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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1152, September

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A Clever and Compelling Sound-Enhancer: An Innovative Solution for USB Audio Tackles Some of the Downsides of Connecting Your Computer to Your Hi-Fi, While Adding Flexibility
'Yes, but what does it actually do?' That was one of the most common questions I heard when trying to explain to friends and colleagues that I was trying out the LANRover system from American company PS Audio. You see, the Boulder (Colorado) company...
'American Recital, Vol 2': Antheil Jazz Sonata Ives Three-Page Sonata MacDowell New England Idylls, Op 62
'American Recital, Vol 2' Antheil Jazz Sonata Ives Three-Page Sonata MacDowell New England Idylls, Op 62. Virtuoso Etudes, Op 46--No 2; No 10. Woodland Sketches, Op 51--No 1; No 6 Reinagle Piano Sonata No 1, 'Philadelphia' Sessions From My Diary...
'An Eventful Morning in East London': '21St Century Violin Concertos'
'An Eventful Morning in East London' '21st Century Violin Concertos' Doolittle falling still (a) Fokkens An Eventful Morning Near East London (b) D Matthews Romanza (a) Patterson Allusions (c) Pritchard Wall of Water (d) Harriet Mackenzie, (c)...
Armenia: Back in Focus as a Musical Powerhouse: Championing Artists, Growing Audiences and Making a Statement
The colonnaded facade of the Yerevan Opera Theatre and Khachaturian Concert Hall dominates the skyline of the Armenian capital. In front of the Concert Hall sits a statue of Armenia's most famous musical son, Aram Khachaturian. But Yerevan and the...
A Very Classy Pianist
The pianist John Browning's reputation rests largely on his performances and recordings of the music of Samuel Barber who, in the mid-1950s, heard him tackle Rachmaninov under Mitropoulos and soon afterwards perform Barber's own Sonata, experiences...
A Voice of Silver and Gold
It's 11 years since DG last brought out a box set to commemorate Gundula Janowitz. Subtitled the 'The Golden Voice' (4/06), that was part of a series of releases celebrating a variety of the label's artists. Now, to celebrate the great soprano turning...
Barber * Thompson: Barber the Lovers, Op 43
Barber * Thompson Barber The Lovers, Op 43 Thompson Frostiana Martin Hassler bar Saxony State Youth Choir; Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra / Ron-Dirk Entleutner Rondeau Production (F) ROP6138 (58' * DDD * T) In a lovely piece of...
Bartok: Complete String Quartets
Bartok Complete String Quartets The Heath Quartet Harmonia Mundi (M) (2) HMM90 7661/2 (158' * DDD) This is a major release. Last year I heard The Heath Quartet play Bartok's Third Quartet in concert, and was struck not only by their obvious...
Bednall: 'Sudden Light'
Bednall 'Sudden Light' The Argument of His Book. Everyone Sang (a). Lux orta est iusto. Rise up. my love3. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?. Sonnet 98. Sudden Light. Te lucis ante terminum. Three Songs of Love. Tota pulchra es. A Wedding...
Beethoven * Prokofiev * Schumann: Beethoven Six Bagatelles
Beethoven * Prokofiev * Schumann Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Prokofiev Sarcasms, Op 17 Schumann Davidsbundlertanze, Op 6 Nikita Mndoyants pf Steinway & Sons (F) STNS30075 (65' * DDD) Winner of the 2016 Cleveland and 2007...
Beethoven: 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 3'
Beethoven 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 3' Three Sonatas, Op 30 Susanna Ogata vn Ian Watson fp Coro Connections (F) COR16154 (70' * DDD) 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin' declares the cover of this latest release in Ian Watson...
Behind the Baton: An Americon Icon Talks Music
Behind the Baton An Americon Icon Talks Music By Gerard Schwarz, with Maxine Frost Amadeus Press, HB, 378pp, 22 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-574-67476-7 One shouldn't open a book review on a personal note, but an exception seems appropriate...
Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano
Bernstein Complete Solo Works for Piano Andrew Cooperstock pf Bridge (B) (2) BRIDGE9485 (104' * DDD) The race to celebrate the 2018 centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth is on. Performances and symposiums will abound, as will a cascade...
