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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1156, December

A–S S–Y
A Celebration of the Art of Singing
'Celebrating the voice! 'Those are the words emblazoned on our cover this month, and throughout the magazine we've done exactly that: explored and celebrated singing, in all its extraordinary diversity. Let's begin with Erato's set of Berlioz's...
Aho
Aho Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra3. Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Pianob. Solo I (c) (b) Markku Moilanen ob (b) Pekka Niskanen cl (b) Antal Mojzer bn (b) Ilkka Puputti hn (a) Anders Paulsson sop sax (c)...
'Altri Canti D'amor'
'Altri canti d'amor' '17th Century Instrumental Works' Cavalli Canzon a 3. Lucidissima face Lera Diminuzioni sopra il 'Lamento d'Apollo' Marini Sonata prima sopra 'Fuggi dolente core' Merula Chiacona a 3 col basso Monteverdi Altri canti d'amor--Sinfonia...
ARTISTS & THEIR INSTRUMENTS: Alexandra Dariescu on Her Very First Piano, the 'Tchaikovsky'
"I was four years old when my mother bought us our first piano. It had always been her dream to have her own piano at home. She had wanted to play since she was a girl but her family couldn't afford to buy an instrument, so her grandparents would draw...
'Barbara'
'Barbara' Pierre (a). Cet enfant-la (b). Septembre (c). Mes hommes (d). Du bout des levres (e). Vivant poeme (f). A mourir pour mourir (g). Y'aura du monde (h). La-bas (i). C'est trop tard (j). Au Bois de Saint-Amand (k). Vienne (l). Dis, quand...
Bartok
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz116. Dance Suite, Sz77. Rhapsodies (a)--No 1, Sz87; No 2, Sz90 (a) James Ehnes vn Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner Chandos (F)[SACD] CHSA5189 (80' * DDD/DSD) How many labels still offer such generous...
Beethoven
Beethoven Violin Sonatas--No 3, Op 12 No 3; No 7, Op 30 No 2; No 10, Op 96 Baptiste Lopez vn Maude Gratton pf Mirare (F) MIR360 (70' * DDD) Period instruments are to the fore here, an anonymous Italian violin from 1690 (the Gaulard bow...
Beethoven * Nielsen * Schumann
Beethoven * Nielsen * Schumann Beethoven Variations, WoO8O Nielsen Chaconne, Op 32 Schumann Carnaval, Op 9 Elisabeth Nielsen pf Danacord (F) DACOCD785 (52' * DDD) Beethoven's chaconne-like 32 Variations in C minor and Nielsen's Op 32 Chaconne...
Bigham
Bigham Archipelago Dances--Set 1; Set 2. Two Nightscapes. Staffa Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jean-Claude Picard Aruna (F) ARUNACD002 (57' * DDD) There's a rhythmic trick at work in the first of Ned Bigham's Archipelago Dances...
Bizet
Carmen--Two Suites. L'Arlesienne--Two Suites Barcelona Symphony Orchestra / Pablo Gonzalez Naxos (M) 8 573546 (70' * DDD) What could be more appropriate than a Spanish orchestra and conductor to add local colour to Ernest Guiraud's suites...
Borup-Jorgensen
Borup-Jorgensen SACD: Marin, Op 60 (a). Music for Percussion and Viola, Op 18b. Fur Cembalo und Orgel, Op 133 No 2 (c). Nachstuck, Op 118 No 1 (d). Winter Pieces, Op 30b (e). Pergolato, Op 183 (f). Coast of Sirens, Op 100 (g) DVD: Marin--An Animated...
Brahms
Brahms Symphony No 2, Op 73. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'St Antoni Chorale', Op 56a WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne / Jukka-Pekka Saraste Profil (F) PH17057 (61' * DDD) As ever with Brahms's D major Symphony there's the loaded question:...
