Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 6

These are the performer’s own transcriptions of Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, with the exception of K 209, which he plays in Manuel Barrueco’s transcription, and K...

The continuing popularity of Schnittke’s music is fuelled as much by the enthusiasm of performers as by that of audiences. That’s especially true of the Choir...

Max Deutsch (1892–1982), the Austrian-French composer and conductor, was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg who wrote the “film symphony” Der Schatz for the silent film of...

This 1986 Gurrelieder was formerly released by Musical Heritage Society and Berlin Classics, the latter version being reviewed by James H. North in these pages (...

Cuarteto Quiroga (you have to go to the final page of the booklet to find the names of its members: Aitor Hevia and Cibrán Siera, violins;...

From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, composers the world over grappled with the 12-tone system instigated by Arnold Schoenberg. All thinking musicians were forced to take...

What an offhanded approach to album design this is. If just the front cover of this album peeked out at you from a record shop bin...

Heinz Holliger’s second recording of the 1943 string orchestra version of Arnold Schoenberg’s 1917 Verklärte Nacht (originally for string sextet) is one of the most beautiful...

As one who has admired much of Schreker’s music in the past, I was so looking forward to this recording that the dismal quality of the...

This 1978 recording of Schubert’s finest opera, sans libretto, is a revelation and godsend to those who love this composer’s music but don’t have or have...

This is a fascinating release. While the Osborne is intended as complementary to the Schubert, one can see how the contemporary element might dissuade potential purchasers....

This Schubert Mass comes from the same Acousence collection of “Living Concert Series” recordings that brought us Hans Rott’s Symphony in E Major with the Mainz...

Volume 1 of this unfolding Schubert quartet cycle by the Diogenes Quartet earned a strong endorsement from me in 36:6. In fact, I was so impressed...

A prominent singer of the past said there are two things to avoid in music: mezzo-forte, and moderato . If this is the case, we must...

Sometimes the legacy of a transformative artist surpasses that artist’s actual accomplishments. When Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau first emerged as a world-class singer, in the late 1940s, Germany...

There was a convention among music critics, not used much these days, to refer to pianists as “naturals” for a given composer. Schnabel/Beethoven, Rubinstein/Chopin, Gieseking/Debussy, and...

On the CD’s cover, the pashmina’d pianist gazes downward in seeming reverie. “Blessed with an exceptional sensitivity, she offers very personal and moving interpretations,” gushes her...

This a generally well-played recital, the enjoyment of which is severely curtailed by misjudgments of sound engineering. Overly close microphone placement or overly high input levels...

I can explain the odd entry above by pointing out that, when this Symphony was discovered several years after Schubert’s death, it was thought to be...

Davidsbündlertänze represents the high point of inspiration among Schumann’s sets of short piano pieces, as Dichterliebe does among his song cycles. The wit, variety, technical innovation,...

This robust, energetic recording of the three Schumann sonatas follows the duo’s recording of Mozart sonatas, a recording that was honored both by Gramophone and by...

Sad to say, this may be the final recording released by the Colorado-based Bowed Piano Ensemble, as Stephen Scott, its founder, director, and in-house composer, will...

For all that the liner notes to this release point out (correctly) how much of John Sheppard’s output remains neglected, a good deal of this release...

With this fourth volume, the Pacifica Quartet brings its survey of Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets to a close. As with the each of the earlier two-disc...

Here, at last, is the final volume of the Pacifica Quartet’s Shostakovich cycle, and, in a word, the performances are superlative. Of course, that’s hardly unexpected....

This fourth two-CD set brings The Soviet Experience to a triumphant close, if one can speak of “triumph” in connection with works as dark as these....

The Atlanta Symphony follows up its highly successful Rachmaninoff CD ( Fanfare 35:4) with a very impressive recording of Sibelius’s late trilogy. There’s no indication here...

A number of composers writing today are immensely capable orchestrators, very much at home with symphonic forces, with a myriad of unique instrumental colors at their...

Gregg Smith (b. 1931) is best known as the conductor of the eponymous Gregg Smith Singers. Founded in 1995, and one of the most important ensembles...

This is the world premiere recording of Vicent Martín i Soler’s 1787 opera L’armore di Diana, written to a libretto by none other than Lorenzo da...

A previous disc from Toccata Classics explored Philip Spratley’s music for strings and was reviewed by Paul Ingram in Fanfare 33:2. Here is volume two, this...

It’s not unusual for composers to think very highly of themselves, but Karlheinz Stockhausen seems to have turned ego into a whole new art form. As...

Crank up the volume and shut your eyes: especially on the surround tracks, you’ll get as close to the experience of hearing a live orchestra as...

Since DVD versions of Die Frau ohne Schatten are still scarce—this is only the fourth to appear—and the ones previously available are all substantially flawed either...

James H. North reviewed a prior release of this production in 29:3. Our mutual positive assessments do not differ greatly, but there are a few points...

This famous production of The Rake’s Progress has been in and out of the catalog repeatedly. It’s good to see it back. David Hockney’s clever stage...

The music of Agnieszka Stulgińska is decidedly different—not only from any other Polish music you’ve ever heard, but even from many other outstanding modern women composers...

One would be excused, upon hearing the opening bars of the Overture, in anticipating a couple of hours of Gilbertian wit as set by the doyen...

Everybody who enjoys Gilbert and Sullivan has their favorites, and consequently, those operas in the pantheon they prefer less. The Gondoliers , a hit ever since...

I’ve read so much praise for the Ohio Light Opera Company’s Gilbert & Sullivan recordings that I just couldn’t resist wanting to review this version of...

This is the first concerto recording for young Natasha Paremski, born in Russia in 1988 and raised in the U.S. It’s an impressive debut, showcasing an...

It should be no surprise that a work with such an over-sized musical personality as the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 would overshadow the more modest...

This classic 1955 Melodiya recording has been reissued a good many times on CD, twice by Melodiya itself, twice on the Opera d’Oro label, and by...

I understand that this Covent Garden production of Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera, staged by Kasper Holten, received some heavy criticism in the British press, although this...

The Third and last of Tchaikovsky’s numbered quartets lacks the immediate appeal of the first one, the mellifluous D-Major, op. 11, but is a more complex...

In his capacity as chef d’orchestre for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes , Pierre Monteux presided over the premieres of Petrouchka, Le sacre du printemps, Daphnis et Chloé...

With this release, Dmitri Kitaenko completes his Tchaikovsky symphony survey with Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra, finally nudging me to get off the fence I’ve been straddling between...

It is hard to resist Tchaikovsky, when he is conducted as idiomatically as this. Not that one should … but recorded Fifth Symphonies are ubiquitous and...