Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 8

The conductor and pianist on this recording have been in the news recently for non-musical reasons, specifically their involvement in a petition supporting their government’s seizure...

From his name, I had always assumed that Philippe Quint was French, but he is actually a Russian-born American and a product of the Juilliard School,...

Tchaikovsky’s most famous piano score, The Seasons , is homey, the Russia equivalent of a scene out of Dickens where the family gathers by the hob,...

Evgeny Svetlanov is a conductor who elicits strong opinions: For every admirer who finds him to be the acme of no-holds-barred, roiling Russian Romanticism, there is...

This is indeed a strange, unexpected coupling of Russian symphonies—I wonder if anyone has ever programmed them together, in concert or on disc, previously. And yet,...

The Canto Ostinato phenomenon continues. I have written about this work enthusiastically and extensively in these pages, and for detailed comments, I refer readers to

Mena and the BBC Philharmonic (based in Manchester) have given us several first-rate discs of Spanish music, including important issues of Falla and Montsalvatge. This is...

Joaquin Turina (1882–1949) played second fiddle to his good friend Manuel de Falla. Their musical relationship was similar to that of Shostakovich and Weinberg: Falla dug...

In the summer of 2013 the Arena di Verona celebrated the centenary of opera performances in that venerable venue with a new production of Aida

This, one of the greatest of all Toscanini concerts, is finally presented here in outstanding quality sound. It has been floating around on various pirate issues...

You may think that you own this performance, but unless you have purchased this recent release, you don’t. What has been in circulation for a number...

I always feel a sense of dread when an opera production is promoted on the strength of a picturesque setting, rather than stellar cast or thoughtful...

This disc is subtitled “The Guitar Manuscripts: Masterpieces and Lost Works, Vol. 2.” The masterpieces allow for the inclusion of music that has been recorded before,...

Valery Popov is a fine bassoonist who has enjoyed a long and successful career both as a soloist and as the principal bassoonist in the Moscow...

With the plethora of Vivaldi either out there or being recorded, not to mention that the works on this disc have been recorded frequently before, one...

Many years ago at a conference I was able to pick up my first Vivaldi opera, L’Incoronazione di Dario , performed by the Baroque Ensemble of...

Pristine Audio’s Andrew Rose made this production from a set of acetate radio checks that were donated to him. I have found Rose’s work to be...

For the past four years, if you encountered the words “Wagner” and “The Metropolitan Opera” in the same sentence, chances were that the context was the...

This Wolfgang Wagner-designed production of Parsifal held the stage at Bayreuth from 1989 to 2001. James Levine introduced it; Giuseppe Sinopoli was in the pit from...

The premises of Immortal Performances’ “Dream Ring” are operative here. Richard Caniell, who oversees this company, has assembled a performance that did not actually exist in...

When I asked to review this disc, I did so because I thought it was entirely a vocal recital of Wagner by soprano Schwanewilms, who I...

The history of the 1937 Covent Garden Tristan with Beecham is convoluted, the principal reason being that EMI officials made a mess of their legacy. Although...

As the booklet to this release says, “one cannot depend entirely upon what the record companies committed to disc to convey the truth of much great...

This is another of Immortal Performances’ conflations. While the base for the performance is the December 18, 1937 Met broadcast of Die Walküre , in order...

Though I don’t consider myself a Walton expert, I’m well enough acquainted with the works on this disc to be able to review this recording of...

I am trying to figure out what it is about these readings that displeases me, particularly given the fact that I have enjoyed some of Gardner’s...

A musical acquaintance once told me that Philip Heseltine’s lack of musical education clearly led to a meager output. She was apparently unaware that he wrote...

While Matthias Weckmann (1616/7–1674) remains one of the lesser-known masters of the German Baroque, his life is remarkable for the multiple intersections it had with many...

The Mieczysław Weinberg (or Mieczysław Wajnberg, Moisey Weinberg, or Moisey Vainberg) saga continues with this fine release from Toccata Classics. Both of the works on this...

The booklet suggests that Polish Tune s, written just two years after Weinberg had been condemned along with Shostakovich and others for “formalism,” was tailored to...

Where America has Mom and apple pie, the Soviets had borscht and paranoia. The closed-off Communist system hid many world-class talents from view. Richter was 45...

This is, I believe, the fourth Weinberg disc to come from Lande and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. I’ve been positive about the earlier releases...

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996) was a very serious composer; the best adjective for his music might be thoughtful . The trumpet concerto is a welcome exception, a...

There has been one previous recording of this opera, led by Gerd Albrecht, reviewed by Christopher Williams in Fanfare 26:4 and yours truly in 26:5. Here...

Even in his prime (or at least his mid-career) as a pianist, Earl Wild was often treated with condescension by the Critical Establishment, his technique generally...

The Australian composer Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003) spent most of his professional career in England, where he received great attention for his appointment as Master of the...

Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860–1919) was born in Chile, one of nine children of an American officer serving as the British consul in Valparaiso, and a British mother....

Karl Stobbe’s reading of all six of Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas, on a Venetian violin from about 1725, takes just a bit more than an...

Great composers sometimes leave very good composers in their wake, and Alexander von Zemlinsky (the “von” comes and goes) had the good fortune to be caught...

This is Volume 2 in the Escher String Quartet’s survey of Zemlinsky’s string quartets. Volume 1, containing the quartets Nos. 3 and 4, plus Two Movements...

The Escher String Quartet, founded in 2005, consists of Adam Barnett-Hart, Wu Jie, Pierre Lapointe, and Dane Johansen. They are Artists of The Chamber Music Society...