Monthly Archive: August 2017

Fred Hersch {Open Book} – Palmetto Records

Fred Hersch {Open Book} – Palmetto Records

Fred Hersch {Open Book} – Palmetto Records PM 2186 56:43****: Beyond Category ( Fred Hersch – piano) In a piece Margo Jefferson wrote for the New York Times on October 15,1993 discussing Duke Ellington, she used the following sentence: ”The highest praise Duke Ellington bestowed on people or music he loved ( not least his […]

Streams and Podcasts for 18 August 2018

Streams and Podcasts for 18 August 2018

Streams and Podcasts for 18 August 2018 This week, The Music Treasury will be continuing the review of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, a noted conductor and composer through the 1900’s.  Schmidt-Isserstedt own works included songs, one opera, as well as orchestral pieces; he founded the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and was principal conductor of the Royal […]

DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; BLOCH: Schelomo – Marc Coppey, cello/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Kirill Karabits – Audite

DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; BLOCH: Schelomo – Marc Coppey, cello/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Kirill Karabits – Audite

DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104; Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68, No. 5; BLOCH: Schelomo  – Marc Coppey, cello/ Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/ Kirill Karabits – Audite 97.734, 68:25 (6/30/17) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Marc Coppey and Kirill Karabits collaborate in two epic cello scores with singular passion. Ernest Bloch, too often ‘constrained’ by […]

RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonatas; TCHAIKOVSKY: Lullaby – Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano – Onyx

RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonatas; TCHAIKOVSKY: Lullaby – Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano – Onyx

RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 1 in d minor, Op. 28; TCHAIKOVSKY: Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1 (arr. Rachmaninov); RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36 (ed. Hayroudinoff) – Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano – Onyx ONYX 4181, 66:38 (6/23/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: Pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff injects voluptuous energy into the Rachmaninov piano […]

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray

Serge PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Blu-ray (2017) Cast: San Francisco Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Music: Orchestra of the San Francisco Ballet Conductor: Martin West Stage Director: Glenn McCoy Studio: C Major, Blu-ray. [7/30/2017] Video Director: Thomas Grimm Run Time: 128 minutes Video: 1.77:1  Color.  Audio: Dolby, NTSC, Stereo Extras: “Shakespeare Without Words”, […]

Chicago Edge Ensemble – Decaying Orbit – Music+

Chicago Edge Ensemble – Decaying Orbit – Music+

Chicago Edge Ensemble – Decaying Orbit [TrackList follows] – Music+ Silpakorn University 53:35 [3/17/17] ****: A Chicago jazz quintet which embraces that city’s musical unconventionality. (Dan Phillips – guitar, producer; Mars Williams – saxophones; Jeb Bishop – trombone; Hamid Drake – drums; Krzysztof Pabian – double bass) The Chicago jazz/improvisation scene has been—and continues to […]

Domenico SCARLATTI: Vol. 1 thru Vol. 11 – Fernando Valenti / Wanda Landowska (1934), Playel harpsichord – Pristine

Domenico SCARLATTI: Vol. 1 thru Vol. 11 – Fernando Valenti / Wanda Landowska (1934), Playel harpsichord – Pristine

Domenico SCARLATTI: Vol. 1 thru Vol. 11 – Fernando Valenti, harpsichord / Wanda Landowska (1934), Playel harpsichord – Pristine Audio Nos. PAKM010 thru PKM027 & PAKM 004 for Landowska CD – [avail. in mono from Pristine Audio] *****: An amazing remastering of probably the best D. Scarlatti Sonatas ever.  Domenico Scarlatti was one of the […]

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray

Railroad Tigers, Blu-ray (2017)  Entertaining Blu-ray based on Chinese history from aging Jackie Chan.  Cast: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang Director: Ding Sheng Studio: Well Go USA Enter. (2 discs) Video: 2.35:1 for 16:9 screens color  Audio: Mandarin Chinese DD 5.1, Dubbed English DD 5.1, Dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Extras: The Dangers of […]

Bjarte EIKE & Barokksolistene – The Alehouse Sessions – Rubicon 

Bjarte EIKE & Barokksolistene – The Alehouse Sessions – Rubicon 

Bjarte EIKE & Barokksolistene – The Alehouse Sessions – Rubicon 1017, 54:03 (6/23/17) ****: *** Update — “Alehouse Sessions” Visits the States!  October Tour Info ***                 A playful tribute to the engaging world of 17th-century English tavern music infused with jazz and folk music elements. (Bjarte Eike; violin […]

AMP Trio – Three – AMP Trio Music

AMP Trio – Three – AMP Trio Music

AMP Trio – Three [TrackList follows] – AMP Trio Music, 56:37 [3/17/17] ****: The best things come in threes. (Addison Frei – piano, Fender Rhodes; Matt Young – drums; Perrin Grace – acoustic bass) New York City based AMP Trio believe in the power of three. The threesome’s latest is the hour-long Three (issued on […]

John A. CAROLLO: “The Transfiguration of Giovanni Baudino” – Moravia Philharmonic Orchestra/Petr Vronsky – Navona

John A. CAROLLO: “The Transfiguration of Giovanni Baudino” – Moravia Philharmonic Orchestra/Petr Vronsky – Navona

John A.  CAROLLO: “The Transfiguration of Giovanni Baudino” = The Rhetoric and Mythos of Belief; The Transfiguration of Giovanni Baudino; Let Freedom Ring; Do You Have an E.R. for Music?; Symphony No. 2 (“The Circle of Fire”; Move Toward the Light (Your Destiny Awaits You) – Moravia Philharmonic Orchestra/Petr Vronsky – Navona Records NV6109 [Distr. […]

Kenji BUNCH – The Snow Queen: A Ballet in Two Acts – Orchestra Next/Brian McWhorter (cond.) – innova

Kenji BUNCH – The Snow Queen: A Ballet in Two Acts – Orchestra Next/Brian McWhorter (cond.) – innova

Kenji BUNCH – The Snow Queen: A Ballet in Two Acts – Orchestra Next/Brian McWhorter (cond.) – innova #977 (6/23/17), TT: 102:33 ****: Fantastic musical interpretation of this fairy tale classic.  When I was asked to review these CDs, I interestingly did something that I normally don’t do. I chose not to read the liner […]

LISZT: Symphonic Poems – Herbert Von Karajan/ Ferenc Fricsay / Stanislav Macura / Rafael Kubelik – Praga Digitals 

LISZT: Symphonic Poems – Herbert Von Karajan/ Ferenc Fricsay / Stanislav Macura / Rafael Kubelik – Praga Digitals 

LISZT: Symphonic Poems = Les Preludes; Tasso: Lamento e Trionfo; Mazeppa; Die Ideale – RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Berlin/ Ferenc Fricsay/ Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Stanislav Macura/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan/ Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Rafael Kubelik – Praga Digitals SACD PRD 350 124, 79:59 (7/7/17) [Distr. Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: Four Liszt symphonic poems […]

BERNSTEIN: Complete Solo Works for Piano – Andrew Cooperstock, piano – Bridge 

BERNSTEIN: Complete Solo Works for Piano – Andrew Cooperstock, piano – Bridge 

BERNSTEIN: Complete Solo Works for Piano = Seven Anniversaries; Four Anniversaries; Five Anniversaries; Thirteen Anniversaries; Touches: Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda; Sonata for the Piano; Non Troppo Presto; Music for the Dance, No. II; Four Sabras; El Salon Mexico (arr. Bernstein); Bridal Suite; Three Encores – Andrew Cooperstock, piano – Bridge 9485A/B (2 CDs) 44:09; […]