Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

Take a recording that’s out of copyright. Reissue it without any changes. Do no research, provide no liner notes; just offer the cast, date of performance,...

The disc is titled Cherubini: Cantatas , but it also includes three choruses composed for a play by Jean-Baptiste Pujoulx mourning the death of Honoré Gabriel...

In an amusing imagined dialogue with Chopin that is included in the notes, the young French pianist Hélène Tysman argues for the independence of the performer....

This disc comes endorsed by Neil Sedaka, and it’s sponsored by Steinway. Perhaps those facts will influence some readers to find a disc entitled Life According...

Having recently not merely tolerated, but with some reservations praised, the willful Chopin playing of French pianist Hélène Tysman in these pages, I feel on shaky...

The first volume of Enrico Onofri’s recording of Corelli’s Violin Sonatas, op. 5, includes six of the 12 works, played at what the booklet describes as...

Peter Cornelius (1824–1874) is known to many listeners as the composer of the comic opera The Barber of Baghdad, but this disc (numbered Vol. 3 of...

By the time his four ordres for chamber instruments entitled Les Nations was published in 1726, François Couperin had already achieved a reputation as a master...

At the risk of being pilloried, I shall remark that no one does early 18th-century character pieces on the harpsichord better than François Couperin. His four...

This is not only the first recording of the set of trios, op 13, for two violins and cello, along with a Duo for two violins,...

Harry Christophers makes mention in the forward to this album that it returns to the grassroots of The Sixteen. And indeed it does, for in the...

Claude Debussy was one of the most pianistic composers, and his two books of Préludes are among his most pianistic works. Nevertheless, his music seems to...

Entitled Classica Francese , this is the French entry in a series of discs, each focused on music of a particular nationality, for a project organized...

With this SACD Andrew Davis continues his well-received series of Delius recordings on Chandos. The program, titled Delius in Norway , overlaps with Bo Holten’s CD...

I certainly applaud the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo for staging a rare production of their namesake composer’s Gemma di Vergy , as seen here from the...

One can take note of certain amateurish aspects of Bongiovanni’s production. The camera occasionally lurches to find a singer who moved on stage. The English titles...

Donizetti’s Rita has been subjected to much ill treatment since its belated posthumous premiere, but we now have a recording that takes the work on its...

Ugo, conte di Parigi was first produced at La Scala in 1832, and had a very troubled history from its inception, with great problems from the...

This disc is a welcome reissue and remastering of a celebrated recording made in 1987 by Jordi Savall and his group of five viols and a...

Semper Dowland, semper dolens runs the title of one of his pieces, a mocking self-motto: Ever Dowland, ever doleful. There is good reason to suspect Dowland...

If you search the Fanfare Archive you will think that there are many entries for reviews of music by Théodore Dubois. However, as you start opening...

‘Tis apparently the season for me to review recordings of Dvořák’s cello concertos; in the previous issue (37:5) I discussed the recent pairing of those two...

This was originally a Philips recording that then reappeared on the more audiophile-oriented Channel Classics label, presumably because Channel was in the process of releasing a...

Present-day appreciation of the music of the prolific Viennese composer Anton Eberl (1765–1807) probably lags behind our awareness of his friendship and musical association with Mozart,...

Ernst Eichner (1740–1777) was born 16 years before Mozart and lived just slightly longer than Mozart’s 36 years. His two main posts were at Zweibrücken (near...

This release of music by Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) is subtitled, “Orchestral Music, Volume 1,” though Toccata Classics has issued more of his music in the past—specifically...

Violinist Daishin Kashimoto and pianist Eric Le Sage take a relaxed tempo in the first movement of Fauré’s First Violin Sonata, but compare their 9:41 to...

This is an extremely odd release in a number of ways. It lacks any kind of catalogue number. Believe me, I searched everywhere. (On the Allegro...

Giovanni Domenico Ferrandini (1709–1791) lived a long enough life to span the Baroque and Classical periods. He was 50 years old when Handel died, and 41...

This is Volume 2 in Naxos’s survey of the orchestral works of Zdeněk Fibich (1850–1900). Volume 1, containing the composer’s Symphony No. 1 in F Major...

Giovanni Battista Fontana was born around 1571 in Brescia and died in Padua during the plague year, 1630. How his Sonate a 1, 2, 3, per...

Jean Françaix’s style, acquired early and never altered over the course of almost the entire 20th century, integrates the influence of early jazz, popular Parisian elements,...

Gaspard Fritz (1716–1783) studied the violin with Giovanni Battista Somis and therefore stood at one remove from Arcangelo Corelli himself, as did his more famous fellow...

My first exposure to one of Funck’s works for a bass viol da gamba consort was on an old Radio Nederland transcription LP back in the...

Michelagnolo Galilei (1575–1631) studied the lute with his father, Vincenzo, and spent much of his active professional life in service at the Munich court of Maximilian...

There is nothing to hear on this otherwise compelling release to support the often quoted suggestion that Ge Gan-ru is “China’s first avant-garde composer.” Perhaps it...

The quatercentenary of Don Carlo Gesualdo (1566–1613) closes with duplicate offerings of his last great book of sacred music (the last because there were two books...

Preliminary to reviewing a new recording of a work, especially one with which I’m not overly familiar, I check the Fanfare Archive to discover how many...

In the liner notes of this release, conductor JoAnn Falletta says that she had never conducted this Glière Symphony “but had always dreamed of doing so,...

This is one of those works that turns me into a raving (in several senses of the word) lunatic, and I was more than pleased when...

At the end of my feature article on the making of this recording (“It Starts from Nowhere,” Fanfare 37:3), I confidently predicted that, when it came...

This new boxed compilation from Arthaus Musik combines three previous releases of Gluck operas dating between 1991 and 2006. The stage production for Alceste was actually...

This is a new boxed set repackaging three previously single discs issued by Naxos between 1994 (Symphony No. 3) and 2011 (the concertos and Dances). All,...

Several years ago I mentioned in a review that the cantatas of Christoph Graupner, a well-regarded contemporary of Bach and Telemann, were a vast and largely...

This is American guitarist Peter Fletcher’s third CD for Centaur of piano music that he himself has arranged for guitar. (The first two discs were devoted...

A multiple prize-winner at 13 in 2010, Callum Smart isn’t more than four years older now. But he recorded Grieg’s Second Violin Sonata, Chausson’s Poème

The first thing that strikes the ear with this CD is the dark, viola-like timbre of Roussev’s violin. No shrinking violet, he, but a player of...