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Historical Instruments Enter the Mainstream.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two new Angel recordings featuring British conductor Roger Norrington. Norrington is known for his use of original instruments. The albums feature music from the 19th century by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Weber, Wagner, and Berlioz.


Slavic Music Conducted by Vaclav Talich.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new reissue featuring Czech conductor Vaclav Talich (VATZ-lahf TAH-litch). Talich led the Czech Philharmonic off and on from the 20s to 1961. Lloyd says this recording shows Talich's national flavor, a trait that's lost in this modern world of globe-hopping star conductors. This recording features performances of Dvorak's 8th Symphony, and Smetana's "Moldau" and "From Bohemian Woods and Fields." (the recording is on Supraphon).


Klemperer Conducts Mozart and Other German Composers.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz presents the second in his two-part review of conductor Otto Klemperer. This time, Lloyd plays some of Klemperer's opera recordings and recordings of Mozart. (Angel Records has begun to reissue some of Klemperer's recordings on remastered compact discs.)


Klemperer Conducts Mahler.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a reissued series of performances by German conductor Otto Klemperer. Klemperer was a disciple of Gustave Mahler, and Lloyd says his performances of classical German pieces are one of this century's greatest musical legacies. The series has been digitally remastered by Angel Records.


Rare Examples of Toscanini Conducting Released on CD.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two new compact discs of music conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Schwartz says these two discs are rare examples of Toscanini conducting live performances while still at the height of his powers.


A Career-Spanning CD of Virgil Thomson's Music

The American composer was born in the 19th century, and has won nearly every major music award. At 93, he still lives in New York's Chelsea Hotel. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new album of his symphonic and operatic works.


Orchestral Gems at Three Minutes Apiece

Leroy Anderson was classical composer who often used popular forms in his orchestral music. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says a new collection of Anderson's Americana-infused work reveals his charm and wit.

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