Stuff That Stocking

  Beethoven always makes a great gift, more reliable than anything else. And as the greatest artist of the human spirit, there’s no time like now to give Beethoven. Here’s some suggestions that are superb musically and real values money-wise: Symphonies This cycle from George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the very … Continue reading Stuff That Stocking


Consumer Reports

Looking out for your dollars, so you don't have to ... Must Haves and New Releases * DG is releasing a new Claudio Abbado Mahler cycle. This one collects his live recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and completely supersedes his previous cycle in terms of music making and recording quality. … Continue reading Consumer Reports

PLAYLIST Week 1, 2014

Great recordings of masterpieces from the romantic era. All highly recommended, especially the upcoming Harmonia Mundi releases: Otto Klemperer, Philarhamonia Orchestra, New Phlharmonia Orchestra: Gustav Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 9, Das Lied von der Erde Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70 … Continue reading PLAYLIST Week 1, 2014

Keepin' It Real

Links and Lists: You've read my Jazz Critics Poll ballot, now find the final, tabulated results here, results in all categorieshere, the list of individual ballotshere, and the top 10 essay from Francis Davis, the head mofo in charge. Daniel Barenboim's new recording of the Beethoven symphonies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was one of … Continue reading Keepin' It Real