Monthly Archive: April 2017

Arturo Toscanini = MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”; Symphony No. 5,“Reformation”; WAGNER: Parsifal, Prelude, Act I – NBC Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn)/ London Symphony Orchestra (Wagner) – Praga Digitals

Arturo Toscanini = MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”; Symphony No. 5,“Reformation”; WAGNER: Parsifal, Prelude, Act I – NBC Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn)/ London Symphony Orchestra (Wagner) – Praga Digitals

The natural power and persuasive brilliance of the Toscanini experience return in music of Mendelssohn and Wagner. Arturo Toscanini = MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”; Symphony No. 5 in d minor, Op. 107 “Reformation”; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; Good Friday Music – NBC Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn)/ London Symphony Orchestra […]

Troy ROBERTS – Tales & Tones – Inner Circle Music

Troy ROBERTS – Tales & Tones – Inner Circle Music

Saxophonist Troy Roberts preserves a classic and standard jazz approach. Troy Roberts – Tales & Tones [TrackList follows] – Inner Circle Music INCM066CD, 62:35 (1/5/17) ****: (Troy Roberts – tenor and soprano saxophone, producer; Silvano Monasterios – piano; Robert Hurst – upright bass; Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – drums) On his seventh outing as a leader, […]

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4 – Andrew Staples, Rhys Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze – ONYX

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4 – Andrew Staples, Rhys Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze – ONYX

2 very finely played and recorded Vaughan Williams Symphonies B06VT5RT11  VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’ (1921) Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1934) – Andrew Staples (tenor), Rhys Owens (natural trumpet), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze – ONYX CD 4161 TT:68:49 (4/21/17) **** From Onyx we have a continuation of their notable Vaughan […]

SCHUMANN: Symphony No.3; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini – Conductor – Praga Digitals Hybrid Stereo

SCHUMANN: Symphony No.3; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini – Conductor – Praga Digitals Hybrid Stereo

SCHUMANN: Symphony No.3; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2 – Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini, Conductor – Praga Digitals (stereo only) SACD – PRD 350135 TT:75:28 (1/6/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *** Praga Digitals has given us two lovely romantic symphonies and Schumann’s Overture to Manfred on this remastering of some older recordings from the fifties on a hybrid […]

BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1; String Sextet No. 2 – Barry Sullivan, viola/ Zuill Bailey, cello/ Cypress String Quartet – Avie

BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1; String Sextet No. 2 – Barry Sullivan, viola/ Zuill Bailey, cello/ Cypress String Quartet – Avie

For their last recording, the Cypress Quartet invites guests to share the music of Brahms. BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18; String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 – Barry Sullivan, viola/ Zuill Bailey, cello/ Cypress String Quartet – Avie AV2294, 76:50 (1/6/17) (Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ***** The […]

“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI/COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; DVOŘÁK: Rusalka: Song to the Moon; GOLIJOV: Azul; STOCKHAUSEN: Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS: Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, c./The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics

“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI/COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; DVOŘÁK: Rusalka: Song to the Moon; GOLIJOV: Azul; STOCKHAUSEN: Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS: Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, c./The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics

“Azul” = SIAMEK AGHAEI and COLIN JACOBSEN: Ascending Bird; ANTONIN DVOŘÁK (arr. Jesse Diener-Bennett): Rusalka: Song to the Moon; OSVALDO GOLIJOV: Azul; KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN (arr. Caroline Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo; SUFJAN STEVENS (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Suite from Run Rabbit Run – Yo-Yo Ma, cello/The Knights/Eric Jacobsen – Warner Classics 0190295875213, 58:43, (3/31/2017) ****: A diverse […]

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1; 4 Ballades – Seong-Jin Cho, piano/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Gianandrea Noseda – DGG

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1; 4 Ballades – Seong-Jin Cho, piano/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Gianandrea Noseda – DGG

Seong-Jin Cho legitimates his current status as one of the splendid interpreters of Chopin. CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11; 4 Ballades – Seong-Jin Cho, piano/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Gianandrea Noseda – DGG 80026046-02, 78:55 (12/23/16) [Distr. by Universal] ****: Seong-Jin Cho (b. 1994) has achieved immediate fame as the first […]

