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Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 2 and 3, Buniatishvili / Jarvi

These are heartfelt, brilliant performances of the two warhorses. The playing here is not lightweight but rather brooding, revealing the dark colours of Rachmaninov's music. Both orchestra and pianist perform the concertos impeccably.
Nelsons Shostakovich Symphony 4 & 11 review

Nelsons, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11

First the good news: This Shostakovich album by Nelsons is better recorded than the previous releases in this set (symphonies 5, 8, 9 and...
Alchemy Jalbert, Stucky & Vine

Alchemy (Music by Jalbert, Stucky & Vine), Jupiter String Quartet & Bernadette Harvey

Music Review: Alchemy / Jupiter String Quartet / Bernadette Harvey (piano) / Marquis This new release by Marquis features chamber...
Codebreaker CD cover James McCarthy

Codebreaker (James McCarthy) & Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd)

This is a major new addition. Codebreaker is a 55-minute piece for choir, orchestra and soprano, composed by British composer James McCarthy and premiered...
Bruckner 6 9 Nelsons review

Bruckner Symphony 6 and 9, Nelsons/Gewandhaus Orchestra

Review: Bruckner Symphony 6 and 9, Wagner: Parsifal Prelude & Siegfried Idyll / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig / Andris Nelsons (conductor) / Deutsche Grammophon

Szymanowski First Violin Concerto

Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto can be described as sumptuous, lush, exotic. It is said that the composer himself was inspired by the Polish poet...
NImrod Borenstein Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein, Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein’s Violin Concerto is a substantial work cast in four movements. It resembles the style of Prokofiev, Barber, Glass and -dare I say-...
Beethoven Missa Solemnis Suzuki BIS

Suzuki, Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”

The expectations run high when there is a new Suzuki release with his Bach Collegium Japan. It is really hard to find a weak...
Vivaldi, Four Seasons, Podger

Podger, Vivaldi Four Seasons

This is not yet another recording of the Four Seasons. More importantly, this is not your standard historically informed account. This is fresh, insightful,...
Mahler Symphony 2 "Resurrection" - Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra

Mahler Symphony 2 “Resurrection” – Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Mahler, Symphony 2 "Resurrection" Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vänskä (conductor)Sasha CookeRuby HughesMinnesota ChoraleBIS Records