Brahms
Brahms 'The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol 5' Piano Sonata No 1, Op 1. Seven Piano Pieces, Op 116. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op 9 Jonathan Plowright pf BIS (F)[SACD] BIS2147 (69' * DDD/DSD) The qualities that have distinguished...
Brahms
Brahms An English Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45) Mary Bevan sop Marcus Farnsworth bar James Baillieu, Richard Uttley The Choir of King's College London / Joseph Fort Delphian (F) DCD34195 (65' * DDD * T/t) Listeners familiar...
Brahms-Janacek
Brahms-Janacek Brahms Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op 120 Janacek Sonata (arr Brill) Shirley Brill cl Jonathan Aner pf Hanssler Classic (F) HC17001 (59' * DDD) These performances of Brahms's clarinet sonatas have a feeling of spontaneity that...
Britten * Hindemith
Britten * Hindemith Britten Violin Concerto, Op 15 Hindemith Violin Concerto Arabella Steinbacher vn Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 625 (65' * DDD/DSD) If the most common coupling...
'BWV ... or Not?'
'BWV ... or not?' CPE Bach Violin Sonata, Wq 145 H569 (BWV1036) CPE/JS Bach Sonata, H590 No 5 (BWV1038) JS Bach Fuga, BWV1026. Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079--Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale. Suite, BWV1025 (after Weiss, SC47) Goldberg Sonata, DurG13...
Cage * T Johnson
Cage * T Johnson Cage Chess Pieces. Four Dances T Johnson Counting Duets--No 2. Rational Melodies--Nos 1-5, 8-12,14-15 & 21 Trio Omphalos Wergo (F) WER7370-2 (63' * DDD) As David Lang indicates in his warmly opinionated booklet recollections,...
Chadwick * Elgar
Chadwick * Elgar Chadwick Symphonic Sketches Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma', Op 36 BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Andrew Constantine Orchid (F) ORC100074 (65' * DDD) Let me urge immediate investigation of George Whitefield...
Chihara
Chihara 'Vol 3--Take the A Train' String Trio (3). Bagatelles (b). The Girl from Yerevan (c). Ellington Fantasy (d) (a) Jesse Mills, (c) Movses Pogossian vns (c) Paul Coletti, Masumi Rostad vas aRaman Ramakrishnan vc (b) Jerome Lowenthal pf...
Chopin
Chopin Complete Nocturnes. Ballades--No 1, Op 23; No 4, Op 52 Eliane Rodrigues pf Navona (F)(2) NV6123 (147' * DDD) On the plus side, pianist Eliane Rodrigues possesses a colourful and focused sonority, abetted by the superb acoustic ambience...
Chopin
Chopin Complete Nocturnes Nelson Goerner pf Alpha (B)(2) ALPHA359 (108' * DDD) It's not surprising to find Nelson Goerner, a pianist renowned for his poetry, recording Chopin's Nocturnes. Certainly, the impression left by this complete...
Chopin and His World
Chopin and His World Edited by Jonathan D Bellman and Halina Goldberg Princeton University Press, PB, 384pp, 27.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-6911-7776-2 In the 1960s a playwright called NF Simpson became quite popular with his absurdist...
Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35
Chopin Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35. Preludes, Op 28. Scherzo No 2, Op 31 Cedric Tiberghien pf Hyperion (F) CDA68194 (72' * DDD) We may currently be thinking of Cedric Tiberghien in terms of his fabulously colourful Bartok cycle or crystalline...
Chopin: 'The Essence of an Iron Will'
Chopin 'The Essence of an Iron Will' Piano Sonatas--No 2, Op 35; No 3, Op 58. Fantaisie, Op 49. Three Mazurkas, Op 59 Craig Sheppard pf Romeo (F) 7322 (73' * DDD) Recorded live at Meany Theatre, Seattle, February 2017 Craig Sheppard,...
Classics RECONSIDERED: Rob Cowan and Andrew Achenbach Discuss the Pros and Cons of Kondrashin's Recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade Herman Krebbers vn Concertgebouw Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin Decca A fascinating combination for this new Sheherazade: a great orchestra from Northern Europe led by a famous violin soloist whose style is the...
