Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 8

The latest entry in the ongoing complete works of Heinrich Schütz again couples a major work, the Christmas Story , with smaller pieces on the same...

This new set of the Scriabin sonatas from Anna Malikova joins a fairly large number from those who have trod this road before her, including John...

This disc, titled Slavic Nobility, is Petrychenko’s debut recording. She combines here the music of two Slavic composers who died young, Scriabin and Viktor Kosenko (1896–1938),...

Peter Sculthorpe, who died last August at the age of 85, was Australia’s most widely known composer. From the 1950s onward, he sought to express in...

Peter Sculthorpe, who passed away last summer, around the time of this set’s release, was an Australian composer whose music often evinced his compassionate interest in,...

The British have long been a bit touchy about their contributions, or lack thereof, to the world’s opera catalog. Of course there were John Gay and...

The violin is a singing instrument, but it can also be a speaking one, the performer’s tiniest gestures registering as micro-changes within a single note. The...

Two bleak masterpieces from Shostakovich, with the less bleak (Symphony No. 6) greeting us at the door—at least it’s not completely about death. As the Soviet...

Jurowski recorded the Sixth Symphony with the Russian National Orchestra a decade ago; I reviewed that PentaTone SACD in Fanfare 30:1, finding that reading of Shostakovich’s...

British conductor Mark Elder (b. 1947) began his career in the opera house, and served for 14 years as music director of the English National Opera,...

This is a great performance of a politically courageous work, and it makes a fitting conclusion to a totally engrossing cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies. Soviet...

Not long after its first appearance in the Western Europe and America following the Moscow premiere in 1962, Dmitri Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony was widely hailed in...

The Wihan Quartet, a Czech ensemble, has been in existence since 1985 with unchanged personnel and has made some 20 recordings. This is my first encounter...

This disc, titled Cutting Board, features avant-garde musician Alan Sondheim, who first recorded for the ESP-DISK label way back in 1967. He is the first of...

Here is volume 14 of the projected 16 volumes of John Philip Sousa’s complete music for wind band, another hour of marches, overtures, and occasional works...

Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge , with a text compiled from Biblical passages by Friedrich Rochlitz, was composed in 1825–26. The title is usually given...

In the bleak and somber days of the former Soviet Union, when conformity to a prefabricated model of what art should ideally represent—patriotism, heroism, and the...

When Christina Vasa, ruler of Sweden for more than 20 years, abdicated her throne and converted from Lutheranism to Roman Catholicism, the Vatican openly rejoiced. Here...

This is the third volume in Roth’s series of Strauss’s tone poems, discs that so far have earned somewhat positive but not glowing reviews from

The first two volumes in François-Xavier Roth’s survey of Richard Strauss’s tone poems created quite a buzz, to the extent that they may make the career...

Gathered here at last spring’s Easter Festival in Salzburg are two eminent Straussians, Renée Fleming in the title role of Arabella and conductor Christian Thielemann in...

I wonder if I’m the only person in the world who prefers Arabella to Der Rosenkavalier . Apart from the sublime final trio (which I too...

This celebrated historic performance of Ariadne , originally issued on DG in 1964, has appeared on Preiser, and also on Koch Schwann in a deleted series...

Strauss’s sole violin sonata has been steadily gaining currency in recent years, but his violin concerto, despite a number of attempted revivals by “name” violinists, has...

Given the recording dates of these performances, one would automatically assume that they’re reissues. But wait, not so fast. I don’t usually think of Haitink as...

The London Philharmonic was Haitink’s orchestra for 14 years beginning in 1969, and it was a relationship at once respectful and affectionate. In his groundbreaking cycle...

Pristine Audio continues to add to the Horenstein discography with this very important release. Metamorphosen was recorded for LP by EMI in 1953, and issued on...

Jascha Horenstein’s name has been one I have known, and he a conductor to conjure with, since autumn 1954. I was 17, entering college, and my...

The theme of this CD, of course, is operatic composers who also happened to write a little music for string quartet. (Yes, Richard Strauss is famous...

Karl Böhm was famous for his personal link with Richard Strauss, but it wasn’t based on Salome or Der Rosenkavalier , two operas he had little...

There have been so many recordings of Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (thankfully, Till Eulenspiegel , for short) and so many of them pretty much “sound alike”...

One of the best singers Naxos gathered for its complete Schubert Lieder project was the rising German baritone Roman Trekel, born in 1963. They believed in...

This CD documents Pierre Boulez’s visit to Moscow in 1990, signifying the fall of the Soviet Union. The recordings were made in the Great Hall of...

In a spirit of openness to the West, Boulez was invited to Moscow soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His visit provoked widespread excitement,...

Zubin Mehta is aging gracefully. In part that is so because, as a member of the Israel Philharmonic put it, Mehta is “a mensch.” One of...

This dual recording of the original orchestration and a duo pianist version of this iconic ballet score seems as much instructional as it does entertaining, but...

Goddesses is the third in a series of CD releases from Navona which document the work of composer Joseph Summer and his The Shakespeare Concerts. Reviews...

Plus ça change.... In Fanfare 38:1, Michael Ullman noted of a program of mazurkas, “Following what seems a trend, if not a fad, this disc has...

The glamour shots that come with albums by attractive young female musicians rarely reveal anything more than what they were clearly intended to reveal. (Think of...

After you buy this album—which really should be one of your first orders of business—make certain you don’t listen to the three works in the order...

Given the sheer number of fine works by Boris Tchaikovsky that have not been recorded or are not currently available on disc, do we need another...

Cherevichki (The Tsarina’s Slippers) has everything. It is a fantasy folk opera filled with humor, drama, love, a quest, beauty, and excitement. A witch flies on...

Lazar Berman’s career was deeply affected by the suspicions and capriciousness of the Soviet authorities, who prevented him from traveling for long periods of time. His...

The excellent Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski established a close rapport with the brilliant young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko in a cycle of the four Rachmaninoff piano...

This is the exact same Melodiya CD, but in a 16-bit remastering, that was reviewed by David K. Nelson 22 years ago in 16:3. At the...

Paul van Kempen (1893–1955) was a prominent Dutch conductor who, like his more famous compatriot Willem Mengelberg, suffered sanctions in the post-war era due to his...

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