Monthly Archive: March 2013
Serge Koussevitzky conducts The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orch. = CORELLI: Suite for String Orchestra; RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5; DEBUSSY: La Mer; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 – NY Philharmonic – West Hills Radio
In his New York appearances, Serge Koussevitzky revitalizes the “Dead End Kids” New York Philharmonic during a critical period of transition, with programs that include a Shostakovich Fifth, new to Koussevtizky’s repertory.
Oppo BDP-103 and105 players can now play DSD files. A free update gives users a taste of the ultra-high end.
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LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [TrackList follows] – Einaudi, keyboards & electronics/Daniel Hope, violin/string ensemble/others – Ponderosamusic&art DEUTER: East of the Full Moon [TrackList follows] – composed, played and produced by Deuter – Newearthrecords.com
Two most worthwhile New Age releases.
Zodiac Trio – IGOR STRAVINSKY: Suite from ‘The Soldier’s Tale’; NICOLAS BACRI: A Smiling Suite; GALINA USTVOLSKAYA: Trio; BÉLA BARTÓK: Contrasts – Zodiac Trio (Kliment Krylovsky, clar./ Vanessa Mollard, v./ Riko Higuma, p.) – Blue Griffin
Excellent new ensemble and a couple of pleasant surprises.
VIERNE – WIDOR – LANGLAIS: Masses – [TrackList follows] Choir and Organs of the Cologne Hohen Dom – Organists: Winfried Bönig & Ulrich Brüggemann – Motette
Three shorter masses featuring double organs, and three interesting organ solos.
On his third outing, drummer Antonio Sanchez goes from mythology to the Middle East and from midnight tales to family life.
MCLEAN: “Soundworlds” = Concerto: States of Being; Ritual of the Dawn; Demons of the Night; Magic at Zanadu (MAX); Ice Canyons; Rainforest Images II – Barton McLean, keyboards/computer/ Ensemble – Innova
A new music composer strongly into ambient/environmental sounds as well as electronics.
* BERLIOZ: Seven Overtures [TrackList follows] – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Andrew Davis – Chandos
A brilliant hi-res surround recording of the seven Berlioz Overtures.
Shura Cherkassky: The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32; Variations and Fugue on a Theme from Prometheus “Eroica,”; CLEMENTI: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major; CHOPIN: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor; Barcarolle in F-sharp Major; Nocturne in F Minor No. 1; Waltz in E Minor; Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor; SCHUMANN: 3 Fantasiestuecke; Der Contrabandiste; LISZT: Consolation No. 3; Grand Galop Chromatique; Liebestraume No. 3; “La Campanella” Etude – Shura Cherkassky, p. – Guild
A double-disc collection from a most exciting pianist for certain.
CHOPIN: Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 4, 10, and 11; Etudes Op. 25 Nos. 5, 8, 11, and 12; Ballades Op. 23, 38, 47, and 52; Nocturne No. 1; Nocturne No. 2; Polonaise No. 7, “Polonaise-fantaisie” – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – Praga DigitalsRAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit; Piano Concerto in G; Valses nobles et sentimentales; DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, p. – Praga Digitals
Both of these recordings offer valuable insights into the artistry of legendary pianists. For me, though, the Richter is a far more appealing artifact. (Note: these are SACDs.)
A great motion picture in a winning Blu-ray presentation.
Excellent a capella singing in a cleverly constructed program!
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SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 4 in A Minor; Symphony No. 6 in D Minor; Symphony No. 7 in C Major – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski/ Finnish National Radio Orch./ Georg Schneevoigt/ BBC Symphony Orch./ Serge Koussevitzky – Naxos Historical
Mark Obert-Thorn concludes his series of historic Sibelius symphonies with the 1932-1934 inscriptions that set the standard for the more enigmatic of the composer’s late scores.
MESSIAEN: Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum; Le tombeau resplendissant; Hymne – Orch. National de Lyon/ Jun Märkl – Naxos
Märkl’s Et expecto is a bit understated, but the other, relatively obscure works on the program make this an album worth sampling.
CARLO TESSARINI: Complete (Twelve) Violin Concertos, Op. 1 – Marco Pedrona/ Ensemble Guidantus – Indésens (2 CDs)
A useful introduction to the music of Carlo Tessarini, a Vivaldi contemporary and rival.
Kevin Eubanks: back to jazz and away from the TV lights.
While not a perfect film, both Hopkins and Mirren shine in this story about their relationship and the making of Psycho.
A big band that plays with power and potency.
DUTILLEUX: Correspondences for Soprano and Orchestra; “Tout Un Monde Lointain…” for cello and orchestra; Shadows of Time – Barbara Hannigan, sop./ Anssi Karttunen, cello /Orch. Philharmonique de Radio France/Esa-pekka Salonen – DGG
Three masterpieces of the French contemporary composer, Henri Dutilleux, receive superb performances from conductor/composer Esa-pekka Salonen.
Great fun, terrific 3D, costumes, swordplay, flying airships—what more could you want? A sensible plot? Aww….