Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 4

Anders Koppel (b. 1947), son of the composer and pianist Herman D. Koppel (1908–1998) and father to the saxophonist Benjamin Koppel (b. 1974), is a musician...

With only a few exceptions, most of the limited attention devoted on CD to Johann Kuhnau (1660–1722), Bach’s immediate predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, heretofore has...

Eugene Rousseau was 78 when he made this recording in 2010. You would hardly know it from listening to it. His playing retains, to a remarkable...

The latest entry in this well conceived biography of Orlandus Lassus ( Fanfare 35:6; 38:2) is called “old age” ( la vieillesse ), bringing us to...

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, violinist Paul Herrera was a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony before leaving to study with Sigiswald Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory...

Guitarist and composer Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón (1917–2000) was born in Salta, Argentina. Guitarist Pablo Márquez, raised in Salta, is a professor of the guitar, first in...

I find Daniel Lentz’s music difficult to pin down—not that music needs to be fixed into place like one of Walter Gieseking’s butterflies! Some of it...

The program featured here is based not only on the idea of pianistic history, but historical pianism. Let me explain: Each pianist featured in this recital...

Nicole Lizée (b. 1973) is a Canadian composer whose interests place her very much in the younger generation. To quote from the Cenrediscs web site, her...

There’s a nostalgic meeting point between folk culture and classical music in Germany, where you can find the jolly villagers in Weber’s Der Freischütz , the...

Descriptions of music are more or less happy misunderstandings even when one turns to nuts and bolts analysis of form, or to poetry, where a precious...

This is the companion issue to two other Machaut discs made by this ensemble under the same auspices, the Messe de Notre Dame ( Fanfare

This album was recorded by Harmonic in 1994, and offered as the third in a series Vellard recorded of Machaut’s works. It was subsequently licensed by...

This is the premiere recording of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s recent chamber opera, recorded in the course of several live performances in February 2013. The downside...

This is the first installment of a new Mahler series—and if it’s an accurate harbinger, we can expect that the cycle will be fascinating but not...

There is much that I appreciated about this recording, and there were times when I was moved by it. I expect that most listeners who appreciate...

Since this inadequate Mahler Second comes from a great conductor, it’s doubly disappointing. I count my discovery of Yuri Temirkanov, which happened around the time the...

This new recording by the Arnhelm Philharmonic (also known as the Het Gelders Orkest) comes in the 125th year of the orchestra’s existence. Turin-born Manacorda has...

This is the finest live performance of the Mahler Ninth that I’ve ever heard. I’ve been fortunate to hear two excellent renditions in concert, one by...

As with those possessing other skills through much of European history, musicians have tended to cluster across multi-generational families. Musicologists and musical historians might ignore all...

Mr. Viol of the 17th century was surely French composer Marin Marais (1656–1728), whose collections of music for the instrument were seminal. A virtuoso on the...

Of the talented and prolific Marcello family, Benedetto (1680–1739) was arguably the most multi-talented. Although today he is best known as a composer and the author...

Frank Martin’s quirky but fascinating Le vin herbé, given in German here as Der Zaubertrank, is an “oratorio profano” (sometimes, erroneously, called a chamber opera) based...

Like Schumann’s Scenes from Faust , Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé (composed between 1938 and 1941) is a work that defies easy categorization; it has been...

This is Pristine’s second CD devoted to the music of Harl McDonald. The first was an absolute triumph, and this one is nearly as good. McDonald...

This new release from the Polish DUX label offers a collection of songs for two voices and piano, written by three great composers of the Romantic...

When arranging a recital entirely of Mendelssohn’s appealing but at times incidental piano music, you get to pick the best of the low-lying fruit and adapt...

Back in 37:1 I reviewed four CDs of organ music performed by Martin Schmeding, including two devoted to the music of Felix Mendelssohn. While expressing somewhat...

Mendelssohn had very little Sturm und Drang in him—his imagination tended to scurry inside before thunderclouds started to roll. His chamber music covers a wide musical...

For the first recorded collaboration between two such potent and individual personalities as John Eliot Gardiner and Maria João Pires you’d expect something extraordinary: either a...

One of my colleagues has said that there are no really bad recordings of the Mendelssohn piano trios. There are certainly differences. For years, I have...

This is a fine performance of Messiaen’s now-classic Quartet for the End of Time, one of the very rare examples of a complex, major classical work...

Many years ago, back in the 1960s, there was a feature article in an American classical music review magazine questioning Messiaen’s status as a major composer....

I indicated an interest in this disc upon seeing its title ( Virgo Prudentissima: Adoration of the Virgin Mary at the Polish Court ) and performers....

The Catalan composer Federico Mompou, best known for his solo piano music, composed songs throughout his long career. They comprise a significant body of work that...

Australian (but English-born) composer Katie Moore’s statement of intent is both ambitious and informative: “My work is engaged with what lies beneath the surface. By unearthing...

Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500–1553), a leading composer of the Renaissance generation between Josquin des Prez and Palestrina, was Victoria’s teacher. He spent his early years...

Should a CD program be structured like a concert program? This release features a Classical concerto, a post-Romantic main work, and a new piece, reflecting the...

This is a recoupling of two performances that were issued separately in 2013 and reviewed in Fanfare 37:2; accordingly, I will be brief. Matthias Schorn has...

Friedrich Gulda was a highly unusual musician. A significant pianist in both classical and jazz performance and a proficient composer, he is almost certainly the only...

Violinist Lena Neudauer, accompanied by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserlautern conducted by Bruno Weil, plays Mozart’s five unquestionably authentic violin concertos and three independent movements...

These two films, recorded live at the Opernhaus Zurich in 2001 and 2000 respectively, are part of a series which pay tribute to the legendary work...

This very coupling of two heavenly operas has been up before the Fanfare jury before, that time to Christopher Williams in 2006, when it appeared on...

Decca Eloquence’s collection of Mozart’s chamber music for strings draws upon two earlier Decca recordings: the Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola, played by...

Now that there are ample sets of the complete piano sonatas of Mozart in virtually everyone’s collections, it is a pleasure to find a release which...

Karl Böhm is one of my favorite conductors. Not everyone at Fanfare shares my enthusiasm. One of my most esteemed colleagues, Henry Fogel, has called Böhm...

At 86, the venerated Karl Böhm led this summer Mozart concert at the Salzburg Festival in 1980. He was signed up for Strauss and Mozart operas...

The late Charles Rosen used to say that there’s no place like Vienna for hearing the worst Mozart playing in the world. While he didn’t necessarily...

This is a difficult performance to review because there seems no reason for its existence except that it exists. Its sound-technical quality is without question as...

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