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Sunday, June 30, 2013
BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Cello Suite No. 4 / Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorale Preludes (Devine)

BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Cello Suite No. 4 / Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorale Preludes (Devine)
Naxos: 8.572740
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9/9 for Artistic Quality and Sound

(Excerpt)

…this is the sort of recording that both guitar aficionados and those who rarely consider such things will thoroughly enjoy, a disc that offers…pure beauty of sound and melody, expertly articulated and vividly, caringly interpreted, joining some of Bach's most compelling music with an instrument ideally suited for its expression. (read more)

- By David Vernier © 2013 ClassicsToday.com
 
Chamber Music - FRANK, G.L. / HARRISON, L. / EVANGELISTA, J. / VALI, R. / KATS-CHERNIN, E. (Zia) (Del Sol String Quartet)

Chamber Music - FRANK, G.L. / HARRISON, L. / EVANGELISTA, J. / VALI, R. / KATS-CHERNIN, E. (Zia) (Del Sol String Quartet)
Sono Luminus: DSL-92164
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MusicWeb International, Recording of the Month

(Excerpt)

This disc offers superb sound, truly state-of-the-art, comprehensive and very handy booklet notes and an exceptionally adventurous program. It's outstanding music, none of it hard to penetrate but none of it cheesy or pandering. All of it is crafted with great skill. The string quartet's performances grow only more astonishing as the CD goes along.

- By Brian Reinhart © 2013 MusicWeb International
 
HAYDN, J.: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (Derzhavina)

HAYDN, J.: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (Derzhavina)
Profil: PH12037
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Rated 4.5 Stars

(Excerpt)

Playing with clean lines and a refined touch, Derzhavina creates the effect of Classical period practice on a modern piano, and by avoiding the pedals, her sound is crisp and intimate, without the quirkiness of a fortepiano's tone quality. …Profil's audio quality is first-rate…and a pleasantly resonant acoustic that makes the music especially appealing. (read more)

- By Blair Sanderson © 2013 Allmusic.com
 
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1 (New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker)
Naxos: 8.572833
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9/9 for Artistic Quality and Sound

(Excerpt)

The performances here are very good. The New Russian State Symphony Orchestra sounds remarkably confident in Brian's idiosyncratic sound world. The brass play very well, and the ensemble projects what have to be some very ungrateful string parts with astonishing conviction. Much of the credit must belong to conductor Alexander Walker, who keeps the music moving smartly along, and relishes the opportunities it offers for lyrical expression as well as instrumental color. Certainly this is one of the best issues in Naxos' ongoing Brian cycle, especially as the sonics are also very tactile and vivid. Fans of the composer will rejoice.

- By David Hurwitz © 2013 ClassicsToday.com
 
WOLKING, H.: Gone Playin' / The Old Gypsy / BALENTINE, J.S.: Dun eideann blogh (Cross Connection) (Walzel, Stomberg, Moravian Philharmonic, Vronsky)

WOLKING, H.: Gone Playin' / The Old Gypsy / BALENTINE, J.S.: Dun eideann blogh (Cross Connection) (Walzel, Stomberg, Moravian Philharmonic, Vronsky)
Navona: NV5903
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Rated 4 Stars

(Excerpt)

…here is another wonderful new release by Navona; well-played and filled with music that begs to be played live and heard more often. I have often been impressed by this label's commitment to bringing forth composers of quality who should be better known. Well done! (read more)

- By Daniel Coombs © June 2013 Audiophile Audition
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