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti vn ABC Classics (F) ABC481 4960 (61 * DDD) Viol consort...
JS Bach: 'Secular Cantatas, Vol 8-Celebratory Cantatas'
JS Bach 'Secular Cantatas, Vol 8--Celebratory Cantatas' Cantatas--No 206, Schleicht, spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde; No 215, Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen Hana Blazikova sop Hiroya Aoki counterten Charles Daniels ten Roderick Williams...
JS Bach: Six French Suites, BWV812-817
JS Bach Six French Suites, BWV812-817 Vladimir Ashkenazy pf Decca (F) 483 2150 (83' * DDD) By the time you read this, Ashkenazy will have turned 80 which seems almost unbelievable. He has been turning increasingly to Bach over the past...
JS Bach: 'The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol 1'
JS Bach 'The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol 1' Cantatas--No 82a, Ich habe genug; No 202, Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten; No 210, O holder Tag, erwunschte Zeit Gillian Keith sop Armonico Consort / Christopher Monks Signum (F) SIGCD488 (71' *...
Julie Davies: Bellini Sei Ariette-No 2, Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata
Julie Davies Bellini Sei Ariette--No 2, Vanne, o rosa fortunata; No 5, Per pieta, bell'idol mio; No 6, Ma rendi pur contento. La farfalletta Liszt Three Petrarch Sonnets, S270a Schubert Four Canzonas, D688. Vedi quanto adoro ancora ingratoi, D510...
Karlowicz: Violin Concerto, Op 8
Karlowicz Violin Concerto, Op 8 (a). Lithuanian Rhapsody, Op 11. The Sorrowful Tale, Op 13 (a) Barttomiej Niziot vn Mieczystaw Kartowicz Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin / tukasz Borowicz Dux (F) DUX1377 (60' * DDD) Mieczyslaw...
Kathleen Ferrier: 'Kathleen Ferrier Remembered'
Kathleen Ferrier (H) 'Kathleen Ferrier Remembered' Brahms Fiinf Lieder, Op 47--No 1, Botschaft (two versions); No 3, Sonntag. Vier Lieder, Op 96--No 2, Wir wandelten; No 3, Es schauen die Blumen. Ruhe, Siissliebchen, im Schatten, Op 33 No 9. Auf...
Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man
Kleiberg Mass for Modern Man Mari Eriksmoen sop Johannes Weisser bar Trondheim Vocal Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra / Eivlnd Gullberg Jensen 2L (F) ([SACD]. + [BR]) 2L136SABD (68' * DDD/DSD * DTS-HD MA5.1 & LPCM stereo 24/192kHz, 9.1 Auro-3D...
Kurtag: 'Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir'
Kurtag [G] 'Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir' Four Capriccios, Op 9. Four Songs to Poems by Janos Pilinszky, Op 11. Grabstein fur Stephan, Op 15c. Messages of the Late Miss R Troussova, Op 17.... quasi una fantasia ..., Op 27 No 1. Double Concerto,...
'Late Night Lute'
'Late Night Lute' [G] Dowland A Dream (Lady Leighton's Pavan). Fortune my foe. Mr Dowland's Midnight. Sir John Langton's Pavan Goss The Miller's Tale R Johnson Two Almaynes. Pavan in C minor Kapsberger Passacaglia Piccinini Corrente terza. Partite...
Leopold Stokowski: Rob Cowan Pays Tribute to the Pioneering British Maestro Who Made a Major Impression in America, Left a Significant Recorded Legacy and Continued Working Well into His Nineties
While the Italian Arturo Toscanini conjured lean limbed Apollo, the German Wilhelm Furtwangler spontaneous Dionysus and the Dutch maestro Willem Mengelberg stood his ground somewhere between the two, the British conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977;...
Mahler's Fifth Symphony: Michael McManus Meets Osmo Vanska to Decipher Mahler's Meticulous Markings in the Score for His Fifth Symphony
The symphonies of Gustav Mahler rarely, if ever, make for easy listening, but one exception, for long stretches at least, is his Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor, composed between 1901 and 1902 during a period of intense personal fulfilment and happiness....
Mahler: Symphony No 3
Mahler Symphony No 3 Gerhild Romberger contr Augsburg Cathedral Boys' Choir; Bavarian Radio Women's Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink BR-Klassik (M) [2] 100149 (10V * DDD * T) Recorded live at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich,...
Mahler: Symphony No 5
Mahler Symphony No 5 Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vanska BIS (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD) DVD Video] BIS2226 (76' * DDD/DSD) Robert von Bahr's label must be one of the few to have ducked I the release of a Mahler cycle (at least until now)...
