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MICHAEL NYMAN: Symphony No. 11, “Hillsborough Memorial” – Kathryn Rudge, mezzo/ Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./ Josep Vicent – MN Records MICHAEL NYMAN: Symphony No. 11, “Hillsborough Memorial” – Kathryn Rudge, mezzo/ Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./ Josep Vicent – MN Records
Published on February 10, 2015

A worthy idea to memorialize the 96 victims of a horrible football tragedy, but the music doesn’t live up to the moment.


Wu Han Live, plays works of BACH, HAYDN & MENDELSSOHN – ArtistLed Wu Han Live, plays works of BACH, HAYDN & MENDELSSOHN – ArtistLed
Published on February 09, 2015

The indefatigable Wu Han has a fine tribute to her keyboard talents in various displays of solo and concerted energies from her Menlo, California venue, 2003-2013.


HANDEL: Messiah – Soloists/ Le Concert D’Astree/ Emmanuelle Haim – Erato (2 discs) HANDEL: Messiah – Soloists/ Le Concert D’Astree/ Emmanuelle Haim – Erato (2 discs)
Published on February 06, 2015

Less than I had hoped for, but more than run-of-the-mill, with some glorious moments.


BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes & Fugues, 1-12, BWV 846-857 – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes & Fugues, 1-12, BWV 846-857 – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour
Published on February 05, 2015

Mordecai Shehori finds a new and vocally inspired Bach in the WTC as edited and amended by Chopin, a true fusion of kindred spirits.


LISZT: Apres une lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata; 3 Petrarch Sonnets; Mephisto-Waltz; Totentanz – Carlo Grante, piano – Music & Arts LISZT: Apres une lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata; 3 Petrarch Sonnets; Mephisto-Waltz; Totentanz – Carlo Grante, piano – Music & Arts
Published on February 05, 2015

Carlo Grante makes the “literary Liszt” an essential component of any collector’s library of spectacular pianism.


“Allure” – Music of LECUONA, RAVEL, BARBER & RACHMANINOFF – Kayla Wong, piano “Allure” – Music of LECUONA, RAVEL, BARBER & RACHMANINOFF – Kayla Wong, piano
Published on February 01, 2015

Pianist Kayla Wong packs elemental firepower, but the constant brandishing of the hammers in keyboard repertory chastises the poetry.


BACH: Brandenburg Concertos 1 – 6 – Concerto Köln – Berlin Classics (2 CDs) BACH: Brandenburg Concertos 1 – 6 – Concerto Köln – Berlin Classics (2 CDs)
Published on February 01, 2015

Concerto Köln throws a series of spins on the familiar but never old Bandenburgs.


“Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana “Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana
Published on January 28, 2015

Cappella Romana continues their standard-setting course of Byzantine recordings.


“Paris 1937″ = Works of RIVIER, FRANCK, TRENET, HAYDN, GOLESTAN & Others – Trio Lezard – Coviello Classics “Paris 1937″ = Works of RIVIER, FRANCK, TRENET, HAYDN, GOLESTAN & Others – Trio Lezard – Coviello Classics
Published on January 28, 2015

Very pleasant tribute album with interesting and somewhat obscure pieces.




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