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Ethelbert Nevin

[April 2021.]

String Quartets and Piano Quartet.” Englebert HUMPERDINCK: String Quartet in C major (1919-20)1; Piano Quartet in G major (1875)2; Menuet in E-flat major for Piano Quartet (1872)3; String Quartet Movement in E minor (1873)4; String Quartet Movement in C minor (1876)5; Notturno for Violin and String Quartet in G Major (1879)6. Andreas Kirpal2,3 (pno), Lydia Dubrovskaya6 (vln), Diogenes Quartett1,2,3,4,5,6: Stefan Kirpal, Gundula Kirpal (vln), Stephanie Krauß (vla), Stephen Ristau (vlc). cpo 777 547-2 (1 CD) (

Genial late-Romantic chamber pieces, even the 1920 Quartet. Humperdinck was more than a Wagner acolyte and Hänsel and Gretel’s creator. YES.

American Percussion Works.” John CAGE: First Construction (in Metal) (1939)1. Alberto GINASTERA: Cantata para América Mágica, Op. 27 (1960)2. Lou HARRISON: Koncherto por la violino kun perkuta orkestro (1959)3. Edgard VARÈSE: Ionisation (1929-31)4. Signe Asmussen2 (sop), Niklas Walentin3 (vln), RDAM’s Percussion Ensemble PERCURAMA1,2,3,4, Jean Thorel1,2,3,4 (cond.). Naxos 8.574244 (1 CD) (

From Denmark comes a varied but tame program of early 20th-century American percussion works, where America includes both continents. MAYBE.

Anton BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 1 (1866-91; Vienna vers. 1891, ed. G. Schaller). Philharmonie Festiva, Gerd Schaller (cond.). Profil PH19084 (1 CD) (

Schaller delivers a solid argument for a less frequently sighted symphonic variant, but this ungainly No. 1 doesn’t implore affection. MAYBE.

Anton BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 (1887-96; arr. Gerd SCHALLER, 2020). Gerd Schaller (org). Profil PH21010 (2 CDs) (

A curious sometimes clumsy arrangement of an expectably controversial completion. Not helped that Schaller’s colors are on the dry side. NO.

Antonio VIVALDI: Il Giustino (1724), RV 717. Cast includes: Delphine Galou, Emőke Baráth, Silke Gäng, Veronica Cangemi, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Arianna Vendittelli, Alessandro Giangrande, Rahel Maas, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (cond.). Naïve OP30571 (3 CDs) (

Vibrant and energetic from the opening Sinfonia. You might miss a familiar phrase from Op. 8 in Act I, Scene 5 before it “springs” away. YES.

Antti AUVINEN: Junker Twist (2015); Himmel Punk (2016); Turbo Aria (2017-18). Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (cond.). Ondine ODE 1326-2 (1 CD) (

The orchestra as a toy box to be shaken wildly until its contents spill and shatter. Sometimes it’s fun, but what’s the point of it all? NO.


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