Martinu: The Greek Passion (Sung in English)
Martinu The Greek Passion (sung in English) Rolf Romei ten Manolios Dshamilja Kaiser mez Katerina Wilf ried Zelinka bass Grigoris Markus Butter bar Fotis Manuel von Senden ten ...
Mattheson: Twelve Suites
Mattheson Twelve Suites Gilbert Rowland hpd Athene (M) [3] ATH23301 (173' * DDD) The name of Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) appears frequently in books and articles about Baroque music, though seldom in connection with his own. As the most...
Mendelssohn Bargain
Another RCA set is devoted to recordings of Mendelssohn orchestral music that Claus Peter Flor made with the Bamberg SO back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Six extremely well-filled discs cover the numbered symphonies, the major overtures, the...
Mendelssohn: Symphonies-No 3, 'Scottish', Op 56
Mendelssoh Symphonies--No 3, 'Scottish', Op 56; No 5, 'Reformation, Op 107' Potsdam Chamber Academy /Antonello Manacorda Sony Classical (F) 88985 43322-2 (70' * DDD) The Potsdamers' disc of Mendelssohn's Symphonies Nos 1 and 4 (10/16) left...
More Than Just an English Gentleman
The idea that Elgar wrote restrained, old-fashioned music reflecting his stiff, traditional exterior can still persist abroad, but many international musicians are discovering an emotional duality in his music that is well worth championing, writes...
Mozart: Die Zauberflote
Mozart [DVD] [BR] Die Zauberflote Martin Piskorski ten Tamino Fatma Said sop Pamina Yasmin Ozkan sop Queen of the Night Till von Orlowsky bar Papageno...
Mozart * Haydn: Haydn Divertimentos, HobXIV-No 4
Mozart * Haydn Haydn Divertimentos, HobXIV--No 4; No 7; No 8; No 9 Mozart Three Keyboard Concertos after JC Bach, K107 Ensemble Castor Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 88985 43264-2 (66' * DDD) The three concertos designated K107 are in fact...
Mozart: Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361
Mozart Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361 LSO Wind Ensemble LSO Live (M) [SACD] LS05075 (48' * DDD/DSD) Recorded live at LSO St Luke's, London, October 31, 2015 Gramophone's classification (12/08) of the LSO as the fourth-best orchestra...
Musical Connections: Prompted by Our Focus on Elgar, James Jolly Offers a Pair of Related Listening Journeys
Two Brits abroad As we consider Sir Edward Elgar's place within the international music scene--his Cello Concerto being one of the most performed of all 20th-century concertante works for the instrument--what of two other British composers, very...
Music of the Soviet Era: 1917-1991
Music of the Soviet Era: 1917-1991 By Levon Hakobian Second edition, Routledge, HB, 512pp, 130[pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-472-47108-6 For many years Boris Schwarz's Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia (two editions, 1972 and 1983)...
Mussorgsky: Complete Piano Works
Mussorgsky Complete Piano Works Giacomo Scinardo of Dynamic (M) (2) CDS7786 (108' * DDD) The popularity of Pictures at an Exhibition continues unabated. Over-exposure has almost certainly dulled our ears to the splendours of this singular...
Naim Uniti Core: Designed to Sit at the Heart of a Multiroom Streaming Audio System, the New Naim Ripper/ Store/streamer Also Makes Perfect Sense as a Stand-Alone Source
Some terms get overused when it comes to building up the excitement around a new product launch. 'Long-awaited' is a good one, suggesting that whatever has just hit the shops is the subject of feverish anticipation and expectation, finally answering...
New Releases Index: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Download
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray and download Key: (F) Full price 10 [pounds sterling] and over (M) Medium price 7.76 [pounds sterling]-9-99 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling]-7-75 [pounds sterling]...
Nyman: Symphonies-No 2
Nyman Symphonies--No 2; No 5 The World Orchestra / Josep Vicent MN Records (F) MNRCD134 (50' * DDD) Eyebrows were raised in 2014 when Michael Nyman declared his aim during the next few years to produce not just a single symphony but a projected...
Obituaries: Two British String Players, a German Tenor and a Swiss Clarinettist
Sir Jeffrey Tate Conductor and pianist Born April 28, 1943 Died June 2, 2017 The pianist and conductor Jeffrey Tate has died; he was 74. He overcame the physical disabilities of spina bifida and kyphosis to rise to the top of his profession....
