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Best Classical Music Of 2014
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Artist Vs. Critic: A lively debate over how modern performers can best approach early music.

 

The mono maven explains why even fervent audiophiles should be grabbing up pre-stereo records

The Mono Maven Considers More Great Westminster LPs

The Mono Maven Surveying RCA Mono LPs

The Mono Maven considers the first recording of Benjamin Britten's opera, The Turn of the Screw, and compares it with a stereo LP, a recent CD, and two DVDs, no less.

The mono maven considers an alternative to an audiophile stereo favorite.

The Mono Maven highlights more gems from the Decca - London catalog

The Mono Maven Recommends More Decca-London Mono Treasures

The mono maven strides boldly into the stereo era, showcasing fine-sounding and affordable London Stereo Treasury LPs.

The Mono Maven Completes His Survey Of London Stereo Treasury Reissues On LP.

The Mono Maven Part 2 Of His Survey Of London Stereo Treasury Reissues On LP.

The Mono Maven Listens To Mercury Living Presence Vinyl LP Releases, Volume 1.

Late-Mono Gems From Lesser-Known Conductors

The Mono Maven begins a survey of Columbia sans Sony. Part 1

The Mono Maven: Mercury Living Presence, Vol. 2 Howard Hanson

The Mono Maven returns to explicate some fine stereo recordings from Central Europe.

The Mono (and Stereo too) Maven Describes More Excellent Recordings from the Hungaraton Label

The Mono Maven has returned to Enjoy the Music.com with the first of three surveys of Big Band LPs.

 

 

African Heritage Symphonic Series

An important and enjoyable collection of chamber music treasures from American composers.

American Music: Fine performances of modern clarinet-piano chamber music.

American orchestral pieces

An American Requiem by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra

American Works for Organ and Orchestra

George Antheil: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Jazz Symphony; piano pieces: Jazz Sonata, Can-Can, Sonatina, Death of Machines, Little Shimmy.

Martha Argerich Debut Recital

Assorted DVD-Audio Reviews

Assorted SACD Music Reviews

Dominick Argento Casa Guidi; Capriccio for Clarinet and Orchestra; In Praise of Music: Seven Songs for Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Concertos

Johann Sebastian Bach The French Suites

Three Approaches To Bach's Problematic Art Of Fugue

Bach B-Minor Mass

Zuill Bailey plays Bach's Cello Suites

Bach's Well Tempered Clavier.

Exciting period instrument performances of choral masterpieces by Bach

Bach Harpsichord Recital from Richard Egarr

J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partiatas for Solo Violin by Alina Ibragimova

Johan Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos

Bach Violin Concertos from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque.

From Harmonia Mundi, a fabulous, great-sounding "chamber" presentation of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein playes piano version of Bach's Goldbergs.

Two Approaches To Bach's English Suites

Baroque Music for Brass and Organ

Baroque Roundup: Harpsichordist David Cates Surveys A Handful Of Recent And Not-So-Recent Recordings Really Worth Your Attention.

Bartok Piano Concertos

Bartok and Lutoslawski

Bartok's two violin concertos, magnificently performed in great sound.

Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle from Valery Gergiev

From Arkiv Music, a valuable Bartok reissue featuring Riccardo Chailly conducting the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Ludwig Von Beethoven Symphonies No. 1 in C Major, op. 21 and No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

Ludwig van Beethoven - Nine Symphonies plus Coriolan, Egmont, and Prometheus Overtures

Ludwig van Beethoven The Five Piano Concertos

Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 "Choral"

Beethoven's 9th from San Francisco, Michael Tilson Thomas offers a magnificent, great-sounding Beethoven Ninth Symphony.

Ivan Fischer's breathtaking Beethoven Pastoral.

Ludwig Von Beethoven Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61

Beethoven's Violin Sonatas

MTT / San Francisco presents Beethoven warhorses in great performances in demo-quality sound.

Beethoven- Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral' Liszt- Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 1, 2, 3 (orchestral versions) "Sounds of Nature"

Ludwig Van Beethoven String Quartets

Shallow Beethoven concertos in poor sound from virtuoso idol Lang Lang

Beethoven Sonatas in excellent sound from Angela Hewitt

Beethoven Allegretto From Symphony No. 7 Theme and Variations

Ludwig Van Beethoven Egmont Overture, op. 84

Beethoven Sonata Set

British pianist Paul Lewis offers a subtle and penetrating traversal of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas, in excellent sound.

