Monthly Archive: September 2007
A lavish interpretation of the familiar vampire tale; could have better resolution
KODALY: Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello Op. 8; Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7; BOTTERMUND-STARKER: Variations on a Theme by Paganini – Janos Starker, cello/ Josef Gingold, violin – TopMusic
Starker made the first recording of Op. 8 in 1948 and this is its only restored, complete version.
Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – VAN OTTERLOO: Serenade; WOUD: The Call, the brass presented; GABRIELI: Canzon; HENZE: Ragtimes & Habaneras; WM. SCHMIDT: Variants with Solo Cadenzas for trumpet quartet; BOURGEOIS: Con. Grosso – RCO Live
A fascinating brass program of wide appeal
A quietly moving and powerful film about male friendship
103-inch 1080p Plasma Display; New Crestron Home Theater System; SRS Labs Introduces iWOW2 Audio Processing for Macs
VALENTIN SILVESTROV: Bagatellen und Serenaden = Bagatellen I-XIII – Silvestrov, piano; Elegie; Stille Musik; Abschiedsserenade – Munich Chamber Orchestra/ Christoph Poppen; Der Bote; Zwei Dialoge mit Nachwort – Alexei Lubimov, p./Poppen – ECM New Series
A special and unexpected treat is the opening suite of eight of his bagatelles performed by the composer himself.
The theme is a musical interpretation of the Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini – not necessarily music for his specific films, but an interpretation of the late filmmaker’s life work
KAREL HUSA: Smetana Fanfare; Al Fresco; Concertino for Piano and Winds; Music for Prague – Momoko Gresham, piano/Illinois State University Wind Symphony/ Stephen Steele – Albany
Thoroughly professional performances and excellent sonics, recorded in live performance at the University.
BRAHMS: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11; Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16 – Gewandhaus Orchester, Leipzig/ Kurt Masur – PentaTone Classics
Readings of outdoor Brahms from 1981 ingratiatingly remastered from Philips’ quad tapes for a glorious, summer day and summer evening, respectively.
HANDEL: Nine German Arias; Three Oboe Concertos – Carolyn Sampson, soprano/ The King’s Consort (Alexandra Bellamy, oboe/ Stephanie-Marie Degand, violin/ Jonathon Cohen, cello/ Lynda Sayce, theorbo/ Robert King, harpsichord and chamber organ) – Hyperion
Despite a few reservations, this is essential Handel, and the only game in town right now
The Best of Edgar Meyer – with Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Joshua Bell, Mike Marshall, St. Paul Chamber Orch./Hugh Wolff – Sony Classical
The crossover/under/sideways doublebassist/composer stretches ones ears in a variety of selections from past albums.
Unknown until now, and well worth the wait
Magical Flute of China: Portrait of Dizi Master Tang Jun Qiao – Tang Jun Qiao, Dizi (Chinese Bamboo Flute); Ying Hao Tong, Chinese Cymbalo; Shen Yi Wen, Piano – Channel Classics
While many performances of traditional Asian music may seem a chore to get through, this disc is anything but that.
Despite the rather trivial nature of their titles, these pieces are immensely entertaining, and are definitely the work of a masterful composer.
A tour-de-force in every respect – the performances are magnificent, and the multichannel surround recording is equally impressive.
BEETHOVEN: Symphonies No. 4 and 7 – Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra – Philippe Herreweghe, Director – Talent
I’d prepared myself for more of an authentic instrument performance of these two symphonies, and was blown away by the totally modern sound emanating from the speakers.
The performance consists of six singers, three males and three females, sitting in a circle, chanting, singing, humming, speaking and harmonizing through 51 iterations of a meditation in B-flat.
This disc offers substantial proof that perhaps the classical world should re-evaluate Grieg’s place as a choral composer.
A film that will keep any sci-fi/fantasy fan thoroughly entertained for two-plus hours.
Amazon Launches Digital Music Downloads; Art Tatum Featured in Second Zenph Studios Re-Performance; Two Massive TV Series Offered on DVD Sets
Unlike his earlier Soldier of Orange, this Verhoeven WWII feature concentrates on the German side
The very specific placement of the four guitarists across the front of the soundstage adds much interest to the music.