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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1158, February

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'1948'
'1948' 'Russian Works for Cello and Piano' Lyadov Prelude, Op 11 No 1 Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No 2, Op 81 Prokofiev Cello Sonata, Op 119 Shaporin Five Pieces, Op 25 Laura van der Heijden vc Petr Limonov vc Champs Hill (F) CHRCD136 (71' * DDD) Prokofiev's...
'A Due Alti'
'A due alti' Bononcini Lasciami un sol momento. Per la morte di Ninfa. Sempre piango/Sempre rido ... Caresana Lamento degii occhi ... Handel Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV182O B Marcello Felice chi vi mira. Lontan dall'idol mio Steffani lo mi parto...
Albeniz: Mignone
Albeniz * Mignone Albeniz Piano Concerto No 1, 'Concierto fantastico', Op 78a. Suite espagnole--No 1, Granada; No 5, Sevilla Mignone Piano Concerto3. Valsas de Esquina--No 1; No 5 Clelia Iruzun pf (a) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Jac van Steen Somm...
ANDRIS Leipzig's 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister, Andris Nelsons: Leipzig Welcomes Andris Nelsons
Only the best have ever been permitted to lead our Gewandhausorchester. Which is why Andris Nelsons is the natural choice as Leipzig's 21st Gewandhaus-kapellmeister. We are looking forward to a very special relationship which, artistically, will attract...
A Peerless Balladeer
If an English-speaking music lover asked me to nominate a first step in exploring the greatest among art song interpreters, my instinct would be to gravitate not to, say, Hotter, Bernac, or Chaliapin--superb as those artists are--but to John McCormack...
ARTISTS & THEIR INSTRUMENTS: Alexander Melnikpv on His 1875 Bosendorfer Piano
"The Bosendorfer is the first historic piano I ever bought. I bought it from Edwin Beunk, a friend of mine and a very important restorer of old pianos. I was visiting him about 20 years ago, and I was in this showroom with all these incredible pianos,...
'Awakening'
'Awakening' Berg Jugendlieder R Strauss Acht Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter', Op 10--No 1, Zueignung; No 3, Die Nacht; No 4. Die Georgine. Wozu noch, Madchen, Op 19 No 1. Traum durch die Dammerung, Op 29 No 1 Ullmann Liederbuch des Hafis, Op 30 Wolf...
'Bach and Before'
'Bach and Before' JS Bach Cantata No 75, Die Elenden sollen essen Kuhnau Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan Schein Nun komm der Heiden Heiland. Banchetto musicale No 20 Schelle Aus der Tiefen. Canon on 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland' The Bach Players / Nicolette...
Beethoven: 'The Complete String Quartets, Vol 4'
Beethoven 'The Complete String Quartets, Vol 4' String Quartets--No 2, Op 18 No 2; No 7, Op 59 No 1; No 12, Op 127 Elias Quartet Wigmore Hall Live (B) (2) WHLIVE0089 012' * DDD) Recorded live, November 1, 2014 You can tell a lot about a performance...
Bellini
Bellini [DVD] [BR] I Puritani Diana Damrau sop Elvira Javier Camareria ten Arturo Ludovic Tezier bar Riccardo Nicolas Teste bass-bar Giorgio Annalisa Stroppa mez Enrichetta...
Berio: Maderna: 'Now, and Then'
Berio * Maderna 'Now, and Then' Berio Chemins Va. Transcriptions by Maderna of Frescobaldi Tre Pezzi G Gabrieli Canzone a tre cori Legrenzi La Bassadonna Viadana Le Sinfonie--La Mantovana. La Romana. La Napolitana. La Venexiana. La Veronese Wassenaer...
Bizet
Bizet [DVD][BR] Carmen Gaelle Arquez mez Carmen Daniel Johansson ten Don Jose Scott Hendricks bar Escamillo Elena Tsallagova sop Micaela Jana Baumeister sop Frasquita Marion Lebegue...
Boubacar Traore: Dounia Tabolo
Boubacar Traore Dounia Tabolo Lusafrica (F) 762502 Now in his mid-70s, Traore was allegedly playing African blues guitar even before the late, great Ali Farka Toure. His African recordings speak volumes about the centuries-old musical trade...
Brahms: R Strauss
Brahms * R Strauss Brahms Piano Concerto No 2, Op 83 R Strauss Burleske Joseph Moog pf Deutsche Radio Philharmonie / Nicholas Milton Onyx (F) ONYX4169 (67' * DDD) Here's the latest addition in Joseph Moog's fast-growing discography, recorded in...