Audio News for April 14, 2017

Audio News for April 14, 2017

More Choices for Wireless Customers – The FCC is shifting away valuable spectrum from TV broadcasters to companies offering wireless service. Industry insides call it “beachfront property” because it offers greater distances and goes thru walls for better indoor coverage. This can reshape the wireless industry and give smaller carriers a change of offer the […]

IVES: Symphonies No. 3 & No.4; Orchestral Set No. 2 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, p., Sir Andrew Davis / Melbourne Sym. Orch. – Chandos

IVES: Symphonies No. 3 & No.4; Orchestral Set No. 2 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, p., Sir Andrew Davis / Melbourne Sym. Orch. – Chandos

A fine recording of some of the best of Charles Ives music. IVES: Symphonies, Vol. 3 = Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Orchestral Set No. 2 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, p., Sir Andrew Davis/ Melbourne Sym. Orch. – Chandos CHAN 5174 71:04 (3/17/17) ****: This is the third disc in a Chandos series featuring the […]

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT 9829-2, 56:59 (3/17/17) ****½: Beautiful charts and ensemble work, highlighted by supremely confident and accomplished trumpet playing. (Julian Wasserfuhr; trumpet & Flugelhorn/ Roman Wasserfuhr; piano, marimba, seaboard/ Donny McCaslin; tenor saxophone/ Tim Lefebvre; bass/ Nate Wood; drums) It’s nice when siblings can get along, but […]

Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram

Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram

A stunningly original musical concept featuring string quartet, reeds and accordion trio playing original charts live in Norwegian cafe. Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram, 54:48 (3/3/17) *****: (Jovan Pavlovic; accordion/ Gjermund Silset; double bass/ Helge Andreas Norbakken; drums/ Oyvind Nussle, Tor Johan Boen; violins/ Lazar Miletic; viola/ Hans Urban Andersson; cello/ Ole […]

ELGAR: Symphony No. 2; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de Matin – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./Vasily Petrenko – Onyx Classics

ELGAR: Symphony No. 2; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de Matin – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./Vasily Petrenko – Onyx Classics

A very worthwhile addition to the Elgar resurgence. EDWARD ELGAR: Symphony No. 2; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de Matin – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./Vasily Petrenko – Onyx Classics ONYX4165, 69:44 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] (3/24/17) ***1/2: Sir Edward Elgar wrote two symphonies, relatively late in life and they have a long history of fairly sparse performance. […]

20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016)

20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016)

A well-made feature with a fine achievement from actress Annette Bening. 20th Century Women, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup Director & Writer: Mike Mills Studio: A24/Lionsgate [3/28/17] Video: 180p 2.00:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English, DTS-HD MA Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH Extras: Audio Commentary […]

Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1960) – Sam Records/ SAGA – two vinyls

Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1960) – Sam Records/ SAGA – two vinyls

Monk’s only recorded movie soundtrack – from original session tapes, now in remastered sound… Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 – Sam Records/ SAGA – two vinyls (July 1959) **** (4/22/17 for 2017 Record Store Day): (Thelonious Monk – piano; Charlie Rouse – tenor sax; Sam Jones – acoustic bass; Art Taylor – drums. […]

The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933)

The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933)

An interesting pre-Code 1933 resurrection starring Melvyn Douglas and Fay Wray. The Vampire Bat, Blu-ray (1933) Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill Director: Frank R. Strayer Studio: UCLA/The Film Detective FD0767 (4/25/17) Video: 1:33 B&W & color added for flames Audio: English mono Extras: Featurette on Gregory Hesselberg, son of Melvyn Douglas, Audio commentary […]

Audio News for April 11, 2017

Audio News for April 11, 2017

Hi-Res Streaming on Smartphones, PCs, and Tablets –  Qpbuz Sublime+ will offer hi-res streaming next month for about £300 annually. It will offer 24-bit hi-res streaming of 60,000 albums. Currently the highest Qobuz tier is Sublime, offering CD-quality 16/44.1 audio for £190 per year. If you want to purchase any hi-res album via downloading, there […]

BJARNASON: Emergence; JONSDOTTIR: Flow & Fusion; VILLMARSON: BD; SIGFUSDOTTIR: Aequora; THORVALDSDOTTIR: Dreaming – Icelandic Sym. Orch./ Daniel Bjarnason – Sono Luminus

