Monthly Archive: July 2017

Leonid DESYATNIKOV: Sketches to Sunset; Russian Seasons for violin, voice and strings – Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Phillipp Chizhevsky – Quartz Music

Leonid DESYATNIKOV: Sketches to Sunset; Russian Seasons for violin, voice and strings – Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Phillipp Chizhevsky – Quartz Music

 Leonid DESYATNIKOV: Sketches to Sunset; Russian Seasons for violin, voice and strings – Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Yana Ivanilova, voice/Roman Mints, violin/Alexey Goribol, piano/Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/Phillipp Chizhevsky – Quartz Music QTZ2122 [Distr. by Naxos] (4/21/2017) 58:50 ***1/2: Some of the Most Interesting Music You’ve Never Heard Of. First: Who is Leonid Desyatnikov? Unfortunately, the booklet notes with […]

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8; DVORAK: Symphony No. 9  – Munich Philharmonic/ Sergiu Celibidache – Munich Philharmonic Archive

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8; DVORAK: Symphony No. 9  – Munich Philharmonic/ Sergiu Celibidache – Munich Philharmonic Archive

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in b minor, D. 759 “Unfinished”; DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 in e minor, Op. 95 “From the New World” – Munich Philharmonic/ Sergiu Celibidache – Munich Philharmonic Archive MPHIL0004, 74:12 (6/16/17) [Distr. by Warner Classics] *****: The orchestral alchemy of Sergiu Celibidache resonates by way of this first release from the […]

Iván Fischer – Composers Portrait – Wim Van Hasselt (trumpet), Nora Fischer (sop.), Kobra Vocal Ensemble, Budapest Festival Orchestra w/ Iván Fischer conducting – Channel Classics

Iván Fischer – Composers Portrait – Wim Van Hasselt (trumpet), Nora Fischer (sop.), Kobra Vocal Ensemble, Budapest Festival Orchestra w/ Iván Fischer conducting – Channel Classics

Iván Fischer – Composers Portrait- With Wim Van Hasselt (trumpet), Nora Fischer (soprano), Kobra Vocal Ensemble, Budapest Festival Orchestra w/ Iván Fischer conducting – Channel Classics CCS 34516 (9/9/16) TT: 55:12 *** 1/2: Iván Fischer shows his composing credentials, with an eclectic collection paired with a fine recording. If I mention Iván Fischer you will […]

Jon Davis – Happy Juice – Posi-Tone

Jon Davis – Happy Juice – Posi-Tone

Jon Davis – Happy Juice – Posi-Tone PR8171 [7-7-2017] 49:33 ****: Talented jazz pianist pays tribute to legends! (Jon Davis – piano; Boris Kozlov – bass; Mark Ferber – drums) Jon Davis’ fourth release for Posi-Tone, Happy Juice is a ten-track showcase split evenly with original compositions and covers. The musical contexts suggest an association […]

Alex Cline’s Flower Garland Orchestra – Oceans of Vows – Cryptogramophone 

Alex Cline’s Flower Garland Orchestra – Oceans of Vows – Cryptogramophone 

Alex Cline’s Flower Garland Orchestra – Oceans of Vows [TrackList follows] – Cryptogramophone CG148 (2-CDs) [Distr. by Mack Ave. Records] 64:73, 52:34 [3/10/17] ****: Spirituality and musicality as one. (Areni Agabian – voice; Chi Li – erhu, zhonghu, zheng, qin; Jeff Gauthier – electric violin; Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – electric 5-string violin; Maggie Parkins – cello; […]

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics 1701/03, 3 discs, 178:43 (5/26/17) ****: A bracing addition to an already rich field.  The Brahms symphonies are, without a doubt, among the masterpieces of the genre; filled with the master’s characteristics superb orchestrations, straight-forward but lovely harmonies and beautiful memorable melodies. They, […]

Tardo Hammer Trio – Swinging On A Star – CellarLive

Tardo Hammer Trio – Swinging On A Star – CellarLive

Tardo Hammer Trio – Swinging On A Star – CellarLive CL010717 46:45****: A pianist of cosmopolitan ideas and coherence of approach ( Tardo Hammer – piano; Lee Hudson – acoustic bass; Steve Williams – drums) One might have thought when Tardo Hammer appeared on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland on November 14, 2008, which […]

