• Other Love Songs: Prince Consort

    Other Love Songs: Prince Consort

    Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer (“Love-Song Waltzes”) evoke the peasant’s slower ländler rather than the Viennese waltz, suiting Brahms’s temperament better. The superb notes point out that listening to 18 brief waltzes in a row can be ...
  • Piano Music of Earl Wild

    Piano Music of Earl Wild

    The late Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists, wrote three major pieces based on Gershwin’s music: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, Improvisation on Someone to Watch over Me, and Seven Virtuoso Etudes. They ...
  • Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    As with many another in Hyperion’s long-running series of “Romantic Piano Concertos,” this is the first time the two (1876 and 1905) by French composer Charles-Marie Widor have been recorded. And what a joy to ...
  • Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Three superb quartets for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, and the Copland Sextet (adding a violin and viola). Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Queen of Heaven depicts a painting of the Madonna and Child in Western dress; ...
  • Gregory Spears: Requiem

    Gregory Spears: Requiem

    Spears is no compositional Caspar Milquetoast; he writes biting, exotic harmonies and, like Stravinsky, draws forth a beauty at times rough-hewn or violent. If I had to make a comparison, I’d say his Requiem is ...
  • Handel: The Eight Great Suites

    Handel: The Eight Great Suites

    Handel isn’t known these days as a keyboard composer, but far more copies of his keyboard works were in circulation during his life than copies of Bach’s or Scarlatti’s. These suites are in fact similar ...
  • The Grandeur of the Baroque

    The Grandeur of the Baroque

    Renowned guitarist David Russell offers a well-recorded album of transcriptions of Baroque keyboard and lute works on this new Telarc. He has an excellent tone, avoiding both brightness and murkiness; the sound is rich throughout ...
  • Rameau: Suties d'Orchestra

    Rameau: Suties d'Orchestra

    The almost suspiciously prolific Jordi Savall has delivered another brilliant program of some of the most interesting Baroque music ever written, four suites from Rameau’s ballets and operas. It’s raucous, it swings, it woos, it ...
  • Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis

    Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis

    When I was about 12, a friend of my dad’s gave me Christopher Hogwood’s recordingof Bach’sBrandenburgConcertos; though I hear spotty intonation when I listen now, the bright sound and fresh playing won me completely, and ...
  • Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    “What would a cicada do with a full orchestra?” Meira Warshauer asked at the Dayton Philharmonic’s 2007 performance of this co-commissioned piece; she answered with her optimistic and brilliantly orchestrated Symphony No. 1, Living Breathing ...

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