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Reviews added April 8, 2014
Contributors to this update
José Luis Bermúdez (JLB)
Robert Cummings (RC)
Marc Haegeman (MH)
Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger (ESM)
Steven Schwartz (SS)
Mark Sealey (MS)
James Tobin (JT)
Brian Wigman (BW)
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2014 Apr 2 Mozart/Chopin - Sonatas #4, 5 & 8/Ballades
Lang Lang, piano (MH)
2014 Mar 15-16 Stravinsky/Strauss/Brahms/Prokofieff - Petrushka/Don Juan/Violin Concerto & Piano Concerto #1/Romeo and Juliet
Hélène Grimaud, piano; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (MH)
2014 Feb 22 Webern/Korngold/Dvořák - In Sommerwind/Violin Concerto/Symphony #6
Benjamin Schmid, violin; Detroit Symphony/Hans Graf (BW)
2013 Sep 1-30 The George Enescu Music Festival
Various Performers, Orchestras & Conductors (ESM)

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  • Bach, C.P.E. - Matthäus-Passion (1781) by Sandmann/Magnus/Ullmann/Bluth/Windsbacher Knabenchor/Deutsche Kammer-Virtuosen Berlin/Beringer - Rondeau 2034 (MS)
  • Bach, J.S. - English Suite #3 by Leitão - MSR 1405 (SS)
  • Bartók - Rhapsody for Violin & Piano #1, Sz. 87 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Bartók - Rhapsody for Violin & Piano #2, Sz. 89 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #1, Op. 15 by Buchbinder/Vienna Philharmonic - Sony 74521 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #1, Op. 15 by Fleisher/Cologne Radio Symphony/Cluytens - ICA 5121 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #2, Op. 19 by Andsnes/Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Sony 70548 (RC)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #2, Op. 19 by Buchbinder/Vienna Philharmonic - Sony 74521 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #3, Op. 37 by Buchbinder/Vienna Philharmonic - Sony 74521 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #4, Op. 58 by Andsnes/Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Sony 70548 (RC)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #4, Op. 58 by Buchbinder/Vienna Philharmonic - Sony 74521 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Concerto for Piano #5 "Emperor", Op. 73 by Buchbinder/Vienna Philharmonic - Sony 74521 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Overture "Coriolan" by London Philharmonic/Païta - Lodia 786 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Overture "Coriolan" by TLondon Philharmonic/Païta - Lodia 781 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Symphony #5, Op. 67 by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Symphony #5, Op. 67 by Philharmonic Symphony/Païta - Lodia 781 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7, Op. 92 by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1 (BW)
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7, Op. 92 by Philharmonic Symphony/Païta - Lodia 786 (BW)
  • Bellini - La Sonnambula by Durlovski/Botelho/Smith/Capuano/Stuttgart State /Stuttgart State Orchestra & Opera Chorus/Ferro - Euroarts Blu-ray 2059334 (RC)
  • Bennett, Robert Russell - A Commemorative Symphony to Stephen Foster by Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Symphony/Steinberg - Everest 3063 (BW)
  • Bennett, Robert Russell - A Symphonic Story of Jerome Kern by Pittsburgh Symphony/Steinberg - Everest 3063 (BW)
  • Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia by Philharmonic Symphony/Païta - Lodia 780 (BW)
  • Brahms - Concerto for Violin, Op. 77 by Kavakos/Gewandhaus Orchestra/Chailly - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dance #1 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dance #11 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dance #2 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dance #6 by Kavakos/Nagy - Decca 4785342 (BW)
  • Brahms - Symphony #1, Op. 68 by Staatskapelle Dresden/Thielemann - Unitel Blu-ray 715204 (RC)
  • Brahms - Symphony #1, Op. 68 by Philadelphia Orchestra/Stokowski - Guild 2402 (BW)
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, Op. 73 by Staatskapelle Dresden/Thielemann - Unitel Blu-ray 715204 (RC)
  • Brahms - Symphony #3, Op. 90 by Staatskapelle Dresden/Thielemann - Unitel Blu-ray 715204 (RC)
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, Op. 98 by Staatskapelle Dresden/Thielemann - Unitel Blu-ray 715204 (RC)
