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HENRIK SCHWARTZ: “Instruments” [TrackList follows] – Sunday Music Records/ Sony Classical HENRIK SCHWARTZ: “Instruments” [TrackList follows] – Sunday Music Records/ Sony Classical
Published on May 24, 2015

Dance/electronic music gets a compelling re-boot on this interesting recording.


BRAHMS: Serenades No. 1 in D Major & No. 2 in A Major – Gewandhausorchester/ Riccardo Chailly – Decca BRAHMS: Serenades No. 1 in D Major & No. 2 in A Major – Gewandhausorchester/ Riccardo Chailly – Decca
Published on May 24, 2015

Excellent supplements to Chailly’s traversal of the Brahms symphonies, these illumined readings of the two serenades come highly recommended.


ELENA RUEHR: LIFT – Chamber Music by Elena Ruehr: Lift; Second Violin Sonata; Klein Suite; Adrienne and Amy; Prelude Variations; The Scarlatti Effect — Avie ELENA RUEHR: LIFT – Chamber Music by Elena Ruehr: Lift; Second Violin Sonata; Klein Suite; Adrienne and Amy; Prelude Variations; The Scarlatti Effect — Avie
Published on May 23, 2015

A gorgeous-sounding collection of Elena Ruehr’s lyrical and modern chamber music.


“Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron “Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron
Published on May 22, 2015

Robert and Clara Schumann and their select circle receive loving attention from pianist Deferne in works that exploit Romantic polyphony.


BERG BY ARRANGEMENT – Music for Strings: Lyric Suite, Piano Sonata, Kanon, Early Pieces—NFM Leopoldinum Ch. Orch./ Ernst Kovacic—Toccata Classics BERG BY ARRANGEMENT – Music for Strings: Lyric Suite, Piano Sonata, Kanon, Early Pieces—NFM Leopoldinum Ch. Orch./ Ernst Kovacic—Toccata Classics
Published on May 20, 2015

String orchestra arrangements of Berg’s Music emphasize the romanticism of the Second Viennese School.


David Rubinstein, In Recital Vol. 3 = HAYDN: Sonata in D; DEBUSSY: Suite Bergamasque; RUBINSTEIN: Four Obsessions; Ideas & Images for Piano – David Rubinstein, p. – Musicus David Rubinstein, In Recital Vol. 3 = HAYDN: Sonata in D; DEBUSSY: Suite Bergamasque; RUBINSTEIN: Four Obsessions; Ideas & Images for Piano – David Rubinstein, p. – Musicus
Published on May 20, 2015

Another installment in David Rubinstein’s series of selected recital pieces features glittery playing of Haydn, Debussy and his own works.


JOHN HARBISON: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing – Camerata Pacifica – Harmonia mundi JOHN HARBISON: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing – Camerata Pacifica – Harmonia mundi
Published on May 15, 2015

Very pleasant works from this great American composer you should know.


“Seascapes” – Janice Weber, piano [TrackList follows] – Sono Luminus “Seascapes” – Janice Weber, piano [TrackList follows] – Sono Luminus
Published on May 15, 2015

A ‘seaworthy’ disc of little-heard impressions of the ocean on the piano.




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