Issue 38:1
Sept/Oct 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

This is not Ingrid Fliter’s debut album, but it does appear to be her Fanfare debut, for I find no prior entries for her in the...

In recent years, there has been a trend among recording companies to send attractive, highly publicized young pianists into the studio to record Chopin’s concertos. In...

These are famous performances, of course. Truthfully, the Tonhalle Orchestra under Ackerman sounds rather soporific in the orchestral exposition of the concerto, so perhaps it is...

EMI originally issued a Piano Concerto No. 1 with Lipatti that was published in the U.S. as one of the early releases on its budget Seraphim...

To my inexpressible delight, it appears that Louis Lortie and Chandos have decided to step up the pace of their projected complete Chopin edition. Volume 1...

Following what seems a trend, if not a fad, this disc has a subtitle: Researching Chopin . Pianist Asheim’s researches have taken him, or caused him,...

If one knows the name Francesco Cilea, it is undoubtedly because of his operas, particularly Adriana Lecouvreur and L’Arlesiana (the latter mostly known only for one...

This disc is titled 1919 Viola Sonatas . It was a great vintage; these are three of the loveliest pieces written for the instrument. Rebecca Clarke’s...

With many of the famous opera singers of the pre-recording era, all we can really go by are the written descriptions of their voices and personalities,...

Recently in 37:3 I gave a mixed review to a CD of works by Carson Cooman, with one comment in that review leading to an opposing...

Myron Sandler’s and Lowndes Maury’s recital of three 20th-century American violin sonatas comes from an LP, Crystal S6331, issued in 1970. The recorded sound has held...

Corelli was a violinist, composer, and symbol. As a violinist, he was considered one of the finest in Europe. As a composer, astute musicians recognized his...

As I have done before, I include Fanfare ’s icon for included text in the headnote, but add here the caveat that the texts and translations...

This is Vol. 4 of the complete Lieder of Peter Cornelius (1824–1874), a composer perhaps best known for his comic opera The Barber of Baghdad.

This was my first exposure to the music of Jane Antonia Cornish, and I must admit, I was more than impressed—I was overwhelmed. This young woman...

The texts of this beautiful piece, from the Therigatha , are contemporaneous with the lifetime of the Buddha. All were written by women who had renounced...

This program is a collection of keyboard works from Louis Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin , as published by the composer himself in 1751. (The collection also...

The extravagantly gifted pianist and composer Eugen d’Albert had one of those improbably full, cosmopolitan lives spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. Born to a family...

This is a re-release of two albums whose contents were recorded by Radio France in 1987, and subsequently issued. Little is available of Jean-François Dandrieu outside...

Richard Danielpour is one of those few—very few—living composers who have a voice so distinctive that his music is usually instantly recognizable upon first hearing. It...

If one were to conjure up some of the most underappreciated and neglected composers of the 20th century, Johann Nepomuk David (1895–1977) would have to be...

Johann Nepomuk David (1895—1977) is one of those obscure composers that CPO seems to unearth with surprising regularity. Known during his lifetime as a pianist and...

Johann Nepomuk David (1895–1977) was one of those musical figures whose lives are an earnest dedication to German High Art. As a pedagogue, his longest tenure...

The music of Anthony Davis, so say the liner notes, “displays the musical cosmopolitan’s suspicion of master narratives of genre that channel and police not only...

Michael Lewin’s bio is certainly impressive, and bodes well for this recital. He is a Juilliard graduate, and was a student of Leon Fleisher, unquestionably one...

This disc would have to be very special given its 43-minute duration, and it really is not, except perhaps for an interesting mix of repertoire. Kim...

This program, entitled Belle Époque , combines a well-known masterwork (Debussy’s Quartet), with a much less familiar quartet by a major composer (Milhaud), and a rare...

Here is something unusual and quirky, but fun: a production of Delibes’s classic ballet (one of the few really humorous ballets of the 19th century) updated...

This attractive collection includes some of Frederick Delius’s most evocative nature painting in music, inspired or informed by his long love affair with the Norwegian people,...

This recording documents a unique event in the history of the Russian avant-garde, the only time during the Soviet era that the music of Denisov, Gubaidulina,...

From the beginning, I was doubtful about this project, in which classical guitarist David Chevallier essentially rewrites Dowland. But he has done this kind of thing...

I asked to review this CD because it looked interesting: Dowland performed by a singer with saxophone, guitar, and Baroque cello. I suppose I expected something...

This is a curious choice for a new album by Paul O’Dette for Harmonia Mundi. Not because there’s anything unusual about recording more Dowland, whose status...

The Zemlinsky String Quartet is making its steady way through Dvořák’s complete works for quartet, taking care to present balanced programs as it goes. Reviews have...

For me, Willem the Wayward has been an acquired taste. One accepts that older generations of conductors were a law unto themselves. (In their heart of...

If you’ve not previously heard of the Sitkovetsky Trio, it’s because this is the ensemble’s recording debut. Formed in 2007 by three young musicians who met...

Every now and then a new recording of an old and over-recorded warhorse comes along to revive one’s long-dead desire to hear yet another performance of...

Back in the 19th century, music therapy was important in a number of what were then called “lunatic asylums.” Gottschalk used to play, with great enthusiasm,...

This recording is the fifth in a projected series of seven discs surveying the entirety of Estonian composer Heino Eller’s prolific output of works for solo...

Ferenc Erkel’s operas Bank Bán and Hunyadi Laszlo have a certain high reputation in the West, even among those who have never heard them. King Stephen,...

What a delightful operetta this is! Bouncy, tuneful, witty, and extremely well written (as coincidence would have it, I followed Weinberger’s awful Schwanda the Bagpiper

The popular works of de Falla revolve on a small merry-go-round, bringing back El amor brujo and The Three-Cornered Hat over and over. They appear here...

I reviewed Volume One of this Farwell series in Fanfare 36:5, where I gave background details for this composer and concluded with the statement that the...

In my recent review of Brilliant Classics’ The Mussorgsky Edition in 37:5, I characterized virtually all the contents of the set as second choices for the...

From the Artist Diploma Program at San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, we have here the promising recorded debut of yet another very...

This set is titled Music for Cello , and as such, Marco Simonacci participates in every selection. Its other title, however, is Patterns in a Chromatic...

The music of Richard Festinger (b. 1948) is very unusual, more a product of feeling and mood than of imposing structures. Diary of a Journey

Composer Karl Fiorini was born on the island of Malta in 1979. He studied at the University of Malta as well as at the Guildhall School...