The Classical Reviewer

The Classical Reviewer is a English-speaking blog specialized in the field of classical music and opera. As such, The Classical Reviewer is a qualified source of soClassiQ, like AfriClassical or I care if you listen and many others. The oldest article indexed by soClassiQ is dated 2016-12-21. Since then, a total of 50 articles have been written and published by The Classical Reviewer.

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The Classical Reviewer

2017-04-05 15:50:00

A terrific, varied recital of contemporary piano works by South African composers from pianist, Renée Reznek on a new release from Prima Facie 

A terrific, varied recital of contemporary piano works by South African composers from pianist, Renée Reznek on a new release from Prima Facie

Given the relative lack of exposure that the music of South African contemporary composers receive, a new release from Prima Facie ici From My Beloved Country featuring pianist, Renée Reznek www.reneereznek.com, is especially welcome. PFCD055 Renée Reznek was born in South Africa and studied with Adolf Hallis, a pupil of Tobias Mattay. She later studied with Lamar Crowson, graduating with distinction from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Music degree. She subsequently received a scholarship to study with Gyorgy Sandor at the University of Michigan, USA. Reznek made her London debut in the Park Lane Group’s series Young Artists and Twentieth Century Music, playing Debussy, Schoenberg and a new piece written for her by Robert Saxton. She has received critical acclaim for her playing and for her adventurous programming and was much praised for her Wigmore Hall […]

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-30 12:47:00

Welcome premiere recordings of William Alwyn’s early quartets Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet on Somm 

Between 1922 and 1936 William Alwyn (1905-1985) www.williamalwyn.co.ukwrote thirteen string quartets of which he was never truly satisfied and which he withdrew. In his Essay in Autobiography, Winged Chariot Alwyn wrote ‘…compositions were pouring from my fertile pen, too fertile as I was to realise later; no less than 14 String Quartets (there was an un-numbered earlier quartet), a Violin Concerto and a gigantic setting for soloists, double choir, organ and orchestra…’ It was not until his String Quartet in D minor of 1953 that he felt he had ‘fully indulged (his) love of melodic subtlety and invention,’ titling it his Quartet No.1. Sadly these early string quartets have never been recorded making the premiere recordings of Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet www.tippettquartet.co.uk for Somm Recordings www.somm-recordings.com all the more welcome. SOMMCD 0165 William Alwyn was born in […]

Welcome premiere recordings of William Alwyn’s early quartets Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet on Somm

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-30 12:47:00

Welcome premiere recordings of William Alwyn’s early quartets Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet on Somm 

Between 1922 and 1936 William Alwyn (1905-1985) www.williamalwyn.co.ukwrote thirteen string quartets of which he was never truly satisfied and which he withdrew. In his Essay in Autobiography, Winged Chariot Alwyn wrote ‘…compositions were pouring from my fertile pen, too fertile as I was to realise later; no less than 14 String Quartets (there was an un-numbered earlier quartet), a Violin Concerto and a gigantic setting for soloists, double choir, organ and orchestra…’ It was not until his String Quartet in D minor of 1953 that he felt he had ‘fully indulged (his) love of melodic subtlety and invention,’ titling it his Quartet No.1. Sadly these early string quartets have never been recorded making the premiere recordings of Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet www.tippettquartet.co.uk for Somm Recordings www.somm-recordings.com all the more welcome. SOMMCD 0165 William Alwyn was born in […]

Welcome premiere recordings of William Alwyn’s early quartets Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet on Somm

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-22 10:44:00

Superb performances of chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu on a highly recommendable release from Metier 

A new release from Metier www.divine-art.co.uk/DAhome.htm brings chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine www.davidlumsdaine.org.uk  and Nicola LeFanu www.nicolalefanu.com all performed by members of the chamber ensemble, Gemini www.divineartrecords.com/AS/gemini.htm  directed by Ian Mitchell with soprano Sarah Leonard ici nd pianist Aleksander Szram www.aleksanderszram.com msv 28565 David Lumsdaine (b. 1931) was born in Australia and studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music before moving to England. In London he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music. After taking a position as lecturer at Durham University he went on to become a senior lecturer at King's College London. In 1979 he married the composer Nicola LeFanu. David Lumsdaine’s compositions range across choral, vocal, orchestral, ballet, instrumental and chamber music.   Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) was born in England, the daughter of William LeFanu and the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. […]

Superb performances of chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu on a highly recommendable release from Metier

The Classical Reviewer

2017-04-05 15:50:00

A terrific, varied recital of contemporary piano works by South African composers from pianist, Renée Reznek on a new release from Prima Facie 

A terrific, varied recital of contemporary piano works by South African composers from pianist, Renée Reznek on a new release from Prima Facie

Given the relative lack of exposure that the music of South African contemporary composers receive, a new release from Prima Facie ici From My Beloved Country featuring pianist, Renée Reznek www.reneereznek.com, is especially welcome. PFCD055 Renée Reznek was born in South Africa and studied with Adolf Hallis, a pupil of Tobias Mattay. She later studied with Lamar Crowson, graduating with distinction from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Music degree. She subsequently received a scholarship to study with Gyorgy Sandor at the University of Michigan, USA. Reznek made her London debut in the Park Lane Group’s series Young Artists and Twentieth Century Music, playing Debussy, Schoenberg and a new piece written for her by Robert Saxton. She has received critical acclaim for her playing and for her adventurous programming and was much praised for her Wigmore Hall […]

