Category: Classical Reissue Reviews

Egon Petri Plays BRAHMS: Violin Sonata; Viola Sonata; Rhapsodies and Ballades – with Joseph Szigeti, Samuel Lifschey – Pristine Audio

Egon Petri Plays BRAHMS: Violin Sonata; Viola Sonata; Rhapsodies and Ballades – with Joseph Szigeti, Samuel Lifschey – Pristine Audio

Producer Mark Obert-Thorn provides the complement to the recorded Petri Brahms legacy, 1937-1955. BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108; Viola Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1; 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79; 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117; Ballades, Op. 10: No. 1 in D minor; No. 2 in D Major; […]

Hans Rosbaud conducts MENDELSSOHN; WEBER – Southwest Radio Orchestra, Baden-Baden/ Hans Rosbaud – SWR Classics

Hans Rosbaud conducts MENDELSSOHN; WEBER – Southwest Radio Orchestra, Baden-Baden/ Hans Rosbaud – SWR Classics

SWR Classic issues a series of Hans Rosbaud vintage recordings, 1955-1962, of Romantic staples. Hans Rosbaud conducts = MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Scherzo and Notturno; Capriccio brillante in B minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22; WEBER: Overtures: Preziosa, Op. 78; Der Freischuetz, Op. 77; Der Beherrscher der Geister, Op. 27; Konzartstueck in […]

Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute – Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra/ Sir Dan Godfrey – Pristine Classical 

Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute – Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra/ Sir Dan Godfrey – Pristine Classical 

For Godfrey’s 150th anniversary, Mark Obert-Thorn supplies us a generous bounty of classic recordings, immaculate in their restored sound. Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute = MOZART: Syphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 555 “Jupiter”; HANDEL: Largo from Xerxes; MEYERBEER: Coronation March from Le Prophete; WAGNER: Homage March; GERMAN: Three Dances from Henry VIII: […]

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume VI – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – Pristine Audio 

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume VI – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – Pristine Audio 

The sixth volume in the Spivakovsky legacy adds virtuoso color to an already seamless stylistic presence.  Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume VI = BACH: “Italian” Concerto in F Major, BWV 971; MOZART: Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283; SCHUBERT: Impromptu in E-flat Major, D. 899, No. 2; CHOPIN: Nocturne in F-sharp Major, […]

R. STRAUSS: Burleske, Oboe Concerto, Duet Concertino & Till Eulenspiegel – RIAS-Symphony Orchestra/ Ferenc Fricsay – Audite

R. STRAUSS: Burleske, Oboe Concerto, Duet Concertino & Till Eulenspiegel – RIAS-Symphony Orchestra/ Ferenc Fricsay – Audite

The brunt of the Fricsay legacy in Richard Strauss here makes its debut, 1949-1954. R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D minor; Oboe Concerto in D Major; Duet-concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, String Orchestra and Harp in F Major; Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 – Leon Goossens, oboe/ Heinrich Geuser, clarinet/ Willi Fugmann, bassoon/ Margrit Weber, piano/ […]

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio

Leopold Stokowski leads two 1944 NBC Symphony concerts in music of Tchaikovsky, brilliantly and passionately executed. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique”; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio PASC 531, 67:29 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****: “After my death, should I go to Heaven, I […]

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume 2 = Works by SCHUMANN; ROZSA; R. STRAUSS – New York Philharmonic – Pristine Audio 

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume 2 = Works by SCHUMANN; ROZSA; R. STRAUSS – New York Philharmonic – Pristine Audio 

Pristine restores the historical moment of Bernstein’s 1943 debut at Carnegie Hall, a moment that officially launched a legendary career. Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume 2 = SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture, Op. 115; ROZSA: Theme, Variations, & Finale, Op. 13a; R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote, Op. 35 – Joseph Schuster, cello/ William Lincer, viola/ New York Philharmonic/ […]

Dectet: The Music of David Sampson – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Polivnick, American Brass Quintet – Albany Records

