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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cage, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 1 (Pestova, Meyer)

Cage, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 1 (Pestova, Meyer)
Naxos / American Classics: 8.559726
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5 Stars

The new Naxos edition with works for two keyboards by John Cage starts with a ravishing program, ranging from oriental percussion sounds to the amusing music with toy pianos. The major characteristic is that, beyond fabulous rhythmics, both of the pianists achieve in giving a soul to this very special music.

- By Norbert Tischer © 2014 Pizzicato
 
Zemlinsky, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Escher String Quartet) - Nos. 3 and 4

Zemlinsky, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Escher String Quartet) - Nos. 3 and 4
Naxos: 8.572813
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9/9 Artistic and Sound Quality

The Escher's interpretations yield little, if anything, to the Schoenberg Quartet's Chandos edition and the pioneering LaSalle Quartet cycle on DG, and often present markedly different readings.

Naxos' first-rate sonics and annotations add to this release's attractions...

- By Jed Distler © 2014 ClassicsToday.com
 
Andriessen, H.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 (Netherlands Symphony, Porcelijn)

Andriessen, H.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 (Netherlands Symphony, Porcelijn)
CPO: 777722-2
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10/10 Artistic and Sound Quality

This second release in CPO's ongoing series of Hendrik Andriessen's symphonic music is, if anything, even better than Volume One.

...the performances are excellent. David Porcelijn has the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra playing at a very high level, and with the sort of proprietary confidence that the music needs and deserves. Add in excellent engineering, and I can only look forward to Volume Three with great anticipation.

- By David Hurwitz © 2014 ClassicsToday.com
 
Bruckner, A.: Symphony No. 9 (London Symphony, Haitink)

Bruckner, A.: Symphony No. 9 (London Symphony, Haitink)
LSO Live: LSO0746
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5 Stars

Bernard Haitink's recordings on the LSO Live label have yielded extraordinary performances of the Romantic symphonic repertoire, and this 2013 performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 9 in D minor is a perfect example of what he has been able to achieve with the London Symphony Orchestra. Together, they perform the music with the precision and clarity of chamber musicians, and the fine details they bring out in Bruckner's monumental last symphony are captured with high fidelity in the super audio multichannel format...this one surely ranks among the best ever recorded, and it is recommended with the highest marks.

- By Blair Sanderson © 2014 Allmusic.com
 
Choral Concert: Conspirare - Gretchaninov, A. / Kastalsky, A. / Rachmaninov, S. (The Sacred Spirit of Russia)

Choral Concert: Conspirare - Gretchaninov, A. / Kastalsky, A. / Rachmaninov, S. (The Sacred Spirit of Russia)
Harmonia Mundi: HMU807526
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5 Stars

Under the steady hands of Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare are inspired to sing with fervency and intensity, producing an open-voiced sound which is wonderfully luminous and transparent, revealing all layers and interwoven parts. They have a wide dynamic rage, from the soft vibrant cushion of sound above which the soloists circle to the energetic joy in the worship of their Lord. The mystic beauty of hymns, doxologies and concertos is captured and communicated to entrancing effect.

This is a recording to treasure; seemingly flawless singing in a large space... The engineers have produced, in their turn, flawless balancing and atmosphere, particular in multichannel, where you can here the soft echoes of tone when the singing stops. Highly recommended.

- By John Miller © 2014 SA-CD.net

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