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SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 6 in d; Symphony No. 7; Tapiola – Atlanta Sym. Orch./ Robert Spano – ASO Media SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 6 in d; Symphony No. 7; Tapiola – 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.


GODARD: Piano Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 in G Minor; Introduction and Allegro – Tasmanian Sym. Orch./ Howard Shelley, piano and cond. – Hyperion GODARD: Piano Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 in G Minor; Introduction and Allegro – Tasmanian Sym. Orch./ Howard Shelley, piano and cond. – Hyperion
Published on August 10, 2014

Howard Shelley shatters the “singular success” image of Benjamin Godard with a collection of virtuoso keyboard works.


SCRIABIN: Extase: Etudes for Piano = Etude Op. 2, No. 1; 12 Etudes; 8 Etudes; 2 Etudes – Michele Gurdal, p. – Challenge Classics SCRIABIN: Extase: Etudes for Piano = Etude Op. 2, No. 1; 12 Etudes; 8 Etudes; 2 Etudes – Michele Gurdal, p. – Challenge Classics
Published on August 10, 2014

A new and gifted Scriabin acolyte arises, convinced that the Russian mystic brings ecstatic joy to his hearers and believers.


BUSONI: Violin Concerto in D Major; Benedictus from Beethoven’s Missa solomnis; R. STRAUSS: Violin Concerto in D Minor – Tanja Becker-Bender, violin/ BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./ Garry Walker – Hyperion BUSONI: Violin Concerto in D Major; Benedictus from Beethoven’s Missa solomnis; R. STRAUSS: Violin Concerto in D Minor – Tanja Becker-Bender, violin/ BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./ Garry Walker – Hyperion
Published on August 08, 2014

German violin virtuoso Tanja Becker-Bender applies her considerable talents to relatively neglected concertos from late Romanticism.


“Canticles” – St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir/ Andrew Carwood/ Simon Johnson, organ – Hyperion “Canticles” – St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir/ Andrew Carwood/ Simon Johnson, organ – Hyperion
Published on August 08, 2014

The lion-like unpredictability of the acoustics of St. Paul’s are thoroughly tamed in this invigorating disc.


JANACEK: On the overgrown path (Book I); SCHUMANN: Waldszenen; Kinderszenen – Marc-Andre Hamelin, p. – Hyperion JANACEK: On the overgrown path (Book I); SCHUMANN: Waldszenen; Kinderszenen – Marc-Andre Hamelin, p. – Hyperion
Published on July 30, 2014

Hamelin once again proves his mettle as a fine Schumann interpreter, and adds Janacek’s masterpiece as a romantic sequel.




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