Classical Reissue Reviews


Alceo Galleria, conductor = in works of R. STRAUSS, WAGNER, DVORAK, TCHAIKOVSKY, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV & ROSSINI – Opus Kura (2 CDs) Alceo Galleria, conductor = in works of R. STRAUSS, WAGNER, DVORAK, TCHAIKOVSKY, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV & ROSSINI – Opus Kura (2 CDs)
Published on August 31, 2015

Alceo Galliera brings dynamic, lustrous energy to these 1953-1957 recordings with the virtuoso Philharmonia Orch.


BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique – London Sym. Orch./ Carlos Paita – Lodia BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique – London Sym. Orch./ Carlos Paita – Lodia
Published on August 31, 2015

Lodia reissues the sonically stupendous 1978 recording of Carlos Paita’s Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9; R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks – Philharmonic Sym. of NY/ Bruno Walter – Pristine BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9; R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks – Philharmonic Sym. of NY/ Bruno Walter – Pristine
Published on August 29, 2015

Two rare Bruno Walter documents; the Bruckner derives from a private collector whose example may lead to other treasures.


DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUBERT: Fantasy for Piano in C Major, “Wanderer” – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Bavarian State Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Warner Classics DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUBERT: Fantasy for Piano in C Major, “Wanderer” – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Bavarian State Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Warner Classics
Published on August 24, 2015

Classic renditions by Richter of Dvorak and Schubert constitute “required listening” for anyone who appreciates this keyboard titan.


Felix Salmond, Volume 2 = Cello works of BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, BIZET, PIANELLI, PIERNE – Pristine Audio Felix Salmond, Volume 2 = Cello works of BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, BIZET, PIANELLI, PIERNE – Pristine Audio
Published on August 23, 2015

The second installment dedicated to cello virtuoso Felix Salmond features him in fine sound from Juilliard in three of the Beethoven sonatas.


The Budapest String Quartet: Early Recordings = HAYDN, MOZART, DITTERSDORF, DVORAK, BORODIN, SCHUBERT, MENDELSSOHN & TCHAIKOVSKY – Pristine Audio (2 discs) The Budapest String Quartet: Early Recordings = HAYDN, MOZART, DITTERSDORF, DVORAK, BORODIN, SCHUBERT, MENDELSSOHN & TCHAIKOVSKY – Pristine Audio (2 discs)
Published on August 14, 2015

A collection of early Budapest String Quartet inscriptions, played by personnel who took the group into the electrical era.


IPPOLITOV-IVANOV: Symphony No. 1 in e minor Turkish Fragments; Turkish March – Singapore Sym. Orch./ Choo Hoey – Naxos IPPOLITOV-IVANOV: Symphony No. 1 in e minor Turkish Fragments; Turkish March – Singapore Sym. Orch./ Choo Hoey – Naxos
Published on August 12, 2015

Naxos restores some colorful scores by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, charming and effective, if not particularly colossal.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenir de Florence in d minor (String Orchestra Version); String Quartet No. 3 in e-flat minor; Melodrama from The Snow Maiden – Ch. Orch. Kremlin/ Misha Rachlevsky – Claves TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenir de Florence in d minor (String Orchestra Version); String Quartet No. 3 in e-flat minor; Melodrama from The Snow Maiden – Ch. Orch. Kremlin/ Misha Rachlevsky – Claves
Published on August 10, 2015

Two of Tchaikovsky’s glowing chamber works receive symphonic treatment in these lush performances from Moscow, 1993.


Benno Moiseiwitsch = in piano music of BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, MUSSORGSKY, RACHMANINOV & CHOPIN + radio interviews – Testament (3 CDs) Benno Moiseiwitsch = in piano music of BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, MUSSORGSKY, RACHMANINOV & CHOPIN + radio interviews – Testament (3 CDs)
Published on August 09, 2015

The “George Sanders of the keyboard,” Benno Moiseiwitsch, reveals his colossal gifts in previously unpublished performances and interviews.




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