Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 6

With this release, which Decca titles Rachmaninov Rarities , Vladimir Ashkenazy reaches the end of his 40-year project to record the piano works of Sergei Rachmaninoff....

Two earlier discs by Boris Giltburg got slightly lukewarm reviews in Fanfare . Reviewing a recital back in 2006, Colin Clarke concluded that, despite the pianist’s...

With this recording, according to Decca, Vladimir Ashkenazy “concludes his recordings of Rachmaninov’s works for piano.” That’s solo piano music, concertos, songs, chamber music—everything that includes...

I am always overjoyed to hear a new recording of Rameau’s keyboard music performed on the piano; it is a repertoire which I find completely underappreciated...

Ravel’s two operas are not for canary-fanciers, but are a musician’s delight. These performances from the 2012 Glyndebourne Festival are especially noteworthy for the conducting of...

I’ve heard for most of my life that Max Reger, that jolly old elf (there’s a photo of him on the cover of this set—if he...

Naxos’s first volume of violin music by Respighi by Emy Bernecoli and Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi collects pieces written by the composer before 1906. The program opens...

Ferdinand Ries was a German composer born in Bonn in the latter part of the great German Classical era in music. Ries missed both Mozart and...

My review of the first volume in this new series of Riisager entitled The Symphonic Edition (Dacapo 8.226148) was published in Fanfare 35:4. I missed the...

To repeat one of my previous pronouncements in these pages, Rimsky-Korsakov is one of the great opera composers and Kitezh is one of his finest achievements,...

I figured this album might be problematic, given that Bernd Aldenhoff, whatever his virtues, was a Heldentenor, not a lyric. Imagine an opera whose eponymous lead...

If Issay Dobrowen isn’t completely forgotten today, it’s only because some opera opera collectors are bound to scratch their heads when his name is brought up...

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1927, David Rosenmann-Taub studied both literature and music. Considered a major poet of the Spanish language, he is also a composer....

Salomone Rossi (c. 1570–c. 1630) is one of those composers I usually include among the contemporaries of Claudio Monteverdi as one of the adherents of the...

Before we get started here, there are some textual issues to be cleared up with Rossini’s French comedy opera Le Comte Ory (Count Ory). What kind...

With this release of Anton Rubinstein’s Sixth Symphony, Naxos completes its transfer of the composer’s symphonies from their original 1980s Marco Polo discs, which, by the...

Three volumes of this collection were reviewed by John Lambert some 10 years ago when they were first released individually. The now boxed-up five-disc set was...

Between Fabio Biondi and Alan Curtis, we have been blessed in recent years with several fine recordings of neglected Italian Baroque operas. The liner notes to...

After a couple of generic paragraphs about the music, mixing the usual, uninformative clichés with some eyebrow-raising opinions (“Scarlatti introduces a veritable history of Spanish music...

Although Florent Schmitt (1870–1958) can be thought of as a member of the Impressionist generation (Debussy was eight years his senior, Ravel five years younger), in...

Schoenberg’s pupil Erwin Stein made a living working for music publishers; one of his occupations was the reduction of monster scores to normal size forces.

This is a light, fluid performance of Pierrot luniare . Soprano Livia Rado’s pleasing, even charming voice is woven into this ensemble. The flute tends to...

Verklärte Nacht works well in all its guises, and Eduard Steuermann’s piano trio has long been one accepted version. Osiris Trio (Ellen Corver, piano; Peter Brunt,...

In one of my rare outings outside the vocal side of things in Fanfare , editor Flegler has lobbed up a big old fat softball for...

An interesting moment: At the very beginning of the Fantasia in C, the piano introduction sounded for the first four bars like the opening of Schubert’s...

These two performances of Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy are almost equally pleasing, though they could hardly be more different. Herbert Schuch presents a dashing, extroverted reading of...

The conventional assessment of Schubert’s orchestrated stage works is that they are nice but not theatrically effective, but I found the music of Alfonso und Estrella...

Clemens Morgenthaler was born in the southwestern German town of Wertheim and sports a very striking southern accent, which might be akin to the still more...

Presumably named after the female figure who advises Socrates on the identity of truth and beauty in The Symposium , the Diotima Quartet has specialized in...

Schubert’s C-Major String Quintet, his last fully completed chamber work, and arguably his greatest, has received a number of outstanding recent recordings. In 2010, a performance...

Born in Greece and now in his mid-30s, George Emmanuel Lazardis has been called by BBC Music Magazine “special enough to be beyond comparison.” I assume...

This intelligently programmed recital of Schubert Lieder includes such cornerstones of the vocal repertoire as Der Wanderer alongside comparatively unfamiliar Lieder such as Lied “Die Mutter...

I wonder what the first singer of Winterreise , Franz Schubert himself, would think of this performance. My guess is that he would not fault the...

In my doubtless insufficiently humble and excessively rash estimation, Gerald Finley is arguably the world’s greatest baritone singer at the present hour. While there are some...

Anyone who has looked attentively at the headnote will already have observed that this is not the classic account of Dvořák’s B-Minor Concerto that Casals recorded...

Klára Würtz is a lively pianist who plays these well-known Schumann works with wonderful élan. Her touch is just varied enough to give the music some...

One has to come to the realization that, after a decade from the late-1970s through the late-1980s when we struggled to find good singers in almost...

The familiar Easter Oratorio is filled out with five seldom-recorded short pieces, none of them included in any of the published books. SWV 444 was recorded...

Written in 1966, at a time when the composer was already suffering from heart trouble, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 is a typically dark-colored, mysterious, and...

Violinist David Frühwirth and pianist Milana Chernyavska have undertaken the task of remedying the lack of works by Shostakovich for violin and piano, arranging what they...

This is the fourth and final release in the Pacifica Quartet’s much heralded traversal of Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets, arguably, along with those of Bartók and...

John Christopher Smith (1712–1795) followed his father from Saxony to London in 1720. Smith Sr. was then acting as chief copyist and financial manager to his...

We are at number 13 of the projected 16 volumes of John Philip Sousa’s complete music for wind band conducted by Sousa expert Keith Brion.

The title for these six cantatas for solo voices and strings would seem to indicate something sad and morose, but in truth these are lovely mid-Baroque...

Johann Steffens (1560–1616) was born in Holstein, a Danish province now part of Germany. In 1595 he was appointed organist at St. John’s Church in Lüneburg...

It is certainly the case that there have been many recordings of Die Fledermaus , perhaps not quite as many as Strauss’s “Blue Danube” Waltz, but...

This recording, made in 1960, was the first commercial Elektra , and it was rightly praised when issued. One year later, Decca came out with the...