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Imaginary Pictures = MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; SCHUMANN: Carnaval – Kirill Gerstein, piano – Myrios Imaginary Pictures = MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; SCHUMANN: Carnaval – Kirill Gerstein, piano – Myrios
Published on June 26, 2014

Kirill Gerstein takes us on a familiar voyage of Romantic piano suites, but his approach maintains the grand style.


Blue Note Vinyl Reissue Series I Blue Note Vinyl Reissue Series I
Published on June 25, 2014

Blue Note Records 75th anniversary…let the party begin…Blue Note vinyl reissue series


MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 – Cologne Gurzenich Orch. /Marcus Stenz – Oehms Classics (2 discs) MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 – Cologne Gurzenich Orch. /Marcus Stenz – Oehms Classics (2 discs)
Published on June 24, 2014

A fine performance but the recording is a bit too distant.


Rolling Stones – Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) – ABKCO vinyl Rolling Stones – Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) – ABKCO vinyl
Published on June 23, 2014

Early Rolling Stones compilation in way cool clear vinyl…


01 – Barbara Hofling, mezzo/ Grainne Dunne, piano – Katzenberger Music Productions 01 – Barbara Hofling, mezzo/ Grainne Dunne, piano – Katzenberger Music Productions
Published on June 22, 2014

Superb technology, very fine performances and notes, but not the best available in either case, and the price is sticker shock.


BERNSTEIN-SONDHEIM: West Side Story – Soloists/ San Francisco Symphony & Chorus/ Michael Tilson Thomas + 100-p. booklet – SFS Media (2 SACDs) BERNSTEIN-SONDHEIM: West Side Story – Soloists/ San Francisco Symphony & Chorus/ Michael Tilson Thomas + 100-p. booklet – SFS Media (2 SACDs)
Published on June 21, 2014

The first real competition to the original Broadway album, and in hi-res yet.


Canta la Serenissima: Music from 17th-Cen. Venice — Argo – Alba Canta la Serenissima: Music from 17th-Cen. Venice — Argo – Alba
Published on June 21, 2014

An intriguing recital of good compass and easy manners, though perhaps a little too mild.


BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D; MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e – Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/ John Eliot Gardiner – Decca Blu-ray BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D; MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e – Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/ John Eliot Gardiner – Decca Blu-ray
Published on June 21, 2014

Another questionably-released release from Universal, with good and great performances.


BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets, Vol. III = Quartet in C Minor; Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major; Quartet in F Major – Quartetto di Cremona – Audite BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets, Vol. III = Quartet in C Minor; Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major; Quartet in F Major – Quartetto di Cremona – Audite
Published on June 20, 2014

Wickedly scintillating renditions of Beethoven quartets in this third installment of the cycle make the Cremona players‘ versions irresistible.




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