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Haydn: Symphonies 92, 93, 97-99 - Sir Colin Davis
July 15, 2014
This two-disc set of Haydn Symphonies is a fitting memorial to the late Sir Colin Davis and his championship of a composer most dear to his heart. During his long career he recorded all five of the works presented here in the 1970s and 80s with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and his ...
Haydn: Piano Sonatas 50-52 "The London Sonatas" - Wallisch
July 9, 2014
The Viennese born pianist Gottlieb Wallisch has already made three generally well received recordings of Mozart for the Linn label and for his latest release he now turns to the late keyboard sonatas of that other great 18th-century master Josef Haydn. When in 1790 Joseph Haydn's employer and ...
Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie - Lintu
July 8, 2014
Since its Boston premier – given by Leonard Bernstein in December 1949 – Messiaen's exotic and lavishly scored Turangalîla Symphony has received many fine recordings, including some with the imprimatur of the composer and some that additionally feature both Yvonne Loriod, the composer's wife playing ...
Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Busoni, Schreker - Yamada
July 4, 2014
This varied collection of music associated with 'The Dance' is what record companies used to call a 'sonic spectacular' – a description well suited to this SACD. From the wild opening bars of the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' from Strauss's 'Salomé' it it is clear that the team from Polyhymnia have ...
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Janacek: Jenufa (suite) - Honeck
June 30, 2014
This is an absolutely marvellous release both in terms of its thrilling performances and wonderful sound quality. Manfred Honeck, as on his first disc for Reference Recordings of Strauss tone poems, has shown that he is not afraid to challenge conventional approaches to familiar works, and his ...