• Stravinnsky: Pulcinella

    Stravinnsky: Pulcinella

    Nearly 84 years old when these live performances were recorded in Chicago, Pierre Boulez remains a musical force to be reckoned with. The composer and conductor, once known to members of the New York Philharmonic ...
  • Paganini: 24 Caprices

    Paganini: 24 Caprices

    Niccolò Paganini was arguably the greatest virtuoso on any instrument of all time—and the 24 Caprices his finest creation. The intrepid violinist who takes on this staggeringly difficult compendium of technical challenges, playing alone, without ...
  • Wagner: Parsifal

    Wagner: Parsifal

    Hans Knappertsbusch (1888-1965) had a special affinity for Wagner—a connection to the source. In the early years of the last century, he was an assistant to the composer’s son Siegfried and a pupil of Hans ...
  • Rachmanioff: Symphonic Dances

    Rachmanioff: Symphonic Dances

    This recording has been an audiophile favorite for decades. Engineer David R. Hancock captured a rather dry but clarifying acoustic in McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in May of 1967, and the sonics stop ...
  • Britten's Orchestra

    Britten's Orchestra

    Wayne Garcia lauded the HDCD iteration of this program in Issue 201 for its musical virtues and its exceptional transparency and realism. Reference Recordings has now released the same program as an SACD—the company’s first. ...
  • Mahler: Symphonies 8 and 10 (Adagio)

    Mahler: Symphonies 8 and 10 (Adagio)

    This 2-SACD set completes the Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Mahler cycle, unquestionably the most successful from an American orchestra and conductor since Leonard Bernstein’s iconic 1960s recordings. Following an intense performance of the Adagio ...
  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

    Valery Gergiev, highly regarded for his passionate performances of Russian repertoire, Wagner, and Mahler, affirms his versatility with compelling interpretations of three Ravel staples. His Daphnis et Chloe— the entire ballet, complete with chorus—is voluble ...
  • American Music for Clarinet & Piano

    American Music for Clarinet & Piano

    Everything on this superbly played recital of modern music for clarinet and piano by four American composers is flavored, whether openly or more subliminally, by that most American musical invention, jazz. Gershwin’s catchy Three Preludes ...
  • Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Born in 1942, Swedish composer Sven- David Sandström first came to attention for his complex orchestral works. For 20 years, however, Sandström was a member of the Hägersten Motet Choir, near Stockholm. In that nurturing ...
  • Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Complete string quartets? Aren’t there just two? Not exactly. The Kreutzer Sonata and Intimate Letters quartets are both from Janácek’s last years, inspired by his intense romantic attachment to Kamila Stösslová, a much younger woman. ...
  • Mompou: Silent Music

    Mompou: Silent Music

    Federico Mompou (1893-1987) is often referred to as a “minimalist.” But there are different stripes of minimalism. Mompou’s is not of the rarified La Monte Young or hyperactive Philip Glass varieties, but rather in the ...
  • Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro grew up hearing this music by two masters of keyboard composition from the other side of the Iberian Peninsula. His performances breathe with the natural ease of long familiarity. The pianist’s lyrical ...

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