CD Reviews

Each week, our professional critics review the latest recording releases, from Bay Area music groups to international releases our editors think deserve your attention.


CD Review
July 12, 2011

A newly unearthed Vivaldi and some other bright little firebombs distinguish La Serenissima’s new disc.

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July 12, 2011

Did Hollywood success spoil Erich Korngold? Not according to a new CD of his must-hear symphony, with its lush Romanticism.

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CD Review
July 5, 2011

Christopher Theofanidis’ First Symphony is engaging and emotional, and will give sound systems a good workout.

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CD Review
June 28, 2011

Northern Sinfonia is the first to cut a disc with Hans Gál’s First Symphony: at turns wry, yearning, jesting, or ceaselessly melodic. It’s paired with a “cute and perky” Schubert symphony.

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DVD Review
June 22, 2011

A documentary cracks open a window on “sacred monster” Carlos Kleiber, that eccentric, passionate, and difficult conductor.

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CD Review
June 21, 2011

Andrew Davis’ CD, with goosed-up sonics, journeys to Holst’s overexplored Planets and also contains two less-known works inspired by Morocco and Japan.

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CD Review
June 14, 2011

How to play a Haydn minuet? Listen and learn, from Philharmonia Baroque’s terrific disc.

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June 7, 2011

Tanya Tomkins takes her sweet time on a new Bach disc, revealing a wealth of musical wisdom.

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CD Review
May 31, 2011

In Washington State, the Icicle Creek Piano Trio makes its repertoire sound natural, but almost too easy.

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CD Review
May 31, 2011

John Adams is baaaack in his “fun chamber,” with a spirited, quasi-redux chamber symphony that pulsates with joy.

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