Monthly Archive: October 2010
Elton and Leon deliver the Word.
On Spectropia Suite, Elliott Sharp showcases his eclectic tastes as he combines swing jazz with contemporary discord and dissonance.
Some stories to tell…
A gritty but skillful film on a rural community wracked by meth production and drug use.
Gustav Mahler und Sein Klavier = MAHLER: Fifth Symphony: In gemessenem Schritt. Steng. Wie ein Kondukt; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: “Ging heut’ morgen ueber’s Feld; Lied, “Ich ging mit Lust durch einen gruenen Wald; Fourth Sym.: Last mvt. – Preiser
A fascinating excursion into the “authenticity” movement via Mahler’s own versions of four of his works, here playing at his own keyboard in 1905.
Boston band rocks Klezmer on debut album.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in E Op. 35; Melody Op. 42 No. 3 – Tossy Spivakovsky / London Symphony Orchestra / Walter Goehr – Dual Disc from 35mm master: CD + DualDisc of DVD-A/DVD-Video, 2 or 3-channel, Everest/Classic Records
A welcome and rare reminder of the art of Tossy Spivakovsky.
Holiday CE Spending to Grow; 1½ watt amp, only $4000; Problems of Home Networking Over Power Lines; Blu-ray Music Video Sales Up
“Far Away” = MILOS RAICKOVICH: Flying Trio; Piano Sonata; B-A-G-D-A-D; “El contorno” Variations; 3 Romances; Winter Waltz – Soloists/RTS Sym. Orch./Milen Nachev & Bojan Sudjic, cond. – Albany
Minimalism to the point of not needing to be composed at all…
Irish quintet sizzles with a live set of world music.
BEETHOVEN: The ‘Late’ String Quartets (Nos. 12 thru 16) – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia Mundi (3 discs)
A superbly engineered recording of the greatest string quartets ever written, played by one of the world’s finest ensembles.
FRESCOBALDI: Il Regno d’amore – Mariana Flores, soprano/ Clamatis Ensemble/ Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon – Ricercar
Ten arias taken from the composer’s two books of “Arie musicali,” presented in counterpoint with a selection of his instrumental “Canzoni.“
LOU HARRISON: Scenes from Cavafy; Concerto for Piano with Japanese Gamelan; A Soedjatmoko Set – John Duykers/ Jessika Kenney, voice/ Adrienne Varner, piano/ Gamelan Pacifica and Chorus – Jarrad Powell, director – New World
A West Coast/Asian mélange that will excite many and bore many.
“Home and Away” – MORRIS ROSENZWEIG: Past Light; Just One Step Beyond; A Table of the Most Used Chords; "person, place,etc."; "reprise"; Rough Sleepers – New York New Music Ens./ Canyonlands Horn Quartet and the Canyonlands Ens./NOVA ens. – Albany
Some pretty obscure, pretty abstract stuff takes more than one listen.
VIRGIL THOMSON: Three Pictures; A Solemn Music; A Joyful Fugue; The Feast of Love; Collected Poems; Five Songs from William Blake – Thomas Meglioranza, baritone/ Kristen Watson, soprano/ Boston Modern Orchestra Project/ Gil Rose, conductor – BMOP/Sound
A rich selection of memorable Thomson scores played with devotion.
Kirsten Flagstad and Georges Sebastian = WAGNER: Wesendonck-Lieder; Isoldes Erzaehlung und Fluch; Isoldes Klage und Liebestod; Bruennhildes Schlussgesang; Tristan Prelude; R. STRAUSS: Four Last Songs (3); Monolog – with Berlin State Opera Orch. – Audite
The legendary helden-soprano late in her career still possessed the power to thrill in the repertory she had consistently championed.
Anne Akiko Meyers – "Seasons… dreams …" – Music by DEBUSSY, WAGNER, BEETHOVEN, GENE PRITSKER, GERSHWIN, VERNON DUKE, JOSEPH KOSMA, SCHNITTKE, and FAURE – Anne Akiko Meyers, violin/ Reiko Uchida, piano/ Emmanuel Ceysson, harp – E One
The importance of this release has been amplified by her acquiring a new Strad and her appearance on a hot cable show.
One-man orchestra takes flight.
Northern California folk band shines on new release.
If you love the post-bop sound, you will be pleased with this album start to finish.
At last! A classic reissue set that will be mandatory for many.
The lyrics effectively reflect the interests and concerns of the average person at this time and place in history.