GRANT STEWART TRIO: Roll On – Cellar Live

GRANT STEWART TRIO: Roll On – Cellar Live

GRANT STEWART TRIO: Roll On – Cellar Live 100616, 49:25 (6/23/17) ****½:   A trio session of standards to match the best of the late ‘50s classics, with exquisite drumming by Phil Stewart. (Grant Stewart; tenor saxophone / Phil Stewart; drums / Paul Sikivie; bass) The name of this excellent jazz label Cellar Live conjures […]

BEETHOVEN: Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 126; SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms ‒ Nikita Mndoyants, piano ‒ Steinway & Sons

BEETHOVEN: Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 126; SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms ‒ Nikita Mndoyants, piano ‒ Steinway & Sons

BEETHOVEN: Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 126; SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms ‒ Nikita Mndoyants, piano ‒ Steinway & Sons 30075, 64:41 ****: A study in contrasts, perhaps, but this fascinating recital has the proper glue to hold it together. I was immediately attracted to this recital album by the program. What a clever choice […]

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion CDA68205, reviewed as hires 24-96 flac download;  TT 63:42 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: The Bulgarian composer, Dimitar Nenov (1901-1953), wrote the substantial piano concerto included in this new Hyperion release between 1932 and […]

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove

Kashmar – West Coast Toast – Delta Groove DGPCD174, 48: 32 ***1/2: West Coast Blues lives on! (Mitch Kashmir – harmonica, vocals, claves; Junior Watson – guitar; Fred Kaplan – piano, Hammond organ, cabs; Bill Stuve – double bass; Marty Dodson – drums) Everyone has heard about Delta or Chicago Blues. The origins of the […]

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings, works by BACH, VILLA_LOBOS, POULENC, SOR, SCARLATTI, RODRIGO, TARREGA – Narisco YEPES (guitar) – Deutsche Grammophon  

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings, works by BACH, VILLA_LOBOS, POULENC, SOR, SCARLATTI, RODRIGO, TARREGA – Narisco YEPES (guitar) – Deutsche Grammophon  

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings (20cds) Spanische Guitarrenmusik vol. 1&2; Fernando Sor: 24 Etuden; Musica Espanola;  Bach/Weiss;  Hietor Villa-Lobos: 12 Etuden; Rendezvous mit Narciso Yepes; Musica Catalan; Werke fur Laute ; Bach: Werke fur Laute vol. 1&2;  Poulenc/Brouwer, etc; Guitarra Romantica; Guitarrenmusik 20th Century; Gitarrenmusik aus funf Jahrhunderten; Tarrega: Recuerdos; Domenico Scarlatti; Rodrigo: Trez […]

Furtwängler Celebrates Bruckner = Symphony No. 9 in d minor; Symphony No. 7 in E Major: Adagio – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler Celebrates Bruckner = Symphony No. 9 in d minor; Symphony No. 7 in E Major: Adagio – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler Celebrates Bruckner = Symphony No. 9 in d minor; Symphony No. 7 in E Major: Adagio – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 125, 79:56 (7/7/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: Praga Digitals restores the famous Furtwängler 1944 Bruckner Ninth with a new, grand intensity not to be denied. Much […]

Cipriani POTTER: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor; Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Major; ‒ Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano and conductor ‒ Hyperion

Cipriani POTTER: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor; Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Major; ‒ Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano and conductor ‒ Hyperion

Cipriani POTTER: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor; Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Major; Variazioni di bravura on a Theme by Rossini ‒ Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano and conductor ‒ Hyperion CDA68151, 73:57 **** Virtuoso writing for both the piano and orchestra by an English Romantic. What first attracted me […]

Henri DUTILLEUX: Orchestral Works – Seattle Symph./Ludovic Morlot — Seattle Symphony Media

Henri DUTILLEUX: Orchestral Works – Seattle Symph./Ludovic Morlot — Seattle Symphony Media

