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HILARION ALFEYEV: Stabat Mater; Concerto grosso; Fugue on the B-A-C-H Motif; Canciones de la muerte; De profundis –  Pentatone HILARION ALFEYEV: Stabat Mater; Concerto grosso; Fugue on the B-A-C-H Motif; Canciones de la muerte; De profundis – Pentatone
Published on July 14, 2015

This is getting a lot of attention. But does it deserve it?


Wilhelm Kempff plays LISZT = Annees de peleringage: Italie; Venezia e Napoli: Goldoleriera; Deaux Legendes – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – PentaTone Wilhelm Kempff plays LISZT = Annees de peleringage: Italie; Venezia e Napoli: Goldoleriera; Deaux Legendes – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – PentaTone
Published on July 14, 2015

PentaTone restores Wilhelm Kempff’s traversal of the Second Year of Liszt’s “Pilgrimage” in powerful and poetically-hued definition.


MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 – Budapest Festival Orch./ Ivan Fischer –  Channel Classics MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 – Budapest Festival Orch./ Ivan Fischer –  Channel Classics
Published on July 13, 2015

A thrilling combination of musicianship with an audiophile-pleasing recording.


NIELSEN: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 – Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo –  BIS NIELSEN: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 – Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo – BIS
Published on July 10, 2015

Nielsen finely played and ably recorded.


MAGNE AMDAHL :  Astrognosia (1991); Aesop (2012) – Dennis Storhøi/ Norwegian Radio Orch./ Ingar Heine Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray 2L-110-SABD + multichannel SACD MAGNE AMDAHL : Astrognosia (1991); Aesop (2012) – Dennis Storhøi/ Norwegian Radio Orch./ Ingar Heine Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray 2L-110-SABD + multichannel SACD
Published on July 02, 2015

Beautifully recorded fare from Norway from the lighter end of the musical spectrum.


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (1890 Revision) – Upper Austrian Youth Orch./Remy Ballot – Gramola (2 discs) BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (1890 Revision) – Upper Austrian Youth Orch./Remy Ballot – Gramola (2 discs)
Published on July 02, 2015

Amazing Bruckner in astonishingly good sound, from an orchestra whose members average 17 years old!


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.




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