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“Love Duets” – Ailyn Perez, sop./ Stephen Costello, tenor/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Patrick Summers – Warner Music “Love Duets” – Ailyn Perez, sop./ Stephen Costello, tenor/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Patrick Summers – Warner Music
Published on August 31, 2014

The awaited debut of the two young Americans together makes a good, if not perfect, impression.


BYRD: “The Three Masses”; Ave verum corpus – Choir of Westminster Cathedral/ Martin Baker – Hyperion BYRD: “The Three Masses”; Ave verum corpus – Choir of Westminster Cathedral/ Martin Baker – Hyperion
Published on August 31, 2014

Three Byrd masses without parody movements.


SCHUMANN: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. II = Symphony No. 2 in C Major; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Rhenish” – WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne/ Heinz Holliger – Audite SCHUMANN: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. II = Symphony No. 2 in C Major; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Rhenish” – WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne/ Heinz Holliger – Audite
Published on August 31, 2014

Tasteful and enthusiastic, these readings of Schumann by Heinz Holliger capture an esprit entirely appropriate to the occasion.


HINDEMITH: Hérodiade – Inscape* – Sono Luminus HINDEMITH: Hérodiade – Inscape* – Sono Luminus
Published on August 29, 2014

A vastly underrated score is given a worthy performance.


BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 14 in c-sharp, Op. 131—Jasper String Quartet – Sono Luminus BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 14 in c-sharp, Op. 131—Jasper String Quartet – Sono Luminus
Published on August 29, 2014

Not quite ready for prime time, though the seeds of greatness are there.


“Music for Alfred Hitchcock” = HERRMANN, WAXMAN, TIOMKIN, ELFMAN – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ John Mauceri – Toccata Classics “Music for Alfred Hitchcock” = HERRMANN, WAXMAN, TIOMKIN, ELFMAN – Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ John Mauceri – Toccata Classics
Published on August 27, 2014

Some of the best symphonic scores for Hitchcock movies, including some first recordings.


DEBUSSY: Preludes, Book 2 [TrackList follows] – Hristo Kazakov, piano – self DEBUSSY: Preludes, Book 2 [TrackList follows] – Hristo Kazakov, piano – self
Published on August 27, 2014

Hristo Kazakov concludes a brace of fine Debussy Preludes albums.


“Behind the Lines” [TrackList follows] – Anna Prohaska, sop./ Eric Schneider, p. – DGG “Behind the Lines” [TrackList follows] – Anna Prohaska, sop./ Eric Schneider, p. – DGG
Published on August 27, 2014

Bold and gutsy, this latest outing from Prohaska sets a new bar.




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