KLUGHARDT: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor; Drei Stücke ‒ Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau / Antony Hermus ‒ CPO; JUROWSKI: Symphony No. 5; Russian Painters ‒ Norrköping Sym. Orch./ Michail Jurowski ‒ CPO
AUGUST KLUGHARDT: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 57; Drei Stücke, Op. 87 ‒ Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau / Antony Hermus ‒ CPO 777 740-2; 53:48 (8/14/15) (Distr. by Naxos) ***1/2: VLADIMIR MICHAILOVIC JUROWSKI: Symphony No. 5, Op. 79; Russian Painters ‒ Norrköping Sym. Orch./ Michail Jurowski ‒ CPO 777 875-2; 73:46 (3/11/15) (Distr. by […]
********* MULTICHANNEL DISCS OF THE MONTH *********WAGNER: The Ring Cycle (complete) – Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester/ Marek Janowski – Pentatone (13 SACDs)
Celebrating contemporary aesthetics and presenting superior engineering and performance, Pentatone’s Ring Cycle proves to be the ultimate Gesamtkunstwerk of recording releases. * WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete) – Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester/ Marek Janowski – Pentatone Music (13 multi-channel SACDs) B01D5OXYWS (5/13/16) TT: 13:48:08 *****: If Wagner’s Ring Cycle is an ultimate realization of Gesamtkunstwerk (total art), […]
MENDELSSOHN: Elijah – Soloists/ RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin/ Hans‐Christoph Rademann – Accentus
MENDELSSOHN: Elijah, Op. 70 – Marlis Petersen (sop.) / Lioba Braun (mezzo) / Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) / Thomas Oliemans (bari.)/RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/ Hans‐Christoph Rademann – Accentus ACC30356 (2 CDs); TT 1h, 25m (3/25/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****1/2: Recorded live, Rademann’s Elijah is long on drama, managing to downplay the sentimental […]
Beecham – The ABC Blue Network Concerts, Volume 2: A Tribute Concert in Memory of President Roosevelt = Works of WAGNER, SIBELIUS, SCHUBERT, BERLIOZ, TCAIKOVSKY, MOZART – Blue Network Sym./Beecham – Pristine
The April 14, 1945 concert by Sir Thomas Beecham pays fine tribute to the nation’s loss. Beecham – The ABC Blue Network Concerts, Volume 2: A Tribute Concert in Memory of President Roosevelt = WAGNER: Siegfried’s Funeral March; SIBELIUS: Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 46: The Death of Melisande; MOZART: Divertimento in D, K. 131: Adagio; […]
Our free June drawing is for the 13 SACD Complete Ring Cycle of Wagner in the new recording set issue by PentaTone with leading soloists, the Berlin Radio Sym. Orch. & Chorus, cond. by Mark Janowski and with a 250-p. booklet. Here’s a page on the album, just released last month. All you need to […]
Bruno Walter on The Standard Hour = WAGNER: Prelude from Parsifal; MOZART: Mass in c minor: Et incarnates est; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; HAYDN: The Seasons: Oh, welcome now; Oh how pleasing to the senses; WEBER: Oberon Ov. – Brunetta Mazzolini, sop./ SF Sym. Orch./ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio
A rare appearance by Bruno Walter in San Francisco makes a splendid impression in the Pristine incarnation. Bruno Walter on The Standard Hour = WAGNER: Prelude from Parsifal; MOZART: Mass in c minor, K. 427: Et incarnates est; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525; HAYDN: The Seasons: Oh, welcome now; Oh how pleasing to the senses; […]
The fascination and allure of catastrophe. J. Peter Schwalm – The Beauty of Disaster [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR059, 60:20 [2/26/16] ****: (J. Peter Schwalm – producer, guitar, piano, electronic devices, acoustic and digital sound modules, mixing decks, drums, synths; Neil Catchpole – viola (track 1); Eivind Aarset – guitar (track 2-4); Tim Harries – […]
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (Nowak Edition) – London Sym. Orch./ Lance Friedel – MSR Classics
Could we be witnessing the birth of a born Brucknerian? Yes, if this recording has anything to say about it. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (Nowak Edition) – London Sym. Orch./ Lance Friedel – MSR Classics multichannel SACD MS 1600, 73:19 [Distr. by Albany] *****: Not since 2010, as far as I can tell, […]
“Arturo Toscanini, The Final New York Philharmonic Concert” = Works of HAYDN, RESPIGHI, SIBELIUS, WAGNER & WEBER – NY Philharmonic – Pristine Audio
The rare inscription of this 1945 pension-fund concert makes a potent impression.
BARTOK: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; The Miraculous Mandarin – London Sym. Orch. /Sir Georg Solti – HDTT 192/24 download
Wonderful Bartók from the Kingsway Hall in 1963.
RAFF: String Quartet No. 2 in A Major; String Quartet No. 3 in e minor; String Quartet No. 4 in a minor; String Quartet No. 8 in C Major – Mannheimer Quartet – CPO
The gifted Mannheimer Quartet inscribed these under-rated, vivacious Raff works in 2006-2007.
Alceo Galleria, conductor = in works of R. STRAUSS, WAGNER, DVORAK, TCHAIKOVSKY, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV & ROSSINI – Opus Kura (2 CDs)
Alceo Galliera brings dynamic, lustrous energy to these 1953-1957 recordings with the virtuoso Philharmonia Orch.
An in-depth look at Strauss with terrific archival films of the composer conducting.
Conductor Kirill Kondrashin = WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; RAVEL: Ma mere l’oye; TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade in C Major – Staatskapelle Dresden – MeloClassic
Spirited, rare readings from East Germany by Kirill Kondrashin, made shortly after his international “emergence” from Moscow, 1958.
Stokowski – CD and Digital Premiers = Works of WAGNER, TCHAIKOVSKY, PURCELL & PROKOFIEV – Pristine Audio
With this reissue there are only a few post-electrical Stokowski recordings remaining to be available on CD.
Stokowski – Gala Night at the Opera = Works of WAGNER, MOZART, GOUNOD, BORODIN, VERDI & PUCCINI – Soloists/Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – Guild
Guild permits us to relive the spectacular gala event in Philadelphia, 1962, when Stokowski led an operatic tribute to the Academy of Music.
WAGNER: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) – Terje Stensvold (Der Holländer)/ Kwangchul Youn (Daland)/ Anja Kampe (Senta)/ Royal Concertgebouw Orch./ Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/ WDR Rundfunkchor Köln/ NDR Chor/ Andris Nelsons – RCO Live (2 CDs)
It’s a shame this magnificent orchestra’s first Wagner opera recording wasn’t captured in surround sound.
The modernist liberties with the set design are really strange.
A terrific set for analog turntable fanatics.
“Heroique – French Opera Arias” [TrackList follows] – Bryan Hymel, tenor/ PKF Prague Philharmonia/ Emmanuel Villaume – Warner Classics
Listen to this guy—he is the real thing in a repertory that doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
************* MULTICHANNEL CDs OF THE MONTH *************
If you love Wagner, you have to have this magnificent set.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian”; Symphony No. 3 “Polish” – Vienna State Opera Orch./ Hans Swarowsky – Tuxedo
Hungarian maestro Swarowsky brings creditable energy and poise to two of Tchaikovsky’s less neurotic, early symphonies.