Monthly Archive: February 2016

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; CHERUBINI: Symphony in D; BACK: Intrada – Orch. del Teatro “La Fenice”/ Sergiu Celibidache – IDIS

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; CHERUBINI: Symphony in D; BACK: Intrada – Orch. del Teatro “La Fenice”/ Sergiu Celibidache – IDIS

A spectacular Celibidache concert from Venice demonstrates his capacity for drama and vivid colors – always. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; CHERUBINI: Symphony in D Major; BACK: Intrada – Orch. del Teatro “La Fenice” di Venezia/ Sergiu Celibidache – IDIS 6708, 68:34 [Distr. by Naxos] ****:  The live concert offered here, 31 October 1965, under […]

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

The first feature-length animated film and perhaps the most important in history. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016) Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 131997 (2/2/16) [2 discs] Voice-overs: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne Video: 1.33:1 or “Disney View” 16:9, 1080p HD Technicolor Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, DD 2.0 mono, French […]

“Far in the Heavens” = Choral works of STEPHEN PAULUS – True Concord Voices & Orch./ Eric Holtan – Reference Rec./Fresh!

“Far in the Heavens” = Choral works of STEPHEN PAULUS – True Concord Voices & Orch./ Eric Holtan – Reference Rec./Fresh!

An essential recording of a much-missed artist. I’ll just leave it at that. “Far in the Heavens” = STEPHEN PAULUS: Prayers and Remembrances; Nunc dimittis; The Incomprehensible; I Have Called You By Name; Little Elegy; When Music Sounds – True Concord Voices & Orch./ Eric Holtan – Reference Recordings/Fresh! FR-716, 66:14 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: […]

RAVEL: Piano Con. in G Major; Piano Con. for the Left Hand; FAURE: Ballade in F-sharp Major – Yuja Wang, p./ Tonhalle Orch. Zurich/ Lionel Bringuier – DGG

RAVEL: Piano Con. in G Major; Piano Con. for the Left Hand; FAURE: Ballade in F-sharp Major – Yuja Wang, p./ Tonhalle Orch. Zurich/ Lionel Bringuier – DGG

Yuja Wang’s first “incursion” into French music proves explosive, lyrical and virtuosic, at once. RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major; Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major; FAURE: Ballade in F-sharp Major for Piano Solo, Op. 19 – Yuja Wang, p./ Tonhalle Orch. Zurich/ Lionel Bringuier – DGG B00023931-02, 50:15 (10/9/15) [Distr. by […]

Susie Arioli – Spring – Spectra Musique

Susie Arioli – Spring – Spectra Musique

Susie Arioli – Spring – Spectra Musique SPECD 7854, 46:41 ****: An unpretentious yet slick session from a singer who deserves a wider audience. (Susie Arioli – vocals; Don Thompson – piano, vibes; Terry Clarke – drums; Neil Swainson – bass; Reg Schwager – guitar; Phil Dwyer – tenor sax; Kevin Turcotte – trumpet; Andy […]

Spectral Quartet – “Serious Business” = Music of SKY MACKLAY; DAVID REMINICK; JOSEF HAYDN; CHRIS FISHER-LOCHEAD – Sono Luminus

Spectral Quartet – “Serious Business” = Music of SKY MACKLAY; DAVID REMINICK; JOSEF HAYDN; CHRIS FISHER-LOCHEAD – Sono Luminus

Spectral Quartet – “Serious Business” = Music of SKY MACKLAY; DAVID REMINICK; JOSEF HAYDN; CHRIS FISHER-LOCHEAD – Sono Luminus DSL-92198, 65:26 (CD + audio-only Blu-ray – 5.1 DTS, 2.0 PCM and 9.1 Auro 3D with FLAC and MP3 files) (1/29/16) ****: Comedy and humor in music.  Reading the supplementary material that came with this disc […]

WEINBERG: In search of freedom = Piano Quintet & 2 Quartets – Nikita Mndoyants, p./ Zemlinsky Q. – Praga Digitals

WEINBERG: In search of freedom = Piano Quintet & 2 Quartets – Nikita Mndoyants, p./ Zemlinsky Q. – Praga Digitals

Expert readings of the more elusive of Weinberg’s chamber music come to us in keenly-wrought sound. WEINBERG: In search of freedom = Piano Quintet, Op. 18; String Quartet No. 10, Op. 85; String Quartet No. 13, Op. 118 – Nikita Mndoyants, p./ Zemlinsky Quartet – Praga Digitals mutichannel SACD PRD 250 296, 78:47 (10/9/15) [Distr. […]

OFFENBACH: Orchestral Works = Various overtures, Tales of Hoffman music – Swisse Romande Orch. – Chandos

OFFENBACH: Orchestral Works = Various overtures, Tales of Hoffman music – Swisse Romande Orch. – Chandos

Estonian conductor finds the Paris experience of Jacques Offenbach entirely suited to his taste. OFFENBACH: Orchestral Works = Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld; Overture to La Belle Helene; Overture and Ballet from The Voyage to the Moon; Overture to La fille du tambour-major; Intermede and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann; Overture to Barbe-bleue; […]

Audio News for February 16, 2016

Audio News for February 16, 2016

First Headphones With Choice of Open or Closed Back; Stream Your Tablet to the TV With Chromecast; Sony’s PlayStation 4 Led January 2016 Hardware & Software Sales; See Mars Sand Dunes With NASA Video; How to Shop for Music on Vinyl

