Classical Reissue Reviews


Ida Haendel – Prague Recordings 1957-1965 = Supraphon (5 CDs) Ida Haendel – Prague Recordings 1957-1965 = Supraphon (5 CDs)
Published on September 22, 2014

Supraphon’s generous tribute to Polish violin virtuoso Ida Haendel restores her Prague recordings and appearances, many of them superlative readings.


Ludwig Hoelscher, cello = Music of DVORAK, BACH, GRIEG & CHOPIN – Meloclassic Ludwig Hoelscher, cello = Music of DVORAK, BACH, GRIEG & CHOPIN – Meloclassic
Published on September 21, 2014

Two fine German performers who unfortunately supported the Nazis.


“Gerard Souzay” (“Most-Wanted Recitals” series) = Baroque arias by GLUCK, HANDEL, LULLY, MONTEVERDI, RAMEAU – Decca “Gerard Souzay” (“Most-Wanted Recitals” series) = Baroque arias by GLUCK, HANDEL, LULLY, MONTEVERDI, RAMEAU – Decca
Published on September 10, 2014

A rarity arrives again newly digitized. Souzay is generally great, but is this one of his best?


Accidental Stereo: Reconstructed Recordings, 1929-1933 – most of the classical recordings where the original 78 matches up with a standby recording made at the same time from another mic – Pristine Audio Accidental Stereo: Reconstructed Recordings, 1929-1933 – most of the classical recordings where the original 78 matches up with a standby recording made at the same time from another mic – Pristine Audio
Published on September 10, 2014

A “happy accident,” indeed, as we hear stereo effects from golden age readings of significant repertory, brilliantly restored.


Annie Fischer, piano – The Essential Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, MOZART & LISZT – Hungaroton Annie Fischer, piano – The Essential Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, MOZART & LISZT – Hungaroton
Published on September 10, 2014

For the Annie Fischer centennial, Hungaraton proffers her potent keyboard art in two works that well defined her musical ambitions.


Wilhelm Kempff = MOZART: Fantasia in D Minor; RAMEAU: Les trios mains; COUPERIN: Le carillon de Cythere; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 “Pastoral”; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata “Fantasie-Sonata” – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – MeloClassic Wilhelm Kempff = MOZART: Fantasia in D Minor; RAMEAU: Les trios mains; COUPERIN: Le carillon de Cythere; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 “Pastoral”; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata “Fantasie-Sonata” – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – MeloClassic
Published on September 06, 2014

A combination of two French recitals by Wilhelm Kempff, whose unassuming approach to music motivated Alfred Brendel to call Kempff “the perfect virtuoso.”


MOZART:  String Quintet in C Major; String Quintet in G Minor – Fine Arts Q./ J. Dupouy, viola – Lodia MOZART: String Quintet in C Major; String Quintet in G Minor – Fine Arts Q./ J. Dupouy, viola – Lodia
Published on September 04, 2014

Two Mozart masterpieces in the string quintet medium expertly realized by a veteran ensemble thoroughly devoted to the genre.


Oscar Shumsky. violin = Works of BACH, BEETHOVEN TELEMANN, MOZART, RACHMANINOFF, HINDEMITH, SCHUBERT, KREISLER, SCHUMANN, SAINT-SEANS & Others – with various soloists & orch. – Doremi (3 CDs) Oscar Shumsky. violin = Works of BACH, BEETHOVEN TELEMANN, MOZART, RACHMANINOFF, HINDEMITH, SCHUBERT, KREISLER, SCHUMANN, SAINT-SEANS & Others – with various soloists & orch. – Doremi (3 CDs)
Published on August 29, 2014

Virtuoso Oscar Shumsky receives a generous part of his long overdue tribute as a master violinist of extraordinary range and accomplishment.


STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Symphony of Psalms – SWR Sym. Orch. of Baden-Baden and Freiburg; Choir and Orch. of the French Nat. Radio Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Symphony of Psalms – SWR Sym. Orch. of Baden-Baden and Freiburg; Choir and Orch. of the French Nat. Radio Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Published on August 26, 2014

Pristine has a coup in this reissue of classic readings of Stravinsky by Jascha Horenstein, a true evening of exemplary musicianship.




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