RECORD KEEPING | Simon Rattle's French Venture into London Symphony Orchestra Territory
The conductor gives a taste of his upcoming tenure at the LSO, blending accessibility with imaginative programming and execution.
RECORD KEEPING | OSM Releases Bernstein's A Quiet Place, But Will It Win New Friends?
Marking Bernstein 100th-anniversary year, the Montréal Symphony's new recording of A Quiet Place is played with care and authority, but its structural problems are difficult to surpass.
RECORD KEEPING | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
This week, I would like to draw your attention to a new CD featuring Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburg Symphony. Honeck, who used to play violin with the Vienna Philharmonic, has recently emerged as a major conductor. The Pittsburg Symphony, which has an illustrious history playing under legendary figures such as Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn and Mariss Jansons, has already made some exceptionally good recordings of music by Richard Strauss, Dvořák, Janáček and Bruckner under Honeck’s direction.
RECORD KEEPING | Karajan’s Ring Gets The High End Audio Treatment
While Deutsche Grammophon's new audiophile quality Karajan release is a welcome addition to his Ring legacy, it suffers in more ways than one.
RECORD KEEPING | Music For A Summer's Evening
Three new Classical Gypsy Music releases to match the summer heat.
RECORD KEEPING | Remember When? A Look Back At Emil Gilels With A New Archival Release
It's rough around the edges, but this new Emil Gilels release by Deutsche Grammophon stirs memories well worth revisiting.
RECORD KEEPING | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky/Dvořák (Reference Recordings)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck don't hide the passion in new recording of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Dvořák's Rusalka Fantasy.
RECORD KEEPING | Tchaikovsky's Top Three Ballet Scores
Coinciding with conductor Neeme Järvi's 80th birthday, this rebundled release of Tchaikovsky's great ballet scores gets top marks.
RECORD KEEPING | A Top Shelf Nielsen From Dausgaard And The Seattle Symphony
While there have been other fine recorded performances of Nielsen’s Fourth, Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony, combining virtuosic playing with the flying by the seat of your pants abandon of a live performance, give us one that ranks right up there with the best of them.
RECORD KEEPING | Simon Rattle Conducts Beethoven's Symphonies 1–9
After thirteen years at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle and his orchestra have produced their own Beethoven cycle. Extras include a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings with many interviews and glimpses behind-the-scenes.