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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1157, January

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Adams
Adams City noir (a). The Gospel According to the Other Mary (b). Harmonielehre (c). Lollapalooza (d). Scheherazade. (2e). Short Ride in a Fast Machine (d). The Wound-Dresser (e) (b) Kelley O'Connor mez (b) Tamara Mumford contr (b) Daniel Bubeck,...
'Agitata'
'Agitata' Brevi O spiritus angelici Caldara Passione di Gesu Cristo Signor Nostro--Sinfonia Gregori Concerto grosso, Op 2 No 2 Jommelli La Betulia liberata--Prigionier che fa ritorno Porpora In procella sine Stella Stradella Et egressus est Torelli...
A Life in Music: Two Retrospectives of Barenboim as Both Pianist and Conductor
Selling records in London, 20 years ago and more, it was impossible to ignore the brand loyalty among customers based on their perceptions of a particular label's 'sound'. All the major companies had their adherents, who would look neither right nor...
Alkan
Alkan 'Edition' The major piano works, chamber music, chamber concertos and organ music Giovanni Bellucci, Alessandro Deljavan, Stanley Hoogland, Vincenzo Maltempo, Laurent Martin, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Mark Viner, Alan Weiss pf Kevin Bowyer...
'A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf'
'A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf' [G] 'French and German Baroque Music' Anonymous Suite in F sharp minor (attrib Pergolesi) Dufault Suite Kellner Campanella. Courante. Sarabanda. Aria. Giga. Gavotte Mouton Prelude 'La promenade'. Allemande 'Le dialogue...
'A Pleasing Melancholy'
'A Pleasing Melancholy' Danyel Eyes look no more. If I could shut the gate against my thoughts Dowland Flow my tears. Lachrimae. If floods of tears. M George Whitehead his Almand. Mourn, mourn, day is with darkness fled. Paduan. Sorrow, come (arr...
'A Russian Journey'
'A Russian Journey' Cui Two Preludes Glazunov Prelude and Fugue, Op 98 Lyapunov Prelude pastorale, Op 54 Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain Schawersaschwili Prelude and Fugue S Slonimsky Toccata Gail Archer org Meyer Media (F)...
Ashkenazy's Own Choice: The Pianist Selects Some of His Finest Solo and Chamber-Music Discs
Decca's 56-CD 'Artist Choice' selection of Ashkenazy's solo and chamber-music recordings, issued to celebrate his 80th birthday (and selling for about 110 [pounds sterling]), tells you of a great pianist who showed the rarest balance of sense and sensibility....
Baker
Baker Piano Concerto, 'From Noon to Starry Night' (a). Aus Schwanengesang (b) (a) Marc-Andre Hamelin pf Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra / (b) Juanjo Mena, (a) Gilbert Varga Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559804 (50' * DDD) Recorded live...
Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano
Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano By Stewart Pollens Cambridge University Press, HB, 400pp, 74,99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-316-15629-2 In his touching introduction to Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the...
Beethoven
Beethoven Symphonies--No 1, Op 21; No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55 Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Philippe Jordan Solo Musica Wiener Symphoniker (F) WS013 (72' * DDD) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, February 25 & 26, 2017 Though the...
Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No 9, 'Choral', Op 125 Gundula Janowitz sop Grace Bumbry mez Jess Thomas ten George London bass Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Karl Bohm Orfeo mono (F) C935171B (71' * DDD) Recorded live, July 23, 1963...
Bellini
Bellini [DVD][BR] Norma Sonya Yoncheva sop Norma Sonia Ganassl mez Adalgisa Joseph Calleja ten Pollione Brindley Sherratt bass Oroveso Vlada Borovko sop Clotilde David Junghoon Kim ten Flavio Chorus and Orchestra...
Bernstein * Vaughan Williams
Bernstein * Vaughan Williams Bernstein Chichester Psalms Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem torch Jonathan Rathbone) George Hill treb Ailish Tynan sop Roderick Williams bar Richard Gowers, Henry Websdale org The Choir of King's College, Cambridge;...
