Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

This disc, titled Terrain of the Heart, features the songs of one Mark Abel, a former journalist and rock musician now turned classical composer. His music...

Mark Abel (born 1948) was initially known for his involvement with rock music, a form of expression he was ultimately to find lacking and limiting. Now...

Journalist-turned-composer and lyricist Mark Abel’s previous song cycle, The Dream Gallery , requires an orchestra and seven soloists. His new cycles are shorter and can be...

Peter Sellars seems to be fascinated by the dramatic potential of Bach’s liturgical works, having created stylized stagings—ritualizations, he calls them—of both the St. Matthew

As concept albums go, promotion of which seems to be a hallmark of this German label, there’s not much meat on the bone to this one,...

The music of British composer William Alwyn is little known in the U.S., but as this disc proves, some of it is quite good indeed. Particularly...

Music’s obscure byways ought to be exhausted by now, yet releases such as this keep appearing and reigniting the excitement of new discovery. These three piano...

George Antheil’s Jazz Symphony, described by the composer as “synthesized jazz,” was written while he was living in France, a year after his sensational Ballet Mécanique....

The First Piano Trio is of course an attractive, frequently performed work, and needs no recommendation. It is the composer’s most consistently inspired large-scale composition, his...

The death of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806–1826), 10 days before his 20th birthday, is surely one of the great tragedies of music history, for the works...

It was less than a year ago, in Fanfare 37:1, that I reviewed Volume 1 in a promised new Chandos survey of the orchestral works of...

This is the second in a projected cycle of Kurt Atterberg’s symphonies conducted by Neeme Järvi (the first release in the series contains Atterberg’s Fourth and...

This is the second in Neemi Järvi’s new series of the orchestral works by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (1887–1974). The first installment was reviewed in...

Knowledge of Soviet-bloc composers and their music outside of a few big names, mostly in Russia, remains difficult to come by to this day. How many...

Arno Babadjanian (1921–1983) is a Soviet composer whose name pops up ever so occasionally; most notably, the Six Pictures received a much-lauded performance by Yuri Egorov...

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Jan Williams, Tom Kolor directs the University of Buffalo Percussion Ensemble, leads the Percussion Department at UB, and specializes...

As is its custom, Brilliant Classics continues to assemble—and divide, and reassemble—combinations of original and licensed recordings to produce mega-box sets and spin-offs from the same....

Technically, this Pan Classics CD is not new; it’s a reissue on the same label of a 1997 recording, which makes it the earliest of two...

The three cello concertos by C. P. E. Bach fit neatly onto a single CD and they are among his more popular works, so this would...

This, the 20th and last entry in BIS’s groundbreaking series of the complete keyboard concertos of C. P. E. Bach, presents all three of his two-keyboard...

There is truly no composer of the 18th century more progressive or peculiar than Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, in my opinion. From Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s description...

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is one of those iconic 18th-century composers whose influence was felt by virtually every other composer in Europe. Now, on the 300th...

These now-venerable recordings were made more than a quarter-century ago, in 1987 for the Capriccio label from whom Brilliant Classics leased the masters for this reissue,...

C. P. E. Bach’s flute sonatas were composed during his nearly 30 years’ servitude in the court of Frederick the Great, the enthusiastic, flute-playing king who...

Students and fans of C. P. E. Bach will rejoice in this recording of six of his short but feisty and innovative symphonies from the late...

It could perhaps be said that without Johann Christian Bach, there may not have been a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This may, of course, be stretching a...

This third volume of a history of Leipzig’s celebrated Gewandhaus Orchestra covers its partnership with Leipzig’s even more venerable St. Thomas Church Choir in one of...

First, let’s satisfy your insatiable curiosity. Johann Schelle (1648–1701) was Bach’s predecessor once removed at Leipzig. Schelle served the Thomaskirche as Kantor from 1677 until his...

This disc celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Munich Bach Choir and the Munich Bach Orchestra by the legendary Karl Richter. “Legendary” is...

Sigiswald Kuijken continues his quest to convince recalcitrant skeptics (such as yours truly) that the only way to sing Bach is with one soloist per part....

Quite apart from the fact that it was probably never performed in Bach’s lifetime, it is hard for us in our day to see just how...

The only disappointing thing about this CD is that it is so short. Here, guitarist Matthew Hough has taken 15 short works from the Anna Magdalena...

With humblest apologies to Walter Scott and Charles Dickens: Breathes there the man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, “Please, sir, I...

Conductor Wolfgang Helbich died of a stroke on his 70th birthday, on April 8, 2013. Here, CPO has assembled (by simple virtue of an outer cardboard...

It is risky for an emerging performer to release a recording of standard repertoire. The recording will have an overwhelming amount of competition from a century...

Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei has focused upon the music of Bach lately, and now she has released this complete set of the oft-recorded Well-Tempered Clavier

The well-known and often recorded Well-Tempered Clavier probably has as many recording renditions as any keyboard music from this period, and here is another on harpsichord...

As a child, Andor Foldes (1913–1992) studied piano with Ernő von Dohnányi at Budapest’s Academy of Music; then, starting in 1929, he took private lessons with...

This disc, titled Sonata Concertata a Quattro, features the excellent Trio Arbós with guest violist Rocio Gómez. Since I enjoyed an earlier release by this trio,...

These are not new to the catalog; all three discs in this boxed set have been (and are) available separately. However, only two of them have...

Now in his 80s, despite having resigned his directorships with various institutions, Helmuth Rilling continues to amaze with vital, impassioned performances of both his beloved Bach...

In Fanfare 36:4 Scott Noriega wrote a perceptive and detailed review of the first release in Andsnes’s Beethoven concerto cycle, praising it thoroughly. All of the...

Two clues tell us these aren’t brand-new recordings. First, Linn has reissued this two-disc set in its budget Echo series, selling at ArkivMusic for $13.99; and...

In Fanfare 36:3 two reviewers, Peter Rabinowitz and David DeBoor Canfield, reviewed a recital disc of Russian repertoire by Vera Gornostaeva on the same label, which...

Violinist Antje Weithaas’s pairing of Beethoven’s and Berg’s violin concertos isn’t the first, even in recent memory—Isabelle Faust did so, for example, with Claudio Abbado on...

I was excited, a few years ago, to become acquainted with this pianist’s work on CD. Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms are his bread and butter,...

The Philharmonia Quartet Berlin was founded in 1984—undergoing only one personnel change since then—by Daniel Stabrawa, the principal concertmaster, and the string section leaders of the...