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TORBJORN DYRUD: Out of Darkness—the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Soloists/ Nidaros Cath. Choir/ Vivianne Sydnes – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD TORBJORN DYRUD: Out of Darkness—the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Soloists/ Nidaros Cath. Choir/ Vivianne Sydnes – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD
Published on March 08, 2014

This spectacular recording ushers in a new voice in passion plus expression, enhancing a genre with new ideas and solemnity.


CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: Berlin Symphonies, Wq. 174, 175, 178, 179, 180, and 181 – Orch. de Chambre de Lausanne / Christian Zacharias – MD&G CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: Berlin Symphonies, Wq. 174, 175, 178, 179, 180, and 181 – Orch. de Chambre de Lausanne / Christian Zacharias – MD&G
Published on March 04, 2014

Dash and daring from C. P. E., well-captured in these performances from Lausanne.


MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 in a minor – Bamberger Sym./ Jonathan Nott – Tudor MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 in a minor – Bamberger Sym./ Jonathan Nott – Tudor
Published on March 01, 2014

A solid Mahler Sixth Symphony with fine sonics.


MENDELSSOHN: Complete Chamber Music for Strings, Vol. III = Mandelring Q. / Quartetto di Cremona – Audite MENDELSSOHN: Complete Chamber Music for Strings, Vol. III = Mandelring Q. / Quartetto di Cremona – Audite
Published on March 01, 2014

Powerful performances: the Manderling Quartet’s Op. 44, No. 3, gives the lie to the judgment that Mendelssohn’s middle quartets represent a step backward.


* Hymn to the Virgin – Schola Cantorum/ Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray * Hymn to the Virgin – Schola Cantorum/ Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray
Published on March 01, 2014

************ MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *************
This release is unbelievably spectacular in any category you care to name.


PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky
Published on February 27, 2014

Exceptional performances of both works – a good fit for Gergiev’s strong approach.


Marie et Marion [TrackList follows] – Anonymous 4 – Harmonia mundi Marie et Marion [TrackList follows] – Anonymous 4 – Harmonia mundi
Published on February 27, 2014

A beautiful recording from a well-established source, round number two from the Montpellier codex.


BERLIOZ: L’Enfance du Christ – Yann Beuron, narr./ Veronique gens, sop./ Swedish Radio Sym. Orch. & Choir/ Robin Ticciati – Linn (2 discs) BERLIOZ: L’Enfance du Christ – Yann Beuron, narr./ Veronique gens, sop./ Swedish Radio Sym. Orch. & Choir/ Robin Ticciati – Linn (2 discs)
Published on February 27, 2014

Berlioz for the modern age? Certainly! But Ticciati is very persuasive even if he doesn’t supplant the greats of the past.




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