Bliss * Walton: Bliss Violin Concerto
Bliss * Walton Bliss Violin Concerto Walton Violin Concerto (original 1939 version) Lorraine McAslan vn BBC Concert Orchestra / Martin Yates Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7342 (72' * DDD/DSD) Keen-eared collectors will enjoy spotting...
Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99
Brahms Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99 Brian Thornton vc Spencer Myer pf Steinway & Sons (F) STNS30081 (55' * DDD) These are consistently deliberate interpretations of Brahms's two cello sonatas, not only in terms of tempo but...
Brahms: Complete Symphonies
Brahms [G] Complete Symphonies Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons BSO Classics (F) (3) 1701/3 (169' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, November 2016 In a personal booklet note for this set Andris Nelsons celebrates...
Brahms * Dvorak * Grieg: 'Music for Piano Four Hands'
Brahms * Dvorak * Grieg 'Music for Piano Four Hands' Brahms Hungarian Dances, Wo01 Nos 11-21 Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Op 46 B78 Grieg Norwegian Dances, Op 35 Claire Chevallier, Jos Van Immerseel pf Alpha (F) ALPHA282 (71' * DDD) ...
Brahms: String Sextets-No 1, Op 18
Brahms String Sextets--No 1, Op 18; No 2, Op 36 Mandelring Quartet with Roland Glassi va Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt vc Audite (F) AUDITE97 715 (72' * DDD) Hot on the heels of the superb Erato recording with the Capucon brothers et al comes...
Brahms: Symphony No 4
Brahms Symphony No 4 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Carlos Kleiber DG (M) 457 7062 Hanslick likened Brahms's Fourth Symphony to a dark well: 'the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back'. Once upon a time it had...
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 (1894 Original Version)
Bruckner Symphony No 9 (1894 original version) Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti CSO Resound (F) C50R9011716 (62' * DDD) Recorded live at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, June 2016 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has...
Carter [G]: 'Late Works'
Carter [G] 'Late Works' Dialogues (a). Dialogues II (a). Epigrams (b). Instances (d). Interventions (d). Soundings (d). Two Controversies and a Conversation (e) (b) Isabelle Faust vn (b) Jean-Guihen Queyras vc (abde) Pierre-Laurent Aimard...
Chaminade: Callirhoe, Op 37
Chaminade Callirhoe, Op 37. Concertstuck, Op 40 (a) (a) Victor Sangiorgio pf BBC Concert Orchestra / Martin Yates Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7339 (78' * DDD/DSD) Callirhoe is no mere ballet score but a 'ballet symphonique', a title...
Chopin: Complete Mazurkas
Chopin Complete Mazurkas Joanna MacGregor pf Sound Circus (M) (2) SCCD21705 (137' * DDD) Joanna MacGregor is a pianist who never fails to surprise, and the complete Chopin mazurkas has become a recital favourite of late. Chopin? Yes, I...
Chopin: Etudes-Op 10
Chopin Etudes-Op10; 0p25 Amir Katz pf Orfeo (F) C922 171A (53' * DDD) Setting off on Op 10, you get the impression that Amir Katz is a man in a hurry, dragging Chopin's Etudes out of the concert hall and back into the practice room. For...
Crazy Girl: Canadian Soprano Barbara Hannigan Spends Her Time Playing Women on the Edge but, as She Releases a First CD as Both Singer and Conductor, There's No Place She'd Rather Be
Barbara Hannigan has died every night that she's performed on stage this year. This means that when we meet she has spent a solid six months kicking the bucket in some imaginatively varied ways. As Lulu, she has been stabbed by Jack the Ripper in the...
Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra
Donizetti [DVD] [BR] Rosmonda d'Inghilterra Jessica Pratt sop Rosmonda Dario Schmunck ten Enrico Eva Mei sop Leonora Nicola Ulivieri bass Clifford Raffaella Lupinacci mez Arturo Chorus and Orchestra Donizetti...
