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  Site review by Geohominid July 20, 2014

BIS's subtitle 'Academic Cantatas' is less attractive these days than it would have been in Bach's time. The word "academic" now has nearly become pejorative, implying dryness, boredom and a minimal degree of entertainment. How different it was in Baroque Leipzig, where the development and teaching ... more
Johnny Winter: The Best of Johnny Winter      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Hellenback July 19, 2014

Not sure what the one star review is about as I hear this to be a very well recorded disc with decent dynamics for a rock recording. Johnny uses some serious distortion on his guitar at times which might be heard by some as poor recording when in fact it's an effect he's aiming at. When you wring ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial July 19, 2014

This set of the second group of "Tost" quartets is my first encounter with the Auryn's & I am mightily impressed and looking forward to reviewing the remainder of this cycle as they become available in the UK on BD. Firstly, the virtuosity required from all players is worn very lightly indeed; not ... more
Goebbels: Suite from Surrogate Cities, Frank Zappa: 5 works - Søndergård        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by July 19, 2014

It's not a daily occurrence to get a brand new Zappa CD to review. Especially one that is recorded in Norway. Yet it happened a few weeks ago. This is of course no release where Frank Zappa participate in person - the deadline for this expired more than twenty years ago. But it is nevertheless a ... more
Gubaidulina: Repentance - Halász et al        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 19, 2014

Each new recording devoted to Sofia Gubaidulina is always a welcome one, for the musical universe of the Russian composer is both fascinating and essential in the field of contemporary music. Today, the copious program of this SACD allows us to discover four scores from differing periods for chamber ... more

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