Orchestra performances of four Beethoven symphonies

Complete Beethoven concertos showcasing a brilliant new Australian piano

Beethoven from Arrau and Klemperer

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio

Artur Schnabel's incomparable Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas And Opus 106 Hammerklavier

Ludwig van Beethoven Bruno Walter's Eroica Classic records Reissued

Beethoven works for Cello and Piano Vol 2. 

Beethoven Piano Trios in E-Flat Major, Hess 47; D Major, Kinsky/Hahn Anhang 3; And E-Flat Major, Opus 63

Tab Benoit The Sea Saint Sessions

Fascinating pairing of Schoenberg and Berg works for strings.

Hector Berloiz Symphonie Fantastique Munch

Hector Berlioz (Various)

Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 La Mort de Cleopatre - Scene Lyrique

Leonard Bernstein's first and last ballet

From San Francisco, the definitive recording of Bernstein's West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein's controversial Mass

Bizet’s most ambitious piano composition.

Vermeer Quartet Plays Bliss

Cello Suites and Folk Pieces by Ernest Bloch

Brahms, Serkin And More!

Johannes Brahms Handel Variations opus 24, Two Rhapsodies opus 79, Six Piano Pieces opus 118 and Four Piano Pieces opus 119 Murray Perahia, Piano

Brahms Third Piano Concerto

Competing recordings of the Brahms piano concertos, with a clear winner.

Two recordings of the Brahms German Requiem: a studio recording from Telarc, and a concert performance inaugurating the new Boston Classics label

Olga Kern tackles Brahms's demanding solo piano sets of Variations

Brahms First

Brahms Symphony Number 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Great Brahms Chamber Music (And There's More!).

Johannes Brahms piano concertos

Brahms Violin and Double Concertos from Repin and Chailly

Johannes Brahms Seven Fantasias, Opus 116; Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Opus 24

Superlative Musicianship in Brendel's Final Concerts

Bernard Haitink's Brahms On LSO Live

Arthur Rubinstein's Brahms Solo Piano Music

Vermeer Quartet Plays Britten

Benjamin Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Britannia SACD

"Britten's Orchestra" Benjamin Britten

From violinist James Ehnes, fine performances of Shostakovich, Britten and Khachaturian.

Britten's Orchestra

Benjamin Britten Cello Symphony; Cello Sonata With Zuill Bailey

Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15

Britten's Cello Symphony, Op. 68, Cello Suite No. 1, Op 72

Concord Chamber Music Society Brubeck, Gandolfi And Foss.

Bruckner Conductors Goodall and Sanderling

Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 7 In E Major

Historic Bruckner from Rafael Kubelik

Bruckner Eighth

Fine Stephen Hough renditions of Saint-Saens piano concertos in a well-priced Hyperion reissue CD.

Carlo Maria Guilini's Special Way with Bruckner

Buju Banton 'Till Shiloh

Interesting if flawed recitals from two piano virtuosas, Kathia Buniatishivili and Helene Grimaud.

Marc-André Hamelin offers a dazzling collection of Busoni piano music.

Telarc's Cameron Carpenter

Capitol FDS Recordings Volume 1

Capitol Recordings Volume 2

Carmen Suite; Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 Naughty Limericks; Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 The Chimes

A vibrant, exciting Carmen, live from the Metropolitain Opera.

Pianist Denis Matsuev The Carnegie Hall Recital

American composer Elliott Carter's complete piano music

George W. Chadwick Orchestral Works from an Early Master

Shura Cherkassky The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Chicago Moves: A very appealing – musically and sonically – collection of contemporary brass music.

Chicago Pro Musica The Medinah Sessions

Classical CD Reissue Music (15 Reviews)

The virtuoso violin of Ray Chen

Chopin Sontat No. 3 Op. 58 In B Minor

Fiery Chopin Playing By Young Vassily Primakov.

Brilliant middle-period Chopin from the great Maurizio Pollini

Frederic Chopin Solo Piano Works

Three Different Approaches To Chopin

Rubinstein's Chopin Scherzos

Rubenstein's Definitive Chopin Sonatas In Brilliant Sound

The enterprising Cedille label presents chamber music from five active composers.

Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra performs Coplan Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring Suite

Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3  Billy the Kid (Suite)

Copland Via Harmonia Mundi Release

MTT-SFS present a challenging but rewarding disc of Copland and Charles Ives.

