Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

“Sleek, efficient, and modern” was how I described the Minetti Quartet’s performances of two Mendelssohn string quartets in 36:3. To that description I would now add...

The most genial of Beethoven’s six quartets, op. 18, is coupled here with the less severe of Brahms’s two, op. 51. The Gürzenich Quartet takes a...

This needn’t be a lengthy review, since there’s nothing new here. This is the Végh Quartet’s venerable 1972–1974 Beethoven cycle that started out on LP, was...

It has become a fairly common practice to program very early and very late Beethoven on the same recital. The purpose is obvious, but always useful;...

The Young Ukrainian pianist Alexej Gorlatch plays Beethoven with an exquisite level of tonal finish and technical polish. I would hasten to add that this digital...

Back in issue 36:2, I found myself reviewing Volume 1 in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s new Beethoven cycle, and it posed a real dilemma for me, for I’d...

This is volume three in the new series of Beethoven piano music by this acclaimed young American pianist. Colleague Lynn René Bayley, echoing my own complaints...

Sometimes it’s interesting to compare and contrast pianists with different approaches to music, and this was the case for me. I came to Sophia Agranovich’s recital...

After my rave review of the Beethoven violin sonatas by Kristóf Baráti and Klára Würtz in 36:4, I didn’t expect I’d ever hear another set of...

Sidney and Jeanne Weiss’s live performances of (arguably) the two best-known violin sonatas, Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” and César Franck’s, took place in Chicago’s Kimball Hall during the...

This CD is what you would have to call a worthy effort. Between 1949 and 1967 the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra (so named and not to be...

This is an astonishingly successful CD. My ears did a slight double-take, as the deep rich sounds of Beethoven in Carnegie Hall first came through the...

Vladimir Fedoseyev is a leading Russian conductor, 81 years old, who has been active in Vienna for nearly 40 years, indeed music director of the Vienna...

These recordings are taken from radio air checks in Cologne on March 12, 1958 (Schubert) and September 23, 1959 (Beethoven). I do not believe these are...

The five CDs in this current set are extracted from Brilliant Classics’ 86-disc complete Beethoven edition which I covered in a brief overview in just the...

This 1962 performance of I Puritani, given in Mirella Freni’s home town of Modena, has previously been issued on Legato Classics and Opera d’Oro. I can’t...

What, another one? Just two months after I reviewed an amiable but flawed Sonnambula , from Venice conducted by the veteran Gabriele Ferro, up he pops...

   Here are two major chamber works by the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1984), who began his career in Munich as Paul Frankenburger. His lengthy, three-movement String...

This was a somewhat frustrating performance to review due to the lack of information on the CD insert or booklet. Nowhere is there an exact date...

This rather strange release combines two live concerts by a German conductor not well known in America. Carl-August Bünte (b. 1925), a conducting pupil of Sergiu...

This three-CD album contains five scores and a collection of movie and TV themes composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein. They were released on the Ava...

Antonio Bertali (1605–1669) is one of those many composers from the Italian States who achieved prominence at the 17th-century Viennese courts of the Holy Roman Emperors....

The superbly crafted and imaginative music of York Bowen is given lively and imaginative performances here by the Gould Piano Trio (whose individual members are also...

The Busch Quartet was the leading German string quartet of the entre-deux-guerres , although they gave their last performance in Germany in 1933, subsequently being based...

Brahms’s two string sextets are early works, dating from 1860 and 1865, respectively; they feature an extravagance of expression quite alien to the mature Brahms. Even...

This disc completes Jurowski’s Brahms cycle; the first two symphonies were issued on LPO 43, which I haven’t heard. Judging from this disc, however, I’m sorry...

Here is the conclusion to Vladimir Jurowski’s live Brahms symphony cycle with the London Philharmonic. The First and Second symphonies were reviewed in 33:6. That coupling,...

This four-disc collection assembles what remains and is salvageable of the famous 1935 Brahms cycle conducted by Arturo Toscanini in New York City. The performances were...

Not too many trios take their name from the cellist, but Natalia Gutman is the senior member of this group, which, the notes tell us, was...

Here is yet another entry, albeit a late one, celebrating the Britten Centennial. Readers of my reviews will know that although I like much of Britten’s...

This first DVD release of the June 2001 Aldeburgh production of The Rape of Lucretia features a strong vocal cast and excellent stage direction by David...

Premiered at Glyndebourne in July of 1946, The Rape of Lucretia was Britten’s first stage work after Peter Grimes, and the first he called a “chamber...

Symphony No. 0 “Cancelled”: Bruckner doesn’t exactly go out of his way to sell this Symphony to us, does he? But, as the tortuous revision histories...

The program notes to this recording state that the 60-person Musica Saeculorum opted to record Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1 in its original 1866 edition on period...

Given the forces on stage here—over 100 players, with the wind and timpani parts reinforced—you might well expect to be crushed. But while there’s plenty of...

Two more different interpretations of this symphony could scarcely be imagined. About the only thing they have in common is that they both completely miss the...

In Fanfare 9:1 I was less than enthusiastic about my first encounter with the music of Alfred Bruneau (1857–1945), an oratorio called Lazare . I found...

This disc, which bears the title Troubador Blue, features the talents of violist-composer-improviser Nils Bultmann, who is based in San Francisco. In the sparse liner notes,...

According to excerpts from composer Alan Bush’s own writings, as astutely quoted by annotator Lewis Foreman, the question of nationalism became an issue for the left-leaning...

Titled Spanish Memoirs, this charming disc features the music of Howard Buss (b. 1951) played by percussionist and marimbist Yu-Jung Chung and trumpet-flugelhorn player Diego Arias,...

These four discs are the last in Ton Koopman’s complete set of Dieterich Buxtehude’s vocal works. (He has also finished recording the keyboard and chamber works.)...

We are now into Volume 18 of the Opera Omnia of Danish-German composer Didrik (aka Dieterich) Buxtehude, performed under the auspices of the Buxtehude Society and...

Back in 2010 I reviewed a previous recording of L’Euridice (Ricercar 269; Fanfare 33:3) under Nicolas Achten’s direction and was largely positive about the voices, but...

When I heard the opening movement of this work, I almost fell off my chair, so similar was it to the iconic Mozart Requiem. Of course,...

Most composers during the time of Louis XIV had learned to live with the musical situation at Versailles. His maître de chapelle , Jean-Baptiste Lully, held...

Shih-Hui Chen is a Taiwanese composer, born in 1962, and who undertook her musical studies at the National Academy of Arts in Taipei, followed by graduate...

This is a most stimulating disc of music by Taiwan-born composer Shih-Hui Chen (born 1962). Chen studied in America after graduating in Taipei, first at Northern...