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Great Comedy Overtures - Friedel
April 17, 2015
These days one would be lucky to hear any of these wonderfully crafted eleven Comedy Overtures in the Concert Hall let alone encounter a complete performance of the works from which they are taken. For that reason alone the attractive selection of music performed on this disc is most welcome. The ...
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Myths, Chant de Roxane - Philippens, Quentin, Zhang
April 16, 2015
Nowadays Szymanowski's luscious 1st Violin Concerto is appearing ever more frequently on disc thanks both to the public's greater appreciation of this composer's music and to the advocacy of many star violinists of the younger generation. This latest recording from the prodigiously talented Dutch ...
Joplin: Treemonisha - Schuller
March 22, 2015
A remarkably rejuvenated and most welcome re-issue of a unique opera recording from 40 years ago. For many the music of Scott Joplin (1868-1917) will be associated with his numerous ragtime compositions, including 'The Entertainer', that were used in the 1973 film 'The Sting' starring Robert ...
Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein
March 22, 2015
When Leonard Bernstein's recording of Bizet's Carmen first appeared on LP in1973 it won a Grammy and sold over 100,000 copies as well as marking the start of Bernstein's relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, one that lasted right up to his death in1990. Thanks to this superb SACD re-mastering by ...
Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) & Sinfonietta - Storgårds
March 18, 2015
This opulent new recording of Zemlinsky's 'Die Seejungfrau' (a 'Fantasy for Orchestra') from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds is a most welcome addition to the SACD catalogue. Though this work has received a number of fine recordings on CD from various conductors, including ...