Fine interpretations of American composer John Corigliano’s solo and duo-piano works.

François Couperin Keyboard Music (volume 2)

Interpretations of Francois Couperin

Tenor Ian Bostridge and Friends Explore the Songs of Noel Coward

Max Westler examines Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun on EMI and Philips

Declarations: Music Between the Wars

From Gergiev-LSO, and interpretive mixed bag on major scores by Debussy.

Dervish Decade and Midsummer's Night

Die Röhre - The Tube Glowing Baroque

Ernst von Dohnamyi Variations on a Nursery Tune

An Italian Don Quixote headlines a new Russian production from Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theater

Dracula

Brilliant Martinu and Engaging Dvorak Symphonies from Telarc

Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World; Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

Orchestral Favorites From Dvorak And Smetana, Arranged For Piano Duet

Dvorak symphonic and choral performances

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88

Dvorak's Charming Sixth Symphony

Zuill Bailey's Magnificient Dvorak Cello Concerto

DVD-Audio Reviews (Thirteen Total)

Antonin Dvorak Cello Concerto In B minor, Op. 104

Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70; Paul Hindemith: Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, op. 50

Dvorak Quartet Death And The Maiden And Also American

A fresh new original Dvorak Eighth from Honeck and Pittsburgh.

The definitive New World Symphony?

Judith Edelman Drama Queen

Eduardo Eguez The Lute Music of J.S. Bach

Sir Colin Davis and the LSO concert performances of familiar Elgar.

Engaging Contemporary Chamber Music from Chicago

Conductor Eugene Ormandy Humor

Joel Fan Dances For Piano And Orchestra

Fantaisie: A fine-sounding collection for flute lovers.

Fellow Traveler: The Complete Music for String Quartet

Fiddlers 4 Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, Darol Anger...

Fiesta: Gustave Dudamel leads an exciting, great-sounding survey of colorful Latin-American music.

Refreshing contemporary chamber music from Chicago group Fifth House Ensemble.

First Impressions Music: Jazz at the Pawnshop, Hush! The Angels are Singing, and Patricia Barber Companion

Classic performances and unexpected rarities in Fleisher box set.

Ethan Frome: A Lyric Opera In Three Acts

Cesar Franck And Johannes Brahms

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra; Prelude No. 2 for Piano

Vittorio Giannini Piano Concert; Symphony No. 4 Gabriela Imreh, piano

EMI Celebrates the Great '70s collaboration of Carlo Maria Giulini and the Chicago Symphony-and at Bargain Price

Giulini And The Philharmonia Orchestra In Treasurable Concert Performances

Giulini Video

Giulini does Brahams and Mozart

Important remasterings of the recorded legacy of Carlo Maria Giulini with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Reinhold Gliere Symphony No. 3, Op. 42 "Ilya Murometz"

Reinhold Gliere: The Many Manifestations Of Ilya Mourometz

Jerry Goldsmith Christus Apollo, Music for Orchestra and Fireworks

Composer Oswaldo Golijov's striking St. Mark Passion, in both live-performance DVD and superb studio performance on CD

Interview with Bobby Gordon

Got Swing! Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops

Sony's huge career retrospective covers the pianist's performances of Arnold Schoenberg playing Gould.

From Sony, a historically important reissue of Paul Hindemith's music played by the great Glenn Gould.

Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy (suite) and 12 other works for concert band

Grimaud and Zinman give us cultivated Gershwin and Ravel concertos

Resonances- With Mozart, Berg, Liszt And Bartok By Pinaist Helene Grimaud.

Vittorio Grigòlo offers a fine recital of French operatic hits.

Piano virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin shows off his composing skills.

Getting A Handle On Handel

Handel organ concertos

Handel Messiah

Handel and Haydn keyboard music from Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt.

Early chamber music from Handel, in crisp performances with superb sound.

John Harbison And Stephen Hartke

Conductor Marin Alsop offers a fine-sounding new disc of symphonies from American composer Roy Harris.

Joseph Haydn 10 Piano Sonatas Marc-André Hamelin (2 CD Set)

Haydn Violin Concerti in C Major, HobVlla:1' in G Major, HobVlla:4

Haydn's Creation

A Great Performance Of Six Better-Known Haydn Quartets

Heifetz Playing the Rozsa Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Heifetz Playing the Bruch Concerto in G Minor

Sony offers a chamber music treasure-chest of Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts.