'Dreams & Fancies': 'English Music for Solo Guitar'
'Dreams & Fancies' [G] 'English Music for Solo Guitar' Arnold Fantasy, Op 107 L Berkeley Sonatina, Op 52 No 1 Britten Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op 70 Dowland Fantasia. Forlorn Hope Fancy. Praeludium Walton Five Bagatelles Sean Shibe...
Dvorak * Sibelius: Dvorak Symphony No 9
Dvorak * Sibelius Dvorak Symphony No 9, 'From the New World', Op 95 B178 Sibelius Finlandia, Op 26 Chineke! Orchestra / Kevin John Edusei Signum (F) SIGCD515 (50' * DDD) Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, September 4, 2016...
'Elbphilharmonie Hamburg': 'The Opening Concert'
'Elbphilharmonie Hamburg' [DVD] [BR] [G] 'The Opening Concert' Beethoven Symphony No 9, Op 125--Finale Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49-Pan Caccini Le nuove musiche--Amarilli mia bella Cavalieri La pellegrina--Dalle piU alte sfere...
Elliott Carter's Grand Finale: In His Last Three Decades, the Us Composer's Productivity Only Increased as the Once-Painstaking Process of Composing Was Replaced by a New-Found Fluency and Freedom
The music begins with a cymbal crash, followed by brass outbursts morphing into aphoristic gestures that flicker around and below a bed of high sustained string chords. A xylophone and a flute sneak in, trying to stir things up, but, no, the sustained...
Escaich: Clarinet Concerto
Escaich Clarinet Concerto (a). Baroque Song. Claude--Symphonic Suite. Erinnerung (a) Paul Meyer cl Lyon National Opera Orchestra / Alexandre Bloch Sony Classical (F) 88985 43019-2 (73' * DDD) Baroque Song (2007) draws on chorale preludes...
'Eternal Life': 'Sacred Songs and Arias'
'Eternal Life' 'Sacred Songs and Arias' S Adams The Holy City JS Bach/Gounod Ave Maria Dungan Eternal Life Faure En priere Franck Panis angelicus Gounod O Divine Redeemer Malotte The Lord's Prayer Mendelssohn Elijah--Hear ye, Israel! Mozart Solemn...
Even in the Age of the Do-It-All iThing, There's Still a Case Tor a Dedicated Music Player: A Pocket Machine Optimised for Audio Will Give You More Musical Enjoyment Whether Travelling Long-Haul or Just Listening in the Garden
A dinosaur: that s what it seems I am. On a number of recent flights, I've looked around at my fellow passengers--purely out of professional interest in the music equipment they're using--and observed that, while it seems the size of headphones is...
Faure: Cello Sonatas-No 1
Faure Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 109; No 2, Op 117. Andante, Op 69 (a). Berceuses--Op 16; Op 56 No 1. Elegie, Op 24. Morceau de lecture (b). Papillon, Op 77. Romance, Op 69. Serenade, Op 98. Sicilienne, Op 78 Andreas Brantelid, (b) Filip Graden...
Feldman: For Bunita Marcus
Feldman For Bunita Marcus Marc-Andre Hamelin pf Hyperion (F) CDA68048 (73' * DDD) Suggesting that Morton Feldman CDs ought to be 'listened to at a much lower level than usual' is foolhardy. Feldman marks the first bar of his solo piano...
Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Feldman Patterns in a Chromatic Field Rohan de Saram vc Marianne Schroeder pf hat[now]ART (F) (2) HATNOWART2204 (105' * DDD) Recorded 1993 This 1993 recording of Morton Feldman's cello-and-piano piece Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981)...
'Felicidade': Bellinati Jongo Gismonti Agua E Vino Jobim Desafinado Jobim/Moraes Felicidade Lins Comecar De Novo Moraes Berimbau Nazareth Odeon Ortiz Mis Noches Sin Ti
'Felicidade' Bellinati Jongo Gismonti Agua e vino Jobim Desafinado Jobim/Moraes Felicidade Lins Comecar de novo Moraes Berimbau Nazareth Odeon Ortiz Mis noches sin ti. Recuerdos de Ypacarai Pascoal Bebe Reis Se ela perguntar Trepat Homenaje a Baden...
