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Articles from Vol. 97, No. 1177, August

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Abril: Six Partitas for Solo Violin
Abril Six Partitas for Solo Violin Hilary Hahn vn Decca (M) [DO] 483 4832; (F) [LP] 483 4778DH (60' * DDD) Back in 2014 Hilary Hahn spoke warmly to Gramophone about the music of Anton Garcia Abril (M933), who had written three encore-length pieces with...
'After the Darkness'
'After the Darkness' Kattenburg String Trio Klein String Trio Krasa Passacaglia and Fugue. Tanec Weinberg String Trio, Op 48 Weiner Serenade The Hague String Trio Cobra (F) COBRA0065 (61' * DDD) The title, 'After the Darkness', derives from Elie Wiesel's...
A LETTER FROM New York: Jed Distler Offers Some Personal Reflections on the Vibrant Piano Scene in His Home Town
New York is a piano city, possibly the piano city. While it's true that many American cities host important piano events, New York stands out in the piano world for its organic sense of community, where the paths of professionals, students, skilled amateurs...
'American Reflections'
'American Reflections' Alwood Unclouded Day Argento Walden Pond Lauridsen Dirait-on Lowry Beautiful River Runestad Why the caged bird sings Traditional Bright Morning Stars. Great God almighty. I hunger and thirst. Long time ago. Shenandoah. She's like...
A Miscellany of Maestros: Rob Cowan's Monthly Survey of Historic Reissues and Archive Recordings
A question often posed nowadays when discussing recordings of Beethoven symphonies is whether modern scholarship invalidates vintage versions based on older, 'outdated' scores. Does the burning sulphur of a Toscanini Fifth or the mysterious questioning...
'An American Song Album'
'An American Song Album' Barber Hermit Songs, Op 29 Copland Four Early Songs Floyd The Mystery: Five Songs of Motherhood Getty Danny Boy. Deep River. Goodbye, Mr Chips--Kathy's Aria. Three Welsh Songs Heggie How Well I Knew the Light. These Strangers...
Andre: Hij 1
Andre Hij 1 (a). Hij 2 (b) (b) SWR Vocal Ensemble; (b) SWR Experimental Studio / Marcus Creed; (a) WDR Symphony Orchestra / Mariano Chiacchiarini Wergo (F) WER7379-2 (59' * DDD) In the 1960s, ever speculative, Stockhausen proposed the idea of 'coloured...
A Pioneering Haydn Cycle Returns: David Threasher Welcomes the First CD Release of Ernst Maerzendorfer's Symphony Set
Haydn symphony cycles on disc have had an uneasy history, one that has often been pregnant with expectation but littered with disappointments. It was not until 1973 that the first widely available cycle of all 104 numbered symphonies (plus extras) was...
Arne the Judgment of Paris
Arne The Judgment of Paris Mary Bevan sop Venus Susanna Fairbairn sop Pallas Gillian Ramm sop Juno Ed Lyon ten Paris Anthony Gregory fen Mercury Andrew Mahon bass Chorus The Brook Street Band / John Andrews Dutton...
Arnold Schoen Berg: By Mark Berry
Arnold Schoen berg By Mark Berry Reaktion Books, PB, 240pp, 11.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-789-14087-3 It could once have been taken for granted that readers of a book about Schoenberg were at least sympathetic to its subject. This is no longer the...
'Ars Longa'
'Ars longa' 'Old and New Music for Theorbo' Kapsberger Canario--Capona. Passacaglia. Toccata prima MacMillan Motet 1 Muhly Berceuse with Seven Variations Oliver Extending from the Inside Piccinini Ciaconna. Corrente. Romanesca con partite variate. Romanesca...
ARTISTS & Their INSTRUMENTS: Evelyn Glennie on the Story Behind the Glennie Concert Aluphone
"It was devised by a Danish percussion player and a company that makes the tops of garden poles. There was a conference of companies exhibiting their goods, and the company that makes the garden poles were opposite the percussion company, and at one...
