Monthly Archive: November 2008
San Francisco pianist Leon Fleisher, who continues active in the concert hall and in the recording studio, was a student of Artur Schnabel.
Lots of energy from three leading but rather diverse electric bassists
A beautifully matched pair of finger-style guitarists produces music of note
Some pleasant moments, but one soon tires of the synthesized sounds
This special was intended as a bridge to the upcoming new season starting in January.
DTV Coupon Program & Poll; Low-Cost Wireless Home Audio System; Blu-ray Player Pricing to Fall; Do-It-Yourself Wiring
J.S. BACH: Cembalo Concertos = BWV 1052 in D minor; BWV 1053 in E Major; BWV 1056 in F minor; BWV 1054 in D Major – Francesco Cera, harpsichord/I Barocchisti/ Diego Fasolis – Arts
I can’t think of any early keyboard concertos for which performance on the instrument for which they were written is more important than the Bach concertos.
BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette–Dramatic Symphony; Les Nuits d’ete – Jessye Norman, soprano/John Aler, tenor/Simon Estes, bass/The Westminster Choir/Philadelphia Orch./Riccardo Muti/Janet Baker, mezzo/New Philharmonia Orch,/Sir John Barbirolli – EMI Classics
These fine performances grace the Berlioz catalogue both with intelligence and ardent, stylistic devotion.
Dive into the mysteries of these intelligent sea creatures.
An introduction on getting back into vinyl or trying it for the first time and a review of a quality entry-level turntable system.
BRAHMS: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67; String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 – Takacs Quartet – Hyperion
These two, graceful and finely etched Brahms quartets by the Takacs Quartet might be dedicated to the Greek goddess Themis, the keeper of Divine Balance.
Les Grands Interpretes: Pierre Fournier = SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A Minor; DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor – Pierre Fournier, cello/Symphony of the SW German Radio/Han Rosbaud/NW German Radio Sym., Hamburg/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt – Tahra
This Fournier reissue proves the perfect complement to the recent issue from Medici Arts of fairly contemporaneous live broadcasts 1952-1962 of the Dvorak coupled with the Elgar Concerto.
KLARENZ BARLOW Clavier Works = Ludus regalis – 13 Preludes & Fugues; 4 Pieces for Player Piano; Cogluotobusisletmesi for four claviers – Herman Kretzchmar, piano/Klarenz Barlow, player piano/Klavierquartett – Cybele Records
A very advanced avantgarde collection of works for piano and at the same time a fascinating aural/surround sound experience.
PHILIP GATES: A Garland for Gatsby; Piano Quintet; The Lake Isle – Philip Gates, piano/ Carducci Quartet Andrew Knights, oboe – Melodist
Mr. Gates draws inspiration for his works from many different genres including folk music and jazz.
“Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles” = Works of JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY, JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU, HENRY DESMAREST, CHARLES GOUNOD, NICOLO PORPORA – Christophe Rousset leading Les Talens Lyriques et al. – Naive/Ambroisie
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques have compiled from past recordings a musical tour of the canals and fountains of Louis XIV’s gardens at Versailles.
Sampler intended to introduce the appeal of Blu-ray’s 1080p hi-res picture and lossless hi-res surround sound to viewers of opera and ballet on DVD.
JOHN ADAMS: A Flowering Tree – Russell Thomas, tenor/ Jessica Rivera, soprano/ Eric Owens, bass-baritone/ Schola Contorum Caracas/ London Symphony Orchestra/ John Adams, conductor – Nonesuch
Adams has grown into possibly our finest living composer. He never utilizes anything other than an utterly appropriate compositional element, a hallmark of this score’s beauty and poise.
JOSEPH MARX: Eine Fruhlingsmusik (Spring Music); Idylle, Feste im Herbst (Feasts in Autumn) – Vienna Radio Symphony/Johannes Wildner – CPO
Marx’s models were Debussy, Scriabin and Reger.
Naxos Promises Lossless Downloads and Blu-ray Audio; Epson Introduces Under-$800 Front Projector; Silicon Mountain Combo HDTV/PC/Blu-ray Player; ZVOX Unveils Slender HT Audio System; Wireless Low Bass Transducer Launched
Breaking in the new Diversi organ….
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor op.67; Symphony No. 6 in F major “Pastorale” op. 68 – Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra-Sopot/Wojciech Rajski – Tacet
If anybody still out there dares to say that regular CDs are just as good as a hi-res surround sound SACD all they have to do is listen to this disc with the appropriate equipment.
Rhythmically intricate Arabic classical, folk, and popular music lovingly rendered by a master percussionist