Recent 10/10 Reviews


Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
ethelsmyth SMYTH, ETHEL: The Prison
SMYTH; ETHEL Dashon Burton (bass-baritone); Sarah Brailey (soprano)
Experiential Orchestra and Chorus, James Blachly
Chandos 10 / 10
4009850013402 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Grand Duo in C major D. 812; Fantasie in F minor D. 940
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Evgeni Koroliov and Ljupka Hadžigeorgieva (piano duet)
Tacet 10 / 10
81P9yp-1chL._SL1200 Works by Picchi, Merula, Arauso, Weckmann, Macedo, Bruna, Gabrieli, Louis Couperin, Ferrabosco I, Frescobaldi, Trabaci, Radino, Philips, Locke, Tindale, Schildt, Muffat, Froberger, Chambonnières, Jacquet de La Guerre, Tomkins, Coprario, Farnaby, Scheidemann, Keril, Sweelinck, Cabanilles, Byrd, Bull, Buxtehude, Praetorius, Kuhnau, Braga, Pasquini, Le Roux, & D’Anglebert BUXTEHUDE; DIETRICHBYRD; WILLIAMCOUPERIN; LOUISFRESCOBALDI; GIROLAMOGABRIELI; GIOVANNIMUFFAT; GEORGSWEELINCK; JAN PIETERSZOON Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano)
Avie 10 / 10
jaho Arias by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Catalani, Boito, Verdi, Massenet, Giordano LEONCAVALLO; RUGGEROMASCAGNI; PIETROMASSENET; JULESPUCCINI; GIACOMOVERDI; GIUSEPPE Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciana, Andrea Battistoni
Opera Rara 10 / 10
Shapero SHAPERO, HAROLD: Sinfonia in C minor; Credo; Partita in D; On Green Mountain; Serenade in D for String Orchestra
SHAPERO; HAROLD Rose, Gil (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
BMOP Sound 10 / 10
babayanrach RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux, Moments musicaux (selections)
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Sergei Babayan (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 10 / 10
81VuIctTwNL._SL1500 TORU TAKEMITSU: Rain Dreaming HENRY COWELL: Set of four KAIJA SAARIAHO: Jardin secret II GAVIN BRYARS: After Handel’s “Vesper” ANAHITA ABBASI: Intertwined distances LUC FERRARI: Programme commun “Musique socialiste?” ABBASI; ANAHITABRYARS; GAVINCOWELL; HENRYFERRARI; LUCSAARIAHO; KAIJATAKEMITSU; TORU Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Hyperion 10 / 10
71fA7zcMI0L._SL1200 PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: The Ugly Duckling Op. 18; 5 Poems Op. 23: Nos. 2, 3, & 6; 5 Poems of Anna Akhmatova Op. 27; 5 Poems Op. 36: No. 4; 2 Songs from Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60b: No. 1 Stonet siz y golubochek; 2 Choruses Op. 66a: 2. Anyutka (version for voice and piano); 3 Children’s Songs Op. 68: 1; The Chatterbox; 3 Songs from Alexander Nevsky Op. 78b: 2. Mark, Ye Bright Falcons; 3 Romances Op. 72: 2. The rosy dawn is colouring the east; 12 Russian Folksongs Op. 104: 6. Katerina
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Margarita Gritskova (mezzo-soprano); Maria Prinz (piano)
Naxos 10 / 10
ekaterina Arias by Puccini, Charpentier, Gounod, Bizet, & Verdi Ekaterina Siurina (soprano); Charles Casttronovo (tenor)
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbellian
10 / 10
81AiImQNwhL._SL1390_-1 SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: Sonatas K. 56, 83, 97, 131, 154, 178, 204, 228, 248, 267, 285, 300, 305, 321, 338, 352, & 367
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Eylam Keshet (piano)
Naxos 10 / 10
FranckTingaud FRANCK, CÉSAR: Le Chasseur Maudit; Psyché; Les Éolides
FRANCK; CÉSAR Tingaud; Jean-Luc
: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
SCARLATTI_Sonatas_Margherita-TORRETTA_Academy_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: 20 Keyboard Sonatas
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Margherita Torretta (piano)
Academy 10 / 10
usher GLASS, PHILIP: The Fall of the House of Usher
