Kaija SAARIAHO (b.
Théâtre (1995) Château de l’Ame (1996)²
Gidon Kremer (violin); Dawn Upshaw (soprano)²; Anssi Karttunen (cello)³;
BBC Symphony Orchestra; members of the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra²; Avanti! Chamber Orchestra³; Esa-Pekka
Salonen Recorded: Maida Vale Studio 1, London, June 1996 (Graal Théâtre);
Hall of Culture, Helsinki, June 2000 (Château de l’Ame)
and Recording Studio, Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, Helsinki, June
SONY SK 60817 [71:31] [HC]
release is a wonderful tribute to this most distinguished composer whose
superbly crafted music, even at its most demanding, is capable of deeply-felt
emotions. Unreservedly recommended.
1950) String Quartet No.2
(1990/1) George NICHOLSON (born
1949) String Quartet No.3 (1995)
The Bochmann Quartet Recorded : Nottingham University, May 1997
METIER MSV CD 92016
Bochmann prove inspired and dedicated performers in these substantial
additions to the British string quartet canon.
Esa-Pekka SALONEN (b.
Variations (1996/7) Five Images after Sappho (1999)² Giro (1981, rev.
1997) Mania (2000/1)² Gambit (1998)
Dawn Upshaw (soprano); Anssi Karttunen (cello); Los Angeles Philharmonic
Orchestra; London Sinfonietta²; Esa-Pekka Salonen Recorded: Royce Hall,
Los Angeles, January 2000; Air Studios, London, June 2000 (Five Images)
and Henry Wood Hall, London, December 2000 (Mania)
SONY SK 89158 [75:13] [HC]
brilliantly successful conducting career has somewhat overshadowed his
composing activities. The present release, mostly of recent pieces,
helps put the balance straight again
(1660-1725) Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme
Oratorio in two parts (Rome, 1706)
Sedecia - Gérard Lesne Anna - Virginie Pochon Ismaele - Philippe
Jaroussky Nabucco - Peter Harvey Nadabbe - Mark Padmore Il Seminario
Musicale, Gérard Lesne direction. Rec: November 1999, Ecole Sainte-Geneviève,
VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 45452 2 1 [94.18] CD1 46:54 Part One CD2
47:22 Part Two[KM]
recording contains some fine music and excellent performances, but the
work itself lacks overall unity, sounding more like a collection of
arias than a coherent work.
Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) Martin Isepp (piano),
Geoffrey Parsons (piano), Rec : 2nd October 1977, The Maltings, Snape,
20th April 1970, St John's Smith Square, London 1st September 1980,
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4070-2 [73.06] [TB]
Baker's interpretations of Schubert are by now legendary, but these
recordings from broadcast performances are not widely known. They are
marvellous, and fully worthy of her name.
Lieder (7 CDs) Great Schubert Singers
Die Schöne Mullerin [61.47] Peter Schreier, tenor; Walter Olbertz,
piano Die Winterreise [76.26] Robert Holl, bass-baritone;
Naum Grubert, piano Schwanengesang [51.38] John Shirley-Quirk,
baritone; Steuart Bedford, piano 15 Lieder [56.26] Gundula
Janowitz, soprano; Charles Spencer, piano Goethe-lieder [54.48]
Arleen Augér, soprano; Walter Olbertz, piano 19 Lieder
[74.05] Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano
16 Lieder [54.48] Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone;
Hartmut Höll, piano Detailed contents listed at end of review Rec:
1974, 1995, 1977, 1989, 1978, 1989, 1987.
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99443 [approx. 430 min.] [KM]
in all, this bargain set is a wonderful collection of recordings of
Schubert's lieder. As an introduction, it will allow you to discover
seven of the finest singers of this music.
(1797-1828) Adagio and Rondo concertante
in F, piano, violin, viola and cello, D.487, 3 Minuets for wind nonet,
String Trio in B flat (unfinished), D.471, Octet for wind in F (unfinished),
D.72 Anselm HÜTTENBRENNER (1794-1868)
String Quintet in C minor
Consortium Classicum/Dieter Klöcker Recorded 1977
CPO 999 801-2 [65.34] [CH]
Hüttenbrenner is a very likeable piece and the Schubert pieces
are rare with the performances at least adequate.
Symphony No. 1 in B flat, Op. 38, 'Spring'.
(1864-1949) Sinfonia domestica, Op. 53.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Dimitri Mitropoulos. Recorded live at
the Festspielhaus, Salzburg on August 28th, 1957.
