Recommended Recordings for 2015
Having done Haas and Janacek, the quartet travels back to Smetana, the beginning of Czech string quartet repertoire.
Jordi Savall and his Ensemble turn in an outstanding performance of this middle Baroque masterpiece.
National Brass Ensemble
Oberlin Music 15-04
Members from orchestras across the nation recreate the classic album"the Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli" in glorious SACD sound.
The complete recordings of Radu Lupu, issued by Decca but including his recordings for EMI, Sony & Teldec. Is Alex Ross right that he is "probably the greatest pianist alive"?
RESPIGHI: Lauda per la Natività del Signore • POULENC: Quatre motets pout le temps de Noél • LAURIDSEN: O magnum ysterium • SANDSTRÖM: Es ist ein Rose entsprungen
Berlin Radio Choir, Nicolas Fink & Māris Sirmais, cond.
Lesser known Christmas works deserving of a larger audience.
An unusual solo instrument, but Mauger demonstrates just how well the trombone works as a concerto soloist.
Twentieth-Century Slovak works that, with their lush orchestration and use of folk song, sound like they are from the late Nineteenth.
Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra, Kiril Petrenko, cond.
Not a new recording, but this is the best mastering to date of these classics recordings. And they are finally at a budget price of $55.
As Paavo Järvi and his Estonian orchestra found out, these cantatas Shostakovich wrote for official Soviet functions can still be controversial decades after their official purpose has passed.
Packaged in original-jacket facsimiles and sequenced more-or-less by release date, this stunning, limited edition box set holds the entirety of this marvelous pianist's recorded legacy from 1960-2014 with Deutsche Grammophon and Philips.