Updated Classical CD's

  Composer Title Performers CD # Comments
Thomas Ades Living Toys London Sinfonietta/ Endellion Quartet, Thomas Ades, etc.... EMI 572271-2 This 1971 born British Composer is a genius. Definitely buy this CD is you like contemporary music
Shumann Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Perahia, BPO, Abbado Sony SK 64577 Reference performance and good enough recording
Piano Concertos 1 + 3 (Prokofiev), Piano Concerto 3 (Bartok) Argerich, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Dutoit EMI 556654-2 Very good performance and good recording
  Handel La Resurrezione Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Marc Minkowski Archiv 447767-2 Excellent live recording with electrifying energy. Not to miss!
Kamran Ince Fall of Constantinople,
Arches, Remembering Lycia
Albany Symphony Orchestra, Miller Argo
Very picturesque contemporary tone poems from talented Kamran Ince. Excellent recording is a bonus.
  J.S. Bach The Musical Offering Ensemble Sonnerie Veritas
Make yourself an offering by discovering how well Frederick The Great's theme is composed, performed and recorded
French Violin Sonatas Isabelle Van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam Koch
Played with zest. They enjoy what they are doing or at least this is the feeling you get. Beautifully recorded too!
Monteverdi Ottavo Libro dei Madrigali Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini Opus 111
OPS 30-187
Very well deserved GRAMOPHONE 1998 award. What more can I say?
  J.S. Bach Cantatas Vol. 8
BWV22, 23, 75
Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki BIS
Tasteful interpretations. This one is the most recent volume but you may buy all issued volumes without hesitation. Excellent recording!
  Mondonville Grands Motets Les Arts Florissants, Christie Erato
This was a DIAPASON magazine recommendation. I liked it very much.
Varese The Complete Works Royal Concertgebouw, Asko Ensemble, Chailly London
289 460 208-2
Varese's sonic sculptures have inspired most avant-garde composers and even Frank Zappa. His complete works in 2 CD's. Conducted by the artist of the year 98: Ricardo Chailly
Rossini Il Turco in Italia Bartoli, Corbelli, Pertusi, Vargas,  La Scala Orchestra, Chailly London
289 458 924-2
Awarded as "Best Opera CD of 1998" by GRAMOPHONE magazine. Features Bartoli and Chailly. Decca recording at its best!
R. Strauss
Piano Concerto 2
Rudolf Serkin,
Cleveland Orch., Philadelphia Orch., Szell, Ormandy
Essential Classics
SBK 53262
Buy it if only for R. Strauss' Burleske. Beautifully played by Rudolf Serkin. A reference. This 1966 recording is very good.
  Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 2, 7, 8 Pletnev DG
289 457 588-2
The sonatas and Pletnev's performances are masterly. This is a very recent CD (1998) and the DG recording is top quality.
  Beethoven Synphony No. 3, 4 Tonhalle Zurich, Zinman Arte Nova
74321 59214-2
I bought this CD due to high praises in the GRAMOPHONE magazine. It is indeed deserving them. The performances and recording are very good. This CD sells for $4.99 at Music Boulevard. It may be the steal of your life!



Cantata profana

Psalmus hungaricus


Budapest Festival Orchestra, Solti London
289 458 929-2
This is Sir Georg Solti's last recording, in his native country. All three composers were his teachers. Wonderful music and recording.
Toru Takemitsu
(1930 - 1996)
Quotation of Dream London Sinfonietta, Knussen DG
453 495-2
I very much liked Takemitsu's world premiere recording. The music is rich in melody, post impressionistic with peaceful Japanese landscapes. DG recording is excellent.
Ravel Piano Concertos, 
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Zimerman, Boulez, Cleveland Orch., LSO DG
289 449 213-2
Possibly I cannot recommend any other CD as strongly as this one. Beautiful performance by Zimerman and Boulez and excellent recording by DG! 
  Wagner Wesendonk Lieder, Arias Julia Varady, Deutches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Fischer-Dieskau Orfeo
C 467 981 A
A great achievement in every respect!
Lekeu Chamber Music Ensemble Musique Oblique Harmonia Mundi
HMA 1901 455
This CD arrived three days ago and I keep listening to it. Excellent chamber music very well performed and recorded.
Penderecki Violin Concerto No.2 "Metamorphosen"
(+ Bartok Violin Sonata No.2)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, LSO, Penderecki DG
289 453 507-2
World Premiere Recording of the latest beautifully lyrical violin concerto written by the Polish composer Penderecki and dedicated to Mutter. Excellent piece with a divine last movement! And WHAT A RECORDING!!! Bravo DG!
Schnittke The Complete String Quartets Kronos Quartet Nonesuch
If you like avant-garde music, Schnittke's Quartets are very captivating. Outstanding performance by Kronos and excellent recording.
Rosand (violin)
Lipkin (piano)
with the Miami String Qt.
CD 72039
Excellent performances. Especially Franck sonata is not to be missed. Recordings are also demo quality.
  Vivaldi Concerti per Liuto e Mandolino Il Giardino Armonico Teldec
If you like Vivaldi, do not hesitate: buy this one.
  John Adams Violin Concerto
+ Shaker Loops
Gidon Kremer, LSO, Nagano Nonesuch
When we were in Chicago, I heard this concerto live performed by Vadim Repin. John Adams was himself conducting the CSO. I liked it very much and on the way out I bought this CD. Kremer's interpretation is even better and the recording is excellent.
  Schumann Piano Trios (No.1 +2) The Florestan Trio Hyperion
CDA 67063
This CD was recommended by GRAMOPHONE magazine. And now also by me. You can feel that they enjoy their playing. Great performances and a very life like, well balanced, natural recording.
Carl Orff Carmina Burana Deutschen Oper Berlin, Thielemann DG
289 453 587-2
I liked very much this new performance by Thielemann. Fresh, dynamic and very well recorded.
Arvo Part Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Symphony No.3 Gil Shaham, Gothenburg SO, Jarvi DG
457 647-2
If you like Arvo Part, consider also this new title. Good recording is a bonus.
Laurindo Almeida


First Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra Almeida, The Los Angeles Orchestra de Camera, Ramsey Concord
Brazilian guitarist Almeida plays his own concerto composed in 1979. This is a beautiful small scale, neo-classical latin flavored concerto. The recording is decent.


Rusalka opera Fleming, Heppner, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Mackerras Decca
289 460 568-2
This CD received GRAMOPHONE magazine's "Record of the Year" 1999 award which is fully deserved. Great music, performance and excellent recording!!!
Shostakovich  Violin Sonatas Op.134 and Op.147 Isabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam Vanguard Classics
These two beautiful sonatas are very well played and recorded. There is a second CD in the package: the chamber symphonies, but I found the Sonatas CD much more interesting.
  Brahms, Fruhling, Schumann  Clarinet Trios Steven Isserlis,
Michael Collins,
Stephen Hough
Beautiful performances combined with excellent recording. This CD is a MUST for all chamber music lovers.
Handel  Dixit Dominus, Salve Regina, Laudate Pueri, Saeviat Tellus Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski Archiv
459 627-2
Minkowski has done it again. This handel CD is as good as the "La Resurrezione" that I recommended earlier (see above). The recording is top quality too!!!
Nicholas Maw Violin Concerto Joshua Bell, LPO, Norrington Sony Classical
SK 62856
Nicholas Maw was born in 1935, but his Violin Concerto, composed in 1993, is far from being modern or contemporary. It is a typical romantic concerto very much like the extension of Brahms' works to 20th century. It is a beautiful oeuvre very well performed by Joshua Bell. The recording is excellent. 
Bruckner Symphony No.4 "Romantic" Berliner Philharmoniker, Wand RCA
Supreme performance!!!
This CD is a MUST HAVE even if you don't like Bruckner. The live recording is truly excellent!
Bruckner Symphony No.5 Berliner Philharmoniker, Wand RCA
Same comments as above.
John McCabe String Quartets 3, 4, 5 The Vanbrugh Quartet Hyperion
Wonderful contemporary chamber music compositions by McCabe, played with zest by The Vanbrugh Qt. and recorded truthfully by Hyperion. Strongly recommended!



Concerto No.1,
Scottish Fantasy
Concerto No.5
Heifetz, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent RCA
The recordings are from 1961 and 1962. Probably the best Scottish Fantasy performance ever played from the greatest violin virtuoso of the last century. The recordings are amazingly good: lots of detail, body, air. Strongly recommended!
Marin Marais Pieces de Viole
du troisieme Livre 1711
Jordi Savall, Tom Koopman, Hopkinson Smith Astree
E 8761
Late 17, early 18 century French composer Marais was himself a bass viol player. So he wrote these beautiful pieces for his own instrument. Rendered with a lot of zest by Jordi Savall and his friends. The recording is excellent. 
Symphony No.9 Berliner Philharmoniker, Wand RCA
74321 63244-2
Gunter Wand did it again. Like his other two Bruckner recordings (see above), this one is also LIVE.
Again, another wonderful performance! A must buy if you like Bruckner. Great live recording too.
Colin Matthews
Broken Symmetry,
Sun Dance,
Fourth Sonata
London Sinfonietta, Knussen DG
447 067-2
Colin Matthews (b.1946) is a contemporary composer and his music is very rich, creative and original (not of the "postmodern-romantic" kind). Difficult to summarize in few words. Do buy the CD and you'll understand what I mean. Also, great recording!
Ravel, Kodaly, Bach
Duos for Violin & Cello Kennedy, Harrell EMI
It is rare to find pieces written for Violin and Cello alone. Well Kennedy and Harrell found them. Beautiful music indeed, well performed and recorded.
La tempesta di mare
Concerti con titoli
Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante Virgin Veritas
Fabio Biondi compiled the thematic concertos of Vivaldi. "La tempesta di mare" is only one of them. There are six others on the same CD. I liked the music and the playing very much. Very well recorded too.


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