Monthly Archive: January 2007
Focus on Digital Rights Management
Music for Compline = Works of TALLIS, BYRD, SHEPPARD, WHITE, ASTON – Stile Antico – Harmonia mundi USA
Music meant for SACD surround like no other
PHILIP GLASS: The Light; Heroes Symphony – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ Marin Alsop – Naxos“GLASS Reflections” – Symphony for Eight; Company; Mishima; Facades; 5 Selections from “The Secret Agent – Cello Octet Ibérico/Arizcuren – Orange Mt. Music
Glass x 2: Symphonic Glass + Cello Ensemble Glass
JEAN FRANCAIX: L’Horloge de Flore (Flower Clock) & other works – Lajos Lencses, oboe & ens. – CPO JACQUES IBERT: “Jacques Around the Clock” – Sue Ann Kahn, flute & ens. – Albany
Works having to do with clocks and featuring two witty French composers of delightful chamber music
ROSSINI: “Album de Château” Complete works for piano Vol. 7 – Paolo Giacometti, piano – Channel Classics
Parlor-piano selections with humor in both the titles and music
PUCCINI: Tosca (complete opera) – Monserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Samuel Ramey/ Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Covent Garden/ Sir Colin Davis – PentaTone Classics
A wonderful opera reissue in an eight-to-four channel mix for the first time
One of the five RVG Remasters to be released Feb. 6
BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2; String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 – Vladimir Bukac, viola/ Prazak Quartet – Praga Digitals
Vibrant, vivid realizations of two Brahms chamber music staples, in explosive surround sound
VocalEssence with Garrison Keillor – Hymn to Potatoes and Other Masterworks from “A Prairie Home Companion” – Garrison Keillor, narrator/VocalEssence Ensemble Singers/Philip Brunelle, conductor/ Charles Kemper, piano/Richard Dvorsky – VocalEssence Records
Garrison Keillor’s warm homespun humor is paired with masterful choral singing by VocalEssence.
One album of Agricola’s music should grace every serious collection
Buddy Guy, Clarence “Gatormouth” Brown and Bobby Parker play on three-DVD set
20 Recent 180-gram platters from Classic Records, Mobile Fidelity, Cisco Music, Acoustic Sounds, Sundazed, Speakers Corner, Pure Pleasure Records, Tacet
Lang Lang, piano – Dragon Songs – The Yellow River Piano Concerto; 7 Chinese piano pieces; 3 Duos with folk instruments – plus interview/introductions to the short pieces on DVD, plus a Documentary on Lang Lang’s China tour – DGG CD + DVD
This packed-to-overflowing alternative to the DualDisc format shows the right way to go about providing both an audio and a video program.
Warner Bros. Claims a Solution to the HD Format War; Samsung Introduces 1.8-inch 60GB Hard Drive; German High End Audio Firm Steps Into Multichannel
He merges his unique jazz writing with a big steel band which is basically himself overdubbed many times.
ROSSINI: Semiramide Overture; MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 “Tragic”; NIELSEN: Symphony No. 5; Jascha Horenstein with Deryck Cooke – BBC Symphony Orchestra (Rossini)/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Mahler)/ New Philharmonia/Horenstein – BBC Legends
The orchestra renders huge, sweeping arches of sound, alternately militant and yearning, with bits of irony liberally peppered throughout.
“Espana” = RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol; GRANADOS: Andaluza, Danza Espanola No. 5; CHABRIER: Espana; MOSZKOWSKI: Spanish Dances, Book 1 – London Symphony Orchestra/ Ataulfo Argenta – Decca/First Impression Music
Another great Decca analog recording licensed by F.I.M. for their classy reissue series on xrcd, which requires no special player or decoding.
Theatre of Voices sings the “Cries” with rich characterization, in contrast to the well-articulated playing of the viol consort
GRAUN: Te Deum; Three motets – Monika Mauch, soprano/ Elisabeth von Magnus, mezzo-soprano/ Bernhard Gartner, tenor/ Klaus Mertens, bass/ L’arpa festante/ Basler Madrigalisten/ Fritz Naf, conductor – CPO
A lovely work of subtle spiritual countenance in calmly enveloping sound
HANDEL Arias – Angelika Kirchschlager, soprano/ Kammerorchester Basel/ Laurence Cummings – Sony Classical
They have gone all-out in this production for Sony’s resident Babe-soprano
Magnificent restorations of the two samurai films of Akira Kurosawa
“The Big Picture” – Selections from Hollywood’s recent action blockbusters with sound effects – Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Telarc
Reissue of a 1997 DTS-only surround CD, this time with SACD surround and stereo CD options