Classical Music CD Reviews
Joshua Bell - At Home with Friends
Released on Sept. 25, 2009, Joshua Bell's At Home with Friends, as the album title suggests, features music performed by Bell and various guest artists including Kristen Chenowith, Sting, Marvin Hamlisch, Chris Botti, and more. Learn more about Joshua Bell - At Home with Friends in this classical music CD review.
Josh Groban CDs
Since his debut album in 2001, Josh Groban has enjoyed great success. Like Andrea Bocelli, Groban isn't an operatic singer, but his classically influenced voice has mesmerized and captured the hearts of many people around the world, selling over 23 million albums worldwide.
Ahn Trio - Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac
A classical music CD review of the Ahn Trio's "Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac," featuring fantastic modern music for violin, cello, and piano.
Andrea Bocelli - Amore
Andrea Bocelli's unique voice has become synonymous with romance, passion, and emotion. With guest appearances by Kenny G, Christina Aguilera, and Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli's Amore offers its listeners a unique selection of songs.
Angels String Quartet - Haydn: Complete String Quartets
Haydn: Complete String Quartets, performed by the Angeles String Quartet, is a relatively large investment, but well worth the cost. Read this review of this album before you spend your money.
Avo Part - In Principio
A classical music CD review of Avo Part's "In Principio". Part's modern day masterpiece features a selection of his works dating back to 1989, some new and some revised. It's a sublime blend of both choral and symphonic music.
Beethoven - The Complete Cycle of Trios Volume Two
This album features a flawless performance of Beethoven's piano trios. The Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio may not have a catchy name like the Emerson String Quartet, but their musicianship is right on par.
Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias
Classical Music CD review of Opera Arias by Bryn Terfel. Terfel, world renowned baritone, brings depth and clarity to each aria on this CD.
Chicago a cappella - Shall I Compare Thee?
A review of the classical music album "Shall I Compare Thee?" by Chicago a cappella. No matter how fantastic the performer is, unfortunately, some music just can't be made to sound good.
Cleveland Orchestra - Bruckner No. 5
A review of The Cleveland Orchestra's performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 presented by PBS on June 11, 2008. Recorded at the Abbey of St. Florian in Linz, Austria, during the 2006 Brucknerfest, conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra perform Bruckner's thrilling Symphony No. 5.
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson - A Celebration
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, one of America's highly esteemed African-American 20th Century composers, earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Princeton University. On this classical CD you will find a handful of works composed by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson throughout his years as a composer.
David Korevaar - The Ricardo Vines Collection
A classical music CD review of The Ricardo Viñes Collection by David Korevaar, piano. This album is chock-full of great French piano music created by composers somewhat overshadowed by Debussy and Ravel. If you're looking to add a new piano CD to your collection, look no further.
Easley Blackwood - Chamber Music for Piano and Strings
A classical music review of Easley Blackwood Chamber Music for Piano and Strings. If you are looking for something new, something less traditional, then this album is perfect for you. Easley Blackwood,Charles Pikler and Gary Stucka play their respective instruments marvelously, despite the few "under-performed" tracks.
Eighth Blackbird - Fred
A classical music CD review of Eighth Blackbird's Fred. Abstract. Contemporary. If you like the music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, you’ll like this music by Frederic Rzewski (pronounced ZHEV-skee).
Eighth Blackbird - Strange Imaginary Animals
Far from your typical walk in the park, Strange Imaginary Animals, much like the title portrays, is an abstract album evoking sounds of wildlife and even delivery trucks.
Grant Park Orchestra - American Orchestral Works
A Classical CD Music review of American Orchestral Works performed by the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Kalmar. This album features 20th century contemporary music that may not be enjoyable for those searching for the traditional classical music like the works of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.
Jennifer Koh - Portraits
Featuring three works by three 20th century composers, the music on this album is far from Mozart and Haydn. While most people will find the music too abstract, there are some who'll find it altogether delightful.
Jennifer Koh - Schumann, The Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Classical music CD review of Jennifer Koh's Schumann's Sonatas for Violin and Piano. It's a spectacular, Grammy worthy performance you'll definitely need to check out.
