Issue 38:3
Jan/Feb 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

It’s an event when one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and conductors takes an interest in Schubert’s sonatas. As if the three op. post. masterpieces...

This is only my third encounter with Hungarian-born pianist Klára Würtz, but it turns out that she is much more widely recorded than I’d previously realized....

Schubert poses a stylistic puzzle for pianists, who must decide whether to treat him as Classical or Romantic. On one hand Schubert seems content to adhere...

It will come as no surprise to learn that this disc by Danae Dörken is also entitled Fantasy . Only 22, it is apparently her second:...

This is the four-CD set of Schumann Lieder recorded in 1972–74 with Norman Shetler as pianist, reissued on Berlin Classics in 1994 as single discs and...

The printed title of the CD is written as follows: Robert Schumann Two Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano—possibly because many people are not aware that...

Every so often a release comes along which raises basic questions about music and its roots. This new cycle leaves me ultimately wondering just how comfortable...

With fine recent cycles from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Thomas Dausgaard’s Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the trend these days in Schumann symphony...

This CD, volume II of a series which is to encompass the complete symphonic works of Schumann, takes a somewhat different approach from the normal “historically...

Unlike those two great pairs of 20th-century violin concertos—the Prokofievs and the Szymanowskis—no one other than their dedicatee has ever suggested that the two Shostakovich violin...

Familiar music in unfamiliar guises. Shostakovich composed his opus 34 Preludes for piano in the period between Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and his mammoth Fourth Symphony,...

The story of how Shostakovich recovered from public disgrace—and the dangerous disapproval of Stalin—by writing the Fifth Symphony is probably the first story all of us...

The masterpiece here is, of course, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2, which often comes with Rachmaninoff or Arensky trailing behind it. Here we get all three,...

This is an outstanding release in every way, and Sibelians will be cheating themselves if they do not give it a listen, at least. This is,...

This is Vänskä’s second recording of each of these scores with Finland’s Lahti Symphony. The Lemminkäinen Suite is the work’s first recording since 2000—an oddity given...

This is a mid-priced Classic Chandos reissue of a 1993 CD; I missed it the first time around, and apparently it was never reviewed in

Back in 36:4, I reviewed Hampson Sisler’s Milestones and Five Shakespeare Sonnets fairly positively with some caveats. Likewise, colleagues Carson Cooman and Colin Clarke have given...

This is the kind of enterprising effort that one wants to praise. A major oratorio attempting to deal with the crisis of violence in our world,...

Haskell Small has appeared in the pages of Fanfare, both as pianist (I have a performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by him in my archive,...

When the composer Gaspare Spontini (1774–1851) comes to mind, it is usually in association with the iconic La Scala revival of his opera La Vestale

Daniel Steibelt (1765–1823), a Viennese piano virtuoso, is most often recalled as the participant in a celebrated “duel” of keyboard improvisation in which he was pitted...

The great news is that this is volume one. Vienna-born Richard Stöhr (1864–1967) was a student of Robert Fuchs. Cellist Stefan Koch’s superlative booklet note gives...

Tradition struggles to survive in the face of modernity, but if you asked music lovers which tradition was most endangered, few would say Viennese rubato, those...

To understand what we have here, you need a little historical background. Ariadne auf Naxos started out as a pendant to Hofmannsthal’s adaptation (with incidental music...

This Ariadne is set in an English lord’s stately country home (such as Glyndebourne) in 1940, but the performance is in German throughout. (There have been...

If these recordings had been released in, say, the mid-1950s, they probably would have generated considerably less interest than they may now, for Blech was probably...

As Richard Caniell points out in his booklet notes, Rose Pauly was the Elektra of the 1930s. It is easy to hear why: She has a...

This is the production of Elektra that turned out to be the last major work of stage director Patrice Chéreau, who died later that year. The...

Elektra occupies a unique position in Strauss’s operatic output for its undiluted Expressionism, which verges on electroshock treatment. For decades the catalog was dominated by Solti’s...

What an extraordinarily odd coupling. It is hard to imagine the marketing strategy, if there is one, that presumes a buyer interested in a pairing of...

The composer/librettist team of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal has been widely celebrated as the peer of Mozart and Da Ponte, but when Strauss wanted...

As a young man, Richard Strauss composed a number of chamber works that predate the tone poems and operas for which he would later become famous....

For lovers of Strauss, this set is indispensable: every note he ever wrote for voice and piano, not only all the individual Lieder but also the...

This is an inspired, antic staging of Stravinsky's enduring fable. L'histoire du soldat can be presented as a fairy tale suitable for children-I've seen it put...

A period instrument Rite of Spring ? As in a Daphnis et Chloé from Vienna’s Concentus Musicus? Not exactly. Billed as a “recreation of the score...

Jascha Horenstein’s 1957 Le sacre has long been assumed to be a monaural recording, as Vox issued it (on LP and on CD), and was once...

You’ve got to hand it to Barbara Strozzi. In the classical world, men still rule and often overshadow women; in Strozzi’s time (the 17th century) you...

Great things were hoped for from young Arthur Sullivan. His graduation piece from the Leipzig Conservatory, a suite of incidental music to The Tempest , was...

While it’s all the rage these days, in the increasingly thick interdisciplinary miasma hanging over academic circles, to espouse the merits of recontextualization, there’s something magical...

Hilary Tann’s music is largely based on her reaction to nature. To her, nature is generally benign and lovely; there are no fearsome winter ice storms...

Hilary Tann is a Welsh-born (1947) composer who has lived for many years in America, specifically in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. She also...

Hillary Tann (b. 1947) is a Welsh-born composer who has lived most of her creative life in the U.S., specifically in upstate New York. Her music...

The journey of André Tchaikovsky's neglected opera The Merchant of Venice from silence to the stage of the Bregenz Festival is almost as dramatic as the...

Cold War divisions dissolved when a Moscow audience warmly embraced Van Cliburn, an American interloper at the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. They cheered “first...

These live performances from the White Nights Festival in June 2012 have the privileged feel of first-class jet travel. The orchestra is superlative, the conductor an...

In the First Concerto, the iconic opening statement is swift and straightforward but joyful. In the main body of the first movement, Simon Trpčeski’s playing is...

This is the fourth in a series of DVDs devoted to conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, and it was recorded in the Musikverein in Vienna in March 2009....

Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece was completed in nine months between December 1888 and August of the following year. He wrote the score in a happy state, and the...

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