Monthly Archive: March 2010
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat – Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/ Marek Janowski, conductor – Pentatone
Terrific Bruckner from a very unexpected source.
How She Danced – String Quartets of ELENA RUEHR – Cypress String Quartet – Cypress String Quartet Performing Arts Association
These are very impressive contemporary quartets and I look forward to hearing more music from Elena Ruehr.
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216; BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 – Giaconda de Vito, violin/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham (Mozart)/ German Opera House Orchestra, Berlin/Paul van Kempen – Naxos Historical
Giaconda de Vito (1907-1994) made her first London appearance at the Albert Hall with Victor de Sabata in the Brahms Violin Concerto, which soon became her own signature piece.
Horizon 2 – A Tribute to Oliver Messiaen = DUKAS: La plainte, au loin, du faune…; MESSIAEN: Les offrandes oubliees; Chronochromie; MARC-ANDRE DALBAVIE: La source d’un regard; ROB ZUIDAM: Adam-Interludes – RCO/George Benjamin and Ingo Metzmacher – RCO Live
Be not afraid—Messiaen and a passel of new music inspired by him well worth your attention.
MOZART: Symphonies Nos. 29, 31 “Paris”, 32, 35 “Haffner”, 36 “Linz” – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/ Charles Mackerras, conductor – Linn
Absolutely one of the best Mozart discs in the last 10 years.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 – Laura Claycomb, soprano/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev, conductor – LSO Live
Much improved and worth a hearing, though I don’t think we are there quite yet with this conductor.
Brits in a Tizzy Over Proposed Shutdown of All FM Radio; Rovi Hopes to Become Programming Guide for HDTVs, Blu-ray players and Set-top Boxes; Sony Hopes for a Comeback
The eroticism Freire brings to the F-sharp Minor might well have seduced George Sand . . .one of the fine integral surveys of this pillar of the keyboard repertory.
* BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Ed. by Benjamin G. Cohrs) – Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – RCA Red Seal
******** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *********
Following Bruckner’s Seventh, this latest Ninth from Järvi and the FRSO is a musical document of inspiration.
On Tia Fuller’s third outing, Decisive Steps, the saxophonist/flutist evolves her artistry upward and outward.
A rich reward.
Michael Rabin Collection Vol. 3 = Sel. by MOZART, GLAZUNOV, TCHAIKOVSKY, PAGANINI, PROKOFIEV, SAINT-SAENS, KREISLER, SCRIABIN, CRESTON & others – Doremi (2 CDs)
Rare and historic documents of the late Michael Rabin, once touted as “The Greatest Young Talent Since Heifetz” and reissued to often stunning effect.
Romantic ballads from Joe Locke and vocalist Kenny Washington.
What better way to start the series than with the artist many critics have acclaimed as one of the top jazz pianists active today – Cuban emigre Gonzalo Rubalcaba?
Basically a coming-of-age drama which Hornby based on an autobiographical memoir by the girl played so beautifully by Carey Mulligan.
“Istiqbal Gathering” – JOHN JORGENSON: Concerto Glasso; Dieter’s Lounge; Istiqbal Gathering; BALAKRISHNAN: Groove in the Louvre – John Jorgenson, solo guitar/Orchestra Nashville/Paul Gambill/Turtle Island Quartet – J2 Records
This album breaks new ground crossover-wise.
The conservatory-trained Oberlin audience in the school’s chapel was perfect for the quartet’s literate and witty improvisations.
1941-1945: Wartime Music, Vol. 5 = Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 1; Cello Concerto – Dmitry Khrychov, cello/ St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orch./Alexander Titov – Northern Flowers
“Although I never had a single hour of lessons with him (Shostakovich), I consider myself his disciple, flesh of his flesh” …Weinberg
OLE BULL Violin Concertos = The Herdgirl’s Sunday; Concerto in A Major; Concerto Fantastico; La Melancolie; La Verbena de San Juan; A Mountain Vision – Annar Follesø, violin/ Norwegian Radio Orchestra/ Ole Kristian Ruud – 2L
Old Bull is probably the next most famous Norwegian in music after Edvard Grieg, with whom he was friends.
MOZART: Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp, K. 299; Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313; Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314 – Emmanuel Pahud, flute/Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp/Berlin Philharmonic |Orchestra/Claudio Abbado – EMI Classics
Recordings from 22-29 September 1996 from the Philharmonie, Berlin, each of which sparkles with the musical magic that defines Emmanuel Pahud’s virtuosity.
J.S. BACH: Goldberg Variations (Version for 2 Pianos by Rheinberger/Reger) – Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen – Sony Classical
Tal and Groethuysen offer in this recording a probe into the world of Bach, but with a modern voice of unprecedented elegance and novelty.
The African Queen on DVD looked so bad that this restored version finally allows us to see the original Technicolor – with its over-brilliant colors and everybody sporting a thoroughly Hollywood tan – in all its glory.