Monthly Archive: November 2017

Mordecai Shehori: The New York Concerts, Vol.  13 = BACH: Keyboard Concerto; MOZART: Andante in F; Adagio in b minor; Rondo in D; BEETHOVEN: Sonata in A; CHOPIN: 6 Chants Polonais – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour 

Mordecai Shehori: The New York Concerts, Vol.  13 = BACH: Keyboard Concerto; MOZART: Andante in F; Adagio in b minor; Rondo in D; BEETHOVEN: Sonata in A; CHOPIN: 6 Chants Polonais – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour 

Mordecai Shehori: The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol.  13 = J.S. Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in d minor, BWV 974 (after Marcello); MOZART: Andante in F Major for Mechanical Organ, K. 616; Adagio in b minor, K. 540; Rondo in D Major, K. 485; BEETHOVEN: Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2; CHOPIN […]

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet, DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam, Dimitri Vassilakis, pianist / Cybele  5.1 SACD with binaural tracks for headphone listening cat. # 261603 / TT: 58:10  (10/20/17) ****: This is a fine recording and performance of the music of Thomas Adès, born in 1971.  The composer studied piano at the Guildhall School of […]

GRIEG: Peer Gynt; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 & No. 7 – Dresden Phil. Orch./ Concertgebouw Orch. of Amsterdam/ Hilversum Radio Phil. Orch./ Paul van Kempen – Pristine

GRIEG: Peer Gynt; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 & No. 7 – Dresden Phil. Orch./ Concertgebouw Orch. of Amsterdam/ Hilversum Radio Phil. Orch./ Paul van Kempen – Pristine

GRIEG: Peer Gynt: Suites Nos. 1 and 2; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82; Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 – Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (Grieg)/ Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Op. 82)/ Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Op. 105)/ Paul van Kempen – Pristine PASC 514, 72:43 [www.pristineclasscal.com] ****: Paul van Kempen […]

SAINT-SAENS: Organ Symphony; Carnival of the Animals – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/ Antonio Pappano – Warner

SAINT-SAENS: Organ Symphony; Carnival of the Animals – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/ Antonio Pappano – Warner

SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 in c minor, Op. 78 “Organ”; Carnival of the Animals – Daniele Rossi, organ/ Martha Argerich and Antonio Pappano, pianos/ Annie Dutoit, narrator/ Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/ Antonio Pappano – Warner Classics 0190295755553, 61:36 (11/3/17) ****:  Antonio Pappano and Martha Argerich collaborate for mighty and mischievous Saint-Saens in great […]

 Debbie Poryes Trio – Loving Hank – OA2 Records

 Debbie Poryes Trio – Loving Hank – OA2 Records

Debbie Poryes Trio – Loving Hank – OA2 Records OA2 22146 61:55*** A very sympathetic ‘shout out’ to one of jazz’s treasures ( Debbie Poryes – piano; Peter Barshay – bass; David Rokeach – drums; Erik Jekabson – flugelhorn track 1) The relationship between pianists Debbie Poryes and Hank Jones would appear to be somewhat […]

Ken Peplowski Quintet – Live At Ambassador Auditorium – Concord Jazz 

Ken Peplowski Quintet – Live At Ambassador Auditorium – Concord Jazz 

Ken Peplowski Quintet – Live At Ambassador Auditorium – Concord Jazz CCD-4610 59:13**** An exhilarating session that works to the strengths of the individual members (Ken Peplowski – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Howard Alden – guitar; Ben Aronov – piano; Murray Wall – bass; Tom Melito – drums; Special Guest: Harry “Sweets”Edison – trumpet tracks 3 […]

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope, 33:46 [5/12/17] ***1/2: Jam/jazz interplay from a Brooklyn quintet. (Will Hanza – guitar; Jay Giacomazzo – bass; Andrew Nesbitt – drums; Adam Ahuja – keyboards; Johnny Butler – saxophones) [MP3 only at time of review] Brooklyn-based quintet Escaper fits into the nebulous area where jam band music, jazz and […]

