Classical Reissue Reviews


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.


Johanna Martzy, violin = Works of BACH, HANDEL, VIVALDI, KREISLER, FALLA, RAVEL, DVORAK, BRAHMS & others – Audite (2 CDs) Johanna Martzy, violin = Works of BACH, HANDEL, VIVALDI, KREISLER, FALLA, RAVEL, DVORAK, BRAHMS & others – Audite (2 CDs)
Published on April 01, 2015

The art of Joanna Martzy receives a particular boon from this RIAS issue featuring her in brilliant solo and collaborative repertoire.


PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonatas No. 1 in F Minor; No. 2 in D; RACHMANINOV: Marguerite; TCHAIKOVSKY: Melodie – Sidney Weiss, violin/ Jeanne Weiss, p. – Crystal PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonatas No. 1 in F Minor; No. 2 in D; RACHMANINOV: Marguerite; TCHAIKOVSKY: Melodie – Sidney Weiss, violin/ Jeanne Weiss, p. – Crystal
Published on March 31, 2015

A solid Russian program from 1968 testifies to the easy, fluent virtuosity of the Weiss Duo, whose work gleaned praise from Solti and Giulini.


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E Major – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Karl Boehm – Pristine Audio BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E Major – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Karl Boehm – Pristine Audio
Published on March 31, 2015

The famed – even notorious – inscription of the 1943 Bruckner Seventh under Karl Boehm has a splendid revival in this Pristine production.


BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor; BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major – David Oistrakh, v./ London Sym. Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor; BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major – David Oistrakh, v./ London Sym. Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Published on March 21, 2015

Sterling 1962 performances of Brahms and Bruch from master conductor Jascha Horenstein make this one desirable disc acquisition, fine musicianship in spades!




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