Monthly Archive: November 2010
“Cellobration” = Works of MENDELSSOHN, ECCLES, GRANADOS, FAURE, LIGETI, BACH & Others – Amit Peled, cello / Eliza Ching, piano – Centaur “Something Borrowed: Transcriptions for Cello and Piano” – Jonathan Aasgaard, cello / Ian Buckle, p. – MSR Classics
Both these discs offer a good many enticements for fanciers of the cello.
CARL NIELSEN Complete Organ Works: Festival Prelude to the New Century; 29 Short Preludes; 2 Posthumous Preludes; Melody; Commotion; RUED LANGGAARD: Ascension Day; “Buried”; Harvest Prelude; Funeral of Axel Gade; Wedding March – Friedhelm Flamme – CPO
You won’t be disappointed by the performances or the sound, but both these composers speak to me more forcefully in other genres.
Primakov in Concert, Vol. I = BRAHMS: Two Chorale Preludes, Op. 122; SCHUBERT: Wanderer Fantasie, D. 760; TCHAIKOVSKY: Album pour enfants, Op. 39; RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 – Vassily Primakov, piano – Bridge
A personal, even valedictory aura permeates this recital by Vassily Primakov, assembled by producer David Starobin from live appearances 2002-2007.
A well-performed album of blues tunes backed up by a 17 piece big band.
Mosaic Records Returns to Vinyl; Holiday Electronics-Buying Tips; Growth of Home Networking; Microsoft Getting Into Living Room Entertainment
This documentary offers a fascinating look at an American musical icon.
Guido Cantelli conducts American Masters = PISTON: Toccata; COPLAND: El Salon Mexico; CRESTON: Dance Overture; Two Choric Dances; BARBER: Adagio for Strings; School for Scandal Ov. – NBC Sym. /NY Philharmonic/Cantelli – Urania
The gifted Italian conductor gave us only ten years, but his recorded legacy in American music remains richly coloristic.
Shot originally in HD the pictures are clear and precise, and the sound options are pristine.
Have Band Will Travel is a wonderful recording of the band’s performances on the tour.
Overall a fine collection of varied music which should have considerable appeal to many listeners.
Conceptual acoustic blues that is straightforward and entertaining.
The overall jazz sound of Two Shades of Nude is eclectic with varying rhythms.
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major “Romantic” – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwaengler – Pristine Audio
A brilliantly remastered account of the 1951 Furtwaengler VPO Bruckner Fourth, spectacular in every sense.
This fantastic concert was the first time Django’s own tunes had been orchestrated and performed by a hand-picked Gypsy Jazz group plus a full symphony orchestra.
This is one of the most essential modern jazz recordings, right up there in Kind of Blue territory.
Opera Fantasias from Shadowlands = MARSCHNER: The Vampire Ov.; BEETHOVEN: “Moonlight”; KORNGOLD: Great Fantasie; OFFENBACH: Orpheus in the Underworld Ov; STRAUSS: Great Fantasie from Ariadne; MEYERBEER: Fantasie – Le Quatuor Romantique – ARS
Come over to the dark side, if only for a little while…
Pop music for the post-millennial era.
BACH: Cantatas Nos. 36; No. 47, For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; No. 27, Who knows how close I am to my end? – Hana Blazikova, sop./ Robin Blaze, countertenor/ Satoshi Mizukoshi, tenor/ Oeter Kooij, bass/ Bach Collegium Japan – Suzuki – BIS
Standards remain amazingly high in this latest release from the ongoing edition.
These Brahms Sonatas from Anne-Sophie Mutter capture her at the peak of her form, offering vivid uncompromisingly fervent readings of the works.
Franco Gulli plays PAGANINI = Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6 – Franco Gulli, violin/Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI/Mario Rossi/Orchestra “Alessandro Scarflatti” di Napoli della RAI/Nino Sanzogno – IDI
Superbly affectionate and virtuosic readings of Paganini from the violinist who premiered the Fifth Concerto in 1959.
This compilation documents his various sojourns with friends over the past 15 years, and showcases his amazing virtuosity.
It’s certainly a nerd-appealing movie, with its accent on computer technology, and was in fact the first feature film shot at 24 frames on HD video.