Domingo / My Christmas

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

From simple evocations of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” to a mariachi version of “Feliz Navidad”, this album has a Christmas touch for every Christmas taste.

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Two new releases of JS Bach

Monday, December 1st, 2014

In the best possible way Bach is inescapable, and so we turn to him again and again and again. Recently, the violinist Joshua Bell and the pianist Igor Levit have done so on separate Sony releases, and it is a joy to hear these great – but very different – artists give their voices within his.

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Kaufmann Means Something… But It’s Not Entirely Clear What

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

This is, perhaps, a recording that will be of special interest many years after the close of a great tenor’s career, and invariably accompanied by the question, “What was that all about?”

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Mozart / Le Nozze di Figaro, 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

It seems the good people of Perm (population 1,000,000 and located on the Kama River in the European Urals) have decided to invest in opera, in culture, and in identity. Judging by this first recording, they’re serious.

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Domingo the Verdi baritone

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

This new recording is strongly recommended to all who admire its singer, and as a starter kit for all who wish to discover the central Verdi baritone repertoire in the hands of one of our great musicians. We have, for 50 years now, been living in the Age of Domingo. This album opens a new era in that age.

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The Miracle of Heifetz

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Listen to Heifetz for yourself, and see if you don’t agree with Howard Taubman, long­time music critic at the New York Times, who once offered a retort to the charge that Heifetz was "a splendid, heart­less violin playing machine" by saying that "anyone with ears to hear knows this charge is rubbish." "For me and many others," Taubman wrote, "he was a non­pareil of violinists. He had everything—technique in super­abundance, purity of tone, taste, loftiness of feeling."

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