Monthly Archive: May 2015
“Road Trip” – Aurora Orch. /Nicholas Collon cond. / Dawn Landes, vocals and guitar/ Sam Amidon, vocals [TrackList follows] – Warner Classics
A sometimes awkward walk though American music.
Science Proves the ‘80s Produced the Most Homogenous Pop Music; Samsung Has a First by Including Surround Sound for Headphones in TVs; Classical News; Next Month Yamaha Launches Their Most Expensive Subwoofer
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
JEFFREY LEPENDORF: “Journeys Have Destinations of Which the Traveler in Unaware” = shakuhachi/ with Scott Fields, guitar – Albany
This odd combination is rather zen-like in its impact.
A fine documentary on the most important female classical guitarist in the world.
Solo violin for progressive and nu-metal fans.
Dance/electronic music gets a compelling re-boot on this interesting recording.
A fine Getz session, in which the reissue is identical to the original.
These joints are serious and swinging.
BRAHMS: Serenades No. 1 in D Major & No. 2 in A Major – Gewandhausorchester/ Riccardo Chailly – Decca
Excellent supplements to Chailly’s traversal of the Brahms symphonies, these illumined readings of the two serenades come highly recommended.
ARENSKY: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky; TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade in C Major for Strings; SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony – New Moscow Ch. Orch./ Igor Shukow – Telos
Pianist-conductor Igor Shukow delivers three intensely potent readings of Russian string works, Romantic and Modern.
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 3; Scythian Suite; Autumn – Sao Paulo Sym. Orch./ Marin Alsop – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray
A fine performance in excellent surround on audio-only Blu-ray.
A 1941 classic from the great director Preston Sturges, with many extras.
SPES – Cantus /Tove Ramlo-Ystad, cond./ Frode Fjellheim, joik and synthesizers / Snorre Bjerck, percussion – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD
A lovely collection of Scandinavian sacred music in an exceptional recording.
An amazing collection of his complete works, in mostly excellent versions.
ELENA RUEHR: LIFT – Chamber Music by Elena Ruehr: Lift; Second Violin Sonata; Klein Suite; Adrienne and Amy; Prelude Variations; The Scarlatti Effect — Avie
A gorgeous-sounding collection of Elena Ruehr’s lyrical and modern chamber music.
Pierre Fournier at the Lucerne Festival = DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor; CASALS: El cant dels ocells – Pierre Fournier, cello/ Swiss Festival Orch./ Istvan Kertesz (Dvorak)/ Orch. Philharmonique de la RTF/ Jean Martinon (Saint-Saens)/ Festival Strings Lucerne/ Matthias Bamert (Casals) – Audite
Grand master of the cello Fournier shares his gift in three appearances in Lucerne, one of which matches him with Istvan Kertesz.
“Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron
Robert and Clara Schumann and their select circle receive loving attention from pianist Deferne in works that exploit Romantic polyphony.
Apple Under Scrutiny; M-Go, Amazon, Vudu and Netflix Planning HDR Video Streaming in 2015; Denon Unveils Their First AVR for 2015
This is the real thing in the tango world, straight from Buenos Aires.
Hi-res reissue of a classic jazz performance sounds great!
MARIA NEWMAN: Chamber Works = Pennipotenti; Sonata for Flute and Piano; The Pied Piper; Colores de Mexico – Hal Ott, flute/Peter Longsworth, p. /Maria Newman, v./Scott Hosfeld, viola/Amy Shulman, harp/John Magnussen, percussion – Montgomery Arts House
Some pleasant-enough works just don’t leave a strong lasting impression.