CPE Bach
CPE Bach Viola da gamba Sonatas--Wq88; Wq136; Wq137. Keyboard Sonata, Wq50/3 (H138) Johanna Rose va da gamba Javier Nunez hpd Rubicon (F) RCD1019 (66' * DDD) The German viola da gambist Johanna Rose has already appeared on a fair few recordings,...
Critics Choice 2017
Our critics each choose a favourite recording from the past 12 months. If you're after the perfect gift guide for Christmas, look no further! Andrew Achenbach Ravel Daphnis et Chloe Ensemble Aedes; Les Siecles / Francois-Xavier Roth Harmonia...
Debussy
Debussy Violin Sonata (a). Cello Sonata (b). Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (c). Piano Trio (d). Syrinx (e) (ce) Emmanuel Pahud fl (ad) Renaud Capucon vn (ac) Gerard Causse va (bd) Edgar Moreau vc (abd) Bertrand Chamayou pf (c) Marie-Pierre...
Debussy
Debussy [G] Pelleas et Melisande Christian Gerhaher bar Pelleas Magdalena Kozena mez Melisande Gerald Finley bass Golaud Franz-Josef Selig bass Arkel Bernarda Fink contr Genevieve Elias Madler...
'Dresden'
'Dresden' Califano Sanata a quattro in C Fasch Quadri--FWV N:B2; FWV N:g1 Heinichen Sonata, SeiH257 Lotti Echo in F Quantz Sonata, QV 2:41a/b Telemann Sonata, TWV42:c4 Vivaldi Sonata a quattro, RV801 Zefiro / Alfredo Bernardini ob Arcana (F)...
Durufle * Howells * Vaughan Williams
Durufle * Howells * Vaughan Williams Durufle Requiem, Op 9 Howells Requiem Vaughan Williams Vallant-for-Truth Kirsten Sollek mez Richard Lippold bar Myron Lutzke vc Frederick Teardo org Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York...
Dvorak
Dvorak Piano Quartets--No 1, Op 23 B53; No 2, Op 87 B162 Busch Trio with Miguel da Silva va Alpha (F) ALPHA288 (71' * DDD) Following their disc of Dvorak piano trios, which Rob Cowan much enjoyed (9/16), the Busch Trio are joined by viola...
Dvorak
Dvorak [DVD] Rusalka Magdalena Polkowska sop Rusalka Tadeusz Szlenkier ten Prince Katarzyna Nowak-Stanczyk sop Foreign Princess JacekGreszta bass Water Goblin Darina Gapicz mez ...
Dvorak: W Marsalis
Dvorak * W Marsalis 'American Quartets' Dvorak String Quartet No 12, 'American', Op 96 B179 W Marsalis String Quartet No 1, 'At the Octoroon Balls' Euclid Quartet Afinat (F) AR1701 (72' * DDD) What an interesting pairing of works...
ECM Now Available for Streaming
The entire recording catalogue of ECM Records, including the ECM New Series imprint, is now available to stream on platforms worldwide, including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal. The label--known for its quality of sound,...
Edmund De Waal: The Ceramicist and Author of the Best-Selling 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' on How Music Is a Constant Companion at His South London Studio
I play music all the time. It's a very, very significant part of my life. It can be a sort of interrogative thing, where the music makes me think and helps me try and work out what I'm doing; so it's 'disturbing' music. Or it can be music that I'm...
Faust in Music: In His Survey, Hugo Shirley Foregos Song Settings of Poems from Goethe's Play in Favour of Broader Dramatic and Symphonic Settings Composed in Response to One of Western Literatures Most Important Figures
The importance of Faust as a literary figure is difficult to overestimate, as is the importance specifically of Goethe's Faust in European culture of the last two centuries. The story of the scholar who strikes a deal with the Devil has its roots far...
