Classical Reissue Reviews


Ginette Nuveu (Studio Recordings) = R. STRAUSS, CHOPIN, GLUCK, SUK, TARTINI Etc. – Opus Kura Ginette Nuveu (Studio Recordings) = R. STRAUSS, CHOPIN, GLUCK, SUK, TARTINI Etc. – Opus Kura
Published on September 30, 2014

The French genius of the violin died too early, but her collected studio recordings testify to an immortal talent.


ADAM: Giselle – Ballet Suite, ed. BUESSER; TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker ballet Suite – Orch. du Theatre National De L’Opera Paris/ Richard Blareau/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ George Weldon – Guild ADAM: Giselle – Ballet Suite, ed. BUESSER; TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker ballet Suite – Orch. du Theatre National De L’Opera Paris/ Richard Blareau/ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ George Weldon – Guild
Published on September 29, 2014

Congenial performances of 1953 and 1960, of two ballet staples make a pleasant hour of listening, but visceral music these are not.


BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Major; BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major – Bronislaw Huberman, violin/ Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ George Szell/ New York Philharmonic Orch./ Artur Rodzinski – Pristine BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Major; BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major – Bronislaw Huberman, violin/ Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ George Szell/ New York Philharmonic Orch./ Artur Rodzinski – Pristine
Published on September 29, 2014

Andrew Rose restores Bronislaw Huberman renditions of the two great violin concertos in the canon, and the results should mesmerize us forever.


MEDTNER plays MEDTNER: Vol. 1 = Eight Fairy Tales; Three Novellas; Festive Dance; Spring; Morning Song; Tragic Sonata; Joyful Dance – Nikolai Medtner, piano – Melodiya MEDTNER plays MEDTNER: Vol. 1 = Eight Fairy Tales; Three Novellas; Festive Dance; Spring; Morning Song; Tragic Sonata; Joyful Dance – Nikolai Medtner, piano – Melodiya
Published on September 26, 2014

Composer-pianist Nikolai Medtner appears in historic performances of his own works, idiosyncratic and brilliant in every sense.


Ida Haendel – Prague Recordings 1957-1965 = Supraphon (5 CDs) Ida Haendel – Prague Recordings 1957-1965 = Supraphon (5 CDs)
Published on September 22, 2014

Supraphon’s generous tribute to Polish violin virtuoso Ida Haendel restores her Prague recordings and appearances, many of them superlative readings.


Ludwig Hoelscher, cello = Music of DVORAK, BACH, GRIEG & CHOPIN – Meloclassic Ludwig Hoelscher, cello = Music of DVORAK, BACH, GRIEG & CHOPIN – Meloclassic
Published on September 21, 2014

Two fine German performers who unfortunately supported the Nazis.


“Gerard Souzay” (“Most-Wanted Recitals” series) = Baroque arias by GLUCK, HANDEL, LULLY, MONTEVERDI, RAMEAU – Decca “Gerard Souzay” (“Most-Wanted Recitals” series) = Baroque arias by GLUCK, HANDEL, LULLY, MONTEVERDI, RAMEAU – Decca
Published on September 10, 2014

A rarity arrives again newly digitized. Souzay is generally great, but is this one of his best?


Accidental Stereo: Reconstructed Recordings, 1929-1933 – most of the classical recordings where the original 78 matches up with a standby recording made at the same time from another mic – Pristine Audio Accidental Stereo: Reconstructed Recordings, 1929-1933 – most of the classical recordings where the original 78 matches up with a standby recording made at the same time from another mic – Pristine Audio
Published on September 10, 2014

A “happy accident,” indeed, as we hear stereo effects from golden age readings of significant repertory, brilliantly restored.


Annie Fischer, piano – The Essential Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, MOZART & LISZT – Hungaroton Annie Fischer, piano – The Essential Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, MOZART & LISZT – Hungaroton
Published on September 10, 2014

For the Annie Fischer centennial, Hungaraton proffers her potent keyboard art in two works that well defined her musical ambitions.


Wilhelm Kempff = MOZART: Fantasia in D Minor; RAMEAU: Les trios mains; COUPERIN: Le carillon de Cythere; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 “Pastoral”; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata “Fantasie-Sonata” – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – MeloClassic Wilhelm Kempff = MOZART: Fantasia in D Minor; RAMEAU: Les trios mains; COUPERIN: Le carillon de Cythere; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 “Pastoral”; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata “Fantasie-Sonata” – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – MeloClassic
Published on September 06, 2014

A combination of two French recitals by Wilhelm Kempff, whose unassuming approach to music motivated Alfred Brendel to call Kempff “the perfect virtuoso.”




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