Monthly Archive: August 2011
Harmonia Caelestis = Works of BACH & MOZART — soloists/Strings of the RSO Stuttgart/ Budapest Strings/ Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn/ Jörg Faerber – Bayer Records
Homegrown production values, but musicianly performances of works for oboe and chamber orchestra.
Volume 5 lives up to expectations.
BRAHMS: Complete Piano Music Vol. 3 – Late Piano Works = Fantasien, Op. 116; Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117; Klavierstücke, Op. 118; Klavierstücke, Op. 119 – Hardy Rittner, piano – MD&G
It’s instructive and pleasurable to hear these works played on instruments Brahms would have known first-hand; the quieter, gentler pieces fare best.
A very European jazz project—an instrumental jazz version of the music from Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera.
ELLIOTT MILES McKINLEY: String Quartet No.4, String Quartet No.5, String Quartet No. 6 – The Martinů Quartet – Navona Records
Great new quartets with a modern jazzy feel!
A noticeable debut with compositional creativity and imbued with potential.
Revisiting some of the terrific student/faculty performances over the years.
One of the most popular TV shows of all time; it has certainly influenced the creation of many other popular sci-fi shows.
Another Switch of a Classical Radio Station from Commercial to Public; Reduce Your Overly-Bright TV; HD Radio Still Struggling for Acceptance; Nostalgic-Design Internet Radio
A unique and amazing film which not only stands up perfectly in today’s world but is propitiously-timed with the current independence movement in the Arab world.
An eloquent remembrance of a keyboardist who is gone but will never be forgotten.
LISZT: Les Preludes; Piano Concertos 1 & 2 – Andor Foldes, piano/Berlin Philharmonic/ Leopold Ludwig /Bamberg Philharmonic/Ferdinand Leitner – Guild
A collation of early DGG LP performances dedicated to the music of Liszt proves pungently effective and, with Foldes at the keyboard, poetically inspired.
Youthful virtuoso takes a decidedly sanguine approach to five of Bach’s piano concertos, assisted in all matters of infectious but sometimes heavy brio by Riccardo Chailly.
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Symphony for Organ and Orch.; Sinfonia Sacra for organ and orch. – Christian Schmitt/ Bamberger Sym./ Stefan Solyom – CPO
A spectacular version of movements from two Widor solo organ sonatas for organ and orchestra
A lot of flowing, constantly metamorphosing musical lines sort of like clouds of sound.
The title idea comes from a two-minute piece based on a Bach theme played entirely on the pedals.
Known for its hard bop credentials with a mixture of standards to blues and early soul jazz motifs.
Schmidt avoided the serialists and composed in a Brahmsian style.
Hanson Conducts American Music, Vol. 3 = CARTER; RIEGGER; MACDOWELL – Eastman-Rochester Orch./Howard Hanson – Pristine
A third volume of Howard Hanson’s readings of American music provides a rare collection of overlooked and surprisingly effective masterworks.
Guitarist Joel Harrison’s String Choir provides a new perspective to Paul Motian’s music, putting both artists in the spotlight.
David Hyde Pierce—with his version of his “Niles” character—becomes the perfect center of this suspense tale.
NIELS OTTO RAASTED: Solo Violin Sonatas = Op. 18: 1-3; Op. 30: 1-2 – Johannes Soe Hansen, violin – Dacapo
Who would have guessed that a modern composer could create solo violin works that breathe the same air as Bach?