A Scarlatti: 'Quella Pace Gradita-The Recorder and Violin Cantatas'
A Scarlatti 'Quella pace gradita--The Recorder and Violin Cantatas' E perche non seguite, o pastorelle. Filen, mio caro, H263. Quella pace gradita, H610. Sconsolato rusignolo. Tu sei quella, che al nome, H743 Alicia Amo sop Giuseppina Bridelli mez Filippo...
Avshalomov * Shostakovich * Tchaikovsky
Avshalomov * Shostakovich * Tchaikovsky as [DVD] [BR] Avshalomov Hutongs of Peking Shostakovich Symphony No 5, Op 47 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op 35 (a) aMaxim Vengerov vn Shanghai Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu Accentus (F) [DVD] ACC20440; (F) [BR]...
Bach Family: H Bach
Bach family (G) H Bach Ich danke dir Gott J Christoph Bach Es erhub sich ein Streit. Die Furcht des Herren. Herr, wende dich und sei mir gnadig JM Bach Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ. Herr, der Konig freuet sich JS Bach Cantata No 4, Christ lag...
Bach's Keyboard Toccatas: Mahan Esfahani Enthuses about the Multiple Sources of These Seven Works with Richard Bratby
The brief seemed simple--meet Mahan Esfahani and get him to talk through the score of Bach's seven keyboard toccatas (BWV910-916). Easier said than done. Esfahani has been touring almost continually for months to the USA, to China, to Denmark and Norway,...
Barber: Vanessa
Barber [DVD] [BR] [G] Vanessa Emma Bell sop Vanessa Virginie Verrez mez Erika Edgaras Montvidas ten Anatol Rosalind Plowright mez The Old Baroness Donnie Ray Albert bar The Old Doctor William Thomas bass Nicholas Romanas...
Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin
Bartok The Miraculous Mandarin, Op 19--Concert Suite. The Wooden Prince, Op 13 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Susanna Malkki BIS (F) [SACD]. BIS2328 (73' * DDD/DSD) I wish this disc could have accommodated a complete Miraculous Mandarin rather than...
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123
Beethoven [G] Missa solemnis, Op 123 Johanna Winkel sop Sophie Harmsen contr Sebastian Kohlhepp ten Arttu Kataja bass Stuttgart Chamber Choir and Hofkapelle / Frieder Bernius Carus (F) CARUS83 501 (68' * DDD * T/t) Without minimising either the monumental...
BENEDETTI Plays the Blues: The Scottish Violinist Takes an Unusual Route to Exploring Her Celtic Connections, Courtesy of Two Works Written for Her by Jazz Supremo Wynton Marsalis
To say that Nicola Benedetti's life hasn't slowed down since our last chat for Gramophone back in 2016 (July issue) is an understatement. That previous occasion was linked to her first 'non-mass-market-appeal' album for Decca, of Shostakovich and Glazunov...
Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust, Op 24
Berlioz [DVD] La damnation de Faust, Op 24 Anna Caterina Antonacci sop Mathias Vidal ten Thibault de Damas d'Anlezy bass-bar Nicolas Courjal bass Marguerite Louise Choir; Les Siecles / Francois-Xa vier Roth Video director Frederic Caillierez Chateau...
Bond: Instruments of Revelation
Bond Instruments of Revelation (a). Frescoes and Ash (a). Leopold Bloom's Homecoming (b). Binary (c) bRufus Muller ten (b) Jenny Lin, (c) Olga Vinokur pf (a) Chicago Pro Musica Naxos American Classics (B) 8 559864 (64' * DDD * T) Victoria Bond (b1945)...
BOX-SET Round-Up: Rob Cowan Offers a Personal Selection of Some Worthwhile CD Bargains
A relatively late arrival among Berlioz celebratory boxes reaches us via Sony Classical, which has gathered together 10 discs' worth of vintage stereo recordings, some more impressive than others. Presentation is under par, starting with Berlioz's actual...
