Monthly Archive: September 2015
Pioneer Hi-Res Portable Is First With MQA; Panasonic Introduces Its First UHD OLED TV; LG Prepares Rollable OLED TV Display; Wide Price Range in TV Mounting Systems
Siegfried Idyll = LISZT: Funerailles; Nuages gris; Am Grabe Richard Wagners; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (arr. J. Rubinstein); BRAHMS: 5 Intermezzi and 2 Capriccios – David Deveau, piano – Steinway & Sons
Recital is devoted to three giants of late 19th-century Romantic harmony: Liszt, Wagner & Brahms.
HENRI DUTILLEUX: Metaboles, L’Arbre Des Songes “Tree of Dreams” (Violin Concerto), Symphony No. 2 —Augustin Hadelich, v./ Seattle Sym./Ludovic Morlot — Seattle Sym. Media
One of the best classical CDs of the year.
Dan has to build more of an individual sound and not sound like Peter Nero.
THOMPSON: Alleluia; Fare Well; BARBER: Agnus Dei; Reincarnations; Five Songs; BERNSTEIN: Missa Brevis; COPLAND: Four Motets – Polyphony/ Stephen Layton – Hyperion
Polyphony’s leap into Americana provides dividends aplenty in this splendid recording.
Blues with plenty of verve.
The blues is still alive and breathing, and there’s nothing like hearing an expert blues musician make his music.
SIBELIUS: Pelleas et Melisande – Complete Incidental Music; Music for a Scene; Valse lyrique; Autrefois – Scene pastorale; Valse chevaleresque; Morceau romantique – Pia Pajala, sop./ Sari Nordqvist, mezzo-sop./ Turku Philharmonic Orch./ Leif Segerstam – Naxos
Includes a commission for Sibelius from the Swedish Theatre to compose music for Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Pelleas et Melisande.
“Clockworking” = Works of several Icelandic composers – Nordic Affect (Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, v./Guðrun Hrund Harðardóttir, viola/Hanna Loftsdóttir, c./Guðrún Óskarsdóttir, harpsichord) – Sono Luminus
The Nordic Effect is an unusual all-female ensemble.
DAVID CRUMB: “Red Desert” = September Elegy; Soundings; Red Desert Triptych; Primordial Fantasy – Marcantonio Barone, p./Fritz Gearhart, violin/Corey Hamm, p./Jerome Simas, clarinet/Steve Vacchi, bassoon/Robert Ponto, cond. – Bridge
Fascinating works by the son of George Crumb.
Outsider jazz music to be sure.
REBAY: Sonatas for Violin & Guitar; Sonata for Viola & Guitar – Pedro Mateo González, guitar/ José Manuel Álvarez, violin/ Joaquín Riquelme, viola – Eudora
This disc makes a fine introduction to the work of lesser-known composer Rebay, and it’s worth a place in any collection.
Peanuts Greatest Hits is a real winner!
A completely new re-do of the Beatles songs.
Classical News; Yamaha Promotes MusicCast Wireless Multizone Audio; Klipsch & Dolby Demo of Dolby Atmos in NYC; ussound Has New Music Sreamers and Stereo Amps
Ritenour’s delicacy is effective and moving.
Good and swingin’ B-3 sounds.
A lighthearted little earful.
An infectious concoction of Brazilian sounds.
Right on time with classic-sounding, soulful jazz.
GRIEG: Piano Concerto in a minor; MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor; SCHUMANN: Carnaval – Ania Dorfmann, p./ Robin Hood Dell Orch. of Philadelphia/ Erich Leinsdorf – Pristine Audio
Russian pianist Ania Dorfmann enjoys a partial “resurrection” of her otherwise neglected legacy in a Pristine remastering.
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A radiant performance of No. 5, and almost makes the Scythian Suite likeable.