BRAHMS: Complete Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68; Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73; Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90; Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98 – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio PASC 512 (2 CDs) 2 hrs 30:15 [www.pristineclasical.com] […]
MOZART: Piano Con. K.413-415 – Bezuidenhout, fortepiano/ Freiberger Baroque Orch./ HM
MOZART: Piano Concertos K. 413, 414 & 415 – Kristian Bezuidenhout/ Freiburger Barockorchestra – Harmonia mundi 902218, 69:31 (9/16/16) ****: (Kristian Bezuidenhout; fortepiano/ Gottfriend von der Goltz, violin and director) Three bonhomous concertos which represent Mozart’s bid to win over the Vienna audience, played on period instruments. The three concertos under review here, K. 413-415, […]
BEETHOVEN: Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola; Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello ‒ Andinghello Ensemble / BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”; Die Weihe des Hauses Overture; King Stephan Ov. ‒ Beethoven Orchester Bonn/ Stefan Blunier ‒ Both MD&G
BEETHOVEN: Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25; Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 3 ‒ Andinghello Ensemble ‒ Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm multichannel SACD MDG 903 1953-6 (2+2+2), 65:29 (6/3/16) ***: BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55, “Eroica”; Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124; König Stephan Overture, Op. 117‒ […]
ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano – Roman Mints, v. /Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, per./Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz (2 CDs)
The many styles of Alfred Schnittke explored in authentic performances. ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano = Sonata No. 1—Sonata No. 2 ‘Quasi una Sonata’; Sonata No. 3; Suite in the Old Style; Congratulatory Rondo; Stille Nacht; Polka – Roman Mints, violin/Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, percussion/Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz […]
“MAHLER Rarities” = Symphony No. 2 in c minor “Resurrection”: Andante moderato; Sym. No. 4 – Soloists/ Hilversum Radio Philharmonic/ Paul van Kempen – Pristine Audio
The Mahler legacy adds two rare documents of innate interest to the history of recorded sound. “MAHLER Rarities” = Symphony No. 2 in c minor “Resurrection”: Andante moderato only; Sym. No. 4 in G Major – Cadillac Sym. Orch./ Arnold Schoenberg (Sym. No. 2)/ Corry Bijster, sop./ Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orch./ Paul van Kempen – […]
“Trouvailles” Cello and Piano Sonatas by BOËLLMANN, DOHNÁNYI and BRIDGE – Hannah Holman, cello /Réne Lecuona, p. – Blue Griffin
A talented piano/cello duo performs sonatas by Boëllmann , Dohnányi and Bridge. “Trouvailles” Cello and Piano Sonatas by BOËLLMANN, DOHNÁNYI and BRIDGE – Hannah Holman, cello /Réne Lecuona, p. – Blue Griffin BGR 359, 76:24 (Distr. by Albany) *****: The catalogue of works for cello and piano is not extensive, and yet these two musicians, […]
ROSSINI: Semiramide (complete opera) – Soloists/Vienna Concert Choir & Radio SO/ Panni – Nightingale Classics (3 CDs)
Gruberova is well worth hearing, even if the whole does not equal the sum of its parts. ROSSINI: Semiramide (complete opera) – Edita Gruberova (Semiramide)/ Bernadette Manca Di Nissa (Arsace)/ Helene Le Corre (Azema)/ Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Assur)/ Juan Diego Florez (Idreno)/ Julian Konstantinov (Oroe)/ Vienna Concert Choir/ Vienna Radio SO/ Marcello Panni – Nightingale Classics […]
Eight Christmas SACD and CDs of Interest
Eight worthwhile discs of Christmas music to brighten your holidays.
HENRI HERZ: Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and other works – Howard Shelley (piano) / Tasmanian Sym. Orch. / Howard Shelley – Hyperion hi-res
Early Romantic works for piano and orchestra in hi-res to raise the spirits.
BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f minor; SCHUMANN: Humoreske in B-flat Major – Margaryta Golovko, p. – Blue Griffin
Emergent pianist Margaryta Golovko adds her name to the catalogue of Schumann and Brahms acolytes.
LISZT: Apres une lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata; 3 Petrarch Sonnets; Mephisto-Waltz; Totentanz – Carlo Grante, piano – Music & Arts
Carlo Grante makes the “literary Liszt” an essential component of any collector’s library of spectacular pianism.
The Night Porter, Blu-ray (1974/2014)
An often disturbing examination of the later psychological effects of the Nazi regime.
BEETHOVEN: Easy Piano Works, Vol. I = Joerg Demus, piano – Tuxedo
A selection of “easy” Beethoven keyboard works from master Joerg Demus proves beguiling and refreshing at once.
Lang Lang – The MOZART Album – Lang Lang, piano – Sony Classical (2 CDs)
These superb performances by Lang Lang are unfortunately clouded by substandard sound on Disc 2.
GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice (complete opera), Blu-ray (2014)
A beautifully captivating film of Gluck’s most famous work in its original guise.
“Sommernachtskonzert 2014” = BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Ov.; Benvenuto Cellini Ov.; LISZT: Mazeppa; R. STRAUSS: Burleske; Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks; J. STRAUSS II: Furioso-Polka – Lang Lang, piano/Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Christoph Eschenbach – Sony
The 2014 VPO concert at the world’s largest open-air venue celebrates the Romantic colorists in spectacular fashion.
Alexander Brailowsky = MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; BORODIN: Scherzo in A-flat Major; DEBUSSY: Reflets dans l’eau; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Funeral March” – Alexander Brailowsky, p. – MeloClassic
In a recital from Paris, 1949, Alexander Brailowsky testifies to his poetic virtuosity, though within certain limits.
FRANCK: Piano Works [TrackList follows] – Jorg Demus, piano – Piano Classics
Jorg Demus plays a rare anthology of Cesar Franck, well beyond the usual cluster of three masterpieces.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat, “Symphony of a Thousand” – Soloists/ Wiener Staatsoperchor/ Wiener Singverein/ Wiener Sangerknaben/ Chicago Sym. Orch./ Georg Solti – Decca Pure Audio Blu-ray
Heading to that desert island? Don’t forget to pack this one.
Audio News for May 27, 2014
Classical Music News; Sharp Greatly Reduces Prices on Aquos & UHD TVs; Screen Innovations Enlarges Selection of Ambient-Light-Rejecting Screens; Integra Adds HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 to AVRs; More UltraViolet Users Watching TV Content
Concerto I = MOZART: Two Piano Concerto in E-flat; LISZT: Concerto Pathetique for Two Pianos; BARTOK: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orch. – GrauSchumacher Piano Duo/ Franz Schindlbeck, Jan Schlichte, percussion/ German Sym. Orch. Berlin/ Ruben Gazarian – Neos
A solid and well-done series of readings all in one convenient package.
* BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem – Christiane Libor, sop./ Thomas E. Bauer, bar./ Warsaw Philharmonic Orch. and Choir/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray
************* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
A milestone in recorded art for this work, and audio fans in particular will have to have it.