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal  – Rune Grammofon

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal  – Rune Grammofon

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal [TrackList and Artistlist follows] – Rune Grammofon RCD2194, 79:50 [8/25/17] ****: A birthday tribute to an undervalued guitarist. The 79-minute, nine-track Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal is a transformative album. It is transformative in two ways. The mostly Norwegian, plus some American, musicians transform the music of guitarist […]

Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records 

Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records 

Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records #TJR093017 – 67:38 – ****1/2 Like father, like son… (Delfeayo Marsalis – trombone; Ellis Marsalis Jr. – piano; Reginald Veal – bass; Ralph Peterson – drums) It takes real talent from true jazz professionals to make an evening of playing familiar standards […]

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio Recordings CBR21751, 80:00, **: Modern rendering of Baroque Chamber Music:  well performed, but… Baroque performance practice might be described as a number of things; a style, an anthropology, a philosophy, or even a set of rules. Since the late 1960s, there […]

BRAHMS: Complete Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio 

BRAHMS: Complete Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio 

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68; Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73; Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90; Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98 – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio PASC 512 (2 CDs) 2 hrs 30:15 [www.pristineclasical.com] […]

Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone 

Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone 

Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone Records #8169 – 56:36 – **** (Farnell Newton – trumpet; Kyle Molitor – trombone; Greg Goebel – piano; Dylan Sundstrom – bass; Christopher Brown – drums) Jazz is alive and well in Portland… Most every major metropolitan area has jazz musicians who could have a national […]

Streams and Podcasts for 5 November 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 5 November 2017

Szymon Goldberg had a long and multi-faceted career as violinist, conductor, teacher… a life touching every decade of the 1900s.  He was distinguished as a concertizing soloist for many years, as well as being a concertmaster for the Berlin Philharmonic under Furtwangler, whilst concurrently playing in string trios and quartets.  He was an active conductor […]

MATHIEU: Piano Concerto; GERSHWIN: An American in Paris – Alain Lefevre, piano/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/ Joann Falletta – Analekta

MATHIEU: Piano Concerto; GERSHWIN: An American in Paris – Alain Lefevre, piano/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/ Joann Falletta – Analekta

MATHIEU: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 25; GERSHWIN: An American in Paris – Alain Lefevre, piano/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/ Joann Falletta – Analekta AN 2 9299, 54:55 (9/8/17) [Distr. by E1] **** An adolescent Canadian composer’s precocious piano concerto finds vivid realization after painstaking reconstruction. Composer Andre Mathieu, “the Canadian Mozart,” performed […]

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Nicholas Horvath – Glass Essentials – An 80th Anniversary Tribute – Grand Piano GP752LP (distr. by Naxos) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 45:19 ****: Gifted pianist pays tribute to Phillip Glass solo piano repertoire.  Pianist Nicholas Horvath is renowned for his interpretation of Franz Liszt’s music. He has been recognized for many awards, including First Prize of […]

“GERSHWIN & WILD” = Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin—Joanne Polk, piano—Steinway & Sons 

“GERSHWIN & WILD” = Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin—Joanne Polk, piano—Steinway & Sons 

GERSHWIN & WILD: WILD: Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin—Theme and Variations on Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch over Me”—Sonata 2000—Joanne Polk, piano—Steinway & Sons 30090, 60:04, ****: When composer-pianist Earl Wild (1915-2010) was 10 years old, he asked his mother how there could be a God when the organist at their local church in Pittsburgh was so […]

Editorial for November, 2017

Editorial for November, 2017

While the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has presented recordings of Beethoven symphonies in the past, Sir Simon Rattle is now following the footsteps of Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado in recording the complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies. Rattle has been the principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra since 2002, with his tenure […]

Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane – Resonance 

Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane – Resonance 

Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane – Resonance HCD-2030, 52:32 ****: Two jazz legends pay tribute to a jazz icon! (Dave Liebman – tenor/soprano saxophones, wooden recorder, C flute; Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone, autochrome, alto clarinet, Scottish flute; Phil Markowitz – piano; Ron McClure – double bass; Billy Hart – […]