Category: Editorial

Editorial for October/November, 2018

Editorial for October/November, 2018

The Glorious Violin — Music@Menlo Live! We are featuring a superb collection from the Music@Menlo series, featuring the violin in all its glory! This 8 CD box set features a broad range of ensembles—solo violin, string duos, quartets, quintets, and even one octet and other chamber ensembles.  The composers date back from early Italian/Baroque through the […]

Editorial for September, 2018

Editorial for September, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi — Otello and Rigoletto Delos records presents Dmitri Hvorostovsky, acclaimed baritone, performing the lead role in Rigoletto, in this two CD set.  This is accompanied with Pentatone’s release of Otello, under the baton of Lawrence Foster, with Nikolai Schukoff and Melody Moore and Nikolai Schukoff in the lead roles, Otello and Desdemona.   […]

Editorial for August, 2018

Editorial for August, 2018

Rameau — Le Temple de la Gloire Rameau’s masterwork — Le Temple de la Gloire (The Temple of Glory) — has been given new life, presented in the original version Rameau intended, for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere, with the magnificent libretto by Voltaire.  This version is based on the original manuscript, […]

Editorial for July, 2018

Editorial for July, 2018

Gregorian Chant from St Peter’s Abbey The Abbey of St Peter in Solesmes, France contributed significantly to the resurgence of Gregorian Chant.  This collection provides different views of this music, including an overview sampler of Gregorian Chant and its various musical forms, its history, as well as a re-issue of some of the earliest recordings […]

Editorial for June, 2018

Editorial for June, 2018

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Mozart Violin Sonatas Complete This month, Audiophile Audition is featuring a recent release of the Complete Sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Featuring Dmitry Sitkovetsky on the violin, along with pianists Konstantin Lifschitz and Antonio Pappano, this four CD set is presented as a handsome boxed set. Sitkovetsky has enjoyed a career as a violinist, […]

Editorial for May, 2018

Editorial for May, 2018

Generation harmonia mundi Harmonia mundi and [pias] are promoting an excellent collection of material from Harmonia mundi’s vast archives, developed over the sixty years since their inception in 1958. The first of these two box sets, entitled Generation harmonia mundi: The Age of Revolution, reflect a sweep of music traditions—from the ancients to the moderns—on […]

Editorial for April, 2018

Editorial for April, 2018

Celebration of Debussy Impressions:  The Sound of Debussy is a 3 CD set from Warner Classics, an enticing sampler of  Warner’s release of the entirety of  Debussy’s surviving corpus—Warner’s Claude Debussy:  The Complete Works, released this year in at the centenary of his death, celebrating his rich creative output. Warner Classics has created a definitive […]

Editorial for February, 2018

Editorial for February, 2018

John Adams is one of the USA’s most important musical voices. In his works, Minimalism is combined with imaginative orchestration and a jazz-inflected spirit to create a cosmos full of energy and colour. During the 2016/2017 season, John Adams accompanied the Berliner Philharmoniker as their Composer in Residence. The orchestra gave acclaimed concert performances of […]

Editorial for January, 2018

Editorial for January, 2018

In a career that now numbers more than 80 recordings under his own name, Ivo Perelman has established a variety of new benchmarks. He has developed an unsurpassed facility for integrating the tenor saxophone’s extra-high altissimo octaves with the instrument’s conventional range, bringing a new edge and polish to the concept of extended technique. To an extraordinary […]

Editorial for December, 2017

Editorial for December, 2017

Every year, the internationally acclaimed Music@Menlo hosts a multi-week chamber music festival.  The 2016 season, entitled “Russian Reflections”, features significant Russian composers—Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin among others—interspersed with pieces by European composers. The programming touches on different perspectives of the music:  the ways in which Russian history is vividly reflected in its music, the parallels […]

