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WAGNER: Overture to Tannhauser; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 – BSO/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics WAGNER: Overture to Tannhauser; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 – BSO/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics
Published on January 14, 2015

Vibrant Wagner and Sibelius from the new conductor of the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons.


JOHN CAGE: One Seven; Four Six – Sabine Liebner, piano – Wergo JOHN CAGE: One Seven; Four Six – Sabine Liebner, piano – Wergo
Published on January 14, 2015

Sixty minutes of John Cage for the fully aware.


SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition – Paul Lewis, piano – Harmonia mundi SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition – Paul Lewis, piano – Harmonia mundi
Published on January 12, 2015

Paul Lewis engages two sides of Romanticism, the epic and the lyrically personal, in his rendition of Mussorgsky and Schumann.


“From Bach” = Music by many composers and performers (TrackList follows) – Music@Menlo Live 2013 (8 CDs) “From Bach” = Music by many composers and performers (TrackList follows) – Music@Menlo Live 2013 (8 CDs)
Published on January 09, 2015

First-rate performances in “neutral, honest sound” thruout this 8-CD set.


The Transcendentalist = SCRIABIN: 5 Preludes; Reverie; Guirlandes; Poeme languide; CAGE: Dream; In a Landscape; FELDMAN: Palais de Mari; WOLLSCHLEGER: Music Without Metaphor – Ivan Ilic, p. – Heresy The Transcendentalist = SCRIABIN: 5 Preludes; Reverie; Guirlandes; Poeme languide; CAGE: Dream; In a Landscape; FELDMAN: Palais de Mari; WOLLSCHLEGER: Music Without Metaphor – Ivan Ilic, p. – Heresy
Published on January 01, 2015

Pianist Ivan Ilic explores the notion of “transcendentalism” through a distinctly non-Lisztian perspective, avoiding the colossal bravura for intuitive poetics.


Ceora Winds – “Postcards” = works of many composers for flute, clarinet, bassoon & percussion – Ceora Winds Ceora Winds – “Postcards” = works of many composers for flute, clarinet, bassoon & percussion – Ceora Winds
Published on December 30, 2014

Very pleasant set of little known works for wind trio.


SCHUBERT: Moments musicaux; Piano Sonata in A Major; MAZZOLI: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos – Shai Wosner, p. – Onyx SCHUBERT: Moments musicaux; Piano Sonata in A Major; MAZZOLI: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos – Shai Wosner, p. – Onyx
Published on December 29, 2014

Proven Schubert exponent Shai Wosner extends his credentials in the composer’s intimate and expansive keyboard works.


ULLMANN: The Complete Works for Piano Solo = Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 thru 7; Variations & Double Fugue – Christophe Sirodeau, p. – BIS (2 CDs) ULLMANN: The Complete Works for Piano Solo = Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 thru 7; Variations & Double Fugue – Christophe Sirodeau, p. – BIS (2 CDs)
Published on December 28, 2014

Virtuoso Christophe Sirodeau aids in the “rediscovery” of Holocaust composer Viktor Ullmann, whom Sirodeau celebrates as hero, not victim.




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