FROM WHERE I SIT: The Myriad Juxtapositions of Style in Bernstein's Mass Is Liberating, Not Cheesy
Impossible though it may seem, it was in December 1989--a staggering 28 years ago--that Gramophone put me and Leonard Bernstein in the same room together. It was an extraordinary hour, the details of which I shall never forget and indeed have now chosen...
GLAD TIDINGS: A Choral Christmas: Andrew Mellor Enters the Festive Spirit with a Selection of This Year's Christmas Albums, from the King's Singers, the Queen's Six and Various College Choirs
For those who believe the commercialisation of Christmas has gone too far, there is a ready antidote in this year's crop of seasonal releases. Many of them could have used a crash course in market research and product orientation. While the best unashamedly...
Glass
Glass The Trial Johnny Herford bar Josef K Michael Bennett ten Guard 1 (Franz)/Block Nicholas Folwell bass-bar Guard 2 (Willem)/Usher/Clerk of the Court/Priest...
'Gold'
'Gold' [G] Disc 1, 'Close Harmony'--works by Arlen, Chilcott, Clare, Frances, Gershwin, Joel, Khalifa, Kidjo, Legend, Lennon/McCartney, P Simon, J Taylor, Traditional, Tunstall and U2 Disc 2, 'Spiritual'--works by RR Bennett, Byrd, Chilcott, Hebreo,...
GRAMOPHONE Collector: CELLISTS TAKE A BOW: Richard Bratby Delves into a Pile of Recent Cello-and-Piano Discs
I can't have been the first teenage cellist to come unstuck on the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata, Op 102 No 2. I'd expected to tear headlong into some maximum-strength Ludwig van. Instead, rehearsing without a piano, I found a puzzlingly incomplete...
GRAMOPHONE Collector: LUTHERAN SONGS: Fabrice Fitch Explores a Handful of Reformation-Themed Discs
The Reformation quincentenary has been plentifully marked in the discography, several fine recordings having appeared in these pages in the past year. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of them come from German labels and ensembles. Of the present batch,...
GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice
Take some of today's best singers, a conductor steeped in Berlioz's sound world and the commitment of an everenterprising label, and the result is a landmark recording of this epic. Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's...
GRAMOPHONE Focus: SCHUBERT REVISITED: Jed Distler Listens to Paul Badura-Skoda's Schubert Piano Sonatas, Recorded in the Late 1960s but Incorporating Later Tweaks and Remakes
Paul Badura-Skoda's 1967-68 Schubert piano sonata cycle for RCA Victor first appeared in 1971 on 13 LPs (12/71), and was later repackaged into four smaller individual multi-disc volumes. For these sets Badura-Skoda re-recorded five of the sonatas plus...
GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH: Mark Pullinger Is Bowled over by an Epic New Recording of Berlioz's Les Troyens, Caught Live in Strasbourg with a Luxury Cast under the Direction of John Nelson
Berlioz Les Troyens Joyce DiDonato mez Didon Michael Spyres ten Enee Marie-Nicole Lemieux contr Cassandre Stephane Degout bar Chorebe Hanna Hipp mez ...
Granados
Granados [G] Goyescas. El pelele. Crepusculo. Jacara. Reverie-Improvisation Jose Menor pf IBS Classical (F) IBS82017 (77' * DDD) Regarding Granados and Goyescas, Jose Menor is as much a scholar as a pianist. In his booklet notes to this...
'Grandissima Gravita'
'Grandissima Gravita' [G] Pisendel Sonata in C minor Tartini Sonata, Op 2 No 5 Veracini Sonatas, Op 2--No 5; No 12, 'Sonata accademiche' Vivaldi Sonata, Op 2 No 2 RV31. Suonata a solo fatto per il Maestro Pisendel, RV6--Adagio Rachel Podger vn...
Graun
Graun Weihnachtsoratorium Monika Mauch sop Marion Eckstein contr Georg Poplutz ten Raimund Nolte bass Arcis Vocalists, Munich; L'Arpa Festante Baroque Orchestra / Thomas Gropper Oehms (F) OC1876 (79' * DDD) An oratorio by Carl Heinrich...