'Bohemia'
'Bohemia' Dvorak Violin Sonata, Op 57 B106. Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 Janadek Violin Sonata Suk Four Romantic Pieces, Op 17 Tamsin Waley-Cohen vn Huw Watkins pf Signum (F) SIGCD510 (74' * DDD) The heart gives a little leap...
Brahms
Brahms Symphony No 2, Op 73. Academic Festival Overture, Op 80. Tragic Overture, Op 81 Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Paavo Jarvi RCA Red Seal (F) 88985 45946-2 (67' * DDD) Orchestrally speaking, these are performances of refinement...
Brahms
Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (a). Horn Trio, Op 40 (b). Piano Quartets (c)--No 1, Op 25; No 2, Op 26; No 3, Op 60. Piano Trios--No 1, Op 8 (original and (d) revised versions); No 2, Op 87 (d); No 3, Op 101 (e); Op posth. String Sextets (arr Kirchner)--No...
Brahms
Brahms Four Ballades, Op 10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op 24 Nelly Akopian-Tamarina pf Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 677 (64' * ODD) What constitutes interpretation? Surely every artist worthy of the name seeks to internalise...
'Chaconne'
'Chaconne' JS Bach/Busoni Chaconne Busoni Toccata: Preludio-Fantasia-Ciaccona, K287 Casella Variations on a Chaconne, Op 3 Gubaidulina Chaconne Handel Chaconne, HWV435 Handel/Liszt Sarabande and Chaconne from 'Almira', S181 Nielsen Chaconne, Op...
Chausson * Ysaye * Bouchkov
Chausson * Ysaye * Bouchkov Bouchkov Fantasy. Melody Chausson Poeme, Op 25 Ysaye Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 27--No 5; No 6. Fantaisie, Op 32. Legende norvegienne. Si vous saviez Marc Bouchkov vn Georgiy Dubko pf Harmonia Mundi harmonia#nova...
Classics RECONSIDERED: David Gutman and Andrew Mellor Spar over the Pros and Cons of Bernstein's Recording of Sibelius's Fifth with the New York Philharmonic
Sibelius Symphony No 5 New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein CBS/Sony Classical Given a crack orchestra, it would be difficult for any conductor to fail to make a rousing success of the scherzo and finale of this symphony; these movements...
Debussy * Rachmaninov * Stravinsky
Debussy * Rachmaninov * Stravinsky Debussy Printemps Rachmaninov Spring, Op 20 (a) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (a) Rodion Pogassov bar Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Onyx (F) ONYX4182 (67' * DDD)...
Debussy * Rameau
Debussy * Rameau 'The Unbroken Line' Debussy Images, Book 1. Preludes, Book 2 Rameau Castor et Pollux--Tristes apprets (arr LaDeur). Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de clavecin--Gavotte et six doubles Jeffrey LaDeur pf MSR Classics (F) MS1654...
'Dolce Duello'
'Dolce duello' [G] Albinoni II nascimento dell'Aurora--Aure, andate e baciate Boccherini Cello Concerto No 10, G483 Caldara Gianguir, imperatore del mogol--Tanto, e con si gran piena. Nitocri--Fortuna e speranza D Gabrielli San Sigismondo, re di...
Donizetti
Donizetti [DVD][BR] Lucia di Lammermoor Diana Damrau sop Lucia Charles Castronovo ten Edgardo Ludovic Tezier bar Enrico Kwangchul Youn bass Raimondo Taylor Stayton ten Arturo Peter Hoare ten Normanno Rachael...
D Scarlatti
D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk3; Kk27; Kk32; Kk54; Kk87; Kk109; Kk119; Kk159; Kk212; Kk230; Kk247; Kk183; Kk481; Kk511; Kk519; Kk531; Kk544 Daria van den Bercken pf Sony Classical (F) 88985 48665-2 (62' * DDD) There's a sense of care about...
Dvorak
Dvorak [DVD][BR] Requiem, Op 89 B165 Use Eerens sop Bernarda Fink contr Maximilian Schmitt ten Nathan Berg bass Collegium Vocale Gent; Antwerp Symphony Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe Video director Leonid Adamopoulos EuroArts (F) [DVD] 206...