Brahms * Mahler * Schumann: Brahms Da Unten Im Tale
Brahms * Mahler * Schumann Brahms Da unten im Tale, Wo033 No 6 (a). Des Liebsten Schwur, Op 69 No 4 (a). Lerchengesang, Op 70 No 2 (a). Die Mainacht, Op 43 No 2 (a). Mondnacht, Wo021 (a). Standchen, Op 106 No 1 (a). Vergebliches Standchen, Op 84 No 4...
Brahms: Piano Pieces-Op 117
Brahms Piano Pieces--Op 117; Op 118; Op 119. Two Rhapsodies, Op 79 Francois Chaplin pf Aparte (F) A PI73 (73' * DDD) Rarely does one come across a pianist with something genuinely fresh and perceptive to say in Brahms, and who manages to do so without...
Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op 77
Brahms Violin Concerto, Op 77. Double Concerto, Op 102 (a) Tianwa Yang vn (a) Gabriel Schwabe vc Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Antoni Wit Naxos (B) 8 573772 (72' * DDD) The coupling of Brahms's Violin Concerto with the Double Concerto isn't...
Bruckner * Wagner: Bruckner Symphonies-No 6 (1881 Version Ed Nowak)
Bruckner * Wagner Bruckner Symphonies--No 6 (1881 version, ed Nowak) (a); No 9 (1894 version, ed Nowak) (b) Wagner Parsifal--Prelude (b). Siegfried Idyll (a) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Andris Nelsons DG (F) (two discs for the price of one) 483 6659GH2...
CELEBRATING Baroque Royalty: Les Arts Florissants Have Championed the French Baroque for 40 Years, but with William Christie Now Increasingly Sharing Baton Duties with Paul Agnew a New Era Beckons
'Ensemble vocale et instrumentale baroque de l'lsle de France.' It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, does it? We can be glad, then, that Michel Laplenie, a tenor in a group of young musicians gathered together under this cumbersome spray of words...
'Chaconnes, Divertimento & Rhapsodies'
'Chaconnes, Divertimento & Rhapsodies' JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004 Chaconne (arr Mendelssohn) Bartok Rhapsody No 1, Sz86 Castelnuovo-Tedesco Figaro (arr Heifetz) Stravinsky Divertimento (arr Dushkin) Vitali Chaconne (arr Charlier) Vladigerov...
Champagne Operetta, Grand Cru: Richard Bratby Enjoys a Sparkling Collection of Offenbach's Effervescent Stage Works
Offenbach's music is wicked', said George Bernard Shaw. 'It is abandoned stuff; every accent is a snap of the fingers in the face of moral responsibility.' The road to musical perdition, in other words, is paved with 30 brightly packaged discs. Sounds...
Classics RECONSIDERED: Charlotte Gardner and Richard Bratby Reapprase Mstislav Rorstropovich's 1968 Recording of Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Von Karajan
Dvorak Cello Concerto Rostropovich VC Berlin PO / Karajan (DG) The interesting thing is how much Rostropovich responds to such entirely experienced, but very different, conductors as Boult and Karajan. Basically it's the same, highly romantic reading,...
Contemplating BALTIC VOICES: With an Increasing Number of Baltic Choirs and Composers Taking Their Music to Audiences Worldwide, Ivan Moody Talks to Key Figures about How to Define This Unique Vocal Movement
What is it about Baltic choral music that touches audiences and choirs so profoundly? Can its spirituality, its distinctive sound world, be distilled into one magic ingredient that explains why listeners and singers the world over are being increasingly...
C & R Schumann: 'Romance'
C & R Schumann [G] 'Romance' C Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 7 (a). Romances Op 11 (b); Op 22. Piano Sonata. Deuxieme Scherzo R Schumann Mondnacht, Op 39 No 5. Widmung, Op 25 No 1 (both transcr C Schumann) Isata Kanneh-Mason pf (b) Elena Urioste vn...
David Skinner: The Director of Alamire Discusses Recording Polychoral Motets by Hieronymus Praetorius
What exposure to polychoral music did Praetorius have in north Germany? The so-called corispezzati (separated choirs) had its origins in Italy in the 1540s with composers such as Adrian Willaert, who sought to make use of the opposing choir lofts in...
