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The following recordings were all given the highest rating - 10 points for performance and 10 points for recording quality - by reviewers at ClassicsToday.com.


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HMC902085
Vocal Music (American) - WHITE, B.F. / CAREY, H. / PHILE, P. / BILLINGS, W. (Rose of Sharon: 100 Years of American Music) (Frederiksen)

"This trove features a varied selection of music--30 pieces in all--that's smartly presented to keep things interesting, mixing solo, duets, and various ensemble combinations both to show each song to optimal effect and to fully utilize these exceptional voices and instrumental players."  -- David Vernier

 

BIS-SACD-1730
HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima visione Suite / Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / Symphonic Metamorphosis (Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling)

"There's not a mechanical or cold measure anywhere, not even in the broken rhythms of the central "Entombment", and the sonics are rich, warm, and thrilling, making orchestra's opulent brass and ringing horns sound surprisingly Germanic."  -- David Hurwitz

 

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KOPPEL, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Mezzo Saxophone Quintet (Sjaelland String Quartet, B. Koppel)

"The Quintet is a luscious, sexy, richly characterful piece firmly rooted in jazz idioms yet holding court in the most sophisticated arenas of classical style."  -- David Vernier

 

CDR90000-125
SCHUMAN, W.: Free Song (A) / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / SOWERBY, L.: The Canticle of the Sun (The Pulitzer Project) (Kalmar)

"Cedille's sonics are uniformly excellent, warm and very well balanced, particularly in the choral works. An impressive and important release."  -- David Hurwitz

 

CRC3072
ARNE, T.A.: Overtures / Cantatas (True, Megyesi, Capella Savaria, Terey-Smith)

"Canadian soprano Stefanie True couldn't have a more perfect name to describe her spot-on intonation and impeccable vocalism."  -- David Vernier

 

HMC902079
BACH, J.S.: Motets, BWV 225-230 (Berlin Vocal Consort, Creed)

"the present recording makes a first-rate impression in every category, from the thoughtful programming to the exemplary performances to the vibrant, clear, naturally balanced sound." 
-- David Vernier

 

8.226052
KOPPEL, A.: Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon / Concerto for Flute and Harp / Tuba Concerto (Aeschbacher)

"The flute and harp concerto contains just the sort of idyllic music you would expect with this combination of instruments, as Koppel proves quite adept at conjuring Elysian fields." 
-- Victor Carr Jr.

 

ODE1151-5
RACHMANINOV, S.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (The) (Klava)

"The recording in Riga's Dome Cathedral allows Rachmaninov's sensuous melodies and gripping harmonies plenty of room to blossom while preserving top-to-bottom balance and clear detail of each vocal line. Essential!"  -- David Vernier

 

HMC902076
MOZART, W.A.: String Quartets Nos. 4, 17, "The Hunt", and 22, "Prussian No. 2" (Jerusalem Quartet)

"Throughout the program the Jerusalem's solid tone, rhythmic vitality, and impeccable ensemble balance are a joy to hear, especially as it's all captured in excellent sound." 
-- Victor Carr Jr.

 

Carus83.357
BACH, W.F.: Concertos / Trios (Wienand, Schreiber, Graulich, Saller, Petersilge, Coppieters)

"Three of these pieces--the two trios and the G minor concerto--purportedly are recorded here for the first time, and if so "bravo" to Carus and to these superb performers for bringing this outstanding music so immediately and memorably to our attention. Highly and enthusiastically recommended."  -- David Vernier

 

 



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