Dyson
Dyson Choral Symphony (a). St Paul's Voyage to Melita (b) (a) Elizabeth Watts sop (a) Caitlin Hulcup mez (ab) Joshua Ellicott ten (a) Roderick Williams bar The Bach Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / David Hill Naxos (M) 8 573770 (75' *...
Eisler
Eisler 'Lieder, Vol 2' Anmut sparet nicht noch Miihe. Ardens sed virens. L'automne prussien. Bleib gesund mir, Krakau. Chanson allemande. Deutschland. Es sind die alten Weisen. Fausts Verzweiflung. Das feme Lied. Die freie Wirtschaft. Genesung....
'Elegia'
'Elegia' Cage Clarinet Sonata Cavallini Adagio and Tarantella (a) Cope Sirocco Magnani Elegia (a) Rabaud Solo de concours, Op 101 Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata, Op 167 (a) Verdi La forza del destino'--Andante (a) Christopher Nichols c/aJulie...
Elgar
Elgar [G] Falstaff, Op 68. Three Songs, Op 59 (a). Two Songs, Op 60 (a). Grania and Diarmid, Op 42--Incidental Music; Funeral March. The Wind at Dawn (a). The Pipes of Pan (a). Pleading, Op 48 (a). The King's Way (a). Kindly do not SMOKE (Smoking...
Faure * Franck * Prokofiev
Faure * Franck * Prokofiev Faure Violin Sonata No 1, Op 13 (arr Bezaly) Franck Violin Sonata (ed Rampal) Prokofiev Flute Sonata, Op 94 Sharon Bezaly fl Vladimir Ashkenazy pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2259 (75' * DDD/DSD) Instrumental soloists...
Fitkin
Fitkin Servant. Inside. A Small Quartet. Another Small Quartet. String. Pawn Sacconi Quartet Signum (F) SIGCD518 C72' * DDD) Hard on the heels of their marvellous NMC release of John McCabe (12/17), the ever-impressive Sacconi Quartet...
For All the Changes, Music Remains Centre Stage: In 2017 the Consumer Electronics Industry Kept on Inventing New Ways for Us to Listen, from the Growth of Streaming Services to the Ability to Control Your System with Your Voice
No, 2017 wasn't the year in which streaming came of age and CDs and LPs were consigned to history. Arguably streaming in its various forms was already well established before that; and while there are a few dissenting voices suggesting the 'vinyl revival'...
Franck * Chausson
Franck * Chausson Chausson Chanson perpetuelle, Op 37 (a) Franck String Quartet (a) Karine Deshayes sop (a) Jonas Vitaud pf Zaide Quartet NoMadMusic (F) NMM044 (50' * DDD * T/t) The Quatuor Zaide, who caused a bit of a stir last year...
From 1989 or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious
From 1989 Or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious By Seth Brodsky University of California Press, 368pp, HB, 62.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-520-27936-0 With refreshing, indeed swashbuckling ambition, From 1989 seeks out the...
FROM WHERE I SIT: What Is It with Conductors Who Refuse to Take Mahler at His Word?
Reviewing Daniele Gatti's new recording of Mahler's Second Symphony last month, I found myself questioning yet again how it is possible to keep this now-familiar music sounding startling and fresh and at the very edge of possibility when great orchestras...
Giordano's Andrea Chenier: From a Composer Often Compared with Puccini in Terms of Melodic Gift This Opera Nevertheless Packs a Punch in Other Respects and, amid a Patchy Discography, Hugo Shirley Discovers Quite a Few Treasures
Premiered at La Scala, Milan, on March 28, 1896, Andrea Chenier was a hit that Umberto Giordano, who lived for another half century, would never repeat. Despite the modest success of Fedora (1898), now most often wheeled out as a vehicle for divas...
Godard
Godard Dante Edgaras Montvidas ten Dante Veronique Gens sop Beatrice Jean-Francois Lapointe bar Bardi Rachel Frenkel mez Gemma Andrew Foster-Williams...
