Another release from the Horszwoski Piano Trio, all too welcome!
Anna Fedorova: Four Fantasies = Piano Works by Scriabin, Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven – Channel Classics
Anna Fedorova explores the imaginative creations of four composers
Gautier Capucon, with Martha Argerich, Bernard Haitink, Rene Capucon, present Robert Schumann’s major works for cello
Wilhelm Furtwängler: SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” – Berlin Philharmonic – Pristine Audio
SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” – Tibor de Machula, cello/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Pristine Audio PASC 545, 71:33 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****: Andrew Rose and Pristine resuscitate two appearances by Wilhelm Furtwaengler with “his wife,” the Berlin Philharmonic, the first from […]
Cellist Inbal Segev makes her Avie debut in three Romantic staples that allow her and pianist Pohjonen to shine.
“Humoresques” = Piano works by DVORAK; REGER; RACHMANINOFF; SCHUMANN – Daria Rabotkina – MSR Classics
A delightful collection with a unified thematic concept.
The extraordinary, virtuoso breadth of Wilhelm Backhaus comes to us in restored glory, 1925-1937.
Rudolf Serkin: Early and Unpublished Recordings = Works by BEETHOVEN; BUSONI; SCHUMANN – Pristine Audio
Mark Obert-Thorn restores previously unpublished, vital Rudolf Serkin performances to the active catalogue.
Serge Koussevitzky, Vol. 11 = Orchestral Works by CASADESUS, SIBELIUS, SCHUMANN – Yves St-Laurent Studio
The ever-volatile Serge Koussevitzky electrifies us with his fierce renditions of Sibelius and Schumann.
Craig Sheppard traverses the late Brahms piano music with resolve and reflection. BRAHMS: The Late Piano Works = 7 Fantasien, Op. 116; 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117; 6 Klavierstuecke, Op. 118; 4 Klavierstuecke, Op. 119 – Craig Sheppard, piano – Romeo Records 7327, 74:42 (3/18/18) [Distr. by Albany] ****: Brahms began the writing of his last […]
A truly elegant “hour” of Romantic cello music comes to us via two instrumentalists in spirited kinship. CHOPIN: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65; SCHUMANN: 3 Fantasiestuecke, Op. 73; GRIEG: Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 – Inbal Segev, cello/ Juho Pohjonen, piano – Avie AV2389, 70:13 (7/20/18) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: This […]
The sixth volume in the Spivakovsky legacy adds virtuoso color to an already seamless stylistic presence.
In a brilliantly clean recording featuring trombone and piano, Peter Moore and James Baillieu make beautiful music. Life Force — Peter Moore (trombone), James Baillieu (piano)—Rubicon Classics RCD1028—66:31, ****1/2 : The trombone speaks by amplifying the buzzing of the player’s lips into a small, diminutive cup. Notes are differentiated by either extending the length of […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata Op. 101; BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 – Alexander Beridze, piano – NY Classics
A Romantic recital by pianist and philanthropist Alexander Beridze warrants our attention. BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101; BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 – Alexander Beridze, piano – NY Classics NYC 11.12.2014, 65:00 (11/12/14) [www.newyorkpianofestival.com] ****: A native of the Republic of Georgia, Alexander Beridze (b. 1980) […]
“Change of Keys” = Piano Works by HAYDN; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN; SCHUMANN/LISZT; DEBUSSY; BARTOK – Carol Leone, piano – MSR Classics
A varied and nicely complied recital played with strength and conviction. “Change of Keys” = HAYDN: Sonata in C, HOB XVI: 50; BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109; CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in g, Op. 23; SCHUMANN (arr. LISZT): Liebeslied “Widmung” S.566; DEBUSSY: L’Isle joyeuse, L.106; BARTOK: Sonata, BB 88, SZ.80 – Carol […]
SCHUMANN: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1; String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41 No. 2; String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3 – Modigliani Quartet – Mirare
Very Romantic interpretations of the Schumann Quartets, but it’s all a little soft-grained for my taste. SCHUMANN: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1; String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41 No. 2; String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3 – Modigliani Quartet – Mirare MIR 346, 78:00 (11/24/17) […]
Best of the Year Classical List for 2017 Recommendations by Steven Ritter Mahler: Symphony No. 8 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/ Utah Symphony/ Thierry Fischer – Reference Recordings Spectacular, moving, and, well, what else do you need? Link to Review GORDON GETTY: The Canterville Ghost – Oper Leipzig/ Gewandhausorchester/ Matthias Foremny – Pentatone […]