GLASS; PHILIP Jonas Hacker, Nicholas Nestorak (tenor); Ben Edquist (baritone); Madison Leonard (soprano); Matthew Fleisher (bass)
Wolf Trap Opera Artists, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Li
Wolf Trap 10 / 10
gesualdosixmotets Motets by Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins, Sheppard, White, Dunstaple, Morley, Taverner, Cornysh, Gibbons, & Parsons BYRD; WILLIAMDUNSTABLE; JOHNPARSONS; ROBERTSHEPPARD; JOHNTALLIS; THOMASTOMKINS; THOMASWHITE; ROBERT Park; Owain
: The Gesualdo Six
Hyperion 10 / 10
civitaschinese ZHOU LONG: Five Elements CHEN YI: Night Thoughts LU PEI: Scenes Through Window VIVIAN FUNG: Bird Song YAO CHEN: Emanations of Tara Yihan Chen (pipa); Cynthia Yeh (percussion); Emma Gerstein (flute, piccolo)
Civitas Ensemble
Cedille 10 / 10
VillaLobosStuff VILLA-LOBOS, HEITOR: Guitar Concerto; Harmonica Concerto; Sexteto Místico; Quinteto Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS; HEITOR Manuel Barrueco (guitar); José Staneck (harmonica)
Guerrero; Giancarlo
: OSESP Ensemble,São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
christ BERLIOZ, HECTOR: L’Enfance du Christ Op. 25
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Andrew Staples (tenor); Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano); Roderick Williams (baritone); Matthew Brook (bass-baritone)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Andrew Davis
Chandos 10 / 10
71AwpPmGE6L._SL1200 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Fantasias Op. 116; Intermezzi Op. 117; Klavierstücke Op. 118; Klavierstücke Op. 119
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion 10 / 10
BACH_Doeselaar_Wiersinga_La-Dolce-Volta_classicalcritic_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Organ Transcriptions: Chorale Prelude BWV 623 "Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ"; Keyboard Concerto BWV 1056; Chaconne from BWV 1004; Toccata in D major BWV 912; The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 (excerpts); Italian Concerto BWV 971; Chorale Prelude BWV 720 "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"
BACH; J.S. Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga (organ)
MDG 10 / 10
SaintSaens5Lortie SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5; Allegro appassionato; Rhapsodie d'Auvergne
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Lortie; Louis
Gardner; Edward
: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 10 / 10
agrippina HANDEL, G.F.: Agrippina
HANDEL; G.F. Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo-soprano); Elsa Benoit (soprano); Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Carlo Vistoli, Franco Fagioli (countertenor); Luca Pisaroni (bass); Andrea Mastroni (baritone)
Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
Erato 10 / 10
81-WlPOfCDL._SS500 FELIX AUGUST BERNHARD DRAESEKE: Sonata in B-flat major for Clarinet & Piano Op. 38 CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Clarinet Sonata Op. 129 GIACOMO SETACCIOLI: Clarinet Sonata Op. 31 DRAESEKE; FELIXSETACCIOLI; GIACOMOSTANFORD; CHARLES VILLIERS Guy Yehuda (clarinet); Ralph Votapek (piano)
Blue Griffin 10 / 10
7155MkeOMwL._SL1450_-1 GRIEG, EDVARD: Lyric Pieces (complete); Piano Sonata Op. 7; Scenes from Folk Life Op. 19; Ballade in G minor Op. 19; Holberg Suite; Four Album Leaves Op. 28; Improvisation On Two Norwegian Folk Tunes Op. 29; Four Piano Pieces Op. 1; Poetic Tone-Picture Op. 3; Humoresques Op. 6; Nordic Dances & Folk Tunes Op. 17
GRIEG; EDVARD Håkon Austbo (piano)
Brilliant Classics 10 / 10
litolffleonore LITOLFF, HENRY: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 47; Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major Op. 56; Serenade for Violin & Piano Op. 91
LITOLFF; HENRY Leonore Piano Trio
