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HAMPTON: “Hard Listening” [TrackList follows] = Performed by Mitch Hampton, piano – Navona HAMPTON: “Hard Listening” [TrackList follows] = Performed by Mitch Hampton, piano – Navona
Published on November 21, 2014

Perhaps the disc’s title should be “Close Listening?”


DEBUSSY: Songs, Vol. 3 [TrackList follows] – Jennifer France, sop./ Jonathan McGovern, bar./ Malcolm Martineau, piano – Hyperion DEBUSSY: Songs, Vol. 3 [TrackList follows] – Jennifer France, sop./ Jonathan McGovern, bar./ Malcolm Martineau, piano – Hyperion
Published on November 21, 2014

Volume 3 in Hyperion’s series might be the best yet.


BUSONI: Late Piano Music [TrackList follows] – Marc-André Hamelin, piano – Hyperion (3 CDs) BUSONI: Late Piano Music [TrackList follows] – Marc-André Hamelin, piano – Hyperion (3 CDs)
Published on November 20, 2014

A rich collection for piano connoisseurs of the late Romantic period, performed with impeccable polish and insight by Marc-André Hamelin.


“Wood Works” [TrackList follows] = The Danish String Quartet – Dacapo “Wood Works” [TrackList follows] = The Danish String Quartet – Dacapo
Published on November 18, 2014

Beautifully-played arrangements for string quartet of Nordic folk music.


“A Beethoven Odyssey”,  Vol. 3 = Piano Sonatas: No. 2 in A; No. 17, “The Tempest”; No. 26 in E-flat, “Les Adieux” – James Brawn, p. – MSR Classics “A Beethoven Odyssey”, Vol. 3 = Piano Sonatas: No. 2 in A; No. 17, “The Tempest”; No. 26 in E-flat, “Les Adieux” – James Brawn, p. – MSR Classics
Published on November 10, 2014

Volume 3 of James Brawn’s series moves him back into the realm of sublime.


“Captain Tobias Hume” [TrackList follows] – Concerto Caledonia/ David McGuinness – Delphian “Captain Tobias Hume” [TrackList follows] – Concerto Caledonia/ David McGuinness – Delphian
Published on November 10, 2014

A bit on the bright side sound-wise, but the brightness of the performances cannot be suppressed.




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