Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

Jascha Heifetz left an indelible imprint on Korngold’s cinematic Violin Concerto, and his charisma and electricity set a standard that nobody has been able to challenge...

This latest not-to-be-missed Horenstein collection from Pristine Audio features the conductor in music by his “friends and contemporaries,” though his connection with Erich Wolfgang Korngold was...

Franz Krommer (1759–1831), as he’s known by his Germanized named today, was born František Kramář in Kamenice, a small town in the Vysočina Region of what...

There are sufficient entries on Friedrich Kuhlau (1786–1832) in the Fanfare Archive that we needn’t tarry long on his life’s story. In brief, he was born...

August Kühnel (1645–c. 1700) was by all accounts one of the most celebrated bass viol performers during that instrument’s international heyday. He easily secured a number...

After the death of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the musical dictator at the court of Louis XIV, succession was a matter of some political intrigue. Without going into...

While recordings of Delalande’s Symphonies for the King’s Suppers aren’t common, one or more have usually been in print over the last several decades. And to...

Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657–1726, with spelling variations of his name) was one of those professional composers at the court of Louis XIV who achieved a reputation...

Initially upon seeing this CD, I wasn’t sure that I would much cotton to an entire disc of contemporary harp music by a single composer. It’s...

If you look in the Fanfare Archive, you will see listings for composer León, but virtually all of them are for the excellent Cuban-American Tania León...

The choice of the accomplished bass-baritone Gerald Finley to perform the third volume of Liszt’s complete songs (in a series which has also included tenor Matthew...

The season for Olympic Games in the field of piano virtuosos is a year-round affair. Thanks to recording technology the proliferation of players is endless, and...

Richter’s Liszt is self-recommending, but the same isn’t true of the recorded sound he was given. The pianist’s discography is replete with live recitals captured in...

When I saw in the program notes that Moscow-born pianist Philipp Kopachevsky is participating in a project called Stars of the 21st Century , I could...

This young Beijing native (born in 1990) began his career, like most of his musical compatriots, as a prodigy, proceeding through a rigorous series of institutional...

This London-based label, dedicated to unearthing hitherto obscure music, never fails to fascinate, and occasionally offers true revelations. The piano works of Carl Lowe, a German...

Toccata’s compilation of music written for violin and piano (or arranged for that combination) by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko opens with a performance of his...

When I think of Scottish music, what comes to mind are Highland flings, drones, bagpipes, and Auld Lang Syne . As it turns out, the contemporary...

This is as fine a Mahler Second as I’ve ever heard. First and foremost, it is the best played performance I know of. In case you...

This is the second installment out of five in Paavo Järvi’s complete Mahler cycle on Blu-ray discs. The first volume, with symphonies Nos. 1 and 2,...

The Mahler Fourth Symphony feels in some respects like an addendum to the Third. Where that epic score gave us a whole world derived from his...

This is a remarkable Mahler Fourth. It is seamless, glowing and spectral in ways you wouldn’t normally anticipate. It sounds like a cross between Parsifal

This installment in Paavo Järvi’s live Mahler cycle on Blu-ray and DVD comes from the Rheingau Festival, which moves between three locations. Here, however, both readings...

This CD represents something a bit unusual in Mahler: a lush performance without much angst or hysteria. I’m half tempted to say Eugene Ormandy might have...

This orchestra is not up to the standard needed for a Mahler symphony recording: Strings sound dry and thin. There are some fine wind solos, including...

The word “classic” is sometimes applied to a recording carelessly, but not in this case. This performance has been praised almost universally by reviewers since it...

Half a century after “glorious John” Barbirolli began to enjoy international acclaim as a Mahler interpreter, it’s still comparatively rare for English conductors to follow in...

In the liner notes for this release, the composer is quoted denigrating all of the works on this disc except for Grottesco. He called Armenia

Twenty years ago, I think it fair to say that if most lovers of classical music knew Simon Mayr at all, it was as the composer...

Missy Mazzoli’s own description of this work is “a distorted wild, blasphemous take on the traditional Vespers prayer service, in which fragments of poems by Matthew...

It seems like the beginning of the plot for a very bad Broadway musical. Impoverished sexton Domenico Melani of Pistoia trains his seven sons in music...

Mendelssohn’s piano music is much more extensive than a passing acquaintance with the Songs without Words would suggest, but it’s like a river that gets wider...

I was enthusiastic about the Gardiner Mendelssohn Third that LSO Live released a few months back—and the Ruy Blas that launches this new disc gave me...

It’s difficult knowing what is fair to say about Mendelssohn performances as accomplished as these, and yet so unpleasantly brusque to listen to. The London Symphony...

Anyone interested in chamber music needs to know the playing of the Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud trio. Star soloists of their time, they had...

This fascinating disc of choral music by Olivier Messiaen includes works that fit together stylistically and are seldom recorded. The first of the Trois petites liturgies...

A delightful recital of songs in three languages, songs which also delighted our great-great grandparents in recitals by Lind, Patti, and other major 19th-century artists, but...

Mayumi Fujikawa’s readings of Mozart’s works for violin and orchestra comprise the five canonical violin concertos, the three stray movements (two rondos and an Adagio

As the second installment in Sony’s series of Mozart operas (the three with librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte plus Die Zauberflöte being planned), with Don Giovanni...

Muti’s operatic recordings and live performances often walk the tightrope between those that take sensible risks and pull them off and those that fly out of...

There are a host of brilliant Mozart opera recordings dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Brilliant sonically are the studio performances on London LP...

Discs devoted to arias by Mozart are not uncommon, of course. This, however, is the first I’ve encountered to be devoted to arias he wrote for...

I find it remarkably instructive to follow a historically informed performance of just about anything with a performance from the supposedly “ignorant” days when conductors, orchestras,...

Tristan Murail, who was born in 1947, was a pupil of Olivier Messiaen, and he can be heard on at least two different recordings of that...

Spectral music is a development of the 1970s, grown out of the work of several French musicians who founded the Paris-based contemporary music ensemble Ensemble l’Itinéraire....

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