Monthly Archive: October 2015
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BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 – Simone Young / Hamburg Philharmonic – Oehms ClassicsBRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 – Simone Young / Hamburg Philharmonic – Oehms Classics
Refreshing new performances of two Bruckner symphonies.
A provocative post-apocalyptic tale of the world’s perhaps last three survivors.
WILLIAM MAYER: A Death in the Family (opera) – Soloists/Manhattan School of Music Opera Orch./ David Gilbert – Albany (2 CDs)
Mayer’s opera deserves many more recordings, but it is a classic – provocative and path breaking.
SAINT-SAENS: Chamber Music = Akane Makita, p./ Soloists of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome – Brilliant Classics
Saint-Saens’ chamber works provide the Accademia soloists and Akane Makita with alluring, charming vehicles for their talents.
A fascinating new composition for mixed chorus and chamber ensemble.
Ferocious improvised music which weaves heavy rock with hardened jazz.
Challenging, modern jazz with a wide musical/narrative structure.
DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor; FAURÉ: Elegie /Janos Starker, cello/ Philharmonia Orch./Walter Susskind – Hi-Q Records xrcd24
A valuable remastering of a classic Starker performance.
We hear some past Mikhail Pletnev “between official takes” in this amalgam of a recital, performed often in dazzling style.
An amazing collection of some of the most important avant-garde films since 1920.
NIELSEN: Symphonies (complete); Violin Concerto; Flute Con.; Clarinet Con./ var. soloists/ New York Phil./ Alan Gilbert – Dacapo (4 SACDs)
Gilbert finally comes alive in this impressive set.
A very sensitive and dedicated performance worth your patience.
Another refreshing view into a culture and a musical style that may be unfamiliar.
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An exceptional introduction for those who are not familiar with this superlative ensemble.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f-sharp minor; Etude in c-sharp minor; Prelude for the Left Hand; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; A Night on Bare Mountain – Alessio Bax, p. – Signum Classics
Alessio Bax offer us Scriabin and Mussorgsky in lyrical, if not stentorian, colors.
Masterpieces for the Left Hand, Vol. I = Works of RAVEL, SCRIABIN, PROKOFIEV, BARTOK & BRITTEN [TrackList follows] – var. pianists – Praga Digitals
Praga assembles five works conceived for the left-hand, each commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein.
A fulfilling and abundantly creative session.
“Scrapyard Exotica” = MASON BATES: Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica; KEN UENO: Peradam; MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: The Named Angels – Del Sol String Q. – Sono Luminus (audio-only Blu-ray + CD)
Excellent playing and mostly intriguing new music from this inventive quartet.
Having delayed his recording for nearly 20 years, Lars Vogt offers a compelling reading of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
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