Tonal and ConsonantVocal SoloistPeriod Instruments

Time Stands Still: Elizabethan and Jacobean Songs ...

I always get excited when I get to hear an album of artists I am not familiar with, which turns out to be wonderful. Simon Ponsford, a young and upcoming countertenor and his father David, an award winning keyboardist and musicologist have recorded a disc of Elizabethan and Jacobean songs and...

Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, piano May04
Somewhat Atonal or DissonantHighly Atonal or DissonantSolo Piano

Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, pian...

This release marks the fifth CD issued by Naxos dedicated entirely to the music of Alexandre Tansman and is the second of the composer’s piano music. Belgian pianist and contemporary music specialist Eliane Reyes performs both piano programs by this composer who, during his lifetime, was...

Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos May01
Tonal and ConsonantChamber MusicOrchestral

Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos

Baroque cellist Stefano Veggetti performs with members of the early music band Ensemble Cordia on this Brilliant Classics release of cello concertos by Giovanni Benedetto Platti (c.1697-1763). In all, there are five concertos on this recording made in 2011; three of them are appearing on CD...

Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works Apr25
Tonal and ConsonantSomewhat Atonal or DissonantOrchestral

Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works

The cover of this Verso CD reads: Luis de los Cobos, complete orchestral works. Normally, you would expect a CD labeled this way to include a composer’s works for solo instruments with orchestra and perhaps even scores for chamber orchestra, but de los Cobos’ compositions in these...

Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th Century Apr20
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Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th...

Containing some two dozen tracks of pieces by largely lesser known composers from the early Baroque, this release on Teldec’s Das Alte Werk imprint is fittingly titled Viaggio Musicale (Musical Journey). It’s performed by one of Italy’s pioneering early music ensembles, Il...

Tonal and ConsonantSomewhat Atonal or DissonantChamber Music

George Enescu: Complete Works for Cello and Piano ...

Cellist Valentin Radutiu and pianist Per Rundberg perform on this two CD set from Hänssler Classic of the complete works for cello and piano by George Enescu. Called by Pablo Casals, “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart”, violinist, pianist, conductor, teacher and...

Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner Andreas Albert Apr11
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Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner An...

Conductor Werner Andreas Albert conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover in what appear to be the world premiere recordings of three gripping orchestral works by German composer Paul Graener (1872-1944). This release comes from cpo, a label with a penchant for bringing to light fascinating...

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Philip Spratley (b.1942): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2...

Despite the fact that an illustration of a piano keyboard is their logo, and the term “toccata” is most often associated with music for keyboard, Toccata Classics is not just a “piano label”. In addition to the many revelatory premiere recordings of keyboard music the...

Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music Apr07
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Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music

Imprints is the debut album of piano player Vit Kristan, whose project boasts a piano trio core of extraordinary calibre. Kristan’s jazz is not new to Expedition Audio – and neither is the work of his bass-wielding trio mate Jaromir Honzak; three of their albums have been recommended...

Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thunder (Ballet Suites) / Royal PO, Yablonsky Apr06
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Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thun...

With the release of this second CD from Naxos of music for orchestra by Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev, the current catalog has on offer three full programs of music by this fine composer. The previous Naxos release was of Karayev’s Symphony No. 3 and two tone poems; this new release...

Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petrucci, flute; Kodaly Quartet Apr03
Tonal and ConsonantChamber Music

Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petru...

Brilliant Classics is a label well known to collectors for its extensive catalog of bargain collections and editions. These compilations are culled by licensing previously released and largely unavailable material from major record labels. However, the label has also been quietly building a...

Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound Mar29
Tonal and Consonant

Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound

Mediterranean Sound is a beautiful family affair! Father Yvan Belmondo and his two sons Stéphane and Lionel take inspiration from “returning home” – both physically and musically – to celebrate the jazz they love above all. Backed by the trio of Jean-Philippe Sempere (guitar),...