Monthly Archive: April 2011
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis, featuring Norah Jones – Here We Go Again, Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles – Blue Note
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis get some help from the delightful Norah Jones on this collaborative Blue Note release.
The joy and natural fervor of Rubinstein’s “middle period” Chopin waltzes and impromptus should bring refreshment to newcomers to his classic style
SIBELIUS: String Quartet “Intimate Voices”; SCHOENBERG: String Quartet, Op. 7 – Tetzlaff Quartet – Avi-Service for Music
Two string quartets by transitional composers of the 20th Century – Sibelius and Schoenberg – reveal surprising beauty in passionate performances.
T.H.E. Show in Southern California in June; Universal Music Launches Groovetown for Hi-Res Music; Death of Sony Chairman Who Developed CDs;
Composer Peter Lieberson Dies at 64
SCHUMANN: Fantasia in C Major, Op. 17; Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11 – Jin Ju, piano – MD&G
Curious: the lesser work gets a fine performance from Jin Ju, while Schumann’s greatest piano piece is a letdown.
Though made without Eno’s OK, this autobiographical documentary of the unique rock star/musician/composer/producer/music theorist/singer/visual artist is one of the best.
Energized elegance from an underappreciated jazz guitarist.
LISZT: Annees de Pelerinage: Trios Annees; Venezia e Napoli, S. 162 – Louis Lortie, piano – Chandos (2 CDs)
Louis Lortie negotiates the cycle of Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage with finesse and grand style, a monumental aggregate of the Lisztian–and Romantic–rhetoric of the keyboard.
It’s always nice to have Christophe Rousset back in the recording studio.
RICHARD STRAUSS: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier; Symphonic Fantasy; Symphonic Fragment – Buffalo Philharmonic/ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos
An excellent concept album featuring three operatic orchestral reductions.
MOZART: Divertimento No. 11; Concerto for Two Pianos; Symphony No. 40 – IITTI Festival Orch./Laura Mikkola, piano/ Philippe Entremont, piano and cond. – Cascavelle
From the 2009 Festival in Finland, Philippe Entremont and Laura Mikkola grace us with spirited and stylistic Mozart.
A video of a two-piano premiere of a jazz interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Boston’s famed Jordan Hall.
A trip to some very celestial sounds from an interesting composer!
RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2; LYADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Orch. dell’Acccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano – EMI
Antonio Pappano energetically realizes two colorful, Russian Romantic scores, the Rachmaninov symphony virtually uncut to allow it “to build from within.”
Sinfonias & Concerti of GIUSEPPE ANTONIO BRESCIANELLO – Glossa Late Keyboard Sonatas of GIOVANNI BENEDETTO PLATTI – Accent
Two eighteenth-century Italian composers who sought employment in Germany, one a master of prevailing styles, one a fascinating transitional figure.
Cassettes Make a Comeback!; Sony’s Walkman Called Most Important Musical Innovation of the Last 50 Years
On Art Hirahara’s new album, Noble Path, the tune is the truth and the truth is tuneful.
The following 18 recordings have been selected by the CLASSICAL RECORDING INDUSTRY HALL of FAME for the 2005 Awards. They are recordings 46 thru 63 to be honored. Both numbers are listed. They are listed in random order. 1 (46). Chopin-“14 Waltzes”. Dinu Lipatti, piano. Recorded by EMI (Geneva, 6/50). CD# EMI 66904. 2 (47). […]
Works of PROKOFIEV; MUSSORGSKY; RESPIGHI; DVORAK – Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano/ Chicago Sym. Orch./Fritz Reiner – Urania
Refurbished historical inscriptions of 1956-1959 from the legacy of Hungarian maestro Fritz Reiner reveal the clarity and forceful energy that master could impart.
It’s obvious a great deal of work went into setting up the orchestra and other performers for the best possible appearance in the video.
A solid and impressive piano trio session.
Lynch honors unsung trumpet masters.