Jean-Guihen Queyras wraps up a Schumann concerto trilogy in style, pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton play with panache and color.
Classical CD Reviews: John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” (SFS Media); Alexander Melnikov plays Schumann (Harmonia mundi)
John Adams’ Absolute Jest is a sheer blast of fun, wildly inventive and, at its best, a vertiginous collage.
Classical CD Reviews: Isabelle Faust plays Schumann and the Dmitri Ensemble plays Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies
Listening to Isabelle Faust’s performance of Schumann’s Violin Concerto I wondered why the piece has remained on the fringes of the repertoire for so long.
Classical CD Reviews: Camerata Pacifica plays John Harbison; Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov perform Beethoven
Camerata Pacifica does right by John Harbison. And when it comes to Beethoven’s music for cello and piano, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov are tops.
Classical CD Reviews: Smetana and Janacek — String Quartets, Schoenberg and Berg — Music for Strings (Harmonia Mundi)
Two new recordings from Harmonia Mundi offer gripping performances, including one of the Smetana String Quartet no.1 that’s particularly full of fire and life.
Classical CD Reviews: Harmonia Mundi Serves up First-Rate Performances of Schubert and Elgar
Harmonia Mundi has, of late, released a series of excellent Schubert albums.