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
   Netrebko's <em>Four Last Songs</em> Comes Up Short
February 6, 2015

Not a contender among so many great recorded interpretations of the songs, but Netrebko is backed by a marvelous orchestra and conductor who know their Strauss.

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 Grace Cathedral Concerts  Branford Marsalis: Recording, Live at Grace Cathedral
December 19, 2014

Branford Marsalis as you’ve never heard him before, on solo saxophone, in a ranging program of styles, in the cavernous, holy confines of Grace Cathedral.

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   Chanticleer's <em>Someone New</em> = Something Else
January 3, 2014

Someone New, the latest CD from the men of Chanticleer, is both yummy and filling.

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   Britten at 100, Quartet Edition
December 28, 2013

In his centenary year, Benjamin Britten’s string quartets are winning a lot of attention, and clearly aren’t only for Brits.

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  <em>here/after</em> Heggie and Scheer: Songs of Lost Voices
December 13, 2013

Savor the artistic mastery of the composer/librettist team of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer at their imaginative best in their new DVD here/after, which presents one beautiful, provocative, moving, and occasionally hilarious exploration after the other.

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  Kevin Puts: From Mission San Juan Spoiler Alert
November 8, 2013

A new CD from Kevin Puts features extremely interesting and inventive choral writing, but save the liner notes for after your first listen.

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   The House of Getty
October 25, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe himself enters the doomed mansion of the Usher family, in Gordon Getty’s canny setting of the famed story, heightening the dramatic impact.

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   An Anniversary Toast to Hindemith's Finest
September 27, 2013

Ondine recognizes the 50th anniversary of Hindemith's death with a release of three of his finest works.

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  Jonathan Dimmock: Bach at Haarlem Dimmock's Heaven-Storming Bach
September 20, 2013

Playing a 1738 Haarlem organ, Jonathan Dimmock delivers heaven-storming renditions of Bach, alternating with sundry delights.

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  Kaija Saariaho: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1 Kaija Saariaho: Shards of Strings
September 18, 2013

The first volume of chamber pieces for strings from Saariaho offers a fine, if occasionally jarring, survey of nearly a quarter century of the composer's work.

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