Jorge Federico Osorio - Debussy & Liszt
Jorge Federico Osorio brilliantly performs Debussy's Preludes Books 1 & 2 and Listz's 3 Sonetti del Petrarca, Les jeux d'auz a la Villa d'Este, and Valee d'Obermann.
Jorge Federico Osorio - Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce
The charming and delightful classical music album, Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce, performed by Mexican born piano virtuoso, Jorge Federico Osorio, entrances the audience with romantic European styles combined with a Latin flavors.
Joshua Bell - Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
A classical music CD review of Joshua Bell - Vivaldi, The Four Seasons - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Joshua Bell, one of the world's most celebrated violinists, takes his virtuosic talents to a level I've never encountered. He makes the violin do things I never thought was possible. Throughout the album, prepare to be amazed and astonished.
Lionheart - El Siglo de Oro
A classical music CD review of Lionheart, chant and polyphony of Renaissance Spain. Great recordings of the Spanish Renaissance composers Francisco Guerrero and Cristobal de Morales are often hard to find. Luckily, Lionheart has simplified the task by taking matters into their own hands - they recorded their own album.
Ludovico Einaudi - Divenire
A classical music CD review of Ludovico Einaudi's 'Divenire'. This is a polyphonic masterpiece with the ability to draw you inside yourself wholeheartedly.
M. Zachary Johnson - Saxophone Music
This is truly a refreshing album. M. Zachary Johnson's compositions are brilliant and refined. The saxophone's smooth velvety sound combined with the piano is like chocolate and peanut butter - they just belong together. If your looking for something new, something different, this album is a must have.
Maya Beiser - Almost Human
Classical Music CD Review of Maya Beiser's "Almost Human." A thought provoking album full of charm, whit, charisma, and introverted melodies, its avant-garde lyricism paired with fantastic narration and vocals make this a truly unique and enjoyable piece of music.
Meet the Musicians (DVD)
Looking for a way to introduce composers and their music in an interesting educational way to your children? Look no further. Dennis Kobray stars in this riveting series of DVD's performing and story telling in period costumes.
Mozart - Serenade No. 10 "Gran Partita" K. 361
Mozart's "Gran Partita" is a smooth and stately serenade for a 13 piece wind and double bass violin ensemble. Its elegant harmonic structures and flowing melodic lines will enrapture your senses from start to finish. The performance by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, conducted by H. Robert Reynolds, was spectacular.
Murray Perahia - Bach Partitas 2, 3, & 4
Those with an affinity for music by Bach or exquisite piano performance will no doubt like Murray Perahia's Bach Partitas 2, 3, and 4. Those of you looking for a performance of the Partitas on the instrument for which they were intended (the harpsichord), keep looking.
Nathan Gunn - Just Before Sunrise
Nathan Gunn has an extremely beautiful, rich, and well-rounded baritone voice, but "Just Before Sunrise" falls short of creating a unique and believable listening experience.
Orion String Quartet - Beethoven Middle String Quartets
Classical music CD review of Beethoven Middle String Quartets performed by the critically acclaimed Orion String Quartet. If you do not own any recordings of Beethoven's string quartets, or any decent ones for that matter, look no further. You'll love Orion String Quartet's performance.
Pacifica Quartet - Declarations: Music Between the Wars
If you don't know, I don't particularly favor modern classical works, but this album, well, at least Janacek's String Quartet No. 2, is superb.
Pacifica Quartet - Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
Flawless performances, expert musicianship and perfect blend and balance all packaged in a three disk set. What more could you ask for in a classical music album?
Patrice Michaels - American Songs
American Songs is a collection of music from twelve different American composers (all are still living), chosen in part by soprano, Patrice Michaels. Her passion and love for American art song is present throughout the album.
Philip Glass - Portrait
A classical music CD review of Philip Glass "Portrait" performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta. With delicate melodies, lush orchestrations, and stirring rhythms, you'll no doubt fall in love with Glass's music, especially as it is performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Brahms Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
You don't need a Super Audio CD player to enjoy this music. Under the baton of Marek Janowski, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra captures the subtleties and complexities of Brahms Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 with two brilliant performances. Update your Brahms collection with this album.
