Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

Barbara Monk Feldman (b. 1953) was a student of Morton Feldman, and they married near the end of his life. That itself is a great story;...

One of the most remarkable things about ECM’s New Series is its consistent ability to surprise. Just when convention seems to have reared its head, a...

This is an absolutely exquisite little disc. Everyone has heard the Requiem more times than they care to remember, and the clarinet concerto is done to...

Does anyone know why British horn players have cornered the market in recordings of the Mozart concertos? I know of seven who have recorded the four...

On this disc, Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs on a so-called “tangent” piano with a chamber group chosen “on the basis of the original orchestral material from the...

This new Profil release documents concert performances of two relatively early Mozart piano concertos. Mozart composed the Piano Concerto No. 12 in 1782, during his early...

It is an unfortunate fact of life that, for various reasons, fine arts performers and ensembles are disproportionately concentrated in select urban areas in Europe and...

I was predisposed to liking this even before I listened to it because there’s very little I’ve encountered by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann I haven’t liked,...

The phrase “Mozart specialist” acquires a new dimension when one reads that the esteemed violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann has played each of the five Mozart concertos...

The violin wasn’t Mozart’s favorite instrument to play, but he was proud of his proficiency. He wrote letters to his father where modesty didn’t prevent him...

Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Philharmonie Bremen play the opening tutti of Mozart’s Fifth Concerto with a pointed articulation that provides an exceptional contrast to Hahn’s...

Many years ago I reviewed in these pages a collection called The Unfinished Mozart. I particularly remember it for two reasons. One was the frustration of...

It has always amused me that Mozart, who regarded the flute rather than the oboe as the ill wind of the woodwind family, should have written...

The Chiaroscuro Quartet was founded a decade ago and, according to the annotations for this release, “performs music of the Classical period on gut stringed instruments...

During his tragically brief life and unparalleled career, Mozart was able to master just about every form of instrumental and vocal concert music then in existence....

If a pair of F Major Mozart piano sonatas and the 24 Chopin Preludes might seem a slightly eccentric idea for a recital program, then it’s...

Mozart’s piano sonatas are an epitome of the Galant style, full of happy carefreeness and ornamental virtuosity. Here, Hamelin, who has produced a Mozart sonata package...

A new CD of Mozart’s piano music raises an immediate question. Will the performer look backward to the Baroque, as is currently fashionable, or forward to...

My very first experience with Kristian Bezuidenhout’s Mozart was volumes five and six of his current complete series: I lauded it for its freshness of approach...

There are so many piano competitions, and so many excellent pianists who win them, and it is easy to forget the recent past in the excitement...

It would be easy, but probably wrong, to deduce that his recent public relations problems have sapped some of Valery Gergiev’s creative energy as a performer,...

Valery Gergiev is usually an inspirational conductor, and this makes him a frustrating one. To the extent that he seldom shapes music exactly the same way...

Valery Gergiev has more or less total control at the Mariinsky Theater, and his reign as de facto music tsar of St. Petersburg has produced Russia’s...

The noted Russian pianist and pedagogue Samuel Feinberg once noted that Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was “an encyclopedia of new techniques and sonic colors.” Of...

Even though Paul Lewis is hardly an unknown quantity in pianistic circles, I find the omission of even a single word about him in the booklet...

This disc has everything one wants to love about a recording. The repertoire is new and inventively appealing. Each of the three composers accompanies the soprano...

Having had the opportunity to meet Maria Newman since I last interviewed her and reviewed some of her orchestral music in 37:6, I can attest that...

Christoph Nichelmann (1717–1762) is a little like a German Rameau: a scholar, a prodigy, but a great composer who faded into immediate obscurity after his death....

Alan Gilbert has struck me as a skilled and scrupulous musician, but his blood pressure and heartbeat are low when it comes to finding excitement in...

Here’s volume three of Alan Gilbert’s Nielsen cycle (a fourth is scheduled with the three concertos). The two earlier discs garnered, on the whole, “yes, but”...

Nielsen’s Fifth is a rare case: a symphony that has had a definitive recording—Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, from Manhattan Center in 1962. Alan...

I had not encountered Walter Niemann’s music before receiving this disc, and I suspect he is similarly unfamiliar to many if not most of Fanfare

After the organ music of Bach, that of the French High Baroque is my favorite; it has a very distinctive colorfulness and stately grandeur to it....

Composer-arranger Thomas Pasatieri, who has worked for years in the film industry (his orchestration credits include The Little Mermaid, American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Fried Green...

My first exposure to the music of Thomas Pasatieri came in the spring of 1974, when I was a violinist in the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra....

Goffredo Petrassi’s early Partita for Orchestra (1932) is one of my favorite Neoclassical scores. The light touch of his orchestration (including pivotal parts for piano and...

Though perhaps of lesser renown than some of the others, Gabriel Pierné (1863–1937) was one of the many signatories who sat on that turn-of-the-century congressional board...

This fine new PentaTone release, titled Spirit of the American Range, follows in the footsteps of the Oregon Symphony’s recent successful thematic CD programs, Music for...

The title of this SACD is Spirit of the American Range . That is certainly applicable to Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, but any association of the...

From the opening of the liner notes: “Pēteris Plakidis (1947) is one of the Latvian composers who from his very first works successfully solved contemporary music’s...

This is, on the whole, a thoroughly rewarding recording, which is hardly surprising given the assortment of highly accomplished and esteemed musicians contributing to it. Liang...

In this survey of Russian piano music, Jorge Federico Osorio offers nothing new or unusual where repertoire is concerned. But that hardly matters where the music...

Even after reviewing regularly for several years now, I find it a bit sobering to put myself in a position of casting aspersions upon a performer...

Sidney and Jeanne Weiss gave the recital of music by the Russian composers Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, now issued on CD by Crystal, in Kimball Hall,...

This video has been around for some 20 years; it was staged and filmed at English National Opera (ENO) in 1995, but has somehow missed a...

If The Indian Queen hardly matches The Fairy Queen in modern popularity, much less Dido and Aeneas , it still has spawned enough recordings and concertized...

Somm labels this an “80th Birthday Tribute” to the English pianist, and unfortunately her age is apparently an issue in these recordings. Timings tell the story:...

Three great pianists left a legacy of Rachmaninoff recordings at a level that inspires wonderment: Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, and the composer himself. Horowitz’s signature was...

This is an impressive outing by a young pianist who grew up in the culturally barren town of Magadan, Russia, along the Arctic Circle. She eventually...

Martha Argerich has recorded Rachmaninoff’s wonderful two-piano music for so long that one might be tempted to pass by her latest efforts, except that she’s too...

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