Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

The violin sonata and piano quartet are works that Georges Antoine (1892–1918), a very self-critical composer from Liège, Belgium, painstakingly revised while serving in the Belgian...

It is unusual for Dutton to produce a disc of English music that has been recorded before––usually it specializes in recording premieres––but in this case the...

Daniel François Esprit Auber’s Marco Spada (also known as The Bandit’s Daughter ) is as shape-shifting and elusive as its titular bandit-posing-as-aristocrat. Written in 1852 as...

In the conventional canon of music history, one tends to begin the history of the Lied with Franz Schubert, with his predecessors more or less glossed...

Among bad recent recordings, this one is close to a perfect storm. The problems begin with the actual sound of this particular fortepiano. Billed in the...

The three composers whose music is heard on this disc all worked as harpsichord accompanists for Prussia’s Frederick II. Nichelmann became second harpischordist to Bach’s first,...

This disc presents several of C. P. E. Bach’s symphonies that are available in other performances—Wq 179 and 182/4 by Hartmut Haenchen, Wq 183/1 and 3...

Before arriving at the Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner paid considerable attention to Bach, going back to his early days in Dresden and continuing through Pittsburgh, culminating...

Another complete Bach cantata edition is coming our way! This project, directed by the relatively unheralded Swiss conductor/organist Rudolf Lutz, is already nine years into a...

Bach and Schnittke? It seems as though one of the easiest ways to create a program nowadays is to pair any composer or group of composers...

For those who like this sort of thing, this should be the sort of thing they’ll love—Bach’s concertos for solo violin and for violin in various...

As Bach discs go, this one is unusually blithe, and it probably will appeal more to admirers of Anderson & Roe than to those of the...

The seventh motet is Ich lasse dich nicht , whose grudging acceptance into the canon of Bach’s motets is at or near the tipping point. It...

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musikalisches Opfer (Musical Offering) really needs no introduction, since it is one of the iconic pedagogical works that this composer wrote. In 1747...

As one reads the thoughtful notes provided by the soloist, and as one listens to his hour-and-a-quarter of transcriptions, one thing becomes clear. This was not...

This disc is the third in the series of recordings of Bach piano transcriptions that Angelika Nebel has been releasing over the past five years. Her...

Will the real Bach flute sonatas please blow it out your embouchures! No two CDs I’ve encountered that have “Bach Flute Sonatas” emblazoned on their album...

Here is something surely unique and guaranteed to raise some eyebrows, as it did mine, until Todd Fickley kindly took the time to clarify some technical...

This disc, Vol. 2 of Léon Berben’s ongoing series of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach’s keyboard works, contains two world premiere recordings: the Sonata in F Major and...

Between 1932 and 1935, Schnabel and this conductor (then described as “Dr.” Malcolm Sargent) recorded the five Beethoven concertos with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic—the...

I don’t know if anything quite like this has been undertaken before, but veteran American pianist Jerome Lowenthal has never shied away from taking on technically...

Praga has conveniently paired two of Oistrakh’s EMI recordings from the same year, 1958, one worth hearing, the other a treasure. The one worth hearing is...

The timing for the last Diabelli Variations recording that I reviewed, a performance by Stewart Goodyear on Marquis, is 47:13, around average for the work. Christina...

Once again, Andrew Rose has turned his attention and audio engineering expertise to a famed operatic broadcast of the past. This performance of Beethoven’s only opera,...

Back in 35:5 I reviewed in detail a previous release of this performance by WHRA (coupled with a second complete surviving broadcast Met performance of

This has caused me more consternation than just about any review I’ve written. It follows by exactly one issue (38:5) my review of the Quatuor Alcan’s...

The aristocratic American-born, though not American-trained, Albert Spalding (of the Spalding sporting-goods family) became the idol for many American violinists in the first third of the...

Two of the most adventurous performers of their generation, Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz—classical virtuosos with crossover credentials—have established a high powered cello-piano duo. Here they...

Daniel-Ben Pienaar is an exceptional Beethoven pianist––and I mean that both as a compliment and in a literal sense. In an expansive note that comes with...

I’ve followed Jonathan Biss’s career with admiration from his debut album on EIM in 2004, which was devoted to Beethoven sonatas. It was clear at the...

On the front cover of Vol. 1 of this series, it said, “Walter Gieseking Plays All Piano Sonatas By Beethoven,” whereas on the cover of this,...

Arturo Toscanini, it seems, is alive and well and conducting in Denmark. Or maybe it’s his faster younger brother. This comes as a bit of a...

This is disappointing. Transcriptions can be valuable, even revelatory, when executed with skill and insight, as is the case with Liszt’s piano versions of the Beethoven...

The year was 1877 when Thomas Edison made history engraving his voice onto his tinfoil cylinder with the words “Mary had a little lamb.” Immediately thereafter,...

The two Beethoven Symphonies on this recording fairly leap forth with power. I will be returning to them often. It is for such music making that...

This is the fourth disc in Martynov’s series of Beethoven symphonies as transcribed by Franz Liszt; only the mighty Ninth remains. I’ve been following this series...

This recording of Beethoven Nine was dragged up from the depths of bad pressings and failed CDs. Andrew Rose at Pristine has reconstituted it and given...

This is an extremely satisfying recital of lush, 19th-century chamber music. This Prague-based trio is named after the piano manufacturer Petrof, who is their patron. Consisting...

It may not have been a good idea to begin this recording with the “Ghost” Trio and its Allegro vivace con brio opening scales. The

This is Vol. 2 of TrioVanBeethoven’s set of the complete piano trios of this composer. The very scanty information on this group in the booklet informs...

Well, here they are for those who want to hear them: Beethoven’s notorious (some would say infamous) arrangements of British, Irish, Scottish, French, and other nationalities’...

In case the name is unfamiliar, Peter Benoit (1834–1901) was a Dutch-speaking Belgian composer and longtime director of the Antwerp Conservatory, who from the late 1870s...

Originally issued in March 1995, this album somehow eluded being reviewed in Fanfare (or at least, if it was, it’s not in the online Archive), so...

When Gergiev’s performance of the Symphony fantastique was released, the reviews were generally poor. The recording was said to be disappointing primarily because of his cautious...

In an almost exactly parallel release with Gergiev’s Symphonie fantastique , reviewed by both Henry Fogel and Huntley Dent in 38:4—and none too positively, I might...

The somewhat longer than usual playing time for this live performance is explained by the fact that Luisi observes the repeats in both the first and...

Gunnar Letzbor’s readings of Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas , which he made in 1996 and which Arcana issued on Arcana A 901, have now been reisssued...

This CD is a delight from beginning to end. The selections are not the usual bits from Carmen or L’Arlésienne but constitute a more representative sample...

La dame blanche was one of the most successful operas in the world when it began life in 1825 at Paris’s Opéra-Comique. By 1862 it had...

The two Borodin symphonies were recorded in 1989 and were originally released on a Philips disc that was apparently never reviewed in Fanfare . The

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