Brahms: Schumann
Brahms * Schumann Brahms Piano Quintet, Op 34 Schumann Piano Quartet, Op 47 Hrachya Avanesyan, Boris Brovtsyn vns Diemut Poppen va Alexander Chaushian vc Yevgeny Sudbinpf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2258 (65' * DDD/DSD) There's no lack of personalities on...
Brahms's Symphony No 2: Conductor Thomas Dausgaard Talks to Andrew Mellor about Interpreting This 'Delicate Animal'
As he began to craft the Second Symphony at his villa in Portschach in 1877, Brahms waxed lyrical about rippling streams, blue skies and sunshine. It was the conductor Vinzenz Lachner who first took the composer to task on his apparent inability to...
Brahms: Symphony No 2, Op 73
Brahms Symphony No 2, Op 73. Academic Festival Overture, Op 80. Three Hungarian Dances (orch Dausgaard). Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op 56a Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2253 (761 * DDD/DSD) Once again,...
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band Body and Shadow Blue Note (F) 00602557921717 The superlative drummer Brian Blade's Fellowship Band has retained the nucleus of the line-up that recorded the eponymous debut release in 1998. This is the band's...
Bruckner: Symphony No 6
Bruckner Symphony No 6 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink BR-Klassik (F) 900147 (55' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, May 4-5, 2017 It's pleasing to see Haitink still including Bruckner's Sixth Symphony...
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Gal
Castelnuovo-Tedesco * Gal Castelnuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto Gal Cello Concerto, Op 67 Raphael Wallfisch vc Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra / Nicholas Milton CPO (F) CP0555 074-2 (66' * DDD) Both these composers were forced from their homelands by...
'Celebrating English Song'
'Celebrating English Song' Britten The Ploughboy. The Salley Gardens Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring Gurney Black Stitchel. Captain Stratton's Fancy. Lights Out. Sleep Ireland Great Things. In Boyhood. Sea Fever....
Classics RECONSIDERED: Richard Whitehouse and Peter Quantrill Return to Boulez's Landmark Lulu Recording and Assess Its Iconic Status
Berg Lulu (Act 3 orch completed Friedrich Cerha) Soloists; Paris Opera Orchestra / Pierre Boulez DG We can be grateful this set is so well cast, and the Paris orchestra in such fine form for Boulez--discipline, tone-quality, nuance and...
Claudio Abbado at the Opera: From Verdi at la Scala to Mozart with the Mahler CO, DG Has Gathered Together a Major Recording Legacy
Much as Warner Classics's set of Riccardo Muti's complete Verdi recordings (12/16) had, DG's bumper box of Claudio Abbado's complete opera recordings for the label reflects his career more broadly. Both conductors have early years at London orchestras...
Concerts
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Copland: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3-Symphonies, Vol 2'
Copland 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3--Symphonies, Vol 2' Symphony No 1. Dance Symphony. An Outdoor Overture. Statements BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson Chandos (F) [SACD] CHSA5195 (68' * DDD/DSD) As with the previous instalment, this third...
CPE Bach: JC Bach: JS Bach
CPE Bach * JC Bach * JS Bach CPE Bach Magnificat, Wq215 H772 JC Bach Magnificat, E22 JS Bach Magnificat, BWV243 Joelle Harvey sop Olivia Vermeulen mez lestyn Davies munterten Thomas Walker ten Thomas Bauer bar Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Hyperion (F)...
Crumb: 'Vol 18'
Crumb 'Vol 18' The Yellow Moon of Andalusia (a). Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik (b). Celestial Mechanics (c). Yesteryear (d) (ad) Tony Arnold sop (abd) Marcantonio Barone pf (d) David Nelson, (d) William Kerrigan perc (c) Quattro Mani Bridge (F) BRIDGE9476...
Debussy
Debussy [DVD][BR] Pelleas et Melisande Marc Mauillon bar Pelleas Jenny Daviet sop Melisande Laurent Alvaro bass-bar Golaud Stephen Bronk bass-bar Arkel Emma Lyren mez...
Debussy: Children's Corner
Debussy Children's Corner. Preludes Paavali Jumppanen pf Ondine (B) (2) ODE1304-2D (105' * DDD) This fascinating new two-disc set of Debussy, superbly recorded by Ondine, presents the bona fides of the Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen...