ORFEO FESTSPIELDOKUMENTE C565011B [mono] [ADD] [75.24] [CC]
remarkable concert concluded the Salzburg Festival of 1957. Mitropoulos'
readings offer a must-hear, never less than fascinating experience.
Liederkreis and Kerner-lieder
Christoph Prégardien, tenor, Michael Gees, piano Rec: January
- February 1995, Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany.
RCA RED SEAL 74321 73235 2 [73.58] [KM]
of the finest tenors singing German lieder. Another excellent collection
of songs showing the wide range of emotions at Prégardien's expressive
command. A recording that deserves the attention of all fans of German
Robert SCHUMANN Album
fur die Jugend Op 68
Rico Gulda piano Recorded December 2000 Bosendorfer Hall Vienna
NAXOS 8.555711 [76.09] [JW]
to decry Gulda’s playing which is often thoroughly convincing; ultimately
though it lacks Schumannesque acuity and never really reaches the state
of true simplicity.
(1873-1921) Sunflower Sea - The Piano works of
Déodat de Séverac Le Chant de la Terre, En
Languedoc, Les Naïades et le Faune Indiscret
(Danse Nocturne), Baigneuses au Soleil, Cerdaña, En Vacances
I , En Vacances II , Stances à Madame
de Pompadour Izumi
Tateno (piano) Recorded at Kokkola, Finland, 5th-8th
June 2001 FINLANDIA
8573-87181-2 CDs [144:01] [IL]
wonderfully evocative, mostly rustic/pastoral compilation, exquisitely
played with every shade and nuance nicely judged. These are slowly evolving,
richly detailed musical portraits best savoured when completely relaxed.
SHANKAR - Full Circle Two
Ravi Shankar - Sitar, Anoushka Shankar - Sitar, Bikram Gosh - Tabla,
Tanmoy Bose - Tabla, Ajay Sharma - Tanpura and Barry Phillips - Tanpura.
Ragas Kaushi Kanharra and Mishra Gara. Recorded live at Carnegie Hall,
New York 6 October 2000.
EMI CDC5 57106-2 [54.51] [JP]
we have a brand new offering from Ravi Shankar and his family, friends
and colleagues. This disc has given me a tremendous amount of sheer
(1906-1975) Symphony No. 10 in E Minor
, Symphony No. 6 in E Minor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton recorded live
September 21 - 24, November 30, and December 1 - 2, 2000 in Dallas.
DELOS DE 3283
[82.39] - 2 discs nas. Special price [JP]
two discs will clearly suit hi-fi addicts and the general listener who
is not looking to be shattered by either of these powerful works. I
would therefore recommend them with caution. [JP]
this Tenth hasn’t quite the raw power and energy of Mravinsky or Mitropoulos,
but how many have? No, this disc contains as cogent and well argued
an account as one could reasonably expect to hear. The playing is of
a very high standard throughout and the recorded sound is in the demonstration
(1906-1975) Symphony No. 14, Op. 135 (1969)
Joan Rodgers, soprano John
Tomlinson, bass. BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Mark
Wigglesworth recorded in St. Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol, 18-19 March
1999. DDD BIS BIS-CD1173
superb performance by all concerned; a worthy addition to the catalogue.
Complete Symphonies' Symphonies 1-7, Symphony No. 5 (original 1915
version and final version) Tapiola
Lahti SO/Osmo Vänskä rec 1996-1997, Church of the Cross (Ristinkirkko),
4 CDs for price of 3
BIS CD-1286-1288 [287.30] [RB]
great things in this set and the original version of the Fifth Symphony
is no academic makeweight. The closest approach to a single recommendable
Youth Production for Solo Piano Volume 2 The
study Years in Helsinki 1888 -1889 (tracks 1-20) Studies in Berlin under
Albert Becker 1889 -1890 (tracks 21-26) Studies in Berlin under Robert
Fuchs and Karl Goldmark 1890-1891 (tracks 27-29)
Folke Gräsbeck (piano) Recorded 2000
BIS CD 1202 [69.20] [CF]
is a disc which will delight the Sibelius anoraks.
Eulenspiegel, Waltz Sequences: Der Rosenkavalier, Don Juan, Bamberg
Symphony Orchestra Eugen Jochum Death and Transfiguration RCA
Victor Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner Also Sprach Zarathustra, Ein
Heldeleben Chicago Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner Rec (Jochum),
1984; (Reiner Death and Transfiguration), 1950; (Reiner Zarathustra
and Heldenleben), 1954
RCA Red Seal 74321 846082 [2CDs: 72.42 & 75.35] [TB]
two-CD set from French RCA includes some particularly interesting performances.
