Classical CD Reviews


“Prelude Cocktail” = Preludes by BACH, DEBUSSY, SHOSTAKOVITCH and others [TrackList follows] – self “Prelude Cocktail” = Preludes by BACH, DEBUSSY, SHOSTAKOVITCH and others [TrackList follows] – self
Published on October 31, 2014

Preludes, from Bach to the 21st century, are toasted by a fine marimba-flute duo.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor & No. 4 in G Major – Mario Joao Pires, p./ Swedish Radio Sym. Orch./ Daniel Harding – Onyx BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor & No. 4 in G Major – Mario Joao Pires, p./ Swedish Radio Sym. Orch./ Daniel Harding – Onyx
Published on October 28, 2014

The lovely, often grandly lit performances of these two Beethoven concertos celebrate the memory of Claudio Abbado.


CLEMENTI: Piano Concerto in C Major; Minuetto pastorale in D Major; Symphony in B-flat Major; Symphony No. 2 in D Major – Bruno Canino, piano/ Orch. Sinfonica di Roma/ Francesco La Vecchia – Naxos CLEMENTI: Piano Concerto in C Major; Minuetto pastorale in D Major; Symphony in B-flat Major; Symphony No. 2 in D Major – Bruno Canino, piano/ Orch. Sinfonica di Roma/ Francesco La Vecchia – Naxos
Published on October 26, 2014

We enjoy the music of the yet-maturing Muzio Clementi in this affectionate assemblage of youthful works.



Lang Lang – The MOZART Album – Lang Lang, piano – Sony Classical (2 CDs) Lang Lang – The MOZART Album – Lang Lang, piano – Sony Classical (2 CDs)
Published on October 24, 2014

These superb performances by Lang Lang are unfortunately clouded by substandard sound on Disc 2.


Matthew Coley, marimbas – Cicularity [TrackList follows] – self Matthew Coley, marimbas – Cicularity [TrackList follows] – self
Published on October 21, 2014

An enjoyable mostly solo classical marimba album.


REZNICEK: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4  – Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/ Frank Beermann – CPO REZNICEK: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 – Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/ Frank Beermann – CPO
Published on October 21, 2014

For the musically curious, these two symphonies of Reznicek reveal a master of color but melodically indebted to many contemporaries.


“Organ Polychrome” = [TrackList follows] – Jan Kraybill, pipe organ – Reference Recordings “Organ Polychrome” = [TrackList follows] – Jan Kraybill, pipe organ – Reference Recordings
Published on October 17, 2014

A colorful and sonically-impressive 71 minutes with French organ works.




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