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Brahms: Complete Songs Vol 1 – Opp 32, 43, 86 en 105 resensie

13 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Over the last decade and more, no Lieder recitals have given me more intense pleasure than those by the tenor Christoph Prégardien. Though he is now in his mid 60s, and his voice has inevitably lost some of its former...

The Complete Music of Anton Webern review

27 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

In the decades after the second world war it was the music of Anton Webern, rather than that of his teacher Arnold Schoenberg, that provided the starting point for the revolution launched by the composers of the Europ...

Liza Lim: Singing in Tongues review

70 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

The first three of Liza Lim’s five operas to date are represented in this deeply impressive collection, together with her 2005 song-cycle for soprano and 15 instruments, Mother Tongue. Only one scene from the 2000 “ri...

Martinů: Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes review

72 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Bohuslav Martinů spent much of the last decade of his life commuting across the Atlantic, his teaching in the US interrupted with spells back in Europe, before he eventually settled first in Italy and then in Switzerl...

On DSCH: Shostakovich and Stevenson/Igor Levit

68 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Twee jaar gelede, Igor Levit devoted a recital at the Wigmore Hall to Ronald Stevenson’s massive Passacaglia on DSCH. It was an extraordinary, unforgettable performance of one of the most singular works in the 20th-centu...

Penderecki: Complete Quartets review

61 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Krzysztof Penderecki’s four numbered string quartets do not trace the course of his creative development anything like as faithfully as, sê, the six quartets of Bartók or the five of Elliott Carter map the progress o...

John Cage: Number Pieces review

47 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Tussen 1987 en 1992, the final years of his life, John Cage composed some 40 works that he designated only by numbers, indicating the number of performers needed to realise them. They range from solos to orchestral ...

Chopin: Complete Nocturnes review

68 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Chopin composed 21 nocturnes, 18 of which were published during his lifetime. They span almost his entire creative career – the earliest were written in the late 1820s, when the composer was still in his teens, the la...

Nielsen: Flute and Clarinet Concertos review

65 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

In 1921, Carl Nielsen heard the Copenhagen Wind Quintet for the first time and was bowled over by the sheer musicality of their playing. The following year he composed a wind quintet for the group, which ends with a s...

Martha Argerich review

78 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Hard to believe, but on 5 June Martha Argerich turned 80. Her birthday has been celebrated by several of the labels for which she has recorded over seven decades, with lavish reissues of her classic discs, many of the...

Coll: Violin Concerto; Mural, etc review

68 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

The first disc devoted exclusively to orchestral music by Francisco Coll traces a neat trajectory through his development over the last decade and a half. The earliest piece here is Coll’s opus 1, Aqua Cinerea, compos...

Brahms: Klavierkonserte nr 1 & 2 resensie

80 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

“Met die huidige opname het ons probeer om die werke te herskep en te herstel, om die musiek skoon te maak en te ontgif ”, skryf András Schiff in die voernotas vir sy nuwe Brahms-skyf. 'Om dit te bevry van die las van die ...

Schumann: Die klaviertrio's; Klavierkwintet; Klavierkwartet resensie

77 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Schumann het altesaam vier klaviertrio’s gekomponeer - die drie wat genommer is, en 'n stel van vier stukke vir viool, tjello en klavier wat as die Fantasiestücke gepubliseer is, Aan 88. Trio Wanderer se opname sluit ook in ...

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Phantasie, etc review

109 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Pierrot Lunaire is one of Schoenberg’s most enduring and influential works, one of the pinnacles of modernism and musical expressionism. These 21 settings for reciter and ensemble of hallucinatory poems by Albert Gira...

Schulhoff: Flammen review

106 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Czech-born Erwin Schulhoff died of tuberculosis in a concentration camp in Bavaria in 1942; he was 48. His only opera, Flammen (Flames), had been composed between 1923 en 1929, and was first performed in Brno in 1932...

Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10 resensie

77 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Over the last 60 years there have been at least seven completions of the symphony that Gustav Mahler left unfinished at his death in 1911. But it’s the “performing version” of the 10th by Deryck Cooke, which he worked...

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