Bertrand de Billy directs this performance of A Florentine Tragedy with a grand sweep. The Pacific Trio's performance of the powerful, youthful, three-movement Piano Trio is elegant and devoid of histrionics.
The notable 20th-century Argentinian composer José Antonio Bottiroli's tuneful, brief, and attractive piano pieces are heard here to delightful effect, as are five of his poems in translation, spoken by renowned Star Trek actor George Takei.
The French harpsichordist has conceived this album as a sombre but eloquent dialogue between two contrasting voices: melancholy conveyed through chromaticism and melancholy conveyed through the musical expression of tears and weeping.
The Mozartists bring their usual flare and insightful interpretative style to this British composer's greatest opera, a work that after premiering in 1762 remained in the Covent Garden repertory until the late 1830s.
These late works of Brahms, inspired by the great Meiningen Court Orchestra clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, are presented here in a new recording by clarinetist Julian Bliss in partnership with pianist James Baillieu.
There’s an exuberance about the quintet especially that is carried forward into some of the fantasy pieces. But the virtues of the Wanderer’s playing, their immaculate ensemble and balance, really come into their own in the numbered trios.
NYC's renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys offer a fitting tribute to their former Choirmaster and Organist Gerre Hancock (1934-2012), a pivotal figure who created a wealth of extraordinary choral and organ music during his career.
The final installment in the Beethoven and Barry recording series which, over three volumes, has traced all nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies coupled with music by the celebrated Irish composer Gerald Barry.
The performances of these four works are ideal. Clearly, the soloists have taken ownership of these concertos, and the orchestra and conductor have entered into the spirit of this music.