Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

Creating a new ballet completely from scratch is not always a fun project. There’s so much to do: new subject (of course), new score, new choreography,...

My expectations were not high when I received this disc. The booklet cover looks generic, with nothing more than white text on a black background, and...

In his A Guide to Opera Recordings , Ethan Mordden wrote (of the CBS recording of Weinberger’s Schwanda ): “A rare thing in opera: the perfect...

After the recently reviewed farrago Alexander Ekman’s “A Swan Lake,” we can now see yet another misbegotten attempt to prey upon Tchaikovsky. Jean-Christophe Maillot and Jean...

Hip-hop versions of classic stories are not high on my priority list of things I would like to see, a prejudice only confirmed by the two...

Neeme Järvi’s complete Chandos recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty did not achieve their maximum potential despite an excellent orchestra and very good...

More than 20 years after Rudolf Nureyev’s death, his versions of the classic ballets remain in the repertoire of the Paris Opéra and other houses with...

I played this new disc soon after re-hearing a favorite recording of The Seasons , that of Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev’s beautifully nuanced playing is recorded a...

The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio must be the most operatically effusive chamber work ever written. Its commanding piano part perfectly suits an outsize personality like Martha Argerich,...

This latest entry in the Nadia Reisenberg saga is a rerelease of her mid-1950s recordings of light pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Kabalevsky. It would be...

Tchaikovsky’s first opera The Voyevoda (or Voevoda ), not to be confused with his much later “Symphonic Ballad” of the same name or with Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera...

When once asked about his compositions for woodwind instruments, Georg Philipp Telemann replied famously: “How can I recall all that I have composed for wind instruments?”...

This beautiful CD is really self-recommending, a lovely immersion in Spanish guitar atmospherics. Moreno Torroba is something of a crossover composer, taking the dramatic and severe...

If you feel a sentimental tug toward the sunlit songs of Franceso Paolo Tosti, who rather improbably was knighted Sir Paolo in 1896 under the sword...

I confess to have little knowledge about Giovanni Maria Trabaci (1575–1647), other than the odd oblique reference in the keyboard organ works of the early Baroque...

Joaquin Turina’s music is among the most fascinating of its genre, and here we have Vol. 10 of his piano works in a splendid new recording...

This is a welcome release, given that no recordings in the current catalog contain more than a few examples of Tye’s consort music. Here we get...

Albion Records continues its most laudable project of unearthing and recording unknown and neglected scores of Ralph Vaughan Williams, an enterprise for which I, for one,...

“A Pastoral Symphony” evokes almost a single mood, that of a certain gray English landscape, or so it struck the composer-critic Constant Lambert. Not a flattering...

I had a recent opportunity to hear Ryan Wigglesworth conduct the BBC Symphony live in London, a modern program capped by the Schumann “Rhenish,” in which...

The legacy of heroic Italian tenors has woefully wimped out. I don’t see any candidates for the front of a Wheaties box. Admittedly, Otello was a...

When Verdi celebrated his 200th birthday (I assume he never died), the most popular commemoration was probably the Requiem. But Mariss Jansons has made the work...

Full disclosure: During Mariss Jansons’s tenure as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony (1997–2004), I was the Orchestra’s program annotator. I worked closely with Mariss Jansons...

This Rigoletto from 1960 has drifted in and out of print on specialty labels since appearing originally on RCA. Here is Verdi presented in idiomatic Italian...

The 50-years-and-out copyright regulations in the EU allow what were once termed “pirate” labels legally to lift vintage studio recordings from the catalogs of other companies,...

In an essay for the booklet accompanying this DVD of a June 2012 performance of Verdi’s Il trovatore at La Monnaie, Brussels, conductor Marc Minkowski observes:...

Louis-Stanislas-Xavier Verroust (1814–1863) was by all accounts a brilliant oboist and composer, much admired in his time. He was a player in the Opéra Italien in...

There are few Baroque choral works as iconic as Vivaldi’s D-Major Gloria (RV 589), and his G-Minor Magnificat (RV 611) is not a stranger either, though...

It’s clear from the first rushing figures of the Preludio of Vivaldi’s relatively popular Sonata, op. 2/2, in A Major, RV 31, and the jaunty Corrente...

Johann Wagenaar and Alphons Diepenbrock were late Romantic Dutch composers who bridged the 19th and 20th centuries, lived well into the new musical age, but composed...

Back in 2010, Raymond Tuttle reviewed a release of Wagenaar’s symphonic poems ( Fanfare 33:5, CPO 777 479-2). He liked the disc and concluded by writing,...

Earlier this year, reviewing Die Walküre and Siegfried from the Frankfurt Opera’s Ring, I took issue with James Miller’s assessment of the cycle—I guessed on the...

The mere mention of the word Regietheater is all it takes to turn off some opera fans. The idea of a director’s conception taking precedence over...

It was May Day, a lovely time to find the joy of music inside a massive Prussian cable factory. Exposed girders and grappling hooks have their...

This famous performance, part of what is generally considered to be Knappertsbusch’s finest Ring cycle, has been available before. It first came out on LP in...

This 1957 outing is one to which I have a certain sentimental attachment. The first complete recording of the Ring I acquired (around 1981, as I...

Toward the end of the M-G-M musical Two Girls and a Sailor José Iturbi paces the floor of his dressing room, fretting over the late arrival...

This is Andris Nelsons’s first recording as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It opens with Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, from Nelsons’s first concert as music...

This was the second performance, not the reportedly unsettled premiere of Tannhäuser at Bayreuth in 1961. It has been issued several times before, and has been...

When Nilsson made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Isolde in December 1959, the headline of the New York Times review read, “Birgit Nilsson as Isolde Flashes...

As the notes with this issue point out, Walton and Hindemith are ideal partners for this program because they were lifelong friends. Hindemith was the soloist...

The first question I had when I saw this release was: What do William Walton and Paul Hindemith have in common? I am familiar with one...

Recently, in 38:2, I reviewed another set of the organ works of Matthias Weckmann (1616/7–1674), performed by Friedhelm Flamme and issued by CPO as part of...

Initially recorded during 2010–13 and issued on four separate discs as listed above, these CDs are now available as a boxed set, GP698-701. Brewster Franzetti, who...

I first got to know—and admire—the music of Dan Welcher back in the 1970s, when as a subscriber to the Louisville First Edition series I was...

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to review several operetta videos from the annual Lake Festival in Mörbisch, a small lakeside community...

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