Reiner is of course one of the great Strauss conductors, and this is
confirmed by his three performances, which are particularly well directed
Golden Legend - cantata
Janice Watson (sop), Jean Rigby (mezzo), Mark Wilde (ten), Jeffrey Black
(bar), Jonathan Brown (ten) London Chorus, New London Symphony Orchestra,
Ronald Corp Rec: All Saints Church, Tooting, London; Feb. 2001
HYPERION CDA67280 [94.47] [RW]
fresh-sounding and youthful Watson and Wilde sparkle. Black gives the
ideally raspy quality needed for the evil Lucifer. The reading by Ronald
Corp is magnificent. The New London Chorus and Orchestra tackle the
work with energy and enthusiasm. This set is a gem.
Johan Severin SVENDSEN
no. 1, op. 4 (1865-6) Symphony no. 2, op. 15 (1876) Polonaise
no. 2, op. 28 (1881)
Danish National Radio SO/Thomas Dausgaard Recorded 16-18 and 22-24/08/2000
in Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen
CHANDOS CHAN 9932 [75.25] [CH]
symphonies are not quite masterpieces but they are more than just easy-listening
and could be widely enjoyed. Conductor and orchestra are energetic,
delicate and romantic as required.
No.1 in D major Op.4 Symphony No.2 in Bb major
Op.15 Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Ari
Rasilainen Recorded at NRK Broadcasting Hall, Oslo, Norway in June 1996
TELDEC APEX 0927 40621
2 [71.10] [CF]
attractive performances, particularly in the rustic, witty scherzettos,
with bustling energetic playing by the excellent woodwind section. An
Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
String Quartets Volume 1 No 1 in D Major Op 11, No 2 in
F major Op 22 New Haydn
Quartet, Budapest Recorded Unitarian Church Budapest from 2 to 5 October
1995 NAXOS 8.550847
must remain with the Borodin (Melodiya) but Naxos has given us a reasonable
and plausible cheap alternative.
String Quartets – No. 11, Op. 34 (1924); No. 13, Op. 74 (1953).
Buchberger String Quartet. Recorded
in the Evangelische Kirche, Köln-Rondorf on March 22nd-24th, 1999
(Op. 34) and May 10th-12th, 1999 (Op. 74). [DDD]
CPO 999 687-2 [55.35] [CC]
Buchberger Quartet brings a luminous conviction to these performances
which makes this disc unmissable. The fact that CPO are issuing the
disc at their ‘Special Price’ is just the icing on the cake.
Memory (Herding Calls) for soprano and male chorus (1982)
Voices from Tammsaare's Herdboy Days - documentary cantata for
male chorus, soloists, phonogram and percussion (1977) Songs of the
Ancient Sea (1979) North Russian Bylina for male chorus and
soloists (1976) Conscript's Escape from Toompea Castle Home to Kuusalu
(1969) Vepsian Winter for male chorus (1984) God Protect
Us From War for male chorus and tam-tam (1984)
Estonian National Male Chorus/Olev Oja rec 1994, Tallinn, Estonia
FORTE CLASSICS - ARTISTS ONLY! AOR-17 [50.36] [RB]
refreshingly different musical experience. If you are jaded with the
Anglican choral tradition do try to track down this disc.
No 10 (1973) Symphony No 6 (1954)
Estonian National SO (Sym
10); Estonian Radio SO (Sym 6) cond Neeme Järvirec 1979 stereo
(Sym 10); 1962 mono (Sym 6)
FORTE CLASSICS AOR-16 [58.35] [RB]
are extremely valuable recordings encoding the music as it arose, hot
from the composer's pen, and amongst the forces for which it was originally
written. If the 1979 analogue taping of No. 10 lacks the transparency
and concussion of a modern digital version it compromises nothing in
the sense of being there.
((b 1961) Movements;
Hexa; Transit; Jug Band Rag*
BIT 20 Ensemble/ Ingar Bergby/Ricardo Odriozola* Rec 2000, HRK Hordaland
AURORA ACD 509 [60.00]
invigorating collection of recent compositions by an active member of
the new music fraternity in Norway - - regularity overlaid by unpredictable
strands, and elements of improvisation which carry transformation 'beyond
the limits of jazz'.
