A review of the Flux Quartet’s recording of Feldman’s String Quartet No. 1, on Mode Records.
With the recent release of a new box set of Pierre Boulez’ recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, there are now more than 100 CDs of 20th century music conducted by Boulez available at budget prices.
I recently got the Sviatoslav Richter Complete Album Collection. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) On 18 discs, this includes his recordings for Columbia Records, notably five recitals from Carnegie Hall in 1960. I find it quaint the way they labeled “live” performances back then: Recorded in Actual Performance. I guess this was to distinguish from a non-realistic […]
Steve Guttenberg, writing at CNet, makes an interesting point: Most people listen to music in their cars, portable players, or $10 computer speakers. Audiophiles are the 1 percent still listening at home over a hi-fi. Yes, most people listen on portable devices or cheap speakers. I raised that question recently when I suggested that rather […]
I’ve spotted some interesting classical box sets due for release in the coming weeks. (Some of these sets are not yet listed on Amazon.com, so links won’t work for all of them.) Decca Sound: The Mono Years, 1944-1956 “Orchestral & Instrumental”. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This 53-disc box set includes some of the best early mono […]