GRAMOPHONE Collector FIRST RELEASES FROM ICA: Rob Cowan Welcomes a Batch of Historically Significant Recordings Gathered from the Richard Itter Collection
A fascinating new batch of CDs from ICA Classics carries the rider 'First CD Release'; all are billed as BBC recordings and all hail from the Richard Itter collection, a priceless storehouse famed for its archive of British music but that also includes...
GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique' MusicAeterna / Teodor Currentzis Sony Classical > PETER QUANTRILL'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 30 In this extraordinary, vivid...
GRAMOPHONE Focus: DOUBLE DEBUSSY: Harriet Smith Begins Debussy's Anniversary Year with Two Piano Discs
Debussy Children's Corner. Estampes. Images. L'isle joyeuse. La plus que lente Stephen Hough pf Hyperion (F) CDA68139 (69' * ODD) Debussy Children's Corner. Images. L'isle joyeuse. Suite bergamasque Seong-Jin Cho pf DG (F)...
GRAMOPHONE Focus: MAGICAL MARYLA: Bryce Morrison Welcomes a New Set Celebrating the Neglected Artistry of Pianist Maryla Jonas
Who is Maryla Jonas, the subject of this four-CD set from Sony Classical? Born in Warsaw in 1911, her teachers included Paderewski, whose legendary charisma was surely dented when Jonas tells us how he wrote down prescriptive and seemingly unalterable...
GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH: Peter Quantrill Listens to an Overwhelming New Account of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique from MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, and Relishes Afresh the Art of the Studio Recording
[G] Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74 MusicAeterna / Teodor Currentzis Sony Classical (F) 88985 40435-2 (46' * DDD) You may be inclined to adjust your set from the very opening, and you should: the disc demands a high playback...
Grieg
Grieg Piano Concerto, Op 16 (a). Peer Gynt--Incidental Music, Op 23 (b) (b) Lise Davidsen, (b) Ann-Helen Moen, (b) Victoria Nava sops (b) Johannes Weisser bar (b) Hakon Hogemo Hardanger fiddle (a) Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf Bergen Philharmonic...
Grieg's Piano Concerto: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Discusses the Evergreen Concerto with Jeremy Nicholas
You think you know Grieg's Piano Concerto pretty well; you wonder if there is any point in making yet another recording of it--and then along come Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Edward Gardner. The first two bars of their new recording made me sit up...
Hahn
Hahn 'Amour sans ailes' Reverie. Chansons grises. Trois jours de vendange. Etudes latines--Lyde; Pholoe. L'incredule. Nocturne. Dans la nuit. La chere blessure. Love Without Wings. L'enamourte. A Chloris. Fetes galantes Zachary Gordin...
Handel
Handel Ah che pur troppo e vero, HWV77--Col partir la bella Clori (a). La bianca rosa, HWV160C (a). Cantata spagnuola, HWV140 (a). Chaconne, HWV435. Hornpipe, HWV461. Keyboard Suite, HWV44-2 Chaconne. Sei pur bella pur vezzosa, HWV160b --Nascermi...
Handel
Handel Silla (Lucio Cornelio Silla) Sonia Prina contr Silla Vivica Genaux mez Lepido Martina Belli mez Claudio Sunhae Im sop Metella Roberta Invernizzi sop Flavia Francesca...
Haydn Kraus
Haydn Kraus [G] 'Haydn 2032--No 5, L'homme de genie' Haydn Symphonies--No 19; No 80; No 81 Kraus Symphony, VB142 Basel Chamber Orchestra / Giovanni Antonini Alpha (F) ALPHA676; (F) (2) [LP] ALPHA677 (78' * DDD) Fresh from winning...
Henze
Henze Lieder von einer Insel. Funf Madrigale. Orpheus Behind the Wire SWR Vocal Ensemble; Ensemble Modern/Marcus Creed SWR Classic (F) SWR19049CD (63' * DDD * T/t) Choral music forms a not insignificant aspect of Henze's output, these...
'Homage'
'Homage' Albeniz/Heifetz Suite espaflola, Op 47--Sevilla Bazzini Calabrese Debussy/Roques La plus que lente Dvorak/Kreisler Slavonic Dance, Op 46 No 2 Gluck/Kreisier Melodie Kreisler Gypsy Caprice. Rondino Mendelssohn/Kreisler Song Without Words,...
