Monthly Archive: January 2015
American country is lively on this German audiophile label.
An amazing array of top bop stars in the best sonics ever.
“Heavy Sleep” = Works of BACH, ANDRES, KURTAG, SILOTI, REGER – Bruce Levingston, piano – Sono Luminus
Very restful throughout; thought-provoking and moody.
Sale of Google Glasses Halted; MixRadio Partnership With Harman Kardon Speakers; New Audeze Planar Magnetic Headphones; New Paris Concert Hall; Benefactress of Mariinsky Theatre Dies
DVORAK: String Quartets = String Quartet No. 12 in F Major “American”; String Quartet No. 14 in A flat Major; Tercet in C Major – Zemlinsky Quartet – Praga Digitals
Dvorak well-played and realistically recorded.
A new perspective on Monk is persuasive and explorative.
An assertive group attuned to the vagaries of hard-bop redux.
The Music of Harl McDONALD, Vol. 2 = Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra; My Country at War – Symphonic Suite; Songs of Conquest; Children’s Symphony; SMITH (trans. McDONALD): Miniature Suite – various – Pristine Audio
Volume 2 of the Harl McDonald survey revives several rarities from a distinctive voice in musical Americana.
WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete) – Leading soloists/Vienna Philharmonic/Solti – Decca Pure Audio Blu-ray (14+ hours!)
What a New Year’s gift! Many believe this the greatest recording ever made. If you can believe it, it’s now in the best sound it has ever had, and on a single disc!
Abelardo Barroso with Orquestra Sensacion – Cha Cha Cha – Puchito Records/ World Circuit Records -mono vinyl
An iconic Cuban ensemble reaches a new generation of music lovers!
A wonderful and moving tour of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli.
This is a steamroller of a band with a refreshing and effortless relationship to the material.
A pretty great production, and a good one on Blu-ray, but not the best.
The Menuhin recital from 1952 Asconia presents the 36-year-old artist in peak form.
A nice bio on the Mexican comic, but some things are left out.
A gorgeous 53-minute film of the East Indian Holi celebration, with original score by Vijay Iyer.
Hi-Res Audio Has a Ways to Go in Retail; Evolution of the Smart Home; New Partners for LG WebOS TVs; Sharp Goes Beyond 4K with Split Pixels
A more intimate side of Glass that should appeal to anyone.
BACH: English Suite No. 3 in G Minor; English Suite No. 1 in A Major; English Suite No. 5 in E Minor – Piotr Anderszewski, p. – Warner Classics
Intelligent and fluid virtuosity marks this installment of Anderszewski’s survey of the Bach English Suites.
Internet band may have released their finest album.
Vibrant Wagner and Sibelius from the new conductor of the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons.
For those that may have been dismayed at the perceived demise of the bossa nova, listen up.