Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

Adams had a huge success last year with his orchestral work Become Ocean , which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music and became a best-selling CD...

By now I don’t need to reiterate the backstory of John Luther Adams, who has become the most successful “maverick” composer of the era. That might...

“I began looking into Alkan’s music because I was curious about a snippet of information that had come my way: the fact that Chopin had bequeathed...

Andrea Antico (c. 1480–after 1538) was not a composer. Rather, like his great rival, Ottaviano Petrucci, Antico published music. When Petrucci failed to publish any keyboard...

This disc is identified as consisting of live performances, but no dates or places are given in the booklet or CD box insert. This is Volume...

Pierre Lacotte has made a specialty of “reviving” 19th-century ballets, sometimes using 19th-century notation, sometimes using contemporary lithographs as inspiration, and even combinations of both methods....

The concerto for string orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz (1909–1969) is among her most popular and most frequently recorded works. It was composed in 1948, and it...

Young cellist Konstantin Manaev (b. 1983) prides himself on taking what he perceives as a hip and modern view to old music. In the publicity sheet...

In his extended sacred choral-orchestral works, C. P. E. Bach’s music was much closer in style to that of his father than in any of his...

I first came in contact with Fritz Reiner’s Bach in 1979, when my Harvard roommate—Leonard Bernstein’s godson—showed up with one of the LPs of the 1949...

One of the perks of age is that you get talk about the good old days. Another is that you get to tell how hard life...

With countless superb recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos already available and splendid new versions appearing with regularity, it behooves the newcomer to find a way to...

For his recording debut, Kwiatkowski has chosen a program cruelly exposing his shortcomings. Intended brilliance throughout the chaconne is, in effect, impatient unto frantic. The

Made 40 years ago, this recording predates the period instrument, historically informed practice revolution, but it’s still enjoyable, especially for its formidable solo quartet. Peter Schreier,...

Tilmann Böttcher’s album note tells us nothing we don’t already know about these seven concertos. Bach arranged them to be played at Zimmermann’s Café by the...

The first aspect of this recording that I noticed upon opening up the package and listening to the seven concertos all in a row was that...

I have a serious like-dislike relationship with this release. Here are the likes and the dislikes, paired together, so you can decide for yourself which one...

Telos lists this compact disc as Volume 4 in a series devoted to recordings by pianist and conductor Igor Shukow, whom some listeners may know better...

I am always drawn to the performer’s dilemma over how to play Bach on the piano when no route is without its bumpiness. Either the pianist...

The old argument whether Bach’s music is better served by this instrument or that is mute when the performances of it are superb. I would much...

Despite my previous hissy fits about the over-abundance of Goldberg recordings, I must admit to being quite charmed by Padova’s beautiful tonality and emotionally sensitive playing....

Bach’s keyboard Inventions are well known to piano students, but seldom heard in concert. The music is sparse and simple, but still imbued with the magic...

Say you are rummaging around a Middle-Eastern bazaar, and you come upon a dusty old lamp, and you wipe the surface to get a better look,...

None of the works on this disc are strangers to the world of recording, all being rather iconic in so far as the music for each...

In these new recordings of Bach’s four orchestral suites, Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) follow up on their one-performer-per-part (hereafter OPPP) renditions...

It seems a shame to submit such a short review for a set of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier (appearing in physical media on 4 CDs), but...

Leonardo Balada was born in Barcelona in 1933 and graduated from the Liceu Conservatory before coming to New York in 1956 and to Juilliard, where he...

For those who may be unfamiliar with Woldemar Bargiel (1828–1897), here’s the lowdown. Clara Schumann (née Wieck), born in 1819, was the offspring of an unhappy...

The half-brother of Clara Schumann and close associate of the Schumann circle, Wolfgang Bargiel (1828–1897) was a well-respected composer in his own right during his lifetime,...

The BBC remains a potent force in classical music, and to be named a New Generation Artist by BBC Radio 3, as Louis Schwizgebel was for...

As I sat down to write this review, I had to ask myself “What could I possibly say to persuade the serious collector that he or...

In his book Beethoven, Donald Tovey called its theme “absurd.” Historians have speculated (I believe it is speculation) that Beethoven was at first insulted by the...

The four players that make up the Alcan Quartet—Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violins; Luc Beuchemin, viola; and Davis Ellis—all hold first-chair positions in their respective...

A prior generation would have recognized who Beethoven was simply by reading that a piece of music is “characterized by urgent exhortation, lofty artistic intent, and...

Have you ever bought, or received as a gift, a set of records for which you had only modest expectations, only to be stunned and amazed...

Evaluating a new set of Beethoven’s piano sonatas can be daunting, thrilling, and frustrating by turn. My experience has been that during the beginning stages, factors...

To be blunt, the performances of the Beethoven sonatas on this disc are not particularly moving, personal, or exciting. Elena Kolesnitschenko is a very capable pianist...

The sparse notes for these two CDs give no reason as to why the assignments were made to two different pianists. Telos Music has released other...

With these five sonatas the magisterial Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini brings to conclusion the most followed and arguably the most important Beethoven sonata cycle of our...

The days when a new recording of the “Hammerklavier” Sonata represented a pianistic achievement of special note are definitely over, judging by the number and high...

To comment on recorded performances of these much recorded works is a daunting task. They have been performed by every great pianist of the last two...

The Dutch Duo, as violinist Isabelle van Keulen and pianist Hannes Minnaar call themselves, begin their journey through Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas with a reading of...

This is a disc of transcriptions, and its appeal will vary with the listener. Many will no doubt question the value of arranging Beethoven’s Violin Sonata...

How one responds to this disc, issued in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of this musical organization, will depend, I suppose, on how accepting one is...

At the moment, Beethoven’s symphonies are caught between the tortoise and the hare, and if you’re betting on the hare, good for you, because it’s winning....

This 1990 performance of the Beethoven Ninth, a somewhat belated celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was first commercially released in 1991. This edition,...

This concludes Pristine’s CD issue of the first complete cycle of the Beethoven symphonies to be recorded electrically. The series coincided with the centennial of Beethoven’s...

Beethoven and Brahms wrote their trios for clarinet, cello, and piano at the end of the 18th and the 19th centuries, respectively; the former is a...

The fairly recently formed TrioVanBeethoven, which spells its name in the contracted form given, debuted in 2011 and has already weathered one change in personnel when...

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