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
  Korngold: Symphony in F Sharp Orchestration Is the Plus in Korngold’s Once-Shunned Symphony
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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  Christopher Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1 A New “American” Symphony
July 5, 2011

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

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  Thomas Zehetmair: Schubert - Gál, Kindred Spirits Hans Gál and Franz Schubert: Attractive Opposites
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
  Carlos Kleiber:<em> I Am Lost to the World</em> Kleiber: “Lost to the World” &#151; Not
June 22, 2011

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

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  Holst <em>The Planets</em><br>Sir Andrew Davis Out of This World Holst <em>Planets</em>
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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 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Philharmonia Baroque: Haydn Symphonies Serious Fun With Papa
June 14, 2011

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

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  Tanya Tomkins: J. S. Bach, Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello The Irresistible Flame: Bach Cello Suites
June 7, 2011

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

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  Icicle Creek Piano Trio : Haydn, Turina, Shostakovich  A Cakewalk For Icicle
May 31, 2011

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

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  John Adams: <em>Son of Chamber Symphony</em> <em>Son of Chamber Symphony</em> Also Rises
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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  Julia Wolfe: <em>Cruel Sister</em> Fueled by Julia Wolfe
May 24, 2011

Julia Wolfe's latest CD Cruel Sister is yet another example of how spellbinding and consistently engaging the composer is, this time in works fueled by a powerful story.

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