Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

Unlike John Cage’s later works, in which the methods of composition assured indeterminate results, the Sonatas and Interludes (1946–48) are completely, conventionally notated, so that differences...

This CD, titled Great Wonder: Well-Tuned Words, features soprano Sidebottom and lutenist Ryding in a nice program of English lute songs. Those familiar with the material...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...

I have not heard Amanda Sidebottom before, but I was convinced virtually from her opening notes that she is a distinguished singer. Her rendering of the...

A somewhat funny anecdote about this disc, the third Anima e Corpo release, comes from the liner notes. Trying to decide on the repertoire for a...

Lully’s royal privilege gave him unparalleled control of music in France, and he used it with an especially heavy hand against composers who might challenge him...

Zlata Chochieva is a young, Moscow-born pianist who has been making the rounds of international competitions. She studied with Mikhail Pletnev, among others. Like most young...

It’s rare for a composer, even among the greatest, to invent a new musical form and go on to master it absolutely. Liszt invented the tone...

Despite its one big “hit” tenor aria, “È la solita storia,” Francesco Cilea’s L’Arlesiana has never gained more than the most marginal toehold in the active...

The list of tuba concertos is a short one. Besides the Vaughan Williams, which may be the only one that comes to mind for a majority...

Michael Daugherty’s Tuba Concerto Reflections on the Mississippi is pure and simple, a cracker-jack. In the past, I have not always responded well to Daugherty’s personalized...

One of the most acclaimed and frequently commissioned contemporary composers, Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) is known for brash, colorful music often influenced by and reflecting such...

Ferdinand David may be best known for his Hohe Schule des Violinspiels —and for his collaboration with Felix Mendelssohn on the violin part of Mendelssohn’s Concerto...

The young Italian pianist Sergio Ciomei is also a harpsichordist who sees Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, Children’s Corner , and the first book of Images as consisting...

This disc contains works by Debussy ranging from 1880, when he was only 17, to April 1917 when he finished the violin sonata. Interest thus attaches...

Astonishingly, Dohnányi’s Second Symphony was not composed until 1944, when the composer was 67 years old. Written when he was holed up in a small village...

There are two good reasons to get this CD—one practical and the other sentimental. The practical reason is that the two songs, which date from 1912,...

Ernő Dohnányi composed his Second Symphony in 1944–45; he revised it in 1957 when he was composer-in-residence at Florida State University. This is its second recording;...

Written in honor of the Bourbon Monarch, Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies, in 1823, Aristea (an opera in all but name) is an example...

A trio of Don Pasquale DVDs! This being one of my very favorite comic operas, such a trifecta holds out the promise of great delight. Of...

David Dubery, a South African-born composer (b. 1948), active mostly in England, was new to me. I was struck by the beauty of his music, and...

This is to my knowledge conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s first film score, and it is a very big one, based on the life of Simón Bolívar. Purists...

Judging from its number, SSM1001, this appears to be the first disc on the Seattle Symphony Media label. The sound is glorious, with as sweet and...

These 32 works, a mere dozen of them over 15 minutes in length, represent an extraordinarily long lifetime of composing, from 1941 to 2009. Henri Dutilleux...

After Manfred Honeck’s arrival in Pittsburgh as music director in 2008, it quickly became apparent that a happy marriage had been made. The orchestra is the...

Recently the music of Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938) has been receiving more recorded exposure, and that music is turning out to be an important discovery. You can...

Robert Erickson (1917–1997) isn’t as well known as he should be. I’ve admired his music for many years, and this release gives a particularly apt portrait...

My last encounter with Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985) was his 9/11-inspired Fourth Symphony, “In the Shadow of No Towers” (Naxos 8.573205). It shared the disc with...

Unlike the volatile Russian Anatole Fistolari or the still underappreciated Piero Gamba (who as a nine-year-old played himself in the 1946 Italian film La Grand Aurora...

If he seemed much prouder of other things, from the New Philharmonia Carmina Burana (“Still selling well after all these years, can you believe?”) to the...

Lemelin recorded the nocturnes over 1993–94 (CBC Musica Viva MVCD 1075, Fanfare 18:3) with a brilliantly impetuous sweep carrying one breathlessly past nuance and expressive riches....

As with Charles Dutoit’s highly publicized, bitterly acrimonious split with the Montreal Symphony—the bunch he single-handedly transformed into what has been called the finest French orchestra...

These recordings have been around almost for as long as there’s been dirt. They were originally recorded in Germany in 1966, released on LP in one...

Brilliant’s release dedicated to the music of Portuguese composer Armando José Fernandes begins with his four-movement violin concerto from 1948. Its sweeping orchestral introduction recalls earlier...

Back in 35:3 I reviewed a disc of 11 sacred concertos by Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652–1732) released on the Carus label. As I provided biographical and...

This is the second installment of a French cello sonatas series, performed by Julian Steckel and Paul Rivinius, two master musicians. Volume I contains the cello...

This reissue of a 1996 release offers something quite unique and worth acquiring. We are so used to hearing the canzons and sonatas of Giovanni Gabrieli...

The more entertaining stories of composers, particularly those who are lesser known, seem to revolve around the usual stereotypes, with the best being related to various...

For those who think Don Carlo Gesualdo’s sacred music is limited to the Responsoria , the first disc offers one of two earlier publications. This music...

According to the single page of notes for this release, the Miller-Porfiris Duo is committed to “expanding the repertoire for violin and viola.” They have done...

Ricky Ian Gordon has been persistently carving out one of the most personal and successful bodes of work I know in American lyric theater over the...

Including this release, there are only about 15 CDs in print devoted entirely to the music of the incredibly prolific Christoph Graupner (1683–1760), of which this...

In keeping with my promise to cover more operas, as long as they meet certain criteria—that they date from the late 18th to the early 19th...

Although these are among Grieg’s most popular songs, I am not aware of any prior disc that combined these three cycles, which is a logical compilation...

On this recording principal cellist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Xiao-Dan Zheng, and assistant professor of piano at the University of North Carolina, Clara Yang,...

Josef Gung’l (1809–1889) was born in Hungary of German stock. He was one of the popular orchestra leaders and composers of his day, directing his own...

John Halle’s music is extremely well made and engaging, but what really makes it stand out is its political agenda. It’s rather rare nowadays to have...