  • Brown, Matthew - (though love be a day) by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - A Red, Red Rose by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Above-Three Dreamsongs of the Wintu People by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Another Lullaby for Insomniacs by Chang/Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Daybreak by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Ecclesia by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - it may not always be so by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Magnum Mysterium by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - She Walks in Beauty by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Sitivit Anima Mea by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Sweet was the Song by Chang/Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - Table Grace by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Brown, Matthew - The Night has a Thousand Eyes by Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #0 "Die Nulte" (1869 - Nowak) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #1 (1866 - Linz; Carragan) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #2 (1872 - Carragan) by National Symphony of Ireland/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #3 "Wagner" (1873 - Nowak) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #4 "Romantic" (1881 - Haas) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #5 (1878 - Nowak/Haas) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #6 (1881 - Haas) by New Zealand Symphony/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #7 (1883 - Haas) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #8 (1887 - Nowak) by National Symphony of Ireland/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony #9 (1896 - Nowak) by National Symphony of Ireland/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Bruckner - Symphony in F minor "Study" (1863 - Nowak) by Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Tintner - Naxos 8.501205 (JLB)
  • Buxtehude - Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, BuxWV 32 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Herr, ich lasse dich nicht, BuxWV 36 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Lauda anima mea Dominum, BuxWV 67 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Mein Herz ist bereit, BuxWV 73 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Meine Seele, willtu ruhn, BuxWV 74 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - O clemens, o mitis, BuxWV 82 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - O Gottes Stadt, BuxWV 87 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Salve desiderium, salve clamor gentium, BuxWV 93 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Sicut Moses exaltavit serpentem, BuxWV 97 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BuxWV 98 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Surrexit Christus hodie, BuxWV 99 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 101 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 100 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Wie soll ich dich empfangen, BuxWV 109 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Buxtehude - Canon & Gigue, BuxWV 121 by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman - Challenge 72257 (MS)
  • Copland - Statements for Orchestra by London Symphony/Copland - Everest 3015 (BW)
  • Copland - Suite "Billy the Kid" by London Symphony/Copland - Everest 3015 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Overture "My Home" by Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi - Chandos 8510 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Symphonic Poem "The Golden Spinning-Wheel", Op. 109 by Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi - Chandos 8501 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Symphony #7, Op. 70 by Philharmonia Orchestra/Mackerras - Signum 183 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Symphony #7, Op. 70 by Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi - Chandos 8501 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Symphony #8, Op. 88 by Philharmonia Orchestra/Mackerras - Signum 183 (BW)
  • Dvořák - Symphony #9 "From The New World", Op. 95 by Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi - Chandos 8510 (BW)
  • Gang Chen & Zhanhao He - The Butterfly Lovers' Concerto by Shaham/Singapore Symphony/Shui - Canary 4 (BW)
  • Ginastera - Sonata for Piano #1, Op. 22 by Leitão - MSR 1405 (SS)
  • Glinka - Overture to Russian and Ludmilla by Philharmonic Symphony/Païta - Lodia 780 (BW)
