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Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
A sense of the mannered or precious can debase these songs; Keenlyside's sweeping, robust lyricism is deceptively effortless and exactly right...Dr Johnson once said that every man thinks worse... — More…
Simon Mulligan (piano) & Wen-Sinn Yang (cello)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier
Simon Mulligan is an outstanding piano soloist, combining precision with a beautiful pearly sound in the upper register. The cellist Weng-Sinn Yang isn't always as tight rhythmically, but makes... — More…
American organ music
Andrew Peters (Schantz organ of Second Presbyterian Church, Saint Louis)
Although many of [the tracks] will, I suspect, be unfamiliar territory, this comprehensive survey o some of the best American organ music should do much to correct any ignorance…This attractive... — More…
Philippe Quint (violin) & Jeffrey Khaner (flute)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, José Serebrier
On this well-planned Naxos disc we are transported into [Rorem's] refined, often elegiac sound-world by the opening Pilgrims for string orchestra, which evokes a quiet feeling of 'remembrance'...Philippe... — More…
Carol Wincenc (flute), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Menahem Pressler (piano), Mary Ann McCormick (mezzo-soprano), Edgar Meyer (double bass), David Shifrin (clarinet), Leon Fischer (piano), Philip Setzer (violin) & Lawrence Dutton (viola), Paul Neubauer (viola), Renée...
American Choral Music
Meg Bragle (mezzo), Frederick Teardo (organ), Anna Reinersman (harp), Maya Gunji (percussion)
Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, John Scott
Scott’s mastery of his vocal forces is exemplary and the choir’s distinctive sound has been well captured in the excellent remastering of the original recording. — More…
Laura Aikin (soprano), Nicola Jurgensen (clarinet), Gerhard Zank (cello), Donald Sulzen (piano)
Interest continues in Ned Rorem's vocal music – more than 300 solo songs and numerous songcycles.
There's little duplication between Laura Aikin's recital and those of Susan Graham and Carole... — More…
Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano), Libby Burgess (piano), Catriona Scott (clarinet)
This is a quite remarkable gathering together of songs that evoke so many emotions. Clare McCaldin shows how she is able to shape and control her voice to draw so much from each song, following... — More…