Handel
Handel Amadigi di Gaula--Sussurrate, onde vezzose. Ezio--Pensa a serbarmi, o cara. Flavio--Privarmi ancora dell'amata belta? ... Rompo i lacci; Son pur felice al fine ... Bel contento. Giustino--Chi mi chiama alia gloria? ... Se parla nel mio cor....
Haydn
Haydn Violin Concertos--No 1; No 3; No 4 Lisa Jacobs vn The String Soloists Cobra (F) COBRA0061 (68' * DDD) Haydn's three authentic violin concertos fit ideally on a single disc and are an integral part of every aspiring fiddler's arsenal....
HOW MARTIN LUTHER CHANGED MUSIC: In Commemoration of 500 Years since Martin Luther's Declaration of His '95 Theses', Fabrice Fitch Considers the Wide-Ranging Influence of the Reformation on the Music of Luther's Day-And Beyond
Martin Luther loved music. Not only was he knowledgeable, but he knew his Josquin from his Isaac. His famous saying that Josquin was 'the master of the notes, who must do as he wishes, whereas other composers do what the notes require' is only one...
How to Drive Your Speakers Up the Wall: In-Wall and On-Wall Speakers Are Nothing New but One Innovative System Is Taking a Whole New Look at Making 'Invisible Sound' a Design Feature
Wardrobes, tombstones and monkey-coffins just some of the derogatory terms used in some quarters to describe the audiophile affliction that is a large pair of speakers taking pride of place in the room. Pride of place? Well, for those who like to revel...
'In Dulci Jubilo'
'In dulci jubilo' J Christoph Bach Merk auf, mein Herz Buxtehude Furchtet euch nicht, BuxWV30. In dulci jubilo, BuxWV52. Jesu dulcis memoria, BuxWV57. Das neugebor'ne Kindelein, BuxWV13. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV211. Wie schon leuchtet...
Jorge Bolet
Jorge Bolet 'The RIAS Recordings, Vol 1' Chopin Etude, Op 10 No 5. Fantaisie, Op 49. Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op 66. Three Impromptus. 'Minute' Waltz, Op 64 No 1 Debussy Preludes (exes) Godowsky Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss...
JS Bach
JS Bach English Suite No 2, BWV807. Toccata, BWV912. Overture in the French Style, BWV831 Yulianna Avdeeva pf Mirare (F) MIR328 (64' * DDD) After mixed recitals featuring Chopin (with whom she has been associated since winning the 2010...
JS Bach
JS Bach Cantatas--No 101, Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott; No 103, Ihr werdet weinen und heulen; No 115, Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe PHI (F) LPH027 (62' * DDD * T/t) Another gift of relatively...
JS Bach: Magnificat, BWV243a
JS Bach [G] Magnificat, BWV243a (a). Cantata No 151, Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt (b). Mass, BWV233 (c) (a) Charlotte Ashley, (b) Angela Hicks, (ac) Hannah Morrison sops (a) Eleanor Minney contr (abc) Reginald Mobley counterten (ab) Hugo Hymas...
JS Bach: 'Organ Works, Vol 4'
JS Bach 'Organ Works, Vol 4' An Wasserflussen Babylon--BWV653; BWV6536. Concerto, BWV596 (after Vivaldi). Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV651. Komm, Heiliger Gelst, BWV652. Partita on Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV768. Prelude and Fugue,...
'Last Leaf'
'Last Leaf' Haugen Tjonneblomen Saether Fastan Sjolin Intermezzo. Naja's Waltz. Shore RT Sorensen Shine You No More Traditional AE Romeser. Despair not, O heart. The Dromer. Dromte mig en drom. Hur var du i aftes sa sildig. Minuet No 60. Now Found...
