Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 4

I am always game to investigate a new composer, and Andres Isasi is certainly a new one to me, as I suspect he is to most...

This could possibly go into the jazz column, as Pico Iyer is mostly known in that world as a brilliant progressive pianist. But he’s really trans-stylistic...

Born in 1906, Maxime Jacob first came to notice when in 1923 his Overture d’orchestre was performed at the Champs Elysées. In the same year he...

After one has been immersed in the music of Don Carlo Gesualdo, as I’ve been for the past two weeks, Josquin Des Prez sounds rather ordinary....

When Jesse Rodin turned his doctoral dissertation on Josquin des Prez (c. 1455–1521) into a book, Josquin’s Rome (Oxford, 2012), he also recorded Music at the...

Dmitri Kabalevsky’s First Cello Concerto, op. 49, dates from 1949, and was the middle one of three he titled “Youth Concertos.” These works were designed to...

Viktor Kalabis’s recorded legacy continues to be codified and consolidated, and this is a conspicuously important example, released to mark the 90th year of his birth....

Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev (1918–1982) studied composition with Shostakovich during the latter days of World War Two, but what I’ve heard of his music suggests that...

Here is a late German Romantic composer, August Klughardt (1847–1902), I should be more familiar with, but I’m not. Perhaps it’s because so little of his...

It appears as if August Klughardt (1847–1902) is emerging from near total obscurity to reclaim at least a small degree of positive recognition. While only five...

High on mellifluous lyricism, low on rhythmic vitality: Those are the salient characteristics of this rerelease devoted to the Trecento’s most celebrated composer. Even the album’s...

The most recent discussion of this masterwork, one of the glories of Orlandus Lassus (1532–1594), was occasioned by the appearance of Philippe Herreweghe’s fine version (...

During his Weimar years, Liszt’s friend, the organist Alexander Winterberger, spurred his interest in the organ, prompting the composition of two of his most ambitious works,...

A few months back, I was wowed by a blazing new Liszt recital from Valentina Lisitsa (see Fanfare 37:4). Here, on a solidly engineered disc featuring...

The liberal use of El Greco reproductions in this digipack reflects the subtitle of the program, Works of [Lobo’s] First Book of Masses (1602) for the...

The year 1848 was one of the more eventful ones of the 19th century. Gauguin was born and Donizetti died. Dumas fils wrote La Dame aux...

This 1977 Mahler First from Carlos Païta is beautifully played and well conducted. The sonics are both spacious and clear, avoiding an ambient gooshy sound. Païta...

The Andante moderato of the Symphony gets an exquisite reading—with gracious textures, finely considered colors, and some scrumptious tempo-bending that, especially in the final measures, may...

Sometimes you come to appreciate some of the conducting legends of the past when you have first listened to one of the conducting duds of the...

This is my first encounter with Rudolf Kempe’s Mahler. It is one of the finest recordings of the Fourth Symphony I know. Kempe was substituting in...

Karl Rankl is not a conductor well known in the U.S. Although not Jewish himself, Rankl was a composition pupil of Schoenberg (as well as Webern),...

This is the most beautifully played Mahler Fifth I’ve ever heard. My high school music teacher, Nicholas Tino, said of a concert performance of Bruckner’s Third...

A Mahler Sixth in which the Andante movement comes second? And where the last movement has two hammer blows, not the three that Mahler himself included...

I’ve been following (but not reviewing) Jonathan Nott’s Mahler cycle for the Swiss Tudor label. This release, with the simultaneous release of the Sixth Symphony, brings...

This recording presents an inexplicable rarity: a collection of all—with one exception—of Mahler’s settings for piano and voice of the German folk poems collected in Achim...

For this third album by the Marian Consort, Rory McCleery has turned to music by Jean Maillard (c. 1515–after 1570). He’s one of those ever so...

There he goes again—Kasow touting yet another CD of French 19th-century operatic ballet music, moreover telling us that it is a must. Apart from Manon, Werther...

As is the case with the majority of Naxos’s Maxwell Davies series, this disc comes from recordings made in the early 1990s for Collins Classics. One...

Peter Maxwell Davies recorded all 10 Strathclyde Concertos for diverse instruments with the dedicatees, the SCO and principals, soon after each was written The first release...

Antonio Mazzoni was a fairly prolific Italian composer in the middle and late 18th century (1717–1785), and he wrote Antigono for the opening season of one...

My first contact with Cindy McTee’s music was a recording of the wind ensemble transcription of Circuits by the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony. In fact, all...

I will not waste time or space praising these performances with faint damnation; my censure is without reservations. In issues 36:3 and 36:5, respectively, I reviewed...

Like his contemporaries Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, Saverio Mercadante wrote many operas—some 60-odd, all told. Unlike these contemporaries, he also wrote a good amount of instrumental...

This Alba release represents a milestone in the discography of significant Finnish music of the post-Sibelian early 20th century, completing the label’s cycle of the three...

La Bayadère is best-known for its “last” act, the Kingdom of the Shades. Fortunately, there is more to the ballet, however varying one’s reactions to 19th-century...

Stanisław Moniuszko (1819–1872) is a musical descendent of Weber and Donizetti, with some clear influences of both heard in his operas. He was Poland’s leading operatic...

This set of 20 madrigals, published in Venice in 1603, has been recorded as a unit at least seven times, but the two most recent discs...

This collection of 14 motets by Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500–1553) hardly duplicates much in the catalog. A quick search shows Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix...

Promising young Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka presents here her first solo recital album, a program of 10 Mozart opera arias (several with introductory recitatives) sung by...

Exactly one year ago, in issue 36:5, I expressed only lukewarm enthusiasm for Martin Helmchen’s solo Schumann disc. I’d not heard (and still haven’t) the pianist’s...

The young German pianist Martin Helmchen has an exclusive contract with PentaTone, for whom he has made several recordings––including the Mendelssohn and Schumann concertos––that have been...

It is so seldom that I respond to a performance video, particularly of standard repertoire, the way I responded to this one, which was with completely...

In this recording a talented, prolific pianist performs with a celebrated conductor in two Mozart masterpieces. It shouldn’t go wrong, and it doesn’t. There is grace...

The clever concept here is the gathering together of three great works by three of the greatest composers in history, all written in Vienna in the...

On the back cover of the DVD box, director Michael Haneke asks the following questions: “Why has well-to-do Don Alfonso married only Despina, who is, after...

Così fan tutte is quite an unconventional little opera and unique for its time. It treats the subject of female inconstancy in romance, a topic that...

This is a reissue of a 1980 Glyndebourne Entführung that was only first issued (by Arthaus Musik) in 2005. As the Overture plays, a sentry marches...

When I requested this newly rereleased DVD for review, I already anticipated a fine performance from some video and sound clips I had previewed. What I...