Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 8

This recording, on Belgian clarinetist Vlad Weverbergh’s eponymous private label, is part of a project named Terra Nova Antwerpen, undertaken to document the musical life in...

There can be no doubt that Lübeck was one of the best cities for Protestant church music during the 17th century. Enriched by the Baltic trade...

The modern-day historical revisionists are all up on timelining Jewish composers who died in concentration camps during World War II, and seem to think that virtually...

All these pieces were written in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp from 1941 to 1944; neither composer survived the latter year. Viktor Ullmann’s symphonies were his...

The War of the Spanish Succession was rather a disaster for Spain, which had been declining in power and prestige for almost a century. Bourbon King...

This recording is part of Grand Piano’s admirable series of largely undiscovered keyboard repertoire. It is a source of continual amazement that much of this repertoire—all...

What a relief! Having just finished reviewing a disc of string quartets by Bartolomeo Campagnoli, who was born five years before Mozart and died in the...

Valerio Losito is a fine Baroque violinist who decided to champion here, per his liner note comments, a number of unpublished violin sonatas by Veracini from...

Verdi’s Don Carlo began life in 1867 as Don Carlos , a five-act grand opera for Paris set in French. Based on a dramatic poem by...

La forza del destino, written for the St. Petersburg Opera in Russia, occupies an odd niche in Verdi’s oeuvre . It is not quite on the...

Since La forza del destino is one of my favorite Verdi operas, difficult though it is to pull off successfully. This recording, from 1954, kept staring...

In the bonus material that follows this 2014 production of Rigoletto from Zurich, the director, Tatjana Gürbaca, explains her conception. As we’ve become accustomed to, such...

Henri Vieuxtemps’s cello concertos are works that reside on the fringes of the repertory, but deserve to be better known. I believe concert audiences would enjoy...

A prototype of the mandolin exists in cave paintings. Vibrating strings, later held together on a curved wooden body with a delicate neck, have been the...

Federico Guglielmo and L’Arte dell’arco have arrived at Vivaldi’s breakthrough collection of violin concertos, L’estro armonico , which established his reputation as a composer. Others among...

I’m not sure why this CD, recorded in 2011–2012, took until 2015 to be released, but it did, and here it is. With the exception of...

So that’s how it’s supposed to sound! Years ago, the conductor of a community orchestra I played in dug up an overture by an obscure Dutch...

Any Wagner opera sung by a great cast from top to bottom is a rarity, but this production of Fliegnde Holländer delivers. Bryn Terfel hinted at...

Andris Nelsons has quickly found his place in the Wagnerian sun, with prestigious appearances at Bayreuth, the Met, and Covent Garden. Even if curiosity about a...

A Flying Dutchman from Amsterdam—what could be more appropriate? In fact, this recording is as international as any Wagner performance, the orchestra itself the only Dutch...

Score another triumph for Richard Caniell and his remarkable Immortal Performances label. I do not use the word “remarkable” lightly. The truth is that Immortal Performances...

The majority of this performance hails from the evening of June 11, 1937. Caniell states that “some 92% of this performance is conducted by Fritz Reiner”;...

This Lohengrin, first performed at the 2009 Munich Festival, presents quite an eyeful for a viewer at home, especially given the excellent cinematography and the stunning...

Honestly, watching this Munich production of Wagner’s Lohengrin is like watching a couple of episodes of your local home improvement TV show. Well, given the length...

As is known by opera buffs, there are two “official” editions of Tannhäuser , the so-called “Dresden” and “Paris” versions. For the later Paris version, Wagner...

This Die Walküre, recorded in performance in July of 2002, features performers that were all A-list Wagner singers at the time, if not for the ages....

It is worth, perhaps, quoting the very opening of the booklet notes for this release as they speak much truth regarding this music: “The music of...

At first glance you might assume that the London Philharmonic was hired out so that a Chinese cellist and conductor might develop some British credibility. But...

This reissue of a 1982 Melodiya recording is half a loaf, the only question being which half is edible. The Soviet Union hadn’t fallen yet, and...

It has taken time for William Walton’s Second Symphony to find a secure place in the repertory. But I think this new recording from Edward Gardner...

In 1960, I attended the first London performance of William Walton’s Second Symphony and found myself somewhat puzzled and disappointed by what seemed a slighter, less...

It is not often a recording comes along that makes you rethink your response to a piece of music. This one does. Firstly, it should be...

It reads like something out of a Stefan Zweig novella (one of the real ones, not that admittedly delightful travesty Wes Anderson made of Beware of...

The Weber recordings here date from 1990, and originally appeared on an ADDA CD (favorably reviewed by James H. North way back in Fanfare 14:5); the...

Weinberg’s chamber symphonies are arrangements of earlier chamber works: the Third, from 1991, a liberal rethinking of an earlier work, and the Fourth, from 1992, a...

This is gloriously imagined music. Dan Welcher (born 1948, Rochester, New York) was awarded an Arts and Letters Award by the American Academy of Arts in...

In 33:6 and 36:3 I welcomed previous CPO releases with Christian Schmitt of the works of Widor for organ and orchestra, with one disc also including...

Since coming together in 2009, the young musicians of the Amphion String Quartet (not to be confused with an earlier ensemble of the same name), have...

The booklet claims this to be Zemlinsky’s complete oeuvre for the piano (as does at least one other similar CD). They are all early works (1891–1902),...

Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid is a remarkably evocative piece of music, whether fantasy, suite or symphony—desert island material in the mind of this critic. It beguiles from...

It is a good thing Antony Beaumont’s notes accompany this beautiful and beautiful-sounding survey of the Zemlinsky string quartets. The Second Quartet, in particular, is virtually...

Alexander Zemlinsky’s string quartets seem to be enjoying an upsurge in interest of late, for this is the second set to appear in fairly short order...

Pity poor Alexander Zemlinsky. If there was ever a person abused and hurt by those he admired and cared about, it was this Viennese composer. He...

This is a stylistically apt grouping of lushly beautiful works from the late years of German Romanticism (although none of the composers was actually German born)....

Mikołai Zieleński was the first Polish Baroque composer. The dates given here (c. 1550–c. 1615) are not documented but only suggest the time when he lived....

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