Monthly Archive: December 2015
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Major; Violin Con. No. 2 in C Major; Violin Con. No. 3 in b minor – Andrew Wan, violin/ Orch. Symphonique de Montreal/ Kent Nagano – Analekta
In these splendid live renditions, two sympathetic musicians realize the three Saint-Saens violin concertos.
BACH: Bach to Moog, a Realization for Electronics and Orch. – Jennifer Pike, violin/ Craig Leon, Moog synth/ Sinfonietta Cracovia/ Craig Leon – Sony Classical
Bringing back the Moog synthesizer from over 30 years ago.
A spontaneous night’s music mustered with collective communication.
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For some Lloyd fans, their favorite of his silents, even over The Freshman.
GORDON GETTY: The Little Match Girl, A Prayer for My Daughter, Poor Peter, Joan and the Bells – Soloists / Bavarian Radio Choir, Munich Radio Orch. / Asher Fisch; Ulf Schirmer – PentaTone
A superb collection of Gordon Getty’s works, with a stunning surround recording.
Worthy music worthily captured by the excellent Houstonites.
The piano music of Maurice Ravel has a powerful acolyte in Hinrich Alpers.
A quirky, very Japanese live action kids sci-fi and little monsters story.
A welcome reissue of pianist Ron Blake’s iconic album about and for film noir.
James Brawn in Recital, Vol. 2 – “The Time Traveller and His Muse” = Works of SCARLATTI, BACH,MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, LISZT, GRIEG, BRAHMS, SCRIABIN, RACHMANINOFF, PROKOFIEV & GERSHWIN – MSR Classics (2 CDs)
Volume 2 continues the fine pianism found in Brawn’s first go round.
A Chinese-American coproduction of great interest to fans of the wolf.
Horowitz: Return to Chicago = Works of SCARLATTI, MOZART, SCRIABIN, SCHUMANN, LISZT, MOSZKOWSKI – DGG (2 CDs)
Vladimir Horowitz pays his last visit to Chicago, resurrected from a long-lost tape from WFMT.
A guitarist of confident harmonic perception.
ANTONIO SOLER: Harpsichord Sonatas (Complete Rubio Edition) – Barbara Harbach, harpsichord – MSR Classics
A “complete” Soler sonata series is always cause for notice, especially a fine one.
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4, Hungarian Dances 11, 3, 7 and Instr. Folk Music – Budapest Festival Orch./ Ivan Fischer – Channel Classics
A solid Fourth Symphony with audio quality to match.
The 1960 Mozart Requiem from Salzburg features Leontyne Price, Karajan, and a stellar ensemble.
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Music of Barbara Harbach, Vol. 9: Orchestral Music II – Symphonies, Soundings & Celebrations [Night Soundings; Gateway Festival Sym.; A State Divided – A Missouri Symphony; Jubilee Sym.] – London Philharmonic Orch. /David Angus – MSR Classics
A fresh composer/performer who deserves to be better known.
An interesting version of the Handel opera done with marionettes.
“Schubert Lieder – Orchestrated by Max Reger & Anton Webern” – Christian Elsner, tenor/ Berlin Radio-Sym. Orch./ Marek Janowski – Pentatone
They won’t supplant the originals, but they do have a charm all their own.
Introspective Odyssey – Skyros Quartet – Music by BRITTEN, TURINA & SIBELIUS – Parma Recordings/ Navona
A very enticing disc by the Skyros Quartet.