Warner Music has put together a first class collection indeed. You get all the symphonies and major orchestral works, an imposing selection of chamber works, songs and other vocal pieces, and more besides. If you’re looking for an excellent basic Dvořák set in a box, here it is.
Soustrot's interpretation of the First Symphony finds additional expressive depth in music often denigrated as merely sentimental. It’s good to hear it played with no apologies. The exciting and rhythmically sharp reading of Phaéton makes a welcome bonus.
The Mozartists bring their usual flare and insightful interpretative style to this British composer's greatest opera, a work that after premiering in 1762 remained in the Covent Garden repertory until the late 1830s.
These late works of Brahms, inspired by the great Meiningen Court Orchestra clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, are presented here in a new recording by clarinetist Julian Bliss in partnership with pianist James Baillieu.
NYC's renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys offer a fitting tribute to their former Choirmaster and Organist Gerre Hancock (1934-2012), a pivotal figure who created a wealth of extraordinary choral and organ music during his career.
Partnered by the pianist Eric Le Sage, the members of the quintet Les Vents Français, all of them front-rank soloists in their own right, give fabulously fluent performances of pieces that they have probably known since they were students.
The final installment in the Beethoven and Barry recording series which, over three volumes, has traced all nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies coupled with music by the celebrated Irish composer Gerald Barry.
Franco Cavallone is a worthy successor to Italian guitar composers from Giuliani to Castelnuovo-Tedesco. An accomplished performer himself, the pieces recorded here were composed with an intimate knowledge of the guitar’s technical and timbral possibilities.
Fusing Baroque and Classical-era forms, these six bold and venturesome works, full of elegant writing, graceful melodies, and graceful ornamentation should delight all lovers of Baroque rarities.
Violinist Giulio Plotino plays three of Tartini's best-known concertos to complement what is still the composer's best-known work, the ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata whose title and fearsomely intricate figuration was apparently inspired by a dream.