Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 3

At long, long last, the premiere commercial recording from 1975 of Dallapiccola’s operatic masterpiece has finally made it onto CD. There has been only one other...

Jean-Henri D’Anglebert (1629–1691) wrote some pretty innovative and interesting music. This three-disc set collects his complete music for harpsichord, clearly showing the influence of Chambonnières, who...

In my opinion the true measure of an ensemble can never be tested as rigorously as when the sonorities between players are the most similar. If...

Ever since his recording of Albéniz’s Iberia, I have been longing to hear Marc-André Hamelin in Debussy. While Hamelin is no hot-blooded titan of surging passions...

Only two issues ago, in 37:3, Richard Kaplan reviewed a new release on Solo Musica of Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet No. 1, performed by a group calling...

Giuseppe Maletto has devoted a fair amount of attention to Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474) in recent years, but his only previous Masses were the first and last...

Vladimir Dukelsky, aka Vernon Duke (as he is designated on this album cover), was one of music’s great enigmas. As a classically trained composer who moved...

I reviewed the two-CD issue of this recording in our previous issue, concluding that the inconsistent performance was not up to the high standards of recordings...

This is a welcome reissue featuring some very fine performances, and one that’s worth celebrating. Eloquence has combined two Dvořák CDs from the DG catalog, the...

Titled Edward Elgar: The Binyon Settings , this Somm CD thoughtfully brings together all the works that Elgar composed to texts by the poet Laurence Binyon...

Camille Saint-Saëns has often been characterized as “the French Mendelssohn,” but if one makes such associations based on propinquities of chronology and musical style, the “French...

The back of this release’s jewel case advertises the Fauré Requiem as “the original chamber version.” This is simply inaccurate. What Niquet presents isn’t the first,...

Among Naxos’s most interesting recent projects, one still in progress, is recording an integral set of performances of music by Zdeněk Fibich, the Czech composer who...

What an airy, charming, and altogether lovely album this is! Of course, I was predisposed towards it anyway since I’ve long been a fan of Françaix’s...

My first encounter with Jack Gallagher was four years ago in Fanfare 34:3. Then, as now, acquaintance was made courtesy of a Naxos CD containing a...

Jack Gallagher’s first CD of orchestral music was enthusiastically received in this journal ( Fanfare 34:3), and in a wide range of other critical media, a...

Jack Gallagher is an American composer now in his late 60s. He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister and Robert Palmer, has worked as a record producer,...

The music of Jack Gallagher (b. 1947) has previously been welcomed in these pages (making the Want List in 2011 of Steven Ritter). It is not...

Jack Gallagher’s Symphony No. 2 is quite simply, a knockout. Composed between 2010 and 2013 and subtitled “Ascendant,” this massive four-movement work of over an hour’s...

I was surprised to find the unfamiliar name of Giovanni Ghizzolo (c. 1580–1625) in the Fanfare Archive for a motet that was included in a miscellaneous...

A number of years ago I mentioned in another review of The Mikado that the cinema’s love affair with the work goes back to 1907, when...

It would be difficult to overestimate the popularity of Jean Gilles’s Requiem. Shortly after his death, the work took hold in France, leading to more than...

Some émigré Russians and Ukrainians fled the Revolution to fame in the West. Others settled into secondary artistic roles abroad, denied greater opportunity by talent, temperament,...

Listening to 81 minutes of piano miniatures by Benjamin Godard (1849–1895) at one sitting would be akin to eating a full-course meal of petit fours. This...

Back in 34:1 I reviewed a reissue of a 1992 Hungaroton recording of this work conducted by Pál Németh. Despite that recording being slightly abridged (it...

Matthew Greenbaum (b. 1950) is committed to a language less in favor today: intense, highly chromatic, packed with detail, brimming with ideas. But this is

This is the soundtrack for a film that brings together a triple threat of collaborators: director Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most adventurous and substantial...

This disc comes from a period instrument group from Australia that I must confess not to have heard before. The program is in and of itself...

Full disclosure: Your reviewer is credited as aiding in the production of this set, so you may wish to ignore the opinions expressed, but my participation...

Here, on its debut album, the young prize-winning Trio Frühstück—Clara Frühstück, piano, Maria Sawerthal, violin; and Sophie Abraham, cello—presents an unusual program that probably has something...

The lengthy liner notes to this release are generalized comments about music-making in Dresden during the period 1715–30. There’s no mention made of Heinichen until the...

By 1922, Victor Herbert had seen the writing on the wall. The Jazz Age had descended on America with a crash and a drum roll, along...

Hirundo Maris is a duo made up of the soprano Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen, who sing, play, and composed the meditations that are inserted...

The word among musicians and reviewers has always been that Paul Hindemith was a wonderful, witty, and warm person who wrote stark, cold, and generally forbidding...

Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott (1929–2008) was considered that country’s greatest and most important composer for more than 10 years, and this disc collects several of his...

Robert Honstein, a Boston-based composer who studied at Yale University with Martin Bresnick, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang, collaborated with the group The Sebastians on a...

Back in 1990–91 and in 1994, choral conductor Paul Spicer, a champion of Herbert Howells’s music who also penned a biography of the composer, recorded two...

Herbert Howells (1892–1983) is best known for music written for the Church of England. Even so, the Mass in the Dorian Mode , an early work...

Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962) has been winning awards for his compositions since his years at the Royal College of Music, but it seems that he has...

If you’re looking for Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in high resolution surround sound, you have solid, if not exceptional, choices from Wit and Jansons. But even if...

The moment you hear the massed trumpets ricocheting across the stage in the first movement, you know this is going to be a successful sinfonietta—in terms...

Janáček’s fanfare-infused Sinfonietta gets a strong performance from the Bergen Philharmonic under the English conductor Edward Gardner. I am a big fan of Gardner’s recordings, such...

This is the second recording by The Spirit of Gambo of music by John Jenkins. Christopher Brodersen greatly enjoyed a release by the ensemble of Jenkins’s...

The name of André Jolivet (1905–1974) has been kept alive among collectors by the continued availability of recordings of his flute and trumpet concertos, and recently...

Nicolò Jommelli (1714–1774) is one of those important composers whose tercentenary is this year (2014) and yet who has received far less attention than either C....

Hans-Udo Heinzmann was the principal flutist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra for 21 years when he left in 2013, and was a well-regarded orchestral, solo, and...

Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785–1849) mainly earned his reputation as Europe’s foremost virtuoso pianist during the early decades of the 19th century—that, and as a man of haughty...

On its surface this new CD sampling of a few of Kodály’s a cappella choral compositions is something of a riddle. The composer’s choral music for...

There is not a great deal to say about this release––but that is not to dismiss it. The fact is, this disc gives us four substantial...

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