Notes & Reviews:
Decca presents six new titles in the VIRTUOSO series. With stellar recordings, famous artists, strong visuals, innovative booklet notes and best-selling composers, all offered at an excellent price, the Virtuoso series makes serious classical music approachable without compromise. This album includes Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.
The performances by the LSO are fresh and vigorous, the sound has plenty of colour and projection and Stanley Black's pacing is well judged.
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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 / Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Piano Daydreams - Piano favorites by Satie, Debussy, Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Liszt, and more / Martha Argerich, Daniel Bareboim, Lang Lang
Barber & Sibelius: The Violin Concertos / Joshua Bell, violin; Boris Belkin, violin. Baltimore SO, Zinman; Philharmonia Orch., Ashkenazy
Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No. 2 / Kamu, Karajan, Berlin PO
Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos / Los Romeros
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Maria Joao Pires, Previn, RPO; Krivine, CO of Europe
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Bernard Haitink
Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Choral Fantasy; Coriolan & Egmont overtures / Beaux Arts Trio