Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

Just a year ago, in Fanfare 37:6, I welcomed, with some reservations, a recording by Massimo Martusciello and Gennaro Spezza of works for clarinet and bassoon....

Riding a wave of critical huzzahs for his cycle of the Brahms symphonies, Riccardo Chailly returns to the font. There hasn’t been a high-profile recording of...

For almost a quarter-century, Brahms resisted considerable pressure from friends and the music world at large to compose a symphony, at least for public consumption. Brahms...

Of particular interest here is at least one of the two works by Carl Reinecke. It’s not that the Brahms sonatas don’t rate a mention, but...

Chandos has recorded Michael Collins so extensively in recent years that he may at this point almost be regarded as a brand, like Diet Coke. As...

The young (b. 1990) Lithuanian-Russian pianist Lukas Geniušas was the silver medalist at the 2010 Chopin Competition. Here he presents a program identical to that of...

Yes, there have been quite a few fairly recent releases of Brahms’s three violin sonatas; the field is crowded and the competition is fierce. But Augustin...

It seems that I’ve encountered Arnaud Sussmann on two prior occasions: the first time, in 31:5, as violinist in a chamber ensemble performing piano quartets by...

Brahms, who liked to take jesting swipes at his own music, referred to the newly completed Second Symphony as a “sweet monster.” Posterity has found it...

This is the second in Dutton’s series of recordings of the music of Walter Braunfels (1882–1954), a German-Jewish composer of a Straussian bent. Although as a...

Dutton released an album this past year of three works by Braunfels: a piano concerto, his Scottish Fantasy , and the beautiful Ariels Gesang (Dutton 7304;...

Through the auspices of Dutton and of Naxos, the latter slowly continuing to build on its Marco Polo legacy, the dream of recording all 32 symphonies...

So, Teodor Currentzis. Is he the new Carlos Kleiber or is he (whisper it) a very naked Emperor? The jury’s out on this, but his PR...

I am a fan of the music of Salvador Brotons (b. 1959). Once a pupil of Montsalvatge, this Catalan musician is much in demand as a...

These recordings are among the several remakes that Heifetz did in high fidelity and stereo of pieces he had previously recorded in pre-hi fi days. As...

No one would recommend these as basic Bruckner performances for the general collector who wants Bruckner represented in a library, but who has little or no...

This is one of those occasional sets that is peculiarly difficult to review and then decide whether to recommend it or not. One the one hand,...

The most surprising thing about this new Bruckner Third is that it comes into being at all. Stanisław Skrowaczewski was 91 years old at the time...

Bruckner’s music has been on the sleeper train through Mitteleuropa for a long time, and even the delights of the Fourth Symphony, with its cheering hunting...

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have followed up their widely and justly acclaimed recordings of Richard Strauss tone poems, Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, and Honeck’s...

In a Fanfare 38:4 review of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Bruckner Third Symphony, Jim Svejda asks: “Do you really have to be an old dead German ... to...

By way of full disclosure and background, during the time I was program annotator for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1994–2005), I heard them perform, with guest...

To explain why he never programmed Bruckner when he headed the Boston Symphony, James Levine said that Karajan’s interpretations were so complete that there was nothing...

Bruckner’s Sixth has always been a problematic, unloved work—everywhere but at the Concertgebouw. Haitink’s 1970 Philips performance on Philips found not only much beauty but a...

This CD issue of a recording taken from one or more broadcasts by the Bavarian Radio from the Ebrach Abbey in August 2013 continues what will...

In its origins, this project was actually Hitler’s idea. When the Führer ordered the establishment of the Linz Bruckner Festival which flourishes to this day—the Vienna...

Bruckner’s mightiest symphony, played by the magnificent Vienna Philharmonic—HIS orchestra, if you will—in HIS church, where he first played the melodies of this work on the...

Daniel Barenboim has shown a penchant for stunt programming that rivals Valery Gergiev’s, and in both cases staging a marathon is the usual grabber. This video...

The third volume of Busoni The Visionary is blessed by detailed booklet notes by the pianist herself. Slotchiver is something of a Busoni specialist, and I...

Insofar as 17th-century composers for the keyboard are concerned, both Didrik Buxtehude and Girolamo Frescobaldi are probably among the most recorded and best known (along with...

Here we have a study in contrasts from two musicians who spent nearly all their active lives in Sicily. Mario Capuana (c. 1600–1647) was the

Richard Carrick (b. 1971) is carving out a career as composer, conductor, and new music entrepreneur in New York, especially in his role as director of...

These performances of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s violin concertos include the world premiere of the first, the Concerto Italiano. Although he worked in instrumental language rather than opera,...

Charles-Simon Catel (1773–1830) is not a name on the lips of most music lovers, nor is his 1810 opera Les Bayadères much known or performed, but...

Like the novelist George Sand, Cécile Chaminade enjoyed a tremendous popular vogue during much of her lifetime and for many of the same reasons. Both appealed...

One of my greatest concert experiences was hearing Nelson Freire play the Chopin Preludes at Rutgers University in 1988. He long has been among our most...

Winners of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw are supposed to become stars, not drop out of sight. Yet after taking the gold medal in 2010,...

Those who cherish Ivan Moravec’s elegant and tender Chopin will recognize this release as a 1989 recording made by Dorian, later picked up by Supraphon and...

A French reviewer called Pascal Amoyel the man with 50 fingers. That’s a compliment (at least in French), but what strikes me even more than the...

The chief attraction of this disc is the repertoire—a one-of-a-kind collection not duplicated elsewhere, and all attractive music. The argovia philharmonic (the ensemble uses all lower-case...

Superb programming comes here from Coviello Classics. Japanese composer Ikuma Dan (1925–2000) has been singled out for praise in Fanfare ’s pages before, in Paul Snook’s...

The late American pianist Charles Rosen once said, “A piece that ten people care passionately about is worth more than a piece that 10,000 people don’t...

Alexandre Desplat won the Academy Award for his score for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The good news is that, in contrast to numerous other totally undeserving...

Ernő Dohnányi’s two piano quintets were composed almost 20 years apart, and exemplify well his early and mature styles. The first, written in 1895 when Dohnányi...

Here is Volume 3 of Martin Roscoe’s projected four-volume edition of the solo piano music of Ernő Dohnányi. As I detailed in my reviews of the...

Just under a year ago, Ediciones Singulaires, the super deluxe imprint of Spain’s Glossa label, put out its luxuriously appointed three-disc set of orchestral and chamber...

Jacques Duphly (1715–1789) brings up the rear guard of the French Baroque harpsichord school, of which François Couperin (1668–1733) is considered the leading exponent. When one...

Any new version of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto cannot avoid the inevitable comparison to what many agree is the definitive recording by Nathan Milstein with William Steinberg...

Classical music, we are continuously told, is in crisis, as it has reportedly been for most of my rather lengthy adult life, with an aging, supposedly...

Reviewed and highly recommended by me in issue 36:5 was the Vogler Quartet’s Volume 1 of Dvořák’s works for string quartet. That earlier two-disc set contained...

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