'Deux'
'Deux' [G] Bartok Violin Sonata No 2, Sz76 Dohnanyi Waltz from Delibes' Coppelia Poulenc Violin Sonata Ravel Tzigane Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Polina Leschenkopf Alpha (F) ALPHA387 (53' * DDD) In the moments before pressing play on any new recording...
'Dreams'
Bellini La Sonnambula (a)--Ah! Non credea mirarti; Ah! Non giunge uman pensiero; Oh, se una volta sola; La straniera (b)--Pari all'amor degli angioli; Sono all'ara; Vaneggia! II passo sgombrisi ... Or sei pago, o ciel tremendo! Donizetti Linda di Chamounix--Ah!...
'Duets'
Bizet Carmen--Je suis Escamillo. Les pecheurs de perles--C'etait le soir ... Au fond du temple saint Boito Mefistofele--Son lo spirito che nega; Strano figiio del caos Donizetti Don Pasquale--La vostra ostinazione ... Prender moglie?. L'elisir d'amore--Ardir!...
Dvorak: Grieg: Schumann
Dvorak * Grieg * Schumann Dvorak Piano Trio No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B166 Grieg Andante con moto Schumann Piano Trio No 1, Op 63 Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch Nimbus (F) NI5968 (71' * DDD) There's much to admire in the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch's interpretation...
'Echoes through Space and Time'
'Echoes through Space and Time' Berg Sieben fruhe Lieder--No 3, Die Nachtigall; No 7, Sommertage Brahms Die Mainacht, Op 43 No 2. Junge Lieder I, Op 63 No 5 Korngold Liebesbriefchen, Op 9 No 4. Sterbelled, Op 14 No 1 R Strauss Acht Gedichte aus 'Letzte...
EILEEN JOYCE: Jeremy Nicholas Immerses Himself in the Complete Studio Recordings of Eileen Joyce and Is Blown Away by the Familiar and Unfamiliar Alike
Eileen Joyce [G] 'The Complete Studio Recordings' Including 'The Parlophone Recordings'3, 'The Columbia Recordings'3, 'The Decca Recordings', 'The HMV Recordings' and 'The Saga Recordings' Eileen Joyce pf Decca Eloquence mono (S) (10) (H) ELQ482 6291...
Fanny Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn: Complete Songs
Fanny Mendelssohn 'Mendelssohn: Complete Songs, Vol 3 Fanny Hensel, "The Other Mendelssohn'" Sechs Lieder, Op 1--No 2, Wanderlied; No 3, Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass?; No 5, Morgenstandchen. Funf Lieder, Op 10--No 1, Nach Suden; No 2, Vorwurf;...
'Flame'
'Flame' Debussy Violin Sonata. Beau soir (arr Heifetz) Faure Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 (arr Birtel) Messiaen Theme et variations Ravel Violin Sonata No 2 Stravinsky The Firebird--Berceuse (arr Dushkin) Szymanowski King Roger--Chant de Roxane (arr Kochanski)...
Franck: Griffes: Scriabin: 'Sounds of Transcendence'
Franck * Griffes * Scriabin 'Sounds of Transcendence' Franck Prelude, choral et fugue Griffes Piano Sonata, A85. The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, A72 Scriabin Piano Sonata Op 7, 'White Mass', Op 64. Enigme, Op 52 No 2. Fragilite, Op 51 No 1. Valse,...
FROM WHERE I SIT: Edward Seckerson Ponders the Nature of Comparative Reviewing
Last month's focus on the Jarvi conducting dynasty has prompted me to reflect on the number of times Jarvi senior (father Neeme) has come out on top in my own comparative reviewing --not least on BBC Radio 3's Record Review where he has scooped at...
Garuta: Piano Concerto
Garpta Piano Concerto (a). The Little Doll's Lulling Song. Meditation. Four Preludes. Variations on the Latvian Folk Song 'The Soldiers Are Sorrowful' Reinis Zarins pf (a) Liepaja Symphony Orchestra / Atvars Lakstigala Skani (F) LMIC/SKANI056 (74'...
Gerald Moore: Graham Johnson Pays Fond Tribute to the English Pianist-His Friend and Mentor-Famed for His Pioneering Approach to Song Accompaniment, Which He Elevated to the Status of High Art
There are a few individuals whose celebrity is such that their names have become synonymous with their professions. Gerald Moore (1899-1987) is just such an iconic figure. The venerable Sir Landon Ronald had advised the youngster to specialise in the...