Jennifer Higdonrom Orchestral Showpieces

High Resolution Multi-Channel Digital Audio Music Reviews (26 total)

Attractive performances of Hindemith's works for viola and orchestra.

From Sony, a historically important reissue of Paul Hindemith's music played by the great Glenn Gould.

Definitive performances of Hindemith masterpieces in an older recording by Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic.

From Cedille, a fine collection of Paul Hindemith's chamber music for clarinet

Various Ho Ho Ho Spice

Vladimir Horowitz Rediscovered: Carnegie Hall Recital November 16, 1975

Hush! The Angels are Singing

The Film Music of Gerry Goldsmith

Ofra Haza Greatest Hits

Heifetz Playing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy

Gustav Holst's The Planets

Holst The Planets Fidelio Music FALP028 Two 180 gram LPs

Vladimir Horowitz: Behind the scenes notes for the Carnegie Hall set.

Homage To The Violin Makers

Stephen Hough delivers a challenging and highly rewarding keyboard collection.

Sony gives us an invaluable career survey of Liszt by Vladimir Horowitz. 

Jenö Hubay
Violin Concertos Nos. 1, Op. 21, and 2, Op. 90;
Scènes de la Csárda Nos. 3, Op. 18, and 4, Op. 32

Stephen Hough In Recital

JVC XRCD Revisited for the First Time

New JVC XRCD Music Reviews (6 total)

Hyperion Knight Plays The NYC Primedia Show 2002

Hilary Hahn and Valentina Lisitsa offer brilliant performances of Charles Ives' four early violin sonatas.

Italian Baroque violin sonatas

Vivid contrasts in American music from Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, Ives.

MTT / SFS present a challenging but rewarding disc of Copland and Charles Ives.

Paavo Järvi And Explore Stravinsky's More Intimate Side On PentaTone Classics

Kaufmann croons in tribute to tenor stars of 1920’s to 1930’s Berlin stage and screen.

Aaron Jay Kernis, well presented by Chicago's "summer orchestra."

Leon Kirchner (Various)

Yolanda Kondonassis The Romantic Harp

An eclectic, adventurous program from The Knights.

Lagwagon Double Plaidinum

A treasurerable recital by the great mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Guillaume Lekeu Violin Sonata in G major And Maurice Ravel Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. Posthumous; Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major; Tzigane...

Lindberg Violin Concertos

Liszt Piano Sonata In B Minor

Variable performances from two young virtuoso pianists playing Liszt

A comparison of six great pianists' versions of the Liszt B minor Sonata.

Living Presence 20th-Century Music

LP Reviews (Assorted)

JVC XRCD's Fritz Reiner and Chicago Symphony and Reference Recording's Eiji Oue and Minesota Orchestra by Gigi Krop

Magnolia - Music From The Motion Picture

Mahler's First And Sixth Symphonies

Mahler Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

Gustave Mahler Symphony No. 2 Resurrection

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 Resurrection

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 In G Major

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 In D Minor

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra deliver possibly the finest Mahler First Symphony ever recorded.

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra give us a wonderful Mahler Fourth.

Winning Mahler From Daniel Harding And Jonathan Knott

Mahler Second Symphony

Gergiev - LSO tackle Mahler's Fourth Symphony

Mahler in-concert performances from Gergiev and the LSO. Symphonies No. 2 and No. 8

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony bring their Mahler symphony cycle to a triumphant close with the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Symphonies.

Mahler Cycle

Mahler from Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony

Mahler "Resurrection"

The best Mahler Second of the digital era.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E minor, San Francisco Symphony

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"

Maria By The Orchestra La Scintilla With Adam Fischer

The most interpretively excellent complete Martinu symphonies available today.

Telarc offers classic and modern Hollywood scores from seafaring films.

The Complete Baroque Musician, Part 1

The Complete Baroque Musician, Part 2

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

Mega Movies  Warning -  Mega Sound Effects

Mendelssohn Concerto for Piano No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

American Music For Piano Duo

French Songs by Soprano Patrice Michael

Milstein's Dvorak & Glazunov

Modeste Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Various Operas From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart Symphony No. 39 and 40

Mozart piano music played on a replica of Mozart's piano.

The great Mozartian Sir Colin Davis delivers his best-ever recording of the Requiem.

Winning Mozart from a fiddling siblings Scott and Lara St. John.

