Category: Classical Reissue Reviews

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 […]

Cantelli: New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 3 = Orchestral Works by WAGNER; VERDI; MONTEVERDI; HANDEL; BRAHMS; HINDEMITH – New York Philharmonic/ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio

Cantelli: New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 3 = Orchestral Works by WAGNER; VERDI; MONTEVERDI; HANDEL; BRAHMS; HINDEMITH – New York Philharmonic/ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio

Guido Cantelli’s final U.S. appearances bring potent and lyrical music-making to 1956 Carnegie Hall. Cantelli: New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 3 = WAGNER: Parsifal: Good Friday Spell; VERDI: Te Deum; MONTEVERDI: Magnificat; HANDEL: Xerxes: Largo; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15; Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53; HINDEMITH: Concert Music for Strings and […]

SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture; Symphony No. 4; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 – Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Audite 

SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture; Symphony No. 4; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 – Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Audite 

Audite restores the last of Furtwaengler’s glorious appearances in Lucerne, Switzerland.  SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture, Op. 115; Symphony No. 4 in d minor, Op. 120; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 “Eroica” – Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Audite 23.441 (2 CDs) 66:10; 30:39 [Distr. by Naxos] *****:   “This review is […]

SUK: Symphony No. 2, “Asrael”; KREJCI: Serenata for Orchestra – Southwest Orchestra of Baden-Baden/ Karel Ancerl – SWR 

SUK: Symphony No. 2, “Asrael”; KREJCI: Serenata for Orchestra – Southwest Orchestra of Baden-Baden/ Karel Ancerl – SWR 

Karel Ancerl in 1957 delivers his passionate rendering of Suk’s autobiographical Second Symphony.   SUK: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Op. 27 “Asrael”; KREJCI: Serenata for Orchestra – Southwest Orchestra of Baden-Baden/ Karel Ancerl – SWR Classic SWR19055CD, 74:54 (2/9/18) Distr. by Naxos] ****:  Music of decidedly contrasting temper, led by Czech master Karel […]

RUBBRA: Symphony No. 2 in D; Symphony No. 4 – BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Adrian Boult/ Edmund Rubbra) – Somm

RUBBRA: Symphony No. 2 in D; Symphony No. 4 – BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Adrian Boult/ Edmund Rubbra) – Somm

British music has a significant document in this issue of two Rubbra symphonies in historic performance. RUBBRA: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 45; Symphony No. 4, Op. 53 – BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Adrian Boult (Op. 45)/ Edmund Rubbra (op. 53) – SommCD 0179, 72:23 (3/2/18) [Distr. by Naxos] ****:  Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) enjoys […]

Clara Haskil Complete Recital Ludwigsburg 1953 = Piano Works by BACH; SCARLATTI; BEETHOVEN; SCHUMANN; DEBUSSY; RAVEL – SWR Music 

Clara Haskil Complete Recital Ludwigsburg 1953 = Piano Works by BACH; SCARLATTI; BEETHOVEN; SCHUMANN; DEBUSSY; RAVEL – SWR Music 

History enjoys a bit more closure in our having Clara Haskil’s complete recital from Ludwigsburg, 1953.  Clara Haskil Complete Recital Ludwigsburg 1953 = BACH: Toccata in e minor, BWV 914; Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659; SCARLATTI: 3 Sonatas; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111; SCHUMANN: Abegg Variations, Op. 1; […]

Nikolai Sokoloff and the Cleveland Orchestra: Complete Recordings, 1924-28 – The Cleveland Orchestra. Nikolai Sokoloff – Pristine Audio

Nikolai Sokoloff and the Cleveland Orchestra: Complete Recordings, 1924-28 – The Cleveland Orchestra. Nikolai Sokoloff – Pristine Audio

Recording and audio restoration engineer Mark Obert-Thorn has a coup in the form of the complete recordings (for the Brunswick label) of Russian-born conductor Nikolai Sokoloff (1886-1965), the first leader of the Cleveland Orchestra.  Nikolai Sokoloff and the Cleveland Orchestra: Complete Recordings, 1924-28 = BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5 […]

Ferenc Fricsay: The Mozart Radio Broadcasts = MOZART: Symphonies; Bassoon Concerto; Divertimenti, Serenades and Arias – Suzanne Danco and Rita Streich, sopranos / Johannes Zuther, bassoon/ RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Ferenc Fricsay – DGG 

Ferenc Fricsay: The Mozart Radio Broadcasts = MOZART: Symphonies; Bassoon Concerto; Divertimenti, Serenades and Arias – Suzanne Danco and Rita Streich, sopranos / Johannes Zuther, bassoon/ RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Ferenc Fricsay – DGG 

Ferenc Fricsay’s post-war Mozart sessions at RIAS return with all their stylistic verve, passion, and immaculate musicianship. Ferenc Fricsay: The Mozart Radio Broadcasts = MOZART: Symphonies 1; 4-9; Symphony No. 23 in D Major, K. 181; Symphony No. 27 in G Major, K. 199; Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191; Serenata notturna in D […]

LISZT: Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2; Petrarch Sonnets; Tannhauser Overture – Jorge Bolet, piano/ Lawrence Foster/ Edo de Waart – Audite 

LISZT: Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2; Petrarch Sonnets; Tannhauser Overture – Jorge Bolet, piano/ Lawrence Foster/ Edo de Waart – Audite 

A restored series of RIAS appearances by Jorge Bolet will delight and astound in his thorough grasp of the Liszt style. LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major; Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major; Annees de Pelerinage, Deuxieme Annee: 3 Petrarch Sonnets; Overture to Tannhauser – Jorge Bolet, piano/ Radio Symphony-Orchestra Berlin/ Lawrence […]

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Vol. IV = Works for Solo Piano by BACH; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN; SCHUMANN – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – Pristine Audio 

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Vol. IV = Works for Solo Piano by BACH; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN; SCHUMANN – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – Pristine Audio 

The fourth installment of the Spivakovky Edition revels in the Romantic ethos of composer and performer.  Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Vol. IV = BACH: Fantasia in c minor, BWV 906; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110; CHOPIN: Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29; Etude in c minor, Op. […]