Debussy * Ravel * Tailleferre: Debussy String Quartet
Debussy * Ravel * Tailleferre Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 Ravel String Quartet Tailleferre String Quartet Stenhammar Quartet Alba (F) [SACD]. ABCD431 (6T * DDD) Like Debussy and Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre wrote only one string quartet. It began life...
Dennehy: The Last Hotel
Dennehy The Last Hotel Claudia Boyle sop Woman Robin Adams bar Husband Katherine Manley sop Wife Mikel Murfi spkr Porter Crash Ensemble / Alan Pierson Cantaloupe () CA21143 (74' * DDD) Recorded live at Les Theatres de la Ville, Luxembourg,...
Dessner: El Chan
Dessner El Chan. Concerto for Two Pianos (a). Haven (b) Katia & Marielle Labeque pfs (b) David Chalmin, "Bryce Dessner gtrs (a) Orchestre de Paris / Matthias Pintscher DG (F) 481 8074; [C] [LP] 481 8097 (46' * DDD) The Labeque sisters have dipped...
d'Indy: Piano Sonata, Op 63
d'Indy Piano Sonata, Op 63. Tableaux de voyage (exes) Jean-Pierre Armengaud pf Grand Piano () GP756 (66' * DDD) The 'big late-Romantic French piano sonata' championship essentially boasts two contenders: the Paul Dukas Sonata and Vincent d'Indy's equally...
Dove: Airport Scenes
Dove Airport Scenes. Gaia Theory. Hojoki (An Account of my Hut)a. The Ringing Isle. Run to the Edge (a) Lawrence Zazzo counterten BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Timothy Redmond Orchid (F) ORC100097 (79' * DDD) In a passionate and well-observed booklet...
'Duo Fantasy'
'Duo Fantasy' Bax Violin Sonata No 2 Bolcom Duo fantasy Villa-Lobos Sonata fantasia No 2 duo526 Navona (F) NV6231 (64' * DDD) Duo526 were formed in 2011 by the Canadian violinist Kerry DuWors and Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa while in Charles Castleman's...
Dvorak * Janacek * Suk: 'Bohemia Express'
Dvorak * Janacek * Suk 'Bohemia Express' Dvorak String Quintet No 2, Op 77 B49 Janacek Suite for Strings Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale 'St Wenceslas', Op 35a St George Quintet St George Quintet (F) 192914 891185 (59' * DDD) According to the...
Dvorak: Piano Trios-No 1
Dvorak Piano Trios--No 1, Op 21 B51; No 2, Op 26 B56 Busch Trio Alpha (F) ALPHA466 (67' * DDD) This disc is the followup to the Busch Trio's recording of Dvorak's mature masterpieces, Opp 65 and 90, about which Rob Cowan enthused in September 2016. The...
Dvorak * Tchaikovsky: Dvorak Piano Trio No 3
Dvorak * Tchaikovsky Dvorak Piano Trio No 3, Op 65 B130 Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, Op 50 Renaud Capugon vn Kian Soltani vc Lahav Shani pf Erato (F) 9029 55254-1 (78' * DDD) Recorded live at the Aix Easter Festival, April 5,2018 These performances were caught...
Eastman: Femenine
Eastman Femenine Apartment House Another Timbre (F) AT137 (67' * DDD) During her recent BBC Radio 4 programme on Julius Eastman, it was hard to disagree with vocalist Elaine Mitchener's assessment of his rediscovery as 'vital'. Eastman died homeless...
Elgars Symphony No 1: One of the Greatest Symphonies to Emerge from the UK, Elgar's First Has Been Championed Both at Home and Abroad, by Conductors from Boult to Barenboim. Geraint Lewis Evaluates the Work's Many Recordings
Put simply, Elgar's First Symphony is a musical miracle. The young Adrian Boult, on his first vacation down from Oxford, heard the great German conductor Hans Richter addressing the London Symphony Orchestra at Queen's Hall on December 6, 1908, with...
