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BARGIEL: Complete Orchestral Music, Volume I = Symphony in C Major; Overtures: to a Tragedy;  Prometheus; Medea – Siberian Sym. Orch./ Dmitry Vasilyev – Toccata Classics BARGIEL: Complete Orchestral Music, Volume I = Symphony in C Major; Overtures: to a Tragedy; Prometheus; Medea – Siberian Sym. Orch./ Dmitry Vasilyev – Toccata Classics
Published on December 07, 2014

First recordings of orchestral works by Woldemar Bargiel, a composer who follows Schumann and Weber with a strong sense of their Romantic idiom.


BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major; String Sextet No. 2 in G Major – Quatour Sine Nomine/ Nicolas Pache, viola/ Francois Guye, cello – Claves BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major; String Sextet No. 2 in G Major – Quatour Sine Nomine/ Nicolas Pache, viola/ Francois Guye, cello – Claves
Published on December 06, 2014

Thoroughly ingratiating readings of the Brahms sextets makes this disc a most attractive, stylistic experience.


ANTON RUBINSTEIN: Piano Quartet in F Major; Piano Quartet in C Major – Leslie Howard, p. / Rita Manning, v. / Morgan Goff, viola / Justin Pearson, cello – Hyperion ANTON RUBINSTEIN: Piano Quartet in F Major; Piano Quartet in C Major – Leslie Howard, p. / Rita Manning, v. / Morgan Goff, viola / Justin Pearson, cello – Hyperion
Published on December 04, 2014

Rubinstein’s orchestral music tends to be somewhat wayward, but these piano quartets display his melodic, and dramatic, skills to best advantage.


BEETHOVEN: Complete works for violoncello and piano –  [Tracklist follows] – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Robert Levin, fortepiano – Hyperion (2 discs):</br>
BEETHOVEN: Complete works for violoncello and piano – [TrackList follows] – Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello/ Alexander Melinkov, piano – Harmonia mundi (2 discs): BEETHOVEN: Complete works for violoncello and piano – [Tracklist follows] – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Robert Levin, fortepiano – Hyperion (2 discs):
BEETHOVEN: Complete works for violoncello and piano – [TrackList follows] – Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello/ Alexander Melinkov, piano – Harmonia mundi (2 discs):

Published on December 03, 2014

By any and all standards, the Isserlis/Levin disc is a very special release. Queyras and Melnikov, using a modern piano, offer fine readings as well but aren’t in quite the same league.


D. SCARLATTI: 18 Sonatas – Igor Kamenz, piano – Naive D. SCARLATTI: 18 Sonatas – Igor Kamenz, piano – Naive
Published on November 29, 2014

Pianist Igor Kamenz shines a warm and plastic light on eighteen sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, here conceived as a suite.


DEVIENNE: Flute Concertos, Vol. I = Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Major; Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major; Flute Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major – Patrick Gallois, flute/ Swedish Ch. Orch. – Naxos DEVIENNE: Flute Concertos, Vol. I = Flute Concerto No. 1 in D Major; Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major; Flute Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Flute Concerto No. 4 in G Major – Patrick Gallois, flute/ Swedish Ch. Orch. – Naxos
Published on November 28, 2014

Flute virtuoso Patrick Gallois convinces us that Devienne’s first four concertos warrant our continued interest.




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