Classical CD Reviews


“Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana “Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana
Published on January 28, 2015

Cappella Romana continues their standard-setting course of Byzantine recordings.


“Paris 1937″ = Works of RIVIER, FRANCK, TRENET, HAYDN, GOLESTAN & Others – Trio Lezard – Coviello Classics “Paris 1937″ = Works of RIVIER, FRANCK, TRENET, HAYDN, GOLESTAN & Others – Trio Lezard – Coviello Classics
Published on January 28, 2015

Very pleasant tribute album with interesting and somewhat obscure pieces.


1914 – Music for Strings and Piano = KOECHLIN: Violin Sonata; VIERNE: Preludes for Piano; Quintet for piano and string quartet – Gramola 1914 – Music for Strings and Piano = KOECHLIN: Violin Sonata; VIERNE: Preludes for Piano; Quintet for piano and string quartet – Gramola
Published on January 23, 2015

A lovely disc of French chamber music written during World War I.


Trifonov (piano) at Carnegie Hall = Works of SCRIABIN, LISZT, CHOPIN & MEDTNER – DGG Trifonov (piano) at Carnegie Hall = Works of SCRIABIN, LISZT, CHOPIN & MEDTNER – DGG
Published on January 23, 2015

A triumph of will and technical audacity, Daniil Trifonov’s Carnegie Hall recital explores the Romantic ethos brilliantly.


Colin Maier – The Fabulist – self Colin Maier – The Fabulist – self
Published on January 23, 2015

Oboist pushes the boundaries of classical music.


SAINT-SAENS: Piano Trio No. 1 in F Major & No. 2 in E Minor – Aquinas Piano Trio – Guild SAINT-SAENS: Piano Trio No. 1 in F Major & No. 2 in E Minor – Aquinas Piano Trio – Guild
Published on January 22, 2015

Splendid ensemble graces these realizations of the Saint-Saens piano trios, music both melodically and polyphonically engaging.


“Heavy Sleep” = Works of BACH, ANDRES, KURTAG, SILOTI, REGER – Bruce Levingston, piano – Sono Luminus “Heavy Sleep” = Works of BACH, ANDRES, KURTAG, SILOTI, REGER – Bruce Levingston, piano – Sono Luminus
Published on January 20, 2015

Very restful throughout; thought-provoking and moody.


GLASS: The Complete Piano Etudes – Maki Namekawa, piano – Orange Mt. Music (2 CDs) GLASS: The Complete Piano Etudes – Maki Namekawa, piano – Orange Mt. Music (2 CDs)
Published on January 15, 2015

A more intimate side of Glass that should appeal to anyone.


BACH: English Suite No. 3 in G Minor; English Suite No. 1 in A Major; English Suite No. 5 in E Minor – Piotr Anderszewski, p. – Warner Classics BACH: English Suite No. 3 in G Minor; English Suite No. 1 in A Major; English Suite No. 5 in E Minor – Piotr Anderszewski, p. – Warner Classics
Published on January 15, 2015

Intelligent and fluid virtuosity marks this installment of Anderszewski’s survey of the Bach English Suites.




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