Mozart Piano Concertos No 20 in D Minor, K.466 No 27 in B Flat Major, K.595

Mozart Clarinetist Jon Manasse Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem, K. 626

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Piano Concertos

Testament Presents The Young Amadeus Quartet Playing Mozart

Mozart and Witt Vinyl Goodies From Cisco Music

Robert Silverman's Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle

A definitive set of Carl Nielsen's symphonies

A Well Chosen Program Of Late Eighteenth-Century Opera Arias

Andreas Staier Plays Mozart On The Fortepiano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Abduction from the Seraglio

Charles Munch Conducting The Boston Symphony: RCA Living Stereos On XRCD2

Munch Video

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Pianist Steven Osborne gives us great-sounding, brilliant readings of Mussorgsky's Pictures.

Nielsen symphonies from Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Brilliant, superb-sounding recordings of symphonies by the great Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

Nixon in China

Ocean Au pied, la mer

Opera Orgy in Eastern Europe

Carl Orff Carmina Burana London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Jan Kraybill offers a rich recital of French organ music to show off Kansas City’s new instrument.

Arias By Giovanni Pacini

Paino For Four Hands

Carter Pann's The Piano’s 12 Sides; The Bills; The Cheese Grater—A Mean Two-Step; Your Touch With Joel Hastings on piano.

French Late-Romantic Composer Gabriel Pierné

Engaging, offbeat chamber music from Cedille

Rarely heard cello music by Hans Pfitzner, splendidly performed.

Poètes du piano Pascal Rogé, piano.

The First Symphony of obscure Russian composer Gavriil Popov, and Brahmsian juvenilia from Shostakovich

Portraits: Jennifer Koh (violin) with Carlos Kalmar conducting the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra Review By Joe Milicia

André Previn and His Pals West Side Story

Prokofieff Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Prokofiev string quartets from the Pacifica Quartet

From Telarc, good-sounding prokofieff disc of Russian symphonic warhorses.

Prokofiev Symphonic Suite of Waltzes

Prokofiev Cinderella

Prokofiev Peter And The Wolf

Great Prokofiev concerto's from two young superstars.

Superstar Conductor and Pianist Have a Go at Prokofiev and Bartok Concertos.

Prokofiev's complete Romeo & Juliet ballet score

Pianist Steven Osborne gives us great-sounding, brilliant readings Prokofiev miniatures.

Russian Ballet Suites by Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Shostakovich

Pro Piano Records

Guilty Pleasures From Astor Piazzola

Giacomo Puccini Tosca

From Cediile, a fine-sounding celebration of Pulitzer Prize-winning American compositions.

Purcell's Masterwork Dido and Aeneas

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony

Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 Rhapsody On a Theme Of Paganini

Sergei Rachmaninoff Ten Preludes, Op. 23, Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32, Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2; Scherzo; Dances from Aleko

Disappointing Rachmaninoff concerto's from two young superstars.

Two formidable young virtuoso pianists tackle major Rachmaninoff romantic warhorses, with mixed results.

Lang Lang Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Vocalise and Etudes-Tableaux

Highly contrasting visions of Rachmaninoff; reference-quality playing and sound from Valentina Lisitsa, disappointment from Lang Lang.

Tharaud Plays Ravel's Complete Piano Music

Grimaud and Zinman give us cultivated Gershwin and Ravel concertos.

Ravel No. 2

Ravel Ma Mere L'Oye

Stephen Osborne give us definitive performances and sound in Ravel's completer solo piano music.

Ravel's Daphnis And Chloe Ballet

From Gergiev-LSO, and interpretive mixed bag on major scores by Ravel.

Ravel Daphnis et Chloe

Excellent Mid-70s Ravel Reissued On SACD

More Fine Ravel Reissued On SACD

RCA Mono LPs

Disappointing Reger and Strauss from the normally superb Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Steve Reich's Challenging Commentary in Words, Music and Video

Fritz Reiner CSO/RCA Performances

Respighi Belkis, Queen of Sheba - Suite

Reiner: Chicago Symphony - Overtures and Dances

Reveries: Eiji Oue Conductor

JVC XRCD Richter-Munch Beethoven First Piano Concerto

Sviatoslav Richter's Legendary Pictures at an Exhibition

From Istanbul, an unusual approach to Scheherazade.

