Issue 38:1
Sept/Oct 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

This review violates my moratorium on new recordings of the ridiculously over-recorded Gaspard de la nuit , but this young Frenchman does stand out from the...

I have found period instrument ensemble Anima Eterna’s previous ventures into repertory from the late 19th and early 20th centuries even more interesting than their ones...

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the most performed pieces of music are being continuously heard somewhere in the world? In other...

This constitutes the third volume of orchestral music by Igor Raykhelson (born in St. Petersburg in 1961). Lynn René Bailey in Fanfare 31:5 was less than...

I wanted to hear this CD after having been very impressed by Reger’s orchestral works, simply because the organ was his primary instrument. This disc, which...

This will be a short review because these are reissues, conveniently repackaged and specially priced as a boxed set, of recordings originally made between 1993 and...

This new compilation of Leif Segerstam’s Reger recordings, originally issued on three separate CDs in the 1990s, makes an outstanding introduction to the work of a...

Carl Reinthaler (1822–1896) was cathedral organist and director of music for the city of Bremen for much of his life, and achieved considerable local fame. His...

This is the third release in a series of Dynamic discs titled The Masters of Violin , and is comprised of material originally recorded and previously...

Vasily Vasilyevich Yastrebtsev, friend and student of Rimsky-Korsakov, noted in his diary that upon the completion of The Tale of the Tsar Saltan , its composer...

This disc is a generous recital, and the major event is that over two-thirds of its duration is devoted to the music of George Rochberg (1918–2005)....

Felipe Rodríguez (1760–1815) took his monastic vows in 1779 at Montserrat, and was later transferred to the monastery of Montserrat of Madrid, his native city. His...

With this release, Timpani continues its most welcome promotion of the music of the estimable Joseph-Guy Ropartz, with world premiere recordings of three of his sonatas....

The basic joke of Le Comte Ory is that the count and his fellow cavaliers dress as nuns to gain entry into the castle of his...

Once Verdi’s Otello premiered in 1887, it drove a stake through the heart of Rossini’s version from 1816, but the blow was post-mortem. After scoring a...

After Lully’s death, Louis XIV didn’t see fit to provide his successor as director at the Paris Opera with a monopoly over compositional rights. In fact,...

Rumon Gamba is Chandos’s resident expert on film music, specializing in composers who wrote music for films and the concert hall. In the case of Miklós...

Anton Rubinstein, if not a front-rank composer, was an important figure in the history of Russian music. Born in 1829, he was older than Tchaikovsky and...

Russian Romantic quintets for piano and winds: now that is an obscure niche in the repertoire. Few recordings of either of these works are currently available....

Violinist Daniela Cammarano and pianist Alessandro Deljavan present Anton Rubinstein’s violin sonatas, fleshing out their 2-disc program with several short pieces (the Three Salon Pieces

If you relish really creative modern music, you’ve got to love Frederic Rzewski’s compositions. They are, for lack of a better term, “out there” in the...

I consider Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated to be one of the most important piano works from the latter half of the...

I’ve previously reviewed re-releases of Salmamov’s complete string quartets (Northern Flowers 99102, 99109). All six made much of contrapuntal procedures in a tonal but sometimes dissonant...

To play Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas on a double manual accordion is not as strange as it may seem. After all, the accordion is a keyboard...

Alicia de Larrocha was a pianist of consummate artistry. I have enjoyed her work on repertoire as diverse as Schubert and Ravel—not to mention the Spanish...

In the Fanfare Archive, you will find two entries under Schacht, no first initial. One of them is for a Peter Schacht (1901–1945), a student of...

CPO’s liner notes for this release are typically long, but surprisingly focused entirely on music-making in the Perpetual Diet of Regensburg. Nothing about Schacht, and none...

This one’s easy. If you love big Romantic piano concertos styled after Grieg, Saint-Saëns, and Liszt, with not a little Anton Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff thrown...

The current Scharwenka concerto discography is thin but strong, with sturdy representations of the Second and Third (by Seta Tanyel, Fanfare 27: 3) supported on either...

Violinist Bob van der Ent and pianist René Rakier have assembled sonatas written by Dutch composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries—just the repertoire...

Back in Fanfare 37:4 I made a fool of myself––not for the first time, and probably not the last. In reviewing a disc of Florent Schmitt’s...

Violinist Ilona Then-Bergh and pianist Michael Schäfer explore little-known French works for violin and piano in their latest contribution to Genuin’s “Un!erhört” series. The first of...

The canard that European orchestras play with more soul while American ones play with better technique touches on the truth. The same distinction applies to chamber...

By one of those ironies that is so entertaining to the Fates, Schubert was the last composer who should have succeeded Beethoven. He thought so little...

There has been no shortage of excellent recordings of Schubert sonatas in recent months. I had the pleasure of reviewing two recordings by Menahem Pressler in...

Not yet done with his announced cycle of Brahms’s works for solo piano—only two volumes of which have been released so far—Barry Douglas here takes on...

Besides being a supremely gifted pianist—for me, the greatest of the 20th century—Sviatoslav Richter was an odd duck. He was expelled twice from the Moscow Conservatory...

Sara Trickey has created a program that combines Schubert’s three early violin sonatas (with pianist Daniel Tong) and his Rondo in A Major, D 438, played...

The world lost one of its great conductors on January 20, 2014, when Claudio Abbado died six months short of his 81st birthday. For over half...

“Damn Schubert! He wrote two symphonies, one unfinished and the other endless!” Those remarks have been attributed to Joseph Leibovici, an exasperated violinist in the Boston...

The outstanding performance on this disc is that of The Consecration of the House Overture , which is quite fired up and powerful. There’s nothing “wrong”...

“Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm” writes Virginia Woolf. “Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than...

In the modern world of promotion, even the greatest of artists are run through the mill like so much cheese to be sold to the masses....

Schubert’s Winterreise represents to many the pinnacle of Lieder singing—a sometimes daunting, always demanding challenge for singer and pianist, a journey not only laden with emotional...

Schumann’s Album for the Young for a debut recording? Yes, that is exactly what the 22-year-old pianist Leonora Armellini has chosen for her very first solo...

For whatever reasons (artistic ambition? more potential sales for discs featuring better-known repertoire? a hope of repeating the spectacular success of the Van Cliburn/Kondrashin album of...

Amazingly, for such a major figure as Schumann, about a third of this program consists of premiere recordings. But even the music here that is already...

This CD combines Roth’s 2001 recording of the Noveletten, originally issued as a stand-alone work on Blue Griffin 101 in 2005, with a 2009 performance of...