• Mahler: Symphony No. 9

    Mahler: Symphony No. 9

    This Helicon release of a 1985 concert with the Israel Philharmonic brings to five the recordings of Mahler’s Ninth by Leonard Bernstein, which span his early advocacy of the composer in the 60s through to ...
  • Harbeth Monitor 30.1 Loudspeaker

    Harbeth Monitor 30.1 Loudspeaker

    Alan Shaw’s Harbeth Monitor 30.1, which has been released in time to celebrate the company’s thirty- fifth anniversary as a manufacturer of high-quality loudspeakers, is the best compact two-way speaker system I have ever heard, ...
  • Zesto Audio Leto Preamplifier

    Zesto Audio Leto Preamplifier

    The Leto preamplifier, a linestage that is the second product of George and Carolyn Counnas’ Zesto Audio, is cut so completely from the same sonic cloth as Zesto’s Andros PS1 phonostage I reviewed last year ...
  • Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    The latest in Sony’s continual repackaging of its Bernstein holdings, this blockbuster portrays the conductor as a world- striding interpreter of symphonies: 60 CDs in an LP-sized case containing most of his Columbia (aka CBS ...
  • David Chesky: Urbanicity

    David Chesky: Urbanicity

    David Chesky’s latest CD consists of a concerto for electric guitar and two ballet scores, all unified in celebrating the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York City, where Chesky lives. Stylistically an extension of ...
  • The Christmas Story

    The Christmas Story

    Choral conductor and singer Paul Hillier has modeled this unusual and unusually attractive program around the Nine Lessons and Carols of Christmas services from his youth in Great Britain. For this recording, based on seasonal ...
  • Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Though I don’t usually care for chamber-sized Beethoven, Paavo Järvi’s exciting new cycle with the forty-some strong Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen gave me much pleasure. The playing is sensational: alert, responsive, virtuosic—a good thing too, since ...

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