Monthly Archive: November 2012
Sony Shows 4K Ultra HD Server for 84-inch LCD TV; Linn Launches Digital Music Collections; Joe Smith Interviews with Music Icons at Library of Congress; Logitech Updates Harmony Remotes
“Weynacht Gesaenge”: Advent and Christmas in the Renaissance and Early Baroque – Stimmwerck – Christophorus
The perfect way to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Despite some niggles about the playing, I can recommend this disc as a fine survey of early Bach on the organ.
RAVEL: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 = Alborada del gracioso; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Rapsodie espagnole; Piéce en forme de habanera; Shéhérazade; Menuel antique; Boléro – Orch. Nat. de Lyon/ Leonard Slatkin – Naxos (audio-only Blu-ray)
Gorgeous three-channel fidelity in these Ravel orchestral works.
A jazz singer ushers in the new generation.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D; Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" – Nadine Conner, sop./ Mona Paulee, mezzo/ Westminster Choir/ New York Philharmonic/ Bruno Walter – Music & Arts (2 CDs)
This performance from the early days of Mahler acceptance—1942—strikes us with dynamic athleticism.
ENESCU: Symphony No. 3; Concert Overture in A – “George Enescu” Bucharest Philharmonic Choir/ “George Enescu” Bucharest Philharmonic Orch./ Christian Mandeal – Arte Nova
An appealing way to explore Enescu’s rich orchestral tapestries.
An excellent survey by Lang Lang for his “The Chopin Album,” which reveals an artist of developing maturity and taste concomitant with his purely digital acumen.
DVORAK: "Silent Woods" – Music for cello and piano [TrackList follows] – Christian Poltéra, cello/ Kathryn Stott, p. – BIS
Poltéra’s own transcriptions of Dvorak violin pieces and songs.
America’s premier tap dancer creates a vivid history lesson.
May be a watershed 1960s film, but it’s misantropic attitude to the bourgeousie turned me off.
Coleman Hawkins – Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra – Crown Records CLP5181 (1960)/ PurePleasure audiophile vinyl
The Hawk in glorious mono audiophile acoustics.
ELGAR: Concerto in E Minor for Cello and Orch.; Sospiri; Salut d’amour; La capricieuse; DVORAK: Waldesruh'; Rondo in G Minor for Cello and Orch.; RESPIGHI: Adagio con variazioni – Sol Gabetta, cello/ Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ Mario Venzago – RCA
Sol Gabetta displays a strong, sweet presence in this showcase disc of classics from Elgar, Dvorak, and Respighi.
Zoot meets European jazz royalty in a swinging jam session…
Forget logs or an oil heater: turn up the heat with Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
A violent shoot-’em-up for fans of classic action, with some of their old time action stars.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: ‘Out of Nowhere’ – Violin Concerto; Nyx – Leila Josefewicz, violin/Finnish Radio Sym./Esa-Pekka Salonen – DGG
Simply one of the finest violin concertos in recent years!
Whole-Home Audio Cheap and Easy; Meridian Opens U.S. Store This Week; Dish Systems Fights FCC Proposal to Repurpose Portion of Their Spectrum; Black Friday One for the Records; Poor Consumer Electronic Market for 2012
A comedy about butter-sculpting in Iowa.
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Ov.; Symphony Nos. 2 & 4; Piano Concerto No. 2 – Elly Ney, piano/ Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Berlin State Opera Orch. (Op. 98)/ Max Fiedler – Pristine Audio
Historic Brahms performances by a “living witness” to that composer’s style, though less “authentic” than often startlingly original in energetic conception.
ROSSINI: Aureliano in Palmira – Soloists/ London Philharmonic Orch./ Maurizio Benini – Opera Rara (3 CDs)
This rare Rossini opera was his only one with a role for a castrato.
A most hearable enhancement over the original Telarc CD of 1989, as good as that was.