(1872 - 1958) Sir
John in Love (1924/8)
Donald Mitchell, baritone (Falstaff); Laura Claycomb, soprano (Mrs Page);
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano (Mrs Ford); Anne-Marie Owens, mezzo-soprano
(Mrs Quickly); Matthew Best, bass (Mr Ford); Roderick Williams, baritone
(Mr Page); Stephen Varcoe, baritone (Sir Hugh Evans); Adrian Thompson,
tenor (Dr Caius); Stephen Loges, baritone (Host of the Garter); Susan
Gritton, soprano (Anne Page); Mark Padmore, tenor (Fenton) Sinfonia
Chorus and the Northern Sinfonia/Richard Hickox Recorded: Jubilee Hall,
Newcastle, December 2000
CHANDOS CHAN 9928 [68:05 + 68:34] [HC]
reading has the benefit of richer, warmer sound and you will be in for
a glorious musical experience
Concerto (1984?) [35.33] Benjamin
BRITTEN(1913-1976) Violin Concerto (1939) [34.20]
Lydia Mordkovich (violin)
BBCSO/Richard Hickox rec Blackheath Halls, London, 29-30 Nov 2000
CHANDOS CHAN 9910 [69.57] [RB]
is a gorgeous disc that will have you reassessing the Britten and embracing
the Veale concerto.[RB]Chandos have once again put us in their debt
by releasing this superbly recorded and impressively committed performance
of the John Veale Violin Concerto.[PC]
Stankovic (bass) Alvaro, Paolo Gavanelli (bass) Gusmano, Jovo Reljin
(tenor) Ovando, Ram¢n Vargas (tenor) Zamoro, Wolfgang Barta (bass) Ataliba,
Marina Mescheriakova (soprano) Alzira, Jana Iliev (mezzo) Zuma, Torsten
Kerl (tenor) Otumbo Choeur
du Grand Théâtre de Genève L'Orchestre de la Suisse
Romande/Fabio Luisi Rec 29 June - 2 July 1999, Victoria Hall, Geneva
PHILIPS 464 628-2PH2
[2CDs: 91.38] [TB]
opera will not make an impact on the world's stages as the result of
this new recording, but listening to it will bring rewards to anyone
sensitive to Verdi's greatness, and it is hard to think of many music
lovers who do not come into that category.
(1813 - 1901) Ernani
- Opera in four parts Julian Gavin (tenor) Alan Opie (baritone)
Peter Wedd (tenor) Peter Rose (bass) Susan Patterson (soprano)
Helen Williams (soprano) Paul Hodges (bass)
English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus / David Parry Recorded Blackheath
Halls 12 - 16 July 2000 DDD
CHANDOS OPERA IN ENGLISH CHAN3052(2) CD1 [66.50] CD2 [65.11] [RM]
excellent set - full of honour, passion, revenge and tragedy.
Symphoniesa No. 6, 'Sobre a linha das Montanhas do Brasil'; No.
8. Suite pour cordesb.
SWR Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart/Carl St. Clair. Recorded in
the Stadthalle, Sindelfingen on aFebruary 17th-21st, 1997, bApril 18th,
2001. [DDD] CPO 999
517-2 [69.20] [CC]
of how much worthwhile music there is still to discover. The influences
on Villa-Lobos are subsumed under one vast, Brazilian umbrella. A superb
disc, and one which I cannot recommend highly enough.
String Quartets - Volume Six.
String Quartet No. 4 (1917) String Quartet No. 9 (1945)String
Quartet No. 11 (1948)
Cuarteto LatinamericanoRecorded 1998, Bolivia? (DDD)
DORIAN RECORDINGS DOR 93229 [79.23]
wasn’t I given the previous volumes to review? This is the final volume
and contains the finest of Villa Lobos’s quartets.
(1678 - 1741)
Juditha triumphans 1716. Magdalena
Kozena, mezzo-soprano, Juditha; Maria José Trullu, contralto,
Holofernes; Marina Comparato, soprano, Vagaus; Anke Herrman, mezzo-soprano,
Abra; Tiziana Carraro, mezzo-soprano, Ozias; Academia Montis Regalis;
Chamber Choir of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Conductor: Alessandro
Recording in October 2000, Instituto de Musica Antica Adademia Montis
Regalis, Mondovi, Italy.
OPUS 111 OP 30314 [3 CDs: 165.30] [FC]
flair for orchestration plus charging this oratorio with high drama
makes this one of Vivaldi's undisputed masterpieces. It is not without
reason that the record label, Opus 111, has chosen this work to lead
off their announced project to record the entire works of this composer.
