Monthly Archive: October 2007
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major – Aachen Symphony Orchestra/Marcus Bosch – Coviello Classics
Definitely music for all those who love brass in their symphonies, with their pipe organ-like sonic explosions.
A wonderfully imaginative Tim Burton take on the Frankenstein monster film.
One of the most beautifully-filmed features ever made for the wide screen.
The true story of the Clifford Irving Howard Hughes scam
“The Romantic Cello Concerto – 2” – ROBERT VOLKMANN: Cello Concerto; ALBERT DIETRICH: Cello Concerto; FRIEDRICH GERNSHEIM: Cello Concerto; ROBERT SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A Minor- Alban Gerhardt, cello/ Berlin Radio Sym./Hannu Lintu – Hyperion
Leave it to Hyperion to start a cello concerto series similar to their long-running and excellent piano concerto and violin concerto series.
The sheer serenity in making music at the keyboard convinces us every time that Rubinstein inhabits a league of his own.
One of the freshest mixes of Latin and Smooth Jazz I’ve heard in a long time.
Classic big band jazz for listenin’ and dancin’!
A fresh-sounding jazz trio worthy of a listen
This is a powerful voice exhibiting great musicianship, good pitch, swing, and a way with the lyrics that is most eloquent.
MGM DVDs Honor 90th Anniversary of United Artists; Hi-Res Audio for the New Hi-Def DVD Formats; Consumer Warning on Electronic Products for Children
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet & strings; Concertino for Two Pianos; Piano Quintet – Martha Argerich, piano; Lily Zilberstein, piano; Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet; Orchestra of the Italian-Swiss Radio/Alexander Vedernikov – EMI
Another piece of evidence supporting my dictum that you cannot go wrong with any recording involving Martha Argerich.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 – Evgeny Kissin, piano/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis – EMI Classics
The happy realization of principles may become the preferred, contemporary version for many a Mozartean.
ALFVEN: Symphony No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 54; Andante Religioso, Op. 31 – Norrkoeping Symphony Orchestra/Niklas Willen – Naxos
The moody, turbulent music is scored along the lines of Bruckner and Mahler.
Gregory Partain, Vol. II = RACHMANINOV: 3 Preludes; SCARLATTI: 3 Preludes; BRAHMS: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1; BARNES: Toccata: Act of War; BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 23 in F Minor “Appassionata” – Gregory Partain, piano – MSR Classics
A thoughtful, controlled demonstration of fluent keyboard artistry.
“Three Centuries for Four Brass” – GERVAISE: Six Branles; ANTON SIMON: Quartet; ANDREA GABRIELI: Ricercare del primo tuono; BRUCE ADOLPH: Desperate Measures; HOVHANESS: Psalm; ROBERT STARER: Profiles in Brass – Metropolitan Brass Q. – MSR Classics
Metropolitan’s brass quartet had a different sound which was modeled more on the string quartet and early choral polyphony.
CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN: Concerto for solo piano; Troisième recueil de chants (Third Collection of Songs) – Marc-André Hamelin, piano – Hyperion
Hamelin is not fazed by the horrendous technical difficulties of much of Alkan’s piano music.
Two creative players getting together without any rhythm section
Paul McCandless on reeds highlights this trio with all original compositions
Dylan at Newport: Protests to Plugging In
An amazingly good school jazz band
BRUCKNER: Mass in E Minor; Ave Maria; Locus iste; Christus factus est; Vexilla regis; Os iusti; Virga Jesse floruit; Pange lingua – Polyphony/ Britten Sinfonia/ Stephen Layton, conductor – Hyperion
Sparse, medieval, and compellingly beautiful performances