Classical Reissue Reviews


TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”; Symphony No. 3, “Polish” – Cincinnati Sym. Orch./ Eugene Goossens/ National Sym. Orch./ Hans Kindler – Guild TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”; Symphony No. 3, “Polish” – Cincinnati Sym. Orch./ Eugene Goossens/ National Sym. Orch./ Hans Kindler – Guild
Published on July 31, 2015

Guild restores the first “complete” recorded editions of Tchaikovsky’s middle symphonies.


PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 2 in b minor; Violin Concerto No. 5 – Alexandre Dubach, violin/ Orch. Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/ Lawrence Foster – Claves PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 2 in b minor; Violin Concerto No. 5 – Alexandre Dubach, violin/ Orch. Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/ Lawrence Foster – Claves
Published on July 30, 2015

Inscribed in 1993 as part of the complete cycle of Paganini concertos, this installment provides excitement and technical mastery.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor – Tibor Varga, v./ Festival Orch./  J.M. Auberson – Claves TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor – Tibor Varga, v./ Festival Orch./ J.M. Auberson – Claves
Published on July 26, 2015

Volume 3 of the Tibor Varga Collection features this great violinist’s work in two Romantic staples, incisively played and recorded.


Paul Makanowitzky and Noel Lee = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, STRAVINSKY, BRAHMS, MOZART, SCHOENBERG & MONDONVILLE for violin and piano – Makanowitzky & Vitas – MeloClassic (2 discs) Paul Makanowitzky and Noel Lee = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, STRAVINSKY, BRAHMS, MOZART, SCHOENBERG & MONDONVILLE for violin and piano – Makanowitzky & Vitas – MeloClassic (2 discs)
Published on July 24, 2015

The impressive art of violin virtuoso and pedagogue Paul Makanowitzky has several vehicles in diverse styles to exemplify his fierce approach to music-making.


Poldi Mildner, piano = SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C,  “Wanderer”; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Funeral March”; LISZT: Sonata in B Minor; DEBUSSY: Estampes – Poldi Mildner, p. – MeloClassic Poldi Mildner, piano = SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C, “Wanderer”; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Funeral March”; LISZT: Sonata in B Minor; DEBUSSY: Estampes – Poldi Mildner, p. – MeloClassic
Published on July 20, 2015

MeloClassic scores another triumph of historical keyboard restoration with an artist we must reckon among the formerly unsung titans of her art.


BEETHOVEN: Various Piano Variations = Alfred Brendel, p. – Tuxedo BEETHOVEN: Various Piano Variations = Alfred Brendel, p. – Tuxedo
Published on July 09, 2015

The inventive magic of Beethoven’s improvisational style finds a ready exponent in these early inscriptions by Alfred Brendel from 1960.


Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – BACH to BLOCH, Vol. I = Works of BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, KABALEVSKY – Pristine Audio Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – BACH to BLOCH, Vol. I = Works of BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, KABALEVSKY – Pristine Audio
Published on July 06, 2015

Let your “discovery” disc for 2015 be this selected group of Australian recordings from Jascha Spivakovsky.


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.




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