'Flux': 'Original Works for Saxophone Quartet'
'Flux' 'Original Works for Saxophone Quartet' Bozza Andante et Scherzo Gregory Hoe Down Lago Ciudades. The Wordsworth Poems Pierne Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire Reinhart Quartet Singelee Grand quatuor concertant, Op 79 ...
Frances-Hoad: 'Stolen Rhythm'
Frances-Hoad 'Stolen Rhythm' Katharsis (a). Quark Dances (b). A Refusal to Mourn (c). The Forgiveness Machine (d). Homages (e) (c) Nicholas Daniel ob (a) David Cohen vc (e) Ivana Gavric pf (d) Phoenix Piano Trio; (abc) Rambert Orchestra...
Franck * Poulenc * Saint-Saens: Franck Violin Sonata Poulenc Violin Sonata
Franck * Poulenc * Saint-Saens Franck Violin Sonata Poulenc Violin Sonata Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No 1, Op 75 Guillaume Combet vn Sandra Carlock pf Somm (F) SOMMCD0169 (76' * DDD) 'Frankly no good': Poulenc's verdict on his only Violin...
'From Vienna': Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds
'From Vienna' Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 16 Berg Chamber Concerto--Adagio Mozart Trio, 'Kegelstatt', K498. Quintet for Piano and Winds, K452 Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No 1, Op 9 J Strauss II Kaiserwalzer, Op 437 Zemlinsky Clarinet...
Gramophone Collector: A Mostly Modern Miscellany: Richard Whitehouse Delves into a Pile of Chamber Discs on a Wide Range of Instruments
This wide-ranging miscellany begins, not inappropriately, at A. Hans Abrahamsen's reputation was boosted recently with the critical and commercial success of his song-cycle let me tell you. This latest disc focuses on earlier works--the 10 Prehides...
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews MENDELSSOHN Symphonies Nos 1-5 Sols; Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Yannick Nezet-Seguin DG > RICHARD WIGMORE'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 46 Nezet-Seguin approaches...
Gramophone Recording of the Month: Richard Wigmore Finds Much to Admire in Yannick Nezet-Seguin's Complete Mendelssohn Symphonies, Brilliantly Played by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
[G] Mendelssohn Complete Symphonies Karina Gauvin, Regula Muhlemann sops Daniel Behle ten RIAS Chamber Choir; Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Yannick Nezet-Seguin DG (M) (3) 479 7337GH3 (3h 20' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the Philharmonie...
Gubaidulina * Shostakovich: Gubaidulina in Tempus Praesens
Gubaidulina * Shostakovich Gubaidulina In tempus praesens (a) Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Op 77 (b) Simone Lamsma vn Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / (b) James Gaffigan, (a) Reinbert de Leeuw Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72681...
Gundula Janowitz: 'The Last Recital-In Memoriam Maria Callas'
Gundula Janowitz [G] 'The Last Recital--In memoriam Maria Callas' Schubert An die Leier, D737. Fischerweise, D881. Der Fluss, D693. Die Forelle, D550. Die Gotter Griechenlands, D677. Im Abendrot, D799. Iphigenia, D573. Das Lied im Grunen, D917....
Guy Johnston Talks about His David Tecchler Cello of 1714
"It was around 2010, when I was searching for a new instrument, that I heard about the Tecchler cello through word of mouth. My teacher had played on a Tecchler cello and I loved the sound of it, so I definitely thought it was worth having a look at....
Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo E del Disinganno
Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a Sabine Devieilhe sop Sara Mingardo contr Franco Fagioli counterten Michael Spyres ten Le Concert d'Astree / Emmanuelle Haim Stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski Video director Denis Gueguin...
Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV202-210
Handel Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-210. Violin Sonata, Op 1 No 6 HWV364. Aria, HWV597. Gigue, HWV589. A Voluntary or A Flight of Angels, HWV600 Marie Friederike Schoder sop Batzdorf Hofkapelle Accent (F) ACC24326 (62' * DDD * T/t) Hot on...
Handel: Ottone, Re Di Germania
Handel [G] Ottone, re di Germania Max Emanuel Cencic counterten Ottone Lauren Snouffer sop Teofane Pavel Kudinov bass-bar Emireno Ann Hallenberg mez Gismonda Xavier Sabata counterten ...