Duo-pianists Pascal and Ami Roge offer a charming set of French piano music titled Wedding Cake

Howard Hanson Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, "Romantic" & Others by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Winning performances of obscure but well-crafted Romantic piano concertos.

Flavors of Scotland and Normandy in Hyperion’s piano series.

The Romantic Violin Concerto - Volume 7 Arensky- Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 Taneyev- Suite de concert, Op. 28

Ned Rorem Eleven Studies For Eleven Players

Rossini Famous Overtures

Albert Roussel

Royal Mezzo Barber Andromache's Farewell

Russian Audiophile Favorites From The '70s, Reissued In SACD

Colorful Concert Showpieces From Film Composer Miklós Rózsa

Delightful waltzes and mazurkas from Mexico — who knew?

Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutoslawski Gloria Cheng, piano Witold Lutoslawski: Sonata for Piano Steven Stucky: Three Little Variations for David; Four Album Leaves Esa-PekkaSalonen- Yta II; Dichotomie; Three Preludes

Erik Satie Avant-Dernières Pensées

Charles Sawtelle Music from Rancho DeVille

Scary Music From Scary (Horror) Movies And Elsewhere

Revelatory Schoenberg and Sibelius Violin Concertos

Schoenberg Suite for Piano Opus 25; Six Little Piano Pieces Opus 19

Vibrant playing of Schubert’s late masterpieces from The Belcea Quartet.

Robert Schumann Spanisches Liederspiel, Op.74; Minnespiel, Op. 101; Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138.

Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 1 And complete symphonies.

A treasurable DVD documentation of Leonard Bernstein’s wonderful command of the Schumann symphonies.

Bracing Schubert symphonies from conductor Jonathan Nott

Unorthodox Formula One Approach to Early Schubert Symphonies

Schubert Winterreise

Robert Schumann Das Paradies Und Die Peri, op. 50

Angela Hewitt plays Schumann.

Mitsuko Uchida's Passionate Schumann.

Robert Schumann String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3 & Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Rosalyra Quartet Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 2 And 8

Powerful Shostakovich Symphonies from Oleg Caetani

Shostakovich from Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony

Adventurous New Performances of Shostakovich Concertos.

Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartets 1-13

A brilliantly recorded and interpreted Shostakovich 10th Symphony on the bargain Naxos label.

Shostakovich Via Harmonia Mundi Release

Complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies icluding Symphony 14 and 13 Babi Yar

Shostakovich string quartets from the Pacifica Quartet.

Brilliant Shostakovich and Shchedrin Concertos from Marc-André Hamelin

Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues Op 87

Schubert Quartet

Schubert Ninth, Max Westler bids a not-so-fond farewell to the recordings of Sir Simon Rattle

Testament Presents The Young Amadeus Quartet Playing Schubert

Schubert Symphony Number Nine in C Major

A Fine William Schuman Symphony Cycle Is Completed

Alexander Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy

Robert Schumann Symphonies and Genoveva Overture

Serkin, Brahms And More!

Shaham's Violin Concertos of the 1930's: Volume One

Shostakovich The Nose

Contrasting visions of Shostakovich's great Eighth Symphony.

The Pacifica Quartet completes its Shostakovich series.

Shostakovich's first and last symphonies

Short Music For Short People

Dmitri Shostakovitch On SACD and Naxos CD

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op.93

From Harmonia Mundi, great performances of well-known and less known Shostakovich, in demonstration-quality sound.

A great beginning for the Pacifica Quartet’s Shostakovich cycle.

Alexander Melnikov takes a run at the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues

Jean Sibelius Symphonies No. 2 in D major, Op. 43; No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 Osmo Vanska conducting the Minnesota Orchestra

From Minnesota and noted Sibelian Osmo Vanska, great-sounding performances of the composer's First and Fourth symphonies.

Sibelius Symphonies

Sibelius and Lindberg Violin Concertos

Sibelius Cycle On Four CDs

Great Sibelius symphonies in fine sound from Paavo Berglund

Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Tubin Symphony No. 5 Jarvi

Constantin Silvestri: The Icon Box: "His Complete EMI Recordings"

Sir Colin Davis Continues His LSO Live Sibelius Cycle

Serious Bass - An Interview with Mary Scully

The Silk Road Ensemble

A Two-CD compilation from the career of mezzo Cecilia Bartoli.

Telarc offers two attractive discs of Latin American guitar music.

