Bill’s Back Catalog Treasures #2

2nd Edition
Eye Openers, Ear Openers
written by Bill Dodd

We all put a lot of emphasis on the latest recording technology these days, but it’s important to remember that Channel Classics releases from earlier years have award-winning, unsurpassed recording quality for the time they were released. 

Retired broadcaster Bill Dodd is exploring many of these recordings to help you find some wonderful music.  In some cases, CD’s are sold out, but all are available as excellent quality downloads– both CD-quality FLAC and MP3.


In this second edition, I deliver my promised “ear opener!”  I have a number of recordings of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).  My favorites include the composer’s own Stereo recording, Bernstein with the NYPO, and my absolute favorite: Ivan Fischer conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

25% OFF code: TREASURES

through July 14th, 2019

But here is a real surprise, a transcription for 4 pianos, performed by The Amsterdam Piano Quartet.  The arrangement is by Quartet member Maarten Bon.  I’m not saying it should be your only Rite, but it will be one you will return to again and again as a reminder of this landmark work’s basics. I’m fascinated by it. If you love Le Sacre, you will be fascinated as well. The rhythms, the patterns. Listen! And Debussy’s Jeux is equally interesting in this transcription.

25% OFF code: TREASURES

through July 14th, 2019

You could look a long time and not find a better recorded or played guitar than this set of Piazzolla’s music.  Baltazar Benitez knows this music in his heart.  This is foreground music, but it is also music that will transport you to a faraway world.  The recording quality is especially fine, capturing the essence of this music. 

25% OFF code: TREASURES

through July 14th, 2019

Dejan Lazic has always amazed me.  His playing makes me tempted to believe in reincarnation!  He’s in his young 20’s on this album, and yet his Chopin radiates a worldliness that must be heard.  Dejan Lazic has opened my heart to this composer.  And this is the first time I’ve heard the real beauty in the Funeral March.  Don’t Hesitate.  By the way, all three of these albums could win prizes for their recording quality even today.

25% OFF code: TREASURES

through July 14th, 2019

Next time, hear some Debussy the way HE heard it…