Six concertos from Il Cimento dell'Armonia
e dell'Invenzione Op. 8:- The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer,
Autumn, Winter (RV269, 315, 293, 297) Storm at Sea RV253
Massimo Quarta (violin) Yuko Tanaka (harpsichord continuo) Moscow Chamber
Orchestra/Constantine Orbelian rec 13-16 Sept 2000, Skywalker Sound,
Marin County, California
DELOS DE 3280 [56.32] [RB]
velour style, with brilliance in abundance, slow slow-movements and
'hyper' faster movements. Recording to match.
String Concertos, Volume 2
Collegium Musicum 90/Simon Standage Rec: October 2000, All Saints' Church,
East Finchley, London.
CHANDOS CHAN 0668 [65.40] [KM]
the performance and sound are excellent, this disc suffers from an overall
lack of musical qualities. While those wanting to own all of Vivaldi’s
works will certainly want this recording, others may just as well abstain.
(1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
(1862-1868) Theo Adam (bar) - Hans Sachs; Karl Ridderbusch
(ten) - Veit Pogner; Geraint Evans (ten) - Sixtus Beckmesser; Rene Kollo
(ten) - Walther von Stolzing; Peter Schreier (ten) - David; Helen Donath
(sop) - Eva; Ruth Hesse (mz) - Magdelene;
Choirs of Staatsoper Dresden and Leipzig Radio Dresden Staatskapelle/Herbert
von Karajan Rec: November and December 1970 - Lukaskirche, Dresden
EMI Great Recordings
of The Century CMS5 67086 2 [4 CDs: 4.25.50] [TD]
is the reference recording for this opera and the first choice.
Tristan & Isolde (1865)
Tristan - Ludwig Suthaus (tenor) Isolde - Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)
Brangäne - Blanche Thebom (soprano) King Mark - Josef Greindl (bass)
Kurwenal - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Chorus of the Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
Recorded 9-23 June 1952, Kingsway Hall, London
EMI Great Recordings of the Century, CMS5 67621 2 - 4 discs [67.05,
68.16, 64.28, 56.07] Mid Price [MB]
to this performance again, in this beautifully remastered version, it
is difficult to argue with history. Despite wonderful performances from
Böhm, Karajan, Knappertsbusch and both Kleibers the Furtwängler
holds its own as one of the supreme achievements of the Gramophone.
Ernst Friedrich WEYSE (1774-1842)
Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught): An early
Guido Paevatalu, Eva Hess Thaysen, Elsebeth Dreisig, Gert Henning-Jensen,
Michael Kristensen, Johan Reuter, Tina Kilberg, Stig Fogh Andersen,
Sten Byriel; Sokkelund Sangkor & The Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Giordano
Bellincampi Rec. 1999/2000, Danish Radio Concert Hall, Denmark
DA CAPO 8.224149/50 [CD1 57.51, CD2 38.35] [RW]
score is bright, carries warm harmonies and is fast moving with enjoyable
themes, and catchy motifs. The soloists sing their roles with panache.
The sound is crisp and well balanced so that every nuance can be heard
Sinfonietta. An exciting and extremely pleasurable work.
(b. 1932) Treesong
(2000) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1974-76, rev. 1998) Three
Pieces from Schindler's List (1993)
Gil Shaham (violin), Boston Symphony Orchestra, John Williams Recorded
Boston 1999 & 2000 - Full Price
DG 471 362-2 [66.05] [MB]
beautiful disc should win quite a few admirers - both for the music
and for the soloist, Gil Shaham. Shaham is probably the finest violinist
of his generation.
in B flat (1897) Prelude to Es War Einmal (1899) (original version
- world premiere recording) Sinfonietta (1934)
Czech PO/Antony Beaumont rec Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, 18-20
Jan 2001 NIMBUS NI 5682
disc sounds well with no shortcomings interpretatively speaking - a
case of music illuminated by a lifetime of study. The Czech PO are polished
and have the necessary élan. Predictably their woodwind are everything
you could wish for.
(1843-1922) Selected Dances & Marches Vol. 3
Razumovsky Sinfonia, Christian Pollack Rec. Slovak Radio Concert Hall,
Bratislava; June 2000 MARCO
POLO 8.225172 [75.55] [RW]
Strauss lovers will enjoy the gaiety of the music. The acoustics are
ideally suited to the ambience of a ballroom with the strings forward
focused and the brass nicely softened. One can mentally visualise a
Viennese scene in the 1890s.
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