Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 4

The indefatigable Mark Bebbington returns with another CD of 20th-century British piano concertos, one of which (Jacob) is a recording premiere. All three are for piano...

Of all the famous members of the Berlin School that were assembled by Frederick the Great, one still hears about the Graun and Benda brothers, not...

England was a rather unhappy place during the middle of the 17th century. Although the compromises of the Elizabethan Age that maintained a relatively stable if...

Philippe Graffin and Martyn Brabbins interrupt their program of works for violin and orchestra by Joseph Jongen (Volume 18 of Hyperion’s series The Romantic Violin Concerto...

Elsewhere in this issue, I review a three-disc collection of works by Théodore Dubois on Ediciones Singulaires, the super deluxe imprint of Spain’s classical music Glossa...

If Edvin Kallstenius (1881–1967) is remembered at all, it’s as the forward-looking music librarian of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, from 1928 until his retirement in 1946....

Strings in Swingtime is the name of this album, after the NBC radio program produced by Wladimir Selinsky (1910–1984) in the 1940s. It was on this...

Not even a stone’s throw from the gold-domed Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg is the headquarters of Russia’s famous (some would say infamous) Composers Union....

The BBC in Britain has recently been celebrating women composers ranging from Hildegard of Bingen to Ethyl Smyth, suffragette and composer, coming more up to date...

Most of us would be hard put to name a composer born in Luxembourg. Two I found were Laurent Menager and the long-lived Pol Albrecht (1874–1975)....

ECM’s releases often intertwine concept and music to create packages that are both innovative and scholarly. When Andras Schiff recorded Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations , for example,...

Videoland continues to reissue its array of operettas recorded at the Lake Festival in Mörbisch, Austria each summer season. The two seen here are among the...

Der Graf von Luxemburg (The Count of Luxemburg) is such a tuneful and entertaining operetta it is difficult to understand its lack of performance or even...

What a delightful and frankly unexpected surprise this recording turned out to be. If the music of Anatoly Liadov (1855–1914) is not so well known in...

I’ve been a fan of Peter Lieuwen’s music ever since my first exposure to it in 36:4, when I reviewed his violin concerto and other works....

Lest you think it a bit strange that all the string chamber music of New Zealand’s greatest composer can fit comfortably onto a single CD, Douglas...

Carlo Grante has already been gathering superlatives from critics for a while. Firmly in the bracket of the super-pianist (think the likes of Hamelin), for the...

They say that no man can serve two masters. Félix Ardanaz proves them wrong. His amazing skill and virtuosity convince us that he can serve each...

Hewitt is a thinking musician, and her ventures into Romanticism are—what else?—eminently thoughtful. In the sonata, Faust, Gretchen, and Mephistopheles have been banished to the

Roméo’s booklet to Vera Veidman’s release of solo violin music by Liszt and Bach makes references to Noam Slivan’s transcription of Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B...

Longtime collectors will know the German-born Charles Martin Loeffler (1861–1935) from LP recordings of his orchestral masterpieces A Pagan Poem and Memories of my Childhood,

If you are a 17th-century music fan and love Baroque counterpoint, Wagner’s Ring cycle is depressing, hyperbolic nonsense. Particularly, we dread when some mad song or...

Given the current circumstances surrounding the political realities and internecine conflicts of Russia and Ukraine, the music of Boris Lyatoshinsky, so persuasively performed on these three...

I could hardly hope for a more promising project than the complete secular polyphonic works of Guillaume de Machaut as recorded by this sterling vocal ensemble....

I last reviewed a disc by the Orlando Consort devoted to Machaut a little over a year ago (Hyperion 67727; Fanfare 37:4), and here we are...

The New Zealand-born singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes is in his 49th year. After early training and success in his native land, he moved to Australia in...

In the all-too-brief seven years he served as music director in Frankfurt, Paavo Järvi turned the radio orchestra’s new releases into events, something that hadn’t been...

By the time you are reading this, Paavo Järvi’s complete Mahler symphony cycle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra will have been released by C Major...

There’s a moment in the fourth movement of this longest symphony ever written by a (more or less) normal person—and therefore one of the only classical...

Zubin Mehta’s special feeling for Bruckner and Mahler has been apparent right from his earliest recording with the Vienna Philharmonic, Bruckner’s Ninth. His Mahler Three is...

This one seems to be a case of keeping up with the Joneses. In 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble released a recording of...

The songs of Eusebius Mandyczewski were uncharted waters for this reviewer, and after listening many times to his settings of Rückert, Lenau, and Goethe, I’ve come...

Nicholas Marshall, born in Plymouth, UK in 1942, studied initially at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge before attending the Royal College of Music in London to study under...

Sasha Matson’s jazz opera Cooperstown , to a libretto by the composer and Mark Miller, is an inventive and winning chamber opera scored for a jazz...

Once again Naxos has issued a Maxwell Davies recording originally made for Collins Classics, in this case his “choreographic poem” The Beltane Fire, which “pits the...

Naxos reissues of the Collins Classics Peter Maxwell Davies discography has been most welcome, bringing back into currency a valuable catalog of recordings of one of...

This CD features the music of British composer-pianist-conductor John McCabe, starting with his First Symphony of 1965 and concluding with Tuning from 1985. Judging from the...

Both these Russian piano concertos require a degree of special pleading: Scriabin’s because it is an early opus––quite unlike his densely chromatic and mysterious mature works,...

Every so often the music world raps knuckles and asks us to eat our spinach, and we dutifully comply. There are certain composers we are encouraged...

Few today would agree with Rachmaninoff’s glowing assessment of his old friend Nikolai Medtner as “the greatest living composer.” While nearly as skilled as Rachmaninoff in...

This is Volume 3 in Chandos’s Mendelssohn in Birmingham series, and with it Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, joined by vocal soloists...

I always hope for Handelian grandeur in this symphony. With its vivid trombone fanfare, beautiful melodies and uplifting chorales, all tied together with fugal laces, it...

It’s been decades since the Mendelssohn Second has shed its reputation for smug and comfortable religiosity—but even in this new age of increasingly electrical performances, Edward...

With the exception of the sonata movement, which Mendelssohn originally composed for two pianos when he was 11, these are the composer’s own transcriptions. Well over...

This release brings the cycle of Mendelssohn symphonies recorded by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under Jan Willem de Vriend to an impressive conclusion. To be sure,...

Bongiovanni again has put us in its debt by issuing this Messa a grande orchestra per quattro voci (Mass for large orchestra and four voices). Performed...

As part of the LPO’s festival of modern music, The Rest Is Noise , in 2013—named after the much admired book on 20th-century classical music by...

I’ve come to believe that composers with a deep mystical strain have a dark side that offsets their more ethereal selves. This was true of Beethoven...

The current release was conceived with Yvonne Loriod, the composer’s second wife and his greatest pianistic champion, at its center: six (out of 20) of the...

This new collection of music by composer Eric Moe (b. 1954) starts off with a fascinating work, Of Color Braided all Desire, written for soprano and...

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