Classical Reissue Reviews


Rosl Schmid, piano = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19; WEBER: Konzertstueck in F Minor, Op. 79; R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D Minor – with various German orch. – MeloClassic Rosl Schmid, piano = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19; WEBER: Konzertstueck in F Minor, Op. 79; R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D Minor – with various German orch. – MeloClassic
Published on May 17, 2015

Long-forgotten Rosl Schmid emerges with blistering intensity in three staples from the grand German repertory.


Bronislaw Huberman, violin, in music of TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOPIN, BRAHMS, SARASATE, ZARZYCKI & LALO – Pristine Audio Bronislaw Huberman, violin, in music of TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOPIN, BRAHMS, SARASATE, ZARZYCKI & LALO – Pristine Audio
Published on May 11, 2015

The classic combination of Tchaikovsky and Lalo – Bronislaw Huberman’s first recordings with an orchestra – come back to us in glowing sound and often startling musicianship.


SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor; Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major “Egyptian” – Muza Rubackyte, p./ Lithuanian Nat. Philharmonic Orch./ Hans-Martin Schneidt (Op. 22)/ Alain Paris – Doron SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor; Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major “Egyptian” – Muza Rubackyte, p./ Lithuanian Nat. Philharmonic Orch./ Hans-Martin Schneidt (Op. 22)/ Alain Paris – Doron
Published on May 08, 2015

Lithuanian virtuoso Muza Rubacktye perfectly realizes two of the Saint-Saens concertos with effortless panache and stunning virtuosity.


VASSILY SAPELLNIKOFF: The Complete Recordings, 1924-1927 (rec. 1926); XAVER SCHARWENKA: The Complete Recordings, 1910-1913 – Vassily Sapellnikoff, p./ Aeolian Orch./ Stanley Chapple/ Xaver Schwarwenka, p. – APR (2 CDs) VASSILY SAPELLNIKOFF: The Complete Recordings, 1924-1927 (rec. 1926); XAVER SCHARWENKA: The Complete Recordings, 1910-1913 – Vassily Sapellnikoff, p./ Aeolian Orch./ Stanley Chapple/ Xaver Schwarwenka, p. – APR (2 CDs)
Published on April 25, 2015

The complete recordings of Vassily Sapellnikoff and Xaver Schwarwenka return to us in sound forum that well belies their age and historical significance.


Reiner Rarities, Vol. 3 = Works of DEBUSSY, RAVEL, BERLIOZ, HONEGGER – Pristine Audio Reiner Rarities, Vol. 3 = Works of DEBUSSY, RAVEL, BERLIOZ, HONEGGER – Pristine Audio
Published on April 15, 2015

A third installment of Reiner Rarities grants us some exquisite French repertory, lovingly restored.


Leopold Stokowski – All-American Youth Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Their Rarest 78 rpm Recordings, 1940-1946 – Music & Arts (3 CDs) Leopold Stokowski – All-American Youth Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Their Rarest 78 rpm Recordings, 1940-1946 – Music & Arts (3 CDs)
Published on April 13, 2015

An extensive compilation that well completes Leopold Stokowski’s work with two decidedly “patriotic” ensembles, 1940-1946.


Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado: The Complete Concerto Recordings (PROKOFIEV, CHOPIN, RAVEL, LISZT, TCHAIKOVSKY, BEETHOVEN, MOZART – Martha Argerich, p. / Claudio Abbado cond. – DGG (5 CDs) Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado: The Complete Concerto Recordings (PROKOFIEV, CHOPIN, RAVEL, LISZT, TCHAIKOVSKY, BEETHOVEN, MOZART – Martha Argerich, p. / Claudio Abbado cond. – DGG (5 CDs)
Published on April 11, 2015

DGG compiles the musical testament, achieved in forty-five years, of the beginning and ending of a beautiful friendship.


BEETHOVEN: Complete Piano Sonatas  – DGG (8 CDs) BEETHOVEN: Complete Piano Sonatas – DGG (8 CDs)
Published on April 11, 2015

Maurizio Pollini, after some 40 years, concludes his inscribed cycle of Beethoven sonatas, and collectors can choose their preferences.


The Guitar History of Alirio Diaz = Works of TARREGA, LAURO, ALBENIZ, HAYDN, BACH, SCARLATTI, SPOR & Others – Tuxedo The Guitar History of Alirio Diaz = Works of TARREGA, LAURO, ALBENIZ, HAYDN, BACH, SCARLATTI, SPOR & Others – Tuxedo
Published on April 03, 2015

For fifty minutes we remain enthralled by some dazzling guitar playing from an old master.




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