Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 4

I’ve noticed a trend lately wherein the recording industry issues a disc as, say, “cantatas” by a specific composer, but then includes odds and ends of...

This is an oddball production on many counts: Its wrap-around cardboard sleeve encloses only about 85 percent of the package. It takes a while even to...

Haydn’s three surviving violin concertos have become common disc mates, including on a recent Naxos CD by Augustin Hadelich with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Helmut...

Because the selection of cable channels was limited in the 18th century, people pursued other diversions, including the widespread habit of reading poetry. At the time...

Philippe Herreweghe’s period forces (he founded both the orchestra and the chorus) are about the same size as those of René Jacobs in his winning presentation...

The Auryn Quartet’s now complete survey of Haydn’s string quartets has been previously reviewed here piecemeal by three or four other Fanfare contributors. James North covered...

I imagine other listeners will have had my experience with Haydn’s piano sonatas. I first heard one in Glenn Gould’s driven youthful performance of the Sonata...

Gilbert Kalish is a well-respected pianist with a career that has spanned over half a century. His latest recording, though, is so beset by missteps in...

The Oberon Trio applies the overall title of Passacaglia to this release, although the only piece on the program that actually bears that title and employs...

Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727–1789) served the noble house of Mecklenburg-Schwerin for over 30 years, and one of the results was this “passion cantata,” the title of...

If you search the Fanfare Archive you will find a fairly wide divergence of opinion about the music of Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843–1900). Colin Fleming was...

Hindemith wrote his ballet score Nobilissima Visione in 1937 at the behest of Leonid Massine, who at that time was still the star dancer of the...

This recording needs to have a “FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING” sticker plastered on it in capital letters. Proclaiming “First recording of complete ballet” on its front cover, it...

Vague questions about Nobilissima Visione rattled around in the dark corners of my mind for decades: Although the Hindemith/Massine ballet was performed in London in 1938...

As is usually the case when op. 11/4 is on a CD, it begins the disc. Its gorgeous opening melody is played slowly and softly by...

Here are three solo works, two of them called “concerto,” by one of Japan’s foremost living composers (b. 1955). Each lasts about 20 minutes, is in...

Here’s an exhilarating anthology of virtually unknown music by three little-known English composers. Apart from the redoubtable Dame Ethel Smyth, few female British composers of the...

I’ve always loved the music of Jacques Ibert, particularly his music for chamber ensembles, so this disc was waiting for me to review it. What can...

In 1950, I bought an LP just because its cover was so beautiful. The logic must have been perfect, as the recording turned out to be...

This program begins with an interesting idea. For a concert in 2013 on which they were to perform Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols , the women’s...

Even among the most hardcore fans of 20th-century British music, the name Maurice Jacobson isn’t likely to ring many bells. Born in London in 1896, he...

There are many ballets and operas that one is pleased to have encountered at least once in a lifetime, and then there are those one regrets...

Mauricio Kagel (1931–2008) is a difficult composer to categorize. Born in Argentina into a family with strong leftist political views, he became interested in music at...

Fiddlesticks! Just when I’d whittled down my Want List to the final five selections, here comes this late arrival to reopen a closed case. CPO, the...

Robert Kahn (1865–1951) was one of many composers whose mid-19th-century Romantic style remained the same up through the mid-20th. Much of his chamber music remains unknown...

The growing body of recordings of Kapustin’s music now includes this lively and refreshing disc by Trio Arbós, whom I had the pleasure of reviewing in...

Stefan Kisielewski (1911–1991) studied at the Warsaw Conservatory during the period in which Szymanowski was vice-chancellor (so say the notes), but his favorite composer was Prokofiev....

Stefan Kisielewski (1911–1991) was a Polish composer and writer. Learning the piano at a young age had quite the impact on the budding musician; the instrument,...

In a 27:4 feature article, titled “Musica Sveciae: Romance in the Land of the Midnight Sun,” I called attention to a large and largely unknown Romantic...

The 20th-century Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson’s reputation rests on a series of pastoral tone poems and suites of incidental music; many film scores; 12 concertinos, each...

From the notes: “Lars-Erik Larsson was the most successful Swedish composer in the second generation of classical modernism. The other leading figures of his generation were...

This is labeled Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 , so it seems that CPO is anticipating issuing a comprehensive review of Lars-Erik Larsson’s (1908–1986) music. The First...

The folks at CPO take the long view, resulting in multiple-CD projects one disc at a time. Eventually these are gathered into boxed sets. Symphonies by...

This series is not so much a musical biography as a sampling of music composed during five discrete periods in the life of Orlandus Lassus (c....

The first volume in Musique en Wallonie’s five-disc series, intended to follow the career of Lassus, was reviewed in 2012 by J. F. Weber (MEW 1158;...

An aura of fantasy and a programmatic sensibility informs much of this music. These qualities are at the very surface of the material in the five...

If you have had the unique and gratifying experience of hearing Ute Lemper perform Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins , or sing similar music, you will...

I have only been familiar with this 1934 Met Pagliacci on a dismal Walhall transfer (Richard Caniell of Immortal Performances explains just why it is so...

This recording comes as an intersection between two composers (who both teach at Duke University) and performers with whom they have collaborated over a series of...

This CD contains some of the most exciting, indeed electrifying, Liszt playing I’ve personally experienced. Widely read critic Bryce Morrison said of Muller’s Chopin Recital

Fair warning. My nerves are shattered, and yours will be too, after you expose yourself to Richter’s Liszt at its most incendiary. This famous B-Minor Sonata...

Gabriel Tchalik plays all of Pietro Locatelli’s 24 Caprices, each intended to grace a fast movement from the composer’s violin concertos, op. 3, L’arte del violino...

Back in my active collecting days, I’d encountered the music of Dan Locklair only a couple times, there being a recital of his music on the...

After the colorful fecundity of Fernando Lopes-Graça’s two piano concertos ( Fanfare 37:2) I was surprised by his austere music for violin and piano (

The music of the Portuguese composer Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906–1994) has been turning up a lot on disc lately. Orchestral works, including his symphony, were issued by...

By the time this recording of Lortzing’s light-opera masterpiece was made, between 1980 and 1982, the work was on the wane. There are five versions in...

Jacques Loussier, the world-famous instigator of the “Play Bach” trio, here presents two of his extended works, violin concertos composed in 1987–88 and 2006 respectively. They...