Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 8

This is a brilliant pairing of repertory. There is nothing more cozy and comfortable in the symphonic canon than the harmless narcissism of Strauss’s “domestic” symphony,...

Eugen Suchoň (1908–1993) was a Slovakian composer, whose music I had not known at all until this release. Nor does much of it seems to have...

If they were giving out prizes for bizarre album covers—as Gramophone should certainly consider doing—then this one would easily be one of the year’s finalists. While...

This is another Dux download provided without courtesy of booklet notes, just a .jpg of the album cover. Since I’d never heard of Szulc, I was...

Not that long ago, in 36:1, I reviewed these same two artists—Bruno Monteiro and João Santos—on a Centaur CD in an arrangement for violin and piano...

No composer’s style can be described adequately in words, and with the greatest composers there’s a “you know it when you hear it” experience. Not with...

On this new Brilliant Classics two-CD set, violinist Bruno Monteiro and pianist João Paolo Santos play Karol Szymanowski’s complete music for violin and piano. Spanning the...

There are at least three different versions of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto—arguably more, depending on how you decide what constitutes a “different” version. Tchaikovsky originally wrote...

My first inclination upon receiving this 1955 German-language performance of one of the most iconic Russian operas was not to review it at all. I had...

Tchaikovsky long has played an important part in Michael Tilson Thomas’s repertory. His first recording as a conductor, released in 1970, was of the First Symphony...

The younger Tilson Thomas was something of a Tchaikovsky specialist on disc—he made one of his strongest impressions with Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams” from Boston...

The gimmick here is stated right up front: 12 fantasias, each with a different recorder. In practice, it yields little of interest, because only alto recorders...

This isn’t the first recording of Telemann by the Bach Concentus. Back in 2010 they released an album of Telemann works marred only by the complete...

Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Theuille was born November 30, 1861 in what was then called Bozen (in the Tyrol—now Bolzano, Italy). Orphaned at age 11, he...

This disc presents the complete organ works of Rudolf Tobias (1873–1918). In an amazingly erudite booklet note, Martin Anderson tracks the rise of Estonian classical music...

This release is the first of three in a series of the guitar concertos of Federico Moreno Torroba (1891–1982), a Spanish composer known at home for...

This beautifully balanced program places two pieces by the contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan in a context of 20th-century English music, illuminating both the roots of...

In 1744 Francesco Veracini (1690–1768) published his op. 2 Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard Continuo as his magnum opus. As one of the leading Italian violinists...

Veracini’s mix of Corellian inspiration, popular tunes, personal fancy, and exalted approach to technique make his chamber music among the most interesting of his generation. Nothing...

There are hidden gems in the song output of composers we associate almost entirely with opera, such as Rossini and Meyerbeer; but Verdi, not so much....

This review contains some reworked thoughts from a much earlier (1992) review: If sheer power were all an Otello needed, Mario del Monaco would have been...

This particular Rigoletto doesn’t loom large in the recorded history of the opera; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a favorable review of it and, to...

My principal reason for reviewing this recording was to see how well Hvorostovsky would do in the title role. Although he has one of the most...

Although I have a couple of qualifications that I will elaborate upon below, this is one of the best recordings of a complete Verdi opera to...

It is a real event when we have a new release by Lois V Vierk (b. 1951, and yes, there is never a period after the...

Karabtchevsky’s Villa-Lobos cycle with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra continues apace, and for once I am not going to compare his version of the Symphony with...

The 12 concertos that Antonio Vivaldi published as his opus 3, called L’Estro Armonico , are iconic enough so that they need only the barest of...

Richard Tognetti has added to his recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons a selection of concertos, concerto movements, and a sinfonia. The program opens with the popular...

Dmitry Sinkovsky first came to attention in these pages as a violinist, for which he received good reviews (Barry Brenesal, 32:6). He then appeared as a...

Vivaldi’s Trio Sonatas are wacky. This is a poor critical term: but, as this CD attests, they are a site for some of Vivaldi’s earliest creativity...

Another DVD of a Wagner opera, and—inevitably, it now seems—another Regietheater production that ignores Wagner’s own highly specific staging directions to pursue the director’s own conceits....

For the decade 1955–65, now looked upon as a Wagnerian golden age, the Bayreuth Festival enjoyed a rotating cast for Wieland Wagner’s production of Der fliegende...

With the release of these three discs, Pristine’s reissue of HMV’s early “Potted Ring,” (and then some) concludes. As I pointed out in an earlier review,...

Saxony is the fifth Genuin CD release by the Saxon Wind Philharmonic, the exceptional faculty wind ensemble of the German Wind Academy in Leipzig. The ensemble...

Some years ago, I was enjoying the recording of the “Pastoral” Symphony from the superb complete Beethoven symphonies DG set with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin...

Silvana was written in 1810, when Weber was only 23; it was his second go at this plot, the first having been at age 13. Called...

This album is one of those being promoted by Naxos as directed by Robert Craft, but since most of the album is comprised of songs for...

The music of Dan Welcher has been rightly praised previously in these august pages, most notably by my colleague Robert Carl in Fanfare 25:4 (reviewing an...

Like the equally unfortunate Charles Henry Litolff, Charles-Marie Widor has the melancholy distinction of being one history’s mercifully few part-of-a-work composers. As with Litolff’s once ubiquitous...

Since David Johnson reviewed Miguel A. Gómez-Martínez’s MDG recording of Woyrsch’s Symphony No. 1 with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in 19:2 (and wondered how to pronounce...

CPO has been unfaltering in its commitment to recording music by forgotten composers—including many richly talented late Romantics whose music bridged the 19th and 20th centuries,...

Brokeback Mountain is an award-winning short story by Annie Proulx, who then wrote the libretto (she did not write the screenplay for Ang Lee’s 2005 Hollywood...

Buyer, beware! This new recording of Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) and Sinfonietta could have swept the boards. Conductor of growing renown. John Storgårds, at the...

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