Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 6

To paraphrase and somewhat reduce the illuminating comments on Giacinto Francesco Scelsi (1905–1988) from the liner notes, he was always a composer who followed his own...

This is my third Telos Music CD for this issue, and the third that has impressed me greatly, so this German label must be doing something...

The scarcity of Alfred Schnittke’s music in concert, outside Russia at least, only means that like Mahler, his time will come. Shostakovich was such a dominant...

Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings is one of his most popular works, but it’s been a slow burner on disc, with a recording every couple...

Here is a pair of Schubert recitals from two of the most accomplished Lieder singers on the current scene. The Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is enjoying...

You might say I’ve become a fan of Michael Korstick belatedly. My first encounter with the pianist was in issue 33:5, when I reviewed Volume 7...

The Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner has attracted approving notice for a while now, and his sensitive, generally inward and poised style makes me pair him mentally...

In Fanfare 36:3, I urgently recommended Tomás Cotik’s and Tao Lin’s reading of Schubert’s “Duo” in A Major, Rondo in B Minor, and Fantasy in C...

This set of Schubert’s symphonies (numbered one through eight as in the Harnoncourt set although the real number seven is, as usual, missing) is a lesson...

It’s in the nature of scholarship that petty issues call for duels at dawn with sharpened goose quills, and death by paper cut is not uncommon....

This is the next entry in what I strongly suspect will be a complete Schubert symphony cycle, possibly excluding those compositions classified as “fragments.” The Davies/Basel...

This recording is intended as a memorial to Albert Simon, a conductor who lived from 1924 to 2000 and who, despite his impressive credentials (studies with...

This latest entry in the complete Schütz edition being issued by Carus was warmly greeted by my colleague J. F. Weber in 38:4, a welcome I...

Where has this trio been? Where have I been? The Storioni Trio has been performing since 1995. Judging from their pictures, the members may have been...

Listening to Angela Brownridge’s fine Schumann recording made me realize that the recordings I listen to of Carnival are by some standards ancient. The first is...

I first heard this Schumann disc under the spell of Kobrin’s spectacularly eventful performance of the Brahms Second Concerto with Symphoria, Syracuse’s new orchestra—and I was...

This disc came as something of a surprise. Two surprises, really, because I had always associated Suzanne Danco (1911–2000) with the Franco-Italian opera repertory, though Andrew...

Baritone Siwoung Song has a very nice voice, somewhat like the timbres of Asian folk singers but with a fine patina. His diction is clear and...

This is volume 3 of MDG’s edition of the chamber music of Robert Schumann; volumes 1 and 2 featured the violin sonatas and the works for...

Schumann applied his greatest genius to revolutionizing the piano for the Romantic era, and arguably he achieved more than either Chopin or Liszt. By 1838, when...

The Hermès Quartet is a relatively young French (Lyon)-based ensemble founded in 2009. This is my first encounter with them, and it is very impressive indeed....

The release at hand comes with two discs, one a Blu-ray audio disc featuring high-resolution surround sound and stereo versions of the program material, the other...

From the studios of Sono Luminus (quite literally—recorded at its facility in Boyce, Virginia, July 2013), comes a chamber music release which bids fair to reach...

The Daniel Quartet was founded in Israel in 1974 in Tel Aviv and has since settled in the Netherlands. Two of the original founding members remain...

This impressive young Italian pianist displays a great love and dedication towards this music. Maltempo, who was born in 1985, begins with smoldering technique, no surprise...

Having reviewed one Idil Biret disc of Saygun, Françaix, and Balakirev, I chose not to test her in Beethoven sonatas or other standard repertoire, but the...

It is rather remarkable that the Pražák String Quartet—founded in Prague in 1972—has made only one personnel change in more than 40 years (the original first...

Selecting the Shostakovich Eighth as a memorial to the late Paavo Berglund was a happy choice, because it reminds us of one of his best composers...

Shostakovich had a particular reason for writing two late symphonies, No. 13 and No. 14, as vocal works. “I become more and more convinced that words...

Alessandro Stradella’s music is utterly charming, and this program of duets and one trio is fairly typical of his output. The good news is that soprano...

Unlike opera, where scores and librettos are pretty much sacrosanct, operettas are orphan offspring of the commercial theater, their intrinsic value no greater than the box-office...

We have here a very curious little drama. Johann Strauss Jr.’s Simplicius , his 11th work for the musical stage, is a radical departure from his...

Zarathustra was taken from a concert on Christmas Day 2013, with video direction by Joost Honselaar, and Macbeth and Till Eulenspiegel were taken from a May...

Poor Arabella: She’s no Marschallin, and the opera she finds herself in is no Rosenkavalier . As a character she’s slightly static, perhaps even bland, lacking...

Richard Strauss has been a staple of Mariss Jansons’s career, with a lovely reading of the oboe concerto (also reviewed just in this issue of

It is probably a good thing that Munich is considering a new concert hall. I’ve often found that recordings made in the Herkulessaal and Gasteig, as...

This will be kept short, fellow reviewer Lynn René Bayley gave the DVD version of this production a solid thumbs-up in Fanfare 38:3. I have just...

The PR blurb for this new release refers to Anna Netrebko as “the world’s most luxurious soprano,” which makes her sound like a BMW. The famous...

The Oehms label in cooperation with BR Klassik had a nice idea: unite together on the same disc recordings of two late Richard Strauss works led...

These two late works by the postwar Richard Strauss stand with one foot in devastation and the other in hope. The bombing of the opera houses...

The premiere of Strauss’s opera took place in Dresden in December 1905. By the time five months had passed the opera had generated enough controversy that...

This performance has been available before, but here appears under the Pristine label in a remastering by Andrew Rose. Previous commentators are right to identify Hans...

Where most Lied recorded in the first decades of the 20th century was of established repertoire, Richard Strauss was a new arrival. Less recordings were the...

Bavouzet’s broad range as a pianist is now generally accepted. He made his first real splash in the music of Debussy, with other French composers such...

This SACD from the São Paulo Symphony does nothing to contradict one’s sense that the orchestra is on a roll. But it comes with a warning....

It was the spring of 1969, at the height of the Cold War, when scattered posters appeared on walls around Moscow announcing the visit of “a...

It’s ironic that Georgy Sviridov would turn out a series of pieces collectively entitled Hymns and Prayers . The composer began his musical life as a...

In Poland Szymanowski is almost as much a national treasure as Chopin, but his music doesn’t always seem to translate crossing the border. The delicacy, even...

The Szymanowski Third (“The Song of the Night,” 1914–16) is a marvel of orchestration. It’s scored for an orchestra of over 100 players (and given the...

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