Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

Giselle remains solidly entrenched as a mainstay of the classical ballet repertoire for its story rather than its music. It provides an incredibly meaty role for...

Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720–1774) was Bach’s student. At one time, amazingly, he was also his son-in-law. When we listen to these Christmas cantatas, it is evident...

Both of these works were composed in 2011, and both are major additions to the Aho discography. According to ArkivMusic, that discography now includes 37 separate...

The liner notes begin with a shocker of a quote: “Whenever discussion turns to most modern Russian composers who are working today within the borders of...

This album, titled Vistas, presents the chamber music of Ingrid Arauco, a professor of music at Haverford College. The composer describes Three for Two as “jazz...

Gramola is a Viennese label, and this set is part of its exil.arte series, devoted to exiled composers. Despite the interesting idea and no doubt good...

With a new cycle of Atterberg’s symphonies in the works by Neeme Järvi and the National Orchestra of Sweden (formerly the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), the composer...

The premise of this DVD is the recreation of C. P. E. Bach’s charity concert of April 9, 1786 (Palm Sunday that year) to benefit the...

Previously, I have praised in these pages the 14-disc set of Christine Schornsheim playing Haydn sonatas. Haydn liked surprises: C. P. E. Bach is even quirkier....

On this 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, there should be no dearth of recordings of his rather substantial musical output, though...

What a nice Christmas surprise! I was unaware of the Wilten Boy’s Choir, despite its eight-century-long history. It was formed a century or so after the...

The lush tonality, relaxed tempos, and big sound of this Bach seems anachronistic in our age of period instrument performances and musicological rigor. And yet I...

Over a year ago I reviewed Volume 2 of the complete concertos for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, the series of which features keyboardist Aapo Häkkinen...

Joshua Bell’s collection of works for violin by Bach includes the Air from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite, and orchestrations by Julian Milone of both Mendelssohn’s accompaniment...

Zsolt Kalló fleshes out his program of Bach’s two violin concertos (in A Minor and E Major) with reconstructions of lost violin concertos (in D Minor...

If you are allergic to Bach on the piano, don’t bother reading further. But if that idea is not anathema to you, this is a set...

Although I do not expect to ever tire of this music, it does seem astonishing to receive yet two more new CDs of this masterpiece for...

Simon Rattle has specialized in bringing Big Deal events to the Berlin Philharmonic schedule, and none has been more successful with the public and critics than...

Entitled Heavy Organ at Carnegie Hall: The Legendary 1973 Concert, this disc seems to be a reissue of Heavy Organ at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 2 with...

Classical guitarist Bradley Colten, a recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award from the Manhattan School of Music, is based in New York City. A strong advocate...

John Corigliano’s notes trace the many connections between the composers Samuel Barber, Corigliano himself, and Mason Bates (one instance: Barber mentored Corigliano, who in turn mentored...

Oscar Wilde’s plays and stories have been the source of many operas: Strauss’s Salome , of course; another Salomé , by Antoine Mariotte (Wilde wrote his...

This mesmerizing CD, simply put, is one of the all-time great symphonic recordings. I grew up with it. It represents the latest incarnation of EMI’s early...

I had yet to read James North’s review of Meta4’s disc of Haydn quartets in 33:2 when I purchased the disc myself. James thought it very...

Lyrita was the first label to introduce most of the symphonies and major tone poems of Bax to American listeners and audiophiles. Then Chandos followed with...

Michael Schneider and his period instrument La Stagione band seem to have done a pretty good job of cornering the market on Franz Ignaz Beck (1734–1809)....

This was originally a budget set of the five Beethoven piano concertos recorded in 2004–2005 by Nova Arte, now being reissued at an even cheaper price...

With these two splendid releases, West Hill Radio Archives continues its project of restoring and digitizing historic live performances. Arrau’s performances on all four concertos are...

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a touring orchestra founded by Claudio Abbado in 1997. For the past few years it has, along with pianist Leif Ove...

In the booklet to his new Beethoven CD, Nelson Freire remarks that it was normal for him to have played the “Emperor” Concerto for the first...

Stewart Goodyear is a young pianist with the fastest of fingers, and a career that seems to be on the fast track as well. He’s known...

In 2012, the fortepianist Andreas Staier’s recording of the Diabelli Variations set a new standard of musical excellence in period instrument versions. His instrument was a...

Jerry Dubins recently did the math for us: How much music and/or video can be put on the head of a pin—oops, I mean on a...

Beethoven’s piano trios have been receiving quite a bit of coverage lately. In this very issue, in fact, I review another new release of three of...

Somewhere deep in outer space, not yet close to a single light-year distant, are two small interstellar vehicles, Voyager I and Voyager II. On board is...

It has been awhile now since the seemingly endless parade of new Beethoven cello sonata releases has passed the reviewing stand, but here comes a late...

An unexpected treasure! Unexpected because, first, the editor sent this set for review with no prior announcement, and unexpected, more significantly, because these discs contain remarkable...

Years ago, when no one was watching but everyone was listening, at least in the Soviet Union, Rostropovich and Richter recorded what is to this day...

On this excellent recording of the Beethoven cello sonatas, the DuoLeonore, Maja Weber and Per Lundberg, play with style and vitality. Weber plays the Bonamy Dobrée-Suggia...

Even a few years ago it seemed alarming that after Alfred Brendel there were no rising young pianists from Austria and Germany to take up his...

The first disc, which contains the last three sonatas, is a studio recording dating from 2013, when the pianist was merely 86. The second disc, devoted...

Should Alessio Bax’s career as a pianist falter, there would undoubtedly be a number of Hollywood producers lining up to offer this exceptionally handsome heartthrob a...

The Italian pianist Alessio Bax may not have a name quite as romantic as the poets Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Percy Bysshe Shelley, but close enough....

With Paul Badura-Skoda’s recordings of the last four Beethoven piano sonatas (reviewed in this issue) fresh in my ears, I turned to this new recording of...

I’ve made no secret of the fact in the past that I’m not a big Heifetz fan, and I’ve especially never much cared for his chamber...

Last call at the pub was hours ago, so it’s much too late to keep arguing over the authenticity movement of which Gardiner is high priest....

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