Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

This performance of Schubert’s Winterreise by Swiss tenor Raphäel Favré and classical guitarist André Fischer is full of pleasurable surprises, not the least of which is...

Mikhail Mordvinov is a name new to me. At the ripe old age of six he was accepted into the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow....

Erwin Schuloff was a composer who threw the baby out with the bathwater, as it were, in his later music. (I am thinking of his Fourth...

I was impressed enough by the solo piano music of Erwin Schulhoff to put the CD by Kathryn Stott on BIS into the Classical Hall of...

(free bonus download at wigmore-hall.org.uk/live) The controversy over Schumann’s late music continues, even though the Cliff’s Notes version, as Jonathan Biss points out, is simple: an...

In a 36:4 review of Leon McCawley’s Brahms CD, I described the pianist’s music-making as being of a very high order and of a highly refined...

This new album of Schumann and Janáček is like a charm offensive from Hamelin, a famous virtuoso whose fingers fear nothing that Liszt and Alkan can...

A comparison between Lise de la Salle’s and Stanislav Khristenko’s recordings of the Schumann Fantasy offers much insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each pianist’s...

Reading that Walter Gieseking’s radio broadcast of Kreisleriana dates from Berlin, 1942 created repugnance in the past, but time has made us inured. Nazi-era recordings have...

Still in his teens and not yet thoroughly schooled in the finer points of music theory, Robert Schumann declared his adolescent emancipation by composing a number...

An air of mystery hangs over this CD, whose title of Aschenmusik (Ashes Music) points to lost works by Robert Schumann. One of the last pieces...

Here’s a release suffering from split personality. The packaging is for sybarites, operating on the principle that there’s no substitute for luxury. To inaugurate the Berlin...

New releases of widely recorded, well-known mainstream works always raise the prospect of hearing something different or possibly better than what we already know from many...

It’s considered praise to say that someone’s music is spiritual, but a bit ambiguous when one says it’s mystical. The distinction is fairly arbitrary. Mozart’s Masonic...

I feel like a Fanfare tie-breaker. This was reviewed when it was originally issued on ASV by Ian Lace in Fanfare 25:2, and by Barry Brenesal...

Massachusetts-born and -raised Harold Shapero belonged to that generation of American 20th-century composers who eschewed European Modernism, including serialism, employing instead a kind of wrong-note Neoclassicism...

Wigglesworth’s Shostakovich cycle for BIS took its sweet time, but now it has reached its conclusion, at least as far as the symphonies are concerned. (The...

It’s imperative to follow great composers wherever they lead us (I’ll report back when I reach the terminus of Bach’s Art of Fugue and Liszt’s religious...

The first disc is the penultimate release in what I am sure will be a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle from Petrenko and Naxos, who seem to...

This new set by the BBC Philharmonic and its Finnish principal guest conductor John Storgårds is the third Sibelius symphony cycle to appear on Chandos, and...

Here they are, the final two volumes in Marco Polo’s edition of the complete string quartets of Louis Spohr. For those of you who like to...

I’m not quite sure what BIS was thinking of when they issued these versions of the serenade and Excelsior! They already have superlative recordings of both,...

Riotous applause—a high scream from a soprano—a crude trombone bass note—silence—more riotous applause: We’re off on another Stockhausen adventure. Momente originally appeared in 1962, a time...

This is Franz Welser-Möst’s second attempt at scaling Strauss’s Matterhorn. The conductor gave us a recording of An Alpine Symphony with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra...

Richard Strauss’s disguise as a bourgeois genius, with the accent on bourgeois, was remarkably effective. He distanced himself from Wagner’s overweening grandiosity (can we imagine the...

The prospect of hearing the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with its laser-like precision play Strauss’s sprawling orchestral showpiece was exciting, to say the least, but I...

Welser-Möst’s Alpensinfonie is a middle-of-the-road affair, neither bad nor exceptional. At 46:26, this is quite an energetic day on the mountain, which means that some of...

Richard Strauss is one of music’s greatest masters of the orchestra, but uniquely, perhaps, he was also endowed with an incredible ear for a type of...

I love the cover on this Pristine release. Imagine yourself as a “fright-palsied oboist” (to borrow a phrase from Oscar Levant) and Fritz Reiner is scowling...

The opera portion of this Ariadne is Strauss’s original version, meant by Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal to follow Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme . But Sven-Eric...

Two thousand and fourteen is a year notable for Richard Strauss, as in it we celebrate the 150th year of the composer’s birth. Capriccio is the...

Even musical sophisticates may have occasionally had this forbidden thought: How hard can a conductor’s job be when the charge is to prepare a world-class orchestra...

Although he was a famous champion of Richard Strauss, who introduced Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier to England before the First World War and helped rehabilitate...

This justly famed performance has circulated on private LP and CD issues for many years. (In my mind’s eye, I can still see the LP set...

Although this performance was originally released just a few years back, Arthaus Musik has already reissued it at a much-reduced price—and what was already a worthy...

This production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra was recorded in 2010 at the summer Salzburg Festival, released on Blu-ray disc early in 2011, and reviewed in issue...

Although the centerpiece of this two-disc release is the Elektra performance, some of the filler and bonus material is also of major value, particularly Richard Caniell’s...

Gramola offers us a pretty face and a pretty voice singing well-known works of Strauss and Schubert with orchestral accompaniments. If the cover of this disc...

This is a fine, if rather cut-and-dried, presentation of Stravinsky’s Neoclassical gem. Mintz plays and conducts his ad hoc ensemble of seven musicians (including himself) very...

Stranded in Switzerland during the First World War, Igor Stravinsky and the Swiss poet Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz came up with this unusual entertainment when larger theatrical and...

In the 17th century, the solo cantata emerged as one of the briefer forms of dramatic composition for voice, often with several sections of contrasting material,...

This is one of the most fun albums to come my way in a while. Low on playing time it may be, but this heavily Minimalist-tinged...

Violinist Frédéric Bednarz and pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka open the first movement of Karol Szymanowski’s early violin sonata with a commanding shot, and they maintain the level...

Every once in a while, it is gratifying to discover a new composer who is just about totally unknown in the U.S. but who has done...

This reissue contains recordings made in 1995 (the seven motets), 1997 ( Spem in alium ), and 2000 (the Mass), and issued in the last-named year....

Managing your career path has become a primary focus for young soloists, and Canadian-born Stewart Goodyear provides a perfect model in the age of Twitter. Personal...

The unusual thing about this CD is that if you go by the booklet cover—which has Joyce Yang’s photo on it, the liner notes, which post...