Hugill
Hugill Winter Journey (a). Four Songs to Texts by AE Housman (a). When summer's end is nighing (a). Quickening (b). Four Songs to Texts by Ivor Gurney (a) (b) Anna Huntley mez (a) Johnny Herford bar (b) Rosalind Ventris va William Vann pf Navona...
INHABITING LULLY'S Opulent Grandeur: With Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset Has Been Exploring Lully's Operas-Most Recently Alceste, Which He Has Recorded and Performed at Versailles. Richard Lawrence Went to Meet Him
Some 20 miles north of Paris, at Asnieres-sur-Oise, lies the Abbey of Royaumont. Founded by Louis IX in 1228, it is now the home of the Royaumont Foundation, a privately endowed enterprise that, among other things, supports residential courses and...
Janacek * Kodaly * Poulenc
Janacek * Kodaly * Poulenc 'Kyrie' Janacek Otcenas (a) Kodaly Missa brevis (b) Poulenc Mass Choir of St John's College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha with (a) Anne Denholm hp (a) Glen Dempsey, (b) Joseph Wicks org Signum (F) SIGCD489 (63'...
Jokob Lindberg on His Precious 16th-Century Sixtus Rauwolf Lute
"It was made in Augsburg in the 1590s by a prolific maker called Sixtus Rauwolf, and it was probably initially a seven- or eight-course lute. We don't know for whom--it's not a luxury model, but it's a sort of professional model. You often find in...
JS Bach
JS Bach Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079. Goldberg Variations, BWV988--Aria. Fourteen Canons on the Goldberg Ground, BWV1087. Trio Sonata, BWV1038 Masaaki Suzuki hpd Kiyomi Suga fl Ryo Terakado vn Yukie Yamaguchi vn/va Emmanuel Balssa...
JS Bach
JS Bach Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 Thomas Demenga vc ECM New Series (F) (2) 481 3195 029' * DDD) This is not a reissue of the Bach Cello Suite recordings that Thomas Demenga taped for ECM some 30 years ago and that were released...
JS Bach
JS Bach [DVD][G] St Matthew Passion, BWV244 Benedikt Kristjansson ten Evangelist KreSimir Strazanac bass Christus Gerlinde Samann, Isabel Jantschek sops Benno Schachtner counterten Paul Schweinester ten Peter Harvey bass Gachinger Cantorey /...
JS Bach * Beethoven * Busoni
JS Bach * Beethoven * Busoni JS Bach Violin Sonata No 3, BWV1016 Beethoven Violin Sonata No 10, Op 96 Busoni Violin Sonata No 2, Op 36a Yuuko Shiokawa vn Sir Andres Schiff pf ECM New Series (F) 481 5767 (76' * DDD) Is it really more...
JS Bach * Ysaye
JS Bach * Ysaye JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 1, BWV1002. Solo Violin Sonata No 3, BWV1005 Ysaye Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 27--No 4; No 6 Antje Weithaas vn AVI-Music (F) AVI8553381 (72' * DDD) It does seem extraordinary that no violinist...
Kancheli * Schnittke
Kancheli * Schnittke [G] 'Light over Darkness' Kancheli Piano Quartet, 'In l'istesso tempo' Schnittke Piano Quartet. Piano Quintet Erato Aiakiozidou pf Lutostawski Quartet Odradek (F) ODRCD341 (55' * DDD) The Piano Quintet is one...
Keeping It in THE FAMILY: With Neeme Jarvi Having Just Turned 80 and Estonia Marking Its Centenary, James Jolly Seizes the Chance to Meet Neeme and His Sons Paavo and Kristjan-Their Country's Finest Conducting Exports
For many years, there has been one item on Gramophone's 'to do' list: talk conducting with the Jarvi family--Neeme and his sons, Paavo and Kristjan; not individually, but all together. For the past few years, diaries--the three maintain pretty hair-raising...