H Andriessen: 'Symphonic Works, Vol 4'
H Andriessen 'Symphonic Works, Vol 4' Symphony No 4. Canzone. Capriccio. Libertas venit: Rhapsody Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn CPO (F) CP0777 845-2 (56' * DDD) The continuation of CPO's Hendrik Andriessen series...
Harberg * Wolpert: Harberg Elegy (Arr Deubner)
Harberg * Wolpert Harberg Elegy (arr Deubner). Viola Concerto Wolpert Viola Concerto No 1, 'Giants' Brett Deubner va South Arizona Symphony Orchestra / Linus Lerner Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559840 (50' * DDD) Viola player Brett...
Hartke: The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon
Hartke The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon. Alvorada: Three Madrigals. A Brandenburg Autumn. Muse of the Missouri Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose BMOP/sound (F) [SACD] 1052 (59' * DDD/DSD) Stephen Hartke (b1952) is well...
Haydn: String Quartets
Haydn String Quartets, 'Sun', Op 20--No 4; No 5; No 6 Chiaroscuro Quartet BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2168 (75' * DDD/DSD) The 40-year-old Haydn seems to have conceived his Op 20 quartets as a showcase for his newly won technical and expressive virtuosity...
'In Schubert's Company': Akhunov der Erlkonig
'In Schubert's Company' Akhunov Der Erlkonig (a). In Schubert's Company (a) Desyatnikov Wie der alte Leiermann ... (a) Schubert Polonaise, D5803. Symphony No 5, D485 (a). Winterreise, D911--Der Leiermann (arr Tabakova) (a). Arpeggione Sonata, D821...
'Inspirations & Dreams': Debussy Etudes Enescu Fiori De Garoafa
'Inspirations & Dreams' Debussy Etudes Enescu Fiori de garoafa. Romanian Rhapsody No 1. Valse. Vlerstimmige Fuge Mihalovici Five Bagatelles, Op 27 Ravel Gaspard de la nuit Sarasate Zigeunerwelsen, Op 20 (arr Enescu) Schumann Ahnung. Piano Concerto,...
Ircam
Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique was launched in 1977 and is still going strong. Liam Cagney's pick of 10 works associated with IRCAM charts its development over the 40-year period When Pierre Boulez announced the creation...
Isaac: 'Nel Tempo Di Lorenzo De' Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519'
Isaac 'Nel tempo di Lorenzo de' Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519' Anonymous O Welt, ich muss dich lassen Isaac A la battaglia. Angeli, Archangeli. Christus, filius Dei. Circumdederunt me. Hora e di maggio. Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen....
Ives: New England Holidays
Ives New England Holidays. Orchestral Sets-No 1, 'Three Places in New England'; No 2 Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot Seattle Symphony Media (F) SSM1015 (78' * DDD) Partly recorded live at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, February 2016--February...
JS Bach * Buxtehude: JS Bach Musikalisches Opfer
JS Bach * Buxtehude JS Bach Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079 Buxtehude Trio Sonata No 6, BuxWV257 The Bach Players / Nicolette Moonen vn Hyphen Press (F) HPM011 (54' * DDD) We'll never know for sure why Bach's Musical Offering, a collection...
JS Bach * D Scarlatti: 'Classically Reminded'
JS Bach * D Scarlatti 'Classically Reminded' JS Bach Cantata No 147--Jesu, joy of man's desiring. French Suite No 5, BWV816--Allemande; Gigue; Loure. Invention, BWV785. Sinfonias--BWV792; BWV795; BWV797. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV564--Toccata;...
KEF LS50 Wireless: This Development of the Popular Mini-Monitors Isn't Just a Pair of Speakers-It's a Complete Home Audio System
The hi-fi industry is not exactly averse to hyperbole, from model numbers overstating the power of amplifiers to fanciful descriptions suggesting a product is the best of its kind. But just once in a while you come across something understating its...
Laks: String Quartet No 4
Laks String Quartet No 4. Divertimento. Piano Sonatina. Concertino. Passacaille. Piano Quintet ARC Ensemble Chandos (F) CHAN10983 (83' * DDD) Volume 3 of the ARC Ensemble's Music in Exile series profiles Szymon Laks, who moved to Paris...
