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Goethe proclaimed that “only Mozart” (who had already died) was capable of writing an opera based on his Faust. That did not keep others from trying. Arrigo Boito succeeded resoundingly with Mefistofele, Berlioz’s “légende dramatique” La Damnation de Faust offers the most boldly literal operatic take, and Gounod’s Faust (formerly known as Marguerite) makes it […]
Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945) presents a puzzle. Obviously talented, his concert music often reveals a curiously faded, tired quality, as though he knew he was working within a tradition on its way out, but perhaps didn’t much care. This is especially true of works such as the Carnaval Suite in the Olden Style (1935), […]
Before we focus attention on some of the newer Christmas releases–beginning later this week–we thought it would be useful to look back at a stocking-full of highly recommended earlier recordings that you may have missed, recordings particularly notable for their unique approaches to a body of repertoire at once familiar but either respectfully, often surprisingly […]
Paavo Järvi joins his father Neeme as one of the few conductors to record all four symphonies by Austrian composer Franz Schmidt. Symphony No. 4 is by far the most performed and recorded, as well as the best work of the bunch. Like Josef Suk before him, Schmidt transformed the pain of personal tragedy (the […]
Between JoAnn Falletta and Jean-Luc Tingaud, Naxos seems to be cornering the market when it comes to unusual but worthy repertoire. Tingaud’s specialty, unsurprisingly, has (thus far) focused on French music, and this Massenet collection includes some pretty nifty and rare titles. Visions, for example, is a symphonic poem in Lisztian style dating from 1891, […]
The Bottom Line: What could be better than a big box of Szell? This set will be self-recommending for anyone who cares about great conducting. There are some classic performances here, including the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Huberman (sound clip), the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Pablo Casals, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Schwarzkopf, and the […]
The recording career of Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) spanned 60 years from 1908 until the pianist’s final recital in 1969, shortly before his death. The Pearl, Biddulph, and APR labels reissued most of his 78s, while Universal Classics brought out a boxed set encompassing Backhaus’ complete Decca recordings. Although the pianist’s Mozart “Coronation” concerto recorded around […]
The New York-born composer and educator Rubin Goldmark (1872-1936) is best known for teaching two of America’s most influential and original composers, namely George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. His own compositional output generally falls in step with the late-Romantic Austro-German party line, such as the three-movement Violin Sonata in B minor published in 1900. Brahms’ […]
There have been so many recordings of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto that it’s difficult to work up much enthusiasm for yet another one. However, as I always say, a great performance is its own justification, no doubt about it, this is a great performance. Kian Soltani plays the piece vigorously, first and foremost. Even the more […]
Jennifer Koh returns, with the third and final installment in her Bach & Beyond series. Just to recap, quoting from my earlier review of Part 2: “Part 1 [read review here] is a single disc that features two Bach partitas along with works by Saariaho, Ysaÿe, and Missy Mazzoli, all of it demanding of ear […]