Classical CD Reviews


“Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron “Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron
Published on May 22, 2015

Robert and Clara Schumann and their select circle receive loving attention from pianist Deferne in works that exploit Romantic polyphony.


BERG BY ARRANGEMENT – Music for Strings: Lyric Suite, Piano Sonata, Kanon, Early Pieces—NFM Leopoldinum Ch. Orch./ Ernst Kovacic—Toccata Classics BERG BY ARRANGEMENT – Music for Strings: Lyric Suite, Piano Sonata, Kanon, Early Pieces—NFM Leopoldinum Ch. Orch./ Ernst Kovacic—Toccata Classics
Published on May 20, 2015

String orchestra arrangements of Berg’s Music emphasize the romanticism of the Second Viennese School.


David Rubinstein, In Recital Vol. 3 = HAYDN: Sonata in D; DEBUSSY: Suite Bergamasque; RUBINSTEIN: Four Obsessions; Ideas & Images for Piano – David Rubinstein, p. – Musicus David Rubinstein, In Recital Vol. 3 = HAYDN: Sonata in D; DEBUSSY: Suite Bergamasque; RUBINSTEIN: Four Obsessions; Ideas & Images for Piano – David Rubinstein, p. – Musicus
Published on May 20, 2015

Another installment in David Rubinstein’s series of selected recital pieces features glittery playing of Haydn, Debussy and his own works.


JOHN HARBISON: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing – Camerata Pacifica – Harmonia mundi JOHN HARBISON: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing – Camerata Pacifica – Harmonia mundi
Published on May 15, 2015

Very pleasant works from this great American composer you should know.


“Seascapes” – Janice Weber, piano [TrackList follows] – Sono Luminus “Seascapes” – Janice Weber, piano [TrackList follows] – Sono Luminus
Published on May 15, 2015

A ‘seaworthy’ disc of little-heard impressions of the ocean on the piano.


Great Comedy Overtures of HEROLD, NICOLAI, WOLF-FERRARI, THOMAS, REZNICEK & Others – Royal Scottish National Orch./Lance Friedel – Naxos Great Comedy Overtures of HEROLD, NICOLAI, WOLF-FERRARI, THOMAS, REZNICEK & Others – Royal Scottish National Orch./Lance Friedel – Naxos
Published on May 14, 2015

A sweetly affectionate collection of light opera overtures showcases a young American conductor and his responsive RSNO players.


MESSIAEN: Des Canyons Aux Ètoiles – London Philharmonic Orch./Christoph Eschenbach – London Philharmonic MESSIAEN: Des Canyons Aux Ètoiles – London Philharmonic Orch./Christoph Eschenbach – London Philharmonic
Published on May 14, 2015

Brilliant new recording of one of Messiaen’s masterworks.


GRIEG: Piano Concerto; 12 Lyric Pieces – Javier Perianes, p./ BBC Sym. Orch./ Sakari Oramo – Harmonia mundi GRIEG: Piano Concerto; 12 Lyric Pieces – Javier Perianes, p./ BBC Sym. Orch./ Sakari Oramo – Harmonia mundi
Published on May 13, 2015

The Perianes collection of Grieg, his Concerto and selected Lyric Pieces, assembles a magical color ensemble.




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