Sony Classical Archive
The third time proves the charm for the ever-intrepid Yo-Yo Ma!
The latest from today’s replacement for Virgil Fox on the pipe organ. Cameron Carpenter, pipe organ – All You Need Is Bach [TrackList follows] – Sony Classical 88875178262 ****: Previous Carpenter albums were surround sound or videos or both, but this time we’ll have to be satisfied with a plain old audio stereo CD. (As […]
A really amazing crossover album and one of the very best Rhapsody in Blues. “New York Rhapsody” – Lang Lang, p. & many others [TrackList follows] – Sony Classical 889853329229, 70:00 (9/16/16) *****: I almost decided to put this CD in our Popular category, but it certainly is a very intense crossover effort in spite […]
Definitely on the sweet side, Kermes’ artistry is hard to resist. “Love” = Simone Kermes, soprano/ La Magnifica Comunita/ Enrico Casazza – Sony Classical 88875111382, 65:23 ****: German artist Simone Kermes has easily established herself as one of the foremost coloratura sopranos in the world today, possessing a virtuoso voice of great flexibility and range. […]
Oppo Introduces Its First Speakers – The compact Sonica Wi-Fi speaker comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay capabilities, and there are compatible smartphones and tablet apps making it easy to manage multiple speakers on the same network. Drivers, amps and chassis have all been designed for a deep, pure and engaging sound that can […]
VASKS: Presence – Sol Gabetta, cello – Amsterdam Sinfonietta – Sony Classical 88725423122, 61:00 ***: Vasks divides the difference between risk and reward and comes out ahead. The Latvian composer Peteris Vasks likes to take risks. His symphonies are wide sprawling affairs, romantic at core with long reflective passages that can suddenly erupt into frantic […]
BACH: Bach to Moog, a Realization for Electronics and Orch. – Jennifer Pike, violin/ Craig Leon, Moog synth/ Sinfonietta Cracovia/ Craig Leon – Sony Classical
Bringing back the Moog synthesizer from over 30 years ago.
RAMEAU: The Sound of Light – Music from Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Zoroastre, Platée, Les Indes galantes, Les Boréades, Naïs, Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux, Dardanus and Six concerts en sextuor – Nadine Koutcher, sop./ Alexei Svetov, bass / MusicAeterna Orch. & Choir/ Teodor Currentzis – Sony Classical
RAMEAU: The Sound of Light – Music from Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Zoroastre, Platée, Les Indes galantes, Les Boréades, Naïs, Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux, Dardanus and Six concerts en sextuor – Nadine Koutcher, soprano/ Alexei Svetov, bass / MusicAeterna Orchestra & Choir/ Teodor Currentzis – Sony Classical 88875014502, 67 mins. (2/3/15) ****(*): A quick […]
Wild Classical Violinist Nigel Kennedy Going on Road With Music of Jimi Hendrix; Bach on the Moog – Again; New Bone Conduction Headphones; Russound Adds to XStream Line
Dance/electronic music gets a compelling re-boot on this interesting recording.
MOZART: Cosi fan tutte (complete opera) – Simone Kermes (Fiordiligi)/ Malena Ernman (Dorabella)/ Christopher Maltman (Guglielmo)/ MusicAeterna/ Teodor Currentzis – Sony Classical
Enfant terrible Currentzis makes waves yet again in a performance of great value. But is he taking himself—and Mozart—too seriously?
These superb performances by Lang Lang are unfortunately clouded by substandard sound on Disc 2.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; Choral Fantasy in C minor – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and cond./ Mahler Ch. Orch. – Choral Fantasy – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and cond./ Mahler Ch. Orch. / Prague Philharmonic Choir/ Lukas Vasilek – Sony Classical
The conclusion of Andsnes’ Beethoven Journey presents us heroism and poetry in artful harmony, well-recorded.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better modern traversal of the Partitas.
The debut recording of Carpenter’s new International Touring Organ, together with videos of it.
Daniel Barenboim New Year’s Concert 2014 = Music by the STRAUSS family; also HELLMESBERGER: Viellebchen Polka; R. STRAUSS: Mondscheinmusik aus Capriccio; LANNER: Die Romantiker Walzer; DELIBES: Pizzicati from Sylvia – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Daniel Barenboim – Sony Classical (2 CDs)
The high spirits and the excellent ensemble sparkle at the 2014 New Year’s Concert, which has everything but the actual champagne.
MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Ruckert Lieder – Christian Gerhaher, bar./ Montreal Sym. Orch./ Kent Nagano – Sony Classical
Fine new readings of songful and soulful Mahler, not as interpretatively etched in stone as they might be, but attractive nonetheless.
19 exciting film soundtrack CDs reviewed.
An audiophile xrcd24 reissue of a 1976 Bernstein performance of the Berlioz work.
After HD and UHD Comes HD Audio. Or Does It?; Big Boxed Sets from Major Labels Multiply; Kent Nagano Contract at Montreal Extended to 2020
Austrian virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder proves himself a master of the Schubert idiom, much in the manner – and worthy of the mantle – of Alfred Brendel.
Sony reissues Leonard Bernstein’s classic 1958 account of the Le Sacre du Printemps in full regalia – booklet, cover art, and memoirs galore – and the performance still dazzles.