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Volume 13 - Issue 4 - December 2007

made in Munich in 1978

made in Munich in 1978 with the full Salzburgcast and using the audio from the 1974 EasterFestival.Vladimir Ashkenazy has been a Decca artistfor more than 40 years which is an excellentreason to issue a panorama of his recordingsfrom 1965 onwards. For A Personal Collectionthe pianist/conductor has chosen 27 recordings ofwhich he is justly proud wherein he appearsvariously as pianist, accompanist, or conductor(Decca 4758592, 8 CDs). Sometimes collectionssuch as this contain make-weight entries tofill out the contents list but not so in this case.Every single work is well chosen both for itsintrinsic worth and Ashkenazy 's clarification.From his lucid pianism in Bach, Beethoven, Schubert,Schumann, Liszt and, of course, Chopin toconcertos by Mozart, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov,etal, his musicianship is beyond question.Likewise in his ardent readings of symphoniesby Scriabin, Shostakovich, and Sibelius. Butwait, as the hucksters exclaim on TV, the eighthdisc contains a fascinating conversation withChristopher Nupen lasting nearly 80 minutesduring which Ashkenazy answers interestingquestions and casts his mind back to his studentOLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES (Continued)days. A wonderful little package.Ricardo Chailly's very much admired MahlerSymphonies cycle with the Royal ConcertgebouwOrchestra is now available in a newboxed set priced under (Decca 4429606,12 CDs). Recorded between 1989 and 2004,these recordings bear the heritage of this orchestra'slong history of playing Mahler's music underearlier music directors, Mengel berg, van Beinum,and Haitink. Included is a performance ofthe I Oth Symphony, the Derek Cooke version,with Chailly and the Berlin Radio SymphonyOrchestra. Soloists in the Second, Third,Fourth, and Eighth include Tetra Lang, BarbaraBonney, Jane Eaglen, Ben Heppner, and Jan­Hendrik Rootering.There is a hard to find but well worth the effortset of the complete Mahler symphoniesplayed by the Czech Philharmonic conductedby the late Vaclav Neumann. Except for theAdagio of the I Oth ( 1976), all these recordingwere made between 1979 and 1982 in thePrague's DvoYak Hall. The Czech Philharmonicwas an orchestra of exceptional sound, withimpeccable ensemble and refined tonal blend:qualities so perfectly captured on these recordingswhich were reissued, without fanfare in 2006(Supraphon SU3880-2, 11 CDs). The performancesare solid Mahler, powerful and dynamicand free from indulgent excesses. The recordingsare consistently dynamic and transparent, balancedperfectly for Mahler's orchestral palette.As a Mahler devotee of decades I had somehownot previously recognized that Neumann was amost compelling, arguably definitive Mahlerian.He deserves a place next to his countryman andlong time favourite, Raphael Ku belik, whosecomplete Mahler Symphonies with his BavarianRadio Symphony can be found in the DGCollector's Edition (4637382, IOCDs). ConcertNote: The Toronto Symphony performsMahler's Symphony No. 9 under Jukka-PekkaSaraste's direction on February 7 and 9.There is a new DVD issue of Kubelik conductingmarvelous performances of these symphonies:Beethoven 2 & 3 plus the Leonora 3, Mozart38, and Bruckner 4, with the Berlin and ViennaPhilharmonics and the Concertgebouw. A minibiography of the conductor with lots ofarchivalfootage and rehearsal sequences makes this anappealing package (DG 0734325, 2 DVDs).Happy listening!This month's WholeNote reviews on line at www.thewholenote.comThe following newly released recordings were also reviewed for DJSCoveries this month and are available at our website.VOCAL AND OPERAMariaCecilia Bartoli; Orchestra La Scintilla; Adam FischerDecca 475 9082Reviewed by Pamela MarglesKate RoyalKate Royal; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields;Edward GardnerEMI 3 94419 2Reviewed by Seth EstrinVerdi · Don CarlosVargas; Tamar; Michael; Skovhus; Miles; Chor undOrchestre der Wiener Staatsoper; Bertrand de BillyTDK DVWW-OPCARLOSReviewed by Janos GardonyiFleishman · Rothschild's ViolinShostakovich · The Gamblers7 Soloists; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra;Vasily PetrenkoAVIEAV2121Reviewed by Bruce SurteesEARLY MUSIC AND PERIODPERFORMANCEAlessandro Scarlatti · Concertos pour fluteFrancis Colpron; Les BoreadesATMAACD2 2521ANDNoelsLes Boreades; Francis ColpronATMAACD2 2118Reviewed by Frank NakashimaCLASSICAL AND BEYONDBrahms · SonatasDavid Harding; Phillip Bush; Jonathan CrowSkylark Music SKY 0701Reviewed by Richard Haskell68Mozart· Piano Concertos 11 & 12 (Chamber version)Janina Fialkowska; Chamber Players of CanadaATMAACD2 2531Reviewed by Richard HaskellMahler· Symphony No.8Robinson; Wall; Queiroz; De Young; Schroder; Botha;Muller-Brachmann; Holl;Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin;Rundfunk Chor Berlin; Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw;Staatkapelle Berlin; Pierre BoulezDeutsche Grammophon 477 6597ANDThe Little Drummer Boy: An Essay on Gustav MahlerBy and With Leonard BernsteinDeutsche Grammophon Unitel ClassicaDVD 00440 073 4350Reviewed by Daniel FoleyMahler. Symphony No.10 Adagio;Shostakovich · Symphony No.14Yulia Korpacheva; Fedor Kuznetsov;Kremerata Baltica; Gidon KremerECM New Series EMC 2024Reviewed by Daniel FoleyProkofiev · Symphony No.5; Ode to the End of the WarRussian National Orchestra; Vladimir JurowskiPenta Tone PTC 5186 083ANDPeter and the Wolf· A Prokofiev FantasySting; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio AbbadoDeutsche Grammophon 0734267Reviewed by Robert TomasWagner/Stokowski · Symphonic Syntheses ofTristan and Isolde; Parsifal; The RingBournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Jose SerebrierNaxos 8.570293Reviewed by Janos GardonyiWWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COMArmando Jose Fernandes · Violin ConcertoLuis de Freitas Branco · Symphony No.2Alexandre da Costa; Extremadura Symphony OrchestraJesus AmigoATMAACD2 2578In the PipesJames PickenArktos 200795/96Reviewed by Terry RobbinsReviewed by John 5. GrayShostakovich · String Quartet No.3;Britten · String Quartet No.2Jupiter String QuartetMarquis 81371Reviewed by Terry RobbinsBruce Mather · Ardennes Oeuvres pour orguePascal RouetDelatour France CDTOOl 2 ( by John 5. GrayJAZZ AND IMPROVIZEDLive at MontmartreDon CherryESP-Disk 4032 ( by Ken WaxmanForty RevolutionsDavid Occhipinti; Mike Murley;Andrew Downing; Terry ClarkeIndependent OM005 ( by Heidi McKenziePOT POURRIThe Battle of the KilliecrankieLa Nef; Meredith Hall; Matthew WhiteATMAACD2 2510Reviewed by Dianne WellsD ECEMBE R 1 2007 - FEBR UARY 7 2008

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