Monthly Archive: June 2012
A pianist with loads of talent.
Stokowski Conducts Encores of STRAUSS, BORODIN, PAGANINI, RACHNINOV, HANDEL, PURCELL, GLUCK, BOCCHERINI, TCHAIKOVSKY & BERGER – Guild
The “Stokowski String Sound” has another notch on its belt, a collection of popular favorites played with that especial lush intensity this Maestro brings to music.
ROUSSEL: The Spider’s Banquet; Padmavati Suites 1 & 2 – Royal Scottish Nat. Orch./ Stephane Deneve – Naxos CYRIL SCOTT: Aubade; Neapolitan Rhapsody; Three Dances; Suite Fantastique; Two Passacaglias – Nat. Sym. Orch. of the S.A.B.C./ Peter Marchbank – Marco Polo
Interesting, off-beaten-track music from French & English composers.
VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Greeting to America – Chloe Hanslip, violin/ Royal Flemish Phil./ Martyn Brabbins – Hyperion
Hyperion’s excellent The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 12 offers two exquisitely effective virtuoso concertos by Belgian master Henri Vieuxtemps.
Southern rock, done right.
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – 40th Anniversary Edition – 12" Vinyl + multichannel audio DVD – Capitol
Transformative 1972 album comes alive in hi-resolution on vinyl & DVD.
H2 Quartet – Groove Machine – Works of MARC MELLITS; AMY WILLIAMS; THIERRY ESCAICH; MURRAY GROSS; VICTOR M. BARRIOS; ALEXANDROS MARKEAS – Blue Griffin Saxology Quartet – English Quartets – Works of HOROVITZ; HARVEY; SULZMANN; WILSON; JACOB; ELGAR-HILL; WILSON; BULLARD; CHAPPLE – Meridian
A pair of worthwhile saxophone quartet discs.
A Lotus Blossoming = ZEMLINSKY: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano; MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time – Ensemble Liaison – Melba
Two chamber works for clarinet – a masterpiece by Messiaen and an early work by Zemlinsky – receive romantic interpretations and a plush recording.
Guitarist Lee Ritenour has here the winner of his video concert career.
SRS Consumer Promo; iBiquity Digital Announces 14 More New Cars with HD Radio; URC Debuts Amp/Surround Processor; Consumer Electronics Market in U.S.; Consumer Electronics Show in New Delhi
HERBERT HOWELLS: Requiem; Behold, O God our Defender; A Sequence for St. Michael; Chichester Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing; Te Deum Laudemus – Gloriæ Dei Cantores/ Elizabeth C. Patterson – Gloriæ Dei Cantores (SACD) HERBERT HOWELLS: Requiem; A Hymn for St. Cecilia; Salve regina; Gloucester Service; Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing; St. Paul Service; All My Hope on God – Trinity College Choir, Cambridge/ Jeremy Cole, organ/ Stephen Layton – Hyperion (CD)
The Howells renaissance enjoys a big boost from these two superb recordings.
* WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI: Symphony No. 3; Chain 3; Concerto for Orchestra – BBC Sym. Orch./ Edward Gardner – Chandos
************** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
In sound and performance, perhaps the definitive recording of these magnificent works.
An interesting and exhaustive collection of work by this Renaissance man!
The sequel to the 2009 Holmes movie.
Anatole Fistoulari Conducts Russian Concert Favorites = Works of GLINKA, TCHAIKOVSKY, BORODIN, GLAZUNOV, PROKOFIEV, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Guild
Émigré Fistoulari leads two crack British ensembles in music of his native Russia, popular favorites rendered with sonic audacity and verve.
The absolute best saved for last. Entire set now also available.
BRUCKNER: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 – Vienna Philharmonic/ Carl Schuricht – EMI Classics Signature Series (2 discs)
Another exceptional 96/24 remastering of historic recordings to stereo SACD.
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 ; Preludes: Op. 23 & 32 – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ USSR Radio-TV State Sym./ Kurt Sanderling – Melodiya/Praga Digitals
Another historical stereo recording brought to stereo-only SACD.
“A Second of Silence” – SATIE: Gymnopédie I & II; GLASS: Company; SCHUBERT: Gretchen am Spinnrade; Des Baches Wiedenlied from Die Schöne Müllerin; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 8 in b, “Unfinished”; MORTON FELDMAN: Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety – The Knights/ Eric Jacobsen – Ancalagon
A chamber orchestra of great quality presented in a sterling package.
Capella Nova’s MacMillan sequel.
A consistently imaginative musical offering commemorating Ray Bryant.
The Mahler Album = MAHLER: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5; Adagio from Symphony No. 10; BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 11, “Quartet Serioso” – Amsterdam Sinfonietta/ Candida Thompson – Channel Classics
Not quite all Mahler, but what we do get is very attractive indeed.