Monthly Archive: February 2014
Sony to Expand Hi-Res to More Products; Reasons for Hi-Res
A powerful combination of video, audio, 3D, a strong plot and great performances makes for a perfect Blu-ray experience.
Although Wilson is a drummer of tireless vigor, the results do not match the effort.
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky
Exceptional performances of both works – a good fit for Gergiev’s strong approach.
MUSSORGSKY: Russian Songs (orch. Markevitch); Pictures at an Exhibition; STRAVINSKY: Symphony of Psalms – Galina Vishnevskaya, sop./ Russian State Academic Choir/ Berlin Philharmonic/ Russian Symphony Orch./ Igor Markevitch – Praga Digitals
An album that shows just how magnificent great SACD remastering can sound.
A beautiful recording from a well-established source, round number two from the Montpellier codex.
Herbert von Karajan – For the First Time After WW II in the USA with the Berlin Philharmonic = Works of MOZART, R. STRAUSS, BRAHMS & BEETHOVEN – Andromeda (2 discs)
Step back almost 60 years for Herbert von Karajan’s first post-War appearance in Washington, D.C. with rousing performances of Mozart, Strauss, and Brahms.
Complex and fascinating wind music twinkles like the northern lights.
BERLIOZ: L’Enfance du Christ – Yann Beuron, narr./ Veronique gens, sop./ Swedish Radio Sym. Orch. & Choir/ Robin Ticciati – Linn (2 discs)
Berlioz for the modern age? Certainly! But Ticciati is very persuasive even if he doesn’t supplant the greats of the past.
This superb disc is a wonderful representation of the French Harpsichord School, played with sophistication, emotion, and mastery.
Wonderfully executed in an engaging and meaningful way, it is well worth a listen!
Audyssey 60 Degrees Introduced; Spotify New Service: Forgotify; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Great Season; Sacramento Philharmonic/Opera Chief Quits; Yahoo’s New Aviate App; Netflix Ensures Its Subscribers Receive Unimpeded Movie Streaming
Far from your usual jazz vocalist, Dorough is an acquired but extremely worthwhile taste.
Ladies First! = Arias by HAYDN – Lisa Larsson, sop./ Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/ Jan Willem de Vriend – Challenge Classics
Larsson turns to neglected Haydn with great effect.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky
Matsuev has the measure of this music, though a few places the interpretative choices don’t really work.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 = Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, “Pastorale”; Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major; Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, “Waldstein” – Jonathan Biss, p. – Onyx
Jonathan Biss extends his persuasive grasp of the Beethoven sonatas with three works from Beethoven’s “new path” period.
Paul Bley – The Complete Remastered Recordings – [TrackList follows] – Black Saint/Soul Note Records (10 CDs)
A big bountiful bundle of Bley for all tastes.
The Grand Canyon Project = Music for Solo Cello by Yu-Hui Chang, Marti Epstein, Howard Frazin, Laura Kaminsky, John Kennedy, Jeffrey Mumford, David Rakowski, Jan Swafford, Andy Vores and Dalit Hadass Warshaw – Rhonda Rider, cello – MSR Classics
Musical reflections of The Grand Canyon well played and nicely recorded.
Victor de Sabata – The Complete Berlin Philharmonic Recordings = BRAHMS, STRAUSS, RAGNER, VERDI, KODALY, RESPIGHI – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Victor de Sabata – Pristine
The complete 1939 Berlin Philharmonic recordings by Victor de Sabata, whom many considered the finest conductor of his generation.
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D; Romance No. 1 in G; Romance No. 2 in F – New York Philharmonic/ Anne-Sophie Mutter, v./ Kurt Masur – DGG stereo-only Pure Audio Blu-ray
A great recording now available in hi-res but only two channels.
BEETHOVEN: Quintet in E-flat; EURICO CARRAPATOSO: Cinco Elegias; LIGETI: Six Bagatelles; STEPHEN MONTAGUE: Thule Ultima; ROSETTI: Quintet; IBERT: Three Short Pieces; EDUARDO DI CAPUA: ‘O sole mio – Ensemble Carion – Ars Produktion
Fantastic sound and thrilling playing make for a disc of unqualified excellence.
Bravo to all concerned in one of the finest Russian choral music releases in years.