Monthly Archive: March 2011
LISZT: Mazeppa; Les Préludes; Orpheus; Prometheus – Laurent Cabasso, p. / Olivier Vernet, organ – Ligia
Some of the transcriptions work better than others, but kudos for originality of conception, virtuoso performances, and room-filling sound.
Decibel-shattering modern jazz-rock.
A fine album either for background listening or deeper discovery.
Golovanov Vol. 3 = Works of BALAKIREV; MUSSORGSY; GLINKA; GLAZUNOV; TCHAIKOVSKY – Moscow Radio Sym. Orch./Nicolai Golovanov – Historic-Recordings
I must assume Neal Kurz to be the source for these fine transfers of inscriptions, 1944-1952, from the Soviet conductor Nicolai Golovanov (1891-1953).
Rich Grado sound in tiny high quality ear buds, providing your particular ears are compatible.
Quintet redefines contemporary jazz.
They just keep coming, and this one offers a very strong interpretative statement.
Both astoundingly impressive visually, sure to please gaming and sci-fi fans in spite of a rather silly plot premise.
“Rare Chamber Music Vol. II” = HEINRICH ANTON HOFFMANN: Grands Duos Concertants – Jansa Duo – Ars Produktion
Rare indeed. This seems to be the only recording of Hoffman available, and proves to be worth hearing.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4; The Nutcracker Ballet: Scenes from Act I – Pittsburgh Sym. Orch./William Steinberg/Royal Philharmonic /Artur Rodzinski – HDTT
HDTT restores in vivid sound two Tchaikovsky classics by two fine apostles of the Master, Steinberg and Rodzinski.
Enlightening documentary delves into the inner sanctum of a reclusive icon.
Nordic Connect is a quintet contemporary jazz listeners should take notice of.
Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps Big Band, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock and Renato Caranto among others.
SCHULHOFF: Violin Sonatas – Suite for violin and piano; Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano; Sonata for solo violin; Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano – Tanja Becker-Bender, violin/ Markus Becker, piano – Hyperion
Late Romantic and early modern violin sonatas by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, sumptuously performed and recorded.
BARTOK: Violin Con.; Deux Portraits; Cantata Profana; Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; 3 Piano Concertos; Tanzsuite; Divertimento – Var. soloists/RIAS Sym. Orch./Ferenc Fricsay – Audite (3 CDs)
A splendid assemblage of conductor Ferenc Fricsay’s homage to Bartok, a project to inscribe an integral Bartok legacy but frustrated by the conductor’s untimely demise.
Shortage of Japanese Products Expected; Musicians Raise Funds and Awareness for Japan Disaster; Samsung Smart TV Strategy; Chesky Releases Binaural CD
* JOSEF GABRIEL RHEINBERGER: Organ Concerti 1 & 2; Three Pieces – Stefan J. Bleicher, organ/ Cäcilia Chmel, cello/ Musikkollegium Winterthur/ Douglas Boyd – MD&G
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An eclectic solo piano excursion which alternates from bebop to bluegrass.
Goossens in Cincinnati, Volume 2 = VAUGHAN WILIAMS: Symphony No. 2; RESPIGHI: The Fountains of Rome – Cincinnati Sym.Orch. /Eugene Goossens – Historic-Recordings
Perhaps we should recall that Respighi studied orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov.
Some quirky but attractive piano music by young composer with a famous heritage.
HAYDN: Piano Trio in E Major; TURINA: Circulo: Fantasy for Piano, Violin, and Cello; SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 2 – Icicle Piano Trio – Con Brio
An inspired bit of programming shows off the Icicle Trio’s strengths and sheds special light on three chamber music masterworks.
A recording of a live concert occurring at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, New York City, Spring 2010.