Something for everybody in this wonderful eclectic collection!
Category: Classical CD Reviews
A youthful virtuoso proves himself a master colorist in Gallic and Swiss repertory that shares a penchant for diaphanous textures and rhythmic complexity.
I almost shrugged this one off, and what a mistake it would have been!
A fond farewell to the genius of oboist Mark Weiger and his dazzling colleagues.
A fabulous recording of the Horn Trio, though the Mozart arrangement wasn’t the greatest idea.
The end draws near, and it’s been a great ride.
Australian virtuoso Christine Stevenson applies a finely honed palette to render Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage in splendid colors.
Debut recording by an outstanding ensemble with some great music!
STANFORD: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor; Concert Variations upon an English Theme – Finghin Collins, piano / Kenneth Montgomery – Claves
The performers seem to have a special affinity for the music of their countryman, and they benefit from a recording of real refinement.
MOZART: Complete Works for Two Pianos – Pierce and Jonas, duo-pianists/ Slovak Philharmonic/ Paul Freeman – MSR
Life-asserting music from Mozart; too bad there aren’t more two-piano works in his catalog.
Pleasant enough and interesting but with mixed results.
A Horse with Wings – Ricky Ian Gordon, vocal and p. – Blue Griffin Bric-a-Brac – Ricky Ian Gordon – Blue Griffin
The man has definite talent, and you won’t be alone if the first word that comes to your mind is “Sondheim”.
A gifted Laureate of the Honens Piano Competition struts his affinities for the moderns, a combination of intellectual and athletic energies.
Zina Schiff’s reading of the Brahms sonatas, as a series of love letters to Clara Schumann, informs her playing of the works.
A winner on all scores.
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.