Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings Pg. 6

Lang Lang is one of a vanishing breed, the outsized personality pianist à la Horowitz and Rubinstein, whose star status is such that the mere rumor...

All one has to do is to listen to the thunderous applause following Lang Lang’s (to me) rushed rendition of the Rondo alla Turca on this...

Mitsuko Uchida is widely proclaimed as one of today’s greatest interpreters of Mozart. She has already recorded Mozart’s complete piano sonatas as well as all the...

Mozart’s three operas written by Lorenzo Da Ponte are among the most popular in the pantheon, and each has undergone any number of stagings, Don Giovanni...

Once again, alas, we have a video presentation of Mozart’s magnificent operatic masterpiece that subjects it to the perverse machinations of Regietheater . Here, the action...

Paul Badura-Skoda has been recording Mozart for over 60 years. His playing is generally elegant rather than effusive, which has led critics in these pages to...

By today’s standards, Mitridate, re di Ponto is not a very good opera. It is too long, too wordy, with too much secco recitative , and...

Mozart’s quartets can have sudden, ephemeral moments of indescribable beauty, moments that make you wonder, “Where did that come from?” and they’re made all the more...

Here is another fine remastering of Decca recordings from previous decades. In this release, as appealing for the couplings as for the generally excellent performances, we...

First, I’m not accustomed to receiving reissues from BIS, but that’s what these are. This four-disc set has been assembled from recordings originally made between 1989...

Esa-Pekka Salonen recently said in public that while of course he doesn’t know what posterity will make of the period instrument movement, he suspects that people...

After the jubilant acclaim given to the Mozart Requiem released by the Dunedin Consort (Linn), this new one from Paris’s highly reputed Accentus is likely to...

“The reunion of two legendary superstars and soulmates of the keyboard.” The gushing PR blurb makes it seem as if two tectonic plates crossed paths. The...

Here we have two young Hungarian players in a program of four of Mozart’s most popular duo sonatas for keyboard and violin. Neither the violinist Ernõ...

Mozart’s last symphonies are famous masterpieces. In the Mozart canon itself, they stand out amongst his finest instrumental works. They are also a final culmination of...

This program was recorded in 2013 on a vintage fortepiano (c. 1790) by Anton Walter. It has a lovely and characterful sound. The only exception is...

Cards on the table: Since Robert Ashley innovated instrumentation, form, and delivery in the 1970s, turning English-language opera on its head and making it believable as...

I can remember fairly vividly when Lazar Berman splashed onto the American musical scene several decades ago, having been brought to the U.S. on a tour...

At age 25, Czech composer Josef Mysliveček (1737–1781) decided to leave his family’s milling business, go to Venice, and learn to compose the most popular theater...

I suppose one could call this music, but perhaps it is better to refer to it as arranged sound, or, as Cold Blue’s press kit describes...

Carl Nielsen already showed himself a skillful symphonist when he composed his Symphony No. 1, but it lacks the two ingredients that would turn him into...

I have mixed feelings about these performances. The best way to sum them up, I think, is to say “Much to admire, less to love.” I...

Offenbach is always full of surprises. Fantasio is a true opera-comique , not at all in the vein of such frenzied masterpieces as Orphée aux Enfers...

Artur Pizarro has recorded two piano concertos by Latin composers that make for a stellar addition to Hyperion’s The Romantic Piano Concerto series. Both composers were...

In an age when serious composers seem intent on being as approachable and instantly comprehensible as possible, Andrzej Panufnik—whose centenary was celebrated in 2014—seems more and...

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) seems to be more popular today than ever. Partly, I ascribe this to his later music being listener friendly:...

Violinist Ju-Young Baek’s release pairs violin concertos by Polish composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Karol Szymanowski—the Second of the first and the First of the second.

George Perle (1915–2009) composed using the 12-tone system but, unlike some of his contemporaries, he strove to produce music that would be communicative and even capricious....

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never heard of the Flemish composer Matthæus Pipelare before. A compatriot of Josquin Desprez, he appears to have been born somewhere...

To my knowledge, California Institute of the Arts composer Michael Pisaro’s work has not previously been reviewed in these pages. His widely varied compositions can be...

Alessandro Poglietti was one of a series of Italian composers—others being Giovanni Valentini, Giovanni Felice Sances, and Antonio Bertali—who moved to, and flourished within, the Viennese...

There were almost as many big-name celebrated cellists throughout the first half of the 20th century as there were pianists and violinists—Pablo Casals, Beatrice Harrison, Felix...

I did a double-take upon receiving this release in the mail. Didn’t I just finish reviewing an album of Popper’s cello works a week or so...

This CD commemorates a sold-out concert last spring, part of the cleverly named Blow Out All the Stops series. Organ devotees gathered to hear if the...

I wish I could summon up more enthusiasm for this CD. I’m a great admirer of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. I love the music. And I’ve had high...

The prevailing mood of the second album from the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov is ebullience. The fact that he won the London International Piano Competition...

The 10 selections heard here are excerpted from suites Nos. 1 and 2 that Prokofiev made from his classic 1940 ballet score, Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has fared well in the recording studio. Lorin Maazel’s version of the complete ballet (Decca) is an audiophile legend that I would...

In 1959, the Moscow Bolshoi Theater Orchestra and Gennady Rozhdestvensky made a Melodiya studio recording of the complete score of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet

Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s Prokofiev is consistently impressive, and it’s good news that Melodiya, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, has at last gathered the seven symphonies...

Since 2012, the arrival of Marin Alsop as principal conductor in São Paulo has brought a spotlight on what many consider South America’s best orchestra. She...

The São Paulo Symphony is a finer orchestra each time I hear it. It is thriving under the direction of its American music director, Marin Alsop,...

This well-packed CD represents the second installment of Karabits’s complete survey of the Prokofiev symphonies. It opens with an impressive performance of the Symphony No. 2...

Chopin and Prokofiev have drastically cut down on writing new pieces, so music lovers look for original performers and striking style to keep piano tradition alive....

In his review of Anna Gourari’s last ECM collection, Canto Oscuro , Robert Carl pointed to her “aesthetic intelligence” ( Fanfare 36:4), and I’d like to...

Seeing the stage at the Roman quarry at St. Margarethen, Europe’s oldest stone quarry, some 70 km southeast of Vienna is simply startling when the set...

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