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best classical 2018

Best Classical Music Albums of 2018 (Top 5)

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This has been a great year for classical music and I've found it really hard to select only 5 releases. Many of...

Lindberg, Pettersson Symphony 5 & 7

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The 16 symphonies of Allan Pettersson have often been described as music of pain, anguish, and sadness. They are unlike those of any other...
Levit Bach Beethoven Rzewski

Igor Levit’s Variations (Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski)

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Even though I had been thinking of reviewing this 3CD set, the fact that it was recently awarded the Gramophone Recording of the Year...

Szymanowski First Violin Concerto

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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...
Beethoven symphonies Nelsons review

Beethoven, Complete Symphonies, Nelsons / Vienna Philharmonic

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Music review - Beethoven, Complete Symphonies, Andris Nelsons, Wiener Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon The High Arts Review Rating: ★ ...
Mahler Currentzis review

Mahler Symphony 6, Currentzis, MusicAeterna

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Review: Mahler, Symphony 6 "Tragic" MusicAeterna Teodor Currentzis (conductor) Sony Classical This is not just another Mahler 6th. And this is no easy thing to say considering that the competition...
Bruckner Skrowaczewski symphonies

Stanisław Skrowaczewski

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Underrated. Skrowaczewski was an underrated conductor in his lifetime. Yes the press would review the CDs he would release on smaller record labels but...
Bruckner symphony 8 Jansons review Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bruckner Symphony 8 – Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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"Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is the zenith of symphonic writing." — Sergiu Celibidache Is this the best symphony ever written? Quite possibly: even if it is...
Beethoven Missa Solemnis Suzuki BIS

Suzuki, Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”

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The expectations run high when there is a new Suzuki release with his Bach Collegium Japan. It is really hard to find a weak...
Mendelssohn Piano Concertos Brautigam review

Mendelssohn, Piano Concertos – Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Willens

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Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Concertos Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) Die Kölner Akademie Michael Alexander Willens (conductor)BIS Records