Gerard Schwarz at 70
Gerard Schwarz belongs to that rare breed of conductor (Neeme Jarvi and Richard Hickox are others) who combine a healthy appetite for rare or neglected repertoire with the ability to create, in the studio, performances of concert-hall immediacy and...
Gibson: Blackbird
Gibson Blackbird (a). Conundrums (b). Folium Cubed (c). One Voice (d). Sky-Born (e). Spark (f) (d) Megan Ihnen mez (c) Zachary Shemon sop sax (f) JoDee Davis tbn (e) Samuel Huang, (e) Elaine Ng vns (d) Michael Hall va (e) Esther Seitz vc (b) Holly...
Glass: Complete Piano Etudes
Glass Complete Piano Etudes Jeroen van Veen pf Brilliant Classics (S) (2) 95563 (143' * DDD) The Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen rarely does things by half measures. His nine-disc 'Minimal Collection' (Brilliant Classics, 2009) remains one...
GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice
Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews STRAVINSKY Works for Two Pianos Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes pfs Hyperion DAVID FANNING'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 26 Even on paper--Hamelin, Andsnes, Stravinsky's...
Gramophone Recording of the Month
David Fanning doffs his cap to a stunning Stravinsky album from Marc-Andre Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes, including a thrilling account of The Rite of Spring [G] Stravinsky 'Music for Two Pianos' The Rite of Spring. Concerto for Two Solo Pianos....
Granados: Goyescas
Granados Goyescas. Zapateado. Ochos Valses poeticos. Allegro de concierto, Op 46 Xiayin Wang pf Chandos (F) CHAN10995 (70' * DDD) After her quite exceptional accounts of both Rachmaninov sonatas (8/14), Xiayin Wang turns her attention...
Hagen: After Words
Hagen After Words (a). Songs of Experience (b). Phantoms of Myself (c). Four Irish Folk Songs (d). Four Dickinson Songs (e) Lyric Fest ((a) Justine Aronson, (de) Kelly Ann Bixby, (c) Gilda Lyons sops (d) Suzanne DuPlantis mez (a) Joseph Gaines ten...
Handel: Messiah, HWV56
Handel Messiah, HWV56 (Foundling Hospital version, 1754) Sandrine Piau, Katherine Watson sops Anthea Pichanick contr Rupert Charlesworth ten Andreas Wolf bass-bar Le Concert Spirituel / Herve Niquet Alpha (F) (2) ALPHA362 (116' * DDD * T) Handel's...
Heggie
Heggie [G] Great Scott Joyce DiDonato mez Arden Scott Ailyn Perez sop Tatyana Bakst Frederica von Stade mez Winnie Flato Nathan Gunn bar ...
Igor Levit Receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award
Pianist and former Gramophone Recording of the Year Award-winner Igor Levit has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award. The prestigious Award--worth $300,000--has a track record of honouring some of today's most brilliant and...
'Intuition'
'Intuition' Anonymous El cant dels ocells Ducros Encore Dvorak Lasst mich allein, Op 82 B157 No 1. Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B173 Elgar Salut d'amour, Op 12 Faure Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 Joplin Original Rags Massenet Thais--Meditation Paganini Variations...
Jansson: Far. Morkbla Tillit
Jansson Far. Morkbla tillit. Triptyk. The Choirmaster's Burial. Maria (IV). Missa popularte Chantage / James Davey Chantage (F) CTG004 (50' * DDD * T) A native of Uppsala, Marten Jansson (b1965) composes almost wholly sacred music (or...
Joanna David: The Actor on How Studying Ballet as a Teenager Led to a Life-Long Love of Music
I started ballet lessons when I was about three and went on training more seriously as a Royal Academy of Dance scholar, and then went to Elmhurst Ballet School when I was 12 and stayed there until I was 16.1 was hopeless in the 1960s when pop music...
John Luther Adams: The US Composer's Music Poses Challenges in Recording, Such Is the Intrinsic Connection between It and Nature
John Luther Adams's Become Ocean (2013) rises and falls, waxes and wanes, roars and whispers. Yet it is also unchanging--a single musical texture lasting 42 minutes, never interrupted, never switching course. The performance marking at the top of the...