Editorial for November, 2017

Editorial for November, 2017

While the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has presented recordings of Beethoven symphonies in the past, Sir Simon Rattle is now following the footsteps of Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado in recording the complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies. Rattle has been the principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra since 2002, with his tenure […]

Editorial for October 2017

Editorial for October 2017

Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley is a celebration of that great composer-pianist Terry Riley, bringing together a collection of his compositions for solo and duo piano spanning fifty years, from his twelve-tone Two Pieces to his free-wheeling Be Kind to One Another. This set also includes eight tribute pieces […]

Editorial for September 2017

Editorial for September 2017

The acts of Martin Luther, now half a millennium ago, marked the beginning of the Reformation Movement.  The results were profound and far-reaching, with influenced society, politics, and the arts for centuries, and are still being felt today.  Next month marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and is being honored with two rich CDs […]

Editorial for August 2017

Editorial for August 2017

Editorial for August 2017 This box offers a magisterial demonstration of the diversity of Telemann’s output: operatic, first of all, with an exceptional approach to the famous myth of Orpheus; sacred with Brockes’s account of the Passion of Christ, which inspired the composer to write a dense and powerful score; and finally orchestral with his concertante […]

Editorial for July 2017

Editorial for July 2017

For our July free drawing we are offering Warner Classics exceptional 20th Anniversary of Messiaen Edition! Olivier Messiaen is an extraordinary figure of the musical landscape.  His deep mysticism and reverence found voice in many genre — piano, organ, solo voice, choral settings, orchestras, and that so significant chamber music piece:  The Quartet for the End of […]

Editorial for June 2017

Editorial for June 2017

For our June free drawing we have the great Stabat Mater collection by Brilliant Classics! The text of Stabat Mater Dolorosa, a hymn to the Virgin Mary, is attributed to Jacopo Todi (1230‐ 1306). It is a lamentation upon the tragic fate of Mary, bewailing the suffering and death of her son Jesus Christ at the cross. […]

Editorial for May 2017

Editorial for May 2017

For our May free drawing we have the Naxos 30th Anniversary 30-CD package, featuring the wide variety of repertory and artists on this, the world’s largest independent classical label. After recording the most popular classical works, Naxos started to offer complete cycles of the works by the most important composers. Now they have over 9000 […]

Editorial for April 2017

Editorial for April 2017

For our April free drawing we have a fantastic 40 CDs and 3 DVDs Rostropovich Cello Retrospective. It includes all his Erato and EMI recordings as well as recordings made during his stay in the Soviet Union by a secret mic in the Moscow hall. Music aficionados erased the Rostropovich name from the tapes after […]

March 2017 Editorial Page

March 2017 Editorial Page

Our March free drawing is 16 CDs from Harmonia mundi titled Resonances Music and Monuments. It is eight two-CD packages sharing the musical memories of places and monuments of Europe. You will hear the voices of the great abbeys, Paris 1900, Sanssouci, the Alhambra, music of Westminster, Venice and Vienna, and the court of Frederick […]

Editorial Page for February 2017

Editorial Page for February 2017

Our February free drawing is for a four-SACD box set, Piano Works of the Russian Futurist Movement, donated by Cybele Records. Futurism was a movement in which Russian and Italian artists and poets adopted the principles of Filippo Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto in 1909. The word applied to those who “consciously reject the most elementary traditions […]

January 2017 Editorial Page

January 2017 Editorial Page

Our January free drawing is for a 24-CD box set featuring famed conductor Charles Groves in British music, from Warner Classics. It includes such favorite works as Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus conducted by Groves and performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra along with the […]

Editorial for December 2016

Editorial for December 2016

Our free drawing for December is for two of Naxos’ My First Classical Albums – each a 9-CD boxed set that will be an ideal springboard for a lifelong journey thru classical music. Famous selections by Mozart, Beethoven,Tchaikovsky and Bach feature violin, orchestra, ballet orchestra, piano and lullabies as well as unexpected gems. The accompanying […]