Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

This might be the first disc devoted solely to the keyboard works of Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c. 1545–1607), who is better known—if he is known at all—as...

From almost the moment The Confession of Isobel Gowdie became the surprise hit of the 1990 Proms season, James MacMillan has been one of those rare...

If Mahler is looking down from the celestial spa where neurotic geniuses take the cure, he would be amazed at the high level of performance that...

The concept of this album seems simple enough: perform the music of both Alma and Gustav Mahler on the same program. Certainly, the high quality of...

Few conductors in these straightened times get a chance to repeat a Mahler cycle, but Riccardo Chailly, roughly 10 years after his highly praised Concertgebouw cycle...

To call this a release of enormous importance is to understate the case. Collectors know Horenstein as one of the great Mahler conductors of the 20th...

Among those with a passion for Mahler symphonies it would be difficult to overstate the importance of this recording. After the version of this very work...

The fact that Mahler was superstitious about ninth symphonies isn’t just a tragic irony, Indirectly we’re grateful, since his avoidance of Fate (on the assumption that...

Henry Mancini’s music for the TV show Peter Gunn was the highlight of his career as a jazz arranger and composer. Back in the early 1940s,...

Ever since discovering Bohuslav Martinů’s Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani on an Artia LP with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Karel Ančerl...

For a while, between, say, 1975 and 1982, it looked like we were in for a Massenet revival, what with new recordings, not only of

In the postwar era, which American violin concertos have the best chance of entering the standard repertoire? Bernstein’s Serenade, which is a concerto in all but...

This is a very impressive debut from a young American violinist whom I believe will be all of 20 by the time you read this. Chad...

I have several fine recordings by the Artemis Quartet, but I was not quite prepared for the searing intensity of these Mendelssohn performances. Differences are perhaps...

It is inevitable that a complete edition of songs (of which this is a first volume), sonatas, or cantatas cannot escape an overtone of academia. It...

Mendelssohn had an innate caution that sits oddly beside the sunny ebullience of early works such as the Octet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream . It...

When it comes to premiere recordings of major American piano literature, this Naxos release has to be one of the most significant in decades. This judgment...

I don’t think Messiaen set out in 1946 to rewrite the most shocking orchestral work of the 20th century, but Koussevitzky, who commissioned the long, noisy,...

Turangalîla was something of a shock in 1950, not only avant-garde for its time but oddball enough to be called outrageous by some. Its unusual instrumentation,...

Leave it to Naxos to plug still another hole in the recorded repertory. To complement its recent compilation of ballet music from five operas (

Based on the rarity of performances of his music now, it is hard to believe that Meyerbeer was one of the most successful and influential opera...

In the last issue I reviewed a disc, also from Naxos (8.573076), of ballet music from Meyerbeer’s operas. Here is its companion, albeit with a different...

Meyerbeer’s star began to wane early in the 20th century. Fewer productions were mounted of his works and those of his contemporaries who favored the 19th-century...

Here is a CD perfect for playing on a long, late summer’s afternoon, accompanied by a glass or three of chilled, dry white––whereas Mompou’s solo piano...

This is a novel approach to coping with the modal characteristics of the Vespers. Of the 63 known recorded versions, 24 of them added six chant...

This is one of those occasional releases that is worth getting even more for its booklet notes than for the CD. Moritz (Maurice), Landgraf of Hessen...

At a time of worrisome declines in attendance, it’s heartening to see one regional orchestra spreading its wings, as the Buffalo Philharmonic did with its second...

It’s no insult to the memory of Leopold Stokowski to say that he didn’t belong among the elite Mozart conductors of the century, which makes this...

As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

After the befouling of these works by Mirijam Contzen and Reinhard Goebel, reviewed in 37:6, these performances by violinist Arabella Steinbacher with the Lucerne Festival Strings...

Mozart was 20 years old when he wrote this divertimento in 1776 to commemorate the name day of Countess Maria Antonia Lodron, a family friend whose...

I recognized the music when I loaded the disc, anyway. It sounded very much like Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail , although it certainly didn’t...

Fresh from completing its brilliant Shostakovich string quartet cycle, the Pacifica Quartet steps back, first to the apex of the Classical period for one of Mozart’s...

This is a collection of three of Mozart’s sonatas for violin and piano: the sonatas in F, K 376; in B♭, K 378; and in E♭,...

This CD represents Volume One of the Columbia Mozart symphonies Thomas Beecham recorded in the studio with the Royal Philharmonic between 1951 and 1954. It also...

One doesn’t ordinarily hear of period instrument orchestras being praised for beautiful sound, but Frans Brüggen draws a beautiful sound out of his orchestra in Mozart....

At the lunch held for Thomas Beecham’s 70th birthday, congratulatory telegrams—including some from composers—were read to him. When the applause died down, Beecham asked gently, “Nothing...

There are, of course, several arrangements of Pictures for organ, but this is the first I’ve encountered for organ plus trumpet. It has been effected by...

A quick check of the Fanfare Archive reveals that the disc in my hands is the first solo recital by Kirill Gerstein to be reviewed in...

Texts available at brilliantclassics.com/media/551357/94928-Mussorgsky-Songs-Sung-Texts-download.pdf Here is another tale of modern musical commerce convoluted by confusion. These recordings were originally made for Conifer Records, which was an...

This is a reissue of four single Conifer discs, reviewed in Fanfare 19:1, 19:6, 21:2, and 21:3. Sergei Leiferkus has a strong, colorful baritone, but his...

The music of Per Nørgård (b. 1932), new to me, struck me in his First Symphony as a combination of ideas violent, depressing, and bombastic. Harmonically...

Between the First Symphony, completed in 1955 and revised a year later, and the Eighth, completed in 2011, there is a span of more than 50...

Herbert Wernicke was a favored opera director in Brussels, though I found only one of his efforts worth the trouble: His take on Cavalli’s Calisto

Too rarely we get another unrecorded Palestrina Mass, such as this one, published in 1590. It is the centerpiece of a program of music for Pentecost,...

Andrzej Panufnik (1914–1991) was a Polish composer and conductor born in Warsaw. His father, Tomasz Panufnik, a violinmaker, and mother, Matylda Thonnes Panufnik, a noted violinist,...

I reviewed a disc of Galuppi keyboard sonatas in 2010, featuring Luca Guglielmi (Accent 24227). With our current album from the same soloist we move back...