Soviet Union Archive
Koussevitzky conducts Rare American Symphony Performances = HARRIS: Sym. No. 5; HILL: Sym. No. 1; DIAMOND: Sym. No. 2 – Boston Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio
Three eminently American, powerful symphonies find their debut performances with Koussevitzky restored. Koussevitzky conducts Rare American Symphony Performances = HARRIS: Symphony No. 5; HILL: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 34; DIAMOND: Symphony No. 2 – Boston Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio PASC 484, 77:49 [avail. in var. formats at www.pristineclassical.com] *****: Producer and […]
The Girshevich Trio featuring Eddie Gomez – Algorithmic Society – Tapestry
The Girshevich Trio featuring Eddie Gomez – Algorithmic Society – Tapestry 76026-2, 59:34 ***: A release that has coherence of approach and concept. (Vlad Girshevich – piano, synthesizers/ Aleks Girshevich – drums/ Eddie Gomez – acoustic bass) Baroque music is a particular classical style that lasted for a period of 150 years from 1600 to […]
Maria Yudina, A Great Russian Pianist = BEETHOVEN, STRAVINSKY, BARTOK – Praga Digitals
A concise portrait of the iconoclast Maria Yudina, who championed modern music. Maria Yudina, A Great Russian Pianist = BEETHOVEN: Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, Op. 35 “Eroica”; BERG: Piano Sonata, Op. 1; STRAVINSKY: Serenade in A Major; Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments; BARTOK: Mikrokosmos, Bk. V-VI: excerpts – Maria Yudina, piano/ USSR […]
RACHMANINOV: P. Con. No. 3; The Bells – Van Cliburne, p./Sym. of the Air/Soloists/ Krill Kondrashin – Praga Digitals
The best version yet of this classic. RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d, Op. 30; The Bells, Op. 35 – Van Cliburn, p./ Symphony of the Air/ Elizaveta Shumskaya, sop./ Mikhail Dovenmann, tenor/ Alexei Bolshakov, bar./ Moscow P.O./ Kirill Kondrashin – Praga Digitals Reminiscences stereo-only SACD PRD/DSD 350 123, 78:01 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] […]
SCHUMANN: Phantasie in C Major, Op. 17; BRAHMS: Ten Intermezzi – Iskander Zakirov, p. – Blue Griffin
Kindred Romantic spirits Schumann and Brahms provide the lyric and passionate content of Zakirov’s recital. SCHUMANN: Phantasie in C Major, Op. 17; BRAHMS: Ten Intermezzi – Iskander Zakirov, p. – Blue Griffin BGR 387, 64:38 (1/5/16) [Distr. by Albany] ****: Iskander Zakirov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to a family of professional musicians. He started […]
SHOSTAKOVICH: Passacaglia from the Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk / Symphony No. 10 in e minor – Boston Sym. Orch. / Andris Nelsons – DGG
A stirring performance of the 10th Symphony with a recording to match.
WEINBERG: Symphony No. 18; Trumpet Concerto – Balio, trumpet/ St. Petersburg Chamber Choir/ St. Petersburg State Sym. Orch./ Vladimir Lande – Naxos
Weinberg beautifully recorded and performed with passion.
EDISON DENISOV: Chamber Symphony No. 1; Chamber Symphony No. 2; Au plus haut des cieux; Cinq romances d’Anna Akhmatova – Brigitte Peyré, sop./ Ensemble Orch. Contemporain/ Daniel Kawka – Harmonia mundi
Seminal works by an unjustly neglected and once-honored composer with a strange name.
“Menuhin in Moscow” = BACH: Adagio from Solo Sonata No. 1; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3; BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto – Yehudi Menuhin, violin/ Hephzibah Menuhin, piano/ USSR State Sym. Orch./ Evgeny Svetlanov – Melodiya
Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin scored an artistic and ‘political’ triumph in Moscow 1962, playing a combination of chamber and full concert music.
Mercury Living Presence: The Collector’s Edition – 51-CD boxed set
In either form, this is an audiophile’s dream collection!
String Quartets by SHOSTAKOVICH and His Contemporaries = Pacifica String Q. – Cedille
Recordings by the Pacifica Quartet 2010-2011 reveal a deep sympathy for the Soviet music produced by two composers who had suffered “political” censure after 1948.