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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.


MOZART: Symphony No. 40; MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder; R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar./ Michel Schwalbe, v./ Berlin Philharmonic/ Karl Boehm – Testament MOZART: Symphony No. 40; MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder; R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar./ Michel Schwalbe, v./ Berlin Philharmonic/ Karl Boehm – Testament
Published on February 02, 2014

Karl Boehm leads a sturdy program at Salzburg 1962 of Mozart, Mahler, and Strauss with the Berlin Philharmonic, assisted by two veterans in the music he champions.


VERDI: Messa da Requiem – Leontyne Price, sop./ Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-sop./ Giuseppe Zampieri, tenor/ Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass/ Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/ Berlin Philharmonic/ Herbert von Karajan – Testament VERDI: Messa da Requiem – Leontyne Price, sop./ Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-sop./ Giuseppe Zampieri, tenor/ Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass/ Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/ Berlin Philharmonic/ Herbert von Karajan – Testament
Published on January 30, 2014

Karajan’s devotion to the Verdi Requiem institutionalized its conscientious performance at the Salzburg Festival, and Testament restores a marvelous 1962 incarnation.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1; MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 12 – Leon Fleisher, p./ Cologne Radio-Sym. Orch./ Andre Cluytens/ Georg Ludwig Jochum (Mozart) – ICA Classics BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1; MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 12 – Leon Fleisher, p./ Cologne Radio-Sym. Orch./ Andre Cluytens/ Georg Ludwig Jochum (Mozart) – ICA Classics
Published on January 29, 2014

Two performances from Leon Fleisher’s early years attest to a natural 
stylist in the music of Mozart and Beethoven.


Rudolf Kempe = HAYDN: Symphony No. 55 in E-flat Major; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major; MOZART: Symphony No. 39 – Nikita Magaloff, p./ Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Rudolf Kempe – Testament Rudolf Kempe = HAYDN: Symphony No. 55 in E-flat Major; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major; MOZART: Symphony No. 39 – Nikita Magaloff, p./ Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Rudolf Kempe – Testament
Published on January 27, 2014

A previously unreleased concert by Rudolf Kempe from Salzburg proves eminently instructive and rewarding at every turn.


Evgeny Svetlanov = BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F Major; DEBUSSY: La Mer; CHAUSSON: Poeme de l’amour et de la mer; “La Mort de l’amour – Le Temps des lilas” – Janet Baker, mezzo-sop./ London Sym. Orch. – ICA Classics Evgeny Svetlanov = BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F Major; DEBUSSY: La Mer; CHAUSSON: Poeme de l’amour et de la mer; “La Mort de l’amour – Le Temps des lilas” – Janet Baker, mezzo-sop./ London Sym. Orch. – ICA Classics
Published on January 26, 2014

Evgeny Svetlanov in London brings his patented, energetic style to bear on non-Russian works he clearly leads with refined fervor.


Skip Sempé – Memorandum XXI (TrackList follows) with Capriccio Stravagante/Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orch./Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons – Paradizo (5 CDs & bound book) Skip Sempé – Memorandum XXI (TrackList follows) with Capriccio Stravagante/Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orch./Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons – Paradizo (5 CDs & bound book)
Published on January 24, 2014

An immense immersion in early music, with essays and interviews in a 388-p. bound book and performance reissues on five CDs.




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