Danzi: Overture, Cello & Piano Concerto
Aurelien Pascal (cello), Nareh Arghamanyan (piano) / Münchener Kammerorchester, Howard Griffiths
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 20/Jan/2018 ]
"Mozart and Haydn enthusiasts will enjoy exploring these two elegant concertos by their little-known German contemporary Franz Danzi. Spirited performances of each help no end." BBC Music
Claus Peter Flor conducts Mendelssohn
Lucia Popp (sop) Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo) Josef Protschka (tenor) Sergei Edelmann (piano) Kyoko Takezawa (violin) / Bamberg Symphony, Claus Peter Flor
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2017 ]
"Claus Peter Flor's Mendelssohn enjoys the classical virtues of good taste, fine attention to detail, and a real sense of style...these are perfectly respectable and entertaining performances, well recorded. You won't be disappointed." (ClassicsToday)
CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS / CESAR FRANCK / MAURICE RAVEL
Saint-Saens / Franck / Ravel: French Impressions
Joshua Bell (violin) Jeremy Denk (piano)
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 20/Mar/2017 ]
a spirited, varied, sensitively imagined recital. [The artists] are on equal terms artistically, responding to one another with spontaneity and unanimity in the interpretation of nuances that give their playing a sense that they are inside the music"
BERG / MOZART / ELGAR / SCHUBERT / RODRIGO / BERLIOZ / etc
Daniel Barenboim: A Retrospective - complete Sony recordings [43 CDs + 3 DVDs]
English Chamber Orchestrea, Berliner Philharmoniker [Berlin Philharmonic], Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim
[ Sony Classical / 46 CD/DVD Box Set - released 1/Jul/2017 ]
Celebrating Pianist, Conductor and Ambassador of music...Daniel Barenboim. The first ever collection of Daniel Barenboim's complete recordings as conductor and pianist for RCA and Sony Classical in an original-jackets collection.
Guitar In The Space Age!
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 2/Sep/2014 ]
Guitar in the Space Age! finds guitarist Bill Frisell going back in time to the guitar music of the country, surf, blues, and early rock & roll of the late 1950s through the mid-'60s: the music that initially inspired him. His band -- Greg Leisz on...
CHOPIN / SCHUMANN / LISZT / RACHMANINOV / BEETHOVEN / etc
Byron Janis: The RCA Recordings 1950 - 1959 [5 CD set]
Byron Janis (piano) / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 16/Oct/2016 ]
Byron Janis has been called one of the most exciting and dynamic American pianists to emerge on the post-war scene. All of his RCA recordings, dating from 1947 to 1959, are collected in the new 5-CD set.
BACH / BERNSTEIN / RACHMANINOV / PIAZZOLLA / SCRIABIN / CARPENTER
If you could read my mind
Cameron Carpenter (International touring organ)
[ Sony Classical / CD / CD - released 3/May/2014 ]
"there is something compelling about Cameron's performance. If one ignores the sequined blouson, the tight-fitting white jeans and hint of mascara, there is a real musical genius at work here" Gramophone
Prelude: the Very Best Of
[ Sony Classical / CD ]
SWEELINCK / MONTEVERDI / PRAETORIUS / SCHUTZ / de LASSO / de VICTORIA
Early Choral Music at Trinity College, Cambridge
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow
[ Sony Classics Masters / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2016 ]
Cambridge's renowned Trinity College Choir, conducted by Richard Marlow, is heard in a 6-CD compilation of acclaimed Renaissance and early Baroque recordings. In the compositions by Lassus, Victoria, Praetorius, Sweelinck, Monteverdi and Schütz heard...
HANDEL / BACH / BERLIOZ / BRAHMS / BRUCKNER / MOZART
Hallelujah - Great Choruses
Choirs conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Helmut Rilling, Thomas Hengelbrock & Sigiswald Kuijken
[ Sony Classical Masters / CD - released 20/May/2011 ]
An electrifying programme of great choral works from oratarios, masses and te deums - all perfomed from some of the grestest choral performers of today.
Konrad Ruhland Conducts Gregorian Chant
Choralschola of the Niederaltaicher Scholaren, Capella Antiqua Munchen Choralschola, Konrad Ruhland
[ Sony Classical / 4 CD Box Set - released 25/Feb/2018 ]
"The hypnotic beauty of Gregorian Chant intoned in high-vaulted churches and cathedrals has found widespread popularity in recent decades through countless recordings. Some of the most distinguished of them were made in the 1970s, 80s and 90s by the...
Brahms: Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33
Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 7/Apr/2017 ]
"(Gerhaher's) colouring is more precise and apt than I've ever heard from him. And that's saying a lot...Gerhaher and Huber make the piece something you can take to your heart" Gramophone Magazine, March 2017
Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Gerold Huber (piano)
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 22/Nov/2014 ]
"a superlative recital by a singer who for vocal beauty, poetic insight and expressive immediacy is surely unsurpassed in Lieder today." (Gramophone Award WINNER 2015 - Solo Vocal)
Schumann - Frage
Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 1/Mar/2019 ]
"This is an album to treasure and to savour - and to listen to again and again" Gramophone Editor's Choice Feb 2019.
J. S. BACH
Christine Schäfer (soprano) / Berlin Barock Solisten, RIAS Kammerchor
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 16/Sep/2014 ]
"The present-day pitch favoured by the Berlin ensemble assists Christine Schäfer in conveying much of [Mein Herz schwimmt]...with a near-manic desperation...The Dorian Fugue and the six-part Ricercar are beautifully played." (Gramophone)
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
George Szell conducts Beethoven: Symphonies / Overtures [5 CD set]
The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell
[ Sony Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Aug/2017 ]
"the Szell/Cleveland synergy works many wonders. Listen to the seamless transition from the Second Symphony's broad first-movement introduction into the main theme, or how the Eroica's Funeral March achieves a shattering climax by virtue of Szell's u
ANTONIN DVOARK / BEDRICH SMETANA
George Szell conducts Dvorak & Smetana
The Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, George Szell
[ Sony Classical Masters / 7 CD Box Set - released 5/Jun/2019 ]
"George Szell's Dvorák performances feature his customary blend of razor sharp orchestral discipline allied to a wholly idiomatic, singing line..Indispensable!" ClassicsToday Dvorak Symphonies
MAHLER / BRUCKNER / WAGNER
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Bruno Walter: The Original Jacket Collection
Columbia Symphony orchestra, New York philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter, with Mildred Miller (sop) Ernst Haefliger (ten) Maureen Forrester (contral
[ Sony Classical / 13 CD - released 6/Dec/2010 ]
To those reared on his recordings, Bruno Walter was a living link to a bygone age. Born in 1876, when Wagner was still alive and Bruckner had yet to write his last and greatest symphonies, Walter was arguably the most old-world of the many long-lived...
HANDEL / MOZART
Timotheus oder die Gewalt der Musik
Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Werner Güra (tenor) & Gerald Finley (bass) / Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
[ Sony Classical / 2 CD - released 27/May/2013 ]
"The 'authentic' movement resulted in so many anaemic, small-scale recordings that Timotheus, performed in such a way as Handel all too rarely is these days." (Gramophone Disc of the Month - September 2013)
WAGNER / GOUNOD / MASCAGNI / CILEA / VERDI / PUCCINI
Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden
Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo) Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Anja Harteros (soprano) Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) / Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato
[ Sony Classical DVD / DVD - released 8/Dec/2016 ]
The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the...