Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 7

Telemann and Vivaldi were, at least in modern eyes, the masters of the double concerto during the late Baroque. Both wrote copious amounts of music for...

As I set out to write this review, I pawed through my not small Telemann collection looking for comparison discs, and found not a one. This...

Both of these are recent releases, but they represent distinct approaches to the performance of Telemann’s keyboard works. Olivier Baumont sees this as predominantly Italianate,

In our previous issue, Amaury du Closel paired two little-known Toch works having consecutive opus numbers (60 and 61); this time we get his two best-known...

A more unsettling, horrid, beautiful, theatrical 76 minutes could hardly be imagined than this extraordinary new opera premiered in Amsterdam back in 2011. Loosely based on...

Ilkka Turta is a Finnish guitarist and composer who plays music dating from the Renaissance to current times. Not only does he play classical music as...

The repertoire is certainly not without interest, but frustration has been my main emotion on listening to this disc. Firstly there is the sound quality with...

With this release, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society continues its eminently worthy labors of bringing to disc rarities of the composer’s output, including world premiere recordings....

Richard Caniell, the producer of this recording, has accomplished some near-miracles of restoration, allowing us to hear old recordings and broadcasts with minimal distractions from distortion...

This is not for the casual listener, or anyone with a limited tolerance for the inconsistencies that will be found in “historic” live performance recordings. And...

For those people who continue to resist the popular appeal of Gustavo Dudamel and who consider him a superficial and flashy young hotshot, this will prove...

This is the only disc I’ve seen from C Major’s self-touted collection of the entire Verdi oeuvre, titled Tutto Verdi and bearing on the cover of...

This collection of British TV “opera shorts” from the mid-1960s features the marvelous baritone Tito Gobbi in his late prime. It is, in fact, issued here...

This video, titled “Tito Gobbi 100th Anniversary Edition,” is at once both absolutely thrilling and utterly exasperating. All too little film footage survives of Gobbi, who...

“The genuine beauty of singing consists in a perfect union, an amalgam, a mysterious alloy of the singing voice and the speaking voice, or, to put...

Licia Albanese was a stalwart of the Metropolitan Opera for just over a quarter of a century, from 1940 to 1966. If she had a “signature...

The music of Sándor Veress (1907–1992) has appeared a fair number of times on the Fanfare Archive, but it is good to see yet more appearing....

After the pointed polemical exchange I recently had with two letter writers over a previous review of a disc of music by Robert de Visée (see...

Volume 56 of Naïve’s series Tesori del Piemonte constitutes the first volume of Antonio Vivaldi’s double violin concertos in The Vivaldi Edition . Recorded in January...

Stradivarius’s notes somewhat vaguely mention world premiere recordings; three of these works, RV 240, 508, 517, have appeared in collections reviewed, or to be reviewed, in...

Café Zimmerman’s collection of concertos from Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro armonico (in addition to a few stray concertos) begins with what Patrick Barbier describes in his booklet...

For many years, most performances of The Flying Dutchman followed the printed score of 1896, in which Felix Weingartner had tried to take into consideration all...

In the fall of 2010, PentaTone announced plans to release new concert recordings of Wagner’s 10 mature operas—all with the same conductor, orchestra, and chorus plus...

And so to the end of the Janowski Ring . It has been a mixed bag so far, with some fine singing and, almost all the...

Having favored us with a 1939 Met Meistersinger with Friedrich Schorr as Hans Sachs, Immortal Performances now takes us back three years, when the celebrated bass-baritone...

Avid Wagnerians might recognize this performance as one that has already been issued courtesy of Richard Caniell, then on Guild (2244/7). There, the opera was spread...

I’m pretty sure this is exactly the same performance of Die Meistersinger that I reviewed as an Opus Arte Blu-ray in Fanfare 36:4 last year. The...

Once again we have an historic Bayreuth recording from the early Wieland Wagner era, in this case Parsifal under the baton of its once-high priest Knappertsbusch....

Having truly loved Guy Cassiers’s stage production of Die Walküre (reviewed elsewhere in this issue), I couldn’t wait to see his Das Rheingold. Now, having seen...

With the release of Arthaus Musik’s La Scala Das Rheingold (and Die Walküre, also reviewed in this issue), Wagnerians with audiophile/videophile tendencies can choose among eight...

With the exception of one disappointment, I think this is an imposing collection of performances. Years ago, I doubt that I would have had nearly as...

When discussing Rienzi, it’s de rigueur to note that the work was the Wagner opera most performed in the composer’s lifetime—as if all these years later,...

The quality and effectiveness of Henk de Vlieger’s arrangement of music from Wagner’s Ring into a coherent “ Orchestral Adventure ” is emphasized by the fact...

I’d really like to know why so many Wagner lovers have a bee in their bonnet over Josef Keilberth. So often in others’ reviews I read...

This Bavarian Opera production of Tristan und Isolde, dating from 1998 and previously issued by Image Entertainment, was staged by Peter Konwitschny with set designs and...

One of the more interesting things one can do is to go online after you’ve watched a video production of an opera and check your reactions...

Gathered together in this four-disc Brilliant Classics collection are reissues of recordings dating from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. The symphonies and clarinet concertos...

This disc by Duncan Cumming, joined by Christopher Hogwood in the piano duets, is sabotaged by the ugly sound of the instrument, with its buzzing harshness...

Mieczysław Weinberg’s output continues to emerge on CD. One of the more interesting features of the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is that the music has a...

I rather thought that, sooner or later, I’d run into a Mieczysław Weinberg score I didn’t like, and the 12th Symphony is it. Perhaps because it...

This double disc from Brilliant pairs two different Wolf cycles by different singers from two different years: the Italianisches Liederbuch from 2002 with Oelze and Blochwitz...

This CD’s title, Elements: New Music for Pipa by American Composers, may whet the appetite of an adventurous listener. The Chinese pipa is a pear-shaped instrument...

Now in his mid-90s, the Swiss composer-pianist Julien-François Zbinden is well deserving of this handsome tribute from the Swiss Radio and Television documenting his interpretations of...

Culturally, as in many other ways, Switzerland has always had a double orientation towards either France or Germany. And, among the most prominent of the second...

This disc is, in a sense, a conflict between the extremely interesting material presented therein and the extremely awful singing of one Anna Holroyd. It is...