Reviews

Review of SAINT-SAËNS; WIDOR Organ Symphonies (Jacobson)

SAINT-SAËNS; WIDOR Organ Symphonies (Jacobson)

Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony has long been a showcase both for engineering prowess and for the capabilities of one’s hi-fi kit....

Pentatone
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 09/2019

Review of MOZART; PHIBBS Clarinet Concertos (van de Wiel)

MOZART; PHIBBS Clarinet Concertos (van de Wiel)

Mark van de Wiel is principal clarinettist of the Philharmonia but here he steps out of his usual seat to...

Signum Classics
Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 09/2019

Review of MARX Romantic Piano Concerto. Castelli Romani (David Lively)

MARX Romantic Piano Concerto. Castelli Romani (David Lively)

Joseph Marx is little more than a footnote today, though Naxos is trying to put that right, bringing back to...

Hyperion
Reviewed in issue 4/1998

Review of MAHLER Symphony No 9 (Blomstedt)

MAHLER Symphony No 9 (Blomstedt)

School of Barbirolli. That was my first thought as the faltering pulse of the opening bars ushered in the warm...

Accentus
Reviewed by Edward Seckerson in issue: 09/2019

Review of KABALEVSKY Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Ang)

KABALEVSKY Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Ang)

Overshadowed by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other luminaries of 20th-century Russian music, Dmitry Kabalevsky nevertheless composed at least one work in...

Naxos
Reviewed by Geoffrey Norris in issue: 09/2019

Review of HOLBROOKE Symphony No 3 (Griffiths)

HOLBROOKE Symphony No 3 (Griffiths)

Apparently ‘the cockney Wagner’ Josef Holbrooke was neither a cockney (born in Croydon, settled in Haringey) nor a Wagnerian (more...

CPO
Reviewed by Andrew Mellor in issue: 09/2019

Review of GOODYEAR Callaloo. PIano Sonata GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

GOODYEAR Callaloo. PIano Sonata GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

The curtain rips apart with brash glissandos, followed by syncopated bitonality that cries out ‘Busoni in Trinidad!’, only to morph...

Orchid Classics
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 09/2019

Review of ELGAR Enigma Variations HOLST The Planets (Litton)

ELGAR Enigma Variations HOLST The Planets (Litton)

Edward Gardner and Vasily Petrenko have been taking their Norwegian orchestras through plenty of Elgar in concert while recording the...

Chandos
Reviewed by Andrew Mellor in issue: 03/2017

Review of ELGAR The Spanish Lady. Organ Sonata (Yates)

ELGAR The Spanish Lady. Organ Sonata (Yates)

It was in the late summer of 1932 that Elgar began jotting down ideas for The Spanish Lady, a ‘Grand...

Dutton Epoch
Reviewed by Andrew Achenbach in issue: 09/2019

Review of DEBUSSY Nocturnes etc (Shui)

DEBUSSY Nocturnes etc (Shui)

The Singapore Symphony’s Debussy first impressed me with an excellent La mer under Lan Shui in an imaginatively programmed 2007...

BIS
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 09/2019

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