Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

No need to go on at length about Brahms’s sextets, reviews of which have appeared with some regularity in these pages, nor about these exemplary performances....

Lorenzo Coppola plays the Brahms Sonatas here on a 2001 replica of a 19th-century clarinet; Andreas Staier plays an 1875 New York Steinway. Coppola’s technique is...

Brahms is a piano composer who resists complete cycles. Convenient as they are for collectors, complete cycles assume that a single pianist will be equally satisfying...

With this Brahms album, Antwerp-born Nikolaas Kende (b. 1981) here makes his solo Fanfare debut, though his name showed up in these pages previously as a...

David Oistrakh’s 1962 recording of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy is one I’ve been familiar with for years from a London reel-to-reel tape. That tape, however, couples the...

Alexander Walker’s Havergal Brian series continues with this disc, of which symphonies Nos. 28 and 29 are world premiere recordings. It almost boggles the mind to...

We have had doublings before, but this new disc brings alternative performances of two of Havergal Brian’s symphonies––Nos. 6 and 31––that have already enjoyed previous studio...

The sheer size of Brian’s “Gothic” Symphony, the 21 symphonies he composed when he was in his 80s, the cloak-and-dagger mystery behind some of the early...

Like Steinway & Sons—the label that’s so far published three albums by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo—Decca has lost no time pointing out how attractive...

The Irish are a singing people, or used to be. When James Joyce returned to Dublin from abroad in 1903, he seriously considered taking up a...

No one seems to dispute anymore that the Bruckner Third belongs in the standard repertoire, although great Brucknerians of the past, notably Walter, Furtwängler, Klemperer, and...

There has been growing evidence of the enormous success that Manfred Honeck is having in his tenure as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and...

The frustrations of Georg Tintner’s conducting career make for sad reading, all the more because his life began with such promise. Born to a cultivated family...

The seemingly endless parade of Bruckner releases combines the continuing interest of collectors in the performances of Karl Böhm (see 38:5 for interesting reviews of Mozart...

Simone Young has been recording first versions of Bruckner symphonies, but there’s only one version of the Seventh, despite all the noise about the cymbal crash...

This is a frustrating release. The music itself is impressive, as Gaetano Brunetti (1744–1798) was a composer of substantial talent who forged an imaginative style within...

This is one of those releases that will have collectors of great historic recordings alternating cheering in exultation and wailing in frustration. Only four issues ago,...

Although Maria Callas and Jon Vickers were barely three years apart in age (Callas born in 1923, Vickers in 1926), they collaborated in only one opera,...

It’s been more than 30 years since my friend and colleague, the great Swedish pianist, Dag Achatz, first introduced me to the magnificent playing of Jean-Francois...

Not every pianist would benefit from having a label release performances from his or her earliest career, but Martha Argerich has nothing to fear. She was...

The accomplished Swiss pianist Jean-Baptiste Müller was a prize-winner at the International Busoni Competition in 1984, where one of the judges, Thomas Frost (well known to...

If Chopin waltzes were slipped into glassine envelopes and pasted in albums like prized postage stamps, I could see grouping them all together. But this is...

This is now the fourth volume in the projected complete Chopin series that Chandos is recording with Louis Lortie. I reviewed the second and third volumes...

While not quite as outrageous a theory as the one that Brigid Brophy floated in her provocative and entertaining Mozart the Dramatist— in which she insisted...

In music as far removed from the mainstream repertoire as that of Henri Collet (1885–1951), it is particularly important for the performing artist to collaborate with...

Those of us who studied the piano equate Carl Czerny’s name with the boring exercises he composed to develop technique. “Fun” would never come up in...

Carl Czerny’s work list contains over 1,000 entries—861 with opus numbers, the rest without; yet, he is remembered, and not all that kindly, by generations of...

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I requested this release for review. It’s just that lately I’ve been getting into some lesser-known French...

At what age does an artist stop being referred to as “of the younger generation?” Polish pianist Piotr Machnik graduated in 1999 from the Krakow Academy...

This beautifully produced CD introduces us, by way of Debussy, to the charming French actress and narrator Marie-Rose Carlié, who collaborates with her countryman, pianist Pascal...

This is good Debussy playing in an environment that is rife with great Debussy playing. The recorded sound is warm and natural, and the whole production...

By buffering the string quartet by Thomas Adès entitled Arcadiana with Debussy and Ravel on either side, the contemporary-minded Signum Quartet appears to be pulling a...

Charles Dieupart is one of those keyboardists during the time of François Couperin who did not make a living in the sometimes vast cultural environment of...

In the liner notes for this DVD, annotator Hugo Shirley goes over a lot of folderol regarding La favorite : how it came to be written...

I once said previously in a review of Donizetti’s La favorite (in its Italian version) that we were still waiting for first-class recordings of this French...

If you are expecting a bubbly, smart, sophisticated performance with a liberal sprinkling of top Cs by the favored coloratura soprano and lyric tenor of the...

This world premiere recording of French composer Théodore Dubois’s 1878 oratorio Le Paradis perdu represents a significant contribution to restoring the composer’s reputation as a Romantic...

This album of the complete piano works of Paul Dukas competes directly with Naxos’s release of the same material played by Chantal Stigliani, as well as...

Pierre Fournier (1906–1986) has been called the “aristocrat of the cello,” and these recordings, remastered from original archival tapes of in-concert performances at Lucerne Festivals between...

This is, quite simply, an absolutely stunning disc, with a “wow” factor off the charts. While Pierre Fournier made landmark studio recordings of both of the...

One of my fellow Fanfare critics—in fact, one of only two or three whom I get along with—recently lamented to me that these historically informed historicals...

The in-house label of the Vienna Symphony has been unusually select in its releases—this is only the eighth one—while paying close attention to the orchestra’s cultural...

As in his recent recording of the Schumann symphonies with his Scottish Chamber Orchestra (LINN 450), there’s much to admire in Robin Ticciati’s look at two...

Oh joy! Oh bliss! Here’s what we’ve been waiting for—a new Dvořák Ninth from a regional Bavarian orchestra led by a youngish, up-and-coming British conductor of...

Tanya Ekanayaka (b. 1977) is a Sri Lankan pianist-composer whose works, she tells us, often spring full-blown in her mind “within just a few minutes. Each...

Not To
Be Missed!