Category: Classical

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Free the Mind

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Free the Mind       The score is written for a 60 piece orchestra, piano, percussion and electronics. It was recorded in Studio 22, Hungarian Radio in Budapest and was conducted by Peter Pejtsik. The film follows a group of veterans from the war in Afghanistan suffering from Post Traumatic Stress […]

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Steve Hackett – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Steve Hackett – A Midsummer Night’s Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a lengthy suite for guitar and orchestra. I’d call it a ballet – and it’s easy to imagine it being danced. The overall sound is decidedly Romantic, with a mix of influences: a lot of mid-nineteenth century classical guitar music; twentieth-century Segovia repertoire […]

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Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition (Karajan)

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition (Karajan) Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite in ten movements (plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various […]

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Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Claudio Arrau)

Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Claudio Arrau) Amazon: Claudio Arrau played with seriousness of purpose that could make other pianists seem like dilettantes and with respect for the composer’s score that bordered on veneration. He had nothing but scorn for pianists who played the opening of Beethoven’s Opus 111 with two hands instead of one […]

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Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring, Petrushka (Bernstein)

Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring, Petrushka (Bernstein) The Rite of Spring (French: Le Sacre du printemps) is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky, with stage designs […]

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Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians       Ted Mills: ‘After Reich’s initial experiments with phase music, he moved on to exploring pulse — music that had no relation to melody, but would repeat phrases of either one or several notes, increasing then decreasing in volume as long as the musician had the […]

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Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus

Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus     Greg Prato:  ‘Although he made a name for himself as the guitarist for prog rockers Genesis and mainstream rockers GTR, Steve Hackett also possesses an admiration of tranquil, classical guitar-based work. This has never been more evident than on his 2005 release, Steve Hackett – Metamorpheus, which sees Hackett […]

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Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola)

Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola) Amazon.com: You’re moaning to yourself, “Yet another Four Seasons?” But this disc, believe it or not, is actually worth hearing. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi’s masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three […]

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Andrés Segovia – The Intimate Guitar

Andrés Segovia – The Intimate Guitar This is one of Andrés Segovia’s last recordings. I’m guessing these later records haven’t been released on CD because Segovia recorded plenty of material when he was in his prime. Though he was 83 years old when he made this record, his playing is still enjoyable. Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st […]

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Chopin – Nocturnes (Maurizio Pollini piano)

Chopin – Nocturnes (Maurizio Pollini piano) Amazon.com: Pollini’s traversal of Chopin – Nocturnes (he leaves out the pair of posthumous ones) is one of his finest recordings in years. His long-lined yet detailed performances are comparable to the very different ones that have long stood at the pinnacle of recorded sets. Not as serene as […]

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Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Ormandy)

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Ormandy) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus […]

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Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein)

Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein) Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish-American classical pianist who received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers; many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He is widely considered one of the […]

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Glenn Gould – Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 played by Glenn Gould The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The […]

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Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings Symphony

Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings Symphony AMG review: Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony draws on the heroic scores he composed for Peter Jackson’s films, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, and is presented as a symphony in six movements. In the strictest […]

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Schubert – Die Winterreise

 Schubert – Die Winterreise (Fischer-Dieskau – Moore) D 911  Wikipedia: Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert (D. 911, published as Op. 89 in 1828), a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die […]

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J.S. Bach – Cello Suites (by Yo-Yo Ma)

J.S. Bach – Cello Suites (by Yo-Yo Ma) The suites have been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists such as Pablo Casals, János Starker, Pierre Fournier, Paul Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma and Mischa Maisky. Ma won the 1985 Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy Award for his best selling album “Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites”. The […]

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Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3

“Symphony Nº3” by Henryk Górecki Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk mʲiˈkɔwaj ɡuˈrɛtski]; December 6, 1933 – November 12, 2010) was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music. Górecki became a leading figure of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw. His Webernian-influenced serialist works of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by adherence to […]

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