Classical CD Reviews


HINDEMITH: Hérodiade – Inscape* – Sono Luminus HINDEMITH: Hérodiade – Inscape* – Sono Luminus
Published on August 29, 2014

A vastly underrated score is given a worthy performance.


BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 14 in c-sharp, Op. 131—Jasper String Quartet – Sono Luminus BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 14 in c-sharp, Op. 131—Jasper String Quartet – Sono Luminus
Published on August 29, 2014

Not quite ready for prime time, though the seeds of greatness are there.


“Music for Alfred Hitchcock” = HERRMANN, WAXMAN, TIOMKIN, ELFMAN – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ John Mauceri – Toccata Classics “Music for Alfred Hitchcock” = HERRMANN, WAXMAN, TIOMKIN, ELFMAN – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ John Mauceri – Toccata Classics
Published on August 27, 2014

Some of the best symphonic scores for Hitchcock movies, including some first recordings.


DEBUSSY: Preludes, Book 2 [TrackList follows] – Hristo Kazakov, piano – CD Baby DEBUSSY: Preludes, Book 2 [TrackList follows] – Hristo Kazakov, piano – CD Baby
Published on August 27, 2014

Hristo Kazakov concludes a brace of fine Debussy Preludes albums.


“Behind the Lines” [TrackList follows] – Anna Prohaska, sop./ Eric Schneider, p. – DGG “Behind the Lines” [TrackList follows] – Anna Prohaska, sop./ Eric Schneider, p. – DGG
Published on August 27, 2014

Bold and gutsy, this latest outing from Prohaska sets a new bar.


MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e; JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concerto – Chad Hoopes, v./ MDR Leipzig Radio Sym. Orch./ Kristjan Jarvi – Naïve MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e; JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concerto – Chad Hoopes, v./ MDR Leipzig Radio Sym. Orch./ Kristjan Jarvi – Naïve
Published on August 26, 2014

Hang on to your seat! At nearly four minutes faster than most Mendelssohn recordings, Hoopes is in a hurry. Adams is magnificent.


PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonata No. 1 in f; Violin Sonata No. 2  in D; Five Melodies – Alina Ibragimova, v./ Steven Osborne, p. – Hyperion PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonata No. 1 in f; Violin Sonata No. 2 in D; Five Melodies – Alina Ibragimova, v./ Steven Osborne, p. – Hyperion
Published on August 25, 2014

Essential Russian music that responds well to the homegrown treatment.




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