BJARNASON: Emergence; JONSDOTTIR: Flow & Fusion; VILLMARSON: BD; SIGFUSDOTTIR: Aequora; THORVALDSDOTTIR: Dreaming – Icelandic Sym. Orch./ Daniel Bjarnason – Sono Luminus

Smooth Blu-ray sound with striking modern compositions by Icelandic composers. BJARNASON: Recurrence = Works by Contemporary Icelandic Composers – Iceland Sym./ Daniel Bjarnason – Pure Audio Blu-ray multichannel sound & standard CD. Also included are MP3, FLAC and WAV files (Two discs) – Sono Luminus DSL-92213, 67:30 (4/7/17) [Distr. by Naxos]****: This lovely disc contains […]

STRAVINSKY:The Firebird Suite; Petrushka;  Les cinq droits; Valse and Polka; Valse pour les infants – fragment; The Rite of Spring – Part I; MOZART: Fugue in c – Beecham Sym. Orch./ Sir Thomas Beecham/ Royal Albert Hall Orch./ Sir Eugene Goossens/ Berlin State Opera Orch./ Oskar Fried/ The Philadelphia Orch./ Stokowski – Igor Stravinsky, Soulima Stravinsky, pianos – Pristine Audio

STRAVINSKY:The Firebird Suite; Petrushka; Les cinq droits; Valse and Polka; Valse pour les infants – fragment; The Rite of Spring – Part I; MOZART: Fugue in c – Beecham Sym. Orch./ Sir Thomas Beecham/ Royal Albert Hall Orch./ Sir Eugene Goossens/ Berlin State Opera Orch./ Oskar Fried/ The Philadelphia Orch./ Stokowski – Igor Stravinsky, Soulima Stravinsky, pianos – Pristine Audio

Pristine completes its survey of the acoustic Stravinsky legacy and simultaneously accords us access to a special sound world. STRAVINSKY: Rarities (1916 – 1938) = The Firebird – Suite excerpts (1911); Petrushka – Complete Ballet; The Firebird – Suite (1919); 7 Pieces from Les cinq droits; Valse and Polka from Three Easy Pieces; Valse pour […]

RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 1 in d minor; 3 Etudes-Tableaux; 4 Songs; Variations on a Theme of Corelli – Sandro Russo, p. – Steinway & Sons

RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 1 in d minor; 3 Etudes-Tableaux; 4 Songs; Variations on a Theme of Corelli – Sandro Russo, p. – Steinway & Sons

Sandro Russo pays homage to the continuity of style and mood in early and late works of Sergei Rachmaninov. RACHMANINOV: Solo Piano Works = Piano Sonata No. 1 in d minor, Op. 28; 3 Etudes-Tableaux; 4 Songs (arr. E. Wild); Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 – Sandro Russo, piano – Steinway & […]

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata D. 960; Piano Sonata D. 664 in A major – Javier Perianes – Harmonia mundi

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata D. 960; Piano Sonata D. 664 in A major – Javier Perianes – Harmonia mundi

A persuasive interpretation of Schubert’s introspective masterpiece. SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata D. 960; Piano Sonata D. 664 in A – Javier Perianes, p. – Harmonia mundi/PIAS 902282, 62:50 (3/19/17) *****: Schubert’s final Sonata D. 960 in B flat Major can be seen as a valedictory monument; he had, at the time of its writing, a sure […]

THOMAS ADÈS: Asyla; Tevot; Polaris; Brahms – London Sym. Orch./Thomas Adès – LSO Live (Blu-ray & SACD)

THOMAS ADÈS: Asyla; Tevot; Polaris; Brahms – London Sym. Orch./Thomas Adès – LSO Live (Blu-ray & SACD)

Audiophile quality in these works by this always provocative composer. THOMAS ADÈS: Asyla; Tevot; Polaris; Brahms – London Sym. Orch./Thomas Adès – LSO Live, LSO0798 (Blu-ray audio-only and SACD), 62:55, (3/03/17) ****: Thomas Adès has become, arguably and justifiably, England’s most prominent living composer. His music is regularly very creatively scored, picturesque and frequently a […]