Monthly Archive: September 2015
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in d minor; R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 – Philharmonic Sym. of New York/ Bruno Walter – Pristine
Bruckner 9th by Walter in superb fidelity from a private collector.
Alceo Galleria conducts R. STRAUSS, WAGNER, DVORAK, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, TCHIAKOVSKY, ROSSINI – Opus Kura (2 CDs)
A “sleeper set” by a fine conductor.
A terrific CD set for all Bill Evans fans.
A follow-up to his 2013 Grammy-winner Songs I Like a Lot.
A true cutting-edge jazz trumpet player.
VILLA-LOBOS: Symphony No. 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-çarará – Sao Paulo Sym. and Children’s Choir/ Isaac Karabtchevsky – Naxos
Thrilling music that is well-played and beautifully recorded.
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LUTOSLAWSKI: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 2 – Krystian Zimmerman, piano – Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle – DGG
A brilliant modern piano concerto from a Polish master.
A vivacious recording from an expressively accomplished trio.
A fine documentary on the early folk movement – sincere and heartwarming.
The historical value trumps the admittedly non-audiophile quality acoustics…
Romantic Metamorphoses – VIEUXTEMPS, ZEMTSOV, BLOCH, BIZET- Cathelijne Noorland, piano/ Dana Zemtsov, viola/ Channel Classics
An intriguing collection with a personal connection to Ms. Zemtsov.
“The Butterfly Lovers” = Works for Violin and Chinese Orchestra [TrackList follows] – Lu Siqing, violin / Taipei Chinese Orch. / Chung Yiu-Kwong – BIS
An interesting fusion of East and West well worth investigating.
SIR HUBERT PARRY: I was Glad & other choral works – Westminster Abbey Choir / Onyx Brass / Daniel Cook (organ) / James O’Donnell – Hyperion (CD or hi-res download)
English Cathedral choral and organ music from Westminster Abbey in very fine hi-res sound.
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos (complete) – Los Angeles Phil. Orch./ Pinchas Zukerman – Pentatone 4.0 (2 discs)
Back again and sounding wonderful, this set is truly a refreshing excursion into the world of Bach.
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FELDMAN: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello – Danielle Farina, viola/ Aleck Karis, piano/Curtis Macomber, violin/ Christopher Finckel, cello – Bridge
“So you’re playing what here?”
A Jeff Lynne double feature on Blu-ray for his fans.
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major – Daniel Barenboim, p./ Staatskapelle Berlin/ Gustavo Dudamel – DGG (2 CDs)
Barenboim and Dudamel bring affection and lavish coloration to the two Brahms concertos, live from Berlin, 2014.
A very thought-provoking take on AI which is not like most sci-fi films at all.
“Orbit – Music for Solo Cello” = var. composers – Matt Haimovitz, cello – Oxingale/ Pentatone (3 discs)
A most comprehensive collection on three multichannel SACDs, by one of the finest solo cellists today.
Charles Munch – The Complete New York Philharmonic Recordings, 1947-1948 = MOZART, SAINT-SAENS, LISZT, CHABRIER, D’INDY – Pristine Audio (2 CDs)
Inscriptions French conductor Charles Munch made after his long-delayed appearance before American orchestras after World War II.