Monthly Archive: August 2008
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 36; JEAN SIBELIUS: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 47 – Hilary Hahn, violin/ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Esa-Pekka Salonen – DGG
She tames the formidably thorny Schoenberg Concerto, rendering it lyrical.
I feel this is the best album of sax with orchestra since Stan Getz’s Focus.
Patrick Williams – Threshold – Composed, arranged & conducted by Patrick Williams with 27-piece orchestra – Artist Share
This is the 35th Anniversary of one of the most listenable big band albums ever produced.
A lovely recording of the comparatively rare Purcell Suites.
Danilo Perez – Across the Crystal Sea – Orch. arr. & conducted by Claus Ogerman – Decca/Emarcy Records
This versatile musician from Panama has been credited by the New York Times for no less than “the musicological rethinking of jazz.”
Another stirring issue in an ongoing surround-sound cycle of no little importance.
J. STRAUSS: Waltzes = The Blue Danube; Tales from the Vienna Woods; Voices of Spring; Artists’ Life; Wine, Woman and Song – London Philharmonic Orchestra/Antal Dorati – HDTT
Dorati in virtually irresistible form, his LPO players spontaneous and virtuosic in the service of a jeweled, lost world.
“Mythical Dances” = STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring (piano duet arr. by the composer); CRUMB: Makrokosmos IV, “Celestial Mechanics” – Belli Piano Duo – Wergo
Excellent performances and concept marred only by questionable programming.
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (1910 version); The Rite of Spring (1911-13) – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Mariss Jansons – RCO Live
These are two entirely different ballet scores not usually paired on one disc, but both unmistakably Stravinsky.
Yim Hok-Man, percussion – Master of Chinese Percussion (with guests and The Central Virtuosi/Zia Fei-Yun) – First Impression Music
The transparency, clarity and impact of the sharp transients in the recordings come thru more effectively than any standard CD I have ever heard.
PAWEL LUKASZEWSKI: Latin Sacred Music – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/ Stephen Layton, conductor – Hyperion
Fine sacred music from an emerging and talented voice.
London Philharmonic Ceases SACD Releases; DISH Network First to Offer All-MPEG-4; EU Threat to Extend Copyright Protection to 95 Years
The film was released in 1999 and the Devil was prophesied to do his dirt at midnight December 31 to tie in with the much-publicized Y2K scare – remember that?
Syntagma Amici/Bernard Stilz – Krummhorn, cromorne, storto, tournebout? – 30 sel. by such as SUSATO, ISAAC, ANON., SENFL, DESPREZ, DONATO, WILLAERT, SCHEIN & PRETORIUS – Ricercar
The buzzy sound of the crumhorns – especially of six or eight of them at once – is something to be heard.
Drew Emmitt: Long Road – Drew Emmitt – mandolin, guitar and vocals/ Chris Pandolfi, banjo/ Tyler Grant, guitars/ Stuart Duncan, fiddles/ Jeff Sipe, drums/ Eric Thorin, bass/ many others – Compass Records
Although Long Road is a mostly acoustic endeavor at its core, these guys really rock out on a couple of tunes.
Marilyn Scott: Every Time We Say Goodbye – Marilyn Scott, vocals/ Cyrus Chestnut, piano/ Paul Bollenback, guitar/ Gerald Cannon, bass/ Willie Jones III, drums/ Ken Peplowski, tenor sax and clarinet – Venus Records
Her new record fulfills her lifelong dream of recording an acoustic jazz album of classic material in New York.
Lovers of the Second Viennese School will find much here to appreciate.
Your mind can provide its own images to fit the music if you wish.
DOHNANYI: Piano Quintets No. 1 in C, Op. 1 & No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 33; Cello Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 8 – Kocian Quartet/ Jaromir Klepac, piano/ Michal Kanka, cello – Praga Digitals
The quintets illustrate a peak in the neo-romantic style infused with Hungarian nationalism in music.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.44 – Noel Mewton-Wood, piano / Winterthur Symphony Orchestra / Walter Goehr, conductor – Pristine Audio
Mewton-Wood plays with his customary vigour and fluidity, and his dynamic range is breath-taking from unforced loud to heart-stopping quiet.
VIVALDI: 12 Violin Concertos – Florian Deuter, violin and director/ Monica Waisman, director/ Harmonie Universelle – Eloquentia
One of the best Vivaldi collections to appear in recent years
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor; Kindertotenlieder – Kathleen Ferrier, contralto/BBC Symphony/ Sir Adrian Boult/Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Otto Klemperer (Kindertotenlieder)/ Bonus: Kathleen Ferrier Radio Interview with Eric McLean – Testament
Given the less than ideal conditions of the 1947 recording, the Boult inscription remains remarkably clear and sonically focused.