Author Archive | David Vernier

Classical Gourmet: Essential Kitchen Companions

When we’re not listening to or writing about recordings–or, actually, sometimes when we are–Dave Hurwitz and I can usually be found in the kitchen, cooking, cutting, baking, frying, curing, proofing, stewing, or, well, you get the picture. For the past 15 years we’ve used our own kitchens as virtual test kitchens, trying all sorts of […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 1

Over the past 20-plus years I have accumulated hundreds of Christmas CDs–featuring choirs, orchestras, brass ensembles, guitar, harp, string quartet, piano, organ, etc., etc.–and I appreciate most of them for various reasons; but no matter how many newcomers join the collection, there are a few “oldies” that have more than stood the test of time. […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 2

Since publishing last year’s “Six Christmas CDs That Always Make the List”, a few more titles either newly released or left out of the original group made their case for inclusion so strongly that I had to add a “Part 2”. So, here are another six Christmas CDs that together with the first set add […]

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New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert to Present New CD on Dacapo Records

May 2, 2013—A significant new recording by the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director Alan Gilbert will be released by the Danish recording label Dacapo Records this month, featuring works by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, who was the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence from 2009-2012. In Europe, the release is set to […]

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Colin Davis, 1927-2013

Music lovers all over the world will join in sadness at the news of the death of conductor Colin Davis.  Sir Colin passed away on Sunday evening, 14th April, at the age of 85, after an illness. He will be remembered for his long association with the London Symphony Orchestra, which began in 1959, and […]

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Everest Returns; Verdi Revived on 75 CDs

Serious collectors will want to take note of two press releases we recently received, the first from Countdown Media, the second from Decca: “Countdown Media, a subsidiary of BMG Rights Management plans to reissue all early classical music recordings of the American “Everest Records” label from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Everest catalog […]

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50 Shades of Tallis

50 Shades of Grey leads The Tallis Scholars’ recording of Spem in alium to climb the charts The Tallis Scholars’ recording of Tallis’ magnificent 40-part motet Spem in alium is this week at number 7 in the official UK Classical Singles Chart. Tallis’s Spem in alium is featured in the controversial literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey by […]

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New York Philharmonic Weekly Radio Schedule, August 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2012 NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF WEEKLY RADIO BROADCASTS, THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THIS WEEK, AUGUST 2012 Broadcast Highlights to Include the Opening Concert from the Philharmonic’s2012 Residency at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Best of CONTACT! Weekly Radio Broadcast Series Is Produced by the New York […]

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Young People’s Chorus of NYC to Represent North America

June 27, 2012…At the invitation of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), 43 members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under its artistic director/founder Francisco J. Núñez, will represent the North American continent at the World Choral Summit in Beijing from July 15 to 18. YPC is one of six international […]

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“Beethoven for All” This Summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Decca Presents “Beethoven for All” This Summer and Fall with Conductor-Pianist Daniel Barenboim – a Major Series of Recordings That Feature the Complete Symphonies, Piano Concertos and Piano Sonatas June 19 Brings a 5-CD Set of Symphonies Nos. 1-9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Individual Releases of Each Symphony Mastered Especially […]

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