Monthly Archive: July 2011
Many of these expatriate composers, musicians, writers, architects, artists ended up in the Los Angeles area, turning it briefly into a center of world culture.
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BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 “Pathetique”; Piano Sonata No. 17 "Tempest”; Piano Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata” – Ingrid Fliter, p. – EMI
Argentine virtuoso Ingrid Fliter manages to infuse her own personality into three standard Beethoven sonatas.
Gypsy jazz extraordinaire!
Relaxing and beautiful sounds in a “light classical” vein would also make great film music.
Ecstatic musing from a composer who has good reason to be reflective.
Long Island Songs = TOM CIPULLO; GEORGE BRUNNER; ANNE DINSMORE PHILLIPS; CHRISTIAN MCLEER – Monica Harte, sop. – MSR
The sequel to Harte’s Songs from Another Place.
It mixes time travel, out-of and in-body experiences, teleportation, and other Philip K. Dick-type pursuits with a strongly emotional feeling to create a most involving experience.
Songs and Duets from Slovenija! – Bernarda Fink, soprano/ Marcos Fink, baritone/ Anthony Spiri, piano – Harmonia mundi
Fink and Fink give us a tremendous disc of esoteric music that deserves much better recognition.
Hanson conducts American Music, Vol. 2 = PISTON; COWELL; LOEFFLER – Eastman-Rochester Sym. Orch./Howard Hanson – Pristine
Music championed by Howard Hanson and the Eastman School of Music; this fine record serves as a homecoming, idiomatic and reverent at once.
MENDELSSOHN: Die Erste Walpurgisnacht; BRAHMS & SCHUMANN works – Soloists/ Choral Academy/ Bavarian State Orch./ Kent Nagano – Farao
There is always room for a new Walpurgisnacht as good as this—and the rest of the album soars as well.
Desiree Defauw cond. Chicago Sym. Vol. 1 = Works of FRANCK; RESPIGHI; PROKOFIEV – Chicago Sym./Desiree Defauw – Historical-Recordings
Excellent transfers from the Defauw CSO legacy that belie the notion that Chicago Symphony morale suffered during his leadership.
Wait! Don’t run! This might be the backdoor you have been looking for to secretly discover the much-maligned composer’s music.
‘Eclecticism’ = Works of BEETHOVEN, LANE, RAVEL, MOORHEAD, RUDIN & Others – Carolyn Hove, English horn/Vicki Ray, piano /Rebecca Henderson, oboe – Crystal Records
A wonderful and “eclectic” solo recital, played beautifully!
A master story teller shares tales of love and loss.
Classical piano music—from Greece? You might be surprised at this disc.
Prester John: Desire for a Straight Line – Shawn Persinger, acoustic guitar/ David Miller, mandolin – Innova
Boredom will not happen.
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NATHAN DAVIS: “The Bright and Hollow Sky” = Int. Contemporary Ens./soloists/Douglas Perkins – New Focus
Some eerie blending of acoustical and electronic sounds makes for interesting listening.
Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra cond. by Bobby Sanabria —Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!— Jazzheads
“Ladies and Gentlemen, in his true genius—Maestro Tito Puente!”
What do Chick Corea and Spinal Tap have in common? That would be Portland keyboardist Mike Prigodich.
Unlike any other film dealing with family life you have ever seen (except the director’s previous one).