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JENNIFER HIGDON: On a Wire; MICHAEL GANDOLFI: QED.: Engaging Richard Feynman – Eighth Blackbird/ Atlanta Sym. Orch. and Chorus/ Robert Spano – ASO Media JENNIFER HIGDON: On a Wire; MICHAEL GANDOLFI: QED.: Engaging Richard Feynman – Eighth Blackbird/ Atlanta Sym. Orch. and Chorus/ Robert Spano – ASO Media
Published on August 13, 2014

Another stunning contemporary disc from two composers very much associated with the ASO.


MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat; Piano Concerto No. 24 in c – Angela Hewitt, p./ NAC Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Hyperion MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat; Piano Concerto No. 24 in c – Angela Hewitt, p./ NAC Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Hyperion
Published on August 13, 2014

Hewitt’s accessible Mozart doesn’t temper the easy-going antics of No. 22 or disguise the tempestuous meanderings of No. 24.


CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS: Symphony No. 1; PETER LIEBERSON: Neruda Songs – Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-sop./ Atlanta Sym. Orch./ Robert Spano – ASO Media CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS: Symphony No. 1; PETER LIEBERSON: Neruda Songs – Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-sop./ Atlanta Sym. Orch./ Robert Spano – ASO Media
Published on August 12, 2014

A bold second take on a seminal piece, plus a new and substantial first symphony from one of the best composers today.


“DOBRINKA TABAKOVA: String Paths” [TrackList follows] = Soloists/ Lithuanian Ch. Orch./ Maxim Rysanov – ECM New Series “DOBRINKA TABAKOVA: String Paths” [TrackList follows] = Soloists/ Lithuanian Ch. Orch./ Maxim Rysanov – ECM New Series
Published on August 11, 2014

Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova brings us something old and something new, something familiar and yet fresh.


GLIÈRE: Eight Pieces for Violin and Viola; BRUCH: Eight Pieces for Violin, Viola, and Piano – Anton Miller, violin/ Rita Porfiris, viola/ David Westfall, p. – Miller-Porfiris Duo GLIÈRE: Eight Pieces for Violin and Viola; BRUCH: Eight Pieces for Violin, Viola, and Piano – Anton Miller, violin/ Rita Porfiris, viola/ David Westfall, p. – Miller-Porfiris Duo
Published on August 11, 2014

Works by two Romantic masters, one very characteristic of its composer (Bruch), the other something of a surprise.


“Concertante: Virtuoso Wind Concertos” = By BELLOLI, LACHNER, DANZI & JADIN [TrackList Follows] – Soloists/ Sinfonietta Riga/ Claus Efland – Challenge Classics “Concertante: Virtuoso Wind Concertos” = By BELLOLI, LACHNER, DANZI & JADIN [TrackList Follows] – Soloists/ Sinfonietta Riga/ Claus Efland – Challenge Classics
Published on August 11, 2014

The music may be mostly lightweight, but it rarely fails to entertain. And yes, it is virtuoso.


RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d; Symphonic Dances – Garrick Ohlsson, p./ Atlanta Sym. Orch./ Robert Spano – ASO Media RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d; Symphonic Dances – Garrick Ohlsson, p./ Atlanta Sym. Orch./ Robert Spano – ASO Media
Published on August 10, 2014

A fine display of the Atlanta Symphony’s impressive credentials in the music of Sibelius.




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