Many collectors would agree that Sviatoslav Richter was the greatest pianist of the 20th century. His enormous recorded legacy hides hundreds of treasures, many of which are included in this beautiful 51CD set. Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (20th March 2015), the edition encompasses his complete Decca, Philips and DG recordings, including his Sofia Recital as well as his collaborations with Rostropovich, Karajan and Benjamin Britten.
Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
For those who have yet to delve into Yuri Gagarin's work, this is a Swedish instrumental space rock group that quickly managed to assemble a loyal underground following from the moment their self-titled debut was released in 2013. The band's formula isn't very intricate, relying instead on the huge atmosphere the instruments create. Also, repetition is essential in this type of music, as it manages to induce you in a lovely trance, while they work wonders.
Two years later, Yuri Gagarin are back with a sophomore effort, entitled At The Center Of All Infinity. The sweeping echoes give way to 'The New Order', taking off in a characteristic fashion: the bass and drums get locked in a circular pattern, whereas the guitars start floating around…