Notes & Reviews:
When Sony Classical's new complete Brahms cycle with Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic was first released, the Baltimore Sun reviewer referred to "a marriage of passion ... performances fine enough to recommend to any listener who wants his Brahms in a single collection. The Symphony No. 1 receives a heroic, turbulent performance in which Mehta and the fine orchestra of which he was long ago appointed music-director-for-life keep raising the thermostat until - in the final movement - they all but blow the roof off. The Symphony No. 2, which receives a similarly passionate performance, may be even better." Nos. 3 and 4, the reviewer goes on to say, are also "beautiful". This major new reissue also contains the Haydn Variations and Tragic Overture.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Violin Concerto; Tuba Concerto; 3 Portraits / London SO, André Previn
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-8; "Coriolan" & "Egmont" Overtures / Filarmonica della Scala, Carlo Maria Giulini
Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky: Symphonies and Concertos / Benny Goodman, clarinet; Philippe Entremont, piano; Charles Rosen, piano; Isaac Stern, violin [3 CDs]
Erik Satie (1866-1925) & Friends - Original Albums Collection / Various artists
Gershwin: An American in Paris, Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Broadway Overtures / Michael Tilson Thomas, piano; San Francisco SO, Los Angeles PO, Michael Tilson Thomas
Lazar Berman: The Complete Sony Recordings by Various Composers / Lazar Berman, piano; London SO, Claudio Abbado; Chicago SO, Erich Leinsdorf
Yuri Bashmet: The Complete RCA Recordings by Various Composers / Yuri Bashmet, viola; Viktor Tretiakov, violin; Londom SO, Paavo Järvi
Al Di Meola: Consequence of Chaos
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got a Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966 *