The Soviet Experience, Volume 3: String Quartets by Dmitri

Spohr Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, op. 57

Symphonic Star-Trek

Winning performances of Stanfordf’s obscute romantic works for cello and orchestra.

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Showcases Composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

A beautifully directed DVD showcasing the brilliance of pianist Grigory Sokolov.

Mary Stopler Flute Music

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) and Im Sommerwind

Richard Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20; Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra; Sinfonia Domnestica, Op. 53; Til Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks, Op. 28

From Reference Recordings, fine performances of Strauss blockbusters in wonderful recorded sound.

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (different version)

Ivan Fischer's Controversial New Rite Of Spring

Stravinsky scores from the 1920s

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring SACD

Stravinsky Pulcinella; Symphony in Three Movements; Four Etudes

Ear-opening "historically informed" live performances of Stravinsky masterpieces.

Strong Poetic

Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, op. 24

A fine-sounding live recording documenting a historically important performance of Josef Suk's too-little-known masterpiece.

Super Audio CD (SACD) Classical Music Reviews

Super Audio CD (SACD) Jazz Music Reviews

Super Bass 2

Symphony No. 2, 3, and 4

Taby Church Chamber Choir Hush! The Angels Are Singing

Daniele Gatti Conducts Two Tchaikowsky Warhorses

Tchaikovsky chamber music from an intriguing small label

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"

The Ten Tenors Here's To The Heroes

Twilight Of The Romantics by the Orion Ensemble

The Mono Maven on Dorati's Definitive Swan Lake

The Mono Maven Surveys Complete Recordings Of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker And Sleeping Beauty Ballets

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Romeo and Juliet Overture

Peter llyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36

Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto In D, Op. 35

Great Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky from conductor Ferenc Fricsay

Tchaikovsky Concerto for Piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Shostakovich from fast-rising conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Ballet Excerpts

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture DVD-Audio

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture SACD

From Testament, a treasurable documentation of the brilliant collaboration between Carlo Maria Giulini and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Tchaikovsky

Thrilling performance of familiar Tchaikovsky concertos by Steven Hough and Roy Chen.

From Telarc, good-sounding Tchaikovsky disc of Russian symphonic warhorses.

Testament Reissues (Assorted)

Traditional worldwide music from the Chicago Symphony

Telarc presents four important American composers' works of "honor and remembrance."

Test Tracks 4: Three Reference Recordings

Micheal Tilson Thomas Keeping Score Series Including Symphonie Fantastique, Symphony No. 5 and Holidays Symphony

Transformation: Stravinsky / Scarlatti / Brahms

Traversata Italian Music in America

Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Piano

Mark Twain Original Soundtrack Recording

Jesus Lopez-Cobos Music of Turina and Debussy

Various DVD-Audio And SACD Discs

Various XRCD CD Discs

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Viennafest

Invidious In Vienna My musical excursion though Vienna.

Romantic violin concertos from familiar (Vieuxtemps) and less familiar (David) 19th-century composers.

Violin Fantasies: a stimulating variety of works under the "fantasy" banner

Virgins, Vixens and Viragos is a delightfully varied program from mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

Performing Vivaldi: Re-Creation And Desecration

From Telarc, a brilliantly played and recorded Vivaldi Four Seasons.

JVC XRCD's Fritz Reiner and Chicago Symphony and Reference Recording's Eiji Oue and Minesota Orchestra

Richard Wagner Die Walküre

Wagner's Die Walküre, Siegfried Rienzi, Tannhäuser, Die Meistersinger and more!

Pascal ans Ami Roge Wedding Cake

Wendy Warner Plays Popper & Piatigorsky

Sir Adrian & The Symphonies of Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
The Wasps: Aristophanic Suite; Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Michael Stern conducting the Kansas City Symphony

Exciting period instrument performances of choral masterpieces Vivaldi

Excellent CDs From Dorian And Testament Celebrate 15th, 16th And 17th-Century Music 

A great-sounding recording of a symphony composed by legendary conductor Felix Weingartner

West Of The Sun: Music Of The Americas

From Telarc, a fine Vaughn Williams program

A well-chosen retrospective on the career of film composer John Williams.

Benjamin Zander's Vibrant Mahler First Symphony & Songs of a Wayfarer

Want something off the beaten path? Try this bargain 3-CD set of music by Alexander von Zemlinsky.

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro The Dark Side of the Flute

Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro Master Music for Flute & Piano

First Edition Reissues Music Of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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