Monthly Archive: November 2015
SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. Rudolf Barshai): Chamber Symphonies, Op. 110a; Op. 49a; Op. 118a – The Dmitri Ensemble/ Graham Ross – Harmonia mundi
Interesting adaptations, but I prefer the originals.
PROKOKIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor; Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major; Solo Violin Sonata in D Major – Viktoria Mullova, v./ Tedi Papavrami, v. /Frankfurt Radio Sym. Orch./ Paavo Jarvi – Onyx
Live performances of Mullova’s Prokofiev violin repertory convince us of her pungent authority.
A singer/pianist with a gift for unpretentious playfulness and curiosity.
One of the best super-hero films from Marvel, and 3D too.
Talented musician conquers many genres…and in high definition.
Eight worthwhile discs of Christmas music to brighten your holidays.
Control4 Distributes Audio; Sonos Offers App to Adjust Sound on Various Speakers; New Feature Allows Creating, Remaking and Remixing Audio on Short Videos; Controlling Things With Your Mind?; New Apple TV
Outstanding performances that help inform the interesting musical polyglot that is Brazil.
Hi-resolution revitalizes Grateful Dead icon and mandolin virtuoso collaboration.
Wildly dramatic and lyrical chamber music from an American original.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronouned ‘Leh-‘Nerd ‘Skin-‘Nerd – Live from Jacksonville at The Florida Theatre – Blu-ray (2015)
Southern Rock at its best, on Blu-ray.
The last show by a top rock group and great guitarist, Rory Gallagher.
SHOSTAKOVICH: The Symphonies (Complete) – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./ Vasily Petrenko – Naxos
Magnificent, thrilling performances given expressive, idiomatic readings by a formidable young conductor.
Ursine inspiration along with a Jim Thorpe homage? Must be more fun from Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
A wonderful French animation full of lots of exotic locations and animals.
MOZART: Bassoon Concerto; Clarinet Concerto – Ole Kristian Dahl, bassoon/Thorsten Johanns, clarinet/WDR Sym. Orch./Karl-Heinz Steffens, Eivind Aadland – Lawo Classics
Worthy additions to an already large list of options.
Bob Dylan – The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966/ The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Columbia/Legacy – 3 vinyls+2 CDs
A phenomenal glimpse into a transformative songwriter’s mind!
Terrific fidelity on this stereo SACD remastering of a classic Martino guitar session.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D Major; Symphony No. 7 in A Major – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Karl Bohm – Orfeo
The 1980 concert from the Grand Festival House in Salzburg features the veteran Karl Bohm in Beethoven symphonies.
RESPIGHI: Metamorphoseon; Ballata delle Gnomidi; Queen of Sheba, Suite – Orch. Philharmonique Royal de Liege/ John Neschling – BIS
Three colorfully-orchestrated works from the Italian composer who studied with Rimsky-Korsakov.
Egon Petri – The Complete Columbia and Electrola Solo and Concerto Recordings, 1929-1951 = Works oF BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, BUSONI, FRANCK, CHOPIN, LISZT, SCHUBERT, GLUCK, TCHAIKOVSKY – APR (7 CDS)
Mark Obert-Thorn re-assembles the Egon Petri legacy.
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists, Daniel Hope, v./ Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani/ Einaudi – Ponderosa(/br)LUDOVICO EINAUDI: Elements [Tracklist follows] – Var. soloists & Einaudi – Ponderosa
Two releases from the Italian New Age composer.