F Couperin: Pieces De Clavecin-Quatrieme Livre
F Couperin Pieces de clavecin--Quatrieme livre Guillermo Brachetta hpd Resonus (F) RES10240 (77' * DDD) The Argentinian, Dutch-trained harpsichordist Guillermo Brachetta begins his journey through the four harpsichord books of Franfois Couperin with...
Franco Zeffirelli
FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Director Born February 12,1923 Died June 15,2019 Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director whose Royal Opera House production of Tosca remained in the repertoire for 40 years, has died aged 96. Prolific across the genres of film, theatre...
FROM WHERE I SIT: Of All the Great American Symphonies One Particularly Stands out for Edward Seckerson
Last month's cover feature on the neglected American symphonies has prompted some age-old cravings in me. I have travelled far and wide in the United States, I have repeatedly given my regards to Broadway, the American Songbook is as much a part of me...
GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice
JANACEK The Diary of One Who Disappeared Nicky Spence ten Julius Drake pf Hyperion * HUGO SHIRLEY'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 32 Nicky Spence's superb performance of Janacek's cycle veers from soaring strength to touching vulnerability, sometimes within songs,...
GRAMOPHONE: RECORDING OF THE MONTH: Hugo Shirley Is Moved by Nicky Spence's Haunting and Memorable Accounts of Janacek's Songs, Music That Lingers Long in the Mind
[G] Janacek The Diary of One who Disappeared (a), ftikadla (b). Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs (c) Nicky Spence ten Julius Drake pf with (ac) Vaclava Houskova mez (b) Victoria Samek cl (ab) Voice Hyperion (F) CDA68282 (62' * DDD * T/t) Nicky Spence's...
Handel: 'Mio Caro Handel'
Handel 'Mio caro Handel' Amadigi di Gaula--Ah! spietato!. Deidamia M'hai resa infelice. Giulio Cesare in Egitto Piangero la sorte mia. Lotario--Scherza in mar la navicella. Rinaldo--Furie terribili!; Lascia ch'io pianga. Rodelinda--Se 'I mio duol non...
Handel: Porpora 'Duel-Porpora and Handel in London'
Handel * Porpora 'Duel--Porpora and Handel in London' Handel Alcina--Sta nell'ircana pietrosa tana. Ariodante--Scherza infida; Suite de ballet. Catone in Utica--Quando piomba improvvisa saetta. Tolomeo--Inumano fratel, barbara madre; Stille amare, gia...
Handel: 'Total Eclipse: Music for Handel's Tenor'
Handel 'Total Eclipse: Music for Handel's Tenor' Alexander's Feast, HWV75--Give the vengeance due ... The princes applaud with a furious joy. Concerti grossi--Op 3 No 2 HWV313; Op 6 No 7 HWV325. Israel in Egypt, HWV54--The enemy said, I will pursue....
Haydn * Mozart: Haydn Piano Sonatas-HobXVI:21
Haydn * Mozart (G) Haydn Piano Sonatas--HobXVI:21; HobXVI:29: HobXVI:38 Mozart Piano Sonatas--No 4, K282; No 12, K332 Jerome Hantai fp Mirare (F) MIR456(73'. DDD) It may be that Jerome Hantai is better known to the greater musical public as a distinguished...
Haydn: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 8'
Haydn 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 8' Piano Sonatas--HobXVMO; HobXVI:11; HobXVI:38; HobXVI:49; HobXVII:D1. Adagio ma non troppo (from Piano Trio No 36, HobXV:22). Variations on 'Gott erhalte', Hoblll:77 Jean-Efflam Bavouzetpf Chandos (F) CHAN20087 (70' * DDD)...
Horowitz: The Great Comeback
Sony Classical is releasing a fascinating set celebrating Horowitz's return to the concert hall after an absence of 12 years. On May 9, 1965, the great pianist stepped out onto the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York, having not played in public since...
