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Connesson: Cosmic Trilogy, The Shining One - Denève        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  May 24, 2010

Castor's detailed review seems to me to be right on the money. His comparison of Connesson's compositional style with that of Michael Gandolfi is especially apt. If you like moderately complex but "accessible" new symphonic music, you will enjoy this disc. The sonorities are often remarkable, and ... more
Audiens - Schola Cantorum        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 12, 2010

This is a phenomenal disc. As editor of a review column for a professional music monthly, I get the chance to sample dozens of recordings every month, most of them choral music. Something like "Audiens" only crosses my desk once every four or five years. First of all, the groups -- Schola Cantorum ... more
Haydn: The Creation - Bolton        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  June 11, 2009

I am the author of "Joseph Haydn and the Classical Choral Tradition" (Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1996). This is now my modern-instrument reference recording of Haydn's Creation. It's that good. The contributions of the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Salzburger Bachchor are top notch, and the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Gergiev          (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
  May 15, 2009

Whether you appreciate Gergiev's approach to the Mahler 6 will depend largely upon whether you belong to the Every Measure Is Exciting (e.g., Barenboim) school of thought or to the Structure Matters (e.g., Boulez) school. Not exactly a secret that Gergiev is more attuned to EMIE. This is a harsh, ... more
Tchaikovsky/Saint-Saens/Bruch - Wispelwey          (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  May 17, 2008

I purchased this recording only recently, based on the enthusiastic recommendation by Andrew Quint in The Absolute Sound. It's very enjoyable, and I am sure I will listen to it many times over the next few years. The repertoire is tuneful, timbre-rich, and very expressive -- Romantic music for a ... more

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