Hyperion 10 / 10
stilespanish Works by Victoria, Guerrero, Lobo, Mateo Flecha "El Viejo", Pedro Rimonte, & Morales GUERRERO; FRANCISCOLOBO; ALONSOMORALES; CRISTÓBAL DERIMONTE; PEDROVICTORIA; TOMÁS LUIS DE Stile Antico
Harmonia Mundi 10 / 10
isbinspain MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Quintet for Guitar & String Quartet Op. 143 ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto in D major RV 93 (Arr. Emilio Pujol/Ed. Sharon Isbin) JOAQUÍN TURINA: La oración del torero for string quartet Op. 34 LUIGI BOCCHERINI: Quintet for Guitar & String Quartet in D major G. 448 BOCCHERINI; LUIGICASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO; MARIOTURINA; JOAQUÍNVIVALDI; ANTONIO Isbin; Sharon
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille 10 / 10
61OwHHLnqLL._SL1200 ALKAN, CHARLES VALENTIN: Symphony for Solo Piano Op. 39 Nos 4-7; Concerto for Solo Piano Op. 39 Nos. 8-10
ALKAN; CHARLES VALENTIN Paul Wee (piano)
BIS 10 / 10
JOHANNES BRAHMS - Symphony No. 1
JOSEPH JOACHIM - Hamlet Overture
BRAHMS; JOHANNESJOACHIM; JOSEPH Jansons; Mariss
: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Simax 10 / 10
penalosalamentations PEÑALOSA, FRANCISCO DE: Lamentationes Jeremiae Feria V; Lamentationes Jeremiae Feria VI; Gloria in excelsis Deo, Credo in unum Deum, & Agnus Dei (from Missa L'homme armé); Sancta Maria, succurre miseris; Unica est columba mea
ESCOBAR, PEDRO DE: Stabat mater dolorosa
GUERRERO, FRANCISCO: Quae est ista; Antes que comáis a Dios
ESCOBAR; PEDRO DEGUERRERO; FRANCISCOPEÑALOSA; FRANCISCO DE New York Polyphony
BIS 10 / 10
brittenrias BRITTEN, BENJAMIN: Choral Dances from Gloriana; Hymn to St. Cecilia Op. 27; A Hymn to the Virgin; Five Flower Songs Op. 47; A.M.D.G. (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN Doyle; Justin
: RIAS-Kammerchor
Harmonia Mundi 10 / 10
71CRzui7PL._SL1200 FRESCOBALDI, GIROLAMO: Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di cimbalo, libro primo, 1615
FRESCOBALDI; GIROLAMO Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
Aparte 10 / 10
71J8jrqfr2L._SL1500 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The 32 Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Igor Levit (piano)
Sony Classical 10 / 10
Bruck9Hon BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 9
BRUCKNER; ANTON Honeck; Manfred
: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Reference Recordings 10 / 10
71qRn27t0iL._SL1072 HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies No. 92 in G major “Oxford”; No. 75 in D major; No. 44 in E minor “Trauer” (transcribed for piano by Carl David Stegmann)
HAYDN; JOSEPH Ivan Ilić (piano)
Chandos 10 / 10
KAVAKOS_NAGY_Stravinsky_Bach_ECM_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Sonata & Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Suite italienne; Duo concertant
BACH; J.S.STRAVINSKY; IGOR Leonidas Kavakos (violin); Péter Nagy (piano)
ECM 10 / 10
SilencedVoicesBlackOak DICK KATTENBURG (1919-1944): Trio à cordes SÁNDOR KUTI (1908-1945): Serenade for String Trio HANS KRÁSA (1899-1944): Passacaglia & Fuga for String Trio; Tánec for String Trio GIDEON KLEIN (1919-1945): Trio for violin, viola, & cello PAUL HERMANN (1902-1944): Strijktrio GÉZA FRID (1904-1989): Trio à cordes Op. 1 FRID; GÉZAHERMANN; PAULKATTENBURG; DICKKLEIN; GIDEONKRÁSA; HANSKUTI; SÁNDOR Desirée Ruhstrat (violin); Aurélien Fort Pederzoli (viola); David Cunliffe (cello)
(Black Oak Ensemble)
Cedille 10 / 10
HarpsCedille Harpsichord Concertos by Walter Leigh; Ned Rorem; Viktor Kalabis; Michael Nyman KALABIS; VIKTORLEIGH; WALTERNYMAN; MICHAELROREM; NED Vinikour, Jory (harpsichord)
Speck; Scott
: Chicago Philharmonic
Cedille 10 / 10