Howells: An English Mass
Howells (G) An English Mass (a). Collegium Regale (a)-Magnificat; Te Deum. Cello Concerto (b). Master Tallis's Testament (c). Paean (c). Rhapsody No 3 (c) (b) Guy Johnston vc (a) The Choir of King's College, Cambridge; aKing's Voices; abBritten Sinfonia...
H Praetorius: Agnus Dei Summum
H Praetorius Agnus Dei summum. Angelus ad pastores ait a 12. Decantabat populus a 20. Dixit Dominus a 12. Gloria summum. Ecce Dominus veniet a 8. Ecce quam bonum a 8. Exultate iusti a 16. lubilate Deo a 12. Laudate Dominum a 8. Levavi oculos meos a 10....
'Iberia'
'Iberia' Alfonso X El Sabio Cantigas de Santa Maria Maria, strela do dia Anonymous Ex illustri. Fa fa mi fa--Ut re mi ut Cardoso Et egresus est a filia Sion omnis decor eius. Tristis est anima mea Guerrero Juycios sobre una estrella. O grandes pazes...
Janacek: In the Mists
Janacek In the Mists. On an Overgrown Path. Sonata 1.X.1905, 'From the Street' Zoltan Fejervari pf Piano Classics (F) PCL10176 (71' * DDD) Zoltan Fejervari, a native of Budapest still in his early thirties, won the 2017 Montreal Competition and was a...
'Joseph Haydn and His London Disciples'
'Joseph Haydn and his London Disciples' Haydn Keyboard Sonatas--HobXVI:50; HobXVI:52 Haigh Three Canzonetta's of Dr Haydn's Arranged as Rondos for the Piano Forte. Fantaisie for the Piano Forte in which is Introduced 'God Save the Emperor'. Keyboard...
JS Bach: 'Harpsichord Concertos, Vol 2'
JS Bach 'Harpsichord Concertos, Vol 2' Keyboard Concertos--No 3, BWV1054; No 6, BWV1057. Brandenburg Concerto No 5, BWV1050. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord, BWV1044 La Risonanza / Fabio Bonizzoni hpd Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72800...
Landini: 'L'occhio del Cor-Songs of Invisible Love'
Landini [G] 'L'occhio del cor--Songs of Invisible Love' L'alma mie piang'e mai non pub aver pace. Che cosa 6 quest'amor che 'I ciel produce. Che pena e questa al cor. Divennon gli ochi mie nel partir duro. Gram piant'agli ochi, greve doglia al core....
Laurence Crane
This British composer's quirky, yet subtle and seemingly ironic music can be puzzling. Paul Kilbey tries to get to the bottom of it 'I use simple and basic musical objects,' wrote Laurence Crane in a programme note for a concert in Oslo in 2013; 'common...
Liszt * Saint-Saens * Schumann: 'Illumination'
Liszt * Saint-Saens * Schumann 'Illumination' Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 (arr Saint-Saens) Saint-Saens Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op 28 (arr Debussy) Schumann Six Canonic Studies, Op 56 (arr Debussy) Silver-Garburg Piano Duo Berlin Classics (F)...
L Mozart: Missa Solemnis
L Mozart Missa solemnis Arianna Vendittelli sop Sophie Rennert contr Patrick Grahl ten Ludwig Mittelhammer bass Das Vokalprojekt; Bavarian Chamber Philharmonia / Alessandro De Marchi Aparte (F) AP205 (48' * DDD * T/t) Respect for Leopold Mozart seems...
'Longing for Paradise'
'Longing for Paradise' Elgar Soliloquy (orch Jacob) Goossens Oboe Concerto, Op 45 Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin (arr Schmeisse) R Strauss Oboe Concerto (early version) Albrecht Mayer ob Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jakub Hrusa DG (F) 483 6622GH (65' *...
Lucerne Festival Orchestra: Our Monthly Series Telling the Story Behind an Orchestra
Founded 1943/2003 Home KKL Lucerne Music Director Riccardo Chailly (since 2016) Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado 'Luxury scratch bands' are nothing new around Lucerne, where Wagner began to mull over a super-orchestra of freelancers for Bayreuth...
