Classical Reissue Reviews


RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in C-sharp Minor; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 3 – Cyril Smith, p./ London Sym. Orch. (Prelude)/ Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. (Concerto)/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Guild RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in C-sharp Minor; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 3 – Cyril Smith, p./ London Sym. Orch. (Prelude)/ Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. (Concerto)/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Guild
Published on November 24, 2014

Sir Malcolm Sargent’s renditions of Rachmaninoff hold up well, given the generous spirit of his commitment.


Julian von Karolyi, piano, in works of LISZT, DEBUSSY & RAVEL – Grosses Berliner Rundfunkorchester = MeloClassic Julian von Karolyi, piano, in works of LISZT, DEBUSSY & RAVEL – Grosses Berliner Rundfunkorchester = MeloClassic
Published on November 23, 2014

Hungarian virtuoso Julian von Karolyi has his hour of fame in this dazzling restoration from MeloClassic.


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?




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