Classical CD Reviews


“The Songs of Brahms Vol. 5” = Die schöne Magelone – Christopher Maltman, bar./ Graham Johnson, p. – Hyperion “The Songs of Brahms Vol. 5” = Die schöne Magelone – Christopher Maltman, bar./ Graham Johnson, p. – Hyperion
Published on September 16, 2014

Sans all the verbiage, this music-only rendition of Brahms’s only cycle provides much satisfaction.


TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons; Six Morceaux – Pavel Kolesnikov, piano – Hyperion TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons; Six Morceaux – Pavel Kolesnikov, piano – Hyperion
Published on September 15, 2014

Pavel Kolesnikov well communicates his fond affection for Tchaikovsky’s piano music, salon works that delight and charm at every turn.


LOUSSIER: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; PADEREWSKI: Violin Sonata (Iwicki, Hauer)  Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orch./ Kostecki – Naxos LOUSSIER: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; PADEREWSKI: Violin Sonata (Iwicki, Hauer) Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orch./ Kostecki – Naxos
Published on September 14, 2014

Two exhilarating works by Loussier in a superb recording.


PATRICK HAWES: Lazarus Requiem – Soloists/ Exeter Phil. and Cathedral Choirs/ Royal Scottish National Orch./ Patrick Hawes – Signum PATRICK HAWES: Lazarus Requiem – Soloists/ Exeter Phil. and Cathedral Choirs/ Royal Scottish National Orch./ Patrick Hawes – Signum
Published on September 12, 2014

A fine modern requiem with a new twist in its emphasis on the Lazarus story.


BARTOK: Kossuth – Symphonic Poem; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1 – Michael Ludwig, violin/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos BARTOK: Kossuth – Symphonic Poem; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1 – Michael Ludwig, violin/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos
Published on September 12, 2014

JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo Philharmonic find bravura vehicles in the scores of young Bartok, which showcase everyone in glowing colors.


“25 Premieres for 25 Years” [TrackList follows] – The New York Virtuoso Singers/ Harold Rosenbaum – Soundbrush (2 CDs) “25 Premieres for 25 Years” [TrackList follows] – The New York Virtuoso Singers/ Harold Rosenbaum – Soundbrush (2 CDs)
Published on September 06, 2014

A well-deserved self-tribute to a chorus known for bringing the modern musical world to light.




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