Monthly Archive: March 2004

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March 2004 Contents 4 Component Reviews this month 61 Hi-Res Disc Reviews incl. more DVD-Audio: Jazz (Pt. 1) Marian McPartland, Jane Monheit, Gil Evans, Jim Hall Classical (Pt. 2) Mahler 3rd & 8th, Messiaen’s Turangalila Pop and everything else (Pt. 3) Tubular Bells DVD-A is the Disc of the Month, BS&T, Joe Beck, Steely Dan, […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

March 2004 Pt. 2 of 2   [Pt. 1] BRAHMS: Double Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102; Symphony No. 2 in d Major, Op. 73 – Gordan Nikolitch, violin; Tim High, cello; Bernard Haitink conducts London Symphony Orchestra – LSO 0043 74:50 (Distrib. Harmonia Mundi): Recorded live in May 17-18, 2003 at the Barbican Center, […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Classical Reissue Reviews, Part 2 of 2

March 2004, Pt. 2 of 2 SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto Op. 129 (rec. 1962); HINDEMITH: Cello Concerto (1940) (rec. 1967); A Tortelier master class: The Hindemith Concerto – Paul Tortelier, cello, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati (Schumann) and the New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Downes (Hindemith) – BBC Legends 4133-2 […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Classical Reissue Reviews, Part 1 of 2

March 2004, Pt. 1 of 2 DEBUSSY: Jeux–poeme danse; Six epigraphes antiques (Orch. Ansermet)/DUKAS: La Peri; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice/SAINT-SAENS: Danse macabre Ernest Ansermet conducts Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Paris Conservatory Orchestra (Dukas) Testament SBT 1324 69:02 (Distrib. Harmonia Mundi): Vintage 1953-1955 performances led by Ernest Ansermet (1883-1969), mathematician and conductor extraordinaire, known for […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Jazz CD Reviews

  Candido & Graciela – Inolvidable; Chesky Records JD249 CD: Much like the Buena Vista Social Club release, this disc has some interesting history behind it. Apparently, Graciela was known as the First Lady of Afro-Cuban Jazz and was the lead vocalist for a popular band from the 1940s through the 1970s. She went on […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Classical CD Reviews, Part 1 of 2

  Part 1 of 2  [Part 2] Soir, dit-elle – Works by BRYARS, POWER, IVAN MOODY, ANDREW SMITH, OLEH HARKAVYY – Trio Mediaeval – ECM CD 1869/ 476 1241: This second album by the Trio Mediaeval brings their three gorgeous voices (coloratura, soprano, contralto) to the public in an a capella style that has had […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

DVD-Video Reviews, Part 3 of 3

Part 3 – March 2004 [Part 1] [Part 2] Decasia: The State of Decay (2004) Film by Bill Morrison Music by Michael Gordon Studio: Plexifilm Video: 4:3 B&W Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Extras: Audio interview with Morrison and Gordon from WNYC Length: 67 min. Rating: **** Morrison’s experimental feature could well appeal to the same […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

DVD-Video Reviews, Part 2 of 3

Pt. 2 of 3 – March 2004 [Part 1] [Part 3] Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments from the Movies (2003) [Illustrated Book and DVD] Author: Joe Garner Hosted and Narrated by: Dustin Hoffman Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing Garner Creative Concepts Inc. DVD: Video: 4:3 with letterbox display of widescreen films Audio: Dolby Digital stereo Extras: […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

DVD-Video Reviews, Part 1 of 3

March 2004, Pt. 1  ALL MUSIC VIDEOS [Pt. 2] [Pt. 3] Claudio Abbado conducts BEETHOVEN: Symphonies 4 & 7 (2003) Studio: EuroArts Video: 16:9 widescreen enhanced Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby 5.1, PCM Stereo Extras: Multi-angle switching on 7th. 14 p. booklet Length: 81 min. Rating: **** This was one of the most enjoyable video concerts […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Hi-Res Disc Reviews, Part 1 of 3 Jazz

61 SACD and DVD-A Reviews This Month! March 2004, Pt. 1 of 3 – Jazz [Part 2]     [Part 3] click on any cover to go directly to its review Billy Cobham – Spectrum; Rhino R9 78408 DVD-A: The music on this disc is thematic. Early tracks utilize electric guitar and are fast-paced, reminiscent of […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Component Review, Part 4 of 4

March 2004, Part 4 [Pt. 1] [Pt. 2] [Pt. 3]  Toshiba Combo 27-inch Flat Color TV with VHS VCR & DVD Video Player – MW27FN1 (-R) SRP: $699 SPECS: Speakers: 2-way, 46mm & 99mm, 8 ohm, 2.5W amp Power supply: AC 120V, 60Hz Power consumption: 145w Weight: 97 lbs. Dimensions: 29 1/8 W x 25 […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Component Review, Part 3 of 4

March 2004, Part 3 [Pt. 1] [Pt. 2] [Pt. 4]  Music Hall Mambo Stereo Integrated Amplifier SRP: $1300 Music Hall 108 Station Road Great Neck, NY 11023 516-487-3663 (voice) 516-773-3891 (fax) https://www.musichallaudio.com/ Basic Description Stereo class-A 50 wpc integrated amplifier with 24-bit/96kHz upsampling DAC; remote control; 1 toslink and 1 coaxial digital input; 5 analog […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Component Review, Part 2 of 4

No. 2 [No. 1] [3] [4] •   March 2004 Lumagen Vision Pro Video Scaler Key Features Inputs 8 programmable inputs. Up to 8 Composite, 8 S-Video, 4 Component, 2 pass-through NEW Optional SDI input  (factory upgradeable) Professional grade BNC’s used for all inputs Up to 2 Pass-through inputs, with 300 MHz bandwidth Studio quality TV […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Component Review, Part 1 of 4

March 2004, Review 1 [2] [3] [4] ACOUSTECH 5.1-CHANNEL LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM Acoustech 42 Alpha Drive Highland Heights, OH 44143 (888) 461-4628 www.bicamerica.com One of the highlights of this year’s CES show was the introduction of a fresh series of loudspeakers from a well-established U.S.-based manufacturer. Designed with a horn tweeter system, this new speaker line […]

Classical CD Reviews, Part 2 of 2

Index to All 143 Discs Reviewed for March 2004

Index to All 143 Discs Reviewed for March 2004: Hi-Res Discs Pt. 1 (Jazz) – Billy Cobham – Spectrum, Marian McPartland with String – Silent Pool, Jane Monheit x 2: Never Never Land/Come Dream With Me, Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Bros., John Pizzarelli – My Blue Heaven, Jack McDuff and Joey DeFrancesco – It’s […]