Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 5

Songs with piano were fairly common in Martinů’s oeuvre until 1930, when the composer was 40 years old, and 19 of them are presented here in...

This, the last entry in the series of Strathclyde Concertos composed by Maxwell Davies, is in some ways the best, not just because Concerto No. 9...

Peter Maxwell Davies rounded out his series of 10 concertos for diverse instruments, jointly commissioned by the Strathclyde Regional Council and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in...

This is an exceptionally valuable release. How is it that an American composer whose music was recorded by Stokowski, Ormandy, and Koussevitzky fades from consciousness? I...

The liner notes for this release, by one Carol Rosenberger, proclaims that “The legendary Russian pianism of yesteryear is alive and well. When I listen to...

Since this is labeled Volume 1 in what is projected to be a series of releases titled Mendelssohn in Birmingham , it doesn’t take a rocket...

The brief set of etudes that concludes this disc demonstrates the full spectrum of the strengths and weaknesses present throughout the recording. Bernd Glemser’s performance of...

Saverio Mercadante’s flute concertos are apparently more popular than I’d have thought—the one in E Minor especially—for not a few recordings of them have been previously...

These extraordinary recordings were made in 1966, at a time when the music of Olivier Messiaen had far less circulation than it does today. The composer,...

Giacomo Meyerbeer’s operas may not have merited the enormous fame and popularity they received in his lifetime, but they surely do not deserve the obscurity they...

I absolutely love Carl Millöcker’s tongue-in-cheek comic operetta Der Bettelstudent —in fact, I love it far more than Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, which I’ve never warmed up...

In some respects I have already reviewed this set of Der Bettelstudent (Beggar Student) by Viennese composer Carl Millöcker, and then again, I haven’t. Back some...

The composer, critic, and urbanite Constant Lambert dismissed the early 20th-century English pastoral school as “a cow looking over a gate”. (He was referring specifically to...

This disc combines one of the earliest orchestral works of the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912–2002) with his last, along with one of his better-known pieces....

This pairing was previously issued by Hänssler Classic in 2000, not to be confused with her performance of No. 9 conducted by Otto Ackermann on Urania...

At this point, there is nothing controversial, or even surprising, about a recording of Mozart piano concertos with reduced forces, in this case a string quartet...

Margarita Höhenrieder is a name new to me, but apparently not one new to many in the business. Oddly, her biography begins, “Margarita Höhenrieder, an outstanding...

First let me say that for this recording BIS’s engineers have really put the “Super” into Super Audio CD. The entire orchestra and solo piano emerge...

Leave it to Reinhard Goebel to turn Mozart into mincemeat. Rarely have performances left me feeling so violated that I’ve wanted to shout “Rape!” and call...

Ray Chen, a competition winner who’s also a musician, has assembled a program of three works by the 19-year-old Mozart for his recording with Christoph Eschenbach...

Most of what I know about Roy Goodman comes from his always interesting conducting of Haydn and others with the Hanover Band. Here he is conducting...

Some period instrument ensembles strive for and succeed in matching their modern instrument counterparts for richness of tone and refinement of execution. Then there are modern...

This recording of the Mozart Requiem, made in December 2002, uses the performing edition prepared by Harvard professor Robert Levin. He is one of several musicologists...

One might ask why the same record label is releasing two different recordings of Mozart’s Requiem within a month or two. The answer is that the...

This Blu-ray disc comes in surround sound, so I’ll confess that I listened to it using my HD television with its sound bar rather than on...

Cynics may say that it is his recent vocal crisis that prodded Rolando Villazón into this intense and sudden interest in Mozart. A thrilling bel canto...

These are the same 12 discs, here gathered together in a boxed-up set, that were originally released individually, several having been previously reviewed, including one of...

Early in his life—specifically, before he was even 10 years old—Johann Nepomuk Hummel lived and studied with Mozart, and is likely to have had extensive exposure...

Has concert programming improved since the so-called Golden Age? I was wondering this when confronted with this interesting but truly lopsided concert from the 1962 Salzburg...

This 1996 recording of Sorochynski Fair has its attractions, primarily in the superb conducting of Evgeny Brazhnik, who pulls everything together extremely well. Those listeners who...

This attractive disc collects the complete chamber music for winds by Carl Nielsen, as the notes say, “apart from a sixteen-bar recorder duet composed in 1931.”...

This new BIS release, announced as the beginning of a complete Nielsen symphony survey with Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, is the label’s...

This is the first release in a complete cycle of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies played by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. The coupling...

Some day, someone is going to take these European musicians who insist on inflicting “straight tone” on music as far forward as Brahms out back of...

The good news in the first recording is the splendid sound that the engineers captured during a single performance of the London PO at the Royal...

The seventh volume in CPO’s Panufnik series is dominated by the Sinfonia di Sfere , or Symphony of the Spheres, which the composer described in part...

This is the fourth CD of Dora Pejačević’s works to come my way in as many years, and this until recently virtually unknown Hungarian-born Croatian composer...

Pity poor Johann Pepusch (1667–1752). He came from one generation earlier than his colleague George Frédéric Handel, had much the same sort of professional life in...

Pezel’s Opus Musicum Sonatarum Praestantissimarum Senis Instrumentis Instructum , or “Musical Publication of the Finest Sonatas for Old/Revered Instruments,” was published in Frankfurt in 1686. It...

Somewhere, perhaps in these pages, I’ve read a commentator who was indignant that the works of Ignaz Pleyel, a contemporary of Mozart, were not played as...

Bavouzet and Noseda give us a mighty impressive overview of the Prokofiev piano concertos in this cleanly recorded set from Chandos. The highlight of my reviewing...

Only just submitted for publication in this same issue was my review of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s second installment in his Beethoven piano sonatas survey, and here he...

Though the Third Concerto of Prokofiev, and to a lesser extent the First, have become parts of the repertoire of many pianists, the other concertos have,...

Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Canadian pianist Paul Stewart recorded their program of Prokofiev’s works for violin and piano in April 2008....

Opera fans who want to understand the tradition of the art will want to be aware of Pristine Audio’s newly remastered recording of the 1956 Maria...

This disc contains segments of three concerts given in 2008 and 2009 by La Fenice, a group founded by leader Jean Tubéry, who also plays here...

Leonard Slatkin’s new Rachmaninoff First—he is one of few conductors to have recorded it twice, along with Vladimir Ashkenazy—is one of great contrasts, hyper-Romantic, with slowish...