Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

In the century since his death by blood poisoning in 1915, Scriabin has remained an enigmatic figure in the history of music. He has been sanctified...

The plot of Rodion Shchedrin’s comic opera The Left-Hander has much to do with Imperial one-upmanship but, alas, nothing to do with baseball, which might have...

On Ondine, violinist Benjamin Schmid and pianist Lisa Smirnova present a recital assembled from arrangements of works written in the 20th century by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and...

The Lemminkäinen Suite , like Sibelius’s Kullervo , is a remarkable exercise in a developing style. I don’t know if there is a piece of music...

These are the contents of two LPs Malcolm Sargent made for HMV in 1956 and 1958; Sargent and the BBC Symphony also recorded the Second Symphony...

I’ve lost the precise count, but the number of recordings of Sibelius’s Second Symphony that I’ve listened to over the 10 years I’ve been writing for...

It wasn’t so long ago that orchestras and conductors were afraid to bore us, this recording reminds me. There has been a studious slowing of tempo...

The Kreutzer Quartet consists of Peter Sheppard Skærved and Mihailo Trandafilovski, violins; Morgan Goff, viola; and Neil Heyde, cello. The group is famous for its work...

Albanian-born Thomas Simaku undertook his undergraduate studies at the Tirana Conservatory and then moved to England, where he has resided since. He received his D.M. in...

Those with an eagle eye for these things may have noticed the slightly earlier Naxos catalog number. This disc was released in 2006 and previously reviewed...

Thomas Sleeper has written these eight operas, which range in length from 21 minutes to under a minute, as a cycle which he titles Einstein’s Inconsistency...

This trove of solo piano music from the Czech master Bedřich Smetana comes from the earliest phase of his career, when he was the family music...

Here is a tremendously interesting recording, a series of jazz-classical fusion pieces written by the world-renowned French pianist Martial Solal and played by Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua. The...

In the affectionate and illuminating notes that introduce this altogether startling album, Martin Anderson writes: “Don’t blame yourself if you don’t recognize the name Leif Solberg:...

This appears to be Naxos’s latest release in its ongoing Stanford survey, and it’s the flip side, if you will, of the previous disc with the...

Composer Agostino Steffani (1653–1728) is one of the many whose music has been revived in recent years by Cecilia Bartoli, in this case in her 2010...

Maximilian Steinberg (1883–1946) is an unusual figure in modern Russian Orthodox church music. Born Jewish in Vilnius, he studied in St. Petersburg under Rimsky-Korsakov and married...

I would guess that Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn is as unfamiliar to most Fanfare readers as he is to me, so I will introduce him briefly as an...

On his debut disc for Navona, we are offered a retrospective of composer and teacher Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn’s music, all very well recorded and executed. To cite...

Andris Nelsons has entered the “he seems to be everywhere” phase in his career. Valery Gergiev has never come out of that orbit. Just as Yannick...

As I was a conservatory trombone student in my youth, and decades later continue to relish late Romantic large-scale repertoire above all else, you’d think I’d...

Fritz Reiner recorded two RCA stereo versions of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra in 1954 and 1962. This is the 1954 recording, released at that time...

Ariadne auf Naxos used to be rare enough that new recordings appeared one or two a decade, but it’s standard repertoire now, and in place of...

One possible uncharitable reaction to this particular CD might be “Did we really need this?” The competition is brutal and, as far as I know, the...

Mariss Jansons’s recent releases of the music of Richard Strauss can be somewhat confusing. He recorded Don Juan in 2008 conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra coupled...

Feuersnot (1901) is rough, green, awkward Richard Strauss, but with some charming waltzes. It is the not-yet-fully-formed Strauss of Der Rosenkavalier , with a few brilliant...

A program headed by two of Strauss’s most familiar works, the Four Last Songs and the once obscure but now ubiquitous Alpine Symphony, doesn’t look unusual....

In the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the 2014 Salzburg Festival mounted a grand production of the composer’s most beloved opera, Der Rosenkavalier...

Solenne Païdassi’s opulent tone in the lower registers enriches the first Sinfonia of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Baiser de la fée in its arrangement by Stravinsky and...

Originally composed in 1923–24, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments marks the composer’s return to France after sitting out most of World War I in...

Stravinsky’s rhythms are very tricky; they look straightforward enough on the page (well, other than in Le sacre ), but so many performances just don’t get...

The juxtaposition of Igor Stravinsky and Alexander Glazunov on one CD is a little puzzling. Neither composer had the warmest admiration for the other. The producer’s...

There is a rather effective maxim about program music: If you have to know the program to appreciate the piece, it is not first-rate. Those of...

Only the most arcane piano bench would have these three forgotten scores inside, but that’s the reason Paul Orgel has been playing them in recital. He...

Recorded between 2012 and 2013, this set was released only as recently as January 2015. Included in it is a majority, though not all, of Josef...

Sweelinck hasn’t lacked for champions at the harpsichord in recent years. Invariably some works have proven more popular than others; and it’s through a generous selection...

The music of the elusive Polish composer Karol Szymanowski figured in Richter’s repertoire in every phase, from the late 30s onward. This span of five decades...

Although this production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale uses the same choreographer (Christopher Wheeldon), composer, and set designer (Bob Crowley) as the successful Alice’s Adventures in...

Christopher Wheeldon has not made life easy for himself in choosing Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale as the basis of a full-length ballet. He once again demonstrates...

Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986) was a Polish composer who spent most of his career in France and, to a certain extent, is marginalized nowadays. I ran across...

Iolanta tells a version of Cinderella in which the heroine’s plight isn’t wicked stepsisters but blindness. She’s been raised without knowledge of her affliction but wonders...

Back in the 1970s, the UK issued a set of stamps honoring four celebrated British conductors—John Barbirolli, Thomas Beecham, Henry Wood, and Malcolm Sargent. Adrian Boult,...

Nikolai Semenovich Golovanov (1891–1953) was a major Russian conductor of the first half of the 20th century. He headed the orchestra he conducts on this recording...

The Scottish Ensemble, based in Glasgow, bills itself as “the UK’s only professional string ensemble,” and despite the youthful faces seen in a group photo, it...

This CD focuses on a tale of musical larceny. Ever since I was a teen, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations has been one of my favorite pieces. I...

The acclaimed Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has devised ingenious ways to fill out the instrument’s repertoire on his many albums. This new one plays around with...

Georg Philipp Telemann was by any stretch of the imagination a prolific composer of concertos for a wide assortment of instruments, in many cases even exceeding...

Telemann’s 12 Fantasies for solo flute, one in a series of three sets of fantasias he composed for unaccompanied instruments (the other two being written for...

Unlike a number of recent retreads to come from Hänssler’s back catalog, this is a newly minted release from the WDR’s 2014 Cologne broadcasts, and it...

Ah me, more Telemann! And part of the vast number of chamber works, at that, here focusing upon the viola da gamba, an instrument that he,...

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