Signum Quartett Schubert: Aus der Ferne – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Franz Schubert’s songs sometimes found their way into his instrumental works, perhaps most famously in the fourth movement of the Piano Quintet in A major, D667, “Trout,” which was based on Die Forelle, D550; the Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D760, which was inspired by Der Wanderer, D489; and the second movement of the String […]

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Video of the day: Monteverdi makes time stand still

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini on captivating form Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini are Monteverdi masters, their recordings are invariably highly acclaimed and they won a Gramophone Award in 2015 for their account of Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco (read the review). Their new recording ‘Night. Stories of lovers and warriors’ has ….. […]

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Freiburger Barockorchester / Gottfried von der Goltz / Petra Müllejans Handel: Concerti a Due Cori – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

These Concerti a due cori — concertos for two choirs (of instruments) — have occasionally received good recordings; Trevor Pinnock led one some years ago. But they’re not common items despite coming from the years in the late 1740s when Handel was revered. Their neglect may result from the fact that the music in them […]

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Yevgeny Sudbin Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Russo-British pianist Yevgeny Sudbin has traversed the Rachmaninov concertos at a deliberate pace, issuing a recording of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 in 2007 and rounding out the set with this reading of the Second and Third in 2018. His Rachmaninov is carefully wrought, subtly intertwined with the orchestral part […]

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Video of the day: Yo-Yo Ma and The Knights record ‘Ascending Bird’

A first look at Yo-Yo Ma’s new recording with The Knights for Warner Classics. Yo-Yo Ma’s latest recording for Warner Classics is a collaboration with The Knights featuring repertoire ranging from Golijov’s Azul and Stockhausen’s Tierkreis to Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka. In the exclusive video below you can witness the ….. Continues […]

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Philippe Entremont Schubert: Sonata No. 21 D. 960; Fantasie D. 940; Marche Militaire No. 1 – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Over his long and distinguished career, Philippe Entremont has frequently performed music of the great Viennese composers, though he has seldom recorded music by Franz Schubert, only offering rare recordings of the Trout Quintet and the Symphony No. 9 in C major, “The Great” in 2006. He admits that his interest in Schubert was limited […]

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Krzysztof Urbański / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

The centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps was widely celebrated in 2013, and since then recordings have increased dramatically, suggesting that this groundbreaking ballet has lost none of its power to intrigue and enthrall. Alpha’s 2017 recording of a concert by Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester offers a vivid performance that […]

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Piotr Anderszewski / Chamber Orchestra of Europe Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Among the hundreds of recordings of late Mozart piano concertos on the market, including many of this particular pairing, this one of Poland’s Piotr Anderszewski at the keyboard and conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is a major standout. Though played on a modern piano, it brings together several trends that have lately been explored […]

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Antonin Dvorak Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra; The Water Goblin; In Nature’s Realm Zuill Bailey (cello), Jun Markel conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Review By Max Westler

Though several of the works Dvorak wrote during his four year stay in the New World reflect his interest in the folkloric music he heard there (most famously, the “New World” Symphony and the “American” Quartet), the cello concerto harkens back to his native Czechoslovakia with a sense of longing and nostalgia that’s unusually personal. […]

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Laurence Cummings / Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra Bach: Tripl3s – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

For this 2018 Raumklang release, Laurence Cummings and the Harmony of Nations deliver works by Johann Sebastian Bach that involve the number 3. Obvious picks for such a numerically based theme are the Concerto for 3 violins in D minor, after BWV 1063, and the Concerto for 3 violins in D major, after BWV 1064, […]

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Paavo Järvi / Estonian Festival Orchestra Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Sinfonietta – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Alpha label has been reconfigured into part of the larger OutHere group, with a general repertory replacing the Renaissance and Baroque specialties of the sumptuously packaged former label. One thing has remained the same, however, at least in this release by conductor Paavo Järvi and the ad hoc but highly talented Estonian Festival Orchestra: […]

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Mariss Jansons / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 7 – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

For well over a decade, Mariss Jansons has been recording Gustav Mahler’s symphonies in two separate cycles, one with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on its RCO Live label, and the other with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik. He recorded this RCO performance of the Symphony No. 7 in E minor in September […]

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Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232, assembled from bits and pieces over some years, coheres in its final form in ways that perhaps only the composer understood. This recording by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Stephen Layton has been road-tested in performances around Britain […]

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John Wilson / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Symphonies – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Chandos label’s cycle of Aaron Copland’s orchestral works is timely and valuable, reminding listeners of where so much contemporary concert music came from (and not only in the U.S.), and bringing neglected works to light. There’s an especially nice example on this third volume by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under John Wilson: Statements, which […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / Edward Gardner / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Grieg: Piano Concerto; Incidental Music to “Peer Gynt” – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

You couldn’t ask for a more “authentic” performance of Grieg than one by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which Grieg himself conducted at one time. There are silkier performances of Peer Gynt, Op. 23, than this one, but few that seem to have such a sense of Grieg’s much-vaunted Norwegian soul. The chilly yet rich blue […]

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Sylvie Proulx Les Tendres Plaintes: Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Sylvie Proulx’s 2018 release on Centaur offers selections from the keyboard music of French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau in transcriptions for classical guitar. In his time, Rameau was famous as an opera composer, though his reputation as a music theorist and composer of keyboard works grew in the modern era with the early music revival. […]

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Difficult chamber music

Hi Knowledgeable ones. I have a yearning to get some string quartet and chamber type music into my collection. My tastes tend to run to more of the SideshowBob end of the musical listening scale and I know there must be classical stuff that fits the bill, I just don’t know where to begin. I […]

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