dvorakludmila Dvorák’s Gorgeous Saint Ludmila DVORÁK; ANTONIN Adriana Kohútková (soprano); Karla Bytnarová (alto); Tomáš Černý, Ondrej Šaling (tenor); Peter Mikuláš (bass)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Leoš Svárovský
Naxos 10 / 10
PTC 5186655 Schubert Symphonies Foster cover BENEDETTO MARCELLO: Arianna abbandonata LEONARDO VINCI: Sinfonia from Maria dolorata FRANCESCO GASPARINI: Atalia (Aria: Ombre, cure sospetti) LEONARDO LEO: Angelica e Medoro: Or ch'è dal sol difesa GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Agrippina HWV 6 (Sinfonia); Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio HWV 150 GASPARINI; FRANCESCOHANDEL; G.F.LEO; LEONARDOMARCELLO; BENEDETTOVINCI; LEONARDO Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)
Collegium 1704, Václav Luks
PentaTone 10 / 10
71Pyvi33UkL._SL1200 BUSONI, FERRUCCIO: Piano Concerto in C major Op. 39
BUSONI; FERRUCCIO Kirill Gerstein (piano)
Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Myrios Classics 10 / 10
lestrangeviols Works for Viol Consort by William Mundy, John Taverner, Robert Parsons, Christopher Tye, William Byrd, Clément Janequin, Osbert Parsley, Thomas Tallis, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Picforth, Philip Van Wilder, others BYRD; WILLIAMMUNDY; WILLIAMPARSONS; ROBERTSHEPPARD; JOHNTALLIS; THOMASTAVERNER; JOHNTYE; CHRISTOPHER LeStrange Viols
Olde Focus Recordings 10 / 10
bartoli VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Arias from Argippa, Orlando Furioso Il Giustino, La Silvia, Ottone in Villa, La verita in cimento, Andromeda Liberatat, Tito Manilo, & Catone in Utica
VIVALDI; ANTONIO Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano)
Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Decca 10 / 10
71TwHyQ6IkL._SL1200 KASKI, HEINO: Piano Works (selections)
KASKI; HEINO Janne Mertanen (piano)
Alba 10 / 10
CoplandBilly COPLAND, AARON: Grohg; Billy the Kid (complete)
COPLAND; AARON Slatkin; Leonard
: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
costanzohandel HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from Amadigi di Gaula, Tolomeo, Flavio, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, Serse
GLASS, PHILIP: Arias & Songs from 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Liquid Days, Monsters of Grace, The Fall of the House of Usher, Akhnaten
GLASS; PHILIPHANDEL; G.F. Anthony Roth Costanzo (countertenor)
Les Violons du Roy, Jonathan Cohen
Decca 10 / 10
ascentlipman YORK BOWEN: Phantasy for Viola & Piano Op. 54 CLARICE ASSAD: Metamorfose ROBERT SCHUMANN: Märchenbilder Op. 113 GARTH KNOX: Fuga libre DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Impromptu Op. 33 FRANZ WAXMAN: Carmen fantasie ASSAD; CLARICEBOWEN; YORKKNOX; GARTHSCHUMANN; ROBERTSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRIWAXMAN; FRANZ Matthew Lipman (viola); Henry Kramer (piano)
Cedille 10 / 10
Wind-Concertos-Front FRANK TICHELI: Clarinet Concerto BRAD WARNAAR: Horn Concerto BEHZAD RANJBARAN: Flute Concerto RANJBARAN; BEHZADTICHELI; FRANKWARNAAR; BRAD James Zimmermann (clarinet); Leslie Norton (horn); Érik Gratton (flute)
Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero
Naxos 10 / 10
712Tmq7Li5L._SL1221 APOSTEL, HANS ERICH: Piano Music
APOSTEL; HANS ERICH Thérèse Malengreau (piano)
BIS 10 / 10
kohsaariaho SAARIAHO, KAIJA: Tocar; Cloud Trio; Light and Matter; Aure; Graal théâtre
SAARIAHO; KAIJA Jennifer Koh (violin); Nicolas Hodges (piano); Hsin-Yun Huang (viola); Wilhelmina Smith, Anssi Karttunen (cello)
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, Conner Gray Covington
Cedille 10 / 10
germanchristmas Christmas Music From 17th Century Germany HASSLER; HANS LEOPRAETORIUS; MICHAELSCHEIN; JOHANN HERMANNSCHÜTZ; HEINRICH Margaretha Consort, Marit Broekroelofs
Naxos 10 / 10


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