Monthly Archive: October 2011
An excellent historically-based Chinese kung-fu film with good acting and drama.
A genuine delight to find an unearthed production of The Magic Flute with the miraculous tenor Fritz Wunderlich as Tamino.
During March we will be awarding this 31-Disc boxed set of The Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection from Brilliant Classics to four AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month. It’s a must-have for any fan of the piano concerto, with the complete Beethoven cycle, all the Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov and Mozart piano concertos, plus those from Weber, […]
DEBUSSY: Iberia; Estampes: No. 2; La Mer; Trois Nocturnes – Paris Conservatoire Orch./ Piero Coppola – Dutton
Dutton restores an elegant all-Debussy program from the fertile period of electrical recordings from master Piero Coppola, an “essential” in your Debussy library.
Guitarist Bob Shimizu creates a crossover project with a suitably accessible outcome.
BEETHOVEN Works: Piano Con. 3, Choral Fantasy, Sonatas 8 & 23 – Sviatoslav Richter – Urania Widescreen
Dynamic and aggressive Beethoven from the legendary Sviatoslav Richter in Moscow, 1952-1960; and except for one flawed recording, well reproduced.
A creative effort by keyboardist/composer/arranger Mendoza, with 22 other top musicians.
Bowie said of Garson that he was “…the best rock pianist in the world because he does not play rock.”
Paris-born violin virtuoso Henri Merckel shines in the Gallic repertory he immortalized before and during the Occupation in France.
Luscious playing from the always reliable Berthold Kuijken.
The title of this disc is “Requiem for Mozart”, but it isn’t; a 1791 Prague memorial service for the great composer borrowed it.
Contemporary natural horn? It’s not an oxymoron.
There’s drama aplenty here, and the singing, especially of the chorus, is fine. But there’s an overall roughness to the production that keeps this recording out of the top ranks.
Choro—you might even think of it as a sort of Brazilian folk jazz.
A wide and wild variety of music from one of the most eclectic and important codexes in existence.
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VIVALDI: Cello Concertos (selection) – Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello/ Akademie fuer Alte Musik/ Georg Kallweit – HM
The ever-fertile imagination of Vivaldi in cello concertos has an excellent proponent in Queyras and his fiery group, Academy for Ancient Music.
Orchestral suites by Rameau on a magnificent and entertaining new surround release from Jordi Savall and Alia Vox.
Fritz Reiner provides resplendent, luxuriant performances of Verdi and Wagner, bringing to bear his enormous experience and discipline with massive forces from Chicago.
A testament to the organist’s continuing virtuosity.
Drummer Kevin Crabb proves he’s much more than just a time-keeper on his debut solo effort.
Pianist Richard Kimball reflects on some of the ways people handle the issues of growing old.