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RECORDING OF THE MONTH I have a great enthusiasm for this, the last of Richard Strauss’ tone poems and have some dozen versions on my shelves. The latest addition to my collection was Jansons’ superb recording – his fourth –…Continue Reading

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Parnassus Records has made a significant addition to the discography of one of the greatest pianists in history, Soviet-era virtuoso Sviatoslav Richter. Producer and Richter authority Leslie Gerber spent several years seeking out and tracking down Richter’s earliest recordings, many…Continue Reading

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In 1988, London violin merchant Peter Biddulph launched his own premium CD label featuring historic recordings by great string virtuosos, pianists, and conductors. Biddulph Records rapidly achieved a reputation for excellence for its state-of-the-art transfers, informative liner notes, and visual…Continue Reading

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The Guardian reports that American violinist Ruggiero Ricci has died. Ricci made over 500 recordings, including landmark recordings of Paganini and late romantic showpieces by virtuoso violinist-composers. He was a mainstay of American independent label Vox/Turnabout. NPR’s Anastasia Tsoulcas has…Continue Reading

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Symphonic scenes and rousing marches that capture the spirit of America

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The quintessential diva, the essential Verdi for soprano.

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Nearly a decade and a half after his death, Sviatoslav Richter garners a reputation as one of the greatest pianists in history, and one of the most popular of classical recording artists. He recorded for every major label and a…Continue Reading

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Alfred Deller was a musical pioneer. His career as an acclaimed countertenor, pioneering conductor, and inveterate scholar was a major force behind renewed interest in renaissance and baroque music, and shaped the early years of the movement toward authentic performance…Continue Reading

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Radoslav Kvapil is the elder statesman of Czech pianists. His many recordings of the piano music of his homeland for Supraphon, Calliope, ASV, Unicorn, and other independent labels have consistently been praised by critics as the performances of choice. Musical…Continue Reading

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Multitalented musician Christopher Ball, who is soon to celebrate his seventieth birthday, has had no fewer than six musical careers, successively as clarinettist, orchestral conductor, recorder player, publisher, arranger and composer. He started composing in his teens, but became disillusioned…Continue Reading