Monthly Archive: January 2016
The feelin’s right… Teddy Edwards – Feelin’s – Muse/Xanadu/Elemental 906077, 40:18 (1974) ****: (Teddy Edwards – tenor sax; Conte Candoli – trumpet; Dolo Coker – piano; Ray Brown – bass; Frank Butler – drums; Jerry Steinholz – congas and percussion) Teddy Edwards has never received enough accolades as a heavyweight straight-ahead jazz tenor sax player. […]
Roy Orbison – One Of The Lonely Ones – Universal 00602547233042, 33:43 [12/4/15] stereo vinyl ***: Previously unreleased 1969 album surfaces on vinyl. (Roy Orbison – guitar, vocals; plus many others) Roy Orbison is an intricate part of the original rock and roll landscape. His rockabilly structures share a common bond with Southern-based artists like […]
CES First Day Summary; OLED UHD Displays; Pioneer Has OLED Displays and Automotive Laser at CES; Industry Efforts at Promoting Hi-Res at CES
Segerstam extends his Sibelius commemoration with rare scores of incidental music. SIBELIUS: Swanwhite – Complete Incidental Music, Op. 54; Odian – Complete Incidental Music, Op. 8; A Lonely Ski Trail; The Countess’ Portrait – Riko Eklundh, narr./ Turku Philharmonic Orch./ Leif Segerstam – Naxos 8.573341, 63:34 (9/25/15) ****: As part of the 150th Sibelius anniversary […]
SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 5 & 7 cond. by Leonard Bernstein – Blu-ray (2015) Performers: Vienna Philharmonic/ Leonard Bernstein Studio: Unitel/C Major [Distr. by Naxos] (11/13/15) Director: Humphrey Burton Video: 1080i color for 16 x 9 (Symphonies 1, 5 & 7) 4 x 3: Sym. 2 Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo All Regions […]
An old but timely documentary about a very serious world problem. Water Wars (2010) When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide Director: Jim Burroughs Studio: Earth Now! / Cinema Libre CLS1097 Video: 4:3 color Audio: English PCM mono Subtitles: English Narrated by Martin Sheen Extras: Earth Song video; Bio of Kazi Nazul Islam, author of Oh […]
Flute, viola, and harp sound dull? Then try this!
An innovative program concept that results in equally persuasive performances.
A short but interesting film on jazz bassist Chuck Israels.
BRAHMS: Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; WEIGL: Sonata; HINDEMITH: Sonata in F Major – Paul Doktor, viola/ Nadia Reisenberg, p. – Romeo
Nadia Reisenberg joins master Paul Doktor in excellent restorations of the viola repertory.
Theremin Sonatas – Original Works for Theremin & Piano – Carolina Eyck, Theremin/ Christopher Tarnow, piano – CD with a single video – Genuin Classics
Four Theremin sonatas well-played but I suspect uncomfortable for many listeners.
Houston Chamber Choir, “Soft Blink of Amber Light” = Works of WHITE, HAGEN, THEOFANIDIS, OQUIN & DIORIO – Houston Ch. Choir/Robert Simpson – MSR Classics
A very rewarding collection of modern choral works performed flawlessly!
A couple of oddities here, mostly worth your time.
Nefertiti – Miles Davis Q. – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl + Filles de Kilimanjaro – Miles Davis Q. – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl
A pair of the top Miles Davis albums remastered at 45rpm speed.
Cello master Janos Starker provides illuminated firepower in three epic works from XXth Century repertory.
Audiophile reissue of Anthony Wilson’s Our Gang, with two tracks at 45 rpm.
A supersession from a superband.
“Song of Songs” = DAVID LANG: Just; LUCIANO BERIO: Naturale; BETTY OLIVERO: En la mar hai una torre – Trio Mediaeval & others – Contemporary Music Society
“Song of Songs” = DAVID LANG: Just; LUCIANO BERIO: Naturale; BETTY OLIVERO: En la mar hai una torre – Trio Mediaeval/Garth Knox, viola/Agnes Vesterman, cello/Sylvain Lemetre, perc./Cliona Doris, harp – Louth Contemporary Music Society LCMS 1502 [Distr. by Allegro], 45:18, (10/02/15) ****: The Louth (Ireland) Contemporary Music Society has a growing reputation as one of […]
Two classic performances which have gained many plaudits.
Don’t dismiss this album too quickly—there is a lot of substance to be found!
Francesco Di Fiore, “Pianosequenza – Piano Music in Film” – Music by NYMAN, DI FIORE, GLASS, TIERSEN & SUSMAN – Zefir
Very pleasant and uncomplicated; you may want to go discover the films.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 in a minor – NY Philharmonic/ Dimitri Mitropoulos – Archipel ARPCD 0440, 72:57 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Archipel issues the same performance of the Mahler Sixth (10 April 1955) previously made available on Music&Arts CD-1214, which I reviewed before. The inscription bears all the hallmarks of Mitropoulos’ eminently physical response to […]