Budapest String Quartet, Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Archives like those for the old Columbia Records are the gift that keeps giving, not just in easy money for Sony but in new opportunities for music consumers. And now, finally, they’ve reissued one of the absolutely essential recordings in the classical repertory, the Budapest String Quartet's 1951-52 complete Beethoven Quartets. This is arguably the finest cycle … Continue reading Budapest String Quartet, Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

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