From the notes: If we wish to get an insight into what our music-loving grandparents regarded as "the Classical style", we need look no further than these discs, representing the work of the modern world's first great Franco-Belgian string quartet ensemble. Here is the epitome of the wristy bowing, springy rhythm and gutty but delicate sound, with its restrained vibrato, which flourished in Brussels, Liège and Paris until the Second World War, when it began to give ground to the advance of the Russian school. By the time these precious records were made, even the Flonzaley Quartet had taken a Russian violinist to its bosom - but the essential lightness and clarity of the Franco-Belgian method survived…. The Flonzaley Quartet was a full-time group composed of four absolutely equal partners and its performances were immaculately groomed. written by Tully Potter
MOZART 111 combines the best of the Austrian master's music with the best of Deutsche Grammophon's Mozart recordings, bringing together a total of 111 works, while retaining, as far as possible, the original album releases with their cover art. There's enough of everything here to stock a shop, as they say, in performances that have stood the test of time and performances that make you sit up and listen to Mozart afresh the perfect way to discover, rediscover and savor the incomparable genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
This is one of the best Christmas compilations for the classical music lover I know of, and far ahead of similar CDs from RCA Living Stereo, Nimbus, and Decca/London. Tracing over some 90 years of recorded sound, some of the highlights include: A nice, if somewhat saccherine, performance of "White Christmas" by, believe it or not, Nelson Eddy.
With the Skylark "experiment" behind him, Paul Desmond reverted back to the relaxed quartet format that suited him well in the past. The reason? Through Jim Hall, he found a little-known, splendid guitarist in Toronto named Ed Bickert who became his new gigmate in 1974, and this album was meant to show his discovery off. In fact, it sparked a Desmond renaissance where he regained a good deal of the witty spark and erudite cool of his collaborations with Hall, no matter how unfashionable it was to play this way in 1974.
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.
In 1956 Glenn Gould’s first Columbia Masterworks release, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, took the music world by storm and immediately established the 23-year-old Canadian pianist as one of the most brilliant, original, charismatic and provocative classical performers of his time. Sixty years later, Gould’s prolific recorded output remains a stimulating presence, thanks to Sony Classical’s newly remastered collection of his complete authorized recordings in an 81-CD limited edition. The Sound of Glenn Gould presents highlights from this definitive presentation of the legendary pianist’s discography.
At a simply unbeatable price, Meditation offers ten CDs worth of intimate instrumental favorites by classical masters. These timeless melodies are a soothing, soul-satisfying balm for our hectic, harried lives. Sail away with Pachelbel's Canon, Albinoni's Adagio, Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, Debussy's "Clair de lune," and Brahms's Lullaby, as well as melting masterworks by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and many others.