I Knew Her Well, Blu-ray (1965/2016)

I Knew Her Well, Blu-ray (1965/2016)

A 1965 classic which helped define Italy in the ‘60s. I Knew Her Well, Blu-ray (1965/2016) Director: Antonio Pietrangeli Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD black & white Audio: Italian PCM mono Studio: RAI Cinema/ The Criterion Collection 801 (2/23/16) Subtitles: English Extras: New interview with Stefania […]

MATTHEW FIELDS: Double Cluster; Space Sciences – Gloria Chuang, p./ Moravian Phil. Orch./ Jan Kučera – Centaur

MATTHEW FIELDS: Double Cluster; Space Sciences – Gloria Chuang, p./ Moravian Phil. Orch./ Jan Kučera – Centaur

MATTHEW FIELDS: Double Cluster; Space Sciences – Gloria Chuang, p./ Moravian Philharmonic Orch./ Jan Kučera – Centaur CRC 3433 [Distr. by Naxos], (8/14/15) ***1/2: Complex but fascinating works inspired by deep space. Matthew Fields was a very interesting composer and amateur astronomer. To be frank, that’s what drew me to this recording for I share […]

COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – soloists/BSO/ Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio

COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – soloists/BSO/ Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio

Superlative, classic readings of Copland scores by his most ardent admirer among conductors, in fine sound. COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – Georges Mager, trumpet/ Louis Speyer, Eng. horn/ Lukas Foss, p./ Boston Sym. Orch./ Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio PASC 458, 73:09 [avail. in various formats from […]

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: “No Orpheus” = Soloists – Naxos

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: “No Orpheus” = Soloists – Naxos

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: “No Orpheus” = Refugee Blues; Jeder Mensch; No Orpheus; Three Fragments from ‘Ibn Khafajah’; The Stolen Child; After the Revels; We Are Seven; Annabel Lee – Kate Lindsay, mezzo-sop./Kiera Duffy, sop,/Christopher Burchett, bar./ ensemble – Naxos 8.559783, 61:39 (2/12/15) ***1/2: Another side to this young dynamic composer. I have followed the music and […]

NIGEL CLARKE, “Music for Thirteen Solo Strings” – Soloists/Longbow Ens. – Toccata Classics

NIGEL CLARKE, “Music for Thirteen Solo Strings” – Soloists/Longbow Ens. – Toccata Classics

NIGEL CLARKE, “Music for Thirteen Solo Strings” = Parnassus; The Scarlet Flower; Dogger, Fisher, German, Bight, Huber, Thames, Dover, Wight; Pulp and Rags; Epitaph for Edith Carvell – Sebastien Rousseau, Flugelhorn/ Malene Sheppard Skaerved, speaker/ Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin/ Longbow ensemble – Toccata Classics TOCC 0325, 72:10, [Distr. By Naxos] (9/28/15) ***: A little bit […]

***********  MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH  ************ RACHMANINOV: Sym. No. 2; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS

***********  MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH  ************ RACHMANINOV: Sym. No. 2; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS

A glorious performance of sumptuous demeanor and satisfying execution. * RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in e, Op. 27; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS multichannel SACD 2071, 70:54 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: I’ve always thought Rachmaninov the true Russian composer; something about his melodies and rich textures bespeak an authenticity […]

Audio News for February 12, 2016

Audio News for February 12, 2016

Samsung and LG Show OLED Walls; Dying Technology – Hardware On the Way Out; Study Shows People Who Listen to Music Out Loud Have More Sex; New Canadian Site Offers Better Music Quality Plus Convenience; Only a Rumor So Far, But Apple May Make Lightning the Hi-res Audio Port of the Future

ROSSINI: Semiramide (complete opera) – Soloists/Vienna Concert Choir & Radio SO/ Panni – Nightingale Classics (3 CDs)

ROSSINI: Semiramide (complete opera) – Soloists/Vienna Concert Choir & Radio SO/ Panni – Nightingale Classics (3 CDs)

Gruberova is well worth hearing, even if the whole does not equal the sum of its parts. ROSSINI: Semiramide (complete opera) – Edita Gruberova (Semiramide)/ Bernadette Manca Di Nissa (Arsace)/ Helene Le Corre (Azema)/ Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Assur)/ Juan Diego Florez (Idreno)/ Julian Konstantinov (Oroe)/ Vienna Concert Choir/ Vienna Radio SO/ Marcello Panni – Nightingale Classics […]

Verismo Trio, “Cloud Server” = Trio works by DEASON, KNABLE, SHRUDE, BOZICEVIC, BARABBA, PETERSON & EMERSON – ACA Digital

Verismo Trio, “Cloud Server” = Trio works by DEASON, KNABLE, SHRUDE, BOZICEVIC, BARABBA, PETERSON & EMERSON – ACA Digital

Verismo Trio, “Cloud Server” = DAVE DEASON: Trio; SUNNY KNABLE: Glassworks; MARILYN SHRUDE: Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu; IVAN BOZICEVIC: Spiritual Mountain; JASON V. BARABBA: Torschlußpanik; RUSSELL PETERSON: Trio No. 1; JASON EMERSON: cloudServer – Verismo Trio (Nicole Riner, flute/Scott Turpen, sax/Theresa Bogard, p.) – ACA Digital CM20113 [Distr. by Albany], 68:41, (12/08/15) ****: 
Very […]