MacMillan: 'One Equal Music'
MacMillan 'One Equal Music' Ave maris Stella. Blow the trumpet in the new moon. Cecilia virgo. Children are a heritage of the Lord. Domine non secundum peccata nostra (a). Domus infelix esta. Lassie, wad ye loe me?. Miserere. One equal music. To my successor....
Mahler * BA Zimmermann: Mahler Symphony No 2
Mahler * BA Zimmermann [DVD] [BR] Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection' (a) BA Zimmermann Nobody Knows de Trouble I See (b) (a) Lucy Crowe sop (a) Ekaterina Gubanova contr bH4kan Hardenberger tpt (a) Bavarian Radio Chorus; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra...
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios-No 1
Mendelssohn Piano Trios--No 1, Op 49; No 2, Op 66 Trio Mitral Aparte (F) AP198 (57' * DDD) This disc by the Paris Conservatoire-trained Metral siblings marks their debut on disc. The two Mendelssohn trios are an apt choice for they well match the airiness...
Mercadante: Didone Abbandonata
Mercadante [DVD] [BR] Didone abbandonata Viktorija Miskunaite sop Didone Katrin Wundsam mez Enea Carlo Vincenzo Allemano ten Jarba Pietro Di Bianco bass-bar Osmida Diego Godoy ten Araspe Emilie Renard mez ...
'Miroirs'
'Miroirs' Liszt Les cloches de Geneve, S160 No 9. Feux follets, S139 No 5. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este, S163 No 4 Ravel Miroirs. Valses nobles et sentimentales D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas Kk119; Kk141 Weber Aufforderung zum Tanz Melvyn Tan pf Onyx...
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Fernando Corena bass Figaro Elisabeth Soderstrom sop Susanna Ernest Blanc bar Count Almaviva Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sop Countess Almaviva Teresa Berganza mez Cherubino Edda Vincenzi sop ...
Mozart: 'Le Testament Symphonique'
Mozart 'Le testament symphonique' Symphonies--No 39, K543; No 40, K550; No 41, 'Jupiter', K551. Masonic Funeral Music, K477 (a) Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall Alia Vox (F) [SACD] (two discs for the price of one) AVSA9934 (148' * DDD/DSD) (a) Recorded...
Mozart * Tchaikovsky: Mozart Symphony No 40
Mozart * Tchaikovsky [DVD] [BR] Mozart Symphony No 40, K550 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74 Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Andris Nelsons Accentus (F) [DVD] ACC20445; (F) [BR] ACC10445 (90' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1,...
Mussorgsky * Liadov * Rimsky-Korsakov: Liadov the Enchanted Lake
Mussorgsky * Liadov * Rimsky-Korsakov Liadov The Enchanted Lake Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition torch Ravel) Rimsky-Korsakov The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh-Suite Cologne Giirzenich Orchestra / Dmitri Kitaenko Oehms (F) OC469 (69' * DDD)...
NAD M10: The Latest Arrival in the Network Music Streaming Arena Mixes Considerable Style with Appreciable Substance
The system we have here, NAD's 2199 [pounds sterling] M10, may be a relative latecomer to the network audio system arena but it's also an extremely logical addition to the market. NAD, after all, is part of the same group Ontario-based Lenbrook--as Bluesound,...
NEW RELEASES INDEX: The Latest Releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Download
NEW RELEASES INDEX The latest releases on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray and download Key: (F) Full price 10 [pounds sterling] and over (M) Medium price 7.76 [pounds sterling] - 9.99 [pounds sterling] (B) Budget price 6.25 [pounds sterling] - 7.75 [pounds sterling]...
New Takes on Wireless Listening: A Multi-Room System from Bowers & Wilkins, and Orbitsound Puts Everything in One (Very Large) Basket
The rise of the wireless speaker seems unstoppable, with Bowers & Wilkins being the latest to join the fray after what's said to have been a three-year development process. Formation is the name the company has chosen for its line-up and, thanks...