Left Pouishnoff: 'The Complete 78rpm and Selected Saga LP Recordings'
Left Pouishnoff [G] 'The Complete 78rpm and Selected Saga LP Recordings' Albeniz/Godowsky Tango, Op 165 No 2 JS Bach/Saint-Saens Cantata No 29--Overture Beethoven/Saint-Saens The Ruins of Athens Chorus of Dervishes Chopin Barcarolle, Op...
'Like as the Hart': 'Music for the Templar's Garden'
'Like as the Hart' 'Music for The Templar's Garden' Buxtehude Quemadmodum desiderai cervus Handel As pants the hart Howells Like as the hart L'Estrange As the chased hart Ockeghem Sicut cervus desiderat Palestrina Sicut cervus desiderai Pitts...
Lobo * Guerrero * Victoria * Vivanco: Guerrero Simile Est Regnum Caelorum Lobo Missa Vox Clamantis Victoria Missa Simile Est Regnum Caelorum
Lobo * Guerrero * Victoria * Vlvanco Guerrero Simile est regnum caelorum Lobo Missa Vox clamantis Victoria Missa Simile est regnum caelorum. O quam gloriosum est regnum Vivanco Magnificat octavi toni Truro Cathedral Choir / Christopher Gray Regent...
Long Relationships and New Chapters
Daniel Barenboim brought his Staatskapelle Berlin to July's opening weekend of the BBC Proms to perform Elgar's symphonies. For those who heard the recent Decca recordings and have added them to their collections, this was a chance to hear the combination...
'Mad Dog': Byrd Pavan Bray Dowland Mr Dowland's Midnight
'Mad Dog' Byrd Pavan Bray Dowland Mr Dowland's Midnight. Prelude. The Shoemaker's Wife Holborne As it fell on a holly eve. The Fairy Round. Fantasy. Fare thee well. Heigh ho holiday. Mad Dog. Mr Holborne's Last Will and Testament. Muy Linda. My...
Mahler: Symphony No 5
Mahler Symphony No 5 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons BR-Klassik (F) 900150 (74' * ODD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, March 2016 'Mahler said his time would come--the question now, for me, is...
Making Music More Personal: From All-in-One-Systems to Even Better Music on the Move, Our Listening Options Continue to Be Expanded
Technics is the latest brand to have been bitten by the all-in-one bug. Not content with bringing its direct-drive turntables down nearer to the grasp of us mere mortals after launching with luxury pricing, it's developed its systems range with the...
'Many Are the Wonders': 'Renaissance Gems and Their Reflections-Vol 2, Tallis'
'Many are the Wonders' 'Renaissance Gems and Their Reflections--Vol 2, Tallis' Allain Videte miraculum K Andrew Archbishop Parker's Psalme 150 K Burton Many are the wonders Escott O light of light Ferko Reflection on Thomas Tallis' If ye love...
Martinu * Shostakovich: Martinu Cello Concerto No 2
Martinu * Shostakovich Martinu Cello Concerto No 2, H304 Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 2, Op 126 Christian Poltera vc Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Gilbert Varga BIS (F) BIS2257 (64' * DDD/DSD) Martinu completed his Second...
Mayr: Mass, 'Einsiedeln Mass'
Mayr Mass, 'Einsiedeln Mass'. Stabat mater Katja Stuber sop Marion Eckstein contr Fernando Guimaraes ten Tareq Nazmi bass Orpheus Vocal Ensemble; Concerto Koln / Florian Helgath Carus (F) CARUS83 480 (78' * DDD * T/t) In his lifetime Haydn...
Mellits: String Quartets-No 3
Mellits String Quartets--No 3, 'Tapas'; No 4, 'Prometheus'; No 5, 'Waniyetu' Debussy Quartet Evidence (F) EVCD033 (55' * DDD) The American composer Marc Mellits cut his creative teeth transcribing Steve Reich while absorbing the music...
Monteverdi: '3X Poppea'
Monteverdi [DVD] '3x Poppea' L'incoronazione di Poppea Birgitte Christensen sop Poppea Jacek Laszczkowski ten Nerone Tim Mead counterten Ottone Orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera / Alessandro de Marchi...
