Record Labels Archives: Sony

CD From Hell (or Siberia): A Punch-the-Pianist, Mannerist Figaro

Some things you should know: This complete recording was made in the city of Perm, just at the edge of Siberia (a closed city devo...

“Extended Voices” Finally on CD

Issued for the first time on CD courtesy of Arkivmusic.com and Sony/BMG, the 1967 release Extended Voices features works for choru...

50 Years Later: The Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center

How well I remember borrowing the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center LP from the West Orange, New Jersey public library wh...

New, Worthy Coloratura Soprano

One’s reaction is either “Oh, no, not another coloratura soprano,” or “Oh, good, another coloratura soprano.” By the end...

Underweight Bel Canto from Simone Kermes

Full disclosure: I have been crazy about Simone Kermes since the first time I laid ears on her, and went even wilder when I began ...

Spectacular Verdi Performances from Kaufmann

One keeps searching in vain for flaws in Jonas Kaufmann’s performances—an attack on a high note that’s slightly under, a sho...

Big Boxes: 6 Hours and 15 minutes With Richard Tucker

In honor of Richard Tucker's centenary, Sony has released this 10-CD set of his opera recitals. Here is what you can expect: Po...

Georgian Soprano Disappoints in Solo Recital

Nino Machaidze is a lovely lyric/coloratura who has made quite a splash in the operatic swimming pool, beginning in 2008 when she ...

Glenn Gould’s Acoustic Orchestrations

In a 1973 Rolling Stone interview with Jonathan Cott, Glenn Gould discussed recording Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5 where he sim...

Big Boxes: The Budapest String Quartet’s Stereo Beethoven Cycle

The Budapest String Quartet’s 1958-61 stereo Beethoven cycle gained its first integral CD reissue in 2010 as an import via Sony/...