Nielsen * Halvorsen * Syendsen: Halvorsen Andante Religioso
Nielsen * Halvorsen * Syendsen Halvorsen Andante religioso (a) Nielsen Violin Concerto, Op 33 (b) Svendsen Romance, Op 26 (a) Lisa Jacobs vn Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra / Mikhail Agrest Challenge Classics (F) CC72799 (56' * DDD) (ab) Recorded live...
Parry: Piano Trio No 2
Parry (G) Piano Trio No 2. Piano Quartet3 Leonore Piano Trio with 'Rachel Roberts va Hyperion (F) CDA68276 (66' * DDD) If this magnificent new instalment in the Leonore Trio's survey of Parry's chamber music on Hyperion proves one thing, it's that we...
Pavarotti: Engaging Portrait of Pavarotti Shines Light on One of the 20th Century's Most Compelling Artists
Could anything more eloquently express Pavarotti's iconic status than that a documentary about him--that is, about the life of a classical musician--is getting a mainstream cinema release? Or that it's directed by Ron Howard, whose previous subjects...
Qigang Chen * Rachmaninov * Kreisler: 'Gateways'
Qigang Chen * Rachmaninov * Kreisler 'Gateways' Kreisler Tambourin chinois (a) Qigang Chen La joie de la souffrance (a). Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (a) Maxim Vengerov vn Shanghai Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu DG (F)...
Rachmaninov * Grieg, Suk * Grieg Andante Con Moto
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Ravel: Bolero
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Richard Strausss Salome (1905)
Do you have a favourite piece of music and want to explore further? Our monthly feature suggests some musical journeys that venture beyond the most familiar works, with some recommended versions. This month, Hugo Shirley's point of departure is ... Operatic...
Rota: 'The Fellini Album'
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R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 30
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'Russian Masquerade'
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Salieri: Tarare
Salieri (G) Tarare Cyrille Dubois ten Tarare Karine Deshayes mez Astasie Jean-Sebastien Bou bar Atar Judith van Wanroij sop La Nature/Spinette Enguerrand de Hys ten Calpigi Tassis Christoyannis bar Arthenee/Genius...
Schnabel: Complete Works for Solo Piano
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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin
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Schubert * Fafchamps: 'Still Schubert'
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Schubert: 'Late Piano Works, Vol 1'
Schubert 'Late Piano Works, Vol 1' Piano Sonatas--No 4, D537. No 20, D959. Allegretto, D915 Andrea Lucchesini of Audite (F) AUDITE97 765 (72' * DDD) The first volume in Andrea Lucchesini's projected survey of Schubert's late piano works cheats a bit...
Schumann : Fantasie, Op 17
Schumann Fantasie, Op 17. Kinderszenen, Op 15. Kreisleriana,Op16 Marc Ponthus ps Bridge (F) BRIDGE9514 (71' * DDD) Listeners familiar with these oftrecorded works will B9M notice that Marc Ponthus often favours faster and freer tempos than one commonly...
Schumann: Three Violin Sonatas
Schumann Three Violin Sonatas Eriikka Maalismaa vn Emil Holmstrom pf Alba (F) ABCD438 (73' * DDD) Schumann's symphonies, concertos and piano trios are now fairly well represented in the catalogue in recordings that opt for period instruments. Less so...
Schutz: Cantiones Sacrae
Schutz Cantiones sacrae, Op 4 SWV53-93 Magnificat/Philip Cave Linn (F) (2) CKD607 (113' * DDD * T/t) Schiitz's Cantiones sacrae (1625) is not the easiest collection to situate within his output. The combination of Latin texts, consistently four-voice...
Severance Hall, Cleveland: Our Monthly Guide to North American Venues
Year opened 1931 Architect Walker and Weeks Capacity Concert Hall: 2000 seats; Reinberger Chamber Hall: 400 seats Resident ensemble The Cleveland Orchestra The Cleveland Orchestra has been fortunate to reside in its own home since February 1931, when...
Shaw: Orange
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