Henri DUTILLEUX: Orchestral Works [3 CD set, Tracklist follows] — Seattle Symphony  — Media SSM1013, 78:29, 73:02, 60:23 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Riveting, magnificent, and superbly played. Back in 2014 I was very happy with the first volume of this collected complete orchestral works of Henri Dutilleux, saying that “the orchestra sounds as full and […]

Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music = Violin Concertos by KHACHATURIAN, KHRENNIKOV, PROKOFIEV, WEINBERG, DENISOV – Leonid Kogan, violin/ Pierre Monte / Krill Kondrashin / Pavel Kogan / Yevgeny Svetlana /Boston Symph. Orch. – Praga Digitals

Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music = Violin Concertos by KHACHATURIAN, KHRENNIKOV, PROKOFIEV, WEINBERG, DENISOV – Leonid Kogan, violin/ Pierre Monte / Krill Kondrashin / Pavel Kogan / Yevgeny Svetlana /Boston Symph. Orch. – Praga Digitals

Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music = KHACHATURIAN: Violin Concerto in d minor; Rhapsody-Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; KHRENNIKOV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in C Major, Op. 23; PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 63; WEINBERG: Violin Concerto in g minor, Op. 67; DENISOV: Partita for Violin and Chamber Orchestra after J.S. Bach […]

Silvestri in Philadelphia = TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony; BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Constantin Silvestri – Pristine Audio

Silvestri in Philadelphia = TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony; BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Constantin Silvestri – Pristine Audio

Silvestri in Philadelphia = TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony in B Minor after Byron’s Manfred, Op. 58; BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (after Purcell), Op. 34 – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Constantin Silvestri – Pristine Audio PASC 490, 74:37 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****: The gifted Romanian Silvestri makes colors in his debut with the great color-ensemble, Philadelphia Orchestra. Romanian conductor […]

Streams and Podcasts for 14 July 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 14 July 2017

This week, The Music Treasury will be spotlighting none other than Arturo Toscanini, that most exceptional of conductors in the first half of the 20th Century!  Toscanini began his career as a cellist, but turned to conducting when he was a young adult.  Initially a conductor of opera, including the La Scala and the New […]

Portland Jazz Festival Opening Night – Maria Schneider Orchestra – February 2017

Portland Jazz Festival Opening Night – Maria Schneider Orchestra – February 2017

Portland Jazz Festival Opening Night – Maria Schneider Orchestra at Newmark Theater From time to time, Audiophile Audition will offer reviews of concerts or festivals of note.  This review is from the opening evening of the Portland Jazz Festival, earlier this year. Maria Schneider’s first ever west-coast tour allowed Portland Jazz fans a much anticipated opportunity […]

The Lightning Fields—New music for trumpet and piano = Music by Michael DAUGHERTY, Kevin MCKEE, Richard PEASLEE, Anthony PLOG, Daniel SCHNYDER – Jason Bergman, trumpet & flugelhorn – Steven Harlos, piano – MSR

The Lightning Fields—New music for trumpet and piano = Music by Michael DAUGHERTY, Kevin MCKEE, Richard PEASLEE, Anthony PLOG, Daniel SCHNYDER – Jason Bergman, trumpet & flugelhorn – Steven Harlos, piano – MSR

The Lightning Fields—New music for trumpet and piano = Music by Michael DAUGHERTY, Kevin MCKEE, Richard PEASLEE, Anthony PLOG, Daniel SCHNYDER – Jason Bergman, trumpet & flugelhorn – Steven Harlos, piano – MSR Classics Stereo CD MS 1630 (11/16/16) ****: Some fine contemporary music for trumpet and piano played with gusto, well recorded This disc […]

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam

Fenemor’s Kiwi Blue – Blues Jam Self-Produced, 48:57 ****: (Adrienne Fenemor – B3 organ, vocals; Marvin Horne – guitar; Brian Floody – drums) B3 player adds vocals to her repertoire. The influence of American jazz is global. One of the purely American instrumental genres is the Hammond B3 organ. On the other side of the […]