Komitas
Komitas Seven Songs. Msho Shoror. Seven Dances. Pieces for Children. Toghik Lusine Grigoryan pf ECM New Series (F) 481 2556 (49' * DDD) The eventful and ultimately tragic life of Komitas (aka Soghomon Soghominian, 1869-1935) might well...
Koussevitsky's Nephew
No one could claim that Fabien Sevitzky (1893-1967), Serge Koussevitsky's nephew, was in the Mengelberg class, or indeed in his uncle's league. But he was a very good conductor none the less. Sevitzky became Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony...
Liszt
Liszt 'Songs for Bass Voice and Piano' Du bist wie eine Blume (fifth version), S287 No 2. Go not, happy day, S335. J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie, S327. Jeanne d'Arc au bucher (third version), S373. Le Juif errant, S300.0 lieb, solang du lieben...
Little
Little Woefully Arrayed, Op 13 (a). Kyrie, Op 5 (b). Gloria, Op 18 (c). Wasted and Worn, Op 6 (d). That Time of Year, Op 2 (d) (ac) Vox Futura / Andrew Shenton with (a) Heinrich Christensen org (b) Thomas Tallis Society Choir / Philip...
Mahler
Mahler Symphony No 8 Orla Boylan, Celena Shafer, Amy Owens sops Charlotte Hellekant, Tamara Mumford mezs Barry Banks ten Markus Werba bar Jordan Bisch bass Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Utah Symphony...
Mahler
Mahler [G] Symphony No 4 Hanna-Elisabeth Muller sop Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra / Adam Fischer AVI-Music (F) AVI8553378 (57 * DDD) Recorded live at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf, November 17-21 2016 Adam Fischer launched his Dusseldorf...
Matthias Pintscher: Richard Whitehouse Explores the German Composer's Unexpected Influences and His Unique Approach to Tradition and Innovation
Whatever Schoenberg may have intended, the recent history of German music has been one of successive generations rejecting their immediate past only to find a new accommodation with it at a later stage. From which perspective, Matthias Pintscher presents...
Melos Quartet: Tully Potter Pays Tribute to the German String Quartet Who Were Active over a 40-Year Period from 1965 and Highlights Some Notable Recordings
During the 1950s, when the legendary Busch Quartet was no more, and even its records were unavailable, old-timers wondered what sort of group would replace it. In war-torn Germany, such ensembles as the Barchet, the Schaffer and the German-Czech Koeckert...
Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn Variations concertantes, Op 17. Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 45; No 2, Op 58. Song Without Words, Op 109. Assai tranquillo (Albumblatt) Christian Poltera vc Ronald Brautigam pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2187 (60' * DDD/DSD) It's fair to say that...
Miraculons Tchaikovsky from Mengelberg
I mentioned in the context of reviewing Karajan's live Philharmonia Tchaikovsky Fourth (see page 44) 'a rhetorical pause just before the final onslaught' in the first movement, referring in passing to Willem Mengelberg's 1929 Concertgebouw version,...
MOBILE Music-Making: From Score-Reading to Streaming, Martin Cullingford Takes a Look at Some of the Most Engrossing Musical Apps
Five years ago, apps were being heralded as a potential future for cultural publishing. Some superb standalone offerings imaginatively exploited the potential of touchscreen tablets, and the best of those still hold their head up high half a decade...
Mozart
Mozart Don Giovanni Jean-Sebastien Bou bar Don Giovanni Myrtb Papatanasiu sop Donna Anna Julie Boulianne mez Donna Elvira Anna Grevelius mez Zerlina Julien Behr ten Don Ottavio Robert Gleadow bass-bar Leporello...
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS: James Jolly Takes Us on Two Listening Journeys Inspired by Conducting Fathers and Sons
The Jarvi three Choosing just two recordings from a catalogue of over 500 redefines the relationship between quarts and pint pots, but I'm going to plump for Neeme Jarvi's Gramophone Award-winning Chandos recording of Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony--surely...
Myers
Myers Ether Music David Lee Myers elecs Starkland (F) ST227 (57' * DDD) David Lee Myers (M949; aka--between 1987 and 1993 'Arcane Device') is a leading figure in American electroacoustic music, most specifically of 'feedback music', created...
