Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

The late Claudio Abbado eventually recorded the Nocturnes with the Berlin Philharmonic. I admire both performances, though I prefer the BSO “Nuages” and the BPO’s “Fêtes”...

This production of Pelléas et Mélisande was directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, one of his few non-Wagnerian stagings. I was interested in seeing it because I generally...

Pelléas et Mélisande is a true 20th-century, post-Wagnerian work. Composer Debussy spent hours and hours on the evocative orchestral score, only to provide his singers with...

Many opera lovers underrate Donizetti’s talents, but continued exposure to his “lesser” works evokes full-hearted admiration from the more discerning. Lucrezia Borgia exists when a star...

This charming comic opera was originally composed for Paris in French; its full title is Rita ou Le mari battu (Rita, or the Beaten Husband). The...

You have several competitors for the Sonata alone: John Ogdon (EMI 6783882), Marc-André Hamelin (Hyperion 67513), and Håkon Austbö (Berlin Classics 300537), of which the first...

Paul Dukas (1865–1935) is best remembered today for his 1897 tone poem L’apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) based on Goethe’s 1797 poem Der Zauberlehrling . How...

By now, David Bernard and his Park Avenue Chamber Symphony should be familiar to readers from a number of prior releases reviewed in these pages. In...

When I reviewed David Bernard’s performance of the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony in 37:3, I expressed a desire to hear more recordings by this very interesting conductor...

How nice: What may be my two favorite cello concertos, though not necessarily my favorite performances of them, on one very good-sounding CD. I wonder how...

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recordings (on DVD from a live performance February 2013 and on CD from June 2013) of Dvořák’s Romance and Violin Concerto commemorate the violinist’s...

The Royal Flemish Philharmonic has taken a leaf from other orchestra’s books and has begun to issue recordings on its own label, one that subdivides into...

The largely under-appreciated Ferenc Fricsay was one of Deutsche Grammophon’s leading conductors at the time of this recording (1960). The reason for a reissue now is...

It’s another Yogi Berra moment for me here. I reviewed an almost identical program in 37:2, played by the young Australian Benaud Trio. The only difference...

It’s so weird for me to listen to these performances of Dvořák’s music by a modern-day conductor who subscribes to the “sleek, fast, and streamlined” school...

This recording, taken from live performances of August 2008 when the opera was new, is the world premiere recording of Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons,...

Giacomo Facco (1676–1753) was one of many musical figures in the 17th and 18th centuries who has been largely overlooked in the rush to all things...

Michelangelo Falvetti (1642–1692) doesn’t rate an entry in Grove I, but he was an important musical light in late-17th-century Aragonese Sicily. He took over the post...

This comes wrapped in a certain air of carelessness. It might be called Eric Le Sage and Friends , and one assumes that Le Sage is...

I’ve been enjoying the Kungsbacka’s survey of Haydn’s piano trios—reviewed by both James North and me in 35:3, 36:2, and 36:4—as I have the ensemble’s Mozart...

This disc gets of to a rousing start with a light, airy performance of Jean Françaix’s pretty little slip of a Clarinet Concerto. Cavallin practically dances...

The songs of César Franck, with the exception of Panis Angelicus (not represented here), Nocturne, and La Procession, are not nearly as well known as his...

Simon Johnson’s booklet essay echoes generations of writers on the Symphony in calling attention to its organ-like manner—“we hear the ghosts of registration changes, manual changes,...

Guild continues its championing of Peter Fribbins’s music with this collection of chamber works, all written in the last 20 years, and as before showcasing the...

For those not familiar with it (I personally visited it in 1989–90, while performing archival research in the old DDR), the Berliner Dom is the largest...

SACD and Giovanni Gabrieli were made for each other. Surprising as it may seem, though, this appears to be the first SACD devoted entirely to Gabrieli....

The opening piece on this CD, Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists and orchestra, is heard here in an arrangement for wind band by Mark...

Philip Glass will be the draw for this CD, I wager, but Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985) has written the more interesting work. It was inspired by...

Immortal Performances continues to do a great service to Wagner, but it is important to note that the company is not just about Wagner, or even...

I included the Fanfare symbol for “text included,” but the reality is that it is available for downloading from Naxos’s web site. I understand that Naxos...

This set of discs seems to be what happens when a keyboardist runs amok. One is tempted to see a gradual descent into, well, something out...

This new release is K&K’s second go-round with Jephtha, the first version being a September 1998 performance. The conductor (Budday) was the same, but that cast...

I am not entirely sure of the hows and whys of this particular disc. The spine title reads Mary Wilson Sings Handel , which seems to...

“[These suites] have rarely been recorded or promoted by harpsichordists during the most recent revival of interest in ‘early music.’” I realize that Richard Egarr is...

The Water Music is one of those works that has become so iconic that it truly needs no introduction or reiteration. Composed in 1717, it is...

When speaking of French music of the 18th century, one usually focuses upon the center of the musical universe at that time, Paris. Not everyone who...

This is one of those weird coincidences that occasionally strike professional critics. I had not asked for this recording on the Linn label, but rather for...

I requested this release for three reasons: (1) I love Haydn’s late masses and seldom miss an opportunity to acquire new recordings of them when they...

Any new recording of the “Lord Nelson” Mass faces a huge challenge in this corner: The 1962 Decca/London recording led by David Willcocks has been on...

The Leipzig Quartet is a group that subscribes to the historically-informed religion of straight tone; thus when this disc begins one hears the group playing a...

Vladimir Feltsman has a long-established reputation as a major artist. His 1987 arrival in the United States (after a seven-year shutdown of his career by Soviet...

These recordings are not as successful as those by the same forces of symphonies Nos. 93, 95, and 96 ( Fanfare 36:2). The lovely translucent orchestral...

Having loved and listened to Haydn Piano Trios since I was in college (the late 1960s), I was really looking forward to this disc by the...

My sole previous exposure to the music of Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727–1789) was a couple of his trumpet concertos, nicely crafted and pleasant if not profound...

Hindemith’s three most popular orchestral blockbusters on one disc: What excitement that promises! Alas, it is not to be. All three performances are unsatisfactory, lacking tension,...

Each of these young cellists has rapidly established an international reputation. Sébastien Hurtaud is a multiple prize winner; Judith Ermert became solo cello of the Brussels...

Tuttifänchen is a children’s Christmas play with music, originally inspired by a tale for and about a puppet theater. Hindemith wrote the music in 1922, shortly...

Gustav Holst’s superb choral-orchestral work The Hymn of Jesus has been fortunate on recordings. While there have never been a large number of them, none has...