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HANDEL: Joshua – Soloists/ NDR Choir/ Göttingen Festival Orch./ Laurence Cummings – Accent ACC (2 CDs) HANDEL: Joshua – Soloists/ NDR Choir/ Göttingen Festival Orch./ Laurence Cummings – Accent ACC (2 CDs)
Published on May 13, 2015

Only six recordings of Joshua are available at this time, so this one is more than welcome.


ZAE MUNN: “They Were Mysterious Guests” = Timothy McAllister, sax/ ensemble – Navona ZAE MUNN: “They Were Mysterious Guests” = Timothy McAllister, sax/ ensemble – Navona
Published on May 13, 2015

Sometimes a wild ride but a brilliant showcase for McAllister’s talents!


BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. 2: Preludes and Fugues, 1-12 – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. 2: Preludes and Fugues, 1-12 – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour
Published on May 09, 2015

Mordecai Shehori’s latest installment of Bach WTC Book II confirms his thoroughly “singing” approach to this most rigorous of keyboard studies.


Avi Avital, mandolin – VIVALDI works – with Venice Baroque Orch. – DGG Avi Avital, mandolin – VIVALDI works – with Venice Baroque Orch. – DGG
Published on May 04, 2015

Mostly Vivaldi and some other items displaying the sound of the classical mandolin.


MOZART: Piano Sonatas – Marc-Andre Hamelin, p. – Hyperion (2 CDS) MOZART: Piano Sonatas – Marc-Andre Hamelin, p. – Hyperion (2 CDS)
Published on May 04, 2015

Elegantly and intelligently mounted, this compilation of nine Mozart sonatas and selected solo works showcases Hamelin’s pearly musicianship.


“The Flaming Fire: Mary Queen of Scots & Her World”  [TrackList follows] – Parthenia/ Ryland Angel, tenor and countertenor/ Dongsok Shin, virginal – MSR “The Flaming Fire: Mary Queen of Scots & Her World” [TrackList follows] – Parthenia/ Ryland Angel, tenor and countertenor/ Dongsok Shin, virginal – MSR
Published on May 03, 2015

A fine and fascinating examination of a period not always covered in its complexities.


MOZART: Cosi fan tutte (complete opera) – Simone Kermes (Fiordiligi)/ Malena Ernman (Dorabella)/ Christopher Maltman (Guglielmo)/ MusicAeterna/ Teodor Currentzis – Sony Classical MOZART: Cosi fan tutte (complete opera) – Simone Kermes (Fiordiligi)/ Malena Ernman (Dorabella)/ Christopher Maltman (Guglielmo)/ MusicAeterna/ Teodor Currentzis – Sony Classical
Published on May 03, 2015

Enfant terrible Currentzis makes waves yet again in a performance of great value. But is he taking himself—and Mozart—too seriously?


Roberto Moronn Pérez, guitar – Andrés Segovia Archive Vol. II (French Composers) – Fresh! Reference Recordings Roberto Moronn Pérez, guitar – Andrés Segovia Archive Vol. II (French Composers) – Fresh! Reference Recordings
Published on May 01, 2015

Pérez’ second album of guitar music written for Andrés Segovia – this time from French composers.


MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major; Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat Major; Piano No. 18 in D Major – Menahem Pressler, p. – La Dolce Volta MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major; Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat Major; Piano No. 18 in D Major – Menahem Pressler, p. – La Dolce Volta
Published on May 01, 2015

Keyboard veteran Menahem Pressler turns to a complete Mozart cycle as a labor of love.




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