Monthly Archive: July 2008
A minimalist symphony, one of sorrowful songs about sorrowful years and events, but not a symphony about a war.
Mordecai Shehori: The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 2 = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor; RACHMANINOV: Six Moment Musicaux; KABALEVSKY: Sonata No. 3 in F Major; LISZT: “Dante” Sonata – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour
Culling materials from three Merkin Concert Hall appearances, Shehori has organized a noteworthy recital of consistent, colorful power.
MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG: Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra; Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra; Concerto [No. 1] for Flute and String Orchestra; Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra – Soloists/Gothenburg Sym. Orch./Thord Svedlund – Chandos
Four very accessible concertos, all dating from the second half of the twentieth century.
A generously-proportioned CD along with a “making of” DVD that documents his latest encounter with the musicians from the East.
A ballet that strives to uncover love’s bitter mysteries.
A Viennese virtuoso and pedagogue whose prolific output once exceeded that of Chopin and Liszt in popularity.
A jazz quartet tribute to the music of Henry Mancini
Furtwaengler: The Early Recordings, Vol. 2 = BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture; Symphony No. 5 in C Minor; WEBER: Der Freischuetz – Overture; ROSSINI: Ov. to Il barbiere di Siviglia; Ov. to La gazza ladra – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Furtwaengler – Naxos
The original technicians failed to complete the music to splice the two sides of the Scherzo
A quite-different-sounding quartet from the typical one featuring guitar and piano.
I found “The Mummy Returns” even more enjoyable than the first Mummy movie.
Soon Lee gets spanked for her typos and their game evolves from there.
You can sample much of this album online at Linn’s website and elsewhere, so go check it out for yourself.
This surprising record is definitely in my top five for 2008!
BRAHMS – Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra /Robert Spano, Conductor – Telarc
I don’t see how anyone who has suffered a loss could not be moved by the serenity of this glorious music.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Elsa Cavelti/Ernst Haefliger/Otto Edelmann/ Festwochenchor/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Tahra
The clarity of the 1954 recording is quite astonishing, especially of the fine vocal quartet.
Consumer Electronics Devices Increasingly Link Up Wirelessly; Vinyl LPs’ Resurgence
This L’Italiana in Algeri is an entertainment of the highest order.
All five members were seasoned and highly sought after session musicians; individually, they played on a veritable who’s who of pop, rock and soul albums from the 60s through the 80s.
For any fan of not only the blues, but also of Carlos Santana, this superb presentation will become required watching.
An entertaining film and a fitting tribute to one of the true giants of jazz music.
This is one of the classic early horror films, from Danish filmmaker Dreyer, who also did The Passion of Joan of Arc.
HANDEL: Water Music – Music For The Royal Fireworks – Le Concert des Nations (Manfredo Kraemer, concertino) / Jordi Savall (director) / Alia Vox
All in all, Le Concert des Nations sounds just the right size for listening at home!