  • Kelly, Tom/Billy Steinberg - True Colors by Chang/Antioch Chamber Ensemble/Copeland - Acis 18719 (BW)
  • Leighton, Kenneth - Concerto for Piano #3 "Concerto estivo", Op. 57 by Shelley/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Brabbins - Chandos 10608 (SS)
  • Leighton, Kenneth - Symphony #1, Op. 42 by BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Brabbins - Chandos 10608 (SS)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - 3 Piéces (Pecas), Op. 118 (LG 100) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - 4 Miniaturas, Op. 218 (LG 103) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Adágio doloroso e fantasia, Op. 242 (LG 105) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Esponsais for Solo Violin, Op. 230 (LG 116) by Monteiro - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Pequeno triptico (Small Triptych), Op. 124 (LG 101) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Prelúdio, capricho e galope, Op. 33 (LG 98) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Prelúdio e fuga for Solo Violin, Op. 137 (LG 137) by Monteiro - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Violin Sonatina #1, Op. 10 (LG 96) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Lopes-Graça, Fernando - Violin Sonatina #2, Op. 11 (LG 97) by Monteiro/Santos - Naxos 9.70177 (BW)
  • Mackey, Steven - Sneaky March by Shaham - Canary 11 (RC)
  • Mackey, Steven - Stumble to Grace by Shaham/Los Angeles Philharmonic/Robertson - Canary 11 (RC)
  • Mahler - Symphony #4 by Alexander/BBC Symphony/Kempe - ICA Classics 5117 (JLB)
  • Mehmari, André - Grande Baião de Concerto by Leitão - MSR 1405 (SS)
  • Mendelssohn - Ruy Blas Overture by London Symphony/Kempe - ICA Classics 5117 (JLB)
  • Mozart - Concerto for Piano #12, K. 414 (K. 387b) by Fleisher/Cologne Radio Symphony/Jochum - ICA 5121 (BW)
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition by National Philhamonic/Païta - Lodia 780 (BW)
  • Nielsen - Symphony #4 "The Inextinguishable", Op. 29 by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Oramo - BIS SACD 2028 (RC)
  • Nielsen - Symphony #5, Op. 50 by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Oramo - BIS SACD 2028 (RC)
  • Prokofieff - Concerto for Piano #3, Op. 26 by Matsuev/Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev - Mariinsky SACD 549 (RC)
  • Prokofieff - Five Melodies for Violin & Piano, Op. 35bis by Crow/Stewart - Atma 2-2535 (RC)
  • Prokofieff - Sonata for Violin & Piano #1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Crow/Stewart - Atma 2-2535 (RC)
  • Prokofieff - Sonata for Violin & Piano #2, Op. 94bis by Crow/Stewart - Atma 2-2535 (RC)
  • Prokofieff - Symphony #5 Op. 100 by Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev - Mariinsky SACD 549 (RC)
  • Rachmaninoff - Sonata for Piano #2, Op. 36 (1931 revision) by Leitão - MSR 1405 (SS)
  • Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini by Stadium Symphony of New York/Stokowski - Everest 3011 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Hamlet by Stadium Symphony of New York/Stokowski - Everest 3011 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet by Moscow New Russian Orchestra/Païta - Lodia 791 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 by Philharmonic-Symphony of New York/Mitropoulos - Guild 2396 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 by Moscow New Russian Orchestra/Païta - Lodia 791 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Concerto for Violin, Op. 35 by Shaham/Singapore Symphony/Shui - Canary 4 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4, Op. 36 by Moscow New Russian Orchestra/Païta - Lodia 791 (BW)
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #5, Op. 64 by Philharmonic-Symphony of New York/Mitropoulos - Guild 2396 (BW)
  • Wagner - Die Walküre by Stemme/Kowaljow/Meier/Gubanova/Orchestra of La Scala/Barenboim - Arthaus DVD 101694 (JLB)
  • Wagner - Parsifal - Prelude by BBC Symphony/Kempe - ICA Classics 5117 (JLB)
  • Wagner - Parsifal by Richards/Larsson/Rootering/Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra & Choir/Haenchen - BelAir DVD 97 (JLB)
  • Wagner - Symphonic Synthesis from Tristan und Isolde - Love Music from Acts II and III by Philadelphia Orchestra/Stokowski - Guild 2402 (BW)
  • Weinberg - Ballet Suite #4 "The Golden Key" by St. Petersburg State Symphony/Lande - Naxos 8.573085 (RC)
  • Weinberg - Symphony #12 "In Memoriam D. Shostakovich" by St. Petersburg State Symphony/Lande - Naxos 8.573085 (RC)
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