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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Chilcott, B.: Everyone Sang / A Little Jazz Mass / I Share Creation / Aesop's Fables (Wellensian Consort, Beeson, Finch)

Chilcott, B.: Everyone Sang / A Little Jazz Mass / I Share Creation / Aesop's Fables (Wellensian Consort, Beeson, Finch)
Naxos: 8.573158
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Rated 5 Stars

(Excerpt)

Bob Chilcott is one of a line of very good songwriters—Rutter is another—who can produce a melody that has instant appeal combined with a sympathetic understanding of the text whether accompanied or a capella. When 'classical'…composers turn their skill to jazz it can be restrained, but this one does it for me with the help of the Will Todd Trio and the multi-talented, award-winning Wellensian Consort. It's a very enjoyable disc.

- By Shirley Ratcliffe © 2013 Choir and Organ
 
Liszt, F.: Piano Sonata in B minor / Mephisto Waltz No. 1 / Sonetti del Petrarca / La campanella (Grynyuk)

Liszt, F.: Piano Sonata in B minor / Mephisto Waltz No. 1 / Sonetti del Petrarca / La campanella (Grynyuk)
Orchid Classics: ORC100031
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10/10 for Artistic Quality and Sound

(Excerpt)

Here's another remarkable young Liszt player for your consideration.

Even in a catalog that abounds with many superb recent Liszt sonata recordings, Grynyuk's ranks among the most persuasive I've heard. ...Grynyuk provides informative, well-written annotations that not only discuss the music intelligently but also reflect his heartfelt affinity for Liszt's multi-faceted creative personality. A most impressive Liszt debut, not to be missed. (read more)

- By Jed Distler © 2013 ClassicsToday.com
 
Percussion Music - Reich, S. / Harrison, L.S. / Whitacre, E. / Tywoniuk, D. / Ravel, M. (Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble)

Percussion Music - Reich, S. / Harrison, L.S. / Whitacre, E. / Tywoniuk, D. / Ravel, M. (Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble)
Yarlung Records: YAR87598
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Rated 5 Stars

(Excerpt)

Smoke & Mirrors is a five-person percussion group based at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, and this is their debut CD, also available on vinyl. The seven selections are all full-fledged works and each has its own story. They wanted in this album to show the breadth of contemporary classical music written for percussionists, as well as the ensemble's skills in playing the works. I think it does both quite well.

- By John Sunier © 2013 Audiophile Audition
 
Opera Arias (Tenor): Vargas, Ramon - Ponchielli, A. / Verdi, G. / Boito, A. / Puccini, G. / Cilea, F. / Gounod, C.-F. / Massenet, J. / Berlioz, H.

Opera Arias (Tenor): Vargas, Ramon - Ponchielli, A. / Verdi, G. / Boito, A. / Puccini, G. / Cilea, F. / Gounod, C.-F. / Massenet, J. / Berlioz, H.
Capriccio: C5165
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Opera: Disc of the Month

(Excerpt)

The sound…is rich and healthy, but his singing is stylistically astute, with a keen concentration on the meaning of the text. The arias by Cilea, Gounod, Massenet and Berlioz all reveal considerable delicacy and insight; the two unusually inward Mefistojele extracts, though vividly sung, remain thoughtful and considered. Riccardo Frizza conducts the entire repertoire sympathetically, drawing focused playing from his Hungarian musicians and perfectly matching Vargas's searching approach. (read more)

- By George Hall © 2013 Opera
 
Wagner, R.: Das Rheingold (M. Janowski)

Wagner, R.: Das Rheingold (M. Janowski)
PentaTone: PTC5186406
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Audiophile Audition - Multichannel Disc of the Month

(Excerpt)

...all through this work Janowski goes to extremes in order to bring each bar, each seemingly unimportant strand of the score to our attention in ways we have not heard it before. Soundwise, there is no better on silver disc. (read more)

- By Steven Ritter © 2013 Audiophile Audition
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