Monthly Archive: June 2012
Cantelli Conducts = CHERUBINI: Symphony in D; R. STRAUSS: Tod und Verklaerung; BUSONI: Berceuse elegiaque; Tanzwalzer – NY Philharmonic/ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio
Pristine restores another colorfully virtuosic concert from the New York Philharmonic under its gifted but short lived, brilliant maestro, Guido Cantelli.
“French Masterpieces for Horn and Piano” = EUGÈNE BOZZA: En forêt; GOUNOD: Six Melodies; FRANCAIX: Canon in Octave; DUKAS: Villanelle; POULENC: “In Memory of Dennis Brain”; SAINT-SAËNS: Morceau de Concert; MARAIS: Le Basque – Bernhard Scully, Fr. horn / Joanne Minnetti, p. – Albany
There are three decades of performing experience behind this refreshingly different program of horn classics from France.
SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano; Märchenbilder; Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano; Märchenerzählungen; Drei Romanzen; Violin Sonata No. 1 – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion
The program is key to this collection of Schumann’s most representative chamber music.
John Lee Hooker – Cook With The Hook: Live In 1974 is an unpolished gem.
JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT: Sonata; Nocturne: La fin de siècle; A Calendar Set: 12 Virtuosic Preludes – Chrisopher Atzinger, p. – Naxos “Art, Fire, Soul: Piano Works of JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT” [TrackList follows] Elizabeth Moak, p. – MSR Classics
Fine performances and recordings both. Which to choose? Do you want a crash course in Zaimont’s piano music or the total experience? You decide.
Collection of singers has a fuller sound than standard CDs, though it is still 44.1/16.
“Latin Perspectives” = LEO BROUWER: Quintet; Beatlerianas; MIGUEL DEL AGUILA: Presto II; JAVIER ÁLVEREZ: Metro Chabanco – Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas, guitar / Santiago Q. – Cubafilin Records
This an entertaining little program, well played and recorded too.
Vizio Google TV Box; Pioneer Launches Wi-Fi Speakers; Iogear 2D-to-3D Converter; ADA Amp for Flat-Panel TVs
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”; Symphony No. 4 “Italian”; Hebrides Overture; SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 – Philharmonia Orch./ Otto Klemperer – EMI Classics Signature Series (2 discs)
One of the glories of the catalog restored to pristine splendor.
Neapolitan Songs – Giuseppe di Stefano, tenor/ studio orch./ G. M. Guarino, Dino Oliveri – EMI Classics Signature Series (2 discs)
Di Stefano brought to glory with sound that he can only have dreamed of hearing on an album.
Though panned in the theaters, in 3D at home it’s a bloody good show.
SCHUBERT Lieder – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/ Gerald Moore & Karl Engel, p. – EMI Classics Signature Series mono/stereo (four discs)
What’s to say? Four of the greatest lieder albums of all time newly remastered in Super Audio.
Dave Siebels (B-3) with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – PBGL Portland Jazz Orchestra – Good Morning, Geek (Music of Charley Gray) – PJO
A pair of big band albums to please any fan of the genre.
SERGIO CERVETTI ‘Nazca and Other Works’ = Leyenda; Chacona Para El Martirio De Athualpa; Nazca; Madrigal III – Navona Records
An interesting collection from this American-trained Uruguayan.
Seattle’s favorite band releases an unconventional retrospective box set.
DEBUSSY: La Mer; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Images – Orch. Nat. de France/ Daniele Gatti – Sony
The Debussy orchestral wine here dispensed in glowing new bottles, as Gatti reveals a sympathy for this composer that ranks with any of the ‘Old School’ conductors.
Classical News; Green Laser Projector Breakthru; Vizio Claims LCD TV Lead for Q1; Sharp’s 90-Inch Aquos TV
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will love this; others may be merely bemused.
WILLIAM BRITTELLE: ‘Loving the Chambered Nautilus’ = American Contemporary Music Ens./Jensen – New Amsterdam
Very nice upbeat selections from a new name to get to know!
Unclassifiable; multidimensional; fascinating; an alternate history.
Not as good a sequel as the original and converted to 3D rather than original.
Jimmy Giuffre – The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note [4 CD set] (2012) – CAM/Kepach Music
Free jazz with an accessible manner from a master musician.