Monthly Archive: November 2011
MATSUMURA: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; To the Night of Gethsemane – Ikuyo Kamiya, p./ RTÉ National Symphony/ Takuo Yuasa – Naxos
This is one of the best offerings in Naxos’ fine Japanese Classics series.
A varied and attractive group of cantatas in performances that maintain the very high standards of this series.
The Sun King’s favorite opera, given a beautiful and traditional performance.
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (30th Anniversary) – Harvest-Capitol Records/ EMI Records – vinyl
Superior on digital, the audiophile vinyl is even better.
SAINTE-COLOMBE: Concerts a’ Deux Violes Esgales – Wieland Kuijken & Jordi Savall, viols – AliaVox Heritage
More enticing re-releases re-done for SACD from Savall.
Kenny Wheeler confirms his reputation as a jazz giant.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 3 – Berlin Philharmonic/ Arthur Nikisch/ Berlin State Opera Orch./ Oskar Fried – Pristine
Two “first” complete recordings of Beethoven symphonies grace this disc, a look into the past that both fascinates and awes, as Nikisch and Fried demonstrate the musicianship of a bygone age.
Another offbeat exploration of various characters and their relationships from Wes Anderson.
SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C Major; String Quartet in C Minor – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi
Outstanding performances of these much-recorded masterworks.
“McDuo: Works for Flute and Percussion” – Kim McCormick, flute/ Robert McCormick, percussion – Ravello
A musical Odd Couple that makes some really interesting sonic statements.
Re-mastered album traces the emergence of a musical icon.
A jazz quartet with a lot going for it.
A fascinating color mix engages us in Yang’s attempt to cast “illumination” on the various pieces, old and new, set in often distinct musical styles.
* “Profanes et Sacrées” – 20th Century French Chamber Music – Boston Symphony Chamber Players – BSO Classics
******* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *******
New Wireless Technology Compatible with All Platforms and OSs; Audio Pioneer Edgar Villchur Dies; New Version of iTunes is Out; Soprano Montserrat Figueras Dies
I can easily recommend this Blu-ray to any blues or B.B. King fans.
Unforgettable playing…nothing else to say.
The Bill Carrothers Trio reaches new heights.
Recorded 20-27 January 2011, the late Mozart quartets find peerless expression in the performances rendered by the Emerson Quartet, their first Mozart in twenty years.
Latin jazz which focuses on a composer who warrants more consideration, performed by a drummer who deserves more awareness.
The tragically doomed and extraordinarily gifted Christian Ferras appears in two concertos deeply ingrained in his personality, here restored in excellent sound.
LEOS JANACEK: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta – Soloists/ Jaroslaw Malanowicz, organ/ Warsaw Philharmonic Choir/ Warsaw Philharmonic/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Blu-ray
One of the two November audio-only Blu-ray releases from Naxos.