Dectet: The Music of David Sampson – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Polivnick, American Brass Quintet – Albany Records

Compelling compositions by American Composer David Sampson Dectet: The Music of David Sampson – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Polivnick, American Brass Quintet – Albany Records CD Troy780 TT: 71:38 ****: Albany Records offers this disc of the music of contemporary composer David Sampson. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Sampson is known for his orchestral works like Hommage: […]

The Music of Lucien Caillet, Vol. 2 = Works by BACH; BUXTEHUDE; VIVALDI ; DEBUSSY; RACHMANINOV; TCHAIKOVSKY; CAILLET – Pristine Audio 

The Music of Lucien Caillet, Vol. 2 = Works by BACH; BUXTEHUDE; VIVALDI ; DEBUSSY; RACHMANINOV; TCHAIKOVSKY; CAILLET – Pristine Audio 

Both sophisticated and splashy, the transcriptions from Lucien Caillet compel some virtuoso playing from various ensembles. The Music of Lucien Caillet, Vol. 2 = Works by BACH; BUXTEHUDE; VIVALDI; DEBUSSY; RACHMANINOV; TCHAIKOVSKY; CAILLET – Symphony of Los Angeles/ Werner Janssen/ RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/ Charles O’Connell/ Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Eugene Ormandy/ […]

Carlo Zecchi: The Complete Cetra Solo Recordings – Carlo Zecchi, piano/ Arrigo Tassinari, flute/ Giaconda da Vito, violin/ E.L.A.R. Symphony Orchestra/ Fernando Previtali – APR 

Carlo Zecchi: The Complete Cetra Solo Recordings – Carlo Zecchi, piano/ Arrigo Tassinari, flute/ Giaconda da Vito, violin/ E.L.A.R. Symphony Orchestra/ Fernando Previtali – APR 

The piano artistry of Italian master Carlo Zecchi finds a resplendent tribute in Obert-Thorn’s meticulous restoration.  Carlo Zecchi: The Complete Cetra Solo Recordings, works by BACH, SCARLATTI, VIVALDI, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, TICCIATI, RAVEL, LISZT, GALILEE – Carlo Zecchi, piano/ Arrigo Tassinari, flute/ Giaconda da Vito, violin/ E.L.A.R. Symphony Orchestra/ Fernando Previtali – APR Recordings […]

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = Piano Concertos by MOZART, TCHAIKOVSKY – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ Victorian Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Bernard Heinze – Pristine Audio

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = Piano Concertos by MOZART, TCHAIKOVSKY – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ Victorian Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Bernard Heinze – Pristine Audio

The fifth in the series devoted to Russian piano virtuoso Jascha Spivakovsky delivers two potent concertos from his Australian concerts. Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in  Major, K.488; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ […]

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor – Pristine Audio 

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor – Pristine Audio 

Leonard Bernstein’s work with the NBC Symphony 1946 testifies to his several, impressive musical gifts. Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor […]

ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet – Avie 

ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet – Avie 

Approachable and absorbing modern string quartets from Elena Ruehr. ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet—Stephen Salters, baritone—Avie 2CD AV2379—70:57, 69:24 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: What’s striking about the six string quartets written over a period of 20 years by Elena Ruehr (b. 1963) are the diverse influences that are the inspiration for the […]

Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = Works by GLUCK; MOZART; CHERUBINI; SCHUBERT; BRAHMS; WAGNER; MAHLER; RAVEL – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/ Philharmonia Orchestra of London/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = Works by GLUCK; MOZART; CHERUBINI; SCHUBERT; BRAHMS; WAGNER; MAHLER; RAVEL – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/ Philharmonia Orchestra of London/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

Praga gives us Classic Wilhelm Furtwängler performances within and slightly askew of his familiar repertory.  Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = GLUCK: Overture for Alceste; MOZART: Don Giovanni – Overture; CHERUBINI: Anakreon – Overture; SCHUBERT: Rosamunde: Entr’acte No. 3; BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor; Hungarian Dance No. 3 in D minor; […]

