Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 6

This concert honoring Krzysztof Penderecki took place on the day of his 80th birthday; he appears on stage to acknowledge all four works and appears to...

As Pergolesi was one of those composers who, dying at the age of 26, achieved posthumously more fame than he might ever have attained during his...

Seventeen fifty-eight was an important year in the fortunes of composer François-André Danican Philidor and the librettist, Michel-Jean Sedaine. Following the rejection of a one-act work...

Jonathan Pieslak is associate professor at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY. The 2009 piano piece Shards , also which gives...

Jonathan Pieslak, who was born in 1974, proudly belongs to a generation of American composers who need not associate themselves with any specific school of music-making....

Jonathan Pieslak is another name new to the pages of Fanfare. He is an academic, and among the subjects he teaches (as associate professor at the...

Antonio Pio (1753–1795) was an important figure in Ravenna from 1774 to 1781, after which he was active in Venice, Vienna, and St. Petersburg. His health...

When one thinks of the early fortepiano, what generally comes to mind is Johann Sebastian Bach’s verdict about a Silbermann instrument that he played while in...

Marcos Portugal (1762–1830) was born in Lisbon and made his early impact in Portugal, but was sent by the royal family to Brazil in 1811, where...

It’s hard to determine the difference between insult and injury on this disc. Which is which? Is the short timing of 49 minutes the insult or...

This DVD is not a new release but rather a reissue of a performance that was once available on Philips, as part of its Russian opera...

Alina Ibragimova recorded her program, comprising Prokofiev’s two violin sonatas and the adaptation of his five wordless melodies, on an Anselmo Bellosio violin from about 1775,...

La fanciulla del West has always been the stepchild of Puccini’s mature operas, a situation that is slowly evolving despite residual audience resistance. Critics have always...

I was (for me) uncharacteristically harsh when first reviewing this performance of a favorite work, the second recording by Andrew Parrott. But I still hear many...

In 1697 Henry Purcell’s wife Frances began publication of some of her late husband’s theater works, along with these 10 four-part string sonatas, some of which...

These are the complete Decca recordings of Rachmaninoff by Jorge Bolet, originally issued in the 1980s on one LP and one-and-a-half CDs. They were well reviewed...

This is Martin Cousin’s third CD for Somm; I reviewed his earlier Rachmaninoff recording in Fanfare 30:2. Evidently his 2011 recital of music by Glazunov, Liadov,...

This is the same recording of Rachmaninoff’s preludes that appeared a few years ago on Appian, reviewed in Fanfare 30:5 by Barry Brenesal. All 24 were...

The Korean-American pianist Jin Hwa Lee becomes at least the fourth performer in recent years to make her CD debut with Rachmaninoff’s colossal and difficult First...

I never thought I’d see the day when I reviewed three versions of Rachmaninoff’s magnificent and complex but long-neglected First Sonata in a single issue of...

Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia, now teaching at New England Conservatory, gives dynamic performances of these three very different sets of variations. He has plenty of technique,...

This Tacet recording could be considered the poster child for audiophiles. It is available in virtually every conceivable format, including CD, SACD, and Blu-ray audio in...

The signature work by French composer Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747) has always been his late suite, called a “simphonie nouvelle” and entitled Les Éléments . It of...

Subjected as a violin student to the mind-numbing, finger-bruising études of Hans Sitt (1850–1922), it never occurred to me that the man might have composed any...

For years my favorite recording of the Botticelli pictures was that of Franco Caracciolo and the Scarlatti Orchestra of Naples. I don’t know if it ever...

When thought of at all, most people tend to think of Franz Xaver Richter (1709–1789) as a member of the Mannheim School, a sort of second...

As one who dislikes this conductor’s three British recordings (with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestras), I entertained few hopes for this Scheherazade

Quite ironically, despite the overwhelming fame of its one well-known excerpt—“The Flight of the Bumblebee,” adapted from music in act III, scene 2—and much other colorful...

Toccata’s series devoted to the chamber music of Julius Röntgen begins with a volume of works for violin and piano. Malcolm MacDonald’s notes suggest that Röntgen’s...

Julius Röntgen (1855–1932) was known in Holland as a pianist and as a very minor composer, whose music received performances merely because of his association with...

Not having heard Neschling’s recordings of Respighi’s Roman Trilogy , I was unprepared for the pleasant surprise this CD turned out to be—I definitely intend to...

It seems almost unbelievable that only now, after conducting on more than two dozen CDs of film music for Chandos released over a period of 15...

This is Volume 3 in the Watkins brothers’ series of British Works for Cello and Piano . Volume 2, containing sonatas by York Bowen, Arnold Bax,...

As noted elsewhere in this issue, here is a case of caveat emptor . Although billed as cantatas for the alto voice (almost certainly originally a...

For anyone who would rather inhale bug spray that listen to John Cage, rest assured that this oddball combination of Scarlatti and Cage works very well...

There are few things as lovely as a well-crafted program of great music. Though I would not want to listen to 100 Scarlatti sonatas in a...

When I reviewed volumes three through seven of Richard Lester’s integral Scarlatti set (Nimbus 1727-31; Fanfare 31:4), I referred to it as the first completed cycle...

Pelleas und Melisande in 35:46? Wow! That I’ve got to hear (most performances run 39 to 45 minutes). Pelleas is a heavyweight, from the 30-stave score...

In Fanfare 36:6, I asked “Can one defend a 31-minute CD by claiming that there could be no suitable coupling?” That was a Wergo disc of...

Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized or The Marked Ones), the German composer’s fourth of nine operas, premiered in Frankfurt in April 1918. It was an...

Among the once-forgotten and now-revived composers of the early 20th century, Franz Schreker (1878–1934) is for me one of the most interesting. While sharing some characteristics...

This is an odd work in many ways. It is closer to an oratorio than to any other form, but it is more operatic and dramatic...

Evidence is a new label distributed by Harmonia Mundi, and this is its first offering, as the CD number 001 would suggest. Established in 1990, the...

There’s a bit of personal nostalgia for me in this release; Oistrakh and Bauer’s 1972 performance of Brahms’s G-Major Violin Sonata, which I acquired on an...

Any attempt to review a complete set of Schubert’s piano sonatas encounters several logistical problems. First, there is the difficulty of defining a “complete” set, since...

This generous program gives us the chance to hear a major American pianist interpret Schubert across a broad expressive range, from the sweetly docile to the...

The great de Larrocha was pigeonholed as a specialist in Spanish music during her long career, and certainly she had some equals, but no superiors in...