Classical Reissue Reviews


BEETHOVEN: Easy Piano Works, Vol. I = Joerg Demus, piano – Tuxedo BEETHOVEN: Easy Piano Works, Vol. I = Joerg Demus, piano – Tuxedo
Published on November 20, 2014

A selection of “easy” Beethoven keyboard works from master Joerg Demus proves beguiling and refreshing at once.


BACH: Six Brandenburg Concertos & Four Orchestral Suites (1949-53) – Fritz Reiner conducts – Pristine Audio (3 CDs) BACH: Six Brandenburg Concertos & Four Orchestral Suites (1949-53) – Fritz Reiner conducts – Pristine Audio (3 CDs)
Published on November 17, 2014

Mark Obert-Thorn renders Reiner enthusiasts a valuable service in this restoration of the Hungarian conductor’s persuasive, “transitional” perspective on Bach.


BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” – Miriam Licette, sop./ Muriel Brunskill, contr./ Hubert Eisdell, tenor/ Harold Williams, bass-bar./ Chorus and London Sym. Orch./ Felix Weingartner – Pristine BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” – Miriam Licette, sop./ Muriel Brunskill, contr./ Hubert Eisdell, tenor/ Harold Williams, bass-bar./ Chorus and London Sym. Orch./ Felix Weingartner – Pristine
Published on November 14, 2014

The 1926 Beethoven Ninth from Felix Weingartner concludes the famed Centennial Cycle from Columbia Records, restored here in grand style.


Martha Argerich Vol. 3 = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major; SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen; Toccata in C Major; LISZT:  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat Major; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major – Martha Argerich, p./ Cologne Radio Sym. Orch./ Carl Melles – Doremi Martha Argerich Vol. 3 = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major; SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen; Toccata in C Major; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat Major; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major – Martha Argerich, p./ Cologne Radio Sym. Orch./ Carl Melles – Doremi
Published on November 12, 2014

Doremi celebrates the youthful Argentinian piano virtuoso Martha Argerich with a third installment of unissued radio and studio recordings of significant repertory.


Henryk Szeryng, violin = Works of SCHUMANN, MOZART, DEBUSSY & BEETHOVEN – MeloClassic Henryk Szeryng, violin = Works of SCHUMANN, MOZART, DEBUSSY & BEETHOVEN – MeloClassic
Published on November 09, 2014

Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Szerying displays his exceptional prowess in concerts from Frankfurt, Germany in the mid-fifties.


Benno Mosieiwitsch, piano = RACHMANINOFF works – APR Benno Mosieiwitsch, piano = RACHMANINOFF works – APR
Published on November 09, 2014

Rachmaninov’s favorite pianist, Moiseiwitsch, has his commitment to the composer gathered on one enchanting disc, from performances 1937-1943.



Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHOENBERG, STRAVINSKY, PROKOFIEV & MUSSORGSKY – Maximilian Schell, narr./Youth Orchs. cond. by Claudio Abbado – Orfeo Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHOENBERG, STRAVINSKY, PROKOFIEV & MUSSORGSKY – Maximilian Schell, narr./Youth Orchs. cond. by Claudio Abbado – Orfeo
Published on November 07, 2014

A combination of appearances by Claudio Abbado at Salzburg offers us a range of scores that attest to his commitment to showcasing young musicians.


BELLINI: Norma (complete opera) – Cecilia Bartoli (Norma)/ Sumi Jo (Adalgisa)/ John Osborn (Pollione)/ International Ch. Vocalists/ Orch. La Scintilla/ Giovanni Antonini – Decca (2 discs) BELLINI: Norma (complete opera) – Cecilia Bartoli (Norma)/ Sumi Jo (Adalgisa)/ John Osborn (Pollione)/ International Ch. Vocalists/ Orch. La Scintilla/ Giovanni Antonini – Decca (2 discs)
Published on November 05, 2014

A reconstruction according to the best guess and most up to date scholarship available—but is it moving?


Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics
Published on November 01, 2014

The gifted Heifetz protégé Erick Friedman makes lovely and electric sparks in two Romantic staples performed in Paris, 1964.




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