Archive for the ‘classical’ Category

Sabine Meyer

February 19, 2018

61mvpnHeLAL._SS500Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: Chamber Music with Clarinet
Performer: Sabine Meyer

She is extraordinary. Love her recordings.


Leclair: Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Op. 3

February 5, 2018

51ZWojJz23L._SS500Composer: Jean-Marie Leclair
Works: Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Op. 3
Performer: Gwen Hoebig and Karl Stobbe

Bach to the Future

January 20, 2018

5132mUj6frL._SS500Composer: J.S. Bach
Works: Bach to the Future
Performer: Sabine Weyer

Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe

December 18, 2017

51lKX-GtvkL._SS500Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Work: Dorilla in Tempe
Performer: I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis

I’m so happy Naive is continuing the Vivaldi Edition. Gorgeous music, exquisitely presented.

BTW, this melody sounds familiar… hmmm.

Mozart by Ronald Brautigam

November 28, 2017

51W1gw3MrBL._SS500Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: Piano Concertos
Perfomer: Ronald Brautigam & Die Kolner Akademie

I’m usually not a fortepiano fan but these are so exquisite I had to buy them all.

Schumann: Romances

October 19, 2017

51VMPBCFblL._SS500Composer: Robert Schumann
Works: Various
Performers: Céline Moinet, Florian Uhlig and Norbert Anger

Scarlatti: Sonatas

September 29, 2017

hewittComposer: Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Sonatas, Vol. 2
Performer: Angela Hewitt

Ries: Sonatas for Violin & Piano

September 11, 2017

51fvpZWQzrL._SS500Composer: Ferdinand Ries
Works: Sonatas for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2
Performers: Eric Grossman and Susan Kagan

Telemann: Twelve Fantasias

August 13, 2017

519Is1U0l3L._SS500Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Works: Twelve Fantasias for Solo Bassoon
Performer: Nadina Mackie Jackson

Giuliani: Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp

August 2, 2017

61SypSENP7L._SS500Composer: Giovannia Francesco Giuliani
Works: Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp
Performer: Luigi Magistrelli & Elena Gorna

Scarlatti: Sonatas

July 21, 2017

51ew+rARc2L._SS500Composer:Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Ten Hundred Devils: Keyboard Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Katia Braunschweiler

Paul Juon: Piano Music, Volume One

July 12, 2017

51C9zMTKT7L._SS500Composer: Paul Juon
Works: Piano Music, Volume One
Performer: Rodolfo Ritter

Reynaldo Hahn: Works for Solo Piano

July 9, 2017

hahnComposer: Reynaldo Hahn
Works: Works for Solo Piano
Performer: Cristina Ariagno

J.S. Bach: Transcriptions

July 7, 2017

angelika-nebelComposer: J.S. Bach
Works: Transcriptions, Opus Magnum I
Performer: Angelika Nebel

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier

July 5, 2017

bach2Composer: J.S. Bach
Works: The Well-Tempered Clavier
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy

My 30th version of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. I’m surprised how much I like this performance. Great price for four hours of amazing music.

Reicha: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet

June 23, 2017

51vEAGmBlzL._SS500Composer: Anton Reicha
Works: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet
Performer: Luigi Magistrelli and Italian Classical Consort

Lili Kraus

June 17, 2017

krausComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: Piano Sonatas
Performer: Lili Kraus

This was the first recording of Mozart’s piano sonatas I ever bought. On LP in 1974. Her interpretation is more straightforward than subsequent interpretations, like Mitsuko Uchida, which are lovely but can be a bit precious.

I also found graphics of the original cover art to add to the fond feeling of nostalgia in my library.  I love these album covers. At the time I was very impressed with this elegant, older lady who played some of the most beautiful music I’d ever heard (and for the first time). They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Those gowns!  Love it.

Ready to party like it’s 1974.



Kozeluch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 12, 2017

51uJ2qX+2nL._SS500Composer: Leopold Kozeluch
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1
Performer: Jenny Soonjin Kim

Exquisite performances of these lovely and rarely recorded works. Volume 2 has also been released. I hope she records the rest of them.

Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 10, 2017

scarlattiComposer: Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 19
Performer: Goran Filipec

Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin

June 5, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: The Violin Sonatas
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis

Zhu Xiao-Mei

May 20, 2017

Xiao-K04a[Mirare-2CD]Zhu Xiao-Mei is an extraordinary musician with an extraordinary story.

I was so moved by this little preview of her film, that I will probably never find, that I bought all her Bach recordings. Exquisitely beautiful.

Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

May 19, 2017

51O-AQ10fML._SS500Composer: Joseph Haydn
Works: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6
Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos

May 16, 2017

61MpslRkkFL._SS500Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Works: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
Performer: Romain Descharmes and Malmo Symphony Orchestra

I have a deep, emotional attachment to these concertos. For 40+ years my favorite recording of them has been the one by Aldo Ciccolini. This new recording rivals and maybe even exceeds its beauty. So far they’ve released the first three concertos in two volumes. I hope the remaining two concertos are coming soon.

Donizetti: Musiche da salotto per Oboe e Pianoforte

April 18, 2017

51O6P40nvlL._SS500Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Works: Musiche da salotto per Oboe e Pianoforte
Performer: Paolo Pollastri and Michele Innocenti

Absolutely gorgeous. This track in particular is really beautiful.

Rossini: Capolavori dell’800 per oboe & corno inglese

April 7, 2017

51gw5cGEcML._SS500Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Works: Capolavori dell’800 per oboe & corno inglese
Performer: Alessandro Baccini & Orchestra Filarmonica Città di Adria

Preghiera – Rachmaninov Piano Trios

March 13, 2017

51iMAWLs9dL._SS500Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Works: Piano Trios
Performer: Gidon Kremer, violin, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, cello, Daniil Trifonov, piano

Telemann: 6 Violin Sonatas

March 4, 2017

61c2p3wetfl-_ss500Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Works: 6 Violin Sonatas
Performer: Valerio Losito & Federico del Sordo

The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

February 25, 2017

61sym1hm3l-_ss500Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Works: Piano Music
Performer: Mark Bebbington & Rebecca Omordia

Porpora/Costanzi: 6 Cello Sonatas

February 19, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Nicola Porpora & Giovannia Battista Costanzi
Works: 6 Cello Sonatas
Performer: Adriano Maria Fazio

Grieg: Violin Sonatas

February 15, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Edvard Grieg
Works: Complete Violin Sonatas
Performer: Maya Levy & Matthieu Idmtal