SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews


BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets, Vol. IV = String Quartet No. 1 in F Major; String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor – Quartetto di Cremona – Audite BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets, Vol. IV = String Quartet No. 1 in F Major; String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor – Quartetto di Cremona – Audite
Published on June 28, 2015

The fourth installment of the Quartetto di Cremona’s Beethoven cycle embraces works at the extremes of his spiritual development, each masterly.


JH ROMAN: The 12 Flute Sonatas – Dan Laurin, recorder/ Paradiso Musicale – BIS JH ROMAN: The 12 Flute Sonatas – Dan Laurin, recorder/ Paradiso Musicale – BIS
Published on June 26, 2015

The Swedish Handel in his only published music.


EGIL HOVLAND:  Elementa Pro Organo – Organ Works [TrackList follows] Anders Eidsten Dahl, organist – Lawo Classics EGIL HOVLAND: Elementa Pro Organo – Organ Works [TrackList follows] Anders Eidsten Dahl, organist – Lawo Classics
Published on June 26, 2015

Contemporary organ music from Norway, well-played and well-recorded.


VIVALDI: l’Estro Armonico – 12 Concertos for Violins and String Orch. – Brecon Baroque/Rachel Podger, v. & director – Channel Classics ( 2 discs) VIVALDI: l’Estro Armonico – 12 Concertos for Violins and String Orch. – Brecon Baroque/Rachel Podger, v. & director – Channel Classics ( 2 discs)
Published on June 25, 2015

Rachel Podger and company bring technical brilliance and virtuosity in spades to these much-played concertos.


Buck Clayton – How High The Fi – A Buck Clayton Jam Session – Columbia (1954)/ Pure Pleasure – double vinyl Buck Clayton – How High The Fi – A Buck Clayton Jam Session – Columbia (1954)/ Pure Pleasure – double vinyl
Published on June 23, 2015

Re-mastered mono vinyl jam session is jazz at its finest!


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor”; Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor- Christoph Eschenbach, piano/ Boston Sym, Orch./ Seiji Ozawa/ London Sym. Orch./ Hans Werner Henze – PentaTone BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor”; Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor- Christoph Eschenbach, piano/ Boston Sym, Orch./ Seiji Ozawa/ London Sym. Orch./ Hans Werner Henze – PentaTone
Published on June 22, 2015

Vintage Beethoven performances from pianist Christoph Eschenbach, but the Emperor soars brilliantly while the C Minor remains pedestrian.


“Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII – Marko Ylönen, cello/Ostrobothnian Ch. Orch. /Juha Kangas – Alba “Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII – Marko Ylönen, cello/Ostrobothnian Ch. Orch. /Juha Kangas – Alba
Published on June 20, 2015

“Poema – Works for Cello and Strings” = ERKKI SALMENHAARA: Poema; PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN: Hate-Love; JUHO KANGAS: Concerto for Cello and Strings; AULIS SALLINEN: Chamber Music VIII – Marko Ylönen, cello/Ostrobothnian Ch. Orch. /Juha Kangas – Alba multichannel SACD ABCD 372 [Distr. by Albany], 65:09 (5/05/15) ***1/2: The body of work for solo cello with, […]


Organ Works of LISZT, REUBKE & MENDELSSOHN – Stephen Cleobury, organist – Kings College Organ Works of LISZT, REUBKE & MENDELSSOHN – Stephen Cleobury, organist – Kings College
Published on June 16, 2015

A chance to hear a grand organ in high resolution surround.


RACHMANINOFF: All-Night Vigil – Phoenix Chorale/ Kansas City Chorale/ Charles Bruffy – Chandos RACHMANINOFF: All-Night Vigil – Phoenix Chorale/ Kansas City Chorale/ Charles Bruffy – Chandos
Published on June 16, 2015

Choral bombast at its best, though some might consider it a little overdone.




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