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

In her last concert appearance, Kirsten Flagstad celebrates the music and spirit of Edvard Grieg to the delight of the Proms audience. GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11; Lyric Suite, Op. 54; Sigurd Josalfar, Op. 56: Homage March; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio PASC 528, 77:29 […]

BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Historic Recordings of Symphony Nos. 1, 2, & 3 – Praga Digitals

BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Historic Recordings of Symphony Nos. 1, 2, & 3 – Praga Digitals

The three Borodin symphonies receive colorful, energized performances from sympathetic conductors and top-flight orchestras. BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Symphony No 1 in E-flat Major; Symphony No. 2 in B minor, Op. 5 “Bogatyr”; Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Unfinished” – Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Gennady Rozhdestevensky (No. 1)/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Paul Kletzki (No. […]

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, and other orchestral works – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio 

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, and other orchestral works – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio 

Mark Obert-Thorn restores one of the great wonders of Stokowski’s art, his brilliant and convincing versions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s scores. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35; Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36; The Maid of Pskov (Ivan the Terrible): Prelude to Act 3; Scheherazade: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship: take recorded 3 May 1927; Appendix: The Tale of the […]

BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy – Lawrence Power, viola/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andrew Manze – Hyperion 

BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy – Lawrence Power, viola/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andrew Manze – Hyperion 

Berlioz and kindred spirit Weber receive colorful and vibrantly energetic readings from violist Power and conductor Andrew Manze. BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy, Op. 16; La captive, Op. 12; Plaisir d’amour; WEBER: Andante and Rondo ungarese, Op. 35; Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 – Lawrence Power, viola/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andrew Manze – Hyperion CDA68193, […]

VERDI: Requiem in Memory of Manzoni – World Premiere Recording – Carlo Sabajno – Pristine Audio 

VERDI: Requiem in Memory of Manzoni – World Premiere Recording – Carlo Sabajno – Pristine Audio 

Pristine and Mark Obert-Thorn restore the premiere recording of the Verdi Requiem, whose might and majesty resound stylistically. VERDI: Requiem in Memory of Manzoni – World Premiere Recording – Maria Luisa Fanelli, soprano/ Irene Minghini-Cattaneo, mezzo-soprano/ Franco Lo Guidice, tenor/ Ezio Pinza,bass/ Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/ Carlo Sabajno – Pristine Audio PACO […]

20th Century Masterpieces for 2 pianos and orchestra – Pierce and Jonas Piano Duo/David Amos / Carlos Piantini – MSR Classics 

20th Century Masterpieces for 2 pianos and orchestra – Pierce and Jonas Piano Duo/David Amos / Carlos Piantini – MSR Classics 

Seven 20th century neo-classical concertos for two pianos and orchestra 20th Century Masterpieces for 2 pianos and orchestra: Works by LOPATNIKOFF; TANSMAN; MALPIERO; BEREZOVSKY; POULENC; STARER; CRESTON [complete list of compositions below] – Pierce and Jonas Piano Duo / Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra & National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television/David Amos – Czech […]

SHOSTAKOVICH: Leningrad Symphony – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine 

SHOSTAKOVICH: Leningrad Symphony – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine 

Pristine well restores the historical context for the Stokowski 1942 broadcast of the Shostakovich 7th Symphony. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 70 “Leningrad” – NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio PASC 527, 79:34 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****:  The live-concert Stokowski performance (13 December 1942) from New York’s  Carnegie Hall of the Shostakovich […]

Alfred Brendel Live in Vienna = SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto; BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel – Alfred Brendel, piano/ Vienna Phil. Orch./ Sir Simon Rattle – Decca 

Alfred Brendel Live in Vienna = SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto; BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel – Alfred Brendel, piano/ Vienna Phil. Orch./ Sir Simon Rattle – Decca 

Music of Schumann and Brahms graces these two appearances in Vienna by Alfred Brendel, testaments to his mastery of the Romantic idiom. Alfred Brendel Live in Vienna = SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54; BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 – Alfred Brendel, piano/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir […]