Monthly Archive: May 2008
A must-have video for Louis Armstrong fans; and fans of classic jazz will not be disappointed.
Piano Archives: Clara Haskil plays MOZART = Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor – Clara Haskil, piano/Paris Conservatory Orchestra/Jerzy Katlewicz (Concerto No. 19)/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan – Tahra
We tend to associate Haskil with Mozart interpretation almost exclusively, often disregarding the breadth of her repertory.
A quirky and fun exploration of music by a composer (and a fine organist) with a highly-developed sense of humor.
Simply stunning Schubert!
DOHNANYI: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 27; Violin Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 43 – Michael Ludwig, violin/ Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ JoAnn Falletta, conductor – Naxos
A convenient coupling of worthy entries
REICH: Daniel Variations; Variations for Vibes, Piano, and Strings – Los Angeles Master Chorale/ Grant Gershon, conductor/ London Sinfonietta/ Alan Pierson, conductor – Nonesuch
Almost review-proof, Reich’s fans will no doubt flock to this one—but is it really worth it?
Filia Praeclara = Music from 13th and 14th Century Polish Clarisse Convents – Ensemble Peregrina – Divox Antiqua
Unusual and highly interesting music, expertly done
In terms of entertainment value, this new Blu-ray disc from Opus Atre is beyond brilliant.
As a Blu-ray disc, it’s reference quality, with both picture and sound that offer a superior home theater experience.
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The opening half-minute of scratchy mono from the center channel sets up the stage for the mostly retro tunes to be delivered in updated fashion.
A most enjoyable entry in the again-growing chamber jazz genre.
WALTON: Belshazzar’s Feast – Dennis Noble, baritone/ London Philharmonic Choir/ London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult – Pristine Audio
This fine interpretation of William Walton’s popular oratorio features baritone Dennis Noble in splendid voice and diction.
This French thriller is a stylish and distinctive mix of new approaches to music, design, color and cinematography.
The lyrics are hip, sardonic and often conjure up a whole special story or scenario with just a few well-chosen phrases.
A top-selling album in Europe, Divenire has captivated listeners around the world with its piano-based minimalism.
1981 Village Vanguard Sessions from Richie Cole and Johnny Griffin
EDGAR BAINTON: Concerto fantasia for piano and orchestra; The Golden River; Three Pieces for Orchestra; Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal for string orchestra with flute & tambourine – Margaret Fingerhut, piano/BBC Philharmonic/Paul Daniel – Chandos
Lovely stuff, redolent of Delius to my ears.
Could have gone into our Classical section…
A few rock albums have been given jazz treatments, but I feel this one may well become recognized as the best to date.
MESSIAEN Chamber Works – Quartet for the End of Time; Theme and variations; Piece for Piano and String Quartet, Fantaisie; Le Merle noir – Hebrides Ensemble – Linn Records
This seems to be the first SACD incarnation of one of the 20th century’s most important works of chamber music.
His frailty in person belies the energies of his art, which now emanate from a modest stick technique.