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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?


Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics
Published on November 01, 2014

The gifted Heifetz protégé Erick Friedman makes lovely and electric sparks in two Romantic staples performed in Paris, 1964.


PROKOFIEFF: Romeo and Juliet – Complete Ballet – Sym. Orch. of the State Academic Bolshoi Th./ Gennady Rozhdestvensky – Pristine Audio PROKOFIEFF: Romeo and Juliet – Complete Ballet – Sym. Orch. of the State Academic Bolshoi Th./ Gennady Rozhdestvensky – Pristine Audio
Published on October 26, 2014

The restoration of Rozhdestvensky’s complete 1959 version of Prokofiev’s brilliant ballet score is cause for general dancing.


Myriam Solovieff, violin = BACH: Chaconne from Solo Partita No. 2 in D Minor; MOZART: Violin Sonata in E Minor; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Myriam Solovieff, v./ Julius Katchen, p. – MeloClassic Myriam Solovieff, violin = BACH: Chaconne from Solo Partita No. 2 in D Minor; MOZART: Violin Sonata in E Minor; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Myriam Solovieff, v./ Julius Katchen, p. – MeloClassic
Published on October 19, 2014

Myriam Solovieff strikes us an artist we would like to know better, here paired with pianist Julius Katchen.


“Echoes From the Dark Years – PROKOFIEV and World War II” – var. performers/ Academic Sym. Orch. of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conserv. – Intergroove “Echoes From the Dark Years – PROKOFIEV and World War II” – var. performers/ Academic Sym. Orch. of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conserv. – Intergroove
Published on October 19, 2014

PROKOFIEV – some top-drawer and some bottom-drawer compositions by the famed composer written during World War II.


MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde – Christa Ludwig, alto/ Waldemar Kmentt, tenor/ Vienna Sym. Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Vienna Symphoniker MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde – Christa Ludwig, alto/ Waldemar Kmentt, tenor/ Vienna Sym. Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Vienna Symphoniker
Published on October 16, 2014

Patient and painstaking restoration allows us to savor in real terms the one Mahler interpretation bequeathed us by Carlos Kleiber.


Felix Salmond, cello = Works of BEETHOVEN, BRUCH, ST.-SAENS, GLAZUNOV, BRIDGE, GRIEG & Trad. – Pristine Audio Felix Salmond, cello = Works of BEETHOVEN, BRUCH, ST.-SAENS, GLAZUNOV, BRIDGE, GRIEG & Trad. – Pristine Audio
Published on October 13, 2014

Pristine restores much of the electrical recording legacy of Felix Salmond, Britain’s extraordinary cellist.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in C Major; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Mindru Katz, piano/ Israel Philharmonic Orch./ Josef Krips – Cembal d’amour BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in C Major; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Mindru Katz, piano/ Israel Philharmonic Orch./ Josef Krips – Cembal d’amour
Published on October 10, 2014

Mindru Katz at his elegant and explosive best in the music of Beethoven and Brahms.


Conductor Erich Roehn = Works of BRUCH, BEETHOVEN, VIVALDI & SCHUBERT – MeloClassic Conductor Erich Roehn = Works of BRUCH, BEETHOVEN, VIVALDI & SCHUBERT – MeloClassic
Published on October 08, 2014

A collection of wartime studio recordings attests to Erich Roehn’s versatility in various ensembles.




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