Monthly Archive: August 2011
CEDIA Expo-USA Sept. 7 thru 11; Paradigm Readies their Value Series for CEDIA; Parasound Debuts Zphono-USB Preamp; Steve Jobs Resigns; Procella Readies LCR Speaker and Subwoofer for CEDIA
PONCHIELLI: Fantasy on Motifs from La Traviata for Trumpet; Euphonium Concerto; Trumpet Concerto; Gran Capriccio for Oboe; Trumpet Concerto – MD&G
This could easily fill a gap on many shelves—but why the arrangements?
Another Liebeslieder? You bet, and this one is very welcome!
Australia’s musical lion has ample representation in these five discs, a testament to a brilliant virtuoso and an audacious, iconoclastic thinker.
Beautifully realized versions of ancient madrigals that revives an old art form—and on a wonderful new label.
A highly successful crossover/pops concert; everyone in the Philharmonie seems to have a ball.
An Alaskan adventuress who epitomized the pioneer spirit is the focus of an equally adventurous jazz album.
Williams was a prolific composer and arranger for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, a trusted artistic adviser to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, as well as composer of a Catholic jazz mass.
Essential Jean Cocteau classic film which gives the ancient Orpheus myth a dream/nightmare type of modern setting.
The Havana Quartet, founded by Brouwer in 1980, has this music in their fingers and soul.
Austin country artist Robert Earl Keen ranges from road tales to outlaw sagas to family portraits on his latest album.
Tempestuous Brahms that lacks only a last degree of understanding.
Czech Chamber Music = JOSEF FOERSTER; VITEZSLAV NOVAK; JANACEK; FIBICH – Kinsky Trio Prague – Praga Digitals
A delightful collection of fine Czech chamber music, showing varied aspects of the Bohemian nationalist school.
Not really jazz, it’s a bit of many things: easy listening, a little rock, some pump it up funk.
"Stories" = Works of BERIO; JOHN CAGE; JACKSON MAC LOW; ROGER MARSH; SHELDON FRANK; CATHY BERBERIAN – Theatre of Voices/ Paul Hillier – Harmonia mundi
Interesting, unusual, and often mesmerizing. But is any of it even music?
Eugene Goossens: London Recordings Vol. 1 = BALAKIREV; TCHAIKOVSKY; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; BORODIN – New Symphony Orch. (Balakirev)/ London Philharmonic/Goossens – Historical-Recordings
Virtually peerless interpretations of Russian music by the Eugene Goossens who at this period, 1930-1938, still enjoyed an unsullied distinction for orchestral flair.
This production raises more questions than it answers.
Blazingly beautiful recordings in sound that is simply top-of-the-line.
* BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; other works – Vadim Gluzman, violin / Sandis Šteinbergs, v. / Maxim Rysanov & Ilze Klava, viola / Reinis Birznieks, cello / Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Litton – BIS
****** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ******
This recording of Bruch’s celebrated First Concerto goes straight to the head of the class. The composer’s lovely Romance and Quintet are classy discmates.
RAVEL: Trio in A Minor; Sonata – Jamie Laredo, violin/Jeffrey Solow, cello/Ruth Laredo, piano/Leslie Parnas, cello – Sony
Wonderful neo-Classical Ravel from the mid-1970s Marlboro musicians who made musically alert ensemble together.
CRAIG MADDEN MORRIS: “Dreams” = Violin Concerto; Piano Trio; Dream Songs; Cello Rhapsody; Tropical Dances – Ravello
Pleasant enough chamber music might require more listening.
“Climate Changes” = Music of POULENC; DEBUSSY; JACQUELINE FONTYN; MESSIAEN; Bonus DVD: DEBUSSY – Jan Pas, cello/ Stefano Vimara, p. – Evil Penguin CD + DVD
A fine recital of mostly essential pieces…well, almost.