Classical Reissue Reviews


SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” – Orch. Mozart/ Claudio Abbado – DGG SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” – Orch. Mozart/ Claudio Abbado – DGG
Published on July 03, 2015

If you prefer your “Great” Symphony pretty, you will enjoy Abbado’s 2011 account, but if you seek dramatic, visceral depth, look elsewhere.


Monique Haas, Vol. 2 = SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16; MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; DEBUSSY: Pour le Piano; BACH: Partita No. 2 – Monique Haas, piano – MeloClassic Monique Haas, Vol. 2 = SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16; MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; DEBUSSY: Pour le Piano; BACH: Partita No. 2 – Monique Haas, piano – MeloClassic
Published on July 03, 2015

A second MeloClassic recital from the inimitable Monique Haas confirms her authority in repertory old and new.


Legendary Artist Michael Ponti, piano = Concertos of RUBINSTEIN, ALKAN,  & THALBERG – Doron Legendary Artist Michael Ponti, piano = Concertos of RUBINSTEIN, ALKAN, & THALBERG – Doron
Published on July 02, 2015

The gifted Michael Ponti appears in three historical performances of rare and highly charged Romantic fireworks.


Marian Filar, piano = CHOPIN & BRAHMS works (1949-52) – MeloClassic Marian Filar, piano = CHOPIN & BRAHMS works (1949-52) – MeloClassic
Published on June 28, 2015

A Holocaust survivor with a grand musical gift, Marian Filar gives us Chopin and Brahms with bountiful panache and style, 1949-1952.


MOZART: Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin – Rachel Podger, v./ Gary Cooper, fortepiano – Channel Classics (8 CDs) MOZART: Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin – Rachel Podger, v./ Gary Cooper, fortepiano – Channel Classics (8 CDs)
Published on June 26, 2015

Brilliant performances of the Mozart Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin suffer a bit in comparison sonically to the SACDs.


Geza Anda – The Telefunken Recordings = SCHUMANN: Carnaval; Symphonic Etudes; BACH: Partita No. 2 in c minor; HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 23; MOZART: Piano Sonata in D – Geza Anda, p. – Audite Geza Anda – The Telefunken Recordings = SCHUMANN: Carnaval; Symphonic Etudes; BACH: Partita No. 2 in c minor; HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 23; MOZART: Piano Sonata in D – Geza Anda, p. – Audite
Published on June 25, 2015

Geza Anda has a gap in his discography filled in this generous selection of Telefunken inscriptions, 1950-1951.


Rudolf Firkusny, piano = MOZART: Fantasia in C Minor; SCHUMANN: Davidsbuendlertaenze; Kinderszenen;  SCHUBERT: Drei Klavierstuecke – Rudolf Firkusny, p. – MeloClassic Rudolf Firkusny, piano = MOZART: Fantasia in C Minor; SCHUMANN: Davidsbuendlertaenze; Kinderszenen; SCHUBERT: Drei Klavierstuecke – Rudolf Firkusny, p. – MeloClassic
Published on June 20, 2015

Always brilliant and elegant at once, the impassioned Rudolf Firkusny delivers and Austro-German recital culled from recitals 1957-1964.


Lucien Caillet – Studio Recordings, 1936-1946 = Works of BACH, PURCELL, TURINA, CAILLET, MUSSORGSKY – Ormandy/ Reiner/ Stokowski/ Fiedler – Pristine Audio Lucien Caillet – Studio Recordings, 1936-1946 = Works of BACH, PURCELL, TURINA, CAILLET, MUSSORGSKY – Ormandy/ Reiner/ Stokowski/ Fiedler – Pristine Audio
Published on June 18, 2015

Pristine’s Mark Obert-Thorn assembles a generous tribute to Lucien Caillet’s gifts as orchestrator and arranger of classical scores.


Camilla Wicks, violin – Five Decades of Treasured Performances = with Norwegian Radio Orch., Hollywood Bowl Sym., Stockholm Royal Philharmonic etc. – Music & Arts (6 CDs) Camilla Wicks, violin – Five Decades of Treasured Performances = with Norwegian Radio Orch., Hollywood Bowl Sym., Stockholm Royal Philharmonic etc. – Music & Arts (6 CDs)
Published on June 18, 2015

We have a spectacular assemblage of live performances by an American “original” among violin virtuosos, Camilla Wicks, whose illustrious art never wavers.


CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor; SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana – Jean-Baptiste Mueller, p. –  Klavier CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor; SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana – Jean-Baptiste Mueller, p. – Klavier
Published on June 15, 2015

The young Swiss pianist Jean-Baptiste Mueller finds kindred spirits in Chopin and Schumann, both of whom he performs stylistically.




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