Issue 38:3
Jan/Feb 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

We often consider the string quartet of the late 18th century as one of the seminal chamber genres that were crucial to the development of musical...

If the prospect of sitting though a Finnish heavy-metal cello concerto doesn’t exactly get your juices flowing, then that’s only because you haven’t heard the music...

The music of Nicolai Medtner (1880–1951), a younger contemporary and friend of Rachmaninoff, is an acquired taste, and it’s my duty to report here that I...

Hans von Bülow’s view that Mendelssohn’s career began with genius and ended with talent has always seemed like an odd notion to me. There are masterpieces...

I’ve come to appreciate Riccardo Chailly in his Leipzig phase, which seems to have rejuvenated him. Since taking over as music director in 2005, Chailly has...

No one is going to complain about being shortchanged by this disc’s generous timing. In fact, at first I found it hard to believe that you...

This quite lovely CD needs a bit of explanation. It contains the world premiere of a concerto which, in a certain sense, does not exist. Mendelssohn...

Mendelssohn wrote comfortable piano music that didn’t reach deep or far. He had the misfortune to live at a time when two great over-reachers, Liszt and...

This release is unusual in a number of ways. First, this is a trio of saxophones, not a quartet. Then there is the fact that they...

Jan Villem de Vriend is on a mission regarding Mendelssohn. The most appropriate word for the performances on this disc is fiery. Berlioz said that “Mendelssohn...

Some years ago one of the major FM classical radio stations on the East Coast asked its listeners to rank the kind of music they liked...

This must be at least the sixth or seventh recording of Mendelssohn’s piano trios to come my way for review, and probably three times that many...

I remember having to read Schiller’s Die Räuber (The Robbers) and getting the giggles. Written by an excitable teenager, this is the busy Strum und Drang...

The Turangalîla Symphony is not a work that’s on everyone’s radar. It’s seldom given in concerts, particularly in the U.S., in part because the music is...

I looked forward to hearing this recording, a souvenir of the 2013 Chemnitz production of Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama (the original title of what was later...

Claudio Monteverdi published a collection of his sacred music in 1641 as Selva morale e spirituale , and a further collection appeared posthumously in 1650. Broadly...

Xavier Montsalvatge, best known for his Cinco canciones negras (1945), actually wrote about 200 works in a wide variety of genres, and the CD insert tells...

This is truly amazing! As recently as 37:5, I found myself reviewing what I thought was a most improbable work, a full-scale Romantic concerto for two...

Can you remember a time when there was no television or radio? A time when people would gather around an instrument in the home and not...

There can be no doubt that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was influenced by a great many people during his youth, and his homage to them ranged from...

I have never heard of this pianist, nor do I remember having previously heard the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. I was therefore more than pleasantly surprised at...

I waited patiently for a review copy of this disc because I am so fond of Ronald Brautigam’s recordings of the Mozart piano sonatas, which I...

Reinhard Goebel has frequently been the lightning rod of the period instrument and performance movement. His typically aggressive performances, with their tendencies to push the interpretive...

At the time these recordings were made for the German radio system RIAS (mostly 1950–55, with one lone performance from 1957), the “gold standard” among string...

Fans of the Amadeus Quartet—and they are legion—will not appreciate what I am about to say. I have never liked the sound of this ensemble, which,...

The members of the venerable Amadeus Quartet took their ensemble’s name seriously—between their studio and live sessions, they made 100 Mozart recordings. For 40 years almost...

I looked forward to reviewing this disc, not only because these superb Mozart quartets are always a delight to hear but because I was so favorably...

After 20 years together, the Pacifica Quartet continues to move from strength to strength. Its 10th-anniversity Mendelssohn quartets are arguably as fine as any recordings available....

Here is a distinguished, if unapologetic, big-name, big-band Mozart Requiem. If you allow that there’s room in the catalog for such a performance to coexist among...

A small truth-in-packaging discussion here: The CD is titled Mozart Harmoniemusik: Chamber Music for Woodwinds , and it indeed presents four works of Mozart performed by...

Now that we are in the ADD/ADHD era, the Metropolitan Opera no longer presents matinee performances with younger artists of a particular work, but under the...

As I approach the 600 mark in the number of arrangements of Pictures at an Exhibition that I have uncovered to date, I suppose I might...

The orchestration of Pictures by Leopold Stokowski is a distant second to that of Ravel in the number of recordings accorded it by various conductors, about...

I think I’m on safe ground here. Giuseppe Nicolini shows up just once in the Fanfare Archive, and it’s in a 1984 (7:3) review by James...

Why is the New York Philharmonic recording for Dacapo? This is Nielsen, and Dacapo Records is Denmark’s national record label. The Philharmonic is a terrific Nielsen...

By the time, in the late 1960s, that Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944–2008) had begun writing music using not only folk tunes but also folk instruments themselves,...

Once you get past the promotional twaddle on the back of the jewel box, “a composer whose lively music reflects his Scottish heritage, mixing echoes of...

I first became aware of David Owens in his capacity as a music journalist. Owens is a former columnist for The Christian Science Monitor and a...

The heart beats a little quicker when you receive a CD such as this: a lost concerto by an associate of Tchaikovsky and a friend of...

Volume eight in CPO’s indispensible Panufnik series contains three solo concertos, all works from the later part of the composer’s career. Covering one of the symphonic...

This well-filled disc usefully brings under one roof the complete string quartets of 20th-century Poland’s most important composers not named Penderecki! Panufnik’s three quartets were composed...

During the early years of the 20th century, the Balkan nations came more slowly into the orbit of pan-European Modernism, primarily because of the predominance of...

Boris Papandopulo (1906–1991) was a Croatian composer and conductor. He was born into in a musical family––his mother a celebrated opera singer––and worked mainly in Zagreb,...

For those who may be as confused as I was: Harry Partch, himself, is not the performer on this album, but rather a group of 13...

The survival of the music of Harry Partch (1901–1974) is one of the great stories of triumph against the odds. A man who lived as a...

Way back in the days when I was a chemistry major at Stetson University, I’d begun my record collection from the offerings in the university book...

This is Volume 2 in Dux’s series of choral works by Penderecki; Volume 1 (DUX 0694), which contains 16 works and several world premiere recordings, appears...

Like Allan Pettersson, Moses Pergament was always an outsider in the musical life of Sweden. Yet unlike the self-imposed isolation of the nation’s greatest symphonist—a toxic...

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