Music News 10/27/2022



The Beatles, REVOLVER: SPECIAL EDITION (Capitol, 2 CDs, $25.98) – After the re-issues of Abbey Road, Let It Be, the White Album, and Sgt. Pepper’s, the special editions of Beatles albums arrives at Revolver.  All of them have been remixed by Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin), with additional demos, singles, and alternate takes. Revolver was originally released in August, 1966, and featured such songs as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Taxman,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” 


Taylor Swift, MIDNIGHTS (Republic, $16.98) – Music “written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams…the stories of 13 sleepless nights.” 




Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE (Decca, $18.98) – On March 14, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led a benefit performance by the Met Opera Orchestra and guest soloists that was broadcast globally. He conducted works by Silvestrov, Barber, Verdi, Strauss and Beethoven. As well, Ukrainian bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi led the Met Chorus singing the Ukrainian national anthem. 


WEINBERG: SYMPHONIES NOS. 3 & 7 (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The soloists are pianist
Kirill Gerstein, and Marie-Christine Zupancic for Weinberg’s Flute Concerto No. 1


KAROL SZYMANOWSKI: PIANO WORKS (Deutsche Grammophon, $14.98) – Krystian Zimerman immerses himself in the music of Karol Szymanowski (1882 – 1937). He plays Masques, Variations of a Polish Folk Theme, and a selection of Mazurkas and Préludes





Every year, Gramophone Magazine’s critics vote on their favorite classical CDs of the past season (roughly, autumn of 2021 to autumn, 2022), in categories, as well as conferring special awards.  

A few of this year’s winners, which we have on display: 


Special Achievement 


MOZART MOMENTUM 1785 & MOZART MOMENTUM 1786 (Sony Classical, each 2 CDs, $18.98) – Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s “sense of exploration” makes for a “thrilling listen.” 





BEETHOVEN: DIABELLI VARIATIONS (Decca, $14.98) – Mitsuko Uchida’s masterful traversal, “with bags of character.” 




Quatuor Ébène, ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT (Erato, $18.98) – Major chamber works by Schoenberg and Duttilleux are linked by Night Bridge by the quartet’s cellist, Raphäel Merlin, who weaves together “four nocturnally themed jazz standards.” The Ébène Quartet are joined by two young stars, Antoine Tamestit on viola, and Nicolas Alstadeedt on cello.