Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 4

T his disc, entitled Voices in the Wilderness, features the music of Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek, both of whom fled Nazi persecution in 1938. The...

Cuban composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s orchestral music is replete with shifting masses of sound, often layered, just as often presented serially, and even more often repeated....

It is hard to believe that this famous work has not been reviewed here since the recording by Joel Cohen, made in 1989 ( Fanfare

This is a well-considered program of three important works from the contemporary repertory of music for violin and piano. The oldest is Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Conversio

These bonbons afford immediate ecstasy and a cloying aftertaste. Those who care for Godowsky—or for Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, et al., in Godowsky’s endlessly resourceful transcriptions—will want...

This CD is a lesson in the pleasures and perils of imitation ... and a glimpse into the harmonic black hole of mid-19th-century French symphonic music....

So virtually synonymous are the names of some composers with certain works they wrote that the rest of their output tends to be marginalized. Say Bizet...

Once upon a time, a long time ago, the musical world was focused upon the luminous stars of the major figures of music history, and for...

Maurice Greene (1696–1755) is now very obscure. As a colleague of Handel and Master of the King’s Musick he is an unacknowledged ghost in early Georgian...

Friends fall out for a variety of reasons, some good, some bad. In this case, the object of Handel’s sudden and great displeasure was Maurice Greene,...

Calling all Holberg lovers! Here is a true bonanza for people who cannot get enough of Grieg’s famous suite. This disc presents it in three forms:...

For the fourth (and next-to-last) installment of its stunning series of the complete symphonic works of Edvard Grieg, Audite made the canny decision to combine the...

This boxed set combines the four volumes of Halvorsen’s orchestral music that Chandos recorded with Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic. James Altena reviewed the first...

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet seems to have become pianist-of-the-moment, with discs ranging from Haydn to Prokofiev. He plays a gorgeous modern piano, a Yamaha CF series concert grand,...

This watermark reissue collects all the Haydn recordings made by the Schneider Quartet for the Haydn Society of Boston in the early 1950s. For most of...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...

Haydn achieved a spectacular success with the premiere of The Creation in 1798. In Vienna alone, 40 performances were given in the next 12 years. (“Never...

I’m glad I wrote the following review before I looked up Denis Kozhukhin on the Internet (the CD booklet has no biography). Born in Nizhny Novgorod...

This is CPO’s Complete Wind Concertos Vol. 2 of Michael Haydn. James H. North had the burden of reviewing the preceding volume in 37:6; I had...

Johann Wilhelm Hertel, like the Bachs, grew up in a musical family, and moreover he shared the same birthplace, Eisenach, as Johann Sebastian Bach. It is...

The year 2014 was a good one for admirers of János Starker. First, Warner Classics issued a 10-CD box devoted to the cellist, collecting his recordings...

Primarily known to history as a prominent Viennese music publisher who issued works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, Franz Anton Hoffmeister was also a prolific composer,...

First known in this country for his contributions to the Hoffnung Music Festivals—including the work that many Hoffnungians rank with Franz Reizenstein’s Concerto Popolare as the...

This is the second volume of orchestral works by the contemporary composer Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955) to appear in Naxos’s fascinating series showcasing 20th- and 21st-century...

For reasons that remain difficult to fathom, Herbert Howells is not yet universally regarded as what he so clearly was: one of the 20th-century’s greatest composers...

The Stabat Mater of Herbert Howells has a very special place in my heart, for it was my introduction to the composer and his music 20...

Take a close look at the cover of this disc, and you will see that neither Beethoven nor Johann Nepomuk Hummel has anything to do with...

Hummel must have made a polite Faustian bargain, not for his soul but for his reputation. He was born at the right time, 1778, to live...

How many piano trios did Hummel write? It’s not a trick question. I ask it because this is advertised as Volume 1 of the composer’s piano...

When did Hänsel und Gretel turn perverse? You can stumble unwittingly into productions where the two children are traumatized victims of child abuse. In this video...

For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

The five most famous Czech string quartets after Dvořák, performed by non-Czech players. Surely not releases worthy of over-much attention. Or, is some attention warranted? Readers...

Janáček seems to be an anomaly among composers in that much of his best music came late in life, and these works—composed between 1922 and 1926,...

A great conductor must possess “the gift of fire.” So suggested Charles Munch 50-odd years ago. I think he would have been more than pleased to...

If Samuel Johnson were to be resurrected this Sunday, it’s unlikely that he’d last until Monday. He’d almost certainly succumb to the shock of discovering that...

Most of German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s rather large output was written for keyboard instruments, including many fine works for organ and the harmonium, of which he...

Ninety-eight wasted minutes. It is difficult to fathom the idea behind this misshapen work offered by the Norwegian National Ballet. A first act shows an artist...

Broadway shows, especially musicals, are ephemeral, here today and gone tomorrow, or, as with Roberta , here long ago and gone long ago (1933–34). Some leave...

For the record, I am one of the few critics who approves of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto. It has all the excitement a virtuoso concerto needs,...

John (Kohn) Kinsella, born in 1932, is one of Ireland’s most distinguished composers, though his name is not as well known on this side of the...

Over a long life, Kodály assumed many roles: professor, administrator, choral teacher, writer, and composer. He was a propagandist, above all; not of politics or religion,...

While in terms of his orchestral output, Zoltán Kodály seems increasingly like a composer for whom the lightning stuck only three times, here are those other...

This wonderful set includes Kodály’s own recorded performances of some of his best music, including the stupendous Psalmus Hungaricus which both the composer and many of...

Choral music was Kodály’s forte. When we listen to his orchestral music or his string quartets, we often think: second-rate Bartók. But his choruses burst with...

Reviewing a Gramola release of Mozart string quartets elsewhere in this issue, I complained of the short playing time and pricey price. The label makes up...

This is a rare addition to the slim discography of Korngold’s magical, mystical opera. One would think that an ancient Die tote Stadt would be resurrected...

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