Articles by Year: La Folia, 2010.
Is Brucknerophilia a recognized medical condition? I caught it early in life and find that it grows worse, by which I mean better, with age.
Erik Chisholm (1904-1965) is the most interesting 20th-century Scots musician you’ve never heard of.
Ever willful, Pettersson forges sternly lyric melodies in which every pitch counts. Typical of the composer, gorgeous tonal moments, usually cadential, emerge from dissonance.
Composer-pianist Olivier Greif (1950-2000) passed away seated at his instrument, where he was discovered days later. Despite his obscurity, Greif attracted first-rank interpreters.
As Gardiner tells it, Brahms was not the progressive Schoenberg thought he was.
Kempff recorded three intégrales — 1926-45 (on shellac), this one (mono) and a 1964-65 stereo remake.
This CD moves on alternating fronts, music in Dowland’s sphere and readings from the Corpus Hermeticum, attributed in the Renaissance to an ancient Egyptian sage.
Independently wealthy Gouvy wrote amiable, conservative symphonies while the rest of France dallied with operas and ballets. As one would expect, he had more successes in Germany.
As a sometime electroacoustic practitioner, I listened to this set as other than as critic. While all composers are critics, the obverse is not necessarily true — a discussion for another day.