JS Bach: 'Bach to the Future'
JS Bach 'Bach to the Future' JS Bach Clavier Buchlein fur WF Bach, BWV8553--Prelude (a). Flute Sonata, BWV1031-Siciliano (a). French Suite No 2, BWV813. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639 (b). Jesu Christus, unser Heiland, BWV665 (b). Nun komm,...
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-1051
JS Bach Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046-1051. Cantatas: No 42--Sinfonia; No 174--Sinfonia Berlin Baroque Soloists / Reinhard Goebel Sony Classical (M) (2) 88985 36111-2 (95' * DDD) A new set of the Brandenburgs from Reinhard Goebel? One's...
JS Bach: Handel
JS Bach * Handel JS Bach Magnificat, BWV243 Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV232 Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier Alpha (F) ALPHA370 (6V * DDD * T/t) Despite Peter Wollny's concise essay promoting the pan-European context of two supposedly polar...
JS Bach: JS Bach Partita No 2
JS Bach JS Bach Partita No 2, BWV826. Italian Concerto, BWV971. Preludes and Fugues--BWV847; BWV872; BWV875 JS Bach/Busoni Chaconne Simone Leitao pi MSR Classics (F) MS1665 (57' * DDD) Simone Leitao's pianistically orientated Bach interpretations...
JS Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232
JS Bach [DVD] [BR] Mass in B minor, BWV232 Christina Landshamer sop Elisabeth Kulman contr Wolfram Lattke ten Luca Pisaroni bass Dresden Chamber Choir; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt Accentus (F) [DVD] ACC20415; (F) [BR] ACC10415...
JS Bach: 'Small Gifts'
JS Bach 'Small Gifts' Cantata No 170, Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust. Cantatas: No 81--Jesus schlaft, was soll ich hoffen; No 119--Die Obrigkeit ist Gottes Gabe; No 147--Jesus bleibet meine Freude; No 182--Sonata; Leget euch dem Heiland unter....
JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006
JS Bach [DVD] [BR] Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006 Midori vn Accentus (F) (2) [DVD] ACC20403; [BR]) ACC10403 (152' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080I * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s) Video director Andreas Morell JS Bach 'Sei Solo'...
JS Bach: 'Variations on Variations'
JS Bach 'Variations on Variations' Aria variata, BWV989. Canzona, D588. Goldberg Variations, BWV988. Passacaglia, D582 (all arr Alessandrini) Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini hpd Naive (F) OP30575 (68' * DDD) 'Variations on Variations' sees...
Julian Jacobson and Manko Brown: Busoni Fantasia Contrappuntistica
Julian Jacobson and Manko Brown Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (a) Casella Pupazzetti (b) Debussy Khamma (b) Herschel Hill Nocturne (a) Poulenc Sonate (b) Satie Trois Morceaux en forme de poire (b) Julian Jacobson, Mariko Brown (b) pf/ (a) pfs...
Laks: Shostakovich: Ullmann: 'Voices of Defiance'
Laks * Shostakovich * Ullmann 'Voices of Defiance' Laks String Quartet No 3 Shostakovich String Quartet No 2, Op 68 Ullmann String Quartet No 3, Op 46 Dover Quartet Cedille (F) CDR90000173 (73' * DDD) With extremism once more an ever-present fact...
'La Sonate De Vinteuil'
'La sonate de Vinteuil' Debussy Violin Sonata Hahn A Chloris. L'heure exquise Pierne Violin Sonata, Op 36 Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No 1, Op 75 Maria Milstein vn Nathalia Milstein pf Mirare (F) MIR384 (66'. DDD) In search of la petite phrase: what...
'Love's Embrace'
'Love's Embrace' Braunfels Drei chinesische Gesange, Op 19 Korngold Sechs einfache Lieder, Op 9--No 1, Schneeglockchen; No 3, Das Standchen; No 4, Liebesbriefchen; No 6, Sommer Marx Italienisches Liederbuch--No 2, Standchen. Lieder und Gesange: Vol...
LP Releases: Andrew Mellor on a Handful of Vinyl Issues from Northern Europe Specially Conceived for the Medium
If Phase One of the post-millennium vinyl revival persuaded us that Fidelity was a red herring all along, Phase Two is going the whole hog and arguing that the sound of the record and the sound of the music are, potentially, one and the same. That...
Lully
Lully [G] Alceste Judith Van Wanroij sop Alceste/La Gloire Edwin Crossley-Mercer bass-bar Alcide Emiliano Gonzalez Toro ten...
