Monthly Archive: May 2015
Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield – Sing: Solitary Moon/ The Johnny Mandel Songbook – Bi-Coastal Music
A winning combination – Johnny Mandel’s music, great vocal blend, and superb musicians…
This is my second go ‘round with this work. The first was very fine, but this one’s really got game.
Another fine upgrade for SACD of an earlier Jordi Savall recording.
The Art of BACH = Arr. by Kurtag – Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe, pianos/ Augustin Hadelich, violin – Steinway & Sons
Piano duo Anderson & Roe compress the “total” Bach experience into a dazzling and devotional selection of the Master’s musical styles.
DUKAS: L’apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice); La Péri: Fanfare; La Péri: Poème dansé; Symphony in C Major – RTÉ National Sym. Orch./ Jean-Luc Tingaud – Naxos
Tingaud has his Irish band sounding verrry French, and Naxos’ crystalline sonics are some of the best from this source.
Lost performance released after forty years with an audio upgrade.
BEETHOVEN: Complete Sonatas and Variations for Pianoforte and Violoncello = Matt Haimovitz, cello / Christopher O’Reilly, fortepiano – PENTATONE (2 SACDs)
Sensitive, even soulful, playing by Haimovitz and crisp articulation of the piano part on a mellifluous Broadwood of Beethoven’s day.
Stokowski – Gala Night at the Opera = Works of WAGNER, MOZART, GOUNOD, BORODIN, VERDI & PUCCINI – Soloists/Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – Guild
Guild permits us to relive the spectacular gala event in Philadelphia, 1962, when Stokowski led an operatic tribute to the Academy of Music.
“BRAHMS by Heart” = String Quartet No. 1 in c minor; String Quartet No. 2 in a minor; String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major; String Quintet in G Major – Chiara String Q./ Roger Tapping, viola – Azica (2 CDs)
These players do seem to know Brahms by heart.
Beyond categorization…simply sublime…
Exceptional CGI effects, especially in 3D, but not as great as The Matrix from the same creators.
Amadeus Quartet, Vol. 4, Modernism = Quartets of BRITTEN, TIPPETT, PURCELL, SEIBER & BARTOK – Audite (2 CDs)
Music of Britain and Germany engages the Amadeus Quartet for their 1950-1956 series of inscriptions for RIAS.
SCHUMANN: Violin Concerto in d minor; Piano Trio No. 3 in g minor, Op. 110 – Isabelle Faust, violin/ Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello, Alexander Melnikov, p./ Freiburger Barockorchester/ Pablo Heras-Casado – Harmonia mundi (CD + DVD)
The Faust-Queyvas-Melnikov trio embarks on a Schumann project that embraces the concertos and piano trios.
Event at The Los Angeles Jazz Institute – Music for Lighthousekeeping – May 21-24, 2015 – Sheraton Gateway Hotel – Los Angeles, Ca. – 27 concerts, rare films and panel discussions
“Nurturing the garden” – An all-star live tribute to Howard Rumsey & the Lighthouse…
DEBUSSY: Beau Soir; L’isle joyeuse; The Little Shepherd; Danse – Tarantelle styrienne; Élégie, L138; Études pour piano: No. 5 ‘Pour les octaves’; Valse romantique; La plus que lente; Préludes from Book 2 – Michael Lewin, p. – Sono Luminus – Pure Audio Blu-ray + CD
A sonic spectacular in performances that might not equal the best of the past, but are certainly as good as what we find today.
Ecstatic Hindemith worth every penny.
Lenovo Plans $49 Streaming Media Device; DirecTV Launches Two New Satellites; Dolby Audio Extended to Windows 10 & Edge Browser; Some Startling Statistics About China and Technology; Klaus Heymann of Naxos Wins Yale University Medal
One fish, two fish, red fish…concept album.
Duke Ellington – The Original Recordings That Inspired The Broadway Hit “After Midnight” – Legacy Recordings
This is a worthwhile potpourri of early Duke.
*KALEVI AHO: Nineteen Preludes; Three Small Pieces; Two Easy Pieces for Children; Sonatina; Solo II; Sonata – Sonja Fraki, piano – BIS
************* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
An outstanding recital of Aho’s most important piano music, enthusiastically urged upon all.
FAURE: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13; SCHUMANN: Violin Sonata No. 1 in a, Op. 105; BARTOK: Violin Sonata No. 2, SZ 76 – Jade Duo – MSR Classics
It shouldn’t work at all, coupling these composers together, but the results are amazing.
Jerry Lawson – Just a Mortal Man – With the McCrary Sisters, Peter Cooper, and Eric Brace – Red Beet Records
Jerry Lawson’s Just a Mortal Man is refreshingly free of clunkers.