A valuable historical account of American classical music icon Aaron Copland conducting some of his best known compositions.
Naxos, the world’s largest classical music group, are throwing their weight behind a good cause by teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association for a release of ‘Purple Classics’ musical collections to help benefit funding for the research and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.
A generous collection of Rossini overtures and sinfonias is offered in superb sound. Decent, if not stellar performances that most listeners will enjoy.
An enjoyable Opera Australia production of Puccini’s La Boheme is presented. The young singers in the cast look their parts and deliver some fine singing.
Cyrano de Bergerac, a rarely performed 20th century opera, is a star vehicle for the primo tenore, Placido Domingo. In spite of an uninspired score, and issues with videography and sound, it is worth a watch to see one of the operatic legends of our time, making the most of the hero with the large nose.
This is an over-the-top highly modern realization, a la MTV, of Berlioz’s first opera Benvenuto Cellini from the 2007 Salzburg Festival. It is visually arresting, has consistently high performance values, and, with a few reservations, is 2 hours of nonstop fun.
Antoni Wit and his Warsaw forces give a stellar performance of Mahler’s imposing Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand.” Aided by HD surround sound, this disc should be considered essential listening for veteran and novice Mahler fans.
Naxos has issued an HD surround sound version of Vivaldi’s popular The Four Seasons, featuring Cho-Liang Lin and the Sejong chamber orchestra. The sonics are excellent but the tempi are a little brisk for my taste.
A centennial year recording of some of Chopin’s most important works are conveyed convincingly by Eldar Nebolsin and the Warsaw Philharmonic. The performance is derailed by a muddy acoustic.
Chopin Piano Concerto 1: Nebolsin and the Warsovians offer a new official edition
version of Chopin’s first piano concerto. The generally excellent performances are
betrayed by less than stellar sonics.