Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

I so enjoyed Jenny Lin’s playing on an earlier CD ( Get Happy, Steinway & Sons 3011) that, when offered a chance to review this disc,...

There have been remarkably few discs devoted to Stravinsky’s music for solo piano. The last I reviewed was a Naxos reissue of a 1993 recital by...

The first few days of April 1972 were busy ones for Maestro Bernstein. On April 5 he recorded The Rite of Spring in the then-trendy Quadrophonic...

This wonderful performance of three Czech trios is the debut recording by three Swiss-born musicians who are current members of the Berlin Philharmonic. It’s dedicated to...

The Madison Savoyards’ “dainty little fairies, ever singing ever dancing,” sing and dance, true to script, “… in a manner most entrancing.” Their pitch is pristine,...

Hermann Suter’s D-Minor Symphony has received a couple of notices in Fanfare , as have a String Sextet and some miscellaneous chamber and choral works, but...

Following in score, Tiberghien realizes Szymanowski’s skittish, precious, frenetic, affetuoso writing with lapidary precision, yet fails to compel those oddments to project their gestic or narrative...

This is the third disc in Andrew Carwood’s Tallis series. The first one marked his debut on Hyperion ( Fanfare 29:3), but now the next two...

Influenced by Classicstoday’s claim that “each of the Ballades deserves a solid place in the central repertoire.” I requested this disc for review. After listening to...

This second volume of Giuseppe Tartini’s sonatas for violin solo (the first volume included the first six sonatas, Toccata 0146, Fanfare 36: 6) follows its predecessor...

Back in 37:1 I reviewed a c. 1980 stereo recording of Tchaikovsky’s Oprichniki (The Oprichnik) conducted by Gennady Provatorov. In recommending that at the time as...

Tchaikovsky frequently wrote large works with intense enthusiasm, only to react with revulsion upon their completion. That was the case with his opera The Oprichnik

In Fanfare 37:3 I reviewed an Eloquence CD that included this recording of the First Quartet; here it is again, this time in the company of...

Valery Gergiev is frequently an electrifying conductor in live performances, but he rarely carries that electricity over into his recordings. Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony would seem to...

André Tchaikowsky (1935–1982) was born Robert Krauthammer in Warsaw. His name was changed by his grandmother Celina as a survival ploy during the war, when the...

Many years ago (probably 30 or more), a whimsical New Yorker cartoon (is there any other kind?) showed the plaza of Lincoln Center in New York...

The Telemann revival has encouraged many performers to find hidden treasures within his sometimes generic works. The Harmonischer Gottesdienst , for example, was intended to provide...

It is no surprise that Telemann, along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Christoph Graupner, can be considered the main composers of the Lutheran cantata during the...

In the title of Miriways , Telemann was referring to the Pashtun tribal chieftain and army leader, Mirwais Vais Ghilzai (1673–1715). He is credited with taking...

The three “overtures” we have here are not, as might be surmised from the album’s title ( Ouvertures à 8 overtures to Telemann’s operas. They belong...

Ludwig Thuille (1861–1907) seems to be another one of those “sleepers,” not unlike a number of other late 19th- and early 20th-century Romantic composers, who is...

This disc is listed as Vol. 2 of the complete piano works of Boris Tischenko (1939–2010). His Variations, which is his op. 1, begins with a...

Chances are that few will recognize the pun inherent in this work. It is by Gaetano Veneziano (1665–1716) but is a thoroughly Neapolitan oratorio. In other...

This must be one of the more unusual releases from the Verdi bicentennial just past. Two facts might serve to make it seem a little less...

Luisa Miller has always been overshadowed by the three Verdi operas that followed shortly after its 1849 premiere— Rigoletto, La traviata, and Il trovatore. While the...

This recorded performance has been reviewed before in Fanfare , most recently by Barry Brenesal in 36:4, and by me in 19:4 and 14:1. My review...

Here we have the 57th volume of the Vivaldi Edition , this one the second of the concertos for strings, performed by the Concerto Italiano, a...

Despite the duplicative verbiage required, I’ve designated the works in the above header in the exact order they appear on the disc for a reason. This...

Anne Akiko Meyers relates, apparently without embarrassment, that the majestic lion of the violin, Eugène Ysaÿe, at the funeral of one of his masters, Henri Vieuxtemps,...

The insightful booklet notes to Brilliant’s release of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons , played on recorder by Erik Bosgraaf, include an interview of the artist by Kees...

Purists will be in a snit over this recording, with Janine Jansen on the cover lounging in a chair with an alluring “come hither” look, and...

One of the lesser performed genres of Antonio Vivaldi is without doubt the solo cantata. These are largely occasional pieces, generally written for more intimate occasions...

The Parisian daily Le Monde called this 2011 Le Monnaie production “un Parsifal hallucinaire.” That’s putting it mildly. Wagner’s operas have long inspired “extreme” treatments and...

As most opera lovers doubtless already know, the original manuscripts of Wagner’s sprawling essay at grand opera in the Meyerbeerian mode were consumed in the ashes...

This is the EMI studio recording made in 1954 that was supposed to be the first installment in a complete Ring cycle. The project was never...

This disc presents the two contrasting aspects of George Walker’s musical career: composer and pianist. As the former, he has long been the undisputed dean of...

For all its brevity, Weber’s charming Andante and Hungarian Rondo remains a high point of the bassoon repertoire (Mozart was not yet at his best in...

I have been at least mildly enthusiastic about Lande’s previous Weinberg discs for Naxos (Symphony No. 6 on 8.572779 and Symphony No. 19 on 8.572752) and...

Let’s start out with the positives. The St. Petersburg State SO is in strong form here, even if the recording is slightly distant in its placement...

Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003), the late Australian-born Master of the Queen’s Music, was a more controversial, complex, and interesting character than he appears in the notes for...

Hugo Wolf’s Spanish Songbook is divided into two groups: 10 spiritual ( geistliche ) songs and 34 secular or worldly ( weltliche ) songs. The latter...

All the works on Lisa Jacobs’s debut CD have a connection to violinist-composer Eugène Ysaÿe, who wrote the first two himself and, as dedicatee, received César...

Sometime around the year 1722, give or take, Jan Dismas Zelenka produced a set of six Sonates en trio while in residence at Dresden. This is...

These are a young man’s symphonies, fresh and exuberant, written by a talented 21-year-old composer, bursting with ideas, with as yet no internal governor to rein...

Though Mexican-born, Samuel Zyman has been based in New York for many years, where he teaches at Juilliard. Two of his concertos have been reviewed in...