Mahler: Mozart: Schumann: Mahler Piano Quartet Mozart Piano Quartet
Mahler * Mozart Schumann Mahler Piano Quartet Mozart Piano Quartet No 1, K478 Schumann Piano Quartet, Op 47 Berlin Piano Quartet RCA Red Seal (F) 88985 43257-2 (63' * DDD) The Berlin Piano Quartet offer an unusual line-up of composers,...
Martinu: J Novak
Martinu * J Novak Martinu Bouquet of Flowers (Kytice) (a) J Novak Philharmonic Dances (a) Katenna Knezikova sop (a) Michaela Kapustova contr (a) Jaroslav Brezina ten (a) Adam Plachetka bass (a) Prague Philharmonic Choir & Children's Choir; Prague...
Mathilde Wesendonck: Isolde's Dream
Mathilde Wesendonck: Isolde's Dream By Judith Cabaud Amadeus Press, HB, 256pp, 22.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-574-67491-0 The chauvinistic world of Wagner research has been interested largely in two questions about this lady: (a) was...
Messiaen: Quatuor Pour la Fin Du Temps
Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps Martin Froste/ Janine Jansen vn Torleif Thedeen vc Lucas Debargue pf Sony Classical (F) 88985 36310-2 (47' * DDD) Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time (1940-41) is arguably the 20th century's most...
Mistress and Muse: Ursula-The Second Mrs Vaughan Williams by Janet Tennant
Mistress and Muse Ursula--The Second Mrs Vaughan Williams By Janet Tennant Albion Music Limited, PB, 394pp, 30.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-995-62840-3 The redoubtable Frances de la Tour had a brave stab at playing Ursula Vaughan I Williams...
Monteverdi: Selva Morale E Spritiuali-Confitebor II
Monteverdi Selva morale e spritiuali--Confitebor II; Cruclfixus; Dixit Dominus II; Et iterum; Et resurrexit; Iste confessor I; Jubilet tota civitas; Laudate Dominum III; Laudate pueri Dominum I; Magnificat I; O ciechi, ciechi; Salve regina (two settings);...
Mozart
Mozart [DVD][BR] Le nozze di Figaro Markus Werba bar Figaro Golda Schultz sop Susanna Carlos Alvarez bar Count Almaviva Diana Damrau sop Countess...
Mozart: '16 Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Complete)'
Mozart '16 Sonatas for Violin and Piano (complete)' Violin Sonatas--No 17, K296; No 18, K301; No 19, K302; No 20, K303; No 21, K304; No 22, K305; No 23, K306, No 24, K376; No 25, K377; No 26, K378; No 27, K379; No 28, K380; No 32, K454; No 33, K481;...
Mozart: Chopin: Debussy
Mozart * Chopin * Debussy Mozart Piano Concertos (a)--No 23, K488 (b); No 27, K595 (c) Chopin Mazurka No 13, Op 17 No 4 (c). Nocturne No 20, Op posthb Debussy La fille aux cheveux de lin (b) Menahem Pressler pf (a) Magdeburg Philharmonie Orchestra...
Mozart: Piano Concertos-No 25, K503
Mozart [G] Piano Concertos--No 25, K503; No 27, K595 Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Piotr Anderszewski pf Warner Classics (F) 9029 57242-2 (63' * DDD) I wonder if Piotr Anderszewski has it in mind to record all of Mozart's major piano...
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS: James Jolly Takes Us on Two Listening Journeys Inspired by Two of This Month's Features
Idiosyncratic violinists If you've ever seen Patricia Kopatchinskaja play, you'll know that it's a fall-on experience, no compromise, no prisoners taken. She belongs to that small band of players who do more than play the notes; there's a real sense...
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...
Obrecht: Missa Grecorum
Obrecht Missa Grecorum. Agnus Dei (attrib). Cuius sacrata viscera a 4. Mater Patris/Sancta Dei genitrix. O beate Basili. Salve regina a 6 The Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice Hyperion (F) CDA68216 (74' * DDD * T/t) Jacob Obrecht (1457/58-1505) is...
Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op 1
Paganini [G] 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op 1 Augustin Hadelich vn Warner Classics (F) 9029 57282-2 (8V * DDD) It's fascinating to compare Augustin Hadelich's account of the 24 Caprices with the version by Sueye Park that I reviewed in...
