Classical Music Daily — Thursday 28 October 2021


Featured today

CD Spotlight. Truly Interesting and Well-crafted — Gerald Fenech listens to more orchestral music by Paul Wranitzky. '... vividly refreshing yet technically demanding music, warmly performed and recorded.'

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Twenty years ago today

Towards and beyond the mighty Eighth — a select overview of major Bruckner Symphonies and interpreters on disc, by Bill Newman (with special reference to a rare recording by Rudolf Kempe) (continued from last week) (published 28 October 2001)


Clara Schumann (1828); Howard Hanson (1896); Richard Gill (2018); Zoltán Jeney (2019)

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Derived from the painting Lesní zátiší (Forest still life) by Czech painter Josef Hurt (1881-1945)

Recent Articles

CD Spotlight. Redefining the Idiomatic — Contemporary music for baroque instruments, heard by John Dante Prevedini. 'I consider the results compelling, and I hope to hear more works for these resurrected instruments in this new idiom.'

CD Spotlight. An Epic Undertaking — Hänssler Classic's C P E Bach edition, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... an exhilarating collection of C P E Bach's works ...'

Classical music news. November 2021 Newsletter — Watch and listen to our November 2021 newsletter

CD Spotlight. After the End of the Reign of Terror — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to 'La fille de Madame Angot' by Charles Lecocq. '... not only a musicological revival but also nearly two hours of very enjoyable listening.'

Classical music news. Obituary — Bernard Haitink (1929-2021)

CD Spotlight. Welcome back Lord Berners — Gerald Fenech listens to two stage works by an enigmatic English composer. 'Soloists and chorus deliver some flawless singing, and their great attention to the text creates a sense of reverential homage to the sacred.'

Ensemble. A Masterly Balance — Mike Wheeler listens to J S Bach, Liszt and Schubert from Emmanuel Despax

Ensemble. Last of the Samurai — Adam J Sacks discusses the new Opera Hong Kong/Slovene National Theater Maribor co-production of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly'

Ensemble. Love and Religion — Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Rome's first performance of Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' since 1972

Ensemble. Highly Effective — Chamber music from members of Sinfonia Viva, heard by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Balancing Intimacy with Incisiveness — A new recording of Rossini's 'Petite messe solennelle', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Soloists and chorus deliver some flawless singing, and their great attention to the text creates a sense of reverential homage to the sacred.'

CD Spotlight. Dreams and Tales — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to piano music by Musorgsky and Scriabin played by Michele Campanella. '... the different touch from previous renderings makes this CD very well worth listening to.'

CD Spotlight. Rococo Charm — Boccherini quintets, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'These are finely polished scores and Les Ombres oblige with some sparkling virtuosity that is a pleasure for the senses.'

Ensemble. Intimacy and Intensity — Ian Bostridge and Imogen Cooper at the Oxford Lieder Festival impress Patrick Maxwell

CD Spotlight. A Treasure for Posterity — Complete operas and fragments by Modest Musorgsky, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'This is a unique musical document of inestimable historic value and staggering interpretative beauty.'

Ensemble. Not Just a Recital — Giuseppe Pennisi reviews a concert in Rome dealing with contrasted passions of love

Spontaneous Creativity — Some distinguishing features of Korea's traditional music, by Simon Farrugia

Ensemble. A Triumph of Mahler and Hrůša — Giuseppe Pennisi was at one of the opening concerts of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's new season

CD Spotlight. A Connection with Mahler — Music by Penderecki, recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, conducted by Wojciech Rajski, is magnificent.'

Classical music news. Training in Vienna — The second group of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy students is beginning its training

Ensemble. Water Under the Bridge — Mike Wheeler welcomes Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra back to Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall for the opening of the new season

Ensemble. A Modern Thriller — Giuseppe Pennisi was at a performance in Rome of the Italian version of Gian Carlo Menotti's 'The Medium'

Ensemble. A Zest for Rebirth — John Dante Prevedini reports on the opening of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's new season, including a performance of John Williams' Violin Concerto No 2

Ensemble. A Star is Born — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Enrico Saverio Pagano and Orchestra Canova

Classical music news. Paloma O'Shea Competition — Register by 18 October 2021 to take part in the 2022 Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition

CD Spotlight. Miniature Gems — Light music by Ronald Binge, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... brimming with lilting music that is as dramatic as it is evocative, colourful and harmonically exquisite ...'

Classical music news. Newsletter and October 2021 New Releases — Watch and listen to our October newsletter, and browse a large selection of new recordings, plus a book, a film and various concerts

CD Spotlight. Orientalism in Paris — 'La Princesse Jaune', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi. '... an excellent vehicle for discovering a little known facet of Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns.'

CD Spotlight. Something of a Mystery — Gerald Fenech listens to music by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. 'Michael Halász gives lively performances that sparkle with a "joie de vivre" that is consistently uplifting ...'

CD Spotlight. The Depths of the Singular — John Dante Prevedini listens to Victoria Jordanova's 'Kernel & Grit'. '... musical storytelling ... can be about the creative potential of something as humble as an unwatered seed or a layer of dust.'

CD Spotlight. Vaughan Williams and English Folk Songs — Simon Farrugia recommends Albion Records' astonishing new recording. 'The freshness of sound presented in this album gives a new dimension to Piazzolla's music ...'