Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

This is the concluding installment in the series which made these young performers Gramophone ’s reigning Young Artists of the Year. Begun while several of its...

Paul Lansky is an American composer who turned 70 last year. Although he trained initially as an instrumentalist, his compositional activities were entirely in the field...

Just issued eight years ago ( Fanfare 30:1), this is already back in an economical little box with two discs in paper sleeves and a small...

This production of Franz Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles) was seen and recorded at the summer Lake Festival in Mörbisch, Austria in...

If the music of Iceland’s greatest composer is an acquired taste, then it’s an acquired taste that can quickly become an obsession. Consider Jón Leifs’s masterpiece,...

If Guillaume Lekeu created and nurtured in a matrix of feeling, he should have been happy with violinist Tasmin Little’s and pianist Martin Roscoe’s recording of...

These sonatas are more curious for their origins than for the music itself. The compositions first came to light in modern times after a large musical...

Peter Lieberson grew up in the epicenter of New York’s music scene in the 1950s and 60s. As the son of renowned Columbia record producer Goddard...

The youngest son of a Scottish immigrant who built one of New Zealand’s largest sheep stations, and who could never quite understand his boy’s enthusiasms—“If it...

It doesn’t call for much added commentary when a CD is being reissued—this Liszt recital first appeared in 2011 when Alexander Krichel was 21—especially after the...

Harmonies poétiques et religieuses is an erratic collection, inconsistent in its stylistic premises (which may be a virtue) and uneven in its quality (which assuredly is...

This delightful disc features 25 German songs transcribed for fortepiano by Franz Liszt, and interpreted with passion and understanding by Belgian pianist Els Biesemans. Biesemans is...

Paweł Łukaszewski’s Missa de Maria a Magdala was written in 2010 in response to a commission from St. Nicholas’s Roman Catholic Parish in Bremgarten, Switzerland. The...

By the early 1680s, Louis XIV was moving to expand his power, both outside and within France. His Assembly of the French Clergy in 1681 led...

In Fanfare 16:2, Adrian Corleonis wrote of Albéric Magnard that he was “known only to specialists and connoisseurs a decade ago.” In 1992, when Adrian wrote...

Lucien Denis Gabriel Albéric Magnard (1865–1914)—to give his full name—has never achieved the breakthrough into general recognition among classical music aficionados that his music unquestionably deserves....

The oddity that was Carlos Kleiber. He had the smallest repertoire of any great conductor, but the music he did agree to conduct—if he didn’t walk...

This 1967 live performance of Das Lied, the one and only time Carlos Kleiber ever conducted anything by Mahler, has been available before. It came out...

This disc (the physical version is an SACD) represents the last in a series of Mahler’s works by the Tonhalle Orchestra under Zinman. Widely known and...

Novelist John Gardner’s super spy, Herbie Kruger, has a penchant for Mahler. Kruger considers the composer to be the great explainer and chronicler of the world....

Why 16 CDs for Mahler’s 10-and-a-half symphonies? We have here not only Tennstedt’s complete EMI studio recordings, but additional live performances of the Fifth (12/13/1988), Sixth...

As chamber music programs go, this is surely one of the more interesting—read that, unusual—ones. Try as I might to come up with some reason why...

Soon after its debut in 1904, an Italian copyist who had to write out the score for the Mahler Fifth scribbled “la sinfonia maladetta” in the...

By any standard, this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping. Though less well known...

The musical world was never holding its breath to see if the meteoric rise of Gustavo Dudamel would be followed by an equally spectacular fall to...

This live performance was recorded nearly seven years ago. Curious as to whether it had been released previously and reviewed in Fanfare , I checked the...

The musical match between Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzigers seems to have rejuvenated both partners, unlike his tenure in Amsterdam, where the main issue, one heard,...

Horenstein made the first studio recording of Mahler’s Ninth with this same orchestra in 1952 for Vox (the earlier Bruno Walter recording with the VPO was...

Giuseppe Martucci occupies a strange place in music history: honored by many, dismissed by others as simply a second-rate copycat of Brahms, I’ve always found his...

David Johnson reviewed the original Musicaimagine release of this 1991 recording in Fanfare 17:1. His review is appropriately a mixed one, and my reaction to this...

In 1993, in Fanfare 17:2, Benjamin Pernick welcomed this same recording, then on the Collins Classics label, with much praise for the special communicative qualities of...

One could well imagine that Peter Maxwell Davies’s music, frequently storm-tossed even in his abstract works, would be well suited to the depiction of this ghost...

My dislike for Gardiner runs so deep that a voice in my head says, “Give it a rest.” He has won every battle I wish he’d...

At the moment the fashion isn’t for string quartets whose tone is as delicately beautiful as the Arcadia Quartet’s. But when applied to Mendelssohn, the effect...

Here is Volume 2 in Chandos’s Mendelssohn in Birmingham cycle with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Volume 1, reviewed and strongly recommended...

While his good friend Gerald Finzi has experienced a renaissance of interest in concert and on records in last few decades, Robin Milford remains a marginalized...

The cover of this album is deceptive; it claims that Milhaud’s six chamber symphonies, Le boeuf sur la toit, and Le carnaval d’Aix are all conducted...

Don’t panic! This is all good, clean stereo, well recorded in 1967 and 1972 for Vox; it duplicates a two-CD VoxBox still listed at ArkivMusic. Darius...

Although it is only two hours and 20 minutes in length, Milhaud’s Oresteia is a trilogy; three separate works following Aeschylus’s classic tragedy. It begins just...

This is the world premiere recording of Darius Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle, a trilogy of works based on Greek drama. Since the three sections were composed in...

I suppose I should tell you right up front I grew quite frustrated with this two-disc set. Issued by the German label CPO, it is a...

Harry Christophers deserves to lead off here, for this is his second recording of the Vespers of 1610. The first time around ( Fanfare 12:6), he...

The album’s title, Christmas with the Shepherds , is wince-provoking, as it gives the impression of the Marian Consort performing some kind of “Pop and Classical...

American composer Robert Moran (b. 1937), a pupil of Hans Apostel, Darius Milhaud, and Luciano Berio, has been for some time a proponent of the 12-tone...

Paris-born Alexandre Tharaud, 46, is a much-recorded pianist whose reputation on disc rests with Chopin, Ravel, Bach, and the French Baroque. Other than Schubert, he’s avoided...

On first hearing this handsomely produced disc, I was convinced that the ensemble was populated by original instruments. Images of violas da gamba and short horsehair...

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