Mozart [G]: Piano Concertos-No 25
Mozart [G] Piano Concertos--No 25, K503; No 26, 'Coronation', K537 Francesco Piemontesi pf Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Andrew Manze Linn (F) CKD544 (61' * DDD) No fevered D minor Sturm und Drang or sentimental Elvira Madigan for Francesco...
Mozart: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 5'
Mozart 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 5' Piano Sonatas--No 6, K284; No 7, K309; No 14, K457. Fantasy, K475 William Youn pf Oehms (F) OC1857 (77' * DDD) I much enjoyed William Youn's previous volume of Mozart (1/17) and this latest disc by the Korean-born,...
Mozart's Piano Concerto in C, K503: Francesco Piemontesi Discusses One of the More Elusive Mozart Concertos with Hugo Shirley
The signs are encouraging when I meet Francesco Piemontesi in a cafe in the bustling heart of Berlin's Mitte district. The Swiss pianist arrives with not one score of Mozart's K503 Concerto, but two: a standard two-piano version from Edition Peters...
Musical Connections: James Jolly Proposes Two Related Listening Journeys Inspired by Soprano Barbara Hannigan
Inspirational female voices Barbara Hannigan's championing of new music--see our cover story--is central to her musical philosophy. Last year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards saw her breathtaking recording of Hans Abrahamsen's let me tell you...
Mussorgsky * Prokofiev: Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain
Mussorgsky * Prokofiev Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain. Songs and Dances of Death torch Denisov) (a) Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky (b) (b) Agunda Kulaeva mez (a) Vladislav Sulimsky bass-bar (b) Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno; Gurzenich...
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]--999 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling]--775 [pounds sterlig]...
'Occhi Turchini': Songs from Calabria
'Occhi turchini' Songs from Calabria Pino de Vittorio sngr/chitarra battente/perc Laboratorio '600 / Franco Pavan Glossa (F) GCDP33002 (77' * DDD * T/t) Franco Pavan's recent forays into the exciting world of folk/early music with Laboratorio...
Opalka: 'Emerge'
Opatka 'Emerge' Symphony No 2, 'Emerge' (a). Collisions of the Matter (b). DNA Bass Clarinet Concerto (c). Quadra (d) (c) Jadwiga Czarkowska bass cl (d) Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / tukasz Borowicz; (ab) Polish Sinfonia luventus Orchestra...
Peteris Vasks: Andrew Mellor Profiles the Latvian Composer Whose Works Mirror the Suffering of His People-Yet Are Lined with Hope and Beauty
You may know the story of the Baltic region's journey to independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But as it's a story that can be neither dimmed nor jaded by retelling, here it is again. At the 1985 Latvian Song and Dance Festival, Soviet authorities...
Pfitzner: Die Rose Vom Liebesgarten
Pfitzner Die Rose vom Liebesgarten Erin Caves ten Siegnot Kouta Rasanen bass Der Waffenmeister/Der Nacht-Wunderer Andreas Kindschuh bar Der Sangesmeister Astrid Weber sop ...
Rachmaninov: Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil', Op 37
Rachmaninov [G] Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil', Op 37 Klaudia Zeiner contr Falk Hoffmann ten MDR Radio Choir / Risto Joost Genuin (F) GEN17476 (58' * DDD * T/t) This recording joins what is now a very crowded market indeed, so much has Rachmaninov's...
Record of a Lifetime: Gerard Schwarz Is Celebrating His 70th Birthday with a 30-Disc Retrospective, and Yet the Conductor's Desire to Reach New Audiences Remains Undimmed
Sophia Loren started it all. Gerard Schwarz was seven years old when his mother took him to see the film adaptation of Verdi's Aida starring the Italian actress (lip-synching for Renata Tebaldi). 'I was already taking piano lessons, but as soon as...
Reger: Clarinet Sonatas-Op 49 No 1
Reger Clarinet Sonatas--Op 49 No 1; Op 49 No 2; Op 107 Michael Collins cls Michael McHale pf Chandos (F) CHAN10970 (72' * DDD) A cautionary tale, courtesy of Nicholas Marston's booklet note: Reger bartered the dedication of his First Clarinet...