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-22 10:44:00

Superb performances of chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu on a highly recommendable release from Metier 

A new release from Metier www.divine-art.co.uk/DAhome.htm brings chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine www.davidlumsdaine.org.uk  and Nicola LeFanu www.nicolalefanu.com all performed by members of the chamber ensemble, Gemini www.divineartrecords.com/AS/gemini.htm  directed by Ian Mitchell with soprano Sarah Leonard ici nd pianist Aleksander Szram www.aleksanderszram.com msv 28565 David Lumsdaine (b. 1931) was born in Australia and studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music before moving to England. In London he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music. After taking a position as lecturer at Durham University he went on to become a senior lecturer at King's College London. In 1979 he married the composer Nicola LeFanu. David Lumsdaine’s compositions range across choral, vocal, orchestral, ballet, instrumental and chamber music.   Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) was born in England, the daughter of William LeFanu and the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. […]

Superb performances of chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu on a highly recommendable release from Metier

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-27 13:04:00

Spectacularly fine performances of sacred motets by Giaches de Wert show him to be a composer of distinctive style 

The Flemish composer, Giaches de Wert (c. 1535-1596) is believed to have been born in Antwerp. He was sent to Italy at a young age where he became a chorister at the house of Maria di Cardona, Marchese della Padulla. He later became a member of the choir formed by Alfonso Gonzaga at Novellara but soon made connections with the nearby ducal courts of Mantua where he eventually became maestro di cappella at the ducal chapel of S. Barbara, Mantua. Stile Antico www.stileantico.co.uk have gathered together a collection of Sacred Motets by Giaches de Wert for a new release from Harmonia Mundi www.harmoniamundi.com entitled Divine Theatre. SACDHMM 807620 The whole choir opens Gaudete in Domino a 5 (Rejoice in the Lord). It is full of life and vitality, as Wert’s wonderful harmonies are woven with a feeling of true rejoicing to a […]

Spectacularly fine performances of sacred motets by Giaches de Wert show him to be a composer of distinctive style

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-27 13:04:00

Spectacularly fine performances of sacred motets by Giaches de Wert show him to be a composer of distinctive style 

The Flemish composer, Giaches de Wert (c. 1535-1596) is believed to have been born in Antwerp. He was sent to Italy at a young age where he became a chorister at the house of Maria di Cardona, Marchese della Padulla. He later became a member of the choir formed by Alfonso Gonzaga at Novellara but soon made connections with the nearby ducal courts of Mantua where he eventually became maestro di cappella at the ducal chapel of S. Barbara, Mantua. Stile Antico www.stileantico.co.uk have gathered together a collection of Sacred Motets by Giaches de Wert for a new release from Harmonia Mundi www.harmoniamundi.com entitled Divine Theatre. SACDHMM 807620 The whole choir opens Gaudete in Domino a 5 (Rejoice in the Lord). It is full of life and vitality, as Wert’s wonderful harmonies are woven with a feeling of true rejoicing to a […]

Spectacularly fine performances of sacred motets by Giaches de Wert show him to be a composer of distinctive style

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-19 11:41:00

With a world premiere of Pierre de Manchicourt’s Missa Reges terrae, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields captivates the ear at every moment on their new recording for MSR Classics 

Pierre de Manchicourt (c.1510-1564) is not a name that is likely to be familiar to those outside of early music circles. A new release that is likely to change this comes from MSR Classics www.msrcd.com featuring the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City www.stlukeinthefields.org/music-arts/choirsdirected by David Shuler www.linkedin.com/in/david-shuler-0514445 MS 1632 Manchicourt was a distinctive Franco-Flemish composer born in Béthune, then in the French speaking part of Flanders, now northern France. After serving as a choirboy at Arras Cathedral he went on to become choirmaster at Tours and Tournai cathedrals before, in 1559, becoming master of Philip II’s Flemish chapel in Madrid. He was the composer of many masses, motets and Parisian chansons. This new recording opens with Manchicourt’s motet, Reges terrae (The kings of the Earth) which moves through the female voices across the choir to form a fine […]

With a world premiere of Pierre de Manchicourt’s Missa Reges terrae, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields captivates the ear at every moment on their new recording for MSR Classics

The Classical Reviewer

2017-03-19 11:41:00

With a world premiere of Pierre de Manchicourt’s Missa Reges terrae, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields captivates the ear at every moment on their new recording for MSR Classics 

Pierre de Manchicourt (c.1510-1564) is not a name that is likely to be familiar to those outside of early music circles. A new release that is likely to change this comes from MSR Classics www.msrcd.com featuring the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City www.stlukeinthefields.org/music-arts/choirsdirected by David Shuler www.linkedin.com/in/david-shuler-0514445 MS 1632 Manchicourt was a distinctive Franco-Flemish composer born in Béthune, then in the French speaking part of Flanders, now northern France. After serving as a choirboy at Arras Cathedral he went on to become choirmaster at Tours and Tournai cathedrals before, in 1559, becoming master of Philip II’s Flemish chapel in Madrid. He was the composer of many masses, motets and Parisian chansons. This new recording opens with Manchicourt’s motet, Reges terrae (The kings of the Earth) which moves through the female voices across the choir to form a fine […]

With a world premiere of Pierre de Manchicourt’s Missa Reges terrae, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields captivates the ear at every moment on their new recording for MSR Classics

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