A winner on all scores.
Category: Classical CD Reviews
A magnificent disc of new chamber music by the Danish composer Anders Koppel, highlighted by a deliciously inventive Quintet for Mezzo Saxophone and String Quartet.
Moving, beautiful music from a surprising source.
Marvelous clarinet playing that really has few equals.
A cluttered storyline and eerily disconnected music make for a strange listening experience.
Were Tchaidze’s approach more mellow in the future, his art could well resemble that of the intellectual keyboardists Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher.
This summer Austrian spectacle represents the second such musical soiree led by Valery Gergiev.
Carrying on the legacy of the Orford String Quartet of Canada.
Michael Colina makes the transition from pop to classical music successfully, producing music that holds the interest and invites continued acquaintance.
The complete harpsichord works of the first important member of the Couperin family, totaling over five hours!
In the whirlwind finale of Kilar’s Piano Concerto, Jablonski and the Polish Radio Symphony take no prisoners.
Maybe the “next wave” is also a bit of a throwback.
Eclectic, impossible to categorize and great to listen to! This ‘astral’ projects positively.
How to wreck a fine performance—another case of “what were they thinking?”
Works of JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZ; JEAN FRANCAIX; JEAN YVES DANIEL-LESUR; RAVEL – Canta Libre Ch. Ens. – 4Tay
Finely-crafted performances of great beauty—but where’s all the music?
GAVIN BRYARS: At Portage and Main & other works – Percussions Claviers de Lyon/ L’Ens. de Basse-Normandie – GB Records
Any disc by Bryars is somewhat of an event, and this one is no exception.
Ballets & Solos = JOSEPH PEHRSON; OTTO LUENING; Dance; GENE PRITSKER; PAT HARDISH; DAN COOPER – Soloists/Int. St. Cannibals Ens.
Long awaited by many, this album is a letdown.
Fantastic new music that adds a major contribution to the contemporary art song genre.
Concord Chamber Music Society = Works of BRUBECK; MICHAEL GANDOLFI; LUKAS FOSS – Soloists – Reference
The Concord Chamber Music Society seems to be having a great time with these lively, intelligent pieces, and I think you will too.
Trumpet Panoply = Works of ARUTIUNIAN; HUMMEL; TARTINI; RICHARD PEASLEE – John Holt, trumpet & flugelhorn/ UNT – Crystal
An unusual program, with some very fine playing from the soloist. The downside is a performance of a classic—the Hummel Concerto—that simply can’t compete.
John Carollo is a composer with some interesting things to say, even if he has yet to find a truly distinctive voice.
Mordecai Shehori plays CHOPIN, Vol. 2 = The Four Ballades; other works – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour
A musical descendant of both Mindru Katz and Vladimir Horowitz, Shehori comes to Chopin with a strong sense of literally-dramatic tradition.