Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

The Yorkshire-born pianist Jill Crossland has well-received recordings of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations , as well as a Rameau disc to her credit....

Heretofore, I’ve not been overly receptive to the playing of Russian and Eastern European quartet ensembles. It’s not a question of inferior technique compared to a...

The fortepiano is by no means my favorite instrument. That truly needs to be said because this Mozart recital is a stunner. Rarely can I listen...

I mentioned in my review of a single disc from this series, which included symphonies Nos. 28–30 ( Fanfare 34:4), that I didn’t think that Ádám...

Arturo Toscanini always had a sort of love-hate relationship with Bruno Walter. On the one hand, he constantly admonished the younger conductor for playing Adagio

A small red balloon in the lower right-hand corner of the booklet cover advertises “New Master 2013.” Presumably a new remastering is meant, or else perhaps...

Gathering up a range of chamber works written in the last 18 years, this two-disc album is an eclectic portrait of Jeffrey Mumford’s chamber writing. Born...

The ancient Greek polymath Eratosthenes (c. 276–c. 195 BC) was nicknamed “Beta” after the second letter in the Greek alphabet, for supposedly being second best in...

I am, as an inveterate collector of all the arrangements of Mussorgsky’s Pictures, always especially happy to encounter a new version for orchestra. My first thought...

There is something about this disc, or, more properly, about the two works on it, that brings back memories of my teens and early days of...

A pair of war horses led by a conductor who has a middling reputation and renown, performed by a second-tier European orchestra, would hardly seem a...

The present recital offers three instances of the art of Igor Markevitch in decent transfers from recordings of 1953 ( Pictures), 1960 ( Symphony of Psalms)...

Whereas Mussorgsky completed Boris Godunov and left a virtually complete piano score of Khovanshchina , his short comic opera Sorochintski Fair (or Fair at Sorochintsk

I never met a piano concerto I didn’t like. (Well, hardly ever.) While breaking no new ground, these two concertos by American composer John Musto (b....

Composer Timothy Nelson is, according to the excellently produced booklet to this impressive DVD, at the vanguard of “a new generation of young opera directors.” He...

Here is a conundrum: how does a serious-minded, almost neurotic German conductor and composer write one of the jolliest comic operas of all time? To twist...

Here we have a brand spanking new DVD version of Offenbach’s famous opera, co-edited by Michael Kaye in conjunction with Jean-Christophe Keck. The production, directed by...

This is the third time I’ve reviewed a DVD production of Offenbach’s comic gem, and it runs true to form. That’s to say, the powers in...

Paweł Wakarecy is a name which is new to me. According to the picture on the front cover, I would guess that he is still in...

I suppose conquering Paganini’s near-unconquerable Caprices is the ultimate test for any violinist. Whether the view from the top of the mountain is worth the climb...

Dynamic’s release of chamber works by Paganini consists entirely of sonatas and studies hitherto unrecorded, and therefore, by dint of the headnote alone, deserves serious consideration...

The Trecento on records is dominated by Landini, who had full LPs even before the several full CDs that have been issued more recently. His only...

This is a rerelease of a disc recorded in 2002 that evidently passed under Fanfare ’s radar at the time. Its reappearance is certainly welcome. Paolo...

Critical listeners might complain that, although they are getting almost two hours of music in this newly-recorded collection, they are getting less than two hours of...

The Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pergolesi has been one of most beloved and iconic works of the 18th century. Given the composer’s almost deified status as...

My previous Pickard review, in Fanfare 36:4, covered Toccata Classics’ enterprising first installment of the music of John Pickard. Here is the second volume, which effectively...

As I wrote recently in my review of the cello sonatas by Giovanni Benedetto Platti released on Oehms Classics, the composer was one of a large...

This new album features Baroque arias that composer Nicolo Porpora (1686–1768) wrote for the legendary castrato Farinelli (né Carlo Broschi). In the liner notes, Jaroussky explains...

Concurrent with MDG’s series of Poulenc songs (see my review of Vol. 3 elsewhere in this issue) is this series of the complete songs of this...

Prokofiev completed his ballet score The Prodigal Son early in 1929, on a commission from Sergei Diaghilev for his Paris troupe Ballets Russes. Later that year,...

Of Prokofiev’s seven symphonies, the Fourth has the most unassuming demeanor. Less sparkling than the First, less violent than the acidic Second and Third, less monumental...

All major opera houses need a production of Puccini’s ever popular La bohème . It provides almost guaranteed full houses, is not terribly difficult to cast,...

The word that comes to mind while listening to this disc is “exquisite.” This is a beautiful, evocative, somewhat exotic recording that should please any listener...

This is the first ECM disc by Japanese-born pianist Kodama, who has studied with Murray Perahia, András Schiff, Vera Gornostaeva, and Tatiana Nikolayeva, and won the...

The liner notes to this release describe its arrangements as a revelation to the Orlando Quintet. It’s not difficult to see why. Wind performers who bask...

Thomas Zehetmair is only one of the more recent well-known violinists to take up the baton, and he does so here in the dual role as...

This is the second volume of Ravel’s orchestral works to be released featuring Leonard Slatkin in his new role as music director of the National Orchestra...

I don’t profess to understand the duality that runs throughout the two Rebels’ lives that artistic director Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas states justifies this recording—especially since...

Available at CD Baby, CD Universe, and the artist’s web site, judithradell.com This disc, titled Timeless: Chamber Music of Clara Kathleen Rogers, makes the usual claim...

Fanfare readers have met Mathew Rosenblum in reviews by Robert Kirzinger in 23:5 and Robert Carl, who covered a New World disc of several works about...

Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia continue apace with their survey of Rossini’s complete overtures, and it appears from this third volume in the series that...

Two relatively close contemporaries, Miklós Rózsa (1907–1995) and Erich Korngold (1897–1957) had much in common besides their Central European birth, their eventual immigration to America, and...

Though Renaud premiered in 1783 at the Paris Opéra under the directorship of Antoine Dauvergne and François-Joseph Gossec, it owes its genesis to the brief, stormy...

For Saint-Saëns lovers here is an irresistible combination of the composer’s two favorite concertos, plus a work with orchestra featuring the two solo instruments heard in...

“There is no escaping Richard Wagner.” With these pithy words annotator Tom Janssens begins his illuminating essay on how Adolphe Samuel (1824–1898) and Joseph Jongen (1873–1953)...

This review is going to be a strange one, given that the disc itself seems like an episode right out of The Twilight Zone . When...

Nicholas Burns’s notes tell of his meeting Philip Sawyers in a youth orchestra in Kent and exploring at that time the young composer’s First Violin Sonata....

My, but this new period plucked instrument group has been busy! This is the second disc reviewed this issue, the other being a compendium of works...