Paganini: Wolf-Ferrari
Paganini * Wolf-Ferrari Paganini Violin Concerto No 1, Op 6 (a) Wolf-Ferrari Violin Concerto (b) Francesca Dego vn City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Daniele Rustioni DG (F) 481 6381 (72' * DDD) Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, (a)...
Pender: Five Dances
Pender Five Dances (a). Kimchi Dreams (b). Lyric Set (c). Suite (d). Toccatina (e). Variations (f) (d) Nicholas Fitton fl (d) Niall Casey, (f) Margaret Herlihy ob (b) Weily Shay, (bd) Brian Tracey cl (c) Philip Kolker, (a) Dillon Meacham, (a) Jonathan...
Perspectives
On a sunny Saturday morning in the Gewandhauskapellmeister suite, Andris Nelsons sits on the sofa, thoroughly relaxed. It's not been long since he started to play the trumpet again, both as a means of relieving stress during breaks in rehearsal and...
Piazzolla
Piazzolla Maria de Buenos Aires Valentina Montoya Martinez sngr Maria Nicholas Mulroy ten Voice of a Payador/ Sleepy Buenos Aires Sparrow/ Chief Psychoanalyst/A Voice of That Sunday Juanjo Lopez Vidal...
Pickard: Binyon Songs
Pickard Binyon Songs (a). The Borders of Sleep (a). The Phoenix (b) (a) Roderick Williams bar (b) Eve Daniell sop Simon Lepper pf Toccata Classics (F) T0CC0413 (6V * DDD * T) Vocal music does not feature prominently in John Pickard's catalogue....
Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution
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Prokofiev: Symphonies-No 2, Op 40a
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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos-No 1
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Raaff: Violin Concerto
Raaff Violin Concerto (a). Symphony No 1, 'Tanglewood Tales' (b) (a) Tasmln Little vn Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden, (b) Marcus Stenz (finale) Etcetera (F) KTC1593 (54' * DDD) He is yet to enjoy much profile in the UK...
REGINE CRESPIN: Tim Ashley Delights in a Celebratory Box of the French Soprano's Most Important Opera and Song Recitals, Mostly from the 1950s and '60S
'Regine Crespin--A Tribute' Includes music by Berlioz, Bizet, Boito, Boiling, Canteloube, Debussy, Duparc, Faure, Gluck, Gounod, Halevy, Lifermann, Mascagni, Massenet, Offenbach, Ponchielli, Poulenc, Puccini, Rancurel, Ravel, Reyer, Rossini, Roussel,...
Rimsky-Korsakov
Rimsky-Korsakov [DVD][BR][G] The Tale of Tsar Saltan Edward Tsanga bass-bar Tsar Saltan Irina Churilova sop Tsaritsa Militrisa Varvara Solovyova mez Tkachikha Tatiana Kravtsova sop ...
Robert Mann
ROBERT MANN Violinist, teacher, conductor and composer Born July 19, 1920 Died January 1, 2018 The founding violinist of the Juilliard Quartet, Robert Mann has died at the age of 97. He led the quartet for 50 years. Born in Oregon, Mann studied...
Rore: Morlaye: 'Portrait of the Artists as a Starved Dog'
Rore * Morlaye 'Portrait of the Artists as a Starved Dog' Morlaye Non son io che pai' in viso Rore Alcun non puo saper da chi sia amato. Beato mi direi. Come la notte ogni fiamella e viva. Convien ch'ovunque sua sempre cortese. Dissimulare etiam...
R Strauss
R Strauss Aus Italien, Op 16. Tod und Verklarung, Op 24 Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra / Sebastian Weigle Oehms (F) OC892 (69' * DDD) Sebastian Weigle's ongoing series of Strauss's orchestral works--one of several under way from...
R Williams: And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
R Williams And a little child shall lead them. Ave verum corpus re-imagined. Children, go where I send thee. Christmas Bells. Holy Father, great creator. Hymne. Let nothing trouble you (a). The Lord's Prayer. Love bade me welcome. Mary had a baby....
Schnittke: Requiem
Schnittke Requiem (a). Three Sacred Hymns (a) Katarzyna Oles-Blacha, (a) Monika Korybalska, (a) Ag nieszka Kuk sops (a) Olga Maroszek contr (a) Dominik Sutowicz ten Choir of the Faculty of Music of the University of Rzeszow; (a) Instrumental Ensemble...
Schubert: String Quartet No 15, D887
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