Poetic Inspirations: Works for Oboe, Viola, & Piano
A sublime album for three exquisite instruments. "Poetic Inspirations" has been one of the best classical CDs so far this year. I highly recommend this album.
Quartetto Gelato - Favorite Flavours
Quartetto Gelato's Favorite Flavours is a "best of" album combining their fans' favorite works from their previous five albums. Quartetto Gelato performs the favored classical and folk music in a refreshing and captivating new style.
Rachel Barton Pine - American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell
Violin enthusiasts and appreciators of fine music will find Rachel Barton Pine's "American Virtuosa - Tribute to Maud Powell" a wonderfully delightful and timeless classical music CD with eighteen different pieces of music.
The Red Violin Concerto
Joshua Bell performs John Corigliano's Red Violin Concerto. With qualities similar to the compositions of Gustav Mahler, Corigliano's music is wonderfully orchestrated, full of color - harmonically and rhythmically, and heavy with mood.
Reneé Fleming - Haunted Heart
This is the Reneé Fleming you've never heard before. Reneé Fleming's "Haunted Heart" is a soulful jazz album with songs in English, French, Spanish and German. This album is truly unique - a must have!
Sebastian Currier - On the Verge
Sebastain Currier's "On the Verge" is an intellectual feast of modern music. Inspired by life's ordinary phrases, words, and events, the movements of Currier's works articulate their given titles: Sleepless, Remote, Bipolar, and Starlight (just to name a few).
Twilight of the Romantics
The world premier recording, Twilight of the Romantics, is delightfully fresh music by two extremely talented composers of the Late Viennese era. Although dwarfed by Brahms and Mahler, their music equally compares in style, texture, and melody.
The Ultimate Divas Album
The Ultimate Divas Album is a compilation CD including artists such as Kathleen Battle, Joan Sutherland, and Renee Fleming, performing well known arias by Mozart, Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, and others. This is a must have for any collection.
Valentin Silvestrov - Drama (World Premiere Recording)
For the most part, I am impressed with this album. The musicians perform enthuastically and intuitively, and though a couple of the movements were more "theater" than music, the album as a whole was enjoyable and interesting.
Vermeer Quartet - Britten & Bliss
This album by the talented Vermeer Quartet, with famous oboist, Alex Klein, features three works by Benjamin Britten and Arthur Bliss. Upon first listening to Britten and Bliss, I wasn't immediately drawn in. However, listening to Britten's Phantasy Quartet No. 2 and Bliss's Quintet for Oboe and Strings a second time through was such a delight
This relatively unknown female Czech composer composed the works of this album all before turning the young age of twenty-six. If you are looking for highly sophisticated piano music rich in texture, clarity, and depth, look no further.
Vittorio Grigolo - Vittorio
Vittorio Grigolo's self-titled debut album was a huge hit in the UK, earning the number 6 spot in the Top 10 Albums. Read the review of his debut album, Vittorio.
William Ferris Chorale - Menotti & Vierne
If you're looking for something less mainstream, these two modern works are anything but modern sounding. Menotti's operatic Missa has been rightfully compared to Verdi's Requiem, while Vierne's Messe Solennelle has been compared to Faure's Requiem. Both works exhibit passion and beauty, and, although contrasting in style, compare in intensity and color.
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The Music of America: John Williams
The Music of America: John Williams, released as part of Sony Masterwork's American composer deluxe set, is a wonderful 3-disk collection of some of Williams' most celebrated works. Read the full review of The Music of America: John Williams.
The Music of America: Samuel Barber
The Music of America: Samuel Barber, released as part of Sony Masterwork's American composer deluxe set, features a fantastic collection of Barber's most acclaimed pieces over three disks. Read the full review of The Music of America: Samuel Barber.
Five Popular Luciano Pavarotti Albums
Luciano Pavarotti is possibly one of the greatest tenors the world has ever known, at least in the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are five of popular Luciano Pavarotti albums. If you don't own any Luciano Pavarotti albums, you should definitely consider purchasing at least one or two of these albums. They are a collection of some of...
Top 100 Favourite Classical Melodies
A review of the classical album, Top 100 Favourite Classical Melodies.