Ludford
Ludford Ludford Missa Dominica interspersed with Anonymous Alma redemptoris mater. Angelus ad virginam. Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria. There is no rose of swych vertu Lack Candlemas Leighton The Lord is my shepherd Trinity Boys Choir; Handbell Choir...
'Lux in Tenebris'
'Lux in tenebris' Feo La sinderesi Gennaro Manna Gloria Patri. Lamentazione terza del Giovedi Santo Gaetano Manna Lamentazione seconda del Giovedi Santo Silvia Frigato sop Talenti Vulcanici / Emanuele Cardi Arcana (F) A437 (5V * DDD * T/t)...
Mahler
Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection' Chen Reiss sop Karen Cargill mez Netherlands Radio Choir; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Daniele Gatti RCO Live (M)(2)[SACD] RC017003; (F)[DVD] RC017109; (F)[BR] RC017108 (88' * DDD/DSD * NTSC * 16:9...
Makan
Makan Letting Time Circle Through Us Either/Or New World (F) 80791-2 (47' * DDD) Keeril Makan's Letting Time Circle Through Us (2013) is a sextet in one large, euphonious, unbroken span. Written for the Either/Or ensemble with whom Makan...
Martinu
Martinu The Epic of Gilgamesh (sung in English) Lucy Crowe sop Andrew Staples ten Derek Welton bar Jan Martinik bass Simon Callow nan Prague Philharmonic Choir; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Manfred Honeck Supraphon (F) SU4225-2 (51' * DDD...
Mathias
Mathias Piano Concertos--No 2, Op 13 (a); No 3, Op 40 (b). Ceremony After a Fire Raid, Op 63 (c) (b) William Mathias, (c) Chris Williams, (a) Llyr Williams pf (c) Andrea Porter, (c) Matt Hardy perc BBC National Chorus and (a) Orchestra of Wales...
McCabe
McCabe The Woman by the Sea (a). String Quartet No 6, 'Silver Nocturnes' (b). Horn Quintet (c) Sacconi Quartet with (b) Roderick Williams bar (c) David Pyatt hn (a) Mohn McCabe pf NMC (F) NMCD230 (62' * DDD * T) Two and a half years after...
Medtner * Rachmaninov
Medtner * Rachmaninov Medtner Piano Concerto No 1, Op 33 (a). Prologue, 'The Angel', Op 1 No 1 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, Op 18 (a). Prelude, Op 23 No 4 Jayson Gillham pf (a) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Northey ABC Classics...
Mielczewski
Mielczewski Benedictio et claritas. Canzona prima a 2. Canzona terza a 3. Deus, in nomine tuo. Gaude Dei genitrix. lubilate Deo. Missa Cerviensiana Kyrie; Gloria. Missa O gloriosa domina. Quem terra, pontus, aethera. Veni, Domine The Sixteen...
Millocker
Millocker 'Waltzes * Marches * Polkas' Overture in E flat. Ida--Polka francaise. Cyprienne--Polka schnell. Sonntagskind-Walzer nach Motiven der Operette 'Das Sonntagskind'. Melitta--Polka mazurka. Apajune-Marsch nach Motiven der Operette 'Apajune,...
'Mirages'
'Mirages' [G] Berlioz La mort d'Ophelie (a) Debussy Pelleas et Melisande--Mes longs cheveux descendent. La romance d'Ariel (a) Delage Quatre Poemes hindous Delibes Lakme--Bell Song; Flower Duet (b); Tu m'as donne le plus douz reve Koechlin Le voyage,...
Monteverdi
Monteverdi [DVD][BR][G] Orfeo Cyril Auvity ten Orfeo Hannah Morrison sop La Musica/Euridice Paul Agnew ten Eco/Apollo Miriam Allan sop ...
More Classic Haydn
The Belgian Pro Arte Quartet, who formed in 1912/13, cut their incomparable Haydn discs between 1931 and 1938. Some years ago Testament spread the whole series across two sets of CDs and now Warner Classics obliges with the same recordings packed into...
