Reviews - Castor
Hommage à Trois: Cimarosa, Haydn & Mozart - Berger, Sampson & McGegan
December 10, 2013
'Hommage à Trois' is a well compiled SACD that showcases the considerable talent of the fine young baritone William Berger in a programme of familiar and less familiar operatic scenes. The 'trois' in question are Haydn, Mozart and Cimarosa whose 'Il Maestro di Capella' provides the longest and most ...
Liszt: Transcriptions - Schmitt, Haselböck
December 2, 2013
This SACD contains a fascinating programme of rarities from the ever enterprising CPO label – four of Liszt's most familiar compositions presented in an unusual form. The fine young organist Christian Schmitt is featured in two of them, whilst three are performed by the recently formed Deutsche ...
Britten: The Turn of the Screw
December 1, 2013
Just in time for the end of the Britten centenary celebrations comes this fine recording from LSO Live of Britten's spookiest opera 'The Turn of the Screw'. The performances from which this recording was made took place in the Barbican (April 16 & 18, 2013) and were originally planned to be ...
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Symphony No. 1 - de Waart
November 26, 2013
Recorded versions of Elgar's the 'Dream of Gerontius' have, in recent times, been dominated by those conducted by the three Bs – Barbirolli, Boult and Britten. It would take a remarkable performance to equal, let alone supplant, any one of these three, but when sound quality enters the equation ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Fischer
November 21, 2013
This is the sixth release in the gradual emergence of what may or may not eventually be a complete Mahler cycle from Ivan Fischer and his acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra. As many will be aware, Fischer's performances are only recorded by Channel after they have been meticulously prepared and ...