Perti: 'Grands Motets for Ferdinando De' Medici'
Perti 'Grands motets for Ferdinando de' Medici' Cantate laeta carmina. Date melos, date honores. Gaudeamus omnes Basel Madrigalists; Musica Fiorita /Daniela Dolci org Pan Classics (F) PC10357 (66' * DDD * T) Giacomo Antonio Perti (1661-1756)...
Potter: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 72'
Potter 'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 72' Piano Concertos--No 2; No 4. Variazioni di bravura on a Theme by Rossini Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley pf Hyperion (F) CDA68151 (74' * DDD) This is only the second CD ever devoted to Cipriani...
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (A)-No 1, Op 10
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Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 1, 'Classical', Op 25
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Purcell: 'The English Orpheus'
Purcell 'The English Orpheus' Chacony, Z730. Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135. Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, Z231. O sing unto the Lord, Z44. Rejoice in the Lord alway (The Bell Anthem), Z49. Suite, Z661. Te Deum, Z232. Thou knowest, Lord,...
Quest Conducted: Another Major Cambridge Choir Receives the 'Complete' Treatment
Phlegm is a prerequisite for an Oxbridge choirmaster, and George Guest had it in abundance. His sangfroid account of RAF service in support of the D-Day landings occupies barely a page of his memoirs. On board a ship in the Channel one night, a nearby...
Rachmaninov: Rachmaninov Piano Sonatas-No 1, Op 28
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Ravel: 'Orchestral Works. Vol 5'
Ravel 'Orchestral Works. Vol 5' L'enfant et les sortileges (a). Ma Mere l'Oyeb Camille Poul sop L'Enfant Marie Karall mez Maman/La Libellule/La Tasse Chinoise Annick Massis sop Le Feu/La Princesse/Le...
'Requiem'
'Requiem' The Requiem Mass sung in plainchant The Fraternity Sony Classical (F) 88985 41735-2 (77 * DDD * T/t) Decca has the Cistercian monks of Heiligenkreuz and the nuns of Notre-Dame-de-L'Annonciation, ClassicFM has the Ampleforth monks,...
Richard Hickox Remembered
Each August, Chandos reissues a number of CDs by a conductor who played an important role in the company's history and whose death in November 2008 robbed the music world of an inspirational artist, and someone whose service to British music was immense:...
Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Rossini [DVD] [BR] Il barbiere di Siviglia Bjorn Burger tor Figaro Danielle de Niese sop Rosina Taylor Stayton ten Almaviva Alessandro Corbell! bar Dr Bartolo Christophoros...
R Strauss: 'The Complete Songs, Vol 8'
R Strauss 'The Complete Songs, Vol 8' Cacilie, Op 27 No 2. Wenn ..., Op 31 No 2. Bruder Liederlich, Op 41 No 4. Drei Lieder, Op 43--No 1, An Sie; No 3, Die Ulme zu Hirsau. Funf Lieder, Op 46. Acht Lieder, Op 49--No 5, Sie wissen's nicht; No 6, Junggesellenschwur....
S Adams * Barber * Thompson: S Adams Drift and Providence
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Saint-Saens: Proserpine
Saint-Saens Proserpine Vbronique Gens sop Proserpine Marie-Adeline Henry sop Angiola Frbdbric Antoun ten Sabatino Andrew Foster-Williams bar Squarocca Jean Teitgen bass-bar ...
'Schabernack'
'Schabernack' 'A Treasure Trove of Musical Jokes' Biber Battalia a 10. Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa Partia IV Fux Les combattans, K323. Pour le coucou Schmelzer Arie con la mattacina. Sonata Cu Cu. Spoglia di Pagagi Walther Hortus chelicus--No 15,...
Sheppard: Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria
Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria. Media vita. Missa Cantate The Choir of Westminster Cathedral / Martin Baker Hyperion (F) CDA68187 (80' * DDD * T/t) Why has the music of John Sheppard remained comparatively neglected, while works...
Shostakovich: Symphony No 1, Op 10. Scherzos-Op 1
Shostakovich Symphony No 1, Op 10. Scherzos--Op 1; Op 7. Theme and Variations, Op 3. Five Fragments, Op 42 Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra /Gustavo Gimeno Pentatone (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD) DVD Video] PTC5186 622 (69' * DDD/DSD)...
So Hi-Fi Is a Pastime of the Past? Think Again ... Now Established as the World's Leading Hi-Fi Show, Germany's High End Event Shows Great Sound Has a Future-And Can Be Fun Too
Snapshots from the annual Munich High End show, now that the dust has settled. A prominent high-end journalist announcing that he's all done with the year-opening CES in Las Vegas and that this was now the only must-see show; an earnest conversation...
Steffani: Baccanali
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