Archive for February, 2010

J. S. Bach – Organ Works Vol.1 (10CDs)


Year: 2006

Label: Membran Music

Performer: Wolfgang Stockmeier

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Ballet Masterpieces (35 CDs)


Year: 2009

Label: Decca

Composers: Adolphe-Charles Adam,  Frédéric Chopin,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Benjamin Britten,  Ottorino Respighi,
Léo Delibes,  Louis Joseph F. Herold,  Charles Lecocq,  Aram Khachaturian,
Jules Massenet,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Sergei Prokofiev,
Alexander Glazunov,  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Igor Stravinsky,
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Cesare Pugni,
Daniel-François Auber,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Ambroise Thomas
Conductors: Richard Bonynge,  John Lanchbery,  Stanley Black,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Charles Dutoit,
Lorin Maazel,  Ernest Ansermet,  Antal Doráti,  Semyon Bychkov,
Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,
Cleveland Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  English Concert

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(Repost) Claudio Monteverdi – The Madrigals, Books 3, 4, 7, 8 & 9 (8 CDs)


Performers: John Alldis Choir, ECO, conductor –  Raymond Leppard

Label: Philips

Year: 1998

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Heinrich Schutz – Kleine geistliche Konzerte (3CDs)


Year: 2000

Label: Cpo Records

Performers: Weser-Renaissance / Manfred Cordes

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(Repost) Claudio Monteverdi – L’Orfeo (2CDs)


Fabian Schofrin,
Maria Cristina Kiehr,
Furio Zanasi,
Gerd Turk,
Victor Torres,
Maurizio Rossano,
Antonio Abete,
Gloria Banditelli,
Adriana Fernandez,
Roberta Invernizzi
Coro Antoni Il Verso
Ensemble Elyma
Gabriel Garrido

This is a great set. The main competition to this production comes from Gardiner, with Anthony Rolfe Johnson as Orfeo. His is a superbly attractive voice, and he remains the best Orfeo I’ve heard. But Victor Torres is excellent too and his performance is very distinctive and rich in character. What’s more, he is better recorded, as is the whole of Garrido’s interpretation. Throughout, the sound is more detailed, fuller and atmospheric than Gardiner’s thinner Archiv recording.
But back to the performers. Despite having a slim (though valuable) advantage with his Orfeo, Gardiner’s vocalists come second in almost every department. Kiehr outshines Lynne Dawson, Banditelli leaves Von Otter trailing, Zanasi sees off Willard White and Fernandez edges Baird. And yet, Gardiner’s cast is very good indeed, which shows just how superbly Garrido’s team performs here. Both sets boast very fine choruses.
I also prefer the instrumental work of Garrido’s musicians. There is a truly lovely plucked string presence and many details come through that are obscured in the resonant Archiv recording.
Until Monteverdi-master Alessandrini gives us a L’Orfeo (what a prospect that is!), I have no hesitation in now placing the Garrido top of the list. And I can tell you, even Alessandrini’s great team could have their work cut out to match it.”


Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky (8CDs)


Year: 2001

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter, Michel Schwalbé, Christian Ferras

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Don Kossack Choir

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Antonin Dvorak – 100th Anniversary Edition – The Concertos, Serenades, Slavonic Dances and Requiem Mass (6CDs)


Year: 2004

Label: Warner Classics

Performers: see below

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