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RACHMANINOV: The Transcriptions = of works by RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, KREISLER, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUBERT, BIZET, BACH, Etc. – Howard Shelley, p. – Helios RACHMANINOV: The Transcriptions = of works by RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, KREISLER, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUBERT, BIZET, BACH, Etc. – Howard Shelley, p. – Helios
Published on March 07, 2014

Howard Shelley imbues virtuosity of expression and salon intimacy on these Rachmaninov transcriptions, extending through the composer’s creative life.


Adolf Busch: The Berlin Recordings 1921-1929 = Works of BACH, BRAHMS, CORELLI, DVORAK, TARTINI, GOSSEC, SCHUMANN, MOZART, VERDI, POPORA, SCHUBERT ETC. – Adolf Busch, violin/ Busch String Quartet/ Bruno Seidler-Winkler & Rudolf Serkin, piano – Guild (2 CDs) Adolf Busch: The Berlin Recordings 1921-1929 = Works of BACH, BRAHMS, CORELLI, DVORAK, TARTINI, GOSSEC, SCHUMANN, MOZART, VERDI, POPORA, SCHUBERT ETC. – Adolf Busch, violin/ Busch String Quartet/ Bruno Seidler-Winkler & Rudolf Serkin, piano – Guild (2 CDs)
Published on March 03, 2014

For the first time, the Adolf Busch legacy from Weimar Germany is assembled for our delectation of the foremost violinist and chamber musician in Europe at that time.


Herbert von Karajan – For the First Time After WW II in the USA with the Berlin Philharmonic = Works of MOZART, R. STRAUSS, BRAHMS & BEETHOVEN – Andromeda (2 discs) Herbert von Karajan – For the First Time After WW II in the USA with the Berlin Philharmonic = Works of MOZART, R. STRAUSS, BRAHMS & BEETHOVEN – Andromeda (2 discs)
Published on February 27, 2014

Step back almost 60 years for Herbert von Karajan’s first post-War appearance in Washington, D.C. with rousing performances of Mozart, Strauss, and Brahms.


Victor de Sabata – The Complete Berlin Philharmonic Recordings = BRAHMS, STRAUSS, RAGNER, VERDI, KODALY, RESPIGHI – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Victor de Sabata – Pristine Victor de Sabata – The Complete Berlin Philharmonic Recordings = BRAHMS, STRAUSS, RAGNER, VERDI, KODALY, RESPIGHI – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Victor de Sabata – Pristine
Published on February 22, 2014

The complete 1939 Berlin Philharmonic recordings by Victor de Sabata, whom many considered the finest conductor of his generation.


Celibidache in Caracas 1956 = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor; RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Judith Janes, p. (Beethoven)/ Albert Ferber, p. (Rachmaninov)/ Venezuela Sym. Orch./ Sergiu Celibidache – Archipel Celibidache in Caracas 1956 = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor; RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Judith Janes, p. (Beethoven)/ Albert Ferber, p. (Rachmaninov)/ Venezuela Sym. Orch./ Sergiu Celibidache – Archipel
Published on February 17, 2014

Two “pirate” collaborations by the legendary Sergiu Celibidache involve some sonic deficiencies, but the musical rewards outweigh the drawbacks.


BRITTEN: Piano Concerto in D; SEIBER: To Poetry; BUSH: Voices of the Prophets – Peter Pears, tenor/ Noel Mewton-Wood, p./ London Sym. Orch./ Basil Cameron – Testament BRITTEN: Piano Concerto in D; SEIBER: To Poetry; BUSH: Voices of the Prophets – Peter Pears, tenor/ Noel Mewton-Wood, p./ London Sym. Orch./ Basil Cameron – Testament
Published on February 17, 2014

Testament resurrects rare and powerful documents of Noel Mewton-Wood, the tragically short-lived Australian pianist of potent conviction and virtuoso temperament.


The Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. II = SCHUBERT String Quartets – Amadeus-Quartett – Audite (2 CDs) The Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. II = SCHUBERT String Quartets – Amadeus-Quartett – Audite (2 CDs)
Published on February 15, 2014

Vol. 2 of a fine series by the Amadeus-Quartet.


MAHLER: Symphony No. 4; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; MENDELSSOHN: Ruy Blas Ov. – Joan Alexander, sop./ BBC Sym. Orch./ London Sym. Orch. (Ruy Blas)/ Rudolf Kempe – ICA Classics MAHLER: Symphony No. 4; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; MENDELSSOHN: Ruy Blas Ov. – Joan Alexander, sop./ BBC Sym. Orch./ London Sym. Orch. (Ruy Blas)/ Rudolf Kempe – ICA Classics
Published on February 11, 2014

Devotees of conductor Rudolf Kempe will delight in two major additions to his discography, particularly in the Mahler interpretation.


Charles Munch Boston Rarities = SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor – Boston Sym. Orch./ Charles Munch – Pristine Audio Charles Munch Boston Rarities = SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor – Boston Sym. Orch./ Charles Munch – Pristine Audio
Published on February 04, 2014

These two enhanced Munch performances from RCA archives make an immediate, entirely gratifying impact, poetic and powerful.




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