Mozart in Vienna
Mozart in Vienna The Final Decade By Simon P Keefe Cambridge University Press, HB, 689pp, 34.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-316-33775-2 Simon Keefe expresses his hope that Mozart in Vienna will appeal 'not only to Mozart aficionados...
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS: James Jolly Takes Us on Two Listening Journeys Inspired by Martin Luther and His Teachings
Influential 'Ein feste Burg' Martin Luther wrote his great hymn 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott' ('A mighty fortress is our God') towards the end of the 1520s, marrying words and music with a surefooted sense of gravity, religious fervour and the...
Music Competitions Guide
Our international guide to music competitions includes information on how to enter, and also how to be in the audience--and with an increasing number of music competitions now being live-streamed, just about anyone can watch and get caught up in the...
'Music for the Queen of Heaven'
'Music for the Queen of Heaven' 'Contemporary Marian Motets' L Berkeley Regina coeli, laetare Campbell Ave Maria Dodgson Dormi, Jesu Frances-Hoad Gaude et laetare Howells Salve regina G Jackson Salve regina McDowall Alma redemptoris mater MacMillan...
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]-7.75 [pounds sterling]...
'New Worlds'
'New Worlds' JS Bach Solo Cello Suite No 1, BWV1007--Prelude Bernstein West Side Story--America; I feel pretty; Somewhere Foster I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Gershwin Porgy and Bess--It ain't necessarily so Mancini Moon River V Morrison...
'Once More with Feeling ...'
'Once more with feeling ...' Albeniz Cordoba Cervantes Cuban Dance No 6 Chabrier Dix Pieces pittoresques--No 10, Scherzo-valse Debussy Arabesque No 1 Faure Nocturne No 6, Op 63 Gershwin I got rhythm. The man I love Godowsky Triakontameron No 1,...
Ostrcil
Ostrcil (H) Jack's Kingdom (Honzovo kralovstvi) (a) Premysl Koci bass-bar Devil Josef Celerin bass Father Milada Jiraskova sop Zena Ivanova Ludmila Hanzalikova mez Zena Ondrejova Antonin Votava ten ...
Paavo Berglund: Andrew Mellor Celebrates the Perfectionist Finnish Conductor Who Not Only Breathed Life into Orchestral Culture in His Homeland but Also Introduced Many across the World to Sibelius
Five years before his death, Paavo Berglund (1929-2012) conducted for the last time. The ensemble was the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, and on the programme, naturally, was Sibelius. Specifically, it was his Fourth Symphony. Berglund talked...
'Parle Qui Veut'
'Parle qui veut' [G] 'Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages' Andrea da Firenze Dal traditor Anonymous Hont paur. O pensieri vani. Parle qui veut. Pour che que je ne puis. Va, Fortune Antonio 'Zacara' da Teramo Cacciando per gustar/A? cinci, ai...
Penderecki
Penderecki 'Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Vol 2' St Luke Passion (exes). Veni Creator. Psalm 30. Cherubic Hymn. Dies illa. O gloriosa virginum. We also shepherds. The Speckled Duck. Missa brevis. Magnificat--Sicut locutus est. Kaddish--We bessech...
Poldowski
Poldowski 'Poldowski Reimagined' 22 Melodies sur les poemes de Paul Verlaine (arr David Jackson) Ensemble 1904 / David Jackson pf Resonus (F) RES10196 (54' * DDD * T/t) The debut album of Ensemble 1904, founded by the pianist David Jackson...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2, Op 63 (a). Solo Violin Sonata, Op 115 (b). Five Melodies, Op 35bis (c). The Love for Three Oranges--March (arr Heifetz) (c). Piano Sonata No 4--Andante, Op 29bis (d) (abc) Rosanne Philippens vn (c) Julien Quentin...
Prokofiev * Weinberg
Prokofiev * Weinberg Prokofiev Symphony No 5, Op 100 Weinberg Symphony No 5, Op 76 Polish Sinfonia luventus Orchestra / Gabriel Chmura Warner Classics (B)(2) 9029 58127-1 (9V * DDD) Why re-record Weinberg's Fifth? Well, it is certainly...
