Classical CD Reviews


CPE BACH: Die Letzten Leiden des Erlösers (The Last Sufferings of the Savior) – Soloists/ Hartmut Haenchen – Berlin Classics (2 CDs) CPE BACH: Die Letzten Leiden des Erlösers (The Last Sufferings of the Savior) – Soloists/ Hartmut Haenchen – Berlin Classics (2 CDs)
Published on August 02, 2015

C. P. E. Bach’s oratorio-in-all-but-name builds in color and intensity as it progresses.


RAVEL: Trio in a minor; ERNEST CHAUSSON: Trio in g minor – Trio Solisti – Trio Solisti – Bridge RAVEL: Trio in a minor; ERNEST CHAUSSON: Trio in g minor – Trio Solisti – Trio Solisti – Bridge
Published on August 02, 2015

A brace of French piano trios, wonderfully played.


JAMES M. STEPHENSON: The Devil’s Tale – Matt Bean, narr./Western Illinois U. Faculty Chamber Players/Mike Fansler – Ravello JAMES M. STEPHENSON: The Devil’s Tale – Matt Bean, narr./Western Illinois U. Faculty Chamber Players/Mike Fansler – Ravello
Published on August 02, 2015

Very clever and entertaining work pays homage to Stravinsky.


HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphonies 6, 28, 29, and 31—New Russia State Sym. Orch. /Alexander Walker — Naxos HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphonies 6, 28, 29, and 31—New Russia State Sym. Orch. /Alexander Walker — Naxos
Published on July 31, 2015

A brief survey of the large symphonic output of an eclectic English composer.


All the Way Back = Works of SMETONA, BRAHMS, BRACH, SCHUMANN, LISZT & CHOPIN – Vytautas Smetona, piano – Navona All the Way Back = Works of SMETONA, BRAHMS, BRACH, SCHUMANN, LISZT & CHOPIN – Vytautas Smetona, piano – Navona
Published on July 27, 2015

Pianist Vytautas Smetona returns to the recording studio with a recital that embodies “the rhetoric of desire” in the Romantic ethos.


SUK: About Mother – Suite; CHAUSSON: Four Dances; REGER: From My Diary – Paul Orgel, piano – MSR SUK: About Mother – Suite; CHAUSSON: Four Dances; REGER: From My Diary – Paul Orgel, piano – MSR
Published on July 20, 2015

Orgel delivers a perfect disc for the keyboard collector of new and often challenging works.




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