By Marvin J. WardDIGITAL REVIEW – Félicien David's exotically tinged Lalla Roukh was popular at the Opéra-Comique in 1862, but it disappeared from the repertoire with its century. Naxos preserves its 2013 revival by Opera Lafayette.
By Richard GinellDIGITAL REVIEW – Gilbert Kaplan, who conducts only one work in public, the "Resurrection" Symphony, and who has already made two recordings, has just issued a third, for small orchestra. Yes, the mighty "Resurrection."
By Richard S. GinellDIGITAL REVIEW – John Adams' 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary' has received an enviably high-powered sendoff, with an international tour and now a dynamic DG recording led by Gustavo Dudamel.
By Richard S. GinellDIGITAL REVIEW - Nearly half of Leonard Bernstein's 53 Young People's Concerts were released in 1993 to general rapture. Now, after an exhaustive process of locating, remastering and rights obtaining, we have 27 more.
By Richard S. GinellDIGITAL REVIEW - Beethoven was 19 when he wrote the Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, which the San Francisco Symphony has recorded live, and you can hear him already ripping through the boundaries of his classical upbringing.
By John W. LambertDIGITAL REVIEW -- With mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, the historically-informed Decca recording is essential listening for music lovers who cherish what is arguably Vincenzo Bellini's most popular and stage-worthy opera.
By Richard S. GinellDIGITAL REVIEW -- Though Leopold Stokowski still casts a mighty shadow upon the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestra's new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is not afraid. Indeed, he meets the legend head-on.
By Perry TannenbaumDIGITAL REVIEW - The Emerson String Quartet's latest album, with guest violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Colin Carr, offers two very different string sextets written in the pre-dawn of the 20th century.
By Richard S. GinellDIGITAL REVIEW -- The 1963 recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was a sensation in its day. It's still at the head of the pack, not only for its stellar vocal soloists but also for producer John Culshaw's innovative use of space and stereo.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's live stream of Verdi's Requiem was Riccardo Muti's composition of choice to honor the great Italian composer's bicentennial. You can view it on demand here.