Gifted pianist showcases instrumental brilliance on this new release.
Anna Fedorova: Four Fantasies = Piano Works by Scriabin, Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven – Channel Classics
Anna Fedorova explores the imaginative creations of four composers
Verdi: Messa da Requiem (In Memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky) – St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/ Yuri Temirkinov – Delos
A hugely mounted performance, this by Termirkanov and company, of the great Requiem by Verdi.
This week, The Music Treasury is presenting recordings of the conductor Josef Krips. Krips was a significant figure in the world 20th century conducting, leading orchestras and opera houses in Boston, San Francisco, Vienna, London, and Berlin. Quite comfortable with the standard literature of the day, Krips also championed new composers, and featured many world premiers […]
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Another amazing K2HD remastering of a classic Getz bossa nova album.
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI: Adagietto; Chaconne “In memoriam John Paul II”; Agnus Dei; Intermezzo for 24 Strings; De profundis; Serenade for Strings; 3 Pieces in Baroque Style; Sinfonietta for Strings – Soloists/Sinfonia Varvisia Orch./Penderecki – DUX
An amazing composer, yet not an essential release.
Willem Mengelberg Conducts = J.C. BACH: Sinfonia in B-flat Major; RAVEL: Bolero; R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben – Scipione Guidi, violin (Strauss)/NY Philharmonic Orch./Concertgebouw Orch. of Amsterdam (Ravel)/Willem Mengelberg – Opus Kura
This interpretation of Ein Heldenleben conveys spontaneity, aggression, scope, and spirited vitality on a thoroughly unique plateau.
Clara Haskil, piano = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 19; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor (two perf.); SCHUMANN: Bunte Blaetter: 3 Pieces; Albumblatter; Abegg Variations; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 – with RIAS Sym. Orch./Ferenc Fricsay – Audite (2 CDs)
Haskil’s ability to make a singing tone of the keyboard embodied her especial gift.
SCHUBERT: The Complete Piano Sonatas and other Major Works Vol. 2 = Sonata in B Major, D. 575; Sonata in A Major, D. 664; Sonata in A Minor, D. 784; Sonata in A Minor, D. 845; Sonata in D Major, D. 850 – Seymour Lipkin, piano – Newport Classics (2 CDs)
Limpid, tender, conscientiously etched, this music sings and sails under Lipkin.
This two disc set, priced as for a single, has given me enormous pleasure.
CHOPIN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3; 2 Nocturnes; Berceuse; Barcarolle – Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano – Hyperion
Hamelin’s admirers will adore these world class Chopin performances.
A 27-year road trip with Sonny Rollins….
BACH: Cantatas for the Eighth and Tenth Sundays after Trinity – Soloists/Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque soloists/John Eliot Gardinar – Soli Dei Gloria (2 CDs)
This fifth volume of Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage covering only the church cantatas consistently maintains the high standards found in previous releases.
SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe, op. 48 and other Schumann lieder – Gerald Finley, baritone/ Julius Drake, piano – Hyperion
Schumann’s most poplar cycle with the added attraction of other Heine songs.
Eleven years with the legendary Bill Evans: a study in concentration.
BACH: Mass for Four Voices, BWV 234; Prelude for Organ, BWV 544; A Funerary Monument for the Queen of Poland; Herzlich tut mich velangen; Fugue, BWV 544 – Soloists/Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot – Mirare
Esoteric? Definitely. Worth it? You bet.
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One of the best “dedication” CDs I’ve ever heard