• Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Like a dog who keeps burying his favorite bone so he can have the pleasure of “discovering” it again, I return to the Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider. It’s been gratifying to see him taking on ...
  • Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    This exquisite duo recording pairs one of ECM Records’ veterans with one of its rising stars. Sixty-nine-year-old American guitarist Towner made his ECM debut in 1972 after co-founding the pioneering world-fusion band Oregon. Forty-eight- year-old ...
  • Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority

    Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority

    More than 40 years after it was recorded, Rhino has released Chicago Transit Authority for the first time ever in true discrete Quadraphonic sound mastered from the original four-track Quad mixes. (The music-only disc will ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jakob Bro: Balladeering

    Jakob Bro: Balladeering

    The atmospheric and darkly beautiful playing of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro in the Paul Motian Band and in Polish trumpeter Tomaz Stanko’s current quartet has brought him to the attention of adventurous jazz fans and ...
  • Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck is on a roll. His appearance at the 2007 Crossroads Festival turned heads, 2008’s "Live at Ronnie Scott’s" went platinum, and this year included tour dates with Eric Clapton. His new release is ...
  • 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 ...
  • Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe

    Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe

    Roswell Rudd’s recording debut in 1955 was with a Dixieland band, and he made his name adapting the old “tailgate” trombone approach to free jazz in the ensuing decade, while working with such icons as ...
  • Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    How many versions of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle do you own? Whether the answer is one, two, five...or zero, this 14- CD box set, recorded at the 2008 Bayreuth Festival and reasonably priced at $139, ...
  • The Pixies: Doolittle

    The Pixies: Doolittle

    Even two decades after its initial release, the Pixies’ sophomore album remains a staggering achievement, toning down the group’s arty weirdness just enough for its natural pop sensibilities to shine. And shine they do on ...
  • Diana Krall: Live In Paris

    Diana Krall: Live In Paris

    For well over a decade, Diana Krall, the leggy, blonde, telegenic singer/pianist, has effectively deployed her engaging pop-sweetened-jazz style and consistently hit the crossover sweet spot. And like Dusty Springfield decades before, Krall achieved audiophile ...
  • Mendelssohn Discoveries

    Mendelssohn Discoveries

    The 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth has come and gone, without having produced much excitement on the recording front. Leaving us to wonder: Where are today’s Mendelssohnians? Well, one seems to be right where you ...
  • Rod Stewart: Soulbook

    Rod Stewart: Soulbook

    Go with what you know—good advice for a showman who staked his fortune as a blue-eyed soul man. British pop crooner Rod Stewart, 64, is no stranger to the American songbook— he began his career ...
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    When producer Manfred Eicher ventures into ethnic vocal music, in this case traditional and contemporary Albanian folk tunes sung by 31-year-old expatriate Duni, you can count on a recording with his label’s iconic cool and ...
  • Gassman: Overtures

    Gassman: Overtures

    Students of music’s Classical period are familiar with the name of Florian Leopold Gassmann, though few, it’s safe to say, have ever actually heard his music. It was the Bohemian-born, Italian-trained Gassmann (1729-74) who brought ...

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