Puccini
Puccini [DVD][BR] La boheme Irina Lungu sop Mimi Giorgio Berrugi ten Rodolfo Kelebogile Besong sop Musetta Massimo Cavalletti bar Marcello Benjamin Cho bar Schaunard Gabriele Sagona...
Purcell
Purcell The Fairy Queen Caroline Mutel, Virginie Pochon, Hjordis Thebauit sops Caitiin Hulcup mez Christophe Baska counterten Samuel Boden, Anders Dahlin, Julien Picard tens Guillaume Andrieux, Kevin Greenlaw, Ronan Nedelec bars Frederic Caton...
Ravel
Ravel Daphnis et Chloe (a). Une barque sur l'ocean. Pavane pour une infante defunte (a) WDR Radio Choir, Cologne; Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Gimeno Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 652 (73' * DDD/DSD) It's unfortunate, perhaps,...
Robert Casadesus's Art
Catch-up time now and a Scribendum set devoted to the French pianist and composer Robert Casadesus, the 'other' 1950s classical pianist, besides Rudolf Serkin, on CBS/Sony's books. I say 'classical' because both pianists made a distinguished series...
Rossini
Rossini Demetrio e Polibio Sofia Mchedlishvili sop Lisinga Victoria Yarovaya mez Siveno Cesar Arrieta ten Eumene Luca Dall'Amico bass-bar Polibio Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan; Virtuosi Brunensis / Luciano Acocella Naxos...
Saint-Saens
Saint-Saens Symphony No 3, 'Organ', Op 78 (a). Carnaval des animaux (b) (b) Martha Argerich pf (a) Daniele Rossi org Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano (b) pf Warner Classics (F) 9029 57555-5 (6V *...
Sammartini * Tartini Vivaldi
Sammartini * Tartini Vivaldi 'Soave e virtuoso' Sammartini Soprano Recorder Concerto Tartini Flute Concertos--G291; G293; G294 Vivaldi Recorder Concerto, RV441. Soprano Recorder Concerto, RV443 Alexis Kossenko fl/rec Les Ambassadeurs...
Schubert
Schubert Piano Quintet, 'Trout', D667 (a). Notturno, D897 (b). Ave Maria, D839. Standchen, D957 No 4 Anne-Sophie Mutter vn (a) Hwayoon Lee va (ab) Maximilian Hornung vc (a) Roman Patkolo db Daniil Trifonov pf DG (F) 479 7570 (56' * DDD) ...
Schubert
Schubert Piano Sonatas--No 16, D845; No 21, D960 Yury Martynov pf Melodiya (M)(2) MELCD100 2504 (82' * DDD) Recorded 2006 I'm not sure if these 2006 recordings have previously been released in the West but they provide my first exposure...
Schubert
Schubert 'Songs, Vol 3' An die Freunde, D654. An die Laute, D905. An mein Klavier, D342. Bei dir allein!, D866 No 2. Der Einsame, D800. Freiwilllges Versinken, D700. Das Heimweh, D456. Hippolits Lied, D890. Im Abendrot, D799. Im Freien, D880....
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, D795
Schubert Die schone Mullerin, D795 Christian Gerhaher bar Gerold Huber pf Sony Classical (F) 88985 42740-2 (74' * DDD * T/t) While Christian Gerhaher's 2003 recording of Schubert's Die schone Mullerin doesn't have English translations of...
Schubert: 'Nacht Und Traume'
Schubert [G] 'Nacht und Traume' An Silvia, D891 torch anon) (a). Coronach, D836 (orch Krawczyk) (c). Du bist die Ruh, D776 (orch Webern) (b). Erlkonig, D328 torch Berlioz) (b). Die Forelle, D550 torch Britten) (b). Ganymed, D544 (orch R Strauss)...
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