Monthly Archive: June 2011
The CD half is really a win-win disc for all concerned, including listeners.
Edwin Fischer in two MOZART piano concertos, 3 BEETHOVEN Sonatas, Piano trios of BRAHMS & SCHUMANN – with Vienna Philharmonic Orch. – Orfeo (4 CDs)
Orfeo documents Edwin Fischer’s live appearances at the 1946-1954 Salzburg Festival as solo pianist and conductor, as well as in regally-performed chamber music.
JOHANNES ECCARD: Mass for Five Parts; Motets and Canticles – Norddeutscher Kammerchor/ Maria Jugensen, conductor – MD&G
The voices are presented in an affecting and effective manner that allows the blended sonorities to come through with powerful force and much presence.
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan, Op. 20; Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings; 9 Songs for Soprano and Piano – Joan Rodgers, soprano/ Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/ Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor and piano – Avie
This all-Strauss disc features two youthful and gifted British artists in collaboration.
Their second album has really the same theme as the previous one with Laura Klein, the pianist-composer, stating their presentation is melodic heartfelt jazz that feeds your soul.
The themes explored in these six videos concern such things as electronically-monitored and manipulated identities, the simulation of identities, surveillance, encryption, privacy and media manipulation.
Vivaldi gets absolutely virtuoso treatment here, but the disc is let down by short playing time and less-than-stellar sonics.
LOUIS COUPERIN: Six Suites; Pavanne – Christophe Rousset, harpsichord – Aparté “Flores de música” – keyboard music by JUAN CABANILLES – Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord – Musica Ficta
A pair of discs to delight collectors who don’t subscribe to Sir Thomas Beecham’s too-graphic and inaccurate description of what harpsichords sound like.
New Social Music Service Gives Control to Listener; Benchmark Tests Digital Audio Connection Between iPad and DAC1; Philips Previews HD Net Connect
Made by young German filmmakers Robert Siomak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann, with a cast of nonprofessionals.
CHRISTOPHER SHULTIS “Devisadero” = Openings; Songs of Love and Longing; “a little light, in great darkness”; Devisadero – var. performers – Navona Recordings
Very pleasant listening by the New Mexico landscape.
Music of STEFAN WOLPE, Vol. 6 = Four Studies on Basic Rows; Three Pieces; Lied, Anrede, Hymnus, Strophe zarteste Bewegung; Two Pieces for Piano; Toccata; Studies for Piano, Part 1 & 2: Displaced Spaces; Palestinian Notebook; Songs – David Holzman – Bridge
Challenging music played with great authority and very well recorded. The question is how often will you want to return to it?
Elizabeth Hainen in Harp Concertos = ALVARS: Harp Concerto in G Minor; ALBRECHTSBERGER: Harp Concerto in C Major; SAINT-SAENS: Morceau de Concerto for Harp and Orchestra – Elizabeth Hainen, harp/Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra/Rossen Milanov – Avie
A very pretty lady plays very pretty music for the harp, much of it fit for — a Queen.
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 3 – Albert Spalding, violin/Erno von Dohnanyi, p. – Pristine Audio
In a major coup for historic reissues, Mark Obert-Thorn returns the legendary Spalding-Dohnanyi complete Brahms Violin Sonatas to the active catalogue
Miami-based pianist Silvano Monasterios offers an enticing blend of moods incorporating Venezuelan folk rhythms with contemporary jazz.
They have a message and it is great melodic modern jazz.
Constant Lambert, Vol. 2 = Music of DELIBES; MEYERBEER; CHABRIER; TCHAIKOVSKY – London Philharmonic /Constant Lambert – Historic-Recordings
Historic-Recordings reissues the famed Constant Lambert Tchaikovsky Fifth, and its legendary status proves well justified.
Gary Burton and Julian Lage prove that guitar and vibes go great together. [A second opinion.]
During the musical numbers the film does shine with a wonderful recreation of the big band era.
SAINT-SAENS: Symphony Nos. 1 & 2 ; Sym. No. 3 “Organ”; other works – Vincent Dubois, organ/Orch. d’Ile de France/Yoel Levi – Cascavelle (2 CDs)
Yoel Levi ushers forth “redemptive” 2009 readings of the Saint-Saens symphonic legacy, captured in fine sound with a responsive French ensemble.
“Bluegrass” music from the far north—Sweden, that is!
PIAZZOLLA: Tangos for Violin, Brass and Percussion = Quintetto de Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana/Andrea Tacchi, v. – Naxos
The sound seems a bit more classically-oriented without the bandoneons, piano or string bass, but it is precise, skilled and often just as passionate as the standard tango quintet.