NAD C 388: The Most Powerful NAD 'Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier' Is Well Equipped and an Entirely Compelling Performer
Full Disclosure Power--it's an interesting concept in a market where the output of amplifiers is much discussed but little understood. Too often buyers aim for the highest number their budget will afford, thinking more must be better but without looking...
NEW RELEASES INDEX: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Download
NEW RELEASES INDEX 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] (S) Super-budget price up to 6.24 [pounds sterling] (R)...
'No Time in Eternity'
'No Time in Eternity' Anonymous In Paradise Bennet Eliza, her name gives honour Byrd Ye sacred Muses, race of Jove Farrant 0 Jove, from stately throne Nyman Come and Go. Come unto these yellow sands. Full fathom five. No time in eternity. Self-Laudatory...
OBITUARIES: A Feisty Soprano Known for Her Puccini, and a Great French Organist
CAROL NEBLETT Soprano Born February 1, 1946 Died November 23, 2017 Justly celebrated for her performances in the role of Minnie in Puccini's La fanciulla del West, Carol Neblett has died, aged 71. Born in Modesto, California, Neblett...
Opera World Mourns Death of Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who had been suffering from cancer for two-and-a-half years, died aged 55, on November 22 in London where he'd made his home. The baritone was born in Siberia, on October 16, 1962, achieving international fame with his victory...
Paganini
Paganini Solo Violin Caprices, Op 1 Sueye Park vn BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2282 (83' * DDD/DSD) The first point worth making is that BIS's recording of the featured Guarneri 'del Gesu' violin (Cremona, 1739) is extremely lifelike: this is one...
Paus
Paus 'Odes & Elegies' A Portrait of Zhou (a). Marble Songs (b). Shostakovich in memoriam (c). Vita (d). Love's Last Rites (e) (a) Tom Ottar Andreassen fl (b) Jan Bertelsen ob d'amore (d) Bjarne Magnus Jensen vn (c) Ole Eirik Ree vc (e) The Arctic...
Pixis
Pixis Pixis Grand Piano Trio No 1. Op 75. Piano Trio No 3, Op 95 Pixis/A & M Bohrer Trio concertant No 1 Leonore Piano Trio Hyperion (F) CDA68207 (65' * DDD) You'd be forgiven for not being au fait with Johann Peter Pixis, or...
Pocketable Versatile: A Little Player That Packs a Serious Punch with Both Its Sound and Its Remarkable Range of Facilities
The digital music player market seems to be booming, with great-sounding pocketable devices from the likes of Astell & Kern, Fiio and stablemates Onkyo and Pioneer. And the Onkyo DP-SI is one of the more compact offerings: this 399 [pounds sterling]...
Prokofiev
Prokofiev Symphony No 7, Op 131. Lieutenant Kije--Suite, Op 60. The Love for Three Oranges--Suite, Op 336/s (excerpts) Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop Naxos (M) 8 573620 (56' * DDD) Marin Alsop's Prokofiev cycle has had its ups...
Prokofiev * D Scarlatti * Shostakovich
Prokofiev * D Scarlatti * Shostakovich Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 2, Op 14 D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas--Kk1; Kk27; Kk32; Kk141; Kk466 Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2, Op 102 (a). Ballet Suite No 2--Elegy (arr Masleev) Dmitry Masleev pf (a) Tatarstan...
Puccini
Puccini [DVD][BR] Tosca Kristine Opolais sop Tosca Marcelo Alvarez ten Cavaradossi Marco Vratogna bar Scarpia Alexander Tsymbalyuk bass Angelotti Peter Tantsits ten Spoletta Peter Rose bass ...
'Quella Fiamma'
'Quella fiamma' Bononcini Griselda--Per la gloria d'adorarvi Caccini Le nuove musiche--No 8, Amarilli Caldara La costanza in amor vince I'inganno--Sebben, crudele Capricornus Prothimia suavissima, Book 2--Sonata No 4 Carissimi Vittoria, mio core...
Rachmaninov
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