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel
Rimsky-Korsakov [DVD] [BR] The Golden Cockerel Vladimir Feliauer bass-bar King Dodon Andrei llyushnikov ten Prince Guidon Vladislav Sulimsky bar Prince Afron Andrei Serov bass-bar Commander Polkan Elena...
Rossini: Adelaide Di Borgogna
Rossini Adelaide di Borgogna Ekaterina Sadovnikova sop Adelaide Margarita Gritskova mez Ottone Gheorghe Vlad ten Adelberto Baurzhan Anderzhanov bass-bar Berengario Miriam Zubieta sop Eurice...
Rossini: Sigismondo
Rossini Sigismondo Margarita Gritskova mez Sigismondo Maria Aleida sop Aldimira Kenneth Tarver ten Ladislao Marceli Bakonyi bass Ulderico/Zenovito Paula Sanchez-Val verde sop ...
R Strauss: Acht Lieder Aus Letzte Blatter
R Strauss [G] Acht Lieder aus Letzte Blatter, Op 10--No 1, Zueignung; No 2, Nichts; No 3, Die Nacht; No 8, Allerseelen. Standchen, Op 17 No 2. Sechs Lieder aus Lotusblattern, Op 19--No 2, Breit' uber mein Haupt; No 4, Wie sollten wir geheim sie...
Ruggiero Ricci: Tully Potter Considers the Long and Varied Career of the Italian-American Violinist Who Made Playing Paganini and Unaccompanied Recitals, Both Live and on Record, His Calling Card
Many famous violinists came and went during Ruggiero Ricci's 85-year career, from 1928 to 2003. For most of that time, and especially in the three decades after World War II, he was in the top echelon of soloists, with a reputation for playing Paganini...
'Russian Light': Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila-Lyudmila's Cavatina Rachmaninov Don't Sing, My Beauty
'Russian Light' Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila--Lyudmila's Cavatina Rachmaninov Don't sing, my beauty. Op 4 No 4. Spring Waters, Op 14 No 1. It's nice here, Op 21 No 7. Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 Rimsky-Korsakov The Golden Cockerel--Hymn to the Sun. Sadko...
Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
Rzewski The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Daan Vandewalle pf Etcetera (F) KTC1589 (61' * DDD) In addition to Daan Vandewalle's impressive credits as a new-music pianist, he has a natural inclination towards big projects such as...
Satie: 'Piano Works, Vol 2'
Satie 'Piano Works, Vol 2' Enfantillages pittoresques. Menus propos enfantins. Trois Nouvelles enfantines. Peccadilles importunes. Prelude de La porte heroique du ciel. Trois Preludes du Fils des etoiles. Preludes flasques (pour un chien). Trois...
Schubert: 'Arias & Overtures'
Schubert 'Arias & Overtures' Adrast (a)--Ein schlafend Kind! ... In diesem waldumschloss'nen und abgeleg'nen Raum; Meine Seele, die dich liebt. Alfonso und Estrella--Overture; Schon, wenn es beginnt zu tagen, wird in mir die Sehnsucht wach...
Schubert: Schwanengesang
Schubert Schwanengesang (a). Klavierstuck, D946 No 2 (a) Stephan Genz bar Michel Dalberto pf Aparte (F) AP151 (66' * DDD * T/t) A couple of years ago Stephan Genz and Michel Dalberto released a Winterreise that was welcomed in these pages...
Schubert: 'The Finished "Unfinished"'
Schubert 'The Finished "Unfinished"' Symphony No 8, D759 (reconstr Venzago) Basel Chamber Orchestra / Mario Venzago Sony Classical (F) 88985 43138-2 (43' * DDD) Recorded live at the Casino Basel Musiksaal, March 4, 2016 Mario Venzago...
Schumann: Carnaval, Op 9
Schumann Carnaval, Op 9. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op 26. Theme and Variations, 'Geistervariationen', WoO24 Juan Carlos pf Odradek (F) ODRCD342 (69' * DDD) Studio Odradek is an audibly small, acoustically controlled space where the instrument...
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