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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.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky
Published on February 25, 2014

Matsuev has the measure of this music, though a few places the interpretative choices don’t really work.


The Sacred Spirit of Russia – Conspirare/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi The Sacred Spirit of Russia – Conspirare/ Craig Hella Johnson – Harmonia mundi
Published on February 22, 2014

Bravo to all concerned in one of the finest Russian choral music releases in years.


MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Herbert von Karajan – DGG stereo-only Pure Audio Blu-ray MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Herbert von Karajan – DGG stereo-only Pure Audio Blu-ray
Published on February 22, 2014

Excitement galore despite sloppy playing and cavernous sound, but what a ride!


HANDEL: Six Piano Concertos – Matthias Kirschnereit p./ Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/ Lavard Skou Larsen – Deutschlandfunk/ CPO double vinyl HANDEL: Six Piano Concertos – Matthias Kirschnereit p./ Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/ Lavard Skou Larsen – Deutschlandfunk/ CPO double vinyl
Published on February 21, 2014

The vinyl version of the album I reviewed back in December on SACD.


“WAGNER and the Piano” = Severin von Eckardstein, p. – MD&G</br>

“Magic Fire and Other WAGNER Transcriptions” = Risto-Matti Marin, p. –  Alba “WAGNER and the Piano” = Severin von Eckardstein, p. – MD&G
“Magic Fire and Other WAGNER Transcriptions” = Risto-Matti Marin, p. – Alba

Published on February 21, 2014

Comparison-and-contrast-a-plenty in these two fine recordings of Wagner transcriptions.


BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major; String Sextet No. 2 in G Major – Prazak Q./ Petr Homan, viola/ Vladimir Fortin, cello – Praga Digitals BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major; String Sextet No. 2 in G Major – Prazak Q./ Petr Homan, viola/ Vladimir Fortin, cello – Praga Digitals
Published on February 20, 2